Monday, January 2, 2012

Product Roundup #1: Foundation

My Foundation Stash
**Missing from photo is Laura Mercier Oil Free Foundation

The average person has one bottle of foundation that they wear everyday. The makeup junkie tires of the same thing very easily and likes variety. This is where my stash comes in. I also know that my foundation shade changes quickly, and depending on how my skin looks I like different amounts of coverage.

Produit: MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC15
Description: HG worthy in summer, too dark for me in winter. Full review here.
Décision: Use it up! Mix with Revlon Colorstay for maximum coverage in winter.

Produit: MAC Matchmaster Foundation shade 1.0
Description: You can find my full review here.
Décision: Use it up! Great for my oily skin!

Produit: Revlon Colorstay Foundation for combo/oily in Ivory
Décision: Use it up!

Produit: Revlon Photoready Foundation in Ivory
Description: By itself this foundation makes me look straight-up Cullen-esque. Lots of shimmery, sparkly skin. Can be mixed with Revlon Colorstay for a dewy look that lasts all day.
Décision: Undecided. I might keep it to mix with CS or I might get rid of it.

Produit: Shu Uemura Face Architect Smoothing Fluid Foundation in 784?
Description: Light coverage, looks blotchy on my skin. Full review coming soon.
Décision: It's gotta go.

Produit: Stila SPF30 Oil-free Tinted Moisturizer in Bare
Description: Evens out skin tone without greasies.
Décision: Use it up!

Produit: Sephora tinted moisturizer in Light 15
Description: Might be oil-free but still feels greasy on my skin.
Décision: It's gotta go.

Produit: Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream in 13
Description: Covers a little better than a TM but has a very strong perfumey scent.
Décision: It's gotta go.

Produit: Bare Minerals Matte Foundation in Fairy Light
Décision: Use it up!

Produit: Bare Minerals Original Foundation in Fairly Light
Description: I used this for years but I don't feel the love any more. I think I've developed an allergy to the bismuth in it as well.
Décision: It's gotta go.

Produit: Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundation in Blush Ivory
Description: Possibly on it's way to HG status. Nice natural look on skin, slightly dewy without sliding off of my face. Full review to come!
Décision: Use it up!

2012 Low Spend Outline

Happy New Year!! Lord knows I'm ready for a new year and a whole new me! 2012 will be bringing a lot of changes to my life and as far as make-up goes, I'm kicking off 2012 year with a low-buy!
Photo from wallpapers cafe

I considered doing a no-buy but let's be honest, I would fail miserably at that. At first I was just planning to do this for myself, but now it seems to be necessary to use up what I have in my stash. I want to weed through the random products to figure out what I love and try to stick to those products in the future. This is going to be all-inclusive for any beauty related products, everything from skincare and makeup to bath products and nail polish.

My Rules:

  • $20 per month to spend on anything that I wish. This amount does not include pp funds, gift-cards, reward dollars or swaps. The monthly amount is accumulative so if I do not spend my $20 in January or February, I then have $60 to spend in March and so on. This amount does NOT count toward replacing an empty staple product such as moisturizer, cleanser or shampoo.
  • Foundation- May rebuy ONE liquid foundation if I decide it's HG worthy. Rebuy TM when depleted.
  • Primer- Will purchase 1 new primer, Biore Facial milk, before warm weather arrives. Must use up all other primers before purchasing any others.
  • Mascara- Only 2-3 open tubes at a time. May rebuy one base/primer as needed. 
  • Lipsticks- NONE. Use what's in stash.
  • Powder- Need loose setting powder before summer
  • Lipgloss- can replace Buxom Trixie with dupe but no new shades, I just don't wear them that often.

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The Exceptions:

  • Sephora 20% off or VIB events: can stock up on staples, ONLY buy items I've been lemming for long time.
  • Ulta: Only use coupons to stock upon staples or long-time lemmings.
  • Urban Decay Naked 2 palette: purchase whenever it comes in-stock and I have funds.

I'm hoping to get up posts containing pictures of my entire stash this month, before I start purging out things I don't need.
**The following posts are not up to date yet, it will take me a while to inventory and take pictures of my entire stash**

The Product Roundup AKA My Stash:

Base Products:


Eyeshadow Singles; loose and pressed
Brow products

Lip liners
Lip glosses and balms

Skin care:
Body wash and cleansers
Facial cleansers
Masks, scrubs and treatments
Moisturizers and lotions

Hair care:
Shampoo and conditioner
Styling products
Brushes and tools

Tools of the trade:
Cosmetic Brushes
Eyelash curlers

Base Coats/top coats

Have you ever successfully completed a low or no buy? Do you have any make-up related resolutions? Any tips for me make it through the year successfully?