My Minis Collection

Hey Everyone,

Recently I have been drawn to minis, not just because they are cute, but in regards to certain products, I’m more likely to actually finish it if it’s a mini. This is my current mini collection and I am always on the hunt for more brands that do minis and also minis that I can buy regularly.

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These are all of my current Tarte minis, recently I did a haul that gave me pretty much all of these and I love it! I honestly don’t think I will ever need to purchase a full size Tarte blush. The blush on the bottom I have had for over a year, and look how little I have used! You can’t use a heavy hand with these blushes, which is what makes them last forever. Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara is one of my favourites and I prefer getting the mini as then I am more likely to finish it before going off or drying out.

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The rest of my mini collection! Most of these have either come from Mecca Beauty Loop boxes or from Sephora as point perks. I have another NARS gloss, but I have no idea where it is since I moved, so hopefully that’ll turn up again! I have gotten so much use out of the Too Faced Melted lipstick which has surprised me. Most of these though I have barely used, but I am working on it!

What is your favourite mini to have?

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18 before 2018

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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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Sephora and Mecca Maxima!!

Well how are you all going? I am back from my little break and full of energy again! When I got to Sydney after being out at sea for 9 days I was more than ready to do a bit of shopping. And being near Sephora and Mecca Maxima only meant that my poor wallet would be feeling a LOT lighter afterwards.

I went to Sephora first, mainly because I wanted to check out what the store looked like compaired to the America. I am honestly dissapointed with what the store looks like. I was just expecting more really. I don’t know what else to say. The store itself wasn’t bad in the least.. just yea, I was expecting more haha! The store is over two levels with all the makeup on the lower level and skin care upstairs. I did find it a little weird and annoying that the cash registers were upstairs. Meaning you HAD to climb up if you wanted to buy something. I can understand that there isn’t much floor space downstairs but still. They did have the goodies by the cash registers though so I was really happy about that! There were some products that I wanted to pick up but were sold out (which didn’t suprise me) or my sister got the last one (lucky her haha). Overall I went in twice, once with just my sister and the second time to show Mum to give her context when I talk about stores and what not. The first time we went it wasn’t too busy and a nice experience, we could wonder around and not worry about bumping into other people too much. The second time though was not so fun, the store was flooded with people! I had thought that it might have cooled down being open for so many months, but nope! Still crazy as ever haha, that time we didn’t look around too much and just got what we wanted and left.

I asked about the rewards program and was upset but interested to hear that they wont be implimenting that until the end of the year, when the website is meant to launch. So that is something! I really hope that the rewards are actually worth it, else I will honestly just keep buying everything from Mecca, as I love the customer serive and the people that work there, and of course, the prices.

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This is an overvew of all of the products that I got from Sephora! Like I said, my wallet was feeling a lot lighter after this but it was tottaly worth it. Plus I knew I was going to be spending a fair amount here and so had saved some money in advance! I knew I was going to get mre Kat Von D and Anastasia products… Didn’t really expect it to be pretty much the only brands I got though! Oh well, I got some repurchases and of course a lot of new products that I am excited to try!

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This is something that I picked up right near the start. I have heard a lot about the Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipsticks and so I went over to them and swatched some. Not gonna lie, I was looking for a shade created in colab with an Instergramer that I really like. But they didn’t have it, so I moved onto a shade that I thought would be good from Spring/ Summer seeing as we are moving into these seasons! I decided on Sexer because it is a beautiful pink that you can do many different things with. Even though I am mainly a red lipstick person, I do love wearing a good pink, and I have no doubt that this is going to get a lot of use in the next few months! I also love the fact that Kat Von D’s logo is imprinted on the lipstick. It looks so beautiful and I am gonna be sad when I get down to it and start messing it up. But at least I have these great photos to look back on!

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Next up are these Metal Crush eye shadows, again by Kat Von D. I don’t know how new these are to the market, but in Sephora they had their own little area on the other side of the store from the main display. My sister and I lightly touched these and knew that a few shades would be coming home with us. The pan on these are large and I find that I really like this because it means I could use these products with larger brushes for more crazy looks (if I ever get the courage to do something like that) and so forth. The first shade I picked up was Synergy which is the pan on the right. Thunderstruck, the white shade, I picked up on my next visit because the day before my sister had gotten the last one! Thankfully they had heaps the next day so I scooped one up before they vanished again. These are SO buttery and I can’t wait to use them. I have been collecting more and more white/ lighter shadows because I love layering them over dark shadows to create a sheen. I am so excited to use these!!

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Now for a repurchase product! The Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper. I have bought this three times now! Although one time doesn’t really count as that was the Limmeted Edition version she released. My current Trooper hasn’t run out, but that doesn’t mean it cant run out soonish. So while I had the chance I picked it up. I love this liner so much and use it almost everyday. I can’t recommend this liner enough, its so easy to use and lasts all day! A new product is the Ink Liner in Neruda. I have never tried a white liner like this before so I am super excited. When I swatched this on the back of my hand, I pictured a dark look with stark white liner over top. I don’t know if I will ever be able to create that but we will wait and see. Both of these are so easy to use and I love them. Thankfully these weren’t much more expensive than they were in America! (But we have all seen the posts about how unconsistant the price differences have been).

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Next up is Anastasia Beverly Hills products. I decided that I wanted to try something new and move away from my AnastasiaBH Brow Wiz (review) also because my sister told me that the colour wasn’t really matching me anymore. Now that we are coming into the sunnier seasons, my hair lightens and so I agreed and went to get a lighter shade. Sadly taupe is the lightest shade of the brow wiz, but no matter! The Dipbrow Pomade has a lighter shade! Blonde is the shade that I picked up and it is a bit lighter which I am thankful for, my hair is bleached, yes, but this shade matches my natural hair colour a lot better! Now I just need a brush… Didn’t really think that one through! So if you have a hard won favourite please let me know! The second product I picked up is the Clear Brow Gel, thankfully I have used this before and know what I am getting into. I got this because I do also use the Benefit Gimme Brow but I thought the combination of the Pomade and Gimme brow might be a bit strong for me. So I figured that the Pomade and Brow gel should work well together! The first time I tried the Brow Gel was actually through a subscription service, which I no longer use, it was a lucky dip sort of thing as to who actually got a sample, and I was on of the lucky ducks that got one! So now after probably a year, I’m finally buying the full product haha!

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These were the two products that I picked up while on my way to the cash register. They were a bit expensive, but I wanted to try the lipstick (which cost $15, size reference picture below and the moisturizer was $20) The lipstick is Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy in Envious. I use red lipstick all the time, and had been interested in this formula for a long time, so I thought this was a great chance to try this out. I do think it is expensive for what it is, but again I wanted to try it and thought why not. Plus if I don’t like it, I only wasted $15, not the $55 I think they are. I LOVE the packaging of this, mainly because its just so tiny and cute! The Day Wear moisturizer is what I use in the morning to start my day. I have been using this for years and honestly haven’t really tried anything else. My skin has never gotten mad at me because of this so I have stuck to it! The reason I got a small one is because I love using these for travel, and I am doing that a lot more lately, so they are handy. This size jar will last me about a month with daily use, night and day, so yea! Really handy for travel and that is why I picked one up!

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This is a reference of the size of the Estee Lauder lipstick, as I said it is TINY! But I love it so much, this is next to my dip brow. Again, this is why I’m a bit annoyed that the lipstick is $15 but oh well! If I love the lipstick I got a great product without having to try at full price!

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My last purchase from Sephora was the Beauty Blender, I have used one of these in the past and ended up giving it to my sister. But I felt that I hadn’t really given it a proper go, so while I had the chance I picked this up again to try. I don’t really know how this will go but I really do want to love it as much as every one else does.

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While in Myer about to get my brows done (and my lip it ended up being) the lady told me about the Limmited Edition They’re Real Mascara with Swarovski Crystals. I heard murmers of this and am now starting to get more and more info about it flood my emails and social media. I decided to get it because I am sadly not loving my current mascara as much and know that I do enjoy using the They’re Real Mascara. This packaing is slightly differnet to normal (besides the obvious) the packaging is matte black all over while the handle is still glossy and covered in stones.

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Here is a close up of the cap. The stones aren’t too far rasied which I am thankful for, otherwise I think it would make the brush uncomfortable to hold and use. I am so excited to use this again, and once finished, put it on display, maybe next to my Kat Von D LE Trooper liner. 🙂

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Now onto Mecca Maxima, which we had a little trouble finding as they are between stores at the moment, BUT we got there and of course had more fun shopping! Again there were two trips made, but the first trip was easily the most expensive. (Looking back at my photos and memory… I bought the Makeup Forever spray at Sephora… Sorry!!) I had a ball here and felt a bit at home because I know Mecca pretty well, as it’s one of my favourite stores in Adelaide! The ladies were so lovely and helpful! It was such a lovely experience shopping there!

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First off is a new bronzer, I haven’t bought a new bronzer in a very long time and so thought a mix up might be in order! I picked up the Too Faced Sun Bunny Bronzer on my sisters recommondation. She has the little book of bronzers and said that this would be something I would like if I wanted a shimmery bronzer. I have used this once so far and loved it! It blended out beautifully and didn’t look crazy on my face! I think I will probably be picking up more of these in the future haha!

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My second ever Soap and Glory Product. This is the famuos Hand Food hand cream and I was excctied to see it in a little basket so that I could give it a try! Another great thing was that this only cost $5 so I actually went back and got a few more haha opps! This is a great product and I can understnad why a lot of people like the brand. I don’t need a lot of this to completely cover my hands and wrists. I love the smell of this and am so glad that I got it. I think I will always have one in my collection somewhere from now on haha!

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Next up is something that I have wanted to try for a very long time but didn’t want to pay all that money for a mud mask. So when I saw this in a smaller jar and for not as much money ($25) I picked one up before I could change my mind. I am really looking forward to trying this and also really hoping that I don’t use it up too quickly. I really want this to last at least around 4 uses so I can hopefully make up my mind about whetether this is really worth all the hype. Again this was a product that I wanted to try without spending crazy amounts of money.

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Now for the product I got a bit confused with in where I actually bought it from. I did get this from Sephora in the isle near the cash register. I have again heard many things abut this and thought that I would give it a go. I also figured this would be good to take while traveling because it is a lot smaller than say the fix+ that I have which is the full size. I haven’t tried many Makeup Forever poducts so I am interested to see how this will go!

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Lastly is the Urban Decay De-Slick Setting Spray. I have been using the same sized bottle of the All-nighter and found that I really do enjoy this product. Mainly because of the spritzer and how the product sits on my skin. I wanted to try this version because I do have oily skin and struggle with it a little. I am probably not going to use this until I run out of the all-nighter, just because I don’t really like having lots of products on the go at once. Well these types of things anyway.

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To round everything out is the samples that I got from both Myer and Sephora. I haven’t really looked at these but I am interested to see how they go. I was glad to see some samples though, its always fun to try products for free~!

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