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Buying Stuff: Skincare Edition

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It’s been a while since my last Buying Stuff post, but don’t let that fool you.  There’s been an extraordinary amount of buying stuff happening behind the scenes.  Like an obscene amount.  Well, how else am I going to achieve my lifelong goal of owning all the things?  Plus, you try walking away when companies sell things in cute little kits for Christmas.  It’s nigh on impossible.  I mean, I never really want a body lotion, but stick it in a basket with the matching body wash, spritzer and a loofah and immediately there’s nothing else I want more than that dadgum body lotion.

In other disastrous marketing trick news, please stop putting Award Winning stickers or the word “Limited Edition” on your products.  The latter creates a panic inside of me like no other.  If I feel I’m about to miss out on something that will never ever exist in humankind again, it’s only natural I must own that product right now this very second.  And if you dare put one item on the shelf and pretend it’s the very last one in the entire world, I am helpless to the point of nothing else matters.  Hence, Buying Stuff was born.

 

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Speaking of kits, picked up this Korres Beauty Shots mask collection for no reason other than what’s already been explained.  Do I need all these masks?  Is the sky blue?  Don’t ask stupid questions.

I have not used any of these masks, therefore there is really no point to posting this picture here for you.  I suppose if you want proof of my insanity, then I’d say your job is done for the day and you can go get your pajamas back on.  I bought this because of the kit situation, but also because it is a kit of masks. I loooooove masks.  And fruit smells.  I’d pick a fruit smell over a flower smell about 98.98675% of the time, regardless of benefit.  This goes to show you how good I am at reviewing skin care and what level of professionalism I have, up to this point, achieved.  I can sense you are impressed.

And then I went and bought this thing because it won an Allure magazine award:

 

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It’s the Dr. Brandt Glow retinol eye cream and I’ve actually been using it for the past four months.  It’s the eye cream that won’t die, seriously, cuz to this day it weighs exactly the same as when I first bought it.  Pretty sure it’s replicating itself every morning.  Full size price is $55, but that’s okay because it will last the rest of your life.

First of all, the consistency is nice.  It’s a lightweight cream that looks like pink pearl.  It has some ruby crystal complex which, if science is correct, makes white things turn pink.  It has a shimmer about it, but once it’s on your eye, you don’t notice it.  But it does lend a bit of a glow.  Not crazy Kim Kardashian glow, but a smidge.  In fact, once you put concealer or foundation on top of it, it pretty much disappears.  What I’m trying to say is, do not be afraid.

I use less than a pea-sized amount and blend under my eye.  It sinks in pretty fast, which is nice.  I have noticed my under eye wrinkles (er, fine lines) do look somewhat diminished.  There is retinol in it, but I don’t think there is a lot of it because it hasn’t caused any irritation whatsoever and I use this stuff every morning.  As for the reason it won an Allure magazine award, I have no idea.  But it did, and I’m sorry, what is your question?

Here’s this bastard:

 

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Nothing against the Bite Beauty Agave lip mask, but hope you don’t have arthritis or anything cuz this is the worst packaging of any tube of any kind I’ve ever seen.  Good luck squeezing any product out, unless you have the biceps of Hercules, that is.  It’s seriously like giving birth except the exit hole never gets bigger.  Can you imagine that?  I might have gone too far, but at least you get my point.

As for the lip balm itself, it’s very good.  Extremely thick and sits right on top of your lips in a slightly uncomfortable fashion.  But then you go to sleep completely unawares and wake up nicely moisturized.  It has an odd smell like raw cookie dough that I don’t enjoy but other people may be okay with it.  It’s basically the best lip balm I’ve used to counteract my horrid scraggly lip skin, but if they don’t fix the packaging soon I may have a carpal tunnel medical emergency on my hands.  Literally.

Side note:  this is not for anyone with OCD.  The tube is made of soft metal, so when you squeeze the life out of it to get your pea-sized drop of product, you are left with this hideous dent right in the middle.  So you try and fix it by smoothing it out, pushing product up from the bottom of the tube to fill in the middle again.  But not one to leave well enough alone, you decide maybe if you roll the tube up from the bottom (a la toothpaste tube style), you can perhaps create a nice, neat little package of lip balm to sit prettily on your bedside table instead of one that looks like a hobo just used it.  Then you realize by doing so, your tube has busted a seam and is now properly exposing its inner contents to the poisonous air, rendering this terrifically expensive lip balm useless and moot.  I mean, that’s what happened to me.  Normal people will be just fine.

 

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There is a skin care craze a’brewin’ and it’s in the form of exfoliating powder.  Not one to be left out of the loop, I picked up the Nude Detox Brightening Fizzy Powder Wash to see what all the fuss was about.  If you think for one second I ignored the word “fizzy”, you haven’t been reading this blog right.  It’s the primary reason I chose this one.  My brain wouldn’t leave me alone about it.  Fizzy just sounds like goodhearted, childlike fun.  Like blowing bubbles, sidewalk chalk and the Ice Cream Man.  Who wouldn’t enjoy that?  People with skewed priorities maybe, like workaholics or idiots.

To use this, pour about a teaspoon of powder into wet hands.  Add a bit of water and rub your hands together to create a paste.  Wait for the fizzy.  And then keep waiting.  And then finally wait freaking forever cuz the damn thing does not fizz.  Yes, it exfoliates very gently.  Yes, it will foam up with soap bubbles when more water is added to your face.  But fizz it does not.  I don’t know what I expected – perhaps the sound of Pop Rocks crackling away inside an open mouth?  Yes, that’s exactly what I expected.

Regardless, my face was very clean and felt extremely soft afterwards.  Mildly tight but nothing uncomfortable.  The smell was less than desirable, though, unless you like the scent of a milky baby neck.  Would it kill someone to toss some flowers in the batch, freshen things up a little?  Do I need to be CEO of yet another company?

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After running out of conditioner samples, I decided to purchase something that was actually intended to be used for shaving.  Someone on YouTube did a review on the Lush D’Fluff shaving soap, and because I am easily persuaded, I purchased it online about 2.5 seconds later.  I got the small version so I could try it out before deciding it was Holy Grail Status.  Which turned out to be a good thing because this product is not for me.  It has a soap consistency, which is so much more drying than my preferred cream or lotion.  Plus if this smells like strawberry (as indicated right there in English on the front of the package), then my entire life has been a lie.

Other than those two things, which are pretty major if you ask me (and you did; that’s why you’re here), it will work as intended.  Just not very good/fun/nice.  Unless you enjoy the feeling of dry legs, I’d steer clear.  Of course, my legs are very dry to begin with, and sometimes even after I shave them I still feel like they need shaved.  You might say the lower half of my body just doesn’t cooperate well.  Hair grows by the microsecond, legs tan the least and slowest, and ankles are in dire need of liposuction.  In other words, none of that has anything to do with Lush D’Fluff shaving soap.

 

 

Got a couple of Tatcha samples to try out – the Polished Rice Enzyme Powder and Indigo Soothing Silk body butter.  Again, the popularity of exfoliating powders made me do it.  This particular one is made from rice and it smells, not surprisingly, like rice.  So it isn’t particularly luxurious.  However, it is a very nice cleanser and I kind of liked it even better than the Nude one.  I found it pretty gentle on the skin, although if you’re a rough washer, maybe you’d disagree.  In addition to rice, it also has crushed pearl in it, so at this point I’ve stopped listening to anything else.  There’s pearl in it.  Gimme.

Magical properties include: addressing fine lines, uneven skin tone, hyperpigmentation and breakouts.  Polishes your skin to a jewel-like luster.  I don’t know about you, but those people at Tatcha got me feeling all warm and liquidy inside.  Talking like that.  Lord, are you hot and sweaty?  I’m hot and sweaty.

The other item, the body butter, was lovely as well.  I checked to make sure and can officially confirm there is liquid silk in there.  Ugggggghhhhh.  I can barely sit up straight to type this.

Other good things about the body butter:  it’s truly a blue lotion.  How about the novelty of that?!  It’s made with indigo, which is anti-inflammatory so if you suffer from dermatitis or similar skin conditions, you might like this.  It also turns your skin blue – well, for like a second, but still.  I can describe this body butter as luxurious and rich with the utmost confidence.  I don’t think anyone would argue my point.  It’s an absolute texture-dream.

Sadly, though, the smell was just okay.  Wasn’t anything floral that I recognized.  Definitely not fruity.  I don’t actually know what indigo is – is that a plant or some kind of fabric?  Regardless, maybe it smells like indigo.  And if so, I do not like indigo.

Look at this thing:

 

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Picked up this Kaplan MD lip mask and lip balm kit from Sephora.  Look at that tiny spatula!  I’ve since broken it, but it was definitely born cute.  Not sure what this product honestly does.  I was hoping for a cure-all to the neverending saga that is my chapped lips.  But it’s pretty much the same as everything else I’ve tried – nice for the moment, but we’re back to square one the very next day.

The mask is ultra tingly.  The first time I used it, my lips actually went numb.  Most likely I applied too much and kept it on too long.  The box says 3-5 minutes, then tissue off and apply the balm.  I was reading some reviews, and a lot of people were talking about how they use this right before a big event to plump their lips.  I didn’t notice any plumping effect, but we’ve already determined I don’t read directions very well.  The balm is super nice though.  It’s a medium-thick oil and very soothing.  Doesn’t taste good, however, so don’t get it in your mouth.  Unless you have time to get up every five minutes to spit in the sink.

Bottom line: it’s a decent product.  Not a miracle worker, but I like to use it every now and then.  Pretty certain if I didn’t have a fan blowing in my face for 8 hours every night, I wouldn’t have a lip saga to begin with.  So I can’t blame the product necessarily for not curing my issue.

That’s all for now.  Time for YouTube and alcohol.  Var var busy, clearly.

Buying Stuff: Episode 23

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Just 10 days until Christmas and only 1,457 presents left to buy.  Have I told you about the time I waited until the absolute very last minute (i.e., Christmas Eve) to buy gifts?  Or that I bought Easter basket trinkets at midnight on Easter where they were, surprisingly, not even discounted?  How about those birthday presents that tragically get “rerouted” during delivery end up arriving at my house roughly a week late?  I tend to procrastinate with things that stress me out.  However, advertise a makeup pre-order for something that’s not even available for 2 or 3 months, and I’ll get that done like yesterday.  Perhaps someone’s priorities are skewed?  I mean, not mine, but someone else’s?

In any case, I bought stuff:

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Your eyes are not playing tricks.  I bought the Gucci Lustrous Glow foundation y’all!  I was so curious about this product because there were only like two reviews of this YouTube.  I wasn’t even sure what color I was, and that quickly became my mission-slash-obsession in life.  Like, first find out my Gucci foundation shade, then solve world hunger.  I started with Light 030.  It seemed to be a touch too light, so I thought it would be safe to go up one notch to Light 040.  This one I held onto for about a week trying to decide if it matched.  It didn’t un-match necessarily but my face is naturally a little darker than my neck so it was hard to be sure.  I went ahead and ordered Light 050 so I could do a proper comparison.

You can imagine all the trouble and expense I’m going through at this point, yes?  I had charges for foundations before refunds were processed.  Thank God for Discover, that’s all I have to say about that.  Finally ended up settling on Light 050.  It had the least degree of washing out (if any).  I wouldn’t call it a perfect match – a skosh too yellow – but I’d make it work.  I mean, it’s Gucci.  You don’t return Gucci.  It’s in a rule book somewhere, I’m certain.

And was all the trouble worth it?  Welllll, it’s a decent foundation.  It had a nice natural finish to it.  Very slightly glowy on me; it wasn’t “lustrous” by any means.  The coverage was light to medium.  When foundations are light coverage, I tend to not like them as much because all my ugly bits show through.  So keep that in mind.  If you have a good complexion to start with, you’ll probably like this foundation more than me.  Best part is the lovely packaging.  If anything, you can buy this to sit on the back of your toilet for your house guests to admire.  A little pricey for bathroom décor, but did I mention it’s Gucci?

It was 3 o’clock in the morning when this happened:

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I really shouldn’t have internet access once my husband goes to bed.  Cuz I bought the May Lindstrom Honey Mud cleansing silk almost on autopilot.  However, it wasn’t alcohol-induced so points for that.

This stuff is advertised as a cleanser.  It’s made out of honey and clay and somehow manages to smell exactly like a Tootsie Roll.  The consistency is like a pudding before it sets up in the fridge.  I won’t lie; you want to eat it.  It feels super moisturizing and soft on the skin.  I can see this as a very luxurious spa treatment because it’s so elegant and lovely.  HOWEVER.  I was disappointed that it didn’t seem to clean my skin very well.  If you ask me, I’d consider it more as a pre-cleanser than a main cleanser.  For an $80 price tag, you should expect more.  Like pore gunk removal-slash-zit zapping-slash-magical powers.  They do give you the option to apply this as a mask instead, and I can see it working well in that capacity.

A side note: the honey used for this is collected from unsprayed/unfertilized fields of wildflowers in Michigan.  So now everything bad I just said went right out of your head didn’t it?  Yeah, mine too.

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I owned zero products by Tory Burch when I discovered they had a small amount of makeup on the Sephora website.  And because I’m in a constant state of needing to own all the things, I picked up this Bronzer and Blush.  Shade is called Divine, although that point is moot since it only comes in one shade.

First of all, the packaging will suck you in.  I love orange.  So warm, so summery.  Just looking at it will bring a smile to your face.  But the product itself isn’t that bad either.  I wouldn’t say you could use each section separately unless you use teeny tiny brushes.  Rather, just swirl your brush over all the shades combined.  You end up with a very pretty sunkissed glow on the cheeks.  I am much more happy with this purchase than originally expected.

If you’re looking to buy Tory Burch makeup, there isn’t a huge selection.  Sephora carries lipstick and a lip and cheek tint as well.  Hopefully there will be more forthcoming in the future as I am not opposed to buying something else.

Look – something pretty:

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Another instance of wanting to own all the things.  My first Kevyn Aucoin purchase, and I’d say it’s a pretty good one.   Hautelook was having a sale and the only eyeshadow duo left was the #201 Antique Silver/Plum Shimmer.  Turns out, that was the perfect duo for me.  The purple looks so stunning with my brown eyes.  And the silver isn’t like SILVER! but more Silver.  Well, I’m sure you know what I mean.

Blendability was excellent.  Pigmentation was excellent.  I can’t think of anything bad to say.  I want to buy all of them, so that could be bad.  For my wallet, anyway.

I bought this too:

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It’s the eyeshadow palette out of the Tarte Bon Voyage kit.  Why didn’t I show you the entire kit?  Cuz the only thing I wanted the kit for was so I could get this palette.  It is amazing.  Great selection of mattes and pretty shimmers.  Nothing super glittery.  Neutral but still colorful.  I got so much use of it for an entire week and never reused a shadow.  That’s value.  The cost is $59, but this is a 20-pan palette, and larger pans at that.  Plus you get extras in the kit like a mini finishing powder, mini cheek stain, mini mascara, and a full size lipgloss and lipstick.  Oh, and a mini Maracuja oil.  So honestly, it’s got good stuff for a really great price.  What I’m trying to say is go ahead and buy this.  It’s at Sephora only.  And it’s LIMITED EDITION.  You panicked yet?  You should be.

However, do not buy this:

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This is a mucho mucho waste of money.  It’s the Bobbi Brown Mini Eye Palette.  Super cute packaging, which enticed me first.  Then I thought the price ($35) wasn’t too terrible for 8 designer eyeshadows. I mean, it’s not awesome but I suppose you’d could say I’m used to it.  My last thought was that I didn’t have a lot of Bobbi Brown stuff, and because I’m very ridiculous, I went ahead and purchased it because that made perfect sense.

Now.  I’m not saying this palette wouldn’t work for certain people.  But for me it was simply no bueno.  Three of the shadows were chunky glitter, and even though they are quite clearly different colors in the pan, absolutely no discernible difference appeared on my eye.  The other colors were okay, but very sheer.  If I want a sheer look, that would be okay, but more often than not I don’t.  The size of the palette is a 2-inch square.  This doesn’t bother me, but I wanted everyone to know in case they would be expecting something bigger.

Ever since I’ve gotten this palette, it’s been hiding out in the Train Case of Unused Makeup.  It’s probably going to live there.  I’m keeping it because the packaging makes me happy and it’s Bobbi Brown (i.e., fancy).  Does that make me shallow?  Probably.

Last thing:

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As if I don’t have enough cleansers or something, I went ahead and picked up the Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip cleanser primarily because I liked the name Ceramic Slip.  I really should develop more appropriate shopping techniques.  I certainly shouldn’t base my purchases based on clever names, pretty packaging, and whether or not they look like food.

Regardless, though, this is a good cleanser.  It doesn’t smell that great.  Like it literally smells like the inside of a ceramic pot.  That’s probably not its intended smell, but I detect nothing floral, sweet or perfume-y at all.  It has black pepper and frankincense in it.  Are those good smells?  NO.  But they’re not horrid, so we can move on.

This cleanser is not moisturizing.  It actually physically tightens your skin.  It foams up really nice when you use wet hands and makes you feel like you’re getting your face super duper clean.  It claims to give me miniscule pores and flawless skin.  It’s printed right there on the front of the bottle.  They wouldn’t do that if it wasn’t true.  Either that, or it’s just a very clever marketing ploy because besides the name, that’s the other reason why I bought this.

Okay friends, we’re at the end.  Beauty boxes are arriving so I’ll be getting on those reviews soon.  Plus I’m in a constant state of Buying Stuff, so honestly, the fun will never die.  Hope it’s warm and sunshine-y where you are.  I’m going to go roll up in a ball under a blanket somewhere.  Bye!

Buying Stuff: Episode 15

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Beauty boxes are rolling in as we speak.  I’m going to use more of the products before I do any reviews.  Because I am a professional, and that is how I run this bloggin business.

To tide you over, I have a teeny haul to share.  I went to Sephora under the guise of needing a free mask sample.  And while I did get one (GlamGlow Supermud, to be exact), a few other products mysteriously, miraculously found their way into my basket.  They are these:

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I’ve been rather impressed with my tiny sample of the Urban Decay All-Nighter setting spray.  And then I discovered they have an oily skin version called De-Slick.  I’m been having some issues in the t-zone area, which I am not liking one bit.  Using my setting powder, then spritzing the spray has been helping somewhat.  Just imagine what a specified oily skin spray could do!  I mean, I don’t know because I haven’t used it yet, but just IMAGINE.

I’m not saying I have a shopping problem or anything, I’m simply telling you I bought the Cover|FX Mattifying Primer on the Sephora website, then after work that day I went into the Sephora store and bought the Cover|FX Mattifying Primer.  Somehow, in the short span between leaving work and arriving at the mall, I had forgotten what I’d purchased.  No judging allowed.  This is a friendly, safe environment.

But in my defense, I really wanted to try this primer.  I’m desperate to rid my skin of an oily t-zone.  I used it once last weekend and it did pretty good.  I did not have to blot, where usually I will at least once if not twice during a workday.  So that’s rather successful if you ask me.  As soon as I finish the Napoleon Perdis primer I’m currently using, I will get back to the Cover|FX.  And then of course, I will return my extra tube and apply that $16 towards something else.  Because a refund is out of the question.

Shopping problem?  No.  Not at all.

Someone on YouTube said the Bite Beauty Lush Lip Tints were amazing.  Hearing the word ‘amazing’ immediately makes my cat ears stand up straight.  I love amazing things.  I live for amazing.  So naturally I had to have this, and rightnownotlater.  Decided to go for the darkest shade they have, Blackcurrant, because tints are very sheer and I prefer color.  And man, was that the best decision ever.  It’s a purple-y plum, but very natural looking.  It shows up on your lips, so it’s obvious you’re wearing a dark color, but it’s not dark.  Do you get what I’m saying?  It’s like going goth, but not making a full commitment.

Oh but wait, there’s more!  The formula on these is TO. DIE. FOR.  I can’t even explain it properly.  It just feels good to wear them.  Like a hug, but lips only.  Comforting, soft, gentle, hydrating and lovely.  And if that doesn’t get your attention, there is Resveratrol in the center, and that’s an antioxidant found in red wine.  Red wine!  I don’t even know what that means, but they said red wine and now nothing else matters.

Last item in the haul is a sample jar of the Perricone MD Photo Plasma day cream.  I took a peek of the insides, and I’m not gonna lie when I say the primary reason for purchasing this was because it looked like a delicious strawberry mousse.  Second primary reason is because it was in those Beauty-To-Go bins right by the register and I was in line for a minute too long.  However, that’s all beside the point.

I used this on Sunday, and while it looks very light and airy in the jar, it doesn’t apply that way.  It smooths out just fine, but it dries kind of sticky, and then it takes forever for it to absorb completely.  Other reviews are back and forth on this product’s greatness.  Some feel exactly like me (the RIGHT answer), and some feel this is the most brilliant thing they’ve ever used (clearly wrong).  I dunno.  Kind of wish I could take it back, but I threw out the box because I never expected not to like it.  I mean, STRAWBERRY MOUSSE!  It should have been just like strawberry mousse.

On a positive note, when my skin gets drier in the winter time, this product might actually work better.  So since I’m forced to hold onto it, that’s the new plan.  Then I will report back in an Empties post to keep you all informed.  Again, I am a professional and this is how I do things.

As for that sample of the GlamGlow mask – you know, the reason for going into Sephora in the first place – let me tell you a story.  I had one of those horrible under the skin pimples right on my chin, red, sore and angry.  I was looking for something that would draw out the gunk, to try to heal the zit faster.  Sephora lady directs me to the GlamGlow display and points out the SuperMud Clearing Treatment.  Full size is $69, which I knew already, but she offered up a sample and I gratefully accepted.  Fast forward two days, and my pimple is gone.  As in, magically disappeared off my face.  Normally this kind of pimple sticks around for at least a week, where I proceed to press around on it, play with it, squeeze and pick at it.  But not this time.  This time I got it, and I got it good.  Needless to say, there’s a GlamGlow in my shopping cart in the very near future.

One more teeny haul:

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More Makeup Geek eyeshadows!  I have a 27-slot Z-Palette that only has 5 slots filled, so naturally I can’t go around looking like that.  Adding these 5 makes my total 10, and that is math and now you’re officially prepared to live life.

Shades I got (from top to bottom) are Cosmopolitan (rose gold), Beaches and Cream (matte browbone shade), Pop Culture (iridescent lavender), Mermaid (teal with gold shimmer), and Rockstar (silver with purple iridescence).  I really like the eyeshadows.  They’re blendable, which is my #1 important eyeshadow factor.  If you can’t blend out, then I don’t want you.  Even if you are the perfect shade of Heaven.  Unless that is sacrilegious, and in that case I’ll take a hundred.

Enough talky.  More later.

Buying Stuff: Episode 10

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I would say I need to quit buying stuff, but we all know that will never, ever happen.  Buying stuff is the gas that keeps me going.  If I can’t look forward to opening my mailbox in the evening, then what is the point of life?  I ask you:  what is the point?

So here’s a few things that came in my Sephora box:

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In yet another attempt to own all the things, I have added a couple new ones to the pile.  First item is the resurfacing mask by Tata Harper.  I hadn’t really heard much about the Tata Harper brand.  But this mask comes in a pretty green jar, and that was enough persuasion for me.  And then upon further research I discovered it won an Elle beauty award.  So at this point, nothing else mattered.  I bought the Tata Harper and it’s simply lovely.

The jar, that is.  I haven’t used the insides.  I have no idea when that will actually take place.  Owning all the things doesn’t necessarily mean using all the things.  Do you need to take a minute to write all this down in your notebook?  I’ll wait.

Okay, next new brand is the Shiseido foundation in a stick.  Who doesn’t love things on sticks?  Corn dogs, lollipops, deep fried chocolate dipped twinkies.  Those may not come on sticks, but they are delicious!  Anyway.  The foundation.  Back in October, I got color matched at Sephora using their Pantone camera device.  They gave me my color number (1R07) and now I can input this number on Sephora’s website and up pops a myriad of foundations that will match my skin tone perfectly.  No more guessing!  This is ingenious, in my opinion.  If you haven’t done it, GO.

So I ordered this foundation knowing with a 100% certainly it would be my color.  And you know what: it is.  It almost disappears into my skin after swiping it on without even blending.  It’s perfect.  I was nervous because I am a medium skin tone, but the color match was a natural fair ivory.  But I decided to trust the Color IQ system and so glad I did.  Obviously the colors run dark, so FYI for those that need to know.

Let’s talk mascara.  You know how I have about 27 tubes or something like that?  And how I’m always in search of that one mascara to beat all mascaras?  Well, I think I’m getting pretty close with this one.  YSL‘s Babydoll mascara is so amazing y’all.  The brush is small so you can really get down to business.  My lashes get fanned out and lengthened nicely, which is what is always missing with so many of the mascaras I try.  I’m so happy to have this, it’s worth every penny of the $30 I spent on it.  And if my husband’s reading this, I meant $3 not $30.  Silly auto-correct.

And because I don’t ever have enough masks in my life, I picked up the First Aid Beauty red clay peel-off one.  For those with twitching fingers, a peel-off mask is the perfect thing to soothe you.  Nothing is more fun than peeling something off your skin.  Dried glue doesn’t happen as much anymore, and now that I’m older, sunburns – while still 100% satisfying to peel – are not the ideal way to go.  You know, skin cancer and whatnot.  So what is left but a peel-off mask?  And if they happen to rip off my tiny mustache while we’re at it, that’s just bonus points.  In other words, so excited to use this.  One day.  After all my other masks get their turn first.

Sigh.  My life is so hard.

Last item in the picture is something I got off Amazon.  After sampling the tube of Coola sunscreen in my Birchbox and discovering how much I loved it, well what is the natural next step?  This stuff is not cheap, but I did find a tube on Amazon for about $8 cheaper and free shipping so I don’t feel too bad.  Actually, I don’t feel bad at all.  It is sunscreen – a vital and crucial part of life – and therefore a medical necessity.  That = JUSTIFIED.  Any questions?

Next batch of goodies came from Ulta after they sent me a 20% coupon that I did not need.  However, that is irrelevant at all times.  Here’s what I picked up:

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I went in primarily for the Stila liquid eyeliner pen.  I wanted to get a green one.  Why for?  Just cuz.  You know how we girls do.  Actually, I was thinking how I really liked the look of my blue Chella liquid eyeliner, even though its pen tip is the biggest fail known to man.  Someone on Instagram had said Stila had a great pen and in lots of pretty colors.  Well, that’s all you have to say.  I’m on it immediately.  I really impress myself with how quickly I can get things done.  Not housework, but the other stuff.  Well, just makeup stuff.  Everything else is a crapshoot.

Back to the eyeliner.  I picked up the Moss color, which is like a hunter green.  I applied it and it went on so smoothly, was so pigmented, and I didn’t have to do the toilet paper swipe thingy in order to keep the color flowing in the nib.  It was heaven.  My holy grail probably.  No, definitely.  And then, as an added bonus because I wasn’t even checking for this, it didn’t feather out on my inner eye like every single other liquid eyeliner does that I’ve tried.  A miracle!  God wasn’t resting on the 7th day – he was creating the Stila eyeliner and making my life very very happy indeed.

And as if I needed another cream blush in my stash (I did), I picked up a lovely peachy color by Butter London called Honey Pie.  I picked this up on a whim because they had it out on display and I passed by it on accident.  They really shouldn’t put things on end-caps.  Dangerous territory, those end-caps are.  Also, shelves of things near the check-out registers.  Bad, horrible.  Just like window displays, the little set-ups in the front of the store that highlight the specials, all the rows of products lining the walls and filling up the insides, the stuff in the middle and the left and right sides.  All that is bad, horrible, dangerous territory.  If you can somehow float near the ceiling without seeing or touching anything, that might be the only safe thing.

Last thing I got was the Benefit The Big Easy BB Cream.  A spontaneous purchase, as I never intended to buy this as I have plenty other BB creams to tend to.  But the packaging was irresistable, they had them on display (right in the front – see, I told you), and if I ever walk out of Ulta with just two things, something is seriously seriously wrong.  One thing to note is the color range runs a little light.  I would normally get the light-medium shade, but the medium actually worked best.  However, the shades are self-adjusting, so even if I had chosen wrong I still think it would’ve turned out okay.  The finish looked very nice on my skin, like a powder but not flat.  Coverage was light, but probably buildable.  I say probably because I never build my foundations.  If I gotta put two coats of foundation on, I’d never get out of the house in the morning.  It’s best to just get it right the first time.  So, I liked this product a lot.  Dry skin people may not because of the powder finish, but for my oily skin peeps – this one’s got your name on it.

That’s enough for now.  I actually have more haul pics but I feel as if some of you may already be asleep.  We will continue our discussion tomorrow.  Hoorah!