Beauty, Lifestyle, project pan

Makeup Monthly: July

I kept my makeup the same as last month’s. I am really enjoying these products, so I decided to keep them around for another month. I have been focusing on using up the PIXI blush and I think that I will keep that in my makeup bag for the rest of the year. I have been working hard on the perfume and have made a huge dent in it. I have been really lax in the lip products, so I am hoping to get more out of them for the month of July. This includes the eye gloss as well. I’d like to use it in July during my work from home week. The palette is beautiful! I think next year, I am going to be focusing on panning it and I just mean hitting pan in every shade. I am resuming my project pan in 2019. I will be doing 19 in 2019. These three will be in that project! I am super excited and I continue to use and love these products in July.

With Love,

Selena

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Beauty, Empties, Lifestyle, project pan

Project 200 Pan: June Update

In May, I used up 61/200 products bringing my percentage to 30% done with the project. I should be at 50% this month, but I do not see that happening based on how much I managed to use up in June. My goal is to use up 5% in June and every month thereafter. I am interested to see how close I am to my goal, but I really need to step up my game and start using my makeup more. I haven’t been using as much makeup as I should, because it has been a really hot summer and I’ve been lazy about it. I need to practice more self-care in July and August to make up for what I think will be a fail in the month of June.

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I was able to use up two skincare items in June. I should try to use more sheet masks, because I have a lot of them and my skin has been drier lately. I think I convinced myself to do one tonight after my shower. My dad and I share skincare products of whatever isn’t too girly, so my dad shared this with me. I did not care for this gel cleanser and have moved onto a foam one that is too squeaky clean. I need to find a good cleanser that does the job and is a bit nourishing at the same time. 63/200

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I am only counting the pink hair color here. It was supposed to be a soft pink but came out way too bright in my hair for the first few washes. It lasted about 6 to 8 weeks, so I do recommend it. I am dying my hair grey again, but after that I am expanding to other colors that I might like the look of in my hair. I should have at least a toner done in July and possibly the grey color. My hair is a bit brassy, so I want to counteract that before putting on the grey. I like to give it at least a week before putting in the color to recover, but I prefer two. 64/200

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I am only counting the makeup remover here. It takes me a long time to use makeup remover, because I only use it if I put on eye makeup. I really need to use my makeup more, because I have about 4 or 6 of these makeup removers in my stash right now and at least three of them are in my current skin care cabinet. This was decent, but it made my vision blurry if I got some in my eye. I did that every time that I used this. 65/200

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I am counting all of these products. Dean finished up his last paint soap from Christmas time. I need to be on the lookout for more of these. It makes bath time super fun for him. The other two are sunscreens that I had laying around from my subscription boxes. I really enjoyed the boxes when I had them, but I need a good year to really purge my collection before I would sign up again. I have a couple of other ones to use up and then, I can buy some sunscreen from Ocean State Job Lot. 68/200

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My toothpaste is the bomb. I will keep repurchasing until there is a good cruelty free whitening toothpaste. I just repurchased another tube of diaper cream. Even though Dean is 2 1/2, it is still great to have this on hand for rashes not on the bum. I still need to buy acetone. I haven’t been painting my nails, because I don’t have anything to remove it with if I don’t like the color or if it starts chipping fast. I have it on my shopping list, so hopefully I won’t forget again. 71/200

8 items isn’t terrible, but it isn’t the greatest either. I only managed to use up 71 items. I am behind a good 29 items that would have brought me up to the half way mark. I have a plan to step up my game. I need to start using my body lotion like I used to. If I lotion once a week, that’s a lot. I want to do it again more regularly. I’ve already stated that I need to take time to do masks and my makeup more often. I want to get my brows waxed or threaded because they are so out of control that it discourages me to do my makeup. I need to paint my nails more and I need to do my skin care religiously instead of skimping out with just cleansing. I am 35.5% done with the project, so at least I kept up the 5% and actually gained 0.5%. I don’t feel as bad now, but I still need to hustle.

With Love,

Selena

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

June Empties

I am sorry again with the late post. I don’t have nearly as much time for my blog as I used it. I still get the joy of blogging and I love it. I just can only do it an hour every Sunday and maybe squeeze in 30 minutes on my other day off. Believe it or not, I can get about 3 posts done in an hour and not skimpy ones either. I am not going to say how fast June has gone, because July is almost gone right now. June is a distant memory right now. I am a fan of lengthy intros in case anyone is wondering. I like to get my thoughts out there before I get to the point.

SKINCARE:

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Alba Botanica Acne Dote Deep Pore Wash

VS About Last Night Face Mask

HAIR CARE:

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L’Oreal Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color in Soft Pink

Revlon Colorsilk After-Color Conditioner

MAKEUP:

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Dermablend Long Wear Makeup Remover

Bite Agave Lip Mask Sampler

Sample Perfume in Tropical Wish

BODY CARE:

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Crayola Bathtub Fingerpaint Soap in Vivid Violet

Hang Ten SPF 50 Sunscreen

Goddess Garden Organics SPF 30 Sunscreen

RANDOM CATEGORY:

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Cutex 100& Pure Acetone

Crest 3D White Diamond Strong Toothpaste

Parent’s Choice Diaper Cream

That is a total of 13 empties this month. I have a feeling that the trend of less empties will continue for the rest of the year. I don’t know how I am going to finish up 200 items now. I really need to step up my game and start reaching for products that I can hit pan on. I should also really work on my lip collection as well. I could probably empty a couple of those in August if I really try. July’s basket seems to be a bit empty, so I might have less than this month. I won’t really know until I count them out. I am going to shift my focus to makeup now that I have some of my skincare under control. I don’t have time for eye make when I go to work, so I will be focusing on base and lip products. I will make a better effort to do my eye makeup when I am at home. It is time to get serious, so I can drop some serious dough on makeup next year.

With Love,

Selena

 

Beauty, Manicure Monday, Pedi of the Month, project pan

Project Polish: June

I only managed a manicure and a pedicure for the month of June and then I ran out of acetone and kept forgetting to pick some up at the store. I am hoping to paint my nails and toes at least 4 times in July. At this point, I am not sure that I will be finishing any nail polish if I don’t pick up the pace. I just find myself not enjoying the colors that I have selected much now that we are half way through the year. So, I am making a change to my project pan. I will be going through the rest of the nail polish that I have in my collection this year. I am going to be weeding out colors that I no longer enjoy and formulas that do not suit my current lifestyle. I will be featuring what I loved and will be decluttering every month based on what I was able to try that month. Danielle, if you see a color that you want that I am decluttering, just let me know. 🙂

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As you can see, I did a pedicure and a manicure this past month. I enjoy each color and I will continue to pull in the pedicure color every month. It is SUPER close to being used up and I want to have at least one polish done this year from this project for me to consider it a success. I picked out 4 colors from my collection that I would like to use in the month of July.

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From left to right: I have Julep in the Bombshell formula in Gloria, Laushine in L002, Maybelline Express Finish in Sunset Seas, and finally, Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Extreme Wear in Sun Kissed. These shades all screen summer to me. Here’s to hoping that I can at least do two manicures and pedicures to equal the 4 times that I wish to do my nails. I think 4 new polishes every month is a good number to do my nails. If I remember and am consistent, I think it would be feasible to do for the last 6 months of the year. If I can declutter colors and formulas that aren’t doing it for me, I will be in a better position next year to do an actual project polish.

With Love,

Selena

Beauty, Empties, Reviews, subscription boxes

5 Out: July

I wasn’t sure how to name these review posts. I knew that I want to title them 5 Out, but I didn’t know beyond that. I think that I will just name them with whatever month that we are currently in. Even though, these are items that I finished in May. It takes me awhile before I get around to blogging about them, but I am going to be better about it for sure. I have 5 more items waiting to be written about and I will do that right after this post. You might see two if these posts in July then, but they will be named the same.

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Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo

I liked this dry shampoo, but I would not repurchase it. I don’t think it absorbed enough oil in my hair. It still was a bit oily. If I sprayed a ton, it did leave a bit of a white cast, but you couldn’t really tell with my grey hair. It does not leave your hair feeling gritty and it does provide some volume. I think there are other dry shampoos that do a better job on oil hair. I have oily roots and this did a 50% job on day 2/3 hair. I need to find something affordable to work on my hair. The only dry shampoo I have found that works is Amika Perk Up. That stuff is amazing!

Victoria Secret’s PINK Coconut Mango 2-in-1 Wash & Scrub

The scent on this is to die for, but I will not be repurchasing. Somewhere along the way, VS has become non-cruelty free. I will continue to buy bras and such from them on sale, but no more beauty products. This was a great scrub, perfect for summer. It was very gritty like sand on the beach. It was like a beach in a bottle. I really enjoyed this scrub, but it is not as good as Tree Hut scrubs. Hopefully, I can get my hands on them at Marshall’s soon. You can always get VS on promotion, so never buy them full price like B&BW. It is not worth it.

Alba Botanica Acnedote Deep clean Astringent

Alcohol is the second ingredient, so I will not be repurchasing for that reason. It stung my skin if I used it after a drying mask. It was effective against acne, but there are less harsh things that work just as well. If this brand makes an alcohol free toner, I would buy it. I like to use a toner that also doubles as a morning cleanser or micellar water. It also had a strong smell that irritated my eyes and made them sensitive. I like that the ingredients are 100% vegetarian and that it contains no “bad” ingredients, except for the alcohol.

Dr. Brandt BB Cream Self-Adjusting Flawless Coverage SPF 30

I am decluttering this BB cream. It is not self-adjusting. It comes out super orange and muddy. I cannot wear this at all. I don’t know why I have this around still and it for sure went bad. It was a good idea if you have a medium skin tone or are tan. I will not purchase from Dr. Brandt, since he is not CF. I have never found a BB cream that matches my skin tone. When I think I am medium, I’m light. When I think I’m light, I’m fair. It is just a bit of a guessing game with most brands.

ELF Tone Correcting Powder in Cool

I am super sad that they discontinued the warm powder. I loved this powder. The only drawback is that the cool makes me overly pale and ghostly. I have warm yellow undertones, so it doesn’t really suit my skin tone. The only other negative is that the powder kept on getting hard pan on the blue and yellow side until I repressed it. The powder is finely milled and kept my skin oil free all day. I didn’t notice any benefit from the color correction, but I have yellow undertones. So, a purple color would have suited me better for a brightening effect. Overall, a great powder for 3 dollars.

Do you like this new review style? I think it works for my blog and makes my review posts more interesting. It does take awhile for me to write these posts, because I have to take the time to review each item. I hand write all of my reviews first before they appear on my blog. I like to get my feelings out on paper first before typing them up and adding a few bits and pieces that I forgot to mention. Even though I do online college, I still take notes in my notebooks. There is just something about putting ink to page that speaks to me and helps me remember. But maybe that is just the writer that is talking in me.

With Love,

Selena

Beauty, project pan

Project 200 Pan: May Update

I am here with another update on how my 200 in a year project pan is going. I finished up more than I thought in the month of May. When we left off in April, I was at 22.5% done with my project pan. That is 45/200 items empty. I am hoping that I finished up 20 items to go towards my goal. I just did my May empties a few days ago, so it isn’t as fresh in my mind. I don’t do these posts back-to-back, so the results are always surprising to me. June marks the halfway point in the year and right now as of April’s numbers, I am no wear nears 100 done. I am feeling slightly discourages, but I haven’t been using my products as diligently as a should. This should be a good wake up call to give me that extra push that I need to use up some of my stash.

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I am only counting the dry shampoo here. I know my hair care category is a slow moving one, but I should have two or three empties in June for this. I am almost done with a leave-in product and have been doing more slicked back looks with gel and oil when even dry shampoo cannot hide the fact that my hair is greasy. Oh, and I should be finishing up one to two mini dry shampoos as well. I need to pick up a can when I get my next paycheck. I think I will try Batiste. 46/200

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I was hit pretty heavy in May with the skin care empties. I am hoping to go through a few more sheet masks, because my skin has been feeling drier lately. I think it might be my day time lotion, but I am not sure. I have been really into hydrating products lately. My skin just isn’t as oily as it used to be. I am thinking that I am more normal/combo lately. I have only been getting slightly oily in my t-zone lately. I used to have to blot a lot. Now, I haven’t even bought blotting paper. Powdering once in the morning lasts almost all day now. I have a few more bits of skin care of their last legs, so I am sure we will see more casualties in June. From then, I think this will become slow moving. 53/200

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I have a mini shower gel that will be finished in June and hopefully, I can push through some more of my lotions. I have been really slacking lately in the lotion department. I need to use them more often. I tend to go ham in the summer, when the air is warmer and my skin is drier. In the winter, I tend to start slacking. My goal for June is to use up one lotion. I have a stretch mark oil that is on its last legs and some sunscreens that will be dying soon. I hope that in July I will be able to move two lotions out of my collection. 55/200

My last category in this post is makeup. Yes, I am counting the perfume, because it is a big deluxe size. It is more than your average perfume sample. I even managed to hit pan on one of my Stilla Glitter and Glows, because I wore it so much during my birthday month in Rose Gold Retro. I am very pleased with the amount of makeup that I was able to use up this month. I hope I can push out two primers in June and maybe a foundation sample or two. I am feeling more glowy looks, so I might go for a glowy primer and skip foundation all together. I have so much makeup that the options are endless. If I can use up any makeup, I will be happy. 61/200

I am quite pleased with my progress in May. I am 30% done with my project, so I am a third of the way there practically. I need to move things out at a 5% rate for the remainder of the months and I was 2.5% behind last month. I gained 7.5% this month, so I am no longer behind, but just on time to finish with 200 by the end of the year. So, I need to gain 5% in June to stay on top at a steady pace. Using up more is always a plus to makeup for slow months like April. I don’t have any empties as of June 10th, so fingers crossed that I have empties in June.

With Love,

Selena

Beauty, Evening skincare routine, Favorites, Haul, Morning Skincare Routine, SALE, Writing

5 In: Walmart & Marshall’s

I have been lightly shopping lately and have been picking up things here and there. These are the latest things that I have picked up. I am pretty proud of all of my purchases. I like to say that I am a frugal shopper and since I discovered Marshall’s, I never want to shop at Sephora again. Will I? Yes, because sometime you just want something and Marshall’s doesn’t always have what you want. I have been making it a habit to go to Marshal’s once a month to make any of my beauty and skin care purchases. The mark down is unbelievable and makes my high end collection that much more affordable. But let me stop rambling and show you the good stuff.

This shower caddy was on clearance at Walmart for just $5. I love having all of my products up and out of the shower now. My shower used to be super cluttered with all of our stuff and now, my dad and my stuff sit in this caddy and Dean’s stuff sits on the shelf in the tub. Everything isn’t all over the corners and edge of the tub and on the floor. It is supper refreshing how clean and organized the shower looks now. I need to get some under the sink storage organizers and possibly a piece of furniture for the bathroom to put towels in. Like the over the toilet kind except I don’t have room where the toilet is (the heater is behind there), so I would put it near the washer/dryer.

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This is a boring repurchase, but this is the best toothpaste under $5. This keeps my teeth relatively white. I need to buy the white strips to make them as white as I want them to be, but this toothpaste does a good job at keeping them from getting yellower. If you used this with the strips, I think it would have no problem keeping your teeth as white as you want them. I want a natural white, so I only want my teeth one or two shades whiter than they already are. I love the taste and my teeth have never felt cleaner. It feels like I just came back from the dentist. I love that really clean feeling.

I am a HUGE fan of Kate Spade and Marshall’s has a ton of Kate Spade. I think I might buy a couple of decorate boxes to keep out of season clothes in next once I find coordinating room colors (anything Tiffany blue, gold, silver). I have a Tiffany blue Kate Spade notebook currently and I love it. They had this cute Rose Gold Pearls notebook for $3 and I had to have it for school. I will be taking two classes, so now I have two Kate Spade notebooks for it. I will definitely pick up two more for next semester, so if I see more next month, I will be sure to grab more to prepare. The paper is high quality and looks very classy when you take them with you like I will be taking them to work. I will be writing a post about my college essentials soon enough.

My prized win of all? This Collector’s Edition BareMinerals Deluxe Mineral Veil Finishing Powder for $9.99 worth $58 and originally went for $38. This is a huge powder at 24 grams of product. I think this will take me a whole year to go through and the packaging is to die for. Hopefully, I will be able to pop the sifter and refill. If not, I will reuse it as a holder for something. It is stunning packaging and a collector’s piece. Who would have thought that I would have found this at Marshall’s? AND it was completely sealed and untampered with. The powder has a light salmon color to it, so it color corrects slightly. It really does blur out pores and gives my face that perfected look. Stella always raves about BareMinerals and I have to say, I am impressed so far. I will definitely be buying more BareMinerals if I see any at Marshall’s.

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OMG you guys! I had to share these PaperMate InkJoy Gel Pens that I have been wanting so badly for school. They are on sale at Walmart right now. They are currently $8.98 marked down from $15.98. You could practically buy another pack with your savings! I didn’t do that though, I bought two other cute stationary products with my savings instead. You should check out Walmart.com or your nearest Walmart to see if they have any of these. This is my first time buying these pens, so I need to see if I like them enough to buy them again before I go crazy and buy more of them.

That is my little haul to share with all of you. I will be doing a separate in-depth online college essentials post that will cover some of the things I bought here, but mostly new stuff to talk about. Most of the stuff, I didn’t personally had to go out and buy. They were leftovers from my previous college years and failed hobbies. lol. Does anyone else do that? I tried hobbies, because other people liked them but I could never keep up. It just wasn’t my thing. The only hobby that has lasted for me is blogging. Probably because writing is my passion.

With Love,

Selena