I don't like wasting anything, be it paper, food, an opportunity, or much more importantly: cosmetics! I started noticing how empty all my stuff currently in use looks, and I thought I'd do a little post about using up every single drop of everything you own, obsessively. Because it may be an unhealthy compulsion, but it's also good economy in the current horrible economy.
I've put helpful dotted lines over each image to show you how much product is left. (Click the picture to go to the webstore)
Next up is my trusty e.l.f. Zit Zapper - a steal at $1, but that doesn't make it any easier for me to throw it out! It's been getting dangerously low lately, and I am very glad that Kimberley of KimmieKarmaLove was awesome enough to send me not one but TWO backups, since getting it from the e.l.f. site involves very high-cost, very slow shipping. I can never find e.l.f. stuff near me (aside from nail polish and stuff at the dollar store, or gift sets at Target), so I was thrilled when she volunteered to pick them up at work and send them my way! This is the second in my trifecta of skin care, including the aforementioned Black Magic and argan oil moisturizer.
Moving on to perfumes, and here's where I really was shocked at myself. I know I have a tendency to "collect" [hoard] things I like, but wow ... I have a few DOZEN perfume samples I never look at, some completely full, others well-loved scents that I have used, or used up, as you can see here! That full-sized Island Michael Kors is completely empty. It's dry as a bone. It still lives in my lingerie chest because I ... um ...
Another unhealthy obsession - but it's healthy for my lips so that makes it okay, right? I am a lip balm addict. My lips do not do well without a good balm, by which I do NOT mean Chapstick. OrangeThyme makes my favorite balms as of now, and especially since it always takes so long to get stuff from her, I am loathe to throw out a balm until it's COMPLETELY empty. Hence, the above picture: two of those tubes (both Apricot Plum, actually, which should tell you which is my favorite flavor) are empty, but stll have a tiny amount of product stuck in the base, which I scrape out with my fingernail when I'm just at home. I do have some pride, I only use reasonably full ones in public! I swear these are not full when they're brand-new ... they don't last me very long at all. Anyway, I will continue using these until they are dry, despite the disturbing fact that I have not one, or two or even three but SIX backups in different flavors (and about five more on my wishlist)!
Last but definitely not least, my bottle of Seche Vite topcoat. This one really gets to me. You can see it's got a fair amount of product left in there ... but it no longer works!!! Oh, it makes me so mad. It's gone gloopy, stringy like mozzarella on pizza, and patchy when applied to my nails ... I hate it. I have to use more of it to get a decent finish, and even then it looks like crap. But this stuff is not cheap! I refuse to throw out so much product, it should still be perfectly good (it's really not that old)! I've heard you can mix in "thinner" to make it better, but I have no knowledge in that department, so for now I'm just dealing with it. I don't yet have a backup, and won't be getting one until and unless I can get it on sale, now that I know a good portion of it will be unusable. I still love the product itself though, when it's usable ... ETA: Apparently Seche Vite also makes a specific thinner for this product which costs as much as the product itself, the jury's still out on whether or not I'm buying it.
So those are my almost-empties. I hope this post has been useful in some way, though I kind of can't see how it will be ... let's end with a moral maybe? How about, if you use your beloved Holy Grail items more carefully, you will be able to use them longer - does that sound good? It's true, so think about it next time you go to throw out your bottle of conditioner that has a bit left at the bottom!