Saturday, 22 April 2017

Project Pan 2017 - Start Point. Garnier, Gliss, NYX, Revolution, Too Faced, Boots, Kat Von D

So it's been a while since the last time I attempted a Project Pan type thing and maybe I'm being a little crazy to start it during my 50 Days, 50 Lipsticks projects but I figured as long as I didn't add any lip products in, I could probably give it a bash.

All photos here were taken on 16 April 2017, for updates sake later on.

So I've selected seventeen products as its 2017, to start with. A mix of hair and body care, make-up and perfume and as I finish or hit my goals with things I'll add more in. I've marked all the products I'm including with washi tape, more for my benefit as it makes them easier to identify when I'm half asleep first thing in the morning,

  • Gliss Liquid Silk Hair Repair Conditioner. I've had this bottle since forever and just really want it gone now. I'm not sure if it does anything or not but it does smell pretty and I've only got a tiny bit left so it should be easy enough to use up.
  • Percy and Reed Hairspray. I don't like this and I don't normally use hairspray but I got this in a sample box and I don't like binning usable things so I guess I'll be constructing some up-do's from my crazy mop in the near future.
  • Garnier Body Repair Maple Sap Lotion. This is another product I've had forever and really need rid of it.  This wont take me long to use up so hopefully this'll be gone withing the next four weeks.
  • Boots Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Mask with Active Charcoal. It's not a bad mask, it's just not my favourite. I've probably used it three or four times already so I guess I maybe had four or five more uses left. 
  • B. Pure Micellar Water. It's OK. Its a micellar water, I don't love the twist top on it so I think thats why it's still kicking about. Lets get it used.
  • (Asda)The Skin System Radiance SPF15 Daycream. Again, not something I love but it's usable. Also it's a glass jar which I find a little strange seeing as this really isn't expensive at all.

  • Collection Lasting Perfection Powder in Fair. I want to say its powder and I should just suck it up and use it up but this has a really warm yellow tone and if I use it for anything other than just dusting my nose (like setting concealer) it looks so yellow I have to wipe it off. We should be heading into Summer here in Scotland soon (hahahahahahaha I wish) so I will hopefully be able to get this used up soon.
  • Too Faced Sun Bunny Bronzer (mini size). I tend to avoid shimmery bronzer like I would a zombie that's on fire and spreading an airborne strain of measles(I don't actually know how measles spreads, is it airborne?) however I have somehow ended up with two of these wee Sun Bunny bronzers. I'm hoping to get some use out of this during the three days of previously mentioned Scottish summer, most likely across my chest, or maybe on my legs if I shave them and then decided to wear shorts. If not its a very pretty and very big eyeshadow. Goal - Hit Pan
  • Benefit Porefessional Primer, its the brown stuff in the pot because I managed to loose the lid for the tube. I don't love it. It doesn't do anything for my oily T-Zone or dry spots but I will use it up.
  • NYX HD Blush in Amber. I don't want to finish it, my goal is just to hit pan and then swap it out. I really like this blush, it's one of my favourites but I feel it gets completely lost in my collection. Goal - Hit Pan
  • New Look Fix Makeup Setting Spray - Hey Kirstie, how about you don't buy stuff on a whim? I picked up a couple of the New Look Beauty products on a whim and both the lipstick and the foundation are actually OK, This spray does nothing though, Noooooooothing. Can't wait till its done.

  • I <3 Makeup Naked Chocolate Palette. I pulled this palette out at the start of April in a vague effort to kind of shop my stash. I say kind of as I use what I pull out for about two weeks, get bored and end up going through everything every day again. I do not love this palette, and I find the shimmers are hard to apply with any intensity and the mattes really fade throughout the day. But dammit I paid for it, so I will get some use out of it. My goal for this is to hit pan on one of the shades, and I already know from the past two and a half weeks it will be a struggle. Also place your bets on which one, my moneys on either the second from the right on the top or second left or second right on the bottom. Once I've done that, if I've not fallen back in love its going in the bin, but at least it will feel less like a waste of money. Goal - Hit Pan
  • Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper (Mini Size). I love this, but I'm conscious its getting old and I have no way of cleaning the tip that gets rubbed all over my eye lid every time I use it, which is every time I do winged liner. The plan is to use it up and buy a full sized one, and then not open the full sized one till I've gotten through another three black liquid liners as I have a fair few.
  • 17 Va Va Voom Mascara, Like the liner I love it, but it's getting old. This will be done before my next update most likely, and it will get replaces with my mini Perversion Mascara from Urban decay.
  • Models Own I-Definer Kohl Pencil in Black. I bought a big set of these just after Christmas and the only one I really played with was the Peacock blue shade which was beautiful. Sadly though, I somehow managed to pull the bottom coloured stopper off of it and that was really messy and I had to bin it. I just want to try and use this a bit, as I always seem to reach for my NYX Slide On Pencil, when I want a black liner pencil. I'll swap it out when I feel like it, or bin it if its not good. Goal - Play with it a bit
  • Ralph Lauren Polo Sport 2 Perfume - I like this perfume, but I tend not to use it as I don't love it, and I have other small bottles of perfume I love. It has, at various points in time, lived in my handbag and now the paint on the bottle is chipping off and its looking crazy. It's a very sweet and summery smell, and is the UK is now in Spring, lets get it finished. I'm just below the top of the 2 on  the packaging and if I wear it to work four days a week, it'll be gone before we hit Autumn,
  • M&S Nuit Perfume - I got this out a subscription box a while ago and, like the Polo Sport 2, I like it but I don't love it. Unlike it though, it's really, really strong, not very summery and not really suitable for work. I've barely made a dent in it so far (that line is way to close to the top for my liking) but I will get through it, and if I haven't by the end of the year, I'll get rid of it
So that's everything for now, wish me luck as I usually get bored around week three and give up.

XOXO Scruffy

Sunday, 16 April 2017

50 Days, 50 Lipsticks - Days 11 - 20 - Sleek, Revolution, Kat Von D, NYX, Lime Crime, Kiko Milano

So if you're wondering what this 50 days, 50 Lipsticks thing is all about you can check out my intro and first ten days post here.

Day 11: NYX Butter Lipstick in Pops/Root Beer Float

So if you've read anything I've written about this lipstick, ever, you'll know I love it and it usually lives in my makeup bag. I was reluctant to wear it before the half way point in case I needed it for something work based, but then I remembered I still hadn't worn any of my Too Faced lipsticks yet (Chihuahua, Chocolate Honey and Queen B are usual weekly wears to work) and I still had the NYX Matte lipstick in Eurotrash to wear as well, so it was far from the last nude in my collection.

These lipsticks have a gorgeous buttery (har har) formula, they're comfortable, glossy but not sticky and pretty opaque. Only think is they transfer a lot and don't last the longest time. 

Today was a really, really busy day in the office and I didn't get a chance to reapply this at all. Luckily, as its a nice nude, that didn't matter. If I'd worn anything else I would have looked straight up odd from 11am onwards. 

Day 12: Lime Crimes Velvetine in Teddy Bear

I have this feeling everyone has this one item of makeup in their collection that they always think is a good idea in theory and it never is in practice. They may own other colours from the same line that work fine, they may own other formulas in the same colour that are lovely, but something about that colour and formula mix is a disaster. That is Teddy Bear for me.

Spurred on by the success of revisiting Cashmere, I decided to pull out some other Velvetines from the back of the drawer and have a play. Teddy Bear was a colour I always loved, its described as a Lilac Brown on the official website and its just lovely. Dark enough not to highlight how red I am, light enough not to make me look washed out and brown enough not to highlight that purple looks hideous on me. 

This wore the same as Cashmere, great. But by the time I went to touch up after lunch (and it barely needed a touch up) I remembered why I never wear it. For some reason, I don't know if its bleed or fade, but this one Velvetine seems to separate on my lip line and I get left with this weird bright pink ring around my lips. It looks like I've lined my lips, badly and with the wrong colour, rather than my usual "not used a lipliner at all and improvised with the applicator/edge of the lipstick" look, and at least the latter is actually accurate. 

I'm not sure if I maybe have a bad one. I don't think I've even owned this 6 months and it still smells completely fine but I asked in a beauty group I'm a member of and no one else had the same issue with it. 

I'll give it one more go after I'm done this challenge, and I'll line my lips with something before I apply it to see if that makes a difference and report back. I don't own another colour quite like it and its really pretty when its not making me look like a crazy person so I want to salvage it if I can.

Day 13: Sleek Matte Me Lip Cream in Shabby-Chic

So a while ago I did a review of three colours from this range (here) and Shabby-Chic was my overall favourite, so when I say it sitting in my lipstick drawer, I was like "Yassssssss". I really wanted a good lipstick day seeing as I'd spent the second half of yesterday looking like I got ready in the dark.

Sadly, this did a reverse Cashmere and felt worse this time around. I used to love this as well. So after lunch I re-applied it and it just started to feel cakey, chunky and weird. I don't know why as that hasn't happened before. I ended up having to rub the MUA Sweet Sheen Lipbalm in Dusky Rose (which they've either renamed or no longer make) over it. This is usually what I do when I want to take a liquid lipstick off (lipbalm, rub lips together and then wipe, far more effective and less harsh than scrubbing) but when I rubbed my lips together it didn't look awful and was a bit more comfortable.

I'm not sure what's happened with this, maybe I'm just getting more picky with that I'll wear and won't wear. I don't think its gone bad, the tube says it lasts for 36 months (which is a scary long time for a liquid product). Like Teddy Bear I'll give it one more but it might be an item I de-clutter.

Day 14: NYX High Voltage Lipstick in 12 Dirty Talk

So I mentioned two of these lipsticks in the Days 1-10. One I love, one I did not. This one I was OK. I really, really love the colour. My other half actually commented he'd never seen me in such a dark lipstick. It's too dark for work but for a Saturday night meal and a couple of drinks.

It was a bit tricky to apply as it's just a small round stick with a slanted top and no point or angle but once I've worn it a couple of times I'll shape it into something I can use.

It lasted fairly well for a dark colour. These lipsticks don't really seem to come off when you drink, I noticed that with Flutter Kiss, and it survived two pinks intact. I did need to re-apply after my (veggie) burger and chips as its had worn down a lot, but it wasn't completely gone.

Definitely keeping this.

Day 15: NYX Matte Lipstick in 19 Eurotrash

Dam I own a lot of NYX lipsticks, some of them are great, some of them are not, some of them like Pops and this were specifically bought for work.

This is pretty much the exact same colour as Pops but in a Matte formula. and if you change glossy to matte in the above review of Pops, you have my review of this.

Day 16: NYX Full Throttle Lipstick in 10 Locked

So this lipstick is nice if you only wear it for a couple of hours, but after wearing it for nearly 12 hours, I've now decided I'm getting rid.

It's a nice dark pinky purple colour, that I want to love, I'm just not sure it suits me that much. I wore it fairly intensely for several hours and had to touch up a couple of times and it went chalky and powdery on my lips. I also got the line of doom on the inner rim of my mouth and it was like it wore away on the inner edges of the bigger creases in my lips and looked really odd.

I must have looked crazy on the bus home.

Day 17: Revolution Iconic Pro Lipstick in Propaganda (Matte)

So I bought this in my June 2016 haul from Revolution and I honestly don't think I'd ever worn it until now, many months later (see this is why I need this project). Why hadn't I worn this until now? Oh yeah because I own like a bijillion matte red liquid lipsticks and I always thought it would be crap. Could you be more wrong about something Kirstie?

This lipstick really surprised me, it was comfortable, it lasted really well, there was no bleeding or fading. It was amazing to wear all day. This is being upgraded from an "eh, maybe" lipstick at the back of the lipstick drawer of doom (its a dark scary place and I don't know whats in there) to living in my everyday lipstick bundle once this project is over.

Two comments/minor criticisms. The packaging feels really cheap, it cost me £2 so its not an issue, it just a fact. Cheap lipsticks tend to have cheap packaging. And as touched on in the haul post it has a slightly weird almost edible smell. Its almost like vanilla sponge, but with something not quite right about it. Or like sweet play-dough. Its not bad and I didn't notice once it was on my face, but its maybe something to watch out for.

Day 18: Kiko Milano Unlimited Stylo Lipstick in 17 Tulip Red

Riding high on the success of yesterdays red lip look, I thought I'd crack this guy out and give him a go.

So everything that Propaganda lacks in awesome packaging this guy makes up for. Although we've already establishes I love Kikos' packaging (currently lusting after but managing to resist there Spring/Summer ones for this year, I know they have the magnetic closure though and its so difficult).  Its cold, hard metal, with a clasp closure and just feels so nice and solid, it can't be stood on its end though so that's slightly annoying.

I don't like the colour as much as the one I wore the previous day though, it's a slightly lighter and far brighter red and although its still blue toned, it does look slightly more orange on my skin. Also it is another one of these lipsticks with a flat, round top and unlike the High Voltage ones from NYX, the actual stick of lipstick is full width, making it so difficult to apply precisely.

Did I like it? Yeah. Did I get paid a compliment by a co-worked that is well aware of this project? Yeah. Do I need this and Propaganda (and also Duel, which I bought in the same Revolution Haul)? Probably not. I'll cross that bridge when I get to Duel though. For the time being, it stays.

Day 19: Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Bow 'n' Arrow

So I really, really wanted to wear Stone Fox from NYX today, and I I had it on my face and chickened out at the last minute. Might have been good thing though as I'm not sure how the people I work with would have reacted to that.

As for Bow 'n' Arrow, its a Kat Von D lipstick and I've already talked about these loads. I like them, they wear well, I'm keeping it.

Day 20: NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in 01 Stone Fox

Yeah that's right. I actually wore this. On a Saturday, outside the house, and people saw me. I felt so brave.

Stone Fox actually really really surprised me. It was nothing like Tea and Cookies from my previous post, and although it didn't dry down completely, it did dry down far more. It also transferred far less, like I had three or four pints and it didn't get on the glass for any of them, right till the end. I actually really liked it. Would recommend 100% for anyone else that likes weird. grey lipsticks.  It actually makes me wonder if my Tea and Cookies maybe came from a bad batch, but not enough to spend my money on another one to check.

Running total
Days: 20
Lipsticks Worn: 12
Lipsticks being binned: 3 (+ three maybes)

Top 3
1. NYX Liquid Suede Lip Creme in Stone Fox
2. Revolution Iconic Pro Lipstick in Propaganda (Matte)
3. NYX High Voltage Lipstick in 12 Dirty Talk

Bottom 3
1. Lime Crimes Velvetine in Teddy Bear
2. Sleek Matte Me Lip Cream in Shabby-Chic
3. NYX Full Throttle Lipstick in 10 Locked

xoxo Scruffy