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Summer 2014 Empties!

Wow, so I thought last quarter was bad?  This quarter is pathetic in comparison.  I’m not sure why, but I only seem to finish a lot of products one quarter out of the year.

At any rate, here’s what I’ve used up:

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  1. Clinique Clarifying Lotion #3: I have already repurchased this, I love it!
  2. bareMinerals Purely Nourishing Moisturizer for Combination Skin (2): I actually bought this full-sized since I used this up and I didn’t have any other moisturizers left.
  3. Pacifica Body Butter in Tuscan Blood Orange: I love the scent, but the body butter just isn’t for me.  I found it almost drying.
  4. bareMinerals Original Mineral Veil: If I wasn’t swimming in powders I would consider repurchasing, but I really prefer the READY formula.
  5. Aveeno Ulta Calming Face Wipes: I wasn’t a fan of these, so I wouldn’t repurchase.
  6. Redken All Soft Shampoo: I might repurchase this, but it’s pretty expensive for a shampoo.
  7. L’Oreal EverCreme Intense Nourishing Shampoo: I wouldn’t repuchase this.  It just did absolutely nothing for my hair.
  8. Skintimate Raspberry Rain Shave Gel: I’m pretty sure my legs are allergic to this stuff.  I won’t be repurchasing as I love the EOS Shave Cream so much better (and it doesn’t cause my legs to break out in little bumps 🙂 ).
  9. Ulta Moisturizing Body Lotion in Fresh Lilac: It was a nice enough scent, but I wouldn’t repurchase.
  10. bareMinerals Lash Domination Mascara: This is now one of my favorite mascaras.  I get them in litle mini sizes though all the time, so I haven’t had to repurchase yet.
  11. Olay Fresh Effects S’Wipe Out Makeup Remover Wipes: These are my current favorite makeup remover wipes.  I would definitely repurchase!
  12. Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara: I probably wouldn’t repurchase this.  It didn’t lengthen my lashes enough.
  13. My Beauty Diary Coix Seed Sheet Mask: This one made my skin feel so frickin’ smooth.  Smooth and hydrated, but not overly hydrated.  It’s meant to be whitening and soothing.  I would say it was definitely soothing and it just made my skin feel awesome.  I would definitely repurchase this mask.
  14. Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Nutrient Spray: I finally used this up!  I think it took me 2 and a half years, but I finally finished it.  I don’t even think they make this product anymore.  If they did though, I would probably repurchase it.
  15. Bath & Body Works Body Lotion in Paris Amour: This one squeaked in at the last minute.  It actually turned into a very nice scent, but I don’t think I would repurchase it.
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Project Pan 3.0 Update #4 – 12 Month Update

Oops…so I’m a little behind on getting this up.  Yeah, it’s been a little hectic around my house lately.  Anyway, I still wanted to get this up, so here it is :).  I hope I can do better this quarter as I feel like I’ve been failing on this quite a bit.

Here are the reasons I have for the extra product I have to use up:
23. I bought a travel size of the Tarte BB Tinted Primer.  I love this stuff!
24. I bought a mini version of the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye concealer.
25. & 26. I bought the Pretty Amazing Lipgloss Collection at the bareMinerals outlet 🙂
27. I just had to buy the bareMinerals Tutorial: Neutral Eyes kit.  If you know me at all, you know I can’t resist a neutral eye palette from bareMinerals if my life depended on it.

Blue = Trial-Sized
Purple = Full-Sized

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  1. Tarte Clean Slate Poreless 12-hr Perfecting Primer
  2. Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in 001 Pink Truffle
  3. bareMinerals Original Mineral Veil
  4. Lancome Cils Booster XL
  5. Clinique Chubby Stick in 07 Super Strawberry
  6. bareMinerals PrimeTime Original
  7. Almay Liquid Lip Balm in 800 Rosy Lipped
  8. bareMinerals Original SPF 25 Mineral Veil
  9. bareMinerals Lash Domination mini
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Spring 2014 Empties!

So this quarter has been a bit slow on the empties.  I’m not sure why, but it’s kind of annoying.  Anyway, here is what I’ve used up this quarter.

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  1. LUSH Ocean Salt – would definitely repurchase as this is my holy grail scrub!
  2. Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash – would not repurchase if you paid me.  I got this for free with my razor blades and I’m glad I didn’t pay for it.  There was no moisture and it was heavily perfume-y.
  3. Teavana Pumpkin Spice Brulee Oolong – this was an okay tea, but I wouldn’t repurchase it.
  4. L’Occitane Hand Cream in Cherry Blossom – would repurchase.  It’s just a lovely and light scent.
  5. L’Oreal Smooth Intense Polishing Shampoo – would not repurchase.
  6. Fortune Cookie Soap Body Wash in Honey Dew Me – lovely, light, and refreshing scent.  I would repurchase it if it was still available (boo for limited edition scents).
  7. Fortune Cookie Soap Bar Soap in Make It Rain – a tiny bit too floral for me and the soap itself was a tiny bit drying.  I wouldn’t repurchase this one.
  8. Fortune Cookie Soap Whipped Cream in Pinch of Grinch – love this scent!  I would repurchase this if it wasn’t limited edition.
  9. Redken All Soft Conditioner sample (not pictured) – would repurchase.  It made my hair feel lovely.
  10. Fortune Cookie Soap Whipped Cream in Halloweentown – I would definitely repurchase if it wasn’t limited edition.
  11. Gud Conditioner in Mango Moonbreeze – would repurchase, but it was nothing special.  It just smelled really awesome.
  12. Olay Fresh Effects S’Wipe Out Makeup Removal Wipes – would definitely repurchase.  They were very nice and moist to the last wipe.  I think they’re my new favorite wipe.
  13. Almay Liquid Lip Balm in Rosy Lipped – would definitely repurchase.  These lip balms are amazing and I’m so proud of myself for finishing one!
  14. Up & Up Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes – would repurchase, but they’re not too special.
  15. DKNY Be Delicious Fresh Blossom – nice scent, but I wouldn’t buy because it doesn’t last all day on me.
  16. bareMinerals Purifying Facial Cleanser – probably wouldn’t repurchase, but my skin didn’t have an issue with it.
  17. bareMinerals Purely Nourishing Moisturizer for Normal/Oily – I would consider repurchasing this, but I will most likely stick to my Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ in the winter.  This would be light enough in the summer months though I think.
  18. Zoya Remove+ – This managed to sneak in after I took the picture already.  Anyway, this is my holy grail nail polish remover (if you can have a holy grail nail polish remover).  I’ve already repurchased this.

Hopefully I do better next quarter…

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Project Pan 3.0 Update #3 – 9 Month Update

So, I’m a little late in updating this time around.  I’ve been doing quite a bit of traveling for work and pleasure so I’ve been pretty absent from here.  As usual though, to see my rules, check here.  At the beginning of the year I changed my mind and decided that I would be allowed to buy 3 makeup kits/sets thoughout the whole year.  I’m now up to 22 products that I need to use up.  I just can’t seem to resist this stuff…

Anyway, here are the reasons I have for the extra product I have to use up:
16. Bought bareMinerals Double Trouble set
17. I can’t remember, but it was probably a lip product…
18. & 19. I bought 2 limited edition Color Elixirs
20., 21., & 22. I bought the new bareMinerals bareSkin Serum Foundation (I tried a sample and I just had to buy it!)

9 mo. Update

Blue = Trial-Sized
Purple = Full-Sized

  1. Tarte Clean Slate Poreless 12-hr Perfecting Primer
  2. Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in 001 Pink Truffle
  3. bareMinerals Original Mineral Veil
  4. Lancome Cils Booster XL
  5. Clinique Chubby Stick in 07 Super Strawberry
  6. bareMinerals PrimeTime Original
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I don’t know how anybody uses anything up.  I just can’t seem to do it.  I am getting pretty close on a lip product and a concealer though.  And then after that I think there’s a powder (finally!) that’s on its way out the door as well.  No idea though.  I hope to have used up quite a few more things next update.  And I hope not to  have bought too, too many things.

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Winter 2013 Empties!

So, it’s been another 3 months and I’ve gone through quite a few products.  From now on though I will be switching it up a bit and splitting up my beauty empties and lifestyle/houseware empties.  They will both be in this post, but just seperate lists.

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Let’s start with my beauty empties because those are more fun:

  1. Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes: nice, but not moist enough.  I probably wouldn’t repurchase.
  2. Gilchrist & Soames Spa Therapy Moisturising Sea Moss Conditioner: holy grail!  If it wasn’t so expensive I would purchase it over and over.
  3. Lancome Cils Booster XL: probably would repurchase, but it is quite expensive.
  4. Gilchrist & Soames Softening Sea Lettuc Conditioning Shampoo: smells lovely and makes my hair nice, but it’s very expensive for a shampoo.
  5. FCS Fortune Cookie Soap in A Roll in the Leaves: nice, but I wouldn’t repurchase.
  6. Clinique Chubby Stick in 07 Super Strawberry: I love this color!  I already have another mini in this shade though so I won’t be repurchasing any time soon.
  7. Gilchrist & Soames Stimulating Sea Wrack Body Wash: nice, but I wouldn’t purchase.
  8. Gilchrist & Soames Relaxing Sea Fennel Body Lotion: not a holy grail, but would purchase if it wasn’t so expensive.
  9. Peter Thomas Roth Mega-Rich Conditioner: I wouldn’t purchase this.
  10. FCS Whipped Cream in Halloween Town: I love this scent and so does my husband.  It’s just too bad it was limited edition.
  11. Peter Thomas Roth Mega-Rich Shampoo: I wouldn’t purchase this.
  12. Herbal Essences Honey I’m Strong Strengthening Shampoo: would repurchase, but it’s nothing special.
  13. B&BW Eau de Parfum in Forever Red: would definitely repurchase!  I wore this on my wedding day and it’s a lovely scent.
  14. L’Occitane Aromachologie Repairing Shampoo: loved the feel of it.  It could even possibly be holy grail status, but it is too expensive to purchase on a regular basis.
  15. FCS Fortune Cookie Soap in Stuff My Stocking: would not repurchase, but it was an okay scent.
  16. Gold Bond Ultimate Softening Shea Butter Body Cream: works nicely, but I don’t think I would repurchase.
  17. Pantene Pro-V Smooth Conditioner: wouldn’t repurchase ever again.  This didn’t do anything.
  18. bareMinerals PrimeTime Original: would repurchase.
  19. Shine for Sheraton Shower Gel in Mandarin & Mint: wouldn’t purchase as it didn’t lather very well or make my skin feel clean.
  20. Clean & Clear Makeup Dissolving Wipes: these felt exactly the same as the Neutrogena wipes I used earlier this quarter.  I wouldn’t repurchase.
  21. FCS Whipped Cream in Christmas Town: I loved this scent!  Too bad it’s limited edition or I would consider purchasing again.
  22. Clinique A Wealth of Flowers: a pretty scent, but I would not repurchase.  It didn’t last very long.

And now for the lifestyle/housewares things:

  1. B&BW Mini Candle in Cinnamon Frosting: okay scent, but the mini is awfully tiny.
  2. Teavana Maharaja Chai/Samurai Chai Mate Sample: spicy, but not overwhelmingly so.  I would consider purchasing, but not my very first choice of blends.
  3. B&BW Mini Candle in Fresh Balsam: definitely would repurchase!  It’s such a wonderful pine scent.
  4. B&BW Small Candle in Leaves: would definitely repurchase again and again.
  5. Teavana Earl Grey Creme: this is the first tea I am purchasing once off my tea no-buy!  It is an absolute favorite of mine.
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Project Pan 3.0 Update #2 – 6 Month Update

To see my rules, check here.  At the beginning of the year I changed my mind and decided that I would be allowed to buy 3 makeup kits/sets thoughout the whole year.  I’m now up to 15 products that I need to use up.

Anyway, here are the reasons I have for the 2 extra products I have to use up:
14. Used up 3 trial-size products (yay for finishing things!)
15. Bought L’Oreal Extraordinaire by Colour Riche Lip Color

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Blue = Trial-Sized
Purple = Full-Sized

  1. Tarte Clean Slate Poreless 12-hr Perfecting Primer
  2. Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in 001 Pink Truffle
  3. bareMinerals Original Mineral Veil
  4. Lancome Cils Booster XL
  5. Clinique Chubby Stick in 07 Super Strawberry

Seriously, this is insanity.  I don’t know how people ever use up anything.  Do they just pile it on?  I only used up 2 products this quarter, but I am almost done with another 1.  I think I only have 2 days left of product in it so you’ll see that in my next update.  Thanks for sticking through this with me.  It’s amazing that I’ve been on this for 6 months and I’m only up to needing to use up 15 products.  This Project Pan is going so much more successfully than before.

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