Bareminerals Mystery Box Summary

It’s 3 AM and I should be sleeping, but I’m not at all sleepy because a few days ago I had a weird bout of hiccups that lasted on and off from about 11 am one day to 4 am the next, which was of course fantastic for my sleep schedule.

Every so often Bareminerals releases heavily discounted “mystery boxes” to clear out items that have been discontinued/repackaged/etc. This one was $40 with free shipping and was supposed to have a value of $235. More importantly, it happened to pop up when I had already lazily been contemplating an order so I could pick up my “free” birthday eyeliner (it’s totally free if you go to one of their boutiques).

Anyway, I’ve never bought one of these before, but between the birthday add-on and a 15% off code I figured I’d take the risk. I haven’t tried anything yet because I recently (like, about 30 hours ago) did a TCA CROSS on myself so my face is slathered in antibacterial ointment and/or ensconced in a sun mask (yes, I own that. No, I do not wear it outside). So this is really just an order summary. Anyway.

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Why this, why now?

Things I like:

  • finding good deals and calculating value-vs-MSRP for different theoretical purchases that I never make (and for ones that I do)
  • talking about beauty products I’ve tried
  • complaining about pseudoscience in beauty marketing
  • trying new products
  • replacing things I don’t love with things I do love
  • playing with my own appearance

I never know where to share any of this (Reddit? Hijack a popular blog’s recent post’s comment section?), so…now all of it will be dumped here.

As for why now (summer 2016), I’m holed up at my parents’ house for the next 6 weeks studying for a major exam, and I’m using the time away from other people to experiment with my appearance/beauty routine, which I want to document. Also, reading/writing/thinking about all of this is a nice break from studying.