September Beauty Balance

21 days of beauty is over now until Spring. I don’t know what it is about that sale, but it’s so much fun. I really enjoy looking through daily sales, seeing what surprises they might offer, and planning what I might purchase. However, I always end up purchasing far less than what is on my wishlist. And that’s exactly how it should be. Miss Butterfly and I both enjoy it, we both kind of pour over the catalog in anticipation. Now that Miss Butterfly is being required to purchase her own beauty products, she doesn’t purchase much either.

In my last September Beauty Balance post, I had picked up two items from the sale. At the end of that post, I had 7 items leaving my collection over what came in. Here’s what has entered my collection since then:


6 items, so I remain one item leaving above what came in at the end of this post.

Let’s have a quick chat about the items. Only one of them actually is something I “need.”

I’ve never had a mac fix+ and since this one was half price, I figured I’d give it a try. I have other finishing sprays so I need to get some use out of them. Prior to recently, I never really bothered with setting sprays. My skin is fairly normal leaning toward oily especially in the Tzone now that it’s regularly taken care of and not completely dehydrated from years of no skin care or makeup whatsoever. So, I have tended to get used to a rather liberal application of powder, as that really seems to be the thing that gets my makeup to stick to my face the best. When messing around with makeup recently, I tried not setting my face with powder as I really was enjoying the dewy glow I had going on. It looked so pretty! Except-it looked pretty for 3 hours and then looked completely messy. My skin just can’t keep makeup on and looking good with that technique. As I got back to powdering appropriate for my face, I thought about it a little more and realized that THIS-this is why everyone talks about finishing sprays. I have the tools to fix this, I have sprays that will work to settle in the powder look. And while everything is still pretty powdery, it does take that edge off. So, despite having two finishing sprays I can use already in my collection, I was swayed by the original at half price and picked it up.

That was a very long explanation justifying why I purchased the last product. I have far less of a justification for the next one. I just like it. It was half off, and it’s a moisturizer I really like. That’s it!

The Purity cleanser came as a freebie, and I am not mad about it. I had a sachet sample of this once and really enjoyed it.

Now we get to the item I actually “need.” I ran out of my milk makeup nude eyeliner that I used almost every day in my waterline. It’ll be in my September beauty balance finale. I very much wanted to replace it, but then during the month, I was watching a tutorial in which the person I was watching used this wet n wild brow highlighter as a waterline brightener. I decided that it was worth trying since the price point is so much less. Turns out, it works beautifully and I’ve just saved myself a nice chunk of money. I also think that sharpen style pencils have more product in them than twist up ones, so it’s probably a bigger money save than I can even comprehend.

And finally-I added to my UD 24/7 pencil liner collection. These are two colors I do not have, a brown and a light green. I used the light green in yesterdays look but have not yet used the brown. But, in the past month or so I’ve regularly wanted to use a brown liner and didn’t have one. So, I do believe I’ll get a nice amount of use from it.

I am waiting until after my project pan update to post my September beauty balance finale, but I truly believe it’s going to be a good one!