Since my Birchbox just arrived the other day and it'll be awhile before I update my projects and post empties, I thought I would update on the goals I set for myself for 2015. All the goals I posted about were beauty related since this is a beauty blog although I do set other goals for myself. I recently felt the desire to go back and reread the goals. I felt it was a good reminder to myself and thought I'd give a little update to you all as well!
Here were my goals from the post in January and I'll link to the original post here.
Most recently, I went to Sephora and used a gift card from Christmas. I bought an eyelash curler because my other one was gross. I limited myself to exactly what was on the gift card which included picking up a face mask and an eye makeup remover. I did really well and resisted the urge to buy makeup. So, this is definitely a struggle for me with limiting purchases but I will continue to work on this because I really don't want to end up with more products at the end of the year than I started with. It defeats my purpose.
Update #2 - I have track of every empty product for 2015. When possible I have also recorded the cost of the product or approximate cost of the sample. As of May 2015, I had used up a total of 105 products (full size, deluxe size, foil packets, and expired items). I had used $696.85 in products and had $141.01 that were trash from being expired.
My budget goal was $1 for each empty. Using that logic, I currently owe about 68 empties before I should be buying anything else. I am working hard to bring down my negative balance over the next few months. I have a few projects going (You can check out previous updates and I will post new updates in a few weeks) and a few thoughts for going into fall and using up products.
Update #3 - Epic Fail! I purchased eye shadow from Tarte and received makeup products as birthday gifts (because I asked for them even though I didn't need them:). I did resist a lip gloss during my most recent Sephora trip though...woohoo!
Update #4 - I completed a project 10 pan back in February although I didn't use up all the products. I started a Project 20 Pan at the beginning of May that will run until September 1st. I'm seeing a lot of progress with the Project 20 Pan so that is helping me feel more successful than the products I picked in my 10 pan and didn't feel very successful with. I am also doing Finish 4 by July 4th. I don't think I'll finish most of those but I'm feeling happy with my progress.
Update #5 - I love my Youtube ladies that keep me going. I also have a group of Instabesties and we are keeping each other accountable and checking in often.
So, that is where I am at with my goals for the year. I am doing okay but not as well as I had hoped. I am doing considerably better with controlling spending, however, than I have in past years. I will continue to work on these goals with the hopes in being more successful when I update at the end of the year.