Sephora VIB Sale

Hi guys! I got a request to do a list of things I recommend buying for the Sephora sale coming up. SO …Here. I. Am.

Sephora’s holiday shopping sale is starts tomorrow for VIB Rougers — 20% off with code 20ROUGE online and in-stores November 4th through 7th. The VIB sale starts on November 11th and ends on the 14th. Use code 20VIB for 20% off your order online and in stores. See my last post on this stuff to see which you are.

Now that the details are out of the way, what should you buy?!

First, I recommend thinking of your holiday shopping. Sephora does not have sales just randomly whenever so be sure to think about this when making your list. Have a sibling who would love some perfume?? Then be sure to check out the gift sets for their favorite sent –don’t just use your 20% off on yourself, Silly 🙂

Second, consider items you buy over and over again and go ahead and add those to your cart too. Like I said, Sephora doesn’t hand out discounts like candy so plan ahead. Need a beauty blender? Add it to your cart. Running low on dry shampoo? Add it to your cart!

Now, let’s talk specifics:

  1. One of my favorite blow dryers has a gift set out right now– the Buttercup Blow Dryer. If you’re in the market for a high powered and adorable hair dryer, then definitely grab this one up. The kit also includes some hair clips, products, and a brush that’s awesome for getting some volume in your locks.
  2. Of course I just bought setting spray (grrrr), but if you are in need, the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray duo would be a great buy!
  3. The Shiseido Power Illuminating Set is already a steal, but then add the 20% off and you’re golden. I recently used an entire bottle of this serum and I think it’s pretty good shit.
  4. Natasha Denona just came out with a new palette and it is still in stock! If you would never dream of spending $169 on an eye shadow palette but still are craving this beauty, go ahead and use your 20% on it. Chances like this don’t come around often, people!
  5. Last year I recommended some Peter Thomas Roth masks and their “Vault” is back this year! Get a ton of face masks for $225, not including the 20% off! Seriously, a steal! Keep some for yourself and give the others as gifts.
  6. Lancome Juicy Shakers are pretty expensive for a not so super pigmented lip product, BUT they are adorable and I LOVE them. I hate strong color on my lips so these are perfect for me. Grab a few with your discount code. Totally worth it.
  7. Make Up For Ever has a gift set that includes a primer, foundation, and a foundation brush! I may just get on this deal….
  8. Brazilian Bum Bum Cream. Yup. For real. I love this stuff! This lotion smells amazing, tightens the skin, and is SO moisturizing. I use it everywhere on my body…not just my bum bum.

Wondering what I will personally be buying?? Me too 🙂 I haven’t even thought about it yet but will probably spend some time adding items to my cart tonight before the sale starts…ya know, so I’m ready to hit BUY asap in the morning. Follow me on Snap Chat to see what I end up buying — username MaryH257

Any questions???


Travel Booking Tips

Guys! I am officially half way done with my doctorate program! I finished my summer classes last night and I am soooo relieved. Every Monday and Wednesday I was in class from 1pm to 8pm and had lots of homework and reading in between. Life has been crazy! I go back to work in a few weeks and I’m just wishing we had more time to travel this summer but alas, we are homebound until Christmas time. Boo! However, my lack of travel shouldn’t get in the way of your fun crazy lives! I wanted to share some resources that have helped me a ton when I am booking new and exciting trips.


I am obsessed with and you should be too! Basically you can enter in your destination and preferred dates and the website will search the entire internet to find you the best deal. It works even better if your dates are somewhat flexible. I stalk this site often to see if I can find any amazing low prices to head to Europe. My travel budget is minuscule right now so I haven’t found anything that has worked for us, BUT there are some awesome deals out there that I wouldn’t have seen otherwise. Then check out to make sure whatever seat you pick on your flights will be comfy for the entire ride.


Now that you’ve booked your flight, you need to pack! Check out to find out what you should pack for your destination. I used this site a lot when I was headed to Scotland and Germany last summer and it really helped me be logical about what I was bringing since I knew I didn’t want to overpack. The site gives you packing lists and also different outfit ideas based on the time of year. She also posts some great tips on packing, luggage, and travel gear. Hey FYI, you’re gonna want to dress similar to a local. Standing out is a no-no if you’re headed to high tourist areas. I was straight up pick pocketed in Mexico once and it was all my fault. I stood out like a sore thumb and I carried my purse behind me on the bus. Dumb. Don’t be me. Be smart.


Speaking of safety, traveling does not come without its risks and leaving home can sometimes be scary. It’s important to be safe and make sure that you’ve planned ahead. Go ahead and give your trip itinerary (including hotel phone numbers and flight information) to someone you trust, like your mom. If you’re going overseas, it is smart to make a copy of your passport and credit card just in case. I like to give a copy of that stuff to my Mom and then bring one with me, hidden somewhere safe on my husband. I also like to write down phone numbers for emergency use while I am gone. For example, headed to Germany?? You might want to know what the German equivalent of 911 is, right? It is 112 just FYI. For all you fierce females out there thinking of hitting the road alone, you might wanna check out THIS POST full of ways to stay safe and protect yourself.


Anyone headed anywhere fun? Tell me all about it in the comments.


Trendsend Try On (May 2016)

It’s been awhile guys. Honestly, between my doctorate classes, work, dogs, family, social things… I’m just so exhausted. For those of you who were following my skin care posts, those have to go on hold. Most people get skin problems when they switch their skin care too much, but I was getting skin issues from using the same things every day. Too much redness, random pimples… I am really great about listening to my skin needs and I needed to go back to that. Different routine most days. It works for me 🙂 You can still expect reviews frequently, just not an entire routines. Sorry guys!

Alright, so let’s get to last month’s Trendsend Box. For information on Trendsend click HERE. I also showed what I got in my March box — click HERE to see that.

This time around my stylist went super casual, which normally would be fine, however, I had specifically asked for things I could wear to work. Sure, I work in a pretty laid back environment, but I still need to look professional-ish ya know? That said, you can see from the note below that she was thoughtful in what she pulled. Had I not specifically talked about stuff I could wear to work in my requests, I would have been stoked that she pulled more casual items since I spend 99% of my life wearing leggings.

Trendsend May 2016

Outfit #1 – I loved the vest SO much when I saw it online, but in person, it just didn’t wow me. It did not fit me well at all, as you can tell and yeah, it went back. The tank was a bit too pricey to keep and the jeans were boxy on my teeny tiny calves, right? I mean, the white jeans reminded me of something my Mom would have worn in the 2000’s. Sadly, this outfit went back BUT I did think it would have looked good on someone smaller than me. Story of my life!
Trendsend may 2016

Outfit #2- This outfit is SOOOO me! I loved it. Every bit of it. I ended up only keeping the button down (it was cozy beyond belief) but the joggers were adorable too — a bit tight in the waist so I returned them. Should I drop some pounds anytime soon, I will for sure be buying them. The tee shirt was the real star of this outfit. I know so many of you are going to love it. It was wayyyy too tight on my tig ol’ bitties otherwise I would have lived in it. Click HERE to see a better picture of the tee.

Trendsend May 2016

Trendsend 2016

Outfit #3 – Nope. I just didn’t like this pairing at all. I actually liked, and kept, the shirt because it was cozy and I think perfect for lounging around my house, but these pants…nope. I actually think they sent these to me before and I returned them saying NOPE but…yeah. Maybe the universe wants me to have these pants that look horrible on me?! I don’t know why…I wish the universe would eff off. Ugh…I look horrible. Don’t even get me started on the disgusting necklace. Sorry but this one was a fail. Fail blog dot com.

Trendsend May 2016

Trendsend May 2016

That’s it for this month, guys! Have any of you tried Trendsend?? Lemme know if you’ve been liking it! My next box will come in July. Wish me luck! xo

Affordable High End Makeup // Glambot

I have been trying SO hard to spend less money on makeup. It is REALLY hard for me because I love me some high end makeup, but I have to be honest with myself….every $40 Sephora order really adds up over time. At the rate I’m going, I’ll be VIB Rouge for LIFE!!! In addition to trying to be a bit more frugal, I have also been trying to declutter my house. You know that rule, “For every item you add to your house you need to get rid of one item”? Yeah, I’ve been trying that too……not with much success. It’s more like buy 10 things and get rid of one, but whatever. Don’t judge me. Anyway, bottom line is, I’m trying to “adult” and in my quest to find a way to have fun/expensive makeup and also declutter, I came across a really cool website called Glambot.

Glambot buys pre-owned makeup, sanitizes the shit out of it, and then sells it on their site at a discounted price (psst…some items are more discounted than others depending on use and amount of product). Some of you might think that’s gross, but I think it’s super awesome. I literally NEVER use up an entire foundation, so why in the world would I not buy a half full one at a discount?! Also, many of their products have never ever been used!!! What I love about this site is not only can I buy makeup there, but I can also send them a ton of my unused or hardly used makeup and they will pay me for it. A few months ago I sent them like 50 items and took a cash payout of over $250 ( I took Cash but you can get 30% more $$ if you take a store credit). Bottom line, Glambot makes it easy to get rid of some products I’m not using  and I can also buy stuff I want at a cheaper price. It’s totally win win.

**For those of you wondering about the sanitizing process, it depends on the product. Glambot DOES NOT buy used lip glosses for example, even if they were just swatched, because germs can fester in the tubes of product. For powder products, they sanitize them with some solution and then scratch off the top layer of product to ensure that it’s fresh for it’s new owner.

Here are some great deals I’ve been seeing lately on their site. Below each picture I’ll tell you what Glambot is selling the item for and then what it retails for at Sephora or Ulta. The savings can be major. Give me alllll the monies.

(PS. You can use my referral link to get $5 to use on their site!!!

Benefit They’re Real Push Up Liner


Glambot Price: $12.34
Retails for: $24.00

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette


Glambot Price: $34.63
Retails for: $52.00

LORAC PRO To Go Eye & Cheek Palette


Glambot Price: $34.20
Retails for: $38.00

IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Vol. 1 Matte Luxe Transforming Eyeshadow Palette


Glambot Price: $37.80
Retails for: $42.00

Chanel Vitalumiere Moisture-Rich Radiance Fluid Makeup


Glambot Price: $54.00
Retails for: $60.00

Anywho, just thought I would share! Let me know if you use it and how you like it! xo


Hi guys! I am really sorry that I have been so MIA lately but in all honesty, I haven’t had much to write about. I have little things here and there that I want to touch base on but I never feel like the topics warrant a full post. I figured I may as well just lump all of my “thoughts” here so I can get it all out there and then move on from there, fresh and clean.

  • My weekly skin care feature was super short lived. For those of you who were really into it, I apologize. The thing is, I know my skin really well and I know what it needs and when. Using the same products every single day was really great in that I got to finish up some products and get a good idea of what effects they had in the long term. However, using the same, for example, acid on my face every single day, even when I knew I shouldn’t, wreaked havoc on my skin. I have something called “perioral dermatitis”…PD for short. It’s basically a mix of acne and exzema and it’s hideous and painful. It flares up every now and again but during the “Weekly Skin Care Routine” weeks the PD flared like CRAZY! Whenever this happens I usually limit myself to really “natural” products and reduce my chemical exfoliation, but because I had committed to trying things for the entire week, I felt obligated and my skin was NOT happy as a result. Anyone else struggle with PD? I got my first flare up when I was 18 and working as a school bus washer. Yes, a school bus washer. I think all of the chemicals I was using to clean the buses really fucked with my face and since then, I have had 1-2 flare ups a year. Sometimes I have to battle the PD with antibiotics but I’ve been trying to do the wholistic route this last time. I’m mostly cleared right now…crossing my fingers that I am flare up free for a long while. So annoying!
  • MJ and I are planning to try for a baby soon. I know. Crazy! In doing so, I have really tried to cut back on my frivlous spending. I’ve stayed home instead of going out and I’ve cut back on makeup and clothing shopping. Therefor, I haven’t had much to review and/or show you in terms of purchases. I DID, however, get the entire Jaclyn Hill Champagne Glow collection and I was thinking of doing a makeup tutorial using those products. I haven’t done a tutorial in a long while, so I thought that would be fun.
  • If you follow me on Facebook and Instagram, then you’ve noticed that I’ve been pretty spotty in my posts. While I’ve been consistently using Snapchat, I’ve just been hating all other social media lately….mostly Facebook. Ugh. You guys, why is everyone so freaking angry?! Every time I log on, it’s someone complaining about something or acting like they are the authority on some topic and it drives me nuts. I’m not saying I’m not guilty, because I am, but if I post something “ranty”, it’s because I am so fed up and feel the need to remind people that they are being nuts. I need to stop doing that, but it’s hard. I am seriously considering deleting my personal Facebook. My biggest pet peeve is when people approach things as “authorities” instead of “learners”. I do not know one single expert in any field. The world would be a whole lot nicer if everyone approached one another from a place of growth and learning. Why does everyone feel the need to force change on others? If we educated people instead of bullied people then I bet people would be a lot more willing to talk about their differences. I don’t know guys….people are crazy. It’s really hard to handle. Being nice matters guys.
  • Further… (sorry I’m not done ranting lol), social media seems to make people really jealous and crazy. I have a hard time with this because I genuinely do not understand being jealous. If I’m on social media and I see someone skinnier than me, I do not get jealous. If someone on Instagram posts a vacation photo in Italy, I do not get jealous. Wanna know why? Because our priorities are different and I AM NOT that person. I could afford to go to Italy as long as I sacrificed others things. For example, I could go to Italy if MJ and I decided to be a “one car family” and if we lived in a smaller home, but, I like living where I am living and it’s important to me to be able to go wherever I want, whenever I want. Could I be super skinny? Yes. If I didn’t value eating out and drinking with friends on the weekends and relaxing on the couch with my husband and dogs on the weekdays. But I do. So I’m not. I don’t understand why more people don’t recognize this. You can have pretty much anything you want but your priorities will have to shift. The people you’re seeing on social media, highlighting certain aspects of their lives, have sacrificed something to have whatever it is that they are showing. The only time you should feel down and out is when your priorities are out of line. Did you miss out on a really fun birthday party for your nephew because you drank too much the night before??? Yup, you should feel bad about that and your priorities should shift. Did you say no to a vacation with your girlfriends because you were saving money for a trip abroad? Then don’t be sad, your priorities are in line for a delayed kind of satisfaction. We need to stop comparing ourselves to everyone else. All we should be doing is making sure that our priorities are in check and we are on the right path towards a life where we are mostly happy (because you’re not supposed to ALWAYS be happy).
  • Most of you know I am working on my doctorate. In the last few months I have been swamped with school work and also with my mind just running through a million ideas all the time. Does that ever happen to you when you’re in a learning environment? I feel like my mind gets stimulated and I can’t stop hypothesizing about things and thinking about human behavior and ….well, yeah. It’s annoying sometimes. I feel like I have adult ADHD. I don’t, but I feel like whenever I’m learning a lot, I have a hard time focusing on one thing because I’m so excited or curious about a million other things. I’ve had a few weeks off from class now and I swear, I’m driving MJ nuts because all I want to do is talk about people’s behaviors and social injustices. Ugh. It seriously gets exhausting. I’ve also spent a lot of time thinking about my dissertation topic and I think I have finally narrowed it down to something to do with mindfulness. This means after I start doing all of this research on mindfulness, I’m going to become a certified Hippie. Do they have Hippie Certification? They should.
  • Keeping on the hippie topic, I’ve started to cut out meat again. I actually think I’m likely going to be meat free for the foreseeable future. I have no interest in meat at all right now and whenever I order it, I end up pushing it all aside and eating the grains/veggies/fruits instead. It’s time…my body is just over it. I’m just really trying to get my body health in line. Last year my asthma doctor scared me when she told me that my lungs were functioning like that of a 60 year old. WHAT?! The next 6 months after that appointment, I was disciplined with my asthma meds and cardio. I went back to the doctor in April and I am so proud to report that my lungs are now functioning like a normal person with asthma. I’ll take it! All of that sorta scary health stuff just makes me realize that I only have one body and I don’t want to have to take 48,384 medicines in order to function in my later adulthood. I gotta take care of my body and I definitely think cutting back on meat, sugar, and eventually dairy, will make a huge difference for me.

Okay, I think that is the end of my rant. My “crazy” is all officially public. I’ll be back to normal posting soon. Do you guys have anything you’d be interested in hearing about? Let me know! PLEASE! xo