Anti-Haul: Emily Noel Wants Palette

The Makeup Revolution x Emily Edit The Wants eyeshadow palette is a snapshot of Emily’s life. It’s a storybook where each shade tells a tale.

Usually I don’t bother with shade names because, umm, I can ‘see’ the shades cant I ? But it is the authenticity that makes me love these names. 20180916_155302

However this palette is a Anti Haul for me.  Calm down, it’s only temporary.

Currently I am on a No Buy and also on a Project Pan (zzzz). All I want to do right now is to pare down my makeup collection. A small manageable collection that doesn’t cause me anxiety every time I see it sitting on my vanity.

I love Emily Noel and she is the only, O.N.L.Y. Beau-tuber I have ever wanted to support with my money.  Ok maybe Makeup Struggles too 🙂 because she is a hoot and her palette designs are simply, genius!

I have never tried Makeup Revolution products and have watched good and bad-ish reviews but I don’t care. I want to support Emily.

But I am not buying it. The biggest reason for my Anti Haul is simply because at this point in time I have most of the shades or shades similar to it in my teeny tiny eyeshadow collectionAnti Haul emily wants.002

ABH Soft Glam, Smashbox Smoky, Naked 3, Viseart Petit Pro 1, Viseart Paris Nudes and BH Cosmetics Take me Back to Brazil.

Now I could ignore what is in my stash and just support Emily but my anxiety of clutter and waste would get the better of me.

I would happily swap 4 of my palettes for this one ! The Naked 3, the Viseart Petit Pro 1, the Smashbox AND the Soft Glam for this Wants palette. But it is what it is and pan I must hit.

Hit Pan Must I

I am hoping that in 6 months or honestly, in 12 months, when some of these start to hit pan The Wants palette is still available !!

If not, I will be very sad.

It will be the one that got away 😦



Project Pan: September Konmari Declutter

I started my project pan March 2018 (post here) and had an update in July (post).

Project Pan is constantly a  ‘teaching moment’. On how I view my makeup, the  impact of impulse purchase and letting go.

This month is about letting go. Letting go through the method of ‘Spark Joy’ (Marie Kondo of KonMari)

Sadly there are a few items from my project pan that I am letting go, into the bin. They are just not sparking joy.  Unfortunately they are too old, or damaged or too manky to be donated.

What I am fully committed to doing is to not REPLACE the product with yet another purchase of the same.  This means is a binned bronzer will not be replaced with another bronzer.BB and MAC.001No Joy: Bobbi Brown Shimmer powder blush ; Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge creme blush:

Both blushes are more than 5 years old.

For years and years I rarely used the shimmer powder blush.  It is just too pigmented, even with a light tap, and I had to spend ages buffing it or wiping it off. Not useful when one is rushing to take the train to work.

Same problem now. Too much trouble to use add to that the fact it’s lost it’s sheen.

As for the creme blush, when I got it as a gift I was ecstatic. I like the formula, I like creme blushes and I like the colour of this creme blush.

So what’s the problem ? At the cost of sounding like a pompous a#se it is literally not sparking any joy!!

While corals and peaches are what I love, in reality they don’t do anything for my face.  It doesn’t ‘wake up’ my face nor does it make it pop ‘youthfully’.

Maybe because I, literally, go red after a spin a class,  shades of dusky red or terracota are most flattering to my natural undertone rather than peach-coral shades.

No Joy: MAC Bronzer

This is around 6 years old. This was my first bronzer/contour. The MAC sales assistant suggested it to me and I bought it.  I can’t tell what it does for me but I know what it doesn’t do for me.

Shortly after that, I bought Benefit’s Hoola and Oh My. I used Hoola all the time. It really gave my face dimension. ‘Mirror I am gawgus….thanks!’

Anyway this MAC bronzer sat on my vanity and guilted me so I decided to attack the bronzer as part of my project pan.

It’s now been 6 months and it  continues to have no effect on me. Yes it deposits colour (same as my skintone) and has micro-glitter….but what of it ???

No shaping, no dimension, no interest. What’s the point ? This bronzer just sucks the joy out of project panning !

No Joy: Maybelline Lasting Drama Waterproof Gel Pencil

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Ignore the Shu Uemura (HG) calligraphy pen. This is a re-used image from a previous post of mine.

Since July this pencil hasn’t reduced even a wee bit though I HAVE worn this.

Initially the reason for buying this was because I wanted a black eyeliner for my bottom lash line. This liner stays ON but it also smudges, like C.R.A.Z.Y.  This is really scary when I try and wear it out, you know like outside my front door in front of real people with eyes!

Also the black is pitch black which is just too harsh on my bottom lashes ….that pesky age thing I guess !  So sadly…bye bye Maybelline pencil.

Items that are going well with my project pan are; Bobbi Brown Finishing Powder, Charlotte Tilbury eyeshadow pencil (wear it on my lower lashline), the 2 Maybelline lippies and the ELF undereye high def setting powder.Untitled.001

I wont be repurchasing any of the above. For the powders I have the Laura Mercier translucent setting powder (mini) and for the lippies and the eyeshadow stick I have other stuff in my stash to pan next.

These products are annoyingly close to the end but being a stay-at-home wife ( temporarily…..praying that changes soon!!!) I don’t have anywhere to go to everyday that requires makeup.

If I had a job like any other normal person these would be long over!

That’s the other thing that makes project pan so hard for me. 😦 There is a limit to being over-made up for the grocery store. Sigh.








Eyeshadow Palette: BH Cosmetics Take Me Back to Brazil

This palette reminds me of a flamboyant bouquet of Bird of Paradise blooms. It is inspiring and I love it!

They are made in the PRC, leaping bunny certified with a shelf life of 12 months, which I will obviously ignore.

They appear to me to be alternating rows of mattes with satins and/or soft shimmers. They feel beautiful to the touch; soft and smooth.

All the shades are listed as pigments and we know it is a pigment that can give us the kind of colour payoff that basically punches you in the face.

And as with most pigment palettes sold in the United States this packaging also states Not intended for use around immediate eye area.  Haha very funny FDA !

This is an US FDA thing. The same eyeshadow palette can be sold in the EU or Australia without a disclaimer or ‘warning’. And Lord knows the EU and Australia have the mossst stringent laws on safety and chemicals.

Anyway back to this post.

So in the past few years of experimenting with eyeshadows and primers I have come to realise a few things.

  1. I am not a subtle eyeshadow wearer and I love colour.
  2. Shimmers and jewel tones stand out on my lids, however in the case of  Jewel tones, those available in palettes are usually dark colours. Great for my outer-v but make my eyes look even smaller when laid all over the lid.
  3. Shimmers on the other hand make my hooded eyes pop but have tragically short life spans on my oily lids.
  4. Mattes are great and last the longest, however most matte shades in palettes (browns, taupes, peaches and oranges ) don’t create enough of a contrast on my NC40-42 eyelids.

So in conclusion it is bright/rainbow mattes that stand out best on my lids, make my eyes look brighter and last the longest on my lids.

It seemed like as soon as I came to that conclusion, the universe aligned itself and Ulta announced their 20% off.

The brightest, most neon palette that called to me is the BH Cosmetics Take Me Back to Brazil palette.  And I am not one to stand up against the universe!

Like I said I love this palette.

I use my Kat Von D White Out Lock it Concealer as a primer on my lids. This is a white concealer so helps the colours pop against my skin tone.

The palette does not contain the traditional transition or crease shades because frankly it is un-necessary. We aren’t doing those kind of looks today !eye swatches.001eye swatch 2.001

I do not set the concealer and ‘press’ the shades directly on.

I watched a video of Angelica Nyquist’s where she explains pigments and the trouble you can run into when trying to blend them. That is the nature of the beast I think.

I have had great results laying the colour by using a flat eyeshadow brush ( ELF and Wayne Goss) or my fingers.

The colours build on themselves well and then I use a brush a diffuse the edges either along the crease or between the shades.


20180904_180155The 2 mustard-y yellows are pretty similar on the eyelids and the lemon-yellow (top row) needs a little bit of building up, best done with a finger.

The indigo blue (bottom row) swatches awfully but on my eyes I just use my fingers to pack it on and it works great.

I still have to play with the 3 rectangular pans at the bottom  The 2 whites are shimmers with two different, subtle, colour shifts and the black is a not-so-opaque matte black which I personally prefer.

I have used the colours with a wet brush as a liner and they work beautifully too. Infact I have not had hard pan though I have used a few shades with a wet brush even to lay them on my lids.

In terms of longevity they were no more or less than my other matte shadows, but the 2 greens that I used today with a wet brush as my liner, did retain their intensity for about 4 hours, even after a face plant nap! (don’t worry I place a towel on my pillow when I test out makeup and nap time :))

Now do they stain ? I think they might on lighter skin tones, I couldn’t tell with me.

In terms of taking these off I use either an oil or my heavy duty Ponds cream cleaner and they do need extra gentle massaging to get them off.

I am having fun with this palette and it’s been a while since makeup has inspired me.

PIGMENTS ‘NOT EYE SAFE’: Gist of it is US FDA might not have tested that particular palette (it’s a lengthy and expensive process) or some ingredients in the pigments are yet to be tested by the FDA in-order put a ‘safe for eyes’ approval.

However sensitivity IS a personal issue and must be checked by an individual case by case, item  by item.




UK Trip: Minimal Makeup Bag

My general makeup aesthetic: MAC NC 40-42 depending on season. Foundation, take it or leave it. Concealer is my thang. Have oily eyes so liquid eyeliners are the safest bet for me. I am into subtle highlighting because I am not 20 anymore. Those pores are a-growing bigger everyday that I look into my x5 magnification mirror yo.

We are leaving for the UK for about a week -10 days. Usually when we are there we do plenty of walks, lunches at gastro pubs, a nice night out and coffee dates. So basically events that do call for nice shoes and makeup. And for all of that I am taking one eyeshadow palette!

It is my Wet n Wild Colour Icon palette.


Which one is this you ask ? Weaall it’s a palette I made myself as an everyday, quick palette.

It’s mostly Not Your Basic Peach with shades swapped in and out from Comfort Zone and 2 shades from Rose in the Air ( the ABH Tempera and Buon Fresco dupes I think).

(NB: I did not like Rose in the Air. Read rant here)

I love the Wet n Wild formula, honestly. I find it has a longer staying power on my oily lids (with primer) than my Urban Decay or my Anastasia Beverly Hills palettes. Maybe because they are drier they work well with my body chemistry.

This DIY palette is a super star!


All over face and under eye Powder: The light transition shade (not swatched here)

Blush: The light peach, swatched on my pinky .

Contour: When I say contour I mean a slight shaping of the face not a full on chiseled look. The Buon Fresco dupe on my pointer coupled with the darker transition shade, on my ring finger will work as a contour. Note to self: the dark transition shade does translate terracota on the face so careful with that!

Highlight: The pink soft shimmer will serve as a subtle highlight.

Eyeshadow: But ofcourse this DIY palette is a fantastic everyday palette too!

What else is my makeup bag ?IMG_3347

Project pan:

  1. Benefit mini Bad Girl Bang mascara,
  2. my Shu Uemura calligraphy eyeliner pen,
  3. the Maybelline matte lipstick in Always Plum,
  4. Jordana Espresso longwear eye pencil
  5. and my Charlotte Tilbury colour chameleon eyeshadow pencil.


  1. Maybelline Instant Age rewind in Golden,
  2. my ‘can not leave home without it’ Tweezerman metal eyelash comb,
  3. the NYX glitter glue* as my eyeshadow primer
  4. Giorgio Armani sheer plum lippie. Mainly to wear along with the matte when my lips start to feel dry.
  5. and the ELF eyebrow brush

*YouTuber Georgie Harris mentioned that she uses a glitter glue for her eyeshadows and it helps prevent transfer for her hooded eyes. Good tip so I am trying that.

So that’s that for makeup.

Now skincare and cleansers, that’s a whole different thing. I wish I could pack that kitchen sink over in the corner!

Makeup Diet: August No Buy, Fail !

I was going so well with my No Buy July (read post here ) and was hitting a successful, well almost a successful run with August and then……the SALES struck!

Sephora with their 15% (I am no ‘VIB’) and Ulta with their 20%.  I was wishing the sales would be in November, alas not.

It was now or never(ish) so it had to be now, at the cost of my No Buy FAIL.

I had run out of acid toners and am in dire need of a mineral sunscreen. From Ulta I bought the Tula Pro-Glycolic 10% pH Resurfacing Gel and the FIRST AID BEAUTY Ultra Repair Pure Mineral Sunscreen Moisturizer SPF40ULTA

The Tula is a light gel that I apply like a serum over my face. The website advises to use with a cotton pad, but it’s a wee bit too thick for that.

I had used up two bottle of the Pixiglow tonic, did not have an aha moment with the clarity of my skin, nor did angels sing from the heavens above, so I decided to try a different glycolic acid, hence the Tula one.

From Sephora I ordered the TARTE Knockout Tingling Treatment.  Arriving end of this week. I have mentioned these and more in my previous wishlist post here

And then I did something naughty. I bought the BH cosmetics Take me back to Brazil palette from Ulta.20180904_180155

I was dyyyying for an all bright mostly matte palette and while I did not need a palette, look at these bright colours. Add to that 20% off. ‘It wasn’t my fault milord!.’20180904_180325-1

I have been playing with the palette and having fun.

Will write a more complete first impressions in next post.

Closing Note: While my No Buy has kinda fallen flat on it’s face this month I intend to continue right upto September. Even when I am on holiday in the UK….the home of Makeup Revolution, Charlotte Tilbury…..and Boots.




Skincare Wishlist and Why: Sephora, Beautylish and Ulta.

Feel free to skip to bits of the blog most relevant to you; the products in order are: Caudalie Glycolic Acid toner, Tarte Knockout Tingling treatment with lactic and saliycylic acid.

The Ordinary glycolic acid, Bioderma HydrabioMicellar water. 

Tula Pro-Glycolic 10% pH Resurfacing Gel, PETER THOMAS ROTH 8% Glycolic Toner, FIRST AID BEAUTY Facial Radiance Pads, Kate Sommerville ExfoliKate Exfoliating Treatment (HG. 5th re-purchase), FIRST AID BEAUTY Ultra Repair Mineral Sunscreen Moisturizer SPF 40, Murad Environmental Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 50.

I am on a No Buy. The intention is to stretch it to 3 months. July, August and September. (saving up for a Canon camera. July No Buy post here)

At the end of this No Buy the most pressing items will be in skincare. (makeup I have enough and only one face to use it all up on)

I will desperately be in need of a chemical exfoliating toner. I went through my second bottle of the Pixi Glow tonic and did not have the same ‘my skin is so glowy & amazing’ effect that I hear and read about.

I know it must be good because Caroline Hirons says so 🙂 She changed the way I treat my skin and for that I will always be grateful.

But I want to give Pixi Glow a rest.

Now the best out there is the Biologique Recherche Lotion P50V  but at $101 dollars + tax I literally cant…even… “When I get my dream job P50, your a$$ is mine”

So the contenders are

Sephora Wishlist:

Caudalie Vinoperfect Glycolic Brightening Essence: Ho hum reviews. I have used Caudalie before and haven’t been impressed. The reviews on this seem to be “did nothing” which was exactly what my previous experience with Caudalie has been. Nice to have but does nothing.

Not sure what the Glycolic acid % in this is. Also essences are typically watered down so this might suit a very sensitive skin type and that’s not moi. So my research continues.

Just FYI: Nuxe is better in my opinion.

TARTE Knockout Tingling Treatment: This has both salicylic acid and lactic acid and I have long wanted to have both AHA and BHA in my arsenal. Now I wouldn’t typically look to Tarte for skincare but Stephanie Nicole, whose skincare recommendations I trust, has given this a good review. This will most probably move from Wishlist to Cart.

Beautylish Wishlist: 

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution: Seriously fk The Ordinary. For the past 2 years I have been trying to buy skincare, any skincare, from The Ordinary, and the moment I put it in my cart it is “Out of Stock”. I have reached a point where I can not be bothered anymore.

This has 7% glycolic so stronger than Pixi Glow and that’s the bit I like. But I did read a review where it dried up a blogger’s skin. Everyone’s body chemistry is different but dryness is a risk I hesitate to take.

Hmmm. if it’s still in stock by Sept. I will buy it only because it is at a price point where I can afford to take that risk.

Murphy’s Law: By Sept. when I am ready to pop this in my cart it will be ‘out of $%^ stock’

Bioderma Hydrabio Micellar water: Hydrabio is for dry dehydrated skin. I have been normal but now veering towards dry as I age.

People, articles etc. etc. will tell you how the Garnier Micellar water is a dupe for the Bioderma. I have now used the Garnier Micellar water twice, Pink and Blue and I am done. I am going back to Bioderma.

I did review the Garnier a few years back (post here) and I didn’t like it then and I don’t like it now.

Ulta Wishlist 

Tula Pro-Glycolic 10% pH Resurfacing Gel: I have never heard of this brand but read reviews on Influenster. 10% sounds good, but is it too much ? what if it is too drying ? At the same time I like the fact that it might be Ph balanced and has Turmeric in it.

They recommend using it twice a day so maybe it’s not going to that harsh?  Oh I dont know??!! I think I will have to see closer to the time when Wishlist moves to Cart.

PETER THOMAS ROTH 8% Glycolic Solutions Toner: I have used heaps of Peter Thomas Roth face masks and have been like eh ?? Like Caudalie I am not impressed with this brand either. But the 8% glycolic has got me.

As it stands, it is a toss up between Tula and Peter Thomas Roth. Either 1 will go into my cart or neither will. This is not saying much but with these two I am still trying to work it out in my head.

FIRST AID BEAUTY Facial Radiance Pads: I have used these before. I really can not remember what they did ? Anyhoo FAB is a good brand, it’s convenient and I would like to give it another try and make note of the results.

Kate Sommerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment: This one I LOVE !!!! This would be my 5th tube. I use it as an in-shower treatment and my skin is baby-butt soft (read post here)

FIRST AID BEAUTY Ultra Repair Pure Mineral Sunscreen MoisturizerSPF40: Applying SPF is a pain in the a**. With the chemical ones it’s all about waiting. Wait 20 mins, wait 30 mins blah blah. (Read post My SPF is driving me Crazy here) I am not even going to attempt to address how one ‘re-applies it over makeup because I don’t. Ha!

Is spray on SPF an option ? Well try spraying 1/4 tsp worth over your makeup. I had a white face, white blobs and makeup streaming down my face. You know what fk this. I just wont go outdoors…..ok I digress.

Lately chemical sunscreens seem to block my pores so I have decided my next buy will be a mineral sunscreen. Also I am looking for a moisturiser + sunscreen ( because this ‘waiting’ business pisses me off )

There are plenty mineral sunscreens to choose from but the two I am eyeing are the First Aid beauty one (spf + moisturiser) and the Murad Environmental Shield City Skin Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50 / PA++++

While the First Aid beauty is cheaper than the Murad one, I like the fact the Murad one has Vitamin C in it but not sure how moisturising it will be in lieu of an additional moisturiser.

Decisions decisions.

Ooo Now I am excited about my shopping spree come Sept :). No wait a minute what about saving for a Canon camera ?

Decisions decisions.



Beauty Diet: No Buy July 2018

July 2018 is my first No Buy month. No buy includes Makeup and Skincare. My aim is to go on a 3 month no buy ie July, August and September.

Why? Well I am eyeing a Canon camera. A simple point and shoot with really convenient features. I really liked it and decided to put in a ‘sacrifice’ of sorts, so I could ‘earn’ this camera.

July 2018:. No Buy: <check>

I did have a wobbly moment when the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture palette (yes that one) went down to $21 dollars, but I recovered soon enough, probably because it was always out of stock haha.

Truth be told I am not worried about makeup, I have enough to go on a 6 month no buy, it’s skincare that is going to pose a real problem.

At an alarming level is my Pixi Glow tonic (glycolic acid). Chemical exfoliation is my thang, especially in summer when I am out in the sun so much. These will last me probably 1 more use.

Then what ? Leathery skin for the next 2 months? In the past this would be the time that I would panic…and…BUY. But not this time. I really want this No Buy to be a success.

OK, so alternatives?  I am looking at an lactic acid alternative which is basically a plain yogurt face mask.

MASK: Plain Yogurt + turmeric. Lemon juice; optional. This wont be as strong as the Glow Tonic so I am assuming I would have to do the mask at-least twice a week.

Another alternative is also a face mask which is my Kate Sommerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment. I LOVE this one !!! This is my 4th tube. It has Salicylic acid, Lactic acid and Fruit enzymes. Once a week in the shower. My face is baby soft after this.

At worrying levels are my mini Cerave Hydrating Facial cleanser and my full size Drunk Elephant Vitamin C serum. 

The Drunk Elephant Vitamin C serum is going to be hard. It’s summer and I am outdoors a lot. I really need that vitamin C.

God/cosmos/universal energy give me strength. (breathe…aim…keep Canon steady within the crosshairs )

I have the Derma E vitamin C serum that might carry me through(read post here). However the vitamin C in the Derma C is different to the Drunk Elephant one but the derivative is getting positive reviews so fingers crossed.

The Cerave Hydrating facial cleanser ? I have no alternatives. I use that in the shower, mainly post a workout and that will have to be on ‘pause’.

Skincare divas tell you NOT to wash your face in the shower as water temperature is typically hotter than what is recommended for your face. …Oh but the convenience of the shower…sigh.

My Garnier micellar water is EMPTY, it’s done. The micellar water is my first step in removing my eye makeup before I go in with a my double cleanse. Micellar water is great in correcting/wiping off eye makeup fk ups too.

My Neutrogena Oil-free makeup remover and my (‘magic’) makeup removing micro-fibre washcloths are viable alternatives. However the Neutrogena does give me fuzzy eyes (like an oil remover does). Also it is pretty emollient so I hesitate to correct eye makeup mistakes because I feel it will aid to more smudging or ‘moving” of the makeup.

Ok August…come on in!




Urban Decay Naked 3 and my Indian skintone

Damn you Urban Decay Naked 3,  I only ever wanted you to love me!

I came late into the eyeshadow game and by the time I got confident enough to play, Viseart had already hit the market and I went directly to Viseart. (never disappointed with those babies)

But I was curious about brands that seemed to be staples in everyone’s collection and I wanted to be just like everyone else 🙂

So I bought myself an Urban Decay, an Anastasia Beverly Hills and a Smashbox palette(Tarte and Too Faced looked just too meh with most of the palettes having too many dull brown and neutral shades.)

With UD, I had to get atleast one of the iconic NAKEDs.  Naked Smokey was what I wanted but it’s discontinued (why???) so Naked 3 was the next most interesting to me.

Pink is my favourite colour ( and my sister’s most hated colour; fun fact). My first ever eyeshadow was a Shu Uemura baby pink matte single.

Also I love mauve and cool pink undertones so Naked 3 it was.

Naked3 final

DAMNIT! Why didn’t anyone tell me all/most of the shimmers in the palette look the same on the lids ?? They had swatched beautifully, and distinctly, on my arm…?

Or is the palette just not meant for my NC40 Indian skintone eyelids ? Just not enough contrast between the shades and my eyelid ?

My eyelids are not overly pigmented nor do I have dark circles on my eyelids.  When using the palette I often use a concealer as primer or Kat Von D’s whiteout concealer to kind of ‘wipe’ out any colour.

I don’t have a shiny oily face. It’s Dust thats flown all over my face.

I don’t mind that the matte shade Limit does not show up on my lids because Nooner works great against my skintone. That is perfectly fine because a palette should have the ability to cater to a wider range of skintones. The white matte Strange is great for under the brow bone.

What about the shimmers, the main reason I bought this palette ?


3rd shade Burnout and #5 Buzz look similar on my lids, even though one is satin and the other is a shimmer.

Same with #5 Buzz and #6 Trick. Yes one is more pink and the other more rose gold but on the lid  they don’t look that different.  Infact I went to lunch with one on each lid. I have Nooner in the crease and Strange to set my concealer (primer).Buzz Trick clean

Same with #8 Liar and #10 Mugshot. I could have one on each lid and you couldn’t tell the difference.

I had also thought Naked 3 could take me from ‘work’ to ‘wine’ especially with Mugshot. No I cant.  Wet or Dry they just don’t stand out for a night time glam look on my lids.UB deeper combo.001

I appreciate that the dark shades Factory, Darkside and Darkheart are not full on dark and deep because I find that kind of intensity difficult to work with. Personally I am able to deepen the outer v with these shades without panic. I do like that!Fac DkSide Dk Heart

I don’t need to mention DUST do I ? It’s an abomination and is  universally disappointing whether brown girl, white girl and all shades in between. 😛

The palette that gets rave reviews on YouTube Tartlette in Bloom with a similar colour story but now I am not confident. What if this does not show on me either ? What if cool mauve/pink palettes are just not for me.









Makeup Releases Summer 2018: Love or Not?


Finally….Summer 2018 has managed to peak my interest in makeup again compared to the snooze fest previous releases have been so far. (Maybe not Jeffree Star’s releases but I don’t support Jeffree Star.)

For the longest time the only makeup items in my loves list were the Viseart Dark Mattes and the Viseart Editorial Brights.

And then Sleeping Makeup Beauty woke up from her long sleep…..

Love: Finally a palette, well a magnetic palette, comes along and it’s got me hooked. The Colored Raine Vivid Pigments and Shadows. This gives me the same vibes as mix of the Viseart Dark Mattes and their Editorial Brights.

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I would have liked an Olive green shade but it is still topping my LOVE list.

I am really hoping this is NOT limited edition and I can still buy it after my 3 month ‘No Buy’. I want all 16 shades and the magnetic palette.

Love: Those who have been reading my blog know I am a lazy makeup user/wearer. With lip products I am lazy to re-apply, hence I have no interest in lip glosses. I struggle to finish what I currently own and thus, rarely interested in buying more.

Bullet lip balms are the only things I ‘re-apply’ because…you know…who likes dry lips.

But look at these !!!  Bite Beauty French Press Lip Glosses.

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I wont lie, I am taken in with the branding. It’s coffee and I love a DIRTY CHAI (mix of tea and coffee). I believe they smell like coffee too. Heaven.

Sadly these are ‘limited edition’ as of now so not sure if they will still be selling these at the end of my No Buy.

But if these are still hanging around, Ima buy meself a Dirty Chai.

Love Not: I am going to say it outright. I am not interested in the Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina palette.  Between my Naked 3 and my ABH Soft Glam palette I am pretty much covered with most of the looks this palette will give me. 2018 Yes or No ABH ABH.001

But what about the purple and plum shimmers, you ask. Through trial and error I have realised that on my small hooded eyes dark shimmers  make my eyes look smaller.

Now mattes of the same shade are a different story. They give the outer V an interesting depth and I love that! But this palette is a pass.

Love Not: I must say I have not been interested in the Fenty Beauty range at-all. Maybe because I feel the whole aesthetic is more appealing to a younger demographic rather than my matured lady taste :).

But I was VERY excited for the Fenty Beauty Moroccan Spice palette. I was so sure it would be really innovative. And then I saw it. Seen a balloon deflate ? That was me.

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So uninspiring. Also it gives me ABH Soft Glam vibes with a few cool tones. I can honestly tell you most beauty enthusiasts would already have these shades in their collection.

Even me, with my 2 and a half palettes, already have most these shades, or close to these shades, in my collection.

I look at my Smashbox Smoky palette and my Wet n Wild Color Icon palettes and think ‘nah! hard pass’.

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I created my own WnW Color Icon palettes hence they might look confusing 🙂

Love: Urban Decay Born to Run. ‘Urban Decay it’s been a while…… but thanks for this!’

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To me this is a very comprehensive palette. Definitely a day-to-night, travel palette.

I am mostly attracted to the second half of the palette but disappointed with the reviews that said the purple shade GUILT TRIP is not very pigmented, or rather needs building up. That’s the shade that most interests me.

I will probably buy it but not till I hit pan/empty some of the palettes I own, most specifically my SmashBox Smoky palette and the ABH Soft Glam.

Fingers crossed this palette is here to stay.

Love: This one is a tie between 3.  L’Oreal Brow Stylist Boost & Set Brow Mascara, Benefit Gimme Brow+ Volumizing Eyebrow Gel and Milk Makeup Kush Clear Brow Gel.2018 Yes No Brow.001

Milk Makeup Kush Clear Brow Gel has CBD oil. CBD oil is supposed to condition brows (and lashes) and I fell for the marketing. The only reason I want this 😛

With brow gels that contain colour I like the spoolie to be thin because my brows are naturally thin. The Milk spoolie, from images, does not look thin enough hence the Benefit and the L’Oreal ones.

The Benefit Gimme Brow is an old favourite and I am glad they brought it back. However I am not overtly brand loyal with my brow gels so the L’Oreal Brow Stylist Boost & Set Brow Mascara is definitely a contender.

After my No Buy I will most definitely buy the clear Milk brow gel before getting any of the ones with a tint.

Love: Again a tie only because of the claims. Maybelline Lash Boosting SerumMilk Makeup KUSH High Volume Mascara mini

One says ” lash boosting” and the other has CBD oil. I want boosted well conditioned lashes, wouldn’t you ? 🙂

And mini. Yep. Because I have decided that with makeup products, where possible, I will go for minis. Why ? Because ‘Project pan is a Pain’.

Love:  I love Dior products. I have always been happy with whatever I have bought from them in the past. The Dior BackStage collection interests me. Because the Dior aesthetic is usually subtle & muted looks the eyeshadow palette is a pass but I am interested in the Dior Backstage Glow Face palette.Dior Face

Frankly I am afraid to try most highlighters featured by YouTubers because the whole ‘seen from space’ is not appealing to me. Moreover even a hint of micro glitter annoys me.

But having experienced Dior’s powder formulas I know that they are very finely milled so am hoping this face palette is same. And this makes me assume that they would translate to a more ‘lit from within’, sheen like finish on the skin.

So that’s it for this season, the stuff that I love and would like to buy.

On a separate note enjoy summer guys….stay hydrated, cool and don’t forget your SPF.

Never forget your SPF.







Project Pan: Pan Porn

Courtesy to whoever came up with #panporn on Instagram and to all the amazing YouTubers who are blazing tracks with their #projectpan.

So I started my panning journey late March 2018 (read post here)

Products I had chosen, my progress and new products introduced are as follows;

Bobbi Brown sheer finish pressed powder in Warm Natural:  Pleased to inform that the pan has expanded quite a bit. Yaay! I have now started to set my eye primer with it too. It works well.

Lancome Grandiose Smudgeproof mascara (black): This started to smell so I had to throw it away. However I did a swatch test on a tissuse to see how many uses it had left.

Approximately 10 days of wear I think. This is how I used it as it grew drier: 3 strokes for 1 eye , then dip and 3 strokes for the other.

In a previous post I had mentioned why I am not going to re-purchase.I don’t like wet formulas and it smudged on me. I bought it because of YouTube. (grimace)

I have added the L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise waterproof and a mini Benefit Bad Gal Bang. I am enjoying them both but the Benefit Bad Gal is my fav, it’s always been.Mascara

L’oreal Infallible Paints Liquid Eyeliner Pen in Black Party 300: Done! Not gonna re-purchase. (read ‘why not’ here)

While I prefer waterproof formulas I do need to use up my Shu Uemura Calligraphy pen. It is not waterproof but it is old. I have also added the Maybelline Lasting Drama Waterproof Gel pencil liner.Shu Mayb

The Maybelline one will be a long one because I don’t reach for this often. The black is a rich black gel that sets well but it tends to smudge rather badly on me. (My oily lids are no match for anyone or anything.)

Jordana Easy Liner for Lips in Rose Crush: I am not sure why I bought a lip liner because I just don’t use lip liners. This one will be a LOOOONG haul. There is a lot to go !

I have now decided to apply it all over my lips and let it set and then I apply my project pan item the Maybelline Color Sensational in Untainted Spice (satin) over it. I like how the satin feels more matte when applied over the liner.Mayb Lip Jordana Lip.001

Maybelline 14 hr Super Stay Lipstick in Always Plum (matte):  I LOVE this. The formula and the colour. But my lips tend to be dry and I wear the satin more often than this matte. Not satisfied with struggling to pan 1 matte lippie I decided to add one more.

The MAC Viva Glam Rihanna 2.  I am worried about it. It’s starting to go dry even though it’s newer than the two Maybelline lipsticks. If it goes bad it will be a colossal waste of money because I have hardly used it.

MAC Viva Glam 3 pics.001It is a warm copper mauve with a frosted/metallic finish. It’s unusual but not a  ‘lets do a grocery run’ kind of colour for me. But I need to find a way to make it work as an everyday, day time colour. Perhaps trying to mix it with my other lip products to make it more daytime/wearable? Dunno.

MAC Bronzing Powder: Finally a glimpse of pan ! I never thought this day would arrive. Like I mentioned in a previous post this bronzer does sweet f-all on my skintone. If I had to choose a product in this category I would go for a contour-matte shade. I am just waaaittiing for it to empty and then I will never buy it again.Bronzer BF AF New.001

Anyway empty it I must. So what I do now is it mix it with another project pan product my Bobbi Brown single eyeshadow in Heather (matte) and use it as a subtle contour!

The purple-grey works well with this brown to give me ‘shadows’ and add a dimension to my face which the bronzer alone was not giving.

Bobbi Brown single eyeshadow in Heather (matte):  Speaking of…..look at the dip in the centre! I have been picking this and the bronzer with my Real Techniques contour brush which is a stiff brush. I swirl my bronzer and then give a poke,poke on the Heather. Not too hard…but look at the DIPPPPP!!! yes!!Heather Swatch and Dip NEW

Working with Heather I have a new found respect for Bobbi Brown eyeshadows.

This is an old single but the formula is amazing. It’s firmly packed, barely any (none) kickup, soft to the touch, blends well and builds beautifully. It’s a really fantastic matte!

I have now started to use it to deepen my outer corner. Example if I use ABH’s DUSTY ROSE in my crease, this Heather is a nice outer corner shade to deepen the look. It is not as dramatic as a grey or dark brown or a black and perfect for work/daytime.

Benefit Hoola Bronzer: My favourite contour shadeI had already hit pan a while back. But this is a sad story. I decided to re-organise it from one magnetic palette to another (why???) and I dropped it.

Beware! When a powder product that has hit pan, like this one, breaks, it crumbles. Mine crumbled into powder..all over my carpet. 😦

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks in Calypso Coral &  Shimmer Blush in Pink Sugar: BB Cream Blush and Powder NEW.001I like cream blushes in summer or for long wear however other than the dip getting deeper I am not sure this is going anywhere soon. This is pigmented and you need a tiny bit. This is an old one. I honestly think this will go bad (start to smell, or dry up) before I can pan/empty it.

The shimmer blush is heavily pigmented, needs a light hand, hence hard to pan. The all over shimmer finish that is not my favourite at this stage in my life.

A.N.Y.W.A.Y. I was again trying to re-organise the magnetic palettes and the blush cracked while I was trying to do it. I repressed it with some alcohol, but the top layer of one side fell off and it got hard pan where I used the alcohol to press it back.

No biggie can still use it. I wont be re-purchasing this or any other shimmer blush like this. I like my blushes matte.

Elf High Definition Under Eye setting powder: This seems to be going pretty well. It’s hard to see through pictures but the level is reducing. It’s nice but i don’t like the micro glitter bits it has.ELF Under EYE PDR.001

Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon cream eyeshadow in Dark Pearl & Jordana 12 Hour Made to Last Liquid Eyeliner Pencil in Espresso : I love both of these products. I have measured the pencils as they stand now. We will see how they go. The Jordana pencil I bought around Feb this year so it will be with me for a while 🙂 I prefer this to the Maybelline pencil.CharTill Jordana

MAC Prep and Prime Lip Primer :Done and not re-purchasing. (read why here.) This was the easiest because it was already nearly over. Foolishly I did not keep the empty tube so I could photograph it here.

It was the first product I emptied from my project pan and in my excitement could not wait to get rid of it in the recycle bin.

A victory ‘basket’ of sorts!

NYX HD Eyeshadow base : I like the NYX primer but I gave it to my sister.

I basically sent my sister a small goody bag of makeup to lift her spirits. She is entering the workforce after 10 years of being a mum and needs a boost of confidence. I bought her some makeup and decided to send her this barely used primer so she can start to play with eyeshadows.

The last time she played with eye makeup the concept of primer was alien and there were no YouTube vloggers to help us! I wanted her to playing with something I had ‘used’ and could ‘vouch’ for.

For my own pan, I swapped this item with a mini Urban Decay Anti Aging primer .

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop (Powder & Liquid): The powder I sent to my sister. Highlighter is a COMPLETELY new concept for her so it will be fun to see what she thinks.

So now I am left the liquid highlighter.

I really dislike it and not sure how I will pan/empty this ! I mean l like subtle but not invisible. For me this is another of those overrated ‘YouTube made me buy it’ products.

I honestly prefer Benefit’s Girl Meets Pearl way more than this.

Anyone who lives in Seattle and doesn’t care about germs 🙂 came and take it from me. It’s a mini so don’t get too excited.

So that’s it.

Wish me luck !