two candles had terrible throw (I like warm apple pie scent, but it had really bad burn with puny wicks). BBW Aromatherapy Energy is a staple at my household, and my second tube of Ulta double duty foundation in natural beige is another staple for me. Model co mascara did nothung, amd really disliked bounce cheese cream foe its stickiness.
Hi there- Here are my empties through February 4. I was traveling much of January, so I do not have many items this month.
A few items for a short trip to Arizona -
And here are from my longer trip to Park City. Notable item I want in the full size is organic to green coco oil! smells like citrus, not sticky and a little goes a very long way. loved that. My boyfriend liked Jergens Uktra Healing moisturizer for his cracked hands.
And here are the items used at home! one item missing is my pen - uniball vision elite, which is one of my favorite rollerball. I lost it at Egyptian Theatre during Sundance Film Festival.
two candles had terrible throw (I like warm apple pie scent, but it had really bad burn with puny wicks). BBW Aromatherapy Energy is a staple at my household, and my second tube of Ulta double duty foundation in natural beige is another staple for me. Model co mascara did nothung, amd really disliked bounce cheese cream foe its stickiness.
I will keel this post short - wishing everyone a great February!
Happy new year! 2017 flew by me, and 2018 is already here. I was hoping to post this before the year end, but didn't have time to do so before I left for winter holiday. I will post this now, with a very quick description of notable items only.
Art/stationary related -
3 boxes of tea. Of these, I like Stash's lemon ginger the best, but they are all good.
4 jars of nutritional supplements - normal stuff I take. I am not brand conscious about these.
sfh pure whey protein - in tropical and churro. These were taken by my partner, and he said they tasted terrible. I guess I won't buying more of these.
3 perfume samples - all not my thing, so I will giving these away.
Pond's Evening Soothe wet cleansing towelettes - 30 towelettes, I paid about $3. These are good, not scratchy.
Garnier Whole Blends honey treasures conditioner - I liked these, affordable and does its job.
Laura Geller Spackle tinted under make-up primer was very nice, it's not silicony and moisturizing. I liked this and might purchase full size.
benefit They're Real mascara was also nice, I also like Roller Lash as well and have a back up of Roller Lash already.
Marc Jacobs black eyeliner crayon was very dark and soft and thick - not for me, and it dried up in the end. If you want a very defined eyeline maybe you might like this. but not for me.
ELF mineral eyeliner transferred to my eyelid, so I am getting rid of it.
Too Faced Melted likpstick in melted candy - really didn't like this color, too bright of a color for me - so I am getting rid of this as well.
The rest of the items are non-descript - not too good or bad, and won't repurchase.
That's it for me! I wish everyone a great new year, and I hope to focus on mostly art and running related items going forward, with some fun beauty and lifestyle items mixed in. Stay tuned!
***This post is unsponsored - I obtained all the items listed here myself.**
Hi there and happy holidays! I hope you are enjoying your winter.
Here in Oregon, it started to rain constantly and the days are getting shorter every day. It's perfect time to stay indoors and write in journals. Also, at this time of the year, people start to look for journals for the coming year - so I wanted to write about my current journal set up.
For a datebook, I use Muji's A6 Monthly / Weekly Notebook for at least four years, probably longer. I like it for its minimalist style, smooth paper (it says you can use fountain pens but I don't use fountain pens in this notebook), flat laying and reasonable pricing. It's 900 yen, which is approx. US $8 as of November 30, 2017. It used to be 800 or 850 yen a few years ago, so the price is slightly up... but still affordable, and it's very good quality. I really love this notebook.
I always either go to Japan or find someone to go there in the fall to obtain this book. Last year, I went there at the end of November, and couldn't find the dark gray I always buy - so I ended up with the red cover. They have a few other options too like craft paper color which was less attractive to me. This year I had a friend track it down for me (the one with yellow cover) in dark gray, so I am happy about that. This year for the first time, I saw this on Amazon - for $30, which is crazy, but still cheaper than going to Japan. I would pay $30 over having to look for another journal. I love it that much.
Muji has the same notebook in A5, which I also got a few in 2017 and used as my sketchbooks. I just LOVE the smooth paper and lay out. As a con, all the holidays are Japanese holidays, which isn't so great for other countries - Personally, I have used Japanese planner all my life, so I am used to it and have learned to ignore it.
I am very picky about datebooks. My criteria:
Here is the weekly layout. Everything is here, but nothing unnecessary. It's perfection for me.
The white pen on the journal is the only pen I write with in this journal - it's Uni Jetstream 0.5mm, and this is probably my third Jetstream. The ink is like a hybrid of rollerball and ballpoint pen - I am not a big fan of ballpoint with an exception for this pen. Jetpens.com has a comprehensive explanations of how this pen works.
While it writes like a rollerball or gel pen with dark, smooth ink, it dries quickly and waterproof once dry, which is very important for me as I do color code my entries with highlighters (shown in the photo above). I use 4 colors to highlight my entries depending on my activities - I use green for fun activities, yellow for obligations such as work meetings or doctors appointments, orange for time spent for art, and pink for physical exercises. At the end of the week, I can quickly look it over my weekly spread to see how balanced my life that week (for me). While I love gel pens, most pens smudge with highlighters. This pen doesn't. At 150 yen, I can't imagine how this technology can be produced and sold so inexpensively. I used to buy several when I go to Japan, but nowadays you can easily get these from Jetpens or Amazon. I use this pen only for this notebook and for nothing else, so it lasts a long time. I use 0.5mm, but Uniball makes other sizes, and I have 0.7mm as well, which somehow feels more like ballpoint rather than a gel pen - so I don't use it as often personally.
For the plans that are not finalized yet, I would use either pencil or Pilot Frixion (shown above, Frixion ball slim in 0.38mm in green I bought in Japan) - basically something I can erase later.
For this datebook, I use Uni Jetstream in black, pencil/erasable ink pen, and highlighters - that's it. I don't use anything else. I don't include any stickers, nor inserts, nor anything here - my datebook is very streamlined and meant to record my activities and future planning. I also write some lists on the right side of weekly spreads sometimes but never a lot. I use this everyday, and a bit OCD about it, like many Japanese people.
SHere is my current travel watercolor setup. I have Canson 4x6 watercolor pad, which I can use as a postcard when I am done - I am currently trying out plumchester 4mm, which is similar to the one I was using before this - Steadler Pigment Liner 0.5. Both are fine point pens with waterproof inks, which is important in watercolor so that the color doesn't get muddy. For the watercolor, I bought this business card sized case on Etsy and filled it with my tubes of watercolor from various brands. I use it with a water brush pen. This set up is compact and easy to transport - I love it. If the space allows, I also carry either 6 or 12 set watercolor pencils, either Staedtler or Caran d'Ache.
Now, when it comes to sketchbooks/journals, I am a complete opposite. Here is the space I write anything and everything, I use all sorts of materials, and affix all sorts of things inside - from plane tickets, business cards, receipts, Christmas cards, etc etc. This is an exact opposite of how I use the datebook. My datebooks are very streamlined. My sketchbook is completely free style. It's a place for me to make a mistake, and try different things. It's a place I practice. I do try to keep about the same size at A5 for future storage, but I fall in love easily with journals and always want to try different ones, as you see below..
Here is my current set up - I am using poppin gold journal in soft cover A5. It says "all is bright" on the cover, which I thought was perfect for the holiday season. I typically do not buy a lined journal, but I saw this at a yoga studio sale for only $1 - and I couldn't say no to the price tag and holiday spirit. It has worked out okay, but it's hard to draw over lines... so I am glad I only bought one.
I use all kind of pens in here. I really like gel pens in my sketchbook, because they write smoothly, I can see the ink level and they smudge easily - this may sound weird, but I personally use pens with light wash in my sketchbooks, so for the exactly opposite reasons from the fine tip pen for my watercolor, I use smudgable pens which is an assets to me, even though it can be annoying some other times. Other important point for me is if it bleeds or not - I hate bleeding, so any pens that bleeds won't get used. Other than that, i pretty much use anything here - currently I am using Uniball Vision Elite (it doesn't leak on the airplane so I take this when I travel) and Uniball micro rollerball pen. I also routinely use Pilot G-2, Zebra Sarasa, Uniball Signo. All these brands, along with Pentel, Sakura, Too, and Kuretake has been around for at least thirty years in Japan, and I would trust pens from any of these companies. I am from Japan, so I am very partial from Japanese pens. Also a big fan of Staedtler which makes my favorite drawing pencils.
For calligraphy I am currently using ZIG clean color, and sometimes I use Stabilo pens, both of which came in Artsnacks.com subscription box. I do have a HUGE collection of pens (in random estimate from someone who knows me well.. approximately 952 in my collection. UGH.), mainly black gel pens I draw with, and I am working on having less... so I am mainly working on using what I have at hand before they go bad. Yes, pens go bad - so use them!
I am not too crazy about embellishments and stickers and such, but I keep a lot of mementos inside, which will result in super fat books. I don't care for spiral bound sketchbooks or super fat sketchbooks, so I commit a sin.... I do tear pages out to accommodate additional items I am adding as needed. This is why I have not purchased certain journals with pre-printed pages because it will make it obvious that some pages are missing and that would bother my OCD (haha). I am fine doing this, but I know some people gasped here... At the end of the day, this is where you are expressing your creativity I feel - so do what you want, absolutely. If you want to keep all the pages, please do so.
so here is the year in review. I tend to prefer blank, or dotted pages over lined pages because I am an artist and like sketching.
I am now anticipating to use the current journal before the end of the year and have already ordered a couple of journals for 2018 (in addition to Muji datebook), despite having over 10 blank journals at hand. I am afraid I am a bit addicted... and I hope you are too.
If you are thinking about starting a journal for 2018 - my recommendation is just start. All you need is a blank notebook and a pen. This can be a college notebook and a ballpoint pen, all can be bought at Staples for $2. It really doesn't matter what you use as long as you love it. Fancy stationery doesn't matter. Just know what you love and stick with it. I have kept journals as long as I can remember and have always enjoyed it - I hope you do too!!
October is a bit off schedule as I have been traveling, so I decided to combine with November. This is also a bit of random - I incorporated stationaries and fitness related empties because of my interest in art and fitness.
First off, I will start with travel empties. here are items from two days in LA. I ran a Rockn Roll half marathon there which was a lot of fun. Food items and KT tape are from the expo. I really like organic kids vitamins! Smartypants taste chemically to me but RNR series gives these out with every registration. RNR expo had free KT taping for one location- I keep hoping it helps my plantar fasciitis, but in the end I don't feel like it made a difference to me.
From LA, I headed to Park City, Utah for a week. It was perfectly sunny, but cold and dry there. Katahdin coffee's Maine Whoopie Pie is one of our favorite coffee, and comes from our family in Maine. I am not a big coffee drinker but if I do, this is the one I want. Pacific Foods bone broth, especially with ginger is also my favorite. I sip it straight out of the container, and it is made in Oregon. I drank Nuun during my training.
Two pens I finished - generic gel pen from Amazon and Pilot G-2 gel pens. Pilot G-2 has been a staple in my pen collection.
Then, I headed to Las Vegas. I have been training for marathon and came here to run a race - sadly, I had to give it up due to health reasons just a week before the race.I almost cancelled this trip altogether, but in the end I decided to run/walk a half marathon instead. This was a bittersweet race for me, but glad I came- I still had tons of fun. I took this picture right before I left Las Vegas - sorry for bad lighting for 4 am pre- deperture. I included on the right side some items I ate/drank, mainly to keep myself accountable. Left side is beauty items, They are all okay but nothing I would specifically reach out to repurchase. Transparent 3 packs are bath salts. I love soaking in a tub after running!
And here are the items I used at home in the last seven weeks or so. This is getting more random each month - from left, stationaries, candles, fitness related items, then some beauty items (I don't have much this month due to traveling).
ART related items - So many pens this month! I would like to say some pens here I have owned for years, and they happened to be finished this month.
From left, three roller ball pens I used for my journaling - Pentel roller micro fine, Pilot Precise V rollerball, Uniball Vision Elite, all in black. None I typically use for my journaling, but I am trying to use what I have in my stash. I do like Uniball Vision Elite fine (with the black barrel) which has much finer tip than white barrel pictured here, and have several of those. I also like gel pens for my journaling. In the middle, Staedtler Pigment liner 0.5 was used for watercolor because this is waterproof on paper. I don't use this pen on my journal because it bleeds. It lasted me for years, and I enjoyed it - Right now I am using a similar pen I received from Artsnacks subscription box for watercolor, but when that's done, I would repurchase this pen. Very reliable and long lasting. Really liked it.
Next to Staedtler, there is Pilot Frixon with erasable ink- we use this for crosswords. I received 8 color set, and believe I have a few more left. There are ones with retractible ink, which is I like better than the one with the cap because when you are using the pen, the cap would hide the "eraser" with this pen which is kinda annoying. (Yes, I have that set too, so I am set for now. )
The rest is a highlighter, colored gel pen, a glue stick, and a washi tape - used for journaling. Speaking of which, I finished a journal. I am trying out different ones, and usually use one up in anywhere between 6 weeks to 20 weeks. (about 4-5 journals per year). I use it for my training schedule, drawing, sketching, etc. Last few months I used Moleskine datebook 2017 red as my journal - and I really didn't care for the paper (a bit rough, much thinner than artjournal). I will try something else next, won't necessarily seek this product out in future.
Next up - a couple of lighters and candles. My monthly candle goals are one medium and one large candle empties per month. This month I emptied 3 medium candles and 2 wax melts, so not too bad. Three medium tester candles (4 oz each) are: Buttercream Icing, Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake and Autumn from BBW. As far as the scent goes, I like all of them, especially Buttercream Icing and Autumn. Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake was not all that strong and hard to detect, especially at this size. The issue was - especially with Autumn - it tunneled really badly. These 4 oz testers I got mostly at semi-annual sale, and they were $3 each. They were cheap but they don't throw very well and I have difficulties getting a good burn. I have about a half dozen more of various scents in 4 oz tester, but won't seek them out in future. Melts are Yankee Candle Vanilla Icing and Everyday Escape Vanilla Cupcake/Apple Cinnamon. None of these had throw and I won't repurchase.
Next row is a few fitness related items, including 2 bluetooth headphones I use during training. These are really nifty, but they all break eventually some breaks faster than others - so be sure to do your research. Case to the point, the blue one I got on Amazon cheap (about $7) only lasted me 2 weeks before stopped working. VTIN one worked pretty well, but I can't find these any more on Amazon. I ended up buying a different one, which is my bluetooth headphone #4. I included two prescription bottles to record my illness. It has been a tough break for me, because I had to give up a marathon after months of training. It will keep me humble and value my health above all. Without it, nothing will happen.
The big white tub is J-Lo's bodylab Tastyshake vanilla. It really is tasty. I like it.
And finally, there are several beauty items - BBW lotion in Orchard from 2014 (yay for using this one up - I like these but my favorite is from 2015 version), Twisted Peppermint travel size fine fragrance mist (took me forever because I don't use these very often), and Project Beauty make up setting spray which had a terrible spray (not fine mist at all). I put the contents into another spray bottle to use, because this container is terrible. Derma House cleansing cream was PH balanced but I didn't feel it washed anything. I didn't like it.
That's all I have for now - this is super random this month and not so many beauty empties - but over the time it helps me to keep track of how much I am using the items I have, and curve my shopping because I realize I don't use up products as fast. Lastly if anyone is readying this - I wish you all a great holiday season, especially the thanksgiving. Give the thanks to everyone - In gratitude to you all. Eusay,
Happy September! This month, I am taking a little different format and including photos of the swags I got from my RocknRoll Half Marathon in Philadelphia. Also, I kept some (not all) packages of snacks I tried for my marathon training, as well as my art related empties.
I am starting with my travel empties this month.
I traveled to Philadelphia this month to run a 10K and half marathon. here are the items I used during this trip. I love foot sap sheets and sweae by that, I hoad them from Japanese Daiso. other than that, the rest was nice but I will not specifically seek out to purchase.
Bonus- here are some of food empties while I was racing. what do runners eat!? that depends! there are all kinds of runners out there, and some are a lot more focused than the others. I am one of random runners who would eat pretty much anything. And I was not going to leave Philadelphia without a cheesesteak. I must say most of these are post run food... other food eaten: two bananas, Pennsylvania apples (yum), Mexican food and BBQ meat as a breakfast before the race (bad idea), cheese curls, BBQ potato chips, hard candies. also salad.
Here are swag from RNR Philadelphia half marathon. awesome! the medal was.... cheesy. that is okay because the six-string medal is awesome,race was awesome, volunteers were awesome, and we got to see Jared Ward and Galen Rupp (pride of Portland)! also a few Japanese Elite runners in the mix, which was fun to watch! As to the products, banana was great, as well as Herr's snacks (not sold in Pacific NW where I live) to replenish salt (guilty pleasure).
And now, for the rest of empties this month- I have a lot, so I separated into three categories, fitness, art, and the rest of stuff. I will only write about the good stuff I will repurchase, and the bad stuff I will not recommend personally.
First, I will write about my exercise related items. Here are some items I consumed this month before or after the training.
Good stuff - Recovery water! I am not the one to buy water typically (supporter of reusable water bottle), but if I have to buy, I would buy these. I tried three flavors this month, peach, lemongrass, and cucumber mint). They are all great and my favorite is cucumber mint. So refreshing. Slice of Life Organics Complete Multi gummies were very good as well. As to milk candy, I eat hard candies or this sort of candies while out on a long run. I personally like them better than gel or gu. These are good but pretty much any candies would do for me.
Clif Bloks ginger ale are not bad - but a bit too big for me to chew.
Kellogg's Special K Protein bar strawberry was good - much better than chocolate which tasted like a cardboard because of added fiber.
Hammer Nutrition Endurolytes Fizz (13 tablets) was pretty good and I might repurchase again when I finish my Nuun... however, I hardly ever use these tablets for some reason. This is an old package because I don't use them often.
What I didn't like - ZERO Bar. sticky and hard.
And here are a few items art related - I finished my Muji datebook I use as a journal. I LOVE this book, and bought two this year to be used as a sketchbook. Will definitely repurchase when I go to Japan. Pens and gluestick are nothing special, I bought all these in multiples though so I have more in my stock.
And here are the rest, which would be my typical "empties".
Two candles - Modern Alchemy's Wild Huckleberry (blue jar on the lower left) was horrible, burned very strangely and couldn't get greasy stuff off the container to reuse it. Never. Again. smaller candle next to it is BBW Honeycrisp Apple which is one of my favorites and have multiples in 3 wicks.
Perfume sample - Vera Wang Embrace green tea and pear blossom was very nice and my boyfriend likes it too. I seldom use perfume though, and it took me six months (!!) to use up this tiny spray. I stopped buying perfumes because I already have lifetime supply. If I were to shop for one, this is a nice scent.
Two foot sap sheets and epsom salt - I run, my feet gets tired, these are great. Will repurchase. I wouldn't buy aloma rose again though - very strongly scented.
BBW Be Joyful hand soap smelled nice and girly, couldn't share wiht my boyfriend which was a bummer. I bought it for the container, which didn't look so nice once pink liquid was gone.
philosophy Snow Angel body polishing scrub - I loved this. This was a part of Christmas gift set with body lotion, body mist and shower gel - and this is the best of the bunch. Others I really didn't care about so I am unlikely to buy the set just for the scrub.
Del Skin Skin Juice 90 Real Ampoule - smelled fruity and very nice, would consider repurchasing this.
Cotz natural tinted Face Sunscreen with SPF 40 - this has thick primer like texture and color (medium tint) - I like to travel with this. I got more.
DermaLift Intensiderm Aqua Rich Cream was also very nice, and I have a few more I think.
BBW Twisted Peppermint body cream is holiday favorite - sweet mint scent I really enjoy, I used it for the summer because it's cooling. I am trying to use up my stash, and when I am done with it I might repurchase.
Now one item I wouldn't repurchase - Supergoop! Lip Screen with SPF 50. It looks shiny and great but tastes like sunscreen. I will stick with SPF 30 chapstick until I can find better.
Hope you enjoyed, I have a few items I am about to finish which will be included in October empties. I am also traveling to New England and run a half marathon. Looking forward to it!
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!
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