Just For Fun: If I only had $100 to start over my makeup collection

I thought about doing a “Desert Island” post, but then I realized that would be too easy.  The first 10 products I thought of were easily over $200, total.

So, to make this a little bit more challenging, I’ve limited myself to only $100 (hypothetically speaking).

WARNING: This is harder than it looks!

Painting the scene: An asteroid plummeting toward earth lands, of all places, right on your makeup stash.  All of your precious beauty products have been lost.  Repairs to your house are costly, but, hey, a girl’s gotta have makeup, right?  To satiate your desire for all things shimmery and colorful, you allow yourself a strict budget of $100 to start over your collection.  What do you choose?  Answer below! (You can ballpark it.)

My Choices:

Eco Tools Six Piece Essential Eye Set:
$7.98
Total: $7.98
Why:
I love this kit and I use it on a daily basis.  My favorite two brushes are the blending brush and the angled brush which works well for almost any purpose.  This kit has every eye brush you could need and they’re all so soft!

http://www.walmart.com/ip/EcoTools-6-Piece-Bamboo-Eye-Brush-Set-1227/16627539

Eco Tools Blush Brush:
$6.56 – “blush” brush I use for powder foundation and blush
Total: $14.54
Why:
This is my holy grail of brushes.  I use it EVERY SINGLE DAY for my powder foundation and it works very well for blush, as well.  This brush also has worked well for applying liquid foundation when I’ve been in a pinch.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Blush-Brush-EcoTools-1-Brush/31346514

Lorac POREfection Baked Perfection Power:
$33
Total: $47.54
Why:
This is my ultimate holy grail when it comes to makeup products.  I couldn’t live without this product in my arsenal.  If I could only use one makeup product for the rest of my life, it would 100% be this powder. It has great coverage if I want it, but I can also just use a light dusting if I want to keep the shine down.  This is a really versatile product and can be used to set liquid foundation/concealer or be worn alone.

http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod3540005

Maybelline Eye Studio Master Shape Brow Pencil:
$6.44
Total: $53.98
Why:
The shade selection is wonderfully un-orange-y which is difficult to find in drugstore eyebrow pencils.  It is super easy to use do to its pencil form and the spoolie is convenient to comb through your brows after filling them in to soften the look.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Maybelline-Eye-Studio-Master-Shape-Brow-Pencil/19524444

L’oreal full definition:
$5.84
Total: $59.82
Why:
Not only does this mascara create really voluminous lashes but it makes them look SO long.  I like that this formula is not too dry and not too runny and it is really black!  This is probably my top pic from the drugstore (I also love the green tubed Physician’s Formula Organic Wear mascara, but that’s pretty pricey for a drugstore mascara).

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Voluminous-Full-Definition-Blackest-Black-380-Mascara-.28-Fl-Oz/10314736

MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre:
$20
Total: $79.82
Why:
This works wonderfully to cover any discoloration/veining on the eyelids and can be worn alone for that purpose, but it also makes a fantastic eyeshadow primer and makes eyeshadow last all day. I’d suggest the Paint Pot in Groundwork if you have dark skin.

Milani Luminoso Blush:
$6.99
Total: $86.81
Why:
This blush is rather neutral so it goes with any eye or lip look you can imagine and it adds a beautifully radiant glow to the skin.  This blush is reminiscent of my beloved NARS Madly.

http://www.walgreens.com/store/c/milani-baked-powder-baked-powder-blush/ID=prod6057381-product

Covergirl Eye Enhancers 4-Kit Eye Shadow in Prom Queen:
$4.84
Total: $91.65
Why:
I love that this quad has some neutral shades (the 1st and 3rd colors would be great for everyday wear) but it also has a deep purple (it swatches darker than it looks-it’s great for eyeliner or a crease shade) and a soft green.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/CoverGirl-Eyeshadow-Kit-4-kit/10321466?action=product_interest&action_type=image&placement_id=irs-srp-1&strategy=PWVAV&visitor_id=56244985497&client_guid=0a7e4e00-4b8e-42de-a39b-18533c2e5377&config_id=8&parent_item_id=33700846%2C30098930%2C30520770%2C35028158%2C24789465%2C27081602%2C29954791%2C27152290%2C29880903%2C28172861%2C28173077%2C28172846%2C28173000%2C28173066%2C28173049%2C28172884&guid=1efc29b0-872b-40c2-b731-9e155222cdda&bucket_id=irsbucketdefault&findingMethod=p13n

Covergirl Eye Enhancers 3-Kit Eye Shadow in Shimmering Sands:
$4.44
Total: $96.09
Why:  
This trio is perfect for everyday wear and has a brown that is dark enough to smoke out a look for the evening.   These neutrals will go with any outfit so I don’t think you can go wrong with it.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/COVERGIRL-Eye-Enhancers/10321462

Maybelline Baby Lips in Grapevine: 
$2.97
Total: $99.06
Why:
I’ve used up three of these babies in a year (for me that’s a lot).  I love the beautiful grapey color it gives, yet it isn’t too much for everyday wear.  Don’t be fooled though, it definitely makes a noticeable difference on my lips.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Maybelline-Baby-Lips-Moisturizing-Lip-Balm/17324484

I came in quite close but slightly under $100!  This strict budget definitely made me think about what I would need when push came to shove and these products are great, all around.

If you only had $100 to start over your collection, what products would you buy?

Shade Suggestions?! Help me complete my MAC palette!

I have 4 spots left. With the recent price drop in MAC eyeshadow pans, I feel quite inclined to finish off my palette.  Any suggestions would be welcomed!

I also have these palettes:
-Lorac pro
-UD Naked 1
-UD Naked 3
-UD Naked Basics

Help me complete my MAC palette!

What I have:

Nylon, All That Glitters, Satin Taupe, Trax,
Star Violet, Sumptuous Olive, Shale, Soba
Paradisco, Patina, Quarry

The Performance of Revlon’s CC Cream is in the Name

Product: Revlon Age Defying CC Cream Color Corrector Broad Spectrum SPF 30 (Phew, that was a long one!)
Price: $13.99 for 1.0floz.  That’s on the pricier side for a drugstore product.

Revlon’s Description from their website: “It’s never too early to fight aging. This multi-benefit dynamo hydrates, smoothes, evens tone, diminishes the look of fine lines and dark spots, and protects against premature aging caused by sun. For perfected skin that glows.”

Description from the Ulta Website: “Revlon Age Defying CC Cream provides: Color Correction. Aging Protection. Skin Perfection. Targets the very first signs of aging – hyperpigmentation and fine lines. Skin tone is more even and looks brighter. Dry skin is instantly moisturized and has SPF 30 Broad Spectrum.”

The Claims (and my opinions):
-Hydrating (Yes)
-Smoothing (Not Really.  My skin just felt tackier)
-Evens Tone (Only if you don’t need much help to begin with.  I did notice a reduction in redness in my cheeks and chin, which is where I get red)
-Diminishes look of fine lines and dark spots (worsened the appearance after initial application.  4 hours later fine lines and pores were noticeably emphasized)
-Protects against premature aging caused by the sun (yes, there’s sunscreen)
-Skin Perfection (LOL, what a claim! I wouldn’t say my skin looked perfect)
-Targets hyperpigmentation (I don’t know what “Targets” means.  Is there a magical ingredient that makes them go away?  I doubt that.  This also doesn’t have enough coverage to truly cover up any hyperpigmentation.  It may diminish the appearance of it, but it will not be covered without concealer)
-Makes skin look more even (Yes!)
-Make skin look brighter (I would say it made my skin look shinier.  Shiny things reflect light and are therefore “brighter,” but I wouldn’t say it gave me a “lit from within” look.)

Rating: C-
Application: 4/10- greasy feeling, streaky application and hard to blend out.  Left with tackiness to touch.
Longevity: 6/10 – ~4hrs before you need to touch up.  This isn’t suited for someone with oily skin.  I have combo skin that gets mildly oily on my nose and it doesn’t hold up well since the formula is quite greasy feeling, itself.
Living up to Claims: 7/10, once you throw out the completely ridiculous ones.  I did see a noticeable reduction in redness in my cheeks and chin, but I don’t have too much to begin with.  I have a few blemishes on my chin and it cut down on a bit of the redness but didn’t do more than that.  As for the claims of reducing fine lines… This sucker FOUND my fine lines and emphasized them.  After 4 hours any lines or pores I had were very noticeable. This is almost never a problem for me.
Overall: This product never looked quite right on my skin the handful of times I’ve tested it out.  It looks like it’s just setting on my skin, which is a major pet peeve of mine.  As the day goes on, it is more and more apparently viable on the skin.  I had a similar problem with Revlon’s BB cream.   The color selection is quite slim for this product.  As you can see in my first picture below, the lightest shade is still too dark for me, and I think it’ll be too dark for many (at least in Oregon-we don’t get much sun here until summer, so many people aren’t tanned in the least).  I know many were a fan of the BB cream, so, if you were, you may like this product quite a bit.  If you were like me and strongly disliked Revlon’s BB cream due to the formula and texture, this will probably be a pass for you.  The lightest shade of the CC cream is a tad lighter than that of the BB cream.  If you have oily skin, I would definitely pass on this product.  Due to the very tacky texture of the CC cream I highly recommend setting it with a powder.  It really prolongs the wear time by a few hours.

If you’ve tried this product out let me know what you think of it!

As you can see, the lightest shade is still quite dark…

Color mismatch.

photo 1 (5)

photo 2 (4)

Quick Review: New Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes

Tarte has released three new blushes into its Amazonian Clay line: Flush, True Love and Fearless.  Overall, I was rather unimpressed with the blushes.  For the price point ($26 for .2oz) I expect more.  There are numerous drugstore blushes that preform multiple times better than this, for a fraction of the cost.  They were all plagued by the same problem of having an overly stiff texture and mediocre color payoff (getting the swatches below was a labored effort).  Unless you’re a light-medium skintone, I’d recommend skipping these blushes and checking out the new Clinique Cheek Pop blushes, instead.  The Clinique blushes have a divine texture and seem to be everything that these new additions to the Amazonian Clay line tried (and failed) to be.
Individual reviews below.

photo 1 (4)

Flush: Rating 5/10. A neutral toned bright pink.  It leans quite cool on me.  This was the worst performer of the bunch.  It was quite an effort to get ANY color to show up, let alone enough for the swatches below.  I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone who has darker than a light-medium complexion.  I could see this working nicely for someone with fair skin because it would be harder to overdo than some of the other blushes in the range.

True Love: Rating 7/10.  Once again , this shade was difficult to pick up any color.  The color did layer nicely without becoming powdery, though (something that wasn’t true for Fearless or Flush).  The texture of this blush is drier than others I’ve tried in the range. I would describe it as a red-orange coral.  From past experience, I am certain this shade would make me look like a sun-burnt lobster.

Fearless: Rating 6/10. This color, like the rest, was lacking in initial pigmentation.  It is difficult to get decent color payoff due to the intensely packed and dry texture of the formula.  This is a pink toned coral.  Again, I think this would be best suited for fairer complexions.  Maybe NC/NW 30 and lighter.

 

L-R: Flush, True Love, Fearless

L-R: Flush, True Love, Fearless

L-R: Flush, True Love, Fearless

L-R: Flush, True Love, Fearless

L-R: Flush, True Love, Fearless

L-R: Flush, True Love, Fearless

 

My Top 8 Lip Colors For the Perilously Pale (or anyone who has lips!).

Q: What are your favorite lip colors? Share in the comments below!

 

One of the advantages, I guess you could say, of being fair skinned is how truly striking lip colors can look on you.  Bold lip color choices on light complexions are show stoppers, when done right.   Sure, it takes a bit of getting used to to wear a significantly-noticeable/there’s-no-way-anyone-won’t-notice-it lip color , but if you start wearing them around the house for fun, you’ll be used to seeing yourself in those shades in no time flat.  It’s important to be comfortable with what you’re wearing, whether it’s clothes, makeup, or what-have-you.

 

On another note, I personally think that rosy tones and berry hues look best (most natural?) on pale folks.  But also keep in mind, who says our makeup has to look natural?

If you like bold and glossy…

YSL Glossy Stain in shade 20 “Rouge Enamel”

This is one of my all-time favorite lip products.  This is definitely HG status for me.  Please note that I’m not wearing any other makeup besides the glossy stain and it already looks like I’m 9/10 of the way to having my makeup done.  If I slap on some mascara I could be ready for a night out on the town.  Statement lip colors make it look you spent 297% longer on your makeup than you really did.  (Please note that I’m a math major so my statistic is 100% accurate*).  My mother picked this shade out for me on the Sephora website and I am truly surprised how well it flatters my skintone.  This is a deep, cool-toned red but it appears to be fairly neutral on my lips.  Karla Sugar has swatches of the glossy stains if this color isn’t up your alley.  There’s tons of shade options from the safe, neutrals to the daring, neon oranges.

Here’s Karla Sugar’s swatches:

http://karlasugar.net/2012/03/ysl-vernis-a-levres-glossy-stains-lip-swatches/

http://karlasugar.net/2012/03/ysl-vernis-a-levres-glossy-stains/

 

Ingredient analysis: http://blushableme.wordpress.com/2014/01/24/ysl-glossy-stain-ingredient-analysis-courtesy-of-cosdna-com/

*Please note that I’m totally full of crap.

YSL Glossy Stain 20

YSL Glossy Stain 20, no other makeup

 

If you like bold and matte/satin…

Bite Beauty Shiraz

I have the color sheered out quite a bit (plus my cellphone cam washes out colors), but this is a very deep plummy color if not applied lightly.   For me this is a moderately dramatic color, in person.  On a scale of 1 (Revlon’s Creme Brule) to 10 (MAC’s Morange), Shiraz is a 6.75-7.  This color is mildly vampy as well, so this is one of my top pics for every-day wear in fall and winter.  This product is also slightly hydrating.  As far as lipsticks go, it’s one of the more hydrating formulas that I’ve tried.

 

Click for ingredient analysis

Bite Beauty Shiraz

Bite Beauty Shiraz

 

 

Below are my absolute favorite colors to wear everyday that I think would look great on a lot of fair ladies!

Products marked with an asterisk (*) are my absolute favorite for everyday wear.  

Revlon’s Crush is a beautiful berry shade.  It is balmy, like the name implies.  This product can be easily worn sheer or quite boldly, depending on your preference/mood.  

Tarte’s Dazzled was limited edition a couple years ago in a Christmas set and I’m SO sad that it’s almost gone.  UD’s Lovelust is an amazing dupe, but the formula just lacks severely and it has to be built up swipe after swipe before it looks nice (all of the other UD Revolution lipsticks are pigmented as heck.  What happened?!).   Dazzled looks rosy applied to my lips.  The pictures are definitely making it lean more peachy than it is. 

NARS’ Damage is a sheer grape-y color.  If sheer lipsticks aren’t your thing then avoid this and the last two products.  Personally, sheer and grape toned things are my absolute fav, so putting them together in one product is a total win for me.  (Maybelline’s Baby Lips in Grape Vine is another personal favorite of mine.  I’ve used up 2 completely!)

Buxom’s Wardrobe Malfunction is a balmy bright pink (or a “candy pink” as Sephora puts it) that lasts for ages.  The texture is slightly waxy, but that makes the color last through thick and thin…Okay, well through lunch and dinner.

Korres Lip Butters in Wild Rose and Plum are some of my favorite products for everyday wear.  They don’t last super long, but they basically are a tinted lip conditioner so that is no surprise. PS: the one in Jasmine smells DIVINE.  Seriously, if you want to know what Heaven smells like, smell the Jasmine lip butter next time you’re at Sephora.  It doesn’t smell like jasmine, but rather some wonderful sugary, sweet perfection.  Both of these are in my top 20 favorite makeup products of all time.

The lighting in my room is quite yellow due the the godawful shade of paint the management company decided to paint every single room in the complex.  Therefore, expect the swatches to be a little bit on the warmer side than in real life.  I tried to take pictures of the swatches at different angles and in different lighting so y’all could get a better idea of what they look like.

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L-R, First 4: YSL glossy stain in 20, Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Crush*, Tarte LipSurgenze in Dazzled*, Bite Beauty Shiraz
L-R, Second 4: NARS Damage, Buxom Lip Tarnish in Wardrobe Malfunction, Korres Lip Butter in Wild Rose, Korres Lip Butter in Plum

swatches

L-R, First 4: YSL glossy stain in 20, Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Crush*, Tarte LipSurgenze in Dazzled*, Bite Beauty Shiraz
L-R, Second 4: NARS Damage, Buxom Lip Tarnish in Wardrobe Malfunction, Korres Lip Butter in Wild Rose, Korres Lip Butter in Plum

swatches

L-R, First 4: YSL glossy stain in 20, Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Crush*, Tarte LipSurgenze in Dazzled*, Bite Beauty Shiraz
L-R, Second 4: NARS Damage, Buxom Lip Tarnish in Wardrobe Malfunction, Korres Lip Butter in Wild Rose, Korres Lip Butter in Plum

swatches

This lighting makes me look quite tanned! (I’m not.)
L-R, First 4: YSL glossy stain in 20, Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Crush*, Tarte LipSurgenze in Dazzled*, Bite Beauty Shiraz
L-R, Second 4: NARS Damage, Buxom Lip Tarnish in Wardrobe Malfunction, Korres Lip Butter in Wild Rose, Korres Lip Butter in Plum

 

Bite Beauty Liminous Creme Lipstick Ingredient Analysis via cosdna.com

These products are FANTASTIC both in terms of ingredients, colors, ease of use and overall quality.  Note that not all Bite Beauty products fare as well on the ingredient analysis test.


Ingredient Function UV Acne Irritant Safety 
Ricinus Communis Root Extract
 
Fragrance        
Jojoba Seed Oil
 
Moisturizer
Emollient
  2 0-2
Beeswax
 
Emollient
Emulsifier
  0-2 0-2
Argan
 
Emollient        
Butyrospermum Parkii Butter
 
Moisturizer
Emollient
     
Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax
 
    1 1
Copernicia Cerifera wax
 
Emollient      
Silica
 
       
Lauroyl lysine
 
       
Flavor
 
Fragrance        
Phenoxyethanol
 
Preservative      
Ascorbyl Palmitate
 
Antioxidant   2 0
CI 77019
 
Pigment      
Titanium Dioxide
 
Pigment
Sunscreen
   0 0
Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)
 
Pigment   0 0
Carmine
 
Pigment   0 0
CI42090
 
Pigment      
CI 19140
 
Pigment      
CI15985
 
Pigment      
CI16035
 
Pigment      
Manganese Violet
 
Pigment      

YSL Glossy Stain Ingredient Analysis, courtesy of Cosdna.com

Ingredient Function UV Acne Irritant Safety 
Octyldodecanol
 
Solvent
Fragrance
Emulsifier
    3
Aqua
 
Solvent      
Trimethylsiloxyphenyl Dimethicone
 
       
Ethylcellulose
 
         
Sorbitan Stearate
 
Emulsifier   0 1
Alcohol
 
Solvent     3
Cetyl Alcohol
 
Surfactant
Emollient
  5 2
Sucrose cocoate
 
Antistatic
Emulsifier
     
Phenoxyethanol
 
Preservative      
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
 
Surfactant
Emulsifier
  5 2
Hydroxypropyl guar
 
Antistatic      
Calcium aluminum borosilicate
 
       
Silica
 
       
Benzyl Alcohol
 
Preservative
Solvent
Fragrance
     
Limonene
 
Solvent
Fragrance
     
Calcium Sodium Borosilicate
 
       
Polyethylene Terephthalate
 
       
Synthetic fluorphlogopite
 
       
Alumina
 
       
Benzyl Benzoate
 
Solvent
Fragrance
     
Anise alcohol
 
Fragrance      
Acrylates Copolymer
 
       
Tin oxide
 
       
Titanium Dioxide
 
Pigment
Sunscreen
   0 0
Mica
 
Pigment      
CI 15850
 
Pigment      
CI 77491
 
Pigment      
CI 77492
 
Pigment      
CI 77499
 
Pigment      
CI 17200
 
Pigment   1 0
CI 15985
 
Pigment      
Caramel
 
Pigment      
CI 42090
 
Pigment      
CI 19140
 
Pigment      
CI 75470
 
Pigment   0 0