Shop My Stash Recap: August 2017

shop my stash recap august 2017


Happy September! How did the month of August fly by? Just like that! I guess they really mean it when they say that time flies by when you’re having fun!

Month #8 of my 2017 Shop My Stash challenge is over! Honestly, I really am enjoying how each month gives me a different mix of old and new beauty products to play with. The new stuff is always a lot of fun but I’m also really liked rediscovering a lot of products, too.  

Still going strong with my low-buy, as well. I have only purchased two beauty products in the past three months (since I purchased something from Sephora in very early June which is my birthday month) and they have been from Too Faced’s new Peaches and Cream Collection. And honestly, the foundation just came today and the powder should be here tomorrow or Thursday so it’s really, really recent too. So far, so good! Now the real test will be when all those gorgeous Christmas sets come out. We shall see how I fare then. 🙂

Anyways, let’s get moving on this. There is a lot to cover!

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. Starting in May and June, I have also added a new category called “retired” which I will explain in that section. I think having this new category is a very good thing! Under each category, there 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. Quick wins! 🙂


The Empties 

Not many in this category this time around. Actually, in all reality, there are none. There were quite a few “almost empties”, though. Just one product to list here. See why below.


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Foundation / BB Cream: Maybelline Dream Fresh BB 8-in-1 Beauty Balm SPF 30 in Medium
Okay, this is not empty but it is expired so I’m throwing it out. But to be clear, I did not dislike it. In fact, I really like it! It’s a great alternative to heavier foundations when all you want is some light coverage. This is great in the summer months. Super light on my skin and doesn’t cause me to break out. I think this is my second tube of this product and I would not hesitate to repurchase it again!


The Keepers

Again, the bulk of the products fall under this category. Not surprising at all! So here goes!


shop my stash recap august 2017


Face primer: Temptu Base Smooth & Matte Primer, Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer
I am surprised that I enjoyed the Temptu primer so much. It kind of reminds me of the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. It’s a very similar consistency in that it’s liquidy smooth and goes on like a dream! I’m sad that this was only sample sized and it is one of the products I was referring to as an “almost empty” above. Love it! I would repurchase this one for sure. The only thing I don’t like is that there is still product in the bottle but the little metal ball keeps plugging it up. I love it so much I may have to cut into it with scissors! 😉 The Smashbox primer was also very nice. It did moisturize my under eye area. I was also pleasantly surprised by this, as well. I will continue to use it and I would repurchase it, as well.

Foundation / BB Cream: Too Faced Born This Way Absolute Perfection Foundation in Natural Beige
So this is a really nice foundation. It’s gives you great coverage but it still feels light on your skin. Super easy to blend in, too. Looking at the bottle, I’ve used up half of it already! I will continue to use this one up until it’s empty and yes, I would repurchase it.

Highlighter: Benefit Girl Meets Pearl Liquid Pearl for Face, Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight in Hefty Highlight
As I use different types of highlighters, I’m more and more convinced that powder is my favourite type. This Benefit highlighter is liquid and it’s okay. I prefer their Watt’s Up cream highlighter. While it’s not my fave, I will still finish it up but I’m not sure if I would repurchase it. The Clinique highlighter was also very good. It’s a cream highlighter that’s easy to apply and easy to blend. I received this as a 100 point perk from Sephora and while it looks large, looks can be deceiving! There’s not a lot there. I am not sure I would repurchase it. I prefer the shade of the Benefit Watt’s Up to this one which is on the pinker side of things.

Setting powder: GOSH prime ‘n set Primer & Mattifying Setting Powder
If I can recall correctly, this is this product’s second go round in my Shop My Stash Series. See my thoughts way back in April.


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Blush: tarte Bling It On Amazonian Clay Blush Palette
This is SO good. Each and every colour in this blush palette looks great on me and the formulation is just dreamy. It goes on nicely, blends wonderfully and you can dust it on lightly or build it up. I can’t say anything bad about this! I love it!

Eye primer: Elizabeth Mott Thank Me Later Eye Shadow Primer
Goodness, this surprised me! I wasn’t expecting it to be as good as it is! And now I’m sad that it’s just a deluxe sized sample. It’s silky and goes on my eyelids nicely. And most importantly, it keeps my eyeshadow in place! So it’s safe to say that I love it and that I would repurchase it.

Eyeliner: NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Via Veneto, Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Dark Brown
The NARS eyeliner goes on smooth and doesn’t tug at all so it’s safe to say that I like it! Which says a lot because I favour liquid liner to pencil liners immensely. The Stila liner was nice but I don’t find myself using brown eyeliners much. Still pretty good, though!

Brow: Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Dark Brown
I honestly forgot I had this until I started digging in my eye products drawer. This is partially because that drawer is a mess but also partially because I’ve been using brow pencils mostly so I haven’t reached for this in awhile. After using it for the last month, I do still very much like it and it does look good when I use an angle brow brush to fill in my brows with this product. I will continue using this and I would consider repurchasing it… when I run out of all my other brow products, anyways! 

Mascara: tarte lights, camera, flashes Mascara, Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara
This tarte mascara is slowly making it’s way up the list and it’s one of my favourite mascaras now. It separates and lengthens my lashes and they just look great. I am hoping that the full sized product is the same because I’ve seen some reviews saying they aren’t. If that’s the case, then I’m going to be very sad and on the hunt for more deluxe samples! The newest Lancome mascara – Monsieur Big – is also really good! I received this from ChickAdvisor’s Product Review Club and I’m still using it. It adds volume to my lashes and I love it. Though at times it does clump a little but that’s nothing a lash brush can’t fix! Both are great mascaras. Both I would repurchase.


shop my stash recap august 2017


Eye shadow (palette or singles): Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette, Smashbox Photo Op Eye Shadow Palette in Fade In
I’ve always known that I adored the Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette but I totally forgot about the Smashbox one. First let’s take a look at the Too Faced one. I find it has great pigmentation and blends well. It also smells peachy! (If you have tried their chocolate bar palettes, think of that but with peaches instead of chocolate!). The Smashbox one gives me a great mix of colours for a nice smokey eye. Again it’s very pigmented and it blends well. I can’t complain about either one of these and they’re both keepers!


The Rejects

This one pains me to list it. Why? Because I love the brand.


shop my stash recap august 2017


Concealer: IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Illuminator Full Coverage Anti-Aging Waterproof Concealer
I really wanted to love this!!! But it didn’t quite work out for me. I didn’t find that it blended very well under my eyes… even when I’m using the teeny tiniest bit. 🙁 I don’t know if it’s just because it’s a sample and it might have dried out a bit or what but I found it difficult to use. I do really love their original concealer so maybe I just have an issue with this formulation. I’m not sure. So sad.


The Retired

Nothing to retire this month. /shrug

So that is all for now! August was a blur but at least it was spent using some pretty amazing products. I’m well into my September basket now so check back in early October for that recap. 🙂 

Are you working on a Shop My Stash or a Project Pan? How do you feel about it? Are you loving it like me or finding it challenging? Comment below with your thoughts. 🙂

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Shop My Stash: August 2017

shop my stash august 2017


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.


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  • 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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Unboxing + Review: Miss Blanco Joyful Box November 2016 – Acceptance

miss blanco joyful box november 2016


Greetings everyone! The holidays are slowly creeping up on us so we finally put up our tree and decorated this past weekend! We were a little late with the decorations this year because we were in Hawaii.  Plus, it was a good time to do so due to the deep freeze we are dealing with here in Alberta where our windchill temperatures were dipping very close to -40 Celsius. Brr! This also gave me a bit of time to snap some pics and write about this beauty of a beauty box! So let’s get started.

Miss Blanco Joyful Box is a lifestyle box sent straight to you each month containing two to three deluxe or full sized beauty times, one hand-curated item and a lifestyle item. A “Box Full of Joy” so to say! It is priced at $38.00 CAD (or $28 USD) monthly.

Miss Blanco Joyful Box is a little different than other beauty box subs out there in that it offers a VIP member option. This is just an option – you are not required to opt into this – but for $30.00 CAD per year, you can opt into this program. Please note that you must already be a subscriber and that the cost is on top of your monthly subscription cost. BUT you get a full year of extra perks and surprises for $2.50 CAD per month.  If you do decide to join, please put my name in the field where it asks who referred you – Olivia from starpixel. I would very much appreciate it! 🙂

The Miss Blanco Joyful Box for November was called Acceptance. November’s box made me feel absolutely spoiled! I received a lifestyle item, a hand-curated item, three body products, two beauty items AND two surprise items bringing me to a total of nine(!!!) products in my box! I get that this does not occur every month but either way, I was ecstatic to see this! Just to clarify, I am a VIP member because I joined in the first month where you could become VIP free for life but this will give you a taste of what kind of surprises you can expect. 😉

Now that you know a little about the subscription and a brief summary of what I will be covering here, let’s take a closer look at each item I received. There’s quite a bit here so grab a cup of coffee or hot cup of tea with me and let’s go!

Let’s take a look at the lifestyle item first. This month’s lifestyle item is a Plaid Fashion Scarf ($32.99 CAD). Plaid and scarves are very much “in” this season so this is really the bet of both worlds! Unlike the more common blanket scarves out there, this is a lighter scarf so you can wear it well into spring, cooler mornings in summer and into the fall. You can totally pull off wearing this during any one of the four seasons! The colours in this scarf also makes it easy to wear with what you probably have in your closet. This makes it very versitile and I can already see myself wearing this a lot! I do love scarves, after all. 🙂 Here’s a pic I posted on Instagram wearing it.



After a long day, I’m so tired! So excuse the look of tiredness. Taking pics for my @mbjoyfulbox November unboxing blog post and decided I had time to squeeze in a selfie with this fab scarf! It is so so so SOFT! I’m in love! ? The Joyful Box was so great last month! Oh and that’s my new moonstone and rose gold ring from @soprettycaracotter that I’m now { obsessed } with ?? Wearing the Cami Lippie Stix from @colourpopcosmetics too (you can’t see it but my shirt says “Lipstick Addict” ?) #unboxing #style #scarf #fashion #comfy #soft #plaid #lifestyle #beauty #blogger #beautyblogger #camadianblogger #yegblogger #beautyblogger #lifestyleblogger #loveit #whatsnew #jewelry #sopretty #ring #colourpop #lipsticklover #lipstick

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Next up is a handmade Artisan Necklace ($20.99 CAD). This necklace is so adorable! It features a heart pendant on a black cord. Like the scarf, you can pretty much wear this with anything. This is a great piece for any day and any occasion.


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Let’s discuss body products now. The first one is the Barefoot Venus Lilly Pilly Bath Treat ($5.50 CAD). Like the Lilly Pilly hand cream I received in my October box, it smells great! It contains epsom salt, mango butter, palm kernel oil and sweet almond oil and is created without any harsh mineral oils, parabens, propylene glycol and synthetic colours. I can definitely see myself settling into a nice bath with this treat. I can see this be very soothing and relaxing. 

Speaking of soothing and relaxing, I also received the Barefoot Venus Lilly Pilly Argan Dry Body Oil ($2.50 CAD) in a travel size and it smells just as heavenly as the Bath Treat! I haven’t tried a body oil until now and this one is very nice. I found that it absorbs quickly into your skin and doesn’t leave a residue. I will definitely continue to use this on my dry skin. It’s wintery and cold now so this came at the right time!

I really like the Barefoot Venus products I have tried so far so these two were great to see in my Joyful box. 🙂


miss blanco joyful box november 2016


The final body product I received was the Cherish All Natural Products Body Oil in Bubble Gum ($10.00 CAD). I will be honest, I was very uncertain about this when I first saw the spoiler. Bubble Gum Body Oil? Really?

Yes, really! I did give it a try (because you should really try new things at least once!) and was pleasantly surprised! I thought it was going to be super sweet but it really isn’t. It’s still sweet but not crazy sweet. I am actually loving the scent – who knew? This was a great new discovery and I have the Joyful Box to thank for this! I also love how this product is natural. Similar to the Argan Dry Body Oil, I will be using this for sure… our winters here in Alberta are so dry. I did need this!


miss blanco joyful box november 2016


The body oil wasn’t the only item I received from this brand… I also got the Cherish All Natural Products Lip Balm in Cherish Cherry ($6.00 CAD). If you don’t already know, I am a self-proclaimed lip balm junkie! So I am always happy to see a new lip balm in these subscription boxes. 🙂 I haven’t opened this yet because I have too many lip balms as it is. But again, it’s made of natural ingredients so I have high hopes for it! I will use it one day soon! (Maybe sooner than later.. the Nivea lip balm I received from ChickAdvisor is just about done! I did use that one faster than usual… I did love it, though.)

Did the lipstick count as a makeup item? You decide. I did receive a real makeup item and it is the Sweet Leilani Eyeshadow in the shade Mai Tai ($14.99 CAD). This is one of Sweet Leilani’s Seaside Mineral Jewels Eyshadow. The shad Orchid is a grey-silver… I don’t have a colour similar to this in my collection so receiving this was nice. It is velvety smooth in consistency and very pigmented! I probably won’t use this too much as an all over shade but I will use it in the inner corners of my eyes. It’s vegan, and paraben and gluten free so if you are looking for those types of products, this may be something you would like to look into. It’s also fragrance free if you are sensitive to fragrances.


miss blanco joyful box november 2016


I will wrap this up with this random thought: so far the three body and beauty brands we’ve looked at are all Canadian. That is great! I always love supporting local or Canadian brands!

But we’re not done yet! Sure, we are done discovering what was in the box itself but I did also receive two bonus surprises in my box!

The first surprise is the elf Long-wear Lipliner Pencil in the shade Bitter ($1.00 USD). I haven’t used many elf products before so I’m looking forward to trying it! From the swatch shown on the elf site, Bitter is a berry shade. This also comes with a sharpener so that’s always a plus! While this was a great bonus surprise, I was way more excited about the other product.

The second surprise I received was the Lancome Bienfait Multi-Vital Moisturizer ($18.30 CAD, 15 ml) and since this is one of my favorite moisturizers, I was VERY happy to see this deluxe sample size! I’ve used this in the past and I loved it! it’s super moisturizing and worked so great with my skin.


miss blanco joyful box november 2016


Overall, the value of this box is $93.00 CAD according to the product card for the official box contents and then an additional $20.00 CAD in surprise items which is not too shabby! It contained way more products that other monthly subscription boxes (though, I do realize that this won’t happen every single month) so that was a huge plus! This was a really great box – awesome scarf, cute necklace and brands that are brand new to me.  Can’t go wrong with that!

Enjoy your weekend everyone!

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Disclaimer: I pay for this subscription with my own money.  All opinions are mine and mine alone. This post does not contain referral links.


miss blanco joyful box november 2016


Project Pan: 16 in 2016 – Update #1

Finally! A Project Pan update!

I was hoping to post this earlier but after a super busy Easter weekend and then being sick last week, I haven’t had much time in front of the laptop. This post may be a bit on the longer side so hopefully this will make up for it!

While I do have a slew of new posts coming your way, I thought I would do an update on my Project Pan. I decided to post updates every two months. This update will only encompass the eight products I introduced in my post back in January. I will cover the other eight in an update at the end of April. So here we go!

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Project Pan: 16 in 2016

Welcome to 2016. It’s a brand new year! Perfect timing to start a Project Pan!

A brand new year means resolutions. And one of my resolutions for 2016 is to use up what beauty products I already have… because right now, I have so much! That’s what happens when you are subscribed to numerous beauty boxes and have a love for beauty products in general. It’s actually pretty overwhelming when you have too much stuff! So to help me meet this resolution, I decided to start a Project Pan.

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