December 2015 & January 2016 Empties

Today I am sharing the products I have used up over the last two months. Some I loved and some I hated. I provide mini reviews with each product, so be sure to watch for product recommendations. Have a great weekend!


Fresh Start 2016 | Closet Declutter

Here is the last installment of my Fresh Start 2016 Challenge. I feel like I did a good bit of purging and decluttering throughout January to start off the new year with fresh eyes on what I have in terms of makeup and clothing. I hope you enjoyed watching me through this process as much as I have sharing it! Let me know what you have decluttered over the last month.

Another Planner Sticker Haul | The Big One

So…the introduction at Christmas to my Kikki K planner (Abby got it for me) has changed my planning attitude. I have always had a planner, loved to make to do lists, and obsessed over time management, but I never did stickers, washi, decorative planning before. I’m still not there…probably won’t ever be a strict planner decorator like some of the girls you see on Instagram or YouTube. I have too many tasks, meetings, classes, etc to keep track off. I do like adding fun stickers here and there, but the stickers I gravitate to on etsy are functional, as you will see shortly. So I went a little nuts on etsy between Christmas and going back to work. I had a whole week off and didn’t have any big plans, so I shopped online! So sue me!! I will link each shop I bought from associated with the corresponding pictures.

The first shop is Paper Loving Mommy. She has cute headers. I got SCHOOL, HOME, TO DO, WORK, YOUTUBE, and BLOG. I also got heart checklists and the cutest yoga poses! Each etsy shop usually throws in a free small sticker sheet, so you will see one in each set of pictures. The quality is great with these stickers and the multi-colored headings allow you to match them up each week if you wish or mix and match with corresponding colors.

The next shop is LulusLuvlies. This is hands down the cutest shop with the most unique looking stickers. They are hand drawn and have a vintage appearance. I got doctor and dentist reminders, cleaning tasks (OMG, the cutest), and some for school assignments. The shop owners wrapped up the stickers in the sweetest packaging with a hand written note. Very nice touch.

Twohoneybeez is a shop where I purchased two monthly sets. I got the January and February sets. I thought this was a good way to have a lot of stickers to try out without having to place a ton of orders (Ha! Still made other orders). I was disappointed in the shipment time of this order. I purchased on December 26 and didn’t receive it until 1/11. I need to cut these etsy shops some slack as many are made to order, but in the world of Amazon prime, I was impatient! (Also, for some reason these pictures are the right way on my computer, but are sideways here, so I’m really sorry about that!) I also got planner clips that are engagement themed. Honestly, they are cute, but did I need to spend over $6 on them…probably not.

The last shop is Piper Paper Company. They also sent a handwritten note as well. I got the contact lens reminder and stickers associated with filming and editing for my YouTube channel. Great quality and really cute free sampler that is V-Day themed.

I have already gotten great usage out of many of the stickers I hauled over this month, but now I also have a stock to dig into over the next few months (at least). I do need more page flags, which I purchased from Plain Jane Stickers in early December. However, her shop is on vacation for another week or so. So patient must be a virtue in this new planning venture. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

The Last Birthday in My 20s

Today is my 29th birthday! How did I get so old? Actually, I am so much more comfortable with myself and who I have become than I did during my younger years. I feel like I have accomplished a lot in my 29 years thus far. I graduated from nursing school, got my masters, worked in a high acuity ICU for five years, and am now working toward my doctorate and have a great job in academia. I also am engaged, planning a wedding, and recently bought a house. Just over the last year, I have found my passion for transgender health and health disparities. My research interests took a major turn from end of life care to transgender health. But I’m loving the change and the new drive I have found!

I can’t believe all that I have been able to accomplish in my first 29 years. I hope I can continue to be as productive and continue to grow as much as I have up to this point. I know this is super gushy, but I am pretty content with how things have turned out so far.

I don’t have any big plans today. I am off from work since it is MLK Jr. Day. So I will probably have lunch with my parents, maybe do a little shopping, and then Abby and I are going out to dinner tonight to celebrate. I am not the biggest of birthday people. I enjoy them, but never really have gone all out or had huge parties for my birthday. I enjoy low key birthdays were I spend time with family and Abby. Not too exciting, but it’s what I like! Thanks for reading this ramble about my life, current contentment, etc. Have a great day!


Project Pan 2016

I have been very intrigued by the project pan community on Instagram and have decided to participate in my own personal challenge to use up some much loved products over the course of the next 12 months. There is something extremely satisfying about completely using up a product, especially one you have worked on for a long time. All you beauty junkies know exactly what I am talking about!

I also have been working on most of the products I will feature shortly for over a year at least. Some of these are also my favorite, go to products. I really want to go through my makeup stash and use up more products, instead of purchasing more. I am not declaring a no spend year. That would be crazy, and pure torture for a beauty junkie like myself. But I do want to minimize my purchases to my needs (mascara, Brow Wiz) and every now and then treat myself to a fun trip to Sephora for a new product launch. My beauty expenses last year were out of control! Made it from Beauty Insider to VIB Rouge in the matter of a few months. That’s crazy! So, I need to control these splurges better this year. I’m hoping challenging myself to use up my stash will encourage me to not open my wallet and instead make a dent in my collection. I encourage everyone following me here to join in, even in the smallest capacity. Using up all your opened mascaras. Choosing that one powder you can’t seem to hit pan on and work to hit pan on it. Anything to make use of your collection and save a little cash.

Without further ado, here is what I am challenging myself to complete in the year 2016. I chose 10 products to work on this next year in the hopes to either use entirely or the majority of the product by December 31, 2016. I have never done a project pan before, so I didn’t think I could do more than 10, and wanted to have a lengthier period of time to complete the challenge. Also, a few of the products I chose I have already hit pan on or am close to it. I’m not sure if this is cheating or not, but this is my own challenge, so I do what I want! 🙂


I have two skin care and one hair care products. The Aussie hair spray I have been working on for literally years. I have 1/3 left. However, I don’t use hair spray everyday, and this stuff goes a long way, so I don’t need a lot. The alba moisterizer I purchased in August 2015, and have about half left, so I think this won’t be a problem finishing. Then I have an eye gel from Mario Badescu, which I feel like I have been trying to finish forever! So 2016 is the year to do this!


Then I have three eyeshadows that I love, but want to finish. NYX Leather and Lace, Nars Ashes to Ashes (OMG, the best!), and Naked in the Naked 1 palette.


You can see I have a major dip in the Naked shadow, but I haven’t reached for this in several months. Need to get back to it.


ELF’s Mineral Pearls is a newest addition to my stash, but I fell in love immediately. This stuff gives a nice glow while setting your foundation. I also wear this alone when I am just running errands or hanging around the house. The Body Shop’s Honey Bronzer I have had for a while. I haven’t hit pan, but I can see the pan’s rings under the product in the center.


Lastly is a Nars lipstick in Dolce Vita, which may be my most favorite lipstick, and Pixi eyeliner in Black Cocoa. These two I was able to measure on a sheet of paper, so will keep a tally of my progress.

I am planning on posting a Project Pan update every couple of months with a finale in December. Let me know if you plan to participate in my challenge and what products you plan to pan!