April 2017 Favorites

Hello lovelies! It’s that time of month again. It’s time for monthly favorites! This month has been quite busy for me. I have been adjusting to a new routine and lifestyle. If you want to know more about that I’d be more than willing to do weekly or bi-weekly updates. Let me know in the comments below. Anyways, let’s jump into what I’ve been loving this last month. I have been loving the Real Techniques brushes. The first brush is the shader brush from the enhanced eye kit. I know this isn’t meant to be used for the crease, but for a quick one or two shadow look, I love this. I typically use this with soft brown from MAC(another favorite for the month) in the outer corner and in the crease for a quick look. Next, there is the setting brush. I love using this to set my concealer under my eyes, and also with highlighter on my cheek bones. The next brush is the expert face brush. I love the brush but haven’t quite figured out a way to use it for the best look. It works well for foundation and bronzer, but currently not the foundation I’m using. Last there is the stippling brush. I love, love, love using this for blush. This brush plus Nars Orgasm blush is an amazing combo. I am curious as how it would work with foundation and bronzer.

For my non-tool favorites, I have the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Treatment Concealer. All I can say about this concealer is that it provides the perfect amount of coverage for me, it brightens, and it lasts all day. The Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer in Eden has been a game changer for me and my eye shadow. This has made my shadows stay on all day long and little to no creasing. The only time I notice there is creasing is if it has been an extremely long and hot day. Next up we have a deluxe sample of the Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara. I have never used this mascara before this tube. I’ve had this in my stash for well over a year, and surprisingly it wasn’t expired. This gives a great lengthening effect and a tiny bit of volume. Going by the name I don’t think it lives up to it, but for an everyday mascara this is fantastic. The Nivea a kiss of mint and minerals is the never ending lip balm. I feel like I have been using this for over a year and there is still more product. The last beauty product is the MAC eye shadow in soft brown. This is the perfect shade to just throw in the crease and outer corner, a little mascara and out the door.

This last item is a makeup bag. It’s small and narrow that is perfect for putting your brushes in for traveling or on the go. I’m not sure where this bag is from because it came in a set that I got for Christmas three years ago.

That’s everything I’ve been loving during the month of April. I have been using all of these products just about every day during the past month. They have made my mornings so easy. What have you been loving? Is there anything new that I should test out. Let me know! Have a great weekend and I’ll see you in my next post.

Sephora VIB Sale Haul

Hello lovelies! Now that the big rush to get in store or online at Sephora, I thought I would share the items that I picked up during the sale. Before I headed out to the store, I asked my mom and sister if there was anything they wanted me to pick up. My sister didn’t need anything, and my mom I kept trying to rack her brain for stuff since her birthday and Mother’s Day is coming up. My mom picked out a couple of things and I also picked up one thing for her as well. Of course if I was picking up stuff for my mom, I had to get myself a couple of things too.

First lets take a look at the few items I picked up for my mom. My mom first picked out the Milk Makeup Holographic Stick in Supernova.  This choice surprised me. I kindly asked if she knew it was probably going to be a purpley holographic shade on the skin. She said she wanted to try it out and it looked cool and if she doesn’t like it, I can have it. All I can say is, GO MOM! She is far more adventurous with makeup than I am. Next up she chose the Clinique Quickliner for Eyes Intense in Intense Midnight. It is a deep almost navy blue. Like I said my mom is much more adventurous with makeup than I am. I know a navy blue isn’t exactly out there as far as liner goes. I actually think the deeper or mid toned blues are becoming more of a standard neutral like black or brown liner. My mom will also be receiving the Sephora Pomegranate eye mask. I have used the pomegranate and I think the rose eye mask as well. I love both of these and I think my mom will really like them. I think the Sephora Collection eye masks are great, they work and they are definitely affordable.

I know I am not alone when walking in to a Sephora, and feel overwhelmed. I knew I was for sure going to purchase a foundation. Last summer I got a sample of the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Coverage Foundation. I used it for a wedding that I was in and we took photos outside. I’ll admit I didn’t remove my makeup the night before and it still looked amazing the next morning! So I knew when I had the chance, I was going to pick it up. I got it in the shad Y305, which I think is the tiniest bit too dark for me but it works. The other item that wasn’t from the aisle of doom is the Dior Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss in the shade Tell Me Dior. I can say that I didn’t actually purchase this. This item is once again the result of bringing my boyfriend shopping with me. (This is the last time he is coming with me.) Next I picked up the Dr. Brandt pores no more pore refining primer. This primer is all over the YouTube scene. No matter what primer I use my pores show up so I’m hoping this will help make them look a little smaller or smoother. Lastly, is the Boscia MakeUp BreakUp-Cool Cleansing Oil. This is also one of those YouTube made me buy it items. I’m a slave to makeup removing wipes and I know those aren’t the greatest to remove makeup with consistently, so I decided to get the travel size and see how it works. The last item is a 100 point perk. It is the Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45 in light to medium. I had a foil packet sample of this probably about a year ago and I loved what it did for my skin. I’m hoping if this works out again I just might have to pick it up for a quick out the door type product for the summer.

 

That’s all everybody. I hope you enjoyed taking a peak into what I picked during the Sephora Spring VIB Sale. I have given myself permission to shop Sephora only three times a year, during the two sales and during my birthday month. I know with my project pan I am on a no buy, but most of the time when I do shop, I shop on a deal. I hope you all have a wonderful week and I’ll see you in my next post.

April Play! by Sephora Unboxing

Hello everyone! It’s that time of the month again where I show you what I got in my Sephora Play box. This month’s theme is Step It Up. Everything that came in this month’s box is meant to step up your makeup, skin care, hair care, etc. This month’s box I was excited but a little underwhelmed. Let’s start out on a good note, and share the items I was excited to receive.

I was really excited to see the Sephora Collection waterproof eye make up remover. I heard that this is comparable to the Neutrogena eye make up remover, which is my go to remover. I’m looking forward to see how the Sephora one compares to the Neutrogena one. Retails: $7.50-$15

Next up we have the Philosophy Purity facial cleanser. I have used this in the past and works amazing with my facial cleanser brush. It cleans my skin well with and without the cleanser brush. When I finished up my previous bottle I knew that when it was time to buy another face wash, I would repurchase this one. The one thing I’m not such a fan of is the scent. It is a fresh flowery scent. It doesn’t smell horrible, but it is definitely not my favorite. I am willing to look past this just because it does such a great job at cleansing my skin. Retails: $11-$55

The last item that I am really looking forward to trying out is the Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Serum. I am constantly looking for different things that will help improve the texture and balance out the moisture in my skin. I am hoping that this isn’t too heavy for my skin. Anything that is too heavy always results in my face being an oily mess. I don’t know too much about this product, but I am very interested in learning more. Retails: $65Now, on to the products I’m neither here nor there about. First there is the Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliner in M10, which is their black. The one thing that I like and dislike about the brand is that they use a letter and number system. As far as the product itself. I already have about 4 black eyeliners that are currently waiting in my stash. It will probably be awhile til I actually try this out. I would like to try this out in a waterproof makeup test post, and see how well this holds up. Retails: $21

The other product is the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer. I had use this primer a few years ago, and I didn’t hate it but I didn’t love it. Part of it was not knowing really what I was looking for in a primer. Now that I am more knowledgeable about my skin and what I’m looking for, I’m interested in seeing how this will work for me. Retails: $16-$49

Last up is the one item that I am definitely passing on to someone else. It is the Miu Miu L’eau Bleue. I love the smell of lilies, but in this specific fragrance, it is extremely strong. I think if you really love floral scents and it works with your body chemistry then I think you really enjoy this. The fragrance sample this month missed the mark for me. Retails: $28-$118

That is everything. I hope you enjoyed peeking into my bag this month. This was probably my least favorite box that I have received. If you haven’t noticed Sephora has somewhat customized the boxes each month. Everyone can receive one of 2 or 3 different fragrance, beauty, skin care or hair care samples. I think this adds a nice touch to the experience. Overall, I think the Sephora Play box is a great value. You get decent size samples, however sometimes I wish the some skin care items were a bit larger so you can get a little bit of a better idea if you like the product. That’s all for today. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. See you in my next post, where I share what I got from the Sephora VIB spring sale.

Top 10 Sephora VIB Spring Sale Recommendations

Hello everyone! Today I’m sharing a few items that I think are worth picking up during the VIB spring sale. First a little bit of info. VIB Rouge members can start shopping today the 18th until the 24th, VIB members can start shopping on the 19th until the 24th and Beauty Insiders can shop the 20th until the 24th. VIB Rouge and VIB members will be able to get 15% and Beauty Insiders will be able to get 10% off of their purchases.

Generally, I suggest picking up items that may fill the holes in your collection OR picking up a few of those splurge items you wouldn’t normally pick up. I think this is a great time to pick up foundations, concealers, and skin care. This may also be a time where you would pick up eye or face palettes.

In no particular order, my top 10 picks for the VIB Sale:

  1. Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette $42
  2. Beauty Blender $20
  3. Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation $43
  4. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector $38
  5. Anastasia Glow Kit (any of them) $40
  6. NARS Orgasm Blush $30
  7. NARS Laguna Bronzer $40
  8. Bite Beauty Lipsticks (any of their lipsticks, they are fantastic!) $24-26
  9. Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick $20
  10. Buxom Full-On Lip Cream $20

That’s everything! I own or have tried out everything on my list. Some of these things are on my wish list and I hope to pick this week, and some may just be re-purchasing. I know I mentioned skin care and concealers before, however I don’t have enough experience with any from Sephora that I can suggest. I have yet to find my perfect concealer shade and am hoping to find one that will work. Would you like to see what I pick up from the sale? In a post? On Instagram as a pic or an InstaStory? Let me know in the comments below. Anyone else shopping the sale? What are you going to pick up? Any recommendations?

2016 Favorites

Hello lovelies! I am sharing with you my favorites from over the course of 2016. I don’t have too many favorites, but they’re a good mix of things I’ve been using for years and some that while not necessarily brand new to the market are completely new to me. All of these products have changed my life and I try to use them as much as possible.

img_2360Foundation and Concealer:

  • Maybelline Fit me! foundation Dewy + Smooth in 125 Nude Beige (my summer shade)
  • Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles in Neutralizer; great for my under eyes!
  • Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Coverage foundation in 125/Y315 Sand (summer shade, sample from Sephora, need to buy the full size and in my winter shade)

img_2359Powders and Tools:

  • E.L.F. High Definition Powder in Sheer: used to set my concealer under my eyes
  • Real Techniques Setting Brush: used with powder for my under eyes
  • Real Techniques Expert Face Brush: used with liquid foundation that doesn’t work well with my Beauty Blender
  • NARS Bronzer/Blush Duo in Laguna and Orgasm: my go to blush and bronzer

img_2365Eyes and Lips:

  • Maybelline Brow Drama in Deep Brown: great for quick run out the door days
  • NYX Butter Gloss in Creme Brulee
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden: this truly keeps my eye shadow on all day!
  • Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in White Russian: Can I just buy all of these?! I love this!

That’s all for my 2016 favorites. This year has been such an adventure and I can’t wait to see what will be in my favorites for 2017. Have a great day! See you in my next post!

 

December Play! by Sephora Unboxing

Hello lovelies! Today I’m bringing you the final Sephora Play! unboxing for 2016. December’s box theme is The Partygoers. First of all this bag is so cute. I love the black bag with the rose gold print and ribbon. Let’s dive in to the box.

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Products

drybar Bay Breeze Hydrating Shot; set of 4 Retails $38

Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Smoothing Primer; Retails $37

Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara; Retails $30

Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Always Red; Retails $14

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray; Retails: $31

Elizabeth and James Nirvana Bourbon; Retails: $85

That is everything that came in my December Play box. I’m very excited for this box. I feel like I say that for every box, but I think for the first time I LOVE the perfume bonus. My boyfriend was over when I opened this box and he sprayed it on himself. I was shocked and yelled what are you doing? That’s a perfume! Strangely enough it worked on him and didn’t smell too feminine on him. This scent is intoxicating and addicting. It is a little sweet, a little bold, has a warm scent and a little woody. The Urban Decay setting spray I already own and know that I love. The drybar Hydrating shot is something my hair is in desperate need of. I just wish that one bottle wasn’t a single use. I’m still on the hunt for the perfect primer for my skin. As far as the mascara, I’m always looking to try out mascaras. The lip product, I love the color red, but I’m not very brave to wear it all the time. I’m hoping to wear this one and the others that I own all at least once in the next couple of weeks.

That’s all for today. I hope that you enjoyed this post. Is anyone else subscribed to this box? What are your thoughts?

August Play! by Sephora Unboxing

Hello lovelies! Happy Humpday! Today I’m sharing what I got in my August Sephora Play box. A couple of these products I am excited to try out and the others will be passed on to friends and family. Without further ado, let’s dig in…

Aug Play 2016

Products

Sephora Contour Eye Pencil 12hr Wear Waterproof in 15 Taupe, Retails: $10

Clean Reserve in Blonde Rose, Retails: $90

Caudalie Resveratrol Lift Eye Lifting Balm, Retails: $62

Lancome Energie de Vie The Smoothing & Glow Boosting Liquid Moisturizer, Retails: $55

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara, Travel Size Retails: $10

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow in I544 Pink Granite, Retails: $21

That’s everything that came in my Play box this month. I hope you enjoyed digging through the bag with me. I’m definitely looking forward to trying out the eye pencil, mascara and the eye shadow. The two eye products I’m going to pass on to my mom. The scent I feel like it’ll be a great springy summer scent. I’m ready for fall and everything that comes along with it. I probably won’t try this out until spring. If you want a first impression or a full review on these items or any other Play box item let me know! I hope you have a great rest of the week!