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Mini Sephora Haul

December 9, 2020

Sephora Haul Kate Somerville, Sol de Janeiro Hand Sanitizer, Lawless Palette

I have a mini Sephora Haul to share – I ordered some things online for their Sephorathon promo that ends today 12/9. I restocked on a couple things and also bought some items I had my eye on. Use code SAVE2020 online at Sephora to save depending on tier. You can also use the code in store (ends today) – it’s a one-time use promo:

  • Rouge Members Save $25 off a $75 purchase
  • VIBs Save $20 off a $75 purchase
  • Insiders can Save $15 off a $75 purchase

P.S. for those who want to know, opening image details: nail polish is Essie Expressie Crop Top and Roll, side table is West Elm, chair is the Article Turoy Boucle Chair

Kate Somerville Eradikate Cleanser – one of my favorites to help prevent acne. I’ve raved about this one so many ties, it’s REALLY the best one to help with acne-prone skin. I ran out (even though I had recently restocked), stopped using it and started getting a wave of breakouts. It could have been from a number of things (hormones, stress, extra sweat) but when I use this I feel like it truly helps keep my breakouts under control, especially with the mask wearing.

Kate Somerville Eradikate Cleanser

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Sol de Janeiro Hand Sanitizer Spray is back in stock at Sephora. It doesn’t leave a sticky film and I love how it smells just like their body cream/shower gel. I ordered a couple more because I’m obsessed. The current version has a clear bottle (original one had a tinted bottle). Makeup bag below is from The Daily Edited (large size), also reviewed here.

Sol de Janeiro Hand Sanitizer Spray

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Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencils have been on my radar as I used to use and love Peyote and Naked2 a lot. These have a smooth texture with a lot of great neutrals. I ordered 1993 (90’s-ish brown), Rush (rose pink), and Naked2 (nude pink). I swatched it next to Liar (deeper rose) and Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Lip Pencils

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Lawless The Little One Eyeshadow Palette was on my radar and I have mixed feelings about this one. I haven’t had a chance to try it on my eyes yet since it just arrived but upon swatching it I feel like the powders have a LOT of powdery kick up. Also the colors look a little dry/chalky on the skin with my arm/hand swatches. The Anastasia Beverly Hills or Natasha Denona Palettes seem to have a much better texture and color payoff. I will keep you posted once I get a chance to try it on my face.

Lawless Little One Eyeshadows

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Last I ordered the Too Faced Hangover Rx Pillow Talk Balm. I had this one a while ago but gifted it away (brand new) to a friend and decided to buy one for myself again. It has a cushiony feel, glides on nicely, smells almost like a minty pina colada with a cooling sensation. Tingle is minimal. So far I really like it!

Too Faced Hangover Rx Pillow Balm

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Did you haul anything during the Sephorathon promo? Or did you already shop a lot during Black Friday/Cyber Week?

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Sephora Skincare

The Ultimate Dry Skin Saver with Skinfix

November 18, 2020

Skinfix Barrier+ Triple Lipid Peptide Face Cream

The weather has shifted and dry season is officially here and my skin has been in desperate need of some extra TLC. So many of you had mentioned Skinfix to me as a new brand that you really love and I am thrilled to partner with them to give you a closer look at their Barrier+ Triple Lipid Peptide Cream.

Skinfix Barrier+ Triple Lipid Peptide Face Cream

The Skinfix Barrier+ Triple Lipid Peptide Cream is my latest skin saver. It’s a rich hydrating cream that comes in a pump dispenser jar. I love that it is unscented, soothing and has that lush creamy feel without a super heavy texture. The Triple Peptide Cream is one of those moisturizers great for stressed or sensitive skin. It’s great especially if you have eczema or irritation from acids or retinol – there’s no stinging when you apply and it is very soothing.

For those who are into natural skincare, you’ll be happy to learn that the cream is 95% naturally-derived. The highlighted ingredients include:

  • Triple Lipid Complex – to restore natural lipids, it makes the skin glow!
  • Peptide Protein Blend – supports skin barrier function to protect it
  • Lily Root Extract – to tighten the skin and help skin retain moisture

Skinfix Barrier+ Lipid Peptide Face Cream

Skinfix Peptide Cream Sephora

Best Face Cream for Dry Sensitive Skin

Skinfix Triple Lipid Peptide Face Cream

Beauty Look Book Skinfix Cream

I’ve been using this for nearly a month now and skin is more hydrated and smooth without any irritation. I love it during the day or at night. I even use it on the hands and body although they do have an Eczema+ Hand Repair Cream and Body Cream I am really eager to try.

I was so impressed with the Barrier+ Triple Lipid Peptide Cream, after my first use I ordered a few other items to try including the Triple Lipid Peptide Face Lotion (lighter version of the cream), Foaming Oil Cleanser (really nice hydrating cleaner) and the Nutrient Water Misting Tonic and Lip Repair Balm (have not tried those yet but excited to!). I still think the cream is the best product to start with if you’re new to the line!

Skinfix Skincare Line Sephora

Skinfix Peptide Face Cream review

Bottom line if you’re looking for a good no-fuss moisturizer that is good for sensitive or stressed out skin, I highly recommend giving the Lipid Peptide Cream a try. I frequently give skincare to friends and family, my brother has eczema and I’m sending him one of these creams for Christmas!

You can find the Skinfix Barrier+ Triple Lipid Peptide Cream and entire Skinfix line available at Sephora. There are some cute sets out for the holiday!

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Many thanks to Skinfix and Sephora for partnering to sponsor this post. As always all opinions are my own.

Fragrance Sephora

New Signature Scent For the Holiday Season

November 6, 2020

Bulgari Au The Blanc Perfume | The Beauty Look Book

I love trying new perfumes and my latest discovery is the Bvlgari Eau Parfumee Au The Blanc. I’ve fallen head over heels in love with it and think it is one of the most beautiful scents I’ve ever tried before. I’m so excited to partner with them to share a closer look today!

The Bulgari Eau Parfumee Au The Blanc is a light floral. It is a clean fresh scent with a beautiful mix of musk, amber, White Tea, Artemisia and white pepper. Au The Blanc has an incredible calming and relaxing kind of feel and I love how the amber mixed in adds warmth to it. It’s packaged in a gorgeous glass 2.5 oz cologne spray bottle and 3-4 spritzes lasts all day on my skin.

Bulgari Au The Blanc Perfume Perfume | The Beauty Look Book

Bulgari Au The Blanc Perfume review | The Beauty Look Book

Au The Blanc has an elegant feel but is also suitable to wear for every day. I think it’s perfect for this upcoming holiday season as it’s fresh and pretty but not overpowering. It is also available in a Body Lotion and Shampoo and Shower Gel version which I now have on my wish list. The Au The Vert green tea version has come highly recommended by many of you and as a huge fan of bergamot notes I think this will be my next purchase!

I know perfume is so personal to each of us but if you are looking for a new fresh everyday kind of scent with a clean and relaxing vibe, I highly recommend checking out the Eau Parfumee Au The Blanc from Bulgari. I think it’s a timeless classic you can wear year-round as well.

Best Holiday Perfume Bulgari Au The Blanc Perfume | The Beauty Look Book

Bulgari Au The Blanc Perfume Perfume | The Beauty Look Book

Bulgari Au The Blanc Perfume review | The Beauty Look Book

BVLGARI Au The Blanc Perfume | The Beauty Look Book

Bulgari Au The Blanc Perfume | The Beauty Look Book

Bulgari Au The Blanc Perfume | The Beauty Look Book

Best Holiday Perfume to Calm the Senses | The Beauty LookBook

Bulgari Au The Blanc Perfume | The Beauty Look Book

Available at Sephora. If you are shopping the Holiday Savings Event don’t forget to take advantage of the savings which ends on Monday 11/9 – use code HOLIDAYFUN at checkout:

  • ROUGE Members save 20% off purchases
  • VIB Members save 15% off purchases
  • Insiders save 10% off all purchases

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Many thanks to Sephora and BVLGARI for partnering to sponsor this post. As always all opinions are my own.

Beauty Favorites Sephora

Skin, Hair and Body Favorites from Sephora

October 30, 2020

Best Skincare, Haircare and Fragrance Sephora | The Beauty Look Book

Happy Friday! I’m rounding up the best for skincare, hair care, body care and fragrance from Sephora today. The Sephora Holiday Savings Event has started for Route and the dates and details are below! Use code HOLIDAYFUN (can use code multiple times in store and online):

  • Rouge First Access, save 20% off 10/30 through 11/9
  • VIB Members, save 15% off 11/3 through 11/9
  • Insiders, save 10% off 11/5 through 11/9

What To Buy from the Sephora Sale | The Beauty Look Book

Cleansers + Makeup Removers

 

Best Toners + Face Mists

 

Best Moisturizers

 

Favorite Treatments/Masks/Sunscreens

 

Favorite Hair Care

 

Must-Have Body Care Items

 

Favorite Perfumes

 

That wraps up my favorites for skincare, hair care and body care from Sephora! Hope you found this shopping guide helpful. Would love to hear what your favorites are in the comments. Also as promised I’m hosting a giveaway. I’m giving away three $100 eGift Cards to Sephora. Three people will be selected at random through the widget below to win. Giveaway is open internationally but you must be 18 years or older to enter. The more steps you complete in the widget the more entries you will receive. I will email the winners directly (this is the only way I will contact winners) within 72 hours after the giveaway ends. Winners must respond within 72 hours or another person will be selected in their place. Runs through 11/04/2020 11:59 PM EST. Not sponsored or affiliated.

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Beauty Favorites Sales Sephora

Best Makeup To Splurge On For the Sephora Holiday Savings Event

October 29, 2020

Best Makeup Sephora Sale | The Beauty Look Book

The Sephora Holiday Savings Event starts on Friday 10/30 for Rouge Members! I’m rounding up the best makeup to splurge on for the sale with my absolute favorites by category. Beauty Insiders can save on all purchases according to tier. The dates and details are as follows, use code HOLIDAYFUN (can use code multiple times in store and online):

  • Rouge First Access, save 20% off 10/30 through 11/9
  • VIB Members, save 15% off 11/3 through 11/9
  • Insiders, save 10% off 11/5 through 11/9

There are some limits so check out their disclaimer page once the sale goes live. I have so many beauty favorites from Sephora, many are not mentioned in this post – but if you have any questions let me know in the comments. To try and help provide a more edited shopping guide I picked my Top 5 per category (a couple of the categories have a few more than 5). I will have a separate post up for Skin/Hair/Body tomorrow!

Best Makeup at Sephora | The Beauty Look Book

Foundation

Concealer

Powder / Setting Products

Blush/Bronzer /Highlighter

Beauty Tools

Eyeshadows

Eyeshadows are an area that are nearly impossible for me to narrow down to my top 5! I feel like palettes are so personal to one’s taste and preference for shimmer vs matte, warm vs cool, powder vs cream. I picked out my favorite cream singles and then also have a list of my favorite brands for powder palettes.

Liner / Mascara

Lipstick + Gloss

Lip Liners / Tinted Balms

 

That wraps up my ultimate makeup shopping guide! I hope you find this helpful 🙂 I tried to link all the swatches and reviews I could where applicable. I’ll be sharing my skincare recommendations tomorrow and check back because I’ll be hosting a giveaway in that post.

To recap Sephora Sale details are as follows, use code HOLIDAYFUN (can use code multiple times in store and online):

  • Rouge First Access, save 20% off 10/30 through 11/9
  • VIB Members, save 15% off 11/3 through 11/9
  • Insiders, save 10% off 11/5 through 11/9

Happy Shopping!

Fenty Beauty Sephora

Fenty Slip Shine Sheer Shiny Lipstick Review + Swatches

August 11, 2020

Fenty Slip Shine Sheer Shiny Lipstick Review + Swatches

I hauled a few of the Fenty Slip Shine Sheer Shiny Lipsticks ($22 each for 2.8g / 0.098 oz) from Sephora and finally have a review with swatches. I’m a huge fan of sheer glossy lipsticks in general so I had high hopes for these sheer lipsticks from Fenty. I think they’re winners – they’re comfortable, cushiony, not heavy or too slippery and have a nice sheer-medium coverage. I feel like they have a little less slip than the YSL Rouge Volupte Shines (these feel like they slide around a little more) and a little more pigment than the neutral Chanel Rouge Coco Flash lipsticks.

Fenty Slip Shine Sheer Shiny Lipstick Review

Given the overall vibe of Fenty Beauty I was surprised to see so many neutrals in the lineup. I’m not complaining though since I’m a neutral lip lover! My favorite one ended up being the brightest color they launched. I hope they expand the line – would love to see a plum, a deeper brighter rose, and a few more peachy colors.

Lasting power is decent for a sheer lipstick. They have a balmy like feel so they won’t be long lasting like a traditional lipstick. You can always use these to top a liner for more depth or color. I hauled 7 of the colors. I love 5 of them. 2 were just ok because of the color, but quality is still really nice.

Close ups and swatches of the Fenty Slip Shine Sheer Shiny Lipstick on the arm, as usual with sheer lipsticks, these will look very different once on the lips. All of these have some degree of shimmer in the tube but it’s not frosty at all. The shimmer is very subtle on my lips.

Fenty Slip Shine Sheer Shiny Lipstick | The Beauty Look Book

Fenty Slip Shine Sheer Shiny Lipstick Swatches

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Makeout Break is a light sheer beige nude. Since I have pigmented lips this barely showed up on me so I had to pack it on. Other things I’m wearing in the post:

Fenty Slip Shine Sheer Shiny Lipstick Makeout Break

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Glazed is a really nice neutral beige. It has a slightly pinkish undertone on my lips, but on the hand it pulls more peachy.

Fenty Slip Shine Sheer Shiny Lipstick Glazed

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Retro Rose is such a pretty soft pink rose, I kinda wish this were a little more pigmented but I like the overall vibe. I can just add a rosy lip liner underneath to bring out the color.

Fenty Slip Shine Sheer Shiny Lipstick Retro Rose

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Goji Gang is a deeper rose with a subtle plum tone to it.

Fenty Slip Shine Sheer Shiny Lipstick Goji Gang

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Cookies and Cocoa is a great everyday brownish plum color.

Fenty Slip Shine Sheer Shiny Lipstick Cookies and Cocoa

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Suga Kiss is a blue based baby pink. When I bought this I knew it probably wouldn’t work but I still wanted to give it a try. Does not work with my coloring.

Fenty Slip Shine Sheer Shiny Lipstick Suga Kiss

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Tang Thang is my favorite. It’s a bright orange in the tube but is more wearable than it looks.

Fenty Slip Shine Sheer Shiny Lipstick Tang Thang

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Fenty Slip Shine Sheer Shiny Lipstick Review + Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

I’m overall pleased with my haul picks and I think the quality is really nice. They’re comfortable to wear. Naturally flattering. Easy to just throw on for some shine and color. I almost think they are better than the YSL formula. My top three picks are Glazed, Retro Rose and Tang Thang. That being said if you’re a sheer lipstick or balm fan and you haven’t bought any of these yet, you may want to wait for the new Pat McGrath Rose Decadence collection launching this week and there are new tinted balms which I am DYING to see.

I bought mine from Sephora. You can also find these online at Fenty Beauty. Have you tried any of these yet? What did you think?

 

Haircare Sephora Skincare

Current Favorites for Skin, Body + Hair from Sephora

April 21, 2020

Best Skincare Sephora

By popular request I’m doing another updated roundup for my favorites in skin, body care and hair from Sephora! In putting together my list it I discovered that most of these are tried and true repeats. I’m a creature of habit when it comes to skincare although I love trying new things. I always try to scout out the minis or travel sets to try first. While there are quite a few brands I love that aren’t carried at Sephora (ie Oribe, Chanel, 111skin, etc). Most of what I love can be found at Sephora.

Quick recap on the spring Sephora April sale dates/details (use code SPRINGSAVE):

  • Rouge Members – Save 20% off 4/17 to 05/01
  • VIB Members – Save 15% off 4/21 to 4/29
  • Insider Tier – Save 10% off 4/23 to 4/27

To help give some context on my routine and what I use I have normal/combination skin and in my late 30s. Since moving to Florida I’ve experienced a wider range of climate changes compared to what I experienced in California. The dry season is very dry and then there are humid days where outdoors feels like a wet blanket. And there’s everything n between.

Product rotation and routine changes depending on season and also time of the month as skin oil production changes with climate (ie humidity or lack of) + hormones. I also have different products for morning vs afternoon or evening. Morning routines are pretty much the same. The afternoon/evening routine is different depending on if I have makeup on, if I just worked out, if I just went to the beach and have sunscreen + sweat on etc.

When it comes to finding a good a routine I think it depends on so many factors. If what you’re using works, no need to change it! No need to have a complicated routine but beauty is my job so I don’t mind trying out new launches and products.

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Face Cleansers + Makeup Removers

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Moisturizers + Mists + Essence

Night Treatments

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Scrubs + Exfoliators + Acne

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Hair Care

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Body Care + Fragrance

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Sunscreen

I had such a rough time with sunscreen last year. I really wanted to try a wider range of brands because so many of you asked how it held up in the Florida sunshine. I had so many allergic reactions, I’m scared now to try new brands. My tried and true from Sephora are from Supergoop! and Sol de Janeiro.

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Lip Treatments

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Hope you found this helpful! I’m picking a giveaway winner from my last giveaway today. Also I’ll be hosting another one soon at the end of the week so check back! I’m going to try my best to have the NARS summer picks and Natasha Denona haul swatched before the end of the sale.

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