Things I Would’ve Bought: Feb-Mar 2019

Hey, everyone!

It’s another end of the month again, which means it’s time for me to give you an update about my low-buy year project! It feels just like yesterday I wrote my January “Things I would’ve Bought” and in fact it’s already the end of March. Can you believe how fast time flies!

So, if you haven’t followed me since before, then first of all, welcome to this blog! I’m glad that you came all the way here, and I hope you stick around!

In this particular blog series, I will be documenting my journey on my low-buy project this year. Before, I’ve written my rules here, and my January “I Would’ve Bought” here. On February, I didn’t have many things I wanted to buy, so I decided to merge my monthly “I Would’ve Bought” list to this post that covers my February and March list all at once.

What I Bought

Before sharing my list, I want to share what I have bought during these two months. I still managed to not buy anything new, so all of the items here are refills or necessities. But, I did receive one thing as a gift from my husband. I’ll show you a bit later in this post!

The first thing I bought was three packs of cotton pads. Each of them costs USD 1. I also bought two bottles of Garnier Micellar Oil-Infused Cleansing Water, which costs USD 10 for both. And then I bought Safi Age Defy Eye Contour Treatment because I ran out of my Innisfree Orchid Eye Cream and was looking for a cheaper alternative. It costs USD 6.

And lastly, I bought a small tube of hair conditioner that costs USD 1. This was a new product I didn’t have before but I bought it because recently my hair feels so rough and dry so I thought I might need a hair conditioner. I never took care of my hair properly because I rarely had problem with my hair (thank goodness). So I never had any hair care product except my shampoo. Now I realized I should’ve taken care my hair more.

All of my February & March haul, except the cotton pads are 3 packs and the Garnier ones are 2 bottles.

In total, these 2 months I spent only USD 20! This might looks so cheap for you to spend in 2 months, but here in Indonesia, it’s a decent amount of money!

Besides these stuffs, I also got a gift from my husband. He bought me a brush storage made from acrylic material that I’ve been eyeing for months but couldn’t pick up because of my low-buy project! Now I can store and display my brush collection prettily and without having to worry about them getting dusty!

What I Would Have Bought

Now let’s move on to the more interesting part which is my wish list! I don’t actually like to call this wish list, but rather “things I would have bought if I wasn’t doing a low-buy project”. I prefer call it like that because I tend to do an impulsive buy >< So by doing this low-buy project, it helps me restrain my bad shopping habit and not buy something immediately ><

So far, I must admit that the temptation to break my rules is getting harder and harder. As the season changes from winter to spring (although we don’t have that season-changing here in Indonesia), all makeup brands starts competing to release new spring items every other day. Recently, not only the products are getting innovative, the packaging is also getting cuter, and I’m such a sucker for cute packaging.

Before I continue to my list, I want to give a disclaimer first XD I apologize in advance that you might be bored of me mentioning this particular brand. If you’ve followed me for a while, you might be able to guess it by now. Yes, it is none other than Colourpop XD I’m sorry in advance that there will be a lot of Colourpop products mentioned here. It’s just simply because Colourpop ships to almost every where in the world so I find it cheaper and easier to shop directly from their website.

Okay, without further a do, here are some products that caught my eye and almost made me break my low-buy rules these past months.

Colourpop BFF Liners

Not stopping after colorful mascaras, Colourpop released yet another colorful product, which were colorful liquid liners. The second they announced it, I know right from the bat that I will buy one or two to pair with the purple and red mascaras I wanted to buy since January. But, I was a little bit disappointed when I found out that there was no purple liner! I was so heart broken because purple is my favorite color and I have planned to buy the purple palette and purple mascara together. It would’ve been perfect if there was a purple liner too! I do hope they add the shades in the future. It is Colourpop we’re talking about πŸ˜‰

For now, I’ll settle with only the red one. So, if I wasn’t doing a low-buy year, I would’ve spent USD 8 for this liquid liner.


Colourpop Overtime Lippie Pencil

Colourpop released a bunch of new lippie pencil shades as well as renew the packaging. I wasn’t a type of lip liner girl. Can you believe that I only have one lip pencil until now? So I thought why not try a new one? I happened to need a red one anyway. Among all red shades on Colourpop website, I find this one called “overtime” is the most basic. So,I would’ve spent USD 5 for this lip liner.

Colourpop Spring 2019 Collection

If you can’t tell already, pastel pink, coral, and peach are my color, hence the logo I made for this blog. I made this logo even before I knew that this year’s pantone color is living coral. How happy I was when Colourpop released their spring collection this year and the main color was living coral!

This collection is the hardest collection to resist for me during this low-buy. To be honest, I almost break my rules. But, I still can hold on until I wrote this post.

All items in this collection is so pretty. There are no shades I dislike. But, since I’m always on a budget, I must select just a few things from this entire collection.

From this collection, I definitely would love to pick up the palette, the “sweet talk” palette. This palette is so special. Not only because the packaging and the coral color scheme that really scream spring to me, but also because it contains one super shock shadow which was reformulated to be able to not drying on the pan, and two pressed glitter. This is such a good deal for me who wouldn’t bought a single jar of glitter since I wouldn’t get a lot of use out of it anyway. But, since it’s on a palette, it’s a good chance for me to try it out!

“Sweet Talk” Palette

And then, I’d also love to pick up the blushes in “get leid” and “growth flirt”. They are the ones on the first and third from top on the picture below.

I also love the jelly much eye shadows recently. They are easier to work with than my initial thoughts. And I like how foiled they look on my eyes. Among the jelly shadows, I probably would’ve picked up the ones called “doves n roses” and “wisthlin’ pixie”. They are the first and second from top on picture below.

And lastly, of course I would’ve picked up the lipsticks. I’m glad that they included the creme lux lipsticks in this collection, because they are my all time favorite finish among all Colourpop lip products. If I had unlimited amount of money, I would’ve picked up all of them. But since I didn’t, I probably would’ve picked up three of them, which were “ur thriving”,
“spring roll”, and “tea thyme”. They are the first, third, and last respectively from the top on the picture below.

So if I wasn’t on low-buy, I would’ve spent 18 + 4 * 8 + 3 * 7 = USD 71 for this collection only.

Colourpop Disney Villains

And yet another big collection from Colourpop, which was their second collaboration with Disney, the Disney Villains Collection. I was so hyped up when I first heard about this launch because I LOVE my Disney Princess’ palette and lipsticks. But, after all products were revealed, and I saw swatches everywhere, I feel a little bit underwhelmed.

First, the price. Almost all items in this collection retail more expensive than any similar products Colourpop has released before. Usually their 15 pan palettes retail for USD 20, the palette in this one retails for USD 22. The lux lipsticks that are usually USD 7, retail for USD 8 here. And the super shock highlighters that are usually USD 8 is USD 10 in this collection. Lastly the lip glosses are USD 7, which is usually USD 6.5. Only the jelly much shadows that remain the same price as usual, which are USD 8.

I understand about the lipstick, though. They have special “villains” emboss on it, which means Colourpop has to make a special mold for these lipsticks only. And the highlighter is super shock but stored in a heavy duty cardboard, which means it has to be specially formulated to non drying on the pan, unlike their usual super shock highlighters that are stored in a closed jar.

And then, usually in a collection, I would’ve been interested in the shadow palette. But the palette in this one, I feel the color scheme is sooo similar to “Perception” palette by Shayla. I don’t have that palette, but many have said that that palette was a dupe for Urban Decay “Born to Run” palette which I have. I don’t want to have palettes that are to similar in color scheme, so I am still unsure whether I want to pick up this palette or not.

And then the lipsticks. Almost all the colors look similar to their current existing shades, especially the Disney Princess’ lipsticks. Among all lipsticks, I would probably picked up only “Maleficent”, which is the second from the right on picture below.


Besides that, I probably would’ve pick up the Maleficent highlighter, and the blue jelly much shadow since I don’t have any blue jelly much shadow yet.

Maleficent highlighter “Mistress of all evil”
Ursula jelly much shadow “Just your voice”

If I wasn’t on low-buy, I would’ve spent USD 26 on this collection.

So, that’s all my imaginative haul. In total, I would’ve spent USD 110 in these two months if I wasn’t doing a low-buy year! Glad that I am!

If you’re currently doing a low-buy like me, how is your low-buy so far? What’s your biggest temptation, and how you restrain it? Please share your experience on the comment section below!

Thank you so much for reading today’s post and I’ll see you next week!

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An Introduction to My Low Buy Year 2019

Hello, everyone. I hope you had a great weekend! If you are new to this blog, welcome and thank you for stopping by! For you who were already here since before, you might have known from my recent posts that I started doing a project called ‘low-buy year 2019’. In today’s post, I thought I would share with you the reasons why I started a low-buy year and the rules I’ve been setting up for myself so this could be a successful project.

But before that, let me announce that I’ve uploaded my first Youtube video about my first shopping experience on Colourpop website *yeaay* I had an issue at that time but their customer service handled it pretty fast. If you want to know what my issue was and how they resolved it, please kindly check on this video!

Ok, without further ado, let’s get started!

My Reasons

I have been into makeup, skin care, and beauty products since around 2014, if I’m not mistaken. It’s all started when I was still living in Japan. As a country that have four seasons, each season in Japan has a very distinctive weather characteristic that made a girl like me, who came from a tropical country that has relatively similar weather condition throughout the year, struggled. My skin needs kept changing according to the season and the skin care products I had been using since before I left for Japan was no longer effective. Therefore at that time I started learning more about beauty products.

At the same time, I sometimes had to attend or perform in an event where I must wear makeup, for example a cultural exchange event. I was tired of having to always ask my friend to help me do my makeup, so I started improving my makeup skill by watching tutorials from Youtube. And by doing that, I also started building my makeup collection.

As someone who watch many beauty related channels, I can’t lie that I sometimes buy things just because it was recommended by beauty gurus I watch, not because I need them. Rather than having only one product per makeup item, recently I like having option or alternative. Without me realizing it, my makeup collection has grew beyond ‘normal’. I have too many makeup products for an average person who don’t make Youtube videos about makeup. And I don’t think it is ok.

Besides subscribing to beauty gurus channels, I also follow makeup brands’ official social media account to be updated about their new launches and promotions. These brands’ marketing teams really know how to make people keep buying their stuffs. They make different promos on different days so that people will buy something because of temptation of sales or deals. And not only once or twice, I often fell into this ‘trap’. If you’ve read my post before this, you knew my struggle already.

Now that I have this ‘many’ makeup products, I really REALLY want to finish up all the stuffs I have before they gone bad. Therefore, I must stop buying new stuffs until I use up all of my current possessions.

The next reason is none other than, money. Yes, I want to NEED to save more money because of my life future planning.

And lastly, I want to work hard to get what I want before actually getting it. And this is related to the rules I’ve set for myself regarding this project, which I will be sharing on the next section below.

My Rules

I watched several other Youtubers who will be doing a no-buy or low-buy year this year, and everyone has different rules. As for me, these rules below are the most suitable for my condition so that I could resolve my concerns that I mentioned on ‘My Reasons’ above.

And for those who don’t know the difference between no-buy and low-buy year, basically no-buy is when the subject will NOT buy anything except replacement or refill for one year, while low-buy is when the subject LIMIT their purchase in one year according their own rules. In this case, what I will do is the latter.

So, here are my low-buy year rules:

  1. I will NOT buy anything from January 1st until May 31st except for replacement or refill. And anything here means EVERYTHING, not only beauty products, but also clothing, book, accessories, bag, shoes, toiletries, collectible items, etc.
  2. I MAY buy things on the month of June with maximum budget 100 USD on everything. It means 100 USD for makeup, skin care, clothing, etc all together, NOT 100 USD for each type of things. You might think 100 USD is a small amount of money for everything, but it is quite a lot of money here in Indonesia.
  3. If my purchase on June doesn’t reach the maximum budget, I will carry the rest of it to the next shopping schedule.
  4. I will repeat the same drill from July 1st until November 30th, and I may buy things again on December, with the same maximum budget, which is 100 USD, plus (if any) the leftover budget from June.
  5. Exception: my mom will probably goes to Europe for a vacation in the spring. If she goes according to her plan, I might ask her to help me buy a bag that I really want which is quite expensive here in Indonesia because of the shipping and taxes. I might also ask her to help me buy some European beauty products that I can’t get here, with a limit of 5 items, and I will count 1 set as 1 item.

If you are wondering, why I have an exception, that is because vacationing to Europe is not something that me and my family can get easily, because of distance, time, and money limitations. I’ve never been to Europe, neither did my mom. If she is able to go this time, this will probably be her one and only chance (except if we won a lottery XD). This could also be my one of a kind chance to be able to buy something from across the continent with near original price. That’s why I have this one exception.

I also mentioned on the previous section that I want to work hard to get want I before getting it. Based on my rules, I will get to shop again after 5 months without shopping and with maximum budget 100 USD, which means I will have to save 20 USD per month. You may say, why don’t just spend only 20 USD per month instead of holding it for 5 months before spending it? However, I think it’s a completely different thing. By saving my money first before spending it, I will have a sense of working hard to save money. And also, I can really consider what I need and buy them after 5 months of consideration. If I spend 20 USD per month, I will buy stuffs that month just because of temporary desire, not because I really need it. I hope it makes sense.

Ok, I think that’s all I wanted to say about my low-buy year 2019. I hope you enjoy it, and I hope it can give you inspiration to do similar thing or to set up your no-buy or low-buy year rules.

If you are doing a low-buy or no-buy year this year, what are your rules? How do your rules different from mine? Do you have any exception? Please let me know on the comment section below!

See you next time!

I was Reborn

Hey, everyone! This is my first post after this blog was officially changed from ‘Atashi no Hanashi’ to ‘Unpretty Vanity’. If you want to know what this blog will be about from now on, please do check section ‘About’ on the menu!

On this post, I will tell you why I changed this blog’s name. Thank you if you are willing to read this post! πŸ™‚

So, there are many things happen to me recently and it made me unable to post on this blog as frequently as before. But actually, I never forget this blog and I always wanted to come back. That’s why I still came by from time to time to reply comments on this blog.

I may say ‘recently I couldn’t find time to write a blog post’, but I believe it’s just an excuse. The thing is ‘I didn’t make enough effort to make time for this blog’. I started this blog back in 2012 and until now this blog has been a space for me to pour my idea and share my experience that I hope can be useful for everyone who read it. I realized that I want to continue this and never abandon this blog anymore.

I took some time to think what I really want to write on this blog specifically, because I think recently my posts became so messy and un-directed. Because I have such diverse hobby (traveling, books, makeups, Harry Potter), I can’t decide what I want to write the most, therefore I wrote everything, and therefore this blog became so disorganized. I need to narrow down the theme of this blog so that I can have motivation to write and people with specific interests can keep coming back to this blog.

At the same time, coincidentally, I started realizing that there are many things I haven’t finished among my belongings, such as books (I have a pile of new books I haven’t finished reading), makeups (I keep buying makeup even though I know I have enough already), post drafts (I wrote several drafts that I didn’t finished because I lost motivation of writing them), and so on. And I don’t want to become this kind of person. I must finish what I have started.

Therefore, I started minimalist lifestyle just recently. I started it by promising to myself that I will NOT buy anything until June 2019 unless I finish what I already have. And ‘anything’ here includes everything: books, makeups, clothing, bags, shoes, accessories, etc. I also will start reading all of new books I haven’t finished reading on 2018.

And coincidentally (actually I started to believe that this was destined to be), several videos with titles that include ‘low buy year 2019’ or ‘no buy year 2019’ were popped on my Youtube recommendations. Out of curiosity, I watched some of those videos, and it’s like ringing a bell in my head, ‘Ah, so this is what I actually will also do. A project called ‘low buy year 2019”.

I am completely aware that promising something to our self will not run successfully if we don’t share it with others. And then I think, ‘why not write this project on my blog?’. By sharing it on my blog, it’s like I promise to public and therefore I will feel obliged to really finish this project. Besides that, I might find other people who are also currently carrying the same or similar promise/ project, and we can cheer up each other!

And this is how atashinohanashi.wordpress.com was reborn to unprettyvanity.com. I want to record my ‘low buy 2019’ journey, and furthermore, my ‘minimalist lifestyle’ journey on this blog and share it with you, and I hope it can inspire you in any possible way!

Actually, the name ‘unprettyvanity’ was not a new name. I have been using it since around mid 2017 on my Instagram account where I mainly shared about my makeup/ skin care products review. However, this IG account was also abandon for around a year. Therefore, I want to use that IG account and this blog simultaneously and (hopefully) consistently from now on to record this journey. If you feel like it, please also follow me on instagram.com/unprettyvanity πŸ™‚

If I was asked, ‘why ‘unpretty vanity’ tho?’, it is because (as I’ve briefly mentioned on the ‘About’ section on the menu above), I don’t have tons of fancy books or luxurious makeups like other instagram/ internet celebrities to share. I might only be able to share the same things over and over again. I have a vanity I love, but it might be not as pretty as others. Hence the name ‘Unpretty Vanity’. Psst, I also love to play with words, so I tried to find another word that rhymes with word ‘vanity’ πŸ˜€

Well, I think I said enough! If you reach this paragraph, thank you for reading my rambling. If you are new to this blog, let’s be friends! And finally, on this January 1st, 2019 I want to say, ‘Welcome 2019! And welcome to my ‘low buy 2019′!’