April 06, 2006

My makeup-'fast'

Last December, I looked my makeup collection and did a little self-evaluation. Question: Have I used any of my eye shadows enough to justify buying them? Well let's see, I own about five eye shadow palettes, but truthfully I used eye shadow only like 10 times last year. Clearly I don't really need that many eye shadow palettes, let alone new ones that I would be buying in the near future.

So ever since last December, I have put myself on a 6-month-makeup-'fast', which means that I have been refraining from buying any new makeup. This not only means that I could save some money for something I would potentially more useful, but it also forces me to actually finish off some of the makeup I already own.

I currently own four lip glosses, which even though I know is not a lot compared to many girls, but I really wanted to make use of them and not let them go to waste. So it's no surprise one of the first makeup I have rediscovered from my makeup collection is a lip gloss by Bloom called 'Kissable'. 'Kissable' is a pale pinkish-nude color with shimmers. I really like this color and the texture of the gloss itself, but I must complain: if you leave the bottle of lip gloss lying horizontal for long enough, it freakin' leaks! So now I can only apply this gloss before I go out, but not take it out with me.

As a girl who really likes pretty things, not being able to buy makeup is a bit of a bummer. But when Barneys Girl stayed at my London place last week, she unexpected bought me a little gift in the form of the new Benefit mini-set: Realness of Concealness, which includes mini vials of ooh la lift, lip plump, high beam and mini pans of lemon-aid & boi-ing. This is an excellent set for anyone (like me) who is interested in trying out Benefit cosmetics but never wanted to pay to try out only one product. At US$28, this set is totally worth it since it will probably last quite a while. I still haven't tried out the products yet, but it has certainly made me feel less devoid of new makeup.

So far, this makeup-'fast' has been easier than I thought, and my conscience is certainly feeling better from all the old makeup I am making an effort to use. Perhaps it is time for you to think about doing a little self-evaluation too!

23 Comments:

Blogger Kiwi said...

I need to make-up fast too. I have wayyy too much make-up!

4/05/2006 10:35 PM  
Anonymous Lady_J said...

I agree about needing a makeup fast, I am always a sucker for the gift-with-purchase events, even though I barely use any of the "feebies" anyways.

4/05/2006 10:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been cutting back, too, trying to buy only what I really need, which right now would be a good mascara. I have 8 single eye-shadows, 3 duos, 2 cream eye-shadows, 4 eyeliners, 6 lipsticks, 2 lipliners, 4 blushes, a liquid foundation, a solid foundation, and three powders, plus a few eyebrow pencils and two tubes of dried up mascara.

4/05/2006 11:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lemon-aid is actually a pretty good product. while i think the application isn't as smoothe as other products, it works pretty well with lighter-toned asian skin.

4/06/2006 2:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I buy plenty of stuff, forget about it, and by the time I've found it again it's gone off. I had some Bobbi Brown eye shadow, which I left at home, by the time I got back you opened it and it just fell out - it wasn't sticking, the cheaper eye shadows tend to age better (and by age I mean 6 months, not even a few years)for me... odd.

4/06/2006 2:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why dont you ever post pics of yourselves?

4/06/2006 3:27 AM  
Blogger Barneys Girl said...

Eye shadows are my weakness, there's just so many colors-i want them all! I used to have none and now I have too many. And they never go bad! I've had this pink eye shadow from Cle de peau for over 3 years now and it still works perfectly. My smashbox set for over 2 years. MAC for almost 2 years. And I inevitably buy really similar colors too! LOL. I should stop.

4/06/2006 4:17 AM  
Anonymous Andrea said...

I LOVE LOVE your blog! It's very well rounded, touching on fashion, makeup, and the occasional book review! It's all great keep up the good work.

4/06/2006 5:31 AM  
Blogger ipq said...

i have the same thing with barneys girl... for me it is green and pink eye shadows in every possible shades... and somehow i end up almost never using them...

same thing with the lip glosses... i'm addicted to buying lancome's juicy tubes in every colour, but i only use neutregena lip moisturizer...

and red nail polish, though i always use what the manicurist has as a polish...

apperantly i also need a make-up fast, since the only products i use religiously are concealers and pressed powders... but somehow, this post made me buy more make-up, including that benefit palette...

4/06/2006 5:51 AM  
Anonymous ashleigh said...

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4/06/2006 10:14 AM  
Blogger Maria Palma said...

I've been on a makeup fast for about a year now. I don't even miss the makeup shopping at all. There were so many things I had that I totally forgot about. That was definitely a wake up call for me.

~Maria
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Beauty is Within

4/06/2006 10:42 AM  
Anonymous Superqueen said...

I am actually doing a total shopping fast because I'm saving for a Speedy 30 Vuitton, so I can totally understand you!

4/06/2006 5:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

...so what are the colors for makeup this spring...?

4/06/2006 11:26 PM  
Anonymous pinksundrops said...

I love the colors in that Benefit set! Fun stuff!

4/06/2006 11:35 PM  
Anonymous unconvincing wench said...

hey harrods girl!
i rememeber now... the blush but not really blush shimmering powder for the face which my auntie was trying to give to me was from Benefit! do you know what it actually does?
XXXX

4/08/2006 6:36 AM  
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7/01/2007 11:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have so much makeup too, I need to just stop until I am able to get rid of old products I'll never use and try to make a dent in the ones I do use. I am pretty indiscriminate I like drugstore and department store. I'm literally drowing in my makeup and whenever I'm bored I go shopping through my stashes and it's like brand new products. Especially with perfume, and scented lotions, it bugs me having them accumulate, b/c they take up a lot of space, and they possibly spoil a lot faster. SIGH, I'll have to do a haul or at least give some away before anything new comes in!!

9/23/2007 3:47 PM  
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كـم صرفتنا يـدٌ كنـا نـصرفها * وبات يـملكنا شعب مـلكناه

بالله سل خلف بحر الروم عن عرب * بالأمس كانوا هنا واليوم قد تاهوا

وانزل دمشق وسائل صخر مسجدها * عمن بناه لعل الـصخر ينعـاه

هذى معـالم خرس كـل واحـدة * منهن قامت خطيبـا فاغرا فـاه

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