This year’s sale does seem to be a good mix of products that brands may be hoping will introduce new people to what they have to offer. While there aren’t many cult classics this time around, I do think there are a few products that people likely repurchase often. Some that stuck out to me are the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder, the Mario Badescu Facial Spray, the Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm, and the Benefit Porefessional Primer.
I have done reviews on 2 items that will be on sale in case you are interested and would care to hear my thoughts:
Organizing your makeup doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. I thought I’d share a few of the ways I’ve stored makeup over the last several years to give you some ideas. Most of what I use is under $20 per item (or was at the time of purchase) and these items (or similar) can be found at Walmart, Target, TJ Maxx, and Amazon. Of course, I have to give you the standard blogger disclaimer that I have a lot of makeup because I review products and you don’t need this much stuff unless you want that much. Also keep in mind that these photos are just sections of products throughout different periods in time, so it is not necessarily everything I own at present. As a military spouse, I move a lot so these examples are from different houses so I’ve had to rearrange out of necessity over time.
Estee Lauder, Surratt, and The Organic Pharmacy have the most products available, but there are a few other gems to be found. The Pat McGrath Labs foundation and concealer are included if you don’t like dealing with the Pat McGrath website. As I think I’ve mentioned before, slow shipping times are the only issue I’ve ever personally had ordering directly from the Pat McGrath website. I have heard a lot of complaints about customer service and order troubles, so I wanted to mention that just in case it is a concern for anyone.
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While I’m still disappointed that Bobbi Brown, the actual makeup artist, is no longer affiliated with the brand, I’m happy to say that I haven’t experienced any quality changes with the products. I have a decent amount of Bobbi Brown content, so I’ll be brief and just shout out a few of the products from the brand that I’ve been using lately.
If you are interested in knowing more or seeing past posts on the brand you can check out these links:
Sometimes products just don’t work out and it can be important to share those items even if I don’t want to do a dedicated review for them. These are just some quick thoughts on these products since I won’t be continuing to test them out for more in-depth reviews. Today I’m talking about the NARS Copper Mini Voyageur Eyeshadow Palette, the bareMinerals Bare Pro 16HR Powder Foundation in Medium 35 Warm, the Armani Lip Power Long Lasting Satin Lipstick in 400, the Urban Decay Hydromaniac Tinted Glow Hydrator in 60 Medium Dark, and the Covergirl Clean Fresh Tinted Lip Balm in Red Maple Bloom (limited edition shade, but permanent formula).
I resisted buying these bronzers for a long time but I finally broke down last month. I have a soft spot for Covergirl, I think because it was a brand that got me started with makeup. I did mention these back in a Window Shopping Wednesday when they were newer to the market. A purchase like this is a big reason I don’t often do Window Shopping Wednesday posts because they end up becoming a shopping list of sorts. Anyway, I’m always paying attention to what Covergirl releases and with these bronzers, I was very curious to know how they compared to the bronzers that previously fell under the Covergirl Queen Collection. While I don’t have those older bronzers to do a direct comparison, I’m hoping it is still helpful to see what the new colors look like. The claims are big for the Covergirl Trublend So Flushed High Pigment Bronzer (they seriously could have chosen a shorter name 🙄). The brand claims it’s comfortable, high pigment, easy to apply, cream-like, lightweight, and blendable and I mostly agree. We’ll talk about the application and blendability near the end, which is my only slight disagreement. Alright, let’s get into some swatches.