Josie Maran serum review

This might be my first actual product review on my blog!

A few weeks ago Influenster sent me the Josie Maran Argan Beta-Retinoid Pink Algae Serum free to test. I do have to note that not all Josie Maran products have worked for me because I do have mature oily skin. But I was excited to try this out!

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It looks sort of like thin cough syrup out of the dropper. However, once you apply it to the skin, it does not keep that appearance.

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I started incorporating it into my morning routine. I kept using my regular toner, eye cream and moisturizer products.

Within days I noticed my skin starting to brighten up and lose its dullness. I noticed that my melasma was fading. I also did not have an increase in oiliness to my skin.

I have tried several serums but Ive been pretty loyal to the BareMinerals Skinlongevity Vital Power Infusion for about 3 years. Ive gone thru two full sizes and several deluxe/travel sizes. Ive found that it works for my skin type and I havent had any issues using it.

There is a significant price difference between the BareMinerals serum and the Josie Maran serum ($38 vs $68) but there is also a significant difference in the results of my skin using the Josie Maran serum. I may alternate between the two, but the Josie Maran serum is my new favorite!

Thank you to Influenster for introducing me to this wonderful skin care product!

Have you discovered any new loves?

Start Fresh 2020 Declutter

My apologies for not having this up yesterday, but time got away from me.

I realize that I did an end of year declutter but after watching LizzieLovesLife’s video on decluttering her expired/old products, I decided I really needed to take a better look thru my collection. I didnt want to start off the year/decade with expired products.

Its a shame that so many products in my collection were showing signs of their age. Some stopped performing (but I thought I could make them work) and others are simply expired.

I have also decided that I will be decluttering my ABH Modern Renaissance and Subculture palettes at the end of the year. I have progress on both palettes but I dont think they will perform by next year. I am trying to hit pan on every shadow this year.

I also have 4 lipsticks that didnt even make it into my collection that I will be giving to my daughter in law. (Not pictured) I didnt outright pay for them. They came in subscription boxes last month and so I wont be factoring them into any of my totals since the subscription box is already accounted for in my yearly budget.

After adding up the values, the amount shown in the photo below is $167.05.

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Makeup ‘Catastrophe’

As I was getting ready yesterday, the unthinkable happened…..My Essense All About Matt powder fell off my desk and shattered.

This is not how we want to finish products.

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I will be replacing this powder with the Elf Prime and Slay Finishing Powder. There is hardly any progress on this powder, but its the next oldest face powder in my collection.

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2020 Project Pan Plans – 20 in 20

I have decided to do another rolling project pan as well as continue to work thru my perfumes.

I will be doing this years project a little different than in the past. I will be doing 10 body care products and 10 Makeup products. I will be rolling in new items as I finish.

For Body Care, I will be working on:

  1. Hand Cream – Dionis White Jasmine & Shea hand cream
  2. Foot Care – Lush Pink Peppermint foot cream
  3. Dry Shampoo –  R&Co Badlands paste
  4. Body Lotion – jojoba oil
  5. Lip Scrub – Laura Geller
  6. Eye Care – Ulta eye gels
  7. Face Mask – Elemis thousand flower mask
  8. Lip Product – Sephora Lip Balm
  9. Cleanser – Clean and Clear Morning Burst
  10. Perfume – Elizabeth and James Nirvana rollerball

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For Makeup, I will be working on:

  1. Primer – Dr Brandt Luminizer
  2. Concealer – Aurora X Ipsy
  3. Powder Foundation – BareMinerals Matte
  4. Liquid Foundation – Maybelline Matte and Poreless
  5. Powder – Essense All About Matt
  6. Setting Powder – Cover FX powder
  7. Blush – Tarte Paarty
  8. Brows – Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz
  9. Brow Gel – Chella
  10. Eyeliner – Ulta Double sided (Black side only)

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I will also be continuing to work on using my perfumes. This year, Ill be concentrating on trying to use up two rollerballs and at least one deluxe sized mini. I hope to finish 10 decanted samples. (I finished 33 of these last year.)

I also want to hit pan on at least 20 eyeshadows this year.

Are you planning on doing a project pan this year?

 

2019 Makeup Empties

For the past several years, I have been saving my empties to see how much I actually use up in a year. Its so surprising how long makeup can actually last, but its been interesting to see exactly what you use up in a year.

I set out to use up a lot of my foil samples (which I did not save) as well as several deluxe products. Some of those were years old.

One of the ‘resolutions’ was to wear perfume everyday. So imagine my surprise when I saw that I finished 33 perfume samples!!!

In total I managed to use up $1,419.50 in makeup, skincare and accessories!

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How did you do finishing things up last year? Did you save your empties?

2020 Low Buy Plans

Last year I decided to go on a low buy/no buy but did not have a concrete plan. I exceeded the amount I planned to spend, so this year, I am making a plan.

I have a strict guidelines for myself for 2020. I will only be replacing products I run out of, but will allow myself a splurge item for my birthday.

I have subscribed to FabFitFun as well as the Allure Beauty Box and those items will be counted as beauty purchases in my yearly spreadsheet. I plan on keeping the Allure box thru June, but may obviously cancel prior to then. Should I cancel the Allure box, I will not be subscribing to any other beauty box for the remainder of the year.

I plan on buying the reusable bamboo type makeup rounds sometime this year. I have a back stock of cotton rounds so this purchase will be made sometime this summer.

I will also be looking at what Ulta has in their 21 Days of Beauty. They have offered the Tarte lip paints in years prior and I will be looking to repurchase one that Ive been using for awhile.

Products I will need to repurchase:

  • Laura Mercier loose setting powder – I just finished up a deluxe sample and this will be what I purchase for my birthday in June.
  • Clinique Pretty Easy Liquid Eye liner – This is my favorite liquid liner. I have some Elf liners to use before I purchase this.
  • Mascara (Either Mac, Clinique, or Charlotte Tilbury) – I have enough mascaras to get me thru most of the year, but if Ulta has any of these on sale, I will be buying one at that time.
  • Cleanser (Loreal and Origins) – I have a bunch of cleansers to finish but Ill need to purchase sometime near the end of the year.
  • Setting Spray – Ill need to purchase sometime this summer.
  • Beauty Sponges – I have enough sponges to get thru spring/summer but I think Ill need to purchase sometime around October.

Im sure there are other items I will need as the year goes on, but I will not purchase until I am almost out of what I have on hand. I should not need to purchase any skin care this year, but if I happen to run out of something, I will make a purchase for what I need.

So, are you going on a low buy or no buy this year? Have you made plans to cut down on your spending?

December 2019 Empties

I cannot believe that the year is over! The end of another decade. The beginning of something new is about to occur…

The end of a year is something special. You can say goodbye to the old and hello to the new. You can strive to be something more. You can reinvent yourself.

On a makeup related note: Make sure to replace your mascaras, makeup sponges and liquid liners if you have had them in use over 3 months. Dont start your year using old or dirty tools 🙂

This months empties total is $185.45!!

Our total amount for 2019 is $1,419.50!

This amount far exceeds what I thought I would have used up for the year! It all adds up.

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How many products did you finish this month?