To be honest, I still do my blogging over at Livejournal (since 2003!), albeit mostly friends-locked posts. However, over the last few months I've started learning how to apply makeup, and I tend to obsess over new hobbies. I figured since I'm following quite a few Beauty blogs now, I might as well throw up a few posts here on this ol' Blogger account (which I first used for my grade 7 and 8 group projects!) so I'd seem less a phantom when leaving comments on various posts.
So, here's my meager makeup stash as of May 2010. Hopefully things don't get out of control anymore!For the record, I still haven't found a foundation or concealer that I like (that is, can stand wearing on my face).
My nail polish stash is going to need its own post.
So I have everything (other than nail polish, which you can see in the background stored in pint containers from my fig binge last summer... I think I might have eaten more than 10 pints...) in this 99c container. it is further split up by yogurt containers. I know, it is so ghetto :( Hopefully I can figure out a more elegant solution after we move and I get to go to Ikeaaaa.
All my eyeshadows. There is >$40 worth of shadows in here, which is obscene when you really think about it. Oh well.
On the left hand upper and lower corners are the pans from my first eyeshadow quad: Maybelline Stylish Smokes quad in Natural Smokes. I like the matte shades (corner shadows) but the shimmery ones are poorly pigmented and glittery.
On the three surrounding the left side of the white circle pan and the purple "diamond" shadow are from my Urban Decay Summer of Love palette, which I faithfully destroyed in order to depot these. My favourite is Smog (right next to the weird clear/white thumb grip) because it's shimmery but not glittery. I also like the other shades in this quad, but they have a lot of glitter fall out. Still deciding how to play that!
The white shimmery circle pan is from the Sephora birthday gift. I think it is called Aspen Summit? It's a bit too shimmery to use as a browbone highlight (imo), but might work for inner tear duct area...
Then the final four round trios are from my Stila Bold Beauty Palette (the broken one). They look raggedy-ass, but here's the replacement I was sent:
It now acts as a backup and remains in near pristine condition (I nicked the pink one with my pinky nail... but I never use that pink anyways. It's kind of chalky).
Next up, lipsticks! Here we have Maybelline Moisture Renew in Rum Raisin (smells terrific, a little on the brown side for me now that I have other shades), Revlon Colorburt in Soft Rose (a dupe for NARS Dolce Vita $24 gloss... I really love this shade, it's soooo perfect on me), Revlon Colorburst in Peach (I like this shade, but I find it rather sheer), Revlon Colorburst in Soft Nude (cancels out my lip pigment, for the most part. i find it a little weird to wear alone, but looks good under a gloss), Revlon Super Lustrous in Blushing Nude (this was the second lippy I got, and I used it a lot more than the Maybelline one... but this too has fallen to the wayside once Soft Rose came into the picture), and my MAC Viva Glam in Cyndi (which I decapitated by accident; perhaps I'll share that story another time).
My two blushers: Milani in Luminous (famous dupe for NARS Orgasm, which as it turns out, is way too glittery for my tastes), and NARS Amour:
I love this NARS blush because it's totally matte. Plus the packaging is so much sleeker than that cheap POS the Milani comes in. So $6.49 vs $26 (got it for 15% off, though)...
This bronzer I never use. It was only $3.
It looks brown; it's matte, so there's that!
My Ole Henriksen moisturizer that I'm using at night. So far, I haven't noticed any huge improvement in my skin. It has been about a month, I think, since I started using it. I'll continue to hack it out. Also, the dupe for Make Up For Ever's HD microfinishing powder which is actually just 100% finely milled silica. I got this jar for $4 and put some in a smaller sifter jar. I bought it to use to set liquid foundation and concealer, but since I have neither of those things... yeah. Not used yet.
All my eyeliner pencils! Most of them are mini sizes though. I've got 2 Milani LiquifEYE pencils (Black and Brown) which I like. A gold Rimmel Exaggerate in Precious Gold (I really like this! I use it on my lower waterline). A basic white and black Rimmel liner (I don't use either much anymore). A Sephora mini from the free birthday gift. The rest are all Urban Decay 24/7 liners (Zero, 1999, Flipside, Bourbon, Mildew).
I've tried both the Milani and UD Zero to tightline, but after a few hours it still manages to migrate to my under eye area on the outer corner. I think it is just my eyes/lids that causes this to happen, so I might not be able to tightline period :( I still need to test them out a bit.
Mascaras, gel/liquid eyeliners, and eyeshadow primers.
I like the Lash Blast mascara, but it is pretty difficult to remove. The wand is kind of huge, which makes it hard to get the lower lashes. But, not much clumping, which is good! I also have acquired 3 mascara samples somehow. I don't like any of them that much... the wand on the Urban Decay one (plus the packaging) is quite nice, but the formula is not very black.
Of course, the cult hit Urban Decay Primer Potion in an obscene XL size that will probably go bad before I use it up. The little baby one is in Sin (a shimmery champagne colour).
Then there's the obscene Urban Decay glitter eyeliner in Distortion that I have NO IDEA what to do with.
My Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama gel eyeliner (in Blackest black) that I'm quite fond of.
Stuff in tubes. I used a makeshift diffuser for this shot and had to turn my camera sideways, so it looks like fake sunlight, doesn't it?
The Monistat gel is to be used like a primer, the Korres clay mask (this was expensive. I wish I didn't buy it :( ), and the Covergirl tinted moisturizer (I don't like this. I should have returned it!)
Lipglosses/lip treatments. The left 2 (Stila lipglaze in Kitten and Estee Lauder in Blush) were free and the four CO Bigelow were from when I bought them in late 2008.