Wednesday, March 6, 2013

My Makeup Collection: Eyes

As part of my 25 before 25 I'm supposed to clean out my closets. Well, I decided that in deference to the spirit of the project, I probably shouldn't limit my purging to just clothing alone. This weekend I tackled the ever growing makeup collection. 

I first fell in love with makeup in the 7th grade. I still remember getting a slew of Clinique products for Christmas that year (some of which I still had--- can we say eww?), and from then on I've been pretty hooked. 

According to many of my makeup gurus, powder products should really only be kept for 2 years before you need to toss them.  I had some serious work to do, but I have to say I'm thrilled with the result.  

Today I want to introduce you to my whole eye shadow collection.  

This is after I cleaned it out...

I honestly can't believe this is it. But lets be honest--- I really only use my naked palette and a few purple shades every now and again, so I probably should have tossed more, but oh well. I'm a make up hoarder. 
I confess. 

I think a girl's makeup can tell an interesting story about them. I'm definitely a girl that plays it on the safe side when it comes to color selection, though I may wear my eye makeup a tad on the heavy side. 

In the summertime, gold shimmy eyes are my favorite. 

I'll pause here while you pick your jaw up off the floor. I can hear you all thinking, "Emily? Loves gold? Shimmery? Glittery? No.... I would have never..."

As a pale girl I feel like there's just something that a lightly tanned complexion and a little shimmer that screams summertime. I'm so ready. 


You also may not have noticed, but I'm pretty fare. I often feel that black is a little harsh on me so I normally opt for deep brown for liners and smokey colors. 

The trio of blues is one of those Almay eye enhancing palettes. I'm still not totally sold on the blue eyeshadow looks. I remember my Grandma telling me that only trashy girls wore that color... guess that wisdom stuck--- because I always feel a little trampy if it crosses over the line. 


*Side note, did you see RHOA this week? EVERY SINGLE ONE of the girls had on bright blue eyeshadow at dinner... #Imjustsaying 

Now when it comes to purple--- I'm LOVE a good purple eye. Eggplant liner has been my latest obsession this weekend. I think if you're wanting to branch out just a bit with your eye routine, try throwing a purple into the mix. In my opinion it's really subtle yet interesting, and oh so work appropriate.


Now, here is a mondo palette that will offer you every color under the sun. I've had this thing over a year, and haven't used it anywhere near as much as I should (I swear I'm addicted to the naked palettes). The pigmentation on these shadows is insanely good. I'm just not quite sure how to work many of these colors into my conservative-washington-work-appropriate rotation. If you're thinking about costal scents, I would definitely recommend the quality of the products--- but I probably could have picked a palette more suited to my lifestyle. Oh well, live and learn. 

Now it's time to introduce you to my babies. Tada.....

Naked and Naked 2

I love love love my naked palettes, and I seriously use them every single day. Look at my naked (1) palette (bottom). I used that thing every day for a year and I have YET to hit pan on even one of the shades (though I'm getting close with naked). I've been favoring naked 2 lately, but I think that's more to do with the fact that it's still new... and I'm playing. 

So there you have it. I am pretty much drugstore eye shadow all the way, but I think it's definitely worth the investment into a few high end palettes that you know suit your style. 

So now I'm curious, what's in your makeup collection?  Do you have a favorite... because I suddenly have a lot of room....


Heather said...

I hear such good things about those Naked collections - I need to try this!

Pearls & Paws

Hope said...

I have the Naked palette and the new Naked Basics - it's amazing for just a few shades. I am currently deciding if I should buy Naked 2 because I've already used up about 4 of my shades in my Naked palette. I loved this post! Have a great day! xoxo - hope

Mrs. Type A said...

I have the Naked palette but I honestly don't use as many of the shades as I thought I would. I stick to the virgin color for work (and its almost gone) and add brown in the crease and some gold for a night out... but that's about it! I need to be more adventurous.

Penniless Socialite said...

Since I got the Naked 2 palette I feel like I can throw away almost all of my other eye shadow!
Penniless Socialite

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I really WANT the Naked palettes, but I am totally a sweep one shade on and go girl, so I feel like they'd be a waste.

Allyssa said...

You've got quite a collection! I really want the Naked palettes, but I rarely wear eye shadow. Maybe if I bought them I'd wear it more often?

Jen said...

I need to try the Naked collection, I have heard amazing things about it.

Melissa said...

I'm loving those Naked palettes! I usually lean toward orange tones (nothing too crazy though) because a make-up artist told me blue eyes pop with orange. It's true!

Betsy Transatlantically said...

haha I cleaned out my bathoom - which was stocked when we moved in after the renovation 10 years ago and hasn't been dealt with since - a few months ago and I swear I was throwing away glitter products from the '90s. gross!

Nat said...

You know that I still have not picked up the naked palettes yet! Everyone swears by them and I always mean to but I don't- I need to really step it up. I've been very blah with my makeup lately- but I'm usually a gold and brown eye person

Simply Evani said...

That's one of my 25 before 25 goals too! I'm doing a major makeup purge and hoping to sell some of it. I don't have a Naked palette but I know how much everyone loves them. They clearly must be great!

Niki Caron said...

I love the Naked palettes! And gold shimmery eyes are so perfect for summer! As a fellow fair skinned blonde, I am in complete agreement with your color choices!

Maya {CharminglyStyled} said...

My make up collection is such an ecclectic mix, and some of that stuff is YEARS old. I need to follow in your footsteps and organize it ASAP!


tara said...

woo! awesome collection! i recently trashed a ton of eyeshadow. all i use these days are my UD, stila and too faced palettes!

Amanda said...

Omg! I can't believe you were able to purge so much... I probably should do that too but I'm terrified that if I do, the day will come when I regret tossing one out! I guess you can say I'm living in fear lol. Love the naked pallets... I have #2 and LOVE it. And your purple collection is fab too!

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