anti-aging, Beauty, cosmetics, Project Pan, Skincare

Project Pan October-December 2018

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I’m back with my final Project Pan of the year!  I’m pretty proud that I’ve done three so far!

As you can see from the photo above, I have 5 makeup items this time and 5 skincare products. This is the most makeup products I’ve had in a pan so far.  Hopefully I’ll get through them all! Here are the products I’ve chosen:

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These are the LORAC Mod Lip Gloss from the Beauty and the Beast Collection that launched last year.  These shades are Savoir Faire (nude peachy rose), True Beauty (pale mauve) and Belle-ieve (nude).  I’ve had these for abut a year, so they are at the end of their life span!  They are very hydrating (not sticky at all) and are so pretty alone or over a lipstick.

I’ve recently purchased and received a bunch of lip glosses, so I need to use these up.  I would say they are about half or 3/4 used up, so hopefully I can get through all three by the end of the year.  I am trying to use them every day, and even multiple times a day since they are so hydrating.

 

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Here are swatches of the glosses — Savoir Faire, True Beauty, and Belle-ieve. I love all three shades!

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I am trying to pan two concealers. The top one is Colourpop No Filter Conealer in Light 12 and Flower Beauty Light Illusion Full Coverage Concealer in Light.  I’m trying to use up my concealers, because there are so many new concealers that have been released that I want to try. But I don’t want to buy any until I use up a few!

These are both nice, here are swatches:

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The left is the Flower Beauty one and the right is the Colourpop.  The Flower Beauty concealer is more moisturizing and the Colourpop is more matte.  They are both really nice and I eventually might buy them both again.  I actually have a back up of the Flower Beauty one, but it’s in a different shade, I think Fair.  Which will work out in the winter when I am paler.

I think the Flower Beauty once is only about a 3rd full and the Colourpop Concealer is about half full.

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Now on to the skincare!  Left to right is Derma-E Firming DMAE Cleanser, Yes to Cotton anti-pollution Oxygenated Facial Mask, and the Talika Eye Dream.

The Derma-E cleanser is so nice.  It cleans without drying and leaves my skin soft and firm!  It’s about half full.  The Yes to Cotton mask is almost full, so I need to use it a few times a week to empty it by the end of the year.  I just have so many masks I need to start using. The Talika eye cream is hydrating without being greasy.  It’s about half for 3/4 full.

IMG_2211Last but not least are these products by Pixi Beauty.  The Retinol tonic is over half full and the wonderful Rose Glow Mist is under half full.  I have lots of mists and need to use some up!

So that’s my 4th and last Project Pan of the year! I’ll be doing updates and hopefully I will use it all up!

I’m still deciding if I’ll do this again next year…we’ll see!

 

 

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Beauty, cosmetics, Subscription Boxes

BoxyCharm Subscription Box Review -September 2018

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Hi all! I received my September  BoxyCharm this week.  I wasn’t as excited as I usually am.  I don’t know if you’ve heard that they have released a larger box called BoxyLuxe.  On the day it released, I got up early and tried for 5 hours to subscribe.  I didn’t get it and am on the waiting list for December’s BoxyLuxe (it’s quarterly).  So, I’m a bit salty towards BoxyCharm right now and am trying to decide if I want to keep the subscription.

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

This month I received:

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I just want to say that I’m not going to swatch any of these because I will be giving most of it away to friends…

This Laura Geller baked blush is in the shade Tropic Hues.  It’s a pretty shimmery coral/pink.  I think this would be really pretty in the spring/summer seasons.  I have tried Laura Geller blushes before and they are very nice — light and shimmery.

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I love LORAC lip glosses.  They are so comfortable and not sticky at all. I haven’t tried their liquid lips.  I wear nudes and pinks, so this isn’t for me, but I have a friend who will love it!

The eyeliner has a tiny pizza cutter like roller  on the applicator. This is to roll it on your eyelids.  I am not an eyeliner expert, but I tried this and it’s really hard to use!  I’ll see if my daughter can figure it out.

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This is the Pretty Vulgar Nightingale palette.  It’s a cool toned, smoky palette.  I think this will be really nice for fall and winter!  I have these types of shades, so I will be passing it on, but it’s pretty and the packaging is fun!

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This is the one item I’m keeping out of the September box. I LOVE theses brushes!  The green handles are fun and the brushes work really well.  I have already used these.  I really enjoy getting quality eye brushes!

So, I think this is a nice box.  The items will make great gifts.  I think I may be on product overload, though.  I think I’m going to keep BoxyCharm until December to see if I get the next BoxyLuxe.

Do you get BoxyCharm or did you get BoxyLuxe this month (lucky)? What did you think of the September box?

Beauty, cosmetics

My Beauty Favorites of 2017

I’ve been looking back at my favorite and most used beauty products — new discoveries.  I have noticed that all above are makeup and not skincare.  This is curious, since I am a 40-something blogger who loves trying anti-aging products.  I guess I didn’t really find anything amazing in skin care last year. This year I’m going to focus more on finding and using (I get lazy) anti-aging skin care, plus using up the ones I have.  Tomorrow will be the start of my first Project Pan, skin care exclusive!

But today, I am reflecting on the gorgeous makeup above, some I use every day:

Ofra Beverly Hills Highlighter ($40 USD) — I was sent a bunch of amazing Ofra products for review in August (see review here). I love a lot of it, but this is the product that I use most often.  I love that there are 5 shades, I can blend them together or use one or two on their own.  The two largest pans, a soft gold and rose gold are my favorites and I love using them together.  This is the product that really got me interested in highlighters and I use it more because it this one!

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealing Pot ($28 USD) — I received this and the foundation for review (here).  I use both products almost every day.  I love this because it is so creamy.  I use it under my eye, but also all over the face.  It’s great for covering redness.  I’ve recently bought a new concealer with a drier texture for under my eye (so it will stay put), but I will continue to use this to cover rednes.

LORAC Pirates of The Caribbean Mod Lip Cream Duo ($26, on sale for $13) —  I received a bunch of these this year.  Although I announced it on my blog here, I only reviewed the eye shadow palette.  On one end is a creamy lipstick and the other end is a natural looking lip gloss, not too shiny or sticky.  These are gorgeous alone or layered.  The shade in the photo is Risk it All.

LORAC Disney Beauty and The Beast Cheek Palette ($28 USD) — I love this whole collection.  I use the eye shadow and the lip glosses a lot.   This has four gorgeous colors that can be used separately or blended together.  There are also mattes and shimmers for a variety of looks.  So pretty!

Huda Beauty Mauve Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette ($27 USD) —  I purchased this on Black Friday because I had been wanting to try it since it came out.  It’s tiny, but the pan sizes are nice, they take up the whole palette, no unused space.  They shades are so pretty and I can make a few different looks with them.  This is one I can take with my on trips because it’s so portable. You can see my review here.

COVER FX Illuminating Setting Spray ($31 USD) – I received this in my November BoxyCharm.  I have really just started using setting sprays this year and was really excited to try this one.  It has been working so well for me in the cold weather.  My skin has been dry and a bit dull.  This spray gives my skin hydration and nice dewy skin.  It’s not greasy on me at all, but I will probably use a matte spray in hot weather.  Plus, it keeps my makeup fresh all day!    

BENEFIT COSMETICS Roller Lash Curling & Lifting Mascara ($24 USD) — I purchased this during Ulta Beauty’s 21 days of Beauty event this fall.  It is now one of my favorite all time mascaras!  It grabs all of my lashes, lengthens and curls them.  I have tiny lashes, and this makes them look long and lush!  I just had to toss it because it’s been 3 months, and I’m so sad!  But, I’m sure I’ll purchase it again.

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Lines Foundation ($38 USD) — This is a serum foundation.  It’s really light and I’d say a medium coverage.  I am looking for a heavier coverage for the new year, but this has been a nice foundation.  It blends really well and looks so natural.  Plus, I love that it’s good for my skin.

Tomorrow, hopefully, I will post my first ever Project Pan.  It will be for the skincare I want to use up in the next three months.  Wish me luck!

 

Beauty, cosmetics

Gorgeous Lippies For National Lipstick Day

It’s National Lipstick Day, Hooray!  For me, lipstick it the finishing step to a complete

From the classic lipstick bullets, to tints and balms to the popular liquid lipstick — there are amazing formulas and brilliant colors for everyone! Buckle up, everyone — here’s a long list of amazing choices!

CATRICE Ultimate Colour Lipstick

CATRICE Ultimate Colour Lipstick ($6.99 USD) — Color Counts! This CATRICE lipstick is highly pigmented, with perfect coverage and shine. Creates a smooth, creamy and long-lasting texture. Available in 13 shades.

essence matt matt matt lipstick
essence matt matt matt lipstick ($2.99 USD) — Once, twice, three times kiss proof! This smooth new lipstick glides over lips to provide a sophisticated, longlasting matte finish and bold color without drying out. Available in 8 shades.
Purchase at at Ulta and essencemakeup.com
Lipstick Queen Nothing But the Nudes

Lipstick Queen Nothing But the Nudes ($24 Each) –The rich texture delivers the perfect amount of pigment with an ideal sheen to show off your nude. Enriched with natural oils, waxes and antioxidant Vitamin E, these smooth, luxe and comfortable nudes are super-charged with hydrating nutrients to impart a modern, vinyl-like look and feel to the lips.  Effortlessly chic and universally flattering, this is a collection for the nude obsessed and the nuances that go into a beautiful nude experience. The shades available are The Truth – Pretty pinky nude, The Whole Truth – Perfect peachy nude, and Nothing But the Truth – Beautiful beige nude

Available at lipstickqueen.com on August 1st
Sassy Lips Make the Moment collection
Sassy Lips Make the Moment collection ($25 USD) –Encapsulated within every lipstick in this collection are gold flecks and a single wild chrysanthemum flower.The lipsticks turn to different shades of glossy pink and fuchsia and vary according to your body temperature.

Jelly-like texture feels soothing and hydrating, it offers the high shine of a gloss with the comfort of a lipstick. Gold flakes inside impart a subtle shimmer to your lips.

Available at www.sassylips.us

LORAC Alter Ego Hydrating Lip Stain
LORAC Alter Ego Hydrating Lip Stain ($19.00 USD) — This sexy and playful stain coat your lips in highly- pigmented color and hydrates with nourishing Jojoba Seed Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Shea Butter and Mango Seed Butter for all day pigment, shine and hydration.
Available at loraccosmetics.com
ALIMA PURE LIP TINT
ALIMA PURE LIP TINT ($14 USD) — Lip Tint is a buttery lip balm, packed with lush pigments, that conditions lips with a sheer wash of color. Formulated with a blend of soothing oils, including coconut, pumpkin seed and pomegranate seed oils, butters and waxes for a rich moisturizing finish. Available in seven shades.
Available at AlimaPure.com, CredoBeauty.com
BLACK/OPAL Color Splurge Color Stick Lip
BLACK/OPAL Color Splurge Color Stick Lip ($7.95 USD) — Get the convenience of a lip pencil with the vibrant color of a lipstick in a easy-to-apply retractable pen. Enriched with emollient butters and vitamins C & E, these pigment-rich lip color sticks provide smooth, creamy jewel-toned color with a non-drying finish.
Available at BlackOpalBeauty.com
Cargo Cosmetics Swimmables Longwear Matte Liquid Lipstick

Cargo Cosmetics Swimmables Longwear Matte Liquid Lipstick ($18 USD) — Ultra matte budgeproof liquid lipstick delivers intense long wear color! High coverage long-wear formula dries fast and doesn’t smudge! Formula is feather proof and does not settle into fine lines. Lightweight moisturizing texture feels comfortable on lips. Suede matte finish does not crack or flake on lips.

Available at CargoCosmetics.com

Lipstick Queen Famous Last Words in Cheers

Lipstick Queen Famous Last Words in Cheers ($24 USD)  Introducing FAMOUS LAST WORDS in CHEERS! Cheers contains the same non-drying properties as the other shades in the Famoius Last Words Collection with an added mesmerizing sheen. It glides on smooth and wet, then sets to a luxurious velvet matte finish, leaving your lips moisturized and pigmented down to the very last word. Cheers!

Purchase in October at lipstickqueen.com

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Beauty, cosmetics

The Gorgeous LORAC Beauty and the Beast Collection~

LORAC Beauty and the Beast Collection

 

Have you seen the gorgeous LORAC Beauty and the Beast collection? It’s really stunning! Here are the products:

PRO Eye Shadow Palette ($48.00) Inspired by Belle’s steadfast strength and undeniable beauty, let this palette take you on a magical journey of wonder and romance. Inspired by Belle’s love of books, the palette tells the story of the film through color. From Belle’s provincial town to stealing Beast’s heart during their iconic dance, each row of shades is representative of a scene in the movie. These eye shadows are hyper pigmented to perform wet or dry so you can shade, shadow, line, and define your eyes like a pro.

The colors are amazing and they are very pigmented.  The shades are:

  • Impress (dark mahogany matte)
  • Romance (burgundy matte)
  • Chip In (rose cream matte)
  • Tick Tock (true mauve matte)
  • Enchanting (blush gold shimmer)
  • Look Beyond (tawny matte)
  • My Castle (spiced bronze shimmer)
  • Time Keeper (cool bronze shimmer)
  • Inner Beauty (pink peony matte)
  • Our Guest (stone grey matte)
  • Tea Time (antiqued silver shimmer)
  • Dream It (iced gold shimmer)
  • Swept Up (black shimmer)
  • Spell Breaker (warm espresso shimmer)
  • Beast Mode (midnight blue shimmer)
  • Real You (fairytale pink shimmer)

Cheek Palette ($28.00) Drawing on hues of the film’s iconic flower, this rose-inspired palette includes four new and exclusive shades from our Color Source Buildable Blush and Light Source Illuminating Highlighters. These complexion-enhancing formulas can be dusted on lightly for a soft, natural look or layered for dramatic results.

I find a little goes a long way with these.  The cheek colors are so romantic, but that gold highlighter called Fearless tho!  So pretty.  They all blend so well.

Lipstick Collection ($36.00) The lush, moderate-coverage MOD Cream Lipstick turns all eyes to the pout and sets our heroine up for a beauty look strong enough to steady a beast. Create the perfect pop of color with Red Rose or achieve a more neutral look with True Beauty.

The colors for the lipsticks and glosses are:

  • True Beauty
  • Red Rose
  • Belle-ieve
  • Tres Chic
  • Savoir Faire

Lip Gloss Collection ($34.00) What’s a princess-worthy look without the lip color to finish it? LORAC Los Angeles takes falling in love to the next level with this brand-new lip gloss. These colors are the perfect companion to our lipstick collection. Use matching MOD Lip Gloss for added shine, or mix and match to create your own custom color.

Here’s a gorgeous look made with these product:

The eyeshadow palette is available on Ulta.com, the blush and lip glosses can be found at http://www.loraccosmetics.com

Have you picked up any of these products?  If not, hurry because they are selling out fast.

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Beauty, cosmetics

Ahoy! Its LORAC limited-edition Pirates of the Caribbean Collection

LORAC Pirates of the Caribbean Collection

Get some #piratebeauty inspiration from LORAC Los Angeles ahead of the new Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales release this Friday!

With the stars as your guide, set out on a beauty adventure with the new LORAC Los Angeles limited-edition Pirates of the Caribbean collection. Featuring a PRO Eye Shadow Palette and Cheek Palette, as well as six brand-new double-ended lip colors, each item will help you decode beauty mysteries as you set off on a journey full of uncharted brilliance.

I think from the photos this collection looks gorgeous! The shadows have so many gorgeous shades, I think the array of fresh colors will be perfect for spring and summer looks.  The cheek palette is so pretty, too!  It has a nice combo of blushes and highlighters.

And oh those lippies!  Here is a photo of the group:

LORAC Pirates of the Caribbean Mod Lip Cream Duo

I think they are all beautiful and would wear most of them.  Heck, I would wear all of them, LOVE!

I may be receiving products to review and will let you know what I think if I do.

Here are photos of the eye and cheek palettes:

Eyeshadow Palette Closed

 

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Want to create your own oceanic-inspired look? Check out YouTube star Jenn Im’s step-by-step tutorial which features several shades from the PRO Eye Shadow Palette.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6O-A84B2AAU

What do you think about this collection?  Do you love the packaging and colors?

 

Beauty, Black Friday

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Beauty Deals!

Have you started shopping yet?  I have, but there are still tons of great deals left.

Below, find some fab Black Friday/Cyber Monday beauty sales:

L'Occitane ULTIMATE Black Friday Beauty Sampler
L’Occitane ULTIMATE Black Friday Beauty Sampler

L’Occitane ULTIMATE Black Friday Beauty Sampler — Make a purchase of $150 or more and shoppers score our ULTIMATE Black Friday Beauty Sampler for FREE. Stocked with over 15 mini best-sellers, this set is the perfect gift for long-time L’Occitane lovers, travelers, friends, family and those who’ve always wanted to try our productsJ. Valid nowonline usa.loccitane.com on 11/20, and in all L’Occitane boutiques nationwide on 11/23.

With any purchase of $45 or more, shoppers can take home our coveted Luxury Travel Sets for only $18! The perfect stocking stuffers, these sets are complete with our bestselling formulas! Valid online at usa.loccitane.com on 11/20, and in all L’Occitane boutiques nationwide on 11/23.

Two Black Friday LORAC launches are: Black Tie Attire Eye Shadow Palette and Tails & Top Hats Eye Shadow Palette as well as a Cyber Monday launch: Dance ’Til Dawn Eye/Cheek Palette that will all launch exclusively at Ulta.com.

Avon – Stock up on all of Avon’s staple products from Color and Fragrance, to Skincare and Jewelry too!

  • Black Friday: From Thursday 11/24 through Saturday 11/26 receive free shipping on all orders, 20% off a $45 purchase, and receive a free Tote Bundle with a $60 purchase after discount
  • Cyber Monday: From Sunday 11/27 through Tuesday 11/29 receive free shipping on all orders, 20% of a $45 purchase, and receive a free Makeup Bag Bundle with a $60 purchase after discount
  • 12 Days of Deals: Each day from 11/30 through 12/11, receive amazing Avon products with your purchase. Some gifts include a perfume with any $45 purchase, Anew Ultimate Supreme Performance Cream with a $45 purchase, and a makeup palette with any $60 purchase!
  • Where to purchase: avon.com
Rituals
Rituals

Rituals – For New Yorkers or anyone visiting the city over the holiday weekend, Rituals is opening their 10th NYC store on Black Friday! Located at 489 Broadway in Lower Manhattan, discover a wide range of luxury home and cosmetics products, including body care, skin care, fine fragrance, mineral makeup, and scented candles and diffusers. Each product is inspired by an Ancient Eastern tradition or ritual that transforms your everyday routines into more meaningful moments.

Black Friday: Take 20% off on everything in the shop and be sure to stop by as they are giving away special prizes all day long.

Robin McGraw Revelation
Robin McGraw Revelation

Robin McGraw Revelation –Have your own Revelation with any of Robin McGraw’s products during her “Spend More, Save More” campaign during the holiday weekend. Choose from her fun-filled Me O’ My and brand new Luxury Skincare Collections and discover ways to live a more beautiful, happy and healthy lifestyle!

Black Friday and Cyber Monday: From 11/25 through 11/28 the “Spend More, Save More” campaign includes:

o   $5 off of $50 or more

o   $15 off of $100 or more

o   $50 off of $250 or more

Where to purchase: robinmcgrawrevelation.com

PUR Cosmetics
PUR Cosmetics

PUR Cosmetics – Be sure to grab the best PUR has to offer during their holiday season promotions. Known globally for intelligent beauty solutions, PUR’s signature complexion, skincare, and on-trend color products provide immediate flawless results that nourish and improve the skin over time.

  • Black Friday: Early Black Friday BOGO sale begins 11/17 and includes a site-wide buy one get one deal on all items excluding kits and palettes

On 11/25 only the entire website is 20% off

  • Cyber Monday: On 11/28 only the entire website is 20% off
  • 12 Days of Deals: Promotion begins 12/2 and lasts through 12/13
  • Where to purchase: purcosmetics.com

BRÖÖ

  • Receive 40% off the entire BRÖÖ Collection (3 Shampoos and 3 Conditioners) on Target.com on Cyber Monday (November 28th 2016).

 

H2O+ Beauty

  • Receive 40% off the entire H2O+ Beauty site (h2oplus.com) and also receive a gift with purchase (it’s a surprise gift). Discount begins (November 24th at 3pm ET) and continues to Cyber Monday (November 28th )
  • Customers must enter promo code: GOBBLEUP

Yes To

  • Customers can take advantage of the BOGO (Buy One Get One Free) at any Rite Aid (Promotion Runs: November 23rd – November 26th)
  • This sale only applies to the following Yes To products:

–        Yes To Cucumbers Hypoallergenic Facial Wipes

–        Yes To Tomatoes Blemish Clearing Facial Wipes

–        Yes To Coconut Cleansing Facial Wipes

–        Yes To Grapefruit Brightening Facial Wipes

–        Yes To Blueberries Cleansing Facial Wipes