Makeup doesn't have to be fancy. I'm so happy to see the days gone where drugstore makeup really looked atrocious. So glad to not have to go and choose just one thing from the Clinique counter (because it was the least pricey at the time) help your makeup when it really didn't, but we all have that mint green compact didn't we girls? So dang glad to see more affordable brands coming into Sephora and indie brands making a huge impact thanks to online availability. So I compiled a list of my least expensive but favorite products for as many category's as I could. I think I pretty much have them all.
So apparently 2017 is nearly over. When did that happen? Anywho, Christmas is literally a month away. The shopping season is here and I'll be honest, there are so many deals going on that it is hard to keep up. So I'm not going to bother with trying to tell you all the Black Friday sales because I like to have a plan and I am not the type to go out and be amongst the crowds on that day. I will say, check out the Sephora Sale section online and on the app, Ulta is having killer sales as well as Belk. Basically any place that sells makeup is having very impressive deals. More so than ever before I think.
What I'm going to do is give you some gift ideas for makeup and skincare in different price ranges. At the end for kicks I'll give you some items that aren't in those categories in case you want to switch it up.
Alright everyone, it's that time of year. Sephora Friends and Family event starts TOMORROW on the 3rd. I have a previous post where I really go in depth, which I will link here, of what I think would be great buys or what I personally would get. This is going to be a quick top 10 post though of things I would get, taking into consideration what is new and what is going to be the best deal. Of course skincare comes first for me andddddddd.....there's something special for you guys as well.
Ok guys, I finally got the Jaclyn Hill palette.....yes I know, bit late to the game there Erin. I got it because, if you don't know, some of Morphe products are sold in store and online at Ulta Beauty. So the reason that I don't have Morphe palettes in my collection aside from the Kathleen Lights and Morphe collab is because the shipping was ridiculous. Like forget the 10% code Morphe, give me a free shipping code and I'm cool with it. Not to mention a regular palette costs around $23 I think, Jaclyn Hill's palette costs $38. So add in roughly about $12 in shipping, which I find weird because you can buy a whole crap load of brushes and ship it USPS for $4 but buy a palette and it's like $12 and FedEx. Not sure if you think FedEx is safer because they nearly broke the glass on my door from throwing a package so hard against it.....but I digress.
The time is upon us. Sephora's Friends and Family event is only days away if you happen to be buds with an associate, otherwise it's in mid November. I waited till last minute just so I could get an idea of what sets are going to be the best and what looks interesting. This will also be in parts: skincare and makeup, and then the things I'm interested in. Let's get started.
Today we're going to do a brand round up! It's going to be on Sunday Riley. Now I don't have every single products but I have a lot and I have enough to give you some thoughts on what I would get from them and in general if they're products make a difference/warrant the price tag. It's going to be very honest, and in some parts it might sounds harsh. I don't mean it to come off as that but I'm not gonna waste time sugarcoating the way of telling you if a product didn't do it for me.
For a while, I've been slowly trying the May Lindstrom line of products. I say slowly because they are quite expensive but everything from ingredients to packaging is beautiful about them. I truly, truly feel like May Lindstrom is an artist, and maybe a magician in some cases with the way she blends together unbelievable concoctions to not just help the skin and nourish the skin but also to appeal to the senses as well. You can't help but feel relaxed.
We talk about a lot of stuff on here. A lot of reviews. I rarely take you thru my tricks/shortcuts. Recently I got to use a new brush set and contour kit sent from The Vanity Planet. The brush set is a 15 piece brush set, cruelty free with Premium Synthetic Bristles, wooden handles of Brichwood and very light weight.
Here's a description from the company about the quality of the Bristles:
"Made with Premium Synthetic Bristles, the brushes have a silky soft feel and are cruelty free. This particular material is not highly absorbent, so it’s great for applying cream and liquid-based products, as it allows for precise, smooth, and streak-free application"
Sephora's Spring VIB Sale is coming up. So per usual I'd like to provide you with a buying guide of things I think would be good choices to pick up. I prefer to buy more expensive items during these sales to take the sting off the price a little bit. Keep in mind you can return stuff to Sephora even if you've used it, they have a wonderful return possibility. It's also a great time to pick up things you use constantly or that you know you love and will use. These are the only sales that I actually "plan out" to get the most bang for your buck and to buy smart and use it to your advantage.
I feel like skincare is the biggest expense and also the bigger concern so I prefer buying skincare during these. So I will have a skincare suggestions list, and a makeup suggestions list, and some honorable mentions at the end.
Starting with skincare, I like buying value sets. You get to try more stuff for a better price and for things you aren't positive if you'll like, you get to sample it first kinda.
Also it's a great time to buy skincare tools. I recommend the PMD Personal Micro-dermabrasion set, a Clarisonic, or a Foreo Luna. All of those especially the cleansing devices make a huge difference in your skin and hardly ever need to be replaced.
Makeup is often times more exciting and fun for people. I felt the very same way. Where I like to buy skincare sets in these sales I don't like to buy makeup sets because I'd rather buy full size of something I know I'd use. I generally go for foundation, which is what I will do this time as well. A nice eye shadow palette, not gimmicky. Something that blends beautifully and gets the job done. I often buy palettes a lot come to think of it. I also buy stuff that I use constantly that I need to stock up on.
So for some honorable mentions:
Brush sets, especially the Natasha Denona one.
Dyson Hair Dryer that is ridiculously expensive.
Too Faced Natural Love Ultimate Neutral Eye Shadow Palette. Lots of neutrals and in matte and shimmer formulas.
Becca Shimmer Skin Perfector Pressed
Primers, ie: Smashbox, Hourglass Veil, Dr Brandt Pore Minimizing, Becca Ever Matte.
MUFE Star Lit loose powders
Stila Magnificent Metal Glitters
Dr. Jart Ceramidin Moisturizer
If you wanted to try LaMer now would be a good time but so far I don't care for much of it but they do have some sets available.
So those are just some things that I suggest. Of course it's not the Gospel people, you're free to buy whatever you want.
**I hear that the sale is the 7th of April but I haven't had that confirmed and usually the spring sale is 10%-15% depending on what tier your on with the Beauty Insider**
I'm a makeup and skincare lover. I have always enjoyed creating looks but I love to help people with product knowledge and application even more. I've been able to do these things because God has seen fit to bless me with the opportunity.
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