14 September 2012

The 100 Day Challenge - Has it changed me?

Hello all! So, if you have been following me for a while you will know that up until last week I was taking part in a spending ban challenge called The 100 Day Challenge. I decided back in June to begin the challenge, June 1st to be exact. And you can read all about why I wanted to start the challenge as well as my own personal rules on the challenge in this post here. When I first began it I thought it would be so hard, that time would drag and that I would trip up tremendously. Much to my surprise, it actually flew by. And it was far easier than I ever thought it would be, too. Over the weeks I did a weekly update. You can read each individual update which I have linked at the bottom of this post!


During the weekly updates I made a wish list. Things I had been lusting after that particular week and wanted to buy, but didn't, because of the challenge. Now that the challenge is over I have gone back over all the weekly updates and wish lists and I have picked a handful of items I would still like. These are things I either 'think' I 'need', as well as a few things I'd just like to treat myself to. In total my wish list ended up with a total of 90 products. Hell of a lot, right? Well the items I will slowly allow myself to buy and add to my already enourmous makeup collection, are as follows. 








So, out of a total of 90 products which ended up on my wish list over the 100 days, there are only 8 I have decided I actually want or need. I've explained my reasons for wanting these products in each wish list that they featured in, so I won't go in to that here. 

But has this challenge actually changed me? Well yes actually, I think it has. There are a few items I have already picked up. Mainly £5 on an online The Body Shop spend, for a facial buffer (which I already have one of, but will be a spare) and a grapefruit body wash. I bought those as there was an online offer where if you spent £5, you got a free £12.50 body butter. Now that was just an offer I couldn't miss, and I got a free shea body butter! I also picked up some MUA products I've really been wanting; the new bronzer, new eyebrow kit, the undressed palette and three lip pencils. Again, that wasn't much, I think it came to about £15! 

The next time I get a chance to do a 'proper' shop will be the Nottingham meetup which I have arranged and is taking place on October 13th, but I am going to limit myself to just a few of the products on this final wish list. I've also learnt that a lot of the things I wanted which ended up on my wish list, just weren't necessary. I have mountains of makeup. So why do I need 8 new lipsticks, five new eye-shadow palettes? Etc, etc and so on. 

There were a few things that made the challenge easier for me. I won a couple of giveaways over the summer, one of which was just unbelievable. So they definitely helped. There was my birthday, where some of the things I had been lusting after were bought for me by my bestie and I also got a Boots gift card, so I indulged in a few items I had been lusting after. And not forgetting the utter selfless generosity of some of my lovely blogging friends, who sent me presents, gifts, products I lusted after that they had and didn't want. Things like that were so, so appreciated and I cannot thank you all enough. 

This challenge had its hard moments. But at the end of it I can say that with four weeks to go until my student loan comes through, I haven't already mentally spent it all away. I want to save money. I want to save up to do nice things, like go to Paris. I want to do things I always say I will do but never end up doing because I spend all the money I have. I have also decided that I want to give my dad a bit of money each week to help him out. And that is all stuff I will be able to afford to do, because I won't be going out and spending £200-£300 on shopping trips with nothing to show for it, really. 

This challenge has really changed the way I look at 'hyped' up products, things I 'think I need' and it's made me realise above anything, that yes I love all things beauty. But it is all material possessions and quite Frankly, there are so many more important things for me to obsess over. I don't need to own every product, just because it's hyped up and everyone else has it. I don't need to go out and spend so much money. I'm 24 and at the end of the day for the past couple of years I have shown no responsibility whatsoever when it comes to money management. But that is definitely going to change.

I'm sorry this has been an exceptionally long, almost ranty post. Thank you to each and every one of you (alright Oscars speech) who has supported me, helped me, given me advice, praise and sent me super generous gifts over the course of the challenge. If it wasn't for you lot, I really don't think I ever would have managed it. I'll shush now. 

Thank you, all of you xo

Updates: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 & 13.
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42 comments

  1. You did amazingly well - and that is something to be proud of! Well done you! You've inspired countless of us to do the challenge ourselves (myself included) so we all owe you a debt of gratitude too!

    And the fact that everyone was so lovely to help you out is the wonderful part about the blogging community - girls/boys that genuinely want to share things and be as helpful as possible!

    Helen xxx

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  2. Wow, you've done so well to complete this! And you really do have some fabulously generous friends, lucky you! I think I might end up giving this a go - I'm about to start my first year of uni and need to save like crazy to make my loan last all year (sob sob, London is so expensive) so making it into a challenge could be the perfect opportunity!

    Congratulations again! xx

    talbsx.blogspot.com

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  3. I really need to give myself a spending ban- I think my back balance would really thank me :)
    You did so well, I don't know if I could have that much restraint
    Daniella x

    http://daniella-r.blogspot.co.uk/

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  4. great choices.especially that mac lipstick!
    JOIN MY ZARA GIVEAWAY!

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  5. You've done so well! Mega happy for you :) I came to the same revelation myself a couple months back - I waste so much money on rubbish!! Im gonna start snowboarding and I'm now saving for holidays - I don't think I've ever saved before haha! Xxx

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  6. I love that brush! It makes foundation look so flawless!
    Thinking after September I might try a spending ban. You've made it look so easy!

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  7. Well done lovely. I've done spending bans before but never 100 days long....usually 7 lol! You did great :)

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  8. When done Sophia, you did SO good! After reading your post, I'm so tempted to have a go at it myself! x

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  9. You did awesome! I don't think I could EVER do this!

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  10. Congrats Sophia you did so good, you must have amazing willpower :-) xx

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  11. One of the worst things regarding shopping in my country is that so many of the brands are not avaliable here, but I think this can also be a positive thing sometimes. If I had all the hyped products avaliable here, I would probably be broke...

    Sandra from The Puzzle of Sandra's Life

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  12. Well done! you did so well, you should be super proud of yourself. x

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  13. That's amazing how you've narrowed those 90 products down to 8! You did so well with the challenge, so I think a treat is so in order! xo

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  14. I think it's definitely changed your views on spending purely on the fact your wishlist managed to lose 82 things! I'm pleased its worked for you :) x

    misskirstymarie.blogspot.co.uk

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  15. Well done! Bet you're really surprised by yourself. It just shows that a lot of things us girls purchase are usually 'impulse' buys! xx

    www.beautyembraced.blogspot.co.uk

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  16. Well done! I bet you're glad it's over so that you can at least treat yourself to a couple of bits, but it's great that you feel this has made you think more before spending and given you a more responsible attitude to spending. I actually wish I'd done something like this when I was at uni, but instead I ended up with two maxed-out student overdrafts! I did work, but I would spend every penny. Thankfully nowadays I am able to manage my money a lot better!
    It is really hard not to buy products that other bloggers rave about so much at times, but I think this can make us buy things we would have otherwise had no interest in, so I think the key is to be able to separate the two.
    Enjoy buying the items on your wishlist, you've earnt them!
    Mel x

    melswallofmirrors.blogspot.co.uk

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  17. Congratulations on the 100 day challenge! Just shows people can actually do it when they put their minds to it. I highly recommend the No7 foundation too, I have the Stay Perfect foundation and it's fab!

    Jess
    http://jmhunterxo.blogspot.co.uk
    xo

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  18. @HelenThank you :) It's so lovely to see so many people take up the challenge themselves! xo

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  19. @talbs xThank you! I know what you mean, I lived in London for my first year and it was so expensive! Good luck at Uni and definitely take up this challenge! :) xo

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  20. @daniella-rThank you :) It was so much easier than I thought it would be! xo

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  21. @Despina T.I've wanted it for ages so I hope it suits me!! xo

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  22. @TaliThank you :) I've never saved before this challenge either! I hope your snowboarding lessons go well :) xo

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  23. @MichaelaI can't wait to get it and complete my Real Techniques collection :) You should definitely take up the challenge! It's so much easier than you think it will be when you first start it xo

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  24. @Pampered PrinceThank you Andy :) I may do this again in the future, but for less time, maybe 50 days :) xo

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  25. @kiaThank you :) You should definitely try it xo

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  26. @aly7Thank you! You never know until you try ;) xo

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  27. @Beauty BirdThank you :) It's showed me I have more will power than I thought I did! xo

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  28. @SandraI feel that way about American products, so many things I want and can't have! I suppose it's good for my bank balance though! xo

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  29. @EilidhPieI was actually surprised I managed to whittle it down to just 8 products!! Thank you :) xo

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  30. @KirstyGoes to show not everyone we 'think' we 'need' is something we actually need! Thank you xo

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  31. @KatThank you, I have! Oh so, so true! 99% of what I used to buy was purely on impulse xo

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  32. @Melanie JaneOh I am definitely glad it's over!! Thank you :)) xo

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  33. @Jessica HunterThank you Jess. You should restart it and complete it ;) xo

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  34. Congrats!! :) I've loved reading your updates and you inspired me to do a 100 days challenge myself. I'm about halfway through mine, will finish on Nov. 4th.. I've actually found it a lot less difficult than I thought as well.. It really does open your eyes at how much money you "waste" every month thinking you "need" everything.. Itching for a purchase at the moment though, hoping it will pass... Elie Saab just smells SO good..! x

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  35. You can be really proud of yourself. I just came across your blog on wednesday, the first time I've participated in the beautybloggers chat as well and I didn't have a clue what this challenge was all about but now I know, I'm impressed. I don't think I could be that strict, then again I don't have that much money to spend anyway so maybe I just can't really have a say. But I do know what it feels like wanting to jump on the bandwagon and get all the latest products when everyone's raving about them. Especially the two parts of the post beginning with "This challenge.." have almost been touching because I absolutely can relate to you there. So yeh, well done :) xxx

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  36. Only just come across your blog as a new 'blogger' myself (not sure I can give myself that title yet?!?) but I love your posts, and think you should be incredibly proud of completing such a challenge. I myself am doing a no spend style challenger, where I plan to use up what I have first before indulging in more products. It is tough, and I am in early stages, so hope to be as successful as you! x

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  37. You did an awesome job!! I will say I am quite surprised that the Macadamia Oil didn't end up on your final list of things to get, I'm obsessed with it!!

    xo

    Ange

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  38. @EllieThank you :) I hope the challenge will end as happily and successfully for you as it did for me :) xo

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  39. @Fisi ♥This comment was so lovely of you, thank you xo

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  40. @xo, Jersey GirlThat's because I found Organix and adore it! A third of the price, too :) xo

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