So, I bought stuff in April
One of my shopping ban goals was to spend no more than $50 per month on beauty, skin care during the period of the ban. I don’t think this is realistic limit for me if I go strictly by numbers. I mean a good lipstick costs close to $20 these days!
This is only possible because I bought quite a few things before the ban (annual supply of moisturizer, cleanser, a new Serum – SK-II etc). So, it only made sense for me to just go on a strict diet of $50 or less. The end goal is to figure out a simple skin care and beauty regime by the end of the Shopping Ban exercise. In March, I did not buy any products. The one lipstick I bought was promptly returned. So, I had an extra $50 for my skin care budget this month.
Initially I thought April wasn’t going to be any different from March. But then I needed a few products. So, here you go:
- Thayers Alcohol-free Witch Hazel: Last year, I transitioned from traditional Toner to Witch Hazel. I cannot stand the smell of pure Witch Hazel. Though this one costs more than T.N Dickinson’s one , the rose fragrance is totally worth it for me. The bottle lasts about 4 months or more.
- Z Natural Life Deodorant: Summer is in full swing in Arizona (already?!). Between hiking, biking and all other outdoorsy activities, I definitely need a deodorant. I really hate the chemicals in mainstream deodorants so much that I stopped using them altogether. I tried making my own (with varying degrees of success). I love this one because it is all natural and baking soda free. It doesn’t last long or all day, but I am OK with that.
- All Good Lips – SPF 20 Lip Balm: This is a new lip balm for me. I am yet to use it long enough to know if it works well on my lips. I picked this for its good EWG ratings.
Overall, I spent close to $30. Not bad, eh? I am not in any hurry to spend the $70 surplus. Do natural products work as well as synthetic ones which have high concentration of chemicals? I don’t know yet. I need to spend more time with these 3 products before I recommend them to anyone.
When I planned to do a shopping ban, I decided that I will not be buying any jewelry. I kind of broke the rule. I bought a pair of earrings, though they are for my sister. I have these exact earrings and she loved them so much that I decided to gift her a pair. In retrospect, maybe I was compensating for not being able to buy anything for myself! Anyway, this is my first real purchase in two months and it made me think. Work in progress.
I have made a few purchases from this Etsy shop in the past and love the quality.
- Marc Jacobs Honey: This lasted me more than 6 months. This was my daily perfume for the last few months after I ran out of my CK Beauty supply. I got it for a very good price at TJ Maxx.
- Versace Eros EDT Pour Homme: Do you go through phases when you like men’s perfumes more than the usual women’s floral ones? I stole this little bottle from my husband. It has been my ‘going out’ perfume for date nights and parties. It is NOT subtle, but I love it.
Is it stupid that I don’t want to throw away the empty bottles? They look so beautiful! This is the first time that I don’t have any perfumes in rotation. This is intentional. I wanted to finish the ones I already had before exploring new ones. There are so many new perfume companies now. But then, I might just walk into TJ Maxx and buy old favorites.
Overall, I am happy that I did not buy any clothes this month. I am almost tempted to go until September (Easy Tiger!). Let us see if I can keep it going until end of May. May is going to be exceptionally hard to get through. It is the month of my birthday and wedding anniversary. Let us see how it goes.
I am starting to understand that buying less is just the natural outcome of wanting less. Wanting less is an exercise. Just like any other exercise in life – running, cycling, meditation – it takes practice, more practice and then some more before one can master it.
How wonderful would it be if buying less could become second nature, almost a habit like brushing teeth? I know it isn’t going to be easy for me. I will get there eventually. Until then, I have long bike rides, adult coloring books, Amazon Audible, Period dramas, and detective stories to take my mind off temptation.
Question: How do you cope with temptation? Or what do you do to take your mind off things? Is there anything new (a product, a hobby, or an experience) your tried this Spring that you’d like to share? Also, Please share old products that always work for you.