Grow Your Garden with… Faulkner’s Market in Mandan!

Ben and I found a little gem of a shop on Memorial Highway here in Mandan! It’s a locally owned small business that sells seeds and starter plants for gardening.

We were blown away by the prices! They were much better than Lowes, Runnings and even Walmart! We were also impressed by the variety of plants.

We got a couple of sunsugar yellow cherry tomatoes, which are my favorite crop to grow!

We also got some raspberry and blackberry plants!

Their gladiolus bulbs were only $.65 each, which was a steal! Naturally, we snatched up several!

Lastly, we got a tray of 18 strawberry plants for $9.99!

If you live in the Bismarck/Mandan area, I definitely recommend checking our Faulkner’s Market. You won’t regret it!

Address: 2309 Memorial Hwy, Mandan, ND 58554

Hours:

  • Monday 9AM–6PM
  • Tuesday 9AM–6PM
  • Wednesday 9AM–6PM
  • Thursday 9AM–6PM
  • Friday 9AM–6PM
  • Saturday 9AM–5PM
  • Sunday 12:30–5PM

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Prime Your Skin with …Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser Face Primer!

Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Face Primer

Today’s post is about the Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser Face Primer. It works great as a smoothing face base, to make my makeup glide on smoothly and settle nicely on my skin. It has a soft silicone feeling, and isn’t too greasy or filmy. It also does a good job of cutting down the shine from my SPF, which is nice.

As for its primary claim, it does minimize my pores somewhat, though I wouldn’t say it completely disguises them. I found that a little disappointing, as I am on the hunt to cover up the pores on my nose and surrounding area. When I find something that works better for that purpose, I will let you know. In the meantime, this works great as a basic face primer.

Price: $5.98, Walmart

Verdict: Not Too Shabby!


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A Fun Treat …Crystal Rock Healing Package!

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Crystal Rock Healing is a fun metaphysical shop here in Bismarck. I love to visit it and find new treasures all the time. That said, it is closed right now due to Covid-19, so I decided to support them by ordering online! They had a 25% off sale going on the through the month of April, so I snagged all these beauties for $53!

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The first is this beautiful jade necklace! It brings peace and harmony.

Crystal Rock Healing Anxiety Bracelet

Next is the anxiety free bracelet, which is perfect for staying calm during stressful times.

Crystal Rock Healing Herkimer Diamond

Next is a Herkimer Diamond, which is a type of double terminated quartz found only in Herkimer, New York. It is good for meditation and uplifting your mood.

Crystal Rock Healing Kunzite

Next is Kunzite, which is good for relieving stress and bringing peace to relationships.

Crystal Rock Healing Lepidolite

Next is lepidolite. This is a stone that I already have in its raw form, but not tumbled. It also is good for peace and relieving stress.

Crystal Rock Healing Morganite

Next is morganite. It is good for bringing self-compassion and removing self-hatred.

Crystal Rock Healing Seraphinite

Next is seraphinite. This is a stone I have wanted for a long time! I love the play of colors in the light. It is good for inner healing, and connecting to personal wisdom.

Crystal Rock Healing Shampoo and Conditioner

Next is a shampoo and conditioner handmade at Crystal Rock Healing. I will write a post later with my thoughts on its smell and performance.

Crystal Rock Healing Tanzanite Bracelet

Last is a tanzanite bracelet! This is my dad’s birthstone, which makes it extra special. It’s good for compassionate communication and self-integration.

Overall I am very pleased with my purchase!


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What I Think About … Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Translucent Powder!

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Today’s post is about the Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Translucent Powder. I use it often, and it is a staple in my beauty routine. I like to use it to set my foundation, as well as add as a base to my eye primer.

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I do like that it comes with a sponge and a mirror. It makes applying easier on the go.

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As for the beauty claims, my feelings are a little mixed. It does definitely mattify my skin, and I sometimes use it when I am applying sunscreen but not foundation. That said, I don’t see any difference in my pores -they look just as visible.

Overall, it’s a decent powder, and it gets the job done.

Price: $5.34, Walmart

Verdict: Not Too Shabby


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Smell Like Paradise with … Sage Goddess Tropica Perfume!

Sage Goddess Tropica Perfume

If you have read my blog for some time, you may know that one of my favorite companies is Sage Goddess. They sell rocks, crystals, saging kits, perfumes, and other fun goodies.

Today I am talking about one of my perfumes by Sage Goddess, called Tropica. I think it smells divine! The notes are mango, coconut, Asian pear, and Bourbon vanilla. It smells warm and inviting. I have already received several compliments on the perfume!

As you can tell, I have already worn it several times over, because I love it so much!

Price: $32, Sage Goddess

Verdict: A Perfume Musthave!


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Pucker Your Lips With… Maybelline Super Stay Lip Crayon!

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Today’s post is about the Maybelline Super Stay Lip Crayon. It was recommended on the letsdoamegover Instagram account, which belongs to my awesome friend Megan Peterson! Feel free to check out her account -she has lots of fun makeup looks and recommendations.

First off, I love the way it feels on my lips -it has that barely there feel, unlike a lot of lip crayons I have tried, which feel waxy or chalky. It transfers somewhat and lasts about 5 hours, which is decent for a lip crayon.

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I also love this shade, Lead the Way. It is a nice warm nude shade, and looks great with my complexion. It comes in fifteen shades total, which range from nude to bright to dark.

Price: $7.94, Walmart

Verdict: A Beauty Musthave!


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Happy Birthday to Me!

Today was probably one of my favorite birthdays ever!

We bought strawberry and raspberry and tomato plants for our garden!

Ben made steak for dinner!

I also got lots of fun presents, including this beautiful jade necklace.

Overall, it was a lovely day! 🥰

Indie Beauty Showcase: ReeRee’s Shower Melt and Turmeric Face Mask

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My sister Heather has an amazing bath and beauty company, which I can’t help but gush about! Right now, she is selling bath bombs, shower melts and face masks! I love her products! She uses essential oils, olive oil, and some organic ingredients. If you are looking for wholesome, clean beauty products, and want to support a small business, please check out her website, ReeRees.com!


ReeRee’s Goodnight Shower Melt

ReeRees Bath and Body Relax Shower Melt

The first product that I tried recently is the goodnight shower melt. It has lavender, bergamot, orange and vetiver essential oils. These are some of my favorite scents! The shower melt worked nicely to bring a beautiful aroma to my shower, and was super pampering.

Price: $4, + shipping


ReeRee’s Organic Turmeric Brightening Face Mask

ReeRees Bath and Body Turmeric Mask

Next is the turmeric face mask. I did think that it helped reduce some of the redness in my skin. It also felt super nice on the skin, and didn’t have an overpowering scent. I’m super glad it didn’t irritate my sensitive skin, like most face masks do. It’s made with turmeric and clay, so it is a fun twist on a traditional clay mask.

Price: $15 + shipping


 

ReeRees Bath and Body Love

Some of the other bath bombs that Heather offers are:

  • Galaxy = oak moss, aloe, & a hint of orange
  • Unicorn = birthday cake
  • Surfs Up = tropical smell with a hint of coconut
  • Princess = raspberry vanilla
  • Grape Slushy = grape
  • Relax = lavender
  • Citrus Fusion = grapefruit & tangerine
  • Mango Twist = mango fruit
  • Loco Coco = coconut
  • Aloha = bergamot, cirtus, & a touch of grapefruit
  • Blue Cotton Candy = cotton candy
  • Festival = mixed fruity fragrance
  • Queen Bee = french pear
  • Detox Black Bath Bomb = oakmoss & aloe, contains activated charcoal
  • Satsuma = bergamot citrus with white tea & ginger
  • Hippy = patchouli
Also available:
  • Tumeric Face Mask $15
  • Wake Up Shower Steamer $4
  • Goodnight Shower Steamer $4

Again, please check out her website at ReeRees.com! You will love her products, I promise you!


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Take A Peek At My April Empties!

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I have been saving up my empties for a few months, and now I finally have enough for a post! Today, I have some hair care, skincare, makeup, and others.


Garnier Whole Blends Honey Treasures Repairing Shampoo and Conditioner

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My first two items are a shampoo and conditioner that I love. This is my second time purchasing, and it smells sooo good! It keeps my hair healthy, and the shampoo suds nicely. I am using a new shampoo and conditioner duo next, to shake things up again, but I will definitely be repurchasing these little babies.

I originally wrote a blog post on this Garnier Shampoo and Conditioner when I first purchased.

Price: $5.49 (Value Size) at Walmart

Verdict: A Budget Beauty Must Have!


Spring Valley Adult Gummy Prenatal Vitamins

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This is more of a wellness product than a beauty product, but I wanted to include these vitamins because I love them so much. I love that they have DHA in addition to the usual Folic Acid. The flavors are orange, lemon and strawberry, and are delicious. I like prenatal vitamins, because they are a lot easier on my stomach than traditional vitamins. I definitely recommend!

Price: $7.88, Walmart

Verdict: A Wellness Musthave!


Drunk Elephant Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser

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I got this cleanser as part of a Sephora birthday gift set. This… was a decent cleanser. It definitely cleaned my face well, and didn’t dry it out. That said, I wasn’t wowed. And for the price, I expect it to be way better than a drug store cleanser. I actually prefer the Cetaphil Cleanser that I am using currently. So, would I purchase? Probably not.

Price: $32 (5 oz), Sephora

Verdict: Meh, It’s Okay…


Garnier SkinActive Micellar Water

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This is my second time repurchasing this micellar water. I like using this for removing my eye makeup, as it doesn’t irritate my eyes, which a lot of makeup removers do. It also works well with removing liquid lipsticks. While I love this micellar water, I am interested in trying a cleansing balm to remove my makeup. That said, if you are into micellar waters, this is definitely a good bet.

Price: $6.96, Walmart

Verdict: A Budget Beauty Must-Have!


L’Oreal Infallible 24 Hour Fresh Wear Foundation

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This is my go-to foundation! I originally reviewed this L’Oreal Foundation back in January. I am on my third bottle now, and don’t plan on changing foundations any  time soon. I love how it makes my complexion look even, but doesn’t cake or get heavy. It also lasts most of the day. It works great for normal to dry skin. If you have combo or oily skin, I would recommend the L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation, which I reviewed in October 2018.

Price: $11.96, Walmart

Verdict: A Budget Must-Have!


Crest 3D Stain Eraser Toothpaste

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I grew up with Arm & Hammer toothpaste, but decided to try a whitening toothpaste. It worked well as a toothpaste, but I did not see any whitening results. If you are looking for some teeth whitening, I would recommend some whitening  trays from your dentist. Sometimes, a professional is exactly what you need for results.

Price: $2.97, Walmart

Verdict: Meh… It’s okay.


And that’s it for for today’s empties post! I love writing these posts, because I think it is more helpful to see a review on a completely used up product, than on a first impressions post. I hope you found it helpful as well!


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My Little Workhorse …Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser for Oily Skin!

Cetaphil Daily Cleanser Oily Skin

Sometimes the best working products come in humble packaging. Today’s product, the Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser for oily skin, is one of those little hidden gems.It does a great job of deep cleansing my skin without stripping the moisture. It also deep cleans without causing redness or irritation, like a lot of facial cleansers do to my sensitive skin. It definitely takes off all of my face makeup. (I use Garnier Micellar Water for my eye makeup.)

It has a nice clean, unisex scent, that isn’t too overpowering, so it’s great for guys and gals. It was recommended to me by my dermatologist, and I would say she knows her stuff. 🙂

What I also love is that this doubles as a great brush and beauty sponge cleaner! It definitely cleans my beauty sponge better than regular hand soap, and even some brush cleaners I have tried. I love products that go double duty.

I definitely recommend!


 

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