Saturday, May 20, 2017

Pan That Palette '17 Update 2

Hiii it's been a minute since I've regularly updated.
I did have an update for last month, but in photos, it's so hard to tell my progress so I decided to just skip posting that one and post this one!

Even then, it doesn't look like I've made much progress, but I swear I use this palette almost every day I wear makeup!

Compared to when I started!

Hoping to hit pan in Primavera and Cyprus Umber soon!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

March - April Empties '17

Hello! Finally finding some time to sit down and crank out some blog posts. Sorry!

These include some travel empties from my Vegas trip mid March and into April.

Here is my trashy trash -

Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion - This was nice. I mostly used this in the mornings when I would head to the pool.
Dr Brandt Needles No More 3D Filler Mask - This is okay. I have had samples of this in the past. 

 MAC Cleanse Off Oil - I love this stuff. So many samples! I should probably buy the full size sometime. The bottle was unopened and traveled well to Vegas.

 Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat in shade 2 [I think] - I used to love this stuff. I just used it to get it out. Not my favorite anymore but I do like getting the samples of it still.
Urban Decay Brow Tamer in Clear - My favorite brow gel!
Jack Black Lip Balm in Shea Butter spf 25 - I've had this sample for a while now but you really don't need a ton of this to be effective. Nearly finished in Vegas because I like the spf factor. Smelled great! Would buy a full size.
Beauty Blender Pro Sponge - I should have turned it around but this one was breaking off little pieces non stop. I think this one was an older one I had. It seemed to go super fast [for how long I can keep mine]. I'll be keeping this for more editorial looks or Halloween. The pro sponge is my favorite. I CAN TELL A DIFFERENCE.

 Neutrogena Make Up Remover Wipes - a travel staple.
Karuna Hydrating Face Mask - I got these in a 4 pack I believe in my Fab Fit Fun box. These are super nice.
Dior Hydra Life Micellar Water - A nice sized sample that lasted me a few days. Not my favorite though because it felt like it left a film on my face. Usually I'm naughty and just use my Bioderma and go to bed. This I had to remove and then felt obligated to continue with my skincare.

 Shiseido Facial Cottons - I'm addicted. Can't stop won't stop.
Wet Ones Extra Gentle Wipes - I like having these to clean my fingers when doing makeup and cleaning my vanity area.
Studio 35 Beauty Dual Tip Applicators - These are nice and firm. Repurchased in different packaging and keeping this box on my vanity to refill.

 VitaFusion Extra Strength Biotin Gummies - These are SO good. Taste so yummy [I have to yell @ my husband to only have 2] and I found these on Amazon. I bought them after I regretfully cut 6 inches off of my hair. Judging by my crazy roots, they are working really well.
OPI Teenage Dream Nail Polish - Ugh, my favorite polish ever is gone. Not even gone, just smells toxic. Funny that I HATE pink normally but this was just such a beauty to wear. I do have a few polishes that are almost dupes, so that's okay. Goodbye my sweet prince.
Kat Von D x Formula X polish in Homegirl - Spoiler alert from my Finish 17 in '17.
Formula X Shine Top Coat - Not completely used up, but just too goopy to use.
Rohto Cool Eye Drops - I love these. I try to not use them all the time, but they are nice when you get eyeshadow or other gunk in your eyes and you need to reduce redness. These are what I use when my eyes are so red for photos.

 L'Oreal Ever Pure Volume Shampoo - Nice, would repurchase.
MorrocanOil Restorative Hair Mask - I liked this mask! It was spendy but it smelled amazing and worked really well.
Aveda Rosemary Mint Shampoo & Conditioner - We love Aveda in this house and we love Rosemary Mint dearly. I don't use it much because I find it a tad stripping for me, but my husband LOVES it. So these samples are mostly a husband empty. We have the full sizes.
OverTone Extreme Purple Conditioner - I love this stuff, but it stains. I like ordering a travel size for ......traveling. I mixed some deep conditioner in with it for vacations.
Batiste Dry Shampoo in Cherry - I really loved this! I usually don't get into the different scents, but this was awesome.

 Schmidt's Natural Deodorant in Spruce & Spice - I tried this brand after my pits were getting irritated from La Vanila deodorants. This smelled awesome and seemed to work great. I do notice I still get a tad irritated if I use this strictly everyday. If I use it on days I know I'll need it, it works wonderful.
Lush Beautiful Shower Gel - This was a random guy floating around my cabinet that I needed to just use up. Smelled great, I believe this is a permanent scent?
Fortune Cookie Soap Master Exfoliating Body Wash - This stuff smelled SO yummy! It's from the FCS Halloween box which was inspired by Hocus Pocus. It wasn't as exfoliating as I'd like but it was nice to use. It went really fast for me though.
St. Tropez Prep & Maintain Tan Enhancing Body Polish - I bought a kit from St. Tropez to self tan the slightest bit for Vegas. This was the first thing to go as I just love body scrubs. It was nice, a little too fragranced but still nice.
Witch Baby Soap Hex Breaker Body Scrub - Just yummy. Forever in love with Witch Baby Soap. Their body scrubs are SO GOOD.

Candles by Victoria Spiced Pear - Am I a real blogger now that I've purchased & burned a candle by Candles by Victoria/!??!?! I gave into the hype and after 1 done I'm in love. I want to try ALL of the scents! I bought a pack of 6? or so where you pick the scent. Naturally I bought many fall scents and this one was still fall like but fruity too. So good.
Bath & Body Works Georgia Peach 3 Wick Candle - SO MUCH YUM. I almost kept the jar because I love the color, but I need to stop hoarding "projects".
B&BW Wallflowers in Harvest Gathering & Holly Berry Balsam - Both very good.
B&BW Hand Soap in Vampire Blood & Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin - Good & will forever repurchase the Halloween scents!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

January - March '17 Empties - Holy Guacamole

Okay, well I suck. haha was hoarding empties all the way back from January until mid March.

But anywho here they are.

 Too Faced Hangover Rx Primer - Loved it, but it didn't play well with other primers. Also, had to cut it open because pump stopped working.
Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara - A favorite but I think I'm going to stop purchasing for a while. It can be so hard to remove and I swear it was making my lashes thin out.
Wet N Wild Setting Spray - A great one for a cheap price.
Illamasqua Matte Veil - One of my favorite primers, this is the second tub I've gone through. Will probably repurchase some time this year.
MUFE Step 1 Pore Filling Primer - A sample of another favorite.
Wander Beauty Unlashed Mascara - This was nice! Would repurchase.

 B&BW Wallflowers in Winter Cedar [yum], Tis the Season [so good], Alpine Cheer [awesome] and Champagne Toast [nice].
Mainstays Candle in Vanilla - Grandma gave this to me for Christmas. It was nice. I would go check out other scents from Walmart.
Diptyque Candle in Un Encens √Čtoil√© - from the Holiday 2016 collection. Smelled really good like vanilla and woody incense.

 Rodan & Fields Unblemish Face Wash - Always good.
Bioderma Sebium Micellar Water - I think this one is supposed to be for oily/acne prone skin? I did not like it as much, it stung my eyes and I'll just stick to regular Bioderma.
Scinic Snail Matrix Essence Mask - I loved this.
Tony Moly I'm Real Makgeolli Mask - Also loved this. At Ulta.
Paula's Choice Resist BHA Treatment - I like this stuff, scared to ever take it out of my routine.
Clinique Acne Solutions Serum - It's good but not the best.
Neutrogena Make Up Remover Wipes - A staple in my travel bag.
Alaska Glacial Mud Co. Vanilla Lavender Mud Mask - I LOVE THIS STUFF! If you saw her on Shark Tank, look her up and give her your support! They messed up passing on her.
Glam Glow SuperMud Mask - always a fave, a very expensive fave.
Korres Golden Krocus Saffron Elixir Serum - I REALLY wanted to like this serum. I couldn't finish it. Broke me out bad.
Clean & Clear Continuous Control Acne Cleanser - Stole this from the cabin & finished it. It has benzoyl peroxide so I could only use this on my body.

 Batiste Original Dry Shampoo - Found it at Marshall's and really enjoyed it.
L'Oreal Ever Fresh Balancing Conditioner - Received this from Influenster and this is part of a color safe dandruff system. It was decent.
Overtone Extreme Purple Conditioner - Still steady on using this.
Fortune Cookie Soap Deep Conditioner in Bravery - This was nice, I got a couple of uses out of it.
FCS Dry Shampoo in Cotton Headed Ninny Muggins - I couldn't finish this. Wasn't the greatest dry shampoo.

 Method + Rebecca Atwood Sea Spray Hand Soap - Was alright.
Listerine - Mostly a husband empty.
B&BW  Hand Soaps in Web of Lies & Golden Autumn Day - Loved both.
Shiseido Facial Cottons - My fave for skincare
Colgate Total Toothpaste - it's alright.
Up & Up Basic Cotton Rounds - The name is the greatest description of these. Ha. I always buy the big pack at Target.
 Dr. Teal's Soothe & Sleep Epsom Salt Soak - Been going through salts faster now that I'm back working out.
Blue Heron Soap Company in Autumn Leaves - Great soap.
Lush Snow Fairy Shower Gel - Always a Winter repurchase.
Babe Pink Salt Body Scrub - I didn't like this at all. The salt wasn't abrasive enough.
Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub in Coconut Lime - If you want to smell like a gummy bear, use this! It was nice and scrubby, didn't leave me too oily and smelled amazing. Even my husband walked into the bathroom and was like WHOA that smells good.
Lush Shower Jelly in Refresher - This was a sample from an order and I loved it! Smelled so nice and citrusy.
Witch Baby Soap Body Scrubs in Hallowmas [the best scrub ever] & Venus Wine [it was okay]
Hempz Body Oil - This smelled good but after awhile I was just sick of it. Also the packaging sucked.

 Exfoliating Foot Treatment - I think I may have gotten this in Ulta? It was okay. I thought it would make my feet peel but it didn't.
Victorian Disco Cosmetics Nail Polish in Zombie Flesh - VDC doesn't exist anymore but I regret not buying this polish in the full size. It was so pretty so I ran out fairly fast. Sad to see it go!
.... and 14[?] bath bombs & bubble bars.  Yowza!

If you made it to the end, congratulations.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Pan That Palette '17 - Update 1

Well, I'm uploading this super late, but I figured I'd get it up anyways.

This is my update for panning the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette from January - February.

So there's my comparison from a month of pretty decent use. I hit pan in Buon Fresco and sadly Venetian Red. So honestly, I've been avoiding using it as much as I can for a bit. IT'S JUST SO PRETTY AND IT'S NOT IN A SINGLE.

Hopefully soon I'll hit pan on Cyprus Umber. I really need to actually use Golden Ochre.. because I definitely haven't even touched it.

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


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