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Once in a while, but I’m so much better than I used to be, I think because I know my stash is in a good place now. As for avoiding impulse; I try to not buy online (too easy) and always wait for reviews. If that nag to get them doesn’t go away, then I pick it up!

I don’t think I ever have. I always read reviews/look at swatches before I make a final decision. I’m kind of a weirdo.

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Honestly rarely. It only happened 2 times that I can remember. One was the MSFN in Medium Dark which was too dark for me (when did MAC ever color match me right anyways). I just had to try this cult favorite but I was left unimpressed. Another was a really long time ago at a Bobbi Brown counter. Got a concealer that I think I paid way too much for. I normally research something extensively before buying and the few times I bought something impulsively I hated it.

I typically only impulse buy DS products, especially if there’s a sale, or I have a coupon. However, there’s still a good chance it was something I had previously considered. For HE products, I keep an ongoing list, and try my best to stick to it.

I definitely impulse buy… but my impulse buying is when I see something on this blog and I immediately plan on when I’m going to the store to buy it, even if I really don’t need it because I don’t wear makeup that often… which is why I have an enormous stack of makeup that will last me my lifetime… luckily school has kept me busy so much now that I’ve stopped stalking your blog every night for new posts like I did when I worked full-time so I’ve cut down on the impulse buying a bit, lol…

Yes, a Japanese brand eyeliner name Three Cosmetics. Their metallic eyeliners are out of the world but hell expensive. So had to avoid the greed.

Yes! I’m going to start implementing no buys so that I only buy what I really/ need. Like I can’t buy anything unless it’s on sale or I have a discount code during a month when I’m letting myself. Then on months I can’t buy beauty products, everything goes on a list for the next buy period and then I buy what still need/ want that’s within that month’s budget. It won’t be fun at first, but it’s a much needed step! Plus there is no way I’ll be running out of much in the near future!

I keep a list, and it really does help. When I decide to buy, I also jot down how much I’m able to spend, keeping it a bit lower to allow for things like sales tax, second choices, etc., and pick the top items from the list that fit within that budget. I’m actually setting out to place an online order of things I can’t get in-store, and I’ve actually removed half the items that have been there for nearly a year.

Hmmmnnn – how many people see these responses? LOL. I do impulse buy. Sometimes it gets so bad that I have to put myself on a “No Buy” program to both clear the credit cards and clear usable space in the house.

No! I am having a hard time resisting that new Smashbox palette, though. (Those mattes take the cake). I will be good and wait for swatches.

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Not too often, thanks to this site and Makeupalley – I almost always check out reviews before handing over my money, even when it would otherwise have been an “impulse buy”. I have quite a few exceptions but, luckily, they’ve all turned out to be good purchases.

Sometimes. I tend to impulse buy more when it comes to drugstore items. Although, occasionally Sephora will have something new or interesting that I will randomly purchase.

I impulse buy a mere fraction of what I used to courtesy of Temptalia. A number of years ago prior to becoming a subscriber, I would find myself suckered into virtually every MAC and NARS release; couldn’t watch one go by without at least paying for a couple of lipsticks or an eyeshadow. Plus, items would jump into my cart during checkout at Sephora and the impulse haul would be completely over the top when at a Seohora or department store in person. During that time I found myself giving away piles and piles of completely unused or barely touched makeup to friends and family. I spent a lot of money on items I ending up not liking or even using.

Now I plan my buying seasonally and hand pick items from collections based on reviews. I too use a wishlist as a screening process. I frequently add items only to come back later and seriously pare the list down. I’ve also gotten over my ‘collection’ tendencies; the one in my head which told me I needed every available colour of a specific product. Still, there are moments when that concern of having an item completely sold out compels me to buy off the cuff. Fortunately, those items are relatively few and I really could give a rat’s a$$ if a MAC LE collection sells out before I have to chance to evaluate the purchase. The products I enjoy most tend to be part of the pro or permanent collection.

Apologies for the long post here, but it really got me thinking on how my buying strategies have changed. I also find myself now using the Temptalia swatch gallery a LOT. My stash has become filled with many many products I love and use and now I am at the stage where I have to consider I might be inadvertently buying colour dupes. I started noticing last year I have a tendency towards specific colour ranges. So not only do I consider the actual review of a product, but I also pull up dupes to see what might exist already in my stash and whether or not the item is significantly different enough to qualify as a ‘need’.

The End. 🙂

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Thank you so much, Wendy!! <3 <3

Before blogging like I do now, I'd totally go into a MAC launch and buy WAY more than I would use or want. I think being more choosy and picking the best things is definitely the way to go. I use the wish list method for anything I tend to have a knee-jerk desire to buy, because usually if I try to sideline it... I'll forget about it for a bit. If that's the case, then I didn't REALLY want it!

I'm so glad you find the Swatch Gallery as useful as I do! It has always been my favorite part of Temptalia 😉 Aside from lovely readers like yourself, of course!!

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I, too, have successfully used the “stall” strategy on myself.
Sometimes when I fixate on an item, I’ll distract myself, put the item out of my mind, and when I come back to it weeks later, my attitude has become, “Meh – I’ve lived without it this long – I guess I can keep living withut it permanently.”
The only trouble is, this doesn’t *always* work! 🙂

I can completely identify with that feeling of ‘must have’ compulsion. And yes, it does go away on its own accord following some mental distancing. I think wishlists are perfect for that. 😀

Wishlists have been *extremely* successful for me. I’ve had several items on my list for nearly a year (in some cases), and now that I’m preparing a fairly hefty online haul, half of those items have fallen off. It also helps that the Holidays are coming up, and I’ve decided to beat the rush to make sure Santa brings my little one everything on her list, so finances have been a bit restrained. Next month, however…

Occasionally; eBay is my Achilles’ heel. Normally I try to walk away from things I like but don’t immediately love or anything that’s expensive- if I’m still thinking longingly about it later I buy it. I can only think of a couple of true impulse buys I’ve regretted- MAC Swish is my reminder not to buy things without testing/swatching them. The best solution I’ve found to inhibit impulse buys is to be saving up for something else…

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All the time!

I usually plan when it comes to buying the basics (foundation, primer, mascara, etc.), but the vast majority of my eye and lip colors come from impulse buys, especially now that there are so many awesome, well priced indy brands.

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