February lip challenge: A recap

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!

What is your favourite type of lipstick?


Products Worth the Splurge

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.


Blush

Two of my favouite blushes are in this (overpriced) palette

I love blush, while I do own mostly drugstore blushes, I love me a good high end blush. My favourite are the Hourglass Ambient lighting blushes and their palettes. These have this light reflecting technology that gives you a glow from within.


Skincare

Caudalie Essence and Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask

I have a few high end skincare items including items from Caudalie and Summer 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

Eyeshadow palettes

There are some great drugstore eyeshadow palettes out there, but I have no problem splurging on a high end palette. I love the Anastasia eyeshadow formula, the Too Faced Sweet Peach palette, and the Urban Decay Naked Heat and 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

FAB Tinted Moisturizer and Nudestix Tinted blur stick

Okay, I only own two of these, the First Aid Beauty Tinted Moisturizer and the Nudestix 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.

Highlighters

NARS Forte De France, Anastasia Amrezy, Anastasia Nicole Guerriero glow kit, Nudestix nudies

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, NARS and 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?

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Rolling Project 10 Pan 2019 intro

I am so excited to start my new project pan for 2019. I have picked a product from all the categories in my makeup collection. A cream, powder and of course a matte and shimmery bronzer. I have a few set goals in mind and I will be rolling in products as I go. If I either finish one, or if I get extremely bored by one I will just roll in a new one. I will attempt to update monthly but if I don’t have significant progress than I will forgo the update for that month.

The base products

First Aid Beauty Tinted Moisturizer

I really like this, however it does pull a bit dark on me. I am hoping to finish this within the first month of this project and by the next update roll something new in.

Revlon concealer

This concealer is amazing, I really like it. I can feel like it’s nearing it’s end. I hope to also be done this by the first update and roll in something new.


Nudestix Tinted blur stick

Again, another of my favourite base products. I LOVE this so much. It is so sheer and creates a dewy finish even with its blurring properties. I also think this is something I can have finished by the next update.


The Body Shop multi stick

This was a favourite from summer 2016-17 and I wanted to get more use out of it. It doesn’t appear to be available online anymore but I am sure you can find it in store. I am hoping to finish this one this year or at least, see a significant shortening (is that a word) of the stick itself.


Physicians Formula Butter blush

This is also in my project pan roulette, okay is this cheating? Yes quite possible. But I really like it and want to hit pan on it.  It is a perfect nude blush for my skin tone and it gives my cheeks a healthy glow.


Physicians Formula Butter bronzer

I have already hit pan on it and hope to further expand the pan. I still enjoy this and hope that I can finish it this year.


Joe Fresh Highlighter

I chose a few highlighters for this project. A girl has got to have choices. I do quite like this and it is a bit older in my collection so I want to see this used as much as I can. Hopefully I can see some progress each month!


Rimmel London Kate Sculpting Palette

This is another older product in my collection and I’m not sure they sell this exact shade anymore. As you might remember, my products on the chopping block this was in it. I discovered I love the bronzer and want to hit pan on this one this year.


Essence pure nude highlighter

This was one of my first YouTube made me buy it products. I do quite enjoy this highlighter. It is subtle and pretty and never fails me.

Becca Champagne Pop

A moment of silence for the fallen one. I can still use this despite it’s appearance. I can use this with my finger and with a brush still. I think it will actually be quite easy to use up so it was a good attainable project pan goal for me to have this year.

Are you doing a project pan this year?

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12 Pans of Christmas Finale

I am a bit late on this one but nonetheless before I post my 2019 rolling project 10 pan I wanted to get this finale and my 2018 project pan finale up for you. Today we are talking the items I used throughout the holiday season.

The Eye Products

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I did not hit pan or make super noticeable progress on either products. My Naked Heat is visibly more used in the warm brown region – particularly the shade sauced has been well love and I can see a dip forming. My bite beauty multi stick. I love this so much! I don’t see any noticeable difference but I want to keep this in my rotation to try to use it up this year.

The highlighters

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Again for all three products in this category I notice a bit of progress. The NARS Forte De France Highlighter has a significant dip in it. I think that if I keep using this I can actually hit pan. While it isn’t in my newest project 10 pan (coming soon fam) I think that this is something I will roll in. The same goes for the Physicians Formula Butter Highlighter, in fact I might keep this in my rotation because it makes such a great highlight on it’s own or layered with other highlighters. This is also the case with the Nudestix All over face colour in Illuminaughty, it is a great glossy highlighter and can be layered with a lot of other highlighters.

The base products

The Andalou Naturals CC Cream. I really love this, my skin likes this, but this comes in one measly shade. Now, this is super sheer and really just evens out the skin BUT it will only work for you if you are white. I would love to repurchase this but again, I’m hesitant to recommend something that very few people can actually use. I am almost done this product and have a few tinted moisturizers in my collection to get through before the time of repurchase comes around. I am overall really happy with my progress on this and will continue to use it until it’s done since it’s so close. The Gosh foundation drops, these are really nice, however they are over a year old and I think they are on their way out purely because they are starting a smell a bit funky. Oh yes, the Too Faced Born This way Multi-use sculpting concealer, I have actually made some progress on this. I have used this pretty much every day simply because it is nice coverage but again, to me it’s not worth the $36. The collection lasting perfection concealer is amazing, it is just as good as the Too Faced. I have made significant progress but I can’t tell visually, I can only tell because the tube feels lighter.

The random three products

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The Wet n Wild contour stick in Oaks on You. I have made some progress on this because I’ve been using in under foundation but I don’t love it. I like my Nudestix one a lot more and this one just isn’t the best. While it works really well, and is a nice shade for my fair skin, it isn’t anything that is mind blowing to me. The Hourglass Ambient lighting edit in Surreal light. I LOVE THIS STILL. This is what I’m saying friends, I want to feel this way about all my products. I use this almost daily and interchange it with the most recent Hourglass palette. The shades are so nice and it gives you a beautiful glow. The Burt’s Bees Lipstick in Scarlet Soaked has some progress. Lipsticks are my nemesis when it comes to project panning so alas the progress was minimal.


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Things I liked and did: October and November

I missed this post last month cause I just didn’t have a ton of stuff to discuss! I decided to combine October and November. I  have had an interesting past few months in terms of life decisions and experiences that are the beginning of this adult life. I also have a flop I wanted to share because it didn’t warrant a full review!

Makeup

Physicians Formula highlighter - open, pearly white shade with a creamy texture
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Covergirl Palette - open

The Physicians Formula butter highlighter. Since this is in my project pan 12 Pans of Christmas I have been using this quite a bit. I love it. I liked it when I got it but because I’m always trying new things I often forget to give myself the time to really love something. It gives that beautiful satin sheen to the skin without being glittery and can be built up to full opacity. I really have been enjoying this and want to keep using for my rolling 10 pan in 2019.

Hourglass Ambient unlocked palette. All I can say is this is luxury beauty dreams. This palette isn’t the best value for money but it’s so convenient. It has everything you need for an entire look! Including eye shadow, which is amazing! All the powders seamlessly blend onto the skin and make for that lit from within look. Unfortunately this is only available in select stores now so my review isn’t really needed anymore if you can’t access it! Due to the strike I got this quite late then I was working so alas! If you would still like a review comment below. 

Covergirl Trueblend Super Stunner Highlighting palette in the shade  it’s lit . I talked about this in my highlight round up. These are great highlighters. A bit on the powdery side but don’t come off as powdery on the skin. All the shades work on my skin tone and they have another palette as well. I have been enjoying this also on the eyes as an inner corner highlighter. Can’t recommend this enough. Covergirl also just went cruelty free!

Nudestix eye pencils. Can confirm – these do not crease. Literally every other fricken eye pencil I’ve used creases. Not these! I love all Nudestix products and these are no exception. They blend beautifully with a finger or a brush and give enough dimension to make it look like you have a few different colours on. I also like to use them for that “model off duty” look I attempt to go for.

Skincare

GlamGlow moisturizer - nude shade
Vichy Thermale Cleanser - white bottle, blue cap.

Glamglow mega illuminating moisturizer. I never thought I would buy a $62 moisturizer but I have. This is a beautiful effective moisturizer. It gives the right amount of dew that and sits beautifully under makeup.

Vichy 3 in 1 cleanser. This was a product I bought on a whim at shoppers. I was curious about its effect as it’s a three in one cleanser. I have to say since I’ve started using this my skin has been a lot clearer than it used to be. Not that it was bad before but I find this is so nice and gentle my skin isn’t the slightest bit irritated

Other stuffs

Being a coach again! I still love coaching and learn something new each time from my former coach and mentor. I love teaching the skaters and giving them life lessons while I’m at it (just like my coach used to do for me). It’s nice to be home and be able to volunteer at a place I love volunteering for.

The flop


The biggest flop of the past two months is the Covergirl Trueblend liquid foundation. This is the one shoppers sent me and it’s not what I ordered … and they never responded … in any case I kept it because upon swatching it on the back of my hand it was fresh and dewy. I thought great maybe a dupe for the Body Shop Fresh nude foundation (I really must do a review on this one as I haven’t yet). wrong I was. This foundation gave my skin quite the reaction and looked horrible on my skin. It was breaking up and emphasizing peach fuzz and also it didn’t sit well under powder. I really wanted to like it but alas tis a flop.

Up next: Project pan roulette update 1, Beauty gift guide


12 Pans of Christmas: Update 1

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 Cream is 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 Faced sculpting 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

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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.

The Highlighters

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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 NARS Forte 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

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Wet n wild oaks 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?


Updated “No Makeup Makeup products”

As I said in my last one of these posts I don’t know how I feel about the no makeup makeup term. I like to think of it as a minimal makeup look – but can use the same amount of products its just the techniques you use to use these products. I like to do this kind of look when I’m just, to be quite honest a feeling a bit lazy that day but still want a bit of something something. Granted, now that I am a new grad and am in a transitional period I have a lot more time to do my makeup and have been doing more fun eye shadow looks and such but I still have some new tried and true makeup I use when I’m not feeling like a full glam look aka no makeup makeup items in the beauty world. I would also like to note this is completely subjective, so what I may use might be way too much for you or way to little! It’s all personal preference!

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The actual base

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The most important step to any makeup routine is skincare. Skincare is so important to creating a smooth and clean surface for makeup. I generally do three (yes three) hydrating products in the morning. I usually rinse my face with warm water, then put on my toner and use a hydrating serum, essence, and moisturizer. Some mornings I do just a serum and moisturizer and other mornings I do the whole shebang, it just depends on my mood. The reason (besides the obscene amount of highlighter I use) that my face glows and is dewy is that I always use a army of hydrating products.

The undetectable base

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Nudestix tinted blur stick. This is hands down and all time favourite of mine. It adjusts to the shade pigments in your skin and it just has this beautiful skin like finish. I hydrate intensely beforehand as I do with most things. Review here

Glowy primer. I am a fan of the glow (as you might be able to tell I’m going to be “dewy until the day I die” – Katie Jane Huges). I have been enjoying the Physicians formula spotlight primer and would like to try the Bare Minerals Foundation Primer brightening next or the Milani strobe and pore minimizing one! This is just a beautiful way to add glow and light to the skin without having to put on a foundation.

As for a concealer, I haven’t quite found one that I’d consider a minimal concealer and that’s because I can always see my concealer – even if it’s really good, I haven’t yet found one that is my idea lazy makeup concealer. If you have an recommendations hit me up here or slide into my dms on instagram.

The cheek products 

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NYX dose of Dew and the Nudestix Illuminaughty. Both of these highlighters leave a nice glossy sheen to the skin and look as “natural” as you can with a highlighter. I like the NYX one slighty more only because it doesn’t stay sticky all day and sometimes I can’t be bothered with such stickiness of my face.

For a blush this has not changed, I’m still a fan of the Body Shop lip and cheek stain, it’s a beautiful rose shade and applies quite sheer to the skin but I do find it disappears quite quickly so I would go a bit overboard and then its perfect. The two other blushes that I have in the mix are the Hourglass Ambient lighting blush in Incandescent Electra and MAC Peachtwist. My Hourglass blush is more of a glow giving blush then a flush blush, as one might say, but I really like that on those minimal makeup days because it’s just a hint of colour.

The glass lips

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Fenty gloss bomb. The Fenty gloss bomb is just the best thing to happen in the makeup world. I  know that everyone says that but it is! I love love love this for no makeup days because it makes your lips look like glass.

MAC See Sheer. Again, the item I didn’t want to love that makes me want to try more MAC products. There is something about the shade of this lipsticks and the formula. I know it is very similar to the PIXI lip balm but I love this for an everyday almost red shade. I love the lustre formula and I would love to find a nice fall shade in this formula as well.

What are your favourite “I don’t feel like full glam today” makeup products?


My favourite brands: Sephora Edition

I wanted to highlight some brands from sephora (cruelty free and accessible in Canada) because I often get asked, what is your favourite brand? I can’t choose just one because that is like choosing a favourite breed of cat!  I decided  to highlight a few brands that I love and use every day.

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Nudestix. Is this a surprise to anyone on this blog? Nudestix is Canadian and cruelty free, all their products are vegan and they have a wide variety of shades for all skin tones. They originated in Toronto, founded by two daughters and their mother and was created in 2014. If you want to listen to an awesome podcast about the brand Breaking Beauty did a great one! My favourite products are the tinted blur stick, the Nudies All Over Face Colour in Bondi Bae and the cream lip and cheek stain in saint! I am definitely going to pick up more products in the future! In Canada it can be bought at Sephora and online on their website.

Hourglass

Hourglass. More on the luxury side of things. Hourglass was created in 2004 by Carisa Janes (yes another female founded brand, can you see a pattern here) and is now in more than 500 stores world wide. The brand is cruelty free and most of their products are vegan, there is a pretty decent shade range and every product I’ve tried as been beautifully made. My favourite products are the blushes, the Ambient lighting powder and the bronzer! The best place for Canadians to buy hourglass is Sephora because from Nordstrom and their website duties usually apply (Canadian probs).

Naked-Palettes

Urban decay. Okay so I only own Urban Decay eye shadows (it is what they built their brand on after all) and I love them! WOW another female founded brand what a suprise. The brand was founded by Wende Zomnir. They were one of the first brands to dabble with colour in the 1990s and consistently have eye shadows for years and years (the Naked palette has recently been discontinued but I smell a reformulation coming). My favourite Urban Decay products are obviously their famous Naked palettes, which can be controversial but nonetheless they are my favourites. I love the Naked Heat for its warm rustic tones and it transcends all seasons. The Naked 3 holds a special place in my heart and I will forever love using this palette. Now, I haven’t tried anything else from the brand but am certainly curious about their naked skin concealer and their blushes. This brand can be found in Canada at Sephora and Shoppers Drug Mart. 

bite-beauty

Bite Beauty: Bite beauty is a Canadian brand mainly focused on lip and cheek products and is of course, as seems to be the pattern, founded by a women. It was founded by Suzanne Langmuir.  Bite beauty makes natural (a contested word) lipsticks that are healthy enough to eat. Its true folks. They are all handcrafted in Toronto. They come in a large variety of shades and they even have newly launched French Pressed lip glosses! I personally enjoy their agave lip mask and their Amuse Bouche lipstick in beetroot! I would love to try the lip gloss next and more of the multisticks. You can find bite at Sephora or on their website.

What are some of your favourite brands from Sephora?!

 


Things I liked and did in August

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Ah yes, August has come and gone like the wind. It has been an odd month of transition from university to the adult world. I’m still on the hunt for a job but am also enjoying having this time off to chill and job hunt and live worry free while I’m doing so (bless the rents). In any case I still have a few favourites to discuss that I discovered this month and am excited to share!

First I have a very specific combination of products. My Physicians Formula Spotlight illuminating primer with the Nudestix Tinted Blur stick (this has holy grail status fo me) and I LOVE the combination. Since moving back north (and we aren’t even that north) despite the summer it’s still a lot more dry in this area then Southern Ontario. I have been loving the extra boost of glow. Because the tinted blur stick is a literal filter for your face, the glow beautifully shines through and I don’t feel like it gets covered up in anyway.

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My wee sample of the Lancome Monsieur big Mascara. I got this for free and IT IS BEAUTIFUL. I really am making a more conscious effort to try and find my holy grail mascara, but preferably cruelty free. So I am on the hunt for a dupe so if you have any please, message, email, or comment on this blog post!

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid glow highlighter in Oyster. I found this gem at Winners (score am I right) and it’s wonderful. I have been eyeing this for awhile and when I found it for 12.99 at winners I immediately bought it. I checked the batch code and its perfectly fresh and no expired. Bonus no one had tested it which is very exciting for a Winners find.

Thayers

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I have been loving using my hands for my toner instead of a cotton pad. I have read about several Korean skincare routines and also listened to several podcasts where the method of patting it in with your hands is actually better for your skin then a cotton pad. I have been loving how it feels in the morning and as well notice a big difference in my skin.

Recently, I have had some injuries that have really inhibited that running train. So, I started doing Yoga With Adriene videos in an attempt to heal my sore knees and relieve my lower back pain. I have been LOVING her videos. They are so calming but also feel like a great gentle workout that is self healing for my old lady joints.

Seeing my bestie every damn day. Well mostly. I have lived quite far from my best friend for awhile and it’s been nice having her so close. We have gone on many adventures and had such grand times and we live closer now, even while she is away at school so I’m excited to visit!

Piano

Finally, playing the piano again. It has been a  thrill to jump back into (our very out of tune) piano. I have started back where I left off at good old grade 8 and it’s been such a joy to learn again and play again. It’s also a great intellectually stimulating thing to do because playing piano requires focus and knowledge! I may possibly start painting and drawing again as well because I have been loving honing creative things!

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13 by Halloween

So I have been recently seeing some videos by Too Much Tash and Kelly Gooch doing a 13 by Halloween project pan collab. Okay, so I’m not cool enough to collab with them but I thought this was a great idea because I want to continue using up and really focus on products I love. I have chosen 13 products to attempt to hit pan or use up by October 31.

I think I will do a monthly update since these products are already on my rotation in my everyday makeup so I thought it made sense to put them in this project including a few skincare products.

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First up is the base products. Now I am notorious for starting one product and then never finishing, hence this project pan so I chose quite a few. First is the CoverFX Perfect Setting Powder  I have this for about a year and half now and it is a really good powder, it’s talc free so I find compared to lush emotional brilliance it doesn’t quite have the same setting power but it does the trick for the under the eye and I’d like to attempt to get it used up. Second is my newly introduced First Aid Beauty tinted moisturizer – this is such a fab product – pardon the pun. It’s dewy, light coverage and exactly what I was looking for in a tinted moisturizer. Since I have been using this religiously I decided to put it in the project to see if I can challenge myself to put a real dent in it. Next we have two concealers, the Nudestix concealer – this concealer is so close to being finished!! I do like this concealer a lot, but am undecided if I want to repurchase it. I have quite a few other concealers to get through before a repurchase comes along but I would like to get this one done because I’m just so close. The other is the Revlon YouthFX concealer. Since my Nudestix one is so close that it will be nice to have this one to focus on and use in conjunction with the Nudestix. Another Nudestix product I’ve chosen is the Tinted Blur stick – this might be a bit ambitious but I really enjoy this and for days when the tinted moisturizer is too much for the hot weather I know I will gravitate towards this.

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Now for the cheek products, I chose  Nudestix Nudies All Over Fave colour in bondie bae – again I have been on a cream product kick so I decided to put nudestix bondi bae in this project. It’s creamy, blendable and naturally warms up my fair skin without being overpowering. For a blush product I kept it tame and chose one, the Body Shop lip and cheek tint in the shade dusty roseI really love the body shop’s cheek products and have been living for the dewy effect this tint leaves on my skin. I want to make a real dent in this one and see if I can use quite a bit up. I chose two highlighters which might be a bit ambitious of me but I don’t really have a set goal in mind I just want to get lots of use out of these two. First is  Becca champagne pop. I know this isn’t something I will be hitting my pan on anytime soon but it’s something I have been using non stop and don’t see myself putting down for awhile. The next highlighter I’m choosing to ‘pan’ is the Lush feeling younger skin tint is two highlight products too bold of a choice for this project? Possibly but I like to live on the edge. This is beautiful under foundation, mixed with moisturizer, on the collie bones it really has so many uses that I am hoping to use it up

Lips and eyes. First is a the Joe fresh mango lip balmI don’t love putting lip products in projects because it just never goes well. However this is one that I have been using quite a lot, enough to track my progress on it! For eyes I chose one single shadow from Colourpop the shade Kathleenlights. I rather like this eyeshadow and because it’s going to be transitioning from summer to fall during this project I know I can make a dent in it (how many times can I say dent). It’s a really beautiful gold bronze and I’m excited to use it alot.

Onto the skincare. First up the Garnier 3 in 1 rose moisturizerThis is an interesting product because it claims to be a mask, day cream and night cream which I feel is a bit of a gimmick. But this is a nice cream and I would love to use up during the course of the project so I can finally try the summer Fridays jet lag mask! I’m also trying to use up my ordinary products and thought I would throw something in this project that I’m already consistent with which is The Ordinary hylaronic acid and b5 .This product does boot moisturizer in my skin if I use it consistently but I want to get the Glossier Super Bounce next so I am going to make a concerted effort to use this on the daily. 

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Finally a perfume. I really love the Karma scent from Lush, now they have a body lotion which is super exciting, so I want to put a dent in the Karma solid perfume. I never discuss perfume but I do really enjoy it and use perfume pretty much every day or night. This is an easy one to use and while the scent doesn’t last all day I love putting it on in the morning because it gives you that little boost of energy.