Beauty, Makeup, Skincare

November 2016 Beauty Discoveries

December 5, 2016

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I am excited to share all the new products I tried the month of November. For a while I was not trying many new products because of my move and attempt to use up all of my old products first, but last month I was able to start using some amazing new products!

IT Cosmetics Vitality Face Disc – For a few weeks I searched for a palette that includes a blush, bronzer and highlighter for travel. There are a few options out there, but I picked It Cosmetics because the colors are just gorgeous and look natural on the face! The blush is a beautiful pink with a tiny hint of shimmer. The highlighter also has shimmer and makes the face look naturally luminous. The bronzer is matte and does not look orange on the skin. I also love that it is talc-free. The colors last all day and are very buildable, so you can go as light or heavy as you like. This is the powder version, but there is also a cream version if you prefer cream.

Glossier Boy Brow – I have used the Anastasia Brow Wiz for years and thought it’s time to try something new. The Glossier Boy Brow only have three shades (blond, brown, black) so I purchased the black. It was way too dark for me. Additionally, the formula is too creamy and difficult to blend. I have to be very careful with the brush, or else the formula will get all over my face. I know so many people love this product, but it was not for me!

Ciate London Choc Pot – This is an amazing nail polish remover!! Perfect travel size, no mess and no cotton pads needed! You just put in one finger at a time, move it around the sponge for a couple of seconds, and all of the nail polish will be removed. It is non-drying, acetone-free, and infused with marula oil and vitamins B5 and E to condition and nourish nails.

First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser With Red Clay – I received this in my Sephora Play box a few months back. It is a gentle cleanser and effectively removes makeup, oil and dirt. This cleanser is especially great for people with oily, acne-prone skin. I have sensitive skin but this cleanser did not cause any irritation because it is allergy-tested, free of artificial fragrances and colorants. I have tried other products from First Aid Beauty and would highly recommend their products.

Caudalie Glycolic Peel – This is a quick 10-minute mask that tightens pore, reduces oil, and renews skin texture. It contains viniferine, papaya enzymes, and glycolic acid—these ingredients work together to brighten, lighten, and create an even, luminous complexion. These claims are true because whenever I used this I would notice clearer, brighter skin the next day.

Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet – This is a great moisturizer as long as you don’t mind the fragrance. Although it smells amazing, I personally prefer fragrance-free products. This moisturizer quickly absorbs into the skin and deeply hydrates, soothes, and softens skin.

Antica Farmacista Fragrance – Every year during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale these diffusers go on sale! I’ve always wanted to purchase these and finally purchased the scent Prosecco. The fragrance infuse into the air and provide a lasting scent throughout the apartment. It is a very pretty piece to put in the home and can be placed on a side table, coffee table, book shelf, window sill, etc.

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Lifestyle, Travel

Short Trip to the Grand Canyon

November 30, 2016

img_0761Jacket: The North Face // Pants: Lululemon // ShoesNike // Headband: Echo // Gloves: Club Monaco (similar) // Sunglasses: Versace

My husband and I went to the Grand Canyon over Thanksgiving Break this year. It was a great place to visit for a short trip! The temperature was in the mid 50’s, which was perfect for hiking. We hiked about 7 miles around the rim and the view was breathtaking! Pictures really doesn’t do it justice! It was the first time in my life when I felt the world is a huge place and that feeling was overwhelming (now I understand why people cry when they first see the Grand Canyon). Of course I already know this is a big world, but it’s hard to feel that when I’m often within feet of someone else and can easily call anyone thousands of miles away. When I looked out at the view, I felt like such a tiny person. I’m in awe of how the Grand Canyon was formed over millions of years and I’m so happy these beautiful wonders still exist in this world! We will definitely go back again!

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Break. Only 3 weeks left of work and 4 weeks until Christmas! Are you flying anywhere fun for the holidays? We will be flying back to Minnesota–it’ll be our first time back since our move to California so I am excited to catch up with everyone.

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Best Beauty Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals 2016

November 23, 2016

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I have always hated that Black Friday and Cyber Monday happens right after Thanksgiving because I would rather relax at home during the holidays than go shopping. However, some of the best deals happen at this time so if you have a long list of people to purchase gifts for, getting the gifts early will save you lots of money. Thankfully, most of the retailers have the same offers online so there is no need to deal with the crazies at the stores anymore! Luxury beauty brands don’t usually discount, so this is a great time to purchase these items!

Just about every retailer has a deal right now, so to keep this list manageable, here are my favorite beauty deals by retailer in alphabetical order. Tip: most deals start at 12AM EST and there may be limited inventory, so check out early! Happy Thanksgiving and happy shopping!

  • Algenist – Now through Nov 24 – Up to 75% off super sizes
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills – Nov 25-28 – 10% to 60% off
  • Dermstore – Now through Nov 24 – 25% off with some exclusions with coupon code “COUNTDN”
  • Dr. Brandt – 45% off full size products
  • Drunk Elephant – Nov 25-28 – 20% off site wide with coupon code “STUFFED” and receive additional 20% off with my referral link
  • Foreo – Nov 24-28 – 25% off site wide
  • Gilt – Nov 20-24 – 40% off site wide with coupon code “COUNTDOWN” and extra $25 off with my referral link
  • Giorgio Armani Beauty – Now through Nov 28 – 20% off site wide with coupon code “ARMANI20”
  • Josie Maran – Nov 25-28 – 25% off site wide
  • Jouer – Nov 23-25 – 25% off site wide with coupon code “FRIDAY”
  • Kiehl’s – Now through Nov 23 – Receive $20 off $65+ with coupon code “JINGLE”
  • Koh Gen Doh – Nov 28 – 35% off site wide
  • Lush – Dec 26 – Most items BOGO
  • Macy’s – Nov 25 – Beauty doorbuster deals here
  • Memebox – Nov 25 – Value sets 50-60% off, doorbusters, surprise on Cyber Monday. Sneak peek here. Additional 20% off with my referral link
  • Nordstrom – Nov 25
    • Best of Clinique Skincare for $49.50 with a $29.50 purchase (value of $182.50)
    • Clinique Lash Café Set for $25 (value of $44)
    • Clinique Cherry on Top Set for $25 (value of $58)
    • Clinique A Little Happiness Fragrance Set for $19.50 (value of $30)
    • Estee Lauder Pleasures Captivating Duet for $25 (value of $45)
    • Estee Lauder Fragrance Treasures for $25 (value of $35)
    • Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lip Gloss Collection for $25 (value of $119)
    • Lancome Exclusive! Bi-Facils Home & Away Set for $54 (value of $108)
    • Bobbi Brown Smokey eye Mascara Set for $30
    • Kiehl’s Black Friday Door Buster for $35 (value of $62)
    • Philosophy Shower Gels for $12 (value of $18)
    • Mario Badescu Skin Care Home & Away Facial Spray Duo for $15 (value of $33)
  • Nordstrom – Nov 28
    • MAC Look-in-a-Box (Natural Flare) for $56.50 (value of $140)
    • Bobbi Brown Art Stick (Dusty Pink) + High Shimmer Lip Gloss (Spun Gold) for $28 (value of $54)
    • Beauty Blender Set of 2 Beauty Blender Pro Sponges for $32 (value of $40)
    • DryBary I Heart Road-trips Set for $25 (value of $47)
    • Philosophy Purity Made Simple Duo (Home & Away Set) for $15 (value of $27)
    • GHD Nordstrom Exclusive Bundle – Platinum & Copper Luxe Set for $299.99 (value of $388)
    • Mario Badescu Home & Away Facial Spray Duo for $17.00 (value of $33)
    • Trish McEvoy Lip Perfector & New Ultra Wear Pink Lip Gloss for $38 (value of $60)
    • Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte’s Instant Party Eyes Three Piece Set for $49 (value of $58)
    • Oribe Gold Lust Oil, Gold Lust Dry Shampoo, Dry Texturing Spray for $52 (value of $72)
  • Ole Henriksen – Free $100 gift with $50 purchase with coupon code “100GIFTBAG”
  • Paula’s Choice – Now through Nov 28 – 20% off site wide with coupon code “100GIFTBAG” plus daily gift with purchase
  • PUR Cosmetics – Now through Nov 28 – 20% off site wide
  • Tatcha – Now through Nov 30 – 20% off site wide with coupon code “FF2016”
  • The Body Shop – Nov 28 – 50% off site wide

Please share any deals from your favorite retailers below!

Fashion

Red Lace Dress

November 17, 2016

Bebe Lace Backless Flared DressDress: Bebe // Purse: Louis Vuitton // Shoes: Michael Antonio (sold out, similar)

We recently traveled to Fullerton California for a wedding and I wore this red lace dress. I love the open back and the tooling underneath the dress. The lace top is beautiful and romantic. The dress was perfect for the warm weather and outdoor venue. I wore wedges because the ceremony was on the grass and it was comfortable to wear all night. I don’t wear my LV Eva clutch often, but I love to wear it to weddings because it’s the perfect size and I can wear it cross-body style on the dance floor.

That wrapped up the last wedding of 2016! We were invited to many weddings this year and sadly because of my school schedule and our move to San Francisco we were unable to attend a couple. Congratulations to my good friends Renee and Tracy–you looked beautiful on your wedding days!

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Beauty, Makeup, Skincare

Sephora VIB Sale Haul 2016

November 11, 2016

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Happy Veterans Day! I hope you get a chance to thank our veterans for serving this country! I have been feeling down this week from the outcome of the election, but tomorrow is a new day and I hope to be more optimistic. My cousin-in-law Sarah told me about this great Seth Meyers video, so watch it if you need a laugh!

Sephora has two sales a year–20% off in November and 15% off in April. Last week all VIB Rouge members received 20% off everything, and regular VIB members will receive 20% off between 11/11/2016 – 11/14/2016. There are some great gift sets but they will go fast! Since the discount in November is slightly higher, I tend to purchase more expensive, experimental products. The April sale is when I stock up on old favorites. I received all of my products in the mail so I want to list my big Sephora haul. Most of these products are new to me, so I won’t be reviewing these products in this post. I am already eagerly trying out these products so I will post reviews soon.

Skincare

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Makeup

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If you have a chance to shop at Sephora, I would love to hear what products you picked up during the sale!

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October 2016 Beauty Discoveries

November 7, 2016

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I can’t believe it is already November. Thank goodness for daylight saving yesterday! The holiday season is just around the corner and there is so much to look forward to! I have been trying hard to use up all of my products before opening up new ones, so I don’t have too many beauty discoveries from October, but here are the ones I used the month of October.

MAC Liptensity: These lipsticks were released on September 20th. They are in a new formula that focuses on intense pigmentation. They are extremely creamy, do not dry out my lips, and smells amazing. There are 24 shades to choose from and I was lucky to receive the shades Smoked Almond and Claretcast. Smoked Almond is a beautiful neutral that I have been wearing daily, and Claretcast is a bold magenta that’s perfect for a night out or to enhance a no makeup makeup look.

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MAC Selena Eyeliner (sold out, restocking January): Another new MAC release is the Selena collection. This is a makeup collaboration with the sister of Selena Quintanilla, a Mexican-American singer who was murdered in 1995. This collection was released on September 28th and sold out immediately. It is one of the most sought after collections in MAC’s history and will be restocked in January. I was sent a few items from this collection, including the liquid eyeliner. I love the purple packaging, which is different than most eyeliner packaging. The applicator gives precise application and the formula glides on smoothly and stays on all day!

Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser: A couple months ago I ordered a bunch of skincare products from Glossier. I had heard a lot about this brand and knew that the products are dermatologist tested, hypoallergenic, non-irritating, paraben free, fragrance free, soap free, sulfate free and alcohol free. I recently started using the cleanser in the morning and absolutely love it!! At first I was not used to the texture–it is a thick jelly texture and does not lather. I wasn’t sure if it was even cleaning my face, but my face was clear and soft afterwards. This is the perfect, pH balanced, gentle cleanser for the morning. I don’t use it at night because it does not do a good job at removing makeup. If you use the double-cleanse method, this could work as the second cleanser, but I prefer my second cleanser to be foamy since I use it with the Clarisonic at night. I’ve been impressed by all of the Glossier skincare products and I plan to purchase some of the makeup products next year. If you’re interested in trying this brand, use this link to receive 20% off your first purchase!

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence: I have incorporated essence into my skincare routine and the MISSHA Time Revolution (much cheaper dupe) has helped my complexion. I received the SK-II essence to try but after two weeks of use, I did not see a difference with my skin or any difference compared to MISSHA. I personally don’t think this is worth the hefty price tag and sent this bottle to my mom because I know she loves this product.

Hope you all have a wonderful November and I can’t wait to share the new products I’m trying out this month!