Wednesday, January 7, 2015

100 Day Beauty Spending Ban!

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Not unlike many bloggers out there, I have a lot of makeup. Buying new makeup is just plain addicting. I love my trips to Sephora, scanning the aisles at CVS, and browsing the makeup counters in Nordstroms. A bright new lipstick always seems to make a bad day infinitely better. However, as 2015 began, I started planning multiple vacations for this year. I just booked a surprise trip away for Joe & I for Valentine's Day weekend. I am also planning a trip to Mexico for my birthday in May. Traveling becomes very expensive quickly. Honestly, I find so much value in traveling and experiencing new places that it is entirely worth it to me to save up for a big trip. 

With my new trips in mind, I knew I needed to get serious about budgeting. As I thought about what I spent the most on last year, makeup was a big contributor that popped into my mind. I knew that if I eliminated some of that spending for a while then I would definitely have the money to travel. As someone who likes to live within her means, I am all about cutting back when necessary. 

I have seen a ton of "100 Day Beauty Spending Ban" posts on various blogs and Instagram. I thought to myself: this is something I can do. It is a challenge for me because makeup is a hobby that I really enjoy but it isn't forever and this will inspire me to rediscover some products. Also, there aren't many special events between January and April AND this allows me to buy more new products for myself for my birthday! 

My official start date: January 1st, 2015

My official end date: April 10th, 2015 (you can find me at Sephora on April 11th)

  • Subscription Boxes--I am currently subscribed to Birchbox, Ipsy, and the Walmart Beauty Box; with Birchbox and Ipsy, I pay once a year (I last paid over the summer) and my Walmart subscription is seasonal. I will be continuing my subscription services, as I have already paid. 
  • Repurchasing my daily moisturizer--I have a daily moisturizer with SPF that I am almost out of; for the sake of my skin, I will repurchase this when I run out (SPF is essential and I don't want skin cancer!)
  • Swap in March--I have already planned a swap with a fellow beauty blogger in March. Technically, we can pretend this is a gift and ignore the fact that I will be receiving products in return ;) 
I am slightly nervous but excited to explore some old favorites and save money!

Please leave a comment if you plan to place a spending ban on yourself (whether it be for 100 days or 5 days!). 

Have you ever done a beauty spending ban in the past?

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