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Sunday Vlog: November Favorites!

Today’s Sunday Vlog is all about the things I’m loving in November:

These are the products mentioned in today’s video:

NARS Orgasm Infatuation Palette ($42)

Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation ($8)

Pacifica Himalayan Patchouli Berry Perfumed Hair & Body Mist ($8.50)

Hourglass Caution Extreme Lash Mascara ($29)

Anne Klein Ellery Embellished Suede Wedge Heels ($90)

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty ($15 – or free at your local library!)

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-XO Tiffy

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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!

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-XO Tiffy

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Dior Glow Palette 

It’s no secret that I adore Dior! Whenever they have a new product, I immediately rush out to get it. Recently, they launched their backstage collection, and I was really excited to try the Dior Backstage Glow Face Palette. This product will cost you $45 at Sephora and similar retailers.

So, first things first, this is NOT a contour palette. It’s not marketed as one either, but I know some people get confused when it comes to bronzers. To truly contour, you need an ashy-toned (preferably matte) bronze or brown shade. Anything with shimmer (like these shades) will make the hollows of the cheek look swollen rather than sunken. So, products like this one are designed to be applied just to the apples of the cheek (for color) or the highest part of the cheekbone (for highlight).

I was so impressed by these shades. They’re all really pretty and very pigmented. The top two shades are a white and a champagne highlighter. I was initially a bit scared of how white the white one was, but it blends so well and has a very luminous, ethereal finish. It wasn’t chalky or garish at all. The champagne one was lovely and added a nice glow without being too warm. The bottom two shades were blushes: one rosy and one bronze. They’re also really pigmented but blendable and will compliment most skin tones with a bold pop of color.

As far as texture goes, these are very smooth. However, they contain some rather chunky glitter, and I know that’s not what everyone prefers. However, I love this palette when I want to really stand out. It’s not the most neutral, daytime palette. This one is geared towards night drama instead!

Overall, I adored this palette, although I admit the price is a bit steep for something that’s a special occasion and not a daily palette (still, powders last a long time before they need replacing).

Is this one you’ve tried or are interested in trying? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section!

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-XO Tiffy

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Maybelline Master Contour 

I am such a sucker for contouring. I love the idea of making my cheek bones look higher and my nose look thinner with this fun makeup trick of creating highlights and shadows. I’ve used some high end products as my staples, but I thought I’d give a drugstore palette a go to see if it could stack up against the Sephora favorites. I decided to go with the Maybelline Master Contour Palette which comes with a blush, highlighter, and bronzer. This set can be purchased from Target or other drugstores for $9. Since I’m very pale, I purchased the palette in Light-Medium shades.

Overall, I was impressed by this product. The brush that it comes with is pretty much worthless, so I used my other brushes. While the texture of the powders was a little chalky and not as finely milled as I prefer, it did blend really well. The blush was a nice shade that had just the right amount of pigment and was easy to use for a natural finish. The highlighter was the star here, and I loved the light shimmer it gave me. The bronzer wasn’t bad. It could have used a bit more pigment, but it was very buildable so it still worked. If you’re on a budget, I would definitely give this palette a chance!

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-XO Tiffy

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Blogmas Day 7: Sephora Blush 

It’s day 7 of blogmas! I can’t believe it has been a whole week already. I’ve had a fun time with these blogs, and I hope you’ve been enjoying these short little posts too. Today’s goodie was a great one: a full-sized Sephora Blush in the shade 05 Sweet on You.

This was a really great blush! It retails for only $14, which is great for such a large container of blush. I liked this pinky/coral shade. I typically go for more pink than this, but I found that the coral mixed in with the pink didn’t make it too warm for my skin, so it still worked. Also, a teeny bit went a long way. This is definitely very pigmented! Overall, I was really pleased with this blush, and I’d absolutely recommend it to someone looking for an cheaper blush at Sephora.

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Cargo Water Resistant Blush – Bali 

I used to be terrified of wearing blush, because I get embarrassed for people who have super noticeable blush that isn’t well blended. I was so afraid that this would be me if I tried blush, but I’ve found that applying it in light layers and blending a lot and just putting a little on the apples of the cheek really enhances a look. Recently I tried the Cargo Water Resistant Blush in the shade Bali. This can be purchased from Ulta’s website for $26.

At first, when I received this blush, I was afraid it would be too dark for my fair skin, but I was pleasantly surprised! The texture is very silky which means it’s naturally pretty easy to apply light layers. I was able to use a little at a time and build it into my ideal amount. The texture also made it very easy to blend! I was very pleased with the shade and finish of this blush. Also, the water resistance made it hold up really well, even under hot and humid conditions. I am extremely happy with this blush! I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a pretty shade of pink.

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

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Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush 

As you can tell from the picture below, I really love Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush.

These are available from Sephora for $28 a piece, which is a great price for blush, especially if you’re used to brands such as NARs. While these don’t have the same ideal finish as some of the higher-end brands, these Tarte blushes have great buildable color and are very long-lasting.

These come in a variety of shades, so there is sure to be the perfect one for every skin tone. Some are very matte and some have a bit of shimmer. I think the finish of the shimmery ones is a bit better than the matte ones which can look a little harsh if applied with a heavier hand. Still, these are very blendable and buildable, and I think these are great blushes, especially for the price.

Tarte is also a great brand for those looking for a more natural alternative. Tarte uses very natural ingredients, and these are great options for people who have very sensitive skin.


Sephora Cheek Ink Gel

As the weather gets colder, my skin gets drier, and I tend to gravitate towards more liquid/gel products than powders. Recently, I received a deluxe sample of the Sephora Colorful Cheek Ink Gel.

Shade: Peony

This product is pretty affordable at $14, and it comes in 6 shades. Thankfully, I was given the lightest shade Peony. I was afraid that something with so much concentrated pigment would just be too bold for my pale skin, but this shade really worked and it looks pretty natural. It just gives me a gentle flush.

Another positive feature of this product is that it blends really well without messing up the rest of my face makeup. I had to apply this after applying concealer on a blemished cheek, and I was afraid that it would displace the concealer and make the blemishes more noticeable. I often avoid blush when I have a blemish in this area, but I wanted to try it out to see what would happen. I was pleasantly surprised that it blended without ruining my carefully placed concealer.

Overall, I think this is a nice product. It’s certainly less expensive than a lot of other liquid/gel blush options. It also comes in a nice variety of shades, so I’m sure every skin tone can find the perfect match.