Nude By Nature Perfecting Primer Review

Hey all!

It’s been a while. Things got super busy and stressful here for a while and many of my hobbies got pushed to the side. However, I am hoping to be back and better then ever.

A month or so ago I was lucky enough to receive a product to review from Chickadvisor. I haven’t received anything from them in a while so you know I was pretty excited.

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This time I was chosen to review a sample of the Nude By Nature Perfecting Primer. Nude By Nature promises “to deliver high-performing natural formulas that provide a beautiful finish and benefits that go beyond make-up. Nude by Nature is more than cosmetic, it’s good for you.”

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This company is also 100% cruelty-free and PETA certified. Nude By Nature does not support testing on animals of any kind.

According to the pamphlet that came with the product the ingredients are “sourced from the pristine Australian environment. Nude by Nature products harness the most powerful Asutralian-native extracts, vitamins and essential oils to improve and enhance the appearance of your skin. Ingredients such as Kakadu Plum and Lilly Pilly, both powerful anti-oxidants, Shea Butter and Jojoba Oil, deep moisturizers, and Vitamins A, C, and E, can be found.”

I enjoyed this product. It didn’t leave my skin feeling sticky or greasy… which is always a bonus for me. It didn’t have much of a smell to it.. another bonus cause some products have a strong chemically smell which I cannot stand.

Nude By Nature have a variety of products for different complexions, blushes, eye products, brow products, lip products and products that allow you to contour and highlight.

For more information check out Nudebynature.ca

#LoveNudeByNature #gotitfree

February 2018 Empties

Hey All!

Another month, another post about my garbage. I actually didn’t use up many products this month. Most of the ones I use are almost finished so I’m expecting so much more for the month of March.

Nonetheless, let’s get this show on the road! I’m going to do a little different format this time. Let me know how you like it!

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First of all, I used up a Bath and Body Works Gentle Foaming Hand Soap in the scent Gingerbread Latte. The scent of this soap is described as ‘Warm Gingerbread, Vanilla Latte & Whipped Cream’. I enjoyed the soap and scent at first but discovered that towards the end I just can’t wait to use it up. I have one more in stash but I’m not sure if I will repurchase next Fall if this scent is released again.

I also used up one of my favorite antiperspirants/deodorants – Secret Ooh La La Lavender. This is my go to deodorant brand and scent. I’ve already repurchased it and have a back up in my stash. It isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

I also used up a Bath and Body Works Home Wallflower Fragrance Refill in the scent Mango Dragonfruit. The fragrance notes included in this scent are ‘Island Mango, Pink Dragonfruit, and Bright Mandarin’. I enjoyed this scent and would probably repurchase if it i still available.

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I have also been cleaning out various areas of my home and found some products that were either expired or ones that I’ve had for a while and their time was up.

First of all, I have three different lip products. First was a Autumn Harvest Lip Balm from Avon in the scent Apple Cobbler. It still smells great but it seems to be drying up and I know I’ve had it since 2008 or earlier. It is just time to go.

The second is a Mint Lip Moisturizer that I received during my University days when I attended a career fair. It was used to promote a company trying to recruit people. This expired in 2009. I’m scared.

Finally I have an Aquafina FlavorSplash Lip Balm in the scent Wild Berry. Again I’ve had this for a while and the scent seems to be off. It is just time for it to go!

I also have a travel sized sunscreen that I found in a purse while cleaning out. I always have sunscreen with me during the Summer months so it was no surprise. This was the Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Oil-Free Sunscreen with an SPF 30. The product worked well and I’d definitely purchase it again.

Finally I have a La Senza Body Kiss Anti-Bacteria Deep Cleansing Hand Gel in the scent Coconut Kiss. This is just a product that I don’t use so I’ll pass it on to someone who would!

And that’s it for my empties and the products I’m decluttering. It is not much but we all have months like this. The main thing is that I’m seeing a big difference in my stash and I’m enjoying using up some of the products!

Hope you all had a wonderful February. If you have an empties post for the month, leave a link in the comments. I’d love to hear about the products you’ve been using!

 

Spring 2018 FabFitFun Box

Hey all!

Over the past few years I’ve been seeing FabFitFun everywhere. I was pretty intrigued by it but would never give in to temptation and actually purchase a box…. until recently.

First of all, for those who don’t know what FabFitFun is… well you’re in for a treat.

As a FabFitFun Member, you’ll get a box of fabulous finds in beauty, wellness, fashion, and fitness, hand-picked by the FabFitFun team, delivered once per season. Four times a year, you will be sent a seasonal box! Each box is limited edition and contains $200+ in retail value. Boxes are shipped in March, June, September, and December.** – FabFitFun.com

The Spring 2018 box was the first seasonal box that I received. I was very excited for this box. Let’s see what I got!

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First of all, let’s start with my favorite item from the box – the Rachel Pally Reversible Clutch.

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Say hello to the cutest clutches around. From designer Rachel Pally, these patterned clutches are the perfect complement to any outfit. And the best part? They’re reversible. Yep, two clutches in one!

 I received the color yellow/mauve. I can’t wait for Spring to be able to use it more. It is such an universal product. It is great to grab for a night out on the town or for a day shopping with friends. It is definitely going in my suitcase for travel this Summer!
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Another product I was excited to receive was the Free People x Understated Leather Starry Eyed Travel Eye Mask. Now anyone who has been watching Youtube for years will know that Free People was one of the go-to brands.

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This vegan leather eye mask features a removable, non-toxic cooling insert to keep you feeling and looking refreshed. The adjustable elastic strap offers a perfect fit every time and a charming metallic patchwork keeps you dreaming amongst the stars.

 I received a grey mask with silver and gold stars… definitely a great choice for me. Well done, FabFitFun, well done! I’ve already got the cooling insert put in the freezer for a little extra coolness. After writing report card inserts and working on a course for the past few weeks, my eyes definitely need to be revitalized!
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The next item is one that has been pretty trendy over the past few months…. tassel earrings. These earring are from Ettika in Los Angelas, Califonia. These are 18k Gold Plated and nickel free. This was one of the choice items. You could either get these earrings in peach or black or we could have opted for a ‘love’ bracelet in silver or rose gold.

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Hello statement earrings of our dreams! Put these cascading tassel beauties on and watch them dazzle all season long.

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The fitness item in this box is a massage roller from Physique 57.  This item cam in four different colors. I was excited to see the grey on in my box. According the the label, we should “use this massage roller after an intense Physique 57 workout to give your muscles some sweet relief.” I also just noticed that we get a 2 month free trial for the Physique 57 website. I’m excited to give that a try!

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This massage roller does wonders for sore, achy muscles. Improve flexibility, break up scar tissue, and keep tender muscles at bay. Just five to 10 minutes with this tool will have your body feeling all the feels.

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There was one item in the box perfect for the home. The Anderson Lilley candle was a pretty neat addition. I received the scent ‘Super Bloom’, which  is described as a combination of “basil, tangerine leaf, anise, violet, geranium, lily of the valley, jasmine, rose, rosewood, cashmere musk.” This is a part of the sunset collection.
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Made with a hand-poured coconut wax blend and a cotton, lead-free wick, the candle delivers a clean, even-burning fragrance. Housed in a lovely copper-colored vessel, these candles will add as much style as they do fragrance in any room.

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There were four beauty products in the box. I’m excited for three of them. The fourth I will probably pass along to my niece who will enjoy it much more then me.
The first item is the Korres Body Butter in Guava. This was another choice item for seasonal subscribers. I chose this over the lip masks since I knew this was something I would use and I wanted to try some Korres products since I’ve heard good things about it.

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Slough away that winter-worn skin. This body butter is enriched with shea butter and quince extract to soften, moisturize, and rejuvenate the skin while sunflower, almond, and avocado oils work to nourish and improve skin’s elasticity and smoothness.

It is described as “a stimulating scent of tropical fruits. Smoothing and moisturizing cream for all over the body. Rich in Shea Butter and Avocado oil with softening, nourishing and moisturizing properties.”
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Next is a Murad Skin Perfecting Lotion in 3 – hydrate. This is a “lightweight, oil-free moisturizer provides shine-free hydration for blemish-prone skin with Honey Extract, a natural humectant. Queen of Meadow refines skin texture while Arnica soothes skin for a smoother, healthier-looking complexion.”

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This ultra-light, oil-free moisturizer helps blemish-prone skin stay smooth and healthy while also providing hydration. It also minimizes the appearance of pores, refines texture, and soothes redness and irritation.

To use: Massage evenly over face, neck and chest. Follow with a Murad sunscreen during the day.
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We also have the Dermelect Cosmeceuticals Makeover Concealing Ridge Filler. This is a professional lacquer formula that is Keratin Peptide Infused to help strengthen weak nails and make then more resistant to damage. It also has Pentavitin Moisture Magnet which is a crucial moisture binding agent that acts as a water magnet for dry, brittle
nails.

Keep your nails healthy, smooth, and glossy with this filler. It multitasks by concealing nail imperfections with a natural pink hue while treating them with protein, vitamins, and moisture.

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This is the 1st Peptide-Infused, Anti-Aging Nail Treatments. The “Dermelect Makeover Ridge Filler combines two extraordinary, anti-aging ingredients in one innovative treatment. Transform damaged nails into a makeover sensation to achieve beautiful, natural looking nails. It claims to: brilliantly conceal nail imperfections, successfully fill in ridges, strengthen weak, brittle, hard-to-grow nails, and treat acrylic or gel damaged nails.
Applications: Apply 1-2 coats on natural nails as a treatment or under polish as a base coat. Begin at the center of the nail, fan out for maximum coverage and brush out to the free edge.
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The final product is a beautiful ISH Lip Statement Palette. According to the package,  “with these nudes and pops of color, your lips will create a statement. These 11 intensely pigmented shades are enriched with rose extract, shea butter, jojoba oil, olive oil, and aloe vera for extra moisture and easy wear. Mix any shades to create infinite combinations of lip colors, customized by you! Add the tinted lop topper for a hint of sheen and a touch of added moisture.”
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Pucker up, ladies. This palette feature 11 intensely-pigmented shades and one balm that will give your lips a beautiful pop of color. Enriched with rose extract, shea butter, jojoba oil, olive oil, and aloe vera, you can mix and match for endless color combinations.

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Overall I really enjoyed the box. I am excited to use many of the products I received! I think this is one subscription I’ll keep!
If you are not already a part of FabFitFun and are interested in trying it out I have added a referral link for you. You are in no obligation to use it but I’d love it if you did!
Hope you all have an amazing day and I’ll be back again soon with another post!

January 2018 Empties – Bath & Body Products

Hey all!

I’m back with part two of my empties for the month of January. Actually, some of these were probably used up before then because it has been a while since I’ve posted an empties. I took a little break from blogging because I was getting use to a new routine. Hopefully I’ll be able to add blogging into my routine again. I definitely do miss it.

But that’s not what you’re here for so let’s get into the empties!

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January 2018 Empties – Hair Products

Hey all!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted about my trash! Along with things I’ve used up this month, I’ve also included some products that I have saved up over the past little while. I am sure there are things that I’ve just tossed but that’s life!

With that being said, let’s get on into the post!

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Blogtober Day 3 – Weekly Sample Basket – Week 4

Hey all!

I’ve finally caught the blog up-to-date on my Weekly Sample Baskets. Yay! I’ve been enjoying this so far, as well as enjoying using up some of the products I have and discovering some new products.

Here are the products I started this week with (minus the Dove Shampoo, the Dove Conditioner, and the Nivea Cleansing Lotion… I forgot to take a picture without these included):

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  • Skyn Iceland Glacial Cleansing Cloths
  • Aveeno Active Naturals Daily Moisturizing Lotion
  • TRESemme Luxurious Moisture Shampoo
  • TRESemme Luxurious Moisture Conditioner
  • Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 Scrub Cleanser
  • Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Shampoo
  • Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Conditioner
  • The Body Shop Body Lotion – Pink Grapefruit
  • The Body Shop Body Lotion – Raspberry
  • John Frieda Frizz Ease Thermal Protection Serum
  • Jergens Lotion
  • Gud – from Burt’s Bees Natural Body Lotion in Floral Cherrynova
  • Nivea Facial Cleansing Lotion
  • Neat & Easy Deep Cleansing Nose Strip
  • HADA LABO TOKYO Ultimate Anti-Aging Facial Mask
  • Dove Advanced Hair Series Pure Care Dry Oil African Macadamia Oil Packet
  • Dove Advanced Hair Series Quench Absolute Creme Serum
  • Laboratories Klorane Eye Contour Patches

 

Week Three Results!

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  • TRESemme Luxurious Moisture Shampoo
  • Neat & Easy Deep Cleansing Nose Strip
  • Nivea Facial Cleansing Lotion
  • TRESemme Luxurious Moisture Conditioner
  • Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Shampoo
  • Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Conditioner
  • Aveeno Active Naturals Daily Moisturizing Lotion

There is an even split between the products I enjoyed and those I would not purchase. I loved the TRESemme Luxurious Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner. I would definitely consider buying these in the future. They left my hair feeling silky smooth and easy to handle. Definitely recommend. I also enjoyed the Herbal Essences Hello Hydration line. This is one of my go-to brands and I’ve tried this product in the past. I will definitely continue to repurchase in the future. Again, I did not like the Nivea Facial Cleansing Lotion. I didn’t feel that it actually cleaned my face. I also didn’t like the Aveeno lotion. A few of the times I tried it I found that it left my skin stinking. I also wasn’t a fan of the smell. This is not a product I will purchase. I also found that the Neat & Easy Deep Cleansing Nose Strip didn’t work well. However, these have worked well in the past so I am wondering if it was an old product.

 

New Additions

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The Product:
Dove Advanced Hair Series
Quench Absolute Shampoo
Sample Size: 9 ml

About the Product:
For dry, wavy, curly hair
Perfectly Nourished hair and 72hr manageability.

Directions for Use:
Apply to wet hair, massage, lather and rinse.

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The Product:
Dove Advanced Hair Series
Quench Absolute Conditioner
Sample Size: 9 ml

About the Product:
For dry, wavy, curly hair
Perfectly Nourished hair and 72hr manageability.

Directions for Use:
After shampooing, massage conditioner through the hair, avoiding roots, and rinse thoroughly

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The Product:
Dove Advanced Hair Series
Crème Serum
Sample Size: 15 ml

About the Product:
For dry, wavy, curly hair
Perfectly Nourished hair and 72hr manageability.

Directions for Use: 
Perfect for use on both damp and dry hair. Rub crème into palms and apply evenly on hair.

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The Product:
Epice
Hydrating Mask
Sample Size: 30 g

Directions for Use:
Moisten skin with lukewarm water. Apply to the entire face while avoiding the sensitive areas around the eyes. Leave on for approximately 15-20 minutes. Then, with warm water gently rinse face. Wipe off mask residue with a washcloth or cotton pad. Use once or twice weekly.

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The Product:
Pantene Pro-V
Silky Moisture WHIP
Moisturizer + Styler
Sample Size: 26 g

About the Product:
Pantene Pro-V Silky Moisture Whip contains a Moisture Protection complex that acts like hair natural liquid layer to help. Leave hair feeling moisturized for up to 48 hours. Protect hair from heat styling damage in just one use. Regulate hairs natural moisture and gives silky hair that shines.

Directions for Use:
Shake well. Turn can upside down  and dispense into your hand. Distribute, beginning at the ends, into damp hair and comb through. Style as usual for a silky look. Do not rinse out.

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The Product:
Apothia
Verde Body Wash
Sample Size: 25 ml

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The Product:
Apothia
Verde Conditioner
Sample Size: 25 ml

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The Product:
Lush Santa’s Belly

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The Product:
L’Occitane En Provence

Amande
Milk Concentrate with Almond Milk
Sample Size: 6 ml

About the Product:
This body cream, formulated with powerful almond extracts, melts deliciously into the skin to help the body look visibly firmer and smoother.

Directions for Use:
Apply every morning and evening on the whole body, massaging into the skin, with upward circular motions.

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The Product:
I Love…
Raspberry & Blackberry
Bubble Bath and Shower Gel
Sample Size: 30 ml

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The Product:
La Senza Body Kiss
Coconut Kiss
Anti-Bacterial Deep Cleansing Hand Gel
Sample Size: 59 ml

About the Product:
Powerful germ killers get skin super clean while honey and coconut milk leave hands soft and nourished with the scent of Coconut Kiss!

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The Product:
(MALIN + GOETZ)
Mojito Lip Balm
Sample Size: 10 g

About the Product:
Daily protection. Soothing treatment. Fatty acid absorption technology

Directions for Use:
For the prevention and treatment of dry, irritated lips.
Direction: Appy to lips. Reapply as needed.

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The Product:
Dr. brandt pores no more
Anti-aging mattifying lotion
Sample Size: 7.5 g

About the Product:
Oily/combination skin
Anti-aging mattifying lotion
Anti-aging lotion
Use am and/or pm

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The Product:
BWC
Beauty Without Cruelty
Premium aromatherapy leave-in conditioner
Sample Size: 59 ml

About the Product:
Benefits all hair types
100% vegan

BWC Leave-in Conditioner maximizes your hairs lustre, body, and manageability. This light, plant-based formula  provides all-day protection from harsh environmental elements, chemical treatments, and heat styling . Provitamin B5 and jojoba combined with premium armoa-therapeutic essential oils condition and protect. Works as an effective, leave-in detangler for all hair types, especially chemically treated. Helps prevent split ends and control frizz. Will not dull or weigh down your hair. Ideal for everyday use.

Directions for Use:
Apply a small amount evenly to clean, damp hair , working from the ends up. Do not rinse. Dry and style as usual. For best results, use after an BWC shampoo and conditioner.

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I’m excited to try some of these products. It should be noted that many of these are deluxe products and I don’t expect to have them done in a week. However, if I don’t give myself the task of trying to use them up, some of these will probably sit untouched.

Well that’s all for today. I’ll be back with an update next week!!

Blogtober Day 2: Weekly Sample Basket – Week 3

Hey All!

It’s been about a two weeks since I’ve posted and I know I am late with this post but that’s life. I have been fairly busy the past few weeks and lacking motivation to be honest. However, the show must go on! And I’ve also decided to rename this series ‘Weekly Sample Basket’. That way I am not committed to a certain day to post.

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Anywho…. Let’s recap! These are the items that I started off last week with.

The Beginning

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  • Skyn Iceland Glacial Cleansing Cloths
  • Aveeno Active Naturals Daily Moisturizing Lotion
  • TRESemme Luxurious Moisture Shampoo
  • TRESemme Luxurious Moisture Conditioner
  • Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 Scrub Cleanser
  • Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Shampoo
  • Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Conditioner
  • The Body Shop Body Lotion – Pink Grapefruit
  • The Body Shop Body Lotion – Raspberry
  • John Frieda Frizz Ease Thermal Protection Serum
  • Jergens Lotion
  • Gud – from Burt’s Bees Natural Body Lotion in Floral Cherrynova
  • Nivea Facial Cleansing Lotion x2
  • Neat & Easy Deep Cleansing Nose Strip
  • HADA LABO TOKYO Ultimate Anti-Aging Facial Mask
  • Dove Advanced Hair Series Pure Care Dry Oil Shampoo, Conditioner, and African Macadamia Oil Packet
  • Dove Advanced Hair Series Quench Absolute Creme Serum
  • Laboratories Klorane Eye Contour Patches

 

Week Two Results!

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  • Dove Advanced Hair Series Pure Care Dry Oil Shampoo
  • Dove Advanced Hair Series Pure Care Dry Oil Conditioner
  • Nivea Facial Cleansing Lotion

I loved the shampoo and conditioner combo. It left my hair silky smooth and smelling great. It was also easy to handle after a shower and I was able to easily brush it out (which is a task in its own #curlyhairproblems).

However, I was not a fan of the Nivea Facial Cleansing Lotion. I didn’t feel like it did anything as a face wash to be honest. This is definitely a product I will not be buying in the future.

 

New Additions

I didn’t add any products for this week. I still had a few left that I wanted to try to use up. I’ve also noticed that some of the products I’ve added would be considered deluxe samples (instead of a one time use product) and they are taking longer to get through. I don’t want to overwhelm myself too much.

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Well there you have it. I’ll update tomorrow with Week Three results. I’ll give you a little spoiler and tell you that I used up a bunch of deluxe products and I’ve also added a bunch of products to try to use up over the next few weeks!