Treat yo’ self!
That’s exactly what I did over the long weekend.
After payday Friday, I decided to try a few things I’ve been eyeing at Sephora. So far, I’m pleasantly surprised.
I know Sephora is a bit on the pricey side, but they have a fabulous return policy, and that’s worth a lot for me. I hate having makeup not work out, only to sit in a drawer collecting dust. These new items I picked up however, are already getting quite the workout.
Check it out!
Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette: I can’t remember the last time I was this excited about makeup. Each shade is velvety, matte and superbly pigmented. This is a neutral palette, none of the colors are scary or over the top.
So far, each shade has blended effortlessly. It also comes with a little cheat sheet showing how to use each shade. If you’re not into shimmery eyeshadow, give this a try. It’s also apparently formulated without parabens, sulfates or phalates, which is a big deal if you’re paying attention to the ingredients in your cosmetics.
Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in Hot Toddy: For quite some time, I’ve been on a quest for a perfect nude lipgloss that has just the right amount of color. Too much pink, and I look like a child who broke into her mother’s makeup bag in 1993. (True story.) Too little color, and I end up looking like an extra on The Walking Dead. Could this be my holy grail? Possibly. This effortless gloss is a warm, pinky neutral. It has a nice staying power, and the so far, the shade is getting high marks with me. It does have kind of a weird tingle for what they call a “gentle plumping effect.” I’m not sure I’m buying that. It sounds like strange marketing. Besides, I’m in it for the color, and so far I like what I see. This is also formulated without parabens, sulfates or phalates, by the way.
A couple of quick favorites:
Dior Blush in 001 Petal: When first recommended, the deep, hot pink pigmentation of this blush really freaked me out. However, after two years of using this, I’m a believer. If you’re looking for your perfect blush, imagine your face when you come in from a cold day, or after a tough workout. That “flush” is the color blush that works best on your skin. For me, Dior’s Petal is that shade. I’m not sure it would do well on all skin tones, but for cool toned, fair-skinned gals like me, this has been my go-to. Heads up: you do not need much at all. A light swipe on each cheek is enough for a rosy glow. One more selling point: I don’t like blush with shimmer in it. My skin is oily enough without purposely spreading glitter on it. This is totally matte. Also, there is a faint rose smell, which I find kind of heavenly. Who knew I could write an entire paragraph on blush? It’s definitely a favorite.
Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder in Golden Light: This is another a trusty standby. I use a flat brush to basically draw on cheekbones with this color. Again, being a fair-skinned gal, some bronzers look a little muddy and dirty on my face. This isn’t too orange or brown on fair skin. You can also successfully build it if you’re working with a tan or (in my case) for TV and you need a little extra color.
Update: a reader just commented on Facebook and told me this brand tests on animals. Now I’m looking for a new bronzer. Tell me your favorite brands!
Tarte BB Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 30 in Light When I’m not at work, I swear to you my makeup is pretty low-key, despite what it seems like here. This moisturizer is my go-to on days off, because it has nice, light coverage and an SPF. I get a lot of compliments on my skin when I wear it, and my skin is normally nothing special. On top of that, unlike a lot of tinted moisturizers I’ve run into, it’s not heavy or greasy, so its perfect for acne-prone skin. The finish is quite silky and smooth. Fair warning: if you have dry skin, this may be too dry for you, unless you moisturize, first.
So that’s my recent Sephora score-a. I’m not usually this successful in one trip, but for my wallets sake, that’s probably a good thing.
What are your favorite buys?