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Mariella Avatar

Much less often now than 2 years ago…partly because of COVID and all the lockdowns and my own caution about going into malls especially when the masking rules are so lax, but also because I just have so much makeup, most of which I’ve hardly made a dint in, and, as I’ve said so often, that diminishes my actual enjoyment of what I have. I was at Sephora this week to take advantage of the 15% off (whoopie!) but that was the first time in a looong time, just because I honestly need so little!

peach Avatar

It varies. I’m trying to be mindful. I have no interest in going into stores because they gave up valuing life here a long time ago. So, I pick up only a few inexpensive things every few months- online.

Ana Maria Avatar

For me it’s on a need to buy basis, as I run my makeup collection on a replace finishing items rule. And since I track estimated times to finish, I usually bulk my purchases around sales.
So I might make several purchases in 1-2 weeks during sales periods (around Black Friday, my birthday, etc.), then purchase nothing for 1-2 months.

Nancy T Avatar

Much less often than I did before the lockdown a little over 2 years ago. Seems like the pandemic just sucked the joy out of either purchasing or even wearing makeup the way I did before that. And I would go far enough to say that this likely happened to many others. And I ask myself: Was it the masks? Was it the isolation? Or was it basically because it was such a strange, depressing time?
Probably all of the above.

Helene Avatar

For me it was the depressing time, other than wearing a mask when grocery shopping and visiting the veterinary my life was just the way it always is. I think it’s because I’m kind of an introvert, I like being alone, with the dog, and now my son. I always thought of myself as a lone wolf. I can, and do like hanging out with friends but I need a long time to rest after so I don’t do it often.

Nikki Avatar

I seem to be in the opposite mindset to you and many others, Nancy, because I’ve been dedicated to wearing a different makeup look every day since Ohio had its first shutdown in spring 2020 and I’ve found it to be a very joyful and positive thing! The way I see it is that no matter how chaotic the pandemic or anything else going on in the world might be, I’m in total control of what makeup I wear for the day, even if the rest of the world feels out of control!

Nina Avatar

On average at least once every six weeks because that’s when I get a new Clinique eyeliner. I never buy two in the event I outgrow it and it only lasts 6 weeks. I wear eyeliner every single day so I can whip through a tube fast.

Cristiana Avatar

I buy makeup about once a month. With the amount of products I have I think that is too often. I am considering going to a replacements-only no buy for the rest of this year. I completed a no-buy last year and this year going back to being able to spend freely on makeup has been difficult.

Genevieve Avatar

I do get the sense that many brands are still recovering from the pandemic and their workforce is quite decimated due to illness as there seems to be a slowing down of releases – which is no bad thing because it means we shop our stashes more and appreciate what we have.
How often I buy makeup is actually a bit of a random event. Sometimes I will see lipsticks that I have really liked on this blog and have managed to find them on sale – like Shiseido’s Visionary Gel lipsticks and then I have purchased the ones I like. Ditto for a new foundation that I happened to try – more than half price off and I decided to purchase a bottle and found I loved it – went back and got some more.
As for eyeshadows – these are more ‘planned’ purchases as they have to be reviewed here on this blog and get your seal of approval. I then have to work out where to purchase from – usually an international one – as in the case of Lorac – which is not sold here in Aus. I tend to like ‘your’ autumn releases more than any other collection during the makeup year.

So to answer the question – maybe every few months or more.

Helene Avatar

Not nearly as often as I used to.
After having my young dog having surgery twice and spend two weeks in intensive care before I had to give up and let him go to doggy heaven, then having my older dog also get surgery but only after a CT of his liver that I had to pay for myself. I spent thousands and thousands and then some on them, I have to reduce all costs, therefore my no buy, though this month it’s a low buy. I used to buy something once or twice a month, now maybe I buy something every four month, and only things that fill a hole in my stash, or at least I imagine it does or things I use daily like skincare.

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