Buying Stuff: Episode 21

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Finally the sun has come out after being non-existent for the past several days.  I was starting to wonder if we’d ever see it again.  I mean, by all means be 48-degrees if you have to, but at least give me sunlight.  Without the sun, I am moody and sad and var var pale.  Sunshine sustains me.  It’s the only thing that can get me through the disaster that is Winter.  I love sun, sunlight, sunshine, and any and all things sun-related.  Sunglasses.

Therefore I sit in my car during lunch hour where it proceeded to blaze hot right onto my face and into my eyes.  Urgh.  Go away, Sun.

Clearly something is wrong with me.

Look, I bought stuff:

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This is the Benefit Majorette Booster Blush, and I have no idea what I’m going to do with it.  This is one of those circumstances where I bought something cute simply because it was new and would make a good Instagram picture.  Does that make me shallow?  Probably.

Okay, yes, it’s a cream-to-powder blush so obviously you can use it that way.  But I’m not a huge cream blush fan even though this one is pretty idiot-proof.  Like the most easiest application and blendability I’ve ever come across.  The color is a sweet girly peach.  It’s matte and has a great smell.  You can also layer it underneath another blush to give that other blush more vibrancy.  But those are two things I’m not really interested in.  First of all, who has time to be applying TWO blushes?  (Superhumans.)  And second of all, I didn’t think it looked all that pretty on my face.  However, everyone else in the universe seems to love it, so apparently I lose at makeup.

But then I bought this:

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Who else has been petrified of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade?  I mean, this stuff is a gel-like cream you apply to your eyebrows with a liner brush – freehanded – and hope to God you don’t ef it up.   I am not a natural when it comes to drawing on brows.  Sure I could just follow the lines like a normal person would, but I do have pictures of myself where I did just that and ended up creating BROWS! with jazz-hands and everything.  So I was scared that something as pigmented as this would be messy and worse.

Long story short:  I faced my fear.  Me and Sephora had a little chat and I decided to go for it.  But which color?  They’re all variations of brown.  Which one would create the most natural look?  I wish I could tell you my selection process was more scientific, but it all boiled down to seeing the word “universal taupe” on other brow products from other brands, so I chose the Taupe one and walked away before the anxiety kicked in.

Believe it or not, this isn’t as scary as I expected. If you tap your brush in lightly and very gently sweep over your brows, you can make some natural looking arches. Granted I can’t come close to the pictures I see on Instagram, but it’ll do for me. As for the color, there may have been a better brown shade to suit me, but the Taupe works just fine. Which is good cuz I’m pretty sure this little jar will outlast everything in my makeup collection.

Guess who came to America?

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It’s Charlotte Tilbury! This is some exciting news cuz the last (and only) time I bought one of her products, international shipping about made me change my mind. Since I had my pick this time, I chose the Feline Flick eyeliner pen. As my preferred method of eyeliner, I feel as if owning all of them is completely justified.  But then again, I write a beauty blog, so EVERYTHING is justified as far as I’m concerned.  And nobody can argue with that kind of logic.

But back to the eyeliner.  I liked it alright.  The nib is pretty sturdy, so it lends a great amount of control in the application along the lash line and drawing the angle in the start of the wing.  However, when I tried to connect the wing portion to the base of my lashes, the sturdiness of the nib didn’t make that part as easy.  Like I literally had to go over it several times in order to get a good, crisp looking line.  However, my own OCD may have played a part in that.  And also, I am not very good at winged liner.  But aside from those two things, I can’t say this eyeliner is my favorite.  I’ve went back to my Kat Von D pen for the time being.

Look how beautiful:

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I  bought this Laura Geller Baked Gelato blush because it looked like food.  Like something I could stick my finger in then lick off.  A cupcake top.  A vat of frosting.  I literally couldn’t NOT buy it after laying my eyes on it.  Whoever was in charge of the design of this product is a genius. I own chocolate masks, strawberry moisturizers, and all things coconut BECAUSE of geniuses like this.  All other companies should take note.  You want me to buy your product?  Make it resemble food.

This is a really beautiful blush.  The shade I picked out was Guava, and it’s a bright but wearable pink.  It’s sheers out really well and creates this lovely flush of color.  I’m not sure if it’s a cream that’s been baked or what exactly, but it’s applied like a normal powder blush and that’s all I really need to know.  I feel like I need more colors, but I’m trying very hard to be good.

Hahaha, just kidding.  I bought this too:

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This Smashbox Cherry Smoke eyeshadow set is the perfect fall palette.  Instead of your typical grey or black smokey eye, this is a taupe and burgundy version and it’s absolutely gorgeous.  Each shadow applied well and blended nicely.  I could create a daytime, natural look with it as well so it’s pretty versatile.  Although I don’t necessarily stick to daytime/nighttime makeup rules.  I want what I want when I want it.  Smokey eye at 10 a.m.?  Done.  But for those who like to stick to rules (and are probably not wearing white after Labor Day), you can still utilize this palette at your 9-5.  And back to that whole food thing – the word “cherry”?  Sucked me in right away.

One of the best makeup decisions ever made is below:

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It’s the Sedona Lace Round Top #480 brush and I’m in deep, passionate love.  Ugh.  I can’t even express properly how beautifully this applies foundation.  It hugs every curve of my face and makes blending practically effort-free.  I thought I loved my Real Techniques Expert Face brush, but this (while similar) is so much better.  Even the price is good at $18.95 (although I had a 20% coupon as well as an additional $4 off).  The bristles are dense, and the round top gets rid of harsh lines that blush or bronzer might create.  I don’t think I’ll ever want to use anything different.  It’s also pink and adorable and looks pretty on my counter.  How many more reasons do you need?  Approved!  Put it in your basket.

We done for today.  I’m now going to get back to fighting with Sephora’s broken website.  They are having their 20% off sale and the entire world is on the internet.  Boo.

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