Decluttered Makeup Boxes

Declutter Diary: Makeup and Skincare Boxes

Sometimes I still fantasize about becoming a prolific beauty blogger. I had been keeping boxes of makeup and skincare products for future reference and picture taking. But whenever I saw my little box pile, I got stressed! So I threw away all the boxes and I felt lighter. It represented a backlog of beauty product reviews that no one really asked for. Haha! I think it’s time to give up my beauty blogging dreams. I still thoroughly enjoy putting on makeup and doing my skincare routine, but I don’t want to have to take mental notes on what to write…

30-Day Low Carb Challenge | Final Update

Last November, I tracked my food intake and did a 30-day low carb challenge. I had already been eating a relatively low-carb diet at least a year prior to this but I had been slacking. It helps to track once in a while to make sure my carb macro estimate is within target. Since this isn’t my first time with this way of eating, it was relatively easy for me. I was already familiar with food I should eat and avoid, and I already know how to meal prep and where to get food when I’m not able to bring…

No Buy

No-Buy 2019 and Makeup and Skincare Low-Buy 2018 Update

I think my 2018 makeup and skincare low-buy challenge went well. I emptied (or let go of) 135 beauty products, but acquired 85 — a ratio of 1.6 : 1. Not bad. I did better towards the end of the year which made me feel confident to attempt a modified No-Buy for 2019, which will now include clothes and shoes (and other non-necessities like fountain pens and ink). Here are my rules: I’m allowed to buy true replacements. For makeup and skincare — if I’m not buying a replacement, I should let go of 3 items (I know, too strict,…

30-Day Low Carb Challenge | 21st Day Update

In the 3rd week of the challenge, I averaged 55g of carbs (48g net carbs). I consider this a win! Date CaloriesBurned CaloriesEaten Carbs Net Carbs Fats Protein Nov 15 1664 1489 29.1g 16.7g 107.4g 104.6g Nov 16 1593 1099 16.8 12.6 75.9 84.7 Nov 17 1593 2190 35.9 29.7 192.3 76.0 Nov 18 1650 1830 106.5 98.9 101.9 113.2 Nov 19 1696 1119 62.1 56.7 72.5 58.7 Nov 20 1792 1124 69.7 64.7 66.6 60.3 Nov 21 1871 1134 66.2 60.5 63.8 73.2 Average 1694 1426 55 48 97 81 I forgot to weigh myself, but I think my…

Makeup and Skincare Low-Buy 2018 – 3rd Quarter Update

I wish I had been more prolific in blogging about my makeup and skincare low-buy efforts. Good thing I was diligent in listing down everything (see photos; click to enlarge). My running totals for the year, as of October 31: Gifts / Purchases = 81 Empties /  Expired and Tossed Products = 126 I regret not getting the running total every month-end. That could’ve discouraged more purchases. My ratio of deductions to additions is — 1.5 : 1. I also noticed a downward trend in the number of my purchases as months go by. In October, I was finally successful…

Grilled Beef

30-Day Low Carb Challenge | 14th Day Update

I averaged 46g of Carbs (36g Net Carbs) the second week of the challenge. Woohoo!!! I did it! I meal-prepped but the food only lasted us for half of the week. Haha. I should improve on my meal planning skills. When I’m not able to bring packed lunch, I either buy food from the office cafeteria (one veggie and one meat dish) or go to a fast food burger chain and order a bun-less 100% beef burger. If you’re in the Philippines and there’s a cafeteria or karinderya near you, I think it’s easy to eat low carb. Pinoy dishes…