Before we begin talking about my beauty goals for the new year, I would like to mention a project unrelated to beauty that I am embarking on in 2018 and will (hopefully) be a huge part of my year. I’ve decided to start a side business doing calligraphy & watercolour art, mostly for weddings. It took a lot of internal debating to decide if I wanted to incorporate my business into my blog and blog Instagram, but I ultimately thought it was best to keep the two apart in- people who are interested in my calligraphy may not be interested in beauty, and vice versa. However, it was important to me that my business to be somehow tied to my blog without mixing the two, so I decided to name it Inspired Creations YYC (because Inspired Creations was already taken on Instagram LOL).
I’m not sure if this will even go anywhere, but I’m not quitting my day job to do it – so worst case scenario is that I get no clients and my life goes on as usual, haha! I started a separate Instagram account to showcase my work; if you’re interested in seeing pretty (hopefully) calligraphy or would just like to support me, please follow my account here! No pressure! 😅 I have nothing posted on it right now but hopefully I will get it up and running properly soon.
ANYWAYS, after that long ramble, let’s go back onto the main point of today’s blog. Call me jaded, but I absolutely do not believe in the whole “new year, new me” thing – someone please prove me wrong by telling me that they became a better person because of a new year’s resolution they have made! With that being said, I’ve found that making beauty-related goals at the beginning of the year has really helped keep me accountable for my makeup spending and usage. Hence, today’s blog post is all about my 2018 beauty resolutions.
Now, back to my beauty resolutions for the year. For the past two years, I’ve done low-buys as a part of my beauty goals. It was quite challenging at times, especially during the end of the year when all the sales hit, but it was also very interesting to go through. This year, I decided not to do a low-buy, even though I will still budget my spending off the blog as a cost control measure, haha. However, there are other things I would like to achieve this year in terms of beauty or my blog, so I would like to share them today.
1. Complete Two Project Pans
I feel like I’ve accumulated so many products in the past year, and because it takes me longer than the average person to use up products, I thought it might be a good idea to do a Project Pan this year. It will be my first time doing a one, so I’m pretty pumped about it! I think I would like to do two Project Pans this year – the first one in the first half of the year, and another one in the second half of the year. My first one should be up sometime next week!
2. Finish Up My Vanity
I finally bought my vanity this year, but right now, all it is is a desk and a chair. My intention for the vanity is essentially to use it as my creative space; I would like to use it both for makeup application and for my calligraphy. I haven’t quite figured out the storage situation yet, but this year, I would like to have everything set up and usable. Actually, I think a goal of mine in general this year is to finish decorating our home – we’ve been living here for two years now and we have all of our large pieces of furniture, but the décor only looks half-finished. Anyways, going back to my goal – the vanity is at the top of my priorities for the house since I’m using it for my business. Hopefully I will be able to do a blog post with a before and after once I am finished with it!
3. Declutter my Makeup
I almost feel guilty every time I buy makeup when I already have so much sitting at home. The last time I did a declutter was in 2016, but I haven’t done one since, so I’ve decided I’m going to go through everything this year and get rid of things that don’t “bring me joy”. I would only ever give away things that are good quality but that I never find myself reaching for, but I always feel iffy asking my friends if they want my makeup, because I don’t want them to think that I’m giving them my “old junk”. I think I’m just going to go for it anyways and see if there’s anything they want this year that I would otherwise have to throw out. You should see some decluttering posts this year!
4. Increase the Amount of Reviews/Dupe Blog Posts
I’ve realized that I just keep buying products without reviewing them on my blog; in 2017, only 30% of my blog posts were product reviews. What’s the point of having a beauty blog if I don’t consistently review the products I buy?! Reviews are one of my favourite types of posts to read – they were the reason why I fell into the YouTube/blog rabbit hole all those years ago! In 2018, I would like to increase the amount of reviews I write – shooting for 50% of my overall posts sounds reasonable? Hopefully I can surpass that!
Are you making any beauty goals for the new year? I know I’m doing this a bit backwards, but next week, I’m going to talk about how I did on my 2017 beauty resolutions!
Credit for Featured Image: Ivory Mix