Look at you, kids, with your vintage music….

I have been away for a while, mainly because the transition into motherhood has been a challenge, meaning it’s the hardest and most rewarding thing I’ve ever done in my life.  I have also been adjusting to my new position as Branch Supervisor at work.

But the reason we have gathered here today is to speak about the Sephora VIB sale.  I carefully curated my order for several days.  I mainly went with products I’ve used before, with a couple of new buys.

  1. Rosebud Salve – I went with the minted version after three tins of regular.  I love everything mint and I am hoping this is no different.
  2. Clinique Take Off the Day Cleansing Balm – I tried a deluxe sample of this and I love it! It really melts away my makeup. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a full size.
  3. Boscia Luminizing Mask – I have been looking for a new clearing mask for awhile now, GlamGlow SuperMud is no longer cutting it for me. I’m excited to try this because it’s a peel off mask.
  4. Shishiedo Sun Screen – I used the wet force version last summer or I should say my Husband did, and I needed some more, I’m looking forward to trying this version.
  5. Sephora Makeup Remover – I really like this product I’ve been using it for a while now, I feel it works well and it’s a great value for the money.
  6. Clarisonic Repalcement heads – I have been using the delicate brushes for a few years now and I feel they work well for my sensitive skin.  The sensitive brushes were too harsh, I’m glad I switched.
  7. L’Occitane Immortelle Eye Balm – I have used a ton of different eye creams and gels and this is the one.  It’s “balmy” and delicate, the scent is light and the moisturizing power is top notch.
  8. Clinique Mascara – I used this mascara before, I liked it, it was a basic tubular formula. I went back mainly for the price and I’m hoping round two is enjoyable.
  9. First Aid Beauty Moisturizer – I’ve never used this branch before but I have been wanting to try this. Since giving birth my skin is no longer the same and I’m hoping going back to a more traditional moisturizer will help.

That rounds out my Sephora order, I went with a light order, I tend to go big with the Autumn sale.  I’m looking forward to getting my order in the next few days.

I’m hoping to get back into posting on a more regular basis, it’s been an interesting few months and everyday has been a journey, an amazing crazy journey.  And on that note it’s time to end!

All for now,

Kiki

Title from:Love by LDR

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I keep my lips red to seem like cherries in the spring…

Yes, it’s that time again!  Sephora haul time!  Yay!  I know I should be focusing on the holidays at this point, but Sephora was having a 20% off coupon code for VIB Rouge and there were a few things I had been waiting for a coupon code to get like the Drybar Dirty Martini set, and the Fresh holiday sets (I was only able to grab one).  I stocked up on old faves like Philosophy Purity and Microdelivery, Sephora brand make up remover wipes, Nars Ondine eye shadow and Nars Eye shadow base.  I found a brush set on sale for (which has some brushes that I don’t have.  I know, how is that even possible?).  I found a new pencil sharpener (I seem to have lost the one I had),  which did not arrive with the rest of my order!  I’m a little ticked off, but I rarely have issues with Sephora and their customer service is impeccable, so I’m not too worried about it.  I picked up a new mascara, I went with Urban Decay (it’s tubular so maybe it won’t smudge, I’ve been having issues with smudging lately), I rounded out my order with Sephora brand lip liner (I’ve been experiencing some feathering with my lipstick), and the Butter London Apothecary set (I’ve been really into nail care and this brand, lately).  I decided to get the Bobbi Brown 500 point perk.

On a whim I picked up this brush set, it was on sale for under $40 and I figured why not, a few of my older brushes should be replaced and there were a few in here that I didn’t have.  The case is nice, the brushes are decent, and for the price you really can’t go wrong.  And for the brushes that I do heave, there is nothing wrong with getting back ups.

 I was in the market for a new mascara, while I am using up some deluxe samples that I had around from previous purchases.  I still haven’t found a mascara that I love more than Diorshow, but it’s very expensive.  So I picked up Urban Decay Cannonball, it’s waterpoof and tubular, so I hope it fits the bill.  I also picked up more Nars Smudge Proof Eye Shadow Base, which I love and I am almost out of my deluxe sample size from And God Created the Woman eye kit.

I also picked up Nars Ondine single shadow, which is a big fave in my world.  It’s a great plum colour and it makes my green eyes pop.  I used to wear it all of the time.  I can’t wait to start bringing it back into my make up routine.
I also picked up Sephora brand Universal Lip Liner.  As I mentioned I have been having feathering issues with my lippies.  So I thought I might try a lip liner, and I figured I’d start with a universal before branching out to colour matching.  

 One of the reasons for my purchase during the VIB Rouge sale was to pick up Fresh Holiday sets.  I was only able to get one, but I’m glad I did!  Not only do I get to enjoy old faves like Soy Cleanser, Seaberry Oil and Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask, but I get to try the Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment (which is full size)!  I also stocked up on Philosophy Purity Cleanser and Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash, because I can’t get enough of this stuff.

 The other reason for my purchase was the Dirty Martini set from Drybar.  I was blown away (pun intended) with the quality of my Buttercup blow dryer that I got last year.  And I thought to myself, if a professional quality curling iron is half as good as my dryer than it is worth paying a little more.  I tried this bad boy out today and it heated up in about a minute, and I was floored.  I love how easy it is to use.  I am definitely a Drybar convert!

The Dirty Martini set comes with a full size Mai Tai Spritzer sea salt spray and Triple Sec dry shampoo.  Both products I have been wanting to try.  I’m so glad I spent $14 more to get the set (over the price of just the iron).  I haven’t yet used the products, when I do I’ll share my thoughts.  

I have been eyeing this Butter London Apothecary set for a while now.  I love, love, love this brand.  I feel the quality is very good and the price points for sets are very reasonable.  I am already familiar with the Flawless Nail Base and the PD Quick Top Coat.  I am most excited to try the matte top coat and the cuticle oil.  

I got the Bobbi Brown 500 point perk.  Bobbi Brown is a brand that I hear a lot of good things about, but I have never tried.  I thought a point perk was a great opportunity to try the brand.  

The samples I got with this order were pretty cool!  A lot of times I’m not so interested in the perfume samples, and sometimes there over offered.  FAB is a sleeping cream and Giorgio Armani is a foundation, but the real winner is the Dior Addict lipstick.  It’s four lipstick samples, and it came with a little mini lip brush.  The colours seem pretty wearable too.

This is probably going to but my last big beauty buy of the year.  With that being said, I think I have enough to last me though until Sephora’s next coupon code.  I may have some small purchases to make here and there, but I’m pretty much stocked up.  And of course once I start using up the new stuff I’ll share my thoughts.  And on that note, it’s time to end.

All for now,
–Kiki–

Title from: Black Beauty by LDR

Bluer than velvet was the night…

My September Sephora order arrived the other day, and I was finally able to take some pictures of my purchases!  I didn’t go to crazy this time, because I just opened some stuff up and I am looking forward to using up the make up purchases that I made earlier in the year.  This order was mainly skin care, and I majorly splurged on Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Oil.  I never should have asked for a sample, I knew it was going to be trouble!  I figured since I used up all of my sample that I might as well just get the full size, I haven’t really used a retinol before and now that I am practically 27 I think it might be time to step up my anti-aging routine.  

I waited all year to get my Nars VIB Rouge birthday gift.  I am very excited to use the lip pencils, I think the rose shade Rikugien I will favor over the scarlet red Cruella, either way I think the size of the pencils is good, and with how I am with lippies I think they will last a long time.  The eyeliner is Via Veneto a basic black, I typically only wear powder eyeliner but I am excited to try the pencil, I might have more control than my liquid, which is not easy for me to use.  I restocked on Purity and Microdelivery, I don’t want to be with out either, I picked up the 8 o.z. size of both, I will pick up the larger sizes the next coupon code.  I typically use Purity in the morning, I love the light scent and I fell is wakes my skin up.  I use Microdelivery when in the shower, I feel it works better in the steam.  I had to order the full size GLAMGLOW SuperMUD, it was just so amazing and cleared my black heads better than anything else that I have ever used before or after, even though the price tag is hefty, it’s still worth it.  I restocked on Fresh Seaberry Oil, it was the only thing this past winter that made my skin look normal, so I picked up another full size, I’m about half way through my current bottle. I went for something new in regards to eye cream, L’Occitane Immortelle Eye Balm had the best reviews on Sephora’s site and I am so over the Fresh Lotus eye gel, it’s calming and refreshing, but it makes me tear and that is not ideal in my book.  I picked up more Rosebud Salve, I love this stuff, a pot lasts forever and it smells amazing.  I picked up a Shisiedo powder refill, I just noticed I hit the bottom of the pan in my current one, so I’m glad I have a back up.  I also went for the Sephora brand lip brush, I needed a new one and this is perfect, I also got the brand’s eye make up remover  Right now I’m using a deluxe sample from Lancome, it’s okay, and I wanted to find something a little less expensive.  I also got a couple of point perks, Benefit Roller Lash was something I have been wanting to try, I also got Perricone MD moisturizer, I’m not too familiar with the brand, but I tried it out and it’s okay, the texture is very balmy, it tingles a bit and it smells citrus-y.  The Mircale Worker moisturizer was a weekly special with code ULTIMATE.    

As far as packaging goes The real winner here is Sunday Riley, not only was the bottle sleek and refined, the box it came in was incredibly sturdy and the oil was safe in it’s jar.  I like that it has a dropper like the Seaberry oil does, I feel it’s easier to use that way.  I am in love with the L’Occitane eye cream jar, the deep blue is amazing, it looks like a sapphire soaking in the sun,  I know it will look just darling on my dresser.  And on that note, it’s time to end.

All for now,
–Kiki–

Title from: Blue Velvet by LDR
         

Glass film, perfume, cognac, lilac…

Sunday was the VIB Rouge event “Beauty Before Brunch”at Sephora, and I was on the fence about going, but my Mom and I went and we had a really fun time!  We got up early, went to Starbucks for some coffee and made our way down to Poughkeepsie, where the closest Sephora is.  I wasn’t planning on buying a lot because I am still using up what I have from my previous orders.  Once we got there we were invited to have some refreshments.  There were assorted pastries and coffee, which is always a good thing.  Everyone got these rubber wrist bands, and not too long after we arrived the skin care demo started.  For how big of an area that we live in there were not a lot of people there, which I was very surprised about.

For the skin care demo we got to try several different cleansers, creams, serums, and toners.  I even got up and and participated!  The brand ambassador from Josie Maran sprayed a toner like product on my face, and I was instructed to tell everyone how it felt.  It smelled nice, and was refreshing but I really like my Shisiedo essence.  One of my favourites that we tried was Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip and Good Genes.  Both are a bit out of my price range to purchase the full size on a whim right now, I also got a sample of the Luna Sleeping Night Oil , which I tried for the first time tonight, I was surprised that it was actually blue (I thought the bottle was blue).  Luna smells like old grapes, it sinks in to my skin very quickly and did not look oily on my face.  So far that’s all I can really say about it.  I’ll keep using until my sample runs out and see how it goes.  I’m glad I got a sample because this stuff is really expensive.  Way more than my Fresh Seaberry Oil.

While at Sephora we met the brand ambassador for Philosophy, which is a favourite or mine.  Since switching to Purity and Microdelivery there has been a pleasant difference is my complexion, I am breaking out less, my skin isn’t nearly as oily or dry, and my sun spots are not as noticeable.  I am very familiar with the brand and the ambassador was very impressed that I was so knowledgeable.  Over the past few years skin care has been at the forefront of my beauty concerns.  And having healthy skin is important to me.  She suggested that my Mother try this set, which is geared toward more mature skin.

We also found this super awesome nail polish set for my Sister, who loves nail art.  We got a bunch of samples from Philosophy and Sunday Riley, a bag full of awesome samples that I split up between myself, Sister and Mom, and my Mom and I also got adorable tote bags for attending.  The best part is I got quadruple the points on my purchases!  Which for VIB Rouge lasts until August 9th.  And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,
–Kiki–

Title from: Off To the Races by LDR  

So pray little Kay, love is just God on a good day…

So it has been a trying couple of days… And today was no exception.  I fought back frustration and nervous breakdowns as best as I could.  All in all I am super glad that I am home and relaxing.  I definitely needed it.  I kind of feel like a whole bottle of scotch (Glennfiddich, please) or a shopping spree, speaking off which (just keep reading, you’ll see)!

In other exciting news I broke my promise to myself and I ordered more stuff from Sephora.  I promised myself after m llast ordered that I would not re-buy or try new things that I would hold off until September when I am eligible for my Nars birthday gift (I am so stoked about it BTW).  But I just hit working at my job and for that tenure you are awarded an extra $150 (taxed of course) but even still!  So I relapsed in a big way and dropped 300+ I did replace some items that I am running out of and wanted to get full size (pressed powder, purity/microdelivery, primer, foundation) and some new things (Nars Audacious Annabelle {I can’t wait} and Wen).  I have been wanting to try Wen since I first heard about it several years ago.  I was always apprehensive (and for good reason this stuff is expensive as hell!), but my mother recently tried her set that I got from my last order and it completely changed her hair (which is very similar to mine).  So I was watching QVC Sunday afternoon (as one does when feeling crummy) and I decided since I was getting a little extra money that I wasn’t counting on I just went for it.  I also picked up Bumble and Bumble Prep, I love, love, love the Hairdresser’s Oil Primer, but this is cheaper and seems similar (we’ll see), a small barrel round brush to aid in blow drying my bangs (when I use my bigger brush my bangs end up looking ridiculous!), Bare Minerals BB cream, it’s cheaper and a bigger size than Shiseido and is a mix of BB and CC and I am excited to try it!  I also picked up Tweerzerman cuticle nippers, it was a big time splurge ($30) but if they are as good quality and J won’t break them, then I think it was worth it!  I should be receiving my order tomorrow and I plan to use the newly acquired Wen.  I plan to document my time using the product so stay tuned! And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,
–Kiki–

Title from: You Won’t Know by Brand New