Project Pan Monthly: July Roundup & August Items

I have been keeping my makeup extremely minimal in July since it was a pretty warm month. There were some items in my July Project Pan that I used so much and then there were some items that I hardly touched at all! I think it’s partly because I didn’t anticipate it being as warm so I was really not in the mood to wear a lot of makeup that would melt off. I’ll break it down more in my July Roundup below. All in all, I used my items about 24/31 days.

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In case you didn’t know, this is my Project Pan objective;

Project Pan Monthly

Each month I choose 4 items to use, sharing reviews of those products if they aren’t already on the blog. At the end of the month, I’ll share an update of how well I did and then list the items for the next month. The products are chosen from these categories;

  • One Eyeshadow Palette
  • One Lip Item (lipstick, lip balm, gloss, etc.)
  • One Face Item (foundation, highlighter, blush, bronzer)
  • One Random Item (can be another item from the categories above, or be something else like a mascara, liner, skin care, body care, fragrance, etc.)

July Roundup

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Let’s start with the eye makeup items I chose for this month. It was so easy for me to use the three Nudestix products I have in the photo above because they were great as one and done shadows or applying two for a slightly more done up look. The bronze tones were prefect on my slightly tanned skin and went with a lot of my summer outfits.

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When it came to the lip item, I used Pulse the most this month. I also used it quite a bit as a blush because it was a nice natural shade on me. As much as I wanted to use the dirty little secret lip liner it just wasn’t something that I was reaching for at all! I think it’s mostly because I was happy with Pulse on it’s own so I always forgot to add lip liner.

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Now, as much as I thought the Clinique Powder was going to work perfectly for me in the summer, it just didn’t work on my dry skin. It actually made me feel really dry and itchy and I didn’t like that at all. Even though it was very warm my skin remained super dehydrated so this got immediately tossed to the side in my project pan. I’m tempted to toss this out only because having my skin feel itchy after applying it made me a little nervous about using it.


My August Items

This month I’ve chosen;

  • One Eyeshadow Palette – Smashbox CoverShot Palette in Ablaze (reviewed here)
  • One Lip Item – Laritzy Cosmetics Lip Stix in Wafer
  • One Face Item – Yves Rocher Flawless Skin Foundation
  • One Random Item – Sephora Blush in Apricot Sheen

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I thought I’d stick with a warm palette for August as an ode to summer! I know warm toned orange/red/gold palettes like Ablaze are not as popular as they were two years ago but I still love these colours so I’m sure I’d get good use out of it. (If you want to see the inside of the palette, check out the link here since it seems I totally didn’t upload the photo of the open palette for this post). Same goes for the Sephora blush I’ve included for this month. I bought this blush on sale and I don’t think Sephora carries it anymore but it’s a gorgeous warm blush with little flecks of golden sparkle. It looks really pretty and dewy on and I think with the eye shadow palette it’ll look really good.

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For this month’s lip item I decided to include the Laritzy Lip Stix I received in my Topbox. I enjoy the texture of this lip crayon. It’s very smooth and hydrating and the colour is a beautiful nude which will also work with a lot of the looks I want to create using the Ablaze palette. I’ve included my Yves Rocher Foundation since the colour is a bit darker which is working for my complexion now. I mostly use it around my eyes and the centre of my face for a very light amount of coverage.

Here’s hoping I get good use out of these items for August! I have already used these this 3 times since the start of the month so that’s really good so far!

How is your progress been for Project Pan this month? What are you hoping to use up for August?

Lots of Love,
Dal

Bronze it Up! My Current Bronzer Collection

I love wearing bronzers to give dimension and glow to my face. I was going through my collection and noticed I had four in my current rotation. I thought I’d go through some of the bronzers, especially since I have one of them in my Project Pan for March.

Physicians Formula Super BB Instaready Bronzer

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I picked this up at GenBeauty 3 years ago and the bronzer is still going strong! This was part of my Project Pan in 2018 which you can read the round-up of here. I did hit pan with this item but it’s so dry that it ended up crumbling and I had to press it back together, hence the pan looking quite bumpy.

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I like this bronzer because it gives a really sutble hint of colour. Just enough that it’s noticeable on my skin, which is great because when I’m in a rush out the door I don’t have to worry about blending it out too much. If I wear contour, I tend to prefer to blend that out with this bronzer because it’s very cool toned and helps everything look smooth.

Ciate London Bamboo Bronzer (Sample)

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This guy is in my current Project Pan for March so I definitely wanted to include a little review of it here. The formula is very smooth so it looks really pretty on the skin. It is a lot more pigmented in comparison to the Physicians Formula bronzer so I do have to be careful that I don’t over apply it and make sure that I blend this out very well.

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This is warm-toned so I prefer to wear this when I’m wearing warmed toned eyeshadow and blush or else it can look muddy on me. I’ve been diligent about using this so I have hit pan which I’m very excited about.  I love wearing this in my crease as well, so it has doubled as an eyeshadow for me.

Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Bronzing Powder (mini size)

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I must say that I’m always repurchasing this particular bronzer because when it comes to shade, pigmentation and formula I’m most comfortable using this. It’s as pigmented as the Ciate London Bronzer but the cool shade is a better match for my skin tone so it looks a lot more natural on me. This formula really blends into the skin rather than sits on top so overall it does look more flattering on me.

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My one qualm with this palette is that I’m not into the box packaging. If I had room in my magnetic palette I would de-pot this. I don’t think you’d have the same issue with the regular size, but my bronzer brush hardly fits in the mini size so it never picks up product equally. I know this is the Benefit style packaging, but it’s pretty bulky.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit – Volume 4 Bronzer in Filtered Bronze Light

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I originally wasn’t going to include this bronzer because the palette is no longer available and I couldn’t find this colour in the single style compact but I am loving the formula and you can get other shades in this range from Hourglass.

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This palette is recent to my collection so I haven’t used it too often, but whenever I have I am always so happy with how it looks on my skin. The bronzer is so finely milled and so soft that it really melts into the skin. It’s lightly pigmented like my Physicians Formula bronzer which again I like because I can quickly apply it and be out the door. This, however, has a slight sheen to it which really makes my skin glow.

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Mix it with the other face powders in this palette and my skin looks so nice and healthy which is a happy change for me compared it looking really dry. The only downside is that the pan is pretty small and my bronzing brush is large so I find I have to be careful I don’t mix in the other colours.

Swatches

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There you have it, my little collection of current bronzers that I rotate through on a daily basis. What bronzers are in your collection? What bronzer do you love the most and why?

Lots of Love,
Dal

Project Pan Monthly: March 2019 & February Update

For the most part, I was really consistant about using my February products whenever I wore makeup. Towards the end of the month though, I wore the palette a little less because I was so excited about using my Nudestix sets (review is coming soon!) and of course, I was using my lip item less and less. All together I used my items 17 of 28 days in February.

In case you didn’t know, this is my Project Pan objective;

Project Pan Monthly

Each month I chose 4 items to use, sharing reviews of those products if they aren’t already on the blog. At the end of the month, I’ll share an update of how well I did and then list the items for the next month. The products are chosen from these categories;

  • One Eyeshadow Palette
  • One Lip Item (lipstick, lip balm, gloss, etc.)
  • One Face Item (foundation, highlighter, blush, bronzer)
  • One Random Item (can be another item from the categories above, or be something else like a mascara, liner, skin care, body care, fragrance, etc.)

February Progress

Alamar Cosmetics Reina Del Caribe Vol. 1 (reviewed here) I mostly stuck to using more of the warm-toned shades in this palette because they were easier to put together for everyday looks that I would wear to work.

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I used coco-taxi the most of this whole palette and loved it with a bare lid and just a touch of that orange in the crease. When I wanted to go a bit more bold I would wear Tropico and Guantanamera on the outter edge of my lid and cafecito as a liner. The shade that I gravitated to every once in a while was La Costa, which looked so gorgeous swiped across the lid with some liner. You can see a few dents where I used the shade, which I’m really happy about.

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Sheer Liar. I wore this almost everytime I did my makeup the first two weeks of February.

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However, I started lacking because I needed to switch to lip balm as my lips started to feel dry due to the cold weather so I didn’t get much use out of this lip stick in the end. But I do like the colour, so I might introduce it back into another project pan at a later time.

Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in Blossom Glow (reviewed here). I love this highlighter and used it quite a lot this month, but I’m surprised that you can’t really tell.

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I mean, if you owned one of these highlights you’ll know that a little goes a long way so I’m not surprised that it barely looks touched. You can see that the beautiful flower print is slightly starting to wear off.

Daisy by Marc Jacobs PerEstfume (reviewed here). Another item that I was using a lot in the beginning of the month, and then for some reason just started using it less often.

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I loooovveeee this scent! I must subconsciously not want to waste it all, haha!

My March Items

This month I’ve chosen;

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  • One Eyeshadow Palette – Morphe The Jacklyn Hill Palette
  • One Lip Item – Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick in Watermelon
  • One Face Item – Ciate London Bamboo Bronzer
  • One Random Item – Estee Lauder Double Wear Nude Water Fresh Makeup (reviewed here)

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I wanted to include some items that I haven’t reviewed yet on the blog. I’ve had the Jacklyn Hill Palette for some time now and I really wanted to focus a mont on using it and sharing a review for it.

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I was hoping to try to use up my Ciate Bronzer Sample since it’s starting to look like I might hit pan!

Let me know how your project pan is coming along whether you are doing one each month like I am or doing a year-long project pan.

Lots of Love,
Dal

Let’s Glow! Wet N’ Wild Megaglo Highlighting Powder Review

When it comes to highlight, I’m really into a natural, lit from within type of look. I always find that bold highlights don’t really work for my style. When I got this in my Topbox back in March I was really happy to see they sent me a shade I’d wear.

What It Is

Infused with ultra-reflective and micro-fine pearl pigments, this baked powder is everything you need to shine radiantly from the inside out. (Wetnwild.com)

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Price

$6.99 CAD. Surprisingly, Amazon & Walmart Canada has these listed for $12.00-$13.00.  I found them on Well.ca for $6.99 so that’s the price I’m using here.

Colour

This is a pearl/rose shade that is really light and shimmery. My cheeks are pretty rosy and I enjoy wearing a pink or peach blush so I find a highlighter that works with my blush is what I gravitate too.

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Packaging

The packing is very simple but I do like it. It is square with a clear cover so you can see the colour inside. I love the little flower imprint on the powder itself, it’s a nice touch.

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Application & Wear

First looking at this highlighter I thought it might be grainy and make my skin look like it had a lot of texture but it looks super smooth on the skin and it feels really creamy. I really enjoy this highlight for everyday because it’s not super intense on initial application. You can layer it if you wanted it to be bolder, but for me I like keeping it on the light side. One time I even put this on top of my lips to add some shine to my lipstick and I thought it looked really pretty like that.

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This does fade a little by the end of the day, there is still a little glow. I’m sure if I layered this more it would last longer, but since I’d rather keep it natural I’m good with it fading a little after 4 or 5 hours.

All in all, this is a great highlighter and the price is even better. It works as well as any of the high end highlighters I reviewed on my blog (see that post here). I would definitely recommend giving it a try.

Project Pan Monthly: February 2019 & January update

I was pretty consistent with using the items of my Project Pan for January. I was keeping track of how many times in the month I used all the items and counted 21/31 days! I wore all the items together to create looks for work most of the time and stuck to no makeup days on the weekends.

In case you didn’t know, this is my Project Pan objective;

Project Pan Monthly

Each month I chose 4 items to use, sharing reviews of those products if they aren’t already on the blog. At the end of the month, I’ll share an update of how well I did and then list the items for the next month. The products are chosen from these categories;

  • One Eyeshadow Palette
  • One Lip Item (lipstick, lip balm, gloss, etc.)
  • One Face Item (foundation, highlighter, blush, bronzer)
  • One Random Item (can be another item from the categories above, or be something else like a mascara, liner, skin care, body care, fragrance, etc.)

My January Progress

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Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette (reviewed here) – I made a dent in milk chocolate, hazelnut, salted caramel and creme brulee. They are super wearable shades so it made it easy to put looks together for work. It was fun to start using this palette again, I totally forgot just how much I really loved it.

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Nudestix Lip and Cheek Balm in Pulse (reviewed here) – I sharpened this twice throughout the month. It doesn’t seem to have gotten shorter but I’m really proud of myself for putting in the effort to wear a lip item more often than I usually do.

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Tarte Cosmetics Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush in Paaarty (reviewed here) – I can see the pan and although I was very good at using this deluxe sample and being very generous with my application I couldn’t hit pan like I wanted to. I think later in the year I might add this again to my Project Pan Monthly and see if I can finally reach that silver lining!

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Benefit They’re Real Mascara in Black – One thing that I was able to use up in January was this mascara! I’ve had this for some time so I knew it was almost done but it still feels good to have one item finish during the Project Pan for January!

That’s the update for the January items. Didn’t really hit pan on any of my powder items but I did make some progress. Now on to my b-day month! February!

My February Items

This month I’ve chosen;

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  • Eyeshadow Palette – Alamar Cosmetics Reina Del Caribe Vol. 1 (reviewed here)
  • Lip Item – Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Sheer Liar
  • Face Item – Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in Blossom Glow
  • Random Item – Daisy by Marc Jacobs Perfume (reviewed here)

The Alamar palette is much more colourful compared to the Too Palette so I’m hoping I’ll be able to create some fun and different looks with it.

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It’ll be a challenge too since I don’t usually wear these types of colours to work but I’ll see if I can create some and share them on my Instagram.

I also wanted to share my thoughts on the Wet n’ wild highlight and Urban Decay lipstick since I’ve never reviewed either on my blog although I have been using them quite a bit in my makeup routine.

Let me know how your project pan is coming along whether you are doing one each month like I am or doing a year-long project pan.

Lot’s of Love,
Dal

Alamar Cosmetics Reina Del Caribe Vol. 1: Palette Collection Review Series

I must admit, I was beyond excited when I saw this palette in my BoxyCharm. Then I swatched the colours and was super impressed. This was a palette I wore in the summer and enjoyed all the bright and fun looks I was able to create with this.

What It Is

Eight highly opaque shades, reminiscent of the beauty and culture of Cuba. (alamarcosmetics.com).

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Price

$28.00 US, for a palette this good and pigmented the price is just right! Even converted to Canadian it’s $36.00 (11.2g – $2.50/g US ($3.26/g CAD).

Packaging

This packaging is so fun! I can spot this easily in my collection and I love that the palette speaks to the fun colours you are getting inside. It’s a cute cardboard booklet style palette that’s thin. It’s about 4×6 inches in size and I like that the pans are large flat squares – this makes it easy to go in and grab a colour.

I also like the way this is laid out. Although you can mix and match the colours, you can also very easily create a look by separating this into two quads – one orange and one blue.

The doesn’t have a mirror which I’m perfectly fine with because this keeps the palette thin and light.

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Colour

Like I said, these colours are bright and fun but still super wearable. I think this is a good palette if you don’t have too many palettes with colours and just one that one palette to add some spice to everyday looks or to create fun looks using all the colours in the palette. Omitting the blue and orange colours, the rest of the palette is pretty wearable if you wanted to keep things looking natural as well.

Application and Wear

Even though the palette has some bold colours, this is one of the easiest palettes I’ve used. I find blending everything is effortless. It’s very pigmented so you get instant colour pay-off right away, which makes application really quick when you are in a rush. The shades have some fallout, which I’m not surprised about so I would recommend applying shadow first then your foundation afterwards so you can clean up any fall-out before moving on to the rest of the face.

 

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You will notice that some shade names have a water droplet next to them and some have a sun next to them. Basically, all the shadows apply well dry but the ones with the water symbol apply more intensely with water. It makes sense that this symbol is next to all the shimmer shades.

I used a makeup base before applying these shadows and found that they did last me quite a few hours of wear. This does fade closer to the 7-8 hour mark but it still has good lasting power.

My Looks

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In the look above, I started with Coco-Taxi in the crease then applied Tropico on 3/4th of the lid. On the outer edge of my lid, I applied a little Cafecito just to deepen the look. On the inner quarter of my lid, I applied La Costa to brighten everything up. I finished off with Tropico on the lower lash line.

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For this blue look, I again started with Coco-Taxi in the crease. On the outer and inner part of my lid, I blended Celia and deepened it slightly with Varadero. In the centre of my lid, I applied El Malecon and then topped that with La Costa. For the lower lash line, I applied Coco-Taxi to tie it all back together.

My Thoughts

I might not have bought this palette on my own since I’m not sure what the shipping situation is to Canada. However, having received it in my subscription box I’m super happy I have it. When I got this there was so much buzz around it and so many positive reviews and I was excited to follow some tutorials to come up with eye looks for the summer. Now with it transitioning to Fall, I won’t use the palette too often but I might still go for the warmer shades in some Fall looks.

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Do you have this palette? What do you think of the Reina Del Caribe Palette?

Lots of Love,
Dal