Makeup Inventory

Okay everyone, as part of my no buy I have updated my makeup inventory. I took pictures of every category to make a video on my YouTube, however I wanted to share just the numbers here for anyone curious to read a blog post first.  I started an inventory in February 2017, and updated it in December of 2017 and now December of 2018.  I updated it a little bit in April of 2017, but I don’t think I did so completely so I haven’t included those numbers.  I did also have 16 new products in December of 2017 that I had recently bought and not started using yet so they didn’t make it on the inventory then.  I’ve included that 16 in the total count below, but it isn’t accounted for in the accurate product sections. I also originally had some separate categories for foundation (i.e. bb creams) and I was tracking samples of items, but I now have just one ‘foundation’ category and don’t count sample sizes except for lip products which I include in total counts.  So here is my chart:

 

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Quick Updates

My No Buy:
It’s almost two weeks into 2019, and I’m about 7% of the way through my 6 month no buy.  Not very far along, huh? I will confess that I have already bought something (using a gift card, which is within my rules), and my husband asked me about it because he had seen some part of my video go up about my no buy and saw the product I bought.  Although it was within my rules, it definitely made me think a little harder about it, and I was thinking already that I probably need some limit on gift card use as well.  I will update you all on my purchase at the end of the month, along with any other updates on the no-buy, but I just wanted to throw those thoughts out into the universe and acknowledge that I have to be really cognizant of my habits during this project.

My resolutions:
This week was a GREAT week for my goals of 2019! I started tracking in my journal a “12 week year” where I have things to do for each goal during the week and I am scoring how well I did for 12 weeks then I will update it.  This week was a fantastic week and almost all of my goals were at 100% completion of my tasks.  Do you guys do anything like this to track the goals you’ve made for yourself? Do you have any tips?
My current goals include exercising, reading, writing, furthering my education, and posting on my social media. Do you have any goals to share?

Upcoming:
In the next week the last of my lip product declutter should be going up on my YouTube. I also hope to have my makeup inventory up very soon.  I want to do a skincare inventory as well, but it might not be until the end of the month.  Do you have anything you want to see there or read about here? Let me know!

Makeup and Skincare No Buy 2019

Yes you read that title right, I am starting a no buy for 2019 of all makeup and skincare products.  This will be a replacement only no buy for all my makeup and skincare products, and I am going to be doing this for 6 months from January 1, 2019 – July 1, 2019.  After 6 months I will reevaluate and see if I want to continue, switch to a budget, or do something else.

My rules:

  • I cannot buy any new products in a category until I have one product left that is at least halfway used up.
    • I am planning to set aside one travel item in categories that won’t count for this number, so if I had one travel sized cleanser and a half used full size cleanser I could buy a new cleanser.  This is just for ONE travel sized item though, so if I have 5 travel size cleansers and one full size that is half used up I still can’t buy a new cleanser.
  • I can use gift cards to buy non-replacement items and accept gifts. I will be tracking this though and might change this if it is letting me bring in a lot of items still.  I plan to be thoughtful about any purchases made from gift cards or as a replacement and will track all of that for updates here.
  • I have a couple subscription boxes already that I am not canceling at this time, but I might at some point so those are an exception to the replacement only rule.

 

I think that is all of my rules, but will update if I think of any others or make a new rule due to a lack of structure for some area.  I am currently updating my inventories for makeup and skincare so I have all the information on my numbers here at the start. I will also be tracking what is spent on everything (using a gift card or not).

If you like seeing updates like this on youtube, you can always check out videos on my channel. I also am currently posting pictures of my skincare inventory on my Instagram if you want to check that out.

Anyone else doing a replacement only no buy or have you done one before? Let me know!

Declutter time…

With 2019 looming I decided that last weekend was a good time to start decluttering.  I went through my lip products and all my skincare, body care, and haircare products. I just posted a video on my YouTube of my most recent empties so that I can get rid of that trash and clear out space.  For my lip products I didn’t do a huge crazy declutter of 50% of my products (I didn’t calculate but I assume it wasn’t that good…), but I do feel pleased with my progress and I identified older lip products that I didn’t get rid of but put on a 6 month clock to move out of my collection.  I did film it so hopefully I’ll have videos up soon of the process and what I ended up keeping.

As far as skincare, body care, and haircare products what I did mostly was sorting by expiration date. I had two products that had just passed their expiration date, but I also had some products with no dates that I got rid of because I hadn’t bought them recently and was worried about when they might expire. I didn’t get rid of too many things on the basis of disliking them because I would like to at least try to use up products before I get rid of them.  I might end up doing another pass of the collection and evaluate if anything is something I can give away to family because some categories are just too full, but for now at least it’s organized!

Up next I need to declutter my clothes… It is a daunting process for me to declutter and organize, but I feel so much better afterward that I think it’s well worth it.

Do you like to declutter and organize at the end of the year? Do you have any tips? I’ve read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, but I always appreciate new ideas!

Resolutions

So it has been a while since I’ve posted here.  I was really consistently posting on YouTube, and I had a hard time finding the motivation to also post here. Then I stopped posting on YouTube, and now I’m not posting anything anywhere.  I recently started writing down goals I wanted to achieve next year, and posting here and on YouTube immediately came to mind.  So, time to relaunch the blog!

For today’s post, I wanted to start talking about some of my goals for 2019. So far I’ve written this list: Continue reading

Low Buy Update

Hey guys… I’m here today to update you on my spending on makeup in February.  In my post about halfway through the month I talked about how my goal was to spend $25 or less on makeup and skincare in the month and… technically I did meet that goal.  As mentioned in my previous post, I did buy a lip product for $13.50.  The rest of the month I really tried to meaningfully think about items before making any purchases.  And I ended up not spending any other money in the month! However, I did spend part of a gift card. So on the one hand I did meet my goal of spending $25 or less, but I also didn’t because I spent $24 from a gift card. I was able to keep myself from buying anything while on vacation, but when an eyeshadow palette I wanted was on sale at Sephora I did go ahead and buy it.  My low buy was a partial success I guess?

For March my goal is to spend $50 or less including gift cards so wish me luck and I’ll update you on how it goes!

Makeup and Money

Hey guys… I’m here today to talk about makeup and money (Could you tell from the title?).  I think the beauty community has evolved a lot in the last ten or so years from when I was first really starting to buy makeup for myself as a teen up until now.  With YouTube beauty gurus talking about new products all the time and almost never discussing those same products again it can get crazy trying to buy things you want that look amazing while also not spending all your savings on makeup.  Obviously financial situations are different for everyone, but I think the rise in Anti-Haul, Project Pan, and minimalism videos are a sign that we know we can’t keep up with everything.  As far as I know, Sephora has expectations for companies to come out with new products to stay on their shelves.  However, I think it is time to stop worrying about missing out and start thinking harder before buying.

All of that to say that for February I am doing a “low-buy” for makeup and skincare.  Continue reading

It’s 2018!

We’re in a new year! It’s been over two weeks now, and I’m pretty excited about the new year. I went through my makeup and skincare and organized/decluttered it before the new year and I’m feeling great about how that went.  I think that any time is a good time to get organized, but starting a new year organized feels great.

In the new year I’ve started three project pan series to work through my makeup.  I tried quite a few projects last year, and it has really opened my eyes to how long makeup can take to use up. I think I always knew it took a lot of use (since I had used up such a small amount of makeup), but joining the project pan community has made me even more aware.  I am posting these projects on my YouTube, but I’ll try to post here as well. I have started a project to use up mini size products, an all lip product project, and a project to hit pan on items.  I’ve got 10 mini items, 10 lip products, and 6 items I want to hit pan on right now.

I’ve begun bullet journaling and working on my journaling in my traveler’s notebook as well.  I want to be more on top of the things I need to do, and I want to have journals to look back on.  Do any of you journal a lot or have tips to stay committed to it when I get lazy?

So those are some of my goals (use the makeup and skincare I own & journal/plan).  Some other goals that I’ve done well with in the past but slacked on recently are drinking more water, cleaning my home more often, blog more, spend money wisely, exercise consistently, and do fun things other than just watch TV >.<

I’m not sure yet how I’m going to track all of these, but I am tracking my spending in my bullet journal and I’m doing a RunBet.  Do you have any goals for the year? Any recommendations for me?

Talk soon!

-Sarah

 

 

Vlogmas!

Hey guys! Long time no writing… I for some reason seem to have a much easier time posting videos than posting on my blog. However! I have set a goal for myself to post more on here, and will be doing my best to post more throughout next year.  *glances around* I also will be doing my best to post things that aren’t just exactly the things I’m posting in videos as well…

But until then, I wanted to let you all know that I am posting a video every day until Christmas (not sure yet if I’ll be continuing it through December). So if you haven’t already checked out my channel, I’ve been posting both vlogs and typical content over there every day of December so far!

Here is Vlogmas Day 1, but I also have a playlist of all of them on my channel!

Holiday Gift Guide Part 1!

Hey guys! My first holiday gift guide is ready! I have a ton of things that I think are great gifts and I wanted to share with you all these ideas. Amazon links are affiliate links.

I’ve uploaded a video on my YouTube channel showing all the items and talking about them more in depth so feel free to watch if you like videos:

First up is a bunch of different board games and card games.  Games are great as they are gifts that keep on giving in that you can keep playing them over and over again.  They also can be an activity you do with the person you give the gift to, so go ahead and find one that looks interesting to you, too.  Continue reading