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August Empties

Well, better late than never, huh? I was busy over Labor Day weekend and it didn’t leave much time for blogging. I’ve been trying to get a lot of posts scheduled to go up this weekend and next week. There are so many posts that I want to write, plus a lot of products are piling up in my basket to review. I have a very busy end of year for me. There are so many appointments for Dean to go to and my dad is having foot surgery at the end of the year. I’m going to get in as much blogging as I can, because I might be off and one at the end of the year. I’m taking time off to take care of my dad and Dean, because he won’t be able to take care of Dean for a bit. This is such a busy year for me. Also, it has been the most productive year as well.

I decided to sign up for the next Insurance course to get an Associates degree in Insurance Data Analytics. I’ll be getting my books in a couple of weeks. I might be blogging less. I’m going to take the exam sometime in Jan to March, which is my exam window and I get to chose the day and time to take it. Two Associates degrees kinda equal 1 BA degree right? I didn’t get to interview for that job, strictly on the basis of no BA. Talk about discrimination in the workforce.

I basically felt degraded by the HR manager that talked to me about having no degree and once I told her that I had an Associates degree (in the job description it said you could have an Associates with 4 to 6 years of documented work HISTORY, not specific work experience), she said I needed a BA and work experience to get this job. Quote: “You don’t go from down here to up here. Do you understand?” Oh, I understood perfectly. You just didn’t want to give me a chance to prove that you don’t need a formal education to work in IT.

But, let’s get to my empties post.

6. Gerber lil’ Beannies

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8. International Delight Coffee Creamer

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9. Boston’s Best Breakfast Blend Coffee

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10. New England Coffee Colombian Supremo

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11. Dunkin’ Donuts Dunkin’ Dark Coffee

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12. Garnier Micellar Mattifying Cleansing Water

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13. Dial Spring Water Antibacterial Hand Soap

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14. Swisspers Cotton Rounds

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15. Lab Series Daily Moisture Defense Lotion

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16. Davines Natualtech Repluming Hair Filler

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17. Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip & Cheek Stain in Orange

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18. Ice Breakers Cool Blasts Wintergreen Chews

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19. Roloxin Lift Instant Skin Smoothing Masque

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20. Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser

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21. FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer

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22. Palmer’s Luminous Hydration Facial Oil

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24. Perfume Samples: Chloe & Oscar Delarenta

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Not as many empties this month, but still quite a bit. I already have quite a few for September, so I think I will have more empties for this month. I am glad to be using up more of my collection. Eventually, I would like to buy some new stuff that I have been DYING to try. I’m really trying not to be a hoarder and to use and enjoy what I have. I think I have been very successful, despite splurging for my birthday and tax money treat. I need to treat myself sometimes, right? I’ll be treating myself to clip in hair extensions soon enough. I’m embracing my darker, natural hair color. No more bleach. No more blonde. Just…..me.

With Love,

Selena

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Lemony Fresh

For Sanitas Lemon Cream Scrub

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I thought this scrub was okay, but it wasn’t impressed by it. I kept this in my shower. It has a pleasant lemon scent and is made with wholesome ingredients. I will not be purchasing. I will be picking up my St. Ives Apricot Scrub, which is my favorite of all time and I enjoy using it in and out of the shower. I highly recommend the St. Ives scrubs. This lemon scrub has a microdermabrasion texture to it that was very finely milled. So, I did enjoy that part of the product. I wish it wasn’t so expensive, because it really doesn’t feel like an expensive product. It doesn’t do much for my skin, but if it was cheaper…

With Love,

❤ Selena Hannah ❤

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14 Before Fall: Update #2

Just a reminder, this project ends on September 22nd.

Okay, so on the last update I finished 5 products and I need to use up 9 more to call this project a success. I still feel like this is a reachable goal and if I had to guess, I think I’ve used up another 4 or 5 products. I feel like that sounds right but it could be more like 2. I don’t remember exactly what I used up except for 2 products. It could be that 5 other ones are on their last legs. I cannot remember for the life of me. I feel like the results of this post is going to remotivate me to finish up as much as I can by the end of this project.

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Last month, I had 14 products in the project and at this update I still have 14 products. I did add 5 more products to the project though. Wondering my progress and what I used up? Then, keep reading. I am not mentioning anything that I used up at the previous update, so if you want to hear about those, go back and read that update.

Roloxin Lift Instant Skin Smoothing Masque

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I still have yet to touch these. I think I will use one on Sunday. I currently have a pimple on my forehead, so I don’t want to irritate it. Once it’s gone, I will use up one of these packets. I have four masks, so my goal is to use up at least 1 every week.

Medicell Eye Mask Duo

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I am thinking about using these today, since I don’t feel good enough to wear makeup and that pimple. I don’t know what’s up with me. I’ve felt sick off and on this week. Dean and I have been using the pool every weekend so I haven’t worn eye shadow and other makeup in like a month. lol. So no, update on my pallet this month.

MJCARE Snail Essence Mask

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I’m scared, I’m scared, I’m scared. I need to just bite the bullet and try it. If it’s disgusting, I’ll just throw it out. Gawd Hannah, grow up!

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Luminous Hydration Facial Oil

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I used this up and I’m not a huge fan of this. A little goes a long way, but I feel that it’s no different from the original, except it’s not a dry oil. I would not purchase this, but I would buy the original again.

Model Co Lip Lacquer in Viva

I used up this gloss and I ended up really liking it. I wouldn’t go out and purchase it. I would gladly use it if I got it again though. I brought in a few replacement lip products to replace it. I cannot believe that I seem to be flying through these.

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in K-Dub

No visible progress on this one. I’ve been using it whenever and I have no intention of using this up. I just wanted to be able to use it freely without interfering with using up other lip products and it hasn’t interfered at all.

Elizabeth Mott Smooth Shadow in Pearl

I’ve only sharpened this up 1 or 2 times, since I haven’t really been using makeup all that much. I’ve been spending a lot of time in the pool with Dean. I don’t want to worry about wearing makeup in the pool. I’ll probably end up putting this in another project. I don’t think I’ll be able to use this up.

B&BW White Citrus Eau De Perfume

I’m making steady progress with this perfume, but I don’t think I’ll be able to use it up in a month. I’ll try to use it up next summer for sure. I really love the scent, but it doesn’t last. Within an hour, it is gone. Maybe, I’ll try to use it up as a bathroom freshener.

Davines Natural Tech Replumping Hair Filler Superactive

I have completely used this up and I will be replacing it with a different product in this project. This was alright, but it didn’t give me volume. I’m happy to have another mini hair product out of my collection. These minis really pile up and I’m try to go through a couple of full sized hair products right now. Next year, I need to focus on my hair products, which the pile is getting too much. I also have a huge skin care pile right now.

Hang Ten Dark Tanning Oil SPF 8

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I am almost done with this after forgetting about it for a month. I am sure that this will be gone by the next update, since I have been using the pool every weekend. It is very quick to cover my body and head out the door. It is also water resistant which is a plus.

Jane Iredale Just Kissed Ph Changing Orange Lip Balm

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I only have a couple of uses left, so I will call it done for this update since it will be in my August empties. I really liked this balms, but I would not purchase them. They are just okay and I don’t really use balms except at night. I’ve already found my dream balm.

Temptu Highlighter

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I am almost done with this guy. I’ve been applying it every work day and it gives a strong glow to the cheeks while still keeping it work appropriate. My company’s policy is really loose though. You can have purple hair and no one would bat an eye lash.

I’m bringing in four replacement items. Three lip products and a backup highlighter. Why 3 lip products, you ask? Because two of them are so mini, I think they might only have about 2 weeks worth of products each at most. I cannot find the photo of the highlighter, but I am also throwing in a spray in hair replacement. I’ll update you guys on the progress in my finale and you’ll know exactly what these products are. I felt like the post is getting VERY long.

So, I finished up 4 during this update bringing up the total to 9 items used up. I just have to use up 5 more to call this project a success. I can do this! With the face masks that would be four and a lip product would make it 5. I’m going to see if I can finish up more!

Selena

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$200 Before 2018 Update #4

I feel like I used up quite a bit in July and so far, I feel like August hasn’t been as successful. We shall see next month. But this update is a big deal for me. I finished a ton of perfume samples and I am still steadily going through them. I’m using up all of my sprayer samples first and then going onto the dabbing ones. I finished up 4 deluxe sized makeup products as well. It’s very hard to go through a lot of makeup, so I’m very happy with the results that I see here. So at the end of June, I used up 7 out of 20 products with the total adding up to $78.74 out of $200. Let’s see what I can add to that.

Perfume samples: 5 = $5

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I enjoyed how sweet the Brittany Spears Midnight Fantasy is. I would pick that one up if I came across it as Marshalls, but I’m on a no perfume buy. It is so crisp and fresh and sweet like candy. I just love it. If I see a bottle at Walmart, I might just have to buy it. The rest of the samples were okay, but nothing that I would purchase for myself. There were no scents that I couldn’t wear. I just didn’t care for them.

Jouer Essential Lip Enhancer Conditioning Lip Treatment = $8

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I liked using this as a night time treatment, but I would not purchase it. It felt grainy if I got it on my teeth and I don’t like that sensation. This lasted me forever! I already found my dream night time lip balm, so I’m just trying to use up my balms.

Model Co Lip Lacquer in Viva = $6

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I really enjoyed using this and the peachy color pay off. I took out the stopper and used up every last drop. I would not purchase this, but I am glad to have moved it out of my collection. I’d much rather buy a lip oil. I thought that I wouldn’t like this though and I did. It had a lot of pigment for a gloss and I used this up at work so very appropriate.

Josie Maran Surreal Skin Argan Finishing Balm = $7.20

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I am considering buying this in the full size. I want to use up the rest of my primers first, but when I get down to 1, I really want to buy this. It was very moisturizing and gave my skin a nice glow. I used this mostly on its own and my skin looked flawless with this on. I got a lot of compliments on my skin when wearing this. I need to use up what I have first though. I’ll revisit this next year.

DERMAdoctor DD Cream = $8.76

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This was WAY too dark to use on my face, so I used this on my legs when I wore a skirt to work. My legs looked tanned and toned. It was too dark for my face, but not only that, it was too greasy as well. I’m glad that I used it up and it’s gone. I need to do this with the rest of the creams that I bought/received that are way too dark for my face. It also didn’t moisturize my legs very well. I cut it with some body lotion to help with that.

Okay, I am pretty impressed with the monetary value that I used up in July. I have used up 11 out of 20 makeup items with the total being $113.70 out of $200. I am over halfway there now! I really think that I have a chance at completing this project. Next year, instead of project pans and this series, I will be doing a Finish 100 by 2019 and monthly makeup bags. This series is going so well that I want to pull in all of my other categories like hair and skin care for next year. The makeup bags will be fun, too. Every month, I’ll focus on different items to use up.

With Love,

Selena

 

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Makeup Inventory: Face Base

I have a lot of face bases, because a primer seems to come in every Sephora box. lol. I don’t think that this category is very overwhelming. I think I have a very manageable amount. I need to buy a foundation, but I just haven’t done it yet. I am thinking an elf foundation or wet n wild. I’m making a more conscious effort on going cruelty free. Everything that I buy from now on will be cruelty free. I still repurchased the Garnier, but I will retry the Simple water again. I really do want to be cruelty free but the Garnier is so good. They also have great coupons, too.

Primers: 7

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I only purchased the Cover FX primers. Everything else came in subscription boxes or was sent to me for reviewing purposes. The PTR primer is almost gone and I know the other minis won’t take me that long to use up as well. I want to have just the full size by January. I want to buy the Smashbox Primer Water for my primer and Benefit’s Porefessional for my pore filling primer. I don’t need any other primer. I only want those two in the future. I don’t wear foundation or bb cream every day so primer lasts me longer than the average person. Sometimes, I just wear a pore filling primer to make my skin look nice.

Foundations: 7

Okay, so I cheated in this category. I use the Sally Hansen on my legs, but I consider that leg makeup so I included it here. I want to use that up and get it out by January. It doesn’t work well and doesn’t look believable on my skin. I also am using two other bbs on my legs, because they are too dark for my face. I have a bronzer to try for when I use those up. The cushion bb is too dark for my face as well but I use that as contour. I have a bb cream that is perfect for my skin color and a gradual face tanner. I want to buy a foundation to use on my face on a regular basis. Hopefully, I’ll find something soon worth the splurge.

Powders: 2

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I am happy with this count. There is nothing I want/need to get rid of. I am happy as long as I keep it to just a couple of powders. I only buy one when I need one. I’m not very picky with powders, so I’ll probably pick up one from ELF next. I really want try the color corrector powder in cool.

Setting Sprays: 2

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I’m also happy with this amount of setting spray. I don’t feel the need to buy a lot of back stock of it. I don’t even know if it even works. I like to have one as a back up, so as soon as I finish one I will buy another. I don’t know what I’ll buy next. Maybe something from the drug store. I like ones that are a bit moisturizing, but I think I might buy another ELF setting spray or a NYX one. I hear a lot about those two setting sprays.

I have a total count of 18 face products, which I think that I can get this down to 8 easy. I have ten products that I need to use up by January. I’ve really been going through products lately, so I really feel like I can do this. I feel like I have four project pans going on now, but I love using stuff up and the high that comes with it. There is nothing better for a collector junky.

With Love ❤

Selena

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Project Pan: 14 By Fall INTRO

I was 50% successful with my last project pan (post coming soon), so I thought that I would continue onto that route and make this project more successful. I am very hopeful to complete the challenge this time around. Now, you might be saying, but Selena, how can you finish 14 when you couldn’t finish 6. Ah, I have solved that dilemna. I have chosen products that are easy to use up, but that I just haven’t been motivated to reach for. Some of the things that I added, I am really excited to use like my new Kat Von D liquid lipstick. Without further ado, I would like to show you my 14 products to finish before Fall, which is September 21st.

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I technically have 16 items listed here, but I only plan on using up 14 of them. I don’t think that I’ll be able to finish up the perfume, but I want to get good use out of it. That is why I do project pans, to get good use out of my stuff. This is basically how I rotate my stash and make sure that I keep my collection in check. This will also be a rotating project pan, which means that I will replace items as I use them up with a similar or like item: a lip gloss for a lip gloss for example.

Tony Moly Red Wine Mask Sheet Pore Care

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This is a carry over from the last project pan. I really need to use up some sheet mask. I really love them, but they are being ignored. It is hard to find time for masking, when you have a little one who is scared when you wear face masks. I’m excited to take a bath and watch Youtube with this one. I’m going to try to use a face mask every time I take a bath which is usually twice a week.

Roloxin Lift Instant Skin Smoothing Masque

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This mask has two uses, so I am counting it as two products. It is a smoothing mask that is supposed to make you look ten years younger for 24 hours. Yeah, I don’t believe that for a second, but I thought that this would be fun to do with my dad on a Saturday or Sunday morning before Dean wakes up. I automatically get up at 6 am now, so I have an hour or so before Dean wakes up for the day. This mask is a quick ten minutes.

Soo Ae Charcoal Clay Bubble Mask

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The package feels like there is enough for two. This could be another one to share with my dad. I am intrigued by this bubble mask. I’ve never tried an oxygen mask before and I hope I’m not ticklish on my face. I feel like this is an easy pouch to use up, because it isn’t a sheet mask that you have to balance on your face. Apparently, I need motivation to use it, because I haven’t yet and it’s been over a month.

Medicell Eye Mask Duo

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I’m not using these eye patches during my nightly bath. I will be using these one Saturday or Sunday morning when I can take the time to use these and have my cup of coffee. I’m sure these will feel heavenly and I don’t want to waste the benefits with using it at night. Eye patches are great for depuffing and this one is no different.

Yes To Grapefruit Vitamin C Glow Boosting Paper Mask

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I feel like this mask is like a chemical exfoliant mask for your skin, because it uses citric acid to reveal brighter looking skin. I wonder if a paper mask is different from a sheet mask? I feel like it is just another way to say sheet mask. I love the brand Yes To and I hunt down their products when they are on sale at Walmart.

MJCARE Snail Essence Mask

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This mask terrifies me, which is why I want to use it. The MJCARE masks really all smell the same to me, so this will probably be free, perfumed smelling and not like dirt or snail. I’m going to bite the bullet one of these days and wear this during a tub. These masks are cheap and relaxing. I really enjoy them. I’ve just been too afraid to use this one. Also, when I ordered one pack, I received two by accident of everything. I think they might have been having a sale and I can’t speak Korean or read it.

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Facial Moisturizer

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I will be using this as my night cream until it is used up. Coconut oil is too heavy for my face during the day. It will be perfect at night, when I want to give my face a lot of moisture due to the fact that I use a lot of mattifying products during the day. I don’t want to get my face stripped to the point that it starts to really produce oil again. I have got it balanced so far by using more moisturizing products at night to makeup for my mattifying ones and powdering.

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Luminous Hydration Facial Oil

Once I finish the moisturizer, I will be using up this oil next at night. I really love using oils at night as my moisturizer. It sinks into my skin better than any cream I’ve tried no matter what kind of oil. I have used the regular version of this oil before, so I am interested in seeing what makes this the “luminous” version. It does not look like it has sparkles in the tube at all. It looks just like the other Palmer’s oil I used to have.

Model Co Lip Lacquer in Viva

I plan on using this light peach lip gloss at work and just reapplying it throughout the day at my desk. It is smooth, not sticky. It is pigmented, but you do not need to use a mirror to apply. Precision is not needed with this product. It absorbs into the lips, but it only lasts a couple of hours before needing to apply again. I think I can finish this by the first update. It’s really not that big of a tube.

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in K-Dub

I am loving this liquid lipstick from Kat Von D. I wasn’t sure about this color when I bought it, but I love it on me and I feel very confident with it on. It locks in place and lasts the whole day through eating and drink with no touch ups. I even took a nap with this on! It didn’t budge at all. It is a fun color for summer and if my dad likes my lip color, than you know it is good. It’s the perfect purple pink and so me.

Elizabeth Mott Smooth Shadow in Pearl

Now that I have a pencil sharpener, I can use up some of my eye liners and pencil eye shadows. I love this light pearl highlighty shade. I plan to use it as a brow bone highlighter, inner corner, and in my waterline to really brighten my eyes and make them pop. That’s if they will last in my eye liner. It is a pretty soft pencil, so I’m hoping that it will last. I think that I can use this pencil up by the end of the challenge as long as I use it everyday on my day off. I’ll try to sneak it into my work routine. We will see…..

Josie Maran Surreal Skin Argan Finishing Balm

I feel like this is an illuminating pore filler or primer for your skin and not really a highlighter. I’m going to see if I like it all over the face or more as a highlighter. I love trying new innovative things like these. They make me think, “What are they really for?” I love discovering different ways to use things and not just in the traditional sense.

B&BW White Citrus Eau De Perfume

I am so sad that this scent doesn’t last very long. I just sprayed it an hour ago and I cannot smell it anymore. It is such a fresh unique scent, just like a freshly squeezed lime. I just love the scent and if you can find it, take a sniff. I cannot recommend it though, because the scent just does not last. It is more like a body spray than a perfume.

Davines Natural Tech Replumping Hair Filler Superactive

I really like this leave in spray to make my hair thicker and since it is a spray, you can layer this in the roots over over products. I do notice a subtle difference in my hair, but not enough to buy this product. I enjoy using it, but it doesn’t give me plumped up roots.

Hang Ten Dark Tanning Oil SPF 8

I am not using this as a tanning oil, but as a body oil to make my legs and arms look nice in a dress. It gives a nice sheen to the skin, but I prefer not to get cancer, thank you very much. I like a high SPF for my body and face and my son. I want to use this up and get it out of my collection or else it will stick around FOREVER.

That is everything that I want to use up before Fall. Fingers Crossed! Are you doing this project? Like your project pan down below so I can follow your progress!

With Love ❤

Selena

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June Sephora PLAY!

I really liked that Sephora did something different from their store brand design on the play cards. This beach design is very festive and true to the June Theme: Summer Starters. All of my products fit with the theme of an easy breezy summer. I will be using everything that I received in my box this month. The past two months, I have set one thing out of each box aside, because it wasn’t something that really fit for me.

I will tell you up front now that my box is a 5 out of 5 stars, because I will use each product. It gets 4 personal stars for me, because two products I’m just meh about. Still will use them though. This box just doesn’t excite me that much.

Benefit The Porefessional 3ml for $4.50

This is a small sample, but a little goes a long way. It is a pore filler and not meant to be used all over the face. I use this on my chin, forehead, nose, and the pores that are around my nose on my cheek area. I tend to have large pores in these areas. I like the way this makes my face look, but I am unsure that I would buy a full size. I’m still looking for that holy grail primer for my face. I feel like primers just don’t do that much for me. Maybe, I haven’t found the right one yet.

IGK Rich Kid Coconut Oil Gel 15ml for $2.70

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This hair product smells nice and you put it on wet hair and let it air dry. I am all about air drying my hair, so I couldn’t be happier with this sample. I am currently using a split end mender, so I’ll probably not use this sample for a bit. I will definitely use it though,  because this is the kind of product that I like for effortless hair that has texture without a blowdryer. Maybe someday I’ll have time to heat style my hair again. Once in a while would be fun. I enjoy balmy leave in hair treatments rather than cream. I feel like cream makes my hair shiny/greasy looking, but balms really absorb into my hair.

Ouai Rose Hair & Body Oil 9.2ml for $2.90

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This has a sweet, floral rose scent that I really enjoy. I am using this strictly as a body oil, because I am very picky about the oil that I put in my hair. I have a ton of hair products right now as well. I’m on a nobuy for hair products specifically. I’m fine with using this as a body oil for after the shower or bath. I can see this being really luxurious. Maybe, I’ll add some to the bath and soak in it! The ideas are endless, but I think I might just stick to using it as a body oil the old fashioned way. 🙂

F.A.B. Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer 0.34 for $5

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This moisturizer is tinted and I haven’t tried it yet. I’m almost done with last month’s moisturizer, so this one will be tested soon. I’m going to see how well it performs as a primer as well. Moisturizer is not that exciting to me, but I love trying out skin care. I’m not mad at it. I like that this is a decent sized moisturizer sample. It is almost half of the size of the travel version. FAB is also supposed to be gentle on the skin and since I use a lot of acids on my skin, I really like that about the brand.

Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium 1.2 ml for $2.80

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I really like this perfume. It is sweet, candy like but musky as well. It isn’t powdery at all and smells familiar to me like I have smelt this scent before. It smells like B&BW Twilight Woods!!! I thought this smelt very familiar. I will be buying this in the full size. I really like Twilight Woods for the fall and B&BW no longer makes the scent. I’m so glad that I found a dupe, even an expensive one. It’s about $100 for a full sized bottle, which is not that bad. I’ve seen worse and I’m too in love with the scent to care.

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in K-Dub 3ml for $9

I didn’t think that I would like this liquid lipstick, but I actually really enjoy the color. It is long lasting and I don’t think that it is overly drying on the lips. It fades on the lips as it wears throughout the day and at the end of the day, there was still lipstick to remove. I’m adding this lipstick to my project pan, because I want to enjoy it all summer long. It is a summer color for sure. I like that it lasts all day without touch ups through eating and drinking. It is also transfer proof. I can wear lipstick and kiss my little boy, too. I will buy this lipstick in a nude shade, when I have used up some more stuff in my stash. I love the formula and the drying is something that an overnight lip treatment can fix. I notice no lasting drying effects with this lip stick.

My box totals $26.90, rounded up to $27. That is over double of my subscription box. I am very pleased with the value and the selection of products.

With Love ❤

Selena