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.
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.
- 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
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.
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.
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.