No Buy – Days Five thru Seven

No Buy – Days Five thru Seven

So… yeah. I forgot to post anything for the past few days. It was the weekend and I was being super lazy, not to mention cleaning, organizing, and doing some medical billing for one of my part time jobs. I like to think, despite my feeling like a failure a few days ago, I’ve done remarkably well.

Side note, all day while I’m at work, I come up with cute quips that I tell myself I’ll add to one of these posts. It’s yet to happen. Brain dead after 5 PM seems to be my general way of life. I’m trying!

Today, I spent some money, though. I ordered a wall mount for my TV so that when the handyman comes over, I can get him to put it up which will free up some shelf space on my current TV stand. I’m kind of excited about that, and the fact it only cost twelve bucks. I can’t argue too much about that. I also ordered a scale. My old one died somewhere along the way and I swear it keeps telling me I’m getting old instead of my weight. And, I’m -trying- to lose weight (I think about it all the time, at least), so a scale that actually works will be beneficial. Finally, I ordered some nail files and buffers. I have all this gel polish, soak off kind, to use… and no files to scratch it up to finally soak it off. I feel like it was a practical need. Maybe. Either way, I can justify all these expenses as not entirely frivolous, which is the exact kind of spending I’m trying to curtail.

FYI, right now, MAC Cosmetics has these Monochromatic Bundles (or something akin to that). I want the Velvet Teddy collection so much. That’s my jam. Neutrals but gorgeous, shades I can wear at work and anywhere else. Ugh. It’s very tempting to log on to the site and place my order. SO TEMPTING. I don’t need it. I don’t need two more eyeshadows or another blush. I certainly don’t need another lipstick or lipgloss. I DON’T NEED THEM. But I want them so bad. Grrrrrrrr!

NEW GOAL:

My friends and I are making it a goal that some time during the month of April this year, we are going to have a little vacation. Probably in Charlotte, SC. The specifics haven’t been fully planned out yet, but that’s the plan. We figure it will be loads cheaper than Dragon*Con in September (not that it’s off the table), so if Dragon*Con ends up being a no-go for a few of us, we’ve at least gotten to spend some time together and having fun.

No Buy – Days Five thru Seven

No Buy – Day Four

Wow. Payday and I have already spent close to $100. I needed new moisturizer, completely ran out today, so I ordered a replacement. Bonus, it was on sale, so there’s that. Also, I needed some heavy-duty bug spray. Bed bugs are no joke and I’m tired of playing. If this stuff I ordered doesn’t help, I may have to burn the house down.

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Maybe.

I already feel like I’m failing at this. I can think of at least a dozen things to go out and blow what’s left of my paycheck on. None of it is necessary and will ultimately only take up precious space in my tiny room that I can ill afford to lose.On the flip-side of that coin, though, is this urge to completely purge my space of all my possessions and just start over. Not that I could ever find the energy or drive to actually do that. I stare at my bookshelves and immediately tell myself, “That’s a big fat nope!” Eventually, it’s gotta happen. I hate the clutter. I hate the feeling of drowning in material possessions. I hate the feeling that I have so must -stuff- but nothing that really makes my head turn. I have my books, and with the rare exception of about a handful of books I’d be willing to give away, that I could never part with. I have all this makeup that I… actually get the warm tinglies when I think about (sad, I know). My clothes are just clothes. Everything else, all my The Walking Dead Collectibles and other odds-and-ends, is just… there, taking up that space I mentioned earlier.

It’s raining outside right now. Maybe it’s the weather speaking, but I just feel… lost right now. With this, with everything, hence the “failing.”

I need to keep on this. And those precious few of you who have read even one of these posts so far, you make my day and keep me inspired to keep sharing.

Feedback is welcome.

No Buy – Day Four

Day One

2019 No Buy Year

Inspired by Hailey Evans (Template provided by Hailey, as well)

OBJECTIVES

Start Date: Jan 1, 2019 End Date: Dec 31, 2019

-To ultimately quit unchecked spending on non-essential items (ie. Casual Shopping)

-To save for a prosperous future

-To live on a small income

-To focus on small, long term health goals

RULES

-No spending on non-essentials for 1 year.

Main categories are:

Clothing

Makeup

Housewares

Snack Food

-No spending on essentials that you already have covered.

-You may replace an essential item that has worn out or finished if you do not have a similar replacement item already (at your discretion) ex. Mascara, face cream, shoes, paint, canvas.

-You may buy gifts

-You may buy experiences and travel

Essentials List

Shampoo, conditioner, face cream, toner, body wash, deodorant, TP, soap, laundry/dishwasher detergent, haircuts, cleanser, mascara, brow pomade, brow gel, concealer, lip gloss, eyeliner, shoes, boots, jeans, undershirts, underwear, paint, canvas, groceries (meat, veggies, bread, milk, eggs, butter, cheese, wine, beer, whiskey, potatoes, pasta, rice, tea, coffee), bills (Xfinity, Amazon Prime, AMC A-List, Sirius XM, Apple Music, RAC), gas.

NON-Essentials List (Things you may DEFINITELY NOT buy no matter what)

Eyeshadow, Blush, lipstick, highlighter, bronzer, powder, setting spray, eyelashes, ANY colour cosmetics, face masks, serum, sweaters, fashion pieces, jewellery, house plants, mugs, kitchen tools, takeout coffee*1, books*2.

*1- Exception: if you are staying at the cafe and working/reading/visiting with friends

*2- Exception: You must wait 30 days, if you still want the book you may purchase, stipulating item is under $30USD.

 

Day One

Eyeshadow Comparison

So, I decided I would do some eyeshadow comparisons, choosing, in particular, the gold shadows from four of my palettes.

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Rich Bitch – Jeffree Star Cosmetics Beauty Killer palette

Mojito – Kylie Cosmetics Royal Peach palette

Wodaabe – Juvia’s Place The Saharan palette

Irresistible – Too Faced x NikkieTutorials The Power of Makeup palette

This picture was taken in natural daylight, no filters whatsoever.

Now, maybe I ended up biasing myself by swatching Wodaabe first, but the other three shades all felt like I was running the pad of my finger over a burlap sack afterward. Wodaabe is such a creamy smooth shadow, with potential for fallout as a result, but it’s well worth that risk with the color payoff, in my humble opinion.

Rich Bitch, by far not the worst of my four picks here, seemed chalky and a little rough in the pan. I actually went back for a second swipe at the shadow for the swatch, justifying it by the fact it was my pinky finger that I’d used. The color isn’t terrible, but it comes across as a little patchy.

Mojito felt like I was touching a brick, to be honest. The color isn’t terrible, once you get past that obvious odor, but again, it seems a little patchy to me.

Irresistible…. isn’t necessarily so. While it doesn’t have that rich gold, or even the olive undertone of the other shadows with the swatch, in the pan, it seemed very similar. Unfortunately, as you can see here, there’s almost no color pay off. I definitely recommend using glitter glue or an eyeshadow base if you want to maximize the performance here.

Take this little comparison for what it’s worth. People all have their own personal opinions, brands they prefer, needs from their makeup, etc. However, if I could recommend one of these four? I’d definitely choose Wodaabe above the competition.

 

 

Eyeshadow Comparison