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Shop My Stash: August 2017

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Wow! It’s pretty much mid-August now! Where has the summer gone??? 

Before I post my recap from July later this week, here is my August Shop My Stash basket. Just for the record, while this post is coming a bit late, I have been using the products in this basket since August 1st. 🙂

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.

*Please note, at times, I will not have some items in my basket. The reason why is stated next to the category.

  • Face primer
  • Color correction (None, no need for color correction right now)
  • Concealer
  • Foundation / BB Cream
  • Blush
  • Highlighter
  • Bronzer (None, it’s summer and my skin is too dark for bronzer. We will revisit in fall/winter)
  • Setting powder
  • Pore reducer (Success! None, retired category. I only have one product left: Benefit POREfessional)
  • Eye primer
  • Eye shadow (palette or singles)
  • Eyeliner
  • Brow 
  • Brow setting gel (Success! None, retired category. I only have one product left: MAC Brow Set in Clear)
  • Mascara primer (None, I don’t have one at the moment.)
  • Mascara
  • Setting Spray (Success! None, retired category. I only have three products left in rotation: MAC, Urban Decay and Maybelline setting sprays)

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!

Without further adieu, here are the contents of August’s basket!

Shop My Stash for August 2017

As I go through my collection, there is less categories to concentrate on – which is great! Because it means that at the very least, those categories are under control… which is the goal of this exercise, no? Anyways, with Pore Reducers, Brow Setting Gels and Setting Sprays out of the way, here’s what I selected for August.

 

shop my stash august 2017

 

  • Face primer: Temptu Base Smooth & Matte Primer, Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer
  • Concealer: IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Illuminator Full Coverage Anti-Aging Waterproof Concealer
  • Foundation / BB Cream: Maybelline Dream Fresh BB 8-in-1 Beauty Balm SPF 30 in Medium, Too Faced Born This Way Absolute Perfection Foundation in Natural Beige

 

shop my stash august 2017

shop my stash august 2017

 

  • Blush: tarte Bling It On Amazonian Clay Blush Palette
  • Highlighter: Benefit Girl Meets Pearl Liquid Pearl for Face, Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight in Hefty Highlight
  • Setting powder: GOSH prime ‘n set Primer & Mattifying Setting Powder

 

shop my stash august 2017

 

  • Eye primer: Elizabeth Mott Thank Me Later Eye Shadow Primer
  • Eyeliner: NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Via Veneto, Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Dark Brown
  • Brow: Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Dark Brown
  • Mascara: tarte lights, camera, flashes Mascara, Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara

 

shop my stash august 2017

shop my stash august 2017

shop my stash august 2017

shop my stash august 2017

 

  • Eye shadow (palette or singles): Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette, Smashbox Photo Op Eye Shadow Palette in Fade In

That’s all for now! This is another smaller basket but that’s okay. 

Stay tuned for July’s recap coming to the blog over the next few days!

Question of the Day: Are you currently doing Project Pan or Shop My Stash? What tips would you give others who are contemplating trying it? Share your suggestions in the comments!

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Shop My Stash Recap: April 2017

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Yes… it is June. I apologize for my tardiness but for most of April and May, the NHL playoffs took over my life. This was the  first time in a very, very long time that the Oilers made it into the playoffs so to me it was a big deal! 11 years of not having post season hockey in Edmonton was rough so I had to watch every game and games were pretty pretty much every other day. The Oilers made it to Game 7 in Round 2 in the Western Conference semi-finals before getting eliminated. I’m so proud of this team! And now that the post season is over, my (and all the other hardcore fans here in YEG) life can get back to normal again… and for me, that means my evenings are free again and I can go back to blogging. 

While this is my Shop My Stash recap from April, I still felt that it was important for me to write about it. It really helps in terms of accountability to myself and getting back on track. I used many of these products well into May and because of that I decided my next basket is what I used for the rest of May and into June.

Without further adieu, let’s get started!

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 instead of going to the store or shopping online. 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 

When I first started this, I knew that I could not sustain a steady stream of empties because it’s makeup and makeup is just that much harder to use up compared to something like skincare, for example. I just wouldn’t have as many empties as I would in the beginning. In the beginning, you’re excited about finishing products so, naturally, you start with the items that are well on their way to becoming empty anyways. Those are the “quick wins”. Once those are finished, empties might be few and far between in the makeup world as proven by my empties in April – there was only one.

 

shop my stash april 2017

 

Face Primer: Too Faced Hangover RX Replenishing Face Primer
I have used up a couple of these deluxe samples now and I continue to really love this primer. This super lightweight, very hydrating primer is one of my go-to’s! It absorbs quickly into my skin and has a light scent. It does a great job keeping my makeup in place. No complaints here! Other than the fact that this is empty. But that’s okay, I still have one more deluxe sample I can use. 

 

The Keepers

There are a lot of keepers in April. That’s good and bad. Good because I have reassurance that I own products I like and even love. Not so good because keeping these items is not helping me make my makeup collection any smaller! We have a lot of ground to cover so we should begin now.

 

shop my stash april 2017

 

Face Primer: Smashbox Photo Finish More Than Primer Blemish Control
While this is not my favourite, it’s a small enough sample that I will likely use it up. I didn’t notice a difference with my blemishes at all but my makeup stayed put. Good enough reason to keep it.

Pore Reducer: Benefit POREfessional
Honestly, this is holy grail for me. It is great for the pores on my nose and forehead and it really helps to even out my skin prior to makeup application. You don’t need much so even a deluxe sized tube lasts a long time. I have a ton of these samples which is a great money saver as I won’t need to buy a full sized one yet. (Which I have used up before. A full sized tube truly does last forever!) I will continue to work through my deluxe samples happily.

Concealer: Maybelline FitMe Concealer in Medium
My boly grail drugstore concealer. It really does feel and look like a dupe for the NARS Radiant Cream Concealer (which I also love). Great coverage that’s buildable. The shade Medium is a perfect shade match for me, too. This is my second tube of this stuff. I love it that much. 🙂

Concealer: IT Cosmetics Bye By Undereye in Medium
Super thick, super coverage! I don’t often need this much coverage but when I do, it works so well. You don’t need to use much of it to be effective. It’s not my favourite but it’s still good enough to keep on hand.

Foundation / BB Cream: Maybelline FitMe Matte + Poreless Foundation in Natural Beige, Clinique Stay-Matte Oil-Free Makeup in Neutral
I just love the FitMe line from Maybelline. I just think all the products I have tried have been so great and this one is no different. Similar to the regular FitMe foundation, this also applies easily and does a great job covering up dark spots and blemishes, giving me a matte look. It blends great, too. I can’t say enough good things about these FitMe foundation and concealers.

Foundation / BB Cream: Clinique Stay-Matte Oil-Free Makeup in Neutral
This is a nice foundation that has medium coverage. IT fees light on my skin and blends nicely. I like the packaging because the squeeze tube makes it easy to use and is compact enough that it’s protable and great for traveling or handy to keep in your weekend bag. Like when I go camping and need a bit of coverage. 🙂

 

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BlushElizabeth Mott Show Me Your Cheeks in Peach Pink
Seriously, I feel like I am repeating myself with all this holy grail business in this post but I only tell the truth. And this one is my holy grail blush! I have backups of it. Yes, plural. So I’m not afraid of using this gem from ipsy. I love using it! It’s the perfect shade for me! It’s so good. So good.

Blush: Physicians Formula Butter Blush in Natural Glow
Love this blush! It has nice pigmentation and it smells so nice. It’s so smooth and buttery, too! I can see how this product got it’s name. I will continue to use it, for sure!

Highlighter: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid Highlighter in Opal
I adore Becca highlighters but this was my first time trying the liquid version. You definitely don’t need very much to achieve a natural glow. I usually just use my finger to apply it and pat it on the spots I use highlighter on, such as high on my cheekbones and the bridge of my nose. I like it but I still prefer the pressed powder version.

Setting Powder: GOSH prime ‘n set Primer & Mattifying Setting Powder
This is my second tub of this stuff so that is proof enough that I really like this product. The Shoppers I go to (well, three locations to be exact) always seems to be sold out of this so when I finally saw it restocked, I snatched this one up! This translucent powder can also be used as a primer but I primarily use it to set my make up. It doesn’t look powdery on my face at all and my make up stays put. I think it’s great!

 

shop my stash april 2017

 

Mascara Primer: Wet n Wild PhotoFocus Lash Primer 
I am starting to notice that the consistency of my Wet n Wild eyeshadow primer has changed. It is getting thicker. I like this product a lot but I think this only has a month… maaaybe two.. left before it ends up on my empties list. I have been using this since November or December so that makes sense.

Mascara: Benefit Roller Lash Deluxe Mascara 
I still love this mascara. This particular tube has been in use since March so I will likely continue using it in May and June. It keeps my lashes curled and I found that it thickens my lashes, as well. Great all around! And I love these deluxe sized mascaras.

Mascara: Tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes Deluxe Mascara
Another great mascara! This has really been a pleasant surprise. I am really enjoying this one. It separates my lashes nicely and thickens and lengthens them, too. I may prefer this over the Roller Lash if I’m being honest with myself. Gah. They are both pretty great.

Brow: ColourPop Brow Pencil in Bangin’ Brunette
I really like this ColourPop brow pencil… except that it keeps breaking on me. The formulation is great and this is the perfect shade match so that my brows look filled in but natural. I just wish it wasn’t so fragile!

Brow Setting Gel: MAC Brow Set in Clear
Probably my third, perhaps fourth, tube. Love it. Enough said. I don’t have any other brow gel at the moment so I think for May and June, I will use this one and then discontinue this item from my Shop My Stash. When there’s only one, there’s no point bringing it back every month!

Eyeliner: Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper
Another holy grail but it’s drying out. I think this only has a month or two left in it, as well. This is definitely one that I will keep buying over and over again… well, maybe I will get my next KVD liquid liner after I finish the others I have first.

 

shop my stash april 2017

 

Eye primer: Wet n Wild PhotoFocus Eyeshadow Primer
This is a good eye primer. It keeps my shadow staying put and lasting all day. I will continue to use it.

Setting Spray: Urban Decay All-Nighter Makeup Setting Spray
So good! It helps keep my makeup on my face all day. It is also very refreshing to spray on anytime during the day. Love it.

Eyeshadow (palette or singles): Too Faced Natural Eyes Neutral Eye Shadow Collection
A holy grail palette of mine. I know.. this phrase is starting to get overused in this post! I don’t have many palettes where I have hit pan on but for this one, I have hit pan on three shades! It’s just so versatile and you can use it with any look from natural to glam and that is why I love it. Such a great palette to have in one’s collection.

Eyeshadow (palette or singles): tarte Tartelette tease palette
Love this one, too! I’ve hit pan on one shade. The mirror is also great so I do sometimes keep this in my purse. Like the Too Faced palette I just talked about, this one is very pigmented and the shades are so versatile. The shades are also so me. 

 

The Rejects

There is only one in April. I’m not sure if that’s good or bad. Good because I did actually spend my money on products I like or love. Bad because I am trying to destash and I’m only getting rid of one thing. But it’s still something! 

 

shop my stash april 2017

 

Foundation / BB Cream: Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydrating Foundation in Natural Beige
Natural Beige is definitely not my shade… which is odd because most natural beige shades work for me. I find this shade too grey for my skin tone. It just doesn’t look good at all.

So that’s it for now! There were a lot of products I loved in April! It was a good month and I really liked (most) everything that I used. 

My May and June Shop My Stash post is well overdue. I already have that blog post in progress (I was working on it in tandem with this one) so check back in a few days as I plan to have it posted this weekend. 🙂

I hope you’re all having a great week! Until next time! 🙂

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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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Unboxing + Review: ipsy February 2017 Much Love #IPSYMUCHLOVE

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It’s time for another ipsy glam bag unboxing! Well, I guess it’s more of an unbagging. That doesn’t have quite the same ring to it but it’s the truth! Technicalities aside, let’s take a look at the bag and the mix of items that I received.

February’s theme is Much Love. How perfect is that considering it is Valentine’s Day? But aside from all that lovey dovey stuff, what ipsy was trying to get across is that the Much Love theme is all about your inner glow and how you show your squad, well, Much Loveone… which I was really skeptical about at first because it also has a neon orange trim that screams 80s and early 90s! Not exactly what I imagined for February, the month of love, but I suppose it will do. When I received it, I thought the bag was alright. It was a super soft denim material and it was cute.  Not my favourite by any means but also not horribly bad. 

 

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The contents of the bag, however, is what made my February glam bag really shine! I absolutely adored everything I received! Let’s take a closer look. 

The first item I received was the Luna by Luna Cosmetcis Highligher int he shade Calypso ($23.00 USD, 3 g). If you haven’t noticed, I have been on a huge highlighter kick lately! So I was happy to get a new one to try. When I first saw my bag reveal and saw that the colour was described as a pale lavender shade so I really wasn’t sure about this. But it did say that it’s a mix of warm and cool undertones that works with every skintone so I was willing to give it a shot. At the end of the day, it kind of reminds me of the new Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Prismtic Amethyst… not exactly but in the same or similar colour family. I wish I owned the Becca one to compare swatches. Anyways, this one is a baked highlighter so it feels sillky smooth to the touch. It is sheer with one swipe but it is super buildable so you can use as little or as much as you’d like depending on the look you’re trying to achieve. I don’t have one in this shade yet and I find it is pretty unique so I will try it. And can I just say that I love the name of this company and the packaging? I love stars and anything sky related, really, so Luna is right up my alley!

 

ipsy February 2017

 

I also received a lip product in the form of a NYX Butter Lipstick in Lifeguard ($6.00 USD, 4.5 g). I have tried butter lipsticks before and I’m a huge fan of their formulation and pigmentation. I love that they are creamy and not drying at all! But while I love them, I’m just so-so on this shade. Lifeguard is described as a deep magenta but to me it seems like it leans more towards red… and I am so not a bright red lipstick girl! I have been leaning more towards neutrals lately, everyday colours that I can use at the office or as I go about y errands during the day. And when I do choose a red, I go for the deeper berry colours. So at the end of the day, I adore this product but I am passing on the shade.

 

ipsy February 2017

 

I am actually quite excited about this next product because I have been dabbling in the world of toners lately! The Dermadeli Rejuvinating Toner ($2.49 US, 10 ml) intrigues me. I have never heard of this brand before but it’s all natural so I am willing to give it a chance. It is said to “remove cellular debris, tighten pores and firm(s) the skin” which all sounds great. The witch hazel and sea kelp helps with keeping your skin moisturized, as well. The one thing that is turning me off is the very strong scent that it has. It’s very herbal due to the witch hazel. While this comes in a great size for travel, the last time I received a toner sample in this size, I had wished that I had more! We’ll see if it’s the same thoughts this time around.

 

ipsy February 2017

 

Next up is the Elizabeth Mott Whatup Beaches Matte Bronzer ($2.19 USD, 0.7 g). My first impression of this was disappointing… mainly because this was so small and I have received other products form Elizabeth Mott that were much larger. When I received a blush from this brand last year, it was pretty much full-sized so when I saw that I was getting this, the expectation was pretty much the same. Instead, this made me reminiscent of the super small theBalm samples I have received and were unhappy with in the past. Anyways, I guess it was not meant to be. However, it still looks like a nice bronzer! It is matte and pigmented. A little powdery but easy enough to blend. I do prefer matte bronzers because they look more natural on me. This was also easy to depot. The pan came right out and I think I will just add it to my magnetic palette. Overall thoughts? Underwhelming in size, challenging to use with my larger brushes that I use for bronzer but still worth a try because I loved the blush I received before so much.

 

ipsy February 2017

 

Last but not least, my fave out of the entire bag – the Luxie Rose Gold Blush Brush 514 ($24.20 USD). Because you can never have too many brushes! I am a HUGE fan of Luxie brushes so I’m happy to be able to add a new one to my collection. This blush brush is made of soft synthetic bristles and is 100% cruelty free and 100% vegan. It’s so soft and so fluffy which is what I look for in a blush brush so this is just perfect for me! Great for powders like blush, bronzers or pressed highlighters. I just love it. It’s so great.

 

 

Well that’s it for February. The total value of this bag was $57.88 USD which translates into around $78.00 CAD so the value is definitely there! Plus, out of the five items I received, three were full sized (highlighter, lipstick and blush brush) so I really can’t complain at all! Everything will be used, as well. I can say with confidence that February’s ipsy glam bag was a win! 🙂

Oh wait! Before I forget, I did redeem points for something this month! The Wet n’ Wild megaglo Highlighting Powder in Precious Petals is absolutely gorgeous! Totally worth redeeming for. 🙂

 

 

Like what you see here? For those of you who would like to give this a try and would like to know more, this subscription is $10.00 USD  a month in the US and $10.00 USD + $4.00 USD shipping for Canadians. You get a mix of skincare, makeup and haircare deluxe and full sized products. And you get a different style of bag each month. If you are interested in trying this subscription, please use my link. 🙂

What did you love from ipsy’s February glam bag offerings? Did you make out like a bandit with your glam bag? Share in the comments below!

Until next time, my friends!

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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