I did one of these posts last year outlining some of my favourite nude lipsticks that I wore pretty much on the daily. I love nude lips and they are pretty much the only colour I wear, other than coral. I used to be very into mauves and purples but right now my makeup style is more the coral and nude lips route. I wanted to give you all an update on my current faves that I’ve been rotating between!
Burt’s bees suede splash
A repeat from last year. This is a slightly darker nude for my skin tone but works with most makeup looks I create. It is a beige nude that has a hint of rose.
Covergirl sultry sienna
This is such a lovely shade of lipstick. I find that it is the perfect my lips but better shade. It is only a shade darker than my natural lip color. I also really like the smell of these lipsticks.
Cheekbone beauty Melina
A new favourite that I have been wearing pretty much every day since I got this. The Cheekbone beauty liquid lipstick in Melina. What a lovely, matte but not drying everyday lipsticks. This has a peachy rose undertone and lasts forever on the lips without crumbling off like other liquid lipsticks I’ve used in the pasts. It also has a great meaning behind it (more to come in my cheekbone beauty brand review I’m just slow). Again, this is my lips but better shade as are most of the ones in this blog post.
Fenty gloss bomb
The Fenty gloss bomb is definitely my go-to gloss for any day of the week. It has a rose gold shift that doesn’t make my lips looks strange like many true nude glosses make my lips look. I can wear this on its own or layer it.
Pixi lip balm in Natural Rose
This is lovely hydrating lip product. It is exactly what it sounds like, a rose lip balm. This lip product is easy to wear and has a lovely hydrating finish. AGAIN this is my lips but better shade for me. It fades nicely and lasts quite a long time.
Burt’s bees Peony Dew
This is part of their glossy finish lipstick. It is a bit pinker than it’s counterparts. It has a rose pink base but still fits into the nude category for me on my lips. I find the natural shade of my lips pulls pinky purple so this one fits into the nude lip category for me.
In the name of science, I decided that for the month of April I would use all drugstore makeup for a month. In doing so I kept all my project pan items the same – such as the body shop foundation which is mid-range as well as my pan that palette, palettes, but other than that I switched out my normal high and low routine, for all drugstore affordable products. I Kept my skincare routine basically the same. I did get two new cleansers and a new moisturizer. I also added a new face oil, but that only made my skin feel better. I wanted to say that normally I switch between the IT Cosmetics CC cream and the Benefit foundationas well as my Body shop foundationand my Andalou Naturals cc cream, with a smattering of the Maybelline BB Cream in there. I know – I keep it wild. My reasoning for this project was mainly for the foundations. I wanted to see what would happen to my skin if I used only drugstore foundations, powders, concealers for a month. Mostly – I was curious about the effects of the wide range of foundations I owned price wise.
Day 2: new pimples have popped up. Literally, the day after I began using the Covergirl Outlast Active foundation I got new spots. This is the thing – I wanted to make a more inexpensive drugstore foundation work which I why I used the CoverGirl and theRimmel breathable foundation for the first half of the month. But, my skin just did not react well. Which is extremely frustrating because makeup should be accessible and affordable and not give your skin wild reactions. While most young people have great skin and don’t need foundation, I am fully aware that teenagers want to wear foundation and yet the foundations they can afford are clogging their sweet young pores.
By day 3 I had sprouted new friends on my chin. Alas, I was still using the CoverGirl and Rimmel foundation. I had bought the ELF BB Cream which I actually quite like and doesn’t irritate my skin so that will be on my rotation for after May. I noticed an improvement after I started using the BB Cream and then just using concealer.
By day 15, halfway through the month my skin was visibly more textured and had small breakouts – bare in mind when I used the Burt’s bees foundation for my skin drastically improved. When I returned to the Maybelline BB cream and Covergirl foundation my skin then turned slightly red and those small breakouts returned. At this point, I decluttered the Rimmel and Covergirl foundations that I knew were causing this and switched to only using the Maybelline BB Cream, and the Burt’s Bees Foundation.
At the end of the month, you can see that my skin had improved – there are a few uncharacteristic spots around my mouth and on my forehead that I never get. However, this was only because I was gifted the Burt’s Bees foundation that is a clean foundation and I bought the Physicians formula healthy foundation that is $20 CAD which resulted in my skin healing. I also was using myL’Oreal shaping stickfoundation that has never irritated my skin and is also $20 CAD. As someone who loves affordable makeup but also loves skincare, it is interesting to see the difference in using more expensive products from the drugstore that give my skin a better reaction than that of the less expensive foundations you can find at the drugstore.
This experiment really taught me the value of ingredients in foundations. CoverGirl by far had the most ingredients but that doesn’t mean they aren’t bad – it just means my skin might react to those differences but other peoples skin might be totally fine. What I did find was that the drugstore does concealer formula’s very well. I know in theory they should be similar formulas to foundations but I found that theMaybelline Instant Age Rewindand the Joe Fresh illuminating concealer were wonderful.
In the name of science, my conclusion is that my skin prefers higher end base products but can handle the powders at the drugstore which tend to not give my skin a reaction – however, I do use the more expensive drugstore products so that is defiantly a factor.
Look out for the end of May when I post about my high-end makeup every day and see the results of my skin then!
A very popular “trend” right now in the beauty community is a buy less mentality, particularly in the project pan community where the goal is to use and love your collection. The goal is also to shop your stash and realize that you don’t need the new shiny thing. I am not good at this (shameless haul plug here)but I am trying to strike that balance of new products and the being more creative with my blog posts by using makeup I already have, curating more lists and doing more in-depth reviews on products. For the month of February, I wanted to do a wee experiment with my obscene lipstick collection. If you follow me on Instagram I posted on my stories or my grid each day showing what lipstick I chose
In January I went through my lipsticks and picked ones that I wear often, and the ones that I never wear (looking at you Marcelle velour liquid lipsticks that I bought in July). I created an excel document and wrote down all the lipsticks I wanted to wear for the month. I also forgot to take a photo of the Pixi lip balm in peach for my flatlay but I did take a pic of it on my lips.
I tried to theme the weeks into reds, berry’s, and nudes because those are the categories I wear the most often. I wanted to do this experiment because lipstick is very difficult to use up when you have a lot of them. I really wanted to challenge myself to wear a different lipstick every day instead of the same 4-5 I rotate through on the weekly. To be honest I did this to determine if there are any lipsticks I should declutter but I did use a lot of tinted lip balms which are my absolute favorite to wear to work so none of those will be decluttered. That was a bit of a blunder on my part. I have learned that while I love super bold lipsticks, I prefer ones that I can simply slap on with no mirror and know it is going to look semi alright. That is why I love the Burt’s Bees lipsticks and balms, as well as the CoverGirl sultry sienna nude lipstick because they are so easy to wear.
The first couple of weeks were more subtle nudes, the Marcelle Velour Liquid lipsticks, Mac See Sheer (a beautiful sheer pink) and other rose nudes. The second half of the month floated more into my reds, darker berries, and mauve shades. Mauve shades are something I used to wear ALL the time.
What have I learned
I love wearing bold lipsticks but with a blotted effect. For example, with Bite Beauty Beetroot, I didn’t wear it to it’s fullest opacity because I was at work. While I easily could have, it just felt right to pare it down a bit. I am trying to rotate through my entire collection and lipsticks are by far one of the largest parts of it. I love buying and trying new formulas, but lately, since I’m working an 8:30-4:30 job I’ve found that I pick a few standard ones and use those during the week and my “fun” shades get left behind. I want to continue to try and wear fun and bold shades (not a red as my Burt’s Bees Scarlet Soaked is my most favourite low maintenance red) like my dark berries and brighter pinks. Also, I have an affinity for rosy, beige nudes and it shows. Below are the lipsticks I wore every day in order!
Hello all! I know it’s been project pan update and finale central up in here. Have no fear, I have some reviews and other fun posts coming up later this month for you! The rest of the project pan roulette peeps posted their updates 2 days ago and I once again am late to the game. This was created by Rebecca Morgan and Alexy.
A drugstore product
Physicians Formula Butter Blush. I have been using this probably three days a week and I can notice some progress happening. I really like this blush. It is one of the smoothest drugstore blushes I have ever used. I like that it doesn’t look powder on the skin and gives you a beautiful, dare I say, buttery glow.
A product in your favourite shade
The Body Shop Eyeshadow stick in Cyprus bronze has minimal progress. I don’t use this very often purely because it isn’t easily blendable on the eye. I love most of the makeup the body shop makes but this product just doesn’t blend out easily which makes me less likely to reach for it.
A product you always buy on sale
The Maybelline lash sensational mascara. This mascara is alright. It doesn’t flake but it is a pain to take off at night even with an oil based makeup remover. I think after this project and (spoiler alert) after my drugstore mascara round up I will be throwing this out. Both because it will be finished and its close to expiry.
A product you’ve already hit pan on
The Elf Bronzer in Golden Bronze. The pan has slightly expanded but not by much. I’d say that I can expand this to hit other shades in the next two months. I like this bronzer because for my fair skin, it’s not very pigmented so I can layer it over my other bronzer without look over bronzed.
A collab product
I chose the Kathleenlights super shock shadow in cornelius for this one. I have made decent progress on this. I use this maybe once or twice a week in conjunction with other palettes. This is a super simple shade that you can use for a one eyeshadow look or as a base.
An Old Favourite
The Burt’s Bees lipstick in Suede Splash. I love this lipstick still. The progress is slow and steady. I think I can come close to finishing this at the end of the project, I just have to really focus on it!
What are you trying to pan currently?
Coming up: Products I’m willing to splurge on, Klairs vitamin C serum review
It’s that time of year, the time for my first 12 Pans of Christmas update. I LOVE the items in this project and have been really enjoying using them. I don’t wear a lot of makeup to work – generally I use the Physicians Formula butter highlighter when I go to work because I love having a glimmer but this is definitely the product I’ve used the most. I also don’t have specific goals for these items. Mostly, I would just like to get use out of them and maybe finish up my Gosh foundation.
The base products
All my base products have the same story, you cannot tell how much I’ve used. The Andalou Naturals CC Creamis the easiest to tell the progress. I think I’m close to being done but there is so much product in the tube. As you can tell by the tube it’s quite well loved. Same with the Gosh foundation, I cannot tell how much I’ve used but I have been using this mixed in with the Andalous Naturals cc cream so it is definitely feeling lighter in weight. This foundation is alright. I do like that it doesn’t feel heavy on the skin or make my skin react, but it’s probably my oldest foundation (about a year and a bit old) so I’d like to see this done by the end of the project. The collection lasting perfect concealer – again I can’t really tell how much I’ve used but I LOVE this concealer. I swear if any of you UK people want to send me a lifetime supply after I run out of all my other concealers please do let me know. The Too Facedsculpting multi use concealer. This concealer will last me forever, but my opinion has not changed. I don’t think this is worth the money for the pure reason that my drugstore concealers perform the same way if not better. It’s all just brand preference! I like Too faced as a brand so I’m happy to work my way through this.
The eye products
My Naked heat has no goal – really I just want to put a dent in my most used shades. The shade sauced is one that I used almost every day. There is an evident dip. I have really been enjoying this palette and want to do a three looks one palette type of post. This is the perfect rusty warm toned palette that suits all my needs. The bite beauty multistick, I haven’t made a whole lot of progress on this one – it has been used but I can tell its drying out a bit since the packaging broke and is no longer magnetic. Hopefully I can use this a bit more.
These are all showing good progress – in my humble opinion anyways. The Nudestix nudies all over face stick in illuminaughty is a really interesting highlighter, in a good way! It doesn’t completely dry down but also doesn’t go away so you get that glossy sheen all day long. As you can see – the progress isn’t significant but it’s there. I used this the other day under my makeup and it worked really well for an inner glow. The Physicians formula butter highlighter. There is definitely more of a dip in this, but I have really been enjoying it…like a lot. I always buy highlighters on a buy, try, review basis. Okay maybe not all of the time but this one was a highlighter I bought with my bff so we’d having matching ones and then I only used it twice. I have been LOVING this. It’s a beautiful creamy, satin formula and goes with so many looks. The NARSForte De France highlighter, this is also been going well. I still love this, you can’t really see any progress but this is quite tightly packed so I don’t see myself hitting pan anytime soon.
The random three products
Wet n wildoaks on you contour bronze stick – this is nice. It’s not my favourite but I have been enjoying it. I haven’t really used it a lot this past month but want to start using it more as it is a nice shade and blends out really nicely. The Hourglass ambient lighting palette in surreal light. These are kind of domed marble products but I can tell I’ve used quite a lot and the pans are becoming more flat. Finally, the Burt’s Bees lipstick in Scarlet soaked – I had a feeling this wouldn’t show much progress. I was right – only looks a bit shorter because of the angle but my goal is to get it down to nearer to the notch that’s already in the lip stick.
Do you have any projects on the go? How are they going?
Sorry folks, it has been more than two weeks. I got busy! But I have quite the update for you on the items from mylastpost. It was actually really telling how my tastes have changed from when I bought these products to what I use now!
What I’m keeping
Wet n wild photo focus foundation. Okay so. I mixed this with my body shop drops of Youth Essence – beautiful finish. Bear in mind I really sheer it out so I can barely feel it on my skin. I think sheering out helps but again, the smell is off putting. I think I’m going to keep this for more of the spring-summer months.
The Rimmel Contour kit. I wish Rimmel would make the bronzer in a single because I have really been enjoying using it. When I first got this before using any other bronzers I thought this was so pigmented but as I was using it, the bronzer gives really a nice warm glow to the skin and you can’t really over do it (at least in my opinion). I’m going to keep this just for the bronzer and try to hit pan on it in the next year.
The Elf baked highlighter in blushed gems. I really like this product and will be keeping it. As I have used it more – I really like the subtle highlight it gives the cheeks. I have been into that for work and such so this definitely has a place in my collection.
What I’m not keeping
Burt’s Bees goodness glows foundation. I CANNOT make this work. I really wish I could make this work but it just doesn’t melt into the skin in the way literally all of my other foundations do. Alas, this is going to be thrown out – which I hate to do but I don’t think anyone I know would want this foundation.
ELF contour kit. I didn’t reach for this. Once. It’s a great product but I don’t use it. I’ll try to see if anyone I know wants this but if not then it will have to go. The same goes for the ELF baked bronzer in St. Lucia. I didn’t reach for this AT ALL. I think that just proves that this isn’t a product I use anymore. I used to use it all the time but again, I’ve discovered bronzers I like better than this one.
The Wet n wild cream blushes. I didn’t reach for these. At all. They are not bad products at all. But, I have other cream blushes I prefer. Again, since these aren’t very old I’m going to see if anyone in my life wants them and if not they’ll have to be tossed.
The Wet n wild comfort zone palette. Again, I have accepted I am a warm neutrals, light pink and brown eye shadow girl. I just do not reach for this. Since getting my NYX Olive You palette this one sits on the back burner. Again, I will see if someone in my life would like this palette but if not unfortunately I will be throwing it out.
I’m not cool enough to actually be tagged so whoever is reading this, I tag you! I wanted to do another tag post because I rather enjoy thinking about what my true favourites and curating them in a post. I also, like a basic person, love fall and the fall season into the holiday season is just my jam. Enjoy my fall favourites!
Favourite fall candle: this was a hard one because while I’m such a fan of Bath and Body works candles, there is a local candle co in my town, Forest Glen Candle co. The three scents I love that the owner came out with for fall are Apple Cider Donut, Pumpkin Pecan Waffles, and Pumpkin spice latte. They are made with clean ingredients and burn beautifully. They also fill your whole house with a scent not just one area which is one of my favourite things about them. Highly Recommend! Check out their instagram here.
MAC See Sheer
Favourite lip colour. This one was a bit of a difficult one for me because as you might have seen from my makeup stash Fridayspost I have a lot of options. But for me the OG and still one of my favourite colours is the NYX Soft Matte Lip cream in prague for a berry shade and Burt’s Bees Suede Splashfor a dark nude and of course my rotating favourite MAC See sheer. I also wanted to throw in a new one to my collection (THANKS JAMIEPAIGEBEAUTY) the Covergirl lipstick in Sultry Sienna.
Favourite drink. This is a bit of toughie because I do like a lot of drinks. Other than pumpkin spice lattes, a nice hot cup of earl grey or cinnamon tea are my two favourite drinks during the fall season.
Favourite blush. Again, as you might have read in my makeup stash Fridays post, my blush stash is quite extensive. Currently, I really love the Physicians formula butter blush in vintage rouge and the two blushes in the Hourglass Ambient lighting edit from 2016 (forgot to take a pic so here’s one I had from a previous post). I like to glow during all seasons and both blushes have a similar effect to the skin.
Favourite fall movie. I don’t watch a lot of movies but I think my most favourite fall movie are any of those cheesy W films that are unrealistic rom coms.
Favourite fall tv show. Brooklyn 99 HANDS DOWN. I know that you can watch any show you want to watch all year round, but I just love me a good comedy for the fall season and Brooklyn 99 always gets it right.
Favourite Halloween costume. I was never a big Halloween person but my favourite costume was when I was George from the Aristocats and i have to say, the costume worked out quite nicely. Other than that I was literally a polar bear for like 4 years as a child than a witch for two so that wasn’t quite my thing growing up. The holidays on the other hand, that’s my jam.
In the second installment of makeup stash Fridays I’m going to take you through the blushes I’m officially focusing on in the fall. Of course, there are several peach blushes but I’ve also pulled out some of my mauvy toned blushes for the season.
The rosy mauve shades
The three blushes in this category are a bit different but all have a nice mauve undertone. First is the Milani powder blush in romantic rose. In some lights in the pan this blush looks purple-mauve but in other lights it looks like a nice light rose shade. Upon swatching this blush is a beautiful rose matte shade. Second is the Physicians Formula Butter Blush in Vintage Rouge. This is a beautiful buttery blush, I love love love this blush. I haven’t used it much since I bought this in the beginning of the summer but I have been wearing it and it’s literally the perfect (DARE I SAY) flush to the cheeks. Its neutral enough to pair with a lot of eye looks and looks beautifully smooth on the skin. Then we have our most cool toned blush the ELF cosmetics studio blush in Berry Merry.This is supposedly a dupe for NARS sin (which I don’t own) but I’m glad I own the more inexpensive version because I didn’t reach for this much last fall but I want to get more use out of it this season. It is a purple shade with a gold shimmer running through – perfect for darker skin tones.
The pumpkin blushes
I recently saw alwayscleia mention that she thinks of her peach makeup as pumpkin makeup and I was like BRILLIANT OMG. Hence the title of this category. I have three peachy blushes to talk about. First the MAC blush in PeachTwist. This is a sheertoned blush which I love. I can build it up and go ham so I don’t have to worry about going overboard. The second blush I have is the L’Oreal true Match blush in Bare Honey. This blush is a nude peach blush with shimmer (not chunky at all) and looks beautiful on the skin. I also love the Burt’s Bees Blush in bare peach. While at first glance in the pan this blush looks matte its actually a beautiful satin finish. Then as a blush topper I can’t stop won’t stop with the Hourglass blush in Incandescent Electra. This blush is definitely more highlighterish then blushish but I just love it on top of these darker peach and mauve shades to add an extra glow.
What are your favourite fall blushes? p.s no swatch photos because gosh darn it just wasn’t working
For today’s post I want to do a what’s in my skincare bag for travelling as well as a few other less glamorous items that I like to bring with my skincare stuff because it fits into the bag.
First, face cleaning mechanisms. So I am bringing quite a few bits of skincare with me. I found this adorable mini Garnier micellar waterand am bring two reusable cotton rounds for that. As well as I am bringing this little Soy Fresh Face cleanser which I got in a Christmas set from my mom, and I have used this once before and remember it being very gentle. I know its a bit of a gamble to not bring my regular cleanser but I still haven’t found one I love so I thought I would dabble in this and use it abroad. I am also bringing the rest of my decanted Burt’s Bees Willow Bark face exfoliator.
Hydration: I brought quite a few moisturizing products with me. I decanted my Garnier 3 in 1 rose water moisturizer because it is extremely hydrating and airplanes can do a number on your skin. I’m also bringing this cute Caudalie Vinosource moisturizing sorbetthat I got as a point perk. I also have theEmbryolisse Lait-Creme Concentratewhich I have used a few times before and really liked. I’m mostly bringing it because its travel size and can also act as a primer. Then as my essence/serum I have the cutest mini of the Caudalie Brightening Essence which I got as a point perk and its so cute and mini. I’m excited to have got this because I wasn’t planning on bringing my large one since its glass and I didn’t want it to break.
This isn’t really skincare but since I’m bringing this on my carry on, but I have the essential medicines. Gravol, Benadryl, Imodium, and Oval. Yes not the most glamourous carry on items but you just never know when your going to be in a pickle when it comes to travel.
Bringing hydration is key when on an airplane because for some reason they really suck the moisture out of your skin.
I wanted to do a bit of a different post today, a post about what’s in my work bag! I think it’s fascinating to see what people carry around in their bags with them and I thought I would share some fun things that I generally have in bag.
First, I always have a few lip options and of course a lip balm. Currently I have the Burts Bees lip balm and then just a few different lip options including the NYX soft matte lip creams and the Lush lipstick in Strong. I do also usually have a lip gloss but I think that one might be in my other after work/socializing purse.
Then a fun one for ya’ll I keep imodium and oval in my bag at all times. You think it would be Advil but for me the I like to have these on me just in case my bowels deceive me at work or I eat some wheat or something that I shouldn’t and need to save the office from any stenches. I also keep a little reusable rag for wiping off my reusable straws and also if I need to blot my lipstick.
Headphones. I work in an office where we do a lot of video editing and you can listen to music while you work on your computer so I like to have these around. It’s also nice to have them for the short walk to and from work to listen to the podcasts I love.
I also usually always have some sort of gum, and it’s always the Pur brand from Winners or Marshalls. I love cinnamon gum. It’s my favourite so I generally have that flavour.
I always have hand sanitizer and hand cream. I used to have the Lush dream cream in a mini but it ran out and thanks to my BFF who got me hand cream for galentines day I have this new cake beauty one that smells like delicious sugar but not in a sickly way, and same with my hand sanitizer from bath and body works it’s so nice. I keep these two mainly because I work in an office where a lot of people are sick all the time so I like to have these on hand.
I keep a perfume in my bag as well. I don’t ever really use it but if I forgot to put some on I’ll put it on at lunch or on a break just for a nice scent.
Now what do I keep all these fun items in? I have a little makeup pouch my mom gave me for Christmas a few years ago and this tote bag from chapters I got last year. Its very useful and fits all my work day needs.