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Curate a Makeup Collection You Love with More Mindfulness


If you find yourself prone to purchasing on impulse or often feel like you purchase products that are well-reviewed, popular, or buzzed about but don’t actually find you love them like you feel you should, this list of tips might help you figure out how to better understand your own preferences and needs and purchasing behavior.  In particular, as we approach the end of the year, I imagine there are a few readers who will be looking to start low- or no-buys for 2019.  It seems like a lot of us are feeling oversaturated when it comes to beauty products, so it only makes sense that we’ll start to turn to what we already own and getting more out of those products.

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5 Ways to Use Temptalia to Save Money on Makeup Products

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5 Ways to Use Temptalia to Save Money on Makeup Products
It starts with registering and creating your own Vanity...
5 Ways to Use Temptalia to Save Money on Makeup Products
Then you'll be able to see dupes you already have in your stash...
5 Ways to Use Temptalia to Save Money on Makeup Products
And be able to see what dupes you own when you're looking up a product for dupes!
5 Ways to Use Temptalia to Save Money on Makeup Products
Check your vanity for dupes when browsing any product’s dupes!
5 Ways to Use Temptalia to Save Money on Makeup Products
5 Ways to Use Temptalia to Save Money on Makeup Products
5 Ways to Use Temptalia to Save Money on Makeup Products
5 Ways to Use Temptalia to Save Money on Makeup Products

While I cover thousands of products each year in the form of reviews, there are also several resources available to everyone to ensure that every purchase is a good purchase for your personal needs. My goal is to help you make better purchasing decisions, whether that’s indulging on a luxury product, getting a cheaper and better alternative, avoiding buying that 18th red lipstick you know you already have, or just cutting through some of the hype behind a product. This post includes five ways to use what Temptalia offers to save money on makeup products, resist temptation of buying a new beauty product, and getting the most out of the beauty products you own.

How to Apply Cream Eyeshadows & How to Apply Liquid Eyeshadows

Stila Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eyeshadows
Stila Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eyeshadows

I find that the application of cream and liquid eyeshadows doesn’t differ much (a lot of the same “rules” apply to both, I’d say!) but how you should apply each depends entirely on the result you’re trying to achieve!  A reader requested that I share some of my tried and true tips and tricks for working with liquid and cream eyeshadows after recently reviewing and posting this look and this look using Stila’s newest liquid eyeshadows.

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38 Eye Makeup Tips: Applying and Blending Eyeshadows

Anastasia Eyeshadows
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Whether you’ve just started to play with makeup or you’ve been applying it for years and still find that getting your eyeshadows to come together isn’t as easy as you feel like it should be, I hope this post featuring every tip and trick I could extract from my makeup-minded brain helps in some way!  This is an expansion on the step-by-step smokey eye tutorial I did earlier, but this post focuses on how to get the most out of your eyeshadow based on formula as well as finish. You can view my favorite eyeshadow formulas here (along with all of my must-haves, in general).

How to Apply Eyeshadow: Smokey Eye Makeup Tutorial for Beginners

Warm Smokey Eye Makeup Tutorial
Warm Smokey Eye Makeup Tutorial

Here’s an in-depth, step-by-step eye makeup tutorial that is geared towards explaining every step in as much detail as possible so that whether you’re a makeup beginner or an old pro, it should be easy to follow. My hope that is that the makeup tutorial will help you learn how to apply eyeshadow, how to blend eyeshadow, and how to use multiple eyeshadows in a single, cohesive look!

The look showcased in a warm, smokey eye that uses a light-to-dark gradient on the lid and layers mid-tone to deep shades in the crease for depth.  In real time, it takes about five to ten minutes per eye once you’ve had some practice. You might also want to take a look at this eye makeup diagram if you are unfamiliar with certain terminology (like crease, brow bone, etc.).

I wanted to create a fairly generic, warm neutral look with a slightly smoky outer corner and lash line, so it should be easy to replicate with a slew of products, but I specifically used Milani’s Bold Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette and Urban Decay’s Perversion 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil.  I used three brushes: a medium-sized, tapered crease brush (Wayne Goss 17), small, tapered crease brush (Wayne Goss 19), and a flat eyeshadow brush (Smith 253) for the tutorial.

Guide to Anti-Haul-idays: Going on a Low- or No-Buy & Avoiding Temptation

Whether you’re on a no-buy, low-buy, or are otherwise trying to limit your purchases this holiday season, this guide is for you. I find that the holiday season, particularly in beauty, can be a tough time to resist with the plethora of offerings and slew of sales.

If you’re unfamiliar with the concept of an anti-haul, it was (to my knowledge) made popular by Kimberly Clark (and originating with Amber’s Beauty Chair), a YouTuber, who creates videos discussing products she’s not going to buy and why (often newly-released or hyped up products).  I wanted to take the spirit of that and apply it more broadly to the holiday season, which even I find overwhelming after years of reviewing, as well as give some information on what low- and no-buys are about and some general advice on being successful with them.  You’ll also find some general reasons why to skip out on some of those holiday releases at the end 🙂