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In Beauty, My Journal on
June 18, 2016

If I Had $100, What Would I Buy? (June 2016 Edition)

For the third post in this series (check out my March wishlist and April wishlist posts if you missed them), I actually had a hard time coming up with a list that reached $100. My brain the past two months has been on a minimalist kick, reducing/reusing everything and anything to the absolute most that I can, which is good news in my book.

So, if I had $100 to spare in my budget this month what would I buy? Read more

In Beauty, Motherhood on
June 1, 2016

6 Month Bumpdate and Pregnancy Favorites

We’ve got a lot to go into during this pregnancy update. The difference in my body 5 months to 6 months has changed dramatically, so let’s jump right in to my 6 month bumpdate.

Weight Gain at 6 Months Pregnant

During my 5 month pregnancy update I talked about how my hunger had increased and that has maintained this past month. In the first four months I gained very little weight and in these past two I can see more significant increases. I believe I’m up close to 15 pounds, but I try to stay away from the scale for the most part just for the sake of my sanity.

5 month versus 6 month pregnancy changes

As for my clothing, I’ve had to put a few of my dresses into storage because my belly lifted the dresses enough to make them too short to wear to work. For the most part I’m still able to wear my non-maternity clothes, since I typically wear clothes that are more flowy, but I have added three maternity dresses to my capsule wardrobe this past month. I still only have one pair of pants that fit, as well as the one pair of maternity pants I purchased last month, so most of my wardrobe is dresses. I just hate pants.

Changes in my Body and Symptoms

My belly button is days away from popping out and that is just so strange! My belly has grown pretty significantly in the past month so there is now no question that I’m expecting.

My vaginal discharge has also increased the past month, so much so that I’ve purchased Summer’s Eve Feminine Deodorant Spray. This is something I use twice a day to minimize odor and make me feel more dry and comfortable.

I’m also finding more smells in the home to be bothersome, so I’ve added two home fragrance items this month, thanks to Simply Heaven Candles. They have sponsored a portion of the below video and a full review post will be coming on these products soon.

Featured: Lemon Drop Candle (for the kitchen) and Lavender Reed Diffuser (for the bedroom)

My energy levels are also a lot lower this month, so I’ve been going to bed a lot earlier and have had trouble keeping up with my blog and other freelance work. I’ve had to scale back a lot in that way, which emotionally was hard for me to accept, but now I’m trying to be more understanding of what the rest I need.

The last change this past month has been the introduction of acid reflux. Not fun! I’ve had to keep antacids in my purse at all times because, as of yet, I haven’t been able to find a pattern as to what I’m eating/doing that leads me to that discomfort. Thankfully it’s not a daily problem, but something that comes up 2-3 times a week.


Jack is not much of a kicker, Chris has only been able to feel him kick a handful of times and no one else has had the pleasure. He seems really calm, fingers crossed that he stays calm after birth too. Most of the time he kicks in the nighttime, but he also kicks when I’m watching TV using my iPad (since I lean it against my stomach) and when we go to the movie theaters. I assume it’s the loud sounds that get him going, but it’s still pretty cute.

That is all I have to report this month for my 6 month bumpdate. Pregnancy isn’t getting easier! Make sure to follow me on social media (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Snapchat: rebecca.kelsey) for on the go bump photos and symptom checkins.

In Beauty, Motherhood on
April 14, 2016

If I Had $100, What Would I Buy? (April 2016 Pregnancy Edition)

Last month I shared a fun post called the $100 Wishlist and thought I’d do an April edition now that everyone knows about my pregnancy.

So, what would I buy this second if I had $100 of fun money?

If you had $100 of mad money, what would you buy off of your wishlist?

  1. Flared skirts from Romwe: I recently discovered Romwe  and I am desperate to buy all of their flared and pleated skirts. I have a white pleated skirt that makes me feel really confident, so it would be great to have a few more to switch between when I want to feel chic. Most of them cost around $20.
  2. Snoogle side sleeper: Sleeping on my back or my stomach is impossible at this point, so I’ve been slowly adjusting to sleeping on my side so I’m not squishing little EJ. I wish I could get this pregnancy pillow to make it easier, but the $40 price makes it a little more of a splurge at this point.
  3. Cetaphil gentle skin cleanser: This used to be a skincare staple for me a few years ago, but I haven’t purchased a new bottle in ages. It’s time to pick it up at the drugstore or as an Amazon subscribe and save option because the pregnancy has made my skin so dry this past month. The small bottle is only $8.25, so this is likely the one thing I’m for sure to get out of this list.
  4. Moleskin weekly planner: I have been dying for a new personal planner (as my current to-do list notebook is almost complete) and this is a planner I really enjoyed in college. I have another blank notebook I can fill, so it isn’t a priority at the moment, but if I had a few extra bucks I’d spend the $11.53 to get it on Amazon.
  5. Rubbermaid containers: I’ve been bringing lunch to work every day and wish I had more container options so I can bring a larger variety of food. Amazon has a 42-piece Rubbermaid set for only $15.99 that would make packing my lunch so much easier.

There, that was fun! I love going through my ever growing wishlists to see what would be my priority to-buy items month to month. This list is drastically different from what my $100 March Wishlist held.

Last month I won a giveaway for the #Instaready Contour Stick and earned a giftcard from another website, so I used that money to buy the #Instaready Blush Stick and the Burt’s Bees BB Cream. I can’t wait to get them in the mail. That makes three purchases from last months five-item list. How fun!

What would you buy this second if you could? I’d love to know!

In Beauty on
March 23, 2016

If I Had $100, What Would I Buy? (March 2016 Edition)

I was thinking today of my ever growing wishlist and a lightbulb went off in my head. If I had $100 to use however I wanted, what would I buy this second?

And thus, a new blog series is born. I’m thinking of creating a new list every month so that then you can see what I’m currently lusting over depending on the season and what is going on in my life. Most months I won’t be able to buy more than maybe one item on the list, since I’m in extreme budgeting and saving mode at the moment, but this way you’ll get to see how trends float in my blogger mind.

Ready? Here’s the list.

The prettiest highlight ever is available now from Tarte.

[Image: I’m A Beauty Geek]

1. Tarte Cosmetics Rainforest of the Sea Skin Twinkle Highlighting Palette, $42

This highlighting palette is GORGEOUS. I’ve seen some demos on Tarte’s Instagram and it is just to-die-for. I’ve really been craving a highlight in my makeup lately and none of my current eyeshadows measure up. This is the most pricey item on my list, taking up almost all of my budget, so it may not be something I purchase right away.

On my wishlist, the Burt's Bees BB Cream

[Image: Burt’s Bees]

2. Burt’s Bees BB Cream, $14.52

I am more of a fan of BB creams than foundations, especially since I have dry and sensitive skin, so the dewy look is up my alley. If I ever have problem areas, I just add a high coverage concealer over those spots. Burt’s Bees is one of my favorite companies so I’m just ecstatic they are branching more into makeup products. Out of all of the products I am considering on this list, this may be the one item I get right away.

BB Instaready BB Stick Review

[Images: Physician’s Formula and Makeup and Beauty Blog]

3. Physician’s Formula #InstaReady Contour Trio BB Stick, in Blush and Bronze, $12.99 each

It may be a total splurge to want both of these contour sticks but honestly, I love the idea of these products. I love blush contours and would love a bronze contour in stick form, so both of these together are perfect for my everyday needs. I may not buy both, but I can definitely see me getting at least one of them when I have a drugstore coupon.

Beyond the Red by Ava Jae

[Image: Ava Jae and Milk Faced]

4. Beyond the Red by Ava Jae, $12.24

The only non-beauty item in the list this month, the first book launch from one of my favorite writing-centric bloggers. I am so happy for her first release and can’t wait to buy it as soon as I’m able.

Total: $94.74

Well, that was a lot of fun! I love putting lists together. If you have an upcoming splurge, I hope my current wishlist helps you chose what’s on that shopping list.

Want to save these items for later? Here is the Pinterest board with all of the info shared here.
Follow Rebecca K. Sampson // Blogger’s board The $100 Wish List (March 2016 Edition) on Pinterest.

If you had $100, what would you buy this second?

In Beauty, DIY on
February 1, 2016

DIY Orange Vanilla Body Scrub

This super easy scrub takes no time to make and is all natural.

I love all natural skincare, especially when I can make the products myself. Body scrubs are often the simplest DIY skincare products to make, with infinite combinations, and I’ve got a great one here for you to try.

This great DIY orange vanilla body scrub is really beneficial for your skin and smells AHHH-Mazing.

-Coconut Oil
-Dried or fresh orange peels
-Vanilla extract
-Orange essential oil

-Add equal parts softened coconut oil to sugar. I used 6 tablespoons of each.
-Mix in cut up or zested (zested orange peels would have a much finer texture, better for sensitive and dry skin) orange peels, as many as you’d like to reach desired look.
-Add one capful of vanilla extract and a few drops of orange essential oil. This will help combat the coconut smell.

Video tutorial:

If you enjoyed this tutorial and want to save it for later, add it to Pinterest or save the link on Facebook.

This scrub is great for exfoliating the skin and moisturizing it, while the extra scents make it a delicious spa experience.

Make sure to comment your favorite body scrubs! I’d love to know what your favorite products are and what DIY skin remedies you love to use.

I’m hoping to make a great coffee scrub soon to share with you all soon. Caffeine is great for the skin.

More DIYs for you to enjoy: DIY Project Collective

In Beauty, Review on
November 4, 2015

Somaluxe Stem Cell + Peptide Complex Moisturizer Review

Somaluxe stem cell and peptide complex review

Hello there, Kind Friends. Today I’m going to share with you a pros and cons post on the Somaluxe Stem Cell + Peptide Complex moisturizer from Lady Soma (c/o). This review will help you decide whether or not you think this moisturizer would be a good fit for your routine.

This Stem Cell + Peptide Complex moisturizer is aimed for those that are looking to amp up their anti-aging skincare routine with a formula that works to help increase the skins firmness and longevity. The instructions say to use this moisturizer once per day, morning or night.

Pros and Cons

This product in the Somaluxe line from Lady Soma has many pros to it.


  • Great all-natural and organic ingredients
  • Cruelty-free/No animal testing policy
  • Smooth non-watery texture
  • Calming subtle floral scent
  • Great basic moisturizer for normal to oily skin
  • Works well on sensitive skin

And then one con that puts it in the no column for my skin type.


  • Not very moisturizing on dry skin

In my anti-aging routine I need a moisturizer that plumps my skin up while it treats because my skin is perpetually dry. On the bright side, however, it is one of the few anti-aging products that does not make my skin feel irritated with prolonged use.  I’ve been using this product once a day for a little over a month now without any negative skin interactions, which is hard for me to find in anti-aging products.

I personally did not notice a change in the firmness of my skin or in my wrinkles but at the moment I only have fine lines around my eye area, which is where I use a separate eye treatment product and not this moisturizer in particular.

How does the Somaluxe moisturizers work on dry skin?

Overall thoughts

I believe that the Lady Soma Stem Cell + Peptide Complex moisturizer from their Somaluxe line wold be a good product for those that don’t have dry skin and want to embalm their face with some high-quality organic ingredients. For me personally, I will be using it mainly on my neck, chest, and hands rather than on my face since I need some more moisturizing in my routine. At the moment, I don’t plan on purchasing a bottle myself but I’ll wait to see how it works on other areas of my body before I make my final decision.

What is your favorite anti-aging moisturizer? What products are you using in your routine?

I’d love to know your recommendations as to what I should try next, so please do let me know in the comments.

You can purchase this anti-aging moisturizer on or