pass or purchase? [vol 6]

I can't believe tomorrow is already the first day of April! I wish I could stop saying it feels like time is going by so quickly, but really time is going by so quickly! I have another pass or purchase again post-- also known as recent empties.

Mario Badescu Drying Cream | When I first got this I thought there was no way possible I would ever use it all up, but I was proven wrong. Admittedly, I didn't really care for this at first-- and to be honest I'm still totally confused as to how you would wear this under makeup, but I guess it's supposed to just blend into the skin? I apply it before bed and really pack it on-- the only downside is that it gets all over your pillowcase and the scent isn't the most pleasant, but I think it does work on those under the skin bumps. I did repurchase this as part of this kit when Ulta had the Mario Badescu beauty deal last week.

L'Oreal OleoTherapy Conditioner | I always keep one drugstore and one higher end conditioner in the shower-- mainly because I kind of can tell a big difference and I'm someone that very rarely does my hair so I don't like to "waste" my expensive conditioner on days my hair is just going in a braid or bun. I liked this one a lot better than the EverSleek one I mentioned here. I would purchase this one again, but instead I'm trying out this new one that's only $3.99 at Target.

Almay Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover Wipes | I've repurchased these multiple times and love how non-irritating and non-greasy they are. This time I purchased one of the larger value size packs and I found that they were kind of dry and didn't work that well. I just started using another package that I bought at the same time and it seems to have the same issue. I'd like to try some other affordable options but I always get nervous to try something new that I'm putting onto my eyes.

Clinique Dramatically Different Gel | I go back and forth with this moisturizer-- it's light weight and perfect to wear under your makeup. I'm also a big fan of the price- I think it's only $14.50, which is really affordable compared to other moisturizers out there. I did repurchase this in the lotion+ version when I ran out of the gel even though I'm using two other moisturizers.

Simple Cleansing Face Wipes | I've talked about these a few times and I love them! I don't always like to use face wipes but they're convenient and super gentle on the skin. I think they do a pretty decent job removing all of your makeup. These are a definite repurchase!

Vaseline Aloe Spray Lotion | I hate lotion, but I love this stuff. It's really lightweight & the scent is pleasant and doesn't linger. It kind of reminds me of the old bath & body works cucumber melon scent. The only downside to spray lotion is that it seems to run out really quickly.


Have you used any of these products? Do you tend to stick to one thing when it comes to essentials like these?
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What If vs. So What

A few months ago I signed up to run a 5k at the end of April. Running a 5k is something I've wanted to accomplish for the past few years, but I would always find a million reasons to stop running so I never signed up for a race. This year I thought I would propel myself out of my comfort zone and sign up for a race before I was ready to run. I'm not a fan of the treadmill--I continually crash into the bar because I always want to run faster than the speed I'm going, but I don't like going too fast- I know, it makes no sense. I wasn't too worried because I had about four months to get into shape.

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Three to Read

Usually I share my book posts once a month with the show us your books linkup, but I've been reading a bit more lately and I didn't want these to get lost in a sea of other books in a super long post next month. Plus, I'm trying to keep up my momentum of posting twice a week and I didn't have another post ready for this week. Anyway, I don't know if these three books could have been any more different, but I really enjoyed all three of them.



Losing the Light | This was such a treat to read after the last few books I read were pretty lackluster. If the book cover doesn't pull you in, the synopsis probably will. It tells the story of a girl's study abroad in France and why that year had such a huge impact on her life- it's about friendship and love and finding yourself.

This was a book I couldn't wait until I had a free moment so I could pick it up and read some more, and it was definitely a stay-up-way-too-late-reading book. I really enjoyed the writing and found Brooke to be so well developed & real. I wasn't so sure I believed part of the ending, but it didn't take away from how much I enjoyed this book. (this book was sent to me from netgalley to review, but all opinions are my own & I would definitely purchase it) [4.5 stars]

Pretty Girls | I never would have read this book if it hadn't popped up on Bookbub as a kindle deal-- I had seen it around a little bit, but as I didn't love Girl on the Train and I HATED Luckiest Girl Alive, I was kind of steering clear of the whole psychological thriller genre. This was captivating and horrific and disturbing, but so good. I rarely give books 5-stars, but that's how I rated this one, though I would never want to read it again. It kind of felt like a totally amped up version of Criminal Minds or something-- there were so many twists that I definitely did not see coming and it was one thing after the other so it kept you hooked until the very last pages. [5 stars]

This book 100% made me want to start reading psychological thrillers again.

Red Queen | Thanks to Ashley for mentioning this book a few times on her blog because it is definitely not in my preferred genre, & I probably would have never picked it up otherwise, but sometimes it's nice to switch things up. I had a really hard time breaking it away from the Divergent series or the Hunger Games-- which probably isn't a fair assessment, and is only because those are the only two similar YA dystopian series I'm familiar with, but after I got more into the book those other stories quickly faded from my mind.

A few things... the story was a lot darker than I was expecting, I knew there was going to be some kind of a twist, but I didn't figure it out until it happened, it was a great cliffhanger. So while it wasn't my favorite book it was enjoyable and I'm excited to read the next one in the series. [3.5 stars]

What have you been reading lately? Have you read any of these books?
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Feeling Neutral

I don't know what it is about spring but I seem to continually have shopping on my mind. I've been so anxious to put away my sweaters and boots and bring out my bin of spring/summer clothing. It's always a little bit like shopping from your own wardrobe because I always find things I forgot I had tucked away. I have quite a bit of really old stuff, as well as really worn stuff (mainly shoes-- my shoes seem to get destroyed quickly) & I'm typically really good about getting rid of things I won't wear anymore by either sending them to Good Will or ThreadUp.



I don't know why but I love these Seychelles flats- they're a little bit masculine, but still so cute with the fringe. I'm a fan.

I definitely do not need another tennis shoe but these flyknits look so comfortable and I love the muted color combo!

Between the lace, the high collar, and the back cutout- I love this vintage looking dress from Free People.

I'll never own this bag because it's a ridiculous amount of money, but I'm still kind of obsessed with it & will be on the lookout for a dupe.

I always forget to put on jewelry, but I want to start wearing it more often and I love this delicate beaded bracelet. It comes in a few different colors but the white/gold combo would go with everything.

When the Target workout top failed me, I decided to check Old Navy and definitely regret not getting this top when they had 40% off.

I really need to go through my closet-- capsule wardrobe style-- and see what I have that I can put together for actual outfits. I don't like just having stuff that I won't wear, so I think the reason I'm so drawn to everything neutral right now is because it goes with just about anything.

Do you go for the bright and bold colors once spring and summer months start to roll around?
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What's Happening Wednesday


The Memory Keeper's Daughter finally arrived from Amazon. I very rarely buy books, but after reading Kristen's post on buying inexpensive books I decided to check the used section on Amazon and this one was available for under $4 with Prime free shipping. I was kind of annoyed because the book arrived and the cover was literally hanging on by a thread, but I guess that's considered 'good'? The rest of the book is fine and it was nothing a little scotch tape couldn't fix.

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Recent Etsy Finds

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend and is adjusting quickly to Daylight Saving Time-- even though losing an hour of sleep is rough, I'm happy it means we're getting close to spring. Just a quick post today to share a few of my favorite recent Etsy finds!


You've Got Mail is my favorite movie ever so I love this print from Emily Pullen.

Netflix and pizza are a favorite Friday night date night in our house so this print from the big lake is really fun. She also has really gorgeous Harry Potter prints & really great Michigan themed prints.

My help me i'm poor mug is one of my favorites, so I love this bridesmaids birthday card also from perks of aurora. Also loving this 'pivot!' mug!    

I actually just ordered this print-- but I also love this be still floral print. All of the designs from true cotton are encouraging and inspiring- it's hard to choose a favorite. 

What are your favorite Etsy shops? 
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Carly Reads Here | march 2016

How is it already March? I feel like I've been on a reading roller coaster so far this year, with many ebbs and flows in when/if I'm reading. I already feel like the books I just read in January were months ago, and I'm still holding out for that first book of the year that I absolutely love. I'm linking up with Steph & Jana to share what I read in January and February!

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currently // vol 2

I'm back with another currently post-- or what I've been up to lately!

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