I’ve made it quite known by now that when it comes to makeup, I’m really quite obsessed. I’ve been building up my makeup collection ever since I realized how much I’ve neglected my love for makeup. Since then I’ve been buying more stuff, and I blogged about my new acquisitions a few posts back. Since then, I’ve added a few more things to my makeup collection. Here are a few notable additions to the ever growing makeup stash.
I needed to grow my brush collection quick, and I found a convenient and affordable solution with the Charm 21-piece PRO brush set. I bought a few brushes from Sophie before this and was quite happy with them. Great value for money and I like the brush selection a lot.
I’m still looking for more brushes, and I started off the next phase of brush collection with my first Sigma brush. The F86 tapered kabuki is a dream to use with undereye concealer (as I learned from my favorite YouTube makeup guru, TiffanyD). Thank you Jen for this wonderful birthday gift!
And so my brushes look a little dirty because I have not washed them yet! In between the tedious shampoo sessions, I use this:
I won this J&C Super Clean Solutions Makeup Brush Cleaner from a Live, Love, LOLZ contest by my friend Karrots. It’s great for spot cleaning and leaves your brushes smelling minty-fresh. Several Multiply beauty shops sell it, including Beauty and Minerals, where I bought my Charm brushes.
For lip products, I decided to go NYX sampling, and got a few items from Digital Traincase. I love NYX – good quality for such an affordable price. Hoarding their stuff is so guilt-free.
I bought two nude lip pencils, one in Peekaboo Neutral and one in Nude Pink.
And a few lipsticks, plus a matte lip cream. In order they are: matte lip cream in San Paolo, lipgloss in Whipped, round lipsticks in Echo and Doll, Black Label lipstick (I think) in India, and another round lipstick in Haute Couture.
Swatched them too, in case you’re curious:
I also tried a new foundation/concealer duo. Face It Oil Cut foundation and concealer from The Face Shop is supposed to be pore-refining, and I’m happy with both so far. The foundation blends on pretty well, and I love that the concealer is double-ended – a liquid and a stick!
More face stuff here.
I learned about the ELF blush/bronzer duo from The Makeup Geek on YouTube. It’s not as awesome as the NARS blush/bronzer duo but you can’t go wrong with this product for the cost. It’s really affordable from the beauty sellers on Multiply. Bought this one from Stuff In Style. I also got a black/grey eyebrow set from NYX (I find it weird to have dark brown brows with some eyeshadow shades). The blush here is possibly the most awesome blush in the world! It’s Glisten from the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour blushes, and I love it so much I wish I could get all of them. I got them locally from the French Macarons online store.
For eyes, I added a few base colors and primers. My favorite is the Smashbox eyelid primer, but I also bought NYX’s version just because it’s said to be the best drugstore eyelid primer out there. Haven’t opened it yet. And then there’s Urban Decay’s Primer Potion – I’m not a fan of this. As a base color I got MAC’s Paint Pot in Painterly which I absolutely love! It’s the perfect base color for most daytime makeup I wear. The one on the right is from LA Splash, oneof the samples I got in the January Glamourbox. It’s a shimmery neutral color that I like to wear under matte shadows.
I haven’t found a pencil eyeliner I like (hooded lids and creamy eyeliners don’t mix) but I found love with the Revlon Colorstay liquid liner pen (sorry for the blurry picture). I also love gel liners, but I wasn’t too happy with the Tony Moly one (left, in brown). I tried Maybelline’s (on the right) and I’m happy with it! It goes on very smoothly and stays put. Very easy to use with a small angled brush or an eyeliner brush.
And, my favorite addition in this batch – the original Naked palette!
I spoke about wanting this too when I got the Naked 2 palette, and Cecile was so sweet to give me one for Christmas. Here’s the Naked and Naked 2 palettes, if you want to compare. I can’t pick one over the other, and I find myself jumping from one’s pans to the other’s when I’m doing my eyes. (Naked 2 on top, Naked on the bottom)
I’ve got some stuff coming in from Sephora next month. I can’t wait to see those and share them with you makeup and beauty junkies too!