My personal go to summer uniform is typically some type of T-shirt dress. Considering I live in Texas, the heat can get pretty unbearable and these are cool, easy to throw on over a swimsuit and no effort required, making it the perfect outfit choice. I don’t really accessorize them, due to the simple nature of the dress, but I do like to add some sassy yet practical footwear! I have rounded up my favorite summer sandal picks…ENJOY!!!
Alright so here we are, the details of my second makeup capsule. This will run from 3/15 to 10/15 and will consist of 15 pieces and a $200 budget . Thus helps me to keep my beauty spending in check. If I learned one lesson from my first time around, it is that white girls NEED bronzer. Also, while I really liked some of my fall/ winter pieces, some are not necessary given the time of year. I have 3 “levels” of makeup looks if you will.
Level One: This is my everyday look. In my life this is for trips to target, travel days for work or running to my moms. This simply includes primer, foundation, powder and Chapstick with light mascara. Below is my inspiration photo.
Level Two: This is for times where a little more is appropriate…aka work, lunch dates and church. I build on level one but add bronzes for a sunny glow and a light shadow. Below is my inspiration photo.
Level Three: This is for special occasions where I intend and plan to spend more time primping. I build on level two with a lip color or smokey eyes. See my inspiration photo below.
So here we go with details. 4 brushes, 3 lip products, 1 eye shadow palette, mascara, powder, foundation, Bronzer, tanning lotion, spray Bronzer and primer.
New purchases include…
Tantalized Bronzer and self tanner. I researched these in depth. You know us white girls need some help in the tanning department. I bought these using a 20% off coupon at Ulta and using my Ulta points for an additional $17 off putting me at $34.35.
The tanning spray I also researched in depth. This is from Victoria Secret. I have some concerns I may need to replenish before 10/15, but we will see. This totaled $15.76.
The sculpting brush by Tarte and the Too Faced lip gloss were purchased at Sephora at a grand total of $62.34 ( no coupons 😦 )
The foundation was a replenish from Dillard’s and is Este Lauder. This totaled $31.13. With this purchase I got a free gift, which I kept the eye shadow palette ( yay FREE) and gifted the remaining items.
In total, $143.55. Over 25 % under budget. If only I could the same for our house hunt!!! I plan to be more diligent with updates and looks this time around and become a selfie taker. I have mixed feelings about that, but we will see.
Okay okay…I am jumping on this trend of capsules. A capsule (from how I understand it) is way to emphasize and define your style by focusing on less. Less seems scary to me, but the idea of simplifying my life right now in any way sounds like a win.
I originally saw this concept on a few blogs I have come to follow, but I feel is best explained on Caroline’s http://www.un-fancy.com . But what I quickly picked up is that there are no defined rules… You make your own based on lifestyle.
My lifestyle really has 3 components – 1) WORK. I am employed by a large fortune 100 insurance company. And if that does not make it conservative enough, I work in HR (aka the land of judgement). 2) HOME. This is defined for me as errands, cleaning, etc. and makes up about 80% of my non-work time. 3) FUN. This encompasses everything social- date nights with Eric, brunches, time with my mom and sisters, etc.
Before, showing you my current make up collection, I will lead with this statement…
” Hi, my name is Mindy, and I am an over spender on makeup.”
Now, the sad part is this collection was after I purged during our move, about 3 months ago. And it was a BIG purge. My current collection breaks down like this:
- 2 primers
- 4 concealers
- 5 powders
- 5 Bronzer/Blush used for contouring
- 1 highlighter
- 1 mascara
- 3 eyeliners
- 5 eye shadows
- 7 lip products
- 19 makeup brushes
So in total, 51 pieces. And heaven only knows how much money I spent creating this collection, plus everything else I previously trashed…YIKES!
In the past, I would purchase based on impulse, packaging, sale, trends, etc. Now that I will be limiting, I really needed to think about each piece and how I would use it. Does it fit my lifestyle? Does it fit my budget? What is the shelf life? Many questions, so much research was done and here is what I decided…
My Fall/Winter makeup capsule will include a total of 15 items for a time frame of 6 months and I will allow myself a $200 max budget.
You will recognize some of the items, which I already owned and are still usable (not expired). 5 MAC brushes, Laura Gellar spackled primer, Laura Gellar drenched color lipgloss in milkshake, and the original NAKED palette.
I did my shopping in 2 hours and 3 stops: The breakdown…
1) ULTA. $58.36 spent. Purchased- Eco Tools blending brush, Burt’s Bees chap stick and IT Cosmetics My Sculpted Face palette. (Used a $3.50 off coupon)
2) SEPHORA. $28.17 spent. Purchased- NARS lipstick in heat wave.
3) DILLARD’S. $94.18 spent. Purchased – Dior Blackout mascara, Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation and pressed powder. ( foundation purchased during foundation event so the Double Wear foundation which is typically $37 I preordered for $27 and was given a week’s supply of samples as pictured below. I pick it up on 09.27!)
My capsule’s total cost was $180.71 (including tax) and breaks down like this:
- 1 primer
- 1 foundation
- 1 powder
- 1 Bronzer/Blush palette
- 1 eye palette
- 1 mascara
- 3 lip products
- 6 make up brushes
I want to focus on a clean natural look with the option to play with a taupe smoky eye and nude lips for date night, or throw in a spicy red lip for lunches with the ladies. I will report back throughout the six months, but am excited to have one more area of my life to practice simplicity.
All links to products (including colors and prices) can be found on my Pintrest page on the Simplicity: Make Up board.