It's time for a HAUL & a tag video!!

It's time for a HAUL!! Cheers!!

I seriously can’t get enough of watching these sorts of videos, as well as reading these sort of posts. I think it’s because the excitement of getting new things—wants, more so than needs—is quite infectious. I know they aren’t very informative—but I don’t care. I’m in it for the excitement of shiny new things.

I will be reviewing these products—both beauty products and books—as I test them out and read them on Instagram. So if you’re interested in a more thorough review of these products, join my little IG fam. I might do a post in the future about a few of these products, but more likely than not, I’ll post something on Instagram.

My purchases were made before any of the Black Friday sales—although I still shopped on Black Friday, mostly online though so those items haven’t arrived yet. As for many of these products, I just couldn’t wait for some of them as they were essentials, or I was just too excited to wait any longer. Such was the case with my book purchases.

Books

The Martian by Andy Weir & Uprooted by Namoi Novik

Uprooted by Naomi Novik has been all over the internet, and it looks amazing! I don’t really know much about this book other than it’s a fantasy novel driven by folklore. Doesn’t that sound just amazing!! I think so. (If you’d like to know more than I do here is the Goodreads page for the book.) I really don’t want to know more about this story as I tend to enjoy books more when I go in blind. The only thing I really look into is the overall Goodreads rating as it’ll give me a faint idea as to how enjoyable I might find it.

The Martian by Andy Weir is another one I just couldn’t wait to purchase. For one thing, this book has been made into a movie and for another it’s supposed to be a story about survival with a funny spin given the awesome main character. Yet another selling point for me is that the book takes place in Mars!! I’ve had this book on my radar since February but just picked it up as I’m just dying to watch the movie. (If you’d like to learn more, here’s its Goodreads page.)

Beauty

I don’t know what it is about December, but this is the time of year when I stock up on all things skincare. I think it’s because this is when gift sets/starter kits are most prevalent and given their very alluring prices, it’s really hard to turn down a deal. Prime example, The Environmental Shield Starter Kit by Murad. I purchased it for $45, while the suggested retail price was $77. I still think it’s quite expensive but given how impressed I was with the Murad Invisiblur earlier this year, I went for it.

Murad Environmental Shield and Intensive-C Radiance Peel

The kit includes:

·        Essential-C Cleanser (1.5 oz.)

·        Active Radiance Serum (0.33 oz.)

·        Rapid Age Spot & Pigment Lightening Serum (0.25 oz.)

·        Essential-C Day Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30 / PA+++ (0.7 oz.)

Murad Essential-C Cleanser from Environmental Shield Starter Kit

While shopping in the Murad section of the store, I also picked up the Intesive-C Radiance Peel and the Advanced Acne & Wrinkle Reducer. I have high hopes for all these products. (…I sure hope I don’t regret my investment...you just never really seem to know how your skin will react…regardless of how many reviews you reference….at least it’s been the case for me...)

NYX Brow Pencil, Juice Beauty Lip Moisturizer, and Mario Badescu Peptide Renewal Cream

I also picked up the It Cosmetics contouring brush set with the hope that I’ll finally grasp a handle on the science of contouring, a Juice Beauty lip moisturizer, two NYX brow pencils (both very essential) and a Mario Badescu Peptide Renewal Cream (first time purchase). Mario Badescu has a great affordable range of skincare products. I highly recommend them if you’re looking for something that doesn’t have a bunch of strange chemicals. 

It Cosmetics Contouring Brush Set

Fashion

Once upon a time, not too long ago, Jessica went shopping with a sleeveless dress…it was chilly….she cursed herself. Lucky for her, there was a Rhapsodielle in the shopping center she stopped at for groceries. It was glorious realization.

Heather gray sweater purchased at Rhapsodielle

The last time I stopped at this store, it was still known as Q Mode. It’s been so long! This was the store I used to go to frequently before discovering Forever21. Both are very comparable except I think this store is unique to Las Vegas…I think. Unlike Forever21 you don’t get the nightclub music experience, and that is why it was such a lovely experience. I saw so many lovely shirts and sweaters but I settled for this heather gray sweater. I purchased it in a size large as I find that the bigger the better when it comes to sweaters and layering.

While on the topic of sweaters—here is my response to the Sweater Weather Tag.


Home Décor

Christmas arrangement created out of flowers purchased at Hobby Lobby

I’ve discovered the gloriousness which is shopping at Hobby Lobby! I’ve been reluctant to visit it as I was quite partial to Michaels, and I tend to stick with what I know. One day I got a bit adventurous and took the plunge and I haven’t turned back.

If you are reluctant, let me just tell you—stop! Stop being reluctant and just go. The magic of Hobby Lobby resides not only in its amazing selection of home décor and crafting supplies but also, and most importantly, in its low prices. I definitely suggest shopping seasonally, as their deals are the best then.

Lately, I’ve been really into decorating with seasonal decorative flowers. They seem to have a perfect assortment of flowers and a great variety of different length stems. I’m partial to flowers with a shorter stem as most of my vases are small, but if you’re looking for those amazing long stemmed flowers—you won’t be disappointed in their selection.

Flowers from Hobby Lobby with a side of mashed potatoes.

Okay…I’m gushing too much about the store but I just can’t help it! It’s always just such a joy when you discover a new store you love.

Hope you enjoyed my not so little haul! What stores do you seem to shop at the most? Are you at all like me and tend to stick with what you know?