Beauty, Empties, Favorites, Lifestyle, Reviews

Home For The Holidays

For Rite Aid Home For The Holidays Candle in Cinnamon & Clove

I searched for my candle pictures with “ca” and pictures of candles and Shadow showed up. RIP Shadow. I really love the scent of this candle! It is strong, spicy, and a bit sweet like cinnamon candy hearts. The burn wasn’t the greatest, since the wax didn’t burn evenly. The scent throw was amazing, though. My landlord gave this to me as a house warming gift. It is a nice big candle, so it lasted a good two months the way that I burn candles. I burn my candles when I am at home and not cooking on the stove.So, during the week, I don’t really burn candles. On the weekend, I will keep a candle burning for hours and hours, practically all day. I just love the scent of a candle burning and I need more! I need to do a candle haul soon. I picked up two more candles at Marshall’s recently and I found a missing candle from the move earlier this year.

With Love,

<3Selena Hannah<3

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, Empties, Favorites, Reviews, SALE

Pink Cupcake

For Kmart Nicki Minaj Candle in Pink Cupcake

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I love the scent of this candle and I am so sad that I used it up. I cannot repurchase, because this was a limited edition candle. In reality though, any pink cupcake scented candle would probably smell very similar. I don’t think that it was a unique scent. It just came in a very pretty glass container. I tried cleaning it out to hold my makeup brushes and it won’t work out. I feel like the only candle glasses you can reuse are the ones from B&BW. You just freeze the leftover wax and it comes right out. A couple of wipes and the residue is gone as well. I cannot salvage this glass jar. Oh well! I loved it while it lasted and I would buy another candle from Kmart on clearance.

With Love,

<3Selena Hannah<3

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, Food

April Birchbox

While I am not in love with all of the products in my April Birchbox, I am very satisfied with it. I made a purchase and used up my 10 USD Birchbox points that were expiring this month. I am happy to be trying everything and hopefully, you will see them in next month’s empties! Birchbox is really affordable at 10 USD a month with tax. (Mine is 63 cents!) Without further waiting, here is my April Birchbox!

I chose the Rifle Paper Co box and I am glad that I did the box is GORGEOUS and the 20% off coupon is one that I will actually use. I’m making photo-albums for my son and I want to make it beautiful. I’m sure this company will help me make it as handsome as him. I bought a small album book that fits 6 by 4 photos as a full page. It’s big enough to right dates and make some pages “event” ones like stubs from his first movie with the movie poster photo on it or details about the day. Anyways, I really love the box. It will be great to put little gifts into it like gift cards or something.

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Rusk Elixir Mist Thermal Shine Mist (No Hold), 35 ml for $10 USD

I have two other shine sprays besides this one. One is an aerosol and the other is just a sprayer. I love this brand and it smells amazing, too. This product is great on days, when your hair is looking a bit dull and you want to shine it up. I’m glad I got this product/brand, but it is going to be a bit before I can use it.

Burt’s Bees Pink Blossom Tinted Lip Balm, 0.15 oz for $7 USD

It doesn’t really tint my lips, but it does feel very moisturizing on the lips. It feels a bit oily and it is a natural lip balm. It isn’t my favorite, but it is great for applying around the house or on the go with a baby. It is very fuss free. You can never have too many lip balms, I suppose. I tend to misplace mine ALL THE TIME.

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W3ll People Expressionist Mascara, ? oz for $6 USD

I assume that this mascara is a fourth of the product as in a full sized tube. I have two tubes of mascara open right now, so I will not be using this soon. I love trying out mascara, but if it doesn’t work for me, I’m quick to toss it as an “empty”. Another product to enjoy later and not right now. It has to wait its turn in my beauty routine.

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Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle Leave In Conditioner, ? oz for $2.94 USD

I assume that this product is an ounce. I cannot wait to use this product. It is waiting on my bathroom counter for the next time that I take a shower. I just finished It’s a 10 and I just want to try something different, but hopefully just as good! If not, I can always buy It’s A 10 for blondes.

Odacite Skincare B1 + C serum Concentrate, ? oz $?

This is a serum that treats pimples. I will try this, but its such a small sample. I don’t think I’ll be able to review it afterwards. It’ll be in an empty soon, though. I’m excited to try it. I have a few pimples here and there that come up if I’m too lazy to wash my face.

That is all that was in my birchbox, but I also bought these two items!

Illumme Noble Currant Soy Candle, 3.2 oz for $5.40 USD

This candle smells divine and I love the canister. I have already burned a fourth of this up and I can see myself buying another one.

Kusmi Tea Tea Infuser, 1 ct for $6.90 USD

I needed one of these for my stringless tea bags and I want to try drinking loose tea. It seems like it is very good quality.

Well, that is it for now!

With Love ❤

Selena

Beauty, Entertainment, Favorites, My Life

February Favorites

Heya Aspiring Gurus!

I cannot believe that today is the first of March! Another month has come and pass and now another month has come to be. This month I have a few favorites to share with you. Let’s see…I have one beauty product to have the spotlight on for this month, but we will wait until later in this post to bring it up and talk about it. First off, my number one favorite this month was going to Monster Jam for Valentines Day, which was really nice. I’ll show you a few pictures down below. It was an unforgettable experience that I will treasure forever.

My Dad on the Left with a Garth Brooks lookalike on the right. He's a monster truck driver, not an impersonator. lol
My Dad on the Left with a Garth Brooks lookalike on the right. He’s a monster truck driver, not an impersonator. lol

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Another favorite on mine was the two vacation days that I took in February leading up to the Monster Jam show. It is nice to take a long break from work and to just relax and de-stress. My hours also changed this month, which was nice. The hours suit me better and give me more time in the evening to blog, read, and cook dinner. I’m more of a nigh time doer anyway.

My two unfavorites of the month were busting up my toe and Shadow being diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. On the 16th of March, Shadow is going back to the vet for blood work to see if the food is working. If not, she will have to go on medication for her condition.

My favorite beauty product of the month was…a candle! Yes, you heard it hear. It was a delicious Blueberry Cheesecake scented candle from Home & Garden Party, a store that no longer exists. That is how old my candle is. I think it was bought for my 6th birthday, because I was really into smelling candles. So, I kept it for the longest time. I am burning it now. It is a little mason jar candle and it smells incredible! When I light it, my dad always asks if I’m cooking desert. It has that fresh, home baked scent that makes your home very inviting.

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I also want to tag on a few little bits that I bought at Kmart today. I bought Scrubbing Bubbles for my bathroom based on a recommendation by Danielle. Is this the right kind? I already used it on my bathroom today and I thought that it did a really great job. Speaking of which, you could do cleaner reviews. I’d like to know what products you think are best.

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Okay, so I cheated. I bought myself a candle, even though I have not finished a candle yet. It is Glade 2 in 1 Candle Fresh Berries & Wild Raspberry 3.8 oz glass jar. It smells like Spring and it was only 3 USD, which is cheap for a candle. I never know what  to do with the little glass jars. I have I think two empty glass jars right now just sitting in my room. I have a bigger one for holding q-tips. Maybe, I will make one of the little ones hold q-tips and turn the big one into a makeup brush holder? That sounds like a project!

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I also bought a new hairbrush. Right now, I only have a knockoff wet brush detangler. Now, I have a brush that I can use on dry hair to brush it out and to style it a lot easier. It is by Goody and called Smooth Blends. It is infused with ceramic and natural boar bristles to enhance shine. I really like the look and feel of this brush. I’ll let you know how I like it in the long run.

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And finally, I bought a new tooth brush. It is Oral-B 3D White Luxe Soft Toothbrush with Stain Eraser that gently removes stains. I thought that this would be a nice introduction to whitening my teeth. I’m taking baby steps to whiten them. I’m going to use this toothbrush. Then, in a month, buy a whitening pen to use. Then, upgrade to whitening toothpaste and mouthwash. Finally, if my teeth is not to my desired whiteness, I am going to buy the strips. I have sensitive teeth, so I want to introduce everything gradually.

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That is it for now. Did you buy anything? What was your favorites?

With Love,

Selena

Beauty, Fashion, Haul, My Life, SALE

Mega Mall Haul

Heya Aspiring Gurus!

I went on a shopping spree on Monday, which was my day off (granted, I wrote this a few weeks ago.). I started shopping at Kmart for a few essentials, then I hit up Macy’s, Victoria Secret’s, Forever 21, and Bath & Body Works. I went all out and got a ton of great stuff with my 2013 tax return. I even had enough money to use on my car for repairs as well. It was a great shopping experience and I loved every minute of it. So, let’s get started with all of the items that I bought at Kmart.

Kmart Items:

Basic Editions Scoop Tank Promo in Light Blue in Medium, 4.98 USD

[It’s a basic bright blue tank top. I didn’t take a picture of it.]

First up, I bought a shirt for free using my SYW rewards bonus points. So, I got a 5 USD tang top for nothing, nada. Major score!

Tree Hut Loofah, 2 USD

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Next off, I bought this loofah by the brand Tree Hut, which I went crazy and bought a few more of their things. I really needed a loofah for my Lush Shower Jelly and this one is the perfect size for my little hands. I also like the more natural color than the artificial brights.

Tree Hut Shea Sugar Body Scrub in Coconut Lime, 18 oz for 6.49 USD

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I have yet to try this body scrub, but it smells amazing which is why I bought it. It is a beautiful blue green color with coconut shell particles for extra exfoliation. I can definitely smell the coconut and lime with a hint of sugar sweetness, courtesy of the sugar aspect of the scrub. I found out about this brand from Elle Fowler from allthatglitters21 on Youtube.She loved this scent and I have to say that I am in love with this as well. I thought that the product would be really expensive, but the range is very affordable. I was happily relieved about that. She took this on vacation with her, but using this, is like a vacation for me. I am hoping that I can trade in my Bath  Body Work’s expensive scrub with this inexpensive one.

Tree Hut Shea Moisturizing Shower Wash in Coconut Lime, 16 fl oz for 6.49 USD

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This does not smell as good as the scrub, because it is less sweet and more sour from the lime. Actually, it is a bit apple scented as well. I cannot wait to try this body wash. It is a nice big size for how inexpensive this product is.

Tree Hut Shea Extra-Rich Moisturizing Lotion in Coconut Lime, 9 oz for 6.49 USD

Body Lotion

 

This smells almost identical to the scrub, except the lime is a bit more apparent. This sinks right into the skin, leaving my skin soft and smelling like a vacation. I love smelling like a summer vacation. It is one of my favorite scents. I don’t have much to say about the products, since I just bought them.

March of Dimes Figurine, 50 USC(cents)

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I got this figurine for free using my SYWR points and this was “pennied out” at my store, so I got it for cheap. Pennied out means that the item is being discontinued, so it sells for less. It was originally 5 USD. It is a cute Christmas figurine for my first tree. I cannot wait for Christmas!

Bruins Socks in Medium for 2.09 USD

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I bought two pairs of Bruins plush socks that were clearanced. My discount also saved me 84 USC. So, I paid 3.34 USD for two pairs of socks. I really love plush socks, so these were a treat for me. Fluffy socks are my life. Lol.

The next store I went to was Macy’s, which I spent so little money in. I bought 180 USD worth of clothes for 36.09 USD. I work at Macy’s, so I get the 20% employee discount on top of the 20% off coupon that I used. I also used two 3 USD off coupons that I got for the two Macy card applications, which Kmart only pays you 2 USD per application. I also bought everything on clearance as well.

OhMG! The Boyfriend Cardigan in Black in Large, Original Price: 29.50; Paid: 9.21 USD

The Boyfriend Cardigan

I cannot believe that I bought this light sweater for under 10 USD. It fits very loose on me, which is the style and I am really into the oversize styles right now. I bought it, because it would be great for work and stylish. I really love how soft it is. The quality is just amazing for the price that I paid.

Jennie Active Tissue Tee in Electric Kiss in Medium, Original Price: 17.50; Paid: 4.40 USD

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I really love this bright pink cheetah print workout shirt. You put it on over your sports bra for more modesty, but it is still super thin to avoid major sweating. This shirt is so pretty that I would consider putting an undershirt and just wearing it as a regular shirt. I workout at least three times a week, so this shirt will be put to good use.

Pink Rose Fashion Top in Guava/Heather Oatmeal in Large, Original Price: 34.00 USD; Paid: 8.24 USD

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This longer sleeve shirt is so soft and comfortable. I really love the color and the stripes. I am a more conservative person and having a scoop neck keeps me covered and feeling confident. I love this tunic styled shirt. It will go great with my leggings.

B. Darlin Junior Dress in Mint/Black in 9/10, Original Price: 69 USD; Paid: 14.24 USD

Mint Dress

The dress is a bit loose, since I am usually a size 6 to an 8 (if the dress is body con, I don’t like it too tight and revealing). This was the last dress and I really wanted it. Since it is a fit and flare, I just need the straps shortened an inch or two for the top of the dress to fit comfortably. When I wore it out for the day, the straps were sliding and on kept falling off of my shoulder. I love how silky the dress feels and it can be a day/night dress depending upon how you style it, which makes it very versatile.

I ended up walking away from Macy’s and straight into Forever 21 for some jewelry…

Forever 21 Meet Me in Paris Bracelet in Silver/Clear, Originally: 3.80 USD; Paid: 99 USC

Paris Bracelet

I love this little bracelet that says “Oui”. It totally caught my eye and I knew that I had to have it. The little fake diamond is a nice touch of glam. The bracelet is really big on me, but for 99 cents, I will make it work.

Forever 21 Bracelet in Gold/Black, Originally: 3.80 USD; Paid: 99 USC

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This one is really big as well, but I love jewelry with words on them. This will pair nicely with my love necklace that I got at a shop on Block Island in Rhode Island, if you don’t know where that is, who are you? I am really into dainty jewelry right now, so I loved these.

Forever 21 Headphones in White/Multi, Originally: 6.80 USD; Paid: 3.49 USD

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I really need headphones, since all of mine decided to die one after the other after having them all for years. I loved this, because they are simple with a special touch (the fake diamonds). I like a little bling on my headphones. They are super comfortable, which is most important to me in headphones.

Next, I stopped at Victoria Secret’s, because I wanted to see what all of the fuss was about with Pure Seduction, the product all beauty gurus on Youtube were raving about. What I found out was that it wasn’t for me, but I found a different scent line worth raving about I am seriously obsessed and will be buying more when I run out. I also got some coupons as well. The greatest thing is that it was on sale, when the pure Seduction wasn’t.

Victoria Secret’s Pink in Total Flirt 2-in-1 Wash & Scrub, 10.1 fl oz, Originally: 18 USD; Paid: 12.50 USD

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This smells freakin’ amazing! It smells like sour green apples (real, fresh granny smith apples) and freesia (light floral notes). It is a really fresh, crisp scent that I am going crazy over. This might be my new go-to scent to replace White Citrus. I can see myself enjoying this year-round, not just in the summer months. I need to buy more!

Victoria Secret’s Pink in Total Flirt Luminous Body Butter, 10.5 oz, Originally: 15 USD; Paid: 12.50 USD

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In the container, the scent isn’t amazing, but when you apply it, it transforms into a light apple blossom scent, a little less fruity and a bit more floral. It is still a yummy scent with a hint of shimmer for that luminous glow. I may have switched my obsession for Bath & Body Works to Victoria Secret’s Pink.

Victoria Secret’s Pink in Coconut Mango 2-in-1 Wash & Scrub, 10.1 fl oz, Originally: 18 USD; Paid: 0 USD

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My VS’s had a promotion going where if you spend over 50 USD, you got something for free for 20 USD or less. My original order would have been over 50, without the promotion of 2 for 25 USD. I was excited to get this for free and just grabbed it when the cashier said that I could get one more item for the same price. This smells coconutty with a hint of sweet mango. The rose gold cap gives it the perfect luxe touch.

Next, I peeked in at Bath & Body Work’s to see what they had going on and as usual, I was sucked into buying one of their candles, because they were having a Semi-Annual sale. I also picked up another product, because it was 75% off. Curse you promotions! I didn’t spend as much as I used to, though. For some reason, the store doesn’t hold that seductive power over me anymore and I’m not as excited as I used to be with it. Is it just me?

Bath & Body Work’s Home Scented 3-Wick Candle in Turquoise Waters, 14.5 oz, Originally: 22.50 USD; Paid: 12 USD

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I love the candle deals, whether its 2 for 22 or 1 for 10/12. I can never resist a candle from B&BW’s when they are on sale. This one smells refreshing and soothing. It is supposed to smell like sea spray, sunlight, and beach grass. It smells like a day at the beach, so I am in love with this scent.

Bath & Body Work’s Shea & Vitamin E Shower Gel in Coconut Lime Breeze, 10 fl oz, Originally: 12.50 USD; Paid: 3.12 USD

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This was a steal for just over 3 dollars, which is really not that much for a great body wash. I am just really into coconut, huh? The lime keeps this from being too sweet. It adds just the right amount of crisp, sour scent to the body wash. I just love it, especially for the price.

So, that was my long overdue haul. I did get a coupon from B&BW, so I will be going back in August/September for more goodies. I really needed body wash, so I am happy that I got plenty of it. I seem to go through about one a month, keeping in mind that I rotate scents around. So happy that I could share this with you. Have you hauled anything lately?

With Love,

Selena Hannah xoxoxo