Beauty, Makeup, Skincare

November Discoveries & Recent Sephora Haul

December 10, 2015

The last two weeks have been crazy busy! Right after Thanksgiving holiday I had to prepare for final presentations and papers. I just submitted my last paper so I am all done with Fall Quarter! Today I am on my way to Costa Rica! I’ll be in Costa Rica for almost 9 days with a couple classmates from grad school and will be posting lots of pictures on Instagram so follow me @ditchtheheels !


For those new to my blog, every month I talk about new product discoveries instead of monthly favorites. It’s because my favorites do not change often, and this forces me to try new products. I try to use the products for the entire month so that I’m able to provide a fair review. Here are the new products I tried the month of November!

HOURGLASS Veil Mineral Primer
Many YouTubers rave about this product so I finally purchased the small size that’s .33oz. After one month of use, I am almost out of product, which is really upsetting since this is very expensive. I don’t like the runny formula and my face gets shiny after just a couple of hours, so I won’t be repurchasing this item.

Julep Skip the Brush Creme-to-Powder Blush Stick – Shade Dessert Rose
During the first look, I did not think the color will look good on me, but I am LOVING this! It is a beautiful shimmery dusty rose color and blends in very easily. This is the first time I’ve used a crayon blush and I love how easy it is to blend with the tip of my fingers.

Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm – Shade Super Strawberry
A couple posts back I raved about the Burts Bees Lip Crayon, so it surprised me to find something even better. The main difference between the two is that the Clinique chubby sticks are more pigmented, so I don’t have to apply as much to get some colors. The Burts Bees lip crayon is a great moisturizer, but the colors are very faint. Some people may prefer that since it gives a very natural look.

Kevyn Aucoin “The Essential” Mascara
I received the sample size in a recent Glossybox. It definitely gets the job done, but is it worth spending $32 for the full size? No… I’ve tried a lot of mascara, and I think the drugstore mascaras are great. The only non-drugstore mascara I’ll spend money on is the Tarte Lights Camera Lashes!

Soyoung Eyeshadow Stick – Shade #2 Sepia
Absolutely gorgeous!! This eyeshadow stick is a rose gold shade, is creamy and easy to apply, and lasts all day. The golden/rose tint makes it look like I have blended several colors together, but really it’s just one color because I am that lazy!

Real Techniques Blush Brush and Angled Liner Brush
I love the Bold Metals line because the brushes are beautiful. These are very affordable, yet are also quality brushes and pick up a lot of products. I would highly recommend the Real Techniques brushes if you’re new to makeup and don’t have a lot of money to spend on brushes.

sephora haul november

I had a big Sephora haul a couple weeks ago because everything was 20% off! I did purchase many items, but I really only shop at Sephora twice a year when they have the big sales. In my recent post “How to Save Money on Beauty Products,” I talked about the wish list that I update regularly for the annual Sephora sales. My post has many tips on saving money on beauty products, so I refrain from purchasing anything at full retail price! I use the sales to stock up on old favorites and to try out new items that are too expensive at full price. Here’s a list of items I purchased during this sale (I will be reviewing some of these in future posts):

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation SPF 15 // Tarte BB Tinted Treatment Primer SPF 30 // beautyblender // BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Glow On The Go // stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner // Bobbi Brown Lip Balm // Make Up For Ever Mattifying Primer // Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder // Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster // Clinique All About Eyes Rich // Peter Thomas Roth Acne Clear Invisible Dots // Diamancel Diamond File

If you went to the Sephora sale last month, let me know what you picked up!