Products I Want To Finish In 2018: Final Round Up

In January 2018 I shared 18 products I want to finish, kind of like a project pan. In this final update I list each product, how full it was at the beginning of 2018, how full it is currently, how many times I used it in December 2018 and how many times in I used each product in total over the course of 2018.

Face:

1. Makeup Revolution Ultra Face Base Primer – January: 1/3 full. Now: Empty.
Number of uses in
December: | Number of uses throughout 2018: 96

2. The Body Shop Vitamin C Face Mist – January: 1/3 full. Now: Empty.
Number of uses in December: | Number of uses throughout 2018: 42

3. MAC Studio Moisture Cream 30mlJanuary: 1/3 full. Now: Empty.
Number of uses in December: | Number of uses throughout 2018: 46

4. MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NW10 – January: Mostly full. Now: 1/3 full.
Number of uses in December: 16 | Number of uses throughout 2018: 200

This concealer is so good, such a nice formula and the perfect colour match for my skin tone. The formula is still creamy even though it’s housed in a little pot. This doesn’t dry out which is great.

5. Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in 010 Light Porcelain – January: Nearly full. Now: Empty.
Number of uses in December: 11 | Number of uses throughout 2018: 131

At the start of 2018 this had only been used a couple of times and it proves to me I can finish up foundations if I use them consistently instead of using them on and off. I also began to enjoy this foundation again, with the right primer and concealer it does work well and is a good everyday foundation.

Eyes:

6. Max Factor Excess Shimmer in Copper – January: 1/2 full. Now: 1/3 full.
Number of uses in December: 4 | Number of uses throughout 2018: 60

This is one of my favourite products for a go to easy eye look if I’m running short on time or want a nice bit of shimmer.

7. Rimmel Professional Brow Pencil in 002 Hazel – January: 1/2 left. Now: Empty.
Number of uses in December: 16 | Number of uses throughout 2018: 225

This was used 225 times in 2018 alone which means it must have given me close to 700 uses in all the time I had it. I didn’t think I would finish this brow pencil but I went to sharpen it and there was no more lead left.

Lips:

8. BYS Fuschia Surprise – January: Almost empty. Now: Empty.
Number of uses in December: | Number of uses throughout 2018: 25

9. MAC – Syrup – January: 1/2 full. Now: 1/6 full.
Number of uses in December: 6 | Number of uses throughout 2018: 32

I may not have finished this lipstick but I came close. I will try to finish this in 2019.

10. MAC – Patisserie – January: 1/2 full. Now: 1/6 full.
Number of uses in December: 2 | Number of uses throughout 2018: 24

There is ever so slightly less of Patisserie left than Syrup. I will also try to finish this lipstick in 2019.

11. MAC – Blankety – January 2/3 full. Now: 1/2 full.
Number of uses in December: 1 | Number of uses throughout 2018: 19

I didn’t use Blankety as much as I would have liked. Whilst it’s not my favourite nude I have learnt to appreciate it again and will enjoy using the rest of the lipstick up (probably won’t be in 2019 though).

12. Lancôme Juicy Shaker in Berry In Love – January: 3/4 full. Now: 2/3 full.
Number of uses in December: 1 | Number of uses throughout 2018: 14

I will try to make more of an effort to use this regularly.

13. Elizabeth Arden Luscious Raspberry (Sample) – January: 1/2 full. Now: Empty.
Number of uses in December: 7 | Number of uses throughout 2018: 28

This sample gave me so many uses. I would go through lip colours much quicker if they all came in sample sizes!

14. MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencil in Revved – January: 1/2 full. Now:  full.
Number of uses in December: 4 | Number of uses throughout 2018: 16

I wore this more times in December than any other month in 2018.

Body/Fragrance:

15. The Body Shop Sparkler – January: 2/3 full. Now: 1/2 full.
Number of uses in December: 0 | Number of uses throughout 2018: 18

I haven’t used this product since June sadly.

16. Bath & Body Works Waikiki Beach Coconut Fragrance Mist – January: 3/4 full. Now: 2/3 full.
Number of uses in December: | Number of uses throughout 2018: 7

I resigned this product as I noticed when I did use it I would get a headache.

17. The Body Shop White Musk Fragrance Mist – January: 3/4 full. Now: Empty.
Number of uses in December: 15 | Number of uses throughout 2018: 120

I loved this fragrance mist to spritz before applying my perfume for the day or even wearing on it’s own if I’m just popping out somewhere. I have had the White Musk and Black Musk EDTs in the past and I’d say these fragrance mists last just as well. They are cheaper and contain more product, it’s a win win!

18. The Body Shop Black Musk Fragrance Mist – January: 3/4 full. Now: Empty.
Number of uses in December: 9 | Number of uses throughout 2018: 98

See above.


I’m really pleased I managed to hit my target of finishing half of the products, especially considering a few products I didn’t use as often as I would have liked. This project pan taught me I am good at being strict and sticking with products but sometimes I miss having freedom to create. I won’t be doing anything similar for 2019 but I will be trying not to buy makeup unless I run out of something and one of my goals for this year is not to buy ANY lipstick! (We’ll see how long I last).

Hope you enjoyed this series and seeing my progress!

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Products I Want To Finish In 2018 Update #5

In January I discussed 18 products I want to finish up in 2018, kind of like a project pan. In this update I will list each product, how full it was at the beginning of the year, how full it is currently and how many times I have used each product in a month.

Face:

1. Makeup Revolution Ultra Face Base Primer – January: 1/3 full. Now: Empty.
Number of uses in October: 19 | Number of uses in November: 0

I finally finished this primer!

2. The Body Shop Vitamin C Face Mist – January: 1/3 full. Now: Empty.
Number of uses in October:  | Number of uses in November:

3. MAC Studio Moisture Cream 30mlJanuary: 1/3 full. Now: Empty.
Number of uses in October:  | Number of uses in November:

4. MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NW10 – January: Mostly full. Now: 1/3 full.
Number of uses in October: 20 | Number of uses in November: 21

I am making good progress with this concealer. The more I use it the more I like it. I don’t know if I’ll hit pan in the next month but I’d still like to try.

5. Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in 010 Light Porcelain – January: Nearly full. Now: 1/6 full.
Number of uses in October: 8 | Number of uses in November: 19

How far I’ve come with this product is a pleasant surprise, the bottle was almost full at the start of the year and now there’s only a small amount of product left. I will hopefully finish this one.

Eyes:

6. Max Factor Excess Shimmer in Copper – January: 1/2 full. Now: 1/2 full.
Number of uses in October: 5 | Number of uses in November: 6

This little pot goes a long way and while I know I won’t finish it, it is still one of the products I rely on for a quick and easy go to eye look!

7. Rimmel Professional Brow Pencil in 002 Hazel – January: 1/2 left. Now: 1/8 left.
Number of uses in October: 20 | Number of uses in November: 22

This brow pencil is still getting smaller but still going strong. Maybe I won’t finish this up before the end of the project.

Lips:

8. BYS Fuschia Surprise – January: Almost empty. Now: Empty.
Number of uses in October:  | Number of uses in November:

9. MAC – Syrup – January: 1/2 full. Now: 1/6 full.
Number of uses in October: 2 | Number of uses in November: 4

Now that I’m working longer days I find myself reapplying lipstick (if I need to) after lunch so some days I’ve been getting two uses out of this shade per day as opposed to one.

10. MAC – Patisserie – January: 1/2 full. Now: 1/6 full.
Number of uses in October: 2 | Number of uses in November: 4

Same as Syrup above.

11. MAC – Blankety – January 2/3 full. Now: 1/2 full.
Number of uses in October: 0 | Number of uses in November: 2

Out of the light nude lipstick shades I own this is one of the prettiest. I have come to love this shade over the past few months again.

12. Lancôme Juicy Shaker in Berry In Love – January: 3/4 full. Now: 2/3 full.
Number of uses in October: 2 | Number of uses in November: 0

I keep forgetting to use this on my days off. Although, I have been busy on my days off recently and some of the time I have been wearing a full face of makeup.

13. Elizabeth Arden Luscious Raspberry (Sample) – January: 1/2 full. Now: Almost empty.
Number of uses in October: 2 | Number of uses in November: 4

I am so close to finishing this sample and really want to get it gone before the year is out. Part of me will be sad when I finish this but it is such a beautiful colour that if I miss it I may consider purchasing the full size.

14. MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencil in Revved – January: 1/2 full. Now: 1/3 full.
Number of uses in October: 1 | Number of uses in November: 1

I don’t reach for a peach lip very often and if I do it’s usually Patisserie I’ll go for. I will finish this up but it won’t be this year.

Body/Fragrance:

15. The Body Shop Sparkler – January: 2/3 full. Now: 1/2 full.
Number of uses in October: 0 | Number of uses in November: 0

I haven’t used this product since June sadly.

16. Bath & Body Works Waikiki Beach Coconut Fragrance Mist – January: 3/4 full. Now: 2/3 full.
Number of uses in October:  | Number of uses in November:

I resigned this product as I noticed when I did use it I would get a headache.

17. The Body Shop White Musk Fragrance Mist – January: 3/4 full. Now: 1/8 full.
Number of uses in October: 14 | Number of uses in November: 13

This is getting closer to being finished each day. I am hopeful I will be able to use the rest of the mist up before the end of the month.

18. The Body Shop Black Musk Fragrance Mist – January: 3/4 full. Now: 1/8 full.
Number of uses in October: 11 | Number of uses in November: 10

Same as above. The black musk mist has slightly less left than the white musk.


Are you doing a project pan this year, how is it going?

In the New Year I will do one last update featuring the amount of times each product was used in December and a final recap of my progress.

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Products I Want To Finish In 2018 Update #4

In January I discussed 18 products I want to finish up in 2018, kind of like a project pan. In this update I will list each product, how full it was at the beginning of the year, how full it is currently and how many times I have used each product in a month.

Face:

1. Makeup Revolution Ultra Face Base Primer – January: 1/3 full. Now: 1/8 full.
Number of uses in August: 16 | Number of uses in September: 11

I am definitely getting down to the end of this primer now. I have to really squeeze the tube to get product to come out and the amount I normally use doesn’t come out as easily. I’d be surprised if I didn’t finish this in the next couple of weeks.

2. The Body Shop Vitamin C Face Mist – January: 1/3 full. Now: Empty.
Number of uses in August: | Number of uses in September:

3. MAC Studio Moisture Cream 30mlJanuary: 1/3 full. Now: Empty.
Number of uses in August: | Number of uses in September:

4. MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NW10 – January: Mostly full. Now: 1/2 full.
Number of uses in August: 20 | Number of uses in September: 18

There is a significant dip in the middle of this concealer and while I don’t think I’ll finish it before the end of 2018 it will be interesting to see how far I can get and see whether or not I could even hit pan.

5. Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in 010 Light Porcelain – January: Nearly full. Now: 1/3 full.
Number of uses in August: 16 | Number of uses in September: 15

If you said at the start of the year I could finish this foundation I probably wouldn’t have believed you but the progress I have made in two months since the last update is incredible. With the right combination of tools and products it has made me like this foundation again and it is good for everyday wear.

Eyes:

6. Max Factor Excess Shimmer in Copper – January: 1/2 full. Now: 1/2 full.
Number of uses in August: 4 | Number of uses in September: 3

I love this eyeshadow for days I’m running short on time or don’t know what to wear and can rely on this teamed with a bold lip. I prefer to layer this over top of another eyeshadow, The Body Shop’s Honey Bronzer or Max Factor’s Auburn Envy are good base shadows under this.

7. Rimmel Professional Brow Pencil in 002 Hazel – January: 1/2 left. Now: 1/4 left.
Number of uses in August: 20 | Number of uses in September: 18

This is the product that just keeps on giving. I don’t have to sharpen this often but it is getting to the stage where it’s getting small to hold.

Lips:

8. BYS Fuschia Surprise – January: Almost empty. Now: Empty.
Number of uses in August: | Number of uses in September:

9. MAC – Syrup – January: 1/2 full. Now: 1/4 full.
Number of uses in August: 2 | Number of uses in September: 3

I’ve been loving Syrup more than usual lately. I do think now Fuschia Surprise is finished I am using the other lip colours a little more regularly.

10. MAC – Patisserie – January: 1/2 full. Now: 1/4 full.
Number of uses in August: 2 | Number of uses in September: 4

This is ever so slightly closer to being finished than Syrup. It would be nice to finish another lip product by the end of the year.

11. MAC – Blankety – January 2/3 full. Now: 1/2 full.
Number of uses in August: 3 | Number of uses in September: 3

I’m sure I’ve said this before but Blankety is really beautiful when it is paired with the right eye makeup. Some days it looks paler on the lips than others and I wouldn’t tend to wear Blankety with a light coloured eye look. The formula of Blankety is lovely and creamy but it’s not the most long lasting MAC lipstick.

12. Lancôme Juicy Shaker in Berry In Love – January: 3/4 full. Now: 2/3 full.
Number of uses in August: 2 | Number of uses in September: 1

I have been making more of an effort to apply this when I’m at home on my days off the past few months but I accept it probably won’t be a product I finish.

13. Elizabeth Arden Luscious Raspberry (Sample) – January: 1/2 full. Now: 1/3 full.
Number of uses in August: 3 | Number of uses in September: 3

After finishing Fuschia Surprise this is the first colour I turn to for a bold lip as the other lip products in this project are all neutrals. The pigmentation and lasting power of this for a semi-gloss is really good. The raspberry colour is really gorgeous too!

14. MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencil in Revved – January: 1/2 full. Now: 1/3 full.
Number of uses in August: 1 | Number of uses in September: 2

This is another one of those lip products that looks nice and is fine for work but doesn’t have the longest staying power. I find this takes a few coats to build up to a nice, even peachy colour. I personally prefer the peachy-pink of Patisserie.

Body/Fragrance:

15. The Body Shop Sparkler – January: 2/3 full. Now: 1/2 full.
Number of uses in August: 0 | Number of uses in September: 0

I haven’t tried this as a body glitter yet but I will for the summer.

16. Bath & Body Works Waikiki Beach Coconut Fragrance Mist – January: 3/4 full. Now: 2/3 full.
Number of uses in August: 0 | Number of uses in September: 0

I resigned this product as I noticed when I did use it I would get a headache.

17. The Body Shop White Musk Fragrance Mist – January: 3/4 full. Now: 1/4 full.
Number of uses in August: 11 | Number of uses in September: 11

I am quietly confident I will finish this and the Black Musk mist. I try to use each one on alternate days but I actually have more of the White Musk mist left. White Musk is slightly stronger so I don’t spray as much.

18. The Body Shop Black Musk Fragrance Mist – January: 3/4 full. Now: 1/4 full.
Number of uses in August: 9 | Number of uses in September: 8

See above.


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Products I Want To Finish In 2018 Update #3

In January I discussed 18 products I want to finish up in 2018, kind of like a project pan. In this update I will list each product, how full it was at the beginning of the year, how full it is currently and how many times I have used each product in a month.

Face:

1. Makeup Revolution Ultra Face Base Primer – January: 1/3 full. Now: 1/4 full.
Number of uses in June: 5 | Number of uses in July: 9

I really didn’t anticipate there was as much primer left as there is, I thought I would have used this up by now. Don’t get me wrong I like this primer but it is a prime example (pardon the pun) of how many uses a product gives before it is actually finished, even though the tube feels lighter and you think there’s not much left it can be deceiving.

2. The Body Shop Vitamin C Face Mist – January: 1/3 full. Now: Empty.
Number of uses in June: 9 | Number of uses in July: 9

Stashy commented on the last update about applying face mist before moisturiser and I loved that suggestion! It was how I used the face mist most in the last two months and I will try it with my other mist too.

3. MAC Studio Moisture Cream 30mlJanuary: 1/3 full. Now: Empty.
Number of uses in June:  | Number of uses in July:

4. MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NW10 – January: Mostly full. Now: 3/4 -2/3 full.
Number of uses in June: 15 | Number of uses in July: 22

Since incorporating facial oil into my evening skincare routine I have noticed less creasing around my nose which proves it’s not the product’s fault, it’s mine for having dry skin. This concealer is good at covering redness and layers up on itself well, if you apply layers to a certain area it doesn’t go patchy.

5. Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in 010 Light Porcelain – January: Nearly full. Now: 2/3 full.
Number of uses in June: 8 | Number of uses in July: 17

I can see a significant amount of glass now from the product I have used up since the last update. I am liking this foundation more again but still not enough to repurchase once I’ve finished this bottle.

Eyes:

6. Max Factor Excess Shimmer in Copper – January: 1/2 full. Now: 1/2 full.
Number of uses in June: 3 | Number of uses in July: 7

I have been experimenting with my Shaaanxo palette a lot lately so this has taken a bit of a back seat. It is still one of my go to products for a simple and easy eye look.

7. Rimmel Professional Brow Pencil in 002 Hazel – January: 1/2 left. Now: 1/3 left.
Number of uses in June: 15 | Number of uses in July: 22

This is starting to get really small. The end of the eyebrow pencil has actually snapped off a couple of times after I’ve sharpened it so that may have contributed to how short it’s getting but it all counts, right?! This product gets so much use and I would have used it roughly 400 times since I got it so it’s good value for money.

Lips:

8. BYS Fuschia Surprise – January: Almost empty. Now: Empty.
Number of uses in June: 3 | Number of uses in July: 6

Technically I finished this lipstick on August 2nd but because this post was written after the last use I’m calling it empty even though in the next bi-monthly update I will record two uses for August.

9. MAC – Syrup – January: 1/2 full. Now: 1/3 full.
Number of uses in June: 2 | Number of uses in July: 3

I don’t know if I’ve shared this before but I always think of Syrup as the perfect first date lipstick, even though I’ve only worn it for one of my first dates. The colour is perfect if I’m not feeling in the mood for bold lips. I’d really like to finish Syrup but I’m not sure if I will considering there was less than 1/3 of Fuschia Surprise left at the beginning of the year and I just finished that.

10. MAC – Patisserie – January: 1/2 full. Now: 1/3 full.
Number of uses in June: 2 | Number of uses in July: 2

Similar to Syrup, I’d like to finish Patisserie but because of how long it took to use up Fuschia Surprise I’m not sure I will. One of the lip products is finished now though so that does create the opening of me being able to use the rest of the reamining lip products more.

11. MAC – Blankety – January 2/3 full. Now: 1/2 full.
Number of uses in June: 1 | Number of uses in July: 1

I already know when I finish this nude I won’t be repurchasing it. Blankety looks more pink in swatches and on other people’s lips than it is. One coat seems to be the magic number, it doesn’t layer as well as other lipsticks.

12. Lancôme Juicy Shaker in Berry In Love – January: 3/4 full. Now: 3/4 full.
Number of uses in June: 0 | Number of uses in July: 2

I’ve accepted that this is one of those products I enjoy when I do use it and I’m okay with the fact it may not be as regularly as the others.

13. Elizabeth Arden Luscious Raspberry (Sample) – January: 1/2 full. Now: 1/2-1/3 full.
Number of uses in June: 1 | Number of uses in July: 2

This is the perfect raspberry shade and the formula is ok, it’s not bad but I do prefer traditional lipsticks. I will happily use up this sample!

14. MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencil in Revved – January: 1/2 full. Now: 1/2 full.
Number of uses in June: 0 | Number of uses in July: 1

This is such a pretty peach for simple makeup looks and I need to use it more. The formula is nice and creamy and doesn’t slip. I much prefer the formula of this lip pencil to MAC cremesheen lipsticks, it’s like a cremesheen finish without being patchy.

Body/Fragrance:

15. The Body Shop Sparkler – January: 2/3 full. Now: 1/2 full.
Number of uses in June: 1 | Number of uses in July: 0

In all honesty, I have forgotten about this product lately. The glitter doesn’t look great on my work jumper like I thought it would and maybe I’m better off trying it as a body glitter on my neck and decolletage area.

16. Bath & Body Works Waikiki Beach Coconut Fragrance Mist – January: 3/4 full. Now: 2/3 full.
Number of uses in June: 1 | Number of uses in July: 0

I have stopped using this product as I noticed the scent gives me headaches.

17. The Body Shop White Musk Fragrance Mist – January: 3/4 full. Now: 1/3 full.
Number of uses in June: 7 | Number of uses in July: 11

This is more feminine and floral than black musk and whenever my mum wears this body mist (she has a bottle of her own) she gets complimented. I actually fell in love with this scent because of her and the smell reminds me of her.

18. The Body Shop Black Musk Fragrance Mist – January: 3/4 full. Now: 1/3 full.
Number of uses in June: 6 | Number of uses in July: 10

I’m still a fan of this with Juicy Couture’s I Love Juicy Couture perfume applied over the top. It’s a light, refreshing combination which is nice for work and everyday wear as neither of the scents are strong and heavy.


I find the The Body Shop mists easy to use up, I apply them before my main perfume on work days and I’m hoping to finish both of these before the end of the year. I have made good progress on the face products as well, I finished the Vitamin C face mist and the Rimmel eyebrow pencil is getting tiny! I am really proud I finished the BYS lipstick, it is the first proper lipstick I bought for myself and it’s the first lipstick I’ve used up entirely. I’d still like to reach my goal of finishing up 50% of the products (nine) by the end of 2018.

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Products I Want To Finish In 2018 Update #2

In January I discussed 18 products I want to finish up in 2018, kind of like a project pan. In this update I will list each product, how full it was at the beginning of the year, how full it is currently and how many times I have used each product in a month.

Face:

1. Makeup Revolution Ultra Face Base Primer – January: 1/3 full. Now: 1/4 full.
Number of uses in April: 5 | Number of uses in May: 4

I haven’t used this primer as much as I did the previous two months and I think my makeup looks nicer when I do apply it. I’m really starting to see why people talk about how important primer is. Which primer do you use that you love?

2. The Body Shop Vitamin C Face Mist – January: 1/3 full. Now: Almost empty – I’d say this has a couple of uses left.
Number of uses in April: 7 | Number of uses in May: 4

I’ve been using this face mist when my skin needs a moisture hit. Cold weather has well and truly arrived in NZ and this helps give my skin an extra boost of hydration.

3. MAC Studio Moisture Cream 30mlJanuary: 1/3 full. Now: Empty.
Number of uses in April: 18  | Number of uses in May:

I really like this product! I finished it back in April and I miss using it as part of my nightly routine. I have another tube as a backup but I’ve got a Palmer’s night cream I plan on using up first.

4. MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NW10 – January: Mostly full. Now: 3/4 full – there is a significant dip.
Number of uses in April: 14  | Number of uses in May: 19

I have been testing out this concealer with Rimmel’s Match Perfection foundation since the last update. I have noticed this only creases if my skin is dry. If I set it with translucent powder I don’t get the creasing. I have also changed my daily face moisturiser which could also be leaving my skin more hydrated.

5. Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in 010 Light Porcelain – January: Nearly full. Now: 3/4 full.
Number of uses in April: 9  | Number of uses in May: 10

Since the last update I have been sticking to applying one layer of this foundation rather than two. The formula doesn’t build as well as the old one and if I need more colour the foundation looks nice with my bronzer from The Body Shop.

Eyes:

6. Max Factor Excess Shimmer in Copper – January: 1/2 full. Now: 1/2 full.
Number of uses in April: 7  | Number of uses in May: 8

Even though this product still looks 1/2 full there is less noticeable product around the sides of the glass pot. Maybe I should to be more liberal when applying this.

7. Rimmel Professional Brow Pencil in 002 Hazel – January: 1/2 left. Now: 1/3 left.
Number of uses in April: 18  | Number of uses in May: 19

This pencil is still getting shorter. It performs well though and the colour is still the perfect match for my brows and gives them a nice, natural look.

Lips:

8. BYS Fuschia Surprise – January: Almost empty. Now: Closer to being empty – this is getting nearer to being a stub in the bullet.
Number of uses in April: 4  | Number of uses in May: 5

I wear this shade regularly, at least once a week and it is one of the best lipsticks in my collection. I already have a backup purchased.

9. MAC – Syrup – January: 1/2 full. Now: 1/3 full.
Number of uses in April: 3 | Number of uses in May: 2

Syrup will always be one of my favourite lipsticks. There is a small part of me that still doesn’t want to finish Syrup because it will be gone but I do have a similar colour from Revlon. I will be so proud if I manage to use up this lipstick before the end of the year.

10. MAC – Patisserie – January: 1/2 full. Now: 1/3 full.
Number of uses in April: 2 | Number of uses in May: 1

I continue to champion Patisserie as being my favourite peach-pink lipstick. It gives my lips the perfect amount of warmth and can be worn with a simple, everyday look or with something more glam. I got Patisserie after Syrup but I’ve used Patisserie more.

11. MAC – Blankety – January 2/3 full. Now: 1/2 full.
Number of uses in April: 3 | Number of uses in May: 3

If this nude isn’t paired with the right makeup and eye look it can wash me out a little bit. I wore this lipstick with my favourite Max Factor foundation and a simple brown eye look and it was perfect. It is a lovely minimalist shade but I don’t usually have many of those makeup days.

12. Lancôme Juicy Shaker in Berry In Love – January: 3/4 full. Now: 3/4 full.
Number of uses in April: 3 | Number of uses in May: 1

I try to use this but it often doesn’t end up happening. I need to get into the habit of slapping this on on my days off.

13. Elizabeth Arden Luscious Raspberry (Sample) – January: 1/2 full. Now: 1/2-1/3 full.
Number of uses in April: 2 | Number of uses in May: 1

I remember I mentioned this lip product in a 2017 monthly favourites post and said I would consider purchasing the full size but I have changed my mind. I would buy the colour definitely, but I prefer the formula of a traditional lipstick. This isn’t overly glossy or sticky but it’s not my favourite formula.

14. MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencil in Revved – January: 1/2 full. Now: 1/2 full.
Number of uses in April: 1 | Number of uses in May: 1

This lip pencil is pretty but in all honesty I probably wouldn’t have purchased it if it wasn’t part of the collection MAC did with Ellie Goulding. It isn’t as long lasting as most of my other lip products but I do like pairing it with a sparkly eye or when I want a more neutral lip shade.

Body/Fragrance:

15. The Body Shop Sparkler – January: 2/3 full. Now: 1/2 full.
Number of uses in April: 5 | Number of uses in May: 4

I am yet to use this a body glitter but I do still enjoy spraying this on my uniform tops before I go to work. I must try it on my work pullover to see how sparkly it makes that.

16. Bath & Body Works Waikiki Beach Coconut Fragrance Mist – January: 3/4 full. Now: 2/3 full.
Number of uses in April: 0 | Number of uses in May: 2

The staying power of this mist is good and I don’t dislike the coconut scent unlike most other coconut products but every time I wear this I seem to get a headache. I might pass this along to a friend and will take it out of the product list for this project.

17. The Body Shop White Musk Fragrance Mist – January: 3/4 full. Now: 1/2 full.
Number of uses in April: 10 | Number of uses in May: 10

Mists are nice to layer with my other perfumes and scents and I feel like the scents keep each other lasting longer than if I sprayed each one on their own.

18. The Body Shop Black Musk Fragrance Mist – January: 3/4 full. Now: 1/2 full.
Number of uses in April: 9 | Number of uses in May: 10

I love this mist as a winter scent, it has such a beautiful peppery spice to it and it layers particularly well with Britney Spears’ Curious – In Control and Juicy Couture’s I Love Juicy Couture.


I am continuing to make good progress with the body mists from The Body Shop, wearing them as a mist before spritzing my main perfume over the top seems to work well and I often get complimented on how nice I smell at work. I would like to use certain lip products more than I am which I will focus on for the next update. I have been less consistent with the face/base products as I’ve been using foundations other than Rimmel’s Match Perfection and trying to find the best combination of products for my dry skin and new facial moisturiser.

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Products I Want To Finish In 2018 Update #1

In January I talked about 18 products I want to finish up in 2018, kind of like a project pan. Originally I was going to do updates on how I was progressing every two months but the more I thought about it, the more I decided seasonal updates would be better instead. Without further ado let’s get into the first update. I will list each product, how full it was at the beginning of the year and how many times I have used each product in a month.

Face:

1. Makeup Revolution Ultra Face Base Primer – 1/3 full in January
Number of uses in February: 9 | Number of uses in March: 9

I really do think this is a nice primer. It works particularly well with the Rimmel foundation (also one of my 18 products). A little goes a long way.

2. The Body Shop Vitamin C Face Mist – 1/3 full in January
Number of uses in February: 4 | Number of uses in March: 5

I haven’t used this as much as the primer but it is good when I need an extra hit of hydration. The fresh, citrus scent is lovely.

3. MAC Studio Moisture Cream 30ml1/3 full in January
Number of uses in February: 5 | Number of uses in March: 18

This moisturiser was a saviour when my skin went through an extremely dry patch a few weeks back. To ensure I don’t waste product I have cute the top of the tube off and there is still so much product inside. I doubt I will be able to Back To MAC the packaging now though.

4. MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NW10 – Mostly full in January
Number of uses in February: 14 | Number of uses in March: 11

This concealer will take a while to use up but I am starting to see a dent in the product. This concealer doesn’t work the greatest with Rimmel’s Match Perfection foundation so it does limit when I use it. I will try the combination again to be sure but if it doesn’t work out I will only be able to use one or the other each time I do my makeup.

5. Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in 010 Light Porcelain – Nearly full in January
Number of uses in February: 5 | Number of uses in March: 8

I feel like I have talked about this foundation a lot over the past month. It used to be my favourite but now I find the formula thick. Used in conjunction with Collection’s Lasting Perfection concealer it’s fine for everyday use. I can now see glass where the level has gone down from use.

Eyes:

6. Max Factor Excess Shimmer in Copper – 1/2 full in January
Number of uses in February: 3 | Number of uses in March: 6

I didn’t just want to try and use up products that aren’t my favourite so I included some I really do like too. I have used this eyeshadow pot regularly since I bought it two years ago and continue to do so.

7. Rimmel Professional Brow Pencil in 002 Hazel – 1/2 left in January
Number of uses in February: 18 | Number of uses in March: 20

This pencil is starting to get quite small now. It is the only brow product I use it and I like it because it’s quick and easy.

Lips:

8. BYS Fuschia Surprise – Almost empty in January
Number of uses in February: 2 | Number of uses in March: 1

This is still almost empty. I have a feeling the last little bit will take the longest to use. I wear this shade regularly and it is one of the best lipsticks in my collection.

9. MAC – Syrup 1/2 full in January
Number of uses in February: 1 | Number of uses in March: 2

I’d say this is definitely heading in the direction of 1/3 full now. Another one of my well loved lip products.

10. MAC – Patisserie – 1/3 full in January
Number of uses in February: 1 | Number of uses in March: 1

Patisserie is my favourite nude lipstick that doesn’t have a hint of brown or mauve, it’s pure peach-pink nude and is so pretty. I love this shade with a sparkly eye and my NARS Orgasm-dupe blush.

11. MAC – Blankety – 2/3 full in January
Number of uses in February: 1 | Number of uses in March: 0

I think I have come to realise by the evidence of having barely worn this shade that it isn’t my favourite nude and in all honesty if I didn’t have it it wouldn’t be the end of the world. It’s still a nice shade but I don’t reach for it often.

12. Lancôme Juicy Shaker in Berry In Love – 3/4 full in January
Number of uses in February: 1 | Number of uses in March: 0

I don’t tend to use this product very often unless I am running errands and want something on my lips or I really feel like wearing it. It’s a pretty colour but it isn’t the longest lasting and it is better suited to chilled out days for me.

13. Elizabeth Arden Luscious Raspberry (Sample) – 1/2 full in January
Number of uses in February: 1 | Number of uses in March: 1

A good wear time for this product depends on how much I eat. If I am at work all day and have a decent sized lunch I notice this can wear off and start to feel a little drying. If I’m just having a snack though it’s fine and lasts all day.

14. MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencil in Revved – 1/2 full in January
Number of uses in February: 1 | Number of uses in March: 2

In terms of peach this is the most peach shade I have in my collection and it is really nice. The staying power isn’t that of a normal lipstick but because it’s a light shade it fades evenly. I have enjoyed reaching for this over the past few months actually.

Body/Fragrance:

15. The Body Shop Sparkler – 2/3 full in January
Number of uses in February: 5 | Number of uses in March: 1

This glitter looks so nice on black clothing. I have black shirts for work and have worn this over them a couple of times. I haven’t tried it on my skin as a body glitter but I really should.

16. Bath & Body Works Waikiki Beach Coconut Fragrance Mist 3/4 full in January
Number of uses in February: 2 | Number of uses in March: 1

The staying power this mist has is really good. I haven’t been reaching for it as much as I would have liked.

17. The Body Shop White Musk Fragrance Mist – 3/4 full in January
Number of uses in February: 6 | Number of uses in March: 6

I have been using this and the Black Musk mist first before going in with a few spritzes of my perfume. I would normally use Impulse but I’ve got these so I may as well use them instead.

18. The Body Shop Black Musk Fragrance Mist – 3/4 full in January
Number of uses in February: 5 | Number of uses in March: 7

See above.


I am making good progress with the base products and the body mists from The Body Shop but I need to be more consistent with the lip products otherwise I don’t think they will get finished. I do only wear makeup for 50% of the week so I am pleased with how I’m doing.

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September Favourites 2017

September is the first month into my library job and work wise I’ve been less stressed and happier. Health wise I have been sick all month. I have always had trouble with my nose and my sinuses have been giving me grief. I got antibiotics but after I finished them the problem came back so I tried a sinus rinse which has been helping a lot. As a result of being sick I have felt lethargic and haven’t felt like doing much. Fingers crossed I’m better soon!

Onto this month’s favourites:

1. Shane Filan – Love Always – I have mentioned Shane Filan a number of times on the blog. He has one of the best voices and is one of my favourites to listen to. He released his third studio album, Love Always, in August and I have had it on repeat the past couple of weeks. My signed copy arrived a fortnight ago and the album is better than I thought it would be. The majority of songs are covers of famous love songs and I was in two minds about buying the album originally as I’m not the biggest fan of cover albums but Shane puts his own spin on each track and the album is cohesive. Standout Tracks: Don’t Dream It’s Over, Beautiful In White, Completely, Unbreakable and I Can’t Make You Love Me.

2. Vaseline Cocoa Butter Lip Butter – Being sick my lips have been cracked and dry and this has been my saviour! I bought this lip butter last year and it is perfect when my lips need extra care. It smells like chocolate and smells very similar to my Cocoa Butter body butter from The Body Shop. The little pot is the cutest!

3. Navy Blue Fluffy Jumper – This is my favourite cosy jumper and I seem to have worn it a lot this month. The jumper is very warm and I love the colour, it goes so well with my hair. I wear this jumper casually and to work and it always gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling when I do.

4. Revlon – Beginner’s Luck – I had a makeup declutter and almost gave this nail polish away. I had a pile of shades I wasn’t sure about and swatched them on paper. I wasn’t convinced enough to give this shade away and couldn’t wait to try it on again. I am glad I kept it. It is a subtle, shimmery shade that is great for everyday and the formula is dreamy.

5. Reading – At the start of the month I mentioned I would be starting a new blogging series: What I’ve Been Reading. Working at the library it only seems appropriate I make an active effort to read more and I’m slowly working through a small pile of books. I have been pretty busy this month and haven’t had much time to read but I have been enjoying the moments I have been able to. I love getting lost in a good story. Sadly, I haven’t been hitting my one book a week quota so far.

September’s Spotify Playlist:


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Makeup Declutter

I have been wanting to have a clear out of my makeup for a little while and I finally did so last week. I had been harbouring unnecessary products and everything was much neater afterwards. I didn’t get rid of too many products and had a fair idea of what to cull before I started. As you will see I decided to sell some items that had barely been used and give a few bits to my mum.

Let’s get started!

Face

1. Chi Chi Real Minerals Bronzer – MUM

I got this bronzer years ago when I first started getting into makeup. I’ve never really used it as I don’t find it shows up on me at all. The product looks pretty in the pan and that’s really the only good thing I have to say. I don’t know even know the product performs, I received it as a present and it was just sitting in my drawer. I think I held onto it for so long due to sentimental reasons, it’s time to let go.

2. Australis Mousse – Buff Beige – MUM

I used to use mousse makeup before I started wearing liquid foundation. After I bought my first bottle of Rimmel’s Match Perfection I never looked back and this got pushed to the side. My mum has also used this product – albeit in a different shade – and offered to take it off my hands.

3. Australis Concealer – Light – BIN

Stick concealer is what teenage Chanelle used. I had a stick concealer I absolutely adored (unfortunately the brand name faded so I never knew what it was to repurchase) and when that ran out this was the closest shade to my skin tone I found. Unfortunately, it wasn’t as creamy and I soon ventured into liquid concealer which I have used ever since. This concealer didn’t conceal or cover up redness, a regrettable purchase.

4. Rimmel Good To Glow Liquid Highlighter in 003 Soho Glow – SELL

My first foray into liquid highlighter. I purchased this on ASOS in 2016 to get my purchase over the threshold to qualify for free shipping. I like the idea of the product and the shade itself is nice but I don’t find myself wanting to use it. I’ve only used it a handful of times in the past year and would rather see it go to a worthy home to someone who wants to use it.

Eyes

5. LA Colors Jumbo Eye Pencil in Pool Party – SELL

Last year I was on the hunt for a blue eyeshadow and picked up this pencil for a couple of dollars. I’ve used the product once and found a similar colour in powder form in a palette and tend to go for that instead. This is in near new condition so it is good enough to sell. It could also double as an eyeliner.

6. Thin Lizzy Liquid Precision Eyeliner – SELL

I cannot apply eyeliner and I don’t wear it. To my knowledge I have never worn or tried this product. Straight to the sell pile!

7. Maybelline Colour Tattoos in Barely Branded & Inked In Pink – BIN

In my opinion the Colour Tattoos are over hyped and not worth buying. I was so excited to wear these two gorgeous shimmer shades but they felt and looked dry in the pot and weren’t easy to apply. They dragged across the eyelid and don’t apply precisely. The only good thing about these is they do stay in place and don’t budge. I was really disappointed.

8. Revlon Diamond Lust Eyeshadows in Plum Galaxy & Neptune Star – MUM

I picked these up for a couple of dollars each but rarely reach for them. Plum Galaxy was used a few times to create a smoky purple eye look with Max Factor’s Pink Opal but the blue is not very pigmented at all. These look pretty in the pan but don’t perform that well. They are ok for the couple of dollars I paid but nothing special.

9. W7 In the Nude Palette – BIN

One of the worst products I have ever bought. I know dupe products won’t match the quality and standard of the original but this was terrible. The shades were all so dry and didn’t apply well. I hated using this palette and was actually happy to throw it in the bin.

Lips

10. Avon Glazewear – Celebrity Plum – BIN

My mum gave me this years ago and I used to love it! I only threw it away because of its age. It was a lovely purple gloss with a slight hint of neutral colour.

11. Rimmel Apocolips Lip Lacquer in 102 Nova – SELL

I bought three of these lip lacquers at the beginning of 2016 and decided to keep the two brown/nude shades and sell the pink. It’s a very warm pink and one I don’t find looks that great on me. I have plenty of other pink shades to keep me going!

12. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream – Buenos Aires – BIN

I had heard so many great things about NYX’s Soft Matte Lip Creams but this shade was a poor choice on my part. Buenos Aires is a light peach/coral that is very patchy to apply. This colour wasn’t flattering on me at all and I can’t think of any skin tone it would be flattering on. This experience has put me off trying other shades of soft matte lip cream and NYX products in general.

13. BYS Pretty Little Thing – BIN

Why wasn’t there someone who told Chanelle not to buy coral lipsticks?! This shade looks so pretty in the bullet, it’s almost like NARS Orgasm in a lipstick but the shade isn’t for me and I only wore it once or twice. The formula wasn’t great either which is odd because this brand also makes my favourite ever lipstick which has such a creamy, pigmented formula.

14. LA Colors Glossin Go in Sherbert – BIN

A friend gave me this lipgloss as a birthday present a few years back and I used to wear it a lot! It smelt like vanilla which is one of my favourite scents and the shade was a lovely neutral colour that went with everything. Much like Celebrity Plum, I’m throwing this away because of age not because I don’t like it anymore.

Nails

15. Essie Chillato – SELL

I think I first heard this polish mentioned in a Lily Pebbles video. The first (and only) time I wore it I knew it was too pale for me. The shade itself is gorgeous, I just think it would be better suited to those with warmer, darker skin tones than mine. This isn’t very old so it’s still good enough to sell.

16. OPI – Pink Yet Lavendar – BIN

This used to be my favourite nail polish but sadly it has dried up and can’t be applied anymore. I loved the pink glitter and how subtle and lovely this looked on the nails. Compared to other glitter polishes this wasn’t too difficult to remove either. Maybe I’ll see if this is still around and repurchase.

17. Revlon Red – SELL

There is nothing wrong with this shade. A good red polish is classic and the reason I’m selling is because I have another Revlon polish in a similar shade and don’t need both.

18. Klean Color – Love Madness – BIN

I only used this a handful of times and didn’t enjoy it. It didn’t coat the nails with glitter very well and didn’t fare much better as a top coat over other polishes.


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Summer Lipstick Picks

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Here in New Zealand it’s the final month of Spring meaning that next month it will be Summer. I’m not the biggest fan of Summer and the heat but one thing that is sure to keep a smile on my face during the warmer weather is my love for lip products. Back in May I did a similar post, Winter Lipstick Picks, where I showcased my favourite shades for the cooler months. I’ve got a handful of Summer favourites to show you and I’ve broken them down into categories. Enjoy!

The Nude: Patisserie – MAC

Patisserie was the second MAC lipstick I ever purchased and it is a shade I have talked about quite a bit on the blog. It is definitely up there with Syrup as my most worn MAC lipstick. The pinky, terracotta tones make Patisserie a lovely shade for Summer – it adds a wash of colour to the lips and looks especially lovely paired with shimmery eyes. Patisserie is one of those lipsticks that is wearable all year round and can be worn day or night.

The Peach: Peach Parfait – Revlon

Peach Parfait is one of the most recent additions to my makeup collection and I can see it becoming a favourite over the next few months. Peach Parfait is more of a pink-toned peach rather than an orange-toned peach (e.g. Revved by MAC which was also nearly included in this post). This lip butter contains shimmer but so far I haven’t experienced any grit when applying or wearing it. The application is very smooth, like butter, and the formula is moisturising.

The Gloss: I Found Nemo – Tanya Burr Cosmetics

Since purchasing three of Tanya’s lipglosses on Feel Unique I haven’t stopped loving them! I wear all of them regularly and they are so comfortable on the lips and have really good pigment. I Found Nemo is a gorgeous coral colour and screams Summer to me. The name is adorable and makes me think of the sea and swimming which I also associate with Summer.

The Bright: Fuchsia Surprise – BYS

I will keep this brief because I literally wear and talk about this lipstick ALL THE TIME. I feel like fuchsia is my colour and something just clicks when I wear this lipstick. It is my absolute favourite of all the lip products I own and I never get sick of wearing it. This is another shade I wear all year round and bright hot pinks pair so well with Summer.

The Red: fire & Ice – Revlon

I had to include a red somewhere! Red lipstick is one thing that is an essential for any woman and since I started blogging I have added a few reds to my collection and come to learn the types of reds I like and that suit me. For the warmer weather I have opted for an absolute classic from Revlon; Fire & Ice. This shade has been around for over 50 years and is the perfect mix of warm and cool red – think fire engine red meets tomato red. It’s got a little bit of orange to the red and fits well with the other coral/peach shades in this post.

swatches

summer-lipstick-picks-swatchesTop To Bottom: Patisserie, Peach Parfait, I Found Nemo, Fuchsia Surprise and Fire & Ice.

What are your favourite lip products for summer? Leave a comment below!

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Nude Lipsticks 101

Nude Lipsticks 101Hello beautiful people! Over the past few years the nude lip trend has been ever increasing and with all the brands and different products on the market it can be hard to find your perfect nude. There are a few points to consider: skintone, formula and the colours that make up the undertone of the lipstick. I have put together a selection of my personal favourite nude lip products and broken them down into categories based on their undertones and which shades of nude I believe you should have in your collection.

1. The True Nude – MAC Blankety

I define true nude as a shade that looks incredibly pale and almost foundation like. Of course this shouldn’t be the case, you should be able to tell you’ve got lipstick on your lips not foundation. I’ve selected Blankety by MAC as my true nude because there’s something beautiful about how subtle it looks on the lips. I tend to reach for Blankety if I’ve got a lot going on on the rest of my face or if I’m having a more natural looking makeup day. The formula of this lipstick is amazing, it’s very creamy and applies like a dream.

2. The Pinky Nude – MAC Patisserie

I promise not all the lip products mentioned in this post are by MAC, in fact this is the last one. To look at Patisserie in the bullet you’d think it would come out darker than what it does on the lips. In the bullet it looks slightly peachy, slightly pink and ever so slightly brown with flecks of gold glitter. It comes out more of a light pink on my lips. I think the reason Patisserie comes out lighter on the lips than in the bullet is due to its’ lustre finish. This finish is one of MAC’s sheerer ones but it doesn’t detract from Patisserie at all and makes it a very wearable everyday shade.

3. The Pinky/Brown Nude – Rimmel Asia

Asia by Rimmel is quite a recent addition to my lipstick collection and a product I haven’t talked about on my blog up until now. One of my closest blogging and Twitter friends Claire had talked about this lipstick many times and I just knew I had to try it out. Up until a few months ago I would’ve flat out refused to wear anything with a hint of brown in it because I was convinced those shades didn’t suit me. I’m glad to say I was wrong, and I’m even more glad to say I’m happy I purchased Asia. Rimmel is one of my favourite brands as the quality always blows me away and the prices are so good. This lipstick cost me $10 and the formula is incredible for a drugstore lipstick. I have also read that Asia is a dupe for a few different MAC shades: Twig, Cosmo, Faux and Mehr.

4. The Brown Nude – Rimmel Comet

Brown lips were a popular trend in the 90s and they are making a comeback due to the likes of Kylie Jenner. Brown can be a hard colour to pull off, especially if you’re pale as the wrong shade of brown or a very dark brown can end up making you look paler than you already are and wash you out. I’m very fortunate to have found what I believe is my perfect brown in Comet, one of Rimmel’s Show Off Apocolips lip lacquers. Comet has a milk chocolate tone to it almost with hints of terracotta and red to further warm things up. This product isn’t matte and the shine makes your lips look juicy and full without being sticky.Nude Lipstick Swatches

Swatches in the middle picture, left to right: Blankety, Patisserie, Asia and Comet.

There you have it, the lip products I believe are my perfect nude shades! Have you found yours yet – let me know in the comments below!

Disclaimer: The shades mentioned here are barely only guidance to help you find your perfect nude. The way these shades look on me may differ to how they look on you. I broke the post down into undertones to help you see the differences between nude lip products and ultimately help you decide which shades are right for you.

P.S. I don’t use the term MLBB (my lips but better) as I believe there is more than one shade that enhances your natural lip colour and I’ve never really understood the term. If you don’t want it to look like you’re wearing lipstick, don’t wear any, simple as that.

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