Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Belated Birthday Haul Pt. 1 and Life Update

Hi guys, thanks for coming back.

So a quick update to what happened with our move.  I had told you all about the wonderful house we found and had been approved for but I never came back and posted anything here about what came about with that house.  I had updated my Facebook page but to let everyone else know we did not get the house we so wanted to rent.  The people who owned that property wanted us to do some weird things in regards to us supplying the refrigerator instead of paying the pet deposit.  After careful consideration we just felt that we were losing out on the deal and they just didn’t want to work with us on that and a few other concerns we had.  Chris and I just felt it was best to look at something else and not get into something we might regret later on.  So we are still staying with my grandmother which is fine except for the lack of space.  We have so much still boxed up of course and it is just so hard to get my little photo studio out for pictures and everything is just a lot more difficult when I try to do things with products and swatches.  I don’t think that is an excuse for my lack of posts here, I have just had so many things going on with house hunting and helping my Nanny out with a back injury.  I decided Sunday that I was going to do what ever it took to get this post put together and up for you guys, you deserve better.  So thanks for sticking in and here we go.


These are a few things that I have gotten for my birthday and picked up during the beauty clearance sales at CVS and Walgreens.  A few of these items I did have to wait on because I ordered them online.  Ebates has had some really great cash back deals this month so I took advantage of as many as I could.  I believe this month was like their anniversary for I believe 10 years but a lot of the cash back was 15% so I might be wrong on the 10 years thing but I believe it’s over nevertheless. 



Clarisonic Pro


I know I have wrote a ton about the Theraderm system I use to cleanse my face and the Dermabrush I have that I use along with it.  I finally broke down and got the Clarisonic Pro from QVC.  I went ahead and ordered the Pro version that comes with the charging cradle, sensitive brush head, body brush head, choice of color, Bliss body and Bliss face wash.  QVC has this on flexpay as well.


It Cosmetics Anti-Aging Full Coverage Physical SPF50 CC Cream

It Cosmetics CCI have loved all of the products I have gotten from It Cosmetics.  I had gotten a sample of the CC cream with my It Cosmetics New Year Your Most Beautiful You 5pc. Collection, this collection isn’t available from QVC at this time.  I have seen mixed reviews on YouTube but one review and tutorial just sold me on it.  It was from MakeupByTiffanyD on her summer foundation routine.   Her skin is beautiful to start with but it glowed after she used the CC cream as a light base.  I’ve been using it for about a week now and I do love it.  I have been eyeing the first palette by It called IT Cosmetics Luxe High Performance Eye Shadow Palette, this link is from QVC who also carries it along with Ulta.  I believe it came out 2 years ago and I would love to hear from anyone who may have that palette.




Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

Hourglass palette

One of the items at the top of my wish list.  This is just icing on the cake.  This palette makes everything just glow.  It’s nothing you can put your finger on, I really can’t say exactly what it does but it does it so well.  I use my Makeup Geek cheek highlight brush to sweep the lightest color under my eyes and set my concealer with it.  I then use the same brush and the darkest color and sweep it over my bronzer.  I then take my large powder brush and run it over the entire palette and swirl it all over my face using it as my setting powder.  It is a must have in my humble opinion.  You can also see this palette used in the above mentioned video by TiffanyD as part of her foundation routine.


Hourglass N° 28 Primer Serum

Hourglass primer 2This is Hourglass’ primer serum which not only prepares your skin for foundation but locks in the moisture, it’s also an oil which protects your skin from outside pollutants.  This is touted as a 2 in 1 primer that treats and protects.  It has a silky soft texture that goes a long way so you don’t have to use much product at all.  It feels wonderful and makes foundation application effortless.  This primer is sold in 2 sizes.  I was very happy to have a choice that is not usually offered with high end products.  I was able to not only try the product but I will be able to get a good idea as to how well it works without spending the  $65.00 on a product that may not work for my skin type, which is what the 1 oz. size costs.  The smaller size is 0.33 oz. and is $22.00 at Sephora.com.


Sephora Favorites Sun Safety Kit

 Sunsafety KitI’m not sure where I first seen this on YouTube but it was such a cute collection with a great price.  Sephora has several different “Sephora Favorites” and considering the temperature outside I thought this might be the best one to get for my first favorites collection.  This one has a great diversity of products yet they all revolve around keeping your skin safe from the sun or making it look like you were in the sun.  I have seen other women that I went to high school with and you can pick out the girls who spent everyday in the tanning bed or laying out in the sun.  I have several family members who work in the medical field including my mother.  She always warned me about the sun and that’s probably the one thing I did listen to her about.  I do have one dark spot on my cheek and I haven’t been able to get it to fade.  I will more than likely have to have this removed by a doctor using a laser or chemical peel.  I vow to prevent any further damage and I work hard to take very good care of my aging skin.  This collection includes several high SPF products, a mini Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer and a mini Bare Minerals Touch Up Veil Broad Spectrum SPF 15 in Translucent.  There are a total of 16 products all from brands we know and trust.

So I’m going to make this a 2 part  haul so I won’t bore you so much at one time.  I am still working on my nonprofit and expect that once we get moved things will pick up for that as well as my blog.   I do have plans to do video as soon as I can buy a camera.  Not sure if I have the guts to record myself and put it out there but I’m going to give it a try.  IF you need any more information about these products that I haven’t included in this post just leave me a comment and I will get back to you very soon.  Thanks you all so much and don’t forget your sunscreen.

Much Love and God Bless,


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