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Cleansing Waters

For Caudalie Micellar Cleansing Water

Face Mist 2

This is just a Caudalie product, not the cleansing water. Let me start off by saying that I love the sweet floral scent of the product; however, I didn’t much care for the product itself. I didn’t like the sticky residue left on my face after using this product. I don’t feel it really cleaned my face because of that reason. I know the Caudalie brand is all the rage right now, so I’m glad that I could try it out for free (deluxe Sephora sample with purchase). I have another Caudalie product that I believe is over-hyped, but that’s a review for another day. I would not purchase the cleansing water. I don’t like the sticky/tacky feeling on my face after using this product. I am loving my Garnier cleansing water a lot more and would and have repurchased that.

With Love,

❤ Selena Hannah ❤

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Rosy Lips

For Aerin Rose Lip Conditioner

lips

I never thought that I would love a rose scented product, but this lip conditioner has blown me away. The scent is a true rose scent that doesn’t smell artificial or old ladyish. It does a great job at nourishing the lips overnight. In the morning, I can still feel it  on my lips. It has a slight plumping effect and is in a very flattering pink nude color. It leaves my lips feeling hydrated and gives them a glossy sheen. Once I use up a few of my lip balms, I would buy a full size during the BI sale in November. I don’t need to try anymore overnight lip treatments. This is the one for me and I will repurchase this when I can justify paying $32 for a tube. This little sample lasted me a long time. A little goes a long way with this as well. You only need a dab and your lips are hydrated and plump. I absolutely love this stuff.

With Love,

❤ Selena Hannah ❤

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Glow Getter

For GlamGlow GlowStarter Mega Illuminating Moisturizer in Nude Glow

This is a very glowy moisturizer that I could not wear alone. I paired this under powder. Powder covered up the glowy sheen and my skin was left very luminous without looking greasy or overly highlighty. I noticed that it would settle in my pores if I used too much in that area, so you have to be careful to apply this to your cheeks and bring the product into the center of your face. I could not put foundation on on top of this. The foundation just balls up or moves around on the face. I enjoyed using this, but I would not purchase it. I like a good glow, but I prefer using highlighter to get there. The GlamGlow was a bit too shimmery without powdering it down. I would use another sample if I got one, but I wouldn’t use my points to get one. It was good, but not for me.

With Love ❤

Selena

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$200 Before 2018 Update #1

This is my first update for my $200 Before 2018. I am trying to use up $200 worth of makeup before the new year. I also want to try to use up 20 makeup items as well. I know in my next update in June, I will have at least 3 more full size items to add in. I just started this last month, so I don’t have a ton of progress yet. I’m hoping to finish up a few more makeup and perfume samples this month to try to purge all that I have right now, which is a ton of samples. This is my progress so far and it is everything that I used up in the month of April.

Makeup Samples: 4 used up = $4

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I’m counting all my samples used up as $1 each, but it does not go towards my beauty total of 20 items. I didn’t love any of these samples and I would not purchase any of them full size. I love trying out new items, but none of them were a good enough color match to get me to want to buy them. I thought that they were just okay.

Perfume Samples: 3 used up = $3

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The only one that I am a bit interested to buy for fall or winter is the Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb perfume. I have so many other perfumes that I want to buy and even more that I want to use up. When I am in the market for a perfume for that time of year, I will keep this one in mind.

Lip Products: 2 used up = $5 + $8.40 = $13.40

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I never realized just how cheap Colorpop really is. I might have to pick up a few here and there now that they are being sold at Walmart, at least online. Lip products are the hardest for me to go through, because it takes such a long time to use up. I would buy another Colorpop lip product and other things from the brand once I use up more stuff that I own. I will be buying the Aerin Rose Lip Conditioner once I have used up half of my colorless lip balms. It is so expensive, but so good on the lips and for them. The little tube is almost a third of the full size and it lasted me two to three months of nightly use.

Glowy Lotions: 1 used up = $7

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I enjoyed using this GlamGlow illuminating moisturizer, but I wouldn’t purchase it. I needed to powder down the glow on this one in order to wear it. This had a lot of product in it and I used it during the work week to give my face an easy glow. It took me most of the month to use up. Glowy moisturizers aren’t for me. I think I’d rather use highlighter or a glowy blush.

In April, I was able to use up a total of 3 products out of 20, totaling $27.40 out of $200. I still have a long way to go to reach my goals, but at least monetarily I am 10% there. I am trying to use up a ton of things on there last legs in May, so I think June’s update will be a good one. I am been ignoring my foil samples, so I am going to try to be better this week and use up a couple. I’ve been working on my project pan, so I haven’t been focused on my samples.

With Love ❤

Selena

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Walmart Beauty Box Spring 2017

This is my first season getting the Walmart Beauty Box, which is a quarterly subscription for $5 a box or $20 a year. You are only paying for shipping and nothing for the actual products inside. Let’s face it though. Companies give out samples for free, why do we pay for them? I’m glad that with Walmart I am only paying shipping and everything in this season’s box is worth the money that I paid. I didn’t get any makeup samples, which I am not mad at. I actually like getting more of the other stuff like skin care and hair care more than makeup. Please tell me that I’m not the only one?

The theme of this season’s box is Trendsetter, which looking at the items in the box, I don’t get it. Are these that popular or unique of items? I’m still happy with it and the box is really sturdy. I’m going to reuse it for something. I’m not going to throw it out. I just don’t get the theme of the box.

The paper is so pretty! I want to do something with it. I am saving that for sure. Also, today is my 25th birthday, so this is like a little birthday treat to me. 🙂

Dove Advanced Care Cool Essentials 48H Deodorant

deodorant

I have used this before and I really like it. I’m trying to use more natural deodorants, but I’m not going to waste this. I will use it, especially since my degree Woman’s spray irritates my underarms if I use it every day. I’ve been putting down my Lush powder deodorant first and then spraying the Degree on top. I like to put my natural deodorant underneath my remaining aluminium deodorants. This little guy goes for $1.02.

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Luminous Hydration Facial Oil

I have tried the original version of this dry oil and I remember loving it. It was around $20 for 1 fl oz, which is cheaper than the more luxury oils on the market. I feel like it moisturized my skin well. I’m curious to see what is the difference with the luminous version. You only need about three drops of oil to cover your whole face or at least mine. I can see this lasting a week or two. I’m going to use a baby syringe I have lying around to drop it onto my face. Approximate value is $0.33.

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Facial Moisturizer

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I haven’t tried their moisturizer, so this will be a nice sample to try out. I feel like you can get a few days out of this packet if you used it night and day. I think I’ll get a week of nightly use. Approximate value is $0.90.

Colgate Optic White Radiant Toothpaste

toothpaste

I am really excited to try this toothpaste. I have been seeing it all over Youtube and I heard that it’s a really great whitening toothpaste. I have a toothpaste mini that I am currently working on, but when that one is done, I will take this one out on a test drive to see if it is worth the money. I don’t like to spend a ton on toothpaste, so if I like it, I’ll wait for a coupon to go with it before I buy it. I’m sad there is no coupon and just an insert. Approximate value $1.74

Biore Baking Soda Acne Scrub

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I’m weary of these gimmicky products from Biore. The charcoal one wasn’t very good. I hope this one is better. I will use it in my shower once I have finished my Kate Summerville scrub. I like to use scrubs in my shower, since they can be a bit messy at the sink. I look forward to trying this one out and it is a decent size. Approximate value $1.47

John Frieda Frizz Ease Daily Nourishment Moisturizing Conditioner

conditioner

I love the John Frieda Frizz Ease line, especially the serum. Once I finish off my current conditioner, I will be using this guy up. I like usually like my shampoo and conditioner to match, but I have a couple of shampoos with no matching conditioner. Usually, I run out of the shampoo before the conditioner. LOL. I think I also accidentally bought two shampoos one time instead of a matching set. Opps! Approximate value $0.97

Schwarzkopf Gliss Ultra Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner

I enjoy a matching set, so I am glad that I have this to try out when I am out of my shampoo and conditioner and want a mini but not a foil packet. I am so lazy when it comes to foil packets. Anyways, I’ve never tried this brand, but I’m not too picky when it comes to my hair. As long as the shampoo lathers and the conditioner doesn’t weigh my hair down, I will repurchase. I don’t ask for very much. Approximate value $1.37 for both

Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation

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This is just a little foil packet, so it will go rather quickly. I’m guessing at 2 to 3 uses. Hopefully, it is a decent color match. Approximate value $0.25.

Totaling up this box, it was worth $8.05, which is $3.05 more than what I paid for it. I think usually Walmart boxes are at least $5 to $10 every season. This season seems to be on the higher side and I will use everything that was sent. That is not always the case with every box, but this one scored very well for me. I would give it 3 stars, because nothing really wowed me but I will use everything that I got.

With Love ❤

Selena

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Sephora BI Sale

I had to buy something during the 10% off Beauty Insider sale at Sephora. I had been eyeing an expensive item for a while now and I finally bit the bullet for my birthday. I still have $100 to spend at Sephora for my birthday. I had put aside $100 to treat myself for working all year from my taxes and I had $30 left over from last Christmas that I didn’t spend. I had $50 left over from my treat yourself money. So, I had just enough to get this product without dipping into my birthday reserve! I am going to the Mall this weekend to have a swatchfest at Sephora to see if I really  do want any of the pallets that I have on my loves list.

Hourglass Ambient Lightening Edit Surreal Light Pallet

This was the 2016 Holiday pallet that Hourglass released and I love it so much! The setting powder keeps my face oil free all day with a glow that does not look wet at all. All of these powders give me a lit from within glow that looks very natural. The bronzer is a bit dark for my face right now, but I love the other powders so much. The finishing powder  is Surreal Light, which is very skin tone like and sets the face beautifully. I never thought that I would like shimmery face products, but these look more glowy than shimmery. The two blushes are Surreal Glow (the nude one) and Surreal Effect (the brighter pink one). The brighter one is more pink than corral on me. I like to put the bright one on the apples of my cheeks then blend the nude one out to the back of my cheeks. The bronzer is Surreal Bronze Light, which is a tad dark right now. I use it to warm up my forehead and jaw line. It is too dark right now to sculpt under the cheeks with. The highlighter is Surreal Strobe Light and I love the punch it gives to my cheeks. It is so pigmented without being in your face but VERY noticeable. With tax, I spent $75.50 on this. It was worth every penny, plus I save $8 on it.

The only sample that I got what I chose is the Clinique foundation. I used to wear Clinique and I want to see if it still goes with my skin. I don’t mind more skin care samples, so I am happy with my other two foil samples. I couldn’t get a deluxe sized sample, because you can only use one code and I chose the 10% off. I think it’s stupid that I couldn’t also get a deluxe sample. All the VIB rouges received a free makeup brush with purchase, which is nice but I’m never going to spent $1000 in a year at Sephora. I’ll be lucky to make VIB in a year, which it may be my first year being a VIB. I can almost guarantee that it’s not going to happen next year.

Do you pick up anything during the sale?

With Love,

Selena

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So White

For Lush So White Shower Gel

Snow Fairy Shower Gel

I put a picture of the Snow Fairy, because I deleted the So White photos. This way you can see the size of the bottle I had to work with, because I bought four minis of them all. I was not a fan of the watery formula or the scent of this one. It didn’t smell like apples, but it did smell fresh. So far, this is the second shower gel from Lush that I have used up, but the first one that I did not like. If the formula wasn’t so watery, I would have enjoyed this one better. I look forward to using up my other two shower gels that I have left, which is Rose Jam and Snow Fairy. I am using Snow Fairy right now, because I want to use it up before it goes bad or the scent goes off. I don’t like the scent of Rose Jam, so I don’t care as much about that one. I will not repurchase this scent, but I would buy other scents. I enjoy the shower gels in general. This one just wasn’t my favorite.

With Love,

<3Selena Hannah<3