Belated Black Friday Haul

I know that this post isn’t going up immediately after Black Friday, but I had a few items that were coming in the mail that I wanted to wait for. Now that I have everything in, I figured I could post my haul. Also, please excuse my outfit photo attempts. I don’t typically do flat layout for clothing so I’m no expert.

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 Top is the eye serum, left pot is the exfoliating mask and right is the day/night cream.

Top is the eye serum, left pot is the exfoliating mask and right is the day/night cream.

The first item (and possibly the one I was most excited about) is the Tula Holiday Ultimate Self-Care Kit ($148). A month or two ago I started using the Tula Illuminating Serum and fell in love with it. It has visibly reduced redness in my skin and I even had family at Thanksgiving compliment me on how glowy my skin was! Because I enjoy this product so much, I wanted to try more from the line. Tula is a probiotic based skin care company that is cruelty free and free from phthalates, parabens, propylene glycol, petrolatum, gluten, and mineral oil. They’re definitely a bit pricey but when compared to similar products, very reasonable. Plus the packaging is lush! I knew that this kit was expensive, and almost talked myself out of purchasing it, but then realized that I’ve been wanting to try the eye serum and that I’d repurchase the Illuminating serum in the future, so those two products alone equaled the value of this kit. Especially when it was an extra 25% off! Unfortunately, this kit is sold out but there are a bunch of different holiday kits, so if this brand sounds interesting to you, now is the time to check it out. I will do a more in depth review on this kit after using the products for a few days.

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The next few items were purchased when I was out Black Friday shopping with my mom. Our first stop was The Gap. Gap had 50% off plus an additional 10% off. I don’t know why they didn’t just say 60% off, but I’m not in advertising so?

Normally I love getting sweaters from Gap, but nothing really caught my eye, so I focused on the workout gear and got three tops, one short sleeve and one long sleeve. I fell in love with the workout capris in store, talked myself out of them, and then ended up purchasing them from home later that night. They have mesh detailing on the bottom (that of course did not come up in pictures) and they are quite possibly the softest workout pants I own.

Above are the backs of the two long sleeve workout tops that I got. The pictures of the tops are truer to color in the first picture but I thought it would be fun for you to be able to see the backs, as they were the reason I purchased these shirts.

Our next stop was Bath and Body Works. Normally, I stock up on a bunch of winter candles, but nothing really grabbed me this year other than my old standby, Winter. This is a candle I get every year and it now holds so many nice winter memories. I also picked up a Frosted Cranberry hand soap as this is another one of my yearly scents. The deal was buy 3 get 3 free on Black Friday, but Saturday was $12.95 candles plus $10 off of $30, so my mom and I actually went back on Saturday to exchange for a better deal. Definitely going to have to remember that for next year!

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The final pit stop we made the day of was Loft. I usually do some serious damage in this store around Black Friday because Loft has some great sweaters that I can wear for work. I did, in fact, pick up these three sweaters and am excited to add them to my wardrobe. I was also tempted by an adorable reindeer sweater but decided that since I had bought a cute polar bear sweater in a similar color last year that I couldn’t justify it. I also got a free tote bag which was an exciting bonus! I did end up returning the black and white sweater (the left one) because when I went to take the pictures for this post, I had kind of forgotten that I had bought that sweater. I figured that wasn’t a good sign, so I ultimately ended up returning it. It’s a very cute sweater and fit very well, but in the end I tend to lean more towards color and I wasn’t sure if I’d reach for it in my closet.

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Another online purchase that I made was this $25 sherpa hoodie from American Eagle. I own one of the Thread and Supply sherpa sweatshirts and it is one of my weekend go-tos. This one feels more like wearing a blanket. It’s the same material inside and out so it’s very warm and comfy. I also love the purple color, which may be hard to pick up on in the pictures.

That’s about it for my Black Friday haul. I picked up a few items as gifts as well, but I don’t want to post anything on here, just in case. Did you make any exciting purchases on Black Friday?

The Holidays...

Between the holidays, work stress, and life stress, I haven’t been reading as much as I used to. I’ve fallen behind on my multiple challenges and have probably taken the longest amount of time to read a single book than I have in years.

This isn’t an excuse for my lack of blogging, but just a bit of an explanation. I do have a Black Friday Haul post planned that I’m hoping to post on Friday and then I am also planning on doing an official update on my failed challenges.

Anywho, I hope that you’re enjoying the busy holiday season and finding some good books to watch and fun Christmas movies to watch.

Skincare Empties

I recently happened to finish a handful of products that I really enjoyed around the same time, so I thought I’d do a quick round up of all of these empties. With the exception of the serum, they are all samples but they definitely deserve some love.

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The first product that I loved (which I already repurchased) is the Herbivore Coco Rose Body Polish ($36). This is a body scrub from a vegan and cruelty free company that I have been loving. I use it every time I shower and have noticed my skin feeling smoother and looking less red. It’s a little pricey, but it’s worth it. It’s just as expensive as the one from Lush that I want and a little bit easier for me to purchase, so definitely a win!

The second product that was instant love for me is the M-61 Hydraboost Eye Serum ($72). I have never found an eye product that I’ve seen instant results from and this one gave me them. I immediately noticed the next day that my eye circles were lighter and my puffiness was less. In fact, I think I noticed the results even more when I skipped using the serum a few nights in a row. While this product is a little pricey, I can see myself purchasing this when I run out of other eye product samples that I have.

Another product that I will keep in mind to purchase full size in the future is the Korres Greek Yogurt Foaming Clean Cleanser ($26). My face has loved this cleanser. I think that this is the longest my face has gone without a breakout in a while. I also love that it’s not scented. I definitely prefer cream cleansers because they keep my skin hydrated and the foaming aspect really makes you feel like your face is getting clean. While this product might seem simple, it really does the job.

My fourth, and only full-size empty is the OSEA Hyaluronic Sea Serum ($88). I purchased this product a few months ago when I needed a new serum. It was recommended to me by an employee at Blue Mercury. I told her my main skin concerns and that I was looking for a cruelty free product and this is what she recommended. I did like this product when I was using it. Especially when I first started using it. However, when I started using a new serum after finishing this one, I noticed a lot of positive changes in my skin, so now I’m thinking maybe my skin didn’t love the OSEA as much as I originally thought? Either way, it was a good product, but I don’t think I’ll be repurchasing it as it is a bit pricey.

The fifth and final empty is a sample of Marc Jacobs mascara ($26). I haven’t purchased a full size mascara in years because I feel like I always get mascara samples, however, because of this, my mascaras can be pretty hit or miss. This one was definitely a hit! It lengthed and gave volume without irritating my eyes. I can be sensitive to mascaras at times and had zero issues with this one. I’m a little bummed that I’m out of this mascara and hoping my next sample is just as good.

 

Have you recently tried or finished any products that you’ve loved?