Surratt Artistique Cheek Brush – Review and Comparison

I mentioned in my Holy Grail Beauty Products post that I haven’t done many brush reviews so it’s time to remedy that. After quite a delayed gratification (I first spied this brush in May of 2016, when Polished and Inspired came to Toronto for a visit and we pawed at this at Sephora), I was thrilled to add this delightful brush to my collection. You’ve seen glamour shots of it already, but here’s more:

I started using this brush as soon as I bought it in late November – after washing it first – and I want to share my impressions of it here.

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Hauluary 2018 – Post-Holiday Sales

I know, I know. I just posted about makeup decluttering and here I am, showing stuff I’m adding to my hoard.ย  Never did I once say that I wasn’t shopping anymore! (I was just making room? ๐Ÿ˜† ) And, I didn’t go as crazy this year with post-holiday sales.

This is called self control in my books! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Massive Purge

You may recall that the primary objective of this blog originally was to reduce my beauty stash. ^^’ I had a three-pronged plan:
A) Stop buying more (No-Buy / Low-Buy)
B) Use up what I have (empties aka Trash Stash)
C) Get rid of items that I no longer use (Purges / declutters)

This post is focused on plan of attack C!ย  I’ve been meaning to post this since early 2017 for “Spring cleaning”, but never got my act together to gather all of the items.ย  No time like now, right?ย  ๐Ÿ˜‰ This post will mainly consist of photos and product names listed out. It would take too long to provide a description of every single item with an explanation why it is being decluttered. Just look:

I had to stand on a step ladder to take this photo! ๐Ÿ˜†

Hold onto your hats!

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Foundation Application Methods (+ Tools)

It’s been nice reading everyone’s festive holiday posts but this year I just don’t seem to have anything Christmas-y to contribute. I feel like I’ve covered all the Christmas topics in years past – if you’re wanting some festive posts from me, have a read through my Blogmas posts from 2016 and 2015. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ

When I get the question, “How do you apply your foundation?”ย  I answer, “It depends.”ย  ย I’m not trying to be difficult, because it really depends! ๐Ÿ˜›ย  It depends on the foundation that I’m using. It depends on what kind of finish I might be looking for, or the level of coverage I want that particular day.ย  Here’s an overview of methods and tools that I employ to apply foundation.

I’ll also name some foundations that work well with each method.

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Trash Stash: August to October-ish 2017: Part 2 (Body and Hair Care, Makeup)

Here’s the 2nd part of my slacker Trash Stash:

Bath products are fun to photograph since they’re more colourful. ๐Ÿ™‚

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April 2017 No-Buy-Low-Buy Accountability

This is my first Low-Buy month this year since starting the No-Low-Buy “program” for 2017. I managed to pick up quite a few things – I had some luck on my side with some great deals, plus an Optimum Points redemption event:

I had $200 in my budget, let’s see how I did…

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Trash Stash: April 2017

A couple of housecleaning items to kick off today’s post. ย First: May the Fourth be with you! ๐Ÿ˜€ And second: I seem to be in spam hell once again. I’ve left a bunch of comments yesterday on various blogs and they all disappeared. ย It’s so frustrating when that happens – can you please check your spam box? Click here to see where your spam is located.ย Thanks!

Onward to my April Trash Stash! This month turned out to be ok for empties – I thought I’d have only a few to show but I am on an ambitious plan to clear out my cabinets of items that just aren’t working for me.

It was fairly well balanced in terms of skincare, body, hair and makeup stuff, actually.

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Trash Stash: September and October 2016

I skipped September Trash Stash due to post-vacation lethargy and the reevaluation of my life: Why am I not on vacation still? Why is anyone even interested in looking at my beauty empties? Why am I here? Then I snapped out of it and got back into the swing of things. ๐Ÿ˜›
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As my punishment, I now have to root through 2 months’ worth of garbage. At least, I’m not like someone (I won’t say who) with 6 months’ worth of empties to post! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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Miscellaneous Makeup Purge

You may recall that last year I did an epic makeup purge!ย  ย And earlier this year I posted a base makeup and a lip product purge – the common theme on those 2 product categories is that they’re liquid items, with typically shorter lifespan than powders. ย Today I have a mixture of various product categories including eye, lip, and skincare products – many of which are also liquid or gel formulas.
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The reason why these are in a separate purge post rather than included in my Trash Stash is because none of these items are finished / empty. Some items I loved but are too old to use anymore. Sadly, the majority of them will go into the garbage!

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Trash Stash: April 2016

It comes as no surprise that I’ve got a bunch of empties again this month.
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Fine, I’ll admit it, I’m literally eating this stuff. I just want lots and lots of empties each month! I especially enjoyed the gulping down that Mizon snail serum – YUMMY. ๐Ÿ˜†

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