New Vanity

I have wanted a vanity for quite some time. I did a lot of looking online & had seen the Malm vanity in several youtube videos & knew that was what I wanted. Sunday I finally talked my husband in to taking a trip to Ikea. After wandering around we found it & I was 100% sold. I also wanted to pick up lights & a wall mirror for the vanity while we were there. They had a set up in the show room that used the Basisk wall lamps for the vanity lighting. They are fully positionable, similar to a desk light, so they were exactly what I was looking for. We also picked up a Nils stool with a cute little black & white cover, a Kolja mirror & some awesome plastic drawer dividers. When we got home I immediately put the hubs to work haha. We put everything together & then he installed the mirror & lights. I was able to move all my thing in by the end of the night. Here is the end result:

The only thing I was missing was a lighted oval mirror so I went to Ulta today to pick that up. I also got a couple of additional baskets for the back of the drawers from Dollar Tree.

I am so excited about this set up. I just want to sit & stare it it haha. I used it this morning when I was getting ready from work & it was amazing. I can’t believe that I have gone so long without a vanity. It felt to luxurious to just sit in a pretty, well-lit area surrounded by my cosmetic collection. I love it! 🙂

Here is a shopping list if you are interested in recreating this look:

Ikea

MALM Vanity $129

NILS Stool $34.99

Black/White Cover $15

ANTONIUS Basket Inserts $3 each

KOLJA Mirror $14.99

BASISK Wall Lamps $14.99 each

Target

Caboodle Cosmetic Counter Tray$14.99

Sterilite Mini 3-Drawer $8.99 each

Dollar Tree

3 pack Skinny Trays $1

3 pack Square Trays $1

Ulta

Conair Double-Sided Oval Mirror $39.99

Total: $275

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Coral/Peach Blush Pics

I am currently obsessed with all things coral & peach so I have acquired quite a few blushes in this color palette. Here are pics of my current stash (Brand & color will be listed under each photo with clickable links to each item):

Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips — Natural Glow

Maybelline Fit Me — Sweet Melon

ELF Natural Radiance Blusher — Glow

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Grinding Blush — Menage A Trois

Hard Candy Blush Crush Baked Blush — Honeymoon

Milani Baked Blush — Corallina

Ulta Cheek — Afterglow

Urban Decay Powder Blush — Score

Too Faced Full Bloom Ultra Flush Powder Blush — Who’s Your Poppy?

NARS — Orgasm

Tarte Amazonian Clay Long-Wear Blush — Glisten (Limited Edition)

MAC Surf Baby Cheek Powder — My Paradise (Limited Edition)

Here are swatches of some of the products listed above!

(1) Tarte Cheek Stain Glam (2) NARS Orgasm (3) Ulta Afterglow(4) Urban Decay Score (5) Tarte Glisten

(6) MAC My Paradise (7) Milani Corallina (8) NYX Menage A Trios (9) ELF Afterglow (10) Too Faced Who’s Your Poppy?

Cheek Stains

Tarte Natural Cheek Stain — Glam (Limited Edition)

Benefit — Cha Cha Tint

Pressing pigments!

I looked up info on how to press pigments a little while back, but never went through with it. The subject came up again this weekend in my makeup group via this awesome post over at Peace, Love & Makeup. I was instantly inspired to press my MAC Summer Stash crushed metallic pigment stack from the Surf Baby collection. I adore this pigment stack, but it is so hard to work with so I rarely use it. I hit up youtube immediately to look for a tutorial I had come across previously about pressing MAC pigments:

I am an instant gratification kind of girl so even though I had no supplies I decided to make it happen. Luckily, I had just purchased 91% isobutyl alcohol for sanitizing my makeup (I will be making a separate post about that also) & I had one ELF shadow single from the Custom Elements collection. I busted up the eyeshadow & trashed it so that I could use the pan. It was only $1 anyway, so what the hell! I decided to go for the darkest pigment in the stack first since I use it the least. I followed the video posted above & added drops of alcohol until I achieved the desired consistency. I let the pigment sit for about an hour to an hour and a half, then I did a finger swatch when it looked dry to test it:

Everything looked as it should, so I continued following the video by placing the shadow pan under a cloth napkin & placing two quarters on top. I then placed a heavy ceramic cookie jar on top of my set up & went to bed. I awoke this morning to find a lovely pressed pigment!

I then decided that I had to do the rest of the stack immediately, but again, no supplies. Fortunately, the Target right around the corner has recently started carrying ELF products. I ran out and purchase 3 more shadow singles & the ELF Elements 4-pan magnetic palette. When I got home I repeated the process for the remaining colors in my pigment stack.

I am so excited to use these pressed shadows. It was like shopping in your own stash. As I mentioned earlier, I feel that I will get much more use out of this stack now that it has been pressed. Personally, I am more comfortable with using pressed shadows so this was a great solution. I have already ordered supplies to press the rest of my loose pigments. This was really a fun little project for a makeup lover like myself. I think I may have found a new hobby. Here is the finished product, my very own custom MAC Summer Stash pressed palette, yay!

Welcome & Like a Rockett Giveaway!

Welcome to Cosmetic Compulsion! I have been wanting to put together a blog chronicling my makeup addiction for quite some time, so why not now? I am going to kick off this first post with a link to a giveaway going on over at Like a Rockett. She has a great little stash up for grabs so be sure to check it out for the instruction on how to participate! I will most certainly be entering myself 🙂

Look out for more posts coming soon. I plan to post pics & maybe some reviews of a lot of the items that I currently have in my collection so be sure to stop back by!