Beauty, Collection, project pan

Primer Collection 2018

So, I am continuing this series until I have ran through everything that I have photographed in my collection as of January when I took all of these pictures. I have been trying not to overload my feed too much with these posts, but also I was so behind in the new year. I am at a more comfortable place with my blogging now, where I have room to diversify my content a bit. I am thinking about posting about getting back to going to college, college shopping mini haul, and how online college is. Let me know if any of you are interested in that. I will probably end up doing it anyways, because I think that would be great for others to know that you can ALWAYS go back and finish.

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I am super happy to only be seeing 5 primers, four of which are deluxe sizes. I am currently trying to use up the PTR and Benefit primers. I will move on to my full size next along with Cover FX when I want a more glowy look. Once Cover FX is done, I will pull in Smashbox for when I get tired of Studio Gear, which by the way, has little shimmer particles in it. I believe it is a little glowy as well too. It was been a long time, since I have worn it though. I cannot say for sure. I am not worried about my primer stash. I am confident that by the end of the year that I will be looking for a new primer and I already have a couple on my Loves List to try out when that time comes.

I am hoping that more of my collection will become pared down like this. I know my lip products will always be CRAZY, but I am hoping for my eye makeup drawer to be less stuffed by the end of the year. I know what I like now, so I am definitely a smarter consumer than when I first started out. I got so overwhelmed being able to buy anything I wanted, because I had a job that paid well for the first time. My first “real” job. Having a kid brings you down to earth fast on what you can truly afford.

With Love,

Selena

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Project Polish April Update

Uh, so confession, I only did my nails twice last month. Don’t worry though, because by the time you read this, I will have a fresh mani and pedi and possibly an empty polish. Not really empty but just too goopy to use anymore. I don’t have nail thinner and I don’t want to wait on a project for nail thinner and I can only get it from Sally’s. I have to make an order online and that is not until I need more dye for my hair again. It could be a few months from now. So, the nail polish that will be panned probably by the next update is my texture polish, which doesn’t do well with thinner anyway. I have found that thinner doesn’t work on texture polishes. It thins the base polish, but it does nothing for the texture bits so there are still gooped together.

There is a HUGE different in the glitter polish just from using it once on my nails with two coats over the blue and I mean, there is good progress on the blue too. I need to get a new sharpie though for nice thin lines. So, my texture polish looks half full in the bottle, but the last time I used it, it was getting pretty goopy. I think I can get one manicure and pedicure out of it. If I still feel like it could be good, I will go on using it. I will try it on my toes first to see how goopy it is. If I have a hard time on my feet, I will call it quits on this polish, I really like it though, very cotton candy pink.

I think I will also use my lilac polish this month and I want to get use out of the orange polish as well. I think if I keep my mind to it, I can paint my nails more often than I have been. How are everyone else doing with this challenge? We are a quarter of the way through the year and I am only close to finishing one polish. It is a lot harder than it looks. Cherish on Youtube makes it look so easy.

With Love,

Selena

Beauty, Collection, First Impressions, project pan

Miscellaneous Collection 2018

This is for my pile of random stuff and samples. I also threw in some things that weren’t big enough to have their own category. I still have a bunch of makeup categories to go through after this and then, I won’t worry about this until next year. It has become such a big thing for me that I am not going to go through this again in a few months. Once a year should be plenty enough for a makeup collection.

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I have an ear wash solution here to soothe my earlobes after I wear earrings and my foot soak for the rare foot bath. I’d like to get through the foot soak this hear. I also have a plastic thingy for when I Nair my legs. I am actually a fan of shaving now. Funny thing.

sunscreen

I have my little collection of still good sunscreen to use up this year. The Supergoop! is almost used up and after that, I will use the Clinique on my face. I need separate facial sunscreen or else I get really bad breakouts from using just any sunscreen on my face. I need to buy some sunscreen for my son. I like him to have a really high SPF spray. The other two bottles, I use on my body during the summer. I only use SPF if I am going out in the sun. If it is a day at the office, I don’t apply sunscreen.

conditioner

My dad uses black hair dye over his grey and white hairs. I use his conditioner packets for shaving cream. I have a back stock of these, because I don’t shave as often in the Winter. It is finally getting warmer out, so I’ll be needing to shave twice a week to wear skirts and dresses. I cannot wait for the pool to be ready! I need a good tan right now.

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My collection of sample sized perfumes. I want to be done with them all by the end of the year. I am so glad I quite my Sephora subscription, even if the bags seem to be better after I left. I would rather spend $120 on makeup that I want. Speaking of which, I will have a Sephora Wishlist up sometime in May. I want so much; hence the wish list.

More samples from online orders and some that my friend Danielle gave me. I want to use all of these up this year as well. I am pretty sure that I can do it as long as I remember to. I love trying out samples and new things. I just have to remember to use them. I usually keep a sample in my beauty cabinet now for when I feel like using them. It has gotten me to use them more, so the new spot is working.

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My last pile of samples in my sample storage bag. I have already gotten through some of these and I plan to go through everything this year. I have a big project pan going on and I am going to go through as much samples and deluxe products that I can towards me 200 goal. Although most of the samples don’t count, face masks and the bigger foil packets will as long as it has 0.5 fl ounces. I actually even forgot that I had a few of these things, so I am happy to be reminded.

That is all of my random crap that I wanted to show you, because I want to use most of this stuff up this year. I hope you enjoyed this post and me blogging almost every day. I have been enjoying my blogging time and I am sure that I will find time to post at least twice a week when college is in session.

With Love,

Selena

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Nail Polish Collection 2018

Okay, since I have a Project Polish going on, I will only be doing my nail polish collection once this year. I will not be revisiting it, because the only polishes that I am currently using are the ones that are in my Project Polish which are 3 color polishes, one glitter, and one texture polish. I will be doing a new collection post next year, because I am hoping to use up a few of these items and it is good to keep stock of what you have every year no matter if it only has changed a little. Keeps me accountable.

These are my nail polish accessories. As you can see, I have a ton of crap from cuticle treatments, to fake nails, to a lot of nail art supplies. I want to use up some of these items if I feel so inclined. I am working on one cuticle cream right now and I am eyeing some of those nail stickers for when I get bored of my plain manicures.

One is my top coat and the other are little beads that you can put on your nails.

1 Polish

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These are my oranges and the Julep is in my project pan this year. I don’t have a lot in this color family, but it looks very pretty on my nails. I would like to invest in more oranges, but I need to use up the majority of my collection first.

5 Polishes

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I am a huge fan of glitter for a good reason: it is very shiny! I love a good glitter on the nails. I have the L’Oreal glitter in my project pan and if I finish it up, I want to move onto another. I honestly have too many glitters. I really only need one in my collection at a time. My ideal number of polishes is 10 in a perfect world, so I am going to try my very best to get it down to that number.

12 Polishes

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For purple being my favorite color, I don’t have many of them at all. I find that I don’t like the color very much on my nails. I only need one purple in my collection.

14 Polishes

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I have a fair amount of greens. If I have time this year, I want to try to work on the mint green one. I could probably use up the minis if I put them in a project pan next year. I try to do my nails and toes twice a month at the very last. I am actually due to be painting them tonight. I don’t see there being a problem getting this down to two greens.

19 Polishes

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I am not a glitzy gold nail person, so I want to use up all of these polishes. The OPI is a crackle polish that looks great on top of blues and greens. I think I will throw it in a project next year to try to use it up. I don’t want to keep any of these in my final 10.

22 Polishes

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These are my pinks. I am not really a pink nail girl, but I do enjoy it. I am trying to use up the sugar coat one this year. I would like to keep one pink in my collection.

26 Polishes

blue

I live for blue on my nails. It looks even better with a tan. I want to keep at least three blues in my collection. I love the Sinful Shine gel color blue and the Hard Candy. I love a lot of these blues. It won’t be hard for me to use up the blue Julep in my project pan this year. I have already used it three times this year. Out of my 5 polishes, if I could finish up three, I would be very happy. Finishing 5 might be a bit too much for me based on the last four months of progress. We will see.

34 Polishes

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Red isn’t my color. I need to move these out by wearing them on my toes. I will pull one of them into a project next year to move it out of my collection. I don’t want to keep any of these in my final ten. You can bet I won’t be buying any red anymore unless it is a glitter. It is the only way that I kinda like it.

40 Polishes

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Nudes are my final category and I would ideally want one or two of these. I have the lavender one in my project. A pink nude looks better on me than a bright pink in my opinion. I want to try to get some more nude/brown shades as well.

I have a total of 45 polishes that I want to cut down to 10. I have a lot of work ahead of me and I know that I don’t need to buy myself any in the mean time. I’m hoping to be down 5 next year and start out with 40. Next year, I am going to pull in a bunch of minis to try to use up. Maybe, I’ll choose like 10 polishes next year or start out with 5 minis and add more as I use them up. I have a newfound excitement for painting my nails. It gives me a nice creative outlet and a little bit of meditation time.

With Love,

Selena

Beauty, Collection, project pan

April Makeup Bag Monthly

I just wiped off my April eye shadow pick. lol. I totally forgot that I was wearing eye shadow. That is how comfortable it is. I also love the shade with my new hair. Anyway, it is that time again when I swap out my March makeup bag with my April makeup bag. I chose 5 makeup products every month and the bonus 6th product is always a perfume that I am trying to move through in my collection. Let’s recap on March’s bag:

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I put a good dent in the perfume. It was full before and now I finished up a fourth to a third of it. I totally used up the sheer glow lotion. I have been all about the glowy look for the past three months now that my skin is more combo than oily. I am still working on the pore-fessional and I have to say, I am not loving it. It is okay, but as soon as I put anything from powder to foundation on top of it, it starts to peel up. I am so close to being done with that lip gloss! I am going to get it back out in the warmer months, because it has a really strong cooling sensation that I wasn’t a fan of this past snowy month. I love using the MUFE blush as an eye shadow. It is super pretty and easy to use for a one shadow look. I threw out the crayon when I dropped it on the bathroom floor at work. I couldn’t bring myself to sanitize and use it.

April

I have my Marc Jacobs Sugar, Sugar lip gloss that I have been loving in my April makeup bag. One application lasts until lunch at my work. If I am high maintenance enough to wear a liner underneath, I brought my Victoria Secret nude one to work with me. I am working on my deluxe sample of the Black Opium perfume that I got with my Sephora points. I have an Hourglass foundation stick and a foundation sample for when I use up the rest of my Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla that I have been using as a foundation. It was too creasy under my eyes to use as an under eye concealer. I have a duo chrome cream eye shadow that shifts from silver to a yellow gold. I also have Benefit’s Highbeam if I still want a glowy look then I can mix this in or use it to highlight.

The point of my make bags isn’t to use up my makeup, although I do love it when I do. The point is to cycle through my makeup and make sure that I am using everything evenly. I am going to be starting to put my palettes in my makeup bag. I am always forgetting to add them! Four months in a row. LOL. It’s okay. I’ll choose my favorite one for my birthday month.

With Love,

Selena

Book, Collection, Reviews

March Reads

Well, I am ahead on my goal for this year, which is a good thing. I didn’t realize that my first semester of online college is on July 2nd! So scary to be so close to starting it up again. I think I am currently a month ahead of my reading goal which is 24 books this year. I have to wait for my new degree audit to go through to see what classes I will be taking. As soon as I have more info, I will be sharing it with all of you.
Jem and the Holograms, Vol. 4: Enter the StingersJem and the Holograms, Vol. 4: Enter the Stingers by Kelly Thompson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I didn’t care for the weird art that popped up in this one, but the storyline was much better in this one. When I finished the book, I wanted to read the next one to see how things would turn out for the girls. This is a guilty pleasure read and a good break time book at work. I remember reading comics as a kid and a few graphic novels in high school, but this is the first time (not literally, this is the fourth installment after all.) that I have enjoyed a graphic novel series again. It is not my typical faire but I could see picking up others (not from this series) and reading them if I needed a break from reading traditional books. I recommend this series and specifically this one.

Saint AnythingSaint Anything by Sarah Dessen

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It has been a hot minute since I last read of Sarah Dessen book. I was getting tired of her stories, which all seemed to be the same story rehashed over and over again. Saint Anything was different though. It rekindled my love for her writing style again. The theme of the book also struck home for me. Back when I was in a relationship, I felt invisible and that no one could see me and what was happening to me. All the wrongs that went unrighted. I could relate to the main character. It wasn’t a far out tale that happened to other people. It was so realistic to me and I related to most of the events that occurred in the book. I cannot wait to read more of Sarah Dessen’s books again. I am betting that the more recent books are better than her earlier works that I grew so tired of. She feels fresh again. It is funny how an author can be so outdated one minute and then current the next. She has redeemed herself in my eyes and I look forward to reading more.

Shattered Rose (Winsor, #1)Shattered Rose by T.L. Gray

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Eh. I didn’t care for it, but it was a good read. I wanted to finish it to know how the story ended, but I am glad that I didn’t pay for this. The religious streak running through the book didn’t blend with the story at all and was only brushed on at the very end. Left a bad taste in my mouth. I skipped through most of the book finding it very boring and not very exciting but for a few parts. I don’t recommend it. I would try another book by this author. I see potential. If you like character development stories, I think you might enjoy it more than me. I enjoy books that are more action filled less reflective.
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What have you been reading lately?

With Love,

Selena

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Lip Product Collection 2018

Yup, I am finally showing you an updated makeup collection for 2018. I am thinking about doing another one in June as well, but since this one is coming out so late, I might do it in September instead before I start online college. I will be showing you what I currently have in my collection. In each section, I will tell you what I had last year and how many I used up since then. I am going off of the inventory that I did in July of 2017. This should be interesting and I really hope that I made progress on some of my goals!

Lip Balm: 10

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I currently have 10 lip balms. Last July, I had 13, so I used up 4 lip balms.  I apparently wanted to use up everything but 1. That did not happen for obvious reasons, so I will set a more realistic goal this time around. I would like to use 5 of these up by next year, so when I do the update in July/September, I want to have used up at least two. The Too Faced Lip Injection is newly added to my collection since the last update.

Low End Lip Glosses: 9

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I said that I wanted to use up all of these B&BW glosses, but otherwise than that, never set a concrete goal on my glosses. I would like to use up 4 of these this year. A lot of the B&BW ones are halfway done, so I think it is a doable goal. Plus, the mini two of the right should be easy peasy as long as I use them. I’m over my B&BW glosses and the VS gloss got in a kit with a lip pencil and liquid lipstick, so that one is recently added since the last July update.

High End Lip Glosses: 3

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I actually used up three lip glosses since last July and have added two more in this category. I have been savoring the MAC Trolls lip gloss. It is super pretty. The Anastasia and Marc Jacobs were the two newly added items. The Anastasia is hella pigmented and is a great 90s brown nude on me. The Marc Jacobs is in Sugar Sugar, which is currently everyone’s favorite on Youtube.

Bullet Lipsticks: 6

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I have added 4 more lipsticks in this category and used up nothing. Well, I take that back. I used up one that is in my Feb update. I must have taken my pictures after I used that tube up. So, I really added 5 and used up one of the new ones I added to my collection since last July. I had no goal for my bullet lipsticks, because I didn’t have many. I would like to use up two in this category. I could get through two mini/deluxe ones for sure.

Liquid Lipstick: 6

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I had 5 in this category last July, I used up one lip paint for the Feb Project Pan update, and have added two liquid lipsticks to my collection since then. The BareMinerals is almost done. I popped the stopper out of it, but got tired of the pink nude color. I will go back to it to finish it off this year. I would like to use up my other lip paint, since it is getting old. I will be happy just finishing up those two this year.

Crayon Sticks: 3

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So, yes one of them is a lip liner. 🙂 I added two to this category and I want to use up two of these this year. I’d like to get rid of the brown and the orange and/or yellow side. If I go through the lip pencil with how many nude lipsticks that I own, that would be a plus. I’d much rather have a clear lip liner anyway.

So, my current lip total is 37, which is four more than what I had last July. This is mostly due to my subscription Sephora box. I would like to get down to 25 by next year. I hope that I can do it, but I would be happy just to be down to 30. I love doing my makeup inventory. It really puts how much I own into perspective.

With Love,

Selena