Walmart Summer Beauty Box

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WALMART BEAUTY BOX

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Hello there loves! I hope you are all having a happy Friday, and end to your weekend/ start of your weekend!! Oh how I love weekends, and time to relax I tell ya, especially in the summer! I got my walmart beauty box a few weeks ago, and am now sitting down to review it. As you may know walmart beauty box is a quarterly subscription box that comes every season, or four times a year. The box is priced at $5 per box, but basically they only charge for shipping, so the samples in the box are technically free, and there is nothing better than free right? Nope:) It’s a great way to sample new products, or products that they are trying to push out on the market at their stores right now, there is always coupons included in the box as well, I wanted to mention, but I don’t include them in the picture, just in case someone wants to somehow copy them. I love trying new products, especially when they are affordable, and can easily be found at my walmart, it’s so fun, then if I like it, I can easily use a coupon if they included one, and purchase it! It’s super easy, and very smart for walmart to do these boxes! 

This summer box is one of the better ones I have received, I have been subscribed for about a year and a half now, and really like everything in the box this time, and I know I will use everything too! This summer box has a great variety, and it has everything for a summer trip, literally even toothpaste! Awesome right? If you are interested in this box, you should give walmart beauty box a try, I think for $20 a year it is well worth it:) If you want to subscribe go to walmart.com/beauty, thanks for checking out my review! 

Okay, so you agree it’s a pretty great box right? Especially for $5! My favorite thing in the box this season was the St. Ives Apricot Scrub. I have always loved this face scrub, it’s the perfect amount of scrub, and texture, it gets the deep down clean that I look for in a scrub. I also really love the sample of Sally Hansen’s airbrush legs, I love using this in the summer, and there is a really good amount in the sample tube, enough for both of my legs so that was perfect. I have a tan now yeah! There is nothing better than being tan to me for some reason lol! My skin just looks better:) The Incoco nail art is cute as well, just a bit to young for my 35 year old self, but they do look fun, and cute, I will find a way to try them out, and see how they work. All in all, a great box, I can’t wait to see what is in the fall walmart beauty box!!!!

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Yogisurprise Subscription Boxes Jewelry/ Lifestyle Review May 2016

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Hello everyone, how has a month flew by so quickly? I have NO idea how that even happened!!! Here I am trying to be better about blogging, well it’s time to make that commitment again, I have had some great boxes for June roll in, and still wanted to share with you all. I hope you enjoy, I think the photos turned out pretty neat too! If you don’t know what yogisurprise is, it’s a monthly subscription box that has two different box options, which both are amazing boxes!! Each box is a separate subscription and price, so please check it out down below. I most definitely love both!! I can’t decide which I like best, they both are great boxes this month, let’s jump right into the review for both of them, I do receive these boxes for review each month, and they are a local to me company here in Oregon yeah, but my honest opinions are always my own. I love yogisurprise though, and they are an amazing company as well, and offer a great variety of brands, and products, and the jewelry pieces are very unique, and lovely! Yogisurprise is great for everyone, not just yoga lovers, the lifestyle box has something for everyone:)

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I am sharing the yoga jewelry box down below. This is my favorite box I have ever received from yogisurprise. Yes, I know the box is from May, but I just had to review, and share it, because it’s that good!!! The mala sandalwood necklace is absolutely stunning, so beautiful, and very well made. I couldn’t believe how lovely it was, and how much of a high value it was! Yogisurprise nailed it with this box! I really love the bracelet as well, the delicate charm on the bottom is so cute, and perfect! The lovey chocolate fudge rolls we have received before in a previous box, which is a bummer, but they are really yummy, so I don’t mind, they are grown up versions of tootsie rolls, can’t go wrong with a classic right? I really enjoy how they include a treat every month in the box! 

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What do you think of the jewelry box for May? Do you think you would try it out? They both are great boxes, and I am sure it would be hard to choose which one to try, but I think anyone would love 2 pieces of beautiful crafted jewelry every month! Thank you for checking out this post about yogisurprise, if you would like to join please check out their website at >> Join Yogisurprise here!

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Birchbox June Review (BEST BOX EVER)

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Hi there everyone, happy Saturday! Okay, I lied, I am writing this while working at 11 pm Friday night, but hey, it will post tomorrow, so happy weekend ladies!! I just started watching a really great documentary called poverty Inc. very, very interesting so far, you should definitely check it out, it just came out on netflix! Sure makes me feel so very grateful that’s for sure. Okay, sorry to be a downer there, just thought I would share what I was doing right at this very moment, I think little personal peeks into each other’s lives makes our blogging community grow, and become closer:)

I hope everyone has had a great week too, I literally just received my birchbox for June yesterday! I knew it was going to be a good one, as birchbox has been really killing it lately with their boxes, my goodness, yeeessss! I was excited to get it, I decided to choose the random box this month, and just hoped for the best, and to my surprise, it was my best box ever, no joke! As soon as I opened the box, and oh, can we even talk about how cute the box is?! SO so cute, I love the designs lately, I don’t know if everyone keeps their boxes, but I love collecting them, and putting little things in them, the cuteness factor really helps me to stay organized too! Anyways, as soon as I opened it, I knew I would LOVE everything!! Let’s check out what was included in my best box ever, and dive into my June birchbox! I’m really excited about it, can you tell?:)

::My June Birchbox Items::

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See? I told you it was an amazing box this month!! I almost cried, it literally had 4 of my favorite, and most wanted items!! Simply amazing. I already love, and am obsessed with the ardency inn modster smooth ride supercharged eyeliner. I have 4 colors, it is the most smooth, and highly pigmented eyeliner I have ever tried, it’s a must have! I also really wanted to try the benefit gimme brow volumizing fiber gel, how cute is that packaging? omg cute right? Everything is good sized, and I will definitely use!!! The Laura Geller New York Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator (I got the color gilded honey) I literally have been wanting this since it came out, YESSSSS, thank you birchbox! I love everything in my box this month, and birchbox just keeps getting better, and better, I have been subscribed for 2 years now, can’t believe it! If you would like to join, and or give birchbox a try, please use the link below, I would appreciate it! SO worth $10 every month! If you get birchbox please comment down below, and share what you got in your June box!

Click Here To Join Birchbox

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PLAY! By Sephora May 2016 Review

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Hello lovies, I hope everyone has been good, it has been like a month, and a half since I have blogged last, how does time go by so very quickly, busy, busy life that’s for sure. If you haven’t read my life update post, please jump on over, and give it a read, I would greatly appreciate it! Anyways, I am still getting tons of subscription boxes, and really feel the need to review them, even though this one is late, and not the best pictures, I wanted to get this post up. I hope you all enjoy, if you haven’t heard, this box is now open to everyone so go ahead, and subscribe if you want to try it out, it’s a great way to sample high end brands that sephora carries for $10 a month! This was my first box, and here is what I thought :) 

For $10, it really can’t be beat, I kinda wish that they kept the “spoilers” from us, because by the time my box came, I knew exactly what I was getting, which kinda takes the fun out of it, in my opinion. The box arrived beautifully packaged with a heavy duty box, which I can appreciate so things don’t get broken yeah!!! Then, inside the box there is a great pamphlet telling you everything that is is the box, but not just that, it tells you HOW to use them, double yeah! There is also your PLAY card which if you bring it into your local sephora, you get 50 extra bonus points when you make a purchase, oh man, I just realized that I should have used it, of course I forgot about it, bummer! Next month I hope to remember lol! Everything, all your samples are packed in a super cute drawstring pouch,  how fun, kinda reminds me of another popular subscription service……😉 wink, wink. It is very cute though, and I definitely will use it! The samples are a great selection so far, I love the mix of skincare, makeup, haircare, and perfume, that’s pretty cool, such a variety that you get to sample, but I would love to see more makeup obviously, but you knew I would say that lol! Overall the samples are tiny, sadly the tarte cosmetics lip liner is beautiful, but it is SOOOO tiny😦 Oh well, I am happy with the box, and love samples, so it all was good to me! 

I think this subscription box is a great deal, although I kinda wish they offered a 6 month, or a year subscription to save a little money, hmmm maybe I should tweet, and suggest that! Did any of you subscribe to this box, please comment, and let me know what you think, I would love to know:) Do you think it’s worth the $10? I love how every month is a different theme as well, I am excited about June’s box, fun, fun, because you never know what your getting, or what brands! I definitely think it’s worth a try if you are a beauty lover like myself, and can’t get enough samples!! I love sephora, so this was perfect for me, they sure do make that money lol! My favorite product this month was the bite beauty lipstick, bite has always been my favorite lipstick brand, I just love the pigmentation, and quality, it makes my lips feel wonderful too!

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*Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine* 
*Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche in Kimchi*
*Tarte Tarteist Lip Crayon in Latergram*
*Origins Maskimizer, Drink Up, and Clear Improvement Masks*
*Korres Wild Rose Sleeping Facial* 
*Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask*

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Thank you for your continued support as always, remember to seek joy in everything you do, I am really focusing on that daily!:)

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Influenster Target C9 Champion Sports Bra VirtualVox Box

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OMG! I was so lucky enough to get the virtualvox box from Target for the C9 champion bra! I literally paid $6 for this amazing bra! If you are unfimiliar with influenster it is a reviewing company, and am amazing one at that! I have recieved several free or discounted products from influenster, I have been a member for a about 2 years, and love them!!! It is totally free to join, if you would like a link or would like to join and recieve amazing products to review please comment down below, and I would be happy to email it to you:) iIt is hands down the best review website company there is that’s for sure, I highly recommend them! They have a huge variety of brands that they work with, and some very high end beauty brands, it all just depends on what you get with how active you are on the website, and on social media, etc. defintely worth signing up for, because you never know what you could qualify for to review! 

This vox box is a little different because it is a virtual box, meaning they don’t actually send you the product for review. I did recieve a coupon discount code for 40% off either the  power core or power shape sports bra from C9 champion at target. I went into my local store to redeem the coupon, and to my surprise, the bras were already on sale for $10 each, yeah I’m so glad I waited a little while to redeem it! So, with the coupon it brought the bra down to $6, incredible value that’s for sure! I have purchased sports bras, underwear, clothing, and socks from this brand, I really do think they are very high quality, and defintely comparable to more expensive brands. I was happy with the cute designs, and cute colors they had available. I do have to mention that the store display was a bit confussing though, because there were so many different types, and styles to choose from, but hey that’s not a bad thing right? There is defintely something for everyone, and all different support types as well, which is wonderful by the C9 brand by target. The sports bra I chose was the power core compression racerback sports bra. 

The sports bra by C9 champion from target is a great option for those who are looking for a quality, comfortable sports bra at an affordable option. This brand truly does compare to more expensive brands, I couldn’t believe it, the design especially looks exactly like some other well known expensive brands, I mean exactly, it’s tough to even tell the difference! Seems almost to good to be true, but it’s not, this brand is amazing, love everything, I want more from the line, everyone loves great dupes right? 

Here are some details about the bras, specifically the sports bra that I choose from the target.com website. I chose this style because I was looking for a wireless sports bra, beacuse I don’t need wires, or that much support, and this style is just my preferance for comfort. I think the racer style back is very cute, and stylish as well, it adds a great design aspect to the bra. I usually tend to stick with medium support bras because that’s really all I need, and a pullover style, instead of a clasp closure back, again just for comfort. Overall, I really love this bra, and how comfortable, and cute it is, I defintely think it’s a great price even at the $16.99 regular price. I am so glad I got the opportunity to try it out, I quickly became a fan, and feel in love with this bra that’s for sure! If you have any doubt, check out the reviews on these sports bras, or anything from the C9 champion line, everything from the line at target have amazing reviews!! Give C9 champion a try! 

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The C9 Champion® Women’s Power Core® Sports Bra provides medium support and a compressive fit. Wicking fabric stretches to move with you and dries fast to keep you cool.
Sizing: Women
Bra Cup Style: Sports
Underwire Type: wireless
Material: 87 %: Polyester, 13 %: Spandex,
Back Style: Racer
Closure Style: Pullover
Sheerness: Opaque
Care and Cleaning: Hand wash, cold, Do not use fabric softener, Non chlorine bleach when needed, Tumble dry, normal, no heat, Iron, low, Do not dry clean
Support Level: medium impact

If you would like to join Influenster please comment down below so I can send you the link:)

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Health Update (from my heart): My Story- Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis Hypothyroidism

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Hi there my lovies!!! I do realize that I have really neglected both this blog, and my youtube channel, and I apologize, as I mentioned briefly in my last blog post 2 months ago, wow has it really been that long? I have been having some health issues. Well, I am finally ready to talk about it, so I am going to share in this post. I think it will help me with coming to terms with what is going on, and maybe help spread the awareness to others. I feel like even if I spread the word, even just a little, I could help others, so I am going to try my best to keep this, and future posts open, and honest as a sort of way of my expressions, and feelings regarding my health. I also would love any feedback / suggestions/ guidance/ support that others have, and very much welcome your comments, and communication with me. Okay, so I have to mention the irony in my being a butterfly lover, and the disease that I am now diagnosed with, who would have thought huh? I sure as heck wouldn’t have!!!😦

I feel like I am learning so much through researching that honestly it is a bit overwhelming, but I know there is so much more to learn, and know that change will take time, and some getting used to. I think it’s a good idea to start from the beginning, because I think that’s always a good place to start, so I am going to go with that, thank you for reading, I truly appreciate each, and every one of you, thank you from the bottom of my heart:)

Alright, I can’t write this blog without a little scientific explanation, and reasoning, I have done so much research I feel like my head is going to explode, and there is so much more to know. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis or chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease in which the thyroid gland is attacked by a variety of cell- and antibody-mediated immune processes, causing primary hypothyroidism. It was the first disease to be recognized as an autoimmune disease. In essence, my hypothyroidism is caused by Hashimoto’s disease. I know it doesn’t really make sense, but when you have hashimoto’s disease, you kind of have both, or there is a reason for your hypothyroidsm. The thyroid gland is part of your endocrine system, which produces hormones that coordinate many of your body’s activities. Yep, you read that correct, it affects EVERYTHING……great right? Your thyroid gland is pretty darn important, and plays a vital role in your body. If your thyroid is not functioning properly you may or may not even know it, until it gets so severe (like mine) you know something is wrong.

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I am going to start with how I knew something was wrong. It all began about 8 months ago, wow writing that seems like a long time that I was dealing with it that’s for sure, it began with what I thought was depression, and anxiety, and just pure exhaustion on a daily basis, I was loosing tons of hair, my skin was dry, I was always freezing cold, overly puffy face, poor hearing, I had a hard time concentrating, I gained 10 pounds, I was depressed, had horrible heavy periods, my bowels were different, sorry TMI on those, trying to be honest here, I could go on, I had every symptom for the most part. I went to the doctor, feeling so fed up, and done with the way I was living for so many months, and we both decided that putting me on an anti depression medication would help, no other tests were done, and I really thought that the medication was the answer, boy was I ever wrong.

Let me just say that yes, I believe in western medicine, and although I do know that not everyone will agree with me, and everyone is entitled to their own beliefs, and opinions, including myself, I just wanted to put it out there, as I continue this journey, I truly hope to not offend anyone. Anyways, I was on the medication for 7 months, and it really wasn’t helping, even with an increase in dosage, I saw little to no results, or improvement. I continued, and I got to the point where enough was enough, and back to the doctor I went 2 months ago. I was so incredibly exhausted every day, emotionally drained, and depressed. I knew, deep in my heart that something was wrong. I was at my doctors appointment, and I mentioned, hey I am really, really tired everyday, like I can barely get through the day tired, and have some other symptoms that I would like to discuss with you as well, so I realized, and wanted tests to be ran to really try and figure out what was going on. That day a ton of blood tests were ran, I honestly thought to myself, everything will be fine, I’m healthy, I have nothing to worry about. After a few days, I got the test results, well sure enough my thyroid wasn’t functioning at optimal levels, my heart sunk, tears started running down my face, and honestly didn’t know what to feel, or what to think. I was glad to have answers, but sad knowing what the future holds as well. My diagnoses wasn’t confirmed, my doctor wanted to take additional tests to confirm it just in case, so more tests that day were done, good thing I don’t mind needles I tell ya. A day went by, and I tried not to think about it, or stress myself over it until I knew for sure. Well, my doctor confirmed that I had hypothyroidism, and my levels were very low sadly. I won’t get into the specific tests that were done, because well, they are personal, and if in the future I feel comfortable sharing then I definitely will, but for now, I will just keep those aspects of my health brief, but I am also going to mention that I have low levels of Vitamin D,Vitamin B, and Iron as well, and am now on supplements for those being so low to help regulate them to more normal levels. Later, I was told that I have Hashimoto’s, and that it is causing my hypothyroidism. I thought to myself, great it just keeps getting better…… I was so glad that my Mom went with me to that appointment that’s for sure, her support has continued to be amazing, thanks Mom (and Dad too) I am so lucky to have such a wonderful, supportive family that’s for sure.

The appointment that day felt like it lasted hours, seriously I was like a sponge absorbing so much information, and knowledge, I felt like I couldn’t get enough, yet it was so difficult to take all in, and know that this will be a new lifestyle that I will have to get used to. My doctor recommended several things as far as diet, and lifestyle changes, taking a daily medication, fitness, maintaining good sleep, stress level control, etc. I knew this was all going to be totally different for me, and to be honest, I still haven’t really focused on most of these, or truly worked hard on them since getting diagnosed. She was really pushing a paleo diet, ummm this girl can’t live without dairy, or bread, seriously I just can’t, but I am cutting back a lot, and eating better, but I have to remind myself that I’m not perfect, and changes take time, and to hang in there, all I can do is make the effort. (I need to be better about remembering those) Just taking the medication every day is not enough, I wish it was that easy, but over the past 2 months it is proving that the changes all need to happen, and be in place for me to get better, and maintain this disease, only I can choose to change, I know that. I have a follow up appointment in a couple weeks, I’m interested to see how my levels are doing, and what else can be done to maintain, I am also wanting to get a referral to an endocrinologist as well, for more information, etc. I really want to see my symptoms improve, especially because it’s the best time of the year outside here in Oregon right now, sun just makes me happy, and am so thankful for the wonderful kids in my life that I get to enjoy it with as well every day! I just want to be able to have enough energy to truly appreciate, and enjoy everything.

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I wanted to end this with thanking you for reading, and coming along with me on this journey, I know it will be good for me to write about it, I will try and post updates monthly if not bi- weekly to keep everyone updated, etc. Please feel free to share this post, and leave comments, I always respond to every comment posted. I am hoping to now finally be back in the blogging community, but just expanding my focus on not just beauty, and subscription boxes, etc, but throwing in some lifestyle, and adventure posts like this one as well, I am excited about this beautiful weather to come, I hope all of you are enjoying some sunshine (or snow) as well!! Thanks for your thoughts, and continued support. New blog posts are coming, so stay tuned!:)

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New Makeup At Sephora & Life Update 1/29/16

 

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Hello there my loves!! I hope you all have been good, and life has been treating you well! I know I decided to take some  time off, I went to Las Vegas for a work trip, and fun, and just needed some time to deal with some things I have been dealing with in my life, so I really appreciate your patience, and keep me in your thoughts please, thank you so much, I am hoping things will start to get better, and become normal again. I am hoping to find more time for things that I enjoy again, and not be so exhausted all the time, and get back to life, a happy life. So ya, I will try and do my best, and get back into blogging, and vlogging, thank you for sticking with me, and showing my blog, and youtube channel continued love! I can’t believe January is already said, and done, that went by so incredibly fast!!! Happy makeup shopping everyone, remember to make someone smile today, because you never know what they are struggling with:)

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Nars: Narsissist Cheek Studio Palette

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Make Up For Ever: Artist Palette Vol. 3- Florals

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Kevyn Aucoin: Essential Starter Kit

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Anastasia Beverly Hills: Brow Definer

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Stila: Aqua Glow Serum Foundation

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Clinique: Lid Pop

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YSL: Touche Eclat Neutralizers

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Tarte: Tartelette Tease

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Guerlain: Rose Aux Joues Blush

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Urban Decay: UD Gwen Stefani Blush Palette

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Becca: Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation

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Hourglass: Ambient Strobe Lightening Powder

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Kat Von D: Shade + Light Two Tone Blush

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Givenchy: Rouge Interdit Vinyl Color Enhancing Lipstick

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Dinoplatz: Triceratops Multi-Face Palette

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Givenchy: Le Prisme Blush Powder Blush

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Urban Decay: UD Gwen Stefani Brow Box

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Urban Decay: UD Gwen Stefani 24/7 Glide- On Lip Pencil

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Urban Decay: UD Gwen Stefani Lipstick

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Clinique: Kiss, Boom, Pop! Lip Set

Thanks for reading, let me know if you picked up anything new lately, or any of these new at sephora items! I just picked up the blush palette, I will be doing a full review on it, the colors, and pigmentation are amazing, the colors are so unique, and beautiful! I think I am also going to get one of the urban decay’s Gwen Stefani lipsticks, the packaging is absolutely beautiful, me, and gold just go so perfectly together, I need it in my life!!:)

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