If you haven’t heard about the Spring Cleaning Project, it’s basically Jodi (A Brash Attitude) and I and our newfound way to use up our very large makeup & skincare collection in a four-month period. We are hoping (more PRAYING) to pan (or empty) 16 products at the end of these 16 weeks (Won’t happen for me). Each month, we do some kind of project update and give a quick review on 4 of our selected items.
I still can’t believe how hard it is to finish products! At first, I thought that it would be a piece of cake to empty 16 products but, if I stay on the same pace, it will be a miracle if I finish 6 after 4 months. In March, I managed to finish Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash & Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in White Russian, two products reviewed today. I also finished 2 items from Sephora Favorites’ Beauty Sleep and I’m hoping to finish everything in this set for next month. Such a great buy, this set was a superb value!
Today, I will be focusing on these 4 products …
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water 🐰
Smashbox products are cruelty-free,
This product is parabens-free, silicone-free, oil-free and alcohol-, talc-, and sodium lauryl sulfate-free! Maybe free of bad stuff for your skin, but not for your wallet (see Cons!!).
You can put it in the fridge for an added cooling sensation,
Doesn’t cause any breakouts,
The best way to apply it is before and after all your cream products.
Not money-free! It’s even quite expensive ($39Cnd for 3.9oz)
Doesn’t blur my pores as a normal primer should.
Ingrid’s Rate: 9/10. Since I’m a sucker for spray product, I will probably repurchase this water. Maybe it’s just a fancy/expensive liquid and Smashbox (or should I say Estee Lauder) are laughing all the way to the bank but heck, I like the moisturizing effect on my skin. It should be called a prepping water way more than a primer one!
Shiseido Urban Environment Tinted UV Protector (#1)
High SPF 43,
Doesn’t break me out.
Shiseido tests on animals,
Clings to dry patches and does not hydrate like stated,
Only 3 shades available (#1 is almost too light for my skin),
Doesn’t blend well so you need to use a lot of product,
Can’t be applied around the eyes area since the product creases like crazy.
Ingrid’s Rate: 5/10. I wouldn’t repurchase: it’s too sheer to be worn alone (not enough coverage) and layered with foundation, it just doesn’t work at all (emphasizes my dry patches). I really did try to like it but it’s just an average, dull product!
Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash
A tiny pea amount gives you the nicest foam ever,
The mint scent is invirogating,
Affordable considering the 1oz travel size lasted me 3 months ($26.50Cnd for 5oz),
Works really well with any cleansing devices (Clarisonic or Foreo).
Origins tests on animals,
Not hydrating enough. It cleans great but maybe too much as it leaves my face feeling like rubber almost.
Ingrid’s Rate: 8/10. It’s such an enjoyable product but my skin feel a little bit tight afterward. Origins A Perfect World Antioxidant Cleanser with White Tea is better as it cleans painlessly but also moisturizes and hydrates. Both products smell heavenly and give such a lovely foam.
Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in White Russian 🐰
Buxom is cruelty-free,
All Buxom lip products smell divine,
Long staying power (at least 2 hours),
The tingling effect is addictive.
It’s a stickier formula (not a con for me since I wear my hair in a bun 90% of the time),
I didn’t really notice a big plumping effect.
Ingrid’s Rate: 10/10. Buxom Full-On Lip Cream & Lip Polishes are among the best lipgloss-type products on the market. White Russian is a cult favorite for a good reason since it’s the perfect nude to wear alone or on top of another lipstick.
Now that you’ve read my three months update, have a look at how Jodi (A Brash Attitude) is panning like a mad woman!.
Introduction to the Spring Cleaning Project (HERE)
Update #1 (HERE)
Update #2 (HERE)
♥Last Stop: June 5th for the fourth & last update♥
🐰 = Cruelty-Free