Going On A Low Buy in 2019

Hey guys. It’s the beginning of 2019 and the cliches of ‘new year new me’ are starting all over again. Not that anything wrong with that but usually those resolutions don’t last and for that reason, I do not participate in them. However, there is one goal that I want to achieve for 2019 and that is my ‘Low Buy’ challenge. Read more if you want to know why!

The idea that formed this blog post originated from a post by JasmineTalksBeauty on her Low Buy challenge. I have seen a few bloggers do this and it is a post that made me start thinking about certain habits that I have when it comes to makeup and most of all, how expensive it is. Makeup is expensive. All the new releases, repurchases and general cravings have plummeted my bank account. After reading Jasmine’s post, I decided to add up how much money I have spent on makeup and skincare in 2018. Holy crap.

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Can I just say that I was expecting a high number, considering how much my collection has grown in a year but I was also not expecting it to be over 4 numbers? I have spent approximately €1100 on makeup in 2018. Just a moment of silence, please. I was in shock and I still am. I do want to mention that I work as a student at the weekends and my job pays fairly well and I do save the majority of the money that comes in. Nonetheless, I am about to become 20 and I have to think of the future and things that will have to be bought and paid for when the time comes. As much as I love makeup, this is not worth it. Of course, not everything about it is negative. I have a bunch of makeup that I love and adore and sometimes it did cost quite a pretty penny. It’s more the number of products that I buy that has to decrease.

I think a huge benefit from doing this challenge is the fact that I will have to work with what I got and be more mindful of what I buy. I will be able to invest more time into certain products and hopefully pan or even empty them. It is a good way to get more use out of a product instead of letting it go to waste. Which will also mean that I have more time to create looks or try/review products and hopefully create more and better content without feeling overwhelmed.

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I will have to choose between two options each month. I primarily limit myself to three products each month or a limited total of €40 each month, which is optional. As Jasmine said, the limited value is for brands such as Colourpop whose products are very cheap and makes sense because of the added cost of international shipping and customs. Buying multiple (more than three) products from those brands is financially more interesting than buying three.

If I do not buy three products in a month, I have the option to carry them forward to the next month but this is not obligated to do so or necessary in my case. It comes in handy for travelling (such as my trip to Dublin in February). However, I will not be doing the same thing with the €40. I will not carry the value forward to the next month.

The limited quantity or value also includes repurchases, which I thought was an interesting idea because it encourages you to empty products in your existing collection. I have a lot of concealers which are rotting away because I love my Catrice one so much. This challenge might encourage me to start using the others more.

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I’m very interested to see how this challenge will affect my makeup use and my mindfulness of buying products. I will, of course, update you over the course of my journey and I might even start doing an ‘Empties’ series, haha.
Are you planning on doing a ‘Low Buy’?
Lots of love and see you next time!



7 responses to “Going On A Low Buy in 2019”

  1. I’m going on a low buy this year too! We can do this 💪 i have a budget for each month too. I’m always doing a thing where i have to wait a month after something has caught my eye (unless it is super limited edition) to think about purchasing it so i don’t impulse purchase anything and then regret it. I think the monthly wait will help me determine whether i want something (if i still want it after a month I’ll get it) or if i just got caught up in the hype!


    1. I’m going to be honest one month in and it has already been very hard 😀 But we can do this! I actually really like the concept of waiting one month to see if you still want something. I might apply that to myself because I am way too impulsive. Thank you for reading and we will smash this challenge together! ❤

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  2. I can definitely understand what you are saying, we spend far to much on makeup. It’s definitely something that is not a good habbit. I don’t know how much I spent in 2018, but I’m sure it’s a lot of money that I could use for amazing holiday. I’m trying to use makeup that I have, but it’s impossible as I have so many products and love buying new and testing them. I hope that in this year, I won’t be buying new makeup all the time and hopefully use up many products that I own. Good luck with this challenge, will you write update every month on how the challenge is going? xo

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    1. It’s insane how much we spend on makeup. My boyfriend has described it as an addiction and honestly, I can’t give arguments for why it is not. It’s annoying because it is a hobby but it’s so expensive and impulsive sometimes. I really want to become more mindful this year. I totally get you with wanting to try new stuff whilst also using the products that you have. I really want to pan some products this year. Thank you for wishing me luck and yes I will. I’m planning on doing a monthly update and hopefully I will succeed 😀 xx


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    Love the idea of this! I definitely need to do this as I waste so much money on makeup when I probably have the exact same shade / formula in my drawers. Good luck with it!

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    1. Thank you for loving the idea! I have seen a lot of people saying that they waste too much money on makeup and sometimes on the same shades. I am trying to look for colours that are not in my collection. It just makes the buying process way more useful! Thank you for reading lovely! x

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  4. Good luck with this challenge! I can see how you can end up spending lots of money on make up I’ve definitely fallen victim to it myself. I’ll be interested to hear how the challenge is going xx


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