In big life decisions, I follow these rules 75% of the time:

Do not make decisions late at night or in the wee hours of the morning.

Do not make decisions while drunk.

Do not make decisions when bored, sad, angry, or extra-happy.

Uhm… So. Why am I not already doing this to control makeup and sunblock shopping? (Yes, I’m having an epiphany.)

For the first time since I last broke the ban (Oct 18), I feel like I can really do this.

Oh, update, I made 2 exceptions:

  1. Grey-black brow powder (currently just sheering out a smudgy eye liner to work as a brow product). Thinking of getting Anastasia Brow Duo in Granite.
  2. 1 purchase a month is ok. Haven’t bought makeup in November. I think I need this because I’m on the verge of a shopping avalanche. If you want to know what that means, read this: Houston, I think we have a problem.


1 month, yo! 2 more to go.

To know why I’m doing this, click here: Stop and Smell The Flowers.


Hi, I’m Rae and I am a scatterbrain. I am in my 30s and I write in this blog from the Philippines. I spend a tiny portion of my time de-stressing with makeup and skin care. Email: | Instagram: @scatterbraintures


  1. Those rules are perfect haha I also tend to get a ‘little’ emotional when very hungry…I can’t usually survive an all out ban – so I give myself a small ‘budget’ for ‘beauty essentials’. I think I’ll be going on that kind of diet in January :S I’m already having nightmares!

  2. These rules are nice, though may I know why you don’t make any big life decisions in the wee hours of the morning? It got me curious because I tend to do that… especially after a long night.

    Kisty | The Style Mermaid

    • Hahaha, because wee hours of the morning = drunk and booty call time. Haha

      Serious answer: when I’m awake very late at night or in the wee hours of the morning, it’s either: I’m drunk, tired, overwhelmed with thoughts, or having waves of emotions. Decisions I come up with are usually not wise :P So, I make big life decisions when my head is clear and I’m well rested or sober.

  3. You go, girl! I should be banning myself although the last two months have been hell for me because of grad school so I didn’t do much shopping that time… well, compared to the other months prior. LOL Anyway, I’m proud of your discipline and maybe sometime I can do the same. I’m currently using all of my “resist” powers on food because I am on a diet and that’s enough deprivation for me right now. :P

    • Thanks Dawn! Aaagh food, that’s another thing… That’s one of my goals too, to eat healthier.

  4. If you’re even just a little conscious about your purchases and the way in which you consume, you’re already winning :) So proud of you!

  5. Shopping ban… Mine didn’t work out. Haha. I lasted for about a month. :( That one-purchase-a-month rule is key, I think. Especially during the holiday season, going cold turkey is damn near impossible. In fact, if there’s a single season in a year that any whatsoever hoarding should take place, it is pre-Christmas because of all of those EVIL gift/value sets. Gawd.

    • Perhaps I should have done an inverted makeup ban? No shopping for the rest of the year, then all hell breaks loose in December. :))

    • Haha, that won’t work for me because I don’t like gift/value sets (I know, blasphemy!)

      The one-purchase-a-month rule is for products that I’ve been waiting for that were out-of-stock since forever. Like Melt Cosmetics 6six6, one of the NARS Audacious lipsticks that I missed, and Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte in Hot and Jenna (because they’re cheaper here than from online pre-order shops), etc. :D

  6. Ohhh shopping ban’s can be tricky. Lucky I never went for one of those (mostly because when I buy anything, I’m always on budget )

  7. It’ll be easy for me to go on a ban because I don’t have money to spend hahahuhu.

    Good luck!

      • I found your blog through Cel (so glad I came across hers, too), and I must say… I salute you for being able to keep up your ban for that long! I can’t seem to survive a month without buying makeup… I was in Egypt for 2 months this year, and even from there I would get items shipped to my house in the Philippines. It’s crazy! :(

        I should try to keep myself on a shopping ban the first three months of 2015. That is, if I can manage. :lol:

        • I know! I’m even willing to pay shipping just to get my grubby hands on stuff I won’t probably even hit pan on. Haha. Thanks for visiting my blog :)

  8. I’m on an opposite predicament lately because I found beautymnl via your blog. Thank you for mentioning it ha. And good luck, 2 months left na lang!

      • Nothing to be sorry about! :) sorry if my comment gave an it’s-your-fault vibe :( Kasi in fact I am thankful. I’ve been wanting to buy Fairydrops from way way back pa and I guess it’s the site that made me buy one finally! (my first mascara, shamefully)

        • Are you using it? I only have one mascara right now. Not a mascara person, too. And I can’t get into the habit of using it.

          I used to have Fairydrops and it’s so difficult to remove, but it’s great. Hope you have a good eyemakeup remover.

          • I use it but not everyday though since I’ve been accidentally plucking so much lashes every time I remove it. And since I don’t have any makeup remover, I apply toner on my eye area to remove it which is bad! :))

    • Not sure if what I’m doing is a good idea. I’m so close to a relapse, where I buy more stuff than I was initially intending :S

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