Beautylish – Spring into Summer Event, save up to 50% off bundles
Becca Cosmetics – 30% off Sunlit Bronzer and 5 deluxe samples with purchases of $75+
Bite Beauty – 4-piece set on every $40+ order including: mini Agave+ Intensive Lip Mask in Agave, mini Outburst Longwear Lip Stain in Orange Fizz, Kiss Printed Makeup Pouch & Round Mirror, use code: SUMMERNOW ends 5/25
Bloomingdale’s– Memorial Day savings 30-50% off select items, extra 50% off marked items
By Terry– 20% off sitewide with code GLOW20, through the weekend
Clarins – Save up to 30% off select products, choose 5 travel sizes with any $100+ order, use code MDW20
Rounding up the Best Cyber Monday Beauty Deals for 2019! I already bought a few things over the weekend from 111Skin, Byredo, Sol de Janeiro and Diptyque which I’m pretty excited about. Also eyeing some sale picks from Reformation and Fresh Beauty as well.
Beauty Sales and Deals
111Skin – any order $250+ will receive a travel kit of choice
Byredo – receive a free 70 g candle with any order above $75 (selection available at checkout, one per order, while stock lasts through 12/2)
By Terry – Up to 70% off select products including Nude-Expert Foundation, Glow-Expert and more
Chanel – Special Cyber Monday launch bringing back the Les Tissages de Chanel in Tweed Pink! Plus a special promo for Beauty Look Book readers – starting 12/2/2019 any Fragrance & Beauty order on Chanel.com will receive a complimentary deluxe sample of Sublimage Crème (5 g/0.17 oz) by entering code REVITALIZE at checkout (while supplies last)
Charlotte Tilbury – Cyber Monday sale with 40% off select bundles, blush sets, palettes
Diptyque – Limited-edition Black Friday launch in their iconic Baies candle with special design and black wax, limited run while supplies last from 11/29 to 12/2, also receive a mini candle duo (35g) and Lucky Charms ornament set on order $150+ with code CHARMS while supplies last (closer look at the candle here)
Charlotte Tilbury – Black Friday Beauty sale, 30% off select bundles, palettes and sets
Clarins – Buy 1 item receive 15% off, buy 2 items receive 20% off, buy 3 items receive 25% off (FYI the two Kooples Tinted Lip Oils are back in stock in case you’ve been trying to track them down, I just ordered them however there’s a note on their site stating they’re excluded from the promo)
Cle de Peau Beaute – Cyber Week Bonus gift with purchase with 4 minis with order $250 or more
Clinique – 25% off orders with code 25OFF with free shipping
Colourpop – 30% off sitewide including palettes, no code needed, some exclusions apply
CoverFX – 30% off and free shipping with code BESTFRIDAY
Diptyque – Limited-edition Black Friday launch in their iconic Baies candle with special design and black wax, limited run while supplies last from 11/29 to 12/2, also receive a mini candle duo (35g) and Lucky Charms ornament set on order $150+ with code CHARMS while supplies last
Elemis – 30% off site wide with code CYBER19, excludes Excludes ULTRA SMART Pro-Collagen, Travel Sizes, Select Kits, and Gift Cards
Farmacy Beauty – 20% off all orders or 30% off orders $120+ with code CYBER, runs through end of 12/2
First Aid Beauty – 30% Off orders with code HOLIYAY, valid through 12/2, offer excludes all Skincare Kits, Limited Edition Holiday Kits, New Arrivals and Sale Items
Foreo – Black Friday offers up to 35% off select items
15% off Luna 3
25% off LUNA 2, ISSA, ESPADA, IRIS, UFO mini, All UFO Mask Collections and LUNA fofo, LUNA mini 2 (aqua, yellow, black)
35% off UFO (all colors) and LUNA mini 2 (Pearl Pink and Fuchsia)
Fresh Beauty – Take 20% off entire purchase through 12/2, automatically applied at checkout
Giorgio Armani Beauty – Friends and Family event save 20% off, receive complimentary shipping and 2 samples on orders $75, also receive a full size Lip Maestro N200 on orders $125+, use code HOLIDAY20, valid 11/21-26
Tarte – 30% off everything with code FRIDAY30, valid 11/29
Tatcha – Three mystery offers when you play for a chance to win 20% off $100 orders or $15 off $75 orders, unique code will be generated for playing the game, also offering free gifts minis of the Violet-C Mask and Serum with orders over $50, valid 11/28 to 12/1.
Ulta Beauty – Black Friday Beauty Busters sale while supplies last
Violet Grey – bi-annual sale savings (exclusions apply)
$15 off $100 purchases
$50 off $250 purchases
$100 off $500 purchases
$250 off $1,000 purchases
Acccessories and Fashion Sales On My Radar
APL – Free travel pack with each pair of shoes purchased and a $20 coupon to use on your next online order, limit 1 coupon per order, some exclusions apply
Banana Republic – 50% off regular priced items, no exclusions, no code needed
Sephora has surprised us with a Summer Bonus Event for Rouge and VIB Members! The event is happening now through 8/27 to reward top tier Beauty Insiders with a summer bonus discount both in store and online (you can shop and save multiple times throughout the event). If you’re not already a member I highly recommend signing up! As a member you get access to a lot of perks such as discounts, early access to new launches, promotions, free makeovers and more.
Rouge Members will receive 20% off purchases with code SUMMERSAVE
VIB Members will receive 15% off with code SUMMERSAVE
There are so many great beauty brands available at Sephora and this is a great time to try some new things that have on your wishlist or to stock up on tried-and-true staples. I’ve partnered with them to round up my Top 20 Makeup Staples I’ve used all summer long. Quick note that there are some exclusions: “Not valid on The Ordinary products . Clients are limited to the purchase of one Dyson item, three Drunk Elephant items, five Morphe items, and three Tatcha items per SKU per transaction.”
Face / Base
My top picks:
Armani Luminous Silk Foundation has been a go-to, the color range matches my skin tone the best as they have good golden/olive tones. This is the most naturally radiant looking foundation I’ve tried and it holds up well even in warm weather.
Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Foundation is the longest-wearing semi-matte finish base I’ve tried. It holds up the best in humidity, covers and smoothes, has great coverage, but my skin can still breathe with this one
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer is forever going to be my holy grail. I love that the colors have been expanded, so if you felt like you couldn’t find a match with the original launch, you might want to check out the colors again. They’ve added a lot of new shades to fill in the gaps. It’s also available in a mini (in all colors)
I could go on forever about my favorite lip products. There are so many great formulas and finishes – practically something for everyone whether you want gloss, lipstick, a liquid, crayon, shimmer, matte, sheer, etc. The top ones I’ve had in rotation:
NARS Oil-Infused Lip Tints are also lovely for a beautiful lip oil. I think all the colors are really nice but I’m partial to Orgasm. It will swatch clear/sheer on your hand, but on the lips give it a minute and it will shift in color to a pretty pink. It’s what I’m wearing in this post!
Fenty Gloss Bomb in Fenty Glow is what I’d call a universal soft rose. I think it’s a must for any skin tone. It has a cushiony non-sticky finish.
Pat McGrath LuxeTrance Lipsticks are the first products I splurged on from her line and it’s been love since the first swipe. These are ultra creamy and opaque. They aren’t weightless but the colors are so beautiful.
Anastasia Brow Wiz is one of the best brow pencils I’ve ever tried. Since I got highlights last year I had to change my brow pencil color as my usual browns from Dior were a bit too dark. I alternate between Anastasia Medium Brown, Caramel and Taupe.
Tom Ford Fiber Brow Gel is the best brow gel to fill in and define the brow. I still love the Hourglass option for a cheaper alternative but I feel like the Tom Ford one fills in the gaps better.
Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen is the best liquid liner. It’s so expensive but out of all the ones I’ve tried I feel it’s truly worth the extra price because it doesn’t bleed, it dries fast when you apply, and it does not dry out as quickly as other brands do. I also love that it’s double sided with two sizes for the tips.
Last but not least, the three cheek products I feel are extra special include:
Natasha Denona Bloom and Blush Glow has the prettiest mix of shades for the ultimate glow. It has a combination of powders and creams. I feel like this is such a unique palette!
Natasha Denona Tan and Bronze Glow is so good I’ve kept my backup so I won’t be without it once I use mine up. I think this has the most flattering mix of colors for highlight and bronzer for medium to medium dark skin.
Fenty Beauty Sun Stalk’r Instant Warmth Bronzer in Shady Biz is a really good natural matte bronzer. I love everything about from the packaging to formula. It has the perfect texture to blend easily and doesn’t darken on the skin once it sets.
That wraps up my Top 20 Makeup Favorites! There are so many other things I also love but I tried to narrow down my recommendations list to the top 20.
The Sephora Summer Bonus Event is going to be for Rouge and VIB Members only this round, it runs through 8/27. I’m stocking up on some hair care and skin care favorites. I’ll probably buy a couple more of the Charlotte Tilbury pressed powders because I go through those frequently!
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Happy Friday! I have an Instagram roundup on some outfits and accessories I’ve been loving lately. A few of you have asked for more info on sizing/scale of the mini bags I’ve posted in a few flatlays so I’m sharing all the details today!
Quick note that a few retailers are having sales going on right now that you might want to take advantage of. Many of my accessories are on sale!
Shopbop’s sale ends April 13th (extended by one day) with code EVENT19 you can save 20% off orders under $500 and 25% off orders over $500
Nordstrom is price matching a lot of the items from the Shopbop Sale (you’ll have to search by brand or product name)
Tory Burch is having a sale event through April 15th, 20% off $200, 25% off $350 and 30% off $500 (there are quite a few exclusions), use code SPRING
J.Crew is having a sale with 50% off sale styles and 40% off everything else, online only with code SALEUPGRADE, ends April 15th (update)
I did a quick series on Instagram Stories about one of my Ark Bags. This one shown above was a gifted dupe and it’s a very well made one. The differences between the real Cult Gaia and this one are slight, I wish I knew where it was from but it was a gift and I’m a little embarrassed to ask! A few of you mentioned you think it’s this one from Amazon or possibly this one from Tuckernuck. Based on what I’ve seen for the bamboo/wood ones the dupes are very well constructed. If I knew where my exact dupe was from I would 100% buy it.
My favorite sandals this season are from Sam Edelman. I bought a couple pairs and these Gala Sandals are on sale at Shopbop. They run true to size and are very comfortable.
I recently rediscovered J.Crew denim, I always thought their jeans were pricey but with the sales it makes them 100% worth it. The 9 inch high rise has a good fit where it doesn’t feel like they are falling off like lowrise ones. No belt needed for this style and at the same time they aren’t too high it makes me feel like I’m wearing pants up to my chest. They’re a little stretchy but still sturdy enough to hold everything up and in! My favorites however are still from Paige in the Verdugo Ankle style (any color). Out of all the brands/styles I’ve tried I think Paige has the most flattering cuts and fit.
My curiosity got the best of me and I felt like I just had to know what the original was like. I bought the real Cult Gaia Ark Bag in the Mini Size Natural Color from Nordstrom (also available at Shopbop) and think it’s SO cute. The real ones have the Cult Gaia branding inside the handle and in between the strips are tiny round beads while the dupes usually have a gap with the clear plastic showing. I’m 5’3″ and find minis fit my frame better in general but they aren’t always practical because of how little they hold. The mini measures 6.25 inches tall, 9 inches long, 2.5 inches deep. (Scroll down for a photo of me wearing the mini.) I think it’s the cutest thing ever and it is big enough to hold my wallet, phone, keys, a compact, sunglasses and a couple lipsticks. I do think the bigger sizes, even the small is more practical to hold more things without overwhelming your frame. I’m keeping the mini I bought and my gifted dupe – think both are the perfect summer bag, even years after it originally launched. If you want something more unique opt for the Tortoise or pretty Acrylic Colors, I love the blue and melon colors!
Quick note on my sunglasses from Rayban, the style code I have is RB2185 and I have the polarized options which are slightly more expensive than the non-polarized versions. I did not realize this until after I bought mine. I know people say polarized sunglasses have better protection for the eyes, but sometimes I don’t like the way they shift colors. I still really love mine and I own quite a few polarized sunglasses. Just wanted to tell you in case you wanted to know or wanted something around $50 cheaper opt for the regular versions.
I’ve had the Staud Mini Shirley bag for a little over a year now and love it! As with the minis vs small, I do like my mini, but the bigger options are going to be a lot more practical. I wish I bought the small size but since I use this for days I only carry essentials. It’s perfect for date nights or quick trips out. It doesn’t have a shoulder strap or long handle to throw over the arm which is the only downside to this style for me. They did just launch another clear option called the Clear Bissett Bag which seems more practical if you need a longer handle to hold over the shoulder or want something a little bigger around.
These style Tory Burch Emmy Sandals run a little small, I’d recommend going a 1/2 size up. I normally wear 6.5 in their millers, with these I opted for a 7. The classic Millers are still the most comfortable as the sole of these are stiffer, but they’re still easy to wear for me.
I bought the AGolde Parker Shorts the last time Shopbop had a sale and this was the first time I tried high rise shorts. They’re on the high side as described but it’s a nice change from the shorter lower waist options I’ve tried. Color shown is Swapmeet which is a lighter blue and they have some fun distressing giving them a more casual vibe. I also love the color Rock Steady which is a more traditional classic blue jean color.
To this day Tory Burch Millers are still my favorite sandals. The sand patent has lasted the longest for me. I’ve worn my others TO DEATH and they are starting to wear, but they have lasted probably 5 years and I’ve worn them EVERYWHERE so I think they were well worth the splurge. My brown leather ones have seen better days – but they have lived through a lot of travel, rain, humidity and moving. I’m planning to repurchase and replace them soon.
Another sale splurge last month was the Clare V Petite Sandy and I did not realize how small it was going to be even after checking the dimensions online. I still love it and think it’s the perfect size for me! (See one photo down to see how small it is.) The larger Sandy is more of what I envisioned this being like though because it’s bigger and has a longer strap to hold over the shoulder. You can buy a separate shoulder strap from Clare V for a lot of their bags which is something I’m considering for my petite option.
Another pair of Sam Edelman shoes I’ve been loving are the Beckie Style in Natural Raffia (runs true to size for me). They have a similar style called Bay Cutout which has solid/smooth leather but I have not tried those yet. The Beckie options are the woven material and it’s very sturdy and comfortable with a slight cushion like the Gala.
By request, a few mirror selfies to show scale of the bags. I’m 5’3″ and 118 pounds (I’ve gained weight with our indulgent Miami vacation eating and have also gained muscle weight with our weight training). The struggle to stay fit is real when there are so many tempting good food places to try when you travel. I’ve been fluctuating like a yoyo.
One last post from Instagram! I mentioned the Anthropologie Cloudfleece top a while back and a lot of you wanted to know what it looked like on. I posted a photo sharing the Mint color. It’s super soft and lightweight and hangs nicely for a relaxed fit. I’m wearing the XS here.
You also wanted to know how big/small the Tory Burch Marsden Crossbody is on me. It measures 9.25 by 5.5 and 1.25 deep. Here it is on me over the shoulder and worn as a crossbody. I wish it had an adjustable strap to make it a tad bit shorter but it’s easy to wear and most of you are taller than me so it’s probably going to be the perfect length! I wear it all the time and it has some slots inside to put cards so you don’t need a wallet. I’ve owned it since last July and it’s held up very well even in Florida humidity and rain.
Roundup of the Sest Cyber Monday Sales in Beauty, Fashion and Accessories for 2018! There are some nice ways to save on Bobbi Brown, Armani, Truffle along with a lot of gift with purchase options. Chanel has three new limited-edition travel sets that come in a super cute pouch! I was lucky to receive a preview of the Hydra Beauty Le Voyage is shown above.
Anastasia Beverly Hills – limited restock on the Amrezy highlighter at 9:00 AM PST, weekend sales event with markdowns on select products
AmorePacific – for a limited time, 50% off select gift sets, valid through 11/27
Benefit – 25% off all orders with code BENESAVE, valid 11/25-11/27
Bite Beauty – Cyber Monday special 20% off sitewide + free standard shipping on all orders, valid 11/26 only, GWP offer Bag + Mirror, Mini AB Cayenne, Mini AB Fig, with any $35 purchase using code MONDAY4
Blissworld – 25% off sitewide with code THANKS, valid through 11/26
Bluemercury – earn a promo card with purchase, spend $100 and get a $20 promo card, spend $250 and receive a $50 promo card, offer runs 11/26
Bobbi Brown – 25% off sitewide and 6-piece minis with a $50 purchase
Briogeo – 20% off sitewide with code HOLIDAY on 11/26
Buxom – 25% off sitewide with code AFFCM18, plus free holographic top coat in Crystal with orders $50 plus, runs through 11/27
Byredo – receive a free 70g candle with any order above $75 and enjoy free shipping, choose between six options at checkout, while supplies last through 11/26
Spend $100 and receive a Beauty Elixir 30 ml, Instant Foaming Cleanser 50 ml, Lip Conditioner and a Hand Nail Cream 30 ml, use code CYBER100
Spend $200 and receive a Beauty Elixir 30ml, Vinoperfect Serum 10ml, Vinosource Sorbet 15ml, Premier Cru Eye Cream 5ml, 1 French Kiss Innocence, and a Caudalie Tote Bag gift, use code CYBER200
Chanel – three Cyber Monday Limited-Edition exclusive travel sets, one shown above!
Hydra Beauty Le Voyage ($120) includes a mesh zip pouch, 0.5 fl oz Hydra Beauty Micro Serum, 0.7 oz Hydra Beauty Creme (in the cutest mirrored compact), 1.0 fl oz Demaquillant Yeux Intense (this is the one shown above)
Le Lift Le Voyage ($185) mesh zip travel pouch, 0.5 fl oz Le Lift Serum, 0.7 fl oz new Le Lift Creme, 1.0 fl oz Le Lait Douceur D’Huile and 1.0 fl oz Demaquillant Yeux Intense
Sublimage Le Voyage ($425) zip mesh pouch with 1.0 fl oz Sublimage Essential Comfort Cleanser, 0.5 oz Sublimage L’Essence Fondamentale, 0.7 oz Sublimage La Creme and 1.0 oz Demaquillant Yeux Intense
Clarins – Up to 25% off sitewide, 15% off 1 item, 20% off 2 items, or 25% off 3 items, valid 11/26 only
Clarisonic –20% off Holiday Gift Sets, the Winter Brush Head Collection and the Anti-Aging Brush Head Collection, plus receive a FREE ITC Confidence in a Cleanser GWP with purchase of any device, use code CYBERMON18, valid 11/26 only
Cle de Peau Beaute – complimentary 5 piece bonus with orders $300+, valid through 11/27, also running a deluxe sample offer, spend $75 and receive 1 deluxe sample, spend $150 and receive 2 deluxe samples, spend $200+ and receive 3, Cyber Monday only
Clinique – 25% off everything with code 25OFF, plus 6-piece gift with purchases $65+ and free full size product with any $75 order
CoverFX – 30% off everything, ends 2:oo PM EST with code CM30, full size blurring primer with $50+ orders
Decorte – Decorté Lip Palettes – originally $95.00, marked down to $47 today only
Dermstore – save up to 30% off with code CYBER, brand exclusions apply
Diptyque – Limited-edition Black Friday launch in their iconic Baies candle with special design and black wax, limited run while supplies last, they’re also running some GWP promos throughout the weekend, receive a 3-piece gift on orders $100 with code CHEER, or a mini mystery 35 g candle with orders $50 or more using code SPIN
Elemis – 25% off full size products, plus free gift with orders $100+, use code CYBER
Farmacy Beauty – free shipping on all orders plus up to 30% off site wide with code CYBER at checkout, 20% off or 30% off orders $120+
Molton Brown – 25% off all purchases (excludes Advent Calendar and Luxury Fragrance Collection), valid through 11/26
NARS – 20% off site wide with code TAKE20, valid through November 27
Neiman Marcus – earn a $50 to $750 gift card with a regular price purchase using code GC4YOU, plus 30+ beauty sample GWP with any $250 purchase using code NMBEAUTY while supplies last
Nordstrom – Spend $250 on Nordstrom.com and receive a $50 egift card in January, valid Cyber Monday only, plus up to 60% off select styles, valid through 11/27
Ole Henricksen – 20% off sitewide and a 4-piece gift including a Mini Balance Hydrator, a Mini Balance Cleanser, a Mini Cold Plunge, and a Mini Sauna Scrub with any $50 order, use code CYBER2
Omorovicza – 30% off all skincare with code BLACK, valid on full size products only excludes sets, offer runs through 11/27
Ouai – buy two full size products, get third 50% off with code HALFOUAI
Pat McGrath – Private Vault Sale, Lust 004 Everything Kit marked down to $110, Metalmorphosis 005 Kits $45, other previously limited-edition items marked down, her LuxeTrance Lipsticks are marked down to $26 each, MTHRSHP 6 Pan Palettes marked down from $55 to $41
Peach and Lily – 30% off sidewide with code PEACH2018, exclusions apply, ends 11/27
Philosophy – 40% off your purchase plus full size bonus gift, use code CYBER2018
QVC – Cyber Week savings and markdowns and value beauty sets
Simplehuman – Top 10 Best Sellers marked down up to 25% off including their Sensor Mirror with Touch-Control Brightness for $150 (marked down from $200) and Sensor Mirror Mini $97 (marked down from $130), plus other home accessories marked down
Shiseido – 20% off your purchase with code HOLIDAY18
Sisley-Paris USA – limited offer pricing Double Tenseur plus full size Express Flower Gel Mask
Smashbox – 25% off plus free mini gift set on purchases $50 or more, use code MONDAY18
Space NK USA – buy one get one half off event, exclusions apply
The Daily Edited – 10% off all orders, discount automatically applied at checkout
Tory Burch – take 30% off $250+ orders, also up to 60% off sale items with code THANKS, ends 11/26
Truffle –25% off sitewide with code CHEER25, valid through 11/26
Happy shopping! I ended up ordering some things from Diptyque and some cute sweaters from LOFT. I’m still on the hunt for good lightweight sweaters and tops because the sales look really good for the places I like to shop!
I have my huge Sephora sale haul with some first impressions on items I was able to test in a few days. I stocked up on a few favorites and also ordered some things I had been curious about for quite some time. This haul is a pretty hefty one and as the first round of the sale was just a little bit ago I haven’t been able to test everything. I did swatch all the color items as makeup is easier get an idea of with the first application. I had quite a few misses. Everything is going to take some time to work my way through. Let me know if you want a more detailed review on anything in particular and I’ll try to do one at a later date. The sale runs through November 15th. If you’re shopping online don’t forget to use the code for your Beauty Insider tier!
Rouge Members get 20% off with code 20FORROUGE
VIB Members get 20% off with code 20FORVIB
Beauty Insider Members get 15% off with INSIDER15
Up first are the lip items. By now I think I’ve been pretty good at picking things online and sight unseen but having misses is bound to happen. Thank goodness Sephora has a pretty good return policy because 3 of these are going back.
Kopari Coconut Kiss Kit – hit! The set lives up to the raves. These are sheer tinted balms with a nice coconut scent. They have an emollient feel with fun colors. All the shades are bright but sheer so they are very wearable.
Bite Beauty Champagne Discover Lip Set – this was a miss on everything except the lipliner in Cashew. I’ve tried the Multisticks before and found them incredibly dry for the lips. I decided to give it another try and it’s still a solid miss for me. The Prismatic Pearl Creme Lip Gloss in Champagne is thick and so metallic it’s not flattering on my skin tone. I know many people love these formulas so it may be a hit for you. For me just not my thing.
Kevyn Aucoin Molton Liquid Lipstick in Copper – this was a huge miss because it’s also not flattering on my skintone. I had high hopes because I love and adore the same formula in Rose Gold.
Tom Ford Patent Finish Lip Color in Casablanca – I’m undecided, it’s a lot darker than I had anticipated. This is the first in the formula I’ve tried and it took over 50 clicks to get any product out. The color is rich and pretty but it settled a tiny bit into lip lines. I think it’s a great color for fall. I’ll need to test it out longer to decide.
Burberry Lip Color Contour in Medium – huge miss, I’ve swatched this on my hand at the stores numerous times over the past year, on my lips it just makes my whole complexion look dead and lifeless. It’s one I’ll have to layer with other shades to get to work. I’m going to try and make it work for me as the formula is smooth and feels nice on the lips – alone it just doesn’t look so great.
Face and Eye Picks
For face and eyes, I bought a few foundations in darker colors because I’ve gotten even more color from the sun. To me this is a little puzzling as I’ve really made a conscious effort to stay out of the sun with the heat. Apparently I haven’t tried enough because I’ve gone a full shade darker:
Hourglass Vanish Seamless Foundation Stick in Golden I guessed my shade because Nude was a bit too light. Golden works ok but alone all over my face it’s a bit too yellowish. If I use it on areas I just need more coverage it works just fine.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Blush Kit in Radiant – undecided on this, I tried it and found the pigment beautiful with smooth texture. It’s easy to blend and layer but the colors are a lot darker than I had anticipated. They also oxidize and deepen on my skin without getting muddy, but as my skin warms up they get deeper/darker so I have to experiment more with application. If you have deeper skin tone and struggle finding blushes pigmented or dark enough to show up on you, definitely give this a look. I think the pigment is excellent!
Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Sticks in Sugar Frost and Moonlight (repurchase), I’ve swatched all my current Caviar Eye Sticks and Matte Caviar Eye Sticks below
Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic in Scandalust is a palette I received as a press sample months ago but it arrived completely shattered. I was able to test the broken bits and fell in love with the colors. I decided to buy one to replace it. It pulls warm but it’s so pretty for the season.
Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara – I actually meant to get the waterproof version, but I do remember liking the original so I’ll keep this one!
For fragrance and hair:
Atelier Cologne Set – LOVE! there are several Atelier Cologne sets online, it was hard to pick one, but I decided on the Necessaire Curated by Sylvie Ganter and Christophe Cervasel. It has Sud Magnolia, Pomelo Paradis, Orange Sanguine, Vanille Insensee, Bois Blonds, Cedre Atlas. Orange Sanguine is one of the best citrus scents I’ve smelled. Vanille Insensee is one of two vanilla scents I’ve found that I can actually wear. Bois Blonds is already a favorite. I’m trying to wait until I can visit a free standing store again before I buy full size bottles. I stopped by one in San Francisco over the fall and had the best time exploring there.
Elizabeth and James Choose Your Nirvana Coffret Warm and Spicy has generously sized minis of the Amethyst, Black and Bourbon. I like them for fall but don’t know that I can pull them off in Florida’s kind of fall/winter. I felt the minis were the best way to enjoy them without committing to the full sizes just in case.
Verb Ghost Shampoo and Conditioner – LOVE! I actually bought both of these weeks ago and they are both my newest shampoo/conditioner obsession. Many of you want something that’s sulfate free and these are great options for a good clean rinse that leaves hair shiny and bouncy. They are back in my cart for round 2 so I can stock up on the larger size that comes with a pump.
Verb Hydrating Mask – LOVE! I tried a sample packet before and fell in love, it’s really hydrating, but I still favor the Ouai Mask (just hate the packaging of those packets).
Skincare Restocks and Splurges
Skincare is where I spent the most, I restocked on staples and also picked new things to try:
SK-II Pitera Mid-Day Essence – excited to try this one, although I have a feeling this may be too moisturizing for me. I gave it a quick mid-day test the day I received it and it felt a bit too rich for my skintype me. I’ll have to test it more before I can say how well it works.
Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Glow Moisturizer is something I bought months ago, in our multiple moves it has been buried in one of our moving boxes, I repurchased it and hope it’s as good as the rest of her ExfoliKate line.
Kate Somerville Anti-Bac Clearing Lotion is something I also have high hopes for. It appears MAC discontinued my favorite Prep+Prime Blemish Control Gel which was one of the few that worked for me and did not turn my face red. I’ve been in search of a replacement and hope this will be the one!
Farmacy Green Screen Daily Environmental Protector with SPF30 is a mineral sunscreen with impressive rave reviews. People say it doesn’t have a white cast on the skin and is non-greasy. The description says it has solutions for fine lines and wrinkles so I’m going to give it a try.
Lancome BiFacil Face is something I’ve been so curious about. I really love their Micellar Water so it will be interesting to see how this compares. In the bottle I find it interesting that a very very small portion at the top is suspended (the oil portion).
In summary I still have a lot of testing for these items before I can make a proper assessment. For makeup I find it easier to judge on color and application alone. Three of my lip purchases were definitely misses. The Hourglass foundation could be a better match but I find there are often gaps in their color lineup for bases so I’ll have to go to the store and see. The Anastasia Beverly Hills blush kit is lovely, but is just a lot darker than I expected. I think the SK-II mist may be too rich for my skin type.
That wraps it up for my haul! Did you pick up or stock up on anything during the sale? This time of year there are lots of sales going on and with the upcoming Black Friday and Cyber Monday events approaching there’s definitely plenty of time to find good deals. Oftentimes I wish these sales were spread out a little more. In case you missed it, my top recommendations in this post here (e-gift card giveaway has ended and winners have been e-mailed!).
The Sephora Beauty Insider Sale runs through November 15th. If you’re shopping online don’t forget to use the code for your Beauty Insider tier!
Rouge Members get 20% off with code 20FORROUGE
VIB Members get 20% off with code 20FORVIB
Beauty Insider Members get 15% off with INSIDER15
Did you get anything from the Sephora sale yet? Or are you waiting for other sales? I’ll be covering some holiday launches from Tatcha soon as their Friends and Family sale is also happening and many of you have asked me for a review on their lip launches.