Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Beauty Resolution #1: The No New Lipstick Challenge!

Hi, everyone! It's time for the first installment of my 2014 Beauty Resolutions series- and this one's a biggie. Yes, professing my resolutions earlier this month might have been more appropriate, but better late than never, I say! I've deemed this resolution a big one because it relates to my enormous stash of lip products (and my desire to prevent it from completely overtaking me!).

Beauty Resolution #1: Don't buy any new lip products in 2014!


Yes, you heard right. This self-professed beauty junkie and lipstick hoarder is attempting to banish all new lip purchases until 2015. Will it be difficult? Insanely! Will it be worthwhile? Most definitely! Last week I gathered my entire stash of lip products and arranged them by brand and product type. The result was this slice of makeup heaven:


While it really was a thing of beauty to see them all proudly on display, the size of my collection really struck me. Expanding it further would be ludicrous, I thought! Most of all, I really want to love, cherish, and enjoy (I truly am a lipstick freak) the beautiful goodies that I have, rather than quickly tossing them aside for new whims and unneeded additions. I like the idea that my collection, though enormous, will be finite, organized and well-used. So that is the plan!

Before I lay down the guidelines for this resolution, let me give you a quick tour of my stash. 

The first shot features some of my lip glosses (you can see that I like fuchsia!). I don't have a ton of glosses, but have offerings from a variety of brands like Korres, Revlon, NARS, Becca, and Julep. This shot also features my hefty collection of Revlon Lacquer Balms, Matte Balms, and Kissable Balm Stains


The second shot features the rest of my glosses (including offerings from Buxom, Chanel, and Bourjois), as well as the rest of my lip pencil stash. Aside from Revlon, I'm also a huge supporter of Clinique, Hard Candy, NYX, and NARS when it comes to the chubby pencil craze!


The next shot once again features my Revlon pencils, as well as my collection of NARS lipsticks and Revlon ColourBurst Lip Butters (do you notice a Revlon trend here?).


This shot features the rest of my Lip Butters, as well as luxurious lipsticks from Guerlain and Hourglass:


Then we have the first half of my MAC lipstick collection (the next most populous after Revlon!) and some other high-end lovelies from YSL, Chanel, and Paul & Joe:


Here we have the rest of my MAC lippies and some super fancy offerings from Clio, Tom Ford, Chantecaille, Daniel Sandler, and Dior:


The next shot features some of my favourite drugstore lipsticks from Revlon (yes, even more of them!), Milani, Wet N' Wild, and Hard Candy. It also highlights some of my lip stains from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, YSL, and Giorgio Armani:


And for the final section of my stash, we have some lippies from NYX, Boots No7, Mark, and Clinique (those mint green GWP tubes are classic!) as well as my Hourglass lip stain and glosses from Clinique, and Marc Jacobs:


So there you have it! Every shot above makes me realize what a crazy, exciting, and beautiful lip product collection I have. This year will be a time to savour it! Here are the official guidelines for the resolution:

1) I am on a waitlist for a Tom Ford Lip Colour in Indian Rose. As soon as this comes in, I will snag it up. It will officially be my last lip purchase of the year. Why not go out with a luxurious bang!?

2) I will not purchase any new lipsticks, glosses, stains, lacquers, tars, etc. until 2015. Eek!

3) I will not use my Shoppers Optimum points to get free lipsticks (since free lipstick is still adding to my stash!). I will also not swap for any new lip colours.

4) I will not persuade my sister, parents, boyfriend, or any other well-meaning loved ones to buy me lipsticks for my birthday or Christmas (though if they do so of their own free will, I will not deny them their generosity ;))

5) I can get a new lipstick via Back2MAC, but only if I am trading in at least one empty lipstick tube in the process. 

6) I will not replace any lipsticks that I've used up- really, I have so many dupes in my stash and the more I use up, the more attention I can pay to others!

7) I aim to finish up at least 10 lip products over the course of the year. That may not sound like a lot, but I know I haven't finished a single one in over 6 months, so I think that's a fair goal!


And there you have it! I'm really doing this, guys. Please wish me luck! I'm hoping to provide updates along the way and would love your support and encouragement :)

Have you ever attempted a no-buy like this? Ever tried to downsize your stash?

Also, if you have any questions about any of the specific products in my collection pics above, feel free to ask!

Thanks for reading! xo


51 comments:

  1. Holy moly that is a jaw dropping stash! Good luck! xx

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  2. OMG, that sure is a stash :D! Love you collection, I'm sure I'd find many things for myself there :).

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    1. Hehee, it was fun to rediscover goodies in my own stash! xo

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  3. What a big collection! I am also obsessed with lipsticks

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    nAiLee
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  4. WOW! that's a lot of lipsticks, glosses & balms! Good luck!
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  5. great resolution, love the parenthesis in point #4 though :) you have a great collection there!

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    1. Heehee, I had to add some cheeky exceptions in there somewhere ;) Thanks, Ingrid!

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  6. The Paul and Joe lipstick looks fabulous! Love the packaging and now want one! haha. Great resolution, wish you all the best!

    Des | Simple Charm Beauty

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    1. Their packaging really is the best! Thanks, Des :)

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  7. omg i want them all

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    1. Heehee, thanks. Will drop by your blog soon! xo

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  8. Wow, that is a lot of lipstick! I'm loving the Revlon balm stains:) x

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    1. Aren't they great?! Thanks for stopping by, Emily :)

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  9. omg good luck dude!!! that's a pretty strong committment!!!
    Jenn
    A Beautiful Zen

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    1. Thanks, Jenn! I'll appreciate your support throughout :)

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  10. WOW. Aha, what an impressive resolution - I could never do that! I thought my lip collection was big and then I saw yours - wowee now that really is big.
    There are so many incredible lipsticks around though, you're allowed a few;)

    Good luck with it - it's gonna take a lot of willpower but at least you've got sooo many to put you on!

    Love Em :)

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  11. That's a really brave resolution for a make up junkie! But I think that you're doing the right thing, your collection it's already amazing! Good Luck xx

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  12. Wow that is an impressive collection! Mine is the complete opposite! I need to expand more from my nudes and pale pinks!

    SDMxx
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    1. Heehee, have fun expanding your stash! xo

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  13. Omg your lip collection is like my nail polish collection. Good luck with not buying any new ones. I think I'm going to try that with my nail polish and hopefully I can get through half of what I have already.

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    Maggie A
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    1. Heehee, thanks, Maggie! Good luck with your polishes :)

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  14. Ok, so, this is scary brave! Love the collection, by the way!

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  15. Good luck with the no new lipstick challenge. I find it so hard not to buy more and whoever I want to try something from a brand, I always try the lipsticks first!

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    1. Thanks! It'll definitely be a huge challenge, but I'm doing my best to stay strong :)

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  16. haha how do you have time to try them all?! this looks like some lost buried treasure- i am SO envious of your collecition. So do you think you'll actually last not buying any? I'm rooting for you!

    xo marlen
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    1. Heehee, thanks, Marlen! Hoping to use and love them properly this year :)

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  17. love this makeup!
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  19. Wow! That's a lot of lipstick haha I wish you luck with your challenge looks like it will be a tough one you have a massive collection! x

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  20. I love you lipstick collection.
    But go you sister and good luck with your goal!
    Very strong for resisting using your optimum points for lip product too!
    lovely post
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    1. Thanks, Tanya! It will take a lot of self control for sure :)

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  21. wooooow!
    what a collection!!
    love it!

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  22. I own a few MAC lipsticks but I want to buy so more! Are YSL lipsticks any good?!
    Alley xoxo
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    1. YSL lippies are great! Definitely worth the splurge :)

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  23. This is a pretty awesome goal! I have a bit of a lipstick addiction and it would be useful to make a similar goal. PS gotta love those Optimum Points!!

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    1. Hehee, I'm gonna try my best! And yes, Optimum Points are fab, especially now that they sell Chanel at some Shoppers now :)

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  25. Holy moly! You can do it hahaha, you have a life time supply,

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