It’s that time of year again….the SEPHORA VIB SALE!
Twice a year Sephora launches a brief 20% off sale for their VIB and VIB Rouge Beauty Insiders (ie. second and third tier loyalty members). I took advantage of this sale and picked up a selection of my beauty essentials, new favourites, splurges, an anniversary gift, and a free point purchase.
In today’s blog, I decided to only include images and descriptions (from the Sephora website) instead of including my full reviews and/or swatches of each product, like I usually do. I thought this would be a great opportunity to hear from you about which of the listed products you would like me to review, swatch, compare to competitors…etc(not to mention, prevent this post from being insanely long).
I have a love/hate relationship with Colourpop Cosmetics! I love them because they keep creating amazing new innovative beauty products but I hate them cause they keep creating amazing new innovative beauty products….and I want to buy them all!!!!
I have been pinning eyeshadow looks and tutorials on Pinterest for YEARS but I realized that I haven’t actually tried any of the looks out…so, I’ve decided to challenge myself, by selecting my favourite pins to discover:
If I can create this look with my existing makeup.
If this look works well on my/a different eye shape and/or colour.
How helpful the step by step images are (if any).
What tips can I provide my readers to help you achieve this look.
No matter what skin tone or eye colour you have, purple is flattering on everyone! That’s why I selected today’s challenge, which I have entitled “Purple Pizzazz”.
On a day-to-day basis, I do wear touches of purple to line my lower lashes or add a pop of colour on the outer eye corner…but nothing this intense.
So although I was confident that the colours would look lovely, the big question was “would this be wearable” or just something artistic to look at online…I’d never know unless I gave it shot – so I did!
A couple months ago, I signed up for Influenster, a site where “social savvy shoppers” can stay on top of the latest product news, review products, and receive free products (“VoxBox”) based on their social media presence.
Last month, I received my second complimentary VoxBox – the L’Oréal Revitalift Bright Reveal VoxBox. It contained a Daily Scrub Cleanser, Reveal Peel Pads, Overnight Moisturizer, and SPF 30 Moisturizer.
“A liquid eyeliner with an innovative brush tip for effortless, precise application. Achieve eye perfection with this high-pigment, waterproof liner that stays put all day for a fade-, melt-, crack-, and run-resistant finish. The superfine and flexible brush tip glides across the lashline for incredibly fluid application, allowing you to create a variety of looks with ease. Unlike traditional felt tip liners, this brush tip will not fray.” (sephora.com)
My Pros & Cons
What’s great about this product?
It’s easy to apply.
The thin tip creates a precise line and perfect cateye wing.
It’s a true jet black colour.
The formula is very opaque so you only need one coat
It’s long wearing. I fell a sleep with it once and when I woke up it was still almost perfect.
What could be improved?
There is a plastic-y / sheen finish. As it was called “tattoo” I expected it to be more matte and natural looking (which I prefer).
If you push too hard with the tip, the product may bleed a bit…especially in the inner corner of my inner corner
One or twice I noticed that the bottom part of my winged liner flaked off.
Once the product has dried it feels a little stiff on the eyelid (when I blink, I can sometime feel a little tug)
Would I buy it again?
Would I recommend it to other? Yes! Would I buy it again? No. Overall, it’s a wonderful product, I just prefer a matte finish.
(For full disclosure, please note that a couple of the links are shopstyle affiliate links. There are many retailers I could have linked for info on the same products, so I figured why not link ones that reward me for selecting them so I can buy more products to review for you! I want to re-assure you that the featured products were not selected on that basis. )
Urban Decay recently launched 100 new Vice Lipsticks in a variety of different finishes comfort matte, sheer, cream…etc).
I discovered that Sephora had a special promotion giving out a FREE Urban Decay Lipstick 24-Shade Deluxe Sampler with any $25+ order. So, I jumped on this opportunity to try them out and do some swatches for you!
Going to the store and looking at 100 different shades with several different finishes can be overwhelming, so my goal of this post is to help you decide which colours you may want to try out.
(NOTE: I just found out that the Sephora promo is still going on. To take advantage of it, use the code UDVICES)
As I mentioned in my Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Part 1 and Part 2 posts, I’ve decided to divide up my swatches into three posts (a) so this isn’t the longest post of all times (b) some of the colours left a stain so I didn’t want it to effect the swatches (c) to save my lips from swatch misery.
These are the samples that I was most excited about – the nude-ish section! I liked so many of the colours in this section of the kit that picking my favourites was a tough endeavor.
Why the “+”?
After trying out all these lipsticks, I decided to visit my local drug store to see if there were any colours that I hadn’t swatched that were worth trying on. I fell in love with the colour Trance and decided to purchase it (see swatch and description below).
As I now own a real full Urban Decay Vice lipstick, I can finally show you what the actually packaging and tube look like (yay!).
The tube is very modern and “urban” looking (true to brand). The dark grey metal top/lid looks like it has been hit with a hammer a couple times (not in a bad way lol!). The only negative is that, because the lid covers 95% of the tube, it sometimes get’s stuck and I have to twist and pull hard to get it off, but this has only happened a couple times. Over all, very unique and futuristic looking packaging.