No-Buy 2019 | February and March Update

I did well with my No Buy Challenge in the first quarter of 2019. I should’ve just called it Replacement Only Low Buy. I bought a total of 7 items. Two (2) of which I already shared in my January No-Buy Update post. The other 5 are: Muji Peelable Cotton Pads (Feb – PHP 395)— It’s expensive, I know, but each pad is peelable in 4 cotton sheets which I further cut in half. It has already been 3 months since I bought it and there’s still half of it left. MAC Matte Lipstick in Marrakesh (March – PHP 1,100)—…

It Cosmetics CC Cream Review | Empty

TL;DR – I love It Cosmetics CC Cream. This is one of the face bases that get me the most compliments. It can make me look like I had 9 hours of sleep when I only had 3. Depth-wise, medium is a good fit for me. Unfortunately, it’s not very close to my undertone. Medium leans neutral. For reference, I’m light-medium olive with strong yellow undertones. It’s workable because I don’t build it up to full coverage. Nitpick time–I notice a negligible ashiness (see the photo below; had to take several shots to capture the ashiness that only I can…

MAC Chili, Chili x Toasted Brown, Maybelline Toasted Brown

MAC Chili x Maybelline Toasted Brown | How I kept myself from buying MAC Marrakesh

It was love at first sight when I saw a swatch of MAC Marrakesh online. I thought it was the perfect burnt terracotta orange red brown shade. I wanted Marrakesh so much, I thought it’s gonna be the makeup item to break my No Buy rule of “replacements only”. I still had Chili, a matte lipstick in the same color family, but less brown, more orange, and much brighter. The latter is why I don’t pick it up as much — I wish it was more muted. So I layered Maybelline Toasted Brown over Chili to mute it down. It’s…

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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…

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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,…