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!

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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!

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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!

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Kerastase Discipline Anti-Frizz Smoothing Spray

As I’m searing for the perfect hair products, I’ve been trying out the brand Kerastase. While I don’t care for the price tag, and I’m still not entirely sure it’s worth it, I have enjoyed using the Kerastase Discipline Anti-Frizz Smoothing Spray. This product is sold at Sephora and similar retailers for $37.

First off, I love the smell of this product. It definitely smells like a hair salon mixed with a hint of floral. Also, this has worked wonders at adding shine and combatting frizz in my hair. I typically apply this on wet hair, but it’s light enough that I could use it sparingly on dry hair if I really needed to.

Any time I use this product, I see  a huge difference once my hair is dried. It does weigh the hair down just a bit, so don’t expect any extra volume, but I do love all the extra shine!

Overall, I’m pleased with this product, but I don’t think it’s quite enough for me to repurchase since the price is rather high for a hair product.

What product do you use to add shine and lessen frizz? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Beauty, Makeup

Tom Ford Lip Color

I love when Sephora sends me samples of products that intrigue me even though I know I’d never buy them. Such was the case with today’s product: the Tom Ford Lip Color. This lipstick is sold at Sephora and similar retailers for $55.

To be fair, this is a fabulous lipstick. It’s opaque, comfortable to wear, long-lasting, and satiny in texture. All of these are definitely qualities that I love in lipstick! So, if you have a big budget, by all means, go for this one! I mean, just look at the beautiful packaging. It exudes elegance. However, I just can’t justify spending $55 on a lipstick. This may seem kind of hypocritical since I own several of Dior’s $35 lipsticks, but there’s just something in my mind about spending $55 on one single lipstick that makes me think I’d be crossing some sort of line with my makeup addiction.

Maybe someday I’ll be fabulously wealthy enough to not blink twice as I buy this in every color … but today is not that day!

Where is your maximum price line for lipstick? I’m genuinely curious, so please let me know in the comment section!

Also … Happy Halloween!

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Beauty, Skincare

Caudalie Vine Body Butter

Confession time: I’ve just been using body butter/lotion after shaving. I know that I really should be moisturizing my whole body more often. I should treat it as respectfully as my face. But I’ve just been feeling kind of lazy. Anyway, in an attempt to do a better job at warding off dry skin this upcoming winter, I decided to invest in the Caudalie Vine Body Butter. This product is sold at Sephora and similar retailers for $34.

I can’t even imagine how long this is going to last! Just a teeny amount seems to cover so much. It’s a thick cream, but you need so little that it really does dry quickly. Also, it has a faint hint of grapeseed oil and grapefruit scent. I love it!

This product contains shea butter, so it’s extremely moisturizing. It’s also Certified Clean by Sephora, so it’s more natural than a lot of other skincare products. This is one reason why I love Caudalie as a brand!

I’m really pleased with this lotion! It’s definitely going to last me all winter – if not longer. I know my skin is going to really thank me (especially the rough bits around my elbows!)

Do you have a favorite body butter? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Boscia Matcha Magic Super-Antioxidant Mask

I love when I get samples of new masks to try. I adore a good face mask! Recently, I got a great sample from Boscia – the Boscia Matcha Magic Super-Antioxidant Mask. This product is sold at Sephora and similar retailers for $38.

First off, I love that this mask is BRIGHT GREEN. It’s perfect for Halloween! The color, of course, is caused by the ingredient of matcha green tea, which boasts a lot of skincare benefits. This mask claims to reduce redness and inflammation while minimizing pores and reducing excess oil.

Now, after I let this one dry, I was distressed by how difficult it was to scrub off. Of course, afterwards my skin looked more red from the scrubbing. However, overall, this seemed great for my skin. My pores definitely looked better and the next day, my skin seemed clearer and smoother. This product is also Certified Clean by Sephora, so it’s created without a lot of harmful ingredients found in other skincare products.

Overall, I think this is another great Boscia mask (although it isn’t going to replace my favorite – the black luminizing mask!)

Have you tried any masks by Boscia? If so, which is your favorite? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Caudalie Micellar Cleansing Water

Micellar Waters are a great invention. They are one of the gentlest way to cleanse the skin and they don’t require any rinsing. I’ve tried so many on the market, and recently I decided to give the Caudalie Micellar Cleansing Water a shot. This product is sold at Sephora and similar retailers for $14.

This is definitely my new favorite micellar water. It’s extremely gentle, but it is also very effective at cleansing (and even removing some makeup!) Some other micellar waters that I’ve tried have just felt like literally splashing my face with tap water, but this one actually works wonders. It leaves my skin feeling clean and nourished thanks to it’s powerful ingredients: organic grape water, chamomile extract, and plant glycerin. Overall, I just love this product and I’ll definitely be repurchasing. It’s not strong enough to use as my sole cleanser when wearing heavy eye makeup, but it’s become my go-to morning cleanser and part of my evening double cleanse (after a makeup-removing oil).

Have you tried a micellar water? If so, what was your experience? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Beauty, Skincare

Murad Acne Body Wash

I’m always trying to cultivate clearer skin. I have so many face products, but it occurred to me that I didn’t have anything for the rest of my body. Recently, I decided to try the Murad Acne Body Wash. This product is sold at Sephora and similar retailers for $40.

My fear when using this product was that the salicylic acid would dry out my skin, so I’ve been pleasantly surprised that that hasn’t happened. However, after about a month of use, I can’t say that I really see any difference in my skin. Sure, this is an adequate body wash, but it’s definitely not worth $40 since I don’t see any difference between how my skin reacts to this one versus a much cheaper body wash from the drugstore. I’ll keep using this one until it’s all out, but I definitely won’t be repurchasing.

Have you had any experience with this product? If so, be sure to let me know how it went in the comment section!

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Too Faced Melted Matte Lipstick

I really love the Too Faced Melted lipsticks. Too Faced tends to discontinue all the products I end up loving, but thankfully they just keep coming out with more and more of these lipsticks. The latest version I had the opportunity to try is the Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Long Wear Matte Lipstick, which can be purchased at Sephora and similar retailers for $21.

I was sent the shade “Queen B” which is supposed to be a soft mauve. While it definitely has mauve undertones, it seems too brown to really work with my complexion and has a tendency to make me look a bit sickly. So, I wouldn’t recommend this particular shade to those with cool skin tones or people who are very pale. Still, this was a pretty good lipstick.

It is indeed very matte, but it is not uncomfortable to wear. The texture is a bit velvety, but it sits lightly atop the skin of the lips. It’s pretty opaque, so you’ll only need one or two coats. Also, it’s not very messy and does apply pretty evenly (which can’t be said of the melted latex lipstick range). In terms of wear, it won’t last through a whole meal but it will stand up just fine when drinking. So, you’ll have to reapply at least once throughout the day, but it’s not too much of a hassle because it tends to fade pretty evenly. Overall, this is an improvement for the melted lipstick concept and another win for the Too Faced brand.

Have you tried any version of the melted lipsticks? Be sure to share your experience in the comment section!

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