No Buy Year 1 Month Update.

Hey guys, and welcome to back to the Blog! Thanks for reading.

Todays post is going to be my VERY OVERDUE (!!) 1 month update on my No Buy 2019 Challenge. I’m actually on Month 2 now, watch out for that update coming next week.

You can find my rules for this challenge here, and the 1 week update here. Now let’s get into the nitty gritty of this month!

So, the main thing that I have noticed this month, is that the less I buy, the less I actually want to buy. I’m not sure if its because I’m avoiding the shops and malls more, or whether its just a habit that I’m growing out of. They say it takes 28 days to break a habit, and this seems to be the case for me. I’m specifically talking about books, homewares, clothes, makeup and perfume here.

The 1 exception to this, is Costa Coffee. This is still a struggle. A new Costa Drive Thru (my favourite kind of coffee shop!) has just opened up on the route I take to my Boyfriends house.  I’ve had 2 free Costa coffees this month, 1 from my boyfriend and 1 because I had enough loyalty points on my Costa Card. It’s made the urges worse, that’s for sure. After some careful consideration I’ve decided that it’s best just to cut it out altogether, even free ones.

As the month is progressing, I am adding less stuff to my Wishlist. I think this ties into my first point above, that I’m just not feeling the decide to buy as much stuff. The first 2 weeks were full of me adding item after item to my Wishlist, and that has definitely calmed down in the last few weeks.

I’m not running out of anything as fast as I thought I would. I imagined I would be in need of new skincare by now, some new foundation, or a new jumper. Actually, the only things that I have run out of are my Nivea Foaming Facewash and Sanex Shower gel, both of which can be replaced with products that I already own.

In my first post about my No buy 2019, I mentioned that I was considering buying a lightbox for my YouTube Channel. I have decided not to. The days are getting longer, and lighting is reasonable…for England, at least! During the latter part of the year, I may have to add a lightbox to my Birthday or Christmas list.

I’ve already saved over £180! This is not from just avoiding unnecessary shopping, but also on parking in the mall and extra petrol costs getting to the clothes shops. Not to mention the amount of time it’s saved me!

I have also added another caveat to my No Buy Year, which is that meeting up with friends and taking part in activities are not included in the No Buy. Which means that I can still go out with my friends, meet up for a coffee, take the kids to the cinema etc. To be honest, this happens so rarely that I don’t see a problem with it. The No Buy Challenge is about avoiding consumerism, not depriving myself and my kids of having fun. Of course, I’ll suggest free activities such as a picnic in the park, or a game of footie on the beach etc, but I’m not going to worry if we end up at the cinema or bowling instead.

So, that is it for month 1! I expect that it will become harder as the months roll on, but for now all is going smoothly!

You can click on my YouTube video above to watch an extended version of this post, where I also answer questions that I have received about my No Buy Challenge over on Instagram. Speaking of Instagram, if you aren’t already following me there, I’d love it if you did! You can find me here!

Thanks so much for reading, and I’ll be back next week with my 2 month update!

Claire.

Natural Skin Care- Nature Queen Green Clay

Nature Queen Green Clay #AD- GIFTED

Just mix it with water to get a paste consistency

This product has been kindly gifted to me, from Nat_ul. All opinions are my own.

As many of you know if you’ve been following along my No Buy Challenge, I am on a mission to become more sustainable. From Food to Homewares and from Fashion to Beauty, I am searching for more ethical and natural products to replace my current not-so-natural collection.

When Nat_ul gifted me this Green Clay from Nature Queen, I was so excited to try it out!

I’ve always suffered with Rosacea, and have been trying (with varied success) to heal it with a more natural diet and a more natural skin regime.

What I love about this product is that it claims to relieve the symptoms of acne, heal irritation and more importantly for me, heal the redness of the surface of the skin. Plus, the ONLY ingredient is Montmorillonite (French Green Clay). Nothing else at all.

It is full of magnesium, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, sodium and many other microelements and is suitable for a wide range of skin types, including those with acne or oily skin. Perfect for my skin!

It comes in the tin as a powder that you mix with water and apply.

So, I decided to use it on my face, as a face mask. You can also add it to a bath, or apply it to your body (its apparently great for cellulite!). I mixed a small amount with water until it resembled a thick paste (as per the instructions) and left it to ‘set’ for 15 mins before washing it off with a warm damp cloth.

Me, looking like a green alien

I was gifted this a few months ago and waited until I had tried it at least 4 times (once a week) to review it for you, as i wanted to give it a fair trial.

I have to say that I’m really impressed. After using it, my skin feels incredibly soft for at least a few days. I’m going to be trying it on my decolletage too, as I also get red skin in that area.

So if you are on the lookout for a 100% natural face mask to try, I highly recommend this one. You can find it here .

I’ll be back next week with an update on my No buy Year!

Claire.