Collective Sephora Haul!

Since I’m a little rusty, I figured I’d come back with something that comes a little more easy for me. I received my latest order from Sephora today and thought, “Maybe I should do a haul post!” So here we are, a collective haul from my last few recent stops at Sephora.

The first item is the BECCA Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector ($36 USD). I received a sample of this as a 100 point perk and fell in love… So I got the full size product. I just take a dab of this, warm it up between my fingers and tap the product on my nose. Keeps my skin matte for so much longer than any other primer I have used!
ImageNext is my first stab at using lipstick, with the Too Faced Le Crème lipstick in Coral Fire ($21 USD)–a gorgeous coral that leans red. This lipstick had me with its pigmentation and creamy, moisturizing formula! So far, really really REALLY like the lipstick.

ImageSince I got rid of my old eyelash curler from Kirkland Signature (by Borghese aka Costco), I figured it was time for a new one. So I got the Shiseido Eyelash Curler. This curler fits the shape of my eye perfectly like my old curler–it has a wide curve that fits all my lashes from the inner to the outer corner!
ImageFor my trip to Dom. Rep. in the summer, I got this Sephora Universal Atomizer for my Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue perfume. It was on sale for $7 USD and it is cute! 😀
ImageSo after watching Wayne Goss’ tip of applying powder before foundation, I gave in and went out to purchase a new powder–the Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder ($32). It is fine, lightweight, translucent and really smooths the texture of my skin while keeping oil at bay!
ImageNow because I’m such a panda, I needed a concealer with better coverage than the Maybelline Magic Dream Lumi Concealer. So, after much “research” (aka a lot of raves from Youtubers) I got the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard ($29). This was one of the first items I hauled, so I have gotten use out of it, and it really covers dark circles with one to two layers; one for more natural coverage and two for flawless coverage. It also covers imperfections well too! Perfect match for my skin tone.
ImageWhen I made the latest of my orders, I finally found a perk really worth a part of my points… The 500 point perk from Nars~!
ImageThe box came with:

  • Blush in Deep Throat (0.14 oz) – The color is a gorgeous peach with a slight hint of gold glitters. The size of the packaging is the same as their single eye shadows.
  • Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien (0.05 oz) – This is a “my lips but better” shade for me, a medium rose shade that seems flattering for light to medium skin tones!
  • Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Via Veneto (0.01 oz) – It is long wearing and a creamy black I am excited to use up!
  • Small sample of the Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base (0.01 oz)

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Wow, so I spent quite a bit lot in the past few months… Going to go on a ban for quite a long time LOL. Oh well, at least I know I will get a lot of use from these products as they are now pretty much HG products for me. Will be reviewing these products soon since I will have more time on my hands~

Hope you guys enjoyed!
Bye~

Nars Lipgloss Review (All Night Long, Chihuahua, Dolce Vita)

Nars Lipglosses are the only lip products to make it to my HG list.

They come in various permanent and limited edition shades. Each are $24 and available on Nars’ site. A selection shades are available at Sephora, Saks, Henri Bendel, and other locations which you can find on the brands website, narscosmetics.com

The shades I’ll be reviewing are All Night Long, Dolce Vita, and Chihuahua. I bought all of these at the Sephora in JCP, online, and Sephora at Herald Square.

The lightest of the two is Chihuahua, the other is Dolce Vita. Click to enlarge.

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One thing I have to say about these lipglosses is that they are so pigmented! I’m not a lipstick person because my lips are not much in the first place– fine lines, and dry lips are no territory for lipstick. At least not for me. I prefer these lipglosses as an alternative and I just love them.

All Night Long is a deep berry or plum color and it’s perfect for this season. It is a lipgloss so it isn’t such an opaque color. My lips are pretty pigmented on their own and this color is probably as daring as I can go for color.

Dolce Vita is described as a dusty rose– or a pink rosy color going a little dark. Really pigmented and smooth. Covers the color of my lips well.

Chihuahua is a light nectar pink… I see it as a baby pink with a bit of a warm tinge. Its the perfect pinky nude for my skin tone. I’m NC 25-30, I’m not pale but I’m not tan either. (I really don’t know what to say about my skin tone.)

In comparison, Dolce Vita is more pigmented than All Night Long and Chihuahua, and Chihuahua more than All Night Long. But you’d have to go to your closest store that sells these lipglosses to figure out which is best for you and which is more pigmented than others.

The lipgloss applies smooth and is not sticky. Unfortunately, the smell isnt exactly the best in the world. But it is tolerable, at this point I don’t even notice it. The color pay off is amazing, and a little goes a long way. The color last fr a long time and once the shine and gloss is gone, you’re left with what looks like you have used lip tint. The doe foot applicator is pretty precise, I’m not a fan of brush tip applicators. I don’t really have to explain a lot about it… I assume we’re all fairly familiar with these applicators. The packaging is sleek, and has that velvety soft feel like the packaging on other Nars products. I’ve never actually had a problem with them getting dirty, and either way, it’s super easy to clean in my opinion.

There’s no way that for the price you’re going to get bad quality and have it reach the end of the tube in a matter of weeks. On the contrary, it is money well spent. I’ve had All Night Long for a year now, even though I didn’t use it this past spring and summer. Dolce Vita, I bought a month ago and Chihuahua in early spring 2011. And yea, it isn’t the most hygenic thing ever to have lipgloss for so long. But meh, still pretty damn good to me. ^^

If you can afford it, you should totally give them a try. If not, you can try one and if you like them, I think it’s a good investment.

I hope this has been helpful.
Next post… either another TheFaceShop mask, or Skin79 BB Cream.
See you next time. Bye~

Becoming An Urban Decay Junkie

Slowly and slowly, I’m becoming an Urban Decay Junkie.

After publishing my last post on two of Urban Decay’s single eyeshadows, I’ve come to realize this. If money would permit it, I’d have more than just my Primer Potion, Naked palette and 2 single eyeshadows. Plus, I’m dying for Naked 2 to hit Sephora and Ulta, because I can’t order it online unless I ship it to a friend’s house instead >_> *sneaky sneaky*.

I’ve tried their 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils in Zero and Bourbon; they are amazing! I’ve swatched so many shadows while at Sephora before that I just wanted to buy most of them. Even the bright colors I probably wouldn’t even wear! Their liquid eyeliner and lip tints are also amazing, but I don’t actually have those at the moment.

Who’s to blame for this? My twin friends that I met 4 years ago in High School; who would constantly tell me about any updates in their shadow line, or new collections. They introduced me to Sephora, but their biases– which are now mine– are Urban Decay and Nars.

And the other person to blame (such a strong word but I don’t know what else to use)– is Jen from Frmheadtotoe. She is an amazing, down to earth beauty guru on Youtube and I just love her blog. The happiness she feels about makeup has rubbed off onto me, and because of her I’ve just had to try many of the Urban Decay products she raves about. When I see a new post or video that she uploads about a UD palette or product, it brightens up my day. I often try other products as well– like BB Creams from different Korean brands, Lioeli products, and I’m dying to purchase a Unii palette once I go back to Sephora and buy some more UD shadows (like Chopper, Roach, ABC Gum, Twice Baked, and Stray Dog).

But yea, she’s an amazing beauty guru. Her tutorials are great, she’s honest, funny, and just so entertaining to watch on Youtube. Her blog is always detailed but they aren’t so crazy long you get bored. On the contrary, if it’s long, she can entertain you the whole way through!

If you’re interested:

Her blog – http://www.frmheadtotoe.com/

Youtube – http://www.youtube.com/user/frmheadtotoe

I deviated from talking about Urban Decay to talking about Jen. ;_; Sigh, I just love both. Keke.

Urban Decay Eyeshadows (Lounge & X)

Yesterday after classes were over I went to Sephora with my friend and I picked up two Urban Decay eyeshadows I really wanted.

After seeing many swatches online, and seeing it in store I just had to get it.

The two eyeshadows are Lounge and X.

Lounge is an eyeshadow that is duochrome. It is gorgeous– it’s a reddish brown eyeshadow with teal shimmer. It’s like teal over red, even without light shining in it you can still see the teal. It blends out beautifully. It’s pigmented, my brushes pick up the eyeshadow easily and I haven’t had to deal with any fallout. It isn’t powdery either.

X is similar in that it is a gold shadow with a rosy tint. A shadow with these two colors together? It’s just so pretty and different. It doesn’t look orange in anyway– it’s what it is… a rosy gold that flashes a shimmery gold that isn’t overwhelming. It’s also pigmented, blends out nicely, and is a nice look even by itself. I feel like it is a tiny bit powdery but that’s how I feel about Sin and Hustle from the Naked 1 palette. Even though the shadow is pigmented, I feel like my brushes don’t pick up the shadow too well. And I used four different brushes. But it’s okay, just have to try a bit harder in picking it up.

Here are few pictures and swatches of the shadows:

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What I found interesting about these two shadows, is that if you layer X on Lounge, it makes X look just a little more rosier because of the red base in Lounge. Other Urban Decay colors that pair well with these shadows is Buck blended out on the crease, or Darkhorse to darken the crease and blend it out with Buck to make it a little warmer. For Lounge, Hustle works well to darken the crease out into the outer “V” or take Perversion and blend it out from the outer “V” to the crease if you want a more dramatic nighttime look.

I give Lounge a 5/5 stars and X a 4.5/5 star rating (just cause I have to put in a little more effort to pick up the shadow with a brush).

As far as I know, these shadows are available at Sephora, Ulta, and Urbandecay.com for $17 each.

Thanks for reading~

See you next time.