Category: Makeup

 
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November 2018 Julep Maven Box – Hand of Plenty

 

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Oh no! I almost forgot this month’s Julep Maven box!

I’m not sure how to wear rose gold eyeliner – but I picked one for this month’s box anyway. “Rose Gold Shimmer” is a new shade of when pencil met gel Long-Lasting Eyeliner. I keep forgetting to grab it and try it, so tomorrow is the day!

I also picked two polishes: Classic with a Twist “Nehali”, rich paprika metallic, and Wonder Maven “Sandee”, oxblood shimmer. I cannot resist shimmery reds!

I was also able to add a sheet of gold diamond decals to my box. I’ve amassed a nice collection of nail decals from Julep…

No candy…maybe next month I’ll get some Xmas candy?

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ALIEN

 

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I’ve skipped a lot of Jeffree Star’s more recent collections/palettes – but this year’s holiday collection and palette really caught my attention.

I set an alarm for noon on launch day – November 9th – so I didn’t miss it. I was on the phone with my boss, frantically ordering on my phone. Luckily, my order went through before everything was sold out! It took over a week to get a shipping notification, but once I did – it got here really fast.

The Alien Palette ($52) is shaped like an alien head! It’s hot pink pleather and flips open to reveal 18 out of this world eye shadows. Of course, the first ones I played with were the yellows and greens – “Abduction” looks like a yellow highlighter and “Alien” is a sparkly neon green. I was also able to do a more subdued family-friendly look for Thanksgiving with “Titan” (matte nude) and “Phone Home” (matte mauve). I’m looking forward to playing with the rest of the shades.

This is also the first time I sprung for the entire Holiday 2018 Velour Liquid Lipstick Bundle ($105). I wasn’t too excited about “Karma” (a lizardy khaki green) or “yOu’Re sTiLl oN thE pRoPeRty” (dark blue metallic), but if I was gonna spend $108 on 6 lipsticks…why not spend $105 on 8? Also in the bundle: “Can’t Relate” (a nude, similar to “Mannequin), “Jeffree Who?” (looks like a cross between “Calabasas” and “Rose Matter”, but with extra KvD shade thrown in), “Scandal” (mauve sparkle), “Hi, How Are Ya?” (I love this cool red – it’s like “Masochist” with sparkle), “Triggered” (a nearly black plum color, I was surprised that glitter appeared halfway through my wear today), and “Clout” (lavender metallic).

I did not order any of the new Lip Ammo shades or Lip Scrubs – I was really turned off by the thought of scrubbing my lips with “Eggnog” or “Pumpkin Pie”.

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November 2018 Ipsy Bag – Happy Friendsgiving

 

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Oh hey, it’s glam bag time!

So, I’m not positive from the insert what this month’s theme is…and their website doesn’t make it any clearer, so I’m going with “Happy Friendsgiving”. The bag is pretty cute – you cannot tell from the picture, but the inside is lined with hot pink nylon.

This month’s bag is an odd assortment of products: Doucce Punk Volumizer Mascara; Pistache Skincare Whipped Pistachio Body Butter (it smells like pistachio pudding – I love it – I left it on the coffee table to use, but my kids better keep their paws off it); Pretty Woman Nail Polish in “Wine with Ice, Garcon” (I don’t even drink wine); Ciate London Mini Translucent Setting Powder in “Hideout”; and theBalm Cosmetics Nude Beach Eyeshadow in “Brave”.

Like I said, the products don’t seem to go together this month, but they each seem great individually.

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Sephora Play! November 2018 – Merry and Bright

 

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This is an…interesting…box.

First off, Commodity Gold straight up smells like donkey ass. Unwashed donkey ass. Someone come take this shit out of my house.

Everything else is less controversial. I’m a big fan of Philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleanser. I’m also happy to get Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder, Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick in “Pink Tea”, and Lancome Hydra Zen Anti-Stress Moisturizing Face Cream. I was, however, really confused when I looked at the Christophe Robin Cleansing Volumizing Paste with Pure Rassoul Clay and Rose Extracts. At first, I assumed it was another mud mask…great! Then I read the directions – this shit is for your hair. What? I’ll let you know.

Sephora Play is THE best beauty box I receive every month. Sephora Play is only $10/month. You can sign up at sephora.com/play.

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Sephora Play! Smarts – Complexion Your Way: Matte

 

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On the second weekend of Sephora’s ROUGE BONUS 20% off sale, they dropped new Sephora Play! Smarts boxes – Complexion Your Way ($20), with a choice between “Matte” and “Dewy”. Of course, I chose “Matte”.

The star of this box was the Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Matte Longwear Foundation + Primer. The sample card came with Primer and three shades of foundation. Amazingly, the lightest shade, “150”, was the near-perfect shade for me. There was just enough in the pack for a thin full face application (with a Beautyblender). It was BEAUTIFUL, especially topped with the Cover FX Perfect Setting Powder, also included in the box. This will definitely be the next foundation I buy.

Along with a nifty netted zipper bag, the “Matte” box had It Cosmetics Confidence in a Cleanser Skin-Transforming Hydrating Cleansing Serum (love this cleanser); Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight; Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer; Peter Thomas Roth Hungarian Thermal Water Mineral-Rich Moisturizer; and Sephora Collection Beauty Magnet Concealer Brush. I will use all of these, immediately.

I added another purchase to my order – the Ellis Brooklyn Bibliotheca Discovery Set ($20), a fragrance sampler that includes six of the brand’s set. Can you believe that the one I originally received was totally evaporated??? I was SO pissed. I called Sephora immediately and they sent me a new one, no questions asked. Luckily, it was fine…and I got two more samples. Oh yeah, did you hear that Sephora only gives two samples per order now? There will be riots in the street!

Back to the Ellis Brooklyn set…it was utterly disappointing. I really didn’t like any of the scents enough to buy a full size. I had especially high hopes for “Rrose” – I love a good rose, but it was bland. “Raven”, “Myth” and “Sci Fi” were the best of the bunch, but didn’t last long enough for me to get a feel for on me. “Rives” was straight up POISON that gave me a headache (probably the lavender). I wore “Fable” today and I cannot even remember what it smelled like. I am utterly disappointed in this set. I was hoping to find another high quality niche brand to love, like Atelier or Replica, but every formula was weak and was gone within 10 minutes. FAIL.

Oh samples! In the first shipment, I got foundations – Milk Blur Liquid Matte Foundation (3 shades on a card) and Giorgio Armani Face fabric Second Skin Makeup (4 shades foil packs). The second shipment gave me another sample of Ellis Brooklyn Myth and Dior Joy. Oh, joy.

Just $44 to Rouge!

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ROUGE BONUS

 

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Oh, Sephora…you really do spoil me. This past weekend and now this weekend, Sephora is offering 20% for Rouge Members. You know I took advantage the very first day of last week’s sale – I had to get that sample bag!

I really wanted to smell some Ellis Brooklyn scents, but they didn’t carry them at my local store. Boo. I had a hard time coming up with something I needed/wanted – until I noticed how many shades of lippies that Kat Von D is discontinuing. I was vaguely aware, but not fully – they are getting rid of about a third of their shades of Studded Kiss, Everlasting Lip Liquids, Everlasting Glimmer Veils, and Everlasting Lip Liners. I decided to grab an Everlasting Lip Liquid in “Underage Red” ($13) – you know, because the name pisses so many people off. I also got an Everlasting Lip Liner in “Misfit” ($11) – a darker maroon. I’ve gotta say, the two of these colors together is stunning. I’m very happy with my purchase.

So…that sample bag…so packed full! It included Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Color (in little weird plastic pots); Urban Decay Cosmetics Naked Skin Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup (2 shades); NARS Power Matte Lip Pigment in “American Woman”; Tory Burch Eau de Parfum; Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment; Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream; Kiehl’s Ginger Leaf & Hibiscus Firming Mask (excited to try this); and Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer.

Just $86 Until ROUGE for 2019. I will  do it!

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October 2018 Allure Beauty Box – Fall Update

 

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It has started…the busy season. The kids have a shit-ton of activities, the holidays have started and work is a clusterfuck. I’m sure I’ll catch up – sometime in January.

Ooooh, another full box from Allure this month. The theme is “Fall Update” – a box full of fall products. I immediately perked up when I saw a very large tube of Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser and Sunday Riley Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment. I feel like I’m getting Sunday Riley in every box these days. I ain’t complaining.

Also in this month’s box: Hourglass Caution Extreme Lash Mascara in “Ultra Black”; Yves Saint Laurent Matte Liquid Lip Stain in…no idea, the writing is way to small to tell what shade it is; Caudalie Vinopure Skin Perfecting Serum; First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream; and BKR Paris Water Balm.

The Allure Beauty Box is $15/month, but they give you $5 off your first box. They also offer an option for $150/year – a savings of $30. Sign up via my referral link..

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Naked Cherry

 

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Would you believe that this entire Ulta Haul cost me a mere $1.87? The magic of Ulta Platinum points, baby.

I really hadn’t been saving up points for very long – I used up most of my points just six month ago on a Beachwaver. Through strategic use of points promotions and my Ultimate Mastercard, I’d managed to accrue over $100 in points in a short period of time! By stacking a 20% off code, I was able to conserve precious points – I only used $70.50 in points this time.

I exhibited extraordinary willpower in not purchasing the Urban Decay Naked Cherry Palette ($49) at launch. I knew I had the points though, so I just bided my time until I got the code. I also splurged on matching Vice Lipstick in “Devilish” ($18). I’ve been using the palette for the past 3-4 days and it is the same buttery formula that I’ve grown to love through all the Naked palettes. There’s a variety of matte and shimmer shades that work very well together. I won’t be the first to point out that the palette seems a little bit like a rehash of the Backtalk palette – but so what? The Backtalk blushes work really well with this palette, so I call that a win. I heartily recommend the Naked Cherry palette, especially when it’s free.

I added a few other fun things to my order. I’d been wanting to try a bubble sheet mask, so I got an Ulta Revitalizing Bubbling Sheet Mask ($3.00) and since they were BOGO 40% off, I got an Ulta Age Defying Matcha Mud Mask ($1.80). Ulta also came out with Aromatherapy Fragrance Rollerballs ($12.50) – I got the “Uplift” Coconut Rose scent. I absolutely love the scent – it reminds me of the Renaissance Festival for some reason – but it doesn’t last very long at all. Kind of a bummer. I also got a Scunci No-Slip Octopus clip ($5.99) – this is hands down the best clip to hold your hair and not look like a lazy hot mess. I need like 5 more.

In addition to waiting until I got a 20% off code, I also waited until Beauty Break Wednesday. The Hempz Beauty Break included three full size products: Hempz Cinnamon Sugar & Vanilla Butter Creme Herbal Body Moisturizer, Hempz Star Jasmine & Vanilla Herbal Foaming Body Wash, Hempz Original Herbal Body Butter and a travel size Star Jasmine & Vanilla Herbal Moisturizer. Wow!

They didn’t give me any samples though…bummer.

Only $430 until Diamond status…

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Sephora Play! October 2018 – Scary Good Beauty

 

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Scary good beauty? Count me in!

I am always happy to get products from First Aid Beauty. This box has First Aid Beauty Coconut Water Cream. I love smelling like a coconut.

Also in this month’s box: Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray (I keep getting this and I never use it – I need to stop being so lazy); Benefit Gimme Brow Brow-Volumizing Fiber Gel (I’m too far gone for this); Anastasia Beverly Hills Banana Stick Contour (interesting – I might give it a spin); Caudalie Vinoperfect Serum; and Kat Von D Saint & Sinner Eau de Parfums (two fragrances is a good deal, even though I already have them).

I guess the switch to ziploc baggies is a permanent one. That’s OK – I have at least 2 dozen fabric pouches that I don’t know what to do with.

Goshdarnit! I went to Sephora today and I forgot to use my Play! card. You’d think I’d be better than this by now.

Sephora Play is THE bestest box I receive every month. Sephora Play is only $10/month. You can sign up at sephora.com/play.

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October 2018 Ipsy Bag – Ipsy After Dark

 

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This bag! I must work it into the rotation immediately! Blood red pleather, embossed with a stunning masquerade mask – I love it!

Other than the bag, the first thing that I noticed about this month’s products was the MAC Little Lipglass in “Love Child”. Even though I have not been loving glosses lately, I am digging the shimmery plum color. My lips look the best in plums and fuchsias.

Also in this month’s bag: Naked Cosmetics Loose Pigment in “Heavy Metal HE-03” (I’ve gotten a bucket of pigments and shadows from Naked Cosmetics and never played with them – I need to either try them or trash them); Murad Essential-C Cleanser; Eyeko Skinny Travel Size Liquid Eyeliner in “Carbon Black”; and a Beau Gachis Eyebrow Brush (oooooh, another one – when it rains, it pours).

A so-so set of products this month, but the dynamite bag makes up for it.

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