Top Five Friday #80

Merry Christmas Eve Eve!  I'm excited for this weekend and have some fun plans.  I have a short and sweet post to share today, but I wanted to wish you all happy holidays.  I'll be sharing my training post as usual on Monday, but otherwise I'm taking the week off to relax and refresh.

Reward Program Haul

At the beginning of the year, I made it a goal to not spend any of my reward money so that I could treat myself in December.  I did that, and now I get to treat myself!  With Discover, I used my cashback to get a new pair of running shoes and Bluetooth headphones.  I cashed in some of my Ibotta rewards (I ended up earning $205 this year) for a new gym bag.  Finally, I got a check in the mail from Ebates for $153!  Not bad :)  FYI-I included all of my referral links, so if you haven't signed up I would get on it and earn money next year!!

Play! By Sephora

The gifts just kept coming this week, because I also got my December Play! bag.  Here's what I think about all of the products:
- Elizabeth and James Nirvana Rose - The only perfumes that I own are from this line (Black and Bourbon are my favorite) so I was so excited to try out the only one I don't already have!  Unfortunately, I wasn't a fan of this scent at all, but then again I don't usually like rose scents anyway!

- Urban Decay All Nighter Spray - I already have tried this setting spray in the past and it's definitely my favorite.

- Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo - I'm pretty much a dry shampoo fiend, so I was excited to have a travel size.  This is perfect for the gym, and has a great scent.  I love all Drybar products!

- Make Up For Ever Primer - I tried a sample of this primer before and it's so amazing!  It's really hydrating and smoothing, and makes your skin look perfect.

- Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara - I always like getting mascara samples, so I was happy to get this one.  It gave me great length and volume without being too over-the-top.

- Sephora Cream Lip Stain - I have another color in this line and it's my favorite formula!  It's really long-lasting (I wore this for 12 hours yesterday and it didn't move or fade at all) and smooth, yet isn't drying at all like most liquid lipsticks.  This is a gorgeous color that goes on fully opaque.  It's great for holiday parties, and isn't something I would buy for myself!  Here's what it looks like on (with only one coat):

Great American Baking Show

One of my favorite shows (especially during the holidays) is the Great British Bake Off!  It always makes me so happy and is such a fun show.  I just noticed that a new season of the American version was on Hulu, so I spent this week catching up.  I love to bake so it would be my dream to be a contestant, mostly just so I can meet Mary Berry!

Friday Funny

But seriously.... this changes my plans!

Happy Holidays everyone!!

linking up with ErikaHeather, and Friday Five


  1. I love that you saved up for what you really wanted! Great bag! Happy Holidays

  2. I have a Student that calls Christmas eve eve, Christmas Adam. I asked her why and she said "cus Adam comes before Eve"! So clever!

    Have a great holiday!

  3. Nothing like getting yourself a Christmas gift! Hope you enjoy your Christmas! <3

  4. I've been toying with the idea of signing up for affiliate links in the new year but I'm not sure if the return would be worth the time investment. I love that you saved up all your rewards and treated yourself, such a great idea! Have a great Christmas weekend!

  5. You look absolutely STUNNING in that red lip stain. GORGEOUS.

  6. My whole family loves the Great American Baking Show, I can't even fathom doing what they do...I'm more of a box and bake type kind of girl ;)


  7. You are totally rocking that red lip, girl! I feel like I can't really pull off bold lip colours (though once I did for a photoshoot and I loved it) but it totally suits you!

    I hope you have a lovely Christmas, girl!

  8. Gosh, when my sister and I were little, we would say "Merry Christmas Eve Eve." Now I"m seeing it on social media LOL I guess we were on to something back then ;-)

  9. Ah I just canceled my Sephora Play last month and now I wish I hadn't! Christmas being on a Sunday definitely messed up my long run plans too. My schedule was already out of whack this week so I did mine this morning...I figure it kind of still counts since today is still kind of part of last week?

  10. I love the idea of 'hoarding' your reward money and treating yourself in December. I think I'll do that next year :) Nice treats btw.

  11. i had no idea there was an american version of the british baking show. that's awesome - i'll have to check it out. so brilliant you saved your rewards money - i use all of mine to go on the debt i'm paying off. definitely not as exciting, and i'm almost done - then i can start using it for fun things!


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