No Buy

No-Buy 2019 | January Update

I’m doing good with my replacement only no-buy. I was so tempted but I am able to resist getting Kosas Tinted Face Oil. I make my own by mixing a rice grain-sized amount of Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer with a drop of Kiehl’s Daily Recovery Concentrate (Oil) to scratch the itch. I bought 2 skincare products this month to replace what I used up: Timeless Vitamin C Serum to replace Purito Vitamin C Serum (emptied), The Ordinary Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate (gave away), and The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin (gave away) — P 1,235.00 Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water (100 ml) to replace…

Skincare Samples

Declutter Diary: Skincare Samples

Last weekend I went through my stuff to collect skincare samples and I threw them all away. I wish I took a photo of everything but I forgot. Above are some of the samples I had. I decided not to give them away because most (if not all) samples have shorter shelf-lives compared to their full size counterparts. Samples usually don’t have the expiration date printed on the label too. From now on, I’ll either use samples as soon as I get them or I’ll just decline them. The number of purchases I made from the samples I tried is…

Project Pan 2019

Project Pan 2019 | Kevyn Aucoin SSE, NARS Torres Del Paine, and It Cosmetics CC Cream

Generally, I don’t think project pans work for me, more specifically hate-panning. I tried it a few times, but I failed to follow through. I always just end up using products I feel like using instead of the products I set aside to use. I’m trying again and I think I can do it this time because I love these 3. I have just been picking up other products more often because I wasn’t ready to let go. However, these might expire soon. Time to start using the good china. As with most of my personal projects, I won’t put…

No Buy

No-Buy 2019 and Makeup and Skincare Low-Buy 2018 Update

I think my 2018 makeup and skincare low-buy challenge went well. I emptied (or let go of) 135 beauty products, but acquired 85 — a ratio of 1.6 : 1. Not bad. I did better towards the end of the year which made me feel confident to attempt a modified No-Buy for 2019, which will now include clothes and shoes (and other non-necessities like fountain pens and ink). Here are my rules: I’m allowed to buy true replacements. For makeup and skincare — if I’m not buying a replacement, I should let go of 3 items (I know, too strict,…

Makeup and Skincare Low-Buy 2018 – 3rd Quarter Update

I wish I had been more prolific in blogging about my makeup and skincare low-buy efforts. Good thing I was diligent in listing down everything (see photos; click to enlarge). My running totals for the year, as of October 31: Gifts / Purchases = 81 Empties /  Expired and Tossed Products = 126 I regret not getting the running total every month-end. That could’ve discouraged more purchases. My ratio of deductions to additions is — 1.5 : 1. I also noticed a downward trend in the number of my purchases as months go by. In October, I was finally successful…