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De-stash & Trash Skin Care – October 2015

Today’s D&T is brought to you by all the things you’ve seen before in these posts!

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The Simple wipes are the only ones so far that don’t hurt my face; I like their micellar water better than Bioderma; I love Garden Girl skin care but Bright Idea is so thick I have to cut it with some oil; I used up bottles of acetone and non; and finally, I switched out my Clarisonic brush. This was the sensitive one.

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I ended up with some fragrence samples. I rarely can tolerate mainstream purfumes, and these were no exception. Instant headache.

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I got this cleansing water in a Beauteque bag. My skin didn’t like it at all, and it wasn’t as effective as a micellar water for eye makeup removal, so I didn’t finish it.

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I love the scent of this body wash.  It does smell exactly like a lemon cake!

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I stumbled over this and another Hyaluronic acid gel in the Walgreens clearance aisle. I loved this enough to repurchase at full price. It’s a thin not-quite-water consistency that doesn’t mess with the other things I use on my face at night.

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Okay, I know. This is completely unnecessary. But I ordered this to see what the fuss was all about. I hate it that I like them as much as I do. Let’s be clear: these fancy cotton squares don’t work any better than any other similar products. But they are so soft. There’s no texture, no random scratchy bits. They bring just the slightest bit of luxury to my nighttime routine. Do I need them? Nope. Do I want them? Absolutely.

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And finally, some samples! I knew I liked the Burt’s serum. I’ve already been through a full size of it.

I really enjoyed the eye cream, but I think they may have discontinued this. I went to order it and found a new face and eye cream combo that contained dimethicone as its second ingredient. Which is something I have cut out of my nighttime routine. Sad now!

And I used the Mizon gel cream as a primer under makeup and it worked really well!

That’s it for skin care! Except for masks, which get their own post upcoming!

De-stash & Trash – March 2015

So, there are just a few things that I moved out of the stash last month.

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The first was a hyaluronic serum from a brand I can’t identify since I’ve long discarded the outside package. (Bad blogger!) It was a random TJ Maxx find, anyway. It didn’t blow me away with its sheer awesomeness, but it did provide a bit of a hydration boost over the winter. It had a dropper, and the serum had an almost jelly-like consistency, so it was difficult to get all the product out. Even with a spatula. I don’t think I would recommend it simply because of the waste involved. Unless you’re willing to take a saw to the bottle to get it open. Which I was not.

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This was a sample had lying around. I tried it tentatively (because rose and I typically don’t get along) but it didn’t irritate me at all. I used it mostly to wet eyeshadows and as a finishing spray to keep things from caking. I don’t think I would actually pay for it, but it was nice while I had it.

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This cream cleanser was in my project product, but I didn’t finish it. The last day I used it, I noticed some residue under the lid of the cap. I opened up the bottle and discovered mold. Way before the expiration date. Now, I know Burt’s a natural brand and he doesn’t have a lot of the preservatives other things do. But neither does Garden Girl, Nature’s Gate, or Andalou Naturals which are brands I regularly use. And I did keep this in my bathroom, where there’s more moisture. Right alongside my Garden Girl, Nature’s Gate, and Andalou Naturals products, which haven’t grown mold. I checked. Then I checked other Burt’s products I had and found mold in a shampoo and a moisturizer, the latter of which was not kept in a bathroom. Burt and I may have to part ways.

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I finished my favorite holy-grail-for-now shampoo, and along with it, almost four bottles of conditioner. It makes my hair feel clean, soft, and shiny. No matter what I experiment with, I go back to this every time.

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My Real Techniques complexion sponge began to disintegrate and leave tiny orange pieces of sponge behind when I used it. It seems like this is happening earlier and earlier – this one kicked it after only a month of every-other-day use. I’ve got another one that I’m rotating between a beauty blender. I’m very interested to see how they eventually measure up.

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I reached the end of a sample tube of this. It does amazing things for my lashes, but isn’t very practical unless I top it with something waterproof or I’m only wearing it for a couple of hours. It smudges on me like crazy!

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Had to throw out the Julep lip gloss I’d been working through because the container broke. It just snapped while it was in my jeans pocket. I’d gotten about halfway through and was really enjoying it!

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Finished up a 500ml bottle of Bioderma.

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Yes, that is the remnants of the a word on my hand. I can't remember what. Penguin, maybe? But we have to remember a lot of random things in a library!

And, finally, I used up a sample tube of Cargo’s Better Than Waterproof mascara. I liked this, for the most part. It’s a tubing mascara, which I’ve been seeking out more and more. It made my eyes a little sensitive when I removed it once in a while, but it volumized better than NYX’s Doll Eyes Waterproof

Project 10 Pan 2015 – 2 Month Update

After my second month of panning, I now know why so many people work with a deadline. I don’t think a year-long rolling project is going to work for me. First of all, I like deadlines. I enjoy having a target to aim for. I know this about myself, so why I didn’t start with the deadline method is beyond me.

Second of all, I’m getting bored and want to play with the rest of my collection. (Because, honesty!)

So, I think I’m going to adjust a bit.

I’ll keep Pan That Palette going all year. That one naturally lends itself to supplementing with other things as I finish shadows up.  For Project Pan I’ll finish out the month without rolling new products in as I finish. That’ll be the end of quarter one. I’ll keep Project Product going through quarter two. Quarter three will be another Project Pan and four will be a product.

I think this will work better for me!

I decided to keep this month’s update simple since so many of the products are the same.

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First up are the face products!

1) Trucking right along with the Andalou Naturals BB Cream. It’s difficult to tell exactly how much I have in there since the packaging is opaque, but I settled on the level after some tapping and squishing.

2) I transferred the Cover Girl Clean foundation into the cleaned and sanitized air pump bottle the NYC peptide serum was in. The triangular bottle and thick consistency was making it a messy pain in the butt to use. I’m still mixing it with a drop of oil and applying it over the BB cream, and that seems to work for my skin.

3) The Rimmel Match Perfection concealer stopped dispensing. I cut the tube open and scraped out the leftover product. It should last me another few weeks at least! (I have to admit, I bought another one of these today. It’s a dependable concealer, and I have a couple untrieds.)

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4) I think I’ll be using this Meow Cosmetics mineral eyeshadow sample until the end of time. It takes so very little on the brush to get color payoff. I’m really enjoying it!

5) Better Than Sex mascara smudges and transfers on me so immediately and severely that it looks like I’ve been having some. I’ve been able to use this under a tubing mascara and that lets me get through the day without it melting down my face, but at the sacrifice of the wonderful things it does for my lashes. And I have two more sample tubes of this stuff.

6) Milani eye primer. Does the job and does it well!

7) I finally sharpened the eyebrow pencil! The beauty mark has never looked better.

8) Tough as Taupe. *sigh* Still struggling with this one. Especially since I bought a new Color Tattoo and was subsequently reminded what the actual texture of these is supposed to be like. I think I’ll try the saline-and-microwave trick. If I still hate it at the end of this project, it shall be de-stashed.

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9) I’m enjoying the Julep gloss more than I thought I would. It’s a little too light, but sheer enough. Sticky, but not too sticky. I might consider getting this in a slight deeper shade.

10) And finally, I’m rotating in another lip balm. Burt’s Bees with coconut and pear. I got a four pack from my lovely sister-in-law for Christmas, and I want to get to work on them since they’re natural.

Finished Products
Rainbow Honey Lip Balm
Nyx dewey finish setting spray
Korrres face primer
Rainbow Honey Frozen Flame rollerball

Project Product 2015 – One Month Update

I did pretty well this month with products, finishing up four and cycling in four more.

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1) I only use this stuff once a week. When I work through a bottle of shampoo, there’s 3-4 bottles of conditioner to go along with it. I don’t think I can use this as my only shampoo and conditioner, but it’s good for occasional winter moisture needs.

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2) So, I’m not a bath and body works girl. I don’t find that their shower gels get me very clean and their lotions aren’t particularly moisturizing. At least not for my body chemistry. I’m using it on my legs and torso where I don’t need it.

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3) Burt’s Brightening moisturizer. I’m using this in place of a primer. It’s not silicone-based and it’s a bit sticky in texture. I haven’t been using it this way for long, but today’s foundation looked pretty darn spiffy.

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4) Trucking right along on the exfoliating mask. I really enjoy it!

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5) I may or may not be using the eye cream on other things to try to use it up. I have been mixing this with argan oil to make this moisturizing enough for my eyes.

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6) Getting close to the end on this lovely NYC Skincare peptide serum.

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7) I really enjoy this bottle of argan oil. I use it for just about everything; hair, skin, and nails. I’ve had this bottle for over a year, and I’m anxious to finish it up so I can try something new.

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8) More Burt! (He’s one of the few natural-ish options in local stores.) Spring and Summer come early in my part of the world, so it’s time to start finishing up some of my richer skincare like this cream cleanser. It’s nice and thick, and I haven’t been Lizard Woman this winter. So, go Burt!

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9) This moisturizing clay mask from Garden Girl falls in the category of “I want to use it up because I like it so much.” It’s a natural product and I’m afraid if I wait till next winter, it’ll go bad. So I’m cycling it in!

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From the look on that guy's face, that must be some mask!

10) And even more masks! I have learned something about myself. I am a sheet mask girl. After masking regularly for a few years, I’ve discovered I’m too lazy to use anything more than once a week that requires extensive rinsing. Now that Korean skincare is becoming a Thing in the states, sheet masks are now way more affordable and accessible. So these have been languishing in a drawer. I just need to use them. I’m lumping all of these together to make one product: 5 Montagne Jeunesse masks in Strawberry Souffle, 1 each from the same brand in Mud Pack, Very Berry, and Dead Sea Mud for men. 1 Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Mask, 1 Anti-blemish mud mask from Look Beauty, and 1 Que Bella anti-aging goji berry mask which terrifies me a bit because one of their other ones burned. Might do a patch test first.

Finished Products
Beauty Secrets Non-acetone nail polish remover.
Jeffrey James Botanicals The Cake mud mask.
La Fresh makeup wipes.
Bath and Body Works shower gel in White Citrus.

Project 10 Product 2015

And the fourth and final project for 2015 is product-based!

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1) First up is a moisturizer. Burt’s Bees Brightening moisturizer, to be exact. It’s nice. Doesn’t piss off my skin, doesn’t have silicone or parabens, but I’ve found a holy grail since purchasing this. It’s working well as a pre-foundation primer, so that’s how I’ll use it.

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Jane is not amused.

2) This is what’s left of a huge bottle of Beauty Secrets Non-acetone polish remover. So far, this is the worst acetone-free remover I’ve tried yet and I’ve been struggling to use it up. It’s my hope that my swatching project will help with that!

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3) I sort of went serum-crazy last year and have quite a few to work through. This one from NYC Skincare is peptide-based. There’s not an immediate visible result from this kind of thing, but I like the thin consistency and the quick way it absorbs into the skin.

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4) I kinda went a little mask crazy, too. This is a mud mask with some exfoliating granules. The formula is actually pretty moisturizing, so when I rinse it off, my face feels soft and clean. It won’t be hard to finish this up.

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5) Did I mention I went a little mask crazy? I’ve discovered that my face loves fruit enzymes. I discovered this last spring and found it to be an effective exfoliant that doesn’t dry the crap out of my skin. This is my second little tub of this stuff.

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6) This is my current eye cream. (I so did not pay full price for this!) I don’t have a particularly dry eye area, but I don’t find this to be very hydrating. I layer it over some argan oil to help it along and am considering doing the same around my cuticles, just to use it up faster.

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7. I’m not a makeup wipe person. But I like to grab a pack if I’m going to be traveling for more than a couple days (like I was last week) so I don’t have to lug the big bottle of Bioderma around with me. The jury’s still out on these.

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8) I’m so close to finishing a stockpile of Bath & Body Works stuff, I can almost taste it. I loved this particular fragrance when I first bought it but now I’m so tired of it that I glare at the bottle when I get in the shower.

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9) Which is why it’s so annoying to have two bottles of the body lotion left. (I know, first world problems, right?)

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10) And then there’s Burt’s Bees moisturizing shampoo. This is actually three things because there’s a few bottles of the conditioner to go along with it. There’ll be a review coming on both later on.

That’s it!  My fourth project for the year! I’ll be swapping things in for used-up products throughout the year. We’ll see how far I get!