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Ulta 21 Days of Beauty — Spring 2019 Haul!

Hi all! I had a fun time purchasing a few items from Ulta’s Spring 21 Days of Beauty sale.

Looking at the photo of what I purchased, I picked up useful items like primers, powder, setting spray and a contour kit.  It’s funny that I didn’t get any fun color cosmetics, but these are items I needed and ones I’ve been wanting to try.  It’s hard to pass up such great deals!  And, I will be purchasing from Ulta’s Spring Haul this week and next week, and I might get a palette or two…

I picked up:

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Beauty Bakerie HD Flour Setting Powder (Translucent)

Too Faced Born This Way Ethereal Loose Setting Powder (Translucent)

Smashbox The Cali Contour Palette

Lancome Cils Booster XL Vitamin Infused-Mascara Primer

MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot (Painterly (nude beige))

Smashbox Photo Finish Primerizer

ULTA Youthful Glow Primer Serum

MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ Scents (Creamy Coconut)

All of these amazing products were daily steals so they were half off. I’ve especially been wanting to try the brand Beauty Bakerie, the Too Faced powder, the MAC paint pot and especially the Smashbox Cali Contour Palette.  I’ve had my eye on that since last year!

So far, I have tried some of these products.  The standouts for me so far are the contour palette, the mascara primer,and the Beauty Bakerie powder.  I will continue testing products and maybe do a review of some or all of these later.

Are there any products you would like to see a full review of? Did you pick up anything during the sale?

 

 

 

 

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Shop My Stash February 2019 Results

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Hi all!  Happy March!  I am excited for a new month.  To wrap February up, I’m going to give my thoughts on how the latest Shop My Stash went. Each month I will usually add my empties to this post, but I only had one this month.  So I will hold on to it and post it with my March empties.

I chose the five products above.  You can read more about them and see close up photos here.

My goal in these is to use some of my products more frequently, and also decide if I need to keep them all or pass them along to someone who will get more use out of them than me.  Of course some of these I knew I was going to keep (Modern Renaissance), but others I wasn’t sure about.

I think it was a fairly successful month.  I haven’t been feeling well, so I didn’t wear makeup every day.  But when I did, I tried to use at least one of these products.

Out of the three eye shadow palettes I chose, I used the Chocolate Bar and Modern Renaissance the most. I stated at the beginning of the month that I hadn’t yet reviewed the Chocolate Bar or Venus III yet on my blog, and that’s still true.  I will try to review the Chocolate Bar this month.  I think I may be passing Venus III on to someone else.  The shadows aren’t very easy to work with and the shimmers are so glittery.  It is pretty though, and I think my daughter will love it!

I wasn’t sure if I was going to keep the LORAC bronzer or the Wet n Wild highlighter, but I found that I love them both!  The bronzer is really nice, especially while I’m still fair.  If I get a (faux) tan this year, I can use another bronzer, but for now I’ve moved it with my every day makeup next to my beloved Butter Bronzer.  It’s so good!

The highlighter is so gorgeous — it’s the perfect tone for my skin!  It is a bit glittery, so I will use it for evenings and special occasions.  But I do really love it, too!

I’ve chosen my five products for March and will hopefully have that up tomorrow.  I’m excited to get started on giving some love to some different products!

Have you done a Shop My Stash?  How did it go for you?

 

 

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BoxyCharm Subscription Box Review — February 2019

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Hi all! I received my February BoxyCharm today! I always watch for the spoilers so I basically knew what I am getting. But, I was surprised by a couple of these that I didn’t see spoilers for.

I’ve been subscribed to BoxyCharm for about a year and a half now and really enjoy it. Boxycharm is just $21 a month for 4-5 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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The two products I didn’t see variation spoilers for are the GrandeLIPS lipstick and the TULA masks.  Here are more info on the products I received:

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I have been wanting to try this for a while.  It is from a Korean beauty brand that I haven’t tried before (I have been loving Korean beauty lately).  My pores need to be smoothed and covered, so I am all for this! And I love trying new primers!

img_2954.jpg I do not enjoy matte liquid lipsticks.  They are so uncomfortable and settle in to my lines. But for some reason, I got this and put it right on my lips. It is a semi-matte and is a little drying.  But then it starts to tingle, plumps up and my lips looks great! It does look better with a gloss over it.  But I was pleasantly surprised!

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This shade of highlighter is Glow Up a rose gold.  It’s very pretty!  This is a very glowy formula.  I haven’t decided if the shade is too dark for me yet.  I need to wear it out in the sun and see.

Here are swatches of the lippie and highlighter:

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The lip color is almost a little light for me, but I wear gloss over it and can change the color a bit.  The highlighter is a very pretty shade.  I hope it works for me.

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I have tried this mascara before.  It’s pretty good (I don’t really remember if I liked it or not).  I gave my last tube to my daughter.  I think I’ll keep this one and try it out once I’m done with the mascaras I am using.

img_2958.jpg I received 2 packs of 2 masks, so 4 masks total!  That’s not bad.  These claim to hydrate and plump skin when it needs it most. The citrus extract in this mask will bring the look of luminosity and vibrance to dull, tired skin.

That sounds really nice, and I do want to try them.  But I haven’t even used my Tatcha masks from last months box! (You can see my January box here).

So, I think this is my first BoxyCharm every that I am going to use all of the products!  I will at least try them before passing them on. The product I’m most excited about is the primer.  But I will at least try everything else.  So this box is a win!

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

Beauty, cosmetics

Shop My Stash — February 2019

Hi all! It’s February!  I’m so happy January is over.  It was a long, cold month.  The cold isn’t over, but hopefully will be soon.

It’s time for my second Shop My Stash.  You can see the first one here and the results here.  This month, I have chosen three eyeshadow palettes, one highlighter and one bronzer to focus on. Like last month, I will link if I have featured these or reviewed them on my blog. Here’s the products:

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Here are close up photos of each product:

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Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette — I hauled this in September here. I still haven’t done a full review on it, but I will this month.  I used it a lot when I first got it, but I haven’t used it since.  It’s a neutral palette with a couple of pops of colour and I know I can get lots of pretty looks with it. Plus it smells like chocolate!

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The Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette have really been loved!  It’s a bit messy.  Honestly, I chose this one because it’s a perfect palette for Valentine’s Day!  This is so nice for neutral or pink/red looks. I got it about a year ago and reviewed it here.

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This is my first and so far only Lime Crime purchase.  It’s the Venus III Palette. I bought this in the same haul as the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette.  It was about half price and I really loved the shades.  I still need to review this one and hope to do it this month, too.

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This is the Wet n Wild Moon Tears loose highlighter. I got this around my birthday in June and hauled it here.  I like it, but it’s pretty glittery. I choose it this month to see if I want to keep it.  I do need to do a declutter of some of my makeup.  I have some that is old or I just do use.  So we will see how this goes! I have swatched this below.

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I have had this LORAC bronzer in my drawer for a while.  It’s been a bit over a year.  I’ve read that powder makeup is good for about two years. So I maybe have about six more months with this or so.  It’s a light bronzer, which I need because I have fair to light skin.  I LOVE my butter bronzer, but I want to see if this is as good.

I have swatched the highlighter and bronzer:

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The highlighter is so pretty in this swatch. The color is perfect for me, it’s just so glittery!  I also think the bronzer is a pretty shade.  It’s not too dark for me in winter.

I’m excited about this Shop My Stash.  I have already used all of these this month and am looking forward to seeing what type of fun looks I can do!

Are you doing Shop my Stash this year, or have you done one in the past?  Let me know how it turned out!

 

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I Won a Giveaway!

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Hi all!  Sorry for the dark photo above, but I wanted to share the amazing giveaway I won from YouTuber Allie Glines.  She has a really fun e-magazine called the Afterparty.  It’s $3.99 a month and you can check it out here.

Allie has a giveaway each month and all subscribers are entered.  And I won for September.  I just receive  my prize and thought I would share.

I received:

Influencer by Brittany Hennessy                                                                                           Capture Your Style by Aimee Song                                                                               Dermablend Original Loose Powder                                                                                     Thrive Causemetics Lashed in Kristy                                                                                         Olay Whip Active Moisturizer                                                                                                       Too Faced Melted Matte Liquid Lipstick in Drop Dead Red                                         Lancome L’absolu Lacquer Lipstick in Smile and Shine                                                 Morphe X Jaclyn Hill The Vault Collection

I’m excited about all of these prizes, but especally the books and the Vault.  I have been wanting to read more books on social media and I have been thinking about picking up one of the palettes to test the formula, but couldn’t decide which one. Here’s a photo of all four palettes:

 

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The palettes are (clockwise) Armed and Gorgeous, Dark Magic, Ring the Alarm and Bling Boss.  I have tried all of them once except for Dark Magic.  I like them okay, but they take some blending to get a nice look.  I am going to keep playing with them and then do a review.

Have you tried any of these palettes?  What do you think?

I am so excited about my prizes and want to thank Allie Glines for the fun giveaway!

 

 

Beauty, cosmetics

Ulta 21 Days of Beauty Haul!

Hi all!  It’s Monday!  It rained all weekend long in Kansas City, but I got a lot of house cleaning done.

Below are the items I picked up during Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty.  I got some really good deals this time. Everything I purchased was 30-50% off. Here’s what I picked up:

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I made a few orders and went into the store once! As per usual, with these sales I purchase makeup and not skincare.  I have enough skincare, but I’m always wanting to try different makeup brands and shades.  And what’s better than trying something new on sale?

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I purchased two palettes and they were almost half off each! This is the Lime Crime Venus 3. Purple’s my favorite color, so I couldn’t pass this up! I’ve been wanting to try Lime Crime for some time now.  The shadows are nicely pigmented, especially the mattes and shimmers.  The two glitters are sheer, but they work well on top of other shadows.

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This was also on sale for half off.  I’ve never tried any of the Too Faced palettes with this layout — the gold chocolate, peach etc, but I’ve always been curious.  So far, I’m enjoying this. The shadows are creamy and the colors are perfect for fall.

I’m not going to swatch the Lime Crime or Too Faced palettes in this post, because I want to try them both out first for a more in-depth review.

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I also picked up the Benefit Hoola Bronzer and Anastasia Beverly Hills Blush Trio in Peachy Love.  I hadn’t tried Hoola Bronzer before and was excited to pick it up at a lower price.  Same with the Anastasia blush.

Swatches:

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I really like the tone of the bronzer.  It’s a bit dark for me now, but will work when I have a tan.  The blushes are gorgeous.  I love mixing the first and third shade.  It makes a really pretty coral. They are easy to build up and are matte.

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From left to right is the Dose of Colors Lip Gloss in Can You Not, the Ulta Beauty Patent Shine Liquid Lipstick in Cannes and the Ulta Beauty Full Coverage Liquid Concealer in Light Cool.

Swatches:

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The Dose of Colors gloss is really creamy and not sticky, which is what I love in a gloss.  The shade is s little light for me, but looks nice over a darker lipstick.

The Ulta liquid lipstick is almost like an opaque gloss. It’s really creamy, and I really like the color.

I have heard great things about the Ulta concealer, and I’m so glad I picked it up!  It is full coverage, but doesn’t get cakey.  It blended so nicely under my eyes!

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The last two products are the All-Nighter spray and essence Glitter Primer.  The All-Nighter was half off on the last day of the sale.  I’ve never owned this before.  I have the Chill spray by Urban Decay, and used it all summer.  Once I’m out of my Chill, I’ll open up the All Nighter. I’m excited to use it!

I got the glitter glue because I recently purchased Stila glitters and when I used them, there was glitter all over my face.  I haven’t tried this yet, but hopefully it works.

So that’s what I got!  I’ll be doing my Ulta Fall Haul Sale post soon.

Did you purchase anything from the Ulta 21 Days of Beauty sale?  What did you get?

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September 2018 Beauty Favorites

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Hi all!  Can you believe it’s the end of September?  Tomorrow is October and I am so ready for fall and the holidays!

I’ve had a fun month trying and reviewing some new products, and products that are new to me:

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette ($49 USD) — I purchased this during the Ulta 21 Days of Beauty (haul post to come this week).  This is an older palette, but I haven’t tried it yet.  This smells like sweet chocolate — it’s so nice! The eye shadows are pigmented with pure, antioxidant-rich cocoa powder and includes 16 matte and shimmer shades of browns, pinks and plums. I’ve really been liking this!

Klairs Soft Airy UV Essence ($23 USD) — This is another product I need to review!  Klairs is a Korean beauty brand and I was excited to receive this for review! This is light and creamy SPF essence! It has SPF 50 and is formulated for sensitive skin. It has a water-based it gel texture and sinks right into the skin once applied.

YourGoodSkin Balancing Skin Concentrate ($19.99 USD) — This is YourGoodSkin’s hero product. I use this as a serum under my Klairs essence or my night cream.  It it so light and absorbs into my skin so quickly.  The claim is that it restores and maintains skin’s natural balance for clinically proven visibly healthier skin in just 28 days. For all skin types. Designed to improve the 5 key signs of visibly healthy skin:

Elizabeth Mott Thank Me Later Face Primer ($30 USD) —  I received a tiny sample of this in this month’s Ipsy bag and I LOVE it!  I have been hoarding it by using a little at a time. It is a creamy pore filler and looks amazing under all of my foundations!

Buxom Cosmetics Full-On Plumping Lip Cream in Hot Toddy ($21 USD) — This is such a beautiful product.  This one doesn’t have a shimmer and it is very glossy. It’s plumping, hydrating and so shiny at the same time!  And it has a beauty color payoff. 

Buxom Cosmetics Lash Volumizing Mascara ($22 USD) I have been wearing this mascara for a couple of weeks and am loving it. It’s a  volumizing mascara that dramatically defines, lengthens, and instantly lifts for fuller looking, ultra-black lashes minus any clumps. I love it for an every day look, but it can be built up for more drama!

Last but not least is the Natasha Denona Super Glow Highlighter ($38 USD) — This super-soft, lightweight formula melts into the skin. It gives a glass-like strobing effect thanks to its high concentration of crushed and milled chroma crystals mixed with crushed pearls.

I have this in the fair shade, Icy Ivory.  It’s so gorgeous!  But, it’s not really an every day glow.  But I want to use it everyday because the glow looks healthy as well as booming!  So I like to brush a little translucent powder on top to tone it down. I kind of want this in Light Medium – nude champagne next.

What products have you been loving this month?