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Beauty Newness To Check Out at Sephora

August 25, 2023

New Fall Beauty Launches Sephora

I have a Sephora haul roundup review sharing a look at some new launches! There are lots of new products that dropped this month. A few of these I’ve already shared but many of you have asked for comparisons and more details so I’ll answer your questions below. If you’re not signed up for the Sephora Beauty Insider Program I highly recommend you do (you can sign up here for free). Being a member opens up access to their promos, events, early access and more.

New Fall Beauty Launches Sephora

New Base Products

Drunk Elephant B-Goldi Bright Drops

I’m always excited to try new foundations and complexion enhancers. The Drunk Elephant B-Goldi Bright Drops combine skincare and color in glowy golden shimmer serum. The B-Goldi Bright Drops have 5% niacinamide to help with brightening and dark spots. I like mixing this with the D-Bronzi Sunshine Drops and Protini Polypeptide Cream for my base. It gives my skin a naturally glowy base with a hint of bronze for more color. The drops are versatile – you can use them all over the face, mixed with moisturizer, mixed with foundation or as a subtle highlight. I like that the shimmer has just the right amount of glow – not too much and not too little.

Drunk Elephant B-Goldi Bright Drops v D-Bronzi

There are quite a few new foundations out now. Two hydrating skin tints I tried and love are the Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Skin Tint (I wear Medium 1) and the Hourglass Veil Hydrating Skin Tint (I wear Shade 9 or 10). Both are great for normal to dry skin types and have a balm like texture with sheer to medium coverage. I like these for a glowy very natural skin-but-better kind of base. On good skin days or days I don’t want a lot of makeup I apply either tint and then add concealer to spots I need more coverage.

New Foundations Hourglass, Bobbi Brown, Fenty

A lot of you wanted to know which one was better, I think they’re both great. The Bobbi Brown tint has SPF and a slightly thinner texture. On my skin it has more of a hydrating finish while the Hourglass tint is thicker and more balmy with a tiny bit more pigment. I have a slight preference for the Bobbi Brown, but both are great. If you have normal/oily skin and want the same concept but not as hydrating, check out the Too Faced Healthy Glow Skin Tint or It Cosmetics CC+ Nude Glow instead.

Fenty Eaze Drop Blur Stick Foundation

Fenty Eaze Drop Blur Stick Foundation Shade 9

Fenty Eaze Drop Blur Stick Foundation Shade 9 vs 10

Fenty Eaze Drop Blur Stick Foundation Shade 9

Fenty added a foundation stick called the Eaze Drop Blur Stick Foundation and I’m obsessed. It has a texture that glides onto the skin with a satin finish. I really like that it’s not too matte so it doesn’t emphasize texture or pores. It has a slight blurring effect with medium coverage. I like layering it on top of the Eaze Drop Blurring Skin Tint. I wear the same shade in both the fluid and stick in Shade 9. I also swatched Shade 10 of the stick below as well.

Patrick Ta Launches

New Patrick Ta launches

I love what Patrick Ta has been creating these days and always look forward to the next launch. He added a few new shades of the Major Headlines Blush. I picked up one of the new shades She’s Flushed which is a pretty medium rose pink duo (I think it will be pretty for fall).

He also added new coordinating shades of the Major Headlines Matte Suede Lipstick & Silky Lip Cremes. I picked up a few to try. Shy is a pale pink, Flushed is a neutral rose, Blushing is a berry rose and Seductive is a deeper plum mauve. Out of all the shades I tried I think Blushing is my fav in the Silky Lip Creme formula.

New Patrick Ta launches

New Patrick Ta Major Headlines Matte Suede Lipstick & Silky Lip Cremes

Eye Makeup Favorites

Laura Mercier Caviar Tightline Eyeliner

There are some new basics for the eyes which I think are worth checking out. Laura Mercier reformulated the Caviar Stick Matte Eyeshadow and Caviar Tightline Eyeliner. I really love the new eyeliners for intense pigment, smooth texture and long lasting wear time.

Too Faced Better than Sex Foreplay Mascara Primer

For the lashes I can’t rave enough about the Too Faced Better than Sex Foreplay Mascara Primer. It’s one of the few primers I’ve tried that holds the curl and helps mascara adhere better to the lashes. 100% worth checking out in my opinion.

Kosas Brow Pop and Brow Pop Nano

For brows my usual go-to’s are from Anastasia Beverly Hills or Benefit, but I’ve been really enjoying the Kosas brow products too. The Brow Pop is a great shaping pencil with intense pigment to fill in the brow area. Kosas just launched the Brow Pop Nano which has a super fine tip. This has one of the smallest tips for a brow pencil that I’ve tried and I like that it’s sturdy. I wear Medium Brown in both.

Last but not least is a quick look at the Givenchy Prisme Libre Loose Powder Blush. I’ve been really loving everything I’ve tried from Givenchy and I’m so happy the loose powder blushes finally arrived in the US. I ordered three to try but honestly I think I’m going to have to try them all. 1 Mousseline Lilas is a lilac pink, 2 Taffetas Rose is a soft baby pink and 3 Voile Corail is a soft coral. Each powder contains four different colors. They come with a sifter cap where you can mix and swirl the colors on the cheeks. I prefer applying with a brush but the puff allows you too apply product with more coverage/pigment.

Givenchy Prisme Libre Loose Powder Blush

Givenchy Prisme Libre Loose Powder Blush

Givenchy Prisme Libre Loose Powder Blush 2 Taffetas Rose

Formula is soft, matte and really pretty! Above wearing 2 Taffetas Rose with the YSL Candy Glaze 13 Flashing Rose (back in stock).

That wraps up my Sephora haul roundup review. I hope you found the swatches helpful! Let me know if you’ve tried any of these and your thoughts.

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New Rare Beauty Launches + Haul

August 11, 2023

Rare Beauty Haul All of the Above Weightless Eyeshadow Sticks, Perfect Strokes Longwear Gel Eyeliner and the Fresh & Dewy Lip Cheek Duo

I hauled a few of the new Rare Beauty launches recently and have a review + lots of swatches today. I picked up the All of the Above Weightless Eyeshadow Sticks, Perfect Strokes Longwear Gel Eyeliner and the Fresh & Dewy Lip Cheek Duo.

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Fresh & Dewy Lip Cheek Duo

Rare Beauty Fresh & Dewy Lip Cheek Duo

Rare Beauty Fresh & Dewy Lip Cheek Duo

The Fresh & Dewy Lip Cheek Duo ($28) is a super cute set with a full size Stay Vunerable Glossy Lip Balm in Nearly Petal and mini Soft Pinch Blush in Happy. The Nearly Petal shade is a light peachy pink that’s very sheer and barely has any color payoff by itself. I like it layered on top of a liner or lipstick, but by itself I think it’s pretty much the same as a clear lip balm (at least on me).

The Soft Pinch Blush in Happy is a super mini. It’s very tiny but since the blushes are ultra pigmented I don’t mind the small size. It’s cute, I love the color, and the pink is really flattering for a healthy pink flush.

Rare Beauty Fresh & Dewy Lip Cheek Duo

Perfect Strokes Longwear Gel Eyeliner

The reviews for the Perfect Strokes Longwear Gel Eyeliner ($19) are overwhelmingly positive but I was pretty disappointed in this formula. It glides on beautifully on the hand, but on the eyes it drags and the pigment is not smooth or intense for the Cocoa shade. I felt like it disappeared on my skin within minutes. For a pencil liner in a twist up format I prefer the Tarte Quick Sticks or Sisley Phyto-Kohl Eyeliners by far.

I liked the Perfect Strokes Universal Volumizing Mascara ($20) from a previous haul so I restocked on another tube. This time however I’m just not really a fan of the formula. I think since I first bought it there have been so many other great launches, this one is just ok. Adds nice definition on me, but doesn’t really volumize and absolutely does not hold the curl.

All of the Above Weightless Eyeshadow Sticks

Rare Beauty All of the Above Weightless Eyeshadow Sticks

Rare Beauty All of the Above Weightless Eyeshadow Sticks

Rare Beauty All of the Above Weightless Eyeshadow Sticks

Last but not least we have a look at the All of the Above Weightless Eyeshadow Sticks ($22). This is another product I have mixed thoughts about. I think they’re much better than the Hourglass Voyeur Eyeshadow Sticks (reviewed here) but I don’t think they are the best out there. Perhaps the formula is just not for my skin type/preference though. The Rare Beauty Eyeshadow sticks are long-wearing but they set really fast so you need to blend quickly. On bare lids they emphasize fine lines I did not know where there giving me almost a wrinkly dried out look. If I load up on eye cream and apply the shadows as a topper on top of a powder shadow I get a better result.

I did a demo with 3 shades on Instagram reels. I think the colors are beautiful. Formula is kinda high maintenance for me, although I don’t mind layering. I just see myself reaching for something creamier that doesn’t set as fast like the Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Sticks (wish they would launch new colors) or the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Sticks.

Overall I had fun trying some new launches. I don’t think I would call any of them must-haves although I do really like the eyeshadow sticks in Contentment and Growth. From the Rare Beauty line I still think the best thing I’ve tried is the Positive Light Tinted Moisturizer.

Rare Beauty Haul

Have you tried any of these Rare Beauty launches? What did you think?




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Nordstrom Sales

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Haul

July 13, 2023

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2023 Haul Picks

I shopped the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale at my local store in Tampa and ended up finding a lot of great things from the beauty exclusives offerings this year! It was really fun to see everything in person although lots of the shoes and clothes were already sold out. My store also didn’t have most of the tops or denim on my radar in stock. If you’ve shopped the sale I’m curious to hear what the stock was like at your local store.

Here’s what I hauled and a few things I tried on. There’s lots in this roundup!


Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Cubic Zirconia Earrings 2 ct

I picked up these Cubic Zirconia Earrings in the2ct size ($29.99 on sale) and think they’re really pretty. They’re sparkly and the price is great. They have lots of size options available in store. You can find them in the gold stud or silver stud options.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2023 sunglasses

I found some great sunglasses on sale this year! The quality is hit or miss depending on brand and style but I bought two pairs from Tom Ford. I really loved the Alistair 56 mm Gradient Style.

Tom Ford Alistair 56 mm Blonde Havana

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2023 Sunglasses Try On Tom Ford and Celine

They have 3 colors and all 3 are priced differently. The Blonde Havana/Blue Gradient ($287.99, after sale $430) fit perfectly (bought these). I also loved the darker red/brown in Red Havana/Brown Polarized ($299.99, after sale $535) were really cute too. Also available in Shiny Black/Smoke ($299.99, after sale $535).

They had some men’s sunglasses mixed in, which could be unisex, but on the Nordstrom website they’re under the Men’s Sale Accessories. I also bought the Tom Ford Milla 59 mm Gradiant Aviators ($179.99, after sale $575) in the Gold Blue Gradient (lots of options available).

Also tried on the Tom Ford Leo 52 mm Retro ($246.99 on sale, after sale $370). It’s available in Shiny Black, Brown Wood/Black and Tortoise Havana. I ended up passing on this style as I already own a few Celine Sunglasses in a similar style.

My store was nearly sold out of all the Celine sunglasses but I did try the Celine Bold 3 Dots 58 mm Flat top ($289.99, regular $450) which were not really my style. I also had my eye on the Burberry 56 Square Sunglasses ($169.99 on sale) but they ended up feeling very flimsy.

I passed on all the bags this year although the Dagne Dover Ace Water Resistant Belt Bag ($65.99 on sale, after sale $95) and Mila Toiletry Organizer ($49.99) were both pretty cute!

The All Saints Ida Crossbody Bag ($199.99 on sale, after sale $319) was also cute but my store only had the Pampas White Color (both colors are still online).


Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2023 Sneakers on Sale

The Nsale sneaker section was pretty good but I am pretty well stocked right now so decided to pass. The 327s were already sold out and they’re no longer on the website. I do think you might have luck finding them in store though if you have a Nordstrom near you. Below a look at the:

Top: New Balance 574 and 327
Bottom: Adidas Swift Run and Ultraboost 1.0 DNA

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2023 Sneakers on Sale

Clothes Try-On

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2023 Haul Picks

The clothing section was very limited at my store. They didn’t stock all the colors or styles. I’m petite and a lot of the XS and XXS sizes were already gone.

I did pick up the FP Movement The Way Home Shorts in a Small ($19.99 on sale, $30 regular price options here) and the Zella Anya Ottoman Knit Pullover in an XS which runs big but is comfy ($49.99 on sale, $79 regular price).

This Pistola Oversize Muscle Tee ($44.99) comes in a really pretty purple color but the fit was off. I love the look of muscle tees on others but for me it just doesn’t look right.

This Madewell Alna V-Neck Sweater ($59.99) was really soft and airy, I loved the feel! It runs big though and I felt the XS was too big for me.

Beauty Haul Picks

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2023 Beauty Exclusives

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2023 Beauty Exclusives

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2023 Beauty Exclusives

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2023 Beauty Exclusives

Onto the big haul! I ended up with more than I anticipated. Here is what I bought with swatches.

Byredo Eau de Parfum Les Triples Set ($95, value of $104) was at the top of my list with Mojave Ghost, Bal D’Afrique and Gypsy Water. All three are phenomenal scents. The minis are 8 ml each and do not come with atomizer sprays but have a twist off cap. I 100% think all minis should come with sprays. I bought it anyways – the minis are cute! Below a look at the Full Size 50 ml vs 8 ml minis.


Byredo Perfume Mini Trio Nordstrom Anniversary sale

Slip Pure Silk Scrunchies ($44 on sale) have some fun colors in the set this year. They also have some nice Pillow Case + Scrunchie Sets ($86 each) in a Caramel and White Color (both have the queen size pillow case).

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2023 Slip Silk Scrunchies and Sets

Lip Sets

The Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Duo ($32 on sale, $64 value) has two full-sized options with the Telluride Crushed Lip Color and Free Spirit Oil-Infused Gloss. I love both formulas. I think the colors are great wearable neutrals. This was a no brainer even though I already own Free Spirit, I really love the formula.

MAC lip kits did not disappoint even though there are repeats with the lipliners. I really love the Treasured Lip Kits ($30 on sale). The Neutral Option has Powder Kiss Lipstick in A Way With Words and Lip Liner in Soar. The Pink Set has Powder Kiss Lipstick in Forgotten Bloom and Lip Liner in Dervish. I LOVE the Pink Set!

The At First Lipglass Set ($28 on sale) has two really pretty neutrals I can see myself wearing a lot. Rose Recollection is a neutral pink with gold shimmer and Pleased to Be Here is a stunning gold shimmer.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2023 Beauty Exclusives MAC and Bobbi Brown

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2023 Beauty Exclusives MAC and Bobbi Brown

Charlotte Tilbury has yet another Pillow Talk Lip Kit ($62 on sale, $92 value). I neglected to realize I already own the Jewel Lips Gloss but the set is really nice if you don’t already own the lipstick or liner. Swatches below of all the Pillow Talk shades in different formulas below including the Lip Lustre, Collagen Lip Bath and Blur Lips.

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lip Set Nordstrom

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lip Set Nordstrom

Westman Atelier Petite Lit Up Stick Set ($40) has really cute minis in Nectar and Brulee. The set is kinda spendy for the size but I think it’s a nice way to try them out. They’ll be really easy to use up or throw in a travel bag without taking up too much space.

Westman Atelier Swatches Lit Up Sticks

For skincare I splurged on the Augustinus Bader On the Go Refresh Set ($140). I’ve tried both formulas and really like them. I do think they 100% live up to the hype. This set also comes with a mini Eye Cream which I have not tried but am excited too.

Augustinus Bader Set Nordstrom NSALE 2023

Tom Ford Beauty launched the same set as a previous set with the Day Classics Eye and Lip Mini Set ($90). It comes with a full size Eye Color Quad Crème in Tiger Eye, mini Lip Colors in Casablanca and West Coast. I already own the quad and can confirm it’s a great everyday neutral with easy to blend texture and color payoff.

Tom Ford Day Classics Eye & Lip Mini Set

Tom Ford Day Classics Eye & Lip Mini Set

I also bought the Vacation Inc Duo ($28) with the Classic Lotion SPF 50 and Chardonnay Oil with SPF 30. We can never have enough sunscreen here so I didn’t mind stocking up on this set.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2023 Vacation Inc Duo

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2023 Beauty Exclusives

A few other things worth mentioning: The Armani Fluid Sheer Glow Enhancer Set is a pretty good deal ($52 on sale, value of $78). The minis are pretty generously sized. It has #8 which is a pale frosty pink and #10 which is a gorgeous golden bronze shimmer. Both are really quite beautiful. I already own so many highlighters I decided to pass on this set.

In my excitement I forgot to buy the YSL Rouge Volupte Duo ($55) or the Lash Clash Duo ($39). Both are great value sets. I have so much makeup to work through right now I’m 100% ok that I forgot to add to my buy pile.

For the guys in your life I 100% recommend Jack Black especially the Body Best Sellers ($49). It has three great cleansers that guys can use on body and hair (who doesn’t love a multi-tasker?). Andrew swears by the Turbo Wash and he also loves Big Sir. He says he’s not the biggest fan of the All-Over formula but I’ve tried it and I think it’s ok. Turbo Wash is hands down the best one.

That wraps up my shopping haul for this year’s Nsale! I posted a BEAUTY REEL with a closer look at more Beauty Exclusives if you want to see more!

What did you end up buying this year? Did you find anything good!

Nordstrom Sales

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2023 Preview

July 10, 2023

Nordstrom anniversary Sale 2023 NSALE

The NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE 2023 is almost here starting on Tuesday July 11th with first access for Icon Nordy Club Members. They’ve already launched the preview online so everyone can browse and save favorites to a wishlist.

Here are the dates and info for the NSALE. I am at the Ambassador Level so I’ll be shopping on the 12th.

  • Icons early access July 11 – 16
  • Ambassadors early access July 12 – 16
  • Influencers early access July 13 – 16
  • Open to Everyone July 17 – August 6

I went through the entire catalog and saved a bunch of favorites I want to check out. I’ve shopped the sale every year for as long as I can remember. I always look forward to their Beauty Exclusives for new launches and special edition sets or colors. I have to say this year I have mixed feelings about the beauty offerings. They seem to have more value sets and discounts on bundles rather than truly new or innovative colors.

I have a feeling that many of these will be on sale during the holiday season so I don’t think there is any rush to go-buy-now unless you already have them on your wishlist anyways. Whether you’re shopping in store or online, PLEASE check out the Gift With Purchase Page before you shop. In store associates don’t always know about the gift offerings and I often miss out and don’t realize that until I get home. Make a list or screen shot the gifts on your phone to show the sale associate helping you. Nordstrom updates the GWP page regularly – right now there isn’t much listed but they always add tons of special offers once the sale starts.


Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2023 Beauty Exclusives NSALE

I will 100% be getting the MAC At First Lipglass Duo ($28)  and the YSL Lash Clash Mascara Set ($38). The Tom Ford Beauty Day Classics Set ($90) has one of my favorite quads if you haven’t checked it out, it’s a great deal! Trish McEvoy has some pretty impressive beauty offerings if you’re into a full look in an organizer.

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BEAUTY EXCLUSIVES: Skincare, Haircare, Fragrance

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2023 Beauty Exclusives NSALE

There are some really good fragrance sampler sets from Byredo, Creed, Maison Francis Kurkdjian and Jo Malone – all of which I think are great for those who want to try scents out at their leisure vs splurging on a huge bottle. I have my eye on the Byredo Eau de Parfum Trio (it will be interesting to see how small they are in real life, they’re 8 ml each).

You can always rely on Nordstrom to have good deals on hair tools and mirrors. If you’ve had your eye on any it’s a great time to save on a simplehuman Sensor Mirror, T3 AireBrush Duo, riki loves riki Mirror, ghd Flat Iron and more.

If you’ve had your eye on Vacation Inc Sunscreen, I think this SUNSCREEN Duo is a must.

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Barefoot Dreams is on sale and I will be buying a few. The ones we currently own have seen better days, especially since Ollie loves them a lot. It’s the perfect time for me to buy some fresh new ones.

Tons of designer accessories are on sale this year. To be honest the designer sunglasses on sale aren’t always the best quality like the regular offerings, but I have been really happy with previous year’s Celine.

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2023 Womens Tops

Lots of cute tops and sweaters for fall! It’s too hot to think about cozy wear but there are cute options to shop for the upcoming season. It has been a long time since I’ve worn a leather jacket. I never have the occasion to wear one but this nude one from L’Agence is just SO beautiful.

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2023 Active Wear

There are always lots of great deals on active wear. I’m a pretty loyal fan to Lululemon or Vuori for workout tops and shorts, but I also really like Zella and Free People. My favorite New Balance sneakers are on sale too with lots of styles available including the 574 and 327 in different colors.

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Are you shopping the Nordstrom Sale this year? What’s on your wishlist! I’ll be posting a haul as soon as I can after the 12th!

As always I’m hosting a giveaway as my way of thanking you for following me! I’ll be giving away 1 eGift Card to Nordstrom (US site only). It’s open internationally but know that the gift card will be for the US site. 1 winner will be selected on Friday. To enter complete ALL THE STEPS in the widget below. Partial entries will be disqualified.

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Hauls Sales Sephora

What I Hauled from the Sephora Sale

April 24, 2023

Sephora Sale Haul | The Beauty Lookbook

It’s the last day of the Sephora spring sale and here’s a quick look at what I hauled plus some first impressions of what I tried. I went a little overboard with the event – there are so many things I’ve had on my list to try so I picked up quite a few things. I have not had a chance to try everything yet but for those of you who wanted the full rundown here are all the details.

New Things I Hauled

Sephora Sale Haul Haus Labs

Haus Labs has been on my list to try and I think it’s a beautifully designed line with well thought out products. Packaging is sleek and unique. Unfortunately I can’t call this a must-have line to try, the products seem to be very good in quality and ingredients, but the formulas just don’t all hit home.

Haus Labs Le Monster Lip Crayon Rose Matte + Peach Matte are pretty twist up matte lip pencils. The colors I picked are a little too cool in undertone for my skin tone so they make me washed out. I think the formula is great and shade range is pretty good. I just ended up with colors that didn’t work so well for me.

Haus Labs Triclone Skin Tech Medium Coverage Foundation is something I am still trying to make work for me. I picked shade 230 Light Medium Cool (matched in store). Pros: I like the finish and coverage. Cons: The formula settles into my fine lines and also separates in any creases I have (like around the nose or wrinkles I have on my face). I have been able to get it to work when I add a serum + moisturizer + primer, but it’s a little high maintenance and there is a lot of transfer anytime I touch my face to anything.

Haus Labs Powder Sculpt Bronzer Shade 5 and Shade 6. Now these are a thumbs up for me! Formula is not groundbreaking or super unique, but what I love about them is they are satin in finish: not too matte, not too shimmery, just somewhere in between. I have a slight preference for Shade 6 right now but both look pretty good on my skintone right now.

Haus Labs Color Fuse Blush Pomelo Peach + Dragon Fruit Glaze swatch so beautifully on the hand but perhaps I’m just not the right shade skintone-wise for these. On my face they look muddy and unflattering. What I see in the pan definitely does not translate to what goes on my face.

New Base Products

Sephora Sale Haul Foundations

Merit The Minimalist Perfecting Complexion Stick in Sand and Camel are nice for the minimalist. To me they’re more like a concealer stick you can use to on spots you need coverage. Solid performers but if you already own a concealer or foundation stick you love, I don’t think these are must-haves.

Kosas Dream Beam Mineral Sunscreen SPF 40 – have not tried yet, a little scared to since I react to a lot of sunscreens but will keep you posted!

Saie Slip Tint Dewy Tinted Moisturizer in Shade 4 and 4.5, these have already been in my favorites roundup but wanted to highlight them again. Thumbs up for this formula!

Summer Fridays Sheer Skin Tint in Shade 4 and 5 – love these for a really lightweight fluid formula that isn’t too dewy or sheer. Has nice natural coverage and a pretty glow. I’m in between shades so I’m mixing them.

Givenchy Prisme Libre Skin-Caring Concealer in N250 – another one I’ve already put in a favorites roundup, but had to share again. If you’re looking for a new concealer to try that is creamy, easy to blend and has great coverage – this is the one to check out! You can see it IN ACTION HERE.

Bronzers + Contour

Sephora Sale Haul Tower 28, Makeup By Mario and Freck

Makeup by Mario SoftSculpt Tranforming Skin Perfector – still testing but it has so many rave reviews from people I follow and trust, I have high hopes.

Tower 28 Sculptino in Broad and Tower 28 Bronzino in Sun Coast – have not tried but I picked up a couple lighter shades in formulas I already own and love to try.

Freck Face Hack Precision Sculpting Cream Bronzer in Medium Tan – I partnered with Freck to share a tutorial on how to use these. They’re mini but mighty! Formula is one of the best cream bronzers I’ve tried.


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Beauty Tools I Hauled

Sephora Haul Beauty Tools Beautyblender, Merit Brush Saie Brush

Will quickly say I like all of the tools I hauled from Sephora and would recommend them to anyone!

Beautyblender Besties Bronze Set
Merit No 1 Tapered Blending Brush
Saie Fluffy Setting Powder Brush as I really love the Base Brush + Bronzer Brush
Isle of Paradise Blending Brush

Lip Haul

Sephora Lip Haul Huda Beauty, NARS, Rare Beauty

Still need to try these out, but I already know I love the NARS formula!

NARS Afterglow Sensual Shine in Dolce Vita, Devotion + On Edge
Rare Beauty Lip Souffle Matte Cream in Kindness
Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick in Wifey

Favorites I Restocked

Restock Haul Picks Charlotte Tilbury, Urban Decay and Shiseido

Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Brow
Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand
Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray and Pressed Powder
Urban Decay Setting Spray with Vitamin C Mini
Shiseido Clear Sunscreen Stick

That wraps up my Sephora sale haul! I have several videos of products in action on Reels and my Shop.LTK Page if you want to check them out for more details! A few new perfumes from Armani and Clean Reserve for those who love sweet scents, more details on the best sunscreens from Shiseido and some skincare + haircare loves!

Sephora Haul Armani, Clean, Kerastase and Drunk Elephant

Best Sunscreens from Shiseido

Did you haul anything good from the sale? Let me know what your must-have finds are! Thank you to everyone who followed along on my beauty hauls and tutorials over the past week! I really appreciate the love and support! More giveaways to follow soon as my way of saying thank you!


Lips Sephora

Spring Lip Try-On Haul

April 14, 2023

Sephora Spring Savings Event Lip Try On Haul

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The Sephora Savings Event is here with early access starting now for Beauty Insiders in the Rouge Tier! It’s a great time to save on new spring launches or stock up on beauty staples. Use code SAVENOW to shop online and save during these dates based on your Sephora Beauty Insider level:

  • 4/14-4/17: Rouge Early Access: 20% off
  • 4/18-4/24: VIB Preferred Access: 15% off
  • 4/18-4/24: All Tiers: 10% off
  • 30% off Sephora Collection for everyone

If you’re not a member yet you can sign up for free here. The savings offer is multi-use in store and online. Some exclusions apply and codes are not stackable. Sephora offers Same-Day Delivery from select stores, or you can use their Buy Online Pick Up In Store option to shop at home and then pick up at your convenience.

Sephora Spring Savings Event Lip Try On Haul Merit, Tower28, Rare Beauty, Pat McGrath Labs

Sephora has so many great brands and new spring launches. I did a major spring lip haul and put 10 different formulas to the test. I tried a little bit of everything from lip liners, lip oils, balms, liquid lips and lipsticks. If you’ve been curious about any of the newer launches here is the rundown.

Merit Shade Slick Gelee Sheer Tinted Lip Oils

Merit Shade Slick Gelee Sheer Tinted Lip Oils

Merit Shade Slick Gelee Sheer Tinted Lip Oils ($24) are brand new and these are beautiful. They’re sheer glossy lip oils that give the lips a nice fresh wash of color. Color payoff is like almost like a water color stain – natural but still noticeable. They’re super lightweight and the pigment stains the lips a little.

Below wearing and Mapleton (sheer brown berry). Also wearing:

Merit Shade Slick Gelee Sheer Tinted Lip Oil Jete

Tower 28 Lips

Tower 28 OneLiner Lip Liners and Tower 28 JuiceBalm Vegan Tinted Lip Balms

Tower 28 JuiceBalm Vegan Tinted Lip Balms ($16) are another great find. I think the shades are fun for spring to summer. These come in a twist up chubby stick form and have a natural finish, ultra hydrating feel and fun colors. I bought two in Mix (nautral nude) and Shake (juicy pink) – great swipe and go kind of lip colors.

Tower 28 JuiceBalm Vegan Tinted Lip Balm in MIX

The Tower 28 OneLiner Lip Liners ($15) have been sold out for a long time but just restocked. I think Fill Me In and Work of Art are some of the best neutral lips but better kind of shades and they have a smooth full coverage finish.

Sephora Collection


Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick ($15) in 70 First Date

Sephora Collection products are highly under-rated. Next time you’re in store definitely check out the selection of brushes, lip products and more. I recently picked up the Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick ($15) in 70 First Date and it’s the perfect creamy peachy pink. Formula is really good – opaque, smooth, doesn’t look dry and long-wearing. They’re super comfortable and I like that they also don’t dry out the lips.

The Sephora Collection Lip Liner To Go ($6) is also top notch. I had my eye on a handful of colors because they have a great range of neutrals and brown tones. I picked up 17 Light Brown and 15 Deep Beige – both of which are really great neutrals.

Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick ($15) in 70 First Date

Too Faced

Too Faced makes the most dramatic lip plumping products and they just launched the Lip Injection Extreme Lip Shaper Plumping Lip Liner ($24). These made my lips extremely full and plump immediately. The tingle factor is probably an 9 out of 10 for me which was a little too strong. The shades are really great neutrals and if your lips can handle the tingle these really do plump the lips.

Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme Lip Shaper Plumping Lip Liner

Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme Lip Shaper Plumping Lip Liner


Dior Beauty

Dior Beauty makes some of the most beautiful luxury lipsticks and I hauled a few new shades of the Dior Addict Refillable Shine Lipstick ($45) and a couple of the fun Lipstick Cases ($30). 412 Dior Vibe is a nude beige and 521 Diorelita is the perfect pink mauve shade. Both have a hydrating feel, pretty shine and beautiful color payoff.

Dior Addict Refillable Shine Lipstick

Dior Addict Refillable Shine Lipstick Diorelita

Pat McGrath Labs

If you’re looking for great wearable neutrals Pat McGrath SatinAllure Lipsticks ($30) are 100% worth the splurge. I think every single shade is beautiful – I swatched Venusian Peach, Negligee, Nude Romantique 2 and Nude Venus. The SatinAllure is a classic lipstick formula with a satin finish and full coverage.

Pat McGrath SatinAllure Lipsticks

Pat McGrath SatinAllure Lipsticks


The newest launch from NARS is the Afterglow Sensual Shine Hydrating Lipstick ($32) and these are incredible. If you like shine lipsticks definitely check these out. I picked out two shades to try the formula and will be picking up more. Breathless is a perfect beige nude and Orgasm is a stunning pink gold. Texture is very smooth – these glide onto the lips in the most comfortable way.

NARS Afterglow Sensual Shine Hydrating Lipstick

NARS Afterglow Sensual Shine Hydrating Lipstick

Rare Beauty

Last but not least the Rare Beauty Soft Pinch Tinted Lip Oils ($20) are incredible. These have a stain in the color that adheres to the lips. I love the bold shades – they’re very wearable and I think will be flattering on a wide range of skin tones. To me they are more like a stain with a hint of gloss/oil but I love them. Definitely check out a few of these during the Sephora Savings Event.

Rare Beauty Soft Pinch Tinted Lip Oils

Rare Beauty Soft Pinch Tinted Lip Oils

That wraps up my Lip Haul review! Let me know what’s on your radar for the Sephora Savings Event. Have you tried any of these new lip launches yet?




Quick recap on the dates, use code SAVENOW to shop online and save during these dates based on your Sephora Beauty Insider level:

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  • 4/18-4/24: All Tiers: 10% off
  • 30% off Sephora Collection for everyone

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Best Foundations, Concealers + Setting Products at Sephora

April 12, 2023

Best Foundations, Primers, Concealers + Primers to Shop During the Sephora Sale

The Sephora Savings Event starts soon with first access for Rouge Members! I’ve rounded up my favorites by category and today’s roundup highlights my Top 5 for Base Products including primers, foundations, concealers, setting products and more. Sale info, use code SAVENOW at checkout. Code is multi-use in store or online. Some exclusions apply.

  • 4/14-4/17: Rouge Early Access: 20% off
  • 4/18-4/24: VIB Preferred Access: 15% off
  • 4/18-4/24: All Tiers: 10% off
  • 30% off Sephora Collection for everyone


Best Primers Tatcha and Bobbi Brown

I’m not really a primer kind of person but these are the best ones I’ve tried. I usually prefer a moisturizer that will also double as a good base layer.


Patrick Ta Major Skin Creme Foundation and Finishing Powder Duo

There are so many great foundation formulas with a wide range of coverage. I’ve split the foundations into sheer, medium and full:

Best Sheer-Medium Finish

Medium Coverage

Full Coverage


YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touch Concealer

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer Ginger

For concealers, I like one that is creamy, brightens and doesn’t crease. I’ll only use a full coverage concealer to spot treat.


Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder

I’m usually a pressed powder kind of person and use the Charlotte Tilbury or NARS the most. Also found a new holy grail powder find in the loose powder category:


Hourglass Makeup Brushes

For brushes I own a wide range of tools from a number of different brands. The brushes I use the most are from Hourglass. I splurged on their Face and Eye Travel Brush Set during the last sale and love it. If you’re only looking to add a few tools I swear by the Vanish Foundation and Vanish Concealer Brushes. The Bobbi Brown Full Coverage Face Brush is another favorite. The beautyblender is also one I use all the time, no other sponge compares.

For powder I reach for Chanel and Laura Mercier the most – both of which aren’t available at Sephora, but I really like the Rare Beauty Always an Optimist Powder Brush and the Charlotte Tilbury Retractable Air Brush.

If you’re my skin twin I have a roundup of all the Foundation and Concealer shades I have worn in this FOUNDATION AND CONCEALER REFERENCE Guide.

Sale info, use code SAVENOW at checkout. Code is multi-use in store or online. Some exclusions apply.

  • 4/14-4/17: Rouge Early Access: 20% off
  • 4/18-4/24: VIB Preferred Access: 15% off
  • 4/18-4/24: All Tiers: 10% off
  • 30% off Sephora Collection for everyone

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