Project Pan: Pan Roulette 25th June 2018


I was inspired to Project Pan Roulettte after watching YT beauty vloggers. Read my post on what my categories are and how to play Pan Roulette here

I had an outdoor event the 25th of June so I went to play !

I have 50 categories in total and the numbers generated by were : 9, 16, 31, 7, 11, 23, 14, 25, 26, 35.June 25th Palette roulette EYES CU

# 9 is EYELINER. Being an outdoor event in summer I need smudge-proof. I chose my Japanese Heroine Make waterproof eyeliner pen. Japanese brush tip eyeliner pens are my favourite ! I love brush tips be it for my Tombow pens or my eyeliner pens.

Alas the Shu Uemura calligraphy pens don’t come in waterproof inks :(. Because if it did, the SHU would be my Holy Grail.

#16 is Mascara. Again I need smudge-proof so it has to be the only waterproof mascara I own the L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise waterproof.

#31 is a Brow product. I don’t like doing my brows so the brow product I used was the ELF Brow Wax to hold my brows in place.

Ughhhhh I am not going to re-purchase this. This pulls my eyebrows out even with the gentlest swipe and the hold is rubbish.

I like the ELF clear brow mascara way better. Just remember to wipe the wand clean before ‘double dipping because the clear gel so gets gross with foundation colour or brow colour after several uses.

#7 is a Highlighter/Illuminator. I chose my Becca Champagne Pop liquid highlighter. Good thing I have a sample size because honestly I am not impressed by it and will not re-purchase. This particular product also appears under the category “hyped by YouTube”. Overrated rubbish, IMHO.

I much prefer to use my Viseart Paris Nudes shadows as a highlighter or my Hour Glass Ambient lighting powder or even my ELF Blushed Gems baked highlighter. (read post here)

#11 is a Lip Balm. I have 2 coloured lip balms, one is a sheer red and the other is a mauve. I wore the Mentholatum Lip Baby crayon (mauve/pink).

#23 is categorized as ‘something you love’. One of the things I love is my Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencil in Dark Pearl. I usually line my lower lashes with this because it’s most flattering. At my age I do not like dark liners on the lower lashes. It just drags the face down and looks too dated and too harsh.

#14 is a concealer. I chose the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind in Golden instead of the WnW Medium Tawny. 

Golden is not brightening rather it is a match for my face. I just buffed it around my face so it meshed seamlessly with the rest of my face.  That way I didn’t have to bother with foundation.

#25 is the category ‘something from NYX’. I used the matte brown shades from the NYX Beauty School Dropout palette.

#26 is under the category of ‘something old’. I have a few oldies in my stash but I picked an old cream blush since I did not get a blush in my random numbers. It is the Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Calypso Coral.

and the 10th product/item is # 35, ‘an expensive product’. Amongst the few items I have under this category I chose my Viseart Paris Nudes palette. I used two shimmers from this palette to my movable lid. A pinky one and the more bronze one.

full face June 25th Final
The only way blush of any type will show up on my camera is if I do clown cheeks. I do have blush on I promise.





Project Pan: Pan Roulette 2018

Pan Roulette. Idea courtesy to YouTubers like Elle S, Alexandria Sjosten, Heather Warren and Rebecca Morgan.

‘Playing’ this takes away the dreary bit of project panning. I have taken categories off Elle S blog (check her out) but have only stuck to makeup items that suit my panning needs at the moment. I really need to use up my makeup.

Note: Skincare and Toiletries I research/curate before buying. I don’t buy multiples and empty before buying the next one.

Categories:Total number of categories I chose are 50. Items can belong to one or more categories which makes it real fun to pan when random categories come up.

At first glance it seems some categories seem redundant and the items against them, appearing multiple times looks like cheating. ‘ Why does YSL glossy lip appear as ‘a favourite’, as ‘something with a wand’ and ‘something I would recommend’, but honest to the Gods of Makeup it does work out !

It is a clever arrangement of categories. These beauty vloggers are geniuses ! My categories, items and my comments, in italics, beside some of them are as follows; Scroll down for some pictures.

Categories- Something Overrated and a Cheap product might surprise you 🙂

1 Drugstore Product: CoverGirl, Wet and Wild, Maybelline, Loreal, Jordana, NYX.
2 High-end Product: Hourglass, Viseart, BobbiBrown, Christian Louboutin Armani, Shu Uemura.
3 Free Choice: any product you want
4 Foundation: MAC face and body. The only one I own, yaaay!!!
5 Single Eyeshadow: Bobbi Brown Heather, ABH Love Letter
6 Face Primer: Smashbox Original primer. I am meh about this. I dont like the feel of silicone.
7 Highlighter/Illuminator: Becca Champ. Pop liquid (mini), ELF Blush Gems, Hourglass Ambient Lighting edit.
8 Blush: Bobbi Brown Shimmer in Pink Sugar, NYX
9 Eyeliner: Shu Uemura, Heroine Make, Maybelline pencil, Jordana pencil, Charlotte Tilbury EyeCrayon
10 Lipstick: MAC, Loreal Pure Red, Armani, Maybelline, Bite Beauty, Pixi, Christina Louboutin
11 Lip Balm: Mentholatum (Japanese) Sheer & Mauve
12 Lipgloss: YSL Glossy Stain. I am not a lip gloss girl. YSL would be my ONLY re-purchase
13 Something You Love: Charlotte Tilbury, YSL, MAC, Viseart, Benefit
14 Concealer: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind, Wet n Wild photo focus
15 Nude Lipstick: Pixi Matte Last, Maybelline, Bite Beauty
16 Mascara: Loreal, Benefit.
17 A Cream Product:  Wet n Wild Highlighter, Bobbi Brown blush
18 Pink Lipstick:  Bite Beauty, Pixi Matte Last
19 Lip Liner: Jordana, Encoleur (EU product)
20 Something in your fave shade: UD Naked 3, ABH Soft Glam, YSL purple gloss, Maybelline Mauve lipstick, Bobbi Brown coral creme blush
21 Face Powder: Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier, Hourglass Ambient
22 Red Lipstick:  MAC Salon Rogue, L’Oreal Pure Red mattes
23 Something you used to love: I need to think about this one
24 Something from Urban Decay:  Naked 3, Anti Aging eye primer and the Grinder sharpener LOVE IT (ha.ha)
25 Something from NYX: Setting spray, glitter glue, Beauty School Dropout Freshman palette.
26 Something Old:  Maybelline lipsticks, Mac F&B, Bobbi Brown blushes, Shu Uemura Calligraphy eyeliner pen,
27 Something New:  ABH Soft Glam, Smashbox Smoky, Naked3
28 A product you would recommend: YSL glossy stain, Viseart eyeshadow, MAC matte listicks, MAC Fix+
29 Something you already hit pan on:  Bobbi Brown setting powder
30 Bronzer:  MAC ‘Bronze’. My Hoola broke 😦
31 A Brow Product:  New Born (Japanese) W Brow Ex, ELF Lock on Liner & Brow
32 A product you regret buying:  NYX Beauty School dropout palette (brown girl eyelid issue), MAC bronzer (invisble on my skintone), Pixi Liquid Lip (milky-rose on my pigmented lips)
33 A Loose Powder item: ELF undereye setting, Laura Mercier Translucent
34 An item that was a gift:  Bite Beauty (birthday freebie from Sephora), Heroine Make eyeliner pen (from Hong Kong), Bobbi Brown Creme Blush (friend’s de-clutter)
35 An expensive product: Christian Louboutin lipstick, Viseart Paris Nudes, Hourglass Ambient Edit
36 A cheap product: Wet n Wild Concealer (.49 cents on sale!!!!)
37 A Black Eyeliner:  Maybelline pencil, Shu Uemura Calligraphy and Heroine Make eyeliner pen.
38 Something Overrated: Definitely ABH eyeshadow formulas. Soft Glam is the palette I own. Doesn’t last on my lids.
39 Something Underrated: Smashbox  Covershot eyeshadows
40 Beautiful Packaging: Christian Louboutin lipstick
41 Something I Overlook: Wet n Wild Brow highlighter, Becca Liquid highlighter.
42 A Vampy Lipstick:  L’Oreal Pure Red , MAC Salon Rouge
43 Something Matte: NYX eyeshadows, MAC, L’Oreal and Maybelline matte lipsticks
44 Something Sheer: Armani lipstick, Mentholatum Red sheer lip balm
45 Holy Grail Product:  MAC Prep and Prime Fix+
46 Something purchased because of YT: Becca Cham.Pop highlighter, KVD whiteout concealer, UD Anti-Aging eye primer, Naked 3, Pixi Everlast Matte liquid lipstick.
47 A Product with a wand/applicator: KVD whiteout concealer, UD Anti-Aging eye primer, Pixi Everlast Matte liquid lipstick, YSL Glossy stain, Wet n Wild Concealer,
48 A Liquid eyeliner:  Heroine Make, Shu Uemura Calligraphy
49 An Eye primer or base: KVD Whiteout, UD Anti Aging, NYX Glitter Glue
50 Something from ELF: Brow wax (ugh pulls my brow hairs out), Liner & Brow Wax (love the perfect cool tone brown to line my eyes but having some issues with smudging),  Undereye setting powder, Peach corrector (a bit drying for me. Keep your under eye well hydrated), Blushed Gems.


Lip Products:Lipsticks

Drugstore Eyeshadow Palettes:

You must be wondering what those WnW Color Icon palettes are ?? I swapped shades around to make my own ‘travel’ mini.

High-end Eyeshadow Palettes:20180628_091448

So this is what I do, or rather this is how it is done. Set your parameters in the random number generator. For me it is  1 & 50. Then hit ‘generate’.

I chose to generate it 10 times. I don’t have the science of why 10 times but soon realised it gives a good amount for a full face.

All 10 random numbers that appear will form part of your make for that day, time, moment !

Try it ! It is fun.

Please comment if you have started Project Panning and Like if you enjoyed this post.



Eyeshadow; Smashbox Cover Shot Smoky

I love this little thing! This is my only Smashbox eyeshadow palette and I am definitely impressed.

I don’t know why they don’t get enough love amongst the YouTube beauty channels. But once in a while someone does a de-clutter and they reference these dinky little things and say good things about them.SmashBox Insta

These shadows are described as low shimmers (and high shimmers) but I would describe them as shiny satins, if that is even a thing. Not a glitter speck in sight.

They are buttery to the touch and it is only the green shade that has some fall out. However it is a habit with me to tap my brush. I do it no matter what.

There is no kick back and I rarely use my finger to get the payoff I want. I just use my synthetic Shu Uemura 10 for the 4 satin/shimmer shades. Pat, pat, pat.EyeBrushes

As an NC42 Indian skintone, the Cream matte is really fantastic on my lids. Brings on a brightness without looking ashy.

And I love love love the neutral Brown matte shade in this palette. “I love you so much neutral brown (kiss) (kiss)”. In all my brown mattes this is the only one that adds a natural looking contour and looks like I have spent ages blending and creating a contour, when I have not.

Basically a lot of brown/caramel transition and crease shades that are added in palettes don’t add any dimension on my lid.  I often have to dip into the deepest brown to get that dimension…and oh you know those deep browns. They are dangerous, hard to blend and often patchy. Scary!

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Green. Bronze and top right , Silver. The cream matte was used across the lid up-to the brow bone.

While the shimmers are low-shimmers (shiny satins :)) for me this is definitely not a sombre* work-day palette.

It IS a smoky palette so I am making a redundant statement here but then again I always try to see where, and how, I can get away with just 1 palette.

I have worked in media all my life, where, generally speaking, the makeup can be bolder than say a bank*, hospital* or school*. The only shade I would use is the Bronze for my work day. It’s close to my skin-tone and yet adds a little pizzaz. I used the green on my a lower lash in the above image.

At a business cocktail I would use the silver and the grey matte or the black matte to line my eyes.

Aah yes the matte Black has sparkles which…….umm I don’t know why brands do this…

On lighter skin-tones I think the cream, the brown and the matte grey could add a natural  ‘work day’ dimension but on my dark eyelids it is like ‘mm why bother’.

psst Truth be told I am not an all matte gal. I must must must pair my mattes with a satin or a shimmer on my lids.

As a novice I am very happy with the mild intensity of the matte grey and black. They are not crazy dark, blend beautifully and add the right amount of depth for my outer v.

I am literally scared of deep, dark blacks, greys and browns. I can not work with them, but these, I love.

Now for the silver. I don’t like silver shimmers. They are either frosty or ashy on me and because of that not an age appropriate look on me. This one is not. It is a very flattering silver. I am impressed.

For me this is not a travel palette either. Not only for the reason I mentioned in the ‘work-day’ bit but because I would get bored of the dark shades. On holiday I like a choice of warm, bright and smoky shimmers (and satins) for those fun night outs.

The shade eggplant is ….err… eggplant. Worn all over my lid you can see the colour really well but alas my smart-phone camera is picking it up as brown. So I did not include it in this blog.

Also IRL because my lids have a purple under-tone the contrast with this shade is not really there. You can see it, but not….baaam.

On my skin-tone the green is dark but ‘opens’ up my lids but the eggplant closes it. So I will always use it outer third, never on my entire lid.

The swatches above are without a primer. Also I have not a done wear test.

FYI my ABH Soft Glam palette has VERY  poor wear on me, whatever the primer, set or not set. In-fact same with my UD Naked 3.

I think my oily, hooded lids are no match for any brand. (surprisingly my Wet and Wild Colour Icon shades do really really REALLY well. Probably cheaper, dryer formulas work? I don’t know)

So would I buy more Smashbox Cover Shot palettes ? Yes. And I love the fact they are dinky. Perfect size.

I am S.O. over huge pans or large palettes. Dust collectors and anxiety providers because they will outlive me, especially in project pans.





Drunk Elephant C Tango Multivitamin Eye cream

Vitamin C is a must in my skincare regimen and the Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum and their C Tango Multivitamin Eye cream are fast becoming staples on my vanity. I want to raise a glass….a post to the C Tango Multivitamin Eye cream today.

Now I am an eye cream junkie and always on the hunt for the best cocktail of ingredients. Packaging plays a big part too because I subscribe to the Paula Begoun school of thought of ‘ jars are bad’ 🙂 so pumps or tubes only.

Hydration and strengthening the skin around the eye is key for me. I am not looking for magic formulas for bags, lines and dark circles.

My bags and lines I will set aside for the surgeon’s knife 🙂 and dark circles? Jeez there a 101 factors that affect dark circles and while a basic goodnight’s sleep eludes me I will hire correctors and concealers to work for me!


Now I worry about about waxing eloquent about skincare products because it takes time to show results. Also many factors affect the efficacy of a product. How I am applying it, when I am applying, how often and the other products I am using in conjunction with it. Not to mention health, hormones and skin type. Anyway here goes;

 I watched Tiffany Masterson’s interview on Caroline Hirons’ channel and it got me interested in C Tango Multivitamin Eye cream.

The vitamin C is a plus for me ofcourse, but I also like the hefty list of ‘frees’ especially silicones because I really, really, really, really do not like the feel of silicone on my skin.

I really enjoy this cream. It has a thick consistency and I use half a pump (a fat rice grain size) for each eye. I tap it in first and then lightly massage my eyes around the orbital bone.

I have had no reactions to this formula, however I DO know some beauty vloggers did get an adverse reaction to this so please do check them out.  Puffin’s Wife & Just Buy The Makeup are the two I remember. Andrea Mattilano ? I can’t remember whether she had a reaction or not, but she reviewed it too.

Before trying the Drunk Elephant eye cream I would have probably re-purchased a previous staple of mine, the Kate Sommerville Line Release eye cream (read post here), or the Estee Lauder one that I tried and loved (read review here). But I like price and the ingredients in the Drunk Elephant C Tango so the others so that is here to stay.eye creams.001

The C Tango Multivitamin Eye cream ingredient list, more details available at

– power 5c vitamin complex: a complex of five forms of vitamin c work together to brighten uneven tone and firm.

– 8 peptide blend: eight peptides with the power to rebuild, strengthen and improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

– cucumber: antioxidant-rich, non-sensitizing plant extract.

– superoxide dismutase: an essential enzyme naturally present in skin, superoxide dismutase is one of the most powerful neutralizers of aging free radicals.

– hesperidin methyl chalcone: a potent flavonoid that helps reduce the appearance of aging under the eyes.

– ubiquinone: supplies coenzyme q10, a vital antioxidant that decreases with age, and has been shown to reduce the depth of fine lines and wrinkles.

– vitamin e: a powerful and absorbable vitamin that boosts skin’s environmental defenses and helps preserve its natural lipid balance


(I love Vitamin C – Read post on Derma E vitamin C serum here and Skinceuticals CE Ferrulic here  )

Viseart Eyeshadow Palette: Paris Nudes

Me: NC40-41 Indian skintone. Hooded eyes with very little eyelid ‘real estate’.

The Viseart Paris Nudes eyeshadow palette is a recent purchase and I love it.  L.O.V.E it.

Now I don’t usually go for such muted shades but what attracted me to this palette was the fact it reminded me of river rocks. river rocks

I love rocks. Their colours, their shapes and the tranquility they exude. River rocks, seen under the water’s surface are especially mesmerising.

I also bought this palette because it is an all satin and shimmer palette. I like shimmers for my hooded eyes to give a ‘lift and light’ to my eye. However I am wary of most formulas because I don’t like how they emphasise my crepey lids.

Viseart’s formulas are one of the best (read post here) and their satin and shimmer formulas are forgiving on my lines and creases.


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Middle Row

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Most eyeshadows palette give me anxiety but this one calms me.  I don’t need to think. I choose a shade, one swipe and I am out the door. (Ok I lied about that 1 swipe but I will explain below.)

Also I don’t need to buy a matte palette to pair this with. I have many transition mattes but I was thrilled to discover that the mattes in my Viseart Petit Pro 1 pair really well with this palette. Pair like with like. (happy dance)

OK now before you run out and buy this palette …and chase me with pitchforks later, let me manage expectations.

The shimmers are muted. Think river rocks glistening with water instead of disco balls.

If I could make a broad generalisation for the sake of an explanation, I would recommend this palette to matured ladies who are afraid of shimmers. If you are a young-un looking for fun, I would say ‘No’ and hand you the Too Faced Chocolate Gold palette instead.:)

I would recommend this palette to people to wear on a work day.

The shades are best applied with a flat eyeshadow brush like my Shu Uemura No 10EyeBrushes

I don’t do one swipe. I sweep the flat brush across the pan and then pat and swipe across my lid. I will typically do this twice.  If I want a bit more I might dab with my finger. As with a lot of shimmers, fingers are best.

I have not wet my brush to check the effect and probably wont. If I want that kind of vavavoom I will use my SmashBox Smoky palette instead, this is not the palette for that.smashbox smoky (1)

The shadows have almost no fall out, and while some shades might be a wee bit more dusty, that are minimally so.

I wore this with my Urban Decay Anti aging primer and went for sweaty 2 hour hike. About mid 60s. Came home and checked the eyes, perfect.

Some blogs say that these are not pigmented. Not true. The skin around my eyes is dark and for reference the shades in the Naked 3 (rose) palette have difficulty showing up on my skin, but not these.

Now some shades do look similar on my eyelids.

Viseart Paris Nudes

Top Row, shade 3 and Second Row, shade 6 look similar. 3  is more yellow while 6 translates more champagne on my lids.

Second Row shade 8 and Bottom Row shade 10 are similar but shade 10 is more green.

(I dont have the names anywhere on my palette or on the cover. See Temptalia’s review for shade names and description.)

In terms of colour payoff I would say the Top Row is the most subtle and I think it’s down to my skintone. Top Row shade 1 is more frosty on my eyes than pink but when worn as a blush it is a beautiful baby pink that gives off a wet sheen. I love it!  Shade 2 also behaves similarly on my eyelids, but I think it would work wonderfully as a highlighter.

I did use shade 4 on my brow bone. It looks fine. Slight satin sheen but nothing that would appear to ‘bulge’ the skin.

Usually when I spend $80 on something I suffer buyer’s regret soon after, but this one I am thrilled with.

I do have my cross hairs on the Viseart Dark Mattes palette. Probably nudge hubby to buy it for me as a Christmas present 🙂