SEPHORA VIB SALE | Plan of Attack & Recommendations

If you’re a beauty fan, it’s one of the most magical times of year… Sephora sale time! 💁🏼💄 Like always, Rouge members get first access, but all levels of membership save at some point during the sale. My biggest pieces of advice would be to aim for items that you need to replenish, that never … Continue reading “SEPHORA VIB SALE | Plan of Attack & Recommendations”

If you’re a beauty fan, it’s one of the most magical times of year… Sephora sale time! 💁🏼💄

Like always, Rouge members get first access, but all levels of membership save at some point during the sale.

My biggest pieces of advice would be to aim for items that you need to replenish, that never go on sale, or that are sold only at Sephora. (If a brand has its own website or store, it may have a better discount during the upcoming holiday sales.)

SKINCARE:
Skincare is one of those items I 10000000% believe you should never that skimp on. It’s worth it to have a flawless base! Sales are the best time to try out that amazing product line you’ve been eyeing. Bonus, if you try a value set, you’ll get a feel for the brand and save on top of already present set savings!

I ordered the Tatcha Smooth, Poreless Skin Obento Box and am soooo excited to try this out. I’ve tried The Water Cream before and this includes a full size jar, plus I get a chance to try out a generous amount of The Silk Canvas primer which I’ve been eyeing since it launched.

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My favorite serums for radiance are hands down the Caudalie Vinoperfect Serum and Vine[Activ] Vitamin C Anti-Wrinkle Serum. These really do make a difference in the luminosity of my skin and I notice when I haven’t used either in a while.

I ran out of the Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash a few days before the sale, so it was perfect timing to stock up on one of my current favorite gentle, yet heavy duty grime removing face washes. This takes every last lick of makeup off without drying out my skin.

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The holy grail of essence products on the market is by far the SK-II Essence. This stuff is priceyyyy but if you’ve ever wanted to give it a go, during the VIB sale is the time. It isn’t an overnight results product but for as long as I’ve been using it, my skin has been major blemish free and full of radiance.

Shiseido Facial Cotton are a must have. I talk about these all the time, and pick these up every sale, always. I’ve tried so many cotton squares/rounds for removing my eye makeup and such… and honestly, this face cotton is beyond comparison. Cotton rounds leave fibers in my eyelashes and if you’re like me with sensitive eyes, that’s killer! These are pure perfection.

MAKEUP:
I wore the Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation is on my wedding day, that’s how much I love it! It truly looks like skin, is buildable, and yet even with a bit more coverage, still looks like skin.

Also, the Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer is a staple that I use everyday, no matter what amount of coverage I’m going for. I adore this for spot concealing or fixing skin imperfections. It blends into the skin with such ease and Vanilla is a perfect shade match for my fair, neutral skin tone.

I am currently so in love with the Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder, and see myself sticking to this through a few repurchases. With all of the setting powders I try, that is saying A LOT! This is not ideal for baking, but use it to set the face in a light sweeping motion. Speaking of Hourglass powders, seriously just try all of their products. The ambient lighting powders, blushes, bronzers, stobe powders… ALL are amazing! They give such a subtle glow of sheen and color, perfect for all skin types.

If you’re looking for a less subtle, but still not into clown town territory type of blush, you have to try the Marc Jacobs Air Blushes. These are absolutely gorgeous, they blend out wonderfully and you can customize your perfect shade between the “stripes”. The shades ‘Kink & Kisses’ and ‘Flesh & Fantasy’ are my two fair skin favorites.

I know you guys all want to hear about eyeshadow palettes, and lately I’ve loved the Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam PaletteTarte Toasted Palette and Too Faced Just Peachy Velvet Matte Palette. Take advantage of the sale to grab one of these, or other pricey palettes you’ve been coveting! Everyone has their own color story preference, but again, these are three recent pickups I’m loving.

Expensive lip balms are always painful to pull the trigger on, but if you follow my Instagram (@meegsdun) then you have seen me rave alllll about the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask. I’ll just leave it linked here… it’ll change your lips life!

As always, I’d love to hear what you’re getting, so let me know. Be sure to subscribe and follow all of my fun social links around here, and please share if you loved this post!

PRODUCTS I’M LOVING & HATING | Favorites & Fails

I haven’t done a favorites & fails in forever! A huge chunk of that was “I don’t have time” and also, a lot of items were still the same in my daily routine. But now, bum bum BUM (cue dramatic music)… I have new items to talk about with you! While this eyeshadow palette is … Continue reading “PRODUCTS I’M LOVING & HATING | Favorites & Fails”

I haven’t done a favorites & fails in forever! A huge chunk of that was “I don’t have time” and also, a lot of items were still the same in my daily routine.

But now, bum bum BUM (cue dramatic music)… I have new items to talk about with you!

While this eyeshadow palette is hard to get a hold of right now, it’s insanely popular for a reason and has the perfect set of shades for transitioning your makeup from summer to fall. The price is oh so right at only $16 and the shadows blend out like a dream. An added bonus? It’s a spot on dupe for a certain $129 high end palette… yep, you read that correctly!

This brand new mascara has quickly become an every day item. Seriously, I haven’t used anything else since ripping open the package in delight! If you’re obsessed with high end favorites like the Too Faced Better Than Sex, Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir, and more… try this. You won’t be disappointed. It doesn’t transfer or flake on me and my lashes look bombdotcom.

(Unfortunately) I’ve become obsessed with this facial essence as a part of my nighttime skincare routine (I say unfortunately because hoooly $$$). Also unfortunately… I’m loving this super pricey skin cream. I can’t tell for certain yet if it’s making my face look better than a newborn baby’s cheeks, but it sure feels amazing and I do see results in the short time I’ve been using it!

These sneakers are super comfy, casual and cute, the best of all worlds! I love the texture and also the little leather detailing. A perfect summer to fall shoe for ankle length jeans as the leaves start to change. Bonus: the insole is super comfortable!

Another fun fact is that I’m trying to move toward a more plant based diet. It has so many benefits for health and the environment. Plus, it can’t hurt to just try something new and good for you! As someone who was never much of a meat eater anyway, I love the idea of finding my nutrition and protein through foods I enjoy more. That being said, sometimes I want a quick way to get ahead of my daily greens. This green superfood is amazing! (The flavor takes a bit to get used to, but that’s part of making the diet change too, your taste buds change! Add it to juice instead of water until you’re used to it or try one of their flavored options, the berry one is my favorite.)

On to the negative Nancy part of the post… I do have a few fails to discuss. As always, these just didn’t work for me, that doesn’t mean they’re not someone’s holy grail item!

This lip balm kind of sucks. Plain and simple!! I’ve tried two of them, thinking one was a fluke. But alas, no. It has a gritty texture that’s not necessarily exfoliating but is certainly annoying. It’s also no where as hydrating as the name implies. HARD PASS!

These liquid lipsticks are from one of my absolute favorite brands! The colors are cute on the lips, wear wonderfully and feel lovely… BUT the formula is a disaster in its packaging! I’ve tried to store these upright, but no matter what I do, a disgusting oil seems to leak out of the package. No thanks, I’ll save my hands, purse, and makeup bag the trouble. (Anyone else having this problem??!)

That’s it for the favorites & fails this time, I’d love to hear what some of yours are!

Xoxo, Meeghan 

TOP 5 AFFORDABLE EYESHADOW PALETTES | It’s Glam Season!

I wanted to give you guys my top 5 drugstore/affordable eyeshadow palettes for fall! Great ways to kick your makeup into fall mode, and not break the bank! What are your favorites? Xoxo, Meeghan 

I wanted to give you guys my top 5 drugstore/affordable eyeshadow palettes for fall! Great ways to kick your makeup into fall mode, and not break the bank! What are your favorites?

Xoxo, Meeghan