Bloggers Recognition Awards.....

September 15, 2017

Happy Wednesday!

There is this award that recognizes new bloggers and I am proud to say that I have been nominated for the Liebster Award. Thank You so much Niharika Roychoudhury of the blog By Niharika. Please click on the link to check out her blog. She blogs about mom life, relationships, and a whole lot more. This is such a privilege to receive a nomination as a new blogger, and I appreciate the support that new bloggers also give each other. It is really awesome!

The blogger that nominated me, Niharika, also gave me questions to answer and here are those questions:

What inspired you to start a blog?
ANS: I heard about the different opportunities that blogging awarded, such as brand sponsorships, collaborations, and turning it into a career; and as result I started my blog. Also, I had this desire to help women, especially those who have a challenge with being fashionable and attaining a personal style, find their style and be more confidence in styling themselves.

Who is your biggest (present-day, living) influence?
ANS: There is not a specific person that I can think off, however I will say that the people around me have been an amazing support system. They read my posts as well as listen to me talk about the blog non-stop sometimes.

What is the most recent book you read?
ANS: The book of Deuteronomy in the Bible. I just started a new book as well called Never Unfriended by Lisa-Jo Baker.

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
ANS: Rice with grilled tilapia and mango salsa. This food is so good, especially if you get it at Bonefish Grill

What would you say is the most extreme thing you've ever done?
ANS: I can't remember any extreme thing that I have done

If you could sit down and have lunch with anyone from history (living or deceased), who would it be? And why?
ANS: It would be King Solomon in the Bible. Because during his reign, Israel had an abundance of gold, silver, and bronze. Basically, the country was rich and beautiful so I would love to sit with him and have tea and talk about his life, and also gain insights from him, because he was really wise.

What is your favorite blog post that YOU wrote?
ANS: My favorite blog post that I wrote will have to be my valentines day post this year. I just love preparing for it and I enjoyed the photoshoot. It was really fun.

That is all. Now here are the bloggers I choose to nominate:

Christopher James Mitchell
https://www.travelingmitch.com
Samantha David
http://blueeyedbuttons.com
Courtney Klimka
http://www.labellesirene.ca
Kenzie Finks
http://www.hertime.net
Olivia Rose
http://www.oliviaroseart.com/blog
Hannah Long
https://hanmcclo.wixsite.com/website
Jessy McAlexander
http://currentbliss.com

Here are the rules for the Liebster Award:
1. Write a post showing your award.
2. Thank the blogger who nominated you, by mentioning them and sharing about their blog in your acceptance post. Remember to leave a link to their blog in your post.
3. Answer the questions the blogger who nominated you gives you.
4. Nominate 5-10 bloggers who you think deserve this award.
5. Let the bloggers know that you nominated them.
6. Give them questions of your own to answer.


I give you all the questions that were given to me. Good luck to all of you!

Uninvited.....

September 8, 2017



Happy Friday!

This year, one of my goals is to do a reading challenge. At the beginning of the year, I started with great zeal but that zeal slowly diminished around March. (Such a struggle!). However, I refuse to give up on this goal, so I am determined to complete this reading challenge to the end of the year.

Since I am not an avid reader, there are some few genres that I actually do enjoy reading, especially practical books. This year, my main genre is Christian books and my main focus is on books that help me connect with God.

I heard about this book, Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst, president of the Proverbs 31 Ministries, earlier this year. There were just a lot of personal struggles that I was dealing with at school that was related to me feeling "uninvited", which was what prompted me to get this book.


Book Review....

This book is about "living loved when you feel less than, left out, and lonely." It is about giving yourself grace when you feel left out of your friend group and lonely in your life. Lysa shares her experiences of rejection and how rejection affects our relationship with God. This book is also about recognizing the "roots of rejection" and how you can overcome it by feeding on the Word of God and applying the truth in your life, and dismantling the strongholds the enemy has set up in our lives with his lies.

This book is so powerful; it has helped me understand and identify the core of some personal issues that I have in relation to rejection. It has helped me to rely on God and His Word more. This book has also helped me realize that rejection is painful, however I have the choice to let it oppress me or to go to God and let Him help me.

While reading the book, I just felt like she was speaking directly to me, and the words on the pages were just what I needed earlier this year. You know when you read a book and the content just describe exactly what you are going through, that was this book for me.

My favorite part of the book:

The book has some powerful quotes in it that I think are so profound and they resonate so deeply with me. There are so many powerful statements she makes in the book and these are just a few of the ones I love, and my favorite one is number 4.......
  1. "Rejection steals the best of who I am by reinforcing the worst of what's been said to me." (ch.1)
  2. "If you want to know what's really inside a person, listen carefully to the words she speaks." (ch.1)
  3. "The mind feasts on what it focuses on. What consumes my thinking will be the making or the breaking of my identity." (ch.2)
  4. "Live from the abundant place that you are loved, and you won't find yourself begging others for scraps of love." (ch.3)
These statements have truly helped changed my thinking and perspective on rejection. Now I can't give all the details of this book away, so if you want to know more about the book, I suggest that you get yourself a copy. It is definitely worth it.

That is all for today. Have a lovely day!

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Just The Basics.....

September 6, 2017



Happy Wednesday!

I love basic t-shirts, whether they are long sleeves or short sleeves. Since Summer is almost over, I decided to stock up on my t-shirts and add some Fall colors in such as the burnt orange t-shirt and also add this year's most popular color, blush pink.

T-shirts are perfect for those days when you want to look cute yet effortless. I love them and they are definitely a staple in my closet.

Stores I shop my basics at.....

  1. H&M: they have some of the best quality t-shirts that are also affordable. I bought the white and black shirts last year and so far, it doesn't shrink when washed. It is very comfortable as well.
  2. Kohl's: they have some of the softest t-shirts ever that are also affordable. I recently just purchased the burnt orange and blush t-shirt and they feel so soft. They also have different colors than H&M does. Nevertheless, I like shopping for basics at both stores.
Stores that I want to buy basics from.....
  1. Asos
  2. Topshop
  3. Zara
  4. Nordstrom
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That is all for today. Have a lovely day!

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Wardrobe Wishing.....

September 5, 2017



Happy Tuesday!

Fall is almost here and I am so excited. I can't wait to wear oversized sweaters and cardigans; ankle boots and booties; and my favorite clothing piece of them all, LEGGINGS!

Now, I am currently wishing for these items and I hope to get them for the Fall season....
  1. Cable Knit Cardigan
  2. Faux Leather Jacket
  3. Bell Sleeves Sweater
  4. Black Jeans (Denim)
  5. White KEDS
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That is all for today. Enjoy!

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Beauty Haul.....

August 31, 2017


Happy Thursday!

It is officially the end of the month August, which means summer is almost at its end. I am so excited for Fall this year because I get to wear boots and sweater and feel cozy(I can't wait!)

Anyways, let's get into today's post...
To kick off the new month and also Fall, I did some shopping for new makeup products. I only purchased the essentials which are concealer, primer, and a setting spray.

The Products....

The setting spray and the primer are both by Urban Decay and they both come in the same box. I bought the travel size so I can try them out to see how good they are since the majority of makeup gurus rave about them. A full review on these products will be out soon for those who want a review. The travel size retails for $19.

The concealer is by NARS. It is the creamy radiant or radiant creamy concealer. I recently tried a sample from Sephora, but it was the cream version, not the liquid one(photographed above). Full review on the concealer will be out shortly. It retails for $30 at Sephora.

The little brown product is some type of face serum by Bare Minerals and I was actually given a sample size to try. So no, I did not purchase this product.

That is all for today. Have a lovely day!

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Daily Word....
Psalm 51:10, NLT.
"Create in me a clean heart, O GOD.
Renew a loyal spirit within me."

My Top Lip Product Combination.....

August 30, 2017

Happy Wednesday!

I don't know if anyone has caught on yet, but I love makeup. I think my love for makeup started when I was in 8th grade (I think?!). One of my favorite makeup products, besides concealers, are lip products, specifically lipsticks and lip liners. I don't really have a go-to lip color either because it changes depending on how I feel, what day it is, and the season(weather season that is) we are in.

However, I do own a lot of pink and pinkish nude lipsticks. My favorite are these three lipsticks in the picture above. I usually don't miss all three together but there are days when the three colors look so good together.

The Lipsticks

MAC lipstick...
Color: Whirl
Finish: Matte

Chanel lipstick...
Color: La Raffinee
Finish: Velvet matte

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid lipstick...
Color: Dusty rose
Finish: Matte

The lip-liners are the NYX slim lip pencils from Ulta. They are one of the best lip-liners from drugstore. The names are wiped off on the pencils and I don't remember them(lol).

If you want to see how each lipstick looks like, click here, here, and here.

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An Elegant & Comfortable Style.....

August 29, 2017



Finding Balance between an Elegant and Comfortable Style.....

With a packing closet of stuff and still never ever having anything to wear (but not really), we women go through mini nervous breakdowns every single day when it comes to choosing the outfit for the day, don’t we? Ah, first world problems, indeed.
So, where exactly do we stand when it comes to mastering the thrill of dressing up? Hard to tell. However, what renders true is that finding a perfect combo in your wardrobe might be easier than you think, especially if you are going for a mix of elegance and casual. Still, this does not mean there are no rules to follow and that you can just throw clothes together into a weird combo of colors, shapes and patterns and hope for the best. The key to finding the perfect outfit for the day is balance, so let’s explore the idea behind it.
Gone are the days of high heels.....
High heels are a special part of any outfit, and they require poise and elegance to be pulled off properly. However, when you’ve got the personality for it, they can be easily combined with casual clothing as well. Nevertheless, with the hectic lives we are leading today – running around like a bunch of confused hyenas – it’s almost unimaginable to do it all in heels. For this, we’ve embraced flats as our go-to footwear and turned them into a very stylish piece of fashion that can be worn with both elegant pieces and casual items. And how to pick the right pair? Be sure to mind your outfit color. Otherwise, you are looking at a serious fashion faux pas.
Classy is still in.....
Not many dare wear classy dresses and outfits as they sometimes tend to look either too serious or too formal. However, they are timeless pieces you can rely on every time you want to make an impression. Understanding the basic classy styles can help you take it to the next level, and come up with a combination many could be envious of. A sophisticated, yet casual look is great for those who wish to dazzle, but not too much. And, better yet, it means that you are ready for any occasion without having to change outfits. We love that plus size fashion is having a moment, allowing girls of all sizes, shapes and styles to show off their fabulous fashion sense along with their superb fashion taste!
Smart casual.....
There are days when it is hard to decide whether to dress an outfit up or down, and on those days, why not go with both? A silk blouse with suede trousers might be the perfect outfit for the day as it could send a message that you are ready for work but also ready to party. Moreover, as this season is all about ruffles, it is an opportunity to include a blouse with ruffles with a cardigan, and boom ‒ you look smart, but feel comfortable, too.
Mix and match.....
The true beauty of combining elegance with casual is that you can finally have a chance to use accessories which might not go together otherwise. Even so, it is important to keep in mind that there are still fashion no-noes that must be followed, or you might end up looking silly. The art of mixing luxurious and affordable accessories basically depends on whether the chosen outfit is elegant, classy, or even simple casual. Wearing too many accessories will also soften the overall look, which is why it is necessary to keep it minimal but effective.
Your hair is part of the getup.....

No outfit is complete without a proper hairstyle, and that is why hair care is essential. Simple hairstyles are easier to maintain while more complex ones require a bit of know-how to keep them looking great. Using quality products will make your hair look absolutely fantastic, making it even easier to balance out an elegant yet casual style that is sure to sweep everyone off their feet.

About author:
Tracey Clayton is a full time mom of three girls. She’s passionate about traveling, fashion, home d├ęcor and healthy living.  Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.”


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Statement Earrings: Studs.....

August 28, 2017



 Happy Monday!

Earrings are my favorite accessories to wear with my outfits, and I feel so naked without them when I'm going out. I am not a big fan of dangling earrings- I feel like they weigh down my ears and it hurts. My favorite types of earrings are statement studs and hoops. I prefer gold earrings to silver ones, and I rarely wear silver.


 Why I prefer studs more?
Benefits:

  • They don't weigh down your ears. Whenever I wear long earrings that dangle, my ears feel so heavy and they feel as if they are about to make my ears fall off (sounds extreme, right?!).
  • I love how studs brightens up my face, especially like the one I'm wearing in the pictures.
  • I love the different designs studs have, like the one in the top picture. It is one of my favorite earrings and just in case you can't tell what it is, it's a peacock! (so exotic!)
  • Studs like the ones in the picture cover the hole that you put the earrings through and I like how that looks.
  • Lastly, I just LOVE studs!
Where I usually shop for earrings:
  • Kohl's
  • My older sister's closet- she has the cutest earrings. The best thing about having an older sister who is so nice is that you can take her earrings and she will be okay with it.
 More stud earrings.....

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Battle of the Blushes: Cream vs. Powder.....

August 24, 2017



Happy Thursday!

I have tried so many samples of blushes and I must say, I prefer cream blushes to powder ones. Why do I prefer powder blush to cream ones, you ask? Well here are my reasons why:

POWDER
Pros:

  • You can build up the product especially if it is not that pigmented
  • I feel like it lasts longer than cream in the container
  • It depends on how pigmented the blush is but some stay on the face for longer period of time

Cons:
  • It doesn't stay on the face it's not pigmented
  • Sometimes the color shows differently on the face
  • It makes me look powdery
Other than these cons, sometimes, some makeup looks that I do goes better with powder blushes than cream ones.

Pros:
  • It goes on smoothly and it is blendable
  • You can use a brush or your hand to apply it
  • I like how dewy and glowy it makes my makeup looks
  • It makes you appear more youthful
  • It stays on
Cons:
  • It is messy when applying
  • I don't have anything else to say about it
I received the Lancome powder blush as a gift with a purchase, and I bought the Butter London cream blush at Marshall's! 

That is all for today, y'all!

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My #1 Time-Saver: Hair Edition.....

August 23, 2017


Happy Wednesday!

Finding time to do your hair is such a struggle. In fact, finding time to do your hair when you are in school is a struggle. I am always looking for easy hairstyles to last me for a week or two, because sometimes, it is just impossible to do anything to your hair, especially styles that take forever.

During this past school year, I went to bed late some nights, and waking up in the mornings was such a struggle for me. As a result, I was about 50 percent late to my first morning class. It was terrible being late all the time. I realized that one of the reasons why I was late sometimes was because of my hair (the others were because of makeup and food- don't judge me!).

Braiding my hair in crown braids was a lifesaver for me. I was able to get to class on time more often than not, and I didn't have to worry about what I was going to do to my hair. Overall, this is one of my favorite hairstyles for lazy days and also for days or weeks when it's impossible for you to do your hair. It is so simple to do and it doesn't take long as well.

Below are a few youtube videos that show how to achieve crown braids or halo braids:

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEfSPg3rKFs
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qH2NBkV_oiI
  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C294rMjBj5s
  4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgH85iI_OQk
  5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGN1ccRUfKA
That is it for today.
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Oh Maui.....

August 17, 2017


Happy Thursday!

I never realized that blogging daily was this much fun until this week.

Anyways, let's get started on today's post.....

I have been using this haircare brand, Maui Moisture Haircare, since May of this year and I love it. The collection that I'm using is the Curl Quench + Coconut Oil collection. They really moisturizes your hair like it says on the products and they definitely quench the thirst of your curls. I have never heard of Maui until my sister gave me the products, which she got from Curlbox- a natural hair product monthly subscription box.

A little bit about my hair.....
Thick, dyed hair
Type of curls: 3c/4a and a whole lot of other types in between
Porosity: low porosity. Although, my hair porosity has changed since I got my hair dyed.

About the products.....

  1. Shampoo: the shampoo is so moisturizing that I tend to use it on every wash day. It has coconut oil, papaya butter, and plumeria extract, and water- which are awesome for moisturizing dry and thick natural hair. Bonus: this product is sulfate-free.
  2. Conditioner: I love this conditioner, however I don't like using it for cowash because I feel that it doesn't clean my hair the way I feel it should. Though, I do use it to detangle before I shampoo. It also has the same major ingredients as the shampoo, and I like how it makes my hair feels after detangling.
  3. Curl Milk: I really love this curl milk stuff and it does wonders for my hair. I use it as a leave-in  conditioner and it smells so good. It is a thicker consistency than some hair milks that I have used- as in it is not runny, watery, or light at all. If your hair loves cream based products, then you need to try this line.
  4. Curl Smoothie: this smoothie is currently my hair's best-friend, and the perfect product for my wash-and-go's. I have tried wash-and-go's with gel, and although I love the results it gives me, it makes my hair feel a bit stiff after it dries. But when I use this smoothie with no gel, I notice that my curls are much more defined and much softer when my hair dries. I recently did a wash-and-go this past weekend(I wish I took a picture to show y'all), and the results were amazing. Whenever I use the curl milk and curl smoothie, my hair can maintain the moisture in it for about 4 days and not get dry.
Final thoughts.....

I have realized that it is best to use products from the same line or collection within a brand in order to achieve amazing results, especially if you want to build a haircare regimen or if you are just starting your natural hair journey. It is an easier and helpful way to figure out what works best for you and what doesn't. For me, I love this hair care line and I would definitely purchase it again(which I need to start preparing for because I am almost out of the conditioner).

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P.S. This is not a sponsored post by Maui Moisture Haircare or Curlbox.

The Blazer Formula.....

August 16, 2017



Happy Wednesday!

Blazers have always been a staple in my closet. I don't know why but I just love how they complete an outfit. However, it is extremely difficult to find the perfect fitted blazers that look fit my petite body.

Recently, I found this blazer (similar here) at Dillard's and after trying it on, I fell involve with it. It was like a match made in heaven(LOL!). I was so happy when I found it, and also happy when my mom bought it.

Now the possibilities of styling blazers are endless, and one of my favorite ways to style them is with jeans (denim). I love wearing a camisole with jeans and then elevating my look with the blazer. It is the perfect way to achieve one of the most trickiest style looks which is business-casual.

To style a blazer with jeans is easy. All you need is your jeans, a camisole or basic t-shirt (does not matter if it's printed or not), accessories, shoes (can be any type), your favorite go-to blazer, and of course a lipstick to complete the look. Then voila, you are done! See how simple and easy it was and stress free.

Again here is the simple formula:

Jeans + Camisole or T-shirt + Accessories
+ Shoes + BLAZER + Lipstick
= The easiest and chicest style ever!
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The Block Heels.....

August 15, 2017


Happy Tuesday!

The block heels has been in style for quite  sometime now and it is one of my favorite fashion trends of all time. The block heels is also one of the most classic styles of shoes out on the market. The pair that I have is the Carrson block heels by Steve Madden. I bought these at Macy's last year and I have been loving them since.

Now I don't know why some people (Ladies?!) don't own a pair of block heels yet. If you are one of the people that can't seem to decide on whether or not to get this shoe, don't panic just yet. Here are five reasons why I think every girl should drop whatever it is that they are doing, and go buy a pair of these shoes:
  1. This style is COMFORTABLE. One of my biggest deal breakers about buying shoes is it that they have to be comfortable. It does not matter how expensive, inexpensive, or cute the shoes are, as long as they are comfortable, I am okay with them. And that is why I love this shoe style.
  2. You can put all your WEIGHT on your heels while standing without feeling like you are about to fall over. There are some heels that you have to shift all your weight forward so you don't fall over, and to me, that is annoying and unsafe. What is the purpose of buying shoes that can potentially cause you to get hurt? (So not worth it!)
  3. This style is also FLATTERING on different types of feet (that I have seen so far, which is a lot), just like how certain types of clothing, especially certain types of dresses can flatter different body shapes.
  4. Consequently, it can ELEVATE an outfit and instantly give it an elegant look, which I love. (I mean who doesn't like looking elegant?!)
  5. Last but definitely not least, it is VERSATILE. It can be worn with just about any outfit you can think of, such as a jumpsuit outfit, romper outfit, or the likes.
Moreover, block heels are a timeless style that is worth having in your wardrobe, specifically one that you will not regret purchasing. I love my shoes, and they are my favorite black go-to heels. If you did not have a reason to buy a pair of block heels before, well now you do.

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Disclaimer: although they are comfortable, your feet can start to hurt if you stand for too long. Despite that, it is fine. Also, this is NOT a SPONSORED post by Steve Madden or Macy's.

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Summer Wedding Guest Outfit Ideas....

July 26, 2017



Happy Wednesday!

I don't know about y'all, but I have a major case of wedding fever. I have noticed that almost every year, I go to a wedding-especially in the summer, and it is always exciting because it is the perfect excuse for me to buy a new outfit. (don't judge me!)

However, sometimes it is a little difficult to figure out what to wear. So I have round up different outfit ideas for 3 different types of weddings- black tie, semi-formal, and informal/non-traditional. 

Black Tie

For a black tie wedding, opt for a more sophisticated dress with a sling back heel sandals or pumps. Accessorize with a beautiful clutch to elevate the look.

Semi-formal

For a semi-formal wedding, choose a dress that is simple enough to accessorize and hugs your body in the right places. Be strategic with your accessories and focus more on the makeup to complete your look. 

Informal/Non-traditional

Choose a non-traditional outfit such as suits, pants paired with a nice blouse, a skirt with a top, rompers or jumpsuits. As long as the couple is okay with their guests wearing whatever they want, the possibilities of outfits are endless. In other words, there are no restrictions on what you wear as long as it is appropriate.

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Lipstick Collection.....

July 24, 2017


Happy Monday!

I was always cautious when it came to buying different colored lipsticks and my go-to colors were pink and nude. However, I now love trying new colors and I have a staple color for every season.

For Spring, my primary color is the soft pink; for Summer, I love the bright orange lipstick; for Fall, I like the build burgundy lipstick; and for winter, I love a beautiful bold red lipstick.

Also, I am trying to build up my red lipstick collection, and I can't wait for the winter season. Well here is my collection and I hope you enjoy.

These are the different brands I own so far:
  1. Lancome
  2. Kat Von D
  3. Smashbox
  4. M.A.C
  5. NARS
  6. Stila
  7. Bite
  8. NYX
  9. Chanel
  10. Anastasia Beverly Hills
These are the brands that I want to try:
  1. Charlotte Tilbury
  2. Dior
  3. YXL
  4. Too Faced
  5. Tarte
  6. Urban Decay
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Makeup Storage.....

July 21, 2017



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Happy Friday!

Today's post is all about my makeup storage box and how it has helped me so far. I saw this clear glass storage box at Marshall's and immediately decided to buy it. I like how it is clear because I love seeing all the makeup products and it is easier to find a product when I'm getting ready.

Although it is small, I bought it to store my makeup for the meantime till I find a bigger and more sturdy one. So far, it has helped me with storing my makeup, however it is falling apart. I  don't like how weak and fragile it is. The first day I bought it, the chain part broke off. That was not expected.

Second, the divider in the middle has started to break on the sides. As a result, it is difficult to find the little sample sized products in the box. Finally, it is just too small and my collection keeps growing.

Hopefully, I can find another storage box. If any of you are looking for inexpensive storage boxes like mine, check Marshall's or HomeGoods- they usually carry these boxes.

That is it for today everyone; have a lovely weekend!

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