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.


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?


Too Faced Born This Way Sculpting Concealer: A Review

Okay am I a bit late? In my personal opinion no, but this was something I really wanted to test out and review for you all to give a full review not just a first impression. I don’t have much of a standard when it comes to concealer but this concealer has a lot of claims so I put this buddy to the test.

First here is a description of what the Sephora website says it is: “A hydrating, full-coverage, weightless, four-in-one formula that conceals, contours, highlights, and retouches”. They say it’s made with skin loving ingredients and crease free (I can tell you right now it’s not). This is also a part of the Born This Way range and is different from the original born this way concealer which I’ve never tried.

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Price: its $36 for .50 fluid ounces of product which is a butt load compared to other concealers including popular ones like Tarte Shape Tape, Wet ‘n’ wild photofocus, Revlon Youth FX, the Nudestix concealer  which are all much smaller. This concealer is almost the size of a foundation. If you want to see a good cost per ounce check out Kelly Gooch’s review on YouTube where she breaks it down because she explains it really well.

My skin type, normal verging on dry under my eyes. I have tried this concealer with many beauty tools, a brush, a beauty sponge, my fingers and the same results each time: you can tell I’m wearing this concealer. Unlike my current go to the Nudestix concealer pencil, which in my opinion is decently undetectable under the eyes and on the face, this one you can tell you are wearing it. It is very, very full coverage, almost to the point of too much coverage for me personally. However, it is weightless as it claims, I can’t feel it on my skin but I can see it. Although I would say it doesn’t look bad at all, it just looks more heavy than I’m used to.

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Sweat and crease proofness. Ya’ll this is not sweat proof. When I sweat like a mother wearing this it all broke up on my skin and looked horrible. As for crease proof, well this isn’t a claim I usually believe for any concealer that I use. It does crease under my eyes and that’s okay because most concealers do. Comparing this size wise to other concealers its huge.

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As you can see from the photo I have the Makeup Revolution one, the Collection lasting perfection, the Nudestix concealer pencil, the Wet n wild photofocus concealer, The E.L.F Beautifully Bare concealer, and the Revlon Youth Fx concealer. The Nudestix concealer is $28 for .05 ounces of product, The Wet n wild photofocus will run you $5.79 is 0.28 ounces, the E.L.F beautifully Bare concealer is $4.00 US for .11 ounces and the Youth FX concealer is $15.99 for .11 ounces. So you are getting .50 ounces for $36 which in the long run is actually cheaper than all the drugstore ones. However, for me this is a formula thing. I really like that this concealer is great bang for your buck but it’s also very full coverage which isn’t always my thing but I think its nice to have one on my arsenal for those days I do want some more full coverage.

Bottom line: I give this 3.5/5 stars purely on formulation and the fact that this was so hyped up, I’m not totally comfortable saying this is worth the hype simply because everyone is reviewing it and liking it. I really wanted this to be my new favourite but alas it just isn’t. I think if you like full coverage concealers and want something that really brightens and conceals your under eyes this is the product for you. If you are a light coverage gal like myself then this might not be the concealer for you. I will say I’m going to continue to use this because it is a good concealer and I bought it so I will use it up. When it comes to a repurchase? This probably won’t be my new go to. Which is honestly so unfortunate because I was really hoping it would be since its such big bang for your buck but alas the hunt for a “ride or die” as the beauty world says, continues. I got the shade snow which I think looks a bit too stark for me right now but I am going to continue to use this because it is a good concealer but it might be more of a foundation concealer thanan under eye one for me.

Have you tried the Too Faced Born This Way Sculpting Concealer?