Shop My Stash Recap: May and June 2017

shop my stash recap may june 2017


Wow, it’s already July! The Shop My Stash series has officially reached the six month mark and I’m still going strong! I’m cycling through more of my makeup than I ever have before and I’m finding that this is helping me curb my spending. I haven’t bought a whole lot since I started this endeavour!

Which leads me to this question: I have been getting a few questions from readers asking me for tips on what helps you stay on track when you are on a no-buy or a low-buy (which is what I am following, more or less). Is there any interest in a blog post with tips and ideas that might help others who are trying to stay on track for their no-buy, low buy, project pans or shop my stash attempts? Let me know! 🙂

Anyways, let’s get started as 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 

During the last recap, it felt like the empties were going to be few and far between… because, honestly, how much can you use up in one month??? So when I ended up with three empties this time around, I was ecstatic! Am I the only one who gets excited when you hit pan or realize you have an empty? I think it’s exciting! (Plus it means one less product in the collection – huzzah!) Let’s take a look at the empties this go-round.


shop my stash recap may june 2017


Face Primer: CoverFX Anti-Aging Primer
This primer goes on smooth and is not at all sticky. I really like this primer! Which is a good thing because you’ll probably see this one here again in a few months… I have a full sized tube! 😮 I have used up another deluxe sized sample before this one so I knew what I was getting into so that’s okay.

Brow: ColourPop Brow Pencil in Bangin’ Brunette
I had a love-hate relationship with this brow pencil. On one hand, Bangin’ Brunette is the perfect shade for m brows so that they look natural and I really like the formulation and staying power of this pencil. On the other hand, I was not a big fan of it always breaking on me! To be fair, I have another shade of this product and that one doesn’t seem to have this issue so I’m just gonna chalk this one up to having a faulty product. Oh well. I must have liked it, though, seeing as I used it until it was done!. I would repurchase this as long as it doesn’t keep breaking.

Eye Primer:  Too Faced Shadow Insurance Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer
This isn’t empty but I’ve been using it since November so it’s time to let it go. This was a pretty great product for this price point but I think I will stick to my fave Dior product when it comes to lash primers.


The Keepers

This is the largest grouping of products. These are the ones that I like enough or love enough to keep and continue using. 🙂


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Concealer: tarte Shape Tape in Medium
Amazing coverage! But it’s also a little bit on the thicker side when it comes to consistency. That being said, I still love it! The shade Medium is a perfect match for my skin tone. This concealer provides great coverage and blends so easily. Love this.

Foundation / BB Cream: Chanel Vitalumiere Satin Smoothing Fluid Makeup SPF 15 in 30 Cendre – Shell
Probably my only super high end foundation. I like this one a lot! It is a great shade match and super easy to blend. It also feels very lightweight and pretty moisturizing. I also liek that it contains SPF too. I won’t be wasting this one… I like it too much!

Foundation / BB Cream: L’Oreal Infallable Pro-Matte Foundation in 105 Natural Beige
Not pictured here because… well, I can’t seem to find it. I know that I took it on a few camping trips in the last month and I know I have seen it around but I seem to have misplaced it. Either way, it is one of my fave drugstore foundations! It has great coverage that builds and it does what it advertises and gives me a matte finish. I’ve used more than half of this already… now if only I could find it!

Blush: Benefit Sugarbomb Shimmer Blush
I will admit, I forgot I owned this. I’m so glad I rediscovered it! It really is such a great blush! There are four colours that you can use individually or blend together with a swirl of your blush brush. I usually just swirl them all and then apply it to the apples of my cheeks. This is a keeper for sure!

Highlighter: NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator in Gleam
I love this highlighter but it sure can be messy! The tube keeps squeezing more and more highlighter out of it without me even touching it so it can get quite excessive. All I can say is that it’s a good thing that this is a great highlight shade because otherwise I would have tossed it! Not a fan of the packaging at all!

Setting Powder: CoverGirl Outlast All-Day Matte Finishing Powder in Light to Medium
Still loving this powder. It just sets everything. And it is also tinted and provides me with a bit of colour. There isn’t anything bad I can think of about this product… except maybe the mirror int he compact. It’s really small. But that can be forgiven because the product is fab.


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Eyeliner: Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper
Holy grail. Enough said. But in all honesty, I love this eyeliner to bits! I’m sure this is the third pen I’m on now. Sadly it’s getting pretty close to becoming another empty. I just love how precise this is and doesn’t drag on my lashline. It’s just so good.

Eyeliner: essence Eyeliner Pen Extra Longlasting
I’m really liking this liquid eyeliner, as well! This is a great drugstore option. The tip of this liquid eyeliner is precise and I find that it’s a long lasting formula. I will keep this one around for when my KVD one runs out!

Eye Primer:  Too Faced Shadow Insurance Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer
Another favourite of mine. This is a great eye primer in that my eyeshadow stays put ALL day long. It’s easy to apply with your finger and absorbs quickly so you don’t have to wait to apply your eyeshadow. Just a great product all around!

Mascara: Benefit Roller Lash, tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes
I’m just going to group these two together because I am going to say the same thing about both of them. I’m a huge fan of both the Roller Lash and the Lights, Camera, Flashes mascaras! They both make my lashes look longer, keeps the curl and just overall looking great. This is why I haven’t tossed them out yet after using them for months now! I’m usually not very shy to throw out a deluxe sample if it’s horrible so that’s a good thing.

Setting Spray: MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ Spray
Love this setting spray. It’s so light and smells nice. And most importantly, it keeps my makeup on my face. 😉 It’s also very refreshing to use throughout the day. Good stuff!


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Eye shadow (palette or singles): Laura Mercier Eye Art Artist’s Palette
I had an awful first impression of this palette when I first got it. I got it because I love purples so this was the perfect palette for me! But when I first used it, I didn’t find it as pigmented as I would have liked… so I set it aside and didn’t use it for awhile. Giving it another chance this past month, I don’t know what was going on back then because the pigmentation is great now! And I love the many shades of purple in that palette. I used it a lot last month and I will be using it a lot in the future, too.


The Rejects

I’m not sure if this is a good thing or not but I only have one item for this category and quite honestly, I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to include it here under The Rejects or put in in with The Empties. Anyways, here goes. Please don’t hate me!


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Eye Shadow (Palette or Singles): Urban Decay Naked 2
This was one of my very first palettes I ever purchased for myself. I loved it. Absolutely adored it. But now that it’s old, I think it’s dried up. It’s not as pigmented as it used to be when I use a brush (it’s still very pigmented if I use my fingers) and quite honestly, I have most (if not all) of these shades  (or similar shades) in other palettes that I own. I also noticed that I never reach for this palette anymore… I reach for other palettes instead. So because of those reasons, I think it’s time to part with this. Sad to say but goodbye Naked 2. You were lovely while you lasted! No, I will not be repurchasing this due to the reason stated above of my other similar nude shade palettes.


The Retired

As you may have noticed, I started having items mentioned each and every month. I don’t want to continue cluttering my recap posts by having to write about these same items over and over so I started a new classification: The Retired. These are the last of their kind in my collection. These are the products that I will continue to use month after month so the product in this category will never change. To be perfectly honest, I want all the product categories to get to this point but I know that it’s not realistic. Anyways, so far, we have two retired categories.


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Pore Reducer: Benefit POREfessional
While I have many deluxe sided samples of this product, this is the only pore reducer I have in my collection. If you have been following me for awhile now, you know this is my holy grail pore product in my makeup arsenal! I consider this as a Holy Grail product and I will continue to use this product and finish up all the samples that I have. 

Brow Gel: MAC Brow Set in Clear
Another Holy Grail product of mine… and the only brow gel that I currently own. This does a fab job keeping my brows staying put! I will finish this and either keep buying it or I will buy another product… but only one product at a time… so I won’t have to include it in my Shop My Stash endeavours. Yes, I have learned through this process and I will try my best not to hoard products anymore. 

And that, my friends, is it for my May and June Shop My Stash recap! I hope you enjoyed that.  I’m six months into Shop My Stash right now and I’m really enjoying it. I’m also finding all sorts of positive things coming out of it that it makes me want to continue doing it. 

Are you currently working on a Shop My Stash or Project Pan? How are you doing at the mid-year mark?

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Shop My Stash: May and June 2017

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Shop My Stash 2017 is just about to hit the midway mark! Six months into this endeavour and I’m still going strong! I’m making my way through my collection and finding all sorts of products that I forgot about. It’s been a great exercise of discovery! 

For those who are just joining us…

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 (none this month)
  • Concealer
  • Foundation / BB Cream
  • Blush
  • Highlighter
  • Bronzer (none this month)
  • 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 May and June 2017

Because my April basket was used up to about the second week of April, I decided to use this next basket for the rest of May and into the month of June. I don’t mind adding a little extra time cause that just allows me to use up more of these products. 

May and June’s basket is not that extensive. I am starting to realize that there are some types of products where I only have one product left and I won’t have to cycle through them anymore. A good example of this is my brow gel. I only have one now – the MAC Brow Set in Clear – so I have decided that this is going to be the last Shop My Stash it will be a part of. Also, by keeping a small basket of goodies and concentrating on certain products, the likelihood of finishing products is higher. 

So let’s get started. 🙂


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  • Pore Reducer: Benefit The POREfessional
  • Face Primer: CoverFX Anti-Aging Primer
  • Concealer: tarte Shape Tape in Medium
  • Foundation / BB Cream: Chanel Vitalumiere Satin Smoothing Fluid Makeup SPF 15 in 30 Cendre – Shell, L’Oreal Infallable Pro-Matte Foundation in 105 Natural Beige


shop my stash may june 2017 benefit cover girl nyx

shop my stash may june 2017 benefit covergirl nyx


  • Blush: Benefit Sugarbomb Shimmer Blush
  • Highlighter: NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator in Gleam
  • Setting Powder: CoverGirl Outlast All-Day Matte Finishing Powder in Light to Medium


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  • Brow: ColourPop Brow Pencil in Bangin’ Brunette
  • Brow Setting Gel (FINAL MONTH):  MAC Brow Set in Clear 
  • Eyeliner: Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper, essence Eyeliner Pen Extra Longlasting
  • Eye Primer:  Too Faced Shadow Insurance Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer


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  • Mascara Primer: Wet n Wild photofocus Lash Primer
  • Mascara: Benefit Roller Lash, tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes
  • Setting Spray: MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ Spray


shop my stash may june 2017 laura mercier urban decay

shop my stash may june 2017 urban decay

shop my stash may june 2017 laura mercier


  • Eye shadow (palette or singles): Urban Decay Naked2 Palette, Laura Mercier Eye Art Artist’s Palette


So that’s it for now. It’s a pretty good basket of products! I am wondering if a month and a half is too long and I will get antsy and use more than what’s in the basket. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, of course! But I do need to concentrate on some products so I can have more empties and start throwing more out. The goal at the end of the day is to downsize my collection. My April one didn’t really identify much that I should get rid of so I need to improve that aspect of my Shop My Stash. 

Ah well, this will always be a work in progress! I believe that as long as I continue on this route, my collection will shrink naturally. It just takes time. 🙂

Hope you had an amazing weekend 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!


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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. 🙂



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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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Unboxing: ipsy March 2016 Hello, Spring!

I cannot believe I still haven’t posted this unboxing! Quite frankly, I cannot believe it’s already mid-April. Apparently the month of March and parts of April have flown by in a blink of an eye! My April bag is already en route to me so I should probably post this right away. 🙂

ipsy’s theme for March was Hello, Spring! which is perfect! We have had a very mild winter in Alberta and right now, it certainly feels like spring! And I also have the allergies to prove it. 😉

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ipsy glam bag December 2014 Unboxing and Review

Oh my, it has been awhile since my last unboxing. Quite honestly, it has been difficult keeping up with all my subscriptions due to being out of town so much the last few months and then the holiday season took over. It may also be a sign that I’m subscribed to too many boxes. For 2015, I will attempt to keep up.

Today, let’s talk ipsy. For those of you who are not familiar with ipsy, it is a beauty bag (not a box!) that contains 5 deluxe and full sized products delivered to your door each month. These bags – known as “glam bags” – contain a mixture of beauty products like makeup, skincare and hair care plus you get a different bag to house them all in each time you get one. Each month, ipsy curates each subscribers bag from a pool of many products which means there are a number of combinations out there! I have a few friends who are subscribed and we always have different bags each month! Not one dupe yet!

Well, let’s get into it – here is my ipsy bag for December!

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