Happy New Year everyone! Did everyone have a good end to 2012? If you made New Year Resolutions at the beginning of 2012, did you fulfill them? How has the beginning of 2013 been? As for me, I had a really great holiday season since our whole immediate family was together. Now that they've all gone back, the house is a bit more quiet and I now finally have a little time to myself. While I normally don't make New Year Resolutions, I did at the beginning of 2012. One was to be using my stash instead of buying and a goal to hit pan on one of my NAKED palette colors. I did quite well on using my stash but alas, didn't hit pan on any colors in NAKED palette. 2013 is the Year of the Snake according to the Chinese calendar. I started off the year of the snake (although it's not official until February 10) by masking using Pure Smile Snake Venom mask.
I have to admit that creepy crawly things freak me out so it took a bit of doing to get me to use this mask. It really was nicely hydrating and I even felt hydrated the next morning when I woke up. I'm glad that I ended up gathering the courage to use it.
I realize that I'm a bit behind in my posts. Yes, I still needed to do this last post of Using My Stash 2012. The previous Using My Stash post was back at the beginning of October and things were actually moving quite slowly until towards mid December. That's when I started finishing up some things as well as did a clean up of older makeup.
I was using Wet Ones to do daily quick cleaning of my brushes but decided that this would be the final one that I would use on a regular basis. I've started using Sephora's Daily Makeup Brush Cleanser and I think that this might be more cost effective. I also use Daiso's Puff and Sponge Detergent to do a thorough cleaning. While I'd like to say that I'm really good and wash brushes on a weekly basis, it's probably more accurate to say that I do it every 2 - 3 weeks.
Makeup Remover Wipes
I normally don't post these as it's something that I use day in and day out and don't even think about posting it. However, I was given The Face Shop wipes, which were quite nice. I was also given E.L.F. wipes and was really surprised by how well it worked. Neutrogena is my all time favorite and has been for quite a few years now. It's rare that I run out of it as I usually always have a ton of back ups. I buy it from Costco so it comes with 3 packs per box.
It's all from Noevir line this time, which has been a long time favorite brand of mine. I do delve into other brands but Noevir is pretty much a staple. Used up is full-sized bottle of moisturizer, full-sized jar of extra moisture cream and mini of moisturizer.
L'Oreal Voluminous False Lashes mascara has been a favorite of mine and that tube is now dried up. The little tube is so small that I can't read the label! (I think it was perhaps Clinique or Lancome.) It was a lower lash mascara that I reviewed way earlier. It's without the top because I liked the little wand so much so I washed it to use with other mascaras for my lower lash line. This mascara was just okay. I think that it was a bit pricey for the amount of mascara that you got but I loved the concept of it.
I surprised myself by actually using up some lip products. I don't especially care for MAC lip glosses because they are sticky so don't think I'll repurchase any. The lip butter in Berry Smoothie and Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Aventure were my everyday go to lipsticks. I believe that Aventure was a LE item but I do have another Berry Smoothie, which I'm currently using. The 2 MAC lipsticks were so old that I decided to just clear it out.
Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Smoothing Shampoo was a really great shampoo. It's actually my 2nd bottle. I haven't repurchased yet because I need to use up more of the shampoos that are currently in my stash. Naive Aloe Body Wash is pretty much a staple in my house. I pretty much like Naive products.
Sue Devitt Bermuda Triangle Concealer is my favorite concealer. The one pictured is the 2nd tube that I've used and am currently using a 3rd tube. The MAC brush is so old that it's starting to shed so it's time to retire it. The little arrow-looking thing at the bottom of the picture is my eyebrow pencil refill. It's by Noevir and I've been using it for quite some time now and have repurchased.
For 2013, I've decided to continue on with using my stash. I'm quite proud to say that in 2012, I applied this concept to not just my beauty products but with things around the house. My mother-in-law was living with us for many years but is now living with her daughter because our house has too many stairs that she can't negotiate any more. My mother-in-law had so many things stacked up that I had no idea they were there. I've almost used up all of the foil rolls but still have lots of wax paper, plastic wrap and ziploc bags. Then there's the cleaning supplies!
I will admit that I've already done some purchasing this month of things that I didn't necessarily need but I think that I was pretty good last year so it's nice to reward yourself.
Have you made New Year Resolutions? If so, please share them with me.