I started writing a fairly bland introduction to this post, but this isn’t a year for bullshit: I spent a lot of money on beauty products last year and I don’t really care for most of it. Oops.
I Spent $6,000 on Beauty in 2016 (and most of it is just meh)
Ok, so I sincerely tried to come up with a best of list for this year and the problem was that as I scrolled through my bookkeeping software to remember what I bought, I realized that a whole lot wasn’t memorable. The stuff I really liked and was excited about, I’ve posted here as haul posts. Makeup like Huda Beauty liquid lipsticks and Pat McGrath’s pigments and highlighter were standouts. My stuff from Cult Beauty is fantastic, including the crazy GWP goody bag filled with products that I’m using to death. Sunday Riley’s Good Genes is seriously good for my skin and I don’t regret buying 15 lactic acids to test for an upcoming massive roundup. Otherwise? Meh.
I think I made a mistake this year by paying a lot of attention to sales. While the stuff I ended up loving cost quite a bit (and I paid full price for it), I have no regrets when I look at those products. When I look at palettes and things I bought on sale just because they were good deals? Meh. Things I bought directly from Korea with little prior info? Mostly dreadful, to be honest.
I don’t regret my wild year of beauty spending; it was within my means and beauty products are tax-deductible for beauty bloggers/writers in the US (terms and conditions apply, please consult your financial advisor etc etc), but the fact that it didn’t buy me $6,000 worth of jaw-dropping things I treasure is disappointing.
What I’m Doing Differently in 2017
My goal is to spend less, but enjoy more. With that in mind:
- I cancelled all of my beauty subscriptions. By the end of 2016 I subscribed to the Allure Beauty Box, Sephora Play!, Ipsy, and Olfactif — and they were all great. But that’s $56.11 each month for samples that I mostly don’t need and end up giving away.
- I’m skipping hauls to get deluxe sample gifts with purchase and just buying the samples on eBay. I have made so many purchases to grab deluxe samples I want, I can’t even tell you. But if samples are offered in boxes or by Sephora/Ulta/etc, they’ll eventually end up on eBay. And, yes, I’ll overpay for them, but if I truly want something and can try it before buying a full-size version, it’s worth it.
- I’m realizing that my testing schedule isn’t linear enough to test new kbeauty products in a timely way. I rarely like anything enough to use it consistently for the purpose of review one month after receiving it.
- If I spent $6K on beauty in 2016…that averages out to $500 per month!?! How even!!? Looking back, it seems like it was done little by little. I’m going to set a goal of spending half as much in 2017, so I now have a $250/month budget.
- Companies don’t tend to be very secretive when they’re launching new products, so we usually get a bit of warning when a new, say, Pat McGrath collection is coming out. I need to determine what’s really exciting to me, think about it, and then only buy that stuff. For example, I know that Caroline Hirons is releasing a new double cleanse product with Pixi this month (and I have a Cult Beauty gift card, woo!) and there’s a Susanne Kaufmann cleansing milk I want to try that I can buy there. There’s also a crazy Net-A-Porter box coming back in stock soon that I really want. And I want to snatch up more things from Beauty Pie, the new transparent-pricing beauty subscription club/service. These items make me super excited and I’d love to write posts about them. Otherwise…I need to bench my ass. And don’t worry: I have TONS of products I can review, including lots of Korean skincare.
- I need to get off the Sephora sale page. I browse it when I’m bored. I’m bored a lot. I need to channel that energy into writing kpop smut and stop spending money on things that don’t bring me joy.
The Lipstick League – week of 12.26.16
Beautygeeks – has been testing Korean skincare brand belif. Here’s the scoop on three items in the belif lineup, including its best-seller-in-Korea.
Blushing Noir – OPI has upped the ante with their Infinite Shine line! The Primer & Gloss now have PROSTAY Technology! What does that mean? It’s better. Obv 😉 Check out my review here, including a comparison to the original!
EauMG – Are there any perfumes that remind you of Christmas? This niche perfume by MariaLux with notes of cinnamon, oranges and incense reminds me of winter holidays.
fanserviced-b – With the turn of the year upon us, I’m sharing my tips for makeup and skincare stash cleaning and organization.
Gouldylox – Forget New Year’s Resolutions. Try these three beauty tips to start glowing now.
Nouveau Cheap – If you haven’t seen the new Royal & Langnickel MODA prismatic oval brushes yet, you need to click right here. They’re coming to a Walmart near you (very) soon!
Phyrra – Phyrra shares the Top 10 Worst Makeup Products of 2016! Did you buy into the hype?
Prime Beauty – Suffer from flat, lifeless hair? Prime Beauty tested out the Voloom Petite Volumizing Iron, a miracle product that will turn your flat hair into BIG, sexy hair and it’s made just for fine or shorter hair! See the before and after.
we heart this – a limited edition blush, a lipstick that’s been around for ages and an affordable skincare product that keeps acne away (even cystic): check out Stef’s 3 favorite beauty products of 2016.
Beautygeeks is Currently Craving: the belif Aqua Bomb Sheet Masks so she can save her True Cream Aqua Bomb light gel cream for face until warm temperatures are here again.
(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)
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