My Sephora Sale Haul & Reviews

A small haul, but they’re all wins!

I picked up three things from the Sephora Sale back in April and I’ve been thoroughly enjoying all three! That’s a win for me because I usually like to swatch or smell everything before buying, but with all the stores closed, I picked these sight unseen. 2/3 three times I do that, the product doesn’t work out for me (I get migraines from strong scents and I’m really picky about colors), but I’m so happy these three worked out!

Amika Flash Instant Shine Mask

The Amika Flash Instant Shine Mask ($25) is my favorite find from this haul. It is SO effective. I’m going to share a full review with photos of my results, but in the meantime, just know that this rivals my oil treatments from the salon and takes 1/100th of the time and costs 1/4th of the price of those!! If your hair is dull or frizzy, I highly recommend this 60 second mask.

Nails Inc Cosmic Blur Swatch

I had been looking for a sheer, shimmery polish with a blue reflect for months! This is the Nails Inc. Cosmic Blur polish ($15) and the formula is really easy to work with. The level of sheerness is perfect and I adore the blue shimmer (it’s super smooth – no glitter here). However, in certain lighting, it makes my nails look yellow, which isn’t super flattering and it also has a pink reflect. I was hoping this would be my wedding nail polish, but I’m not sure it’s exactly what I was going for. It’s still really fun and pretty for every day though!

Wander Beauty Lip Retreat Oil in Oasis

I absolutely love Wander Beauty and basically want everything they come out with, so I decided to finally treat myself to this Lip Retreat Oil ($22) since I just finished my Kopari Coconut Lip Glossy. It comes in four shades, but I chose Oasis (clear) because most days, I’m really just looking for hydration versus color. (Plus, if I do want a tint, I can’t get over the Tower 28 Beauty Lip Jelly in Fire!)

This provides a beautiful shine with a formula that feels very plush and moisturizing. The pointed applicator picks up the perfect amount of product without having to re-dip too. The Lip Glossy is only $13 and just as hydrating (plus it smells delicious), but I do like this wand applicator over the squeeze tube.

Did you haul anything this time around? Let me know your favorite pick!

Happy Thanksgiving! And a Giveaway!

There are so many things I’m thankful for this year, and one of them is the beauty and blogger community! It’s been such a fun and supportive group.

I actually met my friend Jessica through the beauty community and we teamed up to host a giveaway on Instagram! Everyone deserves some pampering during the crazy, lovely, sometimes stressful holiday season, so hopefully these products do just the trick!

They include some of our favorites, like Bliss and Patchology Masks, a sugar slushie, and this delicious smelling candle. I also added a few La Mer and Jo Malone minis, which just scream luxurious pampering. The total value is over $225 dollars!

I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Reviewing Hyped Products – Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops and Tatcha The Pearl Tinted Eye Illuminating Treatment

Are They Worth It?

I’m sure you’ve seen Tatcha’s The Pearl Tinted Eye Illuminating Treatment and Drunk Elephant’s D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops all over Instagram and the blogger community. They have beautiful packaging and raves about ingredients. I do love both brands, but I think their recent launches have been extremely hyped up, so I purchased them during the Sephora VIB sale to test out.

I also picked up another Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask during the sale because I’ve been wanting to try the Maple version. I adore this product; I have the Smashed version in my purse at all times and have gone through an entire Clear one. It may not be the most hyped product, but it’s a thousand times worth it!

Clearly, I’m a huge fan of the Agave Lip Masks, but what about the others? I was expecting The Pearl to be a blendable, hydrating eye cream with a little bit of coverage that turns two steps into only one. I do think it provides a nice level of coverage for every day, but it takes me a while to blend it in. I honestly think I put on regular eye cream and a separate concealer faster. Sarah sent me a great video explaining the best technique to apply The Pearl. It was super helpful! I think my issue is that it’s hard to pick up the correct amount of product, which then makes blending take a while or if there’s not enough, it looks uneven. I also don’t think it’s very hydrating unfortunately.

Thankfully, I love D-Bronzi, but again, I’ve learned that a little goes a long way. It’s a bit hard to control the pump – even one whole pump is too much for my face/skin tone – but once you do, this is such an easy and natural-looking bronzer. It adds a healthy amount of color that looks like the golden glow your skin may have after a sunny vacation. I love that it has protective ingredients that are good for your skin too. I usually rub the product between my fingers and then lightly blend around the perimeter of my face and down my neck. It plays well with other products, like concealer and powder too.

So, do I think these highly raved about products are worth the money? With D-Bronzi, I’d say yes! But with The Pearl, it depends. I prefer more minimal, fast base products and don’t mind taking some time with eyeshadow, for example. I also expect liquid and cream products to be very easy to blend and natural-looking on the skin. If you have ample time when you’re getting ready, you may want to try The Pearl.

Have you tried either of these?? What did you think?

Giveaway: Some of my favorite brands!

I’m doing a giveaway on Instagram and figured I would share it here too! This includes 5 full size items and a few minis from some of my very favorite brands across skincare, makeup, and bodycare. It ends Thursday, so head over to this post to enter. If you’re following my blog already, you have 5 extra entries! Piece of cake.

What are some of your favorite brands? Any ideas for my next giveaway?

Foundation First Impressions

Testing three formulas

 

I have a confession: I’m a beauty blogger, but I don’t own a single foundation. It may sound crazy, but I have never tried a foundation that I loved. Maybe it’s just that I haven’t discovered the right one or it could be that I don’t like wearing heavy makeup. I generally prefer a bit of concealer where I need it.

I love concealer and I’m sure I’ve tried about 20 different ones; there are currently three in my makeup bag. So, I’ve decided to test out it’s companion and dip my toes into the vast world of foundation. I picked up a few samples from Nordstrom and Sephora when I was in Chicago and have been testing them out for a couple weeks.

The first is the ultra-luxe Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Fluid Foundation which retails for $63 (1 oz). I really don’t know if this is a good foundation or not because I only wore it for three minutes. This stuff reeks. Honestly, the perfumy scent was so strong that I had to wash my face. This has SPF 20 and the shade 02N was a great color match for my fair/light complexion with yellow undertones, but I was worried it was going to irritate my skin.

Next I tried the BareMinerals BarePro Liquid Foundation in Cashmere 06 ($34/oz). The shade matched me very well, but leaned a bit yellow when the label says it has a neutral undertone. This claims to be full coverage with a matte finish. It’s definitely the most coverage I’ve ever worn, but my freckles were still visible. I’m never trying to cover them, so I didn’t mind at all. I’m just not sure if that would make it truly full coverage. It definitely has a matte finish, so I used a hydrating setting spray because my skin is currently dry. It would probably be best for me in the summer, but then I don’t like wearing much makeup. It does have SPF 20 and lasted through the entire day. I also found this pretty comfortable throughout the wear, but it wasn’t weightless.

This last one isn’t exactly foundation, but it’s still a base which I hadn’t tried. I’ve heard great things about the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, so I picked up the shade Nude. This is $45, but the tube is 1.7 ounces like a standard moisturizer versus 1 ounce for foundation. It was slightly dark for me unfortunately, but it’s sheer enough that I still wore it for the whole day. I thought the dewy finish was pretty and that the effect was very natural. I appreciate the skincare ingredients and SPF 20, but I don’t think I would purchase the full size because it didn’t look much different than my every day makeup without a base product.

I hope this was helpful even though I’m a foundation novice! I just received the new BareMinerals custom foundation which may be “the one.” What’s your favorite base?