I wanted to provide a quick update to say that my Beauty Bank tracking system is WORKING!!! I have already earned $5, though none of that comes from any empties. Instead, I've done a few days of squats/lunges and had a lot of water. I am using a simple excel spreadsheet to track each day's progress and to log the specific activities for the sake of accountability. Let me know if you'd like a copy of the spreadsheet! Since I am committed to making myself work for my next beauty buy, I feel that some proper motivation is in order. Specifically, a wish list!!! Yaayyy! Now that I've limited my funds, I've got to be pickier with my purchases. It would be nice to say that this is my short list, but I doubt it'll be anywhere near short. Please share your own craves and faves that I can consider for my list!
In a semi-particular order...
- http://www.makeupgeek.com eyeshadows in the colors frappe, creme brulee, shimma shimma, last dance, moondust, pretentious, grandstand, and homecoming. You could look at some additional swatches/reviews here. There are some nice YouTube reviews/swatch videos of MUG eyeshadows, too, by KathleenLights and BaileyB. I still recommend watching them on increased speed :)
- ColourPop Cosmetics eyeshadows in the colors La La, Bae, Bill, and Partridge. I think that ColourPop gives you $5 off your first order of $30, meaning you can get a 7th product free when you buy 6. Wee! For that reason, I'd love to get some recommendations on colors / whether I should get the lippie sticks to try. If so, I'm thinking I'd try Lumiere and/or Frida. If it would look good on me, I would super want Brills!
- This is the splurgiest of my wishes...I really want to try the Hourglass Ambient Lights palette! It's only $58 so no big deal, right? Yeah, maybe once I have a salary it'll be NBD. For now, it'd be a major splurge!
- This hasn't been on my radar long, but I think this would be a nice palette to try out some Make Up For Ever shadows...I've seen some good things about this formula! MUFE Artist Palette ~ looks pretty! Nice reviews on Sephora.com, but I would definitely want to go swatch this in person before taking the plunge.
- The NARS Audacious lipstick line. Drool. 40 shades available online, and I really love the one shade I've already splurged on. I bought Anna, after wanting Anita and not liking how it looked on. My beef with these was that Sephora only has a fraction of the line available in stores, so I didn't get to try on all the colors I wanted. Want to see all the colors reviewed and swatched? Once again, Temptalia is your girl. I want to try on colors like Dominique, Juliette, Kelly, and Audrey.
Gosh, I thought this list would be much longer! Maybe it's so short right now because I've realized I don't need much more at this point, since I so recently splurged on so many things! I would like to get another lorac pro eyeliner, and possibly try out the lorac pro 2 palette. However, these would come after trying out the new brands/products above.
On a separate note, who else is brave enough to order online without first trying on? I think it's probably best to try on for yourself, but if the store has a great return policy, online can be a good bet! For anyone who has swatched/tried on in person but wants to save a little extra, especially for the more expensive items, I would recommend Ebates. I've earned $137.87 back so far, though I have to admit I think I was too late in cashing one of my checks (they give you like 3 months, so it was my bad) and lost out on like $15! I've purchased online from Amazon, Hautelook, Sephora, Ulta, and Nordstrom. The cash back per site varies, but if you want to sign up, you can follow this link and I get a referral bonus! The site is free to register and use, so I would 100% recommend it. Especially around holidays, they often double the cash back on different websites. For example, I'd hold out until Sephora has an 8 or 10% cash back instead of the typical 3-4%.
Anyway, please share your own wish list items and any new products or brands you think I should check out! I was thinking of making some makeup purchases from Etsy and then reviewing various shops/product lines. Would anyone be interested? I think the appeal is in looking at handmade versus gigormous company. Sometimes it's nice to support "the little guy," right?
Let me know :) Thanks for reading, now go forth and be great.