Boscia Luminizing Mask: Review

Boscia Luminizing Mask: Review

Charcoal infused products can be found everywhere now. In your toothpaste, in your water and of course in your favorite peeling face masks too. Boscia is an incredible brand known for its plant based products and a beautiful approach to skincare solutions. I put this Sephora favorite to the test, read on to find out more.

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Boscia Lumizing Black Mask


Full disclosure – cuz that’s just how we roll here. I never want to hide any partnerships, paid ads or if I was gifted products from you.  I’m here to find the best in skincare for my sensitive, ghostly, combination skin and will always be up-front with you about my genuine opinions of these products. Bad products exist, but so do really good ones too. Just remember that I’m here for you babes – always.

This mask was sent to me complimentary in exchange for a review from Influenster. I absolutely love using this service to try new products and show you guys what works and what doesn’t. It takes the partnerships out of the equation, so you can rely on the fact that most people are going to be very honest about if the product works or doesn’t.

Application:

The application directions suggest applying a very thick, opaque layer to the areas of concern on your face. Sephora’s website claims this mask is “An innovative, powerful, mineral-rich mask infused with activated charcoal that peels off to reveal a brighter, more clarified complexion.” It’s meant for all skin types, and it’s recommended that you avoid your eye area, hairline or lips. Once applied, leave the mask on for up to 30 minutes. Always run a test patch before fully testing the product to avoid allergies, skin sensitivity or any other awful reaction. Beauty shouldn’t be pain, please test before trying on your face!

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(me feat. sloppy mask application and crazy eyes – it was late guys, please forgive me)

Ingredients list from Sephora’s Website:

-Activated Charcoal: Absorbs impurities and excess oil, detoxifies, and exfoliates to refine the appearance of pores.
-Calcium Montmorillonite Clay: Absorbs excess oil, impurities, and toxins, gently exfoliates dead skin cells, and minimizes the appearance of pores instantly and over time.
-Vitamin C (Ascorbyl Glucoside): Helps brighten skin tone and minimize fine lines as it defends against free radical damage.
-Maritime Pine Bark Extract: Improves skin elasticity and hydration, helping to prevent the first signs of aging; provides antioxidant soothing benefits.

Full Ingredient List:

Water, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Glycereth-26, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Montmorillonite, Polysorbate 20, Acrylates/Palmeth-25 Acrylate Copolymer, Acrylates Copolymer, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Xanthan Gum, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Diglycerin, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Pinus Pinaster Bark Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Charcoal Powder, Iron Oxides (CI 77499).


So, Do I Love It?

I definitely recommend leaving this mask on for the full 30 minutes to get the most out of the peeling effect, and I did notice that my skin did look much brighter on the areas of application. I’ve reacted to charcoal peeling masks in the past, but this one didn’t cause me to break out so I’m very, very thankful for that. Honestly, I wasn’t really impressed too much with this mask. Tough, peeling masks like this just appear to rip out all my little baby hairs and take off some dead skin. Removing dead skin cells is awesome, but I have other exfoliating tools like my Hangsun Electric Face Brush SC200 does. I will continue to use this face mask as replacement for pore strips. I kind of like the sensation on my nose, but didn’t notice it removed much besides small patches of dead skin.

All in all, if you’re looking to purchase a black charcoal infused face mask this isn’t a bad product. It is a little harsh though, so sensitive skinned people please be careful!


Have you tried this product before or received an influenster vox box as well? Let me know in the comments below!

♥ Mia

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The Ancient Benefits of Jade Rolling

The Ancient Benefits of Jade Rolling

Happy Monday, lovelies! Bringing you a new review on an ancient beauty practice known for balancing energy and promoting proper lymphatic drainage of the face. Twenty Prime reached out to me on instagram with a generous coupon in exchange for an honest review of this new trendy skincare tool! Read on for more about this traditional skincare practice and where you can purchase a jade roller of your own. 


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So why are people rolling around a stone on their face and promoting these bizarre facial exercises? Is it because it’s a beautiful tool that’s aesthetically pleasing to add to photos, or is it actually useful? There’s some large claims on this product ranging from wrinkle reduction and improving skin brightness to  balancing your “chi”. Brands are coming out with new versions of this left and right, and some are even in rose quartz instead of jade, and I have to admit they’re freaking adorable!I gave this specific brand a try after they reached out to me on Instagram, I’m always willing to try a new product despite how silly the claims might appear to be.

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This is much more than just a “facial exercise” tool, this facial roller is made from genuine, solid jade stones. Each is unique and no two stones look the same. Typically seen in ancient China as a precious stone meant only for the elite; it embodies wisdom, courage and compassion. Jade is also known for it’s uplifting energy and purifying properties in skincare. You won’t just see this stone in Jade Rollers, jade is also used for flat facial stones. The idea behind them is the same; massaging and rolling skincare products into the skin with your Jade tool is supposedly beneficial for distributing the healing energy of the stone.

Using the Product

Before trying this product I did a little prep work for the best results. I found it was a little squeaky out of the luxe black velvet bag it came in, and used a little of my Rosehip Oil from Radha Beauty to lubricate and calm the squeakiness. This isn’t that uncommon either, so feel free to do this with yours too if you have a similar issue with the squeaks! Then I cleaned it with a warm washcloth and gentle soap, and placed it back into it’s back and popped her into the fridge to make sure the stones would be extra cool for my first use. The little black bag she came in was a little ripped on the side which was disappointing but I can find another bag to put it in if it rips any further.

When it was time the next morning to do my skincare routine, I was excited. I actually really enjoyed using the roller after applying serum all over to my face. The jade was so cool, and it felt incredible on my skin. I applied the rest of my face products, and then used the roller again when it was time to use my caffeine eye serum. As I do every morning,  I applied one drop onto my under eye area and then used the smaller end of the roller to massage it in place. It was incredible! The cooling sensation felt amazing on my eye bags and I think it helped the serum work a little better.

My face has been much puffier in the morning due to spring allergies, and after using this I felt that I looked a little less puffy and little more awake. Especially around my under eye area. If facial rolling doesn’t work in the long term for me, I would keep this product just for my dark, puffy eye circles. My eye area is already so sensitive that using this Jade Roller instead of my fingers sounds like a no-brainer to me. There was no visible difference in brightness or wrinkles, but I’m sure that would take a few more uses before I could genuinely test that claim.

There’s a lot of claims, gorgeous photos and beautiful faces out there touting this around, but I still have yet to see solid proof on all of this products listed benefits. In the end, this is still a very cute, affordable and interesting product. I don’t believe it’s an alternative to derma-rolling at all – there’s no way a rolling a non porous stone across your face could compare to physical retexturing power of sharp needles. I would definitely recommend Twenty Prime if you’re in the market for one of these – especially since they’re one of the most affordable I’ve seen so far.

Order Your Jade Roller Here:

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The Original Premium Jade Roller for Facial Massage by Twenty Prime | 100% Natural Jade Roller Massager


What skincare tool have you invested in recently? Let me know in the comments below!

Looking forward to seeing you again,

Mia 

 

Friday Flatlay: Sweet Dreams

Friday Flatlay: Sweet Dreams

She’s back, and she’s absolutely glowing! #Fridayflatlay is here for all you makeup and skincare flatlay lovers. Enjoy some gorgeous shots while you hustle through the end of your busy week and work on accomplishing your dreams.

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Thank goodness for the weekend! This #fridayflatlay post is inspired by sweet dreams and recovery through the weekend. We’re hard working individuals and we deserve some relaxation in between doing big things! I got this adorable light box print as a gift from a friend a few years ago, so I’m not sure where it came from but this quote rings true. “Let her sleep, for when she wakes she will move mountains.” These last few weeks have been absolute chaos for me, I’m looking forward to spending some relaxing time with my love and trying out my new jade roller that I’ll be reviewing for you all soon.  Keep your eyes out for a review on that next week babes.

What are your weekend relaxation plans? Any big goals you’re working on right now or mountains you need to move to make your next big step? Let’s chat in the comments below, I’d love to know!


Product List:

The Ordinary

  • “Buffet” Serum, you can read more on this product in my review here:  The Ordinary: Triple Threat
  • Lactic Acid 10% + HA, also reviewed on The Ordinary: Triple Threat
  • Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalene – Anti-Aging and fine line and wrinkle fighting little gem that is already starting to show results after a few weeks of inconsistent use. I’m going to begin using this regularly and will update you all in a new and much more thorough review soon!

It Cosmetics

  • Confidence In An Eye Cream – Anti-Aging Eye Cream to help balance and heal skin and help with aging eyes and wrinkles. – – – I’m really trying to finish up this product as fast as possible! My eyes are really suffering right now, and I ordered a new eye cream to help with moisture and puffy eyes rather than wrinkles. I’m 23, I gotta get my priorities straight! I originally tried this after reading excellent reviews online, but I personally won’t be repurchasing this item.

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Let me know what #fridayflatlay content you guys want to see next!

See you next week,

Mia ♥

Buying Makeup on a Budget

Buying Makeup on a Budget

Looking to expand your makeup collection without breaking the bank? Here’s my favorite tricks to build and buy without destroying my wallet every single month. 

When it comes to my spending habits, I know I have to keep them under control. I still want to enjoy my hobby and find new great things for all of you to try, but I’ve had to find smarter and more affordable ways to do it. Here’s a few ways that I have found work really well for me, or that others have tried and found success with.

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Store Programs: 

Store programs usually offer discounts, monthly email alerts for sales and coupons and other perks for singing up. The most popular beauty programs are Sephora Beauty Insider and Ultamate Rewards. For some people, monthly email alerts might do more harm then good for sticking to budgets and making sure you don’t splurge regularly. If that’s you, I would opt out of the monthly emails and stick to browsing these websites only when necessary.

Sephora Beauty Insider

Sephora’s reward program is one of the most well known in the beauty industry. Starting as a Beauty Insider for signing up, members automatically start earning points for purchases. To level up and earn more rewards at the VIB level, you’ll need to spend at least $350 that year on makeup or skincare products. Rouge is the most coveted of the status levels likely because they get free shipping on all orders, have access to exclusive brand launches and events and your own private hotline for any questions you may have. It’s a steep climb to get there though. You have to spend at least $1000 per calendar year to maintain this luxury status level.

The most appealing level to me is VIB, which allows you to still recieve birthday gifts and free beauty classes but it also gives you access to some sweet free monthly gifts, too. Sephora has great redeemable rewards too at every level, right now for $100 points you can redeem for a sample of the Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream, a STILA Huge Extreme Lash Mascara, a CLINIQUE Take The Day Off Makeup Remover For Lids, Lashes & Lips and some other high-end goodies to try. For most, this is the best part of being a Beauty Insider, VIB or Rouge member. The sample sizes are easy to test before committing to full size splurges and also offer an opportunity to try new things they may not have thought of before.

Ultamate Rewards

My personal favorite beauty brand rewards program is the one offered from Ulta. Instead of earning points to get to higher levels of rewards and more sample options, Ulta has you spend to earn money back on future purchases. Based on the dollar value spent annually, you get a credit of points back to get large purchases significantly discounted. The best part about the Ultamate program is that they also offer regular sales on beauty and skincare products as well frequent promotions where you can earn 2x, 3x, and even 5x points on specific purchases. They also have different levels of rewards you can earn too. First time members are just titled, um.. members. There’s also Platinum, and Diamond levels. Platinum can be achieved after spending $450 in a calendar year and at this status, your points don’t expire and you also get a $10 coupon every birthday, as well as a birthday gift. Diamond status can be achieved after spending $1000 per calendar year, where you also get exclusive free shipping on all orders over $25 and an annual $25 gift card to be used toward one of their beauty services.

Here’s how the points stack to get you your money back:

100 points = $3 off

500 points = $17.50 off

750 points = $30 off

1000 points = $50 off

2000 points = $125 off

Clearly, at 2000 points, the value starts to be very worthwhile. I honestly think it’s easier to spend a higher amount at Ulta rather than Sephora because they carry both high end and drugstore products. Let me tell you, it’s so much easier to rack up spending when you’re already getting your regular beauty product backups or replacements and then decide to let yourself have one nicer, or more expensive product every now and again. I do it a little too often sometimes. 🙂 With this in mind, you can easily lock in your points at the Platinum level, aka $450 spent annually so you can continue to stack your points until you’re ready to use them.


Discount Retail Stores (TJ MAXX, MARSHALLS)

If you haven’t checked your local TJ Maxx or Marshalls for Beauty or Skincare items yet, you need to. Usually only a small aisle or two, those white, dusty shelves are filled with incredible products most would overlook. Often found in the makeup section are brands like Anastasia Beverly Hills, BITE Beauty, Kat Von D, Burberry, Too Faced Cosmetics and even more incredible brands can be found throughout. Some of my favorite beauty and skincare products were purchased from TJ Maxx or Marshalls, and at a discount! Recently, I picked up the ABH Cream Contour palette in Light/Medium, La Roche Posay Anthelios Sunscreen SPF 15 Moisturizer and even a neat little oil diffuser that I’m using instead of candles to reduce spending costs. I freaking love these stores. Most of the products are discounted by at least  20 – 30% but some people are lucky enough to find products for up to 50% off. There’s definitely a better time to go though, these stores usually receive shipment on or around Tuesday’s. So check back then to see if your local stores might have something you’ve been looking for!


Monthly Subscriptions 

If you’d like to gradually and affordable build your collection but you don’t know where to start, a beauty box subscription is likely a great option. Shipping monthly or even seasonally, many subscription services offer a variety of sample, deluxe and full size products to see what works and what doesn’t work for you. Most are very affordable, and easy to cancel if you need to. Ipsy and Birchbox are only around $10/mo and claim to even be customizable, where you can build your own beauty and skin profile and choose some spoiler options for your own box/bag. My personal favorite is Boxycharm. Boxycharm sends 4-5 full size beauty and skincare products, and there’s usually at least 1 high end product in every single box. At $21/m it’s a little more expensive han boxes that strictly do samples like Birchbox and Ipsy. The quality is worth it to me though, and most boxes are valued at over $100. If you’d like to take a look at more great subscription boxes, I’d check out http://www.mysubscriptionaddiction.com where they constantly review and post information about all kinds of subscription boxes.


Reddit: aka r/MakeupExchange 

Reddit has been a great tool and resource for me. I use it for everything; research, affordable makeup buying options and incredible advice from a thriving community. One of my favorite subs is r/makeupexchange. This subreddit is dedicated to selling and buying lightly used or new makeup online. Even if you’re just browsing, you’ll be surprised at the quality of the makeup you can purchase through this sub. You’ll see incredible posts selling hundreds of high end products with low to no shipping costs at all, just be careful to watch for spam and always remember to follow the community rules!

No need to buy at all either! If you’re looking to sell some of your collection before adding anything additional back in this is the perfect place to do it!


Gift Sets

Even before blogging, strict budgets and adult responsibilities gift sets have always been my favorite way to try products and save money. For most, you spend 30-50% less on all of the products you’re buying.  Most are usually store themed or brand based so you can really discover more from a brand or other products you might not even try if you hadn’t purchased the set. Gift sets can offer new combinations of products you might really dislike too, try reading reviews and commenting questions on forums before investing in larger sets.

Sephora is one of my favorite places to shop for gift sets. They have a huge variety of different sets, including skincare, hair care and even body care ones. I love giving these as gifts, using them for reviews or even just for everyday makeup fun!


Do you have any specific tricks or habits you’ve implemented to stick to your beauty budget? I’d love to hear what works for you, or even what didn’t. Let’s chat about it in the comments below! 

The Ordinary: Triple Threat

The Ordinary: Triple Threat

 

They may take forever to ship their products and appear to regularly be out stock of cult-favorite items, but their approach to affordable but effective science based skin care is far from ordinary. Read on to find out more about these three simple yet powerful products.

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Deciem’s CEO (the parent company of The Ordinary) is under a lot of fire right now for his outrageous social media posts and border-line breakdown demeanor.  After letting go his Co-CEO, hosting a mass firing spree and continuously posting extreme imagery on the companies social media accounts, it seems like most people would want to jump ship. I get where they’re coming from. From the outside, a glimpse into one of the firecracker CEO’s dramatic and lengthy instagram posts might make it appear as if the whole company is on fire. And hey, it might very well be.

I’m here to offer a slightly different perspective. While I personally believe that the CEO of Deciem, Brandon Truaxe is acting out of line, I still firmly believe in the company and it’s products. Here’s the thing, customer service and company culture is important. Especially in today’s day and age where companies are put in the spotlight over poorly planned out marketing decisions or advertisements regularly. Personally, I think this is a cry for help, but we’ve all been there. I’ve had mental breakdowns shake my career, school and life many times before. Things are just a little different when you’re a public figure and brand owner. Regardless, I still believe that the quality of Deciem’s products are incredible, worth the money and the shipping wait time.

And guys, I fucking hate waiting for shipping.

So today in light of all the chaos, we’ll be chatting about some products that have impressed me the most from The Ordinary’s skincare line.


 

THE PRODUCTS:

Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG – Of all The Ordinary’s products, this one is my holy grail favorite. I have a very sensitive and delicate under eye area. It’s difficult to find products that both reduce puffiness and redness and don’t start to bother my eyes after using it. This one is different though. I use this solution under my eyes – just a drop each – morning and evening. Immediately, I saw a difference in the puffiness of the bags underneath my eyes. Freaking outstanding if you ask me, it’s what every person wants! This won’t just instantly de-puff your eyes though, this product is also designed to fight eye contour pigmentation issues too. Over time I’ve noticed a huge difference and I rarely wear concealer under my eyes now. BTW, you get a full OZ of product when you purchase this, I’ve had mine for almost 5 months and I’ve made such a small dent. It’s the best!

“Buffet” – Classified on Deciem’s website as a Multi-Technology Peptide Serum, this serum is one of The Ordinary’s few combination products. By that, I mean they combine multiple ingredients or “technologies” to create the product. Most are simply one trick ponies but the whole point is to create and customize your own skincare routine to exactly what you need. I like this approach much more than other traditional skincare companies, which is another reason I will continue to love this brand.

I’ve been using this serum for 2 months. To use, I apply 2 – 3 drops in the AM and PM after cleansing and toning my skin. I’ve noticed a significant decrease to fine lines, and my face is looking so much more plump. This product is suspended in 11 amino acid complexes and hyaluronic acid complexes, which are designed to help nourish and keep the skin moisturized. This serum is just as effective when combined with harsh acids or vitamin C formulations to help dilute the product and minimize the irritation on your skin.

Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2% – A stronger formulation of the Lactic Acid 5% + HA, this acid is for more experienced skin care lovers. If you have sensitive skin, build up your tolerance first with the weaker formula first before trying this one. I use this product in the evening, and dilute it with one of my two favorite serums to reduce irritation. My favorite serum at the moment to cocktail this product with is “Buffet”, which has a very thick consistency. The Lactic Acid 10% + HA is very watery, so it’s the perfect pairing for easy application. Right now, this is my favorite exfoliator. It does contain hyaluronic acid, much like the “Buffet” so not only does it help to strip and reduce congestion and build up in my pores but it also helps to moisturize and heal the skin. Make sure to use a sunscreen when using this product though because it also contains AHA’s. They’re known to cause an increased risk of sun damage with exposure, so keep your pretty skin safe!
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*header image from The Ordinary’s website, http://www.theordinary.com


 

Have you used any of these products? What’s your opinion on the chaos happening at Deciem’s headquarters right now? I’d love to talk more about this with you in the comments below!

Friday Flatlay: Gilded Glow

Friday Flatlay: Gilded Glow

 

Obsessed with makeup, skincare, packaging and carefully constructed product shots? Look no further! Introducing #fridayflatlay, a new series of curated, gorgeous flatlay imagery. With a new theme every single week, enjoy this weeks seasonally inspired #gildedglow flatlay. 

♥ mia


 

Flatlay lovers unite! There’s something magical about them; maybe it’s from the packaging of the carefully selected components or the way the design draws your eyes across the scene. Each photo features an array of luxuriously packaged makeup tools and products that hold new and different promises from one another. Featured in this gilded, rose gold and charcoal makeup flatlay are some of my favorite makeup products that I plan on continuing to use in Spring.

Inspired by the transition of seasons between the harsh, bitter Winter to the welcoming warm and gentle arms of Spring.

Rose Gold & Charcoal
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Featured Products:

  • bareMinerals  Ready Eyeshadow in The Happy Place
  • Studio Makeup Luminous Loose Blush
  • Benefit Eyeshadow Pot in Bikini – Mini
  • PÜR Cometics Soiree Diaries Eyeshadow Palette
  • Tarte Tartiest Lash Paint
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Taupe
  • Artist Couture Diamond Glow Powder in Illuminati
  • Kat Von D  Shade and Light Contour Palette 
  • e.l.f. Studio Setting powder in Sheer
  • Coola Tinted Mineral Lipluxe in Tan Line
  • L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion in C4
  • Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer
  • MAC Cosmetics Satin Lipstick in Cyber

 

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What products are you planning on using now that Spring is here? Do you have any favorites from Winter or are you introducing new products? Let me know in the comments below!


 

Affordable Skincare: Tips and Tricks

Affordable Skincare: Tips and Tricks

Looking to add to your skincare routine without breaking the bank? Here are my favorite tips and tricks to staying on track with your goals while still improving your routine. 

Skincare has been my favorite and most expensive hobby. I remember insisting to my father at the age of 12 how important it was for me to introduce a sunscreen moisturizer at my age or else I’d be dealing with wrinkles before my 30’s. Eventually I leveraged that skin cancer has a history of running in our family, and he gave in. Finally, I was able to cultivate my own little routine and kill all of my acne before starting High School! That was the goal at least, I’m sorry to say that I never beat teenage hormonal acne. I suffered through with cystic pimples, blackheads and little comedones that would pop up whenever my period was about to return. I hated it.

Now, I frequently purchase a variety of skincare and beauty products. I’m also subscribed to multiple beauty boxes so I don’t even need to go online or in store to add to my collection anymore. It seems luxurious and awesome, but the truth is that my love and addiction to skincare was hurting my wallet and depleting my shelf space. To fix this, and to give my boyfriend more shelf space on the counter, I decided to slowly implement some new habits to get my obsession under control. I hope some of these tips work for you too! Comment below if you’ve ever tried any of these methods or if you’re working on your own affordable skincare plan.


First, plan out your budget

Think of how much you can realistically let yourself spend within a month, two months, six months or even a year. You can plan to budget for as long or as little as you need to meet your goal. Create a hard number for that allowed time period, and stick to it. This is the hardest part! For example, Audrey might have a budget of $100 every two months, and Kayla might have a budget of $20 every month. Some people prefer to give themselves larger allowances over the course of a couple of months if you tend to purchase luxury skincare or sample and gift sets, while some individuals have to adhere to a more strict monthly schedule because they know they can find products that work for them every single month.

* Super Helpful Tip: Include all your beauty/skincare subscription boxes if you have any, these still count as monthly purchases!

Track your “empties” (aka your used up products)

The best way to find out what products you liked and didn’t like is to keep a list of what you’ve tried. I try to create a small photo journal (aka an album on my phone with the products I’ve recently emptied). This is especially helpful if you have a lot of samples you would like to go through but have a hard time keeping track of what you have and haven’t used. By tracking your empties, you’ll be able to clearly identify what you didn’t like or even products that have always worked well for you. It’s also a great way to let your friends and family know about products you’ve tried and results you’ve seen, even if it was months ago! It’s amazing how this seems like an easy trick, but remembering to log and save notes about a product is a little more tedious than you think.

* Super Helpful Tip: iPhones have an option in Notes where you can post images and then comment on it for yourself, this is the easiest way I know to organize an empties journal on an iPhone. You can always use traditional pen and paper too, I just prefer the photo journal approach because it’s easier when you have an image to associate the product name to.

Introduce Project Pan

I used to see posts on reddit titled Project Pan that would fall into my feed on a regular basis. At first it sounded a little weird, people posting photos of their used products. There were images of worn makeup palettes, concealer tubes with stoppers taken out and product running over. The most interesting photos were tubes of products like primers and foundation cut open in order for the person to use up every last drop of product. Now, it just makes so much sense. You use up all of your products, samples and backups before purchasing new items. No more backups of cleansers that already last for months, and finally finding out if that sample hair mask really works or not.  It’s even better if you subscribe to beauty box subscriptions because you can finally use up all of the samples that fill your drawers and extra the bins underneath your sink.

* Super Helpful Tip: If a product irritated your skin, give it to a friend or donate it to a local shelter. You can try to use it again to make sure it really didn’t work for you, but use the potential problem child by itself before implementing it into your routine again. Better safe than suffering through a breakout!

Re-Gift/Trade Unwanted Products

Friends or family that collect samples, products or even subscriptions are probably in a similar situation as you and want to get rid of things they know they don’t like or won’t use. This is especially helpful if you and your friends or family have different skin types, which means that products are likely to work differently for each of you. Then you’re more likely to see some benefit out of the cleanser that didn’t work for Annie at all, because she has dry skin and you have oily! It’s awesome, and it’s a fun way to share and reach out to others that share similar hobbies. This is especially helpful on lower budgets, because you still get to try more products without having to spend any money

The One Product at a Time Approach

 Using one new product that you already have or just purchased every 30 days. Spacing out your purchases allows you to purchase a little bit better products with your budget allowance. Introducing a single product at a time is much better for your skin too, it allows it to adjust and helps you identify if the product is causing any irritation or acne breakouts. If you have a larger collection of products that you want to use before buying new ones, working on rotating one new item might seem a little slow to eliminate items you’ve gathered. However, that slow pace of decluttering and using up products will help keep you from impulsively purchasing new ones as often.