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Sephora Play! September

I am not going to lie. I was a bit disappointed with what I got in this Sephora Play. Nothing really wowed me. I did get some exciting brands, but not the items that I would have wanted from that brand. I will still use everything that I got, but I hope next month will bring an exciting product or two. The theme was Fall Into Beauty and I have to say, I really love the bag this month and I’ll be using it for my monthly beauty bag for this upcoming month at least.

The red polka dots on the Play! Card are very reminiscent of Minnie Mouse for me. How can you not love that bright silky hot pink bag though? It’s an ultra girly color with such a cute saying on the front.

My free perfume sample had two perfumes from Clean in it. I wish I could have gotten a foil sample instead, which Sephora will now be doing in addition to the perfume sample. You will either get perfume or a foil packet. I am personally all for the foil packet. I have too much perfume to begin with without having all these samples around.

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Intense Black 0.25 ml for $11

This is half of the full size making this a generous sample and I am excited to try this out. Everyone loves this eyeliner. I just wish I could have gotten a full color instead of black. I have too many blacks and I tend to use colored ones more often than black. I don’t even use eye liners that often either. I have a different liquid black eyeliner that I should use up first, but I look forward to the day that I can try this one out. I can practice my cat eye or just line my waterline. It will be used eventually.

DevaCurl Melt Into Moisture Matcha Butter Conditioning Mask 1.5 fl oz for $6.75

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I will have to wait until I use up my Lush hair masks, but this one does sound promising. My hair has been getting curlier since I’ve stopped coloring it a year ago. Gosh, I cannot believe that it’s been a year and 4 months since I bleached my hair. Now, it is a brassy mess and blonde is too much upkeep for me right now. I intend on chopping off most of the blonde. Once I’m all my natural hair color, I will see what I want to do with it. I’m thinking temporary washout color for when I need a boost. I’ll probably will get to trying this out next year. I think I still have like 6 uses out of each Lush hair mask that I have remaining that will go bad if I don’t use them. I use them GENEROUSLY and they still lasted like two years.

Belif The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb 10 ml for $7.60

I was so excited about this until I looked at the back and saw just how little product would be in there. I still want to try this out immediately. My skin has been flaking like crazy these past few days, because I left a face mask with sulfur on for too long and it dried out my skin bad. It could have been from my retinal moisturizer, but I only used that twice every other night and I didn’t show any signs of sensitivity. I’ll be only using that mask on my nose for now or use it for only 10 minutes on the T-zone. I’m hoping this moisturizes my flaky skin and that it stops peeling soon.

Benefit Gimme Brow #3 1 g for $8

This is a third of the full size, so between this one and the other one I have, I have a full size gimme brow. I don’t really do my eye brows, but I have been because I have it. I don’t need to buy a brow product. I have naturally thick brows. I need to get them reshaped, but otherwise than that, they are in really good shape. I will use this up after I finish my opened tube. I don’t care for this product, because I really don’t need it. Only waxing will shape my brows. I have too much eye brow rather than too little.

Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lip Colour in Happy 0.09 oz for $21

This is almost a full size and totally worth the $10 price tag for the box. I was scared at first that it was going to be super pigmented, but it is very buildable. You can do a sheer wash of color or full on glam demonstrated by my swatches. It is such a pretty color and I will be pulling it out for the holidays. I might even wear it at work since it’s such a friendly formula. It has a semi matte look and feels comfortable on the lips. I always put a balm underneath my lip sticks, so it may not be as comfortable if you don’t prep with a balm before hand. I love the subtle metallic finish. It is more of a shimmery effect than a metallic one. I find metallic colors to be unflattering for the most part.

The value of my September box is $54.35!! I think this is one of the highest valued boxes, but I feel meh about it. I would give this box 2 stars. I’m really only excited for the lip stick, but I gave another star for the value of this box. Sephora Play is a worthwhile subscription to me. I get beauty treats every month for $10 and build up my makeup collection for cheap. If I had a daughter, I would get this for her. It’s great for beginners or for the beauty adventurer that loves to try out everything without breaking the bank.

With Love,

Selena

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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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14 Before Fall: Update #1

I am really excited to share my update with all of you on my Fall project pan. I feel like I got a ton accomplished and will have even more in my August update. I feel like with more variety of things to use up my passion for panning really came out. I was enjoying using everything that I had and I think it helps to add products that you just want to use and have fun with. For me, this project isn’t all about panning. It is about enjoying what you have and that’s what I’ve been doing. In the process, I have used up a few items and got close to finishing a few more. Just a reminder, this project ends on September 22nd.

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I have 14 products in the picture above and I started out with 16 items. You might think that I only finished up two products, but I believe that I added three more items to the project. How many did I end up using up? Keep reading to find out.

Tony Moly Red Wine Mask Sheet Pore Care

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I have used used this sheet mask and serum up, hence the strike through the title. This was a great mask. It was really wet and I had enough serum to put on my face for DAYS afterward. The whole mask never really soaked up into my face and I wore it for about an hour. It took another 30 minutes for the rest of the serum to sink into my skin after I took the mask off. This should definitely be saved for a pamper night.

Roloxin Lift Instant Skin Smoothing Masque

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This has two one time use packets that I have yet to use. Next time I want a clay mask, I will use this instead of my tube or jar versions. I just need these out of my collection.

Soo Ae Charcoal Clay Bubble Mask

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This mask made my face super ticklish and it really bubbled up. I will be repurchasing this. Do they have different kinds of bubble masks? These are so great! It did its job and was super fun. I let it bubble on my face for 15 minutes then I rubbed it into a paste and let that sit for an additional 15. My face never felt so clean and smooth afterwards. It is worth the price of about 2 dollars. I had enough to do my face and my dad’s, but he wasn’t a fan of the tickle.

Medicell Eye Mask Duo

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I have yet to use this one as well. I’m going to use it on a lazy Saturday or Sunday in the morning when I have time to enjoy them with my coffee. I like to wake up in the morning with a coffee and these seem like they would be refreshing and help with puffy morning eyes.

Yes To Grapefruit Vitamin C Glow Boosting Paper Mask

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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.

MJCARE Snail Essence Mask

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I’m still scared of this mask, hence why I wore the other sheet masks first. I think it might take me until the end of the project for me to use this one up. Just because I’m terrified of using it and having it smell or something. It was in the multipack that I bought. I am not adventurous enough to have bought this on its own.

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Facial Moisturizer

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I love this and I will be repurchasing once I am out of my current creams. I even used this during the day. It soaked right into my skin leaving it hydrated not oily. My skin was less oily while using this product. It is on my repurchase list for sure. I just have to go through a jar and a half and I’ll be onto my way of getting this. It is such a beautiful product, even better than the oil.

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Luminous Hydration Facial Oil

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I have used up about a fourth of this a little bit goes a long way. I’m sure it will be gone by the next update though. I’m not crazy about this face oil. It’s not as good as I remember or maybe its just this luminous version. I’ll use it up, but I would not purchase this face oil. I haven’t found a good basic night oil yet.

Model Co Lip Lacquer in Viva

I am almost done with this lip gloss. I removed the stopper and using a q-tip to get the product on the bottom tube. I think I’ll be done with it by the end of next week, so I decided to add in another lip product that I cold wear at work once this one is finished. I ended up really enjoying the color on this one. It is more peachy than pink.

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in K-Dub

There is no visible progress in this tube, so I didn’t bother with a new picture. I am really loving the color and am wearing it right now as I type. It is such a fun summer color and I’ll be taking this with me to my trip to Maine tomorrow for sure.

Elizabeth Mott Smooth Shadow in Pearl

I’m not sure that you can tell a difference but I did sharpen this pencil twice and it needs a second sharpen for sure before I use it tomorrow. I’m going to throw a few basics in my purse to apply when I get to Maine tomorrow. This is something perfect to throw in there. I love this on my lower lash line as a pop of sparkle.

Josie Maran Surreal Skin Argan Finishing Balm

I ended up liking this pore filling primer, but I will not be purchasing it. It’s not as good as the benefit one, but it is more hydrating. I’m on the fence about this one. I might purchase it. It was a very good sample and I enjoyed using it.

B&BW White Citrus Eau De Perfume

I’m making decent progress on this perfume, but I need to use it a little more often if I want to use it up in two months. I don’t think I’ll be able to use it up, but I think I’ll only have about half of what I had remaining by the end of the project. It’s great paired with a stronger scented perfume. I might drag this into the fall paired with a woodsy scent to make it more “Fall” appropriate.

Davines Natural Tech Replumping Hair Filler Superactive

I’ve used a decent amount of this and it will be gone by next update. I use this to spray down my fly aways when I am putting my hair in a slick ponytail or bun. So, I probably use this like 5 days a week. With a young son, I have to have my hair back or risk getting my hair pulled out.

Hang Ten Dark Tanning Oil SPF 8

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I totally forgot about this, so I need to use it up. I’ll throw it in my bag for Maine and see if I can use it all up in one go. I don’t like to tan and buy tanning products. I will use this up. I hope I don’t get sunburned though. I’ll make sure to apply this every hour or so.

Out of my original 16 items, I have used up 5 items. So, I am down to 11 products in the project. I have to use up 9 more products to call this project a success. To increase my chances of “winning”, I am adding three more items to my project.

Jane Iredale Just Kissed Ph Changing Orange Lip Balm

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This lip balm will be replacing the lip gloss at my desk at work. A lip balm is less maintenance than a gloss and I want to change it up a little. I used up the pink version in three weeks, so this might be used up by the next update. I’ll have to think about what lip product I want to try next out of my collection that is work appropriate for the summer.

Temptu Highlighter

I am replacing the Josie Maran primer with this highlighter. It is so beautiful and easy to wear. I wear it to work all last week. I can finish this up easy by the next update. I just pour a squeeze on the back of my hand and tap my brush into it and dab one cheek bone and then the other. It blends out like a dream and doesn’t look too much especially since I powder on top of it. It has an iridescent look to it.

So, I am now up to 13 products, but I only need to finish 9 of them. Can I do it by August? Stay tuned to find out. I’m really pumped that I can do it.

With Love ❤

Selena

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Sephora July Play

I just got my play box in the mail yesterday and I am really excited to share what I got with all of you. I really like the variety of products in this box and that it isn’t all just one type of product. This is actually one of the best boxes that I got from Sephora and I know that I probably say that every time I get this box. I can already tell you that I give this box 5 stars, because I will be using everything. I really like it when I can use every sample in my box. It makes me believe that it was really made for me.

I love the bag this month. The pink checkered design is very cute and it actually looks like something a mature person might tote about. I thinking about putting cough drops in this bag for at work. It’ll make it look cute. I love the theme this month of Beauty Staycation. This bag has everything so you can look effortlessly beautiful at home or anywhere you go this summer. I just think all the items actually fit with the theme!

Atelier Cologne Perfume: Orange Sanguine

This perfume smells like fresh squeezed oranges. I’m glad to have gotten this sample since it smells nice, but I really prefer perfume samples with a sprayer. I just find it hard to dab on perfumes without spilling a little bit of it.

It Cosmetics Superhero Mascara = $6

I’m happy to have another mascara to sit in my drawer. It takes me a while to finish a mascara since I only wear it on the weekends/days off from work. I really enjoy using mascara and I don’t go by the three month expiration date. I use it for 6 months to a year or when I feel like the formula isn’t working like it used to. If I don’t like the mascara, it’s an empty. Mascara is the one makeup item that I will throw out if I don’t like it in my lashes. If it smears easily or gives me a ton of flaking, it has to go. I can deal with some flaking, but that is it. I prefer a dry mascara and not a really wet one. This has a lot of good ingredients, so I’m hoping it’ll be a good one.

BareMinerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolor in Swag = $9

This is a my lips but better lip color and is a little more than half off the full size. I am very happy to have received this in my box and I love nude colors like this one. It is very effortless and I can just throw it on and now that it looks good. It is a forgiving color and perfect for my light skin, especially nowadays, I tend to pull more pink than yellow in my skin tone. I’m telling you, having a baby changes everything.

Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray = $2.25

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I like the scent of this brand’s products and I always use a detangling spray or some other similar product after I get out of the shower on my hair. My hair tends to get dry and tangle, so it needs a lot of moisturizing treatments. I am trying to get through two other sprays/lotions currently, so I am going to put this aside to try at a later time. I wasn’t impressed with this brand’s hair mask. It wasn’t moisturizing enough for a hair mask, but I used it as conditioner. Hopefully, this has enough moisture for me, otherwise I will just use it to spray down my hair before and after getting out of the pool.

MILK Makeup Cooling Water = $2

I am most intrigued by this product here by MILK. I am happy to finally have a MILK product. I am interested in trying this gel moisturizer during the summer. I’m not in love with the FAB moisturizer that they sent last month. It has too much of a sheen for my oil skin, but I think this one will be perfect for me. It is $24 for a little over an ounce, so it isn’t too expensive if I end up loving it. It won’t be enough moisture during the winter, but I will put it on my love’s list for next summer if I end up liking it.

Boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding Intensive Wash-Off Treatment = $9.50

I cannot wait to try out this mask! I need to make room in my medicine cabinet for this one, so I won’t be using it any time soon. I have a lot of minis in my morning and evening skin routine right now. Once I use up some of the stuff that I have in there, I’ll be able to add this in there. I love doing masks and I do a mask about three times a week if not four. I’ll use a 10 minute mask if I don’t feel like putting in too much time into it. I haven’t tried anything from this brand before, but their products are not too pricey. If I like this mask, I could see myself buying it. Only after I finish up most of my masks though. I have like 12 face masks in tube/jar form. I have a problem, I know.

The total value of my box this month was $28.75. That is almost three times what I paid for it! Each month is always an amazing value and I will be using everything from this box. The mascara won’t be used for a while, but that is from how slowly I use up mascaras. It’s not the makeup’s fault. On another note, I have some exciting posts going up this coming week. Stay tuned everyday for a new post in July. After July, I’ll probably go back to posting about four times a week.

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

hair

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

oil

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

face

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

perfume

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

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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