2017 Empties: Makeup, Nails and a Few Randoms

Hello lovelies! Welcome come back to the final installment of my 2017 empties! I really enjoyed seeing everything that I’ve used up in the last year. I know a lot of the items that I’ve used up over the course of the year have been sample sizes. Many of them I’ve received them in my monthly Sephora Play box. I don’t know about you, but this girl is on a super strict budget and not able to buy the full sizes of many of these products. There have been a few that I absolutely fell in love with and did go out and purchased the full size. Before I continue rambling on and on, lets jump in the makeup and random bits that I’ve used up in 2017.

I used up three primers this year. First one is the Benefit Porefessional primer. When I first started to use this it blurred my pores and made my foundation and skin look amazing. After a little while, either my skin changed or it just didn’t like working with the foundations that I was using. It consistently made it look like my foundation and nose was peeling. It looked dry and patchy and just stopped working for me. The next two primers are by Hourglass. The first one being the Hourglass Veil Mineral primer. I love, love love this! I purchased this and wish that there was a size between this and the full size. I would purchase that in between size, but the largest size I feel would go bad by the time I would be able to use it all. The other primer is the Ambient Light Correcting Primer in Mood Light. I really liked this primer, I am still on the fence as to whether or not I would repurchase this. It made my skin look nice and radiant, but I’m not sure it is worth the money.

I used up five mascaras. I used up a sample of the Benefit They’re Real mascara and the Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Lash mascara. They’re Real I liked, this would be close to my holy grail status, but I think I can find something better for me. The Smoky Extravagant Lash, I really liked, but this constantly got all over my cheek and my lid when applying. The next mascara is the CoverGirl The Super Sizer mascara. This is easily a YouTube made me buy it item. I have a love-hate relationship with this item. I liked the mascara but there was just way too much product on the brush. The brush is super tiny and the mascara would get all over the place. I want to like this as a whole but the brush really made it difficult to. The last two mascaras I just did not like and definitely would not repurchase. They are the Maybelline The Falsies Pushup Drama mascara and the L’Oreal Voluminous Superstar mascara. The Maybelline mascara I just did not like at all. It didn’t do much for my lashes and I think the formula was a little too heavy for my lashes. The L’Oreal mascara, I liked without the first step. I think if they sold it as just a plain mascara and not a 2-step product, I would consider repurchasing this.

The last two makeup items which are both holy grail status items for me are the Maybelline Brow Drama in 100 Deep Brown and the Urban Decay All-Nighter makeup setting spray. You’ve seen both of these in some of my monthly favorites. I love both of these items. I have repurchased both of them, and will probably continue to repurchase them forever.

The last group of items that I’ve used up or decluttered, some have already repurchased and some just won’t be purchased again. The items that I will not be repurchasing are the E.L.F. lip scrub and OPI nail polish in the shade shown. I forgot to write down the name of the shade and I’ve already thrown it out. I also won’t be repurchasing the OPI base coat or the E.L.F. face brush. The base coat didn’t do much to help make my nail polish left. The E.L.F. brush just didn’t work well with multiple products, it is however, very soft and if it didn’t fall apart on me and actually work, I would definitely repurchase this brush. I also think that I wouldn’t repurchase the Nivea lip balm. I liked it but I have my holy grail won’t use any other lip balm for the rest of my life, and I have about 10 backups of those.

These products are the ones that I will repurchase over and over again, and will remain in my collection for a long time. First up is the Neutrogena oil-free eye makeup remover, love this and will repurchase this again and again. I also really like the Red Carpet Brilliance gel coat. This is a declutter item. The brush somehow split and the polish got too thick for it to even use. My holy grail toner, probably will never try out another one, actually never say never, but you get the point The Tea Tree Toner Water. I love, love, love this. I’ve probably have purchased at least 5 bottles of this since I started using this. Last but not least is probably my biggest standout item of 2017. It is the Bumble and Bumble Don’t Blow It hairstyler. This has helped me get my hair back to its natural state. Ever since I’ve started using this and stopped straightening my hair and blow drying it, my hair hasn’t been better. I originally got a sample of this in a Sephora Play box, and I ordered the full size during the VIB Sale.

That’s everything! I hope you enjoyed this series. I mentioned at the beginning of this post that many of the items throughout this series are samples or deluxe sample sizes, but fear not! I have a huge haul post coming soon! I’ve been wanting to dive into everything that I purchased, and with the exception for one item, I haven’t touched any of the items. When I mean huge haul, there may be more than 3 eye palettes in there too. I hope you all have had a great start to your 2018. Have a great week!

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Project Pan and Products to Use Up in 2017 Update

Hello lovelies! Today I’m back with a long overdue update on the products that are in my project pan and products that I want to use up in 2017. I have used up a few items and made some progress on others. There is one item that I am just getting rid of because it just got old and smells weird.

Let’s start with the one item that I’m just getting rid of. I’m getting rid of the Victoria’s Secret Noir Tease. I’m getting rid of it because the scent changed and just doesn’t smell right. So because of that I’m no longer going to hold on to it.

The next few items are products that I have used up. I have used up the Benefit Porefessional Primer, the Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer, the Nivea A Kiss of Mint and Minerals Lip Balm, Simple Moisturizing Facial Wash, and the Aveeno Skin Relief Gentle Scent Lotion. I know I haven’t used up nearly as many items as I would like. The summer has been really hot, and I’ve been in the pool a lot. For me, it just didn’t make sense to put on make up and take it off an hour later.

The rest of the items I have made minimal progress. Like I said I haven’t worn much makeup over the summer and just recently started putting on a little bit of makeup in the last month. I mentioned in another post that in the Chicagoland area we are still in the 80s, which is basically give me the sunscreen and ditch the makeup.

The next group of items that I will probably finish up by the end of the year. I should be able to finish up the E.L.F. HD Under Eye Setting Powder, Maybelline The Falsies Push-Up Drama Waterproof Mascara, NYX butter gloss in Creme Brulee, Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover, OPI Natural Nail Base Coat, Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in White Russian, and MAC All That Glitters eye shadow. I will let you know of Instagram if I finish up anything between now and my next update.  If there is anything that you want to see progress on that I’ve shown in the past, let me know.

I think that’s everything for today. If you would like for me to continue doing posts like these, let me know. I would love to hear from you! Have a great weekend! I will see you in my next post.

Project Pan Winter Edition~Update!

Hello everyone! Today is all about the progress that I’ve made with my project pan products. The guidelines were to finish or hit pan on 8 products by May 6th and give you at least one update. Let’s jump right in!

So far I have finished one product. I finished the Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer. I know in the glass it looks like there is still a bunch of product on the bottom. There really isn’t there is some that is on the side of the glass, but it’s a paint in the butt to get out. I liked this but I probably won’t be repurchasing any time soon.

The next group of products I feel will be used up by the time the last update comes around.

Nivea A Kiss of Mint & Minerals Lip Balm

Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in White Russian

Benefit the Porefessional Primer

MAC eye shadow in All That Glitters

These last few products, I may finish if I try really hard to consistently use them daily.

Victoria’s Secret Noir Tease

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey

Benefit Watts Up Highlighter

That’s everything that I have an update on. I will hopefully reach my goal of finishing 8 products by May 6th. Would you like me to do these project pans quarterly or seasonally? What do you think? Let me know in the comments. I would love to hear from you! Have a great week!

 

Project Pan- Winter Edition!

Hello lovelies! I’m doing another Project Pan. I loved doing it last time and decided to do another. I have chosen 12 products that are nearing expiration or, I just need to actually use it.

Guidelines:

  • 8 products completed or hit pan
  • time frame- 3 months; May 6
  • at least one update within that time

Products:

img_2614Nivea Lip Balm Kiss of Mint

img_2612Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey

img_2615Benefit Watts Up Highlighter

img_2637CoverGirl Ready Set Gorgeous foundation in 110 Creamy Natural

img_2619Buxom Lip Full-On Lip Creme in White Russian

Essie Polish in The Girls Are Out

Victoria’s Secret body mist in Noir Tease

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer

Revlon Nearly Naked foundation in 110 Ivory

img_2624MAC Eyeshadow in Soft Brown

Benefit Porefessional primer

MAC Eyeshadow in All That Glitters

That’s everything that I’m hoping to use up in the next few months. During these months, I will be on a no-buy once again. The only items that I will purchase are things that I absolutely need. Who’s kicking off the new year with a project pan?! What products are you including? Let me know! Have a great week!

Peaches and Berry Makeup Look

Hello lovelies! Today’s post is a little bit different, since I haven’t shared any go to looks in awhile. So I’ve chosen to share my go to look for the winter and my favorite winter trend. Also with Valentine’s Day coming up, I thought to go searching for some inspiration.  I searched through the Adore Me site to find some inspiration of what my go to look would be paired with one of their bra and panty sets. I kept coming back to the Fiona Contour Plus set. The set is sweet and girly and yet at the same time is beautiful and sexy. Let me jump right in and share my look with you.

Traditionally when it comes to eyes, I go straight for neutral shades, creamy champagne shimmer on the lids and browns in the crease, with black liner. I felt that my normal look would be a bit too harsh to go with the Fiona set. I kept getting creamy and peachy vibes. I took a look into my collection to see what I could come up with. This is what I came up with.

I primed my face with Hourglass Ambient Light-Correcting Primer in Mood Light. A little color correcting and concealing with the Maybelline Mastercamo color correcting kit, Covergirl’s Ready, Set Gorgeous Foundation in 110 and the Maybelline Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser in the Neutralizer shade under the eyes.

On my eyes, I primed with the Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden and set it with Bisque from the Lorac Mega Pro 2 palette. All the shadows came from the Mega Pro 2 palette except for one. I went into the crease with Melon and blended it slightly upwards. Then placed Sorbet directly into the crease, and was much more careful in blending this out, allowing only a little to go in the outer v. In the inner corner and all over the lid I put Peony. I really wanted to incorporate the shade Flamingo from the Smashbox Light It Up Trio. It is a beautiful peachy pink shade that reminds me a lot of Nars Orgasm blush. I used Flamingo on the outer half of my lid. Liner was the Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Pencil in Sable Brown, used lightly along the lash line as well as in the tight line and water line. I smoked out the lower lash line just a bit using Melon and Sorbet to tie the whole look together. I keep my brows super simple and use the Maybelline Brown Drama in Deep Brown.

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I went on to finish my face, using Nars blush in Orgasm and highlight with Becca’s Champagne Pop. I set my face with the Urban Decay All-Nighter setting spray. I then applied my L’Oreal Voluminous Superstar 2-Step mascara on the upper and lower lash line. I couldn’t decide which direction of lip I wanted to go with. So I chose more of a daytime option and an evening option.

My Daytime Option:

Covergirl Katy Kat Matte in Sphynx and Maybelline Velvet Matte in 10 Nude Flush

Covergirl Katy Kat Matte in Sphynx and Maybelline Velvet Matte in 10 Nude Flush

I chose these shades because it definitely is more in my comfort zone. While the eyes are more on the peachier side I feel like the lips complement them very well. Also, peachy lipsticks just don’t look that great on me.

My Evening Option:

Maybelline Coloursensational Matte in 660 Touch of Spice

Maybelline Coloursensational Matte in 660 Touch of Spice

I chose Touch of Spice as my evening option. In the tube it looks more of a peachy nude, but on my lips it takes on more of a brown-berry shade. I also love that its not a deep berry.

There you have it! My look inspired by the Fiona Contour Plus bra and panty set by Adore Me. Don’t forget to check out Adore Me for their selection of bra and panty sets, pajamas or workout attire for more inspiration. Have a fantastic week!

Halloween Look

Hi all! Today I’m sharing with you the look that I created for Halloween this past weekend. I wore a flapper costume that I had purchased for a show that I was in a few years ago. So I went on YouTube to see if I can find a look that was fairly simple and quick at the same time. My inspiration behind this look was taken from Jaclyn Hill’s Old Hollywood Glam tutorial. I used what products I had on hand, and went to town hoping that I can do a good enough job.

Let’s start from the “bottom” up. Starting with Primer. After I cleansed and moisturized my face, I used the Hourglass Mineral Veil all over my face, excluding the T-zone. In my T-zone I used Benefit’s Porefessional.

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FACE

Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation- 110 Ivory

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer- 15 Fair, on spots and blemishes

Rimmel Match Perfection 2-in-1 Concealer/Highlighter- 230 Fair/Light, under eyes

Nars Bronzer- Laguna

NYX Blush- Pinched

 

EYES/BROWS

Maybelline Color Tattoo- 70 Barely Branded

From the Naked 2- Foxy(lid), Tease(crease/outer v), Blackout(bottom lash line)

From the Naked Smoky- Thirteen(lid), Combust(crease/outer v), Whiskey(crease/bottom lash line)

Kat Von D Ink Liner- Trooper

Urban Decay 24/7 Liner- Perversion(water and tight line)

Benefit They’re Real Mascara- Black

Brows- Whiskey(Naked Smoky); Maybelline Brow Drama- Deep Brown

 

LIPS

Rimmel Lasting Finish Lip Liner- 02 Red Dynamite

Rimmel Show Off Lip Velvet- 505 Burning Lava

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Bridal Shower Makeup Look

Hi Gals! Today I’m taking you through what I wore on my face to a friend’s bridal shower over the weekend. Before I get into everything that I used I have to say that I have had the worst luck with everything technology related. First, it was the internet, then computer, issues with WordPress, things were deleted, and today my phone finally crapped out on me. So FINALLY, I’m getting this post up!

 

Bridal Shower Makeup

The above photo is everything I used on my face. Part of my technology issues were things getting deleted, the rest of the photos for this post of course was among them. I will re-create the look in a future post so you can see everything in action and the completed look.

FACE:

Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer

Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation in 110 Creamy Natural

MAC Select Moisturecover Concealer in NW20 (on spots and blemishes)

Rimmel Match Perfection 2-in-1 Concealer & Highlighter in 230 Fair/Light (under eyes)

Nars Bronzer in Laguna

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure

EYES:

Maybelline Color Tattoo in 70 Barely Braned

From the Naked 2 Palette

Foxy- all over lid up to brow

Tease- in the crease

Chopper- all over the lid

YDK- outer corner

Busted- lightly in the outer corner

Bootycall- in the inner corner

Smashbox Limitless Eyeliner in Onyx

Rimmel Scandeleyes in 005 Nude (in the waterline)

Benefit They’re Real Mascara in Black

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara in 01 Black

BROWS:

Maybelline Brow Drama in Deep Brown

LIPS:

Rimmel Exaggerate Full Color Lip Liner in 063 Eastend Snob

Maybelline ColorSensational Lipstick in 450 Mauve Mania

Marc Jacobs Lip Vinyl in 302 Kissability

I hope you enjoyed this post. I have a few things that I’m excited to share with you! What have you been wearing to a special occasion? Please share!