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Decluttering my collection round 2 part 1

Hey everyone,

I decided to make this post rather than another decluttering by brand one, as I am having problems locating the photos for the rest of that series which is frustrating. However I just really wanted to get another post out for you guys.

Every item in this post has either been binned or kept for back to MAC purposes. This is because these products have either expired or it isn’t hygienic to pass on to others.

Lets declutter!

Getting into the products the first item that I decided to throw out is the Too Faced Better than sex waterproof mascara. I purchased this from a Sephora in Rome as I only have one other waterproof mascara. This just did nothing for my lashes. I used it multiple times and the formula is so dry that it just feels like I am using a really old mascara (£9.00)

Secondly, the Smashbox photo finish lash primer (£3.75). This is quite a good product in terms of the length and separation it gives the lashes, but I am decluttering this as it is old and I prefer lash primers that aren’t white.

The final product in the photo below is the Collection lasting perfection concealer in the shade 1 fair. It is great for covering blemishes but not something I would use on the under eye area. This was basically empty so I just decided to declutter it. (£4.19)

The second photo shows all the lip products that I am disposing of. The MAC Toledo Collection lipglass in Oxblood (£14.00) and the Colourpop ultra matte lip in Times Square (£4.57) are both in my project pan 2017. However, the Colourpop one has to be tossed and the MAC one will be back to MAC’d since these have clearly expired. By that I am referring to the formula and scent changing massively.

The Colourpop ultra matte lip mini in Bianca (FREE) will also be tossed as it has expired as well. Finally, the MAC prolong wear lipstick in Unlimited will be back to MAC’d as I never wear this shade and it is well on its way to expiring. (£16.00)

Below are the two drugstore blushes that I am getting rid of: the honey queen honeycomb blusher by W7 (£5.95) and The Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter in ‘Rose Gold lights’ (£3.00). The W7 item is just really old, when swirled together it is a really pretty natural shade that reminds me of Benefits Sugarbomb box blush. The Makeup Revolution product I bought to use as a blush before I realised that, to be honest it looks like a vagina. How did no one at the company realise that? Besides that it is just not the right shade for me.

Mario Badescu enzyme cleansing gel (FREE) – From the times I have used this I have determined that this is clearly for oily skin. Therefore, this doesn’t work with my dry skin.

High lights by Technic is well known for being a budget dupe for the Benefit Cosmetics High Beam. I have owned this for a very long time and I have decided it is time to part ways. Given the applicator as well, I have deemed it no longer sanitary to use. (£2.00)

ELF liquid highlighter in illuminating (£5.00). This has so much oil in it, its so gross. The pigment is almost separated from the oil, no matter how much you shake it and it has no pigment at all. Therefore this is definitely being trashed.

The two blushes that are going back to MAC are a pressed powder one in Well dressed (£15.00) and a mineralized one in Just a Wisp (£21.00). I used the old pricing from when I bought these, yes that is how long ago I bought these. Well dressed is so so old that it needs to go and Just a Wisp is getting quite old and the shade just doesn’t suit me.

The first of the final three products is the NYX Tinted Brow Mascara in Espresso. I really enjoyed this. The shade suits me well, the brush applies the product evenly and its affordable. This is only going because it has dried out. (£6.00)

Secondly is the Kiko SMART Eye pencil in 811 (£1.20). The shade is pretty but it doesn’t glide on easily enough, so you have to keep going back to create a smooth line and this can irritate your lids.

The final item is an Anastasia Beverly Hills clear brow gel mini (FREE). This product has dried out and therefore will be tossed. Although, I have another mini in my collection.

That concludes decluttering my makeup collection round 2 part 1. I hope you all enjoyed it. Please like this post and follow my blog before you leave.

The items in this post bring my empties totals for 2017 to 176 items at a retail value of £839.13! This means that I have done more than last year! I am now super excited to see what the finals totals are for this year.

Until the next time,

Lauren x

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Project Pan Update #2

Hey everyone,

This is the second update for my 2017 Project Pan. The products added to the project pan mentioned in this post will have their own post showing the start points and explaining the reasons why I am panning them.

Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in ‘Cricket’:


The Laura Mercier product was in an empties posts so the only product left from this original photo is the Colourpop shadow in ‘Cricket’.

I am having really difficulty using this shadow as during the summer it isn’t really a shade I would use. Therefore, I am going to remove it from my project pan and reintroduce it in the late Autumn/ Winter.

I have decided to replace this with the Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in ‘Glow’. This is a matte cream shade that I personally use to carve under my brows with, because it makes them look cleaner but it is more on the natural side. I find that applying this all over the lid doesn’t work well for me, it just clings to dry patches and almost cracks (even though I moisturise every morning). Therefore, I am looking forward to using this one up. I understand that at $5 this is a very affordable product but I don’t feel that you need to purchase this shade in comparison to all the other beautiful ones Colourpop has. I got this one in the Kathleenlights In the Light quad with my first ever Colourpop order, but I wouldn’t repurchase this shade.

Sleek Contour Kit in ‘Light’ and LA Girl Pro. Conceal Concealer in ‘Porcelain’:

Both of these products are going to remain in my 2017 project pan.

I have done really well on the concealer as evident in the comparison photos above. It is really difficult to tell when I am going to finish this, but it has become more and more difficult to get the product out.

I have decided that I am going to throw out the Sleek Contour Kit in Light once I have hit pan on the contour shade, as it is a very old product. I would repurchase this as I think that it is good quality for the price but I just don’t need it in my collection at the moment. I am hoping to have hit pan on it by the next update in a few months.

MAC Toledo Collection Lipglass in ‘Oxblood’ and Stila Stay all day liquid lipstick in ‘Perla’:


The Maybelline lipstick was in an empties post, so only two products from the original photo remain.

The Stila liquid lipstick mini in the shade ‘Perla’ looks as though no progress has been made but I swear I have used this a lot. I think it is time to give this shade a break for a while and pick it up again in the winter, since it does have more of that mauve edge to it.

The MAC Toledo collection lipglass in ‘Oxblood’ is showing a little progress. I do really enjoy this shade it is just on the older side so this is going to continue to be in my project pan for the remainder of the year.

To replace the Maybelline lipstick and the Stila liquid lipstick I am adding to my project pan the Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip in ‘Times Square’ and the NYX Matte lipstick in ‘Natural’.

MAC Eyeshadow in ‘Vanilla’ and REVLON Shadowlink in ‘Sand’:

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The orangey Revlon shade was decluttered in my last Project Pan update, leaving the two remaining shadows.

I have decided to declutter the Revlon ‘Sand’ shade as it is very old and I tried to apply it the other day but it has been reduced to slightly coloured glitter.

The MAC eyeshadow in ‘Vanilla’ will remain in my project pan as it is easy to incorporate into looks. I will not repurchase this once finishing it as I don’t see why anyone should spend £10 on a cream single eyeshadow.

I am going to add the MAC eyeshadows in ‘Jest’ and ‘Sweet Lust’ to bring it back up to three powder shadows again.

I am going to do a post very soon with photos of the starting points for the newly added items.

Until the next time,

Lauren x

Decluttering by brand #1 – Dior, Stila, Body Shop and Technic (UPDATED)

Hey everyone,

After being inspired by Shannox, Amy Macedo and you guys to declutter my entire makeup collection I decided to do these posts by brand to show you what I had before and after.

I own so many brands of makeup that the ones where I am not decluttering anything I will not being doing a post on. Most of those listed below I only own one or two items from or I am really obsessed with the products. These are as listed:

  • Urban Decay
  • Milani
  • RCMA
  • MUA
  • Hourglass
  • Giorgio Armani
  • Becca
  • Jordana
  • Lancome
  • It’s skin
  • Wet N Wild
  • Tarte cosmetics
  • First Aid Beauty
  • Lush
  • Jouer
  • Bourjois
  • Kat Von D
  • Vaseline
  • Buxom
  • Collection
  • Smashbox
  • Eyelure
  • The Balm
  • Revlon
  • Illamasqua
  • W7
  • Violet Voss
  • Viseart
  • Morphe brushes
  • BH cosmetics
  • Elf cosmetics
  • Juvia’s place
  • Pixi
  • Makeup Revolution
  • Charlotte Tilbury
  • Melt Cosmetics
  • DHC

I wasn’t kidding when I said I owned a lot of brands.

The way I am going to declutter the products in each brand is by having three categories for them to go into: keep, using up/need to use and pass on/bin. That is it for the intro to this series, I hope you guys like this idea and lets get into the decluttering!

First brand: Technic ~

I own one product from this brand and I got it off of Amazon for around £3-£4. This is a product called ‘high lights’ and it looks almost identical to the Benefit High Beam, from the packaging to the shade. I would definitely call these dupes. I am putting this in the to use up category. I am about 2/3 of the way through this and I won’t repurchase this. The nail polish vibe from the packaging and the iridescent pink shade isn’t what I really reach for. If I want that sort of shade then there are others in my collection I prefer. However, if you want to buy the Benefit High Beam don’t do it. This is so similar so please save your money and get this instead.


Second brand: Dior ~

The only product I own by Dior is the original lip glow. Since actually doing this declutter I have finished this product up. Therefore, this is an empties and has left my collection. I will not be repurchasing it either because it is super expensive (£25.00). I received this as a gift and personally I just don’t wear those lip balm that change due to your lip PH. I find that the shade of pink it changes to is always very unflattering on me. The lip balm itself was really hydrating and the packaging is stunning. If you enjoy PH responsive lip balms/tinted lip balms then I would investigate this, otherwise don’t pay the money for it.


Third brand: The Body Shop ~

These are the two products I know from the Body Shop: The lightening shade adjusting drops and the spiced apple lip balm.

For me the lightening drops are an essential product, as I am paler than my pillow 90% of the time. It allows me to get the exact shade of foundation I want, which every pale girl knows is the dream. Therefore, this is staying in my collection. The lip balm is good but it isn’t mind blowing so I am putting this in the need to use up category.

Fourth brand: Stila ~

This is my small collection of products by Stila. I own the single eyeshadow in ‘kitten’, the stay all day liquid lipstick in ‘Perla’, ‘Patina’ and ‘Serenata’.

I decided to keep 3 products and the 4th product is in my project pan 2017. My favourite product from Stila has to be the stay all day mini liquid lipstick in ‘Serenata’ it is such a beautiful dark cool toned brown shade, and I can’t wear many dark browns because of how pale I am. I really hope they add it to the permanent line in the future.

The shade ‘Perla’ was removed from my project pan 2017 and will now be removed from my collection. The shade continues to oxidise into a strange shade that is difficult to wear. This decluttered item will be added to my September empties totals.

To start this decluttering process off: Out of the 8 items – I will be keeping 4 items, 3 will made a priority to use up and 1 is being decluttered (I will add this to my June empties total) since it has been used up entirely. The Stila liquid lipstick in ‘Perla’ will be added to my September empties totals.

I know in this post I didn’t declutter that many products but I wanted to give you guys a good example of how I am going to separate things out. There are plenty more brands that I am going to go through such as AVON, MAC, Maybelline and more.

Until the next time,

Lauren x

Decluttering my lipstick samples – Would I purchase the full size?

Hi everyone!

When the Urban Decay Vice lipsticks first launched I got a tonne of free samples to try out. The range has 120 shades in 6 finishes, and I only own the full size of one (the shade ‘714’). These are priced at £15.50 each and are cruelty free.

I want to disclose that unless I say otherwise in the mini reviews, I love the formula of these. The main distinction as to why I won’t purchase the full size of some of these is that some colours just don’t work on certain skin tones. However, I wanted to include swatches of all of them because you might just find your perfect shade.

Swatches and individual reviews:

This shade is called ‘Stark Naked’ and it is a warm nude in a comfort matte formula. I wouldn’t purchase the full size of this one because I don’t suit warm toned nudes at all as I am so pale. If you have more of a medium skin tone, this will definitely look good on you.

This shade is called ‘Rapture’ and it is a mauve pink in a cream formula. This is such a beautiful, classic cult shade. I will definitely purchase the full size of this. The cream formulas just glide on and the pigmentation is gorgeous.

 

This shade is called ‘Backtalk’ and it is in a comfort matte formula. This shade is similar to Rapture except it is a matte rather than a cream finish and is more of a cool toned purple with less pink in it. However, it is still really wearable and I will be picking up the full size. It seems like it is going to be perfect for the Autumn months.

 

I will be purchasing the full size of either this or Conspiracy (which is the darker version). This metallized medium brown is a unique lipstick that doesn’t feel gritty. Definitely a recommended shade.

This is ‘Manic’, this one is a cream formula and is more of a slightly reddish brown shade. I adore this, I think that this is so wearable and yet it adds a little something to your look. Will definitely be picking up this shade soon.

 

This is a bold deep red shade, in a cream formula, called ‘Rock Steady’. Definitely a shade I want to pick up. What’s your favourite type of red to wear?

 


This is a cream formula in ‘Gash’ and it is a pink based red (it is a bit darker than in the photo). Whilst the name of the shade may be off putting, the colour certainly isn’t. I don’t know whether I will purchase this or not, I don’t have a lot of opportunities to wear red. There are so many available in vice lipstick range that you are guaranteed to find your perfect red.

 


This is a cream formula named ‘Jilted’, it is a medium pink with a purple edge to it. For me this is a quite bold shade but I enjoyed trying it out. I may pick this up in the future if I want to purchase something a little outside my comfort zone.

 


This cream lipstick in the shade ‘Firebird’ is a hot pink with a purple reflect to it. I work in an office five days a week and bright pinks don’t really suit me, so I will not be picking this up.

 

This hot pink with a sheer formula is ‘Sheer Anarchy’. I love the sheer formula, it gives such a beautiful finish to the lips and it looks stunning during the summer. I just won’t be purchasing this because personally again I just won’t wear bright pink colours. If that is a colour that you really enjoy I would try this out, as I imagine that this would look stunning on holiday.

This comfort matte lipstick in ‘Pyscho’ is a beautiful hot pink shade. As with the other pinks, this one just isn’t for me.

 

This is the other metallized lipstick mentioned earlier. It has the same formula and reflect as Amulet except this is a deeper bronze. Personally I don’t think you need both in your collection, so save your money and choose one as they are extremely similar.

The final one is ‘Blackmail’. This is a comfort matte formula and this is the only one that I don’t like the formula on. It was a little patchy to apply, I don’t know whether that was because I had to apply it with a lip brush. However, even when I rubbed my lips together to blend the product it didn’t sit right. I would never wear this sort of black with a purple tint as it would make me look dead, so obviously its a no from me on purchasing it.

That is it, my full review on the lip samples that I had from the Urban Decay Vice lipstick collection. Overall, I love the vice lipstick range from Urban Decay. There are so many colours and finishes that your perfect shade is guaranteed to be discovered. What’s your favourite shade from the collection?

As I have decluttered all of these samples now these will add to the total number of empties for 2017. Making the total 112 items and £396.67! (no money added as these were free samples).

Until the next time,

Lauren x

May empties (15 items!)

Hey everyone,

Anyone who works in the Finance industry knows that this time of year is chaos. I have been spending four hours a day on a train and the result has been a big decline in blog/ Instagram posts. As well as a zombified Lauren staggering around, looking for the nearest can of Red Bull to drain.

Now that I am based back in Belgravia and the weather has finally picked up, you can count on a lot more blog posts coming soon. Within the next two weeks there should be about 3 posts going up. Some of the ones that are currently in the works are: decluttering my makeup collection by brand, a review on the ILUVSARAHIIxColourpop collection, a project pan update, Kylie lip kit collection review (finally) and more!

Empties:

L’Oreal Preference Color Extender FREE ~ I may have a love hate relationship with the hair dye but my opinion is clear on this product. This really extends the wear of your colour and just revives it. It leaves my hair feeling amazing and it is really quick to use.

L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Clay Re-balancing shampoo 400ml £4.49 ~ This is a great shampoo with a drugstore price tag. I will be repurchasing this for sure. It gets rid of all the oil from your scalp without stripping your hair, it doesn’t dry out the lengths of your hair and it keeps your hair looking good in between washes.

L’Oreal Hydra Genius Aloe Water sample FREE ~ This is aimed at normal to combination skin and I think this would be a great product for those of you with that skin types. However, if you have dry skin like me I would give it a miss as it doesn’t do anything special for our skin type. The formula is a more gel consistency that is lightweight which is typical for products aimed at those skin types. This is a recent release which is now in stores at Boots and Superdrug in the UK.

L’oreal Fine Flowers cleansing wipes (normal to combination skin) £2.65 ~ These did remove my makeup well and didn’t stingy my skin. However, as I have dry skin, these did dry me out a little. It probably has something to do with the very strong floral scent to these. If you are sensitive to that I would avoid but if you aren’t and have the skin type these are aimed at I would try them out.


PS…Love this oval cosmetic pads 90p x2 ~ It wouldn’t be an empties post without these bad boys. These are a necessity in my collection to apply skincare and remove makeup. I will never not repurchase these.


Garnier Ultimate Blends Honey Treasures 1 minute treatment £3.99 ~ This smells amazing which was the first thing that drew me to this line. The fact that it is only a one minute treatment for someone like me who likes to be in and out of the shower quickly. Considering how long the product is on your hair for, it really does condition your hair and the scent clings to the hair nicely. Would definitely recommend picking this up.

Caudalie VINE [ACTIV] Glow Activating Anti-Wrinkle Serum sample FREE ~ This is such a beautiful glowly serum that really brightens up the appearance of your skin. Obviously I am not going to purchase the full size as I don’t need an anti-wrinkle serum but I would definitely check this one out in store if you are looking for one. It gives a nice amount of hydration to the skin and leaves it soft. However, it is an expensive brand so I recommend trying a sample for yourself.


Laura Mercier Oil free tinted moisturiser in ‘cameo’ £34.00 ~ This was one of the product in my project pan 2017, which now means that I have finished 3 of the 10 items in that project! This was in my project pan because this shade was very pink toned for me. I did really enjoy using it but I will be checking for other shades when I go to repurchase it.

Urban Decay Naked Skin One & Done hybrid complexion perfector in ‘light’ £28.00 ~ I loved everything about this product, from the formula to the coverage and wear time. However I had to use the Body Shop lightening drops every time I wore this product because the shade range is terrible and this was so dark on me, even though it was the lightest shade. It is a real shame because I really love the product but I won’t be repurchasing. Although, as you can see I did use every drop of product in this as the pump makes it so easy to use it all up. I wish more brands would have this packaging considering the price you pay for it, you want to be able to use it all up.

Kat Von D Lock it foundation sample in ‘light 44’ FREE ~ This is an incredibly full coverage foundation that lasts all day. I really love the formula of this product but I am unsure on the shade for my skin. Some days this would be a perfect shade for me an others it would be too dark. However, because I am so into the formula I will try to find my shade again next time I go to the Kat Von D counter at Debenhams.


Benefit They’re Real mascara FREE ~ This is in my empties because it has dried out and it had started to flake when I wore it on my lashes. I got this free at a Benefit Cosmetics and Marie Claire event last year, and I do really enjoy this product. However, I prefer the Roller lash mascara so I won’t be repurchasing this mascara.

Benefit Ready, Set, Brow! mini FREE ~ This is an amazing brow gel, it just strikes the perfect balance between light formula and strong hold. I will be picking up a full size very soon. I prefer to use this on more natural brow days as there isn’t as much product to keep in place so I don’t need an intense hold. My only complaint with this product is the packaging. Yes it looks super cute, but sometimes it is very difficult to open because of the divots in the lid.

AVON True Colour glimmerstick liquid eyeliner pen £3.50 ~ I think that this is a really good drugstore priced eyeliner. It is pigmented, it lasts all day and there are other shades available. I have been through so many of these so I think I am going to try out some new eyeliners for a while but I do suggest looking into this if you’re on a budget.


Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear brow gel £16.50 ~ There is no product left in this tube for me to use. I love this brow gel. It sets your brows like concrete, they won’t move all day long. It does smell incredibly strong but that doesn’t linger after it has been applied. I personally don’t mind this but some people do so I thought I would mention that it can get a little solid on your brows. If you don’t like to feel like you’re wearing product on your brow this isn’t for you but I really love this product and will be repurchasing it soon.


That is it for my May empties, I hope you enjoyed it. This brings the total items up to 99, and the retail value to £396.67! 

‘What products did you use up in the month of May?’

Until the next time,

Lauren x

Products I broke my no buy for

Hey everyone,

Most of you will know that I put myself on a no buy until I reached my target of 100 empties; with the exception of a few purchases of new releases, limited edition items or massive sales. Even though I knew it wouldn’t be a complete no buy I still feel as though I failed massively. Now that I have reached my target, for details you will have to see my May empties and lipstick sample decluttering post coming soon, I thought I would show you all the products I bought during my ‘no buy’ and tell you a little bit about why I made those purchases and whether I regret them.

Wet ‘n’ Wild Photofocus foundation in Porcelain £15.99 ~ This was the first product that I broke my no buy for. For those wondering, I do live in the UK and therefore have to purchase Wet ‘n’ Wild products off of Amazon. I haven’t owned any products from this brand before as you can’t get it easily. However, I knew I had to get my hands on this foundation after it received a holy grail status in some many peoples’ collections. I picked the shade based on Jeffree Star’s video and its a good match for me. I haven’t used it that much but I do think it lasts on the skin well and has good coverage.

Wet N Wild MegaGlo Contouring palette in Dulce de Leche £9.48 ~ This is a real regret of mine. I thought it looked great online but it is chalky and the contour shade is difficult to blend out on my cheeks. I don’t think I will be using this much.

Colourpop order #1 – £40.29:

Pressed powder duo in Double Play ~ The ‘blush’ in this duo is a bronzer on me but that is why I bought it. I really love this duo. The pigmentation, the shades and the price point make it an incredible product. Congrats Colourpop, another amazing launch.

Ultra Blotted lip in Doozy ~ This is a new formula gives your lips a beautiful tint for summer. Out of the entire collection there were only two shades that I wanted: Doozy and Zuma. At the time I made this order Zuma was out of stock (but as you will see later I got that one too). I love this new product from Colourpop, I think they did a really great job with the colour range and formula; its very unique.

Super Shock cheek in Prenup ~ I have worn this and I like how the shade turned out on my skin. I just regret picking this up because I only did it to match the minimum for free shipping exactly, I didn’t intend to buy it.

This order in total was $30 and the rest was VAT. I made the order at that point in time because the free shipping got reduced from when you spend $50 to $30. Overall I would say that the only one I am not 100% content with having purchased during my no buy is the blush. The other two products I am obsessed with, so 2/3 were good purchases for me.

BH Cosmetics x Carli Bybel original palette £18.00 ~ This finally was released on the BeautyBay website and I had been wanting it since it first released years ago. The release of the new deluxe addition palette is what spurred on this purchase. As the original palette is going to be discontinued! I prefer the size of this palette far more to the deluxe one, so I decided to pick this up before it is gone for good.

Melt Cosmetics order – £71.96:

Digital Dust Highlighter in Stargazer and Gold Ore ~ This was a very expensive order but I had never purchased anything from Melt Cosmetics before. However, this launch took over Instagram and I ended up buying it on the train the day of the launch. Stargazer is my favourite of the two as it gives such a beautiful peachy icy glow, where as gold ore is a true gold better suited to medium + skin tones. It just means I have to apply it very sheer it order to make that particular shade work for my skin tone.

Anastasia Beverly Hills x Nicole Guerriero highlighter palette £39.00 ~ The photo below explains the reasoning behind this purchase. It is so stunning. As soon as I saw it was in stock on the ABH UK website and that there was free shipping, I knew it was meant to be. Every shade is pigmented, the pans are a good size and the packaging is beautiful. Nicole did an amazing job and I highly recommend this palette.

Tarte cosmetics order #1 – £63.60:

Lip facial lip scrub ~ I was so excited for this because it is a lip scrub in a lip crayon form. I have been using this…and I am obsessed. When I run out I will immediately repurchase. If like me you don’t like sticking your fingers in a pot of lip scrub, this is perfect and easy to use. Check it out and I promise you won’t regret it.

Travel size brighter days highlighting moisturiser ~ I wanted the full size of this for so long but it is constantly out of stock, so I picked up the smaller size.


Tarte mother nature’s miracles discovery set ~ This included a mini colour splash lipstick in ‘Island Life’, a 15ml Maracuja oil, a mini lights, camera, lashes mascara, a 30ml Rainforest of the Sea Marine Boosting mist, a 50ml Rainforest of the Sea deep dive cleansing gel, 1 pack of under eye patches and a mini amazonian clay blush in ‘feisty’. These kits are a great way to try out lots of products for a great price.


Tarte cosmetics order #2 – £60.00:

Custom kit – Purple makeup bag, amazonian clay blush in celebrated, gifted mascara, tarteist quick dry matte lip paint in festival, bamboo contour brush, empowered hybrid gel foundation in fair-light neutral and lights, camera, lashes precision longwear liner in black (£50.00 + £10.00 tax) ~ This was far too good a promotion to miss. You got 7 full size products in the kit for £50.00. I love Tarte products and at the time wanted to add more to my collection. This is definitely becoming one of my favourite brands.

Colourpop order #2 – £61.05:

Gemini by Night palette ~ This was the only product that I picked up from the Sonya Esman x Colourpop collection. It has stunning shades and Colourpop’s single shadow formula is incredible with an enormous shade range. The launch of this collection was what prompted this order and I don’t regret purchasing this palette.

Ultra Blotted lip in Zuma ~ This was the shade of the Ultra blotted lip that I was going to purchase in my first Colourpop order but it was sold out then. I am super happy that this restocked because it is such a beautiful shade. Get your hands on it as soon as you can!

Pressed Shadows in Pretty Cruel, Flower boy, Bouquet Toss, Team Captain, Say I do and Too Much ~ When you purchased 3 shadows, they became $3.33 each due to a promotion that was going on. Therefore, I decided to pick up all the shades that were originally in the Valentine’s day collection duos (I didn’t buy that collection) that I wanted and one shade that I don’t own anything like. That singular shade is ‘Team Captain’, its a beautiful khaki green shade. I don’t have any shadows that colour so I bought it to experiment with that tone of shadow.

Free Liquid lip minis in Frick n Frack, Dopey and Strip ~ Yet another great promotion that Colourpop had on at the time, every time your order reached a certain amount you were able to choose a free liquid lip mini. These are all shades that I have really wanted to try out so I am super excited to see what they look like on the lips.

Wet N Wild MegaGlow Highlighting Powder in Precious Petals £11.99 ~ I saw this for sale on Amazon and for the first time it was ridiculously priced (I have seen it for over £60 no joke). This is a super hyped up product, so since it was reduced I thought I would try it. This is such a beautiful highlighter, so I highly recommend you pick it up if it is in stock near you.

MAC Fruity Juicy collection limited edition lipstick in Calm Heat £16.50 ~ Babsbeauty showed this on her Snapchat and I fell in love. It is a truly beautiful nude lipstick and the packaging is gorgeous, this is a purchase I do not regret.

NYX Bright Idea illuminating stick in Pearl Pink Lace £7.50 ~ This was a completely random buy, which made it a regret. The product itself is really nice, I just wish I hadn’t purchased it during my no buy. It gives your cheeks a nice light pink glow and the colour range in the store was really good. This range also includes highlighters and bronzers as well as blushes.

Maybelline Dream Cushion foundation in 01 Natural Ivory £13.99 ~ This was the final product that I purchased during my first ‘no buy’ period and it was because I wanted to try and cushion foundation but didn’t want to pay the high end price tag during the no buy. It was difficult to choose between this and the L’Oreal one but this just had such good reviews and was £1 cheaper at the time. I have used this a few times and I really like it, the coverage is good and it lasts quite well on the skin considering the type of product.

All these products in aggregate come to a disgusting £429.35. With each small purchase, it didn’t feel like it had come to that amount. I am genuinely shocked at how little restraint I have shown. Well my no buy is over and won’t be reinstated (I don’t see the point as it didn’t work). I hope you guys enjoyed this all the same and I look forward to you reading my decluttering and empties posts coming very soon.

Until the next time,

Lauren x

April Empties (21 items!)

Hey everyone!

I could not believe that I used up 21 products this month! Alright most of them are samples but still. The post that will be coming up after this one is called “What I broke my no buy for”. Safe to say that it failed massively within days but I still think it was a good learning experience as not I single product was store bought. I just have no control when it comes to online sales aha. This should have made a little room for those products though.

Decluttered products:


Seventeen Stay Time Foundation in ‘soft ivory’ £6.49 ~ Back in the day I used to swear by this. Before brands started making lighter shades for us pale folk, this was the only foundation that would match me. It was the first full coverage foundation that I ever used, this is my second bottle of it as well but my skin has gotten a lot drier since then and this has a very thick consistency. If you have combination – oily skin and are looking for a super affordable, very full coverage foundation I recommend trying this out if you can find your shade. I just can’t wear this anymore so it had to go.

Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm £5.29 ~ This was hyped up by everyone, including myself, but I can’t use this anymore as my skin is too dry (sensing a theme yet). I think that if you have oily skin you will love this. However, stay away from it if you have dry skin as it will not do you any favours.

Revlon Shadowlink in ‘Melon’ £2.99 ~ This was a shadow from my 2017 project pan. I decided to declutter this shade as I made no progress with it and its very old. This was mentioned in my Project Pan update which if you haven’t seen that, it is the post before this one.

Empties:


Biore Charcoal Pore Strips £9.49 ~ I don’t know where the box for this went but this month I finished another pack of these pore strips. Both my boyfriend and I use these, they are super effective and you can usually get these on sale at Superdrug so they will be cheaper than the price above.

Too Faced Better than Sex mascara mini in purple FREE ~ This came in the Too Faced x NikkieTutorials collab kit. Recently Jeffree Star mentioned on Snapchat that the contract Too Faced made Nikkie sign for this collection was awful, we will probably never know the details but I love Nikkie so I hope it wasn’t that bad. It does make me question whether I want to purchase Too Faced products, what with all the drama around the old owner of the brand as well. Anyways, I loved using this product on my bottom lashes when I had a purple shade smoked on my lower lash line. This is really old now so I have to throw it out but I did really enjoy this and it has made me consider purchasing the original better than sex mascara.

L’Oreal Preference high shine conditioner FREE ~ Now I may have fallen out with my hair dye but my relationship with this conditioner is still holding strong. It just keeps your colour looking good and your hair looking healthy and shiny.

AVON ANEW VITALE day cream sample FREE x2 ~ These were the last two of the samples that I had of this product. I don’t know how many of these samples I have used up and shown in my empties posts, but it must be at least 30. I am still of the opinion that it is just okay; it’s a basic moisturiser with SPF 25 which makes it good for day time. I will not be purchasing the full size as there are products I prefer in my collection.

Maybelline Colorsensational lipstick in 725 Tantalizing Taupe £6.99 ~ Some of you may have seen this in my project pan update but if you haven’t, this is the first product I have finished in my project pan 2017. This is the perfect nude shade for fair skin tones, its great to just throw on as it goes with every look and you don’t have to think about it. I will definitely repurchase this as it is, dare I say it, my favourite drugstore nude lipstick.

Lush Bubblegum lip scrub £5.75 ~ I am tired of trying to love sugar scrubs in a pot. Don’t get me wrong if you are looking for a harsher scrub for your lips to get every bit of dead skin off, then you will probably like this. This is just too harsh on my lips and it becomes uncomfortable, I don’t enjoy sticking my finger in a pot and getting it under my nails and this product in particular goes bad so quickly. Therefore since I am not fond of this form of product and it went off a while ago. It was time for it to leave my collection.

Beauty Blender solid £14.00 ~ Until I made this purchase I was washing my brushes and sponges with hand soap, which did the job but took the colour out of my beauty blender and made the tools smell a little funny. This product makes it so easy to get everything super clean and I don’t have to use as much as I would if I was using the soap. Even if you don’t own a beauty blender, I highly recommend purchasing this to clean your tools as it will save you a lot of time and they will look like new.

Beauty Blender (Original) £16.00 ~ This was the first beauty blender I ever purchased and I used it to death which is why it is in this post. I purchased a new one in the light pink shade which I adore, even though it is basically white with a pink tint now from washing it. It applies liquid and cream products to the face quickly and blends them out flawlessly. I believe that everyone has to at least try these, they are hyped up for a reason.

AVON Senses Joyful Tropics papaya and peach moisturising shower creme £1.00 ~ This is a shower creme that smells exactly like it says it will. This is summer in a bottle, super fruity and more papaya than peach I would say. I really enjoyed this and I will probably pick another bottle up at some point.

Tata Harper Repairative Moisturizer sample FREE ~ I really didn’t like this. The smell was awful and super strong, being a popular and very expensive moisturizer I thought that although I might hate the smell it will do wonders for my skin. Wrong. This product costs £94.00 and it did nothing for my skin. I certainly won’t be purchasing the full size of this.

Lancome Juicy Shaker in 400 ‘Mint to be’ £19.50 ~ This shade applies clear with a very slight blue tint and it makes your teeth look whiter. Essentially this shade is a clear lip oil and therefore is super expensive for what it is. If you are prepared to spend this amount on a lip oil then I say go for it because this is the most hydrating lip product I have ever used. I loved how soft this made my lips. I would apply this when I had been wearing liquid lipstick days in a row and after you would never have known. I just personally can’t bring myself to repurchase it for that price. Although if you wear very minimal makeup and prefer to spend more on skincare products, I think you would love this as a lip oil in your daily routine.

Goldfaden MD Wake up call overnight regenerative facial treatment sample FREE ~ This had a beautiful light citrus scent to it and sunk nicely into the skin. It is for dry and ageing skin and I do recommend you get a sample of this before purchasing as it is £75.00 for 50ml (Ouch!). I do think that if you have that type of skin and you have tried a sample and enjoy it, it could be worth it. I would wait till Space NK does a spend £60 and get £15 off offer (this is online and is done quite a lot) to save yourself some money. Although to be honest you guys its very difficult to give a solid review on skincare based on a sachet.

REN V-Cense Revitalising night cream sample FREE ~ This has a really strong scent as well, I know a lot of products in this post that I haven’t liked is because of this but I honestly don’t know why brands are putting products out with such strong botanical/almost medicinal scents to them. It was a pretty good night cream but this scent lingers and I can’t bear it so I won’t purchase it. I find most REN products have strong scents so I really recommend smelling the products in store before purchase any of them, especially cause they are expensive.


REN Flash Rinse 1 minute facial sample FREE ~ This had such a strong citrus/ fresh orange scent, that’s the first thing I remember about this product. I left my skin feeling good but other than that I didn’t notice enough of a difference for the £32.00 that this product costs. I feel that since the claims on the product are based around lines, fatigue etc you would have to use it over time to actually see a result.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge £5.99 ~ I will always repurchase this sponge, I think its a great alternative to the beauty blender if you don’t want to spend the cash on it. I am currently using the Eco tools sponges instead but I am sure there is room for another of these in my collection as well.

Head & Shoulders smooth and silky shampoo sample FREE ~ I love Head & Shoulders products I just find that my hair reacts really well to it. This shampoo made my hair so shiny and healthy looking that of course I am going to go and buy the full size. I am just going to wait until I have used up some more hair products that I own.

Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre sample FREE ~ I have the full size of this already and I am obsessed with it. It’s super hydrating and a thicker cream consistency which I enjoy. I highly recommend this for those of you with dry or combination skin. Those with dry skin can wear this as a day or night cream where as I think combination skin people would just want to use this at night in my opinion.


That was the final product in my April empties, I know this was a long post but I had a lot of products to talk about this time. The totals are now 84 items with a retail value of £301.74 ! I am so happy that I am only 16 items away from 100 empties already! Will I make it to 100 empties next month…you’ll have to wait to find out.

Until the next time,

Lauren x