Products to Use Up in 2017 – March Update

I’m so excited to share my first update on my Products to Use Up in 2017 challenge! If you missed the intro post, definitely go check that out before reading the rest of this update. I’m super excited that I’ve already used up quite a few of the products, and there’s also a few items that I’ve gone ahead and decluttered from my makeup collection.

When I first started this challenge, I wanted it to be a true “products that I want to use up” challenge. In the last 3 months, I’ve decided that I actually want to make this into more of a “use it or lose it” challenge. Every single item on the list of things to use up will be out of my collection by December 31, 2017 whether I use it up, give it away, or toss it. I think this will help me to stay motivated because I really do want to get my money’s worth out of all of these items. If I know that something will be thrown away or donated by the end of the year, I’m much more likely to stick with using all of it up.



Covergirl Clean Matte BB Cream

I finally gave up on my Covergirl BB Cream. I have a whole review post dedicated to this product, but to summarize: the product itself was kinda just meh. I was committed to powering through the rest of this, but I found that it was 2 or 3 full shades too dark for me to wear it on its own, and when I mixed it with my normal foundation, it made me super shiny by the end of the day. I decided that it would be better to just toss this than try to suffer through the rest of the tube (because honestly, the point of this challenge isn’t to make myself suffer through things that I don’t like or want to use just for the sake of using it up).

Stroke of Beauty Brow Pencil

This was another product that I kinda just felt meh about. I’ve realized that I honestly just prefer pomades and tinted gel to brow pencils. They’re faster and easier for me in the mornings, and I felt like this brow pencil ripped out a ton of brow hairs every time I used it. Again, I don’t want to force myself to use something I hate, so I went ahead and got rid of this.

Illamasqua Liquid Liner

As I mentioned in the intro post, I always try to use up an eyeliner throughout the year, and this was the liner I chose. I got this in an ipsy, and I honestly thought I would like this. However, after using it for a couple of months, I realized how difficult it was to use. This liner made it very difficult to get an even line, and the liner itself was very clumpy and goopy. I decided to go ahead and toss it instead of forcing myself to use it (especially since I stopped wearing liquid liner during the month of February because of how much I hated using this. When you would rather skip a step altogether than use the product, you know it’s a bad product).


I decided that for every item I declutter, I’m going to add an item in to replace it. I also want to add a few items so that I’ll use up 17 items in 2017. So here are the PRODUCTS THAT I’M ADDING TO THE CHALLENGE:

Garnier Clearly Brighter Daily Moisturizer

I added this sample to my Finish 7 By Summer Project Pan challenge that I just started, and I thought I would go ahead and add it to my Products to Use Up in 2017 challenge as well just in case it isn’t done by summer. I’m about 1/3 of the way through this guy.

Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Powder

I’m putting this in to replace the Covergirl Matte BB cream as another face product to use up. This is another item in my Finish 7 By Summer Project Pan, and this is another one that I’m not super confident will be used up by summer, so I want to put it in the project to make sure that I use it up.

Bath & Body Works Winter Candle

This candle is about halfway gone, but winter is over and spring is here and I really don’t want to have to put a halfway burned candle away for another year, so I’m going to force myself to use it up. This has a super strong scent throw, so I usually can’t leave it burning for more than about an hour at a time, which means this is going to take forever to use up. I’ve been really pushing it hard the last couple of weeks, but I thought I would throw this into  the project to make myself finish it.

ColourPop Super Shock Blush “Between the Sheets”

This is a super bold move, but I’m going to go ahead and throw my ColourPop blush into this project. I figured that since it’s a cream product, it’ll take me less time to use it up. ColourPop also has a shorter shelf life than normal powder products, so if I don’t finish this by the end of the year, I’m sure it’s going to start going bad around then anyway. This has a super huge dip in it and I’m right about to hit pan. 



Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion

I’m super excited that I was finally able to finish up my Urban Decay Primer Potion. These eyeshadow primer tubes last forever, and this one was starting to get old (even though I use it every single day. How do they get so much product in there?!).

Benefit BrowVo Brow Conditioning Primer

I got this product as a sample from Sephora, and I didn’t really feel like it did anything special to my brows. I’m happy that this is gone, and it’s just one more thing on my list of things that I don’t need to buy from Sephora (and we all know that anything you can add to the “I don’t need this” list is so helpful because the temptation is real).


And finally, let’s wrap up with PRODUCTS THAT I’M STILL WORKING ON USING UP:

Lasting Smiles Peppermint Lip Balm

I have just a teeny little bit of this lip balm left, and I really like this stuff! I got this in an ipsy, and I’ve had it at my bedside table for almost a year now. This came with so much product in it! This is actually almost gone, so I’m sure that I’ll have it on the finished list by the next update.

Burt’s Bees Pink Grapefruit Lip Balm

I’ve been using this lip balm slowly but surely. I put it on my lips every single morning when I’m about to put on my makeup, but I have a feeling this is going to be another one that takes forever to use up.

Makeup Forever N9 Lipstick Sample

I’ve reached for this lipstick a little bit, and I’ve been keeping it in my purse to help myself remember to reach for it more often. This is the perfect shade to slap on without a mirror, and every time I use it I think about how much I like it. I just need to remember to grab it!

Benefit Gimme Brow Sample

I’ve gotten quite a bit of use out of my Benefit Gimme Brow sample in the last couple of months! I love this for super quick lazy days when I don’t feel like pulling out my brow brush. I’m definitely going to purchase this or a similar product when I use this up, because I really do feel like it’s earned its place in my collection.

Kardashian Beauty Black Seed Dry Oil

I use this hair oil every single time I get out of the shower, but it comes with tons of product in it, so I don’t know how quickly I’ll be able to use this up. I’ve noticed that the bottle is starting to feel a little bit lighter than it used to.

Sea Breeze Toner

I’ve honestly only grabbed for this product 2 or 3 times since the intro, and I think I honestly just need to pull it out of the drawer and set it out on the counter to remind myself to use it.

Golden Pear & Brown Sugar Shower Gel

I’m so excited that this shower gel is almost done! This has one more use ledt in it, and I was wanting to wait to do this update until it was gone, but at least we know there will be one more finished product in the next update.

Rimmel London Kate Lipstick

I brought this lipstick to work and wore it quite a bit during January, but I haven’t really touched it at all since then. I need to bring it home with me and remember to apply it before I walk out the door.

Any Bath & Body Works Spray

I’ve decided that the spray I’m going to continue working on for the whole year will be the Golden Pear & Brown Sugar Body Spray! This is a super warm, sweet vanilla cookie scent, and I’ve been using it every day as well as using it as a bathroom and room spray. As you can see from the picture on the left, this started out completely full at the beginning of the year and I’ve made so much progress with it! I’m very hopeful that it’ll be done by the end of the year.

Any Bath & Body Works Full Size Lotion

I’ve also settled on the lotion that I’ll work on through the year, and it’s going to be my Fresh Sparkling Snow Body Cream. I adore the smell of this, and it’s super moisturizing on my hands! I use this every morning, and I’ve also been using it every night before bed lately. This is already about halfway gone (it was probably about 1/4 of the way done when the year started), so I know I can finish it by the end of the year (and possibly even before the next update if I push it really hard).


I hope you enjoyed seeing this update! Let me know if you’re doing this challenge as well and how many things you’ve been able to finish up so far! Thank you so much for stopping by, and I’ll see you next time! 


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