Friday, December 31, 2010

New Years Eve Nails

I've been thinking of doing glittery silver nails for New Years, even though it's overdone and expected.  I can't seem to get enough of glitter and blingy nails lately.

What I had my eye on was another Deborah Lippmann polish called "Today Was a Fairy Tale":


Pretty, right???

But alas, I settled for good old Sally Hansen for one tenth of the price.  This is Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear Nail Color in "Celeb City" layered with Revlon's "Star" Topcoat.  I really liked Celeb City on its own and knew the second I applied Star on top that it was a mistake.  It seemed too late to stop (this was at 1am last night), so I did the rest of my nails and ended up with this:



I guess it's not so bad from a distance, but I wish I had left well enough alone and just gone with Celeb City on its own.  LESSON LEARNED FOR 2011.

Happy new year! 

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Favourite Products of 2010

What were your beauty faves/discoveries of 2010?  Here are some of mine.

1.  Bobbi Brown Modern Classic Lip & Eye Palette

I went through buyer's remorse after purchasing this, but it's turning out to be perhaps the best beauty buy of the year.  The quality of both the eye shadows and lip gloss are excellent, the colours are wearable neutrals appropriate for any occasion, and the packaging is sturdy, portable and luxe.  It's an excellent product for those who work in conservative office environment (as I do, on a part-time basis).  It's still available at your local Bobbi Brown counter, so check it out before it disappears forever.


2.  The Original MoroccanOil Oil Treatment

I rave about this product every chance I get.  First of all, it smells divine.  Secondly, it's a reductionista dream product because it eliminates the need for an anti-frizz, heat protectant and straightening potion.  Rub a quarter-size drop between your palms and work it through wet hair before heat styling.  Your hair will look and feel soft, shiny and healthy.  Love love love.


3.  Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer in "Across the Universe" and "Bad Romance"

Possibly two of the most gorgeous nail colours ever.  I delved heavily into sparkles and shimmer this year, and while the price tag of these two were daunting, I took the plunge with the aid of a giftcard and don't regret the choice at all.

Across the Universe
Bad Romance

4.  Philosophy Purity Made Simple One Step Facial Cleanser

A skincare product that actually does everything it promises -- it's a miracle!  Some skeptics claim it's overhyped, and some claim it's a more expensive version of Cetaphil.  I love Cetaphil and still rely on their daytime moisturizer, but Cetaphil and Purity are two completely different products.  Purity will actually remove makeup and cleanse your skin in just one step.  Cetaphil does not remove heavy makeup and you'll have to wash and scrub twice and tone to get the same effect as Purity.  Purity is also great for all skin types (oily, dry, sensitive, normal, combination).  It will not dry out your skin and you're left with soft and clean skin in just one simple step.  It took me a while to realize the greatness of this product as well, as I, too, thought it was just a hype over nothing at first.  But it saves the hassle of the double-cleanse process for heavy makeup wearers.  Another reductionista win!


5.  Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel (Full Strength)

I introduced this product into my weekly skincare routine in early fall.  Wish I had tried it earlier, but I was afraid of peels for a while.  This is an at-home peel which can be used once a week to chemically exfoliate the face, leaving your skin smooth and glowing the next day.  It's a little alarming at first because your face will turn very very red -- it should be used at night before bed and never just before you have to leave the house to go somewhere.  Despite the temporarily scary red face, its true effect is visible almost right away.  Slather it all over your face (avoiding sensitive areas like eyes and around the mouth), wait 10-15 minutes, then just wash it off with warm water.  For those with sensitive skin, I recommend the sensitive version rather than the full strength.


6.  Makeup Forever Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation

Oily-skinned girls, rejoice!  And by "oily" I mean really oily.  Even if you have combination skin with oily tendencies, this product will be too drying for you.  As much as I loved it during warmer seasons, I had to retire it for the winter.  However, in late spring and all throughout the hot summer months, this foundation is a lifesaver.  It took me forever to find a mattifying foundation that actually works, and luckily I discovered it just in time for my sister's wedding in steaming August.  A lot of people rave about MUFE's HD Invisible Cover Foundation, but I literally sat with a MUFE makeup artist and conducted a direct comparison of both foundations on my face by applying HD Foundation on the left side of my face and Mat Velvet on the right -- and the makeup artist and I both agreed that Mat Velvet worked better for my oily skin.  It's full coverage, though, so a little goes a long way.


7.  TheBalm Hot Mama

I use this solely as a blush, but the claim is that it's both a blush and a highlighter.  When the famous NARS Orgasm Blush ended up with no colour and just sparkles on my light-medium cheeks, I was supremely disappointed.  When I came across this blush at a drugstore for half the price sold at Sephora, I had to snatch one up. The pinky-peach hue with shimmer is exactly what I imagined NARS Orgasm should have looked on me.  It can be worn very softly or built up in layers for more impact.


8.  Benefit Cosmetics Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow/Liner

I was a huge Benefit enthusiast in 2006.  But since then I had tried so many of their products that I just decided to ignore the Creaseless Cream Eyeshadows for a long time after their debut.  Thanks to Sephora's VIB points, I scored a sample of this product in "R.S.V.P." and became an immediate fan.  It applies, blends, and lasts beautifully.  It's the perfect product to swipe quickly over eyelids in the early morning rush.  I definitely prefer this over MUFE Aqua Cream which is terribly difficult to blend.


9.  YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils Mascara

The price tag on this mascara is scary, but I had read so many rave reviews that it had to be tried.  I went to a YSL counter and basically challenged the makeup artist to give me that false eyelash look.  Well, she definitely rose to it with this mascara.  Thanks to a giftcard, I scooped this up in "High Density Black" and enjoyed a good three months or so of luscious and voluminous lashes without smudges or clumps.  I don't know when I'll gather enough courage to spend so much on a mascara again, but when I do, I'll be turning to this one for sure.

 
10.  Makeup Forever HD Invisible Cover Concealer

Some of the acclaim for MUFE's HD Invisible Cover Foundation should be transferred over to its counterpart concealer.  This is the first concealer that I've purchased twice.  It's a dream if you manage to find it in the exact same shade as your skin.  The texture is creamy and soft, appropriate for both undereye and over blemishes.  I have to admit that there isn't a lot of product in the package, but just a small dab does wonders for me.  There are some complaints about the strange applicator, but the solution is to not apply the concealer directly with the rubbery tip.  Instead, twist the knob at the end slowly so that very little concealer emerges, then squeeze out more product by pressing down on the rubbery pad and pat on face with fingertips.  Apply sparingly at first and build up as necessary.


11.  TheBalm Shady Lady Palette Vol. 2 (shadows/liners)

I was never one for shimmery eyeshadows, but this is the product that caused me to cross over to the dark side.  During a YouTube browse, I watched a few rave reviews about this palette and curiosity overcame me during the subsequent Sephora visit.  After testing a few swatches, I was sold.  The shadows are highly pigmented, applying and blending beautifully.  The shades look amazing layered together and I always receive compliments when I use these shadows.  Bonus?  The darker colours can be used as liners with a wet brush.  This palette is another reductionista dream come true.

(For those who are already fans of this palette, did you know that Shady Lady Vol. 3 is now available at Sephora?  I haven't made a dent in Vol. 2 yet, so purchasing Vol. 3 seems unnecessary at the moment, but I will have to test the product firsthand as I always do before making any decisions.)


There you have it.  I meant to post only the top 10 products of the year but Shady Lady slipped in right at the last minute.  Do you agree with me that some of these products are worthy of acclaim and devotion?  What were some of your favourite products of the year?

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Perfect At Home Manicure Tutorial

Hi, everyone! I'm lazying around at home, feeling like I should post something but not feeling active enough to conduct an inventory. So I'm sharing this video instead. It's a simple but comprehensive tutorial on at-home manicure. I'm inspired enough to push back my cuticles the next time I change nail colours.  Happy manicuring!


Monday, December 27, 2010

Product Comparison: Smith's Rosebud Salve v. C.O. Bigelow Rose Salve

[Edited Note Part 1 - July 2014: 

3.5 years after this post was written, thanks to the power of Pinterest, it seemed to have gone viral to a small degree. Since then, I have been given more information on Smith's Rosebud Salve directly by the company itself and can share with you this knowledge. I am not altering the content of the original post in any way but merely adding confirmed information to previous speculations. Please read the "Edited Note Part 2" section at the end of the original post for specifics!]

I'm so glad to have received the C.O. Bigelow Rose Salve as a Christmas gift because now I can finally make that direct first-hand comparison to Smith's Rosebud Salve that I've been dying to make for years and years.

You're probably wondering why I didn't just buy the COB Salve and spare myself the agony?  Well, even if it's only $5-6, the reductionista in me forbade buying of new lip balms until I had finished the Rosebud Salve along with the multitude of chapsticks stashed away in various bags and pockets all over the place.  It seemed excessive, especially since it takes forever for me to finish the Rosebud tin in the first place.  So I held off, but here they are, side by side.  Take a look.



They look the same, on the outside and on the inside.  They sure smell differently, though.  Rosebud definitely smells like a classic rose perfume while the COB Salve smells very sweet and less rosey.  The texture feels similar as well, though I think the Rosebud feels more emollient and the COB Salve feels thinner.  I've been suffering intensely dry lips due to the winter cold and have been slathering on the salves day and night.  Despite the dryness, I usually have to apply Rosebud rather sparingly because it tends to feel heavy if I overapply.  COB Salve, in the meanwhile, felt lighter and I had to double dip to get the proper amount needed.  I'm still trying to get used to it and pinpoint differences.

Let's take a look at the packaging and advertising.

Note the 0.9% Rose Extract

Note that there are some oils but the ingredients are mainly a "secret."

Both packaged in exactly the same size vintage tins containing 0.8oz of product, the sense of their history being very important to the advertising of both products.  The funny thing is they're both sold at C.O. Bigelow while only the Rosebud is sold at Sephora.  Rosebud is USD$6 and COB Salve is $5.50.  I wonder what accounts for the difference of 50 cents.  The information on the packaging is of very little help.



They both claim to have a long history of soothing dryness and encourage us to pat this anywhere as needed.  It looks like the Rosebud Perfume Co. was first (added to the C.O. Bigelow catalogue in 2002), then C.O. Bigelow came up with their own version in 2007.  What exactly does C.O. Bigelow say about these products?

Smith's Rosebud Salve

An Old Family Standby Since 1895, this world-famous salve has been re-discovered by Hollywood stars and makeup artists. Rosebud Salve is still a favorite to aid in the relief of chapped and dry skin, blemishes, diaper rash, and detergent burns. Rosebud Salve is also a wonderful lip moisturizer and natural looking lip gloss.

Contains cotton seed oil, aromol, with essential oils blended in a special petrolatum base.

MADE IN USA



Bigelow Rose Salve # 012

No 012 Rose Salve Rose Extract 0 .9% C.O. Bigelow's famous Rose Salve has been a favorite since the early days, due to its ability to care for lips and beautify skin. Emulsified with extra-soothing rose extract, which helps ease irritation and condition the skin. Made in USA.

Ingredients: Petrolatum, Lanolin Oil, Squalene, Flavor (Aroma), Octyldodecanol, Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Bisabolol, Jojoba Esters, Red 30 Lake (CI73360).

Directions for use: Pat on as needed to care for lips or anything that needs a fix.  For external use only.

I don't pretend to know anything about the chemical composition of these products, but it's difficult to say anything when the Rosebud insists on secrecy of its blend, not unlike KFC and their "secret" batter.  What do you say?  Are they both basically perfumed and pink-tinted Vaseline in cute little tins?  Are we being suckered to fork over $5-6 for pretty packaging?  ($7-9 Canadian, mind you.)  I usually apply it on only my lips as it feels too greasy to be used anywhere else, including my cuticles. So it's of limited use to me.  But it definitely helps my dry lips issue in a way that chapsticks can't, and I like the feminine and pampered feeling that these rose salves create.  Pulling out a jar of Vaseline just isn't the same.

My conclusion:  I remain a fan of Smith's Rosebud Salve so long as the price does not rise to CDN$10.  I beg of you, retailers (Sephora, Anthropologie, Bath & Body Works, et al):  don't make me go back to using Vaseline.

[Edited Note Part 2 - July 2014:

The ingredient list of Smith's Rosebud Salve is now a little more transparent, although the blend of essential oils still remains a trade secret, due to its origin from a perfume house in France and long history associated with it. (I'm not sure how this can legally work, but it is what I've been told from an official source at Rosebud Perfume Co.) 

The current list of ingredients disclosed, according to Sephora, is:

Pure White Petrolatum (Surgical Grade), Cotton Seed Oil, Trade Secret Blend of Essential Oils, Botanicals.

If anyone has concerns about the use of these ingredients, please conduct a thorough independent research and use the products at your own discretion. Personally, although I have moved on to other brands, I still really like Smith's Rosebud as a lip balm and have repurchased many tins and tubes to give out as gifts. By comparison, the C.O. Bigelow version was a complete fail by the time I made a dent in the tin, evidenced by this review I conducted many months after this post. Also according to my source at Rosebud Perfume Co., the oils and tins relied upon by Smith's are high grade and expensive by industry standards, which accounts for the slightly higher price of the Smith's products.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Rosebud Perfume Co. directly at info@rosebudperfume.com.]

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Nail Polish: Sephora by OPI "Only Gold for Me" Top Coat + Sally Hansen No Chip 10 Day Nail Colour "Night Blooms"

This was my Christmas nails.  I deviated from my plan to apply Deborah Lippmann "Happy Birthday" on top of black or white.  Instead I purchased* Sephora by OPI's Only Gold for Me Top Coat (as opposed to Deborah Lippmann's Boom Boom Pow) and put it over a Sally Hansen shade which I quite love despite its old age.

*For those keeping track, I only get two more nail polish for the month of January.

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Excuse the uneven edges near the cuticles.  I got way excited and thought this was a fabulous combination.  I am in love with gold sparkly things lately and this was a small way to indulge myself.

What did you wear on your nails for Christmas?  Show and tell!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

There's nothing like '90s Mariah to get your holiday spirits soaring.  Happy holidays, everyone!  Thank you for reading the Beauty Reductionista!

xoxo
Liz

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Q&A re: Nails

This is a quick post on how I do my nails.  It's probably the one area in which I am already minimal.  I've received these questions in the past.

Q:  Do you use a base coat or a top coat?

A:  Yes, I use both.  I usually apply a layer of base coat before the nail polish and a layer of top coat afterwards.  Currently using China Glaze for both.


While I feel lukewarm about the China Glaze top coat (it isn't as glossy as OPI and smells foul), I didn't have a problem with the base coat until I started applying all the red nail polish, which left horrible stains behind that the base coat did not prevent.  But I've been reading nail polish blogs and this seems to be a universal problem with a solution that is yet to be found.  Anyhoo, I don't feel the need to stock up on multiple base coats or top coats, so I'll just use these up and try something new when the time comes.

Q:  Which nail polish remover do you use?

A:  The cheapest I can find!  Previously the "Life Brand" from Shoppers Drug Mart (which is a no name brand sold by the major drug store chain in Canada).  Then I ran into problems with glitter and someone told me Sally Hansen was better.  So I picked up the "Salon Strength" version which cost $1 more than the others but doesn't seem to me to be any different than the Life Brand.  I'm still tempted to try the Deborah Lippmann's The Stripper.


But remember that to remove glitter, this trick is the best proven method so far.

And next is not a question but something I recently discovered.  What do I use to remove the nail polish with?  Up until recently, I've bee using precious cotton rounds when cotton balls soak up much more of the remover and just seems to move easier over the nails.


What's the diff you ask?  Mostly the price.


Cotton rounds from Shoppers Drug Mart?  About $2-5 depending on the kind you get.  I don't know what's going on with them but drug store prices have become completely inflated.


The cotton balls are from Pharma Plus and are only $1.  Guess which one wins?

Q:  Do I push back cuticles and all that jazz?

A:  Nope.  I'm a lazy gal with fairly healthy cuticles that are mostly straight and not ragged.  I feel like once I start messing with them, they will become dry and ragged as a consequence and will require continual maintenance.  I have the instruments and cuticle oils but I never use them.  But I do like them pushed back when I get manicures done elsewhere.

And that concludes our nail Q&A for today.  How about you?  What's your nail care routine?

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Q&A re: Foundation and Concealer for Freckled Skin

My first Question & Answer post!  The question comes from Seelah, who makes the most wonderful sets on Polyvore.

Her question is: 

I have some freckles and the advice they once gave me is to go for a foundation which is between the tone of my skin colour and the one of my freckles. I really like makeup but prefer it look natural and discrete. How can I make it easier to choose a good foundation and concealer, and not panic when one goes discontinued?

Dear Seelah,

If you try to cover up your freckles, it will look more like makeup and less natural.  I suggest using light foundation to even out your skin tone (like getting rid of the redness), but let the freckles show along with your beautiful skin.  Instead of painting your face with a shade that doesn't match your actual face colour, try to match the skin and not the freckles.  If you don't have acne or scars, I would even advise using a tinted moisturizer instead of foundation.  Try Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer.  It acts as both moisturizer and light foundation, and even has SPF 20.  It's Reductionista tested and approved!


However, if you have oily/acne-prone skin, try the oil-free version instead.


However, if you need more coverage than a tinted moisturizer provides, go for a light-medium coverage foundation such as Cargo Oil Free Foundation.


Or, for a budget friendly price, try the L'Oreal True Match Super-Blendible Makeup.


The good thing about this foundation is that it's buildable.  Use a small amount over the areas of concern, and add another layer if needed.

I also like Chanel Vitalumiere for coverage with wonderful glow.



As for concealer, my current favourite is the Makeup Forever HD Invisible Cover Foundation.  I find that it works well for both undereye circles and blemishes.  It has a wide range of shades, so hopefully you can find your exact match as I have!


The key to finding good foundation is to test the products on your face first.  I ask the makeup artist for a full application all over the face and then walk around the mall or the store while shopping, and see how the foundation lasts.  I also study the shade under different lighting to make sure that it's the right colour.  Try to study it under natural light, not just the dim or overly bright store light.

As for not going into a panic when my favourite product is discontinued?  Well, I sort of wrote about it here, regarding a discontinued lipstick.  I've only had one fave foundation become discontinued, and it was Lancome's Adaptive liquid foundation.  It gave me a nice medium coverage with satin finish, and I was so sad when I realized it was gone.  It took a while to find a good replacement, and I wasn't a crazy beauty junkie at the time, so it was a painful process.

I don't think that there's any way to prepare ourselves for the end of a good thing.  Some people buy multiples of their favourite products to prepare for those days, but you don't want to buy too many and have them expire before you can use them.  My suggestion is, since you are in the test and trial period, write down a list of top three foundations you liked best (brand name, foundation name and shade name/number) and keep it for that rainy day.  If #1 is ever discontinued, hopefully you can turn to #2 or #3 in your time of need.  Good luck!

Liz

To everyone else:

How about you beauties?  What are your suggestions for natural-looking makeup for freckled skin?  How have you dealt with discontinued faves in the past?  Weigh in below!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Nail Polish: OPI "Ali's Big Break"

I'm still in the red phase.  With Christmas just around the corner, it seems appropriate.  This is a candy apple red with shimmer.  So, so pretty.  Hopefully you can see the shimmer in these photos.







I think it's rather saucy and jazzes up a typical red.  It's fun to hold up my hand and just watch the light reflect off the shimmer.  I got this as soon as the Burlesque collection hit the stores... I may have cheated on my reductionist endeavour with this.  But if you like it, it's still out there.  Go, be merry!

Inventory #11: Luminizers, Bronzers, Highlighters, Misc. Makeup

I think that this is the last of my makeup inventory.  I'm eager to move on to skincare, because that's where my focus has been lately.  Let's do this!

Bronzers:



From left to right to bottom:


And I didn't mean to give this one individual attention but forgot to include it in the group pic.  It's Fusion Beauty's GlowFusion™ Micro-Tech™ Intuitive Active Bronzer in Golden.

Okay, so I don't know why I have five bronzers when I don't even use them all that often, and when I do, it's a very light touch and I'll probably never finish one in my lifetime.  I think the order was this: I loved the Sephora Bronzer but felt like it was too frosty and obvious at times, and I wanted something more subtle.  So I bought Cargo's Big Bronzer, which I used more than any of the others.  But after a while, I talked myself into thinking that it looked a little orange on my skin (it does if I overapply).  Then being on a budget, I got the Physician's Formula one at the drugstore because it was subtle and matte looking, which it is, and works perfectly well.  Then I was at Winners (Canadian version of Filene's Basement type place) and saw the Fusion Beauty bronzer for only $10!  Hello, it's USD$39 at Sephora and over CDN$40.  Can't resist a bargain, so now that's here.  As for the Cover FX powder, it's not a bronzer but I included it with this group... because I hadn't had my morning coffee/tea yet.  I bought it during my more frivolous days just because it's pretty.  I barely use it.

I'm leaning towards keeping all of them for now, because I don't have a big issue with any of them, though I had various reasons purchasing each in succession.  In this case, I think it's nice to have variety.  I may not use it much but it's the final touch on your makeup routine that can really make a very subtle yet big difference.  Bronzer can be a tricky thing, y'all.

Luminizers, Highlighters, Anti-Shine/Pore Minimizers:


From left to right:

 


And I forgot to include Benefit's Powderflage in the group above.  It's supposed to illuminate the undereye and subtly deflect light away from the dark shadows.  It's mystifying how it works.  It doesn't cover the circles but the circles seem less visible.  Some complain that it does nothing for them but I really like this product.

Re: the group in general.  This is the group of products that I use the least.  For one, I have oily skin and I don't need an extra luminizing glow on my face.  Two, it's an additional step in the routine that I just don't have the time for on most days.  However, I'm feeling dullness and dryness in my skin lately and think that a dab of something now and then won't hurt.  Eventually I will have to toss out the discontinued stuff as they are clearly the oldest of the bunch, but since the Smashbox and NARS luminizers are sample size, I don't need to worry about them too much.  They're the perfect size for me to test it out now and then without being concerned with waste.  As for the Clinique Pore Perfector, I like using it on my T-zone where I'm the oiliest, in lieu of a regular primer, and it's working out just fine.  As for the Benefit pencils, I like High Brow but don't like Eye Bright very much.  It's very pink on my neutral/yellow skin tone and probably works much better on fair skin.  I received it as a gift in a package set and am not responsible for it being in my collection!  I'll give it away at some point in the near future.

[I forgot to include my eyebrow pencil which is Makeup Forever, Dark Taupe 4.  A tinge too dark, perhaps.  I might get rid of it and just use brown eyeshadow with an angled brush.]

Eyeshadow Primers:


From left to right to bottom:
Okay, shadow primers are pretty much a must.  The Urban Decay primer is definitely worth all the hype, but I wish they would just repackage it already and get rid of the inconvenient shape of the wand.  I've been testing the Benefit one lately and it's actually just as good as Urban Decay.  Haven't touched the Smashbox one yet but it's next as soon as I'm done with Benefit.  I want to like the Clinique one because it's so pretty but it's too light for my skin unless I'm going for the pale shimmery look.  I've become a devotee of the MAC Paint Pot recently, as it's easier to dig into than the Urban Decay Potion and there's a lot more product in the pot so you really get your money's worth.  And then, even though things were perfectly fine, I got all tempted by the Bobbi Brown pot in Shore and it's so tiny in comparison to the MAC pot (and much more expensive) that I'm not going to get another BB pot unless the colour is an amazing complex thing I can't get anywhere else.

False Lashes:

Okay, I don't know why this pic won't flip around to its proper orientation but we have to proceed.  I have another set of lash strips somewhere - it's my Halloween lashes - and I can't find them.  These two pictured above were for my sister's wedding this past summer but we ran out of time and chose to forego the fake lashes.  I really like the effect of the individual lashes but it takes so long to put them on that I've never actually worn them out to an event yet.  I strongly recommend saving money in the false lash department by scouring the drugstores and internet - mine are Quo, sold at Shoppers Drug Mart.  But the little tiny glue that comes with most lashes are completely worthless.  DUO Eyelash Adhesive, sold at Sephora, is quite amazing and comes in either clear or black so that it blends perfectly with your real and fake lashes.

Well, there we have it.  If you click on the inventory tag below, you'll see the entire inventory of my makeup collection.  I might have left out a product here and there, but I've painstakingly gone through almost every single one of my makeup and purged the worthless and the unwanted.  As always, the mission is to not just reduce for the sake of reducing, but to find the best possible product for the best possible price.  It's not possible without a fair amount of testing, but I've grown tired of wandering from one expensive product to another and spending enormous amount of money on cosmetics which expire too quickly for me to keep up with.

Inventory posts are always lengthy, but if you've stuck around until this point, thank you for reading!  The next round of inventories will feature facial cleansers, toners, day moisturizers, serums, night creams, and eye creams.  Stay tuned.