6 by Labour Day Project Pan

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

Too Face 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

NARS highlighter

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

Hourglass blush open

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

Anastasia Beverly Hills Bronzer

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

Me holding the ELF plumping gloss

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

Colourpop supernova shadows

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!

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Products on the Chopping block: Update

Sorry folks, it has been more than two weeks. I got busy! But I have quite the update for you on the items from my last post. 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.

Have you decluttered anything lately? 


Makeup Stash Fridays: Fall Blushes

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

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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

peach-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

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2017 Favourites

IMG_0277.jpgLip products:  Top three of the year were my Burt’s Bees lipstick suede splash, 100% Pure lip caramel, Lush perspective  (which is sadly being discontinued). Of course how can I not mention the Fenty beauty gloss bomb? It has made all my lipgloss dreams come true, its a beautiful rose gold shade that makes your lips look like glass. If you don’t have this, you need it.  I have raved about the Burt’s Bees and 100% Pure lippies before but I just can’t stop using these hydrating products.  I do love my a matte lipstick but lately it has been easier to just go with these hydrating lipsticks or my Fenty gloss because they are comfortable and easy to use. They also match everything.

Highlighters: My favourite cream highlighter has been nudestix illuminaughty. Nudestix illuminaughty is a skin glossing highlighter that makes the dewy and fresh look on the skin.

IMG_0275.jpgBronzers: The Elf contouring blush bronzer in St. Lucia and the Essence sun club bronzer, Nudestix bondi bae and the Physicians formula butter bronzer. The the first two bronzers are my summer shades, since I run outside and tend to sweat off even the sport sunscreen I can utilize some warmer shades. Nudestix bondie bae is a recent purchase but its beautiful, very blendable and buildable and something I have been using everyday since I got it. I recently saw Sam Ravndahl rub her beauty blender on it and then blend it into her cheeks. By golly I had to just try it for myself and it was beautiful! The physicians formula Butter bronzer is just a classic – easy peasy to use, a great crease shade – works for everything.

Blush: My top three of the year are The Body Shop multi stick, Milani luminoso and Elf candid coral. This year I noticed I own a lot of blushes….and have been religiously using my cream products or using my hourglass ambient lighting palette that also has two blushes. The Body Shop multi stick is a blessing really, I have worn it on my eyes and cheeks and it’s just a beautiful invention really. Milani luminoso and elf candid coral are my class summer and fall blushes and they just match with many eye looks.

Single eyeshadows: The Annabelle cream eyeshadow  and the Kathleenlights Colourpop eyeshadow way back from her first collab. In the summer I was an avid cream eyeshadow gal. This Annabelle cream shadow in rose gold was the perfect shade to slap on and go. The Kathleenlights Colourpop shadow was a similar texture and never creased.

Face powder: The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light. I mean how can I not mention this? I know, I know I got it in November but with my dryer winter skin it works as a setting powder and while it cost an arm and a leg I don’t see it running out anytime soon.

IMG_0274.jpgFace palette: The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit in Surreal light, the only link I can find is on net-a -porter since its no longer available at Sephora or on their website. Again, I have spoken about this before its a true gem. It has great blushes, a great bronzer, and is pretty much great for all the things. The Anastasia glow kit by Nicole Guerriero was my shiznit in the summer, sorry folks I can’t find this one online. Anastasia makes a lot of options so there is one out there for you!All of the colours are usable, even the darker highlight shades can be used on the lid and other shades can be mixed with the light white shade to create a perfect highlight

Palettes. I have palettes that I used quite frequently this year, the Covergirl nudes, Too Faced Sweet Peach palette, and the Naked 3The Covergirl nudes, I don’t LOVE this palette but I don’t dislike it either, it is a great (as the name suggests) nude everyday palette and I’m almost done it I mean look at that pan. The Too Faced Sweet peach, again my classic spring, summer going into fall palette, I love all the colours and you can get so many different looks with it.  The Naked 3, while not a widely loved Urban Decay palette I quite enjoy it. It is the perfect professional palette. I wear this palette to interviews, to professional networking events as well as when I just need to look put together without too much heavy eye makeup.

Concealers: Pur disappearing act and the Nudestix concealer pencil. When I bought the Pur concealer  it was before I left for Europe because I wanted it for an easy, no fuss concealer for my jet lagged self and it’s BEAUTIFUL. I don’t need to set it and it hardly creases. I was going to try the glossier stretch concealer after I’m done this one but I think I might just have to repurchase. Ah the Nudestix concealer. I would say this is the most underrated product in the entire Nudestix line, it’s easy to blend out and needs minimal setting which makes it great for quick makeup looks in the morning. 

Mascara: I have two I have in this list aren’t my favourite favourite, but I like them a lot better then the covergirl ones I used to use. I have been for half of 2017 liking the Physicians formula organic wear mascara and the other is the Nudestix mascara which was a Sephora VIB purchase. I mainly like these two because they don’t irritate my sensitive eyes and they are both organic certified which is a bonus.

What have been your stand out or most frequently used products in 2017?