Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Ideal Make-Up Collection Size

I'm on a mission to decrease the size of my collection and get rid of products I'm not thrilled with (and trying to be a tad more minimalist). In my last post, "What's In My Stash? Part 1: Make-Up Collection", I counted every product I currently have in my make-up collection. Needless to say, I won't be running out of anything soon. As you can see from the data below, there are some areas that I'm fairly happy with, and others that need a lot of work. 

What's your ideal make-up collection size?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

What's In My Stash? Part 1: Make-Up Collection

This post is going to be a cumulative count of my make-up collection. I plan on having more parts to this series (including skincare, perfume, hair care, etc.) so if you have any ideas, please leave them in a comment below! In my last post, "If I Finish This, I Will Purchase That...", I mentioned that I wanted to clear some products out of my collection that I wasn't particularly thrilled with. I feel like I have too many items in my collection and would like to significantly reduce it's size.

Here's what I have:

Eye Primers: 4

Opened: 4

  • Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion (mini)
  • Lorac Behind The Scenes Eye Primer (mini)

Unopened: 0

Face Primers: 10

Opened: 10

  • Dr. Brandt's Pores No More (in my Project 10 Pan)
  • PurMinerals Colour Correcting Primer in Green
  • L'Oreal Miracle Blur
  • Smashbox Pore and Line Refiner
  • Smashbox Blemish Control Primer
  • Benefit Porefessional
  • Missha M BB Boomer
  • Clarins Instant Smooth
  • Guerlain Meteorites Light-Diffusing Perfecting Primer
  • Laura Mercier Foundation Primer

Unopened: 0

Foundation: 22

Opened: 14

  • Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream
  • Biotherm Aquasource BB Cream
  • Smashbox CC Cream
  • Stila CC Cream
  • Dior Capture Total
  • Clarins Ever Matte
  • Clarins Instant Smooth
  • Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse
  • Cover FX Cream
  • Neutrogena SkinClearing Liquid Makeup
  • Benefit Big Easy
  • Laura Mercier Silk Creme
  • MAC Matchmaster (in my Project 10 Pan)
  • the Face Shop Power Perfection BB Cream

Unopened: 8

  • Clarins Everlasting Foundation
  • Clarins Day Screen High Protection Tint
  • Urban Decay Naked Skin
  • Lancome Vissionaire
  • L'Oreal True Match x2 (W1 & W2)
  • Revlon Colorstay
  • Revlon Photoready

Concealer: 12

Opened: 10

  • Guerlain Duo Pencils in Yellow and Nude
  • Lancome Effacernes
  • Lancome Le Correcteur Pro
  • Lancome Maquicomplet
  • Benefit Boi-ing
  • Clinique Acne Solutions
  • Maybelline Instant Age Rewind (in my Project 10 Pan)
  • Clarins Instant Light Brush-on Perfector
  • Bourjois Healthy Mix

Unopened: 2

  • MAC Mineralize Concealer
  • Hard Candy Glamoflauge

Powder: 14

Opened: 12

  • Too Faced Primed and Poreless
  • Rimmel Stay Matte
  • Physician's Formula Green (in my Project 10 Pan)
  • Ben Nye Cameo Powder
  • MUFE HD Loose Powder (mini)
  • Cover FX Powder
  • Smashbox Halo Powder
  • Lancome Dual-Finish
  • PurMinerals 4-in-1
  • PurMineral 4-in-1 (mini)
  • Lancome Ageless Minerale
  • Lancome Oscillation

Unopened: 2

  • Kat Von D Lock-It Foundation Powder
  • MAC Studio Fix Powder-Plus

Blush: 12

Opened: 12

  • MAC Melba Blush
  • MAC Tenderling Blush (in my Project 10 Pan)
  • Physician's Formula Happy Booster
  • Physician's Formula Sexy Booster
  • Smashbox Soft Lights
  • Smashbox High Lights/ Creamy Cheek Color
  • Revlon Charmed Cream
  • Lancome Butterflies Fever
  • Lancome Rose Ballerine
  • Too Faced Sweethearts Blush in Something About Berry and Peach Beach
  • Bourjois Blush

Unopened: 0

Bronzer: 7

Opened: 7

  • Smashbox Halo
  • Physician's Formula Sexy Booster
  • Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder
  • Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil
  • Benefit Hoola (mini)
  • Lancome Star Bronzer Golden Riviera 
  • Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Summer Escape
  • PurMineral Mineral Glow (mini)

Unopened: 0

Highlighter: 3

Opened: 3

  • Phsycian's Formula Powder Palette Mineral Glow Pearls
  • theBalm MaryLou-mainzer
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Ethereal Light

Unopened: 0

Eyeliner: 18

Opened: 12

  • Lancome Le Crayon Khol in Black  x2
  • Clarins Khol Eye Pencil in Intense Violet
  • Dior Crayon Eyeliner in Captivating Blue
  • Bourjois Contour Clubbing Waterproof Liner in Green Insomniak
  • L'Oreal Hip Khol Liner in Black x2 (1 in my Project 10 Pan)
  • Revlon Colorstay Liquid Eye Pen in Blackest Black
  • L'Oreal Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner in Black
  • Annabelle Khol in Milky Way
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in TETO
  • Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Khol Liner in BARE

Unopened: 6

  • Lancome Le Crayon Khol in Black (mini)
  • NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil x3 (Cottage Cheese, Black Bean, Dark Brown) 
  • Benefit They're Real Push-Up Liner
  • Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in Black

Mascara: 10

Opened: 3

  • Dior Diorshow Mascara in Royal Blue
  • L'Oreal Million Lashes in Blackest Black
  • Smashbox Full Exposure in Black (mini)

Unopened: 7

  • Lancome Hypnose Mascara in Noir
  • Bourjois Twist Up The Volume Mascara in Black
  • Covergirl Clump Crusher in Very Black
  • Maybelline Pulse Perfection in Very Black
  • Lancome Hypnose Drama (mini)
  • Smashbox Full Exposure (mini)
  • Make Up For Ever Smokey Extravagant (mini)

Brows: 4

Opened: 4

  • Lancome Le Crayon Poudre in Taupe
  • Clarins Eyebrow Pencil in Light Brown
  • Elizabeth Arden Color Brow Powder in Sable
  • Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Clear

Unopened: 0

Lip Liner: 7

Opened: 6

  • Smashbox The Nude Lipliner in Fair
  • Estee Lauder Doublewear Lip Pencil
  • Lise Watier x2
  • Lancome Le Krayon Khol
  • Clarins LipLiner Pencil

Unopened: 1

  • Smashbox The Nude Lipliner in Fair

Lip Gloss: 12

Opened: 11

  • Lise Watier Plumping Lip Gloss x2
  • MAC Disney Maleficient Lip Gloss
  • Dior Rouge Dior Creme de Gloss
  • Snashbox Lip Gloss
  • Smashbox O-Gloss
  • Clarins Gloss Prodige x2
  • LipFusion
  • Clinique Long Last Glosswear
  • Philosophy Vanilla Birthday Cake

Unopened: 1

  • Urban Decay Lip Junkie (mini)

Lipstick: 38

Opened: 37

  • MAC
  • Dior x4
  • Lancome x5
  • Revlon x4
  • Covergirl x6
  • Benefit 
  • Lise Watier
  • Clinique x3
  • Clarins x5
  • YSL
  • Shiseido x2
  • Bourjois
  • Guerlain
  • Stila
  • Urban Decay

Unopened: 1

  • Make Up Forever (mini)

Single Eyeshadow: 15

Opened: 15

  • Stila Eye Shadow x2
  • L'Oreal Wear Infinite x2
  • Lancome x5
  • Shiseido
  • Annabella Single
  • NYX x3
  • Bourjois
  • Clarins

Unopened: 0

Small Palette Eyeshadow: 13

Opened: 13

  • MAC Wonder Woman Valiant Quad
  • Lise Watier x2 (Neon Love and Jungle Bell)
  • Clarins x2 (Enchanted and Rosewood)
  • Lancome x5
  • Shu Uemura bowwow! magic queen palette
  • L'Oreal The One Sweep
  • Clinique Color Surge Eye Duo

Unopened: 0

Large Palette Eyeshadow: 22

Opened: 16

  • Urban Decay Naked 1
  • Urban Decay Naked 2
  • Urban Decay Naked 3
  • Urban Decay Basics
  • Urban Decay Pulp Fiction
  • Urban Decay Electric
  • Smashbox Full Exposure
  • Smashbox Wish For The Perfect Palette
  • Too Faced Boudoir Eyes
  • Tarte Rainforest After Dark
  • The Balm Nude 'tude
  • Sephora Fall Into Luxury Baked Eye and Face
  • Sephora Moonshadow Baked Palette- In The Dark
  • Elf Beauty Encyclopedia x2
  • Coastal Scents 120 Palette

Unopened: 6

  • Sephora Disney Storylook in Cinderella
  • Sephora Disney Storylook in Ariel
  • Stila Eyes Are The Window- Body
  • Stila Eyes Are The Window- Mind
  • Stila Eyes Are The Window- Spirit
  • Stila Eyes Are The Window- Soul

My next post will be an update on what my IDEAL make-up collection size is. It's going to take me quite some time to use up these products.

How many items are in your make-up collection?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

If I Finish This, I Will Purchase That...

In conjunction with my Project 10 Pan, I have decided to do a "If I finish this, I will purchase that".

I really want to start minimizing my collection and only have items in it that I actually enjoy using. I have too many products right now that I'm just "meh" about. On top of that, there are a few (non-makeup) items that I WANT but really don't NEED. I'm hoping this will help my budgeting and keep me on-track with my spending.

My next goal is going to be to actually count how many items I have in my collection and compare it to how many I'd like to have ideally.

To Finish:


1 Eye Primer
1 Face Primer
Hair Towel
2 Concealers
Shower Robe
5 Foundations
Curling Iron
2 Powders
Label Maker
1 Bronzer
1 Blush
Plastic Container
3 Eyeliners
Plastic Container
2 Perfumes
Plastic Container
2 Face Serums
Plastic Container
3 Shampoos
$25 Clothing
2 Body Washes
$25 Clothing
1 Lip Balm
1 Lip Gloss
$25 Clothing

Here is my rationale for the rewards: 

- I currently have a hair towel but the button broke off. It's still usable but I'd like a new one.
- I have an ancient shower robe that is shorter than I'd like. Ideally I'd like a long terry cloth robe. 
- Since moving out of my parents place, I no longer have access to a my sister's curling iron that I would use occasionally. 
- I will be moving in my new house in May of next year and would like to start packing away some seasonable items. That is what the label maker and plastic containers are for.
- I need to put a cap on my spending and have been finding some really cute, inexpensive pieces from Dynamite Clothing lately.

Are there any categories in your collection that you want to minimize? 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Project 10 Pan - Update #1

In case you missed it, I've started another project pan. I haven't finished anything yet but I've made some pretty decent progress. Here is my first post so you can see how far I've come in a few weeks.

So I haven't made a ton of progress on my lotion or body wash but you can definitely see that I've been using them. A little bit goes a long way.
Victoria's SecretVanilla Body Lotion; Bath RetreatVanilla Body Wash

I'm sooo close to finishing this concealer it's killing me. Everyday I'm wondering "Will today be the day?". Well... not yet.
MaybellineInstant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Concealer in Fair 110

 I'm ALMOST done both of these! This cleanser and foundation should be done within the next couple of weeks for sure!
MACMatchMaster foundation in 1.0; ClarinsWater Comfort One-Step Cleanser with Peach Essential Water

 It's impossible to tell how far I've come with this primer. The container is completely opaque and (I'm hoping) has a ton of air in it. I've been using it for a while now and the pumping is still working like new so I guess I've still got a while to go.
Dr. BrandtPores No More Primer

 These products are going to be the death of me. My MAC blush is seeing some pretty decent progress and should be done within the next month. The green powder has been the bane of my existence. I'm obviously exaggerating but it's been really hard to use since is leaves a slight green cast. Regardless, you can definitely see some more pan there.  You can definitely see some more pan on my beige eye shadow but this is probably going to take me the longest to use up. The eyeliner is quite a bit smaller than last time as it's been sharpened a few times.
MACBlush in Tenderling;Physician's FormulaMulti-Coloured Corrector in Green; L'OrealWear Infinite Studio Secrets  Professional Eyeshadow in 801 Sandy Shores;L'OrealHIP Studio Secrets Professional Intense Eyeliner in 320 Dark Sky

Are you currently working on a project pan? If so, please comment with a link to it so that I can follow along. I've been having a hard time lately trying not to spend money on pretty things. Please help keep me motivated! What are some tips and tricks you do?