In order to make myself feel better about my online shopping addiction, and to share my very important opinions with you all, I’m starting ‘The Haul’ series! Whether it’s a giant box of Sephora, art supplies from Michael’s, overpriced clothes I have no right to buy, or a huge order of random crap from Amazon, I’m here to share and to hopefully provide some helpful advice and suggestions!
SO. Here are some of the things that I’ve ordered on Amazon in the past month or so…
BAIMEI Bath Sponge $8.50
In the summer months as I’m getting a tan (AKA a constant sunburn), I felt that I needed a loofah or sponge that was a little more exfoliating than a normal loofah. I got these sponges in hopes that they would help exfoliate as I apply my body wash. They are definitely not as coarse as I would have hoped. They exfoliate a little bit, but since they were so cheap, they are beginning to fall apart as I use them every day. Not 100% disappointing, but will probably try to find something of higher quality next time with better exfoliating power!
I’m a bit of a freak about cutting and filing my cuticles, so I use a decent amount of cuticle oil to moisturize the area around my nails. I’ve used a couple cheap products that didn’t really make a difference, so I decided to try out a brand that is pretty reputable. I use Cuccio products for my Dip Powder Manicures (for this post, click here) and their products are inexpensive but high quality. This product is pretty oily and comes out really fast, but is super moisturizing and does the job! It also smells really good which is always an added bonus. Definitely would recommend for the price–the bottle is really big!
This is my tried-and-true, all-time favorite top coat in existence. This is probably the third bottle that I’ve gone through because I use it so often. This top coat makes nails look SO shiny, and make regular manicure look like gel! (For some at-home manicure tips, click here.)
I featured this mask in my recent At-Home Beauty: Skincare post because I love it! I’ve used a Dead Sea mud mask before, and for an inexpensive mask, it really does the job! On the face, it smoothes and cleanses skin, and leaves pores looking clean and small. One tip I want to point out is to use a lot of moisturizer after doing a mud mask, as they can be so purifying that it can dry out the skin. The fun thing about these masks is that you can use them on the body too! I tried this one on my legs and booty and it left my skin feeling super smooth. It advertises benefits like reduction of cellulite and stretch-marks, but I’m assuming this is a benefit that would come with time.
Whitney inspired me to get one of these, and I’m so glad that I did. It’s one of those products that I didn’t even know I needed. There are so many benefits to using these brushes: smoother skin, exfoliation, cellulite reduction, lymphatic drainage/stimulation, etc. Using this brush on dry skin, massaging in circular motions, definitely hurts a tiny bit, but that goes away after a minute. I usually use moisturizer right afterwards, and notice that my legs are immediately softer. I love this brush because the loop you can put your hand through makes it really easy to hold. It also comes with a cute little pouch and plastic hook to hang on the wall. I’m looking forward to seeing the long-term effects of this brush!
This is SUCH an exciting Amazon purchase because it was designed by somebody that I know and love! Caralyn Mirand is a plus-size model and blogger who I had the pleasure of working with in the past. She is a fashion/fit guru, and a constant inspiration. She recently collaborated with Amazon The Drop (offers made-on-demand collections designed by your favorite influencers) and designed her own clothing line! I am so proud of her, and was so impressed with all of the designs. I went with this beautiful top because it is so uniquely cute and versatile. I can’t wait to get it in the mail and share it with you guys!
While browsing Caralyn’s The Drop collection, I saw that she styled some of the outfits with these shoes. I don’t think I waited 5 minutes before ordering them. They are SO sexy and flattering, and the white is so cute with a summer tan. These came in the mail in just a couple of days. I had a chance to wear them for the first time recently, and they are pretty comfortable. Thanks for the outfit inspo, Caralyn!