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. ūüôā

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

Beauty, Children, Empties, Evening skincare routine, First Impressions, Food, Morning Skincare Routine

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, Freebie, Haul, Morning Skincare Routine, SALE

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

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

7 Before Spring Finale

So, this project pan was somewhat of a fail, since I did not use up any of the items. I used every item in the project for a total of three weeks. I started this project really late, but I am still happy about all the progress that I was able to make in such a short amount of time. I will be sharing my 6 Before Summer post soon enough. Without further ado, let’s get to what this post is about.

Fantasy Vampire Perfume

I am so happy with my progress on this perfume and now, I will store the rest away for next Winter. I think I have just enough to last one more winter, before I will need to purchase another winter scent. I think I will go with that Bourbon perfume from Lily and James aka Mary-Kate and Ashley. I really like this scent, but it just doesn’t last past the two hour point and can smell a little like BO on next day clothes. It’s weird and I will not repurchase and I cannot recommend it.

Lush Mint Julips Lip Scrub

These are Before and After pictures by the way. You cannot really see the progress here, but I did use it for a week. I will continue to use this every night before I go to bed. It has become habit now.

Pixi Sheer Cheek Gel in No 2 Sunkissed

I’m proud with this progress, too. I have finished a third of the product, but I need a break from the color. I’m going to use up a different blush in the Spring, but I will come back to this in the summer. It is so light and long lasting. It is perfect in summer for that lit from within glow. It gives a nice rosy glow like you got a nice amount of sun. I really like this blush and I highly recommend them. A little bit also goes A LONG way.

Cover FX Custom Infusion Drops in Radiance

I really like the subtle glow that this gives my cheeks, so I might actually use this as a facial oil in the morning. It absorbs fast and after I powder, it just gives a nice sheen to the skin. I am hoping to use this up in March, but we will see. I would not repurchase this, because I would rather use a highlighter that is not an oil.

Wen Volumizing Treatment Spray

I need to use this up, because I do not like it at all. It is alright to use up, but I will be happy when it is done and I will not be repurchasing anything Wen ever again. I am actually settling with their class action law suit, so I should be getting $30 in the mail one of these years. It is the least they can do for selling cheap products.

Lush Cup O’ Coffee Face and Body Mask

I only have a few more uses and then, I’ll be done. I am looking forward to emptying this out, but I’ll be sad when it’s done. I’ll have to wait until Dean’s birthday to pick more up during the sale. I want to purchase the blue mask, but this is a very good choice as well.

Aerin Rose Lip Conditioner in 01 Nude

I love this lip conditioner, but I look forward to using it up. I have it on my to buy list at Sephora for when I am close to running out of lip balms. I have about 7 lip balms right now, but I think I’ll buying this next year. I just got my tax money, so be ready for a few Sephora hauls. I have $200 that I am splitting up into 4 purchases to get the most out of the samples and deluxe goodies!

With Love ‚̧

Selena Hannah ‚̧

#Julamorous, Beauty, Empties

July Empties *Day 19*

Another month has gone and with it many products that I have loved, hated, or just felt “meh” about. My goal was 15 empties and I think I may have achieved that goal, but I am not 100% certain. I am going to keep the goal of 15 more empty products for August. I think that is a realistic goal to give myself and I seem to be flying through products more since I told myself that if I really love it, I can rebuy it at my next paycheck. I haven’t loved anything enough to repurchase yet. I am almost done with a drugstore setting powder though and I will be needing to pick up a powder this week. Well, let’s start counting! Oh! BTW, this post features pictures of Dean’s arms and legs. He wanted to eat the yellow bag!

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1. Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars in Oats ‘n Honey

Vitamins

2. Enfamil TriViSol Liquid Vitamins

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3. Swissspers Cotton Rounds

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4. Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate

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5. Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream

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6. Victoria’s Secret Hydrating Body Lotion in Love Spell

Moisturizer

7. Coola Moisturizer in Fresh Mango

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8. Seventh Generation Natural Dish Liquid in Free & Clear

bath oil

9.Village Naturals Therapy Cold & Allergy Relief Foaming Bath Oil & Body Wash

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10. Lansinoh Disposable Nursing Pads

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11. Veet Fast Acting Gel Cream Hair Remover

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12. St. Ives Green Tea Scrub

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13. Tarte Rain Forest of the Sea Marine Boosting Mist

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14. Caudalie Micellar Cleansing Water

Well, I got pretty darn close in completing my goal of 15 empties for the month. I still consider it a win, since the past few months have been pitiful with the amount of empties. Maybe, I will reach my goal in August. I’m proud of myself though. I’m using up and letting go of so much stuff that took up space. I even had room to put more products in my bathroom. It’s been awhile since I’ve been able to do that. It great to try new things from my stash.

With Love <3
Selena
Beauty, Empties, Evening skincare routine, Reviews

To Blot Or Not To Blot?

For The Body Shop Mineral Powder Blotting Tissues

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What it is: Blotting tissues that soak up shine and excess oil while the fine mineral powder leaves a soft matte finish.

Key Ingredients: mica, titanium dioxide

How it feels/smells/looks: They do not have a scent to them at all. They are papery sheets with a light dusting of powder.

Why I like it: These worked really well at absorbing oil, but I feel like it made my skin a bit dry. I have to use 2-3 sheets every time. I have bought the blue Clearasil ones before and only had to use 1-2 sheets for my whole face. I feel that Clearasil does a better job, even though it is 2-3 USD more and does not contain powder. I think these blotting tissues are aimed at people who have light oil. I need to pick up a pack, because these are really essential for oily skin girls like myself. I will not be repurchasing these. I like the ones at the drugstore better. What is your favorite brand of blotting tissues? Have you tried these?

With Love,

Selena