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De-Stash & Trash – Stuff for the Eyes

I love doing my eye makeup in the morning! And when I finish a pan of eye shadow, I squee. Just a little. We must remain dignified, you know.

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Like most of us, I go through these types of colors a lot. Wet & Wild’s Brulee has a better formula than its analogs in most of my palettes. I use it all the time, and always have a backup.

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This eye primer took me a whole year to use up, and it was fantastic. It had a thicker formula. A little goes a long way. I could tell the difference between days I used this and days I didn’t in terms of pigmentation and longevity of powder shadow. It can hold its own when compared to the likes of Urban Decay’s Primer Potion, which is what I’m using now. I will absolutely repurchase this!

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Last Christmas I purchased a limited edition set of Skinny Smoldereyes by Tarte. I just finished the one in Onyx, and I really liked it! On my eyes, these star to break down after a few hours. This one lasted all day on my lids if I set it with a powder shadow. It felt wonderful going on, and didn’t irritate my eyes when used in the waterline or tightline. Not too bad, Tarte!

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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 10 Pan 2015 – 1 Month Update

I’m one month into my project pan. I’ve made lots of progress on some things and on other things…well…not so much.

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1) Korres Face Primer – I’m so close to finishing this up! One or two more uses and it’ll be done.

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2) Milani Eyeshadow Primer – Making steady progress here!

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3) Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer – This is the concealer that doesn’t end! I have been using it under the eyes and down onto the cheeks. It does a really good job at covering redness there without settling into pores there.

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4) Ofra Eyebrow Pencil – I haven’t even sharpened the darned thing. I don’t like it for much, but I do use it to darken my beauty mark when it fades under foundation.

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5) Maybelline Color Tattoo in Tough as Taupe – I’m really struggling with this one. The shade is much, much cooler than my camera makes it look. It makes my eyelids look bruised because I can’t get it sheered out enough. It’s starting to get too crumbly to work with.  I have been lining my eyes with it and topping it with black shadow. I think I might give myself till the end of March and if I’m still dreading the sight of it in my makeup bag, I’ll just let it go.

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6) Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara – This stuff transfers like a mother. On me anyway. So many mascaras do, so I can’t judge it on that alone. The first time I wore it to work I ended up looking like a football player by lunch time. I love what it does for my lashes though! To try to make it work, I’ve started to pair it with some tubing and waterproof mascaras that I have open with inconsistent results. I have something else in mind to try!

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Last month.

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This month!

7) I made fairly good progress on the lip balm, if I do say so myself. I have never finished one before. Never. In 36 years. I may have myself a squee when it’s finally gone.

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8) Slowly making my way through the BB cream. It’s very moisturizing and has a nice texture, but it’s just too dark for me. So…

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9) …I’m using a foundation over it! This Cover Girl Clean is almost the right shade but it’s drier than what my skin likes. Pairing it with the BB cream and a little oil makes for a nice finish. I figured I should just cycle it into the project.

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Julep Lip Gloss in Adored.

10) I very rarely buy lip products on purpose, but somehow have ended up with a bunch. To try to use them up, I’m going with a first-in-first-out strategy. This gloss came in a Julep box before we were able to customize. It’s sheer enough that I feel comfortable slapping it on during the day and sticky enough that it stays on fairly well in between breaks at work.

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11) I’m cycling in one more product because the primer will probably be gone before this goes up. This is a mineral eyeshadow sample from Meow cosmetics that will gow with the palette I’m panning.

Finished Products
NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray
Rainbow Honey Rollerball in Frozen Flame

Project 10 Pan 2015

My very first project pan! I outlined my rules here. Where possible, I’ve marked levels with blue Sharpie.

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My first product is a lip balm! (Ambitious, right?) Rainbow Honey’s nourishing lip balm in l’orange ganache.  My lips really like this, so I want to make sure to use it up before I lose it in the couch cushions or leave it in an old purse.

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Next up is NYX’s Dewey Finish setting spray. I use this after powder and before mascara. It does a good job at tamping down the powder and giving my skin a nice finish. I’m not super fond of all the alcohol on my dry skin, though and I’m anxious to try something new.

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This is a really nice BB cream! Like everything else out there, it’s a little too dark for me but it’s sheer enough to work under a powder foundation that matches me while giving me some SPF.

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I like this concealer enough to eventually destroy the packaging to get to the stuff clinging to the side. I’ve been bringing it down onto my cheeks to help with redness coverage.

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The Ofra eyebrow pencil. I got this in an Ipsy bag.  Now, I like my eyebrows. They don’t need a lot of tweezing or augmentation and I like ’em unruly. So brow products are lost on me. I tried this as an eyeliner but I didn’t like it that way. So I use it to darken the small mole above my lip after foundation. This is going to take a while to use up.

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I’ve been on the hunt for a nice silicone-free primer. This one is nice! It had a citrusey smell and feels like moisturizer. But I don’t know if it does much more than that.

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This actually does do good things for my eyeshadow. But I have other primers waiting in the queue.

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I somehow ended up with two pots of Tough as Taupe and two other shades of Color Tattoo. They and I are now in a race to determine whether I can use them up before they dry out. Ready, set, GO!

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I don’t wear much perfume or cologne. I’m allergic to a lot of scents and much of what I’m not allergic to turns on me and ends up smelling off. This does neither. It’s Rainbow Honey’s Frozen Flame. (I promise, I’m not sponsored by them! I just like their stuff and have a subscription to their mystery bag. They’ll be on here a lot.)

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I ended up with three samples of this over the past couple months. It’s a nice formula application-wise but it transfers under my eyes like crazy. I’m going to experiment with layering this under other mascaras to see if that helps.