Near the beginning of 2016, I noticed my friend, Julie was participating in a project empties hashtag and I wanted to know more about it. From what I understand, if one is in the beauty industry, they get a ton of samples to test out, write about and use. Because they have so much access and are constantly trying new products, it's probably rare for them to have any empties so when they do fully use a product, it's high praise. I think that many people use #projectempties or #emptiesproject, #empties were inspired by this idea and started recording (by taking Instagram photos) the samples, trials and other products they finish. I also think it gives many participants a reason to be more focused on using a product fully rather than just moving on to the next thing. And it's this focus that inspired me most to take on the challenge for myself. I'm just going to admit it. I'm a sucker for beauty products. I love a drugstore, could spend hours wandering the aisles, contemplating eye shadow shades. I'm also a lover of Bath and Body Works, and like many of its faithful consumers, I totally buy into the "new scents: must try" mentality that results in a lot of shower gels that are half full. When I undertook this project, I decided I wouldn't buy any new products until I finished the old ones. Do you know how hard that is? On an almost daily basis I delete emails from Bath and Body Works and work really hard at ignoring scents I want to try. I even refused to go into the outlet store when M and I were shopping one weekend.
As I started the challenge, I wanted to become more aware and conscious of my habits. I wanted to enjoy the products I already have access to and unless I really hate something, or it breaks me out, I'm determined to use it up. Each month I take photos of my empties to show my progress. Now, unlike some participants, I'm including products that I finish at the end of each month, not necessarily only used in that month. Some like the perfume bottle in April's empties I've been working on for years while others like wallflowers or shaving cream I might actually begin and finish in one month. So far, I've been really happy with what I've been able to make use of, but also that I don't have extra beauty goods just taking up space. I've also noticed that I have a lot of certain kinds of products, which probably means that I bought more when I couldn't find what I wanted or was out of town and needed something like hairspray. I have an insane amount of hairspray.
I'm looking forward to seeing how much I can get through this summer. The more I use, the less I have to pack. :)