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FabFitFun Summer 2018 Subscription Box Review

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My Summer FabFitFun box has arrived! I subscribed in 2016, but stopped at the end of the year.  My last box was Winter 2016.  I liked the subscription but wanted to try something else.

I’m back now.  I saw a spoiler (I’ll tell you which one below), and had to resubscribe!  You can join FabFitFun here.  This is a referral link.  You will get $10 off with it!

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FabFitFun is a quarterly subscription box. Each season they send you a box of $200+ worth items in categories like beauty, fashion, and fitness. Ir Reatils for $49.9.  You can get and annual subscription $179.99 for 4 boxes. You can also choose a lot of your items with an annual subscription. This month, I received:

 Summer & Rose Beach Towel — $55.00                                                                                         tarte tarteist™ PRO glow highlight & contour palette — $45.00                                                 Pier 1 Imports Marble Ring Dish — $14.99                                                                                     Erth TU Y YO Ring — $55.00                                                                                                         FOREO LUNA! fofo — $89.00                                                                                                       COOLA Classic Face SPF 50 White Tea — $32.00                                                                     Vasanti Brighten Up! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator — $29.00                                             ELEMIS Papaya Enzyme Peel — $45.00

Summer & Rose Beach Towel — This is a microfiber towel.  It’s very soft, but I don’t know how absorbent it is.  I’ll have to test it out at the pool!

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Pier 1 Imports Marble Ring Dish — This is gorgeous!  I like that it’s very classic looking and will work with all room decor.  The ERTH x Fab Fit Fun “Tu Y Yo” Ring is really cute.  I don’t know if it’s something I will wear, I may give it to my daughter for her birthday.

Foreo Luna Fofo — This is why I purchased the box.  I had a Foreo original size (a little bigger) before and loved it!  It cleans the face so nicely!  This is a brand new model.  It is powered by Bluetooth technology and advanced skin sensors to create a totally personalized profile, which is sent straight to the newly launched FOREO LUNA™ app. I’m excited to try this out!

tarte tarteist™ PRO glow highlight & contour palette — First of all, this smells amazing!  I think it’s supposed to be chocolate scented (I LOVE the scented makeup trend).I’ve just used this a few times.  I like the powder sculpt shade.  It’s a nice cool toned contour.  The top two shades match my skin tone and I really like them. I might try the other two as eye shadows.

I’m almost out of my SPF moisturizer, so I will be using the Coola face sunscreen.  It feels really nice on.  I haven’t tried the Elemis peel yet, but I will this weekend.  I did try the Vasanti scrub, and it left my skin so soft!  I think all of this skincare is amazing for the summer, my skin will be smooth and protected.

I really liked this box.  The value was amazing for $49.99.  The total of what I received was worth $364.99! I think this is the best box I received from them.  I definitely think I will stick around for the fall box.  I might even upgrade to annual to be able to choose more of my items.  We’ll see!

Do you subscribe to FabFitFun?  What did you get this month?

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My 50th Birthday Beauty Wish List!

You saw is correctly, I am turning 50 this month!  It feels unreal, but I have decided to (somewhat) embrace it!  I’ve never done a wish list or a products I’m interested in buying post, but I thought this might be fun!

First, from my Sephora loves list:

Tatcha The Silk Canvas Protective Primer
Tatcha The Silk Canvas Protective Primer

Tatcha The Silk Canvas Protective Primer ($58 USD) — This is a “velvety priming balm of pressed silk that smooths and makes makeup last longer while keeping it out of skin, helping to prevent clogged pores and breakouts.” It is currently out of stock at Sephora.  It is very expensive for a primer.  But, I have huge pores, especially during allergy season, and I’ve heard this is excellent!

Other Tatcha products I would love to try is the Bestsellers Set or just the Luminous Dewy Skin Mist on it’s own.

Benefit Cosmetics Blush Bar Cheek Palette
Benefit Cosmetics Blush Bar Cheek Palette

Benefit Cosmetics Blush Bar Cheek Palette ($58) — This cheek palette includes Benefit’s new Gold Rush warm golden-nectar blush, as well as the iconic Hoola matte bronzer, the bestselling Dandelion brightening baby-pink blush, and more. With shades to flatter all skin tones, this must-have palette has everything you need to contour, bronze, brighten, and define your features. It comes complete with a soft powder brush, mirror, and Benefit’s signature Tips & Tricks.

I think this is beautiful and I think these shades will be perfect for summer.  Macy’s is currently having a 10 days of Glam sale I blogged about here.  On June 8th Benefit’s boxes of powders — including ones in the palette — will be half off.  So I might pick up a couple there.

Fenty Beauty Bomb Baby Mini Lip and Face Set
Fenty Beauty Bomb Baby Mini Lip and Face Set

Fenty Beauty Bomb Baby Mini Lip and Face Set ($23 USD) — I have still not tried anything from Fenty!  It’s crazy, because I really like Rihanna and think the line looks amazing.  This is “a must-have set of FENTY BEAUTY’S most coveted luminizers for the face and lips in travel-friendly sizes for killer radiance on the fly.”  This sounds amazing for summer!  I love highlighter and lip gloss.  I think I might pick this up when I go into Sephora to get my birthday gift.

In the future, I would love to try Fenty’s foundation and maybe some of their other products.  Any suggestions???

Next are some picks from Ulta that I need:

 

Dose Of Colors Block Party Single Eyeshadow ($20 each) — The shades above are:

Sky’s the Limit (soft brown base w/ icy lilac reflects)

Shell We Dance (pink champagne base w/ platinum reflects)

Lock & Key (medium brown base w/ gold reflects)

I know that $20 for a single shadow is steep, especially in the age of affordable palettes with lots of shades to choose from.  But I have seen makeup tutorials on YouTube with these and they are so gorgeous!  I would love to try one or two.

Physicians Formula Online Only Butter Collection Box
Physicians Formula Online Only Butter Collection Box

Physicians Formula Online Only Butter Collection Box ($29.99 USD) — Escape to the beaches of Brazil with Physicians Formula’s Butter Collection – an assortment of Physicians Formula’s most sought-after, skin-loving products.

Limited Edition Butter Collection Box includes:

  • Butter Bronzer (bronzer) (0.38 oz)
  • Butter Blush (natural glow) (0.26 oz)
  • Butter Highlighter (pearl) (0.17 oz)
  • Limited Edition Body Butter (0.5 oz)
  • Butter Paradise Eau De Toilette (0.5 oz)

There’s another set sold at Walmart for less than half the price of this, but you

Morphe Laura Lee's Favorite Brush Collection
Morphe Laura Lee’s Favorite Brush Collection

Morphe Laura Lee’s Favorite Brush Collection ($54 USD) — This is available at the Morphe website, not Ulta.  I have been eyeing this for a few weeks.  The selection has brushes that I would use daily. It inclused 11 brushes chosen by YouTuber Laura Lee.

Now, of course this isn’t all of the makeup that I want, these are just splurges that I would need to save up for.  I’m also interested in some fun brand new eye shadow palettes like Laura Lee’s Nudie Patootie, Dominique Cosmetics The Latte palette  and one that is launching tomorrow, Lunar Beauty’s Life’s a Drag.

So that’s my big 5 0 birthday wish list!  What makeup are you wanting this year?

 

 

 

 

 

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Macy’s 10 Days of Glam!

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Macy’s is having a huge beauty sale event called 10 Days of Glam, which starts in stores and online today, May 31st through June 9th! The event includes a selection of products that are on sale for the entire ten days, as well as select 50% off Beauty Offers which will change daily.

Click here to see the deals for each day.  Here are some products that look amazing to me:

Smashbox Spotlight Highlighting Palette

The Smashbox Spotlight Highlighting Palette ($35.00, Sale $17.50) — This is still on sale for a few more hours online, so grab it if you want it!  It comes in two shades, Pearl (shown) and Gold.  They include 3 complementary highlighting shades that range from subtle glow to mega sparkle.

Tomorrow Clinique Liquid Facial Soap, 6.7 oz is on sale from $17.50 to $8.75 and the Benefit they’re real! lengthening mascara is one sale from $24 to $12.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Eye Shadow Palette

On Saturday June 2nd the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Eye Shadow Palette is on sale from $42 to $21!  I might pick that one up.  It’s the only recent ABH eye shadow palette that I don’t have.  I’ve heard the controversy, but I really like the colors and would love to check it out!

Probably the other two I’m super interested in is 8 different shades of Benefit’s Box of Powders are on sale from $29 to $14.50 and

MAC In The Flesh x 15 Eye Shadow Palette

MAC In The Flesh x 15 Eye Shadow Palette is on sale from $65.00 to $32.50! I haven’t tried MAC eye shadows since the ’90’s, but I bet the formula is still amazing!  The colors are very nude, but pretty!

Are you going to check out this sale?  Visit the Macy’s sale page and let me know what’s caught your eyes!

 

 

 

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Sol de Janeiro Glow Oils and Brazilian Kiss Lip Butter Review

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Since it’s been in the 90’s in Kansas City for the past couple of weeks, I have been getting ready for summer beauty-wise.  I have been thinking up summer makeup looks and other beauty products that I love during the hotter months.  I haven’t started self-tanning yet, so when I received these goodies from Sol de Janeiro, I thought “these will help me glow without the mess of sunless tanning!”

I received (for my honest review) the new Glow Oils in Copacabana Bronze and Ipanema Sunset and my favorite lip balm, the Brazilian Kiss lip butter.

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Copacabana Bronze Glow Oil

Sol de Janeiro has just released two Glow Oils ($35 USD). Copacabana Bronze has a subtle bronze tint with golden shimmer to warm and illuminate the skin. It is infused with the signature Cheirosa ‘62 Bum Bum Cream fragrance, leaving skin deliciously scented with notes of pistachio and salted caramel.

I like this oil a lot! The bronze color gives my skin a sun-kissed glow. It’s so pretty and shimmery, not glittery. It also deepens my skin tone a bit so I don’t look as pale. It is a little sticky and doesn’t sink into my skin unless I use a small amount and rub it in really well. Also, the bottle doesn’t have a pump and I have to pour it in my hand.

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Ipanema Sunset Glow Oil

Ipanema Sunset has a translucent champagne shimmer to create a romantic sunset radiance. It is infused with the new tropical dream Cheirosa ‘77 fragrance, with romantic notes of pomelo, wild fig, and Brazilian gardenia.

This give my skin a light shimmer and a super pretty glow. It also looks so hydrated. This oil sinks into my skin better than the bronze oil and doesn’t leave it sticky.

Both oils have different scents. The bronze oil has the same fragrance as Sol’s Bum Bum cream. It’s sweet and spicy, but a little too strong for me. I like the Sunset oil’s scent a little better. If you don’t like strong fragranced oils, these probably aren’t for you.

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Brazilian Kiss Cupuaçu Lip Butter

Brazilian Kiss Cupuaçu Lip Butter ($18 USD) nourishes lips for a soft, supple feel. Powered by a blend of extraordinarily nourishing cupuaçu butter, antioxidant powerhouse açaí, and super-conditioning coconut oil, it leaves lips traced with a Brazilian caramel scent.

I tried this for the first time last year. It’s so amazing! It has a caramel and nutty scent which is so warm and yummy. And it’s creamy and hydrating.

 

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Get Ready For The Heat With Fresh Summer Beauty Products

It’s not quite summer yet, but it has been hot in Kansas City!  This has me thinking about (and needing) new beauty products for the change in weather and humidity.

I was sent the following products for my honest review.  They will help my hair, body and hair removal this summer.  I think I’m almost ready for it now!

 

 

ColorProof Radically Smooth Anti-Frizz Serum ($28 USD) This light serum instantly smoothes for long-lasting, frizz-free style with full spectrum UVA/UVB color and heat protection. Feather-light, heat-activated formula effortlessly tames and defies while reducing drying time.  It has a proprietary smoothing blend of Camellia and Abyssinian Oils along with soy lipids and seaweed to seal hairs’ cuticle and provide intense surface smoothing with long-lasting shine. I light using it before I dry my hair and afterwards to smooth any extra frizzies I might have.

ColorProof TruCurl Anti-Frizz Oil ($25 USD) Revolutionary, clear, non-staining, oil nourishes, defrizzes and restores hair to its healthiest condition ever. Provides long lasting exquisite shine, full spectrum UVA/UVB color and heat protection. Proprietary IllumaCurl Complex™ featuring revolutionary polymers, sugar cane and seaweed gives curls structure while Abyssinian, Camellia, and Grapeseed Oils soften and defrizz for the bouncy, beautiful curls of your dreams.  This helps condition and define curls, and it’s perfect for easy summer hair!

Purchase at ColorProof.com.

 

 

 

 

Bliss Poetic Waxing Hair Removal Kit ($24 USD) This iconic formula developed for Bliss’ spa makes anywhere-hair removal, from eyebrow arches to ankles, a breeze. No strips or appointment needed. The safe, low-temp wax shrink-wraps each follicle to remove even the shortest, coarsest and most stubborn hair from the root without irritation, while Chamomile makes it gentle enough for the most sensitive skin. Includes a microwaveable cup for quick and convenient heating and cleaning. Cruelty-free and Blissfully free of Parabens, Phthalates, Plastic Microbeads and SLS/SLES.  Available at Target, ULTA, and BlissWorld.com

Bliss Bump Attendant Ingrown Eliminating Pads ($22 USD for 25 pads) — These single-use pads are formulated with salicylic and glycolic acids to gently exfoliate and help prevent ingrown hairs for smoother bump-free skin. This straight-from-the-spa secret is soaked in antioxidant green tea and lavender oil to soothe skin and keep redness at bay. I not only use this on my legs and bikini area, I like to use it after I shave my arms to swatch makeup!  Cruelty-free and Blissfully free of Parabens, Phthalates and SLS/SLES. Available at Target, ULTA, and BlissWorld.com

Bliss Lemon & Sage Refreshing Body Wipes With Natural Deodorant ($10 for 30 wipes) This is a new product, not out yet.  It’s a pack of 30 pre-moistened, quick-drying cooling body wipes perfect for post-gym, travel or any time you need an instant refresh. Formulated with Aloe Vera, Vitamin E, and plant-based deodorant, these body wipes naturally deodorize, refresh and instantly cleanse away dirt, oil and sweat. These smell amazing and are so refreshing on hot days or after working out. Aluminum-free, Cruelty-free, Vegan and Blissfully free of Parabens, Phthalates and SLS/SLES. This will be available in July at Target, ULTA, and BlissWorld.com

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ARM&HAMMER Invisible Spray Body and Foot Powders

Sometimes it’s not always about seeing it to believe it!  The new ARM&HAMMER™ Invisible Spray Body and Foot Powders offer a mess free, invisible application while absorbing sweat and moisture.  That’s right, this formula tackles harsh odor without leaving any white mess on clothing, feet or shoes!  Although these invisible spray powders are not noticeable to the eye, your other senses will certainly pick up on their fresh aroma.

ARM & HAMMER™ Invisible Foot Spray Powder ($6.99 USD) — This is such an interesting product.  It sprays on clear and doesn’t transfer anything to my shoes.  It instantly freshens my feet, even after a long day.  The only thing is that my feet feel a little dry when I spray it on.  It does make my feet less sticky and smelly!

ARM & HAMMER™ Invisible Body Spray Powder ($6.99 USD) — This is nice to spray on the body on hot days.  I like to spray it before I go out, and when I get too hot and sweaty during the day. Both of these smell fresh, like deodorant.

The ARM&HAMMER™ Invisible Spray collection is available in May 2018 in the foot care aisle at Walmart and other select retailers.

What are your go to summer products? I will definitely have more summer beauty posts coming!

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Last Minute Mother’s Day Beauty Gift Ideas!

Can you believe Mother’s Day is in a week!  I had to face that fact, I just mailed my mom a package (full of beauty goodies) yesterday.  I live in Kansas City and she lives in Oregon, so I have to mail it ahead of time each year.

I also included goodies for my sister and sister-in-law. Beauty gifts are my favorite for Mother’s Day.  Here are some great ideas for little, or bigger gifts to give:

No7 Matte Liquid Lip
No7 Matte Liquid Lip

No7 Matte Liquid Lip ($9.99 USD) —  Switch up your look this season with the NEW No7 Matte Liquid Lips – bold colors that you can really feel good about. Get ready for a long lasting, comfortable wear with an on trend matte finish that will keep your lips moisturized all day. Available in a selection of six motivation-inspired colors:

Inspire (pink)                                                                                                                            Conquer (rich berry)                                                                                                                   Grace (nude)                                                                                                                          Captivate (coral)                                                                                                                       Fearless (red)                                                                                                                           Courage (plum)

This are very pigmented and comfortable on the lips.  If mom (sister, aunt, friend) love long-wearing lipstick, this is perfect for them!  Available at Target, Target.com, Walgreens, Walgreens.com

 

Coming this spring, Morgan Taylor & Gelish’s Royal Temptations Collection. Inspired by the lavish life of Marie Antoinette, the collection includes six delicious shades and an additional special effect glitter top coat that you can’t help but love.

Indulge yourself (or mom) with these seven NEW glamourous shades:

  • My Other Wig Is A Tiara – Sea Foam Metallic
  • Ruffle Those Feathers – Teal Crème
  • All The Queen’s Bling – Purple Pearl
  • All My Heart Desires – Hot Pink Crème
  • Beauty Marks The Spot – Coral Crème
  • Curls & Pearls – Pale Pink Crème
  • Over-the-Top Pop – Multi-Glitter Special Effect

I always send nail polish for Mother’s Day, and these are gorgeous! Purchase at www.morgantaylorlacquer.com

The Beauty of Dirty Skin
The Beauty of Dirty Skin
The Beauty of Dirty Skin by Dr. Whitney Bowe ($23.00 at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com).  Celebrity NYC-based dermatologist Dr. Whitney Bowe shows readers that skin health is so much more than skin deep. With simple explanations of science, DIY practical at-home tricks and tweaks to make to your diet and beauty routine, and a life-changing 21-day program, this book is your roadmap to glowing skin from the inside out and the outside in.

 

 

Here are a couple of gorgeous Josie Maran kits:

Josie Maran Argan Beauty Canvas ($45 USD) — Includes Surreal Skin Argan Finishing Balm, Argan Lip Sting Plumping Butter in Be It Boysenberry, and the Argan Moonstone Drops.
Josie Maran Argan Nourishing Kit ($100 USD) — Includes Argan Milk,  100% Pure Argan Oil and my favortie, the 100% Pure Argan Oil Light.
What are you giving the ladies in your life next Sunday? Do you have any fun plans?
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Fresh and New Spring Makeup Part 2

Happy Sunday!  It’s snowing in Kansas City, the second weekend in a row!  We don’t get a lot of snow, so this is pretty irritating.  My daughter’s lacrosse game has been cancelled again — she’s still waiting to play the first game of the season!

I did a new (and new to me) Spring makeup post last week.  You can read it here.  I still have  more products I have been trying for the first time that I wanted to share.  Here are some of my new faves:

 

Hard Candy Fox in a Box
Hard Candy Fox in a Box

Hard Candy Fox in a Box Scented Marbleized Baked Powder ($7 USD) The packaging on these powders are so fun and they smell good, too! The packaging has a scratch and sniff sticker, so you can see what the powder smells like.

There are five shades, 3 bronzers and two blushes. That’s what the Wal-Mart website shows. I do have the lightest bronzer called Girl Boss. It’s so light and shimmery that I use it as a highlighter. It’s very glowy. I also have the blush Girl Next Door. It’s a pretty soft pink.

The Hard Candy Fox in A Box Scented Marbleized Baked Powder are available at Walmart and Walmart.com.

Pixi Beauty Palette Chloette
Pixi Beauty Palette Chloette

Pixi Beauty Palette Chloette ($24 USD) — This palette is a collaboration between Pixi and You Tuber Chloe Morello.  The palette contains Chloe’s favorite shades inspired by love and romance.  Super silky blush and eye shades bring that “in-love glow” to your complexion & lids. Plus, there is a trio of matte eye contour & liner shades that double as brow powders to define.

This colors are really soft and pretty.  The shimmery eye shadows can double as highlighters.  This will be really nice in the summer and it will be great to have one palette that takes care of most of a makeup look.

Purchase at http://www.pixibeauty.com, Target.com and Target stores

 

Maybelline New York Eye Liners
Maybelline New York Eye Liners

Maybelline New York Master Precise Ink Metallic Eyeliner ($8.99 USD) — This broad range of eyeliners provides brilliant metallic, pop and glitter finishes for show stopping eyes. The high impact shades come in 7 vibrant colors that last up to 12 hours!  This works well for a cut crease or a pop of color.  I have the Solar Gold shade and it looks really nice over a black liner.

Maybelline New York Curvitude Liner  ($8.99 USD) Maybelline’s first angled eyeliner hugs tightly to the curve of the lash line for the most sensationally refined eyes. The angled pen reaches over the lid and effortlessly fills above and behind lashes, while the 0.2MM flex tip precisely glides between every lash to create a fuller lash line.  I haven’t tried this one yet, but I think it would make doing a winged liner easier.

Maybelline New York Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner ($9.99 USD) Combining the precision of liquid eyeliner with the ease of a gel formula, Lasting Drama gives intense color that stays all day. The gel formula holds more pigments than a traditional liquid liner, to create the most intense color. This comes in 4 shades — Blackest Black, Brown, Charcoal and Eggplant.  I don’t usually wear black liner, but this one is so pigmented and rich!  I love it for waterlines and tight lining and the other shades for definition and color. You could definitely do a wing with these, too.

***NEW Maybelline New York Master Fixer Makeup Remover Pen*** ($7.99 USD) Everyone makes mistakes! See mishaps disappear in the blink of an eye with Maybelline’s makeup corrector tool. Now, correct liner mistakes instantly, all without ruining your look. Maybelline’s makeup remover pen touches up any smudges or marks without leaving behind a greasy feeling.

Available at Maybelline.com

 

ybf Fall in Love Lipstick & Lipgloss duo
ybf Fall in Love Lipstick & Lipgloss duo

ybf Fall in Love Lipstick & Lipgloss duo ($22 USD) — This lightly scented, hydrating lipstick and lip gloss duo is suitable for every skin tone and will leave lips looking bold and voluptuous. With a creamy paraben-free formula infused with Smart Active Complexes, lips are rich, luminous and smooth for a soft n’ silky, pout.

The lipstick comes with a convenient case with a protractible mirror attached, making it the perfect lip essential to take and apply on the go.

The shades are Passionate Pink (in the photo above), Bloomin’ Berry/Rockin’ Raspberry, Regal & Romantic Red, & Kissable Coral.  The lipsticks are very creamy and moisturizing. My favorite is the gloss.  It is gorgeous, hydrating and not sticky at all!

Available at ybfbeauty.com

What products have you been loving this spring, and are looking forward to using in the summer?

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Project Pan January-March 2018 Final Results

IMG_0738Hi everyone! I finished my first Project Pan!  You can read about the start of it here and my update here. I started this in January to focus on using up some skincare I’ve had for a while.

I began with ten products, but used most of them up quickly. So I added a few more at the end of January. I didn’t do a check in at the end of February because I thought I was  almost done. But I had a Pur Cosmetics mask that took longer to use up than I thought it would.

I’m not going to list the products here, but you can go back to my original posts to see what was included.  I used up all of the products in the photo above and am pretty proud of myself!

The big thing I got out of doing this is that I made sure to use the products every day.  Before this,  I hadn’t been great about removing makeup and using my skincare at night.  I now take of my makeup and use my skincare almost every night and I think my skin looks better!  I also make sure to use skincare, including one with SPF in the morning, too.

I’m going to start another 3 month Project Pan this weekend.  This time, I’m going to include some other products as well as skincare.  Probably not any pressed powders yet, because I’m not even close to pan on any of my eye shadows, blushes, etc!  But this will help me use up some of my stash!

Have you done or are you doing a Project Pan.  How’s it going?

BoxyCharm Subscription Box Review — June 2018

 

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My June BoxyCharm finally arrived! I have been waiting for it because this month’s box is so amazing!

Boxycharm is just $21 a month for 5-6 beauty items, most of them full-sized.  It’s an amazing way to try new makeup and beauty tools!

Here is what I received:

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I was excited to try these Luxie Brushes.  I have some travel Luxie eye shadow brushes I’ve received in another BoxyCharm.  I haven’t use them yet, but they are pretty.  I think I’m going to try these tomorrow.

I don’t wear false lashes. I’ve tried them years ago, but I didn’t really know how to apply them.  I like how wispy these are.  I’m going to hold on to them and maybe play around with them.

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This smells amazing! It’s such a cute little container.  It is a very hydrating, but not greasy cream.  Very nice for the summer.

This eye pencil is okay.  I’m not the biggest fan of pencils you have to sharpen, plus when I swatched it, it wasn’t very pigmented.  I put this in my giveaway pile.

I also put the Ofra lipstick in my giveaway pile.  It’s too brown for me.  But I really do love their lip formula.

This is the item I was most looking forward to this month!  These colors are so pretty.  The top 4 are shimmers that can be used wet or dry and the bottom 4 are mattes.

Here are swatches:

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The shimmery shades swatch the best, they are so gorgeous!  The mattes (of course) don’t swatch as well on my arm, but they blended on my eye really nicely. I think this is gorgeous for some amazing eye-catching looks this summer.  I also think it will got into fall nicely, too.

So this month was a win because of the Alamar eye shadow palette.  I will also keep the lashes to try out, the brushes and the bum bum cream!  The eyeliner and lipstick will be given to a friend.  I think this is the most I’ve kept from a BoxyCharm!

Did you receive June’s BoxyCharm?  What did you think?

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Drugstore Haul and My Ulta Birthday Gift!

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A couple of weeks ago, I went into Ulta to get my birthday gift, a min Nars Orgasm blush. I picked up a few other drugstore products (of course).

This is my Ulta birthday gift this year.  I think I’ve tried a sample of this blush years ago when it was first popular, but I haven’t tried it since them.  It’s really pretty on and perfect for the summer.

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CoverGirl Katy Kat Gloss ($7.99 USD) is a lip gloss created by CoverGirl Katy Perry. I have it in the color Cateloup. This claims to give shiny lips, but it is is moussey and shimmery.  I purchased it to wear over the L’Oreal lipstick, and I do, but it is opaque enough to wear on it’s own.  I like the shade a lot, and of course, the cat on the applicator!  There are 11 shades.  Most of them are brights, so this is probably the only shade I would wear.

Enhanced with an indulgent chocolate aroma, Infallible Pro Matte Liquid Lipstick Les Chocolats scented provides all day full, matte coverage.  I purchased this in Dose of Cocoa after I saw Youtuber Tati review it.  I love the formula and applicator, but the color I chose isn’t for me.  When I first wore it, my husband said I had blue lips!  It’s not blue, but it is very cool toned.  I do want to purchase this in a warmer shade.

Here are lip swatches:

unnamed (1) The L’Oreal one in on the left and the CoverGirl is on the right.

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Wet n Wild Megaglo Loose Highlighting Powder in Moon Tears. This was $6.99. I could only find it in my nearby Ulta store, and it was the only one left.  I got this because it has received rave reviews and is not easy to find.  I like it.  It’s really sparkly, thought.  I’m going to use it a little more, but might pass it on to one of my daughters.

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Wet n Wild Color Icon Baked Blush in Don’t Flutter Yourself.  This was $4.99 and it’s limited edition.  It’s a shimmery peachy-pink.  It’s a great blush topper and I also like using it on my eyes.

Swatches of the face products:

 

 

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At the left is the highlighter, the middle is the Wet n Wild blush and on the right is the Nars.

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Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Quad in Flock Party — $2.99.  This is pretty, but not as pigmented as I would like:

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The first two are a bit light on my skin, but the other two look okay.  I’m still playing with this palette.  For the price, it’s a great deal!

I did not take individual photos of the Wet n Wild Perfect Pout Lip Scrub in Citrus Elixir ($3.99) or the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Chamomile and Lavender ($7 for 4 oz), but I am loving both products.  The lips scrub smells and tastes amazing and the spray is so hydrating with a relaxing scent.

Have you picked up any fund drugstore products lately?

 

Bath and Body Works Semi-Annual Sale Haul June 2018

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Last Saturday, I went to Sephora to get my birthday gift (post to come) and I decided to stop by Bath and Body Works to check out the Semi-Annual sale.  I found a few things and the range averaged $3-4 an item.  I also had a $10 of $40 coupon which helped.

Here is what I got:

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Three sheet masks.  I purchased some of these before, but gave them away as gifts and haven’t tried one yet! These were $1.25 each with my coupon.IMG_1328

My daughter and I both love bath bombs, so I picked up two of their bath fizzies.  These were $2.88 each.  I used the orange and ginger and it was really nice.

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The hand soaps were $2.48 and the shower gels were $3.27.  I love stocking up on these.  I’m also giving some to my daughter who goes off to college in August.IMG_1331

These all were products I haven’t used before.  It’s fun to find something new to me at the sale! On the left is the White Mousse-to-Oil.  It comes out as a mousse, but when you rub it in your skin, it turns into an oil.  The scent is a little musky and masculine for me, but it’s a nice idea! It was $3.41.

The two items on the right are Body Wash with Olive Oil.  They are a creamy body was and leave the skin really soft.  They were  $3 each.

IMG_1332 The last thing I got on clearance was a body butter.   I got this in Focus for my college-bound daughter, LOL! It was $3.41.

And I got a candle, not on clearance, but on sale for $8.70 with the sale and coupon! It is Costa Rica, which is a Rainforest Passionfruit scent.  I love passionfruit! They also had an Italy one which was chocolate cannoli scent and I almost got that one!

I’m glad I went and got some great items…now if I can stay away!  But, I’ll probably go back.

Did you get anything from the big sale?

Pixi Beauty Minis and Lip Balm — Perfect for Travel!

 

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I love Pixi Beauty.  It’s luxe beauty at an affordable price.  I didn’t know that they offered mini sizes of some of their hero skincare.  I was excited to receive the following for my honest review!

Glow Tonic (15 ml/.5 fl. oz. $4 USD) — This mini miracle-working toner helps to brighten the complexion resulting in a healthy glow.  Glow Tonic is so refreshing and I really see a difference in my skin when I use this.  I especially love this in the summer.  My skin gets oily with the heat and stressed with the sun.  This brightens my skin without drying it out.

Mini Glow Mud Cleanser (15 ml/.5 fl. oz. $6 USD) — Travel-size version of our deep pore cleansing mud that gently exfoliates while purifying for radiant skin. I like to use this once or twice a week.  I have combination skin and this really cleanses it while keeping it soft and smooth.

Shea Butter Lip Balm ($8.00 USD) –Treat lips while giving them gorgeous colour with this multi-tasking miracle lip balm!

The shades I have are Sweet Peach and Honey Nectar.  They are pretty on, just a light wash of color.  And they are hydrating without being greasy. They contain Shea butter and Vitamin E. They are great to take on vacation because you get the double benefit of color and hydration.

These can be purchased at www.pixibeauty.com.

What products are you taking with you on vacation this year?

Too Faced Life’s a Festival Review

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I purchased the Too Faced Life’s A Festival Eye Shadow Palette ($42 USD) a few months ago and still haven’t reviewed it, so I thought I would review it since I’m wearing it today on my birthday!

So, as I am 50 today, I can say that even us (uh, hum) older ladies can wear fun shadows like these!

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As soon as I saw this I thought it was so pretty and had to have it.  I loved the shade range.  When I got it, I noticed that it smells so good, like citrus or candy (Smarties)!

Here are swatches:

 

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From left to right is Young & Free, Euphoric, Rainbow Life, Desert Vibes, Sunset Dram Fun in the Sun and Beamin’

 

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Unicorn Tears, Fireflies, Mystic Rain, Funtasy, Artist Pass and Dusk Teal Dawn.

The duochromes and shimmers are my favorite shades in the palette.  There are only a couple mattes.  I wish there were more, but only if they could be added to the palette without any of the shiny stuff taken away!

Every shade blends well and are very pigmented.  I use the shimmers and duochromes with a dry brush, and they look great.  They can be wet with a little setting spray, but don’t really need it.

What do you think of this?  Are you all about shimmery shadows or are you more about the mattes?

 

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Father’s Day is next Sunday.  Time to get shopping!

I have some great picks for Dad.  Below is a fun fishing subscription box, fragrance, skincare and a book:

Fathers Day Bass XL
Fathers Day Bass XL

 

Lucky Tackle Box is the #1 fishing subscription box in America, where you can sign up and receive a monthly package full of the hottest lures, tackle and products in the sport fishing industry.  I received a sample of the Father’s Day Bass XL.

Lucky Tackle Box ships once a month, with each box packed full of some of the top fishing lures, tackle and accessories in the industry. LTB has 10 different boxes for species ranging from Bass to Walleye, Trout to Fly Fishing.

Subscription plans are set up for 1-month, 3-month, 6-month or 12-month durations. The Regular box is from $15.99 per month and is approximately a $25 value.  The XL box is from 25.99 a month and is approximately a $40 value.

 

The KORRES assortment of Greek grooming essentials are formulated with clinically-proven ingredients that reflect the brand’s deep knowledge of authentic herbal remedies. KORRES identifies powerful natural ingredients and maximizes the effectiveness to address the skincare needs of men, from dads to grads. The ABSINTHE Men’s Shave Cream and MARIGOLD & GINSENG Aftershave Balm are must-have grooming items that are perfect for Father’s Day (and even the soon-to-be graduate).
  • ABSINTHE Men’s Shave Cream ($32.50 USD) : This richly textured shave cream helps your razor glide smoothly over skin to ensure a deep and comfortable shave. Absinthe Shave Cream is a brushless, non-foaming preparation and, as it is formulated at a milder pH than lathering creams—preventing skin roughness.
  • MARIGOLD & GINSENG Aftershave Balm: The light textured and nutrient-rich balm is made for after-shave care. Enriched with energizing ginseng and anti-inflammatory marigold, it reduces irritation commonly caused by shaving. Ginseng extract enables the delivery of nutrients—ensuring the healthy appearance of skin.
Annick Goutal Eau de Monsieur Eau de Toilette Spray
Annick Goutal Eau de Monsieur Eau de Toilette Spray

Annick Goutal Eau de Monsieur Eau de Toilette Spray ($162 3.4 oz) — An ode to masculine elegance. A perfume that combines the freshness of bergamot and Italian citrus with the warm and enveloping notes of sandalwood.

Blvgari Man Black Orient Cologne
Bvlgari Man Black Orient Cologne

Bvlgari Man Black Orient Cologne (3.4oz – $89, 2oz – $68, 1oz – $50) — Combines the strength of leather and oud with the sophistication of Tair rose, expressing a scent that is suave, heady and wild. Also combines the collection’s signature rum and tuberose with added thread of woods in each base with a new smokiness that evokes the scent’s Oriental muse.

Available at Bulgari stores nationwide; for additional information and retail visit Bulgari.com

Three Gorges Dam Front Cover
Three Gorges Dam Front Cover

Three Gorges Dam by Thomas V. Harris — New Yorker Michael Brannigan and the People’s Republic of China are concluding a triumphant week. The PRC’s top energy consultant has fallen in love with Australian geophysicist Kylie Ryan while traveling in Xinjiang Province. President Lao Ming is in Beijing hosting a game-changing summit with the United States. CNN is broadcasting the new reality: the Communist juggernaut has surpassed the United States as the world’s top superpower.

Brannigan’s train is retracing Marco Polo’s historic journey—when the Silk Road Express reaches the Far East’s Far West, his team of engineers will assist the Chinese in developing the world’s richest oil fields. As Brannigan heads deeper into the Taklamakan Desert, President Lao’s motorcade is approaching the end of its parade route. In a few hours, the president will arrive at the Hall of Purple Light to celebrate his victory.

All that changes in two blinks of an eye. Television cameras capture the crumbling of the Communist regime while China’s Young Turks and Fighting Monks rock the country. Caught up in the violence, Brannigan’s love affair meets a tragic end. Hostiles are raging and the Chinese miracle is self-destructing. In the midst of the turmoil, Brannigan returns to China for a hush-hush assignment at Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest hydroelectric facility. There, he overcomes his demons and finds lasting happiness. Everything is coming up aces.

 

 

Fun Products For Easy Summer Beauty!

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Happy Friday!  I’ve received samples of some fun products for my honest review.  Some are new and some are new to me, but all are fun for the summer to some degree!

Ola Tropical Apothecary Body Mist ($14 for 2 oz) – The secret ingredient in Ola Tropical Apothecary’s Deep Sea Body Mist is…the water.  Found at 3000’ below the ocean surface off the Kona Coast, each Body Mist contains over 90 trace minerals, and is high in calcium and magnesium.  A few simple spritzes to hair, face and skin instantly hydrates and moisturizes. 

I first thought this was like a body cologne spray, but it has a very fine mist and I read that it can be used on the face.  I have the Pikake, which smells like a Hawaiian lei, and the Passion Fruit.  I LOVE the passion fruit one, it’s one of my favorite scents. These are very refreshing and hydrating.

Hotheads’ Mini G Hairbrush ($9.29 USD) – Good things really do come in small packages!  The Mini G conveniently fits in your handbag, gym bag or travel bag.  Use it with your favorite dry shampoo to refresh tired locks.  It’s the perfect little brush to distribute your leave-in products before heading out into the sun.  Great for detangling after a swim, the Mini G also helps remove sand debris from the scalp and hair.  Finishing your day at the beach using the Mini G will reduce frizz and help create the perfect ponytail.  

Mally Beauty More Is More Mascara ($20 USD) has a special brush designed to grip lashes and smooth mascara out to the very tips for exceptional length and definition. Has a rich, creamy, jet black formula. It took me a few uses to get a very voluminous look.  And it only really lengthens if I use a primer underneath. It is very black, though!

Mally Beauty Kiss Me Tinted Lip Oil ($27.21 USD for 3) — I received this in Crystal Clear, but you can get a trio including Crystal Clear, Peach Me and What a Melon. This is a conditioning oil that gives shine like a gloss, but it’s not sticky. It has a minty taste. This is nice when I want something on my lips, but don’t want to wear color.

Hard Candy Stroke of Gorgeous Colored Mascara ($5 USD) — Delivers intense opaque color that will not clump or flake. Maximum bristled brush helps give volume and length to all lashes. Available in 8 colored mascaras and two glitter top coats. The two shades I received are the glitter top coats in Disco Ball and Shooting Star.  Disco Ball has silver glitter and shows up more than Shooting Star, which has black and multi-colored glitter. These show up the best in the sunlight.  They are fun, but I will probably be giving them to my daughter.

What products have you been trying out lately?