The essence Shape & Shadows Eye Contouring Palette* contains all of your eye and brow essentials! With 6 products and a double ended brush, there really is everything you need to create a variety of eye looks. I love multi-use products, especially when they are packaged up into a small palette (with a mirror!) that’s perfect for travel. And for just $9.99 you really can’t go wrong with a palette like this!

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After watching too many project pan videos on YouTube over the last few months, I’ve decided to start the project myself! I’ve set a pretty steep goal for myself. And I’m nearly 3 months too late to the project! But oh well, it’s going to be a challenge, and I’m up for it! The goal is to finish (or get more use out of) 17 products by the end of 2017!

Why project pan?

I clean out and purge from my collection seasonally, but my collection is a fair size, so items don’t get used up. Makeup unfortunately expires. And I’ve had to throw a lot of things out in the past because they get forgotten about. I also have gone to purchasing cruelty free about 6 months ago, so a few non-cruelty free products still remain in my collection for various reasons. So I want to use up the last of the products that are by brands that test on animals and I want to finishing up some older items in my collection. I rounded up 17 things to use more in 2017, I’ll track my progress and hopefully there will be 17 empties to show off in early 2018! That’s hopeful, but I really wanted to challenge myself.

The products to pan

I posted an intro video to the project on YouTube so you can see me chat about these products in a little more.

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When I spotted the Real Techniques Ultimate Base Set last week I couldn’t resist picking it up. My intention was to revisit the Miracle Complexion sponge as I have used it in the past (loved it!) and wanted to try it out again. However, this trio lured me in as it contains the sponge and 2 brushes all in a limited-edition set. Unfortunately, as I’m sitting down to write this review, it looks like it’s no longer available! But no need to worry, all of these tools are available individually. So why don’t I let you know my thoughts on the contents?

The Real Techniques Ultimate Base Set packaging and contents displayed

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There are so many great new launches from Essence for Spring/Summer 2017 – the Essence Satin Touch Blushes* being the one I was most excited about! When I was at an Essence event a few weeks ago, these were the products that drew me in the most. Maybe it’s that gorgeous embossing or the neutral tones or simply the fact that I love the formula of the Silky Touch Blushes by Essence. There’s just something about these that make me happy and I left the event looking forward to giving them a try!

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I have been feeling stretched too thin as of late. There’s so much happening, that there seems to be little time to relax. In fact, when I get stressed, I tend to focus on making everyone else happy. Am I doing everything I can at work? Should I call my friends and family to catch up? Have I posted enough content on social media? (really, this one applies to personal and work)  I’ve come to realize that even when there isn’t much time for downtime, you need to make small moments that are special for me. I wish I could still spend days off relaxing, but just don’t have the time. There’s far too much happening at any moment that as soon as I sit down, I start thinking of everything else. So you need to make the little things count!

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