Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Project Use It Up - November Update and December Goals

Hi friends!  I suppose now that Thanksgiving is over, we start the countdown to Christmas.  We have a few weeks of school between now and then but I have already started my list of things to accomplish while I have two weeks off.  I didn't cross many items off my list during Thanksgiving break as many other things seemed to take over (like Gilmore Girls on Netflix:).  I did some shopping for gifts already and did buy myself one beauty item on Black Friday which I will include in my November Haul which I will post in the next week or so.

This is going to be my update on Project Use It Up for November.  

I have been doing pretty well with masking once a week.  I have found that I am more likely to do it during the week (I have been aiming for Tuesdays) when I am home and doing things around the house instead of weekends when we are out and about.  So, I will cross off that fourth box today since this is going up on Tuesday.
I used up all five foil packets but must have forgotten to cross off the boxes.  I reviewed those samples on my Instagram (@lovetobebusyblog).
I was much better about using my peel pads this month but I still haven't been painting my nails.

I finished the Pure Grace perfume and Malin and Goetz mask which you will see in my empties.  I am considering the Ponds cream finished since I have 1-2 uses left.

These are my December goals.  I am trying out listing them out in my notebook where I keep track of all my other beauty info.  My overall goals are the same for the month.

I am keeping a few products that I want to continue to work on.  I took out the Ponds cream since it will be finished very soon and I will use the Liz Earle in its place.  I am not adding any products in because during December I will be working on all my deluxe sized products so I want to focus on those.  I will keep a tally of how many I finish as well as a list with my empties.

These are all the products I am carrying over from November.  I have barely used the perfume since I was concentrating on finishing the Philosophy one.  I will focus on this one now.  I have 8 peel pads left.  I have been using 2 at a time because they are so dry now that I need one for each side of my face.  So, I hope to have those gone this month also.  

My big focus will be moving out deluxed size samples this month.  I will keep you updated on Instagram as I have empties.  

I am working on big goals and how I want to organize my beauty info for next year.  If you are interested in seeing how I plan to organize my beauty notebook, let me know.  I will blog about it after I get it all set up if people are interested (keeping some things I do now and modifying a bit after seeing Curious Sparkles post about hers on Youtube).


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

Sunday, November 20, 2016

November Birchbox and October Reviews

My November Birchbox arrived about a week ago but I wanted to make sure I share with you before the week gets crazy with Thanksgiving plans.  In case you are not familiar with Birchbox, you receive 4-5 samples for $10 each month.  You can earn points through purchases on their website that you can then redeem for products on the website.  They no longer give out points for reviews of products the boxes.

November's theme was The Finishing Touch.  I usually cheat when they send out the email to peek at our box before it arrives so I had an idea of what was coming:)

I received:
Bumble and bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil - $40 full size
Chella eyebrow pencil in Tantalizing Taupe - $18 full size
Coola Mineral SPF 30 Daydream Makeup Primer - $42 full size
Marcelle New-Age LumiPower 3-in-1 Moisturizer - $26 full size
Oribe Superfine Hairspray - $22-$33 full size

I'm excited about all the products this month except the Coola primer.  I find that products with SPF do not agree with my skin on a daily basis (yes, I know this is horrible and I am constantly on the hunt for an SPF I can wear every day).

I don't use a pencil to fill in my brows because I've never wanted to buy one and be totally unsuccessful and have wasted money (haha).  But I will try this one out, maybe with the clear gel from Anastasia we got in a Sephora box and see how it goes.  I like hair oil, hairspray and I have loved almost every Marcelle product I've ever tried.

Now on to reviews of October's box...

I have to be honest that I didn't even open most of these products.  I am trying to work through a product before opening a new one since I have had to throw a lot of things away lately because they went bad.  I will definitely use the mask, healing balm, and cleansing milk as soon as I need to open a new one of any of these categories.

I have passed along the Parlor by Jeff Chastain conditioner because I don't need volume and texture in my hair.  I have also given away the LOC lip crayon because I don't wear red.

I tried the Clarins energy booster and it felt nice.  I mixed it in with the Clarins moisturizer I had in the box also.  I didn't notice a difference with the energy booster, maybe because I have been using a brightening product every day for awhile now.  I do like how the moisturizer feels and would consider purchasing it for night time (someday years down the road when all my others are gone lol).

I know I haven't tried every out yet, but I am excited to use them.  I am just trying to be more conscientious of what I have open at one time.


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

Friday, November 18, 2016

Was It Worth It? - Thoughts on July Purchases

I can't believe that Thanksgiving is next week!  Things have been crazy and I know they are going to get busier with my daughter starting competition season for gymnastics and the holidays approaching.  Unfortunately, fall as decided to arrive today as it went from 65 to 45 in just a few hours:(

It has been a few months and it is time to review the purchases I made in July.  July was the month I attempted to not buy anything...at all.  I almost was successful since I only made a few clearance sale clothing purchases.  I did not buy any extra beauty products beyond the subscription boxes I got that month.  Therefore, the only item in my haul that month was my Sephora Play Box.

The first item I received was the Ouai wave spray.  I have very straight and thick hair.  It does not wave no matter how much product I put in it.  So I have passed this item on to someone who can use it.

Next I had Dew the Hoola liquid bronzer from Benefit.  I can not use this as a bronzer.  It is not a good color match for my pale skin.  However, I have started using it to darken up my It Cosmetics CC cream in fair so it is a better match.  I tried this after seeing a few people on Youtube using it for this purpose.  This is not a product that I would purchase a full size of.

The First Aid Beauty Cleanser is a good basic cleanser.  It removes makeup and cleans my face.  I'm not sure it is better than other cleansers I have tried for a less expensive price tag.  However, it has been nice to have around for my makeup bag when I travel.

I also received the Smashbox photo finish face primer.  I am not a huge fan of silicone primers and have not opened this one yet since I have another one I am trying to finish.  However, I will use this up at some point but I wouldn't purchase it myself.

Finally, my fragrance sample was the Nest Citrine fragrance. I love this fragrance.  It doesn't last a long time but it is a nice fresh scent.  I have had samples before from Sephora orders so I knew I liked it.  I haven't used this one up yet but I will soon.

So, that is it for my products that I hauled in July.  It wasn't one of my favorite Sephora boxes but it is always nice to try samples before you buy a product.


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

Monday, November 14, 2016

New to Me in October

Since I have been trying to declutter and be better about my spending, I didn't have any big purchases in October.  I did buy the Lorac Mega Pro 3, but that might have even been at the end of September.

I am absolutely loving that palette, even though I don't have a picture for this post.  I love the shades and they are very pigmented and blend so well.  I have a little Lorac trio from a kit awhile back, but this is my first experience with a Lorac palette and I really love it.

Since I am trying to declutter (and will do even more as I create my newest inventory at the end of the month), I am trying not to buy too many items until I decide what to get rid of and what I would really like to try out in its place.

The only purchase in October was my Sephora Play box.  Since I don't share that any other place on my blog, I thought I would show you what I received in my box.  Sephora has been sending out different variations over the past few months.

October's theme was The Cool Cut and I received...

Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick in Driver's Seat - I am giving this away because when I swatch it, it is not a good color for me.  It is very orange/brown on me (I need to stick to pinkier shades with my skin tone).

Blinc Mascara amplified - I have been using this and I do like it.  It is very strange to take off since it looks like your eyelashes are coming out:)  It doesn't give me as much volume as I would like but it does wear well throughout the day with no smudging or flaking for me.

Items I haven't tried ye:
Skin Inc Pure Revival Peel
Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb - I think I have used this before and if it is the exact same product, I do like it.
Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask with Rare Prickly Pear Seed Oil

This box wasn't as exciting for me as a few of the past boxes but I will try everything out and report back over the next few months.  I will continue to try this out for a few months but I don't know that I will continue with the subscription after that period.

I have some thoughts on my own hauls, purchases, subscriptions, samples that I will be trying to put together to share for 2017.


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

Thursday, November 3, 2016

October Beauty Empties

Time again for some empties...I love empties:)  You will also notice over future posts about my empties that I am including products that I am decluttering.  I don't often think too much about what I am taking in and figure I will use it someday.  However, I have been working on going through my lip products and getting rid of ones that I don't like the color, formula, etc.  I am feeling very good about my choices and I am going to be carrying that over to other areas.  As I find items that I just won't use, I will be decluttering them rather than putting them to the side.  I will also be looking at products as I do my inventory in the next month or so for 2017 so that I'm not holding on to items I won't ever use.  In cases where possible, I am passing unopened items along to others to try out.

Well, that ended up quite the explanation...on to October empties.

Skincare Empties:
SeaRX anti wrinkle creme - This was a sample from Birchbox.  I didn't notice any difference and the sample was only about half full to start with.

Sephora cotton rounds - My favorite...I'll be purchasing more with the VIB sale this month.

Mario Badescu aloe lotion - I tried out this toner because it was recommended by the Mario Badescu website when I did my skin analysis.  I really liked it and I would use it again.  I also like the Glycolic toner and have that one (and a few other brands) to use before I'd purchase this one again.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil - I use this every day on the areas of my face most prone to breakouts.  I will always repurchase.

DermaE evenly radiant brightening serum - I bought this as an alternative to the Ole Henriksen one that I like.  I don't notice my skin looking that much brighter, however, I have been using a brightening serum for quite awhile now so I doubt I would see much difference unless I stop using one for awhile.  I would purchase this one again.

More Skincare Empties: - I'm trying to work through some deluxe sized cleansers
pur-lisse gentle soy milk cleanser - This was okay.  It cleaned my skin and didn't irritate it but wasn't anything special.

Nude omega cleansing jelly - I felt like this slipped right off my face before I had a chance to work it in.  It didn't get my face clean.

Key West Aloe cleanser - This was another random Birchbox sample.  It was okay.  It cleaned well.  Nothing special.

Bioderma sebium H2O - This sample was nice.  I was able to use it on my eyes as well without it stinging.  This one says purifying cleansing on it so I assume that is the difference between the green and the pink.  I am using a bottle of the pink one now.  I have a lot of cleansing waters to use up before I would need to purchase one.

Makeup Empties:
Marcelle BB cream golden glow - This was extremely dark.  It worked for my skin tone for about a day after being in the sun.  I mixed it in with a foundation that is too light for me just to use it up.  I also felt like the glow part of it made me super oily as the day went on.  I wouldn't purchase.

Bare Minerals Pop of Passion in pink passion - This was a lip balm type lipstick.  It was okay.  I have another sample I will be passing on to someone instead of using.  It was a pretty pink shade for summer.

Too Faced Shadow Insurance - This worked well for my eyelids.  I wasn't greasy and my eyeshadow lasted.  I have other primers to use before I would need to purchase one.

Juliette Has a Gun in Not a Perfume - I really love this scent but it doesn't last long enough to spend the money on it since it is expensive.

Bare Minerals Bareskin perfecting veil in Light to Medium - This powder was okay.  I didn't think it was anything special.

Lip Product Declutter - This were all items I tried (to refresh my memory why I bought them) and didn't want to keep for a variety of reasons.  You can check out my Instagram (@lovetobebusyblog) for more reviews of these products.

I finished 18 items this month and decluttered 7 for a total of 25 products.
Life has gotten busy lately and I have not had time to be keeping track of the dollar amount of what I have used.  I need to go a bit lower maintenance with some things and that had to go:)

Empties, decluttering, and budgeting has me thinking about 2017 so stay tuned for those plans in the coming months.


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