I was trying to wait until the rest of my lashes came in but I've gave up who knows when I'll get them. I like doing collective hauls because I can give you like a first impression opinion instead of just showing you all the stuff I've recieved or bought this month. A lot of this is thanks to gift cards I had saved so that's why there are some expensive pieces in here it's because I had a lot of gift cards especially from Sephora.
There will be swatches on the things that I haven't made specific posts about. If there isn't a swatch or review I'll tell you which post to read for it. Here's a quick run down of everything I got.
Becca Opal Highlighter
Becca Songbird Blush
VIB Rouge Birthday Set from NARs
Colour Pop Super Shock Shadows
Biore Pore Strips
Evermore Lashes in Lash Fever
Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipsticks
DUO Lash Glue (brush on)
Sally Hansen Color Foil Nail Polish
Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow palette
REN One Minute Facial
Whipped Body Cream from Ten Digit Creations
So first off we'll get into the Becca products. I can say that I'm a fan of this brand now. The Opal highlighter which is a cult favorite these days, I used to go back and forth so many times for a solid two years on whether or not to buy it. Highlighters were never my favorite and I thought that I would have something similar. Well ironically I didn't have something identical. I did have something a little similar but the Becca one is much smoother and soft and better quality I think. The one that was most similar I felt was MAC Soft and Gentle when I really thought it would be Mary Lou Minizer from the Balm. I've provided swatches of them side by side actually so you can see the differences. Becca highlighters are $38 at Sephora.
The blush was something I was sooooo excited for. I love blush. I love blush more when it makes you look healthy or sun kissed. This is a deep blush. It's dark coral with a gold sheen in my opinion. I don't know if the fairest of fair skin tones will love it but I do think with a light hand you could still do it. However you know me and you know I always appreciate dramatic makeup. I can not wait to use this in the summer. I love Benefit Coralista in the summer and it's literally about 2 shades darker than that but you look so sunkissed with it. The formula is great I really want to buy more blushes from Becca because they are so nice. This was $32 at Sephora.
Next up is the birthday gift by NARs from Sephora. If you are a Beauty Insider no matter the level at Sephora you get a birthday gift the month of your birthday. It's usually a duo but if you're a Rouge member then it's a trio. This year the birthday gift is a matte lip pencil and satin lip pencil from NARS with a eyeliner as the third gift for Rouge members. I can say this is one of the best gifts I've recieved so far in the birthday gifts.
From top to bottom it's:
Satin lip pencil in Rikugien
Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella
Eyeliner in Via Vineto
Rikugien is a super wearable mauve pink. It's neutral and everyday appropriate and I think it's an amazing color. The formula is thin and glossy in my opinion so carry it with you for touch ups.
Cruella is a beautiful red and that really says a lot comig from me. I'm not the biggest fan of red or "true" reds rather. This is perfect because I don't feel like it's very bright I think it's a little bit darker which to me is easier to pull off. The formula is great too. It feels smooth and lasts fairly well.
Via Venito is your basic black eyeliner pencil. It's mechanical do it twists up from the bottom and has a small sharpener on the end. I have a full size in Via d Martelli I believe (brown) it's alright but I don't think it transfers well and seems very dry. However this is much better it transfers perfect and is true to its color in the packaging.
The Colour Pop Cosmetics shadows have their own seperate post so please check that out for prices, swatches and thoughts.
The Biore pore strips are an oldy but a goody. I've used these for years and they really are the best way at removing black heads for me. Mostly on my nose although I do use them on my chin and forehead some. I'm very prone to blackheads and no matter what I use I can't keep them away unless I use these weekly or every two weeks. I believe these are $6 at Walmart.
The EverMore Lashes and ABH Liquid Lipsticks have seperate posts so please check those out if you're curious.
The Duo Lash Glue was something I picked up from Sephora. It has Vitamins in this certain kind and has a brush applicator instead of a squeeze tube like the original. I don't know how I feel about it. It's usually liked more than the original because you can really limit how much glue you put on but I never had a problem putting glue on with the squeeze tube. The one thing I do like is that because you are putting a lot less glue it dries insanely fast. So before I'd have to let them sit for 20-30 seconds to get tacky before putting them on and now I have to work fast. So I put glue on one strip and apply before I do the other strip. I feel like you almost don't get enough glue on the brush though because it dries so fast that sometimes I'm still trying to put glue on it still and one side will already be dry. To each their own though. This was $9.
The Color Foil nail polish was something I picked up at Kroger. It's a fantastic gold color and there were other metal type colors you could choose from. This is best used without a base or top coat (I swear! It even says it on the bottle) and dries super fast. As far as gold polish goes Im set for the rest of my life. This was actually a suggestion from my mom. So kudos to you Momma for that good eye. It was $6 when I bought it.
The Hourglass palette has a seperate post as well so look into that if you're curious.
REN One Minute Facial was a freebie. It's a very very odd product. You massage it onto the skin then wet you fingers and massage over it again to activate the Vitamin C. It tingles and almost burns I think while it sits on the skin for a minute. Then you rinse it off and it's like an all in one express facial I guess. My skin does feel really really clean but I feel like I get the same effect from my cleansers that have Salicylic Acid in them.
Last, but not least, is the Whipped Body Cream from Ten Digit Creations. I got this off Etsy because I was looking for a lemon pastry/cake/cookie scent in a lotion. I also love trying out different indie companies on Etsy too because I think the quality is lots better than mass produced items sometimes. This is a cake smell first with a lemon after scent. I didn't like it when I smelt it in the jar but when I used it I could smell the lemon more and really started to like it. The cream itself is super thick and heavy which I really like and even after using it more than 8 hours ago I can still smell it faintly. I got a 2 oz bottle for $5 shipping not included.
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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