Sunday Social – all about meeeeee (again)

Since I’m my own favorite topic, I’m a big fan of this week’s Sunday Social.

Social Sunday, A Complete Waste of Makeup

1. Introduce yourself and your blog to us.
My blog is about all kinds of stuff – fitness, makeup and skincare, books, and sometimes travel.

2. What is your favorite form of Social Media and why?
I love having and reading blogs! I’ve met so many wonderful people that I count as friends.

3. What made you start a blog?
I started my blog because I had an excessive amount of blushes in my stash and wanted to weed out the ones I didn’t like. See Blush Challenge. I had a similar, but incomplete and disorganized, Nail Polish Project.
I also blogged about my workouts and trying to eat better, because really, who wants to hear or talk about that? In my world, not a lot of people.

4. What do you feel the most meaningful/special post you’ve written is?
Probably this one, another Sunday Social. Never take your health for granted and never stop trying to improve it!

Have a great week, friends. Forgive me if I don’t respond to comments or your blog posts – I’ve auto-scheduled a few posts while I’m working a lot.


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Done with my blush challege

I started out with 44 blushes in my stash, but I decided not to try them all out. There were a few in there that I just did not want to use, so…I didn’t. They’ve been tossed or given away. I have pared down to 18. Still seems like a lot; I wonder how I ever got to 44 in the first place? Why/how did I become a makeup collector? And mineral makeup at that – it lasts for-positively-ever. I seem to remember a time when I had TWO blushes – a warm and a cool and that seemed to suffice. I cannot imagine I’ll get back to that simplicity any time soon since I pretty much have a lifetime’s supply.

I feel a bit overwhelmed with my makeup stash, so I might try testing/clearing out my lipsticks like I did my blush. Maybe eyeliners and eye shadows too. Gotta have a goal.


Blush Challenge – Collection of O dupes

Several thousand dollars ago, I bought high-end makeup thinking it would help my acne-prone skin. I tried probably every foundation in every department, specialty, and drug store, and bought matching blushes, eye shadows, liner, mascaras, and lippies. My sprees ended before Nars Orgasm was released so I’ve never actually tried it.

In fact, I bought all of these blushes (except Silk Naturals Climax; that was kind of obvious) without knowing about the huge O dupe market, which is probably why I’ve ended up with four.

From top to bottom – Aromaleigh v.1 Rococo, Silk Naturals Climax, e.l.f. Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder, Everyday Minerals Snuggle in direct sunlight

Silk Naturals Climax, e.l.f. Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder, Everyday Minerals Snuggle all looked pretty much the same. Aromaleigh Rococo seemed to be in the same color family, with a lot more depth.

From top to bottom – Aromaleigh v.1 Rococo, Silk Naturals Climax, e.l.f. Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder, Everyday Minerals Snuggle under a bit of shade

In this photo, they all seem to be strikingly similar, with the exceptions that Silk Naturals washed out and Aromaleigh was a bit more shimmery. This is pretty much how I saw them on my face too.

I ended up tossing Everyday Minerals Snuggle (just a tiny bit left in the sample jar anyway) and giving away Silk Naturals Climax – the e.l.f. palette is really convenient for travel, and I just love Aromaleigh Rococo, so those two are keepers.


Blush Challenge – Silk Naturals Tart

I don’t really know how Silk Naturals Tart this came to be in my stash – did I purposefully purchase this? I can’t imagine why; I suspect I received it in a swap. It looked terrible on me. I tried to do a swatch, but it really could not capture the gaudiness of this color. Silk Naturals suggests this is a blush medium or deep skin tones, but the purple undertone in this shade would probably clash with olive or tan skin, I think. I suppose if I had a fiber optic blush brush, I could have toned it down, but it would clash with my yellow skin, so it’s a no-go.


Blush Challenge – e.l.f. Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder

Today’s blush is one of my favorites – e.l.f. Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder. It’s yet another dupe for Nars Orgasm.

As much as I say I don’t like pressed products, the convenience of this compact cannot be beat. I took this compact with me on my month-long trip to SE Asia earlier this year, using the blush side on my cheeks, and the bronzer as eye shadow.

You can see where it’s starting to dip into the middle from use!

It’s got a great big mirror, it cost me $3, it’s slim enough to fit into any purse, and it’s sturdy – did not crack or break after 9 flights, 5 long-haul bus rides, and 2 boat trips. Today I put this blush on with a big kabuki brush for more coverage. I love wearing it with my Eyeko Strawberry Fat Balm – that combo makes me feel young and pretty. What am I going to do when I run of out of my Fat Balm??

I see that this compact is now being called St. Lucia, since e.l.f. has come out with two additional palettes. I’m not particularly interested in those, but for $3 each, maybe I will check them out.