Sunday, February 26, 2017

Pan That Palette 2017 - March Update

I thought I would share where I am at with my Pan That Palette for 2017.  I am focusing on finishing up the Tarte Be Mattenificent palette that I started in January of 2016.  In addition, I am trying to use my Naked palette often since it is the oldest palette I own.  Other shadows are being added in as well, especially if I am close to finishing them up or want some variety.

I am also picking two blushes each month to rotate through and work on.  I have some blushes I have never worn so I am also decluttering as I go if it isn't something I want to keep.

The top left is the Tarte palette.  The cream shade was finished at the end of 2016.  I had large dips in the other two shades I use as transitions.  I use the dark purple as my lower lash liner and the light pink as a brow bone and inner corner.  Because these shades are matte and neutral, I am able to mix up the look with other shades in my crease and on my lid.

This past month, I used the Coastal Scents Style Eyes dark pink shade (the small duo) as my crease shade.  I then used Sin from the Naked palette on my lid.

The other look I wore often was the Tarte palette as my crease and transition and then Half Baked from the Naked palette all over the lid and up into the crease a bit.

For blush, I used the blush in the Tarte palette and the Cargo blush in Bali.  I am decluttering the Cargo blush since I find it to be chunky and hard to blend.  I have other blushes I love than to try to work with one that I don't.

My palettes will not vary for March nor will I be adding in any other shades on most days.  The Naked palette gives me quite a bit of variety to work with.  I would really like to finish the shade in the Coastal Scents palette this month.  I will also be using the cream shade as my base after primer.  I had been using another shade in my Sweet on Project Panning seasonal challenge.  But since that is finishing up, I will be using the cream shade instead so I can get this duo out of my collection.

The blushes for this month will be Bare Minerals in The Secret's Out.  The bronzer is in the shade Skinny Dip, which I may use a bit as well.  I will also be using the Maybelline Master Hi-light blush in Pink Rose which is one of my favorite blushes ever!

Not seeing as much progress as quickly as I had hoped.  You can see some dips at the top of Sin and Half Baked that have gotten a bit deeper.


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

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Birchbox - February's Box and January Reviews

Apparently my goal of keeping up with blog posts is going very well.  I set my calendar for the month and laid out all my posts and then I fall behind with my weekday posts.  I'm trying to work through ideas to keep up with a more regular schedule.  And, as always, if there is anything you would like to see, please comment below and let me know.

In 2016, I really loved most of my items and boxes that I received from Birchbox, especially for the first three quarters of the year.  They had some great curated boxes and, even when I didn't choose the curated box, I really enjoyed what I was getting.  Unfortunately, the same can't be said for my boxes lately.

February's Box..

The card for February hinted at a lip theme as the card said "Let your lips do the talking with this month's samples."  However, only two products were lip related so I am a little unsure about the theme.

BioRepublic Skincare pomegranate crush illuminating fiber mask - I am not a big fan of sheet masks but I will use this at some point.  Full size is $14.95.

Davines SU Hair and Body Wash - I'm looking forward to trying this out because I do like Davines products.  I'll most likely use this as a body wash (not in my hair).  Full size is $24.00.

Dr. Lipp Miracle Balm - This was the sample I chose because I wasn't super excited about the other options and I know I'll use a lip balm.  Full size is $16.50.

Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre - I'm not sure this will be good for my oily skin but I will give it a try.  It claims to be a moisturizer and primer.  Full size is $28.00.

LAQA & Co Avo Lip Butter in Ninza - This is much darker than any lip shades I wear.  Yes, I could branch out but I know what I like.  I thought it might be sheer since it is a lip butter but it is actually very pigmented.  I'll pass this along to someone who prefers this shade.  Full size is $25.00.

January's Box Reviews...

Coastal Scents Blush and Bronzer palette - Included in this sampler of the palette was a blush and highlighter (not bronzer as the box would suggest).  I really like both of the products.  The blush is very pigmented and the highlight is nice and subtle.  The one thing I dislike about these face samplers is that the sizes are hard to get a face brush into.

I have not tried the other products in the box this month.  The lip liner is a nice nude color, I just don't tend to wear lip liner.  I think my lack of excitement over the products means that I just don't rush to try them out.  As I have said in the past, I only have a few months left of Birchbox.  I am debating moving Sephora or Julep boxes to their own posts instead of including them in hauls so let me know your thoughts on that.


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

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Was It Worth It? - Thoughts on October's Purchases

I can't believe how fast the days and weekends go by.  Somehow my time to blog always seems to disappear.  So I apologize for the delay in my posts.  I plan out my posts each month but something always seems to get in the way of my schedule.  Life, I suppose:)

It is time to review the purchases I made in October and see how I feel about them.  As I looked back on my October Haul post, I was surprised to find that the only items I purchased that month were what came in my Sephora Play box.

I also mentioned the Lorac Mega Pro 3 palette since I purchased it at the end of September/beginning of October.  I am still loving that palette!  I don't use it nearly as much as I should but I would be happy using it every day if I didn't own any other shadows.  It has a good mix of shimmer and matte and so many shades that I love to wear.

Onto my Sephora Play box:

YSL Mon Paris - I have not tried this perfume sample yet.  However, I am trying to work through all of my perfume samples this year so stay tuned to my empties for a review.  I know I have a few in this scent.

Smash box Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick in Driver's Seat - I did end up passing this on to someone else.  The orange/brown tones in this are not good for me.

Blinc mascara - This was in my empties awhile back.  I tried it out for a bit and just wasn't a huge fan.   It creeped me out to feel like I was pulling off my eye lashes as I removed it.  In addition, it didn't do anything great for my lashes.  I need more volume than I get from this mascara.

Belif true cream aqua bomb - I haven't opened this yet but I have used it before and I know I like it.  I only have a few more uses in the daytime moisturizer I am using now and then I will be opening this one.

Christophe Robin regenerating mask - I am glad I read the label of this as I was making my inventory because it is a hair mask (not a skin mask as I had thought).  I am just finishing up a hair mask and then I will try this one out.

Skin Inc Pure Revival Peel - I need to pull this and a few other peels out that I have and start using them.  Keep an eye on my empties.

Well, that is about it for my reviews of October's purchases.  There wasn't much purchased, which is a good thing when you are trying to downsize what you own.  I hope to get my next post up soon!


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

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

New to Me in January

Time to share with you my January haul!  I had some Sephora gift cards so I splurged a bit on products this month.

Sephora Purchase #1:
I won a gift card giveaway from @Jenn10orless on Instagram so I was super excited to splurge on some products.  I had been wanting a larger Z-palette so I picked up one of those.  I was going to try the Make Up Forever shadows but my IG friend, @aworldoffab, suggested I try the Anastasia ones instead.  I bought two shades in Sangria and Suede.

Sephora Purchase #1 Freebies:
I had points to redeem and decided to give these Clinique products a try.  This set included a cleanser, eye cream, moisturizer, and mascara.  I also got a sample of the Sunday Riley vitamin C cream with a sample code.  The other packets were my free sample choices.

Sephora Purchase #2:
As I said, I had quite a bit in gift cards from the holidays.  I wanted to choose some fun products that I probably wouldn't spend my own money on due to the price.  I bought the Caudalie Instant Detox Masque.  I have used foil samples of this before and loved it!   There have been quite a few Caudalie samples and deluxe sizes lately that I have tried so I decided to buy this Foaming Cleanser to try out as well.

Sephora Purchase #2 Freebies:
At the time I placed the Caudalie order, there was a skincare sample bag freebie.  So, these are all the products I received free with my order.  Excited to see another Caudalie product in there to try!

Sephora Play Box:
Ouai Hair Mask
Tarte Frixxtion stick
Clinique Black Honey lip product
Youth to the People cream
Tory Burch Love Relentlessly
I have to say that I wasn't too wowed by the Play box again this month.  Since I am trying to cut down on products and save money, I am seriously considering canceling this box.  We will see over the next few months.

Julep Maven Box:
This was my first month receiving this box since I subscribed around Christmas.
I received two polishes in Pacita and Evan.  I also got the lip crayon on Vintage Mauve creme.
I do know that I swapped some products this month but I don't remember what it was now.  I love that you can swap out nail polish colors and products with this box because then I can choose items I am more likely to use.  Also, you can skip months if you would like.  I am really liking this box!

Also purchased but not pictured:
Wet and Wild Shadow in Creme Brûlée
Maybelline brow precise fiber volumizer in blonde

Since my Sephora purchases were with gift cards, I only paid for the Wet and Wild shadow and brow product.
I spent $10.58 this month (not too crazy so that is good).
Including purchases and free samples, I added 43 products which is way too much!  And way more than I used up.  However, I purposely made my Sephora purchases when there was a sample bag included so that is really something I need to work on since I am bad about then using those samples.

What fun purchases have you made lately?

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

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Beauty Empties - January

Happy Sunday to you all!  I hope you all have exciting Super Bowl plans.  We will just be hanging out at home but hubby is making a super yummy meal and has been smoking a pork shoulder all day.

I did not use up very many products in January, kind of disappointing actually.  However, there are quite a few that are almost finished so hopefully February will be better.  I'm also working on #foilfebruary so that will help my totals.  At this point, I don't have products around anymore that are partially used so I don't anticipate as many empties each month since I am starting with full products.

Here are the few items I finished in January...

Kiehls Calendula herbal-extract toner - I tried this toner out because it is made for normal to oily skin and is supposed to help keep skin clear.  I did like it but it is not as good as the Mario Badescu Glycol Acid Toner so I won't repurchase.

First Aid Beauty face cleanser - This is a good basic cleanser but it can be a bit drying for me in the winter.  I will definitely use samples when I get them but it isn't a cleanser I would purchase.

Benefit Gimme Brow - I love this product for my brows.  I had the shade 1.  I am very lazy with my brows and only use this to fill them in.  While this is pricey, this deluxe size lasted me at least 6 months so the full size is definitely worth it.  I will repurchase at some point unless I try something I like better.

Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream - Not a fragrance that made an impression on me.  But I didn't hate it enough to toss it before it was finished:)

Versace Bright Crystal - Again, nothing special. And this one didn't seem to last very long either.

Oribe Superfine Hair Spray - I loved this stuff!  It is expensive but I might splurge on it one day.  I am on my last hairspray in my stash so I will need to purchase something in the next few months, although I'm not sure it will be this.

Vitabath body wash in Beach Blossom - I loved this scent!  I really liked these body washes and will repurchase other scents (and maybe this one) at some point.  I am happy to say that I am on my very last body wash now so I will need to purchase one in the next month or so.

Sephora Cotton Pads - I love these!  I think at least one pack show up every month in my empties.  I stocked up a few months ago but I will need to repurchase soon!

I am going to keep track of total used, but in a different way.  I do not have the time to calculate the price of samples based on the full size.  And technically, I didn't pay for the samples anyways.  So, I will not include those in my total used.  As for deluxe sizes, if they were free, they won't count.  If they were in Birchbox or Play, they will count as $2.00 or $2.50 since the boxes cost $10 and have 4-5 samples.  I will include the total if it is a full size product.  I hope that make sense.

That means my total used for January was $34.99.

Totals for the year -
Products:  13 (2 full size, 3 deluxe size, 8 samples)
Money:  $34.99

Thanks for stopping by!

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

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Project Use It Up - February Goals

I can't believe it is already February!  One month of 2017 is over.  February is very exciting, though, because it is my birthday month!!  Woo hoo!

The beginning of a new month means new goals for Project Use It Up.  Most of my products are carrying over from January but a few will definitely be done this month so that is good news.

These were my January goals.  I did very well checking off those boxes.  I even painted my nails once right at the end of the month.  It is just so hard to find a long enough block of time to paint them and let them dry.  I did not finish any of my products listed this month but you will see a little further down that I am close.

My February goals are staying pretty much the same as are the products.  Since taking the pictures, I have added a small section at the bottom to tally up how many foil packets I use for #foilfebruary that is taking place over on Instagram.  

Murad toner - I made good progress again this month.  I figure I might actually finish it in the next few months.  I know I haven't mentioned it lately but I use this on my back and chest area where I break out (from sweaty workouts) because it is too harsh for my face.

Smashbox blemish control primer - I am so close to being done with this.  When I finish I will be trying to use up primer foil packets and then I will start in on this Becca primer.  I have marked where I am starting and the packaging will work its way up as I use up product.

Air Repair Facial Mist - Again, I am very close to having this finished. I assume it will be done this month.

Living Proof night cap - This is a total guess as to my progress on this product because you can't see through it, even if you hold it up to the light.  I have used a few times but I always forget because I need to apply it the night before I am going to shower.  If I can remember to use it, I think it will go quickly.

Marc Jacobs Dot perfume - I did not make as much progress as I did in December because I am also trying to work through perfume samples.  I used 2 perfume samples first and then used this for the remainder of the month after those were finished.  I am going to continue with that for the next few months and see what I work through.

Tarte Maracuja Oil - You can't really see my mark on this but it was full when I started and I have used a good amount.  It will still take me months to finish.  I am using this on my chest and neck area when I apply lotion to my arms and legs.  Recently, I have also been using it on any other dry areas on my body after I shower because this winter weather is wreaking havoc on my skin.

There hasn't been too much change in products but I am really hoping to finish up a few soon and move on to new ones.  I have debated switching out the perfume for some variety but this is the oldest perfume I own (by a lot) and it should really get finished up.

As I said above, I will also be participating in #foilfebruary on Instagram this month in an effort to use up foil packets.  Check out @haley0614 on Instagram to see what all is happening.  I will post those empties and reviews on Instagram so follow me @lovetobebusyblog if you are interested.


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