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De-stash and Trash – February 2015

I have had a pretty productive month using up products!

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I really enjoyed the Korres face primer! I wasn’t certain at first that it was doing much, but after not using it for a while, I do notice a difference in the way foundation applies. I kind of miss it! It’s a silicone-free cream that feels like a silky moisturizer. I ended up wrangling a sample of their anti-aging primer to try.

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I liked this Rainbow Honey body lotion enough to spend the time scraping out the bottle with a beauty spatula. Another silicone-free product.

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I got this Crown brush in a set. It started to shed the first time I washed it and never stopped. I don’t have time to painstakingly pick brush hairs off my face every morning. So I’m getting rid of it.

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Another one for the Ipsy graveyard. It’s a very nice, very black liquid eyeliner from Elizabeth Mott with very pretty glitter pieces that made my eyes feel very gritty. It’s very outta here.

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Finished up a bottle of fast-dry top coat.

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Took care of this Peptide serum that was in my project product. I really enjoyed the texture and I didn’t find it too drying. I would definitely try it again!

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I finally decided to let go of the silicone-based primers lurking in my drawers. I don’t know if it’s user error or what, but I’ve tried them every way I can think of and they do nothing but emphasize my pores and lines. I’ve rubbed, patted and pressed, used fingers, brushes and sponges in various stages of the making-up process to no avail. I’m starting to think it’s just my skin.

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I finished a lip balm! I consider this a triumph because I usually lose or destroy them before I use them up. This was a Rainbow Honey balm and was extremely moisturizing.

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The torturous eye cream. I hate to diss Ole Henriksen, but my undereyes hated this. They actually felt dryer after I put it on. I mixed it with argan oil to make it work.

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Garden Girl makes my favorite moisturizers. Quench Coat is nice and light, suitable for daytime and summertime, is silicone-free and contains the magic hyaluronic acid. I will absolutely buy this again, but I have to get through the Burt’s Bees Brightening one first. Motivation!

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I’m de-stashing a couple of old mascaras. Cover Girl’s Full Lash Bloom (on the left) left my lashes feeling very soft, which I enjoyed. But it also ended up halfway down my face two hours after application like most mascaras do. Nyx’s Doll Eye waterproof, on the other hand, stayed put. I didn’t find out until later that it was a tubing mascara. Which has now become my favorite makeup product. Of life. Ever. I like Nyx’s for layering over mascaras that I like but transfer on me. This one is primarily lengthening and has a small hourglass-shaped brush.

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And finally, I finished a vitamin c serum. This was my second bottle of this. I loved the way it smelled of oranges and sunk into my skin. Despite its gentleness, I could feel it working with some slight flushing and tingling. I think my skin has gotten used to it, though, and I may be ready for a step up in vitamin c concentration. This is a lovely starter c serum for sensitive skin.

That’s it for February! I’ll have my mask roundup up later on in the month!

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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!