Well folks, another VIB sale at Sephora has arrived. It comes at the perfect time to start some Christmas shopping. Most of the gift sets are out already as well, so you can get a lot of value with those. With an extra little discount, […]
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I received these products complimentary from Influenster and Kat Von D for review. I was looking forward to trying a new high-end foundation. I don’t often buy high-end foundation unless it’s on sale, so it was great that this one was coming to my door. […]
I had refrained from making any Sephora purchases for a good portion of the year. But with my recent engagement (and subsequent need to get my skincare act together, and a Sephora sale I thought it was as good a time as any to put in an order. A few items were purchased before the sale, and a few were purchased during.
Here’s what I got:
I’ve had my eye on this lipstick since it was released. I love BITE Beauty products – I even made my own lipsticks with them last year! I would have probably bought the Orange Fizz shade if it wasn’t sold out, but I do love this hot pink. The formula is very nice. It’s creamy but very long-lasting. The first time I wore it I got a bunch of compliments on the colour. If they weren’t $30 a pop (I know, I know – that’s ridiculous) I would buy the whole collection.
I was looking for a chemical exfoliant that wouldn’t be too tough on my skin, and this seemed like the perfect thing. After one use, I liked the results and my skin didn’t freak out so I’m happy to keep using them.
While I was at it, I also got a physical exfoliator!! I just wanted something that would be a nice little scrub to use a couple times a week. I like it so far, but I’m not obsessed with it or anything.
I think I’m obsessed with the Sephora Collection skincare collection? It’s pretty reasonably priced for Sephora, you know? Anyway, I really like this moisturizer. It’s pretty light-feeling. But it maaaay be breaking me out, I’m not sure yet.
I have been blessed with breakouts on my back from the tender age of 13. Over the last few years, since I’ve been a real-life adult, it hasn’t been as bad as it was when I was a teen. But it’s still not totally gone, so I figured I would try this scrub to see if it would help. This is a HARDCORE scrub though, wow.
Sephora, our higher end beauty mecca, is infamous for having very few sales. Sorry if you fell in love with a $30 mascara but can’t justify paying that every time the suggested 3 month usage period is up. Luckily, Sephora does have a sale in […]
I’m a lipstick fiend. There is nothing I am better at than convincing myself that I don’t already have that colour of lipstick. One of my favourite brands, BITE Beauty, has a place in Toronto where you can make custom lipsticks.
For my birthday a couple months ago, we visited the BITE Beauty Lip Lab.
There are a couple options to make your lipstick – 1 custom colour, 2 custom colours, or 2 bespoke lipsticks. I chose to make 2 custom colours. With the bespoke service you are choosing the exact mix of pigments, creating a brand new shade. This comes at a price, and it was quite a bit more than creating 2 custom shades.
With the custom shades, you talk to your artist about the colours you are going for, and what finish you want. I knew I wanted one satin and one matte. The colours I wanted were an orangey-coral, and some sort of wearable purple. The artist, Kat, suggested that the purple be matte and the coral be the satin.
We started looking at pigment colours, and we went through a few before we nailed down what I was looking for.
When the mixing was done, a scent was added. I chose cherry for the coral, and vanilla for the purple. I kiiiind of wish I chose the violet scent for the purple, you know to stick with the theme.
Then the mixes were microwaved to melt them, and poured into the mould before freezing.
Then they are tubed.
And then you have your lipsticks!!! Check out the final products.
I haven’t named them yet, any suggestions?
Some may think that $80 for two lipsticks is absurd, and I am with you for the most part. BITE lipsticks usually retail for $30 each, so to pay $10 more for it to be customised isn’t THAT absurd. This isn’t something I’m going to be doing every week, and I’m so glad I did it!
I didn’t take advantage of many Boxing Day sales this year, but Tarte usually has a pretty good sale. They had free shipping and an extra 25% off their sale section. I also used ebates to get a little money back, so all in all it ended up being a pretty good deal.
Here’s what I got:
Limited-edition Tarteist Treats Color Collection – One thing Tarte does really well is kits. I love kits because I prefer to get smaller sizes of products, I never really go through make up that fast anyway. They make it easy to try a bunch of their products for a really good price – especially when you get it on sale!
This kit contains:
- Tarteist PRO to go Palette – My holy grail palette is the Tartelette Tease Palette, the eyeshadows are great quality, and oftentimes, this is the only palette I will travel with. I’ve had my eye on this mini since it came out, but it’s hard to justify buying such a small palette for $30. In early December, this palette was one of Sephora’s weekly deals and it was on for half-price. I wasn’t quick enough to snap it up then. I really love this little palette. For only having 6 shades, I feel like I can make quite a few looks with it. I find the mattes are smooth and the shimmers are amazing. I am really happy with this palette.
- Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara (Deluxe sample) – My favourite high-end mascara is Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes, so I wanted to try another one of Tarte’s mascaras. I don’t like to buy high-end mascaras, because I don’t feel like it’s ever THAT good to justify the price. I like this mascara, but I’m not obsessed with it. It’s very lengthening and it uses a rubber bristle brush – two things I like in a mascara. I find the packaging on the deluxe sample a little odd. It doesn’t twist close like normal packaging, and product really gunks up on the end of the wand.
- Tarteist Glossy Lip Paint in WCW (Deluxe sample) – I didn’t realize that this was going to be a gloss until I received the package. I was expecting one of the Creamy Matte Lip Paints. I was happy to get a gloss though, I tried these glosses before and they are really nice. The gloss is super pigmented, and it lasts pretty well for a gloss.
I’ve actually almost picked up the kit a few times at Sephora, but I’m glad I waited! I ended up getting this kit for about $13.50, which is a pretty insane deal. Even without the extra 25% off, $18 is really good for this kit. if this palette looks like something you’re interested in, I would definitely recommend this kit.
Shape Tape Hydrating Foundation in Light Neutral – I don’t tend to have a lot of foundations in my makeup collection. I find one I like and I stick to it. This foundation was on super sale on Boxing Day so I thought it would be a good opportunity to try something different. I’ve had fairly dry skin the last year or so, but am still prone to break outs so I went with the hydrating formula over the matte formula. I was expecting a dewy foundation, but it is not that. I still really like it and am super happy I bought it. Coverage is nice without it being too heavy. I would say it’s solidly a medium-coverage foundation. I thought I was going to love the doe foot applicator for a foundation but I am not a fan. I find I have to dip into the bottle a lot. The shade match is perfect for me, and the formula feels very nice.
I usually really like Tarte products, I haven’t found really anything that I absolutely hate. I do find that with ordering from the Tarte website itself, shipping tends to be a little slow. Once, I had a product break and because it was sold out it couldn’t be replaced, but they gave me my money back. I’ve been pretty satisfied with their customer service.
I really like everything I got in this order, and I will be regularly using every product.