Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Project X Pan - July Update

Project X Pan Start Date - 1/1/13
My goal is to use up 60 full size and 100 sample sized products in 2013.
Products used up this month are in bold.

I met my full size goal this month! What a great month for me but really only because I retired so many full sized mascaras. I also only took sample skin and hair care on a trip we took which was a good idea in theory but not so great in practice. We were in a really dry climate and I would have been better off just bringing ultra-moisturizing products and oils. Oh well, live and learn.

Full Size Products listed have been used up in 2013.
July Full Sized Products Finished: 12
  1. Johnson's Baby Shampoo - Finished - 1/1/13
  2. Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Facial Cleanser - Finished 1/3/13
  3. e.l.f. Conditioning Body Butter in Vanilla Coconut - Finished - 1/18/13
  4. Rite Aid Brand 91% Isopropyl Alcohol - Finished 1/25/13
  5. Avon Naturals Shower Gel in Lemon Blossom & Basil - Finished - 1/28/13
  6. Lumene Artic Aqua 2in1 Skin-Perfecting Moisture-Booster - Finished 1/28/13
  7. Maybelline ColorSensational Lipstick in Yummy Plummy - I Give Up - 2/1/13
  8. The Body Shop Pink Grapefruit Body Butter (Small Size) - Finished - 2/8/12 - My daughters gave this to me for Christmas. I love it and have already purchased the large size.
  9. Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer in Brightener - Finished - 2/19/13 - The packaging failed for me and I had to depot this into a little container. I have already repurchased but I don't really love this. I don't have bad dark circles but I want to try the Giorgio Armani Master Corrector anyway. ;)
  10. e.l.f. Brush Shampoo - Finished - 3/3/13
  11. The Body Shop Travel Size Shower Gel in Pink Grapefruit - Finished 3/3/13
  12. Pacifica Body Butter in Tuscan Blood Orange - Finished 3/4/13
  13. Everyday Minerals Lippy in Fauna - I give up 3/5/13
  14. CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser - Finished 3/8/13
  15. Tarte empasEYES waterproof clay shadow/liner in Plum - I give up 3/13/13
  16. e.l.f. Cream Eyeliner in Metallic Olive - I give up 3/13/13
  17. e.l.f. Cream Eyeliner in Purple - I give up 3/13/13
  18. e.l.f. Cream Eyeliner in Copper - I give up 3/13/13
  19. e.l.f. Cream Eyeliner in Plum Purple - I give up 3/13/13
  20. Pedi-Scrub Foot Buffer - Finished 3/17/13
  21. e.l.f. Cream Eyeliner in Gunmetal - I give up 3/18/13
  22. Wet n Wild Natural Blend Pressed Powder in Bare - I give up 3/18/13
  23. Revlon ColorStay Liquid Makeup for Normal/Dry Skin in 110 Ivory - Finished 3/30/13
  24. Skin & Co Sicilian Body Gel in Orange & Olive Extracts - Finished 4/2/13
  25. EyeLure Natural Volume False Eyelashes Double Pack - Finished 4/3/13
  26. Lumene Artic Aqua Skin Perfecting Moisture Booster - Finished 4/4/13
  27. Avon Solutions Winter Enjoy the Day Cream - Finished 4/4/13
  28. Olay Professional ProX Skin Tightening Serum - Finished 4/7/13
  29. EyeLure Natural Volume False Eyelashes Double Pack - Finished 4/14/13
  30. Avon Solutions Winter Nourishing Night Cream - Finished 4/17/13
  31. e.l.f. Mist and Fix Spray - Finished ?
  32. Neutrogena naturals - Finished 4/21/13
  33. Pacifica Island Vanilla Body Butter - Finished 5/2/13
  34. Aveeno IntenCreamse Relief Hand - Finished 5/3/12
  35. Maybelline Dream Smooth Mouse Ultra-Hydrating Cream-Whipped Foundation in Porcelain Ivory - Finished 5/4/13
  36. Avon Naturals Orange Blossom & Verbina Shower Gel - Finished 5/16/13
  37. tarte Lash Primer - Finished/I Give Up 5/16/13
  38. L'Oreal Bare Naturale Mascara in Black - Finished/I Give Up 5/16/13
  39. CoverGirl Clump Crusher by LashBlast in Very Black - Finished/I Give Up 5/16/13
  40. Maybelline Lash Discovery in Very Black - Finished/I Give Up 5/16/13
  41. Maybelline Great Lash in Blink of Blue - Finished/I Give Up 5/16/`13
  42. Bare Minerals Flawless Definition in Black - Finished/I Give Up 5/16/`13
  43. Palladio Pencil Eye Liner in Taupe - I Give Up - 5/25/13
  44. e.l.f. Makeup Remover Pen - Finished 5/25/13
  45. e.l.f. Glossy Gloss in Muted Mauve - I Give Up 5/26/13
  46. Lady Speed Stick Invisible Dry Antiperspirant/Deodorant in Shower Fresh - Finished ? - I really don't have much of an opinion on antiperspirants...as long as they work and this one worked fine.
  47. Imagine Essentials 100% Pure Cotton Rounds - Finished 6/8/13
  48. Biosilk Silk Therapy - Finished 6/10/13
  49. Almay Line Smoothing Concealer - I Give Up 7/?/13 - I have had this for a long time and it is time it goes away. I never really reach for it and have other concealers that I like better.
  50. Garnier Nutritioniste Moisture Rescure Lightweight UV-Lotion - Finished 7/9/13 - I like this and have repurchased many times and probably will again although I am trying some new day lotion and have some other that I want to get through.
  51. CoverGirl Clump Crusher - Finished 7/13/13 - My favorite drugstore mascara at the moment. I repurchased this in waterproof and like it as well. The brush is what makes this.
  52. CoverGirl Lash Blast Luxe - Finished 7/13/13 - This was in a burgundy/black color. The brush is too big for my small eyes so I never really reached for it.
  53. Revlon Grow Luscious Waterproof - Finished 7/13/13 - The brush is way to big. I got it for a graduation at which I knew I would shed some tears. I used it a couple of times and the formula was fine.
  54. Almay One Coat Nourishing Mascara - Finished 7/13/13 - I took this from my huge stash and I originally bought it on clearance at the drugstore. I don't like the brush and it was a bit clumpy but that could be because it was in my stash for a while.
  55. Jordana Best Lash Extreme - Finished 7/13/13 - I usually don't have an issue with mascara flaking but this one flaked on me like no other. I wanted to love it because it was so in expensive but alas, I do not like it at all.
  56. Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara - Finished 7/13/13 - I do love this and will probably repurchase one day but for now I am trying my best just to use my everyday mascara for my bottom lashes.
  57. e.l.f. Eyelid Primer - I Give Up 7/13/13 - This has been in my collection for a long time. I like it. I will probably repurchase at some point but I need to let this particular one go.
  58. e.l.f. Mineral Eyelid Primer - I Give Up 7/13/13 - I would say that this is my favorite budget eyelid primer and I will probably repurchase once I am done the numerous samples of other brands that I have but I needed to use some other products and this has been in my collection for too long.
  59. Revlon Cream Blush in 09 Rosy Glow - Finished 7/14/13 - I have been working on this blush for a long, long time. I do really like it. The color is the perfect rosy glow so it it aptly named. I would repurchase if I can't find another go to cream blush in my collection that gives me the same look.
  60. MAC Paint Pot in Painterly - Finished 7/14/13 - I have already purchased another one of these as it is my go to eyelid primer/base for eyeshadow. It works wonders for my watery eyes.


Sample sized products are in blue
July Sample Size Products Finished: 20
  1. Love Fury Nine West Eau de Parfum - Finished 1/3/12
  2. Redkin Color Extend Shampoo and Conditioner - Finished 1/5/12
  3. Bare Minerals Prime Time Eyelid Primer Deluxe Sample - Finished 1/7/12
  4. Bare Minerals Prime Time Eyelid Primer Deluxe Sample - Finished 1/7/12
  5. Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray Deluxe Sample - Finished 1/9/12
  6. Juvexin Hair Taming System Balancing Conditioner Deluxe Sample - Finished 1/9/12
  7. Juice Beauty Cleansing Gel and Oil-Free Moisture - Finished 1/9/12
  8. Tarte Clean Slate Natural Face Primer Deluxe Sample - Finished - 1/18/13
  9. Juice Beauty Green Apple SPF 15 Moisturizer Deluxe Sample - Finished 1/19/13
  10. NuMe Arganics Argon Oil Deluxe Sample - Finished 1/29/13
  11. Too Faced Lash Injection Mascara - I Give Up - 1/31/13
  12. Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara Sample - Finished - 2/1/13
  13. Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner Pencil Delux Sample in Whiskey - Finished - 2/4/13
  14. Global Keratin Hair Taming System with Juvenix - Finished - 2/4/13
  15. Global Keratin Hair Taming System with Juvenix - Finished - 2/4/13
  16. Ecru Acadia Protein Oil Sample - Finished - 2/5/13
  17. Urban Decay Primer Potion Sample Card - Finished - 2/6/13
  18. KMS Moistrepair Shampoo and Conditioner Sample - Finished - 2/11/13
  19. Ahava Mineral Hand Cream Delux Sample- Finished - 2/12/13
  20. Laura Mercier Foundation Primer in Radiance Sample - Finished - 2/22/13
  21. Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment Sample - Finished - 3/3/13
  22. Urban Decay Primer Potion Deluxe Sample - Finished - 3/6/13
  23. Stila Kitten Eye Shadow Card - Finished - 3/15/13
  24. Urban Decay Eyeshadow Card in Midnight Cowboy Rides Again and Flipside - Finished - 3/17/13
  25. Urban Decay Primer Potion Card Sample - Finished - 3/17/13
  26. Boscia BB Cream Sample - Finished - 3/17/13
  27. dirt Sow + Reap Lux Salt Scrub - Finished - 3/18/13
  28. Redkin Color Extend Shampoo and Conditioner - Finished - 3/18/13
  29. Garnier Fructis Fortifying Shampoo and Conditioner Sample Packs - Finished - 3/20/13
  30. Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer Deluxe Sample - Finished - 3/28/13
  31. Angels's Magic NHEB-05 Lotion Sample - Finished - 3/29/13
  32. Travel Lite Makeup Remover Wipes Deluxe Sample - Finished 4/1/13
  33. De-Luxe Rosemary Mint Shampoo and Conditioner Sample Packet - Finished 4/2/13
  34. Oscar Blandi Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner Sample Packet - Finished 4/6/13
  35. Tree Hut Shea Body Butter in Coconut Lime Deluxe Sample - Finished 4/9/13
  36. Smashbox Photo Finish Luminizing Face Primer - Finished ?
  37. John Frieda Full Repair Shampoo and Conditioner Sample Packet - Finished 4/19/13
  38. L'Occitane Precious Serum Sample - Finished 4/19/13
  39. Urban Decay Urban Defense Tinted Moisturizer Sample Packet - Finished 4/20/13
  40. Nexxus Therappe Luxurious Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner Sample Packet - Finished 4/25/13
  41. Viva La Juicy La Fleur Spray Perfume Sample - Finished 4/25/13
  42. Garnier Fructis Fortifying Shampoo and Conditioner Sample Packets - Finished 5/5/13
  43. Ojon Damage Reverse Restorative Shampoo Sample - Finished 5/13/13
  44. YSL Touche Elcat Foundation in BD10 - Finished/I Give Up 5/14/13
  45. L'Oreal Revitalift Miracle Blur Sample - Finished5/14/13
  46. Lashem Double Trouble Mascara Sample - Finished/I Give Up 5/16/13
  47. Benefit There're Real Mascara Sample - Finished/I Give Up 5/16/13
  48. Urban Decay Supercurl Curling Mascara - Finished/I Give Up 5/16/13
  49. Nars Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base - Finished 5/17/13
  50. Nexxus Therappe Luxurious Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner Sample - Finished/ 5/25/13
  51. Head & Shoulders Dry Scalp Care Dandruff Shampoo and Conditioner Sample Packet- Finished/ 6/8/13
  52. Urban Decay Complexion Primer Potion Makeup Base Deluxe Sample - Finished/ 6/10/13
  53. Fekkai Advanced Essential Shea Shampoo and Conditioner Sample Pack - Finished/ 6/17/13
  54. L'Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB in Light Sample - Finished/ 6/30/13
  55. Tarte Lash Primer Delux Sample - Finished 7/13/13 - I like this and have used other samples before. I think I am done with lash primers for the time being.
  56. Bare Minerals Purifying Facial Cleanser Sample - Finished 7/16/13 - Left my skin feeling dry but in a different climate, I think I would like it.
  57. Ahava Minerals Botanic Velvet Body Lotion Sample- Finished 7/16/13 - Didn't love it.
  58. Garnier Nutritioniste Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel Gream Sample- Finished 7/16/13 - I actually finished 2 of these samples on this day and have purchased this product many times. I really like it.
  59. Garnier Nutritioniste Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel Gream Sample- Finished 7/16/13 - See above.
  60. Boscia Purifying Cleansing Gel - Finished 7/17/13 - This was fine.
  61. Garnier Nutritioniste Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel Gream Sample- Finished 7/17/13 - See above.
  62. Ahava Minerals Botanic Velvet Body Lotion Sample- Finished 7/18/13 - Still  didn't love it.
  63. Garnier Nutritioniste Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel Gream Sample- Finished 7/18/13 - See above. I brought a lot of these and used a lot of these, as you will see.
  64. Clear Scalp & Hair Threapy Total Care Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner Sample- Finished 7/19/13 - Can't remember my thoughts.
  65. Masquology 7D Moisture Day & Night Cream - Finished 7/19/13 - Not moisturizing enough for the climate I was in.
  66. Garnier Nutritioniste Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel Gream Sample- Finished 7/19/13 - See above.
  67. Ahava Minerals Botanic Velvet Body Wash Sample- Finished 7/20/13 - I don't love this line.
  68. Soap and Glory Face Soap & Clairity Sample- Finished 7/20/13 - This didn't wow me at all. I think all the hype surrounding the brand built up my expectations too much.
  69. Bumble & Bumble Thickening Shampoo Sample- Finished 7/21/13 - I liked this enough to want to try it again - not a full size, mind you but maybe a travel or sample.
  70. Bare Minerals purely Nourishing Moisture Sample - Finished 7/24/13 - Not moisturizing enough for the climate I was in.
  71. Fresh Soy Face Cleanser Sample - Finished 7/24/13 - I have a full size of this in my stash that I haven't used because I don't like the scent. This sample once again confirmed that as a fact. I will use it someday but I won't enjoy the fragrance.
  72. Garnier Nutritioniste Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel Gream Sample- Finished 7/24/13 - See above.
  73. Oidad Mosture Lock Leave in Conditioner Sample- Finished 7/25/13 - Not sure this helped my hair as when I got home from vacation it felt like straw but who knows what it would have been like if I didn't use this daily while in the dry climate.
  74. Charmzone Natural Skin BB Cream Sample - Finished 7/25/13 - I love this BB Cream and own a full size.

Total Full Size Products Finished: 60
Total Sample Size Products Finished: 74
2012 Year to Date PXP/Finished/Un-useable Products Total (Samples and Full Size): 134

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Project X Pan - June Update

Project X Pan Start Date - 1/1/13
My goal is to use up 60 full size and 100 sample sized products in 2013.
Products used up this month are in bold.

Not a great month for using up things but I am on the verge of using up 2 full sized products which I have been working on for a long time...so suffice it to say that next month will be better.

Full Size Products listed have been used up in 2013.
MayFull Sized Products Finished: 3
  1. Johnson's Baby Shampoo - Finished - 1/1/13
  2. Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Facial Cleanser - Finished 1/3/13
  3. e.l.f. Conditioning Body Butter in Vanilla Coconut - Finished - 1/18/13
  4. Rite Aid Brand 91% Isopropyl Alcohol - Finished 1/25/13
  5. Avon Naturals Shower Gel in Lemon Blossom & Basil - Finished - 1/28/13
  6. Lumene Artic Aqua 2in1 Skin-Perfecting Moisture-Booster - Finished 1/28/13
  7. Maybelline ColorSensational Lipstick in Yummy Plummy - I Give Up - 2/1/13
  8. The Body Shop Pink Grapefruit Body Butter (Small Size) - Finished - 2/8/12 - My daughters gave this to me for Christmas. I love it and have already purchased the large size.
  9. Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer in Brightener - Finished - 2/19/13 - The packaging failed for me and I had to depot this into a little container. I have already repurchased but I don't really love this. I don't have bad dark circles but I want to try the Giorgio Armani Master Corrector anyway. ;)
  10. e.l.f. Brush Shampoo - Finished - 3/3/13
  11. The Body Shop Travel Size Shower Gel in Pink Grapefruit - Finished 3/3/13
  12. Pacifica Body Butter in Tuscan Blood Orange - Finished 3/4/13
  13. Everyday Minerals Lippy in Fauna - I give up 3/5/13
  14. CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser - Finished 3/8/13
  15. Tarte empasEYES waterproof clay shadow/liner in Plum - I give up 3/13/13
  16. e.l.f. Cream Eyeliner in Metallic Olive - I give up 3/13/13
  17. e.l.f. Cream Eyeliner in Purple - I give up 3/13/13
  18. e.l.f. Cream Eyeliner in Copper - I give up 3/13/13
  19. e.l.f. Cream Eyeliner in Plum Purple - I give up 3/13/13
  20. Pedi-Scrub Foot Buffer - Finished 3/17/13
  21. e.l.f. Cream Eyeliner in Gunmetal - I give up 3/18/13
  22. Wet n Wild Natural Blend Pressed Powder in Bare - I give up 3/18/13
  23. Revlon ColorStay Liquid Makeup for Normal/Dry Skin in 110 Ivory - Finished 3/30/13
  24. Skin & Co Sicilian Body Gel in Orange & Olive Extracts - Finished 4/2/13
  25. EyeLure Natural Volume False Eyelashes Double Pack - Finished 4/3/13
  26. Lumene Artic Aqua Skin Perfecting Moisture Booster - Finished 4/4/13
  27. Avon Solutions Winter Enjoy the Day Cream - Finished 4/4/13
  28. Olay Professional ProX Skin Tightening Serum - Finished 4/7/13
  29. EyeLure Natural Volume False Eyelashes Double Pack - Finished 4/14/13
  30. Avon Solutions Winter Nourishing Night Cream - Finished 4/17/13
  31. e.l.f. Mist and Fix Spray - Finished ?
  32. Neutrogena naturals - Finished 4/21/13
  33. Pacifica Island Vanilla Body Butter - Finished 5/2/13
  34. Aveeno IntenCreamse Relief Hand - Finished 5/3/12
  35. Maybelline Dream Smooth Mouse Ultra-Hydrating Cream-Whipped Foundation in Porcelain Ivory - Finished 5/4/13
  36. Avon Naturals Orange Blossom & Verbina Shower Gel - Finished 5/16/13
  37. tarte Lash Primer - Finished/I Give Up 5/16/13
  38. L'Oreal Bare Naturale Mascara in Black - Finished/I Give Up 5/16/13
  39. CoverGirl Clump Crusher by LashBlast in Very Black - Finished/I Give Up 5/16/13
  40. Maybelline Lash Discovery in Very Black - Finished/I Give Up 5/16/13
  41. Maybelline Great Lash in Blink of Blue - Finished/I Give Up 5/16/`13
  42. Bare Minerals Flawless Definition in Black - Finished/I Give Up 5/16/`13
  43. Palladio Pencil Eye Liner in Taupe - I Give Up - 5/25/13
  44. e.l.f. Makeup Remover Pen - Finished 5/25/13
  45. e.l.f. Glossy Gloss in Muted Mauve  - I Give Up 5/26/13
  46. Lady Speed Stick Invisible Dry Antiperspirant/Deodorant in Shower Fresh - Finished ? - I really don't have much of an opinion on antiperspirants...as long as they work and this one worked fine.
  47. Imagine Essentials 100% Pure Cotton Rounds - Finished 6/8/13 - I purchased these at KMart. They worked fine. I would repurchase but wouldn't go out of my way to do so.
  48. Biosilk Silk Therapy - Finished 6/10/13 - I love this stuff. I am trying to use up some of the other hair oils that I got as samples but I will more than likely repurchase once they are all done.


Sample sized products are in blue
April Sample Size Products Finished: 4
  1. Love Fury Nine West Eau de Parfum - Finished 1/3/12
  2. Redkin Color Extend Shampoo and Conditioner - Finished 1/5/12
  3. Bare Minerals Prime Time Eyelid Primer Deluxe Sample - Finished 1/7/12
  4. Bare Minerals Prime Time Eyelid Primer Deluxe Sample - Finished 1/7/12
  5. Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray Deluxe Sample - Finished 1/9/12
  6. Juvexin Hair Taming System Balancing Conditioner Deluxe Sample - Finished 1/9/12
  7. Juice Beauty Cleansing Gel and Oil-Free Moisture - Finished 1/9/12
  8. Tarte Clean Slate Natural Face Primer Deluxe Sample - Finished - 1/18/13
  9. Juice Beauty Green Apple SPF 15 Moisturizer Deluxe Sample - Finished 1/19/13
  10. NuMe Arganics Argon Oil Deluxe Sample - Finished 1/29/13
  11. Too Faced Lash Injection Mascara - I Give Up - 1/31/13
  12. Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara Sample - Finished - 2/1/13
  13. Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner Pencil Delux Sample in Whiskey - Finished - 2/4/13
  14. Global Keratin Hair Taming System with Juvenix - Finished - 2/4/13
  15. Global Keratin Hair Taming System with Juvenix - Finished - 2/4/13
  16. Ecru Acadia Protein Oil Sample - Finished - 2/5/13
  17. Urban Decay Primer Potion Sample Card - Finished - 2/6/13
  18. KMS Moistrepair Shampoo and Conditioner Sample - Finished - 2/11/13
  19. Ahava Mineral Hand Cream Delux Sample- Finished - 2/12/13
  20. Laura Mercier Foundation Primer in Radiance Sample - Finished - 2/22/13
  21. Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment Sample - Finished - 3/3/13
  22. Urban Decay Primer Potion Deluxe Sample - Finished - 3/6/13
  23. Stila Kitten Eye Shadow Card - Finished - 3/15/13
  24. Urban Decay Eyeshadow Card in Midnight Cowboy Rides Again and Flipside - Finished - 3/17/13
  25. Urban Decay Primer Potion Card Sample - Finished - 3/17/13
  26. Boscia BB Cream Sample - Finished - 3/17/13
  27. dirt Sow + Reap Lux Salt Scrub - Finished - 3/18/13
  28. Redkin Color Extend Shampoo and Conditioner - Finished - 3/18/13
  29. Garnier Fructis Fortifying Shampoo and Conditioner Sample Packs - Finished - 3/20/13
  30. Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer Deluxe Sample - Finished - 3/28/13
  31. Angels's Magic NHEB-05 Lotion Sample - Finished - 3/29/13
  32. Travel Lite Makeup Remover Wipes Deluxe Sample - Finished 4/1/13
  33. De-Luxe Rosemary Mint Shampoo and Conditioner Sample Packet - Finished 4/2/13
  34. Oscar Blandi Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner Sample Packet - Finished 4/6/13
  35. Tree Hut Shea Body Butter in Coconut Lime Deluxe Sample - Finished 4/9/13
  36. Smashbox Photo Finish Luminizing Face Primer - Finished ?
  37. John Frieda Full Repair Shampoo and Conditioner Sample Packet - Finished 4/19/13
  38. L'Occitane Precious Serum Sample - Finished 4/19/13
  39. Urban Decay Urban Defense Tinted Moisturizer Sample Packet - Finished 4/20/13
  40. Nexxus Therappe Luxurious Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner Sample Packet - Finished 4/25/13
  41. Viva La Juicy La Fleur Spray Perfume Sample - Finished 4/25/13
  42. Garnier Fructis Fortifying Shampoo and Conditioner Sample Packets - Finished 5/5/13
  43. Ojon Damage Reverse Restorative Shampoo Sample - Finished 5/13/13
  44. YSL Touche Elcat Foundation in BD10 - Finished/I Give Up 5/14/13
  45. L'Oreal Revitalift Miracle Blur Sample - Finished5/14/13
  46. Lashem Double Trouble Mascara Sample - Finished/I Give Up 5/16/13
  47. Benefit There're Real Mascara Sample - Finished/I Give Up 5/16/13
  48. Urban Decay Supercurl Curling Mascara - Finished/I Give Up 5/16/13
  49. Nars Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base - Finished 5/17/13
  50. Nexxus Therappe Luxurious Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner Sample - Finished/ 5/25/13
  51. Head & Shoulders Dry Scalp Care Dandruff Shampoo and Conditioner Sample Packet- Finished/ 6/8/13 - I have to use dandruff shampoo but I have others that work better for me. I was glad to get this as a sample to try but I wouldn't purchase a full size.
  52. Urban Decay Complexion Primer Potion Makeup Base Deluxe Sample  - Finished/ 6/10/13 - I liked this and it worked as well as most primers but I probably won't purchase full size.
  53. Fekkai Advanced Essential Shea Shampoo and Conditioner Sample Pack - Finished/ 6/17/13 - I wouldn't repurchase but it did have a nice scent. I didn't like the lack of lather when using the shampoo. I liked the conditioner more.
  54. L'Oreal Macick Skin Beautifier BB in Light Sample - Finished/ 6/30/13 - This is nothing more than a tinted moisturizer. The color match was a bit yellow for my skin. I don't think I would purchase a full sized even if I didn't have a bunch of other BB Creams that I like.

Total Full Size Products Finished: 48
Total Sample Size Products Finished: 54
2012 Year to Date PXP/Finished/Un-useable Products Total (Samples and Full Size): 102

July MakeUp MakeOut

I have attempted many types of a project no buy in the past but inspired by PinkSoFoxy and her lifestyle makeover and travels, I am attempting one again starting tomorrow. I have enough of everything makeup and back-ups to spare. I shouldn't need to purchase anything makeup or skincare for at least the month of July. We will be traveling so that will make it a bit easier because the temptation won't be there. If I am successful in July, I may just continue until August.

I am also going to start purging some of my other items so my closet/life won't be so overwhelming.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Project X Pan - May Update

Project X Pan Start Date - 1/1/13
My goal is to use up 60 full size and 100 sample sized products in 2013.
Products used up this month are in bold.

I purged my mascaras because of a stye that plagued me. I had too many open at one time so I added them all to my list. I won't be doing that again. Three plus a primer will be my limit for open mascaras and that, for most, is probably too many. LOL

Full Size Products listed have been used up in 2013.
MayFull Sized Products Finished: 13
  1. Johnson's Baby Shampoo - Finished - 1/1/13
  2. Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Facial Cleanser - Finished 1/3/13
  3. e.l.f. Conditioning Body Butter in Vanilla Coconut - Finished - 1/18/13
  4. Rite Aid Brand 91% Isopropyl Alcohol - Finished 1/25/13
  5. Avon Naturals Shower Gel in Lemon Blossom & Basil - Finished - 1/28/13
  6. Lumene Artic Aqua 2in1 Skin-Perfecting Moisture-Booster - Finished 1/28/13
  7. Maybelline ColorSensational Lipstick in Yummy Plummy - I Give Up - 2/1/13
  8. The Body Shop Pink Grapefruit Body Butter (Small Size) - Finished - 2/8/12 - My daughters gave this to me for Christmas. I love it and have already purchased the large size.
  9. Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer in Brightener - Finished - 2/19/13 - The packaging failed for me and I had to depot this into a little container. I have already repurchased but I don't really love this. I don't have bad dark circles but I want to try the Giorgio Armani Master Corrector anyway. ;)
  10. e.l.f. Brush Shampoo - Finished - 3/3/13
  11. The Body Shop Travel Size Shower Gel in Pink Grapefruit - Finished 3/3/13
  12. Pacifica Body Butter in Tuscan Blood Orange - Finished 3/4/13
  13. Everyday Minerals Lippy in Fauna - I give up 3/5/13
  14. CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser - Finished 3/8/13
  15. Tarte empasEYES waterproof clay shadow/liner in Plum - I give up 3/13/13
  16. e.l.f. Cream Eyeliner in Metallic Olive - I give up 3/13/13
  17. e.l.f. Cream Eyeliner in Purple - I give up 3/13/13
  18. e.l.f. Cream Eyeliner in Copper - I give up 3/13/13
  19. e.l.f. Cream Eyeliner in Plum Purple - I give up 3/13/13
  20. Pedi-Scrub Foot Buffer - Finished 3/17/13
  21. e.l.f. Cream Eyeliner in Gunmetal - I give up 3/18/13
  22. Wet n Wild Natural Blend Pressed Powder in Bare - I give up 3/18/13
  23. Revlon ColorStay Liquid Makeup for Normal/Dry Skin in 110 Ivory - Finished 3/30/13
  24. Skin & Co Sicilian Body Gel in Orange & Olive Extracts - Finished 4/2/13
  25. EyeLure Natural Volume False Eyelashes Double Pack - Finished 4/3/13
  26. Lumene Artic Aqua Skin Perfecting Moisture Booster - Finished 4/4/13
  27. Avon Solutions Winter Enjoy the Day Cream - Finished 4/4/13
  28. Olay Professional ProX Skin Tightening Serum - Finished 4/7/13
  29. EyeLure Natural Volume False Eyelashes Double Pack - Finished 4/14/13
  30. Avon Solutions Winter Nourishing Night Cream - Finished 4/17/13
  31. e.l.f. Mist and Fix Spray - Finished ?
  32. Neutrogena naturals - Finished 4/21/13
  33. Pacifica Island Vanilla Body Butter - Finished 5/2/13 - This was a fine body butter. I don't love vanilla scents so I wouldn't repurchase this particular one but would consider a purchasing in different Pacifica scent that I am more fond of (French Lilac and Brazlian Mango & Grapefruit come to mind).
  34. Aveeno IntenCreamse Relief Hand  - Finished 5/3/12 - This is my Holy Grail wintertime hand cream. This is the one from my desk at school. I love it because it keeps my hands from cracking when they get winter-dry from the weather and from washing them so much.
  35. Maybelline Dream Smooth Mouse Ultra-Hydrating Cream-Whipped Foundation in Porcelain Ivory - Finished 5/4/13 - This expired at the end of April and I used up most of it. I do enjoy this foundation but don't love how long it lasts, which is not long at all. I don't think I will re-purchase right now but this is my early spring/early fall foundation of choice so I will decided then.
  36. Avon Naturals Orange Blossom & Verbina Shower Gel - Finished 5/16/13 - I liked this but I like more scent in my shower gels. I don't think I will repurchase this scent.
  37. tarte Lash Primer - Finished/I Give Up 5/16/13 - I like this primer but used it for too long and blame it for the stye I got on my upper eyelid. I think I will repurchase when I use up the sample size of this primer that I am using now.
  38. L'Oreal Bare Naturale Mascara in Black - Finished/I Give Up 5/16/13 - I really did like this and it was a total bargain that I purchased at a Dollar Tree. I am giving up on it because of the afore mentioned stye.
  39. CoverGirl Clump Crusher by LashBlast in Very Black - Finished/I Give Up 5/16/13 - I love this mascara and will certainly repurchase. I am giving up on it because of the aforementioned stye.
  40. Maybelline Lash Discovery in Very Black - Finished/I Give Up 5/16/13 - This has been my go to bottom lash mascara. I will probably repurchase when I am finished with my Clinique bottom lash. I am giving up on it because of the afore mentioned stye.
  41. Maybelline Great Lash in Blink of Blue - Finished/I Give Up 5/16/`13 - I liked the blue but don't love the mascara. I don't think I will repurchase although since it was limited edition, I don't think I can. I am giving up on it because of the aforementioned stye.
  42. Bare Minerals Flawless Definition in Black - Finished/I Give Up 5/16/`13 - I like this and it does a good job of lengthening my short, sparse lashes. I have a handful of samples to use and will gladly use them but probably won't purchase a full-sized. I am giving up on it because of the aforementioned stye.
  43. Palladio Pencil Eye Liner in Taupe - I Give Up - 5/25/13 - Too hard to apply because it isn't creamy enough.
  44. e.l.f. Makeup Remover Pen - Finished 5/25/13 - I love this as I am not too skilled at mascara application. This is a lifesaver for me. I have many backups and will repurchase as long as they still make these.
  45. e.l.f. Glossy Gloss in Muted Mauve -  I Give Up 5/26/13 - This has started to leak. I don't even know if I like it. I have had it for a long time but don't use it often enough to remember anything about it.


Sample sized products are in blue
April Sample Size Products Finished: 9
  1. Love Fury Nine West Eau de Parfum - Finished 1/3/12
  2. Redkin Color Extend Shampoo and Conditioner - Finished 1/5/12
  3. Bare Minerals Prime Time Eyelid Primer Deluxe Sample - Finished 1/7/12
  4. Bare Minerals Prime Time Eyelid Primer Deluxe Sample - Finished 1/7/12
  5. Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray Deluxe Sample - Finished 1/9/12
  6. Juvexin Hair Taming System Balancing Conditioner Deluxe Sample - Finished 1/9/12
  7. Juice Beauty Cleansing Gel and Oil-Free Moisture - Finished 1/9/12
  8. Tarte Clean Slate Natural Face Primer Deluxe Sample - Finished - 1/18/13
  9. Juice Beauty Green Apple SPF 15 Moisturizer Deluxe Sample - Finished 1/19/13
  10. NuMe Arganics Argon Oil Deluxe Sample - Finished 1/29/13
  11. Too Faced Lash Injection Mascara - I Give Up - 1/31/13
  12. Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara Sample - Finished - 2/1/13
  13. Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner Pencil Delux Sample in Whiskey - Finished - 2/4/13
  14. Global Keratin Hair Taming System with Juvenix - Finished - 2/4/13
  15. Global Keratin Hair Taming System with Juvenix - Finished - 2/4/13
  16. Ecru Acadia Protein Oil Sample - Finished - 2/5/13
  17. Urban Decay Primer Potion Sample Card - Finished - 2/6/13
  18. KMS Moistrepair Shampoo and Conditioner Sample - Finished - 2/11/13
  19. Ahava Mineral Hand Cream Delux Sample- Finished - 2/12/13
  20. Laura Mercier Foundation Primer in Radiance Sample - Finished - 2/22/13
  21. Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment Sample - Finished - 3/3/13
  22. Urban Decay Primer Potion Delux Sample - Finished - 3/6/13
  23. Stila Kitten Eye Shadow Card - Finished - 3/15/13
  24. Urban Decay Eyeshadow Card in Midnight Cowboy Rides Again and Flipside - Finished - 3/17/13
  25. Urban Decay Primer Potion Card Sample - Finished - 3/17/13
  26. Boscia BB Cream Sample - Finished - 3/17/13
  27. dirt Sow + Reap Lux Salt Scrub - Finished - 3/18/13
  28. Redkin Color Extend Shampoo and Conditioner - Finished - 3/18/13
  29. Garnier Fructis Fortifying Shampoo and Conditioner Sample Packs - Finished - 3/20/13
  30. Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer Deluxe Sample - Finished - 3/28/13
  31. Angels's Magic NHEB-05 Lotion Sample - Finished - 3/29/13
  32. Travel Lite Makeup Remover Wipes Delux Sample - Finished 4/1/13
  33. De-Luxe Rosemary Mint Shampoo and Conditioner Sample Packet - Finished 4/2/13
  34. Oscar Blandi Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner Sample Packet - Finished 4/6/13
  35. Tree Hut Shea Body Butter in Coconut Lime Delux Sample - Finished 4/9/13
  36. Smashbox Photo Finish Luminizing Face Primer - Finished ?
  37. John Frieda Full Repair Shampoo and Conditioner Sample Packet - Finished 4/19/13
  38. L'Occitane Precious Serum Sample - Finished 4/19/13
  39. Urban Decay Urban Defense Tinted Moisturizer Sample Packet - Finished 4/20/13
  40. Nexxus Therappe Luxurious Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner Sample Packet - Finished 4/25/13
  41. Viva La Juicy La Fleur Spray Perfume Sample - Finished 4/25/13
  42. Garnier Fructis Fortifying Shampoo and Conditioner Sample Packets - Finished 5/5/13 - I liked this, I think but don't have any really strong opinion on it either way.
  43. Ojon Damage Reverse Restorative Shampoo Sample - Finished 5/13/13 - So hard to remember anything about these shampoo packets. I think I liked this one as I do most of them.
  44. YSL Touche Elcat Foundation in BD10 - Finished/I Give Up 5/14/13 - I got this a Sephora and like the look but don't love the foundation. I will not purchase a full size produt.
  45. L'Oreal Revitalift Miracle Blur Sample - Finished5/14/13 - I pulled this from a magazine and fell in love. I have already purchased a full size.
  46. Lashem Double Trouble Mascara Sample - Finished/I Give Up 5/16/13 - I got this as a sample in a BirchBox and because it was super tiny, used it on my bottom lashes. I was not too impressed. I am giving up on it because of the afore mentioned stye.
  47. Benefit There're Real Mascara Sample - Finished/I Give Up 5/16/13 - I like this and was very impressed with how it made my lashes look but I find the brush hard to use. I don't think I will purchase but would gladly use another sample. I am giving up on it because of the afore mentioned stye.
  48. Urban Decay Supercurl Curling Mascara - Finished/I Give Up 5/16/13 - I like this and was very impressed with how it made my lashes look but I find the brush hard to use (just like the There're Real). I don't think I will purchase but would gladly use another sample. I am giving up on it because of the afore mentioned stye.
  49. Nars Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base - Finished 5/17/13 - My holy grail. I have a back up and once I use up all the other eyeshadow primers, this will be the only one I buy.
  50. Nexxus Therappe Luxurious Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner Sample - Finished/ 5/25/13 - I do remember loving the way this made my hair feel and that it smells really good.

Total Full Size Products Finished: 45
Total Sample Size Products Finished: 50
2012 Year to Date PXP/Finished/Un-useable Products Total (Samples and Full Size): 95

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Project X Pan - April Update

Project X Pan Start Date - 1/1/13
My goal is to use up 60 full size and 100 sample sized products in 2013.
Products used up this month are in bold.

This has been a great month for full size and sample products. I finished my winter skincare so that helps.

Full Size Products listed have been used up in 2013.
April Full Sized Products Finished: 9
  1. Johnson's Baby Shampoo - Finished - 1/1/13
  2. Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Facial Cleanser - Finished 1/3/13
  3. e.l.f. Conditioning Body Butter in Vanilla Coconut - Finished - 1/18/13
  4. Rite Aid Brand 91% Isopropyl Alcohol - Finished 1/25/13
  5. Avon Naturals Shower Gel in Lemon Blossom & Basil - Finished - 1/28/13
  6. Lumene Artic Aqua 2in1 Skin-Perfecting Moisture-Booster - Finished 1/28/13
  7. Maybelline ColorSensational Lipstick in Yummy Plummy - I Give Up - 2/1/13
  8. The Body Shop Pink Grapefruit Body Butter (Small Size) - Finished - 2/8/12 - My daughters gave this to me for Christmas. I love it and have already purchased the large size.
  9. Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer in Brightener - Finished - 2/19/13 - The packaging failed for me and I had to depot this into a little container. I have already repurchased but I don't really love this. I don't have bad dark circles but I want to try the Giorgio Armani Master Corrector anyway. ;)
  10. e.l.f. Brush Shampoo - Finished - 3/3/13
  11. The Body Shop Travel Size Shower Gel in Pink Grapefruit - Finished 3/3/13
  12. Pacifica Body Butter in Tuscan Blood Orange - Finished 3/4/13
  13. Everyday Minerals Lippy in Fauna - I give up 3/5/13
  14. CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser - Finished 3/8/13
  15. Tarte empasEYES waterproof clay shadow/liner in Plum - I give up 3/13/13
  16. e.l.f. Cream Eyeliner in Metallic Olive - I give up 3/13/13
  17. e.l.f. Cream Eyeliner in Purple - I give up 3/13/13
  18. e.l.f. Cream Eyeliner in Copper - I give up 3/13/13
  19. e.l.f. Cream Eyeliner in Plum Purple - I give up 3/13/13
  20. Pedi-Scrub Foot Buffer - Finished 3/17/13
  21. e.l.f. Cream Eyeliner in Gunmetal - I give up 3/18/13
  22. Wet n Wild Natural Blend Pressed Powder in Bare - I give up 3/18/13
  23. Revlon ColorStay Liquid Makeup for Normal/Dry Skin in 110 Ivory - Finished 3/30/13
  24. Skin & Co Sicilian Body Gel in Orange & Olive Extracts - Finished 4/2/13 - Although I got this in a BirchBox it is a large travel size. I like it but don't love it enough to consider purchasing it, mostly because it smells too perfume-y.
  25. EyeLure Natural Volume False Eyelashes Double Pack - Finished 4/3/13 - I didn't get as much wear out of these as I should have. I need to work out a better cleaning method.
  26. Lumene Artic Aqua Skin Perfecting Moisture Booster - Finished 4/4/13 - This is wholy grale for me although I have never tried another moisture booster. I use this in place of a day serum and it works well at locking moisture in my skin so it doesn't have flakey patches by the end of the day.
  27. Avon Solutions Winter Enjoy the Day Cream - Finished 4/4/13 - I love this for my dry winter skin. It has a subtle iridescence that gives my dull winter skin some life. I would repurchase if it weren't discontinued. I do have one more backup for next winter.
  28. Olay Professional ProX Skin Tightening Serum - Finished 4/7/13 - Did this tighten my skin? No. But it did work well as a serum for making my skin feel smooth.
  29. EyeLure Natural Volume False Eyelashes Double Pack - Finished 4/14/13 - See above.
  30. Avon Solutions Winter Nourishing Night Cream - Finished 4/17/13 - I like this but not as much as the day cream. I have other night moisturizers that work better even in the winter.
  31. e.l.f. Mist and Fix Spray - Finished ? - I use this to wet my brush when I want less heavy foundation coverage. It works fine. I have already opened my backup. 
  32. Neutrogena naturals - Finished 4/21/13 - I like this a lot. I will probably repurchase but right now I am trying something new (to me) from Boots.


Sample sized products are in blue
April Sample Size Products Finished: 11
  1. Love Fury Nine West Eau de Parfum - Finished 1/3/12
  2. Redkin Color Extend Shampoo and Conditioner - Finished 1/5/12
  3. Bare Minerals Prime Time Eyelid Primer Deluxe Sample - Finished 1/7/12
  4. Bare Minerals Prime Time Eyelid Primer Deluxe Sample - Finished 1/7/12
  5. Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray Deluxe Sample - Finished 1/9/12
  6. Juvexin Hair Taming System Balancing Conditioner Deluxe Sample - Finished 1/9/12
  7. Juice Beauty Cleansing Gel and Oil-Free Moisture - Finished 1/9/12
  8. Tarte Clean Slate Natural Face Primer Deluxe Sample - Finished - 1/18/13
  9. Juice Beauty Green Apple SPF 15 Moisturizer Deluxe Sample - Finished 1/19/13
  10. NuMe Arganics Argon Oil Deluxe Sample - Finished 1/29/13
  11. Too Faced Lash Injection Mascara - I Give Up - 1/31/13
  12. Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara Sample - Finished - 2/1/13
  13. Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner Pencil Delux Sample in Whiskey - Finished - 2/4/13
  14. Global Keratin Hair Taming System with Juvenix - Finished - 2/4/13
  15. Global Keratin Hair Taming System with Juvenix - Finished - 2/4/13
  16. Ecru Acadia Protein Oil Sample - Finished - 2/5/13
  17. Urban Decay Primer Potion Sample Card - Finished - 2/6/13
  18. KMS Moistrepair Shampoo and Conditioner Sample - Finished - 2/11/13
  19. Ahava Mineral Hand Cream Delux Sample- Finished - 2/12/13
  20. Laura Mercier Foundation Primer in Radiance Sample - Finished - 2/22/13
  21. Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment Sample - Finished - 3/3/13
  22. Urban Decay Primer Potion Delux Sample - Finished - 3/6/13
  23. Stila Kitten Eye Shadow Card - Finished - 3/15/13
  24. Urban Decay Eyeshadow Card in Midnight Cowboy Rides Again and Flipside - Finished - 3/17/13
  25. Urban Decay Primer Potion Card Sample - Finished - 3/17/13
  26. Boscia BB Cream Sample - Finished - 3/17/13
  27. dirt Sow + Reap Lux Salt Scrub - Finished - 3/18/13
  28. Redkin Color Extend Shampoo and Conditioner - Finished - 3/18/13
  29. Garnier Fructis Fortifying Shampoo and Conditioner Sample Packs - Finished - 3/20/13
  30. Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer Deluxe Sample - Finished - 3/28/13
  31. Angels's Magic NHEB-05 Lotion Sample - Finished - 3/29/13
  32. Travel Lite Makeup Remover Wipes Delux Sample  - Finished 4/1/13 - I got these in one of my sample boxes/bags. I like them but there are many drugstore brands that work as well, if not better.
  33. De-Luxe Rosemary Mint Shampoo and Conditioner Sample Packet - Finished 4/2/13 - For some reason I have many samples of this. I don't love it but will use what I have.
  34. Oscar Blandi Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner Sample Packet - Finished 4/6/13 - Oh my, this smelled so good. My opinions have not changed about high-end shampoo and conditioner but I will gladly use any sample that I am given especially if it smells this good
  35. Tree Hut Shea Body Butter in Coconut Lime Delux Sample - Finished 4/9/13 - I got this little tub in a sample bag from Target, I think. I did like it but like the body shop one better. I do like the scent but I don't love smelling like a tropical drink. I would consider purchasing a full size in a different 'flavor'.
  36. Fekkai She Butter Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner Sample Packet - Finished 4/12/13 - I cannot imagine the time in my life when I will spend a lot of money on my shampoo or conditioner. I liked this. Its scent is wonderful.
  37. Smashbox Photo Finish Luminizing Face Primer - Finished ? - I love this! I mix it with my more matte finish foundations to give my face a more dimensional look. It is great! I have other luminizing primers but this is the one I prefer. I will purchase a full size when I have worked though the other full size and sample primers in my stash.
  38. John Frieda Full Repair Shampoo and Conditioner Sample Packet - Finished 4/19/13 - I like this smell of this and it did make my hair soft. I doubt I will purchase the full size.
  39. L'Occitane Precious Serum Sample - Finished 4/19/13 - I like this as much as I like any serum. I woke up the next day (I used it at night) and my skin was soft and smooth. I have a bunch of serums and serum samples but I would consider purchasing this one (or another high end serum) once I have worked thought what I already have.
  40. Urban Decay Urban Defense Tinted Moisturizer Sample Packet - Finished 4/20/13 - I don't love this. It wasn't a good color match and I have other tinted moisturizers or BB Creams that I like better.
  41. Nexxus Therappe Luxurious Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner Sample Packet - Finished 4/25/13 - As always this was fine. I don't remember having any really strong feelings about this one way or another.
  42. Viva La Juicy La Fleur Spray Perfume Sample - Finished 4/25/13 - I am not a huge fan of the Juicy perfumes but this is probably my favorite. I won't purchase a full size as I have other perfumes that I like better.

Total Full Size Products Finished: 32
Total Sample Size Products Finished: 42
2012 Year to Date PXP/Finished/Un-useable Products Total (Samples and Full Size): 74

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Foundation Review - Estee lauder Double Wear & Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse

For the past handful of months, I have been choosing one (or a combination) of my many foundations and using only that for the whole month. I think I will also add a mid-month review of the foundations. This month it is my Estee Lauder Double Wear for the center of my face and Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse to blend everything out and give my face a better finish than it would have with Double Wear alone.

My thoughts:
  • Estee Lauder Double Wear in 1C1 Shell - I bought this at a CCO quite a while ago. It isn't the best match for me but it works great for my needs. I like this foundation but it is thick and the finish is too matte for my dry skin. I find it works best for me when I mix in a primer that has some dimension. My favorite is Smashbox Photo Finish Illumizing Primer but since I have run out of that, I am using Spackle by Laura Geller in either Bronze or Champagne. Both work just fine. I tend to use a damp BeautyBlender for application. I rarely, if ever, use this foundation on my whole face as it can look very cake-y and too makeup-y if I am not very, very careful. Because of its staying power, this foundation works great on my nose and the surrounding area which has some redness and larger pores and is the place where foundation wears off first on my face. I am not sure if I will repurchase this foundation as the formulation has changed and it is quite expensive, even at the CCO. Revlon ColorStay does the same job for me at a much less expensive drugstore price.
  • Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse in Porcelain Ivory - I chose this foundation because it is at the end of its life. I used a helpful website that deciphers the manufacturing code to find out when it 'expires'. This will need to be tossed at the end of the month. I have more than hit pan but I doubt I will completely finish the product by the end of the month. Enough about that. I really like the finish that this gives my skin. It is a great color match for my skin tone. I can apply this with either a BeautyBlender, a buffing brush or even a stippling brush with great results. It is a foundation that I don't have to work hard to use. My only complaint is the staying power. It does not last long, even on my dry skin. I will probably repurchase this color but will wait until next winter as, for me, this foundation is best used on my dry winter skin.

Monday, April 1, 2013

March Discoveries and Favorites

 Please note the unflattering refection of me in the Hourglass compact. :)
 
I haven't done a discoveries and favorites post for quite a while so let's just get started.
 
  • Eylure Naturalites False Eyelashes in Natural Volume - I loathe wearing mascara. I have sparce and short eyelashes and have not found a mascara to rectify those issues. Enter false lashes. I have tried them in the past and was unsuccessful in putting them on. Then I found these. They have a very light band and are easy to maneuver and shape to my lash line. I love them and it takes less time to put them on than it does to put on a couple of coats of mascara. They look natural and you don't even have to wear black eyeliner with them. I clean them fairly well and use them over and over again. I don't think I will give up mascara but I will use false lashes more often then not.
  • Nars Light Reflecting Setting Powder in Translucent Crystal - I bought this before the Hourglass Illuminating Powders came out. I am glad that I did. I love this as a finishing powder. I also have the pressed version but like this one better.
  • Tarte Glamazon Pure Performance Lipstick - I have these in Pure and Inspired and love the formula of both. I have recently tried many higher end lip products (TooFaced, YSL, Dior and MAC) and for right now these are my favorites.
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Mood Light - I own three of these and this is my favorite. Not as an all-over face powder but as a topping to my blush. I can even wear it alone as blush when I want a more subtle look.
  • Buxum Lipgloss - I love the way these make my lips look. I top almost every lip combo with one so my lips took a tad fuller and much more hydrated. I bought a kit of them around the holidays and have started collecting them since then.