Beauty, Lifestyle, project pan, Uncategorized

Spring Project Pan: Finale

I kinda dropped the ball on this project pan, because of everything that I had going on. I recently went back to work and working 5 day weeks. Dean started daycare and potty training. There were family dynamics to work and sort out. I had a few emotional breakdowns. I’m not gonna lie. Of course, I also was very sick last week. Hence, the week off. I seem to be gaining more of a life lately, so with work, school, Dean, and this new life that I am building, I might have a hard time keeping up with my 3x a week posting. I might only do 1 a week sometimes. But I digress, this is why I dropped the ball on the end of this project pan. I didn’t use anything in my project, but I have been using up plenty of other items in my collection.

Going forward, I don’t think I’ll be doing anymore project pans. I think I am going to do a monthly makeup rotation, where once a month, I will post what makeup items I am concentrating on. At the next makeup rotation post, I will post if I used something up or hit pan on anything. This why I get to use things that I want more on a regular basis and rotate through what I own. If I get bored, I can do more frequent rotation, but I want to start off saying monthly for now. I would like to polish off the lipgloss from my project in June, but we shall see how fast it goes. I’m ALMOST done. I wanted to just give a recap and my plans moving forward. I have a ton of posts that I want to do, but I only have so much time. It’s so refreshing to have a busy life now.

With Love,

Selena

Beauty, Empties, Lifestyle, project pan

Project Use Up 1K Update

Because of the move and everything, I am switching my 1K use up to $500 USD use up. I missed out on the months of February and March. I believe I lost part of April and January as well. If I get close to the 500K, I might increase it to $750. I will be happy with using up $500 in beauty products however. So far, I have used up $172.17 including May’s empties. I am getting close to the 500 mark, so I may very well up it to 750 to give myself a bit more of a challenge. This is similar to a project pan, but it’s just a collective monetary amount that I wish to use up throughout the year.

PTR Primer  $           7.00
Lancer  Exfoliant  $           9.30
Curology Cleanser  $           2.50
VS Body Butter  $         15.00
Nexxus Pro-Mend Split End Mender  $         21.88
Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in 45 Orchid Hush  $           7.99
MAC Strobe Cream in Pinklite  $           3.40
Sephora Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover  $           2.75
Schmidts Bergamot + Lime Deodorant  $           4.79
MAC Cleanse Off Oil  $           2.80
DKNY Be Delicious Fresh Blossom  $           4.75
Smashbox Primerizer Sample  $           1.00
Sumita Jaipur Gold Contrast Eye Pencil  $           7.60
Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara  $         14.00
Moda Oval Makeup Brushes  $         19.20
Benefit High Beam Cream Highlighter  $         12.00
HIGH Expectation Cannabis Facial Oil Sample  $           1.00
MAC PREP + PRIME FIX + MINI in Lavender  $         14.00
Johnson’s Bedtime Baby Moisture Wash  $           9.69
Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream Sample  $           1.00
Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter Unscented  $           1.00
Magic Bath Crackles  $           1.00
Crayola Color Bath Dropz  $           3.78
Not Your Mother’s Way To Grow Long & Strong Shampoo  $           4.74

The above is the running total that I have so far this year. I have used up 33 items from the start of the year. With the remaining updated, I will just update you with last months list of empties and tell you the new total and number of items used up. Just a quick update to keep myself accountable.

With Love,

Selena

Beauty, Lifestyle, project pan, Reviews

Spring Project Pan: Update

I am super happy with the progress that I have been able to make with all of my products. I will be making progress marks on anything that still has product left in them and if I finished anything up, I will tell you what product(s) I am bringing in to get use out of or play with. I can already say that being able to bring in an item that I really want to use is a HUGE motivator for me to use up what is in my project pan. I decided instead of rotating a new product to pan in, I will just be rotating in whatever I want to use and play with. I thought that maybe I couldn’t do seasonal project pans, but now, I see that I just needed a proper motivator. Choosing just 5 items to pan makes it easy for me to focus on them and move them out, knowing that I can play with a Stila glitter shadow or a new highlighter. Also, 5 items are so reasonable. It is enough to get almost a full look of products, but not too much where I feel overwhelmed by how much I have to use up. I also will ALWAYS make sure to include a “cheat” product that is super easy to pan, so I can get that motivating product to help me go through the rest of my pan items.

That was a long intro, but I am just in a rambly mood today. I also have so many new things in my collection that I am excited to play with everything, but I also have some existing pieces that I am still excited at getting a chance to use during my project pans. I do better with a narrow focus (less items) when it comes to a project pan and flexibility in order to not get bored. Plus, the more I push out/use up, the more items that I can buy and know that I love bringing into my collection.

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The above is what we started with in the beginning of this project. Now, that is has been a month and a half, I am ready to give an update on my progress so far. This project wraps up on the first day of Summer, so this will be the only update. I was hopeful to use up 3 or 4 items out of this project by the finale. Let’s see how I’ve done thus far.

 

DKNY Be Delicious Fresh Blossom Eau De Parfum, 0.5 fl oz FINISHED

Granted, there wasn’t much of this perfume left, but it did last a month of daily use. Sometimes, I also sprayed this before bed as well. This perfume was nice and long lasting. It is also very Spring and not my favorite, so I am happy to have it out of my collection and used up at the appropriate time to use it during the year. I want the Be Delicious Green Apple, but I have to move out a few more perfumes first. It will be my Summer scent. I love the DKNY apple perfumes. They are hands down my favorite with Elizabeth and James, which I want Bourbon for a nice Fall scent. I enjoyed this perfume, but happy that it no longer clutters my vanity.

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B&BW Twilight Woods, 0.28 fl oz

This is not the fun replacement that I am replacing my perfume with in this project, but I thought that I would share what perfume I will be wearing until Summer begins. This is a beautiful sweet scent that I love that is long lasting from Bath & Body Works. They no longer make this exact scent. The current Twilight Woods smells nothing like this. I have about 2/3rds of this perfume left. I’m not looking to use it up. I’m just enjoying it until my Summer Project pan scent. This is a scent that I would pan in the Fall.

 

Too Faced Bronzed Peach Melting Powder Bronzer in Toasted Peach

This is the item that I am having fun with after using up my project pan perfume. It is a super nice glowy bronzer that disappears into my skin. I have never had any bronzer look as natural as this one does on my skin. Too bad they are discontinuing it, because this bronzer is amazing. I apply this bronzer with my finger. I swirl my finger around the bronzer and dot it along my forehead, nose, under my cheek bones, and along the jaw line. I take my ELF Blending Brush and blend it into my skin. It leaves a beautiful sun kissed look that is natural. The shimmer isn’t too much and just gives the skin a glowy look. I have been SO into a glow lately. My skin looks fantastic with a bit of glow rather than the matte face I’ve been doing. This bronzer isn’t orange nor brown. It just melts into my skin. If you want more obvious bronzer, this may not be the right product for you. Oh yeah, and it smells fucking amazing.

MARC JACOBS Sugar Sugar Enamored High Shine Gloss

OMG. I didn’t realize how much of my MARC JACOBS lipgloss I used up until I had to take out the stopper to see a tiny bit left at the bottom of the tube. I will have no problem using up the rest of this before the project is done. I will be so happy to be one lippie next. I would purchase this brand of lip gloss again, just not this color. It is a concealer/sick color on my lips. It was just way too light and not a good color for me. I use this at my desk at home alternating with my favorite lip balm at the moment which is Palmer’s. I find that lip gloss goes pretty fast once you take the stopper out. I will always add a lippie into my project pan, even if I don’t use it up completely. They need attention and I have way too many, but I love it!

MAC PREP N PRIME FIX + In Lavender FINISHED

I knew that this would be an easy win, but I am happy to have it out of my collection still. I am switching to work on my coconut scented one, which will NOT be featured in my next project pan. Based on how long this one lasted, I do not think it will be used up in that amount of time. Plus, I use this every time I do my makeup without fail. I don’t need the extra motivation to use it up. I am keeping it to “Back2MAC” the whole set of three, which counts as one. I need a few more MAC empties to utilize the program. I don’t currently own enough MAC to do it. lol

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MAC PREP N PRIME FIX + In Coconut

This is a full bottle. This will not be my fun replacement in the project. I just wanted to show you what I’ll be using to prime my face and add hydration to the skin. I love these, but I do not feel like it is a necessary step. I just bought them when they were on sale for $12 for a set of 3 minis. I would much rather use a regular primer and setting spray at the end to seal in my makeup. I will happily use these up and accept them as gifts. Also, I would grab them again on sale. At full price, they do not have a priority in my skincare nor makeup routine.

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STILA GLITTER IN GLOW in Rose Gold Retro

I have a big window in this already and this is my fun replacement. I put the cream eye shadow down as a base and I put this on top. I want to use these up before they dry out on me. I really love them, but they seem to start to dry out fast. I have three pressed glitters in a palette now, so I feel good about using these ones up. They are very beautiful. Once I use up all of my cream eye shadows, I would buy another mini set of these. Ideally, I would like to have a nude cream stick and minis of these after I use up everything in my collection. I might be able to use this up in a month. I would say that I have a third of this left. We shall see. This isn’t something that I wear everyday, but only when I have time to add an extra pop.

PIXI Sheer Cheek Gel in 002 Sun Kissed

I have made a nice dent in this blush. I’m not sure that I can use the whole thing in a month by the finale, but this will be something that I will use up this year. I won’t be rolling this into my summer project, because I actually want to pull in that other cheek gel to try to use up. If I use that one up before the end of the project, I will put this one in there. I love cheek gels in the summer for an effortless look. I kinda love it year round tbh. lol. I just can’t get away with that sunkissed look in the winter, which is when powders come in handy.

Laura Eye Caviar Stick in Bare Nude

I think I finished a 1/3 or a 1/4 of what I started out with. I am unsure if I will finish it in time, but I am very impressed by how much I have used up since I started the project. I have been using this almost every time that I wear makeup and I love how effortless it is to achieve a nude eye look. It is a one and done cream eye shadow, which I do love for quick looks. That being said, you could easily achieve this with a powder eye shadow as well. However, when I use powders, I always use at least 3. I use my base eye shadow or lid shade, crease, and another to darken the outer V. Once I finish all my creams, I would like to pick up a nude one for quick out the door days. Otherwise, I am perfectly happy with my powder eye shadows and creating different looks.

I have used up 2/5 in this project so far and I will for sure use up 1 more item by the end of the project. For me, any used up item is a success in a project pan. I also know that I have been using everything on a consistent basis. I love doing these shorter project pans, because I can rotate through my collection better. It is no surprise that I used up my two easy items. For my Summer project pan, I think I will give myself 1 easy item to have a bit more of a challenge. If you are doing a project, leave a link or comment down below and I’ll go check yours out. I’m enjoying everything and that’s what counts!

With Love,

Selena

Beauty, project pan

New Project Pan: 2019 Seasonal Focused

So, I am starting this late, but I am doing seasonal project pans this year! I still have until June 21st, which is the first day of summer. Since I am starting it late, I have chosen my items accordingly for my Spring Project Pan. I am starting out with 5 items that I want to use up/hit pan on. If I finish something up, I can rotate something else in to try to get to 5 by the first day of Summer. These will be more manageable for me than trying to do a year long project with 20 items at the moment, when I have a lot of other projects going on and not to mention work, Dean, college, and a new relationship to boot. I thought that I would update this at the end of every month. So, end of April, end of May, and the finale of the project in June.

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I chose 5 items to use up by June 21 st. One or two items might be ambitious, but I think that I can do it. I want to use up my MAC Prep + Prime Fix + in Lavender, DKNY Be Delicious Fresh Blossom in the 0.5 oz container, PIXI Sheer Check Gel in No 2 Sun Kissed, Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Au Naturel, and Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Lipgloss in 312 Sugar Sugar.

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I have about a 1/4 of this bottle left and I would like to move on to the coconut scented one for the summer. This is a primer spray, so I use it after I put on my face cream but before I start putting on any makeup. I usually will put a second primer on top of this one after it dries. I believe it seals in moisture as my other primers tend to be drying for my oily skin. I believe that as long as I use it, this one might be finished by the second update that will be at the end of May.

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A perfume is always ambitious, but considering there is only a little bit left, I think I can manage to use it up as long as I remember to apply it everyday. It is a long lasting perfume, but gone by bedtime. I could apply first thing in the morning and before bed to get the most use out of it. I love the way this smells, but I am tired of this floral. I want the green apple version of this so bad. I for sure will buy more DKNY perfumes and the apple scents tend to learn more summery/spring for me rather than fall. This perfume is for sure a Spring perfume, hence why it’s in this project.

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Another ambitious one. I have 1/3 of this tube left and again, this is pretty old in my collection. I think I can finish it off, if I use it without fail every day. This may be one that I end up not finishing, but I bet that I can make a ton of progress on it. The thing is you don’t need very much to get a lovely bitten look to the cheeks. I apply with my fingers and then buff out with a kabuki blush to get rid of any harsh lines. I would love to use this up before it goes bad. I have another potted cream blush to use up after this one and that one is better suited for summer with its Popsicle red shade.

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Not much left to this nude cream eye shadow stick. It is quick and easy for a very neutral look. This makes it really easy for me to wear eye shadow. I just apply to my finger and then to my eye lid. I have hooded eyes, so I tend to do a one to two eye shadow look. I know that in the future I want to buy more cream eye shadow sticks and small/mini powder eye shadow palettes. I don’t want big bulky eye shadow palettes anymore. They aren’t for me. Thank god, I only have 1 to work through. I like the credit card sized palettes or the little Too Faced ones. Perfect size for me, when I’m not really into eye shadow. Cream eye shadow though has me second guessing not being into eye shadow.

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I threw in a lip gloss, because I can plow through a lip product easy. This one even has windows, so I know there is already good progress done to it. This shade is way too sickly nude on my lips, so I wear it around the house. I love the formula and the minty tingle. It is a very good lip gloss that I would want in more shades when I can justify buying more lip products. If I move more out, I’m closer to buying more. This is how I am choosing to look at it. I have no doubts of using this one up.

There you have it! The five makeup items that I want to move out of my collection by the first day of Summer. I am eyeing a few other bits for what I want to use up in the Summer. One of them, I know will be a hair care item that has stuck around for way too long. I will for sure be going for a Summer seasonal vibe like I did for Spring. I picked out neutrals with flush cheeks and Spring scents.

Anyone else doing a Seasonal project pan?

With Love,

Selena

Beauty, Evening skincare routine, Favorites, First Impressions, Lifestyle, Manicure Monday, Morning Skincare Routine, Pedi of the Month, project pan

20 By 2020: Project Pan

Let’s start the year off right with a project pan announcement. I have way too much stuff and I want to get my money’s worth out of as much stuff as possible this year. I’d love to use up 1K worth of product in my collection this year. I’ll be focusing on that dollar amount as my goal this year instead of a finite number of empty products. Along with my empty posts, I will be creating a spreadsheet of items that I am using up with the dollar amounts over there. This series will just focus on the project pan and the progress being made on the items that I have selected. I have chosen way more than 20 items to start out with and over the course of the year, I hope to get it down to 20. I just have so many last little bits of things to use up that I’d rather start out with a ton of stuff to move out of my collection early for a nice motivating start. Let’s get into it!

Hair Care: 5

KODAK Digital Still Camera

I have a ton of hair things open at the moment. I have two purple shampoos that I would like to use up. The Shimmer Lights, I use as a primer to strip my blonde hair of any remaining previous color. I use it on dry hair like a hair mask. Speaking of which, I will be doing my hair a different color again. I have three more semi dyes to use up that only last about a month before I can buy my demi colors again. The other purple shampoo is my “daily” shampoo to keep my hair from getting brassy again, so I don’t have to do the Shimmer Lights very often. The hair mask has like one more use left in it. The conditioner is two thirds empty and the Nexxus split end fuser has the tiniest bit left. So, we are starting out with five in this category. I’m not using any styling products at the moment, but that could change.

Body Care: 5

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Again, we are starting out with 5 items in this category as well. I have a few foot masks left in this tube and I’d like to get a new one when its done. Its a lazy girl solution to a pumice stone. I have a quarter of the body splash left that I use after a shower and I have like 3 more to get through. Don’t know why I ever bought these. I’d rather use perfume. I have a fifth of the body butter left, so only a few more uses to go. I love the apple blossom scent, but VS is not CF. I have half of my Lush shower jelly left and I just want to use it up. It’s so annoying to use. Lastly, I like to go through 1 Summer’s Eve product every year, so I’d like to see this gone. Not my favorite scent, but it is nice especially during the winter when I tend to get a bit of heat rash on my legs.

Skin Care: 10

KODAK Digital Still Camera

As you can see, we haven’t even hit the makeup yet and we are already at 20 items. I have a ton of skincare open right now, so I’d like to get through what I have before opening any new things. I have a third of my coconut rose spray and I think I’ll switch to Dean’s baby wipes that are so gentle and effective on the face for a bit. I pay $9 for 480 wipes, so I figure one pack should last me a good long time and be more cost effective in the long run versus buying the liquid and the cotton. I have a tiny bit left in the Paula’s Choice serum and then I have another serum to go through. I kinda don’t want to buy anymore until I’m 30, then I’ll invest in an anti-aging one. My Curology serum is only used when I see texture on my face or a breakout. Otherwise, my bc keeps my skin pretty clear. It just needs a boost sometimes. I have a morning serum that literally does nothing. I don’t find it particularly hydrating and I can just use a moisturizer.

I have the Curology cleanser and moisturizer. I just want to use these guys up. I would not purchase either. Overpriced for what they really are. I have a couple of more uses of my MAC cleanse off oil for when I wear a full face of makeup. I tend to wear that for work, because when I’m at home, let’s be real, I’m not wearing a full face. I have an eye cream that I hate and just want to use up. I have a tiny bit of the Lancer exfoliator left that I just need to push myself to use. Lastly, I have a facial oil that I would like to use up by the end of the year. I have my eye on the PIXI rose oil.

Makeup: 26

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So, my makeup category is really a bonus, since it consists of 26 items. I am going to try to get this done to 20 over the next month, but no promises. The 4 nail polishes, I am counting as one. I just want to use all of these colors in January and see if there are any that I want to declutter from my collection. I will rotate another 4 in every month. I added the two different nail stickers as one, I want to use these up this month as accent nails to just use them up. I do enjoy nail stickers though. The potted lip balm is for home use that I hope to use up by the end of the year and the EOS is for my desk at work. The long BareMinerals palette has a highlight, blush, and bronzer. I only have plans to use up the bronzer. It is basically untouched. I have a mascara that I would like to use up and I feel like it is near the end of its life.

I have a brightener eye shadow pencil that I want to use up, because I have plenty of pencils to get through. I have a liquid eyeliner as well, even though I suck at a wing. I have three primers pulled in currently: a dewy one, a matte one, and a pore filler. I should be able to use the matte one up by Feb no problem. I already cut into the tube. I have my lip scrub that I have a third left and I’d like to just buy a new pot. I have my bouncy blush that I just want to use up on those no makeup days. It doesn’t layer well over foundation. I have a lip gloss, a liquid lipstick, and a bullet lipstick that I’d like to use up this year. I don’t think that is too ambitious and I am sure that I will be using these up to add new ones into the project.

I wanted to enjoy my brand new highlighter, so I added it into the project. I have no plans for this highlighter, but if I hit pan on it, I will be extremely happy. I want to use up this eye primer that I think is pretty unnecessary. I usually just use my concealer. I have a perfume, With Love by Hilary Duff, that I am SO CLOSE to finishing up. I love this scent, but I will be happy to say goodbye to it. I have a mini Fix + to use up in Lavender that I recently purchased that is good for after powdering and before makeup. I have my big jar of finishing powder that I would like to use up this year. I am keeping the jar though and just filling it with a different powder. It’s too pretty to throw out.

I have a cream eye shadow in a very nude shade that I can wear for work and use it up quickly that way. It has a tiny bit of shimmer. I have my Kat Von D concealer that I want to use up, because I no longer support her and her anti-vax ways. I have my Hourglass and Anastasia stick foundations to use up. Last but not least, I have a little liquid highlighter that I like to mix into my moisturizer for a bit of a glow.

So, I have a 46 item project pan currently. I’d like to get down this project to 36 by Feb (before adding items in if necessary). I am a bit ambitious in this project this year, but then again, I always am. Really isn’t much of a surprise to be honest. If you are doing a similar project, please leave a link to your blog down below so I can check it out. You think I can do it? lol. I think I will use up 20 in 2020. I’m more worried about the 1K net worth.

With Love,

Selena

Beauty, Evening skincare routine, Favorites, First Impressions, Manicure Monday, Morning Skincare Routine, Pedi of the Month, project pan, SALE

Product Inventory

I am back kinda. Not sure how often I will be posting on here, but I hope everyone had a Happy Holiday whatever and however you choose to celebrate the end of the year. Yesterday, I decided to tear up my room and make an inventory spreadsheet of all of my beauty related items. What I found was very shocking to me and some things weren’t all that shocking at all. I decided to make a product inventory spreadsheet to catalog everything that I own, so I know what I own at the tips of my fingers. This way, when I use something up, I can update my spreadsheet and delete a number and can better tailor what I own. On the other end, when I buy something or receive something, I can add that onto the spreadsheet as well. I will also be creating a spreadsheet with what I’m buying (including money spent) and what I’m using up (including money “utilized”) this year.

One thing I discovered is that I have way too many nail polishes. 45 to be exact. So, this year with my project pan. I will be working on trying out every nail polish and seeing if it is a formula/color that I want to keep in my collection. If I’m not happy with it, I will declutter it. I cannot possibly use up 45 polishes anytime soon and I rather work on the colors/formulas that I like to pan than to just pan for the sake of panning. I also have way too many samples. I will be working on using up my samples and making it a conscious effort this year.

I thought it was also surprising that I have 12 blushes and 10 highlighters. I will be working on these during my project pan this year on using up/hitting pan where appropriate. I feel like highlighters are easier for me to use up, because I love them. I use it everyday even on no makeup days. It is the one makeup item that makes me truly happy (besides lippies). Speaking of lip products, I have 37 of them. I know, I know. It sounds bad, but I do go through lip products. I can for sure get through 10 next year. I’m hoping to get through 16 which would be half of what I own. As long as I am consistent, I believe that this will be possible. And you know, when I move, I won’t have someone telling me that I can’t wear something.

I also have 16 sheet masks. I want to get through at least 1 a month, because I do love sheet masks. You can never have too many, right? Through this inventory, I counted 13 different perfumes. Ideally, I would like to have 4, one for every season. I will be working on the bottles that are almost used up and mini sizes as well. I am pretty sure that there is only one bottle in my collection that is practically full. It is the oldest in my collection and filled with so many good memories. It’s hard to use it up, because it brings me back. It’s a bit bittersweet with the memories now. The perfume still smells just as beautiful though, probably due to being in a blacked out bottle.

I will be making a separate post about 20 in 2020, which really turned into a rolling project pan for the year. I have a lot more than 20 items, but I plan on cutting the number down to 20 as items start to be used up. I just need the extra motivation sometimes. I have hair, body, skincare, as well as makeup in this project pan. I included my spreadsheet in case you want to take a peek. I have a total of 68 categories on the list.

Product Inventory

With Love,

Selena

Beauty, Empties, Evening skincare routine, First Impressions, Morning Skincare Routine, project pan

October 200 Pan

In September, we left off at 126/200 and now, we get to see our total for October. If I finished 10 items this month, it would be a lot. I don’t even think that I have that many empties. I am not discouraged though, because I still have two months until the end of the year and I think that I will still be able to knock off a few more things. I won’t make it to 200, but over 100 is more than I ever thought that I could do. I am still so proud of myself. When I see room in my backup stash, it makes me so happy to soon have that space back to store other things besides products collecting dust. On a side note, I am in my element right now. I have written so many blog posts to try to keep ahead of the curve and I just had so many ideas. Now, I feel a bit emptier and less stuff is on my mind. But anyway, I am happy to see that my backups are not squished together anymore, but have plenty of room. I will not fill up that space though.

SKINCARE:

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130/200 I have four items here and I am counting all of them. I have a full pack of the Aveeno Baby hand and face wipes complimentary of Influenster and they were very nice. They are expensive, but if you have the money, they are the perfect morning face wipe. I finished two deluxe sized eye creams. One was my day gel and the other was my night cream. I also used up my month’s supply of Curology. I just got my 2 month supply bottle. I will be reviewing this on my blog soon, so stay tuned. Sneak peek, I LOVE it.

MAKE UP:

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132/200 I also finished up 1 lip balm and I decluttered this Nude Stix lip crayon that left white residue around the inside of my mouth. It also wore terribly and flaked away. Not to mention that the color was all wrong for my skin coloring. Not too bad on the lip front with two more out of my collection. Maybe, I can get one or two out again by the end of the year. I go through lip products and I have a good stash of them. I enjoy buying the Sephora Favorites kits to refresh my supply. I rarely buy a full size. I mostly go for mini sets, because they are the better deal and I love trying new lippies.

HAIR CARE:

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133/200 I finished up one deluxe sized can of dry shampoo and two packets of hair conditioner that I use to shave my legs with. These conditioner packets come with my dad’s hair dye and I use them. I have separate conditioner that I like to use for my hair, so these are perfect for using for shaving where I don’t care what kind it is. I am going to be buying pricier hair care that is CF, so I will not be using my expensive conditioner on my legs. If I ever use up my back stash, I will buy a cheap conditioner to use for my legs. I have one more can of dry shampoo and then, I will attempt to use up my Lush one again.

BODY CARE:

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135/200 Wow. I actually did have ten empties! That really surprises me! I am pleasantly surprised. I used up my B&BW Sweet Pea Body Spray. We used this as a bathroom freshener. Dean really stinks up the house when he goes number 2. I have been going through all of my sprays this way. I am consistently going through 1 a year. I used up one last year and now, this one for this year. I am currently working on a VS one in the Fresh and Clean scent. It is a rarity that I use up a body gel, but I used up this no name sweet pea one that Danielle gave me.

MISCELLANEOUS:

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I broke one of Dean’s bubble wands. We salvaged the fluid and poured it into two other wands. I didn’t do it on purpose. It just snapped from use. The other is a pencil that I used up. Remember those plastic pencils with the little lead refills? I still have a few of those hanging around from my middle school/high school days.

135/200 is what I wanted to have done at the very least, so I am very satisfied that this is what I got done in October. I have a masking challenge going on in November and December, so that will be boosting my empties a little bit. I also have a few odds and ends on their last legs as well. I think I might have 15 to 20 empties in the month of November. Now, that might be a generous prediction, but I believe it might come true. At the very least, I want another 10 to be a productive month. I have two skin cares on their last legs, two body lotions, and a few makeup bits and bobs. Hopefully, I can make this prediction come to life. Wish me luck!

With Love,

Selena

Beauty, Collection, Empties, Evening skincare routine, Favorites, First Impressions, Lifestyle, Morning Skincare Routine, project pan

How Many Face Masks Til The New Year

I have another collaboration post to share with you all. I saw this post over on Just Sheilz. It is a new project that I have never seen before, so I thought that I would give it a try. I have seen masking everyday in a month challenge, but this challenging is using up as many masks as you can until the New Year. Sheila will be masking every other day. I plan on masking at least 3 times a week. What attracted me the most to this project is the fact that I have SO many sheet masks and potted masks that sit in my collection. I want to get the most use out of them as I can and I will for sure be including skin care in my 20 by 2020 project pan next year.

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The photo above is my whole entire face mask collection currently. Below are the items that I will be focusing on. I chose a potted mask and enough sheet masks to do one every week until New Years. I am concentrating on my pot of NCF L’Oreal Pure-Clay Mask. I would like to say that I am halfway done with this mask, but I could only be a third done. I have not hit the bottom on the glass yet. I chose a single packet that I have left of an anti-aging mask. I chose a Sephora Rose Lip Mask that I could do when my lips get dry in the winter. I have a SOO AE Donkey Milk Sleeping Mask that I don’t know how many uses it has in it. It is just liquid, so I am figuring there will be a lot in there. I might use this on days that I do not do any masks. I have 8 sheet masks in total that I would like to use. Four are from The Sharing Co and are CF: Hyaluronan, Soothing, Elasticity, and Brightening. One NCF from VS which is the Let’s Glow Face Mask. Three from MJCARE that are Herb, Phytoncide, and Coenzyme Q10. I am excited to get masking!

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Will you be joining our project?

With Love,

Selena

Beauty, Empties, Lifestyle, Pedi of the Month, project pan

September Project 200 Pan

It is the end of October, so you know that I am finally getting around to telling you what I used up last September. If you have read my 15 to Jess post, then you know that I am up to 115 out of 200 items. I only have 75 more things to use up by the end of the year. Now, I know that this is very much of a stretch. I would have to use up (not including September) 25 items in October, November, and December. I really do not use up that many items in a month. I thought that I could do it, because in the beginning, I had so many minis. As the year went on, items started to decrease in numbers and I am very happy to have gotten rid of a bulk of the clutter. I am happy with my current number 115, but I want to still push for that 200. I’m not going to use things for the sake of an empty though. I am using my items and enjoying most of them.

MAKEUP:

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116/200 I painted my toe nails this bright red orange from Julep in the shade Gloria from the Bombshell collection. I will be keeping this for the toes. It is more red than I like for my fingers. Painting my nails is a miracle which is why I’m counting it as an empty to motivate myself to paint my nails more. Next year, I am actually having 2 nail polishes in my finish 19 in 2019. This shade will not make it in there though since I can only use it on my toes. It is a pretty color though.

BODY CARE:

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120/200 I am not counting Dean’s Shampoo/Body Wash as he goes through them pretty regularly. I finished off two of my dad’s body scrubs. He leaves a lot in there, because he doesn’t want to work hard to get the last bits out. I get roughly two weeks of body scrub out of each bottle that he wants to throw out. I count them, because I am not using my own body wash most of the month. My dad never liked this lotion. I finally finished this huge bottle. I used it at night after a bath/shower, because it is unscented. I like to use scented body lotion during the day. I FINALLY used up my Bio-oil from my pregnancy days. This did nothing for my current stretch marks, but it did help against stretch marks during pregnancy. I didn’t get any stretch marks until I started to loose the baby weight. That is how I got my original stretch marks from my teen days. Any time I lose a lot of weight fast, I get stretch marks. I really want to try a stretch mark cream and a cellulite one, because I have both thanks to Dean. 🙂

HAIR CARE:

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124/200 Hair care was where it was at this month. I redid my grey hair, although it is looking more brown toned than the icy grey that I was getting before. This is the last time that I am doing grey, because I think I will need to lighten my hair again. I’m going to do a smoky blue and maybe a purple. Since I have this darker ash vibe, I still want to play with color and maybe I can be a bit more vibrant but dark at the same time. I finished a one time use foil packet of a hair mask and it was okay. I used up this scalp scrub that I did not understand and all it did was dry up my hair. The Infusium 23 I received from Influenster for review purposes and I really didn’t care for it. I am sad that my Aussie conditioner is done. It is my favorite conditioner, but they are not CF. No repurchases in this category for me.

SKIN CARE:

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126/200 I got the little deluxe sized sample of bronzing face lotion from Danielle and I really liked it. It gave a natural tan look to my face and never looked orange or fake. I didn’t care for the Kiehl’s face gel. It wasn’t moisturizing enough and I don’t think it did anything for my acne. It also pilled up ANYTHING applied underneath it. I ended up using this on my legs and it helped with razor bumps. There are cheaper things you can purchase for that though than this moisturizer. I really want to try their midnight recovery oil/serum thing. I’m not turned off by the brand. I just don’t like this product.

MISCELLANEOUS:

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I finished up two pens. Both my favorite: PaperMate Ink Joy pens, but the orange is the gel pen. I am IN LOVE with the gel pens. I will repurchase another pack once I’m down to my last few ones. They have lasted two semesters so far with only one causality out of 10 pens. We finished up a mini toothpaste from the dentist and a pack of 100 cotton rounds. I am currently working on a huge bag of cotton balls. We don’t use them and they just sit. Honestly, I don’t see much of a difference between the two. I might switch to cotton balls, since it is more cost effective.

126/200 That is not bad for the end of September and nine months into my year long pan project. October isn’t looking too promising, so I think ideally, I would want to hit at least 150 to 175. 200 is looking farther and farther away. I’ll be relooking through my collection. I think there is one more color corrector that I need to declutter, but I pretty much did most of my decluttering already of items that I am not a fan of. I might be resubbing to Sephora PLAY in 2020 if my 2019 project pan goes well. That was my favorite sub box and I have been keeping an eye out in case I wanted to buy any months after the fact.

With Love,

Selena

Beauty, Collection, project pan

Decluttered 15 To Jessie

So, I am adding 15 items to my project 200 pan. That brings me up to 115/200 not including the September empties which have not been blogged about as of yet. I have a friend named Jessie who I give Dean’s handmedowns to. Jessie has an almost 1 year old now and I have been giving her clothes and toys that Dean has outgrown. I also have been stuffing in the bag a few things for her as well. This will be the first time that I am giving her a care package for herself of all unused/sealed makeup items (with a few jars of baby food that I found that are still perfectly good. I guess, Dean didn’t like squash). These are all makeup items that I found sitting unused in my collection. Now, some of these things I was really excited to try, but never got around in doing so. If I want to try them, I will buy them. Jessie also has a 4 year old son and she just recently got a part time job. She’s a single mom and we have to take care of each other. I wanted her to feel special and these things were just wasting away…

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Most of the stuff is all high end and I do remember swatching the Stila but it was too dark for my eyes. The rest of this stuff is untouched. Jessie doesn’t mind lightly used items, but I’d rather give her brand new items and I don’t count swatching the eye glitter once as really used. All in all, I am giving her a Clinique liquid liner, MUFE gel eye liner, Marcelle and Well People mascara, Supergoop! Setting Spray, Smashbox primer, Benefit Wats Up highlighter, Cover FX  Highlighter drops, Nars lip pencil, Tarte Lip Paint, Sephora lipstick, Bite lipstick, VS lipgloss, Stilla Glitter Eye shadow, and Cailyn eye polish.

It feels really good to give and I am not going to miss these items. If I will, I should have at least tried them, but I didn’t. I have told Jessie that I got these mostly in subscription boxes or in giftsets. I have made it really clear to her that I didn’t go out and buy it and could return it. These are all things that I haven’t gotten around to and I’d like to give it to a good home. The only thing she needs to complete a full face is concealer and foundation. I have a bit more room in my drawers and with Christmas releases around the corner…..I could use it.

With Love,

Selena