Let me start off by saying I NEVER shop like this. The most money I’ve spent at Sephora at one time has been $60. I’m what I like to call a cautious buyer. I read reviews, sample, buy the smallest version and then after I’ve worn and tested it for several months I finally buy the full size. So believe me when I say this is a tad bit out of character for me but nonetheless I’m really happy with everything I got!

Ps: grab a snack, this post is gonna be a long one. 

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Primers

  1. Too Faced Hangover Primer: I have dry skin, so this was a no brainier. I currently use the Smashbox hydrating primer but I’m always in need of more!
  2. MUFE Mattifying Primer: you’re probably thinking “didn’t she just say she has dry skin?”. I do but I still get a little oily in my t-zone. I like to use a mattifying primer for when I’m using heavy liquid foundations, or on days when I need my makeup to last me all day.
  3. Dior Everlasting Primer: I’ve never bought high-end makeup before, but this one was a must. It’s been on my mind ever since I sampled it months ago. My motto is if you’ve thought about it for longer than a week then it’s your due diligence to buy it!
  4. Tatcha Skin Mist: This is a YouTube made me buy it. I love dewy skin and I’ve heard this is the ultimate skin mist. The price tag was hefty but worth the buy.
  5. Smashbox Primer Water: Running low on my Mac Fix plus, so I thought I would try this in the meantime. Bought the travel version just in case I don’t like it.

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Foundations

  1. MUFE Ultra HD: As I’ve mentioned in this post I have a hard time finding my foundation shade. MUFE is known for its shade range, and Sephora color match sent me this way.
  2. Nars Velvet Matte Tint (returned): I ended up returning this item but for the short time that I had it, I loved it. Unfortunately, I don’t like foundations with SPF (the flashback kills me), so I swapped it out for MUFE ultra HD. I may repurchase it later but right now it’s too hard to tell what my summer shade would be.
  3. MUFE Duo Mat Powder: I haven’t found a good powder foundation in a while and I’ve heard good things about this one (again from YouTube). I’m lacking on powder brushes so I haven’t really used this yet, but the shade match is perfect!

Concealer

Sephora Concealer Palette: This is something I haven’t seen anyone raving about. In the midst of the color correcting hype, I think this may have flown under the radar. Either way I love it! Full review coming soon.

Eyeshadow

KVD Shade and Light Eye Palette: I’m a little late on the bandwagon with this one but it really wasn’t on my radar until a few days ago. I like KVD (since the days of her doing tattoos on reality tv) and when I can support her brand I do.

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Highlighters

  1. ABH That Glow: one can never have too many highlighters. I went into Sephora every day of the VIB sale and finally found this on the last day!
  2. Becca Champagne Pop: super late on picking this up but who can resist Becca highlighters. Officially the third in my collection!

Eyeliner

  1. Benefit They’re Real Push-up Liner: I’ve heard this liner was the key to a good cat eye. Since I have yet to master it I’m hoping this liner will help.
  2. Tarteist Liner: This was sampled a while back and I loved the lasting power. The brush that they give you with the liner is amazing as well!

Mascara

Too Faced Better Than Sex: Just a re-purchase. Favorite mascara ever. I even asked the Sephora sales associate if there was another mascara she would choose and she said better than sex was hard to beat!

Perfume

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb: Since my dance with marc jacobs daisy was a bust, I wanted to go for a warmer scent. I bought this on a whim because the sign in front of it said best seller. So far I LOVE IT.

What did you buy during the Sephora VIB Sale? Do you have any of the above products?

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I’m the type of girl who spends hours in Sephora swatching different foundations, only to leave empty handed. Everything I find is either too full coverage, not the right shade- which might I say there are a lot of companies that are not very brown girl friendly, or the foundation simply doesn’t have any wow factor. Either way, I always end up disappointed, or mad at myself for even trying. My current foundation collection is so wimpy I shouldn’t even call it a collection. I have the Nars Tinted Moisturizer and the Luminous All Day Weightless foundation. I’ve had other foundations but none worth keeping. I prefer light coverage and I can never seem to find the right shade and weight to my liking until I discovered the custom cover drops which have seriously been a dream come true.

WHAT IS IT

The Cover FX Custom Cover Drops is a bottle of pure pigment that can be mixed with other oils, lotion, primers etc. Anything that you would normally put on your face to prep and prime can be mixed with the cover drops. They have 4 infusion drops specifically made to blend with the cover drops but they are pricey ($44) and since you can mix it with anything it’s probably better to stick to your normal primer or just plain ole lotion. If you want light coverage the recommended drops are 1-2, Medium to full is 2-3 drops. Essentially the more coverage you want the more drops you should use. The shade range is phenomenal, it’s offered in 25 shades so you have plenty of options. I actually had to sample two different shades since I couldn’t tell which one would match me properly.

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HOW I USE IT

I’ve mixed mine with several different things. The first was the hydration primer by Smashbox. I liked this combination but it made my skin feel overly wet. It was as if I added too much moisture to my face. I have also used it with lotion and got the same result. I decided to try using it with mattifying primers and that was when I got the best results. I have dry skin so I thought using a liquid foundation with a hydrating primer would be exactly what my skin needed but instead, the combination made me look too oily. I tried mixing it with a sample of the Dior everlasting primer which I mention in my haul a few weeks ago, and it was my favorite foundation look! Unfortunately, the primer is almost $50 and I didn’t want to get addicted to a product that was above my normal budget.

I’ve also used it with Makeup Forever Step One Mattifying Primer, and the Custom infusion drops that are meant to go with the cover drops. I liked the MUFE primer although it wasn’t as good as the Dior one, it is a more affordable option. The infusion drops were a total bust for me, I didn’t like the smell of them and they were too oily. But I’m also not into applying oils to my face so if you are then it may be a good choice for you.

PROS

Creating your own coverage: I love to have the freedom to tailor my foundation to my needs. For days when I’m going to work I wear it lightweight, and on days when I’m going out for dinner or dressing up I can make it fuller coverage.

Shade Range: The options are really endless. I can easily find both my winter and summer shade in this line. If you are a makeup artist this would be good to add to your kit.

CONS

Not Travel-Friendly: Since you have to essentially “make your foundation” it can get a bit messy. I mix mine in a small little cup, but this isn’t the most accessible for a girl on the go. You can mix it on your hand but I think that’s messy and you end up wasting the product.

Pure Pigment: The fact that is pure pigment means it doesn’t have a lot of the additives that normally make foundation have some lasting power. The foundation stays very well but only if you have the right mixture. Once you’ve figured out your perfect combination then you’ll love it but it does take some tweaking and trying new things.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Overall I love it. The versatility I have with this is amazing and exactly what I’ve been looking for. If you are someone who struggles with some of the same things I have then this would be a perfect option for you. If you don’t like the product at first glance then I recommend trying it with a different base. I promise you it makes all the difference!

What’s your favorite foundation right now?

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I promised you all a part two of my beauty haul so here it is! You can find part one here!

Hair

I have a serious issue with dry itchy scalp and I’ve been doing everything to try to fix it. My skin is deathly dry and my hair is no exception. Thank God my hair is thick and healthy and continually grows but the flaky dry scalp is such a nuisance that something had to be done.

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It’s a 10 Leave in conditioner: My hair needs lots of moisture, so a leave-in conditioner is a must. I spray this in my hair after a wash and in between the week when needed.

Macadamia Conditioning Masque: I bought a small sample of this (which unfortunately I threw away) but so far it’s been working good. A conditioning masque is a lot thicker than a normal conditioner. My goal is to set up a deep conditioning routine but for now, I’m going to wait to see how this masque treats me.

Tresemme Hair Spray: just your typical hair spray, nothing special here other than I don’t have any hair spray and this one came highly requested from one of my favorite Youtubers.

Skincare

Nivea Men’s AfterShave: This was one of those purchases where Youtube made me do it. I’ve heard rave reviews about using this as a primer, so I’m excited to see how it goes. Plus it was only 6 bucks! Score!

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Glamglow Hydrating Mask: This entire brand has been on my radar to try and since the weather has been deathly chilly I figured the hydrating mask was a good place to start. I bought the sample size for a whopping $22, so I’m hoping the results are worth its hefty price tag.

Aveeno Daily Face Scrub: I love the concept of a 3 step facial cleanser (like this clinique system I tried), but I realized a harsh product like that causes me to break out. My skin is extremely dry so when I strip it of its natural oils on a daily basis it creates utter chaos! I wanted to get the glamglow daily cleanser but I didn’t want to jump into an expesnive product when my skin is so sensitve to scrubs/cleasners as is. I figured this would be a good and light enough to use a few days a week and then pair it with my hydrating mask.

Samples

Marc Jacobs came out with a new perfume called Decadence and it comes in the shape of a purse, so naturally I was tempted to sample it. I love my Marc Jacobs daisy but because of its light and airy scent it tends to not stick and wears off with hours. Decadence is a much warmer and stronget scent so I’m hoping this settles into my skin nicely and potentially lasts longer!

Chanel No 5 is such a classic brand and classic fragrance. It’s a more robust scent than what I’m used to but I’m eager to see if it lives up to the hype!

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Today I have a haul for you all! I haven’t purchased anything beauty related in a while so I’m long overdue for a post like this. After my no buy I learned a lot about my spending habits. I have a tendency to purchase a million things at once, instead of building overtime.  I still buy quite a few things, but I’m certainly more rational with my spending. So with that said let’s dive into the haul shall we!?

Makeup

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Real Techniques Beauty Blender: I love my beauty blender but I’ve always wanted a more affordable option. I’m looking forward to using the flat side of this to help set my makeup!

Zote Laundry Detergent:  I didn’t want to pay for the actual BB cleaner so I shopped for a cheaper option. I saw a video using detergent and was plea surly surprised since other home remedies haven’t been working. Hopefully it makes my beauty blender as good as new.

Japonesque Makeup Brush Cleaner

I wanted a daily cleaner as well so I could use the brush multiple times in one sitting. I normally pick up the one from Sephora but I wanted to try something different.

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Urban Decay De-slick Oil Control

I have the urban decay all nighter spray but wasnt very impressed.  I’m hoping this version will help keep my makeup on but also prevent oiliness.

ABH Brow Definer

I’m not a huge fan of doing my brows, butttt ever since I switched from glasses to contacts I’ve wanted to give my brows a little extra attention. One of the reasons why I never liked the brow wiz is because the pencil was so thin and I had to really push to apply the product. The brow definer is significantly thicker so I’m hoping that makes a difference.

Sacha Cosmetics Buttercup Setting Powder

I’ve heard a million and one things about this on youtube and I’ve honestly been putting off buying it for no valid reason other than laziness. I hate ordering beauty products online, I prefer to look at the product, touch and sample it first before I make the commitment to buying it. This will have be my 6th setting powder so I’m hoping it turns out to be my holy grail!

Samples

What’s a Sephora trip without samples!?

Dior Diorskin Forever & Ever Wear Extreme Perfection & Hold Makeup Base: I’m typically not a fan of super high-end makeup brands like Dior, but the lady recommended it because it applies like lotion instead of a thick paste (like most mattifying primers do). The $50 price tag makes me have high expectations so we shall see!

Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primer

I normally don’t like using mattifying primers but I wanted to purchase one for my t-zone.

Cover FX Custom Infusion Drops (Hydration & Radiance): I have the Cover FX custom drops that are pure pigment which I mix with lotion to make foundation. I will have a full review of the foundation later, but I wanted to try mixing it with the infusion dropsI’m not sure what the real difference is between the hydration and radiance version are but I’ll be sure to come back and let you know!

Tarteist Gel Liner: I swear by my Stila waterproof eyeliner, but I’ve been on the hunt for something different. I wanted to give this a shot and I’ve been loving all my Tarte eye products so far so I hope this isn’t any different.

I was going to add all my skincare and hair products to this haul but I figured it would be a little overwhelming. I’ll be having uploading part two on Wednesday!

Have any of you tried the above products? Tweet me about them!

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Every year there is one limited edition item that I let slip through the cracks. I’m always a day late or a dollar short. Last year that item was the infamous Bobbi Brown highlighter in bronze glow. Every YouTuber and blogger were raving about this product and I searched high and low for it but couldn’t find it. So imagine my surprise when a few days ago I’m watching a Sephora VIB haul on youtube (one of my guilty pleasures) and the YouTuber name drops this highlighter. I had to sit up in bed and turn up the volume to make sure I heard it right! Bobbi Brown re-released this highlighter and didn’t even tell anybody! (or maybe it was only relevant to me since I missed out on it last year). I rushed to Sephora the next day and picked it up. When I initially swatched it it reminded me of champagne pop (which I don’t have but am considering getting) so I stopped to compare the two. Champagne pop is much lighter and definitely leaves a more prominent glow than the Bobbi Brown highlighter. On my skin tone bronze glow is really light; might I even dare to say natural looking (who would have ever thought a highlighter could be natural!) but it looks really good.

 

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Bronze glow is exactly as its described; a beautiful bronze color that looks great on deeper skin tones. It is not overly glittery which I love and often find a problem when it comes to Becca highlighters. They are so lightly milled that the glitter can get overwhelming and powdery. Bronze glow is more compact and easier to apply and blend. My favorite thing is that it’s extremely buildable. It’s denser than my other highlighters so it takes a few swipes before I can get the glow that I’m looking for. The packaging is different than it was last year, but I was so darn happy to get it that I didn’t even care what the outside looked like. This is my first Bobbi Brown product and I would definitely go back to try another (I’ve been eyeing their foundation sticks to use as contour option).

Currently, I apply it with my finger first and then blend out with my Sonia Kashuk fan brush. It’s the quickest way to get the most product. When I want a more daytime natural look I will either apply to my cheekbones with my RT contour brush (it’s a dense brush and will pick up the product easier than a fan brush), when applying to my cupids bow I use my fan brush so that I don’t use too much.

All in all its a beautiful highlighter that is well worth the hype and it”s a great addition to my collection!

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