Thursday, June 6, 2013

Be Right Back

I'm not quite sure how to write this so I'll just come out and say what I need to say.
I'm going to be taking a short break from blogging. I had made a commitment to myself to get four posts up every week but I've made the decision that quality should be more important than quantity. Truth is that life is extremely hectic for me right now and I simply don't have the time to get four really well written post up each week.
So I'll be gone for an indeterminate amount of time. I wish I could give you an exact date of when I'll be back to regular posting but I just can't. I don't anticipate being gone for more than 2 or 3 weeks. I will still post my Samples Stash post and my Project Pan post while I'm gone. When I get back, I'll be posting a giveaway so hopefully that will make up for my absence.
On a side note, Google will be removing GFC on July 1st. If you are using GFC to follow my blog, you will need to find an alternative way before then. I suggest Bloglovin'. 
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I hope to see you all again very soon!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

May 2013 Favorites

I feel like it's been forever since I've done a favorites post! May felt like it just went on forever but it was a particularly good month so I don't mind! I'm a little late with these so let's just dive right it.
L'Oreal Total Repair 5 Damage Erasing Balm - I had gone a little while without a deep conditioner and desperately needed one so I picked this one up on a whim. It smells like a salon product and makes my hair feel as fresh and nice as it is after I get it cut. It doesn't weigh my hair down and actually gives it some bounce and smoothness. I use it once a week or so.
Philosophy the Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash - I walked into Ulta looking for a new toner and the salesgirl somehow sold me on this. I've been using it every other day, at night. It's a very gentle physical exfoliater but it's really effective too. My skin has been much smoother since I started using this. This big bottle was pricer than I prefer for cleansers but you only need a small amount to cover your face.
Wet N Wild Fergie Take on the Day Eyeshadow Primer - I've been wanting to try this for a while because one my favorite youtubers, allinicoleee, uses it a lot. It's more of a liquid consistency but it does the job very well. If you are looking for a drugstore eye primer, this is it!

Benefit Hoola - I'm not much of a bronzer person but if I could have only one, Hoola would be it. I'm super timid of bronzer because I'm so so fair but Hoola is so fool proof. I have a back up of the sample size like this one but if I ever run out, I'll be getting a full size immediately.

Rimmel Kate Moss Lipsticks in 104 and 17 - These are a new purchase for me as well and I'm completely obsessed with them. The formula is perfectly smooth and fantastically pigmented. The colors are perfect for me and look absolutely gorgeous on. If you know of any shades from these lines that I might like, let me know!
So that's it for my May favorites! What were your favorites this month?

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Empties #1

In case you couldn't tell by my numerous other related posts, I'm really trying to work on downsizing my stash. I've found that I've been using up a ton of stuff and I personally love empties posts so I figured it was time to start doing them myself. All of these empties are from the very very end of March through May.

Herbal Essences Drama Clean Shampoo - Shampoos are actually not something I have in abundance in my stash. The only shampoos I have on hand are actually in my shower. Drama Clean is fantastic! It cleans my hair thoroughly without completely stripping it. We go through the big bottles regularly because it's actually the shampoo my boyfriend uses every day.
Aussie Sydney Smooth Heat Protector and Leave In Conditioner Spray - I used to love LOVE this stuff. It was discontinued quite a while ago and this was my very last bottle of it. I've found with a lot of things that if I loved it with long hair, I probably won't like it now that I've got short hair. That's the case with this. If it was still available for purchase, I probably wouldn't run out and buy anther bottle.
Head and Shoulders Green Apple 2 in 1 Shampoo/Conditioner - Head and Shoulders is always a staple in my shower. My favorite is the Smooth and Silky formula (pink bottle) but sometimes it can be hard to come by and the other work pretty much the same. This was the Green Apple scent which is pretty good too. I currently have the Damage Rescue kind in my shower.

Bath and Body Works Black Raspberry Vanilla Body Cream - Lotions are something I have far too many of and this one has definitely been hanging around a bit too long. I love the Black Raspberry Vanilla scent but most of the products in this range are online only now. I'm not a super fan of BBW Body Cream formula but I'd probably repurchase in a sale or something.
Meijer Strengthening Nail Polish Remover - A decent nail polish remover for around $2. I've gone through multiple bottles of this before and I will continue to repurchase this.
Ole Henriksen Nurture Me Cream - I received this in a goodie bag I won from OH's Facebook page around a year ago. It's become my Holy Grail night cream. It's soothing and deeply hydrating. Ole Henriksen has really turned into the brand I check first when I'm looking for new skin care. Facial moisturizers are another thing I have too many of but as soon as I start my last bottle from my stash, I'm ordering the full size.
Pond's Evening Soothe Wet Cleansing Towlettes - I got a sample of these and it hung around for a while. When I did finally use them I went out immediately and purchase the full size. They are my favorite makeup removing wipes and I'm kicking myself for not buying them when Ulta had them on sale.

Since I bought so many Candles By Victoria, I've made an effort to use up some candles from my stash as well.
Yankee Cherry Lemonade - I bought this from my sister's Relay for Life fundraiser last year. It's actually really strong but I struggle to get this jar to burn all the way to the edge. I'd still buy this scent again.
Mainstays Fresh Cotton - I LOVE this scent on cold throw but it's strange warm and a really light thrower. Unfortunately I'll look elsewhere for my fresh laundry scents.
Celebrating Home Crisp Apple - I have no idea where you can get Celebrating Home candles but my boyfriend bought this from someone at work (fundraiser? or one of those catalog comapanies?). We both love green apple scents but this one was a super light thrower. Loved the jar though!

That's it for now! I have many products getting low so I'll hopefully do another one of these posts very soon! What have you used up recently?

Monday, June 3, 2013

Samples Stash June Edition

One month of the Samples Stash gone! Let's see what I liked from last month's stash and then I'll show you what I've got for this month.

Origins Mega-Bright Skin Tone Correcting Serum - It made my skin feel amazing and I noticed my hyper-pigmentation fading right away! I will definitely be purchasing a full size of this.
Etude House Baking Powder BB Deep Cleansing Foam - Not overly impressive but certainly not bad. Just not interested in buying a full size.
Tony Moly Expert Triple BB Cream - I'm torn on this. On one hand it makes my skin look absolutely amazing. On the other hand, it seems like it's only going to be a summer color for me. I'm not sure if I'm going to buy a full size or not.
Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner - These made my hair feel soft and silky and nourished and didn't weigh it down. I really want to buy a full size of both!

This month's Samples Stash is:
Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil, Smashbox Photo Finish Primer, Hourglass Illusion Tinted Moisturizer, Burt's Bees Radiance Day Lotion

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