Beauty, Manicure Monday

Manicure Monday

This week’s manicure emptied my bottle of Nicole by OPI Roughles Nail Polish in On What grounds?. I really loved this polish and cannot believe that I have finished up a nail polish. It was getting thick towards the end and I could barely get enough product on my nails to do one last manicure. It’s a good thing that Danielle gave me her pink one, but it seems like that one only has one or two uses left too. It’s not as thick, but there is not much left in the bottle at all.

This was after one easy coat and one hard to get anything on the brush coat. I love texture polishes, when done right, two thin coats dry really quick and last at least seven days looking perfect. It is the easiest polish for me to wear at the moment with a 16 month old. He doesn’t give me much time to myself, but when he does, I love to have a quick manicure and pedicure. Yes, I even use texture polish on my toes!

With Love ❤

Selena

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$200 Before 2018

Hey Guys!

It is no secret that I love makeup and that I plan on buying a lot of it this year. I also have a quite modest collection, but I still want to move makeup out off my collection as I move other items in. I have attached some videos at the bottom of this post in case you want to see my makeup collection, what I am currently using, and the storage/collection of my skin/body/perfume items as well.

My plan for this year is to move out 20 beauty items. I also want the total to be $200 dollars. It would be nice to meet both goals of 20 items and $200 worth of makeup. I am happy with just reaching one or the other but my goal is both. That is what I am working towards this year. I don’t have a plan for my other items, because I tend to go through my skin care and body care items. I just ended up with a stockpile, because I used to buy and not use. Now, I really have no problem using up my lotions and such.

I am including perfumes and body sprays in my beauty count, because I consider those items more beauty than body care. I want to use up 5 lip balms, 5 lipstick/gloss/stains, 3 highlighters, 2 blushes, 5 eye items, and ideally 5 perfumes. Face items such as foundations, concealers, primers, and such will be counted, but my focus is on the other products. Samples/foil packets will count as $1 a piece, but not count towards the number count, including perfume samples.

Enjoy some videos! That is my game plan and I plan on updating you guys at the end of April/early May with how much I have used up so far.

With Love,

Selena Hannah ❤

Beauty, Manicure Monday

Sweet Manicure Monday

Hello Beauties!

I am back with my first Manicure Monday of the year. Yes, I know it’s Tuesday, but I am still going to put my post up. I love a sparkly blue this time of year and the Rimmel London Sweetie Crush in 002 Blueberry Whizz reminds me of snow and glass slippers. This is my manicure with one thin coat and second thicker coat. I could have done a third for pure opaqueness, but I feel that would have been really thick. I just love this color and I cannot wait to paint my nails next week. Maybe, I’ll paint my toe nails this color, too….

With Love,

Selena

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What D Got Me For Christmas

I am so happy to be sharing with all of you the goodies that D got me for Christmas this year. We just traded our gifts in Feb and I am just getting around to posting all of the new goodies that I got. I haven’t touched any of these things yet, because I was waiting to have time to put up this post. As soon as I am done, I am putting on my new MAC lipglass, because I feel like having a purple lip today. I’m feeling dramatic. One a side note, don’t be alarmed, but I deleted a lot of old photos from my blog. I had reached my 3.0 GB limit and now, I’m back down to 1.4 GB or roughly 40% of usage. Now, I have room to grow again!

food

Russell Stover Assorted Chocolates

I couldn’t wait on these. I took a photo of an empty box. They were delicious!

Assorted Samples

I love trying out new stuff, so samples are right up my alley. I’m in the market for a new foundation, so hopefully, one of these items work out for me. I only have two summer BB creams right now and they are too dark for my Winter skin color.

tanner

Mystic Tan Self Tanner

I’ve never tried a self tanner before, besides the Sally Hansen legs. I’m curious to see how this works. I’m going to try this during the summer months, once I get a tiny bit of tan going on to even it out. I have an in ground pool now, so I’ll be spending a lot of time outside in my bathing suit. It would be awkward to self tan now, when my skin gets no exposure to sunlight whatsoever and I haven’t been on vacation.

tanner

VersaSpa Face Moisturizing Gradual Tanner

Since this has gradual in the name, I might give it a shot now to give my skin a healthy glow. I don’t want to look tan, but sunkissed. I love using bronzer for a sunkissed look, if this gives me that, I can skip bronzer in the morning. Anything to cut out a morning step I love. I’ll give this a shot and will report back with my thoughts on it in an empties video.

book

Forever By Judy Blume

I loved Judy Blume books growing up and this will be my first time reading one of her adult books. I’m really looking forward to reading this one by the pool or whenever I can find time to actually read. It’s been hard with working full time, taking a class, blogging, and most importantly, taking care of my son and keeping house. I just never seem to find the time. I want to try to read two books a month again. I am like three to four books behind this year, but I am going to try to catch up and make an effort. I will definitely read this one this year.

book

Sarah Dessen Saint Anything

Let me start of by saying that I have a love, hate relationship with Sarah Dessen books. I love them, because I get wrapped up in her story telling. I hate them, because they tend to follow the same plot line in every book. I love the predictability, but hate it at the same time. If I want a sweet, sad story, I’ll read one of her books and I know it’ll end happily. I look forward to reading this book, when I need a little pick me up. I’m happy to own another one of her books. I tend to reread her books a lot.

Hard Candy Nail Color in Sky 1123

I have been DYING for a Hard Candy nail polish. I remember when they used to be a high end product and carried in places like Sephora. Now Soap & Glory can be found at CVS? I need to get my hands on that next. Anyways, I love this shade. It has a cool duo chrome quality to it and I cannot wait to paint this onto my nails. I already picked out my nail color for  this week, so maybe, I’ll wear this next weekend.

bath bomb

Shoot For The Stars Starry Night Bath Bomb

I love Lush and I think it is obvious. I’m excited to have another bath bomb to try out and it smells very calming. It will be perfect on a night after I put Dean to bed to relax in a hot bath. Something, I rarely get to enjoy these days.

soap

Lush Shooting Stars Night In! Soap

D thinks that this smells lemony and I think it smells more on the lavender side. Either way, this seems like it is going to be a creamy soap, which is the type of soap that I enjoy the most. The lavender is faint in this, so I do enjoy the scent. I’m trying to use up my shower jelly right now, so I’m going to hold off on using this one. As soon as I use up the jelly, I will be using this. Or if I get sick of that scent and need a change. But honestly, who gets sick of The Comforter scent? It is also covered in glitter. My fate is sealed.

mascara

MAC In Extreme Dimension #D Black Lash Mascara

Not much to say about this, since I have to wait to finish my Benefit Roller Lash Deluxe Sample before I can try this one out. I’m excited to have a mini sample though. You can never have too many tubes of mascara. I never seem to buy any because I always get them in subscription boxes. I think I’m down to five now. I’m up to  with this bad boy.

lip balm

Ulta Tinted Lip Balm in Lollipop

This is such a pretty sheer pink. I have the swatches at the bottom of the page and this color is the top swatch on the right large picture. I can see this being very flattering on the lips, since it is sheer and won’t compete with your natural pigmentation. I love easy balms to throw on at work that I don’t have to worry about. This will be used at work, once I get through an office friendly gloss that I’m working on from B&BW.

lip crayon

PBJ Smoothie Stick Creamy Lip Crayon in Raisin the Roof

I can see using this one at work as well. I love that this is more on the purple/mauve side of the spectrum and it will par perfectly under the MAC Lipglass that D gave me as well. This color is more on the matte side, which I enjoy a matte lip as much as the next girl. I know I won’t be disappointed with this color and I might have to repurchase it when I use it up.

MAC Trolls Collection Lipglass in Glitter Grunge

I love the cute packaging that MAC always come up with. This glitter purple is pretty pigmented as well, which I love. I’m not a fan of dark colors, but if it’s purple with glitter, I am all over that. I’m all about that life. It’s the bottom swatch and it is gorgeous! I am so happy to own this color. I don’t want to use it up anytime soon, because the packaging is so cute! I really wanted to get some of the SELENA collection, but it was always sold out and I only really wanted one of the powders anyways.

That is what I got for Christmas from D. I am so lucky to have a best friend like her!

With Love,

Selena

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20 Before 2017: 1 Month Update

I cannot believe that it has already been a month, since I started this project pan. If I had to guess, I think that I have finished 10 products, but not half of what I officially started out with. What I did was replace products that I used up with backups of a similar products So, replacing a lotion with another lotion and stuff like that. Speaking of lotion, I actually used up quite a bit, but let’s just get into it. Before I do though, a final update will happen the last week of December!

nail strips

I tried using these 17 nail stickers, but my nails are too wide for them. I ended up giving the stained glass ones to Danielle as part of her birthday gift. So, that’s two empties right there. I replaced them with these stencil stickers that I plan on using tomorrow to give myself a little manicure. I haven’t painted my nails in FOREVER.

nail stencils

Next up, my Colorpop Lippie! I have been using these around the clock along with the gloss that I want to use up. The more I wear it, the more I see that it’s not my color and for some reason, the formula is a bit crumbly, which is weird. It looks like I’ve made an inch of progress, so even if I don’t use it all up, I hope to make a big dent in it. Maybe, I’ll be able to finish it up in my next project pan.

I’ve been working so hard on the lippie that I haven’t made any visual progress on the lip gloss, though I have been using it. I’m going to try a bit harder in the coming month to use more of this lip gloss up.

lip

I actually totally forgot about the lip treatment, so I’m going to try to be good and use this every night and every weekday morning. Hopefully, I’ll be finishing it up.

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I finally finished that Pixi primer that I hated SO MUCH. I’ve replaced it with the Peter Thomas Roth Max Anti-Shine Mattifying Gel, but I also have a new primer that was sent to me. I’m testing out that one as well, but I’m not including it in the project pan.

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I still have the Benefit Gimme Brow, but I got my eyebrows done. Now, I’m using this product almost everyday to keep my eyebrows in check. It still seems to be going strong. Maybe, it will be gone by the end of this project pan.

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I still have the mascara as well. I’ve been wearing it every day and I still don’t like it. I have since learned that mascara can last upwards towards 6 months, so I’m not in as big of a hurry to finish it. I do have a few other unopened mascara backups. I’m going to try different techniques with the roller lash like actually twirling it or “rolling it”.

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I finished up my cream eye shadow from Bareminerals and I am on to my Avon Extra Lasting eyeshadow in blue meridian. I think that I can use up this one as well. It’s a cream to powder product. Well, more like a wet powder to powder formula. I’ve been using this on my lower lash line and I like the unexpected pop of color.

It doesn’t look like I made much of a dent in the PIXI gel blush, which I adore. I love this stuff, so I’m not sad to see that it’s not going down by much. Now that I’m done with the PIXI primer, I will use this blush more and maybe see a sizable dent by the end of the year.

I still have the sheet mask. It is so hard to use a sheet mask, because I would need thirty minutes of time to myself to just sit and relax. I don’t get that time very often and I like to use these masks in the morning or in the evening. Hopefully, I’ll have time to use this tonight or tomorrow. It would be an easy empty if I had the time.

mask

The most progress that I’ve made is with my lotions. Yes, that is lotions plural. I have gone through 4 opened lotions. Yes, I am on my fifth lotion. I basically used up one lotion a week so far. I’m really impressed with myself, because I am usually TERRIBLE with using up my lotions and I thought that this would be the hardest to do. It actually ends up being the easiest, because I use up a lot of lotion at each session since I’m doing my whole body. I think I’ll manage to use up at least four more, which is a nice thought. Using up 8 lotions would put a sizable dent in my collection. I still cannot believe that I have finished four. I’m so proud of myself. I’m currently working on the DKNY BE DELICIOUS FRESH BLOSSOM body lotion. It’s a little runny, so I want to use it up before the scent turns bad.

I have about one to two more uses of my Fresh rose face mask. I loved using this and I would buy the Peter Thomas Cucumber gel, because of this one. I’m not a rose scented kind of girl, so cucumber aloe would be more up my alley. I like using a gel, because it is more convenient for me now than sheet masks. My face can hydrate while I change Dean’s diaper. Imagine doing that with a slippery mask!

I’ve finished about a quarter of this bottle, so I’ll probably finish half of it by the end of the year. I’ll still be happy with that though. I’m glad to see that I’m using most of my stuff up and it is such an amazing feeling.

hair

I would say that I have a third of this mask left. I’m looking forward to my Lush haul on unboxing day, so I want to use up as much of my Lush stash as I can. I don’t want to be holding onto these things, especially since they are supposed to be fresh or used fresh. I just don’t want it sitting on my counter, because I’m afraid that I won’t have it again. I want to purchase the green mask. Mask of Magnanimity, I think.

I’ve only used the Ocean salt scrub a couple of times. I need to use it more often. It’s good stuff, but OLD. I need to use this up this year. How can it look like I’m left with more?! LOL

I have a couple of uses left in the Ren product. I’m just trying to get through it at this point.

lotion

The acne treatment is very close to being used up. I keep forgetting about it, because I have exfoliating treatments and retinol that works a lot better on my acne. I need to just suck it up and use this on my face.

acne

I’ve been using the eye cream everyday and it doesn’t look like it went down at all. I think the eye cream is going to take me a few months to actually use up.

eye cream

I totally forgot about this one as well. I’ll use it tonight. Hopefully, there isn’t much left in it!

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So, lets count, that’s 8 items! Almost halfway done with my project pan. A few items are almost done, so I’m sure I’ll be at 10 soon. I might not finish the 20, but I’m going to try my hardest. This isn’t any easy thing to limit yourself to just a few things to use for two months. I look forward to doing more of these next year!

With Love ❤

Selena

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October Empties

I have a full, bursting bag of empties this month, so I feel very proud of myself. Also, like I accomplished something. I feel so good with cleansing all of these products out of my home and life. I love using stuff up, because it makes room for the stuff that I really love and for new items, too. I want to be more of a minimalist and try to have not as much stuff as I am cutting down and using up stuff. I’m sure I’ll need to do this again someday, but for now, I want to only have things that I love stick around and not being afraid to use up those things as well. I just have a whole new outlook on life. I don’t want to waste what I have, but I don’t want to deny myself fun girly stuff. I don’t spend on myself very often, usually just around Christmas and on my Birthday. I even have NO beauty subscriptions in an effort to use up the stuff that I have and focus on that.

I’ve been purging my clothes and Dean’s as well. I’ve been consigning everything he out grows (right now, it’s fall and winter stuff from last year and earlier this year) and clothes that I just don’t love or will never fit into again. Goodbye size 6 pants. I’ll be happy to be an eight again. I’m currently a happy size 10 to 12. My body is clinging onto those last 10 lbs until I stop breastfeeding. I’ll be using my consignment money to buy clothes for Dean and maybe a few pieces for myself IF I love any of them. I really hate shopping for clothes. I’m hard on myself and my body.

Well, let’s get to those empties!

Dove

1. Dove Original Clean 24H Invisible Solid Antiperspirant Deodorant

food

2. M&M’s ChiliNut

coffee

3. & 4. International Delight Peppermint Mocha Coffee Creamer

Cleansing Water

5. Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water All-In-1

wipes

6. & 7. Parent’s Choice Wipes in No Scent

lotion

8. Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moisturizer in Aloe Soothe

scrub

9. Victoria’s Secret 2-In-1 Wash & Scrub in PINK Total Flirt

Body Lotion

10. Tree Hut Shea Moisturizing Body Lotion in Coconut Lime

food

11. Gerber Graduates lil’ Crunchies in Mild Cheddar

children

12. Gerber Breakfast Buddies in Apple Cinnamon

ice cream

13. Snickers Ice Cream Bars 6 ct

children

14. & 15. & 16. Parent’s Choice Baby Bottles

wipes

17. Simple Micellar Make-Up Remover Wipes

leave in conditioner

18. Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle Leave In Conditioner

19. Lush Razzle Dazzle Solid Bath Oil

coffee

20. New England Coffee in Blueberry Cobbler

milk bags

21. Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bags 25 ct

cotton pads

22. Swisspers 100% Cotton Rounds

23. Lush Big Blue Bath Bomb

Serum

24. Valentia Clear Lift Revitalizing Serum

25. Tarte Drink of H2O Hydrating Boost Moisturizer

26. OPI Nail Lacquer in Red Texture Polish

coffee

 

27. Chock Full O’Nuts in Midtown Manhattan Single Serve

Hair Mask

28. Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask

meds

29. Rite Aid Acetaminophen

30. OZ Naturals Super Youth Eye Gel

makeup remover

31. Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover

moisturizer

32. Replenix Neckletage

33. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in Nude

Liquid Concealer: Boo-Boo Cover-Up

34. Boo-Boo Cover Up Concealer in Medium

eye cream

35. Origins High Potency Night-A-Mins Mineral Enriched Renewal Cream

sample

36. Escada Joyful Perfume Sample

hair tie

37. Hair Tie

Purple Liquid Sand Nail Polish

38. OPI Nail Lacquer in Purple Texture Polish

39. & 40. & 41.  RevivHair Placode Booster Serum

hair tie

42. Hair Tie

hair clip

43. Hair Clip

sample

44. & 45. Olay Regenerist Microsculpting Cream

sample

46. Harvey Prince  Serendipity Perfume Sample

With Love ❤

Selena

Beauty, Children, Empties, Evening skincare routine, Food, Lifestyle, Manicure Monday, Morning Skincare Routine

August Empties

My bag is overflowing from all of the empties I have in there. I am hoping that there is at least twenty products in there. I was really dedicated last month in using up products that just had a little bit left in them. I still have a few almost empty products that I’m sure will be empties in September. I’m so happy for myself! I cannot wait to see how many products I actually used up. I will be coming back Sunday and Monday with new posts, since it is a long weekend! This might be a long one!

nursing pads

1. Lansinoh Nursing Pads, 60 count = 30 day supply

milk bags

2. Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bags, 50 ct

shampoo

3. Pantene Pro V Deep Cleanse Purifying Shampoo

cotton pads

4. Swisspers 100% Cotton Rounds

food

5. Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars in Pecan Crunch

coffee

6. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Smooth Light Roast Coffee

deodorant

7. Degree Men Motionsense Dry Spray Extreme 48H Antiperspirant

Wipes

8. Rite Aid Feminine Care Cleansing Cloths

coffee

9. Dunkin’ Dark Coffee

leave-in hair conditioner

10. Aveeno Nourish + Condition Leave-In Treatment

bubble bath

11. Groovi Beauty Pink Champagne Bubble Bath

sunscreen

12. Tarte Tarte Guard SPF 30

Face mask

13. Kalos Triple Threat Detox Masque

nail polish
L to R: LA Girl Flare in NL33 Neon Yellow, Avon in N910 Sweet Mint, Sephora in 83 Jungle Playground, H&M in Mad Mint, Julep in Amy, Color Club in 984 Wild Cactus

14. L.A. Girl Flare in Neon Yellow

detangler

15. It’s A 10 Miracle Leave-In Product

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16. Forever 21 Love & Beauty Cucumber Sheet Mask For Sensitive Skin

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17. Philosophy Ultimate Miracle Worker Sample

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18. Olay Fresh Effects Swirled Mattifier Sample

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19. Olay Fresh Effects BB Cream in Light to Medium Sample

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20. Olay Regenerist Luminous Moisturizer Sample

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21. Chanel Le Lift Sample

Coffee

22. Gevalia Kaffe French Roast Coffee

powder

23. Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder in 010 Fair

Royal Rose Serum

24. Valentia Royal Rose Hydrating Serum

BB Cream

25. Marcelle BB Cream in Golden Glow

Face butter

26. Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Face Butter Sample

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27. Malibu Ultra Body Lotion Sample

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28. Hair Tie

cleanser (2)

29. Fresh Soy Face Cleanser

Wow! Almost 30 products that I have used up. This is so amazing! I cannot wait to see what I use up in September. I don’t have any empties so far, but I’m sure that I will start using things up left and right. I have nothing to repurchase yet. I haven’t used up the last of anything important in my skin care routine, plus I have plenty of back ups! I will be buying a few school/college supplies next week when I get my books for my class AIT 131 Essentials of Information Technology. I love shopping for college/class supplies. Maybe, I’ll get some supplies for my desk as well. Anyways, I’ll be hitting the dollar tree and Walmart for supplies next week I’m supposed to get my books on Thursday!

With Love ❤

Selena