Monday : Recovery Water in cucumber mint flavor during my track training. I love this!! tastes exactly like cucmber and mint infused water. This is my jam right now.
while training, look at this handsome cat I encountered! a friendly chatter box of a cat.
I got this korma in digusta box and really loved it! perfect with cooked vegetable and quinoa aftee
Thursday: Kellogg Special K protain Meal bars in double chocolate with 5g of fiber. it tastes like chocolate covered cardboard. no thank you. (but I also bought strawberry flavor so that is next week's cardboard).
That is all for this week! have a great September!
Hi, I don't keep food packages for empties for sanitary reasons unless it's emptied very close to the end of the month.... I am a perpetual snacker in fact, eating several packaged goods (while I try to stay away from packaged foods, modern living with work, training and painting and easy access to packaged foods makes me reliant to these items).
I hardly see reviews on packaged food.. so here is what I snacked on last week. FYI I don't plan to post this every week... just when I have notable things to say.
Wednesday: Roasted Almonds and Muscle Milk Protein Bar. Roasted Almonds came in Love with Food subscription box. I typically buy this in a larger bag and pack smaller amount to take along with me - Smaller packaging is convenient but not environmentally friendly, so I won't buy these myself. Tasted like regular unsalted almonds, pretty good.
I am not a fan of protein bars because they tend to be way too sweet and have funny dense texture that sticks to my teeth. This is not an exception. Will not repurchase. I bought it for about $1.60 at a grocery store.
Friday: Alias law calorie flavor - I think this comes in several flavor, the one I got in a subscription box is "mint." It says add to 1 serving of protein, which I suppose like protein shake? But my protein shake is like vanilla or strawberry flavored, and adding mint really didn't appeal to me. I ended up in putting into my iced water, which made the water minty- but it didn't dissolve at all, and just stuck on my spoon ! aww... I think it just adds artificial flavor and does nothing else. FAIL product for me.
Perkey Jerky Turkey... Teriyaki flavor. This also came in a subscription box. It's very sweet and salty, I think this is good if you are hiking or something, and it was very soft. I am not a big fan of jerky though.
Saturday - is a long run day for me as I am training for a marathon this fall, and I took VISO diet energy star blood orange and passion fruit. I got this from a running event, so didn't think too much about what I was given - but looking back, diet zero calorie drink is NOT very appropriate during a long training because one needs to replenish energy. Sure enough I got hunger pang. Besides, it tastes terrible! It is mainly mixture of Vitamin B complex and 300 mg caffeine. It tastes like liquid V-B, like sweet and bitter and not at all pleasant. Plus, I am not one to partake caffeine on daily basis, and despite I had this in the morning, I couldn't sleep all night (well, hot temperature also had something to do with it, but still...)
After the run, I had root beer belly probiotic powder. It's sweet, but not too unpleasant and I liked it.
This is all I have today! Other things I am obsessed... is Halo Top ice cream lemon cake flavor. :) and any sort of icecream. hehe. As I mentioned, this is an one-off post and will likely not be a weekly thing, but hope you enjoyed!
Hello, this is the last weekend of August and I would like to post my empties. It includes beauty items, candles, and stationary for me - stationary because I am an artist and write/draw in my journals every day.
I feel like I have a lot this month. I didn't travel, and burned through a lot of candles for me - i typically aim for one large (3 wick) and one small or medium candle per month. Instead, I finished 1 large (summer boardwalk), 2 medium (praline pecan and Limoncello poptail) and 1 small (pumpkin apple). My favorite out of this bunch is pumpkin apple, and I will purchase 3 wick this fall. Summer Boardwalk also has apple in it (it smells like caramel apple and popcorn - kinda like a fair scent), but I didn't end up liking this as much as I used to - fall has my favorite apple scents such as farmstand apple and autumn from BBW, so I am looking forward to burning those this fall.
Pens - I am using up a big box of gel pens I purchased off Amazon. They are not good - the ink is uneven, and goes very very fast. I can use up a pen in less than a week, and overall frustrating. The bundle on the upper left (9 pastel gel pens) I am donating as this is "back to school" season and kids might like these - and next to it, 5 pens I emptied this month and 2 rollerball pens, plus 1 brush pen. This is a lot - I didn't have any last month, so I think every pen was almost be done. I usually have 1 or 2 pens per month.
Books - mostly I listen to books on tape while I am commuting and running. As I am training for my next marathon, I have a lot of books I finished this month- there were a lot of books I liked this month, and if I have to pick one, it's Being Mortal by Atul Gawande (2014). Let's face it, we all die. It's important. We should think about this more, not just be afraid of it.
Lastly, I am adding a painting I finished (for now) this month- I have been working on this painting on and off for a very long time. I feel this is done, and putting aside for now.
That's all I have this month - thank you, have a great rest of the month!
Hello, for my record, this is what I used up in the last 33 days (June 25th to July 28th, 2017). I thought I had used a lot of the products, but looking here I actually have less than many other months. Weird.
Anyway, I will add notations on notable items.
Candles: my goal is one large and one small or medium a month, so this month is right on target. For large one, I got Bath and Body Works Watermelon Lemonade. I like the nice refreshing sweet scent, but the throw was very light, maybe 3 or 4. I liked the color of the wax as well, pinkish red turns into deeper red when melted. Lovely. BBW repackage this scent often, so I might try again in future and hope for better throw. As to a small one, I burnt 2017 Easter candle "Hippity Hop" which is milk chocolate, fresh cream, and mint marshmallow eggs. I wonder this is repackage of cocoa and cream, but I haven't bought that candle. I really liked this candle, small but it threw about 5, which is not bad for mini. I would repurchase if this comes back. I enjoyed it.
Supplements - Cat's Claw and Turmeric. I didn't feel Cat's Claw did anything, but turmeric is good for inflammation so I will definitely repurchase another turmeric. I am not too picky of brands here.
Energy supplements - Movit and Opti-bar sample sizes. I try a lot of things but I don't like to keep food and drink trash for a month, so I don't have many to shere but I kept two close to the month end. Movit sticks to my teeth and Opti-bar was very hard and difficult to chew, tastes like a typical protein bar (artificial). Didn't like either one of these.
Foot mask from Daiso - I use many of these. This one is relatively new, with rose scent. I don't like how they changed the packaging, and rose scent one wasn't my favorite. (My favorite is grapefruit ones!) Still pretty good and would repurchase other kinds (not rose ones).
SOAPS!! This was the month when I got to finish up soaps I have been using for awhile. Hooray!
Method Foaming Body Wash with aloe and vitamin E, scent is Sea Mist. My boyfriend said this smelled like Latin America, and I must agree - it smells like Latin American soaps! He was right on. I liked how this smelled on him, but too astringent for myself. He used most of it, and I enjoyed it that way. As to the quality of soap, it was fine - and I liked the container as well.
Deep Steep Argan Oil Handwash, scent is grapefruit bergamot. I really liked this scent so much that I have used this soap sparingly - it lasted so long and towards the end I got a little tired of it. I would repurchase it after awhile :)
Bath and Body Works shea and vitamin E shower gel "Get Happy White Peach Sangria" I got this with a free item coupon, but I enjoyed it so much to the point that I bought full size, plus lotion.
InstaNatural Skin refining Acne Face Wash 198 ml. I got this from Amazon, and really enjoyed it neutral pH and not too drying. I don't suffer from acne so much any more, so I probably won't repurchase.
Bath and Body Works PocketBac "Feelin' Lucky? Lucky Apple" Simple apple scent, I think I have another apple scent.. I like the apple scent so I would repurchase when I need more.
I have no art related empties - I have been using Uniball Deluxe rollerball and I feel that the ink is about ready to finish. Maybe next month.
The rest of empties pictured here really had no significance for me, and I won't see them out.
O forgot one item, Neutrogina Healthy Volume mascara. I got it from subscription box some time ago. I never opened until today but it is dried out, or naturally does very little. Tossing it.
Here are items from a beach trip. I LIKED Laura Mercer scrub! But a bit perfumey. Organic Doctor snail gel was very nice, sort of considering purchasing full size, however I srill have a lot of gels to use first. Graze snacks- liked original fruity flapjack, but not the other one.
Dear Leaf Diamond Essence Mask was very wet and hydrating. Gift from Japan, not sure where to get it. Used it during a sleepover.
This is all for no - Hope everyone is having a great summer!
Hi, it has been a long time - this is my June 2017 random empties. I have been re-focusing my life in a different area, and as a result, I haven't been posting all that much. As a matter of fact, I didn't post May empties at all and ended up throwing away May empties without posting it. Maybe going forward, I might move to 8 weeks or almost 2 month empties instead...
In any event, here are what I have emptied in the last 24 days since the beginning of June. I will not detail everything here - but focus on the ones I have impressions on.
Candles - my goal is one big and one small candle empties per month. This month, I finished using Bath and Body Works "Happy: Sunshine and Green Daisies" from 2015 spring release. This performed very well, and the scent was very strong cut grass scent. If you like freshly cut grass scent, you will enjoy this. I may repurchase this if I am in the mood. Others are not emptied but leaving my collection - medium tester, BBW "Salted Vanilla" sounded good in concept, but it's what's considered as a "fresh air" type of scent from BBW, a bit perfume-y with no vanilla. I don't think it smelled good, I will exchange this. Not pictured was BBW "Vanilla Bean" 3-wick candle - smelled delicious on cold, and the first 1/3 of the candle was very nice, then it turned burned scent, and wax was also discolored. I have already exchanged it with another candle. Lastly, Carolina "Mandarin Splash" 15 oz candle I bought from a local store - this is a sweet, artificial fruit scent. I burned about 1/4 and decided it wasn't for me. It's a single wick and tunneled to - I had to foil it quite a bit.
Sunscreen: I finished a couple of Supergoop! Products, neither I really liked. Setting Mist with SPF 50 sounded too good to be true, and it was - in application it left my skin grimy, I didn't like the Everyday Sunscreen with SPF 30 either. Unfortunately I stocked up, so I have one more to go.. and not too looking forward to it.
Korean Skincare: Iope's Essential Moisture Relief Cream was a bit expensive so I looked forward to it. Container was sexy and it felt nice, but not spectacular. Tonymoly Banana Hand Milk smelled like banana milkshake! It was fun to use and inexpensive. I might repurchase this. Laneige Water Bank Serum is available at Target. nothing special for me.
Health Care: PurusLabs Condense preworkout drink mix - I used this before my run, it made my blood vessels expand, I could feel my hands pulsate - not a comfortable feeling, and scary. Never again. Slice of Life Organics Adult Gummy Vitamins Complete Multi + .. I take various vitamins in pills because gummies have sugar... but these one were fruity and tasted very good. I might buy this one!
Other Items:not pictured is my journal, Muji 2017 A5 Schedule Note in dark gray, 1,100 yen in Japan (not sold in other countries). I also use A6 version of same book a my schedule book. I have used this for years, I love the paper and simple organization. The journal was used for about 7 weeks from the beginning of May to mid June. I have the same journal (bought two) which I am using right now. Due to the weight of journal and I carry it every day, I am trying out softcover A5 notebooks as opposed to Moleskine with hard cover. Thus far I am enjoying it. Also a gel pen and a highlighter, not so notable...
Miss Universe CHI Style Illuminate was very nice hair oil! I don't typically enjoy putting gunk in my hair, but this was very nice.
Bonus- empties from three days trip to Seattle.
Lastly, I wanted to add two protain bars for myself tp remember.
That's all I have for now. Thank you for reading this. In future I am likely to focus more about running and art, also traveling... Stay tuned!
Hi, it's that time of the month again.... yes, empties! I had a large amount last month, and maybe to offset that, I don't have that much this month. Here is a record of what I emptied this month.
First of all, here are the items emptied during my trip. I have several one time use products, including Cel Darma eye mask, Sole Sap Sheet, Chanel Blue Serum, ImmPowerD3, and Davines Ol. Nothing notable here, with an exception of sole sap sheets I really enjoy when my feet are tired. I bulk buy at Daiso in Japan.
And here are the rest, and majority are health related items. I include them in my empties because I want to keep track of what I enjoyed and what I didn't. I am also including my stationary and art supplies because I am an artist.
Starting with Health Care items from the left:
Candles; One large and One medium or small is my norm, so this is my average.
And finally beauty and health care items:
Happy Spring everyone! Today's April 1st, and here is what I have "emptied" in the month of March 2017. It turned out to be a very busy work month, and I didn't travel - so no "travel empties" unlike last several months.
The longest run this month - 18 mile, then I took a week off afterwards due to left foot pain. This has been going on since December last year, and I have been torn between the need to keep on training and the need to rest my foot. It still hasn't healed, and the race date is quickly approaching... ah, dilemma.
Anyhow, I would like to quickly go through my empties. I will be honest with you, I keep this blog mainly for my own personal records. I have done empties for about two years now, and it helped me know about my cosmetic consumption, and made me realize that I was purchasing a lot more than I was using. This helped me to buy less cosmetics over the last two years. Another thing I noticed was that I was spending so much more time on cosmetic reviews and such - things I really like, but ultimately I was stealing my time away from my main focus - art, fitness and traveling. If I am only posting once or twice a month, that's because I am making a conscious effort to spend my time "doing" rather than writing about it.
I will start from the left. candles:
Stationaries: This section is beefed up this month and I am very excited about it. Somehow it feels this is because I spent more time painting and creating art.
That's all I have for now - I wish everyone a great spring. Ciao!
Hello, today is February 26, 2017. As this is the last weekend of the month, I would like to round up my empties. This post is more for my record keeping than anything else, so I will attempt to keep it short. I didn't have as many items; however, I have gone through a lot of full size products this month, so I am satisfied! I tend to keep trial size for short trips, "travel" size for gym bag or longer trips.
First off, this month I went for a very short trip to New Orleans, to run Rock n Roll Half Marathon on February 5. I was hoping to run the full marathon; however, due to repeated injuries and lack of training, ended up running half. It was a dreamy 70 degrees (almost too warm) weather, and it was a pleasure to run beside a streetcar track (unpaved) which was softer! There were a lot of people, but it was very well organized. I had a lot of fun. I did use some sample size products, including samples in the goody bag:
Now for the rest of the Empties:
Candles - my goal is one big and one small candle a month, and this month I have exactly that:
2 InstaNatural Hair products:
2 OZ Naturals products: One I love, the other I hate.
Travel / trial size products:
Art Stuff: I typically use one gel pen a month, so this is a lot! I have been journaling and sketching lately, so I have 3 pens that ran out of ink this month, plus a paint!
Well, this is all I have for now. The number is not a lot but I am happy to have gone through all these, and will continue to empty more in next month. I wish everyone a great March!
Happy January everyone - here is the empties from the end of 2016 to January 28, 2017, approximately one month worth. I would like to keep this post short, because I am posting this more for my record to see how many things I go through in a certain period of time than product reviews.
In January 2017, I went to Charleston, SC to run my first half marathon of the year. Here are items I have used in Charleston.
Now on to the rest of the items I used at home:
That's it for this month! I hope everyone is having a good 2017!
I love making lists.
I also love movies.
So here is a list of movies I liked in 2016, along with some I didn't like so much.
Disclaimer: This list is for my personal taste. I am partial to documentaries, independent films with unique views, foreign movies and sentimental sappy movies. I like good animation films too. You may disagree with my opinions, which is okay. I listed some movies as "did not like" movies for me as well. I also note that I haven't seen a lot of acclaimed films from 2016 yet. I will update the list as I see more movies from 2016.
Movies I enjoyed:
Movies I thought was "so-so":
And here are movies I didn't care for. Sorry if your favorite movies are in here. Again, this is just my personal feelings when I saw it, so please don't take an offense. I am only listing this here, to show you it's okay to have different opinions. There are movies in here that were directed by some of my favorite directors, too. I would still continue to look forward to their future movies.... :
I hope you saw at least one incredible movie in 2016 - what was it?
I hope 2017 will have wonderful movies as well.
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