I thought I would use the word GOALS instead of resolutions since these never stick anyway. Goals seem more empowering, don’t you think? Beauty-wise, 2017 has been the most interesting year ever: due to my low-buy (look at that, a resolution that worked 😉), I managed to purchase only 3 products from January to the end of October 2017! Then, the VIB sale came and although I did some serious damage, I only bought the items that I needed or REALLY wanted! That transitional year needed to happen since my makeup & skincare collection was ridiculously out of control.
2017 was also the Year of Decluttering: to get rid of 80% of my entire collection was eye opening to say the least. I now enjoy my small (but practical) collection composed of products that I LOVE and that work for me. Still, when BeardMan looks at our bathroom cupboards or vanity, he still thinks that I have a ton of stuff but, now, he can get out of the shower without stepping on a brush, a box of unplaced products or Sephora bags still untouched…
Here are my 5 Beauty Goals for 2018
Quality over Quantity
I don’t want to accumulate a large makeup & skincare collection EVER AGAIN. I was disgusted when I had to throw in the GARBAGE thousands of dollars of barely used beauty products and I SWORE it would never happen.
No More than 5 Items in the Same Category
The makeup addict that I am will still want the best of the best cruelty-free products but my goal is, at the end of the year, to own no more than 5 items in a same category (Smaller/Deluxe formats don’t count). The only exception is for eyeshadow palettes; I don’t think I can declutter as much to only have five left.
Declutter further More
Since I just mentioned the D word again, I need to declutter at least 10% of my collection. If I want to achieve my goal to only have 5 products in each category, this new wave of decluttering needs to happen and I frankly can’t wait to do it.
Stay Away from the Sales
When reflecting on how I accumulated so much stuff in the past, I always reach the same conclusion: it’s not because it’s on sale that I need to buy 10. I swear I had no need to buy any shampoos, bath products or body creams for the last 3 years and I still don’t believe that in 2018, I will achieve using all the products that have been gathering dust in my bathroom. One backup product is PLENTY and I’m ok with paying the full price if needed instead of pilling products! Anyway, I always want to try new stuff anyway…
Note: Oniomania?!? Does that ring a bell? Oniomania, from greek words Onios – For Sale & Mania – Insanity, more commonly known as Compulsive Buyer Disorder, is characterized by an obsession with buying and shopping…
Writing the Purchase Date on Every Product
I absolutely need to write a purchase date on all makeup & skincare items to remind myself to use them or to know when to throw them out. Even if I don’t always follow the expiration guide on makeup products, I don’t want to apply something I had for more than 3 years for makeup and one year for skincare. Now, I try my very best to choose skincare that have an expiration date on it so it’s easier to rotate between products.
As you can see, I’ve adopted my minimalist “Beauty” collection with serenity and enthusiasm. Seriously, I can’t wait to buy a new eyeshadow palette every year, use it up as much as I can, throw it out and purchase another one for the following year. In 2017, decluttering the first item was the worst but after that first step, I couldn’t stop decluttering. My new MOTTO is: If I haven’t use an item for the past 6 months, it’s maybe time to declutter it!
Disclaimer: If you are wondering why I throw all this makeup in the garbage it’s simply because no family members or friends wanted them. 95% don’t wear makeup and the ones that do are still stuck with the load of products I gave away the year before. I also tried to donate it to charity but all women organizations that I’ve contacted don’t take “used” beauty products! This is the sad part about my decluttering…