Use Up that Makeup! 2017 Inventory and Thoughts on Decluttering

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Saw this hilarious evil kermit meme floating around 😀

I kind of didn’t want to do it, but I think it would be useful to post the inventory I recently did of my current makeup stash and what my goals are in terms of numbers.   I was hesitant to post these numbers because I am embarrassed, but hey, I should be open about this because it will keep me accountable! My goal is to use up that makeup!

So here it is, a snap shot of my current inventory as of 4/1/2017.  As you can see, it’s a very classy looking index card that I laminated with packing tape.  This may be a huge collection to some or a small one to others, but for me,  it’s too much.  My goal numbers are to the far right.  They’re what I’m aiming for after decluttering the makeup that I want to donate and using up what I have left. Once I start getting close to panning things, I’ll probably step it up and do some project pans, hopefully within this year!  I l.o.v.e other peoples project pans!  There is something inexplicably satisfying about seeing the silver pan at the bottom of a product.use up that makeup Continue reading

Shopping my Stash, Enjoying what I have! The April Makeup Basket

Recently Bobbi Brown had their Friends + Family sale where everything was 20% off.  Of course, I jumped on that sale and ordered some goodies online.  It’s the same percentage off as the big Sephora VIB sale in the fall, so I did not think I would get a better deal later. For quite a while now though, when I buy new makeup, I always feel  conflicted because I know I am spending a lot of money on makeup, and I know I do not need the new makeup.  So as I order more makeup online (although I love Bobbi Brown, I really do), in the back of my mind, I am thinking, What am I doing?  It’s like I am caught in this cycle of buying new makeup, then seeing something else that is new and promising in the masses of advertisements and youtube world, buying more makeup, and then forgetting to enjoy what I already have.

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Benefit Cheek Parade – blush and bronzer for pale skin!

I’m excited to say that I am now the owner of Benefit’s Cheek Parade palette.  The Benefit Cheek Parade palette was released recently, and I thought it was very pretty when I saw it online.  I was most interested in Rockateur and the new Hoola Lite and Galifornia, though all 5 of the shades seem like they would complement pale skin beautifully.  However, I have commitment issues with makeup palettes!  I’m a firm believer that there are ALWAYS going to be a few shades that I will not use, and then I think it’s wasteful for me to purchase the whole palette if that is the case.  Fast forward to today, when I saw the Cheek Parade with my own eyes at my local Sephora… I immediately grabbed it!  Even though it’s in palette form, even though I know that I have enough blushes and bronzers that I love, I had a strong affirmation in the core of my gut that the Cheek Parade and I will have a long love affair, and that there is a very good possibility that I will use every. single. color. in this palette!  Read on to see my thoughts!

Benefit Cheek Parade blush and bronzer for pale skin

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Missha’s The Original Tension Pact Natural Cover Review for Pale Skin!

I recently got my hands on some Korean beauty items and I am excited to write about my first impressions, especially the foundations.  Finding a foundation for pale skin is hard enough, but add in Asian skin undertones and you sometimes have a whole new level of difficulty.  Anyway, I thought testing some Korean brands would make finding foundations with the correct undertone a bit easier.  My first review and first impressions will be on Missha’s The Original Tension Pact Natural Cover in the shade 21.  Read on to see my thoughts!

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MAC makeup sale and what to buy for pale skin

I just wanted to share quickly that MAC is having a 25% off sale for MAC Select members!  I think of MAC Select as like Sephora VIB.   You accumulate points and get discounts once in a while.  Sign up on their website for MAC Select (it’s free!) and you can get 25% off your purchase with code MAC25 online or in stores through March 20.   I pounced on the MAC makeup sale and ordered a few goodies last night.  As a pale princess, I’m the most excited about ordering the MAC Face and Body Foundation in the shade White! Yes, white!

I’ve been eyeing this for a loooong while but never wanted to spend $38 on it even though I knew I would get so much use out of it.  Most foundations are too dark for me so having a white foundation to mix them with would make my makeup life so much easier!  And when you think about it, $38 for 4 fl. oz.  of foundation is pretty great.  It’s comparable to drugstore prices per fluid ounce.  I guess I was always hoping to find more foundations that I did not have to mix too, but those are a rare treasure.  Whatever, I’m happy I held out for so long and snagged it on sale. 🙂

I confess I was cackling gleefully while ordering it last night for $28.50 after the discount.  Just thinking about going through my foundation stash and mixing pretty much every single one with the white F&B foundation so that they all match my skin, neck, and chest perfectly just made me giddy.  (insert googly heart eyes here)

I have never tried the white F&B foundation before, but I do have and adore the F&B foundation in the shade C1, so I’m pretty much certain I’ll love the white one too.  I love the light, moisturizing, and comfortable texture of the F&B foundation, and how natural and lit from within my skin looks with it.  C1 is a tad dark on me, so I absolutely cannot wait to mix them up!  Also, my NC 15 Studio Sculpt foundation, and my L’Oreal True Match Lumi in W1-2, and my Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth in porcelain, and etc etc…

If you’re struggling to find a foundation light enough for you, I highly suggest you try a white foundation like the white F&B to mix with darker foundations and to take advantage of the 25% off MAC makeup sale right now!

All products mentioned were purchased by myself.  All opinions are my own.

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Review for Pale Skin!

Following my burgeoning crush on Bobbi Brown makeup, I recently got two samples of the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation at my local counter.  The foundation is supposed to give sheer to medium coverage and a very skin-like look, as its name suggests.  It is not a glowy or matte foundation, but very natural.  I was matched to both their lightest and second lightest shades, alabaster (00) and porcelain (0), and so I asked for a sample of both to try out at home to decide which one I liked more before purchasing.  Read on the see my Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation review for pale skin!

Although I will always love my dewy, fresh skin, sometimes I just want my skin to look like my skin.  I’ve always thought of Bobbi Brown brand as a classic, yet modern brand that enhances a person’s natural features so I thought I could definitely find a foundation here that fits the bill.  I was looking for a sheer to medium coverage foundation with a natural finish, and the lady at the counter suggested their Skin Foundation.

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation in Porcelain and Alabaster

Left: Porcelain 0; Right: Alabaster 00

In terms of coverage, the first layer is rather sheer, and if I add on a second layer, I get a medium coverage that still lets my freckles show through a bit.  Note that I only apply a thin layer of foundation at a time.

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation review for pale skin

Left: Porcelain 0; Right: Alabaster 00  in bright, natural light

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation review for pale skin

Left: Porcelain; Right: Alabaster in dimmer natural light

The finish of this foundation is absolutely beautiful.  I fully agree that it blends into my skin and my skin looks like skin, but so much better.  My skin looked healthy.  However, my skin is quite dry, especially around my mouth and between my eyes, so in those areas, the foundation made my skin look powdery.  This foundation is meant for people with normal to oily skin, so I know this is not really the foundation’s fault because my forehead and cheeks (the more normal areas of my face) looked awesome!  And lets be honest – there hasn’t been one foundation, even the ones for dry skin, that has made my dry patches disappear.  However, just FYI, for my dry-skinned folks, this foundation can look noticeably powdery on your skin!

Based on how beautiful it was on the less dry areas of my face though, I was willing to overlook it and just exfoliate and over moisturize my face in preparation for this foundation if I chose to purchase it later.

This foundation feels very light on the skin, and there is no discernible scent to it.  My favorite kind of foundation!  The lasting power was all day, but my skin is dry, so that is typically the case for most foundations.  There was no oxidation for me either.

Now onto the color.  I was matched to alabaster 00 and porcelain 0.  Alabaster 00 is their lightest shade  It is a light beige with a white hint and pink undertone.  Porcelain 0 is their very fair beige with neutral undertones.

In the store, the nice lady who matched me thought porcelain worked better on me, but that alabaster also worked well.  I honestly couldn’t tell in the store myself, as store lighting is usually deceptive and terrible.  I was provided with little sample containers to test out at home before making a decision.  After trying it out the next week though, I think that neither of these shades work well for me unfortunately!!

I thought at first the porcelain 0 would work for me because it has neutral undertones, which suit me better.  However, when I apply it to my face, I can tell it is a bit darker than my neck and chest though the undertone worked quite well.

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation review for pale skin

Wearing shade Porcelain 0

bobbi brown skin foundation review for pale skin

When I used alabaster 00, I thought the color match was amazing. However, the more I used it, the more I could see that the undertone was not quite right – it looked a bit pink and mismatched on my skin.  In some angles and some natural lighting, it matched perfectly, but in other situations (like certain artificial lighting and some other natural lighting), it looked off!

 

bobbi brown skin foundation review for pale skin

Wearing shade Alabaster 00. Looks like a pretty good match here!

bobbi brown skin foundation review for pale skin

Alabaster looks like a good match here too!

But now it looks a little too pink/light

If only porcelain with its neutral undertones were a shade lighter!!! Can we please make something like an ultra-porcelain? haha

So all in all, the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation is undoubtedly a beautiful foundation but the color is just not quite right for me to be spending $50+ on it.  The alabaster would be perfect for my pink toned ladies, or if you’re a smidge darker than me with neutral undertones, the porcelain would be perfect.  Definitely ask your local counter for free samples of the foundations before plunking down your money for it though!

All opinions are my own.

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Nature Republic Argan Essential Oil Hair Mist Review

Nature Republic is a Korean brand that offers a variety of cosmetics and skin care inspired by nature.  I was walking around my local Nature Republic store the other day and they were having a big sale on certain items, so I decided to try the Nature Republic Argan Essential Oil Hair Mist.  It is supposed to provide nutrition to damaged hair and make it soft and tangle-free.  Read on to see my thoughts!

Nature Republic Essential Argan Hair Mist Review

When I saw the Nature Republic Argan Essential Oil Hair Mist, I thought it could be a nice thing to use on the daily because it seems fast and because it is a mist, it wouldn’t weigh down my hair with oils.  My hair is rather coarse, so I was hoping this hair mist would soften it a little.

The Nature Republic Argan Essential Oil Hair Mist comes in a typical spray bottle and sprays as a fine mist.  The liquid inside looks just like water.  I don’t see any oiliness in it at all, so I’m not sure how much nourishment my hair is going to get with this.  When I sprayed it, I did get a strong whiff of alcohol.  Alcohol is one of the ingredients listed, and I’m not sure why they would have it in there if it’s supposed to nourish and soften hair!  My hair is rather oily though so this may not be an issue for me.  Other than that, there is no other discernible fragrance.

Nature Republic Argan Essential OIl Hair Mist Review

So, per the instructions, you can mist this over your wet or dry hair.  The first time I tried this, I tried it on dry hair.  BIG MISTAKE.  My hair looked stringy and greasy, and only on the top layer where I spray it too, so it looked extra weird!  I tried combing it out and it helped a little, but a minute later, my hair would be back to stringy yuckiness!

Nature Republic Argan Essential OIl Hair Mist Review

Greasy, stringy hair after misting this spray on dry hair

Nature Republic Argan Essential OIl Hair Mist Review

After combing through, but a minute later, it’s back to intense greasy stringiness 🙁

I would never recommend using this product on dry hair, period.  Maybe if I were at the beach and could pull off a wet beach hair look, but for all other days, it’ll just look greasy.

Next I tried the hair mist on freshly washed hair because the moisture should distribute the product for evenly.  My hair does not look stringy or greasy when the hair mist is used on wet hair, but it does feel a bit weighed down after my hair dried.  I think the Nature Republic Argan Essential Oil Hair Mist gave my hair some more texture when used in this manner though, which is nice.  As for whether my hair feels softer…I honestly cannot tell!

All in all, I would not recommend this product.  It looks terrible when sprayed on dry hair, and if you spray it on wet hair, it can weigh it down once dried.  However, it does give some texture once your hair has dried, which is nice.  I also don’t know how much nourishing oils are in this product since the spray looks just like water.  It also contains alcohol, which I don’t know, but it seems like it would be damaging to hair in general.   My hair is pretty coarse and each strand is thick though, so it may be ok for my hair.  I will try to use it up since I bought it, or just save it for days at the beach, but I will not be repurchasing.

All items mentioned were purchased by myself.  All opinions are my own.

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Bobbi Brown’s Stone, Espresso, and Nude Peach – My Essential Starter Kit

I have always admired the Bobbi Brown brand for its classic taste in makeup.  It’s just kind of expensive, but I recently bit the bullet and got some everyday staples that I know I will use and love.  Call it my Bobbi Brown essential starter kit, if you will.  I purchased two eye shadows, Stone and Espresso, and a blush, Nude Peach, to dip my toes into the brand, and I’m excited to start using them!  Read on for my thoughts on Bobbi Brown’s Stone, Espresso, and Nude Peach, especially if you want to start purchasing their makeup too but are not sure what to get!

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L’Oreal Brow Stylist Kabuki Blender Review!

The L’Oreal Brow Stylist Kabuki Blender in the shade dark brunette is a large crayon style brow product.  It promises soft and full brows, which is what I typically gravitate towards.  The tiny kabuki brush on the other end of the crayon is used to blend the product after it is applied to your brows.  Always interested in brow products, I recently picked this up because I have never used a crayon brow product before.  Read on for my L’Oreal Brow Stylist Kabuki Blender review!

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Essie Ballet Nudes At The Barre Nail Polish Review!

I use to be addicted to ballet.  I took lessons when I was young, during college I was in a dance group, and though I no longer do ballet, I am still drawn to ethereal tulles and beautifully arched feet in pointe shoes.  I’m hooked!  When I found out Essie came out with a line of Gel Couture nail polishes called Ballet Nudes, well, needless to say, I skedaddled over to Ulta.  Yes, they looked as classic and soft and perfect as I had always thought ballet was (though ballerinas are in no way, “soft”…behind that fairy-like beauty are muscles of steel and blood and sweat!).  I just picked up one color  called At the Barre.  Read on to see my Essie Ballet Nudes At The Barre Nail Polish review!

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