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Project Product 2015 – One Month Update

I did pretty well this month with products, finishing up four and cycling in four more.

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1) I only use this stuff once a week. When I work through a bottle of shampoo, there’s 3-4 bottles of conditioner to go along with it. I don’t think I can use this as my only shampoo and conditioner, but it’s good for occasional winter moisture needs.

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2) So, I’m not a bath and body works girl. I don’t find that their shower gels get me very clean and their lotions aren’t particularly moisturizing. At least not for my body chemistry. I’m using it on my legs and torso where I don’t need it.

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3) Burt’s Brightening moisturizer. I’m using this in place of a primer. It’s not silicone-based and it’s a bit sticky in texture. I haven’t been using it this way for long, but today’s foundation looked pretty darn spiffy.

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4) Trucking right along on the exfoliating mask. I really enjoy it!

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5) I may or may not be using the eye cream on other things to try to use it up. I have been mixing this with argan oil to make this moisturizing enough for my eyes.

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6) Getting close to the end on this lovely NYC Skincare peptide serum.

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7) I really enjoy this bottle of argan oil. I use it for just about everything; hair, skin, and nails. I’ve had this bottle for over a year, and I’m anxious to finish it up so I can try something new.

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8) More Burt! (He’s one of the few natural-ish options in local stores.) Spring and Summer come early in my part of the world, so it’s time to start finishing up some of my richer skincare like this cream cleanser. It’s nice and thick, and I haven’t been Lizard Woman this winter. So, go Burt!

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9) This moisturizing clay mask from Garden Girl falls in the category of “I want to use it up because I like it so much.” It’s a natural product and I’m afraid if I wait till next winter, it’ll go bad. So I’m cycling it in!

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From the look on that guy's face, that must be some mask!

10) And even more masks! I have learned something about myself. I am a sheet mask girl. After masking regularly for a few years, I’ve discovered I’m too lazy to use anything more than once a week that requires extensive rinsing. Now that Korean skincare is becoming a Thing in the states, sheet masks are now way more affordable and accessible. So these have been languishing in a drawer. I just need to use them. I’m lumping all of these together to make one product: 5 Montagne Jeunesse masks in Strawberry Souffle, 1 each from the same brand in Mud Pack, Very Berry, and Dead Sea Mud for men. 1 Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Mask, 1 Anti-blemish mud mask from Look Beauty, and 1 Que Bella anti-aging goji berry mask which terrifies me a bit because one of their other ones burned. Might do a patch test first.

Finished Products
Beauty Secrets Non-acetone nail polish remover.
Jeffrey James Botanicals The Cake mud mask.
La Fresh makeup wipes.
Bath and Body Works shower gel in White Citrus.

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Projects Pan, Product, Polish, and Palette 2015

I acquired a lot of makeup and skincare products over the last year.  I’m not going to pretend I don’t like to shop for girlie sparkly things.  I totally do!  But a couple of years ago, I went through a major change in my skin.  It went from oily to dry in a matter of months.  So I had to figure out how to deal with a new skin type.  I did some experimenting with a lot of new products.  It affected, obviously, the skincare I use but I also had to take into consideration the way I use cosmetics as well.

My skin is in a more normal, happy state these days, but I several drawers full of products that were not ideal, didn’t work the way I thought they would, I didn’t like at all or I didn’t really need but I bought anyway because they were pretty and I wanted them.  (No apologies!)  I don’t want to waste something I paid good money for.  So I decided, for 2015, to make a concentrated effort to find ways to make use of everything in my collection and to use products up.

The rules for these four projects will be as follows:

  •  This is not a no-buy.  I know now what kinds of products work for me and what doesn’t and no longer need to experiment.
  • I don’t have to use the product for its intended purpose.  Concealers as primers?  Yeah!  Bronzer as eyeshadow?  Why not?  Some items will require some creativity because I can’t use them the way they’re supposed to be used.
  • I can give up on a product as long as I exhaust every possible use option.
  • I can give up on a product if it begins to smell, dries out, or exhibits other signs of spoilage or states of being that prohibits use.
  • I can give up on a product if it is harmful to me.
  • Once I use up a product, I will celebrate and rotate another one in until the end of September.  At that point, I’ll make a push to finish everything in the project before the end of the year.  (The Palette, of course, is exempt from this.)
  • I will use a product until it is reasonably used up.  I will do my best to make use of every last bit, but I don’t have to potentially injure myself or spend a lot of time cracking into packaging to do so.
  • I will post progress reports here every 2-3 months or as needed.