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Tuesday, September 20, 2022

empties #25

It's been a while since I've used up a bunch of products, but I finally can get all of these out of my apartment! As usual, I'm going to mark the items that are not cruelty free.
Pacifica Pineapple Cleanse Face Wash // Pacifica products just work for my face. I'll continue buying them! 

Treehut Moisturizing Shave Oil  // This worked well for shaving, however, I have come to the conclusion that I just cannot stand how oils feel on my skin.

Bath & Body Works Aquamarine Shores Foaming Hand Soap // not cruelty free // All of the B&BW items in this post were gifts. It's soap, it did the job. 

Beauty 360 Gentle Eye Makeup Remover // not cruelty free // This was a hand-me-down. It worked, but left a residue and isn't CF.

Trader Joe's Microdermabrasion Scrub // In store, I thought this was a chemical exfoliant (which I prefer). It's not, it s a cream scrub. I ended up just using it on my elbows and knees because it kind of hurt my face. I wouldn't pick it up again.

Suave Powder Deoderant // Suave is now cruelty free! This is my go to deodorant brand.
Bath & Body Works Champagne Toast Hand Sanitizer // not cruelty free // I have so many of these little hand sanitizers to use up! These work fine, but B&BW isn't CF.

Petal Fresh Guava Nectar Body Butter // This was a Ross find. It was your standard, run of the mill body butter. I'd pick it up again if I needed some.

Amnh Peach Booty Tightening & Lifting Polish // This was a fun little pick at Marshall's! I didn't notice any buttcheek tightening or lifting, but it was a decent little exfoliant!

Glamfox Retinol + Collagen Serum // Another Marshall's find. I felt this did make a difference in my skin, making it more even and tight. I'd definitely get it again.

Ulta Rapidly Renew Overnight Renewal Cream // When I got approved for my Ulta card I went a little nuts with ordering skincare and got this as part of that order. This was super thick and I felt it really did a great job deep moisturizing.

Azure Hemp Collagen Nourishing Eye Serum // I never thought this bottle would end. I saw a very slight difference in my undereyes, but other products have definitely worked better.

Estee Lauder Gentle Eye Makeup Remover // not cruelty free // Another hand-me-down. It did the job, but isn't CF.

Bath & Body Works Pretty as a Peach Shower Gel // not cruelty free // I used to keep a couple of these on hand for gifts, but frankly I got tired of storing them so I just started to use them up. This was a fine shower gel, but B&BW isn't CF.
Freeman Anti-Stress Clay Mask // I rarely get around to using masks (and only clay/liquid masks - I can't do sheet masks at all) and I knew I was just not gonna get to this enough to finish off the bottle, so I decluttered it. I didn't really notice much of a difference after using it, other than it was so hard to wash off.

Bath & Body Works Creep It Real Hand Sanitizer // not cruelty free // Another of these. Not CF.

Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Special Conditioner // I have eczema/psoriasis on my scalp that gets easily irritated so I try to try out sample sizes first. I really liked this conditioner and how it made my scalp feel. I'll definitely be ordering a full size.

Pacifica Pore Refine Deep Detox Mask // Like I said above, Pacifica products just really work for my skin. I could tell a difference every time I used this.

Sand & Sky Australian Pink Clay Deep Pore Cleanser // I got this in an ipsy box. It was alright. I think I like their mask more than the cleanser.

Pacifica Clean Shot Hyaluronic & Flowers 5% Solution // Are you seeing a pattern? Haha. I liked this. It was light and made my skin more even.

Goldfaden MD Doctor's Scrub // This was another ipsy box item. I didn't really like this one.
Ulta Poreless Face Primer // When I first got this I liked it. It made my pores less noticeable and really smoothed my complexion. It's since gone bad and just pills up on my face so I decided to chuck it.

Pacifica Rose Jelly Underye Gel // I LOVED this stuff. It made a HUGE difference in my undereyes. I'm trying to use up some other eye gels right now, but I'm definitely going to get this once I'm done with those.

First Aid Beauty Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer // not cruelty free // FAB isn't cruelty free anymore, and this moisturizer was a little greasy. I wouldn't purchase a full size.

Badger Headache Soother // This is a declutter. I never used it, so I can't attest to if it works or not.

Ulta Juicy Jelly Lip Gloss // For a gloss this was really thick and moisturizing. I actually used it as a night lip mask with great results.

e.l.f. Lip Exfoliator // These work a lot better than tubs of scrubs that get everywhere, but inevitably they always break off before I can use the whole thing.
Pacifica Indian Coconut Nectar Hand Cream // This is my favorite hand cream, hands down (no pun intended). I'll keep buying these.

Olay Regenerist Whip Hydrating Moisturizer // not cruelty free // I actually quite enjoyed this moisturizer and would consider buying it if Olay every went cruelty free.

Bath & Body Works Christmas Candy Cane Hand Cream // not cruelty free // This scent is cloying, as I find most holiday scents.

Shiseido Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector // not cruelty free // I know this is sunscreen, but I had to wash it off my face. The texture is all wrong.

Dermologica Clear Start Cooling Aqua Jelly // I liked this. It was nice and light and would be great after a day in the sun. I'd buy a full size.

Raw Sugar Natural Lip Scrub  // This was a bit greasy, but I liked it.

Bite Beauty Agave Sugar Lip Scrub Set // A Sephora birthday gift. The balm was a bit too thick, but the scrub was nice. I don't know that I liked it enough to buy full size versions.

Prada Candy Perfume Sample// not cruelty free // Not a fan.

Biossance Squalane Omega Repair Cream // This wasn't bad, but the price for a full size is outrageous.

Simply Shea Sweet Pea Body Cream // A nice little cream. I think the Simply Shea part of Simply Soothing might've been postponed due to the pandemic, but I'd definitely get some of that line if it came out later.
More lip balms I'm decluttering. The Aquaphor (not cruelty free) actually works really wekk for my chronically dry lips, so I will continue buying it despite it not being CF, since I consider painful lips and what helps them to be medical. I wanted to love the rest, but they just didn't work for me so I got them out of here. Thus ends another empties post!

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Friday, September 16, 2022

frugal friday

  • In my complex folks sometimes leave things on the concrete pads outside the dumpsters for others to take if they want. I've found an enormous vanity mirror I turned into a wall mirror, a glass and metal end table that just needed the screws tightened to be functional, and as shown above, this planter. It had a dying plant in it, but I didn't want to risk potential pests so I just threw the plant away and took the pot to clean up.
  • Since I had everything I needed, I gave myself a pedicure instead of paying for one. (This base coat is great, by the way, and the mini for $4 lasts forever!)
  • When I started my new job I knew I'd need a new pair of non slip shoes because my Danskos are a little threadbare. I found a pair on Amazon that was $19 after a 50% off coupon.
  • I contacted Xfinity about my internet speeds and somehow they offered me way higher speeds at $39.99 versus what I was paying at $105. I don't understand it, but I'll take it.
  • I redeemed a $10 reward from Evidation (an app that pays me for health & fitness)
  • I continued to check out ebooks from a local library for free, as well as an Amazon First Reads
  • My Verizon anniversary came around and they sent me a $10 Amazon giftcard
Things I've decluttered - which will really expand here soon as I am moving, after all:
  • Several food magazines - I skimmed them and tore out recipes I'm interested in and put them in a binder
  • Some beauty samples I just won't use
  • Several polymailers and items - sold on Poshmark
  • A bunch of paper clutter, separated between my little shred bin and recycling
  • The tube from a previous vacuum cleaner, tossed
  • My bulky entertainment center - I liked it, but it just held a lot of clutter behind closed doors
  • An unused string of Halloween lights, sold on FB Marketplace
I hate food waste, so here's how I've tried to combat it:
  • I froze some grape tomatoes that were about to go bad, I'll blanch them and use them to make tomato puree sometime
  • Still regrowing my green onions repeatedly
  • My new job provides lunch if you work a double shift, so I've enjoyed some decent meals
  • I made a huge pot of zucchini lentil soup and finished all but a small container of it which I intended to freeze but mistakenly waited too long


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Saturday, September 10, 2022

day dates in rva

Having the same day off together has resulted in some pretty awesome date days around town - here are a few!
Cups of black coffee at Blackhand Coffee before walking over to the VMFA and checking out the collections. I hadn't been since the Ansel Adams exhibit in October, so it was nice to wander around.
Strolling around the city a bit before grabbing a local craft beer and just sitting on a nice bench at Scuffletown Park for a while. 
Visiting 821 Cafe for the best tofu sandwich of my life, checking out secondhand book stores, trying wild sodas. (The enchilada was disgusting.)
A long walk on some nature trails and found tons of cute little mushrooms, found a nice bench to sit a while, then caught a little bit of the Babe Ruth World Series and rooted for a team from Hawaii (who ended up taking it home!)



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Friday, June 10, 2022

frugal friday

The free dog treats redeemed via GoPuff last post.
  • A bit ago my best friend redeemed her T-Mobile MLB.tv offer for a free year for me and I've been enjoying baseball ever since. She doesn't watch it but claimed it on my behalf and I am 1000% thankful to her.
  • I've continued to collect free eBooks from the daily email via BookBub, along with utilizing the library.
  • I cancelled two trial plans before they charged me, resulting in savings (and free leggings!).
  • I returned a pair of pants to Amazon that didn't fit me right. $26 something back in my Amazon credits.
  • An app I use was offering a $5 Amazon giftcard in exchange for taking a survey. You bet I took it!
  • I took another survey that got me a $5 Starbucks giftcard. 
  • I needed more hair ties and picked up some super thin ones. I hate them, but I'm going to use them.
Things I've decluttered in anticipation for my move:
  • Two pillowcases and a paper bag of clothing for donation (matching pillowcases so they can then sell those, too) I try to always donate in a reusable bag or something that can be donated, too
  • Several Poshmark orders
  • A pair of thin soled, scuffed black flats that just didn't look great anymore, trashed
  • A pillow the pups used and made super smelly
  • I sold a large plant that didn't bring me joy anymore - $15
I don't like food waste, so here's how I've tried to combat it: 
  • I baked and finished up two partial bags of vegan chicken nuggets and a bunch of cucumbers and mini peppers and ate them with Primal Kitchen's Vegan Ranch. I got a bottle on a whim from GoPuff for $3.37 because it was so discounted, but ended up liking it so much I bought two more bottles at the same price. At Kroger it's $4.99 a bottle.
  • I made orzo salad for snacks (I work 630a to 6p on long days).
Until next check in! 

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