Huge Sephora Haul!!!

Hello lovelies! Welcome back! Today I’m sharing with you everything that I’ve picked up from Sephora over the last couple of months and also some things I received for Christmas. This is stuff that has been purchased over the course of two or three shopping trips. Let’s jump right and see what I picked up.

Let’s start with eyeshadow palettes. I’m almost ashamed to share the eye palettes that I’ve picked up. Not because of what I picked up but the number of palettes that I purchased. First there is the Make Up For Ever Lustrous Shadow Palette. I picked this up because the red/cranberry shades. Next I picked up the Becca Apres Ski Glow Collection Eye Lights Palette. This palette I purchased by accident. I thought that this was a highlight palette and not an eye palette. It does look pretty and I think I will be keeping this. Next I got the ColourPop Take Me Home Eye Shadow Palette. I thought this would be a great travel option. Next I picked up the Smashbox Dawn In. Decked Out. Shadow + Highlighting Kit. I picked this up purely because I have been wanting the pearl highlight palette and I wanted to try out the cover shot eye shadows. I also picked up the Anastasia Prism Eye Shadow Palette. The colors in this palette were unique and I don’t have anything like this. There is also the ColourPop Golden State of Mind that I picked up. The last two items are the Stila Eye for Elegance Liquid Eye Shadow Set and the L’Oreal Telescopic mascara in Carbon Black. The Stila set, I had my eye on just about the entire holiday season and when I saw it in store, I knew that I needed it. The L’Oreal Telescopic mascara, clearly isn’t from Sephora, but I picked it up based on the fact that I have been hearing about it for years and was never able to find it in store. I just happened to come across this last tube on the shelf at my local Target and grabbed it.

I also picked up a few face items, that strangely focus on contouring, bronzing, and highlighting. The other thing that they have in common is that they are all made by Tarte. I first picked up the Pro Glow To Go. I thought that this would be perfect for traveling. I also picked up the Park Ave Princess Chisel Palette, and the Limited-Edition Goddess Glow Highlighter. Both items had my eye on for quite some time. I know the chisel palette is relatively new but every time I saw it I would put it in my cart and then take it out again.

Next up I purchased a couple of skincare items. I repurchased the smaller size of the Glamglow Supermud Clearing treatment. Also by Glamglow I picked up the Gravitymud Firming treatment to try out. As 100 point perks, I chose my favorite cleanser by Philosophy the Purity made simple, and by Sunday Riley Good Genes.

Now if you’ve seen my makeup collection posts or even my declutter posts, you’ll know that I have more than enough lip products. As you can tell I stocked up lip balm. I get these as a gift just about every year from a family friend. I think I haven’t bought any lip balm in at least four or five years. I received three of my favorite silk & shine, a conditioning lip serum, two ultra-rich hydration dual-layer balm, dual pack of medicated lip ointment, and two deep renewal lip balms.  Two more drugstore finds that I picked up. The first is the Revlon Kiss Plumping Lip Creme in Nude Honey. I haven’t seen anyone talk about this or review, so I’m intrigued to see how this will work. The next item is the Rimmel Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner in Red Diva. I picked this up because of the next item. My boyfriend gave me the Dior Rouge Dior Lipstick in 999 Matte, which is a classic red. The last lip products that I picked up from Sephora is the Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquified Lip Set. This was one of their holiday lip sets they came out with this year, and I’ve been really wanting to try out their liquid lips.

This last group of products are items that I received for Christmas. I got Gilmore Girls: A Year in Review. Gilmore Girls has a special place in my heart, and when I came across this in Best Buy, my boyfriend picked it up for me. I also received a makeup organizer with gold trim, an Apple TV, and not pictured because I don’t know where I placed it was Chrissy Teigen’s Cravings cookbook. As you can see I had a huge haul this time around and it made me hit the Rouge level, so I received the 56.5 mini brush.

Whew! If you’re still reading, you’ve reached the end. Thank you for staying with me during the long post. This was a huge haul and I’m excited to dig in and really start using everything. If you want to see a review or a first impression, or in a look, let me know! I’m always taking suggestions, and would love to hear from you. That’s everything. I hope that you all have a wonderful week and I’ll see you in my next post.

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December Play! by Sephora Unboxing

Hello lovelies! Today I’m sharing everything that came in my December Play box. December’s box I think had the perfect combination of products. I really like watching Sephora’s YouTube channel when they release the monthly Play box video. I do have to say the options for the box this month are amazing. The theme for this months is GLAM STRAIGHT; perfect for the holiday season. Time to jump in to what I got.

First up is the Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Prism Cream. I’m intrigued by this product. It can be used as an all over face cream to give your skin some radiance, or as a highlighter. Which I’m assuming if it can be used in both ways it would give you more of a subtle highlight. I would think it would be perfect for a more natural, glow from within look. Retails: $42

Next there is the Laura Mercier Eye Basics in Wheat. This is an eye primer, which I think the shade will be perfect for my skin tone. I also think that I can get away with just using this on my eyes, set it, throw a slightly deeper shade into the crease, mascara and go. I’m excited to try this one out. Retails: $28

Staying on eyes for another minute. I got the Smashbox Cover Shot Eye Shadow Duo in Golden Hour. The two shades are Turned On and Psyched. I’m so happy that these shades were chosen. They can be worn by just about everyone and can be used together or all over the lid by itself. Retails:$29

For lips, I received the Anastasia Beverly Hills lip gloss in Vintage. It is a beautiful rosy, pink shade with a rose gold/pink micro glitter. It reminds me of one of the BareMinerals GenNude liquid lipsticks, I can’t remember the shade. I’m excited to use this. I think once I go through a few other lip glosses, I will definitely use this. It is a perfect everyday shade. Retails $16

Next I have a hair product by Drybar. It is their Triple Sec 3-in-1.  I have used this in the past and I loved it. I have been wanting to repurchase this, but I just haven’t gotten around to it. I’m interested to see if I will still love this. I will use this the next time I actually do my hair and isn’t up in a messy bun. Retails: $26, $13

Last up is the Tom Ford Black Orchid Eau De Parfum. I am so beyond excited to get a sample of this. Perfume is such a personal choice and it is expensive. It is also an item that is difficult to test out to see what you like, how long it will last on you, how it works with your body chemistry, etc. This scent has been hyped up a lot all over social media over the years. This is warm and floral, and dark and sexy. At first I was not a fan of it, but it is starting to grow on me. I will use this on my next night out and see how it works. Retails: $171, $122, $84, $45

That’s everything that came in my December Play box. I hope you enjoyed this post. I really enjoy doing this kind of post. If you want me to continue to do this kind of post, let me know. Do you subscribe to the Sephora Play box? What other subscription boxes do you receive? It doesn’t have to be strictly beauty. Let me know, I would love to hear from you. Have a great weekend!

Christmas Gift Guide for Her

Hello lovelies! Happy Day 1 of Blogmas!! Today I’m sharing you my picks for all the wonderful women in your life or even yourself. Everything ranging from stocking stuffers to some “big” items. The price ranges  I have to admit it’s December 1st and I have almost all of my shopping done. This year I want to make sure I spend time with my friends and family, doing fun things and making memories. Let’s jump into these great gift ideas!!

 

FOR THE BEAUTY LOVER:

face & sheet masks: Sephora Collection, Glamglow, Boscia, Peter Thomas Roth

hand & body lotion: Aveeno & the Body Shop body butters

eye shadow palettes: Kat Von D Saint & Sinner Palette, Anastasia Prism Palette, Urban Decay Naked Palettes

lip products: Blistex lip balms, BareMinerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolor, Maybelline lipsticks

fragrance: Elisabeth and James Nirvana Bourbon & Black, Maison Margiela ‘Replica’ Beach Walk, Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue, Kat Von D Sinner

FOR THE FASHION LOVER:

hat and gloves set

slippers

fashion scarf, rather one for warmth, or for warmth too!

cozy sweaters

leggings

trendy clothing item

FOR THE FITNESS LOVER:

fitbit or other fitness watch

weights

new pair of gym shoes

sports equipment, i.e. skis, snowboard, skates, etc.

FOR THE TECH LOVER:

apple tv

apple watch

movies to add to their collection

camera

computer/laptop

nook or kindle

FOR THE FOODIE:

baking sheets

cookie cutters

cooking classes

wine tasting

stand mixer

hand mixer

cookbooks

FOR THE HOMEBODY:

candles

throw blanket

coasters

ornaments

coffee/hot cocoa mugs

books

I know I didn’t share too many specific items, but I think that to go into something specific in each category is what I prefer not necessarily what would work for you or your loved ones. If you have any questions about something specific, leave it in the comments or send me a message. I would love to talk with you more one on one. I hope  you have a wonderful month. Do you know anyone else doing Blogmas?? Who should I check out?! I would love to find more people who share things similar to what I do.

That’s everything! If you would like to see me do a gift guide for the men in your lives, let me know. If you’d rather see it on Instagram stories or Snapchat instead let me know about that too. Thank you all for sticking with me through the last few months. I appreciate every single one of you. Let’s have fun this month. See you in my next post!

 

SURPRISE!!! BLOGMAS 2017 BEGINS TOMORROW!

Hello lovelies! I know I’ve been a little bit MIA the last couple of weeks. I wanted to spend as much time as I could with my family and others close to me the week of Thanksgiving. As the title of this post clearly states. I will be doing Blogmas again this year. It starts tomorrow December 1st and will go until December 31st. I would love to hear from you and what you would like to see during Blogmas. Anything from beauty favorites, Christmas and holiday favorites, recipes that I’ve tested out, traditions, and everything in between. I hope that you all have a wonderful December, stay warm, have fun, and close out 2017 with a bang!

Jamie

My Go to Fall Look

Hello lovelies! Welcome back! Today I’m sharing my go to daytime look for fall. I’ve worn this look running errands, going to work and everything in between. With this look I am able to complete it in about 10-15 minutes.  If I’m running really late, I will eliminate a few steps, such as the eye brow pencil, the eye shadow, and sometimes even the mascara.

On my face:

  • Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer
  • Becca Backlight Priming Filter
  • Wet n Wild Photo Focus Foundation in Soft Beige

On my eyes:

  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Eden
  • Mac eyeshadow in Soft Brown
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Pencil in Perversion in the water line
  • Urban Decay Perversion Mascara

On my brows:

  • E.L.F. brow pencil in Neutral Brown
  • Maybelline BrowDrama Sculpting Brow Mascara in Deep Brown

On my lips:

  • Blistex Silk & Shine Lip Balm

  • NYX butter gloss in Creme Brulee

  • Maybelline Color Jolt Lip Paint in 05 Stripped Down

I’ve been bouncing around between the three different lip options. For the most part I would choose depending on the happenings of the day. If I’m going to work during the day I’ll opt for the lip balm or lip gloss. If I am working an evening even I will go for the lip paint.

That’s everything for my everyday fall make up look.  What is your go to look? Have you already written a post about it? Share it in the comments. I would love to check it out. Have a great weekend and I’ll see you in my next post!

5 Favorite Fall Nail Colors

Hello lovelies! Today I’m sharing with you my favorite nail colors for this fall. I know I have done this type of post the last couple of years, but I figured things change, trends change, and I really like buying nail polish.  A couple of the colors you’ve seen in past seasonal favorite nail posts, and the others are brand new. So to prevent this post from getting too long, let’s jump in.

First up is a repeat offender. It is OPI’s Brisbane Bronze. I know I’ve told you all about this shade before. I love it, I use it every fall and in fact it is currently on my toes. It is the perfect sparkly brown, coppery, bronze shade.

Then we have the Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear polish in 622 Retro Grade. It is a grey that is more on the mid-dark side. It is a creme formula, and if you’re in a hurry you can get away with just doing one coat. This shade is perfect for all year round or if you’re tide to dark shades in the fall and winter and bright/light shades in the spring and summer, it works as a great transition color between summer and fall.

Then we have the Covergirl Outlast Stay Brilliant nail gloss(polish) in Sapphire Flare. I believe this shade is also a repeat offender. It is a beautiful dark blue in a creme formula. Its a great neutral option and can still come off as a professional color and not an inappropriate color for the office.

The last two shades are definitely on the darker side. The first one is Carry On by Essie. It is a deep purple almost an eggplant shade. This again is a creme formula. I think there is a theme here with the exception of the first polish. I love creme formula nail polishes. Again because the shade is on the darker side, it is work appropriate, or can be used for a more formal occasion. The last shade is a cult favorite, and really what got me into darker nail colors. It is OPI’s Lincoln Park After Dark. This is my absolute favorite fall/winter shade. I know I’ve shared this shade with you before, and the reason why it keeps popping up is because I really do love the color and the formula. It is a deep, deep dark purple that looks almost black. Once again another creme formula.

That’s everything! Those are my 5 favorite nail colors for fall. What are your favorites? Do you favor creme or glittery formulas? Any colors or brands or formulas I should try out? What would you like to see next? Clothing haul? Random fall favorites? A daily routine? Leave your suggestions in the comments. Have a great day and see you in my next post!

September: The loved and unloved

Hello lovelies! I’m starting something kind of new. The loved and unloved is going to be my favorites series. I haven’t decided on how often I will do this type of post, but will do this at least on a monthly basis. My intention with this type of post is to share with you the things that I am loving the most. When it comes to the things that are considered to be unloved, they are going to be comprised of things that are good products but didn’t work for me, and products that just didn’t work for me and I think wouldn’t work for anyone else. If you love any of the items that I’m not a fan of, let me know how you use it! I may be using it completely different and that could be why it won’t work for me. Now that I’ve given you all of that info, let’s see what I’ve been loving and not loving for the month of September.

THE LOVES

First up I have the combination of Maybelline Fit Me Foundation in the Matte+Poreless and the Dewy+Smooth formula. More often than not when you hear someone mixing foundations they are two different brands and two different formulas. For me this combination is amazing. I put the a very small amount on my forehead, chin and a bit on either side of my nose. The rest of my face I’ll use the dewy+smooth formula. I’ll apply both formulas with a beauty blender and sometimes use a brush when I’m in a rush.

Next up is the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Perversion. I forgot how much I loved this liner. It is super black and lasts forever. Sticking with eyes, I am also loving the E.L.F. HD Under Eye Powder. This keeps my under eye concealer on all day, it doesn’t allow the concealer to crease, and dare I say it my holy grail?! For lips I have been loving the Maybelline Color Jolt Intense Lip Paint in 05 Stripped Down. This color is the perfect, my lips, with a hint of pink, but better shade. It lasts a decent amount of time and fades nicely.

The last two items are a perfume and a hair product. The perfume I have been loving the last month is the Dolce and Gabbanna Light Blue. The scent is light, flowery yet has a deep, sexy scent within it, creating a nice day to night balance. Now for the hair product, I have absolutely been loving the Bumble and Bumble Don’t Blow it (H)air Styler. I have never loved a hair product so much in my life. I’ll be honest with you guys. When it comes to hair, I just don’t know what to do, or I’m lazy, or a combination of both. So when I decided to pull the Don’t Blow It styler out of my stash, after the first time I used it, I knew I was going to repurchase it in the full size when I used this small tube up. This is the only thing that will keep my hair in its natural state all day and easily into the next day. I have been searching for years, and I mean well over 10 years for something like this.Thank you Sephora Play box for this little gem!

THE UNLOVED

Since I talked on and on about everything that I loved I will keep my unloved short and sweet. First up is the Lancome Visionnaire Yeux Eye on Correction eye balm. It’s a nice eye cream, however it’s too thick for my under eyes and there are small particles of glitter in it that you can see on your skin. So for that reason I would not repurchase this. The other eye area product that I am not a big fan of is the Maybelline the Falsies Pushup Drama Mascara. The formula itself is not clumpy, but when applying it clumps my lashes together. The other issue I have with this is that when I try to apply on my outer lashes or close to the root, almost always there is mascara on my cheek or my eyelid, or I poke myself in the eye. Ouch!

The last couple of products are for the face. There is the Farmacy Skin Dew and the Korres Wild Rose Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial. There are a couple of reasons why I am not a fan of the Farmacy Skin Dew. For one, the spray is fairly aggressive, and leaves quite a bit of the product in large droplets on my face that take awhile to sink in to the skin. If you use this to refresh your makeup, it will ruin your makeup by leaving droplets all over your face. Now for the Korres sleeping facial, this is heavily scented and it lingers on your skin all night. I use this only at night and when I go to sleep I can smell before I go to sleep and when I wake up in the morning, the scent is still there.

Well that’s everything that I have loved and unloved for the month of September. What have you been loving this last month? What should I try out? Are some of the products that I’m not a fan of your favorite? Tell me how you use it and why you like it. I would love to hear from you. Have a great day and see you in my next post.

 

Happy Fall!