Products I’m Passing On – June 2020:

Products I'm Passing On - June 2020

Happy Friday, let’s round off the work week with some purging of my cosmetics collection. These are products that throughout June, I reached the conclusion that for one reason or another, they don’t quite meet my standards or needs to keep them around. These aren’t necessarily bad products, as I think they have the right audience out there, but I’m not that person.

Products I'm Passing On - June 2020

Starting with skincare, the first is a completely unused bottle of The Body Shop Vitamin E Aqua Boost Essence Lotion. I have a bottle out already as part of my day time skincare routine, and I like it enough to use up my opened bottle. But I don’t love it enough to hold onto the second bottle that I accidentally bought. I think it’s also partly because I get bored of using the same products for long periods of time, but I didn’t find this is so impactful for my skin that I must hold onto it.

Another product from The Body Shop is the Drops of Youth Youth Bouncy Eye Mask, which I used for a long time as my night time eye cream. I think this is a wonderful product but my under-eyes have really started to need richer textures to help keep the delicate skin hydrated and happy, so I’ve moved on to try other formulas that will hopefully fit my skin’s needs a bit better.

Products I'm Passing On - June 2020

Moving to base makeup, I tried for a while to make the Revolution Fast Base Stick Foundation work on my pale skin tone. This is in ‘F1‘ which was too dark for my skin even during the summer-time when I’ve gained a little bit of colour from walking my puppy.

For some reason, it never clicked to me that the Holika Holika Clearing Petit BB wasn’t just a sunscreen, but a BB cream. Holika Holika, at the time of writing, are not 100% cruelty-free, and this was a purchase I made years ago on eBay long before I started blogging, if I recall correctly. This doesn’t really match me enough to use it up, so I’m going to let my mum try this out as it’s light-weight and easy to blend, and more likely to match her better.

Products I'm Passing On - June 2020

I’ve sorted through my smaller eyeshadow palettes and single eyeshadows, and decided to let go of the Autograph Lasting Colour Luxe Duo Eyeshadow, in the colour scheme called ‘Toffee‘. These little duo contains a warm golden-brown and a deeper warm brown. The latter shade I really enjoyed the way it looks on my eyelids, but the first shade just isn’t my cup of tea. I can find similar shades in my collection so I don’t feel like this deserves to keep up space.

I’m also passing along the two shades of the E.L.F. Single Eyeshadows in ‘#D30‘ and ‘Pebble‘, respectively. The first shade appears as a deep maroon shade in the pan, but really lacks the colour once applied to the eyes. It appears as a deep shade, but the redder tones don’t really come through.

Pebble‘ is a very pretty cool-toned deep brown in the pan, but really lacks the depth when applied on the lids. This could work as a crease shade for me, but I’m really happy using the Essence single eyeshadow instead. I love it so much, I hit pan on it months ago, and I’m enjoying working to uncover even more pan as time goes on.

Products I'm Passing On - June 2020

I also have two eyeshadow palettes from the Revolution umbrella that I’m passing along. An old one includes the I Heart Makeup UR The Best Thing palette. This has a large variety of matte and shimmer shades, but I only find myself reaching for a handful of very specific shades. I can’t really justify to myself keeping the entire palette for those shades, so I want to pass this along so it can be given more love.

The other Revolution palette I’m passing along is the Redemption Palette in ‘Hot Smoked‘. This is a colour scheme and layout that just doesn’t grab me at all, with only about half of the shades being ones I’d regularly reach for if I could push myself to. So it’s just taking up space.

Products I'm Passing On - June 2020

The last eyeshadow palette I’m passing along is the Sleek i-Divine Mineral Based Eyeshadow Palette in ‘141 Vintage Romance‘. This is another palette where there’s only a select few shades that I really reached for, so there’s not enough reason to keep it in my collection. The colour scheme just to look at it is gorgeous, but realistically, a lot of the deeper shimmers aren’t ones I’d use, as I prefer to use dark matte shades. It was the matte shades from this palette that I used, and there’s only a couple of them.

That concludes all of the products I’m passing along from June. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post, it means a lot to me to receive your support. I hope you are happy and healthy, and I’ll speak to you again soon.

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June Empties 2020:

June Empties 2020

Happy Wednesday! Catching myself up on my schedule, let’s have a chat about the empties from the month of June. I did consider holding off for another month, but I really want to kick this procrastination out, so here we are. June was a month of rediscovering some self-care with makeup, and I was experimenting a little bit. So you’ll see that both my empties and my passing along post (coming soon!) reflect that.

Starting with a product I accidentally threw out before taking photos, I did finish using up the Collection Primed & Ready Invisible Setting Powder, which I used in the shade ‘01‘. This was a part of my recent project pan which you can see my round-up for here. I hit hard-pan on this one towards the end, so I was content to say goodbye. I was dealing with throwing out my project pan products as I wrote the post, and didn’t keep track of holding onto the pan for this powder for this post. Oops!

June Empties 2020

Moving to skincare, the first one I’m getting rid of is the Kueshi Nutrix Caviar Caviar Serum & Resveratrol. This is one that quickly expired shortly after I started using it, although I did accidentally buy a replacement. The replacement has different packaging from this one, so I think I bought an older version of this serum without realising.

For a short time, I was trying out the travel sample of the Aromatherapy Associates Hydrating Rose Face Mask in my bathroom as part of my pre-shower face mask routine. This face mask didn’t feel particularly special to me, so I don’t feel inspired to pick up a full size of it. It wasn’t completely terrible either, but it was just meh.

June Empties 2020

It’s not a Hollypop empties post without at least one sachet of makeup wipes. For a brief period, I tried out the Botanic Organic Cotton Facial Wipes in place of the wipes from the All Bright line. These were okay, but I can’t use them on my skin, no matter what. These were quite pungent and uncomfortable for my nose (and stomach), so I didn’t like holding them anywhere near my face. I also found on the few times I tried removing my makeup with these that it made my skin sting and feel very irritated.

These work fine for spot-cleaning my makeup brushes which is what I bought them for, but I’ve already repurchased the All Bright face wipes for spot-cleaning my brushes, as I don’t have issues with them on my skin on my super lazy days.

June Empties 2020

A couple of makeup products I’m getting rid of includes the Heimish Varnish Velvet Lip Tint in ‘#05 Dry Rose‘. I’m quite sad to be throwing this out, but I’ve started to notice the formula changing a bit. I wasn’t a huge fan of the formula when it was still fresh, as it was quite drying on my lips.

Finally, the K-Palette 1 Day Tattoo Real Lasting Eyeliner 24h was in my recent project pan and I’m content that I’ve used this up. The consistency has reached the point where it’s really watery and barely pigmented anymore, and it started to run out around the end of its expected shelf life.

This is a product I would consider repurchasing, but at the time of writing, YesStyle’s minimum spend is £43.00. This has recently decreased from £60.00, but is still higher than the normal £30.00 minimum spend. I’ve also replaced this with a more accessible liner, so I’m going to see which of the two I enjoy more.

This concludes all of the products I emptied from the month of June! Thank you for taking the time to read my post, it really means a lot to me. I hope you are happy and healthy, and I’ll speak to you again soon.

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April 1st to June 30th – Project Pan Round-Up:

April 1st to June 30th - Project Pan Round-Up:

Happy Monday! I’m about a week late, but today I want to round up the recent project pan that I’ve been working on. I apologise for it being so late: I’ve had a combination of physical and mental fatigue for the past week and a bit, that’s really been getting the better of me. But I’m pushing myself today to get it done.

If you haven’t seen the previous post where I outlined my goals for this project pan, you can check that out here. I don’t have plans for a project pan between July and September, as I don’t have enough products active in my collection to work through, but I will assess again to see if there will be a project pan between October and December.

Products Brought Forward:

Starting with the sheet masks I brought forward, I used up the Tony Moly I’m Real Avocado Mask Sheet Nutrition back on the 30th of May. This is of the non-cruelty-free products in my life that I was eager to use and move on from.

I did fail to use the Tony Moly Pureness 100 Green Tea Mask Sheet Skin Soothing, again. This was a combination of being forgetful but also not having irritated skin during the times I did remember, so I put off using it. I am going to keep working to remember to use this, but I want to save it for when my skin is irritated and needs the nourishment. There were a couple of days throughout my project pan when I could have used it, but being my typical self, I forgot about it at the right time.

April 1st to June 30th - Project Pan Round-Up:

A product I expected to finish up very easily is my favourite hand cream: the Superdrug Oat & Coconut Intensive Hand Cream. However, I failed to use this up mostly due to laziness on my part. There’s perhaps a few more uses left, so I was very close. My hands and wrists are paying the price for my laziness however, so I’ve learned my lesson.

April 1st to June 30th - Project Pan Round-Up:

I did successfully use up the limited edition The Body Shop Cactus Blossom Shower Gel, which was the first product I emptied in this project, back on April 12th. I don’t have any specific comments for this one, as I used this every time I showered. So I knew I was going to successfully empty this in-time.

April 1st to June 30th - Project Pan Round-Up:

In terms of makeup I brought forward, the Collection Primed & Ready Invisible Setting Powder is the last product in this project that I ’emptied’ on June 23rd. I used up as much of the powder as possible, but it was getting so hard-panned towards the end that I decided it was time to call it quits. The powder itself was what I used as mattifying powder, and did the job well.

Skincare:

April 1st to June 30th - Project Pan Round-Up:

The No7 Revitalising Micellar Cleansing Water was a product I expected to use very quickly. I’ve used up quite a lot, but I surprised myself by my change in habits when it came to removing my makeup. Normally, I would have use this micellar cleansing water to remove all of the makeup from my face: including base products like blush, mattifying powder, etc. This would require about 4 cotton rounds to do my whole face, so I used a lot of the micellar water for this process.

However, around early May, if I recall correctly, I developed the habit of using a cleansing oil instead in my bathroom for removing most of my makeup, using the micellar water on a cotton bud for removing the last bits of eye makeup. That really slowed down my progress, so there’s a little bit left.

April 1st to June 30th - Project Pan Round-Up:

I was a bit too optimistic when I included the Superdrug Optimum Anti-Fatigue Refreshing Eye Gel. Where the orange gradient meets the white is where I’ve made progress, which isn’t very much at all. I haven’t used it a lot over the past 3 months, so I’m just going to work through this at a casual pace for the foreseeable future.

Hair Care:

April 1st to June 30th - Project Pan Round-Up:

The only hair care product I aimed to use up was the 250ml bottle of The Body Shop Ginger Anti-Dandruff Shampoo. I finished this bottle up on April 16th, so very early into the project. I have bought the 400ml as a backup which lives in my bathroom. It’s been working well for my oily scalp to help nourish my scalp and hair.

Makeup:

April 1st to June 30th - Project Pan Round-Up:

Finally, I used up the K-Palette 1 Day Tattoo Real Lasting Eyeliner 24h on the 22nd of June. This started getting very watery and inconsistent towards the end, so I accepted it was past its prime. I would consider repurchasing it, but I’m currently trying to find an alternative that’s easier to get hold of. I ordered mine through YesStyle, which can take a while for packages to arrive and tends to pull me in with their minimum spend, so I’d rather avoid having to make frequent orders if I can.

That concludes my project pan from April to June! Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post. It means a lot to me to receive your support. I hope you are happy and healthy, and I’ll speak to you again soon.

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Products I’m Passing On – February to May 2020:

Products I'm Passing On - February to May 2020

Happy Monday, today we’re kicking off the new week with a post I had planned to post last week, but held myself back from. We’re looking at a few months worth of products this time around, so I used last week to check that everything I had put aside was definitely still in good condition to pass along. I’m relieved that I did as some had expired.

Now that I’ve looked through this little basket, I’d like to share what I’m passing along from my cosmetics collection and plan to find a new home for.

Products I'm Passing On - February to May 2020

Starting with skincare, a product I tried out is The Body Shop British Rose Petal-Soft Gel Toner. I was enjoying this while it was still fairly wintry, but now the weather has really warmed up, I don’t find this works for me anymore. I want to pass this along as I needed a different toner to treat my oily-sensitive skin in the heat and humidity.

I recently finished up my favourite eye cream, and instead of pulling out my backup, I decided it would be a good idea to try a couple of other products I had stored in my Alex drawers. So I tested out the Benton Fermentation Eye Cream in the travel size. I picked this up in a previous YesStyle haul, and decided to try this out as a night time eye cream. This seemed nice to swatch but it wasn’t rich enough for eye area’s needs. My eye area has very suddenly become dry and sensitive, so I’m trying slightly thicker and richer eye creams to try and nourish my uncomfortable skin. It’s a shame to pass it on so quickly as I was really excited to try a Benton product. But I’ll look at other skincare products in the future.

Products I'm Passing On - February to May 2020

Moving to brushes, I’m moving 3 out of my collection. The first is from The Body Shop, and is the Eyeshadow Brush. I picked this up to be a partner to the Eco Tools Bamboo Eyeshadow Brush in my collection, but I reach for the Eco Tools one almost exclusively. The Body Shop alternative doesn’t pick up pigment as consistently which is the major reason I don’t reach for it. However, when I did use it, I enjoyed the slightly smaller brush head for more precise placement of colour.

I don’t remember where I bought this foundation brush from, but I had picked it up years ago after taking advice from someone on YouTube to use them for applying mud masks. This brush has never been used. I either use my fingers to put mud masks on my skin, or I use a spatula that lives in my bathroom instead. So it’s pointless for me to keep holding on to this brush.

The last brush is from the Primark Eye & Eyebrow Brush Set, and is specifically the 242 Angled Liner & Brow Brush. I did enjoy this for a while for putting brow powder through my brows, but I’ve started to like using a much thinner and more precise liner brush instead. The brush head is way too thick to use for eyeliner for me, so I haven’t reached for this brush in a long time. I’m trying to keep my brush collection fairly concise, so I decided it was time to pass this along.

Products I'm Passing On - February to May 2020

As far as eyeshadows go, I’m doing a fairly good job at curating on the products or colours I really like. But I did find a few that weren’t quite to my personal set of standards. The first is the I Heart Revolution Rose Gold Mini Eyeshadow Palette. This has been sat in my acrylic drawers for a while and I didn’t grab for it, but I did try this out a handful of times fairly recently. I really loved the matte shades in this palette, but the shimmery shades were really underwhelming. With palettes, I’m really being strict with myself where, if I don’t like enough of a palette’s selection I won’t let myself hold onto it. This was the case with this palette: where I loved the matte shades, but there were enough shimmery shades that I knew I didn’t like that I decided to just pass this along. The matte shades, as lovely as they were, weren’t super unique, so I knew I could find an alternative shadow elsewhere in my collection, or find a different palette that I would use every shadow from.

I have a small collection of single eyeshadows, and decided to pass along The Body Shop Colour Crush Eyeshadow in ‘Coconuts About You‘. The shade itself is absolutely gorgeous, and funny to me as I adore the Colourpop Going Coconuts palette. However, the eyeshadow itself doesn’t have quite enough pigmentation to really provide the depth I’m looking for. My mum doesn’t wear a lot of eyeshadow, but I think this would be an approachable colour and pigmentation for her for special occasions.

Several years ago I bought approximately 5 of the NYX Nude Matte Single Eyeshadows off of eBay, as NYX wasn’t accessible in person for me at the time. I admit, I forget to use the remaining shades in my collection a lot of the time, but I did try out the shade ‘Maybe Later‘ recently, and found it wasn’t very complimentary on me. In the pan, it’s a gorgeous warm tan shade, but it pulls almost greeny-undertoned on me and doesn’t look good on me at all. I suspect it’s because I have a neutral-cool undertone so it’s just not quite meshing with it very well.

Products I'm Passing On - February to May 2020

There are a couple of eyeliners I’m passing along as well. Normally I just throw these away, but these are barely used so I’ll let my mum decide if she wants to use them or not. The first is the Revolution Renaissance Flick Intense Longwear Black Felt Eyeliner, which is a black liner. This is one I picked up after seeing on YouTube that a lot of the influencers I watch enjoy it. The colour is decent, but the felt liner was really abrasive on my eyelids, so I stopped using it immediately.

The other liner I’m passing along is E.L.F. Waterproof Gel Eyeliner in the shade ‘Black‘. I didn’t find this lasted on my oily eyelids very well at all, never mind whether it was waterproof or not. I’m happier now just using black eyeshadow to create a subtle black liner look.

Products I'm Passing On - February to May 2020

The only brow product I’m passing along is the Collection Incredibrow Tinted Brow Mascara in the shade ‘Dark Brunette‘. I really liked the colour of this brow gel, as it was a pretty good match for my dark brown, almost-black hair. But the wand itself was way too thick and made placing the pigment very inconsistent and messy.

Products I'm Passing On - February to May 2020

One blush I’m passing along is the NYX Blush in ‘Peach‘. I adore the shade, but it is very pigmented, which on my pale skin can very easily look clownish. I can make this work, but for the amount of effort, I don’t find it’s worth it. I have other blushes in my collection that provide a similar effect on my cheeks for much less stress.

Products I'm Passing On - February to May 2020

Finally, the only lip product I’m moving out of my collection is the No7 Moisture Drench Lipstick in the shade ‘210 Berry Shine‘. The moisture drench lipsticks are one of my favourite lipstick formulas, and several shades live in my collection. The shade photographed above is much cooler toned than I could capture, and sadly is too lilac-based for my skin tone. I do love how luxurious this feels on my lips, and cherish the shades I do like.

This concludes all of the products from February to May that I’m passing along. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post, it really means a lot to me. I hope you’re staying healthy and happy, and I’ll speak to you again soon.

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May Empties 2020:

May Empties 2020

Happy Monday! Let’s kick off the new week with a post I should have published last week: my empties from May. I anticipated May being a slow month in terms of empties, but a few more managed to sneak in which has made it worth writing a dedicated post just for this month. So let’s just jump straight in!

May Empties 2020

Starting with skincare, I pulled out the Soap & Glory the Fab Pore Daily Micro Smoothing Moisture Lotion, which I had stored away in my benched skincare box. I used this for roughly a week and a half throughout May, before deciding it was time to move on from this for good. The formula was starting to get gritty which it wasn’t before, even though it still smelled okay. So to me, it seemed like it was in the early stages of expiring.

A beloved skincare product in my collection is the PURITO Centella Green Level Eye Cream which has lasted an extremely long time. This is one of my favourite eye creams to date, as it’s very soothing and moisturising on my under-eyes, but not overwhelming. I do find my skin needs something a bit heavier at the moment, but I plan to keep my backup ready for when my skin is ready.

A product I’ve unfortunately neglected in my skincare routine, is the Lush Mint Julips Lip Scrub. This is my second tub, and I had planned to use this up. I’ve barely remembered to use it though. Mostly because I don’t know where to put it on my vanity where I’ll see it and then be reminded to use it. For now, I plan to avoid buying any new lip scrubs and see how my lips cope. This may change when autumn or winter arrive, but for now it’s not something I need badly enough.

May Empties 2020

Moving on to face masks, I’ve split this into 3 categories. Starting with your conventional masks you buy in a tub or bottle, I’ve used up the majority of the Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask. This is another product I pulled out of my benched skincare box, and I’ve enjoyed it for the most part. This is quite gimmicky, as it foams up on the face after you apply, but that can be quite fun. I don’t need these kinds of gimmicks to enjoy a face mask, and I found this mask did a decent job anyway. I won’t be repurchasing it though as I’m not sure if Elizavecca are 100% cruelty-free at the time of writing. The brand is also a little tricky to source reliable information on, so for now I’m playing it safe in terms of my purchasing habits.

A travel size mask I’ve been using recently is the Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energising Mask. I picked this little bottle up in my local TK Maxx, and tried this out for a short while. It was okay, it didn’t really do anything special. It also had a foaming gimmick similar to the Elizavecca mask. I don’t feel like I enjoyed this product enough to buy a full size, and I’m not sure if they’re cruelty-free.

May Empties 2020

Moving to some masks from my sample drawer, these ones from Origins have been sat hidden away for a ridiculously long time, so I wanted to try them out and create some space in my drawer again. I received these way back in university so I knew I needed to just open them and see if they’re usable. They were both in good condition inside the packaging so I did try these out.

The first is the Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask. This was the one I was most interested in as I do enjoy using charcoal-based masks. However it did cause the skin around my mouth to sting. I don’t know if that was because it was old and expiring, in spite of seeming and smelling okay, or a proper reaction to the formula itself.

After that, I tried the Out of Trouble 10 Minute Mask, which I got along better with. I didn’t really see any difference to my skin from using it, but my skin didn’t sting or react badly to it. The packaging for these made them one-time use only, so sadly I was able to keep testing this one out to formulate a proper opinion.

Origins isn’t currently 100% cruelty-free, so this was to avoid wasting what I had, rather than see if I wanted to buy the full size product.

May Empties 2020

Moving to sheet masks, the first is the Tony Moly I’m Real Avocado Mask Sheet Nutrition. This is one of the products in my current project pan (which you can read my goals for here), so I was particularly motivated to use this one. There’s plenty of serum in this mask, but it wasn’t too tricky to open up because of it. The sheet mask itself fit okay, although it didn’t quite fit my nose and mouth areas very well. This was larger than my face, but like with a lot of other sheet masks, I fold the edges back on itself to custom-fit it to my face. The serum itself was really nourishing, so this is one I’ll keep an eye on for if/when Tony Moly become 100% cruelty-free.

Alongside this sheet mask, I also used the Dead Sea Elements Dead Sea Under-Eye Treatment which are under-eye sheet masks. I wore this underneath for a super pampering and nourishing evening routine. This is another historic TK Maxx purchase, which comes in a set of 5 sachets. This literally drips serum when you open it and it was tricky separating the individual eye sheets from each other. But once you get them separated, they were really easy to apply to the face. I do plan to review this properly at a later date, but I like this enough to keep using the remaining sachets.

May Empties 2020

Moving to the only makeup products I used up. Let’s start with a product I didn’t really ’empty’ but couldn’t pass along. This is the Barry M Showgirl Extra Volume Black Mascara. I found this was fairly subtle on my long lashes but what made me stop using it was that it flaked on me quite badly. I can’t pass this along in good faith so I’m just saying goodbye to it.

I also finished using the No7 Stay Perfect Smoothing Eye Shadow in the shade ‘Pretty Pink‘. This was my eyeshadow base for a long time, and the formula was starting to get a little dry and gritty. I’ve pulled out the beige-golden shade I also had benched away so I’m going to continue enjoying this formula for the time being. ‘Pretty Pink’ is the shade I like the least of the two, but I still think it’s very pretty. But it’s not the one I see myself repurchasing as I prefer the more neutral tone of the other shade in my collection.

Last of all, I’m saying goodbye to the Burt’s Bees Satin Lipstick in the shade ‘501 Blush Basin‘. This is my most used lipstick to date, and one I feel sad to be throwing away. There’s approximately just under half a bullet left, so I am satisfied with my progress. But the lipstick is starting to get a bit gritty and inconsistent, which it wasn’t before. So it’s time to let this one go. At a later date I can see myself repurchasing this shade, but I also want to see the entire selection of shades too. I’m putting it off for now so I can make more use of the lipsticks currently in my collection and appreciate them more. But this is definitely on my mental ‘repurchase’ list.

This concludes all of the products I emptied throughout May. It was a ton of products but it was also more than I anticipated. Thank you for reading my blog post, it really means a lot to me. I hope you are happy and healthy, and I’ll speak to you again soon!

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Review: Revolution Pro Define and Fill Brow Pencil

Revolution Pro Define and Fill Brow Pencil

Happy Wednesday, today I want to review a product that’s been in my makeup routine for a little while. This is the Revolution Pro Define and Fill Brow Pencil, which I use in the shade ‘Dark Brown‘.

I bought mine from Superdrug, and it retails at full price for £6.00. This is still a fairly inexpensive brow product, although I have bought even cheaper. The price didn’t really put me off though, as I was particularly interested in the new releases (new at the time…) from the Revolution Pro line.

This fills the pencil category of my brow routine, which has become either the first or second step in my brow routine, depending on how much effort I feel my brows need. If I am making more effort, I usually use a brow mascara beforehand to help add some colour and structure to my brows, then use a pencil afterwards to fill in the remaining sparse areas, and add any extra shape I feel my brows need.

The packaging itself is very simple and sleek: a dark body with golden caps. It’s very pretty and eye-catching, but not tacky. I suspect this is more obvious on the lighter shades, but there is a strip on the brow pencil end to ‘swatch’ the shade. As I have one of the dark shades for my very dark hair, it’s not very obvious. In fact, I didn’t realise it was there for a long time because it blending with the dark packaging so well.

It is a tall pencil, which stands up nicely in an acrylic makeup display. If you’re like me and prefer to store your brow products in a drawer though, this is too tall to lie down in my collection. This isn’t a big deal, but if you’re a bit fussy like me and want to keep your makeup categories organised together, this is something I felt was worth mentioning.

Revolution Pro Define and Fill Brow Pencil

It’s split into 2 ends: the brow pencil and the spoolie. I think this will be very appealing for a lot of people as having a spoolie and the pencil together is something a lot of people look for. I’m personally indifferent, as I use separate mascara wands for brushing through my brows anyway. The spoolie itself is what I consider to be thin to medium in width, so good for anyone who doesn’t have super thin brows. It could work for thinner brows, but you may find it’s a bit awkward to work with. But I’ve definitely worked with thicker and bulkier spoolies/mascara wands.

The brow pencil end is also what I consider to be on the thin to medium side. For the thinner brows out there, this might feel a tad awkward to work with. If your brows are not on the thinner side though, this is very nice to work with through the brows. I have medium to thick brows, and enjoy using this in my brows.

Revolution Pro Define and Fill Brow Pencil

Swatched on the back of my hand, you can see that there is some pigmentation, but it’s not so intense that it’s over-the-top or excessive. I find it easy to control where I place the product, even with my shaky hands. This washed off my hands after one trip to the bathroom under soapy water, so that’s something to bear in mind. Although on my brows, it’s very long-wearing and even sweat-resistant in the UK’s warmer spring time.

Revolution Pro Define and Fill Brow Pencil
Lipstick: No7 Moisture Drench Lipstick in ‘440 Deep Rose’.

Pictured above, this is how my brows look with just the brow pencil in my brow routine. I think my brows look much more structured. I find the shade to be a good match for my dark brown/almost-black hair. I wouldn’t go any darker than this though, as I think it would look too intense.

When using this pencil with my other brow products, I can create a much more defined and powerful look brow look. So for me, this is a very versatile brow pencil: working well with whatever kind of brow look I want to go for.

Overall, if you can find a good shade match for your brows, I say give this a try. At £6.00, this isn’t going to break the bank for most people, and even though I use this almost every time I wear makeup, it feels like I’ve barely used it. So I think it’ll take me a while to use this up. Another plus in my opinion.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post, it means a lot to me to receive your support. I hope you’re happy and healthy, and I’ll speak to you again soon.

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February-April Empties 2020:

February-April Empties 2020

Good day, and welcome back to my blog. Today we’re combining February, March and April’s empties into one post, as separately they didn’t have enough to talk about. So it’s a bit of a chaotic mash today. I’m not going to separate them by months, but into categories, so let’s jump straight in!

February-April Empties 2020

Starting with skincare, I worked through a few that you may be familiar with. From my January-March project pan, I included the Quick Fix Facials Mega Moisture Gel Mask, which I enjoyed using. I used this on my cheeks consistently before I hopped in the shower alongside a mud mask for my T-Zone, and I loved how soft my skin felt after using this mask. I have quite a few face masks I need to get through, but this is one I’ll be keeping tabs on, post-lockdown to pick up again.

A product I don’t have strong feelings about is The Inkey List Glycolic Acid Toner. I was excited to try the brand, as they are accessible at my local Boots store, but this wasn’t a product that provoked strong feelings from me. So I don’t plan on repurchasing it for the time being, but I will be looking into their other products in the future.

Another product that featured in my January-March project pan, was the Beauty By Earth Organic Lip Balm. I really like this lip balm, and have a replacement on my desk to work through, making it my second tube. I bought mine from YesStyle in a pack of 4, so I plan to work through these tubes for the foreseeable future.

February-April Empties 2020

Moving on to hair and body care, I only have two products, both a part of my current project pan. The first is the 250ml size bottle of The Body Shop Ginger Anti-Dandruff Shampoo. I’m really enjoying this shampoo on my oily scalp, so much so that I bought the larger bottle as a backup just before the lockdown here in the UK started. So I’m all set for shampoo for a while.

I also used up The Body Shop Cactus Blossom Shower Gel, which has a delicious and refreshing scent. This was a limited edition summer release, so I can’t repurchase it, which is a shame. But I am trying out their British rose shower gel instead. I won’t be throwing away the bottles for either of these as they are part of my project pan, but I also want to be able to recycle these in-store if/when things return to normal.

I also have a few makeup products that I emptied, starting with the de-potted eyeshadow from the Collection Work The Colour Nude Eye Palette, that was also featured in my January-March project pan. I enjoyed using this on my brow bone to add some lighter tones, and really feel like I used this up fairly well.

The same sentiments also go for the NYX Tinted Brow Mascara, in the shade ‘Espresso‘. It was a decent product, I don’t have strong opinions about it. I won’t be repurchasing it as I don’t consider NYX to be 100% cruelty-free.

I’m really proud of myself for using up as much of the E.L.F. 16hr Camo Concealer, as I did. I am kicking myself for not reviewing it, but it’s started drying out so I missed my chance. I used the shade ‘Fair Rose‘ which suitably pale for my skin tone, but ever so slightly too pink. However, I was able to make it work. It was a little drier for my skin than I would have liked, however I was able to work around it enough to make it last in my collection.

I’m also sneaking in one of the mascara wands you can pick up in packs from Primark, which I use to brush through my brows at the very end of my brow routine. I routinely swap these out for fresh ones, and this is one that was getting too dirty and gunky to keep using.

February-April Empties 2020

Last of all we have some miscellaneous products. Unsurprisingly, there are a couple packets of the Botanics All Bright Cleansing Facial Wipes. I’ll try not to be repetitive, as these usually feature in each monthly empty post. However, these won’t be featured for a while as I’m trying a different biodegradable wipe.

I also emptied a couple of hand wipes, including the Superdrug Aloe Vera Antibacterial Wipes and The Cheeky Panda Bamboo Handy Wipes. The former I kept in my bag for a long time, and found the last hand wipe had dried out, oops! The latter is a biodegradable alternative I’ve been picking up lately, and I keep a packet in my desk and now in my bag. I pick these up in my local Boots store, and plan to do so for the foreseeable future.

That concludes the products I emptied throughout February to April. It still wasn’t a large number of products, but more reasonable than discussing them in separate monthly posts. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post, it means a lot to me to receive your support. My next post will be on Wednesday, which I hope you’ll consider reading. In the mean time, I hope you are happy and healthy, and I’ll speak to you again soon.

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April 1st to June 30th – Project Pan Goals:

April 1st to June 30th - Project Pan Goals

As it’s now a brand new month, let’s kick things off with my goals for my second project pan of 2020. Don’t worry, no April’s Fools jokes here, all serious. This seriousness started with myself: where I took some time to really look through and assess the cosmetics I own, and see which ones I could realistically see myself finishing up.

There’s a lot of familiar products if you were following my last project pan that I rounded up yesterday. I really struggled with motivation in the latter half of my last project pan, so quite a few are being brought forward so let’s start with those:

Products Brought Forward:

April 1st to June 30th - Project Pan Goals

Starting with body care, one that barely made it through the last one was The Body Shop Cactus Blossom Shower Gel. I’ve tipped it upside down to help it come out of the bottle more easily, and it’s just in the narrow part by the cap now. So it feels almost like cheating to include it, but I will be consistent. I have 0 worries about using this up within 3 months.

I also didn’t use up the Superdrug Oat & Coconut Intensive Hand Cream, mostly from being too lazy to moisturise my hands. This is my favourite hand cream at the moment, as it’s both nourishing for dryness and prevents eczema on my hands and wrists. If I can keep myself motivated and avoid being lazy again, I feel confident that I’ll use up this tube.

April 1st to June 30th - Project Pan Goals

I struggled to get through the 2 sheet masks I had set aside. So I want to work to use them up again in this project pan. These are both from Tony Moly, and are the I’m Real Avocado Mask Sheet Nutrition and Pureness 100 Green Tea Mask Sheet Skin Soothing, respectively.

It is possible that the latter I may not have a skin moment to use it for, but I plan to take it as it comes. The former I’ll definitely be able to use so long as I motivate myself properly and organise the time to just sit down and wear one. Motivation is definitely my major obstacle at the moment, and it’s something I’m working to keep multiple aspects of my life in a healthy place right now.

April 1st to June 30th - Project Pan Goals

The only makeup product I’m bringing forward is the Collection Primed & Ready Invisible Setting Powder, which I use at my mattifying powder throughout the day. The weather is warming up into spring here in the UK, so I’ll definitely have use for this on my oily skin. However, the major obstacle is whether I wear makeup frequently enough to make a proper dent.

Skincare:

April 1st to June 30th - Project Pan Goals

Moving on to the products I’m bringing, let’s start with skincare. I haven’t reviewed this product yet, but I’m confident it won’t take me long to work through my bottle of the No7 Revitalising Micellar Cleansing Water. I will review this in the near future, so I won’t comment on performance here. I’m about halfway through the bottle though, so I feel pretty confident I can use it up.

I’m less confident about this one, but I want to see if I can use up the Superdrug Anti-Fatigue Refreshing Eye Gel, which is a roll-on product I keep in the drawer of my desk. I grab this on no-makeup days when my under-eyes need a touch up of hydration. I think my progress with this will depend strongly on whether I have many no-makeup days or not. As I don’t apply this over makeup.

Hair Care:

April 1st to June 30th - Project Pan Goals

I’m only including one hair care product, but it’s one I’ve been really loving. For the same reason as my shower gel, I’m photographing it upside down.

This is The Body Shop Ginger Anti-Dandruff Shampoo, and has been a really nice shampoo to work through my oily scalp. There’s less than a quarter of the bottle left, so I’m not worried at all about using this one up. I’ve considered reviewing it over the past few months, but I’m not sure how to review hair care products in a way that’s actually informative. If you’re a fellow blogger and would like to suggest some ideas, please feel free to suggest ideas with a comment!

Makeup:

April 1st to June 30th - Project Pan Goals

I’m including 2 makeup products as well. The first being the No7 Stay Perfect Smoothing Eye Shadow, in the shade ‘Pretty Pink‘. This has been exclusively my eyeshadow primer/base for a long time, so I’m confident that I’ll either use it up entirely within 3 months, or it’ll just be time to move on because of the age of the product.

The K-Palette Real Lasting Eyeliner 24h is in the same boat: it’s either going to be used up very soon, or it’s just time to move on, as I use it as my only brown eyeliner. I do still need to review this product, so like the micellar water I talked about earlier, I plan to review it very soon.

This concludes all of the products in my April to June 2020 project pan. Thank you for taking the time to read my goals, and I look forward to rounding them up in a few months. I hope you are healthy and safe, and I’ll speak to you again soon.

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January 1st to March 31st 2020 – Project Pan Round-Up:

January 1st to March 31st 2020 - Project Pan Round-Up:

As the end of the month is finally here, it’s also the end of my first project pan for 2020. The last couple of months have been very difficult for me in terms of my mental health, so I’ve been really lacking for inspiration and drive to post. Instead of posting mediocre content my heart wasn’t in, I decided to take time I needed away and post when I had moments of energy. I’m not sure when I’ll get past this, but I want to be transparent about it.

I did forget to keep hold of a couple of the products from this project pan, I’m not sure where my head was at… But I will talk about them anyway. If you’re new to my blog and you want to see the goals I set out for this project pan, feel free to have a read here.

Products I Brought Forward:

January 1st to March 31st 2020 - Project Pan Round-Up:

Starting off to a good start, I did use up the Quick Fix Facials Mega Moisture Gel Mask very recently. 29th March, to be exact. This tube lasted such a long time as part of my multi-mask pre-shower routine, and I was really impressed by it. I really enjoyed this product overall and felt a little sad to finally use it up.

A product that I could have used up but didn’t, is the PURITO Centella Green Level Eye Cream. From about late February onward, I really fell into a difficult space with my depression where I really neglected to take care of my skin like I normally do. So had I been better at working through my depression, this definitely would have been emptied. This is my favourite day time eye cream though, so it’s not the fault of the product, but where my head space has been.

January 1st to March 31st 2020 - Project Pan Round-Up:

At the start of the project pan I set out to use up the Global Beauty Care Vitamin C Facial Oil. I got tired of using it around mid-February, so this is a product that will be featuring in my next Products I’m Passing On post. I will be combining two months together, as I didn’t have enough just from February to justify a dedicated post.

There was nothing really wrong with the product itself, but I was getting bored of the texture, and wanted to move on to something that would be more compatible for me.

As I mentioned earlier, I’m really struggling with a phase of not taking care of my skin, and that includes not wanting to wear makeup. So I didn’t make as much progress through the de-potted shade from the Collection Work the Colour Nude Eyeshadow Palette than I could have. But I’m struggling to pick up colour from the pan now, so I’m going to let this go, as it’s been very well loved. That means I’m left with 3 eyeshadows left in my magnetic palette at the time of writing, which is exciting!

January 1st to March 31st 2020 - Project Pan Round-Up:

The last product brought forward was an easy empty for me, which is the Beauty By Earth Organic Lip Balm. I used it up February 6th, so around the halfway mark. It reached the point where I couldn’t swipe it across my lips with the plastic bullet scraping my lips, so that’s when I considered it ’empty’.

Body Care:

January 1st to March 31st 2020 - Project Pan Round-Up:

I set myself the fun task of working through The Body Shop Cactus Blossom Shower Gel, which as you can see, there’s almost none left. I think there’s maybe 4 more uses left at most, so I don’t consider it truly empty, but close enough that I’m still happy with myself. I will move this forward just to be consistent, but I have no worries about it lasting another 3 months!

I anticipated using up the Superdrug Oats & Coconut Intensive Hand Cream, but it fell into the realm of neglect that the rest of my skincare had. With COVID-19 hitting the UK (and the rest of the world) pretty hard, I’ve been making sure to keep my hands sanitised regularly and that has meant my hands and wrists have gotten really dry. However, because my head space was working against me, I just didn’t grab for my hand cream to treat my skin very often, so there’s still about a quarter of the tube left, maybe slightly less.

Skincare:

The two skincare products I picked out are the ones I forgot to keep hold of, so please forgive the wall of text. The first was The Body Shop Camomile Fresh Micellar Cleansing Water, which I used up very quickly. I did review this product so you can check out my thoughts there.

The other which I used up 5th January, and the first product I emptied, was the COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream. I really liked this sunscreen and will definitely be keeping it in mind for this winter, as my skin loved it during winter.

Sheet Masks:

January 1st to March 31st 2020 - Project Pan Round-Up:

I dropped the ball in terms of sheet masks, only using up one of the 3 that I set aside. So the one I used up was the Tony Moly I’m Real Rice Mask Sheet Clear Skin. I enjoyed the experience, but as Tony Moly are not 100% cruelty-free, I knew going into this that I was just using it up rather than looking to repurchase.

The two I didn’t use up were also by Tony Moly, and specifically are the I’m Real Avocado Mask Sheet Nutrition and Pureness 100 Green Tea Mask Sheet Skin Soothing. This is another couple of products that suffered from my head space just not being in a healthy place. But I’ll bring these forward and move into the next project pan working towards a more constructive mindset.

Makeup:

The only makeup product I didn’t make tons of progress on was the Collection Primed & Ready Invisible Setting Powder, as I just haven’t worn makeup a lot through January to the end of March. So I used it a bit during January and early February, but from mid-February onward, I think I wore makeup maybe 3 times at most.

I did stop using the NYX Tinted Brow Mascara in ‘Espresso‘ on March 20th, as the formula was starting to change. I do feel like I got a lot of use out of it though, so I’m moving on from it with a good mindset.

Lastly, I misplaced this during the time I was photographing this project pan originally, but I did find the GOSH Eyebrow Pencil in the end. It lasted a few more days before I finished it up. I would definitely consider repurchasing this again when I have a gap in my brow routine.

Thank you for taking the time to read my round-up. I’ll be sharing my goals tomorrow for my next project pan, so I hope you’ll give that a read as well! In the meantime, please by safe and I’ll speak to you again soon.

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ColourPop Haul: #1

ColourPop Haul: #1

Happy Wednesday, today I’m breaking my unintentional hiatus by finally sharing my haul from a recent-ish order from ColourPop. I had been holding out not spending money on new makeup, but when my brother’s girlfriend spoiled me with the ColourPop Baby Got Peach 9-pan eyeshadow palette. Once I got a taste of ColourPop, so to speak, I wanted to try more. So I bit the bullet.

So when ColourPop had a sale, I decided to take a look through the store, wishlist items I was interested in, then combed through that list to create an order that would meet the threshold for free shipping. As I live in the UK, the threshold was to spend £50 for free shipping. Ouch.

As a fair chunk of time has passed and I can’t recall all of the details, this is one time I’m skipping the ins and outs of my shipping, pricing, etc, and we’re going to jump straight into the haul itself.

Starting with two products in one, I picked out one of the Pressed Powder Cheek colours and added the case when it was suggested on my basket. The pressed powders themselves are sold as pans within the card envelopes as you can see. I picked out the shade “Why, Hello…” which is a lovely peachy shade, which I don’t have many of in my collection.

ColourPop Haul: #1

Secondly I also picked up the Horse & Carriage Pressed Powder Highlighter from the Disney collection, which features Cinderella on the front. Of the available Disney princesses and their corresponding highlighters, the Cinderella one seemed like the one that would work with my skin tone the most universally. However, if I went on a purely sentimental value, it would have to be Belle. I considered picking up the blush for Belle, but I have so many blushes of a similar tone that I exercised some self-restraint.

ColourPop Haul: #1

All three products together out of their initial packaging, and it’s a very pretty little display. The highlighter compact especially really stands out on my vanity and is really eye-catching. I only have one other highlighter in my collection, and they’re both different from each other that they each have their place.

While my blush collection is quite large, I have a strong theme of leaning towards cooler undertones. So while there are a couple of warmer tones, they’re outside my trend, and I wanted to pick up something very warm and fun for the spring time. I think this will also pair nicely with the Baby Got Peach palette, which also helped me pick it out.

ColourPop Haul: #1

While my eyeshadow collection is also on the larger side, I couldn’t resist picking out one more 9-pan palette. Being a mostly neutrals girl, the Going Coconuts palette was a great introduction to even more shades. This sits with the Baby Got Peach palette on my vanity, where I can see and appreciate both of them.

ColourPop Haul: #1

It has a beautiful mix of warm and cool tones, which makes it really versatile and attractive to me. While it leans slightly more on the warm side, there’s enough cool tones as well that really appeals to me. Although my photo does make it look warmer than it does in person.

ColourPop Haul: #1

Being the ridiculous person I am, I bought quite a few lip products. This is split into 2 of ColourPop’s formulas, starting with the Lippie Stix. The boxes they arrived in are fairly redundant to me, but they are pretty and a nice presentation when they arrived in my package.

ColourPop Haul: #1

The packaging itself is a very simple but robust white stick with a white cap. The ends of each lippie stick also has the shade of the lippie itself, and the name. I picked out two approachable shades for me, as I wanted to make sure I didn’t alienate them by stepping too far out of my comfort zone, and then wouldn’t use them.

ColourPop Haul: #1

I picked the shades ‘Cami‘ and ‘After Shock‘, which I’ve swatched left to right. In my mind, these fit both my cool tone and warm tone preferences, while being very approachable for every day. I’ve worn both of these shades a few times already, and these are very highly pigmented. These don’t fight with the natural pigment of my lips, and look stunning.

From these few uses, the stick does wear down fairly quickly, so if you’re looking for something for special occasions or less frequent use, these are good if you want to prevent waste. For every day, I’m skeptical if these will last very long if you committed to using one shade only. However, I will discuss this in detail when I review them in the future.

ColourPop Haul: #1

I couldn’t resist not looking into the liquid formulas, and bought 3 different products from the Lux Liquid Lipstick line. From the Hazy Baby duo, there are the shades ‘Lucky Cat‘ and ‘Buttercup‘. My logic was very similar with the lippie stix, where I want a warmer and cooler toned shade that are approachable to me for every day, but in a liquid formula to try out.

From the Lunar New Year launch, I picked out the shade ‘It’s A Banger‘. I was really indecisive about which shade from the lux liquid lip line for the event to pick, but based off of the swatch photos on the website, I picked this one out as it seemed the most approachable for me.

ColourPop Haul: #1

Of the three liquid lips, ‘It’s A Banger‘ is the one I’ve tested the least so far. It leans much warmer on me than I was anticipating, so I’m trying to figure out how to wear it and feel confident in it.

From the Hazy Baby duo, I’m really loving these for gradient lips. These blend out very beautifully and any ‘lines’ from the liquid formula around the edges of the lips are much easier for me to deal with when creating a gradient lip. I have played around with these at full intensity all over the lips, but I prefer a gradient lip with these.

Overall I’m really happy with my first ever ColourPop haul. In the future, I want to expand into more categories of makeup, but I won’t be ordering any foundations or concealers because I won’t be able to confidently find the right shade. I really hope that someday ColourPop lands in stores in the UK, there’s a large market for them here to make their mark. As I use these products more and more, I’ll publish reviews of the products.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post. Please be sensible and safe while we as an international society tackle the Corona Virus situation. I hope you are happy and healthy, and I’ll speak to you again soon.

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