Saturday, December 31, 2016

My Beauty Notebook for 2017

Happy New Year's Eve!  Sorry for the longer than normal absence from the blog but we've had a crazy few weeks with sickness, a car accident (everyone is okay:) and the holidays.  I had intended to this post earlier, right after my goals, so that you could have to prepare if you chose to do some type of notebook.  But I thought I would still share mine as it is always a work in progress and may change throughout the year anyways.  This year, I took some ideas that I saw Curious Sparkles share on her Youtube channel when she shared her notebook.  I liked that she includes everything one notebook. I always had extra pieces of paper floating around from Project Use It Up or seasonal challenges.  Now I have a place to keep it all together.

This is the cover of the notebook I will use for this year.  I made sure to choose one that will have plenty of pages to get me through the whole year.  The page flags across the top are from the dollar section at Target.

The first section in the notebook are my goals and some of my trackers I will use during the year.  I shared that section of my notebook in my goals post a few weeks ago which you can find here.

Next there is a tab for each month.  I gave each month four pages.  The first page of each monthly section will have my Project Use It Up goals and products to focus on for the month.

The next page in the monthly section is where I have an overview page of my empties and purchases.  I tally all my empties and keep my running totals on this page.

Page #3 in the monthly section is where I list my purchases.  This helps me keep track of how much I am buying and what it costs.  It also gives me an idea of how old a product is.

The final page in the monthly section is where I list out all my empties.  I number them, write whether it is full, deluxe, or sample sized, and what the product is.  If it is a declutter, I make a note of that too (as opposed to it being an empty product).

After the 12 monthly tabs, I have a tab for projects.  This will be where I list and track any seasonal challenges or project pans I decide to do for the year.

At the very back of the notebook, I have listed all my nail polishes.  I do like to paint my nails but I am also pretty good about not going overboard with buying nail polish.  I decluttered a lot of shades during this year that were colors I didn't like, too old, or I didn't like the formula.  I know I fell short on those updates but  you can see from the list what I have left at the top of the page from that declutter.  The middle of the page are the polishes I got at the beginning of the year from gifts and a Zoya sale.  I recently subscribed to the Julep box for six months as part of my Christmas gift.  I got a bonus gift of some mini polishes which are listed at the bottom.  I really love the Julep formula and I am excited to have these polishes coming to me over the next few months.

I have recently finished my inventory so it is ready to go for 2017.  I keep the rest of my inventory in a separate notebook.  I list out every single product which I cross off as I finish it.  In the future, I may look for a notebook that has enough pages to combine them into one.  But I used what I had around the house for now to get some use out of all my notebooks.

I am working on my products for Use It Up and then I will get that posted, hopefully tomorrow.  I will also be sharing more about my Pan That Palette for the year in the next few days.  I have a lot to catch up on that I had planned to already have posted but I will try not to bombard you all this week:)


Thursday, December 15, 2016

2017 Beauty Goals

Since we are about halfway through December already (Yikes!), I thought I'd share some goals for 2017.  I will say that some of these aren't set in stone, especially where it comes to blogging.  However, I have some ideas so I thought I would share them.  Also, I love lists and goals so these are my favorite posts:)

My goals comprise the first section of my beauty notebook.  I will post what I am including in my beauty notebook in the next few days so you can see all of it.

1.  Finish as many shadows as possible.  I will continue working on the matte shades in my Tarte Mattenificent palette since I still have a ways to go on that from this year.  Instead of adding another palette for Pan That Palette, I am just going to try to finish as many as possible.  I will try to focus a lot of my energy on my Naked palette since that is the oldest palette I own.

2.  Budget - Spend money on items I really want to try.  In an effort to cut back on spending this year, I tried to limit myself to $25 a month.  Some months it worked really well, others it did not.  Instead of placing a limit, I will try to keep my spending to items I really have been wanting to try.  For instance, I would like to try out some drugstore mascara, I want to try the Cover Girl BB cream, and there are others as well.
In addition, I am going to work on my skincare stash.  I need to get over the feeling that I need to buy many backups.  I would like to get to the point where I have one of each product (excluding samples that come in) and I don't think about replacing it until it is almost empty.  I don't switch around my skincare like I do my makeup so I really don't need a lot of extra products around.

3.  Continue Project Use It Up - This has really helped me focus on products and also incorporate other items like perfume samples and foil packets to work through them.

4.  Continue small seasonal projects - This is usually where I incorporate more makeup items to try to finish them up.  It is also fun to join in the IG and Youtube community with these projects.

5.  Focus on 2 blushes each month.  If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I did a huge lip product declutter this fall and got rid of shades that didn't work for me, were old, etc.  I am going to focus on 2 blushes each month for this same purpose.  I may end up keeping all of them, I may not, but I have neglected a lot of them and want to try them out.

Blog Goals:  These are some areas I would like to focus on this year for the blog posts.
6.  Be more consistent with my loves post.  Some months I did these and others I did not, so I'd like to make sure I am sharing what I am loving with you every month.

7.  Review new products more often - dedicate an entire post if necessary instead of just haul reviews

8.  Haul posts - I am trying to decide whether I purchase each haul separately or do one big post at the end of the month like I have been.  Weigh in with your thoughts in the comments if you have a preference.

9.  Blog post of blushes and eyeshadows I will be focusing on for each month - also a work in progress, we will see if this works out.

The next page is more specific product goals.  I buy a lot of skincare to try, maybe more than makeup.  And so I have so many face washes, moisturizers, etc. to work through.  One goals is to finish my face washes before buying more.  This may take all year, I don't know for sure.  At the beginning of 2017, I will write in the number I am starting with.

I would like to finish 15 lip products.  I have finished at least 10 this year so I am going to aim higher for next year.  This includes chapstick, lip gloss, lipstick, any of it.

Finish all perfume samples from 2016.  I say 2016 because I want to start with those that are oldest.  If I get any in 2017, I will add those to the end if I finish all the others.  That being said, if I hate a fragrance after I try it, I will toss it.  I'm not going to hate how I smell all day just to finish a perfume sample.  Again, I will write in how many I have when 2017 starts.

Pan as many shadows as possible.

In an effort to keep my lip product stash from going crazy again, I am going to limit how many I can bring in.  For every five I finish, I can purchase one from my list.  That way, by the end of 2017 I might have a more manageable number.

That is it for the goals section of my notebook and what I am focusing on in 2017.  I would love for you to share some of yours or give some feedback for me!


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Was It Worth It? - Thoughts on August's Purchases

Time for some reviews for you!  I will be letting you know my thoughts on the items I purchased in August of this year.

Birchbox - My first purchases were free with Birchbox points.  I have yet to use the DermaE or Caudalie products because I am finishing up others first that are already open.  I have used the Ruffian varnish top coat since it replaced one that was old and goopy.  The SeaRX and Aloe were both samples with my order.  They have already been in an empties post but they weren't anything I'd purchase.

Sephora - I was interested in trying one of the Bare Minerals gen nude liquid lipsticks and it was offered as a 100 point perk.  I stocked up on some cotton rounds and included the lipstick in my order as well.  I really like the liquid lipstick formula and don't find it drying at all. I did keep it in my recent declutter.

Walgreens - I was determined to track down this lip balm because it sounded so fun when I saw an ad in a magazine.  I do really like it but definitely don't give it as much love as I should.

Coastal Scents - Coastal Scents was offering their hot pots (single shadows) for 99 cents!  I couldn't pass up trying a few.  I love the shades I chose and the formulas have been amazing to work with.  I also received the little quad as a free sample.  I would definitely buy more of these singles.  

Ulta - This purchase was a result of a day of extra points Ulta offered on certain items.  The Tea Tree oil was 10X points and this is the bottle I am currently working on.  The Burts Bees is my husband's favorite chapstick and was 5X points.  The rest of the items were samples. I gave away the shampoo and conditioner samples since they aren't right for my hair type.  I have used one of the chia seed body lotions and it had a crazy strong smell.  I'll use the other one but I wouldn't purchase it.  I haven't tried the Ulta lotion yet.

Sephora - I purchased the Nars concealer as a backup to my Urban Decay.  I am still working on finishing up the Urban Decay one but have started to scrape the sides so it will be done soon.  Looking back, I didn't really need the Nars concealer yet and could have waited awhile to purchase it.  I also bought a travel size of the LaVanilla deodorant because I heard good things and I know I should be using a more natural deodorant.  I have tried the deodorant and it is not for me.  I stunk by 4:00 that day and it was awful.  I'm going to give it to my daughter to use because it will work for her and I'll keep hunting for one that works for me.

I am happy to say that, unlike other months, I have actually used some of these products and the samples included in the orders.  I am trying to be better about not feeling like I "need" so many backups of products.  When I open my last one, or even when my last one is half full, is when I really need to be buying a replacement, not when I still have unopened products waiting.

I hope you are enjoying these reviews of what I have purchased in the past.  I think in 2017, I am going to post each purchase separately to keep my posts shorter (still thinking on that one).  That way, my reviews will be shorter as well.


Monday, December 5, 2016

New to Me in November

You all will be happy to hear that I have a more exciting haul for you this month because I purchased something other than my Sephora Play box ;)  November was the VIB sale and Black Friday so I did pick up a few things.

Purchase #1 - Birchbox
At the beginning of the month, Birchbox gave me 50 points for free.  I had some points in my account to use up (since I am canceling when my year is up and don't plan to purchase from them anymore) and the addition of the 50 points made it more enticing to use them up at that time.  I purchased The Body Shop tea tree oil which I use every day on areas of my skin prone to blemishes.  I also purchased the Marcelle micellar water which I've used before and love.  The Acure Lip Lush was a freebie with purchase.

Purchase #2 - Ulta
This purchase was out of necessity.  My daughter needed a new brush and I needed the other items.  Luckily, I had 2X points so that was a nice little bonus.  I have never tried Hand Food and my current hand cream is at the end so I'm excited to use it soon!

Purchase #3 and #4 - Sephora
I purchased three items during the VIB sale.  The first item was a new shaving brush for my husband because his is falling apart.  He likes the Art of Shaving brushes and so the 20% off was a good time to buy it and save $12 (this item is not pictured).  I also bought the small size of Hourglass powder in dim light.  I've been wanting to try one of their powders and I only have one powder in my stash at this point so I figured I'd grab another one so I have some options.  My third purchase was a Marc Jacobs lipgloss in Taboo.  This was not a need but I did get rid of a lot of glosses and had been wanting to try this brand.  The rest of the items pictured are samples from my orders (with a lot of substitutions by Sephora instead of what I actually chose when I ordered).

Purchase #5 - Sephora
This was my Black Friday purchase.  I am on my last beauty blender so I wanted something to keep around as a backup.  This was a set that they offered that day.  There was a sample bag code so I stocked up on my favorite cotton rounds to reach the amount for the bag.

This is the sample bag and samples that came with my Black Friday order.

Sephora Play box - I love the gloss and the perfume smelled really good.  I've already finished it.  I'm excited to use the caviar stick since everyone raves about them.
Stella McCartney Pop
Caudalie sorbet moisturizer
Glamglow mask
Sephora gloss
Laura Mercier caviar stick
Cover FX primer

What did you purchase this month?  Anything you are loving?


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

Friday, December 2, 2016

November Beauty Empties

I can not believe we are into December and another year is almost over!  Not to mention, I have a lot to do before the holidays roll around.  In November, I got an itch to declutter.  And by declutter, I mean everything in my life:)  It is still going and I am struggling with feeling like I really don't want things and wondering if I will miss them down the road.  I'd also like to be replacing items with ones I know I will love more but I also know this takes time and money and needs to be a process.  This isn't the case in all areas, but definitely some.

What this leads me to is decluttering makeup items.  I decluttered 40 items in November from my beauty products.  Some were hair products and skincare that I had received in various boxes and said I would use, but in all honesty, were not right for my hair type or skin type.  I also did a huge lip product declutter and weeded out all the old products and ones that I had bought, tried, and weren't really right for me but I had held on to them anyways.

This is just a portion of what I got rid of.  Some are lipsticks while some are mascaras that I had tried and really didn't like.  I also have perfume samples that I tried and just didn't like the scent and didn't want to use them every day.

Now on to the actual empties...

These are all deluxe face wash empties that I used up.  I don't think I'd purchase a full size of any of them except maybe the Boscia Detoxifying Black Cleanser.  The others were the Ole Henriksen african red tea foaming cleanser which I liked but not enough to pay the higher price for it, and the Ulta Pore Minimizing and Clarisonic cleansers.

More skincare:
Marcelle gentle makeup remover - I love this eye makeup remover.  I have gone through a few of these.  I have been using my cleansing waters as eye makeup removers lately but I would repurchase this one.
Murad advanced active radiance serum - I didn't notice that this did anything for my skin.  I have other vitamin C serums and brightening serums I prefer.
Murad Intensive-C radiance peel - Again, I didn't notice any difference when I used this product so I wouldn't purchase it.
Malin and Goetz clarifying clay mask - This was too gritty and irritated my skin when I had to rinse it off.

Bodycare and Haircare:
Ulta beauty smoothie in creamy cocolada - I use these beauty smoothies to shave and you can usually find a really good deal on them.  I have another scent going in my shower now.
Shea Moisture olive and green tea body wash - I really liked this body wash.  It lathered well and I enjoyed the subtle scent.  I would repurchase or try other scents from this brand.
Living Proof perfect hair day dry shampoo - I really liked this dry shampoo and I would definitely purchase a full size, although I'd like to try Batiste first since I've never tried it.
Aveeno lotion - I kept this small size in my purse.  It was okay.  I liked that it didn't get too greasy for applying during the day.
Gioje protein hair mask - I was not a huge fan of this.  It didn't hurt my hair but I also didn't notice that it did a whole lot for it.  And it has a very strong smell which lasted throughout the day which I wasn't a fan of.

Tarte lights camera lashes mascara - This is one of my very favorite mascaras.  It gives me great volume and I will repurchase.
NYX pencil in nude - I bought this a very long time ago to use in my waterline.  I have since learned that my sensitive eyes can not handle any liner on my waterline.  So I used it up by using it as base for eyeshadow.  I have no reason to repurchase but it was a good nude liner if you need one.
Smashbox Photo finish lid primer - I didn't like this primer very much.  It seemed very dry and didn't blend out well.
Tarte smooth operator amazonian clay finishing powder - I really like this powder, although I'd prefer a pressed version in the future.  I had a little sample I poured into the bigger container and used them both up.  I'd repurchase in the future.

Sephora cotton rounds - My favorites...I just stocked up during the sale in November.
Ulta cotton pads - I usually just pick these up if it gets me to a shipping amount or for a coupon.  I feel like they shed and get cotton in my eyes more than others.
Algenist lip renewal balm - I bought this because it came in a kit with their eye cream I wanted to try.  I wouldn't purchase it plus it had a very gritty texture that was weird.
Philosophy Pure Grace perfume - This was the oldest perfume in my collection so I'm glad to have used it up before it went bad.  I love this smell and would repurchase but there are other scents I want to try.

For November, I used up 26 products (8 full size, 12 deluxe, 6 samples).  I also decluttered 40 for a total of 66.  My year to date total is 288 used products.

I purchased 23 products at a cost of $63.  I'll show those to you in my next post, my November Haul. I am going into December with 356 products in my collection (roughly...won't be totally accurate until I do my inventory this month), down from 399 at the beginning of November.


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