Wednesday, May 7, 2014


I have recently picked up a few new purchases, some I bought during my spring break trip in a gorgeous mall in San Diego called Fashion Valley and some I got last week. Now on to the haul.

While I was at Fashion Valley, I stopped by the good ol' H&M. This store has been an extremely dependable and affordable store for me over the past few years. I needed a dress for my journalism banquet last month, and I knew I wanted a black A-line dress, so I was thrilled when I found this piece that was form fitting yet also flared out at the waist. While looking through the store, my eyes also stopped on a simple heather grey t-shirt with a small pocket and slightly cuffed sleeves. The top was extremely soft, and I knew it would match with plenty of items in my wardrobe. I chose to buy my next piece, a light pinkish tan sweater, because I realized I don't own many pastel items. Since it's now spring, why not. I am more attracted to darker colors, thus grey, black, and navy blue appear most in my closet. This sweater is great for offering minimal heat on those breezy spring days . 

Next, I made my way to another versatile and standard store, Target. I went in with the intentions of picking up a few eye makeup items; however, I walked out with this vintage/slightly acid-washed maroon Mickey Mouse tank top. I have always wanted Disney apparel, but I never wanted to pay the ridiculous prices at Disneyland. I haven't picked up makeup for a while; however, I wanted to get black eye shadow for a look that I wanted to do for the banquet. After spending over five minutes deciding with my mom which palette best suited my needs, we decided on the NYX Smokey Fume palette, a gorgeous palette consisting of a set of darker shades perfect for a smokey eye. I have wanted to try out gel liner for a while now, and I decided on the Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in Blackest Black, a highly affordable and praised drugstore eyeliner.

Most will find this quite surprising, but these are my first items from Origins. I had never heard too much about Origins until I joined the blogging world. When I went into the store, the people working there were extremely helpful and suggested the Make A Difference Plus + Rejuvenating treatment (gel moisturizer) and the Spot Remover acne treatment pads for my combination skin. I spent a good 20 minutes in the store as the lady showed me many of their products as it was my first time. The two purchases added up to over a certain amount, so my mom and I received some free samples. I chose a product I have seen countless raves about, the Checks and Balances frothy face wash.

Lastly, I went to Lush in Fashion Valley because I don't have one near me. I can confidently say that I Love Juicy is my favorite clarifying shampoo of all time, and I might add that I have tried quite a few. This shampoo proves to be extremely effective for removing buildup; however, I wouldn't use it more than once a week as some people feel like it strips too much of the natural oils from their hair. I also requested a sample of Ro's Argan Body Conditioner, but I must say I am guilty because I have tried it before. However, I wanted to try it again to see if I really wanted to purchase this expensive product.

What have been your favorite purchases recently? Would you like a review on any of these products?



  1. You're so right about I Love Juicy, probably the best clarifying shampoo out there. Please do let us know what you make of the Origins products if you're feeling up to it!

  2. You were gorgeous in that black A-line dress at the banquet Emily! ♥ I should really go get myself a staple LBD for my closet haha :) That nyx palette looks so nice - please do a review on that in future! I have two of the Maybelline eyestudio gel liners, and though they apply on great and look good on the first hours, I notice that they slide and fade after a while (to be fair, I do have oily lids). Great haul Emily! :)

    1. I will definitely do a review on the NYX palette! Oh boy...I have been testing it out for a week now, and it seems to be ok; however, I will definitely keep that in mind! I have oily eyelids as well so this may not work out too well haha :p


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