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5/9/14

Lipstick BAN!


Phew. 
I feel like I'd been running. 
My heart - it's beating a mile a minute. 
I can do this. 
It's not like I'm doing something scary.
Like, bungee jumping....
or giving a Walking Dead walker a makeover!
It's a good thing. 
I have a good feeling about it.
I feel rich already!  
Maybe I'll buy an IPL team one day.
I know nothing about Cricket, but still.
I'll sit near the field... wearing a white hat with black sunglasses & MAC Ruby Woo.
Very Jacqueline Kennedy - with a modern touch.
Virat Kohli, Nita Ambani, Preity Zinta & Shahrukh Khan will cordially wave hello.
Maybe Forbes will.....
Oh, stop it!


Hello, my fellow lipstick lovers! I'll just rip the band-aid off real quick and say it. I'M BANNING LIPSTICK SHOPPING. Meaning: I will not be buying lipsticks & lip glosses anymore....this year.

Reason for Lipstick Ban: Because I'm looking at bigger things (not IPL team), and I want to start saving. I have a fairly addictive personality, and I hoard quite a lot of things - not just makeup & shoes. Right now, it's furniture & home stuff. So, I feel I need to cut back somewhere. After a lot of pondering and making a number of wretched faces, it's lipsticks that didn't get cancelled out from the list of options. Oh, I'm also reading a book about spending less...taking a good look at where your money goes....how little things add up....blah blah blah. I've only read a few pages, but it has made me feel guilty already.
Just to give an idea of the how things add up part, let's take a look at how much have already gone to lipsticks this year - from the month of January to April only:

 MAC Lipstick- Rs.990
MAC Lipstick - Rs.990
Lancome Lipstick- Rs.1750
Revlon Lipstick - Rs.800
Revlon Lipstick - Rs.800
Revlon Lipstick - Rs.800
Bourjois Lipstick - Rs.995
Maybelline Lip Gloss - Rs.350

Total = Rs.7475.

8 lipsticks in 4 months, which makes it 2 lipsticks per month. If I go at the same rate (possibly more, judging by my MAC & YSL lipstick wishlist), I'll be saving roughly over.....Okay, I'll stop now. We don't really talk about money here. And honestly, we don't really know how to calculate.

Ban Duration:  Till Christmas, or sometime next year. Yes, I'm that serious.

When does it start? Already started. BUT I will - I should - allow myself to buy one to tw---three lipsticks that have long been on my wishlist for my birthday this month. This was a sudden decision, and I never had that last drink! So, it'll officially start from June.

Update: When it's over, I will write a post on how this ban changed my life - if it did.

If you would like to join me in this, then every week we'll take out 3-5 lipsticks that we'll use that week. This way, we show some love to all those lipsticks that we shove to the corner of the drawer because we keep buying new ones.
I'll be picking 5 lipsticks from my stash every week and post pics on my Instagram. I'll try not to cheat & stick to the ones I've picked.

I hope this BAN will inspire you in some way. If not to stop buying stuff and saving, then maybe to make that small change in your life that you have been thinking about.

Good Luck to us all! =D



Latest post on my 2nd blog, CZloves:
To read, click on pic or HERE



41 comments:

  1. I've tried it... Didn't work :( But I hope you're determined enough to withstand the temptations around us!

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  2. OMG!! that much money on lipstick!!! It's actually a great thing to do Whenever I go through financial lows or I am guilty of over spending I always make budget for my shopping. Also, when you are out buying things, you should always think if it's something that you actually need or it is just a luxury item? that really helps and then once in a while you can always go out mad and splurge. This really makes me happy and I feel it challenges me as a person. like I will set a budget for my monthly shopping and that really helps me make smart choices.

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    1. I set a budget too Kanika, but I always go over - that's the problem! Makeup, in general, is a luxury item. We don't really need it (or so much), but for most of us, it's become a habit and an expensive one at that :D

      ♥xx♥

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  3. I was on a makeup spending ban until IMATs London but only lasted a month... I ended up ordering 12 lipsticks so good luck lol XD I'm now on a low buy though so it should hopefully work out. Definitely plan on using up a couple of lipsticks and shadows before I buy more.

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    1. Haha....12??!! Must have been super exciting! :D

      ♥xx♥

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  4. Haha Cynthia...Good luck!
    You are way too much sweet and cute! :*

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  5. I tried but hardly could resist myself :( but still after a serious 1 month ban for not buying makeup i now started to invest only few amount on makeup and wenever i crave for any new shade i look back into my stash to find out its dupe, sometime it works sometime it don't so wish you good luck , hope you can do this and inspire lot of girls out there :)

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    1. I see so many similar shades in my stash too Samannita, that's why it makes me feel even more guilty!

      ♥xx♥

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  6. I stopped buying makeup november 1st, 2013. At first, it wasn't easy. Now, I can't force myself to buy anything. So, yes, I am cured, but I miss buying makeup. I feel guilty even thinking about it. I will try the lipstick challenge tho ;)

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  7. This would sound bit crazy, but I felt like I am going CRAZY hoarding beauty/makeup stuff when I was having a blog.
    I deleted my blog kinda month back due to some emotional upheaval :P
    BUT ever since then I really feel I am able to control myself from not buying things which I can live without :D
    I do miss blogging yet I am happy for the amount which amn't squandering...
    still need to figure out what am gonna do with the umpteen stuff in my closet.....

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    1. Yes, I agree, blogging plays a chunky part in our senseless splurging habit - we just have to have every new launch! :D

      ♥xx♥

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  8. I tried going on a makeup ban in general since I always spend way more on makeup than on anything else in my life. You should get an expense manager app! It helped me cut back a bit on spending too much :)

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    1. Ooh...sounds good. I will definitely check it out Sidrah..thanks! :)

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  9. I am joining you CZ! The addition that you did suddenly just hit me ! I'll come back if i end yup saving something!!!

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    1. Okies! Hope we survive it :D

      ♥xx♥

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  10. Hi CZ even I am on makeup ban from last month. I have not purchased a single makeup product from last month and I am planning to atleast finish stuff from my stash. I have managed to save a lot of money.

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    1. Wow good for you Piu! Happy to hear that :)

      ♥xx♥

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  11. *Huffff*
    That's So Sad! But I'm Sure You Can Do This!
    The Other Expenses Are Really More Imp Than Lippie Expenses
    Hope You Can Do It With Lil Temptations In n Out :)

    Excited To See Your Insta Pics \:D/

    And, Which Book? o_o

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  12. Hello Cynthia! Such a coincidence! I was looking at my lipstick stash yesterday and realising that I kept buying new one every time I went out. Every time I tell myself to stop buying because I have too many already, however somewhere deep inside me keeps telling "oh you dont have that shade yet!". I'm on my verge of refraining myself from buying more too. Well good luck to both of us. Please post updates on your progress! x

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  13. I can see how difficult this ban must be but I really think it's a good thing. I'll miss the lipstick reviews and swatches though :(

    http://thesecretlifeofabeautylover.blogspot.com

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  14. This is basically me with eyeshadow -- I will try to pick out 5 eyeshadows a week to use, but also lipstick! I don't have many, a handful, but considering I never wear them it's either I use them or they have to go. Otherwise it's a waste. Joining you on instagram!

    -jaylilee

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  15. Those first few lines! You remind me of Sophie Kinsella.

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    1. I love her, so that's a huge compliment! THANKS! :)

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  16. Good Luck with the ban!! I don't know if I will ever be able to do such a thing in my life and especially banning lipsticks!!!

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  17. Good luck! If my Mum could give up smoking You can restrain Yourself from buying lipsticks! You are stronger than lipsticks. Remember that they'll tempt You - shiny, so handy as if they were made to be picked up and put in a shopping baskets... But You'll manage! :)

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  18. I think that's a prolem which each n every makeup freek girl, makeup just call us :P
    but on the serious note, best of luck dear :)

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  19. I hoard too much skincare and now I am on a mission to finish them all. Good luck with the ban and do share the updates.

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  20. I cannot stop buying lipsticks every opportunity I get, so I can understand how hard this is, but I love your courage and hope you keep up to this, because it inspires me, and will motivate me to save up (much needed)
    Keep me updated!!
    Love to you! x
    FashHunny

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  21. I actually started lipstick ban sometime back but i failed miserably and hoarded more last month

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  22. This is something that I definitely need to do too! I hardly use the majority of my lipstick collection and it's silly with the amount I spend! xo

    Hannah | Glitter and Sparkle

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  23. You go girl! Excited to see your instagrams :-)

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  24. I keep on Spending bans and getting off them. Like for 2 months I buy nothing then splurge like crazy the third month! I want to join you but I don;t have that many lipsticks to review every week. I will try to review two a month atleast..

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  25. cynthia dear i too have been on a kind of lipstick ban since the beginning of this year..trying to finish what i have. this year all makeup brands seem to be going crazy with new product launches in their lipstick line..if we buy all wonder what our credit cards bill will come up to be! i have decided to buy what i actually need and what i dont have in reality.

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  26. nuuuu, thers never to many lipsticks :P

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  27. Cynthia, can you please suggest me that how can I finish up at-least 2 lippies in a month??? :( I have so many lipstick to use but couldn't finish one of those...

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  28. please share the name of the book that started this all.. i too am trying to save some money... :)

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Thank you for reading! :)

♥xx♥