January Favorites

I’ve been a makeup minimalist this month, but that doesn’t mean I’ve used less products. Just the same things over and over again. A few of these are repeats from December, but they’re the real stars.

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Cerave A.M. and P.M. moisturizers, five pumps each. My skin drinks it up. I’m glad it’s cheap!

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And I use this Cerave eye cream day and night. It really makes a difference with puffiness, dark circles, and dryness.

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This has replaced all lipgloss this month. It looks like gloss, but it actually helps soothe chapped lips! I always have a tube in my pocket, in my bathroom, and by my bed. My lips are forever glossy and healthy.

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I’ve been using this CC cream daily instead of foundation. It evens me out, I can mix it with my darling Cerave, and I don’t need to set with powder. I have been loving the feeling of it on my skin. It supposedly diminishes acne scars, as well.

Some bath favorites:

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This shampoo bar and conditioner from lush make my hair feel 1) really really clean, 2) really really soft, and 3) really really shiny (not in a greasy way). They both have a light herbal scent which I love. I don’t have to use any extra hair product to get the shine I like. I use pomade sometimes, but I’d rather not, because it makes bed head a nightmare and Lord knows I can’t bother to wet my head on a daily basis. So these two are favorites for this month and onward.

Other bath favorites include everything else from Lush I have tried (mostly bubble bath products)! I’m a pampered bath lady.

Oh, one more makeup item.

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Dipbrow is a new favorite. I use it everyday because otherwise I’m nude!

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And this topcoat is a stunner. Dries quick, super shiny, no chips for days. What more could one wish for?

Coming soon: blog post on my top ten lippies (that I will project pan) (project pan is a verb you guys)!

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January Empties (skincare, makeup, meds) + Reviews

I used up tons of things — mostly meds — in January! But a few skincare and makeup fun things made it in my box of trash as well.

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Look, a pharmacy!

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I used up loads of Latuda. It does me good. And some trazodone for sleeping, doxycycline for acne (it works!), venlafaxine for being a sad sack of shit, and topamax for I don’t even know. A mood stabilizer or something.

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And my gummy vitamins because I’m a responsible adult. Multivitamin because I never eat, probiotics because they’re good for everything, and fiber because I never eat. Seriously. Working on it. I have repurchased variations on all of these, plus B12, CoQ10, and D per my Dr’s recommendation.

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I had 6 of these and I used them all. They actually worked. I found them on sale, and I’d buy them again if they were on sale again.

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My everyday mascara is all gone. I am fairly blessed in the lash department, but this made them blacker and a tad longer and thicker. I don’t like looking like I’m wearing falsies during the day, so this mascara was perfect for me. Those va-va-voom mascaras make me look like I’m trying wayyyy too hard. It never irritated my sensitive eyes and it always removed completely with my beloved Cetaphil cleanser. I’ll repurchase this after I use up some other dusty mascaras.

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This one did me the most good, as I am depressed recently and rarely take a shower. One application lasts like, 3 days. If you knew me IRL you’d be thankful that I found such a trusty sidekick. I like that it doesn’t have a scent, because I’m a perfume geek. I already repurchased it.

And that’s my trash, ladies (I really don’t think any gentlemen save my lover read this) (hello lover). Hopefully more makeup will make it onto my face and then into the trash by March.

By the way, the mascara was in my Project 10 Pan. Hooray!

BB/CC Cream Stockpile for the Apocalypse and a Review

How did this happen?! How did I give into the BB and CC cream craze and why oh why do I want Estée Lauder’s EE cream?!

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Now that I’m doing Project Pan, I might as well add in a Project Tube. I’ll wear one until it’s done around the house, when I walk the dog, whenever I don’t feel like doing a full face of makeup. I’ll start with Yes to Grapefruits CC Cream.

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It has SPF 18 and promises to even and brighten skin with evodia fruit. Never heard of it… but I’ll put it on my face. 🙂

before/after

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And then set with Rimmel Stay Matte powder:

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Review: My skin drank it up very nicely. It is the only moisturizer I used. No extra creams or serums. The coverage is decent but leaves much to be desired. It covered most scarring and redness on my forehead and cheeks, but still let my freckles show through. It attempted to cover thing-on-my-chin. It really needs to be set with powder, as the SPF makes it a bit too shiny for my taste. I’ll happily use it until it’s gone, but I won’t do much other than walk the dog and do household chores in it. And then it’s on to the next zombie from the BB cream graveyard…

take care!

xoxo

Martha