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Sephora VIB Sale Picks and Wishlist | November 2017

by Jamie Sanford on November 10, 2017

The Sephora VIB sale event is back!

If you are a Sephora VIB member (it’s free to join), you can get 15%-20% off this weekend at Sephora and Sephora.com. I will definitely be stocking up on some products that I always need to replenish but are generally never on sale.

Check out the box below for my own wishlist as well as some tried and true favorites. Happy shopping!

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Loves & Recommendations #2

by Jamie Sanford on August 30, 2017


In an extension of my Product Picks, I wanted to share a regular post about things that I’m enjoying and recommending. Welcome to Loves & Recommendations #2!

This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a small commission if you make a purchase using these links.

To see all of my product picks, click here.

My foray into fantasy hair continues, and I’m currently using Purple Rain by Arctic Fox. This color is particularly beautiful.

Coty Airspun Powder. I could probably write a whole blog post about this. It is so old school – note the “since 1935″ on the package, but it is the best setting powder for foundation that I have ever used. I have tried using regular foundation powders, setting powders, and I love this one the most. It does have a scent, which I know isn’t for everyone, but the finish does not lie. You can get this at drugstores, and on Amazon, for an average price of about $7-$8. I don’t use the powder puff, I use a big fluffy powder brush to apply, and it gives the most amazing finish. Matte but not powdery and gross.

Safari Live! We came across the Safari Live channel while looking at other live channels on YouTube via the Xbox, and we have been HOOKED ever since. As in, putting safaris on our TV for 3 hours at a time, almost daily, becoming invested in the lives of the animals and the tour guides, it is a THING that we are doing. They broadcast 6 hours of live safaris from Africa every single day, and they archive them to watch later. You can interact with the guides through a Twitter hashtag, and you get so many amazing looks at beautiful animals. Warning – they do not shy away from live animal kills, so be prepared for that. The internet is so full of hate and vitriol, and finding Safari Live has been an escape that is very welcome. Check it out!

The AmazonBasics Portable Bluetooth Speaker. I bought this in response to having sound issues with my iPad, where the audio levels are so low (only on certain YouTube videos), and it needed to be dealt with. I purchased this because it was the “Amazon’s Choice” product, and it is a wonderful item! It is smaller than I expected, but it connects without issue to both my iPad and Will’s Android phone. I actually think I might buy a second one, as this has been commandeered for use in the kitchen. I’m sure that for outdoor use, or to fill a room with music, I would buy something bigger, and with more promise of sound quality. However, for small personal needs – for podcasts while you cook or something similar, this is a great option.

The Popsocket. I saw someone on YouTube using this and bought it immediately. I love my iPhone 7 Plus, but it is enormous and unwieldy, even after months of use. This extra bit of stability is amazing. It took a few days to adjust to it, but I don’t think I could be without it now.

LinkedIn Learning. I had access to Lynda for a while, which was purchased by LinkedIn, and the content is available in both places. The beginner and intermediate courses in marketing topics are GREAT, and provide a good foundation of knowledge on topics. I haven’t yet explored the more advanced courses, but I have a membership now so I will have to try it out.

What are your recent favorites? Tell me on Twitter.

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Pantene Pro-V Silky Moisture Whip | Product Pick #16

by Jamie Sanford on May 25, 2017

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During a random span of time a few years ago, I won a few different contests online. One of them was a Twitter giveaway of Pantene products, and today I want to talk about what has become one of my favorite hair products of all time.

Pantene Silky Moisture Whip

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have perhaps noticed that I change my hair color pretty regularly. My stylist highlights my hair and sorts out my roots on occasion, but the rest of the time, my hair is refreshed in whatever color I’m going for that day with Arctic Fox haircolor. The Arctic Fox is really moisturizing and conditioning, but obviously, the hair that has been highlighted is a bit damaged.

I had forgotten about the Silky Moisture Whip until I cleaned out my bathroom cabinet with all of the hair products. I immediately moved it to the front and started using it, and noted an immediate difference.

After towel-drying my hair, I squeeze the mousse-like product into my hair and brush through for full coverage. I then air-dry or blow-dry, and follow-up with heat spray before using the Tyme Iron to straighten and/or curl my hair. The difference was much greater than I would have expected, and especially for a drug store product that has an incredibly reasonable price.

The official product description is as follows:

Pantene’s Pro-V Silky Moisture Whip contains a Moisture Protection complex that acts like hair’s natural lipid layer to help: leave hair feeling moisturized for up to 48 hours, protect hair from heat styling damage in just one use and regulate hair’s natural moisture and gives silky hair that shines.

The Pantene Pro-V Silky Moisture Whip is available on Amazon. If you feel like your hair is lacking in moisture and shine, I highly recommend trying it out.

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Sephora VIB Sale Picks and Wishlist | Spring 2017

by Jamie Sanford on April 18, 2017

The Sephora VIB sale event is back!

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April 18-24: VIB Rouge Members receive 15% off on all purchases, in store and online.

April 19-24: VIB members receive 15% off on all purchases, in store and online.

April 20-24: Beauty Insiders receive 15% off on all purchases, in store and online.

To become a VIB member, you have to spend $350 at Sephora in the span of a year. I’ve managed this the last few years by purchasing skincare from Sephora instead of with the individual brands. To become a VIB Rouge member, you have to spend $1000 at Sephora in the span of a year, which doesn’t feel like reality. I’m guessing it is mostly beauty professionals in this category.

So let’s get into it! The list below combines my wishlist or items I would like to pick up, as well as favorites that I might have to stock up on while they are being discounted. I will definitely also be picking up skin care items from Murad and Origins.

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Loves & Recommendations #1

by Jamie Sanford on February 23, 2017


In an extension of my Product Picks, I wanted to share a regular post about things that I’m enjoying and recommending. Welcome to Loves & Recommendations #1!

This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a small commission if you make a purchase using these links.

To see all of my product picks, click here.

Arctic Fox semi-permanent hair dye.

The 4 oz bottles are $10.99, and the 8 oz bottles are $16.99.

I have been experimenting with fantasy hair over the last 5-6 months, and I switched from using Manic Panic to Arctic Fox after seeing a LOT of great videos on YouTube of regular people using Arctic Fox to get great color. I have a lot more to say about my experience with non-traditional hair colors, and will post about it soon, but spoiler alert, I will be saying great things about Arctic Fox products.

Maybelline Unstoppable Eyeliner in Pewter.

I have been in love with this eyeliner for years, as made evident by this blog post. I bought another one in pewter, because it is my ride or die eyeliner. Available for $5.94 from Amazon.

TurboTax Deluxe.

Boring? Maybe, but I’ve been using it forever and will buy it every year that it makes sense for me to do my own taxes. It is so easy, and once you use it once, everything pulls over to your new return from the previous year. It took me no time at all for federal taxes this year, and until I buy a house and have much more complicated financials, I’m sticking with it. Around $40 on Amazon.

Paine’s Red Cedar incense trees.

I bought these for Will from his Christmas wishlist, and I love them so much that I bought a second box for our home. It smells so woodsy and fire-burn-y (not a word) and I love it. $8.92 on Amazon.

John Frieda Beach Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner.

I first purchased these years ago when a nearby Eckerd story was closing and everything was on sale. Neither Will or I were blonde, but it says on the back that you can use it on any color hair. Will ended up loving these products because they are minty, but for a long time I could not find them. A random search one day, and they are back in our life. What’s weird is that the set of 2 is over $20 on Amazon right now, but you can buy them separately for around $12.

Unique Extra Dark “Splits”

I’m so glad that this brand is getting more exposure! We found these at a farmer’s market a while back, and they are the most polarizing snack I have ever had. Everyone loves or hates them. I love them, and my dad liked them when I gave him some, and I bought a pack of 2 before Christmas and sent him a bag along with keeping one for my house. You can get them for as little as $3/bag on Amazon.

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