I guess it’s fair to say that I went a little crazy on my Sephora VIB Sale shopping spree this year! Trust me, all these were thing I needed (in my mind anyway😜).
Curious about what products I got and as a result, went bankrupt (just kidding!)? Keep on reading… In the coming months, I WILL write a separate review on each product, so for now, this is just a bird’s-eye report on my investment and consequently, the damages on my credit card!!!
BAREMINERALS Nudes for Days 6 Piece GEN NUDE Lip Wardrobe
BUXOM Lips Off Leash Plumping 15-Piece Mini Lip Collection
HOURGLASS Ambient Lighting Edit – Volume 3
LAURA MERCIER Mode To Modern Caviar Stick Eye Colour Collection
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz (Caramel)
Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47 Protect and Perfect
Marc Jacobs Beauty Genius Gel Super-Charged Foundation (x2)
Sephora Favorites Scouted by Sephora
Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm with Echinacea GreenEnvy
KATE SOMERVILLE All Glow, No Glitter Exfolikate Trio
DR JART+ Best Face Forward
SUNDAY RILEY Power Couple Duo: Total Transformation Kit
BAREMINERALS Prep Step Broad Spectrum 50
I went with products I will try to use up in 2017/2018. If I don’t (or if they are just average items), they will be declutter by the end of the year. I have become a heartless makeup user – no time (or space) to collect products for the sake of it…
This BareMinerals lip set was not on my radar at all, but somehow, it ended up in my Sephora basket. When in store, I was drawn to these NUDE colors and I was curious to try these GEN NUDE Moisturizing Buttercream Lipglosses & Matte Liquid Lipcolors. I adore their Marvelous Moxie LipGloss and heard a lot of good things about their newer formula so I just couldn’t restrain myself!
Sephora in-store & online for 30$CND (Limited Edition)
A mini Gen Nude collection with 3 Matte Liquid Lipcolors (Weekend, Icon, Juju) and 3 Moisturizing Buttercream Lipglosses (Cosmic, Sugar, Flirt)6 X 0.06oz (2ml)
Formulated without : Parabens, Phthalates & Sulfates
Matte Liquid Lipcolors
♥ The formula is super creamy,
♥ Can be applied without a lip liner (nearly no bleeding),
♥ Lips don’t completely dry out after an hour or two (comfortable to wear),
♥ The shades are not “flat” mattes,
♥ The biggest advantage: each colour FADES well,
♥ No transfer on BeardMan’s lucious lips (or coffee mugs) 😉
♥ It fades after 2 or 3 hours,
♥ Like ALL matte liquid lip products on the market, they dry the lips after some time (minimal for these though),
♥ I DO get product all over my teeths.
Moisturizing Buttercream Lipglosses
♥ Non sticky at all,
♥ Feel very buttery on the lips,
♥ Offer a great pigmentation for lipglosses,
♥ Have almost NO SCENT & NO TINGLING effect.
♥ NO staying power (after 1 to 2 hours, it’s almost gone)
First, this set is a great deal since these Minis versions (0.06oz) individually sell for 13$CND – this set gives you 6 for 30$. Second, since I NEVER finish any lipstick and they go bad quite fast, I prefer deluxe size samples. So all in all, this set offers beautiful NUDE colors, gorgeous for any event, with a very good formula.
When I choose a lip product, I always go for the ones with cakes, fruits or mint scents Surprisingly, these don’t smell like anything I already own. I also normally pick stickier (I wear my hair up, so no problem!), tingling glosses that have a longer staying power, but, even though these tends to disappear after an hour or two, I’m really digging them A LOT. Compared to my favourite brands, I still prefer Buxom & Marc Jacobs lip glosses over them! As for the Matte Liquid Lipcolors, they are fantastic and by far the best formula I’ve tried so far (Better than Stila’s & ABH)
I will happily “PAN” all these. Is it a set for you? I guess it depends on your personal preference.
Is this set a Hot Buy or Not ? In my book, it’s a HOT one!!!!
Since I will not be “hauling” this year, I thought it would be fun to do an update on my last Spring VIB Sale Haul since I’ve been playing with all these products for nearly a year (with only one exception). Oops, my bad!
When I reflect on this haul, I harvested a great crop last year! I really bought some pretty good stuff minus two items I kind of regret buying !!! You can read and look (and laugh) at the worst pictures I’ve ever taken in my two years of blogging HERE …
If you see a Bunny 🐰, it means this product is CRUELTY FREE !
Note: I will do an in-dept review on each item in “hopefully” the near future…
Here is my “haulage” UPDATE …
Nars Blush in Impassioned🐰
This blush is so beautiful and practical as it goes with almost every makeup look. This color is the most dazzling and delicate neutral matte pink. The formula is impeccable, pigmented enough and it stays put all day long. Every makeup lover should own Impassioned and /or Madly, a more medium brown, with a touch of orange and peach gold shimmer.
My rating: 9/10 It’s that gorgeous. Pricey but I will use every bit of this beauty.
Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Amethyst
I love cream eyeshadows! As I get older, creamy formulas are fast becoming my BFF and Laura Mercier’s Caviar Stick Eye Colour doesn’t disappoint. The brand defines this product as “long-wearing, transfer-proof, and crease-resistant, the color glides seamlessly onto lids and blends and layers beautifully with a rich pigment-payoff ” and ladies, it’s 100% true … To girls with hooded eyes, these items are a godsend!
At the end of a 12-hour workday, all my makeup has melted and creased but my Eye Colour is still INTACT! I own four LM sticks and Amethyst is the one I use the most (it’s currently in my Project Pan), as an overall wash or to replace my eyeliner …
My rating: 9/10. I took a point off because if you don’t put the lid tightly, you will end up with a dry stick very quickly!
I haven’t touch this bad boy once since buying it. Not that I don’t like it, au contraire, but I wanted to finish my old bM 5 in 1 BB in Barely Nude before starting this new one. Sad news however, this item is being discontinued and for the life of me I don’t know why!!! This eye color/primer is as good as my beloved MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pots with a SPF 15 as an added bonus.
Recently, I was posting about brands that didn’t have all the recognition they should and frankly, bareMinerals is one of them. A perfect product that is no longer… What’s the point of praising their products if they just put an end to them? With this termination, there is no cruelty-free version of MAC Paint Pots in the market! At least, I have this brand new one to enjoy for the next season …
My rating: 10/10 but Discontinued (Makes me so sad… This product should have been more hyped!)
Sephora Rouge Gel Lip Liner in Melon-Choly (05)
I’m not a big fan of the Sephora Collection line but when I saw this shade, I knew it would be perfect for Summer months. I mostly applying it all over my lips and top it off with a gloss. So juicy… and the formula is really great! I may not be the biggest consumer of lip liners but this one fits the bill as it glides smoothly, it’s retractable, non drying, creamy and the staying power is actually as good as a lot of high-end liners. Melon-Choly is a beautiful sunshine matte color. Highly Recommended!
My rating: 8/10. For the great quality at a very good price… 10/10 for the color though!
Anastasia Beverly Hills Angle Cut Brush #15🐰
Anastasia Beverly Hills brushes and ABH brow products are a match made in heaven. This brush #15 was a total impulse purchase and it usually happens when I enter a Sephora store just to window shop… Honestly, I don’t think this brush is a necessity if you already own #12 and/or #14 but if you are regularly using the ABH Dipbrow Pomade, you need to get this brush. This angled flat brush allows for a precise brow shaping and a perfect control of the pomade. It helps create perfect lines as well as fill your uneven brows with product and color. It is also a nice length rather than some of the longer ones on the market which can make it clumsy to hold.
My rating: 8/10 If you are using some types of pomade, this brush will be very useful and so beginner friendly!
Tarte Powder Player Bamboo Pressed Powder Brush🐰
This large ultra-plush Tarte Pressed Powder Brush is nicely made and after 6 months of washing it, I can say that it doesn’t shed one bit. The only advantage is that it works perfectly with pressed powder as it picks up just the right amount of product but that’s about it; there is no other usage for this brush as it’s so very dense. Do I feel any buyers remorse??? Yes and no … Yes because I own other brushes that give the same results but No because I use it all the time even if I find it too big!
My rating : 8/10 Because it does exactly what it claims to, but there is no need to run to buy one either!
Marc Jacobs The Face II Brush🐰
I’m forced to admit that I’m a Beauty Blender Sponge type of girl and it will not change anytime soon. However, this brush is fabulous in every aspects: it is luxurious and very beautifully built. Only disadvantages are that it takes forever to dry when you wash it and that I shouldn’t have bought it in the first place! I NEVER use it!
I even tried to use it in combination with my Kevyn Aucoin Cream Contour but I find myself reaching for my bh cosmetics #114 brush way more!
My rating : 8/10 It’s a stricking gorgeous brush that applies foundation very nicely but not as nice as my sponges. I REGRET BUYING IT but life goes on… I might just give it to someone that will use it to its full value.
Shiseido Tinted UV Protector SPF 43
The only con about this product is that you need a lot of product to cover your face as it doesn’t blend very well. It also does cling a little to dry patches. That being said, I’ve enjoyed this Shiseido Tinted UV Protector SPF 43 all summer long and I didn’t burn nor get breakouts from using it! It gives a natural and healthy hint of colour that looks great even though you didn’t sit in the sun all day!
My rating: 7/10 It’s an ok product, that I’m not sure I will repurchase. My yearly struggle to find the perfect sunscreen continues, I’ve tried so many it’s unbelievable but to be honest, this product is good compared to 75% of the ones I’ve tried so far.
Nars Sheer Glow Foundation🐰
With its beautiful light coverage, Nars Sheer Glow foundation is one of the only foundation that matches my skin perfectly! It just makes my skin glow even though I have combination/dry skin. It’s not too dewy but it still shows my natural skin without any cakiness!
My rating: 8/10 It’s unbelievable that such an expensive foundation wouldn’t have a pump. Seriously, for this reason alone, I wouldn’t repurchase this product (I know the pumps from MAC or Estée Lauder work on it but come on!). Like I previously said, Nars is the brand that matches my skin the best. Really stunning finish, so natural and above all, mature skin friendly!
Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer🐰
Definitely in my top three favorite Tinted Moisturizers. This is such an excellent lightweight foundation/ tinted moisturizer. It’s quite long lasting for a hydrating product and it doesn’t break down like so many others do during the day. It the perfect product for a dewy, fresh skin look. It also provides enough moisture for my dry spots.
My rating: 9/10 I always get compliments when I wear it; people tell me I’m glowing! When I don’t feel like doing a whole face or I want to show my natural beauty, this is my way go to. Ok, I meant to show my “No Makeup, Makeup”!
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