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Two Things

First off, I must say that I’m caving to my wish list that I’ve been posting in the “One Day when I’m Rich” category. I bought the EXPRESS jacket that I had been fawning over for a while when I was posting it. I actually bought it last week. I’ve already worn it a number of times, as the jacket came in handy right as the seasons was changing here in good ol’ Colorado. Seriously, you can get three sometimes four seasons in a day. For instance, last week at 4pm it was 82 degrees, then at 6pm it was 61 degrees, and finally at 8pm it was 44 or 49 degrees I forget which. These were numbers that the local news station spit out for me. It makes me want to get better fitted jeans now though. Gonna make the step to jeggings, once I can afford them? My skinnies just aren’t skinny anymore, I guess either I got skinnier or the jeans got old and stretched out some. But in any case, EXPRESS Jacket – check! Birthday Present to myself out of an unknown amount.

Secondly, I must say that I HATE my skin at the moment. It’s like a teenager rebelling, but I’m thankful that it isn’t as bad as it was when I was a teenager rebelling. I wish there was some miracle formula or serum or whatever that I can just apply and make it look nice and all that jazz. I’ve been breaking out more than usual. And each breakout is a pretty nasty cystic nodule. So they hurt, and I can’t do anything about it cause they’re so deep into my skin layers. As of right now, there’s one on the tip of my nose, on my cheek bone, and a few less severe ones on my forehead and chins. UGH. I hate this, I feel like a little kid again. And when I was a little kid, I didn’t have much confidence or self esteem. Yeah, I was that girl with acne covering her face, and the glasses that weren’t all that fashionable, and didn’t wear things that looked flattering on her. It’s been ten years since high school (yikes!), and since then the acne has minimized to a manageable level (until recently), the glasses has disappeared (I wear contacts if I’m going out of the house, then they stay in for the rest of the day), fashion has improved somewhat (due to following bloggers and YouTubers such as Wendy from Wendy’s Look Book). Makeup is a new thing too, at first just to cover the acne, now more used to enhance my already present features.

But in any case, skin’s acting up again. I haven’t done anything different. Well, maybe save for not drinking as much water. I used to drink at least a liter of water a day up until rotations ended. I guess since then, I’ve gotten lazy with getting the water. So I should start carrying around my 1-liter nalgene bottle with my alma mater’s logo imprinted on it and drink it daily again.

My skin’s also been this weird patchy dry texture lately. Moisturizers just don’t seem to want to work with it right now. Then again, I used to be fine with my Bliss Oil Control Mattifying Moisturizer. Too bad it’s been discontinued. I loved the scent of that moisturizer too. I made the switch to the baremineral’s purely nourishing moisturizer for combination skin, but it just doesn’t seem to do anything for me. I think it’s time to start venturing out and trying to figure out a moisturizer that works for me again. I have $40 budgeted out per month to makeup/skincare. So that should be decent enough until I find something that works, right? The bliss one costed me around $48 but it’d last for 3 months or so. And I thought it worked amazing. WHY MUST THEY DISCONTINUE THINGS I LIKE?!

The Sephora Friends and Family Sale is going to be later this month, and I’m pretty set on buying the Clarisonic Mia (in either blue or turquoise). I mean, I’d buy it now, but hey saving 20% is nice so I might as well wait. But details on the sale is still really up in the air so I’m confused, but at least I’m set on buying the Mia already regardless of the price (regularly priced at $119 + tax). Originally I was going to justify this as Birthday Present to Self #2, but then as the week passed on, I just got more frustrated with my skin and realized that my face just needs something. So this is going to be justified as me attempting to revamp my skincare so I can look good and confident again! (the reviews on it are all mostly good – and I’ve been at it looking at blogs and YouTube).

There are a lot of other things I want to do in terms of revamping my skincare routine. I feel like the baremineral original foundation isn’t working for me anymore. If anything it dries my skin out as the day progresses, which is really weird as it never happened before even when I was using the purely nourishing moisturizer. So I want to change that up, as of right now I’m content with my bare minerals original primer though. It just glides on so well! I definitely can’t see myself applying foundation without primer now though.

I also feel like I should start investing in serums and eye creams of sorts now too. Turning 25, eep! I’m getting old, and the late nights that I stay up (due to various reasons, not just school) is definitely making my skin suffer I feel. So I gotta start with something right?! I wish I had more makeup/beauty buddies I could explore this realm with.


Yet Another Day

It always happens that way. I’ll plan to go to the mall the next day, but as the hours past I start realizing how bad of an idea it is to go.

Going to the Mall = Spending Money

I’ll say that I’m only going there to window shop and see what’s new and all that jazz, but in the end I’ll end up buying something. Or make myself really, really, really want something and just parting with it is just sheer torment. So, I opted to not go to the mall today. Because well, that’s just the safest route for my wallet. Not entirely shopping-proof, but still safest.

Recently, I’ve been wanting to switch up foundations and try some new things with make up. A little back story about the whole make-up deal is that I actually didn’t start wearing make up until junior year of college. I actually only got make up because of my cousins’ engagement/wedding events that were coming and my skin needed some serious help. The acne was finally dying down, but it was leaving lots of hyper-pigmentation marks as well as redness all my nose, between my brows, and around my mouth. It was horrible. I just wanted to hide my face all the time, but given that it was my cousin’s engagement/wedding thing, I went to Sephora and the ladies there were super helpful in getting me started. I haven’t stopped wearing make up since. Over the years, I’ve only used two different foundations: NARS and Bare Minerals. In that order too. Lately, I’ve been wanting to switch to another foundation since I feel that the Bare Minerals one isn’t up at the same quality that it used to be. It might be because of my old brushes, but at the same time, I’m not quite satisfied with it.

I was talking to my friend M from school, and she and I are make-up buddies. I guess you can call us that. I’ve been wanting to venture out, and she is just happy to find someone who enjoys it as much as she does. Tonight she was talking to me about this foundation and brushes and it just makes me want to go out and get them so much more. OYE! I don’t have the monies, and I was about to settle on getting that EXPRESS jacket for my birthday too… Now I can’t decide….

So if I had money…


As I was mentioning, I’m in the market for new make up brushes. Particularly those to apply my foundation/blush/bronzer. As much as I liked the Full Flawless Brush from bareminerals, I feel like it can be softer, denser, and overall better. In this particular kit, I really just want the first three brushes. I wouldn’t know what to do with that last brush on the right. But hey, it’s a set and the set’s cheaper than if I were to buy the three of them individually… wait. I just did the math. The set of four is $56, whereas the brushes are $16 each individually. for a total of $48 for the three brushes that I do want. So I guess I should get them individually so I don’t have to get a brush I don’t even know what to use it for.

In any case, the brushes that I do want in particularly are the F80, F82, and the F84. Hmm… I really do want. Interestingly enough, on Amazon the Sigma Beauty account sells the F80 for $6, and the F82 and F84 for around $22. Must look more into this towards the end of the month, maybe get the F82 and F84 from the actual Sigma website, and the F80 from amazon? Must factor in shipping too. Oye.

[Palladio Beauty] Herbal Dual Wet and Dry Foundation

Okay, so buying this isn’t really all THAT expensive. But when you don’t have money at all, and trying to save money so when you have to go grocery shopping for the first time in three months to replenish… everything is expensive and can be cut out. This is the foundation M had suggested to me earlier tonight. She said it was AMAZING, and that she has now been converted to a powdered foundation girl. Prior to this, she was a liquid-only girl, so for her to say that it means there’s something to this.

I actually prefer powder foundations for whatever reason. So I’m more excited to try this out than Revlon’s ColorStay or the other drugstore foundations that she had suggested to me such as Rimmel or L’Oreal. Nice thing about this foundation is that it’s only $11. Yet it’s $11 that could go towards food at the end of October when I have to replenish all the yummies for my tummies when I head back to MA for school. Another thing is that, if I were to get this, I absolutely need a new foundation brush (she suggested the Sigma F82). So that’s an additional cost.

[Urban Decay] NAKED Palette

I’ve been eyeing this bad boy since I started to play around with my eyeshadows a few months ago. I’ve heard so any good things about this product. I’ve also played with it a little bit while I was at Sephora. I didn’t get the full feel of it since I didn’t have my brushes to mess around with it as efficiently. But I love the colors so much! This was originally going to be my birthday present to myself, but I don’t know what happened. I was also waiting for the Sephora Friends & Family Discount Sale to occur so I can get anywhere from 10-20% off. I think my friend S said that you typically get 20% off during that sale. It usually occurs at the end of October or early November. So we’ll have to see, right?