My latest empties!

Time for yet another empties post. These are so much fun to make because it give me an opportunity to write about my experience of all the products I’ve finished. So these are the latest ones!

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This time we have a good mixture of old favorites, holy grail product and a few things that just did not work for me.

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#114 Prettysmooth Intensive Body Moisturiser Aloe Vera: I am always on the hunt for good but affordable body lotions because I go through them so quickly. So I decided to pick this up because it cost very little, and I usually like the mild scent of aloe vera in body lotions. This one was just OK. I felt like it was maybe a bit less moisturizing than what I prefer so I probably won’t pick up this again. On the other hand it was absorbed quickly into the skin and felt nice, so if you are not in that much need of a heavy skin moisturizer this may be just good enough for you. Personally I will probably reach for something else next time I am shopping. Not bad, just not what I am looking for.

#115 Redken Frizz Dismiss Smooth Force Leave-In Spray: I don’t know how may bottles of this one I’ve picked up so far, but you have probably seen this up to several times if you have been reading some of my other empties post. This is a holy grail and it does wonder to keep my curls unfrizzed but still not being too heavy. Perfect for everyday use. I already have a new bottle opened and a backup in the mail. I need to have a bottle of this at any time. Big big favorite!

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#116  LUSH American Pie Shower Jelly: This was kind of an error. I love the American Cream conditioner from LUSH, and I thought this was a shower gel with the same scent. It does have the same delicious scent, but this is one of their shower jellys. I find it a bit clumsy to deal with compared to a liquid shower gel. I love the scent, and it gets the job done, but it’s just not my favorite way of using soap. I don’t even like to eat jelly that much.

#117 House Of Gloi Pumpkin Butter – Insalata Nocturna: Off course I love this one. I have an army of House Of Gloi Pumpkin Butters in my bathroom and this scent has been a long time favorite. I have a small stash of this scent since it’ limited too their summer scent collection. I have been loving these pumpkin butters since the first time I tried them back in 2012 I believe. I will always always keep buying these.

#118 ELF eyebrow pencil – This one was a miss. Really waxy and not so pigmented. The packaging is flimsy and cheap and the cap covering the spoolie broke in no time. Will not repurchase.

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#119 Rituals The Ritual of Dao Body Cream – The body cream form Rituals are really nice. The packaging is big and luxurious and the cream itself gives a lot of moisture without being sticky. It sinks into the skin nicely. Just a great quality cream. The scent is nice and fresh. I may repurchase this one, I will definitely repurchase this cream in other scents (Happy Buddah is my favorite).

#120 Rituals The Ritual of Dao Foaming Shower Gel – I love these shower gels form Rituals. I have two other scents standing in my shower as we speak. It gives such a nice luxurious foam. The only downside is that they run out fairly quickly. I will for sure pick up these again, but maybe not this scent. Not because I don’t like this one. It’s simply because I like some of the other scents more.

I don’t know if I have mentioned it, but I had kind of set me a goal to finish 200 products this year. I feel like I go through products quickly, and I feel like I always am a bit behind on writing these post because I constantly have a small pile of empties laying around. Still I am not sure if I will make it. But all hope is not out and I still have a few more months left to try and reach my goal.

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Let’s Trash Talk!

And No, I am not referring to the ridiculous amount of drama going on in the beauty community right now. I am talking about my undramatic empties that I finished lately and want to share with you.

And I reached over 100 empties so far! I am quite happy with that, although I see people who count empties finishing 200-250 products a year, and it looks like I am not even close to that. I was under the impression that I went through products like wildfire, but I guess it’s not that bad after all.

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These are the items I’ve finished. The apple is an eye catches isn’t it? We will get to that in a moment!

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#106 Yves Rocher Energizing  Bath & Shower Gel Lemon Basil – This has such a nice fresh and herbal lemon scent, I sometimes feel like lemon scented products can remind me a bit to much about dish washing soap, but this one has a lovely authentic scent. I am sure I will pick up a new one of these!

#107 Skinfood Truffle Age Defying Cream – This really smells like truffles! It’s a nice rich cream that  I’ve been using as my nighttime moisturizer. I think it is a bit too heavy to use for daytime. It gives my skin tons of moisture and I did really like it. I may pick up this one again, but not immediately, partly because I still think I can find something better.

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#108 Tolymoly Appletox Smooth Massage Peeling Cream – The packaging is so cute. Yes it’s a bit cheap and childish looking, but I also think it’s kind of cute. Besides not that it’s empty and washed it can double as a toy. I now a 4-year old who loves playing picnic and I think this will be something she would like. I did really like how it worked too. My skin looked so clear and refreshed after using this. And every time I felt a bit grey or dull, I reached for this and put on a mask afterwards and that usually helped a lot. I may pick this one up again soon!

#109 Missha Deep Clear Cleansing Balm – Today is the day for Korean empties I guess! I do love testing out Korean skincare though, because they have so much cheap and good stuff. This was a nice and efficient cleansing balm that did the job very satisfying. A fresh citrus scent match the nice bright orange packaging well. I would not mind buying this one again, but the Heimish one is still my favorite.

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#110 L’Oreal True Match Concealer – This was in my project pan 2018, and I am happy to see it empty because it’s been a long road. The shade is slightly too dark so I could only use this a few weeks in summer. Needless to say it’s a few years old and probably past expiration date. The formula was OK, but it didn’t do anything special to me. I have so many others I prefer so I won’t pick up this again.

#111 Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24 H – This one you’ve probably seen a lot because it’s been on the list of products used in a makeup look almost every single time. This is a great great gel liner. It’s very black, applies easy and has great staying power! I will pick up a new for sure, I just have another old one I want to force myself to finish before I pick up a fresh new one of this!

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#112 The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2 % – Great skincare at an affordable price. I am all here for it! And The Ordinary really have some great products. I really did like this one too. It’s a nice peel I’ve been using a few times a week before bedtime and it seems to actually be working. I mean, I can feel it working, and it prevents clogged pores. Already got a new one in my bathroom ready to go!

#113 L’Oreal Paradise Extatic Mascara – This is my second tube and it wont be the last. It’s just as good as people say, and I have yet to find another drugstore mascara I like just as much. I haven’t picked up a new one yet but I will, and in the mean time I will be missing it. Great great mascara!

Did you finish something fun lately? And if you also do empties post just pop a link in the comments  and I will have a read!

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Empties – This time I got some great ones!

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Time to chat about empties again, and I got a small mixture of products for you. I actually finished a lot of good products here, so I have many to recommend to you!

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#100 Lioele Water Drop Sleeping Pack: I already wrote a full review of this product which you can have a look at here if you want to read more in depth about it. But I still think it is a great product and I realize that now that it’s been empty for a little while that I miss is from my skincare routine. I need to pick up a new one, and I highly recommend it!

#101 Nature Republic Himalaya Salt Cleansing Balm: A great makeup remover, and I have finished quite a few jars of this now. It is a wonderful balm that melts into the skin and removes even the most stubborn makeup quite easily. I will for sure buy this again because not only is it a fantastic makeup remover, it is also cheap!

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#102 John Masters Organics Blood Orange & Vanilla Body Wash: This smells absolutely divine. I’ve had this for years because I have been saving it. It is quite expensive to be a body wash, and not something I wanted to rush through because there are so many great cheaper body washes that works great so it feels kind of silly to spend this much money on one. But, that being said it is worth it because the smell is amazing and it feels luxurious as well. A very good body wash, but a bit on the pricey side. I may pick it up again though, because I do like it and I do like this brand in general.

#103 Avalon Organics Volumizing Rosemary Shampoo: Now over to something good and cheap. I tried quite a few of the Avalon Organics shampoo and conditioners and I generally find them to be a great and cheap organic option. This one was refreshing with a nice herbal rosemary scent and it did help with volume and shine as well. I do recommend, and I may pick this one up again at some point. I just have a few to many shampoos at the moment.

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#104 Bergamo Magic Snail B.B Cream: This was a part of my project pan. I initially put it in the project because I tried it once and I thought I didn’t love it so I wanted to just get it out of my collection. Now I am in love, and I need to get a new one. It just looks so great on the skin. It gives medium coverage and a dewy finish, but it is very skin-like at the same time. And the best thing is that it fades nicely, so even when it starts wearing off (it’s a B.B Cream after all and longevity is not supreme) it still looks OK. After a full work day has faded a bit, but after 8 hours that’s acceptable for a BB.I will buy this again! The only bad thing (like with many other Korean face products) is that the shade options are very limited-

#105 Lancôme Volume-à-Porter Mascara: I usually really like Lancôme mascaras. I like this one too. It gives a nice feathery look to the lashes. Nothing huge in volume or length, but good for days when you want natural but beautiful lashes. Did not smudge on me, and stayed put all day so that’s a good thing as well. I may repurchase in the future.

That’s all for now. Did you finish anything fun lately?

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Trash Talk….Meaning lets go through my beauty empties!

It’s time to talk about trash again. And this time we got a nice variety of different products. Spot anything you’ve tried yourself?

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There is actually a product from my project pan in this empties post as well. It is always good to be able to include those, because that could only mean my project is going great? It is doing good. The only thing I struggle with is that demonic blush that refuse to show signs of wear. Anyways, that’s for my next project pan update. Today it’s all about what is already empty.

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Let’s start with a matching pair.

#92 OGX Nourishing Coconut Milk Conditioner: I do feel like this is nourishing. It’s also a quite pleasant coconut fragrance since it ‘s not too overwhelming or artificial. This is not the conditioner I use when I want volume because it’s a bit heavy on my hair, but does really gives a lot of moisture. It also makes my hair smooth ans shiny.

#93 OGX Nourishing Coconut Milk  Shampoo: Same story as with the conditioner. I think this is the thoird time I buy these. This time it was only travel size bottles but the previous times it’s been full size (which are huge!). So I don’t mind repurchasing these I just need a break between because I get a bit tired of the coconut scent. That’s always the case for me and coconut scents so it’s nothing wrong with the scent really.

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#94 Yves Rocher Mango Coriander Energizing Bath & Shower Gel: This smells like a super delicious smoothie. The scent is absolutely lovely and perfect for summer. I really enjoyed this and would be happy to pick up another one. I will for sure do that on my next Yves Rocher order.

#95 Tolymoly Lip Balm: Super cute packaging. The product itself was just Vaseline with a bad taste to it. Won’t repurchase but my niece will get this to play with because she lovers these kind of things (she’s 4). So at least there is that.

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#96 Kiko Matte Fusion Pressed Powder: This powder was OK. It looked good on the skin, and set my makeup nicely without looking cakey, but it did not mattify despite it’s name. Actually I found my skin to be more shiny than normal just around one hour after application, so if you are looking for a mattifying powder this is not it.

#97 L’Oreal Glam Beige Healthy Glow Foundation: This was the one from my project pan I mentioned above. It is a light coverage foundation with a dewy natural finish. Good for summer, but I found that it does not last that well on my skin, so I won’t repurchase. I think. It’s not bad either and you never know hat might happen during a sale…..just saying.

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#98 Bastiste Dry Shampoo Original (Mini): I picked this up because I needed one for travel. This really does not last more than one trip. I got four uses out of it. Batiste is my go-to dry shampoo, but I prefer the brunette version because I don’t have to worry about white cast.

#99 Duo Adhesive Lash Glue: I am maybe the only one who still like this? It seems like everyone used this some years ago, but now so many has moved on to something else? I like it though, and will repurchase.

So, next time I do an empties post I will reach empty number 100! That’s exciting. Do you keep track of how many empties you go through? This is the first year I o it but I think it is kind of interesting to see how much I really go through

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Just another empties post!

My pile of empties creates a constant source of material for these posts. And I am always behind. But they are fun to make, and seemingly fun to read for many of you. So here goes another one!

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I got some doubles here, and then a bit of everything. Some good, some bad, some makeup, some hair care and some of my highly appreciated Haus Of Gloi Pumpkin Butters off course!

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Let’s start with the doubles!

#77 Dove Summer Revived Body Lotion With Self-Tanner: This was a mistake. I did not realize it was a gradual tanner. And I picked up 4 of them at once. To bad the actual tanner is horrid. If used several days in a row you build up a completely orange tan, that does not sit very well. So it is rubbed off partially on leaving me both orange and patchy. What a joy!

Luckily the tanner is very gradual so if used only once or twice a week it does not matter. Still, will not repurchase.

#78 Dove Summer Revived Body Lotion With Self-Tanner – With soft shimmer: This is the same as above, only worse because it is shimmery. Not buying again for sure.

#79 Redken Frizz Dismiss Smooth Force Lightweight Smooth Lotion Spray: This is a holy grail product that I use every day and I have been for years. Keeps the frizz away and makes my hair nice and smooth and shiny without making it feel heavy. This is just a staple in my everyday routine. Will repurchase this over and over again!

#80 Redken Frizz Dismiss Smooth Force Lightweight Smooth Lotion Spray: Still a favorite!

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#81 Haus Of Gloi Pumpkin Butter – Imp: My always much loved pumpkin butters! I will never stop using these either. They are and always will be highly treasured. This scent is very sweet and citrusy, almost like candy. It is a bit too much on the candy-like side. I do like it though, it is just not my favorite and Haus Of Gloi has such an incredible large range of scents that I only need to repurchase those I truly love and still have my bathroom shelves filled. I may pick up this scent in the future, but there is no rush. I have plenty I like a bit more.

#82 Haus Of Gloi Pumpkin Butter – Blood Orange Marshmellow: Sweet, heavy, delicious scent. To me this is perfect when  I crave something sweet in winter. I have backups of this already.

# 83 Adopt Eu De Perfume – Aquatique: This was in my project pan, and I had about 20 % left when I dropped it on the floor and broke it! It was a simple aqua scent. Very uncomplicated, and even though it was smellt good it was a bit too simple for my taste. Mote of a lightweight teenager scent I would say. I at least would have adored this as a teenager. It did not last very well on my skin either. A few hours and I could not smell it any more. I will not but it again.

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#84 – L’Oreal Mega Volume Miss Baby Roll Mascara: There is nothing mega about the volume this gives. On me they gave very natural lashes. Did not give much length or volume at all, and did not really separate the lashes. They quickly became like short spider legs if I tried to build it up. Worked best for me with just one of two light coats, but it completely lacked that wow factor. Will not but again.

#85 L’Oreal Brow Artist Xpert Brow Pencil: This one I quite like. It has one of those bigger square pencil shapes and filling in goes very fast. It is a bit unprecise so maybe not the best choice if you want something to make hairlike strokes with, but just for filling in the brows it works great.

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Let’s talk empties!

I never seem to get my pile of empties under control. There is always a whole bunch of products laying ready to be talked about. Am I the only one with this problem. I feel like I go through products so fast! I guess it is my extensive routines that make products go fast.

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This time around I got some skincare ad bath products to share. Do you spot any favorites?

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#70 Rituals Sakura Spring Shower Oil: I am a big fan of Rituals shower oils. I got two more standing in my shower. This really is a product I want to keep using, but as for now I will stick to the scents I already have in my bathroom. This is a really good product though and I like everything from the handy pump bottle, to how hydrating and soft it is on my skin as well as how nice the bottle looks. Thumbs up for this!

#71 Yves Rocher Coconut Sensual Bath & Shower Gel: These shower gels are nice, cheap and comes in a variety of different scents. I have kind of a strange relationship to coconut scents, because in my mind I love coconut, but in real life I often find them to be way to synthetic and I get tired of them very quick. I still keep on buying stuff with coconut scent though. This one is quite good for being coconut. Not overly sweet or synthetic,but I did get a bit tired of it after a while. Since I do like this I may repurchase, but a small size like this is more than enough for me. The shower gel itself is very good and gives a nice foam.

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#72 Bella Lucce Norwegian Oceanic Salt Rub: Bella Lucce has been one of my favorite bath and skincare brands for a very long time. Their body scrubs are amazing with lovely scents, rich oils and a lot of scrubbing grains. This one with Norwegian sea salt is very refreshing and just feels healthy on the skin. Unfortunately the brand recently closed down. So these products will soon be unavailable. I will with a heavy heart phase out the Bella Lucce products from my bathroom shelves. I hope i will find a similar brand to like equally much in the future. If you can find a product from this brand (they sell them in selected SPA’s) then I highly recommend them, just know they won’t be around much longer. And I was here planning my next big order of lovely skincare. Such a bummer!

#73 Heimish All Clean Balm: On a brighter note, this is an excellent cleansing balm and I already have a new one ready to go. It melts on the skin to a nice oil that removes any makeup easy as anything. Packaging is pretty too!

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#74 It’s Skin Pure Moisture Snow Blossom Essence: A moisturizing essence in a classy expensive looking bottle (Biotherm vibes) for a very reasonable price (Hurray for Korean skincare!). It does give moisture I think, the scent is pleasant but not overpowering and it looks nice in the bathroom. I would not mind buying this again, but I didn’t really feel like it made wonders for me. Good product I guess, but I will try some others. I may return to this one though. I just may want to look into something that gives a bit more than just moisture (my aging skin needs all the help it can get after all).

#75 It’s Skin Hyaluronic Acud Moisture Eye Cream: Very comfy eye cream that glides on and sinks in nicely. I can apply this just before makeup without any issues. I don’t think I will buy this again, because even though moisture is  the most important thing (together with avoiding sun) to prevent skin aging, I want something with more active ingredients. I think this is perfect for people in their early 20’s who would like a nice moisturizing cream, but I am a decade ahead of those people and would prefer a cream more suited for older skin. It is a nice eye cream for a fair price though!

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#76 Haus of Gloi – Cozy Sweater: Off course you know I love these! They are so so amazing little pots of rich body cream with a large selection of absolutely divine scents. I have my bathroom full of a nice selection of them. They truly are addictive! This scent is one of my favorites especially in winter and fall! It smells like mush, faded perfume, Egyptian amber, incense and vanilla. The most cozy scent ever perfect to match with a fireplace and a nice cup of tea. I am out of this scent right now, but I think I picked it up on my latest order arriving soon.

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Project Pan 2018 – 2nd Update!

This one is due time (like the last one…I am starting a trend here). But, I have some exciting updates, and I got a bit of progress to talk about now. I may even add in some new items before the year is over so the upcoming updates wont be too boring (that’s later though). If you want to read my first update you will find it here

But lets got through the products then!

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These are the foundations and BB Creams I am left with now, but my guess is that there will be a lot less for next update. I find it kind of hard to show how much is left, but I know I got good use out of a lot of them and I am more than half empty with all of these I think, some of them even more!

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The first picture shows the last update. I have been using the History of Woo Jewel Powder every day since I started the project and even though I feel it is never ending there is a significant decrease. I might be able to finish this one after all. The NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer I finished last time, but I still need to repurchase it (mental note to myself). The L’Oreal True Match Concealer is still unused. It is just too dark for me, and summer has been pretty bad so far (only rain).

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The first line shows where I was at last update, and the second line shows where I am now. the Adopt Eau de Parfum Aqua Liguria I unfortunately dropped just after taking and it shattered. Now my office smells a lot! Project pan wise I guess that is cheating, but I promise it was not on purpose! The other one I will try my best not to break!

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Some proper progress since last time! The pink Too Faced Lip Injection gloss I did finish this round , but it is hiding somewhere refusing to get photographed. The Korres Mango Butter Lipstick is also considered empty, and that means that I only got this tiny bit from the L’Oreal Shine Delicieux Lipstick and I would have finished all my project pan lippies. I plan  on adding some more but I actually want to just enjoy what I have for a little while.

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An now over to my Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer, old but gold! Now there is not much point in showing the previous picture here, because my camera can’t pick up the differences, you just have to take my word fr it. I do see some progress though. I think I can see a pattern created by the rings in the tin pan that I did not see before. does that make sense? Anyway, I am happy to continue working on this because I think this is a really good shade for me right now. Maybe next time there will be a pan?

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I think the dent in the NARS Zen blush got quite a bit bigger than last time. I did however put it away for summer because it would not fit the tan I never got anyway. I use this as a bronzer/contour on my winter skin in case you did not know, and it works great! It is way to pale in summer though. Except maybe this summer, because it’s been shitty so far.

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This Glominerals GloBlush in the shade “Papaya” has become this projects Achilles heel. I feel I use it all of the time (4-5 times a week since February) but I see nothing! I just hope I can use this a bit more heavy handed when I get some more color too my face, but I am starting to loose my hopes of ever getting a pan on this! It is a nice blush for everyday though, so at east I like the product. However it would be nice to see some dip in the product soon!

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On last update I had used the Colourpop  “Yes Please” palette once, Now I got mu self some nice dents in a few shade. The pale lid shade I hope to hit pan on now this month, but several of the shades show some good use!

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It is a bit hard to photograph dents in the Anastasia Modern Renaissance palette, but I got some progress on several.  I also got a decent pan on the shades “Tempera” and that means I reached my goals for this palette, and this is the first proper pan in the project! So I am very excited about that!

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Can you see any difference in this Certifeye The Tropical Wonders Palette? I am convinced I see something in real life, but on these pictures I can’t really tell. I wish I got a bit more progress than this, but I have had so many new palettes to review so just doing colorful looks and playing around with this palette is just not something I had much time to do. I hope to do better now during summer. This is the prefect palette for colorful summery looks after all!

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The last palette is Zoeva En Taupe. I feel like I am sooo so close on hitting pan on three of the shades on the top row, but I felt like this for so long and the pans just won’t show! It can’t be much left though! Since this is a cool-toned palette and I don’t think I have too much left before hitting pan I am saving this until fall/early winter because I think warm tones are more flattering on my skin during summer and early fall. It should not be any problem hitting pan on this before 2018 ends though, so I feel pretty confident about this one!

So just to make a summary here is a list over empties so far! The products in bold is what I finished since last update!

Empties so far:

  • Missha Signature Wrinkle Fill Up B.B Cream
  • NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
  • Colourpop Aventurine Setting Spray
  • Colourpop Aquamarine Setting Spray
  • Origins Ginger Essence
  • Too Faced Lip Injection (shimmery beige)
  • Too Faced Lip Injection (pink transparent)
  • Korres Mango Butter Lipstick (Natural Pink)
  • Adopt Eau de Parfum Aqua Liguria

 

Pans so far:

  • Anastasia Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette (Tempera)

Are you working on a project pan lately? I would love to read about it so please drop me a link or tell me about it if you do. It is always fun to look at peoples progress!

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