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Well, hello there! It’s been uh, a long, LONG time since I’ve been around, no? And I left without barely saying goodbye, please forgive me! The days leading up to my trip to New Zealand were absolutely insane – all the plans I had for pre-trip posts and a handful of scheduled posts pretty much went right out the window, unfortunately. It was a truly stressful week – thankfully at the end of it I was on vacation for 5 weeks How’s everyone been doing since I left!?
I won’t go into major detail about the trip, because this IS a beauty blog after all – and it’s hard to sum up 5 weeks of some of the best times of my life! It was an absolutely amazing, wonderful, fantastic time, and I can’t wait till my next adventure (no, I don’t have anything planned yet but I hope to soon!). I made some truly solid, lasting friendships with people from all over (most notably: Germany, the UK, the Netherlands, and even some fellow Canadians!); saw some of the most beautiful landscapes; did some daredevil stunts (SO unlike me!); and even had a wee bit of a romance I even got a tattoo (I will post pics!)! I guess I could summarize the trip by saying, I got majorly out of my comfort zone and did things I never thought I’d do, and I came back a better person for it all. It was the trip of a lifetime, and in all honesty, I struggled to come home. But alas, here I am!
One thing I did NOT do, was think much about beauty (for shame!). I wore minimal makeup on the best of days (most days I skipped it altogether) – opting for concealer, mascara, and a dab of cream blush when I did wear any. If we went to a bar, I put on a bit of black eyeliner to really go crazy (lol). I wore my hair au natural without any product most days, and actually loved how it looked – kind of beachy-kinky. Unfortunately, I’m trying to recreate the look now that I’m home and it is NOT working for me – it’s too humid here, and it just does NOT look the same. Boo Anyway, makeup etc. was the furthest thing from my mind on this trip (though I confess when I was in the LAX airport en route to NZ with 7 hours to spare, I DID buy a MAC mascara – Haute ‘n’ Naughty – because I was planning to buy it when I returned, and with duty free and the price difference ($23.50CAD vs $20US), I ended up saving $7-8 bucks – sweet! Will review soon!). Oh, I’m lying, I did buy one other thing, but I think I might use it for a giveaway soon, so I’m gonna keep that to myself for now!
Anyway, enough rambling – time for pictures! Since this could easily get lengthy, in this post I’m just going to summarize the ‘beauty’ portion of the trip – tomorrow I will post actual photos of New Zealand itself (I know, waiting sucks, but it’s tough to find time when you’re majorly jetlagged – I keep sleeping in till the afternoon :S – and trying to fit in seeing everyone again…it’s crazy-busy!).
What I packed for cosmetics:
I put Bumble & Bumble deep conditioner in the Ojon jar, TIGI styling lotion in the Aveda container, and TRESemme conditioner in the Bioderma container lol (reuse and recycle!). Everything in this picture was entirely used except for all of the styling lotion – still some left!
The Curel lotion was used up in about two weeks, max – I had to give in a purchase a small Aveeno lotion to get me through the rest of the trip. I’m just finishing the Glysomed hand cream, the Dove soap is still kickin’, and I barely used the Vichy sunscreen – I know, I know, and they have a big ol’ hole in the ozone layer over NZ which on bad days can burn you in 2.5 minutes (no, I’m not exaggerating, this is fact!), but dudes – it was pretty damn chilly there! I wore sleeves and pants almost every single day… The Burt’s Bees cuticle cream took a beating, and the deodorant was entirely used up, it lasted *just* until I made it home!
I bought the travel size of the Purity cleanser before I left – even though I’m leery of the ingredients, I still really like this cleanser and don’t have any issues with it. The Simple cleansing cloths I had bought a while ago but had only used a handful – these were awesome when you were out in the wilderness or if you were sharing a bathroom/shower and wanted to get it done quickfast. They also served as my exfoliant on the trip, and worked quite well!
My trusty facial SPF standby, Clinique’s City Block Sheer, is still going despite using it every day; the Clarins Sun eye cream is on it’s last legs and expired at the end of Oct so it’s going in the trash now. The little pot beneath it is my 100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine eye cream, which I squirted into this container – I used almost the entire pot to try and combat those late, excessively boozy nights of which I had FAR too many. Vaseline – the cureall, and of course not even near finished. Next to it is Weleda’s Almond Facial Lotion, which was very nice and which I used up completely. The Clinique Dramatically Different Lotion and the Moisture Surge samples I’ve finished only since I got home, though note I did have TWO of the Moisture Surge packed. I used the Clinique Even Better SPF20 sample up the first week I got to NZ as the weather was still cold enough to justify a heavier moisturizer. I carried the La Roche Posay moisturizer sample around with me everywhere and dabbed it on when needed – that tiny thing lasted about two weeks! Lastly, the sample of Clinique’s All About Eyes serum I used in the AM and it’s still probably half full, it lasts ages!
In an effort to get rid of the millions of perfume samples I have, I brought a handful with me – but forgot to apply it most of the time! As such, I only used up the Escada sample (last one on the right), which was a sweet scent and perfect for summer (not that it was quite summer in NZ…brrr!). The rest (3 Jo Malone and 1 Bond No.9) were worn sporadically, and still are quite full :S
Lastly, we have the makeup. I also threw in a green Urban Decay 24/7 liner in the mix just before I left for a little color, which I did wear sometimes on the lower lash line when we went out. For the most part though, I just wore one of the two Bobbi Brown Pot Rouges (or sometimes both at once), a touch of mascara, and concealer (which I forgot to feature here). When we went to a bar, I’d add one of the two black liners, a bit of foundation (in the contact lense case – learned that trick online somewhere!), and some lip gloss. Out of all this makeup, which was mainly the dregs of my collection – items that were near done or which I wanted to use up – NOTHING was finished, because of the infrequency of wear. DAMN. The samples of primers, the loose shadow in the jar, and the sample Burberry lippies weren’t even touched. BOO
I stored all my makeup in this little case:
I think my cosmetics stash was pretty reasonable for five weeks, for a beauty junkie – don’t you? Actually, one day I was unpacking my whole backpack (which I had to do EVERY day because it only opened from the top – super annoying!), and the girls in my room were shocked at how little stuff I had overall. It sounds great, but honestly I was NOT prepared – for all the partying! I had brought one black tank top, one dressy sleeveless shirt, one pair of jeans, and two dresses (each of which I wore only once because it was NOT a dress kind of trip) for ‘going out’ clothes. I had NO idea that I would be out dancing my ass off at bars and clubs for half of the trip…FAIL. I thought I’d be off hiking every damn day, not getting wasted in Queenstown at World Bar where drinks are served in teapots, or singing kareoke at the Establishment bar in Wellington! Not one other person packed as ‘practically’ as I did, either. Dammit all to hell. Ah well, I still had the BEST time a gal could have! (but I did buy a whole new outfit once I returned to Auckland near the end of my trip – at least ONE night I was well dressed lol).
Alright, that’s it for this installment – I go back to work tomorrow, and actually have to get up at a respectable time! I will post photos of the actual trip tomorrow! In all fairness, this IS a beauty blog, so I had to get the business side out of the way first
I’m really glad to be back, I missed you all! I can’t wait to catch up on the goings-on in the beauty/blogging world, I hope I didn’t miss anything too crazy! Let me know all the gossip – and what I NEED to know regarding makeup collections, etc. I am so MAJORLY out of the loop!!!!
It’s that time again! My lemmings of the month. I seem to be moving away from listing a ton of makeup products, which is probably a tad boring, though I’m sure that’ll change once the Fall collections have all come out (and I actually want to think *Fall* – right now I’m kinda loving Summer, thankyouverymuch!). I do have a number of makeup items on my wishlist, but many of them are part of my ’12 New Beauty Brands’ list for the year, and I want to keep those a bit of a secret to surprise you with as I pick them up And I mean, who am I kidding? My ~actual~ wishlist is ENORMOUS, but we would be here all day with that, so I’m just giving you the pared down and more relevant version of products I’m actually going to buy in the near future.
And now – go forth and enjoy! (Oh yea, and see how I’m coming up in the world with my pic below? So snazzy LOL)
1) John Masters Organics Bare Unscented Body Lotion $19CAD
This 100 percent fragrance-free body lotion is loaded with natural oils and glycerin to majorly hydrate, and contains an awesome fusion of coconut oil (heals and repairs, retains moisture, protects), sea kelp (hydrates, softens, and smoothes), milk thistle (antioxidant), vanilla (heals and soothes), comfrey (anti-inflammatory and promotes cell regrowth) and white tea extract (anti-bacterial). The whole ingredient list is majorly impressive with no funky biz (aka lanolin, mineral oil, parabens, etc).
2) L’Occitane Aromachologie Repairing Shampoo $22CAD
A blend of 5 essential oils plus wheat proteins help repair, strengthen, regenerate, and soften dry/damaged hair. The online reviews are overall very favorable, and I’m in the market for a new shampoo, so I’m all for it!
3) MD Formulations Moisture Defense Antioxidant Hydrating Gel $47.60CAD
This Beautypedia-approved moisturizer is a light, oil-free, pH-balanced gel that’s ideal for hydrating oily skin, and contains antioxidants as a bonus. I checked the ingredient list and it’s quite small and free of scary-to-me stuff (though it does contain methylparaben) and notes sodium hyaluronate as the second ingredient after water. Nice!
4) Hourglass Calligraphy Liquid Eye Liner in Indigo $37CAD
I was going to buy Urban Decay Waterproof Liquid Liner in Sabbath, also navy, but the issues I’m having with my Perversion liner are irritating the heck outta me (the ‘filter’ or whatever keeps coming out) – plus, this has more product: 0.08oz as opposed to 0.058, though it is more expensive. It’s Hourglass, c’mon – it’s gotta be fabulous.
5) Essie Topless and Barefoot / OPI Samoan Sand / Chanel Inattendu
I’m really looking to beef up my nude collection, as all these brights and neons are terribly hard to pair together! I can’t get a good idea from swatches online to know if T&B is very similar to Jazz (which I already own), and I can’t find it in stores. I’m also nervous that SS is too yellowed, like Zoya’s Cho, which we all know how I felt about. And I have no clue if I can even purchase Inattendu anymore – will have to investigate. Anyone have any suggestions on their fave nude shade that would work with my skintone?
Such reasonable things to purchase, huh? I’m near the very end of my current antioxidant serum (Clinique’s Repairwear Laser Focus), and since I rarely if ever actually spend my own money on Clinique (and also since I rarely buy the same product twice), I figured it was time to try something new. As for the body lotion, yes, I could stick with my $6 a tube knockoff Aveeno lotion, but goshDARN if it isn’t so freakin’ boring!!! I would love to have a more luxurious option that also doesn’t make my skin crazy, so here’s hoping! The Hourglass liquid liner I threw in there for a bit of fun, though I have been lusting after it for a while. I don’t *need* a navy blue liner, but I’m so frustrated with my black UD one, and the only other options I have in liquid are either burgundy (Illamasqua’s Havoc, which is SPECTACULAR but not always dark enough), bright aqua, or sparkly gunmetal. Time for another ‘classic’ methinks.
So! What’s on your wishlist lately? Any particular product you’ve tried recently that knocks your socks off?
I confess that I don’t really understand the ‘terrible’ implications some people seem to feel turning 30 has (or 40, or 50, or any milestone age, for that matter!). I feel exactly the same today at 30 as I did yesterday at 29, and the number itself harbours absolutely no negative feelings in me whatsoever. I actually much prefer the even number to the odd, ugly number of 29 (though 28 – my ‘golden’ year – was my favorite ). Anyway, mostly I just think it’s pretty cool to be entering a whole new decade of my life, and I’m really looking forward to what it is going to bring. I can’t imagine anything but new and exciting times to come!
In order to fully celebrate making it successfully into my thirties, I’ve decided to do compile a list of 30 things I’d like to do this year, starting today till my birthday next year. I’m sure many of you aren’t surprized, since I do so love a good challenge and an opportunity to make yet another list!
The list is comprised to items of varying nature – some are quite grand events and goals I hope to endeavor upon (run a full marathon; buy a piece of designer jewelry or a pair of designer shoes; participate in a protest; travel to New Zealand – which has been on my ‘bucket list’ for ages and is the only thing that’s officially set in motion!), while others are much more moderate in nature but things I’ve always wanted to do nonetheless (learn how to play poker; read 12 classic novels; have a technology-free weekend; go to a new restaurant every month). I divided them into categories – 10 for life-based goals (like learning how to shoot a gun *just because, not for any scary reason!*), 5 for Halifax-themed (go on the local Ghost Walk tour), 5 for travel (take a spur of the moment flight somewhere!), 5 for ‘fabulous’ things (like attending a real fashion show), and of course – 5 for beauty-related items!! Which I am now going to detail below:
1) Learn 3 new hairstyles
My curly mop of hair is fun, to be sure, but there’s really not a whole lot I can do with it – or at least that I’ve taken the time to learn, anyway! So this year, I vow to stop doing the same old (which just means wearing it down as is) and trying out new ways to work with it to have some fun with it! I’ll say it right now: I am welcoming suggestions!!!!
2) Attend Cosmoprof or IMATS
I’m fairly certain attending one of these events would be like my own private Utopia, so attend I must It’ll depend on the timing and location to determine which I’ll go to (and I’m not even sure if a layperson can go to Cosmoprof?), but I probably should start saving my pennies now, eh?
3) Go makeup-less for a week
Gotta throw in a good challenge of course! Even though I tend to not want to stop wearing makeup for the mere fact that that means I’m not using it up faster, I think going makeup-less for a week will be a wonderful way to make sure I remember thatit’s just makeupand that as fun as it is, it’s not the be-all end-all. I don’t think this is going to be that hard as in, being uncomfortable without it per se, but obviously makeup plays a huge part in my life, and I think going without for a period of time will strengthen my character. And when I say without, I mean nothing. Nada. Not even concealer for my racoon eyes. Who am I kidding? It’s gonna be a scary week. But also majorly liberating!
4) Try 12 new-to-me beauty brands
I’ve already got my list drawn up for the brands I’d love to try! I’ve made some headway this past year with checking out Le Metier de Beaute, and Burberry (oh yes I did! Keep reading for the scoop ), but there are still a handful which I’d love to try and am going to make a point to do so. I think this year will be a good one for restraint on the number of products I pick up, and more of a focus on what I’m getting instead. I’m pretty stoked for it!
5) One Month Beauty Challenge
I have to explain this one because it’s a little convoluted, as my schemes usually are What I want to do is this: Choose 10 makeup items only (this includes staples like foundation or mascara) and then allow myself to wear only those 10 items for the entire month. Of course I will have to be extremely selective and make sure I have the best products to allow me to create a variety of looks. I have a vague idea of what I’ll use; when the time comes I’ll make the final decision. I’m tempted to cheat and do this while I’m traveling for five weeks in New Zealand – because I’ll be bringing VERY minimal makeup along with me then – but I think I’ll do this as a separate challenge for my day-to-day life. I don’t know the month yet, but of course when I decide I’ll be posting all the details here!
So that’s what you can expect to see at Beauty Obsessed over the next year! I’m pretty excited for all of the goals I have to work toward, beauty or otherwise. I love having things to look forward to, and I like getting a fire under my butt to get things done. No time like the present!
Now, I’m not going to leave you with just a bunch of my ramblings today, of all days! I’ve got a little bit of photo porn to show you from my Burberry haul first – of course full reviews will be forthcoming over the next little while!
Oh yea, I forgot to mention – these photos were taken with my BRAND NEW CAMERA!!!!!! My delightful boyfriend gave it to me for my birthday gift (along with planning a surprize super-fun photo scavenger hunt/pig roast/party for my celebrations this past weekend!). Best gift ever! I can’t get over how much better my photos are and how much less work I have to put in to get a good result! Old camera is getting the boot lol. I hope you’ll enjoy the much better quality photos moving forward!
Now I’m off to relax and enjoy my day (going for a massage later – heaven!), I hope you all had a fantastic weekend!!!
Well…I’m pretty much sucking at this whole low-buy thing. You’d think, a gal who could give up buying cosmetics altogether during Lent last year could do a silly low-buy that consequently enables her to ALSO buy up to 5 nail polish a month and 3 LE items per season? Er, no. Seems I can’t. I am simply struggling to finish enough products in order to justify the amount I’ve purchased!! I tell you, it’s becoming impossible. There are just too many awesome products out there, it’s *sooo* not my fault!~Boo Hoo~ Enough with the whining I guess…you want to see the damage, I take it? Check out what I bought/swapped for in the last month (reviews for products will be eventually forthcoming):
1) Olay Foaming Face Wash Sensitive Skin (bought)
2) Neutrogena Moisture Oil Free Sensitive Skin (bought)
4) Milani Liquif’Eye Metallic Eye Liner Pencil in Aqua (bought)
6) Laura Mercier Full-Blown Volume Mascara (bought)
6) MAC Refined Golden bronzer (swapped for*)
7) MAC Pigment in Melon (swapped for*)
8) Bobbi Brown Shimmerbrick in Nectar (swapped for*)
9) Estee Lauder Illuminating Powder Gelee in Shimmering Sands (LE) (bought)
10) Zoya Cho (bought)
11) Nfu-Oh #51 (bought)
12) Nfu-Oh Aqua Base (bought)
*For the swapped items, I exchanged for my MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot, MAC Electra and Strike a Pose eyeshadows, Urban Decay Zero 24/7 eyeliner, the Fyrinnae Shinkirou eyeshadow, and a Marc Jacobs perfume and a handful of perfume samples. So that totals to 5 makeup items.
OK. So I am at a surplus with my polish allowance – all good. I’m already down one for my Summer LE quota (which I can already forsee is going to be a HUGE problem with all the amazing items coming out!!!). Otherwise I picked up 2 skincare products and 7 makeup items. Hmmm…let’s see how I did in the *purge* category.Last month I was kickin’ butt at using up my makeup, but this month hasn’t been so successful. I did get rid of a couple of straggler products overall, but still…I’m disappointed. Take a look:
Suddenly, this was finished this weekend – I had no idea I was on my last pump, but I am SO happy about it! Shave gel = useless product.
Live Clean Moisturizing Body Wash
I used this to soak my feet in after realizing I wasn’t a fan of the generic soap-scent. Worked well in that area, at least! It foamed up really nicely.
Redken Real Control Crema Care (50mL)
This is a great styling lotion if you’re looking for a travel product – it holds and softens hair at the same time, but it’s a bit sticky feeling. I wouldn’t buy the full size version.
butter London Nail Foundation ($20CAD)
I enjoyed this for the first couple months, loving how *flawless* it made my bare nails look, and how it helped eliminate VNL, but it didn’t adhere my polish any better than any other base coat, and it got thick fast. I added thinner to no avail. For that price tag – bye bye!
I know a lot of people have issues with the Clarifying Lotion. I don’t dislike it, but I’m not necessarily a fan, and if you have sensitive skin it can be a pretty harsh exfoliant. I’d recommend the mild version for most skins, which I may try some day. For now, I’m glad this is gone. I got it for free, so you know I *had* to use it.
Ole Henriksen Truth To Go Wipes ($10CAD)
I have yet to have luck with any wipes which don’t seem to harm my skin in some way. The first time I used these, I loved how soft they made my face feel (and still with that lovely orange-y scent, yum!). But then the next day my face seemed to be extra-reactive, and I think these may have been the culprit. There were only 10 wipes, so I just used them on the nights when I was just TOO lazy to wash my face. All done now
Fresh Soy Face Cleanser (50mL) ($17.50CAD)
Travel size of this cleanser. I bought it to check it out, and when I realized it wasn’t much of anything, I used it to travel with. However, I’ve been slowly running out of cleansers and I am trying to use them all up before buying more, so I started using this in the shower daily. It’s pretty fragrant so I worry about the effect it has on my skin – seems OK but I’m always suspicious. I wouldn’t buy this again.
Josie Maran Argan Oil (15mL) ($18CAD)
I sadly can’t get behind the hype of this product; it didn’t do anything amazing for my skin, and I was SO prepared for it to! I might be great in the warmer months for a nighttime product, but during the Winter days and nights, it was both greasy and yet not quite moisturizing enough some how. Fail.
I finished a foundation!! I can’t remember the last time I did that I’ve spoken of this one before – I really liked it; the color match was superb, the coverage just right (sheer to medium) and it didn’t irritate my skin in the least. I could use this on the sensitive skin around my mouth and it never caused any problems, and actually hydrated it a bit. I can’t use this in the Summer because it’s a bit too much for my oily skin, but in the cold Winter month it was just what the doctor ordered. I’d even potentially buy this again next year!
Clinique All About Eyes Concealer in Medium Honey ($20CAD)
- This used to seem like the perfect shade for me…but lately I found it to be a bit grey, for whatever reason. So it was a good thing that it was nearing it’s end. It’s pretty old too, probably 4 years+, and the sides are cracking so that I’d get concealer on my fingers when I squeezed too hard. How annoying. Time to go!
- I know some people really enjoy this mascara, and the first time I used it I LOVED how long it made my lashes look – but it quickly got dry and super-clumpy, and I never felt like I had enough product on the brush since it comes in the package with the brush separate from the mascara tube to begin with. I dunno. It got old quick, literally
Buxom Mascara in Blackest Black (sample)
- I received this back during the Sephora opening, and only started using it about two months ago. Could be because it was older, but it just never gave enough *oomph* for me. It was absolutely AMAZING for getting every lash and for not clumping, ever, but it almost somehow faded throughout the day and my lashes seemed to get more and more puny as the hours wore on. I’m not into the au naturale look with lashes so this is not for me. And NOT Buxom by any means!
- I got this in a gratis or through a school or something…and it’s SO not for me! Not only am I not a huge lipstick wearer, I don’t wear ANY of these shades, and I get irritated having to use a lip brush every time I want to apply it. No thanks man! I had this in a drawer at work just collecting dust – it’s time it kicked the bucket.
- I think I picked up the Annabelle liner looking for a recreation of MAC’s Spice liner, which I heard a lot about. Whether or not they’re dupes, I dunno…I barely used this because a) I just don’t use liner, and b) it was a muddy color on my lips. Boo. I’ve had this for like, 10 years – why am I keeping this kind of crap! BEGONE.
The Smashbox lip pencil, well…it’s sheer, and its a lip pencil. Not. For. Me. TOSS.
MAC Gleam Lipstick ($17.50CAD)
- I went through this kick a few years back where I wanted that pale nude-lavender lip look (see my post with Keri Hilson’s look) and this was the shade I picked up thinking it could help create it. Uh, no. This is like a pale silvery-beige-purple sheer lippie that makes me look dead. I tried mixing it with other shades to make it work, and I could, but good gosh – I don’t want to have to work so darn hard! It’s going, I can’t deal with it any longer. And it looks ugly in the tube. I hate when my makeup gets ugly-looking. GET OUT OF MY LIFE.
MAC Venetian Lustreglass ($17.50CAD)
- A couple years ago I had my makeup done at MAC for a Christmas party, and this was part of the look. It looks fantastic then, and then…never again. It’s too much of a blue-based red, and because it’s more on the sheer side, it looked weak as well. I am the most proud of this getting tossed – I mixed this with every friggin’ lippie I could to get rid of it, and hallelujah – success!! I could probably get a couple more uses out of it, but NO. NO, I REFUSE. I AM DONE WITH YOU.
So….yea. Getting a bit angry there, sorry! It’s just that those items that were long overdue to get the boot and it was driving me insane that they were hanging around forever. I hardly have any of those kinds of items left now though, sa-weet! …Except that means that I have very few products that are going to get used up any time soon, which means…very little allowable purchases for awhile (supposedly – hopefully I get some willpower this coming month). DANG.
Anyway, lets do the tally:
Limited Edition (Summer) – 1 of 3
Acquired – 9 (2 skincare, 7 makeup)
Got Rid Of – 22 (7 skincare, 1 hair, 14 makeup)
Skin- and haircare don’t even really warrant discussing – I think I’m always going to have more going out than coming in (although…how is that even possible? Hmm…eventually it’ll be one to one I guess) – but on the makeup side, I managed to achieve my use 2, buy 1 guideline by the skin of my teeth. I’m going to be up-front – I pretty much ransacked my stash to see if there were any items I didn’t want or even like and got rid of them just so I could ring in on the level. I know I need to strap down and really take this more seriously; the whole point of engaging in this challenge was to use and appreciate what I have…and lately I feel like I’m just chasing after the next thing and the next, and barely even registering what I’ve gotten. Which is a terrible habit to get into, and more than anything else I want to stop that cycle.
Next month, I PROMISE to do better! And hold me to it – there’s no point in engaging in another 9 months of this if I’m just going to continue on the same way I always have. My arse needs a good kick sometimes!
How do you keep your purchases in check? What are your suggestions on how to truly slow down and appreciate what you already have, and resist the siren call of new products?
No buys, low buys, or cosmetic bans of various sorts, are common around these here parts. It seems somewhat counter-intuitive that we beauty bloggers, who write so passionately about our purchases and are forging the way through the lipstick jungle, also have to cap ourselves off from time to time to keep ourselves in check. In my post last month about restricting myself, I recognized the fact that while I want to be reasonable in my spending habits, it is unwise for me to cut myself off in any areas, because when I can’t have something, I want it that much more, and it always seems to end badly for me (and my waistline/bank account).Last week, Liz at Beauty Reductionista gave me a heads up on participating in an upcoming no/low buy that she and a few other bloggers we going to engage in, starting tomorrow. I thought long and hard about it, because while I want to keep myself in check, as noted above, I have to do so with caution. After sleeping on a few brainstormed ideas last night, I think I’ve worked out a process that should keep me on the (relative) straight and narrow, while still allowing me the leeway to have fun and not feel deprived. You may notice that some of these ideas echo sentiments I made in my Resolutions post earlier this year – this is taking it one step further and clarifying those guidelines. So, without further ado, here is the system I’m hoping to successfully follow for the rest of 2012:
1) Employ the use* one, buy one system for skin, body, and haircare products.
Surprizingly, I have a relatively small quantity of these types of products – for almost all categories, I have only one of each (eg. one shampoo/conditioner, one body lotion, one hair styling lotion, etc.). I have a slight stockpile of skincare items, but I’m slowly whittling it down, and I don’t plan on refilling them just to buy something. Streamlining in this area has been pretty easy – and I want to keep it this way.
2) For makeup purchases, follow a use* two, buy one system (excluding foundation and powder, as I only have very small numbers of each and these are considered ‘needs’).
I actually really dislike having an excess of *things* – in most areas of my life, I like to keep my options limited as otherwise it can at times cause some anxiety. My biggest weakness as a beauty junkie is the fact that conversely, I adore change (and, who am I kidding, shopping!), so even though I don’t always enjoy having so much makeup, I get bored and want something new on a frequent basis. So, having said that, I really want to scale back the amount of makeup I own, and this seems like an excellent way to go about it, without enforcing any restrictions on myself and keeping things fresh.
*’Use’ can be interchanged with toss, swap or giveaway – it just means I must have one (or two) less product(s) in order to purchase a new one.
3) Allow for three (3) Limited Edition purchases per season, up to a max of $150.
One regret I’ve had since I started blogging is missing out on awesome LE products (and I’m not talking about every item that’s comes out of the rapid-fire MAC collections). I really want to get on the horse when it comes to these pieces, but not let the ‘Limited Edition’ tag take a hold of me and create purchasing anxiety/stress. Capping myself at 3 items per season lets me feel like I’m taking part without getting too caught up in the mania. However, I added the stipulation of $150 because oft times these products are more expensive (Chanel’s Spring LE Blush de Horizon for example is $74CAD!), and if I’m picking up 3 items at this price, it’s defeating my purpose to some extent. Note: These LE items do not count towards the use two, buy one system. Also, LE nail polish is to be counted in the nail polish category.
4) Purchase no more than five (5) nail polish per month.
At the moment, this has been much easier than it was last year – with my recent polish burnout, a lot of the new shades just aren’t doing it for me lately (though, who knows how long this will last??). In any event, I think 5 polish / month is sufficient to allow me to enjoy trying new colors but will help me keep my stash at a reasonable number, and my older shades will still get some love (I estimate that I change my polish about 8-10 times per month). In the event that there are a multitude of upcoming polish releases that catch my eye, I am allowed to carry over this number each month if it is not fully used (for example, if I only buy 3 nail polish this month, then in February I am now able to purchase 7 nail polish). It’s always good to have a little leeway in case of ~emergency~
5) Establish Fun Color Friday’s.
This is sort of a fun idea I had that doesn’t necessarily relate to streamlining purchases, but is a way to start using up makeup that often goes untouched because it’s not entirely ‘work friendly’ – which therefore will help achieve the ‘use two’ part of the above guidelines. So: Every Friday, I need to wear shades/textures/application that I normally wouldn’t employ at work – nothing crazy, but a little fun here and there is no crime!! Bright lips or colored eyeliner are a great example. I’m going to *attempt* to learn how to take FOTD photos, and if I’m successful, I’m going to post these ‘Fun Friday’ looks for your viewing pleasure!!
Update: After getting a few ideas from the other fine ladies doing no/low-buys, I’m adding just a couple stipulations to the guidelines – because ‘using two’ is gonna be MAJORLY rough. a) PR samples do not count; b) Purchases made while traveling that are items I cannot buy in Nova Scotia are exempt (I know that gives me a somewhat broad berth, but there are many brands we don’t have here, and if I get the rare chance to buy something from one of them, I am gonna do it, no doubt in my mind).
I feel very good about the list above and think that its a great step towards both enjoying my purchases as well as making sure I behave and don’t get out of control (which can happen at any time!). I would like these guidelines to mean that you will no longer read any more posts about how all my makeup stresses me out, and how I feel torn between guilt and euphoria after making a purchase. So this benefits YOU as well as me
I’m already making headway with a few makeup items that are nearing their end, and I’m pretty stoked about it. Truly, the biggest draw for me is picking up something new, something I’ve never tried before, and knowing I’m fully justified (well, as much as a beauty addict can be!) in making the purchase. I’ve already bought one LE item this season – to be revealed soon – so I’m only able to indulge in two more. I’ve been doing some major research and I’m pretty sure that I know exactly what those items will be. This is going to be fun!! I like a challenge that I know I can win!
Good luck to Liz, Larie from Eye Heart It, Tracy at Beauty Reflections, and the gals at new-to-me blogs Makeup Morsels and Makeup Kismet – as well as any one else who is engaging in their own versions of beauty bans or no/low buys…I know you’re going to rock it out!
Typical Gemini – I Can’t Even Focus on Holiday Beauty, I’m Already Distracted with Thoughts of Spring!
The Holidays haven’t even passed, and Winter here in Halifax is just getting into full swing – and already I’m itching to get my hands on some of the new Spring offerings that are cropping up around the blogosphere and at your local beauty counters!! What can I say, I love me some beauty While I haven’t seen any of these products firsthand, here are some great posts that are sure to inspire lemmings in you the same way they did me:
Though I’ve been in a slight polish slump the past couple months, I think OPI’s Holland collection will help bring me back to the light – Fashion Polish has made sure of that!
I don’t own a lot of Laura Mercier makeup, but it might be time to change that – the upcoming Lingerie collection I saw on Temptalia is too pretty to resist!
I skipped out on the first Urban Decay Naked palette, and stand by my decision. Will I be able to retain my willpower against the Naked 2 palette? xSparkage aids in my decision with a great comparison post.
Though this product has apprently been available in Canada since October, I just saw an ad for it for the first time last week – the Olay Smooth Finish Facial Hair Removal Duo! Cinnamon Kitten has details on it’s effectiveness, and it sounds great!
Another product that’s not new to the beauty scene, but new on my radar – due to the initial reaction of Liz at Beauty Reductionista, I just might have to take a good long look at the Clarisonic Mia and determine whether or not I should add it to my beauty repetoire!
I hope everyone is having a great Holiday!! What kind of loot did Santa bring you??
Posted by Latoya in Alterna, Anti-Aging, Aveda, Aveeno, Base Coats, Benefit, Body Care, Cleanser, Clinique, Cover Girl, Dior, Eucerin, Eye Liner, Eyeshadow, Giorgio Armani, Hair, Hand Care, Joico, Lancome, Lips, Make-up, Mascara, Moisturizers, Neutrogena, Paul Mitchell, Phyto, Revlon, Seche Vite, Serums, Shampoo, Skincare, SPF, Styling Products, Top Coats on December 17, 2011
This post has been a long time coming, as I’ve got quite a few empties to show you that have been piling up over the past weeks. I kept putting it off as I had a handful of makeup items that were nearing completion and I wanted them to be included. Even still, I have about three more that are thisclose to being finished, but I couldn’t wait any longer. This is gonna be a doozy, so let’s get right to it. Note: In an effort to keep my inherent wordiness down, I won’t be giving my usual lengthy descriptions of each – otherwise you’ll be here till Christmas But, if you do want further details on any product mentioned, don’t hesitate to ask!
First up, we have the hair products. From left to right: Joico Moisture Recovery Treatment Balm, Phyto Phytolactum+ Intelligent Shampoo, Paul Mitchell Smoothing Super Skinny Relaxing Balm (sample), Alterna Bamboo Kendi Oil Dry Oil Mist (sample), and Aveda Smooth Infusion Style-Prep Smoother (sample).
Joico Moisture Recovery: I bought this at Chatters for something like $17CAD. It has good reviews on MUA and I wanted something to hydrate my parched hair. I don’t heat style for the most part, or do any coloring or other treatments to my hair, so it’s pretty healthy but bone-dry. I don’t like Joico much but this worked fairly well – though I wouldn’t repurchase.
Phyto Phytolactum+ Intelligent Shampoo: I picked this up from Sephora last March (see how often I shampoo?) and had high hopes it would sooth my dry scalp and not strip my hair. Mistakenly I thought this wouldn’t contain sulfates (it does) – though it was pretty gentle nonetheless. But it did nothing for my dry scalp, so I wouldn’t repurchase.
Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Relaxing Balm: I was in a buying mood when I picked up this travel size sample at Chatters – I don’t know why I get these ‘smoothing’ products because it’s really meant for people who blow out their hair, which isn’t me. I know you’d like that smoothing might be helpful to tame my curly hair, but I really find it doesn’t do much of anything. This product smelled lovely but that made me nervous (due to my eczema) so I was glad when it was finished.
Alterna Bamboo Kendi Oil: I had just read a couple good reviews on this and then they offer this as a 100-point perk at Sephora so I got it to try out. Again, pointless product for my hair type. Also contained fragrance so I was happy to finish it and be done with it. Can’t comment on it’s effectiveness, unfortunately!
Aveda Smooth Infusion Style-Prep: ANOTHER smoother. I know. Anyway, this actually ended up being quite a gem – if I used this after I applied my usual styling creme, it really kept my hair soft and frizz-free. I’m not a huge fan of the herbal Aveda scent, but it’s also not a deterrent either. I probably wouldn’t buy the full size though; I find Aveda products so expensive!Next – Hand and body creams. Left to right: Aveeno Eczema Care Cream, Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream (frag. free), Eucerin Aquaphor. I’ve discussed all these in length here and here respectively. I’m using a different body lotion right now and I can’t wait till it’s done, it doesn’t measure up to Aveeno’s cream at all. Sometimes you should just stick with what works. I have a new tube of the Norwegian Formula at work – I really like this a lot – but I don’t think I’ll buy the Aquaphor again, it was a bit too thick and contained …. so I’d just rather not.Facial products. Left to right: Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus (sample), Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream SPF15, Clinique Liquid Facial Soap Mild (sample).
Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus: I extolled the virtues of this product here, and I still stand by my view – it was a great serum that make my skin feel uber soft and look radiant. However, now I’m onto Ole’s Truth Serum (though it’s almost finished, waaaah!) and I think I’d opt for that over this just because 1) I LOVE the scent of the Truth Serum, 2) Ole’s is slightly cheaper (by about $3CAD), and 3) I think Ole’s serum is more targeted for my age, whereas I was really using Clinique’s serum prematurely. I still think it’s great though!
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle: I’ve used this a few times in the past, and while I really like it – it leaves the skin really smooth – I think my sensitized skin can’t handle the retinol any more, which is pretty bad considering this is a very low dosage. But, for some one with hardier skin who’s looking for a great, cost-effective (it’s around $24CAD) moisturizer with SPF and anti-aging benefits, I highly recommend this.
Clinique Liquid Facial Soap Mild: I got this in a GWP or something I’m sure, and hung on to it because it’s great for travel. But then I realized I had all these samples and they were starting to annoy me so I began the ‘war on samples’ to mega-reduce my stash. This isn’t really the best formula for my skin, as I’m more oily, but it does the trick for an AM wash, especially in the cooler months. It contains emollients so that it doesn’t leave the skin feeling dry, so that’s a nice perk.
Now, get excited…here comes the makeup portion!!!!Mascaras etc. Top to bottom: Benefit They’re Real!, Clinique High Impact, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill, Diorshow Maximizer Base (sample), and Clinique Bottom Lash.
Benefit They’re Real!: See my initial review here. I really enjoyed this mascara and may even repurchase in the future. It was easy to use and gave me nice looking lashes. ‘Nuff said.
Clinique High Impact: Still one of my favorite mascaras – lots of volume and some length, and makes my lashes stand out. Also very easy to use. I wouldn’t recommend to those who want a really natural look however, as I’ve heard complaints of it getting clumpy (though personally I’ve never experienced this). And the $18CAD price point is much more reasonable than any other department store brand!
Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill: I have been waiting to re-review this, as I have some sad news – this is the root cause of all my eye sensitivities and irritation! I’m makes me slightly disappointed (since it was great….but tres expensive, hence why I’m only slightly disappointed), but mostly really pissed off, because my eyes have been a trial ever since I used this. I blamed it on the cat (as I’m allergic), and while I am still very careful of Vegas (the cat – yeah baby!), this mascara is the real reason my eyes aren’t like they used to be. I had stopped using it in August because I fell in love with Benefit’s They’re Real, and my eyes improved – then I realized that it was going to dry up and be wasted, so I started using it again, only to find my eyes get totally itchy and messed up! I stopped using it immediately, and while my eyes aren’t as bad, they still get irritated pretty easily ever since. SO not cool. I couldn’t find the ingredients online anywhere so I don’t know the offending irritant, unfortunately. In any case, all I’m saying is that I recommend trying this out somehow first before fully committing!!
Diorshow Maximizer Base: I got this via a coupon code at Sephora.com. Meh. It made my mascara harder to apply and I didn’t see any maximizing whatsoever. I wouldn’t waste the $$.
Clinique Bottom Lash: Awesome. Seemed like the most gimmicky thing in the world, but ended up being really great. For $12CAD, you get this mascara with a mini brush that makes it ridiculously easy to apply mascara to your bottom lashes. It only removes with warm water, so you can cry your heart out with it on (or swim, or sweat) and it won’t budge. It lasted for AGES too (I know you’re not supposed to use mascara for longer than 3-4 months, but this seemed like an exception ).Lips and cheeks! Left to right: Clinique Superbalm in Currant, Lancome Juicy Tube in Simmer (sample), Cover Girl Wetslicks in Guava Splash, Clinique Blushwear Cream Stick in Rosy.
Clinique Superbalm in Currant: I love these balms! They’re a bit thick and very glossy, and wear pretty well while keeping my lips mega-hydrated. I’ve had this for like, 4 years now so while I’m a little sad to see it go (the shade is neutral and goes with everything!), I’m mostly glad it’s finally done! Having anything for more than like, two years just seems like too much to me!
Lancome Juicy Tube in Simmer: I read once that Denise Richards liked this lip gloss in this shade…she commented that it ‘looks good on everyone.’ While that may be true, I didn’t particularly like this shade for some reason. I used to love Juicy Tubes but thankfully grew out of that stage – it seems like one of those things to buy when you’re just getting into high end makeup so I guess the memory of being a newbie turns me off a bit lol. Nonetheless, these are nice glosses that wear well, but for me their time has come and gone. And this one in particular has had it’s time – I’m sure I’ve had this for well over 7 years! Yikes!
Cover Girl Wetslicks in Guava Splash: I bought this after seeing a makeup shot in Allure in which they suggested this gloss to re-create the look. It was pretty close, so good call by them – but I really didn’t like the formula of this at all. It was soo thin and slippery, I had to reapply it constantly! Blah. I’ve only had this gloss a year so the fact that it’s already gone is a testament to how quickly it wears off. Good riddance to bad rubbish!
Clinique Blushwear Cream Stick in Rosy: I got this as a gift from Clinique a couple years ago, and wasn’t enamoured with it as it seemed too light for my skin. However, I reintroduced it in my rotation this Fall and realized I was missing out! It gave me cheeks the best natural flush ever. I am partial to cream formulas because I like the way they leave the skin glowing, and this one was nice because it wasn’t greasy at all. It had OK wear time – nothing terrible but not spectacular either – so I wouldn’t repurchase, but I sure did enjoy it while it lasted. It went with every makeup look I’d try – can’t beat that!Unfinished but still must go. Clockwise from left: Revlon Streetwear Double-Ended Liner (discontinued), Revlon Luxurious Color Eyeliner in Blackened Sapphire, Lancome Color Focus Eye Shadow Quad (sample), Rimmel Metallic Eye Gloss in Equinox (discontinued).
Revlon Streewear Double-Ended Liner: I brought this product up in my eyeliner post, and committed to tossing it, so here goes! I’ve definitely had this for over 10 years, I don’t know what I was waiting for!
Revlon Luxurious Color Eyeliner: Also discussed this in the eyeliner post. My mother has this too, and when she wears it (usually on her bottom lash line), it looks awesome – but since I’m too ~fragile~ to wear liners on my bottom lashes now, I just don’t get a good effect from this liner. On my top lashes its just kinda blah. So, time to go!
Lancome Color Focus Eyeshadow Quad: The shades are Daylight (the pale cream), Contrast (deep purple), Blink (khaki shimmer), and Peep (pale pink). I’ve also had this for way longer than I want to admit, and I never use it, so it’s really gotta go. I’m not really a fan of sample eyeshadow palettes anyway, they annoy me – when I get them from Clinique I always give them away. I want the real thing, darn it!
Rimmel Metallic Eye Gloss: Do you remember when eye gloss was a ‘big thing’ back in the day – around 8-10 years ago? Yeah, this was bought then. Oops! I couldn’t get it to work without creasing like crazy so I may have only tried it a handful of times. Fun idea, but just not easy to translate into real life. Toss!Honorable Mention. Seche Vite’s Dry Fast Top Coat. This bottle isn’t finished, though you can’t really tell from the photo. There’s about 40% left, but you KNOW how goopy and impossible it gets around that time!!! I kept it in my drawer, hoping for a miracle, but it’s time has come. Begone, you most-awesome-of-top-coats-until-that-time-when-you-become-absolutely-NOT-awesome-and-in-fact-a-total-nightmare top coat!!
PHEW!!!!! OMG I’m so sorry to submit all of you to that uber-lengthy post, but it had to be done. 25 items (though 8 were samples, to clarify)! Are you proud of me or what?! I have been chomping at the bit to get this out so you can all revel in my awesome downsizing abilities. What’s that you say? I have in fact replaced many of these products with new ones?! Oh, well, forget that part then, will you? The whole purpose to reduce is to buy more, is it not?? No? Huh. Well, I will keep trying, in any case. Looking at this post alleviates some of my guilt at least. ‘Till next time!!
Today while I was skimming through my ‘favorites’ list on my web browser, I landed on one of my bookmarked shopping sites – Nail Polish Canada – and noticed they had finally stocked Zoya’s Smoke and Mirrors Fall 2011 collection. As I’ve only found two places in Halifax that stock Zoya (Jay Wells Salon on Barrington, and Be Well Spa on Robie), neither of which have these in yet (and from word of mouth, will not have them in anytime soon), I promptly ordered four of the shades I’m coveting from the collection: Anja (a deep, vampy red creme), Cynthia (an almost black teal blue creme), Neeka (an interesting dusty greyed purple shade with gold shimmer) and Yara (an unique army green with gold shimmer). Happily, the site offers free shipping after spending $29 or more, and the polishes were cheaper on the site than they are to purchase in the city, so I ended up spending less ordering them online than I would have buying them in person. Win!
Normally, I rarely encounter this kind of situation when browsing online. I am eternally tempted by online (cosmetics) shopping but rarely buy as shipping costs tend to be prohibitive here in Canada – or worse, the company does not ship to Canada at all. However, recently I’ve come across a few great sites that are not only Canadian-based – and therefore have reasonable shipping costs – but also stock the newest cosmetics on the scene (which can be tough as we tend to get product launches much later here as well). Some of the sites even have HTF (hard to find) brands in Canada, which is a real plus. Of course, I had to share my finds with you today – it’s nice to know we do, in fact, have options – and of course I want to help enable you to indulge in your consumerism so I have other partners in crime (LOL).
Here’s the short list:
Nail Polish Canada – nailpolishcanada.com
- free shipping in Canada on orders over $29
- flat rate shipping charge anywhere in Canada for $8.50
- carries brands like Zoya, Essie, Color Club, China Glaze, LCN (incl. Magnetic Nail Polish!), Orly, Seche Vite, and vegan brand Soulstice Spa. Also carries nail treatments, base & top coats, removers, decals and other nail tools.
Update: My polishes were shipped the same day I ordered them, and arrived in four business days, well-packed and without incident. Highly recommend!!
eBeauty.ca – www.eBeauty.ca
- free shipping in Canada on orders over $75
- flat rate shipping charge almost anywhere in Canada for $7.95 (regular mail) or $14.95 (courier)
- carries makeup brands like CARGO Cosmetics, stila, CoverFX, Jemma Kidd, Paul & Joe Beaute, Too Faced Cosmetics, Kevyn Aucoin, Becca Cosmetics, Dermablend, Amazing Cosmetics
- carries skincare brands like Peter Thomas Roth, DDF, Juice Beauty, Kinerase, B.Kamins, 100% Pure, StriVectin, and Caudalie, as well as Cake Beauty, Elemis, and Lancaster
- carries hair care brands like Frederic Fekkai, Phyto Paris, Ted Gibson, Jonathan Productr, Philip B., and John Masters Organics
- carries several fragrance lines like Hampton Sun, tools like the Beauty Blender, and men’s brands like Jack Black, Billy Jealousy, and Anthony Logistics
*A few items I’ve added to my ‘wish list’:
1) Philip B. White Truffle Nourishing & Conditioning Creme $30.80
2) 100% Pure Acai Berry Antioxidant Eye Cream $32
3 100% Pure Coffee Bean Eye Cream $25
4) Becca Cosmetics Palette (right now, Prairie Moon) $71.50
5) Paul & Joe Beaute Eye Gloss N $26.40
Pretty Indulgent – www.prettyindulgent.com
- free shipping on orders over $150
- flat rate shipping according to province: Quebec $7.00, Ontario $8.50, NB $10, NS/PEI $10.50, Manitoba $11, SK/AB/NL/BC $11.50, Yukon/NW $13, Nunavut $16
- shipping to the US is based on weight-class
- does not charge sales tax (yet)
- based out of Montreal, Quebec
- carries nail polish brands China Glaze, Color Club, Nubar, OPI, Orly, and Zoya, as well as a few base/top coats
- carries skincare brands like Arcana, Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, and Villainess
- carries the jewelry lines Sihaya Designs, as well as Elements and Artifacts by Alicia Dabney
All Dolled Up – getalldolledup.ca
- Carries Nubar polish, as well as Cake Beauty
- shipping info not provided
Beautyphica – www.beautyphica.com
- Ships Canada Post Expedite $10, Express $20; will ship internationally (call toll-free: 1-877-497-3745)
- Carries Aesop, L’Artisan Parfumeur, Nuxe
- Has a VIP sampling program
Has anyone had any experience with these sites, or know of any other good online sites with reasonable prices/shipping costs? Knowing that there are more feasible online shopping options, are you more inclined to buy? Do you resist online shopping for reasons other than just fees (for example, giving yourself yet another avenue to purchase)? Do tell!!
I hope everyone is enjoying the last days of August – hopefully we still have a few weeks left of Summer before the cold starts to set in!
Thanks for reading!
So, it’s been 19 days since I last viewed a beauty blog or purchased any cosmetic products…gah! 19 days sounds like I’m half-way through right? 40 days of Lent and all that – but when you count Sundays (as I am) it’s actually 46 days, soooo I’ve still got a ways to go I think officially it’s over on Easter Sunday, but I’m traveling to Maine that Good Friday and you know what? I’m gonna go hog-wild as soon as I get there so screw that. I figure I’ll have earned it even being restrictive on Sundays so that how I’m going to justify it. I CAN’T FRIGGIN’ WAIT.
I find the no-buy part of the challenge actually not too bad. Although, that could be because a) I got my Sephora package last week, b) I have received several swaps that I’d started before Lent, c) I received my RBL Insouciant in the mail on Thursday (!Review coming shortly!), and d) I am just avoiding all places which sell cosmetics lol. So yea, I guess it’s not been so rough yet there. HOWEVER, the blog business is really starting to get to me. I feel out of the loop, with no idea what’s new and exciting, and I miss just reading my regular blogs to catch up on their comings and goings in general. All of the ladies are smart, entertaining women and I miss checking in!! So this part is really tough. Also, I don’t know what to do with myself a lot of the time. I often just stare at my computer screen wondering what to do next. It’s like a Phantom Limb or something!! I did cave and buy a magazine last week…I didn’t rule those out so it’s not cheating and I refuse to feel guilty about it! I needed some kind of fix, bad.
I hope everyone is doing great and thoroughly enjoying their cosmetic-filled lives – enjoy it twice for me
So, a few days ago, I got a request from an MUA‘er to swap. When I looked at their profile to see what they had to offer, I noticed their picture (which was of their polished nails) looked very much like the hand of one of the bloggers on Polish or Perish, a blog I follow avidly. Then, I noticed their tag line was, indeed, Polish or Perish! I can’t even relay how excited I got – it was like meeting a celebrity or something lol. You know how it is: you read people’s blogs and you start to feel like you know them and know their lives a little bit. So it was really exciting for me to have direct communication with someone who is essentially a stranger yet still has ties to me in some small way. This is one of the biggest reasons I blog. It truly makes my day when I can bond even just a little bit with a fellow cosmetic enthusiast. Everyone I’ve ever come across has been lovely and inspiring in some way. It honestly makes me giddy when I have a comment on a post, or have a dialogue on someone else’s post, or communicate with someone on MUA on the boards or during a swap. It’s like anything in which you share a common ground with someone – you can’t help but feel connected in a very basic way. So I just wanted to say thanks to anyone and everyone who’s out there enjoying makeup and nail polish and skincare and making connections with others who enjoy these very same things. You brighten my day, without fail