Starting Fresh

Would this qualify as a capsule collection? Not counting nail polishes but including brushes and tools my current collection totals 35 pieces. I feel like capsule collections are usually even smaller than this but I’m quite satisfied with how much I’ve eliminated from my makeup stash over the past two years. For a girl who started with 100+ blushes, 100+ lipsticks, and dozens of eye shadow palettes and highlighters, I think I’ve come a long way.

I’ve been gradually purging makeup since 2014 in an effort to streamline my makeup regimen. It had gotten to the point where I felt burdened by the sheer amount of makeup I owned. When I realized I could literally use a different blush or lipstick everyday for four months straight with no repeats I decided I needed to make a change. A kinder person (or an enabler) would’ve called me a makeup collector but the truth was I was a makeup hoarder. Even though I had so much makeup, I was really only using a handful of products regularly. I decided then and there that I had to edit my stash, keep only the items that I truly love and use, and get rid of everything else.

Letting go was, and is, a constant struggle especially when it comes to purging limited edition makeup but I’ve done it and I have no regrets. If you’re considering purging but feel hesitant, just know that the process gets easier the more you do it. It’s the first step that’s the most difficult.

Continue reading

bareMinerals Faux Tan All Over Face Color

bareMinerals Faux Tan All Over Face Color

I don’t know about you but in the wintertime I always find myself reaching for warmer shades like peaches, oranges and corals rather than the more popular wines, berries and reds of the season. Staying cooped up indoors during these long, cold months always leaves me looking wan and pale and adding more warmth, by way of bronzer in particular, into my makeup routine is a way to counteract that.

Within the past couple of years bronzer has become one of the staples in my everyday makeup routine but I’ve recently gone through my entire collection and eliminated everything containing dimethicone, an extremely common ingredient that I’ve long known clogs my pores. Unfortunately, that meant I had to get rid of my beloved Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer. I considered going back to my previous favorite bronzer which is coincidentally also made by Physicians Formula (they make good bronzers!), the Mineral Wear Talc-Free Mineral Airbrushing Bronzer, but then I remembered that there’s a bronzer that I’ve wanted to try for the longest time: bareMinerals’ Faux Tan All Over Face Color ($21). Years ago, back when I still followed him, Wayne Goss raved about Faux Tan. I have no idea if he still feels as strongly about it now as he did then but that review stuck in my head and it was only earlier this month that I finally decided to pull the trigger and buy it.

Continue reading

October Favorites

You’ve probably noticed that I haven’t been blogging much lately and that’s mainly because of two reasons: (1) I had family visiting this past month so I couldn’t blog and (2) my makeup routine has remained pretty consistent.

I think I’m in the final round of the purging process and I’ve nearly sold off all the makeup I’d been hoarding and not using. Now I feel like I’ve whittled down my makeup collection to the handful of products that I really love and use.  Continue reading

Milani Bronzer XL – Bronze Glow

Milani Bronzer XL – Bronze Glow

The Milani Everyday Eyes palettes that I purchased recently were a resounding success, I felt, and renewed my interest in the brand. One of the Milani items I’ve had on my shopping list for years has been their huge Bronzer XL. YouTuber Emilynoel83 has been using and raving about this bronzer for the longest time although I believe she uses the more neutral/cool Fake Tan shade whereas I was more interested in getting the warmer, more red toned Bronze Glow shade.

Continue reading

Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Glow-Boosting Baked Bronzer – Light To Medium

Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Glow-Boosting Baked Bronzer – Light To Medium

Besides the Butter Bronzer that I totally love, another new bronzer that Physicians Formula recently came out with is the Bronze Booster Glow-Boosting Baked Bronzer ($15.99). It’s available in two shades but I only purchased the lighter one, Light to Medium, from CVS.

Continue reading