Low Buy Update

Hey guys… I’m here today to update you on my spending on makeup in February.  In my post about halfway through the month I talked about how my goal was to spend $25 or less on makeup and skincare in the month and… technically I did meet that goal.  As mentioned in my previous post, I did buy a lip product for $13.50.  The rest of the month I really tried to meaningfully think about items before making any purchases.  And I ended up not spending any other money in the month! However, I did spend part of a gift card. So on the one hand I did meet my goal of spending $25 or less, but I also didn’t because I spent $24 from a gift card. I was able to keep myself from buying anything while on vacation, but when an eyeshadow palette I wanted was on sale at Sephora I did go ahead and buy it.  My low buy was a partial success I guess?

For March my goal is to spend $50 or less including gift cards so wish me luck and I’ll update you on how it goes!

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Makeup and Money

Hey guys… I’m here today to talk about makeup and money (Could you tell from the title?).  I think the beauty community has evolved a lot in the last ten or so years from when I was first really starting to buy makeup for myself as a teen up until now.  With YouTube beauty gurus talking about new products all the time and almost never discussing those same products again it can get crazy trying to buy things you want that look amazing while also not spending all your savings on makeup.  Obviously financial situations are different for everyone, but I think the rise in Anti-Haul, Project Pan, and minimalism videos are a sign that we know we can’t keep up with everything.  As far as I know, Sephora has expectations for companies to come out with new products to stay on their shelves.  However, I think it is time to stop worrying about missing out and start thinking harder before buying.

All of that to say that for February I am doing a “low-buy” for makeup and skincare.  Continue reading

It’s 2018!

We’re in a new year! It’s been over two weeks now, and I’m pretty excited about the new year. I went through my makeup and skincare and organized/decluttered it before the new year and I’m feeling great about how that went.  I think that any time is a good time to get organized, but starting a new year organized feels great.

In the new year I’ve started three project pan series to work through my makeup.  I tried quite a few projects last year, and it has really opened my eyes to how long makeup can take to use up. I think I always knew it took a lot of use (since I had used up such a small amount of makeup), but joining the project pan community has made me even more aware.  I am posting these projects on my YouTube, but I’ll try to post here as well. I have started a project to use up mini size products, an all lip product project, and a project to hit pan on items.  I’ve got 10 mini items, 10 lip products, and 6 items I want to hit pan on right now.

I’ve begun bullet journaling and working on my journaling in my traveler’s notebook as well.  I want to be more on top of the things I need to do, and I want to have journals to look back on.  Do any of you journal a lot or have tips to stay committed to it when I get lazy?

So those are some of my goals (use the makeup and skincare I own & journal/plan).  Some other goals that I’ve done well with in the past but slacked on recently are drinking more water, cleaning my home more often, blog more, spend money wisely, exercise consistently, and do fun things other than just watch TV >.<

I’m not sure yet how I’m going to track all of these, but I am tracking my spending in my bullet journal and I’m doing a RunBet.  Do you have any goals for the year? Any recommendations for me?

Talk soon!

-Sarah

 

 

Vlogmas!

Hey guys! Long time no writing… I for some reason seem to have a much easier time posting videos than posting on my blog. However! I have set a goal for myself to post more on here, and will be doing my best to post more throughout next year.  *glances around* I also will be doing my best to post things that aren’t just exactly the things I’m posting in videos as well…

But until then, I wanted to let you all know that I am posting a video every day until Christmas (not sure yet if I’ll be continuing it through December). So if you haven’t already checked out my channel, I’ve been posting both vlogs and typical content over there every day of December so far!

Here is Vlogmas Day 1, but I also have a playlist of all of them on my channel!

Holiday Gift Guide Part 1!

Hey guys! My first holiday gift guide is ready! I have a ton of things that I think are great gifts and I wanted to share with you all these ideas. Amazon links are affiliate links.

I’ve uploaded a video on my YouTube channel showing all the items and talking about them more in depth so feel free to watch if you like videos:

First up is a bunch of different board games and card games.  Games are great as they are gifts that keep on giving in that you can keep playing them over and over again.  They also can be an activity you do with the person you give the gift to, so go ahead and find one that looks interesting to you, too.  Continue reading

A Lipstick A Day Challenge Part 9

So life is still crazy and I still haven’t finished posting about my lipstick a day challenge… I finished this back in June on my YouTube, but I know not everyone likes watching videos so I am trying to wrap it up here.

Lipsticks worn in episode nine:
Day 1: NYX Matte lipstick in Euro Trash
Day 2: bareMinerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lip Color in Slay
Day 3: MAC matte lipstick in Dearly Beloved (MAC x Kiesza)
Day 4: MAC satin lipstick in Retro
Day 5: Cougar Lipstick in ? (unknown color)
Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick in Touch of Spice
Day 6: NYX Cosmetics Simply Nude Lip Cream in Exposed
Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer in Berry Pop
Day 7: Colourpop Matte X Lippie Stix in Goldie
Colourpop Matte X Lippie Stix in Upside Down

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A Lipstick A Day Challenge Part 8

Hey guys! Here is week 8! This seemed to be the week of pink and red lip products…


Day 1: Colourpop Lippie Stix Satin in Fetch
Day 2: ELF Matte Lip Color in Rich Red
Day 3: NYX Cosmetics Extra Creamy Round Lipstick in
Day 4: Colourpop Lippie Stix Matte in Date Mate
Day 5: Trestique Matte Lip Crayon in Chili Red
Cailyn Pure Lust Extreme Matte Tint + Velvet in Practicable
Day 6: MAC Huggable Lipcolour in Cantonese Carnation
Day 7: NYX Matte Lipstick in Whipped Caviar

Running breakdown of current lipsticks:
Day 1: Bite Matte Crème Lip Crayon in Léché – Like a lot and would repurchase or try other colors
Day 2: Colourpop x Hello Kitty Konnichiwa – Okay, keep wearing but no repurchase
Day 3: Nars x Sarah Moon Matte Lipstick in Indecent Proposal – Would repurchase immediately and other colors in formula
Day 4: Urban Decay Sheer Liar Sheer Revolution Lipstick – Like a lot and would repurchase, but sad packaging is different now
Day 5: Colourpop x Hello Kitty Let’s Play – Would not repurchase, want to try wearing it again though and see how it looks with different makeup look (I think it was too bold for the minimal makeup I was wearing that day).
Day 6: Colourpop Parker – Would repurchase
Day 7: Colourpop x Alexis Ren Blotted Lip in Deja Vu – Like and will wear but no repurchase
Day 8: MAC Shy Shine – Great! Would repurchase!
Day 9: Bobbi Brown Sandwash Pink – Want to try again, but would not repurchase as of now. Don’t think I have a dupe for it though in my current collection.
Day 10: Colourpop Lippie Stix in Daydream – Like a lot and would probably repurchase if I had free shipping or a promo code 🙂
Day 11: Burt’s Bees Lipstick in Suede Splash – Like a lot, would repurchase if packaging was updated (otherwise I’m okay with other everyday lipsticks).
Day 12: Colourpop Creme Lippie Stix in Sure Thing – Would try other shades in same formula.
Day 13: MAC Retro Matte in Pandemonium – Would not repurchase, need to try with liner.
Day 14: MAC Huggable Lipcolor in Origami Orange – Would repurchase if still existed, and will definitely use up.
Day 14 (2): NYX Lip Lingerie in Exotic – Want to compare to other liquid lipsticks before getting rid of this one.
Day 15: Wet ‘n’ Wild Bare it All – Decluttered.  Too dry of a formula and I have the higher end dupe.
Day 16: Republic Nail Frida Kahlo in Viva – Decluttered/keeping for display possibly. Bought for the packaging and the formula is no good.
Day 16 (2): NYX High Voltage Lipstick in Flawless – Decluttered. Bad formula.
Day 17: Colourpop Lippie to Go in Cookie and Skimpy – Keeping but probably wouldn’t repurchase the tiny size.
Day 17 (2): Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip Liner in 10C Matte Raspberry – Keeping and would repurchase in other colors probably.
Day 18: Covergirl Katy Kat Matte in Catoure – Decluttered. Bought for the packaging and the formula is no good.
Day 18 (2): Urban Decay Matte Revolution in Bittersweet – Would repurchase!!!
Day 19: Republic Nail Frida Kahlo in Inspiracion – Decluttered/keeping for display possibly. Bought for the packaging and the formula is no good.
Day 20: NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Athens – Decluttered. Bad formula.
Day 20 (2): Urban Decay Matte Revolution in 1993 – Like a lot, but haven’t worn enough to decide if I would repurchase…
Day 21: Urban Decay Matte Revolution in Stark Naked – Like a lot, but haven’t worn enough to decide if I would repurchase…
Day 21 (2): MAC Velvet Teddy – Love and would repurchase.
Day 22: MAC Matte Lipstick in Matte Royal – Fun color, but probably would try out a different color if I use it up.
Day 22 (2): Colourpop Matte X Lippie Stix in Le Freak – Needs a lip liner to be able to apply appropriately.
Day 22 (3): Urban Decay Matte Revolution in Tilt – Great lipstick formula. Very bright!
Day 22 (4): Colourpop Crème Lippie Stix in Aquarius – Would repurchase. Nice easy color.
Day 22 (5): Pacifica Power of Love Natural Lipstick in Nudie Red – Would repurchase. Nice easy color.
Day 23: MAC Matte Lipstick in Kinda Sexy – Would repurchase. Nice matte lipstick.
Day 23 (2): Milani Amore Matte Lip Crème in Loved – Decluttered. Terrible smell.
Day 23 (3): Wet n Wild Velvet Matte Lip Color in Hickory Smoked – Decluttered. I don’t like the formula and the color isn’t what I wanted.
Day 23 (4): Too Faced Metallic Liquid Lip in Tutu – Decluttered. Bad color and formula.
Day 24: Colourpop Lippie To Go in Bound and Cami – Keeping and enjoying.
Day 25: MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Crème Cup – Like and would repurchase.
Day 26: Colourpop Lippie To Go in LBB and LBB – Keeping but not repurchase.
Day 27: Manna Kadar Lip Locked Priming Lipstick in Bliss – Keeping for now, but will be comparing to see if I have another lipstick I like better in the same color.
Day 27 (2): Wet N Wild Liquid Catsuit in Coral Corruption – Terrible formula. Decluttering.
Day 27 (3): Teeez Cosmetics Read My Lips Lipstick in Killing Me Softly – Formula does not work for me. Decluttered.
Day 27 (4): Pacifica Power of Love Natural Lipstick in Compassion Passion – Formula does not work for me with glitter in it. Decluttered.
Day 27 (5): Maybelline Color Sensational Shaping Lip Liner in Palest Pink – Color is terrible on me.
Day 28: MAC Frost Lipstick in Viva Glam IV – Still really like! Won’t repurchase as of now, but wears beautifully.
Day 29: Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Striking – Going to get rid of this… just don’t love it.
Day 30: Wet n Wild Lip Color Cashmere  533D – Enjoy this different color. Keeping it for its uniqueness!
Day 31: Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Elusive – Going to get rid of this… just don’t love it.
Day 32: MAC Matte Lipstick in Whirl – Really like this! A great color from MAC.
Day 33: NYX Professional Makeup Butter Lipstick in Ripe Berry – Keeping this, like the formula but would like to try in a different color eventually.
Day 34: Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Pepper – Really like, would repurchase.
Day 35: Bite Beauty Multistick in Almond – Enjoy quite a bit, would repurchase.
Day 36: MAC matte lipstick in Nouvelle Vogue – Really like this and have worn it every day for 30 days. A nice neutral pink nude.
Day 36 (2):Artist Atelier lipstick in Pink Pepper – LOVE THIS SO MUCH. Would repurchase!
Day 37: Lancôme Matte Shaker in Pink Power – Interesting formula, want to try more.
Day 37 (2): Iman matte lipstick in Indulge – Quite nice drugstore lipstick. Keeping.
Day 38: Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip in Knotty – Keeping, but don’t love so far.
Day 38 (2):Colourpop Crème Lippie Stix in Boys Town – Keeping, but probably wouldn’t repurchase due to huge amount of colourpop options to try…
Day 39: Colourpop x Alexis Ren Blotted lip in Exotic – Keeping, but don’t like as much as other color blotted lip I own.
Day 40: Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Jam – Keeping, but a little difficult to work with the color.
Day 40 (2): NYX Liquid Suede in Vintage – Keeping for now, like okay.
Day 41: Rimmel Kate lipstick in 107 – Keeping for now, like okay.
Day 42: Artist Atelier Rose Quartz – Keeping for now, like okay.
Day 43: MAC Satin lipstick in Twig – Like and keeping!
Day 43 (2): Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip in Strip – Keeping for now, like okay.
Day 44: Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dolce Vita – Like that it is a nice neutral color and keeping!
Day 44 (2): Tarte Tarteist Lip Paint in Birthday Suit – Like this a LOT and keeping!
Day 45: Colourpop Lippie Stix Matte X in Hotline – Keeping for now, like okay.
Day 45 (2): JCat Beauty Lip Tint – Keeping for now, like okay.
Day 46: MAC matte lipstick in Russian Red – Oldie and goodie!
Day 47: ELF Matte Lip Color in Wine – Keeping for now, like okay.
Day 47 (2): Fiona Stiles Color Impact Satin Lip Crayon in Zuma – Really love this.
Day 48: Nonie Creme Colour Prevails Classic Lip Duo in Vintage Rose –  This is a great purse lipstick!!
Day 49: Colourpop Lippie Stix Satin in Fetch – Keeping for now…
Day 50: ELF Matte Lip Color in Rich Red – decluttered
Day 51: NYX Cosmetics Extra Creamy Round Lipstick in 615A (???) – nice everyday color
Day 52: Colourpop Lippie Stix Matte in Date Mate – dry formula, but keeping for now. I like the color and the packaging lol
Day 53: Trestique Matte Lip Crayon in Chili Red – Like quite a bit! Keeping!
Day 53 (2): Cailyn Pure Lust Extreme Matte Tint + Velvet in Practicable – Really liked this liquid lipstick! Keeping.
Day 54: MAC Huggable Lipcolour in Cantonese Carnation – Nice sheer lipstick! Keeping!
Day 55: NYX Matte Lipstick in Whipped Caviar – one of my favorite drugstore formulas! Keeping.

A Lipstick a Day Challenge Part 7

Here is part 7 of my challenge!

Day 1: Artist Atelier Rose Quartz
Day 2: MAC Satin lipstick in Twig
Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip in Strip
Day 3: Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dolce Vita
Tarte Tarteist Lip Paint in Birthday Suit
Day 4: Colourpop Lippie Stix Matte X in Hotline
JCat Beauty Lip Tint
Day 5: MAC matte lipstick in Russian Red
Day 6: ELF Matte Lip Color in Wine
Fiona Stiles Color Impact Satin Lip Crayon in Zuma
Day 7: Nonie Creme Colour Prevails Classic Lip Duo in Vintage Rose
Running breakdown of current lipsticks:
Day 1: Bite Matte Crème Lip Crayon in Léché – Like a lot and would repurchase or try other colors
Day 2: Colourpop x Hello Kitty Konnichiwa – Okay, keep wearing but no repurchase
Day 3: Nars x Sarah Moon Matte Lipstick in Indecent Proposal – Would repurchase immediately and other colors in formula
Day 4: Urban Decay Sheer Liar Sheer Revolution Lipstick – Like a lot and would repurchase, but sad packaging is different now
Day 5: Colourpop x Hello Kitty Let’s Play – Would not repurchase, want to try wearing it again though and see how it looks with different makeup look (I think it was too bold for the minimal makeup I was wearing that day).
Day 6: Colourpop Parker – Would repurchase
Day 7: Colourpop x Alexis Ren Blotted Lip in Deja Vu – Like and will wear but no repurchase
Day 8: MAC Shy Shine – Great! Would repurchase!
Day 9: Bobbi Brown Sandwash Pink – Want to try again, but would not repurchase as of now. Don’t think I have a dupe for it though in my current collection.
Day 10: Colourpop Lippie Stix in Daydream – Like a lot and would probably repurchase if I had free shipping or a promo code 🙂
Day 11: Burt’s Bees Lipstick in Suede Splash – Like a lot, would repurchase if packaging was updated (otherwise I’m okay with other everyday lipsticks).
Day 12: Colourpop Creme Lippie Stix in Sure Thing – Would try other shades in same formula.
Day 13: MAC Retro Matte in Pandemonium – Would not repurchase, need to try with liner.
Day 14: MAC Huggable Lipcolor in Origami Orange – Would repurchase if still existed, and will definitely use up.
Day 14 (2): NYX Lip Lingerie in Exotic – Want to compare to other liquid lipsticks before getting rid of this one.
Day 15: Wet ‘n’ Wild Bare it All – Decluttered.  Too dry of a formula and I have the higher end dupe.
Day 16: Republic Nail Frida Kahlo in Viva – Decluttered/keeping for display possibly. Bought for the packaging and the formula is no good.
Day 16 (2): NYX High Voltage Lipstick in Flawless – Decluttered. Bad formula.
Day 17: Colourpop Lippie to Go in Cookie and Skimpy – Keeping but probably wouldn’t repurchase the tiny size.
Day 17 (2): Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip Liner in 10C Matte Raspberry – Keeping and would repurchase in other colors probably.
Day 18: Covergirl Katy Kat Matte in Catoure – Decluttered. Bought for the packaging and the formula is no good.
Day 18 (2): Urban Decay Matte Revolution in Bittersweet – Would repurchase!!!
Day 19: Republic Nail Frida Kahlo in Inspiracion – Decluttered/keeping for display possibly. Bought for the packaging and the formula is no good.
Day 20: NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Athens – Decluttered. Bad formula.
Day 20 (2): Urban Decay Matte Revolution in 1993 – Like a lot, but haven’t worn enough to decide if I would repurchase…
Day 21: Urban Decay Matte Revolution in Stark Naked – Like a lot, but haven’t worn enough to decide if I would repurchase…
Day 21 (2): MAC Velvet Teddy – Love and would repurchase.
Day 22: MAC Matte Lipstick in Matte Royal – Fun color, but probably would try out a different color if I use it up.
Day 22 (2): Colourpop Matte X Lippie Stix in Le Freak – Needs a lip liner to be able to apply appropriately.
Day 22 (3): Urban Decay Matte Revolution in Tilt – Great lipstick formula. Very bright!
Day 22 (4): Colourpop Crème Lippie Stix in Aquarius – Would repurchase. Nice easy color.
Day 22 (5): Pacifica Power of Love Natural Lipstick in Nudie Red – Would repurchase. Nice easy color.
Day 23: MAC Matte Lipstick in Kinda Sexy – Would repurchase. Nice matte lipstick.
Day 23 (2): Milani Amore Matte Lip Crème in Loved – Decluttered. Terrible smell.
Day 23 (3): Wet n Wild Velvet Matte Lip Color in Hickory Smoked – Decluttered. I don’t like the formula and the color isn’t what I wanted.
Day 23 (4): Too Faced Metallic Liquid Lip in Tutu – Decluttered. Bad color and formula.
Day 24: Colourpop Lippie To Go in Bound and Cami – Keeping and enjoying.
Day 25: MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Crème Cup – Like and would repurchase.
Day 26: Colourpop Lippie To Go in LBB and LBB – Keeping but not repurchase.
Day 27: Manna Kadar Lip Locked Priming Lipstick in Bliss – Keeping for now, but will be comparing to see if I have another lipstick I like better in the same color.
Day 27 (2): Wet N Wild Liquid Catsuit in Coral Corruption – Terrible formula. Decluttering.
Day 27 (3): Teeez Cosmetics Read My Lips Lipstick in Killing Me Softly – Formula does not work for me. Decluttered.
Day 27 (4): Pacifica Power of Love Natural Lipstick in Compassion Passion – Formula does not work for me with glitter in it. Decluttered.
Day 27 (5): Maybelline Color Sensational Shaping Lip Liner in Palest Pink – Color is terrible on me.
Day 28: MAC Frost Lipstick in Viva Glam IV – Still really like! Won’t repurchase as of now, but wears beautifully.
Day 29: Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Striking – Going to get rid of this… just don’t love it.
Day 30: Wet n Wild Lip Color Cashmere  533D – Enjoy this different color. Keeping it for its uniqueness!
Day 31: Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Elusive – Going to get rid of this… just don’t love it.
Day 32: MAC Matte Lipstick in Whirl – Really like this! A great color from MAC.
Day 33: NYX Professional Makeup Butter Lipstick in Ripe Berry – Keeping this, like the formula but would like to try in a different color eventually.
Day 34: Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Pepper – Really like, would repurchase.
Day 35: Bite Beauty Multistick in Almond – Enjoy quite a bit, would repurchase.
Day 36: MAC matte lipstick in Nouvelle Vogue – Really like this and have worn it every day for 30 days. A nice neutral pink nude.
Day 36 (2):Artist Atelier lipstick in Pink Pepper – LOVE THIS SO MUCH. Would repurchase!
Day 37: Lancôme Matte Shaker in Pink Power – Interesting formula, want to try more.
Day 37 (2): Iman matte lipstick in Indulge – Quite nice drugstore lipstick. Keeping.
Day 38: Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip in Knotty – Keeping, but don’t love so far.
Day 38 (2):Colourpop Crème Lippie Stix in Boys Town – Keeping, but probably wouldn’t repurchase due to huge amount of colourpop options to try…
Day 39: Colourpop x Alexis Ren Blotted lip in Exotic – Keeping, but don’t like as much as other color blotted lip I own.
Day 40: Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Jam – Keeping, but a little difficult to work with the color.
Day 40 (2): NYX Liquid Suede in Vintage – Keeping for now, like okay.
Day 41: Rimmel Kate lipstick in 107 – Keeping for now, like okay.
Day 42: Artist Atelier Rose Quartz – Keeping for now, like okay.
Day 43: MAC Satin lipstick in Twig – Like and keeping!
Day 43 (2): Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip in Strip – Keeping for now, like okay.
Day 44: Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dolce Vita – Like that it is a nice neutral color and keeping!
Day 44 (2): Tarte Tarteist Lip Paint in Birthday Suit – Like this a LOT and keeping!
Day 45: Colourpop Lippie Stix Matte X in Hotline – Keeping for now, like okay.
Day 45 (2): JCat Beauty Lip Tint – Keeping for now, like okay.
Day 46: MAC matte lipstick in Russian Red – Oldie and goodie!
Day 47: ELF Matte Lip Color in Wine – Keeping for now, like okay.
Day 47 (2): Fiona Stiles Color Impact Satin Lip Crayon in Zuma – Really love this.
Day 48: Nonie Creme Colour Prevails Classic Lip Duo in Vintage Rose –  This is a great purse lipstick!!