sales to shop (and blog name reminder!)

Labor Day always brings those last few chances to soak up the sun, but it also gives us plenty of reasons to shop. The sales are everywhere and I've linked some stand outs below. I am eyeing these shoes, this lucite tray, and this vest (ah!). Have fun shopping! 
Anthropologie: Extra 20% off sale items. No code needed. Ends 9/1. 
Ballard Designs: 15% off sitewide. 
BCBGeneration: 40% off sitewide. Ends 9/1. 
Bloomingdales: Big brown bag sale! Items are 20% - 60% off. 
C. Wonder: 30% off full-price items. Extra 50% off sale. 
GiGi New York: Free personalization and free shipping. Ends 9/2. 
J. Crew: 40% off final sale items. 
Kendra Scott: 15% off sitewide with code 2014LDW. Ends 9/1. 
Furbish Studio: 15% off sitewide with code ENDOFSUMMER. 
Lulu and Georgia: 25% off sitewide with code LABORDAY25. Ends 9/1. 
Nordstrom: Up to 40% off. 
Old Navy: Everything is 40% - 50% off. 
Splendid: 20% off skirts and tops with code LABORDAY20.
Also, you may or may not have seen my announcement yesterday, but don't forget that this blog name will be changing to Holy City Chic early next week!


I'm changing the name of this blog. (+ giveaway winner!)

How's that for a blog title? I needed to get your attention! ;) 

Since this blog has had a "changes" theme this week, why not one more? This is something I've thought about for a long, long time. I was a senior in college, I believe, when I came up with the name, "Style Me Swanky." The bottom line is that my tastes and preferences have changed a huge amount since then. I'm really a lot different than I was then, which is a normal product of growth, right? With each new day, we have new experiences that shape us into different people than we were the day before. That's life. And just as my pick in clothing has gone from brights to neutrals, my pick in blog name has gone from Style Me Swanky to...

Holy City Chic.

Definitely inspired by our move back to Charleston (the "Holy City"), this name came to me randomly one night while laying in bed. I just feel that it works. I've thought about it for a while and I still prefer it to any others I've come up with. This is a lifestyle blog—not just fashion, not just beauty, not just home interiors (those posts will start coming more often!). I needed a name that encompasses all of those things. Something that is consistent with what I strive to be, which—if we're being honest—is chic, after all. And not just in clothing choices, but in all facets of life.

I realize changing a website name can add confusion, especially since I've had my blog name for quite a handful of years now, but I am going to try and make this transition as smooth as possible. My current URL will just forward to the new one. My older posts will still remain in the same place. The content will stay the same, except I do have some fun ideas for making it better! 

The new URL will be holycitychic.com, so go ahead and take mental note! The actual change will take place one day next week.... errr... I don't know which day. Let's just go with it. What do ya say? 

I also wanted to announce that the La Roche Posay giveaway is....
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Susan has already been contacted! Thank you to everyone who entered. More giveaways coming soon! xo


steal alert

I love this top. It's such a great twist on a basic. I've worn it with skirts, with jeans, with shorts, you name it. The best part? It's currently on sale from $250 to $90.

Just use code RT14LD40 to save an extra 40% off all sale items at Rebecca Taylor. Here are other items from the sale I'm diggin'. 

was $325, now $78 (comes in black, too!)

was $295, now $159 (imagine this with white pants and a black leather jacket!)

was $295, now $106 (Even though this top is white and airy, it screams fall to me. Imagine it with a neutral scarf, skinny jeans, and booties!)

was $225, now $54 (comfy and stylish!)

was $345, now $124 (so many outfit possibilities for these!)

Just don't forget to use code RT14LD40 to save the extra 40% off! 


top  |  jeans  |  bag  |  shoes (similar)  |  sunglasses  | watch  |  horn necklace + earrings  |  short necklace

This is my favorite type of look. It's relaxed, but still pulled together. This outfit could take you shopping, to dinner (depending on the venue, I would maybe throw on some black pumps & carry a clutch), or to a backyard BBQ. Finding versatile pieces, like this top, has been a mission of mine for a while now. If it can be paired with multiple outfits and if it doesn't have a wild print (I tend to gravitate towards solids), then I don't mind investing. That's a timeless piece that I will be happy to see every time I open my closet doors.

I have an announcement coming tomorrow (and no, it has nothing to do with a baby!), so be sure to check back! 



We are officially in the dog days of summer. This weekend was, by far, the hottest of the year so far at over 100 degrees. So we tried to do as much as possible to stay cool, including boat days and swimming in the pool. Brandon and I headed out to a flat on the Broad River and I caught this red fish. One and done, son. After I caught that I decided it was too hot and we needed to get back on the boat. There was literally no wind—miserable! I let the fish swim, by the way.

Wore this shirt dress by ASOS. It's incredibly comfortable and the price is right. 

Brandon and I got lunch at Plums on Saturday. Their shrimp salad roll is heavenly. If you're in Beaufort, you should definitely check out Plums. It's my favorite for lunch, especially when the weather is pretty and you can sit out on the porch overlooking the Waterfront. (We immediately regretted sitting outside in the scorching heat, but it definitely was pretty.)

I went on an evening walk that night. It had just rained, which cooled it off a good bit. The sunset was gorgeous, so I had to put my Michael Franti playlist on pause to snap a pic. 

 Ah! And Sunday. So much more pleasant temperatures. Seriously beautiful outside. 
 I picked up this faux bamboo chippendale mirror that I purchased earlier last week from a refurbished home decor store. Can't wait to paint it white and find the perfect place for it...in our new home in Charleston! Just have to find it first. ;)


lust list (old navy) and a thank you

First of all, You are all rockstars and I thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for your kind words after my post yesterday. I read each one of your comments, emails, and sweet notes on Facebook and Instagram. I'm working my way through responding to each one, but until I get the chance to thank you all individually, please know how appreciative I am!

Second, sorry for the sporadic blog posts the past few days. Brandon has given himself a "staycation" this week since it's the week in between his job in Beaufort and his job in Charleston. So I've been trying to be away from my computer and with him as much as possible. Soakin' up rays and eating lots of yummy food, mostly (Did you see the fish I caught?).

Ah! Ok, the lust list. I randomly visited the Old Navy website and y'all, they've got some awesome pieces. I was totally surprised. I paired the above images together in outfit groupings that could work for late summer and carry you well into fall. The best part is that most of these, if not all, are less than $30. 

The graphic above is interactive! Just hover over each piece and click the "+" icon to be directed to the product page. 


real talk: our life update and about finding your happiness

This is one of those posts I've been wanting to put up for the longest time, but didn't really know where to begin, how much to share, or even how exactly to say it. So I'm just sitting here typing and hoping to find the right words to explain it all. 

If you've been around here for a while, you'll know that back in December, we decided to move from Charleston to Beaufort, SC, where we both grew up and where our families still live. This was the best move for us. A wonderful job was waiting for Brandon. A welcomed change for us both. A chance to be closer to our parents. A life made a little bit easier due to a greater career opportunity for him and a town that has a slower pace than Charleston. We like "easy living." We were game.

We knew that Beaufort was small. We grew up here, so that was no surprise. We knew that whenever we were ready to fill that "city void" we would have when missing Charleston, we'd be 40 minutes away from Savannah, 40 minutes away from Hilton Head Island (not that that's "city life," but it's something to do), and an hour and twenty minutes away from the Holy City (that's Charleston's nickname because of all the church steeples you can see in the skyline, if you didn't know).

Side note: It just hit me that this is probably going to be a long post. Sorry!

So two days after Christmas, we packed all of our things out of our little condo and put it into storage. What an uneasy feeling. Moving to a new town. Not having a home. All of your "home" being in a rectangular storage unit. Since we were newly "homeless," Brandon and I stayed with my parents for a couple months—They live just outside of Beaufort. During that time, I was driving a total of 3 hours every day to get to/from work in Charleston until my job found a replacement for me. It was wearing on me.

Meanwhile, we were looking for a home to buy. We thought real estate would be less expensive in Beaufort, but it's really not (in our price range, at least). The only difference is that there's so much less on the market in Beaufort, but we found a home we loved. We were sold, then found out the flood elevation was too low. Looked at literally countless other homes and didn't feel right about any of them. Found a piece of land on the marsh that we loved and the price was a steal. Researched architects and found plans we liked for building a house, but what the heck were we going to do while this house was being built? Live with my parents for 6-8 months? That, plus the commitment of building a house just didn't feel right, so I asked Brandon that we squash the idea. My intuition is very strong and I'm learning to trust it.

On top of searching for a home, experiencing constant let downs with said search, driving a few hours a day to get to work, and just not having a place of our own, I also started my job with The Everygirl. I was learning something completely new. I didn't even know what being a beauty editor was and let's just say it was overwhelming to learn the ropes. On top of everything else, I was spending immense time trying to find inspiration for new story ideas, trying to find photographers across the country and the people to create beautiful features for me. In all honesty, it was terrible timing for me to take something like this on (but make no mistake—it has been an amazing experience for me so far and I love it).

In addition to all of that, I also didn't know where I was going to work as a full-time job. Not only is the real estate market unsaturated in Beaufort, but so is the job market. My schedule looked a little like this: I would wake up at 5am, drive to Charleston for work, get back home at 6:30pm, and spend 7pm-12am on the computer looking for jobs, filling out applications, updating my resume for each job, and oh yeah—I was looking for houses, too. Oh, and somewhere in there I tried to keep this blog updated (I can't even remember if I was successful at that) and work for The Everygirl.

(Sorry, am I rambling any? I told you this was a lot of feelings to somehow put into words!)

This was a really stressful time in my life. I never talked about it, but I felt so... different—like I could almost let out a belting wail on cue. This was far away from my normal. But still, I knew we were blessed to be able to stay with my parents and for me to have my current job in Charleston. We were healthy. We were thankful for these things. I know that in the grand scheme of things, this is tiny, small potatoes and many people have things far, far, far worse than what I'm explaining. I am not discounting that one bit, but I'm just being honest with how I felt.

In early March, I had a breakdown with Brandon that went a little something like this "(hysterically crying) Meet me for lunch! I need to talk to you! We made a hu-(hyperventilating)huge mistake!!! Let's go back to Charleston—everything was "perfect" for us there! Why did we give all of that up!!" Yeah, it was definitely something like that.

We sat down and talked through a lot. And I calmed down. Ultimately, we decided that renting was going to be our best option. We were ready to have a home and this would allow us to be sure that Beaufort was going to be the place for us to settle down for a while. We rented the first place we saw that we liked. A really awesome loft space in Habersham, a neighborhood you know I'm obsessed with if you follow me on instagram. I still didn't know where I was going to work, but a couple months later, a series of events led me into the Habersham office and together, we decided that I would get my real estate license and do sales there. I also gained two marketing consultant positions—one at Habersham and one at my in-law's jewelry store. So that, paired with The Everygirl and my own blog would definitely keep me busy.

It was a blessing to get all of that figured out. Since that time, I've been working at home, and while I really don't think working at home is for me (I always dreamed of it, knowing it would be amazing), it, overall, has been a great setup for me. You know how, when you're overwhelmed, you have to tell yourself to "take things one at a time?" Well, finding a job was one of the last things to cross off that mental list for me. But something still didn't feel right.

At this point, we had about six or seven months in Beaufort, long enough to start to feel settled, but I wasn't settled. Not in the least. I missed Charleston. We missed Charleston ...and to me, it wasn't the big things that immediately come to your mind like amazing restaurants, shopping on King, tons of things to do on the weekends, etc. Yes, I totally miss those things, too. But I miss things like having a great grocery store (I used to be a Harry Teet loyalist, that's Harris Teeter. See, we were on nickname basis. Now I do my shopping at Walmart, because that's the only decent "grocery store" near me and let's face it, Walmart's not decent.). I miss having a car wash down the street from me! You may think this is silly, but one day I spent an hour driving around town trying to find an automatic car wash. I found three, but two were broken and one was out of business. I miss having a great gym to go to. (I haven't been to the gym since Decemeber!! Yikes!) And I freaking miss Target, ok?? I was not prepared to break up with Target when we left Charleston and I just don't want to have to drive 35 minutes to Bluffton every time I want a new candle, or a new pack of thank you notes, or whatever given items that Target tends to mesmerize me with. (You know.)

Again, I just don't feel like myself. Still. I don't have the same motivation I used to have. I want to clam up inside, but yet I get so stir crazy from being home working all day. It's a vicious cycle. I don't feel enlivened by our surroundings. I tried to hide this from my blog. A lot of times I just couldn't bring myself to create a blog post. I may be making this out to sound a lot worse that it has been. I wasn't depressed, but I definitely have been in a darker place than I've ever been.

But I put all of that aside (and tried to keep my feelings quiet) and made the best of Beaufort. I love knowing that my parents and Brandon's parents are right down the street. I love the people I work for. There's so many wonderful things about this precious town. We quickly discovered our "regular" spots for dinner and a drink. We have great friends here. Brandon loves his job and is thriving at it.

Then, after finally coming to terms with all of this, we get a call that the company Brandon worked for in Charleston won a few awesome projects and they want him to come back (remember, he left them in December). Doesn't life have a sense of humor? We sat on this for as long as we could, weighing the pros and cons. We know life was happier for us in Charleston. It was "our" life, not a life we created just to be near our parents (that was a harsh reality—I would be with my parents every day if I could!). Life in Charleston is something we created ourselves and it's been sorely missed.

So, I've said all of this to get at one point. We are moving back to Charleston. Brandon is going back to his old job on Monday and I will be selling real estate at an office downtown on Broad St. We have been to Charleston probably six times in the past two or three weeks looking at houses. We are doing this.

The moral of this story is my belief that "your journey" shouldn't be forced. Things don't work out for us everyday. For me, multiple jobs didn't work out in Beaufort. Multiple houses didn't work out for us to buy. I did beat myself up over these things a little—that's human nature. But if you try to make the best out of things and don't force something to happen, it's amazing where you'll end up. For us, life has naturally taken us back to Charleston... to our happy place. It's just crazy the way things work out.

If you've made it to the end of this post, thank you (and bless your little heart). But most of all, thank you for sticking around this blog in a time of my life when things just didn't feel right. I'm glad we're getting back to our "normal." Your support is something familiar to me and whether you realize it or not, each little comment on here or on social media makes a big difference. You keep me rolling with this little blog and I appreciate you.


giveaway and product spotlight: la roche-posay mela-d pigment control serum

Summer is winding down and it's the perfect time to correct any damage the sun has done to your skin—and by damage, I mean dark spots, dullness, and any parts of your skin that just aren't as smooth as they were before we devoted entire days to worshiping the sun (I know I'm not alone.).

I was first introduced to La Roche-Posay Mela-D Pigment Control Serum  back in the spring when I started to notice some dark spots on my face that were left by blemishes. Little blemishes are already such a pain, but they just have to go make things that much worse by leaving dark spots on your skin after they've healed. The nerve. This is something I had never dealt with in the past and was a rude awakening this year for me. (I'm a little dramatic—and apparently, aging.)

So, back to the La Roche-Posay Mela-D Pigment Control. I was on the hunt for something that would make those stubborn dark spots disappear and then I discovered this serum. The main thing that stood out to me is that it's hydroquinone-free. Do you know what hydroquinone is? Basically, it's an organic compound that is found in many dark spot correcting creams. Sounds harmless, but studies have found some carcinogenic effects when it's applied to skin. It inhibits melanin production to help lighten skin, but long term use can actually damage your pigment cells. So the summary is, it WORKS, but it's probably not the best thing to use for long periods of time. So I loved that this La Roche-Posay serum contains kojic acid, which is a natural and safe alternative to hydroquinone.

In summary: This clinically-proven serum promises not only to correct hyperpigmentation (dark spots/uneven skin tone), but to prevent new dark spots from occurring—all in as little as two weeks. Here are the active ingredients that really pack a one-two punch for reducing dark spots, smoothing the skin, and making it look more radiant and bright:
2% KOJIC ACID, a natural brightening agent derived from mushrooms known to visibly reduce dark spots and skin discolorations 
9.95% GLYCOLIC ACID + 0.4% LIPO-HYDROXY ACID [LHA] two Highly concentrated exfoliating agents to smooth skin’s surface and significantly boost skin’s radiance 
0.02% THERMAL DERMOBIOTIC, a unique ingredient incorporated to help calm and soothe skin.
My verdict: I absolutely love this stuff because it's made my skin brighter and more even-toned. The serum feels hydrating to me, too. I started applying it every night and within just weeks (maybe not two weeks, as promised—more like three or four), I noticed fading of dark spots. My complexion is more radiant and I do believe that this prevented new spots from occurring. It's been my lifesaver this summer and I will continue to use it all year long, especially since we have tropical temperatures in SC nine months out of the year (yeesh!). Also, a little goes a really long way, so I'm still not finished with my 1oz bottle of it that I've been using for almost six months.

Price: $53

Where to buy?: La-Roche PosayAmazon, or many skincare websites that carry the brand.

Now the fun part, La Roche-Posay has offered to give one of you this serum! Enter the giveaway below. 


current favorites

1. Lately, I've been hooked on Garden & Gun, so I finally subscribed. The magazine celebrates the best of life and style in the south. The pictures alone will captivate you. Just so ya know, the mag is available at a discounted price through Magazines.com, but I'll do you one better. Visit that site through Ebates and you'll get 26% cash back after your purchase. Pretty sweet deal.

2. I got the Madewell Transport Tote for my birthday and I'm already in love. I've wanted it for the longest time, but I just recently purchased a new handbag, so I was trying to hold off. Just couldn't. The leather is buttery and rich, and is only going to get better with age. Will be perfect for farmer's market trips, casual days shopping around, and as a tote for trips. I got it personalized with my initials in gold. That's the icing on the cake. 

3. I've been loving these Krystyn Sandals. I don't have dressy sandals like these, so I'm fully going to take advantage of wearing these on days I need to look pulled together for work meetings, but don't want to wear heels. Get 40% off your purchase today, 8/19 only, with code SURPRISE.

4. Also truly impressed with the Adelia T-Strap Pumps. The heel is the perfect height to make your legs look super long, but not too high where you're uncomfortable walking in them. They're ultra chic and versatile enough to be worn with casual or fancy looks.

5. This Dior 'Diorskin Forever' foundation is my all time favorite. I've loved it longer than I've loved any other formulation and really feel like I'm able to stop my wild search for my holy grail foundation. It has SPF 25, so that's always a plus, but it still tends to photograph pretty well in flash photography. It's lightweight, but has technology that makes it fuse to your skin, so it lasts a long time (hence why they call it "forever"). I have been wearing this all summer and apply it with a flat top kabuki brush that has been dampened with water. This makes the foundation go on even more naturally. I do not wear tinted moisturizers in the summer because they literally fall off my face in the heat. That's a winter item for me, when my skin is dehydrated. In the summer, I am all for these long lasting foundations, just applied minimally.

6. Another birthday gift I received is this Citizen Eco Drive Leather Strap Watch. I love the rose gold-tone dial and how sophisticated, understated, and feminine it is. In general terms of style, I'm really leaning towards natural textures, neutral colors, and simple pieces. This fits the bill.

What are your current favorites?


Marissa Webb + Banana Republic

It was announced in April that Marissa Webb, former head of women's wear design at J. Crew, would join Banana Republic as their new creative director. Since making that official, she has hit the ground running and has taken the brand from something that lingers around office-ready styles, to a fresh new aesthetic that is much more modern. She is making Banana Republic "street ready," and ...it's good.

First, let's talk about Marissa a little more. Her instagram is full of new deliciousness she's brought to the brand. She's been giving tons of sneak peeks of what's to come for Banana Republic.

And here are some of my favorite looks that she has brought to Banana Republic. 

Marissa, you've saved BR. I definitely spy some pieces that will be making it in my closet this fall...


An Afternoon with Fletcher's Finds and Finest

I recently had the chance to spend an afternoon at a true southern gem, Fletcher's Finds and Finest, an antique store and deli in Yemassee, SC. Located just about a mile off of I-95, it has unique antiques, stunning persian rugs, amazing food, and the most perfect southern hospitality. The next time you're passing Exit 38 in South Carolina (30 miles away from the exit for Hilton Head Island), do yourself a favor and stop by. And if you're far, far away - you can just pretend you're there through my photos below. It's a real treat!
The immediate appeal of Fletcher's Finds and Finest is that it's located so close to an interstate full of nothing but fast food. So if you're on a trip, this place is like a southern comfort food oasis. But what keeps the regulars coming back is that the food is out-of-this-world good. The preparation and uniqueness of the food items is on par with what you would find in a fancy delicatessen, but the prices are just as affordable as fast food. Also, the portions are aplenty and the majority of the ingredients are locally grown - many in the multiple gardens right behind the shop! They even make their own bread! (I love local gems like this.)

I was so happy I hadn't already eaten when I arrived because I would have hated to miss out on the special of the day - Homemade chicken salad on a bakery bun with squash puppies (or a side salad) and a side of fresh locally grown seedless watermelon - all for $6.50!
You can also get the chicken salad served on top of a salad.
But let's go back to the most important thing I just mentioned - Squash. Puppies.

Have you ever had them? My guess is you haven't because the owner and manager, Paula Flowers, created them herself with her own secret recipe. But I'll just say that you need to because they might just be the best thing I've ever tasted in my life. And there's squash in there, so they're totally healthy, right? ;)
The deli and store, which is on the other side, have a funky and eclectic, yet warm and inviting atmosphere. There's also a seating area outside, but in this summer heat, I stuck to indoors. Local artists have their work showcased on the walls, available for purchase at awesome prices. Vintage finds like glassware, hats, purses, and jewelry are displayed throughout the deli. It's perfectly imperfect, which is the essence of a true southern shop, right? 
The menu includes anything from big, colorful salads with all local veggies, to their famous foot long sloppy dogs and sirloin steak tip sandwiches... to a grilled housemade pimento cheese sandwich with bacon and strawberry preserves. Lots of choices in between, too - and all for $6.50, including a side.
On the other side of the deli, you will find antiques galore. Perfect for browsing while waiting for your lunch to be prepared.
There's so much to see, and can you imagine the stories that could be told through these treasures?
Ah! That beautiful, beautiful antique bed. Oh, and there sits the persian rug jackpot.
Paula goes straight to the source to get her persian rugs. No middle man, so the prices will surprise you - in a good way. Mine came from her shop!
...and more rugs - and these are only the small ones!

Next door, Paula's son has just built a moonshine distillery, Lucky Duck Distillery. It's not open yet, but will be soon. 
There's a tasting room, gift shop, local treats, and a viewing area so you can see the stills he uses to make the moonshine.
I had a great time browsing (and eating, there's always eating!) at Fletcher's Finds and Finest. She just added a line of local, handmade pottery and it's gorgeous. Can't wait to go back to see it in person. If you're traveling, or heck, even if you're not, you should totally stop by (click here for directions off of their website and you can check out Yelp and Trip Advisor for other reviews). You'll be swept off your feet by this little gem. It's southern through and through.


product empties

"Product empties" is a concept I've grown to love on various beauty blogs and YouTube videos. It's one time you know you're getting a completely valid review because that person has taken the time to use the entire product, rather than using it for a week and making her determination. So, I thought I'd do the same! These are products I've used up within the past month or two. I've saved them in a bag until I got enough to do an entire post. I'm also sharing whether I would repurchase each product or not. Let me know what you think about this new series - yay? nay?

Nuance Salma Hayek Macadamia Nut Exfoliating Body Cleansing Scrub // This scrub not only exfoliates skin, but it has shea butter, coconut oil, and vitamin e to keep skin soothed and hydrated. I would use this all over my body to take away any dead skin cells. My skin smelled amazing and it created the perfect canvas for shaving my legs. For $9, I will definitely repurchase this! 
L'Oreal Elnett Unscented Extra Strong Hold Hairspray // This is my favorite hairspray, so I will go ahead and tell you that it is already repurchased. The unscented formula is the way to go. It still has a smell, but I love it. It creates a dry, touchable hold that doesn't look heavy. It is so good. 
Rite Aid Baby Wash // Any brand of baby wash will do, but this is what I use to wash my makeup brushes. If it's gentle enough for a baby, it's gentle enough for some bristles. I definitely suggest the kind with the pump, like the one above. It just makes the process so much easier. Already repurchased! 
RITUALS Himalaya Wisdom Deep Cleansing Scrub // This stuff is the ultimate in pampering. The smell is on point. The ancient salts heavily exfoliate and leave a slight cooling effect on the skin. It leaves your skin feeling super moisturized and revitalized. What is the difference between this stuff and the Nuance Cleansing Scrub I mentioned first? This is a heavy duty exfoliant, whereas the Nuance is gentle enough to be used every day (in my opinion). Will I repurchase? I hope so! But honestly, probably not. To me, this seems like a bit of a luxury product and although I would love to own it again, I just don't see myself splurging $25 for it when there are others that do the job (albeit, not as well.). This is a great gift - I would love to give this (or receive it!). It's ahh-mazing followed up with the coordinating body cream.  
RITUALS Yogi Flow Foaming Shower Gel // I ended up using this as a shave gel and for that, it was amazing. Wasn't crazy about it for a shower gel - don't ask me why. Wouldn't repurchase.
Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder // This is truly an awesome translucent powder. It's the best thing I've been able to find for keeping oily skin at bay, but not accentuating dry skin. It's supposed to balance skin and it does a great job at it. I haven't repurchased yet because I thought I could find other things to do the job just as well, but I haven't been able to. I will repurchase - especially because the little tub lasted me the longest time.  
Maybelline Lumi Dream Touch Highlighting Concealer // I've been using this stuff as my under eye concealer and on any other parts of my face that need highlighting and brightening. Y'all know I've tried a lot of concealers and this one has honestly impressed me a lot more than many high end formulations. Already repurchased! 
Clinique Wash Away Gel Cleanser // The best I've ever tried at removing makeup. It's gentle on eye makeup and removes a whole face worth of makeup with ease - and it only takes a tiny pea size amount. Because of how concentrated it is, it lasts me well over a year. I probably have 15 high-end face cleansers in my beauty drawer that have been sent to me to try, but I can't find any that compare to this when it comes to removing makeup! Please note- I do not use this as my main cleanser. I strictly use this for removing makeup and then follow up with a different cleanser. Will I repurchase? Duh!  
Skinceuticals Clarifying Cleanser // I honestly forgot about this cleanser, but now that I'm thinking about it - man I miss it!! It gently exfoliates the skin and treats acne with a combinations of glycolic, mandelic and salicylic acids. I purchased this after my esthetician used it on me during my facials leading up to our wedding. I probably will repurchase one day, but got to work through all of the cleansers mentioned in the paragraph above first, ha!   
GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment // This is hurt-your-wallet expensive for how tiny the jar is. It's great, but it has never wowed me the way it's hyped up to be. Don't get me wrong, I have loved every minute that I wore this mask, but I find the same results with my $4 Queen Helene Mint Julep Mask. For that reason, I won't repurchase. Just too expensive for me to justify!  
Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil // In the winter, this was my savior. I wrote about all the benefits of argan oil here. Will I repurchase? Maybe when the weather gets cold. We will see how my skin is acting at that point!  
Moroccanoil Treatment Light // This is one of the only hair oils I can find that doesn't make my hair look like a grease ball. I use it so very sparingly that the bottle probably lasted me oh... four years? I'm not joking. Will repurchase!  
No7 Quick Thinking 4-in-1 Wipes // I'm the biggest proponent of properly removing makeup and cleansing skin every night, even when you don't feel like it. But even I have those nights when I am just too tired to go through my (rather lengthy) cleansing routine. Or maybe I'm on the couch until 5am watching Orange is the New Black on Netflix and can't bear to get up. Whatever the case may be for you, these wipes will be your saving grace. They're a rather new find and I'm thankful I came across them in Target. These wipes are called 4-in-1 because they contain vitamin pro B5 extracts of witch hazel and fennel to help cleanse pores and moisturize (cleanse + remove impurities + tone + moisturize). They remove makeup and stay more wet than any other wipes I've tried. These are perfect for travel and for those days when you get home from work and just need to immediately take off your makeup and feel refreshed. I can't imagine ever not repurchasing these.
So tell me what you think of these kinds of posts? Did you like it? I know the completely used-up packages are not the most beautiful, but I thought this would be informative. Let me know what ya think!

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