Sunday, October 31, 2010

Project 10 Pan - Round 1

Since I've already instituted a no-buy for all of November, I thought I might as well embark on my first Project 10 Pan :) I'm sure most of you guys know what Project 10 Pan is but in case you don't it's a term invented by the blogger lollipop26 for those of us who have makeup collections so large that we can't possibly love it all before the products expire. Basically you pick 10 products you want to use up and you are not allowed to buy makeup until the 10 said products are finished. Everyone has their own take on this project and I'll be listing out my rules later in this post ^^

These are my 10 products that I want to use up. I have a L'occitane hand cream which I've had for almost a year (I bought a trio and gave one away so I have another tube which I haven't opened yet), a L'oreal lipgloss in Soft Petal, an E.L.F luscious liquid lipstick in Baby Lips, a mini tube of Urban Decay's lipstick in Midnight Cowboy, an eyeshadow from The Face Shop (my first eyeshadow EVER!), a Wet n' Wild cream liner in Black, the Revlon Cream Shadows in Skinlights, a mini of Urban Decay's 24/7 liner in Zero, E.L.F's quad in Butternut and three perfume samples from Victoria Secret Pink which will count as one product.

For the purposes of my Project 10 Pan, here are the rules:

1. I am only allowed to buy makeup, skincare, haircare, and bodycare products only after I finish 10 items.
2. If I finish another item not in this list (like my eye makeup remover which I am almost finished with) I can include it toward my 10 products but I will use discretion when deciding what counts. This means that I might finish a bunch of other products not related to these but I'm aiming to finish these 10.
3. If I do not finish these products by December and I get giftcards to Sephora, Mac, or any other stores like that for my birthday and Christmas, I am allowed to spend that money.

Most of the products in this post were chosen because they are old, previously loved but now ignored, and/or because I will not repurchase them. Although there are some minis and samples like the lipstick and perfume I think they are still difficult to finish. The cream liner used to be my favorite but it got pushed to the back of my drawer when I started using Physician's Formula gel liners and the Wet n' Wild started to dry out. I mixed the product around and now it's creamy again but I want to get as much use out of it as I can before it dries up for good. I have other cream/gel liners that I can use after I finish it and I have a few I still want to try so I would not repurchase that again for awhile. The two lipglosses are very neutral and suitable for everyday but I ignore my lip products so I want to try and get rid of some. The Face Shop shadow was my first ever eyeshadow (along with another one in blue) and there is a slight dip in it only because I used to swatch it a lot for no apparent reason. It has little pigmentation and shows up as a bunch of shimmer so I figure I could use it as a light wash of color everyday. I like the two darker colors in the E.L.F quad a lot and the lightest shade is alright but I hate the peach color which has no color payoff. I have an uneven number of E.L.F quads at the moment so I want to get rid of this one just because I have slight organization OCD :) I have a ton of neutral shadows and I figured it'd be good to get rid of some.

So that was my long ramble! Good luck to me~ I really don't know how long it'll take me to complete this as some of the eyeshadows seem daunting but I'll try to be good and remind myself that I have too much stuff to be buying more :)

Recent Favorites // October 2010

Happy Halloween everyone! I'm not a big fan of Halloween because I never really dressed up or went trick-or-treating. The first and last time I actually dressed up was in kindergarten and I was a little witch :) My mom loves to bake and she uses every holiday as an excuse to decorate cakes, cupcakes and whatever baked good she's into at the moment. She made a bunch of Halloween cupcakes and aren't they cute? The cake underneath was brownie mMm!

Another month has flown by and that means another round of monthly favorites!

E.L.F Mineral Eyeshadow Primer - I've had this $3 primer in my stash for awhile but I never opened it because I have my Urban Decay Primer. But I figured I'd never open this if I waited to finish the other one and I was curious to see if this product would be comparable to the primer potion which is $18. Even though the texture is a little more oily and slick than its $18 cousin, it performs very well and I hardly notice a difference in my eyeshadow wear. I'm glad I got this and I highly suggest it to everyone :)

NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in Iced Mocha - I've had this in my stash for a few months as well and I've only swatched it once. But when the cooler months hit I like to do more smokey looks and this makes a perfect color base for my taupe shadows! I apply this over my regular eyeshadow primer and smooth it out over my lid like I do with my NYX pencil in Yogurt. This is a great way to make my eyes deeper and darker and for only $3!

Maybelline Trio in Best in Brown - I did a post about this trio HERE and I'm so glad I picked it up. Surprisingly my favorite colors are the lid and crease color and not the taupe shade I was most interested in when I saw this at the store. These colors are quite cool and very appropriate for fall and winter. The darkest shade is perfect for defining my crease, smudging out my liner, and defining my outer lower lashline!

Wet n Wild Eyeshadow in Nutty - This is an inexpensive, silvery-taupe lid color which looks great with the Maybelline trio shades. This shadow has been raved about so much throughout the blogosphere and youtube and not without reason :) It has a smooth texture with great color payoff. I wish it was a teensy bit darker but it's amazing nontheless.

Maybelline The Falsies Mascara - I've had this ever since it first hit the drugstore shelves but I only keep one or two mascaras open at once so I only got to open this recently. I love love love the brush on this mascara as the curved side fits perfectly against my curled lashes. This mascara separates and curls quite nicely and gives a bit of length and volume. It doesn't really excel at anything but it's easy to use and makes my lashes look defined and clump-free.

Revlon Colorburst Lipstick in Soft Nude - This is probably the most popular lippie from the Colorburst collection and it's the only one I have from the line. I'm not much of a lipstick person although I love looking at swatches and reviews. I tend to forget to wear products on my lips and I don't like to risk irritating my lips but this lipstick is super moisturizing and the color is great! I'm a fan of nude lips and natural colors and even more so if I'm sporting  heavier eye makeup than usual. I like to use a light layer of this to blank out my lips to prep them for a light pink gloss over the top :D

Bath and Body Works Shower Gel, Body Mist, and Triple Moisture Body Cream in Moonlight Path - I'm really picky with scents but this is HANDS DOWN my favorite scent from Bath and Body Works. It's so difficult to describe scents and I feel like smells are really personal but Moonlight Path is a sensuous, romantic smell. It's not really sweet or girly but it's feminine nontheless. I don't think B&BW products are all that great but I do love this particular scent. I have other shower gels and body lotions of other scents but I only bought them because they have those buy two get one free deals. I don't even like the other scents :( I have wayyyy too many lotions and shower gels that I need to use up so I can get myself some Lush goodies. I've never tried Lush but after watching hours of youtube videos and reading blog posts, I'm super excited to try some products from them! I'm making myself wait till December or January though :(

Shiseido Perfect Oil Cleansing Oil - I did a review on this HERE in my last post so get my full opinion on it there. Overall this is my current way to remove makeup and I find myself looking forward to going home after a long day of school to clean my face :) This makes my skin clean and refreshed without drying out my skin!

This is what I currently have on my nails, Rimmel's Steel Grey, which is one of my must-have polishes for the fall and winter :)

As November swings around, I am adamant on sticking to my no-buy. I'm thinking about making it a Project 10 Pan instead.... It'll give me more direction I think. I'm really hopeful that I can go a month (or more) without buying unnecessary things. I realize I have a lot of makeup, body and hair care products which I like a lot that I don't really need anything. I have a box full of unopened goodies as well which I'll do a post on soon. I also realized that planning what I wanted to buy and when I'd do it gave me more of a thrill than when I actually bought the things. I've lemmed for some products like Maybelline's Enchanted Forest for months and when there was finally a 40% off sale, I nabbed it but it's been sitting in my drawer for three months and the shadows have never ended up on my face. I need to take some time to appreciate what I have and not just simply fling my money and accumulate things that will eventually expire. I love seeing makeup collections and I totally understand that it's a hobby and it's what people love. I like spending my money on makeup, clothes, shoes, bags, jewelry, and all those nice things but for me, I can't possibly use up what I have at the moment so I'd rather not just keep purchasing more and not getting good use out of it.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Shiseido Perfect Oil! My 1st Experience With Cleansing Oil

I've gone through three packets of my favorite makeup remover wipes which was the first and only product I used to remove my face makeup, which I discussed HERE, and I wanted to try a new way to clean my face. I read a lot about cleansing oil and how easy and interesting it is to use and one of my favorite bloggers, xppinkxx, recommended the Shiseido Perfect Oil. I'm fortunate to live near an area with a lot of Asian drugstores and convenience stores where they sell Japanese, Korean, and Taiwanese beauty products. If you happen to live in the New York City area you can find this cleansing oil and many other products in Flushing, Queens. I got my bottle from Starside Pharmacy in Flushing for $15 (I know of four Starside Drugstores in the Flushing area. If you want directions, leave a comment!).

This cleansing oil is part of Shiseido's Perfect line and they have a Perfect Whip, Perfect Gel, Perfect Milk, and Perfect Liquid.  The Perfect Oil comes in a 150 ml bottle, the picture above is for size reference. I do like the packaging as it's sleek, functional, and altogether a nice looking bottle to keep in my bathroom cupboard. The pump is hygienic and easy to control.

The first time I used this I skipped my normal step of removing my eye makeup first to see how well this would work against mascara and gel liner. I pumped two full squirts and spread the liquid on my palms and massaged it into my face, concentrating on my eyes. The liquid feels like an oil but the consistency is not uncomfortable or too thick. I enjoy the feeling on my skin :) It was effective in removing most of my eye makeup but it was a little annoying to keep massaging my eyelids and I kept getting the product and makeup into my eyes. So I just remove my eye makeup using my normal remover and a cotton pad then pump one and a half squirts of the Perfect Oil on my palms and massage the rest of my face and eye area. Then I cleanse my face with water which "activates" the cleansing oil and it turns into a milky liquid and washes off. At first my face will feel a bit oily like I haven't washed all the oil off but when my face dries the sticky feeling is gone and feels refreshed instead! But I usually remove my makeup and shower afterwards when I will cleanse my face again with face wash so the oily residue (if any) will be gone.

Overall I'm really impressed by this cleansing oil and I'm happy I picked it up. There is a scent to it which reminds me of the The Face Shop's Flebeaute skincare scent which I happen to LOVE. The scent is pretty faint so if you don't like fragrances this shouldn't bother you that much. It's a very pleasant scent but difficult to describe. I hope that the other products in the Perfect line also have this scent and I'm planning to purchase the Perfect Whip cleanser, Perfect Milk, and Perfect Liquid products in the future to try out. I would repurchase the Perfect Oil but there are a lot of other cleansing oils I want to try so I'll probably test those out to see which I like better.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Sephora F&F 2010 Package :)

I placed my order on Saturday night and received my package from Sephora today! I thought that was super quick and I'm glad to say I was a good girl and ordered only one item for myself :D

TADA! I got both of the palettes which I compared in a previous post but I helped my friend order the Urban Decay Palette so I only got the Too Faced Enchanted Glamourland palette :) The sizes are about the same as you can see in the picture. The Urban Decay Book of Shadows is the same size as the previous years' but about a centimeter thicker because of the built in light up mirror thing.

Those are the three samples I received with my order and a little pamphlet with perfume peel-y samples :) I added these to my stash of samples and unopened products which I will probably do a post on sooner or later.

Isn't it GORGEOUS? I love this packaging so much more than Urban Decay's packaging (I have the Book of Shadows II). This Too Faced palette is sparkly and shimmery and the glitter is sealed in with glue so it does not transfer onto your hands when you play with your makeup!

When you flip open the magnetic closure you get a popup book :) To the left are some look cards and on the right you have your blush and bronzer!

The look cards are pretty useless to me but they're still an adorable touch and it follows suit with Too Faced palettes.

The blush and bronzer are a decent size and they're really wearable colors. The bronzer is more of a highlight I'd say and it's really shimmery so I don't think I'd be contouring with it.

The bronzer is really golden so I think I'd use this more in the summer months but who knows :). The pink is shimmery with a pinch of peach thrown in. I love blushes like this so I'm glad this was included!

Open the drawer on the side and TADA! You get a full sized lipgloss, shadow insurance, and 15 lovely eyeshadow shades that actually have more product per pan compared to the Urban Decay Book of Shadows.

The lipgloss is a really pretty neutral, pink color and the applicator is a brush but mine is a little scraggly and messy for some reason. I'm not using either of these products yet but adding it to my unopened stash as I have too many primers and lip products to go through and I don't want these to expire -_-

In the midst of my excitement I swatched the shadows out of order but I labeled them :) There are five matte shades and the rest are glittery or shimmery although they do not produce a lot of fallout. You get a good number of neutral shades to work with and a few more bright colors.

There are three shades which are just labeled "Exclusive" as they are exclusive only to this palette. A lot of the other shades have been released with the other palettes that Too Faced has come out with over the years.

Label Whore and Glamazon were two of the shades I was most interested in because Label Whore is a brown with red and green undertones (so unique!) and glamazon is a shimmery champagne, taupe color which I adore. Both did not disappoint! :D Both of these colors were also featured in last year's Holiday palette as well.

I think I may have swatched In The Buff twice and I labeled the left shade above as the exclusive color or maybe I swatched the exclusive color twice.... Anyways, they're almost the same but In The Buff is more pale and yellow whereas the exclusive shade tends to lean more to the pink side.

AHH! Look at my hands afterwards! Overall I think a majority of the shadows were smooth, soft, and pigmented. Ooh&Ahh was probably the most pigmented shadow and the least was the exclusive teal color. But I think you get a nice mix of finishes and shades to create a bunch of looks.I hope my swatches helped because I tried looking for swatches of this palette and couldn't find very many :/

Compared to Urban Decay shadows I think these are a tad less intense because they are softer and a little flakier. Urban Decay shadows feel almost like creams and seem to melt into the skin. But I think the value in this palette trumps that of the Book of Shadows (especially since I'm not feeling some of the colors in this year's palette). This retails for $49 and with the 20% off I snagged it for about $40. Still a hefty price but I'll probably never finish anything in the palette to be honest and I'll pay more for good quality, beautifully packaged makeup ^^

I hope to do some looks with this palette and post them up after I've had time to play with it so stay tuned for those!! :D