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US Beauty Haul – Sephora

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When I was in Vegas back in November, I was there during Black Friday. Naturally, I had to see what my fave stores had to offer! Of course, this included a quick stop at Sephora.

Let me preface it with this, though: I wasn’t there to buy out the shop! 😉 I also wasn’t intending to splurge. With my shop my stash mentality, I knew I already had a lot of stuff I could use at home so I wasn’t going to go all crazy. But sometimes there are products in US Sephora’s that aren’t carried in Canadian Sephora’s and that is what my criteria was. Other than staying within reasonable budget, that is. So at the end of the day, my US Sephora haul was pretty small.

In a way I was happy to walk away without spending much. But by this point, I had already visited a couple of CVS drugstores and a Walgreens so I had already bought a bit. But I will get to that when I post part two of this series, my US Drugstore Beauty Haul. 😉

For now, let’s get back to Sephora. And if there is anything specific in my haul that you want me to take a closer look at and write a review for, do let me know in the comments and I will be happy to oblige! 

The only Black Friday deal that I noticed that was available in the US and not in Canada AND was something I was genuinely interested in was the It Cosmetics It’s Your Secret to Beautiful Skin! kit ($15.00 USD). While IT Cosmetics has broken into the Canadian market in the last year, I haven’t had a lot of experience with their skin care. It’s not cheap to purchase full sized products! But this “try it” kit was perfect for me!

 

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This set contains two deluxe sized skin products. The first product is the Miracle Water 3-in-1 Glow Tonic. This is a no-rinse product (think micellar water) that combines a Skin-Brightening Radiance Booster with an Anti-Aging Treatment Essence. It’s meant to be used in the morning or evening as your cleanser or after cleansing. Simply apply it to a cotton pad to cleanse and remove makeup and ta-dah! Just pat any remaining product into your skin and you’re done!

The other product in this kit is a deluxe sized Secret Sauce. This name has intrigue written all over it! What is this “secret sauce”? What does it do? Colour me intrigued! Well, it is an anti-aging moisturizer and being in my mid-30s, that’s perfect! It claims to be hydrating which is perfect for the winter months so I look forward to trying this out more once my current moisturizer runs out. 

I’m not quite done with IT Cosmetics just yet!

I bought another kit, as well. It’s the Your Most Beautiful Eyes kit ($15.00 USD) and includes the Bye Bye Makeup 3-in-1 Makeup Melting Balm and the Superhero Mascara. I’ve always wanted to try a balm cleanser so what better time than now? This kit also includes a mascara that I’ve been wanting to try , as well, so I figured why not?

 

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Canadian Sephora’s do not carry either IT Cosmetics kits so I thought it was worth it to buy at the time. It’ll give me a chance to try these products and see if I like them enough to fully invest my money on them! So we shall see.

The only non-It Cosmetics product I purchased was the Sephora Mini Color Switch Brush Cleaner. I’ve always wanted to try one of these! It is a dry, makeup removing sponge that lets you switch colors without switching brushes. It is reusable and you can wash it. I thought it would come in handy!

 

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I don’t know about you but my experience with my local Sephora’s is that they are seriously lacking in the 100 point rewards department! I try to buy most of my things online because of this. But the Sephora I visited int he Caesars Forum Shops had some amazing selection! So I ended up picking up a deluxe sized sample of the Kate Somerville Wrinkle Warrior 2-in-1 Plumping Moisturizer + Serum and the Sunday Riley C.E.O. C+E Protect + Repair Moisturizer. These are two brands whose products I would like to try so I thought this was a great investment for my points!

Plus, they also gave me a sample vial of the Jo Malone English Pear and Freesia perfume which I was all for because this is one of the scents I wanted to try anyways. And I didn’t even have to ask for it! She just threw it in the bag with the rest of my goodies. I can’t even recall the last time my local Sephora’s (and I’m talking multiple Sephora’s here) has done that for me. Yes, I get that I can ask for them to MAKE me three samples but it’s nice when they just throw something extra in your bag, y’know? 

 

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So that’s it. I know it’s a pretty small haul but hey, there is more to come! There will be plenty more in my US Drugstore Beauty Haul. 🙂

Remember, if there is anything here that you would like to see a review for, please just let me know! 🙂

Till next time friends!

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Fall Ulta Haul and Review – Part 1 – October 2015

Recently, I was on vacation in the US… well, twice.

Once in October, which was a girls trip to Atlanta. Why Atlanta? Because of a convention… for The Vampire Diaries and The Originals! Two of my current fandoms. 😉  And then just a few weeks ago, I went to Florida with my hubby and our friends to check out Disney World and Universal Studios. I would like to blog about our trip more but we will leave that for another day…

Today let’s talk shopping. Because I did some shopping on both trips! Most notably, when I was in Atlanta, I went to Ulta for the very first time! Why is this a big deal? Well, we don’t have any Ulta’s in Canada, they don’t currently ship here and they have some different products that can’t be found in my local Sephora or Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutique. So I was very excited! Just like a kid in a candy shop! 😉

I did make one rule for myself: I was only allowed to purchase things that I could not purchase from a store at home at the time. (Some items I purchased were made available in Canada a little while after or could be purchased online but you had to pay a ridiculous amount shipping and duties.)

The Haul

I don’t want to write about both Ulta shopping trips otherwise this would turn into a novel. So for today, let’s call this Part 1 of my Fall Ulta Haul and I will only touch upon what I bought in Atlanta. So what did I get? Let’s take a look…

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Sephora Spring Sale & Private Event

I love Sephora. But then again, I love beauty products so that is pretty much a given. Last year was the first year I hit VIB Rouge status. Unintentionally, of course. It was the Clarisonic that pushed me over! I’m nowhere near hitting that status again for next year so I figure I should at least try and enjoy the perks while I’m at it!

One of the perks is a VIB Rouge only special event that usually kicks off one of the two Sephora Beauty Insider sale events. These events happen twice a year: once in the spring in the March/April timeframe and again in the fall around November. And, coincidentally, I only do my serious shopping at Sephora twice a year. 😉 These events are limited to a set number of people – I didn’t RSVP in time for the last event before all the locations here were full – so I was happy to get in this time. Here is a rundown of my morning.

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Haul for the Holidays: MAC Cosmetics

After spending five days in Las Vegas, enjoying the heat, partaking in some shopping, doing a little bit of gambling and enjoying some great eats, I have returned! To a very snowy and very cold city. My apologies for my absence and lack of new posts!

Today I am starting a new series of posts I would like to call Haul for the Holidays! It is a series of holiday purchases, gift ideas and a look into a few of the holiday sets available for the 2014 season. I mean, who can resist the holiday sets brands come out with at this time of year? It really is truly the best time of the year to purchase beauty products!  This series kicks off with the MAC Cosmetics edition.

A few weeks ago, I had decided to go to MAC to replenish my select sheer powder. I really didn’t have very much left and this was a problem considering it is one of my holy grail items that I can never be without! It is what I use as a finishing touch when I put my makeup on – after foundation but before finishing spray.

With my luck, I went on the day they released their holiday collection. If you know me, you know how weak I am when it comes to holiday collections! Especially in the case of MAC! Their limited edition collections seem to always fly off the shelves so you have to make quick decisions when you are interested in something. So I maaaaay have picked up a couple of things. Okay, I did pick up a couple of things. Some limited edition, some not so much.

Here is my MAC Haul for the Holidays! 🙂

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1. MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder in NC35 (Permanent)
I blame this product for starting this haul post. There wouldn’t be a haul post without it! As I said, this is why I stepped into the store in the first place. I don’t want to go on and on about it because you can read my favorites post about it here.

MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder in NC35
MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder in NC35

2. MAC Keepsakes: Eyes Eyeshadow Palette in Plum Eyes (Limited Edition)
The holiday palettes are in such gorgeous packaging this year! That is what originally caught my eye when I walked in – “Oooh, shiny! What is that pretty thing?” I said to myself. While I was tempted to buy all three palettes (it also came in Beige Eyes and Smoky Eyes), I only got one – Plum Eyes.

If you don’t already know it, I have a soft spot for purple eyeshadows. It is a fantastic color that goes really well with brown eyes and it works great with neutrals! It has been awhile… years!… since I last purchased eyeshadow from MAC but I know from previous purchases that I really like the formulation of their eyeshadows. When it comes to pigmentation, this palette was very hit and miss for me. Some colors, mainly the darker ones) were very pigmented. The lighter colors were not. This is okay, though, because the lighter shades make great base colors.

It comes with eight colors which is more than the usual six colors that previous holiday palettes featured. The colors are (from left to right):

Top Row:

  • Sensibility – a pale frosty pink (frost)
  • Taupeless – an icy pink with silver sparkle (lustre)
  • Plum Grand – a dirty frosty lavender (veluxe pearl)
  • Nocturnelle – a pinkedup chrome purple (frost)

Bottom Row:

  • Fashion Beat – a dirty violet grey (lustre)
  • Subtly Elegant – a light grey lilac (matte)
  • Shadowy Lady – a blackened plum (matte)
  • Magic Moor – a blackened plum with pearl (veluxe pearl)

As you can see, it comes in colors that work really well with each other and in a variety of finishes. A great versatile palette! It also comes with a double-ended brush featuring a mini version of the 213 fluff brush and the 219 pencil brush (which, by the way, I love!). For those interested, swatches are below.

mac keepsake: plum eyes
mac keepsake: plum eyes
mac keepsake: plum eyes
mac keepsake: plum eyes
swatches: top row (l-r) sensibility, taupeless, plum grand, nocturnelle
swatches: top row (l-r) sensibility, taupeless, plum grand, nocturnelle
swatches: bottom row (l-r) fashion beat, subtly elegant, shadowy lady, magic moor
swatches: bottom row (l-r) fashion beat, subtly elegant, shadowy lady, magic moor

3. MAC Keepsakes: Viva Glamorous Lip Palette (Limited Edition)
You know how they say good things come in small packages? Would all six Viva Glam lipsticks in one palette qualify? I would think so! I haven’t tried all the Viva Glam lipsticks yet (the only one I own is Viva Glam IV which I adore) so this was a no-brainer purchase for me. This will give me the chance to try them all without having to spend an arm and a leg. The single full sized lipsticks are $19.00 CAN for 0.1 oz while this palette is $48.00 CAN for 0.252 oz (0.042 oz each).

Also, because they are in a palette, you can easily mix the different colors and experiment with them, too. Available in a variety of finishes from matte to frost to satin to lustre, it is a great set for someone who just wants to try out the Viva Glam line or just red lipsticks in general. The one thing I didn’t like is that it doesn’t come with a lip brush so if you don’t already have one, you would have to get one to use with it. Overall though, the value is fantastic.

mac keepsakes: viva glamorous lip palette
mac keepsakes: viva glamorous lip palette
mac viva glam lipstics (l-r) I (matte), II (satin), III (matte), IV (frost), V (lustre), VI (lustre)
mac viva glam lipstics (l-r) I (matte), II (satin), III (matte), IV (frost), V (lustre), VI (lustre)

4. MAC Sized to Go Pigment in Kitschmas (Permanent)
I don’t know about you guys but I have never been able to go through and finish a full-sized pigment before! Until now, I had no idea they made a smaller version for select colors! I love that they have done this! It is 2.5 g instead of 4.5 g – just over half of the full sized version.

I have always wanted to try Kitschmas so I thought this was the perfect way to try it. Plus, the size is perfect for travel! Like other pigments, the color payoff is fantastic. Kitschmas is super sparkly so you can finish off a look with it and you can also use it to highlight the corners of your eyes, too. This is is also a nice treat as a stocking stuffer or to add to a Secret Santa gift.

mac sized to go pigment in kitschmas
mac sized to go pigment in kitschmas
mac sized to go pigment in kitschmas
mac sized to go pigment in kitschmas

5. MAC Sized to Go Fix+ (Permanent)
I love travel sized products! Not only are they portable, it’s also an excellent way to try a new product. I’ve never tried the Fix+ before but I’ve certainly heard many good things about it! I have been using it since I got it and so far, I’m really liking it! I took it along with me on my Vegas trip and let me tell you, this stuff is amazing. I would put on makeup first thing in the day and it lasted all day. No touch ups required! I may have to buy a larger bottle now and keep this little one for travel.

mac sized to go fix+
mac sized to go fix+

I hope you enjoyed a look into my holiday haul from MAC. Did you indulge in any of the MAC holiday products? Let me know what you got or what is on your wish list!

Speaking of holiday collections, I did pick up a few things with my 20% off VIB Rouge discount earlier on this week. I am working on a Sephora Haul for the Holidays post so stay tuned for that! 😉

xoxoDisclaimer: All items mentioned in my blog were purchased and paid for by my own money.