Dr. Who?

Since, I’ve finished the Missha BB cream, I need to choose a new product to use as my foundation/bb cream/tinted moisturizer.  So, I looked inside my makeup train case and I looked at my choices.  At first, I thought I would use my skin clearing Neutrogena foundation, but since it is getting closer to winter, I thought the formula would be too drying on my skin.  Then, I was tempted to use my MUFE HD foundation, but talked myself into saving it for special occasions.  Personally, I think that Revlon Colorstay is too thick.  After these three choices, I only have one liquid foundation left, which isn’t really a foundation but a BB cream.

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Dr. Jart+ Black Label Detox will be the BB cream I’ll be using for the next few months.  I think it may be the perfect product for winter.  It’s moisturizing, not too thick,  and claims to cover “blemished and uneven skin tone”.  Hopefully, I won’t have any adverse reactions to it!

Wish me luck!

-Material Detox

One Down. Nine to Go.

In my last post, I mentioned that I had started a project 10 pan.  For those of you who have not heard about this before, let me explain (if you have, you can skip the next few sentences). The point of this project is to use up makeup products you already own.  What you do is pick 10 cosmetic items, this can be from a lipgloss to moisturizer, and you must use up all these products before buying any more makeup.  Everyone has their own rules, but here are mine:

1. To add an item to the finished list, the whole product must be used up (i.e. just hitting the “pan” does not suffice”)

2. Makeup “essentials” may be replaced IF there are no other replacements available in the collection already.  For example, mascara may be replaced every 1-3 months if there aren’t any other mascaras in the collection.  However, things like a bottle of foundation should not be replaced (unless its HG) if there are other bottles of foundation/bb cream/tinted moisturizer.

3. Limited edition products may be purchased, however, they may not be used til the project is completely done. This rule also applies to gifts.

4. If a very special occasion comes up, false eyelashes may be purchased.

5. Sample sizes may not count as a finished product.

Right now my goal is to finish 30 products over the next year.  I have picked the 10 products that I would like to use right now, and stored the rest of my collection away so that when I finish the first 10, I won’t have the “need” to buy something new, and instead pick out my next products from my collection.

Here are my first 10 items:

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Mac lipglass in oyster girl
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Revlon lip butter in sugar plum
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Not the whole palette. The colors sin and half-baked.
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Again, not the whole palette. The colors bootycall and tease.
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Buxom Lash
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Clinique Liquid Facial Soap
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theBalm DownBoy blush
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Missha Cho Bo Yang BB cream. I’ve had this for four months and I finally finished it today!

That is one blush, a tube of mascara, a bottle of bb cream, a bottle of face wash, two lippies, and four eyeshadows.

Wish me Luck!

-Material Detox

Material Girl

After my most recent Sephora haul and two online orders from Tobi and Forever21, I thought to myself- Why do I need more makeup/clothes?  Don’t I have enough?  I have more makeup then I could ever need for the next two years, yet I still buy more thinking that somehow this new foundation would be better than my last when in fact, it does more or less of the same thing.  I am a college student and I have enough clothes to last me two weeks without doing laundry.  To me, that is plenty and I am not able to fit much more clothes in my dorm closet!

I use http://www.mint.com to track my finances.  I recommend this website to those who need a little help budgeting.  It lets me search for a retailer, such as Sephora, and then it will show me how much I’ve spent say from Nov. 2011- Nov. 2012, or any other time frame I’d like.  I was shocked to see that I’ve spent $600 on Sephora in the last year!  This is just from Sephora!  This does not inlclude my drugstore makeup, of which I own even more.  I could have bought an iPad with that money!  For clothing, it gets even worse.  I spent more than 2,000 dollars on clothes in the last 12 months!  Granted, this includes two Michael Kors purses, one Kate Spade cross-body, and a Kate Spade wallet.  Still, that is more than a thousand dollars on clothing from Tobi, Forever21, H&M, and JustFab.  Clothing from these stores are not worth the investment.  I’d rather take those 1,000 dollars back and invest on a few key pieces from J Crew or Banana Republic.

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This is where I will “shop” for makeup for all of next year!
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The current state of my closet (this does not include my 3 drawer chest full of bottoms and tops!)

After this realization, I knew I needed to change, but I didn’t know how.  I’ve started a project 10 pan, but I wanted to extend this to clothing also.  I stumbled upon (okay, I googled) a post on blogher (http://www.blogher.com/year-without-new-clothes-or-cosmetics) titled 2012: My Year Without New Clothes or Cosmetics.  This drew my attention and I have decided to do a 2013 version of this.  I will basically follow the same rules she listed out with a few alterations (in bold):

  • In 2013, I won’t buy any new clothing items for myself, unless I need underwear, bras or t-shirts. Or I randomly get invited to the White House or something like that and other very special occasions
  • No accessories or jewelry, either — I have edited my closet, make-up, and work wardrobe to a place where I feel I have what I need.
  • Gifts/hand me downs/swaps are fine to accept.
  • Tailoring/mending existing clothes is fine and encouraged.
  • I’m also going to add a new challenge this year, which is no new MAKE-UP and skin care. Basic moisturizing, mascara, and cleaning refills are good, but nothing else. No impulse buys.

I will begin this project on January 1, 2012 (after the holiday season).  For the next month, I will be preparing and will try to keep my shopping limited to gifts and necessities.  I have already stopped buying any more makeup.  Hopefully, by constantly updating this blog, I will actually stick to this New Year’s resolution.

Wish me luck!

-Material Detox