Two Months in – Four More to Go

Let me start by saying that this is not getting any easier, only harder. And I caved. But only a little.

Overall, I am still pretty proud of the amount of products I am using up and not just because it is helping contain my spending. It is also helping me clear out a lot of older products, some that I didn’t even realize had expired! One product was purchased at a beauty outlet store, so word to the wise, check the expiration date before purchasing at outlets.

I also went through a TON of skincare over the past two months and was out of a decent amount of products I use daily. After doing a bit of research, another thing I seem to be doing more of since I am more conscious of what exactly I am spending my money on, I picked out some new K-Beauty products from Glow Recipe. A friend of mine gave me a 15% off code and they also offer curated sets that are discounted. With the discount, I saved $81 and walked away with 6 items (listed below). I’ll also link a discount code for anyone that wants to try out Glow Recipe. Sephora actually sells a lot of the same items, but rarely offers a discount on any of them.  They were also featured on Shark Tank!

With the realization that I was down to my last bottle of foundation, I decided to grab a backup for when this one runs out. Nothing is worse that getting ready in the morning, putting on your foundation, only to run out with half a face done! I am currently using Armani Power Fabric, but decided to go back to MUFE HD foundation. I made this decision mostly because I think they are very similar formulas, but MUFE is $21 cheaper. BTW, both of these foundations are Allure Beauty award winners and contain the same amount of product. Maybe this challenge is actually doing some good for me! 

The only impulse spending I did in any of my “No Buy” categories was at Express. They were having a crazy sale for 3 days where every item on clearance was only $15. I have been doing a bit of spring cleaning since I started this challenge, not just with beauty products but also with clothes/ shoes/ winter coats/ purses…. I was able to sell some of my items at resale shops (Platos Closet, Clothes Mentor, etc.) or online at Poshmark. I have also donated items I couldn’t sell, but felt like I would never use/ wear again. When I saw the clothing on clearance, it was almost too ridiculous not to scoop up something. I ended up purchasing 13 items for $220. The items purchased are listed below in my spending breakdown.

Products used up:

Skincare:

Senegence Lip Volumizer 0.2 Oz $50Senegence Lash Extend – 0.125 Oz $50Sunday Riley C.E.O. Rapid Flash Serum – Beauty Box Sample
3Lab Perfect Hand Cream – 1.7 Oz $45
Talika Photo-Hydra Moisturizer 1.0 Oz $25
Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water 13.5 Oz $8.99
First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads $30
Senegence Body Wash 8 Oz $20
First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser 2 Oz $10
Belif Eye Cream 0.17 Oz – Sample size
Origins Eye Cream – Beauty Box Sample
Studio 35 Beauty Cotton Rounds 80 Count $2
Senegence Collagen Night Pak 1 Oz $85
Senegence Oops Remover 0.25 Oz $10
Senegence Climate Control 2.4 Oz $60
GM Collin Phyto Stem Cell Serum 1 Oz $136
Bath & Body Works Body Scrub Marshmallow Pumpkin Latte 8 Oz $16.50

Makeup:

Hourglass Ambient Dim Light Primer 1 Oz $44
Hourglass Foundation Stick $46
Christian Dior Rouge Baume in Milly 0.11 Oz $35
PuR Cosmetics eyeshadow shades (Private Party & Socialite) from the Soiree Palette
  • I depotted the palette and put the shades into a Z palette
*YSL Touche Eclat Foundation $58 – this was ¾ full but expired 2 months ago =(

Haircare:

Bumble and Bumble Shampoo 8 Oz. $31

Total Products used up : $763

$ Spent : $504

Skincare:

Glow Recipe $153 Total –
Watermelon Glow Sleep Mask $45
Self-Love is in the Air Kit $135
  • A $189 value including : Whamisa Deep Rich Toner, Whamisa Cleansing Water, Whamisa Rose Petal Mist, Blithe Instant Glow Cream, Blithe Makeup Prep Essence

Check out Glow Recipe : HERE

Sephora $88 Total –
Tatcha Camellia Cleansing Oil $48
PTR Max Complex Correction Pads $40

Makeup:

MUFE Foundation Y325 $43

Clothing:

Express – 2 coats, 1 blazer, 1 pair of jeans, 1 pair of faux leather leggings, 1 pair of workout leggings, 7 tops Total $220

Wish me luck as I move into month #3! Anyone else doing a No Buy/ No Spend this spring?

Xo Jessica Lee Gray

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