Empties, Lifestyle, Reviews

Dial It Up

For Dial Seasonal Collection Hand Soap with Moisturizer in Iced Berries

soap

This was a limited edition Dial hand soap and I loved it. I loved how it moisturizes my hands and the sweet, light berry scent. I would buy this again for the scent alone. I like that this soap doesn’t have alcohol in it. There really isn’t anymore that I can say about it, except that I will continue to repurchase Dial soap in the many scents that they offer. I really like the formula and scent of their liquid soaps. I have yet to try the foaming hand soap, but I really want to try it now.

With Love,

<3Selena Hannah<3

Beauty, Book, Food, Manicure Monday, Morning Skincare Routine, Pedi of the Month

What D Got Me For Christmas

I am so happy to be sharing with all of you the goodies that D got me for Christmas this year. We just traded our gifts in Feb and I am just getting around to posting all of the new goodies that I got. I haven’t touched any of these things yet, because I was waiting to have time to put up this post. As soon as I am done, I am putting on my new MAC lipglass, because I feel like having a purple lip today. I’m feeling dramatic. One a side note, don’t be alarmed, but I deleted a lot of old photos from my blog. I had reached my 3.0 GB limit and now, I’m back down to 1.4 GB or roughly 40% of usage. Now, I have room to grow again!

food

Russell Stover Assorted Chocolates

I couldn’t wait on these. I took a photo of an empty box. They were delicious!

Assorted Samples

I love trying out new stuff, so samples are right up my alley. I’m in the market for a new foundation, so hopefully, one of these items work out for me. I only have two summer BB creams right now and they are too dark for my Winter skin color.

tanner

Mystic Tan Self Tanner

I’ve never tried a self tanner before, besides the Sally Hansen legs. I’m curious to see how this works. I’m going to try this during the summer months, once I get a tiny bit of tan going on to even it out. I have an in ground pool now, so I’ll be spending a lot of time outside in my bathing suit. It would be awkward to self tan now, when my skin gets no exposure to sunlight whatsoever and I haven’t been on vacation.

tanner

VersaSpa Face Moisturizing Gradual Tanner

Since this has gradual in the name, I might give it a shot now to give my skin a healthy glow. I don’t want to look tan, but sunkissed. I love using bronzer for a sunkissed look, if this gives me that, I can skip bronzer in the morning. Anything to cut out a morning step I love. I’ll give this a shot and will report back with my thoughts on it in an empties video.

book

Forever By Judy Blume

I loved Judy Blume books growing up and this will be my first time reading one of her adult books. I’m really looking forward to reading this one by the pool or whenever I can find time to actually read. It’s been hard with working full time, taking a class, blogging, and most importantly, taking care of my son and keeping house. I just never seem to find the time. I want to try to read two books a month again. I am like three to four books behind this year, but I am going to try to catch up and make an effort. I will definitely read this one this year.

book

Sarah Dessen Saint Anything

Let me start of by saying that I have a love, hate relationship with Sarah Dessen books. I love them, because I get wrapped up in her story telling. I hate them, because they tend to follow the same plot line in every book. I love the predictability, but hate it at the same time. If I want a sweet, sad story, I’ll read one of her books and I know it’ll end happily. I look forward to reading this book, when I need a little pick me up. I’m happy to own another one of her books. I tend to reread her books a lot.

Hard Candy Nail Color in Sky 1123

I have been DYING for a Hard Candy nail polish. I remember when they used to be a high end product and carried in places like Sephora. Now Soap & Glory can be found at CVS? I need to get my hands on that next. Anyways, I love this shade. It has a cool duo chrome quality to it and I cannot wait to paint this onto my nails. I already picked out my nail color for  this week, so maybe, I’ll wear this next weekend.

bath bomb

Shoot For The Stars Starry Night Bath Bomb

I love Lush and I think it is obvious. I’m excited to have another bath bomb to try out and it smells very calming. It will be perfect on a night after I put Dean to bed to relax in a hot bath. Something, I rarely get to enjoy these days.

soap

Lush Shooting Stars Night In! Soap

D thinks that this smells lemony and I think it smells more on the lavender side. Either way, this seems like it is going to be a creamy soap, which is the type of soap that I enjoy the most. The lavender is faint in this, so I do enjoy the scent. I’m trying to use up my shower jelly right now, so I’m going to hold off on using this one. As soon as I use up the jelly, I will be using this. Or if I get sick of that scent and need a change. But honestly, who gets sick of The Comforter scent? It is also covered in glitter. My fate is sealed.

mascara

MAC In Extreme Dimension #D Black Lash Mascara

Not much to say about this, since I have to wait to finish my Benefit Roller Lash Deluxe Sample before I can try this one out. I’m excited to have a mini sample though. You can never have too many tubes of mascara. I never seem to buy any because I always get them in subscription boxes. I think I’m down to five now. I’m up to  with this bad boy.

lip balm

Ulta Tinted Lip Balm in Lollipop

This is such a pretty sheer pink. I have the swatches at the bottom of the page and this color is the top swatch on the right large picture. I can see this being very flattering on the lips, since it is sheer and won’t compete with your natural pigmentation. I love easy balms to throw on at work that I don’t have to worry about. This will be used at work, once I get through an office friendly gloss that I’m working on from B&BW.

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PBJ Smoothie Stick Creamy Lip Crayon in Raisin the Roof

I can see using this one at work as well. I love that this is more on the purple/mauve side of the spectrum and it will par perfectly under the MAC Lipglass that D gave me as well. This color is more on the matte side, which I enjoy a matte lip as much as the next girl. I know I won’t be disappointed with this color and I might have to repurchase it when I use it up.

MAC Trolls Collection Lipglass in Glitter Grunge

I love the cute packaging that MAC always come up with. This glitter purple is pretty pigmented as well, which I love. I’m not a fan of dark colors, but if it’s purple with glitter, I am all over that. I’m all about that life. It’s the bottom swatch and it is gorgeous! I am so happy to own this color. I don’t want to use it up anytime soon, because the packaging is so cute! I really wanted to get some of the SELENA collection, but it was always sold out and I only really wanted one of the powders anyways.

That is what I got for Christmas from D. I am so lucky to have a best friend like her!

With Love,

Selena

Beauty, Evening skincare routine, First Impressions, Freebie, Lifestyle, Morning Skincare Routine, Octoberfest

September BeautyFix

Heya Aspiring Gurus!

I recently received my BeautyFix September box a couple of weeks ago and just got around to opening it. I was going to do an unboxing, but I’m feeling under the weather this weekend. I thought I would just share what I got in this box instead. I paid 13 USD and some odd change for this box and it came with two free samples, which was very generous of Dermstore. I will be getting the October box at 25 USD and the November box. I will be cancelling after that for three months and then resubscribing. I cannot afford a 25 USD box during my maternity leave. I am excited to receive two more boxes though. I really love this subscription. Let me show you why!

Full Sized Products:

Dr. Brandt BB Cream With Signature Flexitone, 1 oz for 39 USD

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This product alone makes the whole box worth it to me. I have been wanting to try this forever and I really enjoy trying out new bb creams. This one seems a bit dark on the back of my hand, but a little goes a long way. I’m hoping that if I spread it out better, thinner on my face, I will get a better color match. If it doesn’t match, then I will give this to a friend who might be a better match than me. I’m just happy to be trying this out and it is such an expensive product.

Nick Chavez Starlet Shine Spray, 3.5 oz for 19 USD

shine spray

I can use a new shine spray. The one that I have is a manual spray and this one is aerosol. I’m interested to see the difference and see how this one performs compared to my drugstore one. I’m hoping that this one will be a little more subtle and easy to use. The other one made my hair look a bit greasy and I would always wash it that day, if I used it.

Deluxe Samples:

Sanitas Skincare Lemon Cream Scrub, 60 ml for 10 USD

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I needed a new cleanser for in the morning, since I was running out of my samples. This will be nice to try and it is a very good size. Maybe, this will be a new favorite morning cleanser. I like that most of these brands are really expensive. It is like a monthly treat to myself. It smells like freshly squeezed lemons, so this will be nice to use in the morning.

L’Occitane Shea Butter Extra-Gentle Soap in Verbena, 1.7 oz for 1.80 USD

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I love the hand lotion by this brand and the fact that it is pretty affordable is great. Also, you get a 20% off coupon good for the entire month, if you wanted to buy something from the Dermstore. I will be giving this lemon scented soap to my dad. He really loves to use soaps and I don’t use solid soap as much. I have a few from Lush that I am in the process of using and my skin is very sensitive to soaps. He likes the scent and I’ll let you know if he likes thee soap as well.

NIA 24 Sun Damage Prevention UVA/UVB Sunscreen SPF 30/PA, 1 fl oz for 19.60 USD

sunscreen

Another big sample that is quite expensive. I will be putting this away until I finish my current facial sunscreen. This came sealed, so I can feel good about putting it away for a a month or two. I look forward to trying this out, since I put sunscreen on my face and neck almost everyday year round. For now, it is going into storage.

Samples:

Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain in Forever Peach, ?

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I already have this in forever pink, so now I have both of them. They are great for moisturized lips on the go and they smell amazing too. I will be keeping this one at work. It gives a subtle peach hue to your lips.

SkinMedica TNS Eye Repair, 2g for 13.72 USD

eye cream

I have a morning eye cream, so this will be nice to use at night to prevent aging. I’m guessing that this sample would last a month for the eye area. I look forward to testing this out and seeing if my eyes are too sensitive for it. I wonder if this will help dark circles?

Skinceuticals Phloretin CF, ? 1 fl oz is 162 USD, so it is an expensive small sample

serum

This is a Vitamin C serum that you apply in the morning before putting on moisturizer. I am glad to have another Vitamin C serum to get rid of the remaining hyperpigmentation that I have on my cheek, which is my only skin concern. Acne leaves red marks on my face and vitamin C really helps a lot. I’m glad to be adding this into my morning routine and there seems to be enough or two weeks to a month of use.

Avene Retrinal 0.1 Intensive Cream, 0.1 fl oz for 6.90 USD

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The small samples are really expensive, even though you only get a small bit. I calculate my samples from the full size and do the math to determine the price. You really get what you pay for. This is an anti-aging night cream. I’m guessing it would be three full face applications, but I’m going to use it as an eye cream once I am not pregnant or nursing. The packaging tells me specially not to use it. So, this will sit around for a bit. If I’m not going to be able to use it by August 2017, I will give it away.

Raw Spirit Summer Rain Eau De Parfum, 1 ml for 5.30 USD

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This is a nice citrus scent that I am sure Danielle will love. It is crisp and fresh. I still have half of my bottle of White Citrus, so I am all set when it comes to this fresh squeezed scent. I don’t want this sample to just sit around, so I will add it to her birthday bag as a little freebie. Surprise, Danielle! Speaking of you, I have a letter I never mailed! I need to mail it!

I think that this box is a great value at 13 and some odd change. Hell, even at 25 USD, everything would have been worth it. I also received these extras. I will be enjoying this subscription and will be resubing next year after my maternity leave. It is everything that I like to sample. I also really enjoy the variety. I have plenty of things to pamper my skin with now.

Extras:

Medicell Labs Advanced Moisture Eye Mask Duo, 1 pair for 15 USD

eye mask

I would never buy something so expensive for myself, but I will enjoy using these after my delivery. I plan on taking this with me to the hospital, along with a few sheet masks to really perk my skin up after that ordeal. I am very excited to have some fancy, luxury pamper goodies! It also has a 30% of coupon if you want to buy the set: an eye mask and a facial mist that retails for 70 USD. I will not be using this so, here it is MEDICELLEYE.

SkinMedica Total Defense + Repair SPF 34, 3.7 g for 3.70 USD

sunscreen

This is a small sunscreen sample that I will use after I finish my current sunscreen. It is made for the face and has antioxidants in it. I think that I would get about two uses out of this, but I will still enjoy using it. I am putting it away for now, but I will use this in a couple of months and will let you know my impression of it. I love freebies!

With Love,

Selena

Beauty, Empties, My Life

Empties: The November Edit

Heya Aspiring Gurus!

It is that time again! I cannot believe that November has come to pass and that Christmas is almost upon us! I have some very upsetting news to share with all of you. Don’t worry though, nobody died. Well, something did: my Kindle Fire (1st generation). I cannot believe that I’ve had it since the beginning and before that I had the first edition of the actual Kindle back when it was free 4G. Remember those days? Anyways, now, I’m purchasing the brand new 4th generation Kindle Fire for $141 dollars, because I am getting the three year replacement plan. If I had gotten that before, it could have paid for the kindle that I have to buy now. It is my Christmas present, but I don’t mind too much. It’s nice to get something new, but I hate saying goodbye to something old. The hardest is going to be going without a Kindle for a few years, when I haven’t been without one since I was 14. Oh, how time flies! Anyways, I do have an amazon haul for you and a Lush haul that will hopefully happen before Christmas. I know that I am still getting a few gifts and I’m still buying gifts for everyone. My kindle money is coming out of my savings and I just won’t buy those Ariana Grande tickets that I really wanted. Not a big deal for me. I will eventually see a concert. I’m only 22! lol. Here’s my empties, not very many I warn you.

Perfectly Posh Snarky Bar [sample]

Snarky Bar

Just Because Daily Essentials Everyday Facial Wipes, 20 ct

Face Wipes

Perfectly Posh Gender Bender [sample]

Gender Bender

Avene Eau Thermale Thermal Spring Water, 1.76 oz

Toner: Eau Thermale Avene

Lush Tea Tree Water, 3.3 fl oz

tea tree toner water

Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder in 010 Fair, 0.28 oz

[A disappointing first impressions to come. Sorry no picture for this one. I still have the product left. I only used it a few times. Dani, do you want to take it off my hands? You could possibly find it a new home. The ingredients in it makes me have an allergic reaction and makes my face extremely red and flaky.]

Nourish Organic Moisturizing Cream Face Cleanser, 1 fl oz

face cleanser

What have you finished up?

With Love,

Selena Hannah xoxoxo

Beauty, Empties, Evening skincare routine, First Impressions, Lifestyle, My Life, Octoberfest

Fresh From Le Press: Lush

For Lush Banana Moon Soap

banana moon soap

DISCLAIMER: I RECEIVED THIS SAMPLE FREE WITH MY ONLINE ORDER. ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN.

What it is: This is a moisturizing banana scented soap that gets you clean without all the frills.

Key Ingredients: This soap is made with coconut oil, yogurt, bananas, and gold glitter, which I find fantastic. I regret to say that it didn’t have any actual glitter in it, but it’s the though that counts, right? I hate the added perfume in this product. Why be all natural if you are adding perfume? My skin was a bit irritated by it. This was unnecessary.

How it feels/smells/looks: The soap smells of genuine ripe bananas and nothing else. I love banana scents, so I didn’t mind that there were no other notes in the soap. I had a single use sample, so it just looked like yellow soap to me. The soap has a very smooth surface with no texture to the soap at all.

Why I like it: The smell of bananas filled my whole bathroom. There was only enough sop for one shower. The soap was a bit drying on my skin and gave me that squeaky clean feeling. I don’t particularly like that feeling, so I do not think that I would purchase this soap. It was  nice shower experience, though.

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Sephora Haul

Heya Aspiring Gurus!

I just realized that today is my 2nd Anniversary for my blog! I want to take a moment to thank all of my followers (All 164 of you! I’m adding my followers on Bloglovin as well.) for following my blog, liking my posts/comments, and for reading my posts. Without all of my followers, I doubt that I would still have been blogging now. I blog, because I love it. I also blog, because I know people will read it and take it as they wish. I really want to be an author someday and this is a stepping stone to that. So, I want to thank all of you, who by following, are encouraging me to blog and chase my dreams. I hope you continue to chase yours as well.

SephoraSephora CardSephora

Now that we have the mushy stuff set aside, let’s get back to the reason why you came here in the first place. I finally got to go to Sephora! It was a magical, if a bit overwhelming experience, which was very similar to my first experience at Lush. I dropped almost 75 USD in one trip! I did walk away with quite a few items though, because one package came with six products. I don’t feel bad though, since Sephora has an excellent return policy. I got a Sephora card while I was there, so I already raked up quite a few points. I cannot wait to go back and buy some more products. I bought skincare items this time around.

The Original Beauty Blender, 19.99 USD

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This was a 2013 Best of Beauty Allure Award Winner and I have been wanting to try it ever since Tati from GlamLifeGuru on Youtube has been raving about her beauty blender. I have to say that I agree with Tati! The beauty blender is really life-changing. I love applying my bb cream and foundation with it. (Although, I am currently using my fingers to put on my bb cream, then pressing a damp beauty blender on top to give smoother results.) It blends completely into my skin, while covering up my imperfections. When you dampen the sponge, it puffs up to twice its size. My foundation brush and sponges are getting neglected for this one. Sponges last for six months on average, so I will get good use out of this sponge.

Fresh Hesperides Grapefruit Soap, 8.8 oz for 18 USD

SephoraFresh Soap

Fresh smells so fresh! I love the smell of grapefruit and I cannot wait to try this soap. Hopefully, it will not cause me any irritation like most products do. If it doesn’t irritate me, I will be buying more Fresh products, even though they are pricey for an occasional treat.

Peter Thomas Roth Acne Kit, 35 USD; Actual Retail Value: 61 USD

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I am so glad that I bought this! My skin has been going through a really horrible phase of acne and rough texture. This has been a face saver! It has six different products in it. I have been trying this for a couple of weeks now, so I feel like I can say a few words about each of the samples.

Beta Hydroxy Acid 2% Acne Wash, 2 fl oz

Acne Wash

I really like this face wash. It is minimally foaming, which I like. Foaming cleansers are too drying for my skin anyways. I feel like it really treats my acne as well. I will be buying the full size for sure.

Blemish Buffing Beads, 1 fl oz

exfoliater

I like to use this every other morning after the acne wash to really free my pores of oil and to try to prevent my skin from being an oily mess. This is definitely gentle enough to use every morning, but I am rationing it until I can get my hands on the full size.

AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel, 0.5 fl oz

clearing gel

I use this every morning after toner but before I moisturize. I believe that this has been the biggest influence on my skin in getting it clear. I use two pumps on my whole face and it sinks right into my skin, so I an only assume that that means that my skin likes it very much. lol.

Max Anti-Shine Mattifying Gel, 0.25 oz

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I really did not care for this at all. It is a bit crumbly and the texture is just off putting. I much rather like the Dr. Brandt Pores No More much better, plus it is slightly tinted which I like a lot. I will not be buying the full size of this product, no matter how well it works at mattifying my face.

Therapeutic Sulfur Masque, 0.5 fl oz

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I like this mask and I feel like it feels to bring out the gunk in my skin. However, I do not feel like it performs better than my Proactive sulfur masks. I will not be purchasing the full size, but I will be trying another mask by Peter Thomas Roth.

Acne Spot & Area Treatment, 0.25 fl oz

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This smells a bit like apple cider vinegar, but with better results for my skin. This shrinks my acne overnight. I cannot rave enough about this product and I will also be buying the full size of this product as well. I mostly loved the whole sample package.

That is all I bought! Have an nice Wednesday!

With Love,

Selena Hannah xoxoxo

 

Beauty, My Life, Reviews

Pink Grapefruit Lather

The Body Soap Pink Grapefruit Soap
4 for 10 US DOLLARS (SALE)
3.5 oz
The Soap

4 out of 5 stars

FTC Disclaimer: All opinions are my own. I purchased this product myself as a birthday present.

1. Usage: This bar of soap lasted me a month, which is impressive. I didn’t use this every time I showered, (I have other products as well to use up.) but a month is still a really long lifespan for a soap that you used at least 4 days a week. Plus, I used this when I took a bath as well….Maybe, I did use this 7 days a week…Anyways, guys use a lot more soap than girls or at least, my guy does. He seems to go through this kind of soap in two weeks. Good value for the lasting power still. 5 out of 5 stars

2. Packaging: This soap comes in pink tinted packaging, so you can see the product itself which is a smart idea. The soap is pretty in a nice baby doll pink and was wrapped up like a candy bar. No fancy packaging here, but I like the simple plastic wrapper. I just wish it was wrapped in paper rather than light plastic. 4 out of 5 stars

3. Scent: The soap has a really tart pink grapefruit scent that is really true to life of an actual pink grapefruit. I was surprised by the scent at first, but I really enjoyed it. It was a nice crisp scent that was energizing like most citrus scents are. The scent does not linger on the skin after the shower, so it is perfect for men to use as well. You won’t smell like a pink grapefruit! But the scent does last in the bathroom air for a while after. 4 out of 5 stars

4. Performance: The soap lathers very well into a creamy, foamy mixture. The lather is white however; it was a bit disappointing to not see pink foam and the more I used the soap, the less vivid pink the bar was. It became a really light pink near the end. I enjoyed the clean feeling that this soap gave me. I didn’t feel like I needed to use any shower gel after to get a squeaky clean feel. I do not feel like this soap harshly strips the skin of dirt either. 4 out of 5 stars

5. Ingredients: Well, this soap does not contain harsh detergents such as lauryl sulfates that strips the skin of natural oils that it needs for moisture and protection against pathogens. I like that there are no parabens and not a lot of chemical ingredients in this product. It contains two dyes, but it gives the soap that pretty pink coloring so I can live with the little bit of dye there is in this. I am really happy with the ingredients! 5 out of 5 stars

6. Results: The soap is way better than the store variety, but my body was still slightly allergic to this siap. I am allergic to cream-based soaps and glycerin ones are better for me. Shower gel does not give me a reaction whatsoever. I do not appreciate having red marks on my skin after having a shower or tiny bumps on my back. I am going to be giving my boyfriend a couple of bars of soap and use up the remaining bars I have. Maybe, it was just this particular scent. 2 out of 5 stars

Overall, I give this soap 4 stars out of 5. I cannot believe that I broke out 4 even. *laughs* That’s kind of amazing. I would repurchase for my boyfriend or to give this as a gift. As an aside, I gave away my Chocomania soap to a man in my life. I couldn’t stand the masculine scent of coco powder and Cheyenne pepper, but he loved it. Just wanted to let you know about this particular scent. Have you tried The Body Shop? What are you loving of their’s?