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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.

 

shop my stash recap august 2017

 

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.

 

shop my stash recap august 2017

 

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: ipsy January 2017 metropolis

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How did time fly by so quickly? It’s already February! Alright, it’s time for all my January unboxings! Let’s begin with ipsy. I’m still subscribing to ipsy so here’s to a new year of fab surprises from my glam bag subscription!

January’s glam bag theme was Metropolis. As they say, it is “everything you need to own the concrete jungle” and features a bag that represents this perfectly with greys and silvers! While this is not my fave bag I’ve seen from ipsy, it’s still nice and if you love silver, this is perfect for you! 

 

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The contents really made January’s glam bag great for me, though. Let’s take  a look at what I received!

 

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The first item I received was a sample of the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination Anti-Aging Concealer in Medium ($4.50 USD, 1.5 ml). While I do find it really thick, the regular Bye Bye Under Eye does a fantastic job with my undereye circles so I was really looking forward to trying this one out. Similar to the original, this one is thick, in consistency, as well. You don’t need to apply very much of it in order to build up great coverage…. in fact, if you put on too much, I find that it really accentuates fine lines AND it takes forever to blend so be sure to only use a little bit. I did find it to brighten my under eye area, as well so I was pretty happy with this product. And since you don’t need very much each time, this tiny tube will still last me quite awhile! Very pleased with this.

So next we have the pur~lisse Blue Lotus Seed 5-in-1 Mud Mask + Exfoliant ($11.14 USD, 15 ml). I haven’t tried this one yet. I have a couple of deluxe sized masks that are open that I’d like to finish first before I open up a new one. This one is a 10 minute facial that is said to be a “miracle multi-tasker (that) instantly brightens, detoxifies, tightens and soothes skin while providing gentle exfoliation”. Those are all pretty great things to look for in a mask and since I personally love masks, I will definitely be trying this one out sooner than later. 

This next one was the big surprise winner in my bag – the Temptu Base Smooth and Matte Primer ($8.75 USD, 7.5 ml). I honestly didn’t think that I would be as impressed as I was with this primer! I have had very limited experience with this brand so I wasn’t sure what to expect when I received this plain Jane, white squeeze tube but I tried it and I’m very happy with it! It made my skin super smooth! The consistency is very light and it sets quickly. My makeup looks great overtop this. The only downside I could see was the size of the bottle – I wish it were bigger! And to think I almost overlooked this one because of it’s simplicity.

 

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Now on to a couple of colour products. I received the Trust Fund Beauty Lip Gloss in Method to the Madness ($22.00 USD, 4 ml). This lip gloss is a nude rose shade that is so great for every day wear. This looks pretty sheer on my lips. I can definitely see myself wearing this alone or on top of a lipstick to give it a bit of a shine. It feels moisturizing on my lips and I don’t find it stick at all. Overall, I really like this gloss!

Last but not least, I received the Paradise Pearlized Blush from Manna Kadar Beauty ($19.00 USD, 3 g). This shade is so beautiful and is described as a “vivid cherry blossom pink”. Looking at the Manna Kadar site, it looks like it was a blush from their Day Dream Palette that was released as an individual blush. It must have been pretty popular then! It’s very pigmented and a bit shimmery but I’m totally okay with that! I also love that this product is paraben free and it’s from a cruelty free brand. So much to love!

 

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So this brings me to the end of my unboxing. The value of the contents in January’s bag is $65.39 USD (which would make it  $85.18 CAD based on today’s exchange rate) so this is indeed a higher value bag. I will be using everything I received so I’m very happy with it!

BUT WAIT! There’s more!

I redeemed a lot of points last month! I received three products from ipsy points:

  • Farsali Rose Gold Elixir Radiating Moisturizer ($11.67 USD, 5 ml): I have heard many great things about this moisturizer! I haven’t had a chance to try it yet, though. Ideal for daytime use for all skin types, this moisturizer contains 24k gold flakes. Super intriguing! They even have a tip on their site as to how to use this with your foundation which I will try because I have been using the tarte Maracuja Oil this way and I have been loving it! I wonder how this one compares?
  • Luxie 227 Blending Brush ($15.70 USD): I love Luxie brushes and I can never get enough blending brushes, to be honest. I had to get this one too!
  • Lisa Hoffman Matte Gold Fragrance Necklace with Tuscan Fig Fragrance Beads ($100 – $200 USD, estimated): I don’t see this particular necklace on the Lisa Hoffman website but all her fragrance necklaces are upwards of $100.00 USD up to over a grand! I don’t know where this one stacks up but I’ve seen these necklaces before and always wondered about them so I wanted to try it out. I really like the scent of the Tuscan Fig beads and this necklace is so pretty! You can wear it with pretty much everything. I’m glad I took a chance on this one!

 

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ipsy january 2017

 

For those of you who would like to give this a try and would like to know more, it 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 form January’s glam bag?

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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.