My three strikes policy: three items per month or $ X, whichever comes first (small indie purchases count as a single item, in general, and there are a few other -reasonable - exceptions).
This month is fail. Just total fail. I have no excuse, except that I am trying to establish a nice base set of reliable makeup. I know, I know, it seems like excess, but now I'm firm: no more eye shadows! Yes, there may be colors out there with nuances that are interesting and new, but I know I have at least one shadow from every single color family imaginable - or can blend them together to make even more colors - so I really don't feel the need for any more. I like variety, and tend not to collect so many of the same shade/finish, etc. Now I'm working on lipsticks, hah!
Antoinette's Revolution Cosmetics (review and swatches here): Total: $10.48
Purchase two: Two lip glosses, glitter glue, and a lip scrub from Darling Girl Cosmetics (review and swatches here and here): Total: $22.75
Musky Amethyst, Speed Dial, and Lickable lipsticks, Sublime Culture cremestick, and Harmony blush from MAC (review for the cremestick coming soon; otherwise, click on the item name for my review). Total: $84.87
Dior Tuxedo and Rouge Serum. Total: $58.04.
Total total (haha): $176.14 (eep!), 9 items.
Well, I went over cap in both cases - number of items, and amount of money. I'll just go be embarrassed in the corner, now. And let's not talk about this any more. See you next month!