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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

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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

March Sephora Play

I finally got my first Sephora Play and I am so happy that I am finally off of the wait list. This subscription is better than Ipsy and Birchbox combined. I am receiving products that I actually want to try and brands that I already buy from. I love getting deluxe sized samples to try out the product and to see if I actually want to buy it full sized. Products in Sephora aren’t cheap, so I will take any opportunity to try before I buy. The subscription box from Sephora allows me to try all the products that I have my eye on and I actually use them up quickly. They don’t tend to sit in my makeup stash for long, although some things really stick around a long time. I’m looking at you deluxe sized mascara! I use my mascara until it’s empty and a deluxe size usually takes me about 6 months to use up. I’ll use it up in three if it is an everyday mascara that isn’t too dramatic for work. The Benefit Roller Lash is too dramatic for office use. I use it on my days off though, even when I wear no other makeup. Mascara is a necessity for me.

The Box & Insert

The bag is cute, but not very functional. I cannot think what I could use it for, unless I was making little gifts for my coworkers for Christmas time and fill it with bits of candy and a makeup product or two. Actually, I quite like that idea, so I think I’ll save them. Technically, my unit would be two other women right now and one guy (would have to buy a dollar mug to fill with candy for that one). I think it’s something sweet to give. The bigger unit that I’m apart of, I might have enough bags for the women. We shall see! I love the insert that comes with the box, so I know what to do with the product!

Atelier Cologne Divine Clementine

The 0.25 fl oz roller ball is $25 and this sample is approximately $1 worth of perfume. If I end up really enjoying the perfume, I could see buying the roller ball. I have a ton of perfumes on my to buy list, so this would really have to compete. As is, I’m not really a fan of it, but I will use this sample up. I love that it was sealed in wax paper to prevent spilling on everything else in the box and I’ll be hanging up the pretty postcard at my desk.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Original

I am so excited to get my hands on the primer potion FINALLY. This is a cult favorite that I could not convince myself to purchase, because it is pricey when I’m not sure that it will work for me. The mini is 0.16 fl oz for $12 and this one is 0.06 fl oz for approximately $5. This is almost half the size of the mini that goes for $12. This is a decent sized sample to see if it makes any difference for me and if it does, I might try out some drugstore primers. I’m sure that the drugstore primers contain more product for under $12.

Benefit Cosmetics Watt’s Up! Cream-to-Powder Highlighter

I love the golden sheen that this highlighter gives and I’m the type of girl that can never have too many highlighters. I wear highlighter everyday, usually a subtle one. I like to be natural and subtle when it comes to makeup. I have no problem rocking an unexpected lip color or wear pops of color like blue eyeliner. This will get a ton of use from me, once I am done with my current project pan on March 2oth. I already have a highlighter that I’m trying to get good use out of. I tend to rotate through my makeup by putting them in project pans to see how much progress I can make on the product. This is $30 for 0.33 oz of product. Sephora gives a generous looking 0.08 oz, approximately $7.50 for a fourth of the full size. Already, the box paid for itself and the running total is $13.50.

Verb Ghost Oil

I have never heard of this brand before. I am always happy to try something new and this is a hair oil that you can use as a detangler or to give your hair a lot of shine. I love to put oil in my pony tail after using a lot of dry shampoo, which makes hair look dull. I’m almost out of my detangler, so this will be a great multi-use product. The full size is $14 for 2 fl oz and it comes in a spray bottle. This sample is 0.57 fl oz, approximately $4 since it is a little more than a fourth of a full size. I am glad that Sephora has introduced me to a product that I haven’t heard of before and it is on pair in pricing with It’s A 10. I’ll see if it’s just as good. Nothing has beat that brand yet.

GlamGlow Glowstarter Mega Illuminating Moisturizer in Nude Glow

This is the product that I am the most excited about and I was so happy, when I saw this in my sneak peek! This has a very high glow, so I will not be using it as a moisturizer. I will be using it as a highlighter underneath my blush to give an extra rosy glow to whatever blush that I’m wearing. I have combination oily skin, so I cannot use this as a moisturizer. I love a good glow though and this will be perfect on the cheeks under blush. A full size goes for $49 for 50 ml worth of product. My sample has about a 5th of that (7 ml) for approximately $7. I am glad that I can try out this product, though I will never buy the full size since I cannot use it as a moisturizer. I’d rather buy a GlamGlow highlighter. Do they make that yet? I hope they branch out into highlighters! Tally $20.50

 Josie Maran Surreal Skin Argan Finishing Balm in Etheric

This balm gives the skin that lit from within glow and I will wear this for sure as my highlighter on work days. You can dab this on top of makeup, so hopefully, this looks nice on top of powder.I love the fancy little jar, but I wish that it came in a tube. I don’t like tub products, but I’ll use them. I just don’t personally buy them. A full size is $36 for 0.5 oz of product. My sample has a fifth of the product 0.1 oz for $7.20. These samples are really decent size. They really are deluxe and contain plenty of product. I can see everything lasting me a couple of weeks, except the Benefit and Urban Decay. Those will last me months I think, because I only wear eye shadow on the weekend and that highlighter has TONS of product in it.

This $10 box has a value of $27.70. The value is almost three times of what I paid for it. I am very happy with the March box and I will use every product that I got. I know that I won’t always like everything every month and I might not like the color picked for makeup. March was perfect for me though and I give this month 5 stars out of 5. I am looking forward to the April box already.

With Love,

Selena

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MEGA HAUL: I LOVE ME SOME SHOPP’N

Heya Aspiring Gurus!

It is day 37 of blogging for lent. I did a bit of shopping today that I had been putting off for almost a month! I know! I was lazy, but there was A LOT of weekend snow, too. I bought some beauty things and some clothes. I bough mostly tops, since I really needed those. I have way more bottoms for some strange bizarre reason. I’m actually going to a consignment shop next Saturday to see if they will buy some of my lightly used clothes (and my never worn Prom dress. Yes, Dan. I was planning on making an appearance at our prom. And my other used once Prom dress from when I went to my fiance’s prom. He was declared prom king. I was the default Prom Queen. Yeah, none of the senior class girls liked me after that.) since my chest decided to be the ever-growing bunny. (pun on the energizing bunny that just keeps going and going). Seriously, I wish it would just STOP. It’s not fun to be petite and have a large chest. It makes my chest look even BIGGER sometimes. So annoying. Am I the only one? Where are my busty gals here? Let’s get on with the haul.

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Here are the little things that I picked up. The girls loved their Munchy Pops and I loved that each package was only 1 USD. It is an amazing price! I didn’t realize that they had a dollar section. You guys should check it out, if you have one near you. I also picked up a package of can covers for only a dollar as well. The orange one is for Shadow and the other two are for the Girls. I bought Clearasil Toner Pads 90 ct for 6.19 USD. It is a three month supply if used everyday. I mostly use this the week before and during my period to keep the extra oiliness of my face in check. This one smells nice and is more effect than using my homemade toner. Toner pads are used when I need something extra. I got a Goody styling hair brush for 2.49 for using to put my hair up in a pony or for updos. My paddle brush isn’t good for those things. As you can see by where I am going with this, I will be having a visit by Mother Nature soon. This Neutrogena Spot Treatment was 7.39 USD and it is great for those annoying pimples. I use benzoyl peroxide very sparingly, since it is so drying. I only use it on those hard to get rid of pimples or cystic acne. I use tea tree oil and salicyclic acid on the others.

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SEPHORA

I stopped by Sephora, because I really wanted the GlamGlow Cleanser and I had a 10 USD gift card from Yappem. I wanted to get the white bottle for oily skin, but I ended up getting the black bottle by mistake. Now, when I was watching reviews on Youtube, there were only white and blue, not black. The black is brand new and is the AntiAging one out of the line. Basically, it is like the black face mask, the Tingle Exfoliate or something or other. The one I bought was 39 USD and called GlamGlow YouthCleanse. I am going to be trying it tonight. Do you want a first impressions? If I like the initial application, it will go away onto my beauty shelf until I use up the rest of my cleanser. It only has a week or so left in it. That was all I bought! AND I didn’t break my ban, because I was going to buy a new cleanser anyway.

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KOHLS

I bought two different colors of the same shirt for 14.99 USD each. They are from the brand Sonoma and they are Sportswear. I take them in a size medium and they wear originally 26 USD each. I only bought those at Kohl’s. I wanted lighter shirts and they wear selling mostly heavy sweaters right now. I would come back to them later in the year though. The colors are sky blue and army green. The green is a bit lighter in real life. This picture makes it look dingy and grey. It is an emerald army green with a sheen.

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This bra is supposed to be a bright coral pink. It’s looking a little nude in this picture. The bra is from GOM and it is a full coverage bra. The next bra is also a GOM bra and it is lightly lined. They both went for 14.99 USD, which I think is a great price for a good, colorful, pretty bra. I love the roses print! It is super cute! And no, I am not going to share my bra size, except that I wear a 34. You can kinda tell what cup size from the photos. The candy pink/coral a line dress is from XHIL and it was 24.99 for a size medium. I love this dress. It has an appropriate neckline and touches the tops of my knees. Oh, all of these clothes are for work btw. I had to make sure they wear appropriate, but also very fun. I am most excited to wear this dress on Monday. OTP. The grey and black tee shirt with high slits on both sides (it comes to about even with my belly button) is from MB and it was 19.99 USD. The sweet light soft pink sweater with the antique lace detail is from MSC and was 24.99 USD. It was a bit pricey, but I loved it. They are both shorter in the front and longer in the back.

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Well, that was my haul! Tomorrow, I am going car looking, food shopping, and getting my eyebrows waxed! See ya soon!

DISCLAIMER: PEPSI DID NOT SPONSOR THIS BLOG POST! I WAS JUST THIRSTY AT TARGET AND BOUGHT IT AND IT ACCIDENTALLY ENDED UP IN MY PHOTOS!

With Love,

Selena