Month: April 2013

Project 2 x 5 Pan – Update #2

First up: No pans.

Second: I should admit upfront that I’m hopeless at this and confess that I have made purchases doing the project, which defeats the purpose doesn’t it?

Having said that I must also point out that had it not been my commitment to this project and the self-imposed ‘ban’ (albeit broken) I would have caused much greater damage to my wallet with ‘unnecessary’ purchases. Because of the project, I at least kept my promise to not buy any more eyeshadows. You will not believe how many times I’ve been tempted to buy another quad or palette. The new Birds of Paradise Dior quint for example (I like the green one more) is sooo beautiful; And I almost bought the smashbox photo op eye palette on Sephora because I know I like the formula and it’s a good deal.

I’ve become an expert at the pretend-shopping-cart game: Whenever a sale of 20% comes up (= tax free on the inflated prices here in France) I go on the site and fill my basket up with everything my heart desires, look at the final price, apply the coupon code, and proceed to eliminate items until I’m left with the ‘minimum’. And then further consider whether it’s worth it and if I don’t already have something similar at home. Most of the time I end up closing the window and breathing a sigh of relief, having conquered the shopping demons. I am also thankful that the Sephora website doesn’t stock everything they have in store, and Sephora itself doesn’t get every single makeup releases. The Lancome ‘In Love’ ones with Emma Watson are only available in Lancome counters, for instance.

So… to reiterate, the tally for makeup pans since January, still at 0.

However, I have the 5 skincare pans to do as well. This is good news because I have finished 3 products in March. Which means that I have only 2 products to go before my skincare pans are done. Have I bought skincare products during the project? But of course, I bought two creams (on sale). This means I’ve only got 1 pan, doesn’t it?

*sigh* ……

Despite my failures, I’m not giving up. I guess this means the project will continue indefinitely until the end of the year, and will primarily act as a reminder to restrain myself more than anything.

Lets look at the most reached for makeup products in March:

March Empties

Unfortunately that is not a typo and these are indeed my empties for March. Things on the private side have taken over the past 30 days. Without going into that I’ll only say that it wasn’t all good news and I either wasn’t in the mood to blog or I simply didn’t have the occasion to update my blog as I would have liked. Anyway I have put this behind me and am looking ahead, starting firstly with a new job next week! I’ll be saying goodbye to Champs-Elysees and hello to St. Germain des Pres! I’ve spent more or less the past three years in that area and it will be a nice change working in a little closer to home and on the left bank. Makeup-wise this means I won’t be as close to Sephora (the Champs-Elysees being also the only one with MAC I might add) but I’ll have Citypharma instead.

Here are my empties of last month (March), and hopefully the ones for April (not that many anyway) won’t take another month to appear. There are quite a lot (for me), so a good month all in all.

Dr. Hauschka Lip Balm (4.5ml)
This balm is packed full of natural oils and extracts so expect it to smell as such. It is very comfortable to wear and I’ve used quite a few pots of this in the past and have always preferred the pot to the stick. It is also a good base before you put your lipstick on because it doesn’t leave your lips all slippery and glossy. Because of the packaging (glass jar + hygienic reasons) I keep this in the house only and use it mainly before bed. I normally don’t have a problem with this but we had a particularly cold and dry winter this year and I did find myself needing to reapply with more frequency. There were times when I happened to awake in the middle of the night and felt my lips were so dry that I needed to get up and find the balm. Oddly this didn’t happen when I use Kiehl’s. To me this means either that the petroleum in Kiehl’s acts as a nice barrier or that the Dr. Hauschka gets absorbed a lot more quickly instead of just sitting there. I don’t really know. I used the jar up really fast.

Repurchase? No, but only because I prefer more portable versions, even for ones I keep at home.

Dr. Hauschka Almond Body Lotion (145ml)
This is a heavy duty type of lotion that I put to good use during the harsh winter we had. Smells divinely of almond, not the artificial almond food extract type but one with a real warmth, slightly milky. Consistency is a thickish but spreadable lotion that’s absorbed quickly. I didn’t experience any sort of tightness and saw an improvement to the skin during the period I used it exclusively. This is worth trying out if you have very dry skin and are into organic, natural skincare. I think it may be too much for me in the warmer months, but I really enjoyed using this.
A note about the packaging: this comes in a glass bottle with a pump spout. It’s a little clunky and not very travel-friendly. The pump couldn’t get the last of the lotion out but luckily the top can be unscrewed.

Repurchase? Yes.

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