Month: July 2016

Pan that Palette & Shopping the Stash – July, Report #02

Previous report was in February and can be found here.

Here’s what stila ITK looks like. I’ve really only been using the same Wind shade –

In February:




Wind is the second from left on the top row. Yeah. Not much in spite of five month’s of daily use.

Here’s progress on Sexy Mama –

In February:





Yes I hit pan!! 🙂 This happened last month (June). Pictures look a lot warmer than last time’s but I’d say these warmer ones are more colour accurate.

Instead of Maquillage powder foundation, I dug up one of my old Lunasol and have been using that for a while. Last time this pan was photographed it looked like this:


Lunasol is the one on top right

This is what it looks like now:


That’s with maybe three times a week of use.

Shopping the stash-wise, I put Her Blooming Cheek away and have been using MAC Poised (LE) blush the past few months. Poised is one of those blushes where the more you blend and buff it in the more it leaves this beautiful glow, which I really appreciate because I use powder foundation and the glow makes it look less flat.

Poised is like a vamped up version of Gingerly. Gingerly is labelled as a satin but wears like a matte on me. Chanel Tweed Sienna is probably more similar to Poised. I haven’t touched that blush since I hit pan on it 😛 All three of these are no-brainer colours, easy to use and goes with everything. Don’t be fooled by Gingerly, it looks dark in pan but applies really natural on the cheeks.

A couple of Lush products

I bought a couple of things from Lush sometime ago. I was out shopping for a new shower gel/soap and walked by a Lush and though “It’s been a while since I tried anything from Lush. Maybe I’ll give it a go.” Let’s just say I doubt I’ll be in a hurry to go back.

I didn’t take pictures so you’ll just have to take my word for it but I feel strongly enough to do a post on them.

I bought a few things, Flying Fox shower gel (I bought one of the last big bottles left in the store – so this should give you an idea when this happened), Jason and the Argan Oil shampoo bar and the Fig and Leaves soap. Oh and the Ayesha mask.


Fig and Leaves soap looks so promising. From the UK Lush website: “A gentle, mildly exfoliating and sweet soap that protects and comforts. This soap is packed (and wrapped) with figs and their leaves, which not only smell gorgeous, but also gently buff your skin. It’s so mild, it can even be used on the face; your skin is left feeling soothed and softened by fig seeds and aloe vera extract.”

Rapeseed Oil and Coconut Oil, Water (Aqua), Glycerine, Fig Decoction, Fair Trade Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Perfume, Ylang Ylang Oil, Orange Flower Absolute, Aloe Vera Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Chloride, EDTA Tetrasodium Etidronate, Sodium Hydroxide, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Linalool Lilial
(* = occurs naturally in essential oils)

In reality however, the soap is really soft and disintegrates really quickly. What was cute before (the fig leaf and bits of fig + seeds in the soap) because a nuisance because the bits don’t melt and they end up in the shower waiting to clog up the drain. The leaf was the worse. The shower looked really gunky afterwards. The smell was nice and I didn’t find the soap drying, but it’s almost like it melts in front of me every time it’s used in the shower. To be honest I didn’t mind it too much because by then I just wanted to finish it ASAP.


Jason and the Argan Oil
My first experience with a solid shampoo. I’ve only used this twice and it went into the bin. Why? Because it stains. My hair (black) was stained but I didn’t know, and I went on to stain my pillow case (happened to be dark grey at the time). Now it’s a weird purple in the area where I lay my head and looks like some kind of discoloration. I don’t know if it’s my hair type or what because none of the reviews I’ve read mentioned this. It was also quite stripping on my hair.
Also while I don’t mind the smell, it’s really potent. Before I used it, I can smell it when it’s hidden inside of the bathroom drawer. After I used it the smell lingered and my husband announced he’s not a fan. I felt this bar is all gimmick and no substance. I hesitate to say this because I no longer have the bar to confirm but I *think* there are sparkly glitter inside. Perhaps I remembered wrong…

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Agar Water (Aqua), Argan Oil, Glycerine, Perfume, Organic Rose Absolute, Geranium Oil, Rose Oil, Sicilian Lemon Oil, *Limonene, Coumarin, Citronellol, Geraniol, Colour 17200

Which leaves me with the Ayesha mask and Flying Fox shower gel. The former didn’t leave much of an impression on me because I have almost zero memory of how I found it. Which I guess is a good thing as it means it can’t be *that* bad. For those sensitive to honey note that it’s the second ingredient.
As for the latter, like everyone else I was a fan of the scent (the Man wasn’t too keen though). Not sure why Lush decided to discontinue it, it seems to be one of their best sellers. Not particularly sad to see it go personally.

All in all I find Lush to be overpriced. While it’s almost always fun to browse in their shops (if that Lush smell doesn’t deter you first) – you get to nudge nudge wink wink at those tongue-in-cheek names, play at the freshly mad mask bar, order some cut-to-order soaps to go – it gets a bit old and gimmicky in about 5 mins. But I’m not someone who’s partial to organic ingredients when it comes to skincare and beauty. And I’m not in their demographics anyway.

June Empties


Bifesta Cleansing Express Eye Makeup Remover (145ml) – [can’t find the fabrication country]
Here’s a link to the official website in English. It contains moisturizing ingredients and vitamins. I’ve used this before. It’s a double-layer remover that you shake before use. Very efficient at removing all types of eye makeup.
Repurchase? I use oil makeup removers now (and double cleanse) so a separate remover is a little redundant in my regime. But I definitely recommend this remover.

Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 (150ml) – Made in France
You can read about my thoughts on the BR lotions here. This lasted me 3 months with twice daily use, so the same as P50V. I still have a backup bottle of this but I’m going to take a break from acids because of my IOPE bio essence – I feel I should use that as my first step after cleansing and thus it’s not ‘compatible’ with an acid toner. I don’t feel ‘right’ applying P50 after the essence. Anyway! This will be a chance to see what P50/Bio essence does.
Repurchase? TBD (more…)