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 Products From H2O+ Beauty

Hi all!  This is the second part of my recent H2O+ Beauty review on new products. I received these for my honest review.

I really like H2O+ Beauty because the brand is built on the philosophy that effective skincare doesn’t need to be complicated.  And they have leveraged the hydrating power of pure water. I love that the products are natural and I have really enjoyed the skin care and body care products I have used.

Here are the products I received:

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H2O+ Elements Jelly Cleanser ($20 USD) — This is such a fun cleanser! It contains Argan Oil and Pearl extract and transforms from a bouncy jelly texture into a foam.  It has a clean scent and doesn’t dry out my skin.

H2O+ Oasis Smart Tint LipColor ($12 USD) — A self-adjusting lip color that complements all complexions with a custom shade. I use the darker side for a soft blush shade, and the lighter side for a layer of shimmer.  This is so pretty!  And it’s a perfect light look for summer.

H2O+ Waterbright Massaging Eye Roller ($28 USD) — A massaging rollerball that helps reduce dark circles and puffiness of the delicate under eye area. The gel is cooling and hydrating. It features Pomelo, Snowflake Flower extracts and caffeine to helps reduce dark circles and puffiness while illuminating pigments instantly brighten my skin.

H2O+ On The Move Rollerball Fragrance ($18 each) — This is a water based fragrance that hydrates skin and adds a hint of shimmer. The two scents are:

Teak Rose — The light yet exotic wood fragrance showcases bergamot and orange blossom highlighted by aromatic rose and finished with dry notes of golden amber.

Lemongrass Vetiver — The alluring sparkling lemongrass scent features clean citrus notes of lemon, heightened by a ginger freshness and tempered by fresh grass.

I think the Teak Rose is my favorite, it’s kind of a smokey-rose scent.  It’s fresh and sultry. The Lemongrass Vetiver is okay, it is a fresher scent, but not my favorite.  These are fun to wear, especially if you like shimmer in the summer. And it’s nice that you can take these on the go.

Have you tried any new H2O+ Beauty products?  Which ones are you favorites?

 

 

H2O+ Beauty Coconut Verbena Body Collection

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Hi all!  I was excited to receive a bunch of new H2O+ Beauty products! The products I am reviewing today are an amazing smelling bath and body collection.  The H2O+ Beauty Coconut Verbena Body Care Collection features Verbena Extract, Coconut Milk, Coconut Water, and Vitamin E to nourish and soften skin.

Here are the products I received for my honest review:

H2O+ Beauty Coconut Verbena Foaming Body Exfoliator ($10 for 6 oz) – A foaming scrub that transforms skin from dry and rough into silky and luxuriously soft just as the gel transforms into a foam as you lather.  Coconut Oil and Verbena extract combine with Coconut shells to gently exfoliate, buffing away dull skin and leaving you with an all over glow. This gives a pretty vigorous scrub.  I love that it foams.  It leaves my skin so soft and smooth. Perfect before self-tanning.

H2O+ Beauty Coconut Verbena Body Wash ($18 for 12.2 Fl oz) — These Coconut Water enriched suds feature Coconut Water, Vitamin E and Verbena extract, cleansing and refreshing skin. I love the scent of this whole collection, it’s so fresh and bright!  This is a really bubbly body wash and works well as a bubble bath!

H2O+ Beauty Coconut Verbena Body Butter ($22 for 8 Fl oz) — This features Coconut Milk and Verbena extract, to nourish and soften skin.  It’s very hydrating and is softly scented.  It’s really nice to use after the bath.  I love layering my fragrance!

H2O+ Beauty Coconut Verbena Shimmering Body Moisturizer ($18 for 5 Fl oz) — And speaking of layering scents, this fun moisturizer transforms from a foam texture into an oil as it melts into the skin. It’s infused with Coconut Oil and Verbena extract. I like that it’s not greasy.  It does leave a shimmer, which I don’t usually wear, but I know one of my daughters will love this!

Over all, I really love this collection.  The scent is perfect for the summer and the products are really hydrating.

Have you tried H2O+ Beauty?  What products do you like from them?

 

 

 

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Beat The Heat With Fun Summer Products!

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Yes, it’s still summer and it’s still HOT!  And I have more amazing summer products to share!

I received the following products for my honest review:

NaturaBrasil Acai Body Scrub ($25 USD) — this is a gentle way to slough off dry skin after being at the pool or beach. Or, before self tanning. And, it smells amazing! This scrub has natural açaí seeds and sugar, as well as moisturizing shea butter and olive oil.

Love Sun Body SPF 30 Lightly Scented ($32 USD) —  This is a 100% natural mineral sun screens. It is very lightly scented with tiare & vanilla. It’s kind of hard to detect the scent. It claims to absorb with a matte finish that doesn’t feel sticky.  It is VERY thick.  And white.  I have to really rub it in to get the matte finish.

Certified by EcoCert Cosmos Natural and is recipient of EWG’s highest ranking. Love Sun Body is available in two sizes and scents at Credo, Amazon and lovesunbody.com.

Cricket’s wide tooth Ultra Smooth Coconut Conditioning Comb ($6.99 USD) helps gently detangle wet hair and is great for pulling a hair mask through to the ends. Coconut oil and keratin protein are baked into the plastic of the comb which also helps to smooth and de-frizz from the summer humidity. Available at Target and Ulta.

My favorite products of this bunch are these bright Morgan Taylor Lacquer:

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This is a celebrity nail tech favorite and has 130+ phenomenal colors that are available  at Ulta. These are perfect for pedis or manis this summer!

These shades are Girls Love Buoys (on my nails and in my hand), Tokyo a Go Go, Orange Crush, Go For The Glow and Gotta Have Hue.  These are so bright and gorgeous, but they don’t last long, so make sure to use a bottom and top coat!

What are your current favorite summer beauty finds?

Julep Maven July (& June) 2018 Subscription Box Review

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I am excited to share what I received from one of my favorite (and my oldest) subscription box,  Julep Maven.

This is the JuIy box, but I realized that I never photographed and reviewed the June box! So I found the products and I will include the photo at the end of this review.

I have been a Julep Maven subscriber for 5 years now.  And I love it!  You don’t have to take a box each month, you can skip if you want to.  Which is so nice if I’m short a month or if I’m not feeling any of the items.  The cost is $24.99 a month ($19.99 a month with a 3-month subscription).

I also love that you can customize your box.  When I first started subscribing, I could choose from curated boxes, but now, I get to curate my own! Here are the products I chose:

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Saundra Polish ($14) — Color description: Azure Seas Holographic Shimmer.  There were a bunch of fun shimmers this month, but I have a TON of nail polish, so I just chose one this month. Their formula is 5-free and vegan-friendly.

Rethink Your Shower Hydrating Body Cleansing Oil ($38) — An ultra-hydrating, lightweight body cleansing oil that reaches deep to dissolve impurities and prep skin for exfoliation, then rinses away to reveal silky, nourished skin. This smells amazing! Kind of citrusy.  But, I haven’t tried it yet.  It’s in my beauty room/office and I keep forgetting to take it into my bathroom.  I am excited to try it, though.

Don’t Leave Your Brows At Home – Cool Brown — Two-in-one tool with brow powder and an angled brush to fill in and define your brows. I can’t find this on the website right now.  It wasn’t a new product this month, but one I wanted to try.  I have been playing with it and am liking it okay.  I’m more used to an eyebrow pencil.    

And this is what I chose last month:

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Roberta polish ($14 USD) — Color description: Breezy Turquoise Shimmer

Two It’s Whipped Matte Lip Mousse ($20 each) in ULTAmate Nude and Blush.  Blush is shimmery, which I didn’t know until I purchased it.

Here are swatches:

IMG_1391 I really like ULTAmate Nude.  It’s so pretty on!  These are so nice, they don’t dry down all of the way and aren’t transfer proof.  But I don’t like drying lippies, so these are right up my alley!

I love this box and will continue subscribing! I love that I can choose from new or older products depending on what I want and need.

What did you choose for your June and July boxes if you are a maven?

 

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?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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June 2018 Beauty Favorites

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I can’t believe tomorrow is July!  June (and the first half of the year) has just flown by! That means it’s time for my June favorites!

Since this was my birthday month, I got a lot of new products.  Most of them I haven’t used enough to include in my favorites, but a few I instantly loved!

I loved two hydrating sprays this month, the Smashbox So Chill Coconut primer water and the Pacifica Crystal Power Hydro Mist.  They both smell so nice and I like using them before makeup and for refreshing during the day.  The Pacifica one is a bit lower in price, but the Smashbox one is my fave.  It smells so amazing!

I bought the Fenty Beauty lip gloss in a set with a highlighter.  The highlighter is pretty, but not really a shade I wear, it’s kind of peachy.  But the gloss is amazing! It gives such a pretty shine and it’s sticky or goopy.  I wear it almost every day either over lipstick or alone.

The NARS Orgasm mini blush was my birthday gift from Ulta.  I’ve never really tried this and I love the shade. It’s shimmery and a coral-pink shade, which is perfect for summer.

The TATCHA The Silk Canvas Protective Primer was the item I’ve been wanting the most.  It glides on and blurs my pores and fine lines.  Plus it looks amazing under makeup and helps my foundation last.  I don’t use it every day, because I want to make it last, but I love how I look when I do.

PIXI Beauty Jasmine Oil Blend smells amazing!  It smells just like fresh jasmine flowers. I love this at night.  It contains a jasmine flower extract, evening primrose and grape seed oil.  It is so hydrating and it calms my red skin.  In the morning my skin is bright and smooth.

My last favorite is Jergen’s  Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer.  I’ve been using this in the lighter shade (which is in my shower), but I’m ready to go darker and use the medium to tan one shown.  This is SO easy to use.  You put it on when your skin is wet and pat it dry with your towel.

What are your faves for June?