Beauty, Empties, First Impressions, Morning Skincare Routine, Reviews, subscription boxes

Glow Getter

For GlamGlow GlowStarter Mega Illuminating Moisturizer in Nude Glow

This is a very glowy moisturizer that I could not wear alone. I paired this under powder. Powder covered up the glowy sheen and my skin was left very luminous without looking greasy or overly highlighty. I noticed that it would settle in my pores if I used too much in that area, so you have to be careful to apply this to your cheeks and bring the product into the center of your face. I could not put foundation on on top of this. The foundation just balls up or moves around on the face. I enjoyed using this, but I would not purchase it. I like a good glow, but I prefer using highlighter to get there. The GlamGlow was a bit too shimmery without powdering it down. I would use another sample if I got one, but I wouldn’t use my points to get one. It was good, but not for me.

With Love ❤

Selena

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. 🙂

Dove Advanced Care Cool Essentials 48H Deodorant

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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The Ocean Scrub

For Lush Ocean Salt Face & Body Scrub

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The face mask is the same size as the Ocean Salt that I bought. I never used this on my body. I only used this on my face and I used it like a mask. I applied this to wet skin and let it sit for 10 minutes to really work on my acne and hydrate my skin with that avocado oil. I then massaged it off with water. It stung y face a tiny bit, but left my face feeling really soft and smooth. By the next morning, any acne would be greatly diminished. I need to repurchase this product, but I probably won’t until the unboxing day sale and stock up on a bunch of stuff. I am also keeping this clean, empty black pot, because when you bring back 5 black pots to Lush, they will give you a free, fresh face mask.

With Love ❤

Selena

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April Empties 2017

I know I’m about two days early for my monthly empties, but I am ready to empty my wicker basket and start collecting for May, my birthday month. I am hoping to go through more beauty products next month, since it is my birthday month. I will probably be wearing more makeup anyway. I also have EXCITING news on my Pan That Pallet progress, at least exciting for me. LOL. This was a lighter month with less empties, but I am happy that I finished off two makeup products. I also have three more on their last legs, so I am hoping to have 5 or more makeup empties in May. I have so many update posts to write, but I love being busy on my blog. I might have a May Reads post this month, because I made a promise to myself to read an hour on Saturday and Sunday. I hope that I can keep that promise. I’ll be back to reading more once I finish my last class for my Associates Degree in Information Technology.

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  1. Aerin Rose Lip Conditioner

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2. Glam Glow Glow Starter Mega Illuminating Moisturizer

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3. Scented Secrets Gingerbread Cookie Body Lotion in Wild Berry

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4. Victoria’s Secret Hydrating Body Lotion in Pear Glace

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5. Lush Cup O’ Coffee Face and Body Mask

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6. Bumble and Bumble BB Hairdresser Invisible Oil Primer

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7. Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray

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8. Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo

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9. IGK Mistress Hydrating Hair Balm

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10. Crest 3D White in Arctic Fresh

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11. Sharpie Accent Highlighter in Green

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12. 13. 14. 15. PaperMate InkJoy Pens in Green, Red, Pink, and Light Blue

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16. Halls Triple Soothing Action Drops in Cherry

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17. 18. International Delight Coffee Creamer in Amaretto Cafe and White Chocolate Raspberry

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19. Boston’s Best Jamaican Me Crazy Coffee

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20. Celestial Seasonings Green Tea in Candy Cane Lane

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21. 22. 23. 24. Gerber Lil’ Beanies with White Cheddar & Broccoli

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25. Gerber Fruit Pick-Ups Diced Apples

It was a slow month with a few product multiples, but I really enjoyed using what I have up. I currently have a lotion on its last legs and I think I might use another mini lotion after I use this one up. I never realized how much I really had before I did my collection videos. I knew that I had a lot, but it really puts it in perspective. I know how much I can use up and I strive to enjoy using up my stuff everyday. I don’t want to be the girl with 20 lotion backups anymore. I think I can have a few in back-stock once I use up what I have. Naturally, when I go B&BW shopping, I will be shopping the annual sale and the buy 3, get 3 free sale. Naturally, I will have multiples of products, but it won’t bother me. I’m not going to buy more on top of that. It keeps the back-stock reasonable when you just buy once. Once I run out of something, I’ll do another haul when I can, but I’m really loving my mindset right now. Very zen and minimalistic. I really love minimalism. I got my closet down so much that now, I can go out and do a clothing haul to buy pieces I will love and that will last. I don’t want to support consumerism anymore.

With Love ❤

Selena

Beauty, Evening skincare routine, First Impressions, Morning Skincare Routine

Sephora Play: April 2017

I am super excited for this month’s mostly skincare box.  I am a skin care fanatic, so I am not complaining about this box. I’d rather have more skincare than makeup any day. I know there has been people complaining about the lack of makeup, but two out of five were makeup related. I don’t think the box was too unbalanced. I recieved this box during the week. I always seem to get it on the third week of the month, which gives me less than 14 days to use my extra 50 points card. If they took the cards online, then it wouldn’t be a problem. I haven’t used the card once, because the closest Sephora is an hour away. It’s only worth it if I am going clothes shopping, which I am doing next week. Expect a huge clothing haul and another small Sephora haul next weekend.

I have to admit that I’m not a huge fan of the bag. I decided to use this bags to hold little gifts for the people I work with. One might be promoted to supervisor, so I might add a couple of goodies to this bag and give it to her for congratulations.

Daisy by Marc Jacobs 1.2 ml for $3.86

I really like the scent of this perfume on me and I would consider buying a full size if I couldn’t get my hands on the Donna Karen perfume that I want. I’m not sure that the perfume is selling anymore. Just did a quick search and Macy’s still carries it. I still will consider this perfume though. I would like to have just four perfumes, one for each season. I might bend the rules and get this one though. I need to finish up a few perfumes first. If I finish 6 this year or close to it, I will buy a perfume during the November Sephora sale.

Sephora Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover 25 ml for $3.75

This eye makeup remover is really affordable! If this works well and doesn’t sting my eyes, I will be repurchasing it. I am always on the hunt for a good eye makeup remover that I don’t have to really rub or tug at my eyes with. I’ve been using my Garnier micellular water, but I need something a bit more heavy duty. Hopefully, this doesn’t irritate my eyes and actually works to remove stubborn mascara.

Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream 7.5 ml for $8.13

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So far, this is the most expensive item in the box and I am really excited for it. I love light weight moisturizers. Right now, I have a day and night cream that I don’t really like by Derma E. They are way too heavy for my skin that I only use both at night. Once I’m done with the Glam Glow illuminating moisturizer that I use all over my face and make sure to powder, I will crack open this baby and see if it is light as a cloud but very hydrating. I enjoy Peter Thomas Roth products for the most part. I just think that most of his products are overpriced and that only his masks are really worth it.

Make Up Forever Aqua XL Eye Pencil in M-10 Black for 0.01 oz for $5.25

This is a fourth of the size of the full size, which is very generous for an eye pencil. I will not be using this, so I did not swatch it. Anything I don’t like/want from my subscription box that is makeup, I will be selling to this company that I heard about through Youtube. You send them at least 10 makeup products that is on their list (mostly brands sold at Sephora) and they tell you the low to the highest that you can get for your items. You send it in a prepaid envelope and wait for the check in the mail. It is that easy. You aren’t going to get the best price for your new/gently used makeup, but at least, it’s something. I don’t need another black eye liner. I have to many and I don’t use eye liner, because I don’t have a sharpener. Really need to pick one up at the store next week. I still need to go through about 10 that I own though. I also don’t like black eye liner. I much prefer a color. I only use black in my water line.

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer 0.25 fl oz for $8

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I haven’t tried this primer yet, but I love silicone primers to fill in my pores. I only use primer in my t-zone, where my makeup wears off. This will last me a couple of months of use, I think. I don’t wear makeup everyday, but I love to just minimize my pores everyday. I always use a primer like this and my face looks much smoother. I enjoy trying out new stuff, but I have like three primers before this to use up. I have two illuminating ones, so I might still crack this one out earlier if I want a more matte look. I have been loving the dewy/glowy look lately. I’m surprised by how much I love the glam glow powdered down. Still won’t purchase that, but if this Smashbox doesn’t break me out, I would buy it.

Kate Somerville ExfoliKate 0.25 fl oz for $12

I’ve been wanting to try something from Kate Somerville for a long time (hello goatmilk moisturizer) and I am so glad that I received this in the box. I love to use an exfoliating cleanser in the shower, so that’s where this sample will live. I only wash my hair twice a week, which is the perfect amount of times to use this product a week. It is a green cleanser that smells like green tea and mint. This is such a pampering product and the one that I am most excited for.

I really loved this month’s box and I believe that this one had more value than last month due to the focus on skincare. I hope next month has an SPF product in it. I will have to dig through my products to find some facial SPF or I will need to buy some. May is almost here and I use SPF from May to October. So, 5 months out of the year, I wear facial SPF like actual spf. Most of my products have spf in it. I want to buy and SPF spray for the face. I think that would be cool.

This box was worth $40.99. That is such an amazing value! I am happy with 4 out of 5 products, so this month only gets four stars instead of 5. It is still amazing. I am just not happy with the eye liner, if it was in a different color, I would have saved it. I am putting it in my to sell pile though.

With Love,

Selena

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

Fresh Face

For Fresh Soy Face Cleanser

You know the drill by now. Third day with no picture. LOL. I got this as a birthday gift from Sephora and I enjoyed using my sample. This was really gentle on my skin and very moisturizing. I don’t think its worth the full sized price tag though. I like my cleansers to do something and this did nothing for my skin. It was great to try out and smelled nice. It wasn’t something special and seems to be overpriced for what it is. If you have overly sensitive skin, you might really like it or really dry skin types. I have more of normal/combination skin now instead of really oily. I like my cleansers to pack a punch like have clay to suck out oil or granules to scrub away dead skin. It was nice, but not my thang.

With Love ❤

Selena

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Sephora Haul

Yes, I did it again and I will do it again during the BI sale. I got my invite in the mail this week and I was so excited. I thought it was only for VIB and VIB Rouge. I think it’s new this year that BIs are invited. If I would have known, I would have saved my money to buy this stuff during the sale. I still got a great deal and I don’t regret my purchases. You can look forward to another haul at the end of April/beginning of May. I don’t know how the shipping will be and I’m a bit sad that I still haven’t received my Play box yet.

Let’s get into what I purchased at Sephora this time! I paid a total of $53 dollars including tax and earned $2 dollars cash back on Ebates. If you sign up with Ebates, your first purchase on $25 dollars will earn you a $10 gift card and I chose Walmart. I should be getting mine in a few weeks. Ebates is so easy to use and I love earning cash back and they just send you a check. It is like extra money. I love it!

Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil for $40 USD

I am so excited to have this in my collection! I have wanted something from Sunday Riley forever. It is a cult favorite and everyone loves it because the products really work. I knew that I wanted one of the oils, because oil lasts a  really long time. A little goes a long way and a 1 oz oil from Palmer’s lasted me two years. I also wanted the small 0.5 fl oz bottle to make sure that this works for my skin, before having an oil that’s going to last me a very long time. The bottle is so fancy! It is heavy and the packaging makes it feel like a luxury product. It is supposed to be a really good acne fighter and clear pores. I am looking forward to putting this in my medicine cabinet and putting it to good use. It is GREEN. It is so fun when products add a surprising element and have funny names. Hopefully, this oil is out of this world. If it lasts me 6 months and I like it, I will repurchase it. I think $40 is not a bad price for a face oil that works and lasts a long time. I don’t plan on using this every night. I’ll start out with once every 4 days and build it up to every other night. I want to avoid the purging stage….

Sephora Bright Set Loose Finishing Powder in 01 Banana for $7 USD

I needed a new setting powder, since my Cover Girl is running low. I don’t like that one much, so I decided to try this one. It was on sale and I thought why not. It is made to brighten your face and is good to use to set your under eye concealer. I will be trying this one out after I finish up the Cover Girl. I don’t want too many powders open at once. I’m hoping this one won’t be too dark to use all over. It worries me that it’s “banana” colored. I don’t want it to look too yellow on my skin. Either way, it was a good deal for the price. I also have a loose white powder that I can use if this goes too dark/yellow for me.

Sephora Rose Lip Mask for $3 USD

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I love a good mask like any other girl out there. I’ve never tried a lip mask before, so I really wanted to try one. I don’t know when I’ll use this. I kinda want to save it for when I really think my lips need it. You might not see a review of this for awhile. I’ve been loving rose scented stuff lately, so that’s the reason why I bought the rose.

MUF Ultra HD Microfinishing Loose Powder Free With $25 Purchase

As if I needed more powder, this is the white powder I was talking about earlier. You get a decent amount for a deluxe sized sample. I am always trying to find the next best powder, so I am excited to try it out.

Benefit The Porefessional Matte Rescue Sample

I’m so happy. I actually got the samples that I wanted this time around. It is a matifying primer that is supposed to be super lightweight and a water-based gel. I really want to find a good primer that works with my combination skin. I haven’t found one that has really wowed me yet.

It Cosmetics CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ Sample

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I have this on my Sephora loves list. This is something I’ve been thinking about buying lately. I love foundation, but I also want it to look natural on my skin. This seems to be a product that would do something like that. I can never find anything to match me ever, so I’ve always been disappointed in face products. They are never the right color and I don’t like to wear them. I got the shade medium, so hopefully I like it. I can always get a shade down if I like the formula.

Urban Decay Optical Illusion Complexion Primer and Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup

I figure I can use the darker ones for bronzer and contour colors. I’ve always wanted to try more stuff from Urban Decay, so I took a chance and chose this sample. I’m hoping that I like them, but if not, I’m not gonna cry about it. It was just something fun to try.

Well, that’s it for my haul. Come back in a couple of weeks for the next Sephora haul. Have you bought anything from Sephora lately?

With Love ❤

Selena