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Misc. December Empties!

I used up a ton of targeted items for my declutter series, but I also used up a few miscellaneous things, too! Hooray!

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Bed Head Control Freak Conditioner – ♥♥♥. But…Won’t repurchase.
This smells just like pineapple lifesavers. I used the styling serum from this line before, so when I saw the jumbo container on sale at Ulta last year, I grabbed this. This was a lesson. This was just okay to me, not anything I would repurchase. Still working on the shampoo. These take forever. AUGH.

Up & Up Shave Gel – Strawberry and Tangerine – ♥♥♥. Might repurchase.
I’m not too fussy about shave gels, and I would definitely pick this up over your generic Skintimate if the price is better.

Victoria’s Secret Sheer Love Body Scrub – ♥♥♥♥♥. Wish I could repurchase!
This scrub was so good. The scent is totally up my alley (so much that I bought the lotion and the body spray, which I definitely didn’t need…) Unfortunately, I can’t find this for sale anymore, and I’m sad. 😦

Fortune Cookie Soap Lost Boys Hand Soap – ♥♥ Won’t Repurchase
I loved the scent of the whipped body butter, so I bought the hand soap in full size. It was okay. It took a lot of product to feel like I was getting clean, so this went pretty fast. I’m starting to not be so excited with my FCS purchases, I have to say.

Bath & Body Works We Love Fall Candle ♥♥♥ Won’t Repurchase
I loved having three scents in one and I would definitely buy similar candles in the future! I found that I really enjoyed the Sweater Weather layer the best so I would probably just get that one by itself. But it was a great way to try multiple scents.

Sephora Instant Nail Polish Remover Wipe ♥♥♥ Won’t Repurchase
Did what it was supposed to do, but I like the Cutex ones better and I think they’re cheaper!

Up & Up Refreshing Wet Cleansing Towelettes ♥♥♥? Might Repurchase?
I honestly don’t remember too much about these, but I’m generally not too fussy about face wipes since I don’t use them very often.

Scratch “Emotiwraps” Nail Wraps ♥ Won’t Repurchase (But you can here.)
These were fun; I got to wear poop and pizza on my nails at the same time. But they didn’t last as long as other Scratch wraps. I no longer subscribe to Scratch (too expensive, too much backlog), but I usually like the quality. I think the transparent ones are extra thick or something.

Bath and Body Works Island Margarita PocketBac ♥♥ Won’t Repurchase
I don’t know how I keep accumulating these, because I never buy them. It takes me forever to use them because I don’t like using overly fragrant products around other people, and honestly, I’d rather just go wash my hands if that’s an option. I did enjoy this scent, though!

Now, onto the teas! Ugh. Talk about backlog…I have so much of these I just need to drink up. And then I just want to stop buying random flavors and stick to the ones I know I like. All teas used up were from DavidsTea.

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Spiced Apple ♥♥♥ Might Repurchase
This was a pretty solid fall apple spicy tea, but I think there might be other apple ones I prefer more. I liked it, though!

Pumpkin Chai ♥ Won’t Repurchase
I like chai, but the combo here was weird. Not a fan.

The Spice is Right ♥♥♥♥♥ Would Repurchase!
This is one of my absolute favorites. If you like cinnamon and orange flavors, you will absolutely love this.

Alpine Punch ♥♥ Won’t Repurchase
This was weird. It was fruity but not something I enjoyed. Pass!

Sweet Almond Green ♥♥♥ Probably Won’t Repurchase
This was pretty solid. It was a standard green tea but it had an additional amaretto flavor. I liked it, but I have a different green tea I like better.

I also purged a few things this month:

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My mom bought me this HUGE Liz Claiborne Bora Bora Perfume set when this was all the rage like…15 years ago? I wish I was exaggerating but that’s probably about right. I had this huge size, a smaller size (which I have used up), a body spray, shower gel, body lotion, and a scarf. I really did like this, but talk about overload. Needless to say, this perfume is past its prime, and the spray nozzle was broken anyway.

I was excited to try this Too Cool for School Dinoplatz Escalator Mascara, except no one told me this was a tubing mascara. I do not do tubing mascaras. Wore it once, freaked out when I realized, and tossed it in my bin.

The rest are lip products. My Urban Decay Lip Junkie was one of my favorites, though I forget which color this was. But it smelled rank, so time to go.

Also tossing Stila Stay All Day Vinyl Lip Color and Pop in Peony samples. I just don’t wear these or enjoy either formula, although the colors on both are very pretty.

And that’s a wrap! Now I’m ready to start the year off fresh and decimate my backlog of stuff to more reasonable quantities. 🙂

 

Project Declutter 2015 [Fall Edition]

This is the last update in my Project Declutter for this year, and I really think this was a success! I am going to do the same format for this next year, because it’s really helped me focus on moving certain things out.

I’m coloring the successful items in blue, things I didn’t finish in orange. Previously used up items in gray.

Keep an eye out for my next quarter’s goals!

Skin Care (Finished 7 of 9 goals)

  • A full-size face serum: Resvology Age Correcting Anti-Wrinkle Treatment [♥♥♥]
    • I got this in a BeautyDNA box. My skin seemed to like it, but I wouldn’t seek it out again. Just OK.

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  • A full-size face moisturizer: Fail. I came so close to using up a night moisturizer, but then I started using skin care samples, and it just didn’t happen.
  • At least 1 eye cream deluxe sample: Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream Deluxe Sample [♥♥♥♥] [Update #2]
  • Face masks: at least 1 sheet mask, 1 deluxe sample, 1 full size (close, but no cigar)
    • Too Cool for School Egg Cream Mask [♥♥♥♥♥]. [Update #1]
    • Sephora Pearl Mask [♥♥] – [Update #2]
    • Glamglow Supermud DualCleanse Treatment Deluxe Sample [♥] [Update #2]
  • Face cleansers: 1 cleansing oil, 1 full-size cleanser
    • Algenist Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging Melting Cleanser (Deluxe) [♥♥]- [Update #2]
    • Vella Fresh Creamy Soap [♥♥♥]. Got this in a Memebox. I loved the cleanser itself so much, but I hated scooping it out of the pot. So we’re going middle of the road with my rating.

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  • A toner
    • Caudelie Grape Water [♥♥♥] – [Update #2]

Hair Care (Finished 5/5!!)

  • A deep conditioner
    • Fekkai Prx Repair Hair Mask (Deluxe Sample) [♥♥♥] [Update #2]
  • A dry shampoo
    • Style Sexy Hair H2NO 3-Day Style Saver Dry Shampoo [♥] 
  • Styling products: at least 3 styling minis (I am swimming in deluxe hair samples!)
    • Alterna Caviar CC Cream – 10-in-1 Complete Correction Leave-In Hair Protector [♥♥♥♥♥] – [Update 1.]
    • Living Proof Perfect Day Styling cream [] – This was so sticky in my hair, I had to mix it with oil. Would not repurchase.
    • John Frieda Frizz-Ease Curl Reviver Styling Mousse [♥♥] – I didn’t mind this, but I like so many other things better.

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Other Body (Finished 5/6 Goals)

  • A full-size body wash
    • Dove Purely Pampering Nourishing Body Wash [♥♥♥] – I loved the body wash itself but would probably seek a different scent in the future.

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  • A hand cream (deluxe is OK)
    • Julep Rock Star Hand Creme (Deluxe) [♥♥♥♥]. Used in Update 1.
  • A full-size foot cream
  • Two full-size body lotions
    • Bath and Body Works Butterfly Flower Lotion [♥♥♥] [Update #2]
    • Fortune Cooke Soap Lost Boys Whipped Body Butter [♥♥♥] – I bought the full size after trying the sample. I enjoyed it, but it’s out of my system now so I don’t think I’d repurchase. Love the scent though.

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  • Perfumes: At least 1 Scentbird perfume
    • Gucci – Flora by Gucci Gracious Tuberose [♥♥♥]. Update #1.

Makeup (Only finished 3/7 goals)

  • A lip balm/chapstick
    • Malin+Goetz Mojito Lip balm [♥♥] – I technically didn’t use this up completely, but it went rancid on me before I could finish it. I liked it while I was using it but I wouldn’t repurchase since I feel it expired really quickly.

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  • A lip gloss (mini or full)
  • A lipstick
  • 2 eyeliners – Really close to finishing up a second, but didn’t quite make it.

    • Clinique Quickliner in New Black [♥♥♥♥] -[Update #2]
  • A concealer
  • A BB cream
    • Rubelli Water Glow BB Cream [♥♥♥♥] – Got this in a memebox, and I really liked it! I wouldn’t seek it out because I don’t know how easy it is to find, but it lasted forever, had nice coverage, and matched my skin really well.

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Samples (Finished 40/40!)

  • At least 40 assorted samples – JUST made it!!
  1. Phyto Paris Phytokeratine Repairing Shampoo – [♥♥]
  2. Retinol Vitamin Enriched Night Cream [♥]
  3. Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Aging + Intensive Repair Daily Serum [♥♥]
  4. Benefit Air Patrol BB Cream Eyelid Primer [♥♥♥]
  5. Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb [♥♥♥♥♥]
  6. ACT Advanved Care Plaque Guard Mouthwash [♥♥♥]
  7. Caudelie Vinoperfect Broad Spectrum SPF Day Perfecting Fluid [♥♥♥]
  8. Especially Escada Perfume Sample [♥♥♥♥♥]
  9. Fortune Cookie Soap Tommy Guns & Baseball Bats [♥♥♥]
  10. AHAVA Dead Sea Water Mineral Body Lotion [♥♥]
  11. Lorac Cobra Mascara [♥♥♥]
  12. Caudelie Vinoperfect Cell Renewal Night Cream [♥♥♥]
  13. Lancome Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover [♥♥♥♥♥]
  14. Harvey Prince Hello Body Cream [♥♥]
  15. Tocca Giulietta Nourishing Body Scrub [♥♥♥♥♥]
  16. Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer [♥♥♥]
  17. Clinique Turnaround Daytime Revitalizing Moisturizer [♥♥♥]
  18. Clinique Turnaround Nighttime Revitalizing Moisturizer [♥♥♥]
  19. Coach Poppy Perfume [♥♥♥]
  20. Olly Undeniable Beauty Grapefruit Glam Gummy [–] (Not really enough to evaluate!)
  21. Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Perfume [♥♥]
  22. Purity Made Simple Facial Cleanser [♥]
  23. Belif Hungarian Water Essence [♥♥♥]
  24. Acure Repairing Shampoo [♥♥]
  25. Acure Repairing Conditioner [♥♥]
  26. Hello Peppermint Fluoride Toothpaste [♥]
  27. StriVectin-SD Intensive Concentrate [♥♥]
  28. Kate Somerville Age Arrest Anti-Wrinkle Cream [♥♥♥]
  29. Clinique Moisture Surge []
  30. Bond No 9 Perfume []
  31. Gucci Gucci Perfume []
  32. Laura Geller GlamLash [♥]
  33. Carol’s Daughter Monoi Repairing Shampoo [♥]
  34. Carol’s Daughter Monoi Repairing Conditioner []
  35. Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer with Refreshing Coconut Oil []
  36. Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer with Nourishing Monoi Oil []
  37. Nivea Extended Moisture Lotion []
  38. The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturizer []
  39. Olay Regenerist Tone Perfecting Cream Moisturizer []
  40. Bausch & Lomb Sight Savers Lens Cleaning Tissue []

 

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November Empties

Like many, I’m feeling really motivated to buy less and focus on using up what I have, especially through the new year. I’ve been debating whether I want to do a new project 10 pan, or just rotate stuff. We’ll see. I’m just really bad at posting about it, to be honest! We’ll see. Back to the point.

So I used a bunch of things that “count” toward my Project Declutter goals, but I also used a few things that didn’t fit into those categories. And here they are.

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I really loved all of my wallflowers this month!

Bath and Body Works Sparkling Pear Riesling Wallflower: ♥♥♥♥♥
Currently in my bathroom. A really nice, interesting, fruity scent. I wish I could buy more of this scent. Repurchase: Yes.

Bath and Body Works A Thousand Wishes Wallflower: ♥♥♥♥♥
This is currently in my bedroom. It smells like pomegranate to me, but the scent is really strong and comforting to me. I got a perfume sample of this and I hated it on my body, but I love it as a room scent. Repurchase: Yes.

Bath and Body Works Spiced Apple Toddy Wallflower: ♥♥♥♥
So there’s a time and a place for this, but ’tis the season. This smells like warm and spicy apple, and it’s a perfect pre-holiday scent. Repurchase: Yes (this surprised me).

Bath and Body Works Beautiful Day Wallflower: ♥♥♥♥♥
This is a regular repurchase for me. I love apple scents, I guess. Repurchase: Yes.

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Bath and Body Works “Sparkle Every Day” Confetti Cupcake Candle: ♥♥♥
This definitely smelled like vanilla cake, and it was nice, but nothing remarkable. It got a little funky toward the end though.Repurchase: No

Bath and Body Works Anjou Pear Foaming Hand Soap: ♥♥♥
I liked this scent just fine, but it wasn’t anything remarkable.
Repurchase: I wouldn’t run away from it, but I wouldn’t necessarily seek it out.

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Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes: ♥♥
Not a big wipe person, but I use them if I get them. Didn’t really like these. Repurchase: No.

Up & Up Eye Makeup Remover Pads: ♥♥♥
Good in a pinch, but I’ve used better. Repurchase: probably not.

Bite Lush Lip Wipes: ♥
These creeped me out so bad. I HATED using these. I still had to scrub my lips to remove my lipstick, and they were waxy and weird, and no no no no no. Repurchase: No.

Exo Nail Polish Remover: ♥♥
Bought this from Birchbox on a whim. These are super oily wipes, and while they work, they sure do make a mess. I’ll use up what I have, but I like my other methods much better. Repurchase: No.

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Bausch & Lomb Bio True: ♥♥♥
So I actually use daily lenses and don’t use solution very much. I just need something if I accidentally drop a lens, or if I put it in backwards or something like that. So this is fine for my needs. Repurchase: Yeah, sure, but I’m not really picky on this for previously stated reasons.

Secret Outlast Completely Clean Clear Gel Deodorant: ♥♥♥♥
Did what it was supposed to. Left some white marks,but not a ton. Repurchase: Sure.

Oral B Glide Pro Health Comfort Plus Floss: ♥♥♥♥♥
For whatever reason, this is the most comfortable floss for me.
Repurchase: Yes.

Bic Soleil Glow Disposable Razor: ♥♥♥
It was fine. It did what it was supposed to, but I wouldn’t drop everything to get this. Repurchase: Probably not. But it was fine.

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I’m trying to get through my tea samples, too. All of these are from David’s Tea.

Sleigh Ride: ♥♥♥♥♥
This is one of my favorites. It’s a sweet fruit infusion with popcorn and cinnamon. It reminds me of apple jacks cereal, but it’s such a yummy winter treat. Repurchase: Yes.

Mulled Wine: ♥♥♥
I also have a full bag of this, and I’m not excited. I had a different brand’s mulled wine tea that I loved so I just assumed I’d like this one, too. But I don’t like oolong tea very much. This isn’t horrible, but it’s too sweet for me overall. Repurchase: No.

Orange Pekoe: ♥♥♥
This is pretty standard and fine. Repurchase: Maybe?

Mango Madness: ♥♥♥
This was a delicate, fruity white tea. I liked it fine, but didn’t love it. Repurchase: No.

Forever Nuts: ♥♥♥♥
This reminds me of both Sleigh Ride and Goji Pop. I like it, but I like Sleigh Ride better. Repurchase: Yes, when Sleigh Ride isn’t available.

Goji Pop: ♥♥♥♥♥
I love these fruit infusions. This one tastes awesome iced with some seltzer. Repurchase: Yes.

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I also ended up tossing a few things. I didn’t anjoy anything in the above photo very much at all. The Jordana Kohl Lip Liner was a nice pencil, but I didn’t like the color. I’m not going to bother writing about these because I wouldn’t repurchase any of them.

I feel like I got through quite a bit, and I’m starting to see more space on my shelves. Such a good feeling!

Project Declutter 2015 [Fall Edition]: Update #2

This is my second update for this project. If you’re curious about seeing anything I used up in the last update, feel free to check out my other post here.

Skin Care

  • A full-size face serum
  • A full-size face moisturizer
  • At least 1 eye cream deluxe sample 
    • Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream Deluxe Sample [♥♥♥♥] – This was a nice, thick eye cream. I probably wouldn’t buy it because I have so many others to work through, but I enjoyed using it. I just wish it came in a tube vs. a pot.

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  • Face masks: at least 1 sheet mask, 1 deluxe sample, 1 full size
    • Too Cool for School Egg Cream Mask [♥♥♥♥♥]. [Update #1]
    • Sephora Pearl Mask [♥♥] – I know people really like these, but I don’t get a whole lot of benefit out of them, and they’re pretty expensive for what they are. It was a comfortable mask and fit my face very well, but as far as what it did to my skin, well, I didn’t notice anything different.
    • Glamglow Supermud DualCleanse Treatment Deluxe Sample [♥] – I am discovering that I am just not really a fan of Glamglow products. They feel quite harsh on my face, and I don’t notice any lasting benefits from them. This mask was a thin consistency you put on your face for 10 minutes, and then when you add water, it turns to an oil and serves as a cleanser as well. I wasn’t impressed, and I hated the smell.

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  • Face cleansers: 1 cleansing oil, 1 full-size cleanser
    • Algenist Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging Melting Cleanser (Deluxe) [♥♥]– I’m calling this an oil, because it basically is. I didn’t like this. Didn’t like the smell, didn’t think it worked that great, and it left a coating on my face that needed to be removed with a follow-up cleanser. Glad to see this gone.

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  • A toner
    • Caudelie Grape Water [♥♥♥] – Used this as my toner. It felt nice, but it was certainly more of a “nice to have,” not “need to have.”

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Hair Care

  • A deep conditioner
    • Fekkai Prx Repair Hair Mask (Deluxe Sample) [♥♥♥] – This smells so, so good. Like vanilla. The mask itself wasn’t anything special to me, but I would consider buying the shampoo and conditioner in this line.

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  • A dry shampoo
    • Style Sexy Hair H2NO 3-Day Style Saver Dry Shampoo [♥] – This is hands down the worst dry shampoo I have ever tried. It smells lovely, but it’s more like a texturing spray that left my hair tangled, feeling weird, and not at all clean. So glad to see this gone.

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  • Styling products: at least 3 styling minis (I am swimming in deluxe hair samples!)
    • Alterna Caviar CC Cream – 10-in-1 Complete Correction Leave-In Hair Protector [♥♥♥♥♥] – Update 1.

 

Other Body

  • A full-size body wash
  • A hand cream (deluxe is OK)
    • Julep Rock Star Hand Creme (Deluxe) [♥♥♥♥]. Used in Update 1.
  • A full-size foot cream
  • Two full-size body lotions
    • Bath and Body Works Butterfly Flower Lotion [♥♥] Fine, but nothing I would buy again.

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  • Perfumes: At least 1 Scentbird perfume
    • Gucci – Flora by Gucci Gracious Tuberose [♥♥♥]. Update #1.

Makeup

  • A lip balm/chapstick
  • A lip gloss (mini or full)
  • A lipstick
  • 2 eyeliners
    • Clinique Quickliner in New Black [♥♥♥♥] – I don’t think this is the best eyeliner in the world, but I love using it on my lower lash line. 

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  • A concealer
  • A BB cream

Samples

  • At least 40 assorted samples not specifically identified above.
  1. Phyto Paris Phytokeratine Repairing Shampoo – [♥♥]
  2. Retinol Vitamin Enriched Night Cream [♥]
  3. Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Aging + Intensive Repair Daily Serum [♥♥]
  4. Benefit Air Patrol BB Cream Eyelid Primer [♥♥♥]
  5. Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb [♥♥♥♥♥]
  6. ACT Advanved Care Plaque Guard Mouthwash [♥♥♥]
  7. Caudelie Vinoperfect Broad Spectrum SPF Day Perfecting Fluid [♥♥♥]
  8. Especially Escada Perfume Sample [♥♥♥♥♥]
  9. Fortune Cookie Soap Tommy Guns & Baseball Bats [♥♥♥]
  10. AHAVA Dead Sea Water Mineral Body Lotion [♥♥]
  11. Lorac Cobra Mascara [♥♥♥]
  12. Caudelie Vinoperfect Cell Renewal Night Cream [♥♥♥]
  13. Lancome Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover [♥♥♥♥♥]
  14. Harvey Prince Hello Body Cream [♥♥]
  15. Tocca Giulietta Nourishing Body Scrub [♥♥♥♥♥]
  16. Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer [♥♥♥]
  17. Clinique Turnaround Daytime Revitalizing Moisturizer [♥♥♥]
  18. Clinique Turnaround Nighttime Revitalizing Moisturizer [♥♥♥]
  19. Coach Poppy Perfume [♥♥♥]
  20. Olly Undeniable Beauty Grapefruit Glam Gummy [–] (Not really enough to evaluate!)
  21. Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Perfume [♥♥]

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October Empties

A lot of my empty products are over in my Fall Project Declutter, but I still had a few things that didn’t fall into those assigned categories. So here they are! Shocker, it fits in one photo.

IMG_44901. Bath and Body Works Oceanside Wallflowers two-pack: These were fine, but unmemorable.
Repurchase: Probably not.

2. Bath and Body Works Sunset Beach Wallflowers two-pack: Also fine, but not anything special.
Repurchase: Probably not.

3. Up & Up Dual Sided Cotton Rounds: these were AWESOME. They’re large enough to use for toner all over the face.
Repurchase: Yes (once I use up my inferior rounds pads 😦 ).

4. Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes: I’m not a huge face wipe person, so I’m not too picky about these. I use them when I get them in boxes, etc, or if I grab some on sale. Otherwise I never buy them. These were fine.
Repurchase: No.

5. Listerine Freshburst: Listerine keeps making my tissue on the inside of my mouth peel away. Does that happen to anyone else? I think I’m going to try something else.
Repurchase: No, not right now.

6. Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant Toothpaste: Got this in an Allure box, used it, but wasn’t a fan.
Repurchase: No.

7. Herbal Essences Totally Twisted Curl Boosting Mousse: I think I got the wrong one, because they have one for waves, too. Either way, I like both of these from this line. I get defined waves to my naturally wavy hair without super crunchy hair. I can go to bed with wet hair, wake up with a mess, put this in, and have really polished waves when I walk out the door. No fuss.
Repurchase: Yes.

8. Ddung Lovely Girl Mascara: I got this in a Memebox a little while ago, but when I finally got around to using it, it was totally dry. I have older unopened mascaras that are still totally fine, so I’m going to go out on a limb and say either these weren’t shipped totally fresh or they don’t have great shelf life in general. I wasn’t able to use this at all and had to toss it.
Repurchase: No.

9. Boscia Konjac Sponge (mini): Got this in a Sephora favorites set. I absolutely love using these to remove facial masks!
Repurchase: I have, but I’m not brand loyal for a product like this.

So that’s it. Now that I’m doing categorical project declutters, I don’t have too much showing up in my empties posts, but that’s okay. I’m still using up tons of stuff!

Makeup I Wore in October and What I’m Wearing In November

I have a hard time getting through lip and eye products, so it’s been helpful to rotate a group of items every month to make sure I’m using what I have and getting rid of what I don’t like.

October Recap:

Start of October:

oct lipsEnd of October

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Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Sugar Plum. This thing is starting to get beat up. I really like it and it’s really easy to wear, so I’ll be putting it aside for a little while, but I’m definitely keeping it around.

L’Oreal Color Riche Extraordinaire in Blushing Harmony. I like this color on me, but I didn’t wear it a whole lot because I didn’t like how it felt when I ate. Crumbs would stick to my face. Still keeping it.

Guerlain Shine Automatique Sheer Lipstick in 202 Mi-Mai. I know I don’t have much left of this, but ugh. I’m going to be moving it out of my stash because I just can’t stand it. And it’s so expensive! It’s really slippery and moves around my face, and there is glitter everywhere. This is a no go for me, but I know tons of people love it.

For eyeshadow, I spent the month with Urban Decay Naked2 Palette. I forgot how much I love this thing.

Start of October:

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End of October:

shadow-octIt doesn’t look like I made too much of a dent in here, and really, I didn’t. A little bit goes a long way with these shadows! But I found myself using Foxy, Verve, YDK, and Busted the most.

Here are a couple close-ups.

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What’s on Deck for November

Okay, for lip products, I’ve decided to pull out a bunch of minis and see what I can get through. I also pulled out one of my full size glosses that I’ve had for a while because I don’t know how much longer it will be good for. Besides, it pairs perfectly with the Kat Von D mini I picked out. I have so many in this color family, so I’m really trying to use up/pare down.

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  • Lorac Lip Lustre Gloss in Peach Lustre
  • Nars Lip Gloss in Belize
  • Kat Von D mini in Ritual
  • Buxom Lipstick mini in Hooligan
  • Buxom Gloss in Dolly
  • Cynthia Rowly Lip Gloss Stain in Sugar

For eyeshadow, I couldn’t resist! I had to immediately start using the Lorac Mega Pro 2 Palette. I only used this very briefly, so this is basically brand new. I’m curious to see what this will look like at the end of the month, because I hear these shadows go pretty quickly.

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Project Declutter 2015 [Fall Edition]: Update #1

I’m trying something different for this project pan/project declutter. Instead of picking things, I’m picking categories. I’ve gone through a few things, so figured I’d do a quick update.

Skin Care

  • A full-size face serum
  • A full-size face moisturizer
  • At least 1 eye cream deluxe sample
  • Face masks: at least 1 sheet mask, 1 deluxe sample, 1 full size
    • Too Cool for School Egg Cream Mask [♥♥♥♥♥]. I really enjoyed this mask. Nice and hydrating; strongly recommend.

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  • Face cleansers: 1 cleansing oil, 1 full-size cleanser
  • A toner

Hair Care

  • A deep conditioner
  • A dry shampoo
  • Styling products: at least 3 styling minis (I am swimming in deluxe hair samples!)
    • Alterna Caviar CC Cream – 10-in-1 Complete Correction Leave-In Hair Protector [♥♥♥♥♥]. One day, I will buy this in full size.

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Other Body

  • A full-size body wash
  • A hand cream (deluxe is OK)
    • Julep Rock Star Hand Creme (Deluxe) [♥♥♥♥]. Fast-absorbing and really good quality hand lotion.

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  • A full-size foot cream
  • Two full-size body lotions
  • Perfumes: At least 1 Scentbird perfume
    • Gucci – Flora by Gucci Gracious Tuberose [♥♥♥]. Loved the scent, but staying power was not good. So wouldn’t purchase.

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Makeup

  • A lip balm/chapstick
  • A lip gloss (mini or full)
  • A lipstick
  • 2 eyeliners
  • A concealer
  • A BB cream

Samples

  • At least 40 assorted samples not specifically identified above.

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  1. Phyto Paris Phytokeratine Repairing Shampoo – [♥♥]
  2. Retinol Vitamin Enriched Night Cream [♥]
  3. Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Aging + Intensive Repair Daily Serum [♥♥]
  4. Benefit Air Patrol BB Cream Eyelid Primer [♥♥♥]
  5. Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb [♥♥♥♥♥]
  6. ACT Advanved Care Plaque Guard Mouthwash [♥♥♥]
  7. Caudelie Vinoperfect Broad Spectrum SPF Day Perfecting Fluid [♥♥♥]
  8. Especially Escada Perfume Sample [♥♥♥♥♥]
  9. Fortune Cookie Soap Tommy Guns & Baseball Bats [♥♥♥]
  10. AHAVA Dead Sea Water Mineral Body Lotion [♥♥]
  11. Lorac Cobra Mascara [♥♥♥]
  12. Caudelie Vinoperfect Cell Renewal Night Cream [♥♥♥]

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Makeup I’m Using During October

The downside of concentrating on a select group of items is that you end up neglecting a whole lot of your other things. I’ve been choosing one palette to focus on each month, and I’ve really enjoyed doing this because it’s enough time to really try it out and get genuine thoughts on it, but it also lets me rotate through things so I don’t get bored and so I use a bunch of my things.

I’ve noticed that even in my downsize projects, I don’t reapply lip products enough to really get through my lip items. That’s why I decided to take a different approach, and now I’m going to be rotating eye and lip projects on a monthly basis. If I pulled something I realize I don’t like, I’m getting rid of it.

For October, I’ve decided to bust out my Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette. I really love this, but for whatever reason, I haven’t used it very much. You really only need a little bit with these shadows anyway, so I don’t expect I’ll be making very much of a dent in this by the end of the month, but I’m really excited because I love pretty much all of these colors and will be able to get a lot of use out of it.

Here’s what it looked like at the beginning of the month:

udnaked2And for lip products, I’ve chosen three:

oct lipsRevlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Sugar Plum.  Initial thoughts: This stuff is just so easy to wear. I really like it and the color is my favorite type of color to wear for the fall.

L’Oreal Color Riche Extraordinaire in Blushing Harmony. Initial thoughts: I love the color, and it’s a really nice glossy finish. I’m excited to get some use out of this, since I haven’t really worn it too much since I first got it.

Guerlain Shine Automatique Sheer Lipstick in 202 Mi-Mai. Initial thoughts: This is so expensive ($35!) I bought this years ago, and I don’t know what I was thinking. The color isn’t horrible or anything, and the package is lovely, but I just don’t think this is anything special. I’d like to get more use out of it, and this is something I do eventually want to use up.

I’ll post again at the end of the month to show what I’ve used and give my final thoughts.

September Empties!

Brace yourself. I got through a whole bunch of stuff again this month. Let’s not waste any time here.

Skin Care

skincare11. Blooming Rose Skin Toner – This was a Memebox special. I really enjoyed it.
Repurchase: No, I don’t know where to find this and I’m sure there’s other stuff of equal comparison.

2. Skin Juice90 Real Ampoule – Another Memebox special. This had a really nice citrusy scent and I loved using it.
Repurchase: No, probably not. Even though you get so much product in here, I would probably need to chase this down to buy.

3. Derma e Anti-Wrinkle Vitamin A Glycolic Cleanser with Papaya – Got this in an Allure box and it was a pleasant surprise. This was a gentle but effective cleanser.
Repurchase: Yes. I would definitely consider it once I get through my stash.

skincare24. Dukal Reflections Cotton Rounds – These were annoying and left fuzz everywhere.
Repurchase: No.

skincare35. Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Facial Towelettes – These are pretty run of the mill. Nothing good or bad to say.
Repurchase: Nope, but I wouldn’t refuse them either.

6. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Clothes – These were fine, but the size was kind of awkward.
Repurchase: Nope

skincare47. Julep Konjac Sponge – Yep, I liked this.
Repurchase: I would spend my Julep points on these again, sure.

8. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel – I know a lot of people love this, but I thought it was pretty generic and heavily fragranced.
Repurchase: Nope.

Makeup

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9. Laura Mercier Primer – Protect – Not finished, but this just made my skin too greasy.
Repurchase: No, not for me.

10. Tarina Tarantino Hyperlight Eye Brightener – Again, people seem to love this but I just didn’t think it did too much for me.
Repurchase: No.

11. Revlon Bold Laquer Mascara – I didn’t despise this, but I struggled to get through it only because I felt like I was wearing it for the sake of wearing it without noticing any real benefit.
Repurchase: No.

12. Cheek Room Curl & Long Lash Mascara – From Memebox. Not sure if I waited too long to use this or if it’s just a dry formula overall, but I didn’t like this very much at all.
Repurchase: No.

13. Vincent Longo Baby Balm Lipstick in Catalina – I really like this formula. It’s sheer and pretty, but it’s too soft. This broke and I tried to struggle my way through it, but it wound up being more hassle than it was worth so I decided to just toss it at this point.
Repurchase: No, I can’t deal with the breakage.

makeup214. Urban Decay Double-ended liner in Zero and Whiskey – Both of these colors were fine, but this formula is not my favorite as far as eyeliners go.
Repurchase: No, but I would use them up if I got them in a set or something.

15. Buxom Eyeliner – This was a sample, and I didn’t like it at all. Smudged like CRAZY!
Repurchase: Nope.

All The Other Stuff

body116. Venus Olay Violet Swirl – Yeah I liked the scent of this a lot. I’m not fussy about my shave gel, really, but I liked this.
Repurchase: Sure.

17. Soap & Glory Clean on Me – This took me forever to get through, I think because of the pump. I love the classic S&G scent, but I think I like other body products better, so I’ll just stick with the body butter from this line.
Repurchase: No, probably not.

18. Jergens BB Body – I didn’t care for this. Didn’t notice any difference, and I didn’t care for the scent.
Repurchase: Nope.

19. Secret Clinical Strength Smooth Solid Stress Response – This was fine, but it does leave marks.
Repurchase: Sure, but probably not for summer wear.

20. Fortune Cookie Soap The Body Who Never Grew Up Salt Scrub – Smelled nice, but not very scrubby.
Repurchase: Nope.

body221. Colgate Optic White Toothpaste – This is pretty much my go-to.
Repurchase: Yep.

fragrance22. Bath & Body Works Beautiful Day Wallflowers – Pretty much my favorite BBW scent.
Repurchase: Yes, definitely.

24. Bath & Body Works Eucalyptus Mint & Waves – This was perfectly pleasant, but not necessarily a standout.
Repurchase: I didn’t hate it, but I don’t think I would seek it out.

nails25. Cutex Advanced Revival Nail Remover Wipes – Love these things. They work so well and one wipe takes off all 10 nails.
Repurchase: Yes.

26. Julep Clean Slate Nail Polish Remover Pads – I liked these too, but I think I liked the Cutex ones better.
Repurchase: Sure.

tea27. DavidsTea Bollywood Chai – This had candy coated fennel seeds in it and was a black tea. I liked it but it was limited edition.
Repurchase: Can’t.

And All the Samples.

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28. IPKN New York Pore Apple Sun Screen – This one shocked me. I loved it! It had a very slight apple scent and wasn’t greasy at all.
Purchase: I would definitely pick this up for the summer!

29. Coola Face Sunscreen – I know everyone loves Coola, but I just don’t get it. It is so greasy on me.
Purchase: No.

30. It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-in Product – This stuff lasted me so long. I did like it, but I didn’t think it was the most amazing thing ever.
Purchase: On the fence. I want to see how I like the other detanglers I have in my stash before making a decision one way or the other.

31. Tony Moly Banana Hand Milk – This stuff smelled great!
Purchase: I have so much hand cream, but I would definitely think about this one in the future.

32. Dr. Jart Derma Clear Micro Water – This wasn’t bad but I didn’t think it removed all traces of makeup so it wasn’t my favorite.
Purchase: No.

33. Dermalogica Smoothing Eye Serum – I hated this. It was so watery and impossible to apply.
Purchase: No.

34. Solbar Avo Sunscreen – Wasn’t terribly impressed.
Purchase: No.

35. Olay Complete All Day Moisturizer – This little sample lasted me a surprisingly long time. I didn’t mind this at all.
Purchase: Probably not – there are a lot I prefer over this, but I thought this was pretty solid.

36. Coach Poppy Perfume – I always like receiving samples of this one.
Purchase: No, I have too many perfumes right now. But I do like this scent.

Project Downsize [Summer Edition]: Final Update

I’ve already posted my intro for the next cycle of my downsize/declutter project, but here is the finale of my last one! This one went okay. I used some things, didn’t finish others. But I’m still really happy because I’m actively reducing the number of “stuff” in my possession.

This is Update #2 of my Summer Downsize / Project Pan. This was an interesting month, because I’ve either done really, really well on things, or I’ve done really, really poorly. Since these seasonal projects are so short, I am not replacing things I’ve used up. If I finish early, I have the freedom to play around with whatever I want!

Face Products

face-final1. Benefit Boxed Blush – Dandelion [$28]. So this was kind of a fail. I just don’t really wear blush that much. The good news is that I know this about myself, so I never buy it, and I never really have an abundance of it. However, I was hoping to use this more because it’s so old. Guess it will stay with me for quite a while longer!

2. Holika Holika Sweet Cotton Pore Powder [~$15] I had been using this pretty regularly but I noticed it started settling into fine lines and I just didn’t love the finish. I’ll still use this up, but I use it kind of selectively now, only on days when I need it.

concealer-final3. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser [$8.99] – Not much progress here at all. I have a love-hate with this; some days I love it and some days I just can’t bring myself to use it.

4. Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Deluxe Size Sample I didn’t finish this, but I hated it and ended up throwing it out last time.

Lip Products

Original:

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Lips-final5. BareMinerals Moxie Lipstick Sample – Speak Your Mind – I didn’t finish this (it’s in the original picture) because I hated the color on me. It feels great to accept that and get rid of it.

6. LAQA & Co. Lip Tube Sample – Honey Pot – I thought I was going to finish this, but obviously I didn’t. I grew to absolutely despise this, so I’m just throwing it out. I’ve had enough.

7. Laura Mercier Lip Glace Sample – Babydoll – This is missing because I can’t find it, but it’s probably somewhere in my purse. I’ll finish it eventually, but I don’t love it.

8. Buxom Lip Gloss – Mudslide – As you can see, I also didn’t finish this. But it started leaking, and I don’t love the shade enough to fuss with it. In the trash it goes.

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9. Stila Coconut Cheek & Lip Stain [$24] – Didn’t use it the past month. I’ll hang onto it though because I do like it layered underneath things.

The lip category is always my biggest fail.

Eyeliners

Eyeliners is the category that I really tend to crank through.

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10. Buxom Hold the Line Waterproof Eyeliner Mini – Call Me. I probably could have used this a little more, but I felt like I got my wear out of this and I’ve got so many more to get through, so I called this done. I did not like this – it smudged on me throughout the day like crazy.

11. Urban Decay 24/7 Liner – Zero / Whiskey. I am so excited to call this done. This was fine to use and I didn’t mind either shade, but UD liners just aren’t my favorite. They’re solid though in my book so I don’t hate using the ones I’ve got.

Skincare Products

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12. Del*Skin Skin Juice90 Real Ampoule [$30] Done!! This was nice. I enjoyed it, but I’ve got so much stuff to get through.

13. MIlky Dress Blooming Rose Skin Toner Done!

14. Sachajuan Body Lotion – Shiny Citrus. Finished last time.

Perfume

15. Tocca VioletteGone last time!

16. Stella McCartney – Stella Nude Gone last time!

Monthly Eyeshadow Palette

 

During September I used my new Tarte Energy Noir palette. Initially I did not like it at all. (I know this has gotten very positive feedback, but I didn’t think it suited me.) Then I found a few looks that I really enjoyed and I ended up liking this quite a bit. I did get tired of using it by the end though.

Here’s what it looked like when I started:

IMG_4151And where I ended up:

noir-finalI feel like you can’t really see, but I made a really big dent in the top middle shadow. This will be nice for once in a while looks but I’ll say right now if I end up acquiring similar colors I like better or if I find I don’t reach for this too much I will probably end up letting it go.

Since I’m doing a new format for my next project, I’m going to make a separate post for monthly products I’ll be using. Keep an eye for that! Thanks for reading.