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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2017 Empties: Skincare

Hello lovelies! Happy 2018! I know I fell off close to the end of Blogmas, but as every holiday season things became incredibly busy and I felt that I needed to spend time with my family instead of holed up in my room working. I’m back and it’s time to share my empties for most of 2017. I know I had planned on doing one of these posts about quarterly, but I think in the new year I will do it whenever my bin fills up with stuff.  Also to keep this post from getting ridiculously long, I’m going to break it up into categories. Today I’m sharing my skincare type empties and whether or not I will repurchase.

MAKEUP REMOVERS

I got a couple of samples of the RMS beauty makeup remover wipe. What it is is a makeup remover wipe that is made up with certified organic coconut oil. The cloth is soft and doesn’t irritate or drag on the skin, and it smells amazing! This takes off makeup including waterproof mascara. When I feel the need to splurge on makeup wipes, I will definitely be purchasing these.

I used up 3 of the Up & Up brand from Target makeup remover wipes. The first 2 packs I enjoyed the third package, I wasn’t blown away by. They say that they are comparable to the Neutrogena makeup wipes. I personally think it is worth the extra couple of bucks on the Neutrogena wipes. They work much better than the Up & Up brand. The Up & Up ones work in a pinch but I feel the need to scrub my face a little harder, which many of us do not want to do.

The last two makeup remover type products are the Philosophy Purity made simple one-step facial cleansing cloths. I’ve talked about these before. I love them! I love using these after the gym to “wash” my face. I definitely will re-purchase these when I use up the other package that I have. Then there is the Sephora Waterproof eye makeup remover. I love this! I have another deluxe sample size that I’ll be using up, and will definitely repurchase.

EYE CREAMS/TREATMENTS

I used up 6 sample packets of the Lancome eye correction creme. I didn’t like this. It was too heavy and had glitter, that I could see after I put my makeup on. It also gave me those tiny, white milia bumps in my under eye area. This also made my eyes water, if I used too much. Another one that I will not be purchasing is the Caudalie Resveratrol Lift eye lifting balm. I liked this, but it irritated my eyes and I would have to wait at least a half hour to put makeup on to let my eyes stop watering.

The next set of eye products are ones that I love and absolutely will repurchase. The Fresh Rose hydrating eye gel cream. I love this a tiny bit goes a very long way. My under eye concealer goes on so nicely and smoothly, definitely will purchase the full size. Next up is the Clinique pep-start eye cream. I’ve had this in my favorites before, and I absolutely love this for a daily morning eye cream. Will definitely purchase. Lastly, the Sephora collection eye masks, more specifically the Pomegranate eye mask. I love these and have repurchased a bunch of them.

CLEANSERS/MOISTURIZERS

The first two items I wasn’t a fan of and just didn’t do much for me. The Korres Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourshing Sleeping Facial. The scent is too much for me, and just too heavy for my skin. Next up is the Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet. The scent I didn’t like and it just didn’t do much for my skin.

Next up there is the Amorepacific Essential Creme Fluid and the Moisture Bound. I liked them but I probably wouldn’t repurchase them. Also, items I probably won’t repurchase is the Mary Kay botanical effects step 2 hydrate, and the Erborian Bamboo Creme Frappe. The Erborian is a good product but I just probably wouldn’t repurchase.

I really liked the Lancome Smoothing & Glow Boosting Liquid Care. I really liked this it was light and moisturizing; will repurchase. The Youth to the People Kale & Spinach Green Tea Hylauronic Acid moisture creme. I love this! I was blown away by this and will definitely will repurchase. Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation facial creme. I love this and will definitely repurchase. I used this back to back with the Kale & Spinach and I felt that I had fantastic skin months! I will repurhcase!

Last two items in this category is the Simple moisturizing facial wash and the First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay. I love both of these cleansers and I will repurchase when I’ve used up a few other cleansers that I have.

MASKS/TREATMENTS

The first product that I was just surprised and blown away by is the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair. I used this in the middle of the summer when my skin was consistently oily and I was sweating. This just did wonders for my skin the few times I was able to use this. When I’m able to I will be purchasing the full size of this. Next up is the Mary Kay acne treatment gel. I use this on any blemishes that I may get, and it helps get rid of even my toughest cystic acne. I’ve purchased so many of these tubes, this will probably always be in my skincare arsenal. Then we have the Clarins Mission Perfection Serum, which is a dark spot corrector. I feel like this somewhat worked for me but I feel like I need to use it more consistently and longer in order to really see the results. I won’t be repurchasing this.

For masks, I’ve used up the Karuna Clarifying face mask. I didn’t see much of a difference which is hard to tell with a one time use sheet mask. I would consider repurchasing this mask and try it out again. Lastly I have used up the travel size of the Glamglow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate and the full size of the Supermud Clearing Treatment. I enjoyed both of these, however I wouldn’t repurchase the Tinglexfoliate mask, it slightly irritated my skin and I just didn’t enjoy the tingling sensation. The Supermud Clearing Treatment I would definitely repurchase. It is definitely worth the hype and the $68 price tag.

That’s everything! All of the skin care that I’ve used up in the last 9 months or so. I hope you enjoyed this post. What products have you used up in the last year. Anything that you would repurchase or maybe not? I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Years. I hope that your 2018 is even better. Have a great day and I’ll see you in my next post.

Sephora VIB Fall 2017 Picks

Hello lovelies!! Today I’m sharing my picks for the fall Sephora VIB Sale. Some details on when the sale is going on. VIB Rouge members will receive 20% off their purchases November 3-November 6 AND November 10-Novemer 15. VIB members will receive 20% off their purchases November 10-November 15. Beauty Insiders will receive 15% off their purchases November 10-November 15. In general, I think picking up skincare or stocking up on all of your beauty favorites. I personally use this sale to pick up a few of my favorites or things that I want to try out and gifts for friends and family for Christmas. I’m going to break it down into categories of what I think will be worth picking up during the sale.

SKINCARE

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser

Philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleanser

Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleansing Cloths

Clinique Take the Day off Cleansing Balm

Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream

Fresh Rose Hydrating Eye Gel Cream

Glamglow SUPERMUD Clearing Treatment

Sephora Collection Face and Eye Sheet Masks

MAKEUP

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation

Kat Von D Lock-It Foundation

Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer

Becca Backlighting Primer Filter Face Primer

Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting  Makeup Setting Spray

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blushes

BareMinerals GEN NUDE Matte Liquid Lipcolor

Buxom Full-On Lip Cream

HAIRCARE

Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt

Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk

Bumble and Bumble Don’t Blow It Fine (H)air Styler

FRAGRANCE

Kat Von D  Saint & Sinner

Maison Margiela ‘Replica’ Beach Walk

Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue

Elizabeth & James Nirvana Bourbon and Nirvana Black

This is also a fantastic time to pick up skincare sets, haircare sets, makeup sets. It is also a really great time to pick up all of the amazing eye shadow palettes that have been released.

The list is quite long, but these are some of my favorite items that I’ve used over the past years, that I think you will enjoy. What are your favorites? Are you planning on picking up anything during the sale? Is there something that I should pick up? Let me know! That’s everything! Have a great weekend!

 

March Play! by Sephora Unboxing

Hello everyone! I’m going to go off on a short tangent real quick. This weather sucks. Will it ever stop raining?! Ok now that I got that out of the way, on to Sephora’s March Play box. The theme of March’s box is The Gleam Team. My first thoughts before I even opened the box were I hope there’s an awesome highlighter in the box and a shimmery shadow. Let’s pop open the box and see what is inside.  There’s the little booklet that has your Play pass and all of the information about the products. Then there’s the bag that says Glow Your Own Way. Of course I started singing “You can go your own way…go your own way!”

PRODUCTS

Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast– This product is supposed to give your hair volume and body. It smells slightly flowery and a hint of berries but you can also tell there is alcohol in it. I sprayed this on my hand and it doesn’t feel sticky. It feels like there is nothing on my hand. I’m looking forward to trying this out. The size that came in the box is a travel size so you can pick up this same bottle in stores or online for $15.

Glamglow GLOWSTARTER Mega Illuminating Moisturizer– This can be used before your primer to provide that glow from within look. This smells like an orange dreamsicle popsicle, one of my faves as a kid. I think that this could be used as a very sheer highlighter base and use a subtle powder highlight on top. One thing that I noticed is that the tube is actually full of product. If you want to know my thoughts more in depth on this please let me know in the comments. The full size retails for $49.

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Golden Pink– When I first saw this I thought that this was a repeat item. It was not. There was a Laura Mercier caviar shadow stick in a previous box. My first impression just swatched on my hand was it is nice and creamy, and not too dry. It’s a really pretty pinky champagne shade, which I think will suit just about everyone. I smudged it out right after as you can see, just to see how it could perform blended out a bit. I think this shade can easily be used alone on the eyes for a quick wash of shimmery color on the lids for the spring and summer. This retails for $30.

Next up we have the Benefit Watts Up cream to powder highlight. I already own this and currently trying to use it up as part of my project pan. I think the color is pretty, and it sometimes works with my skin tone. This isn’t my favorite formula. I may actually give this to a friend or family member. This retails for $30.

The last product is the Josie Maran Surreal Skin Argan Finishing Balm. This is a multi-use product. You can use this as a primer or on top of makeup up to create that soft focus blur on the skin. It also is supposed to give the skin a luminous effect. This product is also is supposed to work with all skin types and help with dullness, uneveness, dryness and pores. This retails for $36.

The perfume sample this month is the Chloé Fleur de Parfum. Like the name suggests, it is extremely floral. There are notes of rose, lemon, verbena, freesia, cherry blossom, white cedar, amber, and bitter almond. I feel like the amber warms up the scent slightly. Personally, I am not a fan of scents like these. I find them to be strong and occasionally get a headache. The largest bottle retails for $132 and the rollerball retails for $28.

That’s everything that came in my March Sephora Play box. I think for someone who has never tried any of these products, this box is awesome. For me, the perfume I don’t like at all and I’ve already used the Benefit Watts Up before, this box is ok. I’m excited to try out the finishing balm, the eye shadow stick and the illuminating moisturizer.

Christmas Gift Ideas- What I Got Everyone for Christmas

Hello lovelies! I hope that you are all staying warm. Today I’m sharing what I got my friends and family for Christmas this year, and a few other ideas. Most of these are pretty budget friendly. I have a few items that are a little bit more expensive, but most of these are pretty affordable and won’t break the bank.

For my co-workers:

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You can also add some hand lotion for the women or a little Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts gift card to this as well. I love this idea for coworkers or a small gift to keep on hand. Who doesn’t love a little chocolate, cold weather is the perfect time to burn a great smelling candle, and with winter comes chapped lips. I lose chapstick all the time, so giving one this time of the year is perfect!

For the men:

img_2189My brother is a huge Chicago Cubs fan. This Christmas, he asked to get him useful things. I know he loves his Keurig and while he said not to get anything Cubs related, I thought why not combine the two. A tumbler is a great gift or stocking stuffer for someone that is always on the run, it’s not just for the men! Another really good option for maybe a boyfriend or husband is cologne. My boyfriend currently has the Polo Black and I love how it smells on him. His bottle is almost finished and he mentioned awhile back that he really liked it and wanted another bottle.

TIP: Pay attention throughout the year! If you hear someone saying I really like this or I want this, maybe I’ll ask for it for my birthday, Christmas, etc. Make a mental note. Pick it up for them.

For the breakfast lover or foodie:

img_2191I love the pancake and syrup combo. This idea is a little bit of a wild card. I think that this is more of mom, aunt or uncle gift. It’s something different, looks a little special if it is packaged nicely. My idea behind this kind of gift is that it is unique

For friends, sisters, mom:

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Water bottles, candles and mugs all make great gift ideas for a friend or a sister, even mom! For those ladies in your life that are more into beauty or skincare, this is where I suggest a little bit more, or where you will tend to spend a little bit more than you are planning. If you know a lovely gal that has been wanting to try out the Beauty Blender but they don’t see the point of spending $20 on a sponge, what a great time to get them a little treat! While I agree that the price is high, it has completely changed the way I apply makeup and absolutely love it! The same thing can be said for the GlamgGlow masks. They are a very pricey but to give it as a gift to one of the special ladies in your life is an extra special gift. It is also something that they may be considering getting or trying out but really wouldn’t treat themselves to it.

A few other gift suggestions:

  • makeup gift set
  • mug filled with everything to make a cup of hot cocoa
  • home-assembled manicure/pedicure kit
  • jewelry: I’m not talking about the expensive stuff, I’m talking about a cute dainty necklace, or a simple bracelet or earring and necklace set
  • sampler set; of anything! hot chocolates, hot sauce, seasonings, coffee, etc.

I hope that you enjoyed my gift ideas and found this post useful. I thoroughly enjoy this time of the year. The lights, snow, hot chocolate, and my favorite shopping for the perfect gift for my loved ones. Have a great week and I’ll see you in my next post!

November Play! by Sephora Unboxing

Hello lovelies! This post is going up much earlier than expected because well I got my box earlier than expected. I remember watching a YouTube video or reading someone’s blog months and months ago about how receiving a subscription box is like opening presents on Christmas morning. Let me tell you, it totally is!

This month’s box theme is Best in Glow. All products will make you skin and features glow. I’m very excited to try out this month’s product.

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Products

Glamglow Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment; .5 oz. $22

Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet; Retails: $39

Cover FX Illuminating Primer; Retails: $38

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Rose Gold; Retails: $29

Sephora Ultra Shine Lip Gel; Retails: $12

Maison Margiela Replica in Lipstick On; Retails: $125

That is everything that came in my November Play box. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a bonus item in this months box. I hope you enjoyed this months unboxing. Have a great week! See you all in my next post!