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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Things I liked and did: February and March

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!

Lifestyle

I want to first give a shout out to Popsugar 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.

The makeup

The benefit 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 in ringer and the naked 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.


Too Faced Hangover Rx setting spray. A Again … eating my past words. This is a great setting spray. It makes my makeup last all day. I’m talking 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. My mom said one night after I got home from work “your makeup still looks perfect”. I attribute it to this and my next favourite.

Skincare

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.

What did you like in the past few months?!

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12 Pans of Christmas

I’m SO EXCITED to start the 12 pans of Christmas. I also wanted to announce that instead of doing blogmas I think I’m going to a 12 days of blogging or something just to make it easier on myself so I can balance all the adult things in my life.  Stay tuned for later in December.

I’m really excited to start this project since my 13 by Halloween was so successful I am really excited to start this project. I have selected 12 items and this project will end on Dec 31. This project is a shortie but goodie.

Foundations and Concealers

I wanted to chose a few foundations that I have and that are a bit older in my collection to attempt to use up for this project. First is the Gosh Foundation Drops. I do really like these and I think that I can use a lot of them up. I don’t wear foundation to work as its long shifts but otherwise on my days off I will be either wearing this on its own or mixing it. I also wanted to utilize the Andalous Naturals CC cream sheer tint because I am very close to using this up and since it’s so sheer it’s great for work and otherwise. Okay so controversial – and you all know my feelings on this concealer, but I want to try to use the Too Faced Scuplting concealer because it is so light and brightening I think it might work well for my winter skin. I also wanted to throw in another concealer that is a bit “older” in my collection (I got it in July but you know I love it and want to use it) is the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer.

The Eye Products

I want to use my Bite Beauty MultiStick in Brioche. I really like this on the eye and mixed in with a lip gloss and on the cheeks when applied with fingers and sheered out. For an eye shadow palette the Naked Heat. I really do love this palette and it’s really a classic warm toned palette that can work for several holiday looks.

Did I select too many highlighters? Yes I did.

I LOVE the Nars forte de France Highlighter so I thought I would throw it in this project. You might notice all of these highlighters are in my makeup stash Fridays posts but I thought in an effort to use up things in my collection I’d put them in this project. I also chose the Physicians Formula Butter Highlighter in Pearl. This is a beautiful icy highlighter that has a stain finish. The third highlighter I want to use is my Nudestix illuminaughty Highlighter. I really like this for just an everyday easy glossy highlighter. As for goals, I know I realistically won’t hit pan, but I want to just make a dent in these items. 

The Face palette and Random wet n wild product.

I feel like I always have some sort of wet n wild product in my projects. I want to use the Wet n Wild Contour stick in Oaks on You. I actually really like this product I just rarely stray from my powder products and from my Nudestix Cream bronzer. I also wanted to throw in the Hourglass Ambient lighting palette in surreal light. I use this all the time. It’s so easy for work, everyday and can be built up to glowy goodness. I also wanted to throw in a red lipstick because it is the holiday season after all. I love the Burt’s Bees Lipstick formula and equally love the shade Scarlet Soaked. It\s a low maintenance red that is good for every day but can be built up to full opacity for holiday gatherings etc.

Are you planning on panning anything for the holiday season? 

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Makeup Stash Fridays: Fall Eye Shadow Palettes

I LOVE me a good fall eye shadow palette and I do have my eyes on a few colourpop ones but alas I’m holding off. The reason being I have so many other palettes in my collection that are perfect for the fall season and can carry us into the holiday season. I have rounded up a few palettes I’m bringing in to my rotation for the fall season.

The orange tones

milani earthy elements

milani eyeshadow

no shades names 

naked heat

naked heat swatches

Left-right: Ounce, Chaser, Sauced, Low blow, Lumbre, He Devil, Dirty talk, Scorched, Cayenne, En fuego, Ashes, Ember

I love orange eyeshadow…like a lot. I have a few palettes that are more specifically geared towards the oranges. First is my all time favourite drugstore palette and that is the Milani Earthy Elements palette. The quality in this palette is just amazing. It has every shade you need for a simple look or for a full on fall look. The next one is the Naked Heat Palette. I love this palette really for all seasons but I want to use it a lot for the remainder of the year. There are warm browns, oranges, reds and purples. An all around great palette.

The neutral palette

anastasia soft glam\

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Left to right: Tempera, Dirty Rose, Glistening, Fairy, Orange Soda, Burnt orange, Rose pink, Sienna, Sultry, Bronze, Rustic, Cyprus umber, Mulberry, Noir

I have one palette for this category. This palette is not necessarily the traditional neutral palette you might see but it is one of the most versatile in terms of shades and the ease of use it what makes a neutral palette easy to use. The Anastasia soft glam has a variety of tones including cool purples, dusty pinks, neutral warm browns and a matte black. I put this one in a neutral section because for me I feel like this is a really versatile palette for every season but you can really make this palette very fall and then also create more cool toned rose looks. Every time I use this palette I am floored by the quality of these shadows

The coloured gems

sweet peach

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Left to right: White peach, Nectar, Peaches n cream, Luscious, Cobbler, Georgia, Just peachy, Candied peach, Caramelized, Bless her heart, Bellini, Puree

sweet peach dark shades

Left to right: Tempting, Peach Pit, Summer yum, Charmed I’m Sure, Delectable, Talk Derby to Me 

Coral obsessions

coral swatches

no shade names rip 

NYX perfect filter olive you

nyx swatches

also no shade names rip 

Again, going off of the pumpkin makeup theme we discussed last time. I have three for this one. The Huda Beauty Coral Obsessions really is one of the most versatile monochrome palettes. It has neutral browns and reds as well as peaches all coming together for a seamless fall look. My ride or die the Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette. I love all the shades in the palette and the variety of tones including peaches, warm browns, light bone shades, purples, etc making it a seasonless and an easy palette to use. Lastly, we have the NYX Olive You palette. Tonally this is the perfect fall palette (there I said it okay, I admit it). I love the tones in this palette, the bronze shade, the warm orangey-brown crease shade, the olive shades and the golden shimmer shade. This palette is simple to use but not lacking in shades you need to create a fall look of your choice. I like that it has a variety of colours, but not too much variety that it becomes overwhelming. Perfectly balanced and a beautifully formulated!

What are your favourite fall palettes?

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Perfect Palette Tag

Okay I get it, tags are over on YouTube, or at least the tags that I enjoy watching are pretty much nil now. But I really like the idea of tag blog posts and videos because I think it really forces us to think about our collections and then actually shop your stash versus buying a new palette. I also wasn’t tagged but alas I shall do this anyway.

Best Packaging

Naked Heat outside packaging

Naked-Heat

This was a difficult one because I do quite enjoy a lot of eye shadow palette packaging but the Naked Heat takes the cake for this one. When this came out I was like, wow, what a beautiful seasonal palette (which arguably could be worn all season). I love it particularly for fall and winter looks, but I think the warm matte terracotta shades can be used for all seasons.

Best colour pay off

Huda-Beauty-Coral-Obsession

I feel like this is a hard one because a lot of the palette I own have some shades that are better then others in terms of colour pay off, and I can’t pick the sweet peach for all of them so I’m going to go with the Huda Beauty Coral Obsessions Palette. Every single shade in this palette has great colour pay off and you can create a range of looks with it.

The most versatile palette

Joe-fresh-Neutrals-palette

This again, was a hard one because it really depends on my mood and what I’m feeling that day. However, I think in terms of if you are a working gal and need something soft and subtle for work I would say the Joe fresh neutrals palette. This palette is such a staple in my collection for when I want to do a simple eye look. You can also really amp up the shadows and the mattes and shimmers are equally beautiful.

Best Palette for travelling

100-Percent-pure-palette

I almost picked the soft glam for this but then I thought to myself, whenever I travel I use one shade of eye shadow and one highlighter so I picked the 100% pure naked II palette. This is a simple, 3 in one palette. There is a blush, highlighter, and three shimmer shades (so if you require a matte this might not be for you).

Mt biggest palette regret

Wet-n-wild

Okay, as I’ve mentioned before I slightly regret buying the wet n wild comfort zone palette. I know it is super inexpensive but I just don’t know why I bought this. Its not that I’m not an olive eye shadow fan, but since trying so many other great palettes and while these eye shadows are wonderful, I never use this anymore.

Best colour names

Too-Faced-Sweet-peach

Of course, I have to hand this one to the Too Faced Sweet Peach palette. They have sweet names (lets not get to punny but did you see that pun). Names like peaches n cream, puree, summer yum, and the descriptions are so accurate. The shade candied peach is the perfect description of the colour because its peach with a bit of pink and a bit of shimmer.

Least used palette

Illamasqua

This would have to go to my Illamasqua reflection palette. I love the shadows in this palette but I just never find myself reaching for it, I have used this only a handful of times and while I got it on sale this wasn’t a very well thought through palette.

Most used palette

Naked-three

I would say for this one I’m going to do what a lot of people did and combine it with my most loved and that is the Naked 3 palette. I know a controversial palette with a cult following, but I used this probably more often than any other palettes (save for my sweet peach and my soft glam). I love this palette and use it all the time. Whenever I have no idea what to wear I am able to create look that I know I will transcend any occasion.

Which palette would you use for the rest of your life?

Too-Faced-Sweet-peach

Ah, the last question, the final frontier if you will.  This was so hard because I love my palettes equally, but I would have to go with (contrary to what you might have thought this answer was) with the Too Faced Sweet Peach palette. I feel like this palette has all the things you need for a whole look. All of the colours work well together in this palette and there are so many one wash wonders which is what I do 90% of the time.

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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.

too-faced-concealerToo-Faced-Doe-foot-applicator

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.

concealer-jumble

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.

concealer-comparison

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?


Blune Day 2: My Favourite Palettes

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 Renaissance and 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.

Anastasia Soft Glam

The Urban Decay Naked Heat palette. 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 palette are both on my wish list?

naked-heat

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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.

sweet-peach

Too Faced Sweet Peach

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.

What are your favourite palettes?