Makeup Wars 2013 Beauty Resolutions

Makeup Wars is back for 2013’s first edition which of course is New Year’s Resolutions. While it may sound a tiny bit trite you know darn well that this group of amazing beauty bloggers are all going to have their own spin on things.

I’ve made several resolutions that are all beauty related. I know that the diet and exercise things are beauty resolutions but have you ever compared a Weight Watchers meeting or the gym on January 4th and February 4th? It’s like you are on different planets. Instead I tried to make resolutions that I’ve got a good chance of following through on.

Resolution one is one I began as soon as I started making my list for this post – TAKE CARE OF MY LIPS. I’m terrible about remembering to use all the potions I have to keep my lips looking younger and moister. I start with good intentions but I don’t always remember. So I’ve lined up what I need in my bathrooms.

In my master bathroom I’ve been using Elizabeth Grant Collagen Tinted Lip Restore*. While I’ve only tried the Lip Restore I’m amazed by the fact that you can get 4 glosses and this for $15! Collagen Tinted Lip Restore helps to redefine the lip line and create softer, smoother younger-looking lips, with just a hint of colour and sheen. It contains Torricelumn and Collagen to help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This is very lightly tinted – I find it’s like a “my lips but better” flush. I apply it as soon as I start getting ready and later apply lip color. When I go into that bathroom I like to add some more if my lips are color free.

Elizabeth Grant Collagen Tinted Lip Restore

Elizabeth Grant Collagen Tinted Lip Restore

Elizabeth Grant Collagen Tinted Lip Restore

Elizabeth Grant Collagen Tinted Lip Restore

eliz grant lip collagen on finger

In my extra bath (where I clean up at night) I’ve been using Lush’s Popcorn Lip Scrub*. This is a very dry lip scrub that I like to use in the evening to exfoliate my lips. It’s a little bit sugar and a little bit salt. I rub it on with my finger, scrub around and lick it off. I try to do this before I wash up though since I end up with some of the scrub on my face. It smells just like freshly popped popcorn. I LOVE popcorn and this is a calorie free treat for me! It doesn’t scratch like some exfoliators do. Plus it’s starting to keep my lips looking better and less chapped.lush popcorn scrub

I follow up with Reviva Labs Vitamin E stick as my nighttime lip moisturizer. This inexpensive stick of delight is only $4 and can be used on eyes and lips, day or night. It even has SPF 15. The reason I chose this to use at night especially is that it’s not fragranced so it won’t keep me up sniffing. Fragrance is fine during the day but not for me at night. Plus I can rub a little on dry spots on my face if I’m tossing and turning and need something to do.

Reviva Labs Vitamin E stick

Reviva Labs Vitamin E stick

Resolution two has to do with that extra bathroom. I need to start getting ready earlier in the evening. For some reason I wait until it’s time to go to bed and then I remove my makeup and put on my skincare. I need to change that. I sometimes get too tired to actually wash even though I have awesome cleansers. Instead I’ll use facial wipes like the Aveeno Ultra Calming Makeup Wipes*.I then follow up with Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Toner. That’s okay once in a while but I’m doing it too often. I’ll still keep using the Kiehl’s Toner but my resolution is to start early and then go on the computer!kiehls toner

Resolution threestop plucking chin hairs!! I’m trying really really hard, honest I am. But it’s so hard to resist. I’m made one step forward though and that’s not to keep my Tweezerman tweezers (pretty as it is) on my computer desk. I’ve paid for laser hair removal and I’ve got sessions left but I can’t go until I stop plucking. This one is really going to be hard to keep.

Cynthia Rowley for Tweezerman

Cynthia Rowley for Tweezerman


Resolution four is to stop buying the same color eyeshadows over and over and over again. I’m in a rut but I see those beautiful taupes and browns and I can’t imagine not owning them. I ended 2012 buying a few like this beautiful Edward Bess palette. That needs to be the end. So far I’ve made it a whole week into 2013 without buying any though. I have to stop thinking they’ll change my life since I know the only one who sees the difference is me.

Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss

Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss

I’ve made a little progress, especially on resolution one. Now only 75% left to work on. Are any of these resolutions of yours or even close?? — Marcia

Join my fellow Makeup Wars friends to see what they’ve decided to resolve in 2013. Click on their links to get to their sites.

*starred items are PR samples, rest are personally bought or repurchases.



  1. Love these! Stop buying the same colour eye shadows over and over again. LOL
    I always drag out my evening beauty routine. It is so much better. I remove my makeup when I run the kids bath at night. Then I do more steps through the rest of the evening. You should pick a time that’s easy to remember (like after dinner) and then it will become habit! Makes it so much easier for letting products have time to absorb or fitting in treatments like masks.

  2. LUSH really does make the best lip scrubs. I’m big on lip care, as I’m TERRIFIED of getting lip lines. crows feet and all that doesn’t stress me out, but lip lines do!

  3. This is the first Lush product I’ve used other than their makeup. I’m going to have to be more open minded about their products @Brooke.

  4. @Perilously Pale – I sit on the computer instead of washing up. Maybe I’m expecting George Clooney to ring the bell and I don’t want him to come over when I’m not wearing makeup! At least I do cleanse it all off but I take too many shortcuts at times.

  5. These are great resolutions!!! 🙂 I just love LUSH’s lipscrubs and the Reviva E stick is great too! Your lips are going to be in such great condition by the end of the year!!! 🙂

  6. I’m going to LUSH today to get some of that scrub. Just what I need for my lips!

  7. @Kelly, I really didn’t think I’d love a Lush product because of scent but this is great – it tastes like Kettle Corn too.

  8. @Pammy
    I use lip balm all the time but the Reviva E makes me feel like I’m doing something good for my lips.

  9. I am so with you on buying the same color shadows. I made a similar resolution since I keep buying browns and taupes, over, and over, and over….

  10. I am the same way… I have all these products to use and then I wait too long and just use a wipe – and wonder why I break out later!

  11. @Carleen — and then we see one that we just can’t resist!

  12. @Jbrobeck – Every night I promise to start early and then get involved with something else.

  13. Great list. I agree with you–love Lush’s lip scrub and Reviva Labs stick, too!! LOL!! I can relate!! xo

  14. I am with you on two things; buying the same colored eyeshadow all.the.time. AND doing my night-time skin care routing earlier at night. It just makes sense!

  15. @Moxie, this is my first Lush other than makeup and I love it. The Reviva Labs is the best too, I bought my mom one when she got sick last week since her lips are so dry

  16. @Teri – we all have the same bad habits at least.

  17. I’m with you on #4!!!!!!! LOVE my LUSH popcorn scrub but you’re right, it does get all over your face-LOL

  18. Those are good resolutions. All the best on achieving them!

    Taking better care of my lips is also one of my resolutions. I remember when I used to use a lip scrub twice a week. I’m going to start to do this again.

  19. Thanks Iris, I’m working on them. I got in the bathroom a tiny bit earlier last night. The easiest is my lips but I still forget.

  20. This is my favorite line of your’s ever. EVER! “So far I’ve made it a whole week into 2013 without buying any” This is me too, I’m trying to be different and branch out as well!

  21. Excellent resolutions, Marcia!!! I suspect that the eyeshadow resolution will be the hardest one!! 🙂

  22. @Lola, can you imagine me bypassing eyeshadow palettes – especially at IMATS?? I bet it’s the first to be truly broken.

  23. @Christine – I’ve made it 10 whole days (well 9.5) so far. I have a feeling IMATS will dump that resolution.