Sephora VIB 2016: Burberry Cashmere Soft Matte Foundation.

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Burberry’s Cashmere matte foundation is one that’s debuted only once per year. You can get it from Sephora and other retailers between September and December every year, but after that it frikkin disappears for another year. You can usually find it on the Burberry website for a little bit longer, maybe  till the end of January. I’ve been stalking this for about two years now, don’t ask me why, something in the description just intrigued me. There are thirteen shades in the range, but where Burberry foundations are really spot on with their colour descriptions and the wear, sadly this one fell way short of my expectations from the brand.

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Sephora VIB Haul 2016: Kevyn Aucoin The Etherealist Skin Illuminating Foundation and Friends.

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I picked up some Kevyn Aucoin during the VIB sale. I’d only really wanted to get one thing, the new foundation, but wanted to try the Neo Bronzer since the summer so I went ahead and got it along with the new-ish Guardian Angel highlighter. I dunno, over the last few years or so, I’ve not really been into KA as much as I once was. The brand just seems to be lacking in innovation as well as quality, but I guess I was nostalgic here. Lemme tell you though? This foundation is quite possibly the worst foundation I’ve tried this year, and I’ve tried a lot if you’ve been keeping track.

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Sephora VIB Sale 2016: CoverFX Custom Enhancer Drops.

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Sephora associates are minions of Satan. There, I said it cause there is absolutely no reason for you to see me with a basketful of stuff and deliberately walk me over to the shiniest, most beautifulest, blingiest highlighter in the joint with that devilish little grin on your face. Like I was only gonna look at it? Girl…you know me by name, and you just started working here for the holidays! How does that convey any sort of self-control on my part to you?

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Holiday 2016: bareMinerals Warm Light Dimensional Powder Duo w/Brush (QVC Exclusive).

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I’m not a huge Bare Minerals fan, in fact I’m not really a fan at all. But I was trolling QVC early in the morning because I had nothing else to do really, and because QVC generally has some really well put together sets of products that give you a bunch of extras that you won’t find in store, for a fraction of the price. They also have a more expansive collection of cosmetics brands than HSN whose only  claim to fame really is Too Faced and Smashbox. QVC has Bobbi Brown, Algenist, Guerlain and Dior just to name a few.

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Anti-Holiday 2016: H&M Makes Cosmetics And Most Of It Ain’t Half Bad Folks. Picture Heavy. Long.

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Did ya’ll know that H&M made cosmetics? I sure as heck didn’t. I was watching Irichel on YouTube a few months back when she first discovered it in store and decided to test it out, I liked some of the stuff that she reviewed and so I decided to test that sucker out myself. What you see in that picture is not everything that I got. I placed two orders and got at least one item from most of the range. The only thing that I didn’t get was lip stuff or mascara even though I’d really wanted to, but I have way more than enough of both so I wasn’t about to go that route.

I bought my stuff online, and two hours after I placed my first order everything went on sale. I was a little bit pissed. However, I had gone back on the site to place another order for the things that I’d initially said I didn’t want, and so I placed a bunch of stuff in my cart but didn’t complete checkout. About a week later I still hadn’t purchased them and even though the sale was over, the items in my cart still had the sale prices and I was able to get them for those prices, so that’s one good thing to know. Another thing to know is that they have a shite return policy, or what I prefer to call the European Cosmetic Return Policy, where once you pay for something it’s yours even if it doesn’t work, which for purchasing online is a pain in the butt cause things don’t ever look the same. So this is something to keep in mind if you’re planning to shop cosmetics at H&M.com seeing as the entire range is not available everywhere.

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Sephora VIB Sale 2016: New Additions To The Laura Mercier Candleglow Line!

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This was such a welcome treat for me! You guys know that the Laura Mercier Candleglow foundation has become my most reached for foundation, and I have upwards of about ten different foundations people. I did get a darker colour for the summer, but I found that it’s such a flexible foundation that I can wear it now as well. It’s a tad dark, but not anything super noticeable, plus I can always fix it with a lighter powder. Since I’ve been stalking the Sephora site looking to see if the LM holiday palette that I wanted would be available, I ran across these as soon as they dropped. The palette never came into stock though, it’s only available on the LM website. Big boos.

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Sephora VIB Sale 2016: Dior Diorific LE Matte Liquid Lip & Cheek Velvet Colour.

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These were some of the items that I picked up in store. I really wanted to get these in person because I needed to know if they were pigmented enough for me. Reviews notwithstanding, pigmented for someone of a fair complexion is very different for someone my complexion, just as what I find pigmented won’t fly for someone much darker. And also, these sold out moments after going online during the Rouge sale. As it was, when I went into Sephora, there were only three of the four shades available, luckily the one that I didn’t want, was the one that was out.

The four shades are 01 Pleasure a rosy nude. 02 Marvel a hot pink. 03 Treasure a pinky lilac  and 04 Luxury a very true red. Now these are intended for use on both the lips and the cheeks, however, I purchased them with the express intent of using them as cheek products so I didn’t really care how they performed on the lips.

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Sephora VIB Haul 2016: Too Faced Melted Liquid Lipsticks.

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I had meant to get some of these in the summer when I’d gotten the Le Matte Lipsticks, but for whatever reason I forgot, so I decided to get these during the VIB sale. I’ve also been trying really hard to go outside of my comfort zone when it comes to lip colours. I’m very fond of mauves, roses, deep burgundy/purples and such. Fortunately, or unfortunately depending on your outlook, Too Faced makes it really easy for me to stay away from those colours in their range, since they’re often way too cool and/or light for me to wear.

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Holiday 2016: Jouer Limited Edition Matte Liquid Lipsticks.

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I told ya’ll. You knew it was coming. More. Yes friends, I got my hands on one of the Jouer Lip sets and lemme tell ya, it was not easy. The day these launched they sold out the very same day, and when I tried to get onto the site literally ten minutes after I got the email, I wound up in a two hour queue.

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Sephora VIB Haul 2016: Caudalie Beauty Elixir (Jason Wu Edition)

The Sephora VIB Rouge Sale was last weekend and the regular VIB sale was this weekend into today. I may have gone a little ham, on both sales. I used my own account for the Rouge sale and then my sisters for the VIB sale. What? She wasn’t gonna use it anyway. Much.

Anywhoo I shopped in store and online and so all of the items that I got haven’t arrived yet. I went mostly high end this year, in past years I’ve used the VIB sale to get all the Holiday sets that I’d been eyeing, but since I’m pretty much off holiday sets this year because they’re trash, I got a lot of brands and items that I’ve been absolutely dying to try. I’m in the process of trying everything, forming opinions and taking pictures at the moment, but I wanted to share with you guys this little gem that was the first thing that I tried and was wowed by.

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Anti-Holiday 2016: Checking Out Circa Beauty.

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I usually don’t go in for celebrity makeup lines. Collaborations with a well known company? Sure. But when they’re created by celebs, I usually roll my eyes and keep it moving. If you check out my very first Kat Von D post, you’ll see that I was completely wrong about that line, and yeah I was wrong about this one too. Maybe I should shut the hell up and just try stuff, whaddya think?

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Anti-Holiday 2016: I Tried MAKE Beauty…And At First…

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I thought that I hated it, but this story does have a happy ending.

In keeping with exploring brands I’ve always wanted to in lieu of getting a bunch of holiday crap, I slowly eased into a beauty brand I’ve been keen to try for over a year now. Make beauty is headquartered in NYC and so much innovation comes out of the city that I had no qualms about picking up some of their rather pricey bits.

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Holiday 2016: Ciate London Chloe Morello Beauty Haul

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I have had this for weeks and I’m sad to say that until earlier this week, I hadn’t paid it enough attention to use and review it. I bought this before it dropped because it was already available in the UK first and I gots people. I was initially a lot more impressed with this looking at it online than I was when I got it, and it’s not because it’s not a good palette, it it is. There’s just not anything very spectacular about it.

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Anti-Holiday 2016: Exploring Sephora’s Complexion Line

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Purely on the flimsiest of whims, I walked into Sephora and walked out with a bunch of their new complexion products. The complexion line has recently been revamped, I tried the blushes earlier this year and loved them, so I was really enthusiastic that the rest would be great as well. I picked up two of the Bright Future Serum Concealer and one of the Serum Correctors, and the new (relatively) 10 Hour Wear Perfect Foundation. The one thing that I didn’t get was the Micro Smooth Baked Foundation Face Powder. It’s supposedly a dupe for the Mac Mineralise Skin Finish, but they didn’t have a shade for me, I was in between shades.

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Skincare Obsessions: Cleansing Oils.

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Recently I tried two cleansing oils. I’ve wanted one for a while now, mostly because I was curious. You guys know that I use olive oil to first cleanse the dirt and makeup off my face and then I go in with a face wash to complete the job. You also know that I’m pretty damn lazy, so I wanted something that would cut that time in half. A built in wash in my face oil, I’ve tried to do it before and the results were not good. Trust me, you haven’t experienced pain until you have an oil and soap mix in you eyes that you can’t wash out.

The problem that I was coming across was that most of the cleansing oils that I saw usually had a heavy amount of Shea or coconut oils and that, for me, is a trip to break out city. I decided to go with a brand that I’ve loved for a while, and another that I’m rapidly falling in love with.

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