Small Target Haul

target ecard
Do you ever feel like you are going crazy because of the fact that you “have been so good” at keeping to your budget? I get like that every once in awhile. Since starting my Learning to Live Minimally goals in 2011 (where I decided I was going to makeover my big spending habits), my empties series, and since making my budget even smaller after moving – I’ve been doing great! Almost no frivolous spending. I buy only what I need and only if I have the room for it. I’ve also made more of a habit of de-cluttering and having garage sales.

But, every few months I feel like all this “being good” drives me crazy. I was never the kind of shopper that really planned out my purchases, I would just enjoy going into a store and browsing. I love browsing! I could be in a store for an hour and leave with less than five things. So now that I’ve been forcing myself to plan my purchases more often… it just gets annoying after awhile.

So for the month of June I gave myself a present. $30. It doesn’t sound like a lot but I was so excited this morning to go to Target with $30 to spend on anything I wanted, without putting too much thought into it. Now I can go back to keeping my usual budget. You just need to reward yourself every once in awhile, you know?

Here is my haul from Target, minus the candy and soda I bought. Hey, if I can buy anything I want – I’m going to get a few $1 candies.

small target haul

For weeks I’ve been wanting the Jergens natural glow tanner. I saw this video from two Summers ago when I was using Jergens regularly and I was so impressed with my tan. Now, let’s hope this $9 lotion lasts more than a month. It was the first thing I ran towards when I walked into the store.

burts bees hibiscus

Afterward, I immediately walked towards the Burt’s Bees aisle. I call it the Burt’s Bees aisle but their products really only take up about a quarter of the natural beauty aisle. I browsed a little bit before I ended up buying the Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Hibiscus. It really feels just like a chapstick but it has a gorgeous “your lips but better” look. Check it out above, along with my no-makeup face.

jewelry haul elephant necklace from target

Last, before heading to the counter to pay I took a look at the jewelry section. You may know from my brow routine and ootd video that I’m trying to get a little more involved in fashion. To my very happy surprise, I found a dainty elephant necklace! For $10 I got both an elephant necklace and a tree of life necklace (it was a two-pack). In the picture above I wore them both together but I’ll be wearing them separately in most cases. I freaked out a little because I’ve been dying to get this elephant necklace from dogeared and it costs over $50. What a great dupe! I wanted a necklace to remind me of my new website, Elephants Remember Love, so I hope it’ll inspire my writings.

The rest of my $30 I spent on candy, ha!

What would you buy with $30?


New posts you may have missed:

  1. How to Make 5 Summer Inspired Treats on omghow
  2. 6 Wedding Traditions and Keepsakes I’m Skipping to Keep Wedding Costs Down on Elephants Remember Love
  3. My Natural-Looking Brow Routine and Outfit of the Day on Rebecca Kelsey


My Easy Natural-Looking Brow Routine & Outfit of the Day

Working with your natural brows

Today I have a quick video showcasing my natural brow look. I basically draw on tiny hairs to accentuate the brows I already have. It takes no-time at all and only one product. It’s a low maintenance routine since I’m a low maintenance girl. As you can see, I barely even pluck my brows, as you can tell. Bonus, at the end of the video check out my outfit of the day. Does anyone want to volunteer to take outfit photos for me? Ha!

For my brows I used only one product, the Physician’s Formula Eye Booster Eyeliner and Serum. It is actually meant to be an eyeliner product but I didn’t like it for that purpose. It ended up looking a little patchy. For the brows, on the other hand, it’s amazing! You just need to make sure you apply it with a very light hand and using a far away mirror. If you get to focused on your brows using a smaller mirror, you can really overdue it with this product.

easy ootd by rebecca kelsey sampson

For my outfit today I’m wearing one of my new favorite items, a skater skirt from L’atiste By Amy (purchased used at Plato’s Closet Kendall). The only bummer about this skirt, despite how deceptively thick it appears to be, is that it is a little see-through. Because of this I usually wear a long jacket or I wear a dress underneath it.

The other items in my look today are from Forever 21. In the video I spoke about wearing brown oxfords, which would look great with this look, but I ended up wearing Keds (c/o). It makes the look a lot more casual and it was a bit more comfortable.

Answer in the comments: Do you prefer to be more done-up or laid back?

May Favorites 2014: Fanfiction, Fashion, Skincare, and omghow

may favorites including fanfiction picks For some reason I was extra driven to share with you my favorites for the month. I just had to sit down and film, no matter what. Check out my favorite products from the month of May below. I can’t wait to see what June brings. Can you believe that we are half way through the year so far? It’s time to re-evaluate my 2014 resolutions!

Below I have everything written out into lists but watch the video above for details on why I’ve loved all of these things this month.

- Products and links mentioned in this video -


  1. Wearing shorts and dresses for the Summer weather – like my mark. high waisted shorts.
  2. Wearing hats to hide my sweaty hair – also from mark.
  3. Smaller purses – again from mark. I swear this wasn’t planned!

may favorites 2014 - fanfiction, skincare, lifestyle


  1. Macadamia Reviving Curl Cream
  2. WEN Sweet Almond Mint Texture Balm
  3. Coconut Oil – This is my staple moisturizer!
  4. COOLA liquid sunblock 
  5. Willa SPF Shimmer Body Lotion (c/o)
  6. mark. Ibiza Sole After Sun Balm (limited edition)
  7. Using Q-Tips to hold my Eco-Tools brushes in a vase –  An alternative to bean bag beads or rice!
  8. Natracare organic tampons and panty liners – Who knew so many other tampons have gross chemicals? (c/o

Links mentioned:

  1. May Bulu Box: Check out what I got this May in my healthly living subscription box.
  2. Haul: When I realized that many tampons have harmful chemicals.
  3. – I’ve become obsessed with writing how-tos.
  4. account – This is such a guilty pleasure.

A recent product I didn’t like: NYX Pin-Up Curl Mascara

Would any of you be interested in a post on alternatives to traditional tampons and other natural or eco-friendly period alternatives?


What is your guilty pleasure?


I won’t judge!