June 2016 | KITSCH/SNITCH
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Hello hello. I thought it's about time we talk about the new release from Anastasia Beverly Hills - the Modern Renaissance Palette. This is a permanent palette in the ABH range and it is designed to be a warm toned nude and berry palette. They did also say that they may be bringing out a permanent cool toned nude palette in the future.


This has only been out for a few weeks and is available from the Anastasia Beverly Hills website for US$42 (plus a flat rate of US$17.95 for international shipping) or from Beauty Bay for around AU$70 with free shipping. Where you buy it from would really depend on the currency conversion, if you wanted to buy other items from the site, and how quickly you wanted it to arrive - Beauty Bay takes around 2 weeks to arrive in Australia whereas ABH delivered in 2 business days. Also it's worth noting that you can't use PayPal on international orders from the ABH site for some reason.

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I thought I would point out the biggest negative to this palette before I get onto the otherwise glowing review - the packaging is horrible! This palette is made out of a hideous dusky mauve/pink felt material covered cardboard which is destined to become dirty, fluffy and gross. The only reason I could possible reason I could think that they justify this is because it might link to Renaissance fashion... who the f**k knows! Otherwise this is a standard cardboard palette with a mirror in the lid, a magnetic closure, ingredients on the back (this is cruelty free but not vegan) and it comes with a double sided brush that is actually pretty decent.

It is also worth noting that each shade contains 0.7g of product which is not a huge amount. This also recommends to only use it for 6 month after opening. This is an unusually short amount of time for a powder product and I am not sure why that's the case. Of course I will continue to use it past that date (I like to live on the wild side) but if you are a stickler for used by dates then I would give this a miss.
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Onto the highlight of this palette... the actual eyeshadows. These are absolutely amazing in quality and shade range. I love how they went quite extreme with the warm shades but still managed to keep it wearable. The shades all give off a very Renaissance fashion vibe with the reds, oranges and mustard shades - so this palette really does tell a story. ABH claims that there are 11 matte shades in this palette and 3 shimmer, but I think at least a couple of the "mattes" are more satin finish shades.

The shades are described on the ABH site as:

Tempera - Velvety beige with an ultra-matte finish
Golden Ochre - Earthy yellow with an ultra-matte finish
Vermeer - Iridescent shell with a metallic finish
Buon Fresco - Antique lavender with an ultra-matte finish
Antique Bronze - Metallic sable with a satin finish
Love Letter - Raspberry with an ultra-matte finish
Cyprus Umber - Dark coffee with an ultra-matte finish
Realgar - Brick with an ultra-matte finish
Warm Taupe - Earthy gray with an ultra-matte finish
Venetian Red - Crimson with an ultra-matte finish
Red Ochre - Sienna with an ultra-matte finish
Primavera - shimmery gold dust with a metallic finish
Burnt Orange - deep orange with an ultra-matte finish
Raw Sienna - neutral amber with an ultra-matte finish

Overall the pigmentation is beautiful, the shades are a tiny bit powdery but very blendable and easy to work with and they have become some of my favourite formula of eyeshadows. My only issue with the shades is that there is a lot of matte shades (maybe too many matte shades) and, for someone who likes to wear a shimmer all over the lid and matte shades in the crease, I find that this palette is a little off balanced. When I look at this palette I see a couple of all over the lid shades, a couple of highlights and a heck of a lot of crease shades. I personally think this palette would have benefitted from adding a few more shimmers, but if you love warm matte looks then you will love this palette, and I really can't fault the formula.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette

June 29, 2016

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Hello hello. I thought it's about time we talk about the new release from Anastasia Beverly Hills - the Modern Renaissance Palette. This is a permanent palette in the ABH range and it is designed to be a warm toned nude and berry palette. They did also say that they may be bringing out a permanent cool toned nude palette in the future.


This has only been out for a few weeks and is available from the Anastasia Beverly Hills website for US$42 (plus a flat rate of US$17.95 for international shipping) or from Beauty Bay for around AU$70 with free shipping. Where you buy it from would really depend on the currency conversion, if you wanted to buy other items from the site, and how quickly you wanted it to arrive - Beauty Bay takes around 2 weeks to arrive in Australia whereas ABH delivered in 2 business days. Also it's worth noting that you can't use PayPal on international orders from the ABH site for some reason.

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I thought I would point out the biggest negative to this palette before I get onto the otherwise glowing review - the packaging is horrible! This palette is made out of a hideous dusky mauve/pink felt material covered cardboard which is destined to become dirty, fluffy and gross. The only reason I could possible reason I could think that they justify this is because it might link to Renaissance fashion... who the f**k knows! Otherwise this is a standard cardboard palette with a mirror in the lid, a magnetic closure, ingredients on the back (this is cruelty free but not vegan) and it comes with a double sided brush that is actually pretty decent.

It is also worth noting that each shade contains 0.7g of product which is not a huge amount. This also recommends to only use it for 6 month after opening. This is an unusually short amount of time for a powder product and I am not sure why that's the case. Of course I will continue to use it past that date (I like to live on the wild side) but if you are a stickler for used by dates then I would give this a miss.
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Onto the highlight of this palette... the actual eyeshadows. These are absolutely amazing in quality and shade range. I love how they went quite extreme with the warm shades but still managed to keep it wearable. The shades all give off a very Renaissance fashion vibe with the reds, oranges and mustard shades - so this palette really does tell a story. ABH claims that there are 11 matte shades in this palette and 3 shimmer, but I think at least a couple of the "mattes" are more satin finish shades.

The shades are described on the ABH site as:

Tempera - Velvety beige with an ultra-matte finish
Golden Ochre - Earthy yellow with an ultra-matte finish
Vermeer - Iridescent shell with a metallic finish
Buon Fresco - Antique lavender with an ultra-matte finish
Antique Bronze - Metallic sable with a satin finish
Love Letter - Raspberry with an ultra-matte finish
Cyprus Umber - Dark coffee with an ultra-matte finish
Realgar - Brick with an ultra-matte finish
Warm Taupe - Earthy gray with an ultra-matte finish
Venetian Red - Crimson with an ultra-matte finish
Red Ochre - Sienna with an ultra-matte finish
Primavera - shimmery gold dust with a metallic finish
Burnt Orange - deep orange with an ultra-matte finish
Raw Sienna - neutral amber with an ultra-matte finish

Overall the pigmentation is beautiful, the shades are a tiny bit powdery but very blendable and easy to work with and they have become some of my favourite formula of eyeshadows. My only issue with the shades is that there is a lot of matte shades (maybe too many matte shades) and, for someone who likes to wear a shimmer all over the lid and matte shades in the crease, I find that this palette is a little off balanced. When I look at this palette I see a couple of all over the lid shades, a couple of highlights and a heck of a lot of crease shades. I personally think this palette would have benefitted from adding a few more shimmers, but if you love warm matte looks then you will love this palette, and I really can't fault the formula.
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The Urban Decay After Glow 8 Hour Powder Highlighters finally hit the Australian shores the other week and of course I had to buy all three to test them out.

These retail for AU$42 each, they contain 6.8g of product, come in three shades, and are available in Mecca Maxima stores or online at the Mecca website.

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The packaging looks really fancy on first impressions. They come in shiny pink, purple and silver boxes and the compact itself is silver, highly metallic, has a cut out UD crosshatched design on the front, and a label on the back that is in a colour that corresponds to the shade of the highlighter. When you open the compact you realise that it's just a grey plastic compact that doesn't have a mirror in the lid but does have a magnetic closure. These look nice from afar but close up they are pretty average for the price tag.
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The three shades available are inspired and named after three Urban Decay eyeshadows. Sin is a champagne gold and is a very dupable shade (it is very similar in shade to The Balm's Mary-Lou Manizer), Aura is a light, almost white, mauve toned pink and Fireball is a peachy coral with a bright pink shift.

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Overall as a collection I think that these are quite nice, they do last on the skin all day and definitely lives up to the 8 hour claim, but surprisingly my thoughts on these highlighters do vary from shade to shade.

My least favourite of the three was in fact Sin. This looks like the most wearable and typical highlighter shade of the three but what I disliked about it was that it was SO intense. Even when you apply this lightly it makes you skin almost look like it has a metallic piece of foil stuck to it and I am personally over the extreme highlighting trend. Being highly reflective this also emphasises skin texture. I do think the shade is very common and isn't anything new or unique. I find that I need to really buff this into the skin to tone it down and make it wearable.

My favourite of the three is Aura as it gives you a very obvious highlighted look but it isn't as sparkly and metallic as Sin, so it flatters the skin. The shade is also very unique and hard to dupe. Even though this looks almost white in the pan it doesn't appear too frosty or white on the skin and instead gives the skin just a sheen of pastel pink which I am really loving at the moment. The soft cool toned pink sheen is perfect for lighter skin tones and winter makeup looks.

Fireball is also lovely and very unique but it is much deeper than the other two shades and will only be suitable as a highlighter on medium to deeper skintones. I could definitely get away with wearing this as a highlighter in summer but at the moment I have been testing this out as a blush or blush topper. This has a soft coral base but has a very strong bright pink shift. This is very different to Aura as Aura has no base colour and almost a cool toned pastel pink shift whereas Fireball has more of a vibrant pink shift over a peachy coral base. This has the least intense shimmer of the three, but the uniqueness of the shade makes this really interesting and special.

I would highly recommend checking these out before you buy them as $42 each is pretty pricey and whether they are worth the money is entirely up to you. They aren't bad highlighters and they do last all day, but they are only worth the price tag if they are highlighters that you will reach for often and if they aren't like anything else you have in your collection.

Have you tried these? What did you think?

Urban Decay Afterglow 8 Hour Highlighters

June 27, 2016

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The Urban Decay After Glow 8 Hour Powder Highlighters finally hit the Australian shores the other week and of course I had to buy all three to test them out.

These retail for AU$42 each, they contain 6.8g of product, come in three shades, and are available in Mecca Maxima stores or online at the Mecca website.

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The packaging looks really fancy on first impressions. They come in shiny pink, purple and silver boxes and the compact itself is silver, highly metallic, has a cut out UD crosshatched design on the front, and a label on the back that is in a colour that corresponds to the shade of the highlighter. When you open the compact you realise that it's just a grey plastic compact that doesn't have a mirror in the lid but does have a magnetic closure. These look nice from afar but close up they are pretty average for the price tag.
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The three shades available are inspired and named after three Urban Decay eyeshadows. Sin is a champagne gold and is a very dupable shade (it is very similar in shade to The Balm's Mary-Lou Manizer), Aura is a light, almost white, mauve toned pink and Fireball is a peachy coral with a bright pink shift.

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Overall as a collection I think that these are quite nice, they do last on the skin all day and definitely lives up to the 8 hour claim, but surprisingly my thoughts on these highlighters do vary from shade to shade.

My least favourite of the three was in fact Sin. This looks like the most wearable and typical highlighter shade of the three but what I disliked about it was that it was SO intense. Even when you apply this lightly it makes you skin almost look like it has a metallic piece of foil stuck to it and I am personally over the extreme highlighting trend. Being highly reflective this also emphasises skin texture. I do think the shade is very common and isn't anything new or unique. I find that I need to really buff this into the skin to tone it down and make it wearable.

My favourite of the three is Aura as it gives you a very obvious highlighted look but it isn't as sparkly and metallic as Sin, so it flatters the skin. The shade is also very unique and hard to dupe. Even though this looks almost white in the pan it doesn't appear too frosty or white on the skin and instead gives the skin just a sheen of pastel pink which I am really loving at the moment. The soft cool toned pink sheen is perfect for lighter skin tones and winter makeup looks.

Fireball is also lovely and very unique but it is much deeper than the other two shades and will only be suitable as a highlighter on medium to deeper skintones. I could definitely get away with wearing this as a highlighter in summer but at the moment I have been testing this out as a blush or blush topper. This has a soft coral base but has a very strong bright pink shift. This is very different to Aura as Aura has no base colour and almost a cool toned pastel pink shift whereas Fireball has more of a vibrant pink shift over a peachy coral base. This has the least intense shimmer of the three, but the uniqueness of the shade makes this really interesting and special.

I would highly recommend checking these out before you buy them as $42 each is pretty pricey and whether they are worth the money is entirely up to you. They aren't bad highlighters and they do last all day, but they are only worth the price tag if they are highlighters that you will reach for often and if they aren't like anything else you have in your collection.

Have you tried these? What did you think?

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Happy Friday! Just a friendly reminder that the Priceline Skincare Bag for 2016 has been released. If you are unfamiliar with these bags, Priceline has a skincare bag, a hair care bag and a makeup bag once a year. If you spend $69 or over on skincare, sun care or tanning products from participating brands the you get the current skincare bag for free. This is available instore and online and if this peaks your interest then I suggest picking it up before it sells out!
 
Check out all the details at the PRICELINE WEBSITE and the list of participating brands are below. Happy skincare shopping x
 
 
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Priceline Skincare Bag 2016

June 24, 2016

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Happy Friday! Just a friendly reminder that the Priceline Skincare Bag for 2016 has been released. If you are unfamiliar with these bags, Priceline has a skincare bag, a hair care bag and a makeup bag once a year. If you spend $69 or over on skincare, sun care or tanning products from participating brands the you get the current skincare bag for free. This is available instore and online and if this peaks your interest then I suggest picking it up before it sells out!
 
Check out all the details at the PRICELINE WEBSITE and the list of participating brands are below. Happy skincare shopping x
 
 
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If you have been reading my blog for a number of years you would remember the time that I used to test out all of the new beauty subscription boxes available in Australia or that ship to Australia. Well, as you can probably imagine I got quite a collection of samples and had to unsubscribe and detox from subscription boxed for a few years. Here I am back with an unboxing of one of the only beauty subscription boxes that has peaked my interest in recent years.

This is the Maslow & Co. box which is a bi-monthly Australian subscription box that focuses on a different location around the world for each box. Previous boxes have focused on New Zealand, the UK and Australia. This retails for $44 per box (which arrives every second month) or you can order a year subscription which drops the cost of each box to $40. Check out all the details at the Maslow & Co website.

Side note, I love everything about the design and packaging of this box (besides the fact that one of my products leaked a little, but no damage was done).

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In this months box was themed on the USA West Coast ( LA, California and beyond) and the products I received are:
  • Milani Baked Blush in Corallina (full size - $15.95)
  • Marula Foaming Cleansing Oil (30ml sample - $13.00)
  • Fig & Yarrow Red Clay Mask (full size - $32.00)
  • Fig & Yarrow Complexion Water Rose, Sandlewood and Neroli (30ml sample - $24.85)
  • Earth's Nectar Mint Leaves Scalp Oil (30ml sample - $13.00)
  • Reverie Milk Anti Frizz Leave-In Nourishing Treatment (30ml sample - $23.00)

On first impressions I am very impressed with the box. It contain two full size products and four good sized deluxe samples. The products all look really high quality and there is a nice range of makeup, hair care and skincare.

The total value of the box is $121.80!

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You also get a handy booklet that allows you to read up on each of the products. Each of the products can also be bought from the Maslow & Co website.

Overall I am very impressed with this subscription box. The products are great, the themed boxes keeps things interesting, the value is really good and I also like that they come every second month so you have time to use up the products from the previous box. My only downside is that they don't ship to PO Boxes.

Have you tried the Maslow & Co. box? What are your thoughts?
 

Maslow & Co. June 2016 Box

June 22, 2016

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If you have been reading my blog for a number of years you would remember the time that I used to test out all of the new beauty subscription boxes available in Australia or that ship to Australia. Well, as you can probably imagine I got quite a collection of samples and had to unsubscribe and detox from subscription boxed for a few years. Here I am back with an unboxing of one of the only beauty subscription boxes that has peaked my interest in recent years.

This is the Maslow & Co. box which is a bi-monthly Australian subscription box that focuses on a different location around the world for each box. Previous boxes have focused on New Zealand, the UK and Australia. This retails for $44 per box (which arrives every second month) or you can order a year subscription which drops the cost of each box to $40. Check out all the details at the Maslow & Co website.

Side note, I love everything about the design and packaging of this box (besides the fact that one of my products leaked a little, but no damage was done).

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In this months box was themed on the USA West Coast ( LA, California and beyond) and the products I received are:
  • Milani Baked Blush in Corallina (full size - $15.95)
  • Marula Foaming Cleansing Oil (30ml sample - $13.00)
  • Fig & Yarrow Red Clay Mask (full size - $32.00)
  • Fig & Yarrow Complexion Water Rose, Sandlewood and Neroli (30ml sample - $24.85)
  • Earth's Nectar Mint Leaves Scalp Oil (30ml sample - $13.00)
  • Reverie Milk Anti Frizz Leave-In Nourishing Treatment (30ml sample - $23.00)

On first impressions I am very impressed with the box. It contain two full size products and four good sized deluxe samples. The products all look really high quality and there is a nice range of makeup, hair care and skincare.

The total value of the box is $121.80!

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You also get a handy booklet that allows you to read up on each of the products. Each of the products can also be bought from the Maslow & Co website.

Overall I am very impressed with this subscription box. The products are great, the themed boxes keeps things interesting, the value is really good and I also like that they come every second month so you have time to use up the products from the previous box. My only downside is that they don't ship to PO Boxes.

Have you tried the Maslow & Co. box? What are your thoughts?
 
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I CREATED A NEW TAG!

All beauty lovers at some point in time have wondered what they would choose if they got an opportunity to create their own eyeshadow palette, so I decided to make it a challenge (or tag).

To do this tag you need to pick out 12 eyeshadows (from existing singles or palettes) that you would put in a 12 pan palette if you were asked to create your own palette. Please swatch your palette so we can see how all the colours work together and also explain why you picked the shades.

I did a video where I talked about each of my picks and why, but I thought I would list them here and show you how all the shades look together.

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Zoeva Bitter Start (from Cocoa Blend Palette)
Urban Decay Verve (from Naked 2 Palette)
Laura Mercier Caramel (I think this has been discontinued but it is very similar to Salted Caramel from Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette)
BareMinerals Cognac (from the Regal Wardrobe Palette)
MAC Tempting
Anastasia Beverly Hills Red Ocre (from the Modern Renaissance Palette)
Urban Decay Liar (from Naked 3)
Lorac Mauve (from Pro Palette)
BareMinerals Nightcap (from The Dream Sequence Quad)
Urban Decay Danger (from the Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette)
Natasha Denona Pinija (from the 28 Shade Brown Green Palette)
Natasha Denona Antique Olive (from the 28 Shade Brown Green Palette)

I did tag a few people in the video version of this tag but I tag every beauty blogger who has ever thought of creating their perfect eyeshadow palette! If you do this tag please send me a link as I am dying to see what you pick!

Have fun!

Create Your Own Eyeshadow Palette TAG

June 21, 2016

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I CREATED A NEW TAG!

All beauty lovers at some point in time have wondered what they would choose if they got an opportunity to create their own eyeshadow palette, so I decided to make it a challenge (or tag).

To do this tag you need to pick out 12 eyeshadows (from existing singles or palettes) that you would put in a 12 pan palette if you were asked to create your own palette. Please swatch your palette so we can see how all the colours work together and also explain why you picked the shades.

I did a video where I talked about each of my picks and why, but I thought I would list them here and show you how all the shades look together.

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Zoeva Bitter Start (from Cocoa Blend Palette)
Urban Decay Verve (from Naked 2 Palette)
Laura Mercier Caramel (I think this has been discontinued but it is very similar to Salted Caramel from Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette)
BareMinerals Cognac (from the Regal Wardrobe Palette)
MAC Tempting
Anastasia Beverly Hills Red Ocre (from the Modern Renaissance Palette)
Urban Decay Liar (from Naked 3)
Lorac Mauve (from Pro Palette)
BareMinerals Nightcap (from The Dream Sequence Quad)
Urban Decay Danger (from the Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette)
Natasha Denona Pinija (from the 28 Shade Brown Green Palette)
Natasha Denona Antique Olive (from the 28 Shade Brown Green Palette)

I did tag a few people in the video version of this tag but I tag every beauty blogger who has ever thought of creating their perfect eyeshadow palette! If you do this tag please send me a link as I am dying to see what you pick!

Have fun!
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Hey friends, happy rainy cold Monday (well, it is rainy and cold here in Melbourne!)

I thought I would do a quick post on a new range that has hit Target Australia. Lottie London is a range makeup brushes and also beauty accessories (mirrors, makeup bag, lip balms, lash curlers). They are super cute, have fun colourful designs, and are affordable... and who doesn't love affordable brushes?

I am most excited about the brushes from this range because I personally prefer to spend my money on makeup and save the dollars on the brushes and accessories. So if you are like me, or are just starting out with using makeup brushes then check them out! There are 13 individual synthetic brushes on their online store and two brush sets.

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Note: these products were given to me as a press sample. My review is 100% my own opinion

Lottie London in Target Australia

June 20, 2016

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Hey friends, happy rainy cold Monday (well, it is rainy and cold here in Melbourne!)

I thought I would do a quick post on a new range that has hit Target Australia. Lottie London is a range makeup brushes and also beauty accessories (mirrors, makeup bag, lip balms, lash curlers). They are super cute, have fun colourful designs, and are affordable... and who doesn't love affordable brushes?

I am most excited about the brushes from this range because I personally prefer to spend my money on makeup and save the dollars on the brushes and accessories. So if you are like me, or are just starting out with using makeup brushes then check them out! There are 13 individual synthetic brushes on their online store and two brush sets.

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Note: these products were given to me as a press sample. My review is 100% my own opinion
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In 2016 I decided to set myself the task of completing two Project Pans. This is essentially where you set yourself a few products to use up/hit pan on in the hopes of using up some older makeup or makeup that you just don't love enough to want to keep in your collection. I just concluded my first Project Pan (links are below) and I will be starting a brand new one in the next month or so. Definitely subscribe to my channel if you want to see that unfold.
 
Project Pan videos:
Introduction
First update
Second update
Finale

Do you like doing or watching Project Pans?
 

Project Pan #1 of 2016 finale

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In 2016 I decided to set myself the task of completing two Project Pans. This is essentially where you set yourself a few products to use up/hit pan on in the hopes of using up some older makeup or makeup that you just don't love enough to want to keep in your collection. I just concluded my first Project Pan (links are below) and I will be starting a brand new one in the next month or so. Definitely subscribe to my channel if you want to see that unfold.
 
Project Pan videos:
Introduction
First update
Second update
Finale

Do you like doing or watching Project Pans?
 
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Here we are again for another BEAUTY NEWS episode.
 
This is June 2016 part 2 which you can watch HERE. All of the photos shown in the video are below for your reference if you missed anything or if you wanted to listen to the video as more of a podcast. 
 
 
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BEAUTY NEWS - June 2016 part 2

June 17, 2016

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Here we are again for another BEAUTY NEWS episode.
 
This is June 2016 part 2 which you can watch HERE. All of the photos shown in the video are below for your reference if you missed anything or if you wanted to listen to the video as more of a podcast. 
 
 
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