2018 · Blogmas

Winter 2018 Makeup Picks

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It is officially winter and I am not sure how I feel about that, not that it matters how I feel because winter is here. I wanted to do this post yesterday, on the first real day of winter, but I had a first impression Friday that I needed to do this month and since it has to be done on a Friday, I did it yesterday and am doing this one today. I am excited to talk about some fun and maybe slightly random winter picks, but I have reasoning behind most things. So, let’s check out my picks for the season.

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2018 · Influenster · skincare

Influenster: Blackehead Solutions

Husband Styles me (5)

Hello, today is all about a product that I received for free to try through Influenster, I completely forgot to take photos of it we will be without photos of the product for this review. I also gave this to my husband to try mostly because he has more of a problem with blackheads, so this little review will be based on what he had told me and the changes I may or may not see in his skin.

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2017 · beauty · beauty blogger · Empties

October 2017 Empties

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It’s time to talk about some trash, which is always fun, I really enjoy seeing all the product that I’ve used up in a month or other people have used up, it’s just really fun to be able to see how much someone really liked something as they full used up a product which means they usually have a very clear opinion about it. Anyway, this month is probably going to be a bit shorter than last month, I for sure do not have as many empties as I did, so let’s dive on in.

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2017 · beauty · beauty blogger · Empties

September 2017 Empties

September 2017Empties

I am back with another monthly empties posts, not quite as many products as last month, but still a fair amount. I am really burning through products, that may be because of minis or just things I used all the time but either way I’m blowing through them it feels like. Let’s jump in and talk a little bit about my trash from September.

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Not Your Mothers Beach Babe Moisturizing Conditioner – Is the conditioner that I was using for a little while there. I like it and think it’s nice, I’m just not sure that it’s my holy grail, end all, be all conditioner and I’m really not sure if I’m ever going to find one that is. Repurchase: Probably.

Devacurl Wave Maker Touchable Texture Whip – This is the second mini that I have gone through and I am really into this product, which I think is pretty clear when I said that I’ve been through a couple of minis already. I love this stuff! Repurchase: Yes. I already have even.

NYX Blotting Powder in Ligh– This is something that I wasn’t sure I loved but was something that I thought did the job, however after running out of this and using a couple of other powders I’ve had in my stash, I think this is fantastic and does more than I realize. Repurchase: Yes, already have and will again!

Origins GinZing Eye Cream – This was just a little sample I got from a Sephora play box a while ago, I’ve finally used it up though, I feel like I’ve been working on this little sample for a while now but I’m finally through it. This is not my favorite product, I’m not sure that it really does anything but I did use it up. Repurchase: Probably not, I didn’t really notice any differences when I used this vs. when I didn’t.

Garnier Micellar Makeup Removing Wipes – These are my favorite makeup remover wipes, I really love them and have been using them for a while now. Repurchase: Yes, completely, already have and will for the foreseeable future.

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Bath & Bodyworks Watermelon Lemonade Candle – This is probably my favorite scent from Bath & Bodyworks, it smells amazing and I love it in all forms that I’ve smelt it in thus far. I’m glad you can get this candle all year round now because it’s one of my favorites, even in the winter time. Repurchase: Yes!

Clinique Take The Day Off Makeup Remover – This was a smaller size and it was something that I used up but it took me a while as I really didn’t like it, I find that this feels a little bit more greasy than I would like. It did a great job at removing eye makeup but I just didn’t like the feeling. Repurchase: No, I would not.

Up & Up Moisturizing Shave Gel in Strawberry Tangerine – This is fine, it’s shaving gel and I don’t think there is really anything fancy about shaving gel, this one does the job, smells nice and is easy for me to pick up while grocery shopping. Repurchase: Yes, of course.

Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Tri-Wheat Leave In Conditioner – This is my favorite leave-in conditioner I have ever used, I have tried a couple of cheaper ones but they just aren’t the same and they don’t do the trick like this one. I wish these went on sale more often because I feel like I go through these pretty quickly. Repurchase: Yes, already have two backups from them being on sale last month.

Bath & Bodyworks Peach Bellini Candle – I love this scent too, this is another one I will burn all year, this is a really fresh and fruity scent that I think is perfect for all seasons. It’s fresh but it’s very celebratory like, if a scent can even smell celebratory. Either way, I love this one. Repurchase: Yes!

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Mac Strobe Cream – I have finally finished this one! If you have seen my project pans in the past then know that this has been in them for a while now, I’ve been what I thought was close to finishing this product for months now, but I just now finished it and I am so excited to have finished this. This is a good product but I don’t love it as much as I once did, it’s alright. Repruchase: Probably not.

Clinique  Turnaround Overnight Revitalizing Moisturizer – This is my all time favorite moisturizer and I’m so sad this was my last little jar, I’m trying to make my way through some other minis and a full size before repurchasing this one but I love it so much! I even use it during the day. Repurchase: Yes, I would for sure!

Tatcha The Water Cream – This was a little sample jar I got from somewhere and I’m not really sure where, but I tried this out. I want to complain about the size of this, I know it’s just a sample but I got maybe six uses out of this max, which felt a little bit sad. I don’t think I’m a big fan of this one though, I didn’t really notice any difference and I didn’t like the smell of this at all. Repurchase: No.

Christophe Robin Purifying Shampoo – I actually really liked this, the smell wasn’t my favorite but I liked what it did for my hair, I found that it really got rid of build up after a week or so and I really liked that. My biggest thing is about this is the price tag, it’s not something I would use up quickly but it’s still a hefty price tag. Repurchase: I’m not sure.

Milk Makeup Blur Stick – I like this, I think this does what it claims to do but I also think there are a lot of other products that do similar things to this and this isn’t my all-time favorite application. I do still enjoy this and think it’s a great product, it just isn’t the best. Repurchase: I might, one I used up some other primer type things.

Mac Prep + Prime Fix + Coconut  – I am so sad about this, this was one of my favorite things ever, it smelled amazing and the way it set my makeup was just so nice and I loved it. However, this was a limited edition product and they don’t’ carry it any longer. I just want them to bring it back! Repurchase: YES!

And those are all of my empty products for the month of September, not a lot of makeup but I feel like there never really is as I don’t go through makeup that often really. Still, a good mix of products and some things I’m very happy to finally be finished with.

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2017 · beauty · beauty blogger · project pan

Project Pan: New Years Goal!

Project Pan

I intended to start another project pan but I hadn’t intended to start it so soon, however, the post that I had planned for the day has inspired me to do a project pan instead. I was going to do a how much my makeup collection is worth post, but I started adding it up and really got terrified/mildly ashamed, so instead, I’m here doing a project pan in an attempt to jump-start using up some products. So, that’s what we’re doing. There will be a total of three posts about this project, as usual, this one, a check-in and then a finale. I will update probably mid-November, and then the finale will be January sixth, so this is the new year project pan. Instead of doing a roulette type of deal like my past couple projects, instead I just kind of rounded up a bunch of things I wanted to use up and ended up with 40 things, so this is going to be a really big and challenging project. I’m not expecting to get through it all but we’ll see how it goes. And since this is such a large project I would suggest grabbing a drink and a snack really quick because this is going to be a long one!

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1. Bath & Bodyworks Sweet On Paris Fragrance Mist – I have had this one for so long, this is my favorite scent and has been such a comforting scent for me over the years, but I’ve decided it’s time to really enjoy it and use it up before it goes off, which I’m surprised it hasn’t already since I’ve had this for so very long. I think I can get through this one in no time.

Amount left: 75%

2. Pixi Sun Mist – I purchased This on a whim, I was getting a couple of the other Pixi mists and I thought this one sounded awesome, it’s pretty much a sunscreen that you spritz on your face. The annoying thing is that I find myself often having to rub it in, which defeats the purpose to me, it’s not that serious but this just seemed like a super easy way to remember to always put on sunscreen.

Amount  Left: 100%

3. Bath & Body Works Frosted Wonderland Body Cream – I have a couple of these left so I’m trying to make my way through them because I’ve had them forever, and by a couple I mean a couple body creams, not of this scent exactly. I’ve had these a while and just really need to work on clearing out my little lotion stash.

Amount  Left: 50%

4. Pink Warm + Cozy Body Mist – I’ve finished one of these minis in a past project, it may have been one of the ones from this year actually, I can’t completely remember but either way I’ve used one of these up so I have complete confidence that I can finish this one during this project pan.

Amount  Left: 70%

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5. Bliss Fab Girl Slim Skin Firming Cream – Another thing that I picked up on a whim, that seems to be a bit of a problem for me, I’m trying to break that habit but I’m honestly not very good at it. Anyway, I have always been interested in this product because of chunky thighs, but at the same time, I feel like it’s such stupid and gimmicky product. Either way, I own this and I’m trying to use it up.

Amount  Left: 95%

6. Tarte Maracuja Oil – I got this in a set, I feel like I feel everyone talk about how much they love this, I own this and figure I should give this a try, especially because I’ve had it for almost a year now. I’m not sure what the best way to use this is though, suggestions?

Amount  Left: 95%

7. Belli Basics Clearly Coconut Oil – Another oil, I’m not sure where this one came from and I’m really not sure what to do with this one, but I’m trying to use up products and I’m not one to get rid of products without using them at least once or twice before really judging them, hence why this one is here. Suggestions of the best way to use this one as well?

Amount  Left: 100%

8. NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray – I have so many sprays, I don’t know when this started or how I got here, but I have so many to test out and use up, so I’ve decided to reach for this little guy and once I get through this one I’ll probably pick another one to throw in this project. Clearly, I am confident I can finish this one up.

Amount  Left: 100%

9. It Cosmetics CC+ Cream – I’m not sure I’m looking forward to this one, I’ve been trying to product out and it’s not as amazing as I thought it would be, it’s also a bit too dark for me still, so I end up using drops to lighten it. I guess we’ll see how this one goes.

Amount  Left: 90%

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10. NARS Velvet Lip Glide in Bound – I think I actually have two of these, not completely sure how I’ve come across two of them but I have, the goal is just to finish up one of them, however, if I finish up both that’s even better.

Amount  Left: 100%

11. Skin Food Black Sugar Mask – This is just a tiny little sample pot of this, so I’m sure I’ll have no problem getting through this one. I’m excited to give this a try, I’ve heard really good things and so far I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve tried from this brand.

Amount  Left: 100%

12. Clinique Pep Start Hydro Rish Moisturizer – I love this line so much, or at least every product I’ve tried so far, which has been three or four things I believe. This is also just a little tiny sample product that I’m going to be finished within no time, I’m sure of it.

Amount  Left: 90%

13. Clinique Pep Start Eye Cream – Another product from this range, this one is still a sample size but it’s a little large and I imagine this one will take me a little bit longer to finish up. I am super excited about trying out an eye cream though!

Amount  Left: 90%

14. Ouai Rose Hair + Body Oil – I’m not a fan of floral scents so I’m not sure if I’m going to like this one, everyone seems to be loving this brand so I am excited to test out some more products from them, but I’m just not sure how well I’m going to like this one.

Amount  Left: 100%

15. Ahava Dead Sea Crystal Osmoter Serum – I am not sure where I got this, not completely sure what this does and because of these two things, not sure why I’ve decided to include it in this project but I have, so we’re going to try and use this up and see how it goes.

Amount  Left: 100%

16. Milk Makeup Blur Stick – I just finished the one I was using from the last project, quite enjoyed it so I’ve decided to throw my other one in here and try to use it up. I am sure that I can’t-do that since I finished the other one up, granted, I finished it just a few days after the last project, but I bet if I really focus on this I’ll use it up in no time.

Amount  Left: 100%

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17. Tonymoly Petite Bunny Gloss Bar – I believe this is the peach one, I’m not one hundred percent sure since I don’t believe it says it on the product itself and I’ve had it for a little while. I enjoy this product but it doesn’t really do a whole lot for me, plus it’s a little bit on the older side, so it might be time for this one to go.

Amount  Left: 70%

18. Essence Super Fine Eye Liner Pen in Deep Black – I am almost out of the eyeliner I use regularly so I’ve decided to try and use this one up, I hear this one is supposed to be really good so I’m curious to see if it will beat out my regular and well-loved eyeliner.

Amount  Left: 50%

19. Maybelline Baby Lips in Grape Vine – I’m not even sure if they make this shade anymore, I didn’t see it on the Ulta website. This is one of my favorite easy to wear lip products for the fall season, it’s moisturizing, glossy and gives a nice berry kind of tint to the lips that is perfect for the fall season. The only downside to this one for me is that it smells awful, like artificial grape powder and I personally hate that.

Amount  Left: 95%

20. Becca Back Light Priming Filter – I feel like I’ve had this sample for way too long and I don’t know why I’ve never really used it, everyone and their dog seems to love it, so I guess I’m finally going to find out what the hype is about.

Amount  Left: 100%

21. Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip in Dopey – This is a little sample, I’ve pretty much gotten rid of all of my colour pop lip products, I’m just not a big fan of them and I think this might be the last one I have, so here’s to hoping I enjoy this one and can get through it all.

Amount  Left: 60%

22. Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Rose Gold – I have another makeup sample, this is such a pretty color and a product that I don’t think gets talked about enough, but when it does it seems like everyone who has used it loves it. I think this is going to be a pretty fun product to use up.

Amount  Left: 90%

23. The Estee Edit The Barest Contour Lip Liner in In The Buff – I’m pretty sure this brand doesn’t exist anymore? I feel like I heard something about that a little while ago, but I’ve done zero research into it. Either way, I’m trying to use up this lip liner. I’ve been into lip liner a lot more as of recently so I’m sure this one is going to be a breeze.

Amount  Left: 90%

24. Fiona Stiles Micro Precision Brow Sculpting Pencil in Neutral Brown – Another product that I think is going to be a breeze for me to use up, I say as a person who has never used up an entire brow pencil, but I’ve been enjoying using an eyebrow pencil a lot more recently so I’m thinking this one should be simple enough.

Amount  Left: 100%

25. Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof Eyeliner in In The Nude – This is pretty much my go-to waterline eyeliner, I like a nice nude waterline. I have been wanting to try out another pencil though so I’m hoping to get through this one and start trying out a couple other eyeliners.

Amount  Left: 50%

26. Too Faced Sweet Peach Creamy Peach Oil Lip Gloss in Papa Don’t Peach – This one is back! If I don’t finish this one up during this project I’m probably going to end up passing it along because I’m never going to use it. This color is so pretty and so effortless, however, I really don’t like the scent of this product so it always holds me back on wanting to use it. We’ll have to wait and see how this one really goes.

Amount  Left: 90%

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27. Lorac Pro Matte Palette – Another product that is back and is pretty much impossible for me to ever use up, but I’m giving it another try. I have on shade completely gone, two almost finished, two with dents in them and three that are really going to need more love. I’m not expecting to finish this one up but I’ll see how it goes and how much I can really use up, I’m really hoping to finish the two that are basically done and the two with noticeable dents, but that might be too much. We will see.

Amount  Left: 70%

28. NYX Ombre Blush in Mauve Me – I love this blush! It’s probably one of my favorite ones for the fall time, it’s just perfect and so easy to wear with just about any look, I have had this for a while and I figured this would be a good one to use up. I’ll be sad to see it go but excited to use it up. Not that I really think I’m going to be able to finish up an entire blush in 3.5 months, but then again, who really knows.

Amount  Left: 90%

29. Honest Beauty Invisible Blurring Powder – I ran out of setting powder when I started putting together this list, so I dug through my stash and found this loose powder, which is what I’ve been using for the past couple of weeks now. Not sure how this one is going to go but I’m sure if I put my mind to it I can complete this one.

Amount  Left: 100%

30. Colourpop Super Shock Cheek in Smoke N Whistles – I think this might have been the first highlighter that I ever owned, so it’s safe to say that I’ve had this one for a little while, this was also the first thing I ever really used from the brand I think or at least one of the first things. I think since I’m going to be focusing on using up this highlighter it’s going to be a breeze to use up.

Amount  Left: 50%

31. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light – Does it make me a liar because above I said I ran out of setting powder? I feel like this doesn’t because this isn’t just a typical setting powder, or at least I don’t think it is. While this is something that I want to use up I don’t think this is something that I would want to use every single day, mostly because I’m not sure that’s the look I’m always going for. I love this powder, I’m sad it’s so expensive but this is something that I’m hoping to use more and enjoy more and not think about the price, which is a little bit of the reason why it’s in this project.

Amount  Left: 85%

32.-40. Lush Products – This one I will break down into a real number list as I go along, but for right now I’m grouping them together because I don’t have names for each item. I want to use up eight Lush bath products, which should be super easy and I really think I could use up more over the next three and half months, but I decided to keep at eight for two reasons, one is that it makes it an even number and two is that it’s a little bit of a challenging number for me but it’s also something that I can easily accomplish, which I know doesn’t make a whole lot of sense together. I’m hoping to use up some bath product because the Christmas range is coming and I am sure I will snatch some of that up, so I need to use up some of the stuff I currently own before that happens.

And that is everything that I am including in this project pan! It’s a lot of things, I really honestly don’t think I’m going to get through them all, but I am excited to try to and to give some of my favorite products some heavy duty loving, but also try out some new things and see what I end up liking and not liking. I feel like that is a huge advantage to project pans for me, and probably to everyone, but finding out things that I love and don’t love are super useful. Anyway, I think I’m going to end this here because I’m sure this post has been far too long.

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