Sephora Haul- Necessities and Gifts

When you’re patient and save up your points, it sure does pay off.

I ordered another Herbivore body polish and a brown eyeliner. Since I had over 1400 points, I walked away with major free loot.

Here’s what I received:

-Herbivore Coco Rose Body Polish

-Sephora Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner in Matte Black/Brown

-Bobbi Brown gift set

-GlamGlow gift set

-Caudalie duo

-Mini Laura Mercier lipstick in Devotion

-Mini Stila Stay All Day liner

-Samples of Becca and Hourglass foundation and Fresh face moisturizer.

This is my second Herbivore polish. I used up the first. I’ll review it soon (you can predict my thoughts on it, I think 🙂 ).

Did you haul anything recently?

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A England Elizabeth and Mary Nail Polish Swatches

With the CW Reign show having ended (nooooo!!!) I decided to swatch three of the shades from A England’s collection. In honor of both the real and fictional queens.

I’ll start with Crown of Thistles. It seems like both queens had difficult and onerous rules, so let’s start with the one named for a prickly stemmed headpiece .

 “Amethyst hue with a clearly visible and a hybrid defined/scattered prismatic effect”.

Mary is next: Queen of Scots.

” Royal/ink blue shade with a uniquely luxurious metallic/pearl/satin finish-absolutely regal in tone”.

Last is the one who lasted: Virgin Queen.

“Pewter prismatic hue with pink undertones and a complex grey/olive/copper cast, soft but visible scattered holographic effect”.

Performance wise, Virgin Queen and Crown of Thistles are great. Queen of Scots is gloppy and difficult to work with.

Color wise, I love CoT and QoS the most. I just wish QoS was easier to work with. I was able to get it to work, but it wasn’t smooth sailing.

I like all three shades. I’ll keep them. I’ll update this post with the fourth: Fotheringhay Castle, once I place a second order.

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MAC Colour Rocker Lipsticks in Blue Bang!, Darling Clementine, and Breathing Fire

I’m starting to get pulled back into the MAC fold. I fell out with them a few years ago because the SAs were mean and the quality was slipping into not-great territory for me.

Their Colour Rocker lipsticks have redeemed them somewhat in my eyes.

I wanted a few shades. I planned on ordering them two at a time, but a nice promo came up: buy two lipsticks, get a third for free. There was a small selection of shades to choose from as your free lipstick. Luckily for me, Breathing Fire was a shade you could get for free! Yipee!

Check out the plate I used to stylize the product photo. Cool, huh?

L-R: Blue Bang!, Darling Clementine, Breathing Fire.

Blue Bang! is described as: “Bright cerulean blue”.

Darling Clementine is described as “bright orange with a matte finish”.

Breathing Fire is described as “Bright warm fuchsia”.

The most pigmented are Breathing Fire and Darling Clementine. Big Bang! is pigmented, but not as opaque as it could be.

I think Temptalia’s grades are pretty accurate. BF and DC are quite opaque, wear for hours and display good color on the lips. BB needs to built up in color on the lips, but once it’s on it’s a great bright blue. All three lipsticks are not drying or sticky. I felt comfortable wearing them and they all have that familiar vanilla scent MAC lipsticks are known for.

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NYX Sculpt & Highlight Face Duo in Chestnut

Desperately curious about cream contours (and always searching for a way to make contouring easier), I picked up one of the convenient and common sense influenced NYX contour duos.

 

From the website: “Define your best features and add luminescence wherever—and whenever—you need it, with our new Sculpt & Highlight Face Duos. Available in six expertly coordinated shade combinations, each double-ended liquid duo features a contouring shade to add definition and a creamy highlighter to illuminate.”

The other shades are: Almond/Light, Caramel/Vanilla, Cinnamon/Peach, Espresso/Honey, Taupe/Ivory.

It’s a good concept: two different shades to contour and highlight, packaged in a tube that could easily fit into a makeup bag.

Here are the swatches.

I like the contour shade. It’s a great shade for me, and it’s not too dark or severe-looking on me (I prefer a light contour on my own face). It lasts for several hours after drying down on my skin. It didn’t budge or smudge all day when I wore it.

The highlight shade is too dark for me. It’s even too dark to work as a concealer for me. I’m going to buy the next duo up from this one and try that shade instead.

I’ll keep this for the contour shade, but I’m not able to use the highlight shade. Do you have a cream contour you like?

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Tuesday Talk: Self Care Sessions Vol. 42

Hey darling! How was your week?

Let me just say, I’m so glad I got into therapy. It’s done wonders for my mood and outlook. I’m happier than I’ve been in years.

This is what I did for self care this past week.

1) I bought myself a macaron from the Macaron Cafe. It’s crème brulĂ© flavored.

2) I ordered some items from Sephora and got so many freebies! Yay for racking up points!

3) I bought myself flowers. This time I bought a bouquet of carnations and three roses for some variety.

4) I’ve been conversing with a friend about her problems. She says I’ve been very supportive. That warms my heart. I’m starting to see my true value.

5) I woke up in time to see this morning’s sunrise.

What did you do for self care this past week?

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A England Nail Polish in Saint George

“Bearer of a valiant and courageous heart, this fathomless teal reveals the strength of the brave Knight’s convictions with his gleaming, fiery core.”

If you’re not familiar with the legend of Saint George, here is the short version: a dragon who lived in a lake within the town was terrorizing the locals, bringing plague and despair. To appease the beast, the people fed it two sheep a day. When they ran out of sheep, they implemented a lottery system to select children to be fed to the dragon. One day, the King’s own daughter was chosen. Grief-stricken, he offered half his kingdom and lots of riches if they would spare his child. Refusing all offers of a bribe, the townspeople dressed the girl as a bride and sent her to the lake.

Saint George rode around the area near the lake and spotted the girl. Ignoring her insistence that he leave immediately, he engaged her in a discussion. Not long after, the dragon emerged. Saint George charged at it on horseback, stabbing it in the neck with his lance, seriously wounding the creature. Using the girl’s girdle as a leash, they led the cowed dragon to the town.

Saint George told the townsfolk he would kill the dragon if they converted to Christianity. They did, and they rode the body out on four ox-carts. The king built a church to the Virgin Mary and Saint George on the place the dragon was killed, and healing water that cured all ailments flowed from its altar.

Violent story, huh? If Disney ever wanted to make an animated feature of it, they’d have to add in some singing bunnies and maybe a wisecracking falcon or something.

Saint George is a deep greenish teal packed with holographic shimmer.

It’s a part of the Legends collection. I own Dragon, Ascalon and Princess Sabra.

It’s a teal for sure. Sometimes it look quite green, and other times it looks more blue.

It’s definitely a keeper. What do you think of it? Do you think I have a future as a storyteller, or should I let Hans Christian Andersen keep that title?

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Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able Full Coverage Foundation Concentrate in Honey Light 52

I splurged on this much gabbed about foundation during the VIB sale. Does it live up to the hype? Let’s find out!

From the website: “INSTANT FULL COVERAGE. ALL-DAY WEIGHTLESS WEAR. LESS IS MORE.

THE WEIGHT IS OVER: 24-HOUR FULL, FLAWLESS COVERAGE IS YOURS IN AN INSTANT WITH THIS ULTRA-LIGHTWEIGHT FOUNDATION CONCENTRATE. THIS REVOLUTIONARY OIL-FREE FORMULA CONTAINS TWICE AS MUCH PIGMENT AS A LEADING FULL-COVERAGE FOUNDATION, BUT IT IS EMULSIFIED WITH GROUNDBREAKING INGREDIENTS SO THE SMALLEST AMOUNT COMPLETELY COVERS WITH DOT-ON PERFECTION. PATENTED GOLDEN PIGMENTS ARE WRAPPED IN LECITHIN, AN INGREDIENT THAT IS BIOCHEMICALLY SIMILAR TO SKIN, FOR IMMEDIATE, EFFORTLESS BLENDING AND A SMOOTH, SOFT MATTE FINISH.

THE INNOVATIVE DOT APPLICATOR ALLOWS FOR BUILDABLE, CUSTOM COVERAGE. SIMPLY SHAKE, DOT AND BLEND FOR PERFECTION SO UNPRECEDENTED, IT’S RE(MARC)ABLE.

FULL COVERAGE IN A DOT: DOT APPLICATOR ENSURES THE PERFECT AMOUNT

JOJOBA, SUNFLOWER, ACACIA AND MIMOSA EXTRACTS IMPROVE BLENDABILITY

PATENTED GOLDEN MICA DELIVERS SUPERIOR RADIANCE“

 

The foundation comes in a chic glass bottle with a long stemmed applicator.

The silver coated handle sort of screws into the mouth of the bottle. I think it’s a nifty design. It’s secure, and not difficult to pry open.

The dot applicator ensures a limited dispensary of product. This foundation is not intended to be used in copious amounts. It is difficult to overdo application with this unique dispenser.

Here is the swatch:

So what do I think of this gasp-inducingly expensive, 90s supermodel level chic, hefty bottle of face goop?

I think it’s pretty darn amazing. It covers my skin beautifully, doesn’t look cakey or unnatural, and I only need a little bit of it to cover my whole face. The claims made by MJ are true.

It is bank account-draining expensive, so you’ll have to decide if your foundation needs warrant a product like this. It’s great from the start and all around, so it will be a win for sure. If you have a foundation you already love and can afford, you probably don’t need this.

This costs $55 USD.

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Tuesday Talk: Self Care Sessions Vol. 41

Hey friend. How was your week? Mine was much better.

Here is what I did for self care this week.

1) I went to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens with a friend. It was a lovely experience. We explored quite a bit of the garden.

2) I went to therapy today. It was incredibly beneficial. My therapist mentioned I should take care of my legs and feet, because they carry me everywhere. This is very true. It’s surprising I overlooked this fact.

3) After therapy I went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I wandered around in the Greek, European and African halls and took some photos of the period rooms.

4) I bought Van Leewen ice cream. It’s on sale at my local grocery store. So far I’ve purchased Vanilla Bean, Cookies n Cream, Chocolate and Strawberry. They’re a Brooklyn family owned business. I’ve tried three of the flavors (not Chocolate yet) and they’re pretty good.

5) I used Yes to Tomatoes face mask and my skin looks so much nicer now.

What did you do for self care this past week?

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Wet n Wild Blush in Apri-Cot in the Middle

WnW added some newbies to their blush family. I adopted one named Apri-Cot in the Middle.

It comes in the standard plastic compact WnW is known for. It flips open and reveals a large pan of shimmery peachy apricot blush.

Here is the rather sheer swatch.

It adds a very pretty sheen to the skin. It’s obviously a very sheer color. I like it, but I’ll have to layer it with something more intense.

Have you tried any WnW blushes?

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NYX Lip Lingerie in Exotic

NYX’s new lip color, Lip Lingerie, is described as “luxurious liquid lipstick with a plush, matte finish.”

After asking my friends for their favorite shades, I settled on Exotic.

Exotic is described as “warm mahogany red.”

It looks more pink to me.

Here is the swatch.

It’s more of a muted, terracotta red to me.

It pulls very pink on me, sort of in the same family as Colourpop Frick n Frack.

Colorwise, it’s wearable, but it feels very stiff and almost gluey on my lips. It dries down like melted rubber. It’s not the most comfortable lip product I’ve tried.

The sensation is lessened if I apply the product sparingly. I am wearing it now and it still gives me that odd rubber feeling, even though I’m wearing less of it.

This costs $7 USD.

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