Sephora VIB Sale Spring 2017 Purchases

I have been saving my gift cards in anticipation for this sale forever! I have known I wanted to get some new makeup for my wedding for a while, and it’s a great idea to stock up when things are a little less expensive.

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  • Tangle Teezer Thick & Curly Detangling Brush – I’ve heard amazing things about this brush, and at first was super skeptical. I didn’t understand how it could be different than any normal brush. But it definitely is different, and so far I like it! It has extra long bristles mixed with short bristles, and they are thin and flexible. It feels kind of strange going through the hair, but detangles very easily. I haven’t tried it on wet hair yet, but I feel like it will do even better with that.
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in the shade Luminous Flush – this blush is GORGEOUS. I’m wearing it in this photo:
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    I currently own one other shade of their blush (Mood Exposure). They apply and blend so smoothly, and the shades are beautiful. I tried the first one I bought during a makeover at Sephora, and when I saw it on my skin I knew I wanted to buy it. At first, I thought the shade was just the perfect blush for my skin, and none of the rest could be as great. Since then, I have tried 2 other shades of their blush and wanted both of them! I went with this one to wear for my wedding day.
  • Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Foundation. I have said great things about this already, after sampling it I fell in love. It has about a medium coverage, but is easy to sheer out if desired My makeup truly did still look great after 15 hours. It lasted on me through work and exercise, and I didn’t need to powder or touch up. This is for sure my wedding foundation! I’ll be outside in July and I’m not afraid of this coming off at all.
  • Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in the shade Lovesick – this was a 100 point reward. Her liquid lipstick formula is one of my favorites I’ve tried, so I was excited I was able to grab this one. I honestly have always hated how I look in pink lipstick, unless it has a brown tone to it, but this one looks pretty and I think it will be good for summer.
  • Sephora V for Volume purple mascara. Unfortunately this one was a dud for me and I will be returning. I really like the idea of colored mascara, especially purple, but it doesn’t work for me. I think my lashes are naturally too dark, because it doesn’t show up at all, but the purple can somewhat be seen in the sunlight. It is a good mascara, it added a lot of volume, but it isn’t worth it for me to keep.
  • Supergoop Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50 – This is a repurchase for the one I’m out of. I have only bought the travel size so far, it’s pretty affordable and lasted me all spring last year. I do typically wear sunscreen underneath my foundation, but there are times when I’m going outside and want to put on more but don’t want to ruin my makeup. This is perfect for that! I haven’t found another product like this before, so I will definitely continue to rebuy.
  • Devacurl Build up Buster Micellar Water Cleansing Serum – also a 100 point reward. I haven’t tried this yet, so no thoughts, but am planning to review as soon as I use it!

I’m happy with what I got this year! Did anyone else shop the sale? What did you get?

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My favorite bold lipsticks

On a majority of the days that I wear makeup, you can find me sporting a dark or bold lipstick – way more often than I wear light pinks or nudes. I swatched some of my most worn colors and provided a short review of each. For reference, I have light skin with  neutral undertones.

I’ll start with the lipstick I wear most often.

Bite Matte Creme Lip Crayon – Aubergine
This is a beautiful berry shade that I love for winter. It is a matte shade, but does have a bit of shine to it. It is extremely long lasting and I never find myself having to reapply, even after eating. Last year I wore it all night for New Year’s Eve and it stayed great! It can be drying (like most lipsticks) after a long day, but is not uncomfortable to wear.
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And a pretty good dupe that I unintentionally bought is Colourpop Matte Lippie Stix – LBB. They have close to the same finish, but I would say LBB is a little bit shinier and just a tad deeper. LBB is just as long lasting as the Bite formula, and also somewhat drying but comfortable.
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Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint – Yaassss
While I personally find some of their shade names silly, as soon as I put this on my lips I fell in love. The color is a perfect lavender, and while unconventional, is still very wearable. I do like the formula, but it isn’t a typical “matte liquid lipstick” it doesn’t fully dry down into a transfer proof lip, and isn’t as long lasting as you would expect. It does need to be reapplied, but isn’t drying. It is far from my favorite formula, but the color is unique in my collection.
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Colourpop Matte Lippie Stix – Grind
Another favorite purple, this one being a bit darker. The formula is about the same as LBB – a little drying, but long lasting and comfortable.
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Bite Amuse Bouche Lipstick – Liquorice
I got this lipstick as a 100 point reward at Sephora. It’s a dark, vampy red. The formula is very creamy and not at all patchy, which I sometimes I have trouble with in colors this dark. These are made to be moisturizing and I would say I don’t think it’s necessarily moisturizing (not like lip balm or anything), but I don’t find them to be drying or uncomfortable in anyway. My only downside would be there is some transfer, but the color still stays on the lips and they are pretty long lasting (though not as much as their matte formula).
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Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip – Panda and Lyin’ King 
This formula was mentioned in my favorites of 2016 list, and once again I will say I love these lipsticks! They are extremely long lasting, pigmented, and comfortable on the lips. While they have a satin finish, they do dry down to a point where there is no transfer. Two of my favorite colors are Panda, a purple toned berry shade, and Lyin’ King, a deep pink.
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Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick – Echo 
This is my only blue lipstick and initially took some courage to wear. It is long lasting and transfer proof, while not being as drying as other lipsticks I have tried. I have heard the complaint that they are too drying, but I am personally pretty used to the feeling and they don’t bother me. Some of the darker colors can be patchy, and I did have to apply 2 coats to get the full and even coverage.
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These are all lipsticks that I love both the formula and color, and would highly recommend to purchase. If you have any recommendations for bold lipsticks, I would love to hear them! Lipstick is probably my favorite makeup item and my collection is always growing.