Looking Forward + 2019 Goals

January 4, 2019

2019 Goals via The Beauty Look Book

For 2019 I made a list of goals I wanted to share as I’d love to hear about yours as well! I’ve taken a lot of your feedback to heart. I asked in a recent poll what you would like to see more of here on The Beauty Look Book. The things you’ve asked to see more of aligns with what I want to cover as well! I tend to make an evolving list of personal goals throughout the year. I feel like it’s a great way to grow. Topics I want to focus more on and goals for 2019:

  • Health, Wellness and Fitness – So many of you asked for more posts about health and wellness along with fitness beauty favorites. I’ve received a number of e-mails from readers about recent blog posts saying I look healthy and happy! It’s been a work in progress but both Andrew and I have never felt better because we have focused on our personal health and well being. This has been a major focus in my life in general. I haven’t write much about it but in the months leading up to our move to Florida a couple years ago I was not healthy. I had high stress, high blood pressure and a physical indicated I wasn’t in the best shape. 2017 was a stressful year with our additional moves/exploring and by the first portion of 2018 my health suffered after getting sick multiple times. Both Andrew and I made a conscious effort to take better care of ourselves. We’ve been consistently exercising, building strength and started weight training. We’ve also changed our diet to incorporate clean eating. It’s taken months to create good habits. I didn’t want to adopt anything drastic or temporary just to lose weight or get fit quick. I wanted to incorporate things I knew I could sustain. More on these topics soon! For now some of my fitness favorites can be found here in this post.
  • Tutorials and How-To’s – I always want to evolve and change to be a better beauty resource for you and tutorials are something I know can be more helpful than just swatches. I’ve incorporated more looks this past year but I do want to take it to the next level with video and photo tutorials. I’ll be experimenting with both!
  • Hair Posts – I was touched by all the love you gave me on getting the highlights! It was a big step for me but I think it was a good one. I literally felt like I had my own cheerleading squad with all the love from you! There have also been a large number of requests for curling tutorials, more hair dryer reviews, and more hair products/tools in general. More coming your way this year! I will say that I’ve still been using the Harry Josh and Dyson regularly and still really like them both.
  • Budget Beauty Brands – You loved the Budget Beauty Post #1 and I wanted to do more but never got around to doing more round ups. I’ll be focusing more on affordable beauty and try to find more dupes this year. So far L’Oreal and OPI remain my favorites but I’m going to try out more options this year to review for you. Let me know what your favorite budget brands are 🙂
  • Daily Looks – As a beauty blogger I’ve focused mainly on product reviews as I feel like the easiest way to present them. A large number of you want more look posts with a mix of what I’m wearing or using or loving like my Sweater + Red Lip Post and my Holiday Glow Looks feature. I’ll be sure to do more of these!
  • Regular Favorites Posts – My favorites rotate as the weather shifts and seasons change and also as new formulas come out I discover new loves. I’m asked on a weekly basis what my ABSOLUTE tried and true daily go-to favorites are. I’ll try to compile an updated list of my ride or die beauty favorites each month.
  • Lifestyle and Travel – Even though this is a beauty focused blog, LOTS of you have asked for more travel posts! Particularly the travel diaries with the places we eat, stayed and shopped. Full California travel diary coming your way soon from our recent trip. I hope that we will travel more frequently this year. For lifestyle you’ve asked for more home decor and organization posts. Organization is something I struggle with on a daily basis but I have found some things I think are essential for keeping things more put together and easily accessible. More on all of this to follow this year!

I’ll still be doing a lot of the same product reviews and swatches so if you love those don’t worry, those aren’t going anywhere! I want to be a better resource and share more things beyond makeup swatches and flatlays. I’m really excited for the new year! I have nothing but high hopes looking forward.

As always I’d love to hear what your 2019 goals are! Do you make a New Year’s Resolution list or have any goals? They can be big or small!

P.S. There’s still one more day to enter my latest giveaway which ends 1/5 here.


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  • inkchick January 4, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    My favorite budget brand is Nyx. I love their lip products.

  • Panna January 4, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    Is that the new Diptyque Damascena candle? Oh boy, here we go again!
    #Sabrinamademedoit 🙂

    • BeautyLookBook January 4, 2019 at 8:50 pm

      Yes! I bought both of them as soon as they were online! Throw is REALLY good 🙂

      • Panna January 5, 2019 at 1:21 am

        Ahhh, good to know!

      • Matt E. January 7, 2019 at 10:16 pm

        Which of two new scents is your favorite?

  • Padmavathy Raman January 4, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    Wonderul goals for 2019! I am on low buy in 2019 and planning to work out 3 times a week.

  • Carrie January 4, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    Love the post! I hope to eat healthier, exercise more and be more mindful of my spending!

  • Susan Hwang January 4, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    yes you are glowing!

  • talker blogger January 4, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    Love your goals and would love to see how you follow up on them. I would like to focus more on my health and spend more time with the family. My fav budget brands are L’Oreal, Revlon, Essie, Neutrogena and Olay!

    • BeautyLookBook January 15, 2019 at 11:02 am

      Thanks for sharing!! Will look more into Neutrogena 🙂

  • Bernadette January 4, 2019 at 10:19 pm

    I can’t wait to see what content you have in store for 2019!

  • Paola January 5, 2019 at 1:11 am

    I want to start exercising more for 2019. 🙂

  • rachlovespenguins January 5, 2019 at 1:51 am

    I want to be more organised (my filing system is a nightmare) and work on making more conscious health-minded decisions. Less stress and more vegetables. And I want to enjoy my makeup collection! So I’m organising that as well.
    For budget products I’ve been pretty impressed with some of the things I’ve picked up from Colour Pop. It appears that they release new stuff and cycle through things pretty quickly, which I find kind of annoying (that’s one of the things that bugs me about MAC too) but when I looked back on last year and noticed that one of my most used products was one of their Lux lipsticks…well I have to give them their due. It’s a really nice product.

    • BeautyLookBook January 15, 2019 at 11:02 am

      Love this! I need to check out more from Colour Pop, I bought a few things a few years ago but haven’t kept up with the launches but they seem to have some good affordable staples.

  • Tatiana January 5, 2019 at 3:21 am

    My two goals for 2019 are to improve my sleep hygiene. I tend to stay up way too late or go to bed and get up at very different times making it more difficult to fall asleep and wake up when I need to. And to start downsizing and organizing my house. Which means I’ll probably have to downsize my makeup, too.

    • BeautyLookBook January 15, 2019 at 10:55 am

      Great goals to have for 2019!

  • beth January 5, 2019 at 9:14 am

    My New Years goals are the same as last year…hoping it will sticks this time! 1. Eat breakfast – I’m not typically hungry in the morning and am always so rushed but this step will help me be more mindful to take care of myself throughout the day 2. Blow dry my hair!!! I usually air dry and end up in a messy ponytail out of laziness…not a good look.

  • Maria Mercedes Ruperti January 5, 2019 at 10:40 am

    In this new year I want to start eating more healthy, my job can be stressful and Sometimes I don’t eat well. I used to work out a lot but in 2018 I stopped but I need to go back to it because it totally changes my mood, I feel more happy and stress free! I really like to see you doing looks, You have so many good recommendations always that I love to see you using those products 🙂 Happy new year!

    • BeautyLookBook January 15, 2019 at 10:55 am

      I think I developed the worst eating habits to deal with work stress in past years! Transitioning back to healthy eating has been a process for us!

  • Linda S. January 5, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    I had some health issues last year so I couldn’t exercise as much as I wanted and am now feeling better. 2019 is the year that I’m going to get fit again. I want to eat healthier too.

    • BeautyLookBook January 15, 2019 at 10:55 am

      Wishing you a healthy 2019! I couldn’t exercise the first part of the year either due to health issues so I know how that feels 🙁

  • Anne Capitant January 5, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    My 2019 goal is one I didn’t think could happen until yesterday. The one treatment for my illness (severe form of Neurogenic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome) was denied by the insurance mid-2018 and we have been fighting them since to get it covered as it’s crazy expensive out-of-pocket. After months of myself, my family, and friends finding academic papers, getting doctors to write statements, consulting with lawyers, reference librarians and even my local congressperson to put together a massive appeal, they approved the treatment yesterday. So my goal this year is to get as “better” as is possible, even though it’s going to mean lots of hard work and a scary procedure every 3 months for a while. One part of the is achieving goals like finally being able to wash my own hair again, and getting to a point where putting on makeup isn’t physically painful and doesn’t totally wipe my energy out. So I look forward to your wellness posts especially, even though skincare and makeup are my loves!

    • SJ Sellers January 7, 2019 at 2:31 pm

      I hope you reach all your goals this year Anne! I will be sending you energy!!!

      • Anne Capitant January 7, 2019 at 5:34 pm

        Thanks so much!

      • BeautyLookBook January 15, 2019 at 10:55 am

        Yes, ditto this!!!!

  • Erin January 5, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    I’m so excited for all the changes to your blog in 2019! Thank you for listening to feedback. My goals for this year are to stress less and get organized — I have been reading Marie Kondo’s book, and have loved going through things and discarding what I no longer use and need.

    • BeautyLookBook January 15, 2019 at 10:55 am

      Thanks Erin! Great goals to have 🙂

  • Alia January 5, 2019 at 9:33 pm

    I dont usually make new year’s resolutions, but a major goal this year is to get into more yoga and rock climbing, activities I enjoy but have been neglecting due to work. And also complete my PhD thesis, which is so close to completion, and then go hiking and travelling in Europe. It’s where I used to work and study, and been missing since I left!

    • BeautyLookBook January 15, 2019 at 10:55 am

      Ooooh that’s exciting you’re near completion! Europe is such a beautiful place to travel, we enjoyed our trip there a few years ago. I’ve been dying to go back as well!

  • Shelleyeatz January 5, 2019 at 9:33 pm

    I want to actually lose weight this year hahahaha instead of just talking about losing weight. I want to find a new job. I want to discover a lip balm as good as the Bite Agave Lip Mask that I’m not allergic to. I want to find a high SPF physical sunscreen that doesn’t give me dry patches or make me itchy (no Tatcha T.T)

    • BeautyLookBook January 15, 2019 at 10:55 am

      Ahhh, I think finding a good HIGH SPF physical sunscreen is challenging. Most of the ones I’ve seen don’t have a high enough SPF. You might want to look into La Roche Posay if you haven’t tried it. They seem to have the most high SPF options.

  • kelleyhasapis1 . January 5, 2019 at 10:53 pm

    I really think the beginning of the year is time for reflection, and this post shows but that you are actively doing it. I love all of your material but I especially liked the travel updates. I used some of your tips when I visited NYC this past summer.

    • BeautyLookBook January 15, 2019 at 10:49 am

      Awwww thank you Kelley!! Hope the tips helped for your NYC visit!

  • Mary-Irene Marek January 6, 2019 at 8:19 am

    I’m excited for our plans for 2019! I love all of the posts you’re talking about doing more of, so that is really something to look forward to! I never make new year’s resolutions. I just continuously try to improve myself a little bit every single day. Health, wellness, fitness and clean eating have been a way of life for me for over 20 years and I think that you said it well- doing something drastic is also being very temporary. Making it a way of life makes it sustainable. I am very disciplined on most days, sticking with my usual whole foods, proteins, low sugar way of life but I break it too when I’m out or with friends and it’s fine. You just go back to normal routine and when the normal routine is healthy, it’s easy to maintain this way of life.

    • BeautyLookBook January 15, 2019 at 10:49 am

      Thank you Mary-Irene! Cutting back sugar was the biggest challenge for me. Now that we’re eating better we are always SO shocked at how unhealthy so many foods are, especially the sugar content of literally everything at the grocery store! Finding balance has been a process but I think we’ve made great progress!

  • ◕ ◡ ◕ thea January 6, 2019 at 8:31 am

    Happy New Year! My goal is to travel more this year. I traveled a few times last year but they were mostly for work so I want to plan for more personal trips this year.

    • BeautyLookBook January 15, 2019 at 10:49 am

      My best memories are from traveling! Hope we both are able to travel more!!

  • MALINA CRISTESCU January 6, 2019 at 10:19 am

    Looking forward to see some of these put into practice.
    My goal this year is really to have a healthier lifestyle 🙂

  • SJ Sellers January 7, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    Hi Sabrina! I love your blog and believe it is the VERY BEST resource on the internet for beauty product reviews. Your descriptions are so accurate and thoughtful and i love when you offer comparisons to other products. I have read almost every blog post you have made for years now and I can’t tell you how much my spirits are lifted when I see you have made a post – it is such a fun and welcome distraction from the worries of the day. I would love to see more hair and healthy living posts. I might be in the minority but I would not be interested in budget beauty reviews – there are countless blogs that do that already but only YOU who does what you do, and does it so well. Looking forward to reading along with you in 2019!! SJ

    • BeautyLookBook January 15, 2019 at 10:49 am

      SJ thank you so much, I truly appreciate your all your support and kindness, xoxo

  • BeautyLookBook January 15, 2019 at 10:43 am

    Thanks Kate!

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