Beauty, Skincare

Sunday Riley Space Race

It’s no secret that I still have acne even though I’m 27. The type of acne has definitely changed over the years. Now, it mostly seems hormonal (although I do find that certain greasy foods break me out a bit too). Because of my changing skincare needs, I decided to try some new kinds of products and buy the Sunday Riley Space Race collection which retails for $65 at Sephora.

This kit comes with three great Sunday Riley products that target acne. The products are not full-sized but they are large enough that you’ll probably be able to get about 2-3 months worth of use to help you make a decision before buying the very expensive full-sized versions.

The first product in this kit is the UFO Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil (the full-size retails for $80). This is my favorite of the three! It has some powerhouse ingredients like salicylic acid, tee tree oil, licorice, neroli, chamomile, and cucumber seed oil. This amazing combination is great at gently counteracting hormonal acne, moisturizing the skin, and fixing mild skin discoloration. This is a product I’ve used before and it’s very clear that it works for me, so I’ll definitely be purchasing the full-sized version when this one runs out. The only downside is that it smells strongly of oregano (which I don’t prefer) and my skin does tend to look a bit greasy if I use too much (which is why it is only part of my nighttime skincare routine).

The next product in this kit is the Martian Mattifying Melting Water-Gel Toner (the full-size retails for $55). I’m enjoying this product too! It comes out as a cooling green gel that blends really well into the skin. In my Sephora Haul Video, I joked that it kind of feels like alien snot (and I stand by that!) but I do love how it soothes my skin. It has some great ingredients: witch hazel, cucumber, black cumin, clay, marshmallow, and green tea. It feels extremely gentle on the skin and I like the cooling sensation too. It absorbs quickly into the skin and leaves my skin feeling both moisturized and mattified. I have combination skin where some bits feel dry but my t-zone can get oily, and this is just the perfect product for me because it moisturizes where I need it while combatting oil and creating a smooth canvas for my makeup. To be honest, I’ve replaced my morning moisturizer AND primer with this product, so I will definitely be purchasing the full-size version of this one too!

The final product in this kit is the Saturn Sulfur Acne Treatment Mask (the full-size retails for $55). This mask contains sulfur, tea tree oil, clay, and manuka oil to combat acne without drying the skin out too much. I will say that sulfur is an amazing ingredient for acne, and I do find that this one clears up stubborn zits pretty quickly if I use it as a spot treatment. I’ve also been pleasantly surprised that it hasn’t dried out my skin as many sulfur-based products do. However, I just can’t purchase the full-size version of this product. Sulfur smells awful, and I hoped that I’d be able to deal with it for the sake of my skin, but I just can’t. I hate getting a whiff of the scent even after I’ve washed it off, and the smell even lingers on the towel I use to dry my face after washing this off. Overall, it’s a great product, and it’s not Sunday Riley’s fault that sulfur naturally smells so bad, but I just have found that I can’t stomach it.

So, what sorts of products do you find work best for your hormonal acne? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

Thanks for reading!

-XO Tiffy

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Beauty, lips, Makeup

Sunday Vlog: Top 7 Red Lip Products

Today’s Sunday Vlog is all about my top 7 red lip products which are sure to jazz up any holiday party:

Products mentioned in this video:

Clinique Chubby Stick Baby Tint – 02 Coming Up Rosy ($18.50)

Pacifica Enlightened Gloss – Poppy ($10)

Sephora Oil Infusion – Cherry Cocktail ($15)

MAC – Ruby Woo ($18.50)

Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip Color – Retro Red ($37)

Physician’s Formula The Healthy Lip – Fight Free Red-icals ($7.95)

Wander Beauty Wanderout Dual Lipsticks – Wanderberry ($30) [Comes with a bonus mauve!]

Thanks for watching!

-XO Tiffy

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Fashion

Fashion Friday: J. Crew Wool Topcoat

The weather is getting cooler, so it’s definitely time to think about winter coats. I tend to gravitate towards moto jackets, so I wanted to try to branch out for this post and find a different style of coat. While browsing Nordstrom’s website, I found this gem: the J. Crew Olga Boiled Wool Topcoat in red which retails for $270.

Photo Credit: Nordstrom

Before we get into the review, I do have two random thoughts:

  1. When did Nordstrom start selling J. Crew things?
  2. Whose idea was it to call this gorgeous coat the “Olga Boiled Wool Topcoat” which sounds terrible?

Anyway, on to the real review!

First, the color is beautiful! This vibrant red is sure to make you stand out! Also, I think the black buttons are a great addition since they contrast nicely with the red. The overall cut and length of the coat seem very fashion forward, and it’s sure to keep you really warm! My only fear is that petite gals like myself might find the length a bit unflattering. Finally, those pockets are deep enough to carry so many secrets and all your extra stuff!

Would you wear a coat this length or do you prefer a different style? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

Thanks for reading!

-XO Tiffy

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Beauty, nails

Sally Hansen + Crayola Nail Polish

It’s no secret that I adore the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri nail polishes. It’s already a great product because you just need one or two coats which dry super quickly and then you are good to go. These products are perfect for the gal on the go. However, the product is even better now that there is a new range which is a collaboration with Crayola! Behold the Sally Hansen + Crayola Insta-Dri Collection. These polishes retail for about $5 at Ulta and most drugstores.

I purchased the three shades seen above, and I have ZERO regrets! The shades (in order from left to right) are Razzmic Berry, Shimmering Blush, and Metallic Seaweed. I love that they are all so metallic and shimmery but have no chunky glitter. They’re pretty and catch the light so well. Plus, I adore how quickly they dry. Yes, they do tend to chip easily, but it’s so easy to fix since they dry super quickly.

Are you embracing metallic nails this fall or is there a different polish trend that you adore? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

Thanks for reading!

-XO Tiffy

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Beauty, Makeup

NARS Orgasm Infatuation Palette

I am finding myself obsessed again with contouring. I love working with light and shadows to help create an optical illusion with my makeup to look just a bit better (slightly more angular and alive). During the summer, I find that I use cream products for contouring, but now that winter is coming, I wanted to find a powder alternative. During the latest Sephora sale, I decide to indulge a bit and buy a fantastic palette: the NARS Orgasm Infatuation Palette which is a limited edition Sephora exclusive that retails for $42.

This product is mentioned in my Sephora Holiday Sale YouTube Video – so definitely check that out for more first impressions!

First off, I adore the packaging with this product. It is so shiny and textured and interesting. However, that’s nothing compared to the amazing performance of the actual product. Now, I’m a very pale person, but these shades are nearly universally flattering, so even I can pull off this bronzer without looking muddy. The NARS Laguna bronzer is great for contouring because it adds depth without sparkle. This matte brown with no orange undertones is great for contouring the nose and under the cheekbones because the shade will create natural shadows (unlike some orangey or glittery bronzer which might actually make you look a bit swollen where you want to create depth and shadow).

The Orgasm blush is a beautiful pinky coral that looks like a natural flush of color which blends so well into the apples of the cheeks. It’s complemented nicely with the accompanying Orgasm highlighter which adds some great light and is a slightly warm champagne (but it’s not too warm – so even my cool complexion reacts well to it).

The powders in this palette are fantastic. They’re finely milled and blend very well. All of the shades apply lightly and can be built up as much as you’d like. That makes this the perfect product for even beginners to contouring because it allows for such control. Overall, I just can’t recommend this palette enough!

What are some of your favorite contouring products? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

Thanks for reading!

-XO Tiffy

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Beauty, hair, nails

Sunday Vlog: Biggest Beauty Blunders

Today’s Sunday Vlog is all about my top 3 Biggest Beauty Blunders:

These are the products mentioned in today’s video:

Kiss imPRESS Manicure Press On Nails ($8)

John Frieda Precision Foam Color ($14)

Thanks for watching!

-XO Tiffy

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Fashion

Fashion Friday: Halogen Anastasia Glitter Flats

Welcome to another Fashion Friday! I am fully entrenched in the holiday spirit, and every time I shop online, I keep searching for fun things that would stand out at a holiday party. Recently, on Nordstrom’s website, I found these gorgeous shoes: the Halogen X Atlantic-Pacific Anastasia Double Strap Flats which retail for $99.95.

Photo Credit: Nordstrom

First, I LOVE the fact that glitter is pink hued. The rosie tint is super pretty and sure to stand out. I also adore the two straps adorned with tiny pearls in the corners. The embellishments and straps make these seem classier than the average ballet flat. Finally, the pointed toe really pulls the look together. Overall, I am obsessed with these shoes!

What are your go-to shoes for holiday parties? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

Thanks for reading!

-XO Tiffy

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Beauty, Makeup

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Palette

Now that the Sephora Holiday Sale is over, I can focus on the amazing things I bought. One thing that I have no regrets buying is the Urban Decay Naked Cherry Palette which retails for $49.

I am obsessed with these beautiful pinks and purples! This palette contains 12 amazing shades for a whole range of looks from subtle to dramatic. One great thing about Urban Decay shadows is that they are incredibly blendable and easy to work with. They look so smooth on the lid and will last literally all day long! The pigmentation is also super vibrant! About half of the shades are matte and the others have some shimmer, but there’s no chunky glitter. All the sparkle is very finely milled but still catches the light beautifully.

When Naked Heat came out, I passed on it because it seemed way too warm to go with my cool-toned complexion. I’m so thrilled that Urban Decay came out with this gem which is absolutely perfect for me! I can’t wait to reach for this one every day for the foreseeable future!

What do you think of this palette? Is it one you’re tempted to purchase or are you overloaded with all the great palettes on the market? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

Thanks for reading!

-XO Tiffy

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Beauty, Makeup, Skincare

Sephora Holiday Sale Haul!

This was a great year for the Sephora Holiday Sale! I got some products that I am loving, so I just had to share a video with some of my thoughts and impressions (also, I think this thumbnail that YouTube picked is hilarious, so I kept it as is because I feel like it’s a pretty accurate facial expression for when I’m excited lol):

Here are the products mentioned in the video:

NARS Orgasm Infatuation Palette: This palette contains the Laguna bronzing powder, Orgasm blush, and Orgasm highlighting powder ($42).

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Eyeshadow Palette: This palette has 12 amazing eyeshadow shades in some gorgeous pinks, purples, and reds ($49).

Sunday Riley Space Race Collection: This set contains the Martian Mattifying Melting Water-Gel Toner, the UFO Acne Treatment Face Oil, and the Saturn Sulfur Acne Treatment Mask ($65).

I’m hoping to do more in-depth reviews after I’ve had more of a chance to play around with these products!

Did you participate in the holiday sale? What did you get?? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

Thanks for reading!

-XO Tiffy

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Beauty, Fashion, Makeup, shopping

New YouTube Channel!

Hi Everyone!

Haute Couture Society is evolving! As of today, I’ve started a YouTube channel. Here’s my FIRST VIDEO!

Part of why I wanted to do a YouTube channel is to infuse this brand with a bit more of my personality. There are certain things that I can convey better in a different medium.

But also, I tend to really hide behind my keyboard. I’m very self-conscious about my appearance. I hate photos and videos, and that’s something I really want to change. I know that posting things online is like opening myself up for public ridicule, and I need to be okay with that. I’m hoping that this endeavor will help me connect a little more with myself and will help me be comfortable again in my own skin.

Anyway, thanks to all of you who have been on this journey with me. I really appreciate it! There will be plenty of blog posts and videos to come!

Thanks for reading!

-XO Tiffy

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