Stop and Smell The Flowers

I am on a shopping ban — starting today until December 31, 2014.

I had absolutely no plans of doing this because I don’t believe in it. I want to be someone who can avoid buying stuff (in excess of what I can realistically use up) as a default shopping habit — without needing to be on a ban to be able to do it.

Right now, a ban is warranted for a different but somewhat related shopping goal: to take time and appreciate the stuff I already own — a makeup addict lover’s version of stopping and smelling the flowers (was that supposed to be ‘roses’?). The worse case scenario is, I become successful at this ban, then binge shop afterwards. I will still consider that a FAIL.

My buying habits have gone crazy in the 3rd quarter of this year. I seem to be instantly distracted by stuff that are new to me. Good thing I’m not usually attracted to literally “new products” just because they’re new (i.e., new releases and limited edition items).

I need to be on a ban to break the cycle I’m currently in. I need to find a new source of high (I’ll try to exercise) and find a more permanent solution to this problem. For a time, I even considered quitting Scatterbraintures.

I have a lot of new-ish stuff — their new-ness haven’t even been fully savored because my mind is already on all the other things I (might) want.

In case you’re wondering, there will be exceptions:

  1. 2 pairs of false lashes (one pair to practice with, and another to use for a wedding)
  2. Bobbi Brown Black Gel Liner (because I don’t have a black gel liner, for real, but I’m holding off ’til I’m used to putting on liner everyday)
  3. Stuff to merely replace used up products that I only have one item of (example: if I run out of the only mascara I currently own)
  4. Sample Room stuff (so I can at least break even with the VIP fee)
  5. Supplies (cotton pads, brow razors, etc.)

I wasn’t going to write about this because I’m afraid I won’t be able to follow through, but I want to be in on the challenge with Romzs (read her post here: Makeup No-Buy 2014) and so that you can call me out on it. :D [EDIT: Shev is doing a ban as well, read: October Beauty Ban and The Hit Pan Project]

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In My Youtube Feed Vol. 1

I’m currently subscribed to 95 youtube channels. At least 60 of those are beauty-centric.

I’m in the process of cutting down the list as part of an overall life simplification project that I seem to be working on since forever. In my defense, this type of project is a lifelong undertaking.

As I weed through the list, I’m reminded of the awesomeness of not so famous youtube channels that I really love watching. If you like candid vlogs that are less perky-cutesy (???), check out the people in my list :D

I found most of them by searching for lipstick reviews and live swatches. I’ll share 3 to 5 (and maybe 1 non-beauty channel) at a time and hopefully I can follow-through with this thing. Here’s my first batch of three (in no particular order):

I Am No. 37

I’m on Nosy Beauty!

If you’re not already subscribed to Softly Sometimes, Nosy Beauty is a blog series run by Carina where she features people’s makeup bags.

Confession time: I felt anxious when Carina asked me to participate because I technically do not have a makeup bag. More often than not, I only bring 2 kinds of products with me that I shoot into one of the pockets of my tote bag: a face powder and a few tubes of lipstick.

But I thought, why not? No-makeup-bag people represent! (You have no idea how much I was tempted to write about makeup products I use everyday instead.)

Anyway, I hope you can find the time to check it out: Nosy Beauty Vol. 37: Rae.

Nosy Beauty Vol. 37 Rae

PS. Carina finds me discerning and critical!!!*kilig*

Ok, I don’t know exactly what she meant by that but it sounds like a compliment (if only I’m the same when I make life and shopping decisions) :D

Thanks Carina!

Holding The Top Spot: Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope in Entourage

For the longest time, Bobbi Brown Crushed Plum sat on the top spot (for which, I haven’t even wrote a dedicated post about).

Not counting the stuff I mention on purge and purchases, I seldom talk about products I just got — especially if I really like them. I have a tendency to get blinded by the high. So, I usually wait after the high is gone. When the product is too good to be true, I wait even longer — sometimes even to a point where I’m almost about to use it all up. I must’ve gotten this skepticism from several years of audit work. I have issues.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope

It’s a special case with Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope. Since getting it (around 3 weeks ago), I’ve received a lot of messages from both blogger and offline friends, mainly asking if it’s worth the price. If you’re a lipstick addict afficionado, buy it — it IS worth the price.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope 3

I was “suckered” into buying this after watching Poppy Kings’s promo vid for Barney’s New York where she says: (more…)

Makeup Musings + My Challenges With Makeup

Most of the time, I ask myself why I’m even beauty blogging. I already mentioned this here more than once — if you see me walking down the street, you wouldn’t think I am running a skincare and makeup-centric blog.

I usually go out wearing just sunblock and a strong-colored lipstick (sometimes, blush).

Lately, I’ve been really trying to do a toned down full face of makeup at least once a week — mainly just to practice applying eye makeup on my hooded lids and partly to use up my stuff.

The biggest challenge for me is eye makeup — a challenge for all hooded/small-lidded women on earth.

Hooded Eye Makeup 3

EYES OPEN | Still haven’t figured out how to take photos of my makeup without it looking washed out. Just believe me when I say there’s a lot of eye shadow there.