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.

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Etude House My Beauty Tool Secret Brush 121 Skin

Around the same time I purchased the Missha Artistool Foundation Brush #101 I also decided to buy the Etude House My Beauty Tool Secret Brush 121 Skin ($16.80). Based on reviews I’ve come across online, both brushes are highly rated yet still affordable “oval”/toothbrush style foundation application tools.

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Missha Artistool Foundation Brush #101

Missha Artistool Foundation Brush #101

I think one of the biggest makeup/beauty trends this past year was the “oval” brush. The Artis brushes are perhaps the most well known due to all the hype they got on YouTube. Nevertheless I wasn’t going to spend $60 on a brush that I felt pretty certain was a temporary fad. I did a bit of research and found out that Missha and Etude House, popular Korean beauty brands, offered similar “toothbrush” style foundation brushes at much more affordable prices and both are very well received within the beauty community.

I purchased the Missha Artistool Foundation Brush #101 ($14) off of Missha’s official website which was pure luck because it’s almost always out of stock.

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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

e.l.f. Ultimate Blending Brush & Beautifully Bare Blending Brush

e.l.f. Ultimate Blending Brush, e.l.f. Beautifully Bare Blending Brush

There was a time back in the day when e.l.f. brushes were all the rage in terms of affordable, lower end, drugstore brushes. I know I really loved their Studio Blush Brush and still get a lot of use out of the Studio Small Studio Brush to this day. However, it’s been years since the e.l.f. brush hype has died down and I honestly think the quality/quality control of their Studio brushes has really declined over the years. For example, I know that the Studio Blush Brush that e.l.f. sells in stores nowadays is a lot less dense than the original first generation Studio Blush Brush they used to sell. Over the years, other brands like Real Techniques came along and surpassed e.l.f.. So when I saw that e.l.f. had come out with some new brushes in a higher price range ($6 versus $3 for the Studio brushes or $1 for their Essential brushes) I was intrigued but had very low expectations. I think these new $6 brushes have been around since the beginning of this year but I only spotted them recently at my local CVS. The two brushes that interested me most and that I purchased were the Ultimate Blending Brush and the Beautifully Bare Blending Brush.

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