I am so excited that today is the first day of March! Hopefully that means that spring, or at least a taste of spring, might appear one day soon.
I am continuing on my journey for 2015 of using up products and participating in 365 days of empties and a low/no buy. Part of 365 days of empties with my Instagram friends is to count each empty as $1 and that is my beauty budget. I will recap all of that at the end of this post.
These are the empties that were part of my Project 10 Pan. I posted my update last week and you can find that here.
Hair care empties:
12 Benefits - I received a sample of this leave-in treatment a long time ago from Birchbox and purchased the full size. I used this only when I was going to dry my hair with heat so it lasted me quite awhile. I have a bunch of samples and other products I want to try but I would repurchase.
Neil George Conditioner - This was another Birchbox sample but I did not like it enough to purchase the full size. It wasn't bad but it didn't wow me enough to purchase it.
Klorane Dry Shampoo - This is my favorite dry shampoo. I'm working through another sample and then I will purchase the full size.
Body care empties:
Softsoap body wash - I've said before that I'm not picky with my body wash, except I don't like the lotion ones (I know they can be more moisturizing but I feel like I have a film on my skin). I have quite a few different back ups to finish before I worry about what kind to purchase next. I do like this one and would repurchase.
Ulta Cotton Pads - These are the usual cotton pads. They don't get cotton in my eyes or shed so I'd repurchase them.
Shrinking Beauty lotion - This was supposed to firm with lobster or something weird like that. It came in a sample bag from Ulta. I didn't notice any firmness or change. Definitely not a purchase. And it had a weird sticker on it like they covered up the original label for some reason which I found a bit suspect.
Fig and Yarrow Hand Salve - This came in a limited edition box from Birchbox and it isn't even close to empty but I can not handle the scent...at all. It must go. It is the type of product I would consider purchasing for my cuticles and dry patches if it came in a different scent.
Yu-Be moisturizing skin cream - I use them on my cuticles at night. They are okay for that purpose but I won't repurchase.
Skin care empties:
Michael Todd jojoba charcoal facial scrub - I love this product and have already repurchased. I use this scrub a few times a week when I wash my face it the shower. Some people claim it leaves a film or is hard to wash off. I just follow it up with a very gentle cleanser to get rid of any of that film or scrub left behind.
Origins Ginzing eye cream - This is my holy grail morning eye cream. I am already using a new tub. This gives a nice brightening effect to my crazy dark circles in the morning before I apply makeup.
Burt's Bees Herbal Blemish stick - I bought this when I was having crazy breakouts last summer. I don't think it makes them go away any faster than other products I have tried. The rollerball was a bit weird to use because I didn't want to roll it directly on the problem areas but then it was messy if I tried to put it on a q-tip or something. I don't think I would repurchase.
SeaRX Anti wrinkle serum - I received this in Ipsy or Birchbox. I didn't notice any difference in my skin and the top started to crack and break off which made a huge mess. Not an item I would purchase.
Stila glamor eyes mascara - This came with an eye shadow set I bought from Stila. I'm not sure if it was actually flaking or it was just the formula but it really irritated my eyes. I will not purchase it.
Dr. Jart+ BB Dis-a-pore - This was okay. It had that gray cast to it and didn't blend into my skin very well. I am using a different BB cream by Dr. Jart right now that I like much better.
Pixi Flawless beauty primer - This was an Ipsy sample and is supposed to be an illuminating primer. I felt like it made my face greasy and when I was using it, my skin had red bumps and broke out more. Not a purchase for me.
Neutrogena naturals chapstick - This was okay but the original Neutrogena chapstick is my favorite.
Chapstick - Again, this is okay and I have a bunch to use up (from my crazy couponing days) but then I won't purchase again.
Lots of empties again this month, but that is a good thing! I know that makeup empties will be few and far between and I'm okay with that because I know my powder products last longer and I do use them every day. It just takes longer to use them up. I am really trying to work through my body care, skin care, and lip products though because I do not want them to go back and lose what I paid for them.
I started with 277 products at the beginning of February.
I added 24 products through Birchbox, free samples, and birthday gifts.
I used up 24 products (9 full size, 9 deluxe size, 4 foil packets, and 2 trashed products).
So I will have 277 products to start March.
I spent $5.66 during the whole month on a hair tie and hair spray.
So far for 2015 I have used up $272.83 in products and have had to trash $104.01 in products (for a variety of reasons). I have spent $14.44 for the months of January and February.
I feel like my progress is very slow compared to what I was hoping to see. Every month I feel like I have products that should be so close to being finished but then just keep hanging on! But I am using things up and continuing to work on keeping any purchases to necessities (I have gotten some birthday gifts during February that were not necessities:)
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*All products were purchased with my own money. All opinions are my own. I was not compensated in any way for this post.