Part of my 2018 focus points is to be extra frugal. I have been successful on the makeup-and-skincare front. I was supposed to do a no-buy but we all know that’s impossible.

2018 started with a strong urge to buy NARS Powermatte Liquid Lipstick. I was going to treat it as my last hurrah before I formally start my Low-Buy, but when I checked the testers at the store, the product in each had separated. Shaking the tube would probably be enough to fix the problem but I decided it’s not worth it. Good save, I guess.

Limited Destashing

In 2017, I let go of a lot of stuff and scaled down my makeup and skincare collection to about 50%. However, that led to feeling entitled to shop. This year, I decided not to be as aggressive with destashing. I became more mindful and critical of my purchases when I set my mind to thinking that whatever I buy, I should be able to keep until its dying breath.

I still let go of stuff when I feel miserable trying to use them up. I also sold a lot of backup skincare products I know I won’t finish before they expire.

Skin Genie Lip Tint

Makeup Purchases

In January, I bought 3 lip tints after seeing myself in the mirror looking pale at the gym. I atoned for that by letting go of 8 lip products. I am proud to say I’ve been makeup purchase-free since February. HUGE ACHIEVEMENT. Total spent – Less than Php 500 (USD 10)

Skincare Purchases 1st Qtr 2018

Skincare Purchases

I spent most of the 1st quarter battling skin asthma. I’m allergic to egg, chicken and seafood but I can’t keep myself from eating them. I bought Dove Dermaseries for Itchy Skin and Aveeno Oatmeal Body Wash. I also bought several soap bars for sensitive skin.

After I finished a sample of Biore Watery Essence SFP50+++, I bought COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream SPF50+++. I also let go of Sunplay Sport UV Sunscreen SPF120++++ with Wet Skin Technology. I decided I’m done with everyday sunscreens that make my skin feel tight and dry.

Skincare Purchases 1st Qtr 2018

I also bought Whamisa Original Toner (not in the photo) after emptying Klairs Supple Preparation Toner, but after finishing up about a fourth of the former, I let it go. My face always turns red and I get some inflammation that goes away overnight. I didn’t break out from it but I don’t really know what damage (if any) it’s doing given the skin reaction. Better safe than sorry.

Other purchases are:

  • Retin A 0.05% Tretinoin to replace Retacnyl 0.05% Tretinoin (expired)
  • Purito Vitamin C Serum (with Niacinamide) to replace The Ordinary 30% Vitamin C in Silicone
  • Olay Age Protect 18g
  • CosRx Aloe Vera Oil-Free Moisture Cream (I bought this and Olay because I don’t have a moisturizer that doesn’t have any acids in it. I wasn’t supposed to get two moisturizers, Olay Age Protect was an all-time favorite but I forgot it has salicylic acid).

The proceeds of selling my skincare backups covered a significant amount of my skincare purchases. Total spent (estimate) – Php 4900 (USD 98)

Logging

In February I started logging new acquisitions, purges, and empties. It’s good to see the exact amount I spent and the net decrease in my makeup and skincare collection. I wish I had done this when the year started.

Plans for April + Rest of The Year

On top of what I normally set aside in my savings account, I’ll continue saving the same amount of money I spend for non-necessities. This self-imposed rule kept me from buying makeup the past 2 months. Example: I wanted to buy Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick which costs Php 2,850. Unless I have another Php 2,850 to put in the bank, I’m not allowed to buy it.

I’m also imposing a 1-in-2-out rule for makeup and skincare categories I have too much of (eg lipsticks and foundations). I know–ruthless.

I plan on doing this update monthly instead. I needed to do a lot of recollection for this post! HAHA.

Author

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: scatterbraintures@gmail.com | Instagram: @scatterbraintures

3 Comments

  1. Writing down all the beauty products you buy in a month is GENIUS! I might do the same from now on. It would definitely keep you accountable…

    I also love the idea that you need to save as much as you spend! :) That will probably be harder for me, as I save a certain amount from every pay anyhoo, but it would still be a great idea if you need or want to save even more. Maybe I can do it when I have a particular goal or something.

    Btw, are you enjoying the Whamisa Original Toner? I’m thinking of investing in a toner – I haven’t used one for ages.

  2. I like the rule where you need to save as much as what you’ll spend. Right now my money still goes to food. Haha. But maybe I can try to do this for that, too. For every meal out, I’ll save the same amount as the bill.

    • Great idea. Started extending this rule with non-essential expenses too

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