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.
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
August – N/A – VACATION SHOPPING
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.
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?