It’s no secret that I probably love skincare more than makeup, so I was very excited for this VoxBox from Influenster! I’ve tried some Ole Henriksen samples before with my Sephora orders but haven’t had the chance to use them consistently to really see their full potential. Let’s check it out:
Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster: Vitamin C is my favorite ingredient for skincare. From the scent to the glow, I really notice a different when I have Vitamin C in my skincare (I’ve used a lot of Vitamin C products from The Body Shop). This serum is fantastic. It absorbs into the skin very quickly and leaves the skin slightly tacky. I use it as a moisturizer/primer before my CC Cream in the morning and it goes under my nighttime moisturizer in the evening. If you’re looking for a new serum, I can already say this gets a big gold star.
POWER Bright: This treatment was nice, but I don’t know if it’s something I’d repurchase. A pack of 6 is $55, which is about $9 per treatment. This 3-step treatment has a polishing mask, a concentrate, and a melting cleanser as the finishing step. While my skin did feel nice after, it was a bit high maintenance to have 3 steps, even for me.
Cleansing Sponges: If you like cleansing sponges, I’m sure you’ll like these. Personally, I just prefer a good old fashioned wash cloth. I think it gives you just as much grit and also a larger surface.
Sheer Transformation: This moisturizer is great! It is very thin and light but still offers lasting hydration. The only negative is that it comes in a jar, so just be sure your hands are clean.
That’s it! I hope this review was helpful and be sure to ask away with any questions I didn’t cover. xoxo
Like most other people, I couldn’t contain my excitement when I heard that the Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop collection was expanding. Initially when I saw the line, I thought I wanted the cheek palette, but I already own Champagne Pop and while Prosecco Pop is gorgeous, it’s too gold for my skin. I decided to get the Liquid Shimmering Skin Perfector since I’ve been enjoying the Opal sample size.
Face, shoulders, neck, legs…I’m ready to glow.
Some of the other goodies I grabbed…
Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment – Petal and Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush – Exposed: I wanted some easy neutrals in my collection for quick mornings so I thought these two were perfect!
Formula X Nail Polish – Delightful: I love this opaque, pastel grey!
Josie Maran Vibrancy Argan Oil Foundation – Dynamic: I grabbed this sample on Tiffany D’s recommendation and am so pleased! The natural finish on this foundation is stunning. I’ve only wore this once and oddly enough, the only place oil really broke through was on my nose. It wore beautifully with the Smashbox Primer Water, and this color is perfect!
Did you get anything from the new Becca x Jaclyn Hill collection? I’d love to know!
I’m very guilty of starting projects and never finishing them, if I even start (there’s an infamous DIY chandelier my roommates make fun of me about). I was nervous about buying a Z Palette because I didn’t want to break my shadows and because I was afraid I wouldn’t try depotting in the first place, but this was a wild success! I decided I needed to depot one of my favorite palettes, Too Faced’s Joy To The Girls! As an English major, I was immediately a sucker for the book-like packaging and have kept it since my project. Here’s how I did it:
I got the Sephora Collection Baby Z Palette, which is only $10. It feels very durable and the magnet is super strong. It was actually hard to move the shadows once I placed them down. I would much rather have that than them flying all over though.
The palette comes with a little instruction card, magnets, and the tool you need for depotting.
1. I started with looking over the palette and deciding which color or two would be my tester. I started with the ice blue and charcoal color because they are my least used, if ever. That way, if they broke, I wouldn’t be too upset.
2. I took off the top layer of cardboard to get down to the pan. This wasn’t hard and ripped right up. You can really see just how large the packaging is when the decorative parts of it are stripped away and you’re just left with the eyeshadow pans.
3. Slowly and carefully, I worked one by one and shimmied the little tool around the pan.
- If one side has a larger gap than the other, work from that side first.
- I dug down first to loosen the glue, then worked my way across and under the length of the pan to get it up and out. I didn’t find the glue to be that difficult to get up. I don’t know if it’s because the palette’s a little older or if the cardboard is simply easier than plastic, but it wasn’t too bad.
- Most obviously, the biggest difference with deporting in a cardboard palette versus plastic is you can’t use heat to loosen the glue, unless you want to start a fire.
- Just work slowly and be patient.
4. Last but not least, pop your shadows in your palette! I think the palette is a pretty good size for being called “Baby.” I only had one mini casualty, but it was salvageable.
I love my little palette and now that it’s in my eyeshadow drawer I think I am much more likely to use it more often. I have the packaging acting like a book under my lamp in my room and it looks super cute.
Hope this was helpful! Let me know if you have any other depotting tips! xoxo
Happy December! I cannot believe how quickly this year went by. For those of you in the US, I hope all of had a wonderful Thanksgiving! It was so nice to be home, relax, and see all of my family. I also made a quick trip to Ulta, so if you came over here from my Instagram, here are the details you were looking for!
First thing from Ulta was on my Holiday Wish List. The Becca Radiant Glow set from Ulta is so gorgeous. At first I thought the Moonstone highlighter was a little small, but then I reminded myself just how hard it is to hit pan on a highlighter in the first place! I’m still figuring out if I like the corrector or not, but I love the Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector and the lipgloss!
The next thing I got from Ulta was the It! Cosmetics CC+ This has been something I’ve wanted to try for a long time now but never wanted to splurge. I thought this would be great for a “foundation” in the winter though to help with my dry skin. I got the Light shade, or so I thought, but when I went home there was a Medium in the box! I switched it out no problem the next day. Anyway, I think I could’ve gotten Fair but I was nervous that was too ashy. It photographed well when I went out over Thanksgiving, even with SPF50. So far though, I’m really liking it a lot!
Last, I thought I’d throw in a belated VIB Sale haul!
I got three things from the VIB sale. First, I got the Nirvana White Perfume set, also from my Holiday Wish List. I’ve had the rollerball which is pretty much gone, so I was very excited about the value of this set, along with getting the 20% off.
I picked up this set on a whim because my skin was having a freak-out when I was in there. I’ve only used one so far, but I will do a mini Instagram review or something when I try them all.
Last thing I got was another Dry-Bar Triple Sec. SMELL THIS STUFF if you can. And then buy it.
Hope you all have a great last month of 2015!
I knew going into my No-Buy that when I was done, this would happen:
So, I planned accordingly in case anything grabbed my eye. Here’s what’s on my dream wish-list and why…
NOTE: My biggest recommendation with Value/Holiday sets is to DO YOUR RESEARCH! Let’s talk money – I priced out the value of each item (not all items are normally sold in minis) and here’s the breakdown:
- Sephora Favorites Dry Shampoo ($32) – If I did my math right, individually these would cost $67.86 but Sephora says $78. I doubt Sephora can be deceitful, so maybe I didn’t crunch numbers correctly (wouldn’t be the first time), but either way, you’re saving big bucks
- Nirvana White Gift Set ($75) – Once again, something doesn’t add up. My math says $112 priced individually but Sephora says $109. Either way, still saving money!
- Sugar Lip Delight – Fresh ($55) – Is my calculator broken? I got $84 priced individually but Sephora says $80
- Becca Radiant Glow Collection ($32) – I’m officially calling a conspiracy theory. I got $58.38 for this set but Ulta claims it’s worth $70.
- Moral of the story: You’re saving a good chunk of money, but just how much might be in question
Now, here’s why these items made my list:
- Sephora Favorites Extend Your Style: I absolutely love dry shampoo. We have a very special relationship because dry shampoo is what allows me to only wash my hair 1-2 times/week. I’m on the never-ending quest for the best dry shampoo, so I think this would be a great way to try a lot and also splurge and try some high-end dry shampoo since I normally just use drugstore. My roommate loves and swears by the Amika.
- Nirvana White Gift Set: This is my absolute favorite scent. It is sweet but still a little dark and sexy? I am so terrible at describing scents. I think this is a great value and also makes for a great gift.
- Fresh Sugar Lip Delight: I am totally ok with the smaller versions of these. As a reference, I got the mini Rose in last year’s Sephora Favorites and just finished it the first week of October. I have the Berry in the full size and don’t see myself going through that very quickly so I think personally, the smaller ones would work better anyway. Plus, I’ve wanted to try Tulip for awhile now so I’m happy this set has that shade included.
- Becca Radian Glow Collection: In case you didn’t already know, I am so totally obsessed with Champagne Pop that it’s a little ridiculous. I’d be super excited to try Moonstone because Nikkie Tutorials raves about it all the time. I’d also love to try the Shimmering Skin Perfector because Emily from Beauty Broadcast raves about the formula.
Alright, there you have it! What’s on your Holiday Wish List?