2017 Beauty Resolutions Check-In

On Friday, I shared a blog post of my 2018 beauty goals, and today’s post is along the same vein: how I did on the beauty/blog goals I made in 2017.


1. No purchasing of eye shadow palettes in 2017

I thought this one would be my toughest goal, but despite so much temptation, somehow I made it! Eye shadow palettes are my weakness in terms of makeup, and it doesn’t help matters when palette releases are super hyped up. Although it was hard to resist all of the palettes on my wish list (of which there were many), particularly at the end of the year with all of the sales happening, it made me thoroughly enjoy the palettes that I do own in my collection. I feel that I sometimes neglect my old palettes when I get a shiny and exciting new one, so not being able to buy any new palettes really made me appreciate the ones that I do have.

Even though I haven’t banned myself from buying palettes this year, I’m really going to try hard not to go crazy.

2. Finish 5 makeup products during the year

I finish so few products a year that one of my goals was to finish 5 makeup products (not including mascara). I went back through my empties posts, and in terms of makeup, I finished:

  • NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz
  • Kat Von D Tattoo Liner x 2

I honestly thought I would have finished five makeup products this year, but I only finished 4! Close but no cigar.

Just a small sample of the things I bought throughout 2017

3. Challenge myself to a partial no-buy (unused balanced not allowed to be carried over to the following month):

This was my low-buy schedule and budget for each month, and in red I have calculated how I actually did.

January – $100 – UNDER BUDGET BY $60
February – No-Buy – $0 SPENT
March – No-Buy – $0 SPENT
April – $200 (Sephora VIB Sale) – UNDER BUDGET BY $54
May – No-Buy – $0 SPENT
June – $100 – UNDER BUDGET BY $24
July – No-Buy – $0 SPENT
September – No-Buy – $0 SPENT
October – No-Buy – OVER BUDGET BY $84
November – $250 (Sephora VIB Sale/Black Friday) – UNDER BUDGET BY $14
December – $100 (Boxing Day) – UNDER BUDGET BY $100

My budget for the year was $750 and I was actually under budget by $168! However, my low-buy only includes makeup and not skincare, body care or replenished items – I know I spent a LOT more than that overall (given that I reached VIB Rouge status, it means I spent $1,000 at Sephora alone!) I’m not doing a low-buy on my blog this year, but I’m really going to try to curb my spending.


All of the items that I did not review this year 😦

4. Use and review all of the makeup I have not yet tried from my collection

This year, I was supposed to review all of these products below, and while I have mentioned the Surratt blush and the NARS Audacious lipstick on my blog, I’ve done a full review on absolutely NONE of them. Forget about doing reviews – I didn’t even touch the two palettes in 2017, and I only used the two Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure polishes once each!

W7 In the Night Eye Shadow Palette
NYX Avant Pop Eye Shadow Palette
Surratt Artistique Blush in La Vie en Rose
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Polish in Orchid Around
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Nail Polish in Shine On
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Nail Polish in Black and Blue
MAC Lipstick in Twig
NARS Audacious Lipstick in Audrey

So overall, I only managed to achieve 2 out of 4 of my goals, although I was close to accomplishing three…and the other a total miss! Did you make beauty/blog goals for 2017, and if so, how did you do on them?


24 thoughts on “2017 Beauty Resolutions Check-In

  1. Go you! 😀
    I knew you’d be able to live without buying a new palette. You proved to yourself! I swear if I don’t buy another palette for the rest of my life, I will be fine! 😛
    Finishing actual makeup items (excluding mascara) is DIFFICULT. Honestly the only things I ever finish up are mascara, liners, concealer and foundation / powder. NO colour makeup, ever! o_O
    Amazing that you did manage to stay UNDER your budget overall. I maintained a good level until November… I can never make it through the last 2 months without going over my limit – never! 😳
    I think in 2018 you will more than make up for the lack of product reviews! I am looking forward to them!

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    • Yes, the types of makeup you finish sounds about right! It probably takes YEARS to finish colour makeup!

      Getting through the last two months of the year on a budget is TOUGH. All the sales, all the releases…the struggle is real, haha! I’m hoping this year not just to up my product reviews, but blogging in general – but I always end up taking a break for various reasons. Boo!


  2. Loved this post! For me, it’s hard to resist a new foundation! I’ve been dying to try the Laura Mercier Flawless foundation…maybe that’ll be my last purchase and then I’ll be on a no buy….who am I kidding? lol!

    Great post girl! xo Lauren

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  3. You still did well though! And I think this year you will do better (which I think is supposed to be the point anyways lol!).

    I wouldn’t say I necessarily set any resolutions for myself last year – I called them changes that I’d be making to my lifestyle instead and I’d say I fulfilled half of them or just over half. There were some silly things I made such as “drink more water” (honestly, I can be terrible at this) but for what it’s worth, I am getting better!

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  4. You did great. Palettes are my weakness so I’ve tried to buy less as I have so many I can’t use them all! Also well done on not goimg over your overall budget! I’m trying to focus on using and reviewing what I already have too x

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  5. I’m going to try and deflect that I bought so many eyeshadow palettes this year onto you buying none – I was making up for you totally means some responsibility is shortened right?! Haha – this year I need to curb it, 2017 was the year that I fell back in love with eyeshadow palettes but I do have so many unreviewed ones!
    FInishing makeup is hard – I tend to find it a lot easier using up item I don’t like (and want to see the back of) and ones I love. The in-between/okay products are a tough to finish for me as I don’t necessarily want them gone, but I don’t reach for them often enough to finish either, and anything other than a foundation/mascara/concealer are difficult one too (my sister has almost finished a naked palette which she has exclusively been using for 4 years and she’s still not quite done!). I find I have to become pretty dedicated to one item at a time to get through things like highlighters and bronzers, otherwise I just dip in and out of things too frequently.
    You did amazing on your budget spends (although that VIP rouge status!)

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    • LOL yes, feel free to use my non-buying as an excuse for you buying MORE palettes this year! But seriously, I got total palette envy from all of your purchases.
      You’re right, it’s totally easier to finish products you either love or hate, and all of the others that fall in between (which is likely a majority of your collection) get lost in the shuffle. Wow, I am impressed that your sister has almost finished a Naked Palette – just goes to show you how we’ll never finish a palette considering she exclusively used hers while we own like 50 palettes haha.
      Ugh, I should make it a goal NOT to reach VIB Rouge status this year!

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  6. I’m actually really impressed, good job! I’m especially impressed that you stuck so well to your budget AND didn’t purchase any new palettes! That’s awesome!

    This year I want to review everything I’ve previously hauled on my blog. That’s my only goal so far. I doubt I can do it in a year though O_O

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  7. I think you did a pretty good job overall, especially on curtailing your spending and the eyeshadow palette ban (seriously, that took some serious willpower!) That’s something I tried to do last year too but I didn’t track it so who knows how I did (ignorance is bliss lol) – my husband would love it if I actually tracked my spending though (that’s the bean counter in him).
    Most of my beauty goals in 2017 were centered around my Project Pan and making use of the makeup I have in my collection – I did okay but I’m going to make it an even bigger focus for 2018! Best of luck with your beauty goals for 2018!

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    • The eyeshadow palette ban was hella difficult during the holiday season, with all the sales and coupons going on…when I saw you buy the Too Faced Peachy Mattes palette, oh man. LOL
      It’s actually really interesting when you track your beauty spending – you realize you spend way more (or way less) than you thought you did.
      I remember your Project Pan, you did really well on it! Yay, I hope we both do well with finishing stuff in our stash this year 🙂


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