I’m 22? 22…

Happy Tuesday! Today I’m sharing my Sephora Birthday Haul and pictures from my birthday weekend. It was an absolute blast and I cannot thank everyone who helped me celebrate enough. I am surrounded by so many amazing people and I’m very lucky I was able to celebrate with my friends.

In all honesty, I’ve been dreading my 22nd for a few years. All the birthdays leading up to this one have been exciting, essentially since I was 16…

  • 16: You can get your drivers license 
  • 17: I actually got my license
  • 18: “Adult” (I’m beginning to realize no one actually knows what they’re doing)
  • 19: My golden birthday
  • 20: A new decade
  • 21: Cheers!
  • 22: Now what?

I’m being dramatic, but also seriously, now what? Anyway, here’s what I did…

On Thursday my friends and I went out to celebrate Hannah’s birthday for sushi! It was delicious and we got free shirts, so that was an exciting bonus. Photo cred: this girl.


Friday (my actual birthday) was exciting because I got my hair done. About 6 weeks ago I made the terrible mistake of thinking I could color my own hair with a box color that cost 97 cents. Bad decision. It wasn’t really all that terrible but the tone was pretty warm and I like when my hair is a very cool blonde. My stylist Kaity fixed it right up, thank goodness. I’m going to keep working toward getting it cooler as I color but would rather do it slowly so I don’t damage my hair. Moral of the story, pass on the $1 box of hair color.

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In case you’re in the Iowa City area, I go to Bellisimo Salon & Day Spa

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Later that evening was our end of the season band banquet. Very bittersweet to have band come to an end. It’s been a huge part of my high school and college career, but I couldn’t have asked for a better season to go out on.

Other highlights from the night: going on a party bus and riding a mechanical bull.


Excuse the mess! I was rushing around to get out the door on time! My dress is from Hello Sunshine and is still available. You can grab it here. I used the discount code “LOVEKIM” for 25% off when I saw Kim Thai wearing it on Instagram. If you aren’t following her, do it.

My shoes are on sale here.

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Last but not least, I placed a little Sephora order online 🙂 While I love going into the Sephora store, shopping online gives you more free samples. With every order you get 3 samples (the packets you see along the right) as well as a goodie bag when Sephora runs specials. These specials happen almost weekly and you normally need to spend $25 to qualify. This week’s was a perfume bag with a mini Nars pencil and I also got my free birthday gift. While this may seem like a huge haul, I only had to purchase two items!

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First I got the YSL Volute Tint-In-Oil #5. I tried a sample of this and unfortunately, fell in love. I thought I wouldn’t like the consistency, but it feels like a moisturizing lip gloss. The color starts off kind of clear on your lips but as it warms up develops into the prettiest pink. I also got a new brow gel because I knew I’d be needing a lighter color for when I got my hair done. I missed having the Gimme Brow in my life!

In case you want, you can also check out last year’s birthday post here!




  1. February 23, 2016 / 9:51 pm

    happy birthday!! you’re so pretty <3 I hope you have an amazing, fulfilling year!
    Instagram: the_ch1ara

    • February 26, 2016 / 12:59 pm

      Thank you so much! 🙂

    • February 24, 2016 / 11:41 am

      Thank you so much! 🙂

    • February 26, 2016 / 12:59 pm

      Thank you! I appreciate it 🙂

    • February 24, 2016 / 11:42 am

      Francesca’s! Should’ve mentioned that haha thanks for asking!

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