Black Friday Haul Part 2: Sand Cloud and Pura Vida Bracelets

I know its been long awaited but Part 2 of Black Friday Haul is finally here! I did some online shopping at Sand Cloud and Pura Vida Bracelets and took advantage of the deals I got. Both sites were 50% off EVERYTHING! Here are the things that I got!

We’ll start with Pura Vida Bracelets.

As for bracelets, I got a seafoam braided one, a seafoam with a wave charm, black platinum and then a mental health awareness and a depression awareness bracelets. I cannot wait to keep adding more to my collection. Yes I’d say a lot of the bracelets may look easily DIYable and maybe even a little young, like preteen and teenage young, but I personally still love them and everything the company stands for.

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I got a lot of rings, I don’t really remember the exact names so please bare with me. I got quite a few chevron ones and then an opposing triangle, bow and arrow, celestial and a pearl one.

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Now for Sand Cloud.

I got three T shirts, first one I got was the wanderlust long sleeve, which is just a nice rainbow tye dye. I think this would have to be my favorite one I got.

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The next one I got was a pink acid wash long sleeve tee. I love the color, one of my favorite colors to wear!IMG_1627.JPG

The last one I got was a nice burgundy long sleeve with Christmas colored marine life animals on the back, perfect for Christmas.

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The last thing I got from Sand Cloud was this Coral Oasis Blanket, it is huge and just super cozy. I have felt it but haven’t even used it yet, and I already love it.

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That completes my haul from Black Friday, I hope you enjoyed. You should definitely check out these amazing companies if you haven’t already. I do have coupon codes so you can save money! Use “ALLICEN25” atΒ https://www.sandcloudtowels.com/ and “ALLICEN20” atΒ https://www.puravidabracelets.com/. Thank you so much for reading!

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2017 Black Friday Haul…… Part 1

I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving if you celebrate it! I love spending time with my family and then attempting to get Christmas shopping done the next day. And I mean that, attempting, but then somehow it just turns into a shopping spree for myself, I imagine many of you can relate. Anyway I did some shopping and I wanted to share with you what I got. This is just Part 1, I have some online shopping I did as well. I would share what I got for others for Christmas gifts but I didn’t want to risk spoiling it for them so I’m just sharing what I got for myself.

First place I went to was Ulta, and they didn’t have amazing deals but I have been wanting to try more from the brand Makeup Revolution, which they carry there, and so I thought I’d take advantage of the Buy One, Get One 50% off deal.

So first thing I got was this Blurring Primer. I’ve been needing a new primer, and I have heard of “Blurring” but have never tried one myself, so I figured I would try it out and see if it actually works.

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I have been in love with holographic stuff in general, and honestly this highlighter looks like its duochromatic if not holographic. It is around the same shade as the blanket I’m using as the background for this picture, so we’ll see if I am even able to wear it.

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Something else that caught my eye was this Banana Powder. It really reminds me of the Banana Powder from Ben Nye Cosmetics. I’ve never tried it but I have always wanted to. I truly hate loose powders but I still thought I would give it a chance. I also wanted to try baking, because believe it or not, I have never tried baking.

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The last Makeup Revolution product I picked up was the Liquid Highlighter in Champagne. I’m going to be honest, I wasn’t too impressed with the Starlight one I picked up in my last haul, but I still thought I would give this one more chance before officially deciding that I don’t like it.

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The last thing I picked up from Ulta were these makeup removing wipes from Formula 10.0.6. My absolutely favorite makeup wipes are the Neutrogena ones, but as I stated in a couple posts back, I’m trying to transition going cruelty free, and I know that Formula 10.0.6 is cruelty free, and I wanted to test them out.

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The next store I went to was Lush. I’m going to be honest, I’ve never really been crazy about Lush and their infamous bath bombs. Like yeah, they’re cool and all but I don’t see the big deal. Honestly I feel like I am constantly under stress from wherever it comes from, and if I took more baths, maybe it would be good and relaxing for me. So I picked up two bath bombs, the rocket science one and some sugar bear I think, I honestly can’t remember their names.

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The other thing I picked up was this Cup O Coffee Face Mask I have been wanting to try for the longest time. I’m trying to transition into being cruelty free and unfortunately for me, most if not all the products I use aren’t cruelty free. Luckily Lush is and I wanted to try out their products to see if I can find a cruelty free option that works for me.

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The next Β place I went to was Victoria’s Secret because what is a Black Friday Haul without Victoria’s Secret? As much as I wanted to get the tote when you spend $75, there honestly just wasn’t much that I wanted that was worth spending money on, so I only picked up two things.

The first thing I picked up were the camping leggings that were on sale.

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The next product I picked up really just stood out to me. I’m going to be honest, I have some big breasts and it makes shopping for bras incredibly difficult, especially when it comes to shopping for bathing suits and even clothes I want to wear but don’t want my bra showing. So I saw these lightly lined cups that are sticky, so it’s backless. I figured it would be nice to try these out and to have them on hand just in case.

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The next place I went to was Q which is just a smaller and sometimes more affordable version of Forever 21. I most of these on sale, and I thought I would try and upgrade my regular T shirt wardrobe to something a little nicer.

First, I saw this lightly lined bralette. It looks like one I have from Victoria’s Secret but doesn’t break the bank.

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Next I got this long sleeve floral dress/shirt. It looks long to be a shirt but a little short to be a dress. But I thought it would look great with a pair of leggings or maybe even a pair of skinny jeans.

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The next thing I got was this striped dress. Its going to look great in the summer, but in the meantime, I thought it would look great over a white t shirt, since that 90s trend seems to be making a comeback and with a pair of leggings or tights.

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I also picked up a pair of Christmas socks, because you can never have too many pairs of Christmas socks.

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The last thing I picked up was this choker set. It comes with a black one and a denim one. I don’t have any chokers, and I just love the way they look.

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The last place I went to was Charming Charlie and the only thing I got from here was this light pink velvet baseball cap.

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This wraps up my in store shopping Black Friday Haul, and I will post my online one as soon as I get them in the mail. Thank you so much for reading!

I’m Now a Pura Vida Rep!

Alright I’ll just cut to the chase when I say I’m now a Pura Vida Represenative! This is so exciting because this brand not only creates some awesome and affordable jewelry but they also donate 10% of sales to Costa Rican Artisans! Also they have special bracelets that are known as charity bracelets and then a portion of that money goes back to those organizations like breast cancer awareness, anxiety disorder awareness, and so much more!

I’m so excited and so proud to be welcomed into the Pura Vida Family and I can’t wait to get some more bracelets! Also, I get a discount code which can save you 20% off your next purchase! My code is ALLICEN20. I am so so excited to represent Sandcloud and Pura Vida Bracelets, they’re both great companies that donate to a great cause!

Here are both websites linked and my codes down below!

Sandcloud: https://www.sandcloudtowels.com/       ALLICEN25

Pura Vida Bracelets: https://www.puravidabracelets.com/     ALLICEN20

Thank you so much for reading!

Cruelty Free: A Work In Progress

So this is something I have been trying to work on for a long time. It has been important to me that the cosmetics I use are cruelty free, but I haven’t officially gone cruelty free. Ever since I got my new puppy, Nico, I’ve had a much greater appreciation and love for all animals. I could never imagine bringing any harm to animals and I refuse to support or endorse in any companies that believe that this is ok.

As I said earlier, I haven’t officially gone cruelty free, it is a work in progress. I’m going to start with my makeup. Honestly I think it’s the easiest place to start, I just need to be aware of what companies are cruelty free and which ones aren’t, which I have been for a while. I’m officially declaring now that I will no longer purchase makeup from companies if I know they are not cruelty free. I’m hoping by taking this step along many others that these companies will see that what they are doing is not ok and will stop animal testing. 

One thing I know is that the one of the only countries in the world, if not the only one, is China that requires animal testing for their cosmetics and with that the companies that sell in China technically are not cruelty free even if they claim the brand itself is cruelty free. 

So far I have been good with this is with makeup, so that’s where I’m taking this first step. I would eventually like to go completely cruelty free, from my makeup, to skincare, nail care, hair care, and wardrobe. Skincare will be a little difficult because some non cruelty free brands have products that work for me, and it’s just a matter of finding a cruelty free option.

This is something new to me, so please bare with me. Thank you so much for reading!

Ulta, Forever 21, and CVS Haul!

Alright so this past weekend, I went to a few stores, and it was so tempting, I’m on a budget with things I’m trying to save up for and with Christmas coming up…. But I just couldn’t resist on some of these goodies. So here is a little mini haul for you all!

The first place I went to was CVS, and I only picked up 2 things, but I picked them up because I do have some makeup looks I want to create in the near future. 

The first thing I have been eyeing for a while and now I finally have it is this white lipstick from Nyx Cosmetics. It would be awesome if it was a liquid but I can melt it if I have to. This is going to be perfect for some fun lip art looks!


The second thing I picked up was this colorful eyeshadow palette from Wet N Wild. I don’t have very many color shadows, and this will be perfect for some plans I have coming up in the future.


The next place I went to was Ulta. I told myself I was just going to look but who am I kidding? There is no such thing as just looking at Ulta.

The first thing I saw and I thought was a great deal was this unicorn set from Too Faced. This kit includes a Creme lipstick, liquid lipstick, a highlighter and a makeup bag all in iridescent colors giving me some serious unicorn vibes.


One thing I have been wanting to try out for so long are some liquid illuminators. I have been wanting to try the ones from Cover FX but I found a much more affordable one from Makeup Revolution. I figured it wouldn’t hurt to try!


I have been really trying to invest in some good skincare products, but it isn’t always the easiest thing. I have heard of this brand before but never really heard any kind of review on any products from this brand. I decided to pick up this facial mist that can be used after moisturizing or even as a makeup setting spray and its from the brand Mario Badescu.


I also picked up some products that I have already tried in the past but seemed to have run out of. And those products are the White Matte Liquid Liner from Nyx Cosmetics, eos Raspberry Pomegranate Shaving Cream, and then just a pencil sharpener.


The last place I went to was Forever 21 and I only picked up a few things. The first thing I instantly fell in love was this striped long sleeve body suit. I’ve just really been into bodysuits lately and I love stripes, it’s screams me.


I also picked up this ring set. I’ve been fascinated with rings lately and I wanted to add some to my collection, and this was a great deal for about $7. 


I love how Forever 21 has snacks and candy, I saw these airhead bites, and I figure I should pick some up while they were there.


That’s it for this little haul. If you think there’s any kind of product I should try out, please let me know I’m a comment. Thank you so much for reading!

Beauty Amateur Hour on Facebook!

Okay I have been debating how to go about this for a long time but I finally gave in and made a Facebook account for Beauty Amateur Hour. I’m not exactly how it’s going to work, I’ve never had a page account, so please bare with me. 

But I hope to post the same things on here if not more. What I’m really looking forward to are doing get ready with me and really utilizing Facebook live.

There’s not much on it just yet, I only created it yesterday and I don’t know how to use it, but you should definitely go check it out, just search for Beauty Amateur Hour, and give me a like or even a follow if you’re feeling it!

Thank you so much for reading!

Farewell to 31 Days of Halloween 2017

Before I put 31 Days of Halloween 2017 to rest, I wanted to thank you all for being supportive encouraging and always sharing your nice comments. I’m so fortunate to have you all and just nothing but positivity on here.

I’m going to be completely honest, this is something I have been wanting to do since last year, and I even tried it last year, but didn’t even come close to how I did this year. I originally planned to have a video tutorial on each look on my YouTube channel and I had one for the first 2 days but then my computer failed me and I was unable to make more in a timely manner. 

After that, I felt I didn’t have the same motivation everyday after. Don’t get me wrong, I had a blast creating these looks but there were some days where I put something together at the last minute just to post something. 

But I’m hoping next year, I’ll have a better computer for one, and then just have more of a set plan on what I want, and planning ahead of time and not waiting until October to create all my looks. I’m also hoping to put more effort and really make my looks stand out. 

I really had a lot of fun creating these looks. It was nice and fun to do something a little different than the beauty looks. I think maybe I’ll pick out some weeks throughout the year and create looks based off a certain theme. I have plans to, so look out for that in the future. 

But I’m currently in the process of planning out ideas I have  for Thanksgiving and Christmas, so be on the lookout for that! Thank you so much for reading!