Time to Purge!

Several years ago I did a major makeup purge. I went from having 200+ lipsticks, 100+ eyeshadows, and just as many palettes, blushes, bronzers, highlighters and concealers to less than 20 items TOTAL. It was a proud moment for me. Instead of hoarding a ton of makeup that I’d never be able to use and fully appreciate, I wanted a well edited, well loved collection that I knew I could consistently use on a daily basis.

A couple of days ago I realized that those hoarding tendencies of old were creeping up on me again when I saw that there was barely any empty space left on my vanity. Granted, my collection isn’t as wild as it used to be (thankfully, not even close!) but I knew it was time to purge again. Best to nip things in the bud before they get out of hand.

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CVS Haul

My local CVS reset several of their drugstore makeup displays last week just in time for the Physicians Formula, e.l.f. and Wet n Wild CVS ExtraBuck promos. I tossed my receipt but I’ll try to list all the prices I remember.

I bought:

  • The new Physicians Formula The Healthy Foundation SFP 20 in LN3 ($15.29). There are 16 shades available on Physicians Formula’s website divided into 4 subcategories: Light, Medium, Dark and Deep. The 3 lightest shades in the display were Light Cool 1 (LC1), Light Warm 2 (LW2) and Light Neutral 3 (LN3).
  • I went kind of crazy and purchased 4 Physicians Formula The Healthy Lip Velvet Liquid Lipsticks ($8.19 each): 2 more tubes of Berry Healthy, 1 more tube of Bare With Me, and 1 tube of Vitamin Beet. I’ll probably put a couple of my backups on my blog sale page soon, so look out for those in case you’re interested.
  • e.l.f. Blushing ($3). It’s been ages since I owned any e.l.f. makeup but this color really caught my eye.
  • e.l.f. Small Stipple Brush.
  • Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in Blossom Glow ($4.99). I believe this is the shade that tarababyz says is a dupe of her favorite Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer Powder.
  • Wet n Wild Nutty eye shadow. Honestly, I only bought this to reach the ExtraBucks threshold. I hardly ever wear eye shadow these days, so this is definitely going to wind up on the blog sale.
  • Wet n Wild Photo Focus Concealer in Light/Med Beige ($3.99). The color range sucks. The lightest shade, Light Ivory, is a little lighter than my skin tone but very pink. The second lightest shade, Light/Med Beige is a little darker than my skin tone but warmer. I decided to go with the slightly darker concealer because the undertone’s right and if I blend it enough I’m sure I can make it work. Whenever I use a too pale, too pink concealer to spot conceal, it’s always too conspicuous.


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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CoverGirl Cheekers Blush – Soft Sable

CoverGirl Soft Sable

Talc is a makeup ingredient that I actively avoid these days, not for any health reasons but because I find its oil-absorbing properties to be incredibly drying on my super dry skin. However, the red coupon machine spat out a $3 off CoverGirl which I felt compelled to use. That’s how drugstores reel you in. I couldn’t think of anything I needed to try from CoverGirl but then I spotted Soft Sable which was my go to blush back in high school, so I decided to pick it up for nostalgia’s sake. If I remember correctly, it cost $4.99.

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NYX Gotcha Covered Concealer – Beige

NYX Gotcha Covered Concealer – Beige

I’m still really loving NYX’s Gotcha Covered but I noticed recently that my dark circles have shifted from brown to purple. “Light,” the pinkish concealer shade that worked splendidly at brightening brown discoloration was no longer cutting it, so I decided that what I needed was a moisturizing, dewy, peachier concealer.

I could’ve gone with a peachy corrector to pair with the Gotcha Covered concealer shade that I already owned but I have fine lines and thin, dry under eyes, so I want to avoid layering too many products in that area. I don’t even bring my foundation up into my under eye area because I worry about it looking too heavy and cakey when topped with concealer. And forget about setting powder. My skin is so dry it sets itself.

Since I’m already a fan of the NYX Gotcha Covered formula, I decided to give the peachy “Beige” shade ($5.99) a try.

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