MOTD: April 29, 2018

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Sephora restock conspiracy theory

Is it just me, or does this seem to happen every single VIB sale?

There will be a hot ticket item or items, usually something that has just launched or has been popular on YouTube. They sell out of it pretty much as soon as the sale starts, and then as soon as the sale ends, it is magically restocked.

That’s what happened for me with the Becca Hydramist powder. Not even two and a half hours after the sale ended here, the item was suddenly restocked after having been out of stock since about the second day of the first VIB Rouge sale. Like you can’t tell me that they suddenly got the shipment of it in at 2am Monday morning and decided to update the website then. Even if they did, could they not have put it up as “restocked” on the website knowing that it would arrive in time to be shipped if people ordered it from the sale, especially considering they have posted the warning about delayed shipping?

I honestly believe that they time restocks of hot ticket items until just after the sale to prompt consumers to make another purchase after they’ve already made one or multiple purchases at the sale. I’m sure within the next few days I’ll see restocks of other popular items from Herbivore and Tatcha that were gushed about on YouTube prior to the sale.

Anyone else super frustrated by this always happening, regardless of whether or not it’s on purpose?

Spring 2018 Project Pan

I’m determined to plow through these products in a month long project pan because they have been sitting on my desk for too damn long, in most cases! I’ve given myself from April 16 to May 16 to see how much I can polish off.

Primer: Becca First Light Priming Filter
I initially didn’t like this product this much, but this winter and spring has been SO damn dry, that I’ve actually found myself liking this primer.
Foundation: Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r 180
I’m excited to finally finish a foundation, but also somewhat terrified. We’re entering that time of year where the sun actually appears in Saskatchewan. My olive skin varies in tone so much during the summer that it makes it impossible to just wear one shade without mixing, and I am dreading the next four months of mismatching foundation.
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Powder Foundation: Glo Pressed Base in Beige Dark
This one is a layup, not going to lie. I hit pan and then repressed it last week, and then hit pan again. Just trying to use up as much of the edges as I can before I jump into my next compact.
Contour: UD Naked Skin Shapeshifter
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Blush: Becca Blushed with Light Blush Trio
Highlighter: Starlight Starbright Palette by Stila
These two are both two years old, but still in good condition, so I’d like to use them up as much as possible before they turn bad.
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Finishing Powder: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Mood Light
This is another one that I repressed last week because I had hit pan. I’m so close to being done! I love this product because it introduced me to Hourglass and it is flattering, but I’m excited to dig into my Ambient Lighting Trio more once this is done.
Eyeshadow Primer: UD Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Original
Brows: e.l.f. Brow Pencil in Neutral Brown and Annabelle Brow Fiber Gel in Medium Dark
Mascara: Smashbox Superfan deluxe sample
Lips: UD Ozone Pencil, Bite Beauty Lip Primer, ABH Matte Lipstick in Spice, Pat McGrath 1995 MatteTrance, Fenty Gloss Bomb

Smashed a highlighter to look like a sun goddess

Tonight has been one of those nights where I know I have a long list of things I ought to be getting done, but I feel so physically and emotionally wiped that I just know even if I attempt to do them, they won’t be done right and I’ll feel even more out of it. So, feeling inspired by all the Body Lava by Fenty hype, I decided to do a tiny arts and crafts session and smash a highlighter to make my own glowing concoction.

The Body Lava Luminizer, although divine, is so painfully expensive. CAD $69 just seems like too much to make my body shimmer, especially when it’s only warm here for about two months of the year and the rest of the year my body is covered up in layers of sweaters and winter despair. It’s a fun product though, and it reminds me of the Bath and Body Works glitter spray days of my youth (e.g., six years ago, LOL). So I decided to whip up my own shimmery body product.

I recently ordered the Herbivore Citrine Body Oil (CAD $46) and I’m in love! The smell is so sweet and summery, and it soaks into my skin and leaves it glowing and plump. I easily could have used any other oil I had kicking around (sweet almond, argan, etc.) but I have no idea where my bulk sized bottle of sweet almond oil ran off to, so this is what I used.

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Secondly, I’ve had the Grav3yardgirl Swamp Queen palette from Tarte for a few years, originally purchased because I swatched the Gator Wings highlight in Sephora with a few friends and we all freaked out over it. However, I never think to use this palette so that lovely little highlighter has just been sitting there, lonely and forlorn, not realizing any of its potential.

So I smashed that baby up, awkwardly deposited the fragments of highlighter into my Citrine bottle with a pair of tweezers, shook it up, and then repressed the highlighter with a bit of rubbing alcohol.

The results?
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Glitter on my pajamas, makeup chair, hands, face, cat, everything. And a cute little bottle of shimmery body oil! My photography skills are not good enough to capture the shimmer via photo, but it left a subtle sparkle on my skin. Not Fenty level shimmer, but a gentle sparkle that with make my skin look like a sun goddess without making me look like a disco ball.

 

Lowkey daytime look & concealed redness

My mumsy visited me at work for a makeup application! She requested a natural daytime look that concealed her rosacea. My mom is a very no fuss lady with super smooth skin, so I just did some colour correction and added a bit of colour with golden peach tones for the eyes and lips. I think she liked the look, and that’s all I can ask for!

How “No Makeup 2018” is going

In December 2017 I made the big-hairy-audacious-goal of not purchasing any makeup in 2018. I feel that this is a difficult goal for anyone who enjoys makeup, let alone someone who works around makeup daily and has a bad tendency of shopping when stressed.

I managed to make it two and a half months into the year without buying makeup, which is probably the longest I’ve gone without buying makeup since I began regularly wearing it about six years ago. When I made the goal I made the exception of my trip to Toronto as a makeup-buying weekend, as I’d already booked in at the Bite Beauty Lip Lab and didn’t have anything close to the same amount of shopping opportunities here in Saskatchewan. I don’t make it out to big cities very often, so I knew that this would be an exception. So I made my two little lipsticks at the Lab, and went on my way.

However I fell off the bandwagon once the Natasha Denona Tropic Palette (limited edition) rolled out, and my MUA friend sent it to me on Instagram. I didn’t *need* to have it, but it is a gorgeous and useful palette, and I am a sucker for anything Natasha Denona puts out. So while this wasn’t necessarily an irresponsible purchase, as the palette is a great blend of neutral mattes, mattes, and bold shimmer shades that are perfect for summer and work just fine any other season, it opened the flood gates.

Soon I was back to buying makeup, not to the same extent as before, but definitely not keeping up with my resolution. I ordered a few lipsticks here and there that I’d had my eye on for awhile, and then I went overboard during the first weekend of this month’s Sephora VIB sale, and purchased a few items at work because we needed to place an order and I wanted my staff discount.

Reflecting back, this was definitely too big of a step to just quit cold turkey for a whole year. Fortunately with the greenhouses opening here soon and summer around the corner, most of my spare cash will be going towards gardening projects and travel plants rather than hoarding more makeup. I’ve also got a month long project pan in the works in order to use up some of my makeup more efficiently, and will be scouring the internet for other ways to rein in my spending habits. But hey, you live and you learn! No goal is perfect, no budget is perfect, and no person is perfect. Challenging the way you act as a consumer and what you buy is a an ongoing process that takes time and tweaking to get just right.