My three strikes policy (per month): in a given month, I can buy three items, or spend X amount of money - whichever comes first. I succeeded in June, failed miserably in July, and...let's see how I did this month! Basic summary: Indie purchases usually count as one item total (especially small items like perfume/eye shadow samples) and skincare/necessities don't count. Everything else is fair game! It's part of the goal to minimize the number of things I buy, as well as the costs.
Purchase one: Three perfume samples from Sweet Anthem - the fourth here is a freebie (review here)! Total, with tax and shipping: $15.08.
Purchase two: NARS Mascate lipstick (review here). Total, with tax: $27.38.
Purchase three: MAC Sheen Supreme in Can't Resist (review here). Total, with tax: $15.88.
Purchase four (damnit!): pureDKNY Verbena perfume (review here). Total, with tax: $49.28.
Absolute total: $107.62, four items. Arggggghhhh. But that's way better than last month! Improvement, hurray! ...and all four of these purchases were worth it, anyway.