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How Much is Too Much?

Happy Holidays :) I hope everyone had a great Christmas day yesterday!
There's a snow storm in New York today, so I am staying snug at home.

I was trying to put a book and my computer on my desk today and realized that my desk, well.. not only my desk but my entire room, was overtaken by makeup and beauty products. I'm not the most organized person to start with, so I do realized that there's other stuff going on on my desk, but everything is somehow related to beauty or youtubing.
Being a beauty guru (whatever that means :/) on youtube for a year and a half has surely made my makeup inventory explode to a point where it feels a bit overwhelming. I asked myself out loud "Geez, what the hell.. How much is TOO MUCH?! I have too much of everything!!"

I do have to admit that I love collecting makeup since it's pretty to look at and it gives me a weird satisfying feeling of possessing pretty things I like and others envy. I remember before I started youtubing, I had a modest amount of makeup. I had a bit of everything and never really felt the need to collect every slightly different shade of baby pink possible in the world (not to offend those that are really into it, since I too am still really into it, but back in the day pink was pink and one or two lippies were enough for me).
But I guess it is the weird psychological trap I fell into and felt like I HAD to have so many things to complete me. I never realized how much stuff I had until today while I was trying to make some wiggle room on my desk. Everything, everywhere is jam packed with makeup - and the pictures are only the tip of the iceberg.

((warning it's messy because I can't even attempt to clean things out - I am saving the cleaning part for the end of the year or first thing next year :))

Nail polishes.. My biggest failure.
Most of them are only swatched once or never used. I was ambitious about becoming a "nail-girl" and never followed through. They've been sitting patiently waiting to be used.. :/

Mascaras, BB creams, brushes, a hidden box of not-my-favorite-lipsticks, liners, creams, hand lotion, lipglosses and random stuff I throw in to clear my desk off. :(

Ekk!! Messy :/

Even in my drawer.. random things thrown in when I'm busy and not really thinking of where to put things. I guess these are my elite products. They are the most frequently used products.

Another drawer filled with things thrown in and not really utilized properly.

anther drawer being abused :/

skin stuff

another randomly-throwing-things-in-drawer. (I even have halloween makeup! what?! LOL)

Palettes and stuff not touched for months and new backups and unopeneds waiting to be used :/

another freakin drawer filling up with randoms.

I took the pictures to figure things out and how I am going to try to reduce the volume of my products. I guess I wanted to share some thoughts of how I'm starting to open my eyes to reality and realizing that I don't really need a sephora store in my room to get me made up. Even with making videos - I don't use my entire inventory to make videos. It's rather the opposite. I use a very limited amount of products (and I tend to use my favorites over and over again) and most of the products I have stored have never even been used in my videos.

It's useless to scorn and say "Oh Catalina, you're so wasteful. Why buy all the stuff if you're not going to use it blah blah?!", I know. I already addressed it so I'm going to start to try to reduce things. I'm not going to give away stuff because the majority of the stuff I have are things I bought with my own money (if I want to get rid of things I got for free, I will gladly give those away for free). Once I am done sorting things out I am going to do a blog sale and try to price things in an affordable manner, but that will be about it. A lot of things are going to be tossed and sold, but I am really looking forward to a more minimized, less cluttered life where makeup doesn't dominate a lot of my living space.

I guess I'm starting to realize that more isn't always better. I feel like I am becoming my mother (who is an extreme minimalist :p), and having too many things is actually starting to work against me. We will see how things turn out, but today I just wanted to share my enlightenment with you all :p

Have a great weekend and if you're in a snowy area - please take care if you have to go out!

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Cosmetics from Korea - StyleNanda

Hi All,
Sorry I was away (again!). I just finished my jlpt N1 yesterday (I know, I took it again because they changed the test format and how they grade the applicants. I had to since a lot of companies are already asking for N levels, and not the Levels used in the old system). But for the moment, I am done and I wanted to make a post on some stuff I recently got from Korea.

I usually decline any samples or freebies from companies nowadays because I feel overwhelmed with my very little free time, and I hate to see cosmetics piling up without being used after a review. But this one I didn't want to turn down. It's because it's from a site I would always look at when I had time last year. It's style nanda!! :) yay!! (Oh, and I am not getting paid to do this review. I was just asked to try out the makeup and that is all).
It's one of the biggest online shopping malls in Korea, and the "Nanda Unnies (the models)" always portrayed awesome personas and edgy charisma.

It's good to hear that style nanda has expanded to America. If you are tired with yes style or other websites that import Asian styled clothes, you should check out Style Nanda (It kind of translates to "it's Stylish").

Anyway, here's the address :

So, let's go into the review.
I picked out three from their 3 Concept Eyes series.

The first one is the highlight beam.
It's for both face and body, and it has a pink tint to it. There's barely any scent to it and when you smooth it out it does leaves a lot of shine to your skin.
The only thing is, it's quite hard to evenly spread it out, and it's quite hard to get it off.

See how the shine is there :p
So, if you decided to go for the product, please use small amounts since it's quite effective.

The next one is the 3 Concept Eyes in Shoo Black.
It contains a mirror and three colors (beige, metallic gray and charcoal).
I like how pigmented the colors are. I thought it was going to be lame and dusty, but the colors are actually very pigmented.

Arg, I messed up on my swatch.

Here's a swatch from Style Nanda's site.
It's exactly like the swatches. The dark colors are very intensive +_+ and I like!!
Last but not least, is the most popular lipstick from their site - 106 Honey Pink
It's a baby pink color.
When I first saw it I thought it was going to be dry and harsh, but it is amazingly creamy and moisturizing on the lips.
The color itself looks thick, but trust me - it really isn't. I was pleasantly surprised at how it was soft and creamy.

Below are swatches on my lips (bare - half - full)

Overall, I was very pleased with the overall quality of the items (especially the shadows and the lipstick). I guess I have some sort of prejudice of startup brands, but the 3 Concept Eyes series really pleased me. :)
I am planning to do a look that was inspired by the nanda girls (super chic :p) soon, so I'll keep you guys posted on the makeup.


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