Thursday, April 17, 2014

Stash or Trash? Empties Spring 2014

It seems that my empties bin overflowth! Therefore it must be time to do some empties! Let’s dig right in and see what I’ve been digging.


Aussie Mega Hairspray – Stash
I like the smell. I like the hold. I like the price. It works for me and I’ll keep repurchasing this one.

Aussie Moist 3 Minute Miracle – Stash
There is usually a bottle of this kicking around my shower. It’s in between a conditioner and a hair mask. So it’s good for when I feel like I need a bit more but don’t have the time for a hair mask.

Aussie Instant Freeze Hairspray – Stash
While Chicago may be known as the windy city, Oklahoma has the wind that comes sweeping down the plains. Sometimes a girl needs some major hold. This will get it done like Aquanet but without the offensive smell.


Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Renewal – Trash
It just didn’t do much for my hair. Honestly I prefer my Suave Keratin Smooth and Shine Serum. It’s a fraction of the cost and my hair seems to like it better. I enjoyed trying this but no thanks.

Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Weightless Healing Dry Oil – Stash
I love this stuff it is the closest thing I have found to the Fekkai Glossing Mist, which I cannot find anywhere now. However, I have become really fond of this and have already repurchased.


Skin Effects Advanced Brightening Complex – Trash
I bought this because I found it on clearance and I always enjoy trying new products. While it was good it wasn’t great. I didn’t necessarily notice anything special about it.

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer – Trash
Super slick silicone primers just don’t work the best for me. I like something that has a bit more grip to it. This always just makes me feel like my foundation is gonna just slide right off my face.

Laura Gellar The Real Deal Remedy Stick – Trash
While the Smashbox was too slick, the Real Deal  primer is a bit to dry. It claims to be a primer, perfector and mattifier. I have dry skin so I don’t need a mattifier and I just didn’t care for the texture of this one.

MAC Prep + Prime – Trash
I’m not a fan. I forced myself to get through this one and I did it! Now, Back to MAC it goes! I just don’t think it did much to provide a flawless base upon which to apply foundation, nor did it seem to make my makeup last any longer.

Mary Kay Indulge Soothing Eye Gel – Stash
I would repurchase this again as I really enjoyed the way it felt. I haven’t as I am currently using up a couple of other eye gels. To be honest, this sample has been kicking around my stash for several years and it was time to give it the boot!

True Blue Apricot & White Tea Supremely Smoothing Face Scrub – Trash
It was good as far as scrubs go but I can’t see paying the price for it when it truly reminded me of St Ives. I enjoyed trying it but I won’t be buying the full size.

Mary Kay Full Coverage Foundation – Trash
I am ashamed to admit how long this foundation has been in my collection. In my defense I haven’t used it in probably 5 years. I have found plenty of other foundations that I enjoy way more than this one. It’s time to let this one go.


Simple Eye Make-up Remover – Stash
I have purchased and repurchased this eye makeup remover. It works well for me and it doesn’t sting or leave my eyes feeling like a greasy mess. I will continue to repurchase this one time and again.

Almay Oil-Free Makeup Eraser Sticks – Stash
I love these little ingenious buggers. They are cotton swabs preloaded with eye makeup remover. You break off one tip and the fluid flows into the other tip and you have a convenient way to remove little oops. Sadly, I think they are being discontinued.


Simple Radiance and Cleansing Facial Wipes – Stash!
I absolutely love these wipes. They are easily made of the softest cloth I’ve ever known makeup wipes to be made from. They have plenty of remover in them so they do a good job of taking off my makeup. I will always repurchase these.

CVS Cleansing and Makeup Removing Towelettes – Stash
I usually have these on hand for wiping up makeup messes, cleaning swatches, etc. While they aren’t as soft as the Simple wipes they work and they are cheap.

La Fresh Makeup Remover Wipes – Trash
This is the third or forth package of these I have gotten through subscription services. I don’t like the wipes or the way they leave my face feeling but they are perfect for wiping off swatches.

CVS Eye Makeup Remover Pads – Trash
They leave a slight oily film on my eyes which I don’t care for and the package never resealed properly so they dried out. I won’t be buying them again.


Revlon Colorstay Crème Gel Eyeliner – Stash
I really enjoy this eyeliner. It seems to be the perfect amount that I can actually get through before it dries out. I love the blendability and the wearability of this eyeliner.

Eyelure Naturalites Natural Volume Eyelashes – Stash
These are everyday wear kind of lashes. They add the something extra without being overboard. I have used most of the different styles available and I’m not partial to one over another as I believe that some looks call for different eyelashes. These fit my eyes well and wear well. I have used numerous pairs and will continue to use these.

ELF Essential Brightening Eye Quad – Trash
No while there’s nothing wrong with these quad they just never get reached for. I have these same colors with better pigmentation in other brands. They are great if you are on a budget or just starting out but they just don’t get any love in my collection.

ELF Cream Eyeshadow – Trash
This cream eyeshadow was just never creamy for me. It always felt dry and difficult to work with. I am not sure why I didn’t toss it a year ago but it’s just been hanging out in my collection. Time to kiss it goodbye!

Physicians Formula Eye Booster Eyeliner – HOLY GRAIL Stash
If you have never tried this eyeliner pen you are truly missing out. I love everything about this eyeliner. It has a brush tip instead of a felt tip. The formula is long wearing and jet black. This pen never seems to die. It took quite some time for me to use up this little gem. Seriously, everyone needs this in their life.


Gelous by American Classics – Stash
Again and again and again this will be stash! I truly love this stuff and will continue to buy it. It makes my manicures last longer and gives them a super shiny finish. I have already repurchased and will continue to repurchase.

Maybelline Color Sensational Popsticks – Trash
Actually it should be listed under “What were you thinking?” It’s a clear lipstick. Think about it. Clear. Therefore, it shows up on your lips the same way……clear. Back in the day when I was actually wearing them they usually were placed under something that actually had color. But they have just been hanging around my drawer and it’s time to send them on their way.


L’Oreal Telescopic Shocking Extensions Waterproof Mascara– Trash
I enjoyed this mascara and it works well but there are other mascaras that just do more for my lashes.

Too Faced Lashlight  Mascara– Trash
This was gifted to me by a friend and it did nothing for my lashes except add some color. No volume or length. It was gimmicky at best.

Josie Maran GOGO Instant Natural Volume Argan Mascara – Trash
Natural is the key word in the name of this product. That is exactly what it gave me natural looking lashes. What the point of that?

Tarte Multipleye Lash Primer (X2) – Trash
While I really enjoy this lash primer I found that the Sephora brand primer works much better for me. I purchased several tubes of the Sephora brand while it was on sale. If I could no longer find the Sephora brand I would go back to this.

Tarte Lights Camera Lashes Mascara – Trash
I like this mascara but I don’t love this mascara. There are several other mascaras that do more for my lashes.

L’Oreal Telescopic Explosion Waterpoof Mascara – Trash
This one has been hanging out in my collection for quite some time. I am not even sure how it preforms its just been hanging out that long. I don’t remember it being anything special and the brush is actually a ball…… weird!

L’Oreal Double Extend Waterproof Mascara – Trash
This was purchased around the same time as the one above. I don’t remember much about it but it’s time for it to go nonetheless. I don’t remember it being fantastic so I doubt it was.

Revlon Lash Potion by Grow Luscious – Stash
I currently have an unopened tube of this mascara. I really like what it does for my lashes. I would be curious to put this one up side by side against Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara.

Physicians Formula Organic Wear Jumbo Lash Mascara – Stash
I really enjoy this mascara. It works well for my lashes and performs well too. I already have a new tube of this mascara going. It will be a regular player in my mascara routine for a long time to come.

Lorac Multiplex 3D Lash Mascara – Trash
I don’t remember this sample being anything worthy of writing home about. It’s been hanging around my collection for quite some time and it needs to go!

Whew! That was quite a long list of empties. I have really been pushing myself to clean out my collection and use up my samples. I was doing a great job of that until March. Once I get back home I will continue to work at cleaning out my collection and working through my sample collection.

“Life is not about finding your true self, but creating who you wish to be.”
― Steven Redhead, Keys to Creating Your Reality


Homespun and Homegrown

I have decided to make a quilt out of Mom’s old t-shirts for my sister, our children and myself. I figure it’s a great way to cuddle up with Mom like I used to when I was a kid.


After you dissect the t-shirt you need to determine which size of block works best for the logo printed on the shirt. This is done by laying different sizes of rotary cutting rulers over the logo. This large circle logo is best suited to a 15 inch block instead of a 12 inch block. After deciding what size but before cutting you will need iron fusible backing onto the back side of the shirt. This will help stabilize the t-shirt which will allow the quilt to hold it’s shape better.


These three rows of blocks will actually be placed into three different quilts. I have several more shirts to cut before I begin sewing. I will keep all of you updated on the progress of my quilts. So stay tuned for updates!