Sunday, November 29, 2015

November Beauty Empties

I can't believe we are entering the end of 2015!  It is going to get a bit crazy keeping up with life while getting ready for the holidays:)  But I do love to see all my friends and family over the holidays!

I am feeling a bit better about the amount of empties this month since I felt last month was a total let down:(  I'll recap it all at the end....

Dial bodywash in Mountain Fresh - This is okay.  I have had this in my empties before and I have a few more to go since I bought a bunch when they were on sale with coupons.  I might buy it again but there are lots of other brands and scents I prefer.
Suave Natural Infusion Anti-breakage shampoo - I bought this after trying a sample packet that I really liked.  I wear my hair up a lot so I like the idea of the anti-breakage claim.  I didn't notice that it helped with breakage at all.  And this caused a ton of buildup in my hair.  My hair felt dirty and my scalp was itchy when I used this.  Definitely not a repurchase.

Target Up & Up brand cotton rounds - I like these for the price.  I've already repurchased.  They don't get lint all in my eyes so I'll keep buying them.
Sephora Instant eye makeup remover - I feel like this stung my eyes and didn't go a great job of removing my eye makeup.  I've tried others that are much better.  I won't repurchase this one.
Big Sexy Hair get layered thickening hairspray - One of the cashiers at Ulta threw this in my bag at checkout one day.  I'd never gotten samples before at checkout so that was fun.  I didn't notice that this did anything special for my hair that my favorite drugstore hairspray doesn't already do.  I wouldn't purchase a full size.

Clarins super restorative total eye concentrate - This is part of my finish 9 by New Year so I'm excited to have another product finished!  This sample lasted me a long time but the full size is $53 and I didn't notice enough of an improvement while using it to justify that price tag.
Tarte clean slate poreless primer - I finished a product from my Finish 14 by February 14th!  This primer is the silicone type which I don't like.  I wouldn't purchase a full size.
Neutrogena Hydro Boost water gel moisturizer - I am really liking gel moisturizers for my skin.  I definitely don't get oily during the day like I do with some other types of moisturizers.  I don't think I'd buy this one but I am trying out some different gel moisturizers to find one I do like.
Origins Ginzing eye cream - I love this eye cream.  This is the second jar that I have finished.  I use this every morning and I feel like it brightens up my eye area before I apply makeup.  I have a few other eye creams to use but if I don't find one I like better, I will definitely repurchase this one.

Juliette has a Gun Not a Perfume - I love this scent.  I bought a Juliette Has a Gun sampler from Sephora to try out some other scents.  I would definitely buy this scent if I use up some other perfumes.
Lady Gaga Fame - This wasn't horrible but it definitely wasn't impressive enough to make me want to purchase it.
Trestique concealer crayon - This shade was a bit too dark but I was able to make it work in places on my face.  This is much too creamy for my oily skin and didn't really stay in place.  I wouldn't purchase a full size.
Jersey Shore Sun Mongongo lip balm - I got this in an Ipsy bag a long time ago and I wouldn't hunt down where to buy it.  I looked up the price and it is $10 for this lip balm.  Not worth the price in my opinion.  I didn't feel as though this was very moisturizing.

I used up 22 products in November (7 full size, 4 deluxe size, 9 samples, and 2 products went in the trash - mascaras with formulas I didn't like).

As of now, I have used up 279 products this year.  I am still hoping I hit my goal of 365 empties this year.  I am going to work really hard to use up samples and deluxe sized samples in December in hopes of hitting my goal.

I have used up $1291.80 in product this year.


*All opinions are my own.  All products were purchased with my own money.  I was not compensated in any way for this post.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

12 Empties of Christmas Update #7

It is time again to update you on my progress for 12 Empties of Christmas.  I can't believe that Christmas seemed so far away when I started this project and now it is less than a month away!  I finished a few shadows in my palette since last update.

Update #6 can be found here.

I have marked the Exuviance face wash and I can't see through the Garnier to mark it but I'm guessing I have about 2/3 left.  The Exuviance bottle gets skinnier but I still don't picture myself finishing it in a month.

These products are hard to mark as well because I can't see through them.  I use the Mario Badescu serum and Ponds face cream every night.  I try to use one of the peel pads each weekend.

The foundation pump bottle is a mix of the Neutrogena foundation in this project and Garnier BB cream in another project.  I might be able to finish the Neutrogena foundation in the next month.  I am finally feeling like I have made some progress on the bronzer and I'm making steady progress on the perfume.  I use the lip balm each morning before I put on makeup but it isn't enough to be making a big dent in it.

I finished off 2 more shadows since my last update.  I finished Stand-offish and Seductive in the past month.  I have also made a good dip in Sultry and have a bit more pan in Sexy.  I have started using a bit of Selfish (the grey shade) each day.  I don't need a lot but it is a chunky mess so it might go quickly.

I know I won't finish most of the products currently in this project.  When I started in May, I felt like Christmas was so far away that I didn't focus on a lot of the products until it was too late to really get them finished.  I am happy that I am continuing to use up products and making progress even if I'm not necessarily finishing them in time for this project.

How are you doing with your seasonal challenges?  Let me know!


*All opinions are my own.  All products were purchased with my own money.  I was not compensated in any way for this post.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Target Beauty Box

Every so often Target offers a Beauty Box.  It doesn't seem to be on a set schedule.  I usually find out through people I follow on Instagram when it will be available.  Depending on what is offered in the box, I will order it.  I did choose to order the most recent box because I was curious to try some of the products I saw.  I feel like the price varies from box to box that they offer.  And sometimes you have to pay for shipping, unless you have a red card, and sometimes its free.  I believe I paid $7 or $10 for this box and had free shipping.

Here is what I received...

Cover Girl liquid eyeliner
Goody  hair ties
Roc Deep Wrinkle Night Cream
Revlon color stay ultimate suede lipstick
Acure repairing shampoo
Acure repairing conditioner
Olly beauty vitamins
Hello toothpaste
SW Basics Exfoliant
Skin fix Body Butter

I have tried the Olly vitamins and I wasn't a big fan of the grapefruit flavor.  Also, it is hard to verify the claims that they help your hair and nails when there is only one day's worth to try.

I really liked the hello toothpaste.  It worked well and I like that it is more natural.  I definitely noticed how much sweeter my regular toothpaste was when I finished this sample.  I'm excited that Hello Products sent me some more of their toothpastes and other products to try out.  Look for that review in the future.

The Revlon is a nice berry shade but not too dark.  I had gotten one of these lipsticks in a Walmart box and it was a red shade that was not something I would wear.  I think this will be a good fall color.

I'm looking forward to trying the rest of the products and will make sure to include them in my empties posts.

Have you tried any of the other products?  What are your thoughts on the Target Beauty Boxes?


*All products were paid for with my own money.  All opinions are my own.  I was not compensated in any way for this post.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Love to Project Pan: Finish 14 by February 14th Update #1

The 14th of November calls for Update #1 on the seasonal challenge Love to Project Pan: Finish 14 by February 14th.  This challenge was started by Glamour with Grace and Kristen Kay on Youtube and many others have joined in.

I started this project on October 14th with my Introduction post.  This is my first update and I have not finished any of the products at this time.

I was very excited to hit pan on the blush!  I had no idea I was that close to the pan already.  This is the area I use the most so I know the right side still has quite a bit of product to go through.  I use the cream blush stick every day and I have been using the Tarte primer every day as well to try to finish it up.  You can see the marks along the left for my progress.  This primer is very thick so I don't use much of it.  I have used the Fake Up two times. It isn't enough coverage for me to use as an every day concealer.  I am using it on the weekends when I have minimal makeup on.

I have not really used the Jouer liner because I am working through another liner for a project that finishes at the end of the year.  I use the NYX wonder pencil every day as an eye base and I have been using shades out of the quad as well each day.  I started with the Acure facial mask and have used it twice.  Once I finish it, I will use the other mask.  I am trying to do a mask either Friday or Saturday night while I watch TV.

I use the NYX eye shadow each day and I am concentrating in the corner and hope to hit pan soon.  The lip combo I use each morning is the NYX lipstick and Stila gloss.  I use lipsticks weird...I make them very pointy so then it doesn't show much progress.  I haven't really used the Smashbox gloss or Tarte pencil yet.

Here are my progress marks.  You can see a little bit of progress marked with the products I have been using regularly.

I have come to realize that I can't have too many projects going at one time.  I have 3 seasonal projects going and many of the product types overlap which makes it hard to concentrate and finish one of them.  I have been developing thoughts for how I might work through products next year.  I will post about my plans in the next few weeks.

Let me know if you are a project panner so I can follow your journey as well!  I love to be inspired to work through products.


*All products were purchased with my own money.  I was not compensated in any way for this post.  All opinions are my own.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Finish 9 by New Years Update #2

Since it is the beginning of November, I want to update you on the progress for Finish 9 by New Years.  This is my second update and I have about two months left to finish products.  I marked the products and took the photos on November 1st to mark progress even though I'm just now getting around to posting.

My intro video was September 1st.  You can check that out here.
The first update was at the beginning of October here.

At the first update in October I had finished two products:
1.  Elf Undereye setting powder
2.  NYX blush in Dusty Rose.

As of this update I have also finished the Stila kajal eyeliner in Amethyst.  It got to the point where it wouldn't sharpen anymore and was too short to use very easily.  I talked about it in my October Empties post.  I have six items left to finish.

As for progress on my other items...

All 3 of these products are close to being finished.  I used the Vasanti this week and when I squeezed, a ton of air came out and it is getting hard to squeeze anymore product out so I think I only have a few more uses.  The Clarins eye concentrate is almost finished and the lotion will last a few more weeks.  I hope to have all these products complete by the next update.

The Garnier BB cream has progress shown from where I mixed it with a Neutrogena foundation.  I won't finish the BB cream by the end of the year but I'm continuing to work through it.  The Jouer eyeliner in chocolat and Stila Balm in Gabrielle are going to be close.  I am using the eyeliner every day now that I have finished the Stila liner.  It is drying out from age so I am having to sharpen it more frequently to get a good line.  This is making it go faster than I anticipated but I'm still unsure about finishing it.  I apply the Stila balm every morning in the car on my way to work.  I am trying to use it other times throughout the day because I don't think one time a day will finish it by the end of the year.

Here are my progress marks for the liner and balm.  I have a tiny bit of progress for the eyeliner and pretty consistent progress for the lip product.

I'm enjoying watching everyone's updates on Youtube with their progress.  It keeps me motivated to keep going as does seeing some products be finished.

Let me know how your projects and challenges are going!

*All opinions are my own.  All products were purchased with my own money.  I was not compensated in any way for this post.

Beauty Blogger Book Club

I am a few days late with this post so I apologize.  My blogging time seems slim lately.  This month we read Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave.  

In this book, Georgia discovers a big secret her fiancĂ© has been keeping from her just a week before their wedding.  She returns home to her family vineyard for comfort from her family but finds that everything is changing and her home is not the same.

As tends to be the case with the books we choose, I had heard a lot about this book and was excited to read it.  The relationships between the characters were developed well.  There was family history with the vineyard and their family growing up mixed in with their present day interactions.  I enjoyed that this was not a predictable story of family relationships and often I was surprised by the actions of the various family members.  I also enjoyed the bits of information about wine and working a vineyard that were included.

I would definitely recommend this book and have already grabbed another one by this same author from the library to read.

For November, Ashley chose The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion.  Check out what the other beauty bloggers though of the October book!

Michelyn - Brains Beauty and Basketball
Ashley - If You Give a Girl a Ring
Lisa - Uncommon Wife Life
Lisa P - Blush and Backroads
Steph - The Wonky Brow

I pick the next book so if you have suggestions of what we should read, let me know!