Things I Used Up: February 2018

February was a short month, so I didn’t really get to use up too much stuff. However, it did encourage me to use up more samples and minis just so I would have things to write down in this list.

Products I used up:

  • Ciaté Fierce Flicks eyeliner
  • Tarte Drink of h20 mini
  • The Face Shop Silky and Soft Cotton Pads
  • Racine Delicare Soothing Mask
  • Sephora Instant Moisture + Cream (sample) x 2
  • Homer Simpson x The Face Shop Mask
  • Shiseido Senka Perfect Essence Silky (sample)
  • SNP Grapefruit Gelato Brightening Mask x 2
  • Tony Moly Master Lab Intense Hydrating Mask

I didn’t pan anything this month, but I’ve been trying to find every excuse to switch looks for every occasion, especially if I’m going out after work.

I’m sure March will have a fuller list as I get ready for my wedding!

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette

A few months ago, when the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture palette went on sale, I couldn’t resist getting it despite the mixed reviews online. The Modern Renaissance palette is one of my most used, so I thought I’d give it this a try for the discounted price.

A lot of the critique on this palette stems from the formula which is different from Modern Renaissance’s mica base. This one is primarily talc. When I swatched the colours, they were very pigmented! I didn’t have to press very hard.

I found the more matte colours were a bit chalky, and when applying on lids I had to be careful not to be heavy-handed or else I would get a weird smudge of dark colour on them.

Otherwise, I found the shadows to be quite gorgeous and found myself reaching for a few constantly. While the quality isn’t as great as the MR palette, if you can get this one discounted, it’s worth it!

Things I Used Up: January 2018

My New Years resolution was to try to use up more stuff before I acquire more of it. A lot of that is beauty stuff. I managed to not buy any of it the whole month of January and instead using more of my collection. It’s not just that I buy a lot, but I am frequently under the collector mindset that I shouldn’t “waste” anything, which is stupid since it’s more of a waste NOT to use the things.

My new vanity is helpful for displaying all I own so that I can be inspired every day to try out new products. I even realized I had so many free samples and minis that I decided to use up some so that I could have things to write in this list.

Here are some products I used up:

Here are items I panned (hit bottom but didn’t use up quite yet):

  • Mac Eyeliner Gel black – I hit pan and threw it out because it was getting old
  • Nars Orgasm/Laguna Duo

I decided to record when I hit pan because it’s just as rare as using something up! I have so many eyeshadows that I’m going to feel accomplished the one day those touch bottom.

Soft Miracle Foot Peeling Pack

I heard a lot about foot peels in Bunz Makeup group, so I thought I’d get this Soft Miracle Foot Peeling Pack from the Korean grocery store. 

Inside were two pouches of liquid that I poured into these “gloves” for my foot. I wore them for 90 minutes. I assumed they did nothing because I couldn’t see anything after 90 minutes, or 1 day or 2 or 3.

However, after around 5 days, the bottom of my foot started to look wrinkly. Then they started to peel, a lot. I would leave skin everywhere! I decided to spare you the gross photos. This peeling happened for approximately 5 days before it was done. Some parts of my foot felt a bit sensitive during, maybe because I couldn’t resist picking at it.

However, the bottom of my feet are now baby smooth and no cracks in sight! Not sure how long this will last, but it’s worth the process once in a while.

Pokemon x Tony Moly Sheet Masks

I have a lot of the Tony Moly x Pokémon collection, but I couldn’t resist getting one of each of the sheet masks. They’re limited edition, but still available on Amazon.

I used the Charmander one recently. It took me for a while to actually use one because the packaging is so cute! The sheet mask itself unfortunately does not actually have a Charmander head (that would be funny though).

It had the pleasant citrus smell of grapefruit and did noticeably brighten up my skin right after. I haven’t tried the rest, but I’m looking forward to it as I follow this year’s resolution of using things up!

Shu Uemura x Mario Fire Flower Lip Balm


The Shu Uemura x Mario limited edition was so irresistible that I couldn’t not get this Fire Flower lip balm before the whole collection disappeared in store.

The packaging is adorable and has the flower it is named after!

The colour is a nice pink-ish red.

On my lips it was moisturizing and pigmented. I was actually surprised that even through some drinking that it had staying power. Especially since this is meant to be a coloured lip balm!

BH Cosmetics Haul

A while back, I did a huge BH Cosmetics haul because everything was on super sale. All these things together costed around $50.

This Take Back Brazil palette was full of pigmented eyeshadows that are perfect for the base of an eye look.

This 12 piece brush set also came with the palette for free! The brushes are soft and blend make-up well. I find the burhs heads fall off the stick when they are washed though, so it requires some regluing to fix it.

I also grabbed this beautiful unicorn highlighter kit!

I want to learn how to contour better, so I also got a contour kit.

Lastly, this HD Brow Pencil was only a buck but super fine for precision.

Shu Uemura x Mario Travel Set

I love the entire Super Mario Shu Uemura collection and I totally couldn’t resist adding this travel set to what I already had.

Inside was a lip tint and cleansing oil mini as well as a pouch and eyelash curler! I coincidentally also was starting Super Mario Odyssey when I received this in the mail.

The beautiful cosmetic pouch has tons of pockets for all sorts of storage. It perfectly keeps any glass serum bottles protected so is good for travelling.

The best part of the set is this gold eyelash curler with the signature Power-Up star. Shu Uemura’s eyelash curlers are some of the best around and this is such a beautiful touch!

My New Years Resolution + Dream Vanity!


Happy New Year! This Christmas, I finally built the dream vanity I’ve always wanted. My sister got me the Micke Ikea workstation, which has a drawer perfect for palettes and cupboard for nail polishes and creams.

The mirror is from Amazon and makes me feel like a Hollywood Star. The lights have a dimmer so it could be adjusted to the desired level.

All my existing storage containers fit right beside it. The newest is a lipstick tower that fits over 80, and I somehow filled the entire thing. Yeah, I have that many lippies.

This is where my New Years Resolution kicks in. I want to try to use up more stuff before buying anything. I want to at least pan one colour in an eyeshadow palette before purchasing another, finish eyeliners, lipsticks, skin care before adding more to the collection. I still have a bunch of stuff I haven’t blogged about yet too.

I want to transfer this to other aspects of my life too. I have a lot of art supplies, hot sauces, video games that are left unfinished. This New Year, I want to get closer to the end of stuff before adding more to my life. It’ll help me both declutter and save some money. It’ll be an expensive year after-all with the wedding closing in fast!

Moschino + Sephora Bear Eyeshadow Palette

I wanted this Moschino + Sephora eyeshadow palette since the first announcement. I even tried on its August release date, but it sold out quickly and was removed from the store. I thought all hope was lost. 

Then one-day last month I got an e-mail notification that it had been added back to the store. I logged on my computer and grabbed it in that instant. The bear just screams at me as a thing I need to have. 

Inside the shadows are beautiful. Most of them are shiny, but there are some mattes to use with the shimmers. It even comes with a booklet on how to use some shadows together. 
I swatched it lightly because I didn’t want to waste the precious shadows and it was very pigmented. The shimmers are so beautiful that photos don’t do it justice. This was totally worth the impulse buy.

I did my holiday party look with mostly this palette! It really made my eyes pop.