Saturday, November 5, 2016

Sephora 2016 VIB Rouge Holiday picks

Hello all! The holiday season is arriving soon and I am so very excited to be getting a list together for the Sephora VIB Rouge sale. It started November 4th 2016 for VIB Rouge members and will start very soon for VIB members as well. If you qualify under either of these two tiers, you get 20% off your entire purchase as many times as you want during the few days the event is opened.

This is a great time to stock up, try new items, or get the cute holiday themed products to give as gifts. See below for the top 10 on my list this year. I definitely will be getting more than this, but wanted to share what I must have in my cart.

1) Sephora collection House of Lashes HOLiday Gem lash set, $24
This is a great set for traveling! It comes with a beautiful brushed/rose gold compact that can house up to 3 lashes. It also comes with glue that fits inside the container! For $24, the lashes alone is worth that price.

2) Miu Miu Mini Gift Set, $28
This little set is so adorable. It comes in perfect packaging - ready for gifting! The rollerball alone is $28 normally so this kit basically gives you the extra perfume for free. It also smells great!

3) Too Faced Mr. Right - the Perfect Powder Brush, $36
This brush is the cutest thing! It has a blue handle with a gold ferrule and super soft bristles! This is great for powders, finishing powder, and blushes. I have used Too Faced brushes in the past and they are one of the softest I have ever used. I have high hopes for this one!

4) Lancome Bienfait Multi-vital Lotion SPF30, $49
This is an oldie but a goodie. It isn't exciting or cute, but it does pack a good punch. I use this every morning as my moisturizer and skin protector. I love how light it is and also that it doesn't have too much of a scent. It is a staple in my getting-ready routine. If you are looking for a light moisturizer, I would suggest this one.

5) Drunk Elephant Dayglow, $23
This comes with 0.27oz of C-Firma Day Serum and 0.27 oz of B-hydra Intensive Hydration Gel. Full size is normally 1 oz and costs about $80. I have been wanting to try this brand, but didn't want to drop $80 to try. This set is a great way to see if you like it!

6) Sephora Favorites, Scouted by Sephora, $44
This set is a great introduction to many of the best skincare products. It comes in an array of items such as lip balm, day serum, lash growth serum, face mist, face polish, mask, night gel, and a glycolic facial treatment. It is basically your home face spa in a box.

7) Dior Total Matte Smokey Eye Palette, $62
Dior anything is always luxurious and pretty. This one is also very useful. It comes in a beautiful zip pouch and has 4 shadows and a wax. The shadows are matte so you can use it to line your eyes, fill in your brows, or as eyeshadows. It comes with a small brush that has a liner brush and a sponge applicator. The light shade can be used as a brightener, while the black and brown shades are great for a smokey eye look. Highly looking forward to using this palette!

8) Dior Diorshow Iconic Overcurl set, $29.50
This is a set that comes every holiday season and I always get it. I love the Iconic Overcurl mascara and the set basically gives you the small eyeshadow for free given the price. The eyeshadow is very pretty and is a great travel companion.

9) It's Skin Cookie & Body Ice Cream, $10
This tub of cream smells exactly like ice cream. It is also very moisturizing. Choose from Strawberry, Mint, and original flavor. For $10, what else can you ask for? Perfect stocking stuffer!

10) Guerlain Meteorites Illumintation Powder Pearls, $62
I am getting this in the clair 02 shade. Beware that this does have a strong floral scent. I get past that because of how pretty the pearls are. It comes with a powder puff and I have been told that this lasts you 7 years. So what appears to be very expensive for some illuminating finishing powder actually isn't that bad when spread over 7 years usage. If you are afraid of spillage, it also comes in a compact form!

I hope you found this list helpful. I personally will get more than these 10 items, but I wanted to get this out there asap so you can take advantage of the sale. Let me know what you guys also purchased! I would love to know if I am missing something good :)

Monday, October 17, 2016

Too Faced Melted Liquefied Lipstick in Chihuahua REVIEW and swatches

I purchased a kit with a ton of lip products lately and the Too Faced Melted liquefied lipstick was included. Normally, I shy away from liquid lipsticks because I don't like the feel of them. They are generally more sticky and feels like a layer of product on your lips. This one, however, was easy to apply and wear.

Too Faced Melted liquefied lipstick in Chihuahua, sephora, $21
Chihuahua is a mauvey nude shade that leans a little brown. On my lips, it looks like my-lips-but-better. It isn't really matte, but doesn't look shiny or glittery. I think it just looks very natural.

It comes with a very fluffy sponge applicator and was easy to apply. You just squeeze the tube and product comes out shortly.

Application/texture: The product was light and airy on the lips and was easy to blend. It didn't feel heavy or tacky.
Scent: I didn't notice any strong scent that lingered.
Staying power: this lasted 4-5 hours if I didn't eat or drink.
Overall: I was pleasantly surprised by this liquid lipstick. It had a fairly decent staying power and came in a very natural shade. It also felt very light and was easy to wear. The applicator makes it easy to apply just the right amount of product.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Rose Quartz REVIEW and swatches

Becca is very well known for their awesome skin brightening powders and blushes. I had used their blush once a long time ago and found it too shimmery for my taste. However, lately I have found my skin to be a little more dull and wanted to experiment with a highlighting powder again. This time, instead of going with a blush with shimmery effects, I decided to go for a highlighter with a hint of color. The purpose of this product is not to give a rose cheek look, rather I wanted it to add some light to my face. See below for my review of the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Rose Quartz.
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Rose Quartz, Sephora, $38

Rose Quartz is a beautiful pink champagne shade. I desperately wanted it to not be limited edition! Unfortunately, it is listed as LE on Sephora's website. If you are very interested in trying it, I would jump on this now before they sell out!

The highlight is amazing. It doesn't leave you with a disco ball look. It highlights in the most natural way. It doesn't add glitter or just lifts. I can't describe how it does it. I love that this has a hint of pink so it is almost like wearing a subtle blush as well.

The container is a sturdy compact with a mirror on one side. It looks like a space saucer, haha. It actually comes in a rose gold metallic bottom and a silver top. I think their regular skin perfectors come with the silver top but a brown bottom.

Application/texture: So buttery soft! With my fingers, I easily picked up product and it easily blended into my skin.
Scent: none
Staying power: This lasted about 7-8 hours on my face.
Overall: I would highly recommend this Shimmering Skin Perfector. I haven't tried their regular shades, but their Rose Quartz is so beautiful. The highlight is perfect indeed and adds just a hint of pink so that I can skip my blush if I want a subtle look. I am able to use this on my brow bone, down my nose, and cupid's bow as well. So versatile! I'm in love! For $38, this can last you a long time and be used for so many things.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Lancome Juicy Shaker lipgloss in Boom Meringue REVIEW and swatches

Lancome has come out with a lipgloss that you have to 'shake' to activate the ingredients. What an intriguing thought! While I think lipgloss is lipgloss, I do get suckered in every once in a while for interested packaging and application. The packaging/way of applicating is certainly interesting for the Juicy Shaker lipglosses and the product is actually quite nice. A lot of the times the packaging is all that there is going for a product, but in this case the lipgloss is actually moisturizing as well.

I purchased the Juicy Shaker lipgloss in the shade Boom Meringue, which is a bright shade of pink in the bottle. On the lips, it looks like no color and if I wiped it off it does have a pink tint to it.

Lancome Juicy Shaker lipgloss in Boom Meringue, $21, sephora

The applicator is a large sponge and you can dab the product onto your lips. I found it quite moisturizing but it is from a oil like feeling rather than a cream. The tube of lipgloss comes separated with color and oil as you can see above. Then when you shake it, it becomes a milky consistency. On the lips, it is sheer and feels more like oil.

Application/texture: The application is quite easy - you dab this on your lips with the sponge. The feeling of it is like oil and is very moisturizing.
Scent: smells fruity
Lasting power: This lasts about 3 hours on me.
Pigmentation/finish: The finish is very sheer and shiny. This shade doesn't give much color on my lips.
Overall: I like the different application in this product. It is fun to have to shake your lipgloss and apply your lip product like a sponge! It gives enough moisturization but not much color. This works best for a very sheer hint of color and moisture. If you are looking for color perhaps try a darker color or a different product. For good moisturization, this little tube has got you covered.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

OPI Breakfast at Tiffany's nail polish 2016 hoilday REVIEW and swatches

The Breakfast at Tiffany's OPI collection was one that I kept my eyes out for since the summer. I am a fan of Breakfast at Tiffany's and Audrey Hepburn so this collection really spoke out to me. Not only are the shades posh, glam, and feminine at the same time, they are also quite appropriate for fall. I only picked up one shade in this collection due to finding this OPI display at a random beauty store. I will likely go back and pick out a few more when I have time! In the meantime, take a look at this shade "Breakfast at Tiffany's."

OPI 'Breakfast at Tiffany's', $9.49
Breakfast at Tiffany's (BaT) is the name of the collection, but also happens to be the shade I picked up. BaT is a champagne pink pearl shade and is definitely a shade I tend to gravitate towards. However, I didn't find anything like this in my collection. I can think of one that might be similar and that is Rescue Beauty Lounge's Pizzicato, but that one leans more purple. I like that this doesn't wash out my hands and brightens my skin instead.

Application/texture: The applicator brush is wide and applies easily. One side of the brush did have a bristle that curved the wrong way and I had to remember not to use that side. I don't know if I just got a defective brush, but other than that it was easy to apply. Though there is a ton of shimmer, I don't notice any gritty feeling on its own.
Coats: I applied 3 light coats to get the coverage seen above. With just two coats, you can see visible nail line.
Staying power: So far after 4 days, it is still going strong. I have four coats of polish plus one coat of Sally Hansen's Miracle Gel Topcoat.
Finish: The finish to this polish alone is more of a matte. It is actually quite funny because it is also very shimmery. It does dry matte and I tried to show that in one of the photos above. However, after a topcoat is added, it becomes the shiny nature you would expect with a topcoat.
Overall: I love Breakfast at Tiffany's and I am so glad OPI did this collection. There are a couple more shades I will try to get, but I think this one is my favorite from just looking at the bottles. The application was easy and the color was unique. I can see this as a great bridal nail polish. It brightens your hands and is still very subtle and neutral.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Givenchy Le Rouge Perfecto Beautifying Lip Balm REVIEW and swatches

As promised, here is another lip balm review. I believe I definitely have enough lip balms to keep one in every purse! For some reason, lip balms like hair ties have a way of disappearing every so often. So despite my collection of them I also never really have too many. Today's review is on yet another lip balm. This one is by Givenchy and is in their Le Rouge collection. Givenchy have a few lipsticks that look very much like the Perfecto lip balm in that it has a leather casing and sleek look. The balm has a pink leather case and is slimmer than the lipsticks. I quite like the packaging like I did with the lipsticks and I also really like the moisture it provides. Continue reading to see close-ups of this product.

Givenchy Le Rouge Perfecto Beautifying Lip Balm, 0.07oz, sephora, $36

Givenchy's Le Rouge perfecto lip balm offers no tint, but it does moisturize your lips. It doesn't lather on top of your lips, but gives a thin layer of comfort. It does very well to let your own lip color shine through. The case is wrapped with a pink leather and sleek silver metal. It looks very sophisticated and posh. I really like having it in my purse as I feel like it elevates my look when I use it. 

Application/texture: It applies with no tugging and the texture is a very thin silk layer on the lips.
Scent: It does have a slight floral scent, but dissipates quickly. However, I can see how someone might find it annoying at first.
Staying power: I do feel this moisturize my lips, however, I also know of better lip balms with longer staying power. I find myself needing to reapply every 3 hours depending on how hydrated I am.
Overall: For $36, this lip balm is definitely pricey. However, it is in a leather casing and looks super cute. It also is moisturizing and feels sturdy to be tossed around in your purse. I think if you wanted something with color, this isn't for you. However, if you are a lip balm fanatic and love a luxurious product, I would definitely check this out.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Tarte Energy Noir palette REVIEW and swatches

Let's take a break from all of the lip balm reviews! Today's review is on a palette. I am quite surprised that I actually purchased a palette because I tend to like buying either individual shades or just dig into my collection. I have so many palettes over the years that I am pretty sure I can find a shade that works for any look. Palettes are usually very difficult to buy because they are preset. You may find you like half of the shades, and then the other half goes to waste. This palette, however, did surprise me in that I actually used all that it had to offer. The item I am referring to is the Tarte Energy Noir palette.

Tarte Energy Noir Palette, Sephora, $26 (on sale!)

I was pleasantly surprised to find this palette on sale on Sephora's website. I purchased it about 3 weeks ago and didn't think too much of it. I found the shades to be neutral enough and mainly matte, which is what I normally wear. I don't do too much eyeshadow, but I found that eyeshadows are great to line my eyes with because they get so oily. Most of these shades will line my eyes just fine.

When I played with the palette, I found myself really liking all of the shades and pigmentation. Tarte has usually been my go-to mid-range priced blush brand. The few eyeshadows that I have gotten from them in the past hasn't wowed me very much. This palette actually made me want to try more Tarte eyeshadows! As you can see, the swatches above are fairly pigmented with one swipe of application.

Note that this palette does come with a mirror, but no travel sized brushes. The packaging is very sturdy and doesn't easily leave finger prints. Also note that there is a plastic film that has the names of each eyeshadow/blush and can be removed.

Application/Texture: All of the eyeshadows (9) and one blush is very smooth and easy to pick up. They are also very easy to apply.
Staying power: I used a couple shades to line my oily lids and they stayed all day. There was some smudging near the 5th hour, but it just softened the look a bit. After 9 hours, I still see my eyes lined.
Scent: None detected.
Pigmentation: Fairly pigmented! The blush was the only thing that didn't seem pigmented, but I think it just blends into my tanned skin. Once my skin color lightens up a bit it will show up more.
Overall: I really enjoy playing with this palette and the long lasting eyeshadows were a big plus. The shades were all up my alley and were so easy to apply. I can see myself using this a lot and will definitely bring it on vacation! For $26, this is a steal!

Hope you found the review helpful!