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My back up box is constantly overflowing for a few reasons. One, I don’t like running of products I love and use regularly. Two, I love to test and try new things. If I see a product I want to try, for instance a micellar water, I’ll buy it and stick it in this box to use once I finish up the one I have open. Here’s a peek into my backup box and to see when I finish this, then I’ll use that.

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Neutrogena Deep Clean Purifying Micellar H20 // Neutrogena Hydro Boost Micellar H20

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Eye Cream // It Cosmetics Confidence In An Eye Cream

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Exfoliating Cleanser // It Cosmetics Confidence In A Cleanser

Too Faced Hangover Rx Primer // Smashbox Photo Finish Primerizer

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask // Catrice Lip Oil

Lush Santa Baby Lip Scrub // Colour Pop Lip Scrub

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Express Hydrating Spray // elf Keep Your Balance Hydrating Toner

Sephora VIB Sale Spring 2019

Sephora is kind enough to offer two sales a year and the spring sale is upon us.

VIB Rouge members kick off with early access April 26 and VIB and Beauty Insiders can start shopping on May 2. The sale runs through May 6.

VIB Rouge Members use code HEYROUGE for 20% off
VIB Members use code HEYVIB for 15% off
Beauty Insider Members use code HEYINSIDER for 10% off

First I’m going to share what’s in my cart and then we will move onto recommendations!

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My Cart
Sephora Collection Tinted Brow Freeze in 03 Medium, $5
Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask, $20
Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in 05 Infinite Rose, $14
NARS Jumbo Orgasm Blush, $40
Fenty Gloss Bomb in Fenty Glow, $18


MAKEUP RECOMMENDATIONS

I could go on and on with recommendations and favorites, but instead of going on for days, I’m going to do one or two products per category. If there’s not a product for a certain category, I’ll skip it. I’m only sharing products that I have used and tested and stand by.

Primer (Oily/Combo)–Murad Oil Control Mattifier, $40
Primer (Normal/Dry)–First Aid Beauty Coconut Smoothie, $14-28

Foundation (Oily/Combo)–Estee Lauder Double Wear, $42
Foundation (Normal/Dry)–Tarte Rainforest of the Sea, $39

CorrectorBobbi Brown Under Eye Corrector, $28
Concealer–Kat Von D Lock It Concealer Creme, $27
Under Eye Setting Powder–Fenty Pro Filt’r Retouch Setting Powder, $18-32

Setting Powder (Oily/Combo)–Laura Mercier Translucent, $
Setting Powder (Normal/Dry)–It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed, $

Bronzer–BareMinerals Invisible Bronzer, $28
Blush–Tarte Amazonian Clay, $29
Contour–Anastasia Stick in Fawn, $25
Highlighter–Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors–$22-38

Eye Shadow Primer–Smashbox 24 HR Photo Finish Shadow Primer, $21
Eye Shadow Singles–Anastasia Beverly Hills, $12
Liquid Eyeliner–Stila Stay All Day, $22
Mascara Primer–Lancome Cils Booster, $13-26
Mascara–Benefit Roller Lash, $13-25

Eyebrow PencilAnastasia Beverly Hill Brow Wiz, $21
Eyebrow Gel–Anastasia Beverly Hill Clear, $22

Lip Liner–Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Pencil, $21
Lip Gloss–Buxon Full-On Plumping Lip Polish, $21
Liquid Lipstick–Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint, $24
Lip Balm–NARS Orgasm, $28
Bullet Lipstick–Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche, $26

Setting Spray (Oily/Combo)–Urban Decay De-Slick, $15-32
Setting Spray (Normal/Dry)–Too Faced Hangover Rx, $15-32


SKINCARE RECOMMENDATIONS

Cleansing OilJosie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil, $34
Cleansing BalmClinique Take The Day Off, $9.50-29.50

Micellar WaterIt Cosmetics Miracle 3-in-1 Water, $15-38

Cleanser(Normal/Dry)It Cosmetics Confidence In A Cleanser, $12-28
Cleanser(Oily/Combo)First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay, $24

ExfoliatorTarte FRXXXTION Stick, $22

SerumBareMinerals Age Defense and Renew Serum, $55

Eye CreamIt Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Brightening Eye Cream, $48

Moisturizer(Normal/Dry)It Cosmetics Confidence In A Cream, $16-48
Moistuirzer(Oily/Combo)Clinique Moisture Surge 72-HR Hydrator, $12-78
Moisturizer(Redness)It Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness, $48

MaskGlamGlow Supermud Treatment Mask, $25-79

Lip MaskLaneige Lip Sleeping Mask, $20


RANDOM RECOMMENDATIONS

Sephora Collection Sponge Holder, $8

Sephora Collection Cleansing Brush, $12

SLIP Small Scrunchies 3-pack, $20


Let me know what you plan on getting or what’s on your wish list!

Sunday Storytime

I got a new tattoo!

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This is a fresh photo and it isn’t all healed yet so if it looks all red and cray, that’s why.

You can read the story behind my first tattoo here.

First, let’s get what “boHia” means out of the way. It stands for, “because of Him i am.” I came across this little acronym after reading my daily devotion Wednesday night. The author of that particular devotion, Michele Dudley, is the founder of Fashion & Compassion. I clicked the link to find out more about this brand and the first thing I saw on the site was their boHia collection.

I clicked to learn more about this collection and when I saw what it stood for, it just hit me in the heart. << because of Him i am >> The power behinds these words just washed over me. I started thinking about all the people that make me, me. Obviously my parents, made me, but other people who have impacted my life.

I think I’ve alluded to issues with anxiety and my past issues with depression on here, but I don’t think I’ve ever gone into detail. All of that is included in the post on my first tattoo, so instead of recapping all of that, I’m going to recommend you read the other post if you care to.

Short version–In 2014, I hit a really low point and seriously considered ending my life. I spent all day at work thinking about it, but the moment I got home, I took one look and Windsor’s face and changed my mind. The paw print is obviously for him. He’s not just a dog. He saved my life and more importantly saved me from myself. I looked at him and knew that he depended on me and relied on me to take care of him and that, along with other things, gave me a reason to live. Without a doubt, that was my lowest point and one of the worst days of my life. I promised myself I would never let myself get back to that place and I have kept my word.

Once I moved past that awful day, I picked up my Bible and really started digging deep into God’s word. Prior to this, I knew Jesus and had been saved, but it had been a while since I had read the Bible and studied it consistently. I knew I was broken and I knew who could put me back together. I turned it all over to Him, the load was too much for me, but He would gladly carry it for me.

The pink ribbon is for my grandma and my babysitter who were taken too soon thanks to breast cancer. My babysitter was like my second mom and was such an important person in my life. The memories I made growing up at her house and the time we spent together is something I will never take for granted. Even after I quit staying at her house, we still did things together like going to dinner or taking day trips to deliver flowers often. She passed away my junior year of high school and I still miss her so much.

My grandma, my dad’s mom, lost her battle with breast cancer my freshman year of college. I definitely get my tell-it-like-it-is and spunk from her. She raised 3 boys and was tough as nails. Cancer was no match for her. She lived far longer than her doctors said she would because she wasn’t the type to sit around and let things happen to her. She wasn’t ready to go, so she fought and held on. She had a tendency to say exactly what she thought with no filter, which was not always a good thing, but you never wondered where her mind was. The same can be said for me. I open my mouth and Louise flies right out. She took no shit, loved hard, and fought the good fight. I strive to be like her every day, just a little more filtered version 😉

When I got my first tattoo, I contemplated a pink ribbon, but didn’t end up getting it so it was a must this time. The first one didn’t hurt too bad, but this one did. I am full aware that tattoos are forever and that’s why I love mine even more. I got my first tattoo in 2015 and I haven’t regretted it a single day. When I’m feeling overwhelmed or in a funk, I can look at my wrist, recite that verse, and feel an instant peace. I’ve only had my new one for 4 days, but I know it will be the same way. I told my friend it’s an ode to the people who saved me.

Tattoos aren’t for everyone and I honestly never thought I would get another one, but I saw “boHia” and it just hit me and I went and got it the next day. They mean a lot to me and are symbolic to my journey. I’ve kept my word to myself and never allowed myself to go back to that dark place of 2014. I’ve had to keep some people at an arms length, leave jobs, and work hard to keep that promise, but it’s all been worth it. My mental health is a priority. I have to work and make a decision to do and be better every single day.

I used to be so ashamed and embarrassed for people to know that I had/have anxiety and depression, but I’m not anymore. It’s not something I’m proud of and will paint on a billboard, but it’s a part of me. The stigma surrounding mental illness is what kept me from getting help for years. I still take medication, but I hope that’s not a forever thing, but if it is, that’s ok too. I’ve never done therapy, but thanks to medication and Jesus, I’m doing just fine.

I am very thankful that I have more good days than bad and I can’t even remember the last time I was in a funk or a had a few bad days. I’ve come a long way and I’m proud of myself and the progress I’ve made.

Being enough is an area where I’ve always struggled and I still have my doubts on occasion, but I’ve made huge strides. I’m not going to be the smartest, prettiest, skinniest, most talented, richest, ___-est, whatever, but I’m always going to be the ONLY and the BEST me. When I start to doubt myself, I think how Jesus died for me before He even knew me. Like, what?! That’s a mind blowing amount of love right there and I know He made me for a reason and that in His eyes, I am ALWAYS enough and that is more than enough to keep me going,

If you or someone you know is struggling with anxiety and depression, please talk to someone or help them find someone to talk to. My solution was turning to Jesus and medication, but there’s not a one size fits all treatment for mental illness. Please know I am ALWAYS available to talk. I hate that other people have to go through what I did, but it has been such a help to talk to people who have been where I have and could really understand what I’m feeling. You can reach out to me via email (( thehannahhardy@gmail.com )) or on Instagram << @thehannahhardy >> Know you are not alone, that you are loved, you are wanted, you have a purpose and you are so much more than enough.

because of Him I am…I am still alive. I am saved. I am enough. I am me.



Please forgive me if this post is full of run-on sentences and grammatical errors. I’m usually a stickler for correct grammar, but this was more of a brain dump than anything. I would go back and read it and make corrections, but it’s late and I’m tired. TYSM for understanding.

 

Billie Razors

My friend Lindsay posted about trying a Billie Razor on her blog so I decided to give it a try. I tried Dollar Shave Club, but didn’t love how quickly the blades got dull so I had just been buying disposable razors from the drugstore.

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I purchased the Starter Kit which was $9 and included
–Handle
–Magnetic holder
–(2) 5 blade razor cartridges

After the Starter Kit, you get 4 replacement blade cartridges for $9 at the frequency you choose. You can cancel anytime and/or skip/adjust the frequency of your shipment. The blade replacement shipment is based on how often you shave. I don’t shave every day so I chose to have mine delivered every 2 months.

Two of the things I love about this brand is the free shipping and there’s no pink tax. If you aren’t familiar with PINK TAX, you can read more about it here.

Billie also has other products such as shave cream, body lotion, and body wash available to purchase.

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I got razor burn the first few times I used the razor, but that is pretty normal for me. Whenever I try a new razor or use a new blade, I get razor burn. I have sensitive skin so it’s just how it goes. After the first few times, that went away. I got a very close shave and the razor worked will with my favorite shave oil and cream.

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I highly recommend giving Billie razors a try! You can use this link to get started or just got to www.mybillie.comIt’s a referral link, I don’t earn any money from the use of this link. 

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Ulta 21 Days of Beauty Spring 2019

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Y’all I live for 21 Days of Beauty and I make a plan for shopping because it’s necessary. This is a great time to try new things and stock up on some favorites at HALF OFF.

The sale starts March 17 and ends April 6. 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.


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March 17
Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara $23 :: $11
Lancome Cils Booster Mascara Primer, $26 :: $13
Exuviance Performance Peel AP 25, $77 :: $38.50

March 18
Dose of Colors Desi x Katy Friendcation Palette, $55 :: $27.50
Teami Detox Mask, $30 :: $15

March 19
Mario Badescu Botanical Exfoliating Scrub, $26 :: $13
BareMinerals Mineral Veil Finishing Powder, $24 :: $12
BareMinerals Bare Skin Perfecting Veil, $27 :: $13.50

March 20
Proactiv Skin Smoothing Exfoliator, $48 :: $20
MAC Paint Pot, $22 :: $11

March 21
Becca Primers, $39 :: $19
Clarisonic Heads, $59 :: $19.50-29.50

March 22
Too Faced Chocolate Gold Eye Shadow Palette, $49 :: $24.50
Urban Decay Original Primer Potion, $24 :: $12
Peter Thomas Roth Hungarian Thermal Water Mineral Rich Mask & Moisturizer, $58 :: $29

March 23
Anastasia BH Brow Wiz, $21 :: $10.50
Philosophy Time In A Bottle Serum & Eye Serum, $65-76 :: $37.50-38
Clinique Hi Impact Eye Favorites Kit, $25:: $12.50

March 24
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Powder Pressed & Loose, $29 :: $14.50
It Brushes for Ulta #202 & #225, $36 :: $18
Murad Clarifying Cleanser & Oil Control Mattifier, $30-40 :: $15-20

March 25
Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels, $15-30 :: $7.50-15
Lancome La Base Pro Oil-Free Primer, $42 :: $21

March 26
Ofra Nikki Tutorials Highlighter Trio, $29 :: $14.50
SeroVital hgh Dietary Supplement, $99 :: $49.50

March 27
Smashbox Photo Finish Primerizer, $42 :: $21
Pur 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Powder Foundation SPF 15, $29.50 :: $14.75

March 28
Buxom Full-On Plumping Lip Cream, $21 :: $10.50
Dermadoctor Kakadu C Intensive Vitamin C Peel Pad, $78 :: $39

March 29
Tarte Tartelette Toasted Eyeshadow Palette, $39 :: $19.50
Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Booster Serum, $80 :: $40

March 30
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner, $22 :: $11
Mario Badescu Glass Bottle Drying Lotion, $17 :: $8.50
Dermablend Loose Setting Powder, $29 :: $14.50

March 31
Urban Decay Single Shadows, $20 :: $10
Tarte Sugar Rush Preppy Precision Liner, $15 :: $7
Origins Best Sellers Best Skin Set, $29 :: $12.50

April 1
Laura Geller Spackle Primers, $32 :: $16
Laura Geller Supreme Lip Spackle, $23 :: $11.50
Pericone MD Cold Plasma Products, $85-159 :: $42.50-79.50

April 2
Lime Crime Venus Palettes, $38 :: $19
First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads, $16-32 :: $8-16

April 3
CoverFx Perfect Setting Powder, $35 :: $17.50
Philosophy Ultimate Miracle Worker SPF 30, $75 :: $37.50

April 4
Tarte Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint, $20 :: $10
Exuviance Age Reverse Eye Contour, $79 :: $39.50

April 5
Too Faced Bronzers, $30 :: $15
Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum, $45 :: $22.50
MAC Prep+Prime Skin, $31 :: $15.50

April 6
It Cosmetics Superhero Mascara, $24 :: $12
Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF 50, $73 :: $36.50
Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow, $24 :: $12


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SKINCARE

MAKEUP


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purchasing

March 17
Perricone MD Vitamin C Ester Collection, $38-99 :: $19-49.50
**–Benefit Porefessional & Porefessional Pearl Primers, $32 :: $16

March 18
Smashbox The Cali Contour Palette, $39 :: $19.50
–Murad Anti-Aging Acne Time Release Acne Cleanser, $39 :: $19.50

March 19
Skyn Iceland Icelandic Relief Eye Cream, $45 :: $22.50
Dermablend Liquid Foundation Drops, $40 :: $20

March 20
Sugarpill Lipsticks, $18 :: $9
Sara Happ The Lip Slip One Luxe Gloss Clear, $20 :: $10
Flesh All Lip, $18-24 :: $9-12
Eyeko Liners, $22 :: $11

March 21
Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Overnight Cream, $75 :: $37.50
St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Water Face Mist, $30 :: $15

March 22
Dr. Brandt Needles No More Expression Line Smoother, $89 :: $49.50

March 23
Dermalogica Clear Start Blackhead Clearing Fizz Mask, $21 :: $10.50

March 24
–Tarte Tarteiest PRO Glow & Blush Palette and PRO REMIX Amazonian Clay Palette, $45-49 :: $22.50-24.50

March 25
**–MAC Fix+, $27 :: $13.50
BareMinerals Statement Lux Shine or Gen Nude Radiant Lipstick, $20 :: $10

March 26
Butter London All Lips, $18-22 :: $9-11
Kate Somerville Wrinkle Warrior 2-in-1 Plumping Moisturizer + Serum, $95 :: $47.50

March 27
Nudestix All Lips, $26 :: $13
Beauty Bakerie HD Flour Setting Powder, $24 :: $12
Kopari Coconut Rose Toner, $24 :: $12
Persona Cali Glow Highlighter, $24 :: $12

March 28
Philosophy Renewed Hope In A Jar, $39 :: $19.50
Clinique Quick Liner for Eyes Intense, $18 :: $9

March 29
Cover Fx Shimmer Veil, $28 :: $14
Too Faced Born This Way Ethereal Setting Powder, $33 :: $16
Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Cleansing Foam, $40 :: $20
Velour Lashes (select pairs), $26 :: $13

March 30
Lipstick Queen Select Shade Shifters, $25 :: $12.50

March 31
Exuviance Age Reverse Introductory Kit, $80 :: $40

April 1
**–Clinique Moisture Surge 72-HR Hydrator, $39 :: $19.50
Too Cool for School, Touch In Sol, or IPKN Products, $12-29 :: $6-14.50

April 2
Estee Lauder DayWear Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant 24H-Moisture Creme SPF 15, $34 :: $17
Dermadoctor Kakadu C High Potency Evening Oil, $74 :: $37

April 3
Boscia Botanical Besties, $45 :: $22.50
Better Skin Miracle Cream & Lava Magik, $32-34 :: $16-17
Mamonde Rose Water Toner, $23 :: $11.50
Meaningful Beauty Creme de Serum, $65 :: $32.50
Tula Hydrating Day & Night Cream, $52 :: $26

April 4
Buxom Palettes, $40 :: $20

April 5
Strivectin Wrinkle Recode Line Transforming Melting Serum, $89 :: $49.50

April 6
Lorac PRO Palette 3, $44 :: $22

**Diamond/Platinum Exclusive


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2018 Wrap Up

At the beginning of the year, I posted a list of books I wanted to read and started a “Project Pan” with products I wanted to use up.

Here’s an update on how I did throughout the year…


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^this is what I started with. You can see the original post here.

  1. Tarte Double Duty Beauty Creamy Powder Foundation :: Used this up!
  2. Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer in Light Bronze :: This got hella old so I had to toss it. I did repurchase though. This is one of my favorite bronzers.
  3. Colour Pop No Filter Concealer in Fair 04 :: This shade was too dark so I gave it away. I did repurchase it in my correct shade (Fair 02) and I love it!
  4. MAC Studio Fix Powder :: Used this up
  5. Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation + Concealer :: This was a good shade match, but it didn’t look very good on my dry skin. I gave this away. (Review here)
  6. Colour Pop Super Shock Highlighter in Lunch Money :: This got old and dried out, so I tossed it.
  7. LimeLight by Alcone Botanical Foundation :: Used this up (review here)
  8. Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Paaarty :: I’ve used this SO much and I just can’t seem to hit pan. I can see it dwindling down on the sides of the pan though. You can see what I mean here.

I started with 8 products–I used up 3, tossed 2, still working on 1, and gave away 2.

I like the idea of a “Project Pan,” I just think I need to pick better products next time.


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My goals for this was to read 18 books and I came so close! I ended up with only 15. I read some from the list I shared earlier this year and some that weren’t on there. You can see my original list here.

These are the books I read…

  1. And Still She Laughs by Kate Merrick
  2. Skin Deep by Bee Shapiro
  3. The Wizartd of Lies by Diana B. Henriques
  4. Sisters First by Barbara Pierce Bush & Jenna Bush Hager
  5. Until I say Good-Bye by Susan Spencer-Wendel
  6. The Southern Education of Jersey Girl by Jaime Primak Sullivan
  7. Triumph by Carolyn Jessop
  8. My Story by Elizabeth Smart
  9. I Didn’t Come Here to Make Friends by Courtney Robertson
  10. Why Her? by Nicki Koziarz
  11. Of Mess & Moxie by Jen Hatmaker
  12. Seamless by Angie Smith
  13. Love Life Again by Tracie Miles
  14. The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison
  15. Sandcastle Kings by Rich Wilkerson Jr

Think I can do 19 books in 2019?!


2018 By the Numbers

  • Reviews :: 77
  • Foundation Fridays :: 28
  • Mascara Mondays :: 18
  • Mask Mondays :: 5
  • Manis :: 72
  • Total Posts :: 147

I love to do these posts at the end of the year so I can see all that I accomplished and how my hard work paid off. It’s motivation for next year!

Holiday Gift Guide 2018

The holidays are here and stores are packed with people and gifts. I’m WAY too lazy to make 2394239 gift guides like other bloggers, so I’m going to stick to what I know–beauty. 

I’m going to share the sets and gifts that I think the beauty lover in your life would love and the ones that are worth the money. Also, it’s Christmas, treat yo self if you see something you love 😉 


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A few tips for holiday shopping…

  • Use eBates! I thought it was a scam too, but it’s 100% real. You legit get money back for shopping. 
    • You can use my referral link (not sponsored) 
    • I’ve saved $89 since signing up!
  • Google a coupon code–usually you can find one somewhere
  • A lot of website have pop ups that offer 10-20% your purchase if you sign up for their emails. Sign up, get your coupon, and unsubscribe. BINGO.
  • Put the item in your cart, but don’t check out. Sometimes sites will email you a coupon code if they noticed you left something in your cart.
  • I linked as many products as I could to Nordstrom and I highly recommend shopping for what you can there. They have free shipping on everything and super easy returns. 

Happy Shopping!