Forever 21 High Shine Lip Gloss – Heather Pink

Forever 21 High Shine Lip Gloss – Heather Pink

I placed an online order over the holidays for a couple of jackets. Neither jacket ended up working out (too small) but the random $1.90 lip gloss that I threw into my cart to qualify for free shipping was a surprising hit. I actually tossed it aside after I received it and forgot all about it because I expected it to be crappy and only pulled it out to use recently. I’ve never paid attention to Forever 21’s makeup but you can bet I will now.

Sadly, I checked the website recently and I don’t see any of the High Shine glosses on there anymore. I guess they were discontinued and that’s why they were so cheap? What a shame. If I had known about them, I would’ve grabbed a few more colors.

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Revlon Kiss Plumping Lip Creme – Almond Suede

Revlon Kiss Plumping Lip Creme – Almond Suede

Prepare yourself for a very perfunctory swatch/review.

The Revlon Kiss Plumping Lip Cremes are relatively new. I purchased the shade Almond Suede from CVS for $10.29. So expensive!

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Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Crayon – Fuchsia-ristic

Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Crayon – Fuchsia-ristic

Even though I haven’t really mentioned it lately and even though I’ve already reduced my makeup stash considerably, purging is an ongoing process that I continue to tackle. I’m now down to only three lipsticks in my collection which I think is quite amazing considering the fact that I started off with over 100 lipsticks, the majority of which I’ve sold off on my blog sale.

When all’s said and done, Soap & Glory’s Sex Mother Pucker Gloss Crayons came out on top. They are by far my favorite lipsticks in terms of texture, finish, fragrance and colors. Sadly, they’ve been discontinued but a few online vendors still carry them. Out of all of my lipsticks, they were the ones I found myself reaching for time and again and I rotate through the three shades I own — Nudist, Plum Jam and Fuchsia-ristic — on a daily basis.

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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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NYX Butter Gloss – Madeleine & Tiramisu

NYX Butter Gloss – Madeleine & Tiramisu

My local CVS carries a small selection of NYX products. I’ve tried several of their face products but, aside from a couple of chubby lip pencils from ages ago, I don’t believe I’ve ever used any of their lipsticks or lip glosses before. I thought it was about time I rectified that.

For the past few weeks CVS has been running a 25% off promo on NYX, so I decided to grab two of the more nude/neutral NYX Butter Gloss (on sale $3.47 each, regularly $4.99 each) shades from the select few they had on display.

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