Saturday, August 1, 2015

Project "Finish This Stuff" Update 38 - January 2015

Hi!
**purchased / g.w.p. /
requested samples

I figured I would spend the brightest sun hours today working on the current year for sharing my Project "Finish" items.  I've also got quite a few items that landed in the "Trashed, but Not Finished" category.  Monday (which is when I'm typing this) night is also when the trash goes out for us, so perfect timing.

I actually finished quite a few things in January, both full size and samples, across the board in makeup, skin care and hair care so let's get started!  I've got a mix of drugstore and high-end products as well.
Kiehl's Deep Moisture Clarifying Cream 24-Hour Hydration - purchased from Kiehl's counter in Nordstrom Feb. '14.  This baby lasted forever!  A little bit goes a long way and it's so moisturizing that I didn't reach for it at all during the warmer months.  It's supposed to be formulated to "help reverse noticeable skin discoloration for an overall improvement in skin clarity."  It has Activated C, White Birch and Peony in it.  Despite being so rich and creamy, I did not have any issues with breakouts and my skin felt perfectly moisturized.  My skin also seems to do well with products containing Activated C.  It is pricey, but I would strongly consider repurchasing for this coming winter (ideally with the concentrate mentioned down below and a serum that will be mentioned for the February update post).
Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Peel & Reveal Revitalizing Mask - purchased from Macy's.  I believe this is the second jar of this mask I've gone through.  I found it to be most effective after a nice steamy shower (or facial) and using the Clarisonic.  It'd pull any loosened "bits" out of my pores and leave my skin feeling nice and supple.  The Mister doesn't like the way it smells, but I do and I know it's got some good stuff in it for my skin health.  I have repurchased, I just need to get back into using at-home masks.
Cover FX CC Cream with SPF 30 in N Light - deluxe sample from using a promo code on Sephora's site ages ago.  I really liked this CC Cream.  The coverage is good without feeling too heavy.  I did have to set it with powder (no real surprise - I do that to everything).  This is free of several inflammatory ingredients and claims to have a time-released treatment.  I would consider purchasing this since I like SPF to be in as many face products as possible, especially for Summer.  
Rimmel ScandalEyes Rockin' Curves Mascara - purchased from Walmart.  This was a nice mascara, but the wand did take a little getting used to.  The curves of it did make it easier to get to my inner and outer lashes for a more full, complete look.  Right now, I don't remember if I had any issues with flaking/smudging/etc or not.  I might repurchase, but I have a whole box full of mascaras that need used first.
Aveeno Positively Radiant Targeted Tone Corrector with Vitamin A - purchased from Ulta, but got introduced to it via Influenster.  I believe this is the second tube of this I've gone through.  I've already done a full review, with pictures, here.  I will repurchase, especially considering how effective it is and how relatively little it costs.
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock SPF 70 - I believe this came in a Target beauty box.  I used it because I had it, but Neutrogena SPF products are definitely not my favorite.  I used to really like a different SPF for the face from the brand, but ever since I had a reaction to it, I stay away from the brand as much as possible.  Won't purchase.
Origins Cheeks & Balances Frothy Face Wash - deluxe sample in a kit purchased from Sephora in 2014.  I know that lots of people love this face wash, but I didn't really see it.  Yes, it foamed up fairly nicely with my Clarisonic, but my skin felt on the tight/dried out side each time I used this.  I have extremely picky skin so it's hard to find a cleanser that doesn't do that to me.  Won't repurchase
T.N. Dickinson's Witch Hazel - purchased from Walmart.  I can't tell you how many of these I've gone through.  I use this after using a makeup wipe or cleansing (and sometimes just in place of cleansing if I didn't use much, if any, makeup).  In the winter, I also use this in the morning as an A.M. refresh (the more I use cleanser and water, the worse my skin gets).  Have repurchased, and continue to repurchase.  I use a different toner in the A.M. during the summer.
Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy Damage & Color Repair Nourishing Shampoo - purchased.  I've gone through at least 2 of these.  I really like it and feel like my hair feels it's healthiest when I use it.  But I do need a break or else it seems to not be as effective after a while.  Will repurchase, but I alternate shampoos every other bottle.
Crest 3D White Luxe Sensitive Toothpaste - purchased.  This is my go-to sensitive teeth toothpaste so I don't use it often.  But since it seems like I just wrote about this a week or 2 ago, I must have been more sensitive (or I had one that was partially used and this was a full one?).  Will probably repurchase.

Yes, I use my samples.  Really, a goal of mine this year is to use up all (or as many as possible) of my samples - skincare especially since they are (were) taking over my bathroom.
Kiehl's Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate - requested samples (2).  I saw these packets in the bag and immediately got sad again.  I loved this concentrate!!  I felt I really got nice results from it (especially combined with a product in February's finishes).  Even the woman that does my microdermabrasion noticed the changes it left me with.  It's expensive, but I really want to purchase - I'm just making myself wait until I work through my serums.
Diamond Wipes Gentle Cleansing Makeup Remover Wipes - hotel toiletry sample thing.  Worked pretty well and I think it was a decent size.  But who knows where to get it so...to the store I go for other brands.
Korres Greek Yoghurt Sleeping Facial - requested sample made at Sephora.  This was nice for my winter-dry skin.  My skin felt moisturized but I didn't notice anything superb with this.  Won't purchase.
MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliant - requested sample made at MAC counter in Macy's.  I really liked this exfoliating scrub.  If I didn't have a drugstore exfoliating mask I do like (and didn't have the microdermabrasion done every 3 weeks) I'd consider purchasing.
Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation in 3.5 - sample pod that came with an U.D. site purchase.  This is actually the shade that an Urban Decay artist matched me to at an Ulta event last year, so I figured I might as well use the samples as well as the bottle I bought then.  I really like this foundation, but I'm not sure how it will wear on my combo-oily skin (now that it's Summer and I believe I was matched in the Fall).  Actually, this pod came with a couple darker shades so I think I just figured out how to get some use out of my too-light drugstore liquid foundations(!).  Will repurchase (I'm most of the way through the full bottle O.o )
Tarte Maracuja C-Brighter Eye Treatment - requested sample made for me at Sephora.  This is a nice eye cream.  There wasn't enough to see any results on if it helps to lighten my permanently dark under-eye circles.  I can say that over the couple of weeks I used this, I did not have any milia.  Would consider purchasing (I believe I have a sample that came in a Tarte holiday set from last year to use first).

This last picture shows the items for "Trashed, but Not Finished," which is things that are expired and/or dried out.
CoverGirl Illuminator stick - way too old and definitely not my favorite formula to use.  Won't repurchase (not even sure if it's still available).
Mario Badescu Drying Mask - gift with purchase at Ulta.  I didn't even really get to try this since it was essentially dried out when I got it.  Bummer.  It did have a rather strong "earthy" aroma, even dried out, so I probably wouldn't purchase.
Spa di Milano Vanilla Latte Shea Butter Lip Recovery - gift from my mom.  This is super old, and since I kept it in my office, it kept changing consistencies from melting in the summer(s) to getting so hard I'd have to scrape some out to use in the winter.  It always felt kind of "chunky" and not smooth.  Won't purchase.
Vanicream Sunscreen Sensitive Skin SPF 30 - samples from dermatologist.  Wow, I haven't even seen the dermatologist in years, so you know these are old.  They got lost in my sample stash and expired 3 years ago.  It's probably not the easiest to get so won't purchase.
Clean & Clear Day Soft Oil-Free Moisturizer SPF 15 - purchased.  Again, this got lost in my skincare stash and expired a couple years ago.  I did use it some, but since the SPF is on the low side, I preferred other SPF products.  Won't repurchase (if it's even available anymore).
Color Mates red nail polish - purchased from Big Lots.  It's super dried out and since I have so much nail polish, I decided there wasn't any point in reviving it.  Won't repurchase.

I'm happy that I had such a productive January for getting things finished!  And each time I pull an extremely expired product out of my stash, that's just more room for me to be able to see and use the things I do like.  I definitely weeded out some not-good-for-me products, while discovering and/or rediscovering products that I love.

Do you have a favorite brand of SPF?  How about a favorite serum that treats dark spots (hyperpigmentation)?

**all items purchased by me / gift with purchase / requested samples
**my opinions are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated

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