Public Announcement: Makeup Ban until Fall Collection 2013

I want to make it public. I want to make a commitment. I WILL NOT PURCHASE ANY MAKEUP ITEMS UNTIL THE LAUNCH OF FALL COLLECTION 2013 (which is around August, I think). So, that is about a 5-6-month period from now to then. Any makeup item is not allowed. Foundations, concealers, brows, eye colours, mascaras, lip colours, cheek colours, nail colours, anything at all, because I have enough to last me through this half a year and many more months. As for skincare products, purchases are only allowed if I have run out, but I’ve always been good with this.


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I was reading through my blog and realised that I have been featuring WAY too many new product reviews. So that’s where my money went. And when I open my drawers, there are so many things I haven’t touched, so many older loves I haven’t really used. So, I will start doing more posts on utilizing them, instead of boring old reviews… even though I know a lot of you like the reviews. I still have a lot of backlogs of products I haven’t reviewed for you, so you don’t have to worry about not having anymore reviews. It only means there will be more variety 🙂 I’ve also taken in the feedback that you guys wanted more looks and tutorials, so I’ll be doing more of those too! Yay!

Feel free to join me in this ban, and feel free to check up on me. Reader BooBoo Ninja is joining me in this challenge, so yay! I’m not so lonely. Thank you dear! There might be withdrawal syndromes but I think I should be OK. I’ll just shop in my own stash and maybe do comparison posts or something.

OK now. Let the challenge begin!!!


xoxo Lily



  • OOO Lily, kudos for making such a big commitment! I’ve never been on a ban before mostly because I have no self-control. Good luck with yours!

    • It’s definitely a test of self control. I suck at it, but I gotta try anyway 🙂

  • WHat. WHAT. You’re the third this week! I can’t decide if I’m feeling peer pressured….LOL

    Good luck!

    • Really? No pressure at all. I figured it’s time to take a step back and evaluate what I have, and finally, to actually really use them!

  • Good luck, Lily! I think these sort of things help shape our view as consumers, so long as we’re not crazy about it.

    • Thank you Larie! I have been crazy for a while, and I need to give this craziness a break. Hopefully the break will tame the craze and when I’m back, I can curb the buying enthusiasm. LOL!

  • Liz

    Lol, why does this seem so familiar??!

    I have faith that you can do this no problem. And even if you fall off the wagon, we’ll be here to hoist you back on it. ;D

    *thumbs up*!

    • I know right? Hahahaha! Yes, when I feel like I’m gonna fall off the bandwagon, I’ll run to you and ask for help 😉

  • Tracy@Beauty Reflections

    Good luck Lily!

    • Thank you Tracy!

  • Good luck Lily!! It’s a huge commitment. I bet you’ll feel refreshed after this. Hugs x

    • I bet. I want to fell refreshed. I mean, Fall is only a few months away 🙂

  • liyeun

    But…..but summer’s in soon with guerlain’s bronzer and more beautiful limited editions will be introduced soon…. wats a beauty blog to do?

    • Hahahaha! Thank goodness I’m not into bronzers much. Summer collections are OK, but I’ve always been a sucker for Fall collections. That’s the reason I decided to take a break from buying during these few months. There are many things a beauty blog can do! Now, I can do more creative stuff, other than boring old reviews. You’ll see… I’ll bring out some old goodies, some forgotten loves <3

  • Sukie

    I’m trying to go on a ban myself but I have my eye on MAC’s Archie collection. Maybe I’ll start it after getting something from that collection!

    • I read about this collection, and they’re so cute! I haven’t bought anything MAC for such a long time… I kinda lost my MAC appetite. Heh!

  • Good luck to you!!!

    • Thank you my dear 🙂

  • LILY!!i i’m banning myself for the REST OF THE YEAR! scary. Gummy challenged me! Anywho, we’ll have to support each other! I completely understand your feelings; i feel like i just keep buying things, don’t even get to reviewing half of it, just buy it cause i really like the idea of it and hardly use it! OY! anyway, we’re in it together

    • Woots! That’s awesome!! But you’re in it for a longer haul. Who knows? If Fall isn’t interesting, I might just continue. I mean, these few months will be NO BUY, then maybe I can go on LOW BUY 😉

  • hehe…good luck with that,i think maybe i ll copy you and ban myself also….after i receive what i ‘ve ordered ok?

    • Sure thing, Mary! What did you order? *curious*

      • jouer luminizing tint full size(see the post of reviewing minis) and cream blush from face stockholm in color “Londom”.

        • I tried a sample of the Jouer luminizing tint before, but it’s way too moisturizing for me. By noon, I was shining and all greased up!

  • Hey good for you: better for your wallet and better for your creativity! xx

    • Yes yes! Exactly what I thought 🙂

  • Good luck! 🙂 I’ve been on a low buy for at least 2 years now and holding on strong! Its a lot easier than it sounds 😀

    • Low buy sounds good. I’ll go with this no buy first, nothing at all, then a low buy. We’ll see. I am pretty weak when it comes to these things so I might die from withdrawal syndrome or something. Hahahaha!

  • Wow Lily, that is great! Good for you and good luck! I have always thought I should do one but anyway, I have been doing really well with spending the last few months anyway so maybe it’s best not to put any official titles on it because knowing me, as soon as I declare it a “no buy”, I’ll get all rebellious and start buying everything I see!! 😛 But really, I haven’t bought anything since the end of December I think so I’m quite proud of myself!! 😀

    • Yay! I’m proud of you, Becca. And also, I think for us, it’s a little bit of a cheat because we do get some PR samples for review, you know? LOL! Still, I have a lot of stuff in my stash that I need to sort out. I’ll take this opportunity to go through everything, to see what works and what doesn’t work anymore.

  • Wow Lily! This is really impressive, it’ sound slike an impossible thing to do! Respect for that! I understand what you mean though, the products keep coming in and you kinda lose track. It feels a bit decadent sometimes, lol. Good luck hon, I hope you will nail this challenge!

    • Thanks Teri. I hope time flies as fast as it can be. Then, I can celebrate in August, just in time for my birthday. Hahahaha!

  • Kiss & Make-up

    Good luck! I have been on a bit of a forced make-up ban as well because I am on a tight budget, and you know what? It sucks! 😉 I hope you won’t struggle with it as much.

    • Oh fingers crossed, I won’t struggle as much either 🙂

  • Catherine (@bcrueltyfree)

    AH I love that you’re doing this! I really want to do it too. I’m already overwhelmed by the amount that I own. I keep doing review posts but I have so many other post ideas that I just seem to never get to. The less I buy, the more time I can spend really focusing on other posts. I’m definitely going to try to keep purchases to a bare minimum and work with that I’ve got.

    • Exactly! I keep on doing reviews, while I mean to do other things which seem to be more fun. I don’t have time to post nearly every day, since I do work full time. So, scaling back on reviews should be a good thing for myself and also to give the blog some variety, I think.

  • Petrina

    Lol I wish I could go on a ban as long as u r planning to! I’m going to join you until June 2013 when I go back to KL for a holiday 😉 n one exception of two items when my friend goes to Paris in April ( Caron powder & YSL glossy stain!)

    • Haha! All the best to us then! *cheers*

  • Best wishes on your makeup ban! 🙂 I have drastically cut down my makeup purchases this year and am trying to get more creative with what I already own(which is way too much)! Look forward to seeing your tutorials/looks 🙂

    • I hope I’ll be able to churn out posts that are a little more interesting 🙂 I still have quite a few things I haven’t reviewed, so I’m very sure there will be reviews here and there!

  • Good luck! This definitely allows for more creativity, I’m looking forward to it 🙂

    • Thank you dear 🙂

  • Honey

    Ah finally you too! I’ve been on a make up ban since I caught pinksofoxy’s video in Oct last year. What she said was so true and I went on a guilt trip too. It’s good for me so far as I am consciously looking into my stash to identify items that I want to finish up. Actually it’s great! I’ve been concentrating on empties and todate I have 17 items since Dec 2012. I hope it works for you. Just keep re-shopping your stash. You would be surprise at what you can find there!

    • Thanks for the encouragement, Honey! I’ve been emptying stuff since August last year, at least 5 items every month. So, that’s about 35 items already! Most of them are skincare, some makeup, but hey, at least I’m using them up 🙂

  • Victoria

    Good luck Lily, I am sure you can do this as it is only for another 5 months 🙂 The irony is that after I discovered beauty blogs last December, I have spent quite a bit on skin care and some make up. I consoled myself that I am mostly replacing skin care that is finishing or trying out new products after tiring out of the existing ones that I am using. Hahaha.

    • Thanks Victoria! I’m going strong… but it’s too early to tell. Haha!

  • Good for you Lily! I’m not on a ban, but I am trying to ‘shop my stash’ more as it helps curb the impulse to buy, and I mean – why are we hoarding all these pretties if we aren’t going to use them! I think that although you’ll find it tough at times, overall you’re going to have a great time coming up with new looks and actually enjoying what you have. Congrats on taking on this challenge!!

    • Thanks Toya! There are plenty of temptations, but I’m staying strong 🙂

  • Wow, you are so brave. I’d so go into withdrawal right now if I had to go on a makeup ban – I just started!! LOL. Though … if your makeup drawer is getting a tad full, you could always “donate” them my way. Teehee.

    • Well, it’s different if you just started. Just wait until you forget what you have, then going on a ban and being successful at it gives a sense of achievement. Lol!