Archive | December, 2012

P10P & P10B Update #1

30 Dec

So it’s been 3 weeks since I started my P10P & P10B and I’ve already finished a few items.  These were products pretty much on their last legs to get the project off on a good start.

3 Week Update (Apogee Protein Treatment not pictured)

3 Week Update (Apogee Protein Treatment not pictured)

I finished  a pack of Garnier Refreshing Remover wipes: these are my all-time favorite MU remover wipes.They’re only in here because this is a really old pack that I opened, but then I tried some other wipes in between that I couldn’t stand (side-eye to you, Willa “gentle” cleansing wipes) but made myself use before finishing these.  Also finished the pack of Simple Cleansing Wipes and the L’Oreal Clean Artiste Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover.  I also finished up a deluxe sample size of the Sephora Instant Moisturizer.  The last skincare item I finished was the Ernzo Lazlo Phormula 3-9 Repair Balm.  This came in an SS box and the full size is $245 for 1.7 oz! This little vial lasted a month just using it on a dark spot, it was too rich to use on my whole face.

I also finished my Big Sexy Hair Spray N’ Play Harder Hair Spray. I’ve been trying to find a drugstore hairspray that works just as well, but I haven’t found it yet. The Apogee Protein Treatment, I did once a week, but I have other hair mask samples to use now.

I also finished the VS Very Sexy Noir EDP mini and VS Very Sexy Noir Body Mist which were much emptier than I thought.

Im giving up on the Burt’s Bees Radiance Lotion.  At first I wondered why I stopped using it.  While it was thin, it seemed to soak in nicely and the shimmer was subtle (poor lighting) and the scent was very light and fresh.  I was so so so wrong.   It seems to soak in nicely, but it just sits on top of the skin & after about 10 minutes starts to pill off the skin when rubbed, leaving a white cast of glitter. I usually used it during the day right before I got dressed.  One time I put it on before bed & in the morning my black sheets were covered in white glitter. It looked like I had made my bed in the middle of a rave! There are only a couple more days of use in the bottle but i’m not going to subject myself to this glitterbomb when I have other lotions waiting to be used that will actually moisturize my dry winter skin.

There will be a couple changes to P10P.  I gave away a couple of the items: the Tarte Multiplye Eye Primer and the Tarte Cheek Stain in Flush.  I couldn’t figure out the best order  & timing of applying the primer, curling, & applying mascara.  I just ended up with droopy sad lashes 90% of the time. I recently got another identical mini tarte cheek stain in my pre-P10P haul from tarte’s Friends & Family (which I have yet to post). I’ll just count the next makeup items I finish.

From my P10P list, I finished up the L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes.  It suddenly got really dry and clumpy so I’m calling it done.

P10P & P10B items listed individually (items later added to P10P/B in bold):


  1. Stila Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer
  2. Sephora Anti-Shine Foundation Primer Mini
  3. Sephora Anti-Shine Foundation Primer Mini
  4. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer Mini
  5.  Benefit Girl Meets Pearl Highlighter Mini
  6. Stila Lip Glaze in Apricot
  7. Clinique Almost Lipstick in Shy Honey Mini
  8. Stila One Step Primecolor in Kitten
  9. L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Waterproof Mascara
  10. Tarte Gifted Mascara
  11. Lancome E/S in Gaze
  12. Tarte 360 Creaseless Eye Primer Mini
  13. MUFE HD Finishing Powder Mini
  14. Estee Lauder Artist Crayon eyeliner in Black

Total: 1/10


  1. VS Very Sexy Noir Body Mist
  2. VS Very Sexy Noir EDP Mini
  3. Simple Toner
  4. Simple Cleansing Wipes
  5. Olay Total Effects cleanser
  6. Garnier Refreshing Remover Cleansing Wipes
  7. True Blue Spa Paraffin Softening Hand Lotion
  8. Burt’s Bees Radiance Lotion
  9. VS At First Sight Lotion
  10. L’Oreal Clean Artiste MU Remover
  11. Lancome Bifacil MU Remover Mini
  12. Ahava Mud Mask Travel Size
  13.  Apogee Protein Treatment
  14. L’Oreal Collagen Moisture Filler Night Cream
  15. Big Sexy Hair Spray & Play Hairspray
  16. Sephora Instant Moisturizer Deluxe Sample
  17. Erno Lazlo Phormula 3-9 Repair Balm DS

Total: 6/10

I also used my Sephora Rewards to buy a Korres lip butter set instead of the NAKED2 palette.  I was able to get that & the fresh sugar birthday gift for $3 using a free shipping code. Not bad. Now that I have most of the easier nearly empty items out of the way, this is where it ‘s going to get hard. I’m so tempted to go and pick up something new to try. I can walk the aisles of the drugstore makeup all day long…It’s the online cosmetics shopping, makeup counters, and the siren call of the Sephora in JCP that are my weakness. So far so good, but I don’t know if I’ll make it past the after-holiday sales.  No matter how many items I have to add, I will finish a P10…15…20P. Scout’s Honor. I have another update coming up very soon.


November Empties

8 Dec

I love love love to read monthly empties posts.  I like to see what other people have liked enough to completely use up.  Some things, I’ve tried and hated, others I own but have forgotten about, and still others are items I’d like to try in the future.

Here’s what I finished up this month & if I’d repurchase or not:

1. Jergens Skin Firming Body Lotion [500ml]: I’ve repurchased this a few times & I really (think) that it does temporarily add a bit of firmness to the skin.  The effect only lasts a couple hours though.  I’ll probably wait to rebuy until it’s shorts weather here in South Dakota

2. Bio Oil [4.2 oz]: I got this to help fade some scars from some cuts and burns. A closet door fell on my arm & the gash left a dark (but thankfully flat scar) & I got a chemical burn thanks to my orgo lab partner a couple years ago & have another dark flat scar on my other arm.  I didn’t notice a difference because I was terrible at remembering to apply it every day.  I got some Mederma to try on the scar, but i’ll probably repurchase the bio oil, because I could use it all over my body.  It was nicely moisturizing as a body oil & to me it smells faintly like cinnamon imperials. I just need to be consistent in application before I pass judgment.

3 &4. Matrix Biolage Hydratherapie Shampoo & Conditioning Balm [500 ml]: Super hydrating without making hair limp.  I already repurchased the litre size of both.

5. Heel to Toe Moisturizing Foot Repair [2 oz]: I think this was free at Sally’s if you bought something else?  It was rubbish & the smell was cloying.

6. Om SHE Aromatherapy Rose & Lychee Body Wash [500 ml]: This smelled absolutely divine.  Fruity and floral without one overpowering the other.  It didn’t leave a film or dry out my skin & I never got tired of the scent.  I’ll be looking for this on my next trip to TJ Maxx

7. Diptyque Volutes EDT Deluxe Sample: This took like two weeks to use up.  All of these little perfume vials take me ages to use since I only use about two spritzes at a time.  I don’t like to be heavily perfumed.  I hated this perfume: I couldn’t smell the tobacco or iris, just a super strong powdery smell.

8&9. Seche Vite: I had two mostly used bottles that I finished. I’ve repurchased multiples but for now I’m going with Poshe.  I’m sure I’ll get it again in the near future.

9. Aveda Volumizing Tonic: Love it & already had another.

10&11Aveda Damage Remedy Shampoo & Conditioner: The conditioner was nice, but the shampoo was rubbish.  Didn’t clean my hair at all & left my scalp feeling gross & greasier than before showering

12. LoveSpell Lotion: I’ll buy another when they go on offer.

13. Beauty Secrets Acetone Remover: Works fantastic at removing all nail varnishes, even heavy glitter.  I repurchased a larger size

14. Finger Paints Top Coat: Used over dry polish to refresh manicure. Nothing special & I wouldn’t rebuy it.

15. Garnier Refreshing Remover Makeup Towlettes: My HG makeup remover wipe

Makeup items!

16. Stila Convertible Color Eyes in Indigo: Loved the liner, iffy on the shadow…it was too pink for my liking.  I already had another one of these in my stash.

17, 18, & 19. Stila Lip Glazes in Brown Sugar, Vanilla, and Camera:

20. Mary Kay Nourishine Lip Gloss in Cafe Au Lait: This was a pretty mauve shade.  I wouldn’t & didn’t buy it though.  It came as a bonus item with a pair of shoes from Zappos. Weird.

21-25. 20 foil sachets of Cleansers, moisturizers, serums, makeup primers, foundations, lip products, etc.

Ohhhh MY. That’s a lot of stuff. And none of it counts towards P10P or P10B.

Project 10 Pan & Project 10 Bottle!

8 Dec

So, I never thought I would do this, but to clear out some clutter I’ve decided to go on a Project 10 Pan & a Project 10 Bottle.

While I have been buying a lot of makeup in the last few months, the point of this project is not to curb my spending. I just want to be able to use everything that I have before the expiry date.  During this time I can experiment with what I have, see what’s worth the money and what’s not, see what colors work well & what doesn’t…the list goes on.

Rules for both:

  • At least 8 finished items must be from the original list, 2 can be subbed out for 2 bonus items (or 4 minis) that were not on the list but finished during the course of the project.
  • 2 minis/travel size/deluxe sample size count as one full size product. 5 mini fragrance samples or 10 foil sachets also count as one full sized product.
  • Should I break P10P, any items purchased will not be used until end of P10P. I will also have to finish 2 additional items (4 minis) per item purchased. Exception: I’ll be using my Sephora rewards card in the next couple of days to buy Naked2, but I won’t open it until the end of P10P.
  •  Also can purchase necessities should need arise & P10P go longer than expected (Basically, hygiene items not included in P10P use-ups or spending ban) Only items that do not have any backup options can be purchased.
  • I’m still receiving my subscription boxes: Ipsy, Sample Society, and Popsugar, but won’t use the MU items.

Everything that I’ve chosen is nearly new to approximately halfway used.  That sounds like an awful choice, but many of the items are minis.  If an items is very near to completion, I counted it as a mini & paired it with another mini or almost empty item.  This way, it’ll take a while, but not too long to finish. I’m thinking it’ll last somewhere between 3 and 4 months.

Even if no one else ever reads this, this post will hold me accountable. I’ll update frequently to help keep my motivation up

Wow. That was a long explanation. Now for the photos & items!

P10P: Started Dec 5, 2012

P10P Items

P10P Items

  1. Stila Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer: This is about half used & will probably take me the longest. I’m trying to wear it at least 4 days a week.
  2. Sephora Anti-Shine Foundation Primer Minis (2): one new, one half used.
  3. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer & Benefit Girl Meets Pearl Highlighter Minis: Both nearly new.
  4. Stila Lip Glaze in Apricot & Clinique Almost Lipstick in Shy Honey Minis: Both about half used
  5. Stila One Step Primecolor in Kitten: about half used.
  6. L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Waterproof &Tarte Gifted Mascaras:  Both have about a month of wear left.
  7. Tarte Flush Cheek Stain & Multiplye Eye Primer Minis: Both brand new
  8. Lancome E/S in Gaze: Small pan from a quad.  I hit the pan on it last week, so I think I can finish the rest in 3-4 months!
  9. Tarte 360 Creaseless Eye Primer & MUFE HD Finishing Powder Minis: Two of my new favorite things, but I have some similar products to try
  10. Estee Lauder Artist Crayon eyeliner in Black: only good for the waterline & tightline. It’s too dry to draw smoothly on the upper lashline so this will also take ages.

(Please ignore the elf primer in the photo, I took that out of the P10P)

P10B: Started Dec 5, 2012

P10B Items

P10B Items

  1. VS Very Sexy Noir Body Mist & EDP Minis: Mist is almost empty but EDP is nearly full
  2. Simple Toner & Cleansing Wipes: Toner is almost finished & about half of the wipes.
  3. Olay Total Effects cleanser & Garnier Refreshing Remover cleansing wipes: Only about 5 wipes left so combining with the last 1/3 of the cleanser.
  4. True Blue Spa Paraffin Softening Hand Lotion: 3/4 left
  5. Burts Bees Radiance Lotion: About half left.
  6. VS At First Sight Lotion: About half left
  7. L’Oreal Clean Artist & Lancome Bifacil MU Removers: L’Oreal is almost done so combining with the Lancome mini.
  8. Ahava Mud Mask & Apogee Protein Treatment: New, have backups.
  9. L’Oreal Collagen Moisture Filler Night Cream: About half left
  10. Big Sexy Hair Spray & Play Hairspray: This one only has about five uses left, but I have many others.

If you read all of that, I’ll buy you a drink.

I’ll be updating whenever I finish 2 or more products. I anticipate this will take between 3 and 4 months, so I’m digging in my heels & settling in for the long haul (kidding, no hauls!).

Thanks for reading,


NOTD: China Glaze Ruby Pumps

5 Dec



For a while now, I’ve been wanting to go through my nail varnishes and try all of them again & see which ones really wear well & look good on me.  I can then get rid of a few that I never reach for.  Hopefully, I’ll rediscover some old favorites.

The first one up in the (completely random) rotation is China Glaze Ruby Pumps.  I love love love this color. It’s so glittery in the sun! It’s pretty all the time but when the light hits it, it just goes to a whole other level of depth and sparkle.

It wears a solid 3 days without chipping, but tipwear appears on day 2.  It’s so beautiful that it’s worth it.

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