Project Pan August-September 2018

Hey all! I’m back with my third project pan of the year! I’ve been doing quarterly pans, but I took a month off.  So this third pan is only two months.

The products below are mostly skincare, with some makeup and other products thrown in!

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I have chosen 10 products for my 2 month pan.  Most of these are at least half way full, so I should be able get through most of them!

Here is a description of each product and what I think of it.  Buckle up, this is going to be a long one!

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Both of these are from Victoria Principal’s natural skincare line Principal Secret Reclaim Botanical.  I have been loving products from this line.  So great for aging skin and I love that they are good for me! They are almost used up so they should be empty by the end of the pan.

Synant Peptide — gives skin a botanically based serum specially infused with exclusive Synant Peptide. This formula helps improve the appearance of skin elasticity, hydration and radiance while visibly minimizing fine lines, wrinkles and age spots.

Principal Secret Reclaim Botanical Radiant Recovery Fluid Eye Cream — This botanically based eye formula is designed to help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles and undereye puffiness. Superior botanicals from the Brazilian Rain Forest work alongside scientifically advanced ingredients plus a special light refractor to operate as an instant concealer that visibly diminish imperfections.

You can check out these products on www.reclaimbotanical.com

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Philosophy hope in a jar — lightweight daily moisturizer hydrates and provides antioxidant protection while improving skin texture and tone, leaving it smooth and radiant. this high-performing moisturizer contains lactic acid, a gentle alpha hydroxy acid that helps remove surface dead skin cells, and beta-glucan to promote overall skin health by helping to strengthen skin’s natural rejuvenation potential.

yes to superblueberries RECHARGING GREEK YOGURT &PROBIOTICS 3-IN-1 MASK, SCRUB & CLEANSER — Cleanse, exfoliate and treat your skin with this supercharged 3-in-1 Mask, Scrub & Cleanser. Formulated for stressed skin, this rich, creamy formula provides customized use…can be used as a mask, scrub or cleanser separately or all together to recharge and rebalance skin. 

I have had the  the hope in a jar for a while now and need to use it up.  It looks thick, but turns into a lighter cream once applied.  It’s really nice for the summer.  This jar is pretty full (as is the Yes to mask) so I need to make an effort to use it up.

The yes to superblueberries mask/scrub/cleanser is really creamy and sticks to my skin, so it works best as a mask, then wiped off with a damp towel.  It leaves my skin so soft and glowy!

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Botanics 100% Organic Refreshing Toning Spritz — Botanics 100% Organic Refreshing Toning Spritz, a generous spritz of this organic rose-water toner purifies and refreshes skin after cleansing, as it delicately yet effectively removes traces of make-up, leaving the skin feeling revitalized.

Pacifcia Crystal Power Hydro Mist — Your skin will look amazing and your soul will love the aromapowers. Watermelon, lemongrass and rose crystal extracts unite with aloe to bring you hydration and a refreshing boost with Pacifica’s Crystal Power Hydro Mist. This is your moment to shine bright.

I love both of these mists, but I have SO many mists right now, I need to use some up!  I use the Botanics mist (which smells like rose) after I wash my face and before my skincare, and the Pacifica mist (which smells like watermelon) before and after applying makeup.  They smell amazing and are so refreshing!

Both of these are available at Ulta.

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PÜR No Filter Blurring Photography Primer — PÜR’s unique primer with prismatic blurring micro-pearls helps to color correct while age-defying skin care ingredients nourishes the skin and a vitamin-rich Energy Complex with moisturizing agave and essential fatty acids prep the skin for makeup application. 

Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25HR Breathable Foundation — Rimmel’s most lightweight long-lasting formula. It perfects your skin with medium buildable coverage whilst enriched with breathable skin technology that doesn’t clog pores. Moisturizes for up to 25HRS. With SPF 18.

The primer is looks shimmery first, but when applied well, it blurs all imperfections and skin looks so smooth! It’s really hydrating, too.

The foundation is a medium coverage which I love for everyday. It’s a little glowy and hydrating, which I need right now.  My skin is a little dry.

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Lavanila The Healthy Body Butter in Vanilla Grapefruit —  A crisp blend of sparkling grapefruit and vanilla softly scents skin. This super soft, all-natural body butter absorbs instantly for deeply hydrated, luxuriously soft skin. 100% pure Shea & Cocoa Butters blend with powerful antioxidants and essential oils for long-lasting hydration. With super soft scents and a non-greasy formula, prepare for the ultimate indulgence.

Tigi Bed Head After-Party — The perfect party favor for TIGI’s frizz prone friends. After-Party hair creme for silky, smooth, shiny, healthy looking hair. Control the funky fly-aways and silk-ify your hair.
I love Lavanila Body Butter.  It is super hydrating and always smells amazing. This is about half full.
The Tigi hair cream is so good on my frizzy hair! It also makes my hair soft and shiny. I have been using this for a while, and there isn’t a lot left.
So there are my products for my third Project Pan of 2018.  I have less than two months to use these up.  I should be able to do it!
Are you doing project pans this year?  How’s it going?

 

 

 

 

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New Summer Releases From Pixi Beauty

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I was so lucky to receive some new Pixi by Petra Products for my honest review. I got a fun mix of skincare and makeup.

The first three products are some amazing Skintreats. The first one I want to talk about is the Retinol Tonic (in the middle of the photo above).

This is not on the website yet, but I did get some PR materials about it. It will retail for $15 and is 3.4 fl. oz. It features a unique time-release Retinol to help rejuvenate the skin for a natural glow.  Powerful antioxidants and botanicals replenish the skin for  a smoother, softer appearance.

I have only been using this and the other two Skintreats for about a week, but I am enjoying it.  It doesn’t have much of a scent, so if you are sensitive to scent, this is a good choice.  I apply it every night before serum and moisturizer and I like how smooth my skin looks in the morning! I will keep using and report what results I see.

There are also two new products in the Rose Skintreats line — Rose Ceramide Cream and Rose Glow Mist:

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Rose Ceramide Cream ($24 USD) — This ultra-rich cream is infused with Ceramides and Rose Oil to deeply hydrate the skin for a healthier, more supple appearance and feel. Antioxidant-rich botanicals help to improve skin’s elasticity while protecting against environmental aggressors.

This is a very hydrating cream.  A little goes a long way.  I over did it the first time I used it and it felt a little heavy.  For me, this is a night cream. In the morning, my skin is well hydrated. It has a soft floral scent and smells really nice.

Rose Glow Mist ($15 USD) — Infused with 7 types of Rose Flower extracts and antioxidants, this lightweight mist helps soothe and strengthen the skin. Helping to moisturize, improve elasticity and provide free radical protection, skin’s complexion is left with a naturally enhanced glow.

I’m in love with this mist!  I use this after cleansing and before serums and moisturizer.  I also use it over makeup for a little hydration and glow.  It smells like fresh roses and gives my skin a healthy glow.  LOVE!

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These are the stunning PixiGlow Cakes ($28 each) –This light-diffusing palette helps to achieve a naturally healthy, radiant complexion with flushed apples of the cheeks, subtle contouring and glowing highlights. The shades in the gradient make it easy to create a sheer wash of luminous colour that enhances your PixiGlow!

This comes in two shades, GildedBare Glow on the left in the photo above and the PinkChampagne Glow on the right.

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Here is a swatch of the GildedBare Glow.  It’s kind of hard to see, but I swatched the lightest end, in the middle and the darker end.

This is very shimmery/glittery, but when applied it gives a glow and the glitter doesn’t show on my face. I tried it two ways: swirling a big fluffy brush in it and applying it all over my cheek, and applying the lightest end as highlighter, the middle as blush and the darkest end as bronzer.  Both ways are so pretty, but I think I like applying it all together.  It gives a gorgeous flush!  The more bronze end doesn’t work well bronzing the rest of my face, though.  It’s way too shimmery!

I have to say, though, I really recommend this.  It can be built up easily and gives my face the perfect summer glow!

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This is the LashLift 188 Mascara in Beyond Black ($15 USD) — This unique 2-in-1 dual chamber contains a larger wand for volume and a finer precision wand to coat every one of your +188 lashes. Together, the brushes create volume, length and curl for an eye-opening effect and the ultimate false-lash look!

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Here is how it looks with both of the wands. I use it this way first and it gives great volume.

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Here is what the smaller wand looks like when removed from the larger one.  I have never seen anything like this before!

I use the skinny wand to define my lashes and on my lower lashes.  It works really well!  All in all, this is a great mascara.  It doesn’t smudge or flake. I really like this and will continue to use it.

I am really liking all of these products.  I will continue testing out the skincare, but so far are enjoying using them — especially the mist.  The GlowCakes are perfect for the summer and I will be using both of them.  The mascara is really fun to use and gives a dramatic look.

What do you think of these products?  Will you be picking any of them up?

 

Brand Review — Studio Selection line at Dollar General

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Hi all!  I am reviewing a new line of beauty products at Dollar General called Studio Selection.  It is a range of products that includes skincare, body care and hair care. The products are dupes of other brand name products, and let you know on the package what products they claim to be like.

I received a gift card to purchase a few products for my honest review.  I got all of the Studio Selection products that were in stock at my local store at the time, but there are a lot more to choose from online. Here is what I picked up:

Studio Selection Makeup Remover And Cleanser Micellar Cleansing Water ($4 USD for 13.5 Oz) — this claims to gently refresh and hydrate skin while removing makeup. Won’t clog pores and is dermatologically & clinically tested. Formula is free from: Alcohol, parabens, sulfates, and phthalates. Compare to Garnier SKINACTIVE Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Makeup Remover & Cleanser.

I really like this.  I haven’t used the original Garnier, but I have used the Garnier waterproof makeup micellar cleanser with the blue cap and hated it.  It was so greasy.    This one cleans without leaving a greasy residue.  I think for the price point, it’s a good buy.

Studio Selection Age Daring Body Wash ($2.80 for 18 oz) — Studio Selection Age Daring Body Wash cleans and moisturizes aging skin. This formula contains Vitamin E and with daily use, helps to revitalize and soften skin over time. Use this rich body wash to fight dryness due to aging skin. This compares to an Olay body wash.

I like the value of this.  You get a lot of product for $2.50.  It does cleanse well, but I didn’t notice any extra moisturization.  Plus, the scent was very soapy, and I wasn’t a fan of the fragrance.

Studio Selection Daily Moisturizing Lotion ($2.95 12 Oz) — helps moisturize your skin for up to 24 hours. This formula also helps to prevent and protect dry skin, providing temporary relief of scaling and chapping that can accompany dry skin. *Compare to Aveeno Active Naturals Daily Moisturizing Lotion.

I gave this to my daughter who has eczema.  It does help her dry skin and she has been enjoying it.  It does not have a fragrance. Like the other products, the value is great!

Studio Selection Oil-Free Pink Grapefruit Makeup Removing Facial Towelettes ($3.50 USD 25 Ct) — With skin conditioning agents to help moisturize and soothe, suitable for blemish-prone skin, leaves skin feeling smooth and refreshed.  They compare to the Neutrogena grapefruit towelettes.

These are my favorite items from this haul.  They smell really nice and are so refreshing.  They remove my makeup and clean my skin.  I think they are definitely worth the $3.50 and I will purchase them again.

So, I think the prices on all of these are great.  When I go back to purchase more wipes (and the micellar water), I will check out some of the other wipes and products they have.

Visit www.dollargeneral.com to learn more about the products available and to purchase them.

Do you shop at Dollar General? Have you purchased anything from this line?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Project Pan April-June 2018 Final Results

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Hi Everyone! I’m at the end of my 2018 second quarter Project Pan.  This ran from April-June. This is the second one I’ve ever done, and I plan to do two more this year.

I’m pretty much enjoying these.  I think I was more in to it in the first one.  I used up products right away and even added in more.  And I used all of them up!  You can see the wrap up for my first Project Pan here.

So in this Project Pan, I used almost all of the products up. Here is the link to my first post of this quarter’s pan so that you can view the info on the products.

But, here are the products I didn’t use up:

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The two products I didn’t use up were my ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Reversible and Maybelline Fit Me! Loose Finishing Powder in 10 Fair Light.

The shadow is almost gone, but it’s really crumbly now, so I am going to toss it. It is very pretty, though. The Fit Me! powder has been going strong for months!  I have been using it almost exclusively, too.  I think it’s almost out now.  I would repurchase the powder.  I think the shadow is discontinued, but I’ll buy more Super Shocks!

And of the products I panned, I would repurchase everything if I run out of my current skincare and makeup.  I have so much right now, so we’ll see.

So I call this a successful Project Pan!  I got through some skincare, hair care and a little bit of makeup, too!  I’ll be announcing my next quarter pan in about a week.

Have you done a Project Pan?  How did it go?

Project Pan April-June 2018 — Second Update

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I hope everyone has had a great weekend!   This is the second Project Pan update for my April to June pan.  Just one more month to go! It has been going really well.  I started out with 12 products, but as you can see from my photo above, I only have 5 left!  I panned two in the first month and 5 more the second.  The first two products I panned were IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye concealer and Bye Bye Lines foundation. You can check out my original post here and my second post here.

Of the products left, I am almost finished with the Philosophy Eye Hope eye cream and the the H2O+ day cream. I have only used the face mask a few times, so it’s still half full.  I really like it, but I always forget to use it.  So we’ll see!  The powder still has a lot in it and I have made a dent in the eye shadow.

Here’s what I used up:

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I used up my Ofra Cleanser, Neocutis night cream, Oscar Blandi Glossing Cream, Reclaim Botanical neck cream, and the Philosophy Snow Angel body lotion.  I am really happy with that!

One more month to go! I should use up almost everything. I’m learning so far that like I thought, skincare is much easier to use up than makeup!  I am trying to decide if I’ll do two more pans this year.  It’s a lot of work, but it is really satisfying using products up.

Are you doing a project pan?  How’s it going?

IT Cosmetics It’s Your Most Beautiful Skin Today’s Special Value on QVC

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Hey IT Girls!  There’s an amazing IT Cosmetics and QVC Today’s Special Value on now.  It’s called the IT’s Your Most Beautiful Skin! Life-Changing Skincare Collection and it gives you the power to experience your most beautiful skin—and to look in the mirror and see everything that is right.

This Today’s Special Value is scheduled to debut on QVC Friday, May 18th, 2018 at 10 pm (EST), but is being offered now here for presale.  The price is $69.95 and $3 shipping. The value is $193.50!  This is only until the end of the day on May 19th.

This exclusive four-piece collection features two IT Girl skincare must-haves, plus one new game-changing innovation that delivers life-changing results as well as a revolutionary brush that pairs perfectly with it! While new Bye Bye Foundation with SPF 50+gives you the power to say “bye bye” to traditional foundation, the Heavenly Luxe Bye Bye Foundation Brush No. 22 reaches every corner of your face to deliver an even, streak-free application. Also included is Bye Bye Under Eye Eye Cream, your solution for a smoother, brighter-looking eye area, and Bye Bye Lines Serum to deeply hydrate your skin and visibly erase the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for younger-looking results!

  • Includes 1-fl oz Bye Bye Foundation Full Coverage Moisturizer with SPF 50 in Fair, Fair Light, Light, Light Medium, Medium, Neutral Medium, Medium Tan, Neutral Tan, Tan, Rich, Rich Honey, or Deep
  • 1-fl oz Bye Bye Lines Serum
  • 0.5-fl oz Bye Bye Under Eye Eye Cream; shipments arrive approximately every 90 days for three years
  • Heavenly Luxe Bye Bye Foundation Brush #22

I have tried the Bye Bye Lines Serum and Eye Cream.  They are both amazing!  The serum sinks right into the skin and make my face feel so smooth.  The Eye Cream is hydrating without feeling heavy.  I haven’t tried the Bye Bye Foundation, but I think it looks amazing!

Are you going to pick up this set?  What IT Cosmetics products have you tried?

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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
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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?