Recent Beauty Faves & Purchases

  

Hey all! 

Sorry for being M.I.A lately. 

Time some how managed to slip by and I have accumulated a ton of new goodies in the past few months.  🙂 

While I was away, I ended up hitting an all time beauty high (or low if you are my wallet) and reached “VIB Rouge” status at Sephora 😐 

So rather then ramble on, lets just get into the good stuff that you came here to read about!

Face

  
Pur Miracle Mist –  This is my second bottle of this little mist. Smells like oranges and is so refreshing and hydrating. I generally wear it under my primer/makeup or by itself on no makeup days.

  
Aveda Tulasara Wedding Eye Mask- while I haven’t had this product for very long, I loveeeeee it already.  Super rich, super hydrating but not heavy feeling, this mask helps brighten and tighten your eye area. Seeing as I am two years ago from the big 3-0… I figured I better start looking after my skin more and do some more preventative work. 

  
First Aid Beauty Hello Fab Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer-  I recently purchased this little gem with giftcards I  received for Christmas. I am obsessed with the scent. It smells like Pina Coladas! ( and who doesn’t love that?!) It also appears to be helping my makeup last longer and look smoother.

  
Touch in Sol Feel like Honey Moon Skin Base-  I don’t know know why but lately I have been on a makeup primer and foundation buying spree. I am constantly on the lookout for the best hydrating and brightening primers and this is definitely a great one. 

  
Lise Watier Magic Fix-  Refreshing scent and light mist make this a great makeup setting spray. It helps  any of my makeup from looking too “powdery” .

  
Urbay Decay All Nighter Foundation- this foundation claims to be full coverage and longwearing/waterproof and let me tell you, it does not disappoint. I loved wearing this to stand in my best friends wedding. It photpgraphs well and doesn’t budge, even after dancing all night! 🙂

 

Josie Maran Vibrancy Foundation- While I did buy this almost a year ago, I don’t feel like I have talked about it much. This foundation is beautiful especially on someone with dryer skin (which mine has been as of recently)  It gives just enough glow to the skin without looking greasy or too shiney. 
  
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Foundation and Concealer- another Christmas giftcard purchase. I have to say, I like the foundation, but I definitely didn’t pick the right shade and perhaps I will like it better in the summer when I’m more sunkissed rather then Snow White 😦

Saying that, the concealer is just the right shade of pasty white and is lighweight enough to not crease but enough  coverage to hide my raccoon eyes. 

  
Kat Von D Lock it Cream Concealer- in comparison to the Tarte concealer, this stuff is heavy duty. I haven’t tried to cover any tattoos, but I would say it would do a great job in a pinch. I do like this product, however if you have a lot of fine lines or dehydrated undereyes, I would not recommend this. 

  
Blissful Beauty Mineral Makeup Highlighter in Champagne- if you live on the East coast, I suggest you try out this local gal’s products. I have her foundations, lipglosses, blushes, bronzers and now highlighters. 

Im a sucker for anything glowy. These powders are beautiful and give a natural but noticeable glow to the skin. They are paraben free, hypoallergenic and perfect for anyone looking to support local businesses! Thanks Amanda!!! ❤️
Benefit Rockteaur Box Blush- I forgot to take a picture of this (Sorry!!) While I am not a huge   blush lover and it is probably my least bought type of beauty product, Benefit’s products never disappoint me and this rose gold blush is very wearable and pretty and the packaging can some what be seem above in the first picture on this post.

 

Cèlavi Oval Brushes- Let us take a minute to admire this amazing Winners find. While I have never heard of this brand, I have seen a lot of reviews on this type of brush. So far, I have fallen in love with the foundation and concealer brushes. Not entirely sure how to use a few of the eye brushes, but Im sure I will get the hang of it sooner then later.
Eyes

  

Benefit Browvo Conditioning Primer- I truly don’t know if this has helped my brows grow a bit more or it’s because I’m a hairy beast, but this stuff is great at prepping my brows for any other brow products whether it pencil or powder. 

  
Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil- by far my favourite brow pencil I have ever tried to date. Currently using up my second one of these bad boys. With a thicker, slanted pencil side and spooly on the other end, this does in fact make filling in your brows “goof proof” .

 
 Ardency Inn Modster Manuka Honey Enriched Pigment in Rose Gold-  What a mouth full for a product name. Beautiful, pigmented and shimmery. Just a few words to describe this shadow. While kind of on the pricier side for an individual shadow ($24) this is definitely worth the money. Another product that stood the test of time and sweat on the dancefloor of while standing all day in a wedding. 
  
Mac Nutcracker Pigment Christmas Set- So sparkly, so pretty, such cute packaging. My brother and sister hit the nail on the head with this gift. I have always loved Mac’s loose pigments and this kit is no exception. They can be used wet or dry to suit whatever type of look you are going for.

  
Kiss Looks So Natural “Flirty” lashes- these lashes are very light weight and wispy. I love how these looked when I wore them to a recent Brad Paisley Concert. I will be willing to bet, I will be repurchasing these lashes for wedding parties and brides this summer. 

  
Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics- This All matte, all pigmented palette is by far my favourite Naked palette from Urban Decay. There are 12 shades in a beautiful rose gold package. It also comes with a double ended brush and a huge mirror which are always nice bonuses.  I “basically” wear this pallete every day and it has quickly become one of my all time favourite products ever. Period. 

Lips

  
Stila Stay All Day Mattieficent Lipstick in “Coquille”- a taupe nude shade is my go to colour for any look. Whether dramatic or natural. This lipstick stays put on your lips and isn’t as drying as a liquid lipstick formula. It also comes in a variety of other pretty and wearable shades to suit anyone.

  
Bite Beauty Gold Creme LipGloss- while I understand Gold lips aren’t for everyone, I love the look of this gloss. 

I could be wrong, but I do believe this was a limited edition shade but if you have a chance to try any of Bite Beauty’s Creme glosses, check em out! 

And if you have made it this far, give yourself a pat on the back for getting through all my talking. 

I seriously need to go on a makeup buying break/hibernation  😦 I feel I have accumulated enough to get me through the winter and to keep my makeup bag full and happy till spring! 

(I don’t know if I’m kidding myself or not, guess time will tell… Or if I win the lottery hahahah) 

To anyone living in the maritimes region reading this, stay safe with this crazy blizzard that is pounding us currently and to anyone traveling down south, I hate you. Jk…. Sort of.

Till next time folks,

Love always,

-Nicole 🙂 

  

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Christmas Beauty Faves!

Greetings and Happy New Year everyone!!! 🙂

Hope 2015 is off to a great start for everyone (despite the weather today here in Sydney) and that Santa brought you lots of nice goodies for Christmas! 🙂

I had a wonderful time with family and friends and was a tad bit spoiled this year 😉 … I finally got an Ipad (thanks Parents!) and I bought myself a nice camera at the crazy Boxing day sales with the Christmas gift cards and money from relatives I received. Soooo that all being said, hopefully having both these things means I will try to blog more! This post is far over due!! Sorry!!!!!

For Christmas, I also received quite a few new beauty products!! and I’m going to share a few of them with you bellow 🙂

Too Faced Limited Edition Everything Nice Palette and Kat Von D’s Studded Kiss Lipstick set.image (65)

First off, Love the packaging for both of these right off the top. Both perfectly cute in their own way.

The Everything Nice pallet comes with a variety of really pretty colour options for eye shadows, some mini makeup brushes, instructions, a few blushes and a bronzer (which smells like chocolate too, fyi 😉

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It also comes with a pink sparkly makeup bag and a mini “Better Then Sex” mascara. (neither of which I have pictures of because I can not find them at the moment 😦 … I Really need to go through my Christmas goodies and put them away/organize!)

I received this bad boy from my awesome bf….who braved Sephora all by himself one day and found this! He’s a good boy.

The Kat Von D Lipsticks are definitely some of my favorite formulations in lipsticks. I already have one full size lipstick that I bought back in the fall in the colour “Love Craft”  and when I heard they were coming out with a set, I asked my lovely mother for this on my “Sephora wish list’…

This set comes with 9 different shades ranging from nude to red to purple.

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The size of these are so cute it hurts. Only problem is, I’m afraid I will use them up too quickly or lose them. Both are very possible….. Where do all my lost lipsticks go anyway? Probably where all the lost bobby pins, earrings and matching socks go 😦 …RIP

Lush Curly Wurly Coconut Shampoo

I have bought Lush skin care products before and I loved them. So it was a pleasant surprise to receive this as part of my gift from my sister.

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I hardly wear my hair straight anymore and love any products that help enhance any waves in my hair. This stuff smells good enough to eat and I was actually surprised how good my hair felt after using it. Two thumbs up for this one Sis! Thanks! 🙂

Miscellaneous

I was given various other beauty products such as a small Sephora eye shadow pallet, some Aveda shampoo, nail polish,a pretty Lord and Taylor personal manicure kit, more Dulce and Gabana Light Blue perfume (Love in a bottle!! take my word!!!) , Bath and Body works soaps (one can never have enough), Joe Fresh Lip gloss, more Sephora Sheet masks (love these!) and various other little things.

I was blessed with people who know and understand that all they need to get me is anything beauty related and I will be happy. 🙂

Hope you all have a great Sunday evening… I know I sure will. Stephen bought the full series of “Alf” from Amazon…and that’s all I plan on doing when he gets home!!! and maybe all I’ll do tomorrow (don’t judge me!)..if this yucky weather continues.

Cheers!!

-Nicole xo 🙂

Favorite Online Shopping Spots! :)

Hi there!

Just sitting here window shopping online and thought maybe I would share a few of my favorite websites and stores! Just in time for the Holiday Season 🙂 …You’re welcome!

Some I have ordered things for myself(surprise!!)  and some I use to purchase gifts for others!

Women’s/Men’s Clothing

~Forever 21- I don’t know too many girls that don’t love this site for inexpensive clothing, shoes, accessories and even beauty now.

http://www.forever21.com/shop/ca/en

~Go Jane- Another inexpensive site that carries a wide variety or merchandise. (women’s only)

http://www.gojane.com/

~Tobi- I have never actually ordered anything from this site (yet!) but I find myself making many wish lists. Tobi.com has beautiful dresses!! Check em out! (women’s only)

http://www.tobi.com/

~LuLu’s- another great site if you are looking for a special dress or outfit! Prices are reasonable! (women’s only)

http://www.lulus.com/

~Suzy Shier-  this store/website is pretty well my go to spot. I always find something there that I like. (women’s only)

http://suzyshier.com/

~The Bay- The store here in Sydney is half decent (much better now then previous years) but the website has much more selection!

http://www.thebay.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/en/thebay#!/

~American Eagle – a great site for affordable men’s and women’s clothing.

http://www.ae.com/web/canada/index.jsp

~The Gap- a staple in my bf’s closet.

http://www.gapcanada.ca/

~Old Navy

http://oldnavy.gapcanada.ca/browse/home.do?ssiteID=GAP_CA

~Lululemon – If only I was rich and could buy $100 jogging pants all the time. *le sigh*

http://shop.lululemon.com/home.jsp

~H & M- I love this store, its shame they don’t have online shopping in Canada yet….

http://www.hm.com/entrance.ahtml?orguri=/

 

Makeup/Beauty- my favorite thing to shop for…makeup always fits.

~Sephora- I love thee. I would be even poorer then I am now if there was a store in Sydney.

http://www.sephora.com/

~Mac- A favorite of quite a few people I know.

http://www.maccosmetics.com/index.tmpl?LOCALE=en_CA

~Camera Ready Cosmetics- a great site for any beauty junkies out there. So many different brands and things a makeup artist would really need.

http://camerareadycosmetics.com/

~Nail Polish Canada- Lots of different brands of polishes and all things nail related. ALSO, there are a few different makeup lines they carry.

http://www.nailpolishcanada.com/

~Lime Crime- I am obsessed with all Lime Crime’s fun and different colored lip products.

http://limecrime.com/

~BH Cosmetics- Great deals and steals on pretty decent makeup.

http://www.bhcosmetics.com/

~Makeup Geek- A Youtube Guru’s Makeup Line. Lots of dupes for Mac products for a fraction of the price.

http://www.makeupgeek.com/

~Morphe – another site I have yet to order from but find myself making huge wish lists. Affordable makeup brushes and $2 eye shadows!!

http://morphebrushes.com/

 

MISC.

~Target- the happiest place on earth. Especially if there is a Starbucks inside.

http://www.target.ca/en/

~Walmart- pretty self explanatory. Before I was the “Target Queen”,  I was the “Walmart Queen”

http://www.walmart.ca/en

~Ebay- Ebay is like a black hole of shopping. You can find yourself lost and buying random things on there. I love finding inexpensive Jewelry on here.

http://www.ebay.com/

~Amazon- Ebay’s twin sister.

http://www.amazon.com/

~Etsy- If you want anything personalized or home made and cute, this is the site for you.

https://www.etsy.com/

~Haute Look- I loveeeeeeeeeee this. If you download the app, consider your Credit Card bill to increase…..Lots of Discounted Designer and non Designer Brands of Clothing, shoes, home decor, beauty, etc.  You have to sign up in order to see the deals and they change daily, so if you want to buy something, better grab it quick!

https://www.hautelook.com/

~Beyond the Rack- another discount website that you need to sign up for to see the deals.

http://www.beyondtherack.com/event/calendar

 

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Got to give two little stores from Cape Breton a nod!

~The Ugly Mug- Cafe and Gift store! I spend a lot of my pay in here between the coffee, food and all their unique things in their gift section (which I usually buy as gifts for myself )! 🙂

https://www.facebook.com/UglyMugCafeEmporium

~La Quaintrelle- the cutest little boutique in North Sydney.

http://laquaintrelle.ca/

 

IPhone App

~Makeup Alley- this little app can help you while shopping for anything makeup, hair, skin or nail care related. It gives prices, reviews and where to buy info on almost anything! (Thanks Kelsey for the Info on this 🙂 )

 

And there you have it. Some of my favorite places to spend my time and money. I’m sure I am forgetting a few in there somewhere though!!

If anyone else has any Shopping suggestions out there, let me know! I’d gladly appreciate it:)  ( Especially gift options for a Boyfriend who literally has everything he could ever want and need!!!)

 

Chow!

-Nicole xo 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Fave, Raves and Flops

 

Sadly, summer is quickly coming to an end. All the munchkins will be back to school next week , the majority of the wedding parties are over and although the weather here is supposed to be nice for the next little while, I’m kind of looking forward to Fall. (don’t hate!!!)…. I’m mainly excited for the fall makeup and clothing trends to start!!:)

Over the past few months I have accumulated a few new products that I either fell madly in love with ( and hope you will too) orrrrrr I found products that I simply wanted to throw in the garbage.

Faves and Raves

Makeup:

Occ Lip Tars– Amazing pigmentation and staying power. These little babies are great! They come in all sorts of fun colors and different finishes. I bought “Hoochie” in the regular size then bought a mini set of 3 in “Pris” “Trollop” and then a primer (which I can’t seem to locate at the moment 😦 . The mini lip brush they come with  and tube applicator make this product easy to mix with each other to make new colors. I plan on getting more on my next Sephora visit. I believe they run around $20?? and will probably last forever because you only need the tiniest amount for full coverage. http://www.sephora.com/obsessive-compulsive-cosmetics

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Color Your Smile Lip Gloss from Whitening Lightning in Nude and the Brow Bar to Go in Dark Brown– I’ve seen these used by many Youtubers in the past and when Stephen said I could use his CC to buy whatever I wanted online for my birthday (poor judgement call bf lol) , First I said I wanted a puppy!!!! and after slight whining, I later settled on the next best thing, MAKEUP! (Duh!!!) . The lip gloss is decent. Just your regular ol nude gloss. The packaging has a little light built into the cap which is useful and a tiny mirror on the side. The Brow Bar is definitely worth the hype. It comes with two shades of dark brown, a brow wax and a little brush. Lately I have been reaching for this more then any other brow product I own. Its just so easy and foolproof to use and the color suits me perfectly!  Here is this the link to the site if you are interested http://www.gerardcosmetics.com/

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Makeup Geek Shadows and Z-pallete– another part of my birthday makeup haul. I received 5 shadows. Cupcake, Crème Brulee, Shimma Shimma, Peach Smoothie and Cinderella. Not only are the names super cute, the colors are very pretty. The color payoff is pretty good and like that they already have magnets to stick in the z-pallete. I will definitely be buying more of these to fill up the pallete, which I might add is a great idea to buy if you travel a lot. These pallets come in all different colors, prints and sizes. I ordered the medium hot pink one. They also send a bunch a magnets if you are depotting your own products to put in it. You just pick which shadows or blushes or powders you want and pop them in and go. This way you don’t have to drag 50 different things around if you are going anywhere. http://www.makeupgeek.com/store/   ZPallettes Link

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Younique 3D fiber Mascara– I wrote a review on this a little while back. If I could be in love with a product, this would be it. https://beautyjunkiesanonymous.wordpress.com/2014/07/09/younique-3d-mascara-worth-the-hype/

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Maybelline The Nudes– I searched high and low for this little sucker. For a while, it was sold out or not even put on the shelves yet. I even embarrassingly called a few drugstores and department stores. I finally got my hands on it at Wal-Mart, did a little dance and then proceeded to the check out like a normal human being. This a really great palette for anyone that just wants an everyday look or even a smokey neutral look. Plus, It was only 12 dollars!!! So very affordable, especially if you don’t want to fork out the cash for one of the Urban Decay naked palettes (which I own and love, but one can never have too many neutral colored shadows!!!)  

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Lancôme Hypnose Star Mascara– I Was always too cheap to buy anything Lancôme till sweet little Lucy (hey girl! 😉 ) gave me the heads up about a sale going on at Shoppers. So naturally, I stopped what I was doing and went and bought two!! They were only $15 each when one is regularly $30 plus I think? I use this everyday and this is what I layer under my Younique Mascara as a base….the two combined= lash heaven!!!!

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Essence Beach Cruiser Waterproof Liquid Liner in Keep Calm and Go to the Beach (Turquoise) and Sun, Fun and Copper (Coppery Gold) – I think these were like $2 or something ridiculously cheap at Shoppers. They were a last minute find at the checkout. I don’t know about how “waterproof” these actually are, but the colors are very pretty and surprisingly pigmented.

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Stila Stay all Day 10 in 1 HD beauty Balm– Another Shopper’s sale find! I managed to get this for half off ($15). I either use this alone during the day or under another foundation at night. It does have a different consistency and smell, but I do love the way it looks on the skin and it doesn’t make me break out, so that is always a positive!!!

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L’Oreal Visible Lift Blur Foundation in Creamy Natural– Again, another Youtube suggestion. Very light coverage, leaves your skin a bit “glowy” and “dewy”… very affordable and can be found at any Wal-Mart, Shoppers, Target, etc.

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Sephora Bronzed and Blushing Palette– This comes with a pink and coral blush and one bronzer. I have been using this basically every day and still haven’t put a dent in it! Not overly thrilled with the bronzer part of this, but the colors of the blush are very nice and very summery!  http://www.sephora.com/product/productDetail.jsp?keyword=SEPHORA%20COLLECTION%20Bronzed%20And%20Blushing%20Face%20Palette%20P385618&skuId=1573492&country_switch=ca&productId=P385618&_requestid=98121

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Aveda Fire Maple Lip Liner-  This baby is fresh out of the new Fall and Winter 2014 Aveda Collection. Beautiful Red! (my fave color to wear!) I wear it either alone or underneath Relentlessly Red by Mac. At the moment…this is lost somewhere in one of my million purses 😦 (hopefully)

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Hair and Body:

Aveda Brilliant Damage Control-  I have had this used in my hair numerous times at work when I have had my hair done and have no idea why I haven’t bought it till now. My hair has always been tangley. I mean Super tangley!! I didn`t think it could get worse…till I started gradually lightening it. Think of what your hair is like when you come in from a wind and rain storm and then throw in some back combing gone wrong and you have what my hair is like on a daily basis. You can not move my hair without it jumbling together. Especially if it is wet. I like to think I have a pretty tough scalp, because when myself or someone brushes it, it is usually a workout!! Anyway, that all being said, this spray is great! It makes brushing my hair much easier and my hair just a bit softer. It also helps protect against any thermal or UV damage!  

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Nip + Fab Detox Blend Body Wash- This stuff smells amazing. I just stumbled upon this at Winners one day and said “What the heck! I need a new body wash“ The scent is aromatic tea tree, green tea, jasmine and frankincense. I`m not sure where I would be able to find this again when I run out, so if anyone knows where to buy this or other products from the Nip + Fab line, let a girl know! 🙂

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FLOPS!  😦 😦

I don`t have many flops for this summer, but the ones I do have, I really don`t like.

Marc Anthony 2nd Day Clear Dry Shampoo- the smell for this is okay, but my hair felt worse and dirtier after I applied this. It felt wet. I love my dry shampoos because I frankly dread “Hair wash day“ so this product was very disappointing. I think I will just stick to my Batiste Dry Shampoo and call it a day.

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Maybelline Master Kajal Crème Kohl Liner- wasn`t overly impressed with this at all. I bought the black shade. Didn`t like the pigmentation or the consistency. Maybe it`s just me, but I can`t see myself ever using this.

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Makeup Geek Loose Pigments in New Years Eve and Sweet Dreams- I`m on the fence with these two. I so desperately want to like them because everyone else does…. But I just don`t!! I find loose pigments messy and harder to apply then pressed pigments. The colors really don`t look like the swatches I looked up before I ordered them. Kind of the glad it wasn`t my money that bought them 😦 …Who knows, Maybe I`ll order other colors in the future and like them more…

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And there you have it….a very long list of products I’ve either loved or hated over this past summer. Hope this helps if anyone was on the fence about buying any of these things or were just simply interested in looking for new stuff to add to your collection like me 😉

-Nicole xo 🙂

 

 

 

 

Recent Faves and Raves!

A little birdie told me to do some product reviews for my next blog entry (hey Laura! 😉 ) But I decided I would do a little combination of product reviews and my recent most favorite products.

In the past few months, I’m not going to lie, I have been on whirlwind spending spree. Buying Clothes, shoes, jewelry, makeup, and anything with a sale tag basically. Its getting bad…butttt my frivolous ways are the reason you will get info on some super awesome products and things!…. You’re welcome.

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First things first, The ol ball and chain and I went to the Big Apple in May. I had a list in mind of makeup products I had drooled over on Sephora.com for while. So I decided to bite the bullet and put out some more cash on “better” products. Now, don’t get me wrong, I loveeeeeeee cheap things. If I can get something at a discount or a drugstore product that is of good quality, I’m excited! That being said, these products were worth the eye twitch, punch in the stomach feeling I felt when the girl gave me my total for just a few things.

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I just have to say one thing about Urban Decay products…….Where have you been all my life?!?! Why was I so stubborn to not give in to all the hype of the “Naked” pallet series before this. Stupid me.. Don’t let this happen to you!!! Urban decay is a legit brand if you’ve never tried it.

The Urban Decay Naked 3 pallet is beautiful. Perfect neutrals for everyone. Rose golds are the main color scheme in this and they are super flattering. I haven’t been able to try it out on anyone else but myself yet, but it will most definitely be a staple in doing any makeup for friends for weddings, proms or anything really. I think that either the Naked 3 pallet or even the other two versions would be perfect for someone who doesn’t want or need a lot of makeup. You can do so many looks with the shadows in each, whether that’s subtle or dramatic. You can bet, I will be going to get the other two eventually. (when I let my debit card cool down :/ )  Urban decay also includes some samples of their eye primers in this box! I’ll probably break down and get those some day as well. Dam samples. Those marketing people know what they are doing……….

Next new pallet and the new love of my life is the Urban Decay Electric Pallet. O…M….G…..If you want super pigmented shadows, this is for you. Gorgeous purples, bright blues, yellow, etc. The brightest of bright shadows. This is a really fun pallet if you aren’t afraid to play with a little color from time to time.  Only issue I have with this is there is a disclaimer on the packaging saying 4 of the shadows are not for use on “the direct eye area”…..Ummm what?! This is eye shadow, and the last time I checked, you wear them on your eyes….The only information I was able to find on this issue is that these certain colors may have dyes that people can have reactions to. So I decided to be brave (or stupid, whatever) and try those said colors all over my eyes. The verdict is, I can still see (good sign) and my eyelids didn’t fall off ( also, very good sign)….So if you have sensitive skin or allergies to certain dyes, maybe patch test this pallet before you go crazy with it.

In my recent Sephora travels, I also purchased The Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray. This product has been around for a while and I just kept putting off buying it. If you need to know one thing about my hair routine, Its basically either wear a huge bun in dirty hair or wash and put in a braid or use headband curls. This saves my lazy butt from blow-drying my hair. So a spray that makes you have beachy waves is right up my alley. It doesn’t make my hair sticky and it just helps encourage the wave in my hair. I think I will  love this product even more come summer time! Only regret I have in regards to this is I bought the mini size they have laying in those containers surrounding the Sephora counter…..they lure you in with those cute mini sizes of products. It sucks me in every time. Should of just bought the large size and saved myself the time and money.

Next thing I bought was the Elizabeth and James Black Nirvana perfume by Mary Kate and Ashley. I also have the white version I purchased a few months back. I equally love both fragrances. They are each very different but both very pretty. The black is defiantly the more muskier of the two and the white is more floral. When I save up so more $$$, I may splurge and buy the larger versions….orrrrr anyone can buy them for my birthday….just saying….its next month….you would be my favorite person….ever.

Next stop on my makeup buying bender, We hit up New York’s iconic “Macy’s”. FYI I would live there if I could, but that’s a whole other blog post. So many floors of clothes and shoes and makeup. High end brands and more affordable brands. Needless to say, I loved it. Their makeup section basically looked like a mini Sephora ( much to my delight 🙂 )

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Here I bought more Urban decay products. I bought one of their Revolution Lipsticks in the color Native. I am obsessed. The perfect nude pink. Super smooth texture and I have gotten quite a few compliments on it, so therefor, its a keeper in my books.

I also decided to try out some Too Faced products for the first time. I have heard so much on the Chocolate Soleil bronzer, that I had to try it out for myself.  My luck, they had it as part of their limited edition bronzer pallet called ” Bonjour Soleil”. This came with the chocolate soleil bronzer, then a shimmery bronzer called Sun bunny and a highlight/bronzer called Snow bunny. All three of these are very nice bronzers and they smell like chocolate, so you can’t get much better then that.

On the drive back from NYC, I also picked up a mac lipstick pallet from the spring 2013 collection ( all bright colors) and some Perfume from Guess.

MISC Objects and more makeup……

I am a little purse obsessed. Never really been huge into brand names till My bf decided to buy me my first coach clutch two years ago. Poor guy doesn’t know what he started…..High Standards now Stephen!!!!!!! This trip I splurged and bought not only the purse, but the wallet and clutch/coin purse.

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I was only able to get these at the outlet store in Boston for a very good deal…otherwise I never would of got all 3 of them.

Obsessed with the coral color and I don’t find the coach pattern as corny looking as a lot of the prints they make their purses in.

 

Next Favorites are just some random things I’ve picked up in the last month or two.

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I have been constantly wearing these shades I bought at Spring and this head wrap I won from an Instrgram page I follow. Her name is “Doda wraps” and she makes some really fun pieces for adults and the little girl headbands are precious. Check her out at http://instagram.com/dodawraps …tell her I sent you 🙂

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I managed to snag these beauties at Lawtons drugmart. I have been trying to get my hands on NYX butter glosses for forever!! only catch is I had to pick up the whole set in order to get them…which is fine because one can never have two many pink and nude glosses. I also tried the Real Techniques beauty blender. I will say its decent quality if you don’t want to shell out the cash for the real beauty blender from Sephora.

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I don’t know if have been living under a rock for a long time or what. But I honestly don’t believe I have ever tried Greek yogurt till I accidently grabbed this berries and granola mix at the grocery store. I must say, I was pleasantly surprised. I love Greek yogurt wayyy, wayyyy more then its boring old cousin, regular yogurt.

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Next recent purchase was my two Lime crime lipsticks. I do like the formulas. However, I am not crazy over the colors I chose. I picked Coquette which is a real nude, and cosmopop, which is a orange soda sort of color. But, the packaging is very pretty and girly and it has unicorns on it and well we all know I’m a sucker for good packaging and advertising. I’ll eventually try other colors and find one that is right for me.

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First off….I’m not much of a Glee fan anymore, but I will always love Lea Michele. She’s pretty, smart, witty and brunette ( I think we were separated at birth actually! HA!HA! jkjk!) Her book was a fun and easy read with recipes, makeup/fashion ideas, homemade spa treatments, workout tips and fun info on her background & career. If anything, it makes for a pretty coffee table book 😉

 

And there you have it. Some of my most recent purchases and recent faves. Hope this helps if anyone was on the fence about buying and trying any of the things I mentioned.

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-Nicole