Back from the Dead.

I suppose I should start off by making some attempt at an apology for the rather lengthy hiatus I was on.  Between working like a madwoman over the holiday season and some family things my husband and I had to take care of, it’s been crazy in my corner of the world over the last few months.  I also just sort of stopped playing around with my makeup, and just lost a general interest in talking about anything new, really.  I’ve logged onto WordPress a number of times over the last few weeks only to end up staring at a blank screen wondering where my voice had gone.  Maybe it had to do with the crash course in management at work I’ve been going through.  It seems like I spend so much time talking, talking, talking while I’m there that maybe I just wanted to come home and relish the silence around me.  It also had to do with the sheer amount of time I was spending at work over the holidays.  I was working six days a week, and I was only really home long enough to sleep a few hours before waking up to do it all again.  On my only day off, all I wanted to do was wash my laundry and binge watch Game of Thrones while lounging on my sofa like a vegetable.  At any rate, three nights ago, I began to feel like I could do this again.

I’ll begin with a recap of how I finished off the year with my Sephora detox.  I bought a lot of stuff during the VIB Rouge sale in November–some of it I needed, and a lot of it I didn’t.  Among the things I didn’t need were the Golden Hour and Neutral Matte palettes from Viseart, the Heavy Metal palette from Urban Decay, and a Clarisonic (which I thought I never needed, but it’s ended up changing my life).  I also got some face masks, lip balms, and new blush brush (R.I.P. to the little old cheap thing I’ve had for the last eight years), and makeup cleaning spray.  Things were going well, and I had all but decided that I was done with shopping for the year, and then they put the entire Etat Libre d’Orange perfume line on sale on the website in late November.  Anyone who has followed along on my perfume commentary knows I have a raging love for most of their stuff, so I stocked up.  Not only do I love most of their offerings, their packing appeals to my neurotic side on such a satisfying level.  The bottles on for almost all of the scents look nearly identical.  They were running them for almost half off the full price, and I was working nearly seventy hours a week at that time.  Exhaustion, excitement, and my tendency to stress shop led me to nab four bottles–Fat Electrician (oh, how I love that one), Cologne, Dangerous Complicity, and Fils de Dieu du Riz et des Agrumes.  The sale on those was so great it has gotten me a little concerned that they are going to discontinue the line, forcing me to go back to getting them at a store called Min in the city.  I loathe going in there.  You know that shopping scene in Pretty Woman?  That’s what I feel like every time I walk in the door, and I hate it.  The staff are usually snotty, so I’ve just avoided going in there.  It does seem, though, that ELdO has begun to expand their website here in America, so I’m going to keep avoiding Min for as long as I possibly can.

The grand total for spending at Sephora in 2017 was $1,671.  Yeah, that’s a lot, but that’s still less than half of what I spent there in 2016, so while the year was not a raging success, it was still a success.

Wrapping up the year has lead me to wonder what I’m going to do with this website from here on out.  I’m still going to try and keep my spending in check this year, so I’ll still be around documenting, but I won’t be noting every single thing I dispose of.  I’ll continue to keep track of the products that I purchase.  Keeping the site around is a handy way for me to really keep track of products I enjoy using and allows me a relatively easy way to document my thoughts on products I like just in case I have any interest in buying them later on in time.  I guess what I’m saying is the site is going to become a review site and a place to keep a running tab on my spending habits.  Some stuff (like the acne dots I bought and adore), I’ll tell you guys about.  Others (like an utterly forgettable mascara from Clinique)  I won’t even bother with.  If there’s a chance I would buy something again, I’ll talk about it on here.  If I try something that is so bad I feel as though I should tell the world about it, I’ll talk about it on here.  If I buy something, I’ll talk about it on here.  For middle of the road stuff I feel is a waste of my time to note or that no one has any real interest in reading about, I’m not going to bother.

So, this is the ride that I will be taking in 2018, and I hope you’ll stick around for it.  I got my latest Sephora Play box six days ago, so I figure that’s as good a place as any to start this year.  The post on it will probably go up on Friday, since I’ll be off then, and then I’ll fill you guys in on my foundation disaster that started the year off.  Needless to say, I’m already in over $150.00 at Sephora, and it’s only the end of January, and my jaw line and T-zone look a bit less of a hot mess than they did a week ago.  Sensitive, acne-prone skin is for the birds.  I’m 33 years old.  Shouldn’t I be done with breakouts?

Anyway, let’s get our beauty on in 2018, and you’ll hear from me again soon!

–Jackie