Beauty, Empties, Uncategorized

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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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

May Empties

I may be late sharing my empties, but I never knew how much I had to share in a month until I cut down my schedule to about 15 posts a month. I’ve been having to switch around the format of my posts and so this one is coming up later in the month than what I like. I basically sit down two Sundays a month now and write posts. I now have two Sundays a month free for classes. I only work on my blog for about 4 hours a month. That only includes writing the posts, not taking the pictures and coming up with the ideas. I am happy with this new pace of my blog. It makes it so I can be a well-rounded person and have time for everything that I want to have time for. It is nice to know that when life gets hectic, I generally have a week or two already planned out on my blog.

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You hear about these every month, so I am cutting out the drinks that I purchase without fail every month. You know that I love them or else I wouldn’t have featured them for over a year here on my blog.

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1 Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo

2 Hair Teasing Brush

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  1. MJCARE Sea Weed Sheet Mask

  2. Alba Botanical Acne Dote Deep Clean Astringent

  3. Borghese Clay Cleanser

  4. GlamGlow Super Clean Cleanser

  5. Philosophy Purity Face Mask

  6. Clinique Pep Start Eye Cream

  7. Derma E Hydrating Day Creme

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  1. VS Coconut Mango 2-in-1 Wash & Scrub
  2. Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter

  3. Equate Pain Relieving Cream

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  1. Dr. Brandt BB Cream
  2. ELF Color Correcting Powder

  3. Buxom Plumping Lip Gloss

  4. YSL Black Opium Perfume

    1. Perfume Sample Cards

19. Physician’s Formula Cushion BB Cream

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  1. 719 Walnut Avenue Honeysuckle Jasmine Hand Soap
  2. Fresh Breath Brushing Gel

  3. Equate Cotton Rounds 100 ct

    1. PaperMate Ink Joy Blue
      1. B&BW Mini Candles
  4. Avon Mini Emery Board

Well, I had a lot more empties than I had originally thought. I cannot wait to do my progress update on my 200 pan goal. I have been working on my pictures and I hope you can tell a difference. I think it looks more professional and I have added a bit of brightness to the pictures themselves by staging some lightening. Since I have a bit more time, I thought that I would put more effort into the picture taking themselves. I have a feeling that my empties will be slowing down, because I am running out of mini things. I still have a whole bunch of samples that I need to get through though. I hope you enjoyed looking through my trash today. Reviews are to come. 🙂

With Love,

Selena

Beauty, Book, Evening skincare routine, Haul

Birthday Haul

My best friend in the whole world recently gave me my birthday present and I want to share what I got from her with all of you. She always knows just what to get me and it is so funny. She is the one person that I find hard to shop for. We are both into beauty and books and she has a ton of both. Most of the time, she already has what I am thinking of getting her. The past two years though, I had been giving her a book in a book series and she really loved that, but she bought the next book herself. lol. I always ask for hints every year, because I don’t want to be that person who gets them something they already have. Luckily for me, I have an idea of what to get her this year and she will be impressed. Impressed, I say!

Who doesn’t love some sheets masks? The best part? She got me a cruelty free brand. Yes, you heard that right! She has been listening to my recent beauty rants on my blog. I couldn’t be happier! The brand is The Sharing Co and they donate a small portion of their sales to animal shelters. The Hyaluronan Mask is to help Pit Bulls, which I would own one if I could. The Soothing Mask is to help out Dalmatians. The Elasticity Mask is designed to help the Tabby Cat. The Brightening Mask has no animal in mind, just that happy animals (like playing in the snow) give them a better chance of survival at a shelter. The backs of the packets are so educational and when I start to use these up, I will definitely share what they say in my reviews. I cannot wait to try these and I have been more into pampering myself lately. I have been masking a few times a week and try to do a sheet mask every two weeks or so.

And of course books! My two passions in life: books and skin care. LOL. All kidding aside, I am really excited to read all three of these. I have already cracked into the Sarah Dessen book, because I read an excerpt in the most recent one that I read Saint Anything and it made me hungry for another Sarah Dessen novel. I really like the more mature themes in her recent books. I have to say that she is back up there with my favorite authors. Dangerous Creatures is a spin off series to Beautiful Creatures. I am unsure if I should read it or read the other three books first in case this one contains spoilers for the other books in the other series. Since You’ve Been Gone seems like the perfect summer read to read by the pool, which I totally plan on reading it there.

Thank you so much D! I really love everything and it was so thoughtfully picked out. I am so grateful that God brought such a great friend into my life who has been my rock through all of my ups and downs. Living life with me is a roller coaster for me and I’m glad that you have my back and I get to spend my life growing up with you.

With Love,

Selena

Beauty, Empties, Favorites, Reviews

719 Walnut Ave

719 Walnut Ave Grapefruit Mandarin Foaming Hand Soap

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This goes for around $1.50 at my local Walmart and the scent is amazing. It smells like fresh squeezed grapefruit. I don’t smell mandarin, but I think it just adds a sweetness to the grapefruit. I love the thick foam this provides and I feel like my hands have never been cleaner. I will be repurchasing. I recently bought the moisturizing hand soap in a different scent, but I much prefer the foaming soap. I highly recommend you give this soap a try.

With Love,

Selena

Beauty, Evening skincare routine, project pan, Reviews, subscription boxes

Billy Jealousy

Billy Jealousy Hydroplane Shave Cream

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This came in my dad’s men Birchbox and he doesn’t shave. I used this on my legs and I thought it was okay. I don’t use shave cream anymore. I just use my conditioner to shave my legs. It takes me forever to go through conditioner, because my hair is super fine and thin and not that long. This helps rotate through my conditioners faster. I feel like shave cream is not a necessity when conditioner can give me just as close of a shave.

With Love,

Selena

Children, Evening skincare routine, Reviews

Crayola Bathtub Markers

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Dean was not old enough to truly enjoy these markers. That being said, I would repurchase these for Dean to play with again when he shows interest in coloring. These were bright and vivid. It was easy to draw with. Dean was just interested in teething on the markers. They all dried up now after a year of being open. I feel like kids who love to play in the tub would like these markers.

With Love,

Selena