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January Empties – Products I Have Used Up and Throwaways – 2018

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It has been a long time since my last empties post! I had a huge backlog of empty products that I just got rid of back in November… it got to be too much to document! It was overwhelming! So I’m starting over. Here are my empties from December 2017 and January. 🙂 There are quite a few of them so it’s been a good two months! 

Included in this post are empties and throwaways. Empties are the ones I have used up whereas throwaways are just products that I really didn’t like or were expired.

 

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Makeup Empties

Product: Smashbox Photo Finish More Than Primer Blemish Control (deluxe size, 7 ml)
Rating (out of 5): 4
Repurchase?: Yes
Thoughts: This was surprisingly a very good primer. I did notice a reduction in my hormonal breakouts while I was using it but I wasn’t using it long enough to determine if it’s because of the salicylic acid in this product or something else. At the end of the day, it did a good job keeping my makeup in place so I would repurchase this… except, I don’t know if this was discontinued because it’s no longer on the Smashbox or Sephora sites.

Product: Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer (deluxe, 7 ml)
Rating (out of 5): 4
Repurchase?: Yes
Thoughts: I remember years and years ago when this was the very first face primer I have ever used. By using this sample, I remember just how much I like it. It feels light on my skin and keeps my makeup set in place. I really don’t have complaints about this product. It’s an oldie but a goodie! 🙂

Product: Wet n Wild proline Felt Tip Eyeliner (full size, 0.5 g)
Rating (out of 5): 2
Repurchase?: No
Thoughts: Not the best liquid eyeliner I have used… the pen dried up rather quickly. It was easy to apply my eyeliner until it started to dry up. It was okay and the price was really good but I’m not sure I would buy this again. I think I will stick to my tried and true Kat Von D liquid eyeliner.

Makeup Throw Aways

Product: Too Faced Sketch Marker in Black (full size, 0.45 g)
Rating (out of 5): 3
Repurchase?: Maybe
Thoughts: This is pretty old and I haven’t used it in a long time. If I am going to be honest, I don’t remember if it was good and it’s too old for me to use now to make that determination.

Product: theBalm Mr. Write (Now) in Jac (full size, 0.28 g)
Rating (out of 5): 2
Repurchase?: No
Thoughts: This eyeliner is all dried up. I haven’t used it in a long time and I don’t think I liked it that much. This one was a pass for me.

Product: trestique Mini Brow Pencil in Espresso (deluxe size, 0.13 g)
Rating (out of 5): 2
Repurchase?: No
Thoughts: I just received this from ipsy a couple of months ago and was disappointed when I finally used it. It felt dry and was hard to apply. I wasn’t a fan so it’s time to let this one go.

 

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Lip Balm Empties

I seem to use lip balm a lot. Like A LOT. Enough that I have a ton of empties!

Product: Softlips Luxe in Silky Shea and Creamy Coconut (full size, 3.7g)
Rating (out of 5): 5
Repurchase?: Yes
Thoughts: I received both of these lip balms from Chickadvisor last year and I loved them both! They are so so good. They really keep my lips hydrated and they smell so good.

Product: Softlips Cube in Fresh Mint (full size, 6.5 g)
Rating (out of 5): 5
Repurchase?: Yes
Thoughts: Also from Chickadvisor, this was the first Softlips lip balm I finished from the four that I received. I am a big mint lip balm fan and this one had a sweet side that I really liked! 

Product: Lasting Smiles Organic Lip Balm in Peppermint Creme (full size, 4.25 g)
Rating (out of 5): 5
Repurchase?: Yes
Thoughts: I received this in a swap and fell in love with it! Sadly, I have no idea where to get another one! (If anyone knows, please let me know! Preferably in Canada.) It’s not too minty as the cream really balances it out. I was so sad when I ran out! I would love to get another one of these again.

Lip Balm Throwaways

Product: Softlips Cube in Berry Bliss (full size, 6.5 g)
Rating (out of 5): 3
Repurchase?: No
Thoughts: The fourth from my Chickadvisor. I’m giving it a 3 because I love the formulation but I am no longer a berry lip balm girl so I wasn’t a big fan of the scent and flavour… which is funny to me because I used to love berry lip balms when I was a kid! Tastes really do change as you get older!

 

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Skincare Empties

Product: Amie Radiant Dawn Exfoliating Daily Wash (full size, 150 ml)
Rating (out of 5): 5
Repurchase?: Yes
Thoughts: I received this from Amie to review a long time ago and it’s lasted me quite awhile! I kept it in the shower and used it whenever I felt like exfoliating. Plus it smelled great for the mornings. Loved this so much! I would definitely repurchase this again next time I’m looking for a daily exfoliator. You can read my review on this product  here. 🙂

Product: Shiseido Ibuki Gentle Cleanser (deluxe size, 30 ml)
Rating (out of 5): 3
Repurchase?: Maybe
Thoughts: This was a nice cleanser and it was definitely gentle. But nothing really stood out for me. It was a pretty average face cleanser.

 

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Product: Skin Laundry Restoring Night Serum (full size, 30 ml)
Rating (out of 5): 5
Repurchase?: Yes
Thoughts: I got this from a FabFitFun box last year and I love it! It’s a great serum to use in your night time routine. Loved the smell and it made my skin feel great. I would definitely get this one again!

Product: Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream (deluxe size, 3 ml)
Rating (out of 5): 4
Repurchase?: Yes
Thoughts: This was okay. I didn’t really notice a huge difference with my undereye when I started using it other than it did depuff it a bit in the morning. It seemed temporary, though. Still, I didn’t mind this eye cream. I’d use it again.

Product: pur~lisse Blue Lotuse 4-in-1 Eye Adore Serum (deluxe size, 7 ml)
Rating (out of 5): 4
Repurchase?: Yes
Thoughts: Same as the Clinique Pep-Start above, this eye serum was okay but not amazing. I would still use it again… which I will have to anyways since I still have a couple of these kicking around! I won’t get rid of them, though…. I will use them.

Product: Ole Henriksen Truth Facial Water (full size, 118 ml)
Rating (out of 5): 5
Repurchase?: Yes
Thoughts: This is the second bottle I’ve used up. I love it that much! It did disappear for a time so I was glad to see it back on the store shelves eventually. This is a really nice toner. I like to put it on a cotton pad and apply it to my face in the mornings. I find it super refreshing and hydrating. I’d use it again!

 

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Body Care Empties

Product: Le Petit Marseillais Extra Gentle Shower Creme in Orange Blossom (full size, 400 m4)
Rating (out of 5): 5
Repurchase?: Yes
Thoughts: I received this from Chickadvisor Premium last year and found that it’s a pretty good cleanser! I wasn’t quite sure about the scent at first but it grew on me. It was a nice fresh scent first thing in the morning! I’m definitely open to getting this again but maybe in a different scent.

Product: Jergens Moisturizer for Wet Skin in Coconut (deluxe size, 60 ml)
Rating (out of 5): 5
Repurchase?: Yes
Thoughts: This lotion is so great! You use it right after you shower but before you dry your skin. The coconut scent is not too strong but smells great! And my skin definitely feels moisturized after using this. Loved it so much! I already have this full sized in the green tea scent (that’s what I tried first and loved) but I would like to get the coconut one next time.

Body Care Throwaways

Product: The Body Shop Coconut Body Butter (full size, 200 ml)
Rating (out of 5): 5
Repurchase?: Yes
Thoughts: This is a great body butter! The only reason I’m throwing it away now is that it’s older and it doesn’t quite smell right anymore. I would get this again, though!

 

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Hair Care Empties

A couple of empties and I finally got through some foils, too!

Product: tresemme Moisture Rich Shampoo and Conditioner (deluxe size, 85 ml)
Rating (out of 5): 3
Repurchase?: Maybe
Thoughts: I bought these for my trip to Dallas and Las Vegas back in November. It’s not bad but it’s also not super impressive either. It’s good as a quick travel size buy but I’m not sure if I’d use it as my regular shampoo and conditioner.

Product: Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser Shampoo and Conditioner  (foil sample, 10 ml)
Rating (out of 5): 5
Repurchase?: Yes
Thoughts: I really like this shampoo and conditioner… I had a full sized version of these two at some point in time! I love the smell and it made my hair so soft. I’d get this in full size again one day.

Product: Garnier Fructis Grow Strong Shampoo and Conditioner (foil sample, 10 ml)
Rating (out of 5): 5
Repurchase?: Yes
Thoughts: I dunno. I am just a big fan of these Garnier Fructis hair care products! I liked this one, as well!

Product: Garnier Whole Blends Moroccan Argan and Cammelia Oil Shampoo and Conditioner (foil sample,  10 ml)
Rating (out of 5): 3
Repurchase?: Maybe
Thoughts: I wasn’t sure if I really liked this one and the foil samples weren’t enough for me to make that decision so I’m just gonna give this one a middle of the road review for now.

 

That’s All Folks!

For January (and December) anyways. I still have some empties in the box where I keep this glorified garbage so check back early next month for my February empties! <3

How did you do with empties in January? 🙂

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Shop My Stash: October 2017 … and an Update!

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Howdy everyone! Yes, I do realize that it’s the middle of October already and I still haven’t posted this month’s Shop My Stash and September’s recap. All with good reason, of course. Which will all be explained below…

First off, October was actually a tough one for me to put a basket together for. This was mostly because I have so much on the go in terms of open products that I actually really like and use on the daily. Hence why I’m not in a huge rush with September’s recap as I’m still using the majority of it right now! I think this is a good thing. It only means that I’m finding things that I love and that my collection is being used and is in essence shrinking… which was the goal I had set myself when I started my Shop My Stash series in the first place! 

I’m going to tell you right now – don’t expect October’s basket to be chock full of products. In fact, I only have six items in it. I will explain as we go along…

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… and an Update!

If you have been following along, you are aware that every month, I take one or two products of a certain type (be it eyeshadow, primer or mascara) and put them in a basket. As we are into Month #10, I found a need to modify this a little bit. First off, in addition to the product categories that are still on the go, I am breaking down the list of product types into the following categories, as well: 

  • Success! – This category consists of the products where I no longer have many different products for. Because of that, I no longer need to use up products on a rotation schedule. There is only one or a couple left in these categories.
  • Working On It! But On Hold For Now… – There were some categories where I still have to work on my stash but there are currently a number of products that I like and are open and in use. In order to give myself a chance to use the open items, I have put a freeze on these categories until it’s time to use something new. I will start these up again in the near future once I finish up some of my products that are on the go.

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 October 2017

Here’s the skinny. The skinny basket, that is. There are only six products in this month’s basket. And I want it to be clear… I have been using all of these since October 1st!

 

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  • Face primer: Wet n’ Wild PhotoFocus Face Primer
  • Foundation / BB Cream: Wet n’ Wild PhotoFocus Foundation in Cream Beige, Maybelline Super Stay Better Skin Powder in Natural Beige
  • Setting Spray: Wet n’ Wild PhotoFocus Setting Spray

 

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top row: blushes in the shades rose spritz, amaretto and pamplemousse
bottom row: highlighters in champagne pop and prosecco pop

  • Blush and Highlighter: BECCA Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette featuring three blushes and two highlighters

 

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left to right: silk sheets, spoiled sexy, bold bling, haute couture, patent leather, wild nights

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left to right: satin seduction, gold status, mink magnet, big spender, made of jade, dusk ’til dawn

  • Eye shadow (palette or singles): Buxom Custom 6-Pan Eyeshadow Bar Palettes (that I got for, I believe $20 each when Sephora had them on sale online)

It’s quite the mix of Wet n’ Wild this month! And even though I am just posting this now, I have been using these since October 1st. 🙂

Success!

Well, now that I’ve gone through what’s in my basket, I thought I would write a quick summary of the product categories which I have been successful in finally getting under control! I still have two months left in the Shop My Stash 2017 series and I was planning on doing a HUGE recap in January but things are already so different from how things were in January that I thought I’d do a quick update now.

These categories of products are pretty much under control now. If something new comes into my collection, I can easily decide what to do with it because I know what’s in my collection. I can decide to try it and keep it or just sell or give it away if I don’t need it. This is great progress!

As of the end of September 2017, seven out of the 17 categories have been a success! It’s a great feeling! 🙂 Here they are:

  1. Color Corrector – I didn’t have many of these in the first place so this one was a quick win!
  2. Concealer I have finished going through what I have in my stash and there haven’t been any new concealers introduced to it or purchased. I’m only using the ones that I love right now. 🙂 
  3. Setting Powder – Similar to concealers, I’m only using what I love now. 
  4. Pore Reducer – I am down to one: Benefit’s The POREfessional
  5. Eye Primer – I only have a handlful of the ones that I love left in my collection and I plan on using them all!
  6. Brow Setting Gel – I’m also down to one with this one! In fact, I just finished my MAC Setting Gel and have moved on to the Pixi Beauty Brow Tamer
  7. Mascara Primer – Again, I’m down to one with this one. I finished my tarte Opening Act deluxe sample and I’m using my deluxe sample of Dior’s Diorshow Maximizer primer which has always been my favourite of all time in this category.

Working On It! But On Hold For Now…

There were some categories where I know I still have some work to do to trim down my stash but I have a number of open products that I like and really want to use. In order to give myself a chance to use these items, I have essentially put the following categories on hold. I will start these up again when I’m ready. 

  • Eyeliner
  • Brow
  • Mascara
  • Bronzer – This is an odd one – the only reason this one is “on hold” is because my skin is still a couple of shades darker from the summer. I still have no need for  bronzer right now.

And that’s it for October! Apologies again for getting this up late. I really was trying to figure things out for awhile there. But I did figure it out and I know what I’m doing with this initiative again.

Hope you’re still enjoying this series! Let me know about your thoughts and suggestions in the comments below. 🙂

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Shop My Stash Recap: May and June 2017

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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.

 

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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. 🙂

 

shop my stash may june 2017 benefit tarte chanel coverfx l'oreal

 

  • 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

 

shop my stash may june 2017 colourpop mac kat von d essence too faced

 

  • 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

 

shop my stash may june 2017 mac tarte benefit wet n wild

 

  • 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! 

ipsy august 2016

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Shop My Stash Recap: April 2017

shop my stash april 2017

 

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. 🙂

 

shop my stash april 2017

 

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! 🙂

ipsy august 2016