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Smelling Amazing

For Yes To Grapefruit Vitamin C Glow Boosting Paper Mask

I loved the scent of this mask, but it was very thin. I ripped it a little bit trying to open it up. I loved the tingly feeling as well. I would repurchase this one as well as other ones from this brand. It is a decent mask for the price that actually showed me some results. I also found out from Danielle that Yes To is cruelty free, so I will be picking some up for sure. I’m going to be double checking products before I buy them that they are cruelty free. I don’t want to support unnecessary animal testing. I highly recommend this mask. It really did brighten my skin up visibly the next day and it felt really smooth. It also made some acne on my forehead look less visible. The only con to me is how thin the cotton is, but that won’t stop me from picking it up.

With Love,

❤ Selena Hannah ❤

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Fresh Soap

For Fresh Hesperides Grapefruit Soap (not pictured)

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A “fresh” smelling grapefruit body soap that is triple-milled vegetable-based soap with shea butter. The scent is very “fresh” and smells like fresh grapefruit with that hint of bitterness. It looks like a huge chunk of light green soap. It is shaped very similarly to a Dove bar with the rounded edges, but it also has a rounded body and is sort of rectangular shaped. It feels silky smooth on the skin and is very moisturizing. I love the packaging for this soap! The soap itself was great as well. I had it for a good month, before my dad stole it from me and started using it. He really loves the soap and now actually thinks its worth the money. It is about the size of 6 to 8 standard soap bars of drugstore soap and it lasted my dad (who used it almost everyday) 6 months. I would repurchase this for myself once I go through my Lush soaps.

With Love,

❤ Selena Hannah ❤

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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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Belated Sample Wednesday: Lush

For Lush Tea Tree Water Toner Water

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What it is: This toner is antibacterial and keeps oiliness in check with juniper and grapefruit.

Key Ingredients: This contains many great ingredients like diluted tea tree oil, grapefruit, juniper berry, and it contains naturally occurring bad ingredients like parabens commonly found in fruit and essential oils. I do not know why it contains perfume. This product could do without it to be healthier for the  face and potentially less irritating. This toner is also vegan friendly.

How It Smells/Feels/Looks: The toner is a clear liquid that smells very strongly of citric acid. You can smell the earthiness of the tea tree and the slightly floral notes of the juniper. The toner feels refreshing and light on the skin.

Why I Like It: I love the tingly, tightening sensation it gives the skin. That being said, I did not notice a difference between this toner and others that I have used before. Well, the only notable difference is that this does not cause any redness, which other ones do cause. I’m still looking for the perfect toner, but I would love receiving this as a gift. I do not think that I would repurchase just because there are so many other products I want o try at Lush next.

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Sephora Haul

Heya Aspiring Gurus!

I just realized that today is my 2nd Anniversary for my blog! I want to take a moment to thank all of my followers (All 164 of you! I’m adding my followers on Bloglovin as well.) for following my blog, liking my posts/comments, and for reading my posts. Without all of my followers, I doubt that I would still have been blogging now. I blog, because I love it. I also blog, because I know people will read it and take it as they wish. I really want to be an author someday and this is a stepping stone to that. So, I want to thank all of you, who by following, are encouraging me to blog and chase my dreams. I hope you continue to chase yours as well.

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Now that we have the mushy stuff set aside, let’s get back to the reason why you came here in the first place. I finally got to go to Sephora! It was a magical, if a bit overwhelming experience, which was very similar to my first experience at Lush. I dropped almost 75 USD in one trip! I did walk away with quite a few items though, because one package came with six products. I don’t feel bad though, since Sephora has an excellent return policy. I got a Sephora card while I was there, so I already raked up quite a few points. I cannot wait to go back and buy some more products. I bought skincare items this time around.

The Original Beauty Blender, 19.99 USD

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This was a 2013 Best of Beauty Allure Award Winner and I have been wanting to try it ever since Tati from GlamLifeGuru on Youtube has been raving about her beauty blender. I have to say that I agree with Tati! The beauty blender is really life-changing. I love applying my bb cream and foundation with it. (Although, I am currently using my fingers to put on my bb cream, then pressing a damp beauty blender on top to give smoother results.) It blends completely into my skin, while covering up my imperfections. When you dampen the sponge, it puffs up to twice its size. My foundation brush and sponges are getting neglected for this one. Sponges last for six months on average, so I will get good use out of this sponge.

Fresh Hesperides Grapefruit Soap, 8.8 oz for 18 USD

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Fresh smells so fresh! I love the smell of grapefruit and I cannot wait to try this soap. Hopefully, it will not cause me any irritation like most products do. If it doesn’t irritate me, I will be buying more Fresh products, even though they are pricey for an occasional treat.

Peter Thomas Roth Acne Kit, 35 USD; Actual Retail Value: 61 USD

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I am so glad that I bought this! My skin has been going through a really horrible phase of acne and rough texture. This has been a face saver! It has six different products in it. I have been trying this for a couple of weeks now, so I feel like I can say a few words about each of the samples.

Beta Hydroxy Acid 2% Acne Wash, 2 fl oz

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I really like this face wash. It is minimally foaming, which I like. Foaming cleansers are too drying for my skin anyways. I feel like it really treats my acne as well. I will be buying the full size for sure.

Blemish Buffing Beads, 1 fl oz

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I like to use this every other morning after the acne wash to really free my pores of oil and to try to prevent my skin from being an oily mess. This is definitely gentle enough to use every morning, but I am rationing it until I can get my hands on the full size.

AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel, 0.5 fl oz

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I use this every morning after toner but before I moisturize. I believe that this has been the biggest influence on my skin in getting it clear. I use two pumps on my whole face and it sinks right into my skin, so I an only assume that that means that my skin likes it very much. lol.

Max Anti-Shine Mattifying Gel, 0.25 oz

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I really did not care for this at all. It is a bit crumbly and the texture is just off putting. I much rather like the Dr. Brandt Pores No More much better, plus it is slightly tinted which I like a lot. I will not be buying the full size of this product, no matter how well it works at mattifying my face.

Therapeutic Sulfur Masque, 0.5 fl oz

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I like this mask and I feel like it feels to bring out the gunk in my skin. However, I do not feel like it performs better than my Proactive sulfur masks. I will not be purchasing the full size, but I will be trying another mask by Peter Thomas Roth.

Acne Spot & Area Treatment, 0.25 fl oz

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This smells a bit like apple cider vinegar, but with better results for my skin. This shrinks my acne overnight. I cannot rave enough about this product and I will also be buying the full size of this product as well. I mostly loved the whole sample package.

That is all I bought! Have an nice Wednesday!

With Love,

Selena Hannah xoxoxo