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Don’t Fear the Reaper

Don't Fear the Reaper


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,

Material Detox

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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When to Throw Away Your Makeup

Hello fellow detoxers!

You wouldn’t keep expired milk or moldy cheese in your fridge would you?  That’s just plain unhygienic!  Well, in case you didn’t know, makeup also expires and using expired makeup can have dire consequences!   Overtime, makeup accumulates dirt and bacteria that can lead to eye infections and skin rashes. These are just more reasons why I’m going to buy makeup minimally from now on and only buy products that I can realistically expect to finish before it expires.  This means I should also take into account how much makeup I already have and whether or not this product can truly fit into my daily routine.

Here is a list of beauty products and their expiration dates!  I know it may hurt, but if your makeup is expired, it may be time to part ways and do a little spring cleaning!  (Note: the expiration date is from the time you open the product.)

1. Powders and shadows: Approximately two-three years.


Yikes!  You may be tempted to keep powdered products longer because it seems to take forever to hit pan on these products!  I know I definitely don’t need all those eye shadow palettes, especially if I’m being honest, there is no way I can finish both my naked palettes even if those were the only eyeshadow palettes I owned!  Also, this is worrisome because I have already had the naked palette for almost two years now and the naked 2 palette since it came out at the end of 2011.  

2. Cream shadows/Eyeshadow Primers: Approximately 1-1.5 years.


In general, cream or liquid makeup does not last as long as dry makeup.  Here’s a tip: If it smells funky, it’s probably time to throw it out!  

3. Foundation:  1-2 years


Water-based foundation lasts about a year and an oil-based foundation may last up to two years.  Get rid of it, if you see a difference in it’s smell, texture, or color!  

4. Lipstick: Anywhere from 1-4 years.


Some say lipsticks should be kept for only a year, while other experts claim that lipsticks can last for up to 4 years.  What they do agree upon is that once it starts smelling, it’s time to go!  Extra tip: Storing lipstick in the fridge prolongs it’s life and keeps it from breaking!

5. Mascara & Liquid Liner: 3 months


One of the biggest mistakes that people make is keeping and using mascara or liquid liner for more than 3 months.  These products expire the fastest so make sure you replace these products routinely to prevent eye infections and contaminations and don’t make a habit of trying more than one mascara at a time because you’ll most likely be throwing away money.  Opt for a drugstore alternative for products like these as drugstore mascaras are pretty amazing and paying upwards of $20 for a high-end product will probably not pay off.

6. Pencil eyeliners & Pencil lipliners: 3-5 years


These products have a long life so don’t be afraid to splurge for ones that will work time and time again.  To keep it fresh and clean, make sure to sharpen them regularly.  

Here are some extra tips for knowing when your makeup is expired:

1. Go with your “nose”:  Seriously, if it smells, it’s for it to go!  The reason why the smell of makeup changes is usually because of bacteria.

2. Replace your makeup sponges weekly as they can be a breeding ground for bacteria.  Also wash your makeup brushes at least once a week for the same reason.

3. If you’re sick, try to use as little makeup as possible to avoid contaminating your products.


Well, I hope this post was informative and will help others when trying to find out whether your makeup is expired or not.  I’m now going to take a second look (and sniff!) at my makeup collection and tell you what I find!



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Urban Decay Giveaway!

Hello all my wonderful followies ❤  I finally have some exciting news!  I am giving away the gorgeous Urban Decay Mariposa Palette.  It comes with 10 amazing shades that are bold and beautiful for a night out.  It also comes in a beautiful tin palette with a butterfly decoration, making it a wonderful piece to add to anyone’s collection!

Urban Decay Mariposa Palette - R$105,00

This contest will run from February 19, 2013 til the end of March.  Here are the rules:

This is a U.S. only giveaway (I hope to do an international one in the future so please stay tuned!)

1. Like me on facebook (mandatory)

2. Follow me on twitter (optional)

3. Tweet about this giveaway (optional)

4. Leave a comment below with a way to contact you either by email, facebook, or twitter. (mandatory)

That’s it!

I will contact the winner within 48 hours, if the winner does not respond within the week I will select a different winner.

This will be hosted by rafflecopter so head to my facebook page to enter! (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Material-Detox/126747590835202?sk=app_228910107186452)

May the odds ever be in your favor! (hahah sorry, couldn’t resist!)


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