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. ūüôā

Dove Advanced Care Cool Essentials 48H Deodorant

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

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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

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

Face

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

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

sample

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

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Beauty, Empties, Evening skincare routine, Reviews

Charcoal: Is It Worth The Hype?

For Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser

Morning cleansers

What it is:

A charcoal cleanser that cleanser that cleans 2x better and naturally purifies.

Key Ingredients:

water, glycerin, sodium laureth sulfate, fragrance, menthol, methylparaben, charcoal powder, iron oxides, cellulose.

How it feels/smells/looks:

It is a clack cleanser with black charcoal bits in it. It feels cooling on the skin from the menthol and foams up easily. The gel cleanser has a clean menthol scent. It smells similar to other Biore products without the menthol essence.

Why I like it:

It is a great basic cleanser, but I do not think that it really cleans better than other cleansers. Charcoal is so far down the ingredients list that I don’t think it does very much. I didn’t notice a difference in my acne, so for me, it was not worth the money. It took me forever to use this up, but I finally did. I would buy a different Biore cleanser in the future, because I do think it is a good brand. This just didn’t live up to my expectations.

With Love,
Selena
Beauty, Empties, Evening skincare routine, First Impressions, Morning Skincare Routine, Octoberfest

September Empties

Heya Aspiring Gurus!

I hope you all have been enjoying the beginning of Octoberfest. Today is my dad’s birthday, so we will be celebrating later with cake. He hasn’t decided if he wants cheese cake or ice cream cake. I’m hoping for ice cream, but we will see. September was a month full of empties for me, from samples to a few full sized products. I finished 8 samples and 8 full sized products. It is a mix of everything, so here we go.

Cafe Bustelo Estilo Espresso Espresso Style, 1 Kcup

Dunkin’ Donuts French Vanilla, 1 Kcup

The Original Donut Shop Coffee, 1 Kcup

Green Mountain Coffee Breakfast Blend, 1 Kcup

Maybelline New York Dream Nude Airfoam With SPF 16 in 240 Natural Beige, 1.6 oz

gum

Dentyne Ice in Peppermint, 60 ct

BB Cream

L’Oreal Paris Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream in Light, 1 fl oz

products

Amika Nourishing Mask, 0.7 fl oz

glitter eye liner

Too Faced Starry-Eyed Liquid Eyeliner in Super Freak, 0.14 oz

bath fizz

Bath Fizzer

serum

OleHenriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster, 0.5 fl oz

vitamins

Spring Valley Prenatal Adult Gummy Multivitamin, 90 ct

sample

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser, sample

bb cream

Dr. Jart + Premium BB SPF 45, 0.2 fl oz

Toner

Clearasil Daily Clear Refreshing Superfruit Pads, 90 ct

Morning cleansers

Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser, 6.77 fl oz

Well, that is everything that I finished last month. Here is to another month full of empties. I already finished two full sized products, so it is already looking up to me.

With Love,

Selena

Beauty, Morning Skincare Routine

My Current Morning Skincare Routine 2015

Heya Aspiring Gurus!

I haven’t done an updated skincare routine in ages! Well, that is a little dramatic, more like over a year. A lot has changed in my life and my skin care routine is constantly changing. I haven’t had a steady routine for a long time, not even now. I’m hoping to discover more products that I love. So far, the only constant in my skin care routine has been my Cetaphil Facial Moisturizer. Everything else is in constant flux. I guess, that is to be expected for a skin care junky like myself. I love all things skin care…maybe even more than makeup. Shocking, I know. Any ways, let’s get into my morning skin care routine, which includes my basic makeup face for work. I like to keep my makeup basic for work. I’m there to work, not impress, but I love a little makeup.

Skin Care Routine:

Morning cleansers

First, I start off my washing my face with whatever sample that I have left over from my subscription boxes or the last drags of a cleanser I didn’t particularly like. I actually subscribed to Beauty Fix and September’s box comes with a facial scrub, so I will be using that. I haven’t found a Holy Grail morning cleanser yet. I just apply my chosen cleanser, leave it on for a minute, then rinse and pat dry. Really simple and easy, because my mornings are busy and my routine needs to be short.

Toner

I either use a toner or I go right to my moisturizer. I used to use toner religiously, but it is something that I stopped doing this year. I really want to get back to using it. I want to get a liquid one though. These toner pads are too scratchy and harsh on my delicate facial skin. I want to buy a Burt’s Bees one and get some exfoliating cotton rounds. Or the Pixi Glow Tonic, I’ve heard amazing things about that one as well.

moisturizer

My current moisturizer is my Holy Grail and I will never stray too far from it. I love the Cetaphil Facial Moisturizer with SPF 15 so much! I do have my eye on the Neutrogena Grapefruit Acne Fighting Daily Moisturizer, since I do get acne and I find that having an acne lotion works really well at treating and preventing them. I tend to find them drying, so I always use them every other day. I still get the acne fighting effect without it over drying my skin and making it even more oily than it normally is. I have oily skin. Always have and most likely always will. I’m finding out what works and what doesn’t. I have to use moisturizer. If I don’t, my skin is even oilier from lack of moisture and it overcompensates. I use one pump, brush my fingers together, and tap most of the product on my cheeks before moving to cover my forehead and T zone. I also go down my neck with whatever remains. I’m heavy on my cheeks and jaw line, where I tend to be drier. This leaves my face slightly dewy, before it soaks in. It usually takes two to 5 minutes to completely soak in and look matte.

spf

Then, I like to add on some skin protection, since I have a genetic history of skin cancer and have had two scares so far in my short life. Cancer is no joke and everyone should be using actual SPF in their routine. SPF in your moisturizer isn’t enough. Now, I’ll get off my soap box. I look for acne safe SPF that will not clog my pores or make me more oily. I pour a quarter sized amount on my fingers and dab some of my neck, cheeks, and forehead. I rub in my neck first, then my forehead, then my cheeks bringing the product to the rest of my T zone as well. I will apply another quarter sized amount of product and repeat. This ensures that I am getting all the protection that I need from the sun on my daily adventures (going to work or daily events). It takes 5 to 10 minutes for this to sink in and for the white cast to disappear. It leaves my skin with a healthy glow after. I look hydrated and healthy. I will usually have breakfast and get dressed during this time.

elf primerseye shadow primerelf primer swatch

I will prime my eyes to prevent them from getting too oily throughout the day and to get rid of the purple discoloration that I have. My veins color my eye lids to look like I’m always wearing purple shadow. A skin colored primer cancels this out perfectly. Right now, I am using ELF and I warm it up on the back on my hand before applying it. I would not repurchase this. It is dry unless you warm it up first to get it creamy. That wastes product though and I’d rather just use a creamy product in the first place.

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I will then use my current base with a flat Kabuki brush. I love using this brush to apply foundation. It blends out like a dream. I am using a travel sized version of Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer, which has just enough coverage for my taste. I really love it for that everyday look. It gives my skin a healthy glow and depending upon my mood, I will sometimes not use powder after. It is just a pretty finish that sometimes I don’t feel like covering it up with powder. I apply from the outside of the face in to the center.

Liquid Concealer: Boo-Boo Cover-Upbobo swatchbobo swatch

If I have any redness or acne peeking through, I will add my trusty concealer on top. I want to try the Nars dupe from Maybelline when I am done with this one. This does not completely cover acne and I think it works better for dark circles. It brightens up that area while concealing the purple color as well. I always use a little underneath my eyes, since I have hereditary dark circles. It is very creamy and blends out really well. I like using a foundation brush in a tapping motion to blend it into my tinted moisturizer.

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While my face sets,  I will style my hair. It can take me anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes most weekday mornings. I will then decide depending on how my skin looks that day, to use a highlighter or a staining blush. If I want to look glowy and skip powder, I will chose a highlighter. The pink one doubles as a blush! I use it on the apples of my cheeks and blend in a c shape going towards my hairline and onto my temples. It gives me that light from within glow. I then, pat some of the inner corners of my eyes and on my eyebrow arch. Most of the time, I forget the cupids bow. It is a subtle glow with micro-shimmer, instead of obnoxious glitter.

cheek gelpixi swatchpixi swatch

If I am feeling like I want to use powder, I will use a staining blush. This one from Pixi looks scary, but it blends out into the most beautiful sun kissed glow. It has that beach vibe to it that I love. A little goes a long way, but I find that it is foolproof to apply. Even when I use a little too much, I can still blend it to look natural. I use my fingers and concentrate on the apples of my cheeks before blending out towards my hairline. It gives it a nice faded effect and best of all, no harsh blush lines!

powderbrush

If I decide to powder, I use a fluffy brush and apply the powder in a tapping motion concentrating on the T zone and lightly coating the cheeks and neck. I don’t love the one that I am using, but it is good for setting my makeup and keeping me matte throughout the day. By the end of the day, I am oily, but not as oily as well I use zero powder. It doesn’t add much color, but it does lighten the skin a little bit. It hasn’t broken me out, which is a good thing in my book.

That is my morning routine! I might just go ahead and do my evening routine tomorrow, but these types of posts have been draining to my lately with being pregnant and all. I might just do a book review post instead, I hope you all don’t mind. I want to see your morning routines! If you have a post on one, link it in the comments section below. I love reading these types of posts!

With Love,

Selena

Beauty, Empties, Favorites, First Impressions, My Life, Octoberfest

Empties: The October Edit

Heya Aspiring Gurus!

Wow! Another month has come and gone once again. I have used up a few things, but I expect to be using up more things in November, since I am starting a new series on my blog. More details on that are soon to come. I cannot believe that I have already been at my new job for a month! It is so exciting. I have seven empties for you this month and I guess comparing to others who only post seasonal empties, I use up a lot more products. I could never say up a whole bag of empties to do a seasonal post. That is crazy! Now, onto my post.

Peter Thomas Roth AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel Anti-Acne, 0.5 fl oz

clearing gel

Biore Pore Perfection Nose Strip, 1 ct

Biore

The Body Shop Honey Bronzing Powder in Fair Matte 02, 0.39 oz

bronzerbronzing powder

Befine Food Skin Care Daily Moisturizer With SPF 15, 1.5 fl oz

moisturizer

Bath & Body Works Paris Amour Shower Gel, 10 fl oz

Shower Gel

Dr. Brandt Pores No More, 0.25 fl oz

Primer

Simple Replenishing Rich Moisturizer, 4.2 fl oz

[I must have accidentally erased the picture for this. I will have the picture uploaded, when I do the review.]

Those are my empties for the month of October! I’m hoping to get 10 empties in the month of October! So excited!

With Love,

Selena Hannah xoxoxo

#Julamorous, Beauty, Empties, Evening skincare routine, Favorites, Morning Skincare Routine, My Life, Reviews

Empties: The June Edition

Heya Aspiring Gurus!

Today is the first day of Julamorous! If you are just going me this year, Julamorous is a month-long event, where I post every day for the whole month. So, there will be many posts this month and I try really hard not to miss any days and if I do, I always make up for it and will post two days worth the next day. I want this year to be even better with possibly multiple posts a day. I think that this would work better on my days off than when I do work. I work most days of the week. I typically get one day off a week or one day off ¬†every two weeks, depending upon how many hours I can pick up at my second job. I work my second job at Macy’s, which gives out great coupons by the way. I haven’t used them yet, but I plan on using them up in the next couple of months. They expire in September and I don’t want them to go to waste. Anyways, I am getting severely off topic. This is an empties post. I didn’t go through a lot of items this month, but May was a really heavy month for empties. ¬†I predict that July will be a really heavy empties month as well. Here are the few things that I did finish this past month:

Axe Fresh Twist 24H Deodorant Stick, 3 oz

axe

The Body Shop Nutriganics Drops of Youth, 1 fl oz

The Body Shop Serum

Blistex Stridex Maximum 90 Sort-Touch Pads

toner pads

Biore Combination Skin Balancing Cleanser, 6.77 fl oz

Biore Cleanser

Kleenx Hand Towels, 60 Count

hand towels

Paper Mate InkJoy, 300RT 1.0M in Blue

InkJoy Blue

Gillette Men’s Razor, 2 Blade

Gillette Men's Razor

Gillette Satin Care with a Touch of Olay Sensitive Shave Gel, 7 oz

Gilette Shave Gel

The Body Shop Seaweed Pore-Cleansing Facial Exfoliator, 2.5 fl oz

exfoliator

Reviews

Poor Night Moisture

Product: Biore Hard Days Night Overnight Face Moisturizer-1.7 oz

2 Stars

This is supposed to moisturize your skin on your face, but it does not. It slicks on well and smells like the usual biore product. It does not have a purfume smell and I was really looking forward to that. In the morning, my face would be dry and not moisturized at all. It banishes shine, but it does not moisturize. It is better as a day cream than a night repairing serum.