For the first quarter of 2015 (January – March), I’ve decided to adopt a “low buy” policy when it comes to beauty-related items. You’ve probably heard of no-buys where one restricts ones purchases to only essential items like running out of cotton pads or face wash. And Low Buys are probably just as common – though individuals have different parameters for how they will restrict themselves.
Although I did some heavier than usual spending towards the end of last year, this decision was not prompted by budget (though I absolutely do have one), as much as it was by my desire to foster greater appreciation for what I already have. To be clear, I do not think I over spent or that I’m out of control. More like, overwhelmed. While shopping the early Spring 2015 makeup collections online (of which there are many), I suddenly became very overwhelmed. Usually, I have no problems deciding what is “worth it” to me and, therefore, what I will purchase. But I found myself paralyzed by indecision. I think that this was partially due to the fact that, obviously, I have no need for anything.
The situation called for me to develop some guidelines for myself – which I did. I decided to limit my purchases only to those items that truly peaked my interest. Not just because they were new or limited – but because they stirred in me a distinct and recognizable urge like, “oh, I really want to try that”. Now, you might think that feeling happens often. But actually, once I really made myself conscience of it – it didn’t happen as often as I thought.
Moving beyond the early Spring releases, I’ve decided to apply this approach to the first three months of the year and see how I do. Additionally, I’m adding a few more “guidelines” which include: 1) No more than one shopping trip a week (even just to browse); 2) Not justifying mass purchases just because I’m abroad and have access to different brands and 3) Not purchasing just because of an awesome GWP – unless, of course, I really want them items despite the extra perks.
You’ll see some Hauls in the next few weeks of purchases I’d made in December or gifts I’d received. And I will be making new purchases, this isn’t a no-buy after all. But I’m hoping to get back to a place where I am more conscience about my purchases.
On another note, as you may know if you’ve been around a while, in addition to stand alone posts, I feature some themed posts/series here on Beauty Isles. I’m trying to organise and streamline some of them as well as add new ones. Going forward, the series schedule will look something like this:
- Monday: It’s a surprise for now, but a new series will begin in February, with a once monthly feature on the first Monday of the month.
- Travel Exclusive Tuesdays: Another new series, which will also begin in February. Again, it won’t be every Tuesday. Maybe about once a month or thereabouts.
- Brand Spotlights Wednesdays: I’ve decided to limit Brand Spotlights to only those brands that are completely (or nearly completely) new to me. Therefore, there probably won’t be as many Brand Spotlights as there were before. Of course, I’ll continue to review anything that interests me but the “Brand Spotlight” designation will be restricted in the manner mentioned.
- Foundation Fridays: About twice a month, I want to feature a new foundation review. A girl can only own so many foundations – so I can’t promise that there will always be two per month but for the near future, anyway, there are a decent number in my collection that I have yet to review.
- Sample Saturdays: The Instagram only Sample Saturdays Series where I feature mini reviews of packet samples will continue.
- Skincare Sundays: Skincare reviews will move to Sundays. Of course, this doesn’t prejudice skincare that may also form part of a Brand Spotlight, Travel Exclusive or Sample Saturday post.
Do you guys have a beauty budget? What do you think about the concept or “low buys” or “no buys”? Do you participate in them or are they just a silly title to refer to something that’s pretty much common sense? Lol.
Anyway, that’s it for now guys! I hope that I can continue to grow and improve this blog and I thank you all for your continued support!
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