Friday, January 31, 2014

Empties and Deadwood January 2014

As part of my effort to reduce my collection, I've decided to start keeping track of my empties and other "deadwood." To me, deadwood is anything that is either a) super-duper old b) spoiled/soured/separated, but not quite empty or c) something that just does not work anymore. Either, the color, the texture, the smell... whatever the case may be.

For some products, I may move the "deadwood" into my shoebox of "maybes," that I keep in case I want a specific color for something... In reality, though, the Maybes Box is something that I bust out every few months, poke around, usually pawn things off on my sister or friends, and then shove back under the vanity. One of these days I need to just get up the oomph to purge it all... but I caaan't.... Because one day I just MIGHT need that drying, matte, red lipstick for a retro Halloween costume. Or that terrible blue eyeliner that scratches when it goes on...

But I digress...


In lieu of a proper "empties" bin or tote, I opted to use an old Sephora bag. And of course I had to label it. Just in case I forgot what I was doing with all of that empty trash on the corner of my vanity... 


Bliss High Intensity Hand Cream Yeah. Sure. I was so happy to use this up. It was an alright hand cream, but for the price, I expected better in the long run.

American Beauty Perfectly Even Natural Finish Foundation in Fair/Cool I couldn't even tell you when I bought this. Considering that it was featured in a FOTD from 2010, I'd venture to guess it was 4 years ago. So... time to go. Plus, I could barely get any more of the product out of the bottle. It was a decent foundation, but I'm partial to the Clinique Perfectly Real, myself. I like the squeeze tube better than a heavy glass bottle.

J.R. Watkins Lemon Hand Cream This wasn't very moisturizing. So, no. I wouldn't repurchase.

Clinique Brush on Cream Liner in True Black Again, I couldn't even tell you when I bought this. Yeeaaaaaars ago is all I know. It's so dried up. It served me well, but I just don't use cream/gel liners anymore because I iz lazy! Plus, I have a whole MAC Blacktrack sitting there...

Cover Girl Lash Blast 24 Hour Mascara I don't know if I would necessarily purchase this one, or if I'd just get the waterproof. They're both a PITA to take off. And they both smell. But I do appreciate having a formula like that, especially in the summer. So... who knows. Probably. 

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Spot Treatment Concealer in Fair No. Just, no. It was a thin, orange mess that didn't do anything!

Mark On the Edge Eyeliner in Cleopatra I actually really did like this when I wore liquid eyeliner, but I just don't wear it anymore and it's kind of gunky. Buh-bye.

American Beauty Fabulous Feel High Shine Lipgloss in Sunset Pink It was really pretty in the tube, all pink and golden sparkles, but it didn't translate to the lips. I probably bought this when I got the foundation, so I think it's time to go. It's starting to separate inside the tube, anyhow. 

Seche Vite Top Coat Dude... It's only halfway full, but you can literally stand it upside down and it won't move! The stuff is rock hard in the bottle. And since I've been having nail issues, it's just not worth it to use that reviver stuff. 

And last but not least... the Bliss Fabulips Lip Balm NO! Never again! This stuff was terrible! Oily, but not moisturizing. Just pure ick!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

EOTD: Urban Decay Naked 1

Even though I was really excited to use my Urban Decay Naked 1 palette again, I wasn't very original with my color schemes. Even this look wasn't very original, but it's one of the only color combos that I haven't already posted. So, here's me with a mostly-matte eye. Weird, huh?




  • Buck on the lid
  • Naked in the crease and underneath the lower lash line
  • Virgin as a highlight
  • Urban Decay Zero eyeliner
  • Cover Girl Lash Blast 
  • Maybelline Full 'n Soft 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

My Collection: The Face + Use It Up Basket

I didn't bother with my powders or concealers because they're not really fun to show off. Everyone knows what powder and concealer looks like. :)

Lancome, Clinique, MAC, Flirt!, Physician's Formula, American Beauty and Benefit blushes, bronzers, and highlighters.

Lip balms from my Use It Up basket

Eyeliners from my Use It Up basket. (I did show these in my eyeliner collection pictures, too, before I'd decided to showcase everything in the Use It Up basket.)

Lipsticks and a weird liquid "lip butter" from Korres in my Use It Up basket.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

EOTD: Clinique Fuller Fudge + Clinique Lucky Penny

Since some people reported having good luck with the Chubby Sticks as an eyeshadow base, I figured I'd test it out this way, too. (As an aside, I did test out the Chubby Stick with just NYX HD eyeshadow base and did not have any creasing, even after 12+ hours, but since it looks exactly as the other EOTD, I figured it wouldn't be that groundbreaking.)



This was over 14 hours later, without any other sort of primer underneath.

  • Clinique Chubby Stick in Fuller Fudge all over the lid
  • Clinique Lucky Penny on top of that
  • Clinique Daybreak on browbone
  • Clinique Chocolate Lustre eyeliner on top
  • Clinique Brown Sugar eyeliner on bottom
  • Maybelline One by One mascara in Very Black

Monday, January 27, 2014

Maybelline Master Drama Eyeliner in Stormy Navy

Loving the Maybelline Master Drama eyeliners as much as I do, I was overcome by sheer joy to see a new color called Stormy Navy. I bought the Sapphire Strength liner a while back and I hated it! It was so... blue! When I saw "sapphire" I expected a dark blue, not cobalt. I couldn't take it. I think I wore it twice before giving it away to a friend. But I digress...

I thought having a good navy eyeliner on hand would be a nice addition to the collection. Just on those weird days where black or gray isn't cutting it for me.


See how sparkly it is?! It's so pretty when it's swatched heavily, but the one line on the bottom does make it look kind of wimpy, to be honest.
Top to bottom: L'Oreal Paris Blue; Urban Decay Ink; Stila Blue Ribbon; and Maybelline Stormy Navy.
 As you can see, it's not like I needed Stormy Navy. Until I went to do this swatch comparison, I'd honestly forgotten about the L'Oreal and Stila liners I had. I only knew I had Urban Decay because it's part of the Black Market set that just came out this past fall.

To me, Stormy Navy looks like the love child of Stila's Blue Ribbon and Urban Decay's Ink. In some swatches it has a dark blue/black base with silvery-blue micro glitter and in others it comes off as very transparent. Since I have yet to actually wear this as a liner, I'll have to report back for any further.


Friday, January 24, 2014

EOTD: Clinique Chubby Stick in Fuller Fudge

I finally caved and bought one of Clinique's Chubby Sticks for Eyes. I was really torn on some of the colors, but I settled on Fuller Fudge because I figured it would be pretty enough to use on its own and as an eyeshadow base.



This was after 12 hours, without any sort of primer beneath or shadow on top.

  • Clinique Chubby Stick in Fuller Fudge all over lid
  • Maybelline Color Tattoo in Barely Branded as a highlight
  • Clinique Brown Sugar eyeliner on top
  • Maybelline Full 'n Soft mascara in Very Black

Thursday, January 23, 2014

First Impression: IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Palette

To be honest, I hadn't really planned on buying this palette. Mattes aren't really my "thing." But I think that could be because until recently they haven't always had the best formula and I could never get them to look quite right on me. Since I had a 20% off prestige brands at Ulta, I figured, why not? Just from swatching alone, I think this palette is going to be amazing! I already love my trios from IT Cosmetics, so I'm sure playing with this palette is going to be a lot of fun. 

For $42, you get 14 colors, plus one very large pan of the "Transforming Pearl" shade. The majority of other reviewers have said the Transforming Pearl is best left as a highlight/inner corner shade, since when you apply it over the darker colors it mutes their brightness/saturation a bit. That being said, I still like it and think it's a good way to lightening a look if you've gone a little heavy-handed with a dark color. 

The exterior is a pretty, squishy, pink suede with gold lettering. Some people have complained that it's going to wear/fade like the Urban Decay Naked 1 palette, but I guess I'm not that hard on my palettes, so that hasn't been an issue for me as of yet. It has a magnetic closure/flap and a decent sized mirror on the inside. I also really appreciate that they put the names of the colors inside, versus on a plastic insert (ahem, Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette), or on the back of the palette (looking at you, Stila). 

I should also point out that both the exterior box and the back of the actual palette say this is technically the "Naturally Pretty Vol. 1 Matte Luxe Transforming Eyeshadow Palette," which leads you to believe there will be more palettes in the future. Unfortunately, it's only available online at Ulta's website, QVC (with a dual-ended eyeshadow brush), and, of course, the IT Cosmetics website. Ulta said it wouldn't be available in stores until the end of February. 

The squishy, pink suede palette!
The back of the palette, with a nice quote from the founder of IT Cosmetics.
Direct light 
Direct light closeup
Indirect light closeup
Direct light
Direct light with the transforming pearl
Indirect light
Indirect light with the transforming pearl
As always, these were just swatched on bare, dry skin. No primers or bases of any kind. And I would also like to mention that these really stay put! Even after I wiped it off with a towel (vigorously, I might add), you could see where the darkest colors had literally "stained" my arm. Granted, they came off with soap and water, but that's still pretty impressive for an eyeshadow.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

My Collection: The Lips

Again, these are in no particular order... And I didn't even bother trying to track down all of my lip balms. It would have taken forever.

Random lip stuff from the basket inside my lip drawer. Some backups of Jack Black lip balm and a Revlon Peach Parfait Lip Butter. And other random glosses/balms that I don't use all that often.

The glosses I do use regularly: IT Cosmetics and NYX Butter Glosses.

IT Cosmetics Lip Stains

IT Cosmetics Lip Butters 

Flirt, MAC, Clinique and Lancome lipsticks

Maybelline, Revlon, and L'Oreal lipsticks (not pictured: Revlon Pink Truffle Lip Butter and my Too Faced La Creme in Spice, Spice Baby. They were hiding in my purse.)

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

My Collection: The Eyes

These are in no particular order... But this was part of my inventorying process.

My palettes
Urban Decay singles, Lancome quads, Bobbi Brown singles, my lonely Nars and Shu Uemura singles, Benefit singles, and IT Cosmetics trios.
Clinique quads, duos, and singles.
Flirt! singls, a Maybelline quad, a random Coastal Scents quad, my one Cover Girl eyeshadow, and L'Oreal singles.
Brow products.

Mascaras
Urban Decay eyeliners
Maybelline Master Drama, L'Oreal, and Jordana eyeliners
Too Faced, Clinique, and MAC eyeliners

Stila Smudge Stick eyeliners

Monday, January 20, 2014

My Collection: Storage

One of the ways I kicked off 2014 was to actually inventory my collection. It took a few hours, but I finally have it 99% accounted for. There were a few runaway products, namely my Revlon Pink Truffle lip butter (later found in a purse) and the various lip balms I have squirreled away throughout the house. Close up pictures to follow, as soon as my blood pressure calms down from dealing with Blogger and all of its pink error bars.... >:o[
My husband surprised me with this vanity a few years ago for my birthday. I love it! It definitely has enough storage for my makeup needs. Please excuse the blue painters tape on the wall.. I use it to keep my black-out curtains shut when I work third shift. 
Mostly makeup brushes on this side and an empty Sephora bag in the back for my "Empties" and "Deadwood" (explanation in an uncoming post). Some random lip products, a Mario Badescu facial spray, and eye products too short for the other container. And of course, my hubby from his USMC days!
Concealers and my CC cream, that I don't want to store laying down. The little pot is actually MAC's Pro Longwear "decanted," if you will, so it's easier/more convenient for me to use on a daily basis than trying to pump out the right amount and deal with left overs. It's also more travel friendly.
My eyeliner and mascara cup! Yes, I have the eyeliners sorted by color in the outer "ring" and the mascaras stuck in the middle. The beads on the bottom are just clear bean-fill from Michael's. 

My "Use it up!" basket. Mostly lip stuff and eyeliners, plus one foundation which I already put in my Empties bag.


My blushes, highlighters, and bronzers/contours. (Upper left drawer)
My lip drawer! And some eyemakeup remover pads. Cuz you never know. (Lower left drawer)
My palette drawer (center of vanity), primers, cream shadows, and cream/gel eyeliners. Oh, and back up mascaras.
My face products, i.e., foundation, concealers, powders. And tweezers. (Upper right drawer)
Eyeshadows!!!! And some paper and pens, two back up eyeshadows (MAC Femme Fi and Blanc Type, if you're curious) and some extra sponges/wedges. (Lower right drawer)
And my sad, sad, sadly organized nail polishes. I need a bigger box.