Beauty, Empties, First Impressions, project pan, Reviews

$200 Before 2018 Update #2

It is that time again. Another month has passed and I have gone through a few products. I’ve been trying to be better at finishing more stuff up and I put a few beauty things in my 14 Before Fall project pan. After this post, I’m going to do my makeup today. It is supposed to be scattered showers and thunderstorms. No chance of swimming in the pool today. Sunday is looking like a better day, so I will probably end up wiping any makeup away before I go into the pool tomorrow afternoon.

To recap, I was able to use up a total of 3 products out of 20, totaling $27.40 out of $200. The following items are everything that I have used up in May. June’s update will be coming soon, since I didn’t manage to put up this update until July 1st.

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This is what I managed to use up in May at a glance. I know it isn’t as many things, but I promised myself that I would do better in June. Now, I’m promising myself that I’ll do better in July. I want to make a big dent on my samples, but even those take time to use up. I’m concentrating more on enjoying my products than using them up as quickly as possible. As long as I have more than one makeup empty a month, I’m happy.

Foundation Sample = $1

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I really enjoyed this foundation sample and I am thinking about buying this foundation. It was a perfect color match for me and made my skin look perfected. I need to remember this next time I am in the market for buying a foundation. Probably by the end of the summer to be honest.

Perfume Sample = $1

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I wasn’t a fan of this rather manly scent. It is Versace Eros Eau De Toilette spray. I would not buy the full size. It is not the scent for me, but happy to have it out of the way.

CoverGirl Clean Professional Loose Powder 105 Translucent Fair = $5.84

I wrote a review on this that is already up on the blog, but I really liked this powder. I would repurchase in an actually shade instead of translucent.

Nicole By OPI Roughles NI 453 On What Grounds? around $8

I loved this polish when I had it and now, I have moved onto the pink version of this. I haven’t painted my nails in forever. I never seem to have much time to do them. I will be doing them this weekend though. I also will be doing my toes. I’m almost done with the pink as well. I prefer the blue though and I’m sad that it’s gone. I’m done to 48 polishes with this one and hopefully, by the next update it will be down to 47.

Two Lip Products = $22 + $5 = $27

The Stila Lip Glaze in Sparkling Grape is $22. I cannot believe that I spent $22 on a lip gloss! Then again, I want to spend $32 on a lip oil from YSL. It is what it is and I didn’t really like either of these products. The lip stick was nice but not my color. The lip gloss was too sticky for my liking. I’m glad to have both of these items out of my collection.

Well, in the Month of May I got through 3 products and the grand total is $42.84. So, combining the previous numbers with this month’s numbers, I have gone through 6 out of 20 items and used up $70.24 out of $200. I am almost half way through both of my goals! This is super exciting! I might actually be able to finish this challenge before the end of the year. At the end of the year, I will be comparing how much makeup I used up compared to how much makeup I bought that year. As long as I have more going out than coming in, I will be happy. I might even do this challenge again next year!

With Love ❤

Selena

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Beauty, First Impressions, SALE

Sephora Haul

Hey friends! I have a Sephora haul up for you today and I PASSED MY AIT 131 TEST! I had to go to a prometric center and it took me an hour and a half to take the test, even though I had two hours to take it. I arrived 30 minutes before my test time and they let me go in early since there were empty stations. As long as there is an empty station, you can start early, but it doesn’t give you extra time. Anyways, I am so happy to have passed. I don’t start another class until next year, but if I am moving, I might not start another class until February or March. I don’t want to put too much on my plate, but I def want to try to finish my Associates degree in IT this upcoming year. The following year, I plan on working towards my Associates degree in Data Analysis. I would like to be a data analyst, because they make good money at 20 to 25 dollars an hour. Enough about my life dreams/story, let’s get on with a good old fashion haul.

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Aerin Rose Lip Conditioner, sample FREE

I received the three random samples that I didn’t pick. They never send me what I pick out, but I also received a little sample mystery bag. This was in the mystery bag and I am excited to try it. I am not showing the bag and two products that I bought, because it is part of Danielle’s Christmas gift and I hope she likes it. I went for something different again like for her birthday. I am excited to try this lip conditioner and it is in a size that I can easily use up.

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Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb Perfume, sample FREE

This was one of those samples that they just threw into my box. I actually like the scent of this perfume though. It’s not something that I usually go for. It’s very spicy like salt and pepper. There is just something about it that I really like and it does last all day. I might have to pick up a full size after I finish off a few of my perfumes.

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Giorgio Armani Armani Code Perfume, sample FREE

I already gave this perfume to my dad. It seems like something he would wear aka it is a manly scent with warm tones of vanilla. Mostly a man scent though. It smells like a man. I don’t want to smell like I hugged a man wearing too much cologne. Not a fan of this one. My dad really loves it though. Probably because he IS a man.

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Versace Eros Perfume, sample FREE

This one is very light and citrusy. It is a little woodsy. Nothing really special. I don’t mind it, but I wouldn’t go out and buy a bottle like I want to do with Spicebomb. And yes, my three free samples were all perfume. The little free sample bag that I received made up for it though. I love all the little goodies I got in there like the lip conditioner.

hair

IGK Mistress Hydrating Hair Balm, sample FREE

I’m interested in trying this out. I’ve never heard of a hair balm before and it is like a leave in conditioner and not a styler like I originally thought. I like interesting products that seem unique and this seems very unique. My hair is on the drier side from only washing it twice a week, but it is healthier and less oily this way. It’s the perfect amount of washing for my hair. If I had time to style my hair, I could do more to it than stick it in ponytails and buns. Dean keeps ripping out my hair, too, which makes growing out a lob difficult. I miss my mermaid hair!

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Sephora Instant Moisture+ Cream, sample FREE

A face cream is a face cream. I’m not very excited about this, but I will use it.

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The Estee Edit Pink Peony overnight Water Pack, sample FREE

I am excited for this mask! I love hydrating masks without the sheet. I am trying to use up my sheet masks, because they scare my son. My face is getting more dry with the colder weather, so I need the extra moisture. I really like peonies, so I’m hoping that it smells very luxurious and spa like.

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Fresh Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask, sample FREE

I loved the grapefruit soap from Fresh, but haven’t been too impressed by the rose mask or the cleanser. I am hoping that this has a scent better suited for me. I don’t like the scent of rose unless its a true to life scent and not grandmotherish. Again, I am enjoying moisture masks that are clear, because they don’t scare my 11 month old.

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Dermablend Long Wear Makeup Remover, sample FREE

This is a decent sized sample that will come in handy now that I bought a proper makeup pallet. I haven’t had any time to try out any looks with my new pallet, so I haven’t had a chance to try this out yet. I only use makeup remover when I wear a full face of makeup, which is mostly on the weekends. During the work week, I tend to be basic, but if I go back to wearing foundation to work (I’ve been using finishing powder on my skin. It gives just a hint of color and fights shine), I will be using this remover sooner rather than later.

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Cover FX Radiant Skin Duo, $10 USD

Cover FX Illuminating Primer

Cover FX Custom Infusion Drops for Radiance

I am so happy that I purchased this cheap kit. I have been intrigued by the Cover FX brand and these two little guys have convinced me that I need their liquid highlighter. I’m not sure on the color yet. The illuminating primer is not a primer. It is like BAM highlighter. I would use this carefully on my face like probably just my cheeks. The drops just give a nice dewy glow and I liked it on a bare face mixed into my moisturizer. I wouldn’t repurchase the primer, but I do want to buy a highlighter and I would buy a large bottle of the infusion drops. I’m so glad to have tried Cover FX.

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, $12 USD

I cannot believe how creamy this is and how opaque it is as well. This really covers up my dark circles well, but with a color corrector underneath, it makes my under eyes look flawless. The coverage is so opaque that I can only use this as an under eye concealer when I have foundation on. It blends in and the high coverage doesn’t look as obvious as with a bare face. I use this on little spots that pop up on my face as well. It cancels out the redness, so the eye just glides over that area. I probably won’t repurchase, but will try the Maybelline dupe for this to save some money. I would buy another mini eventually.

Smashbox Lighting Theory Pallet, $45 USD

This pallet may not be much to look at, but it is filled with such beautiful makeup and great quality. I could not pass it over and it won out over the Bobby Brown Shimmer Bricks pallet and the Tarte Contour pallet as well. I love the holographic finish and that half the pallet are creams and the other half are powders. It is such amazing quality. Everything swatched beautifully and I cannot wait to put this stuff on my face. I haven’t had any time to play with it. I like that it gives you inserts to teach you basic makeup looks an how to use the cream products.

The creams are beautiful and blend really well. The top row are color correctors, the second row is contour, bronzer, and highlight, and the last row are highlighters. I can see getting a lot of use out of the cream highlighters and the color correctors. I can experiment with contouring and the bronzer will have to wait until Summer to be believable. I use highlighter on an everyday basis, so I would probably hit pan fast on those. They are all so beautiful and they are perfect for my fair skin.

The eye shadows and blush are gorgeous as well. The eye shadow nectar would be a good base color, because it is practically my skin color. The blush spectrum would actually be a good light bronzer for me right now. Carnation is my favorite blush color though. It is very natural. I love the intense shimmers. I’m happy to see both mattes, shimmers, and glitters in here. It is everything you need for a complete eye look. I’m hoping they translate just as well on the eyes as finger swatched.

That’s my haul! Now, I’m going to go play with my makeup.

With Love ❤

Selena