Project Make-a-Dent: Post the First

Project Make-a-Dent which was started by Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog, and that I stumbled upon through Rocaille Writes is a new take on an old concept.  In one sense this is a makeup challenge, where you challenge to use up some products that may have gotten less love than they deserve.  The biggest difference with this challenge is that there is no cut back on spending, or counting numbers.  Really, it is stripped down to the absolute basics.  But enough about the challenge and on to the items I am aiming to complete.

I am not going to bore you with reviews here, that will come later when I actually finish the products.  These are all products I have had for some time and want to complete before the garbage can is the only place left for them.  Well, all of them except the bronzer.  I accidently bought that during a 1 month period where I had missplaced my other bronzer.  I did end up finding it, under my dresser, it had been knocked there by my cat.  Either way, these are things that I am trying to use regularly and use up.

I likely will add more items to use up as time goes on, to replace the completed items.  Like that brown eyeliner, which I should of finished long ago, it is even more pathetic when you consider the fact that it was a mini eye liner so I really have not used it much at all.

Are there any products you are trying to use up?  If so be sure to share pictures using #projectmakeadent!

Completion Critique: May 2013

 This post is actually a sort of continuation of my April 2013 Completion Critique.  The fact is that I completed so many items in April that I felt the need to divide it into two posts so as not overwhelm myself or the reader.

Neutrogena T/Sal Therapeutic ShampooI use this every other day and am very careful to be sure the shampoo is limited to my scalp.  I suffer form occasional flare ups of sebosoriasis and while this does not prevent them completely it does keep them at bay.  I have already repurchased and likely will continue to.

Lancome Creme RadianceIf you like gel to foam formulas, like those typically found in shave gel you may enjoy this product.  I personally found it to thick and difficult to rinse off.  It also had a strong floral scent which did not agree with me.  I would not repurchase.

Replenix Eye Repair Cream – These two samples lasted me a supprisingly long time.  I found them too greasy for my liking, even during the cooler months.  While I suppose they could work as a night time eye cream instead, I never saw any real benefit from using them.  I would not repurchase.

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Easy Epilation: Part 2 – While Epilating

I strongly recommend that you you read part one of the Easy Epilation series prior to beginning your epilating.  While the tips in this article alone will help to make your hair removal session far less painful and more effective, when combined with the tips in part 1 it should be virtually pain free.

Keep the area clean

Within reason that is.  While I typically use body lotion (both night and day) it is probably not your best bet to apply body lotion directly prior to epilating.  However, having applied it several hours ago your skin should be fine to epilate.  If you have gotten especially sweaty it will be a good idea to lightly cleanse the area.

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Rigby Reads: Ton’s of reading!

Sadly, I have no picture this week.   My father needed to borrow my camera for “a few days”.  Despite it having been over a week I have yet to have it returned to me.  In the mean time, these posts are not only insightful but have stuff to look at.

Organizing

  • One Good Thing by Jillee shares an idea for storing small essential oil jars.  This can also work great for other small items, like lipstick or glitter containers.
  • Pretty Organized offers a step by step solution for organizing your pantry.  One of the places I find hardest to keep neat.

Crafting

Blogging

Environment

Book Recommendations: April 2013

I no longer have photos accompanying my Book Recommendation posts since I have switched over to the Amazon Kindle.  I currently own the e-Ink version which retails at 69 dollars.  For those who are planning on only using it as a book reading platform I highly recommend it.

The Life of PiI have yet to see the movie, mostly because I prefer reading books prior to the cinematic premier.  The book was quite well written, and not only immersed you in a magical fantasy world but allowed you to feel the immense loneliness of the main character.  The book was slightly spoiled by my previous knowledge of the ending and that some of the biological facts were simply wrong.  However, I would still recommend the book.

Lord of the Rings: Return of the KingThe first half of the book was excellent and wrapped up all that had occurred in the previous books of the series.  However, the adventures occurring within the second half of the book seemed rather redundant and a did not add much to the story.  I would still recommend the series though.

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Easy Epilation: Part 1 – Before Epilating

For the past 5 years or so I have used epilation as my primary method of unwanted hair removal.  Through this time I have experienced the good, bad and painful of epilation.  Through sharing what I have learned I hope to make your foray into the world of epilation as easy, and painless, as possible.

Picking out the right epilator

Over the years I have used several different brands of Epilator including Phillips, Panasonic, Remington and Braun.  Of all these I have only truly been satisfied with the brand Braun.  In fact this is the only brand that I have not thrown away the epilator out of frustration.  Part of this is due to a combination of a sturdy quality product.  The rest has to do with what I am looking for in an Epilator.  I am currently using the Braun Silk-Epil 7.  I purchased the version with multiple heads simply because it enabled me to combine all my hair removal needs into one unit.

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Rigby’s Reads: Natural Beauty

With all of the health issues I have been dealing with as of late I have not really focused on much else.  The little attention I have paid to beauty has been in the form of using up old products and slowly making the switch to more natural options.  I do hope to get  back into crafting and organizing a bit more soon.  As always these posts are not reviews, but ideas and instructions that I find useful.

In the mean time I have found two wonderful beauty articles that can help you with your transition to “greening” your beauty routine.  Plus a simple trick, that is a HUGE time saver.

Glitter Geek shows you a simple smudge proof way to fix your uneven eyeliner.

Ana Goes Green… a blog that is relatively new to my daily rotation of reads gives some tips on where to start with your transition to more ecologically friendly products.

What Articles and Posts have you enjoyed across the web?

Completion Critique: April 2013

I had more items completed than I am going to share in this single post simply in an attempt to not tire my readers with a laundry list of used up items.

Garnier Fructis Fall Fight - This product was nice and did make my  hair noticeably thicker, I also found that a little went a long way.  However, the product also felt a bit to thick for my very fine hair and was a bit of a pain to wash out.  I may repurchase.

Macadamia Natural Healing Oil Spray - This had a wonderful aroma similar to that of chai tea.  However, the spray made it hard to limit the product to just my hair.  Further more I never really noticed any benefit from the product.  I would not repurchase.

KMS California Curl Up Bounce Back Spray (Old Packaging) - I actually love this product, for a lot of reasons.  First of all a little goes a long way, I used about 6 sprays a day.  Even with daily use this product took me YEARS to finish, it is also so far the only curling spray I find actually does something.  The only hesitation with this product is that I am not switching to more natural products.  I may repurchase.

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Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes

I haven’t been posting for the past month or so primarily because I have been considering making changes to the blog.  For those who are not interested in reading this post I have a disclaimer below.  For those who want the full story of precise way in which this blog will be changing please read on.

This blog will not be closing, nor will it be moving to a new domain name.  Further more I will continue to make posts about makeup.  Posting will resume March 1, 2013.

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4:1 Foundation

The 4:1 series is a list of the good, and bad products in a given category that I have used.  This is not a survey of all foundations that are out there, it is simply drawn from the various products I have used.  While this is not all inclusive it should alert you of brands that you may want to give a second look, and some brands that you should rethink.

Good

Neutrogena Healthy Skin - I actually like all of the Neutrogena foundations that I have tried.  I simply chose this one as the highlighted foundation since it is my preferred Neutrogena foundation.  While the color match can be a bit frustrating since it is relatively narrow the quality and finish of the foundations is great.

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua – This is a more recent foundation purchase (review coming soon) that I picked because of the need for a better match.  It is a nice mid-weight foundation with both warm and cool colors on the lighter end of the skin spectrum.  The only real negative is the expensive price point.

L’oreal True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeupdespite what the name says this foundation is not what I would classify as shimmery which is typical of ‘luminizing’ foundations.  I like the decent range of colors, the low price point and the ‘satin’ finish similar to that of the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua

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