100 Day "No Spending" Challenge: Update 3

Hey everyone. We are now in our THIRD week and 21 days down of the 100 day spending ban. This week was a busy one for me.

I always said when I started the ban I wouldn't compromise seeing my friends for the ban. I don't get to see them enough since a lot of them work or are just generally busy. So this week I had planned to see one friend for dinner and another for drinks. I did all I could to keep spending to a minimum, for instance at dinner I didn't order any extra sides or starters. We went to Nandos so I used my loyalty card, even though I didn't get anything free, I do next time ;) I even said no to dessert! And when it came to going for drinks, I slowly drank mine and didn't overindulge. I don't have the most epic of social lives, so I'm allowing myself this :)

I have discovered blog sales are the bane of my life. But I've been good and haven't bought a thing. I did however email about a few things, mainly MAC limited edition products that I wanted but missed out on. I actually emailed about them! *slaps wrist* .Luckily by some good luck everything I emailed about was already sold, so my temptation couldn't be fulfilled! Phew! That was really naughty of me and looking back I am so happy I wasn't able to buy what I emailed about. 

So one exception I did allow myself in my very first spending ban post which explained my own individual rules was... I am allowed to buy the Lush limited editions and Retro. I allowed this because reviewing Lush is something I blog about in a huge way. If I took that away, my blog just wouldn't be the same. I would have no new content and would miss out on reviewing products which I like to blog about. I have cut down on other things to compensate that - since after all Lush is beauty products! For example not spending any money at work, on takeaways or in Starbucks. I have been quite good with this having 3 weeks of not spending any money on lunches at work. 

 I'm enforcing a few "new rules" if you will. A lot of people are allowing themselves to repurchase essentials like skincare or mascara. I am just going to plod on through my stash and not repurchase until I have NOTHING left of that type of product. For example, in my stash I have 6/7 different types of body butter. Therefore I won't be repurchasing my absolute favourite until I have used them all up. Easy peasy (hopefully). I have enough of pretty much everything, so I don't think its going to be much of a problem :)

Phew, so that has been my week! I'm still on track as far as my spending ban is concerned, as I haven't bought any make up, but I still feel guilty about buying the Lush even though in my rules I allowed myself that. I really am noticing how much EVERYTHING adds up and to be honest, I'm pretty appalled at how much money I used to spend! 

How much money have I spent?: About £100 in total. Not as good as last week. BUT I'm still within my rules. 
What have I learnt this week?: That all the little things add up, like meals out and drinks, petrol and Lush. 
One product I am lusting after: MAC MSF in Soft & Gentle

As always here are the links and latest updates to the other ladies doing the challenge. I update the list every day so be sure to check back and link me if I don't have you! 

Sandra from TheBlackPearlBlog - update 1
Grace from allthatslap - update 1
Sarah from Writing & Rambling
Shona from freshbeautyxox - update 1 + 2 + 3
Alice from Bright Town Girl - update 1 + 2 + 3
Natalie from natalieroseanne - update 1 +2 + 3
Katie from Fashion & Beauty - update 1
Claudia from Beauty and the Chic - update 1 + 2
Linsay from Pandora's Beauty Basket - update 1 + 2
Josie from L'amour Josie
Christina from Tales from the Kingdom update 1 + 2 + 3
Sandra from Beauty Balm 
Danielle from Floral Danielle 
Rina from Rina's Beauty
Kate from The Cats Meow - update 1
Lydia from Lydia Sparkles
L&M from CSI Beauty Blog - update 1 + 2 + 3
Samantha from Tiny Paint Pot update 1
Bean from Sparkles and Rock
Gemma from Gemma E R - update 1 + 2 + 3
Kelly from Kel Loves
Atia from Makeup Monologue - update 1 + 2
Melissa from Son & Star - update 1
Ayshe from Discovering Beauty
Safira Ali from Miss Stylicious 
Hannah from Hannah Marie Beauty - update 1 + 2
Ellie from Mantra Pixie
Evenlyn from We Were Raised By Wolves - update 1 + 2
Sam from Honey Go Lightly - update 1 + 2
Roisin from Brutal Fashion and Beauty - update 1 + 2 + 3
Georgina from Make Up Pixi 3 - update 1 + 2 + 3
Lipstick Fridays from Lipstick Fridays
Amy from Paintpotted - update 1
Ana Cristina from We All Think Differently - update 1
Gaelle from The Make Up Fairy - update 1
Sarah from Some Sparkle and Shine - update 1 + 2
Kerry from Girls Addiction - update 1 + 2
Laura from Laura's Haven - update 1
Hannah from Midnight Violets
Ronnie from Looking at the Stars Tonight - update 1 + 2
Sandra from Just need my coffee (she is doing it for a whole year!!)
Vanessa from The Other VW - update 1
Dee from Confessions of A Makeupaholic
Georgina from Through these brown eyes
Talbs from Talbs - update 1
Sian from Quite Frankly She Said - update 1 + 2
Vanessa from The Other VW - update 1
Louise from Nekomentsu - update 1 + 2
Le Beaute Obsession 
Grace Louise from Grace Louise Beauty - update 1
Sharon from Stagazy eyes - update 1
K from Life, thoughts, fun and Lush! - update 1
Fuchsia Forest from Fuchsia Forest - Update 1
Beth from Tinkerbell and the Lost Girls - Update 1 + 2
Lippy from Been there, done that, got the lipstick - update 1
Emily Rose from Beauty, Fashion, Life - update 1 + 2

If you are doing the 100 day challenge or want to take part in it, its not too late! Just comment below and I can add your link! Also let me know if you have written an update post on your blog so I can link that :)
Also Thursdays at 8pm there is a twitter chat using the hashtag #spendingban. Feel free to come take part regardless of whether you are doing the spending ban or not!

Rules / Update 1 / Update 2

My motivation :)


  1. Well done! I said about socalising in my 2nd update and to be honest, I don't think we should count it. I could never do it until I did this spending ban so it's fine :)

    You're doing really well so well done! I love that Disneyland is your motivation too, it's amazing :)xxx

    1. Thanks lovely! I agree, socialising with friends shouldn't count (unless you are going out 5 times a week and want to cut down!)
      And thank you! I thought i'd include a little Disney picture every week since that is why I am doing this ban :) It really does motivate me!

  2. You've done well! Luckily I have a pretty naff social life so not much is spent in that department for me haha ;) I'm glad you're still doing the Retro reviews, I still haven't bought anything from them but I love reading your posts :)

    1. Thanks Amy! I'm glad you like reading them :)

  3. You're doing great! WOW, you girls are so strong! X


    1. Thank you :) Its getting easier I'm pleased to say!

  4. I'm sort of doing this! I haven't spent a penny since christmas as I'm saving for a trip next year to Costa Rica! so my spending ban is sort of permenant! :P www.cherrytruth2.blogspot.co.uk

  5. Keep going! :D
    It will all be worthwhile when youre running around in your Minnie Mouse ears ;) haha


    1. Thank you Sami, you have no idea how much that comment just motivated me! :)

  6. Aw you're going really well! I've got my first update scheduled tomorrow, and no slip ups so far. Let's hope it stays that way! :-)


    1. Yay, good for you :) Can't wait to read it!

  7. I love your blog so much! I love everything Disney and beauty! So it's everything I love!!
    It's nice to hear that you are doing well with your ban. I can't believe you keep track of everyone's updates! That must be so much work! But I love reading up on how others are doing, especially when I feel tempted to buy something. So thank you! I appreciate all your hard work so much!
    ❤ www.sonandstar.blogspot.com

    1. Honestly Melissa, that was such a lovely comment :) It really has made me smile so thank you! What a wonderful way to start my day :)

  8. Your doing really well hun and i love your Lush reviews so i'm glad your still doing them!
    I had a slight lapse this week but i did only use money i'd made from selling items i haven't used!! It will be in my next update once it arrives :S eek.
    Jayne xx


    1. Thanks lovely :) I couldn't not do Lush limited editions, its one of the reasons I blog :) I can't wait to read your update! :)

  9. Well done on your week 3! I agree with you about not repurchasing anything until I'm all out of something - luckily my stash is pretty big and should last the whole 100 days! x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

    1. Thanks Evelyn, I'm slowly making my way through some stuff. At the end of the challenge I'm gonng show all my empties :)

  10. That sounds like a pretty good week three. As you'll read, I've been much better this week, but I am going to make an MUA order (I know, I know). But there is a reason for it and it's my only indulgence atm!

    Here's my week 3 update :)http://talesfromthekingdom.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/100-day-spending-ban-week-3-update.html

    Keep up the good work!

    Christina xo

    1. Just read your update (and linking it right now). I don't think thats breaking the ban as such, after all you were gonna repurchase a new primer :)

  11. So nice to read!! So motivating reading other peoples. :) I've just done an update and I've spent!! D: Ahhh!!

    1. Thanks Hannah! Just adding your update now :) It really is motivating to read others and also take part in the chats :)

  12. Well done. I think you are right to not compromise on seeing people. L and O had a night out and went when sushi was 40% off. MSF is beautiful x

    1. Thank you :) Yeah I don't think its fair not to see my friends until April - by then I wouldn't have any friends left haha! Its good that you went on a 40% night off - can't beat almost half price off your meal!


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