I have decided to no longer take photos of the products that I have completed. In my effort to pare down on items I own the idea of holding on to used up bottles until I am able to photograph them began to feel a little bit ridiculous. As a compromise, so you at least know what the product bottles look like, I have decided to use the ShopSense widget as opposed to simply making the product titles links. I have also, in the interest of not having marathon posts decided to limit each post to 5 products (perhaps more if it is an exceptional month).
La Roche-Posay Effaclar K – This is my third tube, and one of my favorite products. Despite my move towards more ecologically and health friendly products I will probably continue to use this. I have reviewed this product here, here and here.
L’Oreal Professionnel Texture Expert Elasticite – This was a curling cream, and while it did what it said it would it was nothing special. I am moving on to more effective, and hopefully more environmentally friendly options.
For the past couple months I have been spending one night a week at my boyfriends house, this poses a bit of a problem since I typically forget something important that I will need for my morning shower. Lately, this has been a hair brush, but odds are I will forget at least one item any given week. As a result I decided that it was probably a good idea to make a ‘to-go’ bag for my weekly visits.
The best part about this is that it is something that most people can incorporate into their life, regardless of if they have a significant other or not. For those that are in college and spend weekends at home or those who travel a lot for work this makes a lot of sense. Heck, even if you are not having overnights I could see this being a great idea if you do early morning workouts or if, like me, you sleep as late as possible so having a few necessities at work can be a life saver. Anyway, on to what I am using!
Project Make-a-Dent which was started by Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog, and that I stumbled upon through Rocaille Writes is a new take on an old concept. In one sense this is a makeup challenge, where you challenge to use up some products that may have gotten less love than they deserve. The biggest difference with this challenge is that there is no cut back on spending, or counting numbers. Really, it is stripped down to the absolute basics. But enough about the challenge and on to the items I am aiming to complete.
I am not going to bore you with reviews here, that will come later when I actually finish the products. These are all products I have had for some time and want to complete before the garbage can is the only place left for them. Well, all of them except the bronzer. I accidently bought that during a 1 month period where I had missplaced my other bronzer. I did end up finding it, under my dresser, it had been knocked there by my cat. Either way, these are things that I am trying to use regularly and use up.
I likely will add more items to use up as time goes on, to replace the completed items. Like that brown eyeliner, which I should of finished long ago, it is even more pathetic when you consider the fact that it was a mini eye liner so I really have not used it much at all.
Are there any products you are trying to use up? If so be sure to share pictures using #projectmakeadent!
This post is actually a sort of continuation of my April 2013 Completion Critique. The fact is that I completed so many items in April that I felt the need to divide it into two posts so as not overwhelm myself or the reader.
Neutrogena T/Sal Therapeutic Shampoo – I use this every other day and am very careful to be sure the shampoo is limited to my scalp. I suffer form occasional flare ups of sebosoriasis and while this does not prevent them completely it does keep them at bay. I have already repurchased and likely will continue to.
Lancome Creme Radiance – If you like gel to foam formulas, like those typically found in shave gel you may enjoy this product. I personally found it to thick and difficult to rinse off. It also had a strong floral scent which did not agree with me. I would not repurchase.
Replenix Eye Repair Cream – These two samples lasted me a supprisingly long time. I found them too greasy for my liking, even during the cooler months. While I suppose they could work as a night time eye cream instead, I never saw any real benefit from using them. I would not repurchase.
I strongly recommend that you you read part one of the Easy Epilation series prior to beginning your epilating. While the tips in this article alone will help to make your hair removal session far less painful and more effective, when combined with the tips in part 1 it should be virtually pain free.
Keep the area clean
Within reason that is. While I typically use body lotion (both night and day) it is probably not your best bet to apply body lotion directly prior to epilating. However, having applied it several hours ago your skin should be fine to epilate. If you have gotten especially sweaty it will be a good idea to lightly cleanse the area.
Sadly, I have no picture this week. My father needed to borrow my camera for “a few days”. Despite it having been over a week I have yet to have it returned to me. In the mean time, these posts are not only insightful but have stuff to look at.
- One Good Thing by Jillee shares an idea for storing small essential oil jars. This can also work great for other small items, like lipstick or glitter containers.
- Pretty Organized offers a step by step solution for organizing your pantry. One of the places I find hardest to keep neat.
I no longer have photos accompanying my Book Recommendation posts since I have switched over to the Amazon Kindle. I currently own the e-Ink version which retails at 69 dollars. For those who are planning on only using it as a book reading platform I highly recommend it.
The Life of Pi - I have yet to see the movie, mostly because I prefer reading books prior to the cinematic premier. The book was quite well written, and not only immersed you in a magical fantasy world but allowed you to feel the immense loneliness of the main character. The book was slightly spoiled by my previous knowledge of the ending and that some of the biological facts were simply wrong. However, I would still recommend the book.
Lord of the Rings: Return of the King – The first half of the book was excellent and wrapped up all that had occurred in the previous books of the series. However, the adventures occurring within the second half of the book seemed rather redundant and a did not add much to the story. I would still recommend the series though.
For the past 5 years or so I have used epilation as my primary method of unwanted hair removal. Through this time I have experienced the good, bad and painful of epilation. Through sharing what I have learned I hope to make your foray into the world of epilation as easy, and painless, as possible.
Picking out the right epilator
Over the years I have used several different brands of Epilator including Phillips, Panasonic, Remington and Braun. Of all these I have only truly been satisfied with the brand Braun. In fact this is the only brand that I have not thrown away the epilator out of frustration. Part of this is due to a combination of a sturdy quality product. The rest has to do with what I am looking for in an Epilator. I am currently using the Braun Silk-Epil 7. I purchased the version with multiple heads simply because it enabled me to combine all my hair removal needs into one unit.
With all of the health issues I have been dealing with as of late I have not really focused on much else. The little attention I have paid to beauty has been in the form of using up old products and slowly making the switch to more natural options. I do hope to get back into crafting and organizing a bit more soon. As always these posts are not reviews, but ideas and instructions that I find useful.
In the mean time I have found two wonderful beauty articles that can help you with your transition to “greening” your beauty routine. Plus a simple trick, that is a HUGE time saver.
Glitter Geek shows you a simple smudge proof way to fix your uneven eyeliner.
Ana Goes Green… a blog that is relatively new to my daily rotation of reads gives some tips on where to start with your transition to more ecologically friendly products.
What Articles and Posts have you enjoyed across the web?
I had more items completed than I am going to share in this single post simply in an attempt to not tire my readers with a laundry list of used up items.
Garnier Fructis Fall Fight - This product was nice and did make my hair noticeably thicker, I also found that a little went a long way. However, the product also felt a bit to thick for my very fine hair and was a bit of a pain to wash out. I may repurchase.
Macadamia Natural Healing Oil Spray - This had a wonderful aroma similar to that of chai tea. However, the spray made it hard to limit the product to just my hair. Further more I never really noticed any benefit from the product. I would not repurchase.
KMS California Curl Up Bounce Back Spray (Old Packaging) - I actually love this product, for a lot of reasons. First of all a little goes a long way, I used about 6 sprays a day. Even with daily use this product took me YEARS to finish, it is also so far the only curling spray I find actually does something. The only hesitation with this product is that I am not switching to more natural products. I may repurchase.