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Saturday, December 26, 2015

What I Got For Christmas: Haul

Christmas is such a beautiful time of the year. Merry (late) Christmas to all of those that celebrate! I hope you had a wonderful one. I know many people celebrate other holidays, but I personally celebrate Christmas so I wanted to share with you my gifts. Please note these have been accumulated from the end of August until now so I've probably posted about these prior in hauls and such but for those of you that keep up with me, you know that I take pictures to post for all of you (sometimes swatch) and then I put them away for Christmas. That means no touching them again. The torture is reaaaaall, but it's so satisfying seeing everything accumulate and pile up. Because it's only a day after Christmas, I haven't tested many of these items out. If you'd like reviews on specific products, leave a comment below :) Disclaimer: this is not to brag. I personally like seeing hauls and what other people get so I'm sure there are others out there who feel the same. Please know I am well aware how truly blessed I am and I don't take it for granted one bit. 

I know a lot of people ask for purses and jewelry, but I have way more than enough handbags and jewelry and truthfully I think it's a bit overrated. Makeup is my passion and I love sharing with all of you so that's what I asked for. 

BH Cosmetics x Carli Bybel palette

Laura G Nail Polish in
Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Light Neutral
Victoria's Secret Holiday Gift Sets:
Pink Body Mists in Fresh & Clean, Warm & Cozy, Hot Crush, and Sunkissed
Body Mists in Bombshell, Tease, Heavenly, and Very Sexy
 I got 4 bras from Victoria's Secret (3 regular and 1 sports bra). I also got a roller ball in the scent Angel, a full Bombshell perfume, and 2 other little mists
A fair isle print PINK sleep shirt and 4 holiday panties
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette
Tarte Bling It On Blush Palette in Fetching, Dollface, Prim, Smashing, and Beaming
Too Faced Melted Kisses and Sweet Cheeks includes Melted Lipsticks in Nude, Peony, and Fig and also includes blushes in Love Hangover, Your Love Is King, and Justify My Love
Too Faced Le Petit Tresor includes 3 lipsticks (WHAM, Nude Beach, and Taffy)
Lorac Mega Pro Palette 2
Becca Glow on The Go set includes Becca pressed and liquid highlighter in Opal. I also got the Becca Afterglow palette which includes 3 highlighters (Moonstone, Rose Gold, Topaz) and 2 blushes in (Wild Honey and Flower Child) 
Stila Liquid Lipsticks in Carmello, Patina, Aria, Como, Chianti, and Fiery
Bite Beauty Best Bite Remix in Cafe and Aubergine
LaVanila Deo Trio deodorants in Vanilla Snowberry, Pure Vanilla, and Vanilla Amber
Sephora Favorites Lashstash
NARS Creamy concealer in Vanilla, Makeup Forever HD Setting Powder
Sephora Give Me Some Lip includes: Sephora Lip Stain in Peony, Tarte lipstick, Fresh lipstick, Marc Jacobs lipstick, Makeup Forever lipgloss, and Kat Von D liquid lipstick in Lolita.
Marc Jacobs The Sofia mini lipstick collection in the shades Blow, Dashing, So Sofia, Boy Gorgeous, and Infamous
Bobbi Brown highlighter in Pink
PINK body mists in Wild At Heart, Total Flirt, and Wild and Breezy. I also got the VS makeup removing wipes.
Makeup Forever Hydrating Primer, Pure White Beauty Blender, Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper, (I returned the Sephora Masks) and with the orders I got the Oh What Fun sample bag and the white and gold striped sample bag.
MAC Oh Darling highlighter
Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Mini Lipsticks in Penelope Pink, So Marilyn and Bitch Perfect. Also Charlotte Tilbury highlighter in Gold Bar
YSL Rouge Couture Collection (these are mini). Comes in Le Rouge, Le Orange, Le Fuschia, and Le Nu

Anastasia Beverly Hills highlighter in Starlight and the Anastasia A23 brush
Okay THIS is so exciting for me because Kathleen Lights has one that's usually in the background of her videos and I have been looking for it FOREVER but it was a limited edition item so I am so happy I finally got my hands on my initial! :)

Kat Von D Shade and Light Contour Kit (because it's about time!) This was probably the one thing I was most excited about. I've been waiting for this beauty ever since it came out.

My welcome kit for reaching VIB Rouge! Also two 100 point perks: Origins Eye Cream and Makeup Forever Smoothing Primer.
Too Faced Love Flush palette includes 6 blushes.
5 out of 7 Bath and Body Works candles in Tis The Season, Dashing Through The Snow, Party Dress, Winter, and Spiced Apple Toddy
The other 2 candles in Frosted Cranberry and Sweater Weather. I also got this super cute snowflake candle holder!
Bracelet from Kay Jewelers
Christmas movies from my childhood because I wanted to watch them this year and I didn't have them and couldn't find them on TV :( but now I have them! These are such classics.
A bunch of candy that I've already dug into: Sour Punch Straws, Sour Patch Kids, Xtremes Air Heads, Air Heads, and Peanut M&Ms
Needless to say, I had a pretty awesome Christmas this year. All I really asked for was makeup so I was ecstatic with everything.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Makeup Forever Ultra HD Foundation Review

I figured I would do a review on the MUFE Ultra HD Foundation. It's the re-formulated version of the MUFE HD Foundation) I've personally never tried the old foundation so I can't compare it for you. But I can tell you my experience with it. I've seen so many raved reviews on this foundation so I was excited to try it because everything thus far that's been raved about that I've picked up have been a thumbs up in my book. But to be honest, for me it's a dud, a pass, a no-go. Hold on before you all gasp at once. I'll explain why I feel like that. 

I love full coverage foundation and this foundation is medium and not buildable at all. It doesn't cover imperfections, it actually emphasizes them. This foundation is more for no-makeup looks on lazy days when you don't want to beat your face but you still want some coverage. The only thing i love about this foundation is the shade selection. There are so many shades to choose from and I found my perfect match! I just wish I loved the formula. I wanted to love this foundation but sadly I didn't. 

If anyone has any other full coverage foundation recommendations that have my shade please let me know! I'm the shade 115=R230 in this foundation. 

Friday, December 11, 2015

Rocksbox Subscription + First Month FREE!

Hi beauties! I have a great post for you today with an even better coupon code! I recieved my first Rocksbox in the mail today. Rocksbox is a jewelry subscription where they send you jewelry to wear for a month and at the end of the month you can decide to purchase it, or send it back and get other pieces the next month! To get your first month FREE use coupon code beautyandablogxoxo

This could also be the perfect Christmas gift without having to drop any cash. Another awesome thing is you take a quiz so they can see what your style is and you can make a wishlist of items you'd like to receive. 

Here are the 3 pieces I recieved this month:

Kendra Scott Elisa Necklace in Rose Quartz
Gorjana Mave Shimmer Mini Studs
Sophie Harper X Ring in Gold

I'm pretty sure I'll be keeping the Kendra Scott necklace. It's beautiful. 

Monday, December 7, 2015

Peter Thomas Roth Exfoliating Peel Review

This, my friends, is magical! I'll explain why. I've had this sample sitting in my sample stash for quite some time now. I never reached for it because I had no idea how to use it or what it was for. Until I watched a Nicole Guerriero video and I had my "AHA!" moment. You apply this little guy to clean, dry skin and rub in circular motions. After rubbing for a little bit, you start to see clumps of something mysterious forming. Those clumps are dead skin! You physically see the dead skin being removed. It's amazing and creepy at the same time but it's really incredible to see your product actually working right then and there. This product is not abrasive at all so I would say it would be okay for people with sensitive skin to use it. Once I rinsed it off with warm water, my skin felt SO smooth. Like smoother than I've ever felt my skin before. I will absolutely be purchasing a full size (and no this is not a sponsored post and they did not send me this product). I am a really big believer in PTR skincare. Everything I've tried thus far has been incredible. Highly recommend this product eveb at it's steep $48 price point. 

Friday, December 4, 2015

Holiday Haul

Since the holidays are here that usually means sales are too. So there are a few things I picked up over the past couple weeks here and there from Sephora, Bath and Body Works, MAC, and Victorias Secret that I thought I'd share to inspire people for gifts for others or yourself. (I'm still waiting on my Anastasia order from Cyber Monday)

First is this beauty! The YSL Pur Couture Collection. This baby is $50 but if you got the coupons from Sephora if you're a Rouge it would be $25 off, for VIBs it would be $20 off and for Beauty Insiders it would be $15 off! A really good deal for 4 YSL lipsticks. I was going to purchase just the Le Nu until I sas this baby and I thought to myself that I really dont go through lipsticks all thag often so I'll snag this while I can. I'm almost positive it's sold out online but my Sephora had only 3 left so check your local sephora and ask if they have any in the back. 

This was a 500 point perk at Sephora and I normally dont go for their perks unless theres something great and this, my friend, is great. I cant wait to try all of these!

After this purchase I will never order again from Nordstrom. I got 3 separate packages and it took 4 weeks to get all of my complete order. The first box I got was just samples - super disappointing. The second box was just the lipstick set and the last one I received was finally the Gold Bar highlighter. Forewarning to all of you these are SUPER tiny. Like fit-in-the-palm-of-your-hand tiny and STILL have room.  But they're beautiful nonetheless. I'm not entirely impressed with the gold bar packaging. I expected it to be metal and it's more like cardboard. 

A mini haul from Sephora because they were having goodie bags. I wanted the white beautyblender to apply my moisturizers and primers. I had to replenish my KVD tattoo liner and I sampled the MUFE hydrating primer and loved it so I had to pick it up. I also picked up 2 Sephora masks not realizing I got 2 of the same but they're only $6!

This baby is the big kahuna! This has been sold out for weeks and I've been trying to figure out a way to get my hands on it without paying an arm and a leg. Luckily for me someone on Instagram was feeling generous on Thanksgiving and was selling it for less than double the price. That's usually all I ask when purchasing something limited edition. That's my limit. If it's anything over double the price I won't even look at it. But thank you so so much to the wonderful soul that sold me this. 

I have an Angel card with VS and these babies were on sale buy 2 get 2 free and I couldn't oass that up. Good stocking stuffers for others :)

Bath and Body had a one day sale where all 3 wick candles were $12 PLUS you got a free gift that you got to choose as long as it was under $13 so I chose this cute snowflake candle holder. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Sephora VIB Sale Haul

I didn't go crazy on this sale because I
already purchased quite a bit from the Employee Friends & Family sale but I did get a few things I have been eyeing for awhile. 

Mini NARS concealer in Vanilla and a 100 point perk for Makeup Forever HD Powder

Marc Jacobs The Sofia set. I am so so so glad I was able to get my hands on this because it was sold out for a bit and I'm so glad they brought it back for the sale because lawdddd these are GORGEOUS and the formula is amazing. Great way to try these lipsticks at a discounted price because lets be honest, when do I even go through a full size lip products? Never!  But I am literally dying over So Sofia and Infamous. 

Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Lip. Im not sure that I'm completely sold on this set just yet. If you have it, what do you think of it? It comes with 6 mini lip products and although Lolita is always so raved about, dare I say, I'm really hating this shade. It's said to be a "dusty rose" but it looks straight up brown when I swatch it. And if you know me, I hate brown on my lips because it just doesnt look good with my skintone. 

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Pink. It definitely wouldnt be a haul of mine if it didnt have a highlighter so heres this beauty! Its limited edition so if its sold out on sephora already check Nordstrom or Bloomingdales. 

Makeup Forever HD Foundation in 115. This is another product Im not entirely sold on. If you have it what are your thoughts? I might be exchanging this for another foundation. I love full coverage foundations and this one seems to be a medium coverage to me. I thought everyone was raving about this product so I snagged it but Im still not sure. 

Kat Von D Shade and Light Contour Kit. This is the big mama ! Ive been waiting to get my hands on this since it came out. I was going to wait til she came out with the refillable pans but I decided I couldnt wait any longer and dear goodness shes gorgeous! Ill definitely be getting use out of this. 

For those of you that have followed me for awhile you know all of this haulage will be going away until Christmas. I have a rule with myself that whatever makeup I buy for the holidays goes away until Christmas. I take pictures of them and swatch them for you and then I put them away sadly. Lol but it makes it more exciting for me on Christmas day! Well I hope you enjoyed this little haul. 

What did YOU get for the VIB sale?!