Spring/Summer Makeup Capsule 2: Planning

I must admit I ended up absolutely loving the concept of a make up capsule and timing was just perfect after about 5 months I am just starting to run out.  It created the most stress free money saving situation for my make up routine…LOVE it.  So I will begin my Spring/Summer capsule on March 15th and will hold it until October 1st.  If you are not familiar, I will select only 15 items for make up throughout both seasons and will not make additional purchases until fall/ winter rolls around.  Therefore, I have been thinking hard and planning with great care.  I have also included my hair products, perfume and a new make up bag because mine is disgusting and an upgrade is needed.  Those items are not included in my 15 make up items, but landed on my inspiration/planning board below because I find them somewhat linked and am thinking of trial running a capsule for beauty ( non makeup) products.  More to come on that, but here are my plans and I will update accordingly with details, including look inspirations, prices and sources once I have purchased and finalized it.

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Simplicity: Make Up Capsule

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.”

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Painful, right?

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.

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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.

 

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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)

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2) SEPHORA. $28.17  spent. Purchased- NARS lipstick in heat wave.

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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!)

 

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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.