Cumulative Sephora Haul 2015

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For about half the year, I’ve been meaning to do this haul but kept putting it off. Now I’m finally doing it. So just be warned: I have a lot of stuff that I purchased from Sephora. I did not purchase this all at once. This is a very cumulative haul.

Anyways, I’m just gonna get into it and hope you guys enjoy. Please let me know if you are interested in a review for specific items.

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swatches clinique

Clinique came out with their lip and cheek pop a while ago and I’ve been dying to try them. I finally picked some up over the summer. They are worth definitely worth the hype. Wow pop is a beautiful color specially over the summer but I would still wear it since it’s still been sunny. The lip pop is very creamy and pigmented. But it grips my lip nicely and stays on all day. Fig Pop looks coral on the swatch but it actually has some red-pink tones to it. I haven’t tried it yet but I’m sure it’s still going to look great even after summer. The red-pink tones make it wearable for all seasons. Pansy Pop is more of a lavender color even though it looks pink in the swatch. This would look amazing on people that have fair skin tones but it can still look great on people with darker skin tones but it’ll take a while to build it up on the cheeks. It actually looks better now that it’s fall on my skin tones because I pair it with either a dark red, berry or purple lip color and it gives me such a beautiful fall look.

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I got Sephora’s newest blush collection in Love at First Sight. Despite what it appears on the picture, this blush is pink with peach undertones. It’s basically an everyday easy to wear blush color for me. I just wanted to try it out after hearing great thing about it. I’m glad I did because it’s a great blush for a reasonable price tag. It’s pigmented, blendable, and light-weight. I also the Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight. I find it weird that a highlight can be Matte but I wore this and it actually does kind of look matte. It’s really weird especially when I wear matte foundation with it. It’s a beautiful highlight that makes me look like I have a glow or the light is just hitting my face but I still look matte. Does any of this make sense?

lip sticks

I didn’t swatch these because I am planning to do something big about lip products. So I will have swatches for these soon, so watch out for a big announcement about lip products. But I will still name these (from left to right) Marc Jacobs Long Wear Lip Pencil in Primrose, Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick in Bow n Arrow, Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick in Beloved

born this way tf foundation

I just recently got this. I’ve been wanting it since it first came out but I wanted to finish some of my foundations first. So now I finally have it! This is the Too Faced Born This Way Foundation and I am in the color Sand. I’m not gonna say much about it. I plan to do a review in the future. I’m just gonna leave it at the fact that I like it.

anastasia palette
shadows

I saved the best for last! This is the Anastasia Beverly Hills World Traveler Palette! I’ve been seeing so many beautiful and edgy looks with this that I had to have it myself and make my own edgy and fun looks. What I love the most about it is that you can still create neutral everyday looks but also make crazy, bold, fun looks or have a pop of color and still keep it neutral. Definitely excited to play around with this more.

Alright, you guys made it! I hope you enjoyed my haul! Let me know if you want more info on anything I just hauled.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Until next time!

As Always,
Nicole ❤

Tarte Holidaze Collector’s Set & Portable Palette Unboxing and First Impressions

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Hey guys! Just a quick first impression/unboxing post. A package from Tarte Cosmetics came today and I was so extremely excited at what’s inside the box that I decided to share it with you guys. I got the Home for the Holidaze Collector’s Set & Portable Palette! Tarte had a similar product like this last year during the Holidays and I didn’t get it when I had the chance. For the whole year, I was kicking myself for not getting the set. But they released another version of it this year and I am definitely not missing out on it.

This set is now available on the Tart Cosmetics website and also at Macy’s.

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Here’s the box or packing around the product. It’s pretty standard for a holiday makeup product but I like it. The color scheme is festive and gaudy as it should be.

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It comes with a travel size version of Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara and a travel size version of their Lip Surgence in the color Ravishing. Last but not the least, yes if you guys haven’t noticed yet, that is an empty palette. You can take the eye shadow and blush set and place them into the empty palette then interchange them as you desire. That’s the whole reason why I was so disappointed when I didn’t get this palette because of the whole interchangeable travel size palette. It’s a wonderful idea of a holiday palette. It’s very convenient and with events that might spontaneously occur out of nowhere as we approach the holidays, you might just need to take your makeup up a notch and this palette can come in handy for those types of situations.

Normally, I wouldn’t purchase products like these just because the colors are very standard and plain. Don’t get me wrong, they’re beautiful but they’re common neutrals and staples. This set contains browns, plums, taupe, and of course a smoky set of quads which is actually all the staples for fall, winter and the holidays. So with this set, I’m set to go for the rest of the season. The blushes are also really beautiful. Most of these would look beautiful on any skin tone.

Overall, I’m really excited about the palette! I can’t wait to play around with it and switch the quads around when I need to!

Thanks for reading! I’ll catch you guys next time!

As Always,
Nicole ❤

August and Summer Favorites 2015

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Hello everyone! I’m back and this time it’s for real! So my hiatus took waaay longer than expected but I’m ecstatic to be blogging again and I can’t wait to catch up with everyone.

For today, I am showing you all my favorites for August and pretty much all the other months that I’ve been on my hiatus which was probably the whole summer. So I’ll try to keep my explanations brief because I have a lot to show you guys.

Face favs

Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating – This was pretty much the only liquid face makeup I could wear during the summer. It’s light and it does not feel like makeup is melting on my face even when it’s hot out. It has light-medium coverage. For me, this is a great product and have been enjoying it throughout the summer.

Elf Baked Blush in Pink Tastic – First of all, this is not a blush. I don’t know why they consider this a blush because it’s not going to give anyone any color at all on their cheeks. BUT it is a beautiful highlighter! It’s also very inexpensive, so it came in handy when I went to New York and I didn’t want to bring my expensive highlighters.

Laura Geller Baked Highlighter in French Vanilla – This is another beautiful highlighter and it looks very natural on the skin. It’s one of those highlighters that give you a glow from the inside but you need a light hand with it. I love highlighters and I can easily go crazy with them and brush them all over my face like there’s no tomorrow but if I do that with this highlighter, then it can make me look ashy very quickly.

Elf Smudge Pot in Crusin’ Chic – This is basically a cream eye shadow. There’s not much that I can say about this other than it’s a great color, it’s cheap, and it doesn’t crease with an eye primer underneath. It’s perfect for those lazy days that you still want your eye lids to look bright and alive but you don’t want to do any work on them.

lip favs

Marc Jacobs New Nudes Sheer Lip Gel in Eat Cake – The perfect summer nude lip color for people who have darker skin tones. I’m sure it’ll look great on those that have lighter skin tone but this is a really nice nude peachy color. It’s also very hydrating and easy to wear. It was surprisingly pigmented as well.

Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss in Butter Cream – I will have a more in depth review of these lip glosses. In fact, I have a haul coming up for these lip glosses. But for now, I will just talk about the color. This color is a beautiful everyday nude and I love the fact that it’s a lighter nude color but it doesn’t wash me out.

Elf Extra Lip Gloss in Michael – The color comes off burgandy in the picture but it is more of a mauve color. Just a beautiful color in general that you can wear any time of the year. It’s very pigmented for a lip gloss and I use it as a substitute for lipstick on those days where I just want to carry a lip product and can easily be applied without any worries.

Sephora Ultra Shine Lip Gloss in Paradise Pink Number 15 – Unlike the other two lip glosses that are super pigmented and can be substituted for a lipstick, this one is more of a traditional lip gloss. It’s sheer but it’s pigmented enough for the color to show through. I haven’t liked a lip gloss like this in a while, so I’m very impressed at Sephora. This is one of those rare lip glosses that aren’t as sticky as others (to me all lip glosses are sticky) and still pigmented. Plus, I think it’s a fun color for summer.

Dose of Colors Liquid Lipstick in Berry Me – Even if it’s summer, I still have to have that one crazy and super fun color. This is a liquid lipstick, so it is a little drying but it’s tolerable. Overall, I just love the color. It’s very flattering.

palette and brush fav

Laura Mercier Eye Art Artist’s Palette – There’s a very beautiful intricate design on the palette but it’s not showing on the picture and I forgot to take a picture of the inside. I’m going to have a more in depth review in the future, so I won’t go into this too much. This is pretty much the only palette I’ve been using for most of my hiatus. It’s more flattering on lighter skin tones but it still looks great on people who have darker skin tones like me. It’s very easy to work with which is basically my theme for this whole post.

Blame it on Nars Cheek Palette – I’m sorry that this is so late but I bought this during the Nordstrom Anniversary sale and it is limited edition. But it’s what I’ve been using throughout the summer. I’ve gotten very tan during the summer and my bronzers don’t suit my skin tone anymore but Casino does. I also love the other two blushes. They’re perfect for the summer.

Hakuhodo S J110 Brush – I look back on all the times that I’ve heard people say that a new brush they got is super soft or is the softest brush in the world and I have probably said that too but guys, you have not felt soft, until you have felt this brush or probably anything from the Hakuhodo brushes. I haven’t touched any of my other blush brushes every since I’ve started using this. It picks up just the right amount of blush, it’s very easy to work with and it is VERY SOFT!

eye liner favs

Kat Van D Tattoo Liner in Trooper – When I bought this liner, I actually meant to buy the newer one that people have been saying replaced their all time favorite Stila liner. BUT I have actually fallen in love with this liner and is now my favorite liquid liner. I love the brush on this. It’s something different but for me, it’s easier to work with based on my application style. I still want to try the new Kat Von D liner but currently, I’m very impressed with this one.

Elf Waterproof Eye Liner Pen – So by now, you might be wondering, what’s with all the Elf products? I’m actually going to start a new series on my blog where I give recommendations, best and worst advice for products from a single makeup brand. That’s why I’ve been trying to gather my thoughts about Elf products. I think this eye liner is great. It’s not as dark as the Stila or Kat Von D liner but it does the job. It’s easy to apply, last all day and inexpensive. I took this to New York with me also and it lasted through the heat and humidity which is very impressive.

hair and body favs

Victoria Secret Pink Hair & Body Mist in Surf Days – This was my best friend on those really humid and hot days. I carried this everywhere I went and just sprayed it whenever I felt like I needed to. It cooled me down and gave a me a sense of relief. Plus it smells so refreshing.

Primal Pit Paste Natural Deodorant Stick in Royal and Rogue – I’ve been looking for a natural deodorant for a while that would stay on for a long period of time and my search ended when I found this. Most natural deodorants that I’ve tried usually lasted 3-4 hours which was disappointing because I didn’t want to have to carry around my deodorant everywhere I went. It was even worse on super hot days. This one lasts 12 hours on normal days and on super hot sticky days, I would say it lasts about 8 hours.

Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray – I received this as a free mini gift from Ulta who knows how long ago but I found it a couple of months ago and decided to give it a try. I naturally have way hair which I blow dry but during the summer days, I usually get lazy. So I just sprayed this on my hair and let it air dry and my hair looked amazing! Best of all, my hair hair wasn’t sticky.

If you made it through this post then congrats and thank you! I know it was a very long post but thank you reading and I will catch you guys next time.

As always,
Nicole ❤

Makeup Geek Haul! Quick First Impressions!

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Guess who’s back?!?! ME!!! Okay take a seat and settle down people. I’m going to tell you a story about my crazy awful week from last week. So basically it was midterms week and I wanted to study right?! Like that’s what we’re supposed to do during midterms (does that actually happen?). Anyways, for some reason, there were all these other events that were stacked right on top and midterms week that I just couldn’t get out of, unfortunately. SO, I pretty much ended up going crazy last week. Worst of all, I was away from the blogging community and didn’t have time to make any posts (sad face here). Tragic, I know! BUT I am back! I have a week and a half’s worth of posts to read but I CAN’T WAIT to see what you guys have been up to. AND! Can you tell how excited I am? I have a Makeup Geek Haul for you guys! Okay so my pics are crap. I’m slowly recovering from last week and getting back into things but for now you’re gonna to deal with these pics. Anyway, story time’s over, enjoy my haul! Swatches will be coming! I wanted to do on my actual review for these products not on this one. So stay tuned for that!

vegas light collage

First we have the Vegas Lights Palette! This is a gorgeous palette with breathtaking colors but I don’t like how things can get messy fast. I swatched around the palette if you can tell by the mess I made, some of the shadows were powdery. The shadows were buttery and soft but you can make a mess easily with these. I love the packaging but I can already tell that it’s going to be a messy palette. I can’t say much other than. I have yet to try the palette out, so stay tuned for my review.

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So for this one, I’m doing a first impression on the Z-palette that I also purchased from Makeup Geek. We’ll get to the shadows later, don’t worry! I like the palette and the design. It seem sturdy and easy to use but I’ll have to put it to the test. From what I hear about Z-palettes, they’re supposed to be versatile and travel friendly. So I’ll have to place it in my purse of DOOM to see if it lives up to the hype.

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Okay! We’re on to the shadows! Yeah, I know you scrolled all the way down just to see this. I will just give a brief review and first impression. I have swatched and tried everything on this palette except for the foiled shadows: Caitlin Rose and High Wire. So I’ll start with that since I’ve only swatched them. One word: beautiful! It was pigmented, soft, and buttery. But I haven’t tried it on lids yet, so I’ll have to wait on a full review until I actually do try them out. The blush is stunning. It’s a universal color and it looks super natural on the skin. So, if you want to get a blush from Makeup Geek and you don’t own any, get this one because it will look good on anyone. Okay…so before I get into this. Please REMEMBER this is a first impression. I’ve only played with them a couple times and this is my own opinion. So far, to me these shadows did not live up to their hype which is disappointing BUT that doesn’t mean I don’t like them and I think they’re a complete failure. NO. They are good eye shadows but I don’t think they’re these super awesome, best eye shadow of all time type of shadows that people have hyped them up to be. They are definitely pigmented. The best performing shadows for me so far are creme brulee, unexpected, and mocha. These were soft and easy to blend. The reason why these were the best was because they weren’t as dry as the other ones. All these shadows except for the foiled shadows, had a weird dry texture to them. The three that I liked the most were the least dry. Frappe was good too but it was most dry than the others. Barcelona Beach and Duchess felt very dry. So why is that a problem? When you start digging your brushes into them, they start feeling powdery the more dry they are. When I started blending, I had a really hard time with the shadows the more powdery they were. Sometimes, it even made my eye makeup muddy. As for the wear time, it was great. I wore it for a full day and it definitely stayed. I think these shadows just take some getting used to. I’ll keep you guys updated on what happens with these.

Well that’s pretty much it! Hope you guys enjoyed my haul/first impressions.

Thanks for stopping by!

As Always,
Nicole ❤

April Favorites 2015

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It’s finally May! I gotta be honest, April felt like it was never gonna end. It was a busy and stressful month but I got through it. Anyways, it’s time for April favorites! After all the hauls I’ve done for the past two months, I found a bunch of new favorites along with possible holy grails. Hope you guys like my favs for April. Enjoy! Don’t forget to tell about your favorites for April in the comments section. Feel free to link you favorites post if you have one. I’d love to check it out.

For April’s favorites, My Melody will be joining us as I show you guys my favorites.

Heart on collage
First, I have a lippie stix and lip pencil from ColourPop both in the color Heart On. It’s a magenta color with some red tones. I love that they added the red tones to Heart On. It makes the color more wearable and toned down. I can’t wear some magenta colors because they’re too bright and clashing with my skin tone but this is more wearable for people who have darker skin tones because of the red tones in it.

Mac high strung collage
Since it’s spring, my looks have been more colorful than usual. I needed something to be toned down, so I’ve been wearing this High Strung by Mac with my colorful looks. It’s a beautiful champagne rose color with some silver shimmer. Beware with the looks you wear this lipstick with! It is a frost finish, so if you’re not careful, it can make you look flushed and zombie like. I have a medium skin tone and it’s still wearable for me. But if you have a lighter skin tone (especially those who are really pale), this is going to look gorgeous on you!

Mac Melba Collage
I picked out another Mac product. This time it’s a blush and in the color Melba. It’s a matte warm coral, peach blush. This blush looks great with any warm look and it’s also a universal color. It’s one of those blushes that will look good on anyone in any skin tone. A lot of my looks have been warmer because of the spring season and upcoming summer season. When I didn’t want to think about what blush to wear, I would just choose Melba and it would look great with whatever warm look I had for that day.

Becca Opal collage
There’s not much I can say about this highlighter. If you haven’t tried or heard of Becca’s Opal highlighter, you need to. It’s amazing! Seriously, go out and try it at Sephora or Ulta. My swatch is crap but even if I got a good one, you wouldn’t be able to tell how gorgeous it is until you try it. It’s also a universal color. I believe that it will look great on any skin tone.

roller lash mascara
I have a review coming up for this. I’m sure a lot of you have heard about Benefit’s Roller Lash mascara. There’s been some controversy on whether it lives up to the hype and its promises. I will voice out my opinion on my review but in general, I really like. It’s the only mascara I’ve worn this month.

beauty blender
First of all, I apologize that my Beauty Blender is dirty. I used it for the past two day and haven’t had time to clean it. I bought this in October and I just opened it halfway through March. There’s been so much hype about it but I never really jumped on the hype until now. I guess I was scared of it. In the makeup world, sponges are looked down on because of sanitary issues but this stuff is awesome! It’s so easy to use and it applies my foundation better than my current foundation brush. It also makes my foundation look more natural and flawless. I’m glad I finally tried it.

belief moisturizer
My daytime moisturizer ran out months ago. I’ve using my First Aid Beauty cream moisturizer which I love because it healed my skin during the fall and winter season. I still love it even now but I felt it was too heavy to use in the morning, so I picked this up about a month ago and so far I love it. This is gel based but it feels so light and moisturizing. Perfect for a daytime moisturizer.

batiste blush
Batiste Dry Shampoo is officially my favorite dry shampoo. First of all, I’m happy with the price and it goes on sale often at Ulta. Also, it sprays on white powder but it doesn’t stay on white on your hair. I have lighter hair now but I still have dark roots and with all other dry shampoos I’ve tried, I always had an issue with the white powder not fading away no matter how much I comb or massage my hair. But this dry shampoo’s white powder actually fades away. This one is blush, I want to try other scents but they were all sold out 😦

love is heavenly
This is my favorite perfume from Victoria Secret. I am obsessed with scent. Everything about this scent screams spring and summer to me for no particular reason. I don’t really know what else to say about it. This stuff smells amazing and perfect for the upcoming season.

Alright that’s pretty much it. I hope you guys enjoyed it!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!

As always,
Nicole ❤