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Sephora VIB Rouge Sale Haul | Spring 2017

Sephora recently had their Spring Beauty Insider sale where VIB and Rouge members received 15% off their purchases while Beauty Insiders received 10% off their purchases. I usually try to wait to do my biggest hauls in the Fall/Winter when Sephora has this same sale, except 20% off for VIB and Rouge members and 15% off for Beauty Insiders. Moreover, they usually send a $10, $15, or $20 off $50+ purchase coupon in December.

This time, however, I couldn’t resist on certain products and did splurge after splurge in store and online.

Sephora VIB Rouge Sale Haul | Spring 2017

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Best Way To Keep Up With The Latest Beauty News and Sales

The beauty industry is constantly expanding and many brands tend to drop products so frequently, it’s becoming more difficult to keep up with the latest launches! I’ll be sharing the four lovely ladies that make my beauty addiction so much easier. From drugstore to high end to luxury products, these gals have you covered with the latest beauty news, launches and sales!

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Walmart Beauty Box Review | Spring 2017

My Spring Walmart Beauty Box  arrived this week and I have to say I am impressed! For $5 a box, you can’t really expect a whole lot but this season’s box was jam packed full of goodies.

The Walmart Beauty Box  is a quarterly subscription service that provides full and sample size beauty products and coupons. All you pay is a $5 shipping charge and you get a box full of goodies delivered straight to your doorstep! This subscription is available to US residents only.

Spring 2017 Walmart Beauty Box

This service isn’t fully customizable like other beauty boxes. There are two different curated boxes each season and the one you get depends on your age. Subscribers under the age of 35 will receive the “Trendsetter” box and those 35+ will receive the “Classic” box.

Something different did occur this season, however. I received an email about two weeks ago asking if I wanted to opt in for their first themed box, the theme being “Me Moment”, which I did.  After browsing Instagram and My Subscription Addiction – I noticed this themed box was a mixture of the Trendsetter and Classic boxes minus a couple products.

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ColourPop Blotted and Ultra Blotted Lips | First Impressions and Giveaway

ColourPop recently launched more of their Blotted Lips along with a brand new formula – Ultra Blotted Lips! These two formulas are meant to go hand in hand with the “no makeup” makeup trend.

ColourPop launched 8 new shades of their Blotted Lips and 8 shades of their Ultra Blotted Lips and I of course had to have them all in my collection! Below you’ll find my first impressions, swatches, along with a ColourPop giveaway. I purchased a few ColourPop goodies for one lucky reader – the prizes will remain a mystery but I may or may not be giving hints on Instagram. *wink wink, nudge nudge*

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Sephora Beauty Insider Sale Recommendations | Spring 2017

Sephora’s Beauty Insider sale is just around the corner so I put together a quick list of my recommendations! Below are the dates for Beauty Insiders, VIB, and VIB Rouge and how much of a discount each tier will receive:

  • Rouge Members get 15% off 4/18-4/24 with code ROUGESPRING
  • VIB Members get 15% off 4/19-4/24 with code VIBSPRING
  • Beauty Insiders get 10% off 4/20-4/23 with code BISPRING
First off – if you’re an Ulta Platinum Member and received a 20% off code via email – I highly recommend checking Ulta to see if they have the products you may have planned to purchase at Sephora. You’ll save a little bit more plus earn points to use towards a future purchase!
Secondly, if you plan to place orders online I highly suggest you use Ebates to earn cash back towards your purchase! I have the Chrome plugin so it reminds me to use Ebates at every valid online store. I’ve earned hundreds of dollars from online shopping through Ebates!
The first thing I added to my cart is the Benefit Cheeky Parade Palette! The price will drop from $58 to $49.30 for VIB + VIB Rouge member and $52.20 for Beauty Insiders. Full of five best selling Benefit bronzers and blushes, this palette is great to have, especially if you have travel plans coming up!
Photo Credit: Sephora.com
Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighters – $38 but price will go down to $32.30 for VIB/Rouge members and $34.20. These are some of my favorite highlighters! Opal is hands down my favorite shade – I’m about to hit pan on the one I have so I’ll be purchasing a backup and possibly a couple other shades to complete my collection!
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Kat Von D Tattoo Liner – Originally $20, price will drop to $17 for VIB/Rouge members and $18 for Beauty Insiders. I actually have preferred Stila’s Stay All Day Liquid Liner for years but it hasn’t been the same the past couple of times I bought it so KVD has become a new favorite! It provides a high intensity black finish and is easy to create any eyeliner look!
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Farsali Rose Gold Elixir – $54, price will drop to $45.90 for VIB/Rouge members and $48.60 for Beauty Insiders. I’ve heard really great things about this product – it’s meant to nourish and brighten skin, improve texture, reduce fine lines and discoloration, and provide an instant glow upon usage!
Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Lip & Liner – Marked down to $30, will go down to $25.50 for VIB/Rouge members and $27 for Beauty Insiders. This set features 14 deluxe and full size lip products. It originally costs $60 but will cost less than half that during the sale!
I’ll be listing a few categories of products next just to get you all brainstorming on what else you might want to pick up!
Now’s a good time to stock up on any face products you may be running low on! If we’re talking foundations, I LOVE the MUFE Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation! It reacts well with with my sensitive skin and provides the perfect amount of coverage. Tinted Moisturizers are something I plan on experimenting with this year – specifically the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 and Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20. I’ve tried the IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better™ CC+™ Cream with SPF 50+ and tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen but my skin did not do well with either of them, they both left my skin feeling insanely itchy after a few hours of wear.
Now’s also a great time to restock on some tools like Beauty Blenders or even add the beautiful tarte Make Believe In Yourself: Magic Wands Brush Set to your collection as well as one of those High Tech Gadgets for your hair, skin, etc!
Lastly, take a look at the sale items in your local Sephora or online to see if there’s anything that catches your eye! There’s no harm in adding the Urban Decay Makeup Lockdown Travel Duo to your cart right? Or even the Algenist Anti Aging Essentials Set!
What do you plan on hauling this coming week? Let me know your recommendations below!
 
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Rani Cosmetics Sparked Dazzling Lipsticks | First Impression and Swatches

As I was catching up on youtube a few days ago I noticed Eshani from Total Makeup Junkie 101 released a new video talking about her new makeup line, Rani Cosmetics!

I have been following Eshani on youtube for over a really long time now and not only love her videos, but I admire her as a person. She’s someone I can fully trust when it comes to honest reviews and facts about beauty products.
I was absolutely thrilled to hear that Rani Cosmetics initial launch was going to be a lipstick line, especially since her videos are the ones I rely on when looking for lip swatches and information on formulas.
This initial line is called the Sparked Dazzling Lipsticks and so far there are six stunning shades available. As the name suggests, these lipsticks have a shimmery finish. Seeing these was a trip down memory lane for me because I used to wear lipsticks just like these with my Indian outfits when I was younger!
Here’s a list of ingredients from their website:

 

Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Ozokerite, Propylene Glycol, Silica, Flavor (Aroma), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Tocopheryl Acetate, BHT, Tin Oxide.
May Contain + / – : Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 30 Lake (CI 73360).
Net Wt. 0.12 fl oz. / 3.5g each
Moreover, these products are vegan and cruelty free! Each shade costs $18 but if you’re looking to buy all six, there is a bundle available for $99 (a savings of $9!) right here! Also, Rani Cosmetics offers worldwide shipping!
I am in LOVE with the packaging! It’s something different and really makes the Indian side of me super happy! The henna print on the box along with this rose gold foil design on the lipstick tube is absolutely stunning! I also really love the hot pink foiled logo as well – all in all, the packaging is gorgeous and feels luxurious!
These are the six shades available! I am so thankful the sticker labels are the true colors of the shade – I wish more brands did this!
I can’t get over how stunning the packaging is along with the shades! These shades would look beautiful on every skin tone. The formula is really smooth and buildable. They aren’t patchy at all and you’ll be good to go with just one swipe!
Here are some quick swatches I did. I’ll definitely be leaning towards Tattoo, Lassi, and Syrup for the next few months and  Latte, Bindi, and Eclipse towards the mid/end of the year! This photo does not do justice to the shimmer at all but it looks completely stunning in each shade in person! Moreover, each shade has a unique scent to it!
Here’s a description of each shade from their website:
BINDI- A classic, medium-red base laced with gold and pink shimmer. Infused with a subtle strawberries & cream scent.
SYRUP- A true, fuchsia-pink base laced with gold and pink shimmer. Infused with a subtle rose scent.
LASSI- A vibrant, orange-red base laced with gold and pink shimmer. Infused with a subtle mango scent.
ECLIPSE- A vampy, dark purple base laced with pink shimmer. Infused with a subtle coconut scent.
LATTE- A sultry, chocolate brown base laced with subtle violet and blue reflects. Infused with a subtle chai latte scent.
TATTOO- A universal, pinky-nude base laced with pink shimmer. Infused with a subtle caramel cream scent.
My overall initial thoughts on the Sparked Dazzling Lipsticks are completely positive. I had really high hopes because of Eshani herself – from her videos she seems incredibly intelligent, has reviewed a vast amount of beauty products, and also seems like someone who would put a lot of thought and effort in something like this. And I think she totally did! From the packaging to the formula it’s obvious she put a lot of time and effort into creating these products.
I am really excited to see what’s next for Rani Cosmetics! What about you? Have you bought any of these shades or do you plan to?
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Tarte Make Believe In Your Self Eye and Cheek Palette | Swatches

Tarte recently had a friends and family sale and I couldn’t resist grabbing their new Make Believe in Yourself Palette!

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This palette costs $40 and is available on Tarte’s website as well as at Sephora and Ulta! Note: If you plan on purchasing this in the next week or so, I recommend purchasing it from Sephora as their Beauty Insider event will begin 4/18 – more details below:
  • Rouge Members get 15% off 4/18-4/24 with code ROUGESPRING
  • VIB Members get 15% off 4/19-4/24 with code VIBSPRING
  • Beauty Insiders get 10% off 4/20-4/23 with code BISPRING

Anywho ~ back to the palette! 

This palette is absolutely magical!
Here’s a description straight from Sephora :
What it is: 
A kaleidoscopic, unicorn-inspired eyeshadow palette with 10 radiant shadows and a strobing eye and cheek highlighter. 

What it does: 
The make believe in yourself eye & cheek palette features hypnotic shades that can be layered with the matte base and the strobing eye and cheek highlighter for a multi-faceted, fairy-like glow. Infused with Amazonian clay and mineral pigments, the silky-soft formula blends to a fine, long-lasting finish without any fallout or chalkiness. 

This palette contains: 
– 10 x 0.105 oz/ 3 g Eyeshadow in Magic (bronze shimmer), Wings (copper shimmer), Marvel (metallic sage shimmer), Trance (taupe slate shimmer), Fairy (metallic lavender shimmer), Mystic (blue pearl shimmer), Dream (turquoise shimmer), Crystal (iridescent champagne shimmer), Pixie (golden pink shimmer), Myth (matte nude) 
Let’s check out some swatches – these are without primer
I adore this palette since I don’t have many shades like these already, particularly the blues/greens. Moreover, these shadows blend really well and they’re long lasting! 
If you’re thinking of purchasing this palette, you can do so here!
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