Project Pan April-June 2018

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I’m doing another Project Pan!  It’s my second one ever and the second one this year.  I’m going to do quarterly Project Pans in 2018 and see how it goes.

My first one (you can read about here)

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I included makeup this time!  I don’t have any pressed powder products, and don’t know when I will.  I’m not close to pan on any pressed shadows, blushes, bronzers etc, because I have so many and like to use different products every day.

Starting with my much loved Maybelline Fit Me! loose powder.  I have recently purchased a new powder (and new foundation and concealers)  and want to start trying them, so I need to use this up.  I’ve been using it for months.  Same with the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Lines foundation and Bye Bye Under Eye concealer.  I received all of these in the fall and have been wearing them on and off.  It’s time to finish them.  They are all so nice and I have been loving them.

I was looking through my stash and saw that I hit a little pan on my ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Reversible.  I’m going to try to top off my eye looks with this and maybe even use it as a highlighter.

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I also have a body lotion and and hair glossing cream.  The Philosophy Snow Angel smells so good.  It’s a fresh floral scent and is actually really nice for spring.  I received it before Christmas and I haven’t used it up because it is thick and hard to squeeze out of the bottle.  I need to leave it on it’s side to be able to use it.

The Oscar Blandi Glossing Cream smells amazing! I use it on wet hair to make it manageable and on dry hair for shine. I’ve had it for a while. It’s close to being finished.

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The majority of the pan is skincare.  These are the first three products I need to use up.  The Ofra Peptide Cleanser is about half full, the H2O+ Waterbright moisturizer is about 3/4 full and I’m not sure about the Neocutis night cream.  I’ve had these since last summer/fall so it’s time to use them up!

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Here are the last three products!  The eye hope is about half full.  The Reclaim Botanical neck cream and the Perfectly Posh the ritual mask have both only been used a few times.  I need to start using neck cream every day again and I need to give the mask a good try!

I will be doing the first update at the end of April.  Wish me luck!

Are you doing a Project Pan this year? How’s it going?

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H2O+ Beauty’s New Rapids and Coconut Verbena Collections

H2O+ Beauty has some amazing new skincare and bath and body care just released this spring.  I love this brand because the products contain natural ingredients and innovative formulas.

One of the new collections I’m reviewing products from are the Rapids Collection that features champagne and yuzu extracts, a balancing and enhancing probiotic skin care collection that makes your skin look and feel immediately healthier:

H2O+ Rapids Soothing Probiotic Bubble Mask
H2O+ Rapids Soothing Probiotic Bubble Mask

H2O+ Rapids Soothing Probiotic Bubble Mask ($6 for one pouch, $25 for 5 pouches) – This bubble mask foams up before your eyes and helps calm and soothe skin, promoting a more even looking complexion. Perfect for combination skin.

What I think:  Once you massage this mask in, it bubbles up thickly.  At first it tickled my nose and I didn’t know if I could keep it one, but the bubbles pop and leave a film on the skin.  I rinsed it off after 10 minutes and my skin was smooth.  It wasn’t calm though at first, it was a bit red.  But it did calm down and I really liked how soft my skin was. One pouch contains about three uses.

H2O+ Rapids Gel to Powder Probiotic Mattifier
H2O+ Rapids Gel to Powder Probiotic Mattifier

H2O+ Rapids Gel to Powder Probiotic Mattifier ($22 USD) — This unique mattifier balances combination skin and blurs imperfections as the gel transforms to a light powdery texture before your eyes.  Featuring Probiotics and Champagne and Yuzu extracts, it absorbs excess oil and shine and leaves skin with a visibly flawless, even skin tone. Dermatologist tested. Non-acnegenic. Non-comedogenic. Clinically proven to not clog pores and to reduce the number of blackheads after 2 weeks.**when used as a regimen.

What I think:  This is really nice under makeup or on its own to keep oil at bay.  I usually only have oily skin in the summer, so for me it will be perfect when it gets hot.  I think this will be nice for those who have oily skin all year long.

H2O+ Rapids Probiotic Champagne Illuminator
H2O+ Rapids Probiotic Champagne Illuminator

H2O+ Rapids Probiotic Champagne Illuminator ($22 USD) — A pearlescent highlighter that enhances your best features while also helping skin better retain moisture.  Featuring Probiotics, and Champagne and Yuzu extracts, its water-based jelly texture gives you a subtle glow in all the right places. Dermatologist tested. Non-acnegenic. Non-comedogenic. Clinically proven to not clog pores and to reduce the number of blackheads after 2 weeks. **when used as a regimen.

What I think: This is such an interesting highlighter.  It’s a peachy-golden glow that applies like skincare.  It really feels nice on the skin.  It goes on a little wet but dries down. It’s a more natural glow, but looks amazing in the sunlight.  The only negative is there is very little product in the container.But a little does go a long way.

The second collection I have been testing is the Coconut Verbena Bath and Body Collection:

 

 

Coconut Verbena Body Wash
H2O+ Coconut Verbena Body Wash

Coconut Verbena Body Wash ($18 USD 12.2 Fl oz) — These Coconut Water enriched suds feature Coconut Water, Vitamin E and Verbena extract, cleansing and refreshing skin. So lather up those bubbles and breathe in the crisp, citrusy verbena scent. Cleanses and refreshes with coconut and verbena.

What I think:  This is a really refreshing, light scented body wash.  It also bubbles up nicely in the bath (I love baths)!  It also hydrates the skin and leaves it soft after use.  So lovely for warmer weather!

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H2O+ Coconut Verbena Body Butter

H2O+ Coconut Verbena Body Butter ($22 USD 8 Fl oz) This deeply hydrating body butter features Coconut Milk and Verbena extract, nourishing and softening skin while treating your senses to the crisp and citrusy scent of verbena. Deeply hydrates and softens with coconut and verbena.

What I think: This smells just as pretty as the body wash.  It hydrates the skin and leaves it so soft!
Have you tried H2O+ Beauty products?  Are you going to pick up any of these new releases?

 

New Arbonne RE9 Advanced Body and Neck Creams

Arbonne RE9 Advanced Retexturizing Serum in Lotion
Arbonne RE9 Advanced Retexturizing Serum in Lotion

I was sent some amazing Arbonne RE9 Advanced body and neck products for my honest review.  I have only been using these for about a week, so I haven’t seen the long term benefits yet.  This is more like first impressions.

A big release is the RE9 Advanced Retexturizing Serum in Lotion ($50 USD) — This double-duty body lotion contains serum that not only delivers amazing all-day hydration, but also offers gentle exfoliation.

What I think:  I love how this feels on my skin.  It immediately hydrates and leaves my skin silky smooth.  It isn’t greasy at all.  I can tell that it has serum in it, because it sinks into my skin and my skin glows and appears smoother.  My dry patches on my elbows already look better! The only issue is that I don’t really care for the scent.  It’s lemony, almost like a home cleaner.  I am going to use it up to see what it does to my skin.

Two other products from the collection are the RE9 Advanced Firming Body Cream and the RE9 Advanced Age Defying Neck Cream.  Here are the descriptions from the Arbonne website:

RE9 Advanced Age-Defying Neck Cream ($85 USD) — This heavenly cream, formulated with peptides, helps improve the appearance of firmness by adding moisture to your delicate neck and décolletage area, while stabilized vitamin C boosts and maintains moisture to support collagen.1.7 oz.

RE9 Advanced Firming Body Cream ($75 USD) –This luxurious cream deeply nourishes the skin with hydration, formulated with red algae extract, to smooth the appearance of dimpled skin and promote a shapelier-looking silhouette. 6.7 oz.

What I think:  The neck cream is hydrating and smoothing.  And the body cream is really rich and gives a ton of moisture.  I will be trying it out to see if they both firm.

 

Hydrating Products For Winter Skin and Hair — Part 2

We had an ice storm in Kansas City today, it was crazy!  And what else is crazy is my skin and hair in this cold weather!

I have been sent some great products for my honest review, and these are some of my favorite to help hydrate skin and style my hair in this harsh winter:

 

TLW Let's Get Tacos Treatment Oil
TLW Let’s Get Tacos Treatment Oil

TLW Let’s Get Tacos Treatment Oil ($20.00 USD) — This light hair oil from Three Little Words has such a fun name, plus it smells amazing, like tropical fruit!  It claims to repair hair from the inside out and helps seal split-ends for smooth, healthy-looking results. It is formulated with grape seed oil, the treatment moisturizes, strengthens, repairs and adds shine while, Kakadu plum oil provides UV protection and heat resistance. I like that it is liquid, not a heavy oil and absorbs quickly into my hair.  I apply it to damp and dry hair and my hair is soft and manageable!

Purchase at http://www.freepeople.com

Dr Teal's Pink Himalayan Body Lotion
Dr Teal’s Pink Himalayan Body Lotion

Dr Teal’s Pink Himalayan Body Lotion ($4.97 USD) Delivers deep moisture to the skin plus all the benefits of aromatherapy for the mind. A rich blend of cocoa butter, Shea Butter and Vitamin E is infused with Essential Oils like lavender and eucaplytus to nourish and renew.  This has a soothing scent and is so hydrating!  It’s such a great winter moisturizer, it’s not greasy and hydrates for hours.

Purchase at Walmart.com

Revlon Salon Straight Copper Smooth Flat Iron   ($39.99 at Ulta): features long plates. The XL advanced copper plates provide superior heat transfer and durability, for smooth styles and long-lasting results. Infused with 3x advanced ceramic plate technology, hair will not only be straight, but also silky, shiny, and with less-frizz.  This straightens my hair quickly and leaves it smooth and shiny!

Revlon Essentials Paddle Brush (Ulta, $6.29): Bristles have the perfect separation for working out tangles and knots for every hair type. Detangle, blow dry, or finish your look with this all-purpose brush.  I have been using this every day.  It works well on wet or dry hair and leaves my hair smooth!

What products have you been loving this winter?  Leave a comment and let me know!

 

Hydrating Products For Winter Skin and Hair — Part 1

My skin and hair are so dry right now!  The weather in Kansas City has really been fluctuating.  One day it’s 30 degrees F, and the next day its 60.  It’s messing me up!

I received the following products for my honest review:

JUARA Coconut Illipe Hand & Nail Balm
JUARA Coconut Illipe Hand & Nail Balm

JUARA Coconut Illipe Hand & Nail Balm ($20 USD) — This amazing smelling hand balm is really saving my chapped hands and cuticles! It contains Illipe Butter plus Coconut, Candlenut and Buriti Oils.  These really hydrate and heal rough skin.  I also love that this absorbs quickly..

Available now at juaraskincare.com

Jason Calming Lavender Hand & Body Lotion
Jason Calming Lavender Hand &; Body Lotion

Jason Calming Lavender Hand & Body Lotion ($5.60 on Amazon) — This is a rich, non-greasy lotion.  I like to use it on my hands as well as my body because it instantly sinks in and I can work on my computer or phone right away!   It contains a blend of Vitamin C & E and Kukui Nut Oil.  It has a very light lavender scent which is very nice!

Purchase at Amazon.com and learn more at http://www.jason-personalcare.com

Flawless by Gabrielle Union Heat Protection Spray
Flawless by Gabrielle Union Heat Protection Spray

Flawless by Gabrielle Union Heat Protection Spray ($19 USD) — I air dry my hair, but use a straightening iron to style. My hair has been so dry this winter and hot styling doesn’t help!  This product really reduces the damaging effects of this.  This shields hair with a liquid barrier of thermal protection up to 450 degrees. Contains a blend of Argan, Avocado and Marula Oils, alongside naturally-derived Pea Protein, to increase elasticity and to prevent breakage. Once I spray it on, my flat iron glides through my hair and it looks hydrated and smooth.  Yay!

Purchase at https://flawlesshair.com.  Right now use code XOXO for 40% off sitewide!

I have been loving these products.  Since I am getting tired (what a week!), I am going to feature more of my fave hydrating products in Part 2 on Sunday February 18th…stay tuned!

 

Ulta Beauty Mini Haul

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Hi all!  I hope you had a great weekend!  I went to Ulta on Saturday because my 20% off coupon was expiring (and I love my sales)!

I just purchased a few things.  The main thing I went in for is the sponge, but I have been eyeing the Anastasia Beverly Hills Prism Palette.

I purchased:

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Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge ($5.99) — I purchased this because I just got a new Becca foundation (review coming), and it’s quick-drying and a bit dark/warm for me.  Applying it with my brushes doesn’t really work, but I think the sponge may help give a more natural look.  I have used a beautyblender, but haven’t had one for a while.  This is my first time trying another brand of sponge.  I like that this has a flat edge, I think it will be great for blending around the eyes and the nose.  I’m looking forward to trying this.

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My family loves bath bombs and fizzes, so I’ve been wanting to pick up a few of these. They retail for 3 for $5, and the Fig & Honey one was on clearance, that’s why I picked up four.  I just tried the Fig & Honey fizz.  It is very fizzy and very fragrant.  It’s small, but really fun and worth the price!

 

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Prism Eyeshadow Palette — I have been thinking about this palette since it first came out.  It’s on sale for  $32 (down from $42) and I had the $20 off coupon on top of that!  I got it for $25.61 before tax.  So exciting!

I think the colors of this are so different and fun!  There are lots of metallics too, which I love.  I’ll be doing a full review of this after I play with it a while.

Have you purchased anything fun lately?

 

 

 

January 2018 Beauty Favorites

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Hi, happy Superbowl Sunday!  I’m not into football, but I will probably catch part of the game (halftime show), and my daughter wants to watch the kitten and puppy bowls!

I have decided to do something different with my favorites post this year.  Instead of posting a weekly favorites of new products I love, I’m going to post monthly about the products I have been using most.  I will still review new products, but this will let you know the products I have been loving daily!

In January, my faves are —

NIP + FAB Glycolic Gentle Pads ($14.95 USD) — These are are such a gentle exfoliator for my ! They keep my skin free from breakouts, love them!”

Bath and Body Works Marshmallow Pumpkin Latte Body Butter — This is something I got at the end of last year, during the big semi-annual sale.  It’s no longer for sale on the site.  I am loving the scent, it’s not too sweet and has a little musk to it.  The formula is so hydrating that it perfect for the cold season!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette ($42 USD) — I purchased this at the end of December when it was on sale at Ulta.  I love the formula and pigmentation of these shadows.   Plus, the color range is amazing! You can see my full review here.

Maybelline New York Fit Me! Loose Finishing Powder ($7.99 USD) –This is a nice, light powder that doesn’t settle in my pores. I use it to set my makeup, even under my eyes. I think the quality of this is so nice and I have been using it daily.

Gigi Hadid East Coast Glam Fiber Mascara ($12.99 USD) — I have been loving using this. One side is black mascara and one is fibers. You use the mascara first, then fibers, then mascara again.  There’s been a learning curve, but the fibers really make my lashes so long and thick!

DR. BRANDT SKINCARE pores no more® Luminizer Primer – ($38 USD) — I received this in my January BoxyCharm.  I have just started using primer again, because my skin needs a bit of smoothing help!  My pores are pretty large and this really helps blur them and gives me a little glow too.

What were your favorite products that you loved in January?