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.

Influenster College Vox Box

30 Nov

This is what came in the Influenster College Vox Box.  It was my first box from them & I was very surprised to receive it because they recently re-vamped their website & I hadn’t felt that I was very active on their new site. The products are supposed to be things that college students need & use to get through the day.

From L-R

1. Sheets Energy Strips in Mint Boost: These remind me of when the Listerine strips were popular.  They had a reaaallly strong minty flavor.  I’ve put a couple in each of my bags in case of breath emergencies (ha!) & it’s really great that each strip is individually wrapped.  I didn’t notice an increase in energy though.

2. Broadway Nails imPress Nails (lace pattern): I really liked the lace pattern that I received.  Other than that, these were a disappointment.  I have long nail beds and keep my hands well manicured.  These nails were too short to use under normal circumstances.  I did use them, but only due to the fact that I had a major nail break on one nail and filed all my nails down (shorter than I normally wear).  They also were too wide for my nail beds and I had to do a lot of filing to get the nails that were long enough to cover my nail beds to fit.  They did look fantastic and wear very well, especially since they just use a sticky adhesive and not a glue. I kept a couple of the extra nails to use as an accent nail.   They just feel like too much work for wearing on my whole hand.  If they ever change the shape of the nails they make, I’d definitely try them again.

3. Pentel Energel-X (in black): It’s a pen. A good pen, but just a pen.  Writes smoothly, doesn’t smear or bleed. It’s a keeper. If they’re not too expensive, I’d get the blue the next time I have a shop for writing utensils.

4. NYC Color Showtime Glitter Eyeliner (in Black):  I was surprised at how much I liked this.  My go-to pencil liners are the Lancome Crayon Khols which are much more expensive but are so smooth and creamy.  The NYC liner glided on very smoothly after I warmed it up a little on the back of my hand.  It didn’t budge throughout the whole day, even though I didn’t set it with shadow.  The glitter isn’t that noticeable when first applied but appears more and more throughout the day.  I only apply this on the top lashline because I don’t want the glitter to get in my eyes, so it does necessitate still needing another black liner for the waterline, tightline and lower lashline.  This is the only product I’ve ever tried from NYC, but I might give them a look the next time I’m at the drugstore.

5. Necco Tropical Wafers: This was my favorite item in the box. Seriously. I haven’t had Necco wafers in a couple of years & only a couple convenience stores in my town even carry the originals.  I loved the mango, coconut, and banana flavors.  Why there isn’t more banana flavored candy in the world is beyond me.

I’m not sure exactly how this is a College VoxBox but I’ll get lots of good use out of the eyeliner and pen.    It was so nice to get a mystery package of new things to try & I’m looking forward to hopefully getting selected for more Influenster boxes.

Hello There!

22 Nov

My name is Bree and I’m a shopaholic. There, I’ve said it.  I’ll shop for anything and everything & here’s where I’ll talk about it.  My latest kick is beauty products & I don’t see that changing anytime in the near future.  I’m also quickly becoming obsessed with subscription boxes and the anticipation of a surprise in the post every month.  I’m in my last year at uni and in the chaos of trying to figure where to go from here, shopping keeps me sane.

Here I’ll be posting beauty reviews, swatches, hauls, subscription reviews, monthly empties, a weekly makeup basket and more.  There’ll probably also be a bevy of posts on other shopping hauls, attempts at fitness (I really want to get back into my gym rat physique of a year ago), books I’ve finished, and other life-happenings.

Thanks for reading.


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