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Sephora Holiday Beauty Gift Guide 2018

Hi all!  It’s time for my first holiday gift guide of 2018! The year has flown by! By I’m definitely ready for holiday shopping and picking out the perfect gifts!

Sephora is such an amazing store for gorgeous beauty products.  So it’s not a surprise that they also have amazing gifts for the holidays! Below are fab palettes and sets of makeup brushes, skincare and hair care:

Sephora Collection The Enchanting Colors Eye and Face Palette
Sephora Collection The Enchanting Colors Eye and Face Palette

 

Sephora Collection The Enchanting Colors Eye and Face Palette ($18 USD) — A palette for the face and eyes, composed of eyeshadows, brow powders, and a blush for an enchanting look. The palette includes eight matte and shimmer eyeshadows including two dazzling illuminators, two brow powders in natural shades, and an ultra-fresh blush. A five-step tutorial is included inside the palette to help you create an enchanting makeup look for a magical Christmas and New Year.

Bobbi Brown Infra-Red Eyeshadow Palette
Bobbi Brown Infra-Red Eyeshadow Palette

Bobbi Brown Infra-Red Eyeshadow Palette ($39 USD) — A mix-and-match spectrum of matte, metallic, and sparkle shades perfect for creating sizzling eye looks.

This set contains:
– 6 x 0.07 oz/ 2 g Eyeshadows in Stone Cold (light warm peach), Red Rock (rich rust-red), Behind the Sun (metallic bronzed peach gold), Slow Burn (sparkling bright copper gold), Interstellar (metallic warm white gold), Solar Flame (rich burgundy brown)
– 2 x 0.06 oz/ 1.71 g Eyeshadows in Infra-Red (shimmering warm pink with gold reflections), Fever Dream (shimmering bright copper)

Sephora Collection Spellbound Brush Set

Sephora Collection Spellbound Brush Set ($49 USD) — A medium size, seven-piece full-face brush set complete with a beautiful compact carrying case to store your brushes while traveling. This brush set has all the essential brushes you need to create any full face look. Includes: Buffing foundation, pointed powder, angled concealer, fan brush, flat shadow, crease brush and angled liner. All synthetic fibers. These brushes are vegan, synthetic, and cruelty-free.

This set contains:
– Flat shadow brush
– Buffing foundation brush
– Angled concealer brush
– Pointed powder brush
– Fan brush
– Crease brush
– Angled liner brush
– Pouch

Ole Henriksen Glow Brightly Radiance-Boosting Super Set

Ole Henriksen Glow Brightly Radiance-Boosting Super Set

Ole Henriksen Glow Brightly Radiance-Boosting Super Set ($49 USD) — A set of age-defying essentials that delivers ultimate hydration, evens skin tone, and targets fine lines.

Ole Henriksen’s Truth Serum brightens, visibly firms, improves concealer wear, and reduces the look of fines lines and wrinkles over time. C-Rush delivers 24-hour hydration, while creating a smooth, radiant canvas for makeup. Banana Bright, inspired by “banana powder,” targets dark circles and helps improve concealer wear. Goodnight Glow, with bakuchiol—a natural retinol alternative—targets major signs of aging and dark spots.

This set contains:
– 1 oz/ 30 mL Truth Serum
– 0.25 oz/ 7 mL Goodnight Glow Retin-ALT Sleeping Crème
– 0.25 oz/ 7 mL Banana Bright Eye Crème
– 0.5 oz/ 15 mL C-Rush Brightening Gel Crème

IGK Get Lit Kit

IGK Get Lit Kit ($29 USD) — A limited-edition trio of IGK hair care bestsellers to cleanse, refresh, and hydrate on the go.

This limited-edition set is everything you need to get and extend your perfect style. Wash with LOW KEY Cleansing Walnut Scalp Scrub to exfoliate away dirt, oil, and product buildup while apple cider vinegar clarifies and peppermint oil rebalances. Apply MISTRESS Hydrating Hair Balm to damp hair—the coconut oil and shea butter formula will melt into hair for instant softness and frizz control. Extend your style with FIRST CLASS Charcoal Detox Dry Shampoo. It uses charcoal powders and seven percent active cleansing powders to give a deep, detoxifying clean that absorbs oils and eliminates odor.

This set contains:
– 6.3 oz/ 288 mL First Class Dry Shampoo
– 0.75 oz/ 22 mL Lowkey Cleansing Walnut Scrub
– 1.7 oz/ 50 mL Mistress Hydrating Hair Balm

So my first gift guide is done!  Stay tuned for more beauty and other exciting gift guides.

Do you love getting holiday gifts for others and yourself for the holidays?  Have you picked up any fun holiday sets?

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It’s a 10 Hair Care – The Next 10 Contest!

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There’s an exciting contest happening with the amazing hair care brand It’s a 10!

Founder Carolyn Aronson is hosting The Next 10 Contestcalling on everyone across the country to design their dream hair product. She will hand-pick 10 finalists and choose one lucky winner with the most innovative concept to produce. Because Carolyn believes everyone should live with passion and purpose, the winner will also receive $10,000 and a lifetime supply of It’s a 10!  Entries are open now through November 16 at www.itsthenext10.com, with the winner announced November 16th.

I think this is such a cool idea!  So put your thinking cap on (but don’t mess up your hair)!

Are you going to submit an idea? I’m thinking about it…

BoxyCharm Subscription Box Review — October 2018

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Hi all! I received my October BoxyCharm this week.  I always watch for spoilers so I have an idea what I’ll be getting.  And I was pretty excited for it. I am still waiting to be taken off of the waiting list for their larger box called BoxyLuxe.  Hopefully I’ll be off for the December BoxyLuxe (it’s every three months).

Regular Boxycharm is just $21 a month for 5-6 beauty items, most of them full-sized.  It is a nice  way to try new makeup and beauty tools.

This month I received:

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I’m really happy with this box! I got items I wanted to try.

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I love the Superhero mascara!  I have used it many times before and love how long and full my lashes are when I use it.

I don’t think I’ve tried anything by Kat Von D before.  It’s not really a brand that appeals to me. But I was looking forward to trying this.  Here’s a swatch:

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The shade I received is Bow N Arrow.  On the Sephora website it’s described as a fawn nude.  That’s accurate I think.  The color is a bit dark on me, but I kind of like it for fall.  I’m trying to decide if I will keep it or give it to my daughter.  I don’t wear matte liquid lipsticks often, but I do like them under lip glosses.  So i will keep trying it and see.

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I was so excited about this Brigeo leave-in mask!  I just used up my leave in conditioner, and now I don’t have to run out and grab something!  I’ve used it and it makes my hair so soft!

I have not tried the mask yet.  There is a tube of the peel of gel and two lace masks in it.  My skin has been really sensitive lately, so I’m going to wait to try this. It looks really cool, though!

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Look how pretty this palette is! I think this is really fun for October and Halloween. The face shades are so pretty and the shades are very dramatic!  I’m trying to decide if I want to keep this or give it to a friend for the holidays…hmm.  I just have so many palettes right now!

So the verdict on this box is it’s very good!  Much better than the last few.  I will keep the mascara, briogeo spray, lace mask and maybe the liquid lipstick and palette.  Pretty good!

I’ll be reviewing my Ipsy Glam Bag Plus soon — and it’s pretty great, too!  October is a great month for my beauty boxes!

Did you get BoxyCharm this month?  What did you get in your box?

Project Pan August-September 2018 – Final Update

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Hi all! I’m here with my final update on my 3rd quarter 2018 Project Pan.  I am happy to say that I used everything up!  Here is my first post, and you can see my update here.

Here is the list of the products that I panned:

Principal Secret Reclaim Botanical Radiant Recovery Fluid Eye Cream                     Principal Secret Reclaim Botanical Synant Peptide Serum                               Philosophy hope in a jar Moisturizer                                                                                           Yes to Superblueberries Recharging Greek Yogurt & Probiotics 3-in-1 Mask, Scrub & Cleanser                                                                                                                          Botanics 100% Organic Refreshing Toning Spritz                                              Pacifica Crystal Power Hydro Mist                                                                                      PÜR No Filter Blurring Photography Primer                                                                    Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25HR Breathable Foundation                                     Lavanila The Healthy Body Butter in Vanilla Grapefruit                                                       TIGI Bed Head After-Party

I have to say that it’s so much easier to use up skincare than makeup, but it soes get tedious using the same products every day!  I love variety.  But I did it, and I’m very proud.

I also want to say that I liked all of these products, but I’m not going out to repurchase  any of them right now.  I have lots of skincare to try out and I’m good for now on body butter.  I do love Lavanila and will purchase in the future.

The PÜR primer and the Rimmel foundation are both nice, but not my holy grails.  I’ve been needing a pore filling primer lately because my allergies have been acting up and my face is read and my pores are huge! The PÜR primer is very glowy and accentuates my pores.  It would be great in the winter when my skin is dry.  The foundation is light coverage, and I like more of a medium coverage.

The one product that I am really missing is the TIGI AfterParty.  It really helped control my frizz and made my hair look shiny.  I might have to go get another one!

So I am going to do one more Project Pan this year.  I’ll be posting it  in a few days. I don’t know if I’m going to do it next hear, but we’ll see!

 

 

 

 

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Trying New Skincare From Yes To and H2O+ Beauty!

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Hi all! It is almost fall, how’s your skin doing? My skin always needs a detox from summer.  Great exfoliation and masks help clear up sun damage and clogged pore and get skin ready for cooler weather and more glam makeup for the fall and holidays!.

The masks are left to right Yes to Tomatoes Acne Fighting Bubbling Mask,  Yes to Tomatoes Anti-Pollution Detoxifying Charcoal Bubbling Paper Mask, Yes to Coconut Energizing Coffee 3-in-1 Mask, Scrub and Cleanser, Yes to Cucumers Soothing 3-in-1 Mask, Scrub and Cleanser.  Plus for the scalp and hair, the Yes to Superblueberries Smoothing Hair Clay Mask and the Yes to Tea Tree Soothing Hair Clay Mask.

My skin is combination and aging, so the acne mask isn’t for me, but the anti-pollution one is really nice.  I do have large pores, so this helped.  I love both of the 3-in-1 masks.  I love a good scrub.  I leave these on my skin for a few minutes, then add a bit of water, massage it in my skin and rinse.  My skin is so soft!

The hair clay masks are really cool, too! They are a creamy clay.  You can apply them before or after shampooing in the shower. You comb them through your hair then leave them on for 5 minutes.  They both worked well for me.  The soothing one did make my scalp feel better and the smoothing one helped with frizz!

The other three products in the photo above are the Yes to Tomatoes Anti-Pollution Detoxifying Charcoal Bubbling Wipes, Yes to Coconut Energizing Coffee 2-in-1 Scrub & Cleanser Stick, Yes to Grapefruit Vitamin C Glow Boosting SnapMask Stick.

I love the wipes!  They do bubble up once you start using them.  They clean so well, too! The Yes to Coconut coffee stick scrub is very gentle (and smells amazing)!  It is hydrating as well as exfoliating.  The grapefruit stick is a mask, just rub it on, let is set and rinse off!  It really brightens the skin and leaves it glowing!

 

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I also received these H2O+ Beauty products:

H2O+ Beauty Teak Rose On the Move Intensive Hand CreamH2O+ Beauty Coconut Verbena Shimmering Body Moisturizer, H2O+ Beauty Sea Greens Body Scrub,  H2O+ Beauty Rapids Soothing Probiotic Bubble Mask.

H20+ Beauty products always smell amazing! The Teak Rose hand cream is so hydrating!  The scent is a soft floral.  The shimmering body moisturizer is very fresh and citrusy and gives the skin a soft glow.

I love the fresh Sea Greens scent.  The scrub is great for exfoliating the body.  It’s not too abrasive. I have tried the soothing probiotic bubble mask before.  It’s really eassy to used.  Just apply a thick layer on the skin and it will bubble up!  Once the bubbles dissipate, I rinse it off and my skin is calm and smooth.  There’s at least two applications in the pouch, too!

What new skincare have you been loving?

Project Pan August-September 2018 — First Update

 

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Hi All!  I’m back with my first check in for my third quarter project pan in 2018.  This one is only two months long, because I took July off. You can see my first post with the products listed here.

This has been going pretty well as I have already panned three products:

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Sorry this is so dark!  The products I’ve panned are PUR No Filter Primer, Pacifica Crystal Power Hydro Mist and Reclaim Botanical Serum. I love all three of these products, but won’t be repurchasing them this year.  I have so much makeup and skincare and it will last me through the end of the year.

Here’s what I have left:

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Philosophy Hope in a Jar — I have about a 3rd of this left

Yes to Superblueberries Skin Recharging Yogurt Scrub and Mask — I have about a 4th of this left.

Reclaim Botanical Eye Cream — This is almost done, maybe a few more uses are left.

Botanics 100% Organic Refreshing Toning Spritz — I have about a week of this left.  I really love this spray!  It has a rosy-floral scent.

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Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25HR Breathable Foundation in 01 Classic Ivory — It’s really hard to tell on this one.  It could have a 3rd or 4th left in it, it’s hard to tell.

The Lavanila The Healthy Body Butter in Vanilla Grapefruit has just a few more uses in it.

The Tigi Bed Head After-Party still has a couple of weeks in it I think.

I will update again at the end of September and hopefully it will all be used up.  Wish me luck!

Have you done a project pan before?  How did it go?

 

Project Pan August-September 2018

Hey all! I’m back with my third project pan of the year! I’ve been doing quarterly pans, but I took a month off.  So this third pan is only two months.

The products below are mostly skincare, with some makeup and other products thrown in!

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I have chosen 10 products for my 2 month pan.  Most of these are at least half way full, so I should be able get through most of them!

Here is a description of each product and what I think of it.  Buckle up, this is going to be a long one!

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Both of these are from Victoria Principal’s natural skincare line Principal Secret Reclaim Botanical.  I have been loving products from this line.  So great for aging skin and I love that they are good for me! They are almost used up so they should be empty by the end of the pan.

Synant Peptide — gives skin a botanically based serum specially infused with exclusive Synant Peptide. This formula helps improve the appearance of skin elasticity, hydration and radiance while visibly minimizing fine lines, wrinkles and age spots.

Principal Secret Reclaim Botanical Radiant Recovery Fluid Eye Cream — This botanically based eye formula is designed to help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles and undereye puffiness. Superior botanicals from the Brazilian Rain Forest work alongside scientifically advanced ingredients plus a special light refractor to operate as an instant concealer that visibly diminish imperfections.

You can check out these products on www.reclaimbotanical.com

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Philosophy hope in a jar — lightweight daily moisturizer hydrates and provides antioxidant protection while improving skin texture and tone, leaving it smooth and radiant. this high-performing moisturizer contains lactic acid, a gentle alpha hydroxy acid that helps remove surface dead skin cells, and beta-glucan to promote overall skin health by helping to strengthen skin’s natural rejuvenation potential.

yes to superblueberries RECHARGING GREEK YOGURT & PROBIOTICS 3-IN-1 MASK, SCRUB & CLEANSER — Cleanse, exfoliate and treat your skin with this supercharged 3-in-1 Mask, Scrub & Cleanser. Formulated for stressed skin, this rich, creamy formula provides customized use…can be used as a mask, scrub or cleanser separately or all together to recharge and rebalance skin. 

I have had the  the hope in a jar for a while now and need to use it up.  It looks thick, but turns into a lighter cream once applied.  It’s really nice for the summer.  This jar is pretty full (as is the Yes to mask) so I need to make an effort to use it up.

The yes to superblueberries mask/scrub/cleanser is really creamy and sticks to my skin, so it works best as a mask, then wiped off with a damp towel.  It leaves my skin so soft and glowy!

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Botanics 100% Organic Refreshing Toning Spritz — Botanics 100% Organic Refreshing Toning Spritz, a generous spritz of this organic rose-water toner purifies and refreshes skin after cleansing, as it delicately yet effectively removes traces of make-up, leaving the skin feeling revitalized.

Pacifcia Crystal Power Hydro Mist — Your skin will look amazing and your soul will love the aromapowers. Watermelon, lemongrass and rose crystal extracts unite with aloe to bring you hydration and a refreshing boost with Pacifica’s Crystal Power Hydro Mist. This is your moment to shine bright.

I love both of these mists, but I have SO many mists right now, I need to use some up!  I use the Botanics mist (which smells like rose) after I wash my face and before my skincare, and the Pacifica mist (which smells like watermelon) before and after applying makeup.  They smell amazing and are so refreshing!

Both of these are available at Ulta.

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PÜR No Filter Blurring Photography Primer — PÜR’s unique primer with prismatic blurring micro-pearls helps to color correct while age-defying skin care ingredients nourishes the skin and a vitamin-rich Energy Complex with moisturizing agave and essential fatty acids prep the skin for makeup application. 

Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25HR Breathable Foundation — Rimmel’s most lightweight long-lasting formula. It perfects your skin with medium buildable coverage whilst enriched with breathable skin technology that doesn’t clog pores. Moisturizes for up to 25HRS. With SPF 18.

The primer is looks shimmery first, but when applied well, it blurs all imperfections and skin looks so smooth! It’s really hydrating, too.

The foundation is a medium coverage which I love for everyday. It’s a little glowy and hydrating, which I need right now.  My skin is a little dry.

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Lavanila The Healthy Body Butter in Vanilla Grapefruit —  A crisp blend of sparkling grapefruit and vanilla softly scents skin. This super soft, all-natural body butter absorbs instantly for deeply hydrated, luxuriously soft skin. 100% pure Shea & Cocoa Butters blend with powerful antioxidants and essential oils for long-lasting hydration. With super soft scents and a non-greasy formula, prepare for the ultimate indulgence.

Tigi Bed Head After-Party — The perfect party favor for TIGI’s frizz prone friends. After-Party hair creme for silky, smooth, shiny, healthy looking hair. Control the funky fly-aways and silk-ify your hair.
I love Lavanila Body Butter.  It is super hydrating and always smells amazing. This is about half full.
The Tigi hair cream is so good on my frizzy hair! It also makes my hair soft and shiny. I have been using this for a while, and there isn’t a lot left.
So there are my products for my third Project Pan of 2018.  I have less than two months to use these up.  I should be able to do it!
Are you doing project pans this year?  How’s it going?