Ulta 21 Days of Beauty Haul

Hi all! Happy Wednesday!  I hope your week is going well and that you are staying safe.

Today I have a little Ulta Haul.  I purchased a couple of things from the current 21 Days of Beauty sale and a few other fun products.  I’m not purchasing as much from the sale as I usually do.  It’s because honestly I don’t need a lot of makeup and I’m trying to use some up.

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I haven’t done a lot of hauls this year, so it’s exciting to get some new makeup!  Here’s more information on the items I picked up:

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From the sale I got the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Dark Brown and the MAC Cosmetics Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Face Powder in Light. I haven’t tried either of these before, so I’m excited to test them out!

Here’s a close up of the powder:

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This is a slow-baked domed face powder with low-level pearlized pigments that provide a dimensional yet natural-satin finish. Can be used to set foundation and to touch-up makeup throughout the day.

I’m really loving this so far. It sets my makeup without leaving my skin looking dry or cakey.

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I finally picked up a Elf Cosmetics Bite Size Eyeshadow Palette in Rose Water. These are so cute! I love the pink tones in this cute little guy.  Here’s swatches:

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I really like both shimmers.  The mattes are nice, too!  I want to pick up a couple more of these, but the shades I want are often out of stock.  I’ll wait — they are only $3 each!

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I saw that a YouTuber I like, Emily Noel, purchased the EcoTools Scented Soap Roses and they looked so pretty that I had to pick them up. They smell so nice!

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I am a big fan of the Yes To facial wipes, so I wanted to try out the Watermelon Super Fresh ones. They smell amazing, too!


Have you picked up anything from the sale or are you planning on getting anything?

 

Freshen Up With Self Care Beauty Products!

Hi all!  Happy Saturday!  I hope you are doing well and staying safe.

Since I’m staying home for the time being, I thought it would be fun to test out some self care items I have recently received for my honest review.

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I have been enjoying testing these out.  Here’s more info about each product:

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Ban Purely Gentle Roll-On Deodorant ($10.58 for 2-pack at Amazon.com) — This deodorant claims to give 24-hour odor and wetness protection. It did last a long time for me and has a unique, non-irritating formula that glides onto skin clear and is less likely to leave white marks under arms and on clothes.

John Frieda Day 2 Revival Dry Conditioner $9.49 USD at CVS.com) — This cool product detangles, defrizzes and adds softness and shine to unwashed hair. A hydrating acai & avocado dry oil blend reignites shine without leaving a heavy or greasy residue or weighing hair down.  And it smells so nice!

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Daily Concepts Daily Lip Scrubber ($6 USD) — The Daily Lip Scrubber is a silicone lip brush that allows gentle exfoliation and circulation for plump, smooth and soft lips. The handle and the finger hole are designed for convenient use and easy application. It works as the perfect stimulator to increase blood circulation and to remove dry skin.

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Multi-Functional Soap Sponge Mother of Pearl ($8 USD) — Clarifying, exfoliating, radiance enhancing, dual purpose soap sponge perfect for clarifying skin. This innovative and multifunctional design is soap infused with a sponge. You can see in the photos that one side is soap and the other is a sponge.  It’s perfect for exfoliating face or body depending on your comfort level.  There is also a charcoal version ($8 USD).

I am glad I got to try all of these products and I will continue to use the.


What are your favorite or newest self care products?

Shop My Stash February 2020 Results and Monthly Empties

Hi All! Happy Saturday! I’m back with my February Shop My Stash results!  I enjoy dipping into my collection and using products I haven’t used in a long time, or just haven’t given much of a chance.

My rule with this is if I don’t like the item after the month, I will move it out of my collection to make some room and let someone else enjoy it! You can check out my first Shop My Stash post for February.

 

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February may be a short month, but I did get lots of use out of most of these products!  The shades were perfect for February and I enjoyed using them!

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I made sure to use every shade of the ABH x Carli Bybel palette.  I really have enjoyed testing it out more.  It’s a good palette.  The mattes blend well and I really love a few of the shimmers.  I do wish that most of the shimmers didn’t have glitter in them, but they are pretty nonetheless. I also still think Jode and OA are so similar and I wish they both weren’t in the palette.  But, I can make some nice everyday looks with this and will be keeping it.

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The formula of the Dose of Colors Eyeshadow Palette in Marvelous Mauves is so creamy and pigmented!  This is a really gorgeous matte palette.  I wore it alone and with shimmers from the Carli Bybel palette (especially Aura).  I like this alot and will be keeping it.

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I wore the blush and highlighter many times this month.  They are the Nanacoco HD Pressed Blush in Shimmery Dusty Rose and the Makeup Geek Highlighter in Lit.  They are beautiful together!  I love them both and are keeping them both!

The Milani Keep It Full Nourishing Lip Plumper in Soft Rose is pretty, but it’s darker and more pigmented than I usually like in a gloss.  I’m going to keep it for now and we’ll see if I reach for it.

On to my empties:

IMG-2963 I had ten empties this month!  Mostly skincare and body care.

I already have backups of the Pixi Retinol Jasmine Cleanser and the Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer.  I love both of those products!  Products I would repurchase are the MAC Fix+ (this was coconut scented), the Farmacy Honeymoon Glow and the StriVectin Peptight.

I got the QMS eye cream from a Boxycharm and liked it.  It’s very expensive, though, so I wouldn’t purchase it again. The Julep Boost Your Radiance Oil is nice, but I haven’t purchased from them in a while, since they ended their Maven program.  And the rest of the products were from my The Body Shop Advent Calendar.  I loved them and might be purchasing them in the future!


Another successful Shop My Stash on the books! I had so much fun with these products and am looking forward to a new batch of makeup in March!

Do you shop your stash or have a project pan going on?  I will be doing my first quarter project pan update at the end of March.

Ulta Haul — Treating Myself for Valentine’s day!

Hi All! January was a looong month!  I’m glad it’s over and we are well into February. So I decided to treat myself with an Ulta Haul. This is a Valentines to myself.  It helped that I had a 20% off coupon and a Christmas gift card I hadn’t used yet!

Here’s what I picked up:

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I fell for this palette as soon as I saw it online, and love it even more in person! I’m excited that there are neutrals along with the pinks and purples.  It will be so wearable for every day as well as special occasions.IMG-2749IMG-2761

Sorry this is a bit dirty, but that’s how it came to me.  Maybe the trip was too rough for it! I ams looking forward to using it.  It’s so pretty and soft.  I think it will be lovely for the spring as well as now!

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I have just finished my Farmacy Honeymoon Glow AHA serum and I really loved it.  But I decided to try something new.  Lactic Acid is supposed to be more gentle but still resurface the skin.  Hopefully I’ll love the Ordinary Lactic Acid.

This Milani blush is new and I’m looking forward to trying it out!

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My skin has been really dry and I need a new body cream.  The Unicorn Fruit Body Butter looks like fun and smells really nice.  Plus, I just wanted a new bath bomb and thought this one seems calming.

The NYX lip liner is a favorite of YouTuber Allie Glines, and I really need a new nude one.

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So, there’s my haul.  Have you picked up any new makeup or skincare?

Shop My Stash January 2020 Results and Monthly Empties

Hi All! Happy Saturday! I’m back with my January Shop My Stash results!  I enjoy dipping into my collection and using products I haven’t used in a long time, or just haven’t given much of a chance.

My rule with this is if I don’t like the item after the month, I will move it out of my collection to make some room and let someone else enjoy it! You can check out my first Shop My Stash post for January.

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I’ve had a lot of fun playing with these products this month!  And I have decided to keep all of these products for now.

The Colourpop blush and Milani blusher are both amazing products! They are still fairly new to me, but I now have a good idea of how they perform, and I love them.

I’ve found that I don’t really wear lipstick any more, just liner and gloss.  I did wear my MAC Creme in Your Coffee lipstick once or twice.  It is nice and I’ll keep it, but I now want to go through my lipsticks and get rid of most of them. I did a pretty big declutter last year of my makeup, but I really want to pair it down to just what I use.  Would you be interested in seeing that on my blog?

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I used this palette a lot this month!  I tried every shade.  I’ve found that I like it okay.  Many of the shades have to be built up, especially the shimmers.  I am okay with building up mattes, but I like my shimmers to be soft and very blingy.  I do like the variety of the shades and I made a lot of varied looks with it.  I think I’ll keep it for now, but I might pass it on when I declutter.

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Urban Decay On The Run palette in Detour  – I really love this palette.  It’s the opposite of the Emily Edit palette in that it’s very pigmented and easy to use.  The shimmers, especially Dash, are creamy and are very blingy!  And the mattes are so easy to blend.I am very happy to keep this in my collection.

On to my empties:

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I had a lot more empties than I thought I would this month, but I have been trying to go through my products more.  So I’m proud of these.

For skincare, I finished the PIXI Jasmine Oil and the PIXI Collagen & Retinol Serum.  I’ve had the Jasmine oil for a while, but I concentrated on using it the last few months.  I love the scent.  I also liked the serum, which was unscented, but I don’t know if it did much to my skin.  The Glow Recipe Pineapple Bright Serum was very scented like extremely ripe pineapple.  I didn’t care for the scent  but I loved the serum to brighten my skin.  I would repurchase the PIXI Jasmine oil and the Glow Recipe. 

The Laneige Choco Mint lip mask was amazing! I got it in a holiday set with a full size of the berry and another little one.  I use the lip mask every day.  And I will continue to repurchase them so I always have one on hand. I also used up the Body Shop Fall For Pumpkin body butter I purchased in October and two hand creams, Juicy Pear and Mango, from my The Body Shop advent calendar.

For Makeup, I finally used up the Tatcha Silk Canvas Primer.  I’ve had it for about 18 months and have been working on using it up.  It’s okay.  It works fine, but was really expensive.  I don’t know if I’ll purchase again in the future.  I also finished my L’Oreal Lash Paradise primer, a deluxe size of the Too Faced Damn Girl Mascara and the Pop Beauty lip liner.  I would purchase the lip liner again, I loved it.

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I had fun playing with the products in my Shop My Stash last month.  I’ll be posting my new one hopefully tomorrow.

Holiday Gift Guides — Last Minute Natural Beauty Gifts

Hi all!  I’m back with one of my final gift guides this season.  This one focuses on natural skincare and bath and body products.  I love to give products that are so good for us and smell and work amazing!

Here’s a few great brands to choose from:

With a variety of safe, natural products from Garner’s Garden, everyone can live the naturally healthy lifestyle they deserve. Keep your skin healthy and glowing with a variety of body products from Garner’s Garden! I received some  products to review and these are my favorites — plus they all would make great gifts:

Body Butter in Lavender ($15.99 for 10 oz) — This is the most luxurious whipped body butter on the market that you can purchase. Not only does it provide moisture to your skin, but because it is made with beeswax, it will lock moisture into your skin all day long! The body butter is an official product in the Fall 2019 BE KIND. by ellen subscription box.

DIY Detox Face Mask ($5.99 USD) — The DIY detox face mask is made with pure detoxifying bentonite clay, mineralizing kaolin clay, and activated charcoal. It is very simple to use, add three scoops to a plastic or glass container and mix with water until it becomes smooth – then add your favorite ingredient(s) based on your skin type and situation. It is very simple to use this powerful detox mask!

Natural Body Oil in a pack of Citrus, Tangerine and Grapefruit.  ($12.99 USD) — This natural body oil has a variety of scents and aromas that will please all of your senses. Each natural body oil includes ingredients such as, rice bran, sweet almond, jojoba, and vitamin E oil that will serve as a moisturizing blend that not only softens the skin but also rejuvenates the natural glow.

Available at https://garnersgarden.com/

Cannabliss Moisturizing Lotion + Revitalizing Serum Gift Set
Cannabliss Organic Moisturizing Lotion + Revitalizing Serum Gift Set

While many CBD products on the market use cloned cannabis plants which weaken hemp oil’s consistency, Cannabliss Organic takes a “seed to face” approach. They only use certified organic plants grown from seed to harvest each year while using the entire plant to extract the oil. The end result is a highly concentrated form of CBD that provides anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties far more powerful than vitamins C and E. The brand takes their products one step further blending this full spectrum CBD oil with ancient Korean herbs to help the CBD absorb better. Cannabliss doesn’t use any water, chemicals or preservatives in their formulas. The brand uses an airless pump to keep liquids safe from oxidation and bacteria so your favorite skincare essential stays shelf stable. Rooted in everything natural, all products are packaged in eco-friendly PET plastic.

Moisturizing Lotion + Revitalizing Serum Gift Set ($185 USD) — Give glow! This Cannabliss Organic gift set, Beauty is Bliss, contains 50ml age-defying Moisturizing Face Lotion and 30ml Revitalizing Face Serum. Certified vegan. Gentle enough for all skin types.

Purchase at https://cannablissorganic.com/ and Neiman Marcus, Urban Outfitters, Bergdorf Goodman, Dillard’s and other boutique retailers nationwide as well as the Four Season spa in Beverly Hills and the Waldorf Astoria spa in Orlando.

nyl Organic
nyl Skincare

nyl® skincare focuses as much on what is not in the products as what is, and have found ways to leave the bad stuff out, leaving only the natural active ingredients in. nyl products are free of man-made chemicals, toxins, parabens, animal products and petroleum products. Everything they make is vegan (we don’t use beeswax), never tested on animals, gluten-free, and contains organic ingredients.

Available at https://www.nylskincare.com/

Glitter Skincare Holiday Slay
Sunshine & Glitter Holiday Slay

Glitter just makes everything better, including sunscreen! New this year, Sunshine & Glitter is thrilled to announce an entire Reef Safe Biodegradable Glitter sunscreen line! Yaaass! Sunshine & Glitter have something for everyone this season including the already viral Mermaid SeaStar Sparkle. This gorgeous sunscreen is already flying off the shelves and has everyone bringing out their inner sparkling sea diva with mermaid iridescent turquoise glitter that’s eco-friendly and biodegradable.

Above is the Holiday Slay Moisturizing Gold Glitter Body Gel Warm Sugar Cookie Scent 9 oz bottle ($18.95 USD) — Infused with antioxidants and essential nutrients, this magical lotion will leave your skin feeling radiant. PABA & paraben-free.  Shake well, apply liberally onto skin & glitter on! For external use only. Moisturizing potion with gold glitter. Made with love in the USA.


Do you like to use natural products and/or give them as gifts?  Which brands are your favorites?

 

 

Holiday Gift Guide 2019 — Philosophy Fragrance, Skincare and Bath and Body Sets

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Hi all!  Looking for some gorgeous fragrance, bath and skincare gift ideas? I was sent these amazing holiday Philosophy products for my honest review.

Philosophy products are amazing quality and smell wonderful!  They would make very nice gifts for the beauty lover in your life.

Here’s what I received:

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Snow Angel Shower Gel, EDT & Hand Lotion gift set ($35 USD) — A fan-favorite, this transportive scent inspired by freshly fallen snow is perfectly paired and packaged in this holiday gift set to celebrate the season in an eau-so heavenly way. opening with a whisper of fresh air accord, notes of watery melon, jasmine petals and gentle orange blossom settle in its heart, and come to rest atop a warm base of creamy vanilla, rich sandalwood and sugared musk. use individually or layer for an even longer-lasting experience.

  • 6 oz. shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath
  • .5 oz. spray fragrance
  • 4 oz. hand cream

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Miracles All Year Long 3-Piece Skin Care Set ($65 USD) — Experience skin miracles all year long with this skin care gift set trio must-haves for smooth, radiant, healthy-looking skin. Contains:

  • Purity Made Simple Cleanser
  • Anti-Wrinkle Miracle Worker+ Moisturizer
  • Anti-Wrinkle Miracle Worker Primer

Experience skin miracles all year long with this skin care gift set. great skin begins with America’s #1 cleanser to gently dissolve makeup, lift away impurities and gently tone and hydrate, for a comfortable clean that never feels dry. follow morning and evening with anti-wrinkle miracle worker+. the silky texture melts into skin, smoothing fine lines and wrinkles, improving texture instantly and over time. The multi-tasking primer helps blur imperfections, visibly fills in wrinkles and smoothes skin for a more even makeup application and a visible improvement in skin’s appearance. miraculous!

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Amazing Grace Two-Piece Fragrance Holiday Set ($50 USD) — Celebrate with a little extra grace! this gift set duo of philosophy’s beloved icon of fragrance is paired just for the holiday in classic 2 oz. and 0.5 oz. sizes, perfect for on the go. great for gifting (or receiving), this fragrance gift set of the whisper-soft floral fragrance is always appropriate—the perfect must-have on every list.

This is my signature scent, so I’m happy to have a refill!  It’s so nice to wear everyday.  Very soft and feminine.

IMG-2127 These are the wonderful Shampoo, Shower Gel, & Bubble Baths.  I love these so much and always look forward to what scents they release each season.  The scents are Warm Apple Cider Donut and Vanilla Chocolate Crumble.  Yum!  And the packaging is so pretty this year! They sell for $18 each.


I recommend all of these products for gifts for someone special or yourself (you’re special, too!).  Do you love giving bath, fragrance and/or skincare gifts for the holidays?