CVS Haul & Empties

I generally buy two or three skincare or makeup items at a time but it’s been quite awhile since I’ve done a proper multi-purchase beauty haul. However, as it happens, I had some CVS ExtraBucks that were about to expire, I was interested in trying something new, and I also needed to restock some skincare staples. The stars were aligned for a haul.

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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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CVS Black Friday Haul

CVS ran a really great sale on their website this past week: 30% off sitewide and free shipping with no minimum purchase.

As I mentioned in a previous blog entry, I’ve known for awhile that dimethicone is an ingredient that clogs my pores and exacerbates my eczema and dryness so I want to cut it out completely from my skincare and makeup routine. That’s my New Year’s resolution for 2017. I’d been researching budget friendly dimethicone-free skincare products that are available at the drugstore, so this sale came at the perfect time since I had already found a few products that interested me.

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