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Differin Prescription Gel

Shadow and Serena

Differin is a topical acne gel made to use specifically on black heads and cystic acne. It spreads smoothly on the face and sinks in quickly. I really loved that this stuff lessened my black heads, but I couldn’t afford my prescription. I received a ton of samples that I have used sparingly throughout the years. I have pretty deep blackheads, so I wasn’t expecting miracles. I am curious to try the over the counter differin that the drugstores sell now and see if I can get the same results but at a much lesser price. I am using a few topic gels right now, but I am itching for that Differin gel. It made such a different in my blackheads and was a miracle savior for my hormonal cystic acne.

With Love,

❤ Selena Hannah ❤

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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


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


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


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


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


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


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 ❤


Beauty, First Impressions, Haul, Lifestyle, My Life

Sephora Haul

Heya Aspiring Gurus!

I just realized that today is my 2nd Anniversary for my blog! I want to take a moment to thank all of my followers (All 164 of you! I’m adding my followers on Bloglovin as well.) for following my blog, liking my posts/comments, and for reading my posts. Without all of my followers, I doubt that I would still have been blogging now. I blog, because I love it. I also blog, because I know people will read it and take it as they wish. I really want to be an author someday and this is a stepping stone to that. So, I want to thank all of you, who by following, are encouraging me to blog and chase my dreams. I hope you continue to chase yours as well.

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Now that we have the mushy stuff set aside, let’s get back to the reason why you came here in the first place. I finally got to go to Sephora! It was a magical, if a bit overwhelming experience, which was very similar to my first experience at Lush. I dropped almost 75 USD in one trip! I did walk away with quite a few items though, because one package came with six products. I don’t feel bad though, since Sephora has an excellent return policy. I got a Sephora card while I was there, so I already raked up quite a few points. I cannot wait to go back and buy some more products. I bought skincare items this time around.

The Original Beauty Blender, 19.99 USD

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This was a 2013 Best of Beauty Allure Award Winner and I have been wanting to try it ever since Tati from GlamLifeGuru on Youtube has been raving about her beauty blender. I have to say that I agree with Tati! The beauty blender is really life-changing. I love applying my bb cream and foundation with it. (Although, I am currently using my fingers to put on my bb cream, then pressing a damp beauty blender on top to give smoother results.) It blends completely into my skin, while covering up my imperfections. When you dampen the sponge, it puffs up to twice its size. My foundation brush and sponges are getting neglected for this one. Sponges last for six months on average, so I will get good use out of this sponge.

Fresh Hesperides Grapefruit Soap, 8.8 oz for 18 USD

SephoraFresh Soap

Fresh smells so fresh! I love the smell of grapefruit and I cannot wait to try this soap. Hopefully, it will not cause me any irritation like most products do. If it doesn’t irritate me, I will be buying more Fresh products, even though they are pricey for an occasional treat.

Peter Thomas Roth Acne Kit, 35 USD; Actual Retail Value: 61 USD

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I am so glad that I bought this! My skin has been going through a really horrible phase of acne and rough texture. This has been a face saver! It has six different products in it. I have been trying this for a couple of weeks now, so I feel like I can say a few words about each of the samples.

Beta Hydroxy Acid 2% Acne Wash, 2 fl oz

Acne Wash

I really like this face wash. It is minimally foaming, which I like. Foaming cleansers are too drying for my skin anyways. I feel like it really treats my acne as well. I will be buying the full size for sure.

Blemish Buffing Beads, 1 fl oz


I like to use this every other morning after the acne wash to really free my pores of oil and to try to prevent my skin from being an oily mess. This is definitely gentle enough to use every morning, but I am rationing it until I can get my hands on the full size.

AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel, 0.5 fl oz

clearing gel

I use this every morning after toner but before I moisturize. I believe that this has been the biggest influence on my skin in getting it clear. I use two pumps on my whole face and it sinks right into my skin, so I an only assume that that means that my skin likes it very much. lol.

Max Anti-Shine Mattifying Gel, 0.25 oz


I really did not care for this at all. It is a bit crumbly and the texture is just off putting. I much rather like the Dr. Brandt Pores No More much better, plus it is slightly tinted which I like a lot. I will not be buying the full size of this product, no matter how well it works at mattifying my face.

Therapeutic Sulfur Masque, 0.5 fl oz

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I like this mask and I feel like it feels to bring out the gunk in my skin. However, I do not feel like it performs better than my Proactive sulfur masks. I will not be purchasing the full size, but I will be trying another mask by Peter Thomas Roth.

Acne Spot & Area Treatment, 0.25 fl oz

spot treatment

This smells a bit like apple cider vinegar, but with better results for my skin. This shrinks my acne overnight. I cannot rave enough about this product and I will also be buying the full size of this product as well. I mostly loved the whole sample package.

That is all I bought! Have an nice Wednesday!

With Love,

Selena Hannah xoxoxo


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Recently Acquired: Neutrogena

Neutrogena All-in-1 Acne Control Daily Scrub, 4.2 fl oz

I bought this a few days ago, because my acne was getting really bad and I needed a more targeted morning cleanser. This one has salicylic acid, so I know that it will work well with my skin. My acne really responds well to it. I just did a chemical peel a couple of days ago, so that is really helping as well with the acne. Most of my acne is now dried up and shrunken in size. My skin is smoother in texture as well. The smell of the scrub is floral and very perfumed, probably due to the added fragrance. I have used this a few times already and this scrub is harsher than Ocean Salt by Lush. Due to this, I scrub briefly and let it sit on my skin a few minutes to do its magic before rinsing. I paid 7.99 USD for this scrub, which is a deal since it retails for 11.99 USD. Have you gotten any good deals lately?

With Love,

Selena Hannah xoxoxo

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Review: Stridex Maxium

Heya Aspiring Gurus!

I miss all of you so so much! I have been without internet for over a week now! I’m trying to find a new provider for the whole package. I’m thinking in a few weeks, I’ll be able to blog like I used to on my own computer again. Yay! For now, I am using the library on my only week day off. Next week, I do not get any days off, so do not expect anything soon for a while at least. I’m really sorry about this, but I cannot stop life and its hurtles. I only have 30 minutes remaining on my library timeclock. So, lets get into it!

Stridex Maxium
11.99 US DOLLARS [for a pack of 3]
90 Soft Touch Pads [per pack]
toner pads
4 out of 5 stars

1. Usage: This lasted me 90 days, so three months as my nightly toner. I really like these toner pads. It helps to reduce the amount of acne I get and reduces hormonal acne as well. I really like how much you get for the price. I did give one pack to my dad, because he can get acne from time to time and when he has it, this stuff clears it up for him. 5 out of 5 stars

2. Packaging: I like the sturdy plastic contqainer it comes in and that it has a screw on top to keep the product from drying up. It is very a simple design and style, but very effective. I really like it a lot, even though the container is a bulky item. 5 out of 5 stars

3. Scent: It really smells like Vick’s vapor rub to be totally honest with all of my viewers. It isn’t the most pleasant scent in the world. When you first use it, be careful of going near your eyes. I use the pad all over my face, then neck. After using it on my neck, I will fold the pad and use the nontextured side on my eyes to make sure they are super clean as well. 2 out of 5 stars

4. Performance: This wipes any remaining dirt/makeup off of my face and leaves a pleasant tingle behind. I believe that this helps to tighten my pores, but I am not entirely sure or certain. I really like this pad, but I think it might be a little too strong and drying for my skin type. I think that I will be going with the sensitive or the all natural kind next time in the same brand, because I do think that this product is very effective. Until I find a formula that is right for my skin, this product will not achieve holy grail status. 4 out of 5 stars

5. Ingredients: I really like how this toner does not contain any alcohol whatsoever. Alcohol is very drying on the skin and I do not want products with alcohol in them. It does have ammonium lauryl sulfate, but I am unsure whether that is a bad ingredient or not. I know sodium l s is, but not if this one is. 4 out of 5 stars

6. Results: These pads are truely amazing. I love toner pads for the evening, because I think they work better than just spraying toner on and wiping it off with a cotton ball. I also think that the pqds are more heavy duty, taking off more junk that gets in there during the day. I believe this stuff does work to treat and reduce acne. 5 out of 5 stars

Overall, a solid 4.1. I’m running out of time here, so I have to go!

With Love,