I can't believe it's already time for the April 2017 Sephora Sale! I've been on a cruise the past week (which was amazing! check out my Instagram for photos) but thankfully I'm back for most of the sale. I've been trying a lot of new beauty products lately and found some new HG's that I thought I would share with everyone. Keep reading for my skincare and makeup recommendations...
Sorry for the lack of activity on my blog, it's been a hectic past couple of months! I recently took the NBEO (National Board Examination of Optometry) and finished my 3rd year in Optometry school. Now I start 4th year externship rotations in May where I'll be working at four different practices in FL and then graduate the following May (2018)! One more year until you can officially call me Dr. Barnes :)
Anyways, I'm very excited to share with everyone some of my new favorite makeup and skincare products I've been loving these past couple of months, starting with the most beautiful natural-looking highlighter!
I've heard amazing things about this concealer. Every beauty blogger / YouTuber has raved about it, it won Temptalia's Reader's Choice Awards #1 concealer of the year for 2016 and it's constantly sold out at Ulta. I've been wanting a true full-coverage concealer my entire life and haven't found my HG yet...so why has it taken me months to purchase this #1 rated concealer? Here's why: Two things about me are that I mainly buy my makeup online (I don't have time to go into the store) and I can't stand paying for shipping, especially when I get free two-day shipping from Sephora. So, the fact that this is exclusive to Ulta meaning I would have to pay for ground five-day shipping has really been the reason I procrastinated from purchasing this. I also rarely purchase from Ulta anyways for various reasons. It sounds so dumb but if it was sold at Sephora I would have bought it the second it came out. So, last week I received a 20% off coupon from Ulta and decided it was now worth it to purchase it online since it basically paid for shipping. (I'm weird I know). Does this live up to the hype? Was it worth it? Keep reading to find out!
It seems the beauty trend from the past couple months and (still on-going) is a hybrid liquid lipstick that has smooth velvety texture and doesn't fully dry down. It's like a whipped liquid lip that's comfortable to wear, totally down with this! NARS launched their Velvet Lip Glides last year which were a hit, Burberry recently launched their version (Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet) and another popular liquid lipstick this past month has been the Marc Jacob Beauty Le Marc Liquid Lip Creme. I've seen a handful of people receive them from Influenster (so lucky!) and overall the reviews have been great so I've been intrigued. I decided to try it out myself since it's not like I have too many dusty rose mauve shades right?!
I can't believe it's already the end of 2016! Where did time go?! This year I've accumulated more beauty products than I could have ever imagined. My acrylic cosmetic containers that I keep on my bathroom vanity have overfilled despite adding new boxes/drawers to it multiple times this year. I only keep my most current and used products in it too! (You should see my what's under my sink and in my cabinets...definitely need to declutter soon!). I don't know how much bigger I can make it before it just takes up my entire bathroom. This year I've tried many new products, found new holy grails, changed and added to my beauty/skincare routine. I wanted to share with you my favorite products I've been using the most this past year. Some of these are new this year, some are rediscovered and some are favorites I've used for years. Most of these I use every day in my beauty routine...
I can't believe it's already December! This semester has gone by so quickly! I've been so busy the past 3 weeks with 10 final exams (3rd year Optometry student), but just finished my last one today! Glad to say all of them went well and I finished the semester strong. Anyways, the past week or so I've been reading everyone's "Holiday Gift Guides" and have become so excited for the holidays! I spent some time and came up with my top 21 favorite gifts all under $50. Most of these are for women so your Mom, Grandmother, Sister, Aunt, girlfriend, friend, etc but there are some that could be for the men in your life too! Some of them are super random but I promise will change your life...
It's that special time of the year again!! Starting Friday November 4th until the end of Monday November 7th, Sephora VIB Rouge members will receive 20% off with the code "20ROUGE" (online and in stores! & yes you can use the code multiple times). This is the perfect time to restock your favorite products or try some new ones you've had you eyes on. I usually try to limit myself during this sale so that I don't get too crazy, but somehow this year, I've seem to run out of EVERY SINGLE ONE of my staple beauty and skincare products at the same time (as in right NOW), so I'll have to restock everything during this sale (way more than I intended to). But, I do have my eyes on a handful of new (or new to me) products that I wanted to share with everyone. Basically I'll be spending way too much money at Sephora next weekend...
As some of you already know, I won the NARS Sarah Moon Holiday Collaborator Sweepstakes that was on Instagram this past March. Today I received the entire "Color Collection" in the mail!! I'm so excited to share photos and swatches of all of these amazing new products and review them for everyone! Please check my blog and Instagram everyday this week for updates on this new collection!
This month's Sephora Play Box included some everyday essentials - a lipstick, brow gel, eyeliner, facial moisturizer, hair mask and perfume. The brands they included this month were on point! That's one thing I love about the Sephora Play boxes, the consistency of great quality brands and products!