So when I mentioned slipping slightly in Project 50 Pan, this is exactly what I meant. Having said that, I can easily justify most of the things that I’ve bought recently. Let’s see how I go.
The Carol’s Daughter Rosemary & Mint Clarifying Shampoo & Conditioner have been on my wishlist for what feels like forever, but in reality since I received sample sized packets of them both with a Sephora order. I held off from buying these for quite a while because I need shampoo & conditioner like I need a third elbow, but I saw them pop up on Strawberrynet & I jumped at the chance to buy them without having to pay a billion dollars to parcel-forward them from the US. I also ordered a mega sized bottle of Dermalogica Special Cleanse from Strawberrynet, because I am getting close to finishing the bottle I already have and it’s the facial cleanser I use 95% of the time (iron clad justification). I’m down to the last few drops of my beloved Givenchy Photo Perfexion Foundation and went into a mild state of panic when I realised that the back up I had ordered from Strawberrynet a month or so ago had never arrived (and the payment had been refunded back into my account without so much as an emailed notification but whatever). Thankfully Sephora finally had my shade back in stock, so I ordered a bottle alongside the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner to replace my close-to-being-completely-dry NYX Felt Tip Liner and also some Boscia blotting papers because a gal like me can never have too many blotting papers. So really the only completely unnecessary purchase here was the shampoo & conditioner combo, and I really wanted those so I’m not going to be too hard on myself. Now onto more mindless spending.
So the money that I mentioned being returned into my account earlier? This is where it went. I cannot justify these purchases in any way shape or form because I have enough vegan body products stored in my cupboard that I could probably turn to them as a food source in the event of an apocalypse (note: if I mention the impending apocalypse too much, let me know). So that’s it! My fall from grace well documented and now we’re ready to move forward. I’ve finished up some more big ticket P50P items so there will be a Pan update coming up in the next week or so.
When I first purchased this product, it was sold to me to be used as an under eye concealer. Of course when the handsome young Mecca Cosmetica makeup artist applied it under my eyes it looked great but unfortunately since then I have never been able to use it that way without it looking ridiculously caked on and obvious. So for me, this product works as a bottom waterline highlight. I know a lot of people like to use a pure white liner on their lower waterline to help brighten their eyes, but for me that can look a little bit too obvious, so I tend to opt for the more neutral coloured liners.
This liner is extremely creamy. In fact it’s probably the creamiest liner I’ve ever used. Which is good in a way, but it can make for messy application on the bottom waterline because it gets quite melty even when it’s rather cold. I do find that the liner can get clumped up a little bit in my lower lashes, but I tend to apply mascara over the top of that which stops it from being too much of an issue. Other than that, I really like this product as a bottom waterline liner. It has good staying power, and lasts pretty well throughout the entire working day (which to me is quite rare for a product on the waterline). The Stila Kajal Eyeliner in Topaz retails for $18 USD and is available for purchase from the Stila Cosmetics website
One of my favourite products at the moment is the Stila Illuminating Finishing Powder in the shade Gold. I love a good highlighter, and this is probably the best powder highlighter that I’ve come across (granted though, I usually opt for liquid highlighters so the scope of my experience is not that big). I like the fact that the powder is not TOO over-the-top shimmery, and the glitter particles are quite fine which helps avoid glitterbomb face (one of my makeup pet peeves). The gold shimmer of the highlight looks gorgeous when it captures the light, but of course all of the pictures I tried to take of the swatch just aren’t coming across as pretty. Ah well, I tried.
I concentrated the swatch by applying it wet, so keep in mind that it would not look this heavy when applied to your face. Unless you’re after that and you layer the hell out of it – that’s your prerogative. A little bit goes a long way with this product, so it is definitely good value for your money. I ordered mine during the Black Friday sale last year from the Stila Cosmetics US website, but I can’t seem to find it listed on their site anymore so I’m not sure if it’s been discontinued but you can currently pick it up from All Cosmetics Wholesale for $9.99 USD
I love the Stila Convertible Colours, though to be honest I never really take full advantage of the fact that they are dual usage products, and only ever use them as a blush. I have tried using them as a lip colour in the past, but I’ve always found them to be quite drying on the lips. But as a blush they work wonderfully. Such is the case with Petunia, which wears well as a beautifully vibrant pink blush. The colour payoff is quite intense, so if you’re fair skinned like myself I would proceed cautiously and with a light hand when applying this as a blush.
This is quite a striking shade in real life, so if you’re not a fan of brightly coloured blush this might not be the product for you. If you’re like me and you like to be able to apply blush in the morning and have it last throughout the working day (even on oily skin like mine) then this is an amazing product. I can see this being one of my favourite products this summer, as the bright pink looks amazing and fresh. The Stila Convertible Colour in Petunia retails for $48 AUD and can be purchased online from Mecca Cosmetica
At the beginning of June I made an executive decision to do away with foundation. At least during the day, as I’m sure I’ll get slap happy again for any nights out on the town that may crop up in the near future, but for now it’s fresh faced all the way. This decision stemmed from the current state of my skin (sh*t, for those playing at home) and my recent epic battles of foundation vs nature as I struggle with an umbrella that likes to turn itself inside out in the rain and I’m too lazy to buy a new one. So yes, at the moment I am surviving with my day to day makeup base consisting of tinted moisturiser, concealer, and a bit of loose powder to set. I struggled for quite a while to find a tinted moisturiser that suited my skin tone (Who would have thought tinted moisturiser would be as hard to shade match as foundation?! Not me, but apparently pale people just can’t have nice things), but that I’ve discovered this product I am home free.
Despite having oily/combination skin, I prefer this version of the tinted moisturiser over the oil free formulation. Having said that, it does leave the skin looking quite shiny so I feel that powder is definitely necessary. (Note: If you apply the tinted moisturiser and leave it to settle in for a while it does loose a lot of it’s initial shininess.) The coverage is sheer, as is expected with a tinted moisturiser, but I do find that it is enough to even out my reddish skin tone and cover most of my uneven pigmentation. The Stila Sheer Colour Tinted Moisturiser in Bare is currently unavailable, but can usually be purchased online or in store from Mecca Cosmetica