2019 Low Buy

I am starting 2019 committed to being a smarter consumer. Here are my terms.

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season.

For me, New Year’s is a time to reflect on the lessons and triumphs of the past year, while planning for the next goals of the new one. One major thing I learned from 2018 was that I spent wayyyyyyyyyy too much money on makeup. Of all of the products that I bought last year, I decluttered probably a third of it. The rest I only use here and there.

This year will be different. I am committed to no longer buying makeup that just looks cool or seems trendy (or is on sale). I only want to purchase items that I really want to use and enjoy. So, I am going on a low-buy. Here are the terms:

I have a budget of $150 every month to spend on both makeup AND skincare– including anything I need to restock. As we all know, skincare can be extremely expensive. So, instead of just running out to buy a new product, I will have to make more of an effort use the tons of skincare that I already own. In terms of makeup, I will try to compare the releases to what’s already in my collection. I may try doing a shop my stash for comparisons. This will help me think critically about all of the new releases to see which ones really fit into my collection.

One thing I am definitely doing to help stick to this goal is to make the majority of my purchases online. Doing this will help because I won’t get sucked into just grabbing things that catch my attention in the stores. It is easier to close a browser than it is to walk away from a display or out of the store all together. Plus, I can use E-bates to get money back on my purchases!

Looking at new releases everyday, it can be easy to fall into the trap of FOMO, but I think this will be a good exercise in being an objective consumer. I’m looking forward to the challenge.

Are you guys doing any Low- or No-Buys in 2019? What are your terms?

Let’s chat!

💜Michelle Lisette

Morning Makeup Musings restart tomorrow. Let’s put this challenge to the test. There are a lot of new releases coming this year; will I purchase or pass?


Thinking about making another Sephora or Ulta purchase? Want to get cash back for buying online? Sign up for  E-bates . Seriously, it’s really free money. 


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Author: 💜Michelle Lisette

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6 thoughts on “2019 Low Buy”

  1. I think there were so many releases after another this year that were so eye catching that a lot of us went crazy haha. Here’s to being smarter shoppers! 🥂 That’s smart to have an actual dollar amount!

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    1. 🥂 cheers to that!
      Thanks! I thought it would be much more likely for me to stick to it if I just budgeted instead of having to narrow it down to certain items. I can’t justify spending more than that per month, but I can justify “just one more small item”.

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