Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Palette Pan Project: Plans and Where I'm Starting Out the Year

Greetings, dear readers! It feels like it has been forever since I've written on the blog! If you follow me on IG, you may have seen that I had a running injury last month that required almost immediate surgery. Needless to say, I had no time to prep anything in advance, and as I was already immobile prior to my surgery combined with fighting with insurance to even get what I needed fixed, I got absolutely nothing done.

So where am I now?

I'll be four weeks out of surgery after tomorrow! I still have to use crutches and am not permitted to bear any weight on my knee for at least several more weeks. It funny to think I once thought as long as I had crutches I could still do things normally, but now I don't know if I want to laugh or groan at my ignorance. In spite of the difficulties and my limitations, I am still doing the best I can. Maybe I'm being overly optimistic, but I think I will still be able to get at least two posts up a week now that I've got some sort of system in place. Obviously things may change, especially once I'm permitted to do more by my doctor and my physical therapy starts really kicking my butt. Until then, I hope you'll still stick around with me and please cross your fingers that the surgery and my healing is successful! Now let's get into the pan project I want to do this year!

I have A LOT of makeup.

There, I said it. I don't regret it in the least, but it does mean that I never finish up most of my products, especially palettes. For 2021, I decided to select a few of my products to focus on using and hitting pan. They won't be the only products I use this year - I definitely have commitment issues when it comes to makeup - but I intentionally selected these products to give me some options as well as staple shades that can be incorporated with other looks. That's the plan, at least! I'm really hoping to make a large dent in these so that they are finished off and can be tossed at the end of the year.

Let's get a closer look at what I picked!

I picked this palette because it has a variety of colourful mattes and I just haven't used it anywhere near enough! I purchased this palette because I was excited about the colours and I loved the burger design of the packaging, but I now have a love/hate relationship with it. As fun as the burger may be, this palette is bulky and feels overwhelming just by the sheer size in my hand, even though there are only 16 shades. Also, maybe I'm just old and grumpy (ok, I KNOW I'm old and grumpy), but this palette makes me feel a little immature to own and carry around. I'm hoping to push past that this year and give it some more love this year. As you can see from this photo, there has been some leakage from the foiled shades, and while this isn't a safety concern, it does mean that the quality is going to change the more it continues. In truth I seriously doubt I'll empty this palette fully this year, but I should give it enough use that I'm ok with tossing it the end of December.

I was gifted this palette about a year ago, and while I do love the colours, it's only been pulled out and used a handful of times. While Glamlite's Burger Palette was selected for it's brights, this beauty by BH Cosmetics was selected to give me lots of neutral options with the added bonus of a moody twist. I can actually see every one of these shades getting some use, and I love that there are both some cool and warm options. There is a little bit of overlap in general in the look of some shades between this and my other selections, although that's fairly consistent with a lot of my collection! I may have to play around with my similar shades for some pretty monochromatic looks!

This palette is what inspired me to create this challenge for myself this year! As you can see, Nomad's Tuscany Palette has already received a lot of love already; it's the only palette I have used this much in recent years! I had kept it in a drawer at my makeup station as I found the shades handy to add in with other colours in addition to being an easy standalone palette. I already know I'll be sad when this palette is empty and tossed, but I'm hoping to stumble across my next "staple palette" at some point this year to fill the gap when this is eventually gone. I figure worst case scenario I can always pick up a replacement, right? Ha!

In addition to these eyeshadow palettes, I have also selected two blush options to add to this year's panning project.

While I have collected a variety of eyeshadow palettes, the same cannot be said about blush products. I definitely have a couple, but blush is surprisingly one of the products I have some loyalty. I loved this blush shade by Borghese and bought a couple backups of it. The first one is long gone and I've been slowly working on this one, officially known as backup #1. As I do have another one in the lineup and have slowly added a few more blushes to my stash, I figured it is time to finish up my current open one. The downside to this is Borghese has apparently retired this from their cosmetics lineup. At least it's a shade I should be able to find an acceptable replacement in the future without any trouble!

I recently discovered a love of creme blushers, but there is a downside to them: they don't have the longevity of powder products! This one has clearly gotten some use, but I'd like to get more use out of it before it goes bad. While BYS products are very affordable, there's no reason for me to let it go bad and not get more wear time out of it! Some of them will definitely get more wear than others, but I won't be too broken hearted if this palette gets tossed with some shades never hitting pan. I mostly purchased this palette to try out more products from the BYS brand and hope they eventually add another creme blush palette with other shade options! That said, I'm probably going to be sticking to the occasional blush single from now on when in the creme form.

I'm really looking forward to making some progress this year when it comes to using up my makeup collection! Between being so sick for much of 2020 and my makeup collection upstairs and not the easiest for me to access at the moment, there were far too many cosmetic-free days last year! Thankfully the hubby helped me with the stairs last week so I could go through my stash and bring down an assortment while I am stuck downstairs for the time being, not just this set to work through for the year.

Have you made any cosmetic goals for yourself this year? I'd love to hear what you're working on!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful evening!

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Thursday, December 10, 2020

Stocker Stuffers for the Beauty Product Lovers in Your Life

 We are racing at full speed into the holiday season with Hanukkah starting this evening! While my family doesn't celebrate the holiday, I have several friends that do, and I have no doubt some of you wonderful readers do as well! Happy Hanukkah to those that celebrate!

I know many are still shopping for gifts, and if you're anything like me, you'll have all the gifts purchased and then remember at the last minute you haven't picked up any stocking stuffers! Consider this post a reminder to pick them up! I'm not filling stockings for any beauty product lovers for the foreseeable future, but I still wanted to share a list of things I would love to put in stockings this year.

KBShimmer Sugar Scrubs

I've not made it a secret that I love KBShimmer's Sugar Scrubs. I always have at least one, if not two, hanging out in the upper alcove in my shower (to help keep water out of it). While the scent options vary monthly with the opening of the Polish Pickup shops, KBShimmer carries a selection of their own scent options on their website. Whether you want to use them as part of your manicure and pedicure routine or as part of your full shower routine, you really can't go wrong with it! Deep Cashmere is one of my personal favorites this time of year for its cozy, warm scent.

The Brush Guard Cosmetic Brush Sleeve Sets

If your beauty lover wears cosmetics, these brush sets are a must have! Cosmetic brushes get expensive quickly, and I am a fan of protecting your investment. I love to use these sleeves to help my brushes get their shape after a washing each week so I don't have to worry about early fraying. I also use them while storing my brushes, and they are the perfect brush travel companion! They are available in different sizes, and I've got an extra variety pack on hand for when I lose a sleeve or add another brush to my collection.

ASP Just For You Manicure Tool Set

With more and more people doing their nails at home, a manicure implement kit would be greatly appreciated! ASP is a brand that caught my attention this year, and I love that it is readily available at my local Sally's store. If you have multiple people in your home that would use these, I always recommend getting a set for each person to keep things sanitary. At only $17 a set, it's worth the affordable cost to help keep things clean!

Blenderelle Makeup Blender Case

While I'm certainly a "brush" girl when it comes to my makeup application, I still use a blender for certain things. The down side to a blender is they get pretty gross if they aren't cleaned and dried properly, and that means not sealing it in a plastic bag! I stumbled across the Blenderelle and fell in love with these storage containers! I started out with the original, which looks like a flower bud when closed, but they have added this cool crystal design since then. No matter which style of case you prefer, both have small holes to allow proper air flow so your blender can dry. No more leaving dirty blenders just sitting on your vanity! One added bonus in my case is it keeps my cat from running off with my blender! Prior to owning one, my previous cat would abscond with my blenders and I never did find them, even when packing up and moving across state lines!

Cuccio Naturalé Whipped Hemp Revitalizing Butter

Winter brings dry weather, and using extra moisturizing lotions and butters becomes a necessity! I'm particularly fond of this Hemp Revitalizing Butter, as the hemp seed oil, cupuaçu seed butter, and chia oil are incredible at rejuvenating and nourishing the skin. A little goes a long way so your giftee can look forward to many uses from this jar! This is perfect for skin health in general and definitely feels like a pampering treat!

I hope this post helps give you a few more ideas of different items to add to your beauty lover's stocking this year! I wanted to include some consumables in addition to some of my preferred staples that I've not really seen mentioned frequently.

How is your holiday shopping going thus far? Are you almost done or have you been putting it off?

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!

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Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Krampusnacht with KBShimmer

 Greetings, dear readers! It's been not so fun times around here since my knee injury last week. I'm actually going to need surgery and they have rushed it to this week. Yikes! I'm getting around on crutches for the time being but it's not exactly been a fun time.

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I don't know if it was my current mood with the injury, dealing with all that 2020 has thrown out, or just in the mood for something different, but I felt the urge to create Krampus nails for Krampusnacht this past weekend. I had the gorgeous new KBShimmer multichromes begging for some love, and the darkness of Obsidian and Much Lava To You were exactly what I had in mind. I hope you enjoy my quick and easy nail art!

I really didn't want to add too much to cover up the multichromes, and I opted to keep the final look simple. Using What's Up Nails Hotter Than Red Stamping Polish, I applied a few images from the Bah Humbug-02 Stamping Plate by Hit the Bottle.

I'm loving this look! It's fitting my mood recently, for better or for worse, and the multichromes are incredible! I still have the other two I want to use for nail art once I can decide exactly what I want to do with them.

Have you picked up the newest KBShimmer multichromes? Which one is your favorite? I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!

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