Monday, February 20, 2017

Finish 17 in '17 Update 1

Well, not keeping my blogging goal up so far this year but I took these a couple of weeks ago.

So far I'm happy with most of the progress I've been making. For now, I don't think I'll post comparison photos edited together but I'm thinking of doing that every 3 months or so. So next one I can do that.



So far I'm happy with my progress on this Maybelline powder. I hit pan quite quickly.  A little tough to see but I'm starting to get a dip in my blush so that's exciting! I try to wear it 5/7 days of the week.



Dip Brow is taking as long as I was expecting, but I still use it every time I wear makeup. This gel liner has been getting more love lately, but it's just always so hard to tell. I've taken a bit of a break from this Sexy Mama powder in order to work more on the Maybelline powder, but every so often I'll use this to touch up.


Also a bit hard to see, but miniscule progress on my KVD Primer. But I've been working more on it. Happy with my KVD Foundation progress though. Lately I've been mixing it with other foundations but it's still getting use.


I hope you can see where I am on this mini KVD polish. Again, didn't have it on my fingers when taking the photo, but I do have it on my toes.


Not even enough progress on the MAC prep & prime to mark, but I have been using the lip liner & lip balm more. Also, still hard to tell progress on KVD Lovecraft Liquid Lippie but I do use this nearly every day as it's such an easy color for me.


Pretty confident I can use up this Cleansing Oil soon. Also, couldn't even really mark the Ben Nye powder... it's lasting forever!!!!


Getting great use out of my Hempz lotion. I keep it in my living room on the end table and use it a ton on my hands and arms.


Annoying but I have been using this FCS cuticle oil, but it still is at that first initial mark. And barely any progress on the FCS perfume oil. I'm trying to keep it in sight to slide on when I get out of the shower.

So there we have it. Great progress on some, not so great on others. Excited to post better progress photos for next month though!!!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Year of Empties - 2016

Hello!

About time I take some time to sit down and write this.

At the end of 2015, I had watched a video of [Cherish] PrettyPistol86's yearly empties. She saves up more than I do, I believe but I wanted to save up all of my makeup empties. So from primers to setting sprays, these are all that I used up in 2016.

So, overall, I finished:

3 setting sprays [2 had gone missing by this time.... and of course I found them right after disposing of these]
7 primers
4 foundations
1 concealer
2 lip products
3 brow pencils
4 brow gels
4 liquid liners
3 pencil liners
4 face powders
15 mascaras [primer included]

Also the chubby lip pencil and two liners at the bottom were declutter items.

And yes, I'm saving this 2017's empties as well. And I did save my MAC packaging!

It feels pretty cool to see the makeup products I was able to get through in a year!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Finish 17 in '17

Trying another new project this year.

I'm trying to use up at least 17 products this year.

Some of them are super gimmes but others are already proving to be a little tough.

I did take these photos in the beginning of the year, so I'm just a little late posting them. But hopefully I can get updates up in a timely manner. I'm thinking monthly updates.

Also, I'm going to work harder on getting better photos now that my lights are out of storage.

So, let's start.




First we have my Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Powder in Porcelain. I received this for free from Influenstser sometime last year. It's pretty dark on me for the winter, but I like using it mostly on my neck and chest to darken it up a bit to match my face. Then there's the Cheeky Bugger Blush from MAC x Kelly Osbourne. I LOVE this blush. I don't think I'll be able to use it up completely by the end of the year, but I just wanna see how much I can use in a year. I use it nearly everyday since the year started and it's so pretty. Also probably not a use up, but I wanna try, is Kat Von D's Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lovecraft. This is my favorite shade from KVD ever. I have it in the bullet form as well. It's just perfect. This full size isn't for sale on its own yet, but I caved and bought the giant clutch of lippies she had on sale.

 Next is this mini Kat Von D x Formula X Nail Polish in Homegirl. I hope you can see the mark on the bottle. I should have thought ahead of time to paint my nails with it before I took the photo, but whatever. It's basically a dupe for OPI Lincoln Park After Dark.
 More Kat Von D! I want to try to use up this Lock It Featherweight Primer. It's nice and light and mixes well with other primers. Again, sorry if it's hard to see the mark. And I want to use up this Lock It Tattoo Foundation in Light 44. It's even a bit dark and yellow on me, but I think it works. I just want to use this up before I buy a new bottle.
Pretty much starting fresh and new with these Fortune Cookie Soap products. The one on the left is the One C Cuticle Oil. A little goes a long long way with this so this will be a tough one. Also the Polyjuice Potion Perfume Oil. Best scent from FCS.

Next I want to see how far I can get in my Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Taupe. This gives a nice base color to my brows and I top it off with powder depending on how dark my hair is. Next is this Colourpop Creme Gel Liner in No Shame. It's a gorgeous deep purple and I want to use it more! It's hard to see but I've used it a ton. I like to add Inglot's Duraline to it to make it nice and smooth. Then there is the Sexy Mama Anti-Shine Translucent Powder by The Balm. I've had this powder for a long while so I just want to get rid of it. It is nice and does a nice job of controlling my oil, but I do find it can darken up where I apply it heavily so I lightly dust it on my face. 


Another easy one is this Erno Laszlo Cleansing Oil. I also got this from Influenster for free for testing. I've already used up the bar soap that goes along with this, but I've been lazy with really making sure my makeup is off at night. This is a nice oil that removes nearly everything. Then there's this beast. The Ben Nye Neutral Set Colorless Powder. I've made a good dent on this since I've been using it to bake. I don't hate this and I do like it but I just wanna get it out this year.  I know, I'm ballsy for trying to use up 3 powders.
 I want to use up this Hempz White Peppermint and Vanilla Body Lotion. It's so nice and light that I keep it in my living room mostly for my hands. IT SMELLS SO GOOD. I want to eat it.
Alright so these photos suck but here we go. I want to use up this MAC Prep & Prime Lip Base. I find this doesn't work well under ALL lip products, but most. Also I've had this Tarte Amazonian Clay Universal Lip Liner. It's pretty but not my favorite. If I wear it on it's own I don't like how it makes my lips look. And finally I'm working toward using up my Lypsyl Lip Balm. I love this stuff!


So here are swatches of some of the products. Top is natural light, bottom is flash.
L-R is KVD Foundation, Maybelline Powder, The Balm Powder, MAC Blush, KVD Lovecraft Liquid Lip, Tarte Lip Liner, ABH Dipbrow & Colourpop Gel Liner.

Monday, January 9, 2017

December 2016 Empties!

Once again, empties are super late as ever, but oh well.

Also, again, apologies for the crap photos, but hey, they are photos of my trash so why do we care so much?

Here is what was used up in December!

 This Honeycrisp Apple Candle from B&BW smelled amazing, as did the Vampire Blood Pocket Bac Hand Sanitizer, AND the Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin Wallflower that was in my guest bathroom. Also this free sample of the Crest 3D White Whitestrips was awesome. I would totally buy these monthly 1 hour ones over the daily ones. I do have sensitive teeth, so that's why I don't like the 14 day ones or whatever they come in now. But this one was SUPER sticky and actually stuck to my teeth, not just move around and taste all nasty. I mean, it still tasted nasty but it STUCK. AND made a noticeable difference.
I don't always looooove Lush Body Conditioners, but I loved that they came out with the Snow Fairy scent in this formula for the holidays. This was a tad thicker & richer in my opinion than the usual ones, so I mostly used this on my legs because they get the most dry in the winter. I liked it, probably wouldn't repurchase in this formula again. I still buy the body wash every year though. And I went through another Burberry Brit Sheer perfume. It's my favorite. Apart from the bottle being pink, they recently redid the bottle and it looks so fancy. Also, my mom uses this so I usually buy 2 bottles when I repurchase. I know, spendy, but we both love this perfume SO MUCH. So of course, it'll probably get discontinued soon; that always happens to scents we love.

Speaking of scents I love.... This Hempz Body Lotion in White Peppermint & Vanilla IS SO FUCKING GOOD. This is also so fucking old, as in like 2 years. But it's so good. I think they released it or a similar scent this past holiday season. So I may pick it up. But I do have a giant bottle of this stuff still. This is one of the only Hempz scents I can stand though, a lot of them, especially the good LE ones end up giving me a headache. Which sucks because I love the formula of their lotion. It sinks in so fast.
 As usual, I used up some Dr. Teal's Epsom Salt Soak. This Lavender one is my favorite. I used a bottle of Sage, Cedar & Sweetgrass Body Wash from Growing Blue Flowers. I don't see her selling this on her website but the smell was great and she sells other products in this scent. I liked thinking of it as a mini-smudge in the shower. Without all the smoke ;]

3 bath bombs from my current favorite, Witch Baby Soap. The Dead By Dawn one was awesome, coffin shaped and smelled amazing. Wolf Moon is by far one of their best scents ever and it was full of glitter! Winter Moon was awesome as well and was from the Winter Spell Box.
 This Lemon Sage Thickening Shampoo from Paul Mitchell was mostly a husband empty, but damn these smell good. Another L'Oreal Ever Pure Repair & Defend Conditioner bites the dust. I'm really loving experimenting with the different formulas in this line of hair care!
 I used up more of my favorite Shiseido Facial Cottons and the Bioderma Sensibio Micellar Water. I have repurchased both, but I am keeping and reusing the Bioderma bottle, because the dispenser is the best. I used a 3 pack of Sephora Razors & Clinique's Acne Solutions Clearing Gel. I love that stuff, as it's less harsh than benzoyl peroxide, which I am extremely sensitive to.

Yay! Makeup empties!

I FINALLY used up this small but mighty tub of By Terry Balm de Rose Lip Balm. It was nice, but I would never buy a full size. I really enjoyed the Benefit They're Real Tinted Lash Primer! I could see myself buying a full size in the future. Another Urban Decay Brow Tamer in Clear, my #1 Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper [fancy LE packaging], this amazing Anastasia Beverly Hills Gel Eyeliner in Darkside [SO GOOD. Would repurchase], MAC's Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation in NW20 [another soon to be repurchase] and finally the Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray. I'm so excited to try out their new versions of setting sprays! Not sure if they're reformulated or just repackaged, though...

What have you used up lately??

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Pan That Palette 2017

Happy New Year!

This year, I wanted to try to pan/finish a whole makeup palette.

I chose a palette that I actually just hit pan on one shade and I feel like I haven't had it that long! When was it released again? This summer?

So it might be a cheat palette since I've already hit pan on one of the shades, but I don't care. This is a new project for me and doing new things is a must for 2017.


So yep, I'm panning and hopefully FINISHING the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette. This is one of my all time favorite palettes, and I've even thought about buying a back up. I know it's permanent, but still.

Now, these shades are pretty powdery but really, a little goes a long way when using this. 


This is where I'm at currently when starting this project. As you can tell, Tempera, Buon Fresco, Cyprus Umber, Primavera and Venetian Red are my favorites. But really, Venentian Red is one of my favorite all time red shades. I LOVE RED EYESHADOW. However, Realgar is creeping up on the most used list as well. Orange shades are great as well for my blue eyes.

I'm really excited about this, and like I've said before, I may actually buy a back up of this palette. As far as I know, ABH doesn't have all of these shades as permanent single shadows. I know Buon Fresco is sold as a single, so I may actually pick that up as well. I love it as a transition shade.

Hopefully, I'll be able to update this project during the first week of every month. I think it's a good palette to start my panning journey in life. hahaha

Sunday, December 25, 2016

2017 Goals

Every new year, I give myself goals & I guess resolutions. .
Every new year, I don't fulfill them, really.

And at the end of every new year, I dread even thinking about goals, but I still try.

Most of these goals, I've already been trying to get a start on, but of course... they're always fitting for the new year!

- Drink more water, less soda. Now, I'm not sure if I could ever completely give it up. Really. But La Croix has been helping to get the bubbly feeling and I'm trying to stick to holidays & cocktails for needing a soda.

- Appreciate exercise. I could write a book about how much I wish I loved working out. Overall, I also want to be more active in general. Especially during the winter months. Minnesota in the winter is magical! As long as you stay off of the highways. haha

- ACTUALLY get the lady balls to start a YouTube channel. I just need the patience and the credit to give myself for working at it and posting things even if they aren't 100% perfect/how I envision it.

- BLOG BETTER. Charge my camera, use lighting or actually work to get my photos to the quality I know I can deliver. Also blog more often. I have so much to say, so much makeup to play with and no one to talk to about it in my real life.

- SPEND LESS or go on a low buy. I've been trying to low buy but of course, all of the holiday sets or new releases came out and then Sephora sends out a $25 off of $50 [I think that's what it was], so I couldn't pass that up. But really, spend less. Which leads me to....

- MOAR EMPTIES! Use up what I have and love! I'm a sucker for new new new or switching things up when I get bored. More pan! More empties!

- Be more adventurous with lipstick! I own so many cool bold colors, but I'm so timid when it comes to picking out a lipstick for the day. I also love doing eye makeup in crazy colors but maybe it's time for my lips to do the talking!

So far, I think that's about it for goals. These are definitely doable and I'm excited to revisit these at the end of 2017. I'm just ready for 2016 to be over. hahaha

What are some of your goals for the upcoming new year? Or just for the near future if you don't do resolutions?

Monday, December 12, 2016

November 2016 Empties

Heyo it's me, still bad at blogging!

I just had an insanely long, difficult but fun weekend having Sean's side's Christmas! I loved having it this early in the month and for a weekend. We had an ugly sweater party, Christmas party & a baby shower all in 3 days. It was full of people, but I feel good about it all. I miss my niece & nephew already. My other nephew couldn't make it as he is battling leukemia, but his brother got to come up so it was nice to hang out with him and take him sledding.

Anywho, on to my trash! Again, had to use my iphone for these photos, so ignore that.

 First off, I'm really bummed to be tossing this La Vanilla Healthy Deodorant in the Sport version. This smells amazing and I've always loved this brand for deodorants, but I started to notice that this would really irritate my pits. I would have to alternate days & other deodorants but I'm getting to this point where I'm like, if this irritates my skin & isn't blowing my mind, why keep it? So, bye! Secondly, this Peter Thomas Roth Strawberry Scrub is amazing. I just wish it wasn't so expensive. I ran through this so fast, because I love scrubs. IT'S SO GOOD. SO EXPENSIVE THOUGH WHYYYYY. I loved this Fortune Cookie Soap Polyjuice Potion Body Wash. My absolute favorite scent from them! I'm giving away this sample of the Elizabeth and James Nirvana Rose Perfume. I tried to wear it one day because I thought it was nice, but it's one of those perfumes that does NOT smell good with my body chemistry. So glad I got the sample rather than blind buy, which I do all the time. It just sucks because the full size bottle of this is SO GORGEOUS. Feel free to send me your empty one. hahaha
 I used up this L'Oreal Ever Pure Repair & Defend Shampoo. I really liked it, it was so nice and gentle with my colored hair. I did not like this Matrix So Silver Shampoo. I probably don't truly need a purple shampoo until my color is really faded, but this was nice and vivid purple, but it irritated my scalp hardcore. I used up my Overtone Vibrant Purple Weekly Treatment. I still don't use this weekly or I'd be using 2 jars a month, but I used it before our last Vikings home game and it turned out pretty good. Going to go for the next level of intensity next time.
 Not much in the makeup department, and not really even skincare! This is my second Clinique Smart Repair Serum I've used. I do like this stuff. I keep trying to find something I like better, but so far nothing has compared to this. I used a sample of Erno Laszlo Eye Refiner that I received along with my cleansing kit from Influenster. This was a pretty nice eye cream! I'm not sure how much the full size is, but if it's not too bad, I might pick it up. I'm sad that my Smashbox Primer Water is gone! I loved this stuff and once I use up a few more primers, I'd like to repurchase this.
OOH Autumn is like one of my top favorite B&BW scents.  This candle was amazing. And the Boo candle was great as well but didn't burn down as far as I had hoped.... especially for the money. When the fall scents came out, I ordered this pack of all of the hand soaps in those scents and I really loved this Autumn Spiced Strawberry Deep Cleansing Hand Soap. It wasn't too fruity & sickly sweet like you'd expect. It was really fucking nice! Also used up another favorite scent in a Wallflower, Sweater Weather. And lastly, this sad ass Glade Candle. I don't even remember what scent it was. It burned fucking awful.
Randoms time. These Up & Up Cotton Rounds were nice. I usually always buy the 3 pack of them. Lots of bath bombs! From Witch Baby Soap I used Blood & Milk which smells amazing, Psychic which also smells great, and the Mourning Moon one during the full moon in November. I adore the moon bath bombs that come in the Spell Boxes each quarter. Finally, I used the Boo Bath Melt from Lush! I loved it.