Saturday, August 22, 2015

Project "Finish This Stuff" Update, Part 40 - March 2015

**purchased / g.w.p./
 requested sample

As usual, traveling, no matter how short the trip, really messes with my internal clock/energy level/whatever you want to call it.  And there was some other things that popped up in the meantime that required lots of time and attention.  But, once again, it's trash night today (writing this ahead of time) so I decided it's the best time to get a new Project Finish Update together.

Let's jump back in time to March and see what all got finished.  As I mentioned last Project Update, I decided to stop showing hand soaps as they were finished (unless I have some different thoughts since I do have a couple other scents).  So in addition to all that's pictured, there was another Dial soap.
Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm (SPF 20) - sample from an UD site order.  This was nice, I'd like it better if the SPF was higher.  It was ever-so-slightly orange if it wasn't well blended out and/or covered with foundation.  I have purchased an UD Beauty Balm (different formula), but I don't think I would purchase the original formula (this one).
Benefit Big Easy Liquid to Powder Cream (SPF 35) - sample from Ulta.  Yay for a higher SPF!!  I just wish it worked better on my skin...  I just didn't care for the way it looked on my skin.  Maybe it was the light coverage (when I was having more redness) and issues with applying liquids over it?  I don't know.  It just wasn't a love.  Maybe if I had better skin.  Won't purchase.
Stila Stay All Day 10-in-1 HD Illuminating Beauty Balm (broad spectrum SPF 30, water resistant) - purchased from Ulta.  I really like this BB cream.  On good skin days, this provides just enough coverage and holds up to my combo skin.  I've worn it outside all day in some pretty warm conditions and it held up and protected my skin perfectly.  Already repurchased.  Oh, it works very well under foundations as a primer.  It does need time to dry down, as does any product, but eventually it looks fairly satin in finish.
E.L.F. High Definition Undereye Setting Powder - purchased from Walmart/Target/Walgreens.  I've gone through several of these and there's no stopping me.  I actually think I have 2 open right now (oops).  I will continue to repurchase, especially at $3(!).
Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate - sample, gift with purchase from Nordstrom's.  I really enjoyed this concentrate.  I used this immediately after I had finished the Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate.  This one, however, has an oil consistency compared to the other.  If money was no object, I would purchase this, the Line Reducing concentrate as well as the next Kiehl's product all at once and hopefully have the best skin ever.  But, that's cost prohibitive.  I would consider purchasing this, especially in the cooler months where my skin does extremely well with skin oils.
Keihl's Multi-Corrective Cream (with beech tree extract, jasmonic and hyaluronic acids. Visibly lifts, firms and retexturizes skin) - sample, gift with purchase from Nordstrom's.  Again, I really enjoyed this cream.  I really do think that a combo of the Kiehl's products would give me amazing results.  I would consider purchasing this, again in the cooler months.
Clinique Redness Solutions Soothing Cleanser - purchased from Macy's.  This is supposed to replace what used to be my favorite product for breaking down my foundation, until Clinique discontinued it in place of this.  I was told that Clinique thought the 2 cleansers were too close and phased one out in favor of this.  I don't like this one.  I don't feel it works as well and I also thought that it has a scent to it.  I slowly worked my way through this, but have not repurchased and I would not repurchase.
Origins Brighter By Nature High Potency Brightening Peel with Fruit Acids - purchased from Sephora.  I feel like this has been renamed/repackaged.  I did enjoy using these pads.  I made sure not to use too much pressure since the pads are textured.  I did have some results, but I feel like I've had better results with the serums/concentrates/oils that I've been using.  I think these are now the Modern Friction Instant Brightening Pads.  I used these more when I was taking a long break from microdermabrasion and now that I'm back into that regularly, I probably won't repurchase.
Olay Fresh Effects Everything Off Deluxe Make-Up Removal Wet Cloths - I think these were in a Walmart Beauty Box.  These had a nice scent, and I think they worked decently on getting my makeup off.  I probably won't purchase these since I'm having some allergy issues related to scents, plus right now I'm being cheap and using the E.L.F. wipes.
Garnier Fructis Fortifying Cream Conditioner Color Shield - purchased.  This was a nice conditioner, and I think I've gone through a couple of these.  I haven't decided if I'll repurchase or not.  There's nothing wrong with it, I just feel like I'm over it. 
One 'n Only Argan Oil 12-in-1 Daily Treatment - gift with purchase from Sally's Beauty Supply.  I feel like this is a dupe of the It's a 10 spray and felt like I had similar results with it.  I might repurchase this before the other (I had samples of both at the same time).

Bunches of samples, mostly base products, got used up and/or dried out on me before completely finished.
Make Up For Ever Matte Velvet (#34) - I really enjoyed this sample and stretched it out as long as I could.  I would definitely consider getting another sample and/or picking up a full bottle.
Hourglass Immaculate Foundation (shell and pearl) - I could never decide what shade I was (both worked),  I don't remember really enjoying these samples; I've tried other foundations I like better so I probably won't purchase.
Elizabeth Arden BB #1 - didn't hold up to my combo skin (despite the counter employee's claims).  Won't purchase.
Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue (#02) - I only got one or 2 uses out of this, but from what I did try, I did like it.  I thought about getting another sample to try to see how it lasted during the summer but never got around to it.  I might purchase this for cooler months.
2 different samples from Elizabeth Arden (the black containers).  One is the Flawless Future Serum, the other is the 2nd step to the Ceramide Boosting 5-Minute Facial.  The 2nd step is supposed to help reduce redness.  Both were all right, but I wouldn't purchase either.

And lastly, a few items for the "Trashed, but Not Finished" category.
A couple of random spoolies that weren't cooperating anymore.  The tall one kept spinning on me (and more scratchy than I prefer) and the other kept coming out of the handle when I would clean off excess product - the lash comb and brush long ago broke off.  I've replaced these with the E.L.F. $1 spoolies.
Revlon Photoready BB Cream - purchased from Walgreens.  I decided that this did not look good on my skin anymore.  I had a hard time getting it to smooth out well and I've got BB/CC creams that have better coverage.  I was also feeling like each time I used it, my skin looked a little rougher the next day.  Won't repurchase.  In face, I won't be purchasing any more Revlon foundation/base products again.

Do you have a favorite higher SPF product recommendation (30+)?  How about a favorite makeup wipe?

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

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