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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

Beauty, First Impressions, Haul, SALE, subscription boxes

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

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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

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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

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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

Beauty, Children, Fashion, SALE

Collective April Haul

I am borrowing this blog post type from my friend Danielle over at Dani Writes Reviews. She has a similar type of post on her no buy about what she has bought that month. I really like this sort of post when you don’t really have enough things purchased to do a haul post. I have collected things here and there over the course of April and here is what I have purchased:

Royal and Langnickel Moda Prismatic 4PC Face Perfecting Kit

I had a $10 Walmart gift card from signing up with Ebates and making my first purchase and I also had $2.75 from bottle deposits, so I only spent $5 on this set of makeup brushes out of pocket. I only tried them once and I am really impressed with the big 801 brush. It buffed out my foundation flawlessly in 60 seconds. I am not even joking. I have never done my foundation that fast before and my skin looked more flawless than when I used a Beauty Blender to blend out my makeup.

Physician’s Formula Mineral Wear Cushion Foundation in Medium

I got this in the Walmart clearance section for $6.50 which is 50% off of the original price. I really wanted to try a more matte cushion foundation. Unfortunately, this color is way too dark for me and I will be using this as a contour color instead underneath my foundation. I actually found a foundation that I really enjoy that I am hoping to pick up in May. This would go great underneath that one.

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Equate Wedge Sponges

You cannot go wrong with cheap sponges infused with vitamin E for $1.88 for 32. I use this to blend my concealer and to tap on liquid highlighter. They are good quality and I am thinking of using one for nail art, specifically with glitter. I heard they are really good to get an opaque coat of glitter.

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Paw Patrol Reusable Plastic Plate

Dean loves Paw Patrol, but he isn’t old enough to use a plate yet. He just likes to throw it.

Max Studio Pet Bed

This pet bed was only $16.99 at Marshalls. The dogs needed a new bed that would fit both of them in there at the same time. This is still roomy with the two of them in there. They love it and will still fight for it, even though there is room for three.

Fido’s Diner Stonewear

This is their new water dish. No more using my bread pans to give them water. It is cute and deep. They both share the water and will actually take turns. It’s cute!

Yankee Candle in Tropic Island Breeze

This was a great candle. It was very tropical and coconutty, while still being very light and refreshing. Sadly, this candle died, when my dad dropped a can on it and the top of the glass shattered. I’m heading to Marshall’s to try to find this one again. If you can find it, I would give it a good sniff. It was worth the $13 that I spent on it, even though it didn’t make it through. It is also a huge ass candle. It’s 22 oz of candle and I saved a few bucks on it. I never had a Yankee Candle before, now I know what the fuss is about.

Clothes for Dean and Me

Dean’s new clothes are from Macy’s size 12 months and they were $11.99 each. My long sweater tunics are from Forever 21 and they were $11.99 buy one get one free. Dean and I still need more clothes. We need more summer clothes. You might see a few shopping sprees in May, because a. It’s my birthday and b. I really need more clothes. I only have a Fall/Winter wardrobe right now. I decluttered a ton of my clothes that don’t fit anymore.

I think I’m going to start a fitness series to keep my weight loss goals on track and to keep on top of my exercise goals. I think I’ll make an intro post and then update once a month.

With Love ❤

Selena

Beauty, Children, Empties, Evening skincare routine, First Impressions, Food, Morning Skincare Routine

April Empties 2017

I know I’m about two days early for my monthly empties, but I am ready to empty my wicker basket and start collecting for May, my birthday month. I am hoping to go through more beauty products next month, since it is my birthday month. I will probably be wearing more makeup anyway. I also have EXCITING news on my Pan That Pallet progress, at least exciting for me. LOL. This was a lighter month with less empties, but I am happy that I finished off two makeup products. I also have three more on their last legs, so I am hoping to have 5 or more makeup empties in May. I have so many update posts to write, but I love being busy on my blog. I might have a May Reads post this month, because I made a promise to myself to read an hour on Saturday and Sunday. I hope that I can keep that promise. I’ll be back to reading more once I finish my last class for my Associates Degree in Information Technology.

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  1. Aerin Rose Lip Conditioner

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2. Glam Glow Glow Starter Mega Illuminating Moisturizer

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3. Scented Secrets Gingerbread Cookie Body Lotion in Wild Berry

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4. Victoria’s Secret Hydrating Body Lotion in Pear Glace

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5. Lush Cup O’ Coffee Face and Body Mask

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6. Bumble and Bumble BB Hairdresser Invisible Oil Primer

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7. Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray

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8. Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo

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9. IGK Mistress Hydrating Hair Balm

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10. Crest 3D White in Arctic Fresh

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11. Sharpie Accent Highlighter in Green

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12. 13. 14. 15. PaperMate InkJoy Pens in Green, Red, Pink, and Light Blue

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16. Halls Triple Soothing Action Drops in Cherry

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17. 18. International Delight Coffee Creamer in Amaretto Cafe and White Chocolate Raspberry

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19. Boston’s Best Jamaican Me Crazy Coffee

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20. Celestial Seasonings Green Tea in Candy Cane Lane

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21. 22. 23. 24. Gerber Lil’ Beanies with White Cheddar & Broccoli

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25. Gerber Fruit Pick-Ups Diced Apples

It was a slow month with a few product multiples, but I really enjoyed using what I have up. I currently have a lotion on its last legs and I think I might use another mini lotion after I use this one up. I never realized how much I really had before I did my collection videos. I knew that I had a lot, but it really puts it in perspective. I know how much I can use up and I strive to enjoy using up my stuff everyday. I don’t want to be the girl with 20 lotion backups anymore. I think I can have a few in back-stock once I use up what I have. Naturally, when I go B&BW shopping, I will be shopping the annual sale and the buy 3, get 3 free sale. Naturally, I will have multiples of products, but it won’t bother me. I’m not going to buy more on top of that. It keeps the back-stock reasonable when you just buy once. Once I run out of something, I’ll do another haul when I can, but I’m really loving my mindset right now. Very zen and minimalistic. I really love minimalism. I got my closet down so much that now, I can go out and do a clothing haul to buy pieces I will love and that will last. I don’t want to support consumerism anymore.

With Love ❤

Selena

Beauty, Evening skincare routine, First Impressions, Morning Skincare Routine

Sephora Play: April 2017

I am super excited for this month’s mostly skincare box.  I am a skin care fanatic, so I am not complaining about this box. I’d rather have more skincare than makeup any day. I know there has been people complaining about the lack of makeup, but two out of five were makeup related. I don’t think the box was too unbalanced. I recieved this box during the week. I always seem to get it on the third week of the month, which gives me less than 14 days to use my extra 50 points card. If they took the cards online, then it wouldn’t be a problem. I haven’t used the card once, because the closest Sephora is an hour away. It’s only worth it if I am going clothes shopping, which I am doing next week. Expect a huge clothing haul and another small Sephora haul next weekend.

I have to admit that I’m not a huge fan of the bag. I decided to use this bags to hold little gifts for the people I work with. One might be promoted to supervisor, so I might add a couple of goodies to this bag and give it to her for congratulations.

Daisy by Marc Jacobs 1.2 ml for $3.86

I really like the scent of this perfume on me and I would consider buying a full size if I couldn’t get my hands on the Donna Karen perfume that I want. I’m not sure that the perfume is selling anymore. Just did a quick search and Macy’s still carries it. I still will consider this perfume though. I would like to have just four perfumes, one for each season. I might bend the rules and get this one though. I need to finish up a few perfumes first. If I finish 6 this year or close to it, I will buy a perfume during the November Sephora sale.

Sephora Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover 25 ml for $3.75

This eye makeup remover is really affordable! If this works well and doesn’t sting my eyes, I will be repurchasing it. I am always on the hunt for a good eye makeup remover that I don’t have to really rub or tug at my eyes with. I’ve been using my Garnier micellular water, but I need something a bit more heavy duty. Hopefully, this doesn’t irritate my eyes and actually works to remove stubborn mascara.

Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream 7.5 ml for $8.13

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So far, this is the most expensive item in the box and I am really excited for it. I love light weight moisturizers. Right now, I have a day and night cream that I don’t really like by Derma E. They are way too heavy for my skin that I only use both at night. Once I’m done with the Glam Glow illuminating moisturizer that I use all over my face and make sure to powder, I will crack open this baby and see if it is light as a cloud but very hydrating. I enjoy Peter Thomas Roth products for the most part. I just think that most of his products are overpriced and that only his masks are really worth it.

Make Up Forever Aqua XL Eye Pencil in M-10 Black for 0.01 oz for $5.25

This is a fourth of the size of the full size, which is very generous for an eye pencil. I will not be using this, so I did not swatch it. Anything I don’t like/want from my subscription box that is makeup, I will be selling to this company that I heard about through Youtube. You send them at least 10 makeup products that is on their list (mostly brands sold at Sephora) and they tell you the low to the highest that you can get for your items. You send it in a prepaid envelope and wait for the check in the mail. It is that easy. You aren’t going to get the best price for your new/gently used makeup, but at least, it’s something. I don’t need another black eye liner. I have to many and I don’t use eye liner, because I don’t have a sharpener. Really need to pick one up at the store next week. I still need to go through about 10 that I own though. I also don’t like black eye liner. I much prefer a color. I only use black in my water line.

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer 0.25 fl oz for $8

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I haven’t tried this primer yet, but I love silicone primers to fill in my pores. I only use primer in my t-zone, where my makeup wears off. This will last me a couple of months of use, I think. I don’t wear makeup everyday, but I love to just minimize my pores everyday. I always use a primer like this and my face looks much smoother. I enjoy trying out new stuff, but I have like three primers before this to use up. I have two illuminating ones, so I might still crack this one out earlier if I want a more matte look. I have been loving the dewy/glowy look lately. I’m surprised by how much I love the glam glow powdered down. Still won’t purchase that, but if this Smashbox doesn’t break me out, I would buy it.

Kate Somerville ExfoliKate 0.25 fl oz for $12

I’ve been wanting to try something from Kate Somerville for a long time (hello goatmilk moisturizer) and I am so glad that I received this in the box. I love to use an exfoliating cleanser in the shower, so that’s where this sample will live. I only wash my hair twice a week, which is the perfect amount of times to use this product a week. It is a green cleanser that smells like green tea and mint. This is such a pampering product and the one that I am most excited for.

I really loved this month’s box and I believe that this one had more value than last month due to the focus on skincare. I hope next month has an SPF product in it. I will have to dig through my products to find some facial SPF or I will need to buy some. May is almost here and I use SPF from May to October. So, 5 months out of the year, I wear facial SPF like actual spf. Most of my products have spf in it. I want to buy and SPF spray for the face. I think that would be cool.

This box was worth $40.99. That is such an amazing value! I am happy with 4 out of 5 products, so this month only gets four stars instead of 5. It is still amazing. I am just not happy with the eye liner, if it was in a different color, I would have saved it. I am putting it in my to sell pile though.

With Love,

Selena

Beauty, Children, Empties, First Impressions, Food, Morning Skincare Routine

March Empties 2017

My wicker basket was overflowing this month. There was a lot of food empties, but there were quite a few beauty related empties as well. I was able to finish up a full sized lip product this month! I’m hoping to use up a good amount of makeup by the end of April. My goal is to use up 20 makeup products this year and I will be doing monthly updates on my progress, what I’ve used up, the monetary total, and how I am feeling about my progress. I hope you guys like the new posting series.

Here are my March Empties:

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  1. 2. 3. Gerber Lil’ Beanies with White Cheddar & Broccili

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4. 5. Gerber Lil’ Beanies in Original

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6. Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies

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7. Gerber Graduates Banana Cookies

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8. Gerber Graduates Cinnamon Graham Animal Crackers

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9. Gerber Graduates Lil’ Meals White Turkey Stew with Vegetables & Rice

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10. 11. International Delight Coffee Creamer

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12. Market Basket Snackers Snack Crackers

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13. New England Coffee in Colombian Supreme

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14. Plum Organics Mighty Sticks in Berry Beet

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15. Teething Toy

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16. Illume Noble Currant Candle

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17. Rite Aid Tylenol

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18. Equate Diaper Rash Relief

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19. Dial Hand Soap in Iced Berries

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20. Russell Stover Assorted Chocolates

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21. Colgate Enamel Health Toothpaste in Fresh Mint

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22. 23. 24. Green, Blue, Black pens

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25. Irish Spring Soap in Aloe

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26. Secret pH Balanced Deodorant in Sheer Clean

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27. Equate Moisture Care Cocoa Divine Lotion

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28. Sprinkles Citrus Lemon Verbena Body Lotion

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29. Avon Care Vita Moist Hand Cream

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30. Suave Strengthening Light Leave-In Cream

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31. 32. Suave Anti-Breakage Shampoo and Conditioner

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33. Davines Naturaltech Rebalancing Shampoo

34. Swisspers 100 ct Cotton Rounds

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35. Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

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36. Fresh Rose Face Mask

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37. Fresh Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Mask

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38. Garnier BB Cream in Light/Medium

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39. Maybelline Dream Pure BB in Light/Medium

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40. L’Oreal Lumi Cushion Foundation in W3 Nude Beige

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41. Versace Bright Crystal Perfume Sample

42. Color Pop Lippie Stick in Bound

Holly Golightly Bubble Bar

43. Holly Go Lightly Bubble Bar

Well, that was quite a lot of empties this month! I am so proud of myself for finishing up that lipstick. I have moved onto another lipstick to empty, which is a bold bright red/pink. It’s not a flattering color on me, so I want to use it up. It is very moisturizing however. I am enjoying this BareMinerals lipstick in Marvelous Moxy.

See you next month!

❤ Selena Hannah ❤

Beauty, First Impressions

Pan That Pallet Update 1

I have been working really hard on using up the products in the Smashbox Lightening Theory pallet. I have made major progress on the shade Sand and Sunrise. Almond is really pigmented, so I only need the tiniest bit. Sand and Sunrise has a lot of kickback and I bet that’s why I have used as much product as I did. I try to build up Sand by layering it, but it still doesn’t really show up on my skin. It is great to use as a base though and I find that Almond blends better with another shadow underneath; otherwise, it tends to skip and drag a little. I love putting Sunrise all over the lid as my lid color. This gives my eyes a very natural look with a bit of shimmer. I love pairing it with the gold cream highlighter, the nude blush, and a bold colored lip.

I have been playing around with Sunlight, which the copper color next to the gold Sunrise. It is a bolder look, but I love that color as well. It is the same formula as Sunrise, so I really like it as a lid color as well. As soon as I hit pan on Sunrise, I will start using Sunlight as my lid color, which is better suited for summer anyways. I’ve been enjoying my first pallet, but I have to say that the darker colors are a bit patchy and muddy looking. I’ll have to experiment with them more. I’m not drawn to dark colors. I’d much rather have lighter shades than darker ones. I like darker ones for the crease and outer v. You definitely want to tap off the excess, because a little goes a long way with these.

I’m hoping to hit pan on Sand and Sunrise by next month, so I can move on to Linen and Sunlight. I honestly have no hope of hitting pan on almond, since it is so pigmented. I might be able to pull it off as a contour shade though.

That is it or my update! I’ll update you guys some time in April!

With Love ❤

Selena