Sunday, April 23, 2017

Finish 6 by Summer Update #1

I am a few days late with my update for Finish 6 by Summer but I was enjoying a girls trip in Las Vegas.  We laid by the pool, ate yummy food, and had a nice relaxing time.  Some of these items in the project I feel really good about my progress and others I'm not as confident about anymore:)

These two pictures are from my introduction in March which you can see here.

I am working on the NYX single eyeshadow in White Pearl and the Soap and Glory lip balm in A Great Kisser.  These are the starting points showing the amount of pan when I began the project.

This above picture is where I am at with these two products now.  I have expanded the pan in the center of the eye shadow.  I use a big fluffy brush to apply this all over my eye before any other shadows.  I have been working on the left side of the lip balm to clear it out and have expanded the pan there as well.

The next product is the Marc Jacobs rollerball perfume in Dot.  I marked my progress line and am hoping with steady use, I can finish it in the next two months.
The Bare Minerals eye base is a little trickier.  I have used it every time I have worn makeup, but there is absolutely no progress to mark.  I am hoping it is just because the product clings to the sides of the container.  However, I have no idea if it will be finished in two months.

I am also working on the Laura Gellar blush in Tropic Hues.  I am continuing to flatten it out since the product is domed to begin with, but I have not seen any pan yet.

The final product is the Maybelline color whisper in Lust for Blush.  I have been trying to use it at least once a day, sometimes more.  I have made pretty good progress although I'm not sure it is enough to finish it in two months.  I am going to try to make an effort to use it more often.  

I am feeling good about the progress I am making, especially with the lip balm, eye shadow, and perfume.  I will have an update in May and then finish the project around the 20th of June so stay tuned for those updates.


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Monday, April 17, 2017

Was It Worth It? - Thoughts on December Purchases

I  know I just posted my March Haul yesterday but I am super behind on everything I wanted to post this month.  I plan everything out at the beginning of the month and it never quite seems to go as scheduled:)  So I am now playing catch up and you'll probably get a whole bunch of stuff this week.  This post will be my reviews on the items I purchased back in December.  I included them in my haul post in January which you can check out here.

My first purchase was from Sephora.  A coupon with a dollar amount off your purchase was mailed out and they also had a sample bag they were offering.  I picked up the Estee Lauder Double Wear Light in shade 1.0.  I really like the foundation and the coverage.  It wears well for me but I do find that even this shade in 1.0 is too dark for me in the winter.  I will use this up in the next few months as I get a bit of a tan.  Sephora does carry a shade in .5 that I might try out in the future.

I also picked up a lipgloss from the Sephora brand in the shade Earth and Fire.  I love the formula of these glosses.  I don't wear it nearly enough because I am trying to work through older lip products before they go bad.  But I do love how these feel and there are a million shades to choose from.

As for the samples, I absolutely loved this Tory Burch fragrance.  You can see my review in my March empties.  I don't think I have even used the others.

This was the sample bag that I received with my order.  I have been using up the Urban Decay eye shadow primer samples.  I do like the original formula of their primer but I have not been a fan of the other ones like the anti-aging or the shimmer one.  I also used up the Clean Reserve perfume sample. I have not found a Clean scent I do not like.  I love the fresh scent of them.

The Amore Pacific peel left my face super soft.  It was a powder that you mixed with water and then applied to your face and rinsed off.  It was one of those things where I kept having to force myself not to touch my face because it felt so nice.  lol

I passed on the lipstick since I don't wear red and I haven't not used the other products included in the bag yet.

The next part of my haul was my Sephora Play box.  Again, the lip stain was in a darker shade that I will not wear so I passed it along.

I recently finished the Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray.  It was nice but I don't feel like setting sprays do anything for me or that they are a necessary step in my makeup.
I also finished off the Detox Dry Shampoo which I did not like.  It left a very heavy white cast that I felt was much harder to work in than other dry shampoos I have tried.
I recently opened the Lancome mascara and it gives me good length but does not give me volume that I need.  I will continue to use it up and see if my opinions change.

The final part of my December purchases was this Julep nail polish sampler.  I subscribed to the Julep Maven box as part of my Christmas presents for 6 months.  This nail polish set was a free gift with subscription.  I have absolutely loved the Julep nail polishes, as well as the other products from the brand that have come in my monthly boxes.  It was definitely a good choice for me!  I find that the Julep polishes last a good week (sometimes more) on me before I feel they have chipped too much and need to be removed.  This is so much better than other formulas I have tried.

I hope these reviews help give you a better idea of the products and I what I think.  I enjoy these posts for myself because it helps keep me aware of whether I am making use of my purchases or buying more than I can really use in the 3 months since I posted the haul.


*Not a sponsored post.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

New to Me in March

I did pretty well with my spending in March and my purchases.  I did not make any crazy impulse purchases so I was very pleased with that.  Here is what I did buy during the month.

Purchase #1 - Sephora ($17.00)
I needed to replenish my stock of cotton rounds from Sephora.  Also, I hadn't ordered anything in February to get my birthday gift so I added that in as well.

Purchase #1 - Sephora (cont. - gifts with purchase)
Sephora was running a special for 5 samples with purchase instead of 3 so these are the samples I chose (I actually got the ones I picked:) and the birthday gift.  I had a hard time choosing between the Caudalie skincare set and this Tarte set but I have so much skincare to work through I thought I would try out the lip paints and get the Tarte one.

Purchase #2 - Julep Maven box (prepaid - not in total)
I am in love with the purple color on my nails.  I posted a picture of it on my nails on my Instagram (@lovetobebusyblog).

Purchase #3 - Sephora Play box (not in total)
I wasn't too thrilled about this box in March because three of the products were some type of illuminator or highlighter.  It just seems like a bit much of the same type of product.  Also, the Make Up For Ever shadow was the exact same one I received in a previous box.

The last thing I picked up (which isn't pictured) was the Wet and Wild trio in Hieroglyphic Heart.  It is limited edition and I don't usually feel the need to hunt those down but I was excited by the colors of this one.  I had a friend looking and I finally found it around me!

I took in a total of 20 products this month through purchases and subscription boxes.  I spent a total of $2.99 since I don't count the cotton rounds.

What have you purchased recently that you love?

*Not a sponsored post.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Beauty Empties - March

Time for my favorite post of every month - empties!  It is gratifying seeing how much I am using up every month and keeps me working towards my goal of decreasing the amount of beauty products I own.  I also love being able to review the products for all of you and also seeing other people's empties and what they loved and didn't like.

I didn't use up a huge amount of products this month but I finished quite a few full size items so that is exciting.

1.  Loreal Total Repair 5 shampoo - I really like this shampoo and have used it a few times.  At times, I feel like it may give me some build up but I use a clarifying shampoo about once a week and that seems to help.  I am happy to say that I no longer have backups of shampoo or conditioner!  I have one shampoo and one conditioner in my shower at this moment and that is it!  Woohoo!

2.  Air Repair Complexion Quenching Facial Mist - I bought this because I watched too much Youtube and decided I needed to be using a setting spray (lol).  A setting spray is not something I feel that I need in my routine so I won't repurchase.

3.  Tarte Maracuja Oil - This product was free in a sample bag.  I don't use oils like this on my face because I don't need the extra moisture.  It has worked out well during the winter to use them on my chest, neck and any other areas that have been extra dry.

4.  Juice Beauty Green Apple Brightening Gel Cleanser - I really liked this cleanser!  It kept my skin clear and cleansed well without drying it out.  I might purchase this when I need a cleanser.

5.  Pacifica Kale Detox face wash - I loved this face wash as well.  While using these two face washes, my skin was the clearest it has been in a very long time!  I will definitely repurchase.

6.  Murad Clarifying Toner - I bought this for my face a long time ago and absolutely hated it.  The scent is super strong and I couldn't handle it on my face.  If you follow my project use it up posts, you know that I have been working through this for a long time by using it on areas of my body like my back.  I am glad it is gone and won't repurchase.

7.  Mario Badescu Cellufirm Drops - I have been using this as my nighttime serum and I really like it.  It doesn't break me out and seems to help with firming.  I am trying some other serums but I might go back to this one if I don't like them.  I would like a product that feels like it has more anti-wrinkle properties so I am on the hunt.

8.  The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil - I have had this in my routine for quite awhile and have always used it on specific spots that are prone to breakouts.  This is usually my chin and I tend to feel like it feels oilier that it needs to.  I don't know if that is from applying this product but I might try something different.  I have one other tea tree oil I am finishing now but then I might go without it for awhile and see how my skin does.

9.  Chapstick in cake batter - This smelled so good!  I am not picky about my chapstick unless I feel like it is drying my lips out.  I buy chapstick brand often.

10.  Amore Pacific Treatment Enzyme Peel - This is a powder that you mix with water and massage onto your face.  My face felt so soft after using this product.  I have some other peels I have been holding on to so I am more motivated to use them now and make my skin super soft again:)

11.  LOC Shadow Stick in On Point - This came in a Birchbox and I liked the shade but the product wasn't anything special.  I also felt like it went much faster than other eye crayons I have used.

12.  Clean Reserve Perfume - This was a nice scent.  I like the super fresh clean scents.  I don't think I like it enough to purchase a full size though.

13.  Tory Burch Jolie Fleur Verte - I loved this fragrance!  I had tried another one from Tory Burch that was way too floral but this was a combo of floral and fresh scent.  I might purchase a rollerball of this one down the road.

14.  Sephora Cotton Rounds - I keep these in a container in my bathroom and they are my absolutely favorite!  I do not count these in my empties total.

During the month of March I used a total of 14 products (9 full size, 1 deluxe, 4 samples).  I post any samples on my Instagram instead of including them in these empties so the posts don't get to long.  I also decluttered 30 products that I won't use (wrong shade, wrong for my hair or skin type, etc.).

My total used for this month was $93.99.

Totals for this year
Used - 110
Cost - $246.48


*Not sponsored.  All products purchased by me.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Project Use It Up - April Update

I am so tired of this rainy weather we have been having.  It was cloudy and raining all last week and that seems to be the trend this week too.  Bring on some sunshine!

My March goals were the same as they have been for the other months.  I did a good job of using a mask at least once a week.  I often forget to mark these boxes so I think I might have masked a few more times since my goal was two times a week.  I was bad about using foil packets this month but I used so many during #foilfebruary that I needed a break.

I finished two of my products this month from my list.  Yay!  I was able to finish the Murad toner and the Tarte Maracuja oil.  I used the Murad toner to clarify areas of my body, not my face, in an effort to use this up.  Therefore, I won't be replacing it with another product.  I have been using the Tarte product on my neck and chest and you will see my replacement pictured below.

My goals for April are changing just slightly.  I took out the perfume sample boxes because I am trying to use finish a rollerball as part of a seasonal project and I am going to focus on that for now.

I am continuing to work on the Living Proof night cap.  It is very hard to tell if I have made any progress on this item with the packaging.  I tend to forget about it since I need to put it in my hair the night before I wash it, but I am trying to remember.  The Josie Maran oil was added in during March after I finished the Tarte oil.  As you can see, I am about halfway done with this product and expect to finish it this month.  I am using this in the same way as the Tarte oil, as a chest and neck moisturizer.

These are the masks I will be working on for April.  The Balance Me radiance mask was started in March and I am about halfway done (the progress lines are current).  I have one or two uses left in the Fresh Rose Mask and will start using the Korres Wild Rose mask when I finish the Fresh one.  I hope to finish the Fresh and Balance Me masks this month.

The primer I included in the March goals was the Becca Backlight priming filter.  However, it did not work well for my skin.  I am passing the Becca primer on to a friend.  After about a week, I started using the Cover FX illuminating primer instead.  The progress line is where I am at with it going into April.  I would also like to finish my Tarte lipstick in Plummy Rose this month.  I have very little left and it is my oldest lipstick so I would like to finish it up.

I am excited with my progress on some of these deluxe sized items and hope to have quite a few finished up this month.  I love watching these updates or reading about progress so let me know if you participate in Project Use It Up.


*Not a sponsored post.  All items were purchased by me.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Pan That Palette 2017 - April Update

I can't believe it is April already!  I am definitely looking forward to some nice spring weather.  It is time to update you on where I am at with my Pan That Palette for the year.  As a reminder, I am continuing my Tarte Be Mattenificent palette that I started in 2016.  I am also adding in my Naked palette this year as well as other random shades.

This is where I started at the beginning of March.  I've had good dips going in my Tarte palette for awhile.  I am just working on expanding the pan in those shades.  The cream shade in the palette was finished in 2016 (the empty pan).

As for the blushes I chose to use during March, I am going to be decluttering the Bare Minerals bronzer/blush duo.  I don't get much color pay off from the blush and it isn't something that I am enjoying reaching for.  I do love the Maybelline blush and will keep that in my collection.

Here is where I am at for the beginning of April with the palettes.  I hit pan on Sin this month in my Naked palette so that was exciting.  I had been using it all over the lid for a few months now.

I am going to call the Coastal Scents eye shadow done.  I have depotted the cream shade and put it in a z-palette to use later.  I am scraping at the sides of the pink shade and these tiny pans are a pain to repress.  I got quite a bit of use out of it for it being a sample size and I am okay with calling it done.

I will continue to use my Tarte palette this month as my transition, liner, and brow bone shades.  I think I am going to change it up a bit and focus more on the brown and gold shades in the Naked palette this month.  I will use Buck and Half Baked for the majority of my looks and see where I get with those shades.

I am debating depotting a lot of the shades in my Naked palette that I will use and just getting rid of the rest.  I know there are colors I am not really a fan of and probably won't use.  I have so many other eye shadows to use that I don't feel the need to force myself to use every shade in this palette if I don't want to.  We will see if I convince myself to do it this month:)


*This post is not sponsored.  All products were purchased by me.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Lancome Don't Glow It Alone Box

I was super excited to have a box arrive from Influenster a few weeks ago.  The box included a variety of products from Lancome.  If you haven't heard of Influenster, it is free to sign up.  You can take surveys or do a variety of tasks on the website.  Sometimes, they will send you boxes of products to try out for free.  I have gotten a few boxes in the past, most recently Make Up For Ever lipsticks to try out.  These products were sent to me for free for testing purposes by Influenster.

There were four products in the box.  Teint Idole Ultra Makeup Stick, Teint Idole Ultra Wear camouflage, Click and Glow, and Le Metallique.

The Teint Idole Ultra Makeup Stick is a stick foundation.  I do like that is has some SPF in it as well. This foundation is light to medium coverage for me.  I really like how it applied, the coverage level, and it wore pretty well throughout the day.  I was sent the shade 140 Ivoire.  The shade is a bit dark for me (although I chose based upon other shades I wear at Sephora) but it will work once I get just a bit of color.  I can make it work now although the color is just a bit too different between my face and neck if I do.  I applied this to my face from the stick and then blended out with a brush.  I love the easy application and it blended well.  This foundation retails for $42.00 at Sephora.

I also received a concealer.  I have the shade 110 Ivoire.  This is too dark for my under eye area and there is only one shade lighter so I am not sure they have anything fair enough for me in this particular product.  However, it works for areas on my face.  A tiny bit goes a long way and I think this will work well when I have problem areas on my face that I need to conceal.  A full size is $31.00.

The next product is the Click and Glow Highlighting Skin Fluid.  This is the shade Lumieres Rosees. This product looks a lot more intense that it does when it blends out.  I find that once I blend it out, I almost get more of a color to my cheekbones than a shimmer.  It isn't a great color for me as it looks kind of muddy and grey once I blend it out.  I will continue to play with it though because it is a very pretty color to see if I can get it to work.  This product retails for $23.00.

The final product in the box was the Le Metallique Lip Laquer.  This shade is Mirrored Nude and it is definitely metallic.  I find it to be quite sticky as well.  I do love the shade and find it feels less sticky if I put it over a matte or other lip product with a dry formula.  I have been pairing it with the PBJ Smoothie Stick in Raisin the Roof that I received in a Birchbox awhile back.  It gives a very pretty pale lilac shade.  This retails for $22.00.

Swatches from top to bottom: Lip Laquer, Highlighter, Concealer, Foundation

Overall, I love the foundation stick and might look for a better shade match if they have one.  I think the stick is so easy to use and it was a good amount of coverage for me.  The concealer gives good coverage and does not wear off during the day so that is a win too.  I like the shade of the lip laquer and can make it work if I layer it with other products.  The only product I am on the fence about is the highlighter so I'll continue to play with it.


*These products were sent to me complimentary for review from Influenster.