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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About the Author Kat

To keep it short and simple: I'm twenty-nine years old. Still plenty young, but not as young as I used to be.

4 comments

  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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