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Sephora Haul

So I know hauls are usually done on YouTube where I could easily show you my new products while talking on and on about them, but the thought of sitting in front of a camera and listening to my own voice while I play it back? Ew, no.

You guys definitely seem to be more interested in beauty posts though, and I get the most feedback when I talk about some of my favorite products (#1 and #2), so I figured I would share a few things that I ordered from Sephora over the weekend.

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The main thing I wanted was this Murad Clarifying Cleanser that was part of my last favorites post. I had bought the starter kit that comes with 4 sample sizes of a cleanser, treatment lotion, moisturizer, and spot treatment. While I wasn’t a huge fan of the moisturizer, I did like the cleanser and the treatment products. I will say that it has seemed to lose its effectiveness a bit, but that’s also because I seemed to lose the motivation to use it twice a day. I was almost out of the cleanser so I decided to buy the full-size version and stick with it a bit longer.

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The next thing I wanted was this Clinique Lash Doubling Mascara in black. I first received this as a trial size in one of the gift-with-purchase promotions. I was holding off on buying the full size version until there was another Clinique gift at Macy’s (starts today!), but I felt kind of …meh about most of the items in the gift and I have enough of those bags to wallpaper my bathroom now, so I grabbed it at Sephora instead. This is my current favorite mascara and even though I have five other brands currently on rotation in my makeup bag (indecisive much?), this is the one I usually reach for.

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I’ve become a big fan of using makeup brushes to apply everything from foundation to powder to shadow. I used to be the girl who just used the sponges or little applicators that came with my makeup, but I’ve since become a bit of a brush snob. That being said, my collection has been lacking a crease brush for a while and I’ve even tried to use a small blush brush to blend my eye makeup. Yes, you’re right. That was a disaster. I don’t have any other Sephora brushes, but I’m hoping this Sephora Crease Brush #73 will help me avoid any more panda eyes.

Those were the three items that I purchased, but if you’ve ordered from Sephora before, you know that you usually end up with a stack of awesome samples. First up was my birthday bonus – a pair of Nars lipstick crayons in Cruella and Rikugien (if you can promounce that, you win.) I’ve never owned anything by Nars, but I do know that last year’s birthday gift (a Makeup Forever lipstick) is my all-time favorite everyday lipstick, so I’m trusting Sephora on this one.

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When you sign up to be a Beauty Insider, you not only get the annual birthday gift, but you earn points on purchases that can be exchanged for products. I used 100 of my points this month to get this Lancome Bi-Facil Eye Makeup Remover since I’m almost out of my Clinique bottle.

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Another helpful tip is to google “Sephora promotional code” whenever you order online from them. Most likely you will find several to chose from and score yourself some extra stuff. The one I used got me this Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment. I have one of these in a wine color and I barely use it, so it definitely wasn’t worth spending $22 on for me (I spent WHAT on a lip balm?!?), but the internet seems to love these things, so I’m giving it another shot. I suspect I might like it better now that it’s free.

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And finally, the samples! Usually you get to pick three with every order, but I was able to chose five this time.

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First up is the Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer. I’ve seen a little bit about this on the internet – both good & bad – so I’m curious to try it.

The Dr. Brandt pores no more primer – you know I love my primers and I can easily be sold by the thought of being poreless.

I’m not really sure why I chose the Living Proof Curl Conditioning Wash. I think I just want Jennifer Aniston’s hair. Now and in the 90’s.

I had a bit of a moral dilema with this one. I hear good things about the Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation, but she did ruin Sandra Bullock’s marriage, so… We’ll see.

The last one they screwed up on a little bit, but I don’t mind. I was supposed to be getting a sample of the Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation (it even says it on my packing list), but instead ended up with this Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer set. I’m actually kind of glad this happened now that I think about it because I already have several other foundation samples. Mixin’ it up a bit.

So there it is! I’m also on the hunt for some purple eyeshadow shades, a shampoo that lathers but doesn’t ruin my hair, and a new eye cream. Any suggestions? I haven’t been to Sephora in about three hours so I’m overdue.

Beauty Faves #2

It’s been a while since I’ve shared with you some of my favorite beauty products. I’ve been snowed in for just about 48 hours now and my beauty routine has consisted of showers and toothpaste. At least if I talk about some of my favorite products, it will make me feel like I made a bit of an effort these last two days.

I’m still a big fan of everything that I wrote about last time, especially the eye shadows, primer, and heat spray that I use daily. Here’s what else I’ve added to my routine lately:

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I’ve been trying to stick to a nightly routine where I remove all of my makeup before getting into bed. Since I’m a 33-year old with skin that can’t decide if it wants to be 40 (wrinkles) or 15 (acne), I tried to find a system similar to Proactiv, but more for adult skin. I ended up buying the Murad Acne Starter Kit at Sephora and I’m pretty happy with it so far. I like the cleanser and the acne solution (both pictured), and I do use the spot treatment at times, but I’m not a fan of the mattifying lotion. It’s a little too mattifying, even for me. The whole system is definitely intense, so I’ve started only using it at night since it makes my skin a little red during the “purging” phase, but it’s cleared things up really well!

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I also use the Almay eye makeup remover pads at night and I’ve found that they don’t irritate my eyes like other removers have. They’re also super convenient, which is great when you’re trying to break lazy habits that lead to getting mascara all over your pillowcases.

The Laneige mask is also part of my nightly routine. It feels really refreshing and if you’re freaked out by the idea of sleeping in a mask, don’t be – it really feels like just a mositurizer, but I can see the difference in my skin every morning.

The Borghese scrub is my compromise between wanting to exfoliate frequently, but feeling like the St Ives Apricot scrub (you know the one) kind of rips my face off. This one is more gentle, but still gets the job done and if it’s anti-aging benefits really work, then that’s just a bonus in my mind!

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I love the Cover Girl foundation because it goes on fairly smoothly, looks natural, and doesn’t require me to put powder on, which is saying a lot because my skin is very oily. It definitely lives up to it’s “shine-free” claim.

I apply it with my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. These are great because they are good, quality brushes without the crazy price tag. I also have the blush brush and the powder brush and I have no complaints about any of them.

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Oh my God, these Lush lip scrubs. I’m sure you’re not supposed to use them as a dessert, but I can’t even help it, I just love them so much. They taste great and I’ve become so addicted to them that I even brought a second jar of the popcorn one to work. My lips just felt so dry and gross that I needed a solution, and these are definitely helping! And look at those hearts in the Santa’s scrub!

I don’t wear a lot of perfume, but when I do, I like something clean or fruity. When the brand name is Clean, it’s safe to assume that the scent might be as well. This really does smell shower fresh and I’m excited to try some more of their scents (um, fresh laundry?? sign me up.)

For hair, this Pantene Weekly Rehab Creme has been a MUST for me this winter. And don’t tell anyone, but I use it more than weekly. Pantene seems to be one of those brands that people either love or hate, but this is a big LOVE for me.

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There are some Clinique products that I use frequently, and so I wait for them to have their bonus promotions to invest in them. These next two items were part of a free gift with purchase, but I intend to repurchase them when they’re gone. The mascara is my absolute favorite and I use it every day lately. It gives me both length and volume. The lipstick is in the shade A Different Grape and it scared me at first with how dark it looks, but I attempted it one day for a nice fall look and have been wearing it on and off ever since.

This particular Laura Gellar baked blush/highlighter seems to be hard to find (I have the shade Como/Portofino), which makes sense because I’ve had it a long time without using it. It seemed too sparkly for me as a blush, but I’ve started using it as a highlighter and now I love it and wish I had tried it sooner!

Lastly, this Cover Girl eye shadow kit in Blushing Nudes has been a go-to this season when I don’t want to wear too much eye makeup or I’m in a hurry. You can tell from the photo below that I prefer the peach color and really haven’t bothered with the others yet, but that shade is the perfect brightening color without a lot of fuss.

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So that’s all of my faves! What things are you loving right now?? Please share!! I have somehow spent enough money to be very close to a 500-point bonus at Sephora and I need to know what I should buy to get me there!!

[None of these are sponsored products or affiliate links, I really just love them all and wanted to share!]

Beauty Faves

I follow a whole bunch of beauty bloggers and YouTubers (official term?), and one of the things I always look forward to are their monthly favorites posts. While I’ve never taken the time to do one of my own, I think about it whenever I’m getting ready in the morning and decided it was time to share a few favorites.

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I definitely don’t have the space or the budget to buy a whole bunch of new hair and makeup supplies each month (although my collection suggests that I think I do), but there are a few things that I consistently reach for.

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I first got this Benefit Porefessional primer as a sample over a year ago. I’ve tried a few other primers, but this was always the one I came back to, so I eventually caved and bought a full-sized tube. It’s not greasy, slimy, or sticky like some of the others, and when I put it on my face I can actually see it making my pores disappear. Sold.

The Neutrogena foundation was somewhat of a happy accident. I ran out of one of my other foundations and my spare was still a bit too dark for me (I switch between two for summer/winter). When I went to buy a new one, they were out of my shade, so I grabbed this one instead and I couldn’t be happier with it. The first time I put this on my face, I immediately followed it with powder and then was all “hey, wait a minute, I didn’t even put concealer on.” This has NEVER happened to me. I ALWAYS use concealer to cover any dark spots or hyperpigmentation, but this covers my face so perfectly that I’ve been able to skip that step about 75% of the time. Surprisingly, it’s not that heavy on your face even though it’s definitely a full-coverage foundation for me. Love it.

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On to eye things. This is always my favorite part! I own so many of these Maybelline Color Tattoo shadows, but my favorite is definitely Bad to the Bronze. It’s the well-loved one that you see open in the photo above. I use it several times a week, both as a base and by itself. These are all just so creamy and stay put better than a lot of my powder shadows.

Everyone always raves about the Urban Decay 24/7 liners, but I get irritated with anything that I have to sharpen (lazy.) so these Stila Smudge Sticks are perfect for me. They’re the same price as the Urban Decay liners, but they twist to sharpen and come in a ton of different colors. My favorite is Lionfish – the coppery-colored one in the photo above.

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This Too Faced Chocolate Bar is the holy grail of eyeshadow palettes. I splurged on it last month after reading so many good reviews about it and hooooooomygawd it smells like chocolate. I spend as much time sniffing it as I do putting it on my face. The color payoff is great and you can create lots of different looks with this since it has some neutral colors as well as some pink and purple shades. Some are matte, some are shimmery, all are delicious amazing.

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While I have yet to find anything that will take care of my dark circles completely, this Garnier roller comes pretty close. The cool, metal tip feels great on my eyes, and the color is just enough to conceal any darkness without looking too bright or yellowy on my face. I’ve gone through so many of these.

Almost done with eye things, I swear. This L’Oreal mascara is a recent fave, but after it’s gone, I will definitely be buying it again and again. It lengthens without clumping, and the curvy shape to the wand makes it so that I can get to the outer corners of my lashes without poking myself in the eye. I reach for this almost every day.

I don’t wear color on my lips very often. I’m much more likely to grab a nude-toned gloss or even some Carmex (fancy, huh?), but this Julep gloss in Charming has been on my mouth a lot lately. It’s just pigmented enough to make it look like you tried, but still definitely a neutral. It’s not sticky at all – I actually find it pretty moisturizing.

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Time for two non-makeup favorites. The Tresemme Keratin spray is intended to be for flat-iron protection, but I use it whenever I heat style my hair. I find that I don’t even have to use a flat iron after blow drying if I use this spray first.

This last favorite was another accident. I ran out of the Bath & Body Works cream that I use religiously and decided to try this Bodycology one as an emergency alternative while I was in Walmart one day. I didn’t expect much, but I liked the smell and it was inexpensive, so I bought it. It smells incredible. It’s sweet and a little bit fruity, which wasn’t really what I expected given the flower on the package. I love it almost as much as my B&BW lotion, so on the months when I’m feeling cheap, I will definitely be trying more of these.

That’s my list! What are some of your go-to beauty products? Do you love some of the same things, or is there anything new I should try? My bank account is dyyyyying to know.