Taking A Break

Hi, everyone!! Feeling the need to take a break from the blog. I'll be around social media a bit here & there, but for the most part I'm going to step away from that as well. I'll be back!!! But for now I want to clear up some headspace & enjoy other things :-)

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There are still comments I haven't responded to...please be patient with me as I work through those! In the meantime, I hope you are enjoying your Summer...see you on the flip side!!

xoxo Gummy

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New In: May 2015

So this is what I ended up with, vs. the entirety of what I purchased. There was more, but some things were returned right away or purged for various reasons so I didn't include them. The few items not pictured but that I thought warranted mentioning I talked about in THIS post. 

***All items purchased by me. Links are non-affiliate.***

New In: May 2015 - gummyvision.com

New In: May 2015 - gummyvision.com

African Botanics Pure Marula Oil, at this point is a staple and this is my 3rd bottle! Bronzer Bunny has talked about the African Botanics Intense Skin Repair Balm and I've been super curious to try it out. Dermstore was having a 20% off sale so I went ahead and bought it along with the regular oil. 

Burberry Wet & Dry Glow Eyeshadow in 002 Nude. I actually ordered this when it was allover the blogs, but Nordstrom had it on backorder forever! Finally arrived in May. 

Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo is a staple, and now that the warm weather here I wanted to make sure I had plenty on hand.  

Charlotte Tilbury Eyes To Mesmerize Cream Shadows I already mentioned, but hopefully I'll get swatches up later this month. A commenter said she layers 2 shadow primers, so I thought I would give that tactic a try since I've been having such on/off problems with primers lately. I repurchased the NARS Pro Prime shadow primer to layer under my Smashbox, and it is definitely working!!! Yay! 

I bought the Armani Master Corrector in Pink because my Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light Bisque has seemed a little too heavy lately. Plus, it's a favorite of Beauty Products Junkie so of course I finally needed to give it a try!! So far I'm really loving it, too! 

New In: May 2015 - gummyvision.com

New In: May 2015 - gummyvision.com

I wrote about the Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser and I'm still loving it...so much so that I've purged all other non-oil cleansers!! I found my skin did much better with it vs. without, so I've decided to just stick with it for awhile. And of course, because of that success I've been excited to try out some other products from her line. I decided on the COQ-10 Toner, and so far I'm loving that as well (review to come). 

Not pictured, but posted HERE: RMS Skin2Skin Foundation Brush and Skin2Skin Blush Brush. Saw them on Instagram, and for some reason I was immediately compelled to buy them???? I don't like the Foundation Brush, but I'm very happy with the Blush Brush! 

Also not pictured: Dr. Jart Water Replenishment Mask, Sephora Ginseng Eye Mask. 

New In totals for May:

Replenishment (replenishing same product): 5

New replenishment (replenishing with new product): 1

New: 11

New In totals for the year:

Replenishment (replenishing same product): 17

New replenishment (replenishing with new product): 8

New: 42

What did you buy in May?

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Update On The Big Purge

If you missed the details of the Big Purge, you can catch up HERE!! I had gathered quite a bit in that purge pile, but I definitely wasn't finished. I sorted through everything, even makeup bags, at least twice...but most categories I sorted through several times. 

At the end of it all, I feel pretty darn amazing...lighter, less burdened, and my choices are easier and nearly stress-free :-)  And here are the results...

Update On The Big Purge - gummyvision.com

Update On The Big Purge - gummyvision.com

Here we go!! One bag is full of skincare, hair & body stuff and samples. The other bag is makeup. At the bottom are makeup bags. There are a few things here not pictured, as I have already given them away or they are set aside for people, but this is the bulk of all the stuff I chose to let go :-) 

Care to see some numbers? Here's what I'm getting rid of...

Nail stuff: 18

Brushes: 3

Blush: 8

Powder: 3

Bronzer: 1

Foundation: 1

Concealer: 2

Lippies: 14

Shadow singles: 9

Shadow palettes: 3

Cleanser: 4

Exfoliator: 1

Deodorant: 6

Shower Wash: 2

Perfume: 1

Moisturizer: 2

SPF: 2

Toner: 1

Samples (all sizes): 53

Makeup Bags: 5

Big Purge Total: 139

For the year, I previously only purged 14 products. But now my year-to-date purge total is...

YTD Total: 153

Let's see those makeup drawers, shall we?!!

Update On The Big Purge - gummyvision.com

Update On The Big Purge - gummyvision.com

Previously I had this...

Update On The Big Purge - gummyvision.com

Update On The Big Purge - gummyvision.com

Plus this! If you missed that post, you can catch up HERE

Update On The Big Purge - gummyvision.com

Update On The Big Purge - gummyvision.com

And now I'm down this this ONE drawer, plus 2 big palettes (the Shu Uemura Neutral palette and some Burberry and RBR depots that are in a Z palette) that are too wide to fit sideways. Granted, this one drawer is a little more closely packed than either of the 2 drawers were before...but I still think that's pretty darn good!! You can see how it's organized below...

Update On The Big Purge - gummyvision.com

Update On The Big Purge - gummyvision.com

I'm really excited :-)  Ideally I'd like to keep my stash around the same size (or smaller?!!!), so I'm hoping to stay ruthless and purge on a very regular basis. 

If you are interested in some other reads, here are some ladies that are also on a big purge and declutter:

Beauty Obsessed, you can catch up with her purge pics on Instagram HERE

Beaumiroir, you can read about her latest throwaways HERE

A Simple Hedonist, previously Maggie's Makeup

Have you purged anything lately? Or do you consider yourself more of a collector?Β 

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Mini Review: RMS Skin2Skin Foundation Brush & Skin2Skin Blush Brush

***Products purchased by me. Non-affiliate links included.***

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On Instagram, I posted the picture above of the new RMS brushes.  The swirly one on the left is the RMS Skin2Skin Foundation Brush $38, and the one on the right is the RMS Skin2Skin Cheek Brush $34 (made to be used with their Lip2Cheek pots).

The foundation brush has the swirly pattern with varying lengths of bristles, and is more dense on the bottom than the top. All this is supposed to mimic 'pressing color into the skin rather than laying on top of the face'. This brush is way too dense, which wouldn't be bad except that the bristles are also shorter which means that overall the bristles don't have much give and aren't gentle on the skin. I'd almost go so far as to say it's verging on hard? Not having much give also means that I find it very difficult to blend product out evenly (though it worked a little better with stick foundation than liquid). I guess mainly I don't feel this brush has much finesse, and is quite far from what the RMS site says it's supposed to do and the type of application it's supposed to mimic. 

However, I am quite loving the Skin2Skin Cheek Brush!!! I guess this is a stippling brush, though the end bristles (the ones that stick out from the main part of the brush) are much softer than the 2 Sephora stippling brushes I've tried. The description says the brush won't disturb foundation while applying the Lip2Cheek product, and I certainly found that to be true!! I've used it with the one RMS Lip2Cheek I have as well as the Le Metier Creme Fresh Tint and application is quicker than using my fingers and blends almost as well (every once in awhile I blend some edges with my fingers). Definite thumbs up on this brush :-) 

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