Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Sephora Friends and Family Haul

I usually wait until promotions or sales to buy most of my makeup and skincare products. I feel like it justifies my purchases more often when I receive a gift with purchase or I save some money from coupons. Sephora's annual Friends and Family sale offers 20% off your entire purchase, so naturally I bought practically an entire year's worth of products.

1) Urban Decay Naked Palette

2) Benefit Legally Bronze

3) Tarte Ring It In Cheek Stain Set

4) Marc Jacobs Daisy Purse Spray

5) UltraFlesh UltraGloss Luminous High Shine Lip Gloss in Heat (Heat is not the shade pictured below)

6) Too Faced Beautiful Dreamer Makeup Collection
7) Benefit Feeling' Cheeky Minis
8) Chloe Gift Set 
It was quite a substantial purchase, but I figured that since FF only comes around once a year, I might as well purchase gifts and what not ahead of time.  As a bonus, I also received the Laura Mercier Flawless Favorites set as a reward for 500 points in my beauty bank. It's a wonderful gift and is only available for a limited time so if you are planning on making a purchase that will give you at least 500 points in your beauty bank, definitely redeem this bonus!

Sunday, October 23, 2011


My birthday was today! It was wonderful, and everyone was so sweet. Birthday hauls filled with wonderful cosmetic goodies will come soon! I've only recently started this blog, but I've been receiving so much love from everyone. Thank you so much! My birthday has been wonderful.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Holiday 2011 Highlighters

Even though it's still only mid-October, holiday collections are already rolling into stores! The most anticipated product of all holiday collections are definitely the highlighters. Each year, cosmetic brands release highlighters because of the high demand of sparkle, shine, and that candlelit glow for the holidays! This year has been no exception, and I already have my eye on some absolutely stunning pieces.

1. Chanel's Lumière Sculptée de Chanel

Lumière Sculptée de Chanel

Isn't the design of this highlighter just absolutely breathtaking? It's probably one of the most intricately designed highlighters I've seen from any brand in a while. Personally, I love very shimmery highlighters but I love how there are microglitters in this highlighter that contirbute to the glow factor without be overwhelmingly sparkly. When I went to ask my Chanel SA about this product at Bloomingdale's she showed me the tester (which hadn't been put out for display yet) the overspray was beautiful, but of course oversprays never last. This is probably the priciest highlighter for the Holidays at a steep $72. I'm going back to Bloomingdale's on Thursday to pick up a few more items from the Holiday collection so I will go take a second look at this highlighter then!

2. Guerlain's Parure De Nuit Pressed Powder/Blush

Parure de Nuit Pressed Powder/Blush

The second highliter I've been contemplating is the Guerlain Parure de Nuit Pressed Powder. It's more of a peach toned highlighter than the Chanel one so I feel like this will present more of a healthy glow rather than just "light" on my face. What I particularly like about this product is that it's multifunctional! Even though it can work as a highlighter, the diagonal strip of color in the feather imprint can also work as a blush! It's not a very glittery highlighter, which can be more useful all year round! This one is slightly more affordable at $67, but it's still an investment!

Météorites Perles de Nuit

3. Guerlain's Météorites Perles de Nuit

Guerlain loves their illuminating products, and I do too! They release a version of their iconic meteorites every holiday season and they're very popular. I've read some of the reviews and all of the bloggers whose opinions I absolutely trust haven't given me any reason to believe that this year's meteorites are worth it. I love the finish that the original meteorites leave so even though this particular highlighter is lower on my list than the others, it's definitely still an option. For some strange reason these pearls are actually less expensive than the original ones at $56 compared to $57. It's only a $1 difference, but I thought it strange since LE items are usually more expensive than the permanent ones.

4. Laura Mercier's Face Illuminator in Rose Rendezvous
This highighter is one that I just found out about yesterday on Sephora's website. Laura Mercier makes wonderful highlighters but I'm not really sure if this one reaches the level of the other holiday highlighters. But then again, I could be wrong and this highlighter could potentially outshine all of the other ones! It seems like it would have more of a bronzy rose finish as a highlighter rather than just a luminescent glow.

5. Chanel's Natural Finish Loose Powder in Féérie

Natural Finish Loose Powder in Féérie

This is the "highlighter" of the holiday collections with the most glitter and the most shimmer. What's really surprising about this however is that it comes in loose powder form and that it's baby pink! I really don't think that the pink quality of this particular powder will really be that noticeable when applied to the face. Highlighters aren't meant to be particularly noiced, they're just meant to bring an extra depth to one's face. The concept of this powder reminds me a lot of Laura Mercier's Loose Shimmer Powder in Stardust, which is my staple when putting together a night look. I love the shimmer and shine that it will provide but I'm a little nervous about the fact that it's a loose powder. With press powders, it's very rare to overapply. That isn't the case with loose powders however and I'm unsure of how often I would use this. It would really only be reserved for parties or events. Still, I think it's definitely an option. Holiday items are meant to be special and this one definitely is! This particular highlighter comes at a hefty price of $52.

I'm so indecisive! But when it comes to highlighters, especially high end ones, I want one that is going to be effective and fulfill it's purpose without being too over the top. Highlighters are in my opinion the most prominently promoted items in holiday collections and often the best. I'll try to make a holiday haul soon, featuring the highlighter that I choose to buy! If you think one is better than another, please let me know your opinions in the comments below!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

L'Occitane Hand Cream Sample!

L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream
I confess that I am absolutely in love with L’Occitane’s Shea Butter Hand Cream! It’s my absolute go to hand cream, even though it comes at a pretty hefty price at $10 for 1oz. Even so, I still keep a tube of this in my bag, especially during the winter when my hands get really dry and cracked. What really differentiates this hand cream (which might I add is 20% shea butter) from others is its superb consistency. I really just despise thin, gel like hand creams. They make my hands feel slippery and greasy and honestly not moisturized at all. With the L’Occitane shea butter hand cream however, the consistency is so luxuriously thick that it leaves my hands feeling amazing. A lot of my friends who are also musicians used this all the time and said that it softened calouses left from practicing too much. I was skeptical, but this hand cream is actually amazing.

Luckily for all of you fans and fans to be of L'Occitane, they're offering a special offer through their facebook page! Like L'Occitane on facebook and fill out this form for a coupon that you can take to any L'Occitane boutique to redeem for a FREE 10mL sample of L'Occitane's Shea Butter Hand Cream! The best part is, that if they reach 250,000 fans they'll upgrade everybody's sample to a 30mL one! It's as simple as logging on to facebook and liking their page!

*I am in no way affiliated with this company, I saw the promotion and felt like it was something worth sharing with all of you.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Birthday: Clarisonic Mia in Berry

Clarisonic Mia in Berry (Sephora Exclusive)
I've had my eye on Clarisonics for a while and I've finally made my decision on which one I want for my upcoming birthday (October 23rd)! The one I am most likely to purchase on my next trip to Sephora is the Clarisonic Mia in Berry. I've heard a lot of reviews about the Clarisonic Mias compared to the regular Clarisonics, the most common opinion being that the Mias fit better in your hand than the regular ones. Not to mention the fact that the Mias also come in so many beautiful shades! I was originally torn between the Lavender, Garnet, Berry, and Poppy Red, the latter of which is only offered on http://www.clarisonic.com/. A review will come soon once I have this wonderful contraption in my posession!

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