another sale, another haul

It honestly feels like Sephora's November VIB sale was just last week... when in reality it was a whole whopping 5 months ago. This time around the sale was a mere 15% so I told myself that I would only buy things that I needed/ things I can only buy at Sephora. Somehow I still ended up buying more than I intended to...

Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner
For the past few years I've been a regular user of Urban Decay's 24/7 glide-on eyeliner, not because it was unfalteringly amazing but because the internet said it was unfalteringly amazing. After reading a review that said this Marc Jacobs eyeliner stained someone's contact, I knew this eyeliner meant business.

I haven't worn it as a tightline yet but I have witnessed its long wearing abilities. On a trip to Sephora I swatched this on my hand. I was shocked see it was still there later in the day when I was going into the shower. After I properly wear it for some time I'll probably do a post comparing it to the Urban Decay eyeliner.

Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser
After my disappointment with Sunday Riley's cult classics (good genes and luna), I was a bit hesitant to try out any more of their products.

With summer around the corner, I know my skin will be more oily combination as opposed to dry combination. I've already woken up a few mornings with a thin layer of grease on my face (so glam.) This cleanser does a good job at scrubbing off all that overnight gunk. After using it I feel awake and refreshed and like I've got some sort of inner glow thing going on.

The one thing I don't like is that it smells like something in the same vein as incense.

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water
Sooo I'm cheating a bit by including this in my Sephora haul because I actually bought this when it was on sale last month at Ulta. But technically I could have bought this at Sephora sooo.

Before I even opened the box I was already comparing this spray to MAC's Fix+. I do think this spray works as a nice primer. It definitely made my makeup wear longer than if I weren't wearing it. But this spray isn't as versatile as MAC's. As I mentioned in my March favorites, I love using Fix+ to hydrate dry patches or add a dewiness to my look. Whenever I've tried using this Smashbox spray in a similar situation, it hasn't really delivered.

As a primer spray? It works great. As a refresher spray or a way to add a dewiness to your look? It fails.

Sephora Instant Moisturizer 
As much as I love this moisturizer, I'm so bored about talking about it. It's cheap, it's perfect for dry skin, it's oil free. What's not to love? It seems they've changed their formulation so these 1 oz bottles of the old formulation are going for $5 on the site. I might have to go pick up 2 or 3 or 10 more...

Nails Inc NailKale Polish in Hampstead Grove
The main reason I purchased this polish is because it was chilling in the clearance section. Apparently this formulation contains kale because #kale #vegan #eatgreen. I'm not sure I really need kale in my nail polish but regardless of that hipster nonsense, this polish gets an A+ in my book for its longevity and opacity. The thick brush also makes application a breeze.

Deborah Lippmann All About That Base CC Base Coat
Like the Nails Inc polish I only purchased this because it was on clearance. As a base coat it makes a lot of claims about moisturizing, strengthening, and protecting nails. As I've only used it one time I can't verify or deny those claims. What I can say is that my polish lasted a week with minimal chipping! On the Sephora review section for the product some people mention that it dried too quickly-- I did not have this problem.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter in Moonstone
I'm not into contouring, strobing, or baking but I love me some highlighter. Becca's shimmering skin perfecter pressed in opal has become an everyday staple for me, but with summer around the corner I wanted to try something a little bit more intense. What I love about this liquid formula is that I can make it incredibly intense, but also blend it out to make it super subtle. The color is a universally flattering champagne shade.

Usually I pass over travel sizes because they're ridiculously overpriced but this highlighter is the perfect size and price! It's half the price of the full size as well as half the price :)

CLEAN Rollerball Layering Collection
Clean perfumes have been on my beauty wish-list forever. I'm pretty terrible at describing scents but all of their perfumes smell...clean. This set includes 5 different scents which is perfect for me, since I'm a bit commitment phobic when it comes to perfumes. My favorite of the set is Rain. All I can say is that it truly does smell like a warm, rainy day. According to the Sephora site the first note in it is dewy melon-- mixed in with the other muskier notes, it's the perfect combo of sweet and fresh.

beautyblender beauty.blusher

My beautyblender has quickly become a staple in my makeup routine. As I was perusing the Sephora site to pick up a backup, I came across the new beauty.blusher from beautyblender--and of course I was intrigued.

After quickly skimming through some reviews, I read many people recommending it as a means to apply under eye concealer (like me, they thought the micro was a tad bit too micro.) I've only used it three times but so far I have to agree with the folks over in the review section. It's the perfect size for that awkward triangle between my eye and the bridge of my nose. Not only that, but I'm a lot quicker applying my concealer with this sponge than I am with a brush.

It's also nice that it's a few bucks cheaper than the original beautyblender.

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