18 Before 2018 – Update 1

Hey Everyone!

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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Femme Fatale Cosmetics Haul / Swatch Post! (First Shop)

Hey Guys!

Get ready for a looooong post because I have 15 eyeshadow pigments from Femme Fatale Cosmetics. This is an Australian Brand that is based in Brisbane and their products are amazing! (I also have more on the way because of their recent collection, so get ready for that post.)

My order came quickly and I am so happy and impressed with how it was packaged. Everything was tightly packed together and it all arrived to me undamaged and looking fabulous. I received 6 samples and I love every shade.

One problem I had is that some of the pigments are just so hard to photograph! They will have a duo chrome shift and I just could not capture it. If you aren’t comfortable with my swatch don’t hesitate to rely on Femme Fatale’s, as they are what I originally used when I placed my order. They have done a great job photographing these amazing shades.

You will notice two patches of swatches on my hands. The bottom swatch is built up to show what the colour looks like, the top swatch is sheerer to show what the pigment looks like with one swipe.

Another note while editing this for the who knows how many-th time, I ordered these pigments at the start of April and have been using them since then. Feature photos will  come from my second beauty Instagram account Niji_me_.

Either way, grab a drink, bring a snack and be prepared for many shadows!

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Candied Apple

First up this would have to be my favourite shade out of probably all the ones I have picked up. I couldn’t be in more love with it if I tried. As soon as I opened it and swatched it, I knew I had to get in on my face. I am so glad in this photo you can see the green shift in the shadow.

Under Lord

This is my second favourite shadow, because I mean look at how pretty this shade is! I find this shade does bruise but that doesn’t change how much I love this shadow. Again you can see in the top swatch the shift that is in this pigment! If you love dark shadows, this is one for you!

Efflorescence

This is a beautiful pink based pigment with a green/gold shift. I am sorry that I’m not the best at description! Sadly this photo does not do the shift of this shadow justice, but it does show how beautifully pink this shadow is. I prefer to use this as a topper sort of shadow because it is a lighter and sheerer colour.

Inscribe

I picked up this shade because I wanted to see what some of Femme Fatales more neutral shadows were like! That being said, this still have a beautiful shimmer to this that isn’t over-powering. Inscribe is a shade that will look amazing as both a sheer wash of colour and built up on the lid.

Nether Mancer

I had a thing for purples in this haul, and I have no regrets. This is a beautiful purple shadow with a blue shift. I think I have worn this before and it lasted amazingly well! I didn’t find any bruising which is always good! While it is beautiful it is a harder shade to build, so I prefer to layer this shadow!

Demon Soul

Ahh, a black shadow to go with my soul. I haven’t had the chance to use this yet, but I am super excited to! Again this shadow has a shift, but you cannot see if very clearly in this photo. Demon Soul has a green and purple shift, I LOVE how this looks and I am super excited to get the chance to use this.

Dream State

I feel that this photo doesn’t give this shadow justice, as I sit here writing this post with a swatch on my hand it just isn’t the same. Dream State is a bold shadow that looks amazing! The blue shimmer is strong in this shadow and its amazing, I haven’t had a chance to use this shadow but I am sure when I do I will just love it more.

Illusions

I LOVE this shadow, a deep brown with a teal shift. I think ‘ahhh’ when I look at this shade because I now how easy it is to use and how beautiful it is on the eye. This is another shadow that you can use as a sheer wash or build up for a solid colour. I can see myself using through this colour pretty well.

Dispersion

My photo of Dispersion doesn’t really give the shadow justice. The top swatch sort of gives you and idea of how the shift looks, but the shift is so much stronger in real life. My photo gives you a better look at the base colour of this shadow, which is still beautiful and should be kept in mind.

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Spectral Fragments

Another one of my favourites, hands down, I used this in one of my makeup looks. I haven’t used this much outside of that look so far but I know I will! This is another shade that bruises you can see that in the eye look photo above. The colour all over my lid is Spectral Fragments, even though this bruised I love this shade. My photo clearly shows the shift of this colour and I am soooo thankful because it is truly beautiful. The undertone that sort of comes through is better seen in my look post but it still looks amazing! As I said, it’s still one of my favourites.

Deep Moss

My top swatch shows how this colour shifts pretty well and the bottom swatch shows what it looks like when it bruises. I find that I love the colour of this shade but find that it does not preform as pigmented as some of the other shades. I still love this shade and I’m sure I  will get lots of use out of it, but I probably wont reach for it as often.

Night in Werewolf Woods

My only disappointment in the pigments I picked up is this one, as you can see it just didn’t swatch the best. Even swatching it on the back of my hand reminds me of that. This is a shadow that looks BEAUTIFUL in the pan but it just doesn’t work as well as the others. If you really want this shade I would say get it in a sample size first and see how you go from there.

Marauders

Another shade that builds beautifully and also works as a sheer wash. My swatch photo is what Marauders looks like built up. The shift in this is a lot lighter than the base colour which gives this colour an amazing contrast. I don’t know if this shade bruises though. I can see myself using this more as a topper shade than by itself, but either way I’m glad I have it.

Sugar Rush

First up I don’t know why my swatch is looking a lot more pink based here than in real life. In real life it leans more purple and its beautiful. The shift is teal and goes with the purple perfectly. Again this is another shade that works well as a topper but can also be built up so that the purple base can be seen better. I enjoy using this shade in my inner corner!

Carnival of Horrors

I am in love with this shade, but I think I am yet to put this on my face. The top swatch shows the shift that this colour has beautifully. The bottom swatch shows the base of the shade and I am so glad that I managed to get this shot. I feel like this would be a shadow that will bruise, but the base is a lovely neutral so that wont bother me! I will let you know what it’s like when I wear it.

And thats it! I am sure I will have another haul soon because I bought the whole Faraway Collection. If you want to have a look at the collection heres a link to it:

http://femmefatalecosmetics.com.au/product-tag/the-faraway-collection/

If there are any shades that you want to see swatches or a look including that shade, let me know and I will get on it when they arrive.

Which shades are your favourite or which ones would you recommend? Let me know below. 🙂

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