Beauty

September 2018 Empties!

LeahERaven.com | September 2018 Empties

Hey guys, hope you all are doing well!  Today I’m going to be sharing my September empties.  Sadly, this month I don’t have too many products, HOWEVER, I have some really great makeup empties!  I’m beyond thrilled about my makeup empties.  So, without going too long on the intro, let’s get into the products I’ve been able to use up this past month!

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LeahERaven.com | September 2018 Empties - Febreze Air Effects Fresh-Fall Pumpkin Air Refresher

Febreze Air Effects Fresh-Fall Pumpkin Air Refresher ($4.94 US for 2-Pack)
I am pretty sure I have had at least one of these every single month since I’ve started documenting my empties.  I’m trying to use up my backstock.  I still have 8 of these… I know, I know.  However, I absolutely love this spray, it smells amazing!  Unfortunately, Febreze is not cruelty-free so I would not repurchase this product whenever I use up all of them.

 

LeahERaven.com | September 2018 Empties - Bath & Body Works Sensual Amber Shower Gel

Bath and Body Works Sensual Amber Shower Gel ($12.50 US)
I say it takes me roughly two months to use up a shower gel, so I am slowly trucking along with my Sensual Amber back stock.  It really pisses me off that Bath & Body Works decided to start selling in Mainland China because this body wash is my absolute FAVORITE.  Now, after I use all of my backstock, I am going to have to go searching for a good amber body wash.  If you have any suggestions, please leave them in the comments section below!

 

LeahERaven.com | September 2018 Empties - Assured 100% Pure Cotton Rounds

Assured 100% Pure Cotton Rounds ($1 US Dollar Tree)
Yet another packet of cotton rounds down.  I love going to the Dollar Tree and picking these up, they work great for me.  I use them with Micellar Water, with my Toner, and with removing nail polish.  Can’t complain!

 

LeahERaven.com | September 2018 Empties - Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Treatment Eraser Concealer

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Treatment Concealer in Fair ($9.99 US)
This was apart of my 13 By Halloween Project Pan and I am beyond thrilled to move out a concealer, especially a concealer that is not cruelty-free!  It does have a nice creamy formula and I understand why it is such a cult classic.  But, you can find plenty of other wonderful, creamy concealers that don’t attribute to animal cruelty.

 

LeahERaven.com | September 2018 Empties - Wet N Wild Photofocus Pressed Powder

Wet N Wild Photofocus Pressed Powder in Warm Light ($4.99 US)
Yet another product from the Halloween project pan.  I am so happy to move this out.  I am personally not a fan of this powder.  As I said in my last update, I felt I had to really dig into the product in order to get a decent amount of product on my brush.  Then, it didn’t even set my makeup.  It was still tacky, regardless of how much product I felt I was using.  Great price point, but not a product I will be repurchasing.

 

LeahERaven.com | September 2018 Empties - Maybelline Fit Me! Loose Finishing Powder

Maybelline Fit Me! Loose Finishing Powder in 05 Fair ($7.99 US)
Guys, I cannot believe this one!  I am so blown away that I finished up a loose setting powder!  Usually, these things take ages!!  But I have been working diligently on this powder, using it to set my Wet N Wild powder actually.  The Wet N Wild powder was a tad dark and this powder was ghostly, so it did help almost balance each other.  This was a nice powder, but as we know, not cruelty-free.  I also really hate loose powders.  So, Leah.  If you are reading this.  Do not buy any more loose powders, you hate them! lol  This was also the last product in my powder collection that was not cruelty-free.  I’m getting there guys!

 

Alright guys, so that does it for my September Empties.  Like I said, I didn’t have too many products this time around, but I am really thrilled about my makeup empties.  Some big items for me.  What are some products that you used up this month?  Let me know in the comments!  Anything you were particularly proud of?  The loose powder blew my mind!  Well, I don’t really have too much left to say, except I hope you have had a great Monday and until next time!  Thanks for stopping by!

Project Pans

Movie Madness Project Pan – Intro

LeahERaven.com | Movie Madness Project Pan - Intro

Hey everyone, hope you all had a great weekend.  Saturday I went to the Pumpkin Patch with one of my besties and her adorable (although wild) little girl.  It was a perfect day for it, overcast, cool breeze, and luckily not too many people there.  They had a hayride to Minion Ville, yes as in actual minion’s lol.  Threw some apples at Bigfoot and wandered aimlessly in an Alice in Wonderland corn maze.  It was loads of fun.  For today, however, I am doing my introduction to the Movie Madness Project Pan.  It is originally a PANtastic Ladies collab, it is a panning group on Facebook, but I learned about it through Jessica on YouTube.  Here intro video I will link here for you.  The project runs from Sept. 28 through Dec. 28 and you can pick anywhere between 4 to 6 products based on any movies you want.  My favorite number being 4, that is what I went with.  So, if you are curious as to what movies I picked and what items I tagged them with, just keep on reading.

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LeahERaven.com | Movie Madness Project Pan: Hocus Pocus - OPI Black Onyx Nail Polish

1. Hocus PocusOPI Black Onyx Nail Polish ($10.50 US)
If you haven’t learned by now, or if you are new here, Halloween is my favorite Holiday, along with Devil’s Night and Dia de Los Muertos.  I’m also an avid horror fan.  Hocus Pocus is a staple year-round honestly, but especially during the Halloween season.   I chose the Black Onyx nail polish in correlation to when the Sanderson sisters transform Thackery into a black cat.  “Twist the bones and bend the back.  Trim him of his baby fat.  Give him fur black as black, just like this.”  Yes, I quoted this without looking it up.  I can practically quote this movie word for word.  The goal for this is hopefully to use half.  If I stay diligent on painting my nails.  My nail polish chips easily because I am so rough with my hands, usually within 2 to 3 days my polish chips.  So, if I can be diligent on removing old polish and putting new polish on, this shouldn’t be a problem.  This product is also not cruelty-free so I will feel great about moving out another non-cruelty-free item.

 

LeahERaven.com | Movie Madness Project Pan: Bram Stoker's Dracula - Kat Von D Beauty Liquid Lipstick in Nahz Fur Atoo

2. Bram Stoker’s DraculaKat Von D Beauty Nahz Fur Atoo Liquid Lipstick ($20 US)
Red lips are synonymous with the holiday season and how more perfect to pair this lipstick with this movie?  Honestly, there is not a better match.   When I think of an ideal red lipstick shade for me, this is it.  It is a deeper, blood red, which I feel comfortable wearing.  True reds I don’t think work well for me, but I absolutely adore this shade!  There is no way in hell I will be able to finish this product, but I’m aiming for about 1/4 of the product gone by the end of this.

 

LeahERaven.com | Movie Madness Project Pan: The Silence of the Lambs - L'Occitane Dry Skin Hand Cream

3. The Silence of the LambsL’Occitane Dry Skin Hand Cream ($29 US)
Do I really need to give the reason why I chose this product for this movie?  Do I?  I mean… really?  I have the lotion, but I never rub it on my skin.  Hehe.  With winter coming, my hands can sometimes dry out a bit since they are in water so often.  Hopefully having this item in a project will help me be diligent on using this up and moving it out of my collection since it is another product that I have that is not cruelty-free.

 

LeahERaven.com | Movie Madness Project Pan: Se7en - Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer

4. Se7enTarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer ($27 US)
I saved the BEST movie for last.  If you don’t know, Se7en is my all time favorite movie, so of course, since we get to pick any movies we want to correlate products within a project, I chose this movie!  The reason I chose the concealer for this is because I am a Glutton for punishment.  Get it?  Glutton?  Part of the 7 deadly sins?  Okay, I’ll stop.  I didn’t realize how far I’ve actually made it with this product already.  However, there is NO WAY IN HELL I will finish up this concealer.  I’m just aiming for progress, however far I get.

 

So that’s it.  That does it for my 4 products for the Movie Madness Project Pan.  Are you doing this project also?  If so, what products and movies did you pick out?  If you are not doing, think about joining in!  I’ve been having so much fun panning products, working through my collection and with this one being so themed and matching up items, it was even more fun!  For this project, I plan on updating once a month, just like my other products.  Well, this post was the shortest I’ve done in a while!  Thank you so much for stopping by and until next time!

PS.  13 By Halloween Update #2 is coming Wednesday I believe, so get ready for that!

Beauty, Reviews

Review: FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation

LeahERaven.com | Review: FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation

Hey guys, hope you all are doing well!  In Seattle today, it is absolutely gorgeous!  It’s a beautiful sunny day, there’s a light cool breeze, and not a cloud in the sky.  Some of the trees are already turning colors and I am in love!  However, that’s not what I came to talk about today.  Today is my review on the FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation.  I’ve been using this foundation for a couple of months now and I feel I have a pretty good grasp on the foundation.  So if you are curious as to what I think about it, then let’s get into it!

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FLOWER Beauty, if you don’t know, is actually Drew Barrymore’s brand. It started off in Walmart and is also now carried in Ulta.  The foundation comes in a glass bottle with white and rose gold packaging, has a pump, and comes with 1.01 fl oz of product.  On Ulta’s website, it retails for $13.99 US and they offer 12 shades.  Referencing Ulta’s website, the foundation is supposed to have buildable coverage, a soft luminous finish, and feel weightless on the skin.

With the basics out of the way, let’s get onto the actual review, shall we?  For the application, I prefer using a sponge.  I’m not a fan of brushes, but I did try both with this product.  With a sponge, you definitely get less coverage, but for me, it is not significantly less.  The brush side looks really nice as well but a bit streaky so I just smoothed it over with a sponge. Upon first use, I did not use any primer, I just washed and moisturized my face as normal.  Everything applied evenly and smoothly.  Right away I noticed how dewy it was.  My skin looked so glowy but not greasy.  I have normal to combination oily skin.  I get really oily on my forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin.  I put on a small amount of concealer, just under my eyes then set my entire face with a translucent powder.  I finished the rest of my makeup and went throughout my day.  Within about 3 hours, my oils started really showing through and it was downhill from there.  I didn’t look glowy, I looked greasy.  I kept this foundation on for about 11 hours that initial day and by the end of it, I looked like I sank my face in a tub of oil.  HOWEVER, this foundation did not break down anywhere.  Not my nose, not in between my eyebrows, not my chin, nowhere.  It stayed fully intact.  I was THOROUGHLY impressed.

Fast forward to roughly 2 months later.  I have tried this foundation several ways, with different primers and have tried mixing it with other foundations and here is what I learned.  For one, I do really love and enjoy this foundation but I cannot wear it on its own (but I will try on its own during the winter time to see if I have the same results as in summer).  I like it best with a pore-filling, mattifying primer in my oily spots and mixing it with an extremely matte foundation.  My favorite foundation (holy grail status) is the Fiona Stiles Matte Finish Foundation Concentrate.  When mixing the Light Illusion foundation with the Fiona Stiles, it did take a little longer for my skin to appear greasy.  However, mixing it with the Kat Von D Beauty Lock-It Foundation, my skin had more of a demi-matte finish initially and had a bit better control on keeping my oils at bay.  Also, quick side note, I fucked up and grabbed the wrong shade of both the FLOWER Beauty foundation (L2 which is too dark) and Kat Von D (L42 way too light).  Mixing them together not only gives me an ideal finish but an ideal shade!

So, for this review, I am going to showcase it in my ideal method which is mixing it with the Kat Von D Beauty Lock-It Foundation and a little bit of the Milani Pore-Filling + Mattifying Primer.  I did a little over a 10-hour wear test, with no touch-ups, blotting, or powdering throughout the day.  The only thing I changed was my lip color.  Also, these photos are unfiltered, and the only “editing” I did was cropping, adding the borders, and text.  I did not touch up the photos in any way.

LeahERaven.com | Review: FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation - 8:15am Initial Application

LeahERaven.com | Review: FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation - 8:15am Initial Application

LeahERaven.com | Review: FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation - 8:15am Initial Application

I applied my foundation at about 8:15 in the morning with a beauty sponge.  Overall, it looked really smooth, didn’t look heavy or cakey anywhere, but I did notice it looked a little weird on the top of my nose.  I did set my face with a light translucent powder all over to help set the foundation because it was still a bit tacky and because I do get oily.  As you can see from the pictures above, I feel my skin has a demi-matte finish and looks really smooth, and did not feel heavy on the skin.  Quick side note, don’t mind the crazy hair.  It’s been dyed black and I had a side head shave and am now growing it out to my original color… so I’m going to be having crazy hair pictures for a while.  Plus, I don’t mess with my hair anyway.  It always goes up in a ponytail.  Anyway, all of my products, concealer, powders, etc. blended out and melded onto my skin without any issue.  I also want to note, I always set my face just to meld all the powders together, but for this one, I just used a basic setting spray, that didn’t affect wear time or finish.

LeahERaven.com | Review: FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation - 12:45pm First Check-In

LeahERaven.com | Review: FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation - 12:45pm First Check-In

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My first check-in was about 4 and a half hours later around 12:45pm.  I did notice a slight oxidation throughout the day, I’d say about half a shade darker but not super noticeable.  At this time, it did start looking oily on my T-Zone area and was getting slightly cakey looking around my mouth, but nothing excessive and it was wearing off the tip of my nose only because I kept messing with my nose.  Looking really up close, the foundation combination was not breaking apart due to natural wear.  It still, in my opinion, looks really good, I actually like the level of dewiness up to this point.  It also still felt very lightweight on the skin.

LeahERaven.com | Review: FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation - 6:30pm Final Check-In

LeahERaven.com | Review: FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation - 6:30pm Final Check-In

LeahERaven.com | Review: FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation - 6:30pm Final Check-In

My final check-in was about 6:30pm, which was a little over 10 hours of wear.  I started getting a migraine and wanted to wash everything off and go to bed.  Looking up close at the foundation, it was still a bit cakey looking around my mouth area, but it looked about the same as the first check-in, so it did not seem like it got worse throughout the day.  My oils were definitely poking through at this point and I did look pretty greasy.  It also wore off a little around my mouth because I ate a very messy sandwich, which who can really blame any foundation for wearing off then, right?  However, just like in the first check-in and every time I have worn this foundation, it did not break apart ANYWHERE on me.  My nose was still intact, cheeks, forehead, it didn’t get weird or patchy anywhere.  I could not believe how well this foundation held up.

LeahERaven.com | Review: FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation - 6:30pm Final Check-In - Powdered

I also wanted to show you guys how it looked powdered.  Besides the mouth area, putting just a little bit of powder in my really oily area toned down the oils significantly and least, in my opinion, looks almost as good as when I first applied it.  What do you think?

Overall, I really love this foundation.  I’m excited to try this foundation by itself in the winter time and see if my oils don’t pull through as quickly as during the summer.  I was absolutely blown away by the fact that my oils did not break apart the foundation when wearing it alone or mixing with other foundations, because most of my other foundations do.  I would say this foundation has about a medium coverage, but buildable.  When wearing it alone, when I went to build up certain areas, I was able to get a bit more coverage and the foundation did not bunch up, look cakey, or move around the first layer.  I would recommend this foundation, if you can find your shade and if you like really dewy foundations.  I think this would be great for extremely dry skin up to combo oily skin.  I have a few dry patches around my nose and I did not notice it emphasizing the dry patches or texture on my skin.  If you are straight up oily, I think you might like it, but you would need to be diligent about powdering or blotting every few hours.  I’m not a chick who blots my makeup or powders throughout the day.  The only thing I ever touch-up is my lipstick.  Whenever I run out of this foundation, I will absolutely pick it up again, this time in the right shade.

Well, this was yet another long review.  I tried to be as thorough as possible and I hope I covered all the points.  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments and I’ll try and answer you as soon as I can!  If you have tried this foundation already, let me know what you thought of it.  Do you love it?  Hate it?  So, so?  Let me know!  Also, do you have any cruelty-free foundation recommendations?  I also love trying new foundations, although I do need to get through with some in my collection right now, I don’t mind making a list of to-try.  I feel I have blabbered on long enough.  Thank you so much for stopping by and until next time!

Project Pans

12 Pans of Christmas: Intro

LeahERaven.com | 12 Pans of Christmas Intro

Hey everyone!  Sorry, it has been a hot minute since I’ve posted anything but I’m back today with my Intro for the 12 Pans of Christmas.  I can’t believe it is 3 months away already.  I know, I know, I’ve said this multiple times by now, but damn this year has been flying by.  I only have one month left on my 13 by Halloween project pan, which that update will be coming this Friday.  I’ve really been enjoying panning projects.  It’s really opened my eyes to my collection, what I like and what I don’t.  Quick side note, I’m listening to Alessia Cara’s version of How Far I’ll Go from the Moana soundtrack on repeat.  I’m really not a Disney princess fan.  However, this movie is amazing and the soundtrack even better.  Anyone else seen this movie and love it?  Anywho, let’s get into what products I’ve decided to pull for this project!

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LeahERaven.com | 12 Pans of Christmas Intro - Milani Make It Dewy Setting Spray

First up, we’ve got the Milani Make It Dewy Setting Spray ($9.99 US).  I’ve talked briefly about this product in the past and I mentioned that I didn’t hate it, but it is not great.  Well, I’ve been using it to get the hang of it again and I’ve changed my mind.  I hate it.  The sprayer gets clogged and sprays almost vertically completely missing my face.  It also causes droplets which are not cute.  So, I’ve been using it as a primer spray because it does look oily on the skin if you spray too much, but with the vertical spraying, which I know sounds weird and I can’t really describe what I mean, my face seems to get greasier.  So, I’ve tried it, like I’ve said, as a priming spray and then I use my beauty sponge and press it into my skin and it’s been working.  So, that is how I’m hopefully going to use up this spray and move it out of my collection.

LeahERaven.com | 12 Pans of Christmas Intro - FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Foundation

Product #2 is the FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Foundation ($13.99 US).  I’m going to have a full review of this product hopefully coming this Wednesday.  I currently cannot see through the bottle so I have no idea where I am at with this foundation.  With it currently fall and heading into winter, being drier, I hopefully won’t grease up as quickly so I can get this to work.  Also, it is way too dark for me.  That was totally my fault.  I grabbed the wrong shade.  I grabbed L2 instead of L1.  I will be mixing it with another foundation to help lighten it.  My goal is to use up at least half since I am mixing it.  I think I can achieve that because I wear makeup about 6 days a week.

LeahERaven.com | 12 Pans of Christmas Intro - Kat Von D Beauty Lock-It Foundation

The Kat Von D Beauty Lock-It Foundation ($35 US) is the next product on this list.  I am not a fan of this foundation.  It is way too heavy for my liking and way too light (my fault on that part).  So, I want to use it to mix with the FLOWER Beauty to help with transferring, lightening that foundation, and help mattify it.  I love quite a few Kat products, this is definitely not one of them.  The goal is to hopefully use about 1/4 of what product I have left.  I can only use about 1/2 a pump of this foundation mixed because 1 full pump mixed with the FLOWER foundation still looks extremely heavy and cakey.   Beautiful far away, up close looks gross.

LeahERaven.com | 12 Pans of Christmas Intro - Besame Cosmetics Vanilla Brightening Powder

Next up is the Besame Cosmetics Brightening Vanilla Powder ($22 US).  This was a product recommendation from Emily Noel.  Now, I really love the powder, however, it is not translucent on me.  It gives a yellow cast even just lightly dusting it on my face.  I had a little bit left of my Maybelline Fit Me Loose Setting Powder in Fair ($7.99 US) which is way too light for me, so what I did was mix the two together and pressed it into my Rimmel Compact that I kept after finishing it for situations such as this.  I hate loose powders, so pressing it will help me use it.  The goal is to completely finish it which I don’t have any doubt that I’ll be able to achieve that goal.

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

Here is my beloved Kat Von D Beauty Shade & Light Contour Palette ($49 US).  I do love this product.  However, it is getting really old and I need to start really focusing on using it up.  I have already hit pan in the shade Lucid, then repressed it, then re-hit major pan.  My goal right now is focusing on the shades Lucid, Sombre, and Lyric.  The goal for Lucid & Lyric is to use them up.  For Sombre it is just to hit pan.  Quick note, I just took this picture this morning, before I did my makeup.  When I did my makeup, I hit major pan in Lyric.  I think it is totally possible to use up the two light shades and hit major pan in Sombre (there is a large dip in it).

LeahERaven.com | 12 Pans of Christmas Intro - Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette

Moving onto eyes, I want to hit pan in the shades Dawn and Mercury in my Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette ($42 US).  I am really bummed they are discontinuing this product because against popular opinion, I enjoy this formula and this color scheme.  I can get it to work for me.  But, since it is getting discontinued, I want to show it some love and hit pan in two of the shades.

LeahERaven.com | 12 Pans of Christmas Intro - Michael Kors Sexy Amber Perfume

I decided to pull in a nonmakeup item.  This is my Michael Kors Sexy Amber 3.4 fl oz Perfume ($108 US).  I use to LOVE this fragrance, but not so much anymore.  Last year I attempted this exact panning project but never followed through with it.  Considering I have been doing the 13 By Halloween Project Pan and actually sticking with it, I wanted to do this project again and pull in this exact product, again.  Although on my own I have made significant progress on it.  I’m at about the halfway mark.  If I can use up about 1/2 of what is left, I will consider that a success!

Now, I’m moving onto products that need to be charted on paper.  Above is the paper I am using to keep track of and progress the products.  The starting line is the main red line on the bottom.  I’m a bit anal about lines being straight, so for me, this is a great guide.

LeahERaven.com | 12 Pans of Christmas Intro - Kat Von D Beauty Signature Brow Precision Pencil

The Kat Von D Beauty Signature Brow Precision pencil in Graphite ($20 US) is slowly becoming my holy grail brow product.  I have (clearly) been loving this product.  Now, I know this seems like a gimmie product, but sometimes you just gotta throw those kinds of products in projects to help keep you motivated.  The goal is to completely finish this up.

LeahERaven.com | 12 Pans of Christmas Intro - ELF Brow Pencil

Another brow product is the ELF Brow Pencil in Natural Brown ($2 US).  The goal for this one is to use up about half.  Now, you may be thinking that I should be able to finish this product.  Usually, I would agree.  However, this product actually has 3 times the amount of product of any other brow pencil I have ever used.  So, with it being a little wider, I’m not sure if I can actually use this one up or not.  We shall see though, won’t we?

LeahERaven.com | 12 Pans of Christmas Intro - Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl Kajal Eyeliner

Oh look, the Rimmel Scandaleyes Kajal Eyeliner in 005 Nude ($ US).  This was also another product I have had in this exact project last year… that is sad.  So, clearly, I need to use this.  Not only because it is not cruelty-free but because it is immensely old for an eyeliner.  The goal for this one is to hopefully use up about a 1/4 of the product.  Eyeliners take me forever, so whatever progress I can make will be a plus!

LeahERaven.com | 12 Pans of Christmas Intro - Jeffree Star Cosmetics Lip Ammunition

Here we have the Jeffree Star Cosmetics Lip Ammunition in Celebrity Skin ($20 US).  I really like the color on me but the formula is okay.  I also feel I have been flying through this lipstick.  The Melt one that I have listed below I have had for a couple of years now and have used it a ton, definitely more than the Jeffree one and have more product left than the Jeffree one.  So, I have no idea what is up with that.  They both have the same amount of product.  I’m guessing it has to do with the formulation.  Anyway, the goal for this one is to use it up.  I have NEVER used up a lipstick.  I hope this will be the first one.

LeahERaven.com | 12 Pans of Christmas Intro - Melt Cosmetics Matte Lipstick

Lastly, Melt Cosmetics Matte Lipstick in Laced ($19 US).  This is actually one of my favorite lipsticks although it doesn’t really show it.  I have had this product for over 2 years now and I definitely need to get some more use out of it.  I don’t feel like I will be able to finish this one in this project, but if I could use about half, I will be happy!

So that’s it.  That’s all the products I have pulled for the 12 Pans of Christmas.  Paula, who is A Beauty Guru Made Me Do It on Instagram & YouTube, posted her intro (which I will link here) and I definitely wanted to be a part of it again this year.  I’m determined to stick with this project!  Any of you guys participating in this panning project this year?  If you are, leave your blog post, Instagram, or YouTube so I can check out yours!  If you want to join along but don’t have a platform, let me know the products you’re picking in the comments and hopefully, you can update in the comments alongside my updates!  I think that would be so much fun!  Alright, well, I’ve blabbered on long enough!  Thank you so much for stopping by and until next time!

Beauty, Reviews

Review: RevolutionXEmily The Emily Edit – The Wants

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Hey everyone!  I am so excited about today’s post, I have truly been looking forward to it.  Today I am giving my review on the RevolutionXEmily collaboration, The Emily Edit.  For this post, it’s going to be all about The Wants palette.  I have been playing with it for almost 3 weeks at this point.  Now, before you say anything, I know that I said it was in my September makeup basket, but I’ve been playing with it since the day it was delivered, which was before the makeup basket was posted.  Just wanted to clarify that.  So, if you are curious what I think about this palette, let’s get into it!

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Review: RevolutionXEmily The Emily Edit - The Wants

First off, let’s talk about the packaging.  I ordered both palettes (The Wants and The Needs) from both the Revolution Beauty website as well as the Ulta website.  Yes, I have two of each, no I am not crazy.  Both palettes were individually wrapped in lots of bubble wrap from each retailer and not a single item was damaged.

The Wants palette weighs in at just under a pound (13.16 ounces), I would say is a light peach color, and has a full-size, high-quality mirror.  Even though it is on the larger side of a palette, it is still quite thin and I feel very travel-friendly.  It contains 24 shadows which include 13 mattes and 11 shimmer/metallic shades.  Revolution Beauty is certified Cruelty-Free by Peta.  This palette is NOT vegan, however, because it does contain Carmine.  Each shade contains about 0.03 ounces or 0.85 grams of product, making the total amount of product you get 0.74 ounces or 20.4 grams of product.  It retails for $20 US on both the Ulta and Revolution Beauty websites and is apart of Revolution Beauty’s permanent line.  I repeat this is NOT limited edition.

 

Review: RevolutionXEmily The Emily Edit - The Wants

Before I continue, I would like to give you a little information about Emily, just in case you don’t know who she is.  She is a Beauty YouTuber, her tag name is EmilyNoel83.  She has been on YouTube I believe 11 years this upcoming November.  For me to try to accurately describe what type of videos she puts up I feel would be a disservice to her and her channel.  She does it all.  Not too long ago, she did a video trying to dupe lip colors in her collection that matched Disney princesses.  Oh yeah, she went there.  Click here if you’d like to check out that video.  For me, she is just such a positive light to YouTube, one that when I sit down with a cup of coffee, I don’t feel I’m watching a YouTuber, I feel as if I’m listening to a friend.  I don’t know how else to describe her, other than just wonderful.  Her daughters are some of the most PRECIOUS kids I have ever seen.

 

Now, back to the palette.  From my understanding, Revolution Beauty gave Emily free-range on the creation of these palettes.  When creating the Wants, she was looking to create a “Complete” palette.  Meaning, she wanted to be able to have light shades such as “the cream,” mid-tones for great transition work, to set up the looks, and rich deep shades that don’t muddy up or lose strength is pigmentation.  She wanted each shade to be able to stand out amongst whatever look someone might create.  To get a full background and full understanding of the palettes, I HIGHLY recommend you check out Emily’s video, which I will link here for you.  She goes more into depth about the palettes, what went into the thought process of the palettes, tips and tricks, and so forth.

Before I get into the review, I will give you some swatches.  I will do it by rows from left to right.  I did the best I could to give acurate swatches, but this is not really my forte.  If you want to know the inspiration behind the names, I don’t want to take that joy away from Emily.  I highly recommend you just watch her reveal video, again I will link that here for you.  At the very end, I will showcase a few eye looks that I have created using this palette so you can see some of the shades in action.

 

Review: RevolutionXEmily The Emily Edit - The Wants

We have The Cream, Hobby, Prayer, Grateful, Good Vibes, and Side Hustle.

 

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Up next we’ve got Midwest, Dues Paid, Eve Rose, Belle Violet, Capricorn, Pi Phi.

 

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Here we’ve got Oh Heavens!, Love Tons, Pizzazz, Family, Top Story, and Apartment.

 

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Last we have Cupcake, Laughcry, Cheer, Heartbeat, Corduroy, and Dark & Early.

 

Now onto my review of the palette.  Like I’ve said in the intro, I have been playing with this palette for about 3 weeks now and I have used every single shade.  Let me just get this out of the way, yes I know I love Emily and that automatically is going to make me somewhat bias to this palette, I understand that.  However, I am still going to be honest about this palette, give the pros and the cons regardless of how I feel about her.  So you can take that information how you will because I really do love this palette.  If something happened to this palette, I would 100% go out and purchase it again.  Once I get into the pros and cons of this palette, I think you will understand why.

For one, there are no repeat or similar shades.  If you look at the palette, you might think Midwest, Dues Paid, and Prayer are similar.  Nope, all completely different and all 3 do show up completely different on the eyes.  With every shade, I did not have a single problem with blending.  There was no patchiness, skipping, or muddying of shades.  It was extremely effortless.  They are all pigmented but not overly pigmented.  What I mean is you don’t have to be afraid of accidentally getting too much and be fearful of ruining your eye look or not being able to blend them out.  All of these shades were meant to be built up.  So you grab a little bit, place the shadow where you want and then you can bump up the intensity.  From what I remember, Emily wanted this palette easy to use and beginner friendly.

There were only a couple of shades that took me a bit more building than the others and that was Hobby, Corduroy, and Side Hustle.  When dipping my brush into the shades, only one had a little bit of kick up and that was Dues Paid, however, it still performed without issue on the eye.  The only other thing that I noticed was when using some of the shimmer/metallic shades.  Belle Violet and Heartbeat got a little bit of a hardpan when using my fingers to apply the shades (as you will see below).  I got a little hardpan on Cupcake and Grateful when using my fingers, but not as much as with Belle Violet and Heartbeat.  However, Emily recommended in her video using a flat brush, then press and swipe the color onto your lid for best results.  So just keep that in mind.  I use the ELF Professional Eye Shadow Brush ($1 US) and have had no issues since sticking with the brush.

For my personal tastes, this is a perfect all around, complete palette.  It helps get me out of my comfort zone and use color, without feeling overwhelmed.  There is a wonderful mix of cool, warm, and neutral shades, and excellent balance between matte and shimmers, a light cream shade and a matte black.  Seriously, she thought of it all.  For my tastes, this palette is not missing anything.  For others, if you love more blue, pink, or yellowy shades, this might not be your jam.  However, not every palette is going to please every person.  You need to evaluate what you have in your collection first, then look at a palette that is interesting you.  I highly recommend going in store if you can before purchasing, that way you can get an up-close look at the palette as well as possibly touch and swatch before deciding if you want to buy it or not.

Let’s also discuss staying power.  For one, I use my concealer as my eyeshadow primer, but I don’t use an actual designated eyeshadow primer.  I set my lids with a shadow close to my skin tone, then I go into creating an eye look.  With all the shadows, I did not have any trouble with fading or creasing throughout the day.  The shadows were just as vibrant as when I put them on.  Let me give you a little bit of info on what I put my makeup through.  I usually put my makeup on around 5:45 am and take off my makeup around 8-9pm at night.  I am a dog groomer, so I deal with heat, humidity, dog hair, dander, wind, water, EVERYTHING.  These shadows have stayed put, have not creased, and have not faded.

Overall, I truly feel this is a fantastic palette that so many people could get great use from and a wide multitude of looks.  I’ve gotten glam looks, everyday looks, fall, spring, this palette truly can do it all.  Yes, it is not a perfect palette, it has a couple of flaws, but it does not take away from this palette in the least.  Also, the price is phenomenal.  You get such an amazing deal with this palette.  If you are apart of the Ulta rewards system, you can get coupons and money off, making it an even better deal.  Also, you are further supporting a truly genuine person who put their heart and soul into this palette and I feel it absolutely shows.

So that’s it.  That does it for my review on the RevolutionXEmily The Emily Edit The Wants Palette.  Is there anything I missed?  If you have any further questions about the palette, go ahead and leave them in the comment section and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.  I’m not trying to promote that you need to go out and buy this palette.  However, if you were already debating on purchasing this palette, have looked through your collection and didn’t find anything similar and were wanting to pick this palette up, I truly feel you will not be disappointed.  Sorry for such a long post, but I just wanted to make sure I covered everything.  Well, thank you so much for taking time out of your day to check this post out and until next time!

The Wants Palette on Ulta ($20 US)
The Wants Palette at Revolution Beauty ($20 US)
Emily’s Reveal Video

 

A few looks I have created using this palette.  Remember, I am NOT a makeup artist.  Just your average, everyday makeup wearer.  Shit ain’t going to look perfect, so just FYI.

Review: RevolutionXEmily The Emily Edit - The Wants

Review: RevolutionXEmily The Emily Edit - The Wants

For Look One, I first used a shade close to my skin-tone to set my lid.  Then I took the shade Oh Heavens! all over the lid, into the eye corner, up into the crease, and on my lower lash line with a flat eyeshadow brush.  Then, I took Capricorn on smaller crease brush and worked that into my outer V, slightly blending it into the crease, and onto the lower lash line.  I then took Oh Heavens! under the brow bone.  This look was inspired by smokey looks done by Charlotte Tilbury.  I notice she does a lot of shimmer work into the crease and the models look so beautiful.  I just wanted to give it a try.  To finish off the look, I threw a little nude liner on my waterline and added a coat of mascara.

 

Review: RevolutionXEmily The Emily Edit - The Wants (Look 2)

Review: RevolutionXEmily The Emily Edit - The Wants (Look 2)

For look number 2, after setting my concealer with a powder close to my skin tone, I took Hobby on a fluffy crease brush and worked that into the crease.  Then on a smaller, denser crease brush, I took the shade LaughCry on the outer third of my eye, mostly the outer V area and packed that on as well as smudged in on the outer half of my lower lash line and connected it to the upper eye area.  Then, on a small shader brush, I picked up the shade Cupcake and worked that over the rest of my lid and pulled it into the inner corner.  I also smudged it on the inner part of my lower lash line.  On a very small brush, I picked up a little of Oh Heavens! and placed that on top of Cupcake in my inner corner.  To finish off the look, I threw a little nude liner on my waterline and added a coat of mascara.

 

Review: RevolutionXEmily The Emily Edit - The Wants (Look 3)

Review: RevolutionXEmily The Emily Edit - The Wants (Look 3)

For look 3, the last look I’m going to share, after setting my concealer with a powder close to my skin tone, I picked up Dues Paid and worked that into my crease with a fluffy crease brush, then took a denser brush and worked that same shade on the outer V area.  I also pulled that shade on the outer half of my lower lash line.  Then for the lid and inner corner, I kept it simple and pulled in Oh Heavens!  This is the type of two shadow look I would wear to work often.  To finish off the look, I threw a little nude liner on my waterline and added a coat of mascara.

 

 

 

Beauty

YouTube Made Me Buy It: EmilyNoel83 Edition

LeahERaven.com | YouTube Made Me Buy It: Emily Edition

Hi everyone, how was your weekend?  Do anything fun or interesting?  Or were you like me and had to work?  Well, whatever you had to do or had the pleasure of doing, I hope it was enjoyable!  I thought today I would do another edition of YouTube Made Me Buy It, this time talking about products EmilyNoel83 influenced me to purchase.  I absolutely adore Emily and just to give you a heads up, this Wednesday I am bringing you my review on The Emily Edit, The Wants Palette.  So if you’ve been wondering about that, stay tuned!  But enough blabber, let’s get into it!

Note: This post DOES contain affiliate links.

LeahERaven.com | YouTube Made Me Buy It: Emily Edition - Em Cosmetics True Gloss

EM Cosmetics True Gloss ($17 US)
She absolutely SOLD me on this formula.  This shade isn’t up her alley, but it is up mine!  The shade I have is called Truffle Haze, a sheer grey nude shade.  This gloss is comfortable on the lips and not sticky, which I fucking hate.  I’ve been getting into lipsticks and glosses lately, shocking I know, but I’ve been selective on what makes the cut.  This gloss definitely makes the cut.

LeahERaven.com | YouTube Made Me Buy It: Emily Edition - Besame Cosmetics Classic Color Lipstick

Besame Cosmetics Classic Color Lipstick ($22 US)
The color I have is Red Velvet 1946 which is described as a mid-tone neutral red.  Oh, and it is absolutely STUNNING.  Besame Cosmetics is a brand dedicated to recreating vintage shades in modern formulas.  Their packaging also stays true to that.  I absolutely love the look of the 1940’s era and I wish I could pull off a red lip, but sadly I don’t feel comfortable in a bold red lip, but I will NEVER get rid of this.  It is way too beautiful.  It also has a very comfortable formula.

LeahERaven.com | YouTube Made Me Buy It: Emily Edition - Morphe M506 Tapered Mini Blending Brush

Morphe M506 Tapered Mini Blending Brush ($6 US)
Now I am not particularly a fan of Morphe but when Emily recommended this brush, I picked one up the next time I was at Ulta and man, this brush is a game changer.  I never thought a brush like this would work so well and never thought I would actually need a brush like this.  I can perfectly get into my outer V without going overboard and completely blowing out a look too far.  It’s a perfect brush.

LeahERaven.com | YouTube Made Me Buy It: Emily Edition - Milani Prep + Set + Glow Illuminating Transparent Powder

Milani Prep + Set + Glow Illuminating Transparent Powder ($9.99 US)
This powder has reached holy grail status for me, no lie.  It sets my makeup without it looking powdery on my skin and still gives me this natural, slightly radiant finish without looking greasy.  I cannot be without it.  I haven’t used it in so long and I’m dying over here.  I’m trying to currently use up the other powders in my collection before returning back to this one.  I’m counting down the days.

LeahERaven.com | YouTube Made Me Buy It: Emily Edition - RevolutionXEmily The Emily Edit

RevolutionXEmily: The Emily Edit
The Wants Palette ($20 US) & The Needs Palette ($15 US)
Now, I’m pretty sure you KNEW this one was coming.  With how excited I was about her surprise launch and how much I love this girl, you knew this one was coming.  I know I can support her by just watching her videos, commenting, liking, yadda, yadda, yadda, but I wanted to also support her makeup collaboration.  She’s never done one before and even though these are permanent, I had to pick them up right away.

So that does it for today’s post.  I know I’ve asked this before, but if you watch beauty YouTube, what are some products that you purchased that were influenced by some of your favorite YouTubers?  Any regret purchases or did you find some holy grail products?  I would love to hear about them in the comments, maybe we can have a discussion!  Thank you so much for your time today, I really appreciate it.  Definitely stop by Wednesday if you’d like to read my review on The Wants Palette.  Fair warning, it’s going to be a long one!  Until then!

Beauty

August 2018 Empties.

LeahERaven.com | August 2018 Empties

Hey there!  Hope you are doing well today!  Thanks for stopping by and checking out my August Empties!  I have quite a few products this month to share with you!  I switched up how I took my pictures to see if it’ll make it a bit easier to write as well as read, so let me know how you like it!  Without further ado, let’s get into the empties!

 

LeahERaven.com | August 2018 Empties: Home

Let’s start with home products.  I’m trying to work through my backup stash of my candles and room sprays.  So, this past month I was able to work through 2 Mainstays 20oz Candles in Pumpkin Spice ($4.86 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link) and work through a Febreze Room Spray in Harvest Pumpkin ($4.94 US 2-Pack Affiliate Link | Regular Link).  As I’ve said before, I love these scents.  I’m such a basic white girl when it comes to anything pumpkin, but sadly, they are not cruelty-free.

 

LeahERaven.com | August 2018 Empties: Skin Care

I was able to use up a sleeve of cotton rounds, this is the 80 count that I pick up from the Dollar Tree.  They fray a little bit but I can deal with it since it’s only a buck.  I finished off a deluxe sized sample of the Laneige Water Bank Essence ($36 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link).  I actually really enjoyed this, however not cruelty-free.  I used up yet another Kroger Makeup Removing & Cleansing Cloths.  I pick these up from my local Fred Meyer.  I’m not sure if they are cruelty-free or not, I haven’t been able to easily find that information.  Therefore, once I’m done with my backups, I will not be repurchasing.  Also, they do sting my eyes and I don’t have sensitive eyes, so that worries me. Lastly is a moisturizer by the brand Body Merry.  It’s called the Super C-22 Moisturizer ($19.99 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link) and Hallelujah, they are cruelty-free!  I have a couple of moisturizers/moisturizing products in back stock and once those are gone (unless I miraculously like those more) I will definitely be repurchasing this product.  It perfectly moisturized my combo to slightly oily skin, but I noticed a reduction of wrinkles and texture.  I felt for all the good ingredients in this product, it is well worth the price for me personally.

 

LeahERaven.com | August 2018 Empties: Perfume

Something else I am super proud of this past month was finishing off two rollerballs!  I know that may not seem like a big deal to some, but I have a very hard time finishing perfumes.  I’m trying to work through my Michael Kors one currently and I am not enjoying it.  The two I finished were the Elizabeth and James Nirvana Bourbon ($28 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link) and the Elizabeth and James Nirvana Amethyst ($28 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link).  Amethyst was in my 13 by Halloween Project Pan and I ended up enjoying this scent in the end, once it melted in my skin and the powderiness dissipated, but not enough that I’d repurchase.  Bourbon, however, I would absolutely repurchase!

 

LeahERaven.com | August 2018 Empties: Makeup

Last, but certainly not least, the makeup!  I always enjoy makeup empties and this month, I have a ton for me!  Several of these products were in my project pan, well, most of them.  So if you happened to check up my update, these may be redundant to you, but let’s get into it.  The Milani Make It Last Setting Spray ($9.99 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link) is a great drugstore option for setting sprays, although you don’t get too much bang for your buck.  The Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Ebony ($21 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link) is one of my favorite brow pencils, would definitely repurchase after I work through my massive eyebrow pencil backup stash.  I also have the Anastasia Beverly Hills DIPBROW Pomeade in Granite ($18 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link).  This product is actually a declutter.  I’m so tired of using it, I have had it for YEARS, and even though I have made a crazy amount of progress on it, I just can’t anymore.  It is too inconvenient for me, so I am letting it go.  I definitely feel I got my money’s worth from it though, so I am happy with decluttering it.  Yet another Essence I Love Extreme Waterproof Mascara ($4.99 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link), an amazing drugstore mascara.  I finished up the Wet N Wild Single Eyeshadow in Brulee ($0.99 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link), the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Liquid Makeup in 1.5 ($40 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link) (my holy grail foundation), the Rimmel Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder ($5.49 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link), and the Catrice Prime and Fine Professional Contouring Palette in 010 Ashy Radiance ($7.99 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link).  I know the highlighting side is still there, but I cannot make that work for me.  It comes across chalky on my skin and it’s not worth it to keep working on it for me.  I feel I truly got my money’s worth out of that product.

 

So that’s it, that’s my garbage for the past month.  Do you keep your trash to see what you’ve used up?  If so, let me know what you used up this past month!  Anything you are super proud of?  With as much makeup that I have attained this past month, shamefully trust me on that, it’s nice to know I’m actually moving products out.  Well, I think that does it for me.  Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to check out my trash.  Until next time!