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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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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CVS Haul

Last week (or was it the week before that?) CVS ran a promo on e.l.f. — Buy $10 Get $3 ECB — so I decided to grab the Ultimate Blending Brush ($6) and the Beautifully Bare Blending Brush ($6). I’ve had my eyes on both brushes for months but it wasn’t until this past month that I finally spotted them in stores. Prior to that the only place I’d seen it was on the e.l.f. website.

The brushes are fantastic, especially the Ultimate Blending Brush which reminds me of the larger end of IT Cosmetics’ dual sided Heavenly Luxe Complexion Perfection Brush.

I was curious about the Beautifully Bare Blending Brush because (1) I’ve never owned a brush shaped like it and (2) it looks like it could be a dupe of the Sephora Pro Full Coverage Airbrush #53 which costs $38.

What I’ve gathered from watching and reading reviews is that both brushes are great multi-taskers. Apparently a lot of people like to use the fan shaped Beautifully Bare Blending Brush for foundation which is interesting because I would’ve never considered it for that purpose. I got it mainly to use with my bronzer. Both brushes are super soft, as soft as any of my Ecotools and Real Techniques brushes, and I’m excited to play with them.

I also found a display for L’Oreal’s new Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation ($13.99) which seems to be all the buzz on YouTube at the moment. The shade I chose is 202 Creamy Natural, the 2nd lightest shade in the range, and it seems to be a decent match for me. I’ve played with it a little already and I have to say I was surprised by how runny it is. Since this is supposedly a foundation for people with dry skin, I had expected a creamier, thicker foundation.

And CVS is once again running a Physicians Formula promo this week — Buy $15 Get $7 ECB — so I purchased another backup of the Argan Oil ($15.99). In the morning and at night, whenever I pump out some moisturizer onto my hand I like to add 3 drops of the argan oil to give an added boost of moisture. I go through a bottle every month or two, so I always have backups on hand.

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Miscellaneous Swatches – e.l.f., Make Up For Ever, bareMinerals

Make Up For Ever Artist Palette Vol. 1, e.l.f. Brownie Points

Here are a few random swatch pics I found sitting on my computer from way back. I suppose at some point in time I had planned on writing up a blog post but for one reason or another never got around to it.

I remember wanting to do some swatch comparisons of the MUFE Artist Palette Vol. 1 with a few other eye shadows in my stash. As you can see I took product pics indoors but I distinctly remember holding off on swatching certain shadows because it was raining outside at the time and I prefer natural daylight outdoors when I do swatches. Things slip my mind really easily so by the time it stopped raining I must have forgotten about doing swatches. Sigh. I remember that it rained or was at least downcast for over a week back then. That’s my only excuse.

Nevertheless I want to share the photos that I have. They may not be as comprehensive or as high in quality as I would’ve liked but I think they may still prove useful to some.

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