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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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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!

With Love,

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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.

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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Etsy Haul: Peaches & Pines Studio

Continuing on the trend of paper goods, I am coming back to you with an Etsy Haul from @Peaches&PinesStudio. I will be back to making my own stickers with purchasing printables, but I wanted so easy stickers to start out with. Also, one week out of the month, I will be using my other stickers unrelated to any of the kits unless they are far and few inbetween leftovers. Let me show you the goodies that I got!

She included such a sweet handwritten card with the package.

She included a free metallic sticker.

She included a free sampler sheet that I can incorporate with my kits that I purchased. They are also seasonally appropriate, which is very much appreciated.

I purchased some foil butterfly dividers that I thought would add a nice touch to my spreads if I want to define anything in the white space of the columns.

I bought the Cabana add on glitter headers and and the kit came with the above bonus boxes, which is much appreciated.

I bought the full 8 page kit. I love the blush tones and pops of green.

I bought the Santorini Dreaming kit with the glitter headers.

I purchased the Boardwalk kit with the glitter headers and girls add on.

I purchased the Kalispera kit with the glitter headers and girls add on.

I purchased The Blush Edit with the glitter headers and girl add on.

I also purchased a monthly kit for July in a beach theme.

Have you purchased any stickers lately?

With Love,

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EC Haul: The Planner

I purchased another Erin Condrin planner. This time, I went back to the vertical layout and I will be stickering the weeks again. I am going to breakout the sticker maker and buy planner sticker kits again. I did buy some already made ones though too, because I am lazy. I am also in a middle of a move, so like I don’t know where the sticker paper is yet. I also have so many stickers already laying around to use up, so I will be incorporating a kit free week every month where I just use all of the random stickers that I own and any leftovers from other kits.

I went with the gold coil this year and the colorblends theme (and cover!). I have my name in gold foil on the bottom.

The above are the freebies that come with the planner.

The above was a free gift with purchase of a planner during launch week.

The above was the Turquoise gift during launch week. I kept the Important part and gave away the rest to my daughter as I wouldn’t really use these flags.

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Marshalls Haul

I promise to get my project pan content up. lol. With the move and unpacking, it has been a bit difficult to locate items and I haven’t been working on some of the items for the same reason. I am hoping to pickup with the project and I am actually going to be adding other items to it. I did go with my daughter and fiancĂ© to Marshall’s and we did a bit of shopping. Some were essentials. Others, not so much.

Batiste Dry Shampoo in Sassy & Daring Wild, $8 ($20)

Our current can is almost out and we only have a mini of the Amika. We both live and breathe dry shampoo, so it is a staple in our household.

Elizabeth Arden Pro Skin Perfecting Peel Pads, $5 ($56)

My fiancĂ© really enjoys the toner pads, so I saw these for $5 and picked them up. I cannot believe how expensive these are. lol. We will enjoy these for sure. They are quick, easy, and fast, when you don’t want to break out the cotton balls for a liquid toner.

Marc Jacobs Youthquake Gel Creme, $12 ($59)

Again, holy hell at that price tag! I needed a new day time moisturizer as I don’t like the Too Faced one with the sunscreen in it. I’ve been using it on my tattoo or when going swimming as my SPF just to use it up. Everything just pills ontop of that stuff. I love gel creams and this one is no different. You can’t go heavy handed with this, because it will make you greasy. It is light and hydrating when applied sparingly on my oily skin. I like to get my hands on as many Marc Jacobs items as I can and I always wanted to try this.

Milk Makeup Holographic Stick in Supernova, $7.99 ($28)

Since I have been into creams lately, I thought that I would get a stick highlighter. This one is a purple/blue/pink shift and it is SO PRETTY! I am so glad that I own this one. I am seriously a makeup junkie and I am enjoying every minute of it. Fingers crossed that I can use up 22 makeup items this year. I think I can do it. I am included decluttered items as well in those numbers as I feel like they count just as much since they are still leaving my collection.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Stain in Gray Mauve, $6.99 ($18)

I wanted to get a vampy color to round out my collection. It is patchy and you really have to build it up to be opaque. I have to do quite a few coats, so I don’t think this lip stain will last long. In this case, that is a good thing. I will be on the lookout for another lip stain, because I do like the looks of a stain. They can be very pretty.

More swatches.

I do feel that I will have this lip stain used up by the end of the year. I will be breaking this out mostly in the fall. It is the perfect autumn lip color.

With Love,

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BoxyCharm: April 2022

This month’s Boxycharm theme was Spring Revival.

CHELLA Divine Purpose Eyeshadow Palette, $35

I gave this to Martin. This is pretty much a basics palette with a pop of blue. The blue is weird and doesn’t fit in with the rest of the shades. It does match the box though!

ACEOLOGY Detoxifying Treatment Mask, 65 ml for $69

We love a good face mask as you guys very well know. We are looking forward to trying out this peel off mask. Boxycharm must have felt that we are trying out peel off masks, because this is the second one that we got this month as I purchased our first one at Marshall’s. I am sure that this will be an empty soon enough based on how often we mask. I love that my guy isn’t afraid to do “girly” things with me.

QMS MEDICOSMETICS Eye Serum, 15 ml for $118

I am SO EXCITED to try out one of these fancy eye serums! It has a ceramic tip and I am ALL about this product. Do I think I need an eye serum in my routine? No, I think eye cream is enough and I use my face serum on my eyes (when appropriate). Will I absolutely enjoy this product while I have it? Most definitely!

ITEM BEAUTY Lengthening Mascara in Midnight Mood, $15

I enjoy trying out different mascaras, because it is hard for me to find ones that I like. Sometimes, I have to open up a few mascaras to find one that I like in my collection. I am currently using a Smashbox one and I am not feeling it. I think that I will be cracking into this one soon, because I’m not completely happy with the one that I have open. I love wearing mascara, so if I don’t want to do it as it feels like a chore, then it isn’t the one for me. Hopefully, I like this one.

LUCKY CHICK Liquid Eyeshadow in Rose Quartz, $22

This is FUCKING BEAUTIFUL! It sets and doesn’t budge. It doesn’t go into my crease either! I do use a glitter primer, because I have oily eye lids. I always use a primer with creams, liquids, and glitters. Powder eye shadow tends to stay in place and lightly fade by the end of the day. I also use high quality eye shadow, which might explain the staying power on my oily lids.

The total value of this box is $259. I absolutely love 4/5 things and I am eager to use them. I just tried out the mascara and fell in love. I did cancel my Boxycharm for the time being. I love going to Marshalls and TJ Max. I can get what I want for the same price. I’m just tired I think after a 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,