Sephora Play! January box

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As you can tell from the background in this picture, I got a new comforter for Christmas, and I LOVE it! It’s so fluffy and comfy. I get so happy when I curl up in it at night.

But on to this month’s Sephora box. Plenty of great stuff here, as usual.

Tarte Frxxxtion Stick – The description to this is a little complicated “Exfoliating gel cleanser in a unique twist-up stick format transforms from a solid gel to a cleansing lather that gently sloughs away impurities”. I don’t know about this, but we’ll give it a shot.

Youth To The People Age Prevention Cream – Basically a moisturizer. Can always use another one of those.

Ouai Treatment Masque – The last mask I got in my Play box was awesome, and so was the last Ouai product. This should be good.

Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey – This is a little darker than I usually go, but should be interesting.

AmorePacific Color Control Cushion Compact – They gave this CC cream in two shades so hopefully one of them actually matches my skin. I usually have trouble with skin color samples.

Tory Butch Love Relentlessly – I’m always down to try new perfume. 

Has anyone used any of these products yet? What did you think?

Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette Review

I’m trying to get on a new blogging schedule, but every time I try stuff gets in the way. First it’s either I’m really busy (two weeks ago), or I’m having a mole removed (a week and a half) or I’m sick (all last week). Maybe one day I’ll get it down. Oh well. On to the good stuff for today.

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Since I have spent so much time talking about new products coming out and ones I don’t really want to spend the money on, I figured I would devote today’s post to a product I already own and love – Urban Decay’s Full Spectrum eyeshadow palette. This is 21 shades of mostly bright colors. You guys know how much I love bright colors. The palettes always look way more fun than yet another selection of brown and taupes. Plus the packaging looks great, in typical UD fashion.

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The shades are AMAZING, and it comes with perfectly useful brush. All colors are velvety smooth, and the color in the pan is true to how it looks on the skin. Plus, they’re all long lasting. There is some subtle shades that are a little more work friendly alongside the neons. Since doing 21 swatches seemed a little too time consuming, I thought I would just showcase a few of my favorites. img_0133

From left to right we have:

Minx – It looks black here but it is actually a super saturated midnight navy. It’s lovely and a great alternative to black when doing a smoky eye.

Blindsided – I use this color all the time as an eyeliner for a fun pop of color into my everyday look. I might have an unhealthy attraction to teal shadow.

Gossip – Hot pink shadows are my new favorite thing.

Alchemy – I don’t know why I love this color. But it’s gorgeous.

Goldmine – This is work appropriate glam glitter. ‘Nuff said.

And just in case this palette wasn’t amazing enough, if you haven’t bought it already, it’s been marked down everywhere to only $39. What’s stopping you now?

Who else has this? What’s your favorite colors?

Burberry Fall 2016

This show was interesting, mostly due to timing, as it just took place barely a week ago. The whole idea of see now buy now shows has been slowly trickling in this season, with a few designers showing Fall this fashion week instead of the traditional spring. Tommy Hilfiger even had a special event where you could purchase items online as they were walking down the runway. In my opinion, Burberry did it best. They did a livestream of the show, and clothing was available to purchase online immediately after the show was over.

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The reason why Burberry wins points for me is because they really toed the line between see-now-wear-now fall and the traditional showing of the Spring lines in September. As chief creative Christopher Bailey said in an interview with Vogue magazine this month, he believes that we are living in an era of seasonless dressing, that many women have a “uniform” that they wear, adding a few new pieces each season that they bring in to their regular rotation. Which I agree with. Except for maxi skirts and my heaviest sweaters, I wear pretty much my entire wardrobe year round, just mixing pieces in different ways according to weather.

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Bailey did seasonless wear well this show. Fabrics were mostly light to medium weight, perfect for layering, with a few jackets thrown in for fall. Colors were ones traditionally seen at Spring shows, lots of blues and greens and pinks, but tones were more muted, making them transition seamlessly into fall. I think he really understands what today’s women need, and more designers should take note.

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Plus, I also like how Burberry showed their men’s and women’s collections in one event. I’ve always found purely menswear shows to be boring and am unexcited by the lack of variety and newness to the looks. But when men and women walk the same runway, and a cohesive theme is felt between the collections, I am more inspired to pay attention. In all things, Bailey is a genius.

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Too Faced Better Together Collection

I hope everyone had a great Christmas holiday! The season of presents is over. But just in case you got everything on your wants list this year and need the next thing to look forward to, Too Faced dropped another makeup collection this morning….

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The Better Together collection is a collaboration between Too Faced and Kat Von D, and is the perfect combination of one brand’s perfect prettiness and the hard edge of the other. Both brands have excellent quality and the colors look great.

Unfortunately, for me that is where the greatness ends. I think the prices are a little steep and the range is basically nonexistent. The eye set, above, retails for $65 and in my opinion just looks big and bulky for only having 12 eyeshadows. Yeah you get eyeliner and mascara as well, but I’m still not impressed.

If you’re a collector and a big fan of both brands then go for it. Me, I’ll save my cash for the next thing.

Sephora Play! December Box

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I am in love with this month’s box. And the bag is great. Usually the makeup bags that these come in are cheap white screen printed bags, and this one is better quality, black and gold. Definitely fits with New Years Eve, just like this entire box goes along with the Partygoers theme.

Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray – this is the best setting spray I’ve ever used, and having a travel sized one is perfect. This alone is pretty much worth the entire box.

Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara – minus the fact that I can’t pronounce this product (I have a hard time with Lancome), I am glad for this. You all know how much I love getting mascara samples.

Makeup Forever Skin Equalizer Smoothing Primer – Like I need more primer. But I’ll take it.

Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Always Red – This lip color is a true red. I have never used true red before, and I’m nervous to see how it looks with my skintone. But I’m excited to have a trial one so I don’t invest a lot of money into a lip stain that may not work out.

Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo – I have heard good things about Drybar products. Looking forward to using this.

Elizabeth and James Nirvana Rose – YEEESSSSSSSSSSSS

 

Any opinions or things I should know about any of the products? Hopefully now that I have more free time, I’ll be able to actually do reviews.

Ahhh Fleas!

One of the worst parts of having pets….the bugs that are attracted to them. I have never had a problem with fleas before, but guess what I found crawling along Bruce’s stomach last night.

Of course I freaked out and started some internet research. Plus I just spent a nice chunk of change today at the pet store with treatment and prevention.

On the positive side when I was going at them with the flea comb today I found minimal evidence, so I’m guessing the preventative the other day is finally kicking in. So now I just have to keep it from spreading.

Does anyone have any good preventative/treatment/cleaning ideas? Preferably natural or mostly natural remedies.

All the Sweet Peaches

Ok so I took a few weeks off. I had a lot going on with my job search between applications, interviewing, and finally dealing with the hiring process. But I’m at a new position now and finally have time for this again. The only downside is my new job makes less money than I hoped, so I have to cut down on my spending and I will be buying less new products. But I’m still going to have lots of things to review between my Sephora Play boxes and the few things I bought myself before quitting my job (every time a job rejected me I would feel down and buy myself something pretty to cheer myself up). So I’ve still got lots of content to fill time till I get a raise again.

But you don’t care that much about that. Let’s talk about the big Too Faced news!

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You guys all remember this product right? Big crazy hit in the spring, sold out in minutes, smelled like peaches?

Well Too Faced brought it back, and instead of just answering our begging and giving more of the palette, expanded it into a whole peach scented collection.

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First up Sweet Peach Glow. This includes a blush, highlighter and bronzer. The colors look light and natural, just the way I like my face makeup. I don’t buy too many blushes or bronzers, but I might pick this bad boy up.

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If you’re not one for a whole kit, try this blush, Papa Don’t Peach. It’s a Too Faced classic back on the market.

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And finally we have the Creamy Peach Oil Lip Gloss. I’m not a fan of most of the colors, and I don’t really like lip glosses overall. If they’re your thing though, grab this.

All in all the collection looks just Peachy…and sweet. Yes that was a bad joke. It all drops on December 14, if you’re getting ready.

What are you most looking forward to?

Sephora Play! October Box

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Once again I’m really excited about this box! Lots of good stuff here. Let’s dive in.

Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick in Drivers Seat – Again an awesome nude pinkish. I use the one from the last box like three times a week and I’m running low. I needed a replacement stat, and I got one here. Looking forward to this.

Estee Lauder Flash Photo Gloss – This lipgloss is supposed to make your teeth appear whiter. Since mine are a little coffee stained, I’m interested to see if it actually works.

Ebsorian Bamboo Creme Frappe Skin Reviving Fresh Gel – I think this is a moisturizer? The description of this product is a little confusing, but it sounds like a moisturizer to me.

Farmacy Skin Dew Mist – This product can be used to freshen up, or as a setting spray. I’m more likely to use it as a travel sized setting spray, as my All Nighter takes up a lot of space in my makeup bag.

Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask – I’ve used this hair mask twice since getting my box in the mail. It’s what my strands needed. And I like the smell.

Yves Saint Laurent Mon Paris fragrance – I love perfumes that combine fruity and floral, and this one hits the nail on the head without being too girly. I love it.

Have you used any of these products before? What do you think?

Sephora Play! September Box

I’m starting to really look forward to my box every month. There is always one product I’m not overly excited about (this month is no exception) but everything else is totally worth it! With my income about to be stretched further, I realized that I can’t be spending as much on beauty. My Play! boxes are about to be my only source to try new products. So let’s dig in to this month.


Sephora Collection Rouge Shine Lipstick in Love Spell: This is a sheer nude pink shade. Perfect for every day. I’m planning on throwing it in my work bag to wear on those days that I either forget about lipstick or am running too late to put it on before I leave the house (let’s be honest, this is most days).

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper: I have been hearing such amazing things about this liner! Super pumped to try it for free. This alone makes this box worth it.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel: This is the product I’m not so jazzed about this time around. I don’t really spend much time on my brows except for plucking a few stray hairs every so often. This probably isn’t going to be getting a whole lot of use.

Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation: I got a one use sample from Sephora before of this moisturizer, and liked the way it made my skin feel. I’ll be glad to see what it’s like after a few days.

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Nightcap Overnight Perfector: Living Proof samples are alwasys generously sized, and this is no different. It’s an overnight mask that’s supposed to make your hair super soft. Let’s see how this works.

Atelier Cologne Sud Magnolia: I’m not loving this scent so far, but we’ll give it a shot.

Two Vice Lipstick Palettes?!

ATTENTION EVERYONE!!

As I realized today, there is not one, but TWO versions of the Urban Decay Vice Lipstick palette. Do you realize how amazing this is?

The previously released version – Blackmail Vice, is available for sale at Ulta and through Urban Decay. But as I saw in my email today, Sephora has its own exclusive version – Junkie Vice.

Both options have twelve shades; three cross over between palettes while the other 9 colors differ.

After spending an extensive part of my workday comparing the two, in my opinion Sephora has the better option. But this might be because I already have full size bullets of two shades included in Blackmail. Junkie also includes shade Junkie, a dark metallic teal shade I would love to try but don’t feel like shelling out the cash for a full size for a color I may not like. Junkie isn’t like a neutral or a pink, teal is a hard shade to pull off but seems like a fun one to have.

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Picture from Sephora.com

Colors included in Junkie:

Disturbed (deep brick red)
714 (bright red)
Carnal (medium warm nude)
Safe Word (neutral nude-pink)
Studded (metallic grey-brown)
Whip (soft pink with gold shimmer)
Wrath (metallic red)
Big Bang (bright pink sparkle)
Firebird (deep fuchsia)
Vanity Kills (lavender)
Speedball (deep vibrant purple)
Junkie (metallic teal shimmer)

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Picture from UrbanDecay.com

Colors included in Blackmail:

Sheer Shame (berry)
Firebird
Big Bang
Disobedient (medium pink)
EZ (bright red orange)
714
Vanished (pale neutral nude)
1993 (medium brown)
Ex-Girlfriend (nude rose with pink shimmer)
Amulet (metallic brick rose)
Conspiracy (plum bronze shimmer)
Blackmail (deep berry wine)