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Project Pan 3.0 Update #1 – 3 Month Update

Wow, so it’s been  whole 3 months since I started this project.  It’s been a struggle, especially with all the fabulous holiday sets coming out.  It’s just made everything a lot worse while trying not to buy too much.  I’m now up to 13 products that I need to use up (all because of purchasing new items).  And I’m sure that I’ll be up to even more during the course of this project.  It doesn’t help that I have mostly trial-sized products.

Anyway, here are the reasons I have for the 3 extra products I have to use up:
11. I bought the Revlon Lash Potion to try for my wedding.
12. I bought 2 Maybelline Color Elixir Liquid Lip Balms to test out.
13. I bought the bareMinerals Jack of All Trades tinted lip balm.

So far I’ve used up 3 products.  Not awful considering that it takes forever to finish any product.  Why does it take so long to finish stuff up anyway?

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Blue = Trial-Sized
Purple = Full-Sized

  1. Tarte Clean Slate Poreless 12-hr Perfecting Primer
  2. Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in 001 Pink Truffle
  3. bareMinerals Original Mineral Veil

Man, this stuff is so hard to use up.  And I really need to learn to have better self-control.  How does one do that?  I don’t want to become one of those crazy people with a billion pieces of makeup that they can never use up.  At least I’m down to just what I think I’d use.  I’ll have to post an updated inventory soon.  Let me know if that’s something that interests you. I’m pretty happy that I’ve used up essentially 1 product per month though.  It’s not much, but it’s a start.

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Open Box: Winter 2013 FCS Soap Box

So sadly I think this is going to be my final soap box.  As much as I adore FCS products, I can’t just can’t keep getting these boxes with stuff I can’t/won’t use (i.e. the bathtub products).  If they should ever make one that is for showers only I would probably sign-up again though.  This gives me a chance to use up all of my products that I have though.

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This season’s soap box is themed after Nightmare Before Christmas, as you can see.  And all of these scents just really made me happy except for one, but we’ll get to that in a second.  This box was so much better than the Fall one which surprisingly I didn’t like at all.

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Now I’m just going to go over what I thought of each scent.

  1. Jack Bath Fizzy – this is one of my absolute favorite scents this season.  It’s a light, airy lemon with a hint of peppermint.  It’s amazing!
  2. Sally Fortune Cookie Soap – Let’s just say that I absolutely think this is the cutest fortune cookie.  Anyway, the scent is like freshly laundered clothes.  I like it, but I’m not sure I’d want it in everything.  It smells a bit more like room fragrance to me, which is lucky since they have a room spray and wax tarts in their lineup.
  3. Oogie Boogie OCD Hand Sanitizer – I adore this scent.  It’s a berry scent with a light cinnamon background.  This and Jack were my faves!  I really could have done without the plastic spider suspended in it, but I’m willing to see past that for this scent.
  4. Lock, Shock, and Barrel Bath Melt – This I did not like at all.  It was way too woodsy for me.  It smelled like a really strong pine tree.  And not in a good way like last year’s pine scent.  If you like pine though, this is for you.
  5. Sandy Claws Exfoliating Body Butter – This is an absolute delight to smell.  It’s a spicy chocolate scent.  I think it’s amazing to smell and I really do like the feel of it.  To me, it’s pretty much like Buffy from LUSH.
  6. Zero Dry Shampoo – This was a weird scent for me.  I absolutely loved it in the container.  It was like a slightly spicy peppermint scent that I just couldn’t smell enough.  When I applied it though I guess the pumpkin peeked through a little more and it smelled like cereal to me.  Is that weird?  I think that’s strange.  Anyway, it was okay, but I definitely wasn’t absolutely in love with it.
  7. Holiday Worlds Whipped Cream Body Butter – I received Halloween Town.  And now I want them all.  Halloween Town smells like a nice orange creamsicle to me.  Although the website describes it as bubblegum sweetness.
  8. What’s This? Roll-On Perfume – I liked this scent, but again, it wasn’t something that I was rushing out to get.    I just found it to be a bit too buttery smelling for me.

All in all, a top box and I’m sad to see it go.  I just need to use up all these products that are floating around my house and then I can justify signing up for the box again or purchasing some more body butter from them.  My favorite scents were Oogie Boogie, Jack, Halloween Town, and Sandy Claws.  Now I just need to resist the temptation to buy more than what the coupon code will get me.

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NOTD: Julep Drew

This is such a pretty polish. It reminds me a lot of Essie Watermelon.

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Haul: Holiday 2013 Sets

Hello all!  So I’ve gone a bit crazy with these and agonized over which kits to get.  And I’m sad to say that it’s only mid-November and I’ve already purchased my 3 holiday kits for the year (as per my Project Pan 3.0 rule).  Well, technically I bought 5, but 1 is a brush set so it doesn’t count and the other I bought with a gift card so it also doesn’t count.  Anyway, I’m going to show you what I got.

Unsurprisingly I bought only bareMinerals kits this year.  I’m on such a kick right now.  I don’t even know how to describe it.  It’s like my brain is only wired for mineral makeup for no apparent reason.

  1. bareMinerals Fabulous Finishes – $18.31 (including tax)SAM_2639
    I bought this with a 20% off coupon and it was on sale to begin with, normally it would be $30+tax.  This kit included a medium Original Mineral Veil, a small Brightening Pearl Mineral Veil, a small Tinted Hydrating Mineral Veil, a small Balance & Boost Mineral Veil, and a mini Flawless Face brush.  Since I absolutely adore the mineral veils I thought this was quite the steal.  And the medium Original Mineral Veil has the Lock-Go sifter on it which is nice.  I have decided to swap the Brightening Pearl Mineral Veil though as I don’t think I would like that kind.  Even so, this was a great value and I know that I’ll love all the others.
     
  2. bareMinerals Brush with Splendor – $21.80 (including tax)SAM_2636
    I also bought this with the 20% off coupon.  This kit includes a mini Flawless Complexion brush, a mini Soft Sweep Cheek brush, a mini Tapered Blending brush, and a mini Flat Edged Liner brush.  I am in love with the feeling of all these brushes.  They are just fantastic.  They are also synthetic, just in case you were wondering.  So far I’ve only used the Flat Edged Liner brush, and it’s awesome.
     
  3. bareMinerals READY to Go Complexion Perfection Palette – $42.73 (including tax)I also got this with the 20% off coupon.  It was a fantastic time at Ulta.  I just love when they send me coupons I can use on prestige items.  Anyway, this palette contains the Creamy Concealer, READY Foundation, READY Touch-Up Veil, Bronzer, and Luminizer.  I got the kit R310 (not the one pictured as it took a while to get the correct color match) which matches the READY foundation in Medium Tan.  I think it’s a great value to find out if I like all the products or not.  And it’s also going to be great for travel.  I can’t wait to take it on my next trip.
     
  4. bareMinerals All The Faves – $35.97 (including tax)SAM_2641
    This is the one I bought with a gift card.  And it made me realize I had about 3 more dollars on my gift card than I thought, so that’s awesome.  This kit includes a mini Prime Time Foundation Primer, a mini Prime Time Eyelid Primer, a small Original Mineral Veil, a mini READY Blush in The One, a mini READY Eyeshadow 2.0 in The Epiphany, a small Lash Domination, a small Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Sparkplug, and a small Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Get Ready.  This is probably one of my most fun kits.  The sizes are nice and will probably ensure that I can actually finish one.  It’ll be nice.  A lot of people say how the samples are too small, but I think they are just right.  Especially since the READY formulation lasts forever.
     
  5. bareMinerals 7 Ways to Bare – $41.42 (including tax)SAM_2643SAM_2644
    This is the only set that I bought at the actual boutique.  I went in to swatch it and I ended up walking out with it.  Seriously, all of these colors are right up my alley.  And they seemed to blend (at least on the back of my hand) like an absolute dream.  I can’t wait to try them out!  But of course I will have to until either Project Pan 3.0 is over or I pick one out for the holiday season or using up 5 products.  All of the colors are in the mini size, which is perfect for me: Pearl Sateen, Nude Beach Matte, Chic Nude, Silk Stockings, Pamper, In The Nude, and Spiced Fig Shadow Liner.  The only problem I have with this set is that it didn’t come with any eye charts.  The pamphlet did come with a few ideas in written form, but I prefer the eye charts.  Not a huge issue, just something to keep in mind if you wanted to get this for someone new to makeup or less creative in their eye looks.

All in all I’m really happy with all of my purchases.  And now I don’t have any more room in my makeup storage to put anything so hopefully that will help curb my appetite for new items.  I really don’t need any more makeup (not that I needed it before either).  What holiday kits have you bought?  Which are on your wish list?  Let me know if you’d like to see any in-depth reviews on any of the kits I showed here.

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My Current Beauty Inventory – November 13, 2013

 

Total

Goal

Foundation/TM

5

2

Powder

9

1

Concealer

3

1

Face Primer

4

1

Cheek

6

3

Eye Primer

2

1

Shadow Palettes

4

4

Single Shadows

15

6

Eyeliner

12

5

Mascara

9

3

Lip Liner

1

3

Lipstick

12

10

Lip Gloss

3

5

Tinted Balm 20

 15

Lotion

14

6

Solid Soap

6

5

Shower Gel

5

2

Lip Balm

3

4

Perfume

11

4

Nail Polish

65

65

Now that I’ve finished (hopefully) buying makeup for the year I thought I would put up an updated inventory of everything I own.  Be on the watch later for the haul of holiday kits that I got.  I have just too much stuff and I really need to focus on using stuff up.  It’s going to be a long time before my Project Pan 3.0 is over so hopefully what I bought will hold me over and that next year’s collections won’t tempt me too much.  Wish me luck!

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