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

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Textureful

For Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray

hair

I loved the scent, but it is just the same out of all the texturizers I have bought and tried. They have all been good to me. I would not repurchase this spray. It didn’t do something amazing that the others didn’t. It performed fine for a texturizer. It made my hair look tousled, but not sticky or crunchy. I really enjoyed it. The price tag is too much for a texturizing product. The drugstore ones are just as good, specifically the Tresemme texturizing or finishing spray. I forget how they word it on their product. The scent does not justify the price either. I would buy another travel sized one if it was under $10. The travel size lasts me about 3 months of use, because I don’t use it everyday after a shower.

With Love,

❤ Selena Hannah ❤

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April Empties 2017

I know I’m about two days early for my monthly empties, but I am ready to empty my wicker basket and start collecting for May, my birthday month. I am hoping to go through more beauty products next month, since it is my birthday month. I will probably be wearing more makeup anyway. I also have EXCITING news on my Pan That Pallet progress, at least exciting for me. LOL. This was a lighter month with less empties, but I am happy that I finished off two makeup products. I also have three more on their last legs, so I am hoping to have 5 or more makeup empties in May. I have so many update posts to write, but I love being busy on my blog. I might have a May Reads post this month, because I made a promise to myself to read an hour on Saturday and Sunday. I hope that I can keep that promise. I’ll be back to reading more once I finish my last class for my Associates Degree in Information Technology.

lip

  1. Aerin Rose Lip Conditioner

face

2. Glam Glow Glow Starter Mega Illuminating Moisturizer

lotion

3. Scented Secrets Gingerbread Cookie Body Lotion in Wild Berry

lotion

4. Victoria’s Secret Hydrating Body Lotion in Pear Glace

mask

5. Lush Cup O’ Coffee Face and Body Mask

hair

6. Bumble and Bumble BB Hairdresser Invisible Oil Primer

hair

7. Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray

hair

8. Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo

sample

9. IGK Mistress Hydrating Hair Balm

teeth

10. Crest 3D White in Arctic Fresh

pen

11. Sharpie Accent Highlighter in Green

pen

12. 13. 14. 15. PaperMate InkJoy Pens in Green, Red, Pink, and Light Blue

med

16. Halls Triple Soothing Action Drops in Cherry

coffee

17. 18. International Delight Coffee Creamer in Amaretto Cafe and White Chocolate Raspberry

coffee

19. Boston’s Best Jamaican Me Crazy Coffee

tea

20. Celestial Seasonings Green Tea in Candy Cane Lane

food

21. 22. 23. 24. Gerber Lil’ Beanies with White Cheddar & Broccoli

food

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

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Beach Waves

For Oribe Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray

Beach Spray

I love the heavenly scent of this product. Also, it’s a miracle that I even finish a hair product, because it usually takes me forever even for small samples like this one. It really worked to bring out some shine in my dull hair without making my hair look greasy. It also enhances any wave that I do have (from sleeping in a braid mostly) and makes them last much longer without breaking down. It doesn’t leave my hair sticky or crunchy. Maybe, it leaves it a bit on the dry side, but nothing that a little conditioner wouldn’t fix. I will be repurchasing after I use up the rest of my waves sprays. I highly recommend.

With Love ❤

Selena

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August Birchbox 2016

I got my Birchbox last Saturday, but  haven’t had the opportunity to write about it until now. I have to say, after not really liking my July box,  am loving my August one! Everyone gets two hair care products this month, since it’s about flawless hair this month. I’m very satisfied with my box. Two hair care products, two face products, and one beautiful eye shadow/highlighter. It really made my day! Here’s my box:

I really love the geometric pattern this month and all the high end brands.

Beach Spray

Oribe Apres Beach Wave & Shine Spray, 1 oz for $4.50 USD

I am so excited to give this beach spray a try. Youtube raves about this product on a daily basis. I haven’t tried this out yet, but I plan to as soon as I wash my hair. Which will be Monday night, so Tuesday morning is when I get to try this baby out! If I am blown away by this product, I would consider purchasing it after I use up my sea salt sprays. I think  have a couple laying around somewhere. Anyway, I am very excited to try this!

cleanser

Avene Cleanance Cleansing Gel, 0.84 fl oz $2.50 USD

This cleansing gel has a strong floral fragrance that I’m not really a fan of. I will use this sample, because I enjoy trying new things and don’t like to see things go to waste. I really like this brand, so I am willing to give this cleanser a try.Who knows? Maybe it’s a hidden gem underneath all that fragrance.

hair oil

Bumble and bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Primer, 1 fl oz for $3.30 USD

I was in need for another detangler, so I am happy to have received one in my box. This is going straight to my bathroom counter to use Monday night after my shower. This might be my last Birchbox, since the company no longer allows you to gain points for reviewing the products in your box. As soon as I find a new box, I will let you all know. Anyways, I am super excited to be getting this brand and it will go to good use.

moisturizer

REN Flash Hydro-Boost Instant Plumping Emulsion, 0.34 fl oz for $10.50 USD

This has an interesting concept and smells very fresh. It is a moisturizer booster that you add a little bit of water to. It is supposed to plump up and hydrate your skin before you put on your moisturizer. So, it’s kinda like a primer for your moisturizer. I will use it at night, since I tend to do lengthier routines then and this would fit in nicely. I don’t think I would ever buy something like this though. I’d rather just buy a nice serum to put on before my moisturizer.

Manna Kadar Cosmetics Eye Shadow in Fantasy, 1 pan for $19 USD

This is a pink bronzy color that I actually really like as a highlight color. I would also use it as an eye shadow, but not as a blush. This is such a pretty shade that I’m sure that I will get a lot of use out of this full sized item. You can blend it in for a more subtle look, but this color still stands out after blending. Some highlights disappear after blending, but this one holds up.

Overall, I really loved my box, but am disappointed that I cannot earn points anymore. I will be cashing my points in with my September box and that will sadly be my last one.

With Love ❤

Selena

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June Birchbox

I love the watercolor pastel box this month! It is very pretty and another one that I will be saving. I’ll be going through my make up collection to purge a few things. Is anyone interested in seeing that? I think I’m going to take pictures and do a post on it. I’ll probably bring it to work for a few friends to pick over. Danielle, when I do the post and you definitely want some of it, let me know and I’ll set it aside for you. 🙂

Anyways, here’s my June box, which I’ll let you know now I LOVE it.

Texturizing spray

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray, 1 oz for around $5 USD

I love texturizing sprays, which I find are different from dry shampoos. I think they work better than dry shampoos. Even though, they technically are dry shampoo, I think they are a hybrid of some sort. I’m currently using Rusk texturizing spray, but I cannot wait to use this one as well. I see it all over Youtube, so I am happy to have my hands on this product. It will go into my beauty bin for now to use when I use up the Rusk.

Marcelle BB Cream in Golden Glow, 7 ml for $4.20 USD

This is an okay size to sample. I wish it was bigger though. This only has enough for two or three face applications. I like the glow that it gives the skin, but I would definitely powder afterwards. I powder after apply sunscreen. I like being glowy, not shiny/greasy looking. This stuff is expensive, so I don’t think I’ll be buying it anytime soon.

Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask, 1 oz for $4.50 USD

As you can see by the picture on the right, this product is a welcome repeat offender. I love that it is now in a squeeze tube, which makes the product easier to use. This tube is enough for two to three masks for my hair. I do a mask about once a month, but now that I bleached it, I think I’ll do it once every week or so. This could be in July empties. I like this product and the scent. I won’t be buying it though.

Cleanser

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, 1 oz & 1 cloth for $11.32 USD

I’m so excited to be receiving these two products in my Birchbox. The potential of getting this product in my box is what made me sign up for it in the first place and now, I am finally sampling it. It is a brilliant moment for me. If I really liked this product, I could see this replacing my GlamGlow cleanser. Now, I just have to sample Emma Hardy’s Cleansing Balm. Anyone else love sampling highend products?! It’s an addiction of mine.

Benefit Gimme Brow Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel in 1, 1 g for $8 USD

This was my chosen sample this month. It is also my first brow product EVER. Yeah, I never got on that train. I’m excited to try this product. I need to get my eyebrows threaded first. I’m hoping to get it done next weekend. This seems like a great product and I love trying out new makeup.

That’s my box this month!

With Love,

Selena