Happy New Year, my loves! I hope you had a great end to 2014. May 2015 be a wonderful year for you all!
We had a very quiet Christmas in Sydney with the husband’s mum, partner, and his sister’s family, and we spent New Year’s eve as a family and didn’t get a babysitter. Best decision ever — the bubba loved fireworks and tried to touch them as they exploded in the sky. Too cute.
So where have I been? Why has this blog been so deadly quiet? Sorry, my dear readers, offline life got in the way and I had to prioritize. Sparkle Collagen keeps me on my toes most days so every time lil C goes down for a nap, I would quickly do some work. I try not to do domestic tasks because that’s such a time suck and we would all have a late lunch around 2pm when he is up.
Liz from Beauty Reductionista tagged me in The Makeup Addict Tag (thank you, dear, for giving me inspiration!) and I thought it would be fun to do it.
Just a small preface (after such an rambly intro haha!): I still LOVE makeup although it doesn’t seem to show on the blog. My latest entries seem to focus on skincare and for good reason — I stopped buying makeup and didn’t think of mentioning it. I’m trying to toss expired items and use up more of what I have. But that doesn’t mean I don’t drool from afar or not appreciate what I’m using.
Which product do you still buy more of despite having plenty in your collection?
It used to be foundations and BB creams, but of late, I did a big clean out of my collection because liquids just don’t last and separate after a couple of years. The second thing I would hoard would be face powder compacts. I have so many that I hardly use but I keep buying more in search for the perfect one — mattifying, long lasting, in a gorgeous compact, and in my shade. I’ve yet to find my holy grail.
Which is the one product you cannot live without?
My Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation in B30. It’s by far the best liquid foundation that suits my oily combination skin type and it looks so natural while giving a little coverage over redness and freckles. I’ve received countless compliments on my complexion while wearing it. I have thought of trying other similar products from Urban Decay and YSL but I’m on a makeup buy ban so…maybe some time in the future?
Favourite makeup brand?
If I had to name just one, it would be Chanel, but that’s in a hypothetical world! I love Dior, Stila, Tarte, Bobbi Brown, Urban Decay, NARS, and Too Faced. For drugstore, I gravitate to Maybelline and Milani.
How big is your makeup collection?
Barring foundation and other liquid items like mascara, eyeliner, and primers, I would say, I have enough makeup to last me for at least five more years. My collection is large but not “makeup artist large”, if you get what I mean.
And so how do you store it?
I have makeup I don’t adore in one large cupboard in my bathroom and one small drawer system in my bedroom with current stuff I love putting on, plus a big caddy of quick-and-easy makeup that I stash in the living room in case I have to put on makeup while watching the bub.
Sorry I don’t have a photo of my bathroom cupboard collection since I’m not at home right now.
How many items of makeup have you got in your handbag at this moment?
Five in all. I usually carry two lip balms with SPF and a couple of lipsticks for when I need to freshen up. If it’s a special occasion, I’ll bring the same lipstick with me. Otherwise, I’ll just use what I have in my handbag. I also included the blotters because they help me remain shine-free!
If you could raid another blogger’s stash, who would it be?
Mostly Sunny – she has extremely elegant taste and I would definitely go crazy swatching her amazing collection.
Eye Heart It – Larie has bold lipsticks and eyeshadows that I would be curious to try.
How long does your usual makeup routine take and how many products do you use?
My everyday makeup routine takes about 10-15 minutes depending on how made up I want to be. But the average day-to-day face I wear includes: sunscreen, liquid foundation, concealer, eyebrow powder, eye shadow primer, eyeshadow, mascara primer, mascara, liquid eyeliner, blush, face powder, lip balm, lipstick and lip gloss.
For a faster application, I don’t use primer before foundation, and may even skip powdering because the Chanel liquid foundations I have, especially the Vitalumiere Velvet, don’t need much mattifying. To round off this easy look, I just slap on tinted lip balm or lip gloss.
For very special occasions, I would put on the full works, including highlighter and bronzer.
This looks like a lot of makeup but I have two blushes and two face powders in my everyday makeup pouch. And two foundations — one in a lighter shade and one in a darker one in case I get a tan here in Sydney which is very likely!
Have you ever bought makeup knowing you wouldn’t use it?
I think most makeup fans would refer to gorgeous limited edition palettes or items when it comes to “buying and not using”. For me, I have bought makeup that I kind of knew wasn’t my thing but I still did for the cheap price tag and perhaps their gimmicky factor, e.g. very shimmery and intense blue or green eyeshadow, or very bright red but bad quality lipstick. I might play with these once or twice and then shelve them.
Tag other makeup addicts to do this tag.
I tag Sunny from Mostly Sunny and Larie from Eye Heart It.
I’ve been trying some new skincare so expect that to be on the blog soonish!