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Mini Sephora Birthday Haul

I buy from Sephora once a year, every October for two reasons:

1. October usually means a Friends & Family discount code! 10% off is the usual promo. (Go to Sephora.com now and click on “Make a Match”)

Sephora 10% off

2. October is my birthday month :) So I like to treat myself to one or two products (don’t worry, I’m counting these toward my 10-limit beauty products for Project Use Up).

I wanted to share a review of the two products I bought, so here’s my haul video:

 

I decided on the Josie Maran Winter Dreams Argan Color Collection and the Lancome La Vie Est Belle rollerball.

winter dreams and lancome rollerblall

Will you be using the 10% off code from Sephora this October? What are you planning on buying?!

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On Wednesdays, We Wear Pink

Today is all about pink!

Not only are the #MonthlyMani girls and I celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness Month with our #ThinkPink manis, I’m breaking out my favorite pink dress for #WorkwearWednesday with Nout!

My nail picks for our #MonthlyMani couldn’t have been easier, especially since about 25% of my polish collection is some shade of pink!

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L-R: Essie Grow Faster Base Coat, China Glaze Mediterranean Charm, Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro Posh Pink, Sinful Colors Easy Going, Sally Hansen Dries Instantly Top Coat

Tools: Nail Striping Tape and my DIY Dotting Tool: A flathead pin stuck into a pencil eraser!

I really love how this turned out! I’ve used my DIY Dotting Tool before (also shown in my Buffalo Bills manicure), but I continue to be impressed by how beautiful the dots are! The nail striping tape, on the other hand, was just ok. It’s supposed to stick to your nails so you can create stripes, but it’s not very sticky. But I used that to my advantage to create my accent nail.

Also, I realized after finishing this manicure that I used the exact same colors for my #RomanceInBloom mani. But it looks totally different! Gotta love how versatile nail polish can be!

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How are you wearing pink this month? Check out the other #MonthlyMani posts:

Piniel from Pins-Place
Kristi from Alligator Toe
Jacki and Lesli from Sistas from Cali
Marlena from Here, Pretty Kitty
Tracy-Ann from Mint Statement

The pink theme continues with today’s #WorkwearWednesday outfit:
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Outfit details:

JCP Blazer: JCPenney
Wish Wish Wish Dress: Macy’s
Belt: Savers
Wedges: Payless


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Workwear Wednesday: Floral Dress + Boots

My good blogger friend Nout from Sandpaper Kisses posted a “Workwear Wednesday” outfit last week so I decided to join in on the fun!

Here’s my favorite outfit so far this week:

Forever 21 plus floral dress and boots

 

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Ugg Lula Mae boots and floral dress

 

Ugg Lula Mae boots

 

The outfit details:

Forever 21 Floral Dress: $7 from Clothes Mentor
Armknit scarf: Made by me
Black tights: $10 from JCPenney last year
Ugg Lula Mae Boots: 6pm.com (bought for a steal this summer, the price is higher now)

 

What are your favorite go-to work oufits? For me, it’s a dress and boots. Classic, comfortable and effortless!


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Project Use Up 2014 Update (as of October 2014)

It’s that time again! I knew I needed to post another update on my Project Use Up 2014 progress because my basket designated for empties was overflowing!

This year, I pledged to use up as many beauty products as possible and limit myself to buying no more than 10 beauty-related items. As of August, I had completely used up 111 products (beating last year’s total of 104)!

Several people have asked me how I’m using up so many new products in such a short amount of time. The answer is that a lot of these products are already half-used or nearly finished and I’m simply using them up completely!

As of October 5, 2014, I’ve used up 138 products:

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113. Aussie Moist 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner

114. up&up Strawberry Tangerine Shave Gel

114. Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Heat Defense Leave-In Conditioner

115. CVS Regular Nail Polish Remover

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116. Devaurl No-Poo Conditioning Cleanser

117. DevaCurl One Condition Ultra Creamy Daily Conditioner

118. The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash

119. Bath & Body Works Market Peach Deep Cleansing Hand Soap 

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120. Bath & Body Works White Citrus Travel Size Lotion

121. Bath & Body Works White Citrus Eau de Toilette

122. Bath & Body Works Carried Away Eau de Toilette

123. Lady Speed Stick

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124. It Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Correcting Creme

125. Bath & Body Works Mango Mai Tai PocketBack

126. Bath & Body Works Fresh Picked Pears PocketBack

127. Monistat Chafing Relief Powder-Gel (used as a makeup primer. Really!)

128. SOBO Skincare Youth Serum (review here)

129. Benefit Watt’s Up! Highlighter (Sephora sample)

130. Physician’s Formula Purple Gel Liner

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131. Avon Naturals Vanilla Hand Sanitizer

132. CoverGirl NatureLuxe Mascara

133. CoverGirl LashBlast Mascara

134. Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey (FAVORITE!)

135. Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Nylon Lash Extension System (only mascara shown) 

136. Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Perfume sample

137. Essie Grow Faster Base Coat

138. e.l.f. Hypershine Lipgloss in Berry Cherry 

 

Will you join in for the rest of 2014? To my fellow Project Use Up participants, are you making progress?!


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My Favorite Free Design Websites

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Nowadays, they say that no blog post is complete without at least one eye-catching, easy-to-read, original graphic. Our penchant for visuals has reached an all-time high, and blogs are not excluded.

Luckily, there are several fantastic free websites that aid in making these graphics!

The bargain hunter that I am, I endeavored to find the best no-cost options for website graphic design. Here are my two favorites!

Ribbet (ribbet.com)

Silly name, but this is my go-to site for every photo collage I make. Dead simple to use!

Why you should use Ribbet:

  • Registration is free! They’ve offered a free premium account for at least a year, so sign up now while these accounts are still free!
  • No software required. Simply create collages and download to your computer!
  • So many layouts, filters, stickers, fonts and more to choose from.
  • There’s no iPhone or Android apps (yet), but there are other apps that do the same thing (I personally use PicStitch for iPhone)

Here are some Ribbet collages I’ve shared:

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Dresses budget friendly the two cent chick

 Canva (canva.com)

My ultimate site for all other blog graphics (including the one at the top of this post)! Like Ribbet, you can make collages, but Canva is so much more. The site boasts, “Canva enables anyone to become a designer.”

Why you should use Canva:

  • Free to use and download graphics to your computer! (There are paid elements, but I’ve never needed/wanted something enough to pay. Most paid elements are $1)
  • It’s simple to create professional, aesthetically-pleasing graphics, from flyers to blog graphics. You can seriously do it with Canva!
  • No software required.
  • The fonts! Gotta give a shout out to the unique fonts. If you find yourself tiring of the standard computer fonts, check out Canva. A new font can change everything.
  • The designs. This is where Canva really shines and brings out the (dormant) designer in me. Their premade layouts will spark your creativity-guaranteed.

Examples of Canva graphics I’ve shared:

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Do you use Ribbet or Canva? What am I missing from my list?

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Arm Knitting: A DIY for Those Who Consistently Fail at DIY Projects!

“Do another DIY post! I love laughing at your failure.” -Direct quote from several readers/real-life friends :)

It’s true. While I try my darnedest to attempt the innovative, “easy” and downright cool DIY projects I find on Pinterest, my results often stray far from the intended finished product. Like the DIY Dollar Tree Tiered Tray. Or the candy making experience that brought out my inner Nick Miller. Or the ultimate fail: the Foam Nail Polish Rack.

But it’s a new season (yay fall!) so it’s time to try, try again. And I’m kicking off a new set of DIY projects with my new favorite: Arm Knitting!

30 minute arm knitting

I used the video tutorial from Simply Maggie.

This is quite the easy project: you’ll need two skeins of yarn (I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick And Quick Yarn in the color “Wheat”), scissors and those useful thangs you call your arms!

Oh, and these are some cheap scarves. I paid $10 for both skeins of yarn (USE COUPONS if you go to JoAnn’s, Michaels, etc.) and I was able to make two scarves with extra yarn left over. Two beautiful, warm $5 scarves? Yes, please!

Now, I’ll be honest. I had a lot of difficulty beginning the scarf. The initial stitches took me a good 20 minutes to master (and this is supposed to be a 30-minute scarf), but once I got the hang of it, the rest of the scarf was a breeze!

Behold: my cozy, neutral arm-knit scarf: 

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(P.S. I continued last week’s no makeup theme for these photos :) )

I paired my scarf with an ASOS Curve dress from Clothes Mentor and my favorite St. John’s Bay black scrunch boots from JCPenney.

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The obligatory no-makeup arm-scarf selfie (that’s a thing, right?):

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Since making my first scarf, I’ve made several more. And each time, I grow more confident and skilled at making these scarves. These would be excellent gifts for friends and family because they’re inexpensive, completely customizable in type of yarn, color, texture and more, and they are something almost everybody enjoys. Who doesn’t love a good scarf!

Have you tried arm knitting?! Would you be happy to receive one as a gift?

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Valentia Even Glow Serum Review (Makeup-Free Me Week)

(I’ve challenged myself to a makeup-free week. Join me for Day 4!)

Though I’m not a skincare expert, I know this to be true: the simpler, the better. 

I’ve experimented with many brands, products, skincare devices, and the like, but it seems that my skin is on its best behavior when I keep it simple: only a few products with a small list of natural ingredients.

That’s why serums have never struck me as necessary, rather, just one more product to buy. But I think my skin and my newest favorite serum, the Valentia Even Glow Serum, have found worthy companions in each other. With ingredients including organic rosehip seed oil and organic sea buckthorn oil, green tea extract, and other skin-loving additions, this serum is a winner!

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This “antioxidant treatment” with 20% Vitamin C (excellent for brightening skin and helping to fade sun spots, acne scars and more) claims to:

  • Even skin tone
  • Increase glow & radiance
  • Absorb rapidly
  • Boost collagen production
  • Reduce wrinkles & fine lines

After using this product for about a week, I’ve noticed some pros and cons:

Pros:

  • Sinks into the skin immediately! This info from Valentia helped me better understand the benefits of serums over typical moisturizers:
      “Serums, unlike moisturizers, have smaller molecules and a higher concentration of ingredients and therefore deeply and quickly penetrate the pores in your skin in order to deliver our incredibly effective natural and organic ingredients. Serums are ingredient delivery systems. If used consistently, you will see more noticeable and dramatic results.”
  • My skin is beginning to look more glowy. This may be because I’m using this serum in combination with another recently-reviewed product (the SOBO Ultra HGF Youth Serum), but I think both products are helping add the glow.
  • The price! $35 for 1.18 fl oz is very reasonable.
  • Alcohol free and paraben free!

Cons:

  • The scent. It’s a fairly intense citrus scent to match with the orange-y color. The scent fades quickly after application, but it still bothers me when I first apply it.

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According to Valentia, it can take 4 weeks for this serum to fully work its magic. I’ll definitely continue to use it despite the scent.

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Are you a fan of serums? 

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