AT A GLANCE | The Ordinary

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From top down, left to right: (1) High-Spreadability Fluid Primer, (2) Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG, (3) Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution, (4) Magnesium Ascorbyl Phospate 10%, (5) Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, (6) “Buffet”, (7) Serum Foundation in 2.1 Y

The Ordinary has been all over the internet, but for those of you who don’t know, it’s an affordable, cruelty-free skincare line under the Canadian company Deciem, which is “an umbrella of brands focused on advanced functional beauty”.

My brother had been pushing me to try The Ordinary products for a while, but I never really kept his recommendation in mind. Then, a couple months ago I went to visit him for his graduation, I got to see and hear about the products in person. They finally caught my attention, and when I came back from my trip, I took the plunge and bought quite a handful of their products to try.

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REVIEW | Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate

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I always have a collection of little sample-sized skincare products in my inventory because they’re great ways to try new products without committing to a full-size, often expensive, purchase. They’re also great for travel, and I always keep a whole skincare routine’s worth of samples in my work bag for nights and weekends that I stay over at my boyfriend’s place.

It’s been a while since I received this little Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate ($58 for 1.7 fl oz, or $77 for 2.5 fl oz) sample as part of a larger purchase, but it’s finally been incorporated into my on-the-go routine. Now that I’m nearing the end of this little tube, which gave me a good week of both day and night use, I think it’s a good time to give my thoughts on this product.

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Cruisin’ the Mediterranean | Intro + About the Cruise

During the end of 2016, I had the amazing opportunity to go on a cruise through the Mediterranean with my family, and I wanted to share the experience with you guys. My account will moreso be about each destination than the cruise itself, but regardless, I hope my account of this trip can help you make an informative decision on whether a cruise in the Mediterranean is something you’d want to do. Either way, I hope you find this series of posts entertaining!

This trip was pretty eventful, so I’ll be splitting my account into a few posts over the course of the next few weeks for ease of reading. This first post will be an introduction and summary of information about the cruise, so click through to read more!

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Beauty Gems at Marshalls

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Last week, I went to Marshalls to pick up a few home and kitchen items I needed. As always, I got distracted by the rest of the items available at the store, and, this time, ended up sucked into the beauty section. They’ve always had some pretty good stuff there at discounted prices, like Crabtree & Evelyn or The Body Shop, but in just a couple months since I last went, Marshalls went and became a treasure trove for discounted, higher-end beauty items!

Click through to see what I got and a price comparison chart for the products 🙂

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HAUL | Nordstrom Anniverary Sale 2017

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I hadn’t been planning on getting anything during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale this year, but a few deals caught my eye that were so good I couldn’t resist. Here’s what I purchased:

  1. Fresh Sugar Lip Romance Set ($26, $38 value): This set includes a full-size (0.15 oz, $26) Sugar Lip Treatment Advanced Therapy and a half-size (0.07 oz, $12) Sugar Rosé Tinted Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15. Fresh has one of my favorite lip balm formulations ever (with SPF included!), and I’ve always wanted to try the Sugar Lip Treatment Advanced Therapy, so this one was a no-brainer.
  2. Living Proof Perfect hair Day Collection ($75, $130 value – SOLD OUT 😦 ): This set includes 24 fl oz bottles with pumps of both the shampoo and conditioner ($59 each) and a travel size (1.8 oz, $12) dry shampoo. My friend had gifted me a trial set of these products last year for Christmas, and I loved all of the products. The dry shampoo is probably the best I’ve ever used, and the shampoo and conditioner left my hair feeling clean and moisturized. I hadn’t ever planned on purchasing full-size bottles of the shampoo and conditioner because I don’t like spending a lot on shampoo/conditioner, but with this deal I decided to splurge. Plus, at $75, this set is almost 50% off what you would pay for the three items if you purchased them separately.
  3. beautyblender® air.port.pro Makeup Sponge Applicator & Large Cosmetics Bag Set ($35, $66 value – SOLD OUT 😦 ): Two beauty blenders, a solid sponge cleanser, and a large cosmetics bag, all for $35? This was another no-brainer, and a lot of people definitely shared my thoughts, as this is now sold out. Beauty blenders retail for $20 each and the sponge cleanser retails for $16.
  4. Band of Gypsies Faux Wrap Maxi Dress in Wine/Teal/Rust ($35.90, $55 after sale ends): I’ve been really wanting a wrap style maxi dress in a cute print, and this did not disappoint. It’s so flowy and romantic, and the different print at the very bottom of the dress was a nice touch. It also has a high-low skirt which I always think is extra flattering. I’m already thinking of occasions when I can bust out this dress to wear!

The sale ends Sunday, August 6, so get on it before it’s over! What did you all buy during the sale? 🙂

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BOOK REVIEW | Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget

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Ironically enough, I’m finishing up a glass of red zinfindel as I write a review of this book, Blackout: The Things I Drank to Forget, which is about the author Sarah Hepola’s her alcoholism and her road to recovery.

Generally, I don’t veer towards memoirs, but the title of this book really caught my eye, and when there was a Kindle eBook sale on this book, I thought “why not?” and decided to give it a go. I’m glad I did, because it was a great read, and a book I would recommend to all of my friends.

(Spoilers ahead)

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