I’m feeling unusually positive towards New Year’s resolutions this year, and the circumstances call for drastic measures. There’s just one resolution, but it’s a big one: no buying makeup. I’ve tried this twice before, with no luck, so I’m calling on some community support and a good old fashioned star chart to get me through.
Here’s the deal. Over Christmas our temporary flatmates went away, and when they came back Ania was like “I didn’t spend money for four days!” and we both saw it as an achievement. Then I realised how fucking stupid it is to think that’s an achievement. And I wondered how long I could go without spending money on stupid shit for myself. I’ve got an overdraft, credit card debt and a Macbook to pay off, and these are much more sensible places to direct my cash.
I’ve tried this before. Over a year ago I was like ‘I need to stop buying makeup‘, but I decided to try to use up products I don’t use that often. It didn’t work because I just wasn’t excited about them – which is why I wasn’t using them.
In June 2014 I got rid of a bunch of shit and recognised I had spending problems, and it all went well for a while. Then I think I just kinda forgot about it? And now I’ve got heaps more makeup and the same problem.
I decided I need a tangible reminder to measure my success, and sought out the prettiest ‘printable’ 2015 calendar I could find. I settled on this cute hand-lettered one from Chantel Emma. I’ve only printed January and February so far, because I don’t want to over-commit and overwhelm myself. I’m not setting myself an end-date with this No-Buy, for the same reason. Any date I chose would seem either too soon, or too far away.
I was going to buy pretty star stickers to go on my calendar, and then I realised that completely defeats the purpose of not buying anything frivolous for myself. I’m telling myself a hand-drawn star will do just fine!
I’ve joined the subreddit called Makeup Rehab and unsubscribed from all the makeup buying/selling groups and subreddits I’m part of. I’m not ridding my internet circle of makeup entirely, because that would be stupid, but I’m gonna focus on tutorials and creative ways of using makeup, rather than new products that Youtubers APsolutely love and that no one can allegedly be without.
Here’s where the community support comes in. If you’re feeling the vibes, why not do the same? Download Chantel’s calendar (or a different one, but hers is pretty cute) and check out her blog while you’re there. Get to know your Christmas makeup (don’t pretend you didn’t either get makeup for Christmas, or spend Christmas money on some) before you think about buying any more. Let’s see how long we can survive this!
Do you think this is a good idea? Do you feel like you spend too much money on makeup? Maybe it’s not makeup – it could be magazines, or handbags, or records, or shoes, or trips to the movies, or… what other hobbies do people even have?
Or, alternatively, let me know what your New Year’s resolutions are!