Sephora Haul

The thing I love most about wondering through Sephora is that I always discover new products, find good deals on products I already love, and walk away with new samples. I recently was wondering around, looking again for the Swamp Queen Eyeshadow Palette, and again no luck. But I was there and decided to look.

IMG_4306I was looking as some new brands and some old brands, always on the hunt for a deal. I stumbled across another “Beauty Blogger” type box, were one brand will give you smaller sizes of a few of their products in one box for you try. This one was from the brand Benefit. This pack came with:

A Make-UP remover

They’re REAL Mascara- Black & Brown

Push UP Liner

I also got a tips and tricks pack that just gave me tips on using these products.

The other great thing about shopping Sephora is you get FREE samples both online as well as in-store. The ones I got with my in-store purchase are the Sephora Brand- Instant Moisture Cream & the First-Aid-Beauty brand Ultra Repair Cream.

IMG_4315When I was leaving the store I came across some skin care products that looked interesting but because of my sensitivity I wanted to do more research on them before I bought them.
I ended up finding that they would be great for my skin, and did an online purchase.

Dr. Jart + was the skin care that I tried. I went with their pore minimizing products to put them to the test. I am a long time user of Biore pore strips and just one of these single use packets is the price of an entire box of Biore. So I put these to the test. Check out my review of these here.

IMG_4316The other product I ordered was another “sample box” I guess of Tarte Skincare  Rainforest of the Sea. These were 3 (very small) samples from this skin care line. the 3 items were:

– 0.338 oz Marine Boosting Mist
– 0.25 oz Deep Dive Cleansing Gel
– 0.24 oz Drink H2O Hydrating Boost

From my first impression these are going to be really hydrating products. The gel immediately melted into my skin and left my skin soft and hydrated. I will do a full review when I use up some of my other skin care, so stay tuned!

I did also get to choose a sample from the online purchase. They had a promo code for a Hair Care product from Living Proof a frizz eliminating Nourishing oil. Because I used this promo code, I didn’t get to pick other samples, or I didn’t do it right because this was the only sample I received.

What are your favorite products to get from Sephora? Have you ever tried the Benefit or Tarte “sample boxes” I got”?

Stay tuned for reviews of the products I got from this haul!

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[Mini] Ulta Haul

I was DYING to get the Swamp Queen eyeshadow palette from one of my favorite Youtubers, Grav3yard Girl aka Bunny. I wandered into my Ulta and was informed they didn’t get it in yet… total bummer, but that means I also saved $45 on an eyeshadow palette. I decided since I was already there, I should look around and see what they had. I quickly found items in my bag as I made my way to the check outs. But I couldn’t be happier with what I got!

I got to try some new brands, as well as some ones I was more familiar with. Got Free items as well as clearance!

IMG_4294The first thing I wanted to get was a full size Tarte- Lights, Camara, Splashes Mascara. I have a trial size that I got free when I purchased from the Tarte site a few months back. I fell in love and wanted to get a full size tube. I also got the waterproof, just because I prefer it in general.

This was $21 at Ulta

I was looking for more of the Tartest Lip Crayon, but my Ulta doesn’t carry them anymore. I asked the sales rep if they had anything similar because I like the crayon style that dries and is matte. She then introduced me to a brand that I have heard of, but never tried. Buxom.

She told me that they had twist up lip crayons, and they had a promo when you spend $30 on Boxum products and you get a free lip product. I looked around and found it very easy to spend that $30. I picked out a lip crayon in the color Barcelona, one that was very similar to my Tarte Wonder. I also looked at their eyeshadows because I was looking for a good color to use with my ELF palettes pink shades, and I settled on a shade called Lingerie Lover, a like mauve color.

I ended up meeting that $30 minimum requirement to get a free lip product and was given a liquid lipstick in the color Centerfold, a light mauvey-nude color. I was unsure at first, but applied it in the car and by the time I got home, it was dry!

Similar to other higher end brands, both the lip products have a slight mint scent and flavor, and both gave my a tingle feeling. They did both dry matte, and didn’t transfer once they did dry.

IMG_4297The last thing I picked up was a clearance bottle of Essie Nail Polish for $0.47!  This cute glitter and small sequins will be perfect for Christmas or even NYE! I will have to wear a base color because there isn’t any pigmentation to the polish, jut pure glitter.

When I got in line, it was quite long. I was next in line, and for being patient, I was given a free sample of Clinique Liquid Bronzer. I was told that I can wear it alone, or mix it in with IMG_4298my foundation to apply.

Although I didn’t get the item that I went to Ulta specifically to buy, I walked away with great purchases and I am anxiously awaiting when this shadow palette will arrive.

Have you ever tried these products? What was your first impression of them? Would you buy them again? I’d love to hear your feedback!

Have a BEAUTY-full day!

E.L.F. HAUL

I love E.L.F. products! Love is an understatement actually. I have practically all their products and I just can’t get enough of them! I have used them for years, and will keep using E.L.F. until they stop making products.

If you aren’t familiar with E.L.F. it stands for Eyes, Lips, Face. They have SUPER cheap but good quality products. They have two different lines so to speak, they have just a basic line where most of the products range in price from about $1-3 a piece! You can’t get better than that! But their second line is called their “Studio” Line, these products range in price from about $6-10 but have some cheaper ones too!

I recently saw a video from some of my favorite Youtubers Eleventhgorgeous. They featured a  Mad for Matte eyeshadow palette fro E.L.F. that had some GREAT shades in it. I immediately went online and found the same palette. In the suggested purchases it had a second palette, Need it Nude, yet another one with GREAT looking shadows. They do have a third palette called Everyday Smokey, but with my pale skin tone, I have a hard time pulling off such a dark eye, therefore I passed on those.

I ordered these two palettes from E.L.F.’s site because they were offering a FREE $17 item with a $25 dollar purchase, and I also got FREE shipping. After I placed my order, I then got a coupon for $5 off my next purchase.

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Now onto the products themselves:

Mad for Matte Eyeshadow Palette- A great set of neutral colors that can be used in different ways to create so many different looks! I did notice that it takes a few layers for the lighter shadows to show up, so you do have to build them quite a bit.IMG_4087

Need It Nude Eyeshadow Palette- A shimmery set of shadows that are great for going out kind of looks. When using the shades with a shimmer to them (compared to the matte ones) there was quite a bit of fallout.IMG_4088

The FREE Items I got, were a set of 4 brushes that include: 2 blending brushes, as smudge brush and a flat eyeliner brush. I use all 4 of these to create my ELF look down below. 2 of the brushes are from the studio line (the two black brushes) and 2 are from their basic line (white & silver brushes)

FREE Jet Black Liquid Eye Liner- This is one of my favorites because of the brush and it IMG_4094dries almost instantly. The fine tip brush allows me to make a perfect line no matter how thin or how thick.

I prefer the brush tip compared to a felt tip because I also feel like it gives me more product and makes a more solid line by delivering a truer color.

 

IMG_4093FREE Lip Balm. Mine came in the color NUDE, a slight tint to my lips. A great little balm for summer. It also has SPF in it great for sunny days outside. I like that its small size fits easily in a bag or even my pocket.

 

 

 

IMG_4095A FREE Smokey Eye Shadow Palette. This cute little eyeshadow set is perfect when I don’t feel like trying to pair shadows together to create the perfect smokey eye. I Have one other shadow set from ELF and I love it! The colors are perfect and take the guess work out of creating a smokey eye.

 

 

IMG_4096A sheer high definition power. I love using this for baking my face or an all over powder. It is super light weight and comes with its own little powder puff. I have used this for years and it works great for setting liquid foundation and concealer.

Be warned, this stuff does tend to get everywere!

 

I also picked up two new products from Target that are also from ELF. A new foundation and a new blending brush. I love ELF foundations because they are great light coverage and all of them have SPF in them. I don’t like a full coverage because they feel too heavy on my skin. This new blending brush is going to great for contour and bronzer!

What are your favorite products from ELF? Do you have any of these? How do you wear these shadows, I’d love to see your look.

IT Was a Hit

I recently purchased a small makeup kit with a coupon from IT Cosmetics. It came with a brow kit, mascara and and eyeliner! The bag is a cute little leather bag that fits great in a purse or travel bag.

My first impression was that this is a great travel kit! I don’t always do my brows but when I do, this makes it super easy. It has an angled tip that helps make the light hair like strokes.  The other end has a spooly brush  to help blend in the pencil lines. The mascara wand has so many small bristles that grab even the smallest of lashes. The end has a little ball with bristles that allow me to get the inner corner and works really well for doing the lower lashes! The eyeliner is a nice jet black and goes on so easy. With barely any pressure at all. The eyeliner however does smudge if I am not careful :0) IMG_3867

With my online purchase, I also got to pick samples of products to try. I was honestly really surprised at how many I got! I got to pick 3 samples total, and two of the samples came with two uses each! The samples I got are a little bit of the CC cream, two of the Bye Bye Under Eye concealer, and the last is two packets of Anti-Aging primer. IMG_3869I am very impressed with the products that I got as well as the packaging that it came in. One of the best shipping packages I have seen so far. It was carefully packed and could tell that they take pride in well delivered packages!

What do you like from IT Cosmetics? Have you tried any of these products? What do you think of these products? Are they worth a repurchase?

Have a Beauty-FULL day!

Best Freebie of all Time

I was browsing through Ulta’s site just to see the variety of brands available, as well as their pricing. I have been to Ulta many times before but always looking for the same drug store brands I can find at Target.

After looking around their site, I noticed they were running a promotion where when you spend $20 you get a 14 piece set of make up for FREE! What?! I started looking at the pictures for the promo and realized… these were FULL SIZED items. Not the little travel or trial sized ones. The total value of the bag was $88… that I get for FREE! How could I pass this up?

IMG_3774.jpgI quickly realized that this promo was only good with the purchase of Ulta Beauty products. Keeping to that brand I easily found items to add to my collection. One of the items was a pedicure kit. A great 4 piece interchangeable set for getting salon soft feet, at home. The second thing I got was small beauty blenders. These are great for working under the eyes for concealer. The last is another sharpener, I ordered this when I thought my Benefit order was lost.

Inside the Free kit, I got a cute mint travel bag, the other option was lavender. Inside the bag was:IMG_3776.jpg

Full size Volumizing Mascara
Full size Matte Lip gloss
Full size Lip Stick
Full size Brow pencil and brow brush
Dual ended eye liner
3 Make-Up brushes
Face Primer
Nail Polish
15 Make Up remover pads
Eyeshadow Palette
Contour/ Highlight compact

Another reason to sign up for email notifications from your favorite companies. Taking advantage of these types of promos are effortless! By making a purchase of items I was needing to buy, and reaching a small total I was greatly rewarded!

I am also excited because I got a gift card as well as a coupon for my next purchase; which I made while the promo was still running and I am waiting for my second bag! Excited to see if the products are IDENTICAL or if there is slight variation in the color choices.

Did you take advantage of this AWESOME promo? Do you know of any good promos?  Have you ever scored one this big?

Have a Beauty-FULL day!

 

Unintentional Haul

When simple product research quickly turns into a shopping spree, you know you’ve got a problem. It all started when I signed up for NYX e-mail club, receiving a coupon for 25% off my purchase. Looking through the website to see the types of products they offer, doing research on ingredients and reading many reviews, I decided to look for some basic products. I generally look for items that are on sale, I think its be safest place to start.

On the sale page, I saw many of the products I had been “needing” were conveniently on sale, and some of them were as cheap as $2.50! Awesome deal! I knew that it wasn’t crazy expensive, but I didn’t realize it was THIS cheap. Just for kicks and giggles, I checked out the SAME products on Ulta & Sephora’s websites, and they were not on sale.

IMG_3777.jpgNote to self: Always check the Company’s site first for sales.

I went slightly crazy, BUT everything I got was on sale, I had an additional coupon and they offer free shipping. Slightly sad to see they don’t give out free samples with purchases, but quickly got over it when I saw how many items I got for the little price I paid.

Here is what I got, and my thoughts on the product. First it came in a cute lace bag that will work really well when I have to travel. A great draw string bag that can hold a decent amount of items.

Items I got:IMG_3778

White Jumbo Crayon: This is great for a base coat under light eye shadow to make them pop and more vibrant. I also like to use it on my lower water line to make my eyes appear larger.

Bronzer & Blush Compact: This compact is in the color Bora Bora and is great for my fair skin. I like to play around with using them and experiencing with new looks.

Blush: I got two blush colors as was to play around with more looks, the two that I got are in the colors Ethereal and Summer Peach. The Summer Peach is a little lighter which is great when I want a soft look.

Concealer: Always on the hunt for a great concealer, I thought I would give this one a shot. Slightly more difficult to blend than a cream or liquid concealer, but I get great coverage.

Glam Shadow: This is a great brown shimmer shadow great for a night out! I love adding this to a smoke eye look when I need a little extra shimma

Lash Glue: A great large amount of glue to have on hand when I want to wear lashes.

Gold Liquid Liner: I have had several cheap brands and many different kinds, but this is by far my favorite. This is a great sparkle liner that when it dries it actually DRIES! It’s not sticky and it washed off very easily with water. The glitter is the perfect amount, it wasn’t scarce when I applied it and it wasn’t over powering large clumps.

What other products to you like from NYX? Do you have any of these, what do you think of them?

Have a Beauty-FULL day!