Sephora VIB Sale Makeup Haul | Berry This Berry That


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 💩.

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 😏.

Surratt Beauty Relevée 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 Lancôme 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 Lancôme 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 😉

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 😉  (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 😅😅😅

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


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 😒

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."

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.

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

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.

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 sites😔 )
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 😏😉

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Sephora VIB Sale Skincare Haul | Bye-Bye Money


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.


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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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 🤔.
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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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IT'S MAIL DAY | Let the Holiday Unboxings Begin


With the holidays just around the corner... it means so are the sales. And I love me some sales ;)

And with all the sales, there are a lot of packages, and that means a lot of cheering and unboxing. This is literally me every time I open a package.

But it would get real boring real quick if I dedicated a new post to every single unboxing, especially since some of them would only include one product. So instead I'll be doing "Mail Day" posts every week or so where I share what I've recently unboxed!

That way I can share my excitement for new products, different sales and deals, and more! Side note, have you seen Macy's beauty Black Friday preview? Sooo many good deals! That Smashbox primer set which I mentioned in my previous post is going to be on sale for $12! You can check out all the spoilers here. They also have a gift set with a full size Benefit They're Real mascara set for $15!

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil
This Japanese cult-favorite cleansing oil has been around before cleansing oils were even a thing in the West. When Dermstore had a 25% off sale on DHC, I purchased the smallest size to see what all the hype is about. I haven't used it yet but how adorable is the bottle?! So teeny, so cute.

If you've never shopped from Dermstore before, I would highly recommend the site! They have frequent sales, offer free shipping (no minimum), and always include samples! If you saw my unboxing on my Instastories (@sharmtoaster) then you might already know about the 20% off "DSWONDER" coupon code (expiring on Christmas) which you can use on brands like Anastasia Beverly Hills, Herbivore, First Aid Beauty, Becca, and more.

They also have an ongoing 20% off sale on select brands including Tarte, Kevyn Aucoin, Jouer, Laura Geller and Beautyblender. Everything in the widget below is 20% off (some with the coupon code) and to see everything on sale check here.

Complex Beauty Masks (PR sample)
Masks are one of my favorite skincare products although let's be real so are mists and cleansers and basically everything else. So when Complex Beauty asked me if I wanted to try out their new masks of course I said yes!

The ingredient lists on some of these masks are killer. I'll definitely be reviewing them individually in the upcoming weeks!

Leaders Masks via Ipsy
I don't have an Ipsy subscription but I have been taking advantage of a few of the Ipsy deal of the day offers. The other week they had an 8 piece Leaders mask set for $15; as each mask usually sells for $5 the set was a steal! The set had perfect timing since Leaders usually has a 60% off sale during Black Friday so now I can try all the different variations before the sale. So far my favorites are the Tea Tree for acne and Aquaringer for hydrating.

Wet N Wild Brushes + Peppermint Bark Cleansing Wipes
I've tried quite a few Wet N' Wild brushes over the past few months aaaand have differing opinions on them. They're very pretty but the white is so impractical since I can never get them completely white again after I start using them. But these were 40% off at K-mart so I couldn't resist.

While I was there I ended up picking up these Peppermint Bark wipes! I'm totally guilty of falling for Christmas-y packaging and that's exactly why I bought these. And they actually smell like peppermint! And they were a dollar! So of course I had to get them.

Just a little shout out to K-mart, they're a totally underrated spot for buying drugstore beauty products. Their prices are more similar to Target's but they offer similar sales like drugstores. They frequently have buy 1 get 1 50% or even sometimes buy 1 get 1 free on their beauty products. And you can mix and match brands!

La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 + Palmer's Cleansing Oil
During the VIB sale last weekend I was eyeing the Dr. Jart Cicapair cream...but I had already spent too much money on skincare to dish out for this too. But a quick search on the AB subreddit revealed that the Cicapair cream is actually inspired by this La Roche-Posay Cicaplast cream. It's supposed to be a dream for irritated skin and more. I'm so excited to try this out (and have already started geeking out over the ingredient list) and I definitely will be reviewing this in the future!

My last drugstore buy is the Palmer's cleansing oil. The packaging is very....plain and not in a chic, minimalistic kinda way. But it's the cheapest cleansing oil I've found at the drugstore and it doesn't contain mineral oil! I wasn't planning on purchasing this but I saw it on sale for less than $5 while grocery shopping so I went for it. It's really not bad for the price!

...and to tempt you a bit
Cult Beauty is offering this ah-maze-ing free gift set with any £150 purchase. And yes £150 is a lot, but they do offer free shipping to the US and there are certain brands that are actually cheaper to buy via their site when compared to online prices in the US (like Sunday Riley, Charlotte Tilbury, Omorovicza, Aesop, Davines, plus more.) I'm currently talking myself out of making a purchase since my wallet is still hurting from the VIB sale but man am I tempted.

The set includes full sized products from Huda Beauty, Jouer, Becca, Foreo and more! You can see the entire set here.

If you end up making a purchase I would love to hear what you bought!

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Trash Talk | Attempting to Conquer Trash Mountain


I like to have a little variety in my posting schedule so it's annoying me a bit that this post is very similar to my last. Buuut, my annoyance with my growing mountain of trash trumps (...triggered) my annoyance of the redundancy.

I have been hoarding my empties like a good, little beauty blogger since the beginning of the summer, but kept delaying an actual post. Instead of making one mega long post to exterminate the literal pile of trash I've accumulated, I'm going to be doing empties quite frequently over the next few weeks. So voila, here's my first empties post!

Products I Will Repurchase
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Bioderma Sensibio Micellar Water available via Beautylish, Amazon, and New London Pharmacy, Violet Grey
I've reviewed this micellar water multiple times on my blog-- first in comparison to the Sephora micellar water and Simple micellar water here, and then compared to the two new Garnier micellar waters here. My findings were the same in both reviews, Bioderma's is simply the best of the best!

It's gentle and effective, it doesn't break me out or dry out my skin, and it doesn't leave behind any sort of scent or residue. I can't get enough of it!

P.S. if you live in the NYC area, check out New London Pharmacy in Chelsea! They have a ton of Bioderma products plus testers. I've never seen testers for Bioderma products before so I was pretty much in heaven. They also have testers for other hard to find brands like RMS beauty, Eve Lom, and Kevyn Aucoin. If you don't live near the city, you can check out their site where they offer free shipping over $35. If you sign up for their email list, you can also get an extra 15% off!

BeautyBlender BlenderCleanser Solid available via Sephora, Nordstrom, Dermstore (Currently on sale for $12.80 + Free Shipping), Macy's, Cult Beauty

This guy cleans both beautyblenders and brushes really well, without leaving any smells or soapy residue behind. It also doesn't take a lot of soap to clean each brush, which is the biggest reason why I prefer it over its dupes (aka various regular bar soap.) More soap = more suds = more cleaning time = an unwanted pain in my ass.

Maybelline Full N' Soft Waterproof Mascara available via Target, Ulta
I'm really gross and have had this mascara well over a year, partly cause I kind of forgot about it. But I have repurchased it cause it's the best damn mascara from the drugstore that I've ever tried! It doesn't get as much hype as the other Maybelline mascaras and the packaging is so bland, but all that is inconsequential since it works.

If you like feathery, fluttery, non clumpy lashes, this is a wonderful mascara. It also does a pretty good job at making my stubbornly straight lashes stay curled for at least 4 or 5 hours. Not as good as Dior's Diorshow Waterproof Mascara or Chanel's Inimitable Waterproof Mascara, but better than any other drugstore mascara that I've tried.

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer available via Sephora, Ulta, Nordstom, Macy's
This was the first primer I ever purchased and it was a total game changer. It's got that classic silicone-y primer feel and I was blown away by the way it blurred my pores. Fast forward a few years and I've tried out half a dozen more pore blurring primers and this is still one of my favorites. I like using it on my nose where it's sebaceous filament central.

It is a bit pricey but Smashbox frequently releases gift sets and holiday kits that drives down the price. I can't say I would repurchase it for $36 but I did repurchase it in a holiday kit I found at Nordstrom Rack last year. At the moment there's a primer set which includes a full size photo finish primer and a travel size of the primer water for $36, you can find it at Sephora, Ulta, or Macy's.

Ouidad Ultra-Nourishing Cleansing Oil available via Sephora, Ulta (Currently on sale for 20% off!), Amazon (Also on sale and eligible for their spend $50 on luxury beauty, get $25 credit promo)

If you're thinking "oooh, a cleansing oil for hair?! Color me intrigued," lemme stop you right there. It isn't actually an oil, it's just a slightly more liquidy shampoo. Gimmicky name aside, this is a fantastic, gentle clarifying shampoo.

I use a lot of hair products so build-up is sort of inevitable. This shampoo removes all that shit without turning my hair into straw. On the bottle it explains how the "oil" is supposed to help curly hair by replicating the hair's natural oils to remove dirt and buildup but also hydrate at the same time. It also claims to use replenish the hair through the use of high absorbency oils.

I don't know if that's a bunch of marketing hooey or not, but I like to think it's true since my roots don't get as oily and my ends feel hydrated after I use this shampoo.

Products I May Repurchase

Clinique Moisture Surge available via Sephora, Nordstrom, Neimans, Selfridges
While this is in the products I will repurchase photo, it actually belongs in the may repurchase category. Since I just talked about this in my last post, you can read about it there.

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm available via Sephora, Nordstrom, Ulta, Saks, Lord & Taylor
Because I used to have oily skin, I've always veered away from the whole oil cleansing method thing. But as I continued on my skincare journey I discovered the world of cleansing balms and oils and my life changed for the better!

Clinique's cleansing balm is a no nonsense first cleanser that removes all your makeup of the day-- including waterproof eye makeup (!!). It doesn't sting the eyes, didn't break me out, doesn't have a smell, and doesn't leave any residue behind. It's so beautiful in its effective simplicity. The only reason it's on my maybe repurchase list is because towards the end of the tub, it started to have a really bad stink to it. The actual product didn't smell, but the container did. I think this may be due to user error, as I stuck my wet fingers into the container all the time and would close it before letting it dry 😬

Spoiler alert: I did end up repurchasing this at the VIB sale and cashed in my points for mini versions.

Glamglow Supermud Kit available via Sephora
Glamglow supermud has been my go to clay mask ever since I first tried it. Not only is it effective, but it's really fun to use since you can see all the gunk that's being pulled out of your face. It's also ridiculously expensive. This travel size kit is immensely more cost effective than the full size, but it's still pricey.

There are so many other mud masks out there that I haven't tried that I don't think I will be repurchasing this mask in the near future. But it's going in the maybe category because I genuinely like the product and will probably repurchase it at some point, just not some point soon.

Philosophy Purity Made Simple Facial Cleanser available via Macy's, Sephora, Ulta, Nordstrom
I like to think of this face wash as the stepping stone to my skincare addiction as it was one of the first higher end skincare products I ever bought.

It's a formula that works for all skin types-- oily, normal, acne prone, dry. But I don't like it as much as my HG status face wash which I think is better for dry skin: Fresh's Soy Face Cleanser. It's gentler and doesn't sting if I accidentally get it into my eyes.

The reason Purity is in the maybe category is because I would repurchase it if I were in a pinch or if I found it at a really good price... because I like variety in my routine ;) Also I know that Black Friday is around the corner and in previous years both Nordstrom and Sephora have run really good promotions on it.

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads  via SephoraDermstoreUltaFeel Unique
This is another product I just talked about in my last post, so you can read about it there.

Pixi Glow Tonic To-Go available via Target
My reasoning for putting this in the maybe repurchase category is the same as my reasoning for putting the FAB facial radiance pads in this category. I will say I think this is a bit stronger and more astringent than the FAB pads.

Products I Won't Repurchase

Ouidad Curl Quencher Conditioner available via Sephora, Ulta, Dermstore
There wasn't anything blatantly bad about this conditioner, but I've tried many drugstore conditioners that work the same or better. It sufficiently moisturized my hair without making it feel heavy, but it didn't give me that silky soft feeling that I find from only a select few conditioners.

It was fun to try but I don't think it's worth the $20+ price tag for me.

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser in Medium available via Target, Ulta, Amazon
This concealer is one of the most talked about drugstore products in the online beauty community and I don't get it.

The coverage is soo sheer and when I try to build it up, it turns cakey very fast. Since I'm still in my early 20s, I can't say I have too many wrinkles in my under eye area but this concealer makes my under eyes look crepey. I'd like to appreciate my young age while I can, thanks.

Also the color selection sucks. I would say I have a medium tan skin tone and the range is veering even too light for me. It's a shame that even though this product is so popular, Maybelline couldn't release more shades to accommodate people with deeper skintones.

Glamglow Youthmud Mask available via Sephora, Nordstrom
I didn't find this mask to do much for me. It worked just okay and didn't really make my face feel squeaky clean. My acne didn't get any worse or better by it. The weird chunky leaves in the mask were also very off-putting. Overall, it was a very meh mask for me.

Then again, I don't have mature skin so I'm not the target audience for this mask. Either way I much prefer Supermud and Thirstymud.

Ole Henrikson The Clean Truth Cleansing Cloths + Equate Beauty Original Clean Wipes + Global Beauty Collagen Wipes
I'm dumping all three of these together, because despite their various prices and ingredients lists-- they were all very mediocre. Usually I prefer micellar water over wipes because I don't find them very effective. They also have a tendency to dry out my skin.

The Ole Henrikson ones had a nice orangey scent and held more moisture than the other two, but I can't see myself paying $15 for them. While they do contain Vitamin C, it's so far down in the ingredient list I can't see it having much effect.

I bought the Equate wipes before I went to Italy and I have to admit, I'm pretty impressed that they didn't dry out since it took me 3 months to finish them (like I said, not a big wipes user.) But again, they're not very effective at removing makeup, especially eye makeup. And they dried out my face.

The Global Beauty Collagen wipes I bought at the dollar store but I've also seen them places like Marshalls and TJ Maxx. They were by far the driest wipes in that it would take me 2 or 3 of these to get the same effect as the Ole Henrikson ones.

And that's the end of my empties! Have you tried any of these products? What are your thoughts on them?

Alsoooo I apologize for being so terrible at responding to comments over the past week. Hopefully I will be able to catch up tonight!

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