Minimalism and Makeup

I was a wannabe minimalist for a while there (see previous posts) but I’ve succumbed to the pressure to buy.  Specifically makeup.  And lots of it.

When is enough, enough? Well after a few hundred dollars (I haven’t really counted but when I’ve qualified for Ulta’s Platinum status on the rewards card – I know I’ve spent $350 at that store alone.)

But I don’t believe in expensive makeup.  The most costly thing I own is my Revlon Color Stay Foundation.  But what I don’t spend on one product I definitively spend on 30 different products.

However I think I’ve finally hit my limit.  I was going through a shopping cart on Ulta or Sephora and I realized, “I have that color” and then on another site, “I have a color that’s very similar to that and I’ve NEVER used it!”

So once more I’m on a spending moratorium.  I’m still looking at products mind you.  I’m just not buying unless i really need it.  And if I find one of the products or samples or whatever I have just isn’t very good – I toss it.

(Favorite product right now – Wet N Wild Silent Treatment Color Icon Trio.  On my nails is Wet N Wild Mega Last nail color in Wet Cement.)

So I’m going to try and use a different product on my eyes every day.  Pull out every palette and try each color. Really get some use out of what I have rather than keep spending money!  It is what it is (my face that is) so any new product can only do so much.  Nothing out there is going to make me look like Kate Upton, no matter what it claims to be able to do.  I still need to get some skill in applying it too.  So practice I will do.

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Monday Makeup! ELF Hypershine Lip Gloss Review

I love ELF Makeup.  Its cheap and pretty good quality.  I’m sure you can buy the name brand stuff (I’m lookin’ at you MAC and Urban Decay) and get better quality but I’m sorry I’m not spending that much for my face.  My face isn’t going to look that much better with a $50 to $100 product than it does with a $10 or even a $1 product.

ELF Hypershine Lip Gloss

ELF Hypershine Lip Gloss in Berry Cherry

ELF Hypershine Lip Gloss in Berry Cherry

This is my favorite lip gloss right now.  The color shown to the left is Berry Cherry and, on my lips isn’t quite as pigmented as the picture would suggest.  But its still pretty.  And each tube of gloss is only $1.  So if you don’t like the color – you’re only out $1!

The texture is not nasty, lip gloss sticky.  For example, I got a sample box of Ulta cosmetics and it had a clear ultra shiny lip gloss – OMG it was horrible!  It was like someone took glue and put it on my lips.  Even after I took it off it still felt sticky.  ELF Hypershine on the other hand, is pleasant to have on your lips.  If you do want to wipe it off, to eat or whatever, it comes off cleanly and with no residue that I would describe sticky.

The applicator is a brush which the gloss comes out of when you twist the clicky deal at the bottom.  Not my preferred method of having lip gloss come out but this is done well.  It doesn’t glop out.  Each click puts out just a little.  In fact to do my whole lips takes about 6 – 7 clicks.  I think it works best to do several clicks at once and then the gloss starts to come out and you can see it between the bristles of the brush.  Then dab it around your lips and then use the brush to spread it around.

The gloss does have a slight smell but I like it. Its a sweet smell, maybe like a cupcake? I don’t really know how to describe it but it doesn’t overpower me at all, and I’m very sensitive to smells.

As far as lasting time goes – I think it lasts well. Sometimes I forget I’m wearing it because it feels so light on the lips.  And it stays shiny the whole time – it doesn’t get dull and just have color on the lips – its full on shiny.

I haven’t tried any other colors and this one looked like the darkest on the site. However, I’m going to be buying more very soon.

***Note: I don’t dislike Ulta makeup – I have an eye shadow duo from them that I really like. I haven’t tried much else yet.  After all I’m still new at this makeup thing.

Cheap Makeup

I’ve worked for a computer consulting company for years. But even before that I didn’t have much to do with makeup. Too much work to put on. I would sweat it off, or it would just disappear.

Then I started watching a couple of beauty “gurus” on You Tube, and I found out that if you have the problems I mentioned above – use different makeup.

But then I was like, “But I don’t know which kind I even need. Have you ever looked at the makeup aisle? It’s a little overwhelming. And one of the makeup artists on You Tube only likes MAC products. MAC is not cheap. I’m not buying MAC.”

Then I found emilynoel83.  (AKA, Beauty Broadcast).  She loves and reviews tons of drugstore makeup.  She turned me on to ELF Cosmetics and Wet n Wild.  Both cheap drug store brands but with some good products.  ELF has $1 makeup brushes!!! And they are great! Also some Revlon and CoverGirl products which have really great quality.

My plan is to once a week review makeup.  I’ll go through my collection, what I wear every day and always come back to.  I hope you enjoy it.