17 January 2015

Project 24 Pan :: 2 week update!

Hi! 

Thanks for stopping by, this is just a quick update on how I'm doing with the project pan so far. I think I'm making easy progress on everything but my eye products, especially the color tattoo and the UD Toasted Eyeshadow... I just want them to be over. I am happy with the rest of my progress, especially finishing 3 things. My goal is 5 for the month. As far as my other goals like my Low Buy, I have purchased 4 makeup items this month, I got two for free and I plan to purge at least 6 items if not more. I like the idea of one in, one out, especially when I can have the freedom to purge to use things up. When deciding when I want to purge, I find it helpful to think about project panning certain items. If you can't imagine panning the item because you know you would hate it, then maybe it shouldn't be in your collection in the first place. 

  1. maybelline color tattoo bad to the bronze | I usually work this is daily, I like it better with satins/mattes than with shimmer shades because it amplifies the already metallic finish but I'm going to keep trudging. 
  2. urban decay naked palette toasted e/s | This eyeshadow still isn't growing on me, I only tolerate it. But it does pair well with the Naked 3, so I can get some use from that palette. 
  3. itsjudytime tan shade | This is a great go-to neutral for me. I can't wait to hit pan on toasted so I can fully enjoy it. 
  4. itsjudytime brown script dupe | This brown can pull purple so it can pair well with toasted too. 
  5. urban decay 24/7 pencil liner perversion | I use it everyday, I never realized ow versatile pencils can be, I tight line with it daily, Ive smoked it out for a date night and I can layer shadows over it for a subtle definition. I'll be sad to see this one go I think!
  6. urban decay liquid liner Perversion | The brush on this one went wonky, but its good for a super thin line on the lashes, but not a wing. 
  7. loreal mascara miss magna mascara Finished on 1/3 Will not repurchase, the wand didnt grab the lashes enough 
  8. too faced Better than sex sample | I think its starting to dry out, so I won't be long. 
  9. Milani Brow Kit in Dark (middle shade) Hit Pan 1/13.  Will not repurchase as it does not stay on the brows all day, but it is a great outer corner eyeshadow so I'll continue to use it.
  10. nars sheer glow foundation in macao Finished 1/16. This is a holy grail product I would definitely repurchase next time I'm light enough for it. 
  11. covergirl ready set flawless in 315 | I haven't touched it yet, but I will starting this next work week. 
  12. mac prolongwear concealer in nc45 | I haven't been super loyal, and I can't see any progress yet unfortunately 
  13. becca shimmering skin perfectors  topaz&rose gold | I often forget to add these :/.
  14. benefit sunbeam | I honestly haven't touched it.  
  15. mac blush fleur power | I use this everyday, and have started to mix it with other blushes. 
  16. mac msf natural in deep dark | I use it daily as bronzer, Goal: Hit pan by FEB 
  17. mac lipstick in rebel l/s | I maybe have worn this 5x
  18. nyx butter gloss in purple l/g | I wear this almost everyday and the shade has really grown on me 
  19. kat von d lolita sample lipstick | I', still enjoying the lip combo of this and the butter gloss. 
  20. buxom full bodied lip color in San Francisco | I havent touched it yet. 
  21. coach poppy perfume | I haven't used it everyday, but its really hard to squirt out,  Goal: Finish by FEB 
  22. origins night a mins |  I hit jar 1/10!
  23. victoria secret love spell | I kind of hate this stuff and I never remember to spray it. 
  24. first aid beauty facial cleanser | I try to use this once a day, either morning or night depending on what my skin needs. 

Thats all I have for today!
Love, Jess

05 January 2015

Project Pan Reloaded!!

Welcome to my Project Pan 24 by 24 week 1 update.

So I had to revamp my project pan since my original post in December. I made a video to kickoff my new plan that I posted a few days before New Years! Here it is below.



I wanted to do a more in-depth blog post about it but I was enjoying my 2 week winter break too much! I did get started with my products and even finished one!!! But I am at a point where I need to change some things. I figured that I would need to re-evaluate my project pan items after working with them for a month or so, but it was clear after a week that I had way too many purple items! A purple eyeshadow base, 2 purple hued eyeshadows, and a dark purple lipstick. I like the color, but that's too much!

So as of now there are 23 products and 2* have been swapped in. I've also decided to classify my highlighter samples as 2 separate products instead of 3.


Updated List of products (product| approx amount left| how Im doing with it)
  1. maybelline color tattoo bad to the bronze | 88% | I need to really get into using this. I sort of resent how it looks more taupe than bronze on me.
  2. urban decay naked palette toasted e/s | 80% | I found a new shade to pair this with, Barlust from ud smoked palette is gorgeous. 
  3. *itsjudytime  palette soft brown | 100%| This is a replacement for the purple shade. 
  4. *urban decay 24/7 liquid liner perversion |50%?| I've already had to replace the brush because it got cracked so I may as well use it up too. 
  5. urban decay 24/7 pencil liner perversion | 50% | Ive started wearing it under my eyeshadow because making a line with it is so much harder than liquid! 
  6. loreal mascara miss magna mascara |FINISHED| This is my first empty achieved 1/3/14
  7. too faced better than sex mini| 80%|  It gives a nice thick lash I can't complain.
  8. milani brow kit in dark (middle shade) | 40 %| I am 40% to pan I think. I started using it in the crease so I can move on faster. Once I hit pan I'm getting dip brow! *all hail dippie* 
  9. nars sheer glow foundation in macao |10%| The pump stopped pumping so I deported into a sample jar. 
  10. covergirl ready set flawless in 315 |99%| Used once to test it, its so green :( I might mix it with a red toned BB cream  have
  11. mac prolongwear Concealer in nc45 |38%| I can only use this if I wear foundation too  
  12. becca highlighter samples (topaz&rose gold) |80%| I mixed the two samples in a 4g jar. 
  13. benefit sunbeam mini | 80%| used 1x
  14. mac blush fleur power | 40%| used every day, no pan yet. 
  15. mac msf natural in deep dark | 35%| used everyday as bronzer. 
  16. mac lipstick in rebel l/s | 50%| I never want to wear this to work because it so bold. 
  17. nyx butter gloss in raspberry tart l/g | 95% | I've been using this a cap ton, no change yet.  
  18. kat von d Lolita mini |80%| I also use this a crap ton, and I like it. 
  19. buxom full bodied lip color in San Francisco |35%| haven't touched it. 
  20. coach poppy perfume |7%| Its getting hard to squirt out. 
  21. origins night a mins | 50%| I find reasons to use this. 
  22. vaseline body lotion 18 oz |92%| Ive been using it after every shower so far. 
  23. victoria secret love spell |?| I forgot to mark this so I will before the next update
  24. first aid beauty facial cleanser |50%| I use this 10/14 times washing my face. 
kicked off the "eye land"
maybelline color tattoo painted purple | 90% left | its super super old and theres no way .
itsjudytime 10th purple shade / 100%/  its not a flattering color on me 
urban decay smoked freestyle e/s | 98%| I am  switching this one out too. Its too pale/ashy  





























11 December 2014

Project Pan 2015! Intro Post

Project Pan Items 12/11/14

I already posted a...post about why I'm doing this project pan, you can read it here. Here is my first project pan that officially starts today! I was going to start it on January 1, but today happens to be 6 months until my birthday so I think thats even more fitting.

I decided not to go on a no buy, but I am on a low buy. I have an upcoming post about my ideal makeup collection and basically I have some categories that I only have a few items in so its ok for me to buy more. A low buy for me means that I will restrict my shopping, aiming for l new purchase each month with the goal to save up for a birthday haul in May.

I guess I can just go into my rules:

1. Use all PP items 5x a week. I usually wear makeup to work and on one weekend day so 6x total. On the 6th day I can use whatever products I want. Most of my other makeup is packed away at this point so I can focus on my products.

2. Reapply Lip items 4x a day. I am super nervous about my lipstick and lipgloss in this challenge, but this way I can wear another color during the day and apply the lipstick after work or when I'm just lounging at home.

3. One Eyeshadow at a time. I have 6 eyeshadows in this thing so I am going to only focus on using up one at a time so I don't get too frustrated.

4. Pan means pan. I will be happy to hit pan on my items and if I finish them that would be like a bonus.

5. The amount I hit pan on is the amount I can buy over the period, including my birthday haul. So if I buy 5 things before my birthday and I only finish 5 items, then no birthday haul for me :(

6. I will be on this journey for 6 months, ending on my 24th birthday. Updating once a month.


And Here are my items:

1. urban decay naked palette sidecar
2. urban decay naked palette buck 
3. urban decay naked palette half-baked 
4. urban decay naked palette smog 
5. urban decay naked palette toasted 
6. urban decay smoked palette rockstar 
7. mac lipstick in rebel 
8. nyx butter gloss in raspberry tart
9. urban decay 24/7 pencil liner perversion 
10. mac blush fleur power
11. loreal mascara miss magna mascara
12. nars sheer glow foundation in macao 
13. mac msf natural in deep dark




1-6. I'm tackling about half of the naked palette! As you can see nick and smog already have pan showing so the goal is to nearly use those up. Half baked has a crater so I should be able to hit pan on that quite easily. Sidecar and Toasted are another story they both have small dips form me making efforts to use them all fall but theres not much progress. I'll be focusing on Toasted to hopeful get close to pan by next update! As far the the purple shade, I will be using that mostly as a lower lash line pop of color. 


7. mac lipstick in rebel This is one of the first lipstick I fell in love with. I remember getting it back in 2012 after I crossed because all of my line sisters had it. But it is getting old and I need to get some solid use out of it before it goes bad. Hopefully I can keep up with reapplying it because I have a decent chunk of product to run through here. I measured it up against a game of thrones coaster I keep on my vanity (I marked after the photo). I pray to the old gods and new I can finish this thing soon. 

8. nyx butter gloss in raspberry tart I got this gloss on a whim when I was in nyx butter everything heaven and they were 50% off at ultra this summer. I'm really more into matte lips if I'm wearing a vibrant color. I'm really only into nude or light pink/peach glosses so I really don't need this one. I have only used up one lipgloss back in college when I owned a total of two so I'm super nervous on this one as well. its 99.9912% full. 

9. urban decay 24/7 pencil liner perversion I got this one in my smoked palette which I've had since 2012 so its time for this one to go as well. I love the look of liquid liner so I plan to put this down first and then sharpen my line with the liquid. Same Coaster different line :)

10. mac blush fluer power I have had this blush 2011! It was the first blush I owned but I guess I event shown it enough love to hit pan on it. I can see that some of the pan is showing on the sides of the product so I suspect I have been wearing it down evenly. We shall see!


11. loreal mascara miss magna mascara This is the newest product of the bunch. I got it in September 2014 and it's a really good mascara. I needed something easy in the challenge right!


12. nars sheer glow foundation in macao This was my first high end foundation and I love it to pieces. It's a light yellow toned color that only matches me in the dead of winter but its beautiful when it does. I definitely recommend it if you have a color match. The coverage isn't sheer at all, and I may  mix it with a bb cream if it feel its too much coverage. Middle school kids will ask their teacher why she's wearing so much makeup -__- I may need a beauty spatlula to really empty this out.




13. mac msf natural in deep dark This is my second MSF in this color, the first one turned before I finished it so I'm excited to use this one up. Right now I'm using it as a bronzer and the entire dome of the product is worn down so I think I can do it. I think I can...I think I can. 




OK thats it! Feel free to follow with Google +, or bloglovin to keep up with my progress!
If you have a project pan going on let me know so I can follow :)
-Jess






 

10 December 2014

Whats in my Z-Palette?!

Last Wednesday, after school and my grad night class, I went to Sephora to return my ambient lighting palette. I got 48$ back since I bought it in the VIB sale. I also had my $20 dollar off $50 coupon so you know I had to get something. I wanted to maybe get a Becca highlighter, but I really didn’t feel like driving all the way to the location near me that carries that line. I also didn't feel like spending my whole refund on one item! Those highlighters are HELLA expensive, especially if you factor in cost per wear, which I always do. If I pay $50 dollars for a foundation, I’m ok with that because I can use it every time I wear makeup, however I’m a middle school teacher so my everyday makeup routine does not usually call for highlighter. (Definitely not a 40+ dollar one). I just can't justify it. 

But that was a tangent!

I ended up using my coupon on a First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser, a Small Sephora Z Palette, and a (gotcha item from the travel section) the Kat Von D Lip Love Set.

I took all my new goodies home and re-did my Z palette! I have my Original Naked Palette in here, my UD Smoked palette that I de-potted that night, 4 MAC shades and my contour color that cracked horribly when I de-potted it. She's a beaut aint she!

what's in my z palette


I love it! It gives me so much variety and I can see everything I have at once. And now that I also have the smaller Z palette it gives me more options to mix and match for my travel makeup bag.

Hope you enjoyed!
Love, 
Jess 


09 December 2014

Why I'm going on Project Pan

If you are like me (a Youtube beauty junkie) then you have been sucked into the vortex which I like to call “buy all the things!”


If you have had this moment you know what I'm talking about: You're watching a few people’s monthly favorites and before you know it you have a 5 different carts on makeup websites full of random items totaling a few hundred dollars.









Beauty bloggers and Youtube Gurus are influencers who often get sent products to try, they make money off of their internet presence and need to keep reviewing an trying new things to keep their audiences interested. ALTHOUGH I AM WRITING A BEAUTY BLOG AT THE MOMENT, I AM NOTHING MORE THAN A SMALL TIME BROKE-A** GRADUATE STUDENT! Maybe one day I’ll be on that level, but I assure you I am not currently. It’s great to learn about new products and want to try them out but for the everyday person, it can get out of hand quickly.

Because of this, I have decided to change my focus from “buy it all!” to “use it up!” There is an awesome project pan community on Youtube and in the ‘blogosphere’ where beauty lovers decide to focus on really enjoying, using and loving the products they have before indulging in more, more, more.

Last month I shared my makeup inventory, which was my way of holding myself accountable to the items I have. There are over 100 items on there and only about 5 empties. That means that I’m constantly buying things and either not using them or not getting through them before I buy replacements. 

I’m realizing that I don’t need to buy everything that I like, even if it’s cheap, because I have plenty of stuff at home I can use to get a similar look. DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY GOLD/BRONZE EYE SHADOWS I HAVE!?

For example I have 55 total eye shadows. It could take 3 months of constant use to finish an eye shadow and lets say I use 3 a day so that’s 12 finished a year. Going off that, it would take me 4.5 YEARS to finish the shadows I have now with everyday usage! That’s enough to discourage me from buying the 2 palettes I wanted this holiday season.


Just some food for thought. Sorry if I went OC on the caps lock!
-Love
Jess

08 December 2014

Weekly Makeup Basket #1 WOC edition


I'm starting a project pan for 2015! I have a whole post on why I made the decision coming up tomorrow. But my first step is starting up doing weekly makeup baskets! The purpose of this is to challenge myself to focus on particular products and find awesome go-to looks that will come in handy when my panning challenge actually gets started.



I also noticed that every morning my tiny vanity table ends up a mess! It’s because I have too much crammed on to it. So in deciding what I will be using for a week or two I can pack my other products away and cut down on clutter.

So here are the shadows I'll be working with.

And the eye bases, the third one is MAC Indianwood


 Finally, my foundations.

NC45


Since this is my first time doing this I wanted to just focus on eyes and face  products. I didn't do a full face for a few reasons: 1. I don't own multiples of everything (ex. I own 1 face primer) 2. I still need to figure out what blushes and lippies look best with the eyeshadow  3. Since I'm new at this I didn't want to make it impossibly restricted. 
All the best, 
Jess

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