It’s hard to admit failure sometimes. Especially when that failure is more of a shade of grey and less black or white. I’m ending my no-buy year for makeup. When I came to this conclusion I was really torn. I should just stick it out. But what will people say? Am I worrying too much about this?
So here’s the dealio – Honestly, the past several months, I’ve been fine picking things out of my collection to use on a daily basis. I have a much larger than typical collection. I get that. Too much for the average lady. I get that, too. But here’s the other thing; I kind of play with makeup for a job. As a blogger and YouTuber I test things out. I scope out awesome products. I figure out what’s worth the money and what’s not worth the money. I looked past that when I set out on this year-long makeup capsule adventure.
At the exact same time that I decided to do the makeup capsule experiment, I decided to really narrow the focus of my blog on makeup and beauty. I’m laughing at myself, really, because those two things just don’t even go hand in hand.
I’ve really been feeling stuck in 2015 over the past 3.25 months (Yes, I’m counting). There have been so many new products that I seriously couldn’t tell you anything about because I’ve avoided Ulta and Sephora like the plague. That may be totally fine for me, Jaelan, but for Making Mrs. M I feel like it’s just not the right decision for me. And, since Jaelan IS Making Mrs. M… I need to make a change and get with it in 2016.
So, I plan to continue the monthly makeup capsules, but I’m taking out the “no spend” portion of my guidelines. I think that this transition back into “purchasing mode” will help me be really thoughtful about the items I choose. My goal is to purchase products that I think others want to know about. I don’t plan to go overboard. I won’t buy it all. But, I do think it’s imperative to the live of this little beauty blog that I try new things.
I hope you all understand. I’m a person, just as you are, and I have failures, too. So many more than what you see here.
In the spirit of ending this no-buy year 8.75 months early, I’ve comprised a little list of things on my wish list:
I’ve wanted an HOURGLASS Ambient Lighting powder for as long as I can remember. They’re pricey, so I’ve passed, but I’d love to own one. It’s still such a hot product, so I think I’d be able to share some constructive thoughts about it, too. Win-Win. I’m thinking about Ethereal light.
The Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette has pretty much taken over the online beauty community. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve heard, “but how does it compare to Shade + Light?” or, “… you know, it’s better than the Kat Von D contour palette.”
I don’t know how it compares, and I don’t know that it’s better than the Kat Von D Contour Palette because I haven’t even swatched one! Sheesh. I want to see what all the hype is over. I’ve heard great things, but I’ll be the judge of that.
The NYX Contour Kit. Holy smokes. That thing has exploded, too. I’d really like to compare it to what I have already. I don’t think I need to buy two contour palettes right now, so I’ll probably hold off on the NYX one.
I’ve been wanting/needing a more full coverage foundation. I love my IT Cosmetics CC+ cream, but it’s not a full coverage foundation. I’ve been really intrigued by the Milani 2 in 1 Foundation. I’m excited to give it a try, maybe.
And, I need another lipstick like I need a hole in my boot, but I’d really like to try the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks.
I hope you aren’t completely disappointed that I didn’t make it a year. I still think I did fairly well, and I learned some valuable lessons. I now know that more does not equal better. I also know that makeup is something that gives me joy, and trying new makeup and talking about new makeup also gives me joy… and can we really put a price tag on that?
I’ve been avoiding Ulta and Sephora like the plague, so inquiring minds want to know (mine!): What has been your favorite makeup purchase this year?