bareMinerals Cognac: Trying To Find A Dupe

bareMinerals The Regal Wardrobe, Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips All-in-1 Custom Nude Palette for Face & Eyes Natural Nude

I was doing a routine cleanup of my memory cards and stumbled across a couple of forgotten comparison/swatch pics. I’m pretty sure these were taken sometime during the summer because my skin in the swatch photo looks darker than it does currently.

At the time I believe I was searching for a dupe for bareMinerals’ Cognac, a gorgeous copper shade with a lovely buttery texture and rich color payoff. Cognac is a permanent shade that was included in the limited edition Regal Wardrobe palette and it was the one shade in that palette that I thought was worth keeping (as a whole the palette was too smoky for my tastes).

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Juvia’s Place The Nubian Eyeshadow Palette: Take Two!

Juvia’s Place The Nubian Eyeshadow Palette

No, you’re not seeing things. I decided to repurchase the Juvia’s Place Nubian palette. Last time I bought it directly from the Juvia’s Place website but had immediate buyer’s remorse (I was trying to purge my makeup stash, after all, not grow it) and put it up for sale unswatched as soon as I got it in the mail. This time I bought the Nubian palette when Juvia’s Place made its debut on Hautelook. It was $19 but with shipping it ended up costing as much as it did when I bought it off of the Juvia’s Place website, so about $25. This time, though, curiosity got the better of me and I swatched it.

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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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Revlon ColorStay Crème Eye Shadow – Praline

Revlon ColorStay Crème Eye Shadow – Praline

Revlon recently came out with a new collection of  crème eye shadows. I only saw four or five neutral shades in a special display at CVS but if you check Revlon’s website it seems like they’ll be rolling out even more shades soon. I picked up Praline, a beige pink with a shimmery finish and it was $8.49 which is about the same price as Maybelline’s Color Tattoos.

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Small CVS Haul

Not too exciting but Revlon’s on sale this week at CVS so I decided to get one of the Super Lustrous lipsticks in the shade Rum Raisin ($6.99). The Super Lustrous lipsticks are okay but not my favorite formula — I prefer balmier, glossier lipsticks — but I wanted to try one of their darker shades.

While there I spotted a special display for the new Revlon Colorstay Creme Eye Shadows ($8.49 each). There were only four colors available and I considered buying the two lightest eye shadows but thought it was probably wisest to only buy one in case the formula turned out to be not so good. I decided to go with 730 Praline which appears to be a shimmery pinkish beige. Here’s hoping I like it!