Beauty

How Many Years of Eyeshadow Do I Own?

Hey all, happy Friday!  Hope all is well where you are!  Currently, I am snuggled up on the couch, both Xandria and Lillith passed out and playing Tremors in the background.  But that is not what this post is about, nope.  Today I thought I would share a rough guestimate of how many years of eyeshadow I currently own.  Now, this was not my idea or formulation.  I learned about it through Jessica Lee, Amanda D., and Paula on YouTube.  They are currently going through their collections and guestimating, thanks to a Reddit user who came up with the formula.

I thought this was such a cool idea and hopefully a real eye-opening little experiment.  Now, safe to say, and honestly thank God, I do not own as much makeup as the girls.  All of their videos are linked for your convenience on their names.  Throughout the years that I have been doing makeup, I have gotten rid of a ton of makeup, not realizing it had a name (aka Decluttering).  I’ve thrown a lot of makeup away and given away a lot of makeup to friends.  I don’t want to know how much makeup I have wasted on doing that alone.

Jessica just recently did an updated version of how many eyeshadows she owns, even though her original video was done only a few months ago, and she is currently on her 16th or 17th month of a No-Buy.  So why did she have to redo it??  Well, unfortunately, she as cleaning out an area in her house and found JARS of mineral eyeshadows.  Like actual jars.  I want to say her total now is over 200 years of eyeshadow.  It is absolutely insane!

But we are not here today to talk about Jessica’s numbers, nor Paula’s or Amanda’s.  We are here to talk about mine.  Now, although it is nowhere NEAR their numbers, it is still a large number for me personally.  Most of my eyeshadows are in palette form, I own very little singles.  Trust me, I use to have a ton but gave them all away to friends.  So with all of the palettes and singles, my number came to…. drum roll, please…

8.993976489 years of eyeshadow.  Yep.  Just under 9 years worth of eyeshadow.  With this formula, it is calculating me wearing 5 eyeshadows per look, wearing eyeshadow 6 days a week.  I will link my spreadsheet here for you if you’d like to take a look.  Now again, this is just a guestimation, could be more, could be less.  But this is more to help give a realization of how much makeup is in my or even your collection.  Do I need to have 9 years worth of eyeshadow on hand?  Absolutely not!  However, this helped me see that I won’t need to purchase any more eyeshadows for a good while, which helps me save money!

Another thing this helped me realize, is my makeup addiction is really starting to get under control.  Not this year, but the year before I was VIB Rouge Status.  That means I spent over $1000 at Sephora.  That doesn’t include Ulta.  I’ve been steering away from Sephora and using Ulta more because they carry drugstore brands.  This year, I’m not even going to hit VIB Status with Sephora and I could not be happier.

I would really like to hear about how many years of eyeshadow you have in your collection.  All you have to do is click on the spreadsheet, then make a copy.  It’ll save it to your computer/smartphone on Google Docs and then you can edit it with your current collection.  The other products I’m really interested in to see how many years I own are my lipsticks and my highlighters.  Possibly foundations as well, since I have about 10 or 11 of them.

Well, I know this was a bit shorter of a post, but I hope you still found it interesting.  If you ended up calculating your collection, let me know what your numbers are in the comments!  Was it eye-opening for you?  Or were you not surprised?  That will do it for this post.  I hope you have a great weekend and I will talk to you guys on Monday!

Beauty, Lifestyle

Current Loves & Life Update

Hey lovelies, hope all is going well on this fine Wednesday where ever you are.  Today, I thought I would share some products that I’ve been loving lately from shopping my stash and some life updates since I’ve been so inconsistent with my posts.  First off, how are all of you?  What’s been happening with you all?  If you live in America or celebrate American Thanksgiving, can you believe it is next week?  I am not ready!  Although, I am ready to eat some delicious foods!  Anyway, let’s get on with it!

Currently, I’ve been working on the FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Foundation mixing it with the C.Y.O. Long-Lasting Lifeproof Foundation.  I really love the combination, the finish, and wear time.  However, with it finally being fall up here in Seattle heading into winter, the FLOWER foundation is running too dark, even mixing it with the C.Y.O. foundation.  So, I’ve pulled out my Fiona Stiles Matte Finish Foundation Concentrate and boy do I NEVER want to part from it.  Unfortunately, I’m not 100% sure if Fiona Stiles is a cruelty-free brand.  So, I’m just going to be cherishing this bad boy.

The next product is my Anastasia Beverly Hills SUBCULTURE Palette.  Yes, yes, the ever so controversial ABH palette.  I love my palette.  As you can clearly see.  The pan for Roxy may be empty, but I still have it.  I just mixed it with a peach shade to make a FrankenBlush.  However, I still have great pan in Dawn & Mercury.  The look I’ve been wearing with this palette gives me such fall vibes.  I’ve been taking a mixture of New Wave & Edge into the crease, then taking a touch of Mercury & Fudge into the crease but more concentrated.  Then running those colors along my lower lash line.  Probably one of my favorite looks that I’ve pulled out from this palette.

Another product I’ve pulled out from my collection and can’t put it down is my Essence Pure Nude Highlighter in 01 Be My Highlight.  Oh my gosh, I truly forgot how beautiful this highlighter is on my skin.  When I’ve seen videos by Charlotte Tilbury talking about her Film Star Bronze & Glow Contour Palette and talking about how the highlight gives the skin a soft candlelight glow, that’s what I think of for this highlighter on my skin tone.  And it was less than $5.  Seriously, I just want to bathe in this highlighter.  Is that possible?

One makeup item that I never thought I would truly see a difference, let alone be obsessed with is a setting spray.  Honestly, most setting sprays I have used tend to give the same effect, do the same thing.  However, Taylor raved about the Catrice Prime and Fine Dewy Glow Setting Spray and holy shitzies.  Makeup game changing.  So much so that I currently have 4 backups.  It melts all of the powders together so beautifully and gives such a dewy, healthy finish, it looks like I’m not wearing face makeup.  Good Lord, love, love, love!

Lastly is a lip product.  I’ve really missed wearing black lipstick.  Black lipstick has always been my jam, so much so that I own several different black lip products.  However, the one I have been reaching for the most is my Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in Tar Pit.  Hands down the best black liquid lipstick formula I have found.  It is not drying on the lips and super comfortable.  The wear time is pretty good as well!

Now onto what’s been going on/new with me and the girls.  Work wise, nothing too crazy has been going on.  It is starting to pick up again with the holiday’s approaching.  Both the girls are doing well.  Lillith’s skin is finally healing up a bit moving from the heat of the summer to the coolness of winter.  Poor thing, it’s almost like she is allergic to life.

For me, personal life has been amazing.  I actually finally found someone which is insane for me to say.  I’ve been single for about 7 1/2 years.  Yes, you read that correctly, 7 and a half years.  I haven’t been intimate with anyone in over 5 years.  I have been focusing on myself, bettering myself, figuring out my priorities.  I finally decided that I wanted to get back into the game and I instantly found him.  How similar we are and how many “coincidences” there are between us, is almost uncanny.  Love at first sight, for sure, even though I never thought that would happen to me.

End of April we are planning on moving in together and in about a year or two, we plan on moving to Texas.  We have also been planning a few other things, but we are just taking our time and just going to go with the flow of how everything pans out.  He’s so wonderful and I have never been treated like this before.  Makes me realize I have only ever dated boys and not a man.  I definitely don’t regret my previous relationships because I wouldn’t be where and who I am today without the past shaping me.

So other than that, everything else has been going great.  Being in this relationship has been tricky just in finding a balance, figuring out how to fit all of my “before him” activities and duties to coincide well with him.  Do you know what I mean?

Well, I think I have blabbered on enough, wouldn’t you say?  Now I would like to hear from you guys!  What have you been up to lately?  What products have you rediscovered in your collection and have been loving?  Is there anything new and exciting going on in your personal life?  Let me know in the comments!  Thank you so much for stopping by and until next time!

Beauty

Anti-Haul: Holiday Edition 2018

Hey everyone, hope you are all doing well today!  It has been a crazy month and a half for me, hence the shitty upload schedule.  But here I am with another post, today discussing some major holiday cruelty-free releases that I will not be purchasing.  With the holiday’s right around the corner, it is easy for us all to get sucked into pretty packaging, pretty products, and FOMO.  Most products that launch this time of year tend to be Limited Edition which has the potential to cause some to almost go into a panic wanting to purchase all of the new products.  However, like most products, they get talked about for a bit, put into a drawer, just for the cycle to continue.  Well, here are some of the products that I found that I will not be purchasing this holiday season.  If you are interested in what they are, just keep on reading!  All images were pulled off of the Trendmood Instagram.

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Picture Credit To TRENDMOOD1 of INSTAGRAM | Fenty Holiday Collection 2018

Fenty Beauty Holiday Collection
Fenty Beauty is a line that I appreciate and value, but unfortunately doesn’t really appeal to me.  The foundation, primer, match stix, and highlights didn’t work for me.  With this release, although absolutely beautiful packaging, you should NOT buy products for the pretty packaging.  It is an absolute waste of money.  This collection seems to mostly focus on sparkle and shine, from a mini Fairy Bomb, a Killawatt Foil Freestyle Highlighter Palette,  Metallic Eye & Lip Crayons, Frosted Metal Lipsticks, Metallic Powders, shimmer Match Stix set, and a couple of sets of Mattemoiselle lipsticks.  Again, looks absolutely beautiful, but I am not a fan of super shimmery, glittery, metallic products like this.  These products would never get touched in my collection.

 

Picture Credit To TRENDMOOD1 of INSTAGRAM | Dose of Colors Mickey Mouse Collection

Dose of Colors MICKEY MOUSE Collection
I currently have two shades of the Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipsticks and they are probably my favorite if not one of my favorite formulas.  They also have out some glosses, stick lipsticks, eyeshadows, and highlighters.  I am quite interested in trying those formulas down the line, once I’ve used up more of my products.  This collection offers a few liquid lipstick shades, 3 regular lipsticks, and an eyeshadow palette that has a highlighter in it.  This, in theory, would be a great way to sample a few more products.  I’m not interested, however, because the shades in the palette are shades I know I already have in my collection and the shades for the liquid lipsticks and regular lipsticks would not be that unique to my collection and seem to run a bit warm.  I do not like most lip products that run warm, they look weird against my skin tone.

 

Picture Credit To TRENDMOOD1 of INSTAGRAM | Jouer Holiday 2018

Jouer Cosmetics
Jouer, in general, is a brand that unfortunately doesn’t interest me.  They have beautiful packaging, but beyond that none of the lip shades, face products, eyeshadows have caught my eye and lured me into purchasing.  Same goes with this collection.  Packaging is an absolute A+ from me.  I love how beautiful and classic the packaging is, but the products inside.  Meh.  The eyeshadow palette is a massive turn off for me, because for one all of the shades look very glittery, which is not my style, and for me, those shades would be difficult for me to work with because I don’t feel I can make a completed and cohesive look.  After working on the Kat Von D Beauty Shade & Light Contour Palette and trying to use it up, I will never buy a face palette.  Several of the lip products look similar in shade and the blush is a shade I do not wear.

 

Picture Credit To TRENDMOOD1 of INSTAGRAM | Makeup Geek At The Stroke of Midnight Collection

Makeup Geek At The Stroke of Midnight Collection
Now, this is one of the Holiday releases I am actually really tempted into purchasing.  Not so much for the lashes or lip products, but for the palette.  Those matte shades are right up my alley and those metallic shades look stunning.  I love Marlena and I love Makeup Geek shadows.  However, the reason I won’t be purchasing this is again, I feel I have very similar shades in my collection.

 

Picture Credit To TRENDMOOD1 of INSTAGRAM | Jeffree Star ALIEN Collection

Jeffree Star Cosmetics ALIEN Collection
If anyone knows how to do colorful and unique collections, it is Jeffree Star, this collection being no exception.  From the design of the packaging, shade selection, and names, he really knows how to pull it all together.  I’ve purchased his lip scrubs before, great quality and flavors, but they ended up going to waste because I do not use lip scrubs.  I’m currently panning a Lip Ammunition and even though I love the color, the formula isn’t anything spectacular.  The liquid lipstick formula is honestly hit or miss for the shades I have purchased.  Unicorn Blood & Dominatrix were a bit patchy for me and wore off pretty quickly (granted, I’m pretty hard on my lips hehe), but Celebrity Skin & my personal favorite Posh Spice were great.  The reason I’m not interested in anything with this collection is the shades.  None of the shades for the lip products appeal to me and the only shade I’m interested in in the palette is the dark grey shade, which I have in my collection.

Now, I know there are tons of holiday releases happening, honestly they happen every year, but those are the ones that A) are Cruelty-free and B) caught my eye.  What are some holiday beauty releases that have caught your eye?  Any that you might purchase or are there some you will definitely pass on?  Let me know in the comments below! The only item I picked up for the holiday releases was the Anastasia Beverly Hills SULTRY Palette.  No regrets!  Anyway, that does it for me!  Until next time, I hope you have a great rest of your day!

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12 Pans of Christmas Project Pan – Update #1

Hey guys and welcome back!  Today I am bringing you my first update for the 12 Pans of Christmas Project Pan.  I’m a little late on updating but better late than never right?  This project is going from Sept. 24th to Christmas Eve, Dec. 24th.  All you had to do for this project was pick 12 items.  There are similar projects going on that are a little more themed, such as picking 12 Christmas movies to go with the 12 items, or 12 Christmas songs, but I chose this one because I didn’t have to line it up with anything.  Anywho, enough with the blabber, let’s get onto the products!

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First up is the Milani Make It Dewy Setting Spray ($9.99 US) and I am happy to say it is completed!  I was using this as a primer spray because using it on top of makeup, if I wasn’t careful would make me look straight up greasy not dewy and it made my face feel tacky which is no good if you are a dog groomer.  So I am happy this product is done and out of my collection, I will NOT repurchase and would not recommend.

 

The second item is the FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Luminous Makeup in shade L2 ($13.99 US).  After the intro, I looked into the bottle from the top and made a guestimate line of where I was at and did the same thing for today’s update.  So I could be higher, could be lower, this is just what I’m going with and I’ve been making quite a bit of progress, if I do say so myself!  I know it won’t be finished by the end of this project but progress is definitely progress!

 

Next up we have the Kat Von D Beauty Lock-It Foundation in L42 ($35 US).  This foundation is WAY too light for me, which trust me, blew my mind.  I was originally using this foundation to help lighten the FLOWER Beauty one and to help with the dew of the FLOWER foundation.  Unfortunately, I did not think this one through, because it is making my skin too dry and cakey looking since we’ve officially moved into Autumn/Winter here in Seattle.  I did make a little, very little progress on this foundation.  So, what I am going to do is pull this product from the project and sub in my C.Y.O. Long-Lasting Foundation Lifeproof in 101 ($7 US).  These two mixed together are incredible and since I have a backup of this foundation, I’d like to work through this one.  So below is where I am starting at with this foundation.

 

For the fourth product in this project, I pulled in my Besame Cosmetics Vanilla Brightening Powder ($22 US).  Now, I did press it and mix a little of my Maybelline powder in with this so it is not in the original packaging because I have come to realize I really hate loose powders.  However, as you can see from the intro and this update, I have made some great progress!  I had to repress it halfway through and have good pan the second time around.  I have no doubt that by the next update, this will be completely gone leaving me with only one face powder left in my collection!

 

Moving onto my Kat Von D Beauty Shade & Light Contour Palette ($48 US), I have made some amazing progress!  My original goal was to finish both Lucid and Lyric, the two light undereye setting powders, and to hit pan in Sombre, the lightest contour shade.  Well, Lyric is completely used up and I have hit good pan in Sombre.  I am extremely confident by next update Lucid will be completely gone and I hope to have more pan showing in Sombre.  If I manage to finish up Sombre, I will be BEYOND excited!  We shall see right?

 

For eyeshadows, I pulled in my Anastasia Beverly Hills SUBCULTURE Palette ($42 US) and the goal was to hit pan in both Dawn & Mercury.  Ladies and gentlemen goal was successful!  I know these shades are apart of this project but I really do love these shades.  I’m such a sucker for a good lid/transition shade such as dawn and I love grey shadows.  I’m going to put this palette away for now because I have pulled out my Kat Von D Beauty Shade & Light Eye Contour Palette ($49 US).  It is the original packaging and it is getting old so I’m trying to get more use out of it.

 

Before I move into the products that are documented on paper, let’s talk about the one nonmakeup item in this project which is my Michael Kors Sexual Amber Fragrance in the 3.4 fl oz size ($102 US).  I think I mentioned this in the intro, but I will say it again to be sure.  I originally tried doing this project last year but didn’t stick with it.  In that project was this perfume.  I literally had maybe an inch between the top of the bottle to where the fragrance was by the end of last year.  This year, I’ve been doing my best to use it here and there, finally getting down to the first line in the intro.  I will say I have made some killer progress in one months of use with this perfume and have really fallen back in love with this scent.  I don’t like how it smells initially on my skin, but once it blends in with my body, dear god it smells incredible!  My boyfriend is also particularly fond of this fragrance on me as well.  I don’t know if I will be able to finish this fragrance off by the end of this project, but I damn well will try!

 

Moving on to the products that I needed to document on paper, we will start with the first product which is my Kat Von D Beauty Signature Brow Pencil in Graphite ($20 US).  As I originally predicted, I was able to finish off this bad boy, no problem!  I really do love this product!  The shape actually works so well and easily in order to create those hair like, microbladed brow look.  It took a minute to get use to it, but once I did I had no trouble with it!  Luckily I have 3 back ups of this product, but I also have several brow products in my collection I neef to work through.  However, you will see this product again!

 

Next is the ELF Brow Pencil in Natural Brown ($2 US).  If you have naturally thicker brows, I HIGHLY recommend this product!  It has almost 3 times the amount of any other brow pencil I have used, has a great balance between pigment and wax, and is super easy to use.  The down fall is that the pencil itself is on the wider side, hence why I recommend to only use it if you have naturally thicker brows.  I have thinner brows and I can make this work, however, it takes me much longer to do my brows than if I were to use a brow pencil with a finer point.  Do you know what I mean?  But again, great thing is you get a ton of bang for your buck and even though I have been using it every time I do my brows, there is very little progress to show.

 

Moving on to the eyeliner I threw in this project, the Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl Kajal Eyeliner in 005 Nude has barely moved and I use this in my waterline every single time I do my makeup.  Seriuosly, I do not skip this step.  Yet there is little movement.  I might start using this under my brows to clean them up a little and see if I can make more progress that way.

Beauty, Project Pans

Movie Madness Project Pan – Update #1

Hey everyone, welcome to my first update for the Movie Madness Project Pan!  This one is a fairly light project pan, picking between 4 and 6 products that coincide with a movie, any movie you want.  Pretty simple and exciting huh?  This project was originally created/started by the PANtastic Ladies on Facebook, but I learned about it through Jessica Lee on YouTube (I will link her first update here for you).  For this project, I picked out 4 items that coincided with some of my favorite movies of all time.  So if you are interested to see where I am at, then just keep on reading!

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First up we have the OPI Nail Polish in Black Onyx ($10.50 US) for the movie Hocus Pocus to represent Thackery Binx being turned into a black cat.  I have made some noticeable progress, just not much.  I haven’t had too much patience in painting my nails lately and if they get messed up I get super irritated and wipe it all off.  I love the look of painted nails, but fuck I hate waiting for them to dry!  Anyone else feel me on that?

For the second movie, I chose the Silence of the Lambs and pulled out my L’Occitane Dry Skin Hand Cream ($28 US), because it rubs the lotion on its skin or else it gets the hose again.  I mean come on, I had to!  I haven’t made too much progress on this product, mostly because I keep forgetting to reach for it.  So, to see if it will help a bit, I’ve moved it to sit on my nightstand.  So we shall see by next update huh?

Movie number three is a classic, Bram Stoker’s Dracula.  For this, I pulled out my Kat Von D Beauty Liquid Lipstick in the shade Nahz Fur Atoo ($20 US).  Unfortunately I cannot visibly mark any progress on this lipstick but to be fair and honest, I’ve only used it a handful of times.  I absolutely adore this shade, but I find that it bleeds on my for some reason.  I’ve never had that problem with any other shade before.  Even using a lip liner I have had that same problem.  I also get butt hole lips super quickly.  So I haven’t wanted to reach for it even thought I really, really love the shade and how it initially looks on me.

Last up we have the Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer in Fair ($27 US) to coincide with my favorite movie of all time, Se7en.  I used it to represent the sin Glutton in the movie, because with this concealer I must be a glutton of punishment lol.  Now, I know it doesn’t seem like much progress, but I’m pretty proud of that progress.  I use it every single time I do my makeup and only a few dabs because this shit is potent.  I definitely won’t have this product finished by the end of the project, but I hope to be close!

So that does it for my first update, short, sweet, and to the point.  I don’t think I mentioned it here, but I did mention it in the intro, this project runs from Sept. 28 through Dec. 28, so I good 3 month long project.  The next update I am going to actually aim around the 28th of November instead of the beginning of December.  Also, Wednesday I’m going to be bring you my first update for my 12 Pans of Christmas Project Pan so definitely stay tuned for that!  Well, thank you so much for stopping by and until next time!

Beauty, Project Pans

13 By Halloween Project Pan – FINALE!

LeahERaven.com | 13 By Halloween Project Pan FINALE

Hey everyone, long time no write, I know.  Per most people’s reasoning, life got in the way.  However, here I am today with my 13 By Halloween Project Pan FINALE!  I finally worked all the way through a freaking project pan and I am beyond thrilled and proud of myself.  I’ve done several project pans in the past and have been unsuccessful, but today is the finale!  I’m going to go over the products I finished before this finale, before going over what products I had left.  So if you think that is something you might be interested in, well, just keep on reading!

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On the first update, I was able to finish off 6 of the 13 products which included the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Liquid Foundation in shade 1.5 ($40 US), the Rimmel Stay Matte Translucent Pressed Powder ($5.49 US), the Milani Make It Last Setting Spray ($9.99 US), the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Granite ($21 US), the Catrice Prime and Fine Professional Contouring Palette in 010 Ashy Radiance ($7.99 US), and the Elizabeth and James Nirvana Amethyst Rollerball Perfume ($28 US).  For pictures, I’ll leave the link to the first update here.

 

On the second update, I was able to finish an additional 3 products and declutter one.  Those products were the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Treatment Concealer in Fair ($9.99 US), the Wet N Wild Photofocus Pressed Powder in Warm Light ($4.99 US), and the Wet N Wild Single Shadow in Brulee ($0.99).  The decluttered item was the PUR Correcting Primer in Illuminate & Glow (discontinued).  The second update will be linked here for your convenience.

 

So, that means a total of 10 out of the original 13 products were finished or decluttered.  Let’s get into the last 3 items and see where I ended up!

LeahERaven.com | 13 By Halloween Project Pan Update #2
No7 Match Made Bronzer – Intro
LeahERaven.com | 13 By Halloween Project Pan
No7 Match Made Bronzer – Finale

First up is the No7 Match Made Bronzer in Golden Sand ($12.99 US).  I am happy to say I finally, FINALLY hit my goal of hitting pan!  I have actually come to really enjoy this product!  I still have no idea whether or not No7 is a cruelty-free brand so I would not repurchase if I ever manage to use this product up, but I am so beyond thrilled at hitting some good pan in this product!

 

Next, we have the Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black Dry Shampoo ($28 US).  I don’t have progress pictures of this product because for one, the packaging is opaque and I’m not very good at guestimating where I’m at, but I am happy to say I completely finished up this product!  I really love the scent of Nirvana Black, I’ve just never been into dry shampoos, not because this didn’t work for me, just because I’ve never gotten into the habit of using them.  So, even though this scent is pure heaven for me, I would not repurchase.

 

LeahERaven.com | 13 By Halloween Project Pan FINALE
Bath & Body Works Sensual Amber Fine Fragrance Mist

Last up, we have the Bath & Body Works Sensual Amber Fine Fragrance Mist ($14.50 US).  Sadly, I was not able to use up this bad boy, but DAMN did I make some killer progress!  I think if I keep up with it, I will be able to use it up by the end of November and move out another fragrance/body mist.  It pisses me off that Bath & Body Works decided to start selling in Mainland China because this is literally my ride or die body wash and body mist.  Assholes.  Oh well.

 

So that does it!  I can’t believe I finally followed through with a project pan and was this successful!  It’s amazing what you can do and work through once you stay dedicated to the products.  Coming up soon are going to be both my Movie Madness Project Pan and my 12 Pans of Christmas Project Pan updates, so keep an eye out for that!  I hope everyone had a killer Halloween!  Did any of you go through with the 13 by Halloween Project?  If so, let me know how you did in the comments!  Until next time!

Beauty, Project Pans

GRWM Using Project Pan Items & SUBCULTURE

 

Hey all, hope everything is going well for you on this Wednesday.  When thinking about what I wanted to post for today, I was stumped for a bit.  Then I thought, I haven’t really done a GRWM type of post in a while, especially using some of my Project Pan items.  So, I thought this would be perfect!  Plus, I am going to be using SUBCULTURE on my eyes and show a look that I wear often and get tons of compliments on.  Also, I will share how I use it to get this palette to work for me.  So, if that seems something you may be interested in, then just keep on reading!

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LeahERaven.com | GRWM Using Project Pan Items and SUBCULTURE

To start out, I always do my face makeup before my eyes.  That is how I have always done it, I’ve tried switching it up and didn’t like it.  Before putting on anything, my face was already washed and moisturized.  First up, I spray the Milani Make It Dewy Setting Spray ($9.99 US).  This product I have not really enjoyed because it looks and feels so greasy, however, I’ve gotten it to work really well as a primer spray.  It helps give a little bit more moisture for the foundation.  Then, I take a small pea-sized amount of the Milani Prime Shield Mattifying Primer ($9.99 US) and press that into the areas where I have really large pores, around my cheek area, nose, forehead, and chin.

For foundation, I mix half a pump of Kat Von D Beauty Lock-It Foundation in L42 ($35 US) with about a pump and a half of the FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation in L2 ($13.99 US).  The Lock-It foundation is extremely light on my skin and the FLOWER foundation is a little too dark.  Mixing them together helps give me a better shade match (though, I still manage to look ghostly lol) and helps make the FLOWER foundation not look SO dewy by the end of the day.

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LeahERaven.com | GRWM Using Project Pan Items and SUBCULTURE

Next onto concealing and setting my face.  I take my Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer in Fair ($27 US) and literally do one dot underneath my eyes closer to the tear duct area and one dot on top of my eyelids to use as a primer.  I am VERY lucky to not have terrible darkness under my eyes.  It didn’t really show up on the previous picture.  Plus, this concealer is extremely full coverage and very drying so using very little does help combat the dryness.  To set the concealer, I’ve been taking the Kat Von D Beauty Shade & Light Contour Palette ($49 US) in the lightest shade.  It is a mixture of Lucid & Lyric (I mixed them together and repressed them).  To set the rest of my face, I’m using the Besame Cosmetics Vanilla Brightening Powder ($22 US).  It is pressed into my old Rimmel compact because I have learned I truly hate loose powders haha.

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For the rest of the face, I took my No7 Match Made Bronzer in Golden Sand ($12.99 US) and warmed up this ghostly complexion in the “3” method, then took a little bit of Sombre from the Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette ($49 US) and contoured my cheekbones and dusted just a little down the sides of my nose.  For blush, I used the Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop Collection blush in Amaretto (limited edition) and highlight I dusted Anastasia Beverly Hills Starlight Illuminator (discontinued) on the high points of my cheekbones, brought that up around my eyebrow and lightly on the tip of my nose and cupids bow.

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Moving on to the eyes!  First up, I took the shade MERCURY (a matte deep gray) from the Anastasia Beverly Hills SUBCULTURE Palette ($42 US) and dusted that in windshield wiper motions in my crease.  What I do is literally dip a fluffy brush ONCE into the palette and on a towel that I keep by my side to do my makeup, I dab the excess onto the towel once or twice and it is the perfect amount for my eyes.  For me, this doesn’t bother me, because I’m used to dipping my brush into all of my products, not swirling.  So, just thought I would share that just in case you have this palette and have a hard time using it.

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Next, I pick up the shade FUDGE (a warm matte poop brown) on a slightly smaller, more dense brush and do the same with this shade.  I tap ONCE into the shade and dab off the excess.  I then take it and work it into my outer V area and slightly bring it into the crease.

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Now, on an even smaller brush, I use the Morphe M506 Brush ($6 US), I pick up the shade ROWDY (a matte deep purple), same method as FUDGE, and place that on top of where I laid down FUDGE, bringing it in a little bit further on my lids.  Now, I know it looks weird right now, unblended, looks like it skips, just stick with me on this!

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Now on a smaller fluffy brush, I picked up the shade ALL STAR (a matte maroon), did the same thing of tapping in once, dabbing off the excess, and worked that into my crease.

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To blend everything together, I then took a little bit of the shade DAWN (a warm, light beige shade) and swept that over the edges.  See, looks a bit better now don’t you think?

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For the lower lash line, I first took a little bit of ROWDY and blended it about 3/4 of the way towards my inner corner, then blended it out with a bit of MERCURY.  Then, I took a bit of my face highlight and put that in my inner corner.  Used a little bit of a nude eyeliner in my waterline and put on a couple of coats of mascara.  The eyeliner I used is the Rimmel Scandaleyes Kajal Kohl Eyeliner in 005 Nude ($4.99 US) and the mascara is Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara ($26 US).  I then set my face using the FLOWER Beauty Hydrating Setting Spray ($12.99 US) and 2 squirts of the Milani Make It Dewy Setting Spray ($9.99 US).  Yes, I only did two squirts, you do more than that and you look like a grease ball, not a glowing goddess lol.

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For my eyebrows, I’m still using my beloved Kat Von D Beauty Signature Brow Precision Pencil in Graphite ($20 US) and setting them with my NYX Control Freak Clear Eyebrow Gel ($7.99 US).

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Lastly, the lips!  I took the NYX Professional Makeup Suede Matte Lip Liner in Sandstorm ($ US) and outlined my lips.  Then filled them in with Kat Von D Beauty Studded Kiss Creme Lipstick in Bow N Arrow ($20 US) and dabbed a little bit of the bareMinerals Gen Nude Gloss in Yaaas ($18 US).  And here is the completed look!

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This has practically been my Go-To look for work every day.  It helps me use so many different shades from the SUBCULTURE palette.  I also get tons of compliments on it, practically every day.  They do say that purple helps bring out green eyes.  Also, don’t mind the crazy hair.  I had a side head shave a while ago and am now dealing with the grow out… it is not enjoyable haha.  I’m also going by to my original hair color, so I am going to be looking wild for quite a bit haha.

Well, that does it here from me.  I hope you found this helpful or interesting, if you did, let me know in the comments!  I’d love to hear from you!  If you have the SUBCULTURE palette, what other color combinations do you enjoy pulling in from it?  Thank you so much for stopping by and until next time!