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March 12, 2012

Learning to Live Minimally, Update #1


For awhile now I’ve been trying to cut down on the amount of beauty products (makeup, skincare, haircare) that I have accumulated and use on a regular bases. Coming from a (mostly) beauty blogger, that is pretty funny.

When the majority of my income comes from talking about beauty products, why would I do this? 

Well, I wasn’t happy with my spending habits (compulsive buyer and beauty blogger = “I SHOULD BUY THIS TO REVIEW OOMMMGGGG!”) and I was being very wasteful. No one needs more then five kinds of shampoos and conditioners and an arsenal of eye shadow when I barely wear any to begin with. I decided in November of last year that I was going to change my behaviors. I need to be responsible for the amount of unnecessary waste I have been accumulating.

How did I start? A buying ban. I am not allowed to buy hair products, skincare products, and makeup products until I have finished everything up in an entire category (Meaning I can buy shampoo if I run out of every shampoo I own, if I can’t find something else to substitute and use up). I haven’t purchased beauty products (with the exception of face primers, mascara, and this bb cream) since that November day. Primers help me wear foundations that I hate (so I’ll be getting rid of more then I’m buying) and mascara’s expire too frequently to not be re-purchased.

It has been extremely difficult, especially as a blogger, to not buy for so long. I still have a long way to go but I’ve felt motivated by keeping lists of all the products I’m finishing (and then recycling). Including tiny foil sample packets, I’ve finished over 100 products in a little over 4 months. It completely blows my mind that I could  use up so much. 

Some things were easier to use then others, like I use shampoo as soap in my bathroom and as body wash in the shower (I ran out of traditional body wash awhile ago). So the shampoo department is almost entirely depleted.

Things that have been holding me back? Sponsors and subscription services.

I am very thankful that has been doing well, and as such I’ve been given the opportunity to try out products for free. I don’t say no to these opportunities (assuming I find the product intriguing) because then how else will I have regular reviews? These contacts are also very important to me, knowing that my posts are read and appreciated is very powerful.

Additionally, for Christmas this year I received a Birchbox and MyGlam year subscription. Now, products come to my door each month. It has been great to try out all of these products at minimal costs.

Are these products ultimately a set back from getting rid of products and finding a balance of what I will re-purchase when all of this is said and done?


But what I am focusing on here is that the amount of products I’m using and getting rid of is much more then the amount coming in from sponsors and other services. If anything, getting these smaller opportunities to try products has helped me because I feel less compelled to buy things I don’t need.

It’s a daily battle. For some people, shopping isn’t a big deal. But for me it is a very hard habit to break. Now whenever I go into a store it’s a struggle. I believe in myself though. I know I can do this.

Now what? I’m going to keep moving. I’ll keep writing down everything I finish. I’ll eventually reach a point where I can find the balance I need.

Be the type of person you want to meet.

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  • Chloe

    So proud of you Rebecca! I am trying to be more cautious with my spending as well. I have so much STUFF, and really nobody needs all this stuff! Taking inspiration from you! =)

    March 12, 2012 at 11:28 am Reply
    • rebeccakelsey

      Thank you! I know what you mean, how did I accumulate so much?!

      March 12, 2012 at 3:13 pm Reply
  • Erica Magana

    I guess part of the reason is that darn curiosity of trying a new product whether it is makeup, skin care, shampoo, school supplies, etc even though what we have works just fine. Maybe a lot of us should embrace the “if it isn’t broken, then why fix it” saying.

    July 3, 2012 at 9:53 pm Reply
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