If you saw my InstaStories this past week, a) thank you for watching my nonsense! and b) you’ll know that I went on a short road trip with my dad. It was just overnight, but I still over-packed…especially with the makeup. 😉 To be fair, I did use almost everything, but it’s a lot. Since I only took things that I love, I thought I would share the contents of my “travel” makeup bag with you! I’m skipping skin care as that’s a whole post unto itself; we’re just sticking to the makeup here. Like I said, there’s a lot so we best get to it! 😄 (Links to reviews and related posts in pink.)
It’s the second most wonderful time of the year for those of us with massive Sephora addictions! 😝 That’s right! The Sephora VIB Sale is almost here!!! I thought I would go through some of my favorite cruelty free products available at Sephora to give you a few recommendations while considering what new goodies to pick up this go-round. Real quick, the details as I understand them are that the sale runs from April 18th through the 24th for VIB Rouge members and your discount will be 15% off of everything as many times as you choose to shop in that time frame! Similarly, VIB member will receive 15% off between April 19th and 24th, while Beauty Insiders will be getting 10% off from April 20th through April 23rd. If you’re one of these lucky Sephora Insider members, you should receive a card in the mail as well as a code in your email that can be used over and over again during the above mentioned dates! There has also been some fantastic cruelty free news: Tashina from Logical Harmony has confirmed that Smashbox and Marc Jacobs Beauty (not the fragrances) have been added to her cruelty free list (Stila‘s back too)!!! Discounts and new brands and cruelty free goodness, oh my! 😜 Enough silliness, let’s get to the recommendations (linked to reviews if I have one). 😉
As I just mentioned, these palettes are visually stunning. They have the standard Hourglass kind of brownish-bronze metallic outer case that feels luxurious and special and includes a generous mirror. The size of this palette is not quite as large as the Ambient Lighting or the Blush Palettes, but there still appears to be a decent amount of product for the eyes. The eye shadows inside are pressed into a stunning ripple pattern that runs across the 5 different shades in the palette (though there is no separation between colors which kind of bothers me) and it just looks so pretty! The palettes have the look suited to the hefty $58 price tag that’s attached.
|Can you see the powder kicked up in the shadows? No bueno!|
As I said, my birthday is in January. Because of that, there is no more appropriate favorite than this first one – Happy Birthday Nail Lacquer from Deborah Lippmann! JI have always wanted this wonderfully glittery top coat, but never wanted to spend the money. This year I finally bit the bullet and I’m really glad I did! There are tons of dupes for it, but no one does glitter polish quite like Deborah Lippmann. I’m usually not a huge glitter polish person, especially when the base is clear like this one, but I’ve actually found myself adding this as a topper more often than not. It just looks like a confetti-filled celebration. It’s like fun in a bottle…and speaking of bottle, I should add that I absolutely adore the shape of Deborah Lippmann bottles. They’re actually designed to prevent them from tipping over! Anyway, my nails have been well dressed in pretty multi-colored glitter pretty much all month and I have loved it! J
|Look at the weird gaps between “teeth”. No bueno!|
Just a quick primer regarding my infrequent and irregular posts: If you missed my earlier post (you can read it here), the quick summation is that someone very close to me has been through a lot of medical trials and tribulations which has basically taken up most of my time. To add to it, someone else has also fallen ill on and off and I have pretty much just been trying to hold on to some semblance of sanity. Things have been improving since it all began about a week before Thanksgiving, but there’s still a long road ahead. So posts may be quite patchy and not up to the normal standard I would hope to hold myself to. On the upswing, my family finally had a chance to celebrate Christmas together this last week and we all had a really nice time. But let’s get into the actual interesting stuff!
I don’t know about you, but my eye shadow will crease like no other without a good base. I’ve been using the NARS Smudge Proof Eye Shadow Base for ages, but I never mention it. It’s about time it sees some love! JI really don’t know what I would do without the NARS Primer because everything else that I have tried still ends in creasing shadows. So definitely a huge fan of the NARS Smudge Proof Eye Shadow Primer!
|Dark Pearl swatched (left) & blended (right)|
|Venus (heavily swatched) & Faint|
|Clockwise from Left: Heaven, Sunday, Hell & Peacock|
|Sunday, Heaven, Hell & Peacock – The swatches do not do them justice!|
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