Sephora and Ulta Favourites
What can I say about makeup? Well…lets just say not a whole lot. To be perfectly honest, I am certainly no expert, and I am definitely not trained in this subject matter for sure. I like to try new things and wear makeup, but I am much more of someone who will spend more money on foundations and concealers, as opposed to anything else really. It’s because I am getting old. I swear that is the reason. It feels like one day you wake up and you just see so many more lines around your eyes and dullness in your face. Yikes! Where is time going? Onto the subject at hand…I recently went to Ulta and Sephora in Portland (no sales tax!), and told myself that I was allowed to spend money on items that are a little more pricey because I save on tax. (Does it really make that much of a difference considering the exchange, not really…but I can justify that it does and that is all that matters). I picked up eyeshadows, eyeliners, concealer, and mascara, which I have been using for a few weeks and finally got around to writing a review for them. Here goes.
1. Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette – I got this palette from Ulta, and I debated getting the larger palette, but who really has any space for that? That thing is huge! Plus it has colours that I don’t think that I would use. Beautiful, but not super useful for my life. That being said, to be perfectly honest, I really can’t imagine that I have gone this long in my life without buying some really expensive and beautifully pigmented eyeshadows. These eyeshadows feel like butter. So soft, and they go on your eyelid like a dream. Plus, they are matte, which blows my mind, considering that most shadows these days are sparkly or shimmery. Is that just me? (This is with the exception of Venus, but that is a wonderfully “bright without washing you out” colour). I start by putting Foxy all over my lid (which is a soft yellow colour), and then use Naked 2 and Faint in the crease and at the outer corner of my lid. I do this as my everyday kind of look these days. I love it. They are beautiful, compact, super pigmented, and well worth the money. (The palatte also comes with a huge mirror too! Bonus!).
This picture really does not do the palette justice whatsoever. This product is really amazing! (And I tried to swatch it, but failed horribly. I apologize).
2. Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Liner – I bought these bad boys in 3 different colours because I had really heard such wonderful things about them. Everyone raves about them, and for good reason (they are very difficult to come off – I know this because I swatched them on my hand and had a very difficult time removing them). I picked them out in Nude, Brown, Deep Blue, and a Shadowstick in Blackmail. (Technically not a liner, but will be used as one). These are beautifully inexpensive, they have a good colour selection, although I wish that there were more. (I realize as I am writing this that I forgot to include a picture of the Navy liner, and of course I have been using that one the most). I love how smooth these liners go on, and you really don’t have to press very hard to get a lot of product. They smudge nicely as well. I use the Nude liner on my waterline only, which I find really opens my eyes a lot; and I use the Navy and Brown liners pretty much daily. Honestly, I haven’t used the black liner just yet, but you can tell my husband to take me out for a nice dinner so that I can use it. It is not that I am opposed to black liner during the day, but since I am so fair I find that it makes me look harsh.
3. NARS Creamy Concealer in Vanilla– Love this stuff! Seriously, I have heard nothing but good things about this concealer, and it sure does live up to all of the hype. The wonderful thing about this concealer is that it covers beautifully. I have such a hard time with dark circles under my eyes that I just look tired all of the time. It is great to finally have a concealer that really does a good job at covering these up. Sure, it isn’t perfect (but then again I think that it is a bit much to expect to grow younger), but I really like it. Plus, it doesn’t crease on me a lot. A little bit, but barely noticeable, which I think is basically expected. It is creamy, expensive, and does a great job with concealing. Definitely a good purchase for sure.
4. Benefit They’re Real! Mascara – To start off with, this is $30 mascara. Considering that Maybelline sells theirs for about $5 – 12, this is a lot of money for what it is. I first got a sample of this from Sephora one year for a birthday gift (I think), and I loved it. It does work really well at getting all of your lashes, and really is a nice mascara. So, I bought this about 6 months ago. I use it almost everyday, and it is still going strong. It doesn’t feel as though it is running out or drying up yet. I used this on a trip that I went on with my husband, and it was so unbelievably wet initially, that it would get on my under eye area so easily that it happened probably every day. That being said, it was all that I brought, and I used it anyways. I will then recommend to you that should that happen to you, try to let it dry out for a week or 2 after opening it. I do really like this mascara, but I don’t think that I would purchase it again. I can’t justify spending that much on mascara, although this does work really well, Maybelline mascaras work just as well.
5. What is in that little plastic jar you ask? I got a sample of Benefit The POREfessional Primer, while I was at Sephora. This is my first experience with a primer, and I quite like it. It makes my skin feel very soft, and does reduce the look of my pores a fair bit. I do find that it keeps my concealer and powder/foundation on my face really well too. I use it almost every day, and I do really like it. I think that I am going to have to bite the bullet and buy this stuff as soon as I run out of my sample. I don’t use a whole lot of it, so it has actually lasted me about 1 month so far and I still have some left. So, I know that it will last a while for sure. I know that it is $39, but I guess that that is a small price to pay for smaller pores. Is there another primer that you like that I should try before buying this one?
*Note to self, do not try to say something about putting up a post on a day that you know that you are really busy. Later in the week is a perfectly normal and realistic comment.
So yeah…I will have a new post up hopefully in a few days (also, a good thing to say). Thanks for reading! L.