mini haul – new make up

yes, my make up reset is a main priority in my life, but that doesn’t mean I don’t get some new things to play with once in a while, mainly things that have been on my Wishlist for quite some time and I couldn’t get out of my head ;)

I mentioned the store Kitchen Make Up Boutique, if you’re in Portugal.

July empties

here’s another batch of empties and their thorough reviews.

some duds, some faves, some surprises.

Also mentioned: Sigma Renew Lip Oil . Tranquil

blush declutter | Make Up Reset

another stage of my Make Up Reset is done: I’ve gone through all my blushes and decluttered over half of them. I usually say I’m not a blush person, but dang, have I accumulated so many throughout recent years…

don’t forget, if you know of the perfect dupe for the colours Dusk (Glossier Cloud Paint) and Thrrrob (Benefit Boxed Blushes), let me know!

*note: I keep some products that are obviously over their “use by” timeline, but these are for personal use only and I keep track of what not to borrow to friends.
I also get rid of anything that has changed texture, colour or scent, of course, since those are great giveaways that the preservative system has definitely subsided.
in recent years, with the advent of misinformation and fear-mongering marketing taking precedent over formulation, preservative systems aren’t nearly as safe, long-lasting or reliable as they used to be, so keep that in mind when buying new things too quickly…
all the products that don’t get to be relocated to new homes will be emptied out, their components will be separated and recycled as much as possible.

eyeshadow palette declutter

quite self-explanatory, this is another (quite exciting) part of my Make Up Reset Project.

I thought I’d ease my way into it by decluttering my eyeshadow palettes first, since I knew I could actually be quite assertive with them… many of the next categories will be a lot harder for me to go through, I think.

I created 4 piles: staying, going, nostalgia (for those I’m not using anymore but from which I can’t separate for emotional reasons), and the chopping block (for those that I’m not sure I want to get rid of, so I’ll give them a good go before deciding – so, more videos eheh).

I’m happy to report that almost half of my palettes are leaving my collection!

July empties

Here’s to another hefty batch of finished products, and a bit of a rant in the end ;))

products mentioned:

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Vueset Mango Palette Depotting

today’s episode of my Make Up Reset is about depotting products from their clunky packaging and bring them together in a curated palette, bringing them a new opportunity to be noticed and used (at least partially) before expiring and gaining me some extra space in my drawers.

I love depotting stuff, so this was a breeze and so fulfilling to get the end result.

I still kept some leftover products in their original packaging if they were more recent (Danessa Myricks products, Fenty and Nars bronzers), but everything else, since what’s left on the component won’t be used up in a timely manner, reached the end of its journey with me.

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Make up reset . intro

so… I’ve been brewing on this subject and all its variables for a long while and I had finally made up my mind regarding the approach I feel is the best for me. and it would make for great new video content for you, so everything was fine and dandy… all I had to do was an intro video about this… and it took me MONTHS to finally get something out that I thought vaguely encompassed all my thoughts on this subject. still cluttered with my rambles and lacking some details, but hey… at some point, I have to let it go.

it’s a chat about my relationship with the beauty industry, how it has evolved over the past decade, and how I’ve been feeling I need to do some changes and adjustments to rekindle my joy when it comes to both discovering and revisiting make up, to consolidate my collection, keeping what is really essential/joy-sparking in my drawers and very clear in my mind, to help me reign in my impulse purchases.

I want it to be a catalyst to sparkle new behaviours in my life for the long haul, so it will be a new series in my channel (don’t worry, I’ll keep doing all my empties, reviews and Up Close and Poresonals), having as main characters a mindful declutter of all my collection (friends, it’ll be open season to loot my stash!), several “second chances” episodes, revisiting products I’m not sure I know I want to get rid of; and repotting/de-panning into empty palettes products I know I want to keep for a while longer but without the clutter of keeping the clunky packaging.

I’m still undecided if I want to do a project pan, and I’d love to know how you’d go about something like that. The same about a videos on make up news/launches, with a strong “but let’s not get carried away and buy stuff” vibe…
for the time being, I’m not doing a no-buy, since I feel it would be too restrictive.

but who knows what the future holds?

if you’re up for this ride, don’t forget to like and subscribe my channel!

new skincare routine

I’ve been pretty faithful to the same brands and products for almost 2 years now, but my inquisitive soul has been yearning for some spicing things up. as my current faves run out, I’ve been replacing them with some new-to-me products, and, since I’ve now basically replaced every one, I wanted to share the new routine with you.

please bear in mind that some of these are fairly recent, so I can only speak to the cosmetic elegance, feel and finish of the product, as well as its ingredient list and claims. I can’t report on any results as of yet.

give me the deets!

new(ish) affordable makeup

here’s to a full face of new and affordable stuff.

May empties

here’s another one of those… what I’ve actually used up and my in-depth opinions :)

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