Spending Ban

Beans.

I feel personally victimized by the spending ban I put on myself. I actually, legitimately hate this more than I’ve hated anything else in my life (That’s a lie. I’m looking at you, Disneyland, you know what you’ve done).

Here are just SOME of the many things I’ve convinced myself that I need during this ban.

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World Market $29.99

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World Market $11.99

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West Elm $19.

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Modcloth $44.99 YOUR CHILD NEEDS THIS, OKAY.

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DFTBA $23.99

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Amazon $39.95 (I convinced Andrew to get this for me as a gift because I broke the other one we had in an attempt to make banana ice cream and I NEEDED MORE)

 

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Literally everything currently sold by Lush $INFINITY

And I can’t get the picture to save but linen duvet covers from Overstock for $104.00 and curtains from Overstock for like $35.00ish.

Last but certainly not least, A House. A fucking house.

THIS IS SICK I HAVE A SICKNESS.

But, also, I’m super proud of myself for nearly completing this ban. I think it would be good for me to track down all of the things I convince myself I need in a month, and then at the end, if there’s something I still really want (lamp and duvet), then I can get it. The other things that I don’t need, they just sort of fall by the wayside.

Also, PS, thank you for the motivation to keep going earlier this week!!

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I can!

Stitch Fix #6

 

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Hi Steffibun! Last Tuesday was a beautiful day when I received this in the mail! Thanks to Jamie, I had a credit and I needed new tops for work so I went ahead and ordered one. I bought everything in my last box when I asked for all sleeveless tops. This time I ordered all sleeved shirts. This is what they sent me!

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 From top left to bottom right:

Vidal Henley Blouse – this was too big so I didn’t keep it.

Londonderry Henley Blouse – this preppy style was adorable but it was just a bit too see through.

Ervin Cutout Detail Blouse – I kept this! The material is super light and I love the color.

Piazon Scallop Detail Blouse – I kept this one too. The sleeves are see through!

Lisbon Stud Detail Blouse – the shoulders are puffy so I wasn’t sure about it at first but the color and studs got me. I kept it!

New Skincare

Hi Bean! 

I got a couple new skincare things because I had a 10% coupon at Sephora for spending too much money there. Sounds right. Here’s what I got!

I repurchase a full size of the Luna Night Oil by Sunday Riley and picked up their new Tidal cream to replace Artemis. Turns out, Artemis wasn’t really my thing. I also purchased Dr. Dennis Gross’s mineral sun spray and a Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light. 

I feel like I can talk to you about three of these items, but the Tidal review is going to need to wait. I like it a lot – but it takes about 30 days to know if a product is working its magic. I can say I like it a lot though after 4 days of use (morning and night. 

The Luna Oil is a must for me. This is my third .oz since I bought it for the first time in December. It’s a lovely oil and I hope you give it another shot!

The spray sun screen by Dr. Dennis Gross is really nice. I spray two squirts (I dislike the word squirt) into my hand and rub it on my face. It’s slippy in consistency and it’s a physical sunscreen so I’m liking it a lot! No breakouts and I don’t feel gross when I use it.

The Hourglass power is a repurchase but in a more yellow color. I stopped wearing foundation so I just put this all over after I’ve concealed and I like it a lot. Hourglass is one of my favorite cruelty free brands!


Lastly, this monstrosity. The waterproof Better Than Sex mascara by Too Faced. You and I both hated the regular version because it swam down our face by the end of the day. Well this one does it too. Usually waterproof formulas don’t do this so I was very excited. Too excited. My dreams were dashed.

PS you’re currently sitting on my couch, talking to your dogs and husband (mostly your dogs). We had such a nice day today, going to Sephora and Ulta and seeing Ariel(!!) and getting Dutch Bros and in a few hours we’re going to leave to go to the midnight release of HP! Yay! Yay for good days ❤

My First Dia & Co Box

Hi Kara,

I know I said I was going to talk about the fun serum potions that I featured in my last post, but I want to keep using them for a bit before I give them the rave review they probably deserve. Just be patient! I promise it will come!

Remember when you reviewed Stitch Fix and I lamented about the fact that there’s no plus size option? Well my prayers were answered with Dia & Co!

They are a plus size subscription box, just like Stitch Fix, and I am SO PLEASED WITH THIS SERVICE. The box shipped a few days after I signed up and arrived two days later. I am in love with two of the items but I forgot to tell my stylist that I’m a shorty so some of the items won’t work for me. If you’d like to purchase a box, you can use my link. https://www.dia.co/r/3v8i.  I get $20.00 for everyone who signs up, so if that’s not your thing, feel free to just search for it =)

Here’s what I got:

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Eunishop – Skyla Top – $42.00 – Size 1x

I love this shirt so much. Andrew called it a reverse apron and I think that’s darling. It has birds on the butt!

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Junarose – Vanessa Top – $59.00 – Size 1x

This next shirt would be a keeper but it has two flaws. The little studs catch on whatever is underneath it and I don’t think the shirt itself is worth the price. But otherwise, I LOVE THIS SHIRT. It’s very Illuminati and I adore see through shirts because I’m a closeted oversharer. Farewell cute shirt!

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Tua – Sabrina Top – $31.00 – Size 1x

This shirt is just ridiculous and will have to go. What are those boobie points? Also, I need to let my stylist know that going without a bra/strapless bra is not something that my boobies are capable of.

These pants are way too long and so is this weird painters shirt. NEGATIVE. (Fashion to Figure – Eden Skinny Jean – $46.90 – Size 14 & Fashion to Figure – Jade Chambray Tunic – $34.90 -Size 1x)

I’m excited to see what my stylist does next!

PS here are the details of the box if you’re interested.

Sephora Haul

Hi Bean! 

I bought some new skincare things! 

I’ll probably go more in depth once I’ve used these products for a bit (I’ve had them for less than two weeks) but I can tell that the Skin Inc products are ones that have a new home with me.

Total order!


First Aid Beauty – peel-off clay mask


Skin Inc – three pack custom serums


100 pts perks: Cover FX mattefying primer, FAB bouncy mask. 500pt perk Skin Inc trio


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❤ have a good weekend bean!

Makeup Geek Haul

Hi Bean,

This week has been very hard. I’ve been in a well of despair, along with most of the country, I think. There’s nothing I feel that I can add to the conversation, or should add to the conversation. But there’s something I can say. Shopping and Makeup are a wonderful. They are wonderful lights. So here’s what I bought.

Makeup Geek has the most wonderful packaging. It makes me mushy.

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This Sephora exclusive Z Palette can hold 9 shadows. So pretty. 

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Top Row (left to right): Tuscan Sun, Chickadee, Peach Smoothie. Second Row: Sand Dollar, Vintage. Third Row: Tiki Hut, Desert Sands, Creme Brûlée 

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Tuscan Sun is MUG’s new formulation and I almost died. It’s like butter. I cannot wait to play with these. 

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Fairly certain that both of these are the new formulation and dear god. Vintage is INSANE.

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Since I can’t be trusted with life, these colors are in reverse : Creme Brûlée, Desert Sands and Tiki Hut. LOOK AT THAT EVER SO SLIGHT SHIMMER ON DESERT SANDS. END ME.

Sending my love to anyone who needs it.

Shopping Spree: Daiso

Hi Karabean and Cheese,

I wanted to show you what I got and saw from Daiso, a Japanese Dollar Store chain in the LA area (we went to the one in Orange/Anaheim). 

Powder puff, face masks, piggie timer (cuz duh), cute tabs

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I’m excited to start trying these! 

And here are some things that I saw but didn’t buy.

It was very hard not to buy this for you, Bean

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I had so much fun exploring this place and I can’t wait to go back soon! 

Shopping Spree: A New Bag

Hello Bean,

I bought a new bag! But Steffibun, you just bought such a cute and wonderful bag from Modcloth. Yes, Keddahbean, you’re correct. But that cute and wonderful bag’s shoulder strap broke, which caused me much heartbreak. When I contacted Modcloth’s customer service to tell them what happened, they didn’t have any stock of the bag (it’s back in stock now of course) and just refunded me the cost of the bag. Which was kind – but I was a bit sad. So I decided to buy a new bag when I found one I liked. And I did. At Target. For 36 doll hairs.

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She so pretty

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She’s so roomy

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I love this bag so much. And since I’m only ever wearing neutrals again (fuck colors), this bag goes perfectly with my non-aesthetic.

❤ See you Tuesday!

Skin Care

Hello Karibbean,

I’m going to talk your ear off a bit about skincare. This post comes to you in a few excessively worded parts.

After buying the Luna Night Oil by Sunday Riley (post here), and seeing such a huge difference in what a quality/expensive product can do for my skin, I’ve really become more interested in taking care of my skin and choosing products that are both good for me and good for our little furry friends.

Sunday Riley’s products are made in the USA, they don’t have a parent company, and are 100% cruelty free (and some products are vegan, I believe). I say they don’t have a parent company for reasons: NYX is a “cruelty free” brand, but they’re owned by Loreal, which is a shitty company that likes testing on bunnies. When you purchase anything from NYX, a portion of those profits are going to benefit Loreal. And that sucks.

I really like this website for checking to see if a brand is cruelty free: Cruelty Free Kitty. I just found out, because of them, that REN – a well known prestige, cruelty free skin care brand – was just bought out by a bad parent company. NOT COOL.

I just bought Sunday Riley’s Artemis Oil as a day moisturizer and I’m planning on purchasing Dr. Dennis Gross’s (another cruelty free brand!) mineral SPF spray to layer on top of that. I’m excited for this new skincare journey I’m about to embark on!

Here’s to looking a subtle 30 when I’m 63!

Part two: A review.

 

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I bought a cleansing oil at TJ Maxx not too long ago called Coast to Coast Ultra Soothing Cleansing Oil – Grapefruit and Geranium. This product is kind of what spurred on my interest in buying better skincare because this product is 1) cheap and 2) sucky. It does the job of getting off my makeup but it made me break out in these little surface bumps – some of which had nothing inside them. I wouldn’t suggest this product and it is going to find a home in my trash.

Part three: I know I’m late to post this, but I had a really weird day yesterday. I will explain why in a private post to you. I’m going to do it as a private post because 1) it’s personal 2) I want to keep this blog as an honest account of what’s going on in my life but I’m not super comfortable sharing the negatives with the world yet because 3) I’m really bad at doing what Margaret Atwood describes as telling the truth slant. I have a very hard time talking about things in a kind way if they make me upset. But hopefully, the more I try – the better  I will become.

That’s it for me! To the furthest star and back,

PS halfway through this post, derpy decided he wanted to sit between me and the computer and I tried to get a Photo Booth picture but IT DIDN’T WORK AND NOW I’M SAD.

PPS books! I finished Voyage of the Basilisk, the third book in the Lady Trent series and it was SO GOOD. I don’t know what book I will move onto next, but if I don’t start one by next week, give me a mini punishment. Which is something I think we should do. 

A Birthday Fix

Hiya Steffibun! THANK YOU SO MUCH for my awesome birthday card. I’m glad you made me wait until I woke up on my birthday to read it. I almost choked on my cereal.

My 5th stitch fix is here! I haven’t ordered one in a while, but I thought I’d get myself some new work tops for my birthday. So I specified tops only, no animal prints and loose fit; here’s what I got!

Willard Lace Overlay Blouse from Brixon Ivy
LOVE this.
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Shalley Split Neck Blouse from 41Hawthorn
I did ask for colors haha. It looks really nice all dressed up.
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Talar Split Neck Top from Skies are Blue
This is super comfy and easy to dress up.
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Mavina Floral Print Keyhole Detail Tank from Loveappella
This fits PERFECT. I love the color on me and it’s really soft.
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Dawney Scallop Trim Blouse from 41Hawthorn
It’s hard to get a good photo of this one; it’s navy blue. The arm gaps are little big but I couldn’t resist the scallop detail!
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And of course they give me a handy guide on how to style everything.
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I was incredibly happy with this box, so I purchased everything and got the 25% discount. Happy birthday to me 🙂 If you’re interested in Stitch Fix, here’s my link: https://www.stitchfix.com/referral/4414554

Reading update: The Cuckoo’s Calling pg 147