Thursday, December 4, 2014

Project 10 Pan - Update # 3

I'm super excited to make this post! I feel like I'm starting to see some serious progress and I'm almost done. I just might be able to finish this before the new year. Here is where I was at just a couple of weeks ago.

Below are the items that I finished before my last update.
MACBlush in Tenderling; ClarinsWater Comfort One-Step Cleanser with Peach Essential Water; MACMatchMaster foundation in 1.0; MaybellineInstant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Concealer in Fair 110

I was so happy to finish this primer. I wasn't terrible, but it wasn't fantastic either. I can now move on to another primer to finish. I will not repurchase this as I have other primers I like better.
Dr. BrandtPores No More Primer
This powder was a nightmare. I absolutely hated it. When it started cracking and falling apart, I just tossed the excess broken bits in the garbage. I have no regrets. I will definitely not repurchase this.
Physician's FormulaMulti-Coloured Corrector in Green

Now for the products that I still need to work on. This eyeliner is almost done and I can't wait to move on. It just keeps getting smaller. The beige eyeshadow's pan is starting to come through more and more. I'm so bored of this eyeshadow and am definitely ready to move on. Hurry up and finish!
L'OrealHIP Studio Secrets Professional Intense Eyeliner in 320 Dark Sky; L'OrealWear Infinite Studio Secrets Professional Eyeshadow in 801 Sandy Shores

This body wash was just about the V the last time I updated. Now it's just above the A. I've only been using a small drop in my loofa because this stuff foams up like crazy. I'm going to start using this without the loofa to hopefully use it up quicker.
Bath RetreatVanilla Body Wash; 
So this body lotion is actually just below the words "hand and body cream" but you can't really tell by this picture due to the residue. I've been keeping it at the side of my bed and it's helped me to use it more frequently.
Victoria's SecretVanilla Body Lotion

And that's it. How are your project pans going?

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

November Empties

I know I've been slacking with updating but I promise I'm sticking to it. Here are my November Empties!

Maybelline Dream Matte Powder

This is actually my favourite drug store powder. I already have a back-up so I don't plan on re-purchasing it again.

Baby Wipes
I use baby wipes instead of make-up wipes to save on cost. So far my favourite are the Pampers Baby Fresh so I won't be re-purchasing any of these. I do still have a few packs of the Pampers Kandoo as I bought a large pack of these refills on sale.

Clarins Instant Definition Mascara, Dior Diorshow Mascara in Blue, L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara
All three of these mascaras I used to the point of them being dried out and flaky. I will repurchase the L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara in the future, once I clear through a few of the ones I have now.

Guerlain Concealer Duo in Light
These creamy concealer sticks came in yellow and skin tone to help counteract discoloration. They were great at covering things up, but a bit too heavy for my liking. I will not repurchase.

L'Oreal Linear Intense
This liner dried out pretty fast so I can't give it an accurate review. I did find the tip a bit longer and more flimsy than I would have liked. I will not repurchase.

Clarins Ever Matte foundation in 103
I actually really enjoyed this foundation. It was medium coverage and made my skin look super smooth. I have a ton of other foundations to work through right now, but I might come back to this one day.

Bioderma Atoderm lip balm
This lip balm took my FOREVER to finish. I used it twice daily for months. A little bit goes a long way with this product. It did a great job at keeping my lips hydrated and smooth without a waxy texture.

That's it for my November empties. I will be updating soon with my project pan progress. How did you do this month?

Monday, November 17, 2014

Project 10 Pan - Update #2

I know it's been a while since I've update but I've made some great progress since my last post.

I've really been neglecting my hand and body cream so I've decided to start keeping it beside my bed so that I hopefully remember to use it. As for the shower gel, I've made considerable progress considering I only pour a few drops on my loofa before using it. At my last update, the body wash was at the first "L" and now it's at the "V".
Bath RetreatVanilla Body Wash; Victoria's SecretVanilla Body Lotion

The next few items I've been working on and going strong. You can definitely see the progress. My eyeliner is considerably shorter, and you can definitely see a lot more pan on the beige eyeshadow. I've been bending out the air from the face primer, and I've got just under a third left. I will be so happy when it's done. Finally, I'm still working on this god forsaken green face powder. As you can tell, I've definitely been using it, but I'm debating just tossing it. What do you think? It leaves a green cast that I then need to cover with a regular powder.
L'OrealHIP Studio Secrets Professional Intense Eyeliner in 320 Dark Sky; L'OrealWear Infinite Studio Secrets Professional Eyeshadow in 801 Sandy Shores; Physician's FormulaMulti-Coloured Corrector in Green; Dr. BrandtPores No More Primer

And now for the most exciting part....drum roll please...

Here are the items I've finished!
MACBlush in Tenderling; ClarinsWater Comfort One-Step Cleanser with Peach Essential Water; MACMatchMaster foundation in 1.0; MaybellineInstant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Concealer in Fair 110

I'm happy to see that I'm actually making some progress with these items and with any luck, I should be done by the end of the year.

Are you working on a Project Pan? If so, please link it below!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Ideal Make-Up Collection Size

I'm on a mission to decrease the size of my collection and get rid of products I'm not thrilled with (and trying to be a tad more minimalist). In my last post, "What's In My Stash? Part 1: Make-Up Collection", I counted every product I currently have in my make-up collection. Needless to say, I won't be running out of anything soon. As you can see from the data below, there are some areas that I'm fairly happy with, and others that need a lot of work. 

What's your ideal make-up collection size?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

What's In My Stash? Part 1: Make-Up Collection

This post is going to be a cumulative count of my make-up collection. I plan on having more parts to this series (including skincare, perfume, hair care, etc.) so if you have any ideas, please leave them in a comment below! In my last post, "If I Finish This, I Will Purchase That...", I mentioned that I wanted to clear some products out of my collection that I wasn't particularly thrilled with. I feel like I have too many items in my collection and would like to significantly reduce it's size.

Here's what I have:

Eye Primers: 4

Opened: 4

  • Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion (mini)
  • Lorac Behind The Scenes Eye Primer (mini)

Unopened: 0

Face Primers: 10

Opened: 10

  • Dr. Brandt's Pores No More (in my Project 10 Pan)
  • PurMinerals Colour Correcting Primer in Green
  • L'Oreal Miracle Blur
  • Smashbox Pore and Line Refiner
  • Smashbox Blemish Control Primer
  • Benefit Porefessional
  • Missha M BB Boomer
  • Clarins Instant Smooth
  • Guerlain Meteorites Light-Diffusing Perfecting Primer
  • Laura Mercier Foundation Primer

Unopened: 0

Foundation: 22

Opened: 14

  • Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream
  • Biotherm Aquasource BB Cream
  • Smashbox CC Cream
  • Stila CC Cream
  • Dior Capture Total
  • Clarins Ever Matte
  • Clarins Instant Smooth
  • Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse
  • Cover FX Cream
  • Neutrogena SkinClearing Liquid Makeup
  • Benefit Big Easy
  • Laura Mercier Silk Creme
  • MAC Matchmaster (in my Project 10 Pan)
  • the Face Shop Power Perfection BB Cream

Unopened: 8

  • Clarins Everlasting Foundation
  • Clarins Day Screen High Protection Tint
  • Urban Decay Naked Skin
  • Lancome Vissionaire
  • L'Oreal True Match x2 (W1 & W2)
  • Revlon Colorstay
  • Revlon Photoready

Concealer: 12

Opened: 10

  • Guerlain Duo Pencils in Yellow and Nude
  • Lancome Effacernes
  • Lancome Le Correcteur Pro
  • Lancome Maquicomplet
  • Benefit Boi-ing
  • Clinique Acne Solutions
  • Maybelline Instant Age Rewind (in my Project 10 Pan)
  • Clarins Instant Light Brush-on Perfector
  • Bourjois Healthy Mix

Unopened: 2

  • MAC Mineralize Concealer
  • Hard Candy Glamoflauge

Powder: 14

Opened: 12

  • Too Faced Primed and Poreless
  • Rimmel Stay Matte
  • Physician's Formula Green (in my Project 10 Pan)
  • Ben Nye Cameo Powder
  • MUFE HD Loose Powder (mini)
  • Cover FX Powder
  • Smashbox Halo Powder
  • Lancome Dual-Finish
  • PurMinerals 4-in-1
  • PurMineral 4-in-1 (mini)
  • Lancome Ageless Minerale
  • Lancome Oscillation

Unopened: 2

  • Kat Von D Lock-It Foundation Powder
  • MAC Studio Fix Powder-Plus

Blush: 12

Opened: 12

  • MAC Melba Blush
  • MAC Tenderling Blush (in my Project 10 Pan)
  • Physician's Formula Happy Booster
  • Physician's Formula Sexy Booster
  • Smashbox Soft Lights
  • Smashbox High Lights/ Creamy Cheek Color
  • Revlon Charmed Cream
  • Lancome Butterflies Fever
  • Lancome Rose Ballerine
  • Too Faced Sweethearts Blush in Something About Berry and Peach Beach
  • Bourjois Blush

Unopened: 0

Bronzer: 7

Opened: 7

  • Smashbox Halo
  • Physician's Formula Sexy Booster
  • Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder
  • Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil
  • Benefit Hoola (mini)
  • Lancome Star Bronzer Golden Riviera 
  • Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Summer Escape
  • PurMineral Mineral Glow (mini)

Unopened: 0

Highlighter: 3

Opened: 3

  • Phsycian's Formula Powder Palette Mineral Glow Pearls
  • theBalm MaryLou-mainzer
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Ethereal Light

Unopened: 0

Eyeliner: 18

Opened: 12

  • Lancome Le Crayon Khol in Black  x2
  • Clarins Khol Eye Pencil in Intense Violet
  • Dior Crayon Eyeliner in Captivating Blue
  • Bourjois Contour Clubbing Waterproof Liner in Green Insomniak
  • L'Oreal Hip Khol Liner in Black x2 (1 in my Project 10 Pan)
  • Revlon Colorstay Liquid Eye Pen in Blackest Black
  • L'Oreal Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner in Black
  • Annabelle Khol in Milky Way
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in TETO
  • Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Khol Liner in BARE

Unopened: 6

  • Lancome Le Crayon Khol in Black (mini)
  • NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil x3 (Cottage Cheese, Black Bean, Dark Brown) 
  • Benefit They're Real Push-Up Liner
  • Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in Black

Mascara: 10

Opened: 3

  • Dior Diorshow Mascara in Royal Blue
  • L'Oreal Million Lashes in Blackest Black
  • Smashbox Full Exposure in Black (mini)

Unopened: 7

  • Lancome Hypnose Mascara in Noir
  • Bourjois Twist Up The Volume Mascara in Black
  • Covergirl Clump Crusher in Very Black
  • Maybelline Pulse Perfection in Very Black
  • Lancome Hypnose Drama (mini)
  • Smashbox Full Exposure (mini)
  • Make Up For Ever Smokey Extravagant (mini)

Brows: 4

Opened: 4

  • Lancome Le Crayon Poudre in Taupe
  • Clarins Eyebrow Pencil in Light Brown
  • Elizabeth Arden Color Brow Powder in Sable
  • Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Clear

Unopened: 0

Lip Liner: 7

Opened: 6

  • Smashbox The Nude Lipliner in Fair
  • Estee Lauder Doublewear Lip Pencil
  • Lise Watier x2
  • Lancome Le Krayon Khol
  • Clarins LipLiner Pencil

Unopened: 1

  • Smashbox The Nude Lipliner in Fair

Lip Gloss: 12

Opened: 11

  • Lise Watier Plumping Lip Gloss x2
  • MAC Disney Maleficient Lip Gloss
  • Dior Rouge Dior Creme de Gloss
  • Snashbox Lip Gloss
  • Smashbox O-Gloss
  • Clarins Gloss Prodige x2
  • LipFusion
  • Clinique Long Last Glosswear
  • Philosophy Vanilla Birthday Cake

Unopened: 1

  • Urban Decay Lip Junkie (mini)

Lipstick: 38

Opened: 37

  • MAC
  • Dior x4
  • Lancome x5
  • Revlon x4
  • Covergirl x6
  • Benefit 
  • Lise Watier
  • Clinique x3
  • Clarins x5
  • YSL
  • Shiseido x2
  • Bourjois
  • Guerlain
  • Stila
  • Urban Decay

Unopened: 1

  • Make Up Forever (mini)

Single Eyeshadow: 15

Opened: 15

  • Stila Eye Shadow x2
  • L'Oreal Wear Infinite x2
  • Lancome x5
  • Shiseido
  • Annabella Single
  • NYX x3
  • Bourjois
  • Clarins

Unopened: 0

Small Palette Eyeshadow: 13

Opened: 13

  • MAC Wonder Woman Valiant Quad
  • Lise Watier x2 (Neon Love and Jungle Bell)
  • Clarins x2 (Enchanted and Rosewood)
  • Lancome x5
  • Shu Uemura bowwow! magic queen palette
  • L'Oreal The One Sweep
  • Clinique Color Surge Eye Duo

Unopened: 0

Large Palette Eyeshadow: 22

Opened: 16

  • Urban Decay Naked 1
  • Urban Decay Naked 2
  • Urban Decay Naked 3
  • Urban Decay Basics
  • Urban Decay Pulp Fiction
  • Urban Decay Electric
  • Smashbox Full Exposure
  • Smashbox Wish For The Perfect Palette
  • Too Faced Boudoir Eyes
  • Tarte Rainforest After Dark
  • The Balm Nude 'tude
  • Sephora Fall Into Luxury Baked Eye and Face
  • Sephora Moonshadow Baked Palette- In The Dark
  • Elf Beauty Encyclopedia x2
  • Coastal Scents 120 Palette

Unopened: 6

  • Sephora Disney Storylook in Cinderella
  • Sephora Disney Storylook in Ariel
  • Stila Eyes Are The Window- Body
  • Stila Eyes Are The Window- Mind
  • Stila Eyes Are The Window- Spirit
  • Stila Eyes Are The Window- Soul

My next post will be an update on what my IDEAL make-up collection size is. It's going to take me quite some time to use up these products.

How many items are in your make-up collection?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

If I Finish This, I Will Purchase That...

In conjunction with my Project 10 Pan, I have decided to do a "If I finish this, I will purchase that".

I really want to start minimizing my collection and only have items in it that I actually enjoy using. I have too many products right now that I'm just "meh" about. On top of that, there are a few (non-makeup) items that I WANT but really don't NEED. I'm hoping this will help my budgeting and keep me on-track with my spending.

My next goal is going to be to actually count how many items I have in my collection and compare it to how many I'd like to have ideally.

To Finish:


1 Eye Primer
1 Face Primer
Hair Towel
2 Concealers
Shower Robe
5 Foundations
Curling Iron
2 Powders
Label Maker
1 Bronzer
1 Blush
Plastic Container
3 Eyeliners
Plastic Container
2 Perfumes
Plastic Container
2 Face Serums
Plastic Container
3 Shampoos
$25 Clothing
2 Body Washes
$25 Clothing
1 Lip Balm
1 Lip Gloss
$25 Clothing

Here is my rationale for the rewards: 

- I currently have a hair towel but the button broke off. It's still usable but I'd like a new one.
- I have an ancient shower robe that is shorter than I'd like. Ideally I'd like a long terry cloth robe. 
- Since moving out of my parents place, I no longer have access to a my sister's curling iron that I would use occasionally. 
- I will be moving in my new house in May of next year and would like to start packing away some seasonable items. That is what the label maker and plastic containers are for.
- I need to put a cap on my spending and have been finding some really cute, inexpensive pieces from Dynamite Clothing lately.

Are there any categories in your collection that you want to minimize? 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Project 10 Pan - Update #1

In case you missed it, I've started another project pan. I haven't finished anything yet but I've made some pretty decent progress. Here is my first post so you can see how far I've come in a few weeks.

So I haven't made a ton of progress on my lotion or body wash but you can definitely see that I've been using them. A little bit goes a long way.
Victoria's SecretVanilla Body Lotion; Bath RetreatVanilla Body Wash

I'm sooo close to finishing this concealer it's killing me. Everyday I'm wondering "Will today be the day?". Well... not yet.
MaybellineInstant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Concealer in Fair 110

 I'm ALMOST done both of these! This cleanser and foundation should be done within the next couple of weeks for sure!
MACMatchMaster foundation in 1.0; ClarinsWater Comfort One-Step Cleanser with Peach Essential Water

 It's impossible to tell how far I've come with this primer. The container is completely opaque and (I'm hoping) has a ton of air in it. I've been using it for a while now and the pumping is still working like new so I guess I've still got a while to go.
Dr. BrandtPores No More Primer

 These products are going to be the death of me. My MAC blush is seeing some pretty decent progress and should be done within the next month. The green powder has been the bane of my existence. I'm obviously exaggerating but it's been really hard to use since is leaves a slight green cast. Regardless, you can definitely see some more pan there.  You can definitely see some more pan on my beige eye shadow but this is probably going to take me the longest to use up. The eyeliner is quite a bit smaller than last time as it's been sharpened a few times.
MACBlush in Tenderling;Physician's FormulaMulti-Coloured Corrector in Green; L'OrealWear Infinite Studio Secrets  Professional Eyeshadow in 801 Sandy Shores;L'OrealHIP Studio Secrets Professional Intense Eyeliner in 320 Dark Sky

Are you currently working on a project pan? If so, please comment with a link to it so that I can follow along. I've been having a hard time lately trying not to spend money on pretty things. Please help keep me motivated! What are some tips and tricks you do?