I’m Back With a SEPHORA Haul

Hello! It has been so long since I’ve made a post here on the ‘ol blog. It has been pretty much impossible to have time with my girls out of school this summer! They start school in about a week, so I will hopefully get back to my regular MWF posts. I made a list of a ton of things I want to write about, and I thought a Sephora Haul should be the first one up!

I pretty much placed this order for the birthday gift, but I couldn’t be stopped when I saw some new products.

Here’s what I got!

First off is this 4 Piece Hydrate Set from Pureology. This comes with small sizes of the hydrate shampoo and conditioner, the leave in spray with 21 benefits, and the dry shampoo. I have tried everything here, except the dry shampoo, which is what I got the kit for. I didn’t want to commit to a big size, and I love getting the rest of these small sizes too. I love the other three products.

If you know me, you know I love Bare Minerals, I’ve been using the powder foundation for about 13 years now, and I was THRILLED when I saw this pressed version of their Mineral Veil, which is a translucent setting powder. Anything pressed is better, IMO! I hope it’s as good as the original.

Next up is this little Cheek Pop Blush from Clinique in Pansy Pop. I used to have the shade Rosy Pop, but I used it up. I got this because it is supposedly a “dupe” for the sold-out-everywhere Dior Rosy Glow Blush. Ever since Kylie Jenner mentioned it saying how good it was, it is impossible to find! The color of this blush is beautiful, a bright lilac pink color. The formula of these blushes are awesome too, they are so pigmented and I love that they’re matte.

Oh, I have been wanting to try this Dior Lip Oil for so long, and I was so happy to find it in the color Cherry. I LOVE Dior lip products, and I’ve already tried this and it is perfect. It is such a pretty sheer color, and leaves my lips so soft and moisturized.

Also, I picked up a repurchase, my Paula’s Choice Super Light Daily Defense SPF 30. I use this everyday as a moisturizer underneath my Bare Minerals Foundation and it’s my favorite. Doesn’t leave me greasy, and adds a nice sheer tint to my skin.

Now for the freebies!

This was the free birthday gift– I think there are other sets to choose from, but I love NARS so I knew I wanted this one. It is a mini Laguna Bronzer and Laguna Lip Balm. Laguna Bronzer is too dark for my skintone, so I plan to use this as eyeshadow, which will be so pretty and bronzey. The lip balm is so so cute and the color just gives a slight golden-y sheen to my lips. Love both of these!

This was the mobile offer that I picked with my order, the Grande Lips Hydrating Lip Plumper. I recently had to toss my Too Faced one because it got discolored somehow (and I only had it a few months), so I’ve been on the hunt for a new one. This is a very small size, but has very good reviews so hopefully I’ll like it.

That’s it for the haul! I think I got some good things to try out.

Let me know if you want an in-depth review on anything shown here!

Thanks for reading xx

April Beauty FAVES

It is the end of April, which means spring is here! I have a whole bunch of beauty products to chat about! Here’s what I’ve been using nonstop this month.

First up, a sunscreen/moisturizer that I use every day before I apply makeup. This is Paula’s Choice Super Light Daily Wrinkle Defense SPF 30. This is a super sheer tinted moisturizer that dries down matte and is perfect under makeup. It provides a tiny bit of coverage and is a nice smooth base for foundation.

Next, the Makeup Eraser has been an old favorite, but I recently purchased some new ones. This was part of the Let’s Get Physical Set. I like these because they are smaller than the original makeup erasers. These take off all of my makeup and are reusable! I put them in a laundry bag and wash them in the washer. They’re also really pretty, too! This set is sold out, but they have tons of cute colors and prints available.

I have been using Revitalash consistently for about 6 months now and all I have to say is, WOW. This stuff really does work. My eyelashes are extremely long. Almost too long. I apply the serum every night to my upper lash line, it is super easy with the brush tip, and it works so so well. It is pricey, but worth it.

I saw this Retinol Stick in this pink packaging and I was so intrigued that I had to try. I apply this straight to my under eye and side eye areas every night and I have noticed a slight difference in the tiny crows feet and I swear it is lightening my dark circles. I love how it’s a stick form too.

I saved the best for last! This little Make Up For Ever Cheek Duo is SO GOOD. It comes with a rosy pink matte blush and a golden shimmery highlight powder. These colors are gorgeous and perfect for spring. Here are the swatches.

Lastly, and probably my most favorite product of the month, the NARS Afterglow Lip Balm in Orgasm. I LOVE a tinted balm; it’s my favorite type of lip product to wear. This lip balm is amazing even down to the rose gold packaging. It is a sheer pink color with the golden shimmer just like the blush. It is so pretty.

That’s all for my faves!

What have you been loving this month?

Thanks for reading! xx

Quarterly Empties | Products I’ve Used Up

Hello! It is time for some reviews on products I have recently used up! I tend to use the same products over and over if they work for me, so in a way this is kind of like a mini favorites review. Let me know if you still like these types of posts!

Bring on the empties!

Let’s start with the makeup.

First, my favorite mascara probably of all time. L’Oréal Voluminous Lash Paradise, aka the best mascara ever, I have raved and raved about it. I love everything about it, it gives volume, keeps your curl, and super black and thick. No clumping, no flaking, nada. Already repurchased!

Next, my favorite drugstore concealer, Maybelline Fit Me. This is a skin-like lightweight concealer that looks so natural and actually covers. It’s not as thick as Tarte Shape Tape, but for everyday makeup, it’s my go-to. Already repurchased!

A lipgloss! I used up a lipgloss! Crazy because we have to wear masks everywhere, but I did manage to finally use it up. I just wear it around the house, haha! This is a really pretty pink, the color is Vanilla Cream Pie, and it adds lots of shine and moisture to my lips. I love these NYX glosses because they come in so many different colors and they aren’t sticky! Definite repurchase.

I used up a few hair products – this shampoo is always in these empties posts because I love it! This is the OGX Teatree and Mint Shampoo, and it is one of the best shampoos I’ve ever used. It really cleans the hair and feels minty and refreshing. I love the smell! Already repurchased.

This Sephora Collection Texturizing Spray is really really good. I love to use a wand to curl my hair, and then use this spray to give it kind of an un-done look. I don’t like a curl anymore, just a slight bend gives a really nice look. It’s not sticky or crunchy and it does hold my hair in place. I would repurchase!

I use this Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water every night to remove my makeup. It does a great job of it and doesn’t sting my eyes or leave my skin greasy. I always wash my face after using. I recently discovered the new Rose scented one, and that’s the fave now! Already repurchased.

This Aveeno Skin Relief Overnight Cream really helps if you have dry skin. My six year old gets super dry skin in the winter, so I use this every night on her skin and it helps so much. I also love to use this lotion for my feet. It is very thick and creamy, doesn’t have a scent, and it softens the skin. I already repurchased it.

This Philosophy Purity Mask was really just ok for me. It was a standard drying clay mask, it wasn’t anything special and didn’t do anything for my skin. I would rather use the Sephora Collection Mud Mask, which I love.

Lastly, a toothpaste, my favorite toothpaste that I always use. The Arm and Hammer Advance White. This toothpaste really keeps my teeth white and I love how the taste isn’t too sweet. It also foams up a lot, which I really like. It has baking soda, so it really is good for whitening. Already repurchased!

That’s it for the empties! Have you used any of these?

Thanks for reading xx

5 Drugstore Gems You NEED

Dude. I have been LOVING the drugstore lately for my beauty goodies. I have recently discovered a few things that I have to share with you, just because they are so good!

So first off, the Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub. Yes, I have tried this before, but not this SCENT! This is the Tropical Mango scent and omg it smells so good. I can’t stop smelling it. It smells like a fruity mango cocktail. I love to use this scrub on my body and it exfoliates, but also leaves my skin super soft. It is also very cheap for a ton of product! $8.99 at ULTA.

Next, the Garnier Micellar Water, but in the ROSE scent. I have used this micellar water for years, and love it for removing makeup. I just discovered this rose scent, and being obsessed with anything rose scented, I love this! It does such a good job of removing all of my makeup without leaving me oily or burning my eyes. Love it. $8.99 at ULTA.

Now for some makeup! I have been loving this L’Oréal Lumi Glotion in the shade Fair Glow. There are four shades to choose from, so I chose the lightest. First off the packaging is perfect. Squeezy tubes are my favorite, and the color of this bottle has like a holo pink shift in the light. It is so pretty.

The product is like a shimmery nude colored liquid that doesn’t have glitter, just sheen. It looks so pretty and glowy on its own, or layered underneath makeup. I am so surprised at how much I love this. It’s just as good as high end glowy primers. $14.99 at ULTA.

Next this Elf Monochromatic Multi-Stick in Glistening Peach. This is BEAUTIFUL on the cheeks as blush, and so easy to apply with my fingers.

It is the prettiest peachy pink color with a golden sheen. I love the packaging and how small it is. Perfect for travel. I want all of the other colors! $4 at ULTA.

Lastly, a highlighter. This is the Wet N Wild Powder Highlighter in Golden Flower Crown. I have been loving the golden hued highlighters, and this one is so so pretty. It’s golden without being too warm toned, and gives such a pretty glow to the skin. $5.99 at ULTA.

What have you been loving from the drugstore? Have you tried any of these?

Thanks for reading! xx

BEAUTY Haul

Well even though it was just Christmas, I bought a few makeup and beauty things for myself lately and wanted to share! You know how it is when you shop online, it’s so easy to ADD TO CART. Sometimes you just gotta treat yourself, right?

Here’s what I picked up.

First up, some lip products, cause ya girl can never have enough!

The Dior Lip Maximizer is my favorite gloss of all time, so you can imagine that I HAD to pick up this NEW limited edition shimmery hot pink color! The color is called Ultra Pink.

This gloss is a smoothing, slightly plumping formula with a sheer hot pink shimmer. Gorgeous, non-sticky, and LASTS.

Next, another one of my faves that I have repurchased, this Marc Jacobs Lip Liner in Slow Burn. I love this color; it is the perfect my-lips-but-better shade, has great lasting power, and doesn’t dry out my lips.

Last for the ol lips, a SCRUBBER. I’m going to use this with a lip scrub and hopefully the results will be magical for my dry chapped winter lips. It’s double sided, too!

I picked up this Ilia Soft Focus Finishing Powder because I have been lusting after it for ages. It is very pricey, but I decided to pull the trigger. It’s a translucent setting powder that is supposed to be amazing for its blurring capabilities. Anything with “soft focus” just calls to me.

ANOTHER nail polish because you know, I needed one. Haha. This one is so cool and different from any of the nail colors I own. It is the Nails Inc polish in Cosmic Blur. This looks so so pretty. It is a sheer pearly white with a holographic shimmer/glitter! I can’t wait to try it.

I have never tried any Dermalogica products before, but I saw this exfoliating powder that you mix up with water, and I was intrigued. I purchased the smaller size of this to try it out, but it has a ton of powder inside and I think you only need a little bit. I love exfoliating, so hopefully this one’s good!

Lastly, a hair product. I haven’t tried any products from IGK before, and I heard good things about this Good Behavior Spirulina Protein Smoothing Spray. This is a heat protectant blow dry spray that is supposed to smooth the hair and tame frizz. I love to test out hair products, and I’m excited to try more from this brand.

That’s it for my haul! Let me know if you want an in depth review of anything shown here!

Thanks for reading xx

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