Dollar Shave Club Review

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What is it?
A monthly subscription service i.e. Birchbox, Ipsy, etc.
–Starter set is $5, each additional month is $9
–Can cancel any time and change delivery frequency
Starter set includes razor handle, 4 blades, and shave kit products. After that, you receive 4 new blades each month for $9 (1 blade per week)
–100% money back guarantee

What I received in my starter kit:
–Razor handle
4 blades (the Executive)
Prep scrub
Shave butter
Post shave dew

Thoughts 
–This is targeted towards men, but I prefer to use men’s razors because I get a closer, smoother shave
–I like the scrub, didn’t like the shave butter, and the post shave dew was nothing special
–This is the BEST RAZOR EVER and I’ve tried so many different ones. I think the scrub + razor gave me the smoothest legs!
–I don’t think you need to use one blade a week though, I think that’s a little wasteful. However, I don’t shave my legs every day. #lazy #single
–I will definitely repurchase blades and would consider buying the Prep Scrub.

Note
Billie is the same concept, aimed at women. Their starter kit is $9 and comes with the handle, razor holder, and 2 blades. It’s $9 each month for 2 blades. You can adjust, skip, or cancel anytime.
–I personally think the Dollar Shave Club is better deal and though I haven’t tried Billie, I would think quality is on par.

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Night Routine

I don’t know about y’all, but I love to watch routine videos on YouTube and read them on other blogs. Maybe I’m nosey, but I think it’s interesting to see/read what other people do with their time. Of course, no night or day is every the same, but here’s my typical night routine.

I currently commute 45ish minutes to work each day so by the time I get home, I’m over doing a whole lot of things. I like to unwind and not think too much.

FYI: This post is picture heavy

11.) Take Windsor outside. –I live at home so Windsor spends most of his day at Grandma’s Day Care so he doesn’t always need to go out as soon as a I get home, just depends!

22.) Unready–The first thing I do is take off all of my jewelry. I don’t know why, but as soon as I get home and in for the night, I immediately take off my jewelry. I keep my daily jewels in this ash try that was my grandpa’s. It’s where he put his extra change every day and it always stayed in the same spot so when I see it, I think of him and it makes me happy!

33.) Bath time–Fun fact: I HATE showers. I never take them. We have lived in our house for 9 years and I don’t think I’ve ever taken a shower here. Plus, this bath tub is so big and perfect so showers are a definite no.

44.) Skincare–The full routine: makeup remover, cleanser, toner, serum, moisturizer, eye cream, and facial oil.

55.) Makeup–While I wait for my different skincare steps to absorb, I head to my other vanity and set out any makeup that I want to use the next day or that I need to test out.

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6.) PJs–I have a few sets of cute pjs, but I prefer big, old t-shirts and soft pants. I love comfy clothes and PJs.

77.) Blog Work–I write posts, edit posts, or edit pictures if I need to. If not, I’ll watch YouTube or go downstairs and watch TV with my parents.

88.) Devotion–I know lots of people start their day with a devotion and quiet time with the Lord, but I like to end my day with it. I love and highly recommend the Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies. {a new one is starting today and I’m so excited for it}

99.) Final pre-bedtime chores–I can be so forgetful and forget to charge my Apple Watch each night so I’ve started charging it on my vanity so it’s right in my face as I brush my teeth. I also take out my contacts and put my glasses on. I can’t sleep in my contacts and I get so mad when I forget and get in bed, only to have to get back up and remove them. #lazy

1010.) Outfit–I always make sure to have my outfit picked out for the next day. I am that person who opens the closet door and sees so many clothes but still has nothing to wear. To combat that and help save time in the mornings, I try to plan my outfits for the week and hang them on this bar.

1111.) Reading–I try to read on iPad or an from an actual book each night. Honestly, that doesn’t always happen though. Sometimes I just end up playing on my phone. I need to be better about putting down the phone and picking up my book!

1212.) Lights out! 

Ulta 21 Days of Beauty Fall 2018

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It’s the second most wonderful time of the year. The first being this sale in the spring. Y’all I live for 21 Days of Beauty and I make a plan for shopping because I have no life and nothing else to do with my time, clearly.

All jokes aside, this is a great time to try new things and stock up on some favorites at HALF OFF.

The sale starts Sept 2 and ends Sept 22. I’m going to post and link each day’s deals, the Hot Buys, what I’m buying, and what I recommend. This post is going to be a long one so brace yourself.

All beauty steals ship free for Platinum and Diamond members.

Sept 2
Too Faced Hangover Rx Primer, $17
Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Cloud Cream Cleanser & Hyaluronic Cloud Serum, $14-32.50
Lime Crime Venus Eyeshadow Palettes, $19 *(ONLINE ONLY)*

Sept 3
Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner, $11
Proactiv 3-Step Acne System, $25
Philosophy Time In A Bottle Serum, $38 *(ONLINE ONLY)*
Lancome Visionnaire Eye Cream, $32.50 <ONLINE ONLY & PLATINUM PERK>

Sept 4
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid Highlighter, $20.50
Mario Badescu Acne Facial Cleanser, $7.50
Butter London Glazen Lip Glaze, $9.50 *(ONLINE ONLY)*
Eyeko Mascaras, $9.50-15 *(ONLINE ONLY)*

Sept 5
Benefit Hoola & Hoola Lite Bronzer, $15
Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels, $7.50
Juice Beauty Illuminating Primer, $18 *(ONLINE ONLY)*
Kopari Save Face Oil, $22 *(ONLINE ONLY)*

Sept 6
Tarte Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint, $10
Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture, $37.50
-beautyblender Solid Cleanser, $8 *(ONLINE ONLY)*
Pur Masks, $13-14.50 *(ONLINE ONLY)*

Sept 7
Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara, $12.50
Pericone MD Cold Plasma Products, $42.50-79.50
Clinique Blended Face Powder & Brush, $13.50 *(ONLINE ONLY)*

Sept 8
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer Pencil, $11
Philosophy Purity Clay Mask, 7.50
Ofra Select Highlighters, $14.50-16 *(ONLINE ONLY)*

Sept 9
Bare Minerals Mineral Veil Finish Powder, $11
It Brushes for Ulta Velvet Luxe Brushes, $12-27
Exuviance Select Age Reverse, $39-39.50
Select MAC Girl Palettes, $19.75 <ONLINE ONLY & PLATINUM PERK>

Sept 10
Stila One Step Primer, $18
Estee Lauder Day Wear Creme SPF 15. $17
Flesh All Highlighters, $9-14 *(ONLINE ONLY)*
Beauty by POPSUGAR All Lip Products, $9-12 *(ONLINE ONLY)*

Sept 11
Buxom Plumpline Lip Liner, $9
Lancome Cils Booster XL Mascara Primer. $12.75
Mally Beauty Mallywood Collection, $10-18 *(ONLINE ONLY)*
Algenist POWER Recharging Night Pressed Serum, $47.50 *(ONLINE ONLY)*

Sept 12
Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme, $14
Dermablend Original Setting Powder, $13.50
Lorac Mascaras, $12 *(ONLINE ONLY)*
St. Tropez Gradual Tan Tinted Everyday Body Lotion, $15 *(ONLINE ONLY)*

Sept 13
Smashbox Pore Minimizing Primer, $19.50
Clairsonic Cleansing Brush Heads, $13.50-16
Velour Lashes, $7-14.50 *(ONLINE ONLY)*

Sept 14
It Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil, $12
Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel, $19
Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipsticks, $9 *(ONLINE ONLY)*

Sept 15
Tartes Light, Camera, Lashes and Lash Paint Mascara, $11
–Benefit Brow Wax, FREE with $50 Benefit purchase
Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum, $22.50
CoverFx Perfect Setting Powder, $17.50 *(ONLINE ONLY)*
Skyn Iceland Pure Cloud Cream, $27.50 *(ONLINE ONLY)*

Sept 16
Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette, $24.50
Philosophy Renewed Hope In A Jar, $19.50
Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil, $12 <ONLINE ONLY & PLATINUM PERK>

Sept 17
Becca Ever Matte Poreless Priming Perfector, $19
First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser, $10
Laura Geller Liquid Foundations, $16.50-19 *(ONLINE ONLY)*
StriVectin Dual Response Serum, $39.50 *(ONLINE ONLY)*

Sept 18
Tarte Busy Gal Brows Tinted Brow Gel, $9
SeroVital hgh Dietary Supplement, $49.50
NudeStix Concealer Stick, $12 *(ONLINE ONLY)*
Cargo All Lip Products, $8-12 *(ONLINE ONLY)*

Sept 19
MAC Extreme Dimensions Mascara, $12
Juice Beauty Skincare Kit, $20-26
Discover Skincare Brands, 50% *(ONLINE ONLY)*

Sept 20
CoverFx Glitter Drops & Custom Enhancer Drops, $21-22
Origins Morning Must Haves, $12
It Cosmetics Brushes for Ulta #110, $12 *(ONLINE ONLY)*
Exuviance Performing Peel AP25, $38.50 *(ONLINE ONLY)*

Sept 21
Benefit POREfessional, $16
Clinique Moisture Surge 72 HR Hydrator 1.0 oz, $9.50
DermDoctor Kakadu C High Potency Evening Oil, $39
Patchology Eye Gels, $25

Sept 22
Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray, $16
It Cosmetics Confidence In A Cream Moisturizing Super Cream, $24
Buxom Shiny Liquid Lipsticks, $10


HOT BUYS

Hot Buys are available throughout the 21 Days until they sell out. These products are discounted 40% so you’re still getting a good deal even though they aren’t half off. In past years, the Hot Buys have been SO good. I was very disappointed in this years selections and there’s nothing that I plan on purchasing.


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Can you believe out of all these deals, I’m only buying 5 things?! It’s true. These are the only products that grabbed my attention and that I really wanted to try or buy.

  • 9/6beautyblender Solid Cleanser, $8
    • The BEST brush cleanser ever. Buy it, use it, and thank me later.
  • 9/7Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara, $12
    • Kathleen Lights has been raving about this mascara and while it’s half price, I’m going to give it a try.
    • I don’t normally buy high end mascaras, but if I ever do, it’s during this sale when they are half off.
    • There’s a waterproof option as well.
  • 9/9Ulta Moisturizing Foundation Stick, $7
    • This has been on my “to try” list and it’s half off!
  • 9/18Tarte Busy Gal Brows Tinted Brow Gel, $9
    • Similar to the LOreal Brow Gel that I’ve been using, but doesn’t have the weird bend in the applicator. It’s also the same price so DUH.
  • 9/20Origins Morning Must Haves, $12
    • I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS SET. I know I love the GinZing Eye Cream and I’m excited to try to the other products in the set. I’ve heard amazing things about the Spot Treatment and I’m almost out of my current one so the timing is just perfect.

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I think that’s everything. Mark your calendars. Get excited. Tell me what you’re buying!

My 2 Cents on the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Warning this post contains both truth and sarcasm.

1)  Some of the deals are not that impressive. Yes, saving some money is better than paying full price but we’re not talking about half price Birkins here.

2) A good portion of the clothing and shoes are fall pieces even though the sale happens in the summer. I get you want to buy and showcase what you’ve purchased, but it is 90+ degrees in the South. Wearing a poncho and sandals is ridiculous as is suede OTK boots and shorts. If it wasn’t for this sale, you would never pair such together. Own it. In your caption say, I know shorts and suede OTK don’t go together on a hot July day, but the boots are cute and on sale. I’m much more likely to buy something from your link if you’re honest.

3) Sales such as this sure bring out the greed in folks.

4) You know half these bloggers go buy all this stuff and go do these dressing room try ons and return and/or don’t purchase a dang on thing, they just want to go link stuff so you will swipe/click. They want that engagement!

5) I’ve seen several posts with 5+ bags and the back of an SUV filled to the brim with NSale loot. Even if I had endless funds, I still couldn’t fill up the back of an SUV with stuff. There wasn’t that much stuff I wanted.

6) I think the items included this year were just meh. I got a few things, but overall I was super underwhelmed.

7) The sale went live at 3 am EST and folks set their alarms to be first. Unless Jesus Christ or Christian Louboutin walks into my room, I ain’t getting up at 3 am for no-damn-body. Even then, I’m going to need to see at 3 forms of proper identification.

8) Some of the stuff wasn’t that expensive to start with and some of it is still expensive AF on sale. For example, I bought 2 t-shirts that were $11.90 each. After the sale, they will be $17. Not exactly the deal of the century, I could still buy the shirt at $17. My life has not worsened nor improved over $5.10.

9) While everyone is just losing their mind over this sale, there are still other more pressing matters going on in the world i.e. famine, war, natural disasters, and hopefully some good things too. The world doesn’t stop turning. Also, there are literally thousands of cute dogs on Instagram. How are you so wrapped in up in shopping when there are pup pics to view?!

10) At the end of the day, it’s just stuff. I personally waste money on stupid stuff I do not need on the regular, but I’m trying to better about it. Shopping this sale and using that blogger’s links isn’t going to solve world hunger, part the Red Sea, or end the war. It’s easy to get caught up in the hype, but I suggest taking a step back before making a purchase. Do you need it? Will you wear it? Do you already have pieces in your closet that it will work with? These are just a few questions to ask yourself.

 Not all bloggers go bonkers over this so I’m not grouping everyone together, it’s just the name of the game. I will say, I did see some great, helpful posts that were straight to the point i.e. here’s what I wanted, here’s what I bought, here’s what I recommend, etc. I’m down for that. Give me some suggestions and send me on my way. Don’t clog up my Instagram for 2+ weeks. I have other things I need to see on my feed, reference #9.

While I stand by all of this and its truth, this is meant to be funny. I didn’t write it to offend you and 3 generations of your people. No need to get your panties in a knot! And, if you did, I hear Nordstrom has a deal on panties right now 😉

Let’s Get Something Straight

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It’s ok to not want to get married. It’s ok not be out there chasing every man, praying you will snag one. It’s ok to be perfectly happy on your own.

When I say I’m ok with not getting married and don’t want to, people look at me like I have 8 eyes. Like I have lost my damn mind. WHY? Is it because society says so? Is it because I’m a female and I need someone to take care of me? Because everyone needs someone? Because being alone is frowned up?

Let’s get a few things straight. I’m not chasing anyone who does want to be caught. I don’t want anyone who does want me. I’m 100% ok with being by myself, I actually prefer it and I can take care of my damn self.

I get the standard, “you’ll change your mind,” “you’ll find someone,” “the right person will change your mind,” etc. You know what? All of that could be completely true. I don’t understand why no one says, “okay,” “do what makes you happy,” “good for you,” etc. I always want to follow up with, “and you know that’s ok, right?”

Fun fact about me: I’m VERY introverted. I thrive on quiet time and being alone. Commitment scares me. I’m only 26, almost 27, so I can always grow and change, but as of right now, I don’t see myself getting married nor do I really want to.

I’m not writing all of this to make me feel better or justify my feelings. Quite frankly, I don’t feel compelled to do either. I don’t have to explain/justify my feelings to anyone. I’m writing this to let people know that it’s OK to be different. It’s OK to not do what society deems as “normal” or “correct.” Here’s the thing, if you succumb to these norms, you could end up settling and setting yourself for a lifetime of misery.

I am fine by myself. I like me. I don’t need someone else to complete me. I don’t let being single or spoken for define my worth. I don’t allow anyone or anything to define my worth. I’m human, I have flaws and insecurities like everyone else. I spent years letting the numbers in my bank account, the labels in my closet, my GPA, etc. define my worth and I continued to come up short and feel like I wasn’t enough. I now know that I am enough. I am enough on my own.

Enough is a powerful word. A word that has caused me a lot of pain, anxiety, and battles with depression. I did a lot of soul searching and praying over MANY years before I could finally admit to myself that I was enough. I still fall short and I have days where I constantly have to remind myself over and over again, but I have come such a long way.

I’ve never had a boyfriend or been on date. I’m sure that may shock some, but I’m OK with it. I have standards, values, and morals; just anyone isn’t going to do. In my opinion, no one is better than just anyone.

Oprah used to (may still) have a section in her magazine titled, “What I Know for Sure.” I’m taking a page out of Oprah’s book and sharing a few things that I know for sure.

  1. If you don’t love yourself, it’s going to be really hard for someone else to.
  2. You’ve got to be ok alone.
  3. Don’t settle. You deserve the best. You are better off alone than paired off and unhappy.
  4. Know your worth. Don’t let anyone or anything influence your worth. Don’t place your worth in being married, a mom, a career woman, etc. It’s ok to want all those things, but you need to know that you are enough right now, exactly as you are.

Now I don’t jump out of bed every morning 100% confident in myself and ready to face the day. Sometimes things suck. People suck. Circumstances suck. Sometimes you may feel like the only single person left on the planet. Why can everyone find someone but you? There are reminders that you’re single everywhere you go, whether it’s out in public, at the office, or in my case, the refrigerator. My refrigerator stays full of shower and wedding invites and there’s no plus one to be found.

I get it. It’s hard. Sometimes, I feel it too. However, I’m very fortunate that my friends never make me feel like the odd (wo)man out. Sure, sometimes it would be nice to have a date and not be the 13th wheel, but most times I have just as much fun by myself and I’m not left worrying if my date is having a good time. My friends don’t try to set me up or look down on me or judge me for being single.

I know you’re thinking I’m a marriage hater by now. I promise I’m not. I believe in love. My parents have set a great example. My friends have found some truly amazing guys to spend their lives with. I’ve seen the positive change in my friends when they found their guy. I’m not completely opposed to it, I just don’t think it’s in the cards for me.

If Mr. Right comes strolling in tomorrow and sweeps me off my feet, I will try to keep an open mind and embrace it. If not, I’m good. I’ve got Jesus, my dog, and my Loubs. I’m going to be just fine and you know what else, YOU WILL TOO.

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Jewelry Organization

Spoiler alert: I have a lot of jewelry.

Like, A. LOT.

Therefore, I have to keep it organized so I can find what I’m looking and see all of my options. I’ve used different methods over the years and I’m always thinking of new ways to keep all of my jewels stashed.

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I have my sunglasses laid out in a monogrammed acrylic tray that was a gift. You can find a similar style here.

All of my stud earrings are stored in a lipstick holder that I got at The Container Store. If you’ve seen my lipstick collection, you  know that I quickly outgrew that organizer, but I found another way to use it!

The tall, acrylic necklace holder in the back belonged to my grandma, but you can find it here.

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This is an ashtray that stayed on an end table at my grandparents’ house. My grandpa threw his change in it every day and it is one of my most prized possessions. I think of him every time I look at it. If I’m too lazy to put all my jewels back at the end of the day, I toss them in this ash tray and put them up later.

The crown ring dish is a TJ Maxx find and so perfect for me #katemiddletonismybff and the smaller ring dish to the right was a gift.

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This bracelet bar is from Amazon and it holds all of my bracelets and that’s no small job. I can see all of my collection and quickly pick and choose which ones to wear each day.

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As you can see, I have a slight obsession with big, statement earrings. The only problem is they are difficult to store. I had them in a 4-drawer acrylic unit, but that wasn’t working. I found these trays at TJ Maxx for $7.99 (I have 3) and they are perfect.

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I also have my beauty collectibles and pretties on my chest of drawers beside my jewelry.

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The hardest thing to figure out how to store were my necklaces. I have so many and some are big and heavy and others are light and dainty and it’s hard to find a system that will accommodate both. Amazon to the rescue!

I bought the hanger/hook system from Amazon for $12.99. The reviews recommended using Command Strips instead of the adhesive on the actual pieces. Well, I tried that and they fell. My daddy saved the day and drilled holes in each plastic piece, drilled holes in my closet door, and then screwed them in. They are much more secure this way! If you’re looking for a storage system for your necklaces, this one is good, but you’ll need to put some extra work in! Isn’t it just a beautiful sight?!


I’m writing this late at night so forgive me if there are grammatical errors or I’ve missed something. I’m too lazy to review #honest

A to Z Beauty Favorites

AtoZ

A: Anastasia Beverly Hills Single Shadows & Clear Brow Gel, Aveeno 60 Second In-Shower Facial

B: Benefit Roller Lash, Becca First Light Priming Filter, Bare Minerals GenNude Liquid Lipstick, Batiste Dry Shampoo, Biolage Shampoo

C: Colour Pop (basically everything), China Glaze, CoverGirl 3-in-1 Outlast Foundation

D: Dose of Colors Liquid Lipstick

E: elf Instant Lift Brow Pencil, ecotools Perfecting Blender, Essie Nail Polish

F: First Aid Beauty Coconut Smoothie Primer

G: Garnier Micellar Water, Glisten & Glow Nail Polish, GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Mask

H: Hourglass Lip Stylo

I: It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder, It’s A 10 Miracle Hair Mask

J: J. Cat Beauty Luxe Pro Powder in Porcelain, Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer

K: Kopari Beauty Coconut Lip Glossy, Kat Von D Lock It Concealer Creme, KL Polish, Kenra Platinum Blow Dry Mist

L: L.A. Girl Pro Matte Foundation, Lancome Matte Shakers, LOreal Mascara Primer, Lush Lip Scrub

M: MAC Lipsticks, Morphe Brushes, Maybelline Matte Ink & The Skinny Eyeliner, Makeup Geek Single Shadows

N: NARS Velvet Lip Glide, Neutrogena Hydro Boost Line, NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream

O: OPI Nail Polish, Ofra Pillow Talk Highlighter

P: Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer, Philosophy Purity Clay Mask

Q: Q-Tips

R: Real Techniques Brushes, RCMA No Color Powder, Revlon Ultra HD Gel Lip Color

S: Stila Glitter & Glow, Smashbox Pore Minimizing Primer, Sonia Kashuk Blender Sponge, Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot Powder

T: Tarte Shape Tape, Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

U: Urban Decay Naked2 & Chill Makeup Setting Spray

V: Violet Voss Liquid Lipstick

W: Wet n Wild Photo Focus Foundation

X: (cheating!) Colour Pop X Kathleen Lights Lumiere, Morphe X Jaclyn Hill

Y: YSL Rouge Volupte Lipstick

Z: Z-Palette