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Here's the deal...I'm trying to better utilize what I have in my closet. Last night I sat down and came up with 65 (😯) summer outfits for work a play. So I'll be documenting my outfits here in hopes that it inspires you all to figure out what clothes you actually wear and get rid of the ones you don't. Here's Day 1! #lifeedit #useless #livemore #nobuyjuly

Here are my purchases and empties for July! We have a day left in July but I don't plan on buying anything and won't use anything else up. I managed to have a successful month of #nobuyjuly and had some good empties for the month! #projectpan #panningcommunity #projectpanroulette

@petitvour July skin treats. Nearing the end of #nobuyjuly and I'm not counting subscriptions! 🤷🏻‍♀️ .
@oseamalibu Sea Minerals Mist - so happy this was included! I'm a huge fan of Osea's Sea Vitamin Boost Mist and have been wanting to try this version
@rllinden La Balma Rosa - Wearing this right now. It feels luxurious, slightly glossy and lightly scented 🌹
@zabanaessentials Sugar + Salt Body Scrub Coconut - Using this tonight, I'll report back 😊
@adorncosmetics Mineral Brow Dust Medium - Looking forward to trying this in my morning make-up routine tomorrow. I've never used a loose powder for brows. Also the medium color looks just right for me
@tayskincare Essential Oils Bar Soap Juniper Lake - Also trying this tonight. It smells so fresh and breezy! ☀️🛁

#julybeautychallenge Day 21 Favorite New Release Urban Decay's Shapeshifter. Spoiler alert: I failed my #nobuyjuly 😒 but totally worth it!!!

@toofaced Natural Love Palette. 💕
This was my last purchase before #nobuyjuly started and I do not regret a thing. It's beautifully pigmented and has a brilliant variety of natural colours. I find the palette easy to work with as it has been easy to blend out or build up. I also really enjoy the packaging as it is both aesthetically and texturally appealing. 💖

A No Buy July update on the blog today... (link in profile) #nobuyjuly #styleblogger #thriftstyle #nordstromrack #nordstromrackfinds

My tin of washi tapes and I will be at Shangri-la Plaza Mall this afternoon to do a planner layout demonstration for Hobonichi and @scribewritingessentials as part of @shangrilaplazaofficial 's celebration of all things Japanese this month! Come by and have some fun with us starting 3PM. @nic_the_ will be doing a demonstration for @tombowph and @dyosaimma will be doing one for Platinum fountain pens.

#washitape #tin #demonstration #toolsofthetrade #container

#NoBuyJuly? Tack hauls are way more fun! Check out the blog 👉 heelsdownmag.com 👈 #equestrian #shopping @grace.barnett


After my successful #nobuyjuly I decided It was ok to buy a couple of things 😊😊
I saw @sachajuan shampoos while I was in Norway and decided to try their thickening shampoo and their leave in conditioner ✨✨
Have been seeing @farmacybeauty Green Clean everywhere recently, so when it got back in stock at Cult Beauty, I immediately ordered it, together with a sample kit by @alliesofskin ✨✨ I'm really looking forward to trying these two brands, probably will wait until September at least to try the overnight mask though 😁😁 ☀️☀️ ✨✨ Have you tried any of these? ✨✨

#nobuyjuly is over. I didn't succeed. 😳 #haulaugust apparently has begun for me. 😁

These are necessities for me. My feet are soo dry lately! My current creams don't hydrate enough, so I rely on #neutrogena to do the trick. And it is bliss!!!! 💗 I don't have to apply footcream every day, it seems that every two days works for me.
For my hands, also some #newbies to try: neutrogena and #larocheposay cicaplast.
And also a rebuy Cicaplast Baum. The one in my stash is almost empty. With a free Serozinc with it. 😃

#haul #skincare #bodycare #skincarejourney #skincarecommunity #footcream #handcream #pharmacie #beautyhaul #stash

Got the Avene sunscreen for 40% last weekend when I was browsing around @shoppersdrugmartofficial. I was happy to find such a pleasant surprise but broke my #nobuyjuly 😁 They had 20% off all Avene suncare products plus an additional $5 off coupon. Also excited to try ◼ #avene rich compensating cream - $45
#avene high protection ultra light mineral lotion spf50 - $14.99cad

Took the sunscreen to a lavendar farm the next day. First impression was it didnt feel oily, didnt have a white cast and very lightweight. 👉 for a beautiful lavendar farm with #nofilter


Now that I'm 40, I decided it was time to grow up just a little bit more and try to reel things in when it came to $$$. So, since the beginning of June, I put myself on a weekly "allowance" for fun and frivolous things and entertainment.
This whole "budget" thing is relatively new to me - it's something I never really cared much about, to be honest. I would get paid, cover the bills, save some for retirement, and piss the rest away in the wind.
The bulk of my cash flow was being spent on things that I ultimately didn't NEED. I don't need to go out to eat as often as I do, I have enough hair care to last probably 4-6 months, nail polish to last a decade, and more make-up than most women would use in their whole lives.
After a month of abiding to my allowance, I declared a NO BUY JULY........and I did it!
I went the whole month of July without buying any hair care, nail polish, or make-up that was outside of my weekly spending allowance. And dinner/movie dates were kept to a minimum, too! The two beauty products I bought in July were within my weekly budget.

I avoided Shoppers Drug Mart altogether. Like, I didn't go there even once. This is a RECORD for me!
I would look at my emails from Sephora, and then delete them.
I didn't place a single order on Amazon.
I didn't buy any presents or special treats for anyone.
I emptied some bottles of product and had back-ups on hand in my surplus of excess shit. I also cleared out some overstock of Younique, donated some stuff to a local shelter, and I STILL have plenty leftover to last me for quite a while.
We started a major de-clutter at our house - some donated, some sold. More to come!
And I managed to save a few more shekels to add to my piggy bank, maybe I'll splurge a little in New Orleans...maybe I won't. But I have spending money saved and ready to use, and a budget for each day.
WHO AM I?!?! This whole thing was oddly satisfying. Is this how savers feel all the time? Organized, budget conscious people? Minimalists? (I am hardly a minimalist, I know)

#nobuyjuly #money #save #spending #grownup

Pm routine for (02/08/2017). I came home from a horrendously long day at uni to some brand new skincare. Naobay is a brand I discovered in a @bellaboxaust subscription around a year ago. I've been using their handcream pretty regularly since. So I though I would give their hydrating toner a go. This is the one item I broke #nobuyjuly over. I needed a hydrating toner, and so wasn't adding something to my collection that I already had. $15.75 for 200ml.
▫Double cleanse with JSS - Plié Treatment Cleanser
▫Naobay - Calming Toner. This is quite nice. It has a super short ingredient list, and absolutely no scent. First impression is a positive one.
▫JSS - Hydrate (5 drops pressed into skin and left for 10 minutes)
▫JSS - EtOILé with retinol (6 drops, warmed between palms and pressed into face and neck). I might add another layer of moisture before bed - some @stratia Liquid Gold probably.

Since #nobuyjuly was certainly a fail, I'm being faithful to #nobuyaugust 😐. And since I'm making the rules I'm also outlining conditions where I can break them, am I right???

1. Anything travel-sized for an upcoming holiday (but will make reasonable efforts to first decant into smaller containers)
2. Purchase of @morphebrushes and/or other interesting products at the upcoming @imatsofficial in #toronto
3. Anything I may run out of that is essential due to personal hygiene
4. Food, obvi
I've lasted 21 hours, I think I'm doing great so far 😜
#shoppingaddict #nobuy #shopyourstash #shoppersanonymous #spendingban #beautyjunkie #beauty #igers #beautybloggerca #beautyblogger #bblogger

Here's the main reason why I broke my #NoBuyJuly vows: Jordan Samuel's Étoile with Retinol... and another Hydrate. I believe it is quite clear that the #NoBuy failure wasn't really my fault, but a strange occurrence of syzygy. If it wasn't for @carolinehirons offering a discount code, @jordansamuelskin making the product and @shamrockjulie saying "if you are a fan of the JSS line you'll love the oil" I would have been fine. Please also note my attempt to do a @skinstaguy here, by actually managing to hold 2 products at once, even though I will never be able to match his record of holding the entire May Lindstrom product line in one hand 😜😜😜👋🏻😻😽.
#jordansamuelskin #etoilewithretinol #hydrate #skincare #skincarecommunity #carolinehirons #carolinehironsmademedoit

Kein Makeup-Post, da ich mir im Juli einen #nobuyjuly selbst auferlegt habe. Für mich galt es aber tatsächlich nur für dekorative Kosmetik und Pflegeartikel. Wenn ich doch Duschgel oder einen Kajal gebraucht habe, habe ich die Sachen mit einem Gutschein gekauft, den ich noch hatte. Dafür habe ich ein paar wirklich schöne Klamotten und Schuhe gekauft. Meine Schuh bzw. Sneaker-Sucht ist fast noch schlimmer ausgeprägt als der Drang Makeup zu kaufen. Ich muss sagen, dass die ersten 2 Wochen auch echt schwer waren, aber danach war es wirklich überhaupt kein Problem mehr bei neuen Releases stark zu bleiben. Es lief sogar so gut, dass ich selbst jetzt im neuen Monat, nicht mal das starke Bedürfnis habe Makeup zu kaufen und mir mittlerweile denke: Junge, Anna, du bist echt ein krasser Typ. Man kann also sozusagen sagen, dass ich seit 31 Tagen trocken bin. Ich kann jedem empfehlen sowas mal zu tun, es fühlt sich wirklich gut an. Und wenn euch Schuh- und Outfit-Posts auch interessieren, lasst es mich gerne wissen. ✨

So I managed #nobuyjuly and I'm pretty pleased with myself. As a small treat I went to @tkmaxx today and stocked up on a few sheet masks and some Himalayan bath salts. Now I'm back on being focused and going for #nobuyaugust (today's treat doesn't count). #koreanskincare #kbeauty #sheetmask #bathsalts #minihaul #treat #skin #skincare #skincareroutine #skincarecommunity #instaskin #instabeauty #instablogger #impressedwithmyself #staystrong #nobuy #usingmystash #todaydoesntcountright

As I failed #nobuyjuly I am going to join @rachiesbeautyworld for #nobuyaugust ... 🙆🏻

I failed NoBuyJuly 🙄 #weak #fickle #nobuyjuly

Day 21. After wearing this skirt to work I've decided it's not meant for someone of 66 inch stature. It's going to live with my short friend 😉. But denim skirts are in so it's definitely on trend! Also this camo shirt from @target is SO comfy. And Tan Physics got my legs lookin' bc tan 💁🏼. #ootd #outfits #style #fashion #summerstyle #ownless #livemore #nobuyjuly

How did you do!? I can't believe July is over! I made it all month 😁But I might order something before the @tataharperskincare sale ends at midnight hehe. If you participated in #NoBuyJuly, what's first on your wish list?

Just a few empties this month.
@thebodyshop camomile cleansing balm. Brilliant. Does the job. Great for travel. Will definitely buy again.
@theouai wave spray. The nicest wave spray I've tried. Doesn't leave hair crispy. Will certainly consider buying a full size.
@katesomervilleskincare goat milk. Beautiful. I've had a full size before and I love this moisturiser.
@clarinsuk hydra essential cream. Nice enough but nothing special.
@loccitane lavender foam bath. Love this brand and this bath foam is so relaxing and calming.
@avene_uki hydrating serum. Another brand I enjoy but this serum was nice but didn't blow me away. Gentle for sensitive skins but don't think I'd buy again.
@weledauk evening primrose concentrate. Another brand I enjoy and although I liked how this felt I didn't enjoy the scent so wouldn't buy a full size.
#skin #skincare #skincareroutine #skincarecommunity #nobuyjuly #empties #julyempties #instaskin #instabeauty #instablogger #fiftyplus #carolinehironsmademedoit #365inskincare

I lil makeup haul to end #nobuyjuly. Shipping was so fast, I was expecting this to arrive in August lol. #elfhaul 💞🙏 #makeupbrushes #settingspray #elf #dipbrow #elfdipbrow #haul #makeupjunkie

I'm finally at the end of three days of unpacking, building, boxing and tossing. My partner and I converted our junk room to a library/study/skincare nook and finally unpacked the boxes we brought with us when we moved in together over a year ago. This is my brand new dressing table and skincare/makeup storage for the #skincarestoragechallenge I hope my bottles and ampules are happy here.
▫First picture: Skincare collection is in no way large, I have more acids/toners than anything else. Cleansers and my open Glow Tonic live in the bathroom. ▫Second picture: my makeup drawers (all very very full). I also keep the outer shell boxes for products, empties, samples, etc in there, as well as suncare.
Today is the last day of #nobuyjuly except for one little stumble, I made it through without hiccups! Thursday is my 27th birthday, and you better believe I am making some purchases.

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