November Play! by Sephora Unboxing

Hello lovelies! Today I’m sharing everything that I got in my November Play box. I loved last months box, so I’m really excited to dig in and see what this month’s box has to offer. I will keep this post short and sweet as I’m currently trying to reformat the way I am going to be doing unboxings.

November’s box theme is Survival of the Chillest. I’m guessing that the items in this box will be all about taking a moment out of your day and have some me time or a treat me item. In the box there is the little pamphlet that lists everything that came in my box, BUT on the other side it is a coloring page. I think that is a cool and unique idea.

PRODUCTS

MARC JACOBS Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara Retails: $26

PHILOSOPHY Purity Made Simple Pore Extractor Mask Retails: $35

AMIKA Perk Up Dry Shampoo Retails: $22

SEPHORA COLLECTION Rouge Cream Lipstick in The Red Retails: $12.50

FARMACY Honey Drop Lightweight Moisturizer Retails: $45

BURBERRY My Burberry Blush Retails:$29-$120

That’s everything that came in my November Play box. I am really excited to try out everything. When I found out the Marc Jacobs mascara was going to be in this month’s box, I was excited because I had been wanting to try it out. I have about 5 other mascara to still try out before purchasing a brand new one. I’m also excited about the pore extracting mask, the dry shampoo and the lipstick (still looking for the perfect red). The moisturizer I don’t not like getting one, but I feel like I get a new moisturizer in every box that I get. The Burberry fragrance is nice, but not my cup of tea. It’s a beautiful floral with a slight sweetness to it.

February Play! by Sephora Unboxing

Hello lovelies! February’s Play box, was long awaited. When I first opened the box, I was blown away by the look of the bag. I felt like I was opening a luxurious gift. The bag is a rosy pink satin bag and says SMITTEN #Sephoraplay on the bottom.  The theme of this month’s box is ‘The Soft Side.’ It is all about subtle, smooth, and neutral tones, embrace your natural beauty ladies! Let’s jump in and see what I got. I will kind of go in order in which I would apply them.

First up, the cult favorite, Origins GinZing eye cream. I just started a new eye cream, and have one more before I can actually get into this one. There is a slight scent that I can’t quite put my finger on. It is a neutral fresh type scent. It doesn’t pull in one specific direction. The full size retails for $30. If you were to purchase the size that came in the box it would retail for $7.50.

Next, let’s moisturize and prep our face. The Clinique pep-start hydroblur moisturizer claims to be kind of an all in one product. You can moisturize and it can act as a primer for those gals that have an oily skin type. It can also help blur pores and fine lines. The weather is still on the cold side here in Chicago, so I won’t be able to test this out until it gets warmer out. My skin tends to be combo-dry in the winter and combo-oily in the summer months. Full size retails $29.50, Travel size retails $9.50, Box size, if sold, $4.75.

How many of you have tried out the Sephora Collection? I have tried a few items out and have been pretty happy with the things that I’ve tried. This month’s box included the Sephora Lashcraft length and volume mascara. Like I said about the eye cream, I have a couple of mascaras to use and test out before I start using this one. When I read the reviews, it seemed that people either loved it or just didn’t like it. Retails: Full size:$12, Travel size: $7, Box size(if sold): $3.50.

This months box included two lip products. I got the Nars Velvet Lip Glide in Bound and the Too Face Lip Injection Glossy in Milkshake. Ever since the Nars Velvet Lip Glides came out, I have wanted to get my hands on it. The one thing that I noticed, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who has a problem with the way colors appear online. For me on the Sephora website, Bound looks like a rosy pink. In person and in the tube it looks much more of a mauve-y rose color, in certain light looks slightly purple. The lip glide swatched beautifully, I didn’t notice any patchiness, and there is just a slight vanilla cupcake scent, which I love. The Too Face Lip Injection Glossy is a milky nude shade, so the name Milkshake is definitely appropriate. On the website, it says that you may experience a tingly feeling for the first 5-10 minutes after application. Swatched on my hand, I don’t feel any tingling, but it may be different on the lips. The formula is sticky, so if you’re not a fan of sticky lip glosses, this one may not be for you. I noticed in the tube there is a gold shimmer in the gloss, and no, there is no grittiness. Retails: Nars Full Size: $26. Box Size: $12; Too Faced Full Size: $22 Box Size: $5.50.

Top: Too Faced, Bottom: NARS

Last up is the perfume sample. You could get one of three different scents.  I received the Marc Jacobs Divine Decadence. My first impression was that it is slightly strong, but it smells really good. At first there is a real strong floral scent. after awhile,there is a subtle hint of floral, with a creamy sweet mellowness. I’ll say this about receiving fragrance samples. I like that I can test out a different scent every month, but sometimes I wish I could just get an additional product instead. This month however, I love the fragrance only after it settles. Initially it is a bit too floral for me. I looked up this fragrance, and the bottle is absolutely gorgeous. I even like the simplicity of the roller ball.

Well that is everything that came in my February box. What would you like to see reviewed or used in a look? Let me know! I hope that March has been treating everyone well. Have fun and be safe this St. Patric’s Day weekend.

Project Pan Finale!!

Hello lovelies! So today I’m giving you the last update on my Project Pan. Let me get the bad news out of the way first. I did not reach my goal of finishing 10 out of the 15 products that I chose. I believe that I chose too many challenging items to try and complete in the time frame that I gave myself. On the other hand I think I balanced it out with enough products that I would be able or should have finished. Although I was not successful, I learned a lot about the way I use items. I am looking forward to do many more project pans. So let me go through everything.

Completely Finished

Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer

It’s a 10 Leave-In Conditioner

Garnier Blackhead Eliminating Scrub

Blistex Silk & Shine

Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub in Tropical Mango

Almost Done

Buxom Full-On Lip Creme in White Russian

Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream

Nivea Lip Butter (Lost it)

Clarins Mission Perfection Serum

NYX Butter Gloss in Creme Brulee

Aussie Sprunch Spray

Nowhere Close to Being Finished

Matrix Silk Wonder Smoothing Oil

Marc Jacobs Dot

Aussie Heat Protecting Shine Spray

Smashbox Limitless Eyeliner in Onyx

That is everything! This brings my first Project Pan to a close. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. See you in my next post!

Project Pan Update #2

Hello lovelies! Today I am updating you on the products that I have been using as part of my very first project pan. I’m just going to say it…I am horrible at using the things that I own, especially when it comes to hair products. I do have to say that I have done a little better than the last month. I have made some more progress on a few items. There are no new products that I finished.

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To review, I have finished the Vaseline Spray & Go in cocoa radiant and the Garnier Blackhead Eliminating Scrub.

img_1960I’m almost done with the Aussie Sprunch Spray, NYX butter gloss in  creme brulee, Blistex Silk n Shine lip balm, Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub in Tropical Mango, and the Smashbox eyeliner in Onyx.

img_1961The rest of the items, will hopefully be done by the end of the year. I have made a little progress on the Marc Jacobs perfume and it’s a 10 leave in conditioner. The Buxom lip gloss, I have used easily 10 times in the last month and there is hardly any progress. It looks as if I haven’t used it at all.

That is all for this update. I will hopefully have used up a few more items in my next update. The goal is to use up at least 10 of the 15 products by the end of the year. I am on a no buy as well til next year. Bring on the hauls in 2017! I hope you enjoyed this little update. Have a great day and see you in my next post!

Project Pan 2016

Hello lovelies! I got today’s post idea from Ashley Elizabeth on YouTube. I’ll link her channel down below. She doesn’t know me, she has no idea who I am and doesn’t know that I’m doing this post.  Disclaimer: I would say if you’re under the age of 18 some of her videos would be considered inappropriate for your viewing, and there is also some language that some may not appreciate. The one thing that I love about her is how she says whatever she is feeling and just doesn’t care what everyone else is saying or doing.

The idea of a Project Pan is to use what you have. These can be products that you’ve had for a couple of years or just sick of having around but don’t want them to go to waste. You choose at least 10 products, decide how many products you want to finish and set a time frame. For products that you may have a full container of, it may be a good idea to set a goal of getting through half of it. It’s also a good idea to mark where the product is at the very beginning.

I’ve decided to do this to get some use out of my products, and I’m finding myself wanting to purchase new items. I have a limited amount of space for everything and this is my way for creating space for new things. I’ve been on a no buy essentially the last few months but I haven’t exactly been using what I have. I’m going to continue my no buy through the next few months, with the exception of a few items that I will need. I do also receive the Sephora Play! box monthly, so those will also be new products that I will be receiving.

Since this is my first go at this Project Pan and I am giving myself a longer time frame than most people would probably choose. I’ve chosen 15 products to go through starting today August 5th, and I’m giving myself until December 5th to use up or hit pan on at least 10 products. I will give an update every month to track my progress. Most of these products I have had for about 2 years or longer. I know not the most sanitary but these things haven’t gone bad yet. I also realized that quite a few are hard to track how much is left and the rest I’ve marked.

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Project Pan Products

Vaseline Spray & Go moisturizer- almost done

Buxom Full-On Lip Creme in White Russian- almost done

it’s a 10 leave-in conditioner- 2+ yrs, almost done

Garnier Blackhead Eliminating Scrub

Matrix Silk Wonder Smoothing Oil- 2+ yrs, barely used

Rimmel Soft Kohl Eye Pencil- 2+ yrs, needs to be done!

Aussie sprunch spray- 2+ yrs, almost done

Marc Jacobs Dot- 2+ yrs

Aussie heat protecting shine spray- 2+ yrs

Clinique pep-start eye cream- expires soon

Nivea Lip Butter- 2+ yrs, love it, just needs to be done

Clarins Mission Perfection Serum- need to use it more

Blistex Silk & Shine- have about 5 backups, almost done

Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub in Tropical Mango- use it up to get a fall scent soon

NYX butter gloss in Creme Brulee- almost done

Those are my products that I hope to use up in the next few months. I’ll update you all on my progress in a month. I hope to use up at least 10 of these by December 5th. Some of these are definitely easier than others, but it’s time to use these up and move on to other things. If you decide to do this, let me know! I’d love to see what products you include in yours. Have a great weekend!

Bridal Shower Makeup Look

Hi Gals! Today I’m taking you through what I wore on my face to a friend’s bridal shower over the weekend. Before I get into everything that I used I have to say that I have had the worst luck with everything technology related. First, it was the internet, then computer, issues with WordPress, things were deleted, and today my phone finally crapped out on me. So FINALLY, I’m getting this post up!

 

Bridal Shower Makeup

The above photo is everything I used on my face. Part of my technology issues were things getting deleted, the rest of the photos for this post of course was among them. I will re-create the look in a future post so you can see everything in action and the completed look.

FACE:

Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer

Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation in 110 Creamy Natural

MAC Select Moisturecover Concealer in NW20 (on spots and blemishes)

Rimmel Match Perfection 2-in-1 Concealer & Highlighter in 230 Fair/Light (under eyes)

Nars Bronzer in Laguna

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure

EYES:

Maybelline Color Tattoo in 70 Barely Braned

From the Naked 2 Palette

Foxy- all over lid up to brow

Tease- in the crease

Chopper- all over the lid

YDK- outer corner

Busted- lightly in the outer corner

Bootycall- in the inner corner

Smashbox Limitless Eyeliner in Onyx

Rimmel Scandeleyes in 005 Nude (in the waterline)

Benefit They’re Real Mascara in Black

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara in 01 Black

BROWS:

Maybelline Brow Drama in Deep Brown

LIPS:

Rimmel Exaggerate Full Color Lip Liner in 063 Eastend Snob

Maybelline ColorSensational Lipstick in 450 Mauve Mania

Marc Jacobs Lip Vinyl in 302 Kissability

I hope you enjoyed this post. I have a few things that I’m excited to share with you! What have you been wearing to a special occasion? Please share!