I’ve managed to make it through the end of March, and I only caved once and bought one of the new Smashbox eyeshadow palettes. It’s always eyeshadow. It gets me every single time. I can resist new metallic lipsticks and the cool holographic highlighters coming out, but put a pretty eyeshadow palette in front of me, and I melt like butter. The best part of that entire incident is I bought that palette at the beginning of March and I still haven’t used it. If that’s not a testament to how badly I didn’t need it–or any eyeshadow palette for that matter–then I don’t know what is.
At this time last year I was almost at VIB Rouge status at Sephora, and I’ve currently spent less than $150.00 there this year. I consider this a win.
I’ve mostly stopped visiting their online store and going into a brick and mortar when I’m bored. The first six or eight weeks of the year were terrible because I would almost always want to go there when I was bored or when I was stressed out, and if you’ve followed the blog since the beginning, you know how chaotic the beginning of the year was for me. Sephora is easy and familiar. Some part of my brain would scream at me to not go into the Sephora in the Time Warner Center when I would be out running errands. I would respond to my internal dialogue by talking to the wind. I know I probably looked like a lunatic wandering around Columbus Circle because I would definitely be talking to myself Gollum-style at the beginning of this exercise. Now, I just grab a cup of tea and go for a walk through Riverside Park or something like that. The temptation to go makeup shopping is slowly but surely dissipating.
I did dive into finding a replacement activity to fill up my spare time since buying makeup was no longer an option. I say finding a replacement activity, but it was more like a reconnection with reading, an activity I used to make time for. I decided to start blazing through my pile of “going to read” books. You know the ones I’m talking about–the ones you pick up and tell yourself that you’re going to read when you get some spare time, but really they just sit on your bedside table and collect dust. Well, I’ve read over 3,000 pages so far this year, so I’m quite happy with that. Ha, and it gives me something to Instagram because I am a fantastically boring individual in real life.
The end of March means it’s quarterly reward time, and I’m at a bit of a loss for what I want. That’s a lie. What I really want is the entire Urban Decay X Basquiat collection that drops near the end of April, but I keep telling myself that to buy that vault would be to throw this entire exercise out of a window. Even if I forget about the fact that the vault is considerably more than the amount of money set for rewards, there’s another glaring problem. There is, frankly, nothing in there that I need. NOTHING. I want it because I like Basquiat’s art, and the packaging on the vault is amazing. I could probably find a dupe for virtually every one of those eyeshadows somewhere in my current collection. This has led me to putting off my quarterly reward until April 20. I may use it to get some of the UD items, or, if some sense can be talked into my head, I’ll use it to buy some skincare products I’ve been wanting to try out. If I do get a vault, I am willing to forgo rewards for the rest of the year. I don’t care what awesome new products come out in the future. I want this collection that badly. This will be a conversation to have with Jared since there are rules to this year’s game, and they have been written down and agreed upon. My entire life has been spent finding ways to bend rules to their breaking point. Of course this would be no different.
That’s about all for this quick little update on how things are going. A quarter of the year is gone, and progress has been made in toward my goal of ending wasteful spending. Thanks to all my friends following me on this journey. Thanks for the words of encouragement on here, on social media, and over calls, texts, and lunch conversations. While I certainly don’t feel like I’m knocking this activity out of the park, I know I’m making progress. Baby steps, right?
Thanks to all.