Thursday, April 12, 2018

Spring Sales - Planned Purchases From Sephora & Ulta

It's that time again - Sephora spring sale time! Sephora offers 15% off for VIB and VIB Rouge members in April, along with 10% off for all Beauty Insider members. It's not as good as the holiday 20% off, but ti's something! Sephora is pricey, so I know a lot of people, myself included, plan larger purchases around these coupons. I've been adding and removing items from my cart since last month in anticipation!
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Along with the Sephora sale, Ulta usually issues a 20% off Prestige coupon in early April. The coupon usually coincides with the end of their 21 Days of Beauty event. The coupon was mailed out today (4/12) and  I've been (not so) patiently waiting with a full cart for about a week now. However, I seem to get every Ulta email BUT these emails, so I am waiting to hear back from them about my code.

Sine I've been focusing on low buying and using what I have, I've been pretty particular about what's going into my carts. A lot of the items are repurchases, or trying something new in place of a product I'm almost out of. I also love seeing what other people are planning on getting, so I wanted to share what I'm looking forward to pulling the trigger on!

Monday, April 9, 2018

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Spanked - Review

I am a super huge fan of Fenty Beauty's Gloss Bomb, so when Rihanna decided to drop a line of matte lipsticks, I was intrigued. I'm a little over matte lipstick, but this wasn't a liquid matte, so I was willing to give it a chance. I was really good though, I didn't immediately purchase one and waited a few months. Other reviews looked good, so I went for it! 

Sunday, April 8, 2018

March Empties & Reverse Rouge Check In

I used up so much stuff in March! I had set a goal of twenty empties for myself, and was able to meet that with no problem. I've even been sheet masking more, which is great for my skin AND my mask stash! A few more months and I'll be able to buy some new masks without adding to an already large backlog.

I did requailify for Platinum status at Ulta during the month of March, but not due to my purchases! I got my hair colored last month, and my husband gets his hair cut at Ulta every two weeks, which adds up quickly. I don't see myself hitting the new Diamond level ($1200 spent!) this year, though.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

March 2018 Favorites!

Being on a low buy has really had me looking at my collection lately, and becoming more familiar with the products I already have. I chose some staple products for this month's favorites, partially because I don't have a lot of "new new" to pick from, and partially because I feel favorites should be repeat, staple products. I have a couple kinda new products in this month's picks though, so that's a little exciting! (I won't deny that I love the rush of getting a package full of new goodies in the mail.)

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Spring 2018 Product Picks

Spring hasn't quite sprung here yet - we've had four big snowstorms in the last three weeks. However, it'll be here soon, and that means springy colors and finishes! I wear colors year round, but I do have my favorite spring shades and looks that I like to dust off a bit this time of year. I don't think I'm going to be setting any new seasonal trends, but if you're interested in seeing what I'm into for spring, keep reading!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless Foundation - Review

I love when I get stuff in the mail, especially unexpected goodies! I got the new Marc Jacobs Shameless foundation in the mail right before I left for Las Vegas, so it became my travel foundation for that trip. (I was originally going to bring the Fenty foundation but was meh on the matte finish for my going out looks.) It was risky, bringing a brand new, untested product with me, but life is about adventure, right? Before we get started, I received this product for free from Influenster (my referral link, fyi) in exchange for an honest review.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

What's In My Travel Bag - Las Vegas!

I've never done a post about what I travel with, and what better time to start than with my first trip to Las Vegas! I really do try to pare down what I bring, but it isn't easy. I'm flying with only a carryon, so I'm limited to just a quart sized bag for my liquid products. Here's a quick look at what I've decided to bring!

I'll start with all of the makeup I'm bringing. I'm wearing a lot of either black or white, so I decided I'll bring a lot of bold pink lipsticks, which happen to be my favorite! I have liquid (Chanel Rouge Allure Ink), cream (Urban Decay Vice), and tint (Dior Addict Lip Tattoo) as formula options. I'm also bringing along my trusty Fenty Gloss Bomb and Bite Beauty lip pencil for a less bright lip option.

I'm keeping the rest of my options fairly basic. A neutral blush and a bright blush, a buildable highlighter, setting powder (how CUTE is that Laura Mercier mini?), and a finishing powder. For eye makeup, I have a palette with brights (Too Faced Peachy Mattes) and a neutral palette (Viseart Neutral Mattes.) I also have a glitter (Urban Decay Distortion) and a minty green (By Terry Fizzy Jade) for fun eye options. My trusty Kat von D Tattoo liner is coming with me, and I'm bringing a mini of the new LancĂ´me Monsieur Big mascara.

I'm debating taking the Fenty foundation, mostly because it's the best shade fit, but it's got more of a matte finish than I'd like. I actually received the new Marc Jacobs foundation right beforeI left(after taking these photos, of course...) so I wound up taking that with me to try out. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer is the only concealer I own, so that comes with me as well. The only mini setting spray I have that I really like is the Kat von D spray, which is no Fix+, but it'll get the job done.

Skincare is more difficult, since most products are cream or liquid. I managed to get around bringing a liquid cleanser thanks to the Tosowoong Powder Wash. It foams up decently! I'll be trying out the Son & Park Beauty Water, finally! I'll be using that in addition to my cleanser as I don't have an oil or balm cleanser to take with me. I have some belif minis for my moisturizer and eye cream. I'm also taking the last of my bottle of A'pieu sunscreen.

I always bring an assortment of sheet masks with me. Since they're individually sealed, they don't count towards my bag of liquids. The Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta pads are individually sealed as well, which gets me some decent exfoliants as well as saving precious bag space. I need to double check my stash for essence and serum samples, because otherwise those masks are going to be filling that step in for me as well. (More foil packets don't hurt, either!)

In terms of haircare, I have a bumble and bumble mini set of shampoo and conditioner in my gym bag that I'll be bringing (thanks, Sephora birthday gift!) Normally I would use whatever the hotel provides and deal with it, but since I just colored my hair and the bumble and bumble set is sulfate free, I'm taking those. I also have the last of an Alterna volumizing spray, and I'll pair it with the Ouai Wave spray I have in my gym bag. I also have this cute Amika dry shampoo I'll be taking as well.

I try not to overload on tools. I bring the least amount of makeup brushes I can get away with. I don't need a big powder brush because I can just apply powder with my beautyblender. I use the thick Hourglass brush to apply finishing powder, and I can also use that for any serious buffing I may need to do as well. I'm also taking the Amika Polished Perfection brush with me to keep my bangs in check. As much as I'd love to take my Dyson dryer, it'll take up half my bag! I'll also be taking a handful of Shiseido cottons and Q-tips with me, along with hair ties and bobby pins.

I really do recommend hoarding any minis if you know you'll be traveling in the near future. A mini moisturizer isn't going to last for a week+ trip, but for a long weekend, it's perfect! All of the things I'm bringing manage to fit into the quart bag for my liquids and a jumbo pink Glossier zip top, so I'd say I did a good job scaling back my routines for my trip.