Shopping My Makeup Collection - Seasonal Project Pan 2 Intro + Palette Of The Month | Life Of Dahlia

Shopping My Makeup Collection – Seasonal Project Pan 2 Intro + Palette Of The Month | Life Of Dahlia

Hey Everyone, you may have just seen my June/ July Recap which featured my Seasonal Project Pan Update, well in this post I’m going to be talking about my new project pan and why I’m going to be reaching into my collection to try out products.

I was inspired by Kat from Kitskitch & Beauty News, she has been doing a seasonal project pan this year which is what inspired me to change mine up from a year-long project pan. Kat has also been reaching into her collection to review some of her eyeshadow palettes, which I found really inspiring to reach into my own collection.

Seasonal Project Pan no.2

The whole reason I changed up my project pan style is that I was honestly getting bored and I disliked the idea that all my makeup was just sitting there not getting used. So I’ve changed up my project pan to a rolling or seasonal project pan so that I could get use out of my collection instead of working on certain items.

For my second Project Pan, I will be doing a shorter one for the months of August & September and I will be including a bunch of products, mainly focusing on face products, like contour, blush, foundation, etc.

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New Items

  • TooFaced: Better Than Sex mascara (black.)
  • Nyx Professional Makeup: Vivid Brights Liquid Liners (vivid fire, vivid violet & vivid sapphire.)
  • Bys Cosmetics: Cream Contouring Palette & Powder Contour Kit (working on lightest shades.)
  • Tarte Cosmetics: Blush Bazaar (Not working on anything in particular just to play with.)
  • Australis: Liquid Strobe (I want to use this up by adding to my foundation or as a liquid highlighter.)
  • Nyx Professional Makeup: Photo Loving Primer (green.)
  • Innoxia: Hydrating Primer
  • EOS – lip balm
  • Kat Von D – Concealer Creme
  • Designer Brands – Black Eyeliner

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Continuing Items

  • Savvy By Db: Primer (Almost finished shouldn’t take me long to use up.)
  • Innoxa: Cover & Correct Concealer Palette (once I’ve finished the green I’ll consider it finished.)
  • Australis: Bye Bye Blemish Concealer (on to tube number 2.)
  • Kat Von D: Concealer Creme (using up to get it out of my collection)
  • Rimmel: Stay Matte Powders (I have two that are almost finished.)
  • Maybelline: Matte + Poreless Foundation (half way.)
  • Nyx Professional Makeup: Black Liquid Liner (I don’t think It will take me to long to finish up.)
  • Nyx Professional Makeup: Jumbo Pencil in Milk (still have a long way to go.)
  • Chella: Eyebrow Highlight Pencil (half way.)
  • Essence: Brow Pencil (almost finished.)
  • Nutrimetics: Eyeshadow Primer (I’ve had to take the stopper out so hopefully, I’ll be able to finish it up by the end of the year)

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Shopping My Eyeshadow Stash

Palette of the month – Chi Chi Cosmetics ‘Romantic’

I’ve been really inspired to just delve into my eyeshadow palettes lately, I can’t believe I have some I never reviewed. My aim is to revisit some of my palettes and see if I still feel the same way about them if I have reviewed them before or review ones I’ve not previously chatted about.

In the month of August, this month I will be mainly playing with my chosen palette which I will be talking about in second and taking photos of some of my favourite looks. I’m hoping to share them on my social media and in a post at the end of the month along with my thoughts on the palette. I’ll be allowing myself to play with other things, my aim is to use this at least two to three times a week, this also lets me play with other things.

The palette I’ll be playing with this month is the Chi Chi Cosmetics ‘Romantic’ eyeshadow palette.  This palette is more cool toned and has some berries, light pinks, champaign and bronzy colours in it. I’m happy to play and find out what works best and then give my thoughts at the end of the month.


I highly recommend you go check Kat’s channel out she does some fantastic product reviews and get ready with me’s. She is one of my go-to’s for thoughts on products, she gives her honest opinions on the products she has been trying out so go check her out.

Let me know how your Project Pan is going? and What are your thoughts on Project Pan’s?

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BYS Cosmetics Rebel Eyeshadow Palette Review | Life of Dahlia

BYS Cosmetics ‘Rebel’ Eyeshadow Palette Review + Eye Looks| Life Of Dahlia

Hey Guys, I’m back with another review, this time I’ve been checking out the ‘Rebel‘ eyeshadow palette from BYS Cosmetics, I know not another palette, I can’t help it eyeshadow speaks to my creative soul.

This palette really jumped out at me when I first saw pictures on the brands Instagram page, I just loved the colours, the reds, the greens, all of it just spoke to me. I also love the packaging it’s really unique with an embossed studded look on the front and some grungy text it definitely suits the eyeshadows inside.

I’ve been playing with this off and on over the past month, at first I did struggle with it but once I found what worked I was able to play and get some really awesome grungy looks. This palette is definitely not for the faint of heart these tones will absolutely make you stand out from the crowd.

I found that If I did my normal primer and then set my base, this was harder to work with but if I made sure that I used something stickier like a concealer or NYX jumbo pencil in Milk these worked a lot better.

This look was created using ‘Real'(center of eyelid), ‘Boss” (inner corner) & ‘Courageous'(outer & inner corner & crease).

The matte shades in this palette are a bit powdery and I felt like I did have to dip in multiple times to get what I was looking for but over a sticky base, I was able to build them up. Without this, I felt like they just blended out to nothing but with gave it something to stick to and they blended out fine, but like I said I did have to build it up.

The shimmery shades were interesting in particular the two duo-chrome ‘fearless’ & ‘bold’ they were a bit crumbly I had to pick up lots of product to get the desired look particularly with ‘bold.’ But once they were on they looked pretty good, I’m loving seeing affordable brands take a chance and trying to create duo-chromes I feel like this is something that is seen more with expensive brands so its great.

This look was created using ‘Courageous'(outer corner & crease), ‘Rebel’ (inner corner & eyelid), ‘Fearless’ (inner corner & brow bone.)

For some reason, I created all winged-out looks for this one I don’t know why Its just the way it worked out. I thought that this palette created some really awesome grungy looks which I was definitely inspired by the name and colours to create. As you will probably notice I was definitely inspired by the more red tones, But I thought that the deep green shade ‘Modern’ was great and ‘Brave’ was great to pair with shades like ‘Edgy’ or ‘Bold’.

Though I think an overall matte look with either as the main shade would look amazing.

This look was created using ‘Modern’ (Outer corner and crease & lower lashline), ‘Brave’ (Transition to blend out ‘Modern’), ‘Edgy’ (lid and inner corner), Bold (lid & Inner corner.)

This palette is definitely packed full of some trendy shades, while there are red and yellows in this palette is a very cool-toned palette which is very in right now. I’m a fan of warm shades but by this point, they have been done to death so its great to see something on the cooler end of the spectrum that’s not just boring greys and blacks.

While this palette definitely has those it also gives you extra colours to get creative with.


This look was created using Inglot Gel Liner in 66 as a base, ‘Wild’ (all over the lid and lower lashline), Sexy (deepen inner and outer corner) Concealer on the centre of lid topped with ‘Real’ & ‘Boss’, ‘Fearless’ (inner corner highlight.)

I took extra time to make sure I could give you the best review possible, I used this over a few weeks to test the different shades and the longevity of the eyeshadows. Because I used a sticky base I felt like these did wear quite well the eyeshadow looked pretty similar to when I put it on.

Here are a couple more wearable looks using the BYS Rebel Palette, look 1. featuring ‘Edgy’ ‘Courageous’ & Bold, Look 2, featuring ‘Brave’, ‘Modern’, ‘Courageous’ & Bold.

So what are my final thoughts on the palette, I definitely think its a great palette for the price and I think its quite unique so I would say If this interest you go get one because it’s pretty good. Not many brands have been inspiring me lately but I’m really inspired by some of the products that BYS, in particular, are releasing. I honestly have to stop myself from wanting to purchase everything from their range.

This Rebellious little palette retails for $16.95 on the brand’s website, You can also find it instore at various retailers, which is also available on the website (pricing may vary).

Definitely keep an eye on my Facebook or Instagram because I will definitely be picking this back up sometime soon.

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New Beauty Products - What Interests Me & What Will I Be Purchasing | Life Of Dahlia

New Beauty Products: What Interests Me & What Will I Be Purchasing – July | Life Of Dahlia

What Been Going On In The Beauty Community

Hey guys, I thought I would share with you some of the new releases that I find interesting but before I get into it I just wanted to lightly touch on a topic that’s caused a lot of controversy in the beauty community lately. This is something I’ve thought about talking about for a while but put off because I genuinely dislike conflict it causes me so much anxiety.

If you didn’t know there has been a lot of controversy surrounding Kat Von D and her brand lately, I’m not going to go into it too much but I recommend you watch this video by Spooky Lips And Fat Hips on Youtube, she talks about the posts, comments and her personal thoughts on the matter.

I just wanted to let you guys know that for similar reasons to Lacey and many others I will no longer be supporting Kat Von D and her brand. I plan on keeping the stuff I already own I just don’t plan on purchasing anything from her brand in the future. Instead, I’m going to support other brands particularly indie brands who actually appreciate the people who purchase their products.

I’m even at the point now where I am thinking about removing all my posts that give her products a review or feature. I’m not saying they aren’t great products I love them all but I don’t want to support someone with her attitude. If you have been following me for any length of time you will probably have seen that I post about her brand a lot because I genuinely enjoyed her products like a lot of other people and this is why I’m so deeply disappointed.

Now that I’ve gotten that off my chest let’s get into this post and move on to happier topics.

As always I will link my information sources at the end of my post and in the captions.

Also, I want to know what are your favourite indie brands to purchase from? leave me a comment.

Whats New In The Beauty World

New Makeup Releases

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Anastasia Beverly Hills – Norvina Eyeshadow palette, Information source – Trendmood1, image by ABH Cosmetics

 Anastasia Beverly Hills – Norvina Eyeshadow Palette

Okay let’s get into this, first up is the new ABH Norvina Eyeshadow Palette, at first I was unsure about this and I may still need to think about it once I see swatches that may be the swaying decider.
This palette features an equal amount of mattes to shimmers, with lots of rosy and purple tones as well as some neutrals to help create a look. It will be releasing on the 17 of July on ABH.com, 29th online @ Ulta Beauty, August 7th online at Sephora, Macys, Dillards, Nordstrom and Sephora in JCP. International retail will be released sometime in August. Information source – Trendmood1.
When I look at this I see maybe one or two shades that I’m not sure about but I’m drawn to the rest. I’m even thinking I may pick this up for my mum for Christmas I think this would be right up her ally.
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Australis Cosmetics – Metal AF Liquid Eyeshadows Information source – Beauty News Official, image by Australis Cosmetics

 Australis Cosmetics – Metal AF Liquid Eyeshadows

 Australis have released this new Metal AF Liquid Eyeshadows, I actually think they are really pretty but as I’ve mentioned before I have deep-set eyes and I’m not sure how these would work for me. I think they are really pretty I may have to keep an eye out for reviews.
These beauties have a duo-chromatic finish and are available in four shades including Amethyst, Rose Quartz, Emerald and Bronzite. They are available via the Australis Website and I’m sure you will be able to find them instore at Priceline really soon. They are $14.95 AU each.
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JD Glow Cosmetics – Multi-Chrome Galaxy Liners, Image source – Beauty News Official

JD Glow Cosmetics – Multi-Chrome Galaxy Liners

I saw these featured on Beauty News, and they are gorgeous, the girls also did a review and I feel like these may be something I want to pick up or at least look into, They are just so cool.

These guys are multi-chrome galaxy liners from the brand JD Glow Cosmetics, they are available in six colours Geometrix, Translayed, Spectra, Sphinx, Shooketh & Oil Spill. They are currently sold out but they should restock, they are $55.00 US for the bundle or $9.50 US each.

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Makeup Monster Cosmetics – Dragon Child Eyeshadow Palette, image source – Makeup Monster Cosmetics
I’ve never purchased from this brand but I love the look of the colours in this palette and I’ve been wanting to get another palette with some shades like this in it. I love that it has some brights, pastels and deeper shades.
This is the Dragon Child Eyeshadow Palette from indie brand Makeup Monster Cosmetics, it’s currently for presale for $42.00 US they hope to ship out on July 15th.
“Our Dragon Child palette features 10 vibrant, smooth matte eyeshadows and 2 unbelievably buttery metallic shades inspired by all Dragons. Fierce orange and red, aquatic blue, reptilian greens, smokey purples and grey, timeless metallic gold, and reflective rose gold shades will inspire endless possibilities! Our very first ever eyeshadow palette is 100% vegan, talc free and cruelty-free!” – makeupmonsters.net
I’m definitely going to research this and wait for reviews I may want to purchase sometime in the future, being their first is something I definitely want to see reviews of first.
 
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NYX Professional Makeup – Swear By It Eyeshadow Palette, Image edited by Beauty News Official, Original Images by NYX Professional Makeup.

NYX Professional Makeup – Swear By It Eyeshadow Palette

Now you know I love NYX Cosmetics, they are one of my favourite affordable brands, I really like the look of this but to be honest they still haven’t released the So Mochi or Ultimate Brights her yet and its like over halfway through the year. Honestly, by the time this actually is released her people will have moved on to something else, I know I will have.
I mean they are just rolling out the Vinyl collection here like wtf, they need to get this stuff out quicker especially with the internet and social media. I get seasons and whatever but I feel like a lot of brands are releasing all around the same time globally nowadays because people see it and want it soon not in a year.
Wow that go ranty, yeah anyway not sure about this, I like the colours and layout and whatever but I can’t be bothered waiting 6 months to a year to get it I’m sure I could dupe some out in my collection and purchase singles or other brands palettes to fill in what I don’t already own.
If this does interest you it is available for $35 US at nyxcosmetics.com.
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Too Faced Cosmetics – Tutti Frutti Collection, Information source Beauty News Offical, Image by Too Faced Cosmetics

 Too Faced Cosmetics – Tutti Frutti Collection

This is the new collection Too Faced have been sneak peeking, it called the Tutti Frutti Collection, this is still being sneak peaked so not to much has been shown and I have no idea if this will be released worldwide because of its and Ulta Beauty exclusive.
All I know is that it looks like there will be an eyeshadow palette, blush duos, highlight or bronzer duos, possible highlighting sticks, lip glosses and some other stuff.
Those lip glosses look interesting, I can’t wait to see more photos, it looks fun and summery.
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Urban Decay Cosmetics Born To Run Eyeshadow Palette Image Source Mecca Maxima

Urban Decay Cosmetics Born To Run

This is one of the latest palettes from Urban Decay, I quite like it but I feel I could easily dupe most if not all of these shades. also is that black a shimmer, that’s interesting, if this had more matte shades in varying depths I think I might like it more.
Anyway, if this does interest you it’s available now, everywhere I think including Mecca for Aussies and NZlanders. International at UrbanDecay.com. This retails for $76.00 AU in Mecca Maxima or on the Mecca Website
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Violet Voss – Flamingo Eyeshadow Palette, information source Beauty New Official, image by Violet Voss

Violet Voss – Flamingo Eyeshadow Palette

I’ve seen this brand before a lot of people talk about it but to be honest none of their products really jumped out at me, but this does I actually really like a majority of the shades in here I know this brand can be expensive so I’ll have to check out some reviews but I may be interested in this if they are positive.
If your an Aussie and want to know where you can purchase this brand you can grab it from Discount Beauty Boutique, they stock a few brands like Violet Voss, Physicians Formula, Ofra Cosmetics, Wet n Wild, Milani, BYS Cosmetics and many more go check them out.
It retails for $69 AU on the DBB website, if you are international you can purchase it from ShopVioletVoss, Cult Beauty, and Beauty Bay.

Is there any new beauty releases that interest you? let’s chat.

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Credits – Information sources – Trendmood1, BeautyNewsOfficial, makeupmonsters.net,  Australis Cosmetics, Makeup Monster Cosmetics,

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What I'm Not Going To Buy Mid Year Update | Life of Dahlia

What I’m Not Going To Buy Mid Year Update | Life of Dahlia

Hey, guys, I thought it would be interesting to do a mid-year update on my low buy/ what I’m not going to buy this year.

If you didn’t see my post at the start of the year where I talked about what I’m not going to buy in 2018, you should go check it out I gave my thoughts on why I wanted to be a more mindful shopper.

So I talked about what things I was going be buying less of this year, I wanted to restrict myself so that I didn’t buy to much stuff this includes makeup and beauty products as well as clothes and trinkets.

Low Buy Update

What I'm Not Going To Buy Mid Year Update | Life of Dahlia

Makeup & Beauty Products

At the start of the year I wanted to give myself the ability to only buy one or two nonessential items, I decided that I could have one expensive or two less expensive items a month this was on both makeup and beauty products like skincare.

Some months were pretty good particularly in January and February, where I only purchased one palette each month and that was it. There were some months here and there where I did purchase a few extras.

In the last month though I feel like I’m at a point where I’m only wanting to purchase things that I don’t have anything like. In June I made a few purchases because I wanted to review things but now just want to use what I already own.

As for skincare and haircare, I have pretty much just stuck to what I had and only purchased things that weren’t currently in my routine or needed to replace like toner, fave scrubs and hair treatments etc.

As for my choices to not buy products in certain packaging I have mostly stuck to that, I haven’t purchased any sheet masks I’m just concentrating on using up current products that are in my stash.

I’ve only purchased two products in bag type packaging, I have more thoughts on packaging and companies who claim to be cruelty-free etc and don’t think about being eco-friendly too, which to be honest is probably quite hard in this day and age where everything comes in plastic packaging. It’s been on my mind a lot and I’m still deciding what I’m going to do as far as purchasing certain items but I feel like all things take time.

I may go into this some other time but for now, I’m just focusing on this post.

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Clothing and Accessories

As far as clothing goes I’ve only purchased a few things, a couple of jackets I probably didn’t need them but I feel like these are staples in my wardrobe and will be for years to come but at this point, I don’t plan on buying any more.

I also purchased some light clothing for winter (I did purchase this new, which I would usually buy secondhand) and a couple of pairs of leggings from the Blackmilk labyrinth 2.0 collection, which leggings are what I like to wear most of the time so I was totally fine with this purchase, no guilt.

As for accessories, I purchased a necklace and shells from Secret Wood and some Shoes from Tuk Footwear. Honestly, I can’t remember the last time I purchased new shoes or jewellery for myself, I’ve been wanting to purchase something from these brands for some time so I did decide to go ahead and purchase from them.

I didn’t buy as much secondhand as I usually do but not really on purpose I just haven’t felt like going and searching through lots of clothes, I just wanted to find the things I needed.

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Decor, Art, Books

As far as decor is concerned I have purchased a few things here and there mostly organization stuff for my beauty room.

I’ve purchased a few art pieces from artists so I did purchase frames. My focus is here and I want to find a way to display my vinyl records which I’ve slowly been adding to.

I have actually purchased a few books but these are things I keep for a long time, even though I wasn’t going to buy any, but it’s not something I’m mad at myself for.

Outcome

I’ve been going through a lot this year with my anxiety, depression and fibromyalgia, I’ve been having a hard time so I’m not trying to put to much pressure on myself if I occasionally break my low buy.

I feel like I could totally have done better but with everything I’ve been going through I’m proud that so far of what I’ve accomplished.

I think my focus for the rest of the year is to focus on myself and slowly add artwork to my house, maybe travel. I also want to do a couple of things to my bathroom and kitchen so I’m going to focus on trying to save some money.


Have you been on a low buy this year? How are you going ? let’s chat in the comments.

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Favourite Makeup Base Products | Life Of Dahlia

Hey everyone, let’s get into it, today I’m going to be sharing with you my current favourite base products. Let me know in the comments what are your current favourite or holy grail base products.

I’ve included some from my favourite Aussie brands, which I naturally gravitate towards because I can grab them locally. Some of these are products that I use every day and others I use occasionally but really enjoy I’ll talk about this further on.

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Foundations, concealers, powders

I’m not one of those people who can wear foundation all the time I will often feel like my skin is suffocating, but when I do I’ve been really enjoying the ‘Matte Velvet‘ and ‘Luminous Hydrating’ foundations by DB Cosmetics. The shade range is ok but I still have to lighten it because I’m quite fair so this is when I will use my trusty Australis ‘Match Maker Lightening Drops‘come in, I couldn’t live without them.

My current go-to concealer is the Australis ‘Bye Bye Blemish’ It can be a bit dark by I love using this under my eye because it has a slight peachy tone so it helps cover up my dark circles and its a setting concealer so I don’t have to worry about it going anywhere.

My go-to powder for setting my base is the Chi Chi Cosmetics ‘Real Minerals’ Translucent setting powder, I love this for when I’m not looking for extra coverage. I may have to look at the rest of this range once I’ve finished up some face powders in my current makeup project pan, they also have a range of shades as well as this one so we will see.

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Face Primers

Savvy By DB’s ‘Smooth Finish Primer’ has been a staple in my routine for quite a few years, I really enjoy it for smoothing out my pores. I have also been enjoying the DB Cosmetics ‘Rise & Prime Luminescent Primer’ it gives a nice dewy glow, I actually really love mixing a little bit in with the ‘Luminous Hydrating’ foundation if I want a more sheer coverage.

I’m currently panning this Nutrimetics eyeshadow primer, it’s not bad actually it don’t mind it, it does help my eyeshadow last all day, who knows I may repurchase once I have finished up my bunch of other eyeshadow primers.


What are your go-to base products? let me know in the comments.

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