When Ulta and Sephora Happen

All I really have to say is Guilty. I’m so Guilty! I have absolutely no business buying new beauty products but the Shopping Gods called….and (un)fortunately, I answered! I did end up picking up some things that I had been eyeballing/hearing good stuff about. I picked up Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed, Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Uzi, NYX Push Up Bra for Eyebrows and NYX Love in Florence Eyeshadow Pallet in Ciao Bella.

Ulta/Sephora Goodies

Ulta/Sephora Goodies

The Blush: This stuff is legit. I’ve heard nothing but raves about it and it seriously lives up to the hype! I tend to touch my face a lot (a bad habit, I know), and this stuff stayed put for real! The color is a perfect matte, nude that I think would be flattering on a lot of people. $26 is a bit much to spend on a blush but I didn’t need a lot and it stayed all day so I’ll definitely be buying more colors.

The Eyeliner: I’m obsessed with the color of this! Grey eyeliners are my go to for summer and this is a great one to add to my collection. It has a metallic finish that really looks like gun metal on the eye. On the eyelid, it performed splendidly but it didn’t stay on my waterline as long as I had hoped. Still on the hunt for that perfect stay put eyeliner that won’t creep down into my ‘laugh lines’. The color is amazing though, like I said.

The Brow Product: This little nugget is a two in one brow pencil/highlight. The highlight end is exactly like Benefit’s Eye Bright and the brow end is a real great ‘universal’ brow pencil. I’m always skeptical of ‘universal’ products but this particular color works for my brows. With a light hand, it’s not too dark and not red at all. I don’t think this would work for people with hair much lighter than mine. The pencil is not too soft or waxy and applies the color to your brows in a way that looks very natural, not ‘drawn’. (If that makes any sense) Given that the Eye Bright alone is $20, you can go and get this nugget for only $9.99 and have the brightener AND a great eye pencil all in one! I say, DEAL!

The Shadow Palette: I’ve been drawn to this palette ever since I spotted it online. I’ve even picked it up in the store and put it back down several times because my rational mind was going: “You DON’T need anymore eye palettes!” Well NYX items were buy one and get one 50% off. I knew I wanted the Push Up Bra (hehe) but couldn’t find anything else I wanted so I went ahead and caved. NYX Eyeshadows are hit and miss, in my opinion. Some perform beautifully, while some tend to be un-pigmented and chalky. When I swatched them on my hand without primer, the coral and satin grey weren’t very pigmented. I applied them to the eyes with some primer and the coral ended up being beautiful but I still couldn’t get anything out of the grey. The ‘highlight’ color and smokey color are excellent and the super shimmery grey is a fun way to add some glam to a look. Overall, I’m happy that I got it. I feel like I’m going to be able to get a lot of different looks out of this little palette.

New Haul Face

New Haul Face

So there’s a little review of the little (unnecessary) nuggets that I picked up…and of COURSE I had to use them ALL in a look. They actually all paired quite nicely together.

Ciao Bella Eyes

Ciao Bella Eyes

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