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.
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.
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.
Hi, it has been awhile - it's almost the year end, the weather here in Portland has been extraordinarily cold, snowy, and/or icy to add extra chores/worries to our daily life. I am thankful for my warm place to live, and appreciate my family and friends.
Another thing I appreciate is books to keep me occupied. In 2016, I read/listened to about 60 books, many of them are not contemporary books. However, I did read a few books that were published in 2016 - and here are the ones that stood out for me - three non-fiction/memoir and two summer reads.
That's all I have for this short list, I hope everyone is warm and cozy - have fun with each other and have a great Holiday Season!
As 2016 running season rounded up for me, I thought I would share my personal experience of 2016 year of running.
A bit of a background - I have never been particularly athletic growing up. As a matter of fact, I remember hating long distance running in school. Instead, I was into arts and music, which would become my life.
Despite hating long distance running, I somehow harbored a dream of running a marathon someday. I put it in my bucket list one year, and that stayed there year after year. Eventually, I realized that if I was serious about that goal, I need to do something, because, by golly, it will not get any easier as time goes by.
In June 2015, I ran/walked my first half marathon. I developed plantar fasciitis while training for this, and took the rest of the year off, until December 30th. On December 30th, 2015, I decided to start training again, despite my injury. I ended up running a lot more in 2016, and here is my experience entering races in 2016.
As to the cost, I listed as I remember it, including registration fee. It may not be exact, so it is for reference only. Race fee varies depending on when you register. I plan ahead and register as early as possible, because race cost hikes up as it nears the race day.
As to the T-shirts, I don't keep all the T-shirts I receive. Especially if it's a cotton T-shirt with sponsors name on the back, it's likely they would get donated.
Note: I am not affiliated with any event organizers listed here as of December 2016. this list is unsponsored and based on my personal experience.
March 2016 - Shamrock Run, Portland OR (15K)
April 2016 - Race for the Roses, Portland OR (half marathon)
May 2016 - Terrapin Events Cinco de Mayo, Portland OR (half marathon)
June 2016 - Rocknroll series, Seattle WA (marathon)
July 2016, Terrapin Events "Sunset on the Springwater", Portland OR (half marathon)
August 2016 Groovy Run, Portland OR (10K)
August 2016 Hood to Coast Relay (3 legs of different difficulties, total distance averaging 16 to 19 miles)
August 2016 Panda Burro Invitational (10k) Virtual Run (didn't happen)
September 2016 - RocknRoll Montreal Marathon
October 2016 - 4 Seasons Kennebunkport Conservation Fund Trail Run (1/2 marathon), Maine
October 2016 - RNR Vancouver 1/2 marathon
November 2016 - RNR Las Vegas 1/2 marathon
I got hooked on "destination running" in 2016 - which is perfect for me, because I love traveling and can always use motivation for running! I have signed up 2017 RNR runs already, and included destinations I have never been before. I bought new gear for myself (who said I can't be my own Santa?), and am looking forward to having a new year with new goals!! Happy Running!
Happy Holiday seasons to you all! I hope everyone is having a fantastic winter.
This empties is between middle of November to the end of December, about six week worth.
During this time, I took trips to Las Vegas and Japan. I separated empties during these trips so that I don't have to travel around with garbage (although I actually brought empties from Japan home because I didn't have time to write about photos.... haha).
I traveled to Las Vegas in November for Rock n Roll half marathon. Here is what I used in five days of Vegas....
From Las Vegas, I came home then traveled to Japan for eleven days. And here are items I have completed during Japan trip.
And here are the rest of empties....
Dr. Teal's Epsom Salt. I actually used up the "Pre & Post Workout" one in July, but kept it to compare with Detoxify & Energize". I really liked the workout one, including peppermint and citrus scent. I would repurchase the workout one for sure. Wasn't crazy about the other oen to be honest.
A couple of drink items:
Bath and Body Works stuff:
The rest of stuff really quickly - will mention notable ones only.
I hope the readers will find this post informative. Ultimately, I upload empties for myself, and it helped me to know how much stuff I use up on monthly basis. This helped me to curve my shopping enthusiasm because I realized I am purchasing more than I am using, which results in accumulation.
I am glad to get some items out of my cabinet, and continue to use up my stocks. I still buy items when I really want them or need them, but I am a lot more conscious about what I am bringing home. I hope I can downsize further in 2017!
Hi! This feels as though a very strange time to post my empties, but as soon as I posted my empties on 10/15/2016 after having one of the smallest month for the empties, I started to have a lot more things finishing up. I then started to use something new, which wasn't to my taste unfortunately. In the last 3 weeks, I have a lot more empties/not so empties I am getting rid of than I had during the previous 6 weeks.
I don't expect many empties for the rest of November as I will be traveling much of the month- so I thought I will post this now and get rid of these items.
I see other people burning 5-15 candles a month, but my normal amount is about 1 large and 1-2 small/medium candles a month. This month is a normal month, plus I have a few I didn't finish:
Random food items:
Not a big fan of random food items, but I collected a few I wanted to mention quickly:
Skin Care and make up:
I don't wear too much make up so mainly skin care! I have a lot this month:
Well, that's it from me in November. Soon I will run my last running race of the year, and plan to post summary of all the races I run this year. I did not engage in athletics when I was younger and x-hater of running, I would never have imagined myself to be at this place now.. but life takes people to mysterious places. I can't wait to tell you all about it!
Until then, wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season.
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