Sunday, January 15, 2017

New to Me in December

Happy weekend everyone!  I am already doing a horrible job keeping up with the posting schedule I created for this month.  LOL.  I will try to catch up this week and get back on schedule.  I wanted to share the few things I picked up during the month of December.

Sephora Purchase:
At the beginning of December, Sephora offered a dollar amount of your purchase.  I believe I had $20 off of $50 (it was awhile ago so I'm not positive).  They were also offering sample bags with purchase.  The was down to only one foundation in my collection and had been wanting to try the Estee Lauder Double Wear Light so I decided to pick that up.  I am in shade 1.0.  I also grabbed the Sephora gloss in Earth and Fire.  I really liked the formula of the gloss I received in my Play box awhile back and wanted to try another shade.  The other 3 items were the samples I received.

Sephora sample bag with purchase:
This is the sample bag I chose with the above purchase.  I chose this bag for a few reasons.  1.  I am using my only daytime eye cream and thought I would try the Pep Start when I finish it.  I am using my only eye primer and will need a replacement soon (the Urban Decay one pictured).  I also love the Jack Black balm.

Sephora Play Box:
I have not used most of these items yet so I'll review in the coming months.
1.  Sephora lipstain in Always Red - I already passed this along because I don't wear red.
2.  Make Up For Ever step 1 primer
3.  Drybar Detox dry shampoo
4.  Lancome Hypnose drama mascara
5.  Urban Decay all nighter setting spray
6.  Elizabeth and James perfume in Nirvana rose

Julep Purchase:
As part of my Christmas gift, I subscribed to the Julep box for 6 months.  At the time, they also offered a nail polish free gift.  This box of mini Julep polishes arrived (you'll see the boxes starting in January).  I've already used the maroon and gold on the right end and love them both.

I feel like I did pretty well in December with my purchases.  I grabbed a few things I wanted to try, got some good samples, and didn't go crazy with my spending.  I hope this is a trend I can continue with in 2017.


*All opinions are my own.  All products were purchased by me.  I was not compensated in any way for this post.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Beauty Empties - December

Time to wrap up the empties of 2016 with December's empties.  I know everyone says this, but I can't believe it is January of a new year already.  I'm sure it will be another great one!

Haircare Empties:
Redken Triple Take 32 hairspray - This was fine.  I bought it because I was running low and it was half price at Ulta.  It didn't wow me enough to go out and repurchase.
Tresemme anti-breakage shampoo - I know this is a cheap drugstore shampoo but I really like it.  I don't get buildup and it doesn't make my hair greasy.  I would repurchase but it won't be soon because I have some to work though and I'd like to try some new ones.

Bodycare Empties:
Juice Beauty Green Apple Age Defy Hand Cream - This came in a sample bag or box at some point.  I didn't like it.  It wasn't moisturizing enough for me.
Bath and Body Works Sea Island Cotton lotion - Cotton is my favorite scent!  I like these lotions and I do love this scent.  However, I don't usually buy BBW lotions just because it is easier for me to run to Target or Ulta when I need lotion.
Bliss Micro Magic microdermabrasion - I got this in a PopSugar box and I assume it is for your face. The scent and scrubby parts were way to harsh for my face to I ended up using it as a body scrub.  I wouldn't purchase it.
Ponds Rejuveness anti wrinkle cream - This was a fine face cream but I wasn't a huge fan so I finished it off on my neck and chest area.

Other Empties:
Sephora cotton rounds - My favorite!
Ulta Cotton Pads - I'll buy them in a pinch if I don't have any Sephora ones.
Kerstin Florian Correcting At-Home Professional Peel - I am so happy to finally have finished these since they were pricey.  I was very bad about using them consistently so I can't say they had a fabulous effect on my skin.  I'd like to try something similar and use them regularly to see if they really do work.  If you have a brand for me to try, let me know!
Stella McCartney Pop perfume sample - This came in a Sephora Play box and I really liked it.  When the weather gets a little warmer and I finish some other perfumes, I plan to buy a rollerball of this scent.

Makeup Empties:
It Cosmetics CC Cream - Just like so many other people, I do like this CC cream.  The only part I don't like is that I am in between the fair and light shades.  I can bronze up the light shade in the winter to make it work but for the price, I'm not sure I really want to be doing that.  It may be a repurchase one day.
Pixi Brightening Peach Corrector - I use this under my eyes before my concealer to cancel out the dark circles.  I like this one and it does the job.  I am currently trying a Becca product instead and I'd like to try the Erase Paste too at some point before I repurchase.
Sumitra eyeliner in purple - I can't tell you the exact shade because I've sharpened it too far down at this point.  Purple eyeliners are my favorite and I really liked this one.  There are other brands that are more readily available that I would purchase over this one.
Cargo Boundless Lashes mascara - No.  It did nothing for my lashes and I layered it under other mascaras because it was worthless on its own.
Urban Decay Perversion mascara - I like this mascara but I find that it dries out and flakes on me very quickly.  Perhaps it was the sample, but I only got a few weeks out of this.
Stila Lip Glaze in Honeydew - I love these lip glazes even though they are sticky because I find they last a long time.  I have been working through quite a few I used to I probably won't repurchase for awhile.
Bite Beauty duo in musk and lychee - I liked these lipsticks.  They were moisturizing and I loved the colors.

Items to declutter:
Garnier BB cream - I've been trying to work through this for awhile now.  It is way too dark for me in the winter and I'm sure it is expired at this point.  It seems to be breaking me out as well.  I got a lot of use out of it though.
Marcelle 3 in 1 - This moisturizer from Birchbox broke me out so I stopped using it.
Derma E Makeup Remover - This is horrible.  It is like a gel and it is goopy and it gets in my eyes and doesn't remove anything.
ACV apple cider vinegar hair rinse - I know this is supposed to be good for your hair but it just seemed to make my hair greasy when I used it.
Kiehls Nourishing Olive Fruit Oil conditioner - I bought this with the shampoo for travel but it is way too thick and moisturizing for my hair.  It makes it very greasy so the rest needs to go.

For the month of December, I used up 22 products (11 full size, 8 deluxe size, and 3 samples).  I also decluttered 11 items.

For the year I have moved out 321products!  I'm pretty happy with that!


Saturday, January 7, 2017

Project Use It Up - January Goals

Now that I am back to work, life is once again crazy.  Too much going on at the moment:)  I wanted to share my Project Use It Up for January before it gets too late in the month.  I did mark these products on the 1st of the month even though I'm a few days late posting.  The products I have included this month are a few I want to continue to focus on, a few I hope to finish, and a few I'm including to ensure I am not forgetting about them.

First up is my project page in my notebook.  This is the first page in my section for the month of January.  As you can see, I've already gotten a few boxes crossed off this week.  Yay!

Murad toner - I'm continuing to work on this product this year and hope to finish it in 2017.  I use this primarily on my back or chest if to keep breakouts at bay in those areas because it is too strong for my face.

Tarte Maracuja Oil - I don't like putting oils on my face.  It tends to make me too greasy.  So I am going to work on this oil as a body moisturizer this month, primarily on my chest and neck.  It was full when I started.

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day night cap - I forget to use this product since it is supposed to go on at night before you shower.  I've used a few times and have marked an approximate starting point.

Air Repair Complexion Quenching Facial Mist - This was in my Crossing 6 off our Panning List that finished at Christmas and I would just like to get it finished.

Smashbox Blemish Control Primer - Just like above, this was in the same project and I would like to get it finished this month.

Marc Jacobs Dot Perfume - I continue to work on this.  I have made some good progress in the last month.  However, I am also going to be focusing on finishing up perfume samples this year so I'll be switching between the two and might not see as much progress at some times.  My goal is to finish this by June 1st.

So, those are my goals and products for this month.  Thanks for following along on my panning journey.  I so appreciate all of you!


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Sweet on Project Panning Intro

Hello again!  I was planning to get my Project Use It Up for January up next but I saw this seasonal challenge come up on Youtube the other day and thought I would join in.  I like to participate in at least one seasonal challenge at a time because it encourages me to use up more products, especially makeup that I don't usually put in my Project Use It Up.  So, I'm going to get my intro up for this project and then you'll see Project Use It Up in a few days.

The title of this seasonal challenge is Sweet on Project Panning and it is a large collaboration on Youtube between many who project pan.  If you search for the title of the project, their videos will come up (little hint, I always sort by upload date so I get the most recent ones).  The challenge runs from January 1st until February 28th.  You are to pick 5-6 products with the goal that they have some sort of sweet or candy theme.

I thought I would start by showing you the page in my beauty notebook for this project.  I have listed out all the products with my goals for the project.  For the one item, I also left room for a progress marking at the bottom of the page.  Adding a goal for each item is something new I decided to do.
So here is what I chose and why it fits the theme...

1.  Mario Badescu Strawberry Tonic Mask - I am including this mask because it smells like strawberries.  As of the start of the project, I haven't even opened the mask and it is a full size product.  I know I won't use the whole thing but my goal is to use the mask at least once a week and see how much progress I can make.  I am really bad at using masks so remembering to do it once a week is a good goal for me.

2.  Beauty Protector Protect and Detangle - This is included because it smells like cotton candy.  This product is also unopened but is a deluxe size.  My goal is to finish the product by the end of the project.

3.  NYX single eyeshadow in White Pearl - I included this shadow because it looks like frosting or marshmallows (thanks to some of the Youtube ladies for the idea).  This shadow was in a project I worked on in 2016 and I made a really good dent in it.  I will use this shade all over my lid to set my primer.  I hope to finish this shadow in the next two months, but it might be cutting it close:)

4.  Stila Lip Glaze in Raspberry Sorbet - Since it is pink and the name is ice cream, I thought it was a lip product to include.  This is a deluxe size lip glaze and I can usually finish a full size in a few months so I hope to finish this one in the two months that the project will last.

5.  Soap and Glory A Great Kisser lip balm - This is included in the project because it smells like peaches.  My goal is to clear out the left size of this tin.  I would like to finish more but it takes forever to use up a tin like this so I'm hoping the left size isn't too optimistic.  I have had this lip balm a long time and it needs to get finished up this year.

6.  Chapstick in Cake Batter - This smells like...cake batter (who knew?:) so I thought it was a great item to include.  I use this every night before bed and a full size chapstick usually takes me 3-4 months to finish when I use it nightly.  I don't remember when I started this so I don't know if I'll finish it but I should get close.

So, these are my six products for this project.  If I can hit my goal on 5 of the 6, I'll call it a success.  I will do one update at the beginning of February, unless I'm seeing a lot of progress for 2 week updates.


Sunday, January 1, 2017

Pan That Palette 2017 Intro

Happy New Year and Happy 2017 to you all!  I am looking forward to another great year and continuing to connect with all of you!  This is going to be the introduction to my Pan That Palette for 2017.  At the start of 2016, I began panning the Tarte Matte-nificent palette.

This is what my palette looked like when I began.  There was very little use in the top shades and the other shades had not been touched.

I have used this palette almost every day this year.  I used the cream shade all over my lid with a combination of the other shades in my crease or as a transition.  I used the dark purple as a liner on my lower lash line and the light pink under my brow bone or in the inner corner.  I used the blush a little bit during the year.  Here is what the palette looks like now.

I have good dips going in many of the shades.  There is a lot of product in these pans so I can't say for sure that I will finish this palette this year.  However, I do love that an all matte palette gives me flexibility to add in other shades in my crease and on the lid.

The duo on the bottom includes a cream shade that I have been using since finishing the one in the Tarte palette.  I have also been using the pink shade in my crease every day.

In addition to continuing this palette, I am going to be focusing on other shades each month and I will include them in my post, along with the two blushes I am focusing on (I talked about this in my goals).  For this month, I am including just the Naked palette.  This is the oldest palette in my collection and I want to focus on getting use out of this palette this year.  Sin and Toasted have the biggest amount of use in this palette (just small dips at the top) and the other shades look almost untouched.

I am going to continue working on the Laura Gellar blush in Tropic Hues that was in my Crossing 6 off our Panning List project.  I am also going use the NYX blush in the shade Mauve this month.

I will update at the beginning of February with any progress and the shades I plan to focus on in February along with my blush picks.

Thanks for following along with my projects this year!  I am going to join in the Sweet on Project Panning seasonal challenge that was posted today on Youtube so I'll get that up in the next few days as well.


Saturday, December 31, 2016

My Beauty Notebook for 2017

Happy New Year's Eve!  Sorry for the longer than normal absence from the blog but we've had a crazy few weeks with sickness, a car accident (everyone is okay:) and the holidays.  I had intended to this post earlier, right after my goals, so that you could have to prepare if you chose to do some type of notebook.  But I thought I would still share mine as it is always a work in progress and may change throughout the year anyways.  This year, I took some ideas that I saw Curious Sparkles share on her Youtube channel when she shared her notebook.  I liked that she includes everything one notebook. I always had extra pieces of paper floating around from Project Use It Up or seasonal challenges.  Now I have a place to keep it all together.

This is the cover of the notebook I will use for this year.  I made sure to choose one that will have plenty of pages to get me through the whole year.  The page flags across the top are from the dollar section at Target.

The first section in the notebook are my goals and some of my trackers I will use during the year.  I shared that section of my notebook in my goals post a few weeks ago which you can find here.

Next there is a tab for each month.  I gave each month four pages.  The first page of each monthly section will have my Project Use It Up goals and products to focus on for the month.

The next page in the monthly section is where I have an overview page of my empties and purchases.  I tally all my empties and keep my running totals on this page.

Page #3 in the monthly section is where I list my purchases.  This helps me keep track of how much I am buying and what it costs.  It also gives me an idea of how old a product is.

The final page in the monthly section is where I list out all my empties.  I number them, write whether it is full, deluxe, or sample sized, and what the product is.  If it is a declutter, I make a note of that too (as opposed to it being an empty product).

After the 12 monthly tabs, I have a tab for projects.  This will be where I list and track any seasonal challenges or project pans I decide to do for the year.

At the very back of the notebook, I have listed all my nail polishes.  I do like to paint my nails but I am also pretty good about not going overboard with buying nail polish.  I decluttered a lot of shades during this year that were colors I didn't like, too old, or I didn't like the formula.  I know I fell short on those updates but  you can see from the list what I have left at the top of the page from that declutter.  The middle of the page are the polishes I got at the beginning of the year from gifts and a Zoya sale.  I recently subscribed to the Julep box for six months as part of my Christmas gift.  I got a bonus gift of some mini polishes which are listed at the bottom.  I really love the Julep formula and I am excited to have these polishes coming to me over the next few months.

I have recently finished my inventory so it is ready to go for 2017.  I keep the rest of my inventory in a separate notebook.  I list out every single product which I cross off as I finish it.  In the future, I may look for a notebook that has enough pages to combine them into one.  But I used what I had around the house for now to get some use out of all my notebooks.

I am working on my products for Use It Up and then I will get that posted, hopefully tomorrow.  I will also be sharing more about my Pan That Palette for the year in the next few days.  I have a lot to catch up on that I had planned to already have posted but I will try not to bombard you all this week:)


Thursday, December 15, 2016

2017 Beauty Goals

Since we are about halfway through December already (Yikes!), I thought I'd share some goals for 2017.  I will say that some of these aren't set in stone, especially where it comes to blogging.  However, I have some ideas so I thought I would share them.  Also, I love lists and goals so these are my favorite posts:)

My goals comprise the first section of my beauty notebook.  I will post what I am including in my beauty notebook in the next few days so you can see all of it.

1.  Finish as many shadows as possible.  I will continue working on the matte shades in my Tarte Mattenificent palette since I still have a ways to go on that from this year.  Instead of adding another palette for Pan That Palette, I am just going to try to finish as many as possible.  I will try to focus a lot of my energy on my Naked palette since that is the oldest palette I own.

2.  Budget - Spend money on items I really want to try.  In an effort to cut back on spending this year, I tried to limit myself to $25 a month.  Some months it worked really well, others it did not.  Instead of placing a limit, I will try to keep my spending to items I really have been wanting to try.  For instance, I would like to try out some drugstore mascara, I want to try the Cover Girl BB cream, and there are others as well.
In addition, I am going to work on my skincare stash.  I need to get over the feeling that I need to buy many backups.  I would like to get to the point where I have one of each product (excluding samples that come in) and I don't think about replacing it until it is almost empty.  I don't switch around my skincare like I do my makeup so I really don't need a lot of extra products around.

3.  Continue Project Use It Up - This has really helped me focus on products and also incorporate other items like perfume samples and foil packets to work through them.

4.  Continue small seasonal projects - This is usually where I incorporate more makeup items to try to finish them up.  It is also fun to join in the IG and Youtube community with these projects.

5.  Focus on 2 blushes each month.  If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I did a huge lip product declutter this fall and got rid of shades that didn't work for me, were old, etc.  I am going to focus on 2 blushes each month for this same purpose.  I may end up keeping all of them, I may not, but I have neglected a lot of them and want to try them out.

Blog Goals:  These are some areas I would like to focus on this year for the blog posts.
6.  Be more consistent with my loves post.  Some months I did these and others I did not, so I'd like to make sure I am sharing what I am loving with you every month.

7.  Review new products more often - dedicate an entire post if necessary instead of just haul reviews

8.  Haul posts - I am trying to decide whether I purchase each haul separately or do one big post at the end of the month like I have been.  Weigh in with your thoughts in the comments if you have a preference.

9.  Blog post of blushes and eyeshadows I will be focusing on for each month - also a work in progress, we will see if this works out.

The next page is more specific product goals.  I buy a lot of skincare to try, maybe more than makeup.  And so I have so many face washes, moisturizers, etc. to work through.  One goals is to finish my face washes before buying more.  This may take all year, I don't know for sure.  At the beginning of 2017, I will write in the number I am starting with.

I would like to finish 15 lip products.  I have finished at least 10 this year so I am going to aim higher for next year.  This includes chapstick, lip gloss, lipstick, any of it.

Finish all perfume samples from 2016.  I say 2016 because I want to start with those that are oldest.  If I get any in 2017, I will add those to the end if I finish all the others.  That being said, if I hate a fragrance after I try it, I will toss it.  I'm not going to hate how I smell all day just to finish a perfume sample.  Again, I will write in how many I have when 2017 starts.

Pan as many shadows as possible.

In an effort to keep my lip product stash from going crazy again, I am going to limit how many I can bring in.  For every five I finish, I can purchase one from my list.  That way, by the end of 2017 I might have a more manageable number.

That is it for the goals section of my notebook and what I am focusing on in 2017.  I would love for you to share some of yours or give some feedback for me!