Product Empties UPDATE

Hello friends! First off Happy New Year! How exciting is it that we have finally said goodbye to 2016?! To say that it was a terrible year isn't necessarily true...there were a few bright spots along the way. However, I am glad to see a new year arrive which brings upon us new adventures and opportunities! I wanted to stop by, and give an update on my previous post of my Product Empties challenge. I'm pretty happy with the progress, and found more products that had been forgotten about that I need to start working on! So without further ado let's get started!

I finally finished all of these!! It seemed it took forever to get through them, but let me clarify I took this pic about 2-3 weeks before I wrote my last post. I know blogger fail! Another item that got crossed off the list was the BBW Pocket Bac (hand sanitizer). Y'all I had that thing what seemed like FOREVER!! Pretty sure it was gifted to me last Halloween or the year before. #TheWorstAtUsingUpItemsInATimelyManner

Two items that I didn't add to the list were candles which again one of them I've had since last year. At least it's done with though, right? Out of sight, out of mind!

The only other items I did not finish were the Elf blush (I've hit major pan, andit's ALMOST empty!), VS Tease body mist, and the peppermint foot spray. Other items that I didn't add to the original list include a tube of Burt's Bees Coconut Foot Creme, some foot scrub, and foot lotion. My feet are going to love me over the next few weeks! LoL.

All in all I really enjoyed pushing myself to do this challenge, and finally use up products that have been sitting around collecting precious space (and dust). This next phase might be a little more time consuming only because I'm terrible of using up lotions, and fragrances (obviously). However, I'll be smelling pretty dang good, and should have baby-smooth feet by the time it's all said and done. It actually sounds more exciting now that it's typed out ha!

If you've participated in a Product Empties challenge, or are considering doing so, feel free to use the #ProductEmptiesChallenge tag on Twitter, or Instagram so I can see your progress! Trust me when I say it'll be redundant having to use the same products over and over when you can easily just throw them out, or give them away. By all means though if it's expired definitely throw it out, or if you feel someone else will benefit from it then donate your little heart out! I wish you good luck if you choose to take part, and just think the end result will be worth it will all of that clutter gone!

Stay prudent my friends!!


Product Empties

Using up what you already have!

Hello everyone! Long time, no see! I don't know what it is about the end of the year, but I'm always in a rush to get things done, or use items up. Maybe it's because the whole "new year, new you" mantra that seems to be the anthem for those wanting a fresh start. For me though, it's sifting through items that have accumulated throughout the year, and going through the re-gift/donate/purge process. Yes I have re-gifted items before, and for me it's a win-win-win...no extra money spent on a gift, someone else can enjoy it, and it's out of my sight. Win!

The last few weeks I have been going through my beauty items, and have realized there were too many things that are taking up space physically and mentally. Does anybody else feel cluttered when there's too much around? Just me? Okay... Basically I had items that I wasn't reaching for anymore, or had only used half of because I started using other items instead. I've compiled a list, and even shared a small collage on Instagram (see above).  

Peter Thomas Roth foaming cleanser ✔️
Peter Thomas Roth eye cream ✔️
Renew Intensive lotion ✔️
Melaleuca facial cleanser
Clinique moisturizer ✔️
Elf blush in "Tickled Pink"
Yankee Candle "Apple & Pumpkin Picking ✔️
Benefit Roller Lash mascara ✔️
Bath & Body Works hand sanitizer 
BBW Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin body mist (failed 🙁)
Victoria's Secret Tease body mist
Sei Bella clay face mask ✔️
Peppermint foot spray
B&BW Mahogany Teakwood lotion

There's a few of these I'm almost completely done with so let's see how much longer it takes to add more to the list of empties! I tried so hard to use up the BBW body mist, but there were days I forgot to put it on plus I still have it for next fall to use again. I'm terrible when it comes to fragrances/perfumes only because I just simply forget to put it on. Plus I won't have to worry about buying any next year! The majority of this stuff was gifted to me, but some were purchased. I'm pretty careful of what items I purchase that are "want" vs. "need". I have serious buyers remorse as it is which can be a good or bad thing depending on how you look at it.  I'm anxious to see what items I get for Christmas because that will determine what existing items get pushed back already on the list. However, I'm not giving up on this challenge! 

Are there any products that you're close to finishing, or need to use up? I encourage you to go through whatever it is that is cluttering your life, and challenge yourself to do this! Trust me you'll feel much better knowing that a) you're not letting things go to waste, or b) those items won't be in the way anymore. I'd love to see your product empties! Until next time, stay prudent my friends!!


Monthly Makeup Haul

Hello everyone! Hope you had a safe, and exciting holiday weekend! I'm rounding up some of most recent makeup purchased from the past few weeks including two very sought after products that I finally have gotten my hands on. I'm slowly expanding my makeup collection, but still careful to not go over budget or add on clutter.

From left to right, top to bottom:

1) Ofra Cosmetics/MannyMUA collaboration liquid lipstick in "Charmed".
2) Cover Girl Ink It eyeliner, Coty Airspun Translucent Setting Powder, and L'Oreal  Color Riche eyeshadow in "Little Beige Dress"
3) Wet n' Wild Flat Top Brush
4) L'Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Gloss in "Nude Allude"
5) MakeupGeek/MannyMUA collaboration eyeshadow Palette 

These items have been major staples in my makeup routine since adding on each one. Most of these items with the exception of the Ofra Cosmetics liquid lipstick, and the eyeshadow palette can be found at any drugstore or major retailers.  The drugstore items are all under $10 each!! "Charmed" was around $19, and the MG palette was $45. May not sound like a lot to most, but for me I definitely had to save up for them. I'm all about shopping on a budget, and finding hidden gems in the drugstore. However, I will splurge, but it's very few and far between. 

For more makeup pics check out my Instagram (@allyst18)!! I tend to post more of my makeup purchases, and looks (occasionally) there. For fun I'll show you a look I recently did using the eyeshadow palette, the powder, and "Charmed". I'm not great at taking selfies, but I loved how this one came out!! (Don't mind my unruly hair...it was hot that day LoL!!)

Enjoy the rest of your week, and thanks for stopping by!!