I don’t like writing haul posts. Why would I write one when I skip reading them on my feed? I do read through a few, when there are swatches and brief first impression reviews. Otherwise, I don’t bother.
But for accountability purposes, here I am. I don’t feel good writing this. It’s very Hi, I’m Rae and I’m a shopaholic. Maybe if I bring it to the surface, I will wake up.
I relatively shop less now, I believe, but that’s not the point. I could do better.
Sorry that this post isn’t in the giddy tone that haul posts usually sound. This is intended to bring me back to earth.
Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Powder in Candlelight
The proceeds from selling my Hourglass Ambient Lighting palette went to this little thing. If you ask me, that’s a very mature thing to do. Not the shopping part, of course. I was talking about disposing one of my stuff before getting another one.
It turns out, this was a great purchase. It’s everything I’ve been looking for in a highlighter. Its effect doesn’t come from placebo or from the need to see that there’s an effect because it’s expensive and it must work. I feel that with Hourglass sometimes. With KA Candlelight, I see an obvious subtle sheen. I know, confusing. But it’s sheen! It’s not glitter, glimmer, shimmer or shine. It is SHEEN.
This was worth the guilt.
2 MAC Matte Lipsticks – Lady Danger and Taupe
I felt defeated with my recent foray into orange lipsticks. The feedback was favorable, but I don’t know. Those Wet ‘n Wild lipsticks were weird. They don’t apply evenly compared to the ones I owned before. I also realized that I’m not the type to make things work. So, I turned to MAC. Their matte lipstick formulation is usually consistent across all colors. Since Wet ‘n Wild Purty Persimmon looked ok on me, I decided to pick out Lady Danger which is a similar color. Tina and Donna’s recommendation also played a huge role in my decision too — not that I’m blaming you girls.
Buying Taupe was a different story. I needed a lipstick for when I want to wear colorful eyeshadows or clothes. I used to have another brown, Velvet Teddy, but it was too pale on me.
I first tried Taupe when V lent me her tube. It looked scary brown. I thought it will make me look older. But it looked awesome. Donna, who is almost the same skin color as me, also gave her thumbs up so I bought one. I consider it one of the more practical lipsticks in my collection.
Sigma Makeup Brushes – Small Tapered Blending Brush and Pencil Brush
Now I realize that brushes do make a difference in eyeshadow application. These and the other brushes I bought from Suesh made me want to apply eyeshadows. Of all makeup products, I probably enjoy eye makeup the least. Well, not anymore. Is that strange? I find it strange.
Tapered brushes are awesome! The Sigma brushes I have are probably not the best eye brushes in the world. Some hairs can feel a bit pokey and scratchy. A few hairs already shed. They also fluffed up after washing (this is how E45 looks like new). Luckily, I bought brush guards (the non-rip off ones).
Maybe I got duds? The Suesh brushes are better.
Since I’m just starting with eye makeup, these brushes and my fingers are enough for now. But I see myself exploring Hakuhodo and Rae Morris brushes in the future — when I’ve already developed the eye makeup application habit. By then, they’ll be worth it.
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I want to say “that is all”. Unfortunately, that’s not true. I decided to split this up into hopefully just two posts so it wouldn’t take too much from me. This is like Scatterbraintures Confessional, guys. This eats up energy. See you in the next.