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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,

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Empties: April/May

Two months worth of empties and decluttered items. There are 39 items that would be counted towards my beauty balance. We can certainly get into the meat of this post and I can give a bit more details on the items that I have used up from the beginning of April to the end of May.

This was a self-care basket that I gave to my future sister-in-law who was going through some rough times with a loss within her family.

I forgot to include this in the above photo.

The above was a care package for my daughter, when we were still not seeing each other.

This care package was for my son’s special education teacher. She is expecting soon.

Over the past 2 months, I have used up 10 sticker sheets, which is really good for me.

I was able to use up 8 skin care products in two months, which is impressive for me.

I change out my hair brushes often, probably once every three months. I use a fair amount of product that it does gunk up, even with washing it with some mild soap. The scalp scrub broke in the shower. The Bed Head, I’ve had FOREVER and it went bad. Dry Shampoo is a staple and makes a monthly appearance.

I am so proud of myself that I was able to finish off two makeup products in 2 months. I am still behind, but I am almost finished with 2 more products. I think they will be done in the month of June. We shall see.

With Love,

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22 in 2022: April/May Update

I have used up 5/22 items so far in this project pan. With the move happening in May, I decided to combine April and May’s updates as most of the items were boxed up in the month of May/end of April.

April/May Project Pan Items:

Hourglass Palette:

I am retiring the Hourglass palette. I don’t enjoy using it anymore. The more I used it, the more I realized that I didn’t like the shimmer on my face. I only used it when I was home all day and even then, I always thought my face was too sparkly/too dark. I’m going to be giving this to my stepdaughter to play with since it is on the older side and only good as play makeup at this point.

IGK Holographic Foam:

I’m gonna be honest and say that I have not used this. I plan on just putting it in my pony tail or bun the next time I go to work. This is an easy empty. I don’t know why I am having such a hard time using it up. I think I just keep forgetting to use it.

Too Faced Peach Primer:

I finished this primer.

Huda Beauty Setting Spray:

I am still working on this. It feel half empty.

Farsali Setting Spray:

The markings have rubbed off on the glass bottle. I have a little less than half the bottle to go. I think I should be close to done by the end of June. We are still setting up our vanity, so I can’t say for sure. It might not be done until the end of July.

Becca Bronzing/Highlighting Beads:

I am getting there. No visible progress to report.

Ciate London Setting Powder:

I have might slight progress on this powder. I haven’t been using this much lately as I have been using another powder-like product instead.

Additions:

I am adding 5 more items into the project.

Florence Brow Gel:

Still plenty of product on the brush.

Bite Lip Gloss:

Just started using this and already at the E (above). It is a click type gloss, so I think it will be pretty easy to move through.

Pretty Vulgar Beauty Mousse:

This is a foundation/primer hybrid. I am into a light base at the moment, so I thought this was the perfect time to pan this product.

Dior Dream Skin Perfector:

This is a primer/light coverage (think slightly tinted) tint as well. This is more on the greasy/oily side, so this will require the use of the powder in the project, which will help me reach for it more.

Rodial Glow Primer:

This is the oldest primer in my collection. It is a liquid dropper type. It will probably take me a couple of months to move through it.

My current makeup count is 7/22 used up/decluttered. I will have to pick up the pace if I want to use up 15 items with 6 months remaining. I would need to use up 2 to 3 items every month. Here’s to hoping that I can have another successful project pan this year!

With Love,

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Empties Analysis: March 2022

Empty Items:

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

Number Of Empties:

  • 48

Current Amount Used Up:

  • $840.17

Items Purchases:

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

Number Of Items Purchased:

  • 44

Current Amount Spent:

  • $459.12

Current Beauty Balance:

  • -4 Items Added To Collection (I’ve used up 4 more items than what I have brought in. My collection is 4 items less than it used to be).
  • -$381.05 (More product $ used up than purchased)

I am loving where my balance is at this month. I have less products in my collection and I have used up more than I have spent so far this year. I cannot believe that right now that the amount of products that I have brought in haven’t increased my collection size. But also, that despite spending $459.12 so far this year, I have already used up that amount of product (and then so), which totally justifies my purchases to myself. I am dreading April, because I did a birthday haul for the Sephora Spring Event. lol

With Love,

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Purchased VS Empties: March Update

I did some online and retail therapy this month. I also donated quite a few items as well. I am hoping that the numbers sort of balance each other out. I have no clue though. I know April will throw things way off, because I have already shopped way too much this month. I got so many incredible deals though that I never feel guilty over any of my shopping. I have also really been pushing through product with a speed that I have never accomplished before now that I am not hoarding and saving my products.

Purchased:

5 items were Boxycharm, which costs me $27.99 a month. The Kopari Balm was $9. The eyeliner was $3. Primer for $6 and setting spray for $12. The bath salts were $2. The foot masks were $5.99. The body mask was $8 and the self tanner was $9.99. The scalp scrub was $6.99 and a life saver. The moisturizer was $3 and the Becca highlighter was $12.99. The total spent in March was $106.95, bringing us up to my current yearly total spent as $459.12. I am honestly surprised that I have almost spent $500 in 3 months. I might have been way off when stating that I would purchase about 1K this year.

Used Up:

I used up or decluttered the following items: Shampoo bar $10, bar soap $2, two eyeliners $18 and $12, VS lotion $20, hand cream $16, lotion $5, 2 hair mousses for $15 and $19, 2 face masks for $4, 3 lips masks for $4, 4 eye masks for $5, sleeping mask $3, 2 lip masks for $6, 2 packs of face wipes for $5, 2 lotions for $10, cleanser $6.99, VS scrub $20, hand cream $8.59, heat protectant spray $14, Amika foam dry shampoo $26, Setting spray $36, mini primer $2, 3 lippies $6, MJ Extra Shot $39, Stila mascara $25, and Valentino blush $58. I have used up or decluttered a total of $386.58 this month.

My purchases for the year total $459.12 and my empties total $840.17 so far. This means that I have used up $381.05 more than what I have brought into my collection. However, I have lessened my collection by 16 products, even with the purchases this month. I am very happy with the beauty balance this month. I do like that my use up is currently almost 2x the amount spent. However, April has already been spendy, so I don’t know what the numbers will look like for April.

With Love,

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1K Declutter: March Update

This is the final post in the series. I am proud to say that I was able to reach my goal of using up / decluttering 1,000 items from my home and from my life. I donated a good portion of items as well, which always feels good. It is sort of a bittersweet post as it is saying good bye to the past two years that I have done this series. It is the beginning of a new time with new, fresher memories. I am excited to show you the final numbers and the items that I used up or decluttered!

Donated:

#992 – 1,009 – It felt so good to donate all of these items to the Ukraine. It is all new items.

Skincare:

#1,010 – 1,017 – I used up or decluttered all of these skincare items.

Body Care:

#1,018 – 1,020 – I was proud of myself for using up a body scrub as body items usually take me forever to use up, because I don’t take as much as time as I should taking care of it.

Hair Care:

#1,021 – 1,022 – The Amika nozzle stopped working and nothing that I could do could make it go. It was almost like it ran out of aerosol.

Makeup:

#1,023 – 1,031 – I also used up / decluttered 8 makeup products! This concludes my 1K declutter series. If you have been along for the whole ride, thank you so much!

Onto another adventure.

With Love,

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Project 10 Pan: March Update

So far, I have used up 3/10 of my project 10 pan items. Once I hit 10, I will restart the project as a project pan roulette. I am super excited for that to happen, but it is going to take a lot of inventory work and counting to get it done. It is going to be a project to log every item that I own, so I could see having a gap couple of months before the next project begins depending on how much time I will have for logging all of the items that I own including makeup. Without further ado, we can jump right into this update!

I am almost done with the toner spray. It will be used up by the next update. I am still working on the body serum.

I am using the bum bum cream as a hand cream. It is slow going, but we did hit pan so that is exciting. I still have to take the time to use these hand masks.

I managed to use up 8/10 items in this project. During this update, I was able to use up the candle, the Aveeno foaming cleanser, Amika hydrating dry shampoo, the eye mask, and the heat protectant. Since we are down to 4 items in this project, I am going to add in a few more this month.

Additions:

I need motivation to use up the last bit of this serum and I haven’t really used the VS lotion. Since we are heading into warmer weather, I thought it would be a good idea to add in the boob cream. lol. I just never think of it, so this project will remind me.

With Love,

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22 in 2022 Project Pan: March Update

I am back with my March update on my project 22 pan. I have used up 2/22 in this project pan so far this year. To finish in time for the year, I would need to use up almost 2 makeup products every month to get to 22. Currently, I am a month behind. I am excited to see if I have improved my numbers for this month. I want to have more items in my project pan, so I have some additions this month and I will also have more next month. I feel like I can handle more than 5 items at a time in the project. I think that I am going to try to make it 10 products that I am working on during this project at a time.

Ending February Project Pan Items:

I started the month of March with the 5 items above to work on and below is my progress on all of the items.

Feb Update:

March Update: Ciate Setting Powder

I was able to make a decent sized dent in this loose powder this month. It isn’t my favorite and I would not recommend nor repurchase it. It is very powdery and leaves a white cast. I predict that this will be in the project another 3 months before it is used up. My goal is to use up this product entirely. I do have another loose setting powder to replace it with when it is used up.

Feb Update: Coola Setting Spray

March Update: USED UP

I managed to use up this setting spray in the month of March where I wore makeup almost everyday. I am so happy to have a setting spray out of my collection as setting sprays are my weakness. I have way too many setting sprays at the moment, so you will see another setting spray replacing this one in this project pan. I wasn’t a fan of this one. It had a strong sunscreen scent and burned my eyes.

Feb Update:

March Update: Becca Highlight Beads

When I look at these beads from Feb to March, I see progress even though I didn’t use up any beads this month. I concentrated more on the blushes and wore this only two days a week most of the time in March. I plan on using this more in April as I have been a fan of the flushed sunkissed look. I might try layering this over the bright pink blush.

Feb Update: Marc Jacobs Primer

March Update: USED UP!

I used up this mini primer in the month of March and moved on to another primer that I will be introducing to this project pan. I am happy to be moving through my primers, because primers are also something that I buy a lot and really do enjoy using. I generally have good skin and will use primer and powder most days as my base.

Feb Update:

March Update: Hourglass Palette

I expanded the pan on both the powder and the bronzer. I also hit pan in the highlighter this month! My goal was to hit pan in the highlighter. I was able to achieve that goal this past month. In April, I will continue to use this highlighter for the last month before rolling a new highlighter into the project. I think using up the rest of the palette will take me until the end of the year.

Additions for April:

I am adding in 3 items for April. I am adding the Too Faced primer to replace the Marc Jacobs one. This is a mini size of the full sized version. The average size of a full sized primer is 30 ml or 1 fl oz. This primer is 20 ml, so it is pretty close to a full size for being a mini. I am guessing this will be at least 2 months of use. I am also rolling in two setting sprays. The Huda Beauty is my oldest setting spray and I am about 1/2 way done with it. I use this spray for when I go to work or some place special wear I want my makeup to last and be perfect. The Farsali setting spray I use when I am at home. I am very disappointed with it. It does a great job at hydrating and setting the face (It can also be used as a primer and I have been using it before going in with my Too Faced one), but it REAKS of white vinegar. My face smells strongly for a few minutes. It mostly goes away, but sometimes I can still smell a whiff. I just want to use both setting sprays up, so I can crack into my Too Faced Hangover Setting Spray.

Current Project Pan Items:

I have managed to use up 5/22 items so far this year in this project. I am currently caught up and on track to using up 22 by the end of the year. I might have the setting spray and hair foam used up at the end of April, but I honestly don’t know if anything will be used up in the next update. Only time will tell. I only have one more application left in the IGK hair mousse. I just have to find an occasion to use it. I think I might just use it on a Monday, because there is only us three ladies in the office on Monday. I think they would get a kick out of it.

With Love,

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Empties Analysis: Feb 2022

Empty Items:

  • Serum: 1
  • Face Mask: 3
  • Nose Strip: 1
  • Dry Shampoo: 1
  • Hair Leave-In / Detangler: 1
  • Lip Liner: 1
  • Bronzer: 1
  • Cream Eye Shadow Stick: 1
  • Lip Balm: 2
  • Cream Contour Stick: 1
  • Hair Mask: 1
  • Hair Styling Cream: 1
  • Primer: 1
  • Face Powder: 1
  • Mascara: 1
  • BB Cream: 1
  • Body Lotion: 1
  • Sunscreen: 3
  • Face Wipes: 1
  • Toner: 1
  • Facial Oil: 1

Number Of Empties:

  • 26

Current Amount Used Up:

  • $453.59

Items Purchases:

  • Perfume: 1
  • Dry Shampoo: 1
  • Facial Wipes: 4
  • Hair Leave-In / Detangler: 1
  • Pressed Powder: 1
  • Primer: 2
  • Brush Set: 2
  • Bronzer: 1
  • Lip Scrub: 1
  • Serum: 1
  • Facial Moisturizer: 1
  • Lip Liner: 1
  • Nail Items: 8
  • Samples: 2
  • Eye Cream: 1
  • Liquid Eye liner: 2
  • Mascara: 1
  • Body Balm: 1
  • Setting Spray: 1

Number Of Items Purchased:

  • 33

Current Amount Spent:

  • $352.17

Current Beauty Balance:

  • +4 Items Added To Collection
  • -$43.37 (More product $ used up than purchased)

l am happy to see that I am in the positive for spending, but I would like to be using up more products than what I am bringing in. This is something that I really need to monitor with the small space that I have currently. Once we move out, I will be able to re-evaluate the numbers I am okay with having. For right now, I want to keep my collection space with the dwindling space I currently have. I am really excited to see where we will be at next month.

With Love,