In the mean time, I really got into using things up. I made extra efforts to use products, and actually have been adhering to a skincare routine much better than normal. I always love doing my makeup, so I didn't have to make much extra effort there. But I definitely used up samples that had been sitting around for too long. I've divided up my empties into skincare, haircare and makeup. A very important note about empties: unlike the rest of my blog, not everything shown here is recommended in terms of ingredients. Sometimes I buy something and later learn about an ingredient I don't like in it, and sometimes I am given things that don't meet my standards or I wouldn't repurchase because of ingredients. Those products are marked with a †. For example, regular Aura Cacia Sweet Almond Oil has tocopheryl acetate in it — though they do offer a USDA Organic variety that is 100% pure — and I prefer oils that don't have anything added.
Haircare (1) Acure Pure Mine + Enchinacea Shampoo and Conditioner, (2) Original Sprout Miracle Detangler Spray†, (3) The Name is Product
Skincare: (1) Blum Naturals Daily Cleansing & Makeup Remover Towelettes for Dry and Sensitive Skin, (2) Badger Extra Strength Sore Muscle Rub, (3) Badger Balm, (4) Badger Foot Balm, (5) Aura Cacia Sweet Almond Oil†, (6) Crystal Essence Pomegranate Mineral Deodorant Body Spray†, (7) Weleda Cold Cream, (8) Weleda Baby Calendula Face Cream,
Makeup: (1) Silk Naturals Eyeshadow in Bareback, (2) Silk Naturals Beach Bunny Sheer Bronzer, (3) Silk Naturals Malibu Miss Sheer Bronzer, (4) Priia HydraPrime.
Samples: (1) Alima Pure Bronzer in Belize, Mauna Loa, Trinidad, and Seychelles, (2) Priia CheekWhisperz Mineral Blush in Faded Silk, (3) rms beauty Cream Eyeshadow in Seduce, (4) Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques Creme Foundation in Neutral No. 1, Neutral No. 2, Neutral No. 3, Warm No. 2, and Warm No. 3, (5) Alima Pure Satin Matte Eyeshadow in Mohair, (6) Silk Naturals Sheer Blush in Lychee, (7) Real Purity Healthy Glow Foundation in Soft Beige.
I've also included full size products that have gone bad before I could use them all up. These don't count towards any new product, but there's obviously no reason to keep them around. This is exactly what I want to be avoiding, I hate wasting product!
So here is the total for this month:
Products used up: 16 (2 purchases earned)
Samples used up: 14 (no purchases earned, number will be added to next time's total)
And here is my running list of purchases:
1. Lucy Minerals Foundation in Cream
2. Lucy Minerals Finishing Powder in Cream
So that is a summary of what I've used up and bought in the past month. If you are participating in any spending ban, or have any recent purchases or empties, I'd love to hear about it!