Project Pan 2018 October Updates

Hello everyone. I did plan on writing this sooner but I ended up prioritising other posts so this one got bumped. I’ve made some great progress on some items and others not so much, and I’ve decided to remove the Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette as I have found that I don’t actually like the colours in the palette so I can’t keep using it, so I’ve added in a new product. Ramble over, here is my progress!

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette

Urban Decay Naked 2 project Pan

I have been using this every single weekday, and there’s hardly any difference. I use Tease as my matte crease shade and switch between Foxy, Suspect or YDK for my lid shade and if I look closely there is a little dip in them, but not much. Panning a palette is proving more difficult than I thought and I’m getting a little bored of it. I must persist with it though as there are new things I want to buy.

Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector

Becca under eye Brightening Corrector project Pan

I got to the bottom of the pot! There’s still a long way to go but I got to the bottom! I really like this product and I have another one waiting to be opened in my drawer, I’m really pleased with the progress I’ve made on this.

Beauty Pie Powderstick Matte Lip Crayon

Beauty pie powderstick matte lip project pan

This one is completely done. I knew I’d be able to finish this if I put my mind to it. I love this lip product and I am going to get more shades now I’ve made a bit of space.

The Body Shop Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Face Mask

The Body Shop Chinese Ginseng and rice mask project pan

I’ve not done well with this, I think I’ve used it once… it’s not my favourite mask so I don’t reach for it but I’ll persist and I want to finish it by the end of the year.

Soap & Glory Smoothie Star Body Milk

Soap and glory smoothie star project pan

I’m really bad with body lotion so I’ve not used as much of this as I’d hoped I would, however as it’s getting colder now I think I’ll start using this more.

Here are the new products that I’m going to be adding in –

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick

Urban decay vice lipstick project pan

My new lip product to add in is Backtalk, I used to adore this lipstick but I just went off it. I might be able to use this by the end of the year.

Estée Lauder Double Wear Nude Foundation

Estée Lauder Double Wear Nude project Pan

It’s time to get through some of my foundations so I’m adding this one in. This is going to take some time as it’s not a foundation I can use in the week as it doesn’t last long enough so I’m going to fit this in my weekend rotation.

What products are you aiming to use up? Take care and I’ll be back soon ❤

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Collective Haul

Hello everyone. It’s been such a long time since I’ve written a haul post, I’ve been on a low buy for a while but I’ve run out of loads of products at the same time so I had to restock and to be honest, I wanted to treat myself too! So here’s what I’ve bought recently from Boots, Beauty Pie and Feelunique.

First up are my picks from Boots. I was doing some early Christmas shopping (I like to split my Christmas shopping over a couple of months) and I thought I’d take advantage of the up to half price offer on skincare. First up is L’Oréal Hydra Genius Aloe Water which is a product I’ve used before. It’s a brilliantly light moisturiser that is very hydrating. I’m not overly keen on the fragrance but I love the product.

I needed a new eye cream and figured I’d try out the L’Oréal Revitalift Cicacrem. This isn’t one I’ve tried before but I love cica lip balms so thought it might make a good eye cream!

Collective Haul

Pixi has very recently launched in Boots so I got the new-ish Rose Tonic and also the Hydrating Milky Mist. I’m learning that as I’m getting older, my skin isn’t so oily and it is having a tendency to feel a little tight lately so these two products are for adding some hydration.

Lastly from Boots is a new mascara, the L’Oréal Paradise Extatic. Another product I’ve used before and it’s incredible.

Moving onto Beauty Pie, I had to stock up on the essentials. Great Skin Foundation and Superbrow Precision Pencil are my daily use products and I adore them. I got the Wondergel Lip Liner in Rummy Pink which again is my daily lip liner and lastly I picked up a pack of Double Sided Cleansing Cloths which are comparable to the ones you get with the Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm but I think they’re even nicer! Note, these do come in a pack of 3 but I’ve already used 2 and they’re in the wash!

Collective Haul

I was in need of lip balms so placed an order on Feelunique. I got my favourite La Roche Posay Cicaplast which is the best for autumn winter and because I need to have more than one lip balm I got a double pack of Nuxe Rêve de Miel Stick. I haven’t tried this before but so far so good.

Collective Haul

I hate paying postage so to bump up my basket value I chose Garnier Moisture Bomb Hydrating Mist. I know, I don’t need two mists but I placed the Feelunique order first and I forgot that I’d got this, hence the Pixi mist! I’ve tried this out today and it’s quite strange. I’ve not used an aerosol mist before and is disperses the product very finely, to the point that it doesn’t feel like you’ve put anything on.

And that’s the end of my excessive purchases, what products have you bought recently? Take care and I’ll be back soon ❤

Instagram – @stephaniealexandrablogs

Marc Jacobs Leopard Frost Eye-Conic Palette

Did I need another eyeshadow palette? No. Did I want an eyeshadow palette with leopard print packaging and shade names inspired by RuPaul’s Drag Race? Of course I did!

Marc Jacobs leopard frost

I saw this palette on Instagram last week and was so excited that Marc Jacobs was launching firstly a line with leopard print packaging, secondly that they were releasing first in the U.K. This palette is part of the new, limited edition Leopard Frost collection which also contains five frost finish lipsticks in the same beautiful leopard print packaging (and are on my Christmas wish list!) with shade names inspired by Marc’s favourite drag queens.

I’ve never looked at buying Marc Jacobs products before, I don’t believe they have been available in the U.K. and also I anticipated the pricing to be much higher than it is, so I’ve never explored the brand. They are now available exclusively at Harvey Nichols and this palette costs £39.00 which I know is expensive, however I don’t think that it is unreasonable for a luxury product which contains seven shades.

The packaging is gorgeous, it’s a beautiful leopard print. It’s very thin and sleek and contains a mirror that runs the length of the palette. It has a little button on the front which you press and this opens up the palette to show the beautiful shadows.

Marc Jacobs leopard frost

Inside there are seven shadows, two mattes and five frosts. I know that the name frost has put some people off this collection but I see them as being a sophisticated metallic. I adore the shade names, if you’re a fan of RuPaul you will really appreciate this palette. My favourite shades are Hey Girl Hey, which is a pinky champagne that makes a lovely highlighting shade when used lightly but you can also use it all over the lid. Serving Up is a warm metallic gold which isn’t a shade I normally go for as I lean towards cooler colours more but this makes my eyes really pop. Extravaganza is a matte cool brown that almost looks a little khaki, it’s a great crease shade and a little goes a really long way. I love all of the shades in the palette but these three will be my most used.

Marc Jacobs leopard frost

The texture of these shadows is very soft and the metallics don’t feel crumbly which I’ve found happens a lot when you have intensely metallic shadows. They are extremely pigmented too, I had an accident with Extravaganza as I put way too much on my brush and I had to take it off and start again.

This palette is a beauty and I’m so glad I bought it. Once I’ve made some progress on getting through some of my other palettes I’m going to be looking at more palettes from Marc Jacobs.

What are you’re thoughts on Marc Jacobs palettes? Is this collection on your wish list? Take care and I’ll be back soon ❤

Reading in Heels October 2018

Hello everyone. Today I’m sharing with you my thoughts on the October Reading in Heels box that arrived last week. I’ve not had a monthly beauty subscription box for quite a while, I found them getting a little repetitive and the products were becoming somewhat boring, so when I saw Reading in Heels on Instagram I thought I’d give it a try.

Reading in Heels October 2018

Each month you get a book and a selection of food treats, beauty items and also some months you get stationery.

The book this month is Sympathy by Olivia Sudjic, here’s the blurb –

Olivia sudjic sympathy

At twenty three, Alice Hare arrives in New York looking for a place to call home. Instead she finds Mizuko Himura, an intriguing Japanese writer, who she begins to follow online, fixated from afar and increasingly convinced this stranger’s life holds a mirror to her own. But as alive closes in on her “internet twin”, fictional and real lives begin to blur, leaving a tangle of lies, blood ties and sexual encounters that cannot be erased.”

This book sounds really interesting and I’m looking forward to reading it. I’ve had a flick through and it’s written in small chapters which I appreciate!

For beauty treats this month I’ve got an Interstellar Relaxation Space Mask which I can’t wait to try. It’s a warming eye mask to help you relax and drift of to sleep.

Reading in Heels October 2018

The next beauty product is a mini Aromatherapy Associates De-Stress Muscle Bath & Shower Oil which smells beautiful. It’s a soothing lavender scent which I’m looking forward to trying out.

Moving onto foodie treats there is a couple of sachets of Green Tea with Coconut and Blackcurrant Tea from Heath & Heather. I’m not a big herbal tea drinker but I’m going to try out the coconut green tea as it sounds tasty.

Reading in Heels October 2018

Lastly in the box this month is a pack of Wally and Whiz Nordic Winegums which are vegetarian friendly and contain natural ingredients.

That’s everyone for this month’s box. I quite like this one, I’m looking forward to trying everything out and the book looks really interesting. One thing worth noting, if you sign up now you will not get this box, you will get the November box.

Thanks for reading and I’ll be back soon ❤

Instagram – @stephaniealexandrablogs

September 2018 Empties

It’s ridiculous the amount of products I’ve got through in September. However, I did go on holiday and I took minis with me so that’s my excuse. Loads to go through starting with skincare.

September 2018 Empties

Beauty Pie Hyaluronic Acid Microneedle Patches are the first items I’ve used. I love these patches, I find that they do make a difference to my undereyes, they provide a lot of hydration so my undereyes don’t look so crepey. Rating – 5/5

I’m having an intermittent sheet mask phase at the moment and used a Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask. I like to get these when they’re on offer and I’m feeling blah. It’s a nice mask, a bugger to get on, but it’s really cooling and hydrating. Rating 4/5

Pixi Vitamin Wakeup Mist is a lovely pick me up in the morning. It has a citrus scent and I liked using it after makeup to stop it looking too powdery. Rating 5/5

Beauty Pie Superactive Vitamin C Capsules are brilliant. They did a brilliant job of reducing acne scarring but my skin didn’t like them when used with retinol so at the moment, I’m sticking with the retinol for a while before I use these again. Rating 4/5

Caudalíe Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet was the moisturiser I took on holiday and it’s a great light moisturiser, not overly hydrating and I felt that I needed a bit more when I used this. Rating 3/5

Lanolips 101 Ointment Peach is one of my favourite lip balms. It’s really thick and helps keep my lips from chapping. Rating 5/5

September 2018 Empties

Moving onto makeup I have a sample sized Becca First Light Priming Filter. I did like this but I prefer the Backlight Priming Filter. This one is very thin and I didn’t notice much difference when I used this. Rating 3/5

This product is in almost every empties post, the Beauty Pie Superbrow Precision Pencil is my absolute favourite brow pencil ever. It’s just as good as high end products but a fraction of the price. Rating 5/5

Benefit They’re Real Mascara, is one of my favourite high end mascaras but I don’t like spending a lot on mascara as you can get mascara just as good on the high street. It adds loads of volume and length but the wand is a little on the spiky side. Rating 4/5

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner is another favourite product but is not something I’d buy again as I don’t agree with some of her ethics. Rating 5/5 but I won’t buy again.

This isn’t even empty. I’ve used it a handful of times and is the worst mascara I’ve ever used. Bad Gal Bang, you’re going in the bin. Rating 0/5

September 2018 Empties

Onto body and hair, first is the Korres Bergamot Pear Shower Gel, it’s a nice shower gel and I really like the scent. Rating 4/5

I used up the Rituals The Ritual of Happy Buddha Foaming Shower Gel whilst I was on holiday. I’m a big fan of Rituals products but this scent isn’t my favourite. It kind of smells like cola cubes, it’s not unpleasant but not my fave. Rating 3/5

I used up a Tigi Colour Goddess Conditioner, smells incredible but very heavy on the hair. I could only get 2 days out of my hair with this. It’s hydrating but it’s a bit too much for me. Rating 3/5

I was sent the Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo from Influenster and I liked it, it gave another day to my hair without and residue but it’s very expensive and I don’t use dry shampoo enough to warrant the price. Rating 3/5

Lastly is ghd Straight and Smooth Spray. I’ve used this on and off for years, when I use it, my hair stays straight, properly straight and the following day I only have to lightly straighten out any kinks that have formed whilst I’ve been asleep.

That’s everything, told you it was a lot! What products have you used up in the last month? Take care and I’ll be back soon ❤

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September 2018 Favourites

Hello everyone, I hope you had a great September. I am so glad that we are now into autumn, I am loving cosy pjs and lots of warm jumpers and boots.

September 2018 Favourites

I have been on a bit of a low buy lately (that got scrapped today, haul post coming soon!) so I don’t have tonnes of products to share, but these little items have bought me joy this month.

Starting off with Beauty Pie Hyaluronic Acid Microneedle Patches. I was super excited when these released and I see a difference when I use them. I’m planning a full post on these soon as I’ve seen that more brands are releasing them soon but trust me, they are awesome.

Beauty Pie Hyaluronic acid micro needle patches

Next up I have two eye brushes from Zoeva, the 228 Luxe Crease and the 231 Luxe Petit Crease which are both from the Eye See Collection. I was really lucky and won a giveaway from Zoeva and I got the brush collection and the palette. These two brushes are brilliant, they apply product evenly, make blending super easy and are really soft. These two are the only blending brushes I’ve used since I got them, they’re fab.

Zoeva 228 231 luxe petit crease brush eye see

I totally ran out of mascara and found the Laura Geller Lash Boss mascara in a drawer. I think I got this in a beauty box at some point and totally forgot about it. The brush has two different sides, one with really small bristles and the other is quite long and spiky. It gives great volume and length, the brush allows you to get at literally every lash.

Laura Geller Lash boss mascara

Lastly I have a Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse wax melt from Melia May Candles. I’ve been saving this last melt so I could photograph it, it’s the best autumn scent. It’s spicy but sweet, the scent completely fills the house and I love it. Plus, it’s filled with glitter. Not necessary but makes it even better.

Melia May candles wax melt pumpkin cheesecake mousse

What products have you loved in September? Take care and I’ll be back soon ❤

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August 2018 Empties

Hello everyone and welcome to August empties. Quite a bit to get through so I’m going to get straight into it starting with skincare.

August 2018 Empties

I have two sheet masks from Simple, the De-Stress and Rich Moisture. I bought these randomly on my lunch break one day and they’re nice, quite drippy but overall they’re alright. I didn’t notice any difference between the two but they left my skin feeling very moisturised.

Simple sheet masks

My next ‘mask’ is a couple of packs of the Beauty Pie Hyaluronic Acid Microneedle Patch. Well, these are interesting. I couldn’t wait to get my mitts on these and bought them on launch day and paid next day delivery. They do have a sting to them and you have to keep them on for 2 hours however, the results are impressive so far.

Beauty Pie Hyaluronic acid Microneedle patch

Another Beauty Pie product is the absolutely lovely Japan Fusion Cleanser. The best cleanser I’ve tried in a very, very long time. I use this morning and evening for my first and second cleanse. My skin is starting to look much better now I’m transitioning to Beauty Pie products.

Beauty Pie Japan Fusion Cleanser Ultrasun Face SPF 30

Lastly for skincare I have a tube of Ultrasun Face SPF 30. Again, another great product that I’ve been using daily. It’s the best SPF I’ve used on my face, it’s non sticky and sits so well under makeup. This product has made me want to use SPF.

For makeup I have two mascaras, the L’Oréal False Lash Sculpt is incredible. Super, super volumising although the wand can take a little getting used to. I’ve also used up an IT Cosmetics Superhero which I really enjoyed, however I find cheaper mascaras just as good as higher end ones so I probably won’t repurchase this.

L’Oréal False last Sculpt it Cosmetics superhero

I’ve used up a full size Rituals The Ritual of Ayurveda Foaming Shower Gel, this is my favourite shower gel, smells absolutely beautiful and gives me a mini spa moment at home.

Rituals The Ritual of Ayurveda Foaming shower gel

Finally got through a Hemp Hand Protector from The Body Shop. Probably one of the most effective hand creams I’ve used for very chapped, dry hands. Will be getting another tube of this for over the winter.

The Body Shop hemp hand protector

Lastly whilst this isn’t empty, it’s too hard to work with now, I have a bottle of L’Oréal Nail Laquer in Crystal. I liked this, gave a good gloss to the nails and the brush applied the product very evenly.

L’Oréal Nail lacquer crystal

What products have you used up in August? Thanks for reading ❤

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