Exciting news for Sephora Beauty Insiders! You can start earning extra points on every purchase from now until 8/19! Start racking up those points because it looks like there are some amazing rewards coming soon! Don’t forget, you can shop either online or in-store!
Check the Rewards Bazaar every Tuesday and Thursday because that is when Sephora adds new rewards.
This is a great way to try products as well as stock up on travel size favorites. I decided to to redeem some of my points and get:
I am a big fan of Anastasia Beverly Hills, so of course I decided to get two clear brow gels. Once applied to the brows, it lasts until the end of the day when you take off your makeup!
I also picked up the Tatcha, Water Cream. The packaging is so adorable and I heard many good things about this moisturizer so I thought it would be a good time to test it out without!
The last reward I got was the Sunday Riley, U.F.O (Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil) because it says it helps clear congested pores, treat and prevent acne, and smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. I have used other Sunday Riley products and I have seen amazing results! My skin has been a little crazy with break outs, so I’m hoping this product will balance it back out!
It has been such an amazing experience having a Disneyland Annual Pass during the last two years of my college career. I live in the Bay Area, and attended UC Santa Cruz, so making trips down to SoCal had to be strategic. I was always able to make time to experience the magic, and many people assume I would get bored or even tired of Disneyland, but honestly it was a nice getaway. Being able to relax and take my time at Disneyland while exploring SoCal with my boyfriend was so memorable! Sadly we will not be renewing our passes for the upcoming year because we decided we wanted to save some money. Annual Passes are pretty expensive (for the pass we got, it was around $1000 each) so we thought we would hold off and if we ever decided to renew, we could. Disneyland will always have a special place in my heart, and just because we don’t have a pass doesn’t mean we won’t be able to visit! Thanks for the magical two years, and until next time! 🙂
This year was my first time attending Generation Beauty. If you don’t know what Generation Beauty is, it is an event held by Ipsy where a lot of different brands have stalls where people are able to visit and learn about their products and purchase at a discounted price. The Ipsy teams decides which locations Gen Beauty is held, so it may be different each year.
It was such an amazing experience being able to attend the event. Not only do brands come out, but they also set up Meet & Greets for YouTubers! I am lucky to be a content creator for IpsyOS, so I was also invited to attend the cocktail party the night before. It was my first cocktail party ever and this is a social event for bloggers to get to know each other. Definitely a great way to mingle with each other since there were bloggers from all over! Not to mention you could potentially meet Michelle Phan (the creator) or one of the invited YouTubers.
Some tips for attending Gen Beauty in the future:
Going from vendor to vendor can be very stressful especially since the lines are long! I found that it can be extremely overwhelming, so make sure you take breaks! DON’T FORGET TO EAT!
You don’t have to visit every vendor on the first day! The brands are also there the second day!
Early Access is WORTH IT! If you have the option to add Early Access, DO IT! I purchased early access, and on the first day of the event, the line was CRAZY just to get in! Early access is when you get to go in 1 hour before everyone else and get to meet the brands first!
If you can register the day before, you should do that. The day of the event, the registration had an extremely long line, and people would go in to register and have to come back out because they didn’t have early access.
Bring snacks and water! You’ll be walking around a lot and may not have time or even want to go out to get food and water. I remember wanting to go to every brand, but I had to pull myself away because I was extremely hungry.
Wear comfortable shoes! You’ll be walking around and standing in line a lot!
These are just some tips that I thought would be useful! If you have any more, please comment below and share them with me! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!
I don’t have many products from Bumble & Bumble, so I was very excited that Influenster sent me this complimentary box. I was actually really surprised with how much I ended up liking this product. At first it is a little weird because it is a low-foam cleanser. I wasn’t used to using a low-foaming cleanser, so I didn’t know if it would really clean my hair that well. When I rinsed out the product it didn’t strip my hair and actually made it feel a lot softer and smoother! Not to mention this product smells AMAZING! I’m really loving this and will probably purchase once I run out! Thank you Influenster and Bumble & Bumble for sending me this and allowing me to test it!
Went out to my local Target and picked up some E.L.F. products. I wanted to do a full face using only E.L.F. products because I have never done this before. I was extremely excited to try everything because I have not used E.L.F. products in a long time. The items I picked up were:
The Day to Night Lipstick Duo (I Love Pinks)
Aqua-Infused Blush & Bronzer (Bronzed Pink Beige)
Beautifully Bare Natural Glow Face Palette (Fresh & Flawless)
Mad for Matte Eyeshadow Palette
Ardell Faux Mink Falsies (Style 810)
Beautifully Bare Sheer Tint Finishing Powder (Light/Medium)
Beautifully Bare Foundation Serum (Light/Medium)
Tone Adjusting Face Primer (Brightening Lavender)
Some swatches of the eyeshadows from the Mad for Matte Eyeshadow Palette. From the picture, you can see that some of the shades aren’t very pigmented. When I was trying to swatch the colors, I could feel that the eye shadows feel pretty chalky.
Liked: From all the products that I purchased, these three were my top favorites. I really liked the primer because it reminded me of the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. It’s extremely soft and feels very light on the skin. You honestly don’t need to apply a lot on the face because a little goes a long way!
The other product that I really like was the foundation serum. It kind of reminds me of the Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation Serum. This foundation is extremely watery and the coverage is light to medium coverage. It also has SPF 30, so it’ll help with the sun. If you’re looking for full coverage foundation, this is not the one. This foundation serum feels extremely lightweight on the skin and doesn’t feel too sticky on the face. A very good lightweight foundation for summer!
The final product that I really liked was the Beautifully Bare Natural Glow Face Palette in Fresh & Flawless. This face palette is pretty and very inexpensive. Just like the eyeshadow palette, it’s not extremely pigmented, but you can build on it. The two blush shades are a very nice and subtle coral shade, and the bronzer color is a nice matte light brown. And lastly, the highlighter is what stood out for me. This highlighter is extremely pretty and gives an amazing glow to the cheeks.
Did not picture: Beautifully Bare Sheer Tint Finishing Powder (Light/Medium) is a very nice lightweight powder. It feels extremely smooth on the skin and gives a very nice lightweight coverage. I do like this powder, but I think I would grab a NYX powder instead.
Did not like: As for the rest of the products that I did not mention above, I ended up not really enjoying them. The Day to Night Lipstick Duo (I Love Pinks) looked like something I would really like based on the packaging, but when I opened it up the colors were completely different. They seemed a lot brighter and more neon than I had hoped. Not exactly something I normally go for.
For the Aqua-Infused Blush & Bronzer (Bronzed Pink Beige), I did not expect this item to be a cream bronzer and blush. I should have known based off the name being ‘Aqua-Infused,’ but I thought it meant it would be more hydrating. Anyways, I am not used to using cream blushes or bronzers, so this product felt a little odd for me and it just didn’t work out.
I have heard so many great things about the Mad for Matte Eyeshadow Palette and I decided to give it a try. It’s only $10 which is extremely affordable if you compare it to other eyeshadow palettes, but this was not for me. The shades aren’t very pigmented and the feel of the eyeshadows feel a little too chalky for my liking.
The last item that I did not like was the Ardell Faux Mink Falsies (Style 810). I really wanted to like these falsies, but they were just not the right style for me. They’re extremely soft and lightweight, but the style that I have are not flattering for my eyes. Looking at them from the packaging, the lashes look like they are plastic. Hopefully there are other styles and I will most likely give the other styles a try, it’s just the Ardell 810 were not the right ones for me.
***From the products I mentioned above, I just wanted to say that even though they did not work out for me doesn’t mean they won’t work for you! I recommend trying the products because you’ll never know if you’re going to love them or not!***
Swatches (From Left to Right):
Too Faced Melted Matte – Queen B
Buxom Cosmetics – White Russian
Marc Jacobs Beauty – Slow Burn
Bite Beauty – Honeycomb
The Estée Edit – In the Buff
Urban Decay – Comfort Matte
This Sephora Favorites kit is seriously one of my favorites! You can pick this up from Sephora for only $28! It’s an amazing deal with awesome brands! It comes with a lot of different nude shades, from a brownish nude to a purpley nude. My personal favorite is the Bite Beauty in the shade Honeycomb. It’s a very nice beige nude and looks extremely flattering when applied. If anyone is looking to try out different shades of nude lip products, I definitely recommend this kit. You get six different high-end brands with a variety of different shades for an amazing deal!
Introducing my two furbabies! These are my little babies that have been with me through everything! The one on the left is Coco and she is my 10 year old Bichon mix and on the left is Bailey, and she is my 7 year old Yorkie mix. You’ll be seeing them a lot more in the future! 🙂
I picked up the Too Faced Sweet Peach eyeshadow palette and the Sweet Peach Glow. Too Faced’s products are absolutely adorable and smells AMAZING! I can’t believe how pigmented the shadows are and I love how you have such a wide variety of colors to choose from. You can either do a subtle look or a dramatic look. I also love how gorgeous the highlighter in the Sweet Peach Glow is. Not to mention Too Faced’s products are cruelty free! Definitely a must try if you’re looking to get an eyeshadow palette!