Beauty

Miss Dior Hair Mist

Today is a special day because it is my 27th birthday! To celebrate, I thought I’d share one of my favorite signature fragrances: Miss Dior. Recently, I purchased the Miss Dior Hair Mist from Sephora, which retails for $52. It’s a bit of a luxury since it’s only a 1 oz bottle, but I did get it in the Sephora sale, so it was 20% off!

I love the concept of a hair mist because I’m very short, and I feel that hair fragrance allows the scent to waft up. This scent is also a warm floral that seems perfect for any season. It contains bergamot which is one of my favorite fragrance notes, and it is not musky at all, so it retains a youthful quality.

Signature scents are fun because they’re like a calling card that people will associate with you. I’ve had a few signature scents in my life. It seems that as I evolve as a person, my fragrance interest also evolves. In high school, I wore Lucky You by Lucky Brand. It’s a very sweet, floral fragrance which kind of signified who I wanted to be at the time – flirty and playful. But in college, I wanted to evoke something else – I wanted to feel more mature but still be alluring. In some ways, I wanted to seem older than I was. During that period in my life, I wore Guilty by Gucci, a warmer scent with notes of amber and patchouli. Now, I think my interest in Miss Dior blends the two past scents in some way: it’s still warm and more mature, but it’s softer with its florals.

Do you have a signature scent? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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-XO Tiffy

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Dior Addict Lip Lacquer 

I am a red lipstick fiend, especially in autumn and winter. I’m already looking through my lipstick collection and making sure I have one for every occasion. As I was looking, I found one that I’ve had a while but have never reviewed: the Dior Addict Lacquer in American Girl (a shade that has been discontinued!) This product is sold at Sephora and similar retailers for $37 (and if you like this shade – I think that 877 Turn Me Dior is the closest current shade to this one).

I adore the original Dior Addict lipsticks – they are comfortable to wear and last most of the day. They are longwear with minimal dryness. However, the Lacquer version of the Dior Addict lipsticks dry out the lips even less than the original. I experience zero dryness with these and I still get an all-day or almost all-day color.

There is a small drawback to this Lacquer version of lipstick: it can be a bit messy. It’s as opaque as a layer of paint. Because of this, you’ll only need one coat – but you’ll need to be very careful when applying it. Also, it’s a bit wet in terms of texture but it never dries down completely. This means it is prone to smudging, especially if you’re eating something like a sandwich where you might open your mouth very wide.

That being said, I really like this lipstick. I’ve learned that it’s best to apply just a very thin layer to keep smudging to a minimum. Also, I just really love this bright cherry red shade, so I’m bummed that they’ve discontinued this particular shade. Thankfully, I’ve got a lot left though. The one I have has a satin finish, but a few of them have glitter finishes, so that’s probably what I’ll have to try next!

Have you tried this lip lacquer or another type of lacquer? How did it compare to traditional lipstick for you? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Sephora Beauty Insider Appreciation Sale!

Surprise! You won’t have to wait until November to get up to 20% off at Sephora – the Sephora Beauty Insider Appreciation Sale begins today for Rouge members!

Rouge members need to use the code “YESROUGE” to get 20% off from 8/24-9/3.

VIB members need to use the code “YESVIB” to get 15% off from 8/30-9/3.

Beauty Insiders need to use the code “YESINSIDER” to get 10% off from 8/30-9/3.

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Here are my top picks for things to purchase in the sale:

Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette – $42

Marc Jacobs Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick – $28

Benefit They’re Real! Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara – $24

Dior Backstage Foundation – $40

Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick – $46

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder – $38

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer – $54

Sephora Collection Ready to Roll Brush Set – $70

So, are you participating in this sale? What are you excited to buy? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Dior Backstage Foundation

The holy grail of foundations is both lightweight and high-coverage. I would love to someday find a foundation that just makes my skin look perfect without being super obvious that I’m wearing foundation. While that’s still not something that I’ve found, I have found something pretty darn close: the Dior Backstage Foundation. This product can be purchased at Sephora and similar retailers for just $40. I recently received the cutest little sample, and I’m very impressed!

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Compared to other luxury foundations, this one is practically a bargain! It also comes in 40 shades, which is a great variety. I’m so glad that foundations are becoming more and more inclusive. Also, fun fact: this is the foundation that Meghan Markle wore to the royal wedding!!

This foundation is so lightweight and blendable, but it is also very medium coverage. I was impressed by the opacity for something so weightless. It won’t cover a ginormous breakout, but it will even out the skintone and hide minor imperfections.

Regarding the finish, it is matte without being dull. I like this because it seems to work well when my skin is feeling dry and when it’s feeling oily. Like most people, my skin changes with the seasons, so I appreciate how versatile this foundation appears to be.

Also, I love that I need so little of this foundation to cover up. My teeny tiny sample is still going strong after more than two weeks of applications. I can’t imagine how long a full-sized bottle will last, but I suspect I will not be disappointed after this experience. I definitely plan on purchasing this one in the next Sephora Rouge sale (starting August 24th!).

Have you tried this one? What did you think? Be sure to let me know your thoughts in the comment section!

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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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Dior Backstage Cool Eyeshadow Palette 

Eyeshadow palettes are a big seller for cosmetics companies, but I hate when I buy a palette only to discover that I can’t used a significant portion of the colors. Whenever I’m considering buying an eyeshadow palette, I really look at it and make sure that the majority of colors are ones that I could wear pretty frequently. I was so excited when Dior launched their Backstage Makeup Collection, and I was browsing Sephora’s website. I discovered that this collection included a cool-toned shadow palette filled with light pinks, mauves, purples, and taupes. The moment I saw it, I knew that I could rock every single color, so I jumped at the chance to purchase the Dior Backstage Eyeshadow Palette in Cool. This palette is sold for $49 at Sephora and similar retailers.

First, let’s discuss the price. Yes, it’s a really hefty price, especially when you only get 8 shadows and 1 square of primer. Upon reflection, this palette is not worth the price, but I do still really like it for those who have the urge to splurge!

The shadows are gorgeous, and there is a nice variety of both matte and shimmer shades. When choosing eyeshadows in the morning, I have been finding myself grabbing this palette over and over again because these shades are all cool-toned but also neutral. Not only can I use every shade in this palette, but I can also use them daily for a variety of subtle looks. The shades are all pretty buildable, but even when using the darker shades, the looks aren’t going to get more dramatic than maybe a daytime smokey eye. Overall, this palette is a great daily palette with a fun spin on neutral shadows that really enhance the green in my eyes.

I was surprised by the sheer quality of the shades, but as I mentioned, you can build them up until they’re as bold as you want. The texture is pretty consistent for each shadow, and they apply quite smoothly and evenly. I was pleased that none of the shadows seemed chalky or patchy. Rather, there was almost a satiny finish to the shadows.

Now, let’s talk about the built-in primer square. It was not good. I found that using this primer before the shadow did not result in long-wear and there was still quite a bit of creasing by the end of the day. When I used my Urban Decay or Too Faced shadow primers instead, I was much more pleased with the overall look – there was no creasing and the shadows were far more vibrant and long-lasting.

To be honest, I do love this palette even though the price tag was exorbitant. I’ve been looking for another daily palette with purples (since my other daily palette – UD Naked 3 – has more pinks/beiges) and I’ve been pleased with the look of these shades!

Would you consider buying this one? Do you know of any dupes for this palette? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Dior Addict Lip Lacquer Plump

It’s no secret that I love Dior lip products. Their Dior Addict lipsticks are my absolute favorite, so I always have to try their new lip products. In the recent Sephora sale, I picked up the Dior Addict Lip Lacquer Plump which retails for $37.

I’m actually not wowed by this product, which is kind of disappointing. I bought the shade Glitterati, which is a glittery nude shade, and I was disappointed by how minimal it looked. The glitter is not very noticeable and doesn’t last for very long. The nude shade is also pretty sheer, although that is kind of expected when you buy a “nude” shade. I guess I expected it to be more of a pink-nude, but it’s a real true nude. Overall, I would be okay with the shade if the glitter just popped a bit more.

Now, in terms of the plumping results, I do think that these claims are met. My lips do look instantly fuller with this product. It’s also nice that it’s semi-matte but doesn’t dry out the lips at all. It feels pretty light on the lips and doesn’t seem to settle into any lines.

However, I have also been disappointed in how quickly the product fades. For $37, I shouldn’t have to reapply 4-5 times throughout my workday. I’m always okay with 1-2 touch-ups per day, but 4-5 is something I’d only expect from a drugstore product – not Dior.

Overall, I’m really disappointed with this new product. It’s definitely not worth the hype or the money. I still love Dior lip products, but this one was a bust!

Have you tried this lipstick? What did you think? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Sephora Spring Sale! 10% or 15% OFF!

Do you love shopping at Sephora? I know I do! Right now, their spring sale is happening, so act quick to get 10% or 15% off your favorite items.

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Sephora has sales twice a year – in April and November. As a Rouge member, I get 15% off in April and 20% off in November, so those are the months that I stock up on skincare and more.

Rouge members use the code “yayrouge” for 15% off during April 13-16 and April 20-23.

VIB members use the code “yayvib” for 15% off during April 20-23.

Beauty Insider members (anyone can sign up to be a Beauty Insider member – this tier is completely free to join and is not based on past purchases) use the code “yayinsider” for 10% off during April 20-23.

When making online purchases, be sure to use the codes at checkout.

I’ve already made my purchases, since Rouge members get a few early dates, and here’s what I purchased:

The Bare Minerals bareSkin Perfecting Veil Finishing Powder – I’ve been a bit oilier lately and my acne’s been worse, so I needed a pressed powder which I feel is easier to layer over problem skin than loose powder.

Make Up Forever Full Coverage Concealer – Again, with the acne I need something heavy-duty to help cover up.

Sunday Riley The Influencer Clean Long Wear Foundation – This brand has a major cult following and I’ve been so excited to try this new foundation!

Dior Addict Lip Lacquer – I’m obsessed with Dior lip products, so I have to try all their new ones! And this one has major glitter…

Caudalie Instant Detox Mask – This is an amazing, gentle mask that can be used every day and is fantastic for acne. You can read my full review here.

Herbivore Blue Tansy AHA + BHA Resurfacing Clarity Mask – This mask is also amazing for acne. I initially didn’t love it because of the smell, but I was won over by how it helped my skin. You can read my full review here.

Are you participating in this sale? What are you buying? Be sure to let me know in the comments section!

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The Top 10 Products I’m Thankful For

Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and this time of the year is a time for us to be thankful for all the things and people that we’re blessed to have in our lives. Of course, I’m so incredibly grateful for my friends, family, Josh, a job that I love, and so much more! I’m also so very thankful for my readers (that’s you!) because you make blogging so much fun as we share our favorite products and navigate the worlds of beauty and fashion together. So, I thought I’d share with you the top 10 products that I’m thankful for:

Product #1: Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Day Tint

This tinted moisturizer is the best tinted moisturizer I’ve ever used. It blurs and conceals my imperfections and makes my skin look so much better after each use. This is the perfect blend of makeup and skincare.

Product #2: Dior Addict Lipsticks

This is the one lipstick range that I return to over and over again. I’ve purchased so many of them because they’re just the best – longwearing without being at all drying. The colors are so pretty and the buttery formula is divine.

Product #3: Tangle Teezer Brush

After I shower, my long hair is always tangled, and this is the best brush in the world to easily (and painlessly!) remove all the tangles.

Product #4: Make Up Forever Ultra HD Foundation

This medium-coverage foundation blends so well and covers all my imperfections. It lasts all day long and is my go-to foundation whenever I need that extra boost of skin confidence.

Product #5: Boscia Luminizing Black Mask

My acne responds so well to this product. Every time I use this product, my zits look noticeably reduced the next morning.

Product #6: Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm

Removing waterproof eye makeup has never been easier than with this product. It’s so gentle but effective and never leaves a weird residue.

Product #7: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

The harshest of winters is no match to this lip mask. This thick mask can be used overnight or at any time of day for an instant dose of moisture. Chapped lips won’t stand a chance.

Product #8: BareMinerals Stroke of Light Eye Brightener 

This concealer is my favorite for covering my dark under eye circles. It makes me look more awake and never settles into fine lines or looks caked on or unnatural.

Product #9: Hourglass Strobe Lighting Powder

This subtle but beautiful glow is amazing! This product highlights like a dream and is perfect for contouring.

Product #10: Bumble and Bumble Grooming Creme

Whenever my hair looks dry, frizzy, or is just rebelling, I know this creme will tame it in an instant and make it look smooth and shiny without looking at all greasy.

So, what products are you most thankful for? Be sure to let me know in the comments section!

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Dior Addict Lip Glow Color Reviver Balm 

One of my favorite types of lip products are the tinted balms that make your lips look like they have a healthy natural pink glow. It’s kind of a “your lips but better” kind of look, and it works really well for minimum makeup days. One of the best ones I’ve found so far is the Dior Addict Lip Glow Color Reviver Balm. These can be purchased from Sephora for $30.

It’s no secret that Dior lip products are my absolute favorite! I’ve amassed quite the collection. These lip glow balms are just gorgeous. They provide a sheer, satin finish and just look so pretty. I wear them on both minimal makeup days and days where I have very dramatic eye makeup and don’t want my lips to also be dramatic. I own two: Berry and Lilac. The Berry shade is definitely darker but still very sheer. The Lilac shade is the perfect natural lip color for me.

I really can’t say enough good about these products. I don’t see any downside to them (except that $30 is a lot to spend on a lip product). They have lasted for a very long time but I will definitely repurchase them when I run out. These are definitely a staple in my collection.

Are there any tinted lip balms that you love? Please, let me know in the comment section!

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-XO Tiffy

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