Pan 20 in 2020: Project Pan Update #1

Hi everyone! I started a Pan 20 in 2020 initiative at the beginning of the year, where I try to hit baby pan on 20 products during the year. I’ve decided to do an update every two months, for a total of six updates during the year, and today is my first update. Honestly, after two months of using these products, I’m not sure if I see much of a change in any of these products, but I haven’t gotten sick of the products yet, and will continue to work on them. Read on to see how I’ve done on my project so far!

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My Favourite Pink Makeup Products

Happy Valentine’s Day, my friends! Are you doing anything to celebrate the occasion? However you choose to celebrate (or not celebrate) Valentine’s Day, I hope it is a good day, full of love with your loved ones – whether it’s with a significant other, with family, or with your Galentines.

I am not big on Valentine’s Day myself, but the holiday still makes me want to overdose on all things pink (and also overdosing on dessert!) To celebrate Valentine’s Day, I wanted to share with you my favourite pink makeup products. I don’t actually own a lot of pink makeup. For the longest time, I avoided pink – it’s a tricky colour to wear, because you really have to find the right shade for your skin tone. I tried to keep the products in this post strictly to pink products, and not incorporate peaches. Read on for all my faves!

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Review: Glossier Balm Dotcoms

Hello, beauties! Today, I’m sharing a review of the Glossier Balm Dotcoms. I bought my first one in 2018, but for some reason, I had it in my head that I wanted to collect all of the ones I was interested in before doing a review. I’ve finally collected the last one I’ve had my eye on, so I’m finally ready to review these now!

I find lip balm to be a particularly personal beauty product. Some people may find one to be their holy grail for moisturizing their lips, while the same balm may not work at all for other people. I have very dry lips, and I’m always looking for my next favourite lip balm to help soothe them!

Flatlay of Glossier Balm Dotcom lip balms with Glossier pink bag



Glossier actually classifies the Balm Dotcom as a lip balm and skin salve, but I believe most people wear it exclusively as a lip balm. They retail at $15 CAD each for 15mL, or you also have the option of buying them in a customized trio for $40 CAD, which saves you $5. At the time of this post, there are 8 Balm Dotcoms that have been released. They are made in the USA and are cruelty-free. Unfortunately, Glossier only ships to a select handful of countries, including the USA, Canada, the UK, the Republic of Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, and France.

Each of the balms have a slightly differing ingredients list, but the main ingredients are petrolatum, castor seed oil, beeswax, and cupuacu fruit extract. These emollients all have hydrating properties that help to keep the lips feeling soft and supple. People compare the Balm Dotcoms to Vaseline because the first ingredient is petrolatum, but I find that it has a different texture from Vaseline, which I will talk about later on.

Flatlay of Glossier Balm Dotcom lip balms


Glossier is one of the most Instagram-worthy products on the market right now. Each tube is a different colour based on the scent, with various-coloured lids. Together, it makes for a very aesthetically-pleasing look when you have all of them together. The Birthday scent has my favourite packaging. I love the holographic-ness of it! Unlike most lip balm which have a slanted plastic applicator, this has a flat applicator, much like what you would see in a tube of lipstick or hand cream. I’ve owned other lip balms with this type of applicator, and I put up with it, but it’s not my favourite. The slanted applicators are just more comfortable to use.

One thing I don’t like about the packaging is that for some reason, it’s really difficult to get any product out of a new tube. With every single tube of Balm Dotcom I have owned, nothing comes out even when I squeeze the life out of it. Then at some point, I squeeze for so long that a big glob comes shooting out. Once you manage to use it for the first time, you won’t get this issue again – but it’s still kind of annoying to deal with.

Close up of Glossier Balm Dotcom with lip balm coming out of tube


As a reference, I use these in the daytime only, and I use the Laneige Lip Sleeping Balms at night. Before trying this, I had been a bit hesitant to try these because I heard they were just overpriced Vaseline in cute packaging, but I find the consistency to be very different to Vaseline. It’s thick and feels waxier than Vaseline, nor is it greasy and slippery like Vaseline. They have a matte finish with no shininess to them, which is a plus when I have dry, cracked lips – I find that shine tends to highlight the cracked areas. These actually sit well under lipsticks and don’t change the integrity of the lipstick, but I still probably would not recommend using them under matte lipsticks. I find that they last two to three hours on my lips when I don’t eat or drink, which is comparable to other lip balms I’ve used.

Ha, this swatch photo is pretty much useless because everything is clear, but I just wanted to demonstrate that the Birthday balm (bottom swatch) has a hint of shimmer, whereas the others are mostly clear, except for the Berry scent which is lightly tinted!

My hands have been super dry lately because I wash them so often, to the point where my skin was cracking in the webbed area between my fingers. I have been using the Rose, Coconut, and Mango balms as a skin salve in these areas, and it has relieved the dryness significantly. However, I wouldn’t use this all over the hands as it would be much too greasy.

I know Glossier says that these balms will give your lips a bit of a tint (except the clear shades), but honestly, all of these look clear on my pigmented lips. I just collect them for the scent!



I’m going to talk about each scent in more detail below, in the order I bought them.


Coconut Balm Dotcom:

This was the very first Balm Dotcom I purchased. Like the original Balm Dotcom, it is clear, but it is scented like coconuts instead of being unscented. The smell is unlike any coconut product I’ve ever owned; it doesn’t smell like the synthetic, sweet coconut scent we’re used to seeing in beauty products (not that I mind that scent…I love anything coconut). This one smells like…real coconuts, almost?



Rose Balm Dotcom:

The Rose Balm Dotcom was my next purchase, and I bought it at a time when I was super into rose scents. It’s definitely a recognizable rose scent, which you think would be a weird choice for a lip balm. Luckily, this doesn’t smell overly floral – it’s almost like a sweet rose scent that isn’t cloying. With that being said, this is probably my least favourite scent of the bunch, but scent is a very personal thing anyways. The Rose balm looks light pink in the tube, but I think it more or less translates as clear on the lips, even if you have a pale natural lip colour.


Mango Balm Dotcom:

I LOVE everything mango, so when they announced the release of this, I knew I had to have it in my life! Strangely, the consistency of this isn’t quite the same as the others. The oily ingredients in this tend to separate from the rest of the lip balm, so sometimes I will just get oil coming out of the tube. Other times, it has the same consistency as the other Balm Dotcoms. I’ve noticed that it hardens when it’s cold, and tends not to separate in the winter, but I don’t think there’s really anything I can do about this other than keeping it in the fridge in the summer (which will be a bit annoying). This has a peachy tint to it, but like the light pink of the Rose balm, I don’t think it would show up on most lips.


Birthday Balm Dotcom:

The Birthday balm has been on my wishlist since I first started hearing about the Balm Dotcoms – I was curious about it because I love birthday cake scents, but dislike glitter in my lip balms. This is a clear gloss with multi-coloured microglitters suspended in it. The scent is so nostalgic to me.  It reminds me so much of the Bonne Bell Vanilla Frosting lip gloss I had as a kid, complete with the shimmer. The good thing about the shimmers is that they are not super chunky like I thought they would be, and they don’t feel gritty on the lips as the balm wears off, like a lot of glittery balms do. The bad thing is that sometimes I still find that they are left over on my lips after the balm fades, and tend to grativate toward my lip line.


Berry Balm Dotcom:

The Berry scent is the newest addition to the Balm Dotcom family, and I purchased this scent at the same time as the birthday balm, during Glossier’s Black Friday sale. I am obsessed with the scent of this, which smells like grape juice. The balm is purple, and is probably the most pigmented out of all the scents I own. I can’t see it on my pigmented lips, but I imagine that this will show a light tint on lips that have little natural colour.



  • Aesthetically-pleasing packaging
  • Moisturizing, occlusive texture that is not too thick or waxy
  • Many different scents to choose from
  • Great for multi-purpose use
  • Matte finish


  • Wear time is short

As you can see, I don’t see many downsides to balm! I’ve used so many different lip balms over the years, and this has become one of my favourites. I know some people think these balms are too similar to Vaseline, but I definitely find them much better. What’s your favourite Balm Dotcom?

Products I Bought on Sale – Would I Buy It Again?

Hi everyone! Today’s post is an idea that was inspired by a video I watched on YouTube the other week. I don’t watch YouTube videos very often anymore, but recently I saw a Kelly Gooch video on my recommended list that intrigued me. In it, she was talking about products that she bought on sale, and whether she would buy it again. I thought this was a great idea, because I feel like all of my common sense disappears when I see something on sale, and sometimes I end up buying things that weren’t such a great idea.

All of the products from my list are from Sephora, just because we don’t have Ulta in Canada, and other retailers tend to have coupons for discounts on the whole store, rather than marking down certain products. Just as a note, I only counted products in this post that Sephora marked down (ie they were in Sephora’s sale section), and not products I purchased with a coupon code.

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Review: Shiseido Aura Dew Highlighter

Hello, everyone! Today, I’m sharing with you a review of the Shiseido Aura Dew, which I bought on a whim last year. I was making an order on The Bay for some Shiseido products for my mom’s birthday last year, and I needed to spend a little more to get free shopping. The Aura Dew highlighters caught my eye, and after doing some research on the product, I decided to give it a try.




This multidimensional highlighter suspends ultrafine rose, silver, and gold Japanese pearls in a cushiony, transparent base that melds seamlessly with every skin tone. Its revolutionary texture ensures that this highlighter stays put for up to 12 hours without caking and can be easily layered over eye, lip, or cheek products without compromising color or adding weight. It’s available in three radiant shades inspired by Tokyo’s gleaming lights, so customizing your glow is easier than ever.

The Aura Dew highlighter is a multipurpose cream product for the face, eyes, and lips. It comes in three shades – Cosmic (Rose Gold), Solar (Gold). and Lunar (Silver). This is made in Italy, and retails for $38 CAD for 4.8 g. It can be purchased at Sephora, Shoppers Drug Mart, and various department brands such as The Bay and Nordstrom.

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What’s in My Gym Makeup Bag

Hello, my friends! Today, I’m sharing with you all the products I keep in my gym makeup bag. I meant to put this up in December, but ended up running out of time to finish the post. I think it worked out well though, considering the gym is always a trending topic in January with everyone making “I want to get in shape” new years resolutions!

I tend to work out in the middle of the work day around 2:30pm when the gym in our office building is empty. While I’ll rinse my body in the shower quickly afterwards to get rid of the sweat, it’s not reasonable to wash my hair and face as well. I’d have to blowdry my hair and redo my makeup all over again. I’d be gone from my office for at least 2 hours, one to work out and one to get ready!

However, when I take an intense class at lunchtime (like HIIT), I sweat enough that I have to wash my face, because I’m worried I’ll break out from the sweat. I usually avoid my eye area so that I don’t have to redo that all over again, but I’ll wash around it (my forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin). The eyes take the most time, and because I don’t have to redo them, it only takes an 5 minutes to redo my face makeup, which is something I can spare. However, this means that I do have to keep some makeup in my gym bag. In today’s post, I’m sharing with you all of the hair and face products that I keep in there!

I keep some of my top-notch products in my makeup bag, particularly ones that are super easy and quick to use. I keep this makeup bag at work because I don’t see the point of bringing it home every night just to bring it back to work the next day. Even though these are some of my favourite products in my collection, I have so much makeup at home that I have plenty to use without missing these TOO much.

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June – December 2019 Beauty Empties

Hello, my friends! Today, I’m sharing with you my product empties from the past six months. I’m posting this super late at three week into the new year, but there were other blog posts I wanted to get out first. I was supposed to get an empties post up every three months last year, but I skipped September’s because I was too busy to get an empties post up at the time, which means today’s is September and December’s posts combined. To be honest, I didn’t really finish much the last six months…but they were a pretty good mix of makeup, skincare, and haircare!

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Review: ColourPop Flutter By Palette (Plus Swatches & 3 Looks)

Hi everyone! Today, I’m sharing a review of ColourPop’s Flutter By palette. I feel like for most of 2019, I wasn’t into any of ColourPop’s palette releases. They released a ton of their monochromatic 9-pan palettes which weren’t up my alley because they were too colourful for me. In November, they released the Going Coconuts palette, and I felt like that’s when the floodgates opened for my ColourPop purchases. A week after the Going Coconuts palette, ColourPop announced the release of the Flutter By palette a week later, and I immediately wanted that one, too. After not hauling from them for most of the year, I suddenly made two hauls in two weeks!

I left this palette untouched for the longest time, because it arrived right before I left for vacation. When I came home, I didn’t have time to take photos of it, so I left it sitting for weeks! I only started using it after the holidays passed, and I’ve finally tested it long enough to give it a proper review. Read on if you have been curious about this palette!

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Project Pan: Pan 20 in 2020

Hello, friends! I’ve mentioned in my 2020 blogging goals post that I planned to challenge myself to a Project Pan this year, and today I’m sharing the products that I’ve chosen for my project! I’ve been feeling overwhelmed with how much makeup I have, and I’m looking forward to using up what I already own this year instead of constantly contributing to mass consumerism and buying what I don’t need.

In 2018, I did two Project Pans lasting half a year each, where I switched out the products midway through the year because I knew I would get sick of them. This year, I decided that I’m only going to do one Project Pan with 20 products in it (since it’s 2020), and it will last all year. I am making this a rolling project, which means if I finish a product, I will take it out of my project and replace it with another item, so that I always have 20 products in my Project Pan. Theoretically, that means I could finish more than 20 products…but realistically, I’m going to be finishing very few products!

For this year’s Project Pan, I did not include products that I finish regularly (like mascara), but I did include products with varying degrees of difficulty to pan. For example, a few products are almost used up and will only take 1-3 months to finish, while most will take the majority of the year to complete. From previous projects, I’ve realized that it can sometimes feel defeating when you never see pan on a product after using it all year, so I wanted to include a small selection of products that are easier to finish in order to encourage myself. As a note, for all of the items that come in pans (powder and cream shadows, blushes, and highlighters), my goal is to see baby pan, not pan the entire thing – at least for now!

Without further ado, here are the items I am including in my Pan 20 in 2020 Project Pan!

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Review: Laneige Lip Glowy Balm & 3ce Mood Recipe Blush Review from Stylevana

Hi, friends! Today I’m doing a review of two products that Stylevana generously gifted me before the holidays. They contacted me at the end of November to see if I would be interested in trying two products from them. After browsing their website and realizing that Styelvana is an Asian (particularly Korean and Japanese) beauty retailer, I decided this was a brand I was in working with. I’ve been wanting to get into K-beauty more, and there are a decent number of online retailers that ship Asian brands to Canada, but I was happy to find out that Stylevana is now also shipping to Canada. It’s nice to have more choices and price comparisons! Of course, a big thank you goes to Stylevana for sending me these products for review. Even though I received these for free, all of my thoughts and opinions remain honest, as always.

In terms of more information about Stylevana, the website now also has a rewards system called the VANA Rewards. You can earn points from purchases, which you can redeem for products.


If you do make an order from the website, you can use code POLISHEDNINSPIRED20 to get 20% off your purchase. As a disclaimer, if you use my code, I will be receiving a small commission from your purchase.

I decided I was interested in trying the Laneige Lip Glowy Balm and a 3ce Mood Recipe blush. Read on if you’re interested in hearing about either of these products!

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