Cruisin’ the Mediterranean | Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, & Genoa

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Genoa, Italy

As I mentioned previously, I’ll be skipping the first stop at Barcelona, since not much happened there. This post will include the both the first stop at Marseille and second stop at Genoa. Apologies in advance – these two stops had less going on, but I tried to explain what I did to the best of my ability. I also included all the pictures I took, and hopefully this gives an idea of what my experiences at these destinations were like. If you’re curious about anything, please don’t hesitate to ask, and I’ll answer as best as I can! 🙂

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REVIEW | Urban Decay Brow Tamer

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I bought the Urban Decay Brow Tamer (0.15 oz, $20) a while ago after I heard a Youtuber talk about it (I forget who), but I only busted it out recently because I had finally let go of my long expired Benefit Gimme Brow (0.1 oz, $24). I’ve used the Brow Tamer enough times now that I feel like I can give a fair review of it.

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HAUL | Sephora Birthday Gift + Minis

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As I’m sure most of you know, Sephora offers a free birthday gift every year to its Beauty Insiders. It’s a pretty generous gift, given that you don’t have to redeem it with a purchase, and it’s usually a couple of deluxe sample sizes in a little birthday gift set. This year, there is the choice of a Caudalie skincare set, a Tarte makeup set, or a Jack Black moisturizing and cleansing duo.

When I was redeeming my birthday gift, I realized that I hadn’t redeemed any of my points in a good while. Then, I got sucked in by the face masks, and ended up picking up some of those as well. Consequently, I ended up with a little haul… and well, I guess at least I can share with you all what I got!

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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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