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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:

New Purchases

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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I have made a few purchases from this Etsy shop in the past and love the quality.

Things Completed:

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.

 

 

 

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  1. “buying less is just the natural outcome of wanting less.” Yes! This. Fashion-wise I want less, but that is more due to a lifestyle change.

    Is that Z Life Deo available instore somewhere? I’ve been using the same Earth Science Liken plant one for years (bought from Whole Foods) but sometimes I just like to change it up.

    Those earrings are beautiful. I don’t blame you for wanting to keep the perfume bottles, some are are actually very pretty to look at. I’m trying to work my way thru a massive 10 yr old bottle of Dior Homme Eau Noire. It’s since discontinued that I may as well start wearing it and finish through it. I took advantage of a gift card and the Sephora sale to buy Bvlgari “the` vert” fragrance and I got a sample of Sk2.

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    April 29, 2017
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      SK II essence seems to be working for me. I think it evens out skin tone and brightens for me. I am not yet using it daily, just alternate days. I haven’t seen Z Life in store. Whole foods beauty section is my fairyland! I actively avoid going to that section these days because I know I cannot stop myself! 🙈
      Wow! That Dior Homme Eau Noire sounds super nice! Yeah, this time around I might just try a new men’s perfumes!

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      April 29, 2017
  2. LL #

    I’ve only owned one full bottle of a perfume and several years later, it’s still about half full. I think I get bored of one scent for too long and end up using fragrance samples or perfume oils. But perfume bottles are so beautiful — I would love the satisfaction of finishing one off entirely.

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    April 29, 2017
    • SA. #

      Yes to the satisfaction of finishing off something entirely! Especially, I loved using both these perfumes very much. So, I was not even in a hurry to finish them.
      I wear perfume everyday to work – something light and fresh like CK Beauty or MJ Honey. I know that most doctors don’t have that option as perfume could be tricky around patients. I am yet to explore perfume oils. Maybe now is a good time as I have to start fresh and buy a couple.

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      April 29, 2017
  3. Love rose water toners- it’s the very best! I wrote a few posts on skin care, which I researched with a friend who works in the industry. I try to buy cosmetics who have never been tested on animals,

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    April 30, 2017
    • SA. #

      I did read some of those posts! 🙂 I know you use By Terry products. I have been wanting to try one of their products. ‘Fresh’ makes a lovely rose water toner.
      Yes, I am against animal testing for beauty products too. I am trying to avoid alcohol in skin care products. Apparently, there are ‘fatty alcohols’ that are actually good for your skin!! More research needed.

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      May 1, 2017
      • oh yes! never heard of fatty alcohol ! more research needed indeed.If you find anything useful -please post! byterry is very expensive but I use their products as a treat. My husband bought me the range for christmas.

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        May 1, 2017
  4. I am at a stage where I feel less susceptible to temptation. Perhaps it will change in a few months – I don’t know! I don’t have much desire to shop nowadays. That being said, when I do feel like buying something (non-essential), I think long and hard if I really have a need for it. Most times, the answer is “No.” 🙂 I suppose I make an exception for food, if at all. But I try to subject all other purchases to the same level of scrutiny.

    The fact that the Earth is clogged with tons of crap makes me reconsider all buying decisions. Or at least, I make an attempt to!

    The only skincare products I use are from Shankara – https://www.shankara.com/. They aren’t inexpensive but they last me a long while, plus they contain fabulous ingredients, and they really do the job. I use a bunch of products from their Rich Repair line because my skin tends to dryness. Shankara has an aromatherapy line too, and sometimes I dab their formulations on pulse points. I don’t own any perfume. Never had much of an inclination to wearing it.

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    May 1, 2017
    • SA. #

      I am not sure how, but your comment ended in spam 😦 I will most check out this line of products. (What a wonderful name for a company!)
      Right now, I have SK-II, Derm prescribed Retin and plain old moisturizer. Most probably, I will not be adding any new products for the next 3 to 4 months.

      Yes, I am very careful with my cleansing products and shampoos as most of it ends up in our water bodies. Perfume invokes nostalgia for me. Rose, Vanilla and Jasmine notes are my favorites.

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      May 13, 2017
  5. I’m surprised I haven’t yet left a comments on your post. I must have read it while away from my computer and I hate typing on my phone (the autocorrect is killing me bit by bit each day). Anyway, I wanted to say how much I liked those earrings! That Etsy shop is a treasure trove—I am mesmerized by a beautiful choker necklace there.
    I also love a good rose smell and add rose essential oil into my homemade mixtures all the time. And I have been wanted a rose water toner for ages now, but kind of keep forgetting about it.

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    May 5, 2017
    • SA. #

      I like that Etsy shop a lot. Some of her Grecian inspired pieces are my favorites. Rose Essential Oil! Now why did not think of that. I may actually try adding it to my body oil next time. The best rose water I ever tried was this one: http://www.fresh.com/US/best-sellers/rose-floral-toner/H00000496.html
      A friend gave it to me a long time ago. But the price feels a little too high for simple rose water.

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      May 5, 2017
      • Yes it’s a little steep, I got some pure rosewater from Sainsbury’s today and I will try it. It’s food grade so it should be ok to use. I keep mine in the fridge.

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        May 5, 2017
      • SA. #

        I will check out my local Wholefoods or Trader’s Joe next time I am there for rosewater.

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        May 5, 2017

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