5 by April Fools – Project Pan

5 by April Fools – Project Pan

Are you getting tired of my Project Pan posts? Well, tough. Keeping a running project pan was on my 12 goals for 2018 list. So while I have half finished posts about imposter syndrome, the idea of a fantasy self, and my recent trip to California, you’re going to keep getting project pan posts until I get myself reorganized. Which I will do. Soon! Here’s […]

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9 by 29 on the 9th Project Pan Finale

9 by 29 on the 9th Project Pan Finale

My birthday has come and passed. I am 29, a year from 30. I had such a great birthday and am so excited for the next twelve months. With my birthday, here is a semi-belated finale of my project pan that I structured around my birthday. Here’s a link to the first post. Pixi Beauty Mini Brow Trio (Ipsy Item, Full Brow Palette Retails $12) […]

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Boxycharm retrospective: Do I still love/hate that product?! (Year Two)

Boxycharm retrospective: Do I still love/hate that product?! (Year Two)

Just like last time, this is a retrospective on the year-long “Is Boxycharm Worth It” reviews I do each year. As it was getting kind of long, I decided to break it down into two parts, each part focusing on one of the years. I know so much more about make up and what is good and what works for me now than I did […]

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Boxycharm retrospective: Do I still love/hate that product?! (Year One)

Boxycharm retrospective: Do I still love/hate that product?! (Year One)

I’ve been receiving Boxycharm for two and a half years now. The first two years I did a review, breaking down the value of the items I liked, loved, and hated compared to the overall cost. (Year One, Year Two) I’ll be doing that again for Year Three. However, recently I was cataloging my entire make up collection as part of a general organization/project pan […]

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9 by 29 on the 9th Project Pan

9 by 29 on the 9th Project Pan

I turn 29 on February 9th. My birthday is a big deal to me. My primary love language is gift giving, which means that any gift giving or receiving holidays are huge to me. For Christmas this year, I’d finished all of my shopping before December even started. Since my birthday is so important to me, I set a lot of things around it. In […]

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The 12 Pans of Christmas Finale

The 12 Pans of Christmas Finale

The 12 Pans of Christmas project ends tomorrow officially. Alas, I am providing my update now! No time like the present. I’ll be moderately cranky if I hit pan on one of these remaining items in the next 24 hours, but such is the danger of posting early. Dr. Brandt Pores No More Vacuum Cleanser (Boxycharm Item, Retails $47) – Finished last update REN Evercalm Global Protection […]

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Face lotion reviews – Sephora Favorites

Face lotion reviews – Sephora Favorites

One of the items on my 30 by 30 List was to get a good skincare regime. I’ve definitely upped my moisturizer and face wash game, but I have no loyalty to any particular brands or products right now except for the Ponds make up remover wipes. Like with mascara, I turned to the Sephora sampler kits, purchasing Sephora Favorites Quench Your Skin on sale […]

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The First 12 Pans of Christmas Update

The First 12 Pans of Christmas Update

Just under three weeks from embarking on The 12 Pans of Christmas (and four weeks from its completion), here’s my first 12 Pans of Christmas update. Dr. Brandt Pores No More Vacuum Cleanser (Boxycharm Item, Retails $47) – DONE I really enjoyed using this product. I like all of the Dr. Brandt products I’ve ever tried. I probably won’t rebuy unless I find it on an amazing […]

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12 Mascara Showdown: Which mascara is best?

12 Mascara Showdown: Which mascara is best?

I have naturally oily lids, deep-set eyes, and stubby little eyelashes. Looking for the perfect mascara has been a challenge. Some of the criteria I’m looking for includes the following: Does not flake Does not clump Lengthens and separates Does not transfer to the top of my eyelid Does not burn my sensitive eyes (Sometimes, when I cry or my eyes water, my eye makeup […]

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The 12 Pans of Christmas, #ProjectPan

The 12 Pans of Christmas, #ProjectPan

I’ve seen a few of the Project Pan folks I watch on YouTube begin a “12 Days of Christmas” pan. This is a collaboration that I am in no way a part of. However, I am stealing the title and the concept of using 12 items before Christmas. From my October Project Pan Finale, I’m carrying over the following four items: Dr. Brandt Pores No […]

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The October Project Pan Finale

The October Project Pan Finale

With the end of October came the end of my very first ever project pan. An important part of goal setting is being held accountable. So you, lucky reader that you are, get to hear all about my month-long progress (or lack thereof) with these 8 products. I already have my next project pan planned out and written up. So stay tuned. The state of […]

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Final fall bucket list update

Final fall bucket list update

Fall bucket list final update! 1. Costume Bentley “Oh, sorry, I didn’t see you there. I’m just modeling my custom, one-of-a-kind Lepredog costume, which I will be wearing every Notre Dame football game, to various costume contests, on Saint Patrick’s Day, and maybe other days when I’m feeling particularly lucky. Just for fun.” – Bentley, who doesn’t hate this costume at all. I took him […]

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Lipstick swatch and destash-a-palooza part 2: Nudes and pinks

Lipstick swatch and destash-a-palooza part 2: Nudes and pinks

After putting all of my clothing into the Stylebook app, I’ve found my subsequent purchases were less frequent and smarter. With my increasing interest in project panning, I thought it would be fun to categorize all of my lipstick colors. This is part two of my posts on my extensive lipstick collection. For part one, go here. NUDE ARM SWATCHES Just like in round 1, […]

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Lipstick swatch and destash-a-palooza part 1: Reds

Lipstick swatch and destash-a-palooza part 1: Reds

A half-hearted longing of mine has been to swatch all of my lipsticks, destashing dupes and formulas I don’t like as well as creating a record of shades on my skin tone. I’ve never really done extensive swatching of anything before, which should be obvious from the fact that I began with the reds. Thanks to ELF’s lipstick remover and some patience, my skin tone […]

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Review! 2017 Sephora Favorites, Give Me More Lip

Review! 2017 Sephora Favorites, Give Me More Lip

I’m a lipstick addict. I love lipstick and usually carry a variety of shades with me. This year, when the Sephora Favorites, Give Me More Lip, came out, I thought about thirty seconds before plopping down the $68 to try a wide variety of brands and lipstick types. The biggest problem with my review, below, is that I have no swatches. I gave away a […]

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Make up Newbie to Make up Maven: YouTube make up tutorials

Make up Newbie to Make up Maven: YouTube make up tutorials

Make up Newbie to Make up Maven: YouTube make up tutorials to change your beauty life My first foray into makeup was when I “rescued” some ice-blue shimmer shadow from my mom’s wastebasket. In seventh and eighth grade I would occasionally wear this shocking, glitter-ice shade on my lids, with no other make up. As part of a competitive dance team, we had a specific […]

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Embarking on a #ProjectPan

Embarking on a #ProjectPan

There’s a constant war between my Kondo-strategy of ridding myself of things that don’t bring me joy and my intense love of a good sale. As such, I find that there are so many products I love but have stocked up on a little too seriously, leaving me with three back up conditioners in a world where I am in need of shampoo. Riddle me […]

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Boxycharm Review – Still valuable the second year?

Boxycharm Review – Still valuable the second year?

Another year, another Boxycharm Review. Year two has come and gone. With it, I have had some disappointments (October 2016) and some highlights (OFRA’s Rodeo Drive highlighter in particular). I have learned so much more about makeup and feel far more qualified to comment on the quality of the products received vs. just a “fun” or “wow” factor. I decided to streamline this review more […]

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A year in: Is Boxycharm worth it?

A year in: Is Boxycharm worth it?

With my June 2016 Boxycharm, I officially paid for (and received) twelve months of Boxycharm. Since I love both stats and a good deal, I put together a cost/benefit analysis for myself and other people who might be interested in subscribing to help determine: Is Boxycharm worth it? (Spoiler: My take is a cautious, “yes.” For a look at my Year Two results, click here.) I got hooked […]

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