In Search of Budget Options…

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Impending motherhood has me thinking about my budget. I’m no math wizard, but I’m pretty sure mypiggy_bank grocery bill is going to go up, and my income is going to go down while I’m on leave. That means making some changes to my spending habits….particularly in the beauty department.

This shouldn’t be too hard; when it comes to things that I use everyday and have to replace often, I try to choose budget friendly options whenever I can. For example, I routinely use drugstore foundation, concealer and mascara. In spite of my thriftiness, though, there are still a few spendy staples that I would like to replace with drugstore alternatives:

1) Urban Decay Primer Potion – This is a tough one, because I’ve used this product for years, and it’s been a real struggle to find something that can stand up to my oily lids as well as this does. I’ve dabbled with others here and there, but I always come back to this one. Today, I’m test driving a promising contender from NYX. I’ll let you know how that pans out.

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Where the heck have I been?!?!

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Hmmm….why no posts over the past five months? There are a couple of reasons. First and foremost, sometime in early June, I started growing a new human being! My partner and I are very excited about becoming new parents, but pregnancy has taken up a lot of my mental and physical energy over the past few months. I am still working full-time at my day job and trying to keep up with everything at home, so blogging unfortunately got tossed into the backseat. Second, I just haven’t been that inspired to write about beauty lately. With all of the mental and emotional changes going on for me, makeup just hasn’t been a top priority. Some days, I don’t even wear any! GASP! I haven’t even made a Sephora purchase since I found out I was pregnant! BIGGER GASP!

So with all of this in mind, I feel like I’m at a bit of a crossroads with the blog. I definitely want to continue with it. I love writing and feel compelled to continue for my own sanity, even if my sister and a bunch of spambots are the only ones reading it. And even though beauty has taken a backseat in my life, it hasn’t disappeared entirely. I will always love makeup and skincare and other lovely things. It’s an addiction that even having a new baby won’t completely cure. What I’m trying to say is that I would like to keep Fifty Shades of Taupe going, but I would like to expand its range of content to include other aspects of my life so that I have a creative outlet for other weird and random stuff that pops into my head. Don’t worry, I’m not planning to turn it into a mommy-blog (I promised my sister NO DIAPER REVIEWS). However, I may write the occasional post about pregnancy, the baby and the life changes that go along with those things. I will also definitely write about the beauty changes that go along with those things (hello, body image issues!) and already have some beauty-related posts in the works, I promise. I just want to be able to write about other things as well, so that I can continue to write and post even during times when inspiration for beauty posts is on the wane.

Luckily, I don’t have a huge following yet, so I won’t be alienating a large readership with this change in direction. Hopefully the few readers I do have will stick around and stay with me on this journey.

Also, if any of you out there have requests or ideas for posts that you would like to see, don’t hesitate to let me know in the comments.

Stay beautiful!

Workhorse Brushes: Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Brush

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Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Brush

I’m a huge fan of the LM Secret Camouflage Concealer, and I always use it with the matching brush. This is the ultimate concealer brush for blemishes and minor imperfections. It tapers to a perfect point, so you can use it for Lisa Eldridge-style pinpoint concealing, while the flat part of the brush can be used for patting concealer onto slightly larger flaws….not that I have any of those…..okay I have lots of those. I have tons of different flat, synthetic concealer brushes in my collection, but they’re all gathering dust, because I always reach for this one. It’s seriously the best.

Review: Make Up For Ever Artist Palette Volume 1

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I love the formula of the Make Up For Ever Artist shadows. They’re smooth, ultra creamy and oh-so-pigmented. The metallic finish ones are my absolute favourite, but they’re all good. I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to try a few more of these shadows, and opportunity knocked in the form of a really economical palette!* If you don’t fancy buying a bunch of singles, MUFE has come out with a couple of palettes, one neutral and one bright. I got the neutral one.

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Review: Urban Decay Afterglow 8 Hour Blush

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Urban Decay Afterglow 8 Hour Blush in “Fetish”

You want to know what impressed me most about this new blush from Urban Decay? It actually makes a reasonable claim about wear-time! After seeing so many products make meaningless and ridiculous claims to wear for 24 or even 48 hours, it’s nice to see a product make a realistic claim. (If I ever go 48 hours without washing my face, then I’m either dead or camping.)

I picked this up in the shade “Fetish” which is a matte dusty rose with a hint of warmth. It’s the kind of shade I like to wear when I want a blush that’s not going to compete with whatever I’ve got going on my eyes.

Although the colour is nice, the formula of this blush doesn’t thrill me. It’s on the dry side and kicks up quite a bit of powder when you dip your brush in. I also expected more in the way of pigmentation, but it’s pretty sheer. (I really had to build to get the swatch you see below.) I’d say it does make good on its promise to wear for 8 hours, but it doesn’t last much beyond that.

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