ramblings: fast, functional, and fictitious, or what I can’t quite overlook in minimalist makeup campaigns

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‘ramblings’ are exactly what they sound like. Just thoughts that can’t quite be shaken from my mind, spilled onto this page. 

I thought about starting this post with a reference to how minimalist makeup has seemed to suddenly taken the world by storm, but I quickly realized this would be inaccurate.

Minimalist makeup brands have been dominating the cosmetic scene for quite some time now. No surprise, their surge in popularity runs parallel to the niche it serves, the modern working individual: Independent, focused, efficiency-prioritizing, and results-oriented. Brands like Glossier and Milk Makeup have come forth with some of the most innovative makeup products and packaging that I’ve ever seen, catering toward those who don’t quite jive with the brash glamour of brands like Too Faced and Urban Decay nor want to become habitual luxury beauty devotees.

Let’s take a closer look at minimalist makeup (a blanket term I use to refer to this niche) for those unfamiliar with it. One word immediately comes to mind when attempting to categorize these brands: simplicity. Say goodbye to the bright purple gemstones atop your eyeshadow primer (@ Urban Decay) or the three-dimensional gothic typeface gracing your contour palette (@ Kat Von D). Packaging is sleek and pure, relying on neutral colors like white, black, and transparent. The usage of the products themselves screams candor; most advertise “one swipe and you’re done!” application.

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A lineup of Glossier balm dotcom tubes. Photo credits to Instagram/@glossier.

What an idealistic dream; but the fact that this remains a dream and not a reality for myself and many other individuals is where I take slight issue. For the vast majority of advertising campaigns in this niche, diversity of skin issues is simply not present. Read: It’s not going to help me if you demonstrate your product used on a model with an already flawless complexion.

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these makeup products will never, ever leave my bag

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These little concealers pack a powerful punch. Photo credits to Instagram/@sephora.

Until they expire. Or I run out. And I go buy a new one.

Unfortunately for my car mileage and my wallet, nothing gets me more excited than a trip to Sephora to scout out the newest in makeup and skincare. I make it a point to keep up with the latest launches in the beauty world, but no cosmetic cultist would be caught dead without a lineup of their own tried-and-true staples.

Just as a face needs a strong foundation to build upon (oh, and make it lightweight, dewy but not *too* dewy, mattifying around the T-zone, long-wearing, and cruelty-free, please), this post serves as the foundation to all future beauty posts to come. Each item in this list is like the friend you call at 4 am with a life crisis: hand them a mess and they’ll magically sort it out.

Check out my all-time faves below. I would absolutely recommend these products for anyone; they’re accessible to all skin tones and types.

Anastasia Beverley Hills DIPBROW Pomade (with brush #12)

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Anastasia Beverley Hills DIPBROW pomade in Dark Brown, pictured with brush #12.

This pomade is powerful enough for even the most unruly of hairs but provides subtlety in its color that makes it easy to take pencil-thin brows (hello early 2000s) to an entirely different level.

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review: I caved and bought a Moon Dust

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Beauty Dust. Photo credits to Instagram/@moonjuiceshop.

I’d like to meet the person who says they’re immune to impulse buys. I’d like to ask them how they manage to hold themselves steadfast in the face of sparkling checkout-counter goodies. How they’re not drawn in moth-to-flame by the newest Lululemon window display. How they manage to ignore the ads lining their Facebook timelines, which we all know are specifically tailored to your previous searches (creepy, but also kind of convenient).

Seriously though, from the packs of gourmet gum at Target to the travel-sized bottled rip-offs at Sephora, I’m no stranger to the guilty habit of chucking just *one* last item into my basket before calling my shopping trip a day. That’s why I knew the extravagant display of Moon Dusts set up at the grocery store right across the street from my gym this Summer spelled serious trouble.

Each day I hit up the market after my gym sesh. And each day I spent just one meager extra minute examining the little glass jars like they actually were from the moon. With ingredient lists boasting some of the most interesting and powerful herbs and adaptogens in the wellness community (ashwaganda root, pearl extract, Lion’s Mane mushroom, schisandra berry, and maca were some highlights), I knew I was a goner.

Moon dusts, created by the company Moon Juice and popularized by celebrities like maca-matron Gwenyth Paltrow, are aesthetically pleasing little jars of herbal concoctions aimed at targeting a specific area of health to improve. The company offers six varieties: Power Dust, Spirit Dust, Beauty Dust, Sex Dust, Dream Dust, and Brain Dust complete the collection.

The company recommends “getting dusted” by adding the blends into coffee, milk, water, smoothies, hot cocoa, and even ice cream.

I left the market that day with a little less pride in whatever pseudo-frugality I thought I had as well as two sachets and a full jar of dust. The damage? $44 ($6 for the two single-use sachets and $38 for the 1.5 oz jar. Reminder: this is a no-judgement zone).

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