Monday, 2 October 2017

Project Pan Update #3

Somehow another three months have flown by. It's October, spring has definitely sprung, and with it has come not only beautiful sunshine and flowers, but also the urge to spring clean! I feel a small declutter coming on...

But for now, here is the third update on my 2017 project pan.

Top: Update #2
Bottom: Update #3
I finished an eyeshadow!! 5050 is all gone, I've hit pan on Stun and i'm making good progress on both Dive and Fix. I've also got a decent dip going in Resist, so I'm fairly confident I will hit pan on that shadow before the end of the year. I was hoping to fully pan this palette this year, and I will admit that at times I've felt disappointed in my progress, especially when compared with other panners who have finished half a palette by now! But I've realised two things: 1 - these are actually quite large eyeshadows compared to other palettes (such as the Two Faced Chocolate Bar palette, which seems to be a favourite for panning this year!) so of course my progress would be slower, and 2: this isn't a competition, I'm doing this for myself and so I should stop making comparisons.

Top: Update #2
Bottom: Update #3
I've made some really good progress with this palette in the last three months. I've hit pan on another shadow (Bones) and have expanded the pan on both Harlot and Discreet. I've also been making an effort to use as many of the shadows as possible, so I have small dips in Pandemonium (top right),  Framed and Fastball (second row, first and second from the left), Grasshopper and Robbery (third row, second and last shadow).

All finished!!
I have finished three of my face products!! The two foundations were finished just shortly after my last update (I had about a week and a half left of wear left), and I finished the NYX highlighter two days ago. I wouldn't repurchase any of these products - not that they were 'bad' products, they just didn't work for me.

Top: Update #2
Bottom: Update #3
I'm very very close to finishing off the 'nude' colour in my concealer disc. As I've said previously, I'm not going to worry about finishing the yellow colour, so once this last bit is used, I'm calling this product done.

Bonus item!
I've decided to throw in a 'bonus product', seeing as I've done so well with my other face products. This is a Colourpop super shock cheek (highlighter) in the shade Butterfly Beach. It's got a nice peachy tone with some gold highlights, and despite being two years old, it's still quite creamy. I'm certainly not aiming to finish this by the end of the year, but I would like to get some use out of it and I think it will be a lovely colour for summer. If I hit any pan, that will be a bonus!


Sunday, 30 July 2017

Project Pan - Update #2

I made some great progress since my last update - so let's get straight to the photos!

Top: Previous progress
Bottom: Update 2!
As you can see, I've hit pan on both 'dive' and 'dare' since the last update, and i've got a good dip going in 'stun'. I use '5050' every day to set my eyeshadow primer, and it's almost gone. Since taking the photo I have repressed this shadow as it was getting difficult to get colour on the brush without squishing the bristles too much. I'm going to try and focus on 'resist' and 'stun' over the next few months as it would be great to hit pan in all of the shadows by the end of the year.

Top: Previous progress
Bottom: Update 2!
I made some good progress in my Vice 4 palette as well, expanding the pan on 'harlot' and hitting pan on 'discreet'. I find myself dipping into 'bones' (top left), 'framed' (below bones) and 'fastball' (next to framed' quite a bit, so hopefully I will hit pan on another shadow before the next update. I think when I finish '5050' in the 'Naked on the run' palette, I'll use 'discreet' to set my eyeshadow primer.
L: Previous progress; R: Update 2!
I made HUGE progress in both of my foundations (and in fact, spoiler alert, a week after I took these photos they were both finished!). I found that if I mixed the Perfectionist foundation into the Kat Von D, it gave it a bit more colour and stopped it setting too quickly, so that helped me push through and make this progress. I'm also really close to finishing the NYX liquid illuminator!

Top: Previous progress
Bottom: Update 2!
Because the Kat Von D is such full coverage (even when mixed with the Perfectionist foundation), I barely touched the skin shade concealer. I did hit a little bit of pan in the yellow shade, trying to do a bit of colour correcting under the foundation - but I have to say, they are both thick products so it felt heavy and wasn't my favourite combination.

I'm really happy with the progress I've made at this point of the year, especially with the foundations as I knew going in that they were going to be hard to get through.

Make sure to leave me a comment if you're doing a project pan or pan that palette so that I can check it out!


Saturday, 22 April 2017

ProjectPan - Update #1

I know, I'm late with this update!! But I promise, I took all the photos at the end of March :o)

I'm really happy with the progress I've made on the eyeshadows in this project pan. In my Naked on the Run palette I've hit significant pan on 5050 and a good amount on Fix. I use 5050 everyday to set my eyeshadow primer, it has a slight shimmer but I find it behaves like a matt shadow. I use Fix in my crease most days. I've got a good dip going in Dive, so hopefully I'll have hit pan by the next update, and a very small dip in Dare. I've barely used Resist and Stun, so no progress there.

Urban Decay - Naked on the Run

I'm super happy with my progress in my Vice 4 palette. My goal for the year is to pan one eyeshadow, and I've already hit pan on Harlot and I've got a good dip going in Discreet. I'm going to focus on panning Harlot completely by the end of the year, and will consider it a bonus if I hit pan on any other shadows.

I would never have guessed that I'd use up all the dark concealer first! Going into this challenge, I had no idea how I would use this shade - the 'nude' shade is a pretty good match for my skin, so I don't need to mix any of the dark shade in. So I used the dark shade as a cream contour (generally under my foundation) and it worked quite well. This product is very thick - you really need to warm it up with your fingertips - and I've decided it's doesn't really work for me. For under my eyes, I only need a small amount of the nude shade, and I don't wear it everyday, so progress has been slow. That yellow shade might be there forever!

For my 'face' products, It's a bit of a mixed bag. I've used up quite a lot of the Nyx highlighter, so that's been good. I'm hoping to have that finished by the next update (too optimistic? let's see!). You can see I've made some progress on the two foundations, but as I said in my intro, these are going to be the hardest to finish for me. Hopefully winter will give me a chance to use more of the Kat Von D foundation.

So that's my first update for my 2017 project pan! It's been great having two eyeshadow palettes to draw from, as it means I'm not having to do the same look every day and getting bored with it. I'm also really enjoying following other pan that palettes and project pans on Instagram and Youtube. Don't forget to drop me a note below if you're doing a challenge.


Saturday, 14 January 2017

More Mascara Clean Out!

I'm really not great at doing mascara reviews as I finish them up, so I've decided i'm going to continue to do a 'mascara clean out' when I've got a couple of empty tubes saved up! Since my last mascara review (so long ago, I can't even remember when it was!) I have used nine mascaras (including three sample sizes), so sit back, grab a cuppa, and enjoy the reviews!

Top to Bottom: Nars Audacious;  Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes;
Tate Light, Camera, Splashes; Too Faced Better than sex; NYC big bold curl;
Urban Decay Perversion

NARS Audacious Mascara has the claim of "extreme volume, extreme length, extreme control...multiplies, amplifies, mesmerises". I love this mascara. Fabulous volume and length, holds a curl all day and no spider lash. The wand is plastic, and I’m not going to lie –hurts like hell if you poke yourself with it. But, something about this formula or this wand is just magic. As you’re applying it, you can feel the wand/mascara gripping every lash. After three months of use I was sad to put this one down. Officially one of my top 3 mascaras.

Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes has the claim of "5-in-1 multitasker that creates the perfect "Full Fat Lash" with curl, separation, volume, length, and drama". I really enjoyed this mascara. A lovely natural bristle brush that gave me a good amount of volume and a bit of extra length. After three months of use I got some flaking in the last week, but otherwise this wore all day, held a curl and didn’t transfer. I found this quite similar to Perversion by Urban Decay, but it didn’t give me quite as much volume.

Tate Lights, Camera, Splashes is the waterproof version of their bestseller and promises "waterproof lengthening, curling, volumizing, and conditioning". I didn't love this. The brush was nice, and the product was easy to apply, but I didn't feel like it gave me any length or curl, and I only got a little volume. I also felt like it never 'set' and during the day my lashes would feel sticky. I haven't tried the original version of this, but after trying the waterproof version, I don't feel like I'm missing out on anything.

Too Faced Better than Sex is very well known and loved by many, promising lashes that are "full, defined and stretched to unbelievable lengths". Well, I loved this mascara – it gave me nice volume, a bit of length and a great curl that really opened my eyes. For about 10 days. After that, it all went downhill. I was constantly fighting the ‘spider’ lash, I was always getting transfer on my brow bone and flaking during the day. I wouldn’t buy this one again.

NYC – Big bold curl promises to "give your lashes up to x12 more volume and up to 99% more lift". I can't speak to these claims because I tried to use this twice and gave up! The wand is so big, I just can’t apply it to my lashes without poking myself in the eye (ouch!). I picked this up in London for only two pounds so it’s disappointing, but I’m not that sad about it.

Urban Decay Perversion promises to give you "bigger, badder, longer, blacker lashes". I really loved this mascara. A great natural bristle brush that was never overloaded with product. This gave me beautiful full lashes, and a great amount of volume with no flaking or transferring. Even on the lower lash line it lasted all day without smudging or transferring. Officially one of my top 3 mascaras.

L to R: Sephora outrageous curl; Chantecaille faux cils; IT cosmetics tightline

Sephora outrageous curl mascara is supposed to create "extreme volume and curl". As I sit down to write this, I can't remember anything about this product so it obviously wasn't outrageous enough to leave an impression.

Chantecaille faux cils mascara is billed as a "luxury mascara for super long, curled and volumised lashes that draw attention to the eyes". And wow, it was great. This mascara gave me beautiful fanned out lashes, gave (and held) a decent curl and a decent amount of volume. And it's the best smelling mascara I've ever used - it has that great 'spa' smell. This is almost one of my top three mascaras, but at $70 for a full size tube, it's not something I'm likely to splurge on.

IT Cosmetics Tightline mascara is supposed to be "your mascara, mascara primer and eyeliner in one". I got this as a sample on one of my Sephora visits. The small wand is fabulous for getting all of the lashes on the lower lash line, but I’ll admit I was not keen on stamping it along my tightline as suggested by the packaging! I did use this on its own, and as a primer for the upper lashes, but I don’t think it did anything special.

The NARS and Urban Decay mascaras were definitely the winners of this bunch, with Charlotte Tilbury and Chantecaille close behind. I've got a couple of other mascaras to work through, but I am looking forward to getting my hands on another tube of the NARS one :o)

As always, mascara is such a personal thing, so if any of those that didn't work for me are your favourites - that's great! If you've got any tips for getting them to work for you, leave me a note below, I'd love to hear them.


Sunday, 8 January 2017

Project Pan 2017 - Intro

Yes, you read that right, I'm attempting a 2017 project pan.

While I didn't finish everything in my finish six by christmas challenge, I did like that it forced me to use makeup that I wasn't using. I've mentioned before that I haven't have brilliant storage for where I keep my makeup, so I have had to rotate through what I keep on my bench, and a lot of items were tucked away which made it difficult to see what I've got each morning when I'm getting ready. Although I've got great storage now (check out my previous post for details!), for my 2017 challenge I've picked some items that have been tucked away for too long - so that I can give them some love.

L to R: Dive, Fix, Resist, Dare, Stun
(bronzer, blush), 5050
Something I haven't used since a work trip in May 2015 is the eyeshadows in the Urban Decay Naked on the Run palette. I'm going to focus on panning these eyeshadows during 2017. The five eyeshadows are 1.4g and 5050 is 2g. I'm not going to focus on using the bronzer and blush as after six months using the samples in my christmas challenge, I've got some much loved products I want to get back to using (NARS Laguna and my hourglass blushes, to name two).

Urban Decay Vice 4 pallete
One of the things I learnt in my last challenge was that limiting myself to just a few, neutral eyeshadow colours got really boring, really quickly! I picked up the Urban Decay Vice 4 palette before Christmas 2015, and while I gave it a little bit of love this year, I tend to reach for my makeup geek shadows when I want some colour. So I'm pulling this out and aiming to pan one shadow. Each shadow is 0.85 grams. I haven't decided which shadow yet as I want to see what works with the other shadows I'm using.

Napoleon Perdis Pro Palette Concealer
I've had this Napoleon Perdis Pro Palette Concealer for longer that I should admit - so I'm not going to tell you! It still smells ok, and the consistency and colour haven't changed so I'm giving it one last go to try and pan this completely (and whatever is left at the end of the year is getting binned).

Sunbeam 'pale pinkpearl'
This NYX Born to Glow liquid illuminator in the shade 'sunbeam' was the first liquid/cream highlighter that I ever bought, so it's definitely a good time to try and use it up. I've used it a number of times, but the bottle is still fairly full.

I think that these next two items are going to be the most challenging for me to use up. I've reviewed both the Kat von D Lock it tattoo foundation (in light 45) and the Estee Lauder Perfectionist youth infusing makeup (in 3C2 Pebble) and neither of them really worked for me. I normally only have two foundations open at one time - my medium-full coverage for work, and a light bb cream for the weekend. But with these two, I stopped using them and they got tucked away in my stash. I'm going to aim to finish both of these up - I might even try mixing them.

I'll be back with updates throughout the year and hopefully it won't be too long before we see some pan!

If you're attempting a 2017 project pan, or make up use up challenge, please let me know below so that I can follow along!

Cheers xx

Monday, 2 January 2017

2017 makeup collection and new storage!

Happy New Year!

It's been lovely to have some time over the Christmas and New Year break to do some organising around the house. So far, I've sorted through ten years of paperwork, decluttered my wardrobe and drawers of clothes I no longer wear,  and Mr Tea and I have brought order to what was a very messy study.

But the thing I'm most excited about is my new makeup drawers!! I've mentioned a few times on the blog and on Instagram that I didn't have great storage for my makeup. I don't have a separate room for my makeup (I'm just a normal person who puts their makeup on in the bathroom every day!) This is what I was dealing with:

My old makeup storage
The top and bottom shelves - yes that's all my palettes
in a shoe box!
This is a metal 'bakers stand' that I have had for 16 years, and while it has been handy over that time, it's just not brilliant for storing makeup. As you can see, I had to keep everything in containers (so that products didn't fall between the gaps), space was limited, there were cords everywhere, it got messy very quickly, and it also attracted a lot of dust.

I've been on the hunt for a nice set of drawers to replace the stand, and I've been a bit like goldilocks. It had to be the right width, the right height, had to have at least three - but preferably four - drawers, I had to be able to stand up lipsticks and foundations inside the drawers, and they had to be white or light gray.

Well after a year of searching (yes, seriously, a year) I found something that fit most of those requirements and here it is!

These are the Trysil drawers from Ikea. They only set me back $89 and it took Mr Tea just a few hours to put it together for me. It comes with silver 'feet' but I've left these off as they made it taller than my bathroom bench (which I wasn't keen on). Ideally I would have loved it if they had been just that little bit wider and filled the whole space, but after a year of searching I was happy to get these and make it work.

I enjoy organising, so it was fun to figure out how I would organise my makeup in these new drawers.   You can see on the top of the drawers I've put my brushes and brush cleaner (and the eagle eyed among you can see a sneak peak of my 2017 project pan items). Let me show you what I settled on for inside the drawers, and at the same time, share with you a brief overview of my makeup collection.
Drawer 1
In the top drawer (going clockwise from top left) I've got: foundations, primers, powders and concealers; blush, bronzer, highlighters; face sprays; face palettes; tools and sponges; eyeliners; and mascaras.  I've decided to put samples in with the full size products so that I can see what samples I've got and make it easier to use them.

Drawer 2
In the second drawer I've got: drugstore lipsticks/glosses and all lipliners; eyeshadow singles and trios/quads; larger eyeshadow palettes; cream eyeshadows and eyeliners; high end lipsticks/glosses.

Drawer 3
Drawer three has: false eyelashes; skincare samples; hair products and tools; skincare backups. Many of the hair products are almost finished, so hopefully in a month or two this drawer won't be as full.

Drawer 4
I've run a cable and power board down to the bottom drawer and in here I have my hairdryer, straightener and my new GHD soft curl wand (christmas present from Mr Tea!). I'm especially loving this as it means that I won't trip over any cables any more! For the safety conscious among you, I'm not planning on putting hot tools back in the drawer - I'll let them cool on the bench before I put them away :)

I head to back to work later this week, so I'll get to see whether this is the best way to organise my products, but overall I am pretty happy with how this has turned out.

Drop me a line below if you've got any cool storage hacks to share - as I said, I love organising!