Thursday, January 21, 2016

Decluttering and Organizing My Bathroom

It has been over a year since my last bathroom declutter & organization video so it was time I filmed another one. I still have a lot of products but there has been a bit of progress so I'm going to keep working at using up everything in my stash.

In case you missed it, here is my original bathroom declutter & organization video from September 2014:

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Finish 7 by Spring

I decided to change it up a bit for my finish 7 by spring. Instead of picking 7 products, I picked 7 categories of products and 7 samples for each category. I think this challenge will be a lot easier but I have been meaning to finish a bunch of these samples (specifically, my many masks and fragrance samples). Hopefully, I will be able to keep track of these samples and not lose any over the next 3 months!

Challenge start date: Jan 2/16
Challenge end date: Mar 19/16

- Sephora Lotus Mask
- My Beauty Diary Intensive Brightening Mask
- My Beauty Diary Mexico Cactus Mask
- Montagne Jeunesse Dead Sea Mud Spa*
- Montagne Jeunesse Red Earth Clay Spa*
- Vampire Face Pack
- Wolfman Face Pack

- Eslor Comforting Mask
- Boscia Luminizing Black Mask
- Nuxe Vitamin-Rich Detox Mask with Orange Water
- GlamGlow YouthMud TingleExfoliate Treatment
- Be Fine Warming Clay Mask
- Montagne Jeunesse Pawpaw Peel Off*
- Montagne Jeunesse Zap Them Peel-Off*

- Envie de Neuf Platinum Lineless Eye Mask
- Elizabeth Grant Eye Power Pads
- Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels
- Biore Nose Strip
- Face-Q Milk Moisturizing Foot Mask
- Kocostar Foot Therapy
- Kocostar Dry Hands Rescue

- Benefit Fine One One
- Burberry Sheer Concealer
- YSL Touche Eclat
- Sephora Hydrating Powder Blush in Rose Petal
- Stila Convertible Color
- MUFE HD Blush in 410
- Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Medium Brown

- Bamboo Bath Salt
- Bamboo Bath Salt
- Sakura Bath Salt
- Sakura Bath Salt
- Molton Brown Seamoss Stress-Relieving Hydrosoak
- Green Cricket Coconut Body Wash
- Narcisco Rodriguez for Her Shower Gel

- Big Sexy Hair Pow Powder Play
- La'dor Perfect Filler Special Hair Clinic
- La'dor Perfect Filler Special Hair Clinic
- Shiseido Hair Energizing Complex
- Shiseido Hair Liquid
- Shiseido Hair Tonic
- Ojon Rare Blend Oil Total Hair Therapy

- Chloe Love Story Eau de Parfum 1.2ml
- Very Valentino Eau de Toilette 2ml
- Nest Midnight Fleur Eau de Parfum 1.5ml
- Nina by Nina Ricci Eau de Toilette 1.2ml
- Tory Burch Eau de Parfum 1.5ml
- Cartier Baiser Vole Eau de Parfum 1.5ml
- Elizabeth and James White for Her Eau de Parfum 2ml

Not sponsored. Products noted with an asterisk (*) are PR samples.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

December 2015 Empties

Tresemme Keratin Smooth 7 Days Shampoo and Conditioner - 10ml x 2
Pantene Smooth & Sleek Finishing Conditioner - 50ml
Agraria Conditioner in Lemon Verbena - 40ml
Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Working Hair Spray - 439g
Cake Satin Sugar Dry Shampoo & Body Powder for Darker Hues - 50g
Daiso Japan Cotton Puffs - 3pc
Lavender Bath Salt (brand unknown) 25g
June Jacobs Spa Collection Grapefruit Purifying Shower Gel - 60ml
The Body Shop Shea Shower Cream - 60ml
Dove Purely Pampering Shea Butter Body Wash - 354ml
Damana Moisturizer Body Lotion - 40ml x 2
Aveda Botanical Kinetics Hydrating Lotion - 50ml
Agraria Hand & Body Lotion in Lemon Verbena - 40ml
Vichy Calming Cleansing Solution - 30ml
My Beauty Diary Bulgarian White Rose Mask x 2
Face Q Ocean + Aloe Mask
Face Q Grape Seed + Green Tea Mask
The Body Shop Nutriganics Drops of Youth - 1.5ml
H2O+ Aqua Firm Eye Lift Concentrate - 4ml
Aruba Aloe SPF 30 for Faces - 124ml
DHC Lip Cream - 1.5g
YSL Baby Doll Mascara - 2ml
Eco-Dent Tooth Powder in Original Mint - 56g
Decora Unscented Tea Lights - 100 count
David's Tea Organic Jasmine Silver Needles - 28g
Domatcha Organic Tencha with Matcha Blend - 20 tea bags
Oolala Black Truffle & Olive Oil Potato Chips

My hubby finished the Calvin Klein Eternity for Men Eau de Toilette - 100ml

Sunday, January 10, 2016

New Year, New Goals

Here is how I did on my 2015 goals along with my goals for the new year.

For 2016, I set goals in 5 broad categories. I've included the categories below, along with the specific goals in each category.

1) Establish a gym routine and go to the gym 2-3 times per week
2) Take a ballet class
3) Stretch for at least 10 minutes every day (I use the Sworkit or Sworkit Stretching apps)
4) Go for a massage 8x per year

5) Take better care of my hands & feet (moisturize hands & feet every night before going to bed)
6) Wake up at least 1.5 hours before work
7) Turn off the computer by 9:30pm if I have to work the next day

8) Be more mindful with clothing purchases (try on as much as possible before buying, look at return policies, look at clothing labels for fabric & care instructions)
9) Finalize & complete my list of home tasks (currently consists of approx. 20-25 tasks)

10) Meet my annual savings goal
11) Meet my budget in specific categories (e.g., food)

12) Continue with my photo-a-day project of my hubby & me and reduce # of days missed versus 2015
13) Take annual family portraits with my side of the family and my in-laws

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Modified Vlogmas

I'm always tempted to participate in Vlogmas but working at my full-time job for the majority of December does not leave me a lot of time to do fun or interesting (i.e., vlog-worthy) things. In the past few years, I've been doing a modified version of Vlogmas. Instead of vlogging every day in December until Christmas, I vlog every day between Christmas Eve and New Year's Day. Here is how I spent my time during the last week in 2015.

The above video is part of a playlist that includes all my daily vlogs between Christmas Eve and New Year's Day. Just keep watching to the end and the next video will play automatically. :)

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