Showing posts with label makeup. Show all posts
Showing posts with label makeup. Show all posts

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?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

First Day of Fall Temptations

Today is the first day of fall, and with the changing season comes changing trends. I'm already being tempted to purchase a few items to get ready for the season. This is really silly considering I already have a lot of items that already fit the looks but alas, that doesn't seem to have the same affect as something NEW.

Here are a few items that I am currently lusting over:

Too FacedEverything Nice Set- $68 

Kat Von D
Monarch Eyeshadow Palette- $58

TartePin Up Girl Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Palette- $50

Kat Von DStudded Kiss Lipstick- $26

Guerlain- Kiss KissShaping Cream Lip Colour in Cherry Pink 362- $44

Hello KittyPop-Up Party Eyeshadow Palette- $62

Ole HenriksenInvigorating Night Treatment™- $56

Tarte- Airbuki Bamboo Powder Foundation Brush- $31

Urban DecayVice3- $70

What products are currently tempting you this season?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Back from Hiatus! Re-Starting Project 10 Pan

It's been quite some time since I've updated this blog but I've returned to start decluttering my stash one again. I went back into a rut while I was experiencing some family problems, health issues, and absolutely dreading going to work. I took my frustrations out on my credit card by purchasing cosmetics.

My Project Pan this time around will be a Project 10 Pan, and will include the following:

  1. Clarins- Water Comfort One-Step Cleanser with Peach Essential Water
  2. Dr. Brandt- Pores No More Primer
  3. Maybelline- Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Concealer in Fair 110
  4. MAC- MatchMaster foundation in 1.0
  5. Physician's Formula- Multi-Coloured Corrector in Green
  6. MAC- Blush in Tenderling
  7. L'Oreal- Wear Infinite Studio Secrets  Professional Eyeshadow in 801 Sandy Shores
  8. L'Oreal- HIP Studio Secrets Professional Intense Eyeliner in 320 Dark Sky
  9. Bath RetreatVanilla Body Wash
  10. Victoria's Secret- Vanilla Body Lotion

My rules include not being able to purchase any items during my project pan unless I am completely out of that type of item. For example, if I finish my Victoria's Secret Vanilla Body Lotion, I will only purchase a new body lotion if I do not have any back-ups in my stash.

I do have a pre-planned cheat... I received a ticket to the L'Oreal Fall Warehouse Sale and will definitely be purchasing some products there. They always have great prices on sunscreen and as a super fair individual who requires daily sunscreen, I don't think I should pass this chance up. I will post everything I purchase. I'm going to put myself on a very specific budget, probably around $100. What do you think would be reasonable? 

I will do my best to post weekly updates on any progress I've made with these items and do a monthly "empties" post that will include items outside of this list.

Wish me luck and help me avoid temptation!

Friday, December 14, 2012

My Most Expensive Face- Makeup Edition

So yesterday I posted My Most Expensive Face- Skincare Edition, and today I'm going to do the makeup version. I definitely figured out that I spend too much on skincare. How am I with makeup?

My Most Expensive Face- Makeup Edition:

Pore Filler: Smashbox Photo Finish Targeted Pore and Line Filler- $38

Face Primer: Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch- $32.50

Eye Primer: Urban Decay Primer Potion- $24

Concealer: Lancome Effacernes Under Eye Concealer- $32

Highlight: Clarins Instant Light Brush On Perfector- $37

Foundation: Dior Capture Totale Foundation- $85

Powder: Guerlain Meteorites Compact Powder- $50

Bronzer: Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder- $56

Blush: Lancome Blush Subtil- $38

Eyeliner: Lancome Le Crayon Khol- $28

Mascara: Dior Diorshow Mascara- $34

Brows: Elizabeth Arden Brow Shaper- $22

Brow Highlighter: Clarins Single Eyeshadow- $22

Eyeshadow: Guerlain Ecrin 6 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette- $91

Lip Pencil: Estee Lauder Lip Pencil- $24

Lipstick: Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture- $38

Lip gloss: Dior Addict Ultra Gloss- $31

Setting Spray: Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray- $35

Total: $717.50

This is just further proof that I spend too much money on makeup. I'm terrified to know what the whole collection is worth!

What's your most expensive makeup item?

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

De-cluttering the Stash

Since my Project 10 Pan finished a few days ago, I wasn't sure what to do next. I still have items I never use and I still need to save money. I decided that step number one was to organize. As I was organizing however, I noticed that I had a lot of products that had gone bad, were broken, didn't react well with my skin, etc. I threw out a ton of stuff that was just plain dumb to keep. A majority of items I've given to friends and family, while others I've decided to work through. PinkSoFoxy on YouTube inspired me to go one step further and donate unused/ unopened items to a woman's shelter. This is the perfect time of year to donate cosmetics. I've also included some gently used clothing, etc., but for the purposes of this blog I will only show the beauty related items. In my next post I will go through the rest of my items and see from whatever is left what I can give to family and friends (products that are gently used).

Here's what I'm giving away to the shelter:

This is the skincare:

This is the makeup:

These are the body products:

What do you think I should do next to minimize my collection? Another project pan? 5 out 1 in? Any other ideas? I`m really committed to this.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Tenth Product Completed: Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream with SPF 42

I did it! I completed my project pan! I finished 10 products! The product I completed was the Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream in Shade 13. This product claims to be wrinkle repairing, whitening and sun protection all in one. I don't know about wrinkle repairing but I did find that it made me look fairer (shocking, I know), and it was definitely good sun protection.

This BB Cream is by far my favourite. I've tried quite a few and this is not only better than any of the other Asian brands I've tried, but it's even better than the new American ones. However, being better than the American brands is saying too much :P They just aren't the same. This product was creamy, but not heavy, and had decent coverage. I will definitely repurchase this.

What's your favourite BB Cream?

Thursday, October 25, 2012

40 Beauty Question Tag

Another Beauty Tag that's been going on for a while is the 40 Beauty Questions Tag. I thought this would be a good one to add considering I am on a purge.


How many times do you wash your face daily?
Twice a day. Morning and night. I usually leave exfoliating, masks, etc, for night.

What skin type do you have? (dry, oily, combo)
I definitely have combination skin. My T-zone is extremely oily and my cheeks are normal.

What is your current facial wash?
I am currently on the go with 3 of them at the moment (don't judge!): Clarins' Foaming Cleanser in Cottonseed, Dr. Brandt's Pores No More, and Biotherm's Cleansing Milk for Normal/ Combination skin.

Do you exfoliate?
Yes, I exfoliate 2-3 times per week. If I neglect this I can definitely tell.

What brand do you use?
I've tried a few, my favourite so far is Clarins.

What moisturizer do you use?
Again, I am on the go with 4 at the moment: Shiseido White Lucent Emulsion, Clarins Multi-Active Cream-Gel, Dr. Brandt Pores No More Anti-Aging Lotion, and Clarins Hydra-Matte.

Do you have freckles?

Do you use eye cream?
Yes! Twice a day.

Do you or did you have acne prone skin?
At no stretch would I say that I have acne. I am prone to breakouts though. I need to be careful with what I use.

Did you ever have to use Pro-activ?


What foundation do you use?
This tag just proves that i have shopping issues: Dior Capture Totale, Mac MatchMaster, Clarins Instant Smooth, Missha BB Cream, and CoverFX Cream.

How about concealer?
I have been using Maybelline Age Rewind and Clarins Instant Light Complexion Perfector under the eyes, and Lancome Effacernes for breakouts.

Do you know your undertone?
I have a yellow or golden undertone.

What do you think of fake eyelashes?
I think they can look great or look trashy. They need to be done right! I am also waayyy too lazy to apply them daily like some girls.

Did you know that you are supposed to change your mascara every 3 months?
Yes I did. I tend to hold on to them for about 5 months though because I alternate.

What brand of mascara do you use?
I've used quite a few different brands of mascara. My default is usually Lancome though.

Sephora or MAC?
Sephora any day. I don't like being restricted to one brand.

Do you have a MAC Pro-Card?

What makeup tools do you use in make up application?
Brushes and occasionally sponges.

Do you use make-up base/ primer for the eyes?
I do when it's a dramatic look, otherwise on a daily basis I often neglect it.

For the face?
I'm much more likely to prime by face than my eyes (it hides my pores).

What is your favourite eyeshadow (colour or shade)?
I love Stila's "Sparkle", it's a gorgeous dull gold colour, and I also like Clarins "Desert Blonder" for under the brows.

Do you use pencil or liquid eyeliner?
I prefer pencil.

How often do you poke your eyes with an eyeliner pencil?
I don't pole myself with eyeliner pencils often, but I do always manage to get my lashes in the way :(

What do you think of pigment eyeshadows?
They are waayy too messy.

Do you use mineral make-up?

What is your favourite lipstick?
Colour= Pink Vibrations from Elizabeth Arden, Texture: Chanel Rouge Allure.

How about lipgloss?
Colour= LipFusion in Candy, Texture= Clarins Gloss Prodige

What is your favourite blush to use?
Right now my favourite Blush to use is the Physician's Formaul Happy Booster.

Do you buy your make-up on ebay?
The only makeup I buy on ebay is my Missha BB Cream,

Do you like drugstore make-up?
Some of it is okay, but I can usually find a better quality, high-end alternative.

Do you go to CCO's? (cosmetic company outlets)
I usually go to the L'oreal sale in the Spring.

Did you ever consider taking make-up classes?
Maybe one day.

Are you clumsy in putting on make-up?
That's an understatement.

Name a make-up crime that you hate.
Wearing the wrong colour foundation. Nothing worse than a girl wearing a mask.

Do you like colourful shades of make-up (lipstick, eyeshadow) or neutral ones?
I like both. It depends on the occasion and how you use them.

Which celebrity always has great make-up?
JLo, Marilyn Monroe, and Katherine Zeta Jones.

Could you ever leave the house without any make-up on?
I do quite often.

Do you think you look good even without any make-up on?
I look decent but I prefer to do a "natural" look with make-up.

In your opinion, what is the BEST make-up line?
I can't pick just one, I like different things from different lines.

What do you think of make-up?
I think it should enhance the way you look, not hide it.

Do a 40 Beauty Questions Tag of your own and put the link in the comments section below!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Goal

Hello Everyone!

I am starting a Project 10 Pan. Why am I doing this? Well for one thing I have way too many products that I never get around to using and/ or finishing. Added to that I need to save some money and not blow it all on beauty products.

I have tried to complete a Project Pan at the beginning of the year and failed. Why? It took too long. *shrugs* My rules were a lot more complicated. Not only was I not allowed to buy a new product of the same type until I finished all of them in my collection, BUT I couldn't buy anything until I finished SPECIFIC things on my list. I had set aside 10 products that I wanted to finish first, which wasn't very realistic considering one of them was an eye shadow quad (which takes FOREVER to finish).

So rather than just give it up all together I'm going to give it another go :)

I am going to give a review on products once I've finished them to decide whether or not I would repurchase them again in the future and also to give you some insight as to whether you should.

I will post any time I purchase or I am given a new product (even if it's only cotton pads).

If you have any questions along the way please comment and let me know!

One of the ways I'm going to try and finish more products is by remembering to use products that I often  neglect to use. Everyone has their "thing" here are mine:

Skincare wise I always neglect my body! I have so many creams, etc. and I rarely use them! I'm going to change that this month.
Make-up wise I will often neglect to use setting spray. I swear by the stuff but I am in too much of a rush in the morning to consider that a necessity. Maybe I will put a sticky note on my vanity to remind myself to do it.

What's one product you often  neglect to use?