Beauty, Empties, project pan

6 Before Summer Update #1

I am happy to report that I finished 1 of the original six and I finished the replacement that I added in as well. So far, I have finished two products out of the project. I am 1/3 done with my project. I just have to finish four more or reach the end date to call it quits. I finished off two face masks in my project. I replaced them with a sheet mask that I haven’t used yet. I find it hard to use up a sheet mask, but I have many and I need to use them up. I cannot wait to show you my progress!

I finished off the Lush Cup O’ Coffee scrub and The Body Shop Tea Tree Face mask. I have replaced them with the Tony Moley I’m Real Red Wine Sheet Mask. I’m hoping to use this up this weekend at some point and if I do, I’m going to replace it with another sheet mask. After that, I’ll probably throw in my Proactive sulfur mask. I’m happy to be moving through my masks, since I got three new ones for my birthday!

I have so much progress with my Wen Sweet Almond Mint Volumizing Treatment Spray. I just use it like hair spray. It doesn’t do much for my hair and I don’t care for the crunchy, flaky mess the day after I use this. I’ll be happy when I finish this up for sure. Then I can move onto my mouse from either Tresseme or Big Sexy Hair.

I didn’t use it for the first two weeks, because I forgot to. I’ve been using it everyday since. The progress is slow going as a deodorant. This powder fluffs up a lot when you use it. I really had to work to settle the product for a good measuring picture. I like to use a couple of shakefulls underneath my arm pits before I go in with an aluminum deodorant. I use this on its own when I’m at home, but if I’m going to work or out, I layer them up. I’m trying to use this up, because I didn’t like it in my hair. I think it does a better job as a deodorant. I also use this on my sweaty feet to dry them up and I’m enjoying it for that way as well. Maybe, I can get through it faster this summer.

I think we are all surprised about this progress and I wanted to show the “window” to prove it. This is 4 grams of eye shadow that I only use on the weekends, but I am moving pretty fast through this. I’m thinking creams are just easier to use up than powders. I’m about half way through this tube. Not sure I can really use up all of it by then end of this project, but I think I’ll have most of it used up by then. I’m not into metallic purple, so I put a layer of nude powder eye shadow on top of this and it softens the look. I’ve been enjoying using this and making it into a more neutral eye look.

The right is my progress. I’m a little less than half way through the perfume. I am moving to an easier way to view how much I have left in the container, because I think it’s easier to see. I used this perfume every single day and I love it a lot. I’ll be sad when it’s done, but I want the original Be Delicious perfume. This is a great Spring scent that I will be putting away for next year if I don’t finish it before the finale.

As you can see, I have worn down the dome shape to the product. This is almost 6 grams of blush, so I don’t think I’ll be finishing it. I enjoy using it during the work week for a nice glow, but it isn’t my favorite. It tends to be blotchy and not easy to blend out evenly no matter what I use whether a brush or sponge. I’ll be happy when it’s gone and I won’t be repurchasing. I like the color enough to use it, but the formula is splotchy.

That’s it for my update. Hopefully, I’ll be able to use up four more products to call this project a success. I have high hopes for this one!

With Love ❤

Selena

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. 🙂

Dove Advanced Care Cool Essentials 48H Deodorant

deodorant

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

toothpaste

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

Face

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

conditioner

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

sample

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, Empties, Evening skincare routine, Favorites, Reviews, SALE

The Ocean Scrub

For Lush Ocean Salt Face & Body Scrub

Mask

The face mask is the same size as the Ocean Salt that I bought. I never used this on my body. I only used this on my face and I used it like a mask. I applied this to wet skin and let it sit for 10 minutes to really work on my acne and hydrate my skin with that avocado oil. I then massaged it off with water. It stung y face a tiny bit, but left my face feeling really soft and smooth. By the next morning, any acne would be greatly diminished. I need to repurchase this product, but I probably won’t until the unboxing day sale and stock up on a bunch of stuff. I am also keeping this clean, empty black pot, because when you bring back 5 black pots to Lush, they will give you a free, fresh face mask.

With Love ❤

Selena

Beauty, Empties, Evening skincare routine, Reviews

Total Flirt

For Victoria’s Secret 2-In-1 Wash & Scrub in Pink Total Flirt

scrub

I love the sweet green apple scent of PINK Total Flirt and I would repurchase this scent. I wouldn’t repurchase this wash and scrub though. It was fine, but it wasn’t much of a scrub at all. The little beads tend to stick to my skin and I had a hard time rinsing it off. I would buy a regular shower gel or body wash in this scent though. It did foam up nice. I bought this when Victoria’s Secret was having a buy 1 get 2 free sale. It must have been a clearance sale, since I bought it at the end of the summer. I will be buying more VS stuff on offer. I think I have only one full sized wash & scrub left and a few trial sizes of body wash from Lush. I sense a haul in my near future.

With Love ❤

Selena

#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!

granola

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

Vitamins

2. Enfamil TriViSol Liquid Vitamins

cotton pads

3. Swissspers Cotton Rounds

sample

4. Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate

eye cream

5. Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream

hand cream

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

Moisturizer

7. Coola Moisturizer in Fresh Mango

dish soap

8. Seventh Generation Natural Dish Liquid in Free & Clear

bath oil

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

nursing pads

10. Lansinoh Disposable Nursing Pads

veet

11. Veet Fast Acting Gel Cream Hair Remover

scrub

12. St. Ives Green Tea Scrub

Face Mist (2)

13. Tarte Rain Forest of the Sea Marine Boosting Mist

cleansing water

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
40 Days of Blogging, Beauty, Empties, Evening skincare routine, Morning Skincare Routine, My Life, Reviews

The Final Verdict: Neutrogena

For Neutrogena All-in-1 Acne Control Daily Scrub with 2% Salicyclic Acid

Scrub

What it is: A daily scrub that fades the look of past acne marks, clears present breakouts, and helps prevent future breakouts.

Key Ingredients: Salicyclic acid, water, soy bean extract, cetyl alcohol, polythylene, fragrance

How it feels/smells/looks: It is a white, pearly cream with scrubby beads in it. It smells strongly chemical and not very pleasant. It is moisturizing on the skin, while being a refreshing scrub.

Why I like it: It is a decent cleanser and scrub, but I would not buy it again. The beads in it are polluting the environment, so I cannot recommend this unless they reformulate it with environmentally friendly beads. This is the drugstore version of Lush’s Ocean Salt, but I love Ocean Salt ten times better since it has more immediate benefits for my skin. This scrub is good if you don’t work or don’t want to invest in fancy skin care. I would really suggest Ocean Salt though. The small pot has lasted me a year of use.

With Love,

Selena

Beauty, First Impressions, Haul, My Life, SALE

Recently Acquired: Neutrogena

Neutrogena All-in-1 Acne Control Daily Scrub, 4.2 fl oz

I bought this a few days ago, because my acne was getting really bad and I needed a more targeted morning cleanser. This one has salicylic acid, so I know that it will work well with my skin. My acne really responds well to it. I just did a chemical peel a couple of days ago, so that is really helping as well with the acne. Most of my acne is now dried up and shrunken in size. My skin is smoother in texture as well. The smell of the scrub is floral and very perfumed, probably due to the added fragrance. I have used this a few times already and this scrub is harsher than Ocean Salt by Lush. Due to this, I scrub briefly and let it sit on my skin a few minutes to do its magic before rinsing. I paid 7.99 USD for this scrub, which is a deal since it retails for 11.99 USD. Have you gotten any good deals lately?

With Love,

Selena Hannah xoxoxo