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April 2019 Beauty Favorites

Hi all!  Can you believe April is almost over and May is on it’s way!

With my severe allergies, I didn’t wear a lot of makeup this month.  But I was using a few skincare products that soothed my skin and was testing out some products I purchased in Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty.

Here are the products that I have been using.  If I have reviewed them before, I will include the link, if not, I will link to where you can purchase:

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For skincare, I have been using the Derma E Hydrating Eye Cream every day and night. It’s moisturizing and gentle on my dry, irritated eyes.  The IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Neck Cream has been keeping my neck smooth and tight.  But. my favorite skincare discovery is the G.M. Collin Hydramucine Optimal Serum.  It contains a combination of high and low hyaluronic acid to provide moisture while an advanced hydrating formula prevents water loss, improves water circulation within the skin, stimulates ceramide production, and boosts skin’s ability to regulate moisture levels.  It makes my dry, uncomfortable skin feel instantly hydrated.  And it sinks right in and doesn’t leave skin greasy.  I’ve been using it day and night!

My fave complexion products include the Beautyblender Selfie Shield primer with SPF 38.  I received all three new primers for review, and I am enjoying them all.  This is my current fave of the three because my sensitive skin has not been liking traditional sunscreen.  This is a dry oil and sinks right into the skin without irritating it.  I also have been loving my bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating Foundation Stick SPF 25.  I have it in the shades 1.5 Birch and 2.0 Vanilla. This is creamy and has a nice medium coverage.  I can layer it on for more of a full coverage.

I picked up the Beauty Bakerie HD Flour Setting Powder (Translucent) the MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot (Painterly (nude beige)) and the Lancome Cils Booster XL Vitamin Infused-Mascara Primer during the Ulta 21 Days of Beauty Sale.  I use all three every day now and love them all.  The powder sets without making my skin look cakey.  The paint pot primes my lids very nicely and my shadow lasts all day! I have always loved mascara primers.  It’s nice to use a high end one at half price!

My favorite mascara, which is sadly almost at it’s expiration date is the Nanacoco Outlash Mascara.  It makes my lashes very long and gives some volume and separation, too.  It’s not too bold, so it’s my perfect every day mascara.  The lovely Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Eyeshadow Palette is my favorite palette find of the month. It’s a perfect everyday neutral palette that can be smoked up for evening looks.  And I have also been loving the Urban Decay HI-FI Shine Ultra Cushion Lip Gloss. It is shiny without being sticky, and it smells and tastes minty!


What are you April beauty favorites? Any fun new finds this month?

 

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Shop My Stash March 2019 Results and Monthly Empties

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Hi All!  Can you believe it’s almost April?  It’s a nice, warmer day today (yesterday it snowed in Kansas City), and Easter is in a few weeks!

I’m here with the results of my March Shop my Stash.  I had a fun time using products that I haven’t either used in a while or it’s newer to my collection and I want to give it a go.  If I don’t like the item after the month, I will move it out of my collection to make some room!

My most used item from my stash was the Dose of Colors Desi x Katy Friendcation Eyeshadow Palette.  I used the mattes in the palette all month long!  Like I suspected, the metallics are too glittery for me.  When I use them, all I see is glitter!  And that’s not my everyday look.  I am going to keep it, though, because the neutral mattes are so nice!

I used the tarte Rainforest of the Sea highlighting eyeshadow palette vol. III’s shimmer shades with my Friendcation palette.  They are very pretty, but kind of boring.  All the shades are so similar.  I might end up passing this one on to my daughter.

The Laura Geller  Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Palette is so pretty, but the shades are a bit dark for my skin.  I might keep it and try again in the summer if I tan, or pass it along.

I am not a fan of the Becca Glow Gloss in Malibu Soleil.  The shade isn’t very flattering on me.  I probably won’t keep it.    

The Julep Eyeshadow 101 in Champagne Shimmer is so pretty!  I haven’t really given it a chance before.  It’s nice for the inner corner, under the brow or even all over the lid. I paired it with the Friendcation palette and used it all over my lid — it was gorgeous!

Here are my empties for February and March:

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I just have four empties for the last two months. I didn’t post empties in February because I only had the Smashbox spray then. I have been trying lots of new skincare, so I haven’t used up a lot.  I’m almost out of a few more skincare items, so I should have more next month!

This month I used up the Derma E Firming DMAE Eye Lift, The Smashbox Photo Finish So Chill Coconut Primer Water, Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe Chamomile and Lavender and Derma E Purifying Daily Detox Scrub.

The Derma E eye cream is amazing!  It really smooths my eye area.  I also really love the Derma E scrub.  It makes my skin so soft!  The two sprays were also so nice.  Especially the Smashbox So Chill Coconut.  I’m sad that it was a limited edition.

This was a fun month. I found a couple of products I will continue to use and a few I’ll move out of my collection and let someone else love them!

I will be posting my April Shop My Stash tomorrow. Do you like to shop your stash?

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January 2019 Beauty Favorites

Hi All!  I’m glad January is almost over.  It has been a cold, snowy month and I am looking forward to warmer weather.  Of course, we have to get through February, but it’s a short month.  Easy peasy, right?  LOL!

As I was getting ready to create this post, I realized that the last monthly favorites post I did was for October 2018!  I skipped November because I was so busy with work and holiday posts, and I skipped December because I was working on my annual favorites. Excuses, excuses!  I am going to try to do one each month in 2019.

My faves for January are:

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Laneige Bright Dew Original Essence ($55 USD) — This concentrated essence contains antioxidant rich Vitamin C , to help brighten the skin’s overall complexion. The formula also contains Pro-vitamin B5 and Beta-glucan to hydrate and soothe the skin. It feels so nice on my skin. It sinks into my skin and makes it really soft. And it doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin.  I have been using this without a heavy cream at night (I’m too hot at night for heavy products) and my skin is still soft and glowy in the morning.

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask ($25 USD) — I’m really enjoying this mask. It’s a very hydrating night treatment. I feel super dry lately, because of the cold air. Sometimes I even wear this in the morning! I use a lot at night and when I wake up, my lips are still a little dry, but they aren’t cracked or flaking. And they do look nice and plump, which I love!

Derma E Firming DMAE Eye Lift ($24.95 USD) — This multi-action eye cream claims too visibly lift, firm and tighten the delicate eye area while smoothing crow’s feet. I really do see a difference in the firmness around my eye.  I apply it all around my eyelids and my top lid is so firm and has stopped drooping (I was started to get hooded eyelids)! And I find that it helps my crows feet.

Oxygenetix Acne Control Foundation ($76 USD) —  This has a natural to soft matte finish, but doesn’t looking drying on my skin.  It actually just looks like skin!  Just flawless, healthy skin!  I have been breaking out lately and I use this during breakouts. I do find it helps clear them up, but it also applies so smoothly over blemishes and helps conceal them so nicely!  This foundation wears all day.

Dermablend Loose Setting Powder ($27 USD) — I won this in a giveaway last fall and have been loving it ever since. It sets my skin with a soft matte finish.  It’s almost too matte for me, but I make sure I hydrate under my foundation and powder and I use highlight and spritz on a nice setting spray. Plus I use just enough to set my face, too much and it can look cakey.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Amrezy Highlighter ($28 USD) — Oh no!  It’s out of stock again.  I purchased this in the beginning of December (I think).  I bought it at Ulta with the Dose of Colors Friendcation palette.  The palette was half off plus I had a 20% off my entire purchase coupon so I threw in this highlighter to get free shipping!  It’s very nice.  It’s a little dark on my skin tone, so it’s more glowy than blinding on me.  But I like that look for every day.  It doesn’t emphasize my texture, which is amazing for ladies of a certain age!

Ulta Full Coverage Liquid Concealer ($9 USD) — This lightweight, creamy and super blend-able formula offers full coverage, flawless matte finish. The ULTA Full Coverage Liquid concealer contains special ingredients known to promote healing, concealing imperfections, and evening skin tone. Our formula wears beautifully, doesn’t cake or crease and offers long lasting wear.

Tarte Maneater Voluptuous Mascara ($23 USD) — Dress your lashes like you style your hair with this lengthening, curling and volumizing mascara. With a soft-flex brush and lightweight triple-black formula, it lifts lashes at the root, styles and fans them out to create amped-up fluttery fullness with no flaking or clumping. The custom molded brush features hundreds of flexible bristles to curl and coat lashes with even, intense pigment for 23x more volume powered by lash-strengthening jojoba and carnauba wax.

It’s funny that I don’t have an eyeshadow palette in here.  I have started Shop My Stash in January and I have two palettes I was using.  You can read about that here and the conclusion here.  I’m about to post my February Shop My Stash, and that will have three palettes! Stay tuned!

What were your favorites in January?

 

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Products To Help Clogged Skin and Breakouts in the Winter

Hi All! My skin is so weird right now.  I have combination, aging skin (that can be sensitive) and its both dry and breaking out right now.  So frustrating!

I have been making sure to hydrate my skin every night and morning, but I’m also using scrubs and products to keep it clear.

I’ve been sent the following products for my honest review:

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Oxygenetix Acne-Control Foundation

Clear & Conceal acne with Oxygenetix Acne Control Foundation ($76 USD)  — This revolutionary formula was three years in the making. Oxygenetix founder Barry Knapp is widely respected in the cosmetic industry and has identified the need for a treatment foundation for medical professionals with acne patients, created Oxygenetix Acne Control Foundation. Like the original formula, Oxygenetix Acne Control is Aloe Vera Barbadensis gel based and does not contain added water. It is transfer and water-resistant, so it to stays on for hours even in humid environments. Its oxygen enriched and natural ingredients make it act like a second skin. This Acne Control Foundation at SPF 25 features maximum strength time released with 2% salicylic acid combined with a proprietary patented breathable matrix delivery system. The prime ingredient in all Oxygenetix products is Ceravitae. This super-charged oxygen peptide helps support the skins collagen cell production and connective tissue growth. It attracts oxygen to the skin helping it to breathe keeping it strong and healthy. Ceravitae works synergistically with the time released 2% salicylic acid maintaining effective treatment levels throughout the day.

What I think: I really like this foundation.  I have the shade Ivory.  There are 14 shades.  Ivory is a pretty good match for me.   This has a natural to soft matte finish, but doesn’t looking drying on my skin.  It actually just looks like skin!  Just flawless, healthy skin!  I have been breaking out lately and I use this during breakouts. I do find it helps clear them up, but it also applies so smoothly over blemishes and helps conceal them so nicely!  This foundation wears all day.  I don’t have a lot of oils, so I don’t have to worry about oils coming through.  I will test it in the summer, when I do get sweaty and a bit oily. I definitely will continue to use this.

From my Derma E PR Box this month, I received the Purifying Daily Detox Scrub and the Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask.

Purifying Daily Detox Scrub ($15.50 USD) — Gentle enough for daily use, this detox scrub lifts away micro-pollutants and impurities while promoting oxygenation for a fresh, healthy radiance. Doctor developed and clinically tested, this revitalizing formula contains some of the most powerful minerals and natural toxin fighters from the earth and from the sea. Kimarine® Wakame is a potassium-rich, magnesium-rich seaweed that is clinically proven to protect skin against environmental pollutants (exhaust fumes, cigarette smoke, heavy metals). Bladderwrack is an antioxidant-rich, mineral-rich seaweed known for its water-binding properties, supporting healthy skin hydration and nourishment. Activated Charcoal, known for absorbing 100 to 200 times its weight in impurities, helps remove toxins from the skin’s surface. Apricot Seed Powder gently exfoliates away micro-pollutants, and Green Tea delivers potent antioxidant defense. Ideal for oily, active or urban skin types, even safe for reactive skin (minimal ingredients and allergy-tested), this formula boosts skin purity for a refreshed, glowing complexion. 100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, mineral oil-free, lanolin-free, gluten free, GMO-free.

Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask ($19.50 USD) deeply detoxifies skin of harmful micropollutants in two ways: (1) Natural clays infused with Kimarine® Wakame, Bladerwrack and Activated Charcoal lift out dirt, oil and bacteria to decongest pores as the mask dries; (2) Apricot Seed Powder exfoliates away dead skin cells and captured debris upon removal. Kaolin and Bentonite Clays absorb excess oils and impurities, relieving skin congestion. Kimarine® Wakame is a potassium-rich, magnesium-rich seaweed that is clinically proven to protect skin against environmental pollutants (exhaust fumes, cigarette smoke, heavy metals). Bladderwrack is an antioxidant-rich, mineral-rich seaweed known for its water-binding properties, supporting healthy skin hydration and nourishment. Activated Charcoal, known for absorbing 100 to 200 times its weight in impurities, purges pores of deeply rooted toxins, then Apricot Seed Powder gently exfoliates away micropollutants. Ideal for oily, active or urban skin types, even safe for reactive skin (minimal ingredients and allergy-tested), used this formula once or twice a week for skin that looks dramatically fresher, healthier and purely glowing.

What I think:  I already had the scrub and I really enjoy using it.  It’s a pearly dark gray and is not harsh at all.  It actually feels hydrating and scrubbing at the same time. It leaves my skin very soft.  I use it every day and it doesn’t irritate my skin.

The mask gives a deeper clean and is nice to use when I feel that my pores are clogged and my skin looks dull.   It really deep cleans, but also hydrates the skin.  My skin glows afterwards!  And, luckily, it doesn’t irritate my skin.

How’s your skin been this winter?  What do you like to use?

 

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Hydrating Skincare For The Dry, Winter Months

I love testing new skincare!  It’s so wonderful when I find something I like and continue to use.  My skin is aging, sensitive and combination, but it gets dryer in the winter.  So hydration is so important!

Below are some products I was sent for my honest review:

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IMAGE Skincare Iluma intense brightening exfoliating powder

IMAGE Skincare ILUMA intense brightening exfoliating powder ($32 at IMAGESkincare.com): This gently exfoliating powder polishes and buffs away radiance-impairing dead skin cells to brighten and illuminate the skin, leaving it smooth and prepped to absorb creams.

What I think: Don’t forget to exfoliate a few times a week (whatever your skin can handle) during the winter.  This is such a nice, gentle exfoliator.  I like to use it in the morning before skincare to help my makeup apply better.  It doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin, which is great.

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Derma E Hydrating Night Cream

Hydrating Night Cream ($29.99 dermae.com) — This ultra-hydrating, formula delivers unmatched hydrating properties of Hyaluronic Acid (HA), nature’s “moisture magnet”. Infused with antioxidant-rich Green Tea, nourishing Vitamins C-Ester and Vitamins A and E help to soften and smooth the appearance of skin for a younger-looking complexion.

What I think: This is such a great night time moisturizer for the winter months, when my skin is dry.  I love that it has such amazing ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid to keep my skin soft and smooth. My skin is very hydrated in the morning when I use this at night.

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KORRES Wild Rose Vitamin C Brightening Sleeping Facial

KORRES Wild Rose Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial ($48; Sephora.com): Finish your nighttime routine with an overnight facial to be the ultimate sleeping beauty. This Wild Rose and Vitamin C formula melts instantly into the skin, and continues to work throughout the night. Wake up with soft, smooth skin, and a recharged complexion.

What I think: I usually apply this over serum, but on nights my skin really needs some extra love, I apply it over a night cream.  It’s fairly light and absorbs quickly. I feel that it  brightens as well as hydrates and my skin glows in the morning!

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Derma E Hydrating Eye Cream

Derma E Hydrating Eye Cream ($21.50 USD) — Deeply hydrate, firm and tone the delicate skin around your eyes while reducing the look of fine lines and crow’s feet with this fragrance-free eye cream. Hyaluronic Acid (HA), also known as nature’s moisture magnet, has the ability to hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water, binding moisture to help soften, smooth, tone and rehydrate skin. Only DERMA E has blended the unmatched hydrating properties of HA with antioxidants Pycnogenol® and Green Tea, moisturizing Jojoba Oil and nourishing Vitamins A, C and E into a rich, replenishing eye cream to keep eyes young and radiant looking.

What I think: This is as hydrating for the eyes and the night cream is for the face!  This is wonderful for anti-aging and we all need moisture in the eye area as we get older. Dryness makes me look older, and I don’t need that!  I love the ingredients and how smooth my eye area looks in the morning.

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IMAGE Skincare ILUMA intense brightening eye crème

IMAGE Skincare ILUMA intense brightening eye crème ($66; IMAGESkincare.com): A super-hydrating and brightening eye crème that works aggressively to break up discoloration under the eyes. A blend of phytonutrients, peptides and botanical brightening agents help to reduce visible signs of aging like dark circles, wrinkles, puffiness and lax skin to restore a firmer, vibrant and more youthful appearance to the eyes.

What I think: This lovely eye cream is so nice to use in the morning to help with dark eye circles. It really does make dark circles appear lighter and smooths and firms the eye area.

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MISS BUD’S HEMP Eye Oil

MISS BUD’S HEMP Eye Oil ($19.99 on Amazon): This under-eye oil transforms the delicate under-eye area to reduce fine lines, tone, smooth and deeply moisturize skin for beautiful, youthful looking eyes. Restore, replenish and hydrate skin via a blend of vitamin-rich Pure Hemp Seed, Wheat Germ, Coconut and Sunflower oils.

What I think: I like using this under an eye cream at night.  Especially in the cold weather.  It’s a really nice treatment when the eye area needs a little help.  And I love the natural ingredients!

Do you have dry or seasonally dry skin?  What have you been using?

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2018 Annual Beauty Favorites

Happy New Year!  I am so excited to get 2019 started.

I haven’t done a monthly favorites since October — the end of the year has been so crazy!  But I want to look back on a few of my favorites for 2018. I’ve chosen my favorite makeup in each category I use — and a skincare favorite or two.

Even though I am just picking one (or so) from each category, I needed two photos to capture my faves.  And I am going in order of application:

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The two skincare products I’ve chosen are the Derma E Firming DMAE Cleanser and the Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream.  I featured the Derma E Cleanser in my most recent Project Pan.  I was proud that I panned it, but I’m also sad that I’m all out!  It really cleanses the skin without drying it out.  And it didn’t irritate my sensitive skin.  I just started using the Elemis cream.  It is so beautiful!  I started out using it morning and night, but I’m almost out, so I only use it in the morning.  It’s so nice under makeup.  It’s smooths and hydrates my skin and my makeup applies smoother.

I then like to spritz some Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water. I discovered it this year and really like using it before pore filling primer.  My favorite has been the Cover FX Blurring Primer.  I’m almost out of it, but I love how well it fills in my pores.  I received it in BoxyCharm and am very impressed bye it. I want to try more primers from Cover FX this year.  I next like to apply BECCA Under Eye Brightening Corrector before I apply foundation and concealer.  It instantly makes my dark circles look lighter.

My favorite foundation this year is the Physician’s Formula The Healthy Foundation. I have it in the shade LC1. It’s a bit light for me, except for this time of year.  I will probably purchase it in a darker shade for the spring and summer.  It has a natural medium coverage finish which is exactly what I like in a foundation. I have used up a Flower Beauty Light Illusion Concealer and am working on a second one now that I found in my drawer.  I think the first one I used was in Fair and this one is in Light, but they are both so beautiful on.  It’s full coverage but looks very natural. I just panned the Maybelline Fit Me Loose Powder in 10 Fair Light.  I have been using it for most of 2018. It sets the face so nicely and gives a hint of color.

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After I apply my foundation and powder, I bronze with the Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer.  I purchased this in the spring and have been using it all year! It applies smoothly and blends out so well.  And the smell is divine! The Natasha Denona Super Glow Highlighter in #1 Fair is one of my favorites of the year.  I purchased this when I was trying to buy the Anastasia Amrezy Highlighter earlier in the year, but it was sold out.  (I have recently purchased it and will be reviewing it soon). The Natasha highlighter is very blinding, but can be toned down with a little powder.

Speaking of Anastasia, I purchased a Blush Trio in Peachy Love earlier this year at an Ulta sale. I love mixing the first and third color to brighten up my light skin.  I also love the bareMinerals Gen Nude Powder Blush in On the Mauve for cooler toned looks. To finish off face products, I want to mention the Urban Decay setting sprays, especially the Chill Cooling and Hydrating Makeup Setting Spray.  I used it up this fall and don’t have the bottle, but it was my summer setting spray.  It feels so nice on and  my makeup lasts all day.

For eye shadow this year, my favorite is the Urban Decay Born To Run Eyeshadow Palette.  I love the quality and the variety of colors. My honorable mention is one I just received in my BoxyLuxe, the Violet Voss Holy Grail PRO Eyeshadow Palette.  I don’t know when this was released, but it’s new to me! I still need to review it, but spoiler alert, it’s gorgeous!

I have short, sparse lashes so although mascara helps, my lashes never looked amazing until I started using the L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Primer under my mascara.  I received a small sample in an Ulta order in Spring and I purchased a full size.  I think it’s time to get another one, because I don’t want to be without!  The Buxom Lash Mascara works perfectly over it and my lashes look long and lush, almost like I’m wearing falsies!

Although my lashes are sparse, my brows are dark and full.  As I age, they are finally thinning out and I have started to fill them in.  I received the L.A. Girl Shady Slim Brow Pencil as a free gift the same time I received the L’Oreal lash primer.  The words have rubbed off, so I’m not even sure what the shade is.  I think it’s Blackest Brown.  Whatever it is, it’s perfect for me!  It’s very thin and easy to draw on brow hairs.  And it has a nice spooly on the end.  I’ts only $5.99 so I will be purchasing  new one once I run out.

And lastly is lips.  I am sooooo glad that gloss made a comeback this year!  Light rosy and nude glosses are my favorites.  I love a lot — Buxom, Lorac, Dose of Colors — but my favorite is the Fenty Gloss Bomb in Fenty Glow.  It’s a beautiful nude-rose shade and is really hydrating, not sticky at all.  My favorite lipstick is the Lipstick Queen Nothing But the Nudes in Nothing But The Truth.  I also love The Truth and The Whole Truth.  These are the original three in the collection, but there are now 6 more nude shades and I want them!  These lipsticks are creamy and hydrating on.  So nice if you like nude lipsticks!

Whew!  That was a long post!  What did you love this year?  Any winners I should check out?

 

 

 

 

 

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Project Pan October-December 2018 Final

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Hey all!  Happy New Year’s Eve! This is my last Project Pan of the year!  And it was successful!  I used up all of the products above.

You can check my other posts on this pan.  The first one is here and my update is here.  I only did one update on this one.

If you look at the photos on the other posts, you can see that they are a little different.  I couldn’t find the bottle of my Pixi Retinol Tonic.  I did use it all up!  And I added the Maybelline Fit Me powder.  I had it in my second Project Pan of the year and finally used it up.  I’m so proud, so I thought I would show it!

I’ve currently moved on to other makeup and skincare. If I did need more products, I would repurchase the Flower Beauty concealer, the Fit Me powder, both Pixi products and the amazing Derma E cleanser!

This year was my first time doing a Project Pan in my many years of blogging.  I have learned that it takes a loooong time to use up makeup!  I used the three LORAC glosses every day, multiple times a day and it took me three months to use them up.  The powder took forever, and the concealers also took a fairly long time.

So, I have decided not to continue with Project Pan’s next year, at least not for a few months.  I think since I have so much makeup (and it will take forever to use up), I’m going to post a monthly Shop My Stash.  I think I’ll choose 5 makeup items each month that I am going to incorporate into my makeup routine and see how much use I get out of them.

Did you do a Project Pan in 2018?  How did it go?