Back with the empties progress in the new year! I'm officially resetting my empties count now to be able to calculate a grand total for this year. I'm hoping that together with keeping a running count on new purchases, I'm going to finally see some stash-dwindling results. I'm excited!
Before I start off with the mini reviews of my beauty trash, I will say that towards the end of last year, I gave away to various work friends a total of 16 products I'd been hoarding in my stash: 3 fragrances (2 body mists and 1 solid), 1 hair spray, 2 skincare and 3 bodycare items, 2 lip products and 2 lipbalms, 1 mascara and 3 nail polishes. To be more precise, I simply brought the whole bunch to work, set it in a box with a little note stating it was all for grabs, and saw it melt day by day - I believe there were one or two things left in the end that I just tossed in the garbage. It was immensly satisfying for me to see that what I'd been unnecessarily holding on to could still be of some use to others and I definitely recommend a similar process! It worked so well, in fact, that I may or may not have repeated it since...
The Origins Checks & Balances Frothy Face Wash could aptly be renamed as a 'Facial Cleanser That.Would.Not.Die' - I swear I'd been using it for the past year and a half! Ultimately though, it felt too drying, even though it's supposed to balance more oily areas while moisturizing the dry patches. I also wasn't a fan of a large amount of essential oils thrown into the formula; I've started to suspect that any additional fragrances in facial cleansers may be responsible for the redness I've been experiencing after washing.
The Reviva Labs Hyaluronic Acid Serum has been discussed in depth here, if you're intested; one additional point to make is that this was leaving a bit of a sticky residue on the skin that I thought might have interfered with the absorption of other products layered on top. The Peter Thomas Roth Max Sheer All Day Defense Moisture Lotion SPF 30 (a big deluxe sample that I'm counting as a full size) is a chemical sunscreen that felt greasy, sticky and not very moisturizing at all, so I'm glad to see it go. Dove antiperspirant stick is just a staple for me.
here, Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque, which I really want but already have too many facial masks on the go, and Dermalogica Overnight Repair Serum, which smelt heavenly and felt very luscious and moisturizing on the skin - good product to try if you love Clarins facial oils. I've also used up two sachets of Aura Cacia Mineral Bath, a LUSH Ma Bar bubble bar and an unknown bath bomb in the attempt to use up my old bath products so that I could go and buy some fresh ones. I still have a couple left but I think next month I'll be ready to hit my local Lush store! There's also an unknown perfume sample in the photo, the perfume inside just evaporated into thin air :) I have also used up a couple more deluxe skincare samples during my Holiday trip but since some of them were actually part of the stash at my parents' house, I'm not counting them towards my total.
And there you have it! Hopefully you enjoyed my empties progress report; the new total is as follows:
7 full size products used up plus 16 more given away (grand total of 23)
8 deluxe samples
6 one-time use samples
I'm feeling very optimistic about my stash-reducing abilities this month too so you can expect a really big empties post next time! I'm also going strong on my February no-buy so far - doing pretty good all in all, if I dare say so myself! How are you doing on the empties front in the new year? Any big achievements?