2019 Anti-Haul #1: New Products I’m Not Interested In Buying

Hello, everyone! Today I wanted to do my first anti-haul post of the year – I’ve decided I’m going to try and do this once a quarter this year. I’m in a “not-really-into-makeup” phase right now, and for the most part, none of the new releases have caught my eye. If any of these interest you, that is awesome because it just shows the diversity in our community, so please don’t take offense that I’ve included them in my anti-haul.

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Source: Urban Decay

Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Palette

They discontinued the original Naked Palette for this?? That was a classic, so whatever replaced it needed to have been epic…and what a disappointment this is. Not only does it look like exactly like the Anastasia Beverly Hills Sultry palette, but it’s just boring in general. Hard pass.

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Review: ColourPop Salvaje Palette + 3 Looks

Hello, everyone! Today’s post is a review of the ColourPop Salvaje palette which was added to my collection in early January, but I had not had a chance to test it out until the last few weeks. I have to be honest, I don’t really keep track of ColourPop releases because they come out with new products at such a rapid rate that I find it overwhelming. This was one of the products I did not know existed until I was browsing their website, but once I set my eyes on it, it was love at first sight. I am 100% a neutral gal, but something about the tones in this palette caught my eye!

THE BASICS

The Salvaje palette is a limited edition palette that contains 12 shades in a mix of mattes and metallics finishes, as well as neutrals and colourful shades. It was released in collaboration with Becky G, who is a Latina singer. It retails for $18 USD and can be purchased on the ColourPop website. All ColourPop products are made in the US.

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Thursday Chats: The Pros and Cons of using Hyped-Up Skincare Brands

Hello, everyone! It’s been a hot minute since I’ve done a post for my Thursday Chats series…mostly because I haven’t been able to think of a topic, haha. If you’re not familiar with Thursday Chats, it’s a series where I talk about “issues” within the beauty community in order to get some discussion going. Today’s post is all about using skincare that is really popular on social media – we all know what brands these are, because we see them over and over again! This has been a thing in the beauty industry for years, but has become more prevalent and noticeable in the last few years because of the internet.

As you will see from the pictures in this post, you’ll notice that I own a lot of products from hyped-up brands – and these are only the ones that I currently own. Luckily, the vast majority of them are minis that were purchased in a set, because I didn’t want to invest in a full size without knowing whether it would work well with my skin. Still, the fact that I own these means I’ve been sucked in by continuously seeing them on social media! After trying so many hyped-up products, and I can confirm that while some of these products have quickly become favourites, others have done more damage on my skin than good. After thinking about my buying habits, I’ve thought of a few pros and cons about trying skincare that gets raved about on social media. Are these products worth it, or are they overhyped? Do people actually think they’re good, or are they just raving about them because they got sent PR? I think the answers to these questions are very individual depending on the user!

Close up shot of Herbivore skincare products

IT MIGHT MESS WITH YOUR SKIN

Let’s set the scene: lately, you’ve been seeing a ton of people on Instagram talking about a skincare product and how it’s so hydrating, how it has made their skin so glowy and clear, and your interest is piqued. You buy yourself a mini to try, and a week into using it, your skin is all red and you have weird bumps and texture all over your skin…just great! I have to admit that this has happened to me on a few occasions, even though I bought products that were recommended by bloggers I trust.

One of the biggest problems with trying skincare willy-nilly is that you run the risk of damaging your skin. Even if someone has the same skin type or skin issues as you, it’s possible that the ingredients in the product just don’t work well with the unique makeup of your skin. I’ve also purchased hyped-up products that didn’t end up doing anything for me at all. Just because it’s popular on social media doesn’t mean it’s a guarantee that it will solve your skin issues like it does for other people!

 

YOU SPEND EXTRA MONEY

Buying hyped-up skincare because you see everyone using it on Instagram might mean you’re spending money on things you normally would not have, because you’re trying something out of curiosity to see if it’s really worth the hype. On top of this, a lot of highly raved skincare brands come with a really high price tag. While The Ordinary is popular largely due to how affordable it is, brands like Drunk Elephant, Summer Fridays, Tatcha, and Glossier are really pricey for the average consumer. For some products, you could be spending upwards of $100+ just to see if it’s as good as everyone says it is, at the risk of being disappointed.

Close up shots of Drunk Elephant skincare products from The Littles Kit

 

IT MAKES YOU THE SAME AS EVERYONE

Something that’s really tough about being a content creator is finding your own voice or standing out in a sea of a million other content creators. If you’re using and taking photos of the same thing highly-hyped products, your product reviews will end up blending in with everyone else’s, and your Instagram feed also ends up looking very similar to all of the other accounts out there.

Close up of The Ordinary products

YOU MIGHT FEEL LEFT OUT

While all of the points so far have talked about the negatives of trying popular skincare, one of the downsides of not trying highly raved-about skincare is feeling like you’re out of the loop. In a way, this is a pretty silly one because we should never waste money and mess with your skincare just for the views, but we all know how fast-paced the beauty industry moves – if you don’t try a product while it’s still trending, you’re out! Whether it’s makeup or skincare, I don’t often try trendy things right after they first release, so I know firsthand how annoying it is when I constantly see the same brands being hyped up on social media when I don’t plan on buying it in the near future, if ever.

 

YOU MIGHT MISS OUT

If you’re anything like me, you might scroll past all of the IG posts or blog post reviews that feature popular brands because you think people are raving about them just because they received PR from the brands, or that the products are overhyped and not as good as people say. This kind of thinking can also make you miss out on some really high-quality products. For example, I’ve held off on buying a jade roller because the whole idea of it seems a bit ridiculous to me. Am I missing out? Quite possibly, but I guess I’ll never know because I don’t plan on buying one.

YOU MIGHT DISCOVER NEW PRODUCTS THAT YOU LOVE

Putting aside all of the bad aspects about trying hyped-up skincare, one of the major positives is something that I think makes us all continue trying new skincare or makeup: you might discover something you’ll absolutely fall in love with year. In the last year or two, I have tried a bunch of hyped-up skincare, and luckily, I have found my fair share of products that ended up working really well for me; for example, the Farmacy Green Clean Cleansing Balm and the Herbivore Pink Cloud Moisture Creme were clear standouts last year. Other products, not so much (I won’t go into these as they’ll be in future reviews coming up).

Are you a user of skincare products that are highly raved about on social media, and did they work out for you? Share with me your experiences in the comments!

Review: ColourPop Brown Sugar Palette

Hi everyone! I made a large ColourPop order at the end of last year, and this was one of the palettes that was part of that order. I’m slowly trying to get the reviews written, but it’s been a slow process since it takes a few weeks to test each palette out thoroughly! Since my last review was on the Chasing Rainbows palette, which was by far the most colourful one I had in my order, today I thought I would go back to basics with the ColourPop Brown Sugar palette. I just posted a product review on Tuesday, and I try not to do reviews so close together, but I’m trying to pump these out before I go on my break!

Far shot of ColourPop Brown Sugar palette on marble surface

THE BASICS

The Brown Sugar palette was released as part of the Brown Sugar collection, which was a collaboration with Karrueche. I don’t know much about Karrueche except that she’s a model and dated Chris Brown for a bit years ago, haha. It contains 9 shades of neutrals, 6 of which are mattes and the remaining three shimmers. The palette retails at $12 USD, and is made in the USA.

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Review: L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Rose Gold Liquid Liner

Hello, everyone! Today’s review of this pink product was not specifically planned to be released on the week of Valentine’s Day, but I think it kind of worked out for the best! I’m sharing a review of the L’Oreal Lash Paradise Liquid Liner in the shade Rose Gold, a product I’ve been interested since it came out last summer. The reason why I never ended up buying it until now is because I didn’t really think I would know how to fit it into most of my looks. Back in January, I saw that it was on sale at Shopper’s, so I took it as an opportunity to finally try it out. This seemed like it would give a gorgeous effect if it worked well, but for some reason I was a little doubtful!

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THE BASICS

The L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise liquid eyeliner was released as part of the Lash Paradise range, and comes in black and rose gold. It is made in the USA and retails at $9.99-$11.99 CAD for 1.5 mL. You can find it in all drugstores such as Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart, London Drugs, and Ulta in the USA.

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Feel-Good Friday

Hello, everyone! January felt like a year long, but we’re already in the second Friday of February and I don’t know how that happened! It’s been a hot minute since I’ve done one of these Feel Good Fridays. Today I wanted to share my usual “feel good” things, but I also kind of wanted to chat about random things.

Is everyone out of the Polar Vortex and enjoying nicer weather? We are still in the thick of it (we’re on Day 7), and I am so over this…

I’m thinking seriously about taking a 2-4 week break from blogging and social media. If I’m being honest, I’ve been feeling unmotivated and uninspired since we came back from Japan in September, but my first instinct is always to truck through it and hope I get out of my funk instead of stopping and taking a breath. But, it’s been 4 months of me just trying to work through it to no avail, and I think I finally need to throw in the towel. In January of 2018, I started the year off with my creativity flowing and so many good ideas, but I started 2019 feeling sucked dry.

Funnily enough, the one month where I felt the least inspired was also the month I had the highest views on my blog. When you’re on a roll, you don’t really want to stop – but I think I have to for my own sanity. I still have some reviews coming down the pipe – they are all in partially written draft form, but I want to get those out before I take a break. After those are finished, I might disappear for a bit.

Another thing I’ve been thinking about lately is the way that I’ve been blogging under since I started this blog. I’ve never shown my face, shared my name, or really talked much about my life on my blog, which  has been a personal choice, but I’m really struggling with it lately for two reasons. One, I feel like it’s generally easier to connect to your readers when you get more personal. Two, there have been so many times over the years when I’ve wanted to show a full face makeup look, but I can’t because, you know, anonymity. It’s really frustrating and creatively stifling, but the thought of the off chance of a coworker finding my blog and my face plastered all over it is just…horrifying. To be honest, I don’t really know what to do about this. Do I continue blogging anonymously which is more comfortable for me, or do I start showing photos of myself for review purposes? It’s just something I have to figure out for myself.

Anyways, onto all of the feel-good things in my life recently!

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How To Spend Consciously as a Beauty Lover

Hello, everyone! Today I wanted to talk about something that I think is important to all of us: saving money. According to Reuters, the cosmetics industry was valued at $532 billion USD in 2017 – we spend a lot of money on our appearance! As beauty lovers and beauty bloggers, how do we continue collecting makeup while still spending consciously? Considering part of my 9-5 job is finding holes where we bleed money so that management can better control their costs, I feel like I’ve gotten pretty good at analyzing my spending patterns in my own life. Today, I have seven tips that I use in my life that I use when I think about buying makeup, and would like to share them with you!

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Monthly Makeup – Products I’m Focusing On in February

Hello everyone! Last year, I participated in two Project Pans, which not only helped me get a lot of use out of certain makeup products from my collection, but actually use up a lot of them too. While the satisfaction of completing a Project Pan outweighed the negatives of having to use the same products over and over, I simply need a break from them right now.

Instead of doing a Project Pan this year, I thought I would choose a handful of products to focus on each month. This idea comes from my friend Nicole from Pretty Ruff Life, who did her Makeup Focus posts for the entirety of last year. Unlike my Project Pan, I don’t intend on using these products every single day as I still want to get reviews out, but these products will be largely featured in my makeup and skincare routine for the month – out of 7 days of the week, I plan to use them for about 3 or 4 days. At the end of the month, I’ll do an update to see where I’m at with these products and how often I actually ended up using them throughout the month! Onwards to see what I’m focusing on in February:

 

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Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes Palette

I haven’t pulled this palette out to use regularly for a few months now, so I think it’s about time I concentrate on using it. I specifically chose to focus on the Just Peachy Mattes palette in February because I thought that the month of love would be a good time to pull out this red-toned palette!

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