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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

perfume

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

makeup

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

makeup

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

makeup

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

makeup

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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Beauty, Empties, Evening skincare routine, First Impressions, Lifestyle, Morning Skincare Routine, project pan, subscription boxes

Empties: July

I have quite a few products that I used up in July. July turned out to be a good month for me and it is mostly due to my project pan. It really motivated me to use and enjoy what I have in my collection. I’m looking forward to reviewing some of these products in my post, so stay tuned for some reviews. I’m really a review blog for the most part. I love writing reviews on products that I have used up and I have a ton of posts in back stock. I just use up so many products that the reviews get backlogged. I try to mix it up, so it’s at least a variety. That means that some of these items won’t be reviewed for months though. Now that I have explained that. Let’s get counting.

Gerber Lil’ Beanies: 6 cans

food

International Delight: 2 Bottles

drink

9. New England Coffee French Vanilla

drink

10. RuckPack Caffeine Free Raspberry Grenade

11. Dunkin’ Donuts Caramel Coffee Cake Coffee

drink

12. GlamGlow YouthCleanse Daily Exfoliating Cleanser

face

13. Tony Moly I’m Real Red Wine Sheet Mask Pore Care

mask

14. Yes To Grapefruit Brightening Paper Mask

Mask

15. Soo Ae Charcoal Clay Bubble Mask

mask

16. Kate Somerville ExfoliKate

face

17. Palmer’s Coconut Oil Facial Moisturizer

face

18. 19. Oribe Shampoo & Conditioner For Brilliance & Shine

hair

20. 21. 22. John Freida Frizz Ease Beyond Smooth Shampoo, Conditioner & Primer

hair

23. B&BW True Blue Spa Malibu Radiance Whipped Body Cream

body

24. Coty Lady Gaga Fame Black Shower Gel

body

25. Colgate Radiant Optic White Toothpaste

toothpaste

26. Equate Acetaminophen

med

27. Orange Paper Mate Ink Joy Pen

pen

28. Hair Tie

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29. Swisspers Cotton Rounds

cotton

30. Better Than! Ears

dog

31. Munchkin Diaper Pail Refills

kid

32. Josie Maran Surreal Skin Argan Finishing Balm

makeup

33. 34. 35. 36. 37. Sample Perfumes

perfume

38. DERMAdoctor DD Cream

makeup

39. Jouer Essential Lip Enhancer

makeup

40. ModelCo Lip Lacquer

makeup

I impressed myself this month with 40 empties. Granted only 23 were beauty, skin care, and hair care products. Still, 23 beauty related empty products is amazing in one month. I think August will bring around 20 items total. I really emptied quite a few products. Most of what I am using now are mostly full. I’m not thinking that I will have a whole lot, which is good. I have so many reviews to write about now. About 20 I think. I know it’s August 6th right now, but I have an empty bucket.

With Love ❤

Selena

Beauty, Empties, Lifestyle

July Empties

Heya Aspiring Gurus!

Yes, it is that time again, where I share my trash with all of you that I managed to use up in July. I finished up quite a few things, if I do say so myself. I took a week off of blogging last week to give myself a breather from Julamorous. I hope you all didn’t mind. So, I’m going back to blogging Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday, and the occasional bonus Friday or extra Saturday post. I’m not sure how long I’ll be blogging for or if I’ll blog every week, but I will try. Pregnancy does funny things to you and makes things you loved a chore. Honestly, all I wanted to do last week was sleep, eat, and repeat.

Garnier Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Cream, sample

I honestly didn’t think anything off this sample to be quite honest.

Peter Thomas Roth Beta Hydroxy Acid 2% Acne Wash, 2 fl oz

Acne Wash

Maxwell House International Cafe Cafe Vienna, 9 oz

Online Pic
Online Pic

Bath & Body Works Amber Blush Eau De Toilette, 0.24 fl oz

Spray Perfume

Jhimack Distinctions Silver Plus Ageless Shampoo, 13.6 fl oz

Silver Shampoo
Silver Shampoo

Maybelline New York Fit Me! Foundation in 210 SPF 18, 1 fl oz

moisturizer

A Pair Of Worn Out Kmart Flats

They were destroyed shoes. They had to go and I never took the brand new picture of them…I need more shoes.

Schick Hydro Silk Sensitive Care Razor Head, 1 ct

razor refills

I’m not going to show you a disgusting razor head, you wierdo!

Schick Quattro Disposable Razor, 1 ct

Razor

I still had one lying around. They are not as good as the 5 blades ones. Those are like SILK!

Nestle Nesquik in Chocolate, single serve pouch

Purina Beneful Healthy Smile Dental Dog Snacks in Ridges, 8.4 oz or 24 mini treats

L’Oreal Volume Filler Thickening Conditioner, 12.6 oz

Products

Lipton Natural Energy Premium Black Tea, 1 bag

EmergenC Super Orange Flavored Fizzy Drink Mix, 1 pouch

Those are all my empties for the month of July. What was yours?!

With Love,

Selena

#Julamorous, Healthy Living, My Life

July’s Exercise Routine

Heya Aspiring Gurus!

I thought that I would share the exercise routine that I will be doing all month long. I switch up my routines every month or else I will get bored. This is a short 20 minute routine. You can always add more reps that would suit your endurance level. Since I’m pregnant, I can only do a beginners level workout, which I would have laughed at before. I could easily walk 2 miles and then do a 45 minute intense workout. That would total almost two hours on a weekday and I would do double that on a weekend day. Let’s get into the workout!

  1. Butt Kicks & High Knees:
    1. Run in place kicking your heels to your butt for one minute.
    2. Run in place raising your knees as high as you can for one minute.
  2. Mountain Climbers:
    1. Get in a push up position and bring one knee to your chest. Make sure to balance on the balls of your feet.
    2. Support yourself with your arms as you quickly switch legs (in my case slowly, because I cannot do sudden movements).
    3. Repeat for 1 minute.
  3. Water Bottle Extensions:
    1. Lie with feet flat and knees bent. Hold a 1-liter water bottle (filled) over your head keeping arms straight.
    2. Lower the bottle until it almost touches your forehead and raise it up again.
    3. Do 1 set of 15 reps.
  4. Power Towel Crunches:
    1. Lie flat with a roll of paper towels between your shins and put your arms up in the air (like you just don’t care).
    2. Lift shoulders off of the ground, lifting your legs straight up as well. Crunch far enough to tap the roll, then return to start.
    3. Do 1 set of 12 reps.
  5. Soccer Ball Leg Lifts:
    1. Sit in a chair with your back straight and arms at your sides. Squeeze a ball between your ankles.
    2. Push up with your legs and extend them until they are straight. Return to start.
    3. Do 1 set of 15 reps.
  6. Bicycles:
    1. Lie on your back with feet in the air and knees at 90 degree angles.
    2. Make circles with your legs as if you were riding a bike.
    3. Do it for 1 minute.

This routine promises to firm you up in just one month of doing this exercise routine three times a week. I also walk my dogs for 30 minutes every weekend day. So, that is an hour of this routine a week and an hour of walking a week, which totals two hours of exercise and my doctor recommends 1 hour of exercise a week. Nothing wrong with double dosing. What’s your routine?

With Love,

Selena

#Julamorous, Healthy Living, Lifestyle, My Life, Writing

July At A Glance

Heya Aspiring Gurus!

I have been working on my July Monthly Spread in my ECLP and I thought that I would share what it looks like right now. It will probably be a bit more full at the end of the month, because things always tend to come up or you forget things. Since it is early on in the month, I thought I would share the spread and then share the finished one when I show my August at a glance. I worked hard on my spread and I will do my best to tell you everything that I did on the pages.

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I love the rainbow washi that my friend Danielle gave to me as part of my birthday present. I used it to cancel out the days that are not a part of July. The strips ended up aligning perfectly, which is an added bonus. I used the pink washi on the ends of all of the days in July, because I’m writing what posts upload on my blog for each day. I can see which ones are done and which ones are left to do. This way, my blog doesn’t have to be on my weekly spread for long blogging events. I wrote in things I need to do, bills my dad pays, and my cleaning schedule. Each week, I do a cleaning zone and just do small tasks in each area everyday, except Sunday. I want to try to observe the Lord’s Day.

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I used the rainbow washi again to cancel out that day in August. I used green washi for pay days and the little day off sticker for getting the day before the Fourth of July as a paid work holiday (which is today!). I like using the Goals section to breakdown my paychecks with what bills need to be paid, then adding a goals section on the bottom. I love how busy looking my planner is. It makes me happy just looking at all the pretty colors. I like the idea of keeping the planner as a scrapbook of sorts. It is aesthetically pleasing to me.

Shadow
Whoa! Psychedelic colors, man!

With Love,

Selena

#Julamorous, Beauty, First Impressions, My Life

Sensationally Sunkissed: July Ipsy

Heya Aspiring Gurus!

I know that I am extremely late with this one, but I promise to be better for the one that I get in August. I have a few surprises for my blog this month, so stay tuned all month long for some special posts.

The Theme:

Sensationally Sunkissed

The card is not as great as last months, but I still feel that the picture goes with the theme of being a bit “sunkissed” from being outside so much during the summer. However, I feel like two items out of my bag do not go with the theme, since they do not contain SPF and do not scream “summer” to me. Three out of five is still really good though and I do like one of the not so summery items.

The Bag:

July Bag

OMG! So girly and bright and PINK. This is not my favorite bag, but I am sure that many girls would be thrilled to have it. That being said I do not hate the bag. I just do not love it. It is not my style or cup of tea.

The Contents:

Hang Ten Dark Tanning Oil With Natural Sunscreen SPF 8 Protection, 1.50 USD for 1 fl oz

Tanning Oil

This is my second least favorite product that was sent to me this month. I do not tan and I am not interested to start. I have had two run-ins with skin cancer and I do not want to have to go through it again a third time. Also, is there really a difference with dark tanning oil and regular tanning oil? I will be using this as a moisturizer. It doesn’t smell the greatest, but it is very moisturizing. It also leaves the prettiest sheen. I would not go out and buy this. It is nice to try out though and Ipsy really responds to feedback from their customers. I doubt that they will send us a product like that again.

Befine Food Skin Care Daily Moisturizer With SPF 14 With Rosemary, Pomegrante, & Rice, 22.50 USD for 1.5 fl oz

moisturizer

This is really close to a full sized product, so I was really glad to get this in my Ipsy bag this month. I love trying moisturizers out and this one has SPF, which is really good for the summer. The moisturizer is very light and hydrating. It smells strongly of SPF with underlying scents of rosemary, not so much a pomegrante scent. It leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth. It will last me at least two months of consistent use. I like that this contains antioxidants and that it is all natural. If I fall in love with this, I might be buying more from this line. I like that I can skip the step of adding on SPF, since my skin can be really sensitive to it.

Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm in Unique Pink, 10.50 USD for 0.06 oz

lip balmSwatch

This is almost a full sized product as well. It is two thirds of the full sized product and I have to say that the stick is really small for being almost the full size. I love how cute the tube is though. I will get plenty of use out of this tube! The pink balm does not tint my lips, which are pretty pigmented naturally. I can say that if you have pale lips, this will leave a pretty pink stain. My hand is stained from the swatch that I did on the back of my hand. The balm is very minty as well, which is very refreshing and breath freshening. I would buy this once I ran out of the rest of my regular balms.

Whet Refined Nail Lacquer in Facetious, 10 USD for 0.3 fl oz

whet polishWhet Polish

Another almost full sized product! Wow! My bag was filled with three almost full sized products this month. One of the best bags yet for that reason! Anyways, with two coats on, this polish is still a bit sheer in places, but I feel with more practice, you could apply it in two to three coats instead of four. I’ve only had this polish on for a day, so I cannot comment on its staying power (It starts to wear on the tips after a day, but starts to chip in four days.). The color, however, is way too dark for the summer. It is a dark indigo blue like an ink pot blue, if you know what I mean.It makes my skin look paler than it is and pale skin is not what I am going for in the summer. It doesn’t contain the big three poisons that are in nail polish though, so that is a big plus. Not a fan of the formula, though.

bareMinerals 5 in 1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow With Broad Spectrum SPF 15 in Divine Wine, 6 USD for 0.03 oz

eye bb cream

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I really love this cream eyeshadow by bareMinerals! It is super creamy and blendable. I love how these neutral shades can be flattering on anyone. This shade makes my eyes look a bit more dramatic with depth, but not overly made up. I favor more natural looks than in your face bright makeup. Divine Wine does not disappoint. It is matte and sets to be smudge-proof for a day of wear. I cannot say enough about it. I would actually buy this cream eyeshadow.

Well, my overall thoughts on this bag is a three out of a five. It wasn’t my favorite, but I still really liked this bag and I have had the subscription for seven months now. I may only keep this until December, because I am accumulating a lot of makeup. I might switch it up with a different box that isn’t makeup based. What are your thoughts?

With Love,

Selena Hannah xoxoxo

#Julamorous, Beauty, Empties, My Life

Empties: The July Edition

Heya Aspiring Gurus!

Another month and flown past us. I cannot believe we are already in August and almost at the end of summer. I haven’t even gone to the beach, yet! I am going this coming Sunday to a beach in Rhode Island with my dogs. I have to find out the name of the beach from my friend, so I know where to go. My dogs deserve an outing and this may be the first and last time that I can go to the beach this summer, if I get the job that I am going to an interview Tuesday for. It is a job at an insurance company and I am really excited for it. I know that I’ll get it and I’ll be able to quit my Kmart and Macy’s job. I’m really starting to hate my Kmart job. There are just so many problems there for me now and I am just looking for an out.

[Photo Lost When Old Camera Died]

Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant, 0.25 oz

InkJoy

Paper Mate InkJoy, 700RT 1.0M in Blue

Crest White

Crest Whitening Cool Mint Paste, 6.4 oz

Colgate Total

Colgate Total Clean Mint Paste, ? oz

Sugar Cookie

Glade Sugar Cookie Candle, 4 oz

Gillette Men's Razor

Gillette Men’s Double Blade

[Picture Got Deleted on Old Camera]

Veet Supreme Essence, 13.5 fl oz

[Picture Got Deleted on Old Camera]

Sally Hansen Spray-On Shower-Off Hair Remover, 6 oz

hand towels

Kleenex Hand Towels, 60 ct

Be a bombshell

Be A Bombshell Lash Out Mascara, 0.25 oz

Shower gel/bubble bath

Bath & Body Works Pleasures Sweat Pea Shower Gel, 10 fl oz

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Paper Mate Profile 14 B in Red

That is it for my empties in July. A few pictures were lost due to my camera dying on me in that month. I am hoping to continue frequently posting in August as well. My next big blogging event is Octoberfest, where I blog everyday  in October and I am brainstorming on different things that I could do to incorporate the season. The next event I have planned after that is 25 Days Until Christmas, where I post every day with little ideas for Christmas or Christmas themed posts. I don’t really have any events for Spring I mostly just have a Summer, Fall, and Winter events on my blog. Would you like me to do a Spring Event? Maybe a February one for Valentines Day? Let me know in the comment section below. Love you guys!

With Love,

Selena Hannah xoxoxo