February/March 2017 empties

Yay, empties!

In February, I only used up a mascara. I didn’t think it was worth writing an entire post on one item, so I grouped it in with March’s empties.

There was a lot this month, but I still have plenty to get through!

Makeup empties

Smashbox Studio Skin Foundation & Concealer sampler card – There was only enough product for a jawline swatch for color-matching purposes. None of the colors matched me. I’m not even remotely interested in learning more about this foundation or trying a larger sample. Sorry, Smashbox.

Soap & Glory Thick & Fast mascara – I finished this in February. I really like this mascara. It smudged a bit in the beginning, but as the formula dried out a bit, it became perfect. I’d consider repurchasing this. I’ve seen it at the Keeamoku Walgreens and Salt Lake Target, for any Oahu readers who are curious about the UK brand.

Innisfree Natural Oil Control paper – Picked this up in Korea over the summer. I had run out of my e.l.f. ones. These are pretty decent, and I like the dispenser. However, all blotting papers perform are more or less equal in my eyes, so I’ll just use whatever’s available.

Atelier Cologne Mandarine Glaciale – I really liked this fragrance. It was juicy and fresh. It’s spicier than the company’s other citrus offering, Orange Sanguine. I wouldn’t mind a mini of this one day. Here’s the Fragrantica page on Mandarine Glaciale.

Skincare empties

The Body Shop tea tree oil – I’ve been using this for years. Although I said I wouldn’t be including it in future empties, this was a jumbo size and it feels like a bigger accomplishment? Plus, I’m trying to get rid of as many extras and backups as possible before the big move. I still have way too much stuff.

Shea Terra Organics Rose Hips Black Soap Deep Pore Facial Wash (And the longest product name in the world goes to…) – I’ve had this bottle for years. It’s supposed to be a deep clean product: you slather it on your skin and let it sit for a few minutes before washing off. It did a good job of bringing any gunk in my pores to the surface, and it also worked well for any flakiness. However, when I say deep clean, I mean DEEP. My skin felt squeaky after this — too clean. It definitely strips everything off and I had to moisturize almost immediately after stepping out of the shower. The consistency of the product was weird too, kind of goopy and runny at the same time. I wouldn’t buy it again.

The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil – I love this makeup remover. It gets off every last bit of foundation, mascara, eyeliner, you name it. The only gripe I have with it is the packaging. The pump leaks, and it gets messy. I actually prefer the solid cleansing balm, because the results are the same but the product is neater. Still, I’d repurchase this if the balm happens to be sold out (which is why I bought this one in the first place).

Sephora waterproof eye makeup remover – This is a pretty standard bi-phase makeup remover. It does its job and doesn’t leave a film around the eyes.

The Body Shop Oils of Life Intensely Revitalizing Facial Oil – I really like this oil. This was a gratis when I was still working there. I’ve already bought another one. First, I spray a face mist, which helps this oil to spread better. Then, after it absorbs, I pat on some moisturizer.

Bodycare empties

This is kind of a creepy picture. I also used up a jumbo shower gel, and a body butter, both from The Body Shop. Not sure why I only decided to include this one? Whatever.

Nature Republic Real Squeeze Aloe Vera Peeling Foot Mask – The first time I used this, a lot of dead skin peeled off. It was both gross and satisfying. But the past few times I’ve used this, I didn’t get as much peeling. So, it was mostly gross but less satisfying. I want to try the Baby Foot one next.

What have you used up last month?

Red Lips District – Smashbox Be Legendary lipstick Legendary

smashbox be legendary lipstick legendary

My fever for hunting down all the red lipsticks has died down considerably. However, I received a deluxe sample of this Smashbox Be Legendary lipstick Legendary in a recent Sephora order. I still have a number of red lipsticks I haven’t featured on the blog yet, so here we go.

Smashbox Be Legendary lipstick Legendary swatch

smashbox be legendary lipstick legendary swatch

The lipstick bullet looks deceptively opaque. Imagine my surprise when it swatched quite sheerly. This swatch is several passes with the bullet. It builds up quite nicely. It has a slippy, almost lip balm texture.

I actually prefer the transparent quality, though! It makes it much easier to wear. The result is a casual, everyday red. It doesn’t wear you; you wear it. It’s the ultimate jeans-and-a-tshirt red lipstick.

On my face

I used a sample card of the Smashbox Studio Skin foundation and concealer. There was barely enough foundation to even do a color match. Incidentally, neither 1.1 nor 3.1 were a good match; even mixing the two gave me an iffy result. Since there was so little of it, I just spread it around very thinly and blended it with a beautyblender. The result is hyper-natural skin. It looks like I barely have foundation on, because I don’t.

The concealer samples were the same story: fair was way too light and pink, and light/medium was almost orange. Mixing the two was barely passable. Also, I noticed that the concealer sets almost immediately. I had a hard time blending it out.

Needless to say, the sample card was next to useless for me. None of the colors remotely matched me, and there was only enough product to maybe give me an idea of where I’d fall in their color spectrum. However, I’m on a renewed “use all the things!” kick, so I just wanted to use it up and throw it away.

Products used

Kept it very simple and minimal!

Face

Smashbox Studio Skin foundation – 1.1, 3.1
Smashbox Studio Skin concealer – Fair, Light/Medium
The Body Shop All-in-One Face Base – 04
The Body Shop Shimmer Waves – 02 Blush
Smashbox Blush Rush – Masterpiece

Brows

Soap & Glory Brow Archery – Hot Chocolate

Eyes

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil – Zero
Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes mascara

Lips

Smashbox Be Legendary lipstick – Legendary

January 2017 Favorites

january 2017 favorites

My very first monthly favorites post! I don’t know if this will be a regular thing. Normally, I’m all over the place when it comes to makeup, and I rarely use the same products two days in a row. However, I did find that I reached for these more consistently than others, so I thought I’d do a word dump about them.

Here we go!

Sonia Kashuk Eye On Neutral matte palette

This has been a firm favorite for a few years already. It has a good combination of warm and cool mattes, with enough variations of colors to complement almost any eyeshadow look you could dream up: base/brow bone color, crease/transition, brows/liner. The packaging is slim and sleek as well, perfect for traveling.

At first glance, it looks a lot like the much-lauded Viseart Neutral Matte palette. I have both, and I don’t think they’re dupes in terms of quality. HOWEVER, I would recommend the Sonia Kashuk as a much more affordable alternative. The Viseart palette is $80 which is O_O!! for the average, casual consumer (and even still for the makeup junkie/collector). In contrast, the SK retails for $19.99 at Target.

Again, I do think the Viseart is superior in quality. It blends and layers effortlessly. However, the SK palette is a true workhorse: easy to work with, reliable pigmentation, and versatile colors. It’s also one-fourth the price of the Viseart! I always reach for the SK palette when traveling. It’s much slimmer than the Viseart, and cheaper to replace if anything were to happen to it.

The Body Shop Shimmer Waves 02 Blush

This was actually rescued from my purge pile. It has a hard pan, so my brushes don’t pick up a whole lot of product in one go. However, I find this works well to build a very natural-looking glowy sheen on days I want to look effortlessly fresh. While it’s called “blush”, I find it both too frosty and light to be used as such. Instead, I use it as a highlighter.

I’m wearing it in this FOTD below. Picture goes to the blog post.

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Project Pan 2017

There’s been a marked increase in the number of hits on my Project Pan 2016 post. This makes a lot of sense: It’s January, and a lot of us are feeling the pinch on our wallets from holiday spending. It’s also high time for making New Year’s resolutions. Why not resolve to use what you have, and be more discerning about what you buy?

Last year

Looking back on what I had resolved to use up, it’s easy to feel a bit defeated. Here are all the things I wanted to use up by the end of 2016 (I wrote this post in May):

Makeup/color cosmetics

I’ve managed to use up the BECCA powder, and the Hourglass primer. The NARS blush crumbled out of the pan. I did end up purchasing a Deep Throat/Laguna duo to replace it.

The Benefit Hoola bronzer now has a sizable pan showing, and the Urban Decay eyeliner in Zero is now down to a tiny little nub.

On the other hand, the Make Up For Ever powder seems bottomless. I use it daily to set my makeup. However, it’s such a huge jar, and I use so little of it every time. I doubt I’ll finish it by the end of this year.

Miscellaneous beauty things

I’ve finished The Body Shop’s Aloe body butter. The peppermint leg gel and the Oils of Life facial oil are both nearly done. I gave the cuticle oil to my mom and am currently working on a CND Solar Oil instead. Barely used the Melt Away Cuticle Eliminator and the lip scrub.

This year

The only way to successfully use things up in their entirety is to consistently use them everyday.

I know, that seems like such an obvious statement, but if you’re anything like me, you’ll find it hard to stick to using a small percentage of your large stash, day in and day out. To combat this, I keep other items in rotation to break up the monotony. Also, as a wannabe beauty blogger, I do have to come up with different FOTDs from time to time, if only to prove to myself that I *can* create different looks.

So, here’s what I plan to use up this year!

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FOTD: Stone Fox

fotd stone fox

Another weird lipstick color! This one, I actually did get the guts to wear it out. I went to a short film showcase last week Friday and decided to just go for it. A few people commented on my choice of color, but I think the key to wearing bold colors with confidence is to literally forget about what you’re wearing. That’s my strategy anyway. Whether or not it actually looks good on me is up for debate, but I (perhaps mistakenly) find it flattering.

With such a striking color, I kept everything else very minimal for this FOTD: soft winged liner, barely there bronzer, blush, and highlight. I also added some cluster falsies to balance my face out.

Also, I took these pics on the day I wore two different colored eyebrow products for this post, so that’s why I look like this:

fotd stone fox 2

But I don’t think anyone could tell in real life. Or if they could, they were too polite to tell me, ha.

Face

Pixi Correction Concentrate – Brightening Peach
Nature Republic CC Super Origin Complete Control Cream (Sample packet, and btw, hated this. It was like greasy sunscreen and it emphasized every. single. dry. flake. on my nose, even ones I didn’t even know I had.)
BECCA Dual Coverage concealer – Tahini
Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish powder
Benefit Hoola
Physicians Formula All-in-One Custom Nude Palette – Warm Nude

Brows

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown
Freedom Makeup Eyebrow Pomade – Ebony
Collection Cosmetics Colour Lash mascara – clear

Eyes

Smashbox Cream Eye Liner Artist Pencil – Slate
Viseart Neutral Matte palette – 3, 8, 9, 10
Sweed Lashes – Linda Hallberg
Boots No. 7 Velvet Lash

Lips

NYX Liquid Suede – Stone Fox

fotd stone fox products

Lastly, I am leaving on a trip to South Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong on Wednesday morning! I’m going to try to get a few posts scheduled before I leave. In the meantime, if you have any makeup or skincare recommendations for me to check out while I’m there (or anything else I should see, do, or eat), please let me know!