Empties 1

              I’ve been trying to downsize for a while. I started off obsessing over having the perfectly small makeup collection, and ridiculously  tiny closet. But the realities set in, I’ve already spent a ton of money over the last few years acquiring all this Goop. (Think all bathroom and skincare products!) so instead of throwing it out, which is the fast and easy way, I’m trying to use up what I have before I buy anymore.  I feel like this is way less wasteful. Also, how often to you really finish any makeup products? It’s hard. 

       Also this is sort of a lesson in what I like to use, what irritates me, and what I actually love and should keep in my life.  Paying attention to how my skin reacts has taught me so much about my sensitive areas!! I hope that through this I will become a more sensible cosmetic consumer. (Ha!) on to the empties!! 


Clinique moisture surge- this was a Christmas gift and came with a few other small size Clinique products.  While Clinique can be $$ their products are great for sensitive skin. This is no different. However they are not a cruelty-free brand so I will no be repurchasing. I will be searching for a new moisturizer for the summer. 


Tarte-Lights, camera Lashes- I bought this mascara because I was told that it wouldn’t irritate my delicate eyeballs. Which for most of its life it hasn’t. The tube is almost empty and I’m beginning to sometimes feel that tell-tale mascara burn. It’s time to move on to the next tube of mascara. This mascara wears great, with little flaking and little clumping.  Best for those with sensitive eyes who aren’t seeking the most dramatic of mascaras. Good everyday casual mascara.  Tarte is cruelty free so have already re-purchased a travel size for this summer. However there’s the purple faux-leather sleeve on it that’s made in china which seems unnecessary. 

That’s all I have for now! I’m struggling to use a few things up then I’ll post more!!! 
What was the last make up product you used up? 

Being Green is a luxury

Glass bottles 

Recycled materials 

…are what will save our planet 

but they will cost you.

         Recently I have been paying closer attention to the packaging of things I purchase. Is that juice in the plastic bottle better than the one in the glass? Definitely. But it’s also $2.00 more expensive and has less liquid in it. How is that fair? I can’t balance my balance hunter and my need to be green BECAUSE IT IS NEVER THE BARGAIN.  This glass vs plastic price war doesn’t just stop at the juice aisle. If you are looking for new Tupperware you can buy a plastic set at a fraction of the cost of the glass ones. Now the question I have yet to be able to answer for myself is this- If I use ONE plastic container for 2 years and it prevents other plastic waste, is it worth it? Or do I HAVE to buy the more expensive glass containers in order for my impact to be truly reduced?

       This is a problem I’ve been struggling to balance. How do I make more green choices without breaking my already pay check to paycheck budget?

Here are things I am currently doing-

-stopped buying juice and soda (eliminated a massive amount plastic, but the exception is for special occasions in cans or glass)

-trying to buy produce that’s grown locally (Bananas can travel all over the world before making it to my supermarket in Canada!!)

-using reusable tote bags/refusing plastic bags at all costs

-recycling everything I can/reusing what I can

-started taking paper products home from work to recycle (we don’t have paper pickup at work)

-donating used items instead of throwing them out

-opting for items in zero/little packaging (not buying tomatoes in a plastic container was a big switch for me!!!!)

-carrying a water bottle/thermos

-using up my products before buying new ones (this is mostly makeup and hair care, which has taken some time to get through some of them!!!)

And I’m planning my first zero-waste shopping trip  to my bulk food store in the coming week.

What do you  do to reduce your footprint?

What else can be done?

Party!

A night of dancing and drinking!

Time to dress up!

But what will I wear?

                We will refer to it as The Event. A formal shindig with drinking and dancing and networking. There’s awards and dancing and drinking. Did I mention dancing and drinking? It doesn’t matter what the special event is, it could be anything from what you wear to your sister’s cat’s funeral to what you wear on your wedding day and every graduation, prom, Bar Mitzvah, first dates and funerals in between. How do we decide what to wear? Go with something you already have?  Buy something new? Borrow something?

              I am going to be fully honest, I have bought two dresses for The Event. One was a cheap $20 steal, and the other a $90 splurge. These are the two problems with my spending habits. I buy it cause it’s a good deal, or I buy it because it’s special. I don’t think that either was entirely necessary. I already have a few decent dresses and some great accent accessories that I could have come up with a new outfit with what I already had. But alas, I went I shopping.

             But I felt like I needed it. And in a way I’m happy that I have something fancy to strut around in. But I have learned to breath when shopping. Rapid decision making is how you end up with two dresses for the same Event.  But pausing for a moment before you buy anything to think “Am I making the best decision for me right now?” to shop more intentionally, purchase more intentionally. I’m hoping it will prevent two things for me. 1. The gradual creep of closet growth and 2. I won’t spend so much stupid money on stupid stuff.

              Like seriously, why did I NEED $65 of candles that was declined twice on my visa? Because I did. And I didn’t. And it’s remembering which one I want to be true.

One more bag

Another bag of clothes sits by my door waiting to be donated.

I can almost feel the frustration leaving, but not yet.

It still is never clean enough.

              At this point into my downsizing I have probably donated about two big garbage bags of clothes in the last 4 months. Which I am kind of proud of. I’ve gotten all my shirts to fit into ONE drawer and my closet has been cleared of many unused hangers. While the hangers is mostly visual, it does make me feel so much less stressed when looking at my  closet. It isn’t nearly as cluttered or chaotic. And I’m tremendously happy  when I look in my shirt drawer and I can see them all and they all fit! Yet… I still feel lost in my room sometimes.

              Okay… I’m going to back up a bit. My room has ALWAYS been messy. I’m constantly tripping on stuff, and looking through piles of clothes for my lost keys. I remember as a kid cleaning my room would take all afternoon. My sister and I would put on this Disney mixed tape that we had and spend all afternoon cleaning. But it really was DISCOVERING things that had been lost behind our dressers, the bottom of our drawers or under the clothes on the floor. It was always so much to find those things we hadn’t seen in months and play with them for 5 minutes then put them away and not take them out for another 6 months. It made cleaning my room fun, even though I had way too much stuff I still loved most if not all my toys. (I was a kid after all)

                 I still feel like I’m finding things I’ve forgotten about whenever I clean. Except I think now I’ve accumulated so much stuff that I actually HATE. Shirts that don’t fit, hair products that I didn’t like, moisturizer I had an allergic reaction to, cables for printers I no longer own. So now when I clean my room I’m not discovering toys that have been missing, I’m finding things I’m frankly sick of taking space up in my life. I hope that one day everything that I have surrounded myself will be things that I love again. Until then, I acknowledge the feeling when it arrives and take them time to get rid of that item.

            I’ve been so focused on getting my closet down that I’ve completely looked passed my actual belongings. Well on to the things!