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5 Out: July

I wasn’t sure how to name these review posts. I knew that I want to title them 5 Out, but I didn’t know beyond that. I think that I will just name them with whatever month that we are currently in. Even though, these are items that I finished in May. It takes me awhile before I get around to blogging about them, but I am going to be better about it for sure. I have 5 more items waiting to be written about and I will do that right after this post. You might see two if these posts in July then, but they will be named the same.

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Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo

I liked this dry shampoo, but I would not repurchase it. I don’t think it absorbed enough oil in my hair. It still was a bit oily. If I sprayed a ton, it did leave a bit of a white cast, but you couldn’t really tell with my grey hair. It does not leave your hair feeling gritty and it does provide some volume. I think there are other dry shampoos that do a better job on oil hair. I have oily roots and this did a 50% job on day 2/3 hair. I need to find something affordable to work on my hair. The only dry shampoo I have found that works is Amika Perk Up. That stuff is amazing!

Victoria Secret’s PINK Coconut Mango 2-in-1 Wash & Scrub

The scent on this is to die for, but I will not be repurchasing. Somewhere along the way, VS has become non-cruelty free. I will continue to buy bras and such from them on sale, but no more beauty products. This was a great scrub, perfect for summer. It was very gritty like sand on the beach. It was like a beach in a bottle. I really enjoyed this scrub, but it is not as good as Tree Hut scrubs. Hopefully, I can get my hands on them at Marshall’s soon. You can always get VS on promotion, so never buy them full price like B&BW. It is not worth it.

Alba Botanica Acnedote Deep clean Astringent

Alcohol is the second ingredient, so I will not be repurchasing for that reason. It stung my skin if I used it after a drying mask. It was effective against acne, but there are less harsh things that work just as well. If this brand makes an alcohol free toner, I would buy it. I like to use a toner that also doubles as a morning cleanser or micellar water. It also had a strong smell that irritated my eyes and made them sensitive. I like that the ingredients are 100% vegetarian and that it contains no “bad” ingredients, except for the alcohol.

Dr. Brandt BB Cream Self-Adjusting Flawless Coverage SPF 30

I am decluttering this BB cream. It is not self-adjusting. It comes out super orange and muddy. I cannot wear this at all. I don’t know why I have this around still and it for sure went bad. It was a good idea if you have a medium skin tone or are tan. I will not purchase from Dr. Brandt, since he is not CF. I have never found a BB cream that matches my skin tone. When I think I am medium, I’m light. When I think I’m light, I’m fair. It is just a bit of a guessing game with most brands.

ELF Tone Correcting Powder in Cool

I am super sad that they discontinued the warm powder. I loved this powder. The only drawback is that the cool makes me overly pale and ghostly. I have warm yellow undertones, so it doesn’t really suit my skin tone. The only other negative is that the powder kept on getting hard pan on the blue and yellow side until I repressed it. The powder is finely milled and kept my skin oil free all day. I didn’t notice any benefit from the color correction, but I have yellow undertones. So, a purple color would have suited me better for a brightening effect. Overall, a great powder for 3 dollars.

Do you like this new review style? I think it works for my blog and makes my review posts more interesting. It does take awhile for me to write these posts, because I have to take the time to review each item. I hand write all of my reviews first before they appear on my blog. I like to get my feelings out on paper first before typing them up and adding a few bits and pieces that I forgot to mention. Even though I do online college, I still take notes in my notebooks. There is just something about putting ink to page that speaks to me and helps me remember. But maybe that is just the writer that is talking in me.

With Love,

Selena

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Belated Sample Wednesday: Dr. Brandt

For Dr. Brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner Primer

Primer

What it is: An instant mattifying pore refiner primer that blurs imperfections and evens skin tone.

Key Ingredients: The tube does not list any ingredients on it, which I think is very misleading to the buyer. I would like to know what is in the tube and not have to do research online to find out.

How It Feels/Smells/Looks: The primer is a skin, putty tinted cream that feels thick, but light on the skin at the same time. It has no scent and a little bit of product is enough for the entire face.

Why I Like It: It feels very smooth on the face and fills in every pore to reveal an even complexion. It does not feel heavy and my makeup just glides on easily. I find that I did not need as much makeup base and concealer, because the primer blurred all of my imperfections and blemishes. I loved that I didn’t have to use as much and I could have more natural looking base. It has also helped with my skin being able to breathe, which cut down on my number of breakouts. At the moment, my face is almost clear, but my cheeks have red pigmentation left after the acne clears. I’m trying to find something that will speed up the healing process.

With Love,

Selena

Beauty, Empties, Favorites, First Impressions, My Life, Octoberfest

Empties: The October Edit

Heya Aspiring Gurus!

Wow! Another month has come and gone once again. I have used up a few things, but I expect to be using up more things in November, since I am starting a new series on my blog. More details on that are soon to come. I cannot believe that I have already been at my new job for a month! It is so exciting. I have seven empties for you this month and I guess comparing to others who only post seasonal empties, I use up a lot more products. I could never say up a whole bag of empties to do a seasonal post. That is crazy! Now, onto my post.

Peter Thomas Roth AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel Anti-Acne, 0.5 fl oz

clearing gel

Biore Pore Perfection Nose Strip, 1 ct

Biore

The Body Shop Honey Bronzing Powder in Fair Matte 02, 0.39 oz

bronzerbronzing powder

Befine Food Skin Care Daily Moisturizer With SPF 15, 1.5 fl oz

moisturizer

Bath & Body Works Paris Amour Shower Gel, 10 fl oz

Shower Gel

Dr. Brandt Pores No More, 0.25 fl oz

Primer

Simple Replenishing Rich Moisturizer, 4.2 fl oz

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Those are my empties for the month of October! I’m hoping to get 10 empties in the month of October! So excited!

With Love,

Selena Hannah xoxoxo

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Empties: The July Edition

Heya Aspiring Gurus!

Another month and flown past us. I cannot believe we are already in August and almost at the end of summer. I haven’t even gone to the beach, yet! I am going this coming Sunday to a beach in Rhode Island with my dogs. I have to find out the name of the beach from my friend, so I know where to go. My dogs deserve an outing and this may be the first and last time that I can go to the beach this summer, if I get the job that I am going to an interview Tuesday for. It is a job at an insurance company and I am really excited for it. I know that I’ll get it and I’ll be able to quit my Kmart and Macy’s job. I’m really starting to hate my Kmart job. There are just so many problems there for me now and I am just looking for an out.

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Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant, 0.25 oz

InkJoy

Paper Mate InkJoy, 700RT 1.0M in Blue

Crest White

Crest Whitening Cool Mint Paste, 6.4 oz

Colgate Total

Colgate Total Clean Mint Paste, ? oz

Sugar Cookie

Glade Sugar Cookie Candle, 4 oz

Gillette Men's Razor

Gillette Men’s Double Blade

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Veet Supreme Essence, 13.5 fl oz

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Sally Hansen Spray-On Shower-Off Hair Remover, 6 oz

hand towels

Kleenex Hand Towels, 60 ct

Be a bombshell

Be A Bombshell Lash Out Mascara, 0.25 oz

Shower gel/bubble bath

Bath & Body Works Pleasures Sweat Pea Shower Gel, 10 fl oz

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Paper Mate Profile 14 B in Red

That is it for my empties in July. A few pictures were lost due to my camera dying on me in that month. I am hoping to continue frequently posting in August as well. My next big blogging event is Octoberfest, where I blog everyday  in October and I am brainstorming on different things that I could do to incorporate the season. The next event I have planned after that is 25 Days Until Christmas, where I post every day with little ideas for Christmas or Christmas themed posts. I don’t really have any events for Spring I mostly just have a Summer, Fall, and Winter events on my blog. Would you like me to do a Spring Event? Maybe a February one for Valentines Day? Let me know in the comment section below. Love you guys!

With Love,

Selena Hannah xoxoxo