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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Mini Holiday Haul

Holiday shopping already? YES girl, because I've learned my lesson. If I don't pick up the limited edition sets when they come out and wait til November/December, they'll be GONE. And I'm not trying to pay double the price on eBay, ya feel me?! So I've been snatching up the holiday sets that I've had my eyes on and I am sooo thankful I was able to be dear lawwwdd these sets are beautyyyyyful. Here's what I've hauled so far because TRUST ME, it's only September and there is way more to come! :)
Tarte Bling It On Blush Palette
This retails for $44 at Sephora and is worth every stinkin' penny! The Tarte blush formula is just amazing. They come out with a blush palette every year and since last year, I made it a tradition to pick it up each year.
Carli Bybel x BH Cosmetics Palette
This was a limited edition palette that comes with 10 eyeshadows and 4 highlighters. It retails for $12.50! An amazing steal! It is sold out at the moment but rumor has it, Carli wants to bring it back because she wants everyone that wants one to get one. How sweet?!
Laura G Nail Polish Set
@laurag_123 on Instagram came out with her own line of nail polishes. This set retails for $48. She also has 2 separate sets that has just 4 polishes that I believe is only $24 which is amazing considering these actually cost $14 a piece! So I had to get them mainly because of the nude and the mauve color but ugh they're all stunning. She is also coming out with a matte top coat that I can't wait to get my hands on.
Becca Glow On The Go Set and Becca AfterGlow PaletteI purchased both of these off of the Ulta website. The Glow On The Go Set retails for just $20! So for those of you that have been dying to try the most loved highlighter out there, Opal, now is your chance without spending the big bucks for the full size. The AfterGlow palette retails for $39.50 which is not bad for all the shades you get. You get 5 shades: 3 highlighters and 2 blushes (Moonstone, Rose Gold, Topaz, Wild Honey, and Flowerchild). And the packaging is just stunnninnngg!
Too Faced Melted Kisses & Sweet Cheeks and La Crème Lipstick SetI always love love loveeeee Too Faced packaging, especially for the holidays because they always do it big. But I had to pick up the Melted Kisses & Sweet Cheeks because I really wanted to try their blushes. This retails for $36 and both the melted lipsticks and blushes are travel size. The blushes are suuuper mini but they're adorable. This set includes melted lipstick in Fig, Peony, and Nude and blushes in Your Love is King, Justify My Love, and Love Hangover. The La Crème lipstick set retails for $29 which is a steal because one of their lipsticks costs $21 and you're getting 3 FULL SIZE lipsticks plus an adorable bag. The shades include Nude Beach, Taffy, and limited to this set WHAM!.

Another super cute thing about the Melted Kisses and Sweet Cheeks set is that you can potentially break them into 3 sets and give them as gifts to one of your makeup loving friends. But as the packaging says, "None for you, ALL for ME!" Haha.
And last but not least, this baby just released on Ulta's website for Platinum members and I definitely had to scoop this up before it was gone. I purchased the Lorac Mega Pro palette from last year and it is my FAVORITE palette ever. I have the Lorac Pro 1, Lorac Pro 2, the Mega Pro and now I'm adding this one to my collection.

Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil Review

I received this itty bitty sample size of this Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil from Sephora awhile ago and haven't been tempted to try it until now. The sample size I received is 0.16 oz and 0.5 oz retails for $18.50 and the full size 1.6 oz retails for $50. It's pretty pricey but you don't need but 2 drops a day so it will last you a long time. I'm also a huge believer in investing in skin care so the price doesn't bother me too much.

I personally have combination skin that is HIGHLY acne prone so I've always been nervous to use an oil or moisturizer on my face because every time I do, I tend to break out - A LOT. I know even people with oily skin need to moisturize but it doesn't matter what kind of moisturizer I get, I still end up breaking out. I've tried many oil-free moisturizers and nothing has helped. So as backwards as this seems by using an oil, I'm pleasantly surprised and mad I didn't try this earlier!

Now that I am getting older, I am also very conscious of what ingredients I am putting on my skin so for those of you that also want to be aware, here are the ingredients according to Sephora's website:

Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Fragrance, BHT, Linalool, Limonene, Citral, Coumarin, Geraniol.

Everything seems to be pretty much natural other than Fragrance. For those of you that don't know, when Fragrance is listed as an ingredient we all tend to think that just means what makes it smell good when in actuality the chemicals some companies they use can actually be harmful and they disguise it by putting it under a general category "Fragrance". I know Fresh is a pretty reputable brand for being natural so I'm not so worried about it in this case, but just a  heads up for all of you out there that pay attention to ingredients.

Here are the claims:

-Seaberry Oil (Seabuckthorn Oil): A powerful antioxidant rich in moisturizing omegas 7 and 9 noted for protecting the skin from aging free radicals.
-Cranberry Seed Oil: Maintains the skin’s elasticity and smoothness.
-Omega 7: Enhances the skin’s healing process.
-Omegas 6 and 9: Improve elasticity, softness, and smoothness.
-Omega 3: Calms and soothes.

I would absolutely agree with every claim this product has. Like I said, I have highly acne prone skin and it healed my acne within a matter of DAYS, it calmed my redness, my face feels more plump and smooth. Overall I am really happy with this product and I WILL be repurchasing.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Houglass Ambient Edit Palette Review

The Hourglass Ambient Edit palette released for the holidays for VIB members at Sephora last week and the minute my girl, Bella ( let me know it was available to purchase, I jumped on it so fast! I know there's a huge controversy over this palette because of the size of the pans and let's get real, paying $80 for something itty bitty is not something we were prepared for. When the pictures of the palette first leaked everyone was swooning over it and for good reason. It. Is. Gorgeous! In pictures and in person. So let me address the most asked question about this palette: Is it worth the $80?

First let me lay out the math for you (I personally did not configure these numbers, mainly because I'm horrible at math, but these numbers are from @TrendMood1 and @angelamarytanner)

Hourglass Ambient Edit Palette ($80):  each shade is .049 ounces x 6 shades = .249 ounces
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette ($58): each shade is .116 ounces x 3 shades = .348 ounces
Hourglass Individual Powders ($45-$50): individual powders are .35 ounces

According to this math, the amount of product in the whole palette ($80) is less than the amount in one individual shade ($45)

Here is a picture of the Ambient Edit next to the Ambient Lighting and Ambient Blush palettes for comparison.

Everyone is going to have different opinions when it comes to dropping $80 on a small palette that has 6 shades. Here's my personal opinion on it:

As a makeup collector, I will not be returning it because

1. It's limited edition
2. It's beaaaaaautiful
3. It's a good way to try all 6 products without purchasing them individually and paying an arm and a leg ($275 to be specific)
4. I'll probably never even hit pan on these anyway
5. The quality is still (as always) amazing

To be honest, Hourglass is a pretty pricey brand as a whole in and of itself so it's kind of expected. For example I purchased a travel sized liquid lipstick for $10. I paid $10 and I kid you not, the amount of product I got was smaller than the size of my pinky. I did return that and purchase the full size only because there wasn't much product. But this palette has more than enough product to use frequently.

Did you pick up this palette? What are your thoughts on it?