Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Why I Never Have To Buy Makeup....

......and a few products I can't live without.

I have lots of makeup.  Like LOTS.  I kinda got obsessed with QVC several years ago (don't judge!) :-) and signed up for auto-delivery for a couple (ok a lot) of Bare Escentuals products and kits.  BUT IT WAS A GREAT DEAL!  It really lie.

I just thought, great, I'm stocked up for several years.  Til a friend came over and saw my drawers.  Then she told me I had a problem.  ;-)

Drawer 1:

This drawer is my main stuff.  Every couple of months I'll clean it out and rotate colors.  Seasonally usually.  There is no way to keep this stuff organized.  But I always seem to know right where something is. 

Makeshift Drawer 2:

This drawer sits above our bathroom cabinet.  It's for special occasions and times I want a little color.  If I wanna mix things up, I pull this out and play.  It also keeps all the EXTRA face/eye colors I received in all those kits from QVC! :-)

Also, as far as expiration dates, I'm pretty sure minerals don't expire.  From what I've read/heard the company HAS to put an expiration date on them, but in my experience, NO harm has come from using them after.  Other stuff like mascara, etc, I chunk.  :)

please ignore our colorful sponge-painted walls.  we re did every room of the house BUT this one when we moved one sees it anyways...until now :p

I won't even show you the bucket of makeup up in my closet.  Which I'm really saving for the girls to play with one day.  My mom had a stash for us when we were little and I have MANY fond memories of playing in it.  Still do enjoy playing with it!! haha

So that is why I NEVER have to buy makeup.  BUT, recently I've run out of foundation and am having to buy it on a regular basis now.  I use BareMinerals matte foundation that is also infused with their RareMinerals complex.  I'm not sure if it works or not, but I'm pretty much stuck on this foundation and won't try anything else.  ;)

Another product I can't live without is this Urban Decay potion primer.  You put this on before eyeshadow/ ain't going anywhere!  I use this daily!

This product I've been using for SO long.  It has me hooked.  Since bare minerals are loose minerals, this turns whatever color you want to line your eyes with into a waterproof liner sealer.  Use this with the eye primer, and you are SET!  I use this daily too.

Onto face primer.  I don't use this everyday.  Only when I know I have a LONG day ahead of me or a special occasion I'll swipe this on.  It's like the minerals are set in place after you buff them on your face.

So, the thing that sparked the idea of a post like this was that I FINALLY ran out of concealer, and was forced to break down and buy some new.  I ran into Sephora and talked to the ladies.  I told them I wanted something that would last/cover/match and OH, was also in the $20-25 range.  Well, they were SUPER helpful and we came in UNDER budget with this Benefit Boi-ing concealer for $18.  It's considered industrial strength and so far, I like it. It actually made me realize how "off" my previous concealer was!  YIKES!

And last but not least BRUSHES!!!

This is just a handful of them.  I would get anywhere from 2-4 brushes with my kits from QVC.  And BareMinerals has some GREAT quality brushes.  Best eyeshadow brushes I've ever used.  I wash with face soap every so often and let them air dry.  But I kinda like that the minerals stay in so that if I ever need a touch up,  I just buff the brush over my face. 

So are there any other great makeup products I need to know about??


  1. Woman, you forgot to mention the most important product in your bathroom - the Mia that I see in the corner! Couldn't live without that, swear it makes my makeup look perfect ;-)

  2. I have always wanted to try Bare Minerals, but just can't bring myself to shell out the money! What can I say, I'm cheap!

  3. I haven't tried the Boi-ing but now I want to! I LOVE Benefit's Erase Paste and High Beam. And Urban Decay's new finishing powder... I like it better than Bare Mineral's. I love UD's priming potion. Need to give the Bare Mineral's liner sealer and prime time a whirl!

  4. You would die if you saw how much (rather how little) makeup I have!
    Hmmm...powder, liner, blush, mascara and 2 different eyeshadows! I do have two different liners though! Brown and violet. :) Ha! Oh and two brushes. B.A.S.I.C

  5. I really wish you would do a post where you walk us through your makeup routine. I'm lost. I try, but um...know I could do way better. I've had my "colors" done at the Lancome counter - years ago - I wound up with one eyeshadow color I have always looked so beautiful! Teach me, please!


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