Hi, friends! I just got a bunch of stuff in the mail from Sephora the other day and I thought I’d share what I got with all of you! Some of the things are replacements of things I already have and some are brand new items that I’m excited to try out! Let’s get to it!
Smashbox + Casey Holmes Spotlight Palette: Pearl
As a girl that’s just getting into highlighting (I’ve just been using the one highlight shade in my Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit), I had a really hard time choosing what highlighter to buy. I’m always more inclined to buy palettes, just because you get more options for your money, but I heard so many good things about the Becca highlighters that I almost bought one of those. Another contender was the Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit, but I thought the shades were too dark for my skin tone. So, the winner was the Smashbox + Casey Holmes Spotlight Palette!
After swatching the three shades, I’m sure this palette will be just perfect for me. From left to right, the palette goes from subtle to super sparkly, which makes it easy to use this palette for all types of looks. The formula feels super smooth and pigmented, and seem really easy to blend out. Also included in the box is a highlighting guide by Casey Holmes, in which she shares her go-to looks. I’m really looking forward to trying it out and getting my highlight on!
NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation: Gobi (Light 3) NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer: Vanilla (Light 2) NARS All Day Luminous Powder Foundation: Deauville (Light 4)
All three of these products are replacements, as I use all three on a daily basis. Recently, I’ve noticed that my face looks darker than my neck and chest, so I decided to order lighter colors in all three products.
For the liquid foundation, I used to use the shade Fiji (Light 5), which is ‘light with yellow undertones,’ so I got the next lightest shade with yellow undertones, Gobi (Light 3).
For the powder foundations, I used to use the shade Punjab (Medium 1), which is ‘medium with golden, peachy undertones,’ so I got Deauville (Light 4), which is ‘light with a neutral balance of pink and yellow undertones.’
For the concealer, I used to use the shade Custard (Medium 1?), which is ‘yellow tone for light to medium complexion.’ There is no lighter shade that is a yellow tone, so I got Vanilla (Light 2), which has a ‘tiny cast of pink for the fair complection,’ and it looked like it would be a good shade for me just based on the color preview on the website.
Fingers crossed that all of these shades work out for me! But thankfully, Sephora is great about accepting returns on items that are ‘gently used.’ They know the struggle of finding the perfect foundation shade!
Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Curling & Lifting Mascara
This is a brand new product for me! I’ve been using the Better than Sex Mascara by Too Faced for a while now, but I feel like it works really well for a few weeks after opening it, then it gets dry and clumpy really quickly so I end up needing to buy new ones more frequently than I’d like. I decided to try this mascara because I’m a huge fan of Manny Mua and this is his go-to mascara.
The bristles on the brush are really short, stiff, and I think made out of rubber (plastic?), which is new to me because I’m used to using mascara with a bigger, fluffier brush. Apparently, the magic of this mascara is the patent-pending hook design and position of the brush, which is called the ‘hook ‘n’ roll’ brush, that catches, lifts and curls the lashes. We’ll see how it works out! I have high hopes for this mascara.
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
This setting powder is my absolute holy grail when it comes to setting powders. I’ve been using it for a long time now and I can’t imagine using anything else. I don’t know what I was doing with my life before I started using it! It’s almost as if it gives me another layer of coverage and it keeps my creasing and oils in check all day long! The powder is so fine-milled and lightweight, it’s just absolutely amazing. Loooove it and would highly recommend.
Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray
This is another new product for me. I’ve never been one to use setting spray and I have no idea why! I’ve always just used setting powder on my face after applying foundation and concealer and all that jazz, but never after I was completely done with my makeup. Setting everything into place at the very end sounds like such an obvious thing to do, why in the world have I not done it before?! I’ve heard lots of good things about this setting spray and now that I’m experimenting a lot more with different products, I thought this would be a good time to give this a shot.
Tarte Tartelette in Bloom Clay Eyeshadow Palette
This is my absolute favorite palette to use every day, especially for quick, on-the-go looks. The neutral colors in the palette are so versatile that you can do so many looks, from a subtle, barely-there makeup look, to a dramatic, smoky-eye look. The options are nearly endless. The shadows are so pigmented and blendable and just amazinggg. Since my mama wanted a neutral palette that she can use every day, this one’s for her. 🙂
Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner: Midnight Cowboy
I’ve recently been really wanting to experiment more with glitter and I have almost no glitter in my makeup collection. Manny Mua put this product in his best of 2016 video and he uses it in sooo many ways. So of course, I wanted to try it out. Midnight Cowboy is a beige glitter so I think it’ll be pretty versatile. I still don’t know how often I’ll actually use it, but a little glitter to brighten up a look sounds like a good idea to me! I’m really looking forward to experimenting and trying this out.
Ardency Inn Modster Smooth Ride Supercharged Eyeliner: Black Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil: Dark Brown Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz: Ebony
The eyeliner pencil is a new product for me, as I’ve been looking for a new pencil to line my waterline. I’ve been using MAC Cosmetics’ Fluidline Eye Pencil for my waterline since foreverrr and I’ve just been in the mood to change it up. Guess where I first heard of this product? Yup, Manny! He also put this product in his best of 2016 video and claims this pencil is really creamy and goes on super smoothly.
Anastasia’s Perfect Brow Pencil is my go-to everyday pencil for my eyebrows, especially when I don’t have time to do my eyebrows using a pomade. I just feel that using a pencil is faster and more fool-proof than a pomade. I probably just need to practice using a pomade more. I love the formula of this pencil, as it’s super smooth, making it easy to draw straight lines and minimize mistakes.
I personally think the Brow Wiz isn’t as smooth in application and is a bit more…gritty? But, I know lots of people like it for that very reason because it makes filling in your eyebrows in a more life-like, hair-like stroke easier. My opinion is that this pencil is for people who like to fill in their eyebrows, whereas the Perfect Brow Pencil is for people who like to draw on their eyebrows (like me, the ends of my eyebrows are practically nonexistent). My mama uses this pencil so this one is for her. 🙂
That’s it, guys! Let me know if any one of you have tried any of these products, I’d love to hear what you think of them!
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