I just realized I haven’t done a beauty review in FOREVER. So I thought I’d select one of my recent Sephora hauls to discuss. I already bought some Fenty Beauty pieces before, so I knew I liked the quality (I’m kinda fighting with the highlighters, but we’re working things out). So I thought I’d check out the limited edition holiday 2017 collection. I’m so glad I did!
I tend to panic-purchase when things are “limited edition” and “limited quantity.” So it’s no surprise I opted to try a few things from the collection. I had to get the Galaxy Eyeshadow Palette ($59). I haven’t fully played around with it, but using a “glitter glue” eyeshadow primer is recommended. I personally use the Too Faced Shadow Insurance Glitter Glue. I believe ELF and NYX make a more affordable version, but I haven’t tried them. I really hate spending more than $40-$50 on an eyeshadow palette, but it got good reviews. The colors are so pretty in person, the pictures from my phone do this zero justice. They are so much more vibrant in person! I will post pictures of an eye look when I have a chance, I will probably use it for Halloween.
In addition to the eyeshadow, I picked up all three colors of the 2-in-1 Glitter Release eyeliner. I thought the “Nepturnt” and “Alien Bae” colors looked very similar when I first swatched them. But when they are dry, you rub them to reveal the glitter. Once I did that, you can see the colors are different. Not sure I will use “Later, Crater” as an eyeliner, as I don’t like using light colors as eyeliner. But it is so pretty, I will try it out as an eyeshadow on the inner corners.
I just noticed I haven’t reviewed anything in a while. Oops! Well we can fix that. I got a bunch of things from Sephora over the last few months. So I’ll talk about a few of them right now, and save some for later. I started using the Farsali “Rose Gold Elixir” and it’s my favorite thing ever right now. The consistency is more of an oil. I generally use it at night and even put a tiny bit on my lips. I don’t actually know if you’re supposed to apply to lips, but I do. Let me tell you, it works miracles! I only use it once a day, so hopefully I won’t die if I continue to use it on my lips. It also does wonders for my skin. My skin feels plump, smooth, and moisturized in the morning. Bonus, there are tiny 24k gold flecks in the oil and you can use it as a makeup primer. Makes me feel so glam! Which reminds me, I need to review the Peter Thomas Roth “24K Gold Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Prism Cream” at some point. I’ve been using that in the morning on top of my moisturizer. I think my goal in life is to look as youthful as C3PO? haha!
Next up is the Belif “Peat Miracle Revital Eye Cream.” I always confuse Belief with Philosophy, they have similar packaging. I’ve only used this cream a few times, so I can’t say how well it works long-term. I’m waiting to use up my current eye cream before switching. But the consistency isn’t very creamy at all. It’s almost like a gel. So it’s not watery-looking, but a bit heavy. I don’t mind the texture, I actually don’t need a lot so I feel like it will help people use less product. It’s also a bit pricey, so it’s good that you don’t need to use a lot. I did find it moisturizes really well. I only have some fine lines and wrinkles, which are mostly caused from squinting a lot. Oops! I didn’t notice if it helped or not, but I generally only notice the lines when I apply powder makeup, or use a heavy concealer. So I think the heavy consistency will help makeup not settle into lines around my eyes.
I just got the Ciate “Dewy Stix.” I have an addiction to highlighters, so I had to try this. It’s not glittery like a typical highlighter, it’s more of a subtle shimmer. It is supposed to make your skin more dewy. It does that pretty well. It’s good for times when you want a subtle glow, and not look like a show pony. You can also use it to enhance your highlighter. The product can be used under any powder highlighter, which is cool. I haven’t tested this part yet, but I’ll try to report back when I do.
So I’m just realizing Christmas is SUNDAY! Like, what?! I HAVEN’T EVEN DECORATED YET! Not that I go nuts with decorating. All we do is put up a tree and ornaments. Then I hang some stockings, and tinsel around the mantel.
But we now give Zorro (almost) full run of the apartment while we’re out. I fear he’ll eat the fake tree and poop out blue holographic fake pine well into the New Year. Plus break my R2D2 ornaments. R2Tree2 would be ruined! Also, it’s laziness at this point.
Anyway, I finished shopping in November. I also wrapped gifts a couple weeks ago. So I’m definitely ready for this Christmas business, even if my apartment isn’t. As for me, I bought myself a peachy Christmas treat! I already had the Too Faced Sweet Peach eyeshadow pallette. Now I added on the Papa Don’t Peach blush, and Peach Glow highlighter kit. Plus I got a gorgeous deep plum Urban Decay lipstick, and Boscia wipes. Treat yo self! I should probably get myself some new underwear too. I also have dump some of my old ones, that have rips in them. Haha
I probably crossed the threshold into an insane-person in regard to beauty products long ago. But I really went above and beyond today. I had been eyeing this limited-edition eyeshadow palette from Too Faced. But apparently it sold out very quickly online and no news on when/if it would be restocked. At first I wasn’t even going to bother with this palette, but I seem to collect these special Too Faced shadows. Plus I’m a sucker for peachy eye shadow. Eventually my resistance faded, and I began to try to find one on my own.
Leave it to me to decide to finally be on-board with something, after it’s already sold out everywhere. But I noticed on the Sephora site they were going to carry it in stores at the end of the week. I decided to try and see if some stores happen to get it in early. As luck would have it, the store I called near my work had ONE LEFT in stock. The man who helped me on the phone was kindly enough to set it aside for me. It happened to be near my lunch break, so I grabbed my coat and umbrella and made my way to the mall.
It’s not a mall I’m familiar with AT ALL. I’ve only been there maybe 3 times or so. I honestly had no idea where the Sephora was, and their directory didn’t even list it. WTF?! So I Googled the site for the mall and eventually found it, after power-walking the mall. Apparently I picked the parking area farthest away from the store, UGH. But no matter, I got in line and realized I left my 15% off coupon AT HOME. Thankfully since I’m a Rouge member, they hooked me up with the discount anyway. WOOHOO! Afterwards, I made my way back to work with 15 minutes to spare of my lunch break. Despite not knowing where the store was, I’m still a very speedy walker. So I made good time getting back. I can’t wait to use these shadows, they are very prettyful.
I came across this wonderful photo of myself, and started laughing. It got me thinking about a time I got my make up done. As much as I love cosmetics, I always opt to do my own makeup. But I decided to have a “treat yo self” moment, and got it done while on vacation. This was a mistake, I wish I had saved my money!
I got it done because I was in Vegas, and we had a party that night. I wanted to look good, and always wanted try it. I guess my mistake was having this done in Vegas. I think when you get your makeup done in Vegas, they will typically go heavy, instead of just regular glam. I didn’t know that I had to specify not to go too heavy with it, but I didn’t. At the end of it, I felt like Denis O’Hare as Liz Taylor. Except Denis O’Hare pulled that look off 100x better than I ever could.
So, what did I do? I pretended for the makeup artists sake that I loved it. But in actuality, I had to stifle a gasp. I looked like a child prostitute! Maybe this look would have been fine on another person, but it didn’t look good on me.
The moment I left, I was wandering the halls of my hotel with my sunglasses on. Thankfully nobody questions you about wearing sunglasses indoors in Vegas. People just assume you’re hung over, or drunk. I quickly walked back to my room to do damage control. I ripped off the fake lashes, threw on mascara instead. Used my supply of Q-Tips to thin the eyeliner, and touched up the parts I took off. I didn’t let anyone see me with my full-makeup look before I had to fix it, by taking most of it off. I mean, maybe I didn’t actually look as garish as I thought. It could just be I wasn’t used to seeing myself with quite this much on. I’m by no means a stranger to makeup (HELLO, COME SEE MY EYE SHADOW STASH. IT’S NUTS!). But I try not to go crazy with it, unless it’s Halloween. Next time, I will be blatant tell the make up artist not to use excessive liner and shadow on me. YIKES
I usually don’t fall for infomercial crap. But I’ve been interested in trying It Cosmetics for a while. My friend loves their concealer she gets from QVC for her Rosacea. I also know what their price point is. So when I saw the infomercial, I thought it was a good deal. Normally I do research when I buy things, and never (ever!!) buy things from an infomercial. Not saying ALL infomercials are scams, but most probably are. Unfortunately, tryitnow site is no exception.
If you are going to order It Cosmetics products, don’t get it from tryitnow.com. The full-size kit deal is definitely too good to be true. Suggest ordering product from Ulta or QVC. I got scammed into purchasing, a few weeks back. While I got the products as promised, it was not made completely clear the kit would end up costing $150, they are sneaky and charge installments of $50 each. Then you get shipped a new kit, and have to pay installments on that as well. I got scammed out of money when I went to cancel after my first kit. The website doesn’t make it elicit that you are basically paying $150 per shipment. Also, the 60-Day Money Back Guarantee doesn’t say you’ll get ALL your money back. They only offered me 20% off the kit price, plus would need to pay shipping. Not cool! Don’t get fooled like me, be smart. Worth noting, I was able to talk the customer service rep down on the balance for the kit installment (after some finesse). So at least I didn’t actually pay $150, but still paid more than the $50 the site lists.
If you want my unbiased opinion on the products themselves, I’d say save your money. While the products are okay, I would say there are definitely much better beauty products out there for a lower price that do a better job.
Anyway, I’m posting this on as many social media sites as I can, including the FB page for It Cosmetics, hoping to give people fair warning. If you want to share my blog post, please do! I’ll list all their social media sites below. The more awareness the better. Remember, if it’s too good to be true, it probably is!
I just got my Maven Box! If you want to join Julep Maven, please sign up using my referral link! How Maven works, is you sign up for a welcome box. You get coupons and usually 50% off your first box. Each month you have a window to select which box you’d like to receive, or opt out. The products use oxygen technology, are 5-free (no harmful toxins), and cruelty-free! They have a really amazing selection of quality colors to pick from each month. I like how they also offer cosmetics and skin care products and that you can pause your subscription. It’s also great you can preview your box and swap things out. You can also access their secret store a couple days a month to get great deals on their products.
I opted for some add-ons this month, so I got more than usual. I got Ilsa (which I already own, but got it as a free gift), Ginger (looks like a really cool holographic glitter!), Brittany, and Brighter is Better base coat. I scored some Go Big Volumizing Mascara, and Your Cuticles Look Thirsty cream. In addition, they send extra goodies like jewel decals, star decals, and stripe ones as well! They also gave me some candy, so AWESOME!