I love project pans and wanted to start another (actually I have been using these since May 1) but am just late on posting these items. Usually, the classic labour day project pan is a 7 by labour day but I wanted to do 6 as to not have too many things on my plate. This project will end of September 2 so it is a Spring-Summer project.
Too Faced Sweet Peach
The first item I chose was the Too Faced Sweet Peach palette, particularly the shade luscious and summer yum because I use those shades quite often. This is a lovely palette that I generally use in the spring anyway so I decided to throw it in this project.
NARS Forte De France
The second item in this project is one of my favourite highlighters. The NARS highlighter in the shade Forte De France. Quite honestly, I don’t think I will hit pan on this but I do think I have a shot since it does have an existing dip from being in previous projects.
Hourglass blush in incandescent Electra
This is such a lovely blush that it is so easy to wear. It doesn’t have a ton of peach in it but the marbling makes for a nice effect on the skin. I want to see this dip significantly in the next few months.
Anastasia Bronzer in Tawny
This is a lovely matte bronzer and has a nice finish. This does pull red and I like to be light handed with it. I don’t see this hitting pan but I want to use it as much as possible. If you are interested in a full review you can read it here.
The ELF plumping lip gloss in Champagne
I chose this lip gloss because it seemed like one of the easier things to pan. Every time I use it, the product goes down a bit more and the progress is visible.
The Colourpop Supernova Shadow in Running Orbits
I chose this for the project because it also has some progress already. It creates a lovely glittery eye and is super easy to use. I don’t find this creases easily and it makes me look “put together” quickly. I even wear this in a light layer during the day and I love it!
I decided to combine my February and March faves into one post, simply because in February I didn’t really do or try anything. Alas I decided to combine them. The past two months have been such a 360 from the previous months at the end of 2018 … I just can’t believe it! Enjoy my favourites fam!
I want to first give a shout out toPopsugar fitness on YouTube. Since starting my new internship (Which I am liking quite a lot), I have had minimal days during the week that I can actually workout. I now understand why people go to the gym at lunch … in any case because I am an intern I like to hop on anything I can work wise so I haven’t been exercising really at all during the week, except for Saturdays and Sundays. For those workouts, I have been doing the PopSugar fitness 30 min or longer workouts. I really like these workouts because while their jobs on this channel are fitness, they are also are sweating and tired. I like that they are authentic workouts and kick my butt. I am still trying to balance the hours I work with working out so I’d like to start doing something at lunch: whether that is going to the gym to bike or even running at lunch eek!
The Knix wear bras. OMG I HAVE FINALLY FOUND A BRA TO FIT MY BREASTICLES. I tell you, since gaining a bit of weight finding any bras that fit has been a struggle. These bras fit perfectly, cover everything and look great under anything you’ll be wearing. I think I will only buy these from now on. The best thing is is that these bras are from a Canadian company that uses women of all different shapes and sizes to model their bras. So when you click on size 8 it shows someone who is a 34D who is actually a 34D etc.
Articles of Society jeans. I have the fit called Sarah. I have never found a pair of jeans not from American Eagle that actually make me feel good about my body. As soon as I put these on in the change room I actually felt good about my body. They aren’t super high rise but they are high enough to make me feel good. I am eyeing a few more pairs to get later this year! I want to try their high rise ones.
Thebenefit hello happy foundation. This is a lovely foundation. It has light coverage and a natural finish. It isn’t matte, but creates a nice satin radiant finish (at least on my skin). It is my first truly high-end foundation and I couldn’t be happier with it.
The Colourpop single shadow inringerand thenaked 3. This is a specific combination that I rather enjoy. I love layering the shade from Colourpop over anything from the naked 3 palette. It gives the look a bit more life and creates a nice glossy effect on the lid.
Elf Beautifully bare face palette. I have been using this for traveling and have been loving it. It only works for fair skin which is extremely unfortunate. The formula of these powders is so nice. They are smooth and look lovely on the skin.
Dior lip glow. This. is. The. most. Luxiourous. Lip. product. I love it. I have been wearing this every day. This is the product that apparently reacts with your bodies chemistry and gives a custom colour to match your skin tone. I can’t exactly attest to this, but the shade I have is 004 Coral and it creates my perfect sheer coral shade (at least in my eyes).
Anastasia Amrezy highlighter (this is so sad but it’s no longer on Sephora rip). Ughhhh I keep forgetting how great this is. It is a glossy sheen that lasts all day. It is a unique formula in that I find it is so smooth it almost gives a wet look to the skin. Highly recommend. This also can last a 14 hour day and leave you glowing at the end of the night.
There is one lonely item in the category, but its a goodie! That product is the The Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream. Amazing. There is nothing like this moisturizer (at least that I’ve tried). I have been a die hard drugstore moisturizer gal. Then, with all the driving I do and the office air, I realized I needed to step up my game. My skin had been flaking on my chin by 1 or 2 p.m. each day. Now, with this, my skin is moisturized for my 14 hour days all day with no flaking. A huge win and it will be a painful day to repurchase when it runs out, but I shall be investing in this again after I run out.
I did a post last year (eek) about products I’m not willing to splurge on. I wanted to do another one about products I am willing to splurge on and why they are worth it. I get it, spending $45 on a blush is wild, it is, but I will say with no shame that I have spent that amount of money on a blush. Now, don’t splurge if you can’t afford it, but for me there is something about wonderful saving for that one item and buying it.
I love blush, while I do own mostly drugstore blushes, I love me a good high end blush. My favourite are theHourglass Ambient lighting blushes and their palettes. These have this light reflecting technology that gives you a glow from within.
I have a few high end skincare items including items fromCaudalie andSummer Fridays and I love them. I splurge on high end skincare with good ingredients because my skin loves it. I know, it’s a bit ridiculous to spend $34 on a cleanser or $50 on an essence, but I don’t know what to tell you my skin enjoys it. It’s not to say I don’t have drugstore skincare favourites like the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Serum or the Cerave hydrating cream and lotion, but I don’t feel bad when I spend money on skincare. The biggest benefit to buying skincare from higher end brands in the formulation of the products and the sourcing of the ingredients. Sometimes less expensive products can have the same ingredients, they are just formulated differently and sometimes diluted to be less effective. However, this doesn’t mean their aren’t great drugstore skincare products
There are some great drugstore eyeshadow palettes out there, but I have no problem splurging on a high end palette. I love theAnastasiaeyeshadow formula, the Too FacedSweet Peachpalette, and the Urban Decay Naked Heatand Naked 3. The interesting thing about high end eyeshadow palettes is while the drugstore is catching up, I find that anytime I wear a high end palette my eyeshadow actually lasts all day, despite wearing the same eyeshadow primer.
Tinted moisturizers and BB Creams
Okay, I only own two of these, the First Aid Beauty Tinted Moisturizer and theNudestix Tinted blur stick, but I would repurchase both. The First Aid Beauty does pull a bit orange so I’m on the hunt for a tint that isn’t orange so I can round them up for you. The Nudestix meets that bill but I want to find a tinted moisturizer that also meets the criteria.
I LOVE highlighters and because I rarely use them up, spending a bit more on a good quality powder doesn’t really bother me. Now, I realize that the drugstore makes amazing highlighters. Trust me, I have some that are among my favourites but I think that for powder highlighters you can get a really beautiful sheen and glossy finish from high end highlighters vs the drugstore where tend to come across as a bit more powdery. My personal favourite formulas are Anastasia,NARSand Nudestix. However, highlighters like the Essence Pure nude and the Annabelle Cream highlighters are wonderful. However, if you want a tried and true, easy to use highlighter I would go for high end.
All of these products are what i personally don’t mind splurging on. I think that it is ridiculous the amount of money products cost. However, despite my issues I take with capitalism and elitism, beauty that costs a lot and feels so nice to use, these items get me every time, congratulations to the marketing people for selling overpriced items so well (not being sarcastic, it’s impressive). What is your favourite splurgy item?
This year I set a goal to buy four palettes – high end or drugstore. Clearly that was a huge fail. I want to preface this post by saying I love eye shadow and playing with eye shadow. It is something I do after I’ve had a bad day, when I want to feel creative and when I have an occasion – even when I don’t I love a blown out smokey eye. In 2019 I think I will make my goal to limit my eye shadow purchases. Realistically, as a blogger I enjoy reviewing palettes but I also want to make sure I’m making conscious purchasing decisions. This period of deciding is far more evident when I shop high end I wanted to make this post to analyze the value of each palette in my collection, what’s their purpose, is the colour story exciting etc.
Huda Beauty Coral Obsessions palette. This palette is worth every penny. I absolutely love this palette. The colour story of this palette is like no other in my collection. The beautiful mustard yellow compliments any eye look and blends itself out. The shimmers in this palette have a beautiful colour shift. This palette serves its purpose as a colourful, albeit trendy, but also wearable palette.
The AnastasiaSoft Glam. I LOVE this eye shadow formula. The palette is definitely neutral with a twist – which is great for every day and glam looks. The formula of these shadows are like no other. They are soft and buttery, but also are slightly powdery so I like to do my eyes before using this palette. The value this brings to my collection is the easy (for me) to use and you ca create fail safe looks which I always enjoy.
The NARS Ignited Palette. Oh damn. Oh damn. Oh damn – Captain Holt. This palette. Is. Beautiful. This is my first foray into real adult luxury eye shadow. While this palette is basically an all shimmer palette – I find the mattes and satins to be wearable and easy for both “daytime” and “night time” looks. This palette really takes you from a simple matte look to a beautiful shimmer look.
NYX Perfect filter in Olive You. I LOVE this eye shadow palette. It really brought me out of my warm tone comfort zone while still having those tones to work with. I really like the greens and blue shade in this palette. I don’t really have anything else like this in my collection so as someone who doesn’t tend to wear a lot of “colour” this is a great addition to my collection.
Burt’s bees trio in Countryside Lavender. This was something I bought for my week of clean makeup I did back in the summer and it was also something I thought would be pretty for spring with the lilac. Now, these shadows aren’t overly pigmented like the Anastasia or the NYX palette but they are great for an every day wash of colour which I enjoy. I like that you can create subtle barely there looks but also build these up for more full pigmentation.
Joe Fresh neutrals palette. Did I need another neutral palette? No. NO did not. But, I was so curious about the quality I bought it. I don’t necessarily think this isn’t valuable in my collection but it was super necessary. I do like the simplicity and slightly cooler tones of this palette which I don’t own a lot of.
Rimmel Crimson edition. Again – this is a palette that arguably doesn’t need to be in my collection because I can create those berry looks with multiple different palettes and shadows – but I couldn’t resist this when I saw it at the drugstore. Again, this is a super trendy palette for my collection but I’ve gotten a ton of use out of it.
City mini palette by Maybelline in rooftop bronzes. I think this might be one of those impulse palettes that I bought and didn’t really need. I planned on comparing this to the elf prism palette but I also kept seeing ttsandra talk about it so naturally, I bought it. Does it serve a lot of value in my already too large palette collection – honestly no but I like to use this in conjunction with palettes like the Naked Heat and the Naked 3 so it does serve that purpose.
I missed out on this highlighter the first time it came around. So when I heard it was dropping for a second time I couldn’t resist ordering it. When it came in the mail it was all the glory I thought it would be. I don’t personal follow Amrezy on Instagram but from the description on Sephora she is an Instagram beauty sensation, I personally bought this highlighter purely on how pretty it is and how universal it is.
OnSephora this is described as a light brilliant gold and is supposed to be that second skin finish for a natural glow. The colour of this is accurate – it is a light brilliant gold. Comparing this to other highlighters in my collection, nothing is the same. I compared it to my NARS, Maybelline, ELF pressed highlighter and a few other ones – nothing compares to this shade of gold. It is hard to describe – while it is a light gold it also has some undertones of champagne so it doesn’t look like a gold strip on my cheekbone. The packaging is great, it has the nice snap closure so it stays secure and is sprinkled shiny bronze gold stars on the packaging. Yes, this shows fingerprints but not as much as other Anastasia packaging like their palettes.
The formula: This is a beautiful, buttery formula that gives a glossy finish on the skin. It isn’t a metallic highlighter but it’s a soft, yet tightly packed powder that can be used wet or dry. This also would work for a variety of skin tones and mature skin. Due to it’s non metallic nature, this works for anyone who has texture. NOW will this somewhat emphasize texture – of course all powder highlighters will but let’s face it, we all have texture.
The swatch: this swatched beautifully, it can be blended into the skin to give a “I’m just a bit dewy” finish but can be built up to be poppin’ like the Becca Champagne pop highlighter. What I like about this when I wear is you can’t really see it unless you turn your head into the light, making it the perfect work highlighter or alternatively a highlighter for going out for a night on the town. In low light this looks sublime.
Overall rating: 5/5 stars. YES. I love this. This highlighter adds value to my collection and is different (at least to me) from anything else I own. I also think this would be a great starter highlighter – especially because it is $36 CAD which is an amazing price for a highlighter considering some stuff in the Canadian drugstore is upwards of $38 (looking at you Pixi).
Have you tried this highlighter yet? If so, what are your thoughts?!
This bronzer was on my radar since its release. I was on the fence because I haven’t heard many reviews, and the I haven’t heard the best reviews from creators that I trust. But when my brother got me a Sephora gift card for my birthday I thought this might be the perfect time to try it!
I got the shade Tawny, which Anastasia recommends for people with cool or neutral undertones according to the Sephora website, which is me to tea. I got this in store and am proud I actually picked out the recommended shade. However, most of the shades in the range feel quite similar and are a bit red leaning.
The formula is finely milled, as is one of its claims, and it is very smooth. I love it as an eyeshadow so much, it is my current go to for a crease shade. As for an actual bronzer, yes it’s great, but this is not the bronzer for you if you are a first time bronzer wearer. It is quite pigmented which I haven’t decided if I like in a bronzer yet or not in general.
Cost. This bronzer retails for $36.00 CAD which is actually a really a great price for a high end bronzer. That is one of the things I love about Anastasia Beverly Hills, she keeps her prices reasonable for great product. Since this bronzer pigmented it will last you forever, unless you bathe in it which I’m not opposed to but either way you get a lot for you money. Because I love Anastasia and supporting female owned brands, this gets at 4/5 for me if we are doing a scale rating. I didn’t dislike it enough to return but I also didn’t love it enough to consider it, dare I say this term, a ride or die in my collection. For eyeshadow however, I love love love this on the lids. Bottom line, yes I recommend this, but only if you really understand and know your bronzer game.
I have been toying with doing this post for awhile but really wanted to get my favourites concrete. I have a obscene amount of eyeshadow palettes because, well I love palettes. They just draw you in like chipotle on a Thursday night. I thought I would share with you my favourite palettes from past to present and why they are my faves.
The Anastasia Beverly Hills soft glam eyeshadow palette. A newbie to my collection. This palette is a wonderful neutral palette with pops of warm tones and is the most satisfying of my palettes to hold. If the Modern Renaissanceand Subculture are daunting, to you this would be a really good palette to have. It has this beautiful rose gold shade that spoke to me and so did the bronze one right beside it (can you tell I love sparkly things). Also, its a woman owned business so that is always a bonus in my book.
The Urban Decay Naked Heatpalette. Ah the third Naked palette to add to my collection (I had the Naked 2 for a longggg time, but it reached the end of its life after 4 years of having it in my collection, hit pan on many shades and using it constantly, still has a special place in my heart). I love this palette. So funny story, for some reason I was really resisting this palette, and because I wanted these warm rusty tones, I used my shoppers points for a PUR palette (which I love and use as it has cool toned shades and warm toned which are glorious), but this palette was still in mind. Alas, when I was done writing my law exam in December, I bought this bish. It is beautiful, I love the warm brown tones, the purples, basically the whole thing. Is it bad that the Naked Petite Heat and original Naked paletteare both on my wish list?
Too Faced Sweet Peach. Another classic. I love this! I haven’t been using as much as of late, mostly because I have been waking up late and just throwing on a super light shade from my 100% Pure Naked 2 palette, but this one is so beautiful. It has beautiful warm browns and shimmery bronzes, not to mention the amazing formulations of the peach shades, which I think (not that I’m a scientist) are hard to perfect. I love the scent too (which also scares me because how to they make it smell so good? What if your allergic to peaches?) . Probably not the cleanest of ingredients but it’s a favourite.
The Urban Decay Naked 3 – a controversial choice but it is one of my favourite palettes. I find it is super subtle and easy to use. I like the formula, granted not as great as the Naked Heat formula, but it’s a great beginner palette and fun fact: I have worn this palette each time I have went to a job interview and got the job. You could say it’s my good luck palette. I love how subtle it is so that when I am at say, a new workplace, a conference, a meeting, I wear this because it makes me feel good. I always follow Elanna Pecherle “I feel pretty”tutorial because she makes such a nice taupe, subtle (how many times can I say this word) look with this.