I’m the type of skincare enthusiast that will buy everything new in the market. I have to have the latest K-beauty product or trend. That’s just me. I work hard, I shop hard. But last 2018, it was a challenge for me to do this. After getting married and sharing my finances with my partner, I realized I might have a problem. That’s why I decided to partake in this challenge shared by Rae. It’s called the low buy challenge.


We can complicate it if you want but the rules for me were simple, finish my skincare stash before buying anything. The only time I can buy something is if I am almost out of it. Also, I can only buy one product for every skincare step.

For the first quarter of the year, I was able to empty four Innisfree products. The Innisfree Pore Scrub Foam was very average for me. I don’t particularly know if it exfoliated my face but I do enjoy the beads this product have. I would sometimes feel like my face is a little tight or dry after using it. The Innisfree Green Tea Serum and the Innisfree Green Tea Seed Cream are some of my favorite products. I love everything from the Innisfree green tea line. I always feel moisturized after using it. The Innisfree No Sebum Blur Powder is a powder I love with all my heart. It really controls my sebum and keeps me fresh all day. I really enjoyed using these four products and you’ll definitely see more of it in my future logs.

These makeup products aren’t really empties but rather trash. These were products I’ve had for years. It’s probably expired! I think it is because the liners were already dry and flaky. The lipstick was still usable but it smelled funny already.

Rae if you’re reading this, I even copied your headings, hehe. I’m sorry. I lack originality.

I am so proud of myself for buying only three beauty products since January. The reason for buying these was I felt like I was letting myself go. I went through a time when I didn’t buy anything (not even a cheek tint) because we were paying off bills and I felt guilty splurging myself with makeup/skincare. I’m sharing this story because I feel like this is also an important part of my low-buy challenge. If ever I feel like I need something or if my skin needs something, I shouldn’t hesitate buying it. My version of the low-buy challenge should help me finish my existing products but it should not sacrifice my skin, well-being and most especially, self-esteem.

I plan to continue doing the low-buy challenge for the rest of 2019. I’m hopeful I won’t get tempted by websites or sales anytime soon. I also hope that by doing this, I won’t be as impulsive as before. Shopping is fun but being more mindful of what I put in my cart is more fun.

Photo by Boxed Water Is Better on Unsplash

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9 thoughts on “Low Buy – Empties 2019

  1. Embarrassed to say “work hard, shop hard” was also my motto.

    I think this year is going to be more of a low buy than a no buy for me too. I already used up/decluttered many of my makeup and skincare products in 2018 and there are several categories now where I only have 1 or 2 of. I still need to document though; because I’m not yet confident with myself 😅

    Also, yay. I’m glad someone also just ‘plans’ without the bells and whistles. I feel intimidated by creative spreads.

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    1. I remember what you said before that doing low buy actually makes you feel excited about buying stuff again. I agree!!! I’m almost out and I’m searching online for reviews and stuff before buying! I’m not like this before but low buy is improving me! Haha!! Also I agree, documenting really helps! It keeps me accountable. Thanks Rae for the inspiration! ☺️

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  2. Okay I LOVE this post concept. I decluttered my whole room this February and the amount of products I had was INSANE, especially when it came to beauty and skincare. I like that you’re trying to be more conscious of what you buy and when you buy it, it saves you so much money, helps the environment in a way (as we are not overbuying and throwing a lot of things away as a result) and is also a great way to utilize storage space for something else! Great post, will definitely be sharing this with some friends x

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  3. Hi Kat!
    I really enjoyed your post and seeing you write what products you used month-by-month reminds me so much of myself. I think it is useful to look back and remember what worked and what didn’t. I think that my skin is more moody now that I am in my 30’s or it could just be that I am more aware of skincare now.
    I hope that you are feeling a lot better about your skin now. I know that I go through phases when I get so frustrated with my flaws and blemishes and that is when I try to take a few steps back and remind myself that the stress is probably messing with my skin. I think I will try a low-buy challenge too.
    Also, I am in Hawaii, btw, but wrote that one post to throw someone off my location (my partner outgrew one of his longtime friendships) so I wrote that particular post… Long Story. LOL.
    Hope you are doing well!

    ❤ Alana

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    1. Hi Alana!

      I have moody skin too! I can’t believe it can change so much depending on my stress level and environment. It was not like that before. I really have to listen to it and be more knowledgeable on the ingredients of the products. I’m excited to write my Q2 low buys. I did buy some stuff but the results are amazing. It made the purchases worth it. I’d love to read your low buys too! This is the kind of posts I really enjoy reading.

      I knew it, lol. Your latest post seems very Hawaii.. hahaha! I’d love to know the story but maybe next time or on a more private platform! I hope you’re adjusting well to the move. I sincerely wish the best for you.

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      1. Hi Kat!

        I have been experiencing that too. I learned that my skin absolutely hates dry weather when I was in Arizona. It felt like nothing would balance it out. I guess it was a sign. I will read a few posts about low buys and maybe write one myself 🙂

        Yes, I will hopefully be writing more posts about the island life soon! An anonymous platform has been appealing to me, but I am concerned that I cannot maintain more than 1 blog type commitment. Lol! My instagram started out as my cats and now it is totally mine!
        What is new in your world?!

        ❤ Alana

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      2. I’ll look forward to reading your low buys too or your new life there. I’m very excited and empowered by you and all the moving you’ve done the past year! I jsut followed you on IG. 🙂

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      3. Hey Lady! Can you please add me on instagram again? I get requests from a lot of people I don’t know so I delete them and I might have accidentally deleted your request… Sorry about that :/

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