GoodBuy 2017

My GoodBuy posts talks about products I picked up this year that I really liked, but didn’t get blogged about. That is not saying much since I had very little time to post this year. This trend is going to continue into 2018 since I’ve gone back to school and my make up purchases are going to slow down… a lot.

Pat McGrath Lipsticks

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Pat McGrath deserves her own post. This beautiful sista hails from the UK and is the most sought-after makeup artist in the world. You can read more about her twenty-year career spanning runways, advertising campaigns and editorials here. She launched her luxury makeup line that is awesome, but pricey. I only purchased her lipsticks, which are fabulous. When it comes to makeup, there is nothing better than a great product in fantastic packaging. Pat first launched her matte lipstick line first. Admittedly, when I saw pictures of the lipstick bullet, it looked dry so I shied away. I’m not a huge fan of matte lipsticks, but I have enjoyed them as long as they aren’t drying. My resolve was weakened by the packaging and picked up a trio. I can confirm the mattes are not drying. They are intensely pigmented and very comfortable to wear as well as the Luxetrance (satin finish). They have great staying power and can survive a couple of meals.

The packaging is simply lovely, including the box they come in. The lipstick case has a good heft to it. The liptstick bullet is aligned with the gold lips, so when applying, they always face out. There is a satisfying “click” when closing the top. (I can’t be the only one who loves to hear a good, firm “click” when closing a makeup product.)

They retail for $38 and can be purchased on her site or at Sephora.

1 – Major Red #419 (Luxetrance) Cool Red
2 – Strangé #420 (Luxetrance) Brick Red
3 – Exxotica #430 (Luxetrance) Violet-based burgundy
4 – McMenamy #200 (Mattetrance) Deep burgundy
5 – Antidote #207 (Mattetrance) Magenta violet
6 – Deep Void #210 (Mattetrance) Deep blackened purple

MZ Wallace Large Savoy Cosmetic Bag

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My time to apply makeup in the morning got a lot shorter as my little one got older and became more mobile. This required that I take more makeup with me to apply on my commuter train. I was taking a couple of small makeup bags, but that system got old and I needed to be more organized. It took a while to search and find the right bag for me and the MZ Wallace Large Savoy is it. I love it. It has enough pockets to help me stay organized and enough room in the main compartment to hold what I need with space to spare. I’ve never understood why the majority of makeup bags on the market are one big well off empty space. Your products stay in an unorganized pile where you’re constantly digging to search for things and the packaging gets scratched and dusty. This bag allows for separate compartments for my lipsticks, makeup brush case (more on that later), multiple small palettes, my mirror and pencils. The large main compartment is long enough to hold long palettes like Urban Decay’s Heat palette.  The zippers are nice and sturdy. The material is easy to clean. Depending on the material, this bag can run from $65 to $85.

Coloured Raine

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Coloured Rained is a cruelty-free brand I tried this year for the first time. What drew me to the brand was their red lipstick, Cherry Blossom. It is fabulous and quickly became on my favorite list. I tried a couple more shades, but they are not my favorite. My one gripe with the brand is the swatch colors on their site is a little off. The lip shades were lighter than expected for my skin tone. The quality is still nice. They are very pigmented. The company promotes these as having a satin finish, but on the lip, they look and feel more matte. The lipsticks are priced at $17.

I’m very impressed by their eyeshadow, at least with the three I purchased. They are very pigmented, blend well and have staying power (though I always wear primer). The color selection isn’t as vast as I would like, but if they remain true to quality, so be it. The shadows come in pan form and retail for $6.99.

Art Pencil Case

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As mentioned, I love staying organized. Since I’ve invested in good makeup brushes, the last thing I want to do is let them roam free in a makeup bag. I never like the idea of storing them in a soft bag that can’t protect the bristles or the handle. A hard-case art pencil container is perfect for makeup brushes while on the go. It is long enough to hold Mac brushes, which are pretty long, but anything longer will not fit. This case is wide enough to hold five brushes on each side. The hard shell keeps the brushes safe and my makeup bag clean. The case I have by Kuuqa is perfect and cheap ($8 on Amazon). Other brands make these types of cases as well and various sizes are available.

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