Sunday, January 31, 2016

What $160 at Sephora Got Me

 Hello everyone! I received quite a plentiful bounty for Christmas this year, including two amazing Sephora gift cards that combined totaled $160! At first I thought, I'll save the gift cards for when I need to make re-purchases on vital products like cleanser, dry shampoo, etc. But then I said - eh... what's the fun in that? After all, $160 is a lot of money and I figured I could splurge on a couple nice items and maybe save the rest. That turned into spending it all on a haul with luxury items. Take a look at what I picked up:

Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color - $10 each
I got both these lip pencils on sale while surfing! I couldn't believe it, they were all on sale for $10 but I got them for $8 each (they were having a 20% off all sale promotion and I think I used another coupon code!) I get the feeling that they are being discontinued but I got two beautiful shades, perfect for popping in your hand bag (both colors and formulas which I love).

Clinique Cheek Pop in Nude Pop - $22 
I spotted this blush online and it was so pretty looking! The product photos are gorgeous for all 12 shades. Online they're very vibrant and intensely pigmented looking, but in real life (at least for me) I have to build the color a lot and really get my brush in there. Still for $22 a blush, that's a pretty great deal (and it's the perfect color for my preferences). I plan on throwing this in my makeup bag on the go. 

Elizabeth and James Nirvana White Dry Shampoo - $28
This was a re-purchase. I love this dry shampoo, I've tried the cheap ones like Bautiste which everyone swears by as a good, cheap dry shampoo but it almost never worked. It just didn't. This dry shampoo is AMAZING, the spray mechanism is so powerful and the product comes shooting out and almost instantly with one motion I can do my entire hair line and de-greasify it. It's a really great dry shampoo because it does. it's. job.  And it smells great too. I wish it was cheaper but this product has become an essential for me. 

Marc Jacobs Beauty Re(Marc)able Full Cover Concealer $32
So this concealer claims to be "a creamy, full-coverage concealer that creates an even, remarkable skintone by concealing flaws and imperfections." When I was perusing products at the Sephora in Herald Square (which offers many of Sephora's more high-end luxury brands i.e. Surratt, Estee Lauder, Ciate, etc.), I walked by the Marc Jacobs beauty range and tried this concealer on. Granted, I was wearing face makeup, but from the application I knew it was going to be one of those emollient, full-coverage concealers. This bodes well for me, as I am always on the hunt for high-coverage face products that are an instant perfector. Normally I wouldn't shell out $32 on a concealer, but I figured it was a gift. I am however still testing it... after all, that is a lot to spend on one tiny product! 

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Pink Quartz - $46
And now it's time for our last and most expensive product. I purchased one of Bobbi Brown's infamous Shimmer Bricks, known for their high intensity as well as versatility. I love highlighters, and I've had my eye on this product for years, but it was always too expensive for me to buy. However, with my newfound riches (thanks Stephanie and Nick!) I was freed to splurge guilt-free. I went into Sephora and tried just about a billion highlighters and blushes on my face, but one of my cheeks looked especially radiant, and with some testing on future visits, I ascertained that Bobbi Brown's shimmer brick in Pink Quartz was the product that contributed the most to that sheen, so I went ahead and bought it. This specific shade gives my cheeks the most luminous, pretty glow and true to word is described on the site as a "soft, warm pink glow." Again, I <3 neutral warm pinks so this was love at first swipe. 

So that's it guys! Can you believe it? $160 at Sephora only earned me a few products. I can't help but feel a little disappointed. I did all the math, and yup, these products = $145, so tax ate up the rest of my credit. I may have even spent a little more on tax then $15. However, I did pay for two luxury items, three if you count the dry shampoo. Anyway, I still had fun and wanted to post my few treasures up (also helping me assess the haul). Thanks guys! If given the opportunity again, I would definitely make more careful considerations. I still might return the concealer if it doesn't outmatch my other concealers. We'll see!

Friday, January 1, 2016

Gifts I Got This Christmas 2015

Hi guys! What a merry Christmas it was for me this year! I received very generous gifts that were thoughtful and an absolute delight to unwrap. Here is a photo round-up of my treasures.

My sister hands down gave me the most gifts this year. She got me two marvelous classics: 

Diana also brilliantly thought to get me stickers to decorate the pages of my new planner! She picked out these adorable emoji stickers, Pusheen stickers, and asian stickers! 

She also got me these b-e-a-utiful gel pens for my planner! Eeeeh!

Two lovely people got me Sephora gift cards, my aunt Stephanie and Nick (my special friend). Yay :D

I asked Diana for these metallic pen holders to click to my planner... but they just don't seem practical to me now that I have the planner. First of all, I use at least four different colored markers on a daily basis to color coordinate what I write, and keep them all safely in their kit, so when would I ever clip just one to my planner? Also, things get so jumbled around in my bag that even the cover of my planner manages to tear off the book. I'm constantly having to reattach it. Grr :( They are pretty though. I must try to use them anyway! I have three beautiful colors after all. :)

I also asked her for these next two Erin Condren book add-ons for my planner... also unpractical. The monthly budget book I realized, you have to have real bills to pay to use... I could enter only one field within the whole book. Giving up and putting this away until I have a life that matches it. The first one, the wellness book, I just don't think is organized well. I find it doesn't actually help me. Schmr. Must show this on camera.

D spoiled me with Baublebar purchases!!! I luff my kermie :') She went onto my pinterest board and got these treats for me <3

My cousin got me these beautiful bracelet I pinterested (and Diana got it for me too! Eeep! She had to return it the next day. You should have seen her face when I unwrapped this at my grandma's house).

Diana got me these <3

My cousin also got me these studs (which Diana also got me and had to return! Eeeh! Go figure).

Leave it to my parents to cover the practical items I wasn't planning for. A spray bottle of glass cleaner and special cloth kit for me to polish my camera lens with. :)

Eeek the gorgeous bracelet on :)

Here are some close-ups in better lighting of the pen holders and my Erin Condren snap in to-do list (isn't it cute?), which my sister also purchased for me. I know, I'm spoiled :')

Here is a close-up of both the sets of gel pens my sister got me.

My parents picked me up a generously sized SanDisk so my camera can hold even more videos and images :) Can you believe the largeness of the packaging though? Eep!

My friend Kin got me this ADORABLE packaging from the Paper Source! Inside it was a $20 Brandy Melville gift card and a $15 Shop Akira gift certificate.

And finally, this is my favorite gift, my new Zahra lipstick tower my parents got me! Woohoo it's so pretty and it spins!

Yay! That about wraps it up. Thanks for reading guys!