Thursday, April 11, 2019

March 2019: Empties & Tossed Report

I am continuing to try to use up products that have been laying around, including perfumes. So far, so good. Let me show you what I used in March.


I used up 14 full and deluxe sized products, and they ran the gamut from perfume to nail polish remover to my usual suspects of face wipes. In total, I finished up 14 items.


More than one deserves a spotlight this month!

  • Real Techniques Sponges are amazing - a fraction of the Beauty Blender cost and they work really well. 
  • Britney Spears original Fantasy will always be a favorite although I have no intentions (or need) to repurchase it any time soon. 
  • Maybelline Lash Sensational is great, inexpensive, and officially a Must Have for me. 
  • Zoya Remove+ 3 in 1 is also amazing. You need the tiniest bit to remove all ten fingers, and only a little bit of extra effort for glittery polishes. 
  • Dermalogica Nightly Lip Treatment is lovely, but I do have quite a few more lip masks and heavier balms to use at night before a repurchase. 
  • Lastly, Bye Bye Redness by It Cosmetics is beyond lovely. It is marketed as a corrector and not a makeup, but it covers like a full coverage foundation. The only issue is that the container is less than an ounce and it's around $35 bucks. I refuse to spend that at this time!


I used up 6 samples this month, including my last two packets (sniffle, tear) of Sulwhasoo Radiance Energy Mask. I also tried a couple Clinique products like the Lip Mask and Moisture Surge, which were OK. The other two were samples from Sephora, a body exfoliator and an essence, but I am a bad blogger and forget the brands. I guess I couldn't have really cared for them!


My Tossed Report is a mish mosh of stuff this month! I tossed eyeliners that I have saving for who-knows-why, eyeshadows that I haven't touched in years, nail polish that was dried to the bottle, and a random The Body Shop Essence that was oily and smelled like a mulched garden. No thank you.

Empties Report for February: 14 full size / 6 samples
Tossed Report for February: 16 items

Empties Report Year to Date: 38 items / 16 packets 
Tossed Year to Date: 49 items


Thursday, April 4, 2019

March 2019: Favorites & Fails

Can it be April already!?

Hopefully sunshine will come to Connecticut soon, but in the meantime I've already started bringing spring to my nails and wardrobe.

I am doing very well on the No Buy that I plan to continue for April, so let me show you what I reached for in March.


Ooph, actually, now that I am reviewing these, two of the four were purchased in March! But both were more of needs over wants.

My Urban Decay Grindhouse Sharpener was a necessary purchase. The only pencil I use daily is the Urban Decay 24-7 Waterline Pencil in Legend and my 3,502 year old Maybelline sharpener was eating it alive! The Urban sharpener was only $10 and I consider it an investment for my eyeliner.

The Essence Mosaic Blush in The Berry Connection was under $5 and I realized I didn't have a springy, light, matte blush. Essence, in general, has quite a few inexpensive winners! I swatched this, very heavy handed, on my hand below.

If you haven't tried Paul Mitchell's Smoothing Super Skinny Serum, it is also a must try! It is a slick, oil like serum that you put on when your hair is wet. It promises to a) speed up dry time, b) tame frizz, and c) smooth hair. It honestly does ALL three, and very well, at that.

Lastly, I believe you have seen my Exuviance Hydrating Eye Complex before. I am almost all out, but at the price, I probably won't repurchase, at least not until I use up the 4 other eyecreams that I have sitting on my vanity. This one, however, is a standout for how well it performs under makeup.


Time for the Flops. Reminder - Flop means flop to me only! You might use these and love them and that is 110% okay! I just tried them, didn't love them, and wouldn't repurchase them.


I received a free sample of the Makeup Remover Cloth in an effort to try to cut down on my face wipes. Unfortunately, this is not the answer for me! It sort of smudged my makeup instead of removing it.

Second, I am surprised by this, too. I received this deluxe sample of Hourglass Extreme Caution Mascara as a 100pt bonus from Sephora. It is a super wet formula, which I normally like, but it is too wet. The brush is not helpful, either. Hourglass is not cheap so I was honestly expecting more. I will certainly use this sample up, but I still need my L'Oreal mascara for separation and to keep it clean.


Thursday, March 14, 2019

February 2019: Empties & Tossed Report


It is March 4th and I declare a month-long no buy! There shouldn't be anything I need besides makeup wipes, and I should even have enough of those considering I am trying to use makeup remover instead of a wipe lately.

Let me show you what I used up in February.


One NYE Resolution that I have is to USE.STUFF.UP!! That includes the 293 tiny bottles of perfume that I have everywhere. This month I used up two and have already finished one in March. Expect more perfume all year at this rate!

In total, I used up 11 full size and deluxe sample sized products.


Nothing too special to highlight this month!  I live for the Urban Decay 24-7 Waterline Eyeliner in Legend. I buy a new one before I finish my current one. Sulwhasoo Emulson is lovely but out of my price range. Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer might be in my NEED category after March - I could literally feel the moisturizing properties sinking into my skin after I showered.


I finished up 3 sample packets, although the Exuviance is a 2-step product.  Does that count as 1 sample or two!?


Puuuuuuuuuurge the old stuff! I have more (old) chapsticks and lipbalms than I could ever use. If I was iffy about it or it was older than I am, it got thrown out. Unfortunately, that included a few pricier products (Lancome, I mean you) along with junk. I also tossed an old sharpener that no longer sharpened and I went through my nail art stashes and threw out things I will never use. Buh bye.

Empties Report for February: 11 fuzz size / 3 packets
Tossed Report for February: 32 items

Empties Report Year to Date: 24 items / 10 packets 
Tossed Year to Date: 33 items


Thursday, March 7, 2019

February 2019: Favorites & Flops

February was a short month but that doesn't mean I, as a creature of serious habit, wasn't reaching for the same things all month! Let me show you what I loved in February!

As usual, Favorites first:


You have seen the Sephora Colorful Cheek Ink Gel in Peony before! I swatched it below as well. Just when I think I want a powder blush, I reach for this over and over. I love how easy it is to blend, I love the cheerful pink color, and it lasts all day. Always a winner.

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer has been around for a while, I think, but there is a reason for that in the constatnly changing makeup market - it is good. I bought the concealer in shade 10 for brightening and shade 20 for contour and hiding blemishes on the darker spots on my face. Both colors are creamy, easy to blend, and last all day.

You've probably tried the Tatcha Dupe - e.l.f. Poreless Putty Primer - if you can find it! I ended up ordering it from the elf website when I caught a free shipping promo. I haven't tried the Tatcha version to compare but the PPP is really cool. See below - it's got a cool texture, actually quite like putty, but melts into your skin and helps your foundation to adhere.

Lastly, the sample on the end of Estee Lauder's Double Wear 2-in-1 Foundation in 2N1 in Desert Beige. I am prreeeeettyyy sure I am going to spring for a full size but it is such a bad time with warmer weather and tans right around the color. This really stays all day, which apparently is my theme this month.



Time for one Flop, which might be surprising since everyone else seems to love this product!


You obviously can't tell from the photo but these are samples of the Fenty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation in 140 and 150. Not for me! They oxidized and then settled into my skin, makes my pores look bigger and my skin looking parched for hydration.  Have you tried it? What do you think!?

Any Favorites or Flops for you in February?

Let me know what you think!


Thursday, February 7, 2019

January 2019: Favorites & Flops


Welcome to the first 2019 edition of Favorites & Flops! Let me show you what I loved and hated this month.

As usual, the good news first. Here are the FAVES:


I am going to try to limit my Faves to just 4 each month so I can spotlight each a little bit.

The e.l.f. Beautifully Bare Cheeky Glow in Peach is something I've been reaching for daily. See below - it is pigmented, creamy, and feels weightless on. Start with a touch and build up, otherwise you risk a heavy looking cheek (unless that's what you're aiming for) and blend out. I use my fingers. It gives a gorgeous, realistic, human looking glow.

Manyo Factory Galatomyces Essence is SO.Damn.Good. Lemme just say it: #holygrail. It goes on like a thicker water, blends with everything else, and has a great price point.

Aritaum Ginger Sugar Overnight Lip Mask may have made the cut before, but it's here again now and you'll probably see it in the future. The texture is gross - you're legit spreading sticky glue on your lips, so if you have texture issues, steer clear. If, however, you can get past the stickiness, you wake up with pillowy soft lips.

Lastly, another #holygrail for me is the Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Lashes formula. This has a big, wiggly brush, a wet but forgiving formula, and it lasts all day. Plus, at $10, you can't go wrong.


Here is the Aritaum Mask - if it looks gross, that is because it is.


Here is the blush swatched:


My only FLOP for this month may be a surprise to many.


The Simple Cleansing Wipes and I just don't get along. They made my face SO red, and warm to the touch. I am surprised myself, since they are supposed to be for all skin types, kind to skin, blah blah, but they made my face burn. They did not, however, go to waste because my Mom liked and used them up. Phew! Back to my trusty Formula 10.0.6 I go.


January 2019: Empties & Tossed Report

Welcome to the first 2019 edition of the Empties & Tossed Report!

Just to refresh you, in 2018 I used up 250 items, 104 packets and I threw out 174 items. Hellooooooo consumption.

Starting over for 2019 and I hope I don't reach that number again as I am going to be pickier with my purchases.


I finished 13 full size products, and most were truly full size! As I mentioned, I am cutting down hardcore on beauty products in 2019, so some of these are making their last appearances on my counter tops.


Noteworthy, repeat worthy purchases include Sparkling Limoncello body lotion since it smells like heaven, Shiseido Wrinkle Resist 24 Eye Cream, OGX Refreshing Scalp Treatment - seriously, buy this for the summer, Nail Envy Strengthener, and Redken's Diamond Glow Dry Oil.


I used up 7 packets and if I wasn't so in love with my Manyo Factory Essence, I would but the Purito Essence that I sampled as it was lovely!

Time for the Tossed Report:


That's it! Found this little dry hand in a rando container and decided if I hadn't used it, I won't, so it's out of here.

Empties Report Year to Date: 13 items / 7 packets 
Tossed Year to Date: 1 item


Friday, January 4, 2019

2018 Empties and Tossed Report Totals!

Now this is the end of year post I was waiting for. As you know, I have been keep tracking of all products that I used up, not only to track waste but also keep track of what I like and dislike for future shopping purposes.

A few months into 2018, I also started to*t.out. Let it go! If I didn't love it, didn't use it, and it was taking up space, I tried (emphasis on the tried) to toss it. I aimed for at least 5 old products per month, and I was more than successful.

Let me show you what I used up and what I tossed out in December!


I tossed 29 products! Some, below, definitely deserve a mention and a repurchase.


Lancome's Bi-Facil Makeup Remover works so incredibly well, but don't forget to shake it to activate it first! I already mentioned Strivectin's Neck Tightening Creme in my Favorite's post, as well as MILK Makeup's Blur Stick and Juice Beauty's Stem Celluar CC Creme! No.7 also does a great Face & Neck Multi Action Serum product for a much lesser price point. Lioele Auto Eyebrow in dark brown is pretty much a staple for me at this point. Essence All About Matt is a summer favorite for me but I need something less talc-y in winter. La Roche Posay Lipkar Balm is awesome but apparently it is for body, not face? Oops! Smashbox Super Fan Mascara is also great but I will certainly try other brands before a repurchase, including the 4 I already have. (Oops!). Lastly, Simple Micellar Water has a great price point and is effective and soothing.

My packet use was quite lax:


You already know how much I love the very spendy Sulwhasoo Radiance Energy Mask hence the packet purchases!

I went a little overboard on the Tossed portion. Does anyone else feel purgey at the end of the year?


I tossed face cleansers that were awful, crummy makeup applicators, eyeshadows so old I don't remember when I purchased them, and hair products that were taking up space. In total, 21 items made their way off my shelf and into my recyclables.

Month of December: 

Totals: 29 items, full or deluxe sized / 1 packets or samples / 21 items thrown out

So, time for the grand finale:

Empties Report Year to Date: 250 items / 104 packets 

Tossed Year to Date: 174 items

Here is to a beautiful 2019!


Thursday, January 3, 2019

December 2018: Favorites & Flops

Quick posts for you as I am already behind the 8-ball, date and time wise. Let's wrap up 2018 considering it is already Jan 3!

First, the Favorites: 


My new favorite thing is my Morphe M527, the deluxe powder brush. It sets finishing powder - my Makeup Revolution Luxury Baking Powder in Lace (yep, bought it for the name but LOVE it!) perfectly. You can literally feel the Strivectin Tightening Neck Cream working - it is that good. MILK Makeup's Blur Stick is perfect as a no foundation day makeup but also the perfect primer. Juice Beauty's Stem Cellular CC Cream in Desert Glow was a shade too dark for me but the formula is perfect and will certainly be a repurchase in the future.

Time for the end of year Flops:


Are you as surprised as I am that Dermalogica's Dynamic Skin Recovery lotion ended up on the bad list? It stung, it smelled awful, it dried my skin, and it didn't play well with my other skin products. This ended up on my feet, where all bad lotion products go to die. The LA Girl Fiber Lash Mascara seemed promising but ended up a clumpy nightmare. Bye, bye.


March 2019: Empties & Tossed Report

I am continuing to try to use up products that have been laying around, including perfumes. So far, so good. Let me show you what I used in ...