31 Jan 2018

January 2018 Empties!

I had a lot of empties this month alone, partially aided by a declutter of my collection. However,
the only “decluttered” things that I included in this post are some mascaras, as they had gone
off and that’s when I consider a mascara to be “empty”.



Keep reading to see what I thought of each product, and if I would consider repurchasing or
already have!


Sephora Collection Pomegranate Cleansing Wipes: I also emptied a pack of the Sephora
Collection Rose Cleansing Wipes but I forgot to keep the packaging! I really like these wipes
and have already repurchased them in the Yuzu and Coconut scents. These are good ‘standard’
face wipes with a variety of scents to choose from- my favourite so far have been the Rose.
They take makeup off fairly well, but I do sometimes find myself needing to go in with a single
cotton round and micellar water to get some of the remnants of my brows, mascara, and
liquid lipstick. My favourite way to use these is to work a cleansing balm like Farmacy Green
Clean or the Boscia Charcoal Makeup Melter into my skin with my fingers, and wipe the
messiness of oil and makeup off my face with one of these wipes.

Sephora Collection Sleeping Mask in Avocado: I adore these sleeping masks from Sephora
Collection, and I think I may have found a new favourite in Avocado! It’s less slippery-feeling
than the other sleeping masks that I’ve tried from Sephora Collection- it feels like a creamy gel,
if that makes any sense at all. I got about five uses out of this pod and I feel that it really did
make a difference in my skin! It was very hydrating, smoothing and nourishing. I will definitely
pick another one of these up once I get through a bit of my current mask backlog.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream: This was a mini size but it still did take me a long time
to get through. This is the third repurchase of this product that I’ve made, and I probably will go
back to it once I’m finished with other moisturizers because my skin looks great when I use this
consistently. It has a light baby powder scent, and while it can feel a bit heavy in the summer, it’s
a perfect night moisturizer in the wintertime. I’m really feeling the pull to go back to my Body
Shop skincare routine, because my skin just hasn’t been the same since I started introducing
products from other brands.

Boscia Sake Treatment Water: This was just okay, it worked like any other toner and I really didn’t
see any effect on my skin. I wouldn’t purchase it again. This was one of my project pan items
though, so I’m glad I used the last dregs of it all up!


Now for the makeup!

L’Oreal Brow Stylist Plumper in Med/Dark Brown: This product served me well over the time
I used it- the writing is all rubbed off the tube! There’s still some product in there, but I can’t
remember when I bought this and it started smelling a little off last time I opened it so it’s time for
it to go. It’s a tinted brow gel with some fibers in it and a tiny spoolie, but for me, I found it wasn’t
enough to create a put-together brow on its own. It was, however, very effective when used to
set my brow pencil or pomade. Alas, I won’t be repurchasing, but only because I’ve
found something that I enjoy more for a cheaper price!

NARS Audacious Mascara in Black Moon: No. Just no. I kept this in my work locker at the
retirement home for when I didn’t have time to put on makeup at 6 in the morning before my
shift, and that was the only reason I used it. The wand on this mascara is so insanely spikey and
the bristles are so far apart that it actually makes this mascara painful to use. On top of that, it
basically does nothing for your lashes except for group them into weird, distinct groups. Like
it separates them halfway and coats them with a half-hearted black liquid. No.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Excessive Lash Mascara: Is this a joke? I got a MUFE 500 pt perk mainly
because this mascara was in it- it’s one of my favourite mascaras ever. But this tube was the size
of my pinky finger, there was maybe 2 uses’ worth of product in that tube, and instead of the
normal wand that the Excessive Lash mascara has, there was a weird, round, eyebrow-spoolie-ish
thing in its place. Disappointment.

Essence THE FALSE LASHES Dramatic Volume Unlimited Mascara: I can’t remember how I felt
about this mascara other than that it definitely didn’t wow me. I don’t think I necessarily gave it a fair
shot, but I lost my tube of my favourite essence mascara and grabbed this one because my fave
was out of stock. I think I used it a few times and it either smudged or flaked on me, I can’t
remember which.

Givenchy Phenomen’eyes Mascara: This was an old favourite of mine, so I jumped at the chance
to pick up a deluxe sized sample. Unfortunately, whenever I used this tube, it made me look like I
had three jacked eyelashes. Not cute, wouldn’t repurchase or seek out another sample of this.

First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer: I picked this up as
an 100 point perk and I really loved it! I grabbed another perk of it before it went out of stock and
I’m currently working through that tube. Out of the hydrating primers I have, this is one of my
favourites because of the way it sinks into the skin instead of just drying down on top of it. I
don’t find it makes my makeup last longer but it definitely makes fuller-coverage foundations go
on smoother. It also looks great with no foundation at all, or under powder, to add a subtle glow
and healthy look to the skin.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow in Medium Brown: I loved the crap out of this, so much that
I revived it several times with maracuja oil until it finally bit the dust after two years of
near-everyday use. It was getting so clumpy and smelled like play-doh, so I knew I had to chuck it.
I’ve already bought a new one. Seriously, if you’re willing to tackle the learning curve that comes
with a very pigmented brow pomade, I cannot recommend this enough. It’s the most cost-effective
brow product on the market. I got two years of solid use out of this, so think 12 dollars a year as
opposed to replacing a brow pencil every 3-4 months. You can’t beat it!

Wet N Wild Coverall Cream Foundation in 815 Fair: I think this is the fourth tube I’ve gone
through. This used to be my HG foundation, and while I still love it, I’ve moved to other foundations
lately. Still, this is my go-to for mixing with other products, such as luminous primers or sunscreen or
moisturizer. Nothing will ever beat it for that. I guess it still remains my failsafe foundation in that I
know all its tips and tricks, and it’ll never take me by surprise in anything it does. Plus the squeezy
tube packaging is unbeatable for travel. I currently have another tube open of this foundation, plus
one last backup in my drawer.

Sorry for the word-heavy post, but thank you for reading! Have you tried any of these products,
or been through any tough-to-pan products lately? Let me know in the comments below!

24 Jan 2018

December '17- January '18 Favourites!

I think out of all the things I had missed blogging about, I missed doing my monthly favourites
posts the most. I love looking back and reflecting on what products I was impressed by,
loved using, and kept reaching for again and again. So today’s post is going to be about
my favourite products from the last two months! December sort of bleeds into January in
my memory, so I’ll be talking about my favourites from “the past little while”, not strictly a
month back.



Hold tight, this is gonna be a long one, folks.

The first products I just have to mention are a recent launch by Sephora Collection! I’m talking
about their Lipstories lipsticks!



I have the shades (L-R) Desert Trip, Twolips, Ice Breaker, Labyrinth City, and Trippin.

From the second I saw the teaser pics for this launch, I knew I needed to own at least one of
these lipsticks, if only for the packaging. I picked up the shade Twolips and ended up falling
head over heels for the formula. The #matte finish glides across the lips with full pigmentation,
isn’t drying but isn’t extremely creamy either- it doesn’t even need a lip liner, in my opinion!
The staying power is commendable, too- the #matte shades leave more of a stain, while the
#cream shades just stay on the lips for a remarkably long time. I haven’t yet worn the #metal
shade I picked up, but it impresses me that Sephora put out some interesting shades at a non-
intimidating price! They even have a white, which would be great for mixing.

My most-worn shade out of the ones I have is definitely Labyrinth City, a gorgeous browny
rosewood shade in the #matte finish.

Wearing Labyrinth City


I definitely recommend that everybody try at least one of these!



Next I want to talk about the Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer. I got this mini as a
100-pt perk at Sephora, thinking it was the original Chocolate Soleil. I had always avoided the
Milk Chocolate shade because it looks so orange in swatches and product pictures online. I
decided a while back that I didn’t want it and never even gave it a second glance. When I got
this perk, however…

It’s amazing. On my skin, it leans ever-so-slightly yellow-based, but in a way that is
actually flattering. It adds such a subtle warmth and definition to my face without screaming
“hey, I put on bronzer today”. It looks especially nice when used with a fuller-coverage
foundation- just gorgeous. And the blendability of this product is second-to-none, it always
looks natural and never patches up on top of my foundation. It also works great as a
transition shade in the crease in a pinch!

What can I say about the Urban Decay Heavy Metals Glitter Liners that hasn’t already been said?
I know I haven’t spoken about them on this blog before, but at this point, they’re indispensable in
my collection. I freaking love glitter, and these are awesome. They’re stupidly easy to use, can
be used in a plethora of different ways, and stay locked and loaded once applied- no fallout in
sight!





Lately I’ve been digging putting glitter in my eyebrows.


The beautyblender Solid Cleanser is another unexpected favourite. I picked up two as 100-pt
perks and have been using the black pro puck recently. Pictured is the “swirl chill” limited
edition version. I’d never used this before picking up the perks, but I figured it had been too
long since I’d given my brushes an actual soap-and-water wash. This soap is really effective!
I’ve used Dr. Bronner’s soap for my brushes before, as well as the dish-soap-and-olive-oil
method, but neither of those hold a candle to this soap! It was particularly effective for my
face brushes. While I don’t think I’d spend the money on a full size, I’ll gladly use these pucks
up!


I honestly wasn’t expecting much when I tried the Maybelline Superstay Foundation. Ever since
the spring, I had been moving away from fuller-coverage foundations because I find them more
finicky to work with. I’m not bothered by leaving the house with no makeup at all, so I don’t mind
when my skin’s redness or a blemish peeks through while I’m wearing makeup (as long as my
eyes look bomb). However, an acquaintance of mine raved about this foundation to me, so I
decided to pick it up.

It’s not perfect by any means, but it still is pretty damn impressive. For one, the bottle has a pump,
which is a step in the right direction for Maybelline!

The foundation spreads very nicely and blends in well with a sponge. The result is a beautiful
blank canvas to apply your makeup on. The foundation is indeed full-coverage, and the finish is
somewhere around the satin end of matte. I would say that the one downside to it is that it tends
to look cakey around my nose and in between my eyebrows.

My favourite thing about this foundation, though, is the wear time. I can apply this before school
at 7am and go directly to work an 8 hour shift after class, and this foundation stays looking great
the whole time. I would even venture to say that as you wear it, it starts to look better than it did
when first applied. Around the 3-hour mark is when the foundation is at its peak. I find that after
about 7 hours I have to powder, and only at the 12-hour mark am I like “Oh, I should take
this off”.

The thing that by far impressed me the most about this foundation is that it stays on my chin. NO
foundation ever stayed put on my chin until this one. Especially given that it’s winter, I bus to work
and school, and I smush my face into a huge woolen scarf- let’s just say I was damn surprised when
I got to work my first day testing this foundation, and it had stayed intact on all parts of my face
throughout my commute.

Lastly, a skincare product- the Origins Original Skin Cleansing Makeup Removing Jelly is such a
good product.It really does feel like a smooth gel. You rub it onto your face dry to dissolve your
makeup, and as you rinse it off with water, it turns into a cleanser. I hate washing my face unless
I’m in the shower but this makes the process enjoyable! I really want to get the full size of this.

Here are some swatches of the Sephora Collection #Lipstories and Urban Decay Heavy Metals
Glitter Liners!

L-R: Desert Trip, Grind, Trippin, Labyrinth City, Distortion, Midnight Cowboy

I hope you enjoyed this post! Have you tried any of these products? What are your thoughts
on them?

20 Jan 2018

BLOG REVIVAL! Project Pan 2018: Starting Small


Hello Internet! A lot of things have happened in my life since I last posted, but I won’t get into them here.
I’m back to say that I’m reviving this blog, mostly for my own purposes, but because I also have a few
projects in mind! Namely I’ll be doing a rotating Project Pan this year, so this is my first official post
back!


I decided to do a Project Pan because I am starting to get overwhelmed by the amount of stuff that I
have. For some reason or another, decluttering alone hasn’t seemed to work- probably the fact that
I still have the urge to hold onto a product if I like it, even if I don’t use it. In this Project Pan,
I’m focusing on using up mostly deluxe-sized skincare to get through my skincare backlog,
and drugstore makeup that I already know that I love, but don’t get enough use out of.



MILK Makeup Natural Dry Shampoo: I have very short hair and I shower daily, sometimes twice daily, so I don’t know if I’ll
go through this too often. But I’m throwing it in here because it’s a good dry shampoo that I don’t
plan on repurchasing (partly because of the cost and shipping) that will just sit around if I don’t
make an effort to remember to use it. It’s a travel-sized can, and I’ve been doing a lot of couch-surfing
lately, so I’ll just see how much gets used!


Origins Ginzing Energy-Boosting Gel Moisturizer: This is a good standby, slightly “boring” daytime moisturizer, and I have what seems
like ten moisturizers that are exactly that. So it won’t be hard to use this DS up if I remind myself to
use it every day. What I do like is that it’s fairly inoffensive to my skin so I tend to use this, and only
this, on my face if another product has broken me out and I just don’t know which one.


GLAMGLOW Volcasmic Matte Glow Moisturizer: Hot damn. I have a little DS of this from a GWP and I freaking love it. I’m going to see
how long it takes me to get through this tub and then seriously consider purchasing the full size
(I know, so not the point of a Project Pan). It’s thick and balmy but sinks right into the skin and leaves
it feeling so supple. It performs beautifully under makeup and smells great too. I’m so looking forward
to using this!


Boscia Charcoal Makeup Melter Cleansing Balm: I’m almost done with this little guy, I actually keep it in my travel bag so I have a makeup remover for
sleepover trips. I’m expecting maybe a couple more uses out of this one before I’m finished. It is a
really nice product, but I’ve found a makeup remover balm that I like better, so I’m going to use this
one up before it goes rancid from neglect in the back of the cupboard.

Boscia Sake Treatment Water: I have maybe another two or three uses out of this one too. I thought it was empty, but I noticed a bit
left in there, so I’m going to use it up! This functions like a toner, and it doesn’t seem to do much fo
r my skin except lift gunk from it, which is fine.




The Body Shop Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet: This is a very light moisturizer. It’s honestly not too effective for my face in the wintertime,
so I feel I’ll get more use out of this in the spring and summer months. I have had it for a while,
and it’s the oldest of my light moisturizers, so I want to finish it. I’d say I have about 70% left of the jar.

The Body Shop Drops of Light Pure Healthy Brightening Serum: I do love this serum, but I want to start trying out some other ones after I use this up.
In the meantime, though, I’d say I have maybe half the bottle left (it’s hard to tell), and I want to use
it up. I do find that my skin is less dull when I use this, for the record.



Now onto makeup!

Wet N Wild Photofocus Pressed Powder in Neutral Buff: This is a good powder, and I go through face powder like water. There’s a decent amount of product
in this one, and it has a thin consistency, so I’m more curious to see how long it takes me to pan/finish
than anything- plus, I barely get use out of it, so I’m kicking myself in the butt to use it now!

MAKE UP FOR EVER Step 1 Skin Equalizer Smoothing Primer: The next few items won’t be drugstore, just minis of high end products. This is a decent
primer, but I prefer some other smoothing primers that I have more. I’m going to use this up because

it’s so tiny and really, there’s not much use in having it kicking around nearly empty.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua XL Colour Paint in I-50: This is an itsy bitsy teeny weeny eyeshadow sample I got out of a 500pt Sephora perk.
It’s a light champagne liquid eyeshadow. It’s an interesting product, and while I don’t think
I’d repurchase this or any of the Aqua XL Colour Paints, I really quite enjoy this one. I like to tap this
onto my eyelid until it gets slightly tacky, and sheer it out over the lid, crease and inner corner as a
nice wash of champagne shimmer. It’s not very intense, but it’s good for looking just a bit put-together.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Mist & Fix: This is my less favourite out of the two setting sprays I own at the moment, and I’m going to use it up before I try anything else out. There’s nothing wrong with it, it’s a useful standard setting spray, but I find it doesn’t make a ton of difference in the appearance of my makeup (though it does slightly improve the wear).



Tom Ford Lipstick in Indian Rose (I think): An itty bitty 100pt perk, I don’t love this but it’s super tiny and an easy colour to wear at school.
It needs frequent reapplication so I hope I go through it quickly enough! In my opinion, if you’re
considering getting a Tom Ford lipstick- don’t. There’s nothing special about them to me, they
actually feel like a mix between a chapstick and a Revlon cream finish lipstick.

L’Oreal MagicSmooth Souffle Blush in Cherubic: I’m the worst because I have literally no idea how old this is. However, it’s my only cream blush.
I love the look of cream blush but I have a hard time remembering to use it. If I get even a third of
the way through this (it’s incredibly pigmented and a little goes a long way), I’m chucking it and
rewarding myself with a different cream blush.

Hard Candy Glow All The Way Glamazon Bronze Face & Body Luminizer: This is also old as the hills, and also never-ending because it’s so damn pigmented and I only use it
as a liquid bronzer. It is a gorgeous product, though, but one I barely ever reach for, so I’m putting this
in the Project as a reminder to use it. I don’t really care how much of it I use, so long as I enjoy
wearing it.

Wet N Wild ColorIcon Shadow Single in Brulee: I have enough browbone/base shadows like this to last me ten lifetimes. I’m too lazy to depot this
one, so I’m just going to keep it in my everday basket to set my eye primer. My goal is to hit a decent
amount of pan on this- I don’t know if I’d dream of finishing it up.

I actually have two more items in this project, but I'm a dolt and forgot them at my office over the
weekend. They are the Physician's Formula Butter Bronzer (in the shade Bronzer) and the essence silky touch blush in Autumn Peach. I'll have pictures and thoughts on those two items, as well as my progress on the ones I spoke about here, in next month's update!


That’s it so far for my project pan! I’ll be doing updates every month or so,
or whenever there’s progress! When I finish a product or am satisfied with how much
I’ve used of it, I’ll rotate it out and add something else from my collection in!

On the blog, as well, I’ll also be doing empties posts a few times a year, and hopefully I can get up
some monthly favourites or other roundups as well!

See you soon!



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