What I Bought Myself For Christmas – Recent Purchases

Anyone else guilty of buying themselves a few things for Christmas? I do every year. Well really, I just shop all the time but in December I call them Christmas gifts, haha! Here are a few of my recent purchases. I’ve been on a huge skin care kick lately because my skin has been without question the worst it’s ever been. I’ll take high school acne over what I’m dealing with now. I’m going to do a full post on it once I figure everything out… but here are a few new things I’m trying! Along with some fun fashion things, of course.

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T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial – Drunk Elephant

I’ve only used this once so far so I can’t really review it but I’ve heard nothing but good things about this product specifically from Drunk Elephant. Really, everyone raves about all the Drunk Elephant products. I’ve wanted to try them out for a while, but they are really expensive. My first impressions of this product so far: I looked like a cherry tomato after using it lol. But that’s not surprising since it has a high level of exfoliants in it. But it was…. scary. I will say I woke up with a noticeable difference in my Post-inflammatory Hyperpigmentation marks. I also really want to try this Vitamin C serum.

Women’s Chelsea Heeled Fashion Boots – A New Day

These are so new I haven’t even tried them on yet! I love the heel of these black boots and I think they will look so chic with my spanx leather leggings.


I used Tula leading up to my wedding and had the best skin ever. After a few repurchases of the products I recently wanted to try other things, so I kind of forgot about them. I’ve had the worst skin lately, so I wanted to go back to this routine to hopefully calm everything down. This kit had everything I wanted to try, including the probiotic. I know how important it is cleaning up your skin from the inside, out.

Halo Beauty

Speaking of healing from the inside out, I also added this supplement to my routine recently. It’s too early to tell any real results, but from what I’ve seen on their Instagram account I can only hope it will work the same miracles for me.

Lash Extensions

Easily my favorite treat myself purchase recently. I’ve wanted to try them out forever but was honestly scared to! I finally took the plunge and I’m loving them so far! It does complicate my skin care routine, but that’s nothing compared to the time it saves me getting ready every morning. I’m still very new to them but if you’d like to hear more about my experience with lash extensions just let me know!

Velvet Ballet Wrap Top

I wish I found this top a little earlier because it’s perfect for the holiday! I love the velvet wrap bow and can’t wait to style it for the blog once I get it. Reviews recommended to size down, but I got my normal size Small.

Bobble Stitch Sweater

I was bummed to miss this Madewell sweater during Black Friday, but I came across this one and I think I like it even more. I like the small, subtle dots in the sweater and the color options. I’m sure this will be on the blog soon!


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Thank you so much for reading!

xo Amanda John

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  1. Cheryl Hoynowski Owens wrote:

    I love your blog…such good choices and style!
    Tip from a fan about your acne issue….
    I just found and started using a skin care line called “Paula’s Choice”. She has a line of AHA and BHA exfoliations that’s amazing. Melina at the Lifetime Spa told me my skin has never looked this good. I’m only using the exfoliations right now; I use other brands for cleansing and toning. But use the PC products at night, and am seeing a difference. You can an order sample sizes on their website of most products…as info.

    Posted 12.17.18 Reply
    • I know exactly what you’re talking about! I’m actually almost out of the BHA product from Paulas Choice. It’s a great product but I don’t love the finish it leaves behind. I’m trying one with a higher exfoliating level, but I will probably go back to it at some point! I use Paulas Choice as a skincare resource all the time! xoxo

      Posted 12.17.18 Reply