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January 2, 2019

This Year, My Skincare New Year’s Resolutions Are Based on the Seven Deadly Sins

Sure, there are the usual, boring new year’s resolutions: lose weight, eat healthier, world peace, blah, blah. How about some resolutions we can REALLY keep? Ones that are as much fun to make as they are to aim for? This year, we asked editor Sheryll to tell us her skincare resolutions based on the seven deadly sins.


I cannot get over how fast 2018 has gone by. I know we say that like every year, but I swear it was just March two days ago, and now it’s January 2019. HOW?


At any rate, now that the new year is here, it’s time to reflect on the past year and how I can improve and change in 2019. New year, new me, am I right?


Part of this process for me is going through my skincare — getting rid of products that have expired, donating unused things, taking stock in what my skin is doing, and making goals to continue to improve my life and my skin. I thought it’d be fun to make a li’l theme out of this, so I wanted to base my resolutions off of some of the seven deadly sins.






I am a sheet mask hoarder. I’m finally admitting it. I have a weird connection to my sheet masks … like I don’t want to use them because then I won’t have it anymore but then that’s the whole point of a sheet mask and I can buy more so … why this attachment?



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I don’t know, but what I do know is that I have way too many sheet masks and I keep buying more of them, so I’m putting a stop to that. I plan to only replenish my sheet mask stash for the following reasons:


1. I’ve run out of a staple (like my precious JayJun masks) and I don’t have anymore.

2. My entire stash has dwindled down to less than 30.


That’s it. I’ve thrown away WAY too many sheet masks because I’ve let them expire, so I’m not going to buy anymore. NONE. No more sheet mask gluttony.





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I slacked A LOT on my skincare routine this year, especially in the past few months, and I think it shows. I’ve had a constant barrage of breakouts around my chin and jawline, and overall, I’m just not feeling too confident with the state of my skin. There were many a morning that I didn’t wash my face until mid-afternoon, or when I did do a skincare routine, I skipped some important steps and just went to bed. In general, I’m working on trying to be better at creating habits that help me keep my life, since I work from home and it’s so easy to be a lazy sloth nine times out of 10. So I’d like to work on washing my face as soon as I wake up instead of waking up, working, eating, doing whatever, and then washing my face. We’re gonna make it, fam!




This resolution kinda ties into gluttony, but I would like to overall spend less money on beauty products that I don’t need. Step one? Unfollowing all brands and trendmood on Instagram. Honestly, there are so many different makeup and skincare products launching DAILY that it feels overwhelming. I have a bad habit of buying things (especially makeup) just because it’s the latest launch, and I won’t even wear it. I bought the Anastasia Norvina palette the day it came out, and I’ve used it a total of two times. It’s silly. I look over at all the barely used makeup and skincare products I have and think about how much more money I could have in my savings account … and yeah.



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If you don’t absolutely NEED it, think about how your money could be used in other ways, or focus on saving it, or better yet donating money and time to worthy causes. There’s not a prize for buying a launch the day it comes out (something I’m constantly having to tell myself, tbh).




I admit that I frequently get jealous of people who have blemish- and problem-free skin. Like, how dare they?! I spend all this time and money and they are just … genetically blessed. UGH. It’s infuriating. But the thing is, this thinking doesn’t do anything but make me feel worse. There’s literally no point. We ALL have issues, even people who seem “perfect.”



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Instead, I’m going to channel that energy into something positive and work on smashing my upcoming powerlifting competition, creating tighter bonds with my friends and family, and learning how to make a signature dish that I can cook for a dinner party that I’ve been dying to throw for years now.


What are your New Year resolutions? Let me know what deadly skincare sin you’re guilty of in the comments!



Sheryll Donerson got her start as a beauty writer by writing K-beauty reviews for her blog, The Wanderlust Project. These days, she's lifting heavy weights, eating tacos, drinking (too much) coffee and is 1/4 of the beauty podcast, Beauty Beyond Basics (or Triple Bees for short). You can find her on Instagram and Twitter at @sheryllrenata.




Greed, I think. By which I mean I get the idea that something might be fun, or help, and so I buy ALL OF IT even if I don't have room for it on my face, and then it just ... sits. It's like I think products will disappear from the universe if I don't store them in my bathroom.

I love this post. Thanks for writing it.


I'm so with you. I'm a total skincare hoarder. And what's worse is that there HAVE been times where a product disappeared from the universe (or at least the universe where I'm able to reasonably get the product), which justifies my hoarding ways. 😂


Yeah, I haven't had that experience yet. I think it's just because I'm new and I'm not yet head over heels in love with anything and running low on it at the same time. Heavens help me when it happens.


LOL welcome to the love-hate world of skincare obsession!


Um, your sheet mask collection is what I strive for and hope to one day get your level. My resolution is to get to your level and I am ATTEMPTING to become a skincare micro-influencer//do some product photography this year for some companies. WHO knows but dang--that face mask collection is unreal.


I've been collecting for YEARS hahahaha! If masks go on sale, I tend to buy a LOT. Don't be like me though and just keep them hahahaha


I also have a sheet mask stash I need to work through before I buy more! I recently bought an organizer bin to hold my mask collection, so maybe I'll make a rule that I can only buy as many masks as I can fit in the bin, lol! It has enough space for a wide variety.


Girl I'm with you! I have a storage bin too and it's overflowing. I have been very good about using sheet masks every night so far. My skin and my wallet are happy :)


I definitely suffer from gluttony and greed. I'm a hoarder by nature and I hate that feeling of running out of a product and having to wait for it, so I tend to stock up during sales. That means I have like 3 of the same product sitting in my beauty closet, with a ticking expiration clock!

Plus, with all the new new that pass through our office, I get soooo lustful and want to try everything, when I don't even have room for it in my routine LOL. I've been trying to repurpose products I don't like as much... Read more


We are so the same! We aren't even going to get into my skincare collection. I need to Marie Kondo my life.


I definitely need to work on my sheet mask stash...

I know a lot of people are unfollowing brands, but I'm not. I like seeing what is coming out, and then checking what I do have to see if I have something remotely similar. If not, I'll track down a sample! I've found that making myself get a sample and trying it first has kept me from blind buying all that new new.


I just found a podcast (I think they also do videos on Youtube) called Beauty News that I really like because they tell you about most of the new (mainstream; I've not yet heard any Asian beauty brands mentioned) launches, but they don't gush over everything. I think a lot of influencer types just don't talk about things they're not excited about, so you might miss out on hearing about the new new, but these ladies still give you the info. Even if they're not excited about a new launch, they don't tear anyone down. I really appreciate it because... Read more


Oooo, I gotta check it out! Did you also hear about Beauty Beyond Basics (Triple Bees) with Coco, Sheryll, Kerry, and Tiffany? K-beauty gurus in one podcast!!!