2013: Project Use Up/13 for 13

For the year of 2013, I have two goals:

Project Use Up: Use as many items as possible (beauty, nail polish, toiletries, etc)

13 for 13: Only buy 13 (THIRTEEN) of these types of items during the year 2013

My life has reached the point where I own too many material things, and I would very much like to change that. During 2013, I pledge to use up as many of my products as possible, and to ONLY (if that) buy thirteen items in the beauty, nail polish, etc. category. This excludes basic toiletries (toothpaste, cotton balls, q-tips, basic shampoo/conditioner, nail polish remover).

I was inspired by 1 Corinthians 13:13

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

I need to appreciate what I have and focus on what’s important.

At the end of the year, I’ll post how many items I used up, what products I bought during the year and the result of these two projects.

Products used up:

As of February 24, 2013


1. Bath & Body Works Pink Sugarplum Body Lotion
2. Dove GoFresh Cucumber and Green Tea Scent
3. Bumble & Bumble Prep (currently reusing for Witch Hazel)
4. Aveeno Essentials Daily Exfoliating Scrub
5. Nivea Kiss of Milk & Honey Lip Balm
6. Organix Renewing Morrocan Oil
7. Bath & Body Works Marshmallow Peppermint Mini Candle
8. Bath & Body Works Gingerbread Mini Candle
9. Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara (sample size)

Project Use Up 1

10. Bath & Body Works Tiki Beach Candle
11. Coconut Body Scrub (from Christmas Tree Shops)
12. L’oreal Power Moisture Moisture Rush Mask

Project Use Up 2

13. Suave Almond & Shea Butter Conditioner
14. Sweet Candy for Women Eau de Parfum (from Five Below! Imitation of Pink Sugar)
15. Suave Sweet Pea & Violet Body Wash
16. Pretty Nails Strengthening Nail Polish Remover

Project Use Up 3

17. Maybelline The Falsies Volum’ Express
18. Laura Geller At Long Lash Waterproof Mascara
19. Maybelline Great Lash Lots of Lashes
20. A second Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara (sample)

Project Use Up 4

21. Neutrogena Natural Purifying Facial Cleanser
22. Bath & Body Works Twisted Peppermint Foaming Mousse Hand Sanitizer
23. Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser (sample)
24. C.O. Bigelow Rose Salve

Project Use Up 5

25. Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer
26. Carmex Lip Balm
27. e.l.f. Shimmer Palette
28. L.A. Colors eyeshadow
29. Laura Mercier Foundation Primer in Radiance (sample)
30. Dr. Brandt Revitalizing Retinol Eye Cream (sample)


31. Dove Go Fresh Cool Moisture Body Wash
32. Top Care Body Wash for Sensitive Skin
33. VO5 Kiwi Clarifying Conditioner


34. Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque
35. Clean & Clear Deep Cleaning Astringent for Sensitive Skin
36. Equate Naturally Beaming Moisturizer
37. Avon Skin So Soft Body Wash


38. Another Dove GoFresh Cucumber and Green Tea Scent Deoderant
39. Rimmel Day 2 Night Mascara
40. Flirt Luv-a-licious Eau de Toilette (from Kohl’s)
41. Oscar Blandi Conditioner (sample)


(not pictured: another Dove GoFresh Cucumber and Green Tea Scent Deoderant)

43. Rimmel Stay Matte Finishing Powder
44. Mario Badescu Glycolic Eye Cream (sample)
45. Mad Gabs Chocolate Moose Lip Balm (don’t recommend. Read the review here)
46. CoverGirl Clump Crusher Mascara
47. Revlon Age Defying Concealer
48. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Brightener
49. Sugar Fresh Lip Balm (sample)
50. Sugar Fresh Lip Balm (sample)
51. Aquaphor Healing Ointment

As of October 13, 2013:

52-54 Project Use Up The Two Cent Chick

52. Pssssst Instant Dry Shampoo
53. ULTA Ultimate Blonde Conditioner
54. ULTA Ultimate Blonde Shampoo

55-57 Project Use Up The Two Cent Chick

55. up & up Acetone Nail Polish Remover
56. True Blue Spa Need a Margarita? Body Wash
57. Pretty Nails Nourishing Nail Polish Remover

58-60 Project Use Up The Two Cent Chick

58. Neutrogena Triple Moisture Daily Deep Conditioner
59. Ponds Cold Cream
60. Neutrogena Age Shield Face Sunblock Lotion

61-64 Project Use Up The Two Cent Chick

61. American Beauty Beauty Boost Overnight Radiance Cream
62. Yes to Cucumbers Daily Calming Moisturizer
63. Bath and Body Works Signature Vanilla Coconut Body Wash
64. Clean & Clear Morning Burst Body Wash

65-67 Project Use Up The Two Cent Chick

65. Bath and Body Works Vanilla Bean Noel PocketBac
66. Burt’s Bees Acne Solutions Spot Treatment
67. Bath and Body Works Fresh Picked Pears PocketBac


68. Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Eye Cream (sample)
69. Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm (Red Dahlia)
70. NYC Skin Matching Foundation
71. FLIRT! Rock n’ Rebel Eau de Toilette (from Kohl’s)
72. Revlon ColorStay Foundation


73. Generic Value Products Conditioning Shampoo: Compare to Clairol Shimmer Lights Original Conditioning Shampoo (review here)
74. St. Ive’s Green Tea Scrub
75. Bath & Body Works Twisted Peppermint Lotion
76. Vanilla Hand Sanitizer
77. Dove Deoderant
78. True Blue Spa Need a Margarita Citrus Body Wash


79. Neutrogena Triple Moisture Hair Mask
80. Avon Naturals Vanilla Hand Sanitizer
81. Dove Go Fresh Deoderant
82. Caress Waterfall Body Wash
83. Bath & Body Works Pocketbac in Candy Corn
84. Bath & Body Works Pocketbac in Fresh Picked Pear
85. Physician’s Formula Eye Makeup Remover
86. L’Occitane Lip Balm


87. Bath & Body Works Sensual Amber Eau de Toilette
88. Taylor Swift Wonderstruck Perfume
89. Bath & Body Works Cashmere Glow Body Wash
90. Woodwick Trilogy Candle


91. Sonia Kashuk Golden Ticket Nail Polish
92. Ulta X-Dry Top Coat
93. Essie Protein Base Coat
94. Mario Basdescu Calma Mask (sample)
95. Blistex Restore Lip Balm
96. Benefit It’s Potent Eye Cream (sample)


97. Maybelline Dream Touch Concealer
98. L’Oreal Double Extend Mascara
99. Jordana Best Lash Mascara
100. Benefit They’re Real! Mascara (sample)
101. Revlon Just Bitten Lip Stain in Lust
102. Laura Geller Lipstick
103. Physician’s Formula Powder
104. e.l.f. Eyelid Primer

What I bought:

1. Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light peach
2. Ben Nye Luxury Powder in Banana
3. DeMert Nail Enamel Dryer Finishing Spray ($3.49 at Walgreens)
4. Maybelline Color Show Nail Polish in “Drops of Jade” (See it here)
5. Sephora Favorites Super Stars Kit (Extremely scary price, but there are full size products and the value is incredible. Also, this contains a Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Rollerball, aka the most delicious scent EVER).
6. IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Correcting Creme
7. L’oreal Colour Riche LeMatte Lip Color in Matte for Me
8. Laura Geller Ready Set…Glow Set
9. DevaCurl Embrace Your Curls Holiday Kit

My final pile from 2013:

The Two Cent Chick Use Up Products

Use Up 2013

23 thoughts on “2013: Project Use Up/13 for 13

    1. The bible verse was what inspired me, but the actual idea was something I came up with on my own. Although it’s not very original…use up what I have and limit my spending! Thanks for commenting!

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