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Thermal Spring Water

For Eau Thermale Avene Thermal Spring Water

skincare

This was nice to have to use with my skincare to prep my skin before adding my serum. It allowed thicker serums to spread easily. I am not going to purchase, because this is expensive for water. I bought a spray bottle at Walmart that I intend to put distilled water in to use instead of an expensive aerosol can of water. I can see this being convenient for travel, but otherwise than that, this is very much a princess product. I welcome another PR bottle of this anytime, because it is a good product. It is just very expensive for what it actually is.

With Love,

❤ Selena Hannah ❤

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September Empties

I have not counted my empties beforehand so it will be a complete surprise to see how many products I have used up this month. I am happy to have finish at least one full sized item this month that I can remember and I am really proud of myself. It was a big 2 oz night time face cream that I didn’t particularly enjoy. So, even if I only finished up like 20 things, I feel like I have accomplished so much more. Let’s get into seeing what I used up this month instead of continuing this long intro.

2. International Delight Coffee Creamer

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4. Gerber Lil’ Beanies

food

5. Swiss Miss Hot Milk Chocolate

food

6. Hawaiian Tropic Broad Spectrum SPF 30

sunscreen

7. LW Home Banana Smoothie Candle

8. Biore Charcoal Nose Strip

face

9. Derma E Hydrating Night Cream

10. Hang Ten Dark Tanning Oil SPF 08

sunscreen

10. Softsoap Body Scrub Coconut Butter

scrub

11. 3 in 1 Body Wash, Shampoo & Conditioner Strawberry & Banana

shampoo

12. Medicell Labs Advanced Moisture Eye Mask Duo

mask

14. MJCARE Snail Face Mask

mask

15. B&BW Hello Sugar! Shimmer Body Lotion

lotion

16. Eau Thermale Avene Theramal Spring Water

skincare

17. Makeup Forever Loose Face Powder

18. Jergens Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer

lotion

19. OUAI Rose Hair & Body Oil

oil

20. Crayola Bathtub Fingerpaint Soap in Robin’s Egg Blue

soap

21. Temptu Pink Pearl Highlighter

highlighter

22. Marc Jabos Daisy Perfume Sample

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23. Hair Tie

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24. SkinMedica Total Defense + Repair Sunscreen

sunscreen

24 products empty isn’t a bad number to end the month with. I already have four or five empties in my basket right now and I’m sure I’ll have more soon. It seems like some things are running out all at once, but I have backups. I’m hoping that October brings a solid 20 product month as well. I’m usually very happy with using up 20 products a month. I know that may seem like a lot to other people, but I have a ton of deluxe and sample sizes that need to be used up. I’m forever adding to the collection with my Sephora and Walmart beauty boxes. I’m getting there though. I don’t have quite as big of a stash as I used to.

With Love,

Selena

Beauty, Empties, Evening skincare routine, First Impressions, Reviews

Eau Thermale

For Avene Eau Thermale Clearance Cleansing Gel

 

This stuff smelt like Ivory soap and I did not like how it stripped my skin of moisture every time. In fact, It was like I was using Ivory soap to wash my face. Yuck! The cleansing gel is meant for oily skin, so I guess that’s why it was so stripping. Kind of counter intuitive though, because if you overly strip oily skin, it is just going to produce more oil not less. I don’t really have anything nice to say about this product. I would not repurchase and I do not recommend. I’m glad that I finished it up and it is out of my life now. I have a little bit more space in my cabinet and that is a nice feeling….before I go and cram more crap in there.

With Love,

❤ Selena Hannah ❤

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August Birchbox 2016

I got my Birchbox last Saturday, but  haven’t had the opportunity to write about it until now. I have to say, after not really liking my July box,  am loving my August one! Everyone gets two hair care products this month, since it’s about flawless hair this month. I’m very satisfied with my box. Two hair care products, two face products, and one beautiful eye shadow/highlighter. It really made my day! Here’s my box:

I really love the geometric pattern this month and all the high end brands.

Beach Spray

Oribe Apres Beach Wave & Shine Spray, 1 oz for $4.50 USD

I am so excited to give this beach spray a try. Youtube raves about this product on a daily basis. I haven’t tried this out yet, but I plan to as soon as I wash my hair. Which will be Monday night, so Tuesday morning is when I get to try this baby out! If I am blown away by this product, I would consider purchasing it after I use up my sea salt sprays. I think  have a couple laying around somewhere. Anyway, I am very excited to try this!

cleanser

Avene Cleanance Cleansing Gel, 0.84 fl oz $2.50 USD

This cleansing gel has a strong floral fragrance that I’m not really a fan of. I will use this sample, because I enjoy trying new things and don’t like to see things go to waste. I really like this brand, so I am willing to give this cleanser a try.Who knows? Maybe it’s a hidden gem underneath all that fragrance.

hair oil

Bumble and bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Primer, 1 fl oz for $3.30 USD

I was in need for another detangler, so I am happy to have received one in my box. This is going straight to my bathroom counter to use Monday night after my shower. This might be my last Birchbox, since the company no longer allows you to gain points for reviewing the products in your box. As soon as I find a new box, I will let you all know. Anyways, I am super excited to be getting this brand and it will go to good use.

moisturizer

REN Flash Hydro-Boost Instant Plumping Emulsion, 0.34 fl oz for $10.50 USD

This has an interesting concept and smells very fresh. It is a moisturizer booster that you add a little bit of water to. It is supposed to plump up and hydrate your skin before you put on your moisturizer. So, it’s kinda like a primer for your moisturizer. I will use it at night, since I tend to do lengthier routines then and this would fit in nicely. I don’t think I would ever buy something like this though. I’d rather just buy a nice serum to put on before my moisturizer.

Manna Kadar Cosmetics Eye Shadow in Fantasy, 1 pan for $19 USD

This is a pink bronzy color that I actually really like as a highlight color. I would also use it as an eye shadow, but not as a blush. This is such a pretty shade that I’m sure that I will get a lot of use out of this full sized item. You can blend it in for a more subtle look, but this color still stands out after blending. Some highlights disappear after blending, but this one holds up.

Overall, I really loved my box, but am disappointed that I cannot earn points anymore. I will be cashing my points in with my September box and that will sadly be my last one.

With Love ❤

Selena

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September BeautyFix

Heya Aspiring Gurus!

I recently received my BeautyFix September box a couple of weeks ago and just got around to opening it. I was going to do an unboxing, but I’m feeling under the weather this weekend. I thought I would just share what I got in this box instead. I paid 13 USD and some odd change for this box and it came with two free samples, which was very generous of Dermstore. I will be getting the October box at 25 USD and the November box. I will be cancelling after that for three months and then resubscribing. I cannot afford a 25 USD box during my maternity leave. I am excited to receive two more boxes though. I really love this subscription. Let me show you why!

Full Sized Products:

Dr. Brandt BB Cream With Signature Flexitone, 1 oz for 39 USD

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This product alone makes the whole box worth it to me. I have been wanting to try this forever and I really enjoy trying out new bb creams. This one seems a bit dark on the back of my hand, but a little goes a long way. I’m hoping that if I spread it out better, thinner on my face, I will get a better color match. If it doesn’t match, then I will give this to a friend who might be a better match than me. I’m just happy to be trying this out and it is such an expensive product.

Nick Chavez Starlet Shine Spray, 3.5 oz for 19 USD

shine spray

I can use a new shine spray. The one that I have is a manual spray and this one is aerosol. I’m interested to see the difference and see how this one performs compared to my drugstore one. I’m hoping that this one will be a little more subtle and easy to use. The other one made my hair look a bit greasy and I would always wash it that day, if I used it.

Deluxe Samples:

Sanitas Skincare Lemon Cream Scrub, 60 ml for 10 USD

cream scrub

I needed a new cleanser for in the morning, since I was running out of my samples. This will be nice to try and it is a very good size. Maybe, this will be a new favorite morning cleanser. I like that most of these brands are really expensive. It is like a monthly treat to myself. It smells like freshly squeezed lemons, so this will be nice to use in the morning.

L’Occitane Shea Butter Extra-Gentle Soap in Verbena, 1.7 oz for 1.80 USD

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I love the hand lotion by this brand and the fact that it is pretty affordable is great. Also, you get a 20% off coupon good for the entire month, if you wanted to buy something from the Dermstore. I will be giving this lemon scented soap to my dad. He really loves to use soaps and I don’t use solid soap as much. I have a few from Lush that I am in the process of using and my skin is very sensitive to soaps. He likes the scent and I’ll let you know if he likes thee soap as well.

NIA 24 Sun Damage Prevention UVA/UVB Sunscreen SPF 30/PA, 1 fl oz for 19.60 USD

sunscreen

Another big sample that is quite expensive. I will be putting this away until I finish my current facial sunscreen. This came sealed, so I can feel good about putting it away for a a month or two. I look forward to trying this out, since I put sunscreen on my face and neck almost everyday year round. For now, it is going into storage.

Samples:

Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain in Forever Peach, ?

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I already have this in forever pink, so now I have both of them. They are great for moisturized lips on the go and they smell amazing too. I will be keeping this one at work. It gives a subtle peach hue to your lips.

SkinMedica TNS Eye Repair, 2g for 13.72 USD

eye cream

I have a morning eye cream, so this will be nice to use at night to prevent aging. I’m guessing that this sample would last a month for the eye area. I look forward to testing this out and seeing if my eyes are too sensitive for it. I wonder if this will help dark circles?

Skinceuticals Phloretin CF, ? 1 fl oz is 162 USD, so it is an expensive small sample

serum

This is a Vitamin C serum that you apply in the morning before putting on moisturizer. I am glad to have another Vitamin C serum to get rid of the remaining hyperpigmentation that I have on my cheek, which is my only skin concern. Acne leaves red marks on my face and vitamin C really helps a lot. I’m glad to be adding this into my morning routine and there seems to be enough or two weeks to a month of use.

Avene Retrinal 0.1 Intensive Cream, 0.1 fl oz for 6.90 USD

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The small samples are really expensive, even though you only get a small bit. I calculate my samples from the full size and do the math to determine the price. You really get what you pay for. This is an anti-aging night cream. I’m guessing it would be three full face applications, but I’m going to use it as an eye cream once I am not pregnant or nursing. The packaging tells me specially not to use it. So, this will sit around for a bit. If I’m not going to be able to use it by August 2017, I will give it away.

Raw Spirit Summer Rain Eau De Parfum, 1 ml for 5.30 USD

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This is a nice citrus scent that I am sure Danielle will love. It is crisp and fresh. I still have half of my bottle of White Citrus, so I am all set when it comes to this fresh squeezed scent. I don’t want this sample to just sit around, so I will add it to her birthday bag as a little freebie. Surprise, Danielle! Speaking of you, I have a letter I never mailed! I need to mail it!

I think that this box is a great value at 13 and some odd change. Hell, even at 25 USD, everything would have been worth it. I also received these extras. I will be enjoying this subscription and will be resubing next year after my maternity leave. It is everything that I like to sample. I also really enjoy the variety. I have plenty of things to pamper my skin with now.

Extras:

Medicell Labs Advanced Moisture Eye Mask Duo, 1 pair for 15 USD

eye mask

I would never buy something so expensive for myself, but I will enjoy using these after my delivery. I plan on taking this with me to the hospital, along with a few sheet masks to really perk my skin up after that ordeal. I am very excited to have some fancy, luxury pamper goodies! It also has a 30% of coupon if you want to buy the set: an eye mask and a facial mist that retails for 70 USD. I will not be using this so, here it is MEDICELLEYE.

SkinMedica Total Defense + Repair SPF 34, 3.7 g for 3.70 USD

sunscreen

This is a small sunscreen sample that I will use after I finish my current sunscreen. It is made for the face and has antioxidants in it. I think that I would get about two uses out of this, but I will still enjoy using it. I am putting it away for now, but I will use this in a couple of months and will let you know my impression of it. I love freebies!

With Love,

Selena

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Sample Wednesday: Avene

For Avene Eau Thermale Thermal Spring Water

Toner: Eau Thermale Avene

What It Is: A soothing, softening, hypoallergenic water spray toner for sensitive skin.

Key Ingredient: This only has two ingredients: water and nitrogen. Nitrogen is not good for the environment, so I would not buy this for myself personally. At least, this has skin yummy ingredients and no harsh chemicals. Hurrah!

How It Feels/Smells/Looks: The spray toner is scent-free and feels refreshing on the skin. It is a clear, powerful sprayer. It does not give a fine mist. It gives a “harder” mist that is still delicate enough not to leave your face dripping. It is hard to explain, but I found the mist to be more fine than its non-aerosol counterparts that can spray a “glob” of water on your face and ruin your makeup.

Why I Like It: I found this toner to be refreshing on a hot summer’s day, but it did not do anything special for my skin. I would not repurchase it mainly, because I want my toners to actually “do” something or to be beneficial to my skin in some way. I am also trying my own hand at mixing up toners with different levels of success. I may actually have found the perfect formula and I’ll let you guys know as soon as I have confirmed that. Anyway, this toner was nice to try out and was very cooling during the warm summer months.

With Love,

Selena

Beauty, Empties, My Life

Empties: The November Edit

Heya Aspiring Gurus!

It is that time again! I cannot believe that November has come to pass and that Christmas is almost upon us! I have some very upsetting news to share with all of you. Don’t worry though, nobody died. Well, something did: my Kindle Fire (1st generation). I cannot believe that I’ve had it since the beginning and before that I had the first edition of the actual Kindle back when it was free 4G. Remember those days? Anyways, now, I’m purchasing the brand new 4th generation Kindle Fire for $141 dollars, because I am getting the three year replacement plan. If I had gotten that before, it could have paid for the kindle that I have to buy now. It is my Christmas present, but I don’t mind too much. It’s nice to get something new, but I hate saying goodbye to something old. The hardest is going to be going without a Kindle for a few years, when I haven’t been without one since I was 14. Oh, how time flies! Anyways, I do have an amazon haul for you and a Lush haul that will hopefully happen before Christmas. I know that I am still getting a few gifts and I’m still buying gifts for everyone. My kindle money is coming out of my savings and I just won’t buy those Ariana Grande tickets that I really wanted. Not a big deal for me. I will eventually see a concert. I’m only 22! lol. Here’s my empties, not very many I warn you.

Perfectly Posh Snarky Bar [sample]

Snarky Bar

Just Because Daily Essentials Everyday Facial Wipes, 20 ct

Face Wipes

Perfectly Posh Gender Bender [sample]

Gender Bender

Avene Eau Thermale Thermal Spring Water, 1.76 oz

Toner: Eau Thermale Avene

Lush Tea Tree Water, 3.3 fl oz

tea tree toner water

Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder in 010 Fair, 0.28 oz

[A disappointing first impressions to come. Sorry no picture for this one. I still have the product left. I only used it a few times. Dani, do you want to take it off my hands? You could possibly find it a new home. The ingredients in it makes me have an allergic reaction and makes my face extremely red and flaky.]

Nourish Organic Moisturizing Cream Face Cleanser, 1 fl oz

face cleanser

What have you finished up?

With Love,

Selena Hannah xoxoxo