January Empties!

January seems to be the longest month! Does anyone else feel that way? Several times throughout the month, I stopped to ask “Is this month over yet?”….. But I digress. We are here to take a look at my empties for the month! I love when I finally finish a product, move it out of my collection, get to pull something else out, and rotate around my collection. There is just something so satisfying to me about finishing something and getting to pick something else out to use!

I do not feel like I used that many products up this month, but I did use some tried and true ones and a few newer items!

I used up an Ahhh Sugar Sugar Dreamsicle Sugar Scrub, and if you know me or have ever read one of my empties post, then you know that I love Ahhh Sugar Sugar’s Sugar Scrubs! They have one of the best sugar scrubs on the market! It is super course, and yet moisturizing to the skin. The Dreamsicle scent seriously smells just like the childhood favorite popsicle in the same name. A super delicate and fruity/creamy scent! I will always repurchase Ahhh Sugar Sugar’s sugar scrubs.

Buttermilk Bath Salts in Prosesso Berries from The Bathing Garden: I very much enjoyed the scent of these bath salts, they smell like fizzy berries, but I did not notice that they added much scent or color to my bath. I do not know that I would repurchase this product. I was a little underwhelmed by it. The Bathing Garden does do some good scrubs, and I need to remember to purchase more of those!

Is it any surprise that I have a Not Your Mother’s Dry Shampoo in my empties? What more can I say about this product…. It soaks up all the excess oils, gives my hair added volume, and it smells clean. If you haven’t already, try this dry shampoo! You will not be disappointed! I am trying different dry shampoos right now, but I will repurchase this.

Sugar Slushie in Queen City Vice from Ahhh Sugar Sugar: I really want to like Sugar Slushies, but I have not quite figured out how I like to use them. I have several more Sugar Slushies in my collection to try, so, for now, I will not be repurchasing Sugar Slushies. This smelled amazing, like coconut and strawberries!

Simple Micellar Make-up Remover Wipes: These are the best wipes that I have tried! They stay moist, they get rid of all my makeup, does not break me out or leave a film on my face, and they are super affordable! I always come back to these wipes and continue to repurchase them.

This is a little bit of a different one, but I thought I would include my OLLY The Perfect Women’s Multi. I do not normally like multi-vitamins, they tend to upset my stomach, but these taste amazing and do not upset my stomach. I have already repurchased them, and I recommend giving them a shot!

Zoetic Petal Drops Facial Oil: I loved this! It is super moisturizing and light on your skin. It comes in a beautiful glass dropper with dried flower petals in it. It absorbs nicely into my skin, and moisturizes my face without breaking me out or making me oily. I prefer oils to cream moisturizers, and this is my Holy Grail right now! I have already repurchased this product and will continue to do so. I highly recommend giving this a shot!

LUSH Aqua Marina: This is another Holy Grail product! Can I say anymore about this that I haven’t already? It is perfect for sensitive skin. It cleanses my face nicely, does not break me out, and keeps my oils at bay without stripping my skin. I have already repurchased and will continue to do so!

Dermalogica Precleanse Balm: My skin therapist recommended this to me, so I thought I would give it a try! It was alright. It did take my makeup off, but I find that I enjoy a cleansing oil more than a cleansing balm. I do not believe that I will repurchase this item. I am going to go back to a cleansing oil.

Frozen Custard in Queen Tea from Ahhh Sugar Sugar: I loved this! This is the first Frozen Custard that I have tried from Ahhh Sugar Sugar, and I was thoroughly impressed! I might even like this more than their Whipped Meringues. Queen Tea was a very nice delicate tea scent with a nice undertone of orange blossom and lemon pound cake. I will definitely be repurchasing more Frozen Custards from Ahhh Sugar Sugar! Would you guys be interested in reading a blog about the differences in Ahhh Sugar Sugar’s Whipped Meringues and Frozen Custards? If you do, let me know in the comments!

What products did you guys use up in January? Did you love them or hate them? I seriously love empties videos and posts! I hope your January was great and that your year is off to an amazing start! I’ll see you guys next time!

January Box of Sugar: You’re my butter half.

Again and again Ahhh Sugar Sugar continues to amaze and astound me with their innovation and creativity with their products! They continue to create new products and formulas that I love to get a glimpse of in their Box of Sugar every month! This month they came out with several new products that we have never tried before, and I am very excited for this! I am most excited about the soy wax melt! Soy wax is very hard to find, so I am excited that one of my favorite vendors is starting to create it!

The first product in this month’s box is Lustful Thinking Shimmering Shower Gel. This is hot pink with huge pieces of silver biodegradable glitter and it smells like chocolate covered strawberries! You really smell the scent of the chocolate at first with a hint of the delicate strawberries underneath. I am excited to see if the strawberries come out in the heat of the shower! Ahhh Sugar Sugar sent an 8 oz full-sized product in this month’s box, which is super generous!

The second product is a new one, that I am very excited to try. Don’t Try to Butter Me Up Solid Sugar Scrub. I do not have much luck with solid sugar scrubs, simply because they are not abrasive enough for me, but I am excited to try this one out! It comes all wrapped up in cute pink tissue paper and smells of buttercream, butterscotch, and sea salt! I have to stop myself from eating it, it smells so good!

The third product is another new one, Kiss My Sass Soy Lip Balm. This comes in a nice cute little jar, that I can keep next to my bed or throw in my purse. It feels very smooth on my lips, and I quite enjoy it! It smells like sweet candy; like sweetarts!

Cupid’s Kryptonite Bath Bomb Tablet is the fourth product in this month’s Box of Sugar. I enjoy Ahhh Sugar Sugar’s bath bombs, and I am excited to have another one to use! This one is scented in cotton candy, gummy bears, and sweet buttercream. I can’t wait to see what to pair this with!

The bonus item this month is a cup of soy wax scented in Pink Sugar! This smells just like the signature pink sugar scent, and I can’t wait to open this up and put it in the warmer! I am very excited for this new line from Ahhh Sugar Sugar! I am excited to see where they go with this!

Overall, this has been an amazing box and I love this subscription service that Ahhh Sugar Sugar supplies! I seriously think that this is one of the best subscription services on the market! Ahhh Sugar Sugar is going places, and I am very excited to see where it all takes us on this wild, creative ride!

Book Review Friday!

Well here it is! A new weekly blog topic and my first guest author! I have been wanting to do something that hit on another passion of mine and also step away from “products” as well, so I am starting a new series “Book Review Friday!” I am not sure that I will keep in on Friday’s though, I might end up moving the day to Monday, give us something to look forward to on that dreary day. This is my first guest author, my beloved soul sister and future sister-in-law: Natasha Leavitt. She writes a beautiful piece and I truly hope that you all enjoy. Now on to the review!


 

Caitlin Doughty, founder of The Order of the Good Death, Undertaking LA, and the YouTube channel Ask a Mortician, brings us a memoir that shines a light into the mystified world of the modern funeral industry : Smoke Gets in Your Eyes & Other Lessons from the Crematory. Through her story, we witness what really goes on behind the curtains of a funeral home, and the ways in which this flawed industry reflect our broken relationship with death.

Throughout the entire story, we are confronted by the corpses of people from every walk of life. Homeless veterans, suicide victims, infants, the forgotten elderly and the dearly beloved. The technicals of her job as a crematory operator in San Fransisco include collecting bodies from homes and hospitals, carting boxes of bodies from the freezer to the cremation machine, sweeping out and packaging the ashes. As she goes along each day with her work, she begins to wonder why the dead are left with total strangers, instead of in the care of their loved ones.
Caitlin compares our societies complete disassociation with death to the very involved practices around the world. One practice she witnessed first had at the crematory.  A Chinese witness cremation. Instead of our typical wake and burial, the entire family gathered at the funeral home with bowls of fruits, and followed the body of their deceased uncle to the cremation machine. They wailed and sobbed and expressed raw grief as one family member pressed the start button for the flames.
Realizing how an involved ritual and ceremony could bring a family together, strengthening that sense of community, Caitlin begins to turn her life’s work toward demystifying death and the pursuit of death positivity.
Through her experiences as a crematory operator, she brings us on this honest journey of discovery as she finds her true calling; to break the stigma around death and welcome people to be involved in the care and burial of their loved ones, as well as embrace their own eventual demise. In other words, she invites us to take part in the good death.
At 254 pages, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes was a fast read. I am typically a slow reader, but was able to enjoy this book within the checkout-return period of my local library. Caitlin Doughty is a quirky and witty character, and her cheerful personality shines through in her writing. The nature of the book is somber subject, and some sections were more difficult to read than others. But, I believe that her anti-sugar coating policy is a necessary element in her battle against the death taboo stigma. Her humor and honesty combine to bring us the story of how she came to be the death positive crusader she is today.

Project Panning

I am by no means a Project Panner. I do not have the dedication or inspiration that most Project Panners have to use up different products and keep different Project Panning projects going! I follow some ladies on Instagram that will crush shimmering shadows that they know they will not use into lotion, to make shimmery body lotion. I follow other ladies that can have lipstick work at cream shadow, cream blush, and their lipstick. I am by no means that creative or dedicated, but I do have some makeup that I would like to use up!

A few years ago, I took a look at my makeup stash and realized that I had too much makeup for my comfort (I really only like to have a realistic amount in my stash) and decided that I wanted to make an effort to start using some stuff up and not buy anything until I need it. Through this process of looking through my stash, I have also started to realize the products and shades that I prefer and the ones that I do not, which helps to stop frivolous buying!

I have about 5-6 eyeshadows that I have had for several years that I use weekly that are almost done. In this next year, I would love to see those eyeshadows gone and to start working on and using some of the other eyeshadows that have been sitting in my stash.

I have a few blushes that I have had for years (has anyone noticed how long it takes to use a blush up?!) I would like to see at least 1 or 2 of them gone this year. I use blush almost daily, but it never seems to go anywhere! Plus, it is hard to pass up a good blush palette!

I do not have any issues with using up foundation, concealer, bronzer, or mascara. Eyeshadow and blush are really my only categories where I have excess. But I am hoping with this new year and resolve to finish up some old products, I can see them go down.

As I said, I am not a Project Panner, so you won’t see any crazy, creative ideas to use products up on here! I would just like to finish or get as close to finishing a product as I can and feel as though I get my monies worth. Anyone else have any goals to use products up or cut down on stashes? Is there any a Project Panners out there or those that love to follow those types of accounts? Let me know!

December Box of Sugar: 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1!

I seriously could just stop purchasing bath products, and just rely on subscriptions boxes to keep my bath product stash alive….but what fun would that be!? I love the thrill of looking over new sites, with new products and scents to behold! It makes me super happy to see creations come to life, and that is one of the reasons why I love Ahhh Sugar Sugar’s Box of Sugar! It is a monthly box of amazing products and creations, that I get to see and try every month!

This month’s theme was a countdown to the New Year! We got a bonus 5th item in this month’s box, which was a wonderful surprise! Ahhh Sugar Sugar knocked this out of the park this month, and I cannot wait to try some of the new products!

First up: You’re a Peach Whipped Meringue: Ahhh Sugar Sugar’s Whipped Meringue originally came in pots, but this month they are trying out a new squeezy tube bottle format. I am curious to see how the bottle works. My one concern for this new format is that I will not be able to get all of the product out of the bottle, like I am able to scrape all of the product out of the pot. This has scent notes of peach, orange, melon, rose, and vanilla. I get scent notes of melon and orange, which leads into faint notes of peach, rose and vanilla. It is a lovely, delicate scent.

Gypsy Baby Hand Soap: I have yet to try Ahhh Sugar Sugar’s liquid hand soap, but I have seen pictures of it floating around on their Instagram and I have been curious to try it! Gypsy Baby has scent notes of orange blossom, rosewood, neroli, and sandalwood. I get strong scent notes of rosewood and neroli, with a delicate note of orange blossom at the end. It is a very earthy and grounding scent. Ahhh Sugar Sugar also makes note that the big, chunky glitter in this liquid hand soap is biodegradable which makes it an A+ in my book!

Prima Donna Sugar Slushie: I have only tried and used one Sugar Slushie, and I am not sure how much I liked it, but they are beautiful and scrubby, and I want to give them another try. I know I can find a way to love this product! Prima Donna is beautiful in scent and color! I could not be more pleased with the scent of this: fresh strawberry and spiked lemonade. This is such a fresh, juicy strawberry scent! It is beautiful and I would love to have a lotion with this bright scent! I do not get much of a lemonade scent, but I wonder if that will come out with the heat of the shower.

Hangover Soak Sea Salt Bath Soak: I have recently really gotten into bath soaks. I think they can be a fun and easy way to add beneficial nutrients to your bathing experience! Hangover soak is full of Dead Sea Salt and Epsom Salt to help detox unwanted toxins. Hangover Soak is made with Ahhh Sugar Sugar’s 5am house blend of lemon and lavender pound cake. I get scent notes of lemon with a base of lavender. It truly is a lovely and relaxing scent.

Earl Grey Tea Fizzy Bath Melt: This was the bonus item in this months box. Mine came all broken and crumbled, but that is okay, it will just go into the bath anyway! This is scented in earl grey tea, and it is a lovely, delicate scent.

This was an amazing box with a lot of awesome products in it! If you have yet to give this subscription box a look, you are missing out! It really is a box that is worth the money, and brings a sense of creativity and fun to the day! The hint for January’s Box is “You’re My Butter Half.” I wonder if there will be some valentines products in there! I am excited to try Ahhh Sugar Sugar’s valentines scents!

December Empties

I did not have very many empties this month, but that is what I expected since last month I used so many products up! My partner and I were also gone for most of the month due to traveling for the holidays! It was a whole lot of fun, just very busy. I am glad to be home and using my favorite stuff again!

Neutrogena Ultra Light Cleansing Oil: This is a very nice oil from the drugstore. It takes off all my makeup and gives my cleanser a chance to actually clean my pores and skin. It has a pump, which makes it super easy to use. It is super affordable too! I have repurchased this several times, and I most likely will again. Do you guys have any cleansing oils you recommend?

Ahhh Sugar Sugar Whipped Meringue in Jacqueline Frost: I love Ahhh Sugar Sugar Whipped Meringue’s! This stuff saves my skin and the scent creations that Ahhh Sugar Sugar makes lasts forever on the skin! I highly recommend picking one of their Whipped Meringues up to try. Jacqueline Frost is a lovely sweet mint scent that is super relaxing and sweet. I will definitely be picking more of this up when it is available again!

Shea Shea Bakery Cinnamon Bun Body Butter: I would not repurchase this item. This was a “just fine” body butter, but I did not love it. I did not like to use it all over my body, so I would just use it as a hand cream. It did the job, just not something I would repurchase. The cinnamon bun scent was a little too artificial for me.

The Dirty Goat Probiotic Deodorant in Yuzu: I LOVE THIS STUFF!! I cannot say enough good things about The Dirty Goat’s Probiotic Deodorant. It keeps me smelling fresh, my pores unclogged, and the Yuzu scent is my favorite! I recommend this to everybody! Erica is also the best and super knowledgeable about her stuff!

LUSH Snow Fairy Shower Gel: I had a little 100 gram size of this Snow Fairy Shower gel that I had gotten in a Boxing Day Sale a couple years ago. I used it when I travelled, because it was easy to pack and take with me. I decided I needed to use it up during this Christmas season, because it was getting too old. I like the Snow Fairy scent, and I would repurchase this again.

Rose Girl’s Scoopable Wax in Coffee & Pancakes: My partner and I love this scent! We love all things coffee scented. I like to use Scoopable Wax because it is super easy to use. I am trying to switch to all soy-based wax melts, so I might not be repurchasing this item.

Ahhh Sugar Sugar Coffee Scrub in Who Killed the Basic Witch: I loved this! I love Ahhh Sugar Sugar scrubs, and this one is no different! The scent is amazing: all coffee and bakery, and apple. I will always repurchase Ahhh Sugar Sugar scrubs, so why even ask?

2018

I am not one to make New Year’s resolutions. I make goals for myself throughout the year, that I continue to evaluate and adjust. I have a few specific goals for myself that I would like to reach, and other more vague ideas that I would like to achieve.

Do you guys ever have those? Vague ideas for your future? Where you do not know exactly how your future might look like, but you have vague thoughts as to how you want it to look? I have several ideas as to how I would like my immediate 2-3 year future to look like. I won’t share them all here, because some of them are personal, but a few I would like to share with this space.

I have a few business ideas, that I would like to decide on and make a move towards reaching a future goal for that business. I would like to be more active on this platform and in this community. I want to do more, whether that be creating more content or getting involved in creating products.

I would like to travel to Europe in the next few years and see some of the places on my bucket list. I would love to become so familiar with a country, one day, that I am comfortable walking around and know which restaurants and hotels are best!

I would also like to find a more permanent and steady job, or a part time job that would provide more steady income. I work in the restaurant business, which I LOVE, but it can be a finicky place, and not always a reliable source of income.

And with that last one, I would like to work towards becoming more financially secure. I know, I know, super exciting this one! I am in my mid-twenties now, and I guess I am feeling more and more pressure of adulthood and the “real” world. I just see how people can become wiped out in a matter of months from a few terrible turn-of-events (i.e. car breaking down, sick child, surgery) and how people will work day in and day out and never seem to get anywhere. I would like more for myself than that life. Anyone else starting to feel some of that pressure? Or the will to want something more?

I would love to hear some of your goals for this New Year! Please, feel free to share in this space! I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas and a happy New Year! 2018 is here, and I hope we all make the most of it!