Monday, July 15, 2013

A Haul Because I Finally Went Shopping

Today was one of those rare days where I had very few things to do and had some extra cash laying around. As a college student, this is a glorious occasion. I always have a list of things I'd like to check out if I have some money so I knew right where I was heading...Sephora, of course! 

I've not heard too much about the Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee because it has only come out recently, but I felt like it was my duty as a blush obsessed girl to check it out. I grabbed the "Poppy Paradise" color because it looked quite natural when I swatched it on my hand. It was hard to decide between this color and "Pink Escape," but I went for the shade that seemed most different from shades I already own. I didn't know much about Josie Maran until I wandered through the aisle at Sephora today, but I was happily surprised to find out that it is a socially and environmentally responsible company. Josie Maran says herself, "I believe in balance. I believe that doing the right thing is glamorous. I believe in beauty without the baggage." This is the kind of company I want to support. A company that uses organic ingredients and doesn't believe in animal cruelty. So it's needless to say that I'm the newest Josie Maran enthusiast. 

While I was in my Josie Maran cloud of happiness I also grabbed the BEARNAKED nail wipes because a portion of the sale goes to Polar Bear SOS Initiative, a project of the National Resources Defense Council. These nail wipes are also made with no acetone and smell like grapefruit instead of nasty nail polish remover. 

With my purchase I was also given a Bumble and Bumble Surf shampoo and conditioner sample. I'm super excited about this because I've been wanting to test out the Surf line from Bumble and Bumble for a long time, but have just never felt like shelling out the 30 bucks to try it. 

In the check out line I quickly grabbed these two ribbon hair ties because my hurling teams are green and pink. It was meant to be!

As with any mall trip, I had to stop by Lush to see if they had anything fun to test. I have read rave reviews about the Ocean Salt Body and Face Scrub (and it smells like summer) so I figured it was necessary on this random beauty day. I am excited to try it out and I'll be sure to report back with my opinions.

Because I'm a frugal and responsible citizen of the earth I turned in five Lush pots today to receive my free Fresh Face Mask. I struck up a conversation with one of the girls working and asked her which face mask was her favorite. We discussed which face masks I'd tried and my skin behavior before she settled on BB Seaweed. It's similar to Catastrophe Cosmetic which I loved, but different enough to make it fun for me. I'll be sure to compare the two and decide which one I'd recommend.

What have you purchased recently? Anything new I should look out for at the mall? 


  1. I would love to see a swatch of that blush! Love Josie Maran and I think its great that she is trying to help the Polar Bears!!!

    -Maddy @

    1. I'll definitely swatch this blush when I post a full review! I'm planning that out pretty soon. I do need a few more days to pull together my full opinion on this product. After the first full day I'm pretty impressed with the staying power, but only time will tell!

  2. That blush looks amazing! Never tried josie maran stuff before!
    P.S New follower here :)

    1. Thanks for following! Just about to check out your blog as well :) I'd definitely try out some Josie Maran stuff. I believe from what I've tried that it's worth the money


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