Hey, guys, I thought it would be interesting to do a mid-year update on my low buy/ what I’m not going to buy this year.
If you didn’t see my post at the start of the year where I talked about what I’m not going to buy in 2018, you should go check it out I gave my thoughts on why I wanted to be a more mindful shopper.
So I talked about what things I was going be buying less of this year, I wanted to restrict myself so that I didn’t buy to much stuff this includes makeup and beauty products as well as clothes and trinkets.
Low Buy Update
Makeup & Beauty Products
At the start of the year I wanted to give myself the ability to only buy one or two nonessential items, I decided that I could have one expensive or two less expensive items a month this was on both makeup and beauty products like skincare.
Some months were pretty good particularly in January and February, where I only purchased one palette each month and that was it. There were some months here and there where I did purchase a few extras.
In the last month though I feel like I’m at a point where I’m only wanting to purchase things that I don’t have anything like. In June I made a few purchases because I wanted to review things but now just want to use what I already own.
As for skincare and haircare, I have pretty much just stuck to what I had and only purchased things that weren’t currently in my routine or needed to replace like toner, fave scrubs and hair treatments etc.
As for my choices to not buy products in certain packaging I have mostly stuck to that, I haven’t purchased any sheet masks I’m just concentrating on using up current products that are in my stash.
I’ve only purchased two products in bag type packaging, I have more thoughts on packaging and companies who claim to be cruelty-free etc and don’t think about being eco-friendly too, which to be honest is probably quite hard in this day and age where everything comes in plastic packaging. It’s been on my mind a lot and I’m still deciding what I’m going to do as far as purchasing certain items but I feel like all things take time.
I may go into this some other time but for now, I’m just focusing on this post.
Clothing and Accessories
As far as clothing goes I’ve only purchased a few things, a couple of jackets I probably didn’t need them but I feel like these are staples in my wardrobe and will be for years to come but at this point, I don’t plan on buying any more.
I also purchased some light clothing for winter (I did purchase this new, which I would usually buy secondhand) and a couple of pairs of leggings from the Blackmilk labyrinth 2.0 collection, which leggings are what I like to wear most of the time so I was totally fine with this purchase, no guilt.
As for accessories, I purchased a necklace and shells from Secret Wood and some Shoes from Tuk Footwear. Honestly, I can’t remember the last time I purchased new shoes or jewellery for myself, I’ve been wanting to purchase something from these brands for some time so I did decide to go ahead and purchase from them.
I didn’t buy as much secondhand as I usually do but not really on purpose I just haven’t felt like going and searching through lots of clothes, I just wanted to find the things I needed.
Decor, Art, Books
As far as decor is concerned I have purchased a few things here and there mostly organization stuff for my beauty room.
I’ve purchased a few art pieces from artists so I did purchase frames. My focus is here and I want to find a way to display my vinyl records which I’ve slowly been adding to.
I have actually purchased a few books but these are things I keep for a long time, even though I wasn’t going to buy any, but it’s not something I’m mad at myself for.
I’ve been going through a lot this year with my anxiety, depression and fibromyalgia, I’ve been having a hard time so I’m not trying to put to much pressure on myself if I occasionally break my low buy.
I feel like I could totally have done better but with everything I’ve been going through I’m proud that so far of what I’ve accomplished.
I think my focus for the rest of the year is to focus on myself and slowly add artwork to my house, maybe travel. I also want to do a couple of things to my bathroom and kitchen so I’m going to focus on trying to save some money.
Have you been on a low buy this year? How are you going ? let’s chat in the comments.