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A Palette & A Partner – Week 23

Hey Guys,

I am trying my best to get back to business. As some of you know, I was affected by Hurricane Harvey and lost my home and car. I am staying with my parents and working on relocating to a new apartment close by. I will be writing about my experience soon, but unfortunately, I have been with Internet service until yesterday. I have not had the connection to blog or write unless I tote all my equipment to my local Starbucks where, of course, every other blogger in the Houston area is posted up trying to get work done. I promise I will be posting about my experience, my new setup, and my new part-time job very soon.

So, for this week, I have again changed the way I am selecting my palettes. I am going with 4 palettes a week, based out of five categories (High-End, Small High-End, Large Palette, Luxury, Affordable/Drugstore). This week’s selection comes from the Large category (Galaxy Chic), High-End (Laura Mercier Eye-Artist), Small High-End (Cat-Eyes) & Affordable/Drugstore (Olympus Palette). Next week, one of these categories will rotate out and a Luxury Palette will rotate in. I have ALL of my products listed in word documents, including foundations, other eye products, blushes/highlighters, and lip products. What I have decided to do is utilize a website called http://www.wheeldecide.com to randomly select which palettes to use each week. The website allows you to input up to 100 items for free and “spin the wheel” to see which one is selected!!! Nifty idea and great for me. If the website picks a palette I’ve already used, I’ll just spin again. Look forward to a makeup look this week featuring these palettes. I hope everyone has a beautiful week. Be Bold. Be Brave. Be Bougie!

Week 23 Group 
BH Cosmetics – Galaxy Chic

Krisanna Ann Cosmetics – Olympus Palette

Laura Mercier – Eye Artist Palette

Too Faced Cosmetics – Cat Eyes Palette

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A Palette & A Partner – Week 22

Ok guys, I am back at it. I am settled in at my temporary home/location. Look for a post about my Hurricane Harvey experience but in the mean time, I want to get back to my palette rotation. I hope everyone is well and look for a Makeup of the Day look this week. Love & Makeup – Bougie Brie

~Week 22 Group~

~Lorac Unzipped~
~Juvia’s Place – The Saharian~
~Rainforest of the Sea Volume II~

~Morphe 25 A – Copper Spice~

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A Palette & A Partner – Week 21

This week’s group is a little colorful with one palette holding down the classic neutrals position. Over the last twenty-one weeks, I have made adjustments to the weekly palette rotation and I thought I create a system that was usual for me and where palettes would be utilized in a more expeditious and consistent manner. But here’s the thing. I have over 355 palettes and this number is calculated after two rather difficult declutters. I decluttered eyeshadow palettes, lip products. foundations, etc. Becuase I am constantly picking up palettes, the number of unused palettes continues to grow. So new plan!!!! Every month I will choose two palettes to use the entire month and along with those two palettes I will add another 3 as a part of  Weekly Palette Rotations. I am almost finished reading Marie Kondo’s book and I am looking forward to ridding myself of unnecessary things.

Week 21 Rotation!! We have a repeat offender….Syli Style, which didn’t get used last week.
OFRA – Rodeo Drive & Essence Satin Touch – Satin Love
Style Styli – Rainbow Riot
Viseart – Boheme Dream
Wet n Wild – Petal Pusher

Marc Jacobs – Style Icon No. 7 (The Lolita)

NARS – Velvet Matte, Make Up For Ever – Foundation Stick & It Cosmetics – CC Cream in Tan

Essence XXXL Shine Lip Gloss – Big Night Out
Colourpop Ultra Glossy Lip – Wolfie
Colourpop Ultra Glossy Lip – ?
NK Makeup Aqua Lip Color – Gold
NYX  Mega Shine Lip Gloss – Frosted Beige
Wet n Wild Megalast Liquid Lip Color – I Can Bare It

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A Palette & A Partner – Week 20

Last week I mentioned that I was doing a little initial decluttering and getting rid of things in my home, including makeup products, as a precursor to the Kon Mari Method because I am reading “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” by Marie Kondo. This was inspired from many sources, one of which is Kimberly Clark (Click HERE), my two besties Lindsay and Desiree, and an inner desire to declutter my life & my environment. An initial sweep of my makeup collection produced 25 eyeshadow palettes, 6 foundations, and 1 highlighting palette. I figured that if I decluttered my entire house and got rid of things I knew I didn’t want/wasn’t going to use/didn’t really need/could benefit someone else, then that would ease the confusion of what to keep while engaging in the Kon Mari Method. I hope that makes sense. Well, because I got rid of some foundations and eyeshadow, I rediscovered some foundation I love and some eyeshadow palettes that I have not even touched. All of this week’s palettes are new/unused, with the exception of the Lorac Unzipped Gold, which I purchased off of Poshmark and has most definitely been sanitized. Foundations that are being rediscovered and loved again this week come from NARS, Make Up For Ever, and Estee Lauder. The Ultra HD from Make Up For Ever is a tad dark, but I can lighten it up or correct it with powder. My favorite Double Wear by Estee Lauder needs to be used because, well, it’s lonely and NARS Velvet Matte was the first foundation I bought when I found my way back to makeup! Look for the “Makeup of the Day” post for a stunning eye look and flawless foundation!

Week 20 Rotation! 
Rediscovering some FAV’s
Make Up For Ever Ultra HD
Nars Velvet Matte
Estee Lauder Double Wear

Huda Beauty – Textured Shadows Palette in Rose Gold

Lorac Unzipped Gold

Tarte – Tartelette

Styli Style – Rainbow Riot

Makeup Atillier – Amazon

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A Palette & A Partner – Week 19

As much as I try to rotate through my beauty collection, it seems that it’s pointless if I don’t begin to seriously pair down my collection, declutter, and start selling & giving things away. I come home to packages every day and it’s just too much stuff. So, look for an upcoming post on my “Kon Mari Journey” which was inspired by anti-consumerist Kimberly Clark  (click HERE to follow her  Instagram and learn more!). I have already begun to read The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying Up, and I know this is going to be an interesting journey for me. This week’s group is composed of two unused palettes, one palette that I have already used and two unused cheek & face products!

Week 19 Group!

Urban Decay – Naked Palette

Urban Decay – Naked Smoky Palette

Ciate London – Pretty, Fun, & Fearless Palette
(Collaboration with Chloe Morello)

Styli Style – Lust for Blush
Vintage – By Jessica Liebeskind

Cover Girl – Vitalist Healthy Elixir &
Tarte Hybrid Gel Foundation

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A Palette & A Partner – Week 17

This weekend I had a really amazing conversation with one of my closest friends, Lindsay. I was telling her about my new ideas for palette rotation and she lovingly mentioned to me that the more I buy, the more complicated the rotations are going to get, which is true. I am not saying that I am going on a #nobuy, but I am going to seriously concentrate my efforts on using and enjoying the products I have, continually declutter things I do not want or need, and reduce my monthly spending on my beauty and skin care items. When you have a backup box, then you might have a problem. Thanks and much love to my friends Lindsay & Desiree for looking out for your gurl

Week 17’s Group!! 
L.A.Girl Pro Coverage in White
Lorac PoreFection Foundation in Tan
Make Up For Ever HD Foundation

Make Up For Ever Profusion Highlighter #2
Tarte Blush in Sweet

Morphe X Kathleen Lights Palette

Buxom – Dolly’s Wide Side

NYX Cosmetics – California Palette

OFRA Cosmetics – Radiant Lights Palette

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A Palette & A Partner – Week 16

Hey, my makeup enthusiasts! I hope that your start to the new week is fantastic! If you have been following my A Palette & A Partner series you know that the purpose of this weekly featured post initially was to begin rotating through a rather extensive palette collection. Ideally, I take approximately 4 palettes with different yet complimentary color selections to utilize for a full 7 day period. I pick out the palettes on Sunday night and use my inventory spreadsheets, complete with name, brand, category (luxury, high-end, affordable, etc.) and date purchased, to select the palettes for the week. I also pick out blush, bronzer/contour, highlighter, lip products and 2 foundations, which may stay in the rotation for up to 3 weeks depending on the circumstances and the amount of product usage.

Now entering week 16, I am about 1/4 – 1/3 way through my eyeshadow collection. I know, it’s a ridiculous amount, but once you get over that and realize the effort I am making to really take advantage of my collection, you’ll be in the bleachers cheering me on! Moving forward I am going to be making adjustments to the rotation. For the entirety of this process, I have been working through my collection backward, meaning that have been rotating my eyeshadow palettes based on the purchase date, not current trend relevance. All my high-end, luxury, large palettes, and the majority of my affordable palettes are labeled from the date of purchase. I have been working through my palettes from oldest to newest, rotating categories and brands. Starting new week, I will be rotating in 2 of the oldest unused palettes, 1 newer palette based on trends and relevance,   and 1 palette that has already been through a previous rotation. I will continue to rotate through highlighters and blushes, starting from oldest purchased to newest and I will continue to rotate in two foundations. Due to the last two foundation rotations, I have already decluttered two high-end foundations that I will never be purchasing again. I kept trying to make them work, and I just couldn’t and that’s ok! If you have seen YouTube videos where beauty gurus “shop their stash” then you will understand this similar concept. Eventually, I will begin to rotate in single shadows, cream shadows, shadow sticks, eyeliners, and groups of magnetic palettes with single brands.

I hope that this makes sense to you guys and that I am explaining this clearly. Well, check out this week’s group! Have a great makeup week!

Week 16 Group!

Estee Lauder Double Wear (3N2) &
Too Faced Born This Way (Golden)

Rotating into this week’s group for the second time,
Lorac Pro 1

Sonia Kashuk – Eyes on Neautral 02 (Matte) &
Sonia Kashuk – Eyes on Neautral Shimmer 03

Makeup For Ever – Artist Palette 9 Volume II

Natasha Denone – Blue/Purple Palette 28 pan


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A Palette & A Partner – Week 13

Welcome Back Ladies & Gentlemen!! It’s a new week, which means that I have shopped my stash and gathered this week’s rotation. In the beginning, A Palette & A Partner was an effort to cycle through my palette collection in an effective way so that all of my palette products would receive equal attention, love & usage in a timely manner. I have more palettes than anyone person needs, but I am determined to attempt to use them all. I have made some rules in order to weed out palettes that I really do not want, use, or are not appropriate for me in one way or another. Every palette will receive an initial rotation, in they are not used in the initial rotation, they will receive an additional week with the next group. If I still do not use, enjoy, or find the palette necessary, they will most likely be donated to The Mission of Yahweh here in Houston TX. When I first started the palette rotation, it included 4-5 palettes. one blush, and one highlighter. Last week, I started including bronzers/contour palettes and THIS week I have increased the group by including foundations and liquid lipsticks, lip glosses, and other lip products. I got this idea by watching a “Shop My Stash” video. It never occurred to me to include other products, because they are not as excessive as my eyeshadow palette. Don’t get me wrong, it’s all excessive. I am aware….completely! Took a look at this week’s new group!

Week 13’s Group!
It Cosmetics – CC Plus Cream, Wet n Wild – Photo Focus,
Kat Von D – Lock It Foundation
Bellapierre – Kiss Proof Lip Creme, Lip Shine – Glory, NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss – Frosted Beige
KiKi Moisturizing Gloss, Wet n Wild  Megalast Liquid Lip Color – I Can’t Bare It
BH Cosmetics Illumnate By Ashley Tisdale – Skinny Dipping, NYX Butter Gloss – Madeline
Colourpop – Super Shock Cheek in Quarters
Sephora – Illuminate Palette
Ulta – Contour Kit
Natasha Denona – Palette 5 #9
Viseart – 01 Neutral Palette
Beauty Creations – Twilight Palette
BH Cosmetics – Neutral Eyes Palette
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A Palette & A Partner – Week 15

Hi, Guys & Gals! I am so excited that I am stepping into week 15 of this series and I am really getting a decent amount of use out of my products. I am even more encouraged because I have introduced lip products and foundations into the weekly rotation. That small adjustment has lead to the decluttering of two foundations already. That’s super important because now I can sanitize those foundations and donate them to women who are in need, so that’s an amazing result of this rotation effort.

So, let’s  get something out of the way. I need to address a palette that is in this week’s rotation. The Beauty Killer by Jeffree Star Cosmetics. I do not support this company nor endorse any of the owner’s behavior. As a person of color, I think it is important to stand strong against oppression and the degradation of minority groups, even if the person who is inflicting hate is marginalized themselves. I purchased this palette before I knew anything about Mr. Star and I am confident in my research that he is not someone I feel comfortable giving my hard earned coins to, however, I have the palette now, and I am going to use it. I am going to rock these colors on my beautiful brown face because I can and because nothing should impede me from expressing myself. Returning the palette would actually give him the victory. Have you ever been in a room with someone who dislikes you? Don’t ever leave the room….strut into that room with your head up and chest out and own that piece. That’s what I am going to do….

Week 15 Rotation!!
Urban Decay – All Nighter (7.0) &
Tarte – Rainforest of the Sea (Tan Sand)
Jeffree Star Cosmetics – Beauty Killer
BH Cosmetics – Studio Pro Palette
Persona – Identity Palette
Natasha Denona – Palette 5 #4