My No Buy Year 2019 – Three Month Check In

2019, April 2019

2FB85FB0-E5CE-448C-A2A6-E0AFECAC93C7Last of the no buy posts (have a look at my wishlist HERE and the list of things I have bought HERE) is an overall roundup of my experience so far.

It definitely started on a high – in January it was all fresh and exciting, it was an interesting project to concentrate on. The time flew and the whole thing didn’t seem that difficult at all.

In February I was a little bit more tempted to buy, but I actually had decided not to buy a single beauty or clothing related item for the whole month – including repurchases (since I knew I wasn’t going to run out of anything). Having a dedicated page in my calendar and crossing out days one by one was definitely helpful. And so I kept my ground for another month.

At the beginning of March I felt like I didn’t want to buy anything because I just didn’t want to ruin my perfect record. Until I went through a few emotionally quite taxing days and I was just itching to make a purchase, any purchase! There was that little voice in my head whispering “common on now, you’ve had an absolutely horrendous day, just treat yourself”. This actually made me realise just how closely connected my buying habits and changes in my emotional state are. Thinking back it’s definitely very true – emotionally last year was by far the worst year of my life and coincidentally it was also the year I spent the most money on buying things. I mean – off the charts spending! So that is something I will definitely address in the coming months. Now that I have identified the triggers I just need to come up with a better strategy to deal with these situations. All in all – March has been hard, but I do feel I’m getting back on top of things and I’m hoping for a much better April.

I’ve mentioned wishlists before, but they really do work for me. I am surprised by how quickly things rotate in and out – there are items I would delete just hours after placing them at the top of my must buy list. As a result I have become a bit more selective when it comes to placing things on my wishlist in the first place. I have also become a bit wishlist obsessed spending more time than I would like to on perfecting my selections. Again – something I can improve on.

I do think I have become better at instinctively knowing what I will end up purchasing once my no buy is over and what will just not work for me. If I feel any hesitation or if I have to find reasons to convince myself to like something I know it’s not right and move on. It has also inspired me to declutter my collection because I can now very clearly hone in on things that should never have been there in the first place.

So far I have used up a whopping 26 items across the board, but I haven’t had to repurchase any. I still have at least one item in each category which has made me realise just how unnecessarily big my collection is. I have also discovered some absolute gems in my current collection and most times when I see something new and shiny I go back to the things I already own and I’m able find something very similar.

I have been able to carve out a bit more time to spend on other things like reading and just relaxing but I’m still not where I was hoping to be, but then there’s another nine month to go. And that’s the thing – it will take time to fix something I  have ignored for so long. I just hope a year is enough.

If you are also doing a no buy let me know in the comments below how it’s been going for you.

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My No Buy Year 2019 – What I’ve bought so far

2019, March 2019

A few weeks ago I shared what was on my current wishlist (HERE) – things that I would buy if it wasn’t for the no-buy. This time I thought I’ll share the products that I have actually purchased. I really do think I’ve done pretty well, especially compared to the quantities of beauty products I used to acquire pre my no buy year.

So far I’ve bought four items – three of which were partially covered by gift vouchers that were about to expire and another item entirely paid with by a gift voucher.

So these are the products that have made the cut:

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Mac Dazzleglass in Steppi’n Out (AUD 40.00) – I used to own a Dazlleglass and I remember really liking it, it’s probably one of the very few lip products that I’ve actually used up. I was really craving having it back in my collection. I had a gift voucher and I decided to go for it. No regrets there. I’ve really cherished it and have gotten a lot of use out of it. It’s supper shimmery and sticky, but it’s also pretty long lasting for a lip gloss and doesn’t bleed outside the lip line. I really like that it applies with a mini lip brush (I much prefer a brush over a traditional doe foot applicator for lip glosses). It’s not as bright and scary looking on the lips – the base colour is actually pretty sheer, it really is all about the shimmer with this one.

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter (£30.00/30ml) – I first swatched this when it launched about a year ago. Back then I thought it was a foundation and for that it was definitely too sheer so I just left it at that. However, at the end of 2018 when all the best in beauty yearly roundups started popping up on youtube this was being mentioned quite frequently, so I decided to give it another go. I mainly use it as a primer – it gives that extra dimension to whatever you put on top. It makes my complexion look absolutely luminous. So beautiful! The giant doe foot applicator, though? A pump would have been so much more convenient.

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L-R: Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter in 2. Light; Mac Dazzleglass in Steppi’n Out

By Terry Lash-Expert Twist Brush Mascara (£25.00/8.3g) – In my opinion, it’s currently one of the best mascaras on the market. Even without using the two step application method it will take your lashes to unseen heights. It’s also super long lasting, I would even say it’s semi waterproof, yet not too hard to remove when you’re done with it.

Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Cleansing Ritual (£32.50/2x75ml) – I am a sucker for oil cleansers and even a bigger sucker for Charlotte Tilbury, so really it’s no surprise I went for this. My full review is HERE, but in short – it’s a win.

I’m very happy with everything I have bought so far and I’m even happier I’ve managed to stick with my no buy rules (if you’re interested you can read more about my no buy HERE).

What are some of your favourite beauty purchases of 2019 so far?

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Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Cleansing Ritual Cleansers

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The new-ish cleansers form Charlotte Tilbury (£32.50/2x75ml) are a two step cleansing system (or ritual if you please) consisting of an oil/gel cleanser as the first step and a charcoal cleanser as the second step. It also comes complete with a muslin cloth.

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I do love a good oil based cleanser, it’s definitely my favourite cleanser texture. A charcoal cleanser, however, is something I have never tried before so I was very intrigued to see how these two work together.

The oil cleanser actually has a bit of a sticky honey-like texture which doesn’t go supper thin when applied (once applied it’s actually very similar in texture to the Oskia Renaissance Cleanser if you’re familiar with that one). I do really like it. I also really enjoy the very gentle lemon fragrance this has. It’s good at removing makeup (I do, however, usually use some kind of micellar water to remove the bulk of my makeup before going in with my cleanser). It does leave some residue on the skin but since you go over with the second step it doesn’t actually bother me too much.

The charcoal cleanser has almost a whipped texture – it’s very pleasant to use. Once I’m done with both steps my skin is left super super soft.

Together both products really make for a special little ritual and I’m very glad I decided to pick this duo up. I would happily buy it again. You do have to remember, though, that it’s quite pricey and I seem to be using it up quite quickly so it could easily turn in to an expensive habit especially if used both in the morning and in the evening. As a special treat, however, I’m all for it.

Have you tried any of the Charlotte Tilbury skin care products?

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Natasha Denona Star Palette

2019, March 2019

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This purchase was definitely inspired by Casey Holmes and her constant raving about the Green/Brown 28 pan palette a while back. Definitely a pricey purchase – the Natasha Denona Star Palette retails for AUD 245.00! It does, however, contain 18 shades which works out much cheaper than some other luxury shadows (for example, a single Chanel shade will set you back a whopping AUD 52.00!!!). It’s not much of a justification, I know. And for that much money you really want it to be perfect so lets get in-to the nitty-gritty.

My heart literally skipped a beat when I swatched some of the shades on display in Sephora. The eye-shadows are sooo soft and have the exact right level of pigmentation, they really are a pure joy! They apply, blend and build effortlessly.

Generally speaking I’m not much of a bright eye-shadow wearer. I tend to gravitate towards warmer neutrals with some rust and pink shades somewhere in the mix. The shades in the Star palette are quite neutral-ish. Sure there are some exciting duo-chromes and a fair share of very sparkly glitters, but there are also plenty of very wearable basics. From just looking at it I know I could very comfortably wear every single shade.

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L-R: Spectrum, Earth, Bellatrix, Diadem, Vega, Galaxia

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L-R: Flesh, Orion, Gemma, Phoenix, Supernova, Electra

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L-R: Atria, Titania, Cosmo, Polaris, Atik, Rhea

It’s up to you whether you want to use a primer or not. I did, I always do when I use powder eye-shadows because the shades come up brighter and stay put for longer. You will definitely need to use some sort of primer for the glitter shades (I used Too Faced’s Glitter Glue AUD 30.00/10.40 ml) to get them stick properly. There is also a lot of fall out with these shades so a setting powder to dust off the excess is another must. Or you can really channel your inner Casey and apply your eye-shadows before applying your base/face makeup.

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The only other con I can see is the transparent shade name sheet that is neither here nor there. I have kept it in for the photos but I will be removing it soon after this post goes live because it ends up either in front of the mirror or flaps on the actual shadows. I can’t see myself hanging on to the sheet once it’s out and do I really need to know the names of the shades I’m using? For completeness, though, the shade names should really be printed inside the palette. Other than that the packaging is very sturdy. It’s soft but not flimsy and I haven’t tried but I imagine it would travel well.

If money isn’t an issue and makeup is something that you enjoy this really has happy times written all over it. It’s a very special and a vey treasured item in my collection!

If, however, it’s a bit too pricey definitely look at some of the smaller Natasha Denona five shade palettes that retail for AUD 69.00. In terms of what else this compares to I would say Anastasia Beverly Hills eye shadow textures are just as superb as are Marc Jacobs’ offerings.

Do you own any Natasha Denona eye shadows? Do you think they are worth the hefty price tag?

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My Current No-Buy Wishlist – February 2019

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There will be a few no-buy related posts coming your way over the next month or so, but I thought I’ll start with a really fun one.

Ever since I can remember I have always had some kind of wish-list on hand. One of the first ones had a pair of red roller skates on it. Now, however, almost 20 years latter my wish-lists are almost entirely fashion and beauty centred.

For the purposes of this post imagine I was to give myself a free pass to buy some of those very coveted items. So this is what I would pick:

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Eye Shadow Palette (AUD 76.00) – I finally purchased the Modern Renaissance palette about four months ago and I’ve been so impressed with the quality. The eye-shadows are so soft, so pigmented, blend very nicely and they last so long. Everything you could ever want in an eye-shadow. Norvina seems like a great extension of Modern Renaissance colour scheme and I do love me some good shimmers and purples. Norvina just seems like a natural choice.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara (AUD 39.00) – I’ve been trying for ages to find a good cruelty free mascara but haven’t had any luck so far. I’ve heard great things about this mascara and it would be the next one I would try.

Benefit Boi-ing Brightening Concealer (AUD 38.00/4.4g) – It would be a bit of a panic buy actually. I’ve heard great things about the coverage levels of this concealer. Knowing how little sleep you get once you have a new baby I would be counting on this to make me presentable again.

Chanel Rouge Coco Flash Lipstick (USD 38.00) – this is the most unpractical and illogical of the bunch. A completely unnecessary purchase, it would be a pure indulgence. Something I want based on the branding, packaging and the newness of the product. There really isn’t anything that particularly special about this lipstick. Newertheles, I really, really want it!

GHD Glide Professional Hot Brush (AUD 210.00) – This just seems like such an amazing idea! First few reviews that I’ve seen have been pretty encouraging. I also know that GHD as a brand always delivers so I would have no hesitation to buy their newest hair tool.

At the moment I’m, of course, pretty certain I will buy all of these once my no-buy is actually over but who knows. It will be interesting to see if this list looks the same some nine or even six months in.

Are you doing a no-buy? Hope it’s going well!

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Current Favourites – February 2019

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Since I’m doing a no-buy this year most of my current beauty favourites are a bit of a re-discovery products. I have had all of these in my collection for at least a few months now but I just haven’t had the willingness to actually use them. There has always been something newer and more exciting that has taken over. Now, however, I have no excuses to push these aside and as a result I have discovered some real gems.

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Glamglow Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment (£16.00/15g) – probably the biggest surprise of the year so far. I have used some Glamglow products in the past and from what I can remember I wasn’t overly impressed so I was in no rush to use this mask. It does say ‘hydrating’, thought, which is something I always seem to want to have more of. I had a pretty intense ‘burning’ sensation when I first applied this (I suspect it’s due to the ginger being one of the ingredients). I didn’t think this would hydrate my skin in the slightest since hydration is something that usually feels quite comfortable and this did not feel comfortable at all. But I was wrong, oh so wrong! Once the burning passed my skin was left feeling smooth and supple. It’s now a product that I can’t wait to have on my face again.

Lipstick Queen Frog Prince Lipstick (£22.00) – even though it looks like a bit of a gimmick it actually is a superb lip product! This is everything every ‘my lips but better’ lip product has ever promised to be – slightly enhances my natural lip colour, gives my lips a good level of shine and feels very comfortable. There’s no patchiness or stickiness and it’s housed in a very nifty lightweight casing. Now only if they brought back the gloss version!

Hourglass brushes – very expensive but I reckon if I added up what I’ve spent over the years trying to find cheaper alternatives the Hourglass brushes would seem quite reasonable. I have the No.1 (£59.00) (I use to apply both pressed and loose powders all over my face) and the No.2 (£53.00) (I use for powder blushes). I have never once been disappointed with these and the application is always exactly what I expect. I’ve now got my eye on the No.3 (all over shadow), No.4 (crease) and No.9 (domed shadow) to ace my eye-shadow game!

Benefit Badgal Bang Mascara (full size £22.00) – Now I’ve got very high standards when it comes to mascaras! Give me all the volume and length, I’ve got no time for those ‘no makeup makeup’ mascaras. I want something that basically looks like fake lashes, every single time. This does exactly that. Definitely worth a repurchase.

Diptique Do Son EDP (AUD 227.00/75ml) – one that I would definitely describe as a winter scent. I moved to Australia just over a year ago and the fact that the seasons are the other way around is still something I haven’t quite got my head around. So my hand automatically reached for this. Who knew it also works well in the middle of summer. (It would work better in that crisp winter air to bring the full potential out of this, but hey-ho!) Tuberose is the dominating note and it’s fairly heavy (in a good way) and lasting scent. A less sophisticated version would be the original Gucci Bloom.

So there it is – my current favourites round up. What have you been loving lately?

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Current Skincare Routine – February 2019

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Here’s an update on my current skincare routines. I really enjoy creating and reading these to track which products have stood the test of time.

Morning

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CleanserOmorovicza Moor Cream Cleanser (full size AUD 103.00/150ml). I first discovered this cleanser back in December 2017 (it was included in the Caroline Hirons x Cult beauty box). It’s a very gentle non-foaming cream cleanser. I wouldn’t really use it for anything else than a morning cleanse (I once attempted to remove sunscreen with this cleanser and it did a horrendous job). At this point I’m not sure I would repurchase. It’s just a bit meh and I’ve been using it as my morning cleanser for over a year now so I’m up for switching things up a bit and trying something new. Not sure what that will be yet, though.

Toner – I’m still using the Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist (AUD 49.00/50ml). I’ve lost count how many bottle of this stuff I’ve gone through but it’s still the best! My initial review is HERE.

Serum – at the moment I’m using the Omorovicza Instant Perfection Serum (£85.00/30ml). I’ve only started using it about a week ago, but boy has it impressed me! It applies as a clear watery liquid and absorbs very quickly. The main benefits I have noticed are the hydration and brightening it provides. My complexion just appears fresher and more evened out in terms of both texture and any discolouration (of which I don’t have much to be fair). I also haven’t noticed any interference with other skincare or makeup products I put on top. A definite repurchase.

MoisturiserDrunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream (AUD 92.00/50ml). I’m very glad I decided to pick this up. I was very concerned since I had red quite a few reviews saying that this is a fairly heavy moisturiser more suitable for night. I personally haven’t found that to be the case at all. The texture is very solid, but soft and once applied it actually spreads out very thinly and looks almost matte on the skin. I have had zero problems with putting makeup on top of it and I have not noticed any greasy appearance or feel throughout the day. Big thumbs up and a very sure repurchase.

Eye creamMadara Smart Antioxidants Anti-Fatigue Eye Rescue Cream (EUR 31.00/15ml) – it’s good, but that’s more or less all I can say. Seems hydrating enough and I love the very sleek no-fuss packaging. The only con in my experience is the fact that it makes almost all of my mascaras to smudge a little on the bottom lashes. Other than that I would definitely consider repurchasing. At the moment, though, I have a bottle of Drunk Elephant’s C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream (AUD 98.00/15ml) lined up to try next. Once that runs out – I’ll have to reassess.

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Cleanser – Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm (£47.00/100g) – it’s that solid but soft oil texture that I like so much. It melts beautifully once applied and destroys all makeup and/or sunscreen without drying my skin. It also doesn’t stick to your skin and is easily removable with a wet flannel.  An oldie but a goodie that I come back to time and time again. Packaging is not super travel friendly and the fragrance is not to my taste, but other than that I have no complains at all.

MoisturiserAurelia Probiotic Cell Revitalise Night Moisturiser (£58.00/60ml). Simple in packaging and texture but so so effective. I absolutely hate the smell, but the actual formula seems to do wonders for my skin and thankfully the smell doesn’t linger for too long. I always wake up with smooth, supple, well moisturised but not greasy skin. So far it’s the best night cream I’ve ever used.

Eye creamTata Harper Restorative Eye Cream (AUD 138.00/15ml) – by now it’s a staple and I can’t see myself switching to anything else anytime soon. I have really noticed a difference when I’ve stopped using it. If you’re up for my full rave head HERE.

Extra Steps

Since I’m pregnant at the moment I have removed most of the extra treatments from my routine for the time being in fear of using anything that could be harmful. The only “extras” I use are the odd sheet masks every now and then. I really like the Garnier Fresh-Mix Vitamin C Tissue Mask (AUD 6.99/per mask), these are an instant fix whenever my skin is looking particularly dry and/or dull. I have actually become very found of the whole sheet mask thing altogether. I know this doesn’t make much sense but in a way they seem a lot less restrictive than traditional masks (maybe because the sheet masks are so easy to pack for travel).

What is your favourite skincare product at the moment?

P.S. Don’t forget Space NK is running their £15 off for every £60 spent offer until 11 Feb. Great time to stock up!

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My No-buy Year – 2019

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I feel like I touched on this in my Beauty Resolutions post back in March last year but it’s taken me the most part of the last year to really hone in on what the actual issue is/was. If I’m really honest with myself overindulging in consumerism is something I have not been happy with for a few years now. Looking back at my journey I definitely can see how I got here and each of the phases was just a natural progression reflecting the places where I was both physically and mentally. Don’t get me wrong I don’t condemn that time by any means. Somehow, however, I’ve ended up in a place where I’m not entirely happy about how things are standing.

Having worked up the carrier ladder has meant that many of the things that I used to see as something that only happens in movies but not to real life people (like me) were starting to happen to me. And pretty frequently too. As far as shopping goes I was now able to afford that designer handbag of dreams and could easily afford luxury beauty products. I no longer had to rummage the shelves of drugstores to find the best savings. I worked hard to get there and I was truly enjoying every second of being in that position. Somewhere along the way, though, it all backfired. Just like with everything else in life having too much of the good stuff becomes not that good at all. What at first was a special experience soon became an everyday occurrence that instead of bringing me joy and excitement started to become very draining. I’m very fortunate that it never brought upon any damaging financial consequences so budgeting is not necessarily my main concern and the reason why I’m doing a no-buy (though, it still plays a role). It’s more the constant longing for that next best thing and not being able to enjoy the abundance of the beautiful things that I already own.

I also hope it will free a lot of my time because at the moment I spend so much of it looking for and researching things that I newer thought I needed. I’m just so tired of the endless search both online and within brick and mortar shops for something that I might want to buy.

In short – I want to become more mindful and appreciative of what I already have and be more present and spend my time on things that truly enrich my life (none of which are material objects).

In the past I’ve tried to cull my shopping habits by setting strict budgets and so far it hasn’t really worked. I’ve also been flirting with the ides of minimalism and I am constantly working on coming up with the best version of a minimalist lifestyle to suit my particular preferences. Again, though, I haven’t really been able to reconcile it all and come up with a workable plan to stop the mindless shopping. I would say that overall things have improved, however, I feels like it’s still not quite right.

Then one day more or less out of nowhere a video by Hannah Louise Poston popped up on my Youtube feed. It was her No Buy Year project and it instantly caught my attention. After a fairly short research to understand what it was and how it worked I spent a few days toying with the idea of taking up a no-buy myself. I had never considering something so radical but I just couldn’t shake the concept, something had just clicked. Long story short – I’ve decided to do a no-buy in 2019.

Everyone can come up with their own rules that will differ from person to person. I too have set my own parameters to make the whole thing more achievable.

My biggest tripping stones by far are clothing (including shoes and accessories) and beauty products. So these are the categories that I am targeting this year. For beauty products the rules are simple – no new beauty purchase except buying genuine replacements (when I run out of something that I can’t replace with another item that I already own). The only purchases here I can see are skincare, hair care and body care items because I really don’t see myself using up any make-up items that I have no alternatives for in my collection already.

For clothes it’s the same again – no purchases and here I’m not even anticipating having to buy any replacements. BUT – I have allowed for two exceptions. Firstly, I’m five months pregnant at the moment and even though I think I’ve got enough maternity clothes left from my first pregnancy I’m allowing for an extra item of maternity wear if I really start feeling I’m getting restricted in my choices. Also, I’m allowing for an item of clothing that makes me feel on top of the world to reward myself when and if I’ve lost the baby weight (which going by my past experience should be at some point later in the year).

Gift vouchers/rewards points/genuine gifts are allowed to be whatever I want. I’m also allowing a reasonable overspend in case I need to spend my own money when a voucher doesn’t cover the full price of a particular item. I’ve deliberately left this particular section of my no-buy rules very relaxed because I want it to be an overall positive experience and something that I can really gain from not some form of self punishment.

Buying things like home-wares, baby stuff, food, travel, beauty treatments and everything else isn’t a particular source of concern for me (and for many other reasons it is not feasible to restrict these categories at this time) so these are not affected by the no-buy. However, if I start noticing that I’m shifting my bad shopping habits to the “clear” categories I’ll review the rules.

I’m hoping to do fairly regular check-ins mostly to document my journey and have something more structured to look back at. I’m also writing down certain things to be able to draw some interesting stats at the end of the project, which I anticipate could be very surprising.

If you too are doing a No-Buy, congratulations and good luck! Please share your tips and progress in the comments section.

For inspiration see Hannah’s channel HERE (it’s also good for an insight of what happens after a no-buy). Rachael (HERE) has a very snappy, structured and realistic approach. And of course, lovely Ysis (HERE) for a feel good and mindful ideas on how to do a no-buy.

Also – to help with re-wiring your brain when it comes to consumerism try Eva’s channel HERE and, of course, the numerous resources available on the whole philosophy behind the Minimalists movement.

Beauty Resolutions for 2018

2018, March 2018

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I’m actually very big on new years resolutions. I think I must have been jotting down my resolutions every year since I was in my teens. It’s less of a list of must dos and more of general idea of where and how I see myself growing in the new year.

For the first time I decided to do a bit of a beauty themed list of resolutions. Having to pack all my belongings a few months ago to move across the world has really made me think a lot about my buying habits. I really had to weed my collection when I was preparing for the move. There was no way I could lug all those bottles and potions with me. And more importantly – there really was no need for it either. I think I am now at a point where I know myself well enough to accurately judge what suits me and what doesn’t and what works for me and what doesn’t. It’s also the sheer wastefulness – I must have thrown out close to half of my collection to prepare for the move. Most of them were things I really had no use for. If anything I’m glad they’re gone because all I felt when I looked at them was the guilt of time, money and space I was wasting.

I want to be strict with new purchases, but at the same time I don’t want to loose out on the enjoyment that beauty gives me. I’m not saying there will be no exceptions but I really want to think about my new purchases. I want to make less impulse buys and do a lot more research before taking the plunge. Putting things on a wish-list that I review every now and then (I use Pinterest), checking my current stash to see whether I already own something very similar (I own so many lipsticks that are essentially all the same shade) and referring to the list of product categories that haven’t worked for me in the past (read more HERE) has been doing the trick so far (it’s very early days, though). I also keep a track of what I use up (again I use Pinterest) to get a realistic picture of how many beauty products I actually need.

With that comes the natural step of prioritising quality over quantity. I really would rather own that one special item than ten meh ones. Given my current lifestyle (a new-ish mum) I have been gravitating a lot towards the skincare because it’s really all I have time for. So quality shouldn’t be hard to achieve – there are so many superstar products out there.

Another topic that has become increasingly important to me is testing beauty products on animals. By no means I’m planning to achieve a 100% cruelty free collection by the end of the year, it will take much longer to transition, but I want to make conscious choice not to buy from brands that test on animals. There are actually quite a few cruelty free high end brands to choose from – I’ve lately been particularly obsessed with Too Faced, but there’s also Hourglass, Smashbox, Urban Decay and Molton Brown to name a few. Plenty to choose from. I use Cruelty-Free and Bunny Free Apps for a quick reference when I’m out shopping.

I’ll update you in a few months time to let you guys know how I’ve been getting on with my resolutions.

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Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips in Pin Up Pink

March 2018

I started drafting this post a few months back so it’s probably a little less relevant now, however, I decided to still go ahead and post it. Even though I never really warmed up to the idea of matte liquid lipsticks I was very excited about this launch because I pretty much adore every single product I have tried from the Charlotte Tilbury range. If I had to limit myself to buying only one make-up brand for the rest of my life I would be more than happy for that brand to be Charlotte Tilbury.

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A word of warning on these – you should only buy after trying the shades in person. For some reason they look nothing like the photos on the website (and you will notice it is a common trend in the reviews) so I ended up with a completely different shade than the one I went in to buy initially. The shades are also extremely similar to one another with just slight variations in undertones that can really only be detected in person. The shade I went for in the end – Pin Up Pink, for example, is described as ‘shimmery coral pink’ and the picture on the website looks pretty darn pink. In real life it’s more of a dusky muted red. It also looks much darker on the lips than it does in the tube.

Shade issues aside the formula itself is quite unique as far as liquid mattes go – creamy is definitely the first thing that comes to mind. Think a much more pigmented NXY Soft Matte Cream. It’s also set and matte pretty much from the get go so there is no waiting around for it to dry (which can sometimes come with an annoying shade change). It still feels like a lipstick once applied but just a bit more powdery if that makes sense. Unlike other matte liquid lipsticks I’ve tried this one doesn’t completely zap the moisture out of your lips but there is still some slight dryness. The staying power is what you would expected from a liquid matte – quite a few hours before you need to touch up (and that’s with meals in between).

All in all I’m glad I picked it up but it’s unlikely I will go back for another shade. As comfortable as it is I still think Charlotte’s Revolution Matte lipstick formula is far more superior. Hollywood Lips come in a total of 11 shades and they are AUD 49.00/£24.00 each.

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