Girl Doesn’t: No Buy

Beginning today, until the end of the month, Girl isn’t going to buy new makeup or skincare. The only exception being a product I use on a daily basis that runs out (I’m getting low on my face lotion, so a bit of rule bending has to be allowed for everyday staples) but replacement products are the only leeway I’ve given myself.

February is my birthday month, and the month of my one year anniversary with Boyfriend, and the shortest month of the year and so it should be the easiest month to force myself not to pick up a new nail polish I don’t really need or a new face mask I can do without. The possibility of makeup gifts, coupled with a bathroom full of products–good products I love and beautiful products about which I still get excited–means there is no excuse for me not to take four weeks to shop my own stash.

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Buying new makeup and skincare is one of the superficial pleasures to which I look forward come payday, and I spend the weeks before researching swatches and reading reviews and generally lusting after beautiful new things but I think I’ve come to rely too heavily on it to make me happy.

A month to reset my priorities and reconnect with my other passions (I’m talking to you, Poetry!) seems like a healthy way to spend this month, which will also be filled with celebrating my life and my relationships and the people I love and whom love me.

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Makeup will still be around come March.

Girl Doesn’t Like This Stuff

This is going to be a quick one, so I can’t even call it a review. I got my hands on the new Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydrating Foundation ($10.99 at Ulta) and got the foundation on my face and was immediately disappointed.

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I have very oily skin, and large pores on my cheeks and nose, and the stubborn scars left by acne and this foundation accentuated every one of those trouble issues, settling into and exaggerating every imperfection while simultaneously sliding around my face until I was a patchy, cakey mess. This foundation made me miserable to be wearing it, and I couldn’t even be bothered to give it a second chance.

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Here are swatches of the two lightest shades, for your viewing pleasure. The texture was moussey and soft, and reminded me of a thinner version of the Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation (surprise, that foundation was awful for me as well) and there seemed to be a decent color selection.

I had high expectations for this foundation (Velvet Matte anything should be my jam) but it was really just an unmitigated disaster. 0/5 would-not-reccomend.

Girl Doesn’t Shy From Shadow

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2015 was The Year of the Eye Shadow Palette for me. Through some diligent sale stalking, and the generosity of my friends and family for Christmas, my Palette Wish List has been whittled down to this guy:

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Give me a good enough excuse and I’ll no doubt find myself in possession of the 2016 Sephora + Pantone Watercolor Palette. I’ve heard mixed things, but I don’t own anything similar and that may be enough reason to try it out for myself.

Makeup Haul: Wet-n-Wild

Just in case all the makeup I received over the month of December (and the holiday deals of which I took advantage) weren’t enough to satisfy my makeup cravings, I walked in to a drugstore as a way to pass time waiting for takeout (Boyfriend is hungry for actual food like I am hungry for new lippies) only to find several new displays of Wet-n-Wild products.

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This is a brand I’ve always passed over, in part because celebrities plastering their names on products is not appealing to me, and in part because the prices have always been “too good to be true for good products” in my opinion. How wrong I was.

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I went monochrome and passed on colored products in favor of face. I was so blown away by the primer, which I liked after initial application and LOVED after it kept my very very VERY oily face matte for the better part of the day–something no other primer I’ve used (high end or drug store) has been able to do.

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In fact, I loved everything I played with so much…I went out the next day and immediately bought a liquid and powder foundation from the same COVERALL collection. Which impressed me just as thoroughly as the primer.

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Let me know if you’d like in-depth reviews on any of these products. Most of them have been around for a while, but the mascara / fiber set and the setting spray are brand new.

Note: Pictures taken in natural light. Products purchased by Girl.

Review: L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Gloss

L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Gloss $9.99 at Ulta.

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The short of it: THESE ARE PERFECT GETTHEMNOWOMG!!!

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The long of it: If you’ve spent any time here at GirlDoesn’t, then you might be familiar with how consistently I bargain shop…I wait for coupons and sales and steadfastly refuse to pay full price for something I know I can get much cheaper if I can only be patient.

These beauties changed that game for me. I couldn’t wait. At $10 a pop these are half the price of most mid-range to high-end liquid lipsticks, so they aren’t, by comparison with the popular Stila and Kat Von D and Ofra and Lime Crime liquid lipsticks, break-the-bank expensive, and if you were to walk out of a drugstore with one new lipstick in your purse, then $10 bucks is totally reasonable.

But Girl isn’t totally reasonable. And I can’t walk away with just one new lipstick in my purse.

L’Oreal often goes on sale BOGO 50% off and about three times a year goes 40% off at Ulta so I KNOW I can get these for between 6 or 7.5 dollars if I’m patient–which is much much less than what they’re worth. And when you seem to buy lippies in bulk like I do…well 6 dollars x 10 hurts a lot less than 10 dollars x 10. And I love makeup but even with the excuse “I can write about these on my blog!” I can’t rationalize spending $100 dollars on lipstick in one go.

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So, I made away with four…three nudes and a bright red. These have a whipped creamy texture, a slightly fruity smell, go on like a gloss (with plenty of time to play before they set), are wonderfully opaque and not at all even a little bit streaky, and go matte but never quite dry so even hours later you can rub your lips together and feel the creamy gloss (instead of the dry flakes of a traditional matte liquid lipstick), AND they leave behind a soft lovely stain which means they fade gracefully (important if you forget you’re wearing these and that you might want to touch up, because they are that damn comfortable). They aren’t kiss-proof but then I didn’t pay forty bucks for these to waste them on Boyfriend’s mouth.

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If the stunning formula isn’t enough to convince you, this applicator should do it. I haven’t used a wand as perfect as the one you see above. The little well in the middle holds the right amount of product to get your pout in one go (so no double dipping required) and it’s the exact right shape to get full, sweeping color or tuck into the corners of your mouth and cupid’s bow.

Seriously, get your hands on a couple of these. Or all of them.

Note: Pictures taken in natural light. Products purchased by Girl.

Makeup Haul: Milani

Milani recently had a warehouse sale and as I’d been eyeballing the Fierce Foil Lip Glosses for a while now, I jumped at the chance to get them at a discount. Plus a few extra goodies of course. Milani shipped it all to me in two days, which was wonderful.

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The sparkling mascara top coat was a disappointment, and not worth the $5.00 it cost me. It made my eyelashes and first mascara coat very spiky, which I liked, but the glitter wasn’t visible and washing it off at the end of the day was a pain.

The Constellation Cream Eyeliner is so pretty to look at, and fun to play with. It definitely doesn’t line your eyes with galaxy-esque sparkle (that foiled design is just an overlay) but it is versatile and a bit more dynamic than a regular black or brown eyeliner pencil.

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And these! The whole reason for my impromptu order. I’ve been all about the glitter lately, and these are lovely. They smell like cupcakes and are very pigmented (especially that wine colored one…) and last a long time by lipgloss standards. I’m thrilled to have finally added these to my collection.

Note: Pictures taken in natural light. Products purchased by Girl.