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Project Pan August-September 2018 – Final Update

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Hi all! I’m here with my final update on my 3rd quarter 2018 Project Pan.  I am happy to say that I used everything up!  Here is my first post, and you can see my update here.

Here is the list of the products that I panned:

Principal Secret Reclaim Botanical Radiant Recovery Fluid Eye Cream                     Principal Secret Reclaim Botanical Synant Peptide Serum                               Philosophy hope in a jar Moisturizer                                                                                           Yes to Superblueberries Recharging Greek Yogurt & Probiotics 3-in-1 Mask, Scrub & Cleanser                                                                                                                          Botanics 100% Organic Refreshing Toning Spritz                                              Pacifica Crystal Power Hydro Mist                                                                                      PÜR No Filter Blurring Photography Primer                                                                    Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25HR Breathable Foundation                                     Lavanila The Healthy Body Butter in Vanilla Grapefruit                                                       TIGI Bed Head After-Party

I have to say that it’s so much easier to use up skincare than makeup, but it soes get tedious using the same products every day!  I love variety.  But I did it, and I’m very proud.

I also want to say that I liked all of these products, but I’m not going out to repurchase  any of them right now.  I have lots of skincare to try out and I’m good for now on body butter.  I do love Lavanila and will purchase in the future.

The PÜR primer and the Rimmel foundation are both nice, but not my holy grails.  I’ve been needing a pore filling primer lately because my allergies have been acting up and my face is read and my pores are huge! The PÜR primer is very glowy and accentuates my pores.  It would be great in the winter when my skin is dry.  The foundation is light coverage, and I like more of a medium coverage.

The one product that I am really missing is the TIGI AfterParty.  It really helped control my frizz and made my hair look shiny.  I might have to go get another one!

So I am going to do one more Project Pan this year.  I’ll be posting it  in a few days. I don’t know if I’m going to do it next hear, but we’ll see!

 

 

 

 

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Project Pan August-September 2018 — First Update

 

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Hi All!  I’m back with my first check in for my third quarter project pan in 2018.  This one is only two months long, because I took July off. You can see my first post with the products listed here.

This has been going pretty well as I have already panned three products:

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Sorry this is so dark!  The products I’ve panned are PUR No Filter Primer, Pacifica Crystal Power Hydro Mist and Reclaim Botanical Serum. I love all three of these products, but won’t be repurchasing them this year.  I have so much makeup and skincare and it will last me through the end of the year.

Here’s what I have left:

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Philosophy Hope in a Jar — I have about a 3rd of this left

Yes to Superblueberries Skin Recharging Yogurt Scrub and Mask — I have about a 4th of this left.

Reclaim Botanical Eye Cream — This is almost done, maybe a few more uses are left.

Botanics 100% Organic Refreshing Toning Spritz — I have about a week of this left.  I really love this spray!  It has a rosy-floral scent.

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Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25HR Breathable Foundation in 01 Classic Ivory — It’s really hard to tell on this one.  It could have a 3rd or 4th left in it, it’s hard to tell.

The Lavanila The Healthy Body Butter in Vanilla Grapefruit has just a few more uses in it.

The Tigi Bed Head After-Party still has a couple of weeks in it I think.

I will update again at the end of September and hopefully it will all be used up.  Wish me luck!

Have you done a project pan before?  How did it go?

 

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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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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?

 

 

 

 

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Product Round-Up — My Fave Beauty Things Week of September 8, 2014!

We are a couple of weeks into September and it is cooling down and feeling like fall.  I am into pumpkin spice lattes, candy corn and… tropical fragrances! I guess I’m not yet ready to let go of summer.

This week I am loving a mini makeup applicator, a quick skin smoothing facial, yummy bath and fragrance products that smell like coconut, a tropical scented perfume and a fresh facial mist.

beautyblender® micro.mini
beautyblender micro.mini

beautyblender micro.mini ($17.95 for two) — This makeup blender lets you perfect makeup application in the inner eye corners, brow bones, sides of nose, cheeks, and more. Designed with exclusive beautyblender® material and one fourth the size of the original sponge, these non-disposable micro.mini sponges are the perfect tool for concealing small areas. Simply wet them so that they increase in size so that you can highlight and contour your face and ensure less makeup waste.

What I think:  I love my regular sized beautyblender.  I use it for primer and foundation each day.  These micro.minis make applying concealer and highlighter so easy.  And they are too cute!

Available at http://www.sephora.com

REN Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial
REN Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial

REN Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial ($48 USD) — Formulated with potent water-activated vitamin C, this one-minute facial gives immediate spa facial results, leaving skin firm, toned, and smoothed. It reduces signs of fatigue, photo-aging, and skin imperfections, and skin instantly glows with renewed health and radiance.

What I think: This is so easy to use.  Just apply it to a dry face, massage it in, add water that will activate the Vitamin C in the gel.  Leave it on a minute and rinse off.  Skin is so soft and firm!  I think I will use this once a week for younger looking skin.

Available at http://www.sephora.com

Pacifica Indian Coconut Nectar Take Me There ($18 USD, $26 value) –Pacifica Take Me There Sets are the ideal gift for everyone. Perfectly portable products that are easy to carry with fragrances that will carry you away! Each Take Me There Set contains the purse-ready 2.5oz Body Butter, .33oz Perfume Roll-on and delicious NEW Color Quench Natural Moisture Lip Tint.

Desert Essence Coconut Travel Kit – ($8.24 USD) — Four of our most popular Coconut products come together in travel-friendly sizes so you can take your natural favorites wherever you go. Ultra-hydrating Coconut Oil and natural moisturizers like Shea Butter and Jojoba leave skin and hair nourished and gently cleansed. Each 1.5-oz tube comes individually packaged—no pouch or box included—to more easily fit into your getaway.

What I think:  I know it’s almost fall, but I am still loving the scent of coconut!  I love to use coconut scented lotion all year-long.  The Pacifica kit lets you layer your coconut scent and the Desert Essence set is perfect for fall getaways.  Both smell amazing!

The Pacifica set is available at http://www.pacificabeauty.com and the Desert Essence set is available at http://www.desertessence.com.

Lavanila The Healthy Roller-Ball  in Vanilla Summer
Lavanila The Healthy Roller-Ball in Vanilla Summer

Lavanila The Healthy Roller-Ball  in Vanilla Summer ($19 USD) –Tropical mango, juicy pineapple, creamy coconut milk, and island sugar cane are steeped in base of warm Madagascar vanilla for the ultimate summer scent. Breathtaking sunsets meet the sounds of lapping waves in this limited-edition must-have fragrance.

What I think:  I know, I know, another summer scent and it is almost fall.  I can’t help it, though, it smells fantastic.  It’s really sweet and tangy, like a pina colada. Love!

Available at http://www.lavanila.com

Amarte Aqua Mist
Amarte Aqua Mist

Amarte Aqua Mist ($68 USD) — Aqua Mist® provides an uplifting citrus spritz for an instant complexion boost. This antioxidant spray mist toner contains a uniquely elegant formulation of arbutin, elemental sulfur, and six botanical extracts to clarify, brighten, and soften skin.

What I think:  What a luxe face mist! The scent is so refreshing and when I spray it on, it feels amazing!  I find that my skin is soft and bright, and ready for my creams and makeup once I spritz it on.  A really fun splurge!

Available at http://www.amarteskincare.com

What are you loving this week?  Are you trying any fun new products.  Please leave a comment and let me know.

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Holiday Bath and Body Gift Guide

Yay! My first gift guide of the season!  I love putting these together to give you fun holiday beauty ideas.

Below are fragrant bath and body gift ideas.  Lots of ladies love to receive bath and body gifts (men too, I will be doing a men’s holiday post soon).  These are great ideas for all of the ladies in your life!

Yves Rocher Cocoa Collection
Yves Rocher Cocoa Collection

This yummy cocoa collection comes in three scents — Cocoa & Orange, Cocoa & Raspberry and Cocoa & Pistachio.  They all smell amazing!

Each scent can be purchased in lots of different products.  It would be fun to make a gift basket for a friend as the items are affordable:

Shimmering Shower Gel ($5 USD)

Perfumed Body Lotion ($5 USD)

Hand Cream ($3.50 USD)

Nourishing Lip Balm ($3 USD)

Liquid Hand Soap ($5 USD)

Scented Candle ($9 USD)

What I think:  I love all of these scents, but especially the fruity ones.  They are rich and tangy.  And the prices are great!

Available at http://www.yvesrocherusa.com

Laura Mercier Body & Bath Travel Quartet - Fresh Fig
Laura Mercier Body & Bath Travel Quartet – Fresh Fig

Laura Mercier Body & Bath Travel Quartet in Fresh Fig ($50 USD), inspired by the sweet, fresh, intoxicating scent of gourmande ingredients, includes the indulgent essence of fresh Celeste Figs blended with dewy fruit bouquets of Apricot Nectar and sensuous Ylang Ylang to create a rich, luxurious scent, unlike any other.

Includes:

• Crème Body Wash, 3 oz. tube

• Body Butter, 3 oz. tube

• Hand Crème, 1 oz. tube

• Eau Gourmande, 15 ml glass bottle

What I think: Fresh Fig is one of my favorite Laura Mercier scents — it’s really fresh.  This is a beautiful gift set for a special friend or family member.

Available at http://www.lauramercier.com

Pacifica Indian Coconut Nectar Take Me There Set
Pacifica Indian Coconut Nectar Take Me There Set

Pacifica Indian Coconut Nectar Take Me There Set ($18 USD) — Pacifica Take Me There Sets are the ideal gift for anyone on your list this season.  Perfectly portable products that are easy to carry with fragrances that will carry you away!

Each Take Me There Set contains our beloved purse-ready 2.5oz Body Butter, .33oz Perfume Roll-on and delicious NEW Color Quench Natural Moisture Lip Tint.  As always, the gorgeous box defies gift-wrapping.

What I think — This is a really affordable gift for a teacher or maybe a work friend.  Also available in Island Vanilla, Hawaiian Ruby Guava and Tuscan Blood Orange.

You can learn more and purchase at www.pacificaperfume.com.

Smith and Vandiver Petite Treats Shimmer Collection
Smith and Vandiver Petite Treats Shimmer Collection

Smith and Vandiver Petite Treats Shimmer Collection ($25 USD) — The Petite Treats collections make perfect gifts or stocking stuffers! The Shimmer collection includes one Body Polish, one Bath Pearls, one Soy Candle, one Shea Butter Leaf Soap, one Solid Parfum, and one Organza gift bag. Each collection is available in Cupcake, Nectarina, and Oh La La.

What I think:  I have this set in Nectarina and it smells fresh and sweet!  The variety of products for the prices makes it a great value — I especially like the soy candle and solid perfume.

Available at www.svnaturally.com.

Burt's Bees Bee Keeper's Winter Care Kit
Burt’s Bees Bee Keeper’s Winter Care Kit

Burt’s Bees Bee Keeper’s Winter Care Kit ($14.99 USD) — For those prone to dry, winter skin, this is ideal.  Containing the Richly Replenishing Cocoa & Cupuaçu Butters Body Lotion, Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Cream, and Ultra Conditioning Lip Balm with Kokum Butter, the kit is ideal for anyone spending any amount of time outside in the cold!

What I think:  Perfect gift for someone with dry skin this time of year (which is probably all of us)!

Available at www.burtsbees.com and mass market retailers

Are you giving bath and body sets for the holidays?  What are your favorites, leave a comment!

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

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Gorgeous New Lip Glosses Help Protect Your Pout

Deep, matte lip colors abound this season.  But I have to be honest, I usually wear light color lip glosses all year round. I like that it goes with every outfit and makeup look and lighter colors make lips look fuller.

Here are some of my new favorites that not only look great on, but have good for you ingredients:

Savannah Bee Beeswax Lip Gloss
Savannah Bee Beeswax Lip Gloss

Savannah Bee Beeswax Lip Gloss ($7 USD). Beeswax naturally hydrates and protects for softer, healthier lips.  Choose from these colorful and intoxicating bouquets:  Mint Blossom, Wild Blackberry, and Tupelo Honey.

Savannah Bee Beeswax Lip Gloss contains no parabens, no petroleum derived ingredients, and is never tested on animals. It is made from all natural ingredients and is gluten-free.

Available at www.savannahbee.com

Pacifica Enlightened Lip Gloss in Opal
Pacifica Enlightened Lip Gloss in Opal

Pacifica Enlightened Lip Gloss in Opal ($12 USD) Supernatural shine, super smooth and non-sticky with nourishing hydration and long-lasting natural color.  Our Enlightened Gloss Nourishing Mineral Lip Shine is infused with coconut and antioxidants to help support superior lip health.  This gloss is for anyone who wants to hydrate their lips and add gorgeous sheer color with a glossy shine.  As with all of our products, these are 100% vegan & cruelty free.  Formulated without carmine, FD&C color, talc, phthalates, parabens, sorbital and petroleum.

Opal is an opalescent pale peach/ pink.  Just enough pale color.  Pairs perfectly with smoky eyes.

Learn more at www.pacificaperfume.com

beautyADDICTS Lip Addiction
beautyADDICTS Lip Addiction

beautyADDICTS Lip ADDICTION ($17 USD) — This creamy, high-shine lip gloss provides intense, opulent color while nourishing lips with vitamins and plumping lips with peptides. Lip Addiction lets you choose from 10 must-have shades to feed your addiction for the perfect, painted pout.

Purchase at www.beautyaddicts.com.

Enjoy!