No Buy Lip Products for 2016 Challenge!

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Hey guys! I hope you all had a wonderful new year! I for one am very excited to greet the year of 2016 with a no buy challenge for myself. It’s basically my new year’s resolution. This idea was inspired by the lovely blogger, Stash Matters. Her blog centers on treasuring her remarkable makeup collection and resisting the urge to add purchase new products. So make sure you check her out!

My No Buy Lip Product challenge is very similar to that idea. I am a crazy lip product junkie. My favorite makeup products are lipsticks and my lipstick collection has just gotten out of hand. So I decided not to buy any lip products for 2016 starting January 1st. I won’t even allow myself to buy chapstick because I’m pretty sure, I have enough lying around to last a year.

Every month, I pledge to create a significant post concerning any of my lip products. I might even make more than one post a month depending on my schedule but I don’t want to promise any more than that just in case.

I’m really excited to see how well I do on this challenge and how much money it’ll save me. I’ll have updates every now and then about how I’m doing for this challenge. Thanks so much reading!

Until next time!

As Always,
Nicole ❤

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 ❤

Gerard Cosmetics Haul September 2015

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Hello everyone! Today, I have a mini Gerard Cosmetics Haul. These are the first products that I’ve ever purchased from Gerard Cosmetics, so I’m super psyched to try them. I did get these a while ago, maybe a month ago. So you might notice that one of them is actually in my favorites from last month. But I still wanted to show you guys this haul because I’ve heard so many great things about these lip glosses and I can’t wait to finally try them myself.

Tip of the day! Of course, I have to have one. I can’t really remember who told me this but someone told me that if you want to buy these lip glosses, don’t buy them full price. It took me a while before I finally decided to try these out and whoever told me that was right. GC has a different sale every week and usually these are in a pack together when they go on sale but they are $10. So just wait until you find a sale that you like and then get these lip glosses.’

Anyways! On to the haul! These are Color Your Smile Lip Glosses.

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I had to show you guys the box even if it’s not an unboxing because let’s face it, their packaging is gorgeous! It’s so sleek, clean and classy! I’m not just talking about the box. I’m also talking about the packaging for lip glosses too!

Alright! Here they are! My picture taking skills were nonexistent this day, so please bear with me. From left to right: Salmon >> Buttercream >> Wild Orchid >> Jewel >> Rose Hill.

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lipgloss tube mirror

So it does come with a mirror which is very convenient and it also comes with a built in light for when try to put on lip gloss in the dark.

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I have mixed feelings about the lights. I like the idea because it is convenient when you’re out at night and you’re trying to retouch your lip gloss. You won’t have to sneak away to the bathroom to see if you’re putting on your lip gloss on your lips. But then again, during daytime, I find the lights distracting. When I put this on in the morning, I tend to panic when I see that the color looks a lot different because the light is shining on it and it makes the color look different. But after you put it down, then you can see the actual color. To me, I really could have done without the lights. It’s a great idea but it’s a little gimmicky to me.

Anyways, thank you so much for stopping by!

I’ll catch you guys next time!

As Always,
Nicole ❤

Huge Nail Haul! Julie G and Color Club Nail Polish

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Hey guys! So lately, I’ve really been into nails. Especially when I discovered the Julie G nail polish brand. I just went crazy after that and bought a bunch of new nail polishes from her line. I also discovered Color Club. They offer neon pastels which pretty much threw me in a loop because I mean come on: Pastel Neons? What?! So I had to try them for myself. Anyways, enjoy the haul!

cruise collection

Just a note. These are actually more pastel than they look.

From the permanent collection 1

*Rio De Janeiro is from the Cruise Collection NOT from the permanent line. I just accidentally took it with these.

from the permanent collection 2

Some of these are from the Frosted Gum Drops Collection but those are now showing up in their core collection.

pastel neon duo

Lovely duo!

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Alright that’s pretty much it! I hope you guys enjoyed it! Which one was your favorite? Have you tried Julie G nail polishes or Color Club? What did you think?

Thanks for stopping by!

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 ❤

H&M Haul! Spring Clothes and Basics!

Hey guys! I went shopping…yes, I know. I’ve been shopping a lot but I did a major spring clean up with my closet. I had a lot of clothes that were just ratty and falling apart. I just needed to get some replacements for my basics and a couple of new clothes for spring. So here’s my haul from H&M. Enjoy!

Ulta Haul! Spring 2015

So for the last few months, I have been hauling quite a bit of stuff. Ulta kept sending those 20% off coupons every now and then. I couldn’t resist checking out what was new at Ulta and with 20% off, I just had to take advantage of that discount. So here is my cumulative ulta haul!

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Becca opal collage
I threw the box already because I kept coming back to it and using it. It’s so gorgeous! Swatching it is not enough. You guys have to try it on at Sephora on your skin or if your Ulta has it in their stores.

UD Solstice Collage
I got this based on bflyrenee’s recommendation. She featured it in her favorites. I was scared when I first swatched this at the store. It’s basically pressed glitter shadow. But the color combination of this shadow had so many possibilities. The base is a reddish-pink color topped with blue-green glitter and the swatch really was beautiful. The swatch in the picture doesn’t even compare to actually swatching it in person.

UD Naked flushed in naked collage
I decided to give this a chance again. I bought it before but in streak. The bronzer was too light for my complexion and I didn’t like the blush or highlight. However, I tried Naked in the store and it did compliment my skin tone so I decided try it out again. I was really disappointed when I had to return streak because of the portability of this palette.

benefit roller lash collage
Ahh yes, the mascara that everyone’s been talking about. I decided to finally give in to the hype just because I have loved all of the other benefit mascaras. I’m not going to say too much because I am doing a review on this soon enough. So stay tuned for that!

butter london trout pout
I hate spending a lot of money for nail polishes. I love wearing nail polish but my nails grow so fast that it’s hard to keep nail polish on my nails. I usually have to remove them after 5 days or even 3 sometimes. Plus my nails are naturally huge and I don’t cut them unless they’re super long, so it takes a lot of nail polish just to apply them all over my nails. This nail polish was $15 which is steep for what I usually like to pay for nail polish. I’ve had them on for about a week and half now and they definitely need to be redone already. They started chipping around the 5th day. However, the application process was easy, not streaky and only 2 coats. BUT what irks me the most about this nail polish is that 2 coats cost me almost half the bottle. It’s a great nail polish but I probably won’t be buying it by itself. I’ll wait until they have sets for a good deal.

batiste dry shampoo blush and floral essence
You guys will see this in my favorites for this month, so I won’t even talk about it too much except the fact that it’s absolutely AMAZING! They were having a buy one get one for 50% off, so I decided to grab these since I’ve been using up (and loving) my current one like crazy.

That’s pretty much it for this haul! I have a couple of more hauls on the way. I’m sorry if you don’t like hauls but there’s a lot of new spring stuff and it was my birthday last month so I have been shopping quite a lot the past month just because you get deals and coupons on your birthday. So watch out for those hauls!

Thanks for stopping by, until next time!

As Always,
Nicole ❤