#NoBuyJanuary: an introduction + my current wishlist


This month I will be participating in #NoBuyJanuary, a little idea that came up from fellow green beauty bloggers Paula and Ria. The premise is pretty simple: don't buy any beauty products for the month of January. It's funny, because this would be a very easy, if not mindless task for most people. But for beauty bloggers, it requires some will power — and its own hashtag.

I am going to personally expand this no-buy to all non-essential purchases, so it will be pretty much just groceries for me this month. I was pretty good at self-control for most of 2013, but towards the end of the year I did buy a little more than I would have liked to. Anyways, #NoBuyJanuary will be a chance for me to slow my spending, and get my blog caught up on all of the exciting items I already have to write about. Part of this initiative is writing a couple themed posts, so today I will be including my current wishlist. This is open to anyone, so if you would like to join in, leave a comment on this blog post.

MVO Face Oil: I received a sample of this a couple months ago, and it is amazing stuff. It really helped heal some of the breakouts I had going on, and is easily one of the best face oils I've ever used. Lily and Ria have mentioned extremely positive things as well, so it's not a fluke. The price of this is undoubtably luxury, but if you're going to invest anywhere, I say it should be in a serum. Not to mention, this one has the results to back it up!

Honeybee Gardens Pressed Eyeshadows in Canterbury, Mojave and Cairo: I have tried couple of these eyeshadows (review coming very soon), and they are fantastic. I am more into pressed eyeshadows than ever before, and I want to build a palette full of neutral shades like these. The $8.99 price point is incredibly reasonable, and these three neutral shades are calling my name.

Organic Wear CC Cream: The ingredients in this CC Cream are surprisingly clean, and it's had some pretty decent reviews on other blogs. Of course I don't need any new face products at the moment, but I would love to see if the product is any good, because it is so readily available.

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush: I am going to whittle down my brush collection this month to mostly Real Techniques, EcoTools and a couple Bdellium brushes, but I also reeealllly want to try out this one. Along with the Buffing Brush, this is one of the most loved items from Real Techniques, and since I love almost everything else from them, I gotta have it.

Osmia Organics Body Oils (Flower + Water Lily) and Soap: I had the opportunity to try a couple samples Osmia a few months back, and they have lingered in my mind. This is a truly natural company, and the textures of their products were so spot on. However, I absolutely will not buy any more body oils or soaps until I use what I have!

A new makeup bag: I don't have a real makeup bag, and I would love to get one. I would really like something eco-friendly, like the XO(eco) line (which is made from recycled bottles), but I'm not a fan of their prints, or of Lauren Conrad for that matter. Let me know if you have any suggestions!

A new cleanser: I'm running out of the ones I have, so it will be time to buy something new soon. I am not exactly sure what I want though, so would love some suggestions for that as well! I go for cream-based, pH balanced cleansers most of the time.

What's on your wishlist this month? I would also love to hear your recs for eco-friendly makeup bags and cleansers!
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23 comments :

  1. Good luck with the ban! I'm doing a weekly wants and then looking back after the month to see if I still "need" these products! I loved all the MVO products I tried x

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    1. Thank you! I am looking forward to seeing if these hold true for me as well. I know the MVO will because I've been wanting it for more than a month already, their products are seriously amazing.

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  2. Once you go full on into Osmia you are so going to be addicted. I like the sample I have of MVO as well. I'm sort of using it as a foundation primer and it's working great for my dry skin. I have that real techniques brush you want. I use it as my foundation brush. It's especially great for mineral makeup.

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    1. I know your addiction well! The MVO oil is especially healing of breakouts for me, I would imagine it would be great for dry skin too. I am going to clear out a lot of brushes, so hopefully it will be justified to pick up one new one!

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  3. I'm doing this challenge too! It's harder than you think. I have also extended it to all non-essential purchases... it's going to be a looong month! I want to stop the constant buy-buy-buy habit I am in - I should only buy what I need (or really, really want) and be happy with that! Easier said than done!
    Rach xx
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    1. That's great you're doing all purchases as well. I think it would be too easy to stop buying makeup and start buying non-beauty products instead, plus I just picked up the few things I wanted last month (planner for the new year, etc.) so I have no reason to buy more.

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  4. Good luck with the spending ban. Osmia is on my wishlist too x

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    1. Thank you! It's a neat company for sure!

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  5. good luck with the spending ban! I really like the alba coconut milk cleanser if you're looking for recommendations!

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  6. A spending ban is what I need! Good luck with the challenge.

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    1. You're welcome to join in! Everyone involved is using the hashtag #NoBuyJanuary on twitter.

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  7. Good luck with the spending ban, I recently treated myself to an Apple and Bee make up bag and I love it, eco friendly and very roomy :) Xx

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    1. Thank you for the rec! I will check it out.

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  8. I'm gonna be doing it too! :D

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  9. The Organic Wear CC Cream sounds so good! Great list, good luck xo

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    1. Thank you! I hope it's a good one, I will see if I still want it at the end of the month.

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  10. I'm not participating in the ban...and now I want to buy your whole wishlist...haha. I like Andalou Naturals' cleansing milk cleanser!

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    1. Ahh, well have at it then! I like the sound of Andalou cleansers, I have heard good things.

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  11. Well, good luck! Been hearing about the echo of # NoBuyJanuary everywhere, but it seems imposiible since I've run out of some toiletries lately. I already had some kind of #NoBuyNovember in 2013. :))

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    1. Good for you! If you completely run out of something you can purchase a replacement according to the rules, but of course if you need to replace everything the timing is probably not right.

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  12. Oh lord, I can't do that lmfao maybe I can since I'm in college and I'm broke already LOL
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