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October & November EMPTIES!

LeahERaven.com | October & November 2018 Empties

Hello, hello, hello, it is that time again, it’s all about the empties; products I have used up the past month or so.  I’ve decided to tailor my empties to solely focus on makeup and skincare, mostly because I find home empties pretty boring and for me, repetitive.   Therefore, I am bringing you my favorite part about empties, which is makeup related.  So if you are interested to see what I have used up, then just keep on reading!

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LeahERaven.com | October & November 2018 Empties

Since September, I’ve been able to use up 2 eyebrow products/pencils, although one of them was because I broke it.  The one I successfully managed to completely use up was my Kat Von D Beauty Signature Brow Precision Pencil in the shade Graphite.  This has definitely become my favorite brow product.  I am currently working on another one in the shade Light Brown and have two more backups.  So yeah, definitely a fan.  The other brow pencil I managed to work through was my ELF Instant Lift Brow Pencil in the shade, Soft Brown.  This brow pencil is nice, worked well, but I think it would work better for someone who has naturally thicker brows.  I have very thin brows, so I prefer using a product with more precision.  If I had thicker brows, I would definitely repurchase because $2 for an amazing brow pencil is one hell of a deal!

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Moving on, I managed to use up my last mascara that is not cruelty-free.  I tossed my L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara in Blackest Black.  This has been my favorite mascara since it came out.  I love what it does for my lashes and sadly I have not found anything that dupes it.  However, the couple Covergirl mascaras that I’ve tried recently are really nice and I cannot complain.  Any other Cruelty-Free Beauty Blogger still find it weird to mention Covergirl amongst the cruelty-free brand list??  Not complaining, just still getting used to it.

LeahERaven.com | October & November 2018 Empties

I also have moved out another setting spray, this one being the Milani Make It Dewy Setting Spray.  I liked this setting spray at first and the best way I found to use it was underneath makeup, however, not the biggest fan of priming sprays.  I’m not a fan of using it to set my makeup because if you spray too much, your makeup looks greasy, not dewy and does alter the wear time of your makeup in a negative way.  Would not repurchase or recommend.

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I also managed to work through another Wet N Wild Under the Sheets Makeup Remover Towelettes.  I’ve actually come to really enjoy these wipes.  I’m not the biggest fan of the cloth because it does fray a bit, however, I can work with it.  The remover itself doesn’t sting my eyes and I feel does a pretty good job at removing a good amount of my makeup.  I tend to always triple cleanse my skin.  If I use the wipes, I then go in with an exfoliating face wash, then a gentle face wash.  This doesn’t remove every bit of makeup and doesn’t get all of the waterproof mascara off, but it breaks up everything enough that once I go in with my cleansers, my face is sparkling clean at the end.  I guess you could call it a pre-cleanse step.  Would absolutely repurchase and currently have 3 backups (they were on sale).

LeahERaven.com | October & November 2018 Empties

Last up, we have the product I am the proudest of.  My Jeffree Star Cosmetics Lip Ammunition Lipstick in the shade Celebrity Skin.  The reason I am so thrilled about this product is because I have NEVER finished a lipstick.  EVER.  I have either decluttered everything, lost it, or switch through products so often, that I have never taken the time to focus on one lip item and use it up.  This is such a huge accomplishment for me and honestly, I felt like I blew threw this product pretty quickly.  The formula was okay, not a revolutionary formula.  It was a bit drying on my lips and that is saying something since my lips can virtually withstand anything.  The shade was also a bit warm for my taste.  I don’t hate the product but wouldn’t repurchase.

 

That’s it, gang.  Those are the few products I have managed to use up in the past couple of months.  I swear I have used up a few more but I think I tossed them instead of putting them into my Sephora bag where I house my empty products.  What are some products that you have used up recently?  Anything you are most excited and proud about?  Well, I’m going to leave this hear and go celebrate my baby’s birthday!  It’s my Lil Bean’s birthday today, aka Lilith Rose, she is my little old lady.  So, we are going to have pasta and she’s going to have a little cake!  I hope you guys have a wonderful Wednesday and until next time!

Beauty, Makeup Baskets

Shop My Stash: December Makeup Basket

LeahERaven.com | December Makeup Basket - Shop My Stash

Hey gang, hope all is well!  Currently, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is playing in the background and it is a beautiful, chilly day here in Seattle.  For dinner, I’m making Hot For Food’s Vegan Carbonara with Zucchini Cream Sauce, something hearty, warm, and delicious.  But that is not what this post is about, although I could talk about food for DAYS, today I am bringing you my December makeup basket.  I cannot believe we are in the last month of the year and personally my favorite month of the year.  Today is my 2 month anniversary with my boyfriend, believe it or not, he is the one that brought it up, my niece’s 4th birthday, on Wednesday it is Lil’ Bean’s birthday, the 15th Xandria’s birthday, the 16th my birthday, then we got Christmas, then New Years!  What a busy, busy month!  Anyway, let’s get into the makeup I plan on playing around with this month, besides my project pan items!

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LeahERaven.com | December Makeup Basket - Shop My Stash

For my primer’s, I decided to keep working on my Milani Prime Shield Pore Minimizing + Mattifying Face Primer because I SWEAR I am almost finished with this bad boy, and I pulled in my deluxe sized sample of the Peter Thomas Roth Skin to Die For No-Filter Mattifying Primer & Complexion Perfector (do you think they could have done a longer name?)  I’m pretty sure PTR is not cruelty-free so I’d just like to work through another product that is not cruelty-free and get it out of my collection.

 

LeahERaven.com | December Makeup Basket - Shop My Stash

Spoiler alert, I am just about done with my Besame Cosmetics Vanilla Brightening Powder, so I wanted to pull in a couple of powders to work on throughout the month.  One of them being my beloved Milani Prep + Set + Glow Illuminating Transparent Powder and one that I’m currently trying out which is the Covergirl Advanced Radiance Pressed Powder in 105 Ivory.

 

LeahERaven.com | December Makeup Basket - Shop My Stash

For bronzer, I pulled in my Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer in Bronzer.  Luckily I’m not a huge bronzer hoarder, I only have 4 bronzers in my collection, least that I can recall, and one of them has pan showing.  So it would be nice, although unlikely, to hit pan in this bad boy.

 

LeahERaven.com | December Makeup Basket - Shop My Stash

Highlighters are definitely something that I have way too many of.  So, rotating them is important.  For this month, I decided to pull my Wet N Wild Megaglo Highlighting Powder in Precious Petals for more of a blinding highlight and for a more soft, subtle daytime highlight I pulled in the Catrice Cosmetics Highlighting Powder in Champagne Campaign.

 

LeahERaven.com | December Makeup Basket - Shop My Stash

Moving onto eyes, starting out with an eyeshadow palette, I wanted to show some love to my Huda Beauty Smokey Obsessions Palette.  This palette is such a great high-end palette yet such a wonderful bang for your buck!  I think it runs about $27 and the eyeshadows are standard sizes.  The reason for pulling this palette in is because I can get some great daytime appropriate looks as well as go more dramatic for the holidays.  You bet your ass I’m going to be utilizing that silver for New Year’s Eve!

 

LeahERaven.com | December Makeup Basket - Shop My Stash

For mascaras, I’m playing around with my two new Covergirl mascaras.  I have the Covergirl Lash Blast Volume Waterproof Mascara in Black/Brown, as well as the Covergirl Lash Exact Waterproof Mascara in Very Black.  I go for Waterproof due to being a dog groomer.  I do not want to risk my mascara running if I get soaked.  And yes, just because I am a dog groomer doesn’t mean I can’t wear makeup to work.

 

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Lastly, we have the brow category!  I have so many different brow products it is not even funny at this rate.  However, in my defense, I tend to blow through most brow products pretty quickly.  I’m still working on my Kat Von D Beauty Signature Brow Precision Pencil in the shade Light Brown.  I think I have about one more month, maybe a month and a half left on that product.  I’ve also pulled in my NYX Professional Makeup Tinted Brow Mascara in Black, as well as the Tame & Frame Tinted Brow Pomade in Black.  I pulled in the pomade, even though I’m not a huge fan of them (just because of how long it takes me to do my brows), for use when I do more intense glam style makeup.  When the holiday season rolls around, I tend to do more “Glam” makeup just for the occasion.

 

So that’s everything, well everything excluding the stuff that is currently in projects.  If you are curious as to what other makeup items I’m using I will link both my Movie Madness Project Pan and my 12 Pans of Christmas Project Pan for you.  I’m curious to know what items you are pulling in to your monthly makeup basket, let me know in the comments!  I also want to know, if you celebrate Christmas, have you got your Christmas shopping done yet or are you a last minute procrastinator?  For years past I’ve been such a procrastinator, this year, however, I have about 90% of my shopping done and all of those gifts are wrapped, sitting under the Christmas tree!  Well, that does it for me, I hope you guys have a great rest of your day and until next time!  Thanks for stopping by!

Beauty

Ulta & Besame Cosmetics Haul

Happy Friday gang!  Another week has flown by and here we are with yet another makeup haul.  Believe it or not, I did not pick up any of these items during Black Friday.  I ordered them the Friday before and have just waited for everything to come in so I can take pictures and do swatches.  What has been the one product that I have discussed that I have a serious problem with?  Lip products.  Can we all take a guess on what 99.9% of this haul contains?  Lip products.  Good lord, I know, I have a problem with lip products.  I will say I have decluttered a ton of lip products.  Not because they were expired but because I did not like the formula and wasn’t wearing them.  I’ve been really narrowing down formulas and shades that I truly love.  I probably decluttered a good 15 lip products and the lip products I have left in my collection I am truly happy and excited about.  At the start of the year, I am going to be doing another makeup inventory to actually account for everything in my collection.  Okay, seriously, I have blabbered on long enough.  Let’s get into the makeup!

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LeahERaven.com | Besame Cosmetics Haul

LeahERaven.com | Besame Cosmetics Haul

LeahERaven.com | Besame Cosmetics Haul

Let’s talk about my small Besame Cosmetics haul.  I only picked up a few items, but I am beyond happy with what I picked up.  The only Besame items I had in my collection before this was my Classic Lip Color in 1946 Red Velvet, which I absolutely adore, and the Vanilla Brightening Powder, which I also love just hate that it is a loose powder.  To add to those, I picked up 2 Limited Edition Shades from the 1937 Snow White Collection.  Now, I did not pick these up because they were Snow White.  Honestly, not a fan of Disney Princess movies.  However, the two shades I grabbed, Snow White and One Bite, are STUNNING.  The formula is still the same as the 1946 shade, super creamy, great opacity, I cannot wait to wear them!  I also picked up a blush from them because I wanted to try something else from their line.  It’s called the Delicate Rouge Blush and I grabbed the shade 1965 Sun Kissed.  I haven’t worn it yet but I did swatch it and dear lord, so soft and creamy yet it is a powder blush!  If this is as beautiful as it feels I am definitely going to be picking up additional shades.  And before I move on to the rest of the shades, can we discuss the packaging, please??  They are the one line whose packaging I am just stunned by and love having out on my vanity (makeshift vanity I should say lol).  I would love to have everything from their line just sitting on top of my vanity.  Okay, enough about Besame, let’s move on to the Ulta Haul!

 

LeahERaven.com | Dose of Colors Haul - Mickey Mouse Collection

LeahERaven.com | Dose of Colors Haul - Mickey Mouse Collection

LeahERaven.com | Dose of Colors Haul - Mickey Mouse Collection

I actually placed 2 seperate Ulta order’s.  The first order contained 3 Limited Edition Dose of Colors Mickey Mouse Collection lip products.  As the same for the Snow White collection from Besame, I’m not a Mickey Mouse fan, I don’t hate him or anything, just never was into Mickey Mouse and that side of Disney.  However, the reason I picked up 3 of the lip colors was because they seemed like shades I would genuinely love.  I picked up 2 of the Lip Glosses in the collection which are Rockin’ It and One and OnlyJess from YouTube is a HUGE Disney lover and swatched these products and swears by the Dose of Colors lip gloss formula.  She was not kidding about this formula!  It is a wonderful formula!  Very much like the EM Cosmetics True Gloss formula.  The other lip product I picked up from this collection was Lip It Up Satin Lipstick in the shade Forever.  I have tried on this shade and sadly it runs a bit too warm for my ideal nude, but I still enjoy the shade on me.  It is more of a peachy nude than I anticipated.

 

LeahERaven.com | Dose of Colors Haul

LeahERaven.com | Dose of Colors Haul

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So for the second order, again Dose of Colors but I decided to grab 3 more of their Matte Liquid Lipsticks.  Honest to God, favorite liquid lipstick formula and I have tried a ton!  Granted, before these three shades I have only tried two seperate colors (Desert Suede and Cork) but both were consistent in wear time, how they felt on the lips, they didn’t bleed, they faded beautifully when they did fade, and they lasted through doggie kisses.  Yes, I did just say doggie kisses (dog groomer here, this is vital).  Anyway, I wanted some great reds, but not just any reds, reds that will surpass my long work day, not bleed, not require touchups, you know, the full meal deal.  Tada!  I grabbed Merlot, a cool toned red, Los Anjealous, a muted ruby red, and Extra Saucy, a deep red.  I will say, I wore Los Anjealous to work the other day and it was an absolute SUCCESS!  It stayed on all day, I touched it up very lightly when I went to the bathroom, but would have been just fine if I didn’t.  I will say it did transfer a bit to my four legged kids, but I kissed them before the bath just in case so it did wash off lol.

 

So that’s it gang, that is my recent haul of makeup items.  I hope you found this helpful or at least interesting.  If you want me to review, do wear tests, etc on any of these items, don’t hesitate to let me know and I will make that happen.  I’m immensely happy with my purchases and am looking forward to wearing more red lips.  Red is one of my favorite colors ever, used to have red hair, have a red bedroom, literally, my life revolves around dogs (including my babies), the numbers 4 and 14, and the colors red, black, and grey.  OBSESSED and I do not throw around that term lightly.  Have you made any makeup purchases recently?  Do any Black Friday shopping?  Or Cyber Monday shopping?  Let me know!  Thank you so much for stopping by and until next time!

Beauty, Project Pans

Movie Madness Project Pan – Update #2

Hey gang, hope all is well on this fine Wednesday afternoon, well, it’s afternoon when I am posting this.  We are getting closer and closer to December, it is wild.  Right now my BF and his son are playing the NES and it is adorable.  Anywho, not why I’m here today.  Today is the second update to my Movie Madness Project Pan.  As I stated in the INTRO, this was a project created by Jessica on YouTube.  I loved the idea of basing a few products off of some of my favorite movies so I hopped on.  I missed the first update, well missed uploading the first update, so here I am with technically the second update.  So if you’d like to see the progress (or no progress) I have made on my items, well you know what to do!

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LeahERaven.com | Movie Madness Project Pan - Update #2

1. Hocus PocusOPI Nail Polish in Black Onyx
I have made very little progress on this item and honestly, I am shocked.  I enjoy wearing nail polish, although I do hate waiting for it to dry because it takes anywhere from an hour to two hours to fully dry.  However, black nail polish is my favorite to wear but I just haven’t been in the mood to wear black nail polish or nail polish in general.  For example, right now my nails are completely bare.   I still have one more month, so we shall see if the line can go a bit further down.

 

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2. Bram Stoker’s DraculaKat Von D Beauty Nahz Fur Atoo Everlasting Liquid Lipstick
This product has no visible progress.  I know it is difficult to actually see progress on a liquid lipstick unless you use it religiously.  I’ve probably worn this about 4 or 5 times this past month.  It really bums me out because I absolutely love this shade but it bleeds on me.  Even with a lip liner, this shade bleeds.  This formula also fades incredibly quickly.  Because of those two reasons, I don’t wear it.  I cannot have a red lip product bleed on me.  I’m going to try a couple of different techniques in order to try and wear this, but if it continues to bleed I will probably end up decluttering this product which really upsets me.

 

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3. The Silence of the LambsL’Occitane Dry Skin Hand Cream
I do have some progress to show on this product but again not much.  I’m not a huge fan of the packaging but the product is nice.  I keep forgetting to put it on, even with leaving it out.  I’m trying to get my BF to wear it some too to help move along the progress lol.  Hey, you gotta do what you gotta do right?

 

LeahERaven.com | Movie Madness Project Pan - Update #2

4. Se7enTarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer
Making this my only concealer I’m wearing I have been making great progress.  Better progress than I initially anticipated.  If you checked out my GRWM post I showed that I only use a little bit but have still been making great progress.  I guess that’s what happens when you stay consistent with a product, huh?  It definitely won’t be finished by the end of this project, but it sure will be very close!

 

So that does it for this quick update.  It’s nice to throw in short posts every now and again and doing small projects definitely helps with that.  I only have one more month left on this project, it ends December 28th to be exact.  I will definitely not have anything finished but like I said, progress is progress.  Have you pulled out anything recently from your collection and made some progress on?  Let me know!  Hope you have a great evening and until next time!

Beauty

A Quick & Easy Holiday Look

Hey gang and happy Monday.  Today is the big Cyber Monday where tons of deals are happening online.  I for one have not purchased anything today.  Like I said on Friday’s post, the only Black Friday shopping I did was purchase some toys for my BF’s son and my niece.  Other than that, I have all that I need and want at the moment.  That being said, I did purchase a few things the week before that should be coming in soon.  Anyway, that’s not why I’m here today.  I’m here to share a quick and easy holiday look.  I don’t know about you guys, but I’m not a super “Glam” person.  I love makeup, clearly, but I’m not about full on Glam makeup.  Looks absolutely beautiful on some many men and women, it’s just not for me.  I love quick and easy makeup that looks great and still makes a statement without being over the top for my tastes.  If you are interested in what that look is, just keep on reading!

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Now when I say quick and easy, I’m looking for my makeup to take me no more than 15 to 20 minutes, 20 minutes being the absolute maximum.  Of course, if I am just playing around with makeup that day, I don’t mind it being longer.  However, when I am trying to put my face on to go to work, for a get-together, or just ready for the day, I don’t want to spend an hour doing so, you know what I mean?  So with that being said, let’s get going.

 

LeahERaven.com | Quick & Easy Holiday Look

For my base, I’m working through my Milani Mattifying + Pore-Filling Primer, using that on the areas I tend to get oily and have large pores.  However, use whatever primer works for your skin or no primer at all if you are not a fan.  Then, for foundation, I am using a mixture of the FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Luminous Foundation in L2 and the C.Y.O. Long-Lasting Foundation Lifeproof in 101 with a tiny bit of white mixer.  Obviously, to help cut down on time you don’t need to mix 3 types of foundations, I’m just working on the two main foundations in projects so I’ve been taking the time to mix them.  My recommendation is to use a foundation that you know and love.  If you are going out somewhere, you don’t want to be trying new products that you are not sure about, you want to look and feel your best.  I blend that into my skin with a damp beauty sponge.

 

Next up is concealer and powder.  I dab a bit of Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer in Fair underneath my eyes and on my eyelids to cancel out any redness or veins and to act as an eyeshadow primer with the same beauty sponge.  I then set my concealer and face with the Besame Cosmetics Vanilla Brightening Powder.  Again, use what you have, are comfortable in, and you know that works and you don’t have to fuss with.  At this point, I am ready for the additional face products.  Because I am so fair, especially in the winter, I tend to use a contour shade as more of a bronzer, meaning I buff it out and blow it out a bit more because with my fair skin, using a bronzer tends to pull really war and orange on my skin tone.  Currently, I love using the Kat Von D Beauty Shade + Light Contour Palette, the shade Sombre.  I work this into my cheekbones, lightly on the outside parts of my temples and forehead, and a light dusting under my jawline.

 

LeahERaven.com | Quick & Easy Holiday Look

For blush, I want something to give my skin a more flushed appearance.  I tend to go a little heavy handed with blush for these kinds of looks because I love the look of rosy cheeks coming in from the cold.  Right now I’m using L.A. Colors Just Blushing Blush in the shade Just Playful.  It’s more of a neutral toned looking blush but on my skin tone it shows up a bit more vibrant mauvy pink.  For highlight, I like something a bit more subtle but something that gives that “Glow From Within” kind of vibe.  I like the Essence Pure Nude Highlighter in Be My Highlight.

Moving on to eyes, I like to keep it very, very neutral.  I want to be able to have an eye look that is not only simple but can pair with any type of lip you can think of.  For that, I just take the shade that I contoured with, today being Sombre, and run that into my crease.  I don’t like to pull it into my outer V area, just my crease.  Then, I take a darker, neutral brown on a smaller brush and run that in the crease as well.  I then take the contour shade and run it on my lower lash line.  At this point, I spray my face with setting spray.  One that helps my makeup last longer that I love is the Kat Von D Beauty Lock-It Setting Mist, it gives a healthy look to my skin, melts all the powders together, and definitely helps the longevity of my makeup.  After it dries, I throw a nude liner into my waterline, curl my lashes, and put a few coats of mascara on.

 

LeahERaven.com | Quick & Easy Holiday Look

Before moving on to the lips, this is when I do my brows.  Some people are blessed with beautiful, thick brows.  I am not.  Seriously, out of everything in my makeup routine, my brows take me the longest.  They roughly take me anywhere from 3 to 5 minutes.  What I do is fill and shape them in with a pencil, right now that being the Kat Von D Beauty Signature Brow Precision Pencil in Light Brown and then I run through a bit of the NYX Professional Makeup Tinted Brow Mascara in Brunette (love the formula, not a fan of the shade it runs really warm).

 

LeahERaven.com | Quick & Easy Holiday Look - Red Lip Option

Lastly, my favorite part!  LIPS!  Seriously, with this look you can do anything!  Matte, glossy, satin, cream and whatever shade your heart desires!  Some of my favorite Go-To’s for this look for holiday time include Kat Von D Beauty Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Nahz Fur Atoo, Besame Cosmetics 1946 Red Velvet Lipstick, Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in Tar Pit, Wet N Wild’s Megalast Liquid Catsuit in Give Me Mocha, and Wet N Wild’s Lipstick in Cherry Bomb.  Any type of nudes go great with this look, hell, even natural lip colors with a lip balm or clear gloss looks good.  But, when it is for the Holiday’s, I prefer those brighter, bolder colors because they give off more of a statement without having to put more effort in.  I don’t do lashes, I don’t do liner.  I keep the face & eyes simple and accentuate the lips.

LeahERaven.com | Quick & Easy Holiday Look - Nude Lip Option

 

So that’s it, guys.  That’s a quick and easy holiday look that I wanted to share with you guys.  With how chaotic the holidays can get, your makeup doesn’t have to be a stressor.  I mean, hell, makeup is me time.  I enjoy putting makeup on, that’s 15 to 20 minutes to myself that helps put me in a calm place.  I don’t need to complicate it, you know what I’m saying?  I hope that helps, you found it interesting or useful!  What are some of your favorite quick and easy holiday looks or products?  Let me know in the comments!  I hope the rest of your Monday goes well and until next time!

Beauty, Project Pans

12 Pans of Christmas – Update #2

Hey gang!  Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving if you celebrated it in the states.  I did a little Black Friday shopping, online only for my BF’s son and my niece.  I’m doing well on this end, not too many crazy things to report on.  Today I’m bringing you my second update to my 12 Pans of Christmas!  I know right?!  I’m actually bringing it to you this month.  I don’t think I posted last months update, let alone make sure there were pictures.  So I am doing it right today and I am super excited to share with you the progress!  So, if you would like to see where I am currently on this project, you know what to do!

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On the first update, I managed to knock out the Milani Make It Dewy Setting Spray, I managed to hit my goal in the Anastasia Beverly Hills SUBCULTURE Palette, which was to hit pan in both Dawn & Mercury and finished up my Kat Von D Beauty Signature Brow Precision Pencil in Graphite.  This month I was able to make goal on two additional products, make significant progress on a couple of others, and virtually no progress on a few.

LeahERaven.com | 12 Pans of Christmas Update # 2 - Kat Von D Beauty Shade & Light Contour Palette

The first major success is I finished both of the lighter shades, Lucid & Lyric, in my Kat Von D Beauty Shade & Light Contour Palette and hit major pan in Sombre, the contour shade.  If you can see in the picture, I made a frankenblush and put it where Lucid use to be.  I plan to keep using Sombre and see how far I can get with it till the end of this project.

LeahERaven.com | 12 Pans of Christmas Update # 2

Now the next product was an accidental pan.  I finished off the ELF Instant Lift Brow Pencil in Soft Brown.  I somehow managed to break the pencil and lost the product.  I clicked it all the way up and no more product would come out.  Fortunately, it is only a $2 pencil but that is not how I would like to use up my products.

Moving onto products that I have made significant progress on would be my Jeffree Star Lip Ammunition Lipstick in Celebrity Skin.  I enjoy this color but it is still not my ideal nude shade.  It has been really difficult for me to find a cool toned brown/beige/grey shade that doesn’t have any purple in it nor run pink/peach.  This shade is definitely more warm toned.  It is nice, don’t get me wrong.  But would not repurchase.  I know this will be finished up by the finale and I am stoked about that.  It will be my first lipstick pan ever!  Progress is shown on the sheet above the ELF Brow Pencil.

LeahERaven.com | 12 Pans of Christmas Update # 2 - Michael Kors Sexy Amber Perfume 3.4 Fl Oz

Moving right along I have my Michael Kors Sexy Amber Perfume in the 3.4 fl oz size.  This use to be a holy grail, ride or die fragrance for me, hence why I bought the 3.4 fl oz size of it.  Then I completely fell out of love with it.  However, throwing it into this project has made me fall back in love with it.  I don’t like how it smells upon first application, but once it melds into my skin, dear God it smells divine!  I have made steady progress on this product and I am confident I will have it finished by the end of the project.

LeahERaven.com | 12 Pans of Christmas Update # 2 - Besame Cosmetics Vanilla Brightening Powder

Up next we have the Besame Cosmetics Vanilla Brightening Powder that I had pressed into an old Rimmel Stay Matte compact.  I’ve mentioned this a few times now but just in case you are new here, hi, hello, how are ya?  My name is Leah and I am not a fan of loose powders… of any kind.  Highlighters, blush, foundations, bronzers, you name it, don’t like it.  Pressing this powder into the compact has made me fall for this product.  However, I would not repurchase it because I don’t want to have to press it ever time.  But, from the last time (although my dumbass never posted it) I have significantly increased the pan.  I’m pretty confident that I will have this finished off by December 24th.

LeahERaven.com | 12 Pans of Christmas Update # 2 - FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Luminous Makeup

Next up we have my FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Luminous Foundation.  As you can see from the progress photo above, I have made consistent steady progress on this foundation.  I know it will not be finished by the end of the year but I’m hoping I’ll only have about 1/4 of the product left.  I absolutely have fallen in love with this foundation.  Once I go use up more of my foundations in my collection, this one will be a definite repurchase just in the lightest shade.

LeahERaven.com | 12 Pans of Christmas Update # 2 - C.Y.O. Long-Lasting Foundation Lifeproof

Here we have the CYO Long-Lasting Lifeproof Foundation.  I was originally working on the Kat Von D Beauty Lock-It Foundation but that foundation is so incredibly matte that it is managing to dry out my skin and look really cakey now that the weather has gotten much colder here in Seattle.  So, I switched in this foundation and have made great progress.  I mix it with the FLOWER Beauty foundation to help lighten it and make it less dewy throughout the day.  This combination is superb on my skin!  The only problem with CYO is that I have not had it verified that this brand is cruelty-free which really upsets me.  This foundation has easily become holy grail status but I won’t repurchase till I verify the status.

The last couple of products that I’m going to talk about is the Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl Kajal Eyeliner in 005 Nude and the Melt Cosmetics Lipstick in Laced.  The Rimmel I use every single time I do my makeup but because I use it only on my waterline there is a tiny amount of progress to show therefore it will NOT be finished by the end of this project haha.  The Melt Cosmetics Laced Lipstick has no progress.  The reason for that is because I have been focusing on the Jeffree Star lipstick and I really want to finish up that one before I start working on the Melt lipstick.  I definitely won’t have it finished by the end of this project but I hope to have some progress.

So that’s it, gang.  That does it for my second update for my 12 Pans of Christmas Project Pan.  The project officially ends Christmas Eve, December 24th.  I’ll probably post my finale a few days after.  I cannot believe yesterday was Thanksgiving and we are rolling into the Christmas season with Christmas being a month away.  Man this year truly flew by.  Well, I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, if you went Black Friday shopping, let me know what you picked up!  Like I said, I’m not really into Black Friday shopping, I just ordered some toys online for my BF’s son and my niece other than that I didn’t pick up anything.  Until Monday!

Beauty

Covergirl is Now Cruelty-Free. Here’s What’s on my Wish List!

Hey everyone!  Hope you all are doing well today!  It is the day before the American Thanksgiving and boy am I ready for that!  Tonight I’m making the pumpkin cheesecake that I mentioned in Monday’s post and prepping the green bean casserole for tomorrow night.  I have a few more things to take care of tomorrow, but luckily I don’t work tomorrow, being that it is a holiday.  But let’s get into why we are really here today.  Covergirl is officially CRUELTY-FREE.  I remember seeing a Twitter post from a few different Vegan handles, but until it was officially verified by Tashina and Justin from Locigal Harmony, I was not going to get my hopes up or purchase any products.  If you have not checked out the 2 Part Series Tashina and Justin did on their YouTube channel, I will link both Part 1 and Part 2 for your convenience.  Seriously, if you have not watched it, go watch it now!  But enough chatter, let’s get on with it!

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Before I went cruelty-free, there were a few items here and there that I had tried from Covergirl and remember enjoying.  However, I genuinely think it has been a couple of years since I’ve used any items.  I will say I picked up two of their Advanced Radiance Pressed Powders when I went to Fred Meyer the other day because I am actually running low on face powders and they were buy one get on half off.   Today, however, we are going into the items that I would like to purchase from them in the future, of course after I have worked through several similar items in my collection!

There are a couple of mascaras I’d like to give a go to.  One of them being the LashBlast Volume Mascara (the one in the orange tube) and the Professional Super Thick Lash Waterproof Mascara.  It has been a while since I’ve used Covergirl mascaras and I feel that is some of the products they are known for.  One mascara that has been my favorite for years was the L’Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara but sadly L’Oreal is not actually Cruelty-Free, although they like to throw around that term lightly.

Something that caught my attention from the line was the Farewell Feathering Lip Liner.  I remember trying the Urban Decay Ozone Lip Liner a long time ago, but I can’t remember what I thought about it.  This seems like it is a good alternative to that product and clearly much cheaper!  I know Mariah Leonard likes to multitask that product so I’m curious to see if the Covergirl one will do the same.

Next is an oldie but hopefully a goodie.  Tati has mentioned loving the Cheekers Blush for years on her channel.  Even though I’ve seen them, heard about them, I somehow kept passing them up.  Granted they are on the lower part of the shelf and new releases tend to be placed at eye level.  Soft Sable and Iced Cappuccino are a couple of shades that really caught my attention.

Then we have the Micro-Fine + Define Pencil.  This I have heard several beauty YouTuber’s talk about on their channel and end up loving.  The downfall is they only have 3 shades available, so hopefully, I can find a shade that doesn’t run too warm.   Soft Brown seems like the ideal shade match for me, plus it comes with about the standard size of product (0.003 oz) and at $7.99 per pencil, I will definitely give it a go.  Like I said, once I move through what’s in my current collection.  Side note… there are quite a few eyebrow pencils in there.  Haha.

Last up is a foundation.  Now, if you have been reading my blog for a bit, I did an inventory of my foundations.  It has since grown a bit, so clearly I don’t need another foundation.  However, this one is going to be on the back burner for now.  It is the Vitalist Healthy Elixir Foundation.  The problem I remember having with Covergirl foundations in the past is for one, their lightest shade tends to run too dark and two, the foundations oxidized like a mother fucker.  I’m not talking about the dry down.  Oh no.  With every foundation, I expect about a half a shade darker dry down shade.   No, with Covergirl foundations I have tried in the past, they have oxidized around 2 shades deeper AND, AND mind you!  They turned ORANGE.  I don’t know about you, but I am not an Oompa Loompa… even though I love them.  So, that is why this product is at the bottom of the list.  I would like to try it, but I don’t have high hopes more-so about the shade.

So that does it for me guys.  Those are some of the products offered by Covergirl that I am interested in trying.  With Covergirl now being Cruelty-Free, Certifiable Cruelty-Free by Cruelty-Free International and Logical Harmony, I hope that opens eyes of other major brands showing that you don’t need to test on animals in order to make money or keep afloat.  It is a barbaric and archaic practice that we should no longer need to employ.   I also love that this gives more availability of cruelty-free products readily available at the drugstore and larger supermarkets, making cruelty-free beauty more accessible!

With that being said, I would love to hear about what products you’d like to try out from Covergirl, or if you have always used Covergirl, what are some of your must-have, highly recommend products!  I’d love to jot them down and try them out in the future!  Well, gang.  I really need to walk the girls and get ready to make dinner.  Although, if I’m going to be honest, I have no idea what I’m going to make since I’m already doing so much prepping for Thanksgiving.  I might say fuck it and order cheese pizza, which is what I did last year haha.  If you celebrate the American Thanksgiving, I hope you have a wonderful holiday, whether it be spent with loved ones, friends, or co-workers just in case you are having to work.  Until we chat again Friday, thanks for stopping by!