Not very often, but I definitely have! I actually did quite a bit for this year – I bought more nail care for my dad (who’s still having trouble with his nails). Mellan also bought Shaun a fancy razor, razor blades, and an Art of Shaving Sandalwood kit. He’s such a nice son 😉
I’ve definitely downplayed how much I might have bought on occasion with family (at least in the beginning), but I definitely don’t hide any of my purchases from Shaun–but it certainly helps that it’s “for the business.” 🙂
A lot of is just practice, practice, practice! Warmer shades tend to go better with other warm shades (and same with cool and cool), but they can be mixed. I like to go with two warmer areas (say eyes and cheeks) and then a cooler lip – but it can just depend on how everything comes together. One way to test drive a combination without committing is by swatching the shades on your hand or arm.
I think Harry Potter could be a cool concept – there would be lots of interesting choices! Actually, change my answer: Ender’s Game.
Space! I think that you can be really creative with colors, textures, and even names with a space-themed collection! 🙂
I’ve definitely learned that all things need to be applied and used in practice, not just swatched, because a swatch only tells part of the story. Sometimes the swatch is better, sometimes the swatch is so-so, but the product is infinitely better worn as intended. Having said that, I would say that half-way through wearing a product, I have a good idea where it’s going to land. If something is really bad, I don’t usually go back, but if it was so-so or maybe was paired with the wrong products, bases, etc. or my skin wasn’t in the right shape, then I will try it again.