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Skincare Collection 2018

So, moving along with my series, here is all of my backup skin care products waiting in the wings to be used. Everything I am currently using is not a part of this inventory, only back stock of items that tend to be dust collectors for a while. I have a few bits that will need to be bought throughout the year, but for the most part, I am covered and won’t need to buy much skincare this year.



I only have this Lior Gold Wrinkle Remover Serum to use up before I can buy more serums. I currently have 4 serums open, so it might be a whole while before I get to use this bad boy. I love using serums for different reasons, so I have 4 or 5 open that are all different and I use base on how my skin looks that day/night.



I have four unopened masks here and I have 5 open masks currently in my collection. As soon as I have room in my beauty cabinet, I will put one of these beauties in there. Like the serums, all of my masks are different opened and unopened. I have hydration masks, plumping masks, pore clearing masks, resurfacing masks, and acne masks. I really want to try the peel one, because I don’t have an exfoliating masks open at the moment. I really want to open the L’Oreal one too. I just love masks! I try to mask every other day. I usually mask 2 to 3 times a week, 4 if I happen to be really good about it.



I have a few deluxe sized eye creams now in storage from my last two Play boxes, but this is all the full size items that I have in storage. I have already cracked the oil open, so that is no longer in storage. I will be in the market for a face cream in the summer. I like to use oils at night and a light weight cream/gel during the day. I have oily skin so I could never use an oil during the day. I feel really good about this category. I’m hoping that next year I won’t have any serious back stock of most of these categories. I am really being strict with myself on only having one backup, so I’m not buying anything until I crack open the last one in each category.



I have my two facial sunscreens, a sample body sunscreen, and the Smart Stuff sunscreen that I like to put in Dean’s hair and on my body. I will be using up my serum. I think it only has a couple of uses left and the Clinique will be used up this summer. Summer is the only season I use a dedicated SPF. The rest of the year, I use daily moisturizer with SPF in it and if my current moisturizer does not have spf, I make sure that I use a sunscreen on top. I only use body sunscreen in the summer though or if I am going to be outside for a long period of time with exposed limbs.

My skincare stash is much smaller than last year, so that makes me really happy. I am hoping to be all downsized in skin care next year, but we shall see. I want to try the minimalist lifestyle that works for me, which I want to be less of a consumer and more of a thoughtful one. I have been using up extras, consigning clothes, and decluttering junk. Already this year, my house looks different. More organized and clean. More appealing to the eye and less of a sore. There is still so much to do, but buying my own house in the next couple of years should help that. Not buying extras is helping, too. My kitchen needs more organization. Any tips?

With Love,


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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.


  1. Aerin Rose Lip Conditioner


2. Glam Glow Glow Starter Mega Illuminating Moisturizer


3. Scented Secrets Gingerbread Cookie Body Lotion in Wild Berry


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


5. Lush Cup O’ Coffee Face and Body Mask


6. Bumble and Bumble BB Hairdresser Invisible Oil Primer


7. Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray


8. Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo


9. IGK Mistress Hydrating Hair Balm


10. Crest 3D White in Arctic Fresh


11. Sharpie Accent Highlighter in Green


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


16. Halls Triple Soothing Action Drops in Cherry


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


19. Boston’s Best Jamaican Me Crazy Coffee


20. Celestial Seasonings Green Tea in Candy Cane Lane


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


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 ❤


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Reviv Serums HA7X Multi-Molecular Hydrator Serum

I have teamed up with Reviv Serums, again. This time I am testing out a new hydrating serum. The serum is a $89 product, but  you get TWO whole ounces, which is more than you get from most high end brands where you would pay this price or close to it for only one ounce. I already think it is a deal at 44.5 dollars an ounce.

The serum contains 7 types of hyaluronic acid and Givaudan(R) Active Beauty, which is a recent 2016 Gold Award winner. This allows the serum to deliver hydration, protection, plumping, smoothing, rejuvenation, and recovery from the subcutaneous levels. HA7X supports your skin’s own ability to replenish hydration, tighten the skin, and plumping. It also helps to protect against environmental stressors. This is comparable to HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator® by SkinMedica® / Allergan® and yet with these new actives, HA7X is about half the price as SkinMedica’s version.

I took before, during, and after photos during my two week test trial. I’m not sure how convincing they will be though. The serum really hydrated my skin and made it feel and look plumper. I also use this when my hands get really dry for an added boost of moisture. It also makes your skin baby soft.

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With Love ❤


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Valentia: Royal Rose Hydrating Serum*

For Valentia Royal Rose Hydrating Serum*

What it is:

A hydrating serum that deeply moisturizes skin, provides antioxidant protection, soothes and nourishes dry skin, smooths skin tone and texture, and boosts skin radiance.

Key Ingredients:

rose, aloe leaf juice, botanical hyaluronic acid, witch hazel, vitamin B3, jojoba oil, Vitamin E, rosehip seed oil, evening primrose oil, bearberry, rose absolute, chamomile extract, lavender extract, mullein, Reishi, gotu kola,

How it feels/smells/looks:

It is a white lotion that sinks quickly into the skin. I use two pumps at night and one pump in the morning to cover my face. I use one pump in the morning, because it sinks in quicker with less product. The two pumps takes about 5 minutes to really sink it. My mornings need to be quick and my evenings can be pampering. This part of both routines. It is both quick and pampering. It smells of Rose and those who love Lush’s Rose Jam will love the scent of this product as well. I am not a fan of the scent, but it vanishes when the product sinks into the skin. It isn’t a lingering scent. Sometimes, I do enjoy the scent, but most times, I just find it too rosy. It feels amazing on the skin. It is very soothing and cool. I feel like it plumps up my skin a bit as well. My skin has been on the normal/dry side lately. I don’t really have oily skin anymore since having the baby. My skin has been drier. This hydrates my dry areas and leaves me with smooth skin.

Why I Love It:

I can see myself buying this when I run out. It is actually a Holy Grail item for me, while my skin is behaving more dry. This could clear up after breast feeding and my skin could go back to being oily. This product has really helped my skin be more normal and not as dry. I’m not oily anymore, so I don’t have that natural radiance anymore. I’ve been using highlighters everyday to give my face a glow. This product makes my face look healthy, but not glowy. This product has also cured the little bit of acne that was creeping up from being too tired to wash my face at times and from hormones. The witch hazel is great for acne and so is rose. I’m really enjoying this product that I have been using for two weeks now. It’s not really expensive at 35 USD, so I will be purchasing once I run out. I don’t want to be without it! And really, other high end products sell their serum for that much or more for a fluid ounce.

*This post is sponsored by Valentia.

I received the product for free, but all opinions are my own.*

With Love <3