Day 70/100

70 of 100

I was doing laundry and noticed that the dryer was making a weird sound, like something heavy was clunking around as it spun. After some trial and error of taking things out of the dryer, I finally realized that this was what was making the sound. I have no idea how it got in there, but I am so thankful that the ring remained protected inside the box. PHEW.


Sephora Skincare Haul+First Impressions

First impressions Clinique 5

I had recently run out of facial cleanser (I was using the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser–review to come!), and was browsing the Sephora website. There were a few other skincare products I have been interested in trying, so I took this opportunity (seeing as I needed to spend $50 to get free shipping) to pick up a few products from Clinique.

First impressions Clinique 2

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser 

Description: “An extra-gentle gel cleanser for all skin types that instantly whisks away everyday impurities and makeup.” – Fresh website

Cost: $15 for a 1.7 oz tube. There is also a 5.1 oz tube for $38, which is cheaper if you are comparing ounce by ounce. You will see that I like to purchase the smaller size of products if the difference in value is not a ridiculous amount. I like to try new products when I can and will repurchase favorites in larger sizes.

First Impressions: Smooth, gel-like texture that feels great on the face. Kind of a weird smell when first applying it, but after drying off your face you are left with a light scent of roses which I love. True to its name, my face definitely feels fresh and clean after using.

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CLINIQUE Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm

Description: “Lightweight makeup remover quickly dissolves tenacious eye and face makeups, sunscreens. Transforms from a solid balm into a silky oil upon application. Cleans thoroughly, rinses off completely. Non-greasy. Non-drying. Ophthalmologist Tested. For all skin types.” – CLINIQUE website

Cost: $28.50 for a 3.8oz jar

First Impressions: I will preface this by saying that I have never tried a cleansing balm before, and was unsure about the concept of massaging something into a face full of makeup…I’m in love with this product. Seriously in love. It really does feel silky smooth and luxurious on your skin and it is a great and easy way to remove eye makeup, especially stubborn mascara. I’ve always had a problem of removing mascara and would more often than not just wait for it to go away on its own (gross, I know). I’m completely converted and adore this product. I only need a small amount to remove all the makeup on my face, so I’m sure this product will last me a long time.

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CLINIQUE Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief

Description: “Lightweight cream-gel plumps skin with 24-hour hydration. Oil-free. Its unique texture must be experienced to be believed.” – CLINIQUE website

Cost: $12 for a 0.5oz jar (limited edition size only available online) Also available in 1.7oz for $37 and 2.5oz for $49.50. The larger sizes are cheaper if you are comparing ounce by ounce.

First Impressions: I was recommended this product by a follower, and was kicking myself in the butt after seeing some beauty gurus on YouTube raving about this product as well because I received this product in a Clinique free gift and gave it away to a friend because I had super oily skin and therefore saw no real use for this product. I digress. I have a few dry patches along my cheekbones and around my nose area, which have been bothering me these past few months. I applied this at night the day I received these products in the mail, and the day after my dry patches were gone. I repeat, gone. Another fantastic buy for me and something I will definitely be repurchasing in the future. Awesome job, Clinique!

Disclaimer: I purchased these products with my own money. I was not paid by Fresh or Clinique to do a review on their products. All opinions are my own.

What are your current skincare favorites?

Day 66/100

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Finished up some summer assignments during the day and went out with le bf to an Afghan restaurant that I really like, as I was having a very intense craving. I got a lamb kebab with brown rice. Afterwards we went to see the new Amazing Spiderman movie with Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. They are absolute perfection, as was this blue raspberry slushie that we split. Yay, date nights.

Day 65/100

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I DID A THING. Graduated cum laude with a B.A. in English! Real world here I comeeeeeee. Most memorable line of the day, “The worst day of an English major’s life is when they tell their parents that they will be majoring in English, or after graduation when their parents ask them what they will be doing next.” We shall see, indeed. Columbia here I come!

Day 64/100

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Had our final appreciation event for the RAs in my quad. I made a quick(ish) stop at Target to get a gift for my secret RA Buddy. I put together something of a “summer essentials” kit; 2 Maybelline nail polishes, a Neutrogena sunscreen, a Maybelline Baby Lips with SPF, and a sunflower growing kit (underneath everything pictured), all inside a beach pail. I unfortunately didn’t get to see the look on her face after receiving this gift as she was not able to make the event, but I do enjoy giving gifts to people.