November Sephora Hauls

I know I’m a little late with this one, but it’s time to get some of these pictures out of my camera’s queue! Sephora was running some pretty amazing promotions through the month of November, and the beauty geek in me couldn’t resist! My NY resolutions definitely involve spending less in the beauty (and clothing!) department, but more on that in a future post.

Also, I feel it goes without saying that I am a huge set junkie (if it’s a decent value, and items I have actually been wanting to try), because it allows me to try so many different products, colors, scents, and brands without having to commit to the price tag of a full-sized item I may not even like!

Order #1

First off? The legendary 20% off everything deal (VIB):

IMG_2239Sephora “Give Me More Lip” set: $47.20 (after 20% off coupon)

This set is broken out into four color quads: reds (Hourglass, Laura Mercier, Kat Von D, and Sephora); nudes (Stila, Laura Mercier Gloss, BareMinerals, TooFaced, Make Up For Ever); berried (OCC, Tarte, Fresh, Buxom); and pinks (Tarte, TooFaced, Benefit, and Bite). I have wanted this set ever since it came out, and the fact that I got it for 20% off is just icing on the cake. Lipsticks are my favorite beauty item to hoard buy.

IMG_2250Fresh “Dare to Bare Lip Ritual” set: $36.00 (after 20% off coupon)

As I have declared multiple times on my blog by this point, I am in love with Fresh. This lip polish is super hydrating (and doesn’t even taste bad if you get any in your mouth!), the serum makes my lips feel softer than ever before (truly), and I’m already a lippie junkie. I like that I have now added rose to my collection πŸ™‚

Order #2

IMG_2228Sephora Favorites “Superstars”: $75.00

Alright, alright. This was a purchase I considered for quite some time, and ultimately couldn’t pass up. Most of the products are full-size. Yep, you read that right! The Chloe Rollerball ($25), Formula X Polish in Ignite ($10.50), Smashbox BB Cream ($39), and NARS Blush in Orgasm ($30) are among my favorites (and more than make up the value of the set!).

IMG_2232Pampered Party Prep set: Free (w/ code)

A variation of deluxe-sized samples (more Fresh, yes!)

Order #3

IMG_2258Sephora Favorites “Skin Wonderland” set: $56.00

Orders #2 & #3 were actually made back to back. I knew I wanted both sets, but since you are only entitled to one code per order (and both items qualified for free shipping), I decided to place them separately to get each of the different bag promos they had going on at the time.

I love the skin care sets that Sephora puts together, because I’m constantly searching for that perfect combo of products that will prevent wrinkles, moisturize, and cleanse! This set fit the bill and came with a bunch of unique items that I may not have picked up on my own. The deodorant (if only it were an anti-antiperspirant!), body oil wash, and rosewater balancing mist have been my favorites so far. I gave the hand-cream away. I’m rather surprised I didn’t like the scent with all its orange-influences, but I couldn’t smell fruit at all–just strange floral notes.

IMG_2262Striped sample bag: Free (w/ code)

Because you can never have too many samples (just kidding…but I am going through them pretty quickly).

Josie Maran “Argan Natural Wonders” set: Free (used 500 points)

IMG_2276Miscellaneous Samples: (3) Free w/ each order

What have your beauty hauls included lately?

XO Loves! Merry Christmas Eve Eve πŸ˜€


IMG_1646I’ve been wanting to do a beauty giveaway for the last several months, and I’ve finally collected a fair range of products, brands and sizes that I think anyone would want to try πŸ™‚ This is a Rafflecopter giveaway, so you’ll have to follow any of the links on this page, or the image at the bottom of the page, to enter!

One lucky winner will receive ALL of the following products:

IMG_1671-PΓΌr Minerals Mineral Glow ($23.50)
-Murad Oil-Control Mattifier (deluxe size)
-Dr. Brandt BB Matte Cream w/ Signature Shinerase in Light to Medium ($39)
-Ulta Hydra Quench Foaming Oil Cleanser (deluxe size)
-Sample packets for Philosphy Hope in a Jar, Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer, and GlamGlow Youth-Mud
-Ulta Eyeshadow Quad in Bone, Ice Queen, Truffle, and Gunmetal
-Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion (sample size)
-Ardell Natural Lash Starter Kit in 101 Demi Black ($6)
-Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (deluxe size)
-Ulta Eyeshadow Quad in Sahara Sand, Sunkissed, Mosaic, and Glittering Sand
-Ulta Dual Ended Eye Liner in Black and Deep Brown
-Dolce and Gabbana Desire Perfume (sample size)
-Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Perfume (sample size)
-Ulta Beauty Smoothie in Buttercream Cupcake (3 oz. travel size) ($4)
-Pink Beauty Travel Bag
-Cynthia Rowley Creamy Lip Stain in Valentine (mini size)
-It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-in Product for Hair (2 oz. travel size) ($12)

Rules for the Giveaway

1. You must submit your entries through Rafflecopter.
2. This giveaway is open worldwide!
3. You must leave a valid email address so that I can contact you if you won to get your mailing address (no P.O. boxes please).
4. I am not paid/endorsing any of these products. Users should read ingredients/instructions carefully to avoid any allergies.
5. One (1) winner will receive (1) beauty bag filled with multiple products by
6. Winner will be contacted following the close of the giveaway. Winner must respond by email within 48 hours, or a new winner will be chosen.

Since I can’t embed Rafflecopter into my blog, you can click here or the image below, and it’ll take you to the entry page. Good luck!

img_1671-3XO Ali

Bowties + Smashbox

Happy Tuesday everyone πŸ™‚ I spent several hours on Sunday trying to get re-inspired by my (what sometimes feels like) limited closet collection. I came up with a bunch of new ideas for pieces I have been hanging onto, but only have worn once!! Unfortunately…they are all paired with skirts…and it’s not supposed to get above 30 here all week. Le sigh…

Realizing that on Monday morning, I somehow managed to pull together something slightly warmer. Yesterday’s LOTD:

20140210-211946.jpg Cream v-neck sweater: Forever 21
Burgundy bow-tie blouse: Forever 21 (I’ve owned this blouse for two years…and I shamefully admit this is the first time I’ve worn it. I knew it was pretty and feminine, but I never knew what to pair with it! Hello new fave sweater/blouse combo!)
Gray skinnies: Delia’s
Burgundy almond-toe wedges: Forever 21

20140210-211957.jpgSince it was Monday, I also put together my “Makeup-Monday” LOTD: “Smashbox Try-It Kit.” This kit retails for $19 and I’ve seen it at Sephora and Ulta, but I’m sure they have it elsewhere. The 5-piece kit includes:

img-thing .out=jpg&size=l&tid=73874357-Smashbox Photo-Finish Oil-Free Foundation Primer
-Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer
-Smashbox Lipgloss in Illume
-Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara
-Smashbox Limitless Eye Liner in Onyx

FOTD, order of application, and review:

20140210-212006*Smashbox Photo-Finish Oil-Free Foundation Primer – I was expecting this to be a white lotion-y cream, but it was actually a translucent gel. It goes on silky smooth and has no odor to it. I will be using this again!

Smashbox CC Cream in Light – this was a sample packet I had received in one of my many beauty hauls and I have to say, I was not impressed. I applied this generously all over my face but it quickly turned cakey and became difficult to rub into the skin, making me somewhat self-conscious all day of that too-much-makeup look :/

Bareminerals Mineral Veil Compact in Translucent

*Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer – again with the cakeyness. I felt it was difficult to rub into the skin and actually felt a little rough. I think I’ll stick with my TooFaced Lid Primer πŸ™‚

Eyelash curler

*Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara – I am a big fan of this mascara. Truthfully, I already had this mascara before I got it in the try-it kit. I saved the unopened sample-size provided in the try-it kit for a possible giveaway in the future (same goes for the eyeliner! Woot!). This is the best mascara I have tried out of my dozen or so I’ve accumulated over the holiday season. It glides onto the lashes so easily and only take a couple strokes to really increase the length! It isn’t waterproof though…my only complaint.

*Smashbox Limitless Eye Liner in Onyx – HELP!!! Oh pencil liners, how I have such difficulty applying you to the upper lash line. I went the safe route and only used on my bottom lash line for a more dramatic effect. This pencil goes on so easily and the color payoff is strong.—–I found it difficult to sharpen w/o breaking, so if anyone has any suggestions, PLEASE comment–whether about application or a good pencil sharpener. I literally wasted HALF of it already trying to sharpen…but it broke every time i pressed it to my eye after that!

Tarte Sugar-Lip Scrub

*Smashbox Lipgloss in Illume – Usually lipglosses drive me crazy–they’re sticky, my hair always gets stuck in them, and they dry out my lips. This one, however, went on rather evenly. It goes on nude with a brilliant shine. Just like the Nars gloss blogged about previously, I actually managed to keep this one on for a full three hours! πŸ™‚

The pieces in this kit are absolutely worth trying for only $19! So add it to your wish-list πŸ™‚