My Stash: Blushes, Bronzers, Concealers

My stash posts are almost finished. This post will feature all of my blushes, bronzers, concealers and other random face products.

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My Stash: Eyeshadows, Mascaras and Eyeliners

We have finally arrived to my favourite part: eyeshadows. I think that if I’d stop to buy eyeshadows today, I’d still have enough to last me a lifetime.

As for the eyeliners, I’m not a great collector. I prefer black, but here and there I use colour eyeliners.

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Project 10 Pans: Update #2

You thought that I have forgotten about my Project 10 Pans? Well, I didn’t.

Here’s another update with the items I have spent in the last three weeks, since the Update #1.

The last two weeks have been really slow and I didn’t spend so many products. But the good thing is that many are close to finishing, so I hope that soon, I’ll be rid of many more items.

But for now, this are the products that are gone:

Dove Pro Age Body Lotion (yes, I have finally gotten rid of this horrible, horrible product)

Estee Lauder Spotlight (if you by chance own this product, please cut the tube, as I have found out that even when I couldn’t squeze anything out, there was over 5 ml of cream left in the tube). 

Clarins Pink Clay mask.

As I have said, it is not much, but still, it is 3 products less.

And not to forget, ever since I have realized that Meteories Illuminating Perfecting Pressed Powder  is being discontinued (I don’t know why, because this pressed powder is the best out there), I’ve been searching to stock up. I have found an amazing deal ($35), so I’ve got Mythic Parfait, which I will save for the winter.

FOUNDATION SWATCHES – Light Foundations (High End)

Again, I’ve been bored, so I’ve decided to swatch some of the palest foundation shades you can find in stores in my country.

I have to say that I’m very disappointed with the choice of the really pale foundations. Out of 14 foundations I have swatched (and I have really picked the lightest shades), I could only pull off 5 shades.

The foundations are swatched in this order (click on th picture to enlarge it):

Top row (from left to right):

TOO FACED Amazing Face Oil Free Close-Up Coverage Foundation in Vanilla Cream (I’m tempted to get this foundation only because of the bottle)

LANCOME Teint Miracle in #010 Beige Porcelaine

LANCOME Teint Miracle in #01 Beige Albatre

SISLEY Phyto-Teint Eclat in #0 Porcelaine

ESTEE LAUDER Double Wear in #1W2 Linen

DIOR Diorskin Nude Natural Glow Hydrating Make-Up in #010 Ivory

DIOR Diorskin Nude Natural Glow Creme-Gel Make-Up in #010 Ivory

BY TERRY Lumière Veloutée in #6 Beige Doré (you can see how the foundation darkens as it dries)

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Bottom row (from left to right):

DIOR Capture Totale Foundation in #010 Ivory

YVES SAINT LAURENT Teint Resist in #1 Ivory

GUERLAIN Lingerie de Peau in #12 Rose Clair

GUERLAIN Parure Aqua in #02 Beige Clair (keep in mind that the shades in Parure Aqua are slightly lighter than the shades in other Guerlain foundations, with shades in Parure Gold being the darkest)

BY TERRY Lumière Veloutée in #5 Beige Tendre (you can see how much the foundation darkens as it dries)

BY TERRY Lumière Veloutée in #3 Beige Naturel

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I hope this has been helpful :)

Project 10 Pans: Update #1

As most of you probably know, not long ago I’ve started my Project 10 pans, which will help me to finally spend some of the items that I’ve been keeping half-spent in my stash for years (I think that the oldest item is Guerlain Kiss Kiss Maxi Shine lipstick, which is over 5 years old, and surprisingly, even now it is the same as it was the day I bought it – it didn’t changed the texture or the smell).

The list of all the items I’m planning to spend can be found here:

Make-up

Skincare

Bodycare

Today, I reporting on my first two weeks of the project.

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Project 10 Pans: Part 2 – Skincare

I have announced my Project 10 Pans and the rules I’m planning to stick to in this post.

This post will feature all the skincare items I want to finally spend. Most of the items are already half-spent, but for some reason, I got bored with them and put them aside. This project will finally help me to get rid of all that stuff that is wasting the space in my cosmetics cabinet.

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Project 10 Pans: Part 1 – Make-Up

I’m sure that many of you have heard for Project 10 Pans. It is a less radical version of no-buy, where you are not allowed to purchase anything new until you have spent 10 products from your stash.

Yesterday, I’ve been organizing my stash and found tons of items that are almost finished and which are only wasting space. I’ve decided that it is a high time for me to get rid of those items, so I’ve started my own Project 10 Pans (or in my version Project 42 Pans) in which I’m hoping to finally spend all of these products (and to save some money, of course, because I’ve got my eye on Dior Summer collection).

In the past, I’ve been starting such a project, but soon I would cave in and the project would fail. This time I’ve decided to post about the project on-line, hoping that it will force me to stick with it.

I’ve formed these rules:

    – I’m allowed to buy only essential items at any time (such as a moisturizer, a foundation, a cleanser or a mascara)

    – after I spend first 8 products, I’m allowed to purchase only one thing, as a reward for myself (luckily for me, many of the products are sample of GWP size, so it shouldn’t be too hard)

Plus several additional rules:

    – I’ll stop carrying all my credit cards with me

    – the amount of cash I’m carrying with me must not be enough to get any make-up item

This post features the first part of my project which concerns make-up. I’ve only put one eyeshadow palette in this project, as it would be impossible to spend even half of mine eyeshadows.

I’m including links for:

Part 2 – skincare

Part 3 – hair and bodycare

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ESTÉE LAUDER Sumptuous Bold Volume™ Lifting Mascara Review

“Lift each lash with big, bold, weightless volume. Unprecedented Bold Volume™ formula has ultra light, lash-thickening fibers. Lifts and plumps even sparse lashes into big, lush lashes that are all lightness and flirtatious curl. Daringly full, sensuously curved, all-out seductive lashes. Now take your lashes all the way to big, bold, beautiful.” (from esteelauder.com)

Sumptuous mascara retails for $19.50 or 25.50 euros.

I’ve let the SA to talk me into buying this mascara because it was 40% cheaper (and in my country the usual price of Estée Lauder mascaras is $45!!!. Even Guerlain Les 2 mascara is cheaper here.), plus GWP packaging of Lash Primer Plus and Make Up Remover were included so it seemed like a good deal Also, the brush, even though it doesn’t look like a typical volumizing brush, seemed Ok.

I have to say that this is the worst make-up purchase I’ve made this year.

The mascara itself is not bad – it doesn’t smudge or flake, it is not clumpy, it holds curl and has a rich black colour, but this is not a volumizing mascara. There are no dark, big, lush lashes, only my lashes, albeit a bit darker.

Sumptuous dries out very quickly. I’ve been using it for 2 months and it is very dry. I neet to apply 5 coats just to get it show on the lashes.

If you are looking for a natural mascara, which will just colour the eyelashes, than this might be worth considering.

If you are looking for a bold volume, then avoid this mascara.

Overall:

 

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ESTÉE LAUDER Spotlight Skin Tone Perfector Review

Estée Lauder claims that this product „instantly gives skin a healthy-looking, even-toned glow. …A blend of protective anti-oxidants (including Vitamins C, E and natural botanicals) fights off free radicals to help fade the look of discolorations and prevent new ones.“

It is a light lotion which comes in a 50ml tube. The lotion is lightly scented, but the fragrance disappears upon the application. I haven’t used if often enough so I cannot comment how it works on the discolourations. It is neither moisturizing nor drying. It doesn’t control oil.

Spotlight has a very light golden with pink shimmer. The colour is very similar to Benefit Moonbeam highlighter.

However, on the skin, Spotlight gives a pink glow. It may freshen up people with yellow undertone, but unfortunately, it doesn’t look that good on those with pink skin undertone. I like this product a lot, but I have pink undertone and if I use it on its own, it makes my face look too pink. I prefer to use this to dilute full-coverage foundations – I usually mix one half of Spotlight with one half of the foundation. It gives the foundation the luminosity. The foundation instantly looks better and more natural on the skin.

I’ve also found out that it works great as a make-up base. Sadly, if you use it that way, the foundation will fit perfectly on the skin, but it won’t give you that natural, healty-looking glow.

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ESTEE LAUDER Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover Review

Since I wear a lot of eye make-up, I need an efficient make-up remover which will take all the layers of eyeshadow, eyeliner and mascara without unnecessary tugging. So far, I’ve only used drugstore eye make-up removers, not wanting to waste over $20 every three weeks, but last week I received 30ml of Estée Lauder Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover as a GWP together with Sumptuous mascara.

This comes in a dark blue plastic bottle and the opening on the GWP bottle is too wide, thus making it easy to spill the make-up remover. 

The consistency is like water, and if you shake it, it foams slightly.

Unfortunately, even water removes make-up better than this. I’ve spent almost half of the bottle trying to remove make-up and I still woke up with the black mascara smudges around eyes the next morning.

To conclude: this is the worst eye make-up remover ever. The only good point is that it is not irritating.

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