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Don’t Fear the Reaper

Don't Fear the Reaper


Moving in a New Direction

Hi all,

I’m going to keep this post short and sweet.  If you’ve been here before, you know my goal for 2013 was to pretty much stop buying makeup.  Although I wasn’t entirely successful in that endeavor, I did learn some valuable life lessons.  

Through those lessons, I have started to embrace a new lifestyle.  I’ve started shifting from a material/consumer driven lifestyle to becoming more of a Minimalist. This lifestyle isn’t for everyone, but I think it suits my needs as an individual. Although I still have ways to go, I have found that my new perspective and attitude has made me embrace life more and I feel more fulfilled.  

This year, I’m going to be blogging about my experience.  I have found that Minimalism is more of a transformative process than a state of being and if you’re interested in this lifestyle, please follow my journey and challenges I face along the way!



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So it’s been a while, eh?

So I know it’s been months and months since I’ve posted.  Life has been crazy.  I would be lying to you if I said the experiment was a success.  However, I can say candidly that it was not a failure at all.  I really did cut down on my makeup buying habits and rarely buy makeup now unless I absolutely don’t have an alternative.  

I think I stuck to my resolution pretty well and have found that I like who I am now more than before.  I am not as beauty product obsessed and have really come to appreciate the makeup I already have.

I’m probably going to change up this blog to better fit what I’m doing now so stay tuned. 


Forever yours,

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New Brush Set

Hi all!

I recently received the Sedona Lace Vortex Brush Set as a gift from my boyfriend.  I’ve been using them for a couple days now but I feel like I need a couple weeks before I can really review the product.  Here is a link to the set.


So far I’m really loving them and have found that these brushes fill the “void” of really any basic brush set.

I got the set with the zippered brush belt which is so so convenient for traveling and can fit so many brushes!  As you can see in the picture below you can fit well over double the amount of brushes the set comes with!


Here is a brief description of the brush set:

The Vortex Collection exclusively designed by Renelyn Monteloyola of Makeup by Ren Ren for Sedona Lace. This pro line of brushes takes makeup application and technique to the next level. All of the brushes are multi-purpose and versatile.

I’ve especially been loving the tulip contour face brush for setting my powder because it can get into the “nooks and crannies” of my face and makes it so easy to set my undereye concealer!


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My Progress So Far

I’ve been on this “makeup ban” for almost 5 complete months now so I thought it was about time for a quick review and recap over what has happened/changed since I started this project on January 1st.

1. I failed miserably with the no clothing ban.

I’ve bought a trench, a purse, 2 dress shirts, 4 dresses, a cardigan, a skirt, and a pair of ballet flats.  Obviously, I had to put a stop to the ban right away because there was no way I could justify all of that.

2. I’ve done pretty well on the makeup front.  I’ve only bought products that I really had no alternative to- for example I used up all of my concealer and finally took the plunge and bought the bobbi brown corrector and concealer (okay, that’s two things) and I love it.

3. However, I was gifted makeup by my boyfriend so that made it loads easier for me.  To be fair though, it was a foundation and an eyelash curler (does that count as makeup?).

4. I’ve been able to buy cosmetic “non-makeup” items like the MAC cosmetics Studio Fix+ Spray and Brush Cleanser, nailpolish, and hair accessories.

Overall, I still think I’m doing a great job and I’ve definitely noticed that I’m not as makeup-obsessed as before.  I really have come to appreciate what I already have so much more and have found ways to use products in different ways.  I feel better off financially and I feel less guilty for doing other things like eating out, etc.

Anywho, I wanted to keep this short and simple.  Thanks so much for reading!


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It’s Time to Say Goodbye :(

So I finally did some spring cleaning to get rid of any funky products that were expired.

I threw them away before I was able to take pictures (agh..where is my brain these days?) but here’s the list:

theBalm Concealer: This was a decent concealer, a bit cakey at times but this has just started to smell very, very odd.


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. Overtime, the texture has become even worse.  Good riddance!


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.  Sadly, I dropped this once and it completely fell off.  For less than $3, I didn’t have the heart to fix it.  </3


On another notes here are my March/April Empties!

Dr. Jart+ Black Label BB cream:  See my review here.  I’m finally done with this product and although I liked it, I’m not going to repurchase it because of the price and I still prefer the Misha BB cream.


Revlon Lipbutter in “Sugar plum”– I have gone through so many of these and I have just finished my last back-up.  This is a sad day indeed.


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.  I have completely hit pan on this product but I’d be too sad to throw it away because of the gorgeous packaging.




F.A.S.T. Shampoo and Conditioner:  This didn’t really help my hair grow faster but it smelled wonderful and the conditioner made my hair very silky and soft.




Close to finishing my first ten products!


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