Sunday, December 30th, 2012

Temptalia Asks You


Are you making any beauty-related resolutions for the new year? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerI think I make the same one every year: review more products, be better about timing, find ways to be more efficient.

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54 thoughts on “Are you making any beauty-related resolutions for the new year?

  1. Avatar of Esther Esther

    I want to try more, in terms of different things rather than number. Shades I’ve never tried, products I haven’t looked into, etc. There’s a lot out there, and I think I’m in a small rut. I know what I like, and that’s good, but exploring can lead to new favorites!

  2. Avatar of Amy xamyx

    I’m going to only buy products I *really* want, and stick to a list. I’m also going to allow myself a set amount of cash each month, and what I don’t spend will roll over. This way, I’ll curb my impulse buying a bit-hopefully… I plan to start in February, though, as I’m really considering the LORAC Pro palette my next trip to the mall.

  3. In past years, I’ve made beauty resolutions (gloss out, project ten pan)… I’m not making any personal beauty resolutions this year (though I probably will do a project ten pan at some point), aside from just continuing to really use and enjoy what I own rather than buy buy buy. I think starting my own blog has been helpful on that front, because with each product review, you’re really focusing on using and assessing the product… being broke ‘helped’ too ;) But my beauty resolutions are all related to my blog – writing more efficiently, experimenting with different types of posts, figuring out an ideal lighting setup, getting the forum up, etc.

  4. Stephanie

    Finish or hit pan on half of my makeup, buy more efficiently, dare to try more looks, improve my makeup skills, stop compulsively buying, buy more clothes that fit me, dare to wear my own style.

  5. Wear more make-up, even if it’s just for practice! Also, start budgeting my make-up purchases properly — This one is going to be harder than the former. x_X

  6. Xamyx, I really like the monthly budget that rolls over idea. I started that partway through this year and it was a really good exercise in deciding what I really wanted. It was always ‘do I buy this stuff now or save up and spurge in a few months time?’.

    My aim (at least until September) is to buy only what I absolutely need! No if’s, no but’s, no ‘it’s new!’, no ‘that might be better for my skin’. Also finishing as many products as I can, to help that goal along. I’m hopefully going on exchange in September to Canada and the US, so the money saving is important, but I also know I’ll fail at point number one while I’m there, so if I can clear out as much space as possibly, I won’t feel so guilty when I stock up on new stuff!

    I also want to cement a set of essential products, partly so I know what to bring with me on exchange. As much as I don’t want to get stuck in a style rut, I’d much rather minimise my selection that waste money expanding it just to try things out.

    Oh, and I desperately need to organise my makeup properly (and find a way to do so that costs next to nothing)!

  7. Lisa J

    I’m making the same one I made last year…stop buying so much makeup!! I’m trying to use products I already have. Much of it has been sitting in my collection for a while, totally neglected. My resolution is to stop buying so much, use what I have and put the saved money away. I’m planning to return to school to finish my degree in 2013 (finally!!) and the extra money could really come in handy.

    I recently reorganized my collection and vanity and doing a little rough math in my head, I was actually blown away by just how much was spent over the last few years!

    Hopefully 2013 works out better than 2012 did :P

    • Lisa J

      Oh, I forgot. Be consistent with my skincare, too! I try so many new products that my skin doesn’t really have time to adjust. About two months ago, I started a more consistent regimen and I’ve noticed a difference in my skin. It’s calmer, clearer and I think happier! Continuing that is my other beauty resolution! :)

  8. JEN

    My new years resolution is to FINISH my skin care products or any makeup product for that matter before buying more and more.

  9. Arrow

    Hi, Christine,
    this is not a resolution but a comment on yours.
    I think you are doing an absolutely amazing job already.
    Yours is the best beauty blog. Plenty of in-depth reviews, honest opinions, superb pictures, etc.
    It must involve an incredible amount of time, and I cannot fathom how you had time to finish your studies and plan a wedding with all this.
    So, thanks for a year of very enjoyable reading!
    A

  10. r0saL1n3

    Use up all my beauty products before I buy any more makeup!!! I should put myself on a no-buy makeup ban! There’s too much stuff going to waste because this year so many great products came out and I got got all googly eyes and buy, buy, buy. Okay, No new makeup buys in 2013! (How long will I last?)

  11. Avatar of Elaine Laineebridges

    Yep. Stop reading this blog so I won’t want to buy any more makeup!! :) Ah no i’ll keep reading the blog but I”m really gonna try not buy makeup unless I run out of something that I need.

  12. Audrey

    Yes I am! I’m planning on expirimenting with make up colors, and getting healthy…. Just today went grocery shopping for some better food choices, and planning to work out more

  13. EB

    buy less. a lot less. use up what i have. i have so many dupes of the same shades, it’s ridiculous. i also want to be a lot smarter about what i buy and focus more on skincare. i’m turning 30 next year and need to find the best and most effective skin care. i’m not about to have a wrinklely ass face by my mid 30s like some of my cousins because they were just so damn cheap that they wouldn’t invest in any sort of skin care, drugstore or high end.

  14. Clara

    I only want to buy 10 makeup items per month. At the moment, I buy about 20 per month.
    It’s not that I can’t afford it, but in my job I can’t wear eyeshadow and lipstick, so many of my color cosmetics only get use on weekends.
    Plus, I want to reduce my blush stash.

  15. Avatar of Tigerlily Tigerlily

    To only purchase products I really love and will want to use regularly!

    To do this I created an Excel file with all the beauty/skin care/hair care products I own. I assessed how much and why I do/don’t enjoy each of them. That way I am hoping to find the magical combination to what makes me want to use and even repurchase certain products ;-)

  16. AMANDA

    First off I just want to say that your resolution totally benefits all of us :) You’re awesome Christine and I think I can speak for everyone that visits Temptalia.com when I say that we appreciate all that you do to help us looking beautiful!

    My beauty resolution this year is definitely to use up some product! I have “hoarded” quite a bit and really need to use some of it up before I buy more. It’s so hard though, when there are so many “limited edition” items I feel like I just HAVE to go get it!

    Maybe I will only buy if it has an A+ grade :)

  17. Zainab

    Get better at using makeup. I’d just like to be confident in my skills rather than worrying it looks garish. Also no more eye shadows! Though I’m going to try one Nars product, then no more.

  18. Avatar of Mariella Mariella

    Probably not what I should be posting on a makeup blog but my resolution is to buy less and use more of what I have. Honestly, every single one of my eye shadows looks brand new…that’s how little they get used. I’ve a lot of makeup that I really love but keep buying more and putting aside “last week’s love” and, as I’ve said here before, the mental clutter of it all is sort of overwhelming me. Of course, I keep saying this and then I see something new and – BAM – it’s in my bag and on the way home with me. I am weak! I hope to be a bit stronger!

  19. I have two… the first is to find a great skincare routine so I’m trying out the oil cleansing method for a while. And second, I’m doing my cousin’s wedding makeup in June so I need to brush up on my skills before then.

    Happy New Year everyone!

  20. Nicole

    I plan to use more lipsticks, because I bought about 7 new ones, but finished none. I have to work on that.
    I hope to find another Eyes to Kill Silk Eyeshadows by Armani, who I can wear everyday and don’t buy too many new eye shadows.

    I think I will do another project 3 lips, or project 5 lips to reduce my lip products. This year I started to set monthly goals what to buy and how many products to finish. This worked pretty well for the last month. I hope do continue that in 2013.

  21. This past year, I thought of a few specific brands I wanted to try and went for it, which proved to be a good idea. So this year, I’ve come up with a few other brands I want to get to know in order to broaden my horizons.

    I’ve also decided that I need to do something about my lipsticks and glosses. I adore lip products but have too many, so I’m trying to come up with a reasonable target for finishing lipsticks during the year, particularly within certain colour groups that I just don’t wear that often (oranges and corals always look so pretty on my hand…)

  22. Vanilla

    I also like Xamyx’s roll over monthly budget idea. I have way too much make up so I’d like to finish what I already have first before purchasing more. The roll over budget might help me stop from spending on new products here and there to “try” things that come out, but save up and splurge on more expensive beauty products I really want, like Giorgio Armani eyes to kill or Burberry blushes and lipsticks I’ve had my eyes on, but never had the money to buy. We’ll see how that goes!

  23. Avatar of Mindy Smith AZSunshine

    Mine to to drastically cut back on my spending and enjoy what I already have more

  24. Chel

    Organization is my goal for the year!

  25. Katie

    My resolution is “less is more”. Thanks to your blog I have narrowed down my needs to the essentials, threw out everything I wasn’t using, made a few (tested) purchases over Christmas for things which I actually need.

  26. Alexis J.

    Bought my last products for the year and now I’m on a no buy (save for foundation and mascara). I’m excited to see how long I can go!

  27. Kelly

    My goal is to work on perfecting my cat eye with gel liner. I also plan on only buying things that I truly love and will definitely use and not let sit in my drawer which is soooo sad.

  28. Avatar of hazel Hazel

    I will not match my eye shadow palette to the clothes I am wearing. It’s just too easy when getting ready to reach for the greens if I have on green, the purple/lavenders if I am wearing blue or purples, the neutrals if I am wearing oatmeal/taupe/browns. I don’t really think I’m doing it on purpose, it just occurs to me that pretty lavender shadow applied sparingly might perk up my hazel eyes when I’m wearing a light blue sweater, etc…..

  29. My goal this year is to work on keeping my skin healthy and clear so I don’t have to wear foundations, concealers, and powders everyday.

  30. Avatar of rossella rossella

    My resolution? getting convinced that I don’t need loads and loads of make up, especially if I use very few things and not every day!!
    I’d need two lifes!
    Maybe more.

  31. Avatar of rebecca blueraccoon

    Spend less and buy only products I’ll actually *use* :) I have a lot of eyeshadow that I rarely wear sitting around…

  32. Avatar of Cat Cat

    Only buying products that get an A- rating or above! I think that would be good. I’ll be a VIB at Sephora this year so I’m excited about that, can’t say I won’t still buy new makeup lol!

  33. Buy WAY less eyeshadow! I have so many that I’ve fairly recently bought and not even worn yet because I keep going back to old favorites. :/ So I wanna use up quite a few of my eyeshadows.

    I’m also on a no-buy for lipgloss and mascara, because I have way too many of both, and I really don’t need any more. (Those Philosophy lip shines get me every time…)

  34. I’m doing a no buy till IMATS on April 6th! I’m going to do some challenges, like using a different lipstick or gloss each day in February or using the same eyeshadow palette for a week straight but creating different looks/combos. Should be an interesting few months!

  35. I’m going to clean up and throw out makeup that doesn’t work for me.

    And I may stop buying drugstore make up because you can’t swatch it and that’s most of what I end up throwing out.

    Monica.

  36. The thing about timing is LE stuff just sell out before most people can get it in hand to review. T-T don’t fee back on timing, I’m sure you start testing as soon as you can get a hold of them. ;)

    This year I’m going to try and stick with new product lines that are permanent and industry ready products and ones I think I can recommend for long wear on my blog. ;)

    Their are only 5 mac collection I was actually interested in this year. I’m hoping that this trend of ignoring LE collections will continue.

  37. My resolution is to stop hoarding!

  38. Avatar of Carmen Carmen

    While my collection is not too overpowering I still feel like I have too much for myself. My plan is to go on a no makeup buy for the whole year with the exception of replacing products that I used up. I feel like I’ve found a few holy grail products so I will continue to use those and repurchase and to make sure I use up the other products that arent really my favorites. So really I won’t be buying new released items for the year. Lets hope this goes well! I have faith that it will though!

  39. Yes sort of – I’m probably going to be studying (if I get into my course!) so I’m cutting out non-essential purchases. However that means I get to stock up while I have money, which will be fun!

  40. Sandra

    I plan to continue my resolution from last year – to stop buying products from brands who conduct animal testing.

  41. jaye

    Get better about moisture, use retinol and vitamin c, no buy other than replacing daily use stuff I run out of. I could put a child through private school on what I spent last year in makeup and clothing. Good thing I don’t have kids!

  42. Tam

    My New Year’s Resolution beauty wise is to stop picking pimples and be more diligent with my skincare. Also, to take better care of my hair.

  43. Avatar of Leticia Leticia

    I thought I had bought less makeup in 2012 until I began to make a recap…..it seems I actually bought more than in 2011, but unlike other years, I tried new brands. Like many here, my resolutions include to buy less makeup, use what I already own and be more selective when choosing a product. I also plan to try products from brands I havenĀ“t tried before. Oh, and stay away from the LE madness!

  44. Natalie

    I think for 2013 overall I want to make the effort to do my hair and makeup more. I always used to go out dressed up with a full face and I enjoyed it, the whole experience of creating a look etc. This last year I kind of fell off the bandwagon a bit, I was mostly on a no-buy because I have SO much MAC but I miss it, I miss always being in the know and always having new shades to test!

  45. Nicoco Chanel

    Downsizing and using up things, mainly! I’m on a no buy for anything but what I need until I get my stash down quiiiite a bit lmao.

  46. Yes, I am making some New Years Beauty resolutions. I’m a guy and I want more men to get into natural skin care that is great for anyone’s skin. I love using the best facial masks as part of a mostly organic skin care routine and I wish that more guys knew about these products. Heck, even getting a guy to wear sunscreen is an accomplishment. So my resolution is to spread the word amongst men that we can be masculine and still take care of our skin. Also I want to keep looking for companies that use the finest natural ingredients to make the best facial masks for a great complexion and preventative treatment. Cheers!