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Hit Pan #4

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I don’t know about you guys, but it’s not empties posts that get me excited… it’s HIT PAN posts that do it for me! Empties always seem to be of the boring stuff – the stuff we use every single day and always end up repurchasing. Which I suppose is a good indicator of what we finish and actually love… but my god, there’s just never enough makeup in there to make it interesting!

So here’s a recent Hit Pan post of the items (since February) that I’ve managed to dig down deep into.

Joe Fresh Sand Bronzer
Joe Fresh Sand Bronzer

This is about one of the only products from Joe Fresh that I actually ended up liking (the cream blush made my cheeks itch, the rose balm was DISGUSTING and the lip tint tasted like acid). And clearly I REALLY liked it. This Sand Bronzer is matte and a light bronze shade, which worked out really for me during the colder months when my skin was paler. I’m hoping to finish this one up completely this winter as I have a LOT of bronzers and they need some love too!

Nivea Lip Butter in Vanilla & Macadamia
Nivea Lip Butter in Vanilla & Macadamia

Oh Nivea lip butters, you never do me wrong. I had previously gone through a whole Caramel Kiss one, and now I’m on to my Vanilla & Macadamia flavoured one. Unfortunately, these lip butters do produce a white cast on the lips, so I opt to apply them before bed and they last through the night. It helps keep my lips in great condition because I’m more inclined towards matte lipsticks that definitely dry out my lips.

MAC - Landscape Green pigment
MAC – Landscape Green pigment

And finally, I hit pan on my pressed MAC pigment in Landscape Green. I had mostly used this for my Gamora Halloween makeup look, but when I dipped into it recently for a makeup look I ended up hitting pan immediately. As you can see, it’s a gorgeous matte green shade, although I believe it’s a pro product.

Are you hitting pan on anything recently? Let me know!

Hit Pan #3

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Pan porn time! This is my third instalment of products I’ve hit that oh-so-magical pan on.

Tarte – Exposed
Tarte – Exposed

Let’s take a moment here and just stare at this one in awe. That blush right there? That’s the first blush I have ever hit pan on and I’m more than a little excited about it. (It’s the little things in life…) Tarte‘s Amazonian Clay blush in Exposed has been my default blush throughout the cooler months.

NYC Sun ‘n’ Bronze in Fire Island Tan
NYC Sun ‘n’ Bronze in Fire Island Tan

I don’t know what it is with bronzers lately, but I have no luck finishing them up! I used this bronzer for almost 70% of 2014 and I *only* hit pan on it because I finally snapped and stuck a pin in the middle of the product to see how far I had to go. And now I can safely say that I am nowhere NEAR finishing this damn thing up. While I love the shade, I would also love to have some variety in my life! With a price tag around $5, NYC‘s Fire Island Tan is definitely a compelling option since it seems to last FOREVER! Lovely shade too, particularly if you want a bit of a bronzy-shimmer in the summer.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Blonde
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Blonde

Oooo this one’s neat. Halfway through 2014 I switched to using Anastasia‘s Dipbrow Pomade in Blonde (I was using an eyeshadow before). And man oh man – this stuff is magical. It makes my non-existent brows finally look like I’ve got hair where hair is supposed to be! The only downside is that using a pomade is a lot more time consuming because you need to be a lot more precise.  So although my new brow game has tacked on an additional five minutes, it’s soooo worth it!

MAC – Hibiscus
MAC – Hibiscus

Now this isn’t something you see often… I mean, how often do you get to claim that you hit pan on a lipstick? Tragically, I’m a chronic lipstick murderer so I had to depot (de-bullet) this one and throw it into a sample pot from MAC. This was a limited edition shade called Hibiscus from the 2011 summer collection. It’s a *beautiful* shade, but I don’t reach for it often because it now requires that I have a lip brush with me.

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Barely Beige
Maybelline Color Tattoo in Barely Beige

Maybelline‘s Color Tattoo in Barely Beige is in my Use Up 2015 bin, but I haven’t been using it much lately since I think it’s starting to dry up. This is the easiest shade to reach for when you haven’t got any time in the morning. Throw this shade all over the lid, blend a brown into the crease, whack on some mascara and you’re good to go!

Tarte’s gel liner in Black
Tarte’s gel liner in Black

It really surprises me how long it takes to use up a gel liner. I picked up Tarte‘s black gel liner in March of last year and I’ve been using it non-stop ever since. I mean, if you look at my Makeup Looks you know that I do winged liner at least 4 out of 5 times, so it’s surprising to me how  long it’s taken me to hit pan. I’ve been super impressed though, it’s just as creamy and smooth to use as the first day I bought it and it’s almost 12 months old now!

Kolme helping out
Kolme helping out

And, of course, I had Kolme helping me out while I took photos!

Products I’ve Hit Pan On #2

My original “Products I’ve Hit Pan On” post  has become one of my most visited posts on this site. So I suppose that means I’m not the only person interested in seeing some well-loved products!

Clockwise from top left (all MAC): Naked Lunch, Nylon, Club and Shag
Clockwise from top left (all MAC): Naked Lunch, Nylon, Club and Shag

These MAC shadows aren’t ones I’ve recently hit pan on, but I forgot to include them in my last post.

Naked Lunch (top left): I bought this in 2009 as part of a look I wore for a friend‘s wedding (anyone else associate certain products with periods in their life?). I don’t wear it so often anymore, but I typically tend to use this in gradient looks. For example, Naked Lunch, Star Violet, Sketch, or Naked Lunch, All That Glitters, Sketch. It can be quite frosty, but it’s a beautiful highlighting shade that’s on the pinker side.

Nylon (top right): This is my second pan of Nylon and one of the original first few MAC shades I bought in my early teens. Nothing beats Nylon for a frosty, luminescent glow.

Shag (bottom left): Another one of my original MAC shades – this one has long since been discontinued. Shag is very, very similar to Haux, just slightly more red-brown instead of Haux‘s rosy-browness. I only hit pan on this one because back in the day I stuck a pin in the middle of the shadow to figure out how much I had left!

Club (bottom right): Club has been a staple in my collection over the years. It’s a browny-green duochrome (which can also often look like a rusty-brown shade) that has been duped by many other companies over the years, but this was the “original” shade to me. This one crumbled on me at one point and I had to re-press it.

Nivea Lip Butter in Caramel Cream Kiss
Nivea Lip Butter in Caramel Cream Kiss

Nivea’s Caramel Cream Kiss is a newer purchase for me (just this past March), but it’s become well loved. It does leave a bit of a white cast on the lips if you apply too much, but since it’s the balm I put on before I go to bed at night, I’m not really that fussed about what it looks like. It doesn’t really smell like caramel to me, but it’s certainly got a sweet, syrupy scent.

MAC Tinted Lip Conditioner in Petting Pink
MAC Tinted Lip Conditioner in Petting Pink

I really loved this lip conditioner when I first bought it a few years ago, but I no longer wear it nearly as much as I used to. This sits relatively untouched now in my makeup drawer at work unless I’ve forgotten to bring some kind of lip product with me that day. It’s smooth on the lips and has that vanilla scent to it that all other MAC lip products seem to have, but unfortunately it just doesn’t have a great deal of lasting power.

MAC – Blue Sorcery
MAC – Blue Sorcery

This is actually my second pan of this shade, but not because I finished it! My first Blue Sorcery actually smashed to pieces to the bedroom floor a few years ago and it was completely unsalvageable. I ended up buying a new one on Ebay since it was limited edition and I don’t regret it – that teal shade is *insane* when applied to the lids with a damp brush. I’ve hit a bit of the terracotta pan that it sits on (left-hand side) so I guess that counts as hitting pan? There’s certainly plenty left of this one though!


That’s it for this edition! Are you scraping bottom on any of your products lately?

Products I’ve Hit Pan On

What is it about “hitting pan” that makes us makeup freaks get all giggly and excited? I mean, are we THAT excited to finish the product up? Does seeing that silver pan really make us feel accomplished? (You know it does, don’t even kid yourself.) These are some of my favourite kinds of videos  or blog posts, so I thought I’d share what products I’ve been diving deep into. Forewarning, a lot of it is MAC.

MAC – Omega
MAC – Omega

Omega is the only MAC eyeshadow I have still in a pot. I use it for my eyebrows every day, so having it in a pot makes it more convenient as opposed to pulling out a 15 pan eyeshadow palette every time I want to do my brows! I think the shadow is roughly a year old and as you can see it’s about halfway gone. I find this shade is perfect for my incredibly blonde eyebrows that are almost non-existent without some product on them.

MAC – Brule, Shroom, Haux and Cork
MAC – Brule, Shroom, Haux and Cork

Top left –  If you’ve been reading any of my eyeshadow looks lately, you’ll know that I useBrule an awful lot. I’ve been trying to finish this one up so I can get on to the myriad of other off-white satin type shades I own. It’s a good shadow, but it’s so easily dupeable that I don’t find it particularly unique.

Top right – Shroom is a beautiful colour when I want to have a bit of sheen to highlight my brow. It’s also not particularly hard to duplicate.

Bottom left – I know a few of you are going to be cringing when I tell you just how old MACHaux is. It’s the very first MAC eyeshadow that I bought when I was 12 years old (which makes this shadow 18 years old!) I know what you’re thinking… hasn’t it expired yet? And I can guarantee you that it hasn’t. I did re-press the shadow recently with alcohol when it was starting to be difficult to access the shadow as it had run off to the edges of the pan and the alcohol not only disinfects it, but actually slightly softened up the powder. It’s a lovely, easy colour to wear, but since it’s going to take me more than 18 years to use up, I definitely won’t be repurchasing this one!

Bottom right – MAC‘s Cork is one of my lesser used shadows over the years, but I’ve clearly used it enough to hit the pan along the way! I tend to use it a lot with Ricepaper.

MAC – Parfait Amour, Swish, All That Glitters, Star Violet
MAC – Parfait Amour, Swish, All That Glitters, Star Violet

Top left – Parfait Amour is one my most annoying shadows. It looks lovely in the pan with its purply-blue duochrome. It looks decent when swatched on my finger. And it looks TERRIBLE when I try to apply it to my eyelids with a brush. I don’t know if I just happened to get a dud, because everyone else seems to love the colour, but I have major problems making this one work (and clearly I’ve tried since I’ve hit pan!) To me it’s nothing but a chalky, unpigmented mess.

Top right – Swish is a colour that I look back on and wonder what the heck possessed me to buy a frosted, shimmery pink eyeshadow. I’m not even much of a pink person! The only way I’ve found to make this eyeshadow look suitable on me is to use it all over the lid withSketch on the outer corner and into the crease.

Bottom left – All That Glitters is a beautiful rose-gold shade that’s very, very easy to wear. My favourite shadows to match it with are Star Violet and Sketch. Definitely picking this one up again when I run out.

Bottom right – I bought Star Violet at the encouragement of an artist at MAC and I’ve loved it since. As I’ve mentioned just above, I love wearing Star Violet with All That Glitters and Sketch.

MAC – Soft and Gentle
MAC – Soft and Gentle

This one is a bit less obvious, but you can see the very edge of the terracotta pan on the right side of the product.  Soft and Gentle is a beautiful highlight that be layered on quite strong to create one hell of a sheen. Since I own about five other highlighters, I’ll be surprised if I ever actually get a chance to finish one of them!

Urban Decay – Virgin, Hustle
Urban Decay – Virgin, Hustle

I fee like hitting pan on your Naked palette is a rite of passage in the beauty community.Virgin and Hustle are clearly my most used shades from the palette (although I do feel likeNaked and Buck are neverending shadows because I swear I use them as much as these two!). I quite prefer the sheen of Virgin when I compare it to MAC Shroom, although I know a lot of people feel they are dupes for on another, I personally don’t agree. To me, Virginhas a much softer, creamy side to it. Shroom is lovely, don’t get me wrong, but overall I prefer Virgin.

MAC – Crystal Avalanche, Print
MAC – Crystal Avalanche, Print

Getting really down there on these ones! Crystal Avalanche is a very shimmery, frosted white shadow that I tend to use a lot in conjunction with Print. (I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve been trying to replicate LL’s look from Freak Friday for the past ten years or so with this combination!) Print is a charcoal grey that can be a lot easier to wear, and blend, than a straight black.

MAC – Fade, Moonlight Night
MAC – Fade, Moonlight Night

Fade is a pale baby blue that I picked up many moons ago. I’ve since dropped it and re-pressed the shattered remains (hence the odd crosshatching on the shadow). It’s a smooth colour, slightly sheer… but wearing baby blue these days is not really an easy thing to do!

Moonlight Night is a pigment I pressed from a MAC Christmas collection several years ago. The colour itself is a very dark, almost black, teal pigment with bright teal microshimmer. Beautiful colour, but the shimmer does have a tendency to fall out quite a bit. Of course, since this is a pigment, I have a lot more sitting in a jar.

So those are all the products I’ve currently hit pan on! Have you hit pan on anything recently?