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For my 100th video, YouTube user kanadian00797 asked if I would do a special video — my makeup collection. I asked on Twitter if it was of interest, and by the post title, I think you know what the response was! The video is LONG. In previous years, I’ve split up the videos into MAC and non-MAC, but it’s all in one big video this time around. I also talk in more detail about blogging, the size of my stash, and what I do with products I don’t want or why I keep certain products. Since the video is pretty lengthy, I want to recap some of that in this post, too!
The Why & How: Video Summary
I’ve been collecting makeup for 6 years. My collection wasn’t built overnight!
I am a *collector*! I may use what I buy and receive, but I am a collector at heart. Makeup is not purely utility for me, and this is why I consider it a hobby that I am passionate about.
I have been blogging for nearly 4 years. Brands and PR do send me product to consider reviewing. I don’t get paid to review products, no one gets to edit or preview my posts, and I’ve never lost a relationship because of a negative review, even the Ds and Fs.
I donate products to to local organizations like battered women’s shelters. I’m currently trying to work with a local veterans organization to find a way to send products to service men and women overseas.
The bathroom all my makeup is stored in is only used for makeup! I wish it didn’t have a shower and instead a giant closet…
I consider this also an archive of the makeup past — it allows me to go back to previous launches for comparison.
The Boy was the videographer for most of the video!
I still have the first brush I ever owned — Benefit’s Eyeshadow Blending Brush, which has long been discontinued.
I don’t know how many of each item I have, and it would probably make me cringe even a little if I did. So don’t count!
I keep a lot of products for comparison purposes–e.g. how does X shadow compare to Y shadow from 4 years ago? My memory is faulty, and though the improvement in my photographing skills over the years help me to photo-document everything, I like having it in real life to compare, too.
In looks, I try to keep older limited edition/discontinued products out of them. I try to use new products (to show how they look applied) or permanent products.
I have the Scarlet/Spring/Summer seasons to thank for finally getting some permanent lipsticks in my stash!
My dream is to have California Closets come over and design me the ultimate makeup storage system.
If you were using Korres #44 Orange Blush?, what look would you create with it?
What shadows would you use? What would you use on cheeks? Anything added to the lips? Create a look using whatever you want, as long as you include today’s look book product!
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Milani Cabana Coral Lipstick ($4.99) is a shimmering coral-orange with a frosty golden shimmer-sheen. It’s nearly opaque, and it’s bright without being blinding. It wears for two to three hours, but the formula is smooth, rich in color, and lightweight on lips. I like that it’s noticeably orange, but it’s a lot more wearable than true oranges.