Monthly Favorites – July
How has summer already practically over? Don't get me wrong, I'm a fall/winter girl all the way, so I'm like good riddance. But it feels like this month has whipped by and I was not prepared. I've been mixing up a lot of my skincare and beauty regimen, so I'm excited to share these new developments with you in upcoming posts! But without any more delay, let's get into my July beauty favorites!Read more.
My Favorite Products from the Month of July:Colourpop Yes, Please palette: If my July beauty favorites consisted of one product, it would be this one. This is definitely a much cheaper dupe for the Natasha Denona Sunset palette (You'll save $100+). Colourpop has majorly stepped up their game. I love their liquid lips and their Super Shock shadows (Check out my review of 34 of their products here!), but this is on another level. I'm pale, so the only thing that's missing in here is an inner corner highlight for me, but if you have a deeper skin tone, that first shade will be perfect for that. These blend like a dream and the pigment is crazy amazing. The $16 price doesn't hurt either! L'Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise mascara: L'Oreal isn't fooling anyone if they try to say it's not supposed to look just like it's a dupe for the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara with that packaging. I almost never recommend mascaras. To be honest, I've always felt that mascara is mascara. There are ones that definitely are horrible and clumpy, but the rest are fine. This surprised me, which is why it's in my July beauty favorites! The wand is great, the formula is really impressive, and it's drugstore! YES MA'AM. NYX Matte Finish setting spray: So I'd been on the hunt to find a long-lasting setting spray from the drugstore, and a friend of mine recommended the Wet n Wild PhotoFocus setting spray. But I had the most horrific allergic reaction to it. I've never reacted that harshly to a setting spray. So I picked this one up after my skin calmed down and I'm loving it. I would say it's just as good as my Urban Decay All Nighter. The mist is really fine, there isn't a nasty residual smell, and my makeup stays in place. (Which is the goal since I tend to get oily as the day goes on) LUSH Eau Roma Water toner: I've never been a toner girl... like ever. I feel like it's one of those steps that you either think is the most important or you completely skip. I have combo skin, but no matter what I tried, toners would irritate and completely dry my skin out. This is the first one ever that I've loved. The Eau Roma Water is actually geared for dry, sensitive, or mature skin. (I would put myself into the sensitive category) It's amazing. It only has two active ingredients - rose water and lavender. And my skin has been LOVING this! A++ to LUSH for convincing me to add toner to my skincare routine. TwinMedix Pro Essentials O2 cleanser: I'm not going to lie to you, the price point on this is really high. Does it work? Absolutely. It's the weirdest cleanser I've ever used, but my face feels softer than a baby's bottom after lotion. When this is applied, it starts to bubble up, giving your skin a surge of oxygen which helps clean out your pores. Then it completely disappears. I'm sorry, WHAT? Not kidding. It's a clear gel that turns white when it bubbles up, and then all of the bubbles completely disappear, leaving a thin film that you rinse off. So that’s it for my favorites for the month of July! Be sure to leave me some recommendations of what you’d like for me to try out next! 🙂 J. For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!
July Sephora Play! Box + First Impressions
I'm really pleased with the Sephora Play! Box this month. Which makes me sad, because I temporarily discontinued my subscription to the Sephora Play! Box because Joseph and I are being cautious of our purchases, but alas. We were able to go out with a bang. Until we meet again Sephora Play! Box. So here is what came in this month's Sephora Play! Box and my first impressions/review of each product:Read more.
THIS MONTH’S THEME FOR THE SEPHORA PLAY! BOX WAS “Beauty Staycation” IT FEATURED summer savers and nurturing skincare.Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray - When I opened my box, I was so excited this product was included. This is a ride-or-die product for me -- I even professed my love for it in this post. I love Briogeo, they're one of my favorite brands because their products are coated in silicone that weighs your hair down and give you a false sense of conditioning. After every shower, I use this condition spray to keep my hair healthy, soft, and free from tangles. I think I've purchased 3 of the full-size bottles at this point, so I think it's safe to say we're committed. Boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding Intensive Wash-Off Treatment - I was pleasantly surprised! I'll be honest, Origins' products have not been kind to my skin, so I was thinking this would be like their charcoal mask (which my skin is not a fan). But it wasn't drying, my sensitive skin wasn't red or angry at me later, and I felt like it was gentle but definitely did the job. I will definitely be trying this again! IT Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara - So I'm a little mad at this product. My eyes were completely done, same with foundation and setting powder, and I went to put this on and a chunk of the mascara went through my lashes and then fell onto my face. Grr. Besides that mishap, I did have to work with the product quite a bit so it wasn't so clumpy, but I can't say it's a bad mascara. I've definitely seen much worse, but I don't think my current mascaras should be shaking in their tubes. I will try again before giving my final verdict. MILK Makeup Cooling Water - The initial reviews of this product on Sephora made me wonder if I'd like it, because it seems boring. This may be my favorite new product in the box. I tested it yesterday for the first time, and I think I'm going to really love this. Since I have oily/combo skin, I decided to put this on after moisturizing but before my primer. It feels slightly tacky (which helps your makeup stay on), and honestly I think this made a huge difference in blurring my pores and keeping them hydrated. It may be a fluke, but my skin wasn't nearly as oily as usual at the end of the day. bareMINERALS GEN NUDE Matte Liquid Lip in Swag - I love a good nude liquid lip. And I have a lot in this shade, so I was most interested to see if the formula would be better than my Tarte or Colourpop ones. For my lips, it's definitely not. It was majorly disappointing, but it gave me that obvious line in the inside of the lips. Just not a fan of the consistency. So alas, I will need to see if there's someone else who would like it. Atelier Cologne in Orange Sanguine - Upon first whiff, I wasn't so sure. But somehow after closing my eyes and breathing it in, I was reminded of France. Something about it feels familiar. This has blood orange, jasmine, and sandalwood for the main ingredients so there's definitely a zesty and energizing feel to it. For some reason, there's a sad reminiscence that lingers for me.
“It was the kind of moment you would want to revisit. Everyone was here, gathered on the terrace for breakfast, and the scent of fresh oranges was diffusing in the yellow heat. A symphony of their laughter and waves hitting the cliffs played in the air.”So that’s it for this box! Let me know in the comments section below if you have any of these products and what your thoughts are. J. Check out June's Sephora Play! Box here. For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!
5 Essential Oils You Actually Need In Your Life
I'll come out and say it, there is SO much information on essential oils out there. And it's really stinking overwhelming when you want to start using them. #InformationOverload. So I decided to come up with my top 5 essential oils list and what I use each one for to help those of you who may be wanting to get into essential oils for the first time. (Or hey, maybe you love them and are an expert yourself!)Read more.
Pro Tip: One thing to keep in mind when purchasing essential oils is that you want them to be 100% pure.There are a lot of places that you can purchase essential oils from. I personally have a lot of oils from doterra, and recently I was sent some oils from artnaturals. Personally I love them both, but artnaturals is way friendlier on the wallet so that's where I will be heading to repurchase. I also love that on the artnaturals website, you can shop by ailment. So if you're looking for a solution for stress relief, the drop down menu brings you straight to the oils that will help with that. But anyways, here are my top 5 essential oils that you actually need in your life.
My Top 5 Essential Oils
- Diffuse 4-5 drops in a large diffuser around bedtime to relax and sleep like a rock
- Add a couple drops to an evening bath after a stressful day
- Mix in with daily moisturizer or coconut oil to calm sensitive skin (on face or body)
- Mix with coconut oil and apply to the bottoms of the feet to moisturize and treat insomnia
- Use a drop of tea tree oil to directly treat acne
- Add a drop or two to an evening cleanser for an extra boost
- Add 4 drops to a diffuser to help clear the mind (and the air)
- Add a couple drops to a bath for a detox
- Apply to fingers and rub behind the ears and back of the neck for headaches/migraines
- Diffuse (or inhale from the bottle) to take away nausea
- Mix with water and spray the outside of windows/doors for a natural bug deterrent
- Mix with tea tree oil and spray on a dry shower curtain to disinfect and kill mold
- Mix only a couple drops into a spray bottle filled with water for an itchy pet (more info)
- Diffuse to clear nasal passages and alleviate chest congestion when allergies are acting up or when sick
- Mix 2 drops in with a moisturizer at night to fight age spots, acne scars, wrinkles etc.
- Mix with coconut oil and put on the bottom of the feet to stabilize mood
- Diffuse during prayer
Monthly Favorites – June
It's been a crazy month. My mom's side of the family got together for a family reunion in Gatlinburg, Tennessee and Joseph and I are still recovering. I'm a little exhausted, but I realized it's already the 4th, so I wanted to get this post up since I have some fun things coming up for future posts. So without further ado, let's jump into my June beauty favorites!Read more.
My favorite products from the month of June:Batiste Hint of Color Dry Shampoo: I mentioned this product in my 7 Summer Beauty Must-Haves post, but I'm obsessed. I had used this a few years back, but fell in love again when I was shopping at ULTA. My "Not Your Mother's" dry shampoo left a horrible white cast on my hair, which made me look like I was going grey. But this stuff is incredible. Not only does it come out brown, but it's easy to work into your hair and it doesn't weigh it down. Lee Stafford Chopstick Ceramic Curling Wand: ALL THE YES. Yup. This. I've only had it for about 2 weeks, but I'm obsessed. I bought this because I felt like rocking some 80s inspired corkscrew curls, and this is the perfect wand for it. It only takes me about 20-30 minutes to do my hair. It's much faster than you would think -- you only need like 10 seconds per curl. The barrel is square and really small. It also doesn't have a clip, which I prefer. You can definitely make your hair style as crazy or as toned down as you want. I also love that it looks even better on the second day. Jaclyn Hill X Morphe Palette: I wrote about my first experience with Morphe here, and I'll be honest, they're definitely a hit or miss company for me. I've casually watched Jaclyn's Youtube tutorials since her early days in her kitchen, and I wanted to support her as a fellow beauty enthusiast. And WOW. These shadows are hands down the best ones compared to the other 3 palettes I own by Morphe. If you're on the fence about this palette because you've been unimpressed with Morphe before, I can 100% say that mine was worth every penny. LUSH Lip Scrub in Mint Julips: I'm probably going to offend a lot of people with this... but prior to last week, I had never been to LUSH. Stay tuned for an upcoming post about my first LUSH experience! I wanted to mention this product in my June beauty favorites because I've been using this so much! I've been desperately needing a good exfoliant for my lips, and this is SO good. It tastes like mint chocolate and it's edible, so when you scrub your mouth you can just lick it off! artnaturals Tea Tree Essential Oil: This month, my skin was NOT having it. No matter what I did, my skin was inflamed, broken out and sensitive to the point of tears. I was sent some of the artnaturals essential oils, and they have been a God send! The tea tree one in particular I have used morning and night on my skin and I have seen a huge improvement. If you have sensitivity and breakouts, try mixing tea tree and lavender essential oils. (Just make sure they are 100% pure and not mixed or diluted)
Other monthly favorites:
- World Market coffee - French and Italian blends
- Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge
7 Summer Beauty Must-Haves
Ice cream, pool parties, sweating like a pig... isn't summer fun? I may look like Larry the Lobster in the summer months, but I love summer beauty! All of the products listed below are ones that I personally love and have recommended on multiple occasions to my friends and family. So without any further delay, let's get into 7 of my must-have summer beauty products that you should definitely have in your life this summer.Read more.
7 Must-Haves for Summer Beauty
Batiste Hint of Color Dry ShampooAin't nobody got time to constantly shower in the summer when it's so hot. If there's one thing that drives me absolutely nuts, it's having a white cast from my dry shampoo. I discovered this one while I was studying abroad in London, and it's still my favorite drugstore priced dry shampoo. It's tinted with a bit of blonde, brown, or dark brown so you don't look like you're aging prematurely.
Bioderma Sensibio H2OAs of now, hands down, there is no other makeup remover on the market that is better than Bioderma in my eyes. This solution is so gentle on your skin, and it balances your sebum levels as it easily wipes your makeup off. The best part about this? You can remove your makeup in the middle of the day and there is no greasy residue. It also pre-cleanses so you don't need to wash your face until you're going to sleep.
Trestique Highlight & Perfect StickIf you're a natural glow goddess, this is for you. This is perfect for a no make-up day or if you plan to wear this on top of foundation (don't put it on top of powder, it will lift your base). It's a "wet" highlight, which is perfect over a powdery one for summer. It's also awesome that you can get both a natural or glam look with this product.
IGK Rich Kid Coconut Oil GelThe ocean/lake/pool can definitely take a toll on your hair. After receiving this in a monthly subscription box, I have been OBSESSED with using this after showering. It brings an amazing amount of hydration, but it doesn't make your hair look oily when it dries. You can use this if you plan to let your hair air dry, or if you're going to style it.
EO Organic DeodorantYES. I don't have enough great things to say about EO. Their deodorant is organic and is infused with essential oils, so no aluminum salts, propylene glycol, zinc salts, or triclosan that clog your pores and basically poison you. My hair stylist and I realized that the lavender one smells like Aveda. (If you're into that kind of thing) They also have deodorant wipes, which are perfect for stashing in your purse!
Naples Sunkissed Sea Salt ScrubI love this scrub. This product appeared in my May favorites, and it's so necessary for summer. It's perfect for exfoliating your feet after a long day in sandals or heels. The scrub is infused with shea butter and natural oils so your feet are nourished. The scent is a mixture of coconut and vanilla, so your bathroom will smell like summer goals after you use this. Check it out here.
KL Polish in St. ClairSo technically this was released in the spring collection (the summer one just launched), but I'm in LOVE with this shade for summer. It's the most gorgeous shade of sky blue in my opinion, and KL Polish's formula is one of my favorites for nail polish. I would say I have a solid week and a half with their formula without chipping, whereas most brands it's like 2-3 days. Kathleen Lights is an amazingly kind and incredible Youtubber, so if you haven't checked her out, do it! Check out KL Polish here. Hopefully you found some interesting summer beauty products to try out! Be sure to leave some of your favorite summer products in the comments below 🙂 J. For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!
June Sephora Play! Box
Another month, another Sephora Play! Box. I really do like the Sephora subscription box. For $10, you get 6 deluxe samples, plus a card that gives you 50 beauty insider points if you go in-store that month. Which to me is a pretty great deal.Read more.
This month's theme for the Sephora Play! Box was “Your Summer Starters.” It featured the Sephora team's summer must-haves.The POREfessional Face Primer by Benefit: I actually bought the smaller version of this about a month ago and I've been really enjoying it. I have combination/oily skin, so I use this mainly in my T-zone. I would say that the Baby Skin Pore Eraser by Maybelline is a good drugstore dupe for this. (Not completely, but if blurring pores is your goal, that one does an amazing job) I love the matte finish this gives me, and I would say it does prolong the longevity of my makeup. I'm not obsessed, but I'm definitely impressed. Everlasting Liquid Lip in K-Dub by Kat Von D: In case I haven't mentioned it before, Kat Von D is QUEEN of liquid liner. The tattoo eyeliner is a ride or die product in my book. I've never tried the Everlasting collection before, but I was really impressed at how comfortable the wear of this product was. It's not thick or clumpy and it dries down completely matte in like 20 seconds. Granted, it's not an everyday color for me, but it made me put one of the Everlasting nude liquid lips on my wish list. Rich Kid Coconut Oil Gel by IGK: I really like this! I've used it after towel drying my hair after every shower since I got this product in my box. I purposefully don't use it in my roots because my hair can get oily pretty quickly. My hair is pretty thick and it gets knots relatively easily, so this product was a great dose of hydration and does a good job at keeping my hair soft and manageable as the day goes on. I definitely will be repurchasing! Hello FAB Smoothie Priming Moisturizer by First Aid Beauty: I'm not sure why, but I haven't been super impressed with First Aid Beauty... maybe I haven't found the right product for me. I haven't tried this on my face, but I did apply some of this in-store a while back and wasn't a fan of the texture. I personally would rather have my moisturizer and primer be separate products instead of a 2-for-1. So rather than waste a perfectly good product, Hayley do you want this? (For those of you who are new, Hayley works with me at my day job and sometimes if there's a product I'm not a fan of, she loves it... like that perfume from the last Sephora unboxing I had! That one was a perfect example of makeup being versatile and a completely different experience for each person) Black Opium by Yves Saint Laurent: Speaking of the perfume from the last unboxing post... this one almost gave me PTSD upon first whiff. But a lovely sigh of relief came when I smelled it again and realized it definitely was not like Replica by Maison Margiela. Fun story... I just linked the title for this perfume to the Sephora website, and I just said aloud, "DANG that's a pretty penny!" It has a gorgeous wear on it, and there's a slight note of coffee in it, so you know I was hooked. But still.... that's expensive... Rose Gold Hair & Body Oil by Ouai: I love oils. Despite what you may think, if you have oily hair or skin, using oil in your everyday routine is actually instrumental in balancing your natural oils. This one I'm not so sure of yet. I've used it once since unboxing, and I felt it didn't distribute the way that I wanted. What I do love is that the only ingredient in here that is "bad" is fragrance (and they say fragrance is bad because companies use that term loosely). But it doesn't have parabens, silicones, or alcohol. My hair did feel smooth and soft, but the ends looked "wet" even hours after application. I only used one pump, but I'm going to try to use even less next time to see if that helps. That’s it for this box! Let me know in the comments section below if you have any of these products and what your thoughts are. J. For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!
Morphe Review – YAS or Pass?
Disclaimer: I am not an affiliate of Morphe. They don't know my name and I doubt they will ever see this, but I'm here to give my 100% honest opinion about the Morphe products I own. To be honest I didn't actually need to give that disclaimer, but I feel like there is a lot of murkiness in regards to bloggers and Youtubbers reviewing this brand in particular because Morphe has such a large number of affiliates who receive a cut of every sale that is brought about from their affiliate/discount code. I don't mind at all if someone has a discount code, I only care that the person is being honest and not telling me to purchase something that is actually awful. I'm going to keep it completely real and use my new YAS/??/Pass system. Some of these products I love, some I'm not a fan of and others I'm not really sure what I feel. Everyone's experiences and skin is different, so what didn't work for me may work for you.Read more.
E2 – Round Powder brush - YASI really do like this brush. A lot. It's dense, soft, and has huge surface area which makes it perfect for setting your face. I haven't quite gotten to the level where it's fully replaced my current regimen. I typically use a beauty blender or puff thingy to press powder into my face to set it. But I am loving this purchase.
E4 – Angled Contour brush - YAS!I featured this brush in my monthly favorites, and I 100% stand by that. I use this for blush instead of contour, but you do you boo. It has an even application and it's easy to work with. This one and the E2 feel softer than some of the other brushes since they're a part of the Elite collection. If you bought only one thing on this list, I'd say pick this.
B80 – Pointed Crease brush - Yes?This is a nice blending brush for shadow if you don't have one already. It has a great shape and it's tapered on the sides, which makes it great for blending eyeshadow into the crease. I have a couple blending brushes, but this one is great for when I want to switch colors and I don't feel like cleaning the same brush. The M and B series are the cheapest at Morphe, so that means that many times the hairs may be a bit scratchy.
M321 – Bullet Crease brush - PassI thought this brush would replace my Sigma E20 brush since I've had that for like 5 years and it's just now getting scratchy. (I highly recommend checking out Sigma) But nope. This brush isn't as precise as "bullet" would make you believe. It has a nice angle, so you could use this for shading in the crease or in the outer corners of the eye. Just make sure that's what you're buying it for and not to precisely add pigment to your lower lash line.
M143 – Deluxe Soft Fan brush - PassFan brushes are huge for contouring this year. I haven't found one I've loved to the point I'd ditch my current contouring brush. I'm not sure if it was my particular brush, but the one that arrived had a nasty smell. Keep in mind the white-haired brushes are natural hair, not synthetic. One (careful) wash and the hairs did not hold their shape at all! The brush is twice as fat and still smelly, which is not ideal for contour. Nope nope nope!
Morphe PalettesSo my overall thoughts about these palettes. The shimmers suck in Morphe's palettes. Just telling it 100% how it is. Everything swatches beautifully on the arms or when you pick it up with your finger. But you will definitely need to wet your brush or something to get pigment from those shimmers on the lid. If you want affordable shimmers that are easy to apply, check out Colourpop. The matte shades aren't bad at all and I've seen a lot of people make some great looks from their palettes. I love that their palettes have a lot of colors and there are so many crease shades to really build out a look. These are affordable, so if you're looking for something simple and does the job, Morphe's palettes are great for you! If you're obsessed with formulas or ingredients, you may not be a huge fan.
Natural Beauty Palette (12NB) - YAS...These colors are probably some of the exact ones I would want if I were to create my own palette. But... and there's a big butt on this. I would want a brand like Anastasia to create the formula. This palette isn't bad by any means, I've actually been reaching for this quite often. It just leaves something to be desired. If you're on a budget, this is a great purchase. If you have a few more quarters in your couch, I'd buy the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette because the pigment and the formula are goals. Morphe's 12NB is good in my book. It's a great staple to have for an everyday look.
Bronzed Mocha and Copper Bundle (25A & 25B) - YAS...I mentioned this in my haul post, but you could definitely pick one of these palettes in the bundle and call it a day. They're both good palettes. I liked the golden shades a lot in the copper bundle (when I wet my brush to apply). The amount of transition shades is awesome, and definitely lets you build out a lot of different looks. The mocha palette is more of my shade range, but I reach for these two equally I would say. So that’s it! Let me know if there are any Morphe products that you absolutely love and I may check them out! I will say I will most likely go more for the Elite line of brushes if I purchase any more. Like any brand, there are hits and misses. This was just my personal opinion on how I felt after using my products for a while. J. For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!
May Sephora Play! Box
Came home last night to a surprise in my mailbox! Monthly subscription boxes have become kind of a thing, from BoxyCharm to Ipsy to BarkBox, it seems like there's a box for every hobby. Since I have a slight obsession with makeup, I decided to try out the Sephora Play! box.Read more.
This month's theme for the Sephora Play! Box was "The Rising Stars." It featured cult favorites, unique formulas, and one of a kind brands making waves in the industry.
- Magnetic Matte Lip Color in Greystone by Nudestix - Greystone? YAS. That swatch had me swooning. The color is a gorgeous cool toned brown, and I definitely plan to put its claim of 9 hour wear to the test. It's really creamy in texture. If it doesn't slide around and isn't drying on the lips I may have found a new favorite for my upcoming monthly favorites post. (Check out April's here) Update: if you want a matte grey-toned brown lipstick, get Colourpop's Pillow Talk. Personally I like it better.
- Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser by Sunday Riley - The jury isn't out on this one yet since I've only used it once. I have quite a few skincare products I'm obsessed with, so since I wasn't blown away, this one may go to Joseph.
- Clear Lip Plumper by Grande Lips - Lip plumpers aren't usually my thing since they typically sting and are uncomfortable with little results. I was slightly uncomfortable at first, but as it stayed on the lips, I started really liking it. My lips felt hydrated and it definitely did the job. Me likey!
- Highlight + Perfect Multipurpose Stick in Maldives Luminescent by Trestique - I'm so stinkin excited for this product. The swatch is gorgeous, not sparkly at all (thank goodness) but it has a beautiful luminosity to it. As someone will combo/oily skin, I struggle to find anything luminous that compliments my skin and acts as an easy highlight that doesn't bring out texture on my cheeks. #GlowFromWithin
- Replica perfume by Maison Margiela - Not my favorite... to the point that it's not pictured above because I gave it to my friend Hayley when I saw her at work today. Keep in mind that she loved it. I'm not a beach person, so the fact this smells straight up like the ocean mixed with salt and lemon wasn't terribly appealing to me. If you're a beach girl, check it out. If you're a winter-mountain chick like me, maybe pass.
- Cleansing Purifying Scrub by Christophe Robin - Not gonna lie, $53 bucks is a STEEP price for anything. Probably the worst luck ever because I LOVE this product. My hair was squeaky clean after washing it with this, but it didn't strip it. Maybe if you used this only when your hair was in desperate need of a thorough clean and then a mask, it would last a lot longer...
Makeup Haul + First Impressions
Hello everybody! Following my birthday and the Sephora VIB sale, I thought I would share all of the products I've accumulated with you in a makeup haul and give my opinions/first impressions if it's my first time purchasing. Full disclosure: Bioderma sent me the three products at the bottom of this post and they arrived on my birthday so I thought I'd include them in this beauty and makeup haul. Everything else I purchased with my own money (or someone else purchased them for my birthday). So let's get started!Read more.
- Bronzed Mocha and Copper Bundle (25A & 25B) - Morphe's packaging for their palettes remind me of middle/high school where there's a ton of shadows in one enormous palette. *Cue NSYNC* I love how affordable Morphe is, though many of the shades are similar between the two palettes in this bundle. My recommendation is to pick whether you're a copper queen or a mocha diva and call it a day if you're looking at these. But if you suffer from makeup hoarder syndrome, then by all means get both like I did. I've only tried one look, so still deciding my final thoughts.
- I picked out another palette to try: Natural Beauty Palette (12NB)
- E4 - Angled Contour brush - I'm beyond excited for this brush. It's got the best angle for blush. I guess you could use this to contour or bronze, but for me it's going to be a blush brush. I love the level of precision it gives me and my entire cheek doesn't end up pink. (My old blush brush was a bit of a flight risk when I wasn't careful)
- E2 - Round Powder brush - YAS HONEY. These brushes are so flippin' soft. It's amazing. They distribute the product really evenly and it's about 2 1/2 times the size of my Real Techniques powder brush. You know what they say: it doesn't matter how great the products are, if the brushes suck, your look will too. That's harsh, but really. It's like painting your living room walls with a streaky brush and then complaining it doesn't look right. So I have high hopes for these.
- So I went ahead and bulked up my collection by placing another order... These haven't arrived quite yet, but I ordered:
- Benefit Hoola Lite Bronzer - I held off on buying the original Hoola bronzer since I'm paler than Casper. I gotta say it though... I hate the packaging. I'm glad you don't lose product when you dip your brush in... but really I hate the bulkiness of the packaging. The bronzer is good. It goes on light, so it's hard to mess it up. I have to take a little time building it up to what I want, but overall I like it. It also has a flowery scent, but I'm not mad about it.
- Nars Blush in Orgasm - Another cult item. Though if I'm being honest, I'm not a huge fan of glittery looking blush. I will say that if you have a light hand and used this as a blush/highlighter duo on top of a minimal makeup look, then it would totally work for you. I think I personally will reach for my Tarte Amazonian Clay blush in Paaarty over this one, but it's still pretty and I'm glad I got it.
- BVLGARI Omnia Coral perfume - I got the deluxe size as a VIB reward (does that count for a beauty-makeup haul item?), so it's a tiny version of the two linked circles. Kind of adorable. I hate there's no actual spray, I definitely spilled some when I first opened it. But I'm obsessed with this scent. It's a pretty fruity/floral scent, but covered in a deeper scent I can't quite put my finger on. Get a sample the next time you're in Sephora to test out.
- Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer - This was featured in my April beauty favorites post (read here), where I basically went through 3 of the 100 point rewards at Sephora. I felt that was long enough to realize I love this primer. I can't say this makes my makeup last longer, but I can say the application is much smoother.
- L'Occitane Shea Butter Foot Cream - Another April beauty favorite. Joseph and I share this, and it's amazing. It's definitely not your typical moisturizer, but that's great for tired/dry/cracked feet.
- Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder - So I know a lot of people are flipping out over the RCMA No Color Powder. But if I'm being 100% honest, Laura Mercier still wins for my skin. I use RCMA to set my under eye area since it's a thinner consistency, but for my oily/combination skin, Laura Mercier is still bomb.
- Muji Japan 4 Layers Facial Cotton Pad - These are awesome. They start out as a larger pad, but can split apart into 4 layers, which is perfect for when I'm removing my makeup with my Bioderma. What I like best is that they don't waste product like using cotton balls or other pads (or toilet paper if you're that girl, no judgment). To be honest, you can buy anything like this from the drugstore, but since they come in a huge package and are inexpensive, I continue to repurchase.
- Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch - I almost don't like mentioning these, but technically they're a part of my beauty-makeup haul since I love them so much. I'm afraid of running out! Check out my April favorites post if you want to know why.
- Sensibio H20 Solution - Bioderma's solution is hands-down one of the best makeup removers/pre-cleanses ever in my book. Like we're ride or die level. My preference is the Sebium line for the H2O solution (and I always choose the one with the pump) since I have oily/combo skin. This one in particular is for sensitive skin, but it's still amazing. I'd say the 500ml lasts about 4 months, maybe slightly more for me.
- Hydrabio Serum - If your skin is at all dehydrated, this stuff will do it for ya. I prefer to use this in the evening because the heavier consistency helps hydrate my skin overnight. I would highly recommend if you have dry/dehydrated/combination skin!
- Sebium Pore Refiner - A new obsession for me, and I will definitely repurchase. I use it primarily in my T zone prior to my primer. None of Bioderma's products irritate my sensitive skin, and it wears beautifully under makeup.