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November Beauty Favorites | Blogmas Day 2

12.02.2016

Another month, another favorites. I seriously cannot believe it is already the last month of 2016. Where the hell has the year gone?! Anyways, here are the beauty products I've been loving over the past month!


Lorac Mega Pro 3 Sold Out Online
Since I've bought a decent amount of eyeshadow this year, I've been making an effort to wear more of it on a daily basis. This month I've been reaching for the Lorac Mega Pro 3 palette constantly!

I love the color selection-- it's got such a great range of neutrals as well as some more statement-y colors.

The shadows as a whole are very soft and easy to blend. They are powdery, but in a good buttery sorta way. The lighter matte shadows build up beautifully and the metallic shades are so pigmented with one swipe. I did quick, one swipe, finger swatches of some of my favorite shades for this post but if you wanna see more swatches you can check out my Lorac Mega Pro 3 swatches and first impressions post.

It is sold out online but I've seen it in stock at local stores.



Wet N' Wild 'Plaid to the Bone' Eyeshadow Trio Sold Out Online
Drugstore limited edition collections usually don't catch my eye. The exception to that is Wet N wild! Earlier this year I reviewed two of their limited edition highlighters from their spring collection (which will be made permanent in 2017!!) and now I've found another LE gem.

The plaid to the bone eyeshadow trio. I think I picked this up in September along with another trio and sort of forgot about it. What a shame that was since two of the thee shades in this trio are GORGEOUS.

Let me start with the negative to get it get it out of the way. The blue shadow in the middle is terrible. I don't know if I got a dud or what but I can't get any pigmentation out of it. It's a shame since the color is so pretty in the pan.

But the other two shades? OH MY LANTA. I can't believe I paid 3 bucks for this because the shadows are so lux. They're so soft, creamy, and pigmented. The lid shade is a beautiful purple- green duochrome that I'm obsessed with. unfortunately since this is a limited edition set it is sold out online. Your best chance of finding it is in stores but even then it'll be hard since this is part of their fall collection ๐Ÿ˜ฌ



I'm not the best at applying eyeshadow or photographing it, but I wanted to show the eyeshadow in action so here it is!

On my eyes: Wet N Wild 'Plaid to the Bone' lid shade + Pecan & Violet Grey from Lorac Mega Pro 3 Palette


Mac 'Del Rio' Lipstick 
I think because MAC lipsticks get so much hype, I had unrealistic expectations for them. But for the price and color range, they really are solid lipsticks!

One shade I've been reaching for constantly is Del Rio. It's a cross between a red, a brown, and a purple. It's definitely a unique color and one that I think compliments my complexion perfectly! Thanks to its satin it's easy to wear and doesn't dry out my lips.

MAC currently has a 25% off sale on their US and Canada sale and I'm eyeing a few lipsticks/ lip liners really hard (...even though I never seem to really like the liners when I swatch them? But I still wanna have one to try out for real lol.)

On my lips: MAC 'Del Rio' Lipstick



Too Cool For School Aqua Gel Mist
Usually i like to use a product for at least a month before I decide to feature it in a favorites (hence why my most recent Sephora purchases aren't featured in this post)... but this too cool for school mist was too good to resist! I'm obsessed with it.

I've tried a decent amount of mists-- from high end to drugstore, and I find this one to be a very unique formula. Like the name implies, it is a gel formula. It has some weight to it but it doesn't feel heavy. It adds such a nice burst of moisture when I use it! Without any stickiness! Another plus is that the mist is pretty fine. It has a very refreshing scent which I credit to the rosemary extract.

I've been going mostly base makeup free so I haven't gotten a chance to try this out on a full face of makeup. Also i know this has nothing to do with the actual product, but I find the packaging so adorable!



CosRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid
While AHAs have become my bffs over the past year, I stayed away from BHAs because in the past I didn't find them to do anything for my skin. Then I discovered the world of Asian beauty and the power of Betaine salicylate.

Basically betaine salicylate is a gentler BHA since it's a combo of betaine and salicylic acid. If your skin doesn't like salicylic acid either, then I highly recommend checking out CosRX's BHAs. This is the strongest version with 4% BHA, but they have two weaker versions.

This exfoliant is frequently mentioned in the AB subreddit and I totally get why, shit is amazing. It doesn't sting or cause any redness for me, but then again my face is accustomed to mild actives. It has also really helped improve the texture of my skin! I think I may finally get a routine down to terminate my closed comedones, but I don't want to speak too soon and jinx myself! Either way, I'm thankful for this guy. I should also mention that it's alcohol free which is a major plus ๐Ÿ‘

It has a very liquid texture which I'm not usually too fond of, but the pump makes it easy to distribute a little bit at a time. If I go overboard with it, it does leave a sticky film on my face but that's totally user error.



Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them
My last favorite isn't beauty related but I had to throw in my love for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I was a massive Potterhead when I was younger and the series still holds a very dear place in my heart.

After being utterly disappointed with The Cursed Child (which tbh I have decided to ignore and erase from my memory. It ain't canon as far as I'm concerned), Fantastic Beasts totally restored my faith in the wizarding world! I love love looooved it! I love the characters, the plot, how they had just enough content carry over from Harry Potter without totally relying on it. Even if you aren't a huge Harry Potter nerd I would still recommend watching it since Eddie Redmayne's acting is fantastic. I'm so excited for the series to continue!


And that's the end of my favorites! What were your favorites this past month? Do you have any products you're looking forward to using for December? I know I do. I'm finally digging into my VIB haul!

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The $10 & Under Beauty Gift Guide | Blogmas Day 1

12.01.2016

As the name implies, this year I'm going to be attempting to do blogmas! I know some people have themes for blogmas... my only theme is to post everyday. I've gotten back my blogging mojo over the past two months so I thought I would end the year on a positive blogging note with blogmas ๐ŸŽ…❄️๐ŸŽ„

So I'm kicking things off with my an affordable beauty gift guide!

For the $10 and under category I focused mostly on gift sets because if I opened up it up to any beauty products under $10, well... that list would go on forever!

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2. Bath & Body Works Bath Fizzies in 'Winter Candy Apple,' 'Twisted Peppermint,' and 'Vanilla Bean Noel'
9. Sephora Collection Essential Rose Skin Trio (sold out online but available in stores)
16. E.L.F Mad For Matte Set-- more E.L.F sets here and here
17. Essence Essence Stand Out Eyes Set (with free shipping)-- two more Essence gift sets here and here
18. NYX Cosmetics Butter Gloss Set-- alternative color options here and here 


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Sephora VIB Sale Makeup Haul | Berry This Berry That

11.28.2016

While I did major damage in the skincare department during the Sephora VIB sale (you can read all about that in my skincare haul post), my makeup hauling was a bit more tame. At least I'd like to think so.


Sephora Pro Angled Lip Brush
I've already babbled on about the perks of shopping at Sephora inside JcPenney but I can't help myself. Basically if you live near one, check it out! At the beginning of the month I did a Sephora inside JcPenney walk-through tour, sharing photos and some swatches of all of their exclusive gift sets.

Besides for their exclusives, they often have good clearance sections! I ended up purchasing this lip brush for a mere $3! I'd like to think it was meant to be because I had been looking to buy a lip brush, but none of the drugstore options were appealing. Now I got a mid end one at a drugstore price!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette
Since I purchased the Lorac MegaPro 3 last month, I wasn't sure if I should get this palette or not. On the other hand I had been lusting over it since it was released and had initially planned on waiting until this sale to purchase it.

Buuut when I went in stores to pick up a Sephora Favorites set I stopped, swatched the palette, and couldn't leave without purchasing one. The pigmentation is awesome and I love all the warm, red shades. Actually looking at it side to side to the Lorac Mega Pro 3, I don't think there's too much overlap.



Bite Amuse Bouche Lipstick in 'Nori'
Some of my favorite beauty bloggers have raved about the Amuse Bouche formulations by Bite so of course I wanted to give them a try! I got a mini one in my PLAY! box a few months ago but haven't actually worn it since it's hot pink aka not my usual kinda color.

So with the sale I decided to try 'Nori," which I thought would be a deep, vampy maroon color. Unfortunately on me it looks like shit. Literally poop ๐Ÿ’ฉ.

On one hand I feel guilty about returning it and knowing it will basically end up in a landfill, on the other hand I feel bad about losing $20 on a lipstick I don't like. At the moment I'm leaning towards keeping it to see if I can make it work. On the plus side, the formula does seem to live up to the hype.

Nars Mind Game Lip Velvet Set
As a lover of all things Nars, this was all the way at the tippy top of my wish list. I had been waiting to try out the new Velvet Lip Glides since the end of August when they first popped up on the Sephora website. But I told myself to wait until the holiday sales and it was totally worth it since they released this lovely little gift set.

In the weeks days leading up to the sale I watched anxiously as the set went in and out of stock online. Thankfully I was able to snag a set in stores (the perks of living in NJ where there are literally more than half a dozen Sephora stores within a half-hour drive. Not counting the ones in NYC. And people say NJ sucks.)

I haven't given them a try yet but I'll totally be reviewing them once I do!


Becca Backlight Priming Filter
This was another guy that I purchased after trying it out from Sephora PLAY!. I included it in my September beauty favorites and have been planning to purchase the full size for quite some time.

It's a lovely primer which adds glow without making your face like an oil-slicked disco ball. It also wears really well under every single foundation and concealer I've tried it with thanks to its water based formula. No pilling to be seen!

At the moment if you purchase more than $40 of Becca products at Ulta, you get a free mini size of this primer! Another great way to try this primer is with this gift set which also includes two Becca highlighters and a Becca blush! Plus there's free shipping for Cyber Monday ๐Ÿ˜.


Surratt Beauty Relevรฉe Eyelash Curler
I swear I'm cursed with the worst lashes of all time. And this isn't me being a drama llama, some of my outer lashes actually curl inwards towards my eye. The rest of my lashes are stubborn assholes who refuse to stay curled.

And it's thanks to that assholery that I decided to buy this super hyped $30 eyelash curler. It's been on my wish list for the longest time (including last year's Sephora VIB sale wish list) so I finally bit the bullet. I've been using it everyday now and I'm not sure if I can say if it's worth it or not.

I can say that the material it's made of has a nice weight to it. It definitely looks and feels like an expensive product. Everything about it is sleek and sophisticated. It's also less painful and is easier to use in comparison to my Tweezerman eyelash curler.


Sephora Favorites 'Glow For It'
If you read my VIB skincare haul, then you won't be surprised to see another Sephora Favorites set. I didn't really need anymore highlighters per se... but this set was too good to resist. Plus the set features unique formulations that I don't have in my collection!

I mostly bought it for the Lancรดme Glow Subtil Silky Creme Highlighter in 'Glowing Lights' which has such a unique formulation and looks stunning in the pan! It's a full sized highlighter and retails for $30 by itself. So basically everything else that came in the set was free! If all that isn't reason enough to buy the set, the Lancรดme highlighter got a 100% by Temptalia!

As for the other highlighters in the set, I'm really looking forward to trying the Hourglass one. My only experience with their powders are with the Ambient Lighting Palette which I've been using everyday lately. And since I already own the Becca shimmering skin perfector in liquid, I'm going to be popping that in my giveaway bag. If you've been watching my instastories (@sharmtoaster) you might have seen another Becca mini that I'll be giving away ๐Ÿ˜‰

It's sold out online but I've spotted plenty in the stores near me. It would be a perfect way to spend your $15/ $20/ or $25 off coupon ๐Ÿ˜‰  (sorry not sorry for using the winking emoji twice in a row. I can't get enough of the new emoji features on blogger!)




Aaaand that's the end of my Sephora VIB haul! Writing this post made me feel better about the haul. While I did buy a lot of stuff, almost all of it was planned purchases that I had been saving for since the summer.

At the moment I'm trying to stay away from all the Cyber Monday sales. The one tempting me the most is Colourpop's 20% off sitewide sale. And Kylie's. I don't even like Kylie but dang, the 20% off sure is alluring.

But I'm really happy with what I bought on Black Friday so I'mma stay strong and resist. If you end up hauling anything, please do share so I can live vicariously through you ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…

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All the Asian Beauty Black Friday + Cyber Monday Sales You Need to Know About | US & International

11.24.2016

Like I said in my previous posts, I looove holiday sales! It's the one time of the year that I allow myself to go a little beauty buying crazy.

Since I've been slowly becoming an addict to all things Asian beauty since this summer, I thought I would share a round-up of all the Asian beauty sales I could find! And boy, are there a lot. If you're looking to buy any Korean, Japanese, or Taiwanese skincare products-- I can almost guarantee you'll be able to find them on sale on one of these sites.

Most of this info was pulled from the Asian Beauty subreddit, Nouveau Cheap, and being subscribed to about a hundred million mailing lists/ Instagram accounts.

P.S. I will definitely be updating this post throughout the weekend as new sales are announced and current ones are updated!


North American Retailers
Beautibi US Based- International shipping available
$5 off orders of $25+ with code "WOOHOO5," $10 off orders of $50+ with code "WEEE10," $25 off orders of $100+ with code "WOWEE25" or $55 off orders $200+ with code "BLACKFRIYAY55." All codes valid until 11/27/16.

Beauteque US Based- Flat-rate international shipping (& it's pretty affordable!)
50% off first bag in 3 month, 6 month, or 12 month subscription.

All skincare and body care, buy 2 get 2 free. Special masks sets: 30 for $36, 50 for $53, and 100 for $85. There are also various doorbusters and discounted beauty bundles.

Beauty Beyond Borders/ 3B Box US Only
Sale to be announced 10PM PST Thanksgiving Day! In the mean time...

Buy any Innisfree product and get a free gift ($15 value.)

They've also got a $1 flash sale here where you can buy deluxe sized samples of products like the Heimish All Clean Balm and the Banila Co Clean It Zero cleansing balm. Not gonna lie, I'm a little salty since I just spent almost $5 on the same Banila Co mini last week ๐Ÿ˜’

In addition there's a sale for their trending favorites here. They've got the full size Heimish cleanser for $13 which is cheaper than the price on Amazon Prime!

Bisou Beauty Bar Canada Based- US + Canada shipping only
Use "Bisou20" for 20% off everything, "Bisou25" for 25% off orders over $100, or "Bisou30" for 30% off orders over $200.

BomiBox US Based- International shipping available
25% off your first box with code "BOMI20" until 11/28. A regular subscription is $37/ month, includes 8 deluxe/ full sized products, and free shipping for US subscribers.

Chuusi Canada Based- International shipping available (rates found here)
20% off with code "FIRSTDIBS" sitewide until 11/28 11:59 PST.

Glowrecipe US Based- International shipping available (find full list of countries here)
25% off the masks and moisturizers on this page today from 2-5 PM EST. 20% off sitewide on 11/25 with code "BLACKFRIDAY."

Hautelook US Based- International shipping available
30-40% off many Mediheal masks (includes the super cute Line Friends masks and Dress Code masks!) here. Sale on various items by Dermaesthetics here.

HallYo US Based- US + Canada shipping only
25% off everything plus free shipping on orders over $20. Sale also valid in their in-store location in Houston. Thanks to redditor Mamabunbun for the tip!

Leaders Cosmetics USA US Only
They haven't announced anything but in previous years they've offered 60% off sitewide! They hinted at the sale with this instagram (where they used my photo-- minor fan girl moment!)

50% off sitewide with code "BFCM50" plus 2 free black aqua pore scaling masks with every purchase (while supplies last) until 11/28.

Mask Sheets US Based- International shipping available
Various Black Friday sales on sheet masks and skincare from brands like Leaders, Mediheal, and Skinfood on this page here. Sale highlights? 30% off all Skinfood and 50% off all Neogen Code9. Sale also valid in their in-store location in NYC (Besfren Beauty. They also have a cafe where you can buy ridiculously chocolatey chocolate chip cookies!) Thanks to redditor leighbs for the tip!

Use code "BESFREN" for 10% off (although I think this is only for first time customers.) Thanks to redditor tae_unnie for the tip :)

Memebox US Only
A shitton of sales can be found on this page.

Includes new doorbusters, vault boxes, and value sets. They'll be launching some each day: Thursday at 1 PM PST, Friday at 9 AM PST, Saturday at 9 AM PST, and Sunday at 9 AM PST.

Update: The Memebox sales are live for Thursday! Highlights are a 50 Bonvivant masks + bear headband value set for $25, a K-Beauty vault box that's a $318 value for $150, and 10% off everything sitewide with code "BFF10." The 10% off can be stacked with the value sets, doorbusters, and vault boxes!

Mikaela Beauty Canada Based- International shipping available
Sale to be announced!

Save 15% off sitewide with code "MBBF2016" until midnight 11/28 MST.

MishiBox US Based- International shipping available
30% off with code "BLACKFRIDAY30" sitewide unil 11/30, not valid on subscription boxes.

Missha US US Only- Couldn't find the sale on their international sites
40% off sitewide. On 11/25 their popular First Treatment Essence and Time Revolution Night Repair Science Activator Ampoule will be 50% off, I'm not sure if you can use the 40% off in addition to those sales. On Monday, there will be 40% off sitewide plus free shipping.

Looks like the 40% can't be stacked off the 50% off. You can find the First Treatment Essence for 50% off here and the Time Revolution Night Repair Science Activator Ampoule for 50% off here. They're both "economy" sized and include 10 mL less than their regular versions.

Missha Canada also has 25% off sitewide, excluding sale items. Thanks to redditor crazysweet612 for the tip!

Mochi Beaute US Based- International shipping available (rates here)
Take 20% off all orders with code "MOCHI20," take 25% off orders over $50 with code "MOCHI25," or take 30% off all orders over $100 with code "MOCHI30."

Peach & Lily US Based- International shipping available
30% off site wide with code "GiveThanks30" until Monday 11:59 PM EST. Includes their skincare kits which you can find here!

Oh Lolly US Based- International shipping available
Sale to be announced! At the moment, they offer 10% off all first time customers.
25% off sitewide with code "BKFR25" until 11/28 midnight PST. Cannot be combined with other discount codes.

Seoul Apothecary US Only
Sale to be announced! In the meantime, first time customers get 10% off with code "WINTER10."

25% off all skincare with code "GIVETHANKS2016" until 11/28.

Soko Glam US Based- International shipping available (find full list of countries here)
40% off Missha products with code "MISSHASQUAD" ending date unknown.
30% off sitewide with code "BF2016" and free etude house headband on purchases of $75+. Thanks to redditor dizzyrobot for the tip!

Take Good Care Canada Based- US + Canada Shipping Only
25% off select items on this page + free gifts when you spend $125 or $200.

Tatcha US Based + International shipping available
20% off sitewide with code "GIVETHANKS" until 11/28.

TonyMoly US US Only
Buy 5 sheet masks, get 5 free plus 20% off serums, lotions, and mists with code "BLACKFRIDAY." Sale ends on 11/27.

Yamibuy US Only
12% off sitewide with code "BF88," $10 off $99+ purchase with code "BF10," or $25 off $199+ purchase with code "BF25" until 11/27 11:59 PM.

International Retailers(all these sites offer international shipping)
Bb cosmetic Korea Based + US warehouse location - Free international shipping
Starting at 4 PM PST 11/25, up to 50% off everything until 11/29. Discount varies by item.

Currently they have a 30% off DearPacker promo with code "DEAR-PACK-ER." Coupon codes not applicable during sale.

Beautius Hong Kong Based- Flat-rate international shipping (& it's very affordable, all under $5!)
Up to 40% off select items. All orders will receive a special gift pack worth at least $10 and up to $35 depending on order size.

Brush & Powder International shipping info found here (free on orders over $49)
20% off orders of $50+ with code "BlackFriday2016" until 11/26. Thanks to redditor Iaera for the tip :)

Etude House
40% off sitewide with code "2016BLACKFRIDAY" and can be stacked with ongoing promotions. You can find many of their holiday items already on sale on this page here.

Jolse Korea Based- Free international shipping
25% off sitewide until 11/27. There are some brand exclusions. Some brands that are 25% are CosRX, Too Cool For School, Banila Co, and Mizon. But even brands that aren't part of the 25% are still discounted such as su:m37 and Sulwhasoo.

K-Beauty Now Australia Based- international shipping rates can be found here
50% off sitewide 11/24 only with code "BLACKFRIDAY."

InnisFree
50% off items on this page, 30% off items on this page, plus limited edition sized masks here.

Naruko (their site isn't completely in English so I'm not 100% about their shipping)
20% off $100+ purchases plus more Black Friday deals on this page.

Roseroseshop
30% off all CosRX and Banila CO, 35% off all the Saem, and 40% off all Olivarrier ending 11/ 24 Korean time.

Skin18
50% off sitewide on 11/25 only.

Testerkorea International shipping rates can be found here
20 to 50% off various brands. You can find the complete listing of brand and discounts on this AB subreddit post. You can find all the discounted items on the TesterKorea site here.

Wishtrend
Spend over $69 get free shipping, spend over $99 get free shipping + 5% off, spend over $99 get free shipping + 5% off, spend over $159 get free expedited shipping + 15% off, spend over $199 get free expedited shipping + 20% off, or spend over $299 get free expedited shipping + 25% off. Plus more promotions here.

Yesstyle International shipping rates can be found here
Various sales sitewide plus 15% off purchases of $49 USD or more with code "2016CYBER."

Aaaaand some other beauty sales I couldn't resist sharing!
Anastasia Beverly Hills US Based + International shipping available
From 11/25 to 11/28 10% off all glow kits, 20% off all brow products, stick foundations, and illuminators, 25% off darkside liners and pro brushes (newly launched!), 30% off lip gloss and and metallic luster liners, 40% off powder and cream contour kits, 50% off waterproof creme color and concealer, 60% off eyeshadow singles and contour kit refills.

Beautylish US + Canada Only
Sale on Bioderma bundles to be announced! You can sign up for early access here.
Bioderma bundles on sale here. Most of them are full sized bottles with a bonus travel size for free.

Charlotte Tilbury US + Canada + UK + everywhere else CT is available
Different deals everyday announced here! Thurday's deal is buy one eyeliner + eyeshadow gift set, get one free. Also free standard shipping all weekend.

Drunk Elephant US Only
20% off sitewide with code "STUFFED" from 11/25 to 11/28.

Dermstore US Only
30% off sitewide starting 12AM PST 11/25-- one day only! Includes many normally excluded brands like Drunk Elephant and RMS Beauty. 11/26- 11/28 25% off sitewide.

Elemental Herbology US + Canada only (They do have a separate international site)
20% off sitewide 11/25- 11/28.

Glamglow US Only
Buy one get one free sitewide with code "BOGO2016." Code not applicable on eGift cards, gifts/ kits/ sets, holiday exclusives, dream duo, travel/ pro products and new releases.

Nars US + Canada Only (It doesn't look like the sale is applicable on their international sites๐Ÿ˜” )
20% off sitewide until 11/29.

Nuxe US Only (They do have an international site but I'm not seeing the sale there yet)
30% off sitewide from 11/25 to 12/4.

Phyto US Only but their Canadian site also has 30% off + free shipping here
40% off sitewide 11/25 to 11/28 with code "CYBER."

I'm chanting to myself that I really shouldn't be buying more beauty shit after the Sephora sale... but I know I will be ultimately buying a thing or two or five. But at the moment I would say my wish list is pretty tame ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‰

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Sephora VIB Sale Skincare Haul | Bye-Bye Money

11.21.2016

This past VIB sale was the biggest Sephora splurge of my life. On one hand, I do feel guilty for spending so much money over one weekend. On the other hand, I adjusted my spending habits over a couple of months and have been waiting since summer to purchase many of these items. I believe if you're in a healthy place-- financially and mentally, it's okay to treat yourself. And I sure did.

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Part I of my haul is allll skincare. I've been heavily into skincare over the past few months, largely because of my discovery of the world of Asian skincare. Thanks to the trendiness of K-beauty, Sephora offers a whole host of brands and I took the opportunity to try a bunch out. Of course I'm still interested in Western skincare and the combination of the two resulted in this spendy haul.

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Repurchases
Fresh Soy Face Cleanser 
It's no fun to talk about the same product twice in one month so you can read about it in my review of last year's Sephora VIB haul.


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Clinique 'Take The Day Off' Cleansing Balm
This is another product I also recently mentioned. You can read my thoughts on it here in my first ever empties post.

Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream
Okay, maybe calling this a repurchase is a little bit of a stretch since my first taste of this product was in the form of a mini 100 point point perk. But I stretched that little tube out to almost two weeks of use and fell in love with the product. It's a god send for dehydrated skin.

While it's comes out as a thicker cream, when I blend it into my skin it easily melts into a thinner consistency and sinks into my skin. The entire "Ceramidin" line by Dr. Jart+ relies on the use of ceramides which are fantastic for dehydrated skin since they aid in water-loss prevention.



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Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Liquid
Since I liked the Ceramidin cream so much, I thought I would give the ceramidin liquid a try too. So far I have mixed feelings on it. Pros: it's lightweight, it isn't sticky, it wears well underneath my sunscreen. Cons: it isn't as hydrating as I would like.

I thought after purchasing this I could cut down my morning routine to BHA, this stuff, and sunscreen but it seems like I'll still need to add in a step or two to prevent midday dryness.
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Sunday Riley Good Genes
So if you read my VIB post last year, you might remember that I purchased the Sunday Riley duo set. It was on my wish list for the sale and I was so excited I was able to nab the last one in my closest store. Unfortunately it did not work out for me. But it's a year later and I'm much more knowledgeable in my skincare journey and am ready to give this guy another go.

To make sure that I was absolutely sure about giving this a second chance, I got 2 or 3 samples from Sephora over the past two months. Ultimately I concluded it's a really strong chemical exfoliant that's worth it if your skin can handle it and you use it properly. If you've never used an AHA before, I would recommend starting off with something gentler like the FAB facial radiance pads.

There will definitely be a post dedicated to Good Genes in the future!

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J. One Jelly Pack available via Sephora
This is one of my most interesting beauty products I've ever tried. It has a sticky consistency when it's dispensed but once you start blending it out, it almost turns watery. I haven't given it a try on my face yet but I've heard many rave reviews!

It's supposedly a skincare product and makeup primer all in one ๐Ÿค”.
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Too Cool For School Aqua Gel Mist available via Sephora
Too Cool For School recently opened up a shop in the city, and while I haven't taken the time to go visit, I couldn't resist trying something of theirs during the Sephora sale.

Since I love mists, I decided to try out theirs which I have literally never ever heard of. But it was a happy surprise since the mist is actally quite lovely-- hydrating and doesn't sting the eyes! I haven't used it much but I like it so far.

I seem to have racked up many mists over the past few months so expect a most comparing them all at some point! If you have any favorite mists, please do share :)


Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm
Out of everything that I bought during the sale, this is my one regret. It was a total impulse purchase and I'm almost sure that it isn't worth it. I say almost sure because I haven't actually tried it yet. This 0.5 oz cleansing balm retails for a whopping $32. In comparison, the 100 point perk of the Clinique cleansing balm contains 0.5 oz.

I bought it because I really wanted to try anything by Omorovicza. I had already gotten one of their deluxe sized free samples so in the rush I was like "hey, why not try something else?!"


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Sephora Favorites: Beauty Sleep
If there's one thing I absolutely could not resist during this sale, it was the holiday gift sets. This one contained three products that I've been itching to try: Sephora's in-house brand sleeping mask, Sunday Riley's Blue Moon Tranquility Cleansing, and Farmacy's Sleep Tight Firming Night Balm with Echinacea GreenEnvy.

Unfortunately it's sold out online but you might be able to snag one in stores like I did!
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Sephora Favorites: Customizable Skin Care & Hair Set available via Sephora 
Like I said, I love Sephora's sets and out of all the sets, I love the ones where you can pick your own items the most. I purchased two different ones earlier this year and when I saw this new one I snatched it up! The mini Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream itself retails for $22, so needless to say the set was a steal.

P.s even though the set is only $25, it ships for free! And you can use one of the bagillion promo codes Sephora is currently running. One of the best ones is "MICROMINI" which gives you a free beautyblender mini! You can find all the current promo codes on this page.

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If you also shopped the Sephora sale, what did you get? Have you tried any of the products I got? If you didn't shop the sale, all hope is not lost because there are so many more holiday sales to come! And if you can't shop any of the sales, it's also not a big deal since hey, at the end of the day these are just material goods that ya don't need ;)


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