MOTD: January 17, 2020

#motd featuring the @glamlifeguru @tatibeauty 曆 and one of my favourite @lisaeldridgemakeup
Velvet lipsticks
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EYES: Soothe is my favourite row in the Tati Beauty Textured Neutrals Vol 1 palette, by far! I used Soothe Matte on a fluffy brush in and around my eyelid crease and Ritual Matte to deepen up the outer V and inner crease a smidge with a smaller, dense brush and then blended it out with a fluffy brush. With my finger I patted on Soothe Sequin, and then dotted on Aura Metallic in the inner corner and under my brows with a flat eye brush. Memory Matte with an angled brush for the liner, topped off with a quick eyelash curl and mascara. My eyeliner wings are technically pointing in two different directions but I don’t think my cat or my four year old are gonna judge me on that today, lol. ——-
BROWS: @alyblairbeauty just did my brows this morning so they are nice and sleek! I filled in bare splotches (from anxiously pulling at my eyebrows, not a good habit ) with my @elfcosmetics Ultra Precise Brow Pencil in Neutral Brown. I like this one because it has a teeny tiny tip and the brown shade isn’t too warm. Swiped on some Elf Wow Brow Gel in Medium Brown. ——-
FACE: Elf Poreless Putty Primer, @coverfx Gripping Primer, @shiseido Self Refreshing Foundation in Alder and Concealer in 202 Light, @hourglasscosmetics Ambient Trio, @fentybeauty Match Stix in Sinamon, @physiciansformula Butter Bronzer and Blush in Vintage Rouge.
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LIPS: @gloskinbeauty Lip Precision Pencil in Natural and @lisaeldridgemakeup Velvet Lipstick in Velvet Fawn 歷
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EARRINGS: From a local creator, @thisoldhousemarket !

Review: Glo Skin Beauty Flat Top Kabuki Brush

I am so disappointed that this Glo Skin Beauty flat top kabuki brush is already falling apart! I’ve had it for less than a year, and went through such a hassle to get it. I had told the person ordering the brush the name of the brush. She says, “Don’t you mean this brush?” and shows me a brush with a similiar name that is not the brush I want. I say no, this brush. I write down the name, spell it out, give her the number. She still shows me the wrong brush. I go and get the tester brush, bring it to her, visually show her, and she says, “Ohhh, okay, got it!”. When the brush arrives, it’s the wrong brush. I finally get it swapped out for the right brush.


I’ve used the brush for several months and have loved it for foundation application. Lovely soft bristles that blend like a dream! But when I was cleaning my brushes last night everything kind of came unglued and started sliding around and shedding like mad. I was surprised because I’ve washed my brushes the same way for years. I have Eco-Tools brushes (that I paid WAY less for) that I’ve literally had since highschool that still look like new and haven’t fallen apart, so I don’t think I’m being overly aggressive with my brush cleaning. I ended up chucking this because there was no way to use it without getting hair stuck in my foundation. It is disappointing, but there’s not much you can do! I’ll be sticking with my good old cheap Eco Tools from now on.

NO BUY 2019: April empties and purchases, falling off the no buy bandwagon

Remember how I wanted to spend absolutely nothing on beauty for April? Yeah, me too. Embarrassingly, I accomplished the exact opposite of that goal.

I had heard that the Sephora VIB sale was going to be later in the spring, so I assumed it would be mid-May or later. I had some things I’d be planning to replace during the sale, but I hadn’t planned on going all out.

The start of April was a busy and tough time. There were lots of birthdays, lots of stress in my work and personal life, and I was sick for about a week and a half straight, missing four days of work and two weekends of plans. It’s fair to say that I was feeling sorry for myself and threw a huge pity party for myself. I decided, unwisely, to treat myself to a birthday order from Sephora.

Now this order in particular is not the hugest part of the problem. While I did purchase a very expensive item in this order, all of the items I purchased are things that I entirely love, have used non-stop since purchasing a few weeks ago, and see myself either using up entirely or using as much as possible. The order included the Pat McGrath Mothership V Bronze Seduction palette, which I have been drooling over since it was first released. I have watched more reviews and tutorials online for this palette than probably any other palette ever, and I have used it nearly every day in different ways since it arrived. The other items were the Fenty Beauty Lil Bronze Duo that comes with a mini Matchstix cream bronzer/contour and a mini version of the new Sun Stalk’r powder bronzer. Both are really excellent products that can be used on the daily, and because they are minis that I can travel with and keep in my purse, I do foresee myself panning them in the future.

This is where things fly off the rails. This beautiful little treat-myself purchase, that in itself wasn’t entirely awful, though it does violate my rules, burst the no buy dam. This is exactly what happened to me last year when I attempted a no buy, and I should have known better! I got that little rush of buying something new, trying something new, talking about my new purchase on my Instagram and with my makeup-loving friends and coworkers, and I just kept buying. I purchased a lot of the Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter line, and then made a huge purchase during the Sephora VIB Sale, that surprise, actually did start in April. Some of the items in my Sephora sale purchase were replacements, but I probably could have purchased for those replacement categories from the drugstore.

All-in-all, I did pretty horrible with my goal this month and I am really ashamed to throw these purchase totals up on the screen here. I cave horribly to these shopping cravings when I’m sick, depressed, or even just a little bit down, and it’s something that I need to be more active in addressing. I’ve decided that it’s in my best interest to block and delete anything Sephora-related from my devices and social media for the time being. However, unlike last year, I’m not going to completely give up on my no buy/low buy after this setback. I’m going to keep on going for the rest of the year with my no buy rules, and think about revising them to cut out any loopholes within the next week or so. In addition to deleting and blocking Sephora, I’m going to brainstorm other ways I can act to prevent this backslide from happening again.

The only good news in this otherwise bleak update, is that I managed to pay off some debt! I owed some money to some loved ones who had helped me out when I was laid off last August, and when my vehicle needed a number of expensive repairs this winter. I have entirely paid off both of those debts, and I am relieved to have them off my chest! I only have one outlet of debt left to tackle.

Anyways, after that long ramble, here are my totals for April:

Products purchased (some replacements, most, unfortunately, not replacements) for the month of April:

*Note: though a number of these products were purchased during the Sephora VIB Sale at 20% off, I’ve posted their regular prices. My calculations for the entire year won’t be entirely consistent, but I am fine with this, as this was my fault for not making clear protocol about my calculations when I started this no-buy year. I’d rather keep track of the total value of the products purchased for the year than the specific, miniscule sales savings. The 20% saved during the sales barely covers what the tax would have costed, anyways!

  1. Pat McGrath Mothership V Bronze Seduction Palette ($170)
  2. Fenty Beauty Bronzer Duo ($30)
  3. Physicians Formula Lip Creams in Brazillian Nut and Brazilian Sunset ($22 altogether)
  4. Physicians Formula Butter Eyeshadow in Sultry Nights ($20)
  5. Physicians Formula Matcha Melting Cleansing Balm ($20, this is an actual replacement)
  6. Joe Fresh Brow and Lash Brush ($10, this is also an actual replacement)
  7. NuFace Gel Primer ($17)
  8. Amika Soulfood Nourishing Hair Mask ($36)
  9. Amika Blockade Heat Defense Serum for Hair ($33)
  10. Tatcha Violet C Serum 20% Vitamin C + 10% AHA ($110, replacement product for my Glo Skin Beauty Vitamin C Serum)
  11. Patrick Ta Major Glow Body Oil ($65)
  12. Drunk Elephant Protini Peptide Moisturizer ($84)
  13. Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Detox Hydragel Eye Patches ($60)

Total retail value of products purchased in April 2019: $677**

**keeping in mind that a number of these items were on sale, so that actual dollar amount spent is a little bit lower than this, by about $81.00

Products I’ve finished in April:

  1. Essence Make Me Brow ($4)
  2. Essence Superlast Brow Pomade Pencil ($4)
  3. Covergirl Outlast All Day Primer ($13)

Total retail value of products I’ve used up in April 2019: $21

There’s not much left to say other than I made some huge mistakes, and May is going to be a month of figuring out how to stop myself from making those mistakes again year after year.