Project Pan Winter Edition~Update!

Hello everyone! Today is all about the progress that I’ve made with my project pan products. The guidelines were to finish or hit pan on 8 products by May 6th and give you at least one update. Let’s jump right in!

So far I have finished one product. I finished the Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer. I know in the glass it looks like there is still a bunch of product on the bottom. There really isn’t there is some that is on the side of the glass, but it’s a paint in the butt to get out. I liked this but I probably won’t be repurchasing any time soon.

The next group of products I feel will be used up by the time the last update comes around.

Nivea A Kiss of Mint & Minerals Lip Balm

Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in White Russian

Benefit the Porefessional Primer

MAC eye shadow in All That Glitters

These last few products, I may finish if I try really hard to consistently use them daily.

Victoria’s Secret Noir Tease

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey

Benefit Watts Up Highlighter

That’s everything that I have an update on. I will hopefully reach my goal of finishing 8 products by May 6th. Would you like me to do these project pans quarterly or seasonally? What do you think? Let me know in the comments. I would love to hear from you! Have a great week!

 

March Play! by Sephora Unboxing

Hello everyone! I’m going to go off on a short tangent real quick. This weather sucks. Will it ever stop raining?! Ok now that I got that out of the way, on to Sephora’s March Play box. The theme of March’s box is The Gleam Team. My first thoughts before I even opened the box were I hope there’s an awesome highlighter in the box and a shimmery shadow. Let’s pop open the box and see what is inside.  There’s the little booklet that has your Play pass and all of the information about the products. Then there’s the bag that says Glow Your Own Way. Of course I started singing “You can go your own way…go your own way!”

PRODUCTS

Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast– This product is supposed to give your hair volume and body. It smells slightly flowery and a hint of berries but you can also tell there is alcohol in it. I sprayed this on my hand and it doesn’t feel sticky. It feels like there is nothing on my hand. I’m looking forward to trying this out. The size that came in the box is a travel size so you can pick up this same bottle in stores or online for $15.

Glamglow GLOWSTARTER Mega Illuminating Moisturizer– This can be used before your primer to provide that glow from within look. This smells like an orange dreamsicle popsicle, one of my faves as a kid. I think that this could be used as a very sheer highlighter base and use a subtle powder highlight on top. One thing that I noticed is that the tube is actually full of product. If you want to know my thoughts more in depth on this please let me know in the comments. The full size retails for $49.

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Golden Pink– When I first saw this I thought that this was a repeat item. It was not. There was a Laura Mercier caviar shadow stick in a previous box. My first impression just swatched on my hand was it is nice and creamy, and not too dry. It’s a really pretty pinky champagne shade, which I think will suit just about everyone. I smudged it out right after as you can see, just to see how it could perform blended out a bit. I think this shade can easily be used alone on the eyes for a quick wash of shimmery color on the lids for the spring and summer. This retails for $30.

Next up we have the Benefit Watts Up cream to powder highlight. I already own this and currently trying to use it up as part of my project pan. I think the color is pretty, and it sometimes works with my skin tone. This isn’t my favorite formula. I may actually give this to a friend or family member. This retails for $30.

The last product is the Josie Maran Surreal Skin Argan Finishing Balm. This is a multi-use product. You can use this as a primer or on top of makeup up to create that soft focus blur on the skin. It also is supposed to give the skin a luminous effect. This product is also is supposed to work with all skin types and help with dullness, uneveness, dryness and pores. This retails for $36.

The perfume sample this month is the Chloé Fleur de Parfum. Like the name suggests, it is extremely floral. There are notes of rose, lemon, verbena, freesia, cherry blossom, white cedar, amber, and bitter almond. I feel like the amber warms up the scent slightly. Personally, I am not a fan of scents like these. I find them to be strong and occasionally get a headache. The largest bottle retails for $132 and the rollerball retails for $28.

That’s everything that came in my March Sephora Play box. I think for someone who has never tried any of these products, this box is awesome. For me, the perfume I don’t like at all and I’ve already used the Benefit Watts Up before, this box is ok. I’m excited to try out the finishing balm, the eye shadow stick and the illuminating moisturizer.

March Favorites

Hello everybody! Today I’m sharing everything that I have been loving this month. There are some beauty and some randoms. Just like everyone else says, I can’t believe how quickly March has gone by. March has been a rather busy month, but such a good month. Let’s jump right in!

Beauty & Skincare

Aveeno skin relief gentle scent lotion- This lotion has saved my hands and even cuticles throughout the month and even all through the winter.

Benefit Porefessional- As you know this is part of my Project Pan. For some reason, this doesn’t work with the two different foundations that I’ve been using. However, I have found a use for it.I use just a tiny bit in my t-zone and anywhere that I have larger pores, and that’s it. It just smooths out my skin, and great for a quick 5 minute look.

Nivea A Kiss of Mint & Minerals Lip Balm- I love this. It is nice and lasts quite long if you aren’t eating or drinking anything. I only have to re-apply twice in a day depending on how much I’ve been eating and drinking. This is also part of my winter project pan.

MAC shadow in Soft Brown- This shadow, I love the shadow as a crease color, or to blend out another color. I have recently been using just this in my crease only with primer and set that with translucent powder. Like I said before with the Porefessional, this shadow has been part of my quick 5 minute out the door look. If you want to see a post of my current 5 minute routine, let me know!

E.L.F. H.D. Undereye Setting Powder- I LOVE LOVE LOVE this powder! That’s all I have to say. It sets my concealer well, doesn’t crease and brightens up the under eye area.

MAC shadow in All That Glitters- This shadow is the perfect quick wash of color on the lids. Sometimes I use just this on my lids and go, or I’ll pair it with Soft Brown for a warm “smoky” look.

Other Favorites

My Fitness Pal- I downloaded this app to my phone, the free version. I use this app to log my food and my exercise. What I love about this app is that it shows nutrition information of what you eat, counts your steps, AND you can connect with friends for accountability.

My Gym- A few months ago I signed up at my local Planet Fitness. Mine is still relatively new. It opened about 3-4 years ago. It is clean and well lit, and every time I’m there a staff member is coming out of the locker room from cleaning it. Another thing that I love about it, is that everyone is in their own world. I was never big on going to the gym, I was actually scared to go. During the month of March, I started making it a priority to get to the gym. I’m starting out slow and doing 30 minutes on the treadmill at least 3 times a week.

That’s it!That is what I’ve been loving this month.  What have you been loving this month? I can’t believe it is almost April! Have a great week! See you in my next post.

Ulta 21 Days of Beauty

Hello everyone! Today I’m going to let you in on my picks for the 21 days of beauty at Ulta. I know this is a few days late, but for some reason I no longer get e-mails or mailers sent to me. I figured it would be better late than never. A couple of things, not all the deals are in store; some are online only. Also there are a couple that are platinum perks. I’m only going to share my picks for what is available to everyone. This means if you aren’t a platinum member the deal is not available to you. One more thing, these are items that I have had some experience with or on a list to try out. Hopefully I will be able to pick up a few bits. SO, let’s start with today…

March 24th

IT Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil Reg $24 Now $12

March 25th

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara Reg $21 Now $10

Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleansing Cloths Reg $15 Now $7.50

March 26th

Becca Backlight Priming Filter Reg $38 Now $19

March 27th

IT brushes for Ulta Foundation Brush #102 Reg $22 Now $11

March 28th

Tarte Maneater Self-Sharpening Liner Reg $20 Now $10

March 29th

Dr. Brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner Primer Reg $45 Now $22.50

March 30th

Benefit They’re Real! Tinted Lash Primer Reg $24 Now $12

March 31st

Smashbox Photo finish Primer Water Reg $32 Now $16

April 1st

Mario Bedescu the ENTIRE brand is on SALE!!!  Reg $5-$46 Now $3.75- $34.50

April 2nd

Shiseido Eyelash Curler Reg $20 Now $10

April 3rd

Mally Beauty Effortlessly Airbrushed Blush & Highlight Set Reg $35 Now $17.50

April 5th

Butter London Plush Rush Lip Collection Reg $18-$22 Now $10

April 7th

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush & Highlter Reg $28 Now $14

April 8th

Anastasia Brow Wiz Pencil Reg $21 Now $10.50

Clinique 3-Step Intro Kits Reg $19.50 Now $9.75

Those are my picks! What do you think? Anything that I didn’t include that I must absolutely pick up? I am still on a no buy, but some of these deals are too good to pass up. I’m going to try and not use anything until my no buy is over, but I’m not sure that is going to work out. If you want to see everything that I’ve picked up let me know. That’s all for today. Have a great weekend and I’ll see you in my next post.

 

Fresh Rose Hydrating Eye Gel Cream Review

Hello lovelies! Today I’m sharing with you my thoughts on the Fresh rose hydrating eye gel cream. I received this as a freebie from a Sephora order. I thought that I would get a good solid week out of this sample. However, I got a little over two weeks of use from this sample. When I say a little bit goes a long way, I mean a little bit. If you use too much it doesn’t quite sink in and it balls up on itself. Let’s get into the specifics on the product and then I’ll share up my thoughts, pros/cons, and whether I would use it again.

Treatment Ingredients:

Rosewater

Golden Root Extract

Bambara Groundnut Extract

Hyaluronic Acid

These four ingredients combined offer all day moisture and brightness. I would agree with the claims of providing moisture and brightening up the under eye area. I noticed a slight change just after a few days. I noticed a slightly smoother and brighter under eye area. One day I accidentally pushed out way too much product, which most of it went to waste. However, I remembered reading somewhere that you can take your eye cream and pat a little bit onto your lips. I decided to try this little hack and my lips never felt so smooth and soft. Makeup goes on beautifully over this. I haven’t had a problem with concealer, primer, eye shadow layered on top. They go on so smoothly and last as long as they normally do. I find that it is not a heavy eye cream, which for me works out. My skin loves a gel formula, and just drinks it up. So for me, the formula is a huge plus. Here comes the big thing, the scent. I found the scent to be nicely balanced between rose and a much more natural, neutral fragrance.

PROS:A little goes a long way

           A container will last awhile

           Makeup goes on top nicely

           Light, gel formula

           Scent is not overwhelming

           Brightening

          Made without parabens, sulfates, and phthalates

CONS:It balls up if you use too much

            Some people may be sensitive to the scent

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this product. I wish I had a bigger sample of this so I can see more long term effects. I would purchase this during the Sephora VIB sale once I go through a couple other eye creams that I have.  It retails for $41 for half of an ounce. I’m looking forward to having this in my skin care routine again. That’s all for today. I hope you all have a great week!