Something A Little Different

Hello all!

I’ve been thinking a lot about this random blog and what I want it to be.  I throw ideas at my friend hoping they’re not terrible or boring.   I played with the idea of having a “real life” aspect to this blog that isn’t just makeup and lotion and yummy smelling things.  I know that when I watch a tv show I want some depth and not just fluff (unless it’s marshmallow fluff, I always want that).

Life isn’t easy and my life has only scratched the surface of being difficult.  But I don’t want someone with a problem to think that their problem doesn’t matter or is not big enough.  It’s common now to see someone on the internet telling crazy stories that make their life seem so exciting and dramatic.  Sometimes it’s good to have a normal life.

So in sharing more about my life and making this blog more than just using up lotion, I hope to relate to someone on a completely normal life level.  I mean honestly, no one’s life is normal.  Everyone has something interesting about themselves.

Basically I’m trying to say there will be more to come that is quite different from what I’ve been doing.  And more of what I have been doing.   (I’m talking like this blog is huge when it’s the size of a grain of sand).   Stay tuned.

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy this pano from the top of Aspen Mountain.

Current Favorite for Fall 2016: Single Eye Shadow

Current Favorite Singe Eye Shadow

I have an absolute favorite to share with you today.  I have been using this L’Oreal Paris Eye Shadow non-stop for a few months and I had to make a post because it’s so amazing.  It’s from the Colour Riche line and it’s in the shade 207 Pain Au Chocolat.

L'Oreal Eye Shadow in 207 Pain Au Chocolat

In looking at this color it doesn’t seem so special but upon swatching it, the texture and color are just what I’m looking for when I want a quick, fresh, put-together eye look.  Sometimes I want a lighter eye shadow to make me look more awake, but they can look weird on my skin but this eye shadow brightens and isn’t too light.

In the pan, the shadow looks kind of mauve and taupe, but when on my skin a slight pink/purple comes out that is so flattering.  The shadow also has this super fine shimmer throughout that adds so much dimension without being over the top.

Swatch of L'Oreal Eye Shadow in 207 Pain Au Chocolat

The texture of this shadow is interesting.  It so creamy, yet it’s not a cream–maybe just a creamy powder.  I pressed my finger in the shadow and it felt kind of bouncy.  AND it blends really nicely and lasts on my eyes for quite a long time. I find that it applies best with your fingers (even though I hate using my fingers to put on eye shadow) or a flat eye shadow brush.

L'Oreal Single Eye Shadow in 207 Pain Au Chocolat

I have not heard the best reviews about this Colour Riche line, I guess the shades are hit and miss.  This shade is one of the HITS for sure.  I was surprised to hear negative reviews on these shadows since the one I bought is so amazing. You can find it online here: PRETTY EYE SHADOW HERE.

I just had to share this amazing find and maybe I’ll try out a few more colors from the line to hopefully find some more must-haves.  Have you tried any of the other shades?  Let me know below!

Almost forgot. Rating: This shade gets 5 out of 5 cups of coffee.  Yes, it’s that good.

5-cups-of-coffee

Thank you for reading!

Project Pan 2016: Update #2

Project Pan 2016: Update #2

I know it’s been a little while since my first update.  But yay second update! I took pictures on the correct day so this is my real progress on my products.  I am so proud of myself for what I have finished up! All the names of products are links so if you are interested in purchasing them or just more information just click the name of the product and it will bring you either to the website or where you can find them (#notspon)

Finished (4):

Bath and Body Works Body Lotion – Pink Chiffon $12.50 (I paid $3)

Bath & Body Works Body Lotion - Pink ChiffonReally enjoyed this lotion! It smelled good and moisturized nicely.  I got a little sick of the scent by the end so I don’t think I’ll repurchase it for a while if ever but I still really liked it.  I found that the scent lasted on my skin (like all the Bath and Body lotions) and made my clothes smell good too. Win!

 

 

 

 

rating: 4.5 cups of coffee4.5 Cups of Coffee

 

Victoria’s Secret Fragrance Mist – Passionate Kisses $11.97 (I might have paid around $7)

Victoria's Secret Fragrance Mist - Passionate KissesI’m sad this is finished! I may repurchase this, don’t know if it’s still available at Victoria’s Secret but if I see it–on sale–I’ll repurchase.  I didn’t last as long as I would haveliked it to but using it as a clothing spray was really nice.  It lasted longer on clothes vs my skin.

 

 

 

 

rating: 4 cups of coffee4 Cups of Coffee

La Bella Provinicia Hand Cream – Jasmine Lavender $1 set of 2 from Dollar  Tree

La Bella Provincia Aromatherapy Hand CreamThis went by so quick! While using this my hands stayed moisturized but the scent did not linger for long.  It was quite a thin formula but it soaked into my skin really fast which I really like.  Don’t think it would be enough moisture for the dry winter months though.

 

 

 

 

rating: 3 cups of coffee3 Cups of Coffee

Youngblood Lip ShinDisplaying IMG_2881.JPGe – Parfait

Youngblood Lip Shine - ParfaitThis was nice, just a little too sticky.  I loved the way it smelled which was a little sweet and kind of perfumey (not in a gross way) and it was quite moisturizing.  I’ve been trying to wear lip products that are more pigmented and getting out of my comfort zone and this was a great stepping stone. I was a little light but it looked fresh and pretty.  Don’t think I would purchase one though (this was a gift) but because the pot application was kind of inconvenient.  But I loved it while I had it!  I also have another one in a different color I can use.  Another win!

rating: 4 cups of coffee4 Cups of Coffee

Still in Progress (3):


Nexxus Youth Renewal Hair Serum
 $13.47

Nexxus Hair Elixir

Still not seeing any benefits from this Serum.

Physican’s Formula Eyeshadow Trio 

Physician's Formula Eye Shadow TrioPhysician's Formula Eye Shadow Trio

So.  Confession time.  I lost my Lorac eye shadows! I know it’s terrible that I have no idea where they are.  I decided to use this trio instead.  I have had this trio for a while and would like to finish it.  I purchased it from Dollar Tree for $1 and they are pigmented and just lovely standard shadows.

Physician's Formula Eye Shadow Trio - swatches

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow – Bella Sand $3.99

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow – Bella Sand

Love this! I’ve been using it as more of a highlight.  It works really well with my skin tone.  I hit pan and it’s so exciting.  YES! I added a picture comparing it to another bella eye shadow to show my progress.

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow comparison

Burt’s Bees Lip Balm – Vanilla Bean $2.82

So I fail yet again and I did not take a picture of my progress.  AH! This isn’t as moisturizing as I would like but it smells like vanilla which is my fav.

Newly Added (2):

Bath & Body Works Body Lotion – Hawaii Passionfruit Kiss $18.99 (I paid around $7 I think)

Bath & Body Works Body Lotion - Hawaii Passionfruit KissBath & Body Works Body Lotion - Hawaii Passionfruit Kiss

I added this yummy smelling lotion in because I finished the other one so quickly.  This smells so fruity and summery I had to use it.

Bath & Body Works Fine Fragrance Mist – Mango Tango Twist $14.87 (I spent maybe $5? Look for a sale!!)

Bath & Body Works Fine Fragrance Spray - Mango Tango Twist

This spray smells sweet and fruity and I love it.  It’s got slightly less product than a normal fine fragrance mist and I think that’s because of the cute straw thing that may take up more room.  Just something to notice.  So far I love this!

 

Thank you for reading!  Be on the lookout for my next update!

Dollar Tree Review: Facial Mask

Dollar Tree Review Facial Mask

So I was wandering around in Dollar Tree, since that’s one of my favorite past times and while I was in the kitchen area I realized I wanted to see if there was a facial mask I could try.  I don’t know why kitchen utensils and sponges reminded me of my desire to have perfect skin.  Of course there was a mask!  I found a facial mask that has Vitamin E and Lavender oil extract.  The front also says that the mask cleanses and conditions.  I have been testing this out for a few weeks and have a few thoughts I want to share.

Like I have mentioned in another post, my skin is normal to combination.  I have dry places on my face, like my nose, and oily places like my forehead and chin.  I don’t have acne besides random zits but I do like masks to improve the texture of my skin.  So when I read cleansing and conditioning I was definitely interested!

Dollar Tree Review - Face Mask - textureThe consistency seems thick initially but when it’s rubbed all over the skin it’s actually not that thick.  I wouldn’t use the word thin, but it’s easy to spread across the skin.  The directions on the back of the bottle say to leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes.  It doesn’t set or dry on the face and feels slightly cooling when applied.  And I don’t think that’s due to a specific ingredient but due to putting something wet on the face…if that makes sense.

The directions on the back of the bottle are:

Apply masque to face, avoiding eyes and lips.  Leave on for 10-15 minutes, rinse off with warm water.  Recommended: Weekly for dry skin.  More often for oily skin.

Once I rinse the mask from my face, my skin feels a little smoother but not tremendously conditioned or clean and the dryness on my nose does not feel soothed in the least.  There is a slight moisture I can feel on my skin but after applying the rest of my skincare I don’t notice anything real different with my skin.  And like I mentioned, I’ve been using this for a little while and have not seen an improvement in my skin.

Ingredients from the back of the bottle

Ingredients on the back of the bottle

One thing I noticed immediately was the smell of this mask.  It smells like plastic and soap–super artificial.  That makes me question putting it on my face and letting it set there for 15 minutes.  I could do without the scent of it…seriously….why can’t everything just smell like cake?!

Since this mask leaves behind a slight moisture I am beginning to wonder if it would be better to shave with in the shower.  Just a thought.

To wrap up, I don’t think I would recommend this mask.  My face felt slightly more moisturized but it did not improve my skin over time.  The scent was definitely a huge mark against it.  But that just means I’ll need to keep an eye out at the Dollar Tree for more masks to test out.

Rating: This gets 2 out of 5 cups of coffee

2 Cups of Coffee

Thanks for reading!

 

Dollar Tree Review: L.A. Colors Color Craze Gel Extreme Shine Gel-Like Polish

LA Colors Gel-Like Extreme Shine Nail Polish

Woah, that’s a long name.  But hooray for another Dollar Tree Review! I went to the Dollar Tree for some laundry detergent and of course I had to meander down the makeup aisle.  I found a display of the most adorable little bottles of L.A. Colors nail polish.  These are not specifically a Dollar Tree company made product but are sold at Dollar Tree. They are 0.17 fl oz bottles of a few different colored nail polishes that claim to be “gel-like” and “extreme shine.”  Now I will be honest and say that I did not expect much from this nail polish but I am pleasantly surprised. Is that my motto for things I purchase at the Dollar Tree?

I will mention that lately I have been appreciating smaller bottles of nail polish because I don’t go through nail polish often…or at all.  So I like that these are little, especially because I was going in with the experience of the other L.A. Colors nail polish which isn’t bad but not the best.  So I didn’t want a huge bottle of nail polish was just ok.  Welp.  I really like this stuff.

I’m going to say right now that I used a top coat with this polish.  It has become habit at this point and I feel that my nails are not done until they have a nice top coat on them.  So that may contribute to the longevity the polish on my nails but let’s be real–when a nail polish sucks, no top coat helps it on my nails.

Lets talk about the claims of these little adorable bottles of lovely.

LA Colors Nail Polish - On the Shelf

The display claims:

  1. No light needed
  2. Removes easily
  3. Intense color
  4. Professional quality flat brush
  5. Wears like a polish, shines like a gel

So obviously there’s no light needed since it’s not actually a gel polish.  It dried a lot faster than other nail polish in the same price range but I’m impatient and that’s part of the reason why I absolutely need a top coat.  But I was surprised how fast it was drying and it removes like a regular nail polish–so check and check!

L.A. Colors Gel-Like Nail Polish in Gleaming

Two coats of Gleaming before top coat

L.A. Colors Gel-Like Nail Polish in Gleaming

After top coat – I know it’s messy…I’m not a professional

 

The dark red color called “Gleaming” was quite patchy upon application but really pigmented.  I only used two coats and I really love the color.   It’s still a little patchy after two coats but the top coat–another great reason to use a top coat–leveled it out some.   Today I applied the other color I purchased called Bedazzle (LOVE the name) and it was surprisingly  even and pigmented after the first coat.  I only needed two coats for it to be completely opaque.  I’m not sure if Bedazzle is the best color for my skin tone but it’s still really pretty.

After two coats and top coat

After two coats and top coat

Now, the professional, flat brush claim is not true.  With these little shooters, the brush is a typical brush, not flat.  In doing some research online (heh, research) these seem to be the minis of this specific polish.  So those may have that flat brush but these do not, yet on the display at Dollar Tree it says they do.

L.A. Colors Gel-Like Nail Polish in Gleaming

After 6 days – left hand

After 6 days - right hand

After 6 days – right hand

Like I have been saying again and again, I used a top coat. But, I will say that my nails look glossier than usual.  Even before the top coat my nails looked quite shiny when they were almost dry.  As for the wear-time, I think it was that of a standard nail polish for me.  Not amazing but decent. –especially for a dollah.  After a day I had a chip but that’s because I slammed my finger in a drawer…so that wasn’t the nail polish’s fault (it was the evil evil drawer’s fault…I’m still bitter about it).  After about 6 days of wear I definitely needed to redo my nails but it could have been worse.  My left had had quite a bit of chipping but the right hand just looked worn away at the tips.

When I search these online, these little square bottles do not show up.  So maybe these are special for the Dollar Tree?  I don’t know for sure so don’t quote me on that.  Online the larger bottles range from $2 – $7.00.  Now of course you get more product but this is more than the regular nail polish line.  Don’t pay $7 for these. Don’t.  After my experience I would stick with the Dollar Tree bottles and price unless there is  specific color you would like.  I think these are great for the price but I’m so frugal when it comes to spending money on nail polish.

Despite some chips and patchiness I enjoyed using both colors I purchased. I would rate these 3.5 avocados out of 5:3.5 Avocado

I’m so glad I picked these up and will for sure be wearing them more.

My Current Daily Facial Skincare Favorites

My Current Skincare FavoritesLately my skin has been soft with minimal breakouts.  It’s been so nice to me and I think it’s due to the products I’ve been using.  So I wanted to share those with you.  My skin is normal to combination.  I get dry on and around my nose and oily on my chin and forehead.  My skin doesn’t break out often but if I do its on my chin, forehead, and/or nose.  My skin is far from perfect but I find that the simpler the products are the better my skin looks.

My kitty Azul was helping me photograph the products.  And by helping I mean going crazy destroying the nice display I made so I just went with it.  Because he’s cute.

I am going to list these products in the order I use them and things will be numbered….like steps. Yay! (Don’t yell at me if these steps are all off…I’m def. not a professional.  This just works for me)

1.  (Morning) Alba Botanica Hawaiian Facial Wash Deep Cleansing Coconut Milk – $10.06

Albo Botanica Hawaiian Facial Wash Deep Cleansing Coconut MilkI use this stuff to wash my face every morning when I’m in the shower.  I feel that it has a slight tingly warming effect on my face and I appreciate that.  I like that my soap understands my need for reassurance.

I bought this cleanser because I had read that it was cruelty free.  At one point I gave away or just threw away makeup and products that were not cruelty free.  I’m not as strict with myself as I would like as I still have stuff that isn’t completely cruelty free but it’s a work in progress.

Needless to say I was pleasantly surprised with this cleanser and will definitely repurchase in the future.

Alba Botanica Hawaiian Facial Wash Deep Cleansing Coconut MilkI find that this cleanser is gentle enough to not completely strip my skin but I also saw a significant improvement in my skin (for me) when I started using this product.   Like I mentioned earlier, my skin is relatively clear most of the time but I did notice that it seemed brighter and healthier looking once I started using this cleanser.

I will take a smallish amount in my hand while in the shower and clean my face as I count to 60.  Counting to 60 has really helped me in cleaning my face more thoroughly.

 

 

  1. (Evening) Simple Micellar Cleansing Water – $6.55

Simple Micellar Cleansing WaterI’m very lazy when it comes to washing my face especially at night when I’m tired and maybe had some wine (psh some….) and I just want to go to sleep.  This stuff is my savior.  This may not be a deep enough cleanser for some but for me, this is perfect.  I don’t want to dip my face in the sink with running water and get water all over me and in my hair and just be a hot mess. Whew! That was almost a rant.

I did a full review on this if you are interested.

I just take a cotton round with some of the product and wipe it thoroughly all over my face.  It feels refreshing and my skin seems cleaner.  I’m sure an actual rinse with soap or something would be a more thorough clean.  But like I said….I can’t be bothered.

 

2. DIY Apple Cider Vinegar and Tea Tree Oil Toner

Apple Cider Vinegar TonerPinterest made me do it.  I found this wonderful post about making your own natural toner and of course I was like gimme.  The blogger is super convincing because she said that without a toner–like the one she made–moisturizes will not sink into your skin as effectively.  So I immediately felt that my life has been a lie this whole time because I thought toners were for chumps.  Looks like I was the chump! I’m kind of kidding. You do you.

I have found that when I use this toner consistently, any current breakout I have or a even a breakout that is already healing heals so much faster.  You know those annoying little scars that happen after a zit? Yeah, on me this toner makes them go away faster.  I also like the extra cleansing step and my skin feels so much cleaner for it.

Here is the link for the blog post that has opened my eyes to so many things…mostly toner.  The ingredients are water, apple cider vinegar, and tea tree oil.   Please check out the blog post though, it’s awesome.

3. L’Occitane Sublime Essence – $52 (WHAT?)

LOccitane Essence SublimeI know, I know.  This is hella expensive.  But this was given to me as a gift and it’s from L’Occitane.  I use this as a serum and I’ve been loving it.  I threw away the box because I did not expect to absolutely love this stuff.

This sounds stupid–at least I warned you right?–but I’m not quite sure why I love this stuff so much.   I’m pretty sure I read something on the box about hydrating the skin and calming redness?  I will find more info I swear! (Check out the link–I found some info heh)

I know sometimes with L’Occitane products the scents are either overpowering or just too mature smelling for me.  But the scent with Essence Sublime is fresh and light.LOccitane Essence Sublime Bottom

But this feels really good on the skin and I feel like you don’t need much either.  My skin feels moisturized and replenished after the toner.  I think this is a huge reason why my skin feels so soft.  When I run out of this I’m not sure I will repurchase…we’ll see.  If you’re thinking about purchasing it…do your research.  On Amazon it’s like $150.  WHAT!!

 

4. (morning) Simple Protecting Light Moisturizer with SPF 15 – $6.87

Simple Protecting Light Moisturizer SPF 15So right now this is my favorite day time moisturizer because it has an SPF of 15.  Winning! Living at roughly 6,000 feet, I feel like I have to be extra careful in the sun because of the elevation.

I like this moisturizer because it really does hydrate my skin without feeling greasy.  I have heard that some people break out from SPF but I have not experienced any breakouts from this product.

I will use this in the mornings so I have it on during the day.  I don’t really want to smell like sunscreen when I go to sleep, so I use a different moisturizer at night.

Simple Protecting Light Moisturizer SPF 15 backOne thing to note is that it smells like sunscreen.  I have not tested the flashback from flash photography while wearing this on my face….but so far I really like it.  I’m not sure if I will repurchase once it runs out only because I would like something with a higher SPF.

 

4. (nighttime) Cetaphil Daily Advance Lotion – $12.26

Cetaphil Daily Advance LotionThis little darling was such a random purchase.  I wanted a face lotion that wasn’t anything fancy and this is what I picked up.  It’s pretty awesome.  It doesn’t smell like anything and it hydrates nicely without being too heavy or greasy.

I use the Cetaphil Daily Advance Lotion at night before I go to bed. I was using this heavy cream before and could not stand how it made my face feel.  I also hate it when my hair sticks to my face due to a super heavy moisturizer.   This lotion is my buddy and I’m sure I will repurchase when it’s used up.

Cetaphil Daily Advance Lotion backThe only downside I can think of is that sometimes when the bridge of my nose feels extra dry, this lotion isn’t heavy enough for that.  I also have not used this lotion in the dead of winter when my face gets random dry patches.  So that will be a nice test to put Mr. Cetaphil through.

I linked Walmart because Amazon was kind of expensive…which is weird to me.  I mean it’s a big bottle.

 

5. Burt’s Bees Renewal Smoothing Eye Cream – $13.80

Burt's Bees Renewal Smoothing Eye Cream (in my own jar)Obviously this is not a Burt’s Bees container.  I bought the little eye cream over a year ago and still have a tiny bit left.  The Burt’s Bees container is great and comes with a nice pump.  But I noticed that when the pump stopped working there was still a ton of product left in the little jar.  So I decided to scoop the rest of it out and slap it in a little travel section container. (Who else LOVES the travel section…all the cute little stuff!!)

I find this eye cream to be super moisturizing and it doesn’t have a scent…from what I can tell.  It’s a very thick cream so if you are struggling with a dry under eye, this eye cream will help.  I find that sometimes it’s hard to rub into the skin and of course since the skin underneath your eyes is so delicate it’s supposed to be “tapped” in.   It gets a little time-consuming when it’s such a thick eye cream.

I use this eye cream morning and night.  I am not sure if I will repurchase or not….I think I’m going to use plain ol’ coconut oil as an eye cream when this is finished.  I remember thinking it was super expensive for such a tiny little jar of eye cream but like I said this sucker has lasted me for a long time!  If you purchase this, just be sure to scrape the rest of the product out of the jar when no more comes out the pump….you’ll be surprised how much is still in there.

Aura Cacia Tea Tree Oil6. Aura Cacia Tea Tree Oil – $8.49

Like I mentioned earlier, the simpler the product, the more my face likes it.  Tea Tree oil rocks.

There are several things tea tree oil is good for but one of my favorites is putting some on a zit and seeing it dry up.  I had read to dilute it with water before applying it to your face because it can be quite harsh and drying.  I tried that but found that it did little to dry up zits.  I then tried just putting some–without diluting it with water–on a cotton swab and applying it that way.  This worked wonders.

I feel that zit creams never really work for my face.  The zits laugh in my face (get it?) and just sit there as yucky as ever as random chemicals do nothing but smell gross on my face.  So when I used tea tree oil and I actually saw breakouts dry up I was so excited.  Aura Cacia Tea Tree Oil back

Tea tree oil smells very strong so be aware of that.  I am now used to the scent and kind of enjoy it but at first I was kind of worried about smelling weird.  Another thing to be aware of is over-applying it to breakouts.   One time I kept applying it past when the zit was drying up a bit beacuse I didn’t want the darned thing to come back.  My skin started to get sore and dry–like really dry–in that area so don’t over do it.  I would also suggest doing your research on quality tea tree oils…usually the cheaper the lower the quality.

So instead of using a zip zapping cream, I put a little dot of tea tree oil on breakouts and it has really been working for me.

Let me know if you have ever used any of these products and how they worked for you.  Also what are your skincare favorites? Thanks for reading!

Project Pan 2016: Update #1

Project Pan 2016 - 1st Update

I’m so excited to be updating my project pan.   This is my first update for my project pan, my original post is here: Introduction

For the past two weeks I have been focusing on a select few items to either use them up completely or just to enjoy having them in my collection.  Several items I would like to finish and others I just want to hit pan.  This project will be occurring for a total of two months and you can expect an update every two weeks.  Once I use up a product, I will give a full review on what I thought and whether or not I would repurchase in the future.

I’m thinking about adding products into the project when one is used up.  I’ll see though, I don’t want to use them up just for the sake of them being gone.  I want to enjoy them and get my money’s worth.

I’ve put the price of each used up item which is also a link to where you can purchase the item if your are interested.

Also, I’m introducing my new rating system for products.  I think it will help my reviews be a little clearer.  It’s basically a star rating but instead of stars it’s thing I love like coffee.  I will soon have more…um…emojis? but coffee is my choice for this post.  0 is the worst and 5 is the best.

high five Let’s get started.

Finished Products (3):

Bath and Body Works Body Splash – Wild Honeysuckle $14.00  (I probably paid around $7)

Bath and Body Works Body Splash - Wild Honeysuckle 1st UpdateSo happy to be done with this spray because I’ve had it for way too long.  But it still smelled good! The scent was fresh and just like Honeysuckle flowers.  Sometimes flower scents come off as “old” to me or fake but this didn’t smell artificial to me.  I usually used this as a room spray or I would spray it on my clothes and the scent would linger for a while.  I became a little sick of the scent toward the end and would probably not  repurchase if I could…since it’s years old I don’t know if you can still purchase this scent.

Rating: 4 out of 5 cups of coffeeCup of Coffee

Herbal Essences Oil Elixir Hair Oil $5.67

Herbal Essences Oil Elixer 1st UpdateThis didn’t take me too long to use up but I’m glad it’s gone.  I would not repurchase this hail oil because I don’t feel like it did anything for my hair.  I applied this after washing my hair and when my hair looked a little frizzy.  I didn’t find that my hair felt smoother or healthier and it didn’t keep the frizz away for that long.  In fact, my hair would get frizzy later in the day even when I applied this in the morning.  It smelled good and my hair did not feel weighed down with this product but the condition of my hair stayed the same.  The scent was sweet, floral, and summery and lingered in my hair which I really liked.  But it deserves 3 cups of coffee for de-frizzing for at least a little bit, smelling good, and not feeling gross in my hair.

Rating: 3 out of 5 cups of coffee3 Cups of Coffee

Physicians Formula Organic Wear Mascara $9.95

Physicians Formula Organic Wear MascaraThis is the same picture as before.  I do not have a follow up picture of this mascara because I used it for maybe a week and was sick of it and threw it away.  It was very dramatic.  It dried out so fast! And it  was not a cheap mascara.  It was not black enough for me either.  I have dark eyes and dark hair so I don’t like it when a mascara is even slightly grey like this one.  This is turning into a slight rant.  Another complaint I had was that I had to layer it so much before it did anything to my eyelashes.  I will admit that once I put on fiveish layers my eyelashes looked quite good! But then it also took a very long time to apply–layer after layer–and dry after all those layers of product.  The brush was ok but it started to hurt after the third layer eye twitch.  No, I will not repurchase.

Rating: 2 cups of coffee out of 52 Cups of Coffee

Still in Progress:

Body Products

Bath and Body Works Body Lotion – Pink Chiffon $12.50 (I paid $3)

Bath and Body Works Body Lotion Pink Chiffon 1st UpdateI’ve used quite a bit of this.  So far I really like the scent.  It moisturizes nicely too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Victoria’s Secret Fragrance Mist – Passionate Kisses $11.97 (I might have paid around $7)

Victorias Secret Fragrance Mist 1st UpdateStill loving this.  It smells soooooo good.  It has a slight cherry scent and I appreciate it.  It’s a great scent for summer because it’s fresh but it’s also kind of musky which I like.  I only have a little bit left :(.

 

 

 

 

La Bella Provinicia Hand Cream in Jasmine Lavender

La Bella Provincia Hand Cream - Jasmine Lavender 1st UpdateThis hand cream has been very nice.  It’s quite hot during the day so I like having something that’s light but also moisturizing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hair Products

Nexxus Youth Renewal Hair Serum $13.47

Nexxus Youth Renewal Rejuvinating Elixer 1st UpdateI have been using this every day after I wash my hair.  So far I have not seen a difference…I’ll say more when I finish it and give a full review.  But I am using it!

 

 

 

 

 

Makeup Products

Lorac Pro Matte Eye Shadow Palette – Latte, Linen, and Chocolate $28

Lorac Pro Matte Eyeshadow - LatteI’ve been using these eye shadows almost every day and they are pretty!  Latte is nice to put all over my lid before other colors.  It’s super soft and pigmented.

 

 

 

 

 

Lorac Pro Matte Eyeshadow - LinenI’ve only made slight progress in each of these shadows but this white is really nice to use to blend out shadow and also to lighten up a look when I’ve just gone too far….

 

 

 

 

Lorac Pro Matte Eyeshadow - ChocolateChocolate is a really pretty color.  But I have issues with it which makes me a little crazy because it’s expensive.   I’ll try to blend it but it gets all patchy and weird.  Still pretty though.  I’ll continue to use this little bugger.

 

 

 

 

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow – Bella Sand $3.99

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow – Bella Sand 1st UpdateThis is pretty! I feel like I’ve made slight progress in the middle I think.  Just a little.  I like putting this on my face because it’s such a nice light gold color and subtle enough for me.

 

 

 

 

 

Youngblood Lip ShinDisplaying IMG_2881.JPGe – Parfait

Youngblood Lipshine - Parfait 1st UpdateI’ve made a lot of progress! Yay! I still really like this, it’s pretty!

 

 

 


Burt’s Bees Lip Balm – Vanilla Bean $2.82

Burts Bees Chapstick - Vanilla Bean 1st UpdateI’ve been bad at using this.  Winter is when I’m good at using chapstick.  Oops! This smells good.  Tastes bad.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you for reading my update! Let me know if you’ve tried any of these products.  Also do you like my new rating system? I have other pictures soon to use for ratings coming out soon.  My next update will be in a few weeks.

Benzac Acne Solutions Product Review

Benzac Acne Solutions Skincare Review

I have a skincare review for you today.  I tried out the Benzac Acne Solutions Skin Balancing Foaming Cleanser and the Intensive Spot Treatment.  I found these at Dollar Tree for a dollar each and I’m glad I only paid a dollar for each because I was not impressed.  I’m going to stop you in your thought process right now–no they are not expired, I checked.

These products are not Dollar Tree products and can be found at Target, Walgreens, Walmart, and several other places according to the Benzac website varying from $7-$10 separately.

I tested these products for around 2 weeks and could not continue because my skin was so unhappy while using them.

First the Skin Balancing Foaming Cleanser–it didn’t really do anything for my skin.   I used this cleanser once a day and afterward my face felt dry and tight.   It wasn’t overly drying but I felt that I needed more moisturizer which could be a result of the Salicylic Acid.  This is a white foam and smells really good–like citrus.

Benzac Acne Solutions Skin Balancing Foaming Cleanser

Over the two weeks using the cleanser I slowly felt that my skin becoming gunkier and my pores looking worse–they’re not terrible I just don’t have perfect skin.  I use an exfoliating scrub on my face twice(ish) a week and those were the only days my skin felt clean.

These products have a special ingredient called East Indian Sandalwood and is supposed to do the things mentioned below:

Benzac Acne Soltuions Ingredient

And I didn’t see any positive change in my skin, but it sure sounds good!  Here are the drug facts on the bottle, click to enlarge the image to see it more clearly.
Benzac Ance Solutions Cleanser Drug Facts

In the Directions it mentions that if it is drying, use every other day which I tried for a few days and noticed my good skin days would be the days I didn’t use the cleanser.


Benzac Acne Solutions Cleanser Drug Facts Continued

Now for the Intensive Spot Treatment.  This was a strong smelling clear gel that I applied to various trouble spots on my face. This didn’t do anything for my breakouts.  I tried it all sorts of ways to get it to work for me because the claims sound amazing.

The Benzac website explains that East Indian Sandalwood Oil in this product specifically is supposed to calm inflammation and such.  It also states that this can be used on erupting breakouts (the term erupting sounds accurate to me) as well as full on volcanoes (I like this metaphor).  I put this product on all stages of zits on my face and none of them looked any different.

I also found that it sat really weird on my skin.  A few minutes after I would spot treat my face it would dry and just flake/ball off my face.  I could easily wipe it away with little pressure, which I usually did accidentally.  It kind of looked like my skin was flaking off but it was the product.  It didn’t sink into my skin.  I’m not sure if it’s supposed to just sit on top?  Either way I don’t know how that would be as effective since it fell right off.  I would apply less and more product to see if it make a difference and it would do the same each time.  Maybe I bought a bad one–once again it wasn’t expired.Intensive Spot Treatment Information on Box

I’m just thinking about this application in daily life now.  If I were to put this on before bed, I don’t know how long it would last among pillows and blankets. Also,  I cannot see any kind of cosmetics applying well over the top of this product.  I do not know this for sure because I don’t tend to wear face makeup but just from my experience, it doesn’t take much for this product to flake off.

If these work for you, I’m totally jealous because you might see them at your local Dollar Tree.  They just didn’t work out for me.

Thank you for reading!

Project Pan 2016: Introduction

Project Pan 2016 - IntroductionI’m going to tell you a short story.  A few weeks ago I went on a mission to pack and unpack all of my hair, face, and skin products as well as my makeup.  This mission involved sweat, frustration, confusion…it was the moment I realized I had a lot of stuff.  My mom and boyfriend would tell me all the time, “You have too much stuff, Aud.”  I would just frown and turn the other way–with dramatic music playing in my head.  When the time came for me to organize my mountainous amount of stuff in my new bathroom, I had a moment where I was afraid my boyfriends two things wouldn’t fit due to my overwhelming stash of products.    This just made me bury my feelings in Youtube videos and Oreo cookies.  We all know the Youtube vortex that whisks you away to all sorts of videos.  Well, I fell down the whole of youtubers doing “project pans.”  This is when a person picks out several products they want to use up.  They can give themselves a time frame or continue until a certain amount of products are used up.

It was decided with a half-chewed cookie in my mouth.  I’m doing that.  And I think by blogging my progress I will have some kind of accountability.  I enjoy reading and watching others’ project pans for a few reasons:

  • The satisfaction in seeing people finishing products, we always see products brand new and rarely empty.

  • It’s very informative on how long a product lasts as well as how the person liked the product–I mean they used the whole thing

  • Getting use and playing with makeup is fun!

I’ve decided on a two month time span to finish these products.  I may add in products if I finish some too early but I’ll see.  I will also do a short review of each product once it’s finished.

These are the products I plan on using up and I have indicated with a blue asterisk where I am on the product:

Body Products

Bath and Body Works Body Lotion – Pink Chiffon $12.50 (I paid $3–LOOK FOR SALES)

Bath and Body Works Pink Chiffon Body LotionI have only used this lotion a few times so I basically have the whole bottle.  I go through lotion relatively fast though–hey, I love lotion–so I know this will be done within two months.

 

 

 

 

 

Bath and Body Works Body Splash – Wild Honeysuckle $14 (I probably paid around $7)

Bath and Body Works Body Splash - Wild HoneysuckleI have had this body splash for way too long.  As you can see it’s the old Bath and Body packaging and I have just a tiny bit left. This will probably be used as a room spray.

 

 

 

 

 

Victoria’s Secret Fragrance Mist – Passionate Kisses $11.97 (I think I paid $7)

Victorias Secret Frangrance Mist - Passionate KissesI love this scent and I didn’t really plan on using it up but why not.  The scent does not linger long on my skin which is a bummer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

La Bella Provinicia Hand Cream in Jasmine Lavender

La Bella Provincia Hand Cream - Jasmine LavenderI need to start using my hand creams.  This is a good one for summer because it’s not too heavy.  I have used this quite a bit already but it still feels completely full.  Here is my Dollar Tree Review on this lotion if you’re interested: here.

 

 

 

 

 

Hair

 

Herbal Essences Oil Elixir Hair Oil $5.69

Herbal Essences Oil ElixerI just have a tiny bit left that I want to use of this hair oil which is why I also added the Nexxus hair elixir.  This should be done very soon.  I use it everyday after I wash my hair and also if my hair is looking frizzy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nexxus Youth Renewal Hair Serum $13.47

Nexxus Youth Renewal Rejuvinating ElixirI have used this product a few times, I find the dropper to be a weird application for a hair product.   It’s a small bottle but since I use drops at a time it should last me some time to use up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Makeup
Physicians Formula Organic Wear Mascara $9.95

Physicians Formula Organic Wear MascaraA mascara I opened but need to use up.  I have heard great things about this mascara, it will be interesting to see if I like it since I’m quite picky with mascara.

 

 

 

 

 

Lorac Pro Matte Eye Shadow Palette $28

Lorac Matte Pallett - Latte Chocolate and LinenThis was expensive and I want to get some good use out of it.  These shadows are so soft and pretty but also super dusty which is kind of annoying.

 

 

 

 

Lorac Pro Matte Eye Shadow Palette SwatchesMy goal is not to finish the indicated shadows but just to hit pan on latte, chocolate, and linen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow – Bella Sand $3.99

Milani Eye ShadowI realize you cannot see anything in this swatch.  I swear it’s pretty.  This shadow is a subtle gold shadow with a nice sheen.  I want to hit pan on this which will be quite difficult because there is quite a bit of product.

 

 

 

 

 

Youngblood Lip Shine – Parfait

Youngblood LipshineThis lip gloss is really nice to throw on and it’s moisturizing!  I don’t have much left in the little container so this should be easy to use up.

I cannot find this specific shade online.  Amazon has a different shade for $14.50 HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Burt’s Bees Lip Balm – Vanilla Bean $2.82

Burts Bees Lip Balm - Vanilla BeanThis is a very nice lip balm that smells amazing.  Should be easy to use up.

I included this in makeup because…just because…

 

 

 

 

 

 

My first update will be July 13th – thank you so much for reading!

Dollar Tree Review: Pump Dispenser

Dollar Tree Review Pump DispenserI have another Dollar Tree review I am super excited about.  I found these little pump dispensers a few weeks ago and have been using them daily.    If you are not familiar with these kinds of pumps, they are very convenient when it comes to soaking a cotton ball or cotton pad with toner, nail polish remover, micellar water…it’s awesome.

In order to dispense product you take your cotton pad or whatever you’re using and push down on the flatish area and the product comes from the middle.  These are 5.4 oz and the pump is easy to twist off to refill the container.   These are especially handy if you’re a person that likes to buy a product in bulk.  With these little pumps you can refill as needed and not have a massive bottle sitting on your counter-top or wherever.

I have been using these for a few weeks like I mentioned and so far so good.  I have two: one for micellar water and another for nail polish remover.  Both have been working great for me but I really wanted to test them thoroughly before reviewing them.  The only thing I’ve noticed with the dispenser I use for nail polish remover is that it’s recently started to leak a little bit.  This leak is not coming from the part that screws back onto the container but from the pump on top.  I have been unusually rough with this dispenser in that I have kept it on it’s side in a box that inevitably got thrown around when I moved.  I kept it on it’s side intentionally to see if it would leak and initially it didn’t.  Now it just kind of seeps into the top of the pump and leaks out Dollar Tree Review Pump Dispenser when tipped to the side.  Nothing major, just something to note that being rough may result in some kind of leak in the top but the dispenser is still completely usable.

The quality of the pump may be a question when it comes to Dollar Tree and I think the quality is very nice.  Not the highest quality pump of course but it’s made from a thicker plastic–not like those plastic food containers they sell that are quite flimsy.  This is comparable to a little bottle you would find in the travel section at Walmart if you know what I’m talking about.

I purchased these at Dollar Tree for one dollar plus tax.  They have a few different colors, I have a pink and a blue one.  I visited Dollar Tree today to see if they still had them in stock and they did in the beauty section.  I think these are definitely worth the dollar and have made getting nail polish remover and micellar water easier.

Thank you for reading!