Empties August 2017

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It has been such a long time since I made an empties post. Sadly I don’t have much to show but I am not worried as any progress on my collection is good!

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Products I would Repurchase:
I have finally finished my Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz and I am a little sad! If I am in need of another brow pencil I would not think twice about getting this. The Neutrogena Deep Clean Facial Cleanser is something I have used multiple times and go back to it when I am not sure what I want.

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Would not Repurchase:
I was not in love with either of the Essence Mascaras, I found they did not last on my lashes. Lovestruck is a great perfume, its just not a scent that I like to wear anymore. Plus I have so many other perfumes to work through.

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Would Repurchase if I had the $$$$:
I have loved Estee Lauder skin care for a long time and it pains me to be without these two products. My skin changes so much when I stop using them so I cannot wait for the next gift with purchase where I can hopefully get more samples. I enjoyed using the Dior Capture Totale but unless I had some gift cards I can not justify this moisturiser.

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18 Before 2018 – Update 1

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The first month of this project pan is done and dusted! I am excited to see what progress I have made. Just as I was taking the photos for this post, I realised there were some products I have hardly touched, so during March I am going to make a bigger effort to use those products!

Lip Balms

I used up only 1 lip balm this month and I am still super happy about it, as it is still the start of down-sizing my collection. Something that bothered me though is I swear I found another 3-5 floating around. So hopefully I can really start to dent this collection.Wearing lip balm at work has really been helping, so hopefully I can add more used lip balms to the collection next month.

Finished: Maybelline Baby Lips – Watermelon

Foundations

I have almost finished up my NARS All Day Luminous foundation and I am so happy about that! By the end of next month I will easily have that finished and will be well onto my way on the next one. I am moving onto the Australis Stay Put Foundation to use for work.

Hand Cream

Another category that I used up a product in! I think the one I was using though had expired as it was not as nice as I remember it being when I first started using it. But either way it is finished! I am finding that I am quickly working out which hand creams I like, and which ones just don’t work for me.

Finished: Soap and Glory Hand Food

Mascara

I finished a mascara and straight up threw one out because I hated it. I finally tried the Rimmel London mascara that had argon oil in it and just HATED IT. I don’t have much trouble with mascaras, but this transfered on me, and it was not even a hot day. I have moved on to other mascaras and I find that I am really missing my Tarte Lights Camera Lashes mascara, so I might have to make a Tarte order to have it back in my life.

Finished: Tarte Lights Camera Lashes, Rimmel London

Jeffree Star Cosmetics – Redrum

I used this once this month, so there isn’t really much for me to comment on. Sorry!

Sample Lip Products

I have been wearing these, but so far have not really made a dent in them. It is a little hard when I am working most of the time, or just staying home. But if I am just out doing errands I will generally reach for one of these. I need to pick one to focus on and see how I go, but hopefully they will start to be finished up.

Femme Fatale Cosmetics – Secret Shiney and Fire Opal (samples)

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I can’t really tell how much progress I have made with Fire Opal, but that is ok, but I don’t really think I used it much through Feb. Secret Shiney on the other hand is starting to look loved and that makes me so happy! I have used this a lot more then I thought I would and even included it in some future looks, which I think is what has helped the most in using up this product. Either way, it is so nice to be able to see how much of a pigment I have used!

Rimmel London Blush – Pink Rose

I honestly can’t really tell how much I have used, it sort of looks like that pattern is finally starting to go away. So I will take that as a win! I use this everyday I work and that has been the biggest help. I still love this blush and have no problems wearing it all the time!

Urban Decay Naked Palette

Now I remember mentioning in my original post, but I will again, saying that the picture on the left was older then what I had originally started with, but I don’t mind as it still shows just how much I have used. I am so proud of the progress I have made on this palette and continuing to do. I have now switched up what shadows I use for work so hopefully there is more evidence of use in the next update.

Models Prefer NUDE Palette

I’m gonna be honest. I have not used this palette, looked at this palette, or even thought of this palette. Again though, as I mentioned in my original post, I wont really be using this palette until I have worked through my Urban Decay Palette a bit more.

Lipsticks, Lip Liner and Eyeliner

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Rimmel London Red Fever

Honestly have not worn this. I think if I have not touched this by next month I am going to de-clutter it. I have had it for so long and I am clearly just not reaching for it.

M.A.C Mystical Lipstick LE

I am surprised to see progress on this as I do not remember wearing it! Either way, it is nice to see some progress on it. Hopefully I can continue working on it throughout March!

M.A.C. Girl About Town Lipstick

I clearly haven’t worn this lately, but I still love this shade. Sadly, I am not as drawn to pink lipstick as I once was.

Estee Lauder Tea Rose Lipstick

I will be honest, I did wear this in Feb, but not nearly enough to make this much progress, I was out shopping and this wound up while still in the case and so smooshed itself into the lid. I have since cleaned it up, but I suppose this is more my starting point now.

Max Factor Rose Lipliner

I honestly thought I had made less progress than this! I am so excited to see that progress! I am finding that this is actually a really good lip liner. It does not take a lot of product to cover my lips and I am more then happy to wear this by itself.

Rimmel London Nude Eyeliner

The one product I am probably the least surprised to see progress on. I have been making such an effort to work through this and I am glad to see how much that is paying off! Hopefully I can make even more progress next month!

Kat Von D Ink Liner – Trooper

I did use this in Feb for a makeup look, I don’t know how I feel about the felt tip as it did feel like it was drying up on me. But that could have been because of how much shadow I was trying to layer this over. Even then, I am still not a fan of this liner but I want to get my moneys worth!

With that, it brings us to the end of my first update! I am so proud that I have actually made a dent in a few of these items. It gives me real hope that I will be able to work through these products and get rid of a lot by the end of the year!

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18 before 2018

Hey Everyone,

I mostly failed my 17 before 2017 and that was because I set the challenge to be too hard. While I didn’t hit pan or even come close to finishing some of those products I did finish others. But starting this challenge inspired me to continue and I have learnt from my mistakes. So this time I have given myself a whole year to finish products! Because of that, some of the products I list will be more general, because I am always trying to actually work through the products I have and find my holy grail!

Lip Balms

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A continuing theme from for other project pan is to work on my lip balm collection. I am constantly trying to figure out how many I have and I am just going to settle on 18+ which is simply too many! The aim is to wittle that number down to around 5 or so. I have figured out which brands I am loving at the moment so I only want them floating around. Thankfully I use lip balm a lot at work so lets hope I can make a good dent in this collection!

Foundation

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As you can see I have a few, well, to me this is a few and it makes me a little unsettled to see all of these sitting on top of my vanity. So I have made it my mission to use up most of these! At the moment I only really want to keep the Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation and re-purchase the Kat Von D Lock It Foundation. But that opinion might change throughout the year. For work I am wearing the NARS All Day Luminous foundation because I was sucked in with the YouTube hype and actually really dislike this foundation.

Hand Cream

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Ah, hand cream, one of the many products that I keep buying thinking I will actually get into the habit of using it. Well, this year has to be the year, because the last thing I want is to see all those products going off in my cupboard. Hopefully this hand cream, along with many others, will be used up by the end of the year!

Mascara

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I keep telling myself, no more mascara, you already have enough and I think this is the proof that I need that I do indeed have to many just sitting about. All of these are just my unopened mascaras. So clearly I am set for the year. Hopefully most of these will go throughout the year, whether because I loved them or simply hated them, we will find out!

Jeffree Star Cosmetics – Redrum

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Ah, my beautiful Redrum from Jeffree Star, there is nothing wrong with this lipstick, I just feel that I should start working on this as it’s from the original release. I have also missed wearing red! Hopefully wearing Redrum will get my back into the swing of wearing a red. I am also interested to see how long this will actually take to use up, I haven’t worn it many times, that I remember, so I am looking forward to seeing when exactly I finish it.

Sample Lip Glosses

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I did not realise how many sample lip glosses I had! As with the general theme, I want to use them up. I have never used up a lipgloss before so I am interested to see how this goes! Also interesting to note that they are nearly all the same colour haha!

Sample Eyeshadows – Femme Fatale Cosmetics – Fire Opal & Secret Shiney

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One of the true challenges for this project pan. I want to work through some pigments. I know there isn’t much in these samples, but they are also not colours that I wear everyday. I hope to be able to work through these, and maybe move onto other shadows throughout the year. I love my Femme Fatale pigments and so I am interested to see what looks I can create with these shadows.

Rimmel London Blush in Pink Rose.

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Probably an impossible feat, but I am going to try! I only want to hit pan on this product, if I get any hints of silver I will be immensely proud of myself. Once I had decided to start this project pan, I took this out and put it on top of my vanity, so I have been using it for a week already. Fingers crossed I can hit pan, these blushes are pigmented and beautiful!

Urban Decay Naked Palette

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Still at it with this bad boy, I have nothing against this palette, I will probably repurchase it because I enjoy the shadows so much. I just want to work through more of it. The image above is older, as I have also hit pan on the shade Naked, due to using it as a transition shade for work. By the end of the year I want to have used more of the darker shadows in the palette. If not, I don’t really know what I will do with the palette, but I am sure I will think of something!

Models Prefer NUDE Palette

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To not limit myself to mostly one palette throughout the year, I have also decided to add in this palette. It has received no love even though I have heard only good things about it! My main goal with this palette is to actually get some good use out of it. I already know which shades will get the most love, which is exciting in its own right!

Lipsticks, Lip Liner and Eyeliner

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I unashamedly took the idea to track these products in my Bullet Journal from Pastel Sparkles (her project pan linked). I love this idea and I feel it is a lot easier to track and also more encouraging when you can actually mark and see how much you have used! I also like how the products have marked my page, they brings some colour to the layout! I am most excited about finishing Girl About Town by MAC, simply because it would be the first lipstick I ever finished, and it is also the first MAC lipstick I ever bought.

Kat Von D Ink Liner – Trooper

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This poor sod makes a return. A product that I did not intend to pick up but for the life of me I am determined to use. I HATE using this on my eye, I don’t know how I used to love felt tip liners, but oh well. I mostly plan to use this for makeup looks that I want to do. It will be interesting to see how this lasts! But I think if by the end of the year it still isn’t finished. I will probably just declutter it, as I simply don’t love it as much as my other liners.

Finally, that is my 18 before 2018. I feel confident with most of these products, and because I have given myself just under year to complete this challenge, I know I will be able to work through most of them. If by the end of the year, I have only finished 10 products, that is more then OK! Because it is 10 products that are no longer floating around in my collection.

In regards to keeping myself accountable and you updated on my progress, I will most likely only post once a month, otherwise you will get sick of hearing about my project! But make sure to keep an eye out on my Instagram as I am sure that I will get excited and post some progress shots there.

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17 Project Pan Before 2017

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As mentioned in this post, I am making a real effort to use my current products, but I want to try and focus on a few products to really monitor my progress. I need to motivate myself to work through what I have and it is always nice to see progress. I have also been really enjoying Pastel Sparkles Project Pan posts, so that is also a motivator to do this. Also strolling through the internet, I saw someone had made a post with a similar title, so why not!

I really want try and have a bit variety, that way I can really work through everything and not feel stuck on one type of product. Also if I use up a product I will replace it with another that is similar, so if I use up a face powder, I’ll put another one in! At the end I will make a total tally which should be exciting.

After going through my collection I have come to the conclusion that I will really be focusing on lip and ‘base’ products, because I am in no way going to put myself through the pain of trying to use up an eyeshadow or blush (I have learnt from you Sarah). This doesn’t bother me though, as there are some items in my collection that really do need to be used up, and now I’m aware of them! So onwards to my 17 items.

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NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation
I have had this in my collection for a long time and I just don’t love it like I love some of my other foundations. I find that this is just SO watery and I hate that, recently though while collecting my Beauty Loop box, the assistant told me of a different way of applying it, so I shall see how I go! I know at the moment the bottle doesn’t show how much is left, but there is about 2/3 left to go.

Estee Lauder Perfume – Beautiful
I have had this for a while, and I find that it just doesn’t last on me. That doesn’t change how much I love this scent though, I just feel like it is finally time that I finish it and get it out of my collection. There really isn’t much left so fingers crossed I can finish it! I am just going to say now that I am not suddenly going to start wearing this everyday, how I smell is SO important to me for many different reasons. So I will use this but not everyday!

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Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Powder Makeup – 1N1 ECRU 12
Another product that I have just had for ages, in this photo you can sort of see a dip in the product. I have been using this more recently anyway as I have run out of my loose powders, so I am glad that I am already used to the idea of using this. I don’t think this will be hard to use up, but I will be glad when I am finally finished.

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MAC Viva Glam Lipstick – Miley Cyrus (Amplified)
I bought this when it came out and I just haven’t used it! I miss wearing such bold colours, and seeing as we are coming into Spring I should have a lot of chances to wear this. This is almost brand new, and I could probably sell it, but I want to try and work through it. Lets see how I go!

MAC Lipstick –  Girl About Town (Amplified) 
One of the first MAC lipsticks I ever bought and I really do love it, its just it’s getting old and I should really finish it and get a new one! I am pretty sure I have 6 items for back-to-mac but adding more wont hurt! I will be getting another one of this shade once I’m finished I’m sure of it.

Estee Lauder Pure Colour Lipstick – Rose Tea (Creme)
This is another lipstick that is pretty much brand new, but it is a nice Spring nude so I am sure I will get a lot of love out of this, I tend to favour my Jeffree Star Lippies or my MAC ones, so I really want to use this! One thing that always annoys me though is how strong of a smell these have. It’s not a bad smell, just really strong, thankfully it doesn’t last on the lips.

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Buxom Lip Gloss – Zoe
I have used this once since I bought this, so I need to use it up. I will not lie, I bought it because it has my name on it.

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Urban Decay Primer Potion – Original
This is obviously not in its original packaging. I got the bigger size because I thought why not, not realising that it had an applicator that I really don’t like. I have had this for a while and simply want to use it up. I did not realise how much was left in this! I think this is going to take longer then I first thought to finish, because of how much is there. Don’t forget to cut open the packaging guys!

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Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Sample Lipstick – Make Your Move
I don’t remember when I got this, I think it was in a previous Beauty Loop box, I have nothing against this lipstick, I just want to use it up! It is so small, I shouldn’t have any problems finishing this. I won’t lie, this is mildly in here just so I can at least 100% pat myself on the back for finishing SOMETHING.

NARS Satin Lip Pencil – Rikugien
My sister got this when we went to Sephora in America and signed up for the loyalty system. She isn’t a fan on nude shades so I was lucky enough to get it! I really don’t give my lip pencils much love and so I want to try and do that, so I thought starting with a sample would be a good idea.

Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy Lipstick – 340 Envious
I bought this around the time these lipsticks were getting lots of hype. I paid $15AUD just for this little guy! Crazy! But I got it because I wanted to try a sample before committing to the full size which was around $55 at the time. This is a beautiful red lipstick so I am sure I will have no problems using it up. I just wanted to give myself a bit more colour choice throughout this project.

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Max Factor Lip Liner – 16 Rose
I don’t know how long I have had this, but it is still good to use and a beautiful colour! I simply don’t give enough love to my lip liners and so I want to change that. I am hoping I will get lots of use out of this and will get into the habit of using lip liners.

Face of Australia Lip Definer – Sugar Rose
Well I’m kind of glad I hadn’t used too much of this else I would have no idea what the shade name was! I have used this recently and found I loved pairing this with one of my other lip glosses so that is a win. Another easy shade to wear, I might even repurchase this and other shades if I like the formula.

Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohn Kajel – 005 Nude
Pretty sure I bought this at one of Priceline’s famous cosmetics sales. I wanted to use it for work and daily life instead of black all the time. I sort of fell off that and so I want to get back into it! I figured this shouldn’t be too hard to use and will let me know if I want to get this again or try a different brand.

Kat Von D Ink Liner – Trooper
A sad story behind  this liner. I never meant to pick it up, I was meant to get the Tattoo Liner, so I want to try and love this for what it is! You might be wondering why it is in this photo, well, its going to be my ‘control’ against the other pencils. Thankfully this wont shrink and so I will be able to see my progress.

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Urban Decay Naked Palette
This is the one product I do not aim to COMPLETELY finish up, I want to try and hit pan on this as much as possible! I am even thinking of doing a ‘Naked November’ series where every makeup look I create in November I have to use this palette. That will both help me use it up and challenge myself to be more creative. I have already hit pan on a couple of shades and close to some others. While the darker shades I have barely touched which is something I want to change. Might have picked a bad time seeing as we are coming into warmer weather, but I will make it work!

Last but not least, Lip Balms
I am going to be broad on this, I will focus on mostly one at a time, but I SERIOUSLY need to cull down my lip balm collection, I have at least 5 hidden away that haven’t even been open and I feel a bit ridiculous because of that. I don’t know at this point how many I want to get down to, as I generally have a few floating around, but having 10+ lip balms is just too much! So I will show which one I am working in my next post and we shall see how we go.

That’s it! My 17 Project Pan before 2017. I am really looking forward to this, finishing up products is always a great experience because it means you actually used the product to the end. I am sure there are some products that I am just going to get frustrated over but oh well! When I do I will decide what to do from there.

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Green Shift Makeup Look!

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I have been loving a darker look recently, and I am feel so inspired by winter! I am super happy with how my eyes turned out in this look, but not sure how I feel about my lips, I wanted to do something different but improvised.

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My idea behind this look was that I wanted green eyes with a red crease. The hardest part of this was actually trying to get the red crease, as I wanted it to be matte. I found that the shadows that I thought would work for me didn’t, they weren’t red enough, so I had to lightly layer over a red shimmer. It worked out in the end, but I ended up using a lot more shadows in the crease than I wanted.

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The main shadows of this look are Spectral Fragments by Femme Fatal Cosmetics and Lumi by Sugar Pill Cosmetics. I have a deep love for my Femme Fatal shades, because they are unique and so easy to work with. Lumi is a shadow that simply works with everything and I love it to death.

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A quick close up of the eyeshadow look! below is a list of all the products used:

Eyes:

Base: Urban Decay Primer Potion

Crease Colours: Tarte In Bloom – Charmer, Jetsetter, Tarte Tease Palette – BFF, Femme Fatal Cosmetics – Flare

Lid Colour: Femme Fatal Cosmetics – Spectral Fragments

Inner Corner: Sugar Pill Cosmetics – Lumi Pigment

Lower Lash line: Lumi in inner corner, Spectral Fragments blended to outer corner.

Liners: Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper (lip liner), Estee Lauder Double Wear liner (water line)

Mascara: Tarte – Lights, Camera, Lashes (top lashes), Maybelline New York – Lash Sensational (lower lashes)

False Lashes: Ebay Lashes

Brows: Benefit Gimme Brow in Light/Medium, Australis – Extender Clear Brow Gel/ Mascara

Face:

Base: Loreal Infallible Matte Primer (Review)

Foundation: Kat Von D Lock-it shade 44

Powder: Nars Light Reflecting Loose Setting powder, Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Setting Powder (T-zone)

Contour: Nars Laguna Bronzer

Blush: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Mood Exposure

Highlighter: BECCA Shimmer Skin Perfecter Moonstone

Setting Spray: Skindinavia Setting Spray

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Lips:

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Unicorn Blood (swatch post)

Sugar Pill Lumi layer over top. (A different shade was also used, but looking back that shadow is not lip safe so I will not be listing it here.)

I found that while Spectral Fragments is a beautiful duo chrome colour, it does bruise on my eyes. So if you have an eye shape/ design (?) similar to mine please be aware of that! The green shift lasted really well on the part of my lid that did not fold away, the areas that did got bruised and so only had the dark undertone left.

I originally was going to pair JS Weirdo with this look, but I didn’t have it with me, so I thought I would try Unicorn Blood. This is my first experience trying to layer shadows like this over lipstick, I feel it turned out pretty well though!

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Estee Lauder – Advanced Night Repair

This a product that I have been using for years but don’t really talk about because of the price. The Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair is something that I use every day, morning and night, as a part of my skin care routine.

About three years ago, Mum took me into Myer, to Estee Lauder and literally asked them to fix my face, my skin was dry, super red cheeks and just not having a good time. When we went Estee Lauder was having a gift with purchase (spend $70 and you get a bag full of goodies) which is what we did! I got many other things that I also still use today.

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One thing I will say is that in my 3 years of using this product, I have only ever bought the full size once! And the only reason I bought it, is because one of the Myers near where I live was having little gift bags, where they put 3-4 full-size products in a bag, and then 4-5 sample sizes products in there as well to increase the value. In this bag came the full size of this, which I was glad for as it meant that I could refill my deluxe sample size containers.

For many years I have only been using the deluxe sample sizes that came with my gift with purchases. I never ran out for 2.5 years! This shows that you don’t have to purchase the full product to still be able to use it! Now I won’t lie, I do have an advantage in that my Mum also uses a lot of Estee Lauder products, the Youth Dew perfume is her scent so when she is close to running out, she waits and gives me the bag only taking what she wants. So I have my own bags and hers, but even then, last year I decided to give one of my friends a whole heap of samples because I simply wasn’t using them.

Now that I have the full size, I can say that I am not a huge fan of the packaging, I feel like I would use too much of it at once as it is a syringe(?) type applicator, where you put it in the pot and squeeze the cap and it sucks up the product. Sorry, seriously can’t remember the proper word for it! Either way, with this form of packaging I knew I would be using too much on my skin. To stop this, I just transfer the product to the sample size! This makes me feel like I have more control over how much I use which I’m thankful for.

In the image above, the product on the right is the deluxe sample size, and this would honestly last me maybe 3-4 months of daily use. I try not to use too much because I always want this to last so I wouldn’t run out. Now that I have a couple backups and the full size I am a little less restricted, that being said though, I still concentrate this on my nose (I have a crease in my nose from the way I sleep) and a wrinkle near my mouth (I bite my cheeks, nervous habit… Mum was right! It did give me wrinkles!) otherwise I will just gently massage this all over my face.

On the Estee Lauder website it suggests using several drops, depending on how big your face is, you might, but I only use a couple and a pea sized amount on my finger. This is because I do have oily skin and I don’t want to put too many things on my skin under my foundation. At night though I might be a little more heavy handed as I will only be going to bed.

The big question, do I think this product is worth $95AUD for the 30mL or $140AUD for the 50mL… I don’t know, and I only say this because I have survived so long WITHOUT having to actually pay for the product. But if they did pull the product out of their gift bags (touch wood) I think I would probably cry, but then go out and buy it. But I would also go out and try and find something a bit cheaper, and only use this on my two wrinkles. Because this product DOES help reduce them, I have seen a change in my skin when I stop using this, or when I start to bite my cheeks a lot and the wrinkle deepens, this product does help even things out.

So overall, if you want to try this, wait until a gift with purchase, I normally get a new foundation and concealer and this bumps me over the $70. Otherwise, ask for samples, a while ago I got handed heaps, and I gave them to my friends. They have since told me they deposited them into a small container and using them that way!

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Sephora and Mecca Maxima!!

Well how are you all going? I am back from my little break and full of energy again! When I got to Sydney after being out at sea for 9 days I was more than ready to do a bit of shopping. And being near Sephora and Mecca Maxima only meant that my poor wallet would be feeling a LOT lighter afterwards.

I went to Sephora first, mainly because I wanted to check out what the store looked like compaired to the America. I am honestly dissapointed with what the store looks like. I was just expecting more really. I don’t know what else to say. The store itself wasn’t bad in the least.. just yea, I was expecting more haha! The store is over two levels with all the makeup on the lower level and skin care upstairs. I did find it a little weird and annoying that the cash registers were upstairs. Meaning you HAD to climb up if you wanted to buy something. I can understand that there isn’t much floor space downstairs but still. They did have the goodies by the cash registers though so I was really happy about that! There were some products that I wanted to pick up but were sold out (which didn’t suprise me) or my sister got the last one (lucky her haha). Overall I went in twice, once with just my sister and the second time to show Mum to give her context when I talk about stores and what not. The first time we went it wasn’t too busy and a nice experience, we could wonder around and not worry about bumping into other people too much. The second time though was not so fun, the store was flooded with people! I had thought that it might have cooled down being open for so many months, but nope! Still crazy as ever haha, that time we didn’t look around too much and just got what we wanted and left.

I asked about the rewards program and was upset but interested to hear that they wont be implimenting that until the end of the year, when the website is meant to launch. So that is something! I really hope that the rewards are actually worth it, else I will honestly just keep buying everything from Mecca, as I love the customer serive and the people that work there, and of course, the prices.

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This is an overvew of all of the products that I got from Sephora! Like I said, my wallet was feeling a lot lighter after this but it was tottaly worth it. Plus I knew I was going to be spending a fair amount here and so had saved some money in advance! I knew I was going to get mre Kat Von D and Anastasia products… Didn’t really expect it to be pretty much the only brands I got though! Oh well, I got some repurchases and of course a lot of new products that I am excited to try!

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This is something that I picked up right near the start. I have heard a lot about the Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipsticks and so I went over to them and swatched some. Not gonna lie, I was looking for a shade created in colab with an Instergramer that I really like. But they didn’t have it, so I moved onto a shade that I thought would be good from Spring/ Summer seeing as we are moving into these seasons! I decided on Sexer because it is a beautiful pink that you can do many different things with. Even though I am mainly a red lipstick person, I do love wearing a good pink, and I have no doubt that this is going to get a lot of use in the next few months! I also love the fact that Kat Von D’s logo is imprinted on the lipstick. It looks so beautiful and I am gonna be sad when I get down to it and start messing it up. But at least I have these great photos to look back on!

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Next up are these Metal Crush eye shadows, again by Kat Von D. I don’t know how new these are to the market, but in Sephora they had their own little area on the other side of the store from the main display. My sister and I lightly touched these and knew that a few shades would be coming home with us. The pan on these are large and I find that I really like this because it means I could use these products with larger brushes for more crazy looks (if I ever get the courage to do something like that) and so forth. The first shade I picked up was Synergy which is the pan on the right. Thunderstruck, the white shade, I picked up on my next visit because the day before my sister had gotten the last one! Thankfully they had heaps the next day so I scooped one up before they vanished again. These are SO buttery and I can’t wait to use them. I have been collecting more and more white/ lighter shadows because I love layering them over dark shadows to create a sheen. I am so excited to use these!!

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Now for a repurchase product! The Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper. I have bought this three times now! Although one time doesn’t really count as that was the Limmeted Edition version she released. My current Trooper hasn’t run out, but that doesn’t mean it cant run out soonish. So while I had the chance I picked it up. I love this liner so much and use it almost everyday. I can’t recommend this liner enough, its so easy to use and lasts all day! A new product is the Ink Liner in Neruda. I have never tried a white liner like this before so I am super excited. When I swatched this on the back of my hand, I pictured a dark look with stark white liner over top. I don’t know if I will ever be able to create that but we will wait and see. Both of these are so easy to use and I love them. Thankfully these weren’t much more expensive than they were in America! (But we have all seen the posts about how unconsistant the price differences have been).

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Next up is Anastasia Beverly Hills products. I decided that I wanted to try something new and move away from my AnastasiaBH Brow Wiz (review) also because my sister told me that the colour wasn’t really matching me anymore. Now that we are coming into the sunnier seasons, my hair lightens and so I agreed and went to get a lighter shade. Sadly taupe is the lightest shade of the brow wiz, but no matter! The Dipbrow Pomade has a lighter shade! Blonde is the shade that I picked up and it is a bit lighter which I am thankful for, my hair is bleached, yes, but this shade matches my natural hair colour a lot better! Now I just need a brush… Didn’t really think that one through! So if you have a hard won favourite please let me know! The second product I picked up is the Clear Brow Gel, thankfully I have used this before and know what I am getting into. I got this because I do also use the Benefit Gimme Brow but I thought the combination of the Pomade and Gimme brow might be a bit strong for me. So I figured that the Pomade and Brow gel should work well together! The first time I tried the Brow Gel was actually through a subscription service, which I no longer use, it was a lucky dip sort of thing as to who actually got a sample, and I was on of the lucky ducks that got one! So now after probably a year, I’m finally buying the full product haha!

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These were the two products that I picked up while on my way to the cash register. They were a bit expensive, but I wanted to try the lipstick (which cost $15, size reference picture below and the moisturizer was $20) The lipstick is Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy in Envious. I use red lipstick all the time, and had been interested in this formula for a long time, so I thought this was a great chance to try this out. I do think it is expensive for what it is, but again I wanted to try it and thought why not. Plus if I don’t like it, I only wasted $15, not the $55 I think they are. I LOVE the packaging of this, mainly because its just so tiny and cute! The Day Wear moisturizer is what I use in the morning to start my day. I have been using this for years and honestly haven’t really tried anything else. My skin has never gotten mad at me because of this so I have stuck to it! The reason I got a small one is because I love using these for travel, and I am doing that a lot more lately, so they are handy. This size jar will last me about a month with daily use, night and day, so yea! Really handy for travel and that is why I picked one up!

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This is a reference of the size of the Estee Lauder lipstick, as I said it is TINY! But I love it so much, this is next to my dip brow. Again, this is why I’m a bit annoyed that the lipstick is $15 but oh well! If I love the lipstick I got a great product without having to try at full price!

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My last purchase from Sephora was the Beauty Blender, I have used one of these in the past and ended up giving it to my sister. But I felt that I hadn’t really given it a proper go, so while I had the chance I picked this up again to try. I don’t really know how this will go but I really do want to love it as much as every one else does.

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While in Myer about to get my brows done (and my lip it ended up being) the lady told me about the Limmited Edition They’re Real Mascara with Swarovski Crystals. I heard murmers of this and am now starting to get more and more info about it flood my emails and social media. I decided to get it because I am sadly not loving my current mascara as much and know that I do enjoy using the They’re Real Mascara. This packaing is slightly differnet to normal (besides the obvious) the packaging is matte black all over while the handle is still glossy and covered in stones.

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Here is a close up of the cap. The stones aren’t too far rasied which I am thankful for, otherwise I think it would make the brush uncomfortable to hold and use. I am so excited to use this again, and once finished, put it on display, maybe next to my Kat Von D LE Trooper liner. 🙂

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Now onto Mecca Maxima, which we had a little trouble finding as they are between stores at the moment, BUT we got there and of course had more fun shopping! Again there were two trips made, but the first trip was easily the most expensive. (Looking back at my photos and memory… I bought the Makeup Forever spray at Sephora… Sorry!!) I had a ball here and felt a bit at home because I know Mecca pretty well, as it’s one of my favourite stores in Adelaide! The ladies were so lovely and helpful! It was such a lovely experience shopping there!

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First off is a new bronzer, I haven’t bought a new bronzer in a very long time and so thought a mix up might be in order! I picked up the Too Faced Sun Bunny Bronzer on my sisters recommondation. She has the little book of bronzers and said that this would be something I would like if I wanted a shimmery bronzer. I have used this once so far and loved it! It blended out beautifully and didn’t look crazy on my face! I think I will probably be picking up more of these in the future haha!

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My second ever Soap and Glory Product. This is the famuos Hand Food hand cream and I was excctied to see it in a little basket so that I could give it a try! Another great thing was that this only cost $5 so I actually went back and got a few more haha opps! This is a great product and I can understnad why a lot of people like the brand. I don’t need a lot of this to completely cover my hands and wrists. I love the smell of this and am so glad that I got it. I think I will always have one in my collection somewhere from now on haha!

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Next up is something that I have wanted to try for a very long time but didn’t want to pay all that money for a mud mask. So when I saw this in a smaller jar and for not as much money ($25) I picked one up before I could change my mind. I am really looking forward to trying this and also really hoping that I don’t use it up too quickly. I really want this to last at least around 4 uses so I can hopefully make up my mind about whetether this is really worth all the hype. Again this was a product that I wanted to try without spending crazy amounts of money.

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Now for the product I got a bit confused with in where I actually bought it from. I did get this from Sephora in the isle near the cash register. I have again heard many things abut this and thought that I would give it a go. I also figured this would be good to take while traveling because it is a lot smaller than say the fix+ that I have which is the full size. I haven’t tried many Makeup Forever poducts so I am interested to see how this will go!

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Lastly is the Urban Decay De-Slick Setting Spray. I have been using the same sized bottle of the All-nighter and found that I really do enjoy this product. Mainly because of the spritzer and how the product sits on my skin. I wanted to try this version because I do have oily skin and struggle with it a little. I am probably not going to use this until I run out of the all-nighter, just because I don’t really like having lots of products on the go at once. Well these types of things anyway.

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To round everything out is the samples that I got from both Myer and Sephora. I haven’t really looked at these but I am interested to see how they go. I was glad to see some samples though, its always fun to try products for free~!

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