Project Pan 12 Collab, Week 3 Review

Hello, hello!

Today I’m reviewing the third of the twelve items in my Project Pan Collab with the lovely Ingrid from CurlySpringBlossom, and Stashy from Stash Matters, and Chanelle from ChanelleHayley!

Basically, the Project Pan 12 the goal is to use up (or at least make a good attempt to use up) twelve products over the course of twelve weeks, and to review one of the products each week. After the product review, I’ll give a very short comment on the remaining eleven products just to account for whether or not I’ve been successful in using each of the products.

Onto the review! 

Organic Surge Perfecting Facial Polish

I received this in my August Ipsy Glam Bag, I’d only used it once before starting the PP12, so it was nearly full. Here’s what it says on the website about the Perfecting Face Polish:

Organic Surge’s natural Perfecting Face Polish stimulates, smoothes and rehydrates all skin types. Finely ground olive stone gently removes dirt, impurities and dead cells to boost skin rejuvenation and reveal a naturally glowing complexion. Rosemary and lemon essential oils purify the skin, while chamomile and ginkgo biloba soothe and almond oil rehydrates, revealing softer, smoother skin. Enjoy a healthier, more radiant complexion after using our natural face polish. 

I like this scrub, but I don’t love it because I find that the scrubby bits  (ground olive stone) are sharp, so I have to be very careful not to over-scrub and damage my skin. The creamy cleanser part is gentle, and the rosemary lemon scent is really lovely. I probably could have finished the tube this week, but all of my skincare items were temporarily shelved as I’m currently testing new skincare.

Update on the remaining 11 products:

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1. Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Pressed Finishing Powder – Still using this one daily!

2. Essence Cosmetics Bloom Me Up Shimmer Powder in 01 Rose it Up – still using daily!

3. Brazen Cosmetics Organic Mineral Foundation in Crazed (0N) – used 1x

4. Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Mont Blanc – used 1x

5. Nyx Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator in Gleam – used 1x

6. Urban Decay Mini Palette in Urban Vices – used 3x

7. Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Mini Palette – used 2x

8. Ren Purity No. 1 Cleansing Balm – did not use, I’m testing out some new skincare, so this got temporarily shelved.

9. Sukin Rosehip Day Cream –did not use, I’m testing out some new skincare, so this got temporarily shelved.

10. Haus of Gloi Hair Oil in Cozy Sweater – used 2x

11. Atelier Cologne in Rose Anonyme – used 2x

Don’t forget to check out my fellow collaborators posts:

Ingrid from CurlySpringBlossom

Stashy from Stash Matters,

Chanelle from ChanelleHayleyyy!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!❤

Disclosure: This came in my monthly Ipsy Glam Bag subscription that I paid for.

Project Pan 12 Collab, Week 2 Review

Hello, hello!

This is week two of my twelve product / twelve week Project Pan Collab.

Today I’m reviewing the second of the twelve items in my Project Pan Collab with the lovely Ingrid from CurlySpringBlossom, and Stashy from Stash Matters, and Chanelle from ChanelleHayley!

Basically, the Project Pan 12 the goal is to use up (or at least make a good attempt to use up) twelve products over the course of twelve weeks, and to review one of the products each week. After the product review, I’ll give a very short comment on the remaining eleven products just to account for whether or not I’ve been successful in using each of the products.

Onto the review! 

Essence Cosmetics Bloom Me Up Shimmer Powder in 01 Rose It Up

I’ve had this highlighter for AGES. I’d actually forgotten that I had it. It is no longer listed on the North American Essence Cosmetics website, but I managed to find it on the EU site.

Here’s what it says on the website:

the delicately pigmented powder in light beige gives your face and neckline a touch of shimmer. and thanks to the elaborate floral design on the surface, this powder is beautiful to look at, too!

To my eyes, it is a soft silvery pink shimmer, and gives the skin a subtle highlight.

PP12 Essence Bloom Me Up Shimmer Powder

The floral embossed pattern is mostly worn off on mine at this point.

I’ve been using it daily instead of any of my other highlighters. I’m glad that I rediscovered this one!

The remaining eleven products:

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1. Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Pressed Finishing Powder – Still using this one daily.

2. Brazen Cosmetics Organic Mineral Foundation in Crazed (0N) – did not use.

3. Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Mont Blanc – used 1x

4. Nyx Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator in Gleam – used 1x

5. Urban Decay Mini Palette in Urban Vices – used 4x

6. Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Mini Palette – used 2x

7. Ren Purity No. 1 Cleansing Balm – used 1x

8. Organic Surge Facial Polish – used 4x

9. Sukin Rosehip Day Cream – only used at night so far, 4x

10. Haus of Gloi Hair Oil in Cozy Sweater – used 2x

11. Atelier Cologne in Rose Anonyme – used 4x

Don’t forget to check out my fellow collaborators posts:

Ingrid from CurlySpringBlossom

Stashy from Stash Matters,

Chanelle from ChanelleHayleyyy!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I purchased the Essence Shimmer Powder. Please see individual review posts for product disclosure of the rest of the 11 products.

Project Pan 12 Collab – Autumn 2016

Project Pan 12 Collab

Hello, hello!

Project Pan 12 Collab

I’m happy to be introducing my latest collab with Ingrid from CurlySpringBlossom and Stashy from StashMatters – we will be doing a Project Pan 12 Collab!

What is a Project Pan?

A Project Pan is when you commit to using up a series of products. Most people do them for eyeshadow palettes, but we’ve decided to try to finish up a range of products from make-up to skincare, from haircare to fragrance. We are giving ourselves the goal of finishing up twelve products over the course of twelve weeks. Every Monday we will be reviewing one of our twelve chosen product, and letting you know how we are faring in our panning.

I’ve taken a photo of each product so I will have a visual reference for measuring use, and for liquids, I’ve placed a piece of tape to mark the starting level for this project.

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Here’s my twelve products:

1. Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Pressed Finishing Powder in Naked Medium Light *this is a never ending product, I swear that I hit pan MONTHS AND MONTHS AGO and it is still going!*

2. Brazen Cosmetics Organic Mineral Foundation in Crazed (0N) *Less than half full*

3. Essence Cosmetics Bloom Me Up Shimmer Powder in 01 Rose It Up *this one is OLD, no longer available, barely any use*

4. Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Mont Blanc *slightly more than 1/2 full*

5. Nyx Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator in Gleam *deluxe sample size, only used a few times, nearly full*

6. Urban Decay Mini Palette in Urban Vices *I’ve been neglecting this one as it is all shimmer shades, I plan on using it with some of my mattes to get more use out of it*

7. Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Mini Palette *I had forgotten that I had this palette as it had fallen behind my makeup holder, so it has been neglected for awhile*

8. Ren Purity No. 1 Cleansing Balm *less than 1/4 full, I’ve had this forever, I’d love to actually finish it before it goes bad*

9. Organic Surge Facial Polish *deluxe sample size, only used once, basically full*

10. Sukin Rosehip Day Cream *Nearly full, had to stop using in the summer as it was too heavy for the humid weather*

11. Haus of Gloi Hair Oil in Cozy Sweater *approximately 3/4 full*

12. Atelier Cologne in Rose Anonyme *approximately 1/4 full*

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Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Don’t forget to check out their Project Pan 12 contributions – CurlySpringBlossom and StashMatters.

Disclosure: All things were purchased by me except for the UD Pulp Fiction Palette which I won in a giveaway last year.

August 2016 Empties

August 2016 Empties

Hello, hello!

It’s time for my monthly empties post. I’ve really been trying to finish up some of the things in my stash rather than let them go to waste.

August 2016 Empties

Haircare:

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Haus of Gloi Hair Oil in Aether (unscented) – I have another one in my stash with the Cozy Sweater scent to use up. I really love this hair oil, and mostly use it in the cooler months. Original review is here.

Co Lab Dry Shampoo in Rio scent – This one has already been replaced. I finished one of these last month as well.

Zabana Essentials Dry Shampoo in Lavender Citrus Mint – It works really well, but I find the delivery system to be too messy, so I won’t be replacing this one. Original review is here.

Alterna Caviar CC Cream – This has been in my stash forever. I finally used it up! I won’t be replacing this one as I don’t think that this brand is cruelty free.

Skincare:

August 2016 Empties

Personnelle Brand Cosmetic Pads – Great for removing eye makeup and nail polish. I usually just buy whatever ones are one sale. These have already been replaced.

Oz Naturals Amino Herbal Hydration Mask – I really loved this mask. I haven’t replaced it yet, as I have a few facial masks to use up before I buy any new ones. Original review is here.

Not Soap, Radio When life gives you too many lemons (and you’ve misplaced your happy place…) Joy Inducing Hand / Body Lotion – I received this in my July Ipsy Glam Bag, and LOVED it. I have several hand and body lotions to use up, so I won’t be replacing this one for awhile, but it is added to my wish list. The review is here.

Make-up:

August 2016 Empties

Pur Volume Vixen 4-in-1 Mascara – I got this at the Generation Beauty event in May. This mascara doesn’t work well for me, and it has been abut 3 months since I first opened it, so it is going onto the trash. I won’t be replacing this one. Original review is here.

Brazen Triple Threat Antioxidant Skin Perfecting Primer – I got this primer just before I started blogging. Despite the brownish tone of this primer, it goes on clear. I really liked this primer but have a few in my stash to use up before even thinking about purchasing another one. I’ve never actually reviewed this primer.

So there you have it, all of my empties for the month of August. Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Reminder – My giveaway closes tomorrow at noon (eastern standard time). If you haven’t entered it yet, what are you waiting for? Go here to enter!

Disclosure: All things were purchased by me with the exception of the Pur mascara which I received at the Gen Beauty Event (that I purchased the ticket for).

Best of 2015 – the Make-Up Edit

Best BB/CC Cream:

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The CC+ Cream from It Cosmetics is my summer Holy Grail item since it contains SPF 50, doesn’t make my skin irritated or greasy, and it makes my skin feel like it can breathe (review). I plan on buying this again in the spring.

Best Foundation:

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I’ve tried wearing liquid foundations over the years, and they’ve always made my skin feel like it is suffocating. The Sheer Glow Foundation from Nars is the first one that works for my sensitive skin that I’ve tried so far (review).

Best Concealer(s):

I have three that I use ALL THE TIME. And they are all from Nyx. The first one is for under-eye circles  – the Dark Circle Concealer (review), the second one is for general concealing and highlighting – the HD Concealer (review), and the third one is for any areas that need a little extra concealing power – Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer (review).

Best Lipstick:

I chose ColourPop Lippie Stix because 9 times out of 10, when I reach for a lipstick, it is one from ColourPop (reviews here and here).

Best Highlighter:

We have a tie for this one, the first being from ColourPop, and the second from Brazen Cosmetics (reviews here and here).

Best Blush:

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Without a doubt, I will have to choose Milani’s Baked Blushes as the best (reviews here, here, and  here), I love them all equally!

Best Eyebrow Pencil:

My holy grail brow pencil is from Crispy Brows, with the runner up being from Anastasia Beverly Hills (reviews here and here).

Best Palette(s):

To be honest, I don’t own very many palettes. But my most used two are mini-palettes from Urban Decay, one of which I had won in a giveaway from Hello Kaily (reviews here and here).

Best Single Shadow(s):

This is a tough one since I have so many single shadows. But I will have to say that my favourite single shadows of this year would have to be Birthday Girl, Empire and Dare from ColourPop, followed by Stereo, also from ColourPop (reviews here and here). I chose these ones for their pigmentation and staying power.

Best Mascara:

Essence Get Big Lashes

I never actually did a review, but my go-to mascara is from Essence – the Get Big Lashes in the waterproof formulation. Most mascaras irritate my sensitive eyes, and because my eyes water easily (if I laugh, if it is windy out, or if my allergies are acting up), I need mascara that will stay put and not smudge. The price is ridiculously cheap too!

There you have it, my Best of 2015 for Make-Up.

Thanks for reading and have a Happy and Beautiful New Year! ❤ ❤ ❤

Disclosure: Please see individual reviews for disclosure of each product.

 

Highlighter Love – Brazen Cosmetics

Good morning, or afternoon, or evening, depending on where you are! I just wanted to quickly share my favourite highlighter with you – the X Factor Complexion Illuminator in Pink from Brazen Cosmetics. I ordered this highlighter in January of this year, and have been using it daily since then!

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It is a very fine, loose powder, and gives my skin a soft luminosity without making me look like I’m covered in glitter, not that that is a bad thing, but sometimes you want a subtle glow and not a full-on glitterfest.

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Below is a the Complexion Illuminator swatched on my arm – both with and without flash, hopefully the lighting will show the colour accurately. I think that it is photographing more white, but in real life it is more pink toned.

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I purchased the full size version, a 20g jar with sifter for $11.99 (USD plus shipping). It is also available in a smaller size jar. It is currently not on their website as they only list products that are currently in stock.

It is made by Brazen Cosmetics, an indie brand from the United States.They are a cruelty-free company, and some of their products are vegan. Their products are available in their online store (they offer international shipping). Here’s a little blurb about the company (taken from their website):

BRAZEN: (bra`zehn)

1) Shameless and bold. 2) Marked by flagrant and insolent audacity.

Brazen is your top stop for kick ass indie cosmetics for stage and street! We love creative and trendy makeup and scents! Why blend in?! We specialize in professional formulas, intense pigmentation, and long wearing shades.

Our founder and chief formulator has over 15 years experience formulating cosmetics of all variations so you get the benefit of years of research and testing. Brazen Cosmetics were created for the daring confident girls (or guys) who demand a lot from their makeup and don’t settle.

Our products work HARD to bring you high pigmentation, long lasting wear, unique colors and makeup that actually IMPROVES your skin! One swipe and you’ll be hooked. Unleash your inner drama queen and strut your stuff in style!

Disclosure – this was purchased by me!