Yes, it is that time of year when most people create a laundry list of resolutions that not only depress them and make them feel unaccomplished, but also add to the paper clutter.  Let’s face it, I have done it time and time before and about two years ago I decided that instead of the “resolution” route I would aim to have a “goal” or better yet – a challenge.  I am no short of making those “lose weight by Spring” and “save enough money for a trip” resolution people but this year I figured I would change things and focus an important challenge on my makeup spending.  After working on my yearly January Purge of the household items and including my makeup stash, I realized… “Wow – I have a lot of makeup!”  Of course, I knew this information – but when I had it all laid out in front of me, I couldn’t help but feel overwhelmed and out of breath.  And, I didn’t even spend much on makeup last year – so I couldn’t fathom where it all came from.

Makeup Spending Challenge - The Dreaded No Buy, no spend, makeup haul,

Who needs 50 plus makeup palettes (most of which probably have the same or similar eye shadow shades) and over 200 lipsticks?  Well, up until today – I did, or at least I thought I did.  Each year and several times a year I purge my makeup, but this time it seemed out of control and I was disappointed with myself.  As a blogger, especially one who blogs about beauty products, you can find yourself wrapped up in all the pretty shimmer and sparkle.  Sometimes I’m completely entranced by the new packaging – Too Faced gets me on that every time, or sparkle and shimmer for the eye lid, yup – ColourPop’s to blame for that one.  There are so many reasons why buying makeup is so fun and besides, I’m the only girl in my house and I want to embrace that chic, girly and flirty side that makes me feel feminine.  But, as I pack up a bunch of unused cosmetics that are being donated to the Women’s Shelter and saying goodbye to the makeup I’m handing over to friends and family, I am starting to realize that “Enough is enough!”

“Whether I’m wearing lots of makeup or no makeup, I’m always the same person inside.” – Lady Gaga

I literally can hear the lady at my local Sephora sobbing in tears as I am typing my revelation, hahaha! Don’t get me wrong, I will still purchase makeup if I feel like it’s something I’ll need – like Mascara, that’s something you use up and throw out after a few months.  Or, if it’s something I really want.  But, I won’t be stalking ColourPop’s Instagram page and Urban Decay’s Facebook waiting for the next release to feed my addiction as a makeup lover.  As a blogger who writes about beauty products, this may be a challenge, but I will be smart about it and make it work!

Now let’s be honest and real for a minute.  Committing to not buy any makeup for the entire year of 2016 is literally like saying I won’t eat pizza – which is my favorite food and impossible.  But I can be realistic and do it in waves.  So I think my challenge will be to break up the challenge into quarters – every three months.  This way it will allow me to reflect every couple of months on how the challenge is going and what needs to be done to accomplish my goal.

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I’ll be taking part in this challenge with my friend Beth from  Together we will encourage one another to stick to our goal/challenge and keep one another on track.  We each agreed that we would build a wishlist of items that we’ve had our eyes and minds set on (we’ll list it here in our posts) and do our best to keep to it. Each quarter we will update and make a new post outlining what we spend on makeup purchases and what we bought. This way we are not quitting cold turkey but will not buy frivolously.

My wishlist of items:

  • Too Faced Peanut Butter & Jelly Palette
  • Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette
  • Too Faced Sweet Hearts Bronzer
  • Too Faced Sweet Hearts Blush – peach

Pretty much everything listed right now is from Too Faced Cosmetic’s Spring and Summer Collections for 2016.  I may add or delete some products but the goal of this is to stay within the lines of what my wish list is and not buy on a whim.  I will also purchase eye liners and mascaras since I go through those very quickly.   Should other releases or other products become available, I may add to this list, but again – it’s about keeping it all under control and not buying “just because”.  Each quarter I will stop in and update with a post that  states what I may have purchased and if I did buy any of my wishlist items.  My friend Beth and I will each do this together to not only be a great support, but to help challenge one another.

What’s not included:  Sponsored Products, Press Samples, Gift Cards or Gifts and The Basics

It’s obvious that as a blogger I receive Press Samples and samples as a part of Sponsored posts.  Since these are sent to me and I do not pay for it out of my own pocket, they are not counted or included.  Gift Cards or gifts will not be counted since they were provided to me as a gift.  The basics include my mascara, eye liners and other things that I use consistently, repurchase often and most the time are drugstore or affordable.  Each quarter I will list any purchases I have made that are not a part of my wish list as well as the cost of each.  This will help me keep a running tally of how much I’m spending as well as allow me to keep motivated.

Some may be asking what this may mean for the blog?  Well, everything will be the same.  Well, if you read my post “This Life I Love“, then this challenge will be absolutely perfect because it will also challenge me to focus my blog on all the things I love, not just makeup.  I consider that a win win!  So what about you, will you be joining myself and my friend Beth on our Makeup Spending Challenge journey?  If you do, be sure to comment on each post letting us know how you plan to accomplish your goals and how you did each quarter – we’ll be very excited to see.  Wish us luck!

Also – be sure to stop by my friend Beth’s blog (click this link) to read about her Makeup Challenge and her wishlist.


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The Beauty Council

Once again, the Beauty Council brings to you another fun post.  This time around we are talking about some of our favorite beauty buys for Fall.  Fall is my favorite time of the year so I’m always looking forward to preparing my favorite beauty goods when this time approaches.  Some of my favorite colors to use whether it be for eye shadow or lips is burgundy and berry shades, wines and purples and of course… gorgeous oranges, golds and plums.  Narrowing down this list was near to impossible because if I had my way, my list would be endless, but I tried to grab the items that I know I’ll pull for the most this Fall and those I know that I will probably rock out consistently.  As I mentioned previously, this post is brought to you in collaboration with my girlies from the Beauty Council, so be sure to check out their links below and see what made the cut for them.

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DermOrganic Leave-In Spray Therapy ($20.00 / 3.4 fl oz) Summer months tend to do some damage on my hair so when it comes to fall, I’m constantly repairing my hair.  Fall is also the time of year when I tend to darken my hair or go red or purple so because of this a good leave-in condition or hair therapy is mandatory and I suggest it to anyone like myself who has very curly hair.

Malin+Goetz Dark Rum EDT ($150.00 / 3.4 fl oz) Fall months call for richer and deeper notes when it comes to fragrance and one of my all time favorites is the rich scent of Dark Rum from Malin+Goetz.  This scent is definitely a splurge when bought in full size but the scent is entrancing.  What I love about this is that it is complimentary for both men and women and can be paired with some of your favorite perfumes for a unique scent.  Fragrance is a favorite and must have of mine and if I really had to choose a scent, it would be this one.

Milani Color Statement Nail Lacquer in Enchanted Garnet ($4.00) I tend to use nudes and deep dark colors during the Fall months and a new release that I have been loving lately is this Enchanted Garnet from Milani.  If you love reds or dark deep shades, you will love this shade and should add it to your Fall “to buy” list.  It’s not only an affordable selection and from the drug store, it offers great pigment, rich color and is gorgeous.

Olay Total Effects 7 in One CC Cream ($20.00 / 1.7 fl oz) & Be Delectable Coconut and Cream Hand Cream ($10.00 / 4 fl oz)  My skin is very sensitive and I get eczema flare ups from time to time so I’m always in need of great moisture.  Olay’s CC Cream which is newly released is awesome to provide SPF and a great airbrushed finish to my face.  I love that it is light weight and feels wonderful on the skin but is also a perfect addition for those “fresh faced” looks.  Be Delectable’s Coconut and Cream Hand Cream is also a favorite for on the go and all the time to keep my skin moisturized and soft.  It smells absolutely wonderful and delicious and keeps my skin hydrated and moisturized all day long through the colder months.

Fall Beauty Buys

YSL Rouge Volupte Lipstick in Forbidden Burgundy ($35.00), Milani’s Color Statement Lipstick in Black Cherry ($5.49) and L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paint in Daring ($4.99) Like I mentioned previously, I love love burgundy, wine, mauve and purple tones and especially on the lips.  I think it is always great to have a selection that includes affordable and high end brands to create luscious and gorgeous lips on the fly.  I absolutely love this selection and it was definitely difficult to narrow it down considering I had quite a selection to choose from.

I love daring eye shadow looks and smoky eyes year round, but I always make sure to have staples in my collection during the Fall months.  Again, burgundy’s and wine’s, plums and purples and bronze and gold shades are favorites to create stunning eye looks.  Two eye shadow palettes I know I’ll be pulling for this Fall season is the Lorac Pro 2 Palette ($42.00) and the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette ($49.00).  While I know that I will be incorporating different shades for show stopping eye looks, these offer a range I can easily use and create every smoky eye imaginable.  What I love is that these palettes can be used year round, not just for fall.

Of course, I had to include a few wish list items…  I had to include these two choices that I’m lusting over and looking forward to picking up soon.

The newly released Limited Edition Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette. Oh my gosh – it’s so beautiful and I need it. Considering I don’t own any of the single blushes, I just know I need to get my hands on this palette ASAP and before it sells out.

The Lorac Mega Pro Palette.  Ladies and Gents, this is not an illusion and I can’t wait for October for this palette to come out and be available for sale.  This is another added to my wish list and my “to buy” list before it sells out.

I hope this little list of goodies gave you some ideas of great buys for Fall shopping.  I listed a few of my must haves and a few that I’ve been lusting over.  Don’t forget to check out what the lovely ladies of The Beauty Council have on their lists as well and head on over to check it out. 🙂  Have a fabulous day!

Signature Honey

Anyone who knows me – knows I’m a makeup brush addict.  Well, a makeup addict in general, but really – I have quite a huge selection of Makeup Brushes and Sigma Beauty offers some of the best on the Market today.  I have tried makeup brushes from many many companies, MAC, Bare Minerals, Lancome, Estee Lauder, Sedona Lace, ELF – the list goes on and on.  But I still find myself pulling at some of my favorite Sigma Brushes and it was the first thing that came to mind when I was building my Holiday Wish List.

Recently Sigma released their Advanced Artistry Set.  I was truly bummed that I haven’t yet had the opportunity to get my hands on the set yet, but it’s on my wishlist and I can’t wait to get it. #determined

Advanced Artistry Set – $175.00

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The first brush I ever received from Sigma Beauty was the E25 Blending Brush.  Having been a fan of MAC brushes for many years, this brush amazed me and I still use my E25 brush today.  Many of said to come close and many have, but after 3 years and a lot of washing and sanitizing – my Sigma E25 has been awesome and held up to the abuse.  I added this to my wishlist but I need like 3 of them at least, it’s my favorite and such a universal brush.

E25 Blending Brush – 18K Gold $15.00


The Perfect Blend Kit – $63.00

If I really had to choose one of the Artistry sets to select as an ideal gift, honestly – the Perfect Blending Kit would be my choice.  The brushes look very unusual from what we are used to seeing on the market – but that is what intrigues me so much.  Could these be the brushes that I need in my Brush Arsenal to create better looks then what I do now?  I won’t know until I try it out and I’m determined to try these out soon.


Performance Eyes Kit – $75.00

Everyone I know, knows I am a eye makeup addict.  Out of everything in my collection, eye shadows are my favorites and therefore, I really really want to try out this kit.  The Performance Eyes Kit is supposed to be a kit that will really be perfect to create any eye look and this is a kit I have had my eyes on for a while now.  #needit


As a makeup lover – I believe that your tools is what allows you to be as good as you are.  It’s not a requirement of course, some people just have kick ass skill but your tools like your brushes really top it all off.  I have been a lover of Sigma Beauty brushes for over 3 years and I look forward to trying them all out.  What’s on your Wishlist for Sigma?  Do you have any special products you would like to try?  Let me know in the comments below.

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Eeek… Are you a VIB for Sephora and have you been watching the website like a hawk as I have the last few days?  I have been watching the items that I have on my “love” list the last few days trying to decide what I wanted to pick up without spending such a psychotic amount of money when I check out.  Let’s face it… I know I’m not the only one.  I seriously took on major stalker status the last 2 days… but I placed my order earlier today (thanks to my hubby) and can’t wait for my order to arrive.

I had quite a few expensive items on my list… and some of my favorites sold out from right under me in a matter of minutes of me adding it to my shopping cart – like the Hourglass Ambient Palette.  So I have to wait for that to be back in stock again (hopefully).  I also missed out on the Laura Mercier Artists Pro Palette (again) and I know I probably won’t see if back again before the holidays.  I missed out on the first palette last year too.  It’s my fault, I always think it will be there and rather not spend my money on it right away. lol

So here is my initial Wish List.  I did pick up a few from the list which I am so excited to try.

I ordered the following items:

Too Faced Joy To the Girls Palette

Too Faced A Few of My Favorite Things

I also got an Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick and the Buxom 15 Set Mini Lippies

The other items will stay on my “Loves” list until I decide they are important enough for me to get or until I actually see them come back into stock.  I am pretty happy with myself though… because it is pretty difficult for me to actually walk away from Makeup.  After placing my order today – I made a mental note that I need to truly behave.  After the purchase of the Kat Von D Spellbinding Palette and the Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette, I think I am done for the rest of the year… or at least, I’m going to do my best to try.

Are you a VIB?  If so use code: VIBTOPIA at check out to get 20% off your order or head on over to a Sephora near you.

What is on your list to buy or your Holiday wishlist?  I would love to know.

Leave me a comment below and tell me what you have your eyes on.

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