Skincare Sample Showdown | Project Pan Update 1

Back in March I posted that I would be doing a project pan of skincare products (Skincare Sample Showdown). Here is my first update on the progress of that project.

Items in BOLD have been finished. Items Italicized were decluttered.

  1. Lush Pink Peppermint Foot Cream – I have finished this! I did purchase another tub.
  2. Glamglow Volcasmic Matte Glow Moisturizer – I have used this a couple of times and it makes my skin look great. Im still afraid that it will make me appear oily during the warmer months, so Im trying to use it up as quickly as possible.
  3. Embryolisse moisturizer – Im still about at the halfway point because it makes my skin look greasy. Ive been switching between this and the Origins at night.
  4. Ole Henriksen Moisterizer – I have finished this. I do have this in my loves list on the Sephora site, but I have a ton of moisturizers to use first.
  5. Belif True Cream Aqua Bomb moisturizer – I have finished this. I did really like this product, but I like the Ole Henriksen moisturizer more.
  6. Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask – I have been using this but it looks like I hardly made a dent in it. I dont need alot. Ive also been switching between this and the Embryolisse moisturizer.
  7. Vichy One Step Cleanser – I have finished this product. I probably won’t be purchasing it again since I have a ton of cleansers already that are more easy to obtain.
  8. Estee Edit Dissolve the Drama – I finished this! Ive been working on a couple of cleansing oils and they all seem to last forever.
  9. Clean + Clear Morning Cleanser – I added water to this to ‘thin’ it out because it got really thick. It still refreshes and hasnt broken me out but I am almost done.
  10. Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream – This did not match my skin tone AT ALL so I decluttered it.

So, did you start a project that you hope to complete by the summertime? If so, what is your progress?

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April Sephora Play Box ‘controversy’

Ive been a Sephora Play Box subscriber for about a year now, and for the last few weeks Ive been hearing alot of people online complain about this months products. I hardly ever get what I see others unbox and I hadn’t seen anything ‘offensive’ unboxed when Ive searched.

Im actually pretty happy with the items I do receive. So, I waited for my package to arrive. This months box showed up a little bit earlier than they usually do, so I was quite happy about that right off the bat.

Pictured below are the items I received.

  • Sephora waterproof eye makeup remover – Ive only heard great things about this product, and I believe I picked up a trial size in the checkout line. I dont really recall anything about it, but Im excited to try it.
  • Daisy from Marc Jacobs – I really like the Daisy perfumes. Daisy Dream is my favorite but this one is very nice.
  • Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer – I think this was one of the first primers on the market. It didnt really do much for me back then, but Ill try it again and see if it works now.
  • Kate Somerville exfoliator – Im really excited to try this. Ive been meaning to pick up something from her line from some time now but havent yet.
  • Makeup Forever Aqua XL pencil eyeliner – I LOVE this eyeliner in my water line. I got one a while ago as a point perk and Im almost finished it and I had it on my wish list, but now I dont have to buy it yet!
  • Peter Thomas Roth water drench moisturizer – For someone with oily skin, this scares me, but in my ‘research’ online, Ive heard hyaluronic acids are good for mature and oily skin!

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After receiving my Sephora Play Box, Im perplexed about why people are upset. Even the variations Ive seen online aren’t bad in my opinion.

Do you subscribe to Sephora Play? If so, are you upset about the products you received this month?

Spring Declutter

Since Ive accumulated some items since I decluttered earlier this year, I decided that I need to do it again.

  1. BareMinerals Serum and eye cream foil packet samples – I already have a full size of the Skinlongevity serum and I am working thru some eye creams now so I didnt need this sample card.
  2. Loreal Revitalift serum and cream – Ive tried a few samples of this before and did not like the product.
  3. Belif mask – I already have masks I like so I decided to pass this sample on.
  4. Versace Dylan Blue – This scent is not one I like.
  5. Sum Bum  self tanning towelette – I do not tan. I would never keep up with it and Im so fair skinned, that these products make me look odd.
  6. Oil of Olay sculpting cream – Im not sure what this is, but I dont particularly like Oil of Olay products.
  7. Smashbox primer – I have a travel size of this, so the foil packet is unnecessary.
  8. Tom Ford Neroli Portofino – I did not like this scent.
  9. Novex curl shampoo – I have super straight fine hair so I am giving it to my daughter in law because she has naturally curly hair.
  10. Loreal Revitalift moisterizer – I do not like this line of products.
  11. it Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye – This sample is too dark for me to use.
  12. BareMinerals Skinlongevity Serum deluxe sample – I already have the full size.
  13. BareMinerals brush – I ordered one to gift to my daughter in law.
  14. Ulta lip gloss – I dont use lip gloss.
  15. it Cosmetics CC cream – This sample is too dark for me to use.
  16. Dr Jart Ceradmidin cream – My skin is much to oily to use a cream this heavy.
  17. Lancome Eyeliner – I have enough eyeliner to last me three lifetimes.
  18. Mark loose eyeshadow – I am decluttering alot of my single shadows.
  19. Smashbox trio – These are shades I will never use.
  20. Ven Effect – I will never use this.
  21. Olay X micro peel – I dont like Olay products.
  22. Balance Me Under eye cream – This product is tinted and is far too dark for me to use under my eyes.
  23. Purple lip balm – I dont remember this brand (got it in an Ipsy) but I dont wear purple.
  24. Shiseido sunscreen lotion – I already have a sunscreen I wear.
  25. BareMinerals Marvelous Moxie lipstick – I dont usually wear lipstick and this shade is much too red for me.

By the time of posting, these items have already been given to my daughter in law. She was really excited to try these items out.

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Skincare Sample Showdown

Since I have just about completed my 9 Samples to Spring Project, I decided that I wanted to do another similar project for the spring season.

This time, I have decided to do a skincare theme because who doesnt want great skin for the summer? So without further ado, here is the list of items I will be attempting to finish by June 20th:

  1. Lush Pink Peppermint Foot Cream – I LOVE this stuff. I have about 1/4 of the jar left.
  2. Glamglow Volcasmic Matte Glow Moisturizer – I believe I got this in a kit from Sephora. I havent even opened this yet, but Im excited to try it.
  3. Embryolisse moisturizer – I got this in a Birchbox. I started using this last summer, but Ive found that its better for me to use during the colder months. Im about halfway thru this sample.
  4. Ole Henriksen Moisterizer – This was a 100 point perk from Sephora. I really have enjoyed this moisturizer, and Im about halfway thru this small jar.
  5. Belif True Cream Aqua Bomb moisturizer – This was a 100 point perk from Sephora. Ive only used this a couple times but I did like it.
  6. Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask – I got this in a kit from Sephora. I have not opened this yet, but Ive liked other items from Origins.
  7. Vichy One Step Cleanser – I can’t remember where I got this, but it smells fabulous. I plan on using this as my evening cleanser.
  8. Estee Edit Dissolve the Drama – I got this in a Sephora Play Box. Ive been trying different cleansing oils lately and Ive only heard good things about this one.
  9. Clean + Clear Morning Cleanser – Ive had this for awhile and I dont want it to go bad or expire. I only have a small amount left.
  10. Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream – I have no idea where this came from. Its in Light/Medium so it might match my skin.

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I will be finishing this project on June 20th and will provide monthly progress updates on March 21, April 18, May 23, and the finale on June 20.

Let me know if you have any projects in the lead up to Summer!