Project Pan 2016 | Update #3

I know my posts have been heavy on project panning the last week, but I will return with product reviews, fashion posts, and makeup looks soon!

Today, I wanted to share my third update for my annual project pan challenge, Project Pan 2016! I have made some great progress on the products I have chosen. I have completed two products: alba botanica moisturizer (finished last update) and Mario Badescu Ceramide Eye Gel. I have also made some good progress on the eyeshadows in this project. The first picture is from the last update and the picture on the right is this update. I have widened the pan on Naked and made progress on the NYX shadow. Nars Ashes to Ashes is slow going, but I have added it to Crossing 6 off my Christmas List project, so my goal is to use half of the pan by Christmas.


I have also hit pan on NYX HD Finishing Powder! This was my initial goal. I think this will go relatively quickly now that pan is visible. So, I’d like to use up the middle portion of the powder in the next two months. I haven’t hit pan on Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer, but I have a nice dip going. My goal is to hit pan, so I hope I can meet this.

Then I have made some decent progress on Nars Dolce Vita, but the Pixi eyeliner is rarely used…it doesn’t sharpen evenly and has some rough edges, which makes it difficult to apply without causing irritation. So this product may be the dud in this project, but I’m going to keep it in just to see how well I can do. The purple ink marked 10/1 is the marker for both the lipstick and the eyeliner for this update.


Lastly, I have a few more uses left in the Aussie hair spray. I rarely do my hair…maybe once a week. That’s why this is taking soooo long! But it will be gone in the next update (in a month or so).


There we go! I’m actually impressed with my progress for this update. I’ve used up two products total, and made some pretty good progress on several products. I’ll check in on my progress in the next month or so. So stay tuned!

Sephora Play Box | September 2016

One more Sephora centered post for the month of September…the Sephora Play Box! I recently posted a Sephora haul, if you are interested. I got some awesome perks and sample products!

So this month’s theme was the “Unbasic Basics.” It has a mixture of products, which is always nice: skin care, makeup, and hair care. The other thing I love about Sephora Play is that there are six products, the perfume sample is not included in the five products featured. img_0950


So there are a few products I am really excited for, and others that are nice to have, but not something I am really eager to try.


The box included Dr. Jart+ Water Drop moisturizer which is water based and is supposed to plumb and boost the appearance of your skin. It has hyaluronic acid in it. I’m semi-excited about this. I feel like I have a lot of moisturizers to try out, so I am feeling overwhelmed with all the options I have now. Then, the box included Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Night Cap Overnight Perfector. This is supposed to provide softness and shine for a whole week. I’m intrigued by this product but a little weary as I don’t want to wake up with greasy hair…but we will see!


The box included Tory Burch Jolie Fleur Verte, which is a strong floral perfume. But I like it! It has notes of lily of the valley, jasmine, and neroli oil. If you don’t like heavy floral scents, you may not like this, but I am enjoying it! I am also really excited to have a deluxe size sample of Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel. I have heard great things about this, but refuse to pay $20+ for a clear brow gel. I have been using NYX which I like a lot, so we will see how they compare.



Lastly, I got a Kat Von D tattoo liner in Trooper. I’ve heard so much about this product as well, so I’m excited to try it out myself. Then, the box included Sephora Collection Rouge Shine Lipstick in Love Spell. This is a sheen-y, sheer lipstick that is baby pink in color. I’m not sure about this color, as these pinks tend to wash me out and not look good with my skin tone. I usually look better in deeper pinks.

Overall, yet again, I feel like Sephora Play did a great job! I am loving this subscription service and feel like you get a nice mixture of products for a good price ($10.60). Let me know if you got different products in your box, or how you felt about the products you received.

Sephora Haul | September 2016


I made a small order at Sephora online this past week as Abby needed a new moisturizer. One that has worked well for her in the past is the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer, so that’s what I got her now. I also needed to spend $35 to get an awesome sample pack for the Beauty Insider extra rewards event. (I got 4x the points on my purchase because of my VIB Rouge status). So I purchased the Sephora Collection Full Effect mascara in the purple color as well as the solid brush cleanser (small size). The brush cleanser smells great and comes with a small pink rubber sponge to deep clean your brushes. I’m excited to use it this weekend for my weekly brush cleaning session.


The three free samples I got included a Lacoste perfume, Loccitane face cream, and Givenchy lipstick sample. I haven’t tried any of these yet to share my thoughts.

Then, I was really excited for the rewards I got! I used 100 points for the Dr. Brandt Pores No More 3D Volumizing mask. I have used samples of this in the past, and have loved it! But it is $95, so I am excited to have this deluxe sample, because there is a lot of product in it! I also splurged my points on the 500 point Clinique set. It included two lip products, take the day off balm, and a mascara. So far the red lippie is fantastic! I haven’t used the rest yet.

Lastly, I entered the code MYSURPRISE, and got a really great sample gift. It included a nice size belief aqua cream, Dr. Brandt microdermabrasion exfoliator, Origins Ginzing moisturizer, and a mini beauty blender solid brush cleanser (which fits perfectly in the Sephora Collection cleanser container, so that’s great!). And then foil packets of Fresh skincare, Estee Edit lip packet, and a perfume sample.

Overall, I feel like for $35, I got some really great stuff! I am really happy with the Clinique perk and the sample kit. Let me know if you are interested in any reviews of the products I featured here. Have a great weekend!

Symphony Makeup & Jewelry

Abby and I went to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra on Saturday to see them perform John Williams’ work. We heard theme music from movies like E. T., Harry Potter, and Star Wars. It was a lot of fun! I love the symphony whether they are playing classical or pop!

Here is a look at the makeup I wore:

FACE: Guerlain Baby Glow foundation, Tarte Blissful blush, Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer, NYX Highlighter palette (champagne shade)

EYES: ELF Mad for Matte palette and L’Oreal Infallible shadow in Amber Rush; Mascara: Urban Decay Perversion with Maybelline Lash Sensational on top

LIPS: Makeup Forever Aqua Rouge in #3

I also opted for some major arm candy:

Watch arm: Watch-Nordstrom; Bangles-J. Crew

Other arm: Wrap bracelet is from a jewelry boutique in Blue Ridge, GA; Infinity bracelet: gift

Rings: Bauble Bar (large ring) and Forever 21 (small midi ring)

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