As I promised in my 2017 resolutions post, I’m going to update this blog with everything beauty-related I’ve bought in a month. I ended up spending more than I would have liked on beauty-related purchases, but I’ll be honest: knowing that I would have to publicly share what I bought and how much I spent helped me stay accountable and limit my purchases to stuff I really “needed.”
I actually purchased the above from the above from the Sephora website during the last week of December when the sephora collection total age defy cream for eyes & lips came into stock, on sale, and I got a notification email. I had wanted it because I liked the idea of a multipurpose cream for travel, and it had good reviews. I really like it – it’s extremely hydrating for the wintertime – but in retrospect, it was really unnecessary considering how many lip balms I have. I haven’t used any of the foil samples I got with it yet. Although I bought it in December, I’m going to count it for January because it went through on my credit card in January. Total spent: $11.98.
(Side note: I also returned two powder products to MAC in December and got a credit for $49.00, and although the return credit didn’t come through until January, I won’t count it because I made the decision to return the two powders at the very beginning of December and just delayed mailing them out. It also feels like cheating somehow!).
The most boring thing ever. I got a bunch of z-palette magnets from Amazon because I needed new ones because the ones I had in my z-palette were losing their magnetism and the eyeshadow pans were falling out. Total Spent: $8.26.
Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Liquid is becoming a necessary staple in my skincare routine – it’s a lightweight liquid that hydrates the dry, dehydrated parts of my face (around my nose and chin) during the winter. I used up a full-size last spring and bought a 1 oz mini as part of a set from the Sephora fall sale in November and already managed to use it up by the beginning of January. I thought about buying a supposed dupe that was cheaper, but I read mixed reviews about whether they were actually dupes or not, and decided to just go for it. Like many Asian beauty products, it’s cheaper on Amazon. Total spent: $28.89.
I bought the CosRx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence from Amazon at the same time I purchased the Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Liquid, even though I didn’t really need it, because I’ve been wanting to introduce more Asian beauty products into my skincare routine and I kept on reading amazing reviews of this product. I’ve only used this a few times since getting it, and it’s very, very hydrating and nice for dry winter skin, although it remains to be seen whether it does more than that. Total spent: $14.99.
This is probably the purchase I am the most ambivalent about. Ulta had a 20% off sale on Saturday, and mostly out of boredom, I bought a couple of things I’ve been “needing,” and ended up spending more than I probably would have otherwise in order to get free shipping. The package just arrived today so I don’t have reviews. My skin has been feeling dry/dehydrated partway through the day, so I bought the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herb, and Rosewater to keep at work. I couldn’t decide between the Urban Decay Chill Cooling and Hydrating Makeup Setting Spray (which seems like a hydrating setting spray) and the NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray (which seems like it will set with a dewy finish but not necessarily hydrating? IDK, I’m probably over-justifying these purchases!), plus NYX was BOGO 50% off… so I bought both, along with the NYX Matte Bronzer in Deep Tan (which is one of the few products I am “allowed” to buy according to my no-buy rules this year, since I have just one [which is a repurposed too-orange face powder] and have hit major pan on it). The mini sephora compact I keep at work went missing somehow, so I got the Hot Tools Compact Mirror to keep at work, as well as the Danielle 3-Way Mirror which seems convenient for travel since you can stand it up, hang it, or hold it, and this way I won’t need to carry around a palette for a mirror. As samples, I got an Olay Regenerist Moisturizer foil sample (which seems ok) and a mini Aquaphor, which is actually very convenient for my travel bag. Total spent: $55.72.
So the total I spent in January is…. $119.84, which is insane for a month in which I “feel” like I didn’t spend a lot! If I were to spend that amount every month, I would definitely cross the limit I set for myself this year. I don’t expect to spend as much in the next few months, though, since I have the hydrating skincare I need to get through the winter. I do have to keep myself accountable and not make online purchases just because there’s a sale, though. I hope to re-channel my energy when I’m bored into cooking and exercising, two always-goals that didn’t really get worked on much this month. Besides, now that I’ve bought this stuff… there’s really not much else I will be able to purchase this year while sticking to the rules of my low-buy.