Low-Buy and No-Buy Year Tips

Hey, everyone! Is it getting warm in the place where you live? Here in Indonesia is rainy season since 2 months ago. Almost everyday is raining, but the weather is still humid and hot. Such a horrible combination. It makes me don’t want to go out because as soon as I step outside my door, the bright hot sunlight welcomes me, and at the time I want to go home, I am always covered with heavy rain. We just have to wait until this season passes.

When I upload this post, it’s already the third week of February, and it means almost 7 weeks I am doing a low-buy year project. I must say that gladly everything is not as hard as it seemed in the beginning. Surely there were times I wished I wasn’t doing a low-buy year, for example when I was traveling to other city last week for the Lunar New Year Holiday and I saw a very cute piece of dress, and also when there was a big sale going on in local makeup brand store here, and so on. But this is all for good sake so I will be going through this project whole-heartedly!

In this post, as you can see from the title, I want to share with you my tips on how to survive a low-buy or no-buy year project. Of course I am in no way near perfect on doing this. But these are the mantra I’ve been applying to myself to reduce the pain of restraining my shopping desire.

The 7-ing Mantra

Unfollow-ing

This may sounds harsh, but we can’t deny that the hardest temptation for shopping most of the times comes from influencers or accounts that we follow on social media, rather than the need of using those products itself. Therefore, I highly recommend you to unfollow those accounts or unsubscribe all those newsletter that tell you about deals and promos from your favorite brands.

I understand that you might still want to know what’s going on in beauty community. Therefore, I propose you this, which is called ‘selective unfollowing’. Just unfollow certain accounts that make you feel left behind if you don’t buy certain products at the time they were released, or make you feel ungrateful about everything you already have.

You can still follow accounts or influencers that give reviews, info, or swatches about products. That way you can really consider which products you will get a lot of use and slowly but sure eliminate your wish list according to those reviews.

Skipping

When I do my grocery shopping, I always pass through beauty section at my local drugstore. Before this low-buy year project, sometimes I take a peek at that section to know whether there were new products worth a try. And after that, I would look for some reviews about them on Youtube or blogs, and because of that, I ended up buying those products just because they look pretty or just because I want to try what other people has tried.

Recently, I completely skip that part. I never look into my local drugstore again, nor watching any review about new local beauty products here in Indonesia. I’m still watching reviews about overseas beauty products, though, because the temptation is not that high from those products since it’s not that easy to get those in a short time after they were released. Unlike Indonesian beauty products that are available in front of my eyes easily.

Waiting

This mantra is basically what I apply to my low-buy year rules. As I mentioned on my post about my low-buy rulesΒ here (in case you haven’t read it), I can only buy things on June and December this year. This way I can really consider new released products from January to June whether I need those products or not.

So, if you have some products on your wish list, do NOT buy them immediately, but just wait until a certain amount of time that you defined by yourself. It could be a month, two months, or like myself, five months. But if I may say, at least one month is ideal. And while waiting, you can watch or read some reviews on beauty channels or blogs, compare them to your belongings, and compare them to some other new released products. Therefore, the probability of regretting what you would’ve bought can be minimized.

Revisiting

These days where beauty products were launched every other day, revisiting our old (or maybe not so old) stuffs could be an exciting experience, too. Recently we know this term as “shop my stash”.

By doing this, we could be reminded of how excited we were after buying them at the store or when receiving them in our mails for the first time. And how excited we were when we first open their packaging, swatch them, and finally tried on our face for the first time!

Try to watch some reviews about those products again so that you are reminded of how good they were. Watch some tutorials so that you could recreate some new looks you haven’t tried by yourself before. Or maybe you can also make some tutorials by yourself if you are a beauty content creator!

Finishing

Along with revisiting your old stuffs, try to incorporate them as much as you can in your makeup routine. Not only that, make defined target on how many products you want to finish, by the end of the year for example. You might know this challenge as “pan that palette” or “project pan”.

In this challenge, you will put all those products you want to hit pan on or finish in one storage and put it in your top drawer or in a place in your vanity where you can easily access it. In my case, I use those products continuously until I finish them and I don’t even use any other products except those products included in my project pan. After finishing some of them, I felt really accomplish and it made me feel I didn’t waste my money because I actually finished what I’ve bought.

Duping

Like I mentioned above that you should wait if you have something in your wish list, in that waiting period, you could also find some stuffs in your collection that might have similar characteristic or quality with the thing in your wish list. For example in an eye shadow palette, you might already have all the shades here and there in your collection. So if you find some dupes in your collection, it’s possible that after some times, you are no longer wanted to buy that palette!

Documenting

And last but not least, this is also basically what I’m currently doing, documenting my low-buy year journey.

You could make videos or blog posts where you write everything about your old stash, how you like it then and now. You might notice a huge different on how you use it the first time you have it and now. This way you can also observe your skill improvement.

Make notes on something you want to buy but in the end you don’t buy it so that you can track how much you save by doing this low-buy or no-buy year. Observe which products you are able to finish and how much money you spent that actually worth it.

By doing this, you could also inspire others to do the same. Your documentation might be helpful for others, too!

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So yeah, I think that’s all I can share according to my experience in doing this for only seven weeks. I hope you find it helpful and practical!

If you are doing a low-buy or no-buy year, how do you restrain your shopping desire? Which of the things I mentioned here that you’ve already done or are currently doing? Do you have additional tips you could share with us? If so, please leave them in comment section below!

Until next time!

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Things I Would’ve Bought: January 2019

Hey, everyone! I can’t believe we are already at the beginning of February 2019! How is your new year’s resolution going on so far? I hope everything’s still on track for you!

For me, as you know that I’m doing a low-buy year this year, so far I think I’m doing pretty good! I didn’t buy anything this month except an acne spot treatment which I’m run out of. It costs 12,000 Indonesian Rupiahs or equal to 0.8 USD! You can’t believe how cheap everything is in Indonesia, can you?

While I’m doing pretty good in holding back my desire to do an impulsive buy, I already have a wish list contains of some products I’d probably pick up on June, when I’m allowed to buy again. By the way, if you haven’t read my low-buy rules, you can check them up here!

Frankly, rather than a wish list, here are some stuffs that I would have bought if I wasn’t doing a low-buy year, if I may say!

Colourpop Velvet Blur Lux Lipsticks

Colourpop does really never sleep! If I’m not mistaken, since their new collaboration with Kathleen Lights, The Zodiac Collection, which was launched on August 2018, they released new products every other week!

This time to be precise, after their last launch on December 26th, 2018, which was their collaboration with a Youtuber iluvsarahii or Karen (which I already picked up on the day it was launched), they launched yet another new products, the Velvet Blur Lux Lipsticks, on January 10th, 2019, just two weeks after Karen’s collaboration.

This product retails for 7 USD each and they claimed it to be a lipstick that creates a soft focus, blurring effect with the same high impact as usual matte lipsticks. It has silky, velvet soft texture that smooths over fine lines and imperfections, but not drying out our lips. The color can be built up, and also blur out the edges for a soft romantic look. And finally, it is loaded with extracts Pomegranate, Goji Fruit, and Grape Seed extracts to protect and nourish lips.

They released 16 shades that are all pretty, and most of them are everyday wearable shades, which I really appreciate! From those 16 shades, I like 8 of them, which are ‘Hey Mr. DJ’, ‘Mesmerize’, ‘Solo’, ‘Y2K’, ‘CA Love’, ‘Alchemist’, ’21 Questions’, and ‘Lucky Strike’. But obviously, I can’t buy all those shades I like since I’m always on a budget even though I wasn’t doing a low-buy year. So if I bought these this month, I’d probably would have bought 3 shades only, which are ‘Hey Mr. DJ’, ‘Mesmerize’, and ‘Solo’.

So, if I wasn’t doing a low-buy year, I would’ve spent: 3 x 7 USD = 21 USD.

Colourpop It’s My Pleasure Palette

Just the next week after the launch of the Velvet Blur Lipsticks, Colourpop launched a new palette, which was ‘It’s My Pleasure’ palette, and this one is a monochromatic palette, just like ‘Ooh La La!’ and ‘Brown Sugar’ palette.

Actually, I don’t need anymore eye shadow palette since I have enough palettes with different color story I haven’t hit pan on. But guess what? Purple is my favorite color so…it’s hard to resist this palette! Although I have different shades of purple here and there on my palette collection, I always like the idea of having one curated monochromatic palette so that I didn’t have to search everywhere when I wanted to do a certain eye look.

Besides that, I also haven’t bought any Colourpop creme gel liners before and I heard so much good things about them. When I was looking for purple creme gel liners to match with this palette (if I was buying it), Colourpop also released a new bundle which contains this palette and two purple creme gel liners! How could they read my mind like that! And if we bought them in a bundle, it costs only 20 USD instead of 22 USD when we bought them separately.

Don’t you think they look so good together?

With this bundle, I would’ve spent: 20 USD

Oh and by the way, they also revamped the packaging of ‘Sol’ and ‘Mar’ palette becoming more similar to ‘It’s My Pleasure’, ‘Ooh La La’, and ‘Brown Sugar’, and also released bundles of those palettes with matching creme gel liners for each color groups. In my opinion, this is such a nice move from Colourpop since I’m an OCD and seeing all those monochromatic palettes have the same design is just so satisfying.

Colourpop Mystery Bag

This year, Colourpop also had a mystery bag flash sale. If I’m not mistaken, they also had one last year. This mystery bag retailed for 25 USD, contained of 55 USD worth of products according to their claim. This was a limited product so once they’re gone, they’re not going to be restocked.

Honestly, I was tempted to buy this since I’m just currently into Colourpop so there are still many products from them I want to try, and I think this was a really good deal. However, it’s gone really really fast, like maybe just 1 or 2 days. And according to many unboxing videos I watched from Youtube, there were many good products included in the bag, even some new products such as velvet blur lipstick and BFF mascara! And the BFF mascara haven’t even released on the day this mystery bag was released! So yeah, TBH, I regretted not pick this one up, so hopefully, next year if I am not doing a low buy year, I could pick this one up if they ever released this kind of mystery bag again.

So included this bag, I would’ve spent: 25 USD.

Colourpop BFF Mascara

A week after the launch of ‘It’s My Pleasure’ palette, Colourpop launched their first ever mascara. But not just like any other mascara, they released it with 7 different colors, which are teal, purple, red, yellow, black, pink, and blue. Each of them only retails for 8 USD. They really know how to make people buy not only 1 but even 2, 3, and 4!

Among those 7 colors, I’m really interested in the purple one since purple is my favorite color (as I’ve mentioned above) and it looks so pastel, and in general I really like pastel colors. Other than purple, I also like the red one because it looks wearable on the eyes since the color is quite dark, so it won’t be very obvious if I wear a colorful mascara.

I think it’s really fun to have unusual shades in typical makeup items and I can say this is so Colourpop. I’m glad that they are always out of the box. It makes buying makeup items feel so fun! (But not fun for my wallet!)

With these mascaras, since I’d most probably pick up black, purple, and red, I would’ve spent: 3 x 8 USD = 24 USD.

So, that’s all I would’ve spent this month if I wasn’t doing a low-buy year. In total, it would’ve cost 90 USD, in the month of January only! Scary, right! >.<

I’ll make this post a series on this blog, so I will update again on February, March, April, and May about things I would’ve bought that month (if any). And on June, I will update about things I finally buy, and we would be able to see how much I save by doing this low-buy year project. And in case you haven’t read, you can check my low-buy year rules on this post!

Thank you for stopping by my blog and see you again on my next post!

Try High-End Products while Saving Money

Hello! In today’s post, I am going to share with you a trend in beauty community that I saw in my country, Indonesia. I don’t know whether this trend is actually happening in other countries too or not, and as I’m writing this post, I haven’t done any research about that. But, if you do know something similar like this in your country or in other countries, please do let us know in the comment section below and I’ll update this post when you do!

So, what is the trend actually?

As beauty community grows rapidly in the past years, new products are released almost every single day. And by how fast information can travel these days, it’s so easy for us to know what’s going on ‘everywhere’ in the world. We can immediately get updated when a certain product is released and learn more about the product not only from the official brand but also from beauty influencers from across the nation.

Buying stuffs from overseas has also never been easier. Many international brands has open their official retailer outside their country of origins. There are also those who are called ‘personal shoppers’ or ‘online shop’ that ‘in some ways’ can help us getting products that have no official retailer here in our country. And even many more indie brands have offered an international shipping service.

Consequently, the desire of trying new products every time gets higher and higher. Sometimes we buy things because it’s a new necessary one, or because it’s a unique product that we don’t have yet. Or we buy things just because many people like them and they look nice?

However, sometimes, after we try them, they don’t work on us as good as they work on others πŸ˜₯ So we end up not finishing them until they gone bad >.< And in the end we are just wasting our money on products we don’t even finish.

The thing is, money doesn’t grow on a tree! How do we fulfill this desire?

Here in Indonesia, there’s a system where we can buy products without having to pay a lot and buy the full sized. It is called ‘shared items’. So in this system, the seller stocked on several full size products and we as customers can buy only a few ml of it and the seller will store it in a small container. Just like the picture below.

For example, a seller sell shared items of Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in several different shades (let’s say: sand, tawny, rattan, etc) and sizes (usually: 2 ml, 3 ml, 5 ml, 10 ml). When it comes to expensive product like this, if we try it for the first time, there’s a possibility that it doesn’t work for our skin or the shade doesn’t match, so buying the full size is a bit risky. Therefore, ‘shared items’ is actually a good solution. We can even buy some different shades to test which one works best for us.

Another example is Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray that was sold in a spray bottle like this.

Also Too Faced Peach Perfect Powder that was sold in a jar with shifter like this.

And there are also other products that I’ve never purchased, such as Nars Liquid Blush in a small jar, Benefit Hoola Bronzer in a small eye shadow pan, and even Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in a small jar. Sorry I can’t include the picture of these products because they belong to the seller.

Actually, we can buy not only high end products, but also basically any products that can be shared, such as primer, liquid highlighter, toner, essence, etc.

Here are all products I’ve ever purchased. Some I purchased because I want to try them but unsure about the shade, and some others I purchased because I’m afraid it won’t work on my skin.

What do you think about this trend? Do you think it’s necessary and helpful? Will you try buying shared items if you ever had any chance? Or will you stick to buying the full sized products? Let me know your thoughts!

Until 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′!’