2019: My Makeup No Buy Year

It’s time to take stock.

2019  was supposed to be a Makeup No Buy year. Makeup re-fills, toiletries and skincare not included.

But the Universe decided to play a cosmic joke to test my will power. We had multiple (wtf?) Sephora sales this year and 2 personal trips via Hong Kong and Dubai duty-free (Shoppers Paradise).

Sooo obviously No Buy turned to Low Buy.

But before I face up to my shame let me revel in my victory.

The last Sephora Sale of 2019 was in November……….

and I DID NOT BUY A THING! That 20% is just a trap to make me buy more sh*t I don’t need.

And honestly that 10% tax sucks the shine out of any Natasha Denona highlighter.

But let me tell you resisting the Charlotte Tilbury holiday 2019 palette is a true test of my will power!ct-starry-eyes.001-e1574375388891.jpeg

I swatched it in store, ohmy.f.God! Stared and lusted for a full 20 mins, walked out without buying it and then stuffed my face with a muffin.

The emotional hole needed to be filled.

Anyway,  I also didn’t buy a thing from the temple of Pat McGrath, even with 20% site wide sale. Nothing rocked my boat.

So how low was my Low Buy year?

Ulta is my makeup-crack dealer. It’s my personal Mecca of impluse purchase. And I already regret 7 out of the 11 items I bought. Some I only bought few days back!

Ulta Rehab, anyone?


  1. Wet n Wild blush in Just Peachy
  2. Elf Jelly Pop Flush Blush in Berry Pop 
  3. Morphe mini highlighter in Spark – champagne gold
  4. Morphe mini bronzer in Debutante
  5. LA Girl Pro Concealer in  Dark Cocoa (for a cream contour)
  6. LA Girl Glitter Magic lip colour in Ravishing
  7. Ulta Beauty Glitter Cream Eyeshadow in To The Max – formula sucks!

No Regrets;

  1. NYX Suede Matte Lipstick in Cold Brew 
  2. MAC Watermelon Fix+ mini
  3. Urban Decay All Nighter mini
  4. Benefit They’re Real Lash Primer mini

Total Cost $ 93 + 10% taxLipBlush.001LAUlta.001Untitled.001

Airport Dutyfree is another impulse purchase trigger.

Dutyfree is that oasis of calm between the stress of security check and the stress of sitting on a chair inside a flying cylinder surrounded by bodies and smells.

Fking gorgeous;

  1. Tom Ford Wet n Dry Quad in Body Heat
  2. Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter in No 5

No Regrets;

  1. Shu Uemura Calligraphy Pen Waterproof in Black
  2. Tom Ford Eau de Parfum in Orchid Soleil

OK, but didn’t need to ‘buy’ it. This purchase was purely fueled by boredom off a  layover in Dubai airport.

  1. Gucci Eau de Parfum in Bloom
  2. Dior 4 pack J’adore minis


  1. Chanel Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Tisse Cambon 228 

Total Cost $ 540Untitled.001Dubai DF

And the big mummy of them all; THE Sephora Sale. How very wicked of Sephora to have so many sales this year!

No Regrets!

  1. ABHxJackie Aina eyeshadow palette
  2. Hourglass mini blush in Luminous Flush 
  3. Viseart eyeshadow palette in Dark Matte
  4. IT Cosmetics 3-in-1 Tightline Primer & Mascara in Black – really like this one! Perfect for those subtle, yet defined eye days!
  5. Natasha Denona Coral Eyeshadow palette
  6. Stila Waterproof Eyeliner pen in Blackest Black

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    IT Cosmetics Tightline Mascara Primer

Hmm, yea but not gonna re-purchase.

  1. Glow Recipe Watermelon Mist- MAC Fix+ is still my thang!


  1. IT Cosmectics CC Cream in Tan – ugh cake factory, sinking into lines I didn’t know I had. It doesn’t matter how I apply it and what I apply before it.

I am going back to my old faithful MAC Face and Body

Total Cost $ 311 (- 20% discount ) + 10% tax

Total Makeup Items purchased = 26

That’s a little more than 2 makeup items each month. Pretty disappointing for what I thought was gonna be a Low Buy.



Still didn’t buy a thing! Not even the Natasha Denona 1+1 offer ( what a steal!) or Huda Beauty’s amazing price drops.