And Then A Korean Makeup Trend

Not sure how long the blue eyeshadow trend will last, but have any of you caught on to the Korean makeup trend or even know that one exists? Here I am often talking about Korean skincare that at some point you would think I’m bound to talk about Korean makeup right? Well, yes that’s correct. I have come across some Youtube videos explaining the differences between American versus Korean makeup looks, and I’ve definitely seen quite a bit of Pony videos to know the difference between the two styles that I can’t help wonder if the blue eyeshadow trend is a response to the K world.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I feel like in Korean makeup these days, the current trend is pink and corral eyeshadow shades. And I feel like the colors go on more sheer where it’s a hint of color versus heavy pigmentation the way it’s applied here in America. I can definitely catch on to both styles liking some aspects of each and making it my own. Currently, I’m liking corrals for my eyes in a minimalist toned down way, and I’m liking highlighters and bronzers on my face so I can look like a sun-kissed Cali girl. I also can’t help but like the shimmery eyeshadow shades for special occasions. I just think it’s a great way to add pizzazz to anything. So I guess you can say depending on my mood, I’ll straddle the line and borrow from both styles to make my own.

I will say that heavy eye lining or mascara wearing is not for me. I’ve really tried and when I do that’s usually when I get a sty. So I reserve eyelining for special occasions.

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Blue Eyeshadow Trend

I’m seeing looks with blue eyeshadow these days.  Has anyone else tried this trend? Not sure I’d have anywhere to justify creating such a look, and my husband would probably cringe if he saw me in bright blue, but it looks fun to create!  Who knows, if I can figure out how to incorporate this into my life, then maybe one of these days I’ll jump right on in.  Curious if anyone else has tried this though.  Please feel free to leave me a comment, or better yet leave a link to your post if you’ve made one on blue eyeshadow!

New M.A.C. Eyeshadow – Amber Times Nine

Got my Amber Times Nine M.A.C. palette from Nordstrom with 15% off and free shipping along with free samples.

My new eyeshadow palette from MAC just came in.  I wasn’t expecting the palette to be so small considering the price I paid for it in relation to the Anastasia Beverly Hills palette.  I also wasn’t expecting the colors to be so beige.  This palette is called ‘Amber Times Nine’ and is a neutral palette with no hint of pink or orange to it except for one color.  The top three colors are in the beige range.  The top left color would be more of a matte olive neutral, the top middle would be a neutral shimmer, and the top right a good matte beige primer.  The middle row has two beautiful golden yellow colors, one as a shimmer and the other a matte shade. Then there’s the bottom row with two gorgeous shimmery colors in a metallic dusty rose gold shade and the other a metallic dark brown with a hint of green in it.  With that said, there’s definitely room in this palette to create everyday looks for the summer, for fall, and for other special occasions like date night or weddings.  Also this little guy is the size of a compact so it’s perfect for traveling.

Would I recommend paying full retail price for this palette or even with a 15% off discount?  Hmmm…maybe not.  This palette is very neutral and beige so I would recommend trying the ‘Solar Glow’ instead with more pinks and purples.  My thought is if I want neutral colors, I’ll buy the e.l.f. ‘Need It Nude’ palette for only $10.  Anyways, I still like the palette.  The colors are beautiful, but the price expensive.

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!  Thank you for stopping by and reading my posts!

 

The Ugly of Makeup – Its Expiration

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I have been guilty of using makeup way past its expiration date.  I’ve used the same blush for 7 years and it was only last week that I decided to throw it out.  I haven’t been using it since I got a new blush from the Face Shop.  There was no point in holding onto something way past its shelf life.  Other items in my makeup drawer also made its way to the trash like old makeup brushes, old eye shadow palettes, and foundation.  It was hard de-cluttering because despite being debt free, my frugal habits are still in me.  Any frugal person will tell you the struggles of seeing unused expired items go in the trash.  But that’s just me.

And then I’m also kind of a germ-a-phobe.  Learning how makeup can grow bacteria freaks me out.  I mean who wants to be putting something on their face that can cause dermatitis or any type of skin irritation?  Now that I think about it, it’s no wonder I broke out quite a bit a few years ago.  Obviously, there were many factors, but one contributor was old makeup.  For those reading this, if there’s any take away to this post, it’s to replace your makeup for health purposes and to not hoard so much so you don’t waste money.  I’m still trying to figure out my sweet spot.  I’m still dabbling in which brands I like, which I will be re-purchasing in the future, and what items I’m okay buying from the drugstore.

I know for sure that I will be sticking with Clinique for lipstick, foundation, and sheer powder.  I think I’m okay with blushes, eyeshadows, and contour palettes from the drugstore.  I’ve also come to realize that mascara and eyeliner don’t work for me. I have a bad tendency to rub my eyes at the end of the day, and I easily get stys from lining my waterline.  So for the time being, I’m comfortable nixing these two items from my makeup routine until I figure out what brands work for me.

I’m curious about what works for any of you.  Feel free to leave a comment below!

 

My Eyeshadow Collection

My small and simple eyeshadow collection.  As you can see I’m loving the pinks, corrals, and nudes for the eyes at the moment.  I like having the Anastasia Palette for special occasions, but for the most part, the rest of the colors are blend-able for a subtle and more natural look.  I do have a confession though.  I have one more palette coming in on Friday from M.A.C.  I couldn’t resist the free shipping from Nordstrom AND the 15% off discount.  I think the sale just ended unfortunately.  The deal is definitely better than from Macy’s since at Macy’s free shipping is only after spending over $99.  At Nordstrom it was free shipping regardless of what you buy, so for me, I just picked up the M.A.C. eyeshadow palette and checked out.  Excited to share that palette with you all when it comes in!

New Pixi Eyeshadow – From Target

These colors are so light and subtle that I love them. The colors are sheer with a hint of shimmer making the palette perfect for spring and summer.

Lately, I’ve been on the hunt for an eyeshadow palette with subtle colors that can be worn on a daily basis without looking too distracting to my co-workers and colleagues, yet still feel a little done up. This little palette delivers that for me and it only cost $12 from Target. There are other palettes to choose from with darker shades and tones. Also, another one that carries more shades, but costing $24. I wasn’t ready to invest in the larger palette just yet, and decided to pick the little one up instead. I know I was going to try and stick with the palettes I already own, but for $12 I couldn’t resist.  Although I am happy to report that I’ll be able to replenish the $500 previously pulled from savings with this upcoming paycheck. So at least all has not been lost and spending has been kept at bay.

Anyone else prefer going subtle?

Finding a Balance to Accumulating Stuff

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Ever since I read that article, from Allure.com, on “How Much the Average Woman Spends on Makeup in Her Life,” I want to change my own situation so I don’t end up spending a bunch of money on makeup or mindlessly shop for things I think I need but really don’t.  I definitely have goals to invest, to fund my retirement, to travel, and to be licensed in my profession.  All these things cost money, and thus, I should keep my spending in line with my goals.

Thankfully, makeup, skincare, and hair care can last for up to 1-2 years. This year will be a high buying year for said items and at some point will stop once I figure out what I like and what will work for summer and winter months.  Then I can just stock up on refills. This happened to me with clothing and shoes where I just bought a bunch of stuff in the last few years.  I experimented with my style, regretted quite a bit of purchases, purged a lot of clothing from my closet, and eventually found my style.  At the beginning of this year, I gave myself a goal to not buy clothes until June of this year.  Well I’m happy to report that I’ve kept to my word.  I’m stoked for my discipline that I thought to extend my ban until September.  However, I think I can extend my ‘no clothing’ ban until January of 2019, because really, my closet doesn’t need anything new at the moment.  I also think I’ve reached a satisfactory point with my beauty collection except I’ve gotten into eye shadow palettes lately, and I’m sort of obsessed with them.  I’m still playing around with makeup and at some point I’ll get to a stopping point.  But I’m glad I can keep my shopping aligned with my goals so I’m not frivolously throwing money to the wind.

Thus, with all said and done, finding a balance is important to achieving goals.  We’re not all well off to just buy what we please.  We need to budget, sacrifice, and have patience until we can afford our purchases.  Don’t you think?  So I say rotate spending so one year is all about clothes and shoes, and then the next on makeup.