Saturday, August 29, 2015

Project "Finish This Stuff" Update, Part 41 - April 2015

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

It's time for the next installment of Project Finish!  This month, there's a ton of stuff in the "Trashed, but Not Finished" category since this is about when I got serious about cleaning out some of my makeup stash.  I hit up the lipgloss section first, and let me tell you...lots of victims.

As for finishes, I've got products in all categories - skin care, makeup, hair care, body care... so let's get started.
Lancome Advanced Genifique - purchased from Dillards or Macy's.  I've repurchased this multiple times as I had better results with this than the Elizabeth Arden I tried a long time ago.  BUT I've tried other serums from different lines in the meantime and...we'll see.  I have repurchased but haven't opened the bottle yet as I'm working through older products.
Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Daily Exfoliant - sample from Nordstrom's.  I really liked this exfoliator.  It wasn't too harsh but it was more effective than others I've tried.  I'd consider purchasing, especially if I wasn't doing microdermabrasion as regularly as I am.
Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Aging Daily Serum - gift with purchase from Dillards or Macy's.  OMG!!  I really was impressed with this serum!  I felt like I had noticeable results with this, especially as I worked my way through multiple samples of it (those will be in another post).  I am strongly considering purchasing this after I get through older stock.  What's holding me back? The price - well over $100 a bottle.  Ouch.
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion + - gift with purchase from Dillards or Macy's.  My skin liked this lotion in the winter at night.  And for a few days earlier this month, I had some random really dry areas that this helped (I have the very last of this tube plus a bit from another decanted into a screw-top sample jar that I took when traveling).  I probably won't specifically purchase, but I'm not adverse to using it when the need arises.
Burt's Bees Radiance Lotion SPF 15 - sample I believe was in a Target Beauty Box (back when they were actually free).  Nothing that great about the lotion.  I used it on a cloudy day around home for a little protection.  Won't purchase.
Kiehl's Cucumber Herbal Alcohol-Free Toner - sample from Nordstrom's.  I didn't notice anything special about this toner, other than the lack of alcohol.  It's better to stay away from alcohol in toner, but I didn't feel like this actually did anything.  Won't purchase.
Makeup Removing Wipe - random hotel travel toiletry perk.  It worked, nothing special.  I didn't have irritation.  Can't purchase.
Neutrogena Mineral Sheers concealer/powder duo.  I finally completely finished this duo!  I had finished the concealer portion months ago (probably last year), but was still working on the powder for quite a while.  I mentioned way back in 2013 that I couldn't wait for this to be done, but I was referencing the concealer more than the powder.  I liked the powder pretty well, but since it's discontinued I've done well replacing it with the E.L.F. undereye HD setting powder.
Neutrogena Healthy Volume mascara (might be a deluxe mini?) - I didn't find anything special about this mascara.  Won't repurchase.
Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation sample (shade 4.0) - I mixed this in with a foundation that's currently a bit too light.  I do have the full size of this foundation in 3.5 and am most of the way through it.  I have more of these sample pods that I intend to use in the same way so that they aren't being wasted.  Will repurchase (in the appropriate shade).
Urban Decay Naked Skin Illuminating Beauty Balm (SPF 20) - purchased from Ulta.  I really liked this BB balm, which I mostly treated like it was a primer.  It does have some shimmer...almost glitter...but under foundation it blends nicely.  I might repurchase in the fall, I just wish it has a higher SPF.
Dr. Jart + Black Label Detox BB Beauty Balm (Broad Spectrum SPF 25) - I really enjoyed this BB cream.  In fact, so much that I purchased it a few months ago and have already made a dent in it.  I find that while it applies slightly dewy, given enough time it dries down satin-matte, but as usual, I set it with powder to ensure nothing moves on me and blush/bronzer blends well over it.  Plus I can get impatient sometimes (don't we all?).  The one thing that would make this even better is if it had a higher SPF - noticing a theme?
Bic Simply Soleil razors.  Yay! Finally gone!!  It took me forever to convince myself to finish these.  I did a full review on these quite a while ago which you can read here if you like, but long story short, I did not like these at all.  Won't repurchase.
Bath & Body Works Sensual Amber body lotion - travel size, either free with purchase or with coupon.  It was nice, not too strong.  But I won't repurchase since I think that Bath & Body Works is overpriced and over-scented.  I have a bunch of body lotions/creams from them still to work through.
Vaseline Total Moisture dry skin lotion - a long time ago, this was the only lotion I could use on my neck since everything else was making the dry/irritated areas burn.  If that problem ever comes back, I'd repurchase, but for now I'm working my way through my lotion stash.
Paul Mitchell Ultimate Color Repair Shampoo - deluxe trial I got from my hair stylist.  I really liked this shampoo for my color treated and highlighted hair.  It's a very rich, moisturizing shampoo.  I'd consider purchasing a bottle, especially for the first wash or 2 following a hair appointment...and wintertime dryness.  Side note - my mom tried this out and did not like it, but her hair doesn't get the bleach abuse from highlighting like mine does - she merely colors.
It's a 10 Miracle Leave-In Product - gift with purchase from Ulta.  I really like this leave-in and could tell when I wasn't using it in my hair.  Once I get through a few more hair products in my stash, I'll eventually purchase.
Crest 3D White Luxe Sensitive toothpaste - again with the sensitive teeth!  I'll probably repurchase this the next time my teeth turn to the sensitive side.  I just wished it whitened better...

 A few base samples got used up (or used mostly then dried out the rest of the way)
Cover FX CC cream (P light-medium and N light) -  I had a hard time figuring out which shade I was in the Cover FX line.  I felt like I could wear a couple of the shades.  I would consider purchasing at some point if I could definitively decide on a shade.  I remember liking the coverage it provides.
Peter Thomas Roth CC Cream (light to medium) - some days I like this, others I don't.  I have a deluxe sample I'm working on right now and my last thought on it was it's leaning too much to the orange side...but then I got a bit of color on my upper body so it didn't look as odd - but it's still not right.  I got more use out of it as a foundation primer in the winter when my skin was on the drier side.  I won't purchase as I like other BB/CC creams better.

"Trashed, but Not Finished" is pretty full this month.  I decided not to include shade names and individual reviews since there's so much going out all at once.  I did make a notation as to whether or not I'd consider repurchasing in the future.
Tazorac cream (prescription retinol) - I used to use this a lot, but got away from it.  This tube has been open so long that I decided it best to trash it (I do have a completely sealed tube I might break out in the winter, working my way back into using it).  Can't repurchase.
2 E.L.F. cream eyeshadows - dried out.  I'm not really into cream shadows in a pot - I have to do a lot of work to get them to not crease on me.  Won't repurchase.
Physicians' Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Eyeliner Trio - Nude Eyes, black.  When this was good, I really enjoyed using it in my waterline and had a decent wear time.  I would consider repurchasing...I just wish you could buy a single color instead of a trio.
Random Arabic "herbal kajal" liner ("Hawaiian blue") - the Mister bought this for me when we lived in WV.  I'm tempted to pull it out of the trash and keep it in a separate spot just for sentimental reasons (and uniqueness of product availability)...actually I think I will and put it with my lipstick that I wore on our wedding day...and then clear out something else in it's place.  Can't repurchase.
Wet 'n Wild MegaLast brow serum (never saw any results when I was using it fairly consistently), 4 Wet 'n Wild Speed Gloss, 1 E.L.F. Minty Gloss, 1 Bonne Bell Lip Lites Gloss.  Would not repurchase any of these.  When I did try the various glosses, I didn't care for the texture and/or color on me.
3 Styli-Style glosses (Big Lots purchase), 2 Sally Hansen Lip Butters, 1 Rimmel Sweet Jelly Sheer Lip Gloss, 1 Neutrogena Lip Plush Lipstick, 1 L'Oreal LeGlosse.  Would not repurchase any of these.  The Rimmel and Neutrogena (this was mostly used up) were the 2 oldest lip products in my stash (had in WV and we moved to Ohio 6 years ago).  Styli-Style was too sticky, Sally Hansen and L'Oreal looked unflatteringly milky on my fairly pigmented lips.  I also didn't care for the L'Oreal texture.
Maybelline limited edition gloss, 4 shades of CoverGirl AmazeMint glosses - I would consider repurchasing the CoverGirl glosses again (if still made), but I don't really wear gloss anymore.  I do still have other Maybelline glosses in my drawer, but I won't purchase any more.
6 shades of NYC Liquid Lip Shine - in this formula, I thought these are all too sticky to be comfortable to wear, wouldn't repurchase.  Of this last group, the CoverGirl glosses are the oldest, dating back to our townhouse we moved out of probably 4 years ago and I had them a while before moving.

Do you ever come across a section of your stash that gets completely unloved and needs thoroughly cleaned out?

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

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