In December 2017 I made the big-hairy-audacious-goal of not purchasing any makeup in 2018. I feel that this is a difficult goal for anyone who enjoys makeup, let alone someone who works around makeup daily and has a bad tendency of shopping when stressed.
I managed to make it two and a half months into the year without buying makeup, which is probably the longest I’ve gone without buying makeup since I began regularly wearing it about six years ago. When I made the goal I made the exception of my trip to Toronto as a makeup-buying weekend, as I’d already booked in at the Bite Beauty Lip Lab and didn’t have anything close to the same amount of shopping opportunities here in Saskatchewan. I don’t make it out to big cities very often, so I knew that this would be an exception. So I made my two little lipsticks at the Lab, and went on my way.
However I fell off the bandwagon once the Natasha Denona Tropic Palette (limited edition) rolled out, and my MUA friend sent it to me on Instagram. I didn’t *need* to have it, but it is a gorgeous and useful palette, and I am a sucker for anything Natasha Denona puts out. So while this wasn’t necessarily an irresponsible purchase, as the palette is a great blend of neutral mattes, mattes, and bold shimmer shades that are perfect for summer and work just fine any other season, it opened the flood gates.
Soon I was back to buying makeup, not to the same extent as before, but definitely not keeping up with my resolution. I ordered a few lipsticks here and there that I’d had my eye on for awhile, and then I went overboard during the first weekend of this month’s Sephora VIB sale, and purchased a few items at work because we needed to place an order and I wanted my staff discount.
Reflecting back, this was definitely too big of a step to just quit cold turkey for a whole year. Fortunately with the greenhouses opening here soon and summer around the corner, most of my spare cash will be going towards gardening projects and travel plants rather than hoarding more makeup. I’ve also got a month long project pan in the works in order to use up some of my makeup more efficiently, and will be scouring the internet for other ways to rein in my spending habits. But hey, you live and you learn! No goal is perfect, no budget is perfect, and no person is perfect. Challenging the way you act as a consumer and what you buy is a an ongoing process that takes time and tweaking to get just right.
- Name: Ole Henriksen Transforming Walnut Scrub
Price: CAD $34.00
Size: 3 oz.
Cruelty-Free and Vegan
For the longest time I loved this scrub. This is my second tube that I’ve used up, and I just love the satisfying feeling of scrubbing the heck out of my face. However, the more I look into exfoliating the more I realize that I’m probably doing a fair bit of damage with this physical scrub, as the walnut chunks vary in size and shape and may be causing micro-tears in my skin. However, if you really like physical scrubs, the smell of this is divine!
- Name: Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Matte in Queen B
Price: $CAD 25.00
Size: 0.4 oz/11.8mL
Like any liquid lipstick out there, this one is a smidge drying, although nothing unbearable. This liquid lipstick will last all day no matter what the weather. I wore this formula for 14+ hours at Osheaga the week I purchased it, in hot, humid, sweaty conditions, and it still looked half decent by the end of the evening. This particular shade is a perfect, soft mauve, and I wore this to work nearly every day Summer 2015. I didn’t quite finish this tube, but after nearly three years (24 months past the suggested expiration period) the smell had changed and I figured I better toss it for sanitary reasons.
- Name: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Concealer in Light-Medium Neutral
Size: 0.34 oz/10mL
This concealer is a very light, thin, liquidy formula. I don’t have a whole lot to say about it. It got the job done, although isn’t really ideal for oily skin. Medium coverage, felt light on my under eyes, didn’t break me out, and lasted about a year.
- Name: Atelier Cologne Clementine California Cologne Absolue
Price: CAD $32.00 to CAD $225.00
I received this scent as a deluxe sample and loved it so much that I ordered the actual product, and selected it as another sample when I ordered the full-sized product. It’s light and citrusy, and immediately reminds me of summertime, which is nice when you’re stuck in the midst of a miserable Saskatchewan winter. I’m a fan of each of Atelier Cologne’s scents, and have been hoarding their deluxe samples for years.
- Name: Skyn Iceland Icelandic Relief Eye Cream
Price: CAD $49.00
Size: 0.47 oz/14.50mL
Keeping in mind that I am a 23-year-old with minimal “anti-aging” eye area concerns, I really enjoyed this eye cream. It’s like rubbing a fluffy little baby cloud underneath your eyeballs, I swear to god. It kept my under eyes soft, happy, and hydrated, and that’s all I could ask for. Skyn Iceland’s tagline is “Solutions for Stressed Skin”, and I think that their products would be great for those living in Saskatchewan-esque climate as it seems really similar to Iceland’s climate from what I’ve read. We both have very harsh, drying winters in which maintaining hydrated, non-irritated skin is very difficult. I ordered a few more products from Skyn Iceland during the Sephora VIB sale and I’m looking forward to testing them out!