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.

clinique lip pop and cheek pop
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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
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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 ❤

Lavander Rose Macaron MOTD with the Too Face Sugar Pop Palette

Hey guys! Just sharing a nice romantic and spring makeup look with you that I created with the Too Faced Sugar Pop Palette. I have been obsessed with this palette especially since it has macarons in it! Anyways, enjoy!

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Too Faced Sugar Pop Lavander Rose Macaron MOTD

Please click on the collage to see the items in detail and to be redirected to where you can purchase it if you’d like.

Too Faced Sugar Pop Palette:
Strawberry Ice – Lid
Bubblegum – Crease and under bottom lash line
Sugared Violet – Outer crease & outer V
Blackberry – Just a few dabs over Sugared Violet
Rockcandy – Highlight and inner corner

Where would I wear this look?
Since I like fun looks, I would wear this out casually to the mall, dining out, strolls along the streets and park, etc.

If you changed the lip color to something more neutral, it would be a romantic look for a date during the spring and summer. This would have looked beautiful during Valentine’s Day but that has passed, so maybe next year.

Soooooo, what do you guys think? Have you tried the Too Faced Sugar Pop palette? How do you like it?

Thanks so much for stopping by. Until next time!

As Always,
Nicole

Sugar Pill Sparkle Baby Palette Review and Swatches

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Guess what?!?! It’s finally my review on Sugar Pill’s Sparkle Baby Palette! I featured this as one of March Favorites and now I’m going to tell you all about it! I almost did not get this palette because of the reviews from I’ve seen from Youtube and other social media sites. There were a lot of mixed reviews but the colors were so gorgeous, I couldn’t pass it up.

If you would like to browse around Sugar Pill’s website and goodies, then please click here.

I did like this palette but I don’t think it’s for everyone. It’s a wonderful and special palette but it has its flaws. If you do decide to get this or you have it, I highly, highly, HIGHLY recommend you wear it with a colored base (I found that it works well with a white base). Anyways, enjoy!

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Kitten Paradise Collage

Frostine Collage

Candy Crush Collage

Hotsy Totsy Collage

Quality: Stay with me as I attempt to explain my thoughts on the quality of these shadows. All of shadows kind of have different strengths and weaknesses. I had no problem with Hotsy Totsy whatsoever. I love the color and the pigmentation. That’s probably the only weakness, too much pigmentation. The first time I put it on, I tapped my brush lightly on the shadow, put on crease and had to blend it out for a while because the pigmentation was just in your face. Kitten Parade was fine, average quality BUT it gave a lot of fallouts during application. Even with a light hand, I still found plenty of fallouts. That doesn’t really bother me too much. I did not mind cleaning it up but it just took more time to apply my makeup. Candy Crush and Frostine had quite a few flaws. The pigmentation was acceptable but they were difficult to blend and work with. You had to have a light hand or the color will fade away while blending. I didn’t like the finish for these two either. It made them very sheer and probably the reason why they kept fading while blending.

Pigmentation: The four of them had varying pigmentation. Please keep in mind that most of these are pastel/light colors. In all of the shadows that I have tried or owned, these are one of the most pigmentated so far. Candy Crush and Frostine were fine on pigmentation, not bad, not good. My issue with them was the finish. They were very sheer and with colors like these, they can fade really easily if touched. So when using your brush to apply these, have a gentle touch. Kitten Parade had good pigmentation but the sparkles in it gave fallouts during application. Hotsy Totsy’s pigmentation was phenomenal! I kid you not. When I was applying this, I was scared that I would apply too much. The swatch you provided in my pictures was done with one swipe and no baser or primer. I don’t know what they did to Hotsy Totsy. It feels different from all the others. It kind of looks like it has the same finish but then gain not. But it gave amazing pigmentation.

Wear Time: I wore all of the eye shadows together for about 10 hours. Frostine and Candy Crush’s color faded. They were still there but not very visible. Kitten Parade held out pretty well. I noticed that it faded a little but not too much. Hotsy Totsy looked exactly like it did that morning when I put it on. The wear time on Frostine and Candy Crush did not surprise me. From the beginning, they were pretty translucent and sheer. I could already tell that they were going to fade easily. However, their placement on my eye might have affected their wear time. I put Frostine as a highlight Candy Crush under my bottom lash line.

Price: The palette retails for $34 on Sugar Pill’s website. I almost did not want to include this section but I am anyways. For me this palette was worth it even with that price tag. I feel that people are either going to like this palette or they won’t. So if you’re thinking about purchasing this palette then be sure that you are willing to deal with all its imperfections. The palette contains 3.5g total of all the shadows. The shadows are a decent size. They’re definitely bigger than MAC eyeshadows for comparison.

I recommend this palette to: Anyone that wants to play around with pastel or light bright colored shadows. I also recommend it to makeup lovers that want something playful and unique in their collection. Even if the palette is not perfect, it still has a beautiful color selection.

I DO NOT recommend this to: People who do not have time clean lots of fallouts or spend time blending out these shadows. Also to those who love more neutrals and are just looking to spice up their collection with some color for spring and summer. There are other color palettes out there that will be easier to work with and compliment a more toned down look with some color.

Overall Thoughts: I still like the palette because of its uniqueness and the look I created with it (tutorial coming soon! Stay tuned!). Despite its flaws, I enjoy what it brought to my collection and I can’t wait to incorporate into other looks.

Will I order from SugarPill again? Absolutely! Based on my research, SugarPill fanatics believed that this palette did not quite live up other SugarPill palettes and shadows. If I managed to like this palette while other fanatics did not like it quite as much then I’m sure I’m going to love the other ones.

Color Smokey Eye Palette by Morphe Brushes Swatches

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A few months ago, I raved about the Jaclyn Hill Favorites Palette for Morphe Brushes. I loved the quality of their shadows and they were affordable. After exploring their palette collection, I found myself drawn to their Color Smokey Eye Palette. So far, I’m loving this palette and I wanted to share with you my swatches for the palette. Enjoy!

If you would like to read a review on Morphe Brushes eye shadows then please click here to read my review on the Jaclyn Hill Favorites Palette. It will review the palette as well as the shadows themselves.

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The palette itself comes with a mirror of decent size which makes it very travel friendly.

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Overall Thoughts: I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking a colorful smokey palette. Even if you’re not and you’re just looking for more fun and bolder colors to spice up your collection then this is right here. This retails for $19.99 and holds 35 beautiful and pigment shadows. In my opinion, that is a fair price considering each shadow is about the size of MAC cosmetics eye shadows.