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Don’t Fear the Reaper

Don't Fear the Reaper


She’s back…

Hello detoxers!!!

I know I haven’t posted in so long and while I could sit here and write to you about all my excuses (finals, stress, etc.), I’m just going to skip that part and say I’m sorry that I haven’t updated my blog in a LONG time, but I’m back and with a beauty loaded post.

First, I have a small Sephora haul that I got with my gift card from my birthday.

ImageSince I also completely finished all my concealers, I decided to take the plunge and buy a concealer I’ve been eying for a while- the Bobbi Brown Corrector and Creamy Concealer!

Corrector in Light/Medium Bisque
Concealer in Pale Yellow

So far, I’ve been really enjoying this and have found this to be a winning combination against dark circles!

Also, I received the Sephora Beauty Insider Birthday Gift from benefit and love it!


“They’re Real!” Mascara
“Watts Up!” Highlighter


First off, the mascara wasn’t anything spectacular to me, but the highlighter is absolutely adorable!  I love the  the cream stick formulation and the size of it! It makes it ideal for traveling!

I also bought some nail polish that was on sale:


These are just the Sephora brand nail polishes and I haven’t tried them yet but the colors are so cute!

I also got some MAC cosmetics items (although they don’t really qualify as makeup).


MAC Fix +
MAC Brush Cleaner

I haven’t really had the chance to use the Fix + Spray yet, but I have tried the Brush cleanser and I absolutely love it, but then again this is coming from a girl who usually uses dish soap to wash her brushes.

Last, but not least, I bought a refill of Clinique’s Moisture Surge Intense.  This time I got the larger size of 2.5 oz for $49.50 versus the regular size of 1.7 oz for $37.00 which saved me about $2 an ounce (not much, but hey, every bit counts.  This is my 3rd repurchase of the product and I think that now makes it Holy Grail Staus because I honestly only use this now and have never looked back.


That is a lot of products, but I think I’m still staying true to my goals for this year because I purchased items that I absolutely did not have any alternative to or were free like the Beauty Insider Gifts.

I’m also now completely out of powder so I’ll tell you all about it when I get one!  Also, any recommendations for a great setting powder would be greatly appreciated.


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.

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?


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


(See my review here)

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


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



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?



Material Detox

Insta-Glam! (Day 10)

Nothing makes me feel more glamorous than wearing my red Chanel lipstick.  It makes me feel instantly pretty and classy (just watch out for the color “bleeding”!).  When I add a pair of shades, I feel confident!


Anyway, this leads to my current thoughts.  Many people think that women wear clothes/makeup for men (which is only partly true).  I can assure you, that women wear makeup/clothes first and foremost for themselves!  Wearing makeup that enhances my features makes me feel more confident which I think is the key characteristic that makes anyone look more attractive.  When I (think I) look great, I feel great!

Also, I feel that personal style is an extension of our personalities.  Clothing gives us the additional option to express ourselves through appearance.  If we were really dressing up for men, we would walk around pretty much butt-naked (let’s be honest).  It may sound shallow, but I truly believe a wonderful purse or awesome pair of shades is worth the cost if it makes me feel prettier/classier/awesomer!

Do you agree or disagree?  Also, what do you do for a boost of confidence?


Material Detox

A Very Special (and Late) Christmas…(Day 9)

I know that it’s been about two weeks since Christmas but I want to talk about the wonderful gifts I got for Christmas so I guess this is a Christmas “haul”?

First off, my awesome brother got me these shirts:


I’m kinda a comic book fan (if not borderline freak) and I’m way more of a DC person so these were hella amazing!

Also, I’ve really been into wedges (gives you height and are actually comfortable to walk in) and my mom got me these beautiful sneaker wedges!  I seriously can’t stop wearing them!


My sweet boyfriend took me out on the best shopping spree which I previously blogged about  which included makeup from Chanel and lots and lots of clothes from Forever 21.


I also received a few giftcards, mostly to Sephora, which I’ll be saving up for facial lotion refills and such (these tempt me to buy makeup so much!! urgh!).

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!

-Material Detox

Makeup, Breakup (Day 8)

So, I have finished another product!  However, it’s not really makeup, it’s Almay Eye Makeup Remover Pads, but still I’m pretty happy I finished a product.


I thought I would do a mini review as I have used this almost every day for the last 3 months.  Overall, I really enjoyed this product because each pad can remove practically all eye makeup on both my eyelids (one side each).  It claims to be hypoallergenic, which is important to me, and I was glad I didn’t have any reaction to them.  I also found them quite moisturizing, but they are a bit greasy so I have to wipe off the excess product.

For about $8.00, I thought it was worth the money and pretty mess free as it doesn’t require additional cotton pads to carry around (perfect for gals who travel a lot).  I definitely recommend this product and I will repurchase this in the future, after I finish all my other eye makeup remover products!

What do you use to remove your eye makeup?

Thanks for reading!

-Material Detox