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May 20, 2022

Sephora Haul Review

I have a Sephora haul to share today with a look at some new beauty launches in skincare and makeup! This month is my birthday month so I picked up my Beauty Insider Birthday Gift. There are a few options to pick from and I opted for the Laura Mercier set with the mini powder and caviar stick. The set is super cute and I can’t wait to try the eyeshadow stick (it’s a new color)! If you’re not a Beauty Insider yet you can sign up here. They offer a lot of fun perks. You’ll get access to events, early access to product launches, deluxe samples and more. You can Enjoy Free shipping on all orders with code FREESHIP. Exclusions apply.

Here’s a look at what I hauled so far this month. More beauty newness is coming at the end of the month which I’m looking forward to (lots of new bronzers) but here’s what I’ve tested so far.

Sephora Haul Picks

Skincare Picks

Sephora Haul Skincare

Sephora Haul Fenty Skin, Dior Beauty and Glow Recipe

I picked up a few new launches in skincare. I’m a huge fan of detox masks to help clear up the skin and pores. The Fenty Cookies N Clean Whipped Clay Detox Face Mask is one of the gentlest pore masks I’ve ever tried and it looks like cookies and cream ice cream (but without any scent)! Most detox masks are very strong which I don’t mind, but this one is super gentle, non-drying, has charcoal and salicylic acid and helped to clear out pores. It sold out almost immediately but I just checked online and it restocked!

I have been a huge fan of Glow Recipe’s Watermelon Pink Juice Oil-Free Moisturizer but wanted to try something new. They just launched the Strawberry Smooth BHA + AHA Salicylic Acid Serum. It’s a nice lightweight serum with AHA and BHA to help smooth the skin and reduce breakouts. I typically get breakouts around my chin especially in the summertime so I’m really excited to use this one this summer. I’ve only used it a few times so far but I like the texture and feel. It is heavily scented so if you’re sensitive to fragrance I recommend doing a patch test first.

I wanted to give the Dior La Mousse OFF/ON Foaming Face Cleanser another shout out. If you’re looking to switch up your spring to summer cleansing routine I highly recommend giving this one a look. It’s effective at removing makeup and cleaning the face but doesn’t strip the skin.

Perfume

Jo Malone Crystal Campion Cologne

There are so many beautiful new perfumes out this season! I hauled a few of the newer Jo Malone launches earlier in the spring and decided to add one more to my collection. I picked up the Jo Malone Crystal Campion Cologne which I think is a beautiful floral with watery notes. On my skin it’s more floral and it smells like spring. Notes include blackcurrant and campion flower accord. Although I don’t really detect the blackcurrant.

I’ve been so interested in the Phlur perfume line and decided to try the Phloria Eau de Parfum (9.5 ml travel size). It’s pure love! It’s a warm jasmin floral that reminds me of Tom Ford Soleil Blanc. It truly is like sunshine in a bottle. I’m considering the full size but also want to try some of their other fragrances before committing to a larger bottle.

Phlur Phloria Eau de Parfum

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Crush Cheirosa ’68 Beija Flor Hair & Body Fragrance Mist is a really nice sweet gourmand scent. It matches the Body Cream perfectly. If you’re into sweet ones this is worth checking out! It’s fairly potent even though it’s a body mist.

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Crush Cheirosa ’68 Beija Flor Hair & Body Fragrance Mist

Lips

Gucci Beauty Liquid Lipsticks

Gucci Beauty launched Liquid Lipsticks and they sold out almost instantly but finally restocked. I picked two shades in 144 Grace Cinnamon (nude pink) and 413 Cornelia Pink (cool pink). These are whipped liquid lipsticks that have a weightless feel. On the lips they feel light and airy. They do take a little bit to dry/set but once they do they don’t move. I think they’re very good for a liquid matte but I’m more of a gloss girl and would absolutely love it if they made this in a shine formula!

Grace Cinnamon

Gucci Liquid Lipstick 144 Grace Cinnamon

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Cornelia Pink

Gucci Liquid Lipstick 413 Cornelia Pink

Also added a swatch (above) of the Gucci Crayon Contour Des Lévres Lip Liner in Nude which sells out frequently but has also been restocked. I think it’s a really nice go-with-everything neutral.

Eyes

Benefit Precisely Brow Bonus Defining Eyebrow Pencil Value Set

For the eyes Benefit launched a brow duo which I snapped up immediately. I really like their brow pencils so stocked up on the Precisely Brow Bonus Defining Eyebrow Pencil Value Set. I use either shade 2.5 or 3 because my brows are lighter in color than my hair.

Last is a look at the Tarte Quick Stick Waterproof Shadow and Liner in Golden Pink Luster/Black. I hauled a few shades last month and loved them I picked up a few more. This one is probably my favorite for a quick and easy eye look. Once they set they don’t budge which is ideal for summer. Highly recommend. They also have a few matte options!

Tarte Quick Stick Waterproof Shadow and Liner in Golden Pink Luster/Black

Sephora Haul Picks Gucci Beauty, Dior, Fenty Skin

That wraps up my haul roundup for now! I am anxiously waiting for the summer bronzers to launch in the next few weeks! Will definitely be sharing a look at them once they launch.

You can find all my picks at Sephora!

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Spring Beauty Haul Picks from Sephora

April 8, 2022

Sephora Spring Beauty Haul

It’s been a whirlwind of a couple weeks! If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen why! I hope to get back to regular posting soon. I have a Sephora haul with some quick first impressions of what I bought. I haven’t been able to try everything I hauled from the Spring Savings Event but did swatch most of my order.

Use code SAVESPRING at checkout to save. You can use the code multiple times throughout the event! The access dates and details for each tier:

  • Rouge Members save 20% off 4/1 – 4/11
  • VIB Members can save 15% off 4/5 – 4/11
  • Insiders save 10% off 4/7 – 4/11

Sephora Spring Beauty Haul

Base Picks: Rare Beauty + It Cosmetics

Rare Beauty Positive Light Tinted Moisturizer + It Cosmetics CC+ Nude Glow

I hauled two makeup bases and both are hits. The Rare Beauty Positive Light Tinted Moisturizer is a really nice sheer coverage tinted moisturizer that has a dewy finish but isn’t too dewy. I absolutely love it and found a good match to 32N in store (I also picked up 34W because I know I’ll get tan very soon).

I also ordered the new It Cosmetics CC+ Nude Glow Lightweight Foundation. I ordered Medium Tan sight unseen and it’s a perfect match. I prefer this formula to the Regular CC+ Cream because the formula seems to be easier to work with and looks more natural on my skin. Color-wise the Nude Glow runs a bit deeper than the Regular CC+ Cream. I have Medium Tan in both and the Nude Glow formula works perfectly for me. For the regular version I will need to order Neutral Tan color soon.

Also available on the It Cosmetics website if your shade is sold out, they have sales and good GWPs there on their website!

Face/Cheeks

 

I ordered the new Fenty Rihanna Sun Stalk’R Face + Eye Bronzer Highlighter Palette and I love the overall concept and look. On my arm the colors swatched very patchy. I’m hoping it performs better on the face since the online reviews so far are positive.

Fenty Rihanna Sun Stalk’R Face + Eye Bronzer Highlighter Palette

Fenty Rihanna Sun Stalk’R Face + Eye Bronzer Highlighter Palette swatches

The new Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Blushes have been in rotation lately so I picked up another color during the sale. These take a little extra work to blend for me since they have a unique formula that dries/sets quickly on me. I apply on the apples with a Tom Ford foundation brush and blend quickly. Once they set they stay put on me. I like Southbound the best which is a soft pink color.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Blush swatchs

Tom Ford Sheer Cheek Duo in Eclat Nu just arrived and I absolutely love it. It’s sold out at Sephora right now but I’m hoping it will restock before the sale ends! This reminds me of their previous duo in Lissome but I haven’t had a chance to swatch/compare. I think it’s a really stunning subtle duo for spring to summer. I wish they would add more options for us with this because the formula is one of my favorites! This one has a peachy nude color for one half and a pink on the other side. It’s naturally glowy in the best way.

Tom Ford Sheer Cheek Duo in Eclat Nu

Eye Makeup

Tarte Quick Stick Waterproof Shadow and Liner

I hauled quite a few eye products! Picked up two of the Tarte Quick Stick Waterproof Shadow and Liner in Rose Gold/Brown and Taupe Luster/Black and love these so much I’m going to order more. These are dual-ended pencils. One side you have a cream shadow that is easy to blend and smudge with fingers. The other side has a creamy liner that is ultra pigmented.

I restocked the Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerize Cream Shadow in Champagne and love this for an all over wash of shimmer.

Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerize Cream Shadow in Champagne

Tarte + Charlotte Tilbury swatches

Since I love the original Patrick Ta Major Dimension Eyeshadow Palette I knew I had to order the new Patrick Ta Major Dimension II Rose Eyeshadow Palette and I am absolutely obsessed. I don’t always love rose tones for eyes but this one is wearable and really pretty. The sparkle toppers are best applied with a finger in a patting motion for me, otherwise it’s too glitzy. Overall vibe seems to be more fall than summer (to me) but I still love it.

Patrick Ta Major Dimension II Rose Eyeshadow Palette

Patrick Ta Major Dimension II Rose Eyeshadow Palette swatches

Patrick Ta Major Dimension II Rose Eyeshadow Palette look

Lips

Makeup by Mario Ultra Suede Sculpting Pencils

I picked up more of the Makeup by Mario Ultra Suede Sculpting Pencils (new shades) in Toasty, Tan, Almond and Smokey Pink. Formula seems to be just as good as the first round of shades. As soon as I saw more shades pop up I ordered them immediately. I haven’t had a chance to play with them on the lips yet but swatches look like they’re my kind of colors! Other shades swatched here.

Tarte launched a Maracuja Juicy Lip Plump and they’re gorgous. I actually purchased these from the Tarte Cosmetics website a few weeks ago but bought a back up from Sephora. The shades are mostly sold out online at Sephora now but I highly recommend looking for them at the Tarte Cosmetics website. They usually have good sales too! Formula has a slight plumping effect with a minimal tingle. Pigment is sheer-medium with a glossy finish. I’m wearing Cherry Blossom in this post.

Maracuja Juicy Lip Plump

Maracuja Juicy Lip Plump

Skincare + Hair

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask + Glowy Lip Balm

For lip treatments I decided to try the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask in Vanilla. I didn’t like the original because it was too sweet but this Vanilla one is a lot better for me. I recently fell in love with the Laneige Glowy Lip Balm in Grapefruit so I ordered Gummy Bear and am obsessed. It smells delicious and I love the texture.

I also ordered the NARS Orgasm Lip Mask which I tried briefly today. I like it but it’s too early to say if I love it. It comes in a pot style and I would much rather it be in a squeeze tube or stick but it felt comfortable on the lips with a smooth feel!

Also ordered the Sol de Janeiro Beija Flor Elasti-Cream (it’s a Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge dupe) and picked up the new Tatcha Clarifying Clay Mask Exfoliating Pore Treatment which I am really excited to try.

Sephora Sale Haul Picks

Last one I want to mention is the K18 Biomimetic Hairscience Leave In Hair Mask which I hauled too. I tried the mini a few times and really liked it! I don’t know that I’d call it life changing or super unique but I liked it enough to buy the full size!

Did you haul anything fun from the Sephora sale? Or did you find any other good sales going on that you took advantage of? Seems like a lot popped up in my inbox this week but I didn’t have a chance to look at them!

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The Sephora sale runs through 4/11 so there is still time to shop!

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Spring Beauty Newness at Sephora

February 24, 2022

Sephora Haul Tom Ford, Kosas, Supergoop

There are lots of new beauty launches at Sephora and I have a haul roundup review of what I’ve tried and loved. If you’re not a Beauty Insider yet I highly recommend doing so! It’s free to sign up and opens access to a lot of benefits like free samples, early access to new launches and events and more! You can sign up here. You can also receive free shipping on all orders with code FREESHIP.

Sephora Haul New Patrick Ta, Tom Ford, Kosas, Supergoop

New Kosas

Kosas Revealer Skin Improving Foundation ($42, available in 36 colors) is a new foundation with skincare and SPF25. It has medium natural looking coverage with a dewy finish. It has ingredients to improve and brighten skin tone over time. My match is Medium Neutral Warm 230. I pair it with the Revealer Super Creamy Concealer ($28) in Tone 05 for concealing and brightening and top it with the Cloud Set Baked Setting Powder in Comfy to set. So far I love the finish, coverage and wear!

Kosas Revealer Skin Improving Foundation 230

Kosas Revealer Skin Improving Foundation 230

Rare Beauty

The Rare Beauty Always an Optimist Soft Radiance Setting Powder ($22) in Light Medium is one of my favorite purchases this year. It’s a great soft setting powder that looks natural and lasts all day. I also ordered the Always An Optimist Powder Brush ($28) and love how soft it is! Highly recommend!

The Rare Beauty Warm Wishes Effortless Bronzer Stick ($23) are 100% worth tracking down (they keep selling out, but you can add your email to their website for the restock alert). I have two shades in Happy Sol and Always Sunny and love these. They have an easy to blend creamy texture and look natural on the skin. Below wearing Always Sunny. I use these as a bronzer or contour.

Rare Beauty Always an Optimist Soft Radiance Setting Powder, Brush and Bronzer Sticks

Rare Beauty Always an Optimist Soft Radiance Setting Powder, Brush and Bronzer Sticks

Patrick Ta Beauty Newness

Next we have some newness from Patrick Ta. The Major Beauty Headlines Double-Take Crème and Powder Blush ($34 each) are really good! I picked two to try in She’s Blushing (beige pink brown) and She’s That Girl (pink tones). I love the formula and packaging (cream has a cover protector inside)! Colors are super flattering, texture is divine, I want to check out more colors.

Patrick TA Major Beauty Headlines Double-Take Crème and Powder Blush in She's Blushing and She's That Girl

Another new launch is the Patrick Ta Major Volume Plumping Lip Gloss ($24 each). These are beautiful plumping glosses without the sharp tingle (I feel like the tingle is mild on these). The shine is really pretty. They have a cinnamon almost ginger like scent to them. I like 2 CC’s the best (warm pink) but they’re really all good.

Left to right: Pouty (clear sheer pale pink), Superficial (beige), 2 CCs (warm pink)

Patrick Ta Major Volume Plumping Lip Gloss

Patrick Ta Major Volume Plumping Lip Gloss swatches

Patrick Ta Double Take Cream Powder Blush and Plumping Gloss makeup looks

Tom Ford Bitter Peach

Always excited for Tom Ford Beauty newness so I had to try the Bitter Peach Eyeshadow Quad in Belle de Peche ($89) and Bitter Peach Lip Color Matte ($58) in Cherie. The quad has a unique texture, almost like a stiff creme-matte formula. It’s different from any of their other quads so formula might not be everyone’s cup of tea. I love it though. The peach tones are soft and muted but pigment definitely shows up on the eyes. The look is tied together with a dark brown liner for me.

The Lip Color in Cherie couldn’t be more perfect for me. I love the neutral peach pink tones!

Tom Ford Bitter Peach Lip Color in Cherie and Quad in Belle de Peche

Tom Ford Bitter Peach Lip Color in Cherie and Quad in Belle de Peche swatches

Tom Ford Bitter Peach Lip Color in Cherie and Quad in Belle de Peche makeup look

Tom Ford Bitter Peach Lip Color in Cherie and Quad in Belle de Peche

Lawless Plumping Lip Gloses

The Lawless Forget the Filler Lip Plumping Line Smoothing Glosses have been on my radar for a while so I decided to give them a try. These are thick high shine glosses with a plumping effect. My favorite so far is George which a pretty cool-toned brown mauve, I also love Glazed.

Lawless Forget the Filler Lip Pluming Line Smoothing Glosses

Lawless Forget the Filler Lip Pluming Line Smoothing Glosses swatches

Lawless Forget the Filler Lip Pluming Line Smoothing Gloss in George

New Hair Care Loves

Hair Styling Loves Sephora: dpHUE, Living Proof, Oribe, Color WOW

Last a look at some hair care and skin care items I’ve tried and loved. dpHUE launched an entire line of Color Fresh styling products and I’ve been slowly working my way through testing them. So far I like the Color Fresh Leave-In Conditioner Mist ($28) the best. It’s a lightweight spray on conditioner treatment you leave on. Multitasks to detangle, protect and prime the hair. Leaves my hair smooth and fresh looking after a blow out. Also smells amazing!

My favorite dry shampoo of the moment is the Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Advanced Clean Dry Shampoo ($30) to absorb excess oil and refresh the hair in between washes.

Oribe’s Hair Alchemy Line is a new launch and I love it to strengthen the hair. I’ve been loving the Hair Alchemy Strengthening Treatment Serum* ($64) for a good styling product that doesn’t weigh down the hair. I use it on damp hair before using heat tools to smooth and protect the hair.

The Color Wow Dream Coat Supernatural Spray ($12 to $58) is one of the best anti-frizz treatments I’ve tried. I plan on ordering the mini to take on travel with me. It coats the hair evenly to help smooth out the hair and block humidity. They recommend using every 3-4 shampoos (I’ll use it once a week). 100% lives up to the hype for me.

Skincare Highlights

Skincare and Sunscreen Glamglow and Supergoop

I love a good clarifying cleanser and the Glamglow Supersmooth Acne Clearing Mask to Scrub ($34) is a newer one I really love. It’s a great detox cleanser to clear out pores without stripping the skin. Contains salicylic acid, charcoal, kaolin clay and silica beads. It reminds me of the Jack Black Deep Dive Glycolic Facial Cleanser where you can also leave it on to use as a mask (just with different ingredients).

The Supergoop! Daily Dose Hydra-Ceramide Boost SPF 40* ($46) is another winner for me. I use it in place of moisturizer and apply to clean skin. My makeup layered well on top and you can also layer their Unseen Sunscreen on top as well if you want. I used the oil on my recent getaway trip every day we were away and it was effective and didn’t irritate my skin.

That wraps up my Sephora haul! If you’ve been curious about any of these new launches I hope this roundup review helps you decide on what to try!

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New Year Makeup Refresh

January 14, 2022

New Year Makeup Haul Sephora

New spring beauty launches have started to trickle in and I am always so excited to see what the new year brings us! I hauled quite a few of the new launches to try out and have a Sephora makeup haul to share with you today. If you’re a Beauty Insider you have early access to a lot of the beauty launches. I also love the rewards and perks they offer for events and savings! If you’re not a Sephora Beauty Insider yet I highly recommend signing up.

I hauled a little bit of everything for eyes, lips, cheeks and complexion. Here is what I’ve been testing out the past few weeks!

Sephora Haul Charlotte Tilbury, NARS, Rare Beauty, Natasha Denona

Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury Beautiful Skin Foundation 6 Neutral

Charlotte Tilbury just launched her new Beautiful Skin Foundation ($44) and it is beautiful! It’s a medium coverage liquid base with a natural glow. It has a smooth semi-dewy finish that looks like my skin but better. It evens out my skin and lasts all day (truly impressive). My match is 6 Neutral right now and I love it.

NARS Afterglow

NARS Afterglow Cheek Palette and Afterglow Lip Shine

NARS launched their Afterglow Collection for spring with a new cheek palette and glosses. The Afterglow Blush Palette ($59) has gorgeous colors to bring life to the complexion. There is one pale pink highlighter and five blushes. Pigment is excellent and buildable. I’m always a little timid when it comes to super bold bright shades for the cheeks but their Exhibit A blush makes for a really stunning flush.

NARS Afterglow Blush Palette Makeup Look

Above wearing the Afterglow Cheek Palette with a mix of Breathless (highlighter), Savage and Exhibit A blended together and the new Lover to Lover Afterglow Lip Shine. Swatches below:

NARS Afterglow Blush Palette swatches

They also added new shades to their Afterglow Lip Shine Lip Gloss lineup ($26 each). These are some of the smoothest glosses I’ve tried with a comfortable finish and mirror-like shine. I love the hydrating formula and the colors are stunning. Swatches of all the new shades below and another look wearing the Afterglow Lipshine in Orgasm which is a pretty pink gold peach shimmer.

NARS Afterglow Lip Shine Lip Gloss swatches

Afterglow Lip Shine in Orgasm below

NARS Afterglow Cheek Palette + Lip Shine in Orgasm makeup look

New Natasha Denona

Natasha Denona Mini Biba Eyeshadow Palette and Mini Rose Cheek Duo review

Natasha Denona always brings us the prettiest palettes and highlighters! I hauled her Mini Biba Palette ($25) which has the perfect mix of colors for a complete eye look. She also launched a Mini Rose Cheek Duo ($19) with a cream rose blush and soft highlighter. I love the texture and colors. Everything is perfect for an elevated everyday kind of look.

Natasha Denona Mini Biba Eyeshadow Palette and Mini Rose Cheek Duo swatches

Below wearing the Natasha Denona Mini Biba Eyeshadow Palette, Rose Cheek Duo and Makeup by Mario Ultra Suede Lipstick in Brielle.

Natasha Denona Mini Biba Eyeshadow Palette and Mini Rose Cheek Duo Makeup Look

Makeup By Mario

Makeup by Mario Ultra Suede Lipstick and Sculpting Lip Pencil Haul Picks

I hauled a few Makeup by Mario lip products over the holiday and think there are some winners! The Ultra Suede Lipstick ($24) in Brielle is one of my favorites for a pretty mauve pink shade. These have a nice a velvety matte finish and long lasting power. Coverage is smooth with a diffused kind of look.

Makeup by Mario Ultra Suede Lipstick in Brielle

The Ultra Suede Sculpting Lip Pencils ($22) are also really good! They’re smooth, pigmented and come in a wide range of shades. I picked three in Daniel (spiced brown), Hugh (nude pink) and Johnny (rose pink) and think they are super wearable alone or with a coordinating lipstick.

Rare Beauty

I’ve been impressed with everything I’ve tried from Rare Beauty and have fallen in love with the Soft Pinch Liquid Blushes ($20). I like that they have both dewy and matte finishes. I love Happy for a bright healthy pink. Hope is a pretty everyday kind of neutral. Encourage is a pretty deeper rose mauve. They are super pigmented so a little goes a long way. They’re easy to blend and have pretty good lasting power.

Rare Beauty Soft Pinch Liquid Blushes Happy, Hope and Embrace

Rare Beauty Soft Pinch Liquid Blushes Happy, Hope and Embrace swatches

New Kosas

Kosas launched their new 10-Second Eye Gel Watercolor Eyeshadow ($15) which replaced their liquid formula. I think the new one is a huge improvement in wear and ease of application. I ordered all the shades sight unseen and think every single one is wearable for an all over wash as a one-and-done kind of eyeshadow. I love them layered/mixed especially Heat and Blaze. Lasting power is really good with these. Once they set they don’t budge.

Kosas NEW 10-Second Eye Gel Watercolor Eyeshadow

Kosas NEW 10-Second Eye Gel Watercolor Eyeshadow swatches

New at Sephora

YSL Lash Clash, Dior Lip Maximizer Serum and Chloe Naturelle Mini

Last three things I wanted to share from my haul are from YSL, Dior and Chloe. I think the new YSL Lash Clash Extreme Mascara ($29) is the best one they’ve launched to date. It’s volumizing, ultra dark in pigment, doesn’t flake and doesn’t smudge. It’s a winner for me!

Dior launched a new Lip Maximizer Serum Intense and I love it. It has a completely different texture and finish compared to their Lip Maximizers. The new Lip Maximizer Serum has a serum feel, like a face serum, but for the lips! It has a vanilla mint kind of scent, no tingle on me, and coats the lips with a veil of moisture.

It might be a little early for spring fragrances but I spritzed the new Chloe Naturelle Eau de Parfum and fell in love with it. I decided to buy the mini size to try it out. It’s fresh and green, similar to the original Chloe perfume, but with a fresh clean vibe.

Sephora Spring Makeup Haul NARS, Natasha Denona, YSL, Charlotte Tilbury

That wraps up my spring beauty haul from Sephora! Hope you found the swatches helpful! Have you hauled any new items yet? Let me know what you’ve been testing out!

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New Fall Makeup Haul Picks from Sephora

October 24, 2021

Sephora Makeup Haul

There are so many good beauty launches this time of year and I’ve put together a haul roundup of some things I’ve tested and loved from Sephora. I’ve partnered with them to share a closer look at new makeup for the face, cheeks, eyes and lips with swatches. If you’re shopping online you can use the code FREESHIP for free shipping on any order. I highly recommend checking out their Beauty Insider Program for extra benefits, early access to events and new product launches.

Sephora Makeup Haul | The Beauty Lookbook

I’ve split everything in this review by category. Here are 10 things I hauled recently and loved!

Face Products

Fenty Eaze Drops, MUFE Ultra HD Matte Setting Powder, YSL Nu Bare Look Tint

I’m always excited to try new foundations and skin tints. Two that I’ve been really impressed with are the Fenty Eaze Blurring Skin Tint ($29.50) and YSL Nu Bare Look Tint Skin Tint Foundation ($38). The Fenty Ease Blurring Skin Tint is a nice lightweight base that has a super natural look – like your skin but smoother and better. I wear Shade 10 and it has good coverage and lasts all day. The YSL Nu Bare Look Tint is my current favorite sheer dewy base. I wear either Shade 8 or 9 and it’s like a tinted moisturizer without being too dewy. It’s radiant, smoothing, glowy and lightweight.

I’ve been really impressed with the new Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Setting Powder ($37) in 3.0 Golden Neutral (available in 6 colors). It’s a great setting powder to smooth out pores, set your foundation and has a nice matte finish.

Complexion

Westman Atelier Holiday 2021 Sets Sephora | The Beauty Lookbook

For the cheeks Westman Atelier has some cute sets out for the holiday season! If you are looking for a super cute luxe gift for a beauty lover (or yourself) the Clean Glow Trios ($78 each) are super cute! There are two variations with a Lit Up Stick, Face Trace Contour Stick and Baby Cheeks.

Below wearing: Fenty Glow Eaze Blurring Drops in Shade 10, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Matte Setting Powder in Golden Neutral, Westman Atelier Clean Glow Trio II with Truffle, Nectar and DouDou, Fenty Gloss Bomb Cream in Candy Milk, Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette of Pearls, Rare Beauty Perfect Strokes Mascara

Westman Atelier Clean Glow Trio II | Blush in DouDou

I hauled the Clean Glow Trio II (deeper variation) with Face Trace in Truffle, Lit Up Stick in Nectar, Baby Cheeks in Dou Dou. These come in the twist up sticks like the full size, just miniature and without the magnetic cap. Texture of the contour stick and blush is creamy with a nice dry down (great for longer lasting power). The Lit Sticks are super pretty for that dewy glow. On my medium tan complexion these sticks are fairly sheer and add a luminous glow.

Westman Atelier Clean Glow Trio II

Another beautiful option to gift this year is the Westman Atelier Gift Edition Holiday Box Highlighter + Lip Set ($133). It has new colors with Lit Up Stick in Parla (glossy champagne gold) and Lip Suede in Les Bordeaux (bright cherry red, pale mauve nude, deep plum and wine). The Lit Up Stick is really beautiful! The Lip Suede has a palette of matte shades that adhere well to the lips for exceptional lasting power. Colors run on the bold edgy side. You can always mix the shades for a custom lip look too.

Westman Atelier Holiday Box Highlighter & Lip Set

Westman Atelier Holiday Set swatches

Lip Suede in Bordeaux

Westman Atelier Holiday Box Set Lit Up Stick Parla and Bordeaux Lip Suede

Palette/Eyes

Rare Beauty Perfect Strokes Mascara

The Rare Beauty Perfect Strokes Universal Volumizing Mascara ($20) has been a good one for me! I love it for a nice defining and lifting formula that doesn’t clump or smudge.

Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette of Pearls

I love holiday palettes for the pretty shimmers and I hauled the new Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette of Pearls ($53) to try. For a complete eye look you will need to add some deeper shades or a liner (I added some of the mattes from the Too Faced Natural Nudes). But the colors are gorgeous, texture is smooth, shadows adhere well to the skin and last all day. I’ve added a swatch next to Star Aura (one of my favorites) for comparison.

Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette of Pearls vs Star Aura

Lips

 

Last but not least we have my favorite part of the haul lips! Every year I haul the Fenty Lip Sets. I’m a HUGE fan of the Gloss Bomb and Cream formulas and look forward to the new limited-edition colors. This year’s set is the Fenty Glossy Posse Fantasy 4Sum ($38) with a full size Gloss Bomb Cream in Candy Milk (pink), and 3 mini holographic Gloss Bombs in Champ Stamp Fenty Glow, Fenty Glow Fantasy and Hot Chocolit Fantasy. I love these. The glitter and sparkle is really wearable and not too over the top. Texture is super smooth and even with the sparkles I don’t feel any texture.

Fenty Glossy Posse Fantasy 4Sum

Fenty Glossy Posse Fantasy 4Sum vs a few individual full-size colors

Fenty Glossy Posse Fantasy 4Sum vs Fenty Glow, Hot Chocolit, Creams

Fenty Glossy Posse Fantasy 4Sum lip swatches

Hands down my favorite set that I’ve hauled is the Tarte Bow & Go Maracuja Juicy Lip Balm Set ($35, $76 value). I just recently tried this lip balm formula and cannot believe it took me so long to try it. They’re the perfect swipe and go kind of gloss + balm tint in one with a click up applicator. This set is packaged in two sets of two which makes them perfect for stocking stuffers. Colors in this set include Orchid, Coconut, Petal and Wild Berry.

Tarte Bow & Go Maracuja Juicy Lip Balm Set

Last I have a look at the newer shades of the Kosas Wet Lip Oil ($22 each). If you’re a neutral lip lover and want something you can throw on and look more polished, definitely check out the newer colors! Unzipped is a pale pink, Unhooked is a medium neutral nude pink, Unbuttoned is a soft warm blush. I love Unbuttoned the most, but all the colors are really good.

Kosas Wet Lip Oil in Unzipped, Unhooked, Unbuttoned

Kosas Wet Lip Oil in Unzipped, Unhooked, Unbuttoned lip swatches

That wraps up my haul roundup review! I hope you found the swatches helpful! You can find everything available at Sephora. If you’re a Beauty Insider, don’t forget to mark your calendar for the upcoming Holiday Savings Event in a few weeks! Savings start on 11/5 for Rouge Members!

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Hauls Nordstrom

Valentino Beauty Haul From Nordstrom

August 23, 2021

Valentino Beauty Launch from Nordstrom

I have a look at the new Valentino Beauty launch from Nordstrom today! I hauled a little bit of everything from eyes, lips, cheeks and foundation to try out and found some new favorites. If you haven’t checked out the launch yet I hope you find this roundup helpful!

Valentino Beauty Launch from Nordstrom

FACE MAKEUP

Very Valentino 24-Hour Wear Liquid Foundation MN4 and V-Lighter Face Primer Highlighter Ambra

I’m very impressed with their base products so far. The Very Valentino 24-Hour Wear Liquid Foundation ($64) is a fluid foundation with impressive lasting power and buildable coverage. I love that even with the long wear formula it still feels natural enough to allow the skin to breathe. I picked the shade MN4 to try with the neutral undertone and it’s a perfect match.

It has medium buildable coverage with a demi-matte finish. I always set with powder and tried it with my favorite Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless in Medium which worked perfectly together. I wasn’t able to test it for a full 24 hours but it did last from morning until late evening with minimal touch ups required (just around the T zone and nose with a bit of powder).

Very Valentino 24-Hour Wear Liquid Foundation MN4

I also tried one of the V-Lighter Face Primer Highlighters ($58) in Ambra which is the peachy option. For me it works really well as a primer or mixed in with foundation. Ambra is a pearlescent peachy shade and it adds just the perfect amount of glow to the skin. It looks quite pigmented but blends out easily to a sheerer finish.

Valentino V-Lighter Face Primer Highlighters Ambra

For the eyes and cheeks they have a multi-purpose cream to powder product called the Eye2Cheek Blush and Eyeshadow ($58 each). These have a creamy texture with a powdery dry down. Pigment is medium and buildable. The cheek colors do require some blending on the skin but the color adheres well and stays put for an extended period of time!

I tried:

04 Sweet Rebel is a cool toned pink rose with a hint of pearl
06 Call Me Coral is a coral with a hint of shimmer
08 Roman Sky is a soft glowy light peach
12 Bright Dream is a beautiful gold shimmer (I love this as an eyeshadow)

Valentino Eye2Cheek Blush and Eyeshadow

Valentino Eye2Cheek Blush and Eyeshadow swatches

EYE MAKEUP

Valentino Color Flip Eyeshadow Palette review

For the eyes I hauled three things. So far there is one eyeshadow palette called the Color Flip Eyeshadow Palette ($98). It has eight shades to mix and match the colors for a few different looks. I tried this palette two ways, one look with just the top shades, and another with just the bottom. The textures are mixed from soft mattes, smooth shimmers, stronger shimmers and a couple more sparkly colors. Application was flawless with all of the colors and they blend really well on top of each other!

Valentino Color Flip Eyeshadow Palette swatches

Below with the top shades in the eyeshadow palette, also wearing 1ooR lipstick, Magnificent Mascara and Sweet Rebel Eye2Cheek Blush

Valentino Color Flip Eyeshadow Palette review

Side by side of the top colors vs bottom bottom colors:

Color Flip Eyeshadow Palette makeup look

Two other things I tried include the Magnificent Mascara ($32) which I am really impressed with for a good volumizing, thickening mascara that holds the curl and does not smudge on me. I also tried their Twin Liner Gel & Liquid Eyeliner in Black ($40) which is convenient if you want a pencil and liquid liner in one. Application is smooth, lasting power great, pigment is rich.

Valentino Magnificent Mascara and Twin Liner Gel & Liquid Eyeliner in Black

LIPS

Valentino Rosso Valentino Lipstick 107A and 100R

Last I have a look at two lip products. They have full size lipsticks which are refillable and also some select colors in a mini format. I bought the Rosso Valentino Lipstick in 107A Matte which is a matte dark rose brown ($55 for the lipstick, $30 for the refills). I also tried the Rosso Valentino Lipstick Mini in 100R Satin ($30) which is a neutral cool rose pink. It pulls more neutral cool toned on my warm skin, if you have neutral or cooler tones I suspect it will look more neutral or warm on your lips/complexion. I really love the texture of the 100R which is a satin finish – smooth pigment with a slightly glossy sheen.

Valentino Rosso Valentino Lipstick 107A and 100R swatches

Valentino Rosso Valentino Lipstick 100R

Overall I’ve had a really good experience with the new items from the Valentino Beauty launch! My top 3 favorites I would recommend include the Foundation, V-Lighter Highlighter and Mascara.

You can find all of the new items available at Nordstrom. Have you tried anything from the line yet? What did you think?

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Hauls Nordstrom Sales

Best Hair Care + Fragrance Sets From the Nordstrom Anniverary Sale 2021

July 16, 2021

Best Hair Care Fragrance Sets Nordstrom Sale Beauty Exclusives 2021

I have my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Beauty Haul Round 2 today with my picks in hair care and fragrance! If you have favorites in any of the lines there are some great bundles and savings available in sets. I’ve rounded up the Best Hair Care + Fragrance Sets I’ve found at Nordstrom Sale this year. Anniversary Sale Beauty Exclusives here. Don’t forget to check out the Gift With Purchase options too!

Anniversary Sale is available to shop for Icon, Ambassador and Influencer Card Members now! Public Sale starts July 28 and runs through August 8th.

HAIR CARE

Oribe Magic Duo Full Size Gold Lust Dry Shampoo & Dry Texturizing Spray Set ($64 sale price, $96 value) is usually available in a value set or travel sizes during this sale and this year they have the full size duo. I love the Dry Texturizing Spray to add soft texture and definition! The Gold Lust Dry Shampoo is one of my favorites.

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray and Gold Lust Dry Shampoo

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray and Gold Lust Dry Shampoo

Oribe Gold Lust Shampoo and Conditioner Set ($90 sale, $136 value) comes with full and travel sizes of the Gold Lust Shampoo + Conditioner! One set for home and another for travel. I usually buy the jumbo sizes when I order this but the set looked really good for travel.

Oribe Home & Away Gold Lust Repair & Restore Shampoo & Conditioner Set

Olaplex Bond Maintenance Hair Care Set ($84 sale, $126 value) my most-used shampoo and conditioner formula for the past year! Has the No 3 Hair Perfector, No 4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo and No 5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner. I relied heavily on this formula when I had color treated hair but it’s still good for those with natural hair.

Olaplex Bond Maintenance Hair Care Set

BODY CARE

Kopari Coconut Melt Duo Set Nordstrom Sale

Kopari Full Size Coconut Melt Set ($35 sale, $56 value) it’s been a while since I restocked on the Kopari Coconut Melt and I forgot how nice this is to have for dry skin days. It’s so versatile to use as a moisturizer or in the bath. I love the Tropical Coconut scent, it’s similar to the original just a little more sweet.

FRAGRANCE + CANDLES

I picked up some goodies from Diptyque, Tom Ford, Jo Malone and Boy Smells for the sale.

Diptyque Travel Size Scented Candle Set ($60) I always get these every year, mainly for gifting away. This year’s variation has Baies, Figuier, Roses, Feuille de Lavande and Feu de Bois. If you’ve never tried Diptyque and don’t want to commit to the full sizes before trying I think this is a great way to sample scents!

Diptyque Mini Candle Set Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021

Diptyque Do Son Eau de Toilette and Hair Mist Set ($90 sale, $125 value) has two mini sizes of the Do Son Eau de Toilette and Hair Mist. This one is such a unique scent and I would say is one of Diptyque’s signature scents. It has a mix of tuberose, orange blossom and jasmine. These both come in the 1 oz size. Full sizes are 1.7 oz – 3.4 for the perfume and 1 fl oz for the hair mist.

Diptyque Do Son Hair Mist Perfume Duo Set Nordstrom

Jo Malone Travel Size Wood Sage and Sea Salt Set ($40) this is another great gifting set, it has three minis in a pouch of the Wood Sage and Sea Salt Cologne (0.3 oz), Peony and Blush Suede Body Cream (0.5 oz) and English Pear and Freesia Candle (1.2 oz). The sizes are super minis so they’re mainly trial size but the set makes a nice chic gift that won’t break the bank.

Jo Malone Wood Sage Mini Set Nordstrom

Tom Ford Travel Size Soleil Blanc Shimmering Body Oil Set ($72) has two mini Shimmering Body Oils in the Soleil Blanc set. I already own the regular classic Gold color and have bought several of the mini sets in the past (love them!). This year’s has Rose Gold and Bronze – both don’t really show up color-wise, but your skin glows with tiny micro sparkles in the Soleil Blanc scent.

Tom Ford Travel Size Soleil Blanc Shimmering Body Oil Duo Nordstrom

Tom Ford Travel Size Soleil Fragrance and Atomizer Set ($164 on sale, $205 value) comes with three Soleil scents in:

  • Soleil Blanc (coco de mer, ylang-ylang from the Comores islands and cardamom)
  • Soleil Neige (bergamot, jasmine and lemon)
  • Soleil Brulant (warm and spicy orange flower, amber, black honey)

Several of you have asked me to review/try the newest Soleil scent in Soleil Brulant. I had a feeling I would not like it as several other beauty bloggers tried it and said it smelled like a spicy herb. I would say that description is spot on. It’s not terrible but it’s not something I could ever envision myself wearing. I spritzed on Soleil Neige which I know a lot of you love – it smells fresh and floral with lemon notes, I’m still undecided. I think my heart still belongs to Soleil Blanc, Sole di Positano or Neroli Portofino.

Tom Ford Soleil Travel Atomizer Set

Boy Smells Late Bloomer Votive Candle Set ($56) has five small 3 oz candles in Prunus, Cameo, Petal, Les and Gardener. I’ve tried a few of the candles in the past and really liked them! I can’t recall if I tried any of the scents that are in this particular one but I think they smell really pretty. There’s another Moody Woods Variation you might want to check out if you like woody scents. My store did not have this available but it’s still available online.

Boy Smells Late Bloomer Votive Candle Set

Boy Smells Late Bloomer Votive Candle Set

OTHER SALE ITEMS TO PUT ON YOUR RADAR

A note on a few things on sale I already own and love that you might want to check out!

Simplehuman and Riki both have their mirrors on sale. I use both nearly everyday and think this is a great time to save on them. You can see my Favorite Mirrors roundup post if you want more details. Riki Love Riki Skinny is on sale for $130 ($200-$210 after the sale) in both the White and Rose color. The Simplehuman 8-Inch Sensor Mirror is on sale for $140 ($200 after the sale).

Riki Skinny Vanity Mirror review via The Beauty Look Book

Skincare Favorites from Sisley, Fresh, Charlotte Tilbury and Bobbi Brown:

Sisley Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream, Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, Bobbi Brown Enriched Face Base

For skincare I’m pretty stocked on my favorites right now so I didn’t buy anything. Moisturizer-wise I really love the Sisley Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream for a really nice lightweight water cream and they have a Black Rose Skin Infusion Set with a full size cream and minis of the Mask and Oil to try ($155 on sale, $268 value, the cream by itself is $210).

I love the Fresh lip treatments and the Rose Petal-Soft Lip Cream Set includes a full size Petal Soft Lip Cream and mini Advanced Treatment Lip Balm (my stick balm shown is the full size, but sale set comes with the mini) ($25 sale, $37 value).

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream is available in two sets including the Magic Cream Set ($160 sale) and Setting Spray and Magic Cream Set ($75).

The Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base is one of the best priming moisturizers I’ve tried that doubles as a foundation primer + moisturizer in one. They have a Face Base Primer Set on sale for $62 ($139 value).

If you had the NuFace Trinity on your radar they have mega savings in the NuFACE White Trinity Facial Toning Kit – available for $199 sale, $339 value.

NuFace Trinity Toning Kit

Also one thing I wanted to mention is that Nordstrom started carrying the minis of Maison Francis Kurkdjian fragrances. They put them out on display for the sale, BUT they’re not a sale exclusive or on sale. I just wanted to mention it since the mini sizes have been so hard to find in the US but I’m really happy they’re now available in select scents! Minis are in the 1.1 oz size and are either $135, $165 $180 depending on the scent. I already own the Baccarat Rouge 540 Eau de Parfum in the small one and love it.

Mini Maison Francis Kurkdjian

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Did you haul anything yet from the Nordstrom Sale? I know many of you mentioned you were shopping starting today! Let me know if you found anything good 🙂

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