February was a short month, so I didn’t really get to use up too much stuff. However, it did encourage me to use up more samples and minis just so I would have things to write down in this list.
Products I used up:
- Ciaté Fierce Flicks eyeliner
- Tarte Drink of h20 mini
- The Face Shop Silky and Soft Cotton Pads
- Racine Delicare Soothing Mask
- Sephora Instant Moisture + Cream (sample) x 2
- Homer Simpson x The Face Shop Mask
- Shiseido Senka Perfect Essence Silky (sample)
- SNP Grapefruit Gelato Brightening Mask x 2
- Tony Moly Master Lab Intense Hydrating Mask
I didn’t pan anything this month, but I’ve been trying to find every excuse to switch looks for every occasion, especially if I’m going out after work.
I’m sure March will have a fuller list as I get ready for my wedding!
A few months ago, when the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture palette went on sale, I couldn’t resist getting it despite the mixed reviews online. The Modern Renaissance palette is one of my most used, so I thought I’d give it this a try for the discounted price.
A lot of the critique on this palette stems from the formula which is different from Modern Renaissance’s mica base. This one is primarily talc. When I swatched the colours, they were very pigmented! I didn’t have to press very hard.
I found the more matte colours were a bit chalky, and when applying on lids I had to be careful not to be heavy-handed or else I would get a weird smudge of dark colour on them.
Otherwise, I found the shadows to be quite gorgeous and found myself reaching for a few constantly. While the quality isn’t as great as the MR palette, if you can get this one discounted, it’s worth it!
I ordered his adorable Samantha Vega x Sailor Moon backpack recently. It’s faux leather, but still looks beautiful. I love the little moon charm and the Luna-like cat ears.
Inside, there is an Artemis and Luna pattern. I love finding things that are both nerdy and fashionable at the same time!
On the web, there’s a lot of food hacks that help you save money or waste less food. One of the ones I’ve seen everywhere and looked easy enough was regrowing green onions.
It requires keeping the ends and putting them in a glass of water. Yes, they do grow but I’ll tell you why I hated it and how it’s not worth the 50 cents you save for not rebuying them:
1) You have to change the murky water often and the odor is pungent. You even start to smell it in the glass in general after a while.
2) There’s a 50% chance that the onion you grow is limp and not appetizing to eat.
3) green onions are so damn cheap
If growing onion works for you continue, but seriously not worth it for me!
My New Years resolution was to try to use up more stuff before I acquire more of it. A lot of that is beauty stuff. I managed to not buy any of it the whole month of January and instead using more of my collection. It’s not just that I buy a lot, but I am frequently under the collector mindset that I shouldn’t “waste” anything, which is stupid since it’s more of a waste NOT to use the things.
My new vanity is helpful for displaying all I own so that I can be inspired every day to try out new products. I even realized I had so many free samples and minis that I decided to use up some so that I could have things to write in this list.
Here are some products I used up:
Here are items I panned (hit bottom but didn’t use up quite yet):
- Mac Eyeliner Gel black – I hit pan and threw it out because it was getting old
- Nars Orgasm/Laguna Duo
I decided to record when I hit pan because it’s just as rare as using something up! I have so many eyeshadows that I’m going to feel accomplished the one day those touch bottom.
On my recent Chef’s Plate order I made a Seared Steak & Balsamic Shallot Jam with a spinach salad and parmesan potatoes.
This was an easy meal to make and super flavourful. I love how easy it was to make the shallot jam. I don’t normally buy shallots, but I think I can replicate something similar with onions.
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I heard a lot about foot peels in Bunz Makeup group, so I thought I’d get this Soft Miracle Foot Peeling Pack from the Korean grocery store.
Inside were two pouches of liquid that I poured into these “gloves” for my foot. I wore them for 90 minutes. I assumed they did nothing because I couldn’t see anything after 90 minutes, or 1 day or 2 or 3.
However, after around 5 days, the bottom of my foot started to look wrinkly. Then they started to peel, a lot. I would leave skin everywhere! I decided to spare you the gross photos. This peeling happened for approximately 5 days before it was done. Some parts of my foot felt a bit sensitive during, maybe because I couldn’t resist picking at it.
However, the bottom of my feet are now baby smooth and no cracks in sight! Not sure how long this will last, but it’s worth the process once in a while.
A few years ago when Nash and I were underemployed, we’d walk past Actinolite and joked that one day we would go there when we could afford it. Though we’ve had just as fancy meals already, I finally remembered to actually go here so we did it for our Christmas dinner date.
We chose to do the full Chef’s Menu and the wine pairing. The first was a beautiful apple salad.
Then there was a snack of salmon and capers.
I couldn’t stop eating the perfect sourdough bread and butter from the town of Actinolite, a town in Central Ontario.
This dish of root vegetables (beets, pickled onion, turnip & more) was flavourful and delicious
Jerusalem artichoke sat delicately above oysters.
Hen of the woods in elderberry and pine butter was probably our favourite dish.
This was a duck dish, but I ate it before I took a photo. It was just that good!
I did not know carrots could be elevated so much until I had these blackened ones.
This ice cream with butternut squash and toasted lichen was a lovely complex dessert.
Finishing off the night were these biscuits with marshmallow.
This meal was definitely worth the wait and our years-long excitement of going here!
I have a lot of the Tony Moly x Pokémon collection, but I couldn’t resist getting one of each of the sheet masks. They’re limited edition, but still available on Amazon.
I used the Charmander one recently. It took me for a while to actually use one because the packaging is so cute! The sheet mask itself unfortunately does not actually have a Charmander head (that would be funny though).
It had the pleasant citrus smell of grapefruit and did noticeably brighten up my skin right after. I haven’t tried the rest, but I’m looking forward to it as I follow this year’s resolution of using things up!
My cousin went to Japan and brought me back this Pikachu branded thing. At first I thought it was beans or something, but on closer inspection, I realized it was curry. I can’t actually read Japanese but the instructions were easy enough to find online after I figured out what it actually was.
Inside was the two packets of curry, and a Sharpedo card. I love that whenever you buy Pokémon branded things there is some sort of collectible.
I decided to add my own ingredients to the sauce. Little did I know was that it had it’s own tiny dehydrated vegetables that hydrated themselves as I cooked it. If you look carefully, there’s tiny carrots and onions.
The curry itself is sweet like most Japanese curries. I think it’s meant to be eaten just plain on rice, but that’s not much of a meal so I made it one!