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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

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4. Gerber Lil’ Beanies

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5. Swiss Miss Hot Milk Chocolate

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6. Hawaiian Tropic Broad Spectrum SPF 30

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7. LW Home Banana Smoothie Candle

8. Biore Charcoal Nose Strip

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9. Derma E Hydrating Night Cream

10. Hang Ten Dark Tanning Oil SPF 08

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10. Softsoap Body Scrub Coconut Butter

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

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12. Medicell Labs Advanced Moisture Eye Mask Duo

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14. MJCARE Snail Face Mask

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15. B&BW Hello Sugar! Shimmer Body Lotion

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16. Eau Thermale Avene Theramal Spring Water

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17. Makeup Forever Loose Face Powder

18. Jergens Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer

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19. OUAI Rose Hair & Body Oil

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

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21. Temptu Pink Pearl Highlighter

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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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Graduation Present From D

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I wasn’t expecting my best friend in the WHOLE WORLD to get me a graduation gift for getting my Associates Degree in Information Technology. I guess it shouldn’t come as a surprise, because I think I did something very similar for her when she got her BA in English or was it Library Studies? Well, Danielle is almost done with her Master’s degree in Library Science? I don’t know exactly what it’s called. She never knows the names of the courses she is taking. LOL. I thought I’d share the little gift that my best friend got for me, because I totally wasn’t expecting it and I really love it a lot.

Everything We Ever Wanted By Sara Shepard

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I have been a major fan of Sara Shepard, since before Pretty Little Liars was a show on TV. Danielle got me into it with the first book. I think I have to read number 7? It’s been a long time since I have read a book by Sara Shepard and I think that it would be nice to read a story that isn’t about a certain girl group. I really hope that I like it, but knowing that I liked her other books, I think that I will really like this one as well. You might see this in my October Reads post. I’m seriously considering reading this one when I am done with two other books that I want to read in September. Has anyone else read this book? Was it good? No spoilers please, I still want to read it!

Beauty 360 Brightening Radiance Facial Mask

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I love a nice brightening, moisturizing mask and this one sounds amazing. It sounds like it will be great at fading acne scarring and firming up my fine lines. I have to go through another tube of one of my open masks before cracking this one open, so it might be a while before I try this one. I have four open masks right now. I used to have 6 open masks, so that’s an improvement. I’m looking forward to the day that I can open this one up. I wonder what it smells like. I enjoy a lightly scented face mask. It’s relaxing to me. That’s it for my little “haul”. Thank you so much for the sweet gift, Danielle. I really love it and appreciate it. Your the best friend a girl could have. 🙂

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

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8. International Delight Coffee Creamer

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9. Boston’s Best Breakfast Blend Coffee

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10. New England Coffee Colombian Supremo

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11. Dunkin’ Donuts Dunkin’ Dark Coffee

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12. Garnier Micellar Mattifying Cleansing Water

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13. Dial Spring Water Antibacterial Hand Soap

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14. Swisspers Cotton Rounds

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15. Lab Series Daily Moisture Defense Lotion

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16. Davines Natualtech Repluming Hair Filler

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

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18. Ice Breakers Cool Blasts Wintergreen Chews

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19. Roloxin Lift Instant Skin Smoothing Masque

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20. Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser

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21. FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer

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22. Palmer’s Luminous Hydration Facial Oil

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24. Perfume Samples: Chloe & Oscar Delarenta

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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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Collagen Mask

For MJCARE Collagen Essence Mask

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This sheet mask is supposed to firm up the face, reducing fine lines and stimulating the growth of collagen. My dad used this mask, so I cannot comment of the mask itself. I can comment on the serum inside the packet, though. I used the extra serum on my face, although there was not much left in the packet. The serum was much more thicker and more like a gel. It was sticky and felt like it tightened up the skin/pore a bit. The gel was thicker and stickier than what I am used to. It did seem to tighten my pores, but that left my face feeling tight like it was dry, even with moisturizer on. It felt that way for a couple of hours, so I would recommend using this mask before a night out if pores and wrinkles are your concern. My dad said that his wrinkles seemed plumper after application for an hour or two.

With Love,

❤ Selena Hannah ❤

 

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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

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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

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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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Everything’s Roses

For Fresh Rose Face Mask

I actually liked this rose scent, but I don’t think this did enough for my skin for me to purchase it. This was part of the birthday gift at Sephora for 2016. I enjoyed the cooling sensation and the moisture it gave to my skin. I did not see a “toning” effect. I would purchase the Rose PTR mask, because it has a lot of hype around all of his masks. PTR is not cruelty free though. They seem to be just as popular as GlamGlow right now. Another brand that is not cruelty free. The Fresh mask is alright and I would use up another sample and enjoy it. I just wouldn’t go out and buy it. It was a decent size to try and I think I got about 6 masks out of it. I applied it liberally, too. I love masks to pamper my skin, but in order for me to purchase, it needs to do more than just feel nice. I need it to do something.

With Love,

❤ Selena Hannah ❤

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Bubblerific

For Soo Ae Charcoal Clay Bubble Mask

This mask made my face super ticklish and it really bubbled up. I will be repurchasing this. Do they have different kinds of bubble masks? These are so great! It did its job and was super fun. I let it bubble on my face for 15 minutes then I rubbed it into a paste and let that sit for an additional 15. My face never felt so clean and smooth afterwards. It is worth the price of about 2 dollars. I had enough to do my face and my dad’s, but he wasn’t a fan of the tickle. I can honestly say that this is the best face mask that I have ever used. It is innovative and it actually works. It even removed some blackheads on my nose that only regularly using acid serums can cure. The fact that it even removed a little bit of my blackheads impresses me. I had such a fun experience that i will be repurchasing once I go through the rest on my sheet masks.

With Love,

❤ Selena Hannah ❤