Buying Stuff: Episode 10

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I would say I need to quit buying stuff, but we all know that will never, ever happen.  Buying stuff is the gas that keeps me going.  If I can’t look forward to opening my mailbox in the evening, then what is the point of life?  I ask you:  what is the point?

So here’s a few things that came in my Sephora box:

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In yet another attempt to own all the things, I have added a couple new ones to the pile.  First item is the resurfacing mask by Tata Harper.  I hadn’t really heard much about the Tata Harper brand.  But this mask comes in a pretty green jar, and that was enough persuasion for me.  And then upon further research I discovered it won an Elle beauty award.  So at this point, nothing else mattered.  I bought the Tata Harper and it’s simply lovely.

The jar, that is.  I haven’t used the insides.  I have no idea when that will actually take place.  Owning all the things doesn’t necessarily mean using all the things.  Do you need to take a minute to write all this down in your notebook?  I’ll wait.

Okay, next new brand is the Shiseido foundation in a stick.  Who doesn’t love things on sticks?  Corn dogs, lollipops, deep fried chocolate dipped twinkies.  Those may not come on sticks, but they are delicious!  Anyway.  The foundation.  Back in October, I got color matched at Sephora using their Pantone camera device.  They gave me my color number (1R07) and now I can input this number on Sephora’s website and up pops a myriad of foundations that will match my skin tone perfectly.  No more guessing!  This is ingenious, in my opinion.  If you haven’t done it, GO.

So I ordered this foundation knowing with a 100% certainly it would be my color.  And you know what: it is.  It almost disappears into my skin after swiping it on without even blending.  It’s perfect.  I was nervous because I am a medium skin tone, but the color match was a natural fair ivory.  But I decided to trust the Color IQ system and so glad I did.  Obviously the colors run dark, so FYI for those that need to know.

Let’s talk mascara.  You know how I have about 27 tubes or something like that?  And how I’m always in search of that one mascara to beat all mascaras?  Well, I think I’m getting pretty close with this one.  YSL‘s Babydoll mascara is so amazing y’all.  The brush is small so you can really get down to business.  My lashes get fanned out and lengthened nicely, which is what is always missing with so many of the mascaras I try.  I’m so happy to have this, it’s worth every penny of the $30 I spent on it.  And if my husband’s reading this, I meant $3 not $30.  Silly auto-correct.

And because I don’t ever have enough masks in my life, I picked up the First Aid Beauty red clay peel-off one.  For those with twitching fingers, a peel-off mask is the perfect thing to soothe you.  Nothing is more fun than peeling something off your skin.  Dried glue doesn’t happen as much anymore, and now that I’m older, sunburns – while still 100% satisfying to peel – are not the ideal way to go.  You know, skin cancer and whatnot.  So what is left but a peel-off mask?  And if they happen to rip off my tiny mustache while we’re at it, that’s just bonus points.  In other words, so excited to use this.  One day.  After all my other masks get their turn first.

Sigh.  My life is so hard.

Last item in the picture is something I got off Amazon.  After sampling the tube of Coola sunscreen in my Birchbox and discovering how much I loved it, well what is the natural next step?  This stuff is not cheap, but I did find a tube on Amazon for about $8 cheaper and free shipping so I don’t feel too bad.  Actually, I don’t feel bad at all.  It is sunscreen – a vital and crucial part of life – and therefore a medical necessity.  That = JUSTIFIED.  Any questions?

Next batch of goodies came from Ulta after they sent me a 20% coupon that I did not need.  However, that is irrelevant at all times.  Here’s what I picked up:

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I went in primarily for the Stila liquid eyeliner pen.  I wanted to get a green one.  Why for?  Just cuz.  You know how we girls do.  Actually, I was thinking how I really liked the look of my blue Chella liquid eyeliner, even though its pen tip is the biggest fail known to man.  Someone on Instagram had said Stila had a great pen and in lots of pretty colors.  Well, that’s all you have to say.  I’m on it immediately.  I really impress myself with how quickly I can get things done.  Not housework, but the other stuff.  Well, just makeup stuff.  Everything else is a crapshoot.

Back to the eyeliner.  I picked up the Moss color, which is like a hunter green.  I applied it and it went on so smoothly, was so pigmented, and I didn’t have to do the toilet paper swipe thingy in order to keep the color flowing in the nib.  It was heaven.  My holy grail probably.  No, definitely.  And then, as an added bonus because I wasn’t even checking for this, it didn’t feather out on my inner eye like every single other liquid eyeliner does that I’ve tried.  A miracle!  God wasn’t resting on the 7th day – he was creating the Stila eyeliner and making my life very very happy indeed.

And as if I needed another cream blush in my stash (I did), I picked up a lovely peachy color by Butter London called Honey Pie.  I picked this up on a whim because they had it out on display and I passed by it on accident.  They really shouldn’t put things on end-caps.  Dangerous territory, those end-caps are.  Also, shelves of things near the check-out registers.  Bad, horrible.  Just like window displays, the little set-ups in the front of the store that highlight the specials, all the rows of products lining the walls and filling up the insides, the stuff in the middle and the left and right sides.  All that is bad, horrible, dangerous territory.  If you can somehow float near the ceiling without seeing or touching anything, that might be the only safe thing.

Last thing I got was the Benefit The Big Easy BB Cream.  A spontaneous purchase, as I never intended to buy this as I have plenty other BB creams to tend to.  But the packaging was irresistable, they had them on display (right in the front – see, I told you), and if I ever walk out of Ulta with just two things, something is seriously seriously wrong.  One thing to note is the color range runs a little light.  I would normally get the light-medium shade, but the medium actually worked best.  However, the shades are self-adjusting, so even if I had chosen wrong I still think it would’ve turned out okay.  The finish looked very nice on my skin, like a powder but not flat.  Coverage was light, but probably buildable.  I say probably because I never build my foundations.  If I gotta put two coats of foundation on, I’d never get out of the house in the morning.  It’s best to just get it right the first time.  So, I liked this product a lot.  Dry skin people may not because of the powder finish, but for my oily skin peeps – this one’s got your name on it.

That’s enough for now.  I actually have more haul pics but I feel as if some of you may already be asleep.  We will continue our discussion tomorrow.  Hoorah!

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  1. Annnd now I need the Stila liquid liner, so, thanks for that. But I have the problem with the liner and the inner eye thing too which makes me mad because I put highlighter there and I don’t want it all smudged with black. Also, Sephora picks your foundation with a magical camera?? How did I not know about this??? I need this done asap so I can stop trying to figure out what color of pale my face is! White, really white, linen white, frosty white, we-have-this-thing-called-the-sun-you-should-try-it white… the list goes on and on. Thanks for the tip because that sounds amazing with the website and all!

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    • Yes, the Stila eyeliner was amazing! I wasn’t even expecting that, I just noticed it at the end of the day. Hope it works for you too 🙂 The Sephora thing is called Color IQ. You gotta go there with no makeup on so they can take pics of your true color, but it’s so awesome because it takes the guesswork out of buying foundation. I love love love it! But also I have like 28 other foundation options, which can get pricey. Cuz I have to buy them all, obvi.

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      • Nope sorry you lost me at “go there with no makeup on” haha. I don’t see that happening anytime soon but it’s still good to know! 😉 I just looked up the Stila on Birchbox and the tip looks just like the Eyeko liner I was using. I loved that stuff but the tip dries out and I end up wasting product wiping it off trying to make it come out right. Although apparently you’re supposed to store those upside down, not thrown across your desk. Who knew? Anyway maybe I can try out the Stila soon.

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