the sephora sale: what i actually bought

my sephora purchases arrived!  i’m so happy with my service this time around, especially compared to my drama in the fall.  these are all first impressions, but honestly these products are pretty epic.  i killed it.  no shame!  also important to note, i had a pretty hefty sephora merch credit from some returns i had made, so that allowed me to be able to buy the last product (and perhaps the most exciting) mentioned here…bb sephora sale1.jpgbb sephora sale2.jpg

rms champagne rose luminizer, $38 // somehow i forgot to include this in my sephora sale wishlist, when it was actually the product i was wanting the most.  though i did enjoy it, i no longer have the rms living luminizer.  it just wasn’t exactly what i wanted in a highlighter and i didn’t find myself reaching for it often enough to to justify keeping it around.  the champagne rose luminizer, on the other hand, is THE perfect thing – it isn’t stark white but rather a creamy pink that looks perfectly subtle and glowy on my fair skin and somewhat tan summer skin in the future.  though this does have a slight pinky reflect, it works perfectly with my pink undertones and the overall color of the product keeps it insanely natural.  this is maybe even glossier than the living luminizer and i super love it.bb sephora sale5.jpgbb sephora sale3.jpgbb sephora sale4.jpghourglass ambient lighting powder in dim light, mini $22 // boring purchase but i wanted this back in my life!  i decided to go with the mini size even though it is kind of a rip off for the price/amount of product vs the full size.  i like my mineral fusion powder, but i always want it both at home and while i’m out and about, so this will be good for that purpose as well.bb sephora sale8.jpgbb sephora sale7.jpgbb sephora sale6.jpgmilk makeup kush mascara, $24 // i’m not really a girl to try out a bunch of different mascaras, and i am still in love with my w3ll people one.  but something about this milk makeup kush mascara just seemed fun?!  i don’t honestly know, i just really wanted to try it, and having a more natural (ingredients-wise) but volumizing mascara seemed like something i would like to have around.  and this mascara is INSANE.  one swipe onto my lashes and they had amazing volume and length and honestly looked fake.  if it doesn’t crumble, it will be exactly what i wanted the too faced better than sex to be like.  the packaging is awesome while a little too big for my taste, but i so appreciate milk’s aesthetic and style.  glad i went out of my comfort zone!bb sephora sale9.jpgmarc jacobs le marc lip creme lipstick in cream and sugar, $30 // this is the exact nude i have been searching for.  it is the perfect balance of pink, peach, and brown while appearing super natural.  at first i was worried it was slightly too light for me, but it’s incredibly flattering given the way that i apply all lipstick – blotted and really blended into the lip.  i’m not 100% sold on this, but i think i’m going to keep it!  editor’s note: i have since returned this…it was just too expensive to justify if i wasn’t completely in love!bb sephora sale10.jpgnails inc nail kale base coat, $15 // this was purely a repurchase.  this is my all time favorite base coat and i have not used anything else since i purchased about 2 years ago.  if you do your nails at home and need something reliable, i very much recommend this product.

now this wasn’t in the sale, but i got it around the same time…bb sephora sale11.jpgbb sephora sale12.jpgmarc jacobs tan-tastic bronzer, $49 // !!!!!!!! it FINALLY came back just a few days ago (i was afraid i missed out forever) and it is just as deliciously dreamy as it appears online.  the perfect balance of warm and cool, this shade and texture is exactly what i look for in a bronzer.  now i bought this from the marc jacobs website, and they offer a 10% discount for first time subscribers, plus free shipping and no tax.  so all in all it cost me $44, which is far cheaper than it would have been even with the sephora vib sale.  so if you are upset you have to pay full price now that the sale is over, fear not!

ok, i’m never shopping for beauty products again.  done!  bye!

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the sephora sale: what i actually bought

recent acquisitions

soooo i had a big long post about all of these products, why i bought them, when i bought them…and then it disappeared.  i guess i didn’t save it, but really i’m thinking it just vanished into thin air.  and because i am busy and tired and stressed, i am just going to post the pictures i took and save you and me some time!  the only product i am not using right now is the mad hippie exfoliating serum – i’ve switched to a salicylic acid product because my acne is a little cray right now and the aha’s in this aren’t the right thing.  but i digress…bb recent acqs7bb recent acqs4bb recent acqs6bb recent acqs5bb recent acqs2bb recent acqs8bb recent acqs1dr. bronner’s arnica-menthol magic balm // relieves my sore back and shoulders

aesop resurrection hand balm // the best hand lotion of all time

laura mercier caviar stick in au naturel (matte) // grungy matte eyes that last all day

mad hippie exfoliating serum // gentle aha exfoliant, just not what i need right now

smashbox primerizer // makeup lasts all day on juicy, healthy skin

nars highlighting blush in free soul // light pink and glowing

sonia kashuk crease blending brush // soft and $6!

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recent acquisitions

new from nars: liquid blush

when i saw the new orgasm liquid blush on nars’ instagram, you best believe i immediately bought it.  i have never actually tried nars orgasm, but i know that it’s the perfect peachy pink blush for every person who wears it.  so when i saw this new formula, i was sold.  i love cream blushes and haven’t experienced many liquid ones, but if someone’s going to do it right it’s nars.bb nars orgasm liquid blush1.jpgnow this is a bit shimmery which takes some getting used to, but the formula, pigmentation, and color are all gorgeous.  i also don’t find the shimmer to be as noticeable on the cheeks throughout the day as i expected it to be.  this formula is unique to me because it completely dries on the cheeks, so it doesn’t leave any sheen or dew besides what the shimmer provides.  though i usually like my cream/liquid products to remain dewy, this is a nice feature for oily skinned people and for using this in the summer.  i’m a face sweater, very unfortunately, so it will be nice to know that this will stay put on my face all day even through heat and humidity.

you need just a little dot to get that perfect flush on the cheeks, and i have been using my fingers and then a small stippling blush to blend everything out completely.  the color gives that slightly-sunburned effect, especially when you take a little bit over the bridge of the nose.  i’m sure you could build this up for a more intense look but i’m all about subtle makeup, as you all know by now!  i have only worn this one or two times, but i am absolutely smitten and look forward to wearing this all summer long.  bb nars orgasm liquid blush2.jpg

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new from nars: liquid blush

recent eco beauty buys

and crazy obsessions.bb eco buys1.jpg100% pure cocoa butter lipstick in prickly pear // i picked up a couple products from 100% pure while  i was in new york and i have become a big fan of the company.  after seeing some of their instagram posts on this lipstick, i just couldn’t resist the color and the semi-matte formula.  i can honestly say that this is one of the only bold lipsticks i have ever felt confident enough to wear both during the day and out at night – the other one being nars damned.  the color is a stunning pinky coral and the finish is more matte than semi-matte, which i actually prefer.  it is so easy to apply even for a lipstick-nube like me and lasts forEVER.  when the actually lipstick wears off you get a stain on your lips that is pretty much identical to the original color.  if you have fair skin and don’t feel like you can pull off red that well but want a bold lip, check out prickly pear.  you won’t be disappointed!  i was concerned at first because the tube is smaller than a normal lipstick bullet, but the amount of product is the same as the bite beauty amuse bouche lipsticks and much greater than luxe ones like nars, urban decay, and ysl – .15 oz or 4.5 grams, and now i love that there is no excess packaging!

alima pure pressed foundation in macadamia // i was on a pressed powder foundation search and was leaning towards the mineral fusion one when i remembered how much alli cherry raves about this one from alima pure.  this was a few dollars more expensive from what i recall but worth the splurge, i promise.  the formula is perfect, giving you slight coverage and a subtle matte finish without looking cakey or even that matte.  the color is perfect for my summer skin and the great news is you can buy the refill pans for a discounted price when you need a new one – you never have to buy the compact again.  overall i’m very happy i decided to try this brand and this product and would recommend if you are looking for a reliable pressed powder with a nice shade range.

eminence mineral illuminator in chai berry glow // i am sooooooo happy i finally bought this.  i have wanted this product for the past 6 months – why are there some products we never get around to buying even though they aren’t any more expensive than other products we get without thinking twice?!! – after hearing sam raving about it on her channel.  this is a gorgeous pinky peach blush with a subtle glow (no visible shimmer).  it’s a perfect blush for lighter skin tones and i think it would be a beautiful highlighter for deeper ones as well.  it’s similar to my favorite rimmel santa rose blush but with more color and more glow.  the packaging is beautiful and so hippie luxe.  i can’t get enough!

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recent eco beauty buys

i finally got the perfume of my dreams

bb santal1santal 33…oh how i love you.  now i previously thought that byredo gypsy water was the scent of my dreams, but i’m not sure.  lately it’s been seeming a little heavy for every day, but that could be because i’m spending every day at home!

santal 33 is light and fresh, with that delicious sandalwood touch that i cannot get enough of.  i have used up a few samples of this and just couldn’t seem to bite the bullet for the $150 bottle, until i saw that the le labo site sells a 15 ml bottle for $78.  now it’s still so expensive for the amount you get, but for the snail’s pace at which i go through perfumes, i think this little baby is going to be perfect.  i’m so excited to actually have a bottle of this in my life!bb santal3bb santal5one of my favorite perfume oils – maison louis marie no. 4 bois de balincourt – smells pretty much identical to santal 33, so i highly recommend that one.  there wasn’t really a point in me buying the le labo besides just wanting it!  i also love having spray perfumes to layer with my oils or if i want to make a slightly larger scent impact.  my perfumes are always very understated “skin scents” so sometimes it’s nice to have a little more intensity.

all in all, i’m so happy i splurged on this little baby.  it’s absolutely a gateway drug to the larger bottle, but i don’t see anything wrong with that!  what’s your favorite splurgy perfume?bb santal4bb santal2

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i finally got the perfume of my dreams

sephora vib sale roundup

ok soooo i went a little crazy this year at the vib sale, but i am so amped on my purchases.bb sephora vib purchases 2017.jpgbite beauty lip pencil in 08 and 012 // i am not a lip pencil girl.  i owned a couple mac lip liners at one point but those suckers are dry and scary, in my opinion.  i’m also not one to line my lips before putting on another lip product, so i went into the bite beauty lip pencils wanting to wear them as is, as my matte lip.  and these are incredible for that! the shade 08 is the perfect peachy nude – i don’t always think peach looks good on me but i’m pleased with how this mixes with my skin tone and natural lip color.  012 is a cool light pink, very close to my natural lip color but a little more mauve.  they are deliciously creamy and pigmented, and incredibly comfortable on the lips.  i was planning on only getting 012, but i’m pretty stoked that i got 08 as well.  i don’t think i’ll get any other shades but they are launching more next week…bite just kills it – between my new purchases and the products i already have, they are pretty much all i use on my lips these days.

beauty blender nude // i used to have a beauty blender, then got into the real techniques sponge.  i like both.  neither is totally necessary for my usual routine, but i think it’s a nice tool to have if you are taking more time on your makeup or just in the mood for a super flawless face.  when my rt sponge crapped out, i added the nude beauty blender to my list.  i don’t love the super bright pink one and liked how natural this one looked so that’s basically my reasoning for this purchase 😉

biossance squalane and antioxidant cleansing oil // i mentioned in my april picks that i am really enjoying oil cleansing right now.  i saw the brand biossance was launched at sephora and,  having never heard of them, started to research what they were all about.  they are pretty awesome brand – all natural, plant based, good price point, innovative concept.  so yeah i’m all in.  i saw they had this cleansing oil so i decided that would be the full size cleansing oil that i use after i finish my travel size of the little barn apothecary blue yarrow and geranium cleansing oil.  my favorite part about this cleanser is that it rinses clean – usually with a heavy oil cleanser you need a face cloth to wash it away (water and oil don’t mix remember?!), but this is very light and very easy to wash off.  i’ve only used it once because i want to finish my other one first but i’m pretty pleased with my first impression.  plus i’m all aboard the squalane train at the moment.

tata harper illuminating moisturizer // so i did decide to splurge on this product (i talked about it in this instagram post).  i had been looking for a clean product to replace my beloved mac strobe cream, as well as one of tata’s skincare products to try.  i went through a whole sample of this from sephora, so i knew i wanted to get it by the time the sale came around.  while i wouldn’t use this as my only moisturizer, it is the perfect in between step before makeup and after lotion/oil.  it’s a peachy pink color that adds a subtle warmth to the face, and has actual diamond powder that creates the most stunning glow.  i feel healthy and fresh when i wear this, and i know the ingredients are doing great things for my skin at the same time.  pricey, but i think it will last me a while and the ingredients are worth it.

surratt relevee eyelash curler // i’ve had my eyes on this lash curler since it came out.  i had just gotten my shu uemera curlers at that point, so i put the surratt curlers in the back of my mind.  truth be told, while i at first thought they were amazing, i have not been happy with the shu uemera’s.  they don’t fit my eye shape well, so i end up getting my lashes either half curled, half straight or just completely wonky and somewhat painful.  i keep hearing great reviews of this beauty, so i figured i would try it out during the sale and return it if i didn’t like it.  and from the very first use, i knew it was my perfect curler.  it opens extremely wide so you have room to get your lashes inside and the shape is somewhat straight, which apparently fits my eye shape the best.  the curl i get is curled but very gradual, so my lashes don’t look like they are sticky straight up but rather curling naturally.  i’m so impressed with this little contraption, and since curling my eyelashes is one of my favorite looks right now, this guy is a total winner.

what did you pick up during the sale?

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sephora vib sale roundup

makeup for a minimalist: a sephora order

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hourglass illume sheer color palette // for whatever reason, this palette popped into my head the other day and i could not relax until i bought it.  thankfully it is still available!  it’s a gorgeous palette of cream products – bronzer, blush, and highlighter.  you guys know that i love cream bronzers and lately i have been all about the cream blushes as well.  my sister told me my skin looked really pretty and glowy one day and i just about fainted because it was the best compliment ever – so cream products it is!

upon my first use, i am so impressed with how creamy and pigmented this palette is.  i’m used to really warming up my cream products, especially the rms lip2cheek and tata harper volumizing lip&cheek tint, but you don’t need to do that with these creams.  they apply beautifully and stay creamy and glossy, not quite setting down to a powder finish, which i’m really excited about.  the bronzer is a great universal shade and the blush is a beautiful coral which is something i’m lacking in my makeup drawer.  the only highlighter i own is the rms living luminizer which cannot be replaced, but it will be nice to have something a little more gold especially in the summer.  all of the shades are subtle but very pigmented and creamy, and offer that gorgeous glow that i can’t resist on my skin.  i’m mad this is a limited edition product!

marc jacobs under(cover) coconut primer // this winter has been all about thin layers of moisture to combat the cold, dry chicago air.  and it has been working wonders!  a few months ago i got a travel size version of the too faced hangover primer and that has been a daily addition to my makeup because of that extra layer of hydration it gives.  since i’m almost done with it, i thought i would check out the marc jacobs primer as it is similar but a little more smoothing and moisturizing.  i got a sample size from sephora (honestly the best thing to do when you want new makeup but can’t spend the money) and must say i like it so much.  it just adds a little bit more everything than the too faced – more moisture, more glow, more dew, more slip – and is so fucking chic.  it is also gorgeous when mixed with a little dollop of mac strobe cream or glossier priming moisturizer.

ALSO i was able to get 10% off this order because i renewed my vib status at sephora (their points system) – i used this code: V436CB.  it will work for everyone who renews any status in the new year, which i learned about via temptalia.  bless her!

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