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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Employee Friends & Family Discount: Sephora Haul!

Many of you know that Sephora has very limited sales each year so when Sephora does have a sale, I definitely take full advantage of it. This sale was a 20% off sale for Sephora Employee's Friends & Family. They were exclusive promo codes that Sephora employees had to email to you so unfortunately if you aren't friends with a Sephora employee, well - you should find one to become friends with haha! So here are all of the goodies I got while taking advantage of the 20% off. All of these are holiday sets because honestly, it's the best bang for your buck. It's the easiest way to try out multiple products without paying the heft price. So don't hate me for it as these are limited edition items. I'm almost 100% sure everything except one item is still in stock! Sephora still has one more sale this year that I'm looking forward to and trust me, there is definitely more to come!

I have a rule with myself though. Every year I purchase all this makeup starting from end of August, early September and I don't touch it until Christmas. I take pictures of it for all of you and then it goes away and gets wrapped for Christmas. It's more exciting that way cause it becomes a build up of so many sets. Eeeek!

Sephora Lashstash $45
Includes 9 mini mascaras, one full size eyeliner, and an eyelash curler:
Benefit Roller Lash Mascara, Blinc Mascara, Buxom Lash Mascara, Hourglass Cosmetics 1.5MM Mechanical Gel Eye Liner, Marc Jacobs Beauty O!Mega Lash Volumizing Mascara in Blacquer, MAKE UP FOR EVER Mascara in Smoky Extravagant, NARS Cosmetics Audacious Mascara in Black Moon, Tarte best in faux extending fibers, Tarte picture perfect™ eyelash curler, Too Faced Cosmetics Better Than Sex Mascara, Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils

Sephora Favorites Brow Raising Brow Wardrobe $40
I purchased mine in Light/Medium, but they have the same set for Dark brows as well. This set is really great. The Anastasia products alone make this set worth it in my opinion.

This set includes: Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel, Anastasia Brow Wiz in Taupe, Benefit High Brow Pencil, Kat Von D Tattoo Brow in Blonde, SEPHORA COLLECTION Compact Mirror, SEPHORA COLLECTION Tweezers, Smashbox Cosmetics Brow Tech Gloss Stick in Taupe

LaVanila Starlight Deo Trio $32
I recently started being more conscious about the products I put onto my body and I've been using LaVanila deodorants for about 6 months now and I'll never go back. I was so excited when I saw they had another Deo Trio out as they came out with one in the summer with more summery scents. All 3 are full size deodorants and each of them are normally $14 so you save about $10, almost the price of one full size.

Includes: Deodorant in Vanilla Snowberry, Pure Vanilla, Vanilla Amber

Stila Eternally Yours Liquid Lipstick Set $39 (out of stock)
Unfortunately this set is out of stock but I have a feeling they'll be bringing it back. I personally don't have any Stila Liquid Lipsticks but I've been dying to try Patina and Aria so this set was PERFECT for me. I'm not entirely a fan of Como and Chianti, but the other 4 colors I am dyinnngggg over. And the formula seems great too!

Carmello, Patina, Aria, Como, Chianti, and Fiery

Sephora Favorites Superstars $75
This set seemed a little pricey to me when it first released. I expected it to be $59, but the price tag is $75 and although there are some great products in here, I feel like it's a little expensive. However, if you think about it and break everything down, it does definitely have a great value. Sephora prices the value at $207 so you do save money.

Here's what it includes: Beautyblender® original, Benefit They're Real! Mascara, Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight, Lancôme DRAMA LIQUI-PENCIL™ Extreme Longwear Eyeliner in Noir Intense, Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Highlight, MAKE UP FOR EVER Step 1 Skin Equalizer Hydrating Primer / Base step 1 skin equalizer, NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in Himalia, Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water (travel size), Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Intense Black, Tarte the sculptor contouring face slenderizer in park ave princess , Tarte The slenderizer bamboo contouring brush, Touch in Sol Stretchex Stretch Lash Effect Mascara , Urban Decay Eye shadow in Lounge

Best Bite Rewind $25
These sets are almost a tradition of mine because I purchased the Bite Beauty Remix which had the same packaging as last year, it just included different shades. But the formula of Bite products are incredible! Absolutely worth it. And although it states "mini", they are definitely big enough to be full size to me. I don't run through lip products all that fast so these will last awhile. I am dying over Café and Torte!

Includes: Café (peachy-brown nude), Torte (brown-toned rose), Coulis (raspberry red), Aubergine (eggplant)

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Tatcha Skincare Review

I know every one is head over heels obsessed with the Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist, but a lot of you may not know that they also have other products geared towards skincare. I have personally been wanting to try the Luminous Dewy Skin Mist myself, but haven't had the chance to pick it up yet. So unfortunately I can't give you my opinion or review on that product specifically; however, I do have two Tatcha products I am excited to let all of you know what I think of them.

If you're wanting to purchase Tatcha products, Sephora carries them as well as the Tatcha website.
(please excuse the images, I've been having difficulty uploading images on here. They look perfectly fine in my library but when I upload them, they become blurry - my apologies).

The first product I want to review for you is the Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder ($15 for 0.35 oz.-$65 for 2.1 oz.). This product is described as "A gentle yet effective exfoliator, cleanser, and toner for daily use". It is a different type of cleanser as it is in powder form. The ingredients are activated when you add water and rub your hands together creating a creamy, milk-like texture. The claims this product has is "to address fine lines, uneven skintone, hyperpigmentation, and breakouts". I do agree with these claims as it kept my breakouts to a minimum and evened out my skintone. I have a  lot of redness and using this product seemed to reduce it. So would I re-purchase? Yes!

The other product I have to share with you is the Tatcha Pure One-Step Camellia Cleansing Oil ($12 for 0.8 oz.-$48 for 5.1 oz.). I'm always looking for a good makeup remover, but this makeup remover is special because it's not just a makeup remover, but a cleanser as well. So for those lazy nights where you don't even want to take your makeup off, let alone cleanse your face too - even though you know you have to - this is the perfect product to grab. You have to apply it dry, directly on top of your makeup and then when you rinse, you'll see all of your makeup just slide right off. This is definitely a good investment so I would definitely re-purchase this bad boy.

The next product I want to try for all of you will be the Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist because I know Jaclyn Hill raves about it so I'm sure you're all wondering whether it's worth the hype or not. So trust me, this isn't the last of Tatcha Beauty on Beauty and a Blog.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Origins Skincare Review

Many of you know skin care has become a huge part of my regimen. I used to never really pay attention to my skin. The most I would do was remove my makeup and wash my face. Little did I know there is much more you can do for your skin to make it more radiant and youthful. From exfoliating to face masks and moisturizing - who knew skin care could go in such depth? I started really taking care of my skin this year and now looking back I really wish I would have started much earlier. But better late than never right?!

I have been wanting to try Origins skin care products for sooo long now. I have heard Kathleen Lights talk about the Night-a-Mins moisturizer so many times and with me being (unfortunately) an acne prone girl, you know I had to try the rest of these products as well. And these bad boys came just in time as I was having a horrific breakout from an allergic reaction from another product I was using. To be completely honest, I really have NOTHING bad to say about Origins as an entire brand. I really fell in love with this brand after using these products and I am anxious to try more.
To shop for Origins products, you can visit Sephora's website or Origins' website.

Origins Clear Improvements Mask $25
I'm a sucker for a good mask and this one looked intriguing to me because of the charcoal. Also "clears pores" caught my attention. This has quickly become my favorite mask. It's very hard to describe the consistency of this mask because it's not a clay but it's not a gel it's kind of somewhere in between but when you leave it on for about 10 minutes it hardens. It sucks out all of the impurities and by the time I took it off my skin looked revitalized and new. I've already put this baby out on my vanity so that I can use it as my weekly mask.

Origins Out Of Trouble 10 Minute Mask to Rescue Problem Skin $25
Well that was a mouth full to say! Haha. This is a white clay mask  and I used this specifically the night I broke out horrifically to see if it would do anything for my skin and when it says "rescue to problem skin", it's not lying. My redness and inflammation of my acne went down dramatically. Nothing happens in an instant so I'm not saying if you have a blemish it's going to take it away instantly, but this is definitely a huge help.

Origins Zero Oil Deep Pore Cleanser $22
I'm a huge fanatic on cleansing my face. I cleanse it every single night after I remove my makeup so I was excited to try this out. The first thing I noticed was the chemical smell, but it personally doesn't bother me so I was able to see past it. As you can see from the picture it's a gel like consistency but after you wash your face with it, your face feels so clean. Like cleaner than it's ever felt before. This is definitely going to become my new cleanser and replace my old one. Sorry, not sorry :)

Origins Super Spot Remover $16
As I mentioned, I had a bad reaction to another product I used (not an Origins product). I'm talking like cystic acne break out all over my entire face AND neck (and I never break out on my neck). I used this only 2 nights in a row and my face and neck were completely clear. What?!? That's what I would call magic. It does have a chemical smell to it but once you see the incredible results you will be able to easily look past the smell. This is a miracle worker and I will definitely be repurchasing.

Origins High-Potency Night-A-Mins $43
As I mentioned before I've heard Kathleen Lights rave about this moisturizer over and over again so I absolutely had to test this out to see if it was worth the hype and whoaaaa baby is it ever! It's a very thick cream and a little goes a LONG way so although it is 1.7 oz, this will definitely last you awhile. This is probably the most hydrating moisturizer I have ever tried and it made my skin feel so plump and refreshed. I think I found my new holy grail, y'all!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Lorac Mega Pro 2 Palette Review and Swatches

I know a lot of you have been debating on purchasing the limited edition Lorac Mega Pro 2 palette considering last year's Mega Pro palette was a hit. The majority of people are mainly concerned about color payoff and the actual shade selection considering this years palette is more cool toned. So I'm here to try to help you make a decision whether to grab it or pass. 

The packaging is pretty much the same as last years other than the beautiful cobalt blue they chose compared to the burgundy they had in 2014. This is an Ulta exclusive so you will not find this at Sephora. The price is $59 and although that seems like a lot of money for one palette, keep in mind you are getting 32 different shades! 

The shade selection might have cooler tones but they're all still beautiful nonetheless, extremely blendable and easy to work with just as all of Lorac Pro shadows are. Lorac Pro shadows are my absolute favorite formula for eyeshadows so even though I was one that was also devating on this when I first saw the sneak peek, once it released I HAD to have it. 

The formula is extremely buttery so they are delicate but the pigmentation is out of this world. This is a limited edition item so it wont be around long so making a decision now rather than later when it's already sold out is your best option. I know a lot of people said they wanted to skip out on last years and are now regretting it. 

So just to give you some more motivation on making your decision and more detail, because when it comes to limited edition makeup I am quite the enabler, here are swatches of this beautiful palette. 

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