• Nail polish

    Nail polish audit – The Twelve:16

    I started writing this blog post at the end of July and now I’m finishing it at the end of September. The conclusion is the same however, that blogging is not something I’ve spent much time on lately. I’ve been wearing very little makeup (and nail polish) and when I do sit down to put some colour on the process is very quick. So I have some catching up to do with my planned blog posts which I look forward to.

    Today I’m going to present to you the sixteenth post in my nail polish audit project. I started wearing this lot in late April and finished them by the end of June. Four by OPI, two by H&M Beauty and one each from Depend, Revlon, China Glaze, Zoya, Illamasqua and Cirque. Let’s dive in!

    Hell yes!

    OPI – Amazon_Amazoff
    OPI – A Grape Fit!
    H&M Beauty – Spring To Life
    Zoya – Jules
    Cirque – Harlow
    Illamasqua – Speckle
    OPI – A Good Man-darin Is Hard To Find

    Maybe

    No maybes this time around.

    Hell no!

    China Glaze – Sunday Funday

    This is a pretty blue that I’ve worn quite a lot over the years and it is starting to thicken due to repeated use. But I know that it is not my favourite type of blue shade to wear so I can safely let it go.

    H&M Beauty – Cinnamon Spark

    I know exactly why I bough this. It reminded my of the type of eye shadow I love to wear – a ruddy brown base with a reflective blue or green on top. As a nail polish however it does not suit my tastes at all. I think it clashes a bit with my skin tone as well.

    Depend – 361

    This is a fun shade but I do not enjoy wearing this shade of green. Not my jam at all. At some point I must have been drawn to it because I did buy it, but my speculation is that I was attracted to the fact that it was an unusual shade (for the time anyway).

    Revlon – Topaz

    Another one I would like more if it was an eyeshadow. I do not have any feelings for it on the nails.

    OPI – Do You Think I’m Tex-y?

    I love (really love!) this jelly formula but the hot pink hue is definitely not for me.

    So to conclude this round I ended up with seven keepers and five hell noes. It feels great to get rid of the ones that do not excite me anymore. And hopefully the ones in good shape can find a new life with friends and family.

    Thanks for reading!

  • Nail polish

    Nail polish audit – The Twelve:15

    I’m deep into my summer vacation and I finally have some breathing room and energy to catch up on some more posts. Today I’m going to present to you the fifteenth post in my nail polish audit project. I’m choosing twelve shades at the time to wear and evaluate. No time limit. Shades are either a clear keeper (Hell yes!), need-to-think-more-about-it-when-I’m-done-with-the-audit (Maybe) or obvious discards for various reasons (Hell no!). When those twelve have been worn and judged I pick twelve new. Easy concept.

    These twelve polishes were worn from mid March until late April. Two from OPI, Zoya, Indigo Bananas and one each from Barry M, IsaDora, H&M Beauty, Glam Polish, China Glaze and Pahlish.

    Hell yes!

    Kristen – Zoya
    Hole In The Sky – Indigo Bananas
    Bad Wolf – Pahlish
    Stranger Tides – OPI
    Mango – Barry M
    Klein Trink Wasser – Indigo Bananas
    My Pointe Exactly – OPI
    Luxe and Lush – China Glaze (on top of My Pointe Exactly)

    Maybe

    Granité D’Orange – H&M Beauty

    Hell no!

    Vespa – Zoya
    Mad Magician – Glam Polish
    Loden Green – IsaDora

    In this round I ended up with eight keepers, one maybe and three hell noes.

    Thanks for reading!

  • Makeup,  Skincare

    The Used Up 2021:2

    Time flies and the years come and go. I started writing this post in January and now, several months later it is finally completed. Not much has changed except for the weather. I’m still working from home, with limited movements outside my home, and every month takes on a similar hue in my memory. For that reason I highly enjoy any type of post where I get to reminisce about the past a bit, to linger on what I did or felt.

    In this post I will do just that by going through all of the makeup and skincare items that were used up by me during the second half of 2021, July to December. We will also take a look at the full year and end with some statistics. In this second part of last year, a total of 18 items were finished and out of those seven were makeup products. Categories not included in this post are body care, nail care, haircare or any type of SPF (unless it is a skincare/makeup item that just happens to have SPF in it). I just do not care to track those categories in any way at the moment.

    Some things about my skin that can be useful to know before reading my opinions on these products – I have dehydrated combination skin. I am noticing my skin changing a lot because of ageing (I’m 40) so I am slowly adjusting my routine to its evolving needs. I still get the occasional breakout and can get quite shiny during the day. My skin rarely reacts badly to products and I have no allergies.

    Cleansers

    My current routine: I use a cream cleanser or something similar in the morning before skincare/makeup and then I use two cleansers in the evening. One oil/balm as a first step in removing makeup and/or sunscreen and then I go in with a second round with the same cleanser that I used in the morning. I usually have 2-3 cleansers in action at any given moment.

    During this six-month period I have used up four cleansers and all of them were new to me. I wanted to try a new oil cleanser as my first cleanse in the evening and chose Organic Flowers Cleansing Oil by Whamisa (150 ml, 359 SEK). I had no previous experience with the brand and just chose it at random. It worked just fine but the scent was not my favourite. The oil was on the thinner side and it did sting my eyes slightly. I will not repurchase.

    Moving on to cream cleansers (second cleanser at night or only cleanser in the morning) and we have three bottles/tubes. First I used up the Nourishing Cleanser by M Picaut (100 ml, 329 SEK). I enjoyed the formulation of this pale yellow cleanser and it worked well in cleansing my skin. But a few pointers will keep me from buying again soon. It did not last very long and I’m weary of the glass bottle. Let me explain. The bottle is very heavy and I was always a bit scared that I would drop it and damage my sink, the glass shelves in my cabinet or my tiled floor. I also like to cleanse my face in the shower and this is not a bottle I would take with me in there for the fear of dropping it. Another fact worth noting is that one pump distributes very little product. That is not a definitive negative because I would rather pump more than once and get a good amount for a cleanse rather than to have a single pump distribute too much product in one go. But I needed 8-10 pumps to get enough cleanser to distribute and cleanse my face each time. It felt a bit odd to use that many pumps and then go through the bottle quite quickly. I prefer the opposite.

    Moving on to the Clean Cleanser by Acasia (100 ml, 199 SEK), another brand that I have recently tried for the first time. I did repurchase this cleanser once as you can see by the double empty tube action. This milky cream cleanser has a mild scent and does the job very well but the consistency was a little too runny for my taste and I felt like I needed quite a bit of product to cleanse my face. So one tube did not last as long as I would like it to. I do not think I will repurchase this any time soon but I might try it again in the future since it does have a preferable price point.

    Toner & mists

    My current routine: I always have a hydrating spray that I use after cleansing but before serums. Sometimes I use a toner as a complement, either a hydrating one or an exfoliator. In the evenings I also like to use a more nourishing spray (with oils) as a last comforting step.

    This was my second bottle of the the Hydrating Accelerator by Josh Rosebrook (120 ml, 399 SEK) but the first time I’ve bought it in the larger bottle. The 120 ml bottle was much better value than the 60 ml (289 SEK) and I would love to buy it again but it has been out of stock at the Swedish reseller for ages. At the moment I’m writing this they do not have any Josh Rosebrook products in stock at all. The mister is lovely and I enjoy the scent and the hydrated feeling it leaves on my face after using it. If it does come back in stock I will repurchase for sure.

    The Collagen Tonic by Pixi (100 ml, 179 SEK) was a spontaneous purchase. I wanted to try something other than serums and I used this tonic as an essence, applied and patted in with my hands. It smells lovely and left my skin feeling hydrated and nice. A little skin treat. When I first bought it I had no feelings for it and regarded it almost like a completely unnecessary step. But after frequent use and finishing the bottle I started to miss it. So I have since repurchased and still enjoy applying it every other day before serums.

    Essence & serums

    My current routine: I like to use a hydrating serum 1-2 times a day and that is my core item. I also tinker with more treatment focused serums but I’m more irregular with those.

    A previously recurring product is the Nordic-C Glow Boost Essence by Lumene (30 ml, 299 SEK). This was my go-to serum for many years and this was my final bottle. I have not repurchased since and I’m currently loving the Hyaluronic Super Serum serum by Acasia that is very hydrating and also contains some vitamin C.

    Buffet” Multi-Technology Peptide Serum by The Ordinary (30 ml, 200 SEK) is not a new product for me. I’ve used and liked it in the past. Right now I have another serum that I like (the above mentioned from Acasia) but I can see myself picking up Buffet again in the future.

    Moisturisers & oils

    My current routine: I use a variety of creams depending on what my skin needs. In the morning after serums I like to put on a basic moisturiser before adding SPF and/or a primer. I have lighter and heavier creams (I’m using the term heavy lightly here – I have combination skin after all) and adjust the combination according to seasonal variations like the climate outdoors/indoors. For daytime the goal is to have a face base that does not pill or look patchy when I apply makeup on top. In the evening I like to use a more robust and comforting cream since I do not need to worry about the makeup bit. I use an eye cream both morning and evening and the main goal is to hydrate the skin without stinging my eyes or melting my mascara. I use oils sparingly but I like to have one on hand for facial massages or as an extra comforting layer when my skin needs it.

    Another recurring product is the Natural Moisturizing  Factors + HA by The Ordinary (30 ml, 79 SEK). I use this as a basic surface hydrator and usually layer it under my sunscreen. I have repurchased this and will most likely continue to do so. It is reliable, nicely priced and works well under other products without pilling.

    The Age Repair Eye Cream by Grown Alchemist (15 ml, 620 SEK) is another recurring product and I would have repurchased this if I had not been impossible to get a hold of. My usual retailer stopped carrying the brand and I cannot find this specific product anywhere else. And at that point they lost me. I cannot be bothered to spend a lot of time searching to find a product, it is not that special. If it was readily available I would have bought another one but instead I tried something new from another brand.

    Base makeup

    Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating Foundation Stick in “Birch 1,5” (10 g, 455 SEK) had a lovely creamy formula that I preferred to blend out with a medium stiff brush – my preferred one is the Expert Face Brush by Real Techniques. The coverage was very nice and I liked the finish. It did not feel too slippery after application nor did it set or dry down on my skin. It felt somewhat tacky to touch and I needed to set it with powder. BUT the shade was sadly leaning too pink on me and there is no other great shade match in the range. The only way I managed to wear and use up this product was to apply a green colour corrector underneath. The green sort of balanced out the worst of the pink in the foundation and it looked acceptable (but not great). I would be interested to buy this foundation again if Bare Minerals did a shade extension that included something closer to my undertone.

    I am not sure I used the Sephora Green Colour Corrector (3,4 ml, 169 SEK) in the best way. I applied it over my bare skin like a primer. And it did not work very well on me. The formula was a bit hard to spread evenly and I never managed to tone down the red without looking too green. The tube was used up a bit too quickly in this manner. However I do not think it is the fault of the product but rather user error. My current colour corrector, from Nyx, works best when I blend it into my liquid foundation. I mix them before applying to get a slightly more green-leaning shade. One reason for this discovery was that I realised that my undertone has some green in it. All thanks to Fatima @anotherbeautyjunky over at Instagram. I was complaining that I had a hard time finding base shades that work for me and she mentioned that she noticed that I had a little green in my undertone. BAM!!! I had never thought about that before. I’ve just assumed that the lightness of my skin, my more neutral undertone and the redness in my face made it hard to shade match me. But know that I think about the green it all makes sense. It is a very slight green tinge but now that I think about it I cannot understand how I had never identified it before. So blending in a green corrector in my foundation fills both the role of correcting the redness in my face but also adjusting the shade of the base product to better match my neck. Genius!

    Macara & brows

    Relevée Mascara (6 g, 320 SEK) by Surratt is a repurchase. I still enjoy the formula, brush and the sleek packaging and have already repurchased yet again. The mascara is a bit more wet in the beginning when first opened, as with most mascaras, but after a few uses it dries down a bit and becomes even easier to work with. I do like how it make my lashes look, albeit very basic, and Relevée is buildable if I wait a little bit before applying more. Since I cannot wear anything other than tubing mascaras I am used to the lack of “wow” lashes. The mascara does tend to create a little fall-out smudge, especially from my bottom lashes, but nothing that bothers me too much. If I know I will be wearing a very emollient face product, like sunscreen, I just skip putting mascara on my lower lashes to avoid the “smudge”.

    This was my first time trying Control Freak Eyebrow Gel in Clear (9 g, 99 SEK) by Nyx and I can sadly report that I will not be buying it again. The large brush made a mess since the product ended up beside my browns as well when I applied it. I found it to have a very watery formula that did little to control my brows.

    Miscellaneous makeup

    Then we have three other makeup products, one eye shadow primer and two lipsticks. The primer is the Eyeshadow Primer Potion in the Anti-aging version by Urban Decay (10 ml, 280 SEK). I have used this a lot over the years and it is my go-to eye primer at this point. I’m still trying other brands from time to time but this is the one a keep going back to. I like that I can easily blend eyeshadow on top of this before before it has completely dried down but it never comes out patchy. It it very user friendly and a tube last me a long time. I also enjoy that is comes with an applicator which makes it very easy to apply the desired amount to the lid or wherever you would like the primer to go.

    The Fantastick lipstick in Pink Opal (2 g, 199 SEK) by LH Cosmetics was used both as a lip and cheek shade, mainly in the summer. I’m not much for cream cheek but when it is warmer outside I sometimes prefer it. The shade is a bit too light for my taste but the formula worked well and felt nice on the lips. I will not be repurchasing this one but is was nice to use while it lasted.

    Dolce Vita lipstick (3,4 g, price unknown) from Nars is in the old formulation that has been long discontinued. This was my second bullet of this colour that I have used up. I would love to find a colour dupe for this shade from another brand though. Its is a perfect MLBB shade with just enough pink and enough brown to look very neutral yet add a little something something. If you look at the below swatches Pink Opal look darker than Dolce Vita, but the formula of the Nars lipstick was more sheer and intensified my natural lip colour rather than covering it. Pink Opal did more of the latter and I think that was shy I did not enjoy the shade as much.

    Nars ‘Dolce Vita’ and LH Cosmetics ‘Pink Opal’

    2021 empties wrap-up

    As I now wrap up the year of 2021 in numbers I also want to take the opportunity to look even further back and compare those numbers with the previous two years. Below you can see the numbers from 2020 and 2019 in brackets where applicable.

    To summarise this year I managed to use up:

    • 9 cleansers where one was a mini (11, 8)
    • 1 toner (1, 0)
    • 3 face mists (3, 5)
    • 8 essences/serums (8, 11)
    • 1 eye cream (2, 1)
    • 2 face creams (5, 4)
    • 1 oil (1, 0)
    • 2 masks (1, 2)
    • 1 eye primer (1, 1)
    • 1 powder (2, 3)
    • 1 concealer (4, 1)
    • 2 foundations (2, 3)
    • 3 mascaras (4, 2)
    • 1 brow gel (4, 1)
    • 2 lipsticks (1, 0)
    • 1 colour corrector
    • 1 spot treatment.

    That is a total of 40 skincare and makeup products compared to 55 in 2020 and 49 in 2019. The value of these products (if they were to be purchased at full price) is around 10 000 SEK (compared to 13 500 SEK the two previous years). All of these specific items were not purchased in one year and some were gifts from friends/family and many were bought with a discount. I’m not doing these round-ups to track how much I spend but rather to highlight to myself the “worth” of the products I actually use up in one year. It shows how I spend my money on certain consumables and it gives food for thought. The average cost per item is now at around 250 SEK and spread out over 12 months it lands at approximately 835 SEK per month compared to 1100 SEK per month in 2020.

    I will continue to do these bi-annual instalments of the Used Up. It is a nice way for me to gather my thoughts on products I try but also a fantastic way to chronicle what I use and spend my money on.

    Thanks for reading!

  • Nail polish

    Nail polish audit – The Twelve:14

    These were worn from early November to mid March. Two Zoya shades and one each by Butter London, OPI, IsaDora, Formula X, China Glaze, Pipe Dream Polish, Darling Diva Polish, Mentality, Illyrian and Gina Tricot. I think I wore many of the shades twice over this time period since I forgot to take pictures of them over and over again. That is why it took me almost five months to go through them.

    Hell yes!

    You’re Such A Budapest – OPI
    Blue Moon – Illyrian
    Combat Khaki – IsaDora
    Yuna – Zoya
    Ringer – Darling Diva Polish (over a black polish)
    Zinfandel – Gina Tricot
    Empyrean – Pipe Dream Polish (over Galactic Grey by China Glaze)

    Maybe

    Wallis – Butter London

    I have loved this polish and I still do but the formula has become very thick due to age and use and I probably should let this one go, but I’m sentimental and the easy way is to stick it in the Maybe pile for now. I’ve worn this one so much and there is not all that much left in the bottle.

    Hell no!

    Legend – Formula X

    Legend is pretty enough but it took quite a few layers to make it look nice and I know I will never reach for this one over other shades.

    Remy – Zoya

    Remy is just not my type of blue. The colour and the shimmer just does not do it for me. Hopefully it can find a new home since it is in good shape and Zoya polishes are a great formula.

    Galactic Grey – China Glaze

    Galactic Grey has dried out but I have enjoyed wearing it a lot over the years.

    Diverse – Mentality

    There is something about this green that I’m not attracted to. I know I will not reach for it any longer.

    Those were all twelve! I ended up with seven keepers, one maybe and four hell noes. I sincerely hope it does not take me five months to go through the next lot.

    Thanks for reading!

  • Makeup

    My Makeup Audit: February 2022

    This is it. The last monthly arsenal to be audited in this first phase of my project. This phase was the biggest and most time consuming part of the project and I will make the next one (and last one) easy on myself. But more on than in another post, here and now I am going to go through what I was auditing in February.

    I had 22 items in this monthly arsenal and brands included were Urban Decay, Meow Cosmetics, MAC, MakeupGeek, Sleek Makeup and Inglot. This month was very hectic work wise and I did not have much energy for playing with makeup so most looks ended up looking quite nondescript.

    The usual addition for one final time: As in previous months I’m supplementing the monthly arsenal, that consists of only shimmers/metallics, by using three palettes by Anastasia Beverly Hills as complements in the matte and inner corner highlight area. Those are the Modern Renaissance, Subculture and Prism palettes and swatches of those will be shown further down in the post for reference. Since this is the last month it is their last time used in their original form. I had thought that I would depot these when the audit was over but as of right now I am not so sure. I might let them go, but that is a matter for the next phase of my audit.

    Top Row L-R: Platinum – Circa Plum – Lily-White

    Bottom Row L-R: Museum Bronze – Old Gold

    First we have five MAC pigments and I suspect these are from around 2012-2014. They have been use a little bit over the years but I have not tapped into their potential at all.

    Clockwise from the top: Vintage – Thunderbird – Silver Dawn

    Then we have an Extra Dimension shadow by MAC (Silver Dawn), a single in a jar by Urban Decay (Thunderbird) and a loose pigment by Sleek Makeup (Vintage). I think these are from between 2014-2017.

    Top Row L-R: 86 – 120

    Bottom Row L-R: Liquid Gold – Insomnia

    Moving on to two pigments each from Inglot (86, 120) and MakeupGeek (Liquid Gold, Insomnia). I know that the MUG pigments are from 2014 but I’m not sure about the Inglot ones, they might be from 2017.

    Clockwise from the top: Miw – Hieroglyph – Scarab – Atlantis – Leafless – Balderdash – Song of Old – Villainy – Celtic – Dark Energy

    And finishing off with a large selection of Meow Cosmetics. These are from the collections Egyptian Treasures (Miw, Scarab, Hieroglyph), Harvest Moon (Dark Energy), Caribbean Escape (Atlantis), Stripped (Leafless), St Patty’s Day (Celtic), Midnight Clear (Song of Old), Shattered Equinox (Balderdash) and Pandoras Box (Villainy). All from 2013.

    That was the entire monthly arsenal, the last one. Let’s move on to swatches and my opinions on these products after using them for a month.

    These MAC pigments surprised me overall. All but Lily-White were very gorgeous and I loved wearing them. Lily-White is a very basic light shimmer and I have no real use for it. I wore it as an inner corner highlight during the month but it is not my favourite kind of light shimmer and I know I have many other shadows I would prefer using over this. So I am keeping all but one.

    I had a similar issue with Vintage (Sleek) as I had with Dirty by the same brand last month. The colour is nice but the chunky texture was off-putting and I cannot see myself reaching for it in the future. So it can go. Silver Dawn (MAC) however was a positive surprise. The murky muddy greenish brown was lovely as an all over the lid shade. Keeper. Then we have Thunderbird (Urban Decay) with its black base and copper shimmer. I liked wearing it a lot – a medium dark sooty eye with some dimension. Fun to wear and definitely I’m keeping it.

    As I mentioned last month, I’m a bit mad that I have not used my Inglot pigments more than I have. They are simply gorgeous. It’s the same this month with 86 and 120. Oh so lovely! I’m looking forward to wearing them many many more times in the future and I am for sure keeping them. The same goes for Liquid Gold and Insomnia (MakeupGeek). STUNNING! They should be worn a lot more and hopefully I will now when the audit project is nearing its end.

    And we are rounding off this post with my thoughts on the last lot of my Meow shadows. I will be keeping all of them except Dark Energy and Villainy. Those two were a bit too dark and flat on the eye to do it for me. But both Balderdash and Song of Old surprised me as gorgeous on the eye despite being very dark. Miw is a firm favourite and as usual I tend to love all of the gold shades by Meow.

    That was it! Many keepers and some old favourites rediscovered. Let’s have a look at a few looks from February before I conclude this month’s audit with some stats.

    February 17

    Eyes: Thunderbird – Vermeer – Eden – Unity – Lure – Agapé (liner, Chanel)

    Cheeks: Spring Flock (blush, MAC) – Lightscapades (highlight, MAC)

    Lips: Garden Party (H&M Beauty)

    February 24

    Eyes: Miw – Mercury

    Cheeks: Dusty Rose (blush, IsaDora) – Glow from the Filmstar Bronze & Glow palette (highlight, Charlotte Tilbury)

    Lips: Muse gloss (Lisa Eldridge)

    February 26

    Eyes: 120 – Scarab – Dark Energy – Atlantis – Warm Taupe

    Cheeks: Sur (blush, MAC)

    Lips: Take a Bow (H&M Beauty)

    A meagre four shadows are leaving my stash this month. But I sort of like the fact that the last month was not full off duds but instead full of really stunning products that I look forward to using more. Nice closure.

    Besides the eye shadow audit I managed to wear 17 blushes (two lipsticks used as blush), one contour shade, four highlighters, 22 lipsticks, two lip glosses and four lip liners. My blush collection is currently down to 15 blushes and if I count the bronze side of my Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow palette as a blush I have 16. My highlighters are down to four and I have only two contours in use, one gel and one powder. But the continuation of the cheek audit will be handled in a separate post.

    The next phase in this project will be a bit more unstructured but the goal is to go through what I have kept, category by category, and cull further if I feel like I have changed my mind on an item or if I have kept too many similar items that are redundant (that is the process that I have already started with my cheek products). I’m not exactly sure how I will document it yet but there will definitely be some more posts before the audit is over. I am also planning for a post concluding what I have learned from this project and how I have evolved my mindset with regards to the makeup that I own and future makeup I might buy. Until then..

    Thanks for reading!

  • Makeup

    My Makeup Audit: January 2022

    January was a month when I relished playing with some new lipsticks that I had purchased recently, from H&M Beauty, Surratt and Illamasqua. I was also very keen to wear other colours than red on my lips (after wearing only red lips for the entirety of December).

    My January arsenal was mainly made out of MAC pigments but also a selection of shadows/pigments by Meow Cosmetics, MakeupGeek, KvD, Bare Minerals, Sleek Makeup, Inglot and Benefit. In total I had 27 items to choose from and most of them were in a loose format.

    This arsenal was a really interesting one since many of the items have not been worn in ages and are of a considerable age.

    The usual addition: As in previous months I’m supplementing the monthly arsenal, that consists of only shimmers/metallics, by using three palettes by Anastasia Beverly Hills as complements in the matte and inner corner highlight area. Those are the Modern Renaissance, Subculture and Prism palettes and swatches of those will be shown further down in the post for reference. I’ve decided to do this for the remainder of my first audit phase (the last month is February 2022).

    Top Row L-R: Blue Brown – Rose – Teal – Naked

    Bottom Row L-R: Silver Fog – Softwash Grey – Mauvement – Cheers My Dear!

    Let’s start with these mini pigments by MAC. Oh the memories! I’m sure these are all from holiday collections and were sold as sets of four or five. After a bit of googling I found that four are from the 2010 holiday collection- A Tartan Tale – and were sold together in a kit called Cool Thrillseekers Pigment Collection (Silver Fog, Softwashed Grey, Mauvement, Cheers My Dear) together with a glitter that I must have gotten rid of many years ago because I cannot remember ever owning it. I tried to find when the other four (Blue Brown, Rose, Teal, Naked) were available but could not find it sadly. I suspect that they could be older than 2010 but who knows?

    Top Row L-R: Blonde’s Gold – It’s Not Easy Having A Good Time – Naval Blue

    Bottom Row L-R: Chartreuse – Vanilla – Golden Lemon

    Then we have got some full-size MAC pigments, five in the current (I think) packaging and one of the older and larger jars. The size changed in 2010 so five of these are newer than that. The old and very much loved jar (Vanilla) was my go to iridescent shimmer for a very long time. I used to buy empty jars and give out portions of this as gifts to my family and friends back in the day when I had very little money. So this jar has brought a lot of people joy. I know beforehand that I will use this product for the last time during this month and then it will go into retirement. The newer (less old) pigments have not been used very much sadly and they are roughly from 2012-2014.

    Left: Cathedral

    Right column from the top: Sacred Heart – Chalice – Lucky Penny

    Three rectangular pans from KvD (Cathedral, Sacred Heart, Chalice) are from 2016 and were depotted from the Saint and Sinner palette. The round pan by MakeupGeek (Lucky Penny) is from 2016.

    Top Row L-R: 35 – 68 – 84

    Bottom Row L-R: Dirty – unknown pink from Benefit

    Moving on to some more pigments. Two pigments (84, 35) and a body sparkle (68) by Inglot that are of unknkown age. Then we have a Sleek Makeup pigment (Dirty) and the pink one from Benefit. It has lost its label so I do not know its name. But I do remember that this one was purchased when I lived in Brighton in 2000-2001. Yup, it’s that old. This one is also doing its final round this month.

    Top Row L-R: Ancient Splendor – Green Beer

    Bottom Row L-R: Pharoah – Stay Golden

    And then finally we have three shadows from Meow Cosmetics and a single one from Bare Minerals (Stay Golden). They Meow ones are from the collections Midnight Clear (Ancient Splendor), St Patty’s Day (Green Beer) and Egyptian Treasures (Pharoah). All of these are from 2013.

    Moving on to the audit part including swatches of each shade and a summary of my opinions on them after using them for a month.

    As I am sitting down to write this, I am changing my mind. This entire audit project is coming to a close and I am trying to be more and more realistic with how much makeup I want to have at my disposal and how I should go about using what I have until it is too old to use. Since some items, like pigments, rarely go off in a noticeable way (in my experience) I have kept some really old ones in previous months. But since I still own a vast collection I think it is not reasonable to keep the really antique things. I might keep some treasured gems as memories but I will refrain from wearing them.

    When January was over I had decided to keep Blue Brown, Rose and Cheers My Dear! out of these eight MAC pigments. I loved wearing those three and saw not reason to let them go. All of the others were not as nice on the eye and was an easy pass. But today I am deciding to let go of all eight of these, including the three I like, simply because of age. I would rather keep using my (also old but not quite as old) Meow pigments.

    These MAC pigments are not as old as the minis except for Vanilla. But I’m only going to keep two of them anyway and that is It’s Not Easy Having A Good Time and Naval Blue. Those two are special enough to keep for know, but I do not know how special they are compared to everything else I have already kept in this audit project. The next phase will be the judge of that. Vanilla is going into retirement as I mentioned earlier, and the other three (Blonde’s Gold, Chartreuse and Golden Lemon) will be let go. They were just not exciting on the eye and I only want to keep the exciting or very useful bits.

    Out of the four pans I am going to keep two. Both Cathedral and Chalice (KvD) are nice colours but they have glitter particles in them and I just do not like the look of that. It will stop me from using them. Sacred Heart (KvD) however was free of glitter and the colour was very interesting so it can stay for now. Lucky Penny (MakeupGeek) was just very beautiful and easy to wear. A very flattering all over the lid shade that I will be keeping.

    35, 64 and 68 (all by Inglot) are very unique and I loved wearing them. I am a bit mad that I own such gorgeous makeup as these but never reach for them. I have not worn them more than once or twice before this month and that is such a waste of potential. Dirty (Sleek Makeup) is a very pretty shade but it was very messy to use and it turned me off quite a bit so it can go. And the glorious pink shade by Benefit will go into a drawer as relic of my early makeup loving days, not to be used any more. But it sure was pretty on the eye and thankfully I do have one or two similar shades that can do it’s job perfectly.

    Last but not least we have my beloved Meow shadows. Out of these three I am only going to keep the stunning molten gold, Pharoah. Ancient Splendor is such a mess with it’s black base and barely there shimmer that I am glad to get rid of it and Green Beer was just a bit too nondescript to be useful. Stay Golden (Bare Minerals) was equally bland on the eye.

    And that was all of them! Let’s have a look at some pics of me wearing this month’s arsenal before we conclude this part of the audit.

    January 7

    Eyes: Blonde’s Gold – Chartreuse – Cheers My Dear! – Sphere – Lure

    Cheeks: Pink Cult (blush, MAC) – Lightscapades (highlight, MAC)

    Lips: Take a Bow (H&M Beauty)

    January 8

    Eyes: 84 – Golden Lemon – Buon Fresco – All Star – Alkaline (liner, Urban Decay)

    Cheeks: Mocha (blush, MAC) – Next to Skin (contour, MAC) – OMG (highlight, Illamasqua)

    Lips: A Matter of Taste (H&M Beauty)

    January 11

    Eyes: Cathedral – Mercury – Rowdy

    Cheeks: Stereo Rose (blush, MAC) – Silhouette (contour, Illamasqua)

    Lips: Carnelian (H&M Beauty)

    January 12

    Eyes: Lucky Penny – Cheers My Dear – Buon Fresco

    Cheeks: Breath of Plum (blush, MAC) – Silhouette (contour, Illamasqua)

    Lips: Cinders (Illamasqua)

    January 13

    Eyes: Sacred Heart – 68 – Vanilla – Roxy – Golden Bronze (liner, NYX)

    Cheeks: Rapture (blush, Urban Decay) – Silhouette (contour, Illamasqua) – Glow from the Filmstar Bronze & Glow palette (highlight, Charlotte Tilbury)

    Lips: Peccadille (Surratt)

    January 14

    Eyes: Pharoah – Dawn – Rowdy

    Cheeks: A Little Lusty (blush, MAC) – Silhouette (contour, Illamasqua)

    Lips: Velvet Myth (Lisa Eldridge) – Beet (liner, MAC)

    I must admit that I am very pleased to conclude that 19 shadows be let go and I am keeping only eight. Might be one of the most ruthless month’s of the entire audit (I have not double-checked that claim). It feels great!

    Besides the eye shadow audit I managed to wear 18 blushes, four contour shades, four highlighters, 22 lipsticks, one lip gloss and three lip liners. I’m still downsizing my cheek products and the arsenal is getting slimmer. Most of my cheek products are older as well and I want to be a bit more focused in my lineup and only keep the really good ones. Give them some love before they are too old to use. Many of my more warmer options are being put away since they do not suit me as well as more neutral and cool tones ones.

    Thank you for reading!

  • Makeup

    My Makeup Audit: December 2021

    I am nearing the end of the first part of my makeup audit. When the new year starts I only have two more monthly arsenals to go and then I have audited all of my makeup. It feels great! In December I had mainly Meow Cosmetics shadows to choose from but also shadows/pigments by MakeupGeek, Illamasqua, Bare Minerals, MAC and H&M. The oldest items are from 2013-1014. In total there were 29 colour options for my eyelids to choose from.

    In December I also participated in the tag #redlipsdecember on Instagram created by @luvanloud and I have been doing this as sort of a holiday tradition since 2018. This is also the first year that I did manage to wear a red lip every day all through the month. On makeup free days I just wore a red lip and nothing else. Mission accomplished!

    The usual addition: As in previous months I’m supplementing the monthly arsenal, that consists of only shimmers/metallics, by using three palettes by Anastasia Beverly Hills as complements in the matte and inner corner highlight area. Those are the Modern Renaissance, Subculture and Prism palettes and swatches of those will be shown further down in the post for reference. I’ve decided to do this for the remainder of my first audit phase (the last month is February 2022).

    Top row (quad) L-R: Venom – Moondust

    Middle row (quad) L-R: Twilight – Rebel

    Bottom row L-R: Soul Serendade – Joaillerie – Legendary Lure

    The four pressed shadows in the little Nabla palette are by MakeupGeek (Venom, Moondust, Twilight, Rebel). I remember lusting after Moondust and Twilight before I got them. Back then they were more unique shadows than they are now. Then we have two Extra Dimension shadows by MAC (Soul Serenade and Legendary Lure) from the Alluring Aquatic collection that was released in 2014. Finally there is the lustrous gold by H&M Beauty (Joaillerie) that i think is the newest of the bunch.

    Top row L-R: Ore – Berber

    Bottom row L-R: Toasted Espresso – Ginger Sugar

    THen we have two pigments by Illamasqua (Ore, Berber) and two loose shadows by Bare Minerals (Toasted Espresso, Ginger Sugar). The BM shadows were part of a larger set of shadows and have not been purchased individually.

    Clockwise from the top: BDSM – Handcuffs – Soft Limits – Riding Crop – Oiled Leather – Heat – Blindfold – Libido – Caged

    Then we have nine shadows from the Fifty Shades of Meow collection by Meow Cosmetics. All Meow shadows are from 2013-1014.

    Clockwise from the top: Tutankhamun – Ra – Asp – Ancient – Exposed – Sleet – Chinese Takeout – Soft Porn – Aurora Borealis

    Then finally we have nine shadows from five different collections by Meow. Four from Egyptian Treasures (Tutankhamun, Ra, Asp, Ancient), two from Pleasures (Chinese Takeout, Soft Porn), and one each from Stripped (Exposed), Aurora (Aurora Borealis) and Snowflakes (Sleet).

    That was the entire monthly arsenal including the complements. Let’s move on to swatches and my opinions on these products after using them for a month.

    Let’s start with the four from MakeupGeek. Venom and Rebel are keepers. They work well and look pretty and interesting on the eye. Moondust and Twilight however have not aged well. They are dusty and just look like nothing special on the eye. I do not know if they have aged badly or if the simply are not my jam anymore, but nonetheless they are not keepers. Both Soul Serenade and Legendary Lure (MAC) were positive surprises. The formula is still great and the shades look amazing on the eye. And last but not least we have the amazing Joaillerie (H&M Beauty). The swatch speaks for itself, it shines! So out of this lot I’m keeping five and getting rid of two.

    Both Ore and Berber (Illamasqua) are beautiful and I really liked using them. Ore is an especially good colour on me. Toasted Espresso and Ginger Sugar (Bare Minerals) however were very lacklustre on the eye and I am not sad to let them go. So two out of four are out.

    I thought the shadows from the Fifty Shades of Meow collection (Meow Cosmetics) would be a mixed bag of keepers and non keepers, but I was wrong. I’m keeping all but one. It just shows that I should never assume something by only looking at a swatch. These all looked great on the eye and the only one I did not wear is the one I’m letting go. It’s Riding Crop. I never felt like wearing it and I know it is because of the blue base. I usually hate when there is a strong blue base, because they are usually hard to blend without making a mess, and a blue based green is not my favourite type of shade to wear.

    Out of the next lot of shadows from Meow we also have only one that I am not interested in keeping. Sleet is not very dimensional but just a straight up pale frosty blue and I have no use whatsoever for this. All of the others are gorgeous on the eye and am so glad that these still perform so well.

    Those were all of the products from this month’s arsenal. Let’s finish this post with some looks from December including a lot of red lips.

    December 4

    Eyes: Tutankhamun – Eden – Saturn – Rowdy

    Cheeks: Pink Opal (lipstick as blush, Linda Hallberg) – Silhouette (contour, Illamasqua)

    Lips: Hot-Blooded (H&M Beauty)

    December 5

    Eyes: Legendary Lure – Vermeer – The New Noir (cream shadow as base, H&M Beauty)

    Cheeks: Pink Opal (lipstick as blush, Linda Hallberg) – Silhouette (contour, Illamasqua)

    Lips: Velvet Cinnabar (Lisa Eldridge) – Cinnabar (liner, Lisa Eldridge)

    December 11

    Eyes: Berber – Tempera – Red Ochre – Venetian Red – All Star – New Wave – Eros (liner, Chanel)

    Cheeks: A mix of of Stereo Rose, Immortal Flower and At Dusk (blushes, MAC)

    Lips: Rouge Audace (Chanel)

    December 12

    Eyes: Venom – Buon Fresco

    Cheeks: Rapture (blush, Urban Decay)

    Lips: Velvet Jazz (Lisa Eldridge) – Brick (liner, MAC)

    December 16

    Eyes: Joaillerie – Unity

    Cheeks: Nude Blossom (blush, IsaDora) – Silhouette (contour, Illamasqua)

    Lips: Velvet Ribbon (Lisa Eldridge) – Cherry (liner, MAC)

    December 18

    Eyes: Ore – Golden Ochre – Warm Taupe – Rowdy

    Cheeks: A Little Lusty (blush, MAC) – Silhouette (contour, Illamasqua) – Lightscapades (highlight, MAC)

    Lips: Rouge Audace (Chanel)

    To conclude this month I only let go of six shadows and I’m a bit chocked. But at the same time I am also glad that I enjoy the makeup I have and still find them fun enough to keep despite not being new and extra alluring.

    Besides the eye shadow audit I managed to wear 19 blushes, 1 contour, 4 highlighters, 11 lipsticks and 4 lip liners. After only wearing red lips for a month it felt great to have access to other colours when January started. A little deprivation worked wonders.

    So now we only have two more months to go. I am really looking forward to being done and being able to start looking at what I have kept and how much overlap I have in colours. Maybe some more items will be let go, but who knows?! We shall see…

    Thank you for reading!

  • Makeup

    My Makeup Audit: November 2021

    Im very late with my wrap up for November and it is a nice summary of how November was. Busy, with little time and energy for fun makeup play time. The audit arsenal consisted of 28 shadows from mainly Meow Cosmetics. A few shades from Emme Cosmetics, MAC and H&M were included as well.

    As in previous months I’m supplementing the monthly arsenal, that consists of only shimmers/metallics, by using three palettes by Anastasia Beverly Hills as complements in the matte and inner corner highlight area. Those are the Modern Renaissance, Subculture and Prism palettes and swatches of those will be shown further down in the post for reference. I’ve decided to do this for the remainder of my first audit phase (the last month is February 2022).

    In a little Nabla palette I assembled four shadows by Emme Cosmetics (Australian Amber, Jack, Antique Copper, Ember). Then we have two single pots – one by MAC (Stolen Moment) and one by H&M (Sharp as Mustard).

    Clockwise from the top: Deranged, Dour, Contagion, Sensuous, Turmoil, Melancholy, Tarnished, Whipped Cream

    Shadows from the Meow Cosmetics collections Shades of Meow (Whipped Cream, Sensuous) and Shattered Equinox (Deranged, Dour, Contagion, Turmoil, Melancholy, Tarnished).

    Clockwise from the top: Sirah, Chablis, Copse, Lunulae, Indecency, Mayhem, Plague, Scourge

    Shadows from the Meow Cosmetics collections Winter Spirits (Sirah, Chablis), Rainbow’s End (Lunulae), Glacial Grove (Copse) and Pandora’s Box (Indecency, Mayhem, Plague, Scourge).

    Clockwise from the top: Sand Dune, Reincarnation, Obelisk, Temple, Ecliptic, Nocturne

    Shadows from the Meow Cosmetics collections Egyptian Treasures (Sand Dune, Reincarnation, Obelisk, Temple) and Harvest Moon (Ecliptic, Nocturne).

    That was the entire monthly arsenal. Let’s move on to swatches and my opinions on these products after using them during November.

    I’m a bit surprised that I decided to keep all of the shadows above. All of the Emme shadows look dusty in the pan but perform well on the eyes. Stolen Moment (MAC) was more beautiful than I had anticipated and Sharp as Mustard (H&M) is just such a unique colour and I really enjoyed wearing it.

    Moving on to the loose shadows from Meow Cosmetics. The most obvious dud of the above was Sensuous. It had a blue base that made it hard to work with. I seldom wear blue-green shadows anyway so it was an easy decision. Deranged had a similar base issue but I contemplated to keep it since the final effect on the eye was very pretty. But in the end I decided to let it go since I prefer keeping shades that are easier to use. Melancholy was just ok, but I have a hard time picturing myself reaching for this muted purple in the future so it can go as well. The rest of them were keepers. Whipped Cream was a surprise like, it is a beautiful neutral white inner corner highlighter. Tarnished, Turmoil, Dour and Contagion were simply very pretty shades on the eyes and I had fun wearing them.

    Sirah turned out to be a matte, and I know I will never reach for a dark matte purple in a loose format. Chablis is a pretty gunmetal but yet another shade I will never reach for in a loose format. Copse was pretty but not special enough for me to keep. Mayhem and Scourge both had a very dark bases that made them difficult to work with. So those five are out. Lunulae is a very shiny pewter silver that I found very interesting and unique. The silvery taupe Indecency was also surprisingly shiny and pretty on the eye. And finally we have the third keeper, the stunning molten gold Plague. Lovely.

    On to the final lot of shadows. Out of the above shadows only one was not working for me and that was surprisingly Obelisk. It looks stunning in the swatch but this one had a blue base as well that made it difficult to work with and not worth keeping. All of the others are stunning all over the lid shades and I am happily keeping all of them. Sand Dune also worked well as an inner corner highlight for certain looks.

    That was my rundown of this month’s arsenal. Let’s finish off with a few looks from November.

    November 11

    Eyes: Plague – Sharp As Mustard – Sand Dune

    Cheeks: Supernova (blush, MAC) – Lightscapades (highlight, MAC)

    Lips: Velvet Blush Lightly (Lisa Eldridge)

    November 12

    Eyes: Jack – All Star – Roxy – Eros (liner, Chanel)

    Cheeks: mix of Legendary and Immortal Flower (blush, MAC) – Silhouette (contour, Illamasqua) – OMG (highlight, Illamasqua)

    Lips: Velvet Ribbon (Lisa Eldridge) – Cherry (liner, MAC)

    November 24

    Eyes: Ecliptic – Whipped Cream – Dawn

    Cheeks: Autoerotique (blush, MAC) – Silhouette (contour, Illamasqua) – Lightscapades (highlight, MAC)

    Lips: mix of Burning Love (MAC) and Pink Opal (Linda Hallberg)

    All in all I let go of nine shadows after this months audit, all of them loose shadows by Meow Cosmetics. A smaller number than I had anticipated.

    Besides the eye shadow audit I managed to wear 19 blushes, 3 contour shades, 4 highlighters, 16 lipsticks, one lip gloss and 4 lip liners. The downsizing of my cheek products continues and every month I find items to put away. This month it was the blush Supernova by MAC, a bright hot pink, that I think I do not need to keep. I have several darker pink shades that en up looking similar on the cheek. Since I seldom wear bright cheeks like that anyway I do not need to keep many options.

    Thank you for reading!

  • Nail polish

    Nail polish audit – The Twelve:13

    These were worn from mid September to the beginning of November. Three Zoya shades, two OPI, two IsaDora and one each by MAC, Powder Perfect, Smitten Polish, Lilypad Laquer and Nails Inc.

    Hell yes!

    Sia – Zoya
    Vintage Chic – Lilypad Laquer
    My Boyfriend Scales Walls – OPI
    I’m Sooo Swamped! – OPI
    Gemma – Zoya
    Blaze – Zoya

    Maybe

    Fire Burn – Smitten Polish

    Fire Burn stained my nails so badly that I will only keep it if it es extremely unique in my collection. If I have anything else like it I will let this one go, despite it being so stunning.

    Hell no!

    Bad Fairy – MAC

    This polish is just straight up ugly on me. A poor purchase with a great name.

    Oasis – IsaDora

    Oasis is not unique enough to keep and I already had lukewarm feelings about this one.

    Beetle Green – IsaDora

    The same goes for Beetle Green. Not special enough to keep.

    Diamond Arcade – Nails Inc. (over Sia)

    This glitter polish did absolutely nothing for me. I have no use for it and considering how seldom I’ve worn this (maybe once) I can deem it a poor purchase.

    Meet Me in the Glade – Powder Perfect

    This rosy brown polish is lovely in theory but on my nails it is not really working. Sadly.

    That was the final polish in this instalment of The Twelve! I ended up with six keepers, one maybe and five hell noes. I’m very pleased that I am letting a total of five go. A very satisfying run and I cannot wait to go through everything and only keep the really good ones.

    Thanks for reading!

  • Makeup

    My Makeup Audit: October 2021

    It gets darker and darker outside and the combination with less sunlight and a busy work schedule equals few makeup looks captured with a camera. When I went through my pictures I found oh so very few pictures of my face with makeup. But I have managed to wear nearly every piece of makeup in this months arsenal and the result of the audit is quite pleasing.

    In October I had 26 shadows to choose from, 18 of them in a loose format. The loose shadows were all by Meow Cosmetics and in the palette I had shadows by Neve Cosmetics, Makeup Geek, Nabla, MAC and KvD. And as I am down to auditing only shimmer/metallic shadow I am still supplementing the monthly arsenal with mattes, and this month I did exactly the same as I did in September by using three palettes by Anastasia Beverly Hills as complements in the matte and inner corner highlight area. Those are the Modern Renaissance, Subculture and Prism palettes and swatches of those will be shown further down in the post for reference.

    Top Row L-R: Fiori d’Ombra, Snowberry, Taupe Notch

    Middle Row L-R: Divine Decadence, On the Road, Retro

    Bottom Row L-R: Swoon, Showtime

    In a Lethal palette I assembled a smaller assortment of pressed singles by Neve Cosmetics (Fiori d’Ombra, Retro), Nabla (Snowberry, On the Road), MAC (Devine Decadence), Makeup Geek (Taupe Notch, Showtime) and KvD (Swoon). These vary in age from between 2014 and 1017 I assume. They are a mix of ‘sold as singles’ and ones depotted from palettes.

    Clockwise from the top: Fate – Misfortune – 13 – Bad Luck – Supernatural – Broken Mirror – Cursed – Unlucky – Paranormal – Accident

    Then we have a large line-up from the Friday the 13th collection by Meow Cosmetics, pictured above, purchased around 2013.

    Clockwise from the top left: Mind Control – Abduction – Implant– Little Green Men – Tissue Sample – Probe – Abductee – Gray Matter

    And last but not least we have eight shadows from the Alien Abduction collection by Meow Cosmetics, also purchased around 2013. I love this collection!

    Complements: mattes and highlights from Modern Renaissance – Subculture – Prism

    That was the entire monthly arsenal. Let’s move on to swatches and my opinions on these products after using them for a month.

    The Neve shadows, Fiori d’Ombra and Retro, are starting to smell bad and must go. Retro was the only one that was remotely interesting anyway but I have other similar green shadows. Divine Decadence (MAC) and Showtime (MUG) performed badly and are no-goes as well. Swoon (KvD) was the one shadow I did not get a chance to wear but I love that one so I feel ok to keep it anyway. Snowberry and On the Road (both by Nabla) are very pretty shades and I will keep them for now. Taupe Notch (MUG) is very dusty in the pan but still works ok on the eye. But I’ve decided to let it go anyway, since I’m sure I have similar shades that are in better shape. So five out of eight shadows are out.

    Friday the 13th collection by Meow Cosmetics

    Moving on to the Meow shades. For the Friday the 13th collection I did both dry swatches (left) and on top of primer (right). The standouts from this bunch are Broken Mirror, Fate, Paranormal and Supernatural. Definite keepers. I also loved Bad Luck and Unlucky enough so they can also stay. Misfortune is ok but it’s not my favourite pale blue on me. I have others I prefer and it is a colour I wear seldom anyway. 13 and Cursed was nothing special on the eye and Accident has this dark base colour that makes it hard to work with. So those three can go.

    Alien Abduction collection by Meow Cosmetics

    And on to the stunning Alien Abduction collection by Meow, oh this is so pleasing to my eye. The stand-outs are Mind Control, Implant and Little Green Men. But I also adore Gray Matter and Abduction. Tissue Sample and Probe are less special on the eye but I am so fond of these that I do not want to let them go. The one dud that I will get rid of is Abductee. It is a quite plain dark purple and I would had preferred it if it was a pressed shadow. So I know I will not be reaching for this.

    That was my evaluation of this month’s lineup. Let’s finish off with the few looks I actually managed to capture.

    October 15

    Eyes: Snowberry – Vermeer – Agapé (liner, Chanel)

    Cheeks: The Perfect Cheek (blush, MAC) – Gotham (contour, Nabla) – Perfect Topping (highlight, MAC)

    Lips: Velvet Fiery (Revlon) and Beet lip liner (MAC)

    October 19

    Eyes: Retro – Lucid – Parallel – 28 – Gaze (Illamasqua)

    Cheeks: Buff (blush, MAC) – Silhouette (contour, Illamasqua)

    Lips: Velvet Fawn (Lisa Eldridge) – Pink Opal (Linda Hallberg) and Muse lip liner (Lisa Eldridge)

    October 24

    Eyes: Paranormal – Mercury – Lucid – The New Noir (cream shadow, H&M)

    Cheeks: Sur (blush, MAC) – Silhouette (contour, Illamasqua) – Perfect Topping (highlight, MAC)

    Lips: Velvet Cinnabar and Cinnabar liner (Lisa Eldridge)

    October 29

    Eyes: 13 – Lucid – Caffeine (primer, Urban Decay)

    Cheeks: Breath of Plum (blush, MAC) – OMG (highlight, Illamasqua)

    Lips: Cream lip stain in “17” (Sephora) and Brick lip liner (MAC)

    All in all I let go of ten shadows after this months audit, five loose and five pressed. A nice number I think. I’m keeping my complementary shadows from ABH for November as well, it is a convenient approach.

    Besides the eye shadow audit I managed to wear 21 blushes, 4 contour shades, 4 highlighters, 20 lipsticks, 2 lip glosses and 5 liners. The downsizing of my cheek products continues and I keep putting items aside. And I’m prepping for a little audit of my lip products again. Some items are so old that I am uncomfortable keeping them much longer even though they still smell, look and perform fine.

    Thank you for reading!