Saturday, 6 June 2015

Project Pan - Update 5

This year I am making a conscious effort to use up as much of my makeup as I can. I have been saving all my makeup empties and sharing what I manage to finish each month. I started this as a way of downsizing my ridiculous makeup collection and also making use of what I have. 

Last month I managed to get through quite a few things, especially base products. There were some things that I loved and others not so much.

Diorskin Nude Glow Natural Glow Complexion Enhancer £28.50

I used this underneath my foundation, both as a primer and a radiance booster. This doesn't have any shimmer in it but the bright apricot colour really does give your skin a healthy glow. I enjoyed using this but it wasn't special enough for me to purchase again.

Diorskin Nude BB Creme £30.00

Now this I really loved. This has been hanging around my makeup collection a while and I had used it a few times but didn't think much of it. After using up my MAC Studio Fix Fluid I was craving something lighter so reached for this and didn't look back. This doesn't look or feel like you are wearing makeup but evens your skin tone out and takes away any redness. When I was wearing this someone commented that my skin looked really good, not my foundation but my skin. I don't think you can get a better compliment than that. 
This is also a great BB cream if you have oilier skin, as it has a slight powdery finish. I will definitely buy this again at some point.

Origins VitaZing £29.00

I hesitate to call this a tinted moisturiser because it doesn't provide any coverage at all, it really is just a moisturiser with a hint of tint. I used this as my base and it worked ok with a slightly heavier concealer but I did find my makeup moved around, as it is quite moisturising. 
This would be a great gym staple, or for that Sunday no makeup look. 

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer £17.00

This is looking a little battered because I had to take the pliers to it. It stopped pumping out concealer but I could see there was still loads in there, so with a bit of DIY from yours truly, I managed to scrape everything out. 
This is a great heavy duty concealer, which works equally well under the eyes and on the rest of the face.

MAC Lipstick in 'Lustering' £15.50

This lipstick made me realise that I hate MAC's 'lustre' finish lipsticks. They are too glossy and wear off really quickly, they don't leave behind a stain either which means you have to reapply constantly and to top it off, they are quite drying. Lustering is a pretty pink colour but I will be avoiding all lustre finishes from now on.

Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long Lasting Eyeliner in 'Grenat' £19.00

I got this eyeliner as a Christmas present a couple of years ago and I love the colour. It was a rusty burgundy shade, really unique and great for blue or green eyes. I have to say this eyeliner was really long lasting and didn't smudge at all. In this case I would say the price was worth it for such a unique colour.

Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon in 'Champagne Diamonds' £19.00

I used up every single bit of this pencil, I could still sharpen it but the bottom bit was actually a wax and there was none of the pencil left. This was a super glittery champagne colour which was really easy to apply. I love cream shadow sticks as you only need one colour, they last all day and require minimal effort. I would definitely buy this again.

Total used up makeup = £158.00

Thursday, 4 June 2015

May Favourites

May was a nice chilled month for me, I played drunken scrabble in a caravan, climbed the Malvern hills (just about), went to the Make Up For Ever launch, voted (for all the good it did) and spent a lot of time swimming. 

I don't feel ready for summer yet, I'll always be a winter baby but ho hum 7 months till Christmas ;)

For some reason all my favourites this month are on the pricier side but in my humble opinion, they are all well worth splashing the cash on. They wouldn't be my favourites if they weren't ;)

By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Frozen Quartz

If I could start my makeup collection again I would just buy every single shade of these. I wear eye shadow every day but I don't have the time to be faffing around with it, which is why I love these. I literally colour my whole eyelid in, and then just blend out the edges with either a brush or my finger tip. I love how these almost have a wet look to them and guaranteed whenever I wear one of these someone will ask what my eyeshadow is. Frozen Quartz is a mauve/pink shade, which has a really pretty sparkle. Pricey but definitely worth it.

Oskia Micro Exfoliating Balm

I imagine this is what baby cherubs would use on their face, if baby cherubs actually existed. This is the softest, smoothest exfoliator I have ever used. Its not gritty or scrubby, and because its a balm it melts into the skin. When I rinse this off I genuinely expect to look in the mirror and see a baby staring back, my skin feels that soft. 
Again another pricey product, but I am getting to that age where I am happy to invest in skin care!

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow in Sun Tan and Sun Light

I have been obsessed with this for the past two weeks, I have to restrain myself from covering my entire face. In the pan this looks scary, the bronzer looks really dark and slightly orange but its completely different once you apply it. The coverage is sheer, so you can build up colour gradually and you can blend the edges away to nothing, so there are no harsh lines. Paired with the highlighter, this just makes your skin glow. For me this is a summer must have.

Dior Nude Air Serum

I love this foundation on my skin. It completely evens out my skin tone and because it dries down to an almost powder finish, it makes my skin look so smooth. Its also really easy to apply and works best when applied in sections and blended with your fingers. 

The Bear by Claire Cameron

I have been reading the Game of Thrones books since September, so a break was much needed. The Bear is about a family and their two young children, who are attacked by a bear on a camping trip. The story is told from the 5 year old daughters perspective and that is what makes the book. Its a really easy read, I finished it in a week and had to stop myself from blubbing on the train on a couple of occasions. Reading it from Anna's perspective makes it all the more terrifying, she refers to the bear as a black dog chewing on a bone, not realising whose bone that is. 
I will say that it did frustrate me on a couple of occasions, as the story does skip around, children do have a short attention span after all and I did have to re-read a couple of paragraphs to work out what was actually going on, compared to what Anna thought was happening but overall a really good read.