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.

Ulta 21 Days of Beauty

Hello everyone! Today I’m going to let you in on my picks for the 21 days of beauty at Ulta. I know this is a few days late, but for some reason I no longer get e-mails or mailers sent to me. I figured it would be better late than never. A couple of things, not all the deals are in store; some are online only. Also there are a couple that are platinum perks. I’m only going to share my picks for what is available to everyone. This means if you aren’t a platinum member the deal is not available to you. One more thing, these are items that I have had some experience with or on a list to try out. Hopefully I will be able to pick up a few bits. SO, let’s start with today…

March 24th

IT Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil Reg $24 Now $12

March 25th

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara Reg $21 Now $10

Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleansing Cloths Reg $15 Now $7.50

March 26th

Becca Backlight Priming Filter Reg $38 Now $19

March 27th

IT brushes for Ulta Foundation Brush #102 Reg $22 Now $11

March 28th

Tarte Maneater Self-Sharpening Liner Reg $20 Now $10

March 29th

Dr. Brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner Primer Reg $45 Now $22.50

March 30th

Benefit They’re Real! Tinted Lash Primer Reg $24 Now $12

March 31st

Smashbox Photo finish Primer Water Reg $32 Now $16

April 1st

Mario Bedescu the ENTIRE brand is on SALE!!!  Reg $5-$46 Now $3.75- $34.50

April 2nd

Shiseido Eyelash Curler Reg $20 Now $10

April 3rd

Mally Beauty Effortlessly Airbrushed Blush & Highlight Set Reg $35 Now $17.50

April 5th

Butter London Plush Rush Lip Collection Reg $18-$22 Now $10

April 7th

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush & Highlter Reg $28 Now $14

April 8th

Anastasia Brow Wiz Pencil Reg $21 Now $10.50

Clinique 3-Step Intro Kits Reg $19.50 Now $9.75

Those are my picks! What do you think? Anything that I didn’t include that I must absolutely pick up? I am still on a no buy, but some of these deals are too good to pass up. I’m going to try and not use anything until my no buy is over, but I’m not sure that is going to work out. If you want to see everything that I’ve picked up let me know. That’s all for today. Have a great weekend and I’ll see you in my next post.

 

Peaches and Berry Makeup Look

Hello lovelies! Today’s post is a little bit different, since I haven’t shared any go to looks in awhile. So I’ve chosen to share my go to look for the winter and my favorite winter trend. Also with Valentine’s Day coming up, I thought to go searching for some inspiration.  I searched through the Adore Me site to find some inspiration of what my go to look would be paired with one of their bra and panty sets. I kept coming back to the Fiona Contour Plus set. The set is sweet and girly and yet at the same time is beautiful and sexy. Let me jump right in and share my look with you.

Traditionally when it comes to eyes, I go straight for neutral shades, creamy champagne shimmer on the lids and browns in the crease, with black liner. I felt that my normal look would be a bit too harsh to go with the Fiona set. I kept getting creamy and peachy vibes. I took a look into my collection to see what I could come up with. This is what I came up with.

I primed my face with Hourglass Ambient Light-Correcting Primer in Mood Light. A little color correcting and concealing with the Maybelline Mastercamo color correcting kit, Covergirl’s Ready, Set Gorgeous Foundation in 110 and the Maybelline Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser in the Neutralizer shade under the eyes.

On my eyes, I primed with the Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden and set it with Bisque from the Lorac Mega Pro 2 palette. All the shadows came from the Mega Pro 2 palette except for one. I went into the crease with Melon and blended it slightly upwards. Then placed Sorbet directly into the crease, and was much more careful in blending this out, allowing only a little to go in the outer v. In the inner corner and all over the lid I put Peony. I really wanted to incorporate the shade Flamingo from the Smashbox Light It Up Trio. It is a beautiful peachy pink shade that reminds me a lot of Nars Orgasm blush. I used Flamingo on the outer half of my lid. Liner was the Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Pencil in Sable Brown, used lightly along the lash line as well as in the tight line and water line. I smoked out the lower lash line just a bit using Melon and Sorbet to tie the whole look together. I keep my brows super simple and use the Maybelline Brown Drama in Deep Brown.

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I went on to finish my face, using Nars blush in Orgasm and highlight with Becca’s Champagne Pop. I set my face with the Urban Decay All-Nighter setting spray. I then applied my L’Oreal Voluminous Superstar 2-Step mascara on the upper and lower lash line. I couldn’t decide which direction of lip I wanted to go with. So I chose more of a daytime option and an evening option.

My Daytime Option:

Covergirl Katy Kat Matte in Sphynx and Maybelline Velvet Matte in 10 Nude Flush

Covergirl Katy Kat Matte in Sphynx and Maybelline Velvet Matte in 10 Nude Flush

I chose these shades because it definitely is more in my comfort zone. While the eyes are more on the peachier side I feel like the lips complement them very well. Also, peachy lipsticks just don’t look that great on me.

My Evening Option:

Maybelline Coloursensational Matte in 660 Touch of Spice

Maybelline Coloursensational Matte in 660 Touch of Spice

I chose Touch of Spice as my evening option. In the tube it looks more of a peachy nude, but on my lips it takes on more of a brown-berry shade. I also love that its not a deep berry.

There you have it! My look inspired by the Fiona Contour Plus bra and panty set by Adore Me. Don’t forget to check out Adore Me for their selection of bra and panty sets, pajamas or workout attire for more inspiration. Have a fantastic week!

Project Pan Finale!!

Hello lovelies! So today I’m giving you the last update on my Project Pan. Let me get the bad news out of the way first. I did not reach my goal of finishing 10 out of the 15 products that I chose. I believe that I chose too many challenging items to try and complete in the time frame that I gave myself. On the other hand I think I balanced it out with enough products that I would be able or should have finished. Although I was not successful, I learned a lot about the way I use items. I am looking forward to do many more project pans. So let me go through everything.

Completely Finished

Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer

It’s a 10 Leave-In Conditioner

Garnier Blackhead Eliminating Scrub

Blistex Silk & Shine

Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub in Tropical Mango

Almost Done

Buxom Full-On Lip Creme in White Russian

Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream

Nivea Lip Butter (Lost it)

Clarins Mission Perfection Serum

NYX Butter Gloss in Creme Brulee

Aussie Sprunch Spray

Nowhere Close to Being Finished

Matrix Silk Wonder Smoothing Oil

Marc Jacobs Dot

Aussie Heat Protecting Shine Spray

Smashbox Limitless Eyeliner in Onyx

That is everything! This brings my first Project Pan to a close. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. See you in my next post!

October Play! by Sephora Unboxing

Hello lovelies! I didn’t want to skip showing you my October box, and I figured I would put this post up now before it got too late. Once again technology hasn’t been my friend and unfortunately I’m not sure how many more times this is going to happen. One day I will be able to get a new computer and most problems will be solved. I know that I have said about previous boxes that I am really excited about a few items that I received, but this months box, I absolutely LOVE everything that I got. First I didn’t receive the standard 5 items plus a perfume sample, I received 6! Yes, you read that correctly 6. I got 2 of one of the products. I’ll let you know further down which one I got 2 of. Did this happen to any one else?

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Products

Christophe Robin Regenerating Hair Mask; Retails: $71

Erborian Bamboo Frappee Skin Reviving Fresh Gel; Retails: $43

The Estee Edit Flash Photo Gloss; Retails: $20 (I GOT 2!)

Farmacy Skin Dew Hydrating Essence Mist & Setting Spray; Retails: $44

Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in Driver’s Seat; Retails: $24

Yves Saint Laurent Mon Paris; Retails: $92

 This box has been by far my favorite box I received. The perfume sample, I actually smelled right away when I opened my box and it smells amazing and lasts all day on the skin. I can’t wait to try out the hair mask and the face gel. The second Flash Photo Gloss I’m going to give to someone in their stocking for Christmas. I love that Sephora included a lip color that could work on just about anyone

Project Pan Update #2

Hello lovelies! Today I am updating you on the products that I have been using as part of my very first project pan. I’m just going to say it…I am horrible at using the things that I own, especially when it comes to hair products. I do have to say that I have done a little better than the last month. I have made some more progress on a few items. There are no new products that I finished.

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To review, I have finished the Vaseline Spray & Go in cocoa radiant and the Garnier Blackhead Eliminating Scrub.

img_1960I’m almost done with the Aussie Sprunch Spray, NYX butter gloss in  creme brulee, Blistex Silk n Shine lip balm, Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub in Tropical Mango, and the Smashbox eyeliner in Onyx.

img_1961The rest of the items, will hopefully be done by the end of the year. I have made a little progress on the Marc Jacobs perfume and it’s a 10 leave in conditioner. The Buxom lip gloss, I have used easily 10 times in the last month and there is hardly any progress. It looks as if I haven’t used it at all.

That is all for this update. I will hopefully have used up a few more items in my next update. The goal is to use up at least 10 of the 15 products by the end of the year. I am on a no buy as well til next year. Bring on the hauls in 2017! I hope you enjoyed this little update. Have a great day and see you in my next post!

Project Pan Update #1

Hello lovelies! Happy Labor day! I have to be honest, when I started this project, I was extremely determined and motivated. I have not purchased anything new, but I haven’t made the greatest effort in trying to use up the products. This is also why I have given myself until the end of the year to finish 10 out of 15 items.

First off, my Rimmel soft kohl eye pencil went missing after a week or so. It has been replaced by my Smashbox Limitless Eyeliner in Onyx. I originally received this in a Smashbox sample set. Like the Rimmel eyeliner, I’ve had this for well over 2 years.

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IMG_1781I have used up my Garnier Blackhead Eliminating Scrub. I definitely loved using this and plan on purchasing it in the full size soon. My skin has been acting up a bit, but think it is due to me working out and sweating more.

IMG_1777The above products are almost gone and I’m definitely working on using them up. When I saw that my first update was quickly approaching, I became motivated to use everything again.  The few products that are almost gone I truly love them and using them. That is my progress of my products. I am hoping that I will use up more items in the next month. Once again I am hoping to use up at least 10 out of 15 of these products, before I purchase anything just for the sake of buying it. Have any of you started a project pan? What is out there or coming out soon that I should get my hands on? Have a great week!