18 Before 2018 – Update 1

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The first month of this project pan is done and dusted! I am excited to see what progress I have made. Just as I was taking the photos for this post, I realised there were some products I have hardly touched, so during March I am going to make a bigger effort to use those products!

Lip Balms

I used up only 1 lip balm this month and I am still super happy about it, as it is still the start of down-sizing my collection. Something that bothered me though is I swear I found another 3-5 floating around. So hopefully I can really start to dent this collection.Wearing lip balm at work has really been helping, so hopefully I can add more used lip balms to the collection next month.

Finished: Maybelline Baby Lips – Watermelon

Foundations

I have almost finished up my NARS All Day Luminous foundation and I am so happy about that! By the end of next month I will easily have that finished and will be well onto my way on the next one. I am moving onto the Australis Stay Put Foundation to use for work.

Hand Cream

Another category that I used up a product in! I think the one I was using though had expired as it was not as nice as I remember it being when I first started using it. But either way it is finished! I am finding that I am quickly working out which hand creams I like, and which ones just don’t work for me.

Finished: Soap and Glory Hand Food

Mascara

I finished a mascara and straight up threw one out because I hated it. I finally tried the Rimmel London mascara that had argon oil in it and just HATED IT. I don’t have much trouble with mascaras, but this transfered on me, and it was not even a hot day. I have moved on to other mascaras and I find that I am really missing my Tarte Lights Camera Lashes mascara, so I might have to make a Tarte order to have it back in my life.

Finished: Tarte Lights Camera Lashes, Rimmel London

Jeffree Star Cosmetics – Redrum

I used this once this month, so there isn’t really much for me to comment on. Sorry!

Sample Lip Products

I have been wearing these, but so far have not really made a dent in them. It is a little hard when I am working most of the time, or just staying home. But if I am just out doing errands I will generally reach for one of these. I need to pick one to focus on and see how I go, but hopefully they will start to be finished up.

Femme Fatale Cosmetics – Secret Shiney and Fire Opal (samples)

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I can’t really tell how much progress I have made with Fire Opal, but that is ok, but I don’t really think I used it much through Feb. Secret Shiney on the other hand is starting to look loved and that makes me so happy! I have used this a lot more then I thought I would and even included it in some future looks, which I think is what has helped the most in using up this product. Either way, it is so nice to be able to see how much of a pigment I have used!

Rimmel London Blush – Pink Rose

I honestly can’t really tell how much I have used, it sort of looks like that pattern is finally starting to go away. So I will take that as a win! I use this everyday I work and that has been the biggest help. I still love this blush and have no problems wearing it all the time!

Urban Decay Naked Palette

Now I remember mentioning in my original post, but I will again, saying that the picture on the left was older then what I had originally started with, but I don’t mind as it still shows just how much I have used. I am so proud of the progress I have made on this palette and continuing to do. I have now switched up what shadows I use for work so hopefully there is more evidence of use in the next update.

Models Prefer NUDE Palette

I’m gonna be honest. I have not used this palette, looked at this palette, or even thought of this palette. Again though, as I mentioned in my original post, I wont really be using this palette until I have worked through my Urban Decay Palette a bit more.

Lipsticks, Lip Liner and Eyeliner

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Rimmel London Red Fever

Honestly have not worn this. I think if I have not touched this by next month I am going to de-clutter it. I have had it for so long and I am clearly just not reaching for it.

M.A.C Mystical Lipstick LE

I am surprised to see progress on this as I do not remember wearing it! Either way, it is nice to see some progress on it. Hopefully I can continue working on it throughout March!

M.A.C. Girl About Town Lipstick

I clearly haven’t worn this lately, but I still love this shade. Sadly, I am not as drawn to pink lipstick as I once was.

Estee Lauder Tea Rose Lipstick

I will be honest, I did wear this in Feb, but not nearly enough to make this much progress, I was out shopping and this wound up while still in the case and so smooshed itself into the lid. I have since cleaned it up, but I suppose this is more my starting point now.

Max Factor Rose Lipliner

I honestly thought I had made less progress than this! I am so excited to see that progress! I am finding that this is actually a really good lip liner. It does not take a lot of product to cover my lips and I am more then happy to wear this by itself.

Rimmel London Nude Eyeliner

The one product I am probably the least surprised to see progress on. I have been making such an effort to work through this and I am glad to see how much that is paying off! Hopefully I can make even more progress next month!

Kat Von D Ink Liner – Trooper

I did use this in Feb for a makeup look, I don’t know how I feel about the felt tip as it did feel like it was drying up on me. But that could have been because of how much shadow I was trying to layer this over. Even then, I am still not a fan of this liner but I want to get my moneys worth!

With that, it brings us to the end of my first update! I am so proud that I have actually made a dent in a few of these items. It gives me real hope that I will be able to work through these products and get rid of a lot by the end of the year!

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18 before 2018

Hey Everyone,

I mostly failed my 17 before 2017 and that was because I set the challenge to be too hard. While I didn’t hit pan or even come close to finishing some of those products I did finish others. But starting this challenge inspired me to continue and I have learnt from my mistakes. So this time I have given myself a whole year to finish products! Because of that, some of the products I list will be more general, because I am always trying to actually work through the products I have and find my holy grail!

Lip Balms

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A continuing theme from for other project pan is to work on my lip balm collection. I am constantly trying to figure out how many I have and I am just going to settle on 18+ which is simply too many! The aim is to wittle that number down to around 5 or so. I have figured out which brands I am loving at the moment so I only want them floating around. Thankfully I use lip balm a lot at work so lets hope I can make a good dent in this collection!

Foundation

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As you can see I have a few, well, to me this is a few and it makes me a little unsettled to see all of these sitting on top of my vanity. So I have made it my mission to use up most of these! At the moment I only really want to keep the Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation and re-purchase the Kat Von D Lock It Foundation. But that opinion might change throughout the year. For work I am wearing the NARS All Day Luminous foundation because I was sucked in with the YouTube hype and actually really dislike this foundation.

Hand Cream

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Ah, hand cream, one of the many products that I keep buying thinking I will actually get into the habit of using it. Well, this year has to be the year, because the last thing I want is to see all those products going off in my cupboard. Hopefully this hand cream, along with many others, will be used up by the end of the year!

Mascara

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I keep telling myself, no more mascara, you already have enough and I think this is the proof that I need that I do indeed have to many just sitting about. All of these are just my unopened mascaras. So clearly I am set for the year. Hopefully most of these will go throughout the year, whether because I loved them or simply hated them, we will find out!

Jeffree Star Cosmetics – Redrum

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Ah, my beautiful Redrum from Jeffree Star, there is nothing wrong with this lipstick, I just feel that I should start working on this as it’s from the original release. I have also missed wearing red! Hopefully wearing Redrum will get my back into the swing of wearing a red. I am also interested to see how long this will actually take to use up, I haven’t worn it many times, that I remember, so I am looking forward to seeing when exactly I finish it.

Sample Lip Glosses

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I did not realise how many sample lip glosses I had! As with the general theme, I want to use them up. I have never used up a lipgloss before so I am interested to see how this goes! Also interesting to note that they are nearly all the same colour haha!

Sample Eyeshadows – Femme Fatale Cosmetics – Fire Opal & Secret Shiney

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One of the true challenges for this project pan. I want to work through some pigments. I know there isn’t much in these samples, but they are also not colours that I wear everyday. I hope to be able to work through these, and maybe move onto other shadows throughout the year. I love my Femme Fatale pigments and so I am interested to see what looks I can create with these shadows.

Rimmel London Blush in Pink Rose.

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Probably an impossible feat, but I am going to try! I only want to hit pan on this product, if I get any hints of silver I will be immensely proud of myself. Once I had decided to start this project pan, I took this out and put it on top of my vanity, so I have been using it for a week already. Fingers crossed I can hit pan, these blushes are pigmented and beautiful!

Urban Decay Naked Palette

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Still at it with this bad boy, I have nothing against this palette, I will probably repurchase it because I enjoy the shadows so much. I just want to work through more of it. The image above is older, as I have also hit pan on the shade Naked, due to using it as a transition shade for work. By the end of the year I want to have used more of the darker shadows in the palette. If not, I don’t really know what I will do with the palette, but I am sure I will think of something!

Models Prefer NUDE Palette

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To not limit myself to mostly one palette throughout the year, I have also decided to add in this palette. It has received no love even though I have heard only good things about it! My main goal with this palette is to actually get some good use out of it. I already know which shades will get the most love, which is exciting in its own right!

Lipsticks, Lip Liner and Eyeliner

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I unashamedly took the idea to track these products in my Bullet Journal from Pastel Sparkles (her project pan linked). I love this idea and I feel it is a lot easier to track and also more encouraging when you can actually mark and see how much you have used! I also like how the products have marked my page, they brings some colour to the layout! I am most excited about finishing Girl About Town by MAC, simply because it would be the first lipstick I ever finished, and it is also the first MAC lipstick I ever bought.

Kat Von D Ink Liner – Trooper

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This poor sod makes a return. A product that I did not intend to pick up but for the life of me I am determined to use. I HATE using this on my eye, I don’t know how I used to love felt tip liners, but oh well. I mostly plan to use this for makeup looks that I want to do. It will be interesting to see how this lasts! But I think if by the end of the year it still isn’t finished. I will probably just declutter it, as I simply don’t love it as much as my other liners.

Finally, that is my 18 before 2018. I feel confident with most of these products, and because I have given myself just under year to complete this challenge, I know I will be able to work through most of them. If by the end of the year, I have only finished 10 products, that is more then OK! Because it is 10 products that are no longer floating around in my collection.

In regards to keeping myself accountable and you updated on my progress, I will most likely only post once a month, otherwise you will get sick of hearing about my project! But make sure to keep an eye out on my Instagram as I am sure that I will get excited and post some progress shots there.

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De-potting Samples!

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I can understand that the title of this blog post might be a little confusing, but what I mean is taking sachet samples of eyeshadow pigments and putting them into little pots! I personally am afraid to use them while they are still in their little zip lock bags. So I set out to get little empty sample pots to decant them into! Because I knew that if they were in pots I would be more excited and willing to use them. It might take up more space this way but that is alright, because I would rather them take up that bit more space than not using them at all! At this point I had accumulated many samples and so it was way past time for me to do this. I had received samples from online purchases and then also from a very generous friend who kindly gave me all her doubles!

The samples that I am de-cantering are by Shiro Cosmetics and Femme Fatal Cosmetics (Femme Fatal are an Australian Brand!) Both companies will send samples with any purchase, so its worth it!

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Admittedly this photo is all of my empty sachets, because I didn’t take a photo with them full like a fool! But ah well, you can still see just how many samples that I have and why I felt it was really time for me to do this!

Before I go into how I actually did this, I seriously recommend that you lay down tissues and/or paper towel. Its a messy process and having them down will speed up clean up at the end.

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Here we go! This is just the first one that I started with, and I am so happy I have transfered this to a pot as I am in love with this shade! I bought these sample pots off of eBay and got a box of 50. It’s easy to find them, I am pretty sure I just searched ‘sample pots’ and got lots of responses! As you can see I have tissues laid out, because I am expecting to make a mess.

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I took off the sticker from the sample and stuck it to the bottom because I want to make sure that if I want to purchase this in the future I know the name! As you can see the sticker is a little bigger than the bottom of the pot, there is probably a ‘nicer’ way of sticking them on. But seeing as I am the only person who will most likely use them/ see them I’m not bothered that it isn’t perfect. My main goal was to get the sticker on the pot and make sure it doesn’t fall off in the near future!

I will say that the Shiro Cosmetics stickers are a lot more user friendly than the Femme Fatal ones. Shiro Cosmetics’ ones are round and fit pretty well as you can see above, the same cannot be said for Femme Fatal, they are a square and don’t peal off any where near as easily.

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Ta-da! Once the sticker is firmly in place, flip the pot over, open the sample and gently try and get it all into the pot! I found that holding the mouth of the sachet open at the other hand made it easier to get al of the product out. It will mean though that you will get pigment all over your hands. I had lovely colourful hands by the end of it!

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Finally the finished product! I am so happy with how these look, you can easily see what colour is in the pot and the sample fit in perfectly. I did find that some samples had so much in it that I had to use two pots! This is so generous of the brands and I am so thankful that they do something like this!

Again, I will just say that Shiro Cosmetics gives you a lot more product in their samples which honestly sways how I will shop in the future.

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This is the final overview! Like I said at the start I had a lot of samples and I simply wasn’t using them in their sachets. I am so glad that I have these in pots now because I am already using them and loving them! If you look to the bottom right of the image you can see two pots with a very similar colour and that’s because they are! As I said above there were some samples that I had to use two pots for. This is a blush sample so I am thankful because now I can have one pot in Adelaide and one at my parents house.

Overall I am so glad that I have done this and it didn’t take much time at all, what took the longest was waiting for all the sample pots to come! I honestly feel like I have probably used up half of the pots alright but that is alright, they are cheap and I can always get more! What is important is that I will now use these amazing pigments and enjoy them how I am meant to. It goes without saying that I could not get all of the product that was in the sachets, but I’m seriously not worried, as you can see there is still a lot in the pots!

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Purple Night Makeup Look!

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I was sitting at home one day and I just had to play with some makeup, I had recently purchased a lot of pigments and I am just in love with them and want to put them all over my face. I have also been loving black lipstick, I haven’t worn it much but I can see myself wearing this a lot this winter so get ready.

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Here is an over view shot! I am so happy with how this turned out (even if taking photos was a pain). This is one of my first true attempts at trying to do a wing liner and I am soooooo happy with it. Probably a bit longer than what I wanted but it worked out really well for this look. So I don’t mind that at all!

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I feel that you could easily pair this with a different lipstick, I was even thinking of pairing this with Jeffree Star Cosmetics – Blow Pony but decided that I really wanted this to be a super bold look and so decided on Weirdo instead.

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Here is a closeup of my eye! Again, this was so hard to photograph, this was one of the few good ones I have! As I said, I am super happy with how the liner turned out, more so because I am still learning how to do things like this!

What I did to get the liner to look like that was to actually put the eyeshadow down first in a straight line, so that way I only had to follow the edge with my brush tip liner. I  found it made it soooo much easier to get a straight line that still connected up with the rest of the look. I doubt that is a new technique, but definably a good one if you, like me, are still learning how to draw straight lines on your face.

Products:

Face:

Loreal Paris Infallible Matte Primer Review

Kat Von D Lock-it Foundation shade 44

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla

Laura Mercier Under-eye setting powder

NARS Translucent Setting Powder

NARS Laguna Bronzer

(Don’t remember my blush)

BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfecter in Moonstone

Eyes:

Urban Decay Primer Potion

Femme Fatal Cosmetics – Fever Swamp (light purple, Inner Corner),  Dead House ( pink/ purple, Inner 3rd), for the last shade the label had deteriorated before I could write down the name or stick it to the sample pot I switched it to. But this is also a Femme Fatal Shade. But any dark shimmering purple will do the trick!

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper

Eyelure Lashes, I think is style #149 or #150

Urban Decay Perversion Liner – Top Lashes

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara – Bottom Lashes

Benefit Gimme Brow – Light/ Medium

Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel

Lips:

Jeffree Star Cosmetics – Weirdo

What do you think of this look? I feel I will have to refer back to this post myself so I know which products I used! Please leave some feedback in the comments on what you think, I would love to hear from you.

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