Today I'm super happy to be writing another Project Pan mini update, since that means I've managed to sneak in more empties before the end of the month.

This morning I was pleased to finally cut open the tube of my BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Gel and scrape out the remains, and by lunchtime this Stevie K lipstick was worn down to the bottom of the upper bullet. Huzzah!


The BareMinerals product had about one sixth left, and I've just realised that I forgot to photograph the other side of the tube where my markers are. Oops! Apologies. I'll try to remember to do that in my upcoming empties post.

There it is again:


One thing to note is that, as usual, once I couldn't squeeze out any more product and I cut open the tube, a lot more was left than I was expecting. Honestly, years of cutting tubes open and I'm still surprised by how much product remains when you've squeezed and squeezed for your life. 

So what I did was scrape out the remaining product into a little container and I expect that to last me around a week, maybe less. But since the tube is now empty and we're almost at the end, I'm calling this finished for the purposes of Project Pan.

As for my second empty:


It's my Stevie K Lipstick in King Kylie. I don't like this enough to scrape the remaining product out, so I'm also calling this empty. Plus I have too many other lip products to work on and I've already had good use from this so I'm calling it done.

There's my marker sheet below:


I only introduced this lipstick at the beginning of September and I had basically the whole bullet left, so I wasn't lying when I reviewed this and said that it goes on super thickly and would be easy to pan! Yes that's a good thing for panning purposes, but it also means that these lipsticks aren't great value because they don't last.

I didn't hate this product but I'm glad it's gone and I'll look forward to introducing another lipstick to my list soon.

For the moment, I'm only replacing these with one item - that way I'm still working towards my goal of reducing my list to no more than twelve products.

Here's what I'm going to pan next:


It's my Gorgeous Cosmetics Prism Powder Highlighter (reviewed here). I do enjoy this product but I've decided that it's not essential to my collection, which is why I've slowly been working on it since January.

Now that I've hit substantial pan and there's an end in sight, I've decided to introduce it to Project Pan with the intention of finishing it before the end of the year.

There it is again:


This is a very subtle highlight and I like it for no makeup days, but I've managed to use it so much because it also makes a good glowy setting powder.

While nothing compares to Hourglass' Dim Light, this can be used in a similar way: to add a bit of life and radiance to the complexion without adding glitter or shine. The difference between them (other than the colour) is that Dim Light blurs imperfections and this one doesn't, which is why I tend to use it on days when we're mostly hanging out at home. 

I've also been known to mix it with any matte bronzer I use to add some life. Plus it works well to set my under-eye concealer because it brightens the area and helps lift any darkness.

I'm not sure if I can finish this by the end of the year but I'll certainly try. If I'm double-purposing it as not only a setting powder but also a highlighter and a mixer product for matte bronzers and blushes, I may well get there.

Hope all's well with you, and speak soon x

If you read this blog, you'll know how much I love Alpha-H and in particular Alpha-H's Liquid Gold (reviewed here), so it should be no surprise to anyone that when the brand came out with a limited edition rose version, I made sure to get my hands on it.

I can't remember exactly how long I've been using mine but I suspect it's been open since the beginning of the year because I've almost finished it now and it's not a product I get through quickly. Certainly I've been using it long enough to know exactly how I feel about it.

Long story short, I love it. But do I love it as much (or more) as the original? Not sure about that. More on why below.


If you're familiar with Alpha-H then you'll know that the brand recently updated its packaging, and this product is in the new style. It's simple and it looks good, but it doesn't make you feel as though more time has been spent on the packaging than it has on the product itself. I like that.

The bottle is the same design as the old one: it comes with a lid, then the container itself has a flip-top cap with a small hole underneath, through which you dispense product onto your makeup round. Simple simple. Functional simple.


Alpha-H claims/product details:
  • A special, rose-infused edition of our bestselling and world-renowned Liquid Gold formulation
  • A concentrated, active skin treatment with the perfect balance of performance ingredients
  • Combining aromatic botanicals rose, lotus and orchid petal extracts as well as moisture-binding ingredients
  • Offers instant, weightless hydration while still possessing the unparalleled resurfacing and smoothing effects of the classic Liquid Gold formula
  • Uses a state-of-the-art delivery system with the perfect pH to effectively diminish surface roughness (open pores, scarring), pigmentation and sun damage
  • Includes hyaluronic acid to hydrate your skin
  • Leaves skin toned and refined
  • Clarifies and brightens the complexion
  • Improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Leaves skin looking more youthful, firm, plump and energised
  • Anti-inflammatory and anti-redness
  • Works as a toner, exfoliator, serum and moisturiser in one
  • RRP $62 AUD for 100ml, but do shop around


I haven't seen many reviews of this product yet but it does have a five-star rating on Adore Beauty (see here).

What I've noticed in the few reviews I've seen so far, is that everyone agrees that this product is different enough from the original Liquid Gold that it's worth trying both. I've also seen quite a few people say that they like this even better than the original, so it's certainly one to consider if you like the original formula.


Verdict

I'm really enjoying this product and I recommend it. I've tossed up whether or not it's worthy of an HG tag, but I've decided that I still prefer the original formula - only just! - so I'll leave that as my HG and this one is a close second. I do love them both enough, though, to want to own both. Which tells you something.

Like the original, this is a liquid product that looks and feels like water in texture. You apply it to a cotton pad and run it over your face every second evening. You can use a serum afterwards (not a moisturiser) if you want to, or for a more intensive treatment, you can just leave it to work on its own.

I can't remember how long I've been using my bottle, but it's been a long time. At least six months. When I first introduced it, I still had some Liquid Gold on the go so I was able to compare them side-by-side.

In my experience, the difference between the two is subtle but it's definitely there. This rose version does smell floral and the scent is quite strong, so it took some getting used to because I prefer skincare that smells very slightly or doesn't smell at all. This scent is potent.

This is marketed as a more hydrating version of the original and I agree with that. My skin does feel more hydrated after use and I think this is the better alternative for winter, when my skin is drier and generally more sensitive because this feels like the 'lighter' product.

I do think, though, that the original Liquid Gold does a little more for resurfacing my skin, plumping up lines and making me look younger and healthier. This one still does those things, it's just that I think the hydrating aspect diminishes the other benefits very slightly. I personally would rather rely on my other products for hydration and get the full brightening and smoothing effects of the original formula, but others have said they prefer this so as always it comes down to personal preference.

On the claims: yes this hydrates, resurfaces and smooths; yes it diminishes surface roughness, pigmentation and sun damage; yes it leaves my skin toned, brightened, clarified and refined; yes it helps with fine lines and wrinkles; and yes it leaves my skin looking more youthful, firm, plump and energised.

Overall this is an excellent product that meets its claims and I love it. While it won't replace the original Liquid Gold - at least for me - this is certainly a product that has a place in my skincare routine and I hope Alpha-H decides to make it permanent.

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