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Yes! I have done both! I think I have succeeded most when I really did not have money for anything other than necessities. When I have living at stake I can stand by my no or low buy. The lemmings are what make it hard. Especially when everything reminds me of makeup and skincare. I don’t tell others how deep my strange love for makeup is. Having nobody who understands to talk me out of purchases in a successful manor would be helpful. How it goes during the no or low buy: if I want something I mentally go through all things I have that are close to it. I am fortunate to most always find a substitute in color. This reminds me I have more than enough. I honestly don’t need anything. The craving is put away. I will also remember I have somethings. That’s all I need to do my makeup. It never has to be new or special. Makeup is already special. This helps me only buy the least expensive things to get me by if needed.

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Not in a really long time, but I think I really need to after February or beginning of March at latest. My crazy spending on makeup has begun to get a little bit off the rails, so I know I need toget tough with myself. Not sure how with my terrible lack of monetary self-control!
Especially now that I’m trying to make a major decision on whether to move back across town nearer to my 2 kids and 2 grandbabies. Life passes by too fast, and I’m missing big chunks of it.

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Yup, been on low-buy since the summer and no-buy since the semester started. Owing almost $1k a month for tuition payments doesn’t give me much wiggle room to buy makeup, unfortunately. I gotta have $ for rent and utilities and all. The only time I broke my low/no-buy recently was in early December to get Platinum status at Ulta, since those points actually save me quite a bit of $ on larger purchases. Otherwise, the only thing I’ll be buying is replacements of my drugstore mascara and maybe of my drugstore foundation/eyeliner.

My low buys haven’t gone so well in the past, but I’ve been doing much better this time around. First, my stash is now much larger, so it’s harder to justify getting the same or similar colors. Second, I’ve been re-organizing and re-inventorying my stash this year, and that’s helped a lot in cutting down on buying. If I know that I already have 5 bluish-purple shadows, then I won’t jump on the next one that comes out, and instead focus on colors that are missing in my stash. I’ve also done a much better job of rotating my stash too, so things don’t get forgotten. For example, I swatched all my purple shadows one weekend, lumped them into color categories (blue purples, lavender purples, rose purples), figured out which colors looked good together, wrote down the different combos, so when I’m rushing in the morning, I can just look at my notes and grab the right shadows. I found some hidden/forgotten gems this way, and some really interesting combos, so that curbs impulse to buy every “new” purple that comes out.

It’s true about make up. I am following a finish 6 by spring challenge and one of my products is a Cargo blush. I only have a thin rim of product left and am now enjoying using it as a crease shade too.

I have so much makeup that I’m constantly trying a no-buy situation. I fail constantly but at least It makes me more conscious about purchasing products.

Since I moved to India my cosmetic shopping has switched to a low or no buy.
High end brands like Bobbi Brown, MAC, Clinique, and Estee Lauder are 25-30% more in price than what they cost in the US. (That is IF you can find them, and their stock is VERY LIMITED. No gifts with purchase, and the new releases don’t reach the make up stores here until they’ve been out for about 6-8 months already in the US.)
But then about twice a year we go to Miami, Bangkok, of Dubalu and then it’s SHOPPING FRENZY!!!!

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I decided that I need to use up some lipsticks before I bought new ones last year. Lipsticks are mainly what I tend to hoard and it is unnecessary having so many that they go out of date. Never had a lipstick go out of date though even though it probably has been out of date. That has gone fairly well. Don’t think I bought any new last year but don’t think I have used up more than like two or three(and I had to reapply like crazy because “must use up so I can buy new”). So I should still be on a no-buy when it comes to lipsticks but there are many bright pink lipsticks I want at the moment so probably will buy one.

i am same and have avowed this year to use up old lip products. I did however pull a Smashbox lipstick from my stash that is about 15 months old and think this has gone bad. Have emailed Smashbox and they are looking into this for me.

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Yes. No buy until Christmas, for example. Never works because I have very weak self control and give in easily to skin care and cosmetics. But maybe I was never serious enough. But my birthday is coming up… Lol

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No, but not that I’ve mostly figured out what kinds of things I like/what I think looks good on me, I try to buy only what I really love and know I’ll use at least fairly often. I really have so many things that I love that it’s almost hard to use them all on a regular basis already, so I feel like something should be really gorgeous and well-performing to justify the purchase and the space is my stash!

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Sort of – it’s more of that nothing will be out/worth buying for the next few months, so just save the money I’d normally spend on it for later. It hasn’t been where I have spent so much money that I need a restriction (yet :-|) but if that ever happened I’d do it. It helps that I only buy from certain brands for certain things so I don’t get overwhelmed by the constant releases of collections, and that I have a ballpark budget that I set aside every month and if I don’t use it, it rolls over.

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Well crap. Scratch that – I just got home from the MAC store and I had mentioned to an MUA that while pretty, I’m glad that nothing is really calling out to me in the upcoming Flamingo Park collection because strong pinks are not a go to color for me, but that if there were any jewel tones, I’d be in trouble. And he said, “Oh, then you are going to love the Summer collection!” I asked him to elaborate but he said he only saw the color story and wasn’t sure what the products were or the finishes, etc. (I had asked if there were going to be any new extra dimension products) but that if jewel tones were my thing, that I’d be very happy with the Summer collection. I don’t think an MUA would say something like that just to say it, so between today’s question and him saying that I am taking it as a sign and COMMENCING LOW BUY NOW.

I think he’s talking about the MAC Semi-Precious Collection coming out this summer, or the Poesia collection -both have strong, bold colors

Yes, for the past two years I’ve been on a low buy for nail polish…I failed miserably this past December with the OPI Hello Kitty collection since I decided I had to own the entire collection lol

This year I’ve decided to do a low buy for lipstick cause I do have a lot and I’ve never finished a single tube of lipstick so I’m doing no more than 5 new tubes of lipstick this year…I still haven’t decided if liquid lipstick counts too (ugh I’m such a backslider haha)

For years I’ve been saying that I need to go on a low-buy/no buy, but it’s never worked out for one reason or another. But this year is going to be different. I think I’m finally at the point where I’m a little overwhelmed by choices, and I just need to use what I want. The makeup industry is all about sense of urgency, making us believe we need it. And at this point, I really don’t need anything else. The only thing that I’m allowing myself to purchase is things I know I will use up like eye brow pencils, skin care, and etc. There is one exception my friend and I made for the OPI x Hello Kitty line though. I’m going to acquire all the colors because I love pink and Hello Kitty. I’ll actually use these colors, so it’s a win-win.

i keep a list of things that i want to finish and it’s really satisfying for me to cross them out. I have done things like ” you have to finish one bronzer to try a new one”
I also allways ask for samples of foundations in sephora since that is what i am always looking for my next hg. saved me big bucks and also satisfied my curiosity.

Yep. I’m actually on one now -mainly because I’m dealing with something in my family and I’m trying to watch my purchases right now and mainly because I don’t have a lot of extra money right now. I do plan on picking up the new Nyx blushes this week, but other than that, I plan on not buying makeup until my birthday or until the April vib sale.

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I’m currently on a low-buy because I’m saving up for trips overseas with friends. I think two of the most effective ways to stick to a no/low-buy is to constantly update your regular rotation with something you haven’t used in a while, and to use what you have to replicate items you want. For example, I’ve been lusting over the Nyx lingerie liquid lipsticks so I’ve been experimenting with mixing KVD’s Lolita with her other colours like Berlin, Lovesick and Double Dare to get colours close to the Nyx ones.

I’ve tried and for 2016 I’ve given myself a monthly budget. Though I haven’t been successful at a total makeup no-buy, I have been successful at not buying any foundations or bronzers for 2015. Baby steps lol.

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