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Showing posts with label hauls. Show all posts

Thursday, July 19, 2018

latest thrift finds // tn

While out in Tennessee, I stopped by a local Goodwill. I'm pretty far from a major city so thrifting can be hit or miss out here, but I did find some neat things! The black checked shirt dress is from Old Navy and will work nicely with a pair of red flats. That little sweater is going to be adorable with dark wash jeans and boots this holiday season, and the full skirt is vintage with such a great print. I can't wait to wear it to the office with black pumps and a blush top. And if you ask Jess, I'm obsessed with tiny things, hence the little nesting baskets. They'll go nicely with my tiny lazy susan.

Have you found anything interesting while thrifting lately? Drop your links in the comments! ♥

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

unboxing // nadine west #2

This is my second Nadine West box and I'm pretty excited about it! To recap a bit, Nadine West is a fashion subscription box where you receive a few items per month (or every two weeks by preference) to try on. If you don't like them, send them back. If you do like them, keep them for their (low) price! This month my $9.78 for shipping was applied to any item I decided to keep, along with a Facebook coupon of $3. You really can't get any better for a fashion subscription box. This month I received five items: three clothing pieces and two jewelry pieces. Here they are!
I'll start with the clothing. I loved the print of the Animal Inside leopard print top ($25.49), but I'm just not a cold shoulder fan. NW didn't know that, though, but I'll be sure to update my reviews! I'll be sending it back. The sage green Stay Casual ($17.99) shorts were really cute but I don't need any more casual wear, so they're going back. Then there was a short sleeve baseball tissue tee called Infield ($22.99) in a fantastic tunic length. You bet this one is staying with me. A tunic length top with a baseball related name? Yup.
On to the jewelry! The earrings, called Diamond Dangle ($12.99) had a very nice pavè design, but not my style. The necklace, Hoop Dreams ($16.99) was fantastic for my style, but I have an almost identical one in a bronze tone, so both of these pieces went back.

Overall, I'm pretty impressed with the style chosen for this box, I just didn't need duplicates. I'm also impressed that in one month's feedback they've pretty much nailed my taste. If you'd like to try Nadine West for yourself, please use my referral code RS8D-YENH-P4J3 for a FREE set of earrings, AND free shipping when you sign up!

Until next month!

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See all of my Nadine West unboxing posts here.
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Friday, June 01, 2018

pacifica // crystal punk holographic mineral lip gloss

When I went to visit Kyle a few weeks ago, we stopped by the mall and walked around a bit. While in a store, he commented that he liked a lip gloss that a model was wearing in a photo. The store was out of that holographic gloss and wasn't cruelty free anyway, so I've been searching for a dupe since.

I found one! It's Pacifica's Crystal Punk Holographic Mineral Lip Gloss*. The one I ordered is called Cosmos and it's a sheer silver/blue top coat like gloss. Cosmos isn't the only color available, there's also the pinkish Spaced Out and a peachy Halo. Of course it's Pacifica brand, so it's cruelty free and 100% vegan. The great thing about this gloss is that is has a couple oils as ingredients; safflower, rose seed, and jojoba!

I'm excited to work this into my regular makeup routine!

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

unboxing // nadine west #1


I recently signed up for Nadine West, a budget-friendly fashion subscription box. It's set up similar to other fashion shopping boxes - they send you some items, you only keep and pay for what you love, and send back the rest in the same envelope with the enclosed shipping label.

The best part is you can choose your frequency to receive boxes, either every two weeks or every four, and you only pay $9.78 for shipping, which is then applied to anything you do end up keeping. Your package is styled to things that you input into your profile, and you can choose things you don't want and even colors you don't wear (for instance - I stated I don't wear orange). Each item is under $35, but most average about $18.

My first box I got to try for free with the code NADINE, which deducted the initial shipping cost, and I even got a $3.00 discount if I kept anything. I chose to receive a package every four weeks to beef up my work and workout wardrobe a bit before I go full time at the office and start regularly going to the gym. I received six total items: one top, two bottoms, and three jewelry items.
Here are the clothing pieces I received. The Ballet Floral leggings ($30.99) had really cute mesh panels on the backs of the calves, but the pinkish floral print just wasn't me. Had these been black I would've been all over them, but these went back. The Not Your Gramma's Cami ($18.99) was a stretchy material and had cute detailing across the chest without being too low cut, so I'm keeping this one to go under cardigans this fall. The Bow Tied ($19.49) shorts were another thing I wanted to love, but I just can't make shorts like this work for my body type. I loved the color, but these went back.
First I'll say that all of the jewelry went back. These were super cute pieces, but they don't fit my current style. The Knot Me ($14.99) bracelet was cute, but I would've preferred it in gold. The Beneath My Wings ($14.99) earrings are just something I'd never wear, and the Starlight Starbright ($26.99) necklace was adorable, but was too similar to a starfish and I'm a mountains-not-beach kind of gal.

I wasn't disappointed with the selections in my first box as they're still feeling out my style and the items were really cute. I'm excited to see how they take my feedback and put together my next box!

Try Nadine West for yourself here!

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

pacifica haul


During the 21 Days of Beauty at Ulta, I stocked up on some new Pacifica products when there was a gift with purchase.

I'd really wanted their banana lip balm but it was sold out online, so I picked up a tube of Lips Like Sugar* in Candied Lemon, which is a sugar lip scrub in tube form. The Indian Coconut Nectar Hair and Body Mist* is something new I wanted to try since I love that scent. Along with those I picked up two masks: the Energized Glow Turmeric Spice* and the Stress Rehab Coconut and Caffeine*. They were buy one get one half off, so I got them fairly cheap.

The free gift with purchase was a a sample sizing of the Crystal Melon Makeup Remover Wipes* and a mini body butter in the Hawaiian Ruby Guava* scent. I love the mini body butters for my desk drawer at work.

My favorite thing about Pacifica is how the whole brand is cruelty free and every single item is vegan. It's so easy to shop with them!

What did you score during Ulta's big sale? Drop links in the comments! ♥

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

mini wet n wild haul

Yesterday I had $3 in Extra Care Bucks that I needed to use up at CVS and when I stopped by they had a buy $10 in Wet n Wild products, get $5 Extra Care Bucks back. I tend to pass by the WnW rack and I don't really know why, and as they're the only cruelty free brand my local CVS sells, I thought I'd look. I ended up picking up my first Matte Liquid Catsuit in Goth Topic, a nice dark red and a Gel Lip Balm in Tease. I've never tried a gel balm before. The little shadow quad in Hooked on Vinyl has a lovely dark gem tone teal that I'm excited to try out. I especially love that Wet n Wild has started labelling their vegan products so they're way easier to find.

This whole haul ended up being about 97¢ after I used my $3 up front and got back $8 in rewards to use on my next purchase. Don't sleep on CVS, beauty addicts!

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Saturday, March 31, 2018

book haul // i actually bought new books


This is a pretty groundbreaking post in the book talk category - all of these books were bought brand new. Very rarely do I ever buy new books, but in my defense, I didn't pay retail for any of these. I've been reading like crazy this year so my interest in books has been renewed.

I picked up If the Allies had Fallen on a whim while browsing Barnes & Noble. They usually have a great selection of WWII books in their bargain section. That same trip I picked up Matt Bellassai's Everything is Awful, which I'd been pining over since I started listening to his podcast. I scored it for half off since it had just left the new release table.

Leah Remini's Troublemaker was an order from Books-a-Million with a gift card from Christmas. I've always been morbidly interested in Scientology and I've wanted to get my hands on this for a long time since I'm a big fan of Remini. How Not to Kill Your Houseplants was an Amazon purchase since the reviews were good and I've recently really gotten into houseplants.

Lastly, K picked me up Gizelle's Bucket List by Lauren Fern Watt from the airport one night when I was on my way to get him. (What's better than a man that buys you books?? Nothing.) It's almost guaranteed to make me cry, but it looks really good!

And there we go! I'm super excited to get started on all of these. If you haven't already, add me as a friend on Goodreads! I love seeing what other folks are reading.


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Monday, January 08, 2018

pacifica // rollerball fragrance trio

My mom is an amazing deal finder and an amazing stocking stuffer. I opened this trio of Pacifica rollerball fragrances* and was ecstatic! The Indian Coconut Nectar scent is one of my favorites. Tahitian Gardenia and Sugared Amber Dreams are both going to be perfect for the office.

I especially love Pacifica because their entire line is cruelty free and vegan, so there's no label reading to be had! Pacifica is also sold at a wide variety of stores including Target, so it's easily found and has a great price point.

Definitely check them out!

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

mini Sephora haul

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This is a super small Sephora haul because I'm still trying to use up the massive amount of beauty products I have, but I couldn't pass up the birthday gift and a points redemption! I chose the Tarte set, which includes the Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint* in Birthday Suit and the Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush* in Paaarty. I'm not a huge blush fan, but my face does look better with it so I thought I'd start somewhere.

Since I'd racked up some points, I redeemed some for the drybar Triple Sec 3-in-1* dry shampoo. I don't wash my hair every day and it normally handles that well, but I've wanted to start using a dry shampoo for a little boost, so I snagged this one.

This will probably be the last of the beauty supplies I buy for a while, but at least it was a fun, frugal haul. ♥

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

influenster voxbox unboxing: marc jacobs beauty highliner

Recently I received the Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner VoxBox! Influenster sent me the box to try out some new products.

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I received two Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Matte Gel Eye Crayons* in the colors Pink of Me and (Earth)Quake. These eyeliners retail for $25, so I was really glad to get them! They're super pigmented and go on so smoothly.

Pink of Me is on the left, which is a light pink, and (Earth)Quake is on the right, which is a deep brown and the color I would buy.  I don't know how much wear I'll get out of the light pink, but I'll use the deep brown every day. They state they last twelve hours and it took some scrubbing to get the swatches off, so I'll be putting them to the test here soon!

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Have you tried anything new lately?

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Toadily Candles & Soaps haul

While out visiting my mother for our Christmas, we stopped in downtown Morristown and I picked up a few things at Toadily Candles & Soap, an adorable little shop with a penny tiled entryway and a giant toad in store!

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All of their candles were half off, so I snagged a Toadily Cantaloupe jarred candle. It smells amazing!

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I couldn't decide on a full-size bath bomb, so I picked up a couple small samples to try, in Basil, Sage, and Mint and Just Peachy, along with an aromatherapy shower tab in Wake Up and Start the Day.

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While at the register I spied their Pure Vegan lip balm and since I'm a total sucker for lip balm, I brought home one of those, too!

If you're in the area or just love bath products, Toadily is cruelty free and lots of products are vegan. Check them out!

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Saturday, January 07, 2017

Pacifica cruelty free & vegan stocking stuffers

My mom is brilliant at paying attentions to things I talk, blog, and text about and in turn saving those little tidbits throughout the year. She picked up these two stocking stuffers for me from Pacifica and they're perfect!

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I haven't yet tried the body butters Pacifica offers, but the Indian Coconut Nectar is my favorite scent they offer. Of course I can always use makeup wipes, and being cruelty free and vegan don't hurt! I've tried their Super Detox wipes and they worked well, so I'm looking forward to these.

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Monday, December 19, 2016

mini haul from tn

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While out in Tennessee, we may have done a lot of shopping, but most of it was for gift giving. However, I did pick up some clothes I'd had on my "to find" list and a few odds and ends.

Did you know if you sign up for the Eddie Bauer Adventure Rewards they send you a $10 certificate every so often that you can use on anything? We stopped by the outlets and everything in the store was half off, so I scored two Stasher Totes for only $2 and some change. I love little collapsible bags I can put in my purse, so I'm glad we stopped there.

We stopped by Ulta and while I had a few gifts in mind, I picked up Tree Hut's Passion Fruit and Guava Shea Sugar Scrub. I'm a sucker for anything passion fruit and I've really gotten into scrubs lately. My e.l.f. powder is panned so I thought I'd try the Essence All About Matt! Fixing Compact Powder for a change. I've already cracked it open and I like it so far.

The In Vitamin Activated Charcoal Tooth Powder is something I've wanted to try but didn't want to order, so I snatched it up at a hefty discount at TJ Maxx. I'm going to give it a shot.

I'm excited to try all of these!


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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

cruelty free & vegan marshall's haul

Marshall's is a treasure trove of cruelty free and vegan products; you just have to look! Check out my latest finds.

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Hempz Power Shot Herbal Body Moisturizer in Sparkling Citrus Berry // I've wanted to try Hempz for a long time but didn't want to pay the price for it, so when I found these I decided to get one. It claims to strengthen and hydrate, while being enriched with 100% pure hemp seed oil and essential vitamins.

Kiss My Face Moisture Shave Cream in Green Tea & Bamboo // I still have quite the stockpile of aerosol shave gels, but I scored this for only $1.99, so it's worth a shot! It's loaded with oils and extracts. I've never tried a shave cream, so I'm interested to see how it works.

Jason Powersmile Toothpaste in Powerful Peppermint // I picked up a tube of Colgate in a pinch (like I ran out before bed and that was the only thing available pinch) and it's been terrible and I've missed my more natural toothpaste. I've been wanting to try Jason's version because their oral care doesn't have all of the nasty ingredients that typically come in toothpastes.

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I'm pretty happy to add these to my arsenal and try them out. ♥

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

cruelty free discount store beauty haul

I've done more beauty shopping in the last two weeks than I have in months! In my quest for Christmas gifts, I've made some great (cheap) discoveries at discount stores. Quite honestly, I need more beauty products like I need a hole in the head, but sometimes it's nice to treat yoself.

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Woo! I got each of those e.l.f. brushes for a dollar a piece, which is what they normally sell for, but I didn't have to make a trip to Target for them. I haven't seen the nail polish remover wipes before, but those have been a nifty little thing I've liked recently from other brands. The pack of Epielle wipes was only $1 for a 60 count and I'll probably use those to clean swatches and for eye makeup.

I have a lot of bars of soap from my couponing days and a couple CF bars that I found recently for a good deal, so I grabbed this soap pouch to help use them up.

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It's been a painstakingly long process in growing out my nails after being a lifelong nail biter. It's working, though, and I've been loving perusing all the nail products. I snagged this collection for only $5.99 and I can't wait to start using them!

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I've yet to find any e.l.f. polishes anywhere but occasionally in a gift set at Target, so when I saw this at Burlington for $3.99, it came home with me. A few of the polishes are duplicates of what I already have, so I'm going to gift them as stocking stuffers.



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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

under $20 cruelty free haul

In my weekly necessities shopping trip, I snagged a few cruelty free items from Target and Family Dollar. I'm a sucker for cheap beauty products!

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I can't seem to stop myself from picking up e.l.f. items at Target. I snagged the Lip Kiss Balm in Bare Kiss, which is something I'd been thinking about since I've wanted a bit of color but not quite a gloss or lipstick. Then I saw the Lip Color Remover and thought about all those times I'd scrubbed my lips raw after wearing a dark lipstick. The last piece of the e.l.f. puzzle was the Mineral Infused Mascara in black, which is to supplement a absolutely terrible mascara I'm trying to get through now.

The rest came from Family Dollar, which I frequent because of it's convenient location. The little tweezers and nail block are to replace some aging pieces I have, and I grabbed the White Rain Volumizing Mousse because my locks are painfully limp on a regular basis. Sigh.

The L.A. Colors? I truly believe that their nail polishes are hidden gems in the beauty world. They're only $1, available in a huge variety of shades, and their ability to last a while and not chip is impressive. Since I'm growing out my nails, I picked up the Calcium Treatment for only $2, along with a dark red polish called Globe Trotter for the holidays. I also grabbed a twofer of Eye Makeup Remover and Nail Polish Remover pads.

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How cute are these little bat earrings? They're not a beauty product, but I love bats and these were on clearance at Target for $.69, so I grabbed them. Love!

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Friday, October 28, 2016

shiro cosmetics haul: harry potter!

Guys!!!!!! Harry Potter themed makeup that's vegan and cruelty free. How could I not??

On the day I read this Allure article (more like as soon as I finished it), I went straight over and bought some items from Shiro Cosmetic's Marauders, Mugwumps, and Muggles line.

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shiro cosmetics haul lucky bandit blog

I ordered the The Boy Who Lived eyeshadow, a charcoal with flecks of gold and red undertones, in full size which features label art, the Butterbeer gloss, and a couple samples, He Who Must Not Be Named and Too Big to Be Allowed. I also received two free samples (!!), Too Old, Too Poor, Too Dangerous, and Metamorphmagus.

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I can't wait to incorporate these into my daily beauty routine. Shiro has loads of colors to try out for everyone's fandom. You can even buy one of each eyeshadow. Sample bags are only a dollar, and you can sample pretty much everything.

Definitely go check them out!

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Friday, May 06, 2016

ulta birthday haul!

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For my birthday I received all kinds of glorious things (including a pair of Ray-Bans!) and an Ulta giftcard. Well, while out in Tennessee my mom wanted to go by Ulta, so I picked up some things I'd been wanting for a while.

Pacifica Cactus Water Micellar Cleansing Tonic // I've been wanting to try a micellar cleanser for forever and though the Garnier version is super popular on the beauty blogs, it's not cruelty free. However, Pacifica's is both cruelty free AND vegan! I kept looking at this every time I'd go in Ulta but never made the leap - until now!

The Body Shop Blemish Fade Night Lotion // This was, admittedly, an impluse buy. I have trouble with dark spots from blemishes on my face, I've heard good things about The Body Shop's Tea Tree line, so I'm hoping this works as promised.

Nip + Fab Viper Venom Micro Blur Fix // I've already opened this and used it and I love it so far. I can see a difference already in oil control and it's tacky enough to use as a primer to keep foundation in place.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Pencil in Whiskey // My current eyeliner is on it's last leg so I decided to splurge a bit and grab this pencil from Urban Decay. I was swatching all over the place trying to find a dark brown color that I liked and I settled on Whiskey.

Real Techniques Brushes - Lash/Brow Groomer and Expert Face Brush // The lash brush purchase stemmed from my horrid application of mascara that morning and resulting in appearing to only have five extra large eyelashes on my right eye. It was great. Since the Real Technique brushes were buy one, get one 50% off, I picked up the Expert Face Brush since I've been looking to try out different kinds to apply foundation. I've tried it and so far it is fabulous.

What's the last thing you got at Ulta? ♥

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

iHerb mini haul

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I recently discovered iHerb and I was amazed at the massive selection! There's tons of natural, organic, cruelty free, and/or vegan items! I didn't start shopping with anything specific in mind, so I didn't order a ton of stuff. However, I did order some things I'd never heard of or had been on my list of "things to get eventually".

Source Naturals Vegan True Melatonin // I've had trouble sleeping for what seems like forever. I'm tired of taking sleep aids (which are basically Benadryl), so I'm going to give melatonin a try.

Merry Hempsters Vegan Spearmint Lip Balm // Since I announced that I've been having trouble finding vegan lip balm (I swear there isn't any in any stores near me), I've kind of gone on a lip balm buying rampage. So far, though, I really like this! It's minty but not overly so, and it soaks in well and stays put.

TheraNeem Naturals Lotion // I need more lotion like I need a hole in the head, but at $1.20 for the bottle, I couldn't help but give it a try.

If you've never tried iHerb, if you use the code TNZ430 at checkout, you'll get $5 off and I'll get $5! It's a win-win.

Monday, March 14, 2016

my first lush haul

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Last week I had a girls' day out with Jess and went to Lush for the first time ever! I'd been eyeing a few things on the website and picked them up while I was there. Not gonna lie - I was pretty overwhelmed by the selection and could've picked up so many things. It's so nice to walk into an entire cruelty free store with so many vegan options! Here's what I brought home:

Tea Tree Water // I've seen several reviews of this on blogs and I'm hoping this will help with my oily skin!

Superbalm Scalp Treament // This was on my beauty wishlist and I can't wait to try this out.

Sex Bomb Bath Bomb // I'm not a big bath person, I prefer to shower, but I figured I should pick up a bath bomb on my first visit, and Jess said this one was really good.

I'm definitely adding to my Lush "want" list, so hopefully these work out and I can add more to my stash!
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