My Two-Month Spending Ban


Yup, you read that right. No, it was not Sean that imposed The Spending Ban, because he doesn't see any point in trying to stop me from buying makeup, as it would be fruitless. It was Lord Voldemort me that announced out loud that I would be restricting myself from spending any money on luxuries for two months starting from today, the first of June. Usually I'm careful when it comes to spending money, but lately, I've been needing the retail therapy after all the crap that's gone on. Which isn't good, obviously, because it becomes an addiction, and I need to nip it in the bud before it takes hold.

This ban comes at a really good time, actually, because just a few days ago I found out that Big W now stocks Barry M, another cruelty-free brand that's (sort-of) cheap. It's dangerous having that kind of temptation, you know, a whole new cruelty-free brand sitting innocuously on the shelves at a local department store calling my name.

You can bet that by the time this ban ends, I'll have a wishlist of Barry M products that I want to try out for myself. I've actually got two items on there already, so that's saying something. (And of course one of them is the strobe cream, duh)

So, the parameters for this ban is that I spend no money whatsoever on new skincare, haircare or beauty products and other things that I don't need unless it is to replace what I have used up (or broken, as per my clumsy nature). Aside from picking up the first volume of the Spiderman and Deadpool trade paperback next week (I have a Minotaur gift card that I will be using for this purchase), I won't be buying anything else. Unless someone holds a gun to my head and forces me to buy out the entire store at Mecca (I won't object to that!)

In preparation for this ban, I picked up a couple of things, including a liquid eyeliner from Face of Australia, Formula 10.0.6 pore strips and a glycolic facial scrub by Nip + Fab. I didn't want to go all out and buy a whole bunch of stuff when that wasn't a reasonable idea, but I did need to change up my skincare routine so that it was properly suited for my clogged pores and oily skin. I was trying to get a certain moisturiser to replace my current one, but it wasn't available at any of the stores near me, so my sister bought it for me yesterday at Priceline near her work.

At the end of this ban, I have a couple of plans. One of them is to buy a desk and chair for my bedroom, to play the part of vanity slash desk slash bedside table. I need my own desk for my laptop, as it isn't good for my posture to be placing this MacBook on my lap while I'm sitting on the couch. I also need a proper space where I can sit down and put makeup on, and the only space in the bedroom I have for this purpose is right next to my bed, so go figure. I also need to get a mirror, a portable LED mirror and a lipstick holder. I should hope that's about all I would need for my little space. 

Oh, and I'd like to buy the Besame Lipstick in Red Velvet. 

Ah... maybe I should extend this ban to three months? 

No, thanks. Two months is hard enough. 

I'm gonna go insane!

Wish me luck. I'm going to need it.

 Have you gone on a spending ban before? How did you fare?


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