Monday, January 27, 2014

Coming Soon and 2014 Beauty Resolutions


Hi everyone! I hope your year is off to a good start. It feels like ages since I've posted. I have a few things to share but, once again, life has gotten in the way. My favorite camera lens died on me and my day job has been keeping me busy (I know, excuses, excuses...). Later this week I plan to post more photos and swatches of the above items from Laura Mercier's 2014 spring collection.

Being a fan of pinks, peaches and corals, you can imagine my love for this time of year in the beauty world. I find the colors that are typically included in spring collections tend to be the most flattering and wearable (aside from the usual Easter-egg pastels, which I enjoy on nails but not so much on my face).

I was excited to see that Hourglass has released new Ambient Lighting blushes, and I have ordered three shades: Radiant MagentaDiffused Heat and Mood Exposure. Have any of you tried these yet? I'm looking forward to receiving them and plan to feature them in a separate post.

Beauty Resolutions 


Among my 2014 resolutions are to shop less in general and to attempt to use up some of the items I already own. These are things I had also resolved to do last year, but failed miserably (though I can say I have slowed down on new purchases in comparison to prior years).

My love for makeup and beauty is still going strong, but I am making an effort to transition into more of a minimalist lifestyle. Over-budget spending and accumulation of excess products are habits that no longer work for me, given the stage of life I am in. So, to help curb my admittedly over-zealous shopping tendencies, I've included a few spending guidelines at the top of my list.

Spending 

  • No beauty purchases on credit. (If I can't afford to pay cash, I don't need it.) 
  • Whenever possible, try on products in the store before buying. (I've spent untold amounts of money on products that are beautiful in photographs and swatch nicely, but look awful on me.) 
  • Do not purchase six different, but similar, shades of drugstore lipsticks in an attempt to duplicate a high-end product. Just buy the one, awesome high-end lipstick and be done with it! (You know you won't be satisfied with the others.)
  • Don't make a purchase just because an item is on sale. It's never a good deal if you don't need it in the first place. (Sephora VIB sale, I'm looking at you.)
  • Beauty gifts from friends and family are always acceptable and welcome! (Hint, hint.)

Organization

  • Sort through collection and toss any old, expired items. 
  • Give away, sell, or donate items that no longer work for you or are unflattering, as well as any unused items that you do not plan to use in the future.
  • Organize collection in such a way that products are accessible and easy to locate. 
  • Rotate products weekly in order to get more use out of forgotten items. 

Technique 

  • Continue to learn new techniques and be inspired by favorite bloggers, YouTubers, and makeup artists. There's always room for improvement! 

Have your resolutions for 2014 included any beauty-related goals? I'm not sure if my list will be helpful to anyone else, but thought I would put it out there, if only for the sake of personal accountability! Feel free to offer any advice or tips. They are always much appreciated! 

20 comments:

  1. I've gotta reign it in this year, too. I think these are great and practical goals, Shannon. I think the one about buying on credit really resonates with me, too. Good luck!

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    1. Thanks Larie! It's not always easy when there are so many temptations out there, but I feel like I can stick to these goals. Beauty in moderation :)

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  2. Good luck to you! It's difficult to scale back at first but trying to be creative with what you have can be fun its own way, as well as the fact that when you do treat yourself, the pleasure is even greater. :) Your choices are impeccable and I can't wait for your review of the LM makeup as well as the Hourglass blushes.

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  3. Hi Liz, Aw, thanks! You're right - I think it is pretty fun to get creative with what I already have. And I have plenty of things I haven't shown on the blog so there should be enough material for posts for quite some time! :) Can't wait to get the Hourglass blushes! Radiant Magenta looks beautiful in all the images I've seen.

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  4. I like your resolutions. They make a lot of sense. I enjoy your blog very much.

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    1. Thanks so much for the kind comment! :)

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  5. I'm trying to purchase less as well, unless they're limited editions I really want.

    Another one of my goals is to use a face masque once a week. I've forgotten one week but I'm trying to keep it up.

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    1. Hi Iris, great resolutions :) Do you have any favorite facial masques?

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  6. Hey Shannon, it's so nice to read a new post from you! I think your goals are very reasonable, and you can definitely achieve them! I personally have to learn not to jump at all the sales. I am better nowadays, but for a while I would feel bad if there was a sale going on somewhere but there was nothing I needed LOL With all the sales constantly going on online, I have learnt to let most of them go!

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    1. Hi Sunny, Thanks for such a nice comment and for the words of encouragement! :) It does seem like there is always a sale going on somewhere, so I also don't feel the need to indulge as much as I used to!

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  7. I'm so glad you're going to show the Laura Mercier palette. It looks beautiful, and I bet it'll look gorgeous on you. I also made the resolution not to use credit cards this year. It's only been a month, but it's definitely forcing me to buy only what I really want/need. However, that was the only beauty resolution that I made. Yours are so thorough and practical that I may have to adopt some of them. Thank you for posting this!

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    1. Hi,

      Thanks for commenting and best of luck with your New Year's resolution! It sounds like you're doing great so far! :) Credit cards are so convenient, but they make it way too easy for me to overspend!

      I'm looking forward to trying the Laura Mercier palette soon! :)

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  8. Hi Shannon, our goals are quite similar, and I've been reading from a lot of bloggers that they're trying to reduce as well. I hope all work out for you, and fingers crossed for myself too! Always a joy to read your new post. Happy new year to you!

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    1. Hi Lily, Thanks so much and happy new year to you! Best of luck in your efforts to reduce - I know we can do it! This forces me to come up with new ideas for blog posts, rather than featuring only new collections. But those won't stop altogether -- I'm so backlogged on reviews that I have lots of new things I need to work on posting! :)

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  9. Great list of resolution. I think I have to follow these too. I have to start spending less since I almost have lost of makeup products. With lots of them, I don't got to use the others. I have to start organizing them too so that I can use the others.

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    1. Thanks Tricia! Best of luck reaching your goals :) I find life gets easier when everything is organized. I love to have lots of different product options and colors to choose from, but after a certain point things just don't get used as often as they should!

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  10. Wow Shannon, you sound like me but my dilemma is since I live in the Florida Keys I have to shop online and try them out for higher end products. So with that said I am a VIP Rouge Flash shipping member at Sephora LOL. But I do need to spend less money on makeup and skincare.

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    1. Hi Kim, I know how hard it is sometimes to buy things without seeing them in person first. Thank goodness for beauty blogs and reviews on the web that help a bit with the decision-making! Best of luck with your spending goals this year :)

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  11. love your resolutions! I feel the same way. I think our makeup hoarding tendencies are always an ongoing process to balance it all out! :) I was in nyc the last week or so and I realized that i had 4 very similar fuchsia lipsticks with me. I'm afraid to think how many I would have at home?

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    1. Hi Bronzer Bunny, Thank you! :) I am always buying similar colors -- thinking that maybe the latest will be the "perfect" shade and somehow better than all the others!

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