Friday, November 22, 2013

Project Pan: 1 Month Update

Hi All!
 One month down and I haven't cracked! Woohooo! Well overall this entire project is going very well, and I'm quite happy that I've stuck to my guns and kept money in my pocket :) (a happy bank account right there).  So let's get to the nitty gritty and get the details of this first month:

  Bath & Body Products I Haven't Even Touched
Benefit Wonderlift
got2b 2 sexy voluptuous volume
B&BW Anti-Bacterial Hand Cleanser
Redkin Shine Spray 02
got2b Instant Leave in Mender

Makeup Products I Haven't Even Touched
ELF Liquid Lipstick in Pink Lemonade
Wet N Wild Ultimate Minerals Foundation
Sally Hansen Lipgloss in Ruby
Clinique Double Ended Lipgloss
Buxom Lipstick in Two-timer
Black Radiance eyeshadow in Radiant Gold


Bath & Body Products I've Been Working On:
got2b crazy sleek blow dry lotion
B&BW Moonlight Path Body Spray
Vitabath Asian Orchid & Coconut Body Mist
Bodycology Coconut Lime Twist Body Cream
Julep Scrub for Hands
Clean & Clear Blackhead Mask
Avon Freeze Dry Nail Polish Spray

Products That I Finished
B&BW Coconut Line Verbena Body Butter

Makeup Products I'm Working On:
PF Color Correcting Powder
PF Bronze & Brighten Bronzer
LA Colors Nude Trio
YBF Brow Pencil
ELF Double Ended Eye Pencil
Rimmel Glam Eyes Single in Royal Linen
ELF Cream Eyeliner in Coffee
ELF Tone Correcting Concealer in Apricot Beige
Pangea Organics Lip Balm
NYX Eyeshadow Base in Skintone
NYC Applicious Lip Balm

How have your project pan's been going?

If you want to check out my video here is the link!: Project Pan Update

Monday, November 18, 2013

November Ipsy Bag

Hi All!
So of course, with each and every subscription service, we want to make sure that we are getting our monies worth.  On my youtube channel I did an unboxing and here I wanted to delve deeper into the actual products, swatches and the actual worth of the products.  

I have to commend IPSY in their bag this month because it pulled together many key parts to a "glam look". Many times with Birchbox I found that the products were just thrown together haphazardly. 

Treseme Tres Two Level Four Hold: $1.59

Nailtini in Champagne: $14

be a bombshell lip crayon in hot damn: $14
.em by Michelle Phan pillow plush in strawberry: $15
Pixi bronzer in Subtly Suntouched: $18 but includes kabuki
Starlooks Eyeliner in Topaz: $14
Let's do a quick rundown:
Starlooks: 14
Pixi: 18
.em: 15
be a bombshell: 14
Nailtini: 14
Treseme: 1.59
So the total of product in this bag is: 76.59!!

But now for some swatches!
1. Starlooks Eyeliner in Topaz  2. be a bombshell in Hot Damn 3. Pixi Subtly Suntouched
4. .em cosmetics pillow plush in strawberry 5. Nailtini in Champagne 1 coat 6. Nailtini in Champagne 2 coats 

Did you sign up for IPSY? What did you think of your bag this time? What about the Birchbox followers? Comment below and let me know how your subscriptions are going!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Tide Pods: Are They Worth It?

Hi All!

So on a beauty channel, here I present to you, my readers a review on the Tide Pods in Spring Meadow**.  I'm very skeptical when it comes to multiple purpose 3 in 1 types of products. So I wanted to break down if these pods not only work as well as they claim, and if they are worth the money value, cause hey, let's face it detergent ain't cheap.

I followed the directions on the packet, first off these little jellies feel very weird because they aren't very sturdy.  One wrong drop or paper cut and I feel like these could leak easily. Plus I feel like if I left these in a damp(isn) area, these would melt down.

I threw one in with my comforter and found that a few makeup stains remained (makeup had spilled on my comforter), and the scent was EXTREMELY light.  I threw the blanket back in the wash with my regular detergent, stain stick and fabric softener, and found the stains gone. 

Let's break down the cost of these little jelly caps and compare them to the price with old school products:


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So the total for all of these above products comes to : 18.42

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While the pods look like they come out to be about 3 bucks less, let me put it in retrospect. If you have a large load of laundry i.e. linens or a large load of darks (like I always seem to have) you need to throw in 2 packs.  Most of my laundry, let's say 2/3s is large loads, so in theory I would have to use two packs instead of one. So it just doesn't add up!

The individual products are more concentrated and seem to work better.  They cleaned my blanket even on the second wash.  

Final Verdict: If you have laundry that only needs a quick wash with no stains and is a very small load (maybe using a laundromat?) you can purchase these because yes they are lighter in weight than combined previous products.  But for real stain fighting, dirt and grim blasting, ya can't get away from using three separate ingredients plus a little extra time to get the best clean.  

So what do you guys think?

**This product was sent to me for review by Influenster and does not affect my views on the product.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Project Pan October-June 2013

HI All!
    So I started a new project on my youtube channel, the good ol' project pan.  Catch a gander, subscribe, leave a comment!  I was inspired by JessicaMaykup, another you tuber who has don't this project before.

Body Products I Want to Finish:
got2b crazy sleek blow dry lotion
Julep hand scrub
Psssst! Dry Shampoo
Redkin Shine Spray
Bath & Body Works Anti-Bac 
Bath & Body Works Moolight Path Body Spray
Vitabath Asian Orchid & Coconut Spray
Bath & Body Works Coconut Lime Verbena Body Butter
Bodycology Coconut Lime Twist Body Cream
got2b split end treatment
Clean & Clear Blackhead Eraser Cleanser Mask
Benefit Wonderlift Gel
Avon Nail Expert Quick Dry Spray

pile of my products
Makeup I Want to Finish:
NYC Applicious Lip Balm
Buxum Lipstick
Pangea Organics balm
Sally Hansen Lip gloss
Clinique Double Ended Gloss
ELF Luscious Liquid Lipstick
Elf Double Ended shadow liner stick
YBF Brow Pencil
ELF Cream Eyeliner in Coffee
NYX Eyeshadow base in Skintone
LA Colors Trio in Nude
Rimmel Glameyes single in Royal Linen
Black Radiance Mineral Shimmer Eyeshadow
Physicians Formula Tone Correcting Powder
Wet N Wild Mineral Foundation
ELF Tone Correcting Concealer
Physicians Formula Bronze & Brighten

Have you started a project pan?
If you have a youtube channel link it below!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

NYC Plumping Lipgloss in Pleasantly Plump Pink

Hi All!
    Today I wanted to bring a review on a lip gloss that I had a chance to try from the drugstore (and extremely affordable) brand, NYC.  I like a lot of NYC products, it's actually one of those brands that I first got into because it was so affordable to a young teenager like myself (at the time).  Today's gloss is the NYC Plumping Lipgloss in 467 Pleasantly Plump Pink. **I was sent this gloss to try out and after playing around with it for a few days, I've developed an opinion regarding it.

The official NYC website advertises this gloss as the following:

So how did the gloss match up to the claims? Let's delve into it!

Claim: Get voluminous lips in one effortless stroke/ 50% more volume to your lips

Reality: This gloss does make your lips look more voluminous, it fills in those lines and just makes them look plump. the 50% claim is a bit false because if my lips really did go up 50%, I'd be lookin like Angelina Jolie.   For the actual "plumping effect" I'd have to say it's slim to none.  There is a light minty feeling, but the best way to describe it is if you took a tiny TINY bite of sweet mint gum.  (random association I know)

Claim: 4 hours shine

Top Left: Gloss with flash Bottom Left: No flash. Top Right: Sunny day no flash
Reality: This gloss lasted a long time on my lips.  It is a bit thick/heavy on the lips and is a bit sticky, hence the long stay.  As I wore this gloss through the day, it would get tackier.  It didn't really last the full 4 hours, but it does last longer than most of my other glosses.

Additional Comments: While the shade I got was really pretty, the smell of this gloss is something I can't get over.  This gloss has a sickly-floral-old-lady-violet-mint smell.  Not only does the smell affect you, but it just gets into your mouth and you taste it too.  I tried several times to wear this gloss, but I just can't deal with the smell.  It's bad enough that I wouldn't want to kiss my fiance while wearing it.

Final Call: I would say, that with so many other glosses available even in the NYC line, I would pass on this particular gloss ONLY because of the smell.  I can deal with a lot of different fragrances, but when it comes to lip products and scents, I am particular and this is one scent and taste I can't deal with.

Have you tried this gloss?
What did you think about it?

**I was sent this gloss complimentary of Influenster, yet it does not affect my opinion of said product.