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Project Pan Update #3

Hey everyone,

Recently I posted my project pan update #2 where I showed my progress, new products I am adding to my project pan and products that were leaving it.

This update is going to show the starting points for the new products mentioned in the previous post, give an update on the remaining products and I am going to add a few more previously unmentioned items in too.

Remaining products from the original project:

The MAC eyeshadow in Vanilla is remaining in my project pan and the latest progress photo is later on in this post.

Sleek contour kit in light – I have decided to declutter this from my collection as it is very old and appears to be making my acne worse as a result. The picture below shows the final progress made on the product before it was binned.

LA Girl Pro Concealer in Porcelain – I am declaring this product finished. I could possibly squeeze a little more out but it is becoming more and more difficult to do so. Therefore the photo below shows the ending point of the progress on the concealer.

MAC lipglass in Oxblood – This product is remaining in my project pan and the latest progress photo is later on in this post.

New products mentioned in update #2 and additional products:

Lorac eyeshadow primer – The photo above shows the starting point for this product. The reasons that this product has been added to my project pan are that the packaging is terrible, it means that you can never dispense the right amount making it very wasteful and the product itself is not accessible in the UK.

My reasoning behind adding the Colourpop super shock shadow in Glow was mentioned in update #2, in depth, so I will not repeat that here. The above photo shows the starting point for this product.

The two shadows, Sweet Lust and Jest from MAC, are also added to the project because I rarely use pink/pink toned shadows anymore.

This was the first MAC blush I ever owned and therefore it is quite old and needs to be finished. This is the MAC mineralized blush in the shade Dainty.

The Colourpop matte liquid lipstick in Times Square and NYX matte lipstick in Natural are now being added to this project. The Colourpop item was from my first order to the brand and I never use the NYX lipstick, so I decided these need to be used up.

Finally I decided to add a palette to the project as I have never done a pan that palette challenge before. This is the Alice through the looking glass palette by Urban Decay. It is really bulky, is difficult to store, not all the shades are of the same standard expected from the brand and it contains a lot of colours which I don’t get a lot of opportunities to use. Therefore I am looking forward to keeping track of my progress.

This brings the empties total for 2017 to 135 items, with a retail value of £560.64.

Until the next time,

Lauren x

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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

6 brands – cruelty free and great quality

In this post I am going to mention 6 different brands that are cruelty free and produce great quality products. It is a personal preference of makeup users as to whether they use brands which are cruelty free or not. However, more and more people are choosing to declutter their makeup collection and purchase cruelty free brands. Until I did my research I had no idea how many well known brands test on animals. MAC, Kiehl’s, Dior, Guerlain etc. Personally, I own a lot of makeup that isn’t cruelty free but now with the knowledge that I have I do second guess myself before making a purchase. Therefore, the aim of this post is to provide you guys with information on great brands that are cruelty free should you be interested in switching your purchasing habits.

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Drugstore brands:

If your budget limits you to drugstore brands then it doesn’t mean that you can’t shop cruelty free. It is more difficult to shop cruelty free in the UK because most of the brands available at the drugstore are owned by L’oreal or are named by PETA as those that test on animals. However, the three below are all high quality and very affordable.

  • Makeup Geek – Whilst this isn’t available at the drugstore, it is easily acquirable on the internet. I purchased products from this brand from BeautyBay. I love purchasing from BeautyBay because the products arrive really fast and it is free delivery on orders over £15.00. Makeup Geek is well known for its single eyeshadows and blushes, which are both very affordable at £4.95 for an eyeshadow and £7.95 for a blush. With 92 shades in just the regular eyeshadow range on BeautyBay, you are spoilt for choice and can create every eye look imaginable. As I am sure you guys know, from YouTube, their products are highly pigmented and very blendable. So if you are looking for a way to build your cruelty free collection, please check this brand out. Click here to view the range.
  • NYX Cosmetics – Not that long ago, NYX became available in the UK in Boots stores and Selfridges. This brand’s products have the cruelty free logo on them, which means that PETA has certified them as cruelty free. The best products by NYX, in my opinion, are the butter glosses and the angel veil primer. Their lip products come in a wide range of shades and finishes and with the butter glosses costing only £5.00, you can afford more than one.
  • Sleek – This is a UK brand that I personally love for their blushes and matte me liquid lipsticks. Their blushes are highly pigmented so you get a huge amount of product for your money, the shade rose gold is a great dupe for NARS orgasm blush. The matte me lip products range was recently added to, to include berry shades. They are long lasting and apply smoothly, so check out the range for cruelty free liquid lipsticks at £4.99 each.

High end brands:

For those of you that like to indulge in high end makeup, the three brands mentioned below are all cruelty free and I recommend each of them highly.

  • Becca – This brand is renowned for being cruelty free, but a lot of their products are also vegan. Some of the products that are vegan are: Shimmering skin perfector pressed in Opal, Moonstone, Champagne gold, Topaz, Pearl and Blushed copper, Ever matte pore perfecting primer, Mineral blush in Wild honey, Sweet pea, Lantana, Nightingale and more. With Becca being a recognised brand for high quality and standards, if you guys are looking for a brand that is cruelty free and has vegan products then this is the one for you.

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  • Too Faced – The brand has had many recent launches including the Born this way concealer and sketch marker liquid eyeliner. Known for their innovative ideas and collaborations with those famous in the makeup industry, Too Faced is a cruelty free brand that I love. If you guys love adorable packaging, high quality, buttery eyeshadows and long lasting lip wear check out the Too Faced range either online or at Debenhams.
  • Urban Decay – This brand is famous for its eyeshadow palettes, with a range from bright colours to rose gold to smokey shades. Whilst I have had issues with the brand in the past I have fallen in love with the Naked skin concealer, Vice lipsticks and Naked Basics palette. Urban Decay has a wide product portfolio to suit everyone’s taste including the recently launched 100 vice lipsticks that are cruelty free, pigmented and reasonably priced at £15.00.

What are your favourite cruelty free ranges??