Lifestyle, Writing

Life Updates For July

I have a couple of life updates to report. I started my Master’s Program at Walden University. My study is in Social Work with a concentration in Trauma. I am really loving it a lot more than my Bachelor’s degree. My goal is to be a therapist for children suffering from trauma. I also switched my career. I quit my job and I now work as an Applied Behavior Analysis Therapist for children on the spectrum. I currently have 5 clients during the week. I also just got my wedding dress and alterations need to get done on it. Life is just going really well right now.

With Love,

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22 in 2022: June Update

My current makeup count is 7/22 used up/decluttered. I have no used-up/decluttered items this month. This will strictly be a progress update. Things have been moving and shaking in June. I am hoping that July will yield some good results.

April/May Project Pan Items:

IGK Holographic Foam:

My son used this once. I think it has 1 or 2 more uses left. I plan on using it on a workday as I work with kids and I am always making sure that some part of my appearance is kid-friendly or attention-grabbing so they pay attention to me.

Huda Beauty Setting Spray:

I am still working on this. I swear it is the never-ending setting spray. I also really enjoying this one, so I am not mad that it is taking longer to use up than expected.

Farsali Setting Spray:

We have a third of the bottle left. I am hoping it will be gone by end of July, but I think it will be August before we can roll in another hydrating setting spray.

Becca Bronzing/Highlighting Beads:

I didn’t use this at all the past month. I have been into other things.

Ciate London Setting Powder:

I use this every day and I am getting there. I am looking forward to going back to a pressed powder after this one as a reward as I do not like loose powder anymore.

Florence Brow Gel:

Still plenty of product on the brush.

Bite Lip Gloss:

I am literally powering through this gloss. I am really enjoying it too.

Pretty Vulgar Beauty Mousse:

This is a foundation/primer hybrid. I found out that it is too light for me currently, so I will be replacing this with the Becca Primer as it gives a bit of coverage as well.

Dior Dream Skin Perfector:

This is a primer/light coverage (think slightly tinted) tint as well. It has been so hot that I haven’t been using this as it is a bit oily on my skin. I am putting this one aside until the cooler weather.

Rodial Glow Primer:

This is the oldest primer in my collection. It is a liquid dropper type. I have not started using this yet. I forgot that it was in the project.

Progress is slow, but it is going.

With Love,

Beauty, Empties, Lifestyle, project pan

Empties: June

I am able to get this post up a bit earlier in the month, which I am very happy about. I did go through quite a few products in June. It was a pretty heavy empties month, but I did not use up any makeup items. I did end up with pink eye, so I didn’t use makeup for a while. I am SO CLOSE on quite a few makeup items now. I am pretty sure that I can still use up 22 products in 2022. I’m almost done with two mini lip balms, a gel blush, a powder, two setting sprays, eyebrow gel, and another mascara. That is eight products right there. I should be in a good spot soon.

It was the month of haircare and skincare. I managed to use 4 hair products this past month. It was a dry shampoo month as we finished up two bottles of it. I also managed to use up shampoo and a conditioner. I usually use up the matching shampoo before the conditioner, so I rarely use them up in sets.

So many skincare items! 4 eye masks, an eye serum, an eye cream, and a packet of facial wipes. I decluttered the two eye items when I got pink eye as those were the 2 items that I used on and around my eyes 48 hrs prior to getting pink eye symptoms. I had not used my mascara or any eye shadow or liner thankfully.

I used 2 bath bombs and they really color the water nicely! Not much of a scent, but they also don’t stain or leave your tub slippery. I would get these again. I paired them with bath salts for scent and relaxing qualities.

Three misc items. Deodorant, room spray, and a pen.

7 sheets of stickers for accountability purposes.

It is nice to see 13 beauty items leave my collection. June was a very productive month for me and I hope to keep the momentum going through July. I do know that light months usually follow heavy months, so I am not going to be disappointed if July doesn’t yield as many empties as June did.

With Love,

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Empties/Purchases Analysis: June

Empty Items:

Serum: 3
Face Mask: 4
Sheet Mask: 3
Lip Mask: 5
Eye Mask: 13
Nose Strip: 1
Face Wipes: 7 packages
Facial Cleanser: 2
Bar Soap: 1
Body Lotion: 5
Body Scrub: 2
Hand Cream: 2
Dry Shampoo: 5
Hair Leave-In / Detangler: 4
Hair Mousse: 2
Shampoo Bar: 1
Lip Liner: 1
Bronzer: 1
Blush: 1
Cream Eye Shadow Stick: 1
Liquid Eyeliner: 2
Mascara: 2
Lip Balm: 1
Liquid Lipstick: 3
Cream Contour Stick: 1
Setting Spray: 1
Primer: 2
Concealer/Foundation: 1

Liquid Highlighter: 1

Bath Salts: 1

Bath Bombs: 7

Foot Mask: 2

Brush Set: 1

Perfume: 1

Shower Gel: 1

Toner: 2

Shampoo: 1

Conditioner: 1

Eye Serum: 1

Eye Cream: 1

Number Of Empties:

97

Current Amount Used Up:

$1,596.96

Items Purchases:

Perfume: 1
Dry Shampoo: 4
Facial Wipes: 12
Hair Leave-In / Detangler: 6
Pressed Powder: 2
Primer: 3
Brush / Set: 3
Bronzer: 2
Lip Scrub: 1
Serum: 1
Facial Moisturizer: 5
Lip Liner: 1
Nail Items: 8
Samples: 16
Eye Cream: 3
Liquid Eye liner: 2
Mascara: 3
Body Balm: 1
Setting Spray: 4
Bath Salts: 1
Foot Mask: 3
Body Mask: 1
Tanning Lotion: 4
Scalp Scrub: 1
Highlighter: 3
Face Mask: 7
Toner: 2
Liquid Lipstick: 2

Hair Mask: 5

Body Cream: 4

Cream Blush: 2

Lip Stain: 1

Eye Mask: 2

Body Scrub: 4

Lip Gloss: 2

Eyeshadow Palette: 2

Contour Palette: 1

Lip Balm: 2

Foundation: 1

Eyeshadow: 1

Bath Bombs: 2

Bath salts: 2

Body Mask: 1

Deodorant: 1

Hair Spray: 1

Number Of Items Purchased:

136

Current Amount Spent:

$1,030.78

Current Beauty Balance:

– 39 Items Added To Collection
– 566.18 (More product $ used up than purchased)

I am doing good with using up more products in the monetary sense. I feel better that my number went down from 45 to 39. I have used up 6 more items than what I bought in June. I am looking forward to seeing this number go down a bit further.

With Love,

Collection, Favorites, Haul, Lifestyle, SALE

EC Haul

I am so excited to share another haul with all of you! This was my last order until the Black Friday sale. This post is Hello Kitty heavy, so if you aren’t a fan, you may want to skip this one. I am a huge fan! It isn’t just for kids.

This Hello Kitty pen organizer is adorable! It can also hold a ton of pens as well. I filled up the whole organizer and still had some leftover to put in my pink organizer. I have a very girly aesthetic and I’m not mad at it.

You can always use correction tape. Sometimes, I whiteout lines in my planner before I lay a sticker down if a sticker is see-through.

The glue type is nice to have to stick things in your planner or if your stickers lose their stickiness, so you can still use them.

These are old-school gel pens and I wish they had a HK design instead of mid-century circles, especially considering it is supposed to be HK themed.

These metallic marker pens are really fun to use. I also use them in my journals as well as in my planner. The white is good for black pages.

I bought some fine-tipped markers that act more like a pen. I really love pens and writing utensils! Can you tell? lol

Some floral washi type in the In Bloom theme.

An adorable HK pen.

This pop socket is SO me. I love purple/pink and planning, so it is perfect.

I really love the HK planner stand. I even use it to hold papers while reading. It is very versatile as I even use it to hold up my phone.

And a shit ton of stickers as always as well as a trio of planner metallic bands to keep them closed.

With Love,

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Collective Haul for June

I didn’t pick up too many beauty items in June and some of them were birthday gifts. I have been focused on using what I have, which I feel will be very reflective in June’s empties post. I literally have almost everything I could want now, so I feel the slow down coming. I am also shifting focus, which I think will help curb my beauty spending. Like I said, I only picked up a handful of things, so here we go!

Pearlessence Watermelon Dry Shampoo, $6.99 ($15)

I wanted to try a different kind of dry shampoo and this one is watermelon scented! The bottle caught my eye. We do love our Batiste and Amiks, but we are not opposed to giving other brands a try.

Shiseido Facial Cotton, 165 sheets $7.99 ($12)

I wanted to see what all the hype is about this kind of cotton. We do need some cotton pads too because we have a liquid toner and are running out of cotton balls for it.

Kopari Charcoal Deodorant, $6.99 ($14)

So far this is the only natural deodorant that does not irritate my underarms. I do use a heavy-duty overnight deodorant/antiperspirant. I do have to apply it twice a day to stay effective. I do enjoy it, but it is too early for me to say whether I would repurchase it or not.

My fiance’s maternal grandmother gave this to me for my birthday along with some goodies! I love organizers and this fits perfectly in my bathroom free-standing cabinet.

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer

I love love love this moisturizer. It has been perfect this summer with my oily skin. It smells like a watermelon jolly rancher and sinks in pretty quickly. It doesn’t irritate my eyes, either. This will probably be in this year’s empties.

Innisfree Intensive Hydrating Cream w/Green Tea Seed

I haven’t tried this yet, but it looks interesting. Since we share skincare, it will suit one of us, if not both of us.

Samples. 🙂

Joico Beach Shake Texturizing Finisher, $19.99 ($24.50)

I purchased this for when I want to wear my hair naturally, which has a bit of a wave to it. It is perfect and light, even though I have fair hair and it is for medium to thick.

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EC Haul

Another planner/stationery haul. I was feeling very inspired to bring in a lot of paper goods to prepare for a couple of things that I will be announcing soon. My life has really been all good things so far this year (besides one incident). I am really proud of all the progress that I have made this year and I am excited for what is to come in my future.

I purchased these Star War stickers for my future sister-in-law as a small token of my gratitude for all of her support and the fact that she will be my sister!

I bought this memo board to put up on our desk with the magnets for any important event that is coming up or any invitation. Right now, a wedding invitation is hanging from it. It helps my fiance especially as he has a hard time remembering things.

I bought this organizer for my planner supplies. It can hold papers, folders, books, mail, etc. Our living room isn’t entirely set up yet, so I haven’t had a chance to employ this yet. I think it will be very useful in several aspects of my life.

I wanted my monthly tabs to be metallic and I believe that it should be a customizable option. The bitch of it is, that the spacing and font of the months DO NOT match the tabs in the planner. This was very disappointing to me, although I still used it.

I love Hello Kitty, so I had to get these rolls of washi!

I love the colorblends theme for EC this year, so I got the matching washi kit. It comes with 4 rolls of washi tape and two of them have blending colors that go from one color to another on the color wheel.

I love gel pens. I could not resist.

This seasonal sticker book is so cute! I am looking forward to using these in my spreads every month. I also use them to decorate the 12 boxes near the front of the planner for memory keeping.

I bought the newest pack of Hello Kitty stickers. Aren’t they adorable?! I cannot wait to use this in a very girly spread.

I kept some of these sheets but gave most of them to my daughter. I only wanted a couple of my favorites. She loves these stickers and I am sure her friends do, too!

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Haul, Lifestyle

My Wedding Dress

I just ordered my wedding dress from Etsy for under $200. I didn’t want to break the bank for our small backyard wedding with a cookout for a reception on a Saturday afternoon in September. I based my dress off of my fiance’s family’s Scottish kilt. It is still very princess-y and I adore it. I cannot wait to get it and show try on pictures!

The kilt in question above.

I will be sharing hair, makeup, and nail concept pictures of what I want on my big day. I couldn’t be more excited! This was 2 years in the making and almost didn’t happen.

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EC Summer Surprise Box 2022

Another day, another haul post. I decided to pick this up after my cousin also ordered it. I ordered this when it was 50% off plus a promo to get $10 off your order when you order the surprise box. It was a fantastic deal that I could not pass up. I paid $20 for the box and I definitely think that I got what I paid for based on what I am going to use. I wish that lifestyle items were not included as I got EC for planner supplies, not other things. I digress. Let me show you what came in the box.

I love the Banana Leaves design on the outside of the box. The inside of the box is a soft color blends theme with an adorable quote. I personally turned it inside out for the quote and color blends color. I tend to use these as gift boxes and I have a friend getting married that I thought this would be perfect for.

I love these card. Definitely keeping it to incorporate it into something.

These are metallic nail art stickers valued at $7.50 that is exclusive to the box. Not worth almost $8 in my opinion. I am giving these to my 12 year old daughter.

I love this metallic cover and I will definitely be using it on one of my discounted notebooks that I purchased with covers I didn’t care for. It will be so pretty for the summer! It is valued at $13 and is exclusive to this box. I wouldn’t have picked this out for myself and I generally don’t buy covers as I’d rather spend a few more bucks and get a notebook.

A reusable shopping bag that snaps back together is very nice to have. I own way too many of them to be honest. This is exclusive to the box and valued at $13. I think the price point is pretty typical for a pretty tote bag.

I kinda love this rose gold manicure set. I was already in the market for one, so this was a welcome surprise. It is exclusive to the box and valued at $15. It is rose gold with a metallic finish, so I would agree with the price point on this one.

This is a self care sticky notepad that I will be using weekly. It is great for making sure you follow through with habits and make time for yourself. I also love that it is in the color blends theme. It is my favorite theme so far that EC makes. It is valued at $8 and a sneak peek item. I think it is a bit high for only 20 sheets.

These are exclusive stickers valued at $5.50, which is a good deal I think with looking at the costs of full sheet of stickers on Etsy. I am not interested in them though, so I will be giving them to my daughter.

I’m excited about this one. It is exclusive to the box and valued at $12. It is a colorblends productivity journal and I look forward to using it.

This rainbow pen duo is AMAZING! It is a sneak peek valued at $8.50 and I hope that it comes in other duo color packs. I will be using them for the whole month of June in celebration of pride month. So stoked for these! I am a pen addict and these are amazing. It adds something a little special to my collection.

The included insert.

Overall, this was worth it to me. I got my $20 worth and the pens and notebook are amazing. They gave me the value of the box. Everything else was just extras. I would have been disappointed had I paid full price ($40) for this.

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Empties/Purchases Analysis: April/May

Empty Items:

Serum: 3
Face Mask: 4
Sheet Mask: 3
Lip Mask: 5
Eye Mask: 9
Nose Strip: 1
Face Wipes: 6 packages
Facial Cleanser: 2
Bar Soap: 1
Body Lotion: 5
Body Scrub: 2
Hand Cream: 2
Dry Shampoo: 3
Hair Leave-In / Detangler: 4
Hair Mousse: 2
Shampoo Bar: 1
Lip Liner: 1
Bronzer: 1
Blush: 1
Cream Eye Shadow Stick: 1
Liquid Eyeliner: 2
Mascara: 2
Lip Balm: 1
Liquid Lipstick: 3
Cream Contour Stick: 1
Setting Spray: 1
Primer: 2
Concealer/Foundation: 1

Liquid Highlighter: 1

Bath Salts: 1

Bath Bombs: 7

Foot Mask: 2

Brush Set: 1

Perfume: 1

Shower Gel: 1

Toner: 2

Number Of Empties:

86

Current Amount Used Up:

$1,338.97

Items Purchases:

Perfume: 1
Dry Shampoo: 3
Facial Wipes: 12
Hair Leave-In / Detangler: 6
Pressed Powder: 2
Primer: 3
Brush / Set: 3
Bronzer: 2
Lip Scrub: 1
Serum: 1
Facial Moisturizer: 3
Lip Liner: 1
Nail Items: 8
Samples: 16
Eye Cream: 3
Liquid Eye liner: 2
Mascara: 3
Body Balm: 1
Setting Spray: 4
Bath Salts: 1
Foot Mask: 3
Body Mask: 1
Tanning Lotion: 4
Scalp Scrub: 1
Highlighter: 3
Face Mask: 7
Toner: 2
Liquid Lipstick: 2

Hair Mask: 5

Body Cream: 4

Cream Blush: 2

Lip Stain: 1

Eye Mask: 2

Body Scrub: 4

Lip Gloss: 2

Eyeshadow Palette: 2

Contour Palette: 1

Lip Balm: 2

Foundation: 1

Eyeshadow: 1

Bath Bombs: 2

Bath salts: 2

Body Mask: 1

Number Of Items Purchased:

131

Current Amount Spent:

$1,016.80

Current Beauty Balance:

– 45 Items Added To Collection
– 322.17 (More product $ used up than purchased)

I am doing good with using up more products in the monetary sense. I am shocked that I brought in 45 items in 2 months. This is a good reminder to slow my roll for the rest of the year, except for necessities. Jesus. LMFAO

With Love,