Tag: Sephora

What’s in My Mailbox?

No, really, what’s in my mailbox? Can someone go check because it’s December now and that means I absolutely cannot leave this couch without unwrapping myself from blankets, re-wrapping myself in flannel and fleece, and finding a matching pair of gloves.

So these things are actually not in my mailbox right now, but they were recently and I’m so excited about them that I needed to share them with someone. Well, that’s actually not true. These were all too big to fit in my mailbox, so they were left on a table next to my mailbox, but that didn’t make for a very catchy (or short) blog post title.

Speaking of things left next to my mailbox… I went downstairs on Black Friday to find a package addressed to me from the North Pole and just about lost my $#&@ when I realized it was my very own Elf on the Shelf! Let’s keep in mind that I’m a childless 34-year old, but I have wanted one for so long now and was so touched that someone from the North Pole hand-delivered one to me that I got all emotional reading the book and started doing that weird laugh-crying thing. Dan said it looked as if some sort of exorcism was happening. Ok, moving on now.

First up! If you’ve been anywhere within 5 feet of me since last month, you’ve heard me talk about my Stitch Fix box. This was actually my second one and I’m counting down the days until my third one arrives. Ten. In case you were wondering.

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I won’t go into too much detail here since we have a lot of things to cover, but Stitch Fix is basically a subscription service where you pay $20 per box for your stylist to choose 5 things they think you will love. That $20 goes toward anything you buy, so you only lose it if you buy nothing.

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Things I love: the clothes, choosing how often you want to receive a box, sending everything back in a prepaid envelope, styling ideas, and the anticipation.

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Things I don’t love: the prices are high for some items. That’s literally the only thing I don’t love. And apparently I’m excellent at convincing myself that it’s worth it because last month I splurged (<----- gross word) on a pair of $78 jeans. I have never spent that much on jeans in my life, but these were so soft and I had been dying for a distressed pair, so I kept them and have not regretted it. They're my new weekend uniform. I've also kept the shirt above and a scarf, but those weren't nearly as expensive. SAMSUNG CSC

Ok, NEXT! I have a slight obsession with subscription services, so I also just received my first Love with Food box. I’ve been in love with food my whole life, so it’s refreshing to finally come out of the pantry about it and have this love recognized.

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There are several different plans to chose from, but this is the tasting box filled with 8 different snacks for $10/month (it’s less if you commit to more than month-to-month). Guys. There was CHOCOLATE!

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And this!

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And some healthy-ish snacks for those who need that. I wash those down with cheesecake.

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I threw everything into my work bag, so my morning snack was really exciting for a few days. Yes, only a few days. Don’t judge.

For every box they sell, they donate a meal to a food bank, so I think the warm and fuzzy feeling that goes along with that also burns some calories. It’s science or something.

Next up is an item on my Christmas list that I could not wait until Christmas for, so I ordered it for myself. I find with Christmas that for every one thing I buy as a gift, one more thing comes off my own list as well. More science perhaps?

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This is the Smashbox Art Love Color Master Class palette and I think I have already got my money’s worth with it. I have honestly used it every single day since I got it a couple of weeks ago. There are 32 shadows, 6 blushes (1 is more of a bronzer) and 2 highlighters, and the colors are just incredible and so pigmented.

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And of course, you always get lots of free goodies when you order online at Sephora.

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Oh, actually, there have been a lot of bills in my mailbox lately too. Should I go photograph them?

If you want to see any of these in more detail, let me know in the comments! My next subscription boxes will arriving soon!

[Nothing posted has been sponsored, but a few referral links are included above because why not?]

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.