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June empties – 14 items!

Hey everyone,

I am late with my empties this month, I know. I have had final audit season (still the stress continues), a Christening, a house party etc. Normally the weekend is my only free time to write blog posts and take Instagram photos, but I haven’t even had that recently. June was also my birthday month, I turned 19, which means I spent too much money yet again. It also means that I have to come up with a new name for my blog before I am twenty (it was hard enough to come up with the original name) I am not ready for that.

Anyways you guys waited long enough for this post, so lets get into what I decluttered and what I used up in the month of June.

Decluttered:

Colourpop Super Shock shadow in Sunset Blvd and Wilshire £4.01 each ~ These two shades are from the Kaepop quad, one is a shimmer shade and the other a matte. Both are warm more orange based shades and therefore I will be passing these on to a friend with a more tanned complexion. I did her makeup with these before and the shades are just so easy for her to wear. Therefore I am decluttering these, because of the shades on my fair skin tone and not for a reasoning concerning the products quality.


Empties:

Dior lip glow colour reviver balm £25.00 ~ This was in my first Decluttering by brand post and I did finish it before writing it. Never the less it was finished during June, so it is in this post, but I threw it out before writing this which is why it isn’t in the photos. I am not fond of the colour that PH changing products create on me and this is particularly expensive. Therefore, I will not be repurchasing.

AVON ideal flawless matte liquid concealer in fair £4.00 ~ I already reviewed this in my Decluttering by brand #2 post but I did mention that it would feature here as well, since I did actually finish this product. It has a pretty natural finish and provides good coverage but is just too drying for dry skin, so I will not be repurchasing.

Johnson’s cotton buds £1.00 ~ I use these for cleaning up makeup mistakes mainly. They are especially good for gently getting around the eye area. These are just a staple for any home for various tasks.

Bobbi Brown Hydrating eye cream £33.00 ~ This product lasted me a long time which I am grateful for considering the price. However, out of the three eye creams I have tried this is only my second ranking, the Benefit cosmetics one is still my favourite. Therefore, since this is more expensive I will not be repurchasing it. I believe that eye creams are a really personal preference as you have to consider your skin’s specific needs, and texture is also very important. This was more of a regular cream feel, where as the Benefit one is a little thicker.

AVON Senses anti-stress shower gel £1.00 ~ I cannot accurately describe the scent of this but it is quite warm and spice based. I put my faith in the anti stress claims and it was okay but you could get the same feeling from your favourite sweet scent. As a shower gel it was just as good as the other scents I have tried from AVON, therefore I will stick to my other favourites from the Senses range.

Too Faced Sketch Marker Liquid Art eyeliner in black £17.00 ~ This is my favourite liquid eyeliner ever, it is super precise, pigmented and is super easy to create a wing with. I will definitely be repurchasing this soon.

L’Oreal Lumi Magique pure light primer £10.99 ~ This was my second bottle of this product and I do really enjoy using it but I think it is just a little too overpriced for a drugstore product. I have so many illuminating primers at the moment that I will not be repurchasing currently. However, I may pick this up in the future as it is certainly a good product and loved in the beauty community for a reason. It is often compared to the MAC strobe cream and as someone who has owned both I can tell you that they are similar. However, the L’Oreal one is whiter and a much runnier consistency so it is more of a preference thing as to which you should purchase.

 

Tarte skincare pack your bags 911 under eye rescue patches £4.29 ~ These are cooling patches that fit comfortable on your under eyes and the only reason I won’t be repurchasing is because I do not get puffy under eyes. However if this is a concern of yours I do recommend these as they are comfortable, hydrating and a good price.

L’Oreal Fine Flowers dry & sensitive cleansing wipes £3.99 ~ I prefer these to the other type of fine flowers wipes I tried previously as it removes all my makeup, and are less scented than the other version. Still nothing has beaten my No7 quick thinking wipes and those I get for £2. However, I would use these again.


P.S… Love this oval cosmetic pads 90p ~ These I use to remove my makeup with micellar water and apply toner after cleansing my skin. These are of a good size and an even better price and I recommend them.

AVON on duty 72hr max protection 6 roll on deodorant 80p ~ This is the best deodorant I have ever used and it is super cheap. I already have two back ups. It doesn’t stain your clothing either, which is quite a common problem with other brands I have tried. Do you prefer roll on or aerosol deodorants?

Elemental herbology purify & soothe facial cleansing balm FREE ~ This product removes makeup well enough, but the smell is stomach churning and lingers after. Normally I am not so blunt in my reviews but I cannot make any excuses for this.

That is it for this month’s empties, I hope you all enjoyed it. This brings the totals to: 126 items at a retail value of £506.66!

Until the next time,

Lauren x

Project Pan Update 1

I bet you all thought I had forgotten about this post. Well it has finally arrived; my first update on the project pan items I selected at the beginning of the year. I started 2017 by choosing 10 products that I wanted to finish/hit pan on and in conjunction with my empties and decluttering posts and my current no buy (which failed 8 days in), I truly believe that this year is going to result in a much more organised and manageable makeup collection.

Lets start with the three single powder eyeshadows.

As you can see I have made quite good progress in this area. The first thing you will have noticed between the before and after photo is that I have hit pan on MAC Vanilla. This took so long. I never realised how much product you get in a MAC eyeshadow. My aim by the next update is to have used most of it, if not all of it, up. As it is a basic whitish bone shade I feel it is an essential eyeshadow but I don’t believe that you need to spend £10 on this shade.

When I started my 2017 project pan, the Revlon Shadowlink in Sand was already showing pan. This has expanded quite a bit, which I am super happy about. I generally use this shade as an inner corner highlight or all over the lid. I love these light champagne shades its just that this one is really old and the glitter is a little chunky for my current tastes. This is one that I am hoping to finish up by next time.

Disappointingly, I have made no progress on the Revlon Shadowlink in Melon. As it is so old and I haven’t even used it in the past 4 months, I am going to declutter this eyeshadow. I don’t like to declutter products that are this unused but I have had it for so long and I just don’t envision myself using it in the future.

I am loving using the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser in Cameo, as the coverage is perfect for everyday wear. I have no doubt that I will repurchase this but I think next time I will try another shade as it is a little pink for my taste. By the next update I am pretty sure this will be used up. The Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in Cricket, is another story. A little progress can be seen, however I am finding it extremely difficult to get use out of this shade since it isn’t exactly office appropriate. Nevertheless I love the product so I don’t mind it sitting in my collection a while longer.

 

The only real progress that has been made with these is the Maybelline Colorsensational lipstick in 725 Tantalizing Taupe, that has been officially used up. This was one of my favourite drugstore lipsticks which I have no doubt I will repurchase. The other two products don’t appear to have changed much, but I am hoping by the next update that things will be different. Although I highly doubt that there will be another finished lip product by the next update, one can always hope.

 

Something I have discovered over the past couple of months is that the LA Girl Pro Conceal is never ending. I used this for a period of time everyday and there is no difference. The Sleek contour kit in light is doing well; I still couldn’t hit pan on the contour side. You can see the dip in it but I have no idea how long it will take to use it up.

That is it. I hope you enjoyed this post. Please follow my blog and Instagram if you haven’t already. I am going to be doing monthly updates from now on if you want to see what progress I make on these items. I haven’t decided yet when I am going to add items to my project pan or what those will be or how many, so please stay tuned for that.

The decluttered shadow and the used up lipstick means that there are only 8 products in my project pan now. These two items will be mentioned more in depth in my April empties which will be posted in the first week of May.

Until the next time,

Lauren x

Declutter #2 (MAC, Colourpop, Benefit and more)

Hey guys!

This was yet another attempt to reduce the clutter in my collection, not that it made much of a dent. My last declutter was focused on mascaras and eyeliners, where as this is a group of more random products.

The thing that started this off was decluttering inside my Z palette. My zebra print Z palette contains all my depotted products that I am trying to finish/ get more use out of and my MAC pigments that I pressed myself. Below is a picture of before and after I decluttered and there is a big difference. The only difference between now and the after picture is that I put my two single Revlon shadows from my project pan in there as well.

 


The only products that I will be counting in my empties items/pricing are the MAC eyeshadows and the Revlon eyeshadow, the rest won’t be. The two MAC eye shadows I am decluttering are “Da Bling” because I never wear that shade of pink on my eyes anymore, and “Retrospeck” as it has a greenish undertone that I can’t pull off. MAC eyeshadows in the pro pan form are £10 each.

The other two random shadows from the palette I am getting rid of are one from House of Colour (the light pink one) as I already have shades like this I prefer; and the Revlon Shadowlink in dark brown (£2.99) as it is super old and doesn’t get used.

The 4 other shadows are all from a Collection eyeshadow palette that retailed for £3.99 total and I depotted the shadows a while ago (that’s why I am not including the 4 in the total). I decided to keep my two favourite shades from the palette and declutter the rest. It was an okay neutral palette but some of the shades weren’t very pigmented and nothing drew me to it.

The final thing I decluttered from my Z palette was the Benefit blush in ‘Coralista’. This shade of blush generally doesn’t suit me and it is very similar to Milani Luminoso. Therefore I didn’t need this as well. All the depotted Benefit cheek products are from a set I got for Christmas, the packaging was just too bulky and I get more use out of it now its in a Z palette.

Lacoste touch of pink body lotion 100ml (FREE) ~ I got this in a set with the perfume and the body lotion is just far too strong for me. It actually smells stronger than the perfume itself. For that reason it was just sitting in my draw, so it was time to declutter that.

Urban Decay Nirvana empty palette (£8.50) ~I only have two urban decay eyeshadows and the packaging on the spine was giving out a bit. Safe the say I wasn’t impressed with the palette. The two eyeshadows that were in the palette I placed into my large black Z palette.

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MaxFactor Green CC stick (£9.99) ~ I don’t have time on an everyday basis to colour correct. Since this is only one colour, I will be decluttering it because when I do colour correct I have a kit by Sleek that I love to use instead.

PS…Angled Brow brush (£1.00) ~ This brush just got so gross from being used everyday. The spoolie on the end is now bent and the brush just isn’t up to it anymore. I have two on back up cause I love this brush so much. I use it for my brow pomades and it just applies the product so precisely. The spoolie also means that it is the only brush that I have to use to complete my brows.

MAC lipsticks:

  • Viva Glam V (£15.50)
  • Viva Glam VI (£15.50)
  • Fabby (£15.50)
  • Sweet and Sour (£15.50)
  • Real Redhead (£15.50) (LE)

When I was looking at my MAC lipsticks I decided to go through and check that they all still smelt good and that they didn’t have mould on them. Which seems to be more common in MAC lipsticks for some reason. I have never had this issue until now but the two Viva Glam lipsticks and the Limited edition one did have mould on them near the base. The other two I decluttered because Fabby was really old and I never used it as it had quite a frosty finish. The second one, Sweet and Sour, only had a little product left in it and since I only use it in the summer time there was no point keeping it till then. All of these will go back to MAC at some point (3 already have).

AVON loose pigments in “brown” and “pink” (£3.50 each) ~ The pink shade was far too iridescent for my taste in eye looks and even for highlighting my cheek bones. The packaging doesn’t have a sieve either, it just has a whole in the middle which means you have to tip it into the lid and then try and put the remainder back. Due to this I never use the brown one as it isn’t worth the hassle for a regular brown shade.

Halved my pigment collection


Colourpop Super Shock shadow in “Kathleenlights” $5 (£4.01 approx) ~ This shadow I gave to my best friend as the colour really doesn’t suit me. Its a stunning eyeshadow with a smooth formula so I didn’t want to waste it. So I had to pass it along to my friend as I love Colourpop Super Shock shadows so much and I knew she would too.

Colourpop ultra satin lip in ‘Littletitous’ $6 (£4.79 approx) ~ This looks like a beautiful pinky nude in the tube but as it dries on your lips it becomes a brighter, and brighter pink. I got my mum to try it and it happened to her too (not as much as me but similar). The results can be seen below. The picture isn’t that great but you can see that her lips are darker than the tube, it looks as though she lined her lips with a dark pink lip pencil as well (she didn’t, that is the shade getting darker still!).

Benefit dew the hoola mini (FREE) ~ This came in a magazine quite a while ago and I was so excited for it. I don’t like to give super negative reviews but this was terrible. It was completely orange and didn’t last long on the skin. I definitely wouldn’t pay the money for the full size.

Benefit Benetint mini (FREE) ~ I have the full size of this product and I just don’t use it enough to justify having two. Therefore, I thought it best to just declutter the mini of it.


That’s it for this declutter post, I hope you guys enjoyed it. I know I haven’t done a project pan update but to be honest there is only one product I have made visible progress on. I will also not be doing a February, March or April beauty haul as I just don’t have the time at the moment. Those post will be back in May though. Don’t worry about the empties posts though, these will continue as normal.

The empties items are now up to 53. Bringing the retail value up to £175.90!

Until the next time,

Lauren x

 

Project Pan 2017

Hey everyone,

Happy 2017, I hope it is going well for you. 2016 was full of amazing makeup releases, major life events and many posts on my blog that I hope inspired at least one of you. With series such as monthly empties and #Raisetheroof, which will be continued this year, my blog became very much focused on using products up and getting the most for your money. With the amount of support I have received from all of you, I intend to create some very exciting content this year.

Main targets:

Before I get into the specifics of this post, I want to lay out my main aims for 2017 in relation to not only my project pan/empties but my Instagram and blog as a whole.

Last year, I reached 100 followers on my blog and approx 660 Instagram followers. This year I want to reach 250 blog followers and 1000 Instagram followers. Also, I want to post an average of once every 3 weeks. I know this seems low but I am up to my neck in work and accounting exams, so I deem this to be realistic.

Project pan targets:

Whilst I love to collect makeup, and that isn’t going to change, I believe it is important to use items up so as you aren’t hoarding expired products.

In 2016 I managed to reach 172 items with a retail value of £691.19. This year I want to reach 250 empties, which would be an average of 21 items a month!

Project pan items:

  • MAC eyeshadow in ‘vanilla’
  • Revlon Colorstay Shadowlinks in ‘Sand’
  • Revlon Colorstay Shadowlinks in ‘Melon’
  • Laura Mercier oil free tinted moisturiser in ‘Cameo’
  • LA Girl Pro.conceal in ‘porcelain’
  • Maybelline lipstick in ‘tantalizing taupe’
  • MAC Toledo collection lipglass in ‘Oxblood’
  • Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in ‘Cricket’
  • Stila Stay all day liquid lipstick in ‘Perla’
  • Sleek Contour Kit in ‘light’

I will be posting small updates at the end of each month so as you can watch my progress.

 

 

 

Until the next time,

Lauren x