You guys… I did it! And yep, I am as every bit surprised as you are.
Today’s the last day of the No-Buy and by a miracle, I survived. (can you tell i’m one for the dramatics?) In case you missed it, I decided to join in on the #NoBuyFebruary challenge together with a few brave skincare junkies. The rule is simple (on paper, at least): no skincare purchases for the entire month. I ended up not purchasing anything else (not even clothes!) apart from daily necessities, of course. Not having done this before, it was actually a lot harder than I had anticipated, but here’s what I took away from the no-buy experience.
Keeping Myself in Check
Being on the No-Buy made me hyper-aware of my consumerist/shopaholic tendencies. Seriously, I never realised how easy it was for me to part with my money… on things I don’t even necessarily need. You wouldn’t believe the number of times I caught myself almost giving up on the No-Buy and clicking through to check out, before I snapped out of it. (honestly, it did feel that dramatic lol) And this happened across countless online stores (Integrity Botanicals, Cult Beauty (why of course), Jordan Samuel Skin etc etc). I must’ve had 10 active carts at one point. I went absolutely bonkers but I’m proud of the fact that I kept myself in check and stuck to the No-Buy. Keeping myself in check and not letting myself get too carried away with sly marketing tactics (those bloody gift sets!) employed by retailers is something I’d like to continue practising.
With all the skincare products sitting in virtual carts and being restricted by this No-Buy, it gave me the chance to read more reviews and learn more about the products (what it’s made of, where it’s made and even brand ethics, etc). You guys, I’m over it. I’m over impulse shopping. Especially when it comes to skincare. I refuse to make anymore uninformed, spur-of-the-moment, need-to-fill-the-cart-so-i-get-freebies type purchases. Nope, not gonna do it. In the month of the No-Buy, I curated a list of skincare products I really *really* want to try. Nothing goes on The List without a look-up on the inci list and some research. I figure it would be really handy for when I come across a good sale or deal, so I don’t end up all “now why in the name of all that is sane did I buy this??”. It’s all about the prep, ya know! 😉
Shop Your Stash
I don’t necessarily have a huge skincare wardrobe yet some products do still get neglected or worse, forgotten about. Like when I rediscovered the Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance serum when I had thought I was missing a daytime serum. *face palm* Doing this No-Buy reminded me how important it is to first shop your stash before buying more.
Truthfully, I quite enjoyed (my husband’s card and my bank account probably did as well) doing the No-Buy and whilst I don’t think I’d be strong enough to do a consecutive No-Buy month, I might restrict and keep a close eye on my skincare spending habits. How did #NoBuyFebruary work out for you?
Until the next one, xo