Shop My Stash: February Lip Products

Hi guys, gals, and non-binary pals!

I’ve been watching a lot of makeup declutter videos and have been inspired to look back through my collection of products and see what I need to be using to get the most out of what I’ve spent money on before it expires! Lipstick is one of those products that I am very tempted by but when I think of how many lipsticks I use regularly out of the ones that I own, I start to regret purchasing so many. While watching decluttering videos, I started seeing products I wanted to try and I just can’t buy more without at least using some of the ones I’ve neglected and can’t part with. So I’ve decided to ‘shop my stash’ and focus on using some products that I really need to use before their expiry and I’ve decided to make a post monthly talking about how I’m going with it! The idea isn’t to use products up, necessarily, although I’d like to. The idea is just to use the products and work out whether they’re worth hanging on to. I’m hoping to reignite some passion for certain products, especially now that my preference seems to be changing, yet again! I hope that you enjoy reading these posts!

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Priceline 40% off Makeup Wishlist

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It’s that time of year again where my bank account prepares itself for a mini spending spree because Priceline is having their semiannual 40% off of Makeup sale! It starts today both in store and online and it will finish tomorrow night so make sure you make your way to a store or online if you want to make the most of the sales! Here is what I am hoping to pick up during the sale!

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100 Days of Makeup 65-71

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This week I had some SUPER exciting things happen! I had my first job interview  in about 2 years(and got the job!), my boyfriend and I had our three year anniversary, and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children premiered! I’m yet to see the movie but it’s a public holiday in Adelaide today so I might see it today! I hope that you enjoy this week’s looks!

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‘Round and ’round like a horse on a Carousell

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Today, I’m going to be talking about an app that I think everyone who hoards things needs. I collect a lot of makeup and part of that is because I love it and part of it is because I want to talk about new things on my blog a lot but lately I’ve been watching A LOT of project pans, declutter, and minimalism videos on YouTube and I’ve become inspired to downsize my collection a bit. Especially with my Journey to Cruelty-Free. I’d originally been using Depop to try to sell some things but I never made much from it so I found a new app called Carousell and within the last week I made over $100+ so I just HAD to talk about it with you. This post isn’t sponsored, it’s just a friendly suggestion to those who want to make money and turn trash into treasure!

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Journey to Cruelty Free #1

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So, since becoming vegetarian, I really wanted to think about the makeup and skincare that I was using. I know that being a vegetarian doesn’t eliminate all of the cruelty involved in my eating habits but in the effort to minimise the hurt that I’m creating, I wanted to try to start using majority cruelty free products. I’m not doing this to make myself better than anyone else. This is just a personal preference that I believe aligns with my personal beliefs.

I plan on making this a sort of series where I update you all on my progress and my planning. In this post, I am going to identify what brands in my collection are cruelty free and to what degree they are cruelty free (brand doesn’t test/sell in China, parent company doesn’t sell in China, vegan). A lot of brands don’t test but their parent company sells to countries (China) where it is law to test on animals, so you’re still more or less buying into cruelty. I hope that this is helpful, I am only including brands that I personally use so this isn’t everything that is cruelty free by any means. This is already going to be the longest post ever haha. I hope that you enjoy the post!

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MOTD: Christmas Looks

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For the last post on Pastelsparkles for 2015, I thought that I’d share the makeup looks that I did over Christmas. I went to four Christmas related events over the last week so I thought I’d share a few of the makeup looks that I wore. I only have photos for two of the four because the last two events were me rushing to get ready/not so interesting looks haha. I hope that you enjoy!

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The first look was from Christmas Eve for my Christmas celebrations with my Italian family. I had a really great night with that side of my family. The second look is from Christmas day when I spent the day with my boyfriend’s family. I also wore Santa earrings from Cabochons n’ Crystals by Sherrell Burford. I’d definitely recommend supporting this little store because they’re local and affordable!

Christmas Eve Makeup Run Down:

L’Oreal Mattifying Base
L’Oreal Magic Touch Blur
CoverGirl 3 in 1 Foundation in 805
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 15 Fair
Australis Fresh n Flawless in Light Beige
NYX Powder Blush in Taupe
Savvy Blush in Plum
theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer
Chi Chi Brow Pomade
Inglot Eyeshadows
Inglot Pure Pigment shadow in 85
Maybelline Hyper Sharp Liquid Liner
Essence Multi-Action Volume Mascara
eBay lashes
Jeffree Star Androgyny

Christmas Day Makeup Run Down:

L’Oreal Mattifying Base
L’Oreal Magic Touch Blur
CoverGirl 3 in 1 Foundation in 805
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 15 Fair
Australis Fresh n Flawless in Light Beige
NYX Powder Blush in Taupe
Savvy Blush in Plum
theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer
Chi Chi Brow Pomade
Inglot Eyeshadows
Shiro Cosmetics Still No Oscar for Leo DiCaprio
Maybelline Hyper Sharp Liquid Liner
Essence Multi-Action Volume Mascara
eBay lashes
Jeffree Star Hoe Hoe Hoe

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I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas if you celebrated! I also wanted to thank everyone for an amazing year of blogging. I am so thankful for the support that you’ve all given me and I cannot wait for next year!

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Review: Savvy Lipstick Kit!

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Today, I’m going to be talking about a little gem of a gift set that you can purchase at Priceline. It would make for a great stocking stuffer or just a cute lil present for yourself! In the lip set, there are 10 mini lipsticks and they’re all very cute and I’m just really excited about them haha.

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Here is the packaging it comes in. I think that you can find this with the other gift set items in Priceline.

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As you can see from the box, there aren’t any really crazy colours. There are bold and neutral shades so there’s really something for everyone.

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This is what all of the little lipsticks look like out of the box. They all have Savvy written on them, which I think is so cool. I love that they pretty much just look like a regular lipstick but in mini packaging. Each of the lipsticks even has a name given to them. Honestly, you can tell that Savvy put a lot of effort into these, they’re not just a throw away product. It’s so cool.

On to the swatches!

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Here is the shade Lily. It is the lightest of the lipsticks in the kit.
I don’t tend to wear these shades because I think that they wash me out. However, with the right lipliner or lipstick underneath, this lipstick will look really amazing. This would be great for an ombre lip look! Super creamy and nice feeling on the lips.

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Here is the shade Iris. This is probably my most preferred lip shade at the moment.
This lip shade looks very similar to MAC Modesty, which I’ve mentioned is one of my most favourite MAC lipsticks. This is a neutral that leans quite brown but it still has a bit of pink in it so it is still quite flattering and easy to pull off. Like Lily, this shade is super creaming and nice on the lips.

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Here is the shade Rose. This colour is a really nice neutral pink shade.
I feel like this colour would be a really nice everyday, goes-with-everything type of pink. All of the lipsticks in this set a really creamy and nice feeling. This shade leaves a nice stain behind so when it comes off when you eat, there will still be some lip colour behind.

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Here is the shade Tulip. This shade and Rose and the next shade all look very similar but they each have different undertones.
Rose has a more brown undertone making it very wearable and would suit the most skins. This has a warmer undertone to it. All of the lipsticks in this set a really creamy and nice feeling. This shade, too, leaves a nice stain behind so when it comes off when you eat, there will still be some lip colour behind.

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Here is the shade Orchid. This pink is a bolder, more fluorescent pink than the others but it doesn’t really look like it in the swatch. You can see it better in the arm swatch that you can find later on in the post. All of the lipsticks in this set a really creamy and nice feeling. This shade, too, leaves a nice stain behind so when it comes off when you eat, there will still be some lip colour behind.

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Here is the shade Violet. This is a darker pink and I feel like this is a pretty common lips shade. I’m sure that this lipstick would be a dupe for a lot of shades by other brands. This shade really stains the lips!

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Here is the shade Lavender. This is the only metallic shade in the whole set and as you can see, it is not an overly offensive metallic shade.
This colour lasts the best out of all of the lipsticks and the metallic sheen just makes the lips look glossier. This would be a really great base lipstick for a glitter lip. It is also a really pretty shade.

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Here is the shade Daffodil. This is a really nice medium orange shade. I don’t tend to gravitate toward orange shades but since the Australis Velourlips in San-Fran-Disco, I’ve been warming to them. This shade would be perfect for summer!

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Here is the shade Daisy. This red shade definitely leans more orange than true red or blue red. I don’t typically wear orange reds very often because I don’t think they compliment my skin tone very well. For a bright red lip, I think that this lipstick would be really perfect.

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Here is the last shade, Peony. I was very excited about this colour because I’ve been wanting to wear brown lipstick to see what it would look like on my skin tone. This brown has a very red base so it is pretty wearable and I think it suits my skin quite well. This is definitely a very on trend colour.

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Here are all of the lipsticks swatched on to my arm. Funny story, the next day I went to go have a blood test and because my skin really badly stains, the lipstick stains were still there when I was having my blood test and the lady was so confused haha. We had a good little conversation about the cleanliness of tester lipsticks aha.

So I think that this lipstick kit is a really good buy for only $10 at Priceline, that’s just $1 per lipstick. The quality of the lipsticks is just like any of the larger lipsticks. I would recommend wearing a lip liner underneath them. I didn’t experience any feathering but I get really paranoid about it happening and with this sort of formula, you might experience some so wearing lip liner as a precaution might be a good idea.
The only real negative that I have about this product is that you can’t wind the lipstick all the way into the tube so you can risk ruining them in the lid if you aren’t careful. They also are a little bit prone to breaking if you don’t apply them to your lips carefully. On of mine broke as I was applying it but that might have been due to the heatwave that we’ve been going through here! Australia was not made for makeup!

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So I hope that you enjoyed reading about this product, I really love the lipsticks and I would really recommend picking them up for yourself or a friend. These would be perfect for someone who doesn’t have a lot of lipsticks or even someone who loves collecting lipsticks so that they can have mini lipsticks to travel with!

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