Lip colour challenge

Despite decluttering a handful of lip colours earlier in the year after I moved, I am still unfortunately hovering around the 55 count…yikes. I was going through and organizing my hoard this morning and found so many old favourites from my character actor tour guide days and from trips, and a bunch of minis and deluxe samples I’d hardly touched, so I decided I needed to find a way to use them all.

I’m going to challenge myself to pick a different lip colour each work day (weekends/days off I can wear whatever I want) and then build my makeup for that day around that shade. Each time I use one I’ll set it aside so I can’t repeat it by accident in the challenge. If I really hate the colour after a day of wearing it, I’ll just chuck it and save myself the clutter. I’m praying that by the end of this I’ll have found some new favourites and will also have cut my lipstick hoard almost in half. I’ll keep you posted on what I keep, what I throw out, and what I manage to do for each look!

Finished Five: OleHenriksen, TooFaced Melted Matte, Atelier Cologne, Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Concealer, Skyn Iceland Icelandic Relief Eye Cream


  1. Name: Ole Henriksen Transforming Walnut Scrub
    Price: CAD $34.00
    Size: 3 oz. 
    Cruelty-Free and Vegan
    For the longest time I loved this scrub. This is my second tube that I’ve used up, and I just love the satisfying feeling of scrubbing the heck out of my face. However, the more I look into exfoliating the more I realize that I’m probably doing a fair bit of damage with this physical scrub, as the walnut chunks vary in size and shape and may be causing micro-tears in my skin. However, if you really like physical scrubs, the smell of this is divine!
  2. Name: Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Matte in Queen B
    Price: $CAD 25.00
    Size: 0.4 oz/11.8mL
    Like any liquid lipstick out there, this one is a smidge drying, although nothing unbearable. This liquid lipstick will last all day no matter what the weather. I wore this formula for 14+ hours at Osheaga the week I purchased it, in hot, humid, sweaty conditions, and it still looked half decent by the end of the evening. This particular shade is a perfect, soft mauve, and I wore this to work nearly every day Summer 2015. I didn’t quite finish this tube, but after nearly three years (24 months past the suggested expiration period) the smell had changed and I figured I better toss it for sanitary reasons.
  3. Name: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Concealer in Light-Medium Neutral
    Price: $31.00
    Size: 0.34 oz/10mL
    This concealer is a very light, thin, liquidy formula. I don’t have a whole lot to say about it. It got the job done, although isn’t really ideal for oily skin. Medium coverage, felt light on my under eyes, didn’t break me out, and lasted about a year.
  4. Name: Atelier Cologne Clementine California Cologne Absolue
    Price: CAD $32.00 to CAD $225.00
    Size: Varies
    I received this scent as a deluxe sample and loved it so much that I ordered the actual product, and selected it as another sample when I ordered the full-sized product. It’s light and citrusy, and immediately reminds me of summertime, which is nice when you’re stuck in the midst of a miserable Saskatchewan winter. I’m a fan of each of Atelier Cologne’s scents, and have been hoarding their deluxe samples for years.
  5. Name: Skyn Iceland Icelandic Relief Eye Cream
    Price: CAD $49.00
    Size: 0.47 oz/14.50mL
    Keeping in mind that I am a 23-year-old with minimal “anti-aging” eye area concerns, I really enjoyed this eye cream. It’s like rubbing a fluffy little baby cloud underneath your eyeballs, I swear to god. It kept my under eyes soft, happy, and hydrated, and that’s all I could ask for. Skyn Iceland’s tagline is “Solutions for Stressed Skin”, and I think that their products would be great for those living in Saskatchewan-esque climate as it seems really similar to Iceland’s climate from what I’ve read. We both have very harsh, drying winters in which maintaining hydrated, non-irritated skin is very difficult. I ordered a few more products from Skyn Iceland during the Sephora VIB sale and I’m looking forward to testing them out!

Empties plus I’m done with this Project Pan

SIX MONTHS IS TOO LONG FOR A PROJECT PAN I DO NOT HAVE THE ATTENTION SPAN FOR THIS so I am quitting! I’m calling her quits and pausing to brainstorm my next project pan. It’s 2018 and I don’t have time for unnecessary things that don’t bring me happiness.

Anywho, here are two recent empties:


The Be Fine Gentle Cleanser was pretty great! A nice gel cleanser that wasn’t irritating or pore clogging, and had a fresh mint feeling. If I had any idea of where to purchase it, I would probably buy it again.

The Almay Brow Pencil was fairly disappointing. It was a very dry pencil, and despite only rolling up a bit at a time, half of the pencil snapped off before I had the chance to use it. Definitely not a dupe for ABH! I wouldn’t recommend buying it, as you can easily get products that work just as well, if not better, from more cost effective prices from brands like ELF and Annabelle.

As January comes to a close, I’m very excited to say that I have gone a whole month without purchasing any makeup! At first it was difficult to avoid my usual temptations, like picking up a few products while grocery shopping at Superstore or shopping Sephora or at work when I’m bored, but I haven’t caved yet. Although, I did come pretty close to caving when I saw that an ABH blush palette I have wanted for a long time was on sale at Sephora, but I exited out of the browser before I could consider it for too long. I think because I made this goal so public and because this is a habit I have felt ashamed of for such a long time, the fear of letting myself down is stronger than the urge to impulse-buy makeup in most situations.

Project Pan April 2018: Check In #7 and Stash Purge

Oh my god. Why did I pick this long of a time period for this project pan??? I’m making progress but I’m down to those really full products that I’m not sure I’ll ever finish in this Project Pan. But here we are!

Over the past three days I’ve done a massive decluttering as I unpack more boxes in my new apartment. A lot of what I got rid of was makeup I hadn’t bothered to unpack in the last three weeks, so clearly I wasn’t using it. I cut out thirteen eyeshadow palettes and gave them to coworkers and friends who had wanted them, and have not missed them one bit. I’m down to about nine or ten palettes, which is still a lot, but these are the palettes I use semi-regularly and have the most attachment too. I went through my lipsticks and gave some to my mom, and chucked a few others. I still have about forty plus a lipstick palette, but between my lipsticks and the other powder products I chucked, my shelf feels less claustrophobic at least. I don’t even want to think about how much money I’ve wasted because I’ll probably vomit and pass out, but I’m glad my friends were hyped to try out some new things.


I chucked powders that were far too light for even my winter skin, old crusty products, and products I haven’t used since I purchased them. I chucked one of my PP April 2018 products, the Sephora brand bronzer, because at this point I never use it and it is disgustingly old, so why bother? I’m down to five PP products, which is exciting! For my next Project Pan I think I’ll do it in a shorter time period so I don’t get horrifically bored.

Did y’all make any makeup related new years resolutions or goals? How are they going?

e.l.f. Oil Control Primer Mist

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I wanted to share this oily skin hack because it doesn’t cost half a month’s rent and it’s worked really well for me. Props to e.l.f. for stepping up their skincare and makeup game this past year or so! I’ve been buying more and more of their products as of late, and picked up this mist during their Black Friday sale.

There are a couple of different ways I’ve used it:

  1. After my sunscreen on days where I don’t want to wear makeup, but don’t want to feel self conscious about the amount of oil pooling on my face.
  2. As a primer on days where I don’t want to wear a whole lot of makeup, usually underneath a mineral powder.
  3. As a setting spray on both minimal and maximum makeup days.

It’s cheap, it works, it doesn’t dry out your skin, it doesn’t smell like chemical sludge, and it dries down nicely. The only downside is that it gives off a spray and not a mist, therefore making your face quite damp at first, but if you hold the bottle far enough away from your face you should be fine. 10/10 would recommend because honestly this works better than the $30-$50 setting sprays and priming sprays I’ve purchased from luxury brands! Save the extra $30 bucks and buy yourself a pizza.


Eyebrows: Almay brow pencil in 802 brunette, Annabelle Brow Fiber Gel in Medium Dark

Face: Fenty Beauty ProFilt’r Instant Retouch Primer, Fenty Beauty ProFilt’r Foundation in 180, Urban Decay Naked Skin Shapeshifter Palette, Becca x Chrissy Hibiscus Bloom blush, Giorgio Armani Master Corrector 1, Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Concealer, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

Eyes: Anastasia Beverly Hills Master Palette by Mario (Isabel, Lula, Paris, 5th Ave, Hollywood), Ciate London Wonderwand mascara

Lips: Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle in Shawty