Wednesday, November 7, 2012

How Much Does My Face Cost?



This tag has been going around recently and I thought I'd chip in my share. I've established something resembling a 'current routine' that I've been wearing for the past few weeks, so thought it would be appropriate to tot it up, as I really should be held accountable for the amount of money I've poured into cosmetics. Almost all the tag responses I've seen result in horrified shock at the amount, but I'll try not to follow suit, because I know (and am constantly being reminded and chided) that I've spent an unreasonable amount on the stuff. :/


For base, I've been using a relatively new addition to my collection, the Laura Mercier Mineral Powder in Real Sand. Although a tad too light for me, I've really been enjoying the way this looks and feels on my skin. It's not cakey or powdery, but quite silky and feels very light on the skin, almost like it's not there at all. I buff a layer of it on, and where I need it, I build it up to about medium coverage on my forehead and cheeks. The finish is glowy, as a result of the pearl powder in the mineral makeup, and yet it controls oil remarkably well. I apply it with the miracle foundation brush discovery, the Real Techniques Buffing Brush. As the mineral powder is simply buffed into the skin and does the double duty of a foundation and a powder, it cuts one step out of a liquid foundation routine and saves me time. :)


Cheeks-wise, my current picks are Bourjois round pot blush in Ambre D'Or- an appropriately spring-ish/summery peachy apricot drenched in gold shimmer- blended out with the Real Techniques Blush Brush, and because the glowy base and shimmery blush clearly aren't enough, I've been reaching for the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle, dusted on with the Real Techniques Contour Brush.


I've never been a big eye makeup person, most days I'm happy just curling my lashes with the Shiseido eyelash curler and applying a couple of coats of mascara- my current one is CoverGirl's Lash Exact waterproof mascara. A new addition to the routine is the CoverGirl Liquiline Blast eyeliner in Brown Blaze, which I use on the upper lashline and blend out using the smudger on the end of the pencil. I find the angled smudger gives more control than a blending brush because I'm just aiming to soften the edges, not give myself a smokey eye.


My lips are pretty pigmented, so most days I'm content just applying some lip balm. But it's not that simple- no, never when it comes to lip balm- a small happiness of my day is switching up my lip balm (sad, I know). Some days I'll use Maybelline Baby Lips in Relieving Menthol, some days Carmex, some days Korres Lip Butter in Jasmine, and on days I feel like a bit of colour, I'll use Korres Lip Butters in Pomegranate, which is my idea of a perfect 'everyday' shade for summer, or Wild Rose when I want something more pigmented. For the purposes of the tag, I'll use the Korres Lip Butters, which I purchased in a set of three. 

Laura Mercier Mineral Powder (StrawberryNet)- $44
Real Techniques Core Collection (iHerb)- $18
Bourjois round pot blush in Ambre D'Or (on sale)- $5
Real Techniques Blush Brush (on sale)- $19
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle (blog sale)- $25
Shiseido Eyelash Curler (eBay)- $14
CoverGirl Lash Exact waterproof mascara (eBay)- $7
CoverGirl Liquiline Blast in Brown Blaze (on sale)- $7
Korres Lip Saver (StrawberryNet)- $12

Total = $151

Clearly, I don't like paying for things when they're full-priced. I could probably have calculated how much I'd saved by not buying them at full RRP too, but I won't bother. I'm not sure how I feel about my total. It's less than some other tag responses I've seen but $150+ on one face's worth of products isn't the cheapest for such a simple look. But I like a mix of high and low end brands, and go out of my way to get things for less (ASOS, StrawberryNet, eBay) and with the cosmetic markup in Australia (it impacts more on drugstore brands than department store brands!) I like to think I've made some wise choices in the past. I have bought a tonne of cheap stuff I wish I hadn't, but that's another story. Anyhow, considering I own a lot more than this, and if you consider the fact that I don't even wear makeup everyday, if I had to tot up the total cost of my makeup collection I would be aghast when I see the sum, I'm sure. 

12 comments:

  1. That's really not too 'bad' if having a 'pricier' face is a no-no! I do love your picks, seems to be quite a simple face routine! That's great on the go, I'm dying for a mac msf, at the moment if I total up my 'face' considering how expensive drugstore make up here....i bet i'll be over $150. I think I'll do this tag sometime too, so interesting to see what you use on a daily basis!

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    1. Hahaha it's not that a 'pricier' face is a no-no, but I still want to maintain some trace of self-control in my spending habits! Believe me, I've spent quite a bit, and will probably continue to do so, but I think for my own lifestyle, I don't need a mahusive collection. Drugstore makeup here costs a lot more than in the US, but I just refrain from buying unless there's a sale on. :) Definitely try this tag out on your blog! I'll be interested to see what you wear! x

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  2. Yum! I've never tried anything from Korres. And I'm always afraid to tally up "the face worth". x

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    1. Korres is so good! Their other products look promising too! You should try this tag- it's definitely good fun! x

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  3. I really should do this tag after exams. :P I think my total would definitely be over the $150 mark though... I love the inclusion of Real Techniques brushes; I want to get some more :P xx

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    1. Me too! I want the Stippling Brush to complete my collection. This was quite a basic look because my skin's been decent so I didn't need to use concealer and I'm not using bronzer or eyeshadow regularly so I left that out. Definitely do this tag after your exams finish! :) xx

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  4. I think your total is decent! And the products you use are awesome! :)
    I love the RT buffing brush <3

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    1. Haha thanks! I saw that haul post! Glad to know you love it too! :) x

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  5. Your routine seems so minimal compared to mine - I guess that's the difference between eyeshadow and no eyeshadow :p I'm still on the fence about the LM ... I find that it cakes around the edges of my nose, and I still need a pretty moisturised face for it to go on. I also don't think it necessarily cuts foundation time down - because I expend just as much effort buffing it in as I do with a liquid foundation, if not more, since I find loose powders fiddly. But I like that it really controls oil and it doesn't transfer and it feels completely weightless/nothing on my skin. Good weekend/lighter makeup option I think. Your total wasn't even that bad - very reasonable, especially considering how many nice products are in there!

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    1. No kidding! The only eyeshadow I reach for regularly is Bobbi Brown Mahogany for my brows, but I don't do that everyday. The BTTB Colour Tattoo is also a favourite ;) but again I don't wear that everyday. Oh, the freedom to look like a hobo that comes with being a student! I shall savour it while I can. I really like the LM- I'm hoping my skintone will recede to what I was before so it matches better! And thank you- yours wasn't bad either for the number of high end products you counted! :p xx

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  6. wow great post! I've never seen most of those cosmetics! :P
    xx
    beautybynaynay.blogspot.com.au

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    1. Thanks! You should definitely look into them then! :)

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