Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Temptalia Asks You


Have you ever been on a no-buy? This is where you’ve put yourself on a self-imposed “no buy” of beauty products.

Temptalia's AnswerNot truly, but I did try to be a on no-buy/low-buy of philosophy Shower Gels for a few months, which worked out well – I said not until we’ve cleared out one drawer of the ones we already have! And I try to limit myself to buying sets/smaller sizes (so I can try more scents).

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44 thoughts on “Have you ever been on a no-buy?

  1. Avatar of Jaune Jaune

    More like a “can’t buy because I’m too broke.” Been on a lot of those.

  2. JC

    I’ve tried no-buys and even Project 10-Pan at one point. The no-buys work for a couple of weeks, but P10P doesn’t work too well lol…

  3. Yes! I successfully completed a Project 10 Pan several months ago. Since then, I have cut back to only buying new things when I have run out of something else. I love this way of doing things. It keeps my spending in control and my collection at a reasonable size!

  4. mightyclassy07

    I do no-buys on certain product types every now and again. Currently I’m on a nail polish no-buy. Though I’m lusting after Zoya Storm…

    • Avatar of Robin MAChostage

      I just got Storm a couple of days ago — after putting myself on a nail polish no-buy. I put it on my toes last night. It’s worth it. :)

  5. Orlane

    I did! especiallyfor skincare, I have so many moisturizers! I have to say I’m kind of a skincar unkie, and having sensitive skin does not help, but I’m laways told I have great skin hehe. :D

    I did one for makeup too, specially when I realized I had 40 lipsticks! I’m still on a proect 3 pan lips, which consists on finishing 3 lip products before allowing myself to buy another one. It’s taking moooonths but I won’t break it.

    Now I have to say, I’m quite happy with everything I have but do have a wishlist and the Holiday season sets do not help haha! so tempting! especially when your new love is called Laura Mercier ;).

  6. Avatar of Anastasia Anastasia

    I am currently on a 6 month no-buy, Sephora’s VIB sale was tough.

  7. julia

    how could i do a no buy?? why? seriously, i doesn’t make sense : D

  8. Avatar of Mariella Mariella

    I did for a few weeks last year, mostly to see if I could do it. I guess I’m on a bit of a “no buy” now, but that’s just because I am truly starting to feel overwhelmed by the amount of makeup I have and it’s almost sapping my enjoyment of the products themselves. The BalmJovi palette is available here in Canada now and I looked at it and actually put it back… I’m running out of space to store my makeup in any way that makes it easy to get at. So it’s not so much a “no buy” as an “I really don’t want to buy”.

  9. I’ve been on a lipstick, lipgloss and nail polish no buy for a little while now. Well, I’ve been on a lipstick and lipgloss no buy and trying to force myself on a nail polish no buy without success lol.

  10. I’m always on a no buy, lol. I try to ask myself before I buy something if I have anything like it, and when/how will I use it, just so I don’t end up with any dust collectors. Then I take a minute to think of all the other similar products I have, and usually end up putting it down.

  11. I’m constantly on non-voluntary no buys, as in, “I’m too broke” no buys lol.

  12. Avatar of Lauren Lauren

    I’m actually about to embark on a complete no buy (other than replacements of necessities). I really need NOTHING else. However, I’ve been on a nail polish no buy for about 2 months. I’m also currently on a blush no buy. But like I said, that’s expanding to all products.

  13. So broke right now so I am at a no-buy situation. Also stopped purchasing nail polishes after experiencing Shellac on my nails.

  14. L

    I’m on a no-buy for makeup right now actually. When I ordered makeup the last time, the place I usually shop really screwed up my last order by sending me OLD, unusable products, and forgetting some. I :/ was not impressed because if I gave that to my sister as a gift as I was going to, I would have been embarassed. When places do that, I don’t shop there for a while if ever. Banning online shopping is like banning makeup, because where I live, there is no drugstores, pharmacies, or any of that kind of thing, So I buy everything online.

  15. Yes But I’ve never been able to last more then 5 months on it. I crack every time, and by something local. I’m technically on a no buy till January again on everything but food. Buying only present for others. ;)

  16. Avatar of Robin MAChostage

    Like a lot of us here, I’m sure, I have an impossible amount of makeup, including nail polish. I am currently involved in a I-refuse-to-buy-any-type-of-cosmetic-unless-it-is-absolutely-unique-or-breathtaking lifestyle. I have decided that my own collection is beautiful and all encompassing so I can just stop buying, for Pete’s sake. I will say that I’ve gotten a whole lot better than I used to be.

  17. ProductObesessed

    It’s so funny this should be heading up the site this morning — As I unpacked the contents of 5 boxes that arrived yesterday (stupid promo-codes!), I resolved then and there that my mad desire to find The Perfect Combination of Whatever has GOT to be put on absolute hold until I finish playing with what I already HAVE — such a struggle for me, as I’m always sure that the NEXT Magic Item I purchase WILL be THE ONE that changes my life. So far, hasn’t happened. Vowing to take 2013 off. I have to go cry now. Thank you for letting me share! :(

    • Nicoco Chanel

      Oh man, that is so me with buying cosmetics! “WELL MAYBE THIS ONE WILL BE THE HG PRODUCT… I know I rambled about how amazing that one was, but what if THIS ONE is better and I don’t buy it???”

      New shiny syndrome, seriously.

    • Winni

      Sigh. Me too.

  18. Avatar of T Violet Lee

    I was just thinking about this last night! I have soooo much make-up, it’d take me years to finish everything. And I keep buying shades similar to stuff I already own (let’s face it, how many variations of hot pink lippies do I really need?). I’m finally feeling maybe I’ll just let my make-up addiction lie fallow for a while and concentrate on new hobbies like woodworking (power tools are expensive!).

  19. Jaz

    Yep. And I am planning another one after I get my palettes & liners for Christmas

  20. Avatar of Veronica Veronica

    Occasionally, I’ll go on a full no-buy if I foresee lots of financial responsibilities down the road, but right now, I’m on a lipstick-only Project Pan, forcing myself to use up at least three tubes before I buy more. It’s taking quite awhile, but I’m almost at the end of one of my Revlon Lip Butters, and the satisfaction of completely something is setting in.

  21. Avatar of KaseyCannuck KaseyCannuck

    I figured I needed a no-buy when I had 2 Sephora orders en route within a week of each other. This was the DAY BEFORE Mac Pro products hit the website *sniffling* I don’t even want to talk about the Sephora F&F sale, which I went to in person. Other than mascara, I could probably wear makeup every day for the next 50 years and not run out!!
    Oh yeah, its time for a no-buy indeed!!

  22. Avatar of Shaun Shaun

    I go on no buys all the time! I tell Christine: No, don’t buy that. But then she buys it anyway.

  23. Telma

    Saveral times, and I failed miserably each time.

    • Nicoco Chanel

      +1000000

      And if I try a specific product only, I end up lemming other things (see: trying to cut down on eyeshadows, lemming all the foundations ever.)

  24. Liz

    I’m supposed to be on one right now. Meanwhile, I just bought a lipstick during BB’s Black Friday sale. So now I’m saying I’ve drastically cut back.

  25. Avatar of Pamela Pamela

    I went on a no buy right before Style Seekers was released. It was the worst timing ever! I really wanted Camden Chic and two blushes. It was the first MAC collection to feature warm colors in awhile. Now, the latest are back to cool colors which make me look blah.

  26. Yes I have…and it was short lived lol. So I amended it to a no-eyeshadow-buy since THAT is where I was spending the most. I’ve been doing great with that although I have definitely been tempted lol

  27. I’m currently on a blush no-buy, because I have one that works great for me, and if it’s not broken, don’t fix it. =P I’m really trying not to buy any nail polish because I recently just bought a lot, and it’s been about 3 weeks so far. (: And I’m also on a very strict no buy with lipgloss! Very hard, but I’ve managed to go for about a month so far. (:

  28. VickyM

    Considering I´m in college, which means I don´t have alot of money you would think I would have frequent no buys. However I have few products that I adore, most of them high end that I researched alot about, saving up money for a long time to buy them. So I have never been on a makeup no buy…I have been on fantasy jewelry no buy though lol :P .

  29. Avatar of Kendra Kendra

    I’m also on a Philosophy no-buy!

    I have WAY to many. Those showergels are huge and take forever to get through (which isn’t a bad thing) but they definitely accumulate. It doesn’t help when I also always seem to get them as gifts.

  30. jess

    I do this a lot but really struggle! I have so much makeup now I mostly buy nail polish, there are so many new and unique colors being put out now! I will put a “no shopping” post it on my cell phone home screen (I use the colornote app and you could can put post-its and checklists all over your screens!)Anyways i will cross out how many days I’ve gone or no shopping until ___. It helps me hold my ground! I have never heard of this Project 10 Pan thing, i will definitely google it!

    Does any one have sny other tips to help you stick to a no-buy?

  31. Mia

    I’m always on a no buy … It never last … Hence the 48 blushes that I own

  32. Avatar of Iris Iris

    Yes I have been on a no-buy for a long time, because make up gets a bit expensive and I’m currently looking for a new job next to school so can’t afford most of the good stuff right now unfortunetly. My wishlist is getting insanely long though

  33. Niki

    Yes, I try to do a 3-month or 6-month NO BUY every year, except for in Year 2012, because I decided to expand my makeup collection and now that I have makeup stash made up products that I absolutely love and enough variety to maintain my love of makeup, I have decided to go on a year long NO BUY for specific products so I can keep my stash the size it is for I don’t want more make than I can realistically use up in 2 or 3 years.

    Thus, for all of Year 2013, I have decided that I will not buy any eye shadows; any cheek products (i.e. powder/loose/mineral blushes, cream blushes, highlight powders/products, bronzers & contour powder/products); and any lip products (i.e. lip balms, lipsticks, lip glosses and lip pencils).

    I feel good about my decision and quite frankly, I am looking forward to saving the money that will result from only buying my essential makeup items.

  34. Jackie

    I’m trying to put myself on a blush no-buy. I own way too many blushes and it can make it difficult when I’m trying to decide what blush to wear with what [makeup] look in the morning. I have way too many blushes to choose from. It’s hard, though, because so many cosmetic comnpanies put out nice blushes that I want to try…and then I want to get several of their shades…It adds up eventually. I told myself that I won’t buy any more new blushes until at least the New Year, unless something comes out that’s really unique, remarkable, and I absolutely can’t pass it up. Wish me luck.

  35. Audrey

    When a type of product piles up. I’m eager to try new things, but purchasing a mascara when you already have 4 tubes at home irritates me on the inside. Hate the thought of having all those things and not using any. /not a full-blooded collector-type, I guess/ So I eventually venture on using them up.
    The first half of the year was dedicated to “dump the cartload of mascaras and face masks”. The fall is for the foundation samples, last winter for the bath salts/oils/bubble baths.
    I’m still legged behind in the moisturizer/ hair conditioner area, but they are all-year-rounders so don’t feel such a pain in the (….) as the ones mentioned above.
    It’s SO releaving having all those bottles/tubes empty right on their way to the dumpster then popping into the store and replacing the many with only one.