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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

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Beauty Tag

My collab post is going out a bit late today, but I have a lot on my plate right now with Dean, school, my dad’s surgery, and some personal issues. I would have loved to post pictures with this, but I just don’t have the time and it wasn’t a big priority of mine. I still wanted to do this post, because I love the lovely Anna Marie and you need to go read her responses over on her blog. She is simply amazing and such a great friend. She recently reached out to me to find out what was wrong, because I never replied back to her email. She is a real, dear friend of mine and I would love it if you visited her and shared the at love with me. But onto the tag!

Architects Daughter Regular

I really should not be planning to buy any makeup, because I have more than enough. However, if I went to Marshalls and saw any Too Faced Sweet Peach items, I would see if I wanted any of them. I really want to try stuff from that line, but I don’t want to pay full price for it. I don’t like paying full price for makeup anymore and would rather hunt down the clearance aisles for a steal.

Architects Daughter Regular

Architects Daughter Regular

I would buy the new Hour Glass Holiday Palette (The pink/purple one) for $80. I already have the 2015 one, I believe (its the Marble one) and I love it. The colors is the Pink one are very different from what I already have. I already have one though, so I am not going to be buying this $80 palette. If I use up my current one, I would buy another one. If it ends up in the sale section of Sephora, I might grab it then. It’s how I got the 2015 one.

Architects Daughter Regular

The oldest item on my Sephora Loves List is the Too Faced Sweet Peach Creamy Peach Oil Lip Gloss in Papa Don’t Peach. I REFUSE to pay $19 for a lip gloss though.

Architects Daughter Regular

The newest item on my Sephora Loves List is the Urban Decay Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid in Skywalk. It is a lovely pale blue color and very unique. They are currently half price, but I have too many highlighters at the moment.

Architects Daughter Regular

Carolina Herra Good Girl is on my radar. I have to smell it first, but the bottle is beautiful. I’ve also wanted the DKNY Green Apple perfume FOREVER as well.

Architects Daughter Regular

I am looking forward to the Hourglass Holiday palettes, but as stated, I will not be purchasing it. I don’t really lust after new makeup. I know what I need and any wants go on my Wish List that I purge every so often of stuff no longer available or that I no longer want. It is really important to me to use what I have and to not buy more until I use some of my stuff up. I am embracing my inner minimalist and I am taking that approach to my home as well as I am purging cds and dvds. I don’t want to have so much stuff that sits, especially if I’m going to be moving soon.

Architects Daughter Regular

No, there isn’t really anything that I have been wanting at the drugstore. I do enjoy new brushes from the drugstore, but nothing really has caught my eye. When I am in the market for makeup/skincare, I usually go to Marshalls and see what I see. I don’t usually buy drugstore. Not saying that I am a snob, because I’m not. I just don’t seek it out when I could get something high end at Marshalls for the same price.

Architects Daughter Regular

The Norvina palette for sure. I am really gravitating over those colors and I haven’t seen anything but the Huda Beauty Green Gemstone palette, catch my eye. If I had to choose, I’d go with the Norvina, because I could use more of those everyday. I always say that I’m gonna wear makeup, but my dad doesn’t allow me to wear it out of the house. So, I don’t use it as much as I would like.

Architects Daughter Regular

No one but me buys me makeup on my birthday. My best friend and myself are the only ones that get me gifts on my birthday. I usually get my hair done for my birthday, but I am thinking of skipping the bleach this year and getting some new clothes and a few makeup bits. I love base products, so I’m thinking undereye concealer and banana powder. I really want Too Faced too. We shall see.

Architects Daughter Regular

Architects Daughter Regular

I don’t know of anything that is not easily accessible in the USA, except Bioderma and I’m not as obsessed with it as I once was. I don’t hear anyone raving about it on Youtube anymore.

Architects Daughter Regular

Architects Daughter Regular

I want to try anything from Marc Jacobs, but his line is VERY expensive. I think I might get something for my birthday next year. I am thinking a highlighter if I don’t have anything like that or a lip product that isn’t too expensive.

Architects Daughter Regular

Architects Daughter Regular

I would wish for a Louboutin Lipstick. I really want ones of those. The ultimate black widow weapon. lol.

With Love,

Selena

 

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5 Out: Product Reviews

It is that time again where I finally wrote about 5 more products in my collection. I am trying to do these posts twice a month, so I am writing 10 product reviews a month. I am behind though, because I have a basket of trash collected from this year that I still have yet to review. Next year when I am concentrating on 19 things instead of 200, I am sure that I will be going through a little less product. I will be working on mostly full and full sized items. Most of it will also be makeup which takes a while to use up. I can take the time next year to finish up the reviews from this year and keep up with next year’s empties. I still use up a lot of items throughout the year, but with having a set goal this year, I was motivated to use products every day and not skimp out most of the time. I am looking forward to enjoying my collection more next year instead of focusing on using up most of my mini products.

Philosophy Purity Made Simple Facial Cleanser

For a high end cleanser, this was too basic. I expected more from this brand. It didn’t even remove all of my makeup. My Aveeno cleanser did a better job than this one. This mini was overpriced at $10 USD. I do not recommend and I will not repurchase. You can do so much better at the drugstore or Marshalls. I have to say though that it is hard to find cruelty free at the drugstore. The ones that I know offhand for skin care are Alba, Elf, and Burts Bees.

Disney HSM Super Moisturizing Body Lotion

Nearing the end of its life, this body lotion started to turn on me, which is why there is a bit melted to the side. It hardened into the side of the bottle. This was a really light gel-like body lotion that was also very moisturizing. I enjoyed the light sweet scent that I couldn’t place. It didn’t really smell of anything recognizable. It didn’t smell like vanilla, just sweet. It is hard to describe. I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy it, but it is very good.

Manna Kadar Sheer Glo Shimmer Lotion

I enjoyed mixing this stuff with my moisturizer. It gave a very subtle lit from within glow. I am starting to mix all of my liquid highlighters in with all of my moisturizers for this glow that I am enjoying so much on my oily skin. You don’t need this particular one. Any liquid highlighter will do. This one gives a nice, healthy pink glow to the skin! I have yellow undertones, so it wasn’t too much pink for my complexion. If I ran out of liquid highlighter and I saw this at the store, I would repurchase it. I do recommend this, but it is very subtle as a highlighter. It is great for those of us that wear minimum to no makeup for a healthy glow.

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Light 2 Vanilla

I did not enjoy this under my eyes. I think it made my under eyes dry and did nothing for concealing my dark circles. Powder tends to cling to the concealer making it look like you have dry patches of skin. I used this all over my face as a foundation. It was okay as a foundation, but nothing special. I do not recommend it and I will not be repurchasing anything from Nars as they are no longer cruelty free.

Boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding

This did not minimize the appearance of my pores, but it did purify my skin and helped pull out acne. I would not purchase, because I have a few clay masks already that do the same thing. I would purchase from the brand again, but this mask is nothing special. i think I would try their peel off mask, because I have a ton of black heads and I think that type of mask would be more effective for my skin concerns. On the plus side, this mask was very easy to remove with a warm wash cloth.

With Love,

Selena

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August 200 Pan

I am super duper late with this posting and my September 200 Pan post will be posting up pretty soon after this one. I just have been super busy with life that I have let certain posts slip through the cracks. I am trying to be better about it, but no promises. I’m trying to put together some review posts. Once again, my basket to review is filling up and I’d like to get on that before it gets too crazy. I’m pretty disappointed in what I was able to use up in August, but looking at my September pile, I don’t feel guilty about letting August get away from me. I was able to do so much in September. Part of my August, I was cleaning, organizing, and donating. In September, I continued to do this, but also school started up again with new classes, my interview happened, and I went through my makeup collection.

MISCELLANEOUS:

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Yup, my pictures are still crappy from my phone. I am hoping to get a new camera soon in October, because I miss taking pictures of my son.

MAKEUP:

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I got rid of two samples that were too dark and one that was bad after I opened it. It feels good to get rid of the clutter.

SKINCARE:

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We are finally getting into some empties that I can add to my yearly total. In July, we left off on 96/200 and now, we are up to 98/200 in this category. I am not counting the BareMinerals samples, but I am counting the Sunday Riley UFO oil and the Supergoop! Sunscreen Serum. I am glad to have both out of my collection. I think I will buy the Juno oil next by Sunday Riley. That 0.5 oz bottle lasted over 3 months of constant use. Before that, I used it for a year with a couple times of week usage. I think a brand new bottle would last around 5-6 months of constant every night use. So, the $40 price tag isn’t too hard for me. For 4 months, that’s $10 a month for a really great oil. The sunscreen serum was nice and I would consider repurchasing as it is better than regular sunscreen. There was no white cast and makeup/moisturizer went great on top of it.

Hair Care:

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Now, we are at 99/200 with the Wella Color Charm Toner. I redid my gray hair in September, but I toned it on the last few days of August to get out any yellow tones for a truer gray. It’s a bright natural gray. It shifts from grey to purple to brown like chrome. Once my gray fades out and I’m back with bleached blonde hair, I want to do a more blue gray like my Hilary Duff came back after having her son, which now she is pregnant with a girl, super excited! Anyway, I would use this Wella Toner again, except since I’m going less gray I would choose a different tone of toner. I am thinking the T10 for a pale blonde instead of ash. The sample conditioner I use to shave my legs with.

Body Care:

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And here we are 100/200 with this body care item that I used on Dean to keep his skin moisturized. This Target Up & Up baby ointment is the equivalent to Vaseline. I will not be repurchasing. It was a chore waiting for this to dry on him and he has slippery skin when trying to get him into clothes after a bath. I don’t even think it took away his dry patches on his arms and legs. It wasn’t worth the effort.

There you have it for August! I hit the halfway mark two months after the halfway mark of the year. I am looking forward to showing you all my September results which are very impressive. I am looking to keep the same momentum into October, but the one reason why September was so good is that I decluttered stuff from my makeup collection. Still, I feel proud of myself and I cannot wait to show you guys what I am talking about. I think by then, I will have a good camera. I think I’m getting it around the time that this post is going up. I’ll keep you updated.

With Love,

Selena

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Project 200 Pan: July Update

To recap June, I have completed 35.5% of the project and that is 71/200 items. I needed a really good catch up month and I think this past July was the month for it. I was able to use up quite a lot of products, so I should be having at least a couple of review posts up in September from July. Right now as I am writing this, I am on my last week of the semester and I am finishing up two powerpoint presentations. I hate writing presentations. I am not good at them. I would much rather write a paper than do a presentation. I am not artistic and I just don’t have a flare for that sort of thing. Anyway, that’s completely off the topic. Let’s see what I was able to use up/declutter in the month of July that counts towards my 200 pan goal.

13 items to add to the project. I hit pan on the liquid lipstick from bareMinerals. I am currently trying to use the whole thing up now. At this point, I had to remove the stopper, which I count as “panning” lipsticks/lip glosses. The Mark lipgloss has gone bad as I was trying to use it up. Every time I use it too much, it dried out my lips and caused cracked lips with some bleeding. I used up one full sized eye liner and three deluxe sized samples. The Urban Decay dried out before I could use the whole thing. I depotted two color correctors and three eye shadows. I would never use the green or the orange correctors. The black, dark purple, and dark blue eye shadows are ones that I never wold have touched with my hooded eyes. I decluttered the purple glitter, because who am I kidding?! I am also decluttering the Sally Hansen leg makeup, because it looks orange and rubs off of my skin. 84/200

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Another 5 rounded up! I finished a full sized toner, eye serum, and eye cream. I finished up two deluxe sizes of eye cream and baby wash. I would repurchase the toner, but I can go without everything else seen here. 89/200

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7 products to add to my list. I didn’t see this bubble bath, so I didn’t repurchase. I would repurchase it though. I bought the Equate knock off of the little Aveeno baby tubs, but I think I prefer the $3 tubs. I do not think that they are created equal. The deodorant was really nice and I would repurchase it again at Marshalls. The Degree spray I would not repurchase. Another sunscreen. Might have a few more sunscreen empties by the end of summer and next year we will need to buy all new ones! 96/200

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I wanted to show you all Dean’s smile, because I love it! ❤ 96/200 is a really great way to catch up. I am 48% done with this challenge. I am so close to being half way down that I am smiling ear to ear. I really want to make it and have really put in the effort in July. I laxed in August, which you will see. So, I need to really step it up in September to make up for it by using up more of my stuff. I need to finish at least 10.4% of the challenge every month in order to complete it by the end of the year. So that would be like 20 products a month. I know that I won’t make it for August, but I will try to have an epic September like this month was. At this point, I don’t think that I will make it, but I am still going to have fun trying.

With Love,

Selena

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July Empties

My camera is still being a pain, but I will be buying a new one really soon. Please bare with me. I was able to take pictures in a dim corner with the flash on. I cannot wait for my new Kodak camera, but I am looking at reviews first to make sure that there is nothing wrong with the product first. I’m just surprised that a $200 camera that was 50% off wouldn’t last more than two years. Seems very strange to me. Anyway, I went through a lot of product in July, but so far August has been a bust. So, I guess it will even out seeing as I have a whole basket of empties here. I am excited to see just how many I have and what will count towards me empties goal of the year.

Makeup: 9 Empties

Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs in Light/Fair

Rimmel Stay Matte 2 packets

No name brand purple glitter

Benefit Gel Pores No More Primer

Hilari Black Eye Liner

Urban Decay Zero Eye Liner

Avon Eye liner in Silver and Bronze

Hair Care: 1 Empty

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Clairol Conditioner Packet

Skincare: 5 Empties

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Good Things Deep Pore Cleanser + Toner

The Ordinary Coffee Solution

Valentina True Glow Eye Cream

Caudalie Eye Serum

Johnson’s Baby Head-To-Toe Wash

Body Care: 8 Empties

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Nickelodeon Bubble Bath

Degree Dry Spray Active Shield Deodorant

Schmidt’s Bergamont + Lime

Aveeno Body Butter x2

Nivea Body Lotion Packet

Dangerous Body Wash

Coppertone Sunscreen

Misc.: 7 Empties

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Papermate Inkjoy pens x3

Home & Garden Party Blueberry Cheesecake Candle

Equate Acetaminophen

Crest Kids’ Toothpaste

B&BW I Tried Mini Candle

There you have it folks! I had 30 empties for the month of July! That even amazes me. lol. I didn’t think I had nearly as much as I did. Since I am already halfway through August, I cannot count my goals towards this month. So, I will talk about September’s goals. I would like to use up a few more makeup products. I have a bunch of primers on their last legs and I want to use them up. I also have two lip products that could be used up as well. I want to use up a lotion, a hair product, and a skin care one as well. I think these are modest goals for September. Most of my stuff rain out in July and I opened new things. Probably will explain why August will be so light.

With Love,

Selena

 

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5 OUT: August

I found some old reviews in a notebook that I was writing, so I thought that I would combine 5 here again for the month of August. I have another one for September in the works and if I have time, one of the months may have a bonus one as well. It takes me a long time to use up a product, because I am usually switching between a few products. I love testing out new stuff and I hardly have any old, true products that I still love now. The things that I fall in love with have a tendency of being discontinued or reformulated. Brands should stop it when they have such a good thing going. I used to love the Garnier Aqua Surge and now it is named something totally different and doesn’t hold a candle to the kind of moisture that it used to give my skin.

Lush Razzel Dazzle Solid Bath Oil

I love the lovely dusty pink bath water with a hint of shimmer on the surface. It is a very oily, very moisturizing solid bath oil. It was too oily for me, so I let my dad have the other half. We both loved the fruity scent and my dad was very impressed in how moisturized his dry skin felt after the bath. He didn’t care for the pink or shimmer. He wasn’t glittery or shimmery after the bath, but his skin was a bit “pink”. I would say it can slightly stain your skin. I would buy a less girly bath oil for my dad, but I wouldn’t repurchase this again. I have the golden egg, which is half bath bomb and half bath melt. Is that the same as a bath oil?

Softsoap Body Scrub Coconut Butter

My dad loves this body wash, because it moisturizes and has a good grit to it. I have used this a handful of times and I like it. I like Tree Hut better though and it is a cruelty free option. Hopefully, stores around me start to carry the Tree Hut again. This has been a repurchase by my dad and I can usually find him a coupon for it.

Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Lotion Sunscreen SPF 30

I love the smell of these sunscreens and they are cruelty free. I will be repurchasing. This one sinks in quickly and I love smelling like coconuts. I would repurchase the spray for Dean in the high SPF. I would like to see different scents or something. I would buy the face SPF, but I am still working on a Clinique one. It is great to know that they are cruelty free, because I don’t know if I would live without this brand. It is a summer staple. It is nonirritating and very effortless to rub in. No white cast and sinks in fast.

B&BW Slatkin & Co Tree Room Spray

This is a very concentrated room spray that lasted many years! I only used it during the holidays, but I would love to get more of them. They are great in the bathroom and for freshening up a house that hasn’t had a chance to be aired out during the Winter. I would buy them on sale again. I believe that I bought one and got the other one free or half off. Either way, it was a great deal. It quickly fills the room and is very long lasting. More so than a candle. Don’t spray too much or it will quickly become overpowering and nauseating. Less is more with this one.

Lipton Green Tea Acai Dragonfruit Melon

I have to say this one wasn’t my favorite, but I do prefer it cold with ice rather than hot. When it is cold, all of the flavors blend better and the iciness of the melon goes with a cold drink. When I have it hot, I find the cooling melon flavor to be weird and not taste right. I do enjoy green teas and I do recommend Lipton as a brand. I want to try more flavors of tea, so if you have any that you recommend, please let me know. I’m not a tea snob, I try anything as long as the name of the flavor isn’t too out there.

Those are my 5 highlighted reviews. I have another five coming right at you either at the end of this month or in September. The reviews are almost done and then, I’ll get on my next batch of reviews. I am always behind on my reviews, but my life is so busy right now and very hectic. The semester is almost over and then, I get a week break before the madness begins all over again.

With Love,

Selena