Sephora Holiday Shopping Event 2016

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I’ve been on a beauty product hiatus lately, not being very interested in new beauty products, and not very motivated to try new things. But when the Sephora Holiday Shopping Event is right around the corner, it kind of force me to plan and think about the items I need to restock, and also list out some things I would like to try. Every year beauty lovers all over look forward to this event, because it’s simply an amazing deal and the perfect time for you to stock up on basics or try out luxury items at a great discount! This year is no different, and I’ve manage to pull myself back together and create a list of items I’m extremely interested in getting my hands on during the sale! Here are some of the items I’m eyeing, what are you planning on getting?

  1. Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette 
    I’ve been eyeing this palette since it was released, the red tone in this palette is so different from anything I have. The colors are kind of intimidating, but after seeing a lot of tutorials online, they look so versatile! It is definitely one of those outside of my comfort zone product that I’m nervous but excited to try.
  2. Ouai Shampoo and Conditioner 
    Ouai has been one of the most talked about hair product this year, the baby of the hair genius Jen Atkin pretty much markets itself. I’m particular interested in the CLEAN shampoo to help tame the oily mess that’s on my head.
  3. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit – Surreal Light 
    Okay, so I don’t need anymore face palette… But just look at this packaging! I’ve never tried any of the Hourglass powders so this palette seems like a great way to try them out!
  4. Tom Ford Ultra-Rich Lip Color 
    I think this one is pretty self explanatory here. Owning a Tom Ford lipstick is every beauty lover’s dream, but the hefty $50 + price tag is not a easy pill to swallow. The Sephora sale is a great chance to get your hands on one at a discounted price since there are no brand restriction during this sale. If you’ve been wanting to get a Tom Ford lipstick but haven’t been able to justify it, this is your chance!
  5. Giorgio Armani Beauty Lip Magnet Liquid Lipstick 
    Another high end lip product that normally would be hard to justify buying… I personally have not tried this product yet but am definitely interested to see what all the hype is about.
  6. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer 
    One of the things I always have to purchase (multiple of) during the sale is my brow pencil. When Anastasia Beverly Hills came out with the Brow Definer earlier this year, I was unsure about it because I love the Brow Wiz so much I didn’t know how I would feel about the new shape of the Brow Definer. Turns out, it’s just as amazing (if not more amazing) than the Brow Wiz. I love the fact that I can be more careless with this one and not have to worry about the “lines” being too obvious.
  7. Benefit Cosmetics Goof Proof Brow Pencil Easy Shape & Fill 
    Speaking of brow products, one simply can’t ignore the huge range of brow products Benefit launched this year. Everything you could ever want for your brows, they’ve got it. I’m a fairly boring person when it comes to brows, I need my brow pencil, and my Glossier Boy Brow. So even though I already have a brand I like, I’m always open to trying out other ones on the market!
  8. Drybar Triple Sec 3-in-1 
    Dry shampoo is something I haven’t really been able to get on with. I just don’t seem to find them effective and it usually just makes me feel more greasy. I’ve heard a lot of good reviews of this one tho, so I’m tempted to give it a try.
  9. Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion  
    One of my favorite things to play around with makeup wise is eyeshadow, and one simply can’t go without a good primer. I’ve been loyal to the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer since the very beginning, because I find it very effective and doesn’t give me a silicon-y feeling when applied.
  10. Urban Decay Naked3 
    Another out of the ordinary color palette for me. But since I’ve pretty much got my neutral palette covered, I thought it’s time to add in some fun colors. I’ve played around with this palette before at my friend’s place, and really like the look of the pinks on me which is unusual. Though I’m really interested in the palette, I have yet to be able to pull the trigger to purchase it, but I think the 20% off might just be the push I need to get it!
  11. Buxom True Nude Lip Foundation 
    I’m forever trying to find a good nude lipstick. I really like the coverage on this one and the color selection seems right up my alley.
  12. Kat Von D Tattoo Liner 
    An everyday stable in my makeup routine. Always good to have a few in stock in case you run out!
  13. Stella Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner 
    I still can’t decide if I like this one or the Kat Von D one more. I think they each have their time and place, so I like to have one of each in my collection so I can have my options depending on my mood that day.
  14. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer 
    A good face moisturizer is hard to come by. I’ve tried a few brands that are ok, but I’m not wow by. The only one that I absolutely love is the Sisley one my mom gave me, but that’s simply too expensive for me to repurchase whenever I run out… So I’m still on the lookout for a good alternative for the day I run out of my Sisley moisturizer.
  15. Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream 
    Another product that peaked my interest because of the name. The fact that it’s supposed to help firm up your skin just makes it even more intriguing.
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Sephora Holiday Shopping Event 2016

Sephora VIB Holiday Shopping Event 2015 Wishlist

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The Sephora VIB Holiday Shopping Event is upon us! It’s definitely one of the most anticipated sales of the year, with all the holiday sets available and an amazing 20% off everything, it’s the perfect time to stock up on your daily needs and check off some items on your holiday gift list.

This year Sephora divided the event into 2 weekends, from 11/6-11/9 is reserved for those with VIB Rogue status, and from 11/13-11/16 for the VIBs. So while the VIB Rogues are shopping away, I researched and made a list of the new items I want to get next weekend. Instead of doing a general shopping guide, I thought it would be more fun and personal to share with you what’s on my wishlist and why, so lets get started!

  1. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
    This has been on my want list since September! Ever since I got some sample to try for my friend’s wedding, I have my heart set on getting the full size during the VIB sale. Of all the foundation I’ve tried, this one has my favorite consistency and weight, I love how it’s so easy to apply and blend, at the same time it looks very natural. Even though it’s at a higher price point compare to other foundation, since I don’t use it everyday I’m hoping it’ll be able to last me a while.
  2. Urban Decay Brow Beater Microfine Brow Pencil and Brush
    My girl crush Claire recently mentioned this in her favorites video, she has compare and said that this would be a good alternative/switch up for the Anastasia Brow Wiz (which I will also be restocking during the sale) and it definitely piqued my interest. I’m always open to trying new brow pencils since it’s the one thing I use every day, and I cannot wait to see how these compare.
  3. Laura Mercier Flawless Contouring Palette
    This one is definitely the least practical splurge item on my wishlist, but I just couldn’t help it because it looks so beautiful. I love to play around with contour, though I usually don’t do that during the week because the extra 10 minutes in bed always sounds like a good idea. However, I’ve been doing it more and more on the weekend, and really love how it gives a subtle lift to your features. I’ve been using the Becca Lowlight/Highlight Perfecting Palette Pressed and I seriously love it, but I’m very interested in the idea of cream contour as most people say it looks a lot more natural.
  4. Verb Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner
    I saw this product in one of Sephora’s marketing email a while ago, I don’t really have a particular reason why I picked these over the other hair products, but I just thought they look very interesting, the packaging is cute, and the price is very reasonable. I love trying out new hair products because I still have yet to find the absolutely perfect one for me.
  5. NARS Kabuki Ita Brush
    Another product for contouring. I’ve been using my Real Technique brush when doing contouring which has been working fine for me and gives a really natural contouring, but I really want to try to achieve the more chiseled look and so far the Ita brush has the best review of its kind.
  6. Urban Decay Matt Revolution Lipstick in 1993
    Yes, yes, I have more than enough of these dark neutral/nude lip color, but they look the best on me, and I just can’t get enough. Though I have some similar colors in my collection, I want to try out different brand and formula just to see what else is out there.
  7. Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer
    I’ve tried a few primer samples but none really stick out to me, this is just one of the ones that looks interesting to me and I thought the name is pretty fun. Will report back how I feel about it if I end up getting it.
  8. WEN by Chaz Dean Cleansing Conditioner Sampler
    Another Claire influenced want item. She swears by the Wen cleansing conditioner and seeing how awesome her hair looks always, I’ve been considering trying it out. I don’t know how I feel about not actually shampooing my hair, so have been hesitant on buying the full size. But with this little sampler pack I think it’ll be a great way for me to try it out.
  9. Yves Saint Laurent Black Oplum
    I got a little sample size a while ago, and when I first smelled it, I didn’t think I would be very into this scent because it’s a little strong and sweet for me, but once I put it on and as the day goes by I find the scent more and more pleasant. I already have so many other perfumes, but am definitely tempted to get this one during the sale.
  10. Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick
    A very highly coveted item that’s got great reviews from multiple bloggers. I’ve tried something similar to a liquid lipstick a few years ago, but hated how it made my lips feel so I’ve not used one since. But after seeing everyone rave about it, I think I should be more open to the idea of it. Hopefully the formula will not dry out my lips.
  11. Viseart Eyeshadow Palette
    So… Let’s be honest, I don’t need another eyeshadow palette, but just look at this beauty! The one I’m most interested in is the Neutral Matte palette (of course), this will definitely be a splurge item and I’m still on the fence because of the super high price tag. I’m hoping to read more about it before next weekend, if you have one yourself please let me know what you think!

*images taken from Sephora.com*

Sephora VIB Holiday Shopping Event 2015 Wishlist

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Every since I was little my parents try to collect snake (shape/print) related items for me whenever they can because I’m a snake baby (born in the Year of the Snake, that is).  It has become a thing for my family to share with each other whenever we see a cool snake print or product in a snake shape, so when I saw this Tarte Rainforest After Dark Colored Clay Eye & Cheek Palette with a color scheme that’s right up my alley, I had to get it for myself.

The contrast of the wood print and the gold of the snake is beyond beautiful, and the purple jewel on the snake is a very nice touch.  When you take a second to think about it, the colors and textures used on the design fits so nicely with what’s inside the palette – matte browns, glittery golds, and purple jeweled tones.  Definitely an ah-ha moment for me when I realize that, props to the packaging designer at Tarte, very clever indeed!

I really love the sultry orchid hue eyeshadow in this palette, not only is it very fall/winter appropriate, it has everything you need to create any look you want, natural, smokey, a pop of color, you name it!  The highlighter has just the right amount of shimmer and the bronzer is just dark enough for me to create a contrast without being overly dramatic (perfect for a beginner like me).  The blush is a rosy pink with a hint of plum and brown and appears to have a hint of coral as well when applied, it looks great for an everyday look!  Some reviews claim it doesn’t blend as evenly but I didn’t really have a problem with that, but again I’m not that sensitive to this kind of stuff…  This palette looks like it’ll be very versatile as the colors are great for everyday looks and for all the holiday festivities.  I can’t wait to play around with it more!

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