Monday, March 21, 2016

Project "Finish This Stuff" Update, part 46 - September 2015


Another chunk of busy days have come and gone and today I've got another Project "Finish This Stuff" update.  I have decided that rather than feel super guilty about not getting a post up each and every day I'll just post as often as I can, no self-pressure.  I'm still working on 2015 empties, so this time I'll be discussing my September finishes, which weren't many.

First up is skincare.
Dickinson's Original Witch Hazel Oil Controlling Towelettes - purchased from Walgreens.  Since I love to use witch hazel on my skin so much, I decided to try out these towelettes for all the traveling I did last year.  I really enjoyed these - they are nicely sized at 5 X 7 inches and very soft.  The saturation level was just right, as well.  When traveling, I'd use these both at night and in the morning.  When I used them in the morning, after wiping my face, I'd keep the wipe close to clean excess product off my hands and clean gel liner off my brush when done applying.  Have already repurchased (I think I recently saw these at Walmart in addition to Walgreens - I'm not sure about the other drugstores).
Dickinson's Witch Hazel 100% Natural Astringent - purchased from Walmart.  I've gone through countless bottles of this witch hazel.  In addition to using as a residual makeup remover and facial toner and to refresh my skin in the morning, I also use it on sunburns and bug bites to help soothe the areas.  Will always repurchase (I just finished the replacement bottle to this one and have repurchased again recently).
Acure 100% Certified Organic Argan Oil - purchased from Raisin Rack (also available at Target).  I've gone through several of these Argan Oil bottles as well.  My skin loves it, especially in the winter time.  I've also used this to soothe sunburns and try to heal/treat scars.  Have repurchased - I'd call this a Holy Grail (HG) product.
Dial Yogurt Vanilla Honey Nourishing Body Wash - purchased from Walmart.  This was a decent body wash; it lathered nicely and my skin felt moisturized after getting out of the shower.  I might repurchase at some point, but I'm still working through a backstock of body wash from when I attempted to "coupon."

Now let's see what makeup items I finished.
E.L.F. High Definition Undereye Setting Powder - purchased from Walmart.  I've talked about this powder so much.  I think I had 2 of these going at the same time - 1 in my regular stash and one in my travel makeup bag - since I had just finished one of these in August as well.  Still love this powder - I haven't really been tempted to try any other powder for my under eye area.  HG product here! so I repurchase over and over...
Lancome Artliner in Noir - purchased in a kit from Dillards.  Honestly, this is the best liquid liner that I've tried, especially for the felt tip style.  Every other felt-tip liquid liner I've really not liked - there are a couple of drugstore ones I still want to try, especially if either is waterproof (Jesse's Girl and one from Physician's Formula).  Once opened, this lasted forever!! I'm pretty sure I started using it in either December 2014 or early January 2015 and it didn't start to dry out until September.  I think it's a good value for the price based on the longevity (of course, if I used liquid liner exclusively this wouldn't have lasted as long) and I try to only get it in a kit.  I did repurchase this last Black Friday - in another kit - but I haven't cracked it open yet.  I'm using up other liquid liners first.
CoverGirl Clump Crusher by LashBlast Water Resistant Mascara - purchased from Walmart.  I really enjoyed this water resistant mascara.  I ended up using this when traveling and on damp/rainy days.  Since it didn't give me difficulties in removal, I used this a lot more than I thought I would.  I repurchased before our September cruise trip last year, tossing the old tube and taking the new one with me so I was sure to have enough product for the entire time.  No smudging issues in the steamy weather or any other conditions I had it on in.  This is one of the few mascaras I've repurchased and immediately opened the new tube so I might consider this another HG product(!).
Peter Thomas Roth CC Cream deluxe sample - kit from Sephora.  I thought I liked this, but then towards the end of the tube, I realized it was too much on the orange side for my neutral-cool skin tone.  I did enjoy the way that it felt, as well as the SPF 30 strength and that it had a bunch of Vitamin C.  But since it's too dark, I won't repurchase.
Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer - travel size purchased from Sephora.  I got sucked into the hype of this primer.  I realize that so many people consider this one of the best, but I was honest with myself and realized I did not like the way that it sank into my pores and my foundation would follow suit.  It felt all right, kind of silicone-y when blending it out.  But I decided that I just didn't care for it by the time I got through the bottle.  I'm glad I had only purchased the small bottle.  Won't repurchase.
Physicians Formula Super CC+ Color-Correction + Care CC+ Powder, SPF 30 shade light/medium- purchased from Rite Aid.  I really enjoy this powder.  I can use this lightly to set foundation, but this actually has enough coverage for my needs to be able to be used as a powder foundation that hides my discoloration from past acne marks.  My favorite way to use it, especially in summer, is to apply a regular liquid SPF product then buff this all over to set the liquid.  I really like that it has a higher SPF.  I believe that I've gone through at least one other before this and I'm pretty sure I've since gone through another.  I still have a couple of backups, but I will repurchase once those are depleted.  I think I'd call this yet another HG product(!).

I don't have any Trashed But Not Yet Finished products for the month, but I'm pretty sure I wasn't home much to do any cleaning out of the stash.  I didn't finish a ton of products, but I am getting more familiar with my choices in what products I keep reaching for/repurchasing and I'm beginning to amass a list of Holy Grail products.

What products do you consider to be Holy Grail items?

**all items purchased by me
**my opinions are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Too Faced Peanut Butter & Jelly Palette - Swatches & First Impressions

**purchased / g.w.p.

It's been crazy around here lately, but I've got some down time to get a post up.  Yay!  I literally just bought today's post subject yesterday and wanted to get my thoughts on it up ASAP since it keeps selling out on Too Faced's site and there weren't many left in store either (I've seen on Instagram that this palette is in super high demand and selling out everywhere).  Also, in my local Ulta, this was on a display close to where the "impulse" displays are close to the registers rather than on the prestige side - I had a heck of a time finding it.  One more thing - this is NOT sold at Sephora!  So let's get to it!
Right now, Ulta has a gift with $35 purchase for Too Faced - it's called Pretty Girl's Secrets and has 3 deluxe samples, so that encouraged me to get the Peanut Butter & Jelly Palette ($36) sooner rather than later.  The ad runs from March 13 through April 2 - if you want the gift, try to get to the store sooner before they run out.
There's a sample of the HangoveRx Replenishing Face Primer, which I've been wanting to try.  There's also another sample of the Better than Sex Mascara and the Love Flush Blush in Love Hangover.  I already have the blush shade from the Holiday set so this one will go in Backup Land.  I do wish that they had made the blush in a shade that wasn't in any holiday gift sets.
The cute little slice of toast on the back tells you, "Don't Worry Sweetie, This Product Doesn't Contain Any Actual Peanuts."
This has the same metal case with magnetic closure as other Too Faced's small 9-pan palettes.  It's a good and strong magnet - I accidentally picked up a spoon that was on my desk with the palette.  This does have a bit of a peanut butter-y scent, but I also pick up chocolate.  Kind of like a Reece's Cup - both chocolate and peanut butter.  Covering the mirror is the How-To Glamour Guide, which I've started leaving in my palettes for some reason
 Natural daylight so the shimmers show up better.

Swatch time! No primer/lotion/etc, as usual.  I only built up one shade.
 Soft & Sweet Look: Spread the Love, Peanut Butter, Peanut Butter Cup
Rich & Creamy Look: Bananas, Peanut Brittle, Jammin'
PB & J Look: Extra Creamy, Jelly, Nuts About You

Peanut Brittle is the softest shade in the bunch, so I took a picture to show how messy that shade got with just one swatch done.  I has some crumbles on my hand of the shade as well that I had to smooth out.  Extra Creamy is not that creamy in texture.  I had to build that swatch up a couple of times as I found it very dense in the pan.
There are 3 matte shades in the palette: Peanut Butter, Extra Creamy, and Nuts About You.  Spread the Love does have gold sparkles, but they didn't show up in my swatch so it'll probably come off more as a matte on the eye.  Jelly is an interesting shade that kind of wants to be a baby duo-chrome.  I think I saw a suggestion somewhere to play around with light and dark bases under it to alter it's look.  I'll have to try that.  The middle row - Bananas, Peanut Brittle, and Jammin' - are all gorgeous with various degrees of metallic-ness.  Jammin' also has pretty gold microglitter thrown in; Peanut Butter is the other metallic shade and also has some pretty gold microglitter added.

More info from Too Faced's site:
Press a pretty pop of Jelly in the inner corners of the eye for a colorful, unexpected twist!


  • Infused with antioxidant-rich cocoa powder
  • Features the shade coveted by social media stars and makeup junkies alike
  • Includes our signature Glamour Guide to get you started
  • Color Descriptions: Spread the Love: Medium Peach with Gold Sparkle, Peanut Butter: Matte Medium Orange Brown, Peanut Butter Cup: Metallic Golden Bronze with Gold Sparkle, Bananas: Soft Peachy Gold with Fine Gold Shimmer, Peanut Brittle: Metallic Burnt Orange, Jammin': Dark Chocolate with Golden Sparkle, Extra Creamy: Matte Creamy Beige, Jelly: Vibrant Orchid, Nuts About U: Matte Brown with Red
  • 3 Eye Shadows: 2.0 g / 0.07 Oz. 6 Eye Shadows 0.9 g / 0.03 Oz.
I'm including the ingredient lists (Ulta's site) since I've seen a lot of concern about any use of peanuts for allergen concerns:


Bananas: Mica, Talc, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Zinc Stearate, PTFE, Sodium Saccharin, Water/Aqua/Eau, Benzyl Alcohol, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Fragrance/Parfum, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sorbic Acid, Theobroma Cacao Fruit Powder, Tin Oxide,Vanillin. May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

Extra Creamy: Talc, Mica, Zinc Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Sodium Saccharin Water/Aqua/Eau, Benzyl Alcohol, Fragrance/Parfum, Phenoxyethanol, PTFE, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sorbic Acid, Theobroma Cacao Fruit Powder, Vanillin. May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI77742), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

Jammin': Mica, Theobroma Cacao Fruit Powder, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Zinc Stearate, Sodium Saccharin, Water/Aqua/Eau, Benzyl Alcohol, Fragrance/Parfum, Phenoxyethanol, PTFE, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sorbic Acid, Vanillin. May Contain: Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

Jelly: Mica, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Talc, Zinc Stearate, Sodium Saccharin, Water/Aqua/Eau, Benzyl Alcohol, Fragrance/Parfum, Phenoxyethanol, PTFE, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sorbic Acid, Tin Oxide, Carmine (CI 75470). May Contain: Ultramarines (CI 77007), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

Nuts About U, Spread the Love: Mica, Talc, Zinc Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Sodium Saccharin, Water/Aqua/Eau, Benzyl Alcohol, Fragrance/Parfum, Phenoxyethanol, PTFE, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sorbic Acid, Theobroma Cacao Fruit Powder, Vanillin, Carmine (CI 75470). May Contain: Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Manganges Violet (CI 77742), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

Peanut Brittle: Mica, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Talc, Zinc Stearate, Sodium Saccharin, Water/Aqua/Eau, Benzyl Alcohol, Fragrance/Parfum, Phenoxyethanol, PTFE, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sorbic Acid, Theobroma Cacao Fruit Powder, Vanillin. May Contain: Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

Peanut Butter: Talc, Mica, Zinc Stearate, Sodium Saccharin, Water/Aqua/Eau, Benzyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Fragrance/Parfum, Phenoxyethanol, PTFE, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sorbic Acid, Theobroma Cacao Fruit Powder, Vanillin. May Contain: Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

Peanut Butter Cup: Mica, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Theobroma Cacao Fruit Powder, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, PTFE, Zinc Stearate, Sodium Saccharin, Water/Aqua/Eau, Benzyl Alcohol, Fragrance/Parfum, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sorbic Acid, Tin Oxide, Vanillin. May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891). 
I've had this for less than 24 hours, but I can't wait to play with this and see what looks I can come up with.  I already know what my next large palette purchase will be - the upcoming Sweet Peach Palette!!

Are you planning on adding the Too Faced Peanut Butter & Jelly Palette to your makeup stash?  Do you prefer warm toned shadows or cool?

**all items purchased by me / g.w.p.
**my opinion are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated

Monday, March 7, 2016

Project "Finish This Stuff" Update, part 45 - August 2015

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

Man, is time flying lately!  I just got done doing some quick cleaning to get caught up from the weekend - yay!  I finally went through all of my loose recipes and put the bulk of them away - that took me hours to do.  I also made yet another bread pudding to use some things up.  So while I was mindlessly cleaning up the dishes, I decided to do another Project "Finish This Stuff" update since the trash is going out tonight.

Let's get started with hair and some skin care.
Ion Daily Solutions Dry Shampoo - purchased from Sally's Beauty Supply.  I really liked this dry shampoo.  It worked well at absorbing the oils and making my hair smell fresher, all while not leaving a white cast that couldn't easily be brushed away.  The price was good and I was able to get nearly everything in the can out (there's another brand from Sally's that I can never get it all out).  Would consider repurchasing.
Paul Mitchell Color Protect Locking Spray, travel size - given to me by my Mom.  I didn't notice anything super amazing about this color-lockng spray.  I actually don't experience a ton of color-fade, despite coloring my hair red.  I have a couple of similar drugstore products that I'll use up in place of this, especially during the summer.  Won't purchase.
Mario Badescu Skin Care Buffering Lotion - purchased from Ulta.  This is a product that I always keep on hand.  While it's marketed for the deep cystic acne, I use it on any area I've got any type of breakout.  I think it does help to shrink down the cystic spots and dry out smaller whiteheads.  I have already repurchased and will continue to repurchase - it's Holy Grail!
Neutrogena Pore Refining Toner - purchased from Walmart.  I typically use this toner during the summer months when I'm on the more oily side to help keep my pores cleaned out.  I'm not sure that it actually "visibly reduces the appearance of pores" but I do like it.  This does contain AHA and BHA to help exfoliate and hopefully help keep old acne marks/hyper-pigmentation from getting darker.  Have repurchased and will continue to repurchase.

Moving on to more skin care, and toothpaste.
E.L.F. Makeup Remover Cleansing Cloths - purchased from Walmart.  As I mentioned in my last update, I enjoyed these but haven't yet repurchased.  I do plan on repurchasing soon.  I believe these are $3 for 20, making them fairly inexpensive.
Cleansing & Makeup Remover Towelette with Vitamin E - hotel courtesy.  It worked well, but not much to say since these are only available to hotels.  Can't purchase.
Lancome Genifique Eye, deluxe sample - gift with purchase.  I really enjoyed using the Genifique Eye.  There wasn't much, if any, scent (!) and I did not experience any clogged pores/milia like I do with some undereye creams.  I didn't notice any difference in the darkness of my under eye circles, but for just moisture in the area it was nice.  Haven't decided if I'll purchase or not (I think I have one more of these).
Crest 3D White Luxe Glamourous White toothpaste - purchased from Walmart.  I've already decided that I'm done buying Crest toothpastes (except for possibly travel size).  I didn't notice any extra whitening with this.  Won't repurchase - I've moved on to Arm & Hammer.
Equate Antibiotic Cream + Pain Relief - purchased from Walmart.  What can I say about antibiotic cream?  I nearly always purchase the cream version.  I had a large size scrape (deck of cards size) so I went through a lot of cream.  Will repurchase (either store brand or name brand).
Neosporin Pain Relief Cream (2) - purchased from Walmart/Giant Eagle.  I told you, I needed a lot of the cream.  I do use little dots of this on my face if I have an acne spot that started bleeding for whatever reason.  Will repurchase (either store brand or name brand).
E.L.F. $1 Eyelid Primer - purchased.  I like this primer, but I do feel like sometimes my eyelids get irritated from the wand if I use this day after day for several days in a row.  I don't experience creasing in my eye shadows, so it does its job.  I might repurchase but I have a huge backlog of eye primers.
E.L.F. High Definition Undereye Setting Powder - purchased from Walmart.  I go through a ton of these powders.  I don't experience under-eye creasing in my concealers when I set with this and it doesn't leave my skin looking dried out from product.  I have noticed that some of these have a little sparkle, some have a lot, and some have none.  When the sparkle is present, I just take extra time buffing out the powder to blend away as much as possible any sparkle.  Will repurchase - it's Holy Grail!
Lancome Waterproof Concealer - requested sample.  This wasn't too bad, but I do hesitate to purchase any Lancome "base" (foundations/concealers) since I have experienced some acne breakouts when trying the 24-hour liquid foundation.  Probably won't purchase.

And to wrap things up for today, I have one lonely "Trashed But Not Finished" product.
EOS SPF 15 Lip Balm in Lemon Drop - purchased from Rite Aid.  This was a decent SPF balm, but it wasn't convenient to carry around for reapplying.  It smelled good, but I don't feel it did much for the condition of my lips.  Won't repurchase - I've moved on to the Jack Black brand.

August wasn't a super productive month in regards to finishing products, but I probably wasn't going very many places either.  If I'm not going out, I don't wear makeup so I don't go through product.    Oh, well.  Some is better than none - I just have to keep reminding myself of that.

Do you have a favorite lip balm with SPF that's also easy to carry with you?

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

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Project "Finish This Stuff" Update, part 44 - July 2015

**purchased / requested sample

I decided today would be a good time to work on a Project "Finish This Stuff" post, but traveling way back in time to July.  Clearly, it's been a while since I've gathered my thoughts to do this series (my last update was in January).  At first I thought I'd do an "empties" post immediately following my Lip Wardrobe posts in the future, but if I do that I'll never get caught up.  Once I am caught up I think that will be the timing for those posts.  I haven't decided how often I'll post Project Updates until I get to that point yet - including the just-ended February, I'm 7 months behind.

I didn't finish a whole lot of products in July, but I also cleaned out unused/expired liquid liners.  I also had finished another Dial White Tea Antibacterial hand soap and a couple of unlabeled (and I completely forget what the products were) tiny sample jars.

First let's see what skincare I finished.
E.L.F. Makeup Remover Cleansing Cloths - purchased from Walmart.  This was when I first decided to try the ELF remover wipes in an effort to find inexpensive but effective wipes.  I really did like these; they were well-saturated and large.  They also removed my makeup fairly well.  I'm actually not sure why I'm still not repurchasing these (I haven't bought any wipes in several months).  I do wish that there was enough to get through an entire month, but since I'm not wearing makeup every day, by a long shot, that's no big deal.  Will repurchase eventually.
Lancome Advanced Genifique foil packet - requested sample.  I think I used this little packet as a break between other serum-type products.  I've gone through multiple foil packets, sample vials, and at least 2 full size bottles.  I do like this serum, but I was feeling like I wasn't seeing any changes in my skin anymore.  I do have a backup full-sized bottle, but I'm not sure I'll repurchase after I eventually use it.  I'm just not in love anymore.  Maybe once I go back to it again, it'll be effective - my skin does tend to become immune to products after an extended period of time.
L'Oreal Silky Sheer SPF 30 Sunscreen deluxe sample - came attached to another product (maybe sunscreen spray bottle?).  This was decent, but I definitely had to set it with loose powder over my eyes so it wouldn't run once I got hot (especially when doing yard work).  I don't think I'll purchase since it claims to be water resistant but it moved on me and would make my eyes sting.  Also, the scent was more than I cared for.
Crest Complete with Scope - travel size.  This was a nice toothpaste - not too strong of a mint to make my eyes water like some of the Crest formulas do to me.  I might repurchase for traveling if I can't find one from another brand I like better.
EOS lip balm (don't remember the flavor and my label is gone).  It was all right, but nothing outstanding.  I currently keep this (obviously a different one) by my bed for overnight use, and am currently working through my backstock.  I won't repurchase since I prefer Burt's Bees Pomegranate.

I also completely finished a few makeup products:
Physicians Formula Super CC+ Cream in Light - purchased from Rite Aid.  This is my favorite drugstore CC cream.  It covers absolutely everything I need it to - I only need a little extra help with undereye circles.  I love that it has SPF 30 in it.  I just had the random thought that I wish I hadn't repurchased when I did since SPF has an expiration, but I'll just remember to wear a separate SPF under it when I break out the new bottle after I finish a couple of foundations.  Will probably repurchase once my backstock is finished and then only replenish as needed.
CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation in 805 - purchased from Walmart.  I loved this when I first got it and used it non-stop for months.  But then I started playing around with other products and this got pushed aside.  When I went back to it, I wasn't as in love with it as before.  Maybe my bottle got too old? Maybe my skin's changed so much it's just not right for me anymore?  I don't know.  I might repurchase at some point, but again I have several that I'm working through right now.  I do think I might keep the pump out of the bottle (love that feature!) and stash it away for trying in other foundation bottles.
Wet 'n Wild Fergie Take On the Day Mattifying Powder - purchased from Walgreens.  This one has technically been discontinued since Fergie is no longer with the brand, but it has come back without the association.  I just can't remember what it's called now.  I do have several backups I grabbed on clearance from Walgreens when the change started.  Clearly, since I have several backups, I really liked this setting powder (there is a spot for a sponge applicator under the pan of product).  It's white in color, but I don't feel like it leaves a white-cast (darker skin tones could have a different result).  I even remember taking it with me when we traveled last Spring to New Mexico.  It sets my foundation/BB/CC creams nicely and keeps me matte.  I'll probably keep repurchasing the new version once my backstock is finished, but I do want to pick up a colored touch-up powder as well.
Revlon Luxurious Color Matte Eye Shadow in 002 Peach Sorbet - purchased from CVS.  This was the perfect skin-tone shade to set my primer before going in with whichever eyeshadows I used for the day - kind of like Wet 'n Wild Brulee (which I've finished 2 of).  I'm all about skin-tone shades and not picky about the brand as long as it goes down well.  I'm fairly sure this has been discontinued so I can't repurchase.

Now let's see what made it in the "Trashed, but Not Finished" category:
Fantasy Makers (Wet 'n Wild) Glitter Eyeliner in Cryptic - purchased from either Rite Aid or Walgreens.  This is so separated it's like silver sparkling water.  Definitely bad, won't repurchase since I never wear glitter liner.  I thought I would...I never did and still never think to.  I don't see myself using silver as a spotlight glitter on my lid, either.
(2) E.L.F. Liquid Eyeliners in Stardust and Copper - purchased (might have been a 3 piece kit at Big Lots).  While the colors are super pretty, again I don't wear glitter eyeliner.  I would consider getting Stardust again (or a similar color from a different brand) to use as a little under the inner corner high-light sparkle or as a spotlight on the center of the lid.  Copper would make a pretty spotlight on the center of the eye too.  Hmmm....I might repurchase (either ELF or try out NYX liquid  crystal liners).  As is, these are too old and separated for me to feel comfortable putting on my eyes.  Quick, out of focus, swatches for future reference...
(5) The Color Workshop (Markwins a.k.a. Wet 'n Wild) brand liquid eye liners, various colors - purchased in multiple holiday kits from Walmart.  These are all old and weakly pigmented.  I'm done buying inexpensive holiday makeup kits.  Won't repurchase.

That wraps up everything I either finished or just de-stashed to the trash from my collection in the month of July.  Definitely not as much going out as for my June update, but things are still moving out of my stash so I'm happy.

Do you wear glitter liner?  Have a favorite brand you'd care to share with me?  Do you ever fall out of love with a product?

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

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

February Lip Wardrobe


It's been a while since I've posted, yet again.  I've spent so much of my time in the kitchen lately cooking for large groups (planning for 30 each time), and have an even larger crowd coming up this week, that any quiet moment is spent resting and relaxing or doing regular chores.  But today, while I was getting ready to go buy bulk-groceries, I had an idea for a blog post and when I finally got home, I went with it.  I think I might even make this into a series - (month) Lip Wardrobe.

Today, I bring you all the lip products (excluding lip balm) that I've used during February.  I think this is a good way for me to get an idea of what lipsticks/glosses are getting used.  It's also helping me to rotate through my lippie collection since I put all of these lipsticks in a different container instead of putting them away.  It will also let me see if one that I thought would work for my coloring based on a hand swatch should have really been sent to the de-stash pile.  After my last major de-stash (in January) all of my lip products are in 1 drawer - finally - so nothing is hiding anymore.
The two on the bottom going their own way I wore as a lip combo; the rest I wore on their own (names below).
Wet 'n Wild MegaShield Lip Colors in Lolly Popstar and Pink Slip
Maybelline ColorSensational Lipsticks in Coral Gleam and Maple Kiss
E.L.F. Moisturizing Lipstick in Cheeky
Revlon Lip Butters in Pink Truffle, Berry Smoothie, & Red Velvet
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Istanbul
Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick (mini sample) in Jilted
Maybelline lipgloss in Cranberry Cocktail
E.L.F. Matte Lip Color in Praline with Revlon Lip Butter in Strawberry Shortcake

I noticed that the bulk of my choices for the month were moisturizing formulas, except for 2 - the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream and the E.L.F. Matte Lip Color.  I've been battling dryness but right now my lips are slightly chapped.

Are any getting cleaned out of my stash?  Strawberry Shortcake was in my possible de-stash pile, but by layering it over Praline, I really enjoyed the combo so the lip butter has earned its spot in my lippie drawer. I liked all the others.

Did I repeat any this month?  Each day I left the house is represented by one of the lip colors (or combo) - I did not do any repeats.  It's kind of sad that I only left the house 13 times over the entire month, but I am a homemaker...

I'll try to take lip pictures of them on each time so if I do this post again for March I'll have better info/quick thoughts.  I was going to do hand swatches but my skin is in bad shape from all the dishwashing I've done lately, as well as the wild weather changes - it was 60 during the day today but snow is in the forecast for overnight and tomorrow.

Do you rotate through your lip stash regularly?  What's your favorite lip balm?

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