That’s right, it’s over!
I’ve made the executive decision to finish my 60 day beauty spending ban, which if you remember, I extended to 90 days but obviously have had a serious change of heart. To get back into the swing of things, I mini hauled some ‘nude’ themed products:
- Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector in Medium for combo/oily skin
- Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate in 26
- Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Beige Rose 602
- Max Facto Elixir Lipstick in Flushed Fuchsia 730
This is the first makeup I have bought in over 70 days. I am SO proud of my effort! Of course a full review of these are to come (I love them already!)
I first wrestled with the thought of ending the ban well before I hit 90 days, and thought it would be a shameful lack of willpower if I caved so early (if you call 70 days early). But, then I thought, what are you trying to prove? No one but yourself is going to judge you. This is for you, no one else.
So it’s been an amazing ride. Boy, let me tell you. I have been through every withdrawal emotion known to man kind. And most of all I have learnt some important things:
1 – It’s all about moderation, not limitation.
I have learnt that this whole process is not unlike dieting or quitting smoking. Going cold-turkey is risky business and by denying yourself something you enjoy, you won’t enjoy the journey and might not succeed. I succeeded. Barely.
2 – DIY products are my new best friend
Before this, I turned my nose up at the idea of rubbing avocado on my face. I put all my faith into ‘lab’ developed products and blindly assumed that all those technical ingredients equals guaranteed results, and the only way to get results.
But this is so not true! I’ve eaten humble pie and I like it. Making things yourself is good for the soul, your bank account and hey, even for your skin. I am converted for life.
3 – There’s can’t live without, and can’t live without.
I now have a new appreciation for things I genuinely can’t live without, and fully recognize items of the faux I-can’t-live-without kind.
Example. Having every nail polish colour is great, but if you don’t have the basics – base coat, remover, nail buffers, etc – what’s the point? I ran out of all the essentials which rendered my collection useless. Painting shabby nails was like putting glitter on a turd.
4 – I would do the ban every year. No joke.
Not being able to buy something you desperately want gives you time to reflect on whether or not you really need it. More often than not, I didn’t need it and was better off without it.
It also encouraged me to fully appreciate what I already had, and inspired me to get creative with it. I am a 100% craftier shopper now knowing exactly what’s a “fluff” buy and what’s a genuine lust. limited edition high-end Poo Green eyeshadow? Put it down Kaye, you don’t need that.
Best of all I cannot begin to tell you how much money I have saved, so despite my moments of utter frustration, it has been worth it.
5 – It’s in my bones
If I didn’t know it before, I know it now (I kinda already knew). Beauty is what I love, it’s what I enjoy, and what I will always do. Some people rebuild cars, some collect things… I do makeup.
I live and poop beauty. Deal with it.
So what about you? Are you brave enough to take up the Beautiful Kayekie 60 Day Ban? Feel free to borrow the Ban Badge, put your wallet away, get reacquainted with your beauty collection and write about it, I’d love to hear all about your journey! Mine was certainly a life changing one.