Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Majorest HAUL ever!

... for me :)

I've got stuff from a year-long swap with 11 other ladies... I've got a few things I purchased in the USA (Milani and Jordana top right), a couple things by Flormar which isn't available here that I picked up in Alexandria, Egypt and I've got my Julep April box with add on and secret store purchase (top left).

I haven't tried everything, but I'm really enjoying my bath products by Lush... so fragrant and relaxing and beautiful and even exciting when it fizzles and stuff!

Also, I tried the Julep Oxygen Nail Treatment and liked it, at least so far. I also put on Julep Kayla and it was sheerer than I was expecting. I had to use 3 coats which I hate doing... I ended up not having quite enough time for it to fully dry so it looked a bit "off" the next day and wasn't as great as I originally believed. The colour is amazing (even in my crappy picture, top left purple-blue colour) but it wasn't that good with my unevenly dried nails. The Julep blush and bronzer are incredibly powdery, it's difficult to get the right amount on the brush - must be VERY careful. They still seem like good products though and I found gave a nice glow.

Urban Decay Naked Basics... Wow! I'm in love! The pigmentation is out of this world... the colours are not at all powdery and gross like some mattes can be. One shade is actually a bit shimmery surprised me but it fits perfectly! I really love this palette for the products and even packaging, how compact it is!

Physician's Formula 2-in-1 lash boosting serum liner. I really like this a lot! I have no idea about the serum, but this is a long-lasting, super pigmented black, thin eyeliner!

Hard Candy sheer envy primer... I tried a small amount on my hand when I got it - thought I probably got a bad batch or something. The stuff was PILLING on me!! But it seems that's just the way it is with the primer... Applied a bit more carefully a little at a time all over the face, it creates an even canvas for what's next to come and I'm actually LOVING this budget product. I totally recommend it!

MAC lipstick in creme cup. My very first MAC product!!! I'm so beyond words excited by this product! I've been wearing it constantly since I got the package upon my arrival from Egypt. I have a few lipsticks that I sometimes put on in the morning but I never ever bring them and reapply, I just kinda wipe it off when it becomes uneven and go with a gloss or tinted balm... Well, I have been carrying this product - I want it on my lips at all time! :D It's making me want to toss most of my lip stash away and start fresh with more MAC products. :)

I'll leave it at that for now!

"Figuring Out my Eyebrows", from my Jan 2013 beauty resolutions!!

A year and a half later, I think I've made some progress!! I recently got my eyebrows threaded in Egypt and really enjoyed what she did with them. Not at all drastic, but trimmed the hair, adjusted the shape a little bit and cleaned up the whole area from strays. Since then, I've been lightly filling them in with the brown side of the Julep double-sided kajal pencil.

Here's the result vs. a picture from a year ago:

I think I'm also  better in makeup (!) and my (new) glasses aren't irritating the bridge of my nose anymore, woohoo
I'm not 100% sure about the shape of the eyebrows, they're still uneven - don't quite have the same arch as each other. But the shaping and filling them in lightly at the right spots has seriously made a big difference.. for the better I believe! 


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

What to do?!

What should I do about makeup that I have and is near-new but that I have tried (either swatching or using it a few times) but that I don't want anymore?! I would feel way too badly to throw it out. It's not only money wasted in that case, but also product that is perfectly fine and decent, but that I happen to have a better replacement for in my collection. 

Last time I did a clean I gave the makeup to my mom but really, she hardly wears makeup so she's not using it. It would be better off thrown out than resting in her cabinet for nothing while she waits for it to be bad to throw it out!

I'm going to have to see if people in the internet community might be interested in sanitized swatched products and family and friends for ones that I tried on maybe, but my friends and family are not really into makeup. 

What have you guys done with your swatched/lightly used products?