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Blogmas Day 2

Let’s see what’s behind door 2 of the Sephora Advent Calendar:

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Blogmas Day 1

Let’s see what’s behind door 1 of the Sephora Advent Calendar:

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Beauty, Makeup

Benefit Gimme Brow+

I love trying new eyebrow products. Back in highschool, I definitely overplucked my brows, but now I’m loving the bolder brow trend. I find that I often get tired of my 3-step brow process though, so I was excited to try the Benefit Gimme Brow+ which promised to streamline the brow grooming process. This product is available at Sephora and similar retailers for $24.

This product is a brow-volumizing fiber gel which fills in your brows with just one swipe of a tiny spooly brush. It contains microfibers and tinted gel which blend seamlessly into the brow. At first, I was afraid that it wouldn’t really speed up the process if it ended up taking too much time to brush and blend in, but I was so pleasantly surprised! Before this product, this was my brow routine: I brushed my brows before applying a pencil or powder to fill in the brows and would finish with a clear gel. However, this product really does combine all of those steps perfectly. I swipe this over my brows and they are instantly brushed, tinted, and set. Instead of my brows taking 5 minutes in the morning, they literally just take seconds! Overall, I am loving this product! I’ll definitely be purchasing the full-size when this sample runs out.

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

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Beauty, hair, Makeup

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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YSL Tatouage Couture Matte Stain

Lip stains kind of scare me. I’ve tried so many over the years, and I tend to be consistently disappointed by residual dryness and flakiness. So, when I recently received a sample of the Yves Saint Laurent Tatouage Couture Matte Stain, I was prepared to hate it but was pleasantly surprised! This product is sold at Sephora and similar retailers for $37.

I received the shade “16 Nude Emblem” which is a really pretty neutral pink that seems to enhance my natural lip color. It has a very lightweight quality to it and a kind of watery texture which makes it apply easily onto the lips. It’s opaque and only requires one coat of product, but it kind of sits atop the lips like paint. The lightweight nature makes it less likely to settle into lines in the  mouth (although it still helps to exfoliate the lips before application). Unlike most stains, it also seems to fade pretty evenly (although I did have to reapply after eating). In terms of dryness, my lips did feel a bit drier after using this product, but they were not uncomfortable. Overall, I think this is a great lip stain. It’s easy to apply and doesn’t dry down too much. However, I think lip stain aficionados will be disappointed in its lasting power.

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

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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!

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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!]

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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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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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