Follow Up: The Great Cleanse Hits and Misses

Sephora The Great Cleanse Review


It’s been a couple weeks since I bought The Great Cleanse set from Sephora, and it was well worth the $50. I got to try a bunch of great high end products for a decent price. As a reminder, Sephora says:

What it is formulated to do:
Grab ahold of the first step in beauty—cleasning. The Great Cleanse was created to let you try all the newness and innovation in cleansing by offering some of the very best products. Featuring makeup removing cleansers, cleansing water formulas, cleansing oils and powders, and an exfoliating Konjac Cleansing Sponge, this set includes all your essentials to perfectly clean, refreshed, and hydrated skin.

This set contains:
– 1.69 oz Sephora Collection Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover
– 3.38 oz Caudalie Make-Up Remover Cleansing Water
– 0.5 oz Nude Skincare Perfect Cleanse Nourishing Cleansing Oil
– 1.7 oz Boscia Makeup-Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil
– 1.7 oz Fresh Soy Face Cleanser
– 1 oz Origins Checks and Balances™ Frothy Face Wash
– 2 oz Philosophy Purity Made Simple
– Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser™
– 0.5 oz GLAMGLOW POWERMUD™ Dualcleanse Treatment
– 1.5 oz Algenist GENIUS Ultimate Anti-Aging Melting Cleanser
– 0.36 oz Boscia Tsubaki Oil-Infused Exfoliating Powder
– Boscia Mini Konjac Cleansing Sponge

So after two months, here are my thoughts:

Oil cleansers (Boscia, Nude) 

I’m not too sure about these. They removed the makeup pretty well, but I still ended up using other cleansers because my skin didn’t feel clean. I probably won’t use these anymore. It was basically double work.

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser

I am absolutely in love with this. It has a soft cucumber scent, which I am really into. It has a soft lather, and after using it, my skin felt clean without feeling dried out. I’d definitely purchase a full size.

Philosophy Purity Made Simple

It’s fine. Didn’t love it, didn’t hate it. I use it to clean my makeup brushes sometimes. Meh.

Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser™

This smells like blood orange and grapefruit. It’s intoxicating. But again, I don’t feel like it gives me a thorough wash.

Boscia Tsubaki Oil-Infused Exfoliating Powder

I’m head over heels for my Amore Pacific exfoliating powder, and this one by Boscia comes in at a close second. It gently exfoliates without drying out my skin, but I didn’t see any significant changes in my skin that makes me think I should switch to this permanently.

Glamglow Powermud Duo Cleanse

Not crazy about this. I’ll stick to my Youthmud and Supermud (if I ever buy a full size).

Makeup Removers (Caudalie, Sephora)

They smell a little different, but otherwise, they are solid makeup removers. They took off a majority of my makeup, and I use them interchangably. This is my second bottle of Sephora remover, so I’m pretty happy with it.

I gave away the Algenist and Origins cleaners, because I thought my mother would like them (and she does). Overall, this sample set was a solid purchase. I hope they make one with moisturizers and scrubs!

Ulta Giveaway!!!

This post is sponsored by Ulta. 

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Remember the posts that I did here, here and here? They were packed with deals from one of our favorite makeup stores, Ulta! Now I’m giving you the opportunity to win a gift pack! For your shot at winning, just leave a comment below telling me two items that you would want to get from the store. Any two items! This is a very quick giveaway. I’ll contact the winner on Friday at 8 PM Eastern. Good luck! (US Residents only please)

Five Reasons You Need to Upgrade Your Blog Design

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It peps up your blogging mojo

You know that feeling you get when your hair is done and you’re in a shiny new outfit? It makes you feel like a million bucks. You get the same feeling when you give your blog design a new look!

You’ve grown as a blogger

Maybe you’ve decided to be a more dedicated blogger. In the past, you may have blogged recreationally. But now, you’re goal is to blog three times a week. Step up that look, honey!

Your readers deserve it

Spoil people that read your blog every day. Let them show up to your special space and see something just for them.

You have a new strategy

Did you decide to step up your social media plan? How about blogging frequency? People will notice something different about your blog when they come back.

Just because

In the last ten years, I’ve done about, oh I don’t know, 18 redesigns. Maybe more. Many of them happened for no reason at all, but made a big difference in the look of my blog.

If you’re thinking about doing a blog redesign, I hope you’ll check out my shop on Etsy! I create pre-made themes for WordPress, and have several services that help move the process along for you. Each theme looks great on the desktop, tablet or a cell phone, and they’re all less than $40 each. For more information, check out the site!

Don’t be ashamed of your stretch marks: #LoveYourLines


This Buzzfeed article hit my Facebook feed, and it blew my mind. These women were courageous enough to share their “imperfections” with their tribe, and then buzzfeed sent it out to the world.

I’ve had stretch marks since I was probably 13 or 14 years old. They were absolutely horrifying to me. It’s almost like they were parasitic twins growing from my thighs. I used to buy full coverage foundations, work them down so they were super creamy, then apply them to my legs. There was no way I would have let anyone see the lines on my body. I researched creams and ointments and treatments and surgeries. I bought new products all the time, none of them ever worked.

And then I met my husband, the man that absolutely loves my body. It didn’t take me long to get comfortable around him, and then the weirdest thing happened. I could walk around with my body completely exposed, and I wasn’t ashamed at all. He made me confident enough that I bought my first bikini. The picture above is from my honeymoon. I never thought the day would come that I wasn’t scared to wear my legs out in public. I look back and realize that I spent all of my teens and twenties practically terrified of what other people thought of my body.

If I had seen this article 10 years ago I’d like to think that I would’ve actually been brave enough to show my stretch marks. I can’t say for sure. I had to get really really comfortable with myself first. I’m not going to lie, I’m not all the way there yet. You won’t find me tra-la-la’ing down the beach in a thong bikini.

I’ll leave you with this. I don’t have it all together. I eat like crap and don’t work out. But that’s a change I’m trying to make. You only get one body. Love it, nourish it, take care of it, praise it, and for the love of God, don’t be ashamed of it.