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I meant to take these photos ages ago, because I finally organized everything back in March, but alas, time is precious and I wasn’t able to find a chunk of time until this afternoon! This post contains photos and brief descriptions of my non-MAC beauty products.
Just an aside–I just sifted through and donated 52 pounds of beauty products to friends, family, and my local battered women’s shelter (none of which is pictured here). I definitely urge you to give to your local shelters whenever you have new or unused personal care products!
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Do you wear different makeup when you go shopping? I’m a power shopper, to be honest. I generally hop to the mall to check out new MAC collections these days, but when I get the urge to go shopping for things like clothes, I am a super shopper. I hit the stores that I know work for me (and my budget), which are stores like H&M, Forever 21, and Express. Today, I probably went through $200 or so in two hours in three stores (the ones I mentioned), and I actually tried everything on in-store.
I hate trying things on in-store, but whenever I do, I have to wear neutral makeup. I think it might result from the fact that I prefer to match my makeup to my clothes, so if I’m rockin’ bright blue eyeshadow, when I view myself in a red shirt, it looks sooo off. I needed a break from dogsitting the two beasts, which meant a nice detour to the mall. I planned (or thought) ahead, so I just went with a minimal face of foundation and nothing else. And I came out with plenty of new summer clothes!
What about you? Do you wear different makeup when you go shopping? Does it even matter to you?
It’s such a quirk, so I thought I would share. :) By the by, Express is having a fab sale on all that is summer–tanks, camis, shorts, etc.!
- Inner lid – MAC Clear Sky Blue Pigment
- Middle of lid – MAC Bitter eyeshadow and then a little MAC Lime eyeshadow on top
- Outer lid – MAC Jewel Blue eyeshadow followed by some MAC Electric Eel eyeshadow
- Highlight – MAC Retrospeck eyeshadow
- Liner – MAC Deep Truth eyeshadow with a little MAC Mixing Medium on upper and lower
lashline and MAC Carbon eyeshadow on upper and lower waterline
- Mascara – L’Oreal Volume Shocking
- Brows: Nothing! As you can see they are a little sparse!
- Foundation: MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC35
- Blush: MAC Harmony powder blush to sculpt and MAC Sunbasque to highlight
- Powder: MAC Studio Fix in NC30
- Lipstick: MAC Lipstick in Hug Me
- Lipgloss: MAC Lipglass in Florabundance
- Brushes: MAC 239, 217, 252, 266, 212, 187, 136, 168
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Olay Total Effects Touch of Sun Moisturizer ($18.99) is an anti-aging daily moisturizer with subtle self-tanning properties. This is good for those who just want to slightly brighten and tan the face, but do not want an actual self-tanner. I find gradual and subtle self-tanners to have a great effect on brightening up the skin, and they do not require nearly as much maintenance as regular self-tanners need. You should see a noticeable color difference within three applications, and after a week, you will get to the darkest you will get. Similarly, Olay Touch of Sun UV Defense Regenerating Lotion ($18.99) works like the moisturizer does, only this has SPF 15 in it.
Olay Touch of Sun Daily Body Lotion ($7.99) comes in light/medium and medium/dark, depending on how deep and dark you want your tan to be. For those who do not want to apply a regular self-tanner after a shower (which can take an hour or two from start to finish), try this moisturizer with just a touch of self-tanner that works while you sleep. Within two or three applications, you should notice that your skin tone has deepened slightly. From there, you can control how dark you want to be or how dark you want to stay. If you want to go darker, apply nightly. If you want to maintain your current color level, apply every other night or less.
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I used Black Ore solar bits (LE) on lid, Gorgeous Gold eyeshadow on inner lid, Stars â€˜n Rockets eyeshadow on middle of lid, Shimmermoss eyeshadow on outer lid, Freshwater eyeshadow on outer lid, Electric Eel eyeshadow on outer lid, Deep Truth eyeshadow on outer crease, Gorgeous Gold eyeshadow on inner crease, Femme-fi eyeshadow (LE) on brow and above crease, Graphblack technakohl on lower lash line, and Plushlash mascara on lashes. I had Lilicent blushcreme with Sunbasque blush on cheeks. I wore Tiger Tiger lipstick (LE) with Supreme lipglass (LE) on my lips.
** These are recommendations for dupes based on permanent colors available — may not necessarily be identical; they are the closest I can think of!
Black Ore = Dark Soul + Golden Lemon; Femme-fi = Shroom; Tiger Tiger = Brew; Supreme = Chai
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Do you prefer gloss alone or over lipstick? Are you all about sheer, glossy lips? Super opaque glossy lips? Need lipstick before you get your gloss on?