2017: Looking Back and Ahead

Happy New Year
Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, Friends! 2017 as expected came and went in a flash. Every January I tend to reset my mind a little, wipe the lenses a bit, do more reflecting. For me it’s just natural to do this time of year. I tried some new things. I decided to scrap things too. Learned a bit more I would hope. There are definitely things I want to continue or focus on more or approach differently, new year or not.

The more recent years are starting to mesh together and are getting harder for me to recall. I had to actually sit and think about what happened in 2015 and 2016 which kinda freaked me out. Besides my son’s birthday parties I just couldn’t remember. Thank God for pictures and other documentation because without it I couldn’t tell you what was going on during those years and it wasn’t even that long ago. I really must be getting older. With that said and and so I don’t forget, in no particular order what are some things that personally stand out to me about 2017?

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November 2017 Ulta Haul!

November 2017 Ulta Haul
November 2017 Ulta Haul

Hey, Friends! I’ve been meaning to be more intentional when it comes to sharing hauls since I tend to talk about my empties often, so I’m switching it up for once. Today I’m sharing with you my last two Ulta hauls which I combined into one here since there really wasn’t a ton.

I’m kind of a slow beauty shopper and shop at different retailers for my beauty needs, so I’m not one to ever get close to Ulta’s (or anywhere’s) platinum status. Well. I guess I spent more than usual at Ulta this year because I ended up getting sooo close to platinum! I had some items on my mind to get anyway so I decided to seal the deal and nab platinum for 2018. If I’m going to buy beauty products might as well get something in return, right? We’ll see if it’s actually worth it. So here’s what I got!

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September and October 2017 Empties/Declutter

Hey everyone! So I’ve been terrible about keeping up with the monthly empties posts. I don’t know if it’s just that the months go too fast or there are just too many that build up. If you follow my blog, you can tell I do empties posts pretty religiously. I’m doing a lot of phasing out of older products (that are still usable of course) from my stash or just getting rid of products, period. This is a combined empties post for September and October so I can actually catch up. I might make empties a bi-monthly thing from now on since I fall behind way too often. So here they are:

September Empties

September 2017 Empties
September 2017 Empties

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The Blogger Recognition Award

Blogger Recognition Award
Blogger Recognition Award

Hey all! I was tagged by two awesome ladies to participate in the Blogger Recognition Award! Thanks so much SingleVegasGirl and Melina! I try to do tag posts when I get the opportunity – I love learning about other bloggers and hope readers get to learn a little bit more about me too.  First, the rules (some which I break lol):

  • Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Write a post to show your award.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 15 other bloggers for this award
  • Comment on each blog to let them know you nominated them and link to the post you created.

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My Current Skincare Routine (oily/acne prone)

Current Skincare Routine Oily/Acne-Prone)
Current Skincare Routine Oily/Acne-Prone)

Hey there! Well it’s been a while since my last blog post (a busted laptop and life will do that) but I’ve replaced my laptop and am ready to get back into it with a renewed enthusiasm! I have a lot to catch up on.

One thing I’ve been wanting to share with you is my latest skincare routine. I’ve been sticking to my newer routine pretty regularly for about a month and using the same products consistently. It’s a tad simpler and more streamlined than it had been (if you can believe it lol), but time will tell if it’s truly meant to be. My skin type is oily and prone to hormonal breakouts, so I use products that will (hopefully) control that situation. As a side note, another skincare goal is to possibly downsize my products, in particular my cleansers and makeup removers. I like everything I have but I don’t know if they’re all necessary to have at the same time, but it’s also nice to have options. The struggle, as they say, is real.

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Super Late August Empties!

August Empties
August Empties

Happy fall! As usual these months are just rolling by and I’m definitely late on these by a month. I’m always excited to finish products and get them out of the way, but sometimes they just aren’t that exciting to write about especially when most are super old items, discontinued, or just kinda blah where I neither loved or hated them. I do like to look back on what I’ve used to remember what I had and what I thought, but it’s just amazing how unexcited I’ve been about too many empties lately. Either way I’m always happy to phase out older or meh products from my stash since I want to enjoy using what I have, not roll my eyes at stuff and wish them away. Anyway. I’ve used up three makeup products in August (those always feel like more of an accomplishment than body wash or shampoo) but read on to see what else I used up!

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Nail Polish Haul: Essie and Wet n Wild

End of Summer Nail Polish Haul
End of Summer Nail Polish Haul

I haven’t purchased nail polish in forever-instead I’ve been focusing on decluttering my nail stash on and off over the past year and just using what I have. I really hadn’t felt the need for more but I’ve been seeing certain shades in passing that I really liked, or wanted but didn’t have. So during the end-of-summer season I purchased four different shades that will hopefully be it for a long time since I’m trying to keep my collection somewhat manageable (which is kinda laughable since I have so many containers of it!).  Continue reading “Nail Polish Haul: Essie and Wet n Wild”

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation and concealer review
Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer

I had an itch to expand my foundation collection recently. It’s been a while since I’ve had more mid/high-end foundation (I’ve been so satisfied with L’Oreal Infallible), but felt it was time to branch out again. Last year I tried some foundation samples that were nice, just not quite what I was looking for so I put my search on pause.

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I Went Dairy Free to Clear Up Acne-Did it Work?

I’m no stranger to a hormonal breakout, but my skin was on a whole other level this summer. In June, one side of my forehead started breaking out like crazy which hasn’t happened in a really long time, and then my chin took a turn for the worst. It was getting a little ridiculous. Was it my pillowcase? Change of seasons? I’ve tried different topical treatments over the years, but I felt like those were more of a temporary fix. There had to be a better solution.

Dairy Free To Clear Acne, Does it Work?
Dairy Free To Clear Acne, Does it Work?

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Mystery Blogger Award Tag!

Mystery Blogger AwardI was recently tagged twice to do the Mystery Blogger Award a little while ago by my blogger pals Melina at IvefoundWaldo  and AlexandraQuinlan, two very dedicated bloggers I am lucky to know- thanks for the tag girls! Since starting my blog last year, getting to know these two and so many others has been one of the coolest parts of being a blogger! They totally get the blogging life and live it to the fullest. I’d also like to mention the creator of the award, Okoto Enigma.

Mystery Blogger Award Tag Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  • Tell your readers three things about yourself.
  • Answer 5 questions from the nominator.
  • Nominate 10 or more people
  • Notify your nominees by leaving the nomination link in the “comments” of their blog
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice, with one weird or funny question (specify)

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