Project Pan 12 Collab: Autumn 2016 Edition

Happy Labour Day!  Hope you’re enjoying the long weekend!  And welcome to another collab with the Canuck gang! We are once again, trying to chip away at some beauty products in our stash. This time we are choosing 12 items to try to pan / empty. The length of this project will be for 3 months, all the way until December! 🙂
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Today we’ll be introducing you to the items we selected for this project.

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Project Focus 10: The Final Chapter

This is the final summary post of the Project Focus 10 collaboration! Firstly, I want to thank the awesome collab crew of Ingrid, Joy and Jodi! It has been so much fun doing this project with you! 😀
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So, how did I do in the Project Focus? If I was to grade myself in terms of sticking to using the items I chose, I’d give myself a B. It’s a solid grade but it isn’t going to get me on the Honour Roll. 😛 Unlike some of my collab buddies, I did not finish any of the 10 items up during this project, but I intend to continue working on them! Here’s a recap and current state of things.

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Project Focus 10: Smashbox Double Exposure Palette

We made it! It’s the final product review for Project Focus 10!  All of us are reviewing eye shadow palettes today so be sure to check out everyone’s posts – links at the bottom of the post.
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I got the Smashbox Double Exposure Palette last November during Shoppers Drug Mart Optimum Points redemption event:
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So it was “free” but it normally retails for $45 CAD.

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Project Focus 10: Muji Cut Cotton Ecru

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Today’s Project Focus 10 review is not makeup, but something to help remove makeup; the Muji Cut Cotton Ecru:
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This is my most used Project Focus 10 item – I’ve been using it nightly to remove my eye makeup since starting this series.

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Project Focus 10: L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara

Lucky #7 of the Project Focus 10 review is L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara:
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I’ve tried pretty much every mascara L’Oreal has ever released because I’m still trying to find a replacement to my beloved – but discontinued – L’Oreal Bare Naturale mascara. Does this one do it for me?

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Project Focus 10: Clinique Pop Lip Colour in Bare Pop

Today’s Project Focus 10’s review product is Clinique Pop Lip Colour in #02 Bare Pop:
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I redeemed Optimum Points for this lipstick – normally it retails for $22 for 3.9g of product.focus10_clinique_lip_pop_3

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Project Focus 10: Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water

Happy Leap Year Day! 😀
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Last year the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water seem to take the makeup world by storm. Everywhere I turned, I saw people posting rave reviews about it. I love facial mists so I was intrigued by one that claims to provide hydration and acts as a primer.
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So in November, I redeemed some Optimum Points for it:
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It normally costs $37 for 116ml bottle.

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Collab: $20 Makeup Challenge

When my blogging pal MyStyleInsideOut (formally known as FilipinoInsideOut) tweeted if anyone was interested in doing a $20 drugstore makeup challenge, I jumped at the opportunity!  As you know, February is the first of my Low-Buy month for 2016.  My budget limit is $50 for the month.  We decided to hash out the details of this challenge:
• $20 before taxes (when she asked if the $20 challenge to be before or after taxes, I laughed and laughed and said it has to be before taxes – we pay 13% tax here [I am in Toronto, Canada] and there’d be no way I could manage $20 after taxes – as it is, it will still be quite a challenge.)
• Makeup items only – skincare and brushes not included
• Must be a full face of makeup

Here’s what I got:
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I’ve seen the $20 makeup challenge on various YouTube videos and blogs so I knew some strategies. My plan of attack was to find items that could be multi-purpose.

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Project Focus 10: Orly Nailtrition

It’s Two Two Two Day! (February 22nd; 2-22, heh) I totally just made that up. Maybe the world will end when it’s Feb 22, 2222.  None of us will live that long anyway, so no worries. 😉
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Today is the halfway point of Project Focus 10 series and I’ll be reviewing Orly Nailtrition Nail Strengthener & Growth Treatment:
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I’ve been using this as my nail treatment since mid-December, so I’ve had this on my nails continuously for about 2 months. I bought my bottle from Sally Beauty Supply (the only bricks and mortar store that sells Orly near me) for $17 for 18ml. (NailPolishCanada also stocks it)  It is made in the USA and has a recommended lifespan of 3 years from opening.

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Project Focus 10: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream

Another Monday, another Project Focus 10 review! It’s actually a holiday here today. It’s Family Day, which is a fairly new holiday for us (it started in 2008). Family Day activities include: going skating, playing hockey, skiing… oh who am I kidding? We just sleep in, watch tv, eat junk food and waste the day away – and then tomorrow we complain about how the long weekend wasn’t long enough. 😛
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Today I’ll be looking at Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream:
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I bought the 50ml jar for CAD $34, but it is also available in a 125ml jar for CAD $58, which is a better value per ml ($0.68 vs $0.46).

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