Monday, January 28, 2013

End of All Makeup Bans

On September 25, 2011 -- about a year and four months ago -- I imposed a very specific makeup ban on myself in an attempt to exercise much-needed self-control. See the original post and requirements of the ban here.

While the eye shadow ban was never really upheld, I did manage to keep my eyeliner ban in place and only got a few pencil liners after the majority of my liner stash was given away or sold. Early on in the game, I broke the lippie ban when the Revlon Lip Butter craze swept the world and purchased Candy Apple and Tutti Frutti. Since then, however, I haven't purchased a single lip product. I no longer wish to own every colour and texture and variance of glosses, sticks and lacquers. What I want is a manageable stash that is well-loved while managing to tend to varying moods and whims. Never again do I want to pick up a lipstick or gloss in the morning and say, "I hate you - DIE!" or be caught off guard by the strange smell of an expired gloss that spent its days hidden under a pile of excess.

You might have noticed the Lippie Ban Countdown on the sidebar of this blog for the past year.


On this 28th day of January, 2013: I hereby announce this ban COMPLETE.

Behold, the last finished lippie on the list:


The other finished lippies were documented in various empties posts throughout the past year and a half. It takes me forever to finish a lip product because I don't reapply frequently throughout the day, nor do I layer multiple products together. I slap something on in the morning, reapply after lunch or coffees/teas, and rarely wear lip products at home unless I'm trying to trick myself into not picking dry skin off the top of lips. I managed to finish these because they were some of the oldest products in my stash and were about halfway down the tube when I decided they were great candidates for the lippies completion project. I devoted myself to each of these five for months until they disappeared, one by one.

Being now in the thrall of brighter and bolder colours, it does feel like sheer glosses are a waste of money and owning more than a few seems excessive and unnecessary. (This is all just regarding myself, not as a judgment call on anyone else!) But at the same time, I'm well aware of the fact that my tastes and preferences are "evolving", as Tracy says, and that I do still need a variety of items to fulfill those whims and changes. A quick count of my lippie stash tells me that I have about 20 glosses, 15 lipsticks, 5 balms, 3 liners and 3 tinted balms. I might dare to say that it's an average stash, both number and colour wise. Truth be told, there are about 10 items that I don't care to use up, so they'll soon be finding new homes and freeing up space for things that I would like to love on a daily basis.

I guess we can look at the makeup collecting habits as a constant rotation of things being brought in and out -- and when viewed like that, it's totally okay, no matter your budget and lifestyle so long as we are able to maintain and curate these collections without risking lives and health. Due to various reasons and circumstances, I struggled a long time with feelings of guilt for amassing things even as I loved those things. I was brought up by simple, no-nonsense people and always felt like a frivolous anomaly in a community of practical types who were always shocked at my collections of material goods. But I'm happy to announce that after two years of publicly displaying this inner struggle, I finally feel a better sense of balance. These truths helped:

1.  I love makeup and always will. Their beauty adds joy and value to my life, as do works of art and literature and silly owl toys.

2.  But my lifestyle can't support endless flows of high-end brands and rooms/closets devoted to makeup collections. I must shop within reason.

3.  My tastes will change over time, and experimenting is fun. It's okay to no longer love items I used to love. But it's not a reason to go out and buy the first thing I feel an inclination to own.

4.  I endeavour to reduce waste and excess by finishing products, or donating and recycling as much as possible.

I haven't figured everything out, but I suspect that day may never arrive. For the moment, I'm content to feel at peace and enjoy the ride. If budget allows, I'd like to pick up one or two items from a Spring 2013 collection. If not, I'll be just fine. Obviously, I have enough makeup as it is.

"Hello! I am but merely 5% of Liz's beauty stash."

The point of all this? I'm done with makeup bans for time being. It doesn't mean I'm going to start hauling like a mad woman. I'll probably pick up a few items each month as I have been for the past little while, and I am very confident that I won't spin out of control or wallow in buyer's remorse months after the deeds. Dabbling with makeup and beauty products is one of my many joys in life, and I want to enjoy 2013 in all possible ways. Life is too short to be too cheap, too frivolous, too uptight, too wussy, too this and too that. I just need to be me at my happiest. It involves makeup. But it involves other things, too, which is why I started the "Things I Like A Lot" series, to talk about other things that I enjoy, and what their inclusion means to me. Stay tuned!

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  1. Aww, good job :-) I'm also trying my best to use up some things, but I know that for makeup, I won't be able to. Skincare on the other hand, is going quite smoothly. I should exert more control on myself too. My 2 month no buy is already tough. You have amazing will power!

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    1. Thanks, but I didn't rigorously uphold the ban throughout and it was a test and trial all the way through except for the last few months when I simply lost any enthusiasm for lip products in general. I think we have to take baby steps at first and see how much is reasonable for us individually. Two months is almost over, right? You can do it! :D

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  2. Congratulations Liz!! You did it and you changed in the process too! I acknowledge my love of all pretty things - as long as I can afford to - and I'm going to enjoy the coming year also hopefully with minimal guilt. I'll continue my monthly empties because it's a review of sorts but I haven't set any other rules for myself - other than to put some money aside for my Singapore/HK trip mid-year.

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    1. Thanks, Vita! When I see your amazing empties, I know that you really love the products you choose, and the way you tackle everything is very motivating. Yay, you're going to Singapore! YOU MUST HAVE THE CHILLI CRAB. MUST MUST MUST.

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    2. Chilli crab? YES PLEASE!!!!

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  3. I love this post, Liz! I love how happy and balanced you sound, and what a practical stance you take towards makeup. I completely agree with everything you said––I find myself disregarding products I used to love and wanting things I'd never have considered 6 months ago, and I think it's important to be okay with that. There's a number of things I'm donating to a local women's shelter to make room for new things, though I'm hoping to avoid any "wish I'd kept that" regret, but I don't like the feeling of having things I don't use, and I do love makeup and beauty and want to be able to enjoy pretties! That may not be a sentence, I'm rather sleep-deprived. But hurray on finishing the last lippie! And ridding yourself of makeup bans! And remembering all the other non-beauty things that bring joy, too––tea has wormed its way into my daily routine, and thanks to you, candles as well :)

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    1. Thanks, Amy! It was a long journey, and there were so many times I swerved fiercely from one extreme to the other, feeling crappy as a result. I've yet to nail down why it is that we're so obsessive over makeup, but focusing on some non-makeup things have helped to tame the inner beast quite a bit. My sister calls me a tea fiend now, lol.

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  4. Good for you Liz!! You are evolving! :) I think you hit the nail on the head-our likes/dislikes will always change. I didn't feel the urge to buy anything since November and then BAM Clarins hit me haha! Instead of bans, being reasonable is the way to go and buying quality items is the way to go. I'll be clearing out some of my things that I just don't use as well pretty soon here too. Too much stuff gets on my nerve lately haha.

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    1. Haha, Clarins is stealth. So quiet most of the time but OH SO PRETTY all of a sudden. :D

      I think the bans were necessary to the learning process, and I still uphold some boundaries that I don't make official. But being picky is the better way and I'm not as impulsive anymore. Thanks, Professor X! Hahaha! :D

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  5. I think this is a healthy position to take. Being reasonable and taking everything in stride is a great plan, and something I am striving for as well. Balance! Everything in moderation, including moderation! One of my favorite adages ;) Our tastes are constantly evolving, but they also just sort of rotate, I find. Seasonally, or depending on moods and environments, personal feelings...things evoke memories and also goals.

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    1. I always hated that phrase about moderation but it is so true. I think a part of me was always resistant to it psychologically, and I was so used to torturing myself! But I'm tired and want to enjoy the ride before I'm too old to wear crazy colours and sparkles, haha. :D

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  6. Hi Liz,

    Congratulations on completing your ban!! That is quite an achievement! I do like what you said about things rotating in and out of life. I think I go by a similar mantra--- I'm not really sucked in by new shiny things, so I try not to feel to guilty about the things I do really want to get. As far as glosses go, I stopped purchasing glosses a long time ago! As you mentioned they do kind of look similar and I also think the shelf life of gloss is shorter due to the inherent necessity to re-dip! I look forward to more 'Things I Like A Lot' too!

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    1. Thanks, Dovey! You're so good about not getting sucked in by new shiny things. Even if I don't pick them up, my head is always whipping around to stare at them. ;) The expiry factor and subsequent monthly tosses have me considering how wasteful some purchases can be, so I'm definitely joining you regarding gloss non-purchase.

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  7. Well done. I too am trying to put some.control on my spending... I do buy make up but my thing is clothes and as u say I havent got an endless wage to support my habit!! This has spurred me on even more as you have done so well!

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    1. Thanks, Nicki! I was a clothes horse long before the makeup obsession began, but it got to the point where I simply ran out of room and realized I needed to stop. So I sort of swapped one obsession for another, lol. It's difficult trying to tame the inner beast but we all get there eventually with a lot of effort. Good luck!

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  8. Well done! I think I finished one lipstick and two Dior lip glosses this past year. I have to do a better job this year;) I am close on finishing a Guerlain lipstick ( which I have two of and love. No more back ups in the future!).

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    1. Yay! You're doing so great. :D I very rarely indulge in back-ups because 90% of the items I try end up not wowing me. But when I love a product, I monitor its permanent presence in the stores and swoop upon them when/if it goes on sale.

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  9. Great insights! I also love makeup and I always will, but now I know that I don't NEED to have the latest and the greatest. I'm much better now about researching products and trying a sample if possible before I buy it. I still feel guilty about buying eyeshadow though, because I seriously need a new one like I need a whole in my head.

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    1. Shadows are tricky because of the endless variety of shades and textures out there, but I try to stick to streamlined palettes and not collect too many little pots. BUT I HEAR YOU. I go a little weak in the knees at some expensive LEs, but more often than not, I'm over it as soon as people stop talking about them. Can't say the same for blushers though. :s

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  10. Brilliant job with this ban, I agree with others that I have definitely seen a change in the way you approach cosmetics now, and I like it a lot. I must admit I have far too many products than I need, but as you said life is too short to not enjoy it, and my makeup makes me darn happy :) I do think I need to give away some of my stash though, and I think my sisters and Mum will appreciate things and use them up for me. That way I still get to live vicariously and enjoy the items, on other people :)

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    1. Thanks, Emma! I can always tell that your products make you happy and THEY SHOULD. :) I have a horror of wasting things and will try to use up even crappy stuff, but it needs to be within reason. Going forward, no more time wasted on crap if I can help it!

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  11. congrats on completing the ban! I totally admire your courage to proclaim a ban that publicly - like you, during recent years I've always had pangs of guilt about the 'stash' I have. There's constantly this battle within my head "hey don't you have something like that already? you have a million shades of pink blushes!" and the other voice goes "buy it if you like it, you aren't going to take the money with you to the grave anyway, there's no point to be the richest guy in the graveyard!" and its really tormenting somehow.

    I've tried implementing bans/low-buys of all sorts but they ultimately failed lol. which is why it's a great joy to discover your blog and read about your "downsizing" journey, god knows when I'll have the kind of determination like yours! For the past (and also now), i've avoided making claims publicly on the blog because of ridicule (partly becoz i know i'll be failing those bans), and failure also brings guilt. That means double the guilt (of buying, and of failing those shopping bans).

    This post is very inspiring - the 4 truths you wrote are totally a wake-up call to me. I wanna say thank you :)

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    1. Aww, you leave the nicest comments. <3

      There were a lot of moments when I felt a little embarrassed about proclaiming the bans, especially when I broke them or didn't feel like I lived up to what I had said with so much bravado. But there are so many of us going through similar things that I figured what the heck. :) I haven't downsized my stash very much overall, though I have become very good about keeping minimal amounts of primers, foundations, powders and mascara. Everything else is still up in the air, lol. But again, let's remember that this is a progressive thing and we're all prone to change. You can do it, Jenni! :)

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  12. Congratulations, Liz! Very well done. These are words to live by-- I am trying to exercise self-control in my purchases as well. I am also really trying to use my stash, and not add piles to an already rather unreasonable amount of makeup. I have been tossing out old expired lipsticks and lip glosses, and making a real concerted effort to use what i have. Thanks for the added inspiration! <3

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    1. Thank you, Helen! You have some very impressive empties posts, and I have no doubt that you will accomplish whatever you set out to do. :) I keep thinking of the day when I wake up to see only things I love - and that gets me going! Good luck to you. :)

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  13. Yaaay! Congratulations! Glad to see that you've found balance. It's so interesting what happens with me when I try to outright ban something from my life. I end up having a "last hurrah" binge which may have never happened if I had been more reasonable! Even so, I think no/low-buys can be useful when something else needs our focus.

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    1. Thanks, Keyana! I totally went through the same thing with all of my initial bans. And being a new blogger really didn't help, because the blog sort of became an excuse to buy and show off new purchases. I've had some disastrous last hurrahs in the past and don't want to go through those moments of buyer's remorse anymore. Yet I totally agree that the bans or limits we set can be very helpful. I think we have to tailor them in a way that suits us individually, instead of just doing what someone else does. Baby steps! For me, empties posts helped to monitor my progress and round up concrete thoughts on what I did or didn't want to purchase in the future. For other people, setting budgets work better. I think we all have different ways and it's just a matter of finding which method works best!

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  14. Congratulations, Liz! I went through a stage last year where I got a bit fed with make-up and didn't buy anything for quite a while. It was nice to have a bit of a break and actually appreciate and use some of the products I already had in my stash. I have started buying a few new things again recently, but I'm really trying to be more careful with what I buy and make sure the things I splurge on are things I really do want and will use.

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    1. Thanks, Nat! I think it can be useful to take a step back from it all and just refocus our energy on other priorities. Being "in the know" and neck-deep in knowledge of new products makes it difficult to keep our heads above the water at times. I'm glad that you're back to blogging now and sharing your newfound wisdom with us!

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  15. I am new to your blog and very inspired by this post. Good for you for sticking with your ban! I rarely finish products because I never seem to stick to one look for more than a couple of days. But recently I've tried to be much more practical about my purchases. Not very many limited edition products, really quality staples, and trying to avoid buying based on hype. But there are things like the NARS spring releases (blush, lip color, shadow palette, setting powders) that just get me and I go on a spending spree. I've tamed my spending on spring release face products, so hopefully the NARS slip up was simply because everything I chose is practical and wearable year round.

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    1. Thanks, Alison! :)

      I was so excited about the NARS Spring 2013 release but now find myself questioning how many of those items I would truly use. One rule I try to stick to is never to buy things without testing at the counters first. I'm horrible with returns and might end up keeping something out of sheer laziness, even if it doesn't really work for me. But it sounds as if the NARS stuff are right up your alley, so good for you and enjoy! I'm going to catch up on your blog this weekend and see if you can convince me to take another look at NARS Spring. ;)

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  16. Yaaaaaay--Congratulations, wifey!! You did an AMAZING job--seriously, there is just no way I could have the willpower to maintain a ban for that long! I'm impressed! Teach me your ways, oh wise one!! :P

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    1. Thank you, dearest!!! :D

      Well, it starts with BREAKING the ban severely multiple times but never giving up! It also involves running out of money to buy new things and subsequently seeing things in a new way, but hopefully that will never happen to you. Sheer stubbornness is my trick. ;)

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  17. I've been following your blog for some time, and I actually got really happy when I saw you reached your goal! It kind of inspired me to try and do something similar.(Although mine is just throwing out old makeup from 2 years ago :/)

    I was wondering if you could do a post, or even if you would want to, about beauty blogs/brands to try/things to try to follow for beginners. I love yours but I want to try and broaden my horizons. Hopefully something that is good for those just beginning to get into the more expensive brands? Things like the most bang for your buck if your trying to build up a collection?

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    1. Your comment made my day! Thanks so much, Sarah. :)

      I did plenty of throwing out old makeup and still do. I just do it in small batches so that they don't completely break my heart. ;)

      I'm not really a "how-to" type blogger and tend to ramble about my personal experiences instead, but I'll keep your request in mind and see if I can do that at some point in the near future. For now, my advice is to start with just one item or look instead of attempting to upgrade everything at once. Like, if you wanted to polish up your style for a new job, maybe try getting your makeup done at the beauty brand you've been wanting to try and purchase some basics like a good foundation that perfectly matches your skin tone, a budge-proof mascara and a pretty lipstick. Or if you just want to expand your beauty horizon, pick one item like a lipstick and go testing at the counters until you find one that you personally think is amazing! No matter what hundreds of bloggers say, I find that the best bang for the buck always comes from personal experience. Most times I don't buy things without testing at the counters and find myself disagreeing with a lot of reviews I read. But I understand your need for a guideline of sorts, so I'll definitely keep that in mind!

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  18. Me too, I feel like I never apply enough! I'm constantly thinking how are other people able to get through so much product? Congrats on completing your lip ban. I completely agree with your thoughts: you're taste will always change over time and it is completely unrealistic to be constantly purchasing makeup low or high end.

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    1. I find that it's easy to finish when you just focus all your energy on one specific item and use it every single day. Otherwise, there is no way to get through anything. -__- Thanks for your comment and have a great weekend!

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  19. Liz, you are my role model! I love your attitude, and you did such a fantastic job at sticking with your ban. I'll be keeping your list of truths in mind. I think I've gotten much better overall too (I can't believe I'm saying this right on the heels of that Guerlain purchase LOL but I do). I'm whittling down my collection day by day (I'm completely out of moisturizer, can you believe it?) and haven't been adding too much to it. And guess where I got my inspiration in the first place, oh Liz-Buddha? ;)

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    1. Awww, my morsely Morsels, you are too kind. :) You are SO GOOD. And that Guerlain palette was obviously well-deserved and well-thought out in advance of the the purchase! I certainly got a lot of vicarious joy out of that. Good to hear about the whittling down of the stash. I find that often I'm outpaced by those I've preached to. ;)

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  20. Congrats Liz! This balanced approach is probably the best way of staying sane with all the new releases and oh-my-god-I-need-this-right-now! spurs of the moment. And also to keep those splurges guilt-free. Now I just need to put this way of thinking into practice and convince myself that no, I don't need that pretty Chanel highlighter.

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    1. KLARA!!!!!!!! I miss you!

      Lol @ the Chanel highlighter part. I admired it from close range and fortunately didn't feel its charms as fiercely as some others. I'm sort of done with buying shimmery things that will become horribly defaced as soon as I start using them. If I bought that, I'd preserve it in a glass box and never even swatch. But good luck to you! Hope you're doing well!

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    2. Hi Liz, I missed you too :) I've just been extremely lazy with posting and commenting on other blogs. I haven't seen the Chanel highlighter in real life yet (the new collections are so slow to arrive on this side of the pond) so we'll see if I can resist or not. I hope 2013 is treating you well Liz! x

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    3. It's hard to get back into the game after a break. No pressure if you're busy and dealing with other stuff. Just good to see you. :) Hope 2013 is good to you as well!

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  21. Wooohooo go Liz! Well done on the lip products. That took quite a lot of discipline. Lip products are the hardest for me to finish. I tend to just throw them out when they start to smell funny but I have never actually hit pan on any.

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    1. Thanks, Yuming! I too toss mine as soon as they smell bad. But unfortunately, a lot of them are still going strong despite their age. And I hate throwing out things that seem still good. I'm determined to finish a few lipsticks before this year ends. :)

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  22. Can you see me twirling in glee? And yes, people do that....the twirling & glee, I mean! The reason for the afore-mentioned act, is because I'm so happy you're taking this attitude and stance! As they say, there's a reason for everything, and if you recall, I remember mentioning that self-imposed bans can also have a negative impact on your happiness. You also need to live, and to do that comfortably, you need to first "accept" - accept that this is a part of you & what makes you happy.

    I'm not worried that you'll ever go on out of control spending urges - even if there was a pile of cash in front of you, mainly because it's not how you were raised, and some things are too deeply ingrained in us to go against them. I think your reasoning is sound and the way you'll be going about this new way of thinking will not only give you peace, but have a positive impact on all aspects of your life. You see, Liz.....we attract the same energy we give off. That's the ultimate secret.

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    1. OH, I KNOW YOU TWIRL. >:D

      Thanks, Eugenia! I still think the bans were worthwhile in that I learned through them - in being a little miserable - how to be happy. LOL And last year was a definite lesson in curbing my spending, which really helped me to reassess what I felt was worth my hard-earned money at the end of the day. Because we can't appreciate what it means to be truly happy without knowing what being truly miserable means. And now that I have my head out of my ass, I don't wish to prolong any more miserable feelings for as long as I can help it. Thanks for rooting for me all these long months. PANDA HUGS! :D

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  23. You're strong Liz! I have been cutting down on makeup spending, not on number but on dollar amount. Not an easy task as new better products come out every month. At some point of collecting pretty stuff, I started to feel saturated in similar type of products, similar color themes and texture, even the packaging. So my 2013 resolution is to focus on innovating products and flawless complexion and reduce on eyeshadows. Congrats!! I'm really happy for you.

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    1. Thanks, Joanne! :)

      I decided not to set dollar amounts because it's a little too restrictive when some months I'll want nothing and other months... :x But there's a faintly drawn line that I hope to not cross, which means no $100 highlighters and that sort of thing - PROBABLY. LOL

      I think having a focus like yours is a great idea. Good luck to you! :)

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  24. Chiming in with all the congrats. Looks like you have achieved Zen state of mind for makeup! Well done, Liz! Now I'm off to meditate on your wise words :) x

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    1. Thanks, Su! :) It took a while but I'm finally here. I hope it lasts and that I don't go off the rails when summer collections start hitting the deck. ;)

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  25. Congratulations on completing the ban. It is really something to be admired and I'm glad I've discovered your blog since I could use a bit of inspiration

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    1. Thanks so much! :) It feels great and I hope to keep that feeling going for a long time.

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  26. i love this post!!! good for you, for completing the ban AND coming to all these smart realizations about your collection and lifestyle. i think that is great!! also, lol at picking the dry skin on your lips. i totally do this and it is such an annoying habit lol. la mer lip balm totally helps with that! anyway, i'm contemplating embarking on a massive makeup ban for the rest of the year starting in march. i'm scared!!

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    1. My dad watched me pick at my lips the other day and was like, "YOU HAVE A PROBLEM." LOL The thing is he never notices anything that goes on around him, so I think he was disturbed by the amount of picking that I was doing. :x

      To be honest, I'm a little scared for your makeup ban, too! Maybe try something smaller like a one month ban to start?

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  27. Hear, hear, Liz!! You sound like you have the *perfect* mindset for 2013! I am struggling to do the same...I really find it difficult when money is so tight to not feel super-restrained, which always ends in horror for me. I want to be able to be fiscally conscious while still enjoying makeup reasonably, and I'm not sure quite how to do it yet. But reading this post gives me courage and faith that I'll get there some day! You've done so well Liz, congrats on kicking those old lippie's asses and I can't wait to see what else you've got in store for us this year :D

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    1. Your situation was all of me last year. And it was going through financial difficulties that really opened my eyes and led me to this point, so I have no doubt that you'll find yourself in that balanced place again soon enough! It was hard at first to deny myself all the things I wanted, but I felt good about putting money toward other people's needs as well. And when I really hit a low stage and felt like I was constantly in want, it made me buck up and work extra hard to bring myself back to the point where I could spend a little here and there to feel human again. Not sure how long this act will last, but I hope for a while since I could really use the break from the constant inner turmoil. LOL

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  28. Hi Liz, Great job and congrats on completing your ban! This year I've decided to cut back drastically on purchases overall. It can be so easy to go overboard and overspend when there are so many exciting new products and all the great seasonal collections, but I think I've convinced myself that I don't need something from EVERY new collection. But I also think life is too short and we must allow ourselves a little treat now and then! :)

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    1. Thank you, MM! :) I think that's a wise approach. I was just so extreme all the time that it was really difficult getting to that similar zone. Hope I can stay in it for a little while. And congrats to you too and good luck on your new goal!

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  29. Congratulations, Liz! This is a great success story and truer words about makeup passion have never been spoken. As I am more of a radical, I had to do a total cut - toss, keep, donate piles and be done with it. No regrets, no remorse. I finally feel free when it comes to makeup as I no longer feel the urge to buy every single new item on the beauty market or lighting up my bad day by buying some stupid lipstick I will never end up wearing anyway. My overall collection is now about 20 % size compared to what it used to be, I have my keepers (items I use with love every day), my emergency helpers (items to use on eg. bad skin days) and few fun items (for special occasions). And I have never felt better about things I own. And believe it or not, this is also thanks to you and your blog ;)

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    1. That's the sweetest thing ever. Thank you, my friend. :) I attribute your success to your own strong will but glad to have been of service somehow!

      A part of me wanted to be all radical like you and sometimes still does, but I think the balanced approach is something that I'd like to keep for a while. Your current stash sounds lovely, however, and I'm so happy for your new sense of peace and contentment. Hurray to both of us! ;)

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  30. No, no, thank you! :)
    That is just how I work, such a radical approach is not for every one. And better to keep it balanced than regret tossing something later on. ;)

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    1. Wise words. A few regrets from the blog sale led me to the balanced approach. :)

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  31. Liz,
    Happy 3rd to your amazing and inspiring blog! I identify with all of this. I'm in my no-buy stage because I lack any self control. I hope be be a reformed spender some day.

    xoxo
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