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$200 Before 2018: Update #6

I managed to use up a few more makeup items in September, but not that many. I really need to move myself into high gear if I want to finish 7 more products and use up the rest of that $200 that is remaining in this challenge. If I reach both goals before 2018, I will end the challenge on that month otherwise it will end with the last update in January for December.

Let’s recap, I have finished 13 out of 20 products with the total being $123.20 out of $200. Let’s see if I can raise that total to $140.

1 Perfume Sample = $1

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Temptu Highlighter = $4

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MUFE ULTRA HD Loose Microfinishing Powder = $5

My total now is 15 out of 20 products used up to the tune of $133.20. That isn’t so bad. I still have October, November, and December left. So, that is three months left for this project. In order to make it, I need to finish at least almost 2 products every month. I will also need a minimum value of $22.27 used up every month. This is going to be so challenging and I really need to move my butt on this. Even if I “fail” this challenge, I will see it as a win, because I started this in June or something I almost have already reached my goal. I’ll be keeping this challenge going next year with a 200 items project pan challenge that I will include more categories than just makeup.

Are you doing a project pan?

With Love,

Selena

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September Empties

I have not counted my empties beforehand so it will be a complete surprise to see how many products I have used up this month. I am happy to have finish at least one full sized item this month that I can remember and I am really proud of myself. It was a big 2 oz night time face cream that I didn’t particularly enjoy. So, even if I only finished up like 20 things, I feel like I have accomplished so much more. Let’s get into seeing what I used up this month instead of continuing this long intro.

2. International Delight Coffee Creamer

food

4. Gerber Lil’ Beanies

food

5. Swiss Miss Hot Milk Chocolate

food

6. Hawaiian Tropic Broad Spectrum SPF 30

sunscreen

7. LW Home Banana Smoothie Candle

8. Biore Charcoal Nose Strip

face

9. Derma E Hydrating Night Cream

10. Hang Ten Dark Tanning Oil SPF 08

sunscreen

10. Softsoap Body Scrub Coconut Butter

scrub

11. 3 in 1 Body Wash, Shampoo & Conditioner Strawberry & Banana

shampoo

12. Medicell Labs Advanced Moisture Eye Mask Duo

mask

14. MJCARE Snail Face Mask

mask

15. B&BW Hello Sugar! Shimmer Body Lotion

lotion

16. Eau Thermale Avene Theramal Spring Water

skincare

17. Makeup Forever Loose Face Powder

18. Jergens Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer

lotion

19. OUAI Rose Hair & Body Oil

oil

20. Crayola Bathtub Fingerpaint Soap in Robin’s Egg Blue

soap

21. Temptu Pink Pearl Highlighter

highlighter

22. Marc Jabos Daisy Perfume Sample

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23. Hair Tie

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24. SkinMedica Total Defense + Repair Sunscreen

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24 products empty isn’t a bad number to end the month with. I already have four or five empties in my basket right now and I’m sure I’ll have more soon. It seems like some things are running out all at once, but I have backups. I’m hoping that October brings a solid 20 product month as well. I’m usually very happy with using up 20 products a month. I know that may seem like a lot to other people, but I have a ton of deluxe and sample sizes that need to be used up. I’m forever adding to the collection with my Sephora and Walmart beauty boxes. I’m getting there though. I don’t have quite as big of a stash as I used to.

With Love,

Selena

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August Empties

Well, better late than never, huh? I was busy over Labor Day weekend and it didn’t leave much time for blogging. I’ve been trying to get a lot of posts scheduled to go up this weekend and next week. There are so many posts that I want to write, plus a lot of products are piling up in my basket to review. I have a very busy end of year for me. There are so many appointments for Dean to go to and my dad is having foot surgery at the end of the year. I’m going to get in as much blogging as I can, because I might be off and one at the end of the year. I’m taking time off to take care of my dad and Dean, because he won’t be able to take care of Dean for a bit. This is such a busy year for me. Also, it has been the most productive year as well.

I decided to sign up for the next Insurance course to get an Associates degree in Insurance Data Analytics. I’ll be getting my books in a couple of weeks. I might be blogging less. I’m going to take the exam sometime in Jan to March, which is my exam window and I get to chose the day and time to take it. Two Associates degrees kinda equal 1 BA degree right? I didn’t get to interview for that job, strictly on the basis of no BA. Talk about discrimination in the workforce.

I basically felt degraded by the HR manager that talked to me about having no degree and once I told her that I had an Associates degree (in the job description it said you could have an Associates with 4 to 6 years of documented work HISTORY, not specific work experience), she said I needed a BA and work experience to get this job. Quote: “You don’t go from down here to up here. Do you understand?” Oh, I understood perfectly. You just didn’t want to give me a chance to prove that you don’t need a formal education to work in IT.

But, let’s get to my empties post.

6. Gerber lil’ Beannies

food

8. International Delight Coffee Creamer

food

9. Boston’s Best Breakfast Blend Coffee

coffee

10. New England Coffee Colombian Supremo

coffee

11. Dunkin’ Donuts Dunkin’ Dark Coffee

coffee

12. Garnier Micellar Mattifying Cleansing Water

face

13. Dial Spring Water Antibacterial Hand Soap

soap

14. Swisspers Cotton Rounds

face

15. Lab Series Daily Moisture Defense Lotion

face

16. Davines Natualtech Repluming Hair Filler

hair

17. Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip & Cheek Stain in Orange

lips

18. Ice Breakers Cool Blasts Wintergreen Chews

food

19. Roloxin Lift Instant Skin Smoothing Masque

mask

20. Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser

face

21. FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer

face

22. Palmer’s Luminous Hydration Facial Oil

face oil

24. Perfume Samples: Chloe & Oscar Delarenta

perfume

Not as many empties this month, but still quite a bit. I already have quite a few for September, so I think I will have more empties for this month. I am glad to be using up more of my collection. Eventually, I would like to buy some new stuff that I have been DYING to try. I’m really trying not to be a hoarder and to use and enjoy what I have. I think I have been very successful, despite splurging for my birthday and tax money treat. I need to treat myself sometimes, right? I’ll be treating myself to clip in hair extensions soon enough. I’m embracing my darker, natural hair color. No more bleach. No more blonde. Just…..me.

With Love,

Selena

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14 Before Fall: Update #2

Just a reminder, this project ends on September 22nd.

Okay, so on the last update I finished 5 products and I need to use up 9 more to call this project a success. I still feel like this is a reachable goal and if I had to guess, I think I’ve used up another 4 or 5 products. I feel like that sounds right but it could be more like 2. I don’t remember exactly what I used up except for 2 products. It could be that 5 other ones are on their last legs. I cannot remember for the life of me. I feel like the results of this post is going to remotivate me to finish up as much as I can by the end of this project.

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Last month, I had 14 products in the project and at this update I still have 14 products. I did add 5 more products to the project though. Wondering my progress and what I used up? Then, keep reading. I am not mentioning anything that I used up at the previous update, so if you want to hear about those, go back and read that update.

Roloxin Lift Instant Skin Smoothing Masque

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I still have yet to touch these. I think I will use one on Sunday. I currently have a pimple on my forehead, so I don’t want to irritate it. Once it’s gone, I will use up one of these packets. I have four masks, so my goal is to use up at least 1 every week.

Medicell Eye Mask Duo

eye mask

I am thinking about using these today, since I don’t feel good enough to wear makeup and that pimple. I don’t know what’s up with me. I’ve felt sick off and on this week. Dean and I have been using the pool every weekend so I haven’t worn eye shadow and other makeup in like a month. lol. So no, update on my pallet this month.

MJCARE Snail Essence Mask

mask

I’m scared, I’m scared, I’m scared. I need to just bite the bullet and try it. If it’s disgusting, I’ll just throw it out. Gawd Hannah, grow up!

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Luminous Hydration Facial Oil

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I used this up and I’m not a huge fan of this. A little goes a long way, but I feel that it’s no different from the original, except it’s not a dry oil. I would not purchase this, but I would buy the original again.

Model Co Lip Lacquer in Viva

I used up this gloss and I ended up really liking it. I wouldn’t go out and purchase it. I would gladly use it if I got it again though. I brought in a few replacement lip products to replace it. I cannot believe that I seem to be flying through these.

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in K-Dub

No visible progress on this one. I’ve been using it whenever and I have no intention of using this up. I just wanted to be able to use it freely without interfering with using up other lip products and it hasn’t interfered at all.

Elizabeth Mott Smooth Shadow in Pearl

I’ve only sharpened this up 1 or 2 times, since I haven’t really been using makeup all that much. I’ve been spending a lot of time in the pool with Dean. I don’t want to worry about wearing makeup in the pool. I’ll probably end up putting this in another project. I don’t think I’ll be able to use this up.

B&BW White Citrus Eau De Perfume

I’m making steady progress with this perfume, but I don’t think I’ll be able to use it up in a month. I’ll try to use it up next summer for sure. I really love the scent, but it doesn’t last. Within an hour, it is gone. Maybe, I’ll try to use it up as a bathroom freshener.

Davines Natural Tech Replumping Hair Filler Superactive

I have completely used this up and I will be replacing it with a different product in this project. This was alright, but it didn’t give me volume. I’m happy to have another mini hair product out of my collection. These minis really pile up and I’m try to go through a couple of full sized hair products right now. Next year, I need to focus on my hair products, which the pile is getting too much. I also have a huge skin care pile right now.

Hang Ten Dark Tanning Oil SPF 8

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I am almost done with this after forgetting about it for a month. I am sure that this will be gone by the next update, since I have been using the pool every weekend. It is very quick to cover my body and head out the door. It is also water resistant which is a plus.

Jane Iredale Just Kissed Ph Changing Orange Lip Balm

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I only have a couple of uses left, so I will call it done for this update since it will be in my August empties. I really liked this balms, but I would not purchase them. They are just okay and I don’t really use balms except at night. I’ve already found my dream balm.

Temptu Highlighter

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I am almost done with this guy. I’ve been applying it every work day and it gives a strong glow to the cheeks while still keeping it work appropriate. My company’s policy is really loose though. You can have purple hair and no one would bat an eye lash.

I’m bringing in four replacement items. Three lip products and a backup highlighter. Why 3 lip products, you ask? Because two of them are so mini, I think they might only have about 2 weeks worth of products each at most. I cannot find the photo of the highlighter, but I am also throwing in a spray in hair replacement. I’ll update you guys on the progress in my finale and you’ll know exactly what these products are. I felt like the post is getting VERY long.

So, I finished up 4 during this update bringing up the total to 9 items used up. I just have to use up 5 more to call this project a success. I can do this! With the face masks that would be four and a lip product would make it 5. I’m going to see if I can finish up more!

Selena

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Empties: July

I have quite a few products that I used up in July. July turned out to be a good month for me and it is mostly due to my project pan. It really motivated me to use and enjoy what I have in my collection. I’m looking forward to reviewing some of these products in my post, so stay tuned for some reviews. I’m really a review blog for the most part. I love writing reviews on products that I have used up and I have a ton of posts in back stock. I just use up so many products that the reviews get backlogged. I try to mix it up, so it’s at least a variety. That means that some of these items won’t be reviewed for months though. Now that I have explained that. Let’s get counting.

Gerber Lil’ Beanies: 6 cans

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International Delight: 2 Bottles

drink

9. New England Coffee French Vanilla

drink

10. RuckPack Caffeine Free Raspberry Grenade

11. Dunkin’ Donuts Caramel Coffee Cake Coffee

drink

12. GlamGlow YouthCleanse Daily Exfoliating Cleanser

face

13. Tony Moly I’m Real Red Wine Sheet Mask Pore Care

mask

14. Yes To Grapefruit Brightening Paper Mask

Mask

15. Soo Ae Charcoal Clay Bubble Mask

mask

16. Kate Somerville ExfoliKate

face

17. Palmer’s Coconut Oil Facial Moisturizer

face

18. 19. Oribe Shampoo & Conditioner For Brilliance & Shine

hair

20. 21. 22. John Freida Frizz Ease Beyond Smooth Shampoo, Conditioner & Primer

hair

23. B&BW True Blue Spa Malibu Radiance Whipped Body Cream

body

24. Coty Lady Gaga Fame Black Shower Gel

body

25. Colgate Radiant Optic White Toothpaste

toothpaste

26. Equate Acetaminophen

med

27. Orange Paper Mate Ink Joy Pen

pen

28. Hair Tie

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29. Swisspers Cotton Rounds

cotton

30. Better Than! Ears

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31. Munchkin Diaper Pail Refills

kid

32. Josie Maran Surreal Skin Argan Finishing Balm

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33. 34. 35. 36. 37. Sample Perfumes

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38. DERMAdoctor DD Cream

makeup

39. Jouer Essential Lip Enhancer

makeup

40. ModelCo Lip Lacquer

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I impressed myself this month with 40 empties. Granted only 23 were beauty, skin care, and hair care products. Still, 23 beauty related empty products is amazing in one month. I think August will bring around 20 items total. I really emptied quite a few products. Most of what I am using now are mostly full. I’m not thinking that I will have a whole lot, which is good. I have so many reviews to write about now. About 20 I think. I know it’s August 6th right now, but I have an empty bucket.

With Love ❤

Selena

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June Empties

Another month gone and another month of empties. June was a light month for me and I didn’t really use up that many products. I did use up a few products that I haven’t reviewed before so as usual there will be a lot of product reviews this month. I’m going to try to have a post up everyday in July. Hopefully, I can keep this up the whole entire month. I plan on heading out to swim after I write this, so I’m glad it was a short month!

  1. 2. 3. 4. Gerber Lil’ Beanies

food

5. 6. 7. International Delight Coffee Creamer

food

8. Sundown Naturals Calcium Gummies

vitamins

9. Nickelodeon Minions 3-In-1 Strawberry Banana

shampoo

10. 11. Pantene Miracle Protecting Shampoo & Conditioner

samples

12. Maybelline Fit Me! Matte + Poreless Foundation

sample

13. Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water

cleansing

14. Colgate Peroxyl Mouth Sore Rinse

mouthwash

15. Swisspers Cotton Rounds 100 ct

cotton

16. New England Coffee Colombian Supremo

coffee

17. Papermate Ink Joy Penspens

18. Sharpie Highlighters

Sharpie Highlighters

19. B&BW Candle

20. Walton Wood Farm Week From Hell Bath

bath

21. Dove Advanced Care Cool Essentials 48 H Deodorant

deodorant

22. Reviv Serums HA7X Multi-Molecular Hydrator Serum

serum

23. 24. 25. Garnier Fructis Full & Plush Shampoo, Conditioner, & Styler

samples

26. Gerber Pasta Pick-Ups Cheese & Spinach Ravioli

food

27. Belif The True Cream – Aqua Bomb

sample

28. Shiseido Ultimune Eye Concentrate

sample

      1. Perfume Samples

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32. Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip & Cheek Stain in Pink

lip

33. Equate Acetaminophen

med

34. Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream

moisturizer

I’m actually surprised by how many things that I used up. I guess everything adds up. I hope to have the same amount in July, but I have a funny feeling that I will have a lot more samples cleared out by then.

With Love,

Selena

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Six Before Summer Finale

So, this project was a half fail. I only managed to use up half of the products in this challenge. I am still proud of myself though, since the last project was a total fail. I have already started my 14 Before Fall Challenge and I have already used up 1 item, so I feel like I might have a blooming success in my hands. Anyways, here is my progress on these products since the beginning of the challenge.

Lush No Drought Dry Shampoo

The progress pictures are above. As you can see, this is taking me FOREVER to use up as a deodorant. I will continue to use this up, but I am going to take a little break from it and use traditional deodorant for the summer. I sweat more in the summer. This will be more suitable for Fall/Winter and maybe, I will manage to use it up then.

DKNY Be Delicious Fresh Blossoms Eau De Perfume Spray

I made a lot of progress with this perfume and I look forward to finishing it up next Spring. I would guess that there is two weeks to one month of use left in this perfume bottle. I really enjoy the scent, but I will not be repurchasing this particular scent. I will be buying the original Be Delicious perfume, because I think that it smells perfect for Spring/Summer. It’s a dual season scent. This was two-thirds full when I started and now I have about a quarter of the perfume left.

Eyetini Shadow Tint EC007 Violette

I didn’t use this product enough between the last update and the finale to update the progress mark on this one. I will be taking a break from this eye shadow. Maybe, I will take it back out in the Fall and try to use the rest of it up. I am about half way through the tube and I will remove the stopper to use every last bit of it up when I get there. I do like the shade, even though I like to tone it down with a bit of powder eye shadow on top.

Wen Sweet Almond Mint Volumizing Treatment Spray

I am finally almost done with this one! I am very happy with my progress on this product especially. I am going to put it away to focus on two other hair products that I want to try out/use up. I will still use it occasionally, but I probably won’t aim to use it up again until Fall. I need a break from these products and then, I can come back to them in a fresh new season. I find that I can get sick of a product, if I put them in back-to-back project pans. I am very happy that this will be gone by the end of the year.

Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush 45 Orchid Hush

I used quite a bit of this blush, but did not manage to hit pan on this. I will bring this back out for the Winter into Spring project pan. It will look very good on the cheeks during that time. I wore down the dome shape of the product and with another project pan, I can see using up about half of the product that is left in the pan. I might put it in my Fall to Winter project pan….we will see. I want to use up some other cheek products that I have laying around.

3 Finished Products

These three masks are what I managed to use up during this project pan. I still have one more mask that I want to use up before opening up my Loreal mask that I got from my birthday, but once that one is done, I will be opening up that bad boy. I might open it up sooner if I manage to use up some more skin care products to make room for it.

If you project pan, I would love to follow you. Please comment on this post, so I can follow you and keep tabs on your progress. Reading others posts, help me to feel motivated for my project.

With Love,

Selena