March 2020 Empties and Declutter

What’s that phrase? March comes in like a lion? March has been a month, hasnt it?

Most of us havent been going anywhere or even wearing makeup, so its incredible that I finished anything this month.

I did manage to use up $122.91 worth of products! My 1st quarter empties total is $277.69!!

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As you can see, I finished a few project pan items. I will be doing an update in a future post.

I am also decluttering 3 items.

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Luckily, these items are only valued at about $8.

  • The Ipsy concealer has been making my skin dry out and thats saying something for someone like me with oily skin.
  • The Elf eyeliner runs so bad and I also was not aware that it was a blue liner until it ran so bad.
  • The Lancome eyeliner has dried out.

Were you able to finish anything this month?

I tried Tati’s Blendiful

I purchased Tati Beauty’s Blendiful on January 18th and received it January 27th. Other than the slow ship time, I had no issues with this transaction.

Upon opening the package, I noticed a strong odor so I immediately washed this product and let it air dry for usage the following day. It important to note that I do wash all of my tools prior to use.

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I have used this tool three times so far, cleaning it thoroughly by hand after makeup application. It did take some effort to remove all of the makeup. I used both liquid handsoap as well as my Sephora brush cleaner (solid). I have not noticed it falling apart at the seams as some online have reported, however, it anything changes, Ill come back and talk about that.

So far I have used both liquid and powder products and they have all applied very nice. I do like that way that my makeup looks and lasts through-out the day using this tool. I prefer to look as ‘natural’ as possible and the Blendiful does not disappoint.

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Go easy on this old lady.

This product is not revolutionary in the respect that there have been similar items to apply makeup. I have used all of the below pictured tools to apply my makeup over the years, including my hands. They all have their own pros and cons and I do like using all them.

Prior to receiving my Blendiful, I used the Sephora velour puff to apply my makeup using my everyday products. While it did work to give me a similar look, I did run out of room due to the smaller size. It also took some effort to clean the Sephora puff.

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Did you buy the Blendiful? Have you experimented with other makeup applications? Which tool do you prefer?

Start Fresh 2020 Declutter

My apologies for not having this up yesterday, but time got away from me.

I realize that I did an end of year declutter but after watching LizzieLovesLife’s video on decluttering her expired/old products, I decided I really needed to take a better look thru my collection. I didnt want to start off the year/decade with expired products.

Its a shame that so many products in my collection were showing signs of their age. Some stopped performing (but I thought I could make them work) and others are simply expired.

I have also decided that I will be decluttering my ABH Modern Renaissance and Subculture palettes at the end of the year. I have progress on both palettes but I dont think they will perform by next year. I am trying to hit pan on every shadow this year.

I also have 4 lipsticks that didnt even make it into my collection that I will be giving to my daughter in law. (Not pictured) I didnt outright pay for them. They came in subscription boxes last month and so I wont be factoring them into any of my totals since the subscription box is already accounted for in my yearly budget.

After adding up the values, the amount shown in the photo below is $167.05.

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Makeup ‘Catastrophe’

As I was getting ready yesterday, the unthinkable happened…..My Essense All About Matt powder fell off my desk and shattered.

This is not how we want to finish products.

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I will be replacing this powder with the Elf Prime and Slay Finishing Powder. There is hardly any progress on this powder, but its the next oldest face powder in my collection.

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December 2019 Empties

I cannot believe that the year is over! The end of another decade. The beginning of something new is about to occur…

The end of a year is something special. You can say goodbye to the old and hello to the new. You can strive to be something more. You can reinvent yourself.

On a makeup related note: Make sure to replace your mascaras, makeup sponges and liquid liners if you have had them in use over 3 months. Dont start your year using old or dirty tools 🙂

This months empties total is $185.45!!

Our total amount for 2019 is $1,419.50!

This amount far exceeds what I thought I would have used up for the year! It all adds up.

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How many products did you finish this month?

2019 Declutter

I havent done a declutter since April and the items that have expired or didnt work for me have been accumulating. I figured the best time to get rid of these items is before the New Year.

None of these products will be passed along.

Some notable products in this declutter are:

  • Ive been using the Elf brow wax for about two years and its now giving me a rash where its applied. Its inexpensive but it went bad before I could finish it.
  • 10 of these products are liquid lips or lip balms. Only two were purchased – the others were in a beauty box of some type.
  • Ive also had 5 Lorac eyeshadows and a travel sized Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer expire.
  • My Stila glitter and glow shadow dried up before I could finish it as well.

The estimated total for all of the items I am decluttering is $127!

My end of year total for makeup and skincare products decluttered is $264!!

I will be doing a more strict no buy (replacements only) next year. My only non-replacement product will be for my birthday. But my 2020 plans will be outlined in a January post.

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Will you be doing a declutter before the New Year? What things are you saying goodbye to?

November 2019 Empties

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. We have spent the last week sick but we are almost at the end! I finally dont have medicine head anymore.

I spent the last 5 or 6 months working thru some Elf skincare products. They were very affordable but I need something with more effective ingredients as an older woman. They would be great for teens as an entrance to skin care tho.

Elf regularly has sales, so if you are interested, just create an account and you will be notified about those sales.

You will also notice that I am steadily working thru my 25 to the 25th Project Pan  products! Im so excited to see how much progress I can get!

This months empties total is $129.93!!

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Were you able to finish anything this past month?