About a month ago, I melodramatically embarked on a beauty/home fragrance ban (I mean it when I say melodramatically. Even Frodo didn’t make such a big fuss about going to Mordor). You can read about it here. I promised to do monthly updates, and this is the very first one. How did I do?
First off, the empties:
I got the idea of starting an ’empties bag’ from the lovely Liz. Liz, you are a genius. Transferring everything from bag to recycling bin at the end of the month is immensely satisfying. Clunk, plink, plop, music to my ears. I almost pulled everything out just so I could repeat the process, but that would have been slightly ridiculous.
I started the empties bag on January 20, but keep in mind that I didn’t use these items in the span of one month. Many of these items are things I’ve been working on finishing for awhile.
The tally (previously reviewed items linked): 8 skincare, 3 mascaras, 1 lipcolor
- Saline Solution – This is the one I’ve always used, lumped it under skincare.
- Lumene Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover
- St. Ives Oatmeal Body Wash – On sale, plus the jumbo bottle came with a bonus normal sized bottle). It’s boring but it works, will probably be repurchasing once I run out of the bonus bottle.
- DHC Deep Cleansing Oil
- Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish
- Liz Earle Superskin Moisturizer in Oily/Combo
- Liz Earle Superskin Moisturizer in Dry/Sensitive
- 2 Tealights – Technically unfinished, since I’m counting the pack of 30 tealights as one item. I didn’t include them in the tally, but it was satisfying to toss them out!
- Rohto C Cubed Eyedrops
- Biore UV Aqua Rich Sunscreen
- Urban Decay Supercurl Curling Mascara, Max Factor 2000 Calorie Waterproof Mascara, LA Splash Spotlight Mascara – All expired, I’ve never used up a full tube of mascara before having to toss it. Out of the three, I only liked Urban Decay’s mascara. Max Factor 2000 Calorie was my HG before they pulled out of US drugstores, but the leftover tube I had was waterproof, which for some reason smudges on me much more than the non-waterproof version.
- MAC Lipgloss in Lychee Luxe – Not finished, but used a fair amount, and it’s probably past it’s prime. Will save this for Back-2-MAC.
And now, the moment of truth. Let’s review the guidelines once more.
Do not exceed 3 items and stay within budget cap of $30. This includes necessities.
Did I stay within my spending limits? Yes! Well, I guess that depends how you count it, but I’m saying yes. You can be the judge.
I purchased one tube of Rembrandt Intense Stain Removal Toothpaste at slightly under $5, and then a mountain of Sterile Gauze Sponges. I didn’t know whether to include first aid items under essentials, but since I bought so many of them, I thought I probably should. I’m on my fourth box already, but I’m just going to count these as one item. Total cost was $23, leading me to conclude that burning yourself is an expensive business. Don’t do it.
But I’m coming in at $2 under my monthly budget, and overall am very happy with my self control this month. Can I do a celebratory lunge? I think so.
Ban buddies, how have you been doing so far? And has anyone else thought about implementing a spending ban?