2020 Low Buy

After spending a large amount of time trying to figure out how to organize my collection I realized I’m in desperate need of a no buy.

A small look into what I’m dealing with πŸ™ˆ

I’ve always had a habit of overspending and needing to complete collections but this year I’ve become overwhelmed with what I have and the thought of having things to go bad before they’re used.

Being realistic though, I’m setting a low buy for 2020 instead. I’m working to start now, in November, so I don’t quit cold turkey.

I started by unsubscriping from all makeup and skincare emails, if I don’t see it I won’t need it, right?

Next, I’m handing my cards over to my boyfriend. I know the temptation is too strong for me to stop myself so I’m removing part of the temptation by cutting myself off financially.

Third, I’m going to focus more on following people who are also on no/low buys and focus more on panning.

Next, I am keeping my Ipsy and BoxyCharm subscription, there’s no way I could go without ANYTHING new lol.

The last thing is I’ve set a goal for myself. Since I enjoy the perks I get from being Rouge at Sephora, I’m going to save up for some luxury items to purchase during the Rouge sales, limited to two sales a year. This way I can keep my Rouge status and finally satisfy my curiosity regarding some of these high tag items.

Wish my luck!

Natasha Denona makeup

This year, at Sephoria, I learned Natasha Denona has primer and foundation so during this holiday Rouge sale I picked up the Magic Primer, the Foundation X+ and the Contour Sculpting Powder.

I’ve used the sculpting powder twice and the primer and foundation three times and here are my thoughts:

  • The primer works well and does what it says. It kept my face from looking shiny and felt hydrating. I used it on my t-zone only, as recommended and used a hydrating primer everywhere else
  • The foundation is great, it’s matte and full coverage so I only used a little. You have to shake it very well before using because it does separate. I was a little concerned because some of the reviews stated that it ended up seperating by the end of the day but I did not experience that at all. I have an oily t-zone and dry outer face.
  • I got the sculpting powder in warm and this works as a perfect bronzer for me. It’s best to start with a light hand and build up. It blended well and lasted all day

I think the price point for these are all fairly reasonable and comparable to other high end products.

Overall I would definitely recommend these products!

Colourpop Disney Midnight Masquerade Collection

I have to start by saying how surprised I am to have gotten my order so quickly!

Being such a Disney fan I knew I was going to get this as collection as soon as they announced it so I placed my order first thing Monday morning and by Tuesday evening (today) it was here!

I didn’t purchase the eyeshadow palette because I needed something to ask for as a Christmas present, lol!

The packaging on these is so beautiful.

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ince they just arrived I haven’t had a chance to try everything so I’ll only be reviewing the Zero to Hero collection.

The highlight is a beautiful sheer Lilac highlight with a small amount of glitter. It’s a pressed highlight and does feel and look a little more powdery than their super shock highlights. I wasn’t able to get a good picture of a swatch but here are the swatches from Colourpop’s website

The collection includes highlights and blushes. If the blushes are anything like Colourpop’s typical pressed blush I know I’ll love them.

I was intrigued by the liquid lipsticks given that they’re a new “Lux Liquid Lipstick” formula

This is Wonderboy

I love the color and the feel is so soft! It feels almost moussey? It glides on very smoothly and pigmented. It has a very, very light smell, almost vanilla but it’s so light I might be making that up.

It isn’t transfer proof and I can tell I’ll have to reapply throughout the day but the formula feels light enough I don’t think I’ll mind.

Overall I would highly recommend the lux liquid lipstick and I’ll have to use the highlighters and blushes to see if I recommend them.

If you’re a Disney nut like me though, you’ll probably get the collection too!

Huda The New Naked Palette

There are some brands I don’t mind paying extra for, while there are others I’m not very inspired by.

I was happy to see Huda Beauty had a 50% off sale and snagged The New Nude palette. I was interested in the moldy looking shades (not moldy just patches of white); they blend beautifully and are great shimmers.

The mattes where also pigmented and easy to blend as well. There was quite a bit of kickback but I personally don’t mind that.

September Ipsy Glam Bag Plus

I’ve been getting the Ipsy Glam Bag Plus for a couple of months now and so far I’ve been really impressed by the products I’ve received.

This month’s box included:

  • Nomad Cosmetics Berlin Underground eyeshadow palette
  • Glamglow Tropical Cleanser
  • Illamasqua Antimatter Lipstick in Midnight
  • CiatΓ© London Extraordinary translucent power
  • Wander Beauty Frame Your Face Micro Brow Pencil in dark brown

My box arrived yesterday and since today is my day off I decided to play around with some of the products, specifically the eyeshadow palette and eyebrow pencil.

I had to use a different palette for an initial crease shade but the remaining six colors were all from the palette.

Overall I’m very impressed by the pigmentation, the blendability and how approachable this palette seemed.

The brow pencil is fine, I personally prefer bigger tips because I just use it to fill in my brows but overall I was able to use it and I liked the way my brows came out. The pigmentation was great, not too much and it didn’t feel waxy

I’m not sure if I’ll try out the remaining products or gift them since I already have so many of those products in rotation.

I’m very happy with this month’s box and would definitely recommend it!

If you’re interested in trying it here’s my code you can use to sign up, or you can sign up on your own.

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I will try to keep posting initial reviews as my boxes come in!

Sephoria Summer Sale

As much as I’m trying to keep strong on a no spend (I’ve failed in case anyone wanted an updated), I can’t resist the Sephora 20% off sales I get as a Rouge member.

Here are the goodies I picked up

I can honestly say I needed none of this but, here we are.

There were some deals that were too good to resist – Lila and Desert Dusk palettes were on sale and the 20% was on top of that – and there were others that I had been wanting to get for a while so I knew it was a real want versus an impulsive buy (only the Just Peachy palette haha)

So far:

  • I love the Patrick Ta fan, it’s practical and makes me feel fancy but you can get away with a much more inexpensive fan
  • The Lila palette has the same great pigment and smoothness as all other Natasha Denona palettes
  • I’m really enjoying the Natasha Denona nude lipsticks. They are lightweight and have a matte finish that isn’t drying
  • The Caudalie overnight detox oil is conflicting, it smells terrible. My boyfriend thinks it smells great so I don’t think I got a bad one but to me it’s an awful smell. I’m trying to keep using it to see if there is a difference in my skin but even if it works I don’t think I’ll be reourchssing this, ever.
  • Farsali ubdereye product has a very nice smell and leaves my under eye area feeling fresh, hydrated and illuminated. I’m really enjoying this product.
  • The One Palette has good pigmentation and blends well, if you’re looking for a clean beauty palette I’d definitely recommend this one
  • Cover FX blush has great pigment and blends nicely. It comes with a matte side and a shimmer side which isn’t glittery
  • Korres oil, I purchased this in the hopes of finding something to replace the Tatcha beauty oil that I love but is $45 more than this oil and while this is a nice oil it doesn’t compare the the beauty oil so I don’t think I would buy this again

Even though I’ve been wanting the Just Peachy palette since it was released I have yet to use it (a no spend is really needed).

Overall I’m happy with my choices but I think it’s safe to say I’ll be able to skip shopping for makeup and skincare until at least the spring sale :).