Beauty, Evening skincare routine, Morning Skincare Routine

The Ordinary Haul

Here is my The Ordinary haul, finally! One of my serums did leak a little during shipment, because the cap wasn’t put on tight enough. It was loose when I opened that box; however, such little product leaked that I don’t think it’s a big deal. I planned on using this in the morning when my current serum is done and that serum has only a few uses left. I got 8 different products and will be buying more of the line when I can justify it. I want to try everything to see what works for my skin and build up my own affordable skin care regimen.

My box was packaged beautifully and simply. I love the little touches and the pamphlets on how to use the products are really helpful. I kinda know how I want to use my products and in what order, so I’ll start with products that I would use in the morning.

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 Serum

This is the one that leaked a little. It is a hydrating serum and is supposed to plump up the skin. It is perfect for applying in the morning, when my skin needs some extra moisture before I add on a ton of mattifying products to keep it matte. I’m already using a hyaluronic morning serum, so it’s nice to find one that is very affordable. The one I have I got free from BrandBacker for reviewing purposes and it is $40 an ounce. This is an ounce and I only paid $6.80.

The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG Eye Serum

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I have a problem with dark circles and this eye serum is supposed to correct that. I like to use an eye gel in the morning and a cream at night for more moisture. I’m hoping that I will see a difference in my dark circles and this bottle will last me at least 6 months with just using it once a day on my eyes. I might use it at night before my eye cream as well. I’ll have to see how it performs with my current eye cream.

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% Serum

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I’ve been hearing amazing things about this on the internet. I would use this at night as my serum before putting on moisturizer. I’m not going to open this up for a while, because I still have a bottle of Paula’s Choice that I need to use up first. I think it is kinda similar to this product and I don’t want too many of the same thing open at the same time. Masks are one thing, but serums are another. I don’t feel like the Paula’s Choice is really doing anything for my skin. Hopefully, I notice something when I start using this one. If I get a bad breakout, I might crack this one out anyway.

The Ordinary Retinol 1% Face Cream

I won’t be cracking out this face cream until I have finished two jars that are already open. I heard that this stuff is really strong, too. It’s going to sit in my back stock for a bit. I know for my skin that retinol works great on keeping skin clear from breakouts, so if this agrees with my skin, I think I’ll be buying it and using it as my nightly moisturizer. I might alternate it with a facial oil at night. I do love a good oil.

The Ordinary Latic Acid 5% + HA 2% Serum

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This is a nightly serum that is supposed to clear uneven skin tone, texture, and fine lines. This can be used in junction with another serum. I might use it with the other HA 2% that I bought, so that it dilutes the lactic acid if it bothers my skin. I’ve used glycolic acid before, so I don’t think I’ll be sensitive to it. I plan on using a bit on the top of my arms as well, since I get little bumps on them.

The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Moroccan Argan Oil

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I bought this oil for my face to use when I run out of the Sunday Riley oil. In combination with the other treatments that I bought, I believe that I can mimic the effects of the Sunday Riley UFO oil for about the quarter of the price. Once I use up the oil that I bought for my hair, I would use this on my hair as well. This oil is probably better quality anyway and the other oil isn’t 100%. This has no other ingredient but oil. No water in sight. I am getting the purest oil at low price.

The Ordinary Alpha Lipoic Acid 5% Serum

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This is a twice to three times a week treatment serum for lackluster skin and signs of aging. I sort of bought this for my dad to try out, but my skin can get dull looking. This would be a great twice weekly serum to apply to combat dull looking skin. My pores get so blocked up that I think my skin looks dull because of it. My dad is always game for something that will help out his skin, so I’m sure he’ll try it with me. Nothing wrong with a little anti-aging in your mid-twenties.

The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution Mask

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This is a ten minute acne fighting mask that can be used once a week. I need to use up a few of my clay masks first before I crack this beauty open. I can excited to try a red mask. Masks like this are so easy to use and only take up ten minutes of your day. I wonder if it will make my face look red? That could be cool.

I’m very happy with the variety of products that I received. Most of them are for nighttime use, because that is when I have time to pamper my skin. I will let you guys know what I think about these products after I have used them up. I doubt that all of these will work for my skin, but hopefully, I’ll have some repurchases when I make a new order from this company probably later this year.

With Love,

Selena

Beauty, First Impressions, Freebie, Morning Skincare Routine

Sephora Birthday Haul

I indulged in a little Sephora birthday haul and The Ordinary Skincare. My skincare order hasn’t come in yet, but my Sephora white and black stripped box is here. I’d thought that I will share some Summer staples that I bought for my birthday and in preparation for summer. I’m so excited about these products, even though they can seem really basic. I am a skin care junkie, so most of the haul is skin care and freebies. It doesn’t take me that long to go through skin care items. I never need to really put them in a project pan, because I love taking care of my skin. Let’s get started on the haul!

3 Free Samples W/Every Order

Every online Sephora order gets three free samples. These are not the samples that I chose, but I am still excited about them. I have heard about these before and they aren’t makeup which makes me happy. Drunk Elephant is an expensive brand, so I’m glad to have a sample to try of one of their night serums that I am sure only has one use in it. Youtube is on fire about the Aqua bomb and I look forward to trying it out. I like wearing my hair natural, using no heat tools at all. I have no time! The Deva Curl is a brand that I’ve heard a ton about. Their products are meant to use on natural hair with no heat styling. I love products geared towards no heat styling and this is a generous size.

Clinique Pep-Start Daily UV Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 50

I paid $19.50 for 1 oz of sunscreen. Yes, it is expensive, but it will last me all summer. I like the yellow tint to blur out imperfections and IT DOESN’T SMELL LIKE SUNSCREEN. I love that it has no scent and I have yellow undertones so I don’t mind the tint. I cannot use drugstore sunscreen, because it breaks me out. Clinique is a brand that I like and all of their skincare has been agreeable to my skin. I thought that I would give them a chance and it really wasn’t that expensive compared to other brands. I need the protection especially in the Summer, if I really like it, I’ll keep buying it to use it in the Winter time, too.

Barre To Bar Supergoop! Beauty Set

I bought this little sunscreen set for $25 and it was worth every penny. I got the Lip & Cheek tint that I’m on the fence about. It might be a little too red for me. We will see…. I’m excited to try my first setting spray! I hope it works, because I can see myself repurchasing this over the Clinique. If I can just spray over my face and my makeup still looks nice, I would use this instead of a traditional SPF product. I can see it working well to use on Dean as well, for facial application. I wanted to try the serum as a different form off sunscreen with some added benefits. I don’t like traditional sunscreen on my face. I’m trying to find safe alternatives that aren’t too expensive. The BB cream is a good match for me right now and was just an added bonus to this little kit. I have two BB creams that are too dark to wear in public right now, so now I have on to wear out. I think I got my money’s worth with this kit. Hopefully, the products work enough for me to repurchase something. It has to be really good for me to repurchase.

Philosophy Purity Made Simple Facial Cleanser

I bought this as a back up cleanser for when my GlamGlow runs out, which I cannot tell when. You cannot see through the packaging. This is a cult favorite product that I wanted to try out and if I don’t like it, I can always use it to wash my brushes. I bought this for $7 for 3 ozs. It is a good size to try out and I am excited to do so. I don’t mind having a little back stock of skin care as long as it’s reasonable. Skincare is something that I naturally just go through, because I do many steps every night to deep clean my skin. I really enjoy doing it after a long day. It’s something I’m never really lazy with. I haven’t liked anything from Philosophy before and I think it’s a little overrated as a brand.

Free Deluxe Samples

Origins is a brand that I have tried once or twice, so when I saw that Sephora had this duo as a free deluxe sized sample, I ordered it. I ran out of my day eye cream, so I thought that it would be nice to try out. After I use up the eye cream, I plan on using the face cream as an eye cream as well. They both have a very light scent that I don’t mind. This will last me awhile using these items as eye creams.

Sephora Free Birthday Gift

I chose the free birthday set from Tarte, which includes an amazonian clay 12 hour blush in paaarty and a tarteist creamy matte lip paint in birthday suit. I have been wanting to try Tarte out forever, so I thought that this would be a nice way to try out the brand with a couple of their best selling items. These nude colors speak to me and I’m excited to wear them. I also think that these are really generous sizes for a free birthday gift. Sephora’s birthday gifts are just getting so much better!

That concludes my birthday haul from Sephora. I still have my birthday present from D to haul and my purchase from The Ordinary when it decides to come in. They are having such high demands right now that shipping and processing of the items are being delayed. I won’t be buying from Sephora again until possibly the November sale or maybe a small haul in October if I need a few things before then.

With Love ❤

Selena

Beauty, Empties, Reviews

BareMinerals

For BareMinerals 5 in 1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow in Brown

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I really enjoyed the formula of this enough to get a full sized one with my Ipsy points for an all over lid color. I think its called Moss. This dries down really quick, so you don’t have a lot of time to blend. I found it easier to blend with my finger than a brush. Once it dries down, it doesn’t crease, but it does fade over the course of the day. I am glad to have finished a sample size of makeup, because makeup is so hard to use up. I highly recommend this product, but will not be repurchasing another full sized one any time soon. I have a lot of makeup to play around with and discover. It seems like it would take a long time to finish the full size.

With Love ❤

Selena

Beauty, Children, Empties, Evening skincare routine, Food, Lifestyle, Manicure Monday, Morning Skincare Routine

August Empties

My bag is overflowing from all of the empties I have in there. I am hoping that there is at least twenty products in there. I was really dedicated last month in using up products that just had a little bit left in them. I still have a few almost empty products that I’m sure will be empties in September. I’m so happy for myself! I cannot wait to see how many products I actually used up. I will be coming back Sunday and Monday with new posts, since it is a long weekend! This might be a long one!

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1. Lansinoh Nursing Pads, 60 count = 30 day supply

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2. Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bags, 50 ct

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3. Pantene Pro V Deep Cleanse Purifying Shampoo

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4. Swisspers 100% Cotton Rounds

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5. Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars in Pecan Crunch

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6. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Smooth Light Roast Coffee

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7. Degree Men Motionsense Dry Spray Extreme 48H Antiperspirant

Wipes

8. Rite Aid Feminine Care Cleansing Cloths

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9. Dunkin’ Dark Coffee

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10. Aveeno Nourish + Condition Leave-In Treatment

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11. Groovi Beauty Pink Champagne Bubble Bath

sunscreen

12. Tarte Tarte Guard SPF 30

Face mask

13. Kalos Triple Threat Detox Masque

nail polish
L to R: LA Girl Flare in NL33 Neon Yellow, Avon in N910 Sweet Mint, Sephora in 83 Jungle Playground, H&M in Mad Mint, Julep in Amy, Color Club in 984 Wild Cactus

14. L.A. Girl Flare in Neon Yellow

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15. It’s A 10 Miracle Leave-In Product

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16. Forever 21 Love & Beauty Cucumber Sheet Mask For Sensitive Skin

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17. Philosophy Ultimate Miracle Worker Sample

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18. Olay Fresh Effects Swirled Mattifier Sample

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19. Olay Fresh Effects BB Cream in Light to Medium Sample

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20. Olay Regenerist Luminous Moisturizer Sample

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21. Chanel Le Lift Sample

Coffee

22. Gevalia Kaffe French Roast Coffee

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23. Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder in 010 Fair

Royal Rose Serum

24. Valentia Royal Rose Hydrating Serum

BB Cream

25. Marcelle BB Cream in Golden Glow

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26. Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Face Butter Sample

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27. Malibu Ultra Body Lotion Sample

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28. Hair Tie

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29. Fresh Soy Face Cleanser

Wow! Almost 30 products that I have used up. This is so amazing! I cannot wait to see what I use up in September. I don’t have any empties so far, but I’m sure that I will start using things up left and right. I have nothing to repurchase yet. I haven’t used up the last of anything important in my skin care routine, plus I have plenty of back ups! I will be buying a few school/college supplies next week when I get my books for my class AIT 131 Essentials of Information Technology. I love shopping for college/class supplies. Maybe, I’ll get some supplies for my desk as well. Anyways, I’ll be hitting the dollar tree and Walmart for supplies next week I’m supposed to get my books on Thursday!

With Love ❤

Selena

#Julamorous, Beauty, Empties, Evening skincare routine, First Impressions, Manicure Monday, Morning Skincare Routine

June Empties *Day 5*

I only have a handful of empties this month. I need to try harder to use up the things that I have instead of being afraid to be without it. If I use it up, I can repurchase it if I loved it so much. They are only things after all. I think July will be a heavier month for me. I’m concentrating on using up sample packets and items that are almost finished up. I’m also clearing my makeup collection this month, so maybe I’ll have some empties there as well.

Does anyone else have a hard time finishing up stuff?

Hot Chocolate

Tootsie Roll Hot Cocoa

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Loreal Revitalift Volume Filler Re-Volumizing Serum & Cream

Cleansing Water

Simple Micellar Cleansing Water

nail polish

OPI Nail Lacquer in Turquoise Shatter NL E64

Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre

Well, those are my 5 empty products this month. Does anyone else use up this little a month? Is this considered normal? My goal for July is 15 product empties. Can I do it? Find out in August!

With Love,

Selena

Beauty, Evening skincare routine, First Impressions, Freebie, Lifestyle, Morning Skincare Routine, Octoberfest

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Beauty, Evening skincare routine, Fashion, First Impressions, Freebie, Haul, Lifestyle, Morning Skincare Routine, My Life

Mini Mall Haul

Heya Aspiring Gurus!

I just realized that my post for yesterday did not upload, so I have already uploaded it. Hence, why there is two posts today. Yesterday, I went shopping with my best friend and we went to the mall. She also gave me a few goodies and I gave her some as well. We also ate at Panera Bread. It was my first time eating there and it won’t be my last. Seriously considering reviewing restaurants that I’ve been to now. lol. Any who, this is everything that is new in my life since yesterday.

From Dani:

Opi

OPI Nicole Roughles in Rock The Look, 15 ml

I have already used this and I love it. It is in tomorrow’s Manicure Monday post.

Sally Hansen

Sally Hansen Sugar Coat in 700 Cotton Candies, 11.8 ml

I am looking forward to using this in the next coming weeks depending upon how long my current mani lasts. I want to see how this one looks compared to the one above.

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Simple Beauty Angelic Pink Luxurious Cream Bath, 3.4 fl oz

Dani knows how much I love my baths. I take one almost everyday to relax. It is part of my night time routine. This one smells nice, similar to Avon’s Sweet Honesty with more of a baby powder scent. I will enjoy using this as a bubble bath, when I run out of what I am currently using. If you are wondering, it is a foaming bath oil.

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Bath Fizzer

I figured that this is good for two uses. It is something nice to add to your bath, when you don’t want to be covered in bubbles. I’m hoping it is moisturizes or does something. The packaging does not say much, but it is pink and glittery!

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Stickers

I don’t know why the package says glitter, because they actually do not contain any glitter. They are more metallic than glittery. I cannot wait to use this in next week’s spread. I am working on it Monday, so you won’t see the last few weeks of my planner planning, until Saturday or Sunday. No sneaky peeks from me! These will make the grey and purple accents really pop against all the color.

Target:

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This cute little number has dinosaurs on it, perfect for the growing little boy inside of me. It was only 1.50 USD, which is money well spent.

Marshall’s:

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I found this at a great discount! It was originally 25 USD and I got it for 3 USD. These are cute for a little boy and I want to have at least 8 onseies like these for him to wear everyday. I currently have 5, so I have at least three more to buy for now. In a few months, that will be a different story. I’ve been buying 0-3 and 3-6 months though for some variety in sizes.

Claire’s:

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Claire’s Flat Kabuki, 6.50 USD (6.91 with tax)

I have really wanted a buffing brush for a while for my foundation. Every kabuki that I looked at was either short or too small. This one at Claire’s is a great size for a great price. I am hoping that it performs nice. It feels dense and doesn’t seem like it would shed. Only trying it will tell.

Sephora:

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Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in Nude, 1 fl oz for 21 USD (22.31 with tax)

This blended in beautifully when I swatched it. It is the perfect color for my complexion and it is the fourth darkest color in the line. It surprises me that I take such a dark color, because I’m usually the first one or two in a line. This is a bit yellow toned, which goes with my natural yellow undertone. It should cancel out my ruddy cheeks from pregnancy. I’ve heard a lot about this brand, so hopefully it lives up to the hype.

eye cream

Origins High Potency Night-A-Mins Mineral-enriched Renewal Cream, 0.5 oz (100 point perk)

I will be using this as an eye cream. I really wanted to try some more from the Origins line, so this was really nice to try. I feel like my eyes can most benefit from this cream. If I like it, I will try the orange line for energizing tired eyes/skin.

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Fresh Soy Face Cleanser (sample)

The employee included a small sample of a cleanser from Fresh. I already know that I love their soaps, so it is just natural that I will probably love everything else that they make, too.

Walmart:

Dove

Dove Dry Spray Deodorant in Cooling Cucumber

I needed a new deodorant and knew that I wanted to try this one. I really like it so far, but it isn’t “dry” it definetly adds some moisture to your pits. I air dry mine for 2 to 5 minutes. I usually use that time to wash my face and put on socks.

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Neutrogena Acne Stress Control Power-Clear Scrub

I needed something for the heat rash on my back and I remembered loving this in high school for the same reason. Pregnancy has made me rashy again and they can turn into big, angry pimples. This has reduced the intensity of my rash and with time, I think it will make it almost disappear. I don’t think it will totally work, because again, hormones. Have you guys hauled anything lately?

With Love,

Selena