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 ūüėČ

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

dope taupe

bb the taupes1.jpgthere’s just something about a taupe eye shadow, you know? ¬†it’s such a beautifully subtle, natural color, giving any eye color a nice little pop. ¬†it’s suitable for every day use as well as a heavier makeup look, while being grungy enough to not look overdone. ¬†for me, my taupes are old reliables.

sephora shadow and liner in 04 taupe // the creamiest (obviously) and most pigmented of the bunch. ¬†taupe is really the perfect cool-toned taupe, with flashes of lavender or silver depending on the light. ¬†it’s described as a shimmer but i would say it’s more on the metallic end. ¬†it reminds me somewhat of laura mercier amethyst but still a true taupe. ¬†i highly recommend checking out these shadow sticks, they are the best on the market in my opinion.

rms beauty eye polish in myth // my other favorite cream taupe. ¬†i’ve mentioned this shadow a million and one times, but it’s just that good. ¬†it’s a sheer wash of glowy goodness; a cool-toned taupe with hint of minkiness. ¬†i would say this can be hit or miss product depending on your shadow/lasting power/creasing preferences, but i love the messy, sheeny look it imparts.

colourpop super shock shadow in mixed tape // this is a new purchase but i’ve already worn it 3 times so that’s really saying something. ¬†this is like the cream to powder, more pigmented version of myth. ¬†it has those purple cool tones, but this time with subtle silver shimmers. ¬†it looks extra cool on me, definitely on the silver side, which i love. ¬†if you haven’t tried these shadows – and it took me forever to – they are just the coolest things. ¬†they are a marshmallow consistency that’s impossible to describe, but they are a cream/powder crossover. ¬†gorgeous.

l’oreal colour riche shadow in 201 // this is another very sheer and shimmery formula. ¬†it’s a lot sheerer than i expected or would like it to be, but it’s beautiful either way. ¬†sitting next to mixed tape you can really see the silver tones, so i would say this doesn’t contain as much purple as the others. ¬†the shimmers are more noticeable than any of the other shadows i’ve mentioned, but still not in an obvious or tacky way. ¬†i don’t know if i would repurchase this shadow just because of the lack of pigmentation, but i’m enjoying it in the mean time (i purchased this in london but the us shade pain au chocolat is identical).

gabriel cosmetics eyeshadow in sable // the only matte taupe i have, but the only one i need. ¬†i absolutely adore this eye shadow, it’s the right amount of browny purpley pink without making me look sick or weird. ¬†this is a really nice staple shadow that’s easy to wear and blend, but is a slight departure from a regular brown. ¬†this also looks great when blended with the powdered shadows mentioned above.

sephora contour eye pencil in 15 flirting game // this is an honorable mention as it’s a liner and not a shadow. ¬†this is a darker taupe than the sephora shadow stick, but still a true taupe and not a brown. ¬†it has fine silver shimmers that i don’t find noticeable when i have it actually lining my eyes. ¬†i’m really not an eyeliner person, but sometimes i want that definition, so i love this color to give me the eyeliner look without being nearly as harsh as black or brown. ¬†i don’t reach for this often, but i think this is a product¬†to check out –¬†creamy, blendable, and long lasting.bb the taupes2.jpgbb the taupes3.jpg

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the concealer search

part of the fun of shopping, for me, is the search. ¬†the search for the best product, the best price, the best shopping experience. ¬†in fact, this is actually a defining¬†characteristic of many millennials,¬†research-backed buying¬†vs impulse buying. ¬†i learned this at a luncheon with refinery 29 while i was interning at elizabeth arden – how the methods of shopping of millennials effect retailers and how those retailers can persuade millennials to purchase in the moment or at least be a part of their research. ¬†ok wooooah tangent, let’s get back to the point of this post.
bb bare minerals concealer review 1.jpgi have been on the hunt for a pot concealer that i could wear as a pseudo-foundation – basically something ultra creamy that i could use to even out my skin but wouldn’t look or feel like i had anything on. ¬†i tried the w3ll people narcissist foundation stick first (obviously not a pot) and while i liked it a lot, the color match wasn’t perfect and it wasn’t exactly what i was looking for. ¬†it’s nice for brightening my face, but i don’t find myself reaching for it on a daily basis.

my next thought was the rms “un” cover-up, which is really the exact product i want, but none of the colors work for me. ¬†i’ve mentioned it a thousand times before, but my skin is very cool-toned, so the yellow-based shades of the “un” cover-up just do not work for me. ¬†glossier’s stretch concealer seems to have a more pink-based range, but to be honest i’m not that drawn to that brand anymore. ¬†i’m sooo tired of seeing all the marketing on every single instagram post that pops up on my feed and i’m just kind of over it, for now at least! ¬†some of their products are still staples for me (milky jelly cleanser,¬†moon mask, and coconut balm dotcom¬†are constants) so yes that concealer looks like it would be pretty perfect, but i’m going to pass on it for now.

then, very excitingly, nars came out with their new soft matte concealers. ¬†in pot form! ¬†pot form of my favorite concealer! – so i thought. ¬†but yes, as the name would suggest, these are more on the matte side. ¬†i tested them out at sephora and they are truly beautiful and creamy, while finishing to a matte or at least satin-matte formula. ¬†i just don’t think they would work on my drier skin and the coverage seems higher than what i’m looking for.

and finally, i remembered my old faithful – bare minerals. ¬†i actually owned the bare minerals correcting concealer quite a few years ago now, but i never really knew what to do with it so i got rid of it. ¬†i don’t typically wear concealer under my eyes and i wasn’t yet using any products like that on my face, so it went by the way side. ¬†but while browsing ulta the other day, this little pot of magic came back to me. ¬†bb bare minerals concealer review 2.jpgthis concealer is perfect for what i have been looking for. ¬†it’s creamy, glowy, and stays put all day. ¬†it can be sheered out for just a hint of coverage where needed, but is also perfect for spot concealing blemishes with a small brush. ¬†the color – light 1 of course – is the ideal mix of cool and warm tones, so it works to brighten while also matching my skin perfectly (it’s described as a light neutral cool). ¬†and truthfully, this does not budge. ¬†i find my nars radiant creamy concealer shifts around throughout the day, but i napped in the bare minerals and it still didn’t reveal the huge pimple i have on my chin. ¬†it doesn’t crease on my eyelids, nor under my eyes. ¬†i don’t wear undereye concealer, but it’s nice to know that i can with this and it will look totally natural and not like some kim k¬†triangle shit. ¬†also, it will be really easy for me to get another shade to match my tan in the summer because the shades are divided between warm and cool tones (though i get tan, i’m still cool-toned) – something that has always been difficult for me.

and since i’m sure you were wondering, this little baby has some pretty great ingredients. ¬†it scores a 2 on ewg, contains spf 20, and is free of parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals, phthalates, gmo’s, and triclosan. i do wish it didn’t contain phenoxyethanol, but that is not a¬†huge problem for me at the moment. ¬†i also got the full coverage concealer brush which was one of the only brushes i ever owned throughout high school and most of college, and it really is a good one. ¬†i used to use it in my bare minerals powder to cover up, but it’s a great match for the correcting concealer as well. ¬†you can use the tip of it to pinpoint conceal, and use the rest for blending.bb bare minerals concealer review 4.jpgbb bare minerals concealer review 3.jpgmaybe it’s nostalgia, but i honestly love bare minerals and their products. ¬†they are always beautiful, effective, and great quality. ¬†some of my favorites are the original foundation, the flawless definition mascara (the only mascara i wore through high school and college¬†– i’m dying to get a fresh tube since i haven’t used it in a couple years), and the lip glosses (they¬†are discontinuing the marvelous moxie line but i have plans to get a couple of the gen nude buttercream glosses – they are stunning!). ¬†what’s your tried and true favorite brand?

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on my person 02

the bag: vintage coach duffel in black via poshmark – check out ebay, etsy, poshmark, tradesy

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the hat: neff beanie

the gloves: walgreen’s fingerless gloves (comes with a grey full pair as well)

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the beauty stuff: mini nars radiant creamy concealer in vanilla

clean&clear blotting sheets

bare minerals pressed foundation in fairly medium (do they not make this anymore?)

sephora powder brush (discontinued)

soap&glory hand food

dr. bronner’s lavender hand sanitizer

korres lip butter in jasmine

mini bite beauty lip pencil in cafe Рleche is close

nivea lip balm

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the sunglasses: ray ban round metal, madewell

the wallet: a christmas gift from my sister!  i sadly got concealer on it, any recommendations for how to get that off?

the phone case: zero gravity available at urban outfitters or ascot&hart

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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) Рi 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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the bohemian-approved gift guide

i’ve seen a lot of holiday gift guides circling the internet, but most of them include extremely high end items. ¬†when it comes to gifting, i find that something small but thoughtful is always more effective than something expensive but random. ¬†so here’s my gift guide for any fellow financially challenged bohemians… ūüėČ
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is anything cuter¬†than a tiny succulent in an equally tiny¬†pot? ¬†this is kind of the same theme as the jewelry dishes, but it’s super easy to find cute, small pots that would fit a small succulent or cactus. ¬†i have found mine in various places, mainly garden shops and anthropologie, but thrift shops are also beacons for little ceramic items. ¬†this little pink one¬†($12) from anthropologie would be gorgeous with a small cactus. ¬†you can get really small succulents at any home and garden shop; i got my first ever cactus at home depot for $3!

for the jewelry lover // i am a huge collector of little dishes and bowls in which i can store jewelry. ¬†cute dishes can be found anywhere – anthropologie, urban outfitters, thrift shops – and are usually in the $5-$15 range. ¬†try to think about what your giftee might put in these dishes: if he/she wears a lot of rings, maybe go for something larger. ¬†if they wear teeny earrings, something small like this muji one¬†($4.50) is super cute and can be chosen in their favorite color. ¬†i’m also loving¬†this one¬†($14) from anthro (it’s actually a soap dish but i love it for jewels!) and this one¬†($15) from etsy.

for the¬†card carrier // i pretty much always use a small pouch instead of a regular wallet. ¬†they are amazing for switching into a small purse, having only the basics, and keeping yourself organized. ¬†when i have my big wallet it is filled with receipts and crap that i never look at and do not need. ¬†so why not gift a fun little pouch or cardcase to your friend that has it all and then some? ¬†my all time favorite pouch wallet is from a company called falconwright¬†that sadly went out of business. ¬†i try not to use it so much anymore since it’s getting pretty worn out and i love it so dearly. ¬†i got my little green pouch¬†($38 but used to be $25 unfortunately) from baggu last winter and it has been my constant companion – despite that fact that it makes things a little bit hard to find (my friend andrew used to always yell at me when i could never find my debit card hehe! ¬†but the pouch remains a firm favorite). ¬†my oldest sister swears by this pouch¬†($29.50) from madewell and i love it because it has card pockets inside for more organization. ¬†and if you really wanted to treat a loved one, i think it would be awesome to fill the pouch with one or a couple gift cards to their favorite places!

for the beauty junkie // it seems like most of the items i buy at sephora are miniature from their checkout/travel beauty section. ¬†they have some great hidden gems tucked in that aisle that i think get sadly ignored, esepcially when it comes to gift giving. ¬†while cosmetics can be tricky to buy for someone else unless mentioned specifically, i think it’s fun to get a couple cute treats¬†that everyone would love. ¬†some of my favorites at sephora right now are the too cool for school dinoplatz lip balm in various colors (i have spilled wine, $15), tarte tartelette tease palette ($21), clinique take the day off¬†makeup remover ($9.50), and sephora daily brush cleaner ($8.50). ¬†these are all minis that i have either given or received, and i think they would make great gifts for anyone, regardless of their makeup style or collection. ¬†you also can’t go wrong with some fun hair masks or hand lotions.

for the routine reader // with so many amazing coffee table books out there, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and not buy any for yourself. ¬†i personally love the fashion and decor books we have been seeing on the market lately and think they make a great, personalized gift. ¬†know a parisian fashion fan? ¬†how to be parisian wherever you are¬†($14) and paris street style¬†($17) are no brainers. ¬†a design junkie? ¬†try design bloggers at home¬†($23) or home style by city¬†($20). ¬†a hardcore new yorker? ¬†tomboy style¬†($25) and brooklyn street style¬†($20)¬†are top notch. ¬†some books on my lust list are the new garconne: how to be a modern gentlewoman¬†($21) and urban jungle: living and styling with plants ($35), hint hint!

i hope you found this little gift guide helpful.  the holidays can be tough when you are on a budget but want to give meaningful and luxurious gifts to your loved ones, friends, and coworkers.  i think these smaller items are not only thoughtful, but precious, and can be tailored to the people you know best.  if you have a little more wiggle room, you could also combine a few of these categories for an incredible treat basket with a particular focus.  i would DIE over a potted succulent with a gift card to home depot and a plant book all together in one bundle.  happy gifting!

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the real real pt.2

sorry, no black friday roundups over here! ¬†let’s get back to regular scheduled programming, shall we?

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when i want something shimmery: it’s all about these two creamy shadows. ¬†the¬†wander beauty exquisite eye liquid shadow in bronze is a super cooling, shimmery liquid shadow that gives you a little time to blend but then sets and won’t budge all day. ¬†it’s in between a bronze and a taupe and it sheers out nicely (it’s not as bronzey as it looks in the photos). ¬†to be honest, at first i thought this was burning my eyelids, but i realized that it’s just super cooling and that feeling goes away quite quickly. ¬†the¬†sephora colorful shadow&liner in taupe is my ideal cream shadow stick. ¬†it’s a light, cool-toned taupe that again doesn’t budge. ¬†i absolutely love these sephora shadow sticks and highly recommend! ¬†i think they’re a great alternative to the high-end ones on the market and this shade is my perfect taupe.

when i want something glossy:¬†rms eye polish in myth. ¬†in the pot, this looks a lot like the sephora shadow stick, but on the eyes the color is extremely sheer. ¬†the finish is super glossy but doesn’t crease and remains throughout the day. ¬†i love how sheer this is, giving the slightest wash of taupe color without being obvious that you have it on. ¬†the glossiness is editorial perfection.

when i want something matte:¬†mac paint pots in painterly and groundwork are second to none. ¬†i use painterly if i’m tired and want a little brightening on the lid, and groundwork when i’m feeling grungy and want something that’s there but also barely there. ¬†i love running groundwork on the lower lash line as well. ¬†and these are great eye shadow bases/primers as well, so kind of a 2-in-1! ¬†when i want to run something through the crease, all over the lid, and/or my lower lash line, it’s always the¬†jane iredale shadow in cappucino. ¬†it’s my perfect neutral-toned light brown shadow and i love it for some subtle, every day definition. ¬†it also works beautifully with other shimmery shadows. ¬†i think it’s similar to urban decay’s naked, but a little cooler toned and more subtle on my skin.

you might be wondering, where is mascara? ¬†truth be told, i hate mascara. ¬†i have a few that i like as much as i can like it, but day to day i don’t wear it. ¬†at night, i like it to perk my eyes up and look a little more spruced up, but otherwise i can’t be bothered. ¬†i have been liking curling my lashes though, so i usually do that during the day and to open the eyes. ¬†i have only ever tried the tarte eyelash curlers¬†and while they are definitely good, i really don’t like the handles (you don’t put your fingers inside, if that makes sense at all). ¬†so i placed a cheeky order for the shu uemura ones¬†since they are supposedly the best. ¬†i’ll let you know when they arrive!

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the real real pt.2