Thinking of a Giveaway

I’m thinking of doing a 100 follower giveaway!  Not sure how it’s going to work but I wanted to do a little something for all my wonderful followers!  I can’t believe I’m already at 89 followers!  Thanks so much!

The prize won’t be anything big, but I’ll try to make it something interesting!

 

<3,

Material Detox

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Confessions of a Beauty Blogger

So I don’t think I’m a “beauty blogger” per se but I saw this on at http://quinngoldie.wordpress.com/ and it looked really fun so I thought I would do one.  I’ll be back tomorrow with my collection of cheekies (a.k.a. blush, brozer, and highlighter).

❤ Skincare:

How many times you wash your face daily?
Twice.  Once in the morning with Neutrogena Morning Burst and once at night with Neutrogena Acne Stress Control.

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What skin type do you have?
Dry/Combination
What is your current facial wash?
Neutrogena Morning Burst and Neutrogena Acne Stress Control
Do you exfoliate?
Not particularly, but the acne wash is a scrub so I hope that counts!
What moisturizer are you using?
Clinique Moisture Surge

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Do you use eye cream?
No, but I really want to start! Does anyone have any recommendations?
Do you or did you have acne prone skin?
For the most part I don’t, but under stress I do tend to have pretty bad breakouts (which has basically been my life in college sigh*)

❤ Makeup:

What foundation do you use?

Right now I’m using the Dr. Jart+ Black Label Detox bb cream.

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How about concealer?

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Do you know your undertone colour?
neutral
What do you think of fake eyelashes?
I must confess, I used to wear them all the time as I don’t really have any eyelashes of my own, but for the past year, I don’t use them as much.
What brand of mascara do you use?

Right now,  I don’t own any mascara!  (Yes, I’m that lazy!)

Sephora or MAC?
Sephora, I’m just not a MAC girl.


Do you have a MAC Pro-card?
NOpe


Do you use makeup base/primer for the eyes?
Yes.


For the face?
Nope.


What is your favorite eyeshadow? (colour or shade?)
All of urban decay’s Naked 2?

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Do you use pencil or liquid eyeliner?
Both depending on how I feel.


What’s your favorite lipstick?
Chanel Rouge Coco in Vendome

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Do you like drugstore makeup?
Yes.  I like any product as long as it WORKs!
Did you ever consider taking makeup classes?
Yes

Name a makeup crime that you hate?
Overload on the bronzer
Which celebrity always has great makeup?
Charlize Theron!  She’s a goddess

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If you could leave the house using just one makeup item, what would you use?

Red Lipstick.  It instantly makes it look like your wearing makeup.

Could you ever leave the house without any makeup?
Yes, but I would prefer not to.
What do you think of makeup? 

Umm…d’oh!  I love it!  I find it essential in putting your best self forward.

❤Blogging:
How many hours a week do you spend writing/editing posts?
At least an hour everyday, unless I honestly have way too much going on.
When is it easiest for you to blog?
At night after school, after studying T__T
What makes writing behind the computer comfortable for you?
A cup of tea ❤
How long does it take for you to prep a post?
It really depends on what I’m writing.  A review takes much longer than just babbling 🙂
Who is a blogger that you read who deserves more readers?
Oh gosh.. there are just too many good ones out there!  Just read more people!

I tag anyone and everyone who reads this to do this too!  Looking forward to reading yours!

<3,

Material Detox

Saving Face

Allright here is part 2 of my series: Foundations, face powders, and bb creams/tinted moisturizers.  I pretty much wear one of these or a combination of these every day.  I have two bb creams, two liquid foundations, one cream foundation, and one finishing powder.  That’s a good amount to me as I don’t feel like I have a suplus per se, as I’m confident I’ll finish all of these by the end of the year.  If I use one of these consistently everyday, it takes me about 2-3 months to finish the product.  Currently I’m using my Dr. Jart+ black label bb cream and sometimes I settle it with a little help from MUFE’s HD powder.  I’m going to do the same format as I did for lippies and go through with what I have and do a little quick review/explanation on them.  I hope you enjoy!

1. BB cream

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Dr. Jart+ Black Label Detox BB cream– A great bb cream for dry, acne prone skin that is moisturizing and has a decent amount of coverage.  (See my in-depth review here)

Missha M Perfect Cover BB cream in No. 23– This is my 2nd bottle of which I have not used that I found tucked away at home over last Thanksgiving.  I first used this in the summer of 2011 and I did enjoy it.  It has a light/medium coverage and it is THICK, a little goes a long way (blend, blend, blend!).

 

2. Liquid Foundations

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Make Up For Ever HD Foundation in #123– It’s honestly too dark for my skin tone but I use this in the summer when I become tanner.  The product feels silky and lightweight but has amazing coverage!  This makes my skin beautiful in photographs, but for $40+ I’m never going to repurchase this.

 

Revlon ColorStay in 180-I have mixed feelings about this product.  To me, it goes on way too thick and looks cakey.  It does have amazing coverage but I don’t like masking my face and it feels like it clogs my pores.

3. Cream Foundation

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Chanel Vitalumière Aqua in 32– I have been loving this! I’m in shade 32 beige rose. It’s quite hydrating and gives me easy, mess-free, on-the-go, coverage. I only need a light coverage and this fits the bill.

4. Face Powder

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Make Up For Ever HD Powder– It’s a good, solid finishing powder.  It doesn’t dry out my dry skin even in the winter and goes on smoothly but sometimes it makes my skin a bit lighter than is natural.

 

What are your favorite face products?

 

<3,

Material Detox

Give me some Lip! (Warning: Pic Heavy)

So to start off my “makeup collection” series, I thought I would start with lippies!  The reason I’m breaking up my makeup collection into “parts” is so that I can go into depth over what I have and kinda explain each product.  So without further ado here are all the lip products that I own.

1. Revlon Lip Butters (of course!)

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Candy Apple– A bright wearable red, that’s not in your face!  It’s buildable, glossy, and doesn’t have any glitter like some of the other shades.

Berry Smoothie– Not as bold as I thought it would be.  It’s a cool tone medium pink shade with a bit of shimmer, but it’s not gritty.

Sugar Plum– My personal favorite.  It may seem dark, but it’s a wearable, buildable perfect plum shade.  It’s uber creamy and has no glitter or shimmer which makes it the most moisturizing and balm like.

Créme Brulee– It’s a nude, but not a pretty nude.  It’s beige and not as pigmented as other colors, but it does change the shade of my lips to a pretty pale color that washes me out and makes me look sickly.

Fig Jam (Not pictured)- A pretty fall color.  It’s a subtle warm reddish-brown shade that has a hint of shimmer to it.

2. Lipsticks

So I have a total of FOUR lipsticks from four different brands and I pretty much love them all.

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NYX Pandora– a bold, berry, fuschia color that has a hint of shimmer to it.  One of my first lipsticks that I constantly go to when I want a more dramatic look.

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Chanel Vendòme- A gorgeous, muted red (still  bold though) that matches my skin perfectly.

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M.A.C. Hue- A nudish pink shade with a bit of a glossy finish.  The texture is fine and smooth, but this shade does not work on me at all (usually nudes don’t).

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Victoria’s Secret Vixen- A dark plum shade that glides on smoothly that is both moisturizing and long-lasting!

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3. Lipgloss!

Okay, I don’t really like lipgloss. It’s just a bit too sticky for me, but I’ll use it to help my lips look smoother from time to time.  I have two lipglosses.

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M.A.C. Oyster Girl–  a pearly pink, which again is too nude for me.  Nice texture and smooth application though.

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Buxom Samantha– A plumping lip gloss that is pretty nude but one that I actually like.  I don’t use it often but I put it on top of red lipstick to make my lips look, well..glossy.

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4. Lip liner/pencils

Chanel Rouge Profond 57- This stuff is amazing! I can’t believe I didn’t know the power of a lip liner before! Honestly, I could wear this on its own with maybe a clear gloss over it for all day wear!  The perfect shade of red.

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Nars Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in New Lover- I got this deluxe sample size as part of a Sephora 500 pt. reward and I love this “all-in-one” product.  It’s between a lip liner, a lip stick, and a lip gloss.  It’s a pretty, shiny, glossy, light pink with a golden sheen.

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So that’s about it :).  Have you tried any of these, if so, what do you think?

 

<3,

Material Detox

 

Material Diet

I feel as though my “no spending for a year” is pretty similar to a diet- instead of food, it’s makeup and clothes!  Now, this is pretty tough, I have definitely cut my spending by a lot (more than half) since I started and my perspective has slowly changed as well.

I used to watch youtube “my makeup collection” videos and I used to be extremely jealous of all the makeup other people had.  Now, I’m not really jealous at all.  Sometimes too much is simply too much.  After seeing someone, I won’t name who, who had a whole cabinet devoted solely to lip products, I was really happy I didn’t have that much.  There were about 9 drawers full of lipstick, lipgloss, and lip treatments (and this was after she gave away 70% of her stuff).   Needless to say, maybe I am a bit jealous of her nicer items, but overall it just seemed a bit bizarre to have that many lip products.  I’m lucky if I get through 4-5 tubes a YEAR.  Compared to some, I have a reasonable amount, and by reasonable I mean ONE traincase of makeup, not completely filled up.  Still, that is too much to me because I hate throwing away makeup that I haven’t really used (that expired) because I was busy using all my other products.  By the end of this year my goal is to have 2-5 items of any “type” of product, i.e. foundation, powder, eyeshadow palettes, lip stick, lip gloss, or blush.

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Pretty much all my makeup (a few things are back in my bf’s apartment in Boston)

So I’ll be starting a “series” ( I don’t know what to call it) of what I do have, so yes, it is my own “makeup collection”.

However, on the clothes aspect of things, I really don’t have a lot, but still I don’t want to buy random stuff that I’ll only wear for a season just because I found it on sale (I want to find something on sale that is timeless :))  So I was thinking like a diet, maybe I can do one “cheat day” a month.  Obviously, I can’t just buy everything on that day (that would ruin the point of my project) but I can buy ONE item that cannot exceed in price over $50 that I can justify by using it for AT LEAST two years.  I feel by letting myself have one cheat item a month I will be less tempted to buy things and it can be a little “reward” for sticking to my plan.

What do you think?  Will this do more harm than good?

xoxo,

Material Detox

Should I?

So I have had a pretty busy first week of school and it’s nice to finally sit down and have time to write type my thoughts out.  I’m taking 4 core courses this semester (3 is full time) and my schedule is pretty hectic.  Still, I’m still pretty lucky because my earliest class is at 10 AM (even that is a just a bit too early for me).  I’m a complete night owl and I’m up til at least 2 AM even if I woke up at 5 AM on the same day so having later classes works for me because I can actually concentrate in class.  

Here’s a glimpse of my schedule:

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So between classes, eating, sleeping, and “socializing”, I’ll be stretched thin.  Nonetheless this blog is still one of my priorities, but I’m going to need a little help coming up with topics.  I would truly, truly appreciate any requests or questions or any and all ideas.

Here are some ideas I have right now:

  • Makeup Collection
  • Makeup/Vanity Storage
  • Outfit of the Days?

and here are some things that I definitely plan to do soon:

  • First Month Recap
  • Hairdo Extensions Review

What should I do? Please help me!

 

-Material Detox

Everyday Makeup For Class

Now that classes have resumed (oh, winter holiday why’d you have to go so soon?), I’m back to my morning routine of pressing the snooze button 7 times in a row before finally waking up, splashing some water on my face, brushing my teeth, quickly putting makeup on while drinking coffee, eating yogurt, and then rushing out the door.  Needless to say, I spend very little time putting on makeup for class.  Still, I try to look decent (allright, decently hygienic) so that I don’t scare people away.

Here are the few products that I have found that are easy to put on and doesn’t smudge everywhere!

1. Dr. Jart+Black Label Detox BB Cream

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(See my review here)

2. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Pencil in Perversion

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The blackest black pencil eyeliner with minimal smudging ( I would be lying if I said it absolutely doesn’t budge all day, still it comes pretty close to perfection)

3. Revlon Lip Butter in Sugar Plum

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Makes my lips smooth and adds color at the same time!

 

That’s all folks!  Of course, when I do have a bit more time I’d add a bit of loose powder, some eyeshadow, maybe mascara, and blush.

 

What do you use (or don’t use) when your in a rush?

 

<3,

Material Detox