I'm writing this a little bit earlier than planned (end date of my no-buy was originally September 3rd), since I ended up ending my no-buy a little early, in order to pick up some things that I wanted to bring on my trip (we leave Saturday night. I'm both excited and terribly nervous, since I'll be meeting my partner's host family from when he lived in Belgium) and had planned on buying post-no-buy anyway.
What did this no-buy teach me? It did give me the break I needed to reboot beauty buying habits. It gave me time to really think about what I want to do, consumption-wise, and it boosted my desire to reduce my pile of stuff in general. Although that may have something to do with the fact that I've been thinking about job hunting and where I might end up and getting more Rubbermaid bins and purging my closet and oh my God I hate moving. Ahem. I probably have fewer material possession than a lot of people my age, mainly because I'm still bouncing from place to place, whereas most people I know have started to settle down and throw out all of their student items. But I look around and feel total dread at packing the amount of stuff that I own. Particularly when it's a bunch of crappy stuff that I don't really like. I digress a little, but mostly this no-buy helped me redirect my window shopping energy to things I actually need. Need being somewhat of a relative term, but things like a portable phone charger arguably improves my life more than a new lipstick.
So things that I bought at the end of my no-buy:
- Arcana 5ml perfume in Apples Crave Porches
- Arcana 5ml perfume in This is Not Canada
- Darling Clandestine 10ml perfume in Goldenscale (still to arrive)
- Bite Multistick in Brioche
- CoverFX Enhance Click Highlighter in Bubbly
- Lush solid shampoo in Honey, I Washed the Kids
- Lush solid conditioner in Big
L-R: Bite Brioche, CoverFX Bubbly
But there are still a couple of things on my wishlist that I'm going to allow myself to buy: Bite Squid Ink (yes, I promise to stop talking about how much I want this lipstick in the near future by getting this lipstick), two Darling Clandestine perfumes, Hotel Clandestine and Dulcinea (provided they're still around when I get back from Belgium) and a wild card, just in case Arcana releases a maple perfume or something. So that's three planned purchases for the remainder of the year. I don't think I need the restrictions any more, but I'm going to put them up just in case.
Not consuming has had step away from the beauty world somewhat, but it's also been fun to enjoy my products and not be waiting on anything in the mail.
But now for the real challenge: packing for Belgium. Which I am madly doing, right now.