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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Milani Bronzer XL – Bronze Glow

Milani Bronzer XL – Bronze Glow

The Milani Everyday Eyes palettes that I purchased recently were a resounding success, I felt, and renewed my interest in the brand. One of the Milani items I’ve had on my shopping list for years has been their huge Bronzer XL. YouTuber Emilynoel83 has been using and raving about this bronzer for the longest time although I believe she uses the more neutral/cool Fake Tan shade whereas I was more interested in getting the warmer, more red toned Bronze Glow shade.

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Milani Everyday Eyes Powder Eyeshadow Collection – Bare Necessities & Earthy Elements

Milani Bare Necessities & Earthy Elements

The Milani Everyday Eyes palettes launched earlier in the year and although they piqued my interest the minute I saw them in person, I held off from buying them for months. There are six palettes in the collection and reviews for the collection as a whole have been mixed but whenever I watch YouTube Monthly Favorites videos one particular Milani Everyday Eyes palette keeps getting mentioned over and over again: Earthy Elements.

Still, I held back and it wasn’t until I watched Jennifer Wan’s Current Favorite Eyeshadow Palettes video in which she says it’s similar to Too Faced’s Peanut Butter & Jelly palette minus the purples that I decided I had to get it. That description really sold me because I had been interested in the warm tones of the PB&J palette but never pulled the trigger because I knew I’d never used those purple shades. Earthy Elements sounded like a much more doable palette for me.

Milani was on sale BOGO50% at CVS this week so I decided to get the Bare Necessities palette in addition to Earthy Elements because out of all the palettes in the Everyday Eyes collection these two seem to get the most raves. They’re normally $10.49 each but I got them for a bit less since they were on sale.

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Nail polish haul

Love & Beauty Pink glitter

I’ve never really checked out Forever 21’s beauty section before but I recently learned that the people who manufacture L.A. Girl nail polishes also produce the nail polishes for Forever 21’s Love & Beauty line. I’ve been very impressed with the L.A. Girl nail polishes I’ve acquired from my local beauty supply store but they carry such a small variety of colors, so I was really interested in checking out the color selection at Forever 21.

I was immediately drawn to the glitter polishes and quickly snatched up two bottles in pink and red. Both contain a mixture of small shimmer and larger hex glitter in a clear base. I was particularly excited about the red glitter polish because I’ve been looking for one ever since I bought Wet n Wild Behind Closed Doors (I’m not a fan of the black base). And just the other day I saw a display of Milani’s new Jewel FX glitter polishes at CVS which included a red glitter and personally I wasn’t impressed. I think the Forever 21 glitters are much more appealing.

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