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Unboxing + Review: Boxycharm September 2017 Boxy Baddie

boxycharm september 2017

 

Hope you all had a great week! With Thanksgiving last weekend, it was a short work week and the weekend is around the corner again so I can’t complain! For my fellow Canadians, I hope you had a great Thanksgiving! I know I enjoyed mine! Family, friends, food, relaxation… what more could I have asked for?  🙂

 

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Anyways, back to blogging. 🙂 Let’s talk about September’s Boxycharm! The theme was Boxy Baddie. For those of you who are not familiar with Boxycharm, the details are as follows.

Boxycharm is an American subscription box that ships to Canada. It is $21.00 USD per month or you can get a small discount for a 3-month, 6-month or annual subscription. You can cancel at anytime which is nice. Each month you will receive four to five full-sized beauty items. If you would like to try this sub, I would appreciate it if you would use my link here. 🙂

So let’s get started with this unboxing! I was really excited about this first product – the PUR Soiree Diaries Eyeshadow Palette ($34.00 USD) is beautiful!

 

boxycharm september 2017 pur soiree diaries

boxycharm september 2017 pur soiree diaries

boxycharm september 2017 pur soiree diaries

From Top to Bottom: Private Party, Socialite, Gala, Mogul

boxycharm september 2017 pur soiree diaries

From Top to Bottom: Splurge, Stunner, Snazzy, Epic

boxycharm september 2017 pur soiree diaries

From Top to Bottom: Glitzy, Twinkle, Dazzle, Cosmo

This palette contains eight neutral mattes and four glitter shades. You can create four looks using the trio of colours vertically… but of course, you aren’t limited to just those. After using this for about a week now, I find that the shades are very pigmented and they blend out very easily. It’s a pretty slim palette that isn’t heavy so it’s compact enough for travel.

 

boxycharm september 2017 mac cosmetics eye brow pencil in spiked

boxycharm september 2017 mac cosmetics eye brow pencil in Spiked

 

Next, I received an Eyebrow Pencil in the shade Spiked from MAC Cosmetics ($18.00 USD). Gotta admit, until recently, I haven’t seen MAC products in beauty boxes so it’s nice to finally see them in the mix! The shade Spiked is a dark brown which is perfect for me since I like to use a shade lighter on my black brows. it makes it look more natural.  There is also no need to use a sharpener with this one so that’s a plus!

 

boxycharm september 2017 colourpop ultra satin littlestitious

 

boxycharm september 2017 colourpop ultra satin littlestitious

 

I also received a ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip in Littlestitious ($6.00 USD). I have a number of Ultra Satin’s and I really like the formulation. Unfortunately, this shade isn’t for me. It’s too light for my skin tone but I think it would look great on lighter skin tones. It is a great product so I will pass this on to someone who will be able to use it. 

 

boxycharm september 2017 luminous loose blush studio makeup

 

Next up, we have the Luminous Loose Blush from Studio Makeup ($35.00 USD). This looks like a very neutral shade. I don’t own any powder blushes so I’m curious to see how this product is! My first impression was that I love this type of packaging. I have a Gosh setting powder in similar packaging and it’s great! Because you can essentially “close” and seal the holes where the product sifts through, it’s less messy which is great especially if you ever want to take it somewhere. There’s no need for you to open the jar only to have the possibility of powder flying everywhere and making a mess! This type of packaging is so great!

 

boxycharm september 2017 bareminerals face perfecting brush

 

boxycharm september 2017 bareminerals face perfecting brush

 

The bareMinerals Face Perfecting Brush ($28.00 USD) is unique in that there is a reservoir in the middle where you put your foundation in it before you application. I tried that method a few times and found that I ended up using too much foundation doing it that way. I also tried it where I would dot my face with foundation and blend it in. The brush works well both ways but I prefer the latter.

 

boxycharm september 2017 briogeo don't despair repair deep conditioning mask

Last, but not least, is the Don’t Despair Repair Deep Conditioning Mask from Briogeon ($20.00 USD). I have used a deluxe sample of this so I have tried it before. I really like it! It made my hair super soft and I like the scent. This is a great deep conditioner.

That is all for September! The total value of this box was $141.00 USD (which is $175.00 CAD based on today’s exchange rate) which makes it a high value box. I also really like how you get full-sized (or almost full-sized) items. It totally makes this box worth it! Love it!

What did you think of September’s Boxycharm?

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Disclaimer: I pay for this subscription with my own money.  All opinions are mine and mine alone. This post contains referral links.

 

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Shop My Stash Recap: March 2017

shop my stash march 2017

 

Happy Easter! I hope you are enjoying your Easter weekend – I certainly know that I am because this is a much needed break for me!

Well, it is time for my next instalment of my Shop My Stash recap and this time we are taking a peek at my March basket of goodies. 

For those of you who are new to this series, every month in 2017. I will be selecting (or ‘shopping’) different items from my makeup collection (aka the ‘Stash’) in an attempt to rediscover and use up what I already own. When your collection gets out of hand, you tend to forget what you already have. 

If you want to read up more about this series, please see my introductory post. It contains a pretty thorough explanation as to what this is all about. ?  Also you can check out all my other Shop My Stash posts here.

I break down my recap posts into three parts: empties, keepers and rejects. Included is a quick write up about each product to express my thoughts about each one. I like to start off with success so lets look at the empties first! Grab a cup of tea or coffee. This is gonna be a long one – but a good one! I promise. 😉

The Empties 

How happy was I to see all these empties in March? Very! I don’t know about you but I love discussing empties so, so much! I just find it so satisfying using things up – especially makeup! I always struggle to finish makeup. Hair, body and skin care products always seem so much easier to go through so I find it a real achievement to finish up makeup! Not much else to say other than, here’s my makeup trash. 😉 Rather than adding these to a future empties post, I’ll provide a short review of them now.

 

 

shop my stash march 2017

 

 

Face Primer: Too Faced Primed & Poreless Pure Oil-Free Skin Smoothing Face Primer
This product was carried over from January/February’s round because I have two of them. I love Too Faced’s Primed and Poreless Primer so I had high hopes for this one! To be honest, I did like it at first – which is why I decided to carry it over from the previous month – but as I kept using it, it just didn’t pan out for me. Such a shame since I do tend to have sensitive skin and I really liked how this was oil- free. My face actually did get oiler than usual when I used this primer which didn’t make much sense! So yes, I used up one and a half tubes of this stuff. And in a way, I could technically also put this under the Rejects because one of the deluxe samples is not empty but meh. Small technicalities. At the end of the day, no I will not be repurchasing this one.

Pore Reducer: Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser
I am pretty sure I have had this product FOREVER! Considering I only use this on my nose and a bit on my forehead and cheeks, this lasted me a long, long time. I could have stopped using it but I kept going because I didn’t mind it at all. It did a great job making my pores look smaller and it worked with my skin. It didn’t make it overly oily or greasy. So I used it up. It only took me a couple of years! Super easy to find anywhere you find Maybelline products and it’s also very affordable. I would repurchase this in the future but I have a whole bunch of Benefite POREfessional deluxe samples to go through, first! 

Eye Primer: Too Faced Shadow Insurance Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer

Here is another product that seems to last me forever and a day! I am a huge fan of the Too Face eye shadow primer because it always keeps my eye makeup staying put. It’s not greasy when I put it on. AND it lasts a long time so it’s very cost effective. I am pretty sure I have used a full sized tube and a couple of deluxe sized samples already so the fact that I keep going back to it means I adore it. So yes, I would repurchase this one in a heart beat! Good thing I have a couple of deluxe samples of this one still kicking around. 🙂

Eyeliner: Ciate Fierce Flicks Liquid Eyeliner
I have been using this for a few months now. I believe I started using this back in October or November of last year? I would rotate between this one and my holy grail eyeliner. To be perfectly honest, I was pleasantly surprised with the Ciate liquid eyeliner! I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did. It is very easy to use and line my upper lash line. It was a dark black which was great. It’s more like a brush tip similar to the Stila liquid liner. Super happy with this! You can tell that I used it a lot because, well, the labelling on the pen has rubbed off completely. Whoops! Overall a fabulous liquid liner. I would definitely get another one of these in the future.

Mascara: Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Deluxe Mascara
I really wanted to like this one because I heard many good things about it. I’m not sure if it’s just because I have had this tube for awhile now and it’s old but I found it to be way too clumpy for my liking! I couldn’t apply it on my lashes without it clumping on my lashes. I was not a fan. But I will give it the benefit of the doubt because so many people like it. I do have a new tube of this because I got one as a freebie from my last tarte order so I really need to give it another try. If I still don’t like it… well, at least I gave it another chance. But for now, I would not repurchase this one.

 

The Keepers 

This is usually the largest section of my recaps post… which I am actually glad about because then I feel a little better. It means I didn’t completely waste all my money buying a bunch of duds! Sure, it doesn’t help my stash get smaller but that’s okay. These products are keepers that will stay in my stash because I know that I will continue to use them.

 

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Color Correction: NYX Color Correcting Concealer Palette
My fave color correcting product EVER! Honestly, I am so happy with this palette. It has every colour you need whether you want to correct redness or undereye circles. It goes on easily with a small concealer brush. I don’t use color correctors often but this one is the one I reach for when I need more than just a concealer! Definitely a keeper!

Concealer: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser for Dark Circles Treatment Concealer with Goji Berry
I have used one of these up before… this is my second one. Honestly one of my favourite concealers. Excellent coverage, easy to use packaging, blends really well… I can go on and on! I will continue to repurchase this one each time I finish one. I love it that much!

Foundation / BB Cream: Rimmel London BB Cream 9-in-1 Skin Perfecting Super Makeup in Medium
I will admit… I haven’t had this BB Cream for very long yet it has already had a good impression on me. It’s a bit thicker than other BB creams I have tried in the past but for me that’s just perfect because it provides better coverage for me while still feeling super light once it’s blended in. The shade Medium is also a great colour match for me. I will continue to use this one, for sure. Though, I think they have since changed what the packaging looks like since I purchased this one. I really hope the formulation is still the same!

 

shop my stash march 2017

 

Blush: Laura Geller Baked Blush N Brighten in Tropic Hues, Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush in Exposed
Both blushes are great. The Laura Geller blush in Tropic Hues is a great colour for me! It gives me a nice flush and it is buildable if you want more colour. The Tarte blush in Exposed is a lot more subtle but it’s great. I’m happy with both of these so they are both going back into my makeup drawer.

Setting Powder: elf Perfect Finish HD Powder
Love this! This is a great setting powder if you don’t want to splurge on similar ones like the one from Make Up For Ever. The only downside to this is it crumbles easy… if that makes sense. This was brand new when I started using it in the beginning of March and I have since hit pan because it crumbled easily. It’s a good thing it’s affordable! I don’t think this will last me as long as my MUFE one did… but I think it’s still worth using. I really like this.

 

shop my stash march 2017

 

Eye Primer: Elizabeth Mott Thank Me Later Eye Shadow Primer
This is a pretty good primer. It was easy to apply and it kept my eye makeup in place which is what you look for in an eye primer, essentially. While the tube is small, I find that you don’t need to put a lot on so this should still last me awhile. I will definitely continue to use this product.

Brow: Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil in Shade 4
Besides my Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, this is my favourite brow pencil! This has a thicker tip than the Brow Wiz but it works so great. I find it very effortless to use and Shade 4 is an excellent match for my brows. It also acts as a was somewhat and keeps my brows in place. This is definitely a new holy grail item for me and I will not hesitate to repurchase this one again.

Brow Setting Gel: Milani Brow Shaping Clear Wax Pencil
This is probably the best brow setting pencil I have tried and I believe that it’s a great drugstore alternative to the ABH one. It does an excellent job of making my brows stay put without looking all waxy. For a couple of bucks, how could you go wrong? The downside to this is that my Superstore no longer has this and my Rexall doesn’t have Milani yet. I am hoping I find this locally again otherwise I will have to remember to get one next time I go to the US!

Mascara Primer: Wet n Wild PhotoFocus Lash Primer (not pictured because I forgot about it)
Still really liking this lash primer. It does make my lashes look thicker and does help with volume and length. I am going to continue using it and I already have a backup of this product in my stash! I love how this is so much more affordable than other higher end options.

Mascara: Benefit Roller Lash Deluxe Mascara
This is still one of my favourite mascaras of all time! It does make my lashes look great and works even better when it’s paired with the Wet n Wild primer. I will definitely continue to use Roller Lash!

 

shop my stash march 2017

 

Highlighter: Anastasia Beverly Hills Gleam Glow Kit, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Spotlight in Opal
Both the ABH Glow Kit and Becca highlighters are keepers! I’m actually hesitant to use my ABH one all the time because I don’t know what I will do if I ever run out of one of the pans! They  provide just enough shimmer on my skin and they are both easily buildable because they are both very pigmented. They look natural on my skin and not over the top at all. I am a huge fan of these two highlighters – they definitely don’t disappoint! 

 

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Setting Spray: L’Oreal Infallable Pro-Spray Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray
Another pleasant surprise! I am usually pretty leery of setting sprays from the drugstore because it’s still a relatively new thing when it comes to drugstore brands. I have had this setting spray for awhile now and it is pretty up there in terms of my favourites. It has a nice mist which doesn’t drench your face (lol) and it really does a good job keeping my makeup looking great all day. This is my fave drugstore setting spray for sure and I will continue to use it.

 

shop my stash march 2017

 

Eye shadow (palette or singles): Too Faced Everything Nice Holiday Palette, Smashbox Full Exposure Palette
These are two palettes that I won’t be able to let go of. The Too Faced one has such great colours in it! I am in love with the shade Girly. Plus the Inner Light highlighter and Papa Don’t Peach blush is amazing. So great. Then the Smashbox palette is a great neutral palette whether you are looking for shimmers or mattes or both! This one has an excellent mix. Overall, I can’t let go of these two so they are both keepers!

 

The Rejects

These were the disappointments this month. Which is really sad because I have had both of these in my collection for awhile now and I thought they were working well or me. After using it more, I now know I’m really wrong! Well, at least about one of them. The other one? Irreconcilable differences, I’m afraid.

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shop my stash march 2017

 

Foundation / BB Cream: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation in Medium Tan Sand
This… did not work out. At all. As little or as much as I put on, it was the same result. My face looked patchy and dry and you could definitely see that I was wearing a cakey foundation.  The shade Medium Tan Sand worked well with my skin tone but I just couldn’t get past it looking cakey. Even when I put on just a wee bit. So I am going to pass on this one. That pains me to say it because I love tarte as a brand so, so much! 

Concealer: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Aquacealer Concealer in Medium
Honestly, this concealer is amazing. The shade Medium works so well for me! It does an amazing job covering my blemishes and other spots that need concealer so I was really happy with it. What I wasn’t happy with was the scent of this product. It has a very heavy chemical smell and I just couldn’t get past that. How odd considering my Tarte Shape Tape doesn’t have a strong scent at all! Different formulations and ingredients, I guess. This one makes me sad. Great product, awful smell. 🙁 I did use over half of it before deciding to part ways with it, though, so it wasn’t a complete loss.

So disappointing. Please keep in mind that this was my own personal experience with these products and that others may have success with them and adore them! 

And finis! That is a breakdown of my March basket. I hope you found some of these mini reviews handy! Also thanks for sticking with me to the end. I know these recaps tend to be long but I am hoping it’s worthwhile for both of us.

I am super happy with the  number of empties I ended up with but super sad about the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea items. I really, really wanted to love them. But I guess this is why I’m doing this, hey? To see what I like and what I don’t? Among using up my collection, of course. 

Anyways, I hope you are all having a great start to the week! More blog posts in the coming days so please check back soon! 🙂

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Shop My Stash: April 2017

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I know, I know – I haven’t even finished my March recap yet but I really wanted to get my April basket up on the blog before the end of the month! 😉 My March recap is still in the works but should be up very, very soon! 

What is a Shop My Stash?

It’s exactly what it sounds like. Every month, I will be going into my makeup collection and – you guessed it – I will shop my stash. ? Just think of it as a haul post but instead of makeup I bought at Sephora or at Shoppers Drug Mart, it’s a haul straight from my own collection! And I’m hoping that by doing this monthly, I won’t get bored of the products I chose like I did in last year’s Project Pan. 

If you’re interested, you can find my other Shop My Stash posts here.

How Shop My Stash Works

Every month I will take one or two of these types of products and put them in a basket.

  • Face primer
  • Color correction
  • Concealer
  • Foundation / BB Cream
  • Blush
  • Highlighter
  • Bronzer
  • Setting powder
  • Pore reducer
  • Eye primer
  • Eye shadow (palette or singles)
  • Eyeliner
  • Brow 
  • Brow setting gel
  • Mascara primer
  • Mascara
  • Setting Spray

If you haven’t noticed, I did not include any lip products (lipstick, lipgloss, etc.) to my list. This is because they are already in rotation in my purse. I change them around a lot so I didn’t think they needed special attention like the rest of these products!

At the end of each month I will have to make a few decisions: keep the product, continue using it (for those holy grail products I must always use) or get rid of it. I’m hoping that by doing this I can help identify my loves and get rid of what I don’t want anymore. I hope that I can get my collection under control.

Don’t get me wrong, though. I am not going to be limited to only using what’s in my basket. If there’s something I want to use then by all means, I will! The basket is just there to help give me something to focus on that month. 

Then at the end of the month, I will summarize my monthly basket (what I loved, what I didn’t love, etc.) and then I will pick out a new basket of products!

Shop My Stash for April 2017

My version of Project Pan. I am so glad that I didn’t put too much in my March basket and as you will see when I post my recap, it worked really well! I was able to focus on certain products and really get a feel for them so I am going to stick to a focused basket for April, as well.

Similar to last month, I will have some products from last month which I will have carried over into April. Mostly in the mascara department because I’d rather use them up before I open up a new one! 

Let’s take a peek at my basket for April. My makeup basket, I mean. Not to be mistaken for the Easter bunny’s basket. 😉

 

shop my stash april 2017

 

  • Face primer: Too Faced Hangover RX Replenishing Face Primer, Smashbox Photo Finish More Than Primer Blemish Control
  • Color correction: Nothing this month
  • Concealer: IT Cosmetics Bye By Undereye in Medium, Maybelline FitMe Concealer in Medium
  • Foundation / BB Cream: Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydrating Foundation in Natural Beige, Maybelline FitMe Matte + Poreless Foundation in Natural Beige, Clinique Stay-Matte Oil-Free Makeup in Neutral

 


shop my stash april 2017

 

shop my stash april 2017

 

  • Blush: Elizabeth Mott Show Me Your Cheeks in Peach Pink, Physicians Formula Butter Blush in Natural Glow
  • Highlighter: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid Highlighter in Opal
  • Bronzer: None
  • Setting powder: GOSH prime ‘n set Primer & Mattifying Setting Powder
  • Pore reducer: Benefit POREfessional
  • Eye primer: Wet n Wild PhotoFocus Eyeshadow Primer

 

shop my stash april 2017

 

  • Eyeliner: Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper
  • Brow: ColourPop Brow Pencil in Bangin’ Brunette
  • Brow setting gel: MAC Brow Set in Clear
  • Mascara primer: Wet n Wild PhotoFocus Lash Primer (carried over from March again so I can finish it)
  • Mascara: Benefit Roller Lash Deluxe Mascara (carried over from March so I can finish it), Tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes Deluxe Mascara
  • Setting Spray: Urban Decay All-Nighter Makeup Setting Spray

 

shop my stash april 2017

 

shop my stash april 2017

 

  • Eye shadow (palette or singles): Too Faced Natural Eyes Neutral Eye Shadow Collection, tarte Tartelette tease palette – both of these are my oldies but goodies!  Needing some love this month. 🙂

There’s my mix for April. Probably the smallest basket yet but full of goodies I love or things I feel like I need to just finish already. I’m still enjoying my Shop My Stash journey this year! It doesn’t get boring when I make a monthly basket. 🙂 

Just a random question to my readers – are you enjoying these types of posts? Let me know what other types of posts you want to see on the blog!

I should have my March recap up by the end of the week so please be sure to check back!

Enjoy your week everyone. 🙂

 

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Shop My Stash: March 2017

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Greetings! As March is well under way, I didn’t want to wait to post this! 

Now for the usual intro. 🙂 Essentially, this is my version of a project pan for 2017. If you want more in depth information, please check out my intro post to this series here. But to summarize…

What is a Shop My Stash?

It’s exactly what it sounds like. Every month, I will be going into my makeup collection and – you guessed it – I will shop my stash. ? Just think of it as a haul post but instead of makeup I bought at Sephora or at Shoppers Drug Mart, it’s a haul straight from my own collection! And I’m hoping that by doing this monthly, I won’t get bored of the products I chose like I did in last year’s Project Pan.

 

How Shop My Stash Works

Every month I will take one or two of these types of products and put them in a basket.

  • Face primer
  • Color correction
  • Concealer
  • Foundation / BB Cream
  • Blush
  • Highlighter
  • Bronzer
  • Setting powder
  • Pore reducer
  • Eye primer
  • Eye shadow (palette or singles)
  • Eyeliner
  • Brow 
  • Brow setting gel
  • Mascara primer
  • Mascara
  • Setting Spray

If you haven’t noticed, I did not include any lip products (lipstick, lipgloss, etc.) to my list. This is because they are already in rotation in my purse. I change them around a lot so I didn’t think they needed special attention like the rest of these products!

At the end of each month I will have to make a few decisions: keep the product, continue using it (for those holy grail products I must always use) or get rid of it. I’m hoping that by doing this I can help identify my loves and get rid of what I don’t want anymore. I hope that I can get my collection under control.

Don’t get me wrong, though. I am not going to be limited to only using what’s in my basket. If there’s something I want to use then by all means, I will! The basket is just there to help give me something to focus on that month. 

Then at the end of the month, I will summarize my monthly basket (what I loved, what I didn’t love, etc.) and then I will pick out a new basket of products!

 

 

shop my stash project pan march 2017

 

Shop My Stash for March 2017

What I learned from the first round of Shop My Stash was to not put too much into the basket. What I mean by that is to limit my focus even more on certain products. In January/February, I had doubles of a few things – two eyeshadow primers, two blushes, etc. I wanted more focus on products because I was only using it for a month so I limited what I added to the basket. It’s a smaller selection this month… and hopefully that will also mean that I can write up the recap faster because there will be less to write about. 🙂 There are also quite a few carried over from the last round because I hope to make these empties by the end of March!

Without further adieu, here are the products that I put into my basket for the month of March.

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  • Face primer: Too Faced Primed & Poreless Pure Oil-Free Skin Smoothing Face Primer (carried over from January/February’s round because I have two of them and my goal is to make them empties! Focus. That is the key here. :))
  • Color correction: NYX Color Correcting Concealer Palette
  • Concealer: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser for Dark Circles Treatment Concealer with Goji Berry, Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Aquacealer Concealer in Medium
  • Foundation / BB Cream: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation in Medium Tan Sand, Rimmel London BB Cream 9-in-1 Skin Perfecting Super Makeup in Medium

 

shop my stash project pan march 2017

 

shop my stash project pan march 2017

 

  • Blush: Laura Geller Baked Blush N Brighten in Tropic Hues, Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush in Exposed
  • Highlighter: Anastasia Beverly Hills Gleam Glow Kit, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Spotlight in Opal
  • Bronzer: None, unless you want to count the Chocolate Soleil bronzer in the Too Faced Everything Nice Holiday Palette
  • Setting powder: elf Perfect Finish HD Powder

 

shop my stash project pan march 2017

 

  • Pore reducer: Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser (carried over from January/February’s round so I can finish it)
  • Eye primer: Too Faced Shadow Insurance Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer (carried over from January/February so I can finish it), Elizabeth Mott Thank Me Later Eye Shadow Primer
  • Eyeliner: Ciate Fierce Flicks Liquid Eyeliner (also carried over from January/February so I can finish it)
  • Brow: Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil in Shade 4
  • Brow setting gel: Milani Brow Shaping Clear Wax Pencil
  • Mascara primer: Wet n Wild PhotoFocus Lash Primer (carried over from January/February so I can finish it)
  • Mascara: Benefit Roller Lash Deluxe Mascara, Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Deluxe Mascara
  • Setting Spray: L’Oreal Infallable Pro-Spray Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray

 


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  • Eye shadow (palette or singles): Too Face Everything Nice Holiday Palette, Smashbox Full Exposure Palette

So that’s it for March! I have already been using these items for a couple of weeks now. I have quite a few items that I am hoping I can finish this month so I am expecting quite a few empties in the recap in a few weeks. I’m making a huge push to finish some items this month! I am hoping I am successful. So far, so good… I haven’t strayed from this month’s basket too much.

Check back in a few weeks when I recap my progress for March. 🙂

Have a wonderful week everyone! xo

ipsy august 2016

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Shop My Stash Recap: January & February 2017

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Happy March everyone! We are just around the corner from spring! At least, I hope we are. It’s quite the cold snap we are experiencing this week!

Wow! The first two months of my Shop My Stash felt like it flew by! After using these products for about a month and a half now, I’m ready to make some decisions about them… some easier than others. 

Before I introduce you to my March lineup, here is a quick recap from the January and February selections. If you’re just joining us now and you don’t know what the Shop My Stash series is all about, please see my introductory post about this. It contains a pretty thorough explanation as to what this is all about. 🙂 So let’s get started! And we really should get started now because there is a lot to cover so go grab a cup of tea or coffee because this is a long one! 😉

 

The Empties 

So I have decided to start with the easy ones. These are the products I finished and will be thrown away. No decision required.. .it’s pretty much just garbage right now. 😉 I can feel my collection getting smaller already! Rather than adding these to a future empties post, I’ll provide a short review of them now.

 

shop my stash - january and february

 

Face Primer: Too Faced Primed + Poreless Skin Smoothing Primer
This was already about 85% empty when I started using it again. I really like this primer because it really smooths my skin, making it the perfect “blank canvas”. Definitely one that I will repurchase again! Now that I think about it, this was already my second full size tube I have finished… not to mention, I’m sure I finished at least two small deluxe sizes, as well. This is pretty close to Holy Grail… or maybe it already is!

Setting Powder: Laura Mercier Invisible Loose Setting Powder
If I can recall, I received this from a past ipsy glam bag and that it came with a small fan brush. I can’t for the life of me find the fan brush! But I finally ended up trying this product and I ended up really loving it! It did a great job setting my makeup and it didn’t look powdery on my skin at all. I was sad that it was just a sample. I know this product is more on the expensive side but I would still repurchase it. I am also curious as to how the other, more popular Laura Mercier translucent setting powder performs. I wonder if that one comes in a smaller deluxe size…

Brow Setting Gel: MAC Cosmetics Brow Set in Translucent
If I want to be completely honest, this is my holy grail brow gel. This was my second tube I have gone through. I didn’t have very much left going into this Shop My Stash. It does an amazing job setting my brows and, unlike others I have tried, it doesn’t make my brows look white and flakey. So yes, this is a fave. And guess what! I already repurchased it. On to the third tube…

Mascara: Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara
I had a couple of these kicking around. I had started using this one back in December on my lower lashes only. I had lash extensions for my vacation at the time so I didn’t have a big need for a  mascara at the time. This one is not bad but it’s not my favourite. I did get racoon eyes sometimes so I wasn’t too impressed. I will likely swap or sell the other one that I have.

Mascara: Guerlain Maxi Lash Intense Volume Mascara
I had this sample that I was really curious about. I started using this in January and immediately after I started using it, I stopped using the Elizabeth Arden one mentioned above. While that one didn’t impress, the Guerlain Maxi Lash was a huge win for me! I love the wand. It’s not too big for my eyes. The bristles are small but I found that it worked really well with my lashes! This mascara added length and volume and I was so impressed with it. I love this sample so much that when I redeemed Shoppers Optimum points a few weeks back, I made sre to get one of these. I really hope the full size is just as good as the sample!

 

The Keepers

Moving on to the next category: The Keepers. These are the products that I love (or at the very least like) enough to keep it and use it at a future time. 

 

shop my stash - january and february

 

Eye Primer:  Too Faced Shadow Insurance
This is pretty much my Holy Grail eye primer. This tube has been in use since October… I use it just about every day but since it’s an eye primer, I don’t need very much of it. I love how light it feels on my skin and it does such an amazing job at making my eyeshadow stay put! I have never had any issues with my eye makeup when I use this product. I’m just about done this tube and will be carrying it into March so hopefully it will turn into an empty.

Foundation/BB Cream: IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream + Anti-Aging Hydrating Serum + SPF50 in Tan
I picked this up from Ulta when I was in Florida two November’s ago. I picked it up in the shade Tan and can only use it when I’m… well… tanned. 😉 Which means this gets used the most in the summer or if I’m on a winter vacation somewhere tropical. The only reason why I can use this right now is because I was in Hawaii a few months ago. I really do like this foundation! Not only does it have a nice lemon scent, it also provides you with SPF 50. I love it when foundations contain sun protection! This foundation has a thick consistency but because of that, I find that  a little goes a long, long way! This is a medium to full coverage foundation that you can build but I don’t find it to be too heavy or sticky on my face. Love this one! Definitely a keeper. 🙂

Foundation/BB Cream:  NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in St. Moritz
I do adore this BB cream! It provides light to medium coverage and feels so light on my skin. It’s not at all cakey and it doesn’t feel heavy. I love the convenience of this travel size (which proved to be my go-to during my last trip) and I think you do actually get more bang for your buck on this smaller tube than you would purchasing the full size. ($55 CAD for 1.9 oz vs $19 CAD for .58 oz) However, this only works if you use the St. Moritz shade because this is the only one available in the travel size. Either way, I don’t have many BB creams on my radar right now and since I’m so happy with this one, that’s totally okay. The only downside I found? This doesn’t have any sun protection. If it had that, it would be absolutely perfect!

Foundation/BB Cream: Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup SPF  20 in Fresh Beige
Not gonna lie, this is my fave foundation right now so it was a no brainer that I was keeping it! This has a nice medium coverage and it feels super light on my skin… like it’s not even there! Fresh Beige is the perfect shade for me right now but next time I go to the US, I will have to pick up a shade lighter for when I’m not tanned. It doesn’t oxide on me and lasts all day. It really doesn’t budge at all when I use a setting powder and spray with it. Plus, it has sun protection in the tune of SPF 20 so that is pretty great too. Honestly, everything about this makes it perfect for me! I’m sad we done get Neutrogena makeup in Canada. This product makes me wonder what else I’m missing out on from this brand.

Concealer:  COVERGIRL Outlast All-Day Concealer in Light
Still one of my favourite drugstore concealers to date! It gives me great coverage without being cakey. I have already raved about this extensively when I reviewed it so I will just leave a link to that post here.

Concealer: Maybelline Superstay Better Skin Concealer in Light/Medium
I am having pretty darn good luck with drugstore concealers lately. I really like this one too! It feels even lighter than the COVERGIRL one but I find that the coverage still works for me. Great for under your eyes and any dark spots. I will definitely continue to use this!

 

shop my stash - january and february

 

Eyeliner: IT Cosmetics No-Tug Waterproof Gel Eyeliner
I don’t often use pencil or gel liners because I find they don’t work as well as liquid liners with my hooded eyes. But this one is okay! So I will keep it. It doesn’t really smudge like all the others I have tried.

Eyeliner: Ciate Fierce Flicks Liquid Eyeliner
I’m very surprised at how much I like this! It’s easy to use, dries great, and doesn’t budge as the day goes on! I have been using this a lot… just about every day… since December that I just about completely wore out all the silver writing on the tube! Now what does that tell you???

Eyeshadow Primer: Elizabeth Mott Thank Me Later Eye Shadow Primer
I haven’t even tried this yet so I will keep it and give it a fighting chance in march when my Too Faced one runs out!

Face Primer: MAKE Moonlight Primer
Also a nice surprise! At first I really wasn’t sure about it because it was so dark but in the end it does go on clear and I ended up liking it. I really like how it also moisturizes. This is a keeper but I will be using it sparingly because I’m not sure where I can get more. That’s just fear of running out on my part.

Highlighter: Benefit Watts Up! Softfocus Highlighter for Face
This will always be a fave of mine! It is super easy to use and just gives me the perfect glow in just the right spots. I swear, though, this deluxe sized sample is lasting me forever! We are almost going on years  here.

Blush: Wet n Wild Color Icon Blusher in Pearlescent Pink
This is a great colour and this is a great blush! It is very pigmented so you can build it up if you want more colour. Keeping this one in my collection.

Blush: Mellow Face Blush in Bronze
A fave for sure! I am surprised that I like this bronze blush as much as I do but it really is great. When my skinis darker, this adds a very natural look on my cheeks. I imagine this would also make a nice matte bronzer for those with fairer skin.

Mascara Primer: Wet n Wild PhotoFocus Lash Primer
I like this. It does a great job prepping my lashes before I apply mascara and my mascara does stay put! I can’t get this at our local stores yet so I’m also keeping it due to how difficult it is to get here. 

 

shop my stash - january and february

 

Setting Spray: Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray
Holy grail. I have been using this on and off for years now and I always go back to it! I can’t help it… it does a great job at keeping my makeup from smudging and makes it last all day long. Great stuff!

Eyeshadows: tarte Tartelette Palette, Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette, ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Alchemy
I am just going to talk about all three of these together because I love them all! The tarte Tartelette Palette is made up of some really great neutral matte shades that you can use every day and for any occasion. The Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette has such great colours and a mix of matte, shimmer and glitter shades that you can use to make so many looks! This is such a versatile palette. I just love it! And of course, the ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Alchemy give any eye look that added sparkle. I use it for all my looks, all the time. I’m so glad I bought backups because I actually hit pan! Here’s a quick look at my usage for each one.

 

shop my stash - january and february

shop my stash - january and february

shop my stash - january and february

 

The Rejects

Finally! We have looked at the empties and the loves. Now it’s time for the rejects that I will not be keeping. Other than empties, this is just another way I’m going to use to downsize my collection.

 

shop my stash - january and february

 

Face Primer: Too Faced Primed & Poreless Pure Oil-Free Skin Smoothing Face Primer 
I must say, I just love Too Faced primers! This one, though, is one I think that I have a love-hate relationship with. This is the sensitive skin version which performs just as well as the regular one but I find this one is a bit thicker. It does makes my foundation stay in place but compared to the other one, this one made my skin a bit more oily. I will definitely continue using this deluxe sample until it’s all gone but I’m not too sure if I would purchase it again.

Colour Correction: Make Up Forever Step 1 Redness Correcting Primer
I rarely reached for this at all. I’m not sure why. Maybe colour correction just isn’t my thing? I mean, I forgot about it all the time! As a result, I didn’t use it very much so it’s time to move on.

Pore Reducer: Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser
I have been using this for a long time now. Almost two years? And it still hasn’t run out! It does do a good job but I feel like I’m tired of it and that I need a change. I will finish this until it’s gone but I won’t be repurchasing anytime soon. It’s time for a break!

Highlighter: City Color Highlight Trio
This highlighter trio was okay. It did the job and isn’t too overly sparkly. Don’t get me wrong, this wasn’t a bad product but I have so many other highlighters that I love more.

Brows: Annabelle Brow-To-Go Brow Shaping Kit
Great product but I have had this one for a long time now and it’s getting super messy up to the point where it’s not worth cleaning up. I have another one and other brow products I love so it’s okay for me to let this one go.

Brows: IT Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil
Again, this one was just okay. It did a good job but it also didn’t make me go “wow!” as much as I wanted it to. I was disappointed because there’s been so much praise for this brow product but it was just okay for me. I will finish this one up but I don’t think I will repurchase it.

That’s all folks! If you made it this far, thanks for sticking with me! When I started this endeavor, I didn’t realize how much of a recap I had to do at the end so I will admit, it did take longer than I had expected to post this. 

I’m happy with the amount of empties I ended up with (that would be five) and the number of products I decided I could do without (six of ’em). That’s a pretty good start for destashing and using up products in 2017! Looks like the first month and a half was a success so I will keep tally and keep going.

Now we’re well into March so keep a lookout for my March Shop My Stash list this weekend! 

Enjoy the rest of your week. 🙂

ipsy august 2016