I think it’s high time for me to start to control my impulsive purchases and redirect the money I spend on cosmetics I don’t need on something else. I’ve had much more self-control before I started to get involved in beauty community. Before, I’d purchase something only when I would need it, but now I’ve been buying things only because they seem pretty or I think that I simply must have it (even though I’ll probably use it several times before the product is lost in my stash.

I don’t like feeling overwhelmed every morning when I’m doing my make-up with all of the products which I have. Sometimes it takes me literary 10 minutes only to decide which eyeshadow I should use. I’ve tried the concept of creating “looks” which would include several products and then wearing the look for the next week. It is a good concept, but this means that 90% of my stash sits there unused while I’m wearing the “look”.

I do not plan to use up all of my make-up. I’ll use eyeshadows only until I hit the pan (especially if it is a discontinued or LE product). The same goes with lipsticks. I always leave a millimetre or two of the lipstick in case I ever need to find a dupe. After that, I put the product in the original packaging and put it in my “finished products” drawer. I know this sounds a bit ridiculous, to keep the boxes after you have spent the product, but I have paid a lot for these products and I cannot imagine throwing the compact of, let’s say, Guerlain eyeshadow away.

I have taken a photo of all the items in my stash, for my reference (I’ll do the same the next year). Compared to the previous stash pictures, you can see that I have spent some items (yay! for me) and hit the pan on many others.


CK CALVIN KLEIN Subliminal Purity Mineral Based Loose Powder Review

I’ve never been particularly interested in Calvin Klein make-up line. The packaging definitely looks nice and classy, but all the items I’ve tested were horrible. Eyeshadows were not pigmented and the shade range was poor, lipsticks and lipglosses had a weird texture and the shades were not very good, blushes were chalky. Later, I didn’t bother checking out the rest of the line and very soon the make-up line was discontinued.

My sister, who is not much into make-up surprised me with CK Subliminal Purity Mineral Based Loose Powder. I have no idea where she found it. I was very sceptical about the powder and I’ve almost told her that I would prefer cheap powder by Catrice or Essence. Luckily, I’ve kept my mouth shut and tested the powder. So far, I’ve been using it for five days and I have to say that it is excellent.

The powder comes in a big round plastic box with a black cap. There is also a white puff included. The box is really heavy, but it is because of the cap which is heavier than the bottom jar with the powder (there is 20 grams of powder inside)

I have it in shade 201 Ivory. This is a light peachy shade. I was worried that it would make me look too pink, but it goes transparent. The shade is illuminating. It doesn’t mean that it contains shimmer, but that the shade is flattering and skin-tone correcting – something like Meteorites pearls, but without shimmer.

The powder is very finely milled. When I put it on the skin, the powder feels silky. It is not dull matte – it gives a natural looking finish. What I like very much is that it is not drying and doesn’t emphasize dryness or dry flakes.

I’ve tried applying it with a thick Sephora Mineral Powder brush and with the regular loose powder brush. No matter what method of application I’ve been using, the powder doesn’t look cakey. It also minimizes the appearance of pores.

I also like its oil-control properties. It keeps me matte looking for the whole day. Keep in mind that when I talk about matte finish, I mean on a natural looking, normal, slightly matte skin.

In the end, I only have to say: Thank you, sister. So far this is my favourite loose powder and, since the whole line is discontinued, I’m glad that there is so much product inside.

Overall impression:

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T. LECLERC Poudre Libre Dermophile in Banane Review

The shade Banane is the most hyped shade among T. LeClerc powders. I’ve purchased it hoping that it would mattify my skin, neutralize redness on my face and give the impression of much smoother skin. The powder does a little concerning the redness, but at least it mattifies to some extent.

The powder is finely milled, and very easy to apply. Of course, a little is necessary. It does not dry out the skin. Unfortunately, it has a very sickly sweet fragrance, which disappears upon application, but still, I’m not a fan of the scent.

The powder, comes in a classy, if slightly impractical metal packaging. It looks very vintage, but not travel.friendly. Inside, there is a paper sifter and a piece of plastic on the top. It is very easy to spill the powder. A good idea is to transfer the powder into a more user-friendly package.

The box contains 35 grams of yellow powder (price cca. $50), which will last for ages.

Mattifying         4/5

Correcting       2/5