Beauty Review · Maybelline

Maybelline Tattoo Studio Brow Gel – Review Time

Anytime I see a new brow product, I get excited. As a girl with eyebrows much lighter than her natural hair color, I’m always trying to find something that will not only tame the brows, but fill and color them. I am looking for the American Ninja Warrior of brow products.

I’ve been catching up with some episodes of ANW lately so I’m feeling a bit energetic going into this post.

Anyways, I came across the Maybelline Tattoo Studio Brow Gel in Walgreens a few weeks back and decided to purchase it in the color Soft Brown. I believe I paid something like $9.99, but I see on the Maybelline website it’s recommended price is $12.99, however it’s also going for $9.99 on Amazon. So you got price options. The website claims that you can fill and color your brows and once the product dries, you get all day color, shape and hold.

So, right off the bat, I’m going to tell you something the website does NOT mention, however, is listed in tiny print on the tube (maybe on the box as well, but I threw it away), which is:


Ok, so you can read the ingredient list here for your self, but needless to say, don’t light any candles or straighten your hair while the product is fresh.

Thoughts of smoking eyebrows aside, I have additional mixed feelings about this product, so let me lay out the good and the bad, cause I feel like I already told you about the (potential) ugly above.

The Good

  • There is a lot of color pay off. Since it’s not a crayon or a pomade, but rather a creamy liquid, it’s pretty pigmented. It’s very reminiscent of the WunderBrow formula, which I am a big fan of actually. There is a domed shaped velour type of applicator, with some fibers sticking out that are there, I assume, to help create a natural eyebrow look.
  • Once the product dries, it is budge proof. Seriously, nothing is going to smear off or fade. Since the weather is still kind of cold here, I didn’t test it out in the pool or beach, but I did do a quick water splash test and didn’t see anything budge, so I’m fairly confident it will stick around on beach days as well.
  • It’s easy to remove. Despite it being waterproof, it went off easily using a foaming cleanser and didn’t leave any visible color or tint on the skin or brows.

The Bad

  • It takes forever to dry! Initially, I thought it was because I may have gone in too thick with the product and that’s why it felt sticky to the touch 20 minutes after I applied it, but the second time, I definitely used a lighter hand, and didn’t think it made much of a difference
  • Once it dries, it leaves your brows feeling a little waxy. Maybe waxy is not the right word, but it’s not crunchy and not wet, but sort of coated. I hope you know what I  mean.
  • The applicator shape makes it a little difficult to sculpt your brows. Since it has a rounded tip, you have to be very delicate when carving out the tail of your eyebrows, particularly if they are not thick to begin with, or consider dipping an angled brush in the product and using that to create a sharper line.
  • Oh yeah….and it’s freaking flammable!

Anyone else try this out? If so, leave me some tips in the comments below on how you use it.

Till next time, my friends!


PS – Amazon links above are affiliated, so if you choose to purchase the products above, I will make a slight commissions.

Boxycharm · Subscription Boxes

January Boxycharm – Rock 2018

Folks, this month has had it’s ups and downs, but one of the highlights was finally getting off the Boxycharm waitlist.

I swear, when I see myself typing stuff like that, I feel like I really need to get my priorities straight, but, WHATEVER! It’s the little things in life that get you going, right?

Anyways, I had always heard really great things about Boxycharm from my friend Elsie, however, never really joined as I already had so many boxes, that I felt like adding another one would be overkill. However, having recently decided to take a break from my Birchbox and Ipsy, I figured there was no better time than the present.

FUN FACT: Birchbox headquarters are located in Miami, FL. You all know I love supporting my Florida peeps.

I purposefully avoided reading up or seeing any of the January Boxycharm unboxings as I wanted to make my own opinions and, OH BOY, was I happy I did so because I am IN LOVE with basically everything I got. Seriously, I have loads of good things to say about everything and maybe just a few MEHs.

First off, let’s start off with what I loved the most, which was the Glam Metals eyeshadow palette by Crown Pro ($29.99). You all know that I am an eyes girl, and when I opened this palette and saw all these gorgeous rusty, copper and silver metallics, I was “Shot Through the Heart….”.  The colors are all silky to the touch, very pigmented and I had zero problems blending any of them. I created a quick eye look (pic below)   using The Wicked on the crease, Rebel on the lid and Black Metal on the outer V and lower lash. Finished it off with a little Pop Rock on the inner corner and I was channeling my inner Video Vixen big times.

Sticking to the eyes, the next product that I was totally digging was the It Cosmetics Brow Power in Universal Taupe ($24). Supposedly this color works on anybody and all you have to be is mindful about the pressure you are applying when doing your eyebrows as gentle strokes will work best for lighter hair colors and adding a bit more pressure will deepen the color for our darker hued guys and gals. The formula is a tad stiff when swatching it, but I suppose making it too creamy wouldn’t allow for it to be a universal shade, but don’t let that deter you as  I found it super easy to use and I didn’t really have to think too hard on how much pressure I was applying to create a perfect brow.

Eyes: Glam Metals by Crown Pro. Brows: It Cosmetics Brow Power Cheeks/Face: Pur Cosmetics Dreamer Palete Primer: Dr. Brandt Luminizer Primer

Next on the list is another hometown favorite brand, Dr. Brandt. I LOVE Dr. Brandt products and I was so happy to get the Pores No More Luminizer Primer ($38) as I have been wanting to try it for so long, but we all know this stuff is a little pricey. On application, it looks a bit like foundation or a BB cream, but doesn’t have any coverage. It does, however, leave your skin glowy. It’s also supposed to minimize the look of pores, but I felt that the real draw was the luminizing effects.  I applied this under my foundation and my skin looked healthy. Not shiny or greasy, which is always my concern with these types of primers. It also worked really well under my Covergirl Vitalist Foundation and never made it slip or breakdown. Winner!

The next two products didn’t make my Top 3, but that doesn’t mean I dislike them:

Grande Lip Hydrating Lip Plumper ($27) in Hot Fuschia is surprisingly hydrating, however, I really didn’t see my lips plump much. What I did like was the glossy wash of pink color I got from wearing it. Seriously, I looked like I made out with the Hubs and then applied lip gloss. The effect was super sexy!

Pur Cosmetics Cheek Palette in Dreamer ($34) is so pigmented that you have to go in with the lightest hand possible with all three shades in order not to look clownish. However, I used the bronzer, blush and highlighter in the look above and feel like I pulled it off well. I can totally also see this being used as eyeshadow. The blusher has a BEAUTIFUL coral pink shimmer that all over the lid would make blue or green eyes POP! No need to foil that’s for sure!

Since I purposefully avoided any Boxycharm reviews or unboxings, what did everyone else think of their box? Sound off on the comments below and let’s get the party started!

Till next time, friends!


Antonym Cosmetics

Antonym Cosmetics – Review Time

I am such a Florida girl. I was reading a post from Makeup and Beauty Blog in which she was talking about the Antonym Cosmetics eye quad in Noisette and when she mentioned that Antonym is headquartered in Miami, I immediately clicked on over to their website to check them out and proceeded to drop a small fortune on their products.

I am 305 for LIFE, ya’ll!

In all honesty, it wasn’t just because I like to support my local Florida peeps, which I do, but I had been hearing a lot of chatter about Antonym for a while and figured it was time to see for myself if these products were really as good for the skin as they are for the environment. All Antonym products are cruelty free and made from Certified Organic and Natural Ingredients. Even their bamboo packaging is made from sustainable materials and also happens to looks super cool and earthy.

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They don’t have a very large selection of items, but I feel that now that they are in Sephora, we might be seeing this line expand a bit. Quick Tip: if you shop directly from their website, you get 10% off your first order and you can also join their Rewards Program where you earn points towards future purchases for every item you buy, referrals and even your birthday.

Prices are mid to high ranging from $17 – $52, which puts it up there with the Becca’s and Hourglasses, but not quite Tom Ford or Dior. I think that’s a comfortable price for the product you are getting as I must say that I LOVED everything I bought.

I opted for Baked Foundation in Light ($38), Baked Blush in Peach ($38) and the Quattro Eyeshadow in To The Moon and Black ($39). If I had to choose one that I like the best, it would really be a toss up, but as a girl obsessed with eye palettes and mascara, it would have to be the eyeshadow quad.

I purposefully picked the smoky blue and grey set as I am trying to get out of my comfort zone of nudes and at first swatch, the navy blue, white and grey shimmers and matte black feel a little dry. However, these are the types of colors that blossom with the guidance of a brush. They are easy to blend and when combined, do not muddy at all.

For the look below, I used Blue Moon (navy) on the crease and blended it to the outer V. Then applied Slate (grey) all over the lid, going back to the Blue Moon to blend any lines. I then intensified the outer V a bit with Obsidian (black) and dragged that to the lower lash, where I smoked it out to almost the inner corner. Lastly, I dabbed Ice (white) on the center eyelid, inner corner and upper and bottom lid.

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The Baked Blush in Peach is soft to the touch and provides just the right amount of color and glow to the cheeks. At first, I went in a little heavy handed thinking the color might not show up on my pale skin, but that was not necessary. A light layer is certainly enough and, I feel, complimented the smoky eye nicely.

To tone down the blush a bit, I went in with the Baked Foundation and a powder brush and it did the trick perfectly. The Baked Foundation can be coupled with a more denser brush and used as foundation, but to be honest, I like it best as a powder to set my liquid foundation. I don’t feel it provided the amount of coverage I was looking for with such a smoky look, however, on natural makeup days, it’s one of those products where you swirl, tap and buff into skin. Apply some Baked Blush and some mascara and you are all set to go.

Have any of you given Antonym a whirl? If so, let me know your thoughts. I personally loved it, but want to know if my LOVE for Miami is blinding me a bit.

Also, if you want to try out Antonym for the first time, feel free to use my referral link below. You get 20% off your order and I get 20% for a future order. Win/Win!

Till next time, my friends!


Beauty Review · Mascara · Maybelline

Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara – Review

In my quest to find a replacement for my beloved Marcelle Xtension Plus Curl Mascara, I have gone through quite a few duds.

Anyone remember, Covergirl’s Peacock Flare Debacle of 2017? (Shudder)

It’s not that I am super picky, it’s just that I have needs. In fact, I have 3 very specific needs:

  1. It cannot make my lashes clumpy. I HATE clumpy lashes! I don’t know if I am dating myself here, but every time I think of clumpy lashes, I think of Tammy Faye Baker crying on TV about “the children”.
  2. I need volume. Like lot’s of it. I actually have decently long lashes. You wouldn’t be able to tell by looking at them because they are blond (read: transparent). What I don’t have is enough of them.  It’s like my lashes are the Vin Diesel of eyes. Pretty to look at, but no hair.
  3. I want feathery, curled lashes. I literally want my lashes to  create unexpected gusts of wind when I blink.

I know what you are thinking. Why don’t you just wear fake lashes? Well, to start with, I don’t know how to apply them and the few times I have attempted to wear them have ended up with me throwing them on the floor and then taking it out on my husband and children for no apparent reason. I’d like to keep the emotional trauma to a minimum in my house.

So, my quest continues and took me to Maybelline. They have a new line called Total Temptation, which includes a mascara. The packaging is reminiscent of their collaboration with Gigi Hadid because it’s that pinky nude that other brands, like KKW and Fenty, also came out with this year. The difference, is that Maybelline incorporated some black to separate it from the multitude. I actually like the packaging. I mean the color is quite unoriginal, but there is a flat side to the applicator which I find makes it really comfortable to open and close the tube. Sometimes it’s the little things that impress me.

However, the winner for me is the brush. It actually has bristles! I find so many mascaras now a days are using rubber bristles, which I DETEST. I feel like they contribute to the clump. Bristles typically are packed tighter and are able to thicken and lengthen. The wand is also tilted at the end where the brush is located, which I suppose is to make it easier to get into the inner corner of your eye, but I really don’t find necessary.


The brush is not curved, which immediately tells me this isn’t going to do much curling, but I found that it did a decent job in creating volume. When I did that little jiggle from the root and worked the brush up, it didn’t clump at the base like the Covergirl Peacock Flare, and did spread the products to the tips. However, what it does FANTASTICALLY is lengthen those suckers. I mean, they looked so long that the tips of my lashes touched just under my brow bone and left some color.  Check out my Instagram Highlights under Mascara Game to see what I am talking about. The length is NO JOKE!

The mascara lasted all day and I didn’t see any flaking or smudging at all. To be honest, this would be the perfect mascara, except that I feel like this is more for lengthening than volumizing. If you have a healthy set of lashes, then run to the store and grab yourself a tube.  However, if you are part of the 3 Lashes Club like me, then you might want to rethink it and continue the search. I feel like although it did provide some volume to my lashes, it wasn’t enough to offset how long they make them look and if you are short on them, then it does sort of accentuate the lack of lashes because they just look like spiky strings just hanging out on your eyeball.

Does that make sense?

Also, I am going to say that this was not a waterproof mascara, yet I still had to go in and use up 4 cotton pads of Micellar water to get everything off. It did not want release itself and was holding on to my lashes for dear life.

BONUS REVIEW: I also purchased the Total Temptation Brow Definer in Soft Brown. I’m more of a brow pomade kind of girl as my brows don’t just need to be filled, but practically colored in, and I found the formula to be creamy and long lasting. I still prefer the pomade because it helps to keep my brows in place and with this pencil, I have to use a brow gel, but it works great in a pinch when I just need to create an illusion of brows before I leave the house.

Let me know if you have any other mascaras you want me to try out. I’m always on the hunt.

Till next time, my friends!


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covergirl · Mascara · Nope

Nope! – Covergirl Peacock Flare Mascara

You ever find a beauty product that you are supremely loyal to? I’m not really talking about loving a brand and buying all or some of their products, but rather a specific item from a specific brand that you always buy? Well, that’s me with mascara.

Last year, I got a sample of Marcelle’s Xtension Plus Curl mascara in a Birchbox and ever since then, I have never found another mascara that compares. It lengthens and curls my lashes to perfection without leaving them clumpy. I have gone through like 4 tubes and even though I have tried various other mascara’s since then, they are always a big fat “Nope”. I don’t even own any other make up from Marcelle except for this mascara and the reason I keep on trying to find a good substitute is because Marcelle isn’t currently sold in any stores and I have to buy my beloved mascara from Birchbox or from directly from their website. Loving something so exclusively means that unless you have back ups, if you happen to lose, misplace or, God forbid it gets discontinued, you are basically up shit’s creek.

I’ll be like Elaine from Seinfeld when her favorite contraceptive sponge got discontinued and she had to ask all the men she was dating if they were “sponge worthy” before agreeing to have sex, except every time I put on make up, I’ll have to decide if today’s event is mascara worthy.

Me: Is the movie we are going to see “mascara worthy”?

Hubs: It’s Justice League

Me: Oh HELL NO! I’ll just wear sunglasses so nobody can see my shame.

So, my search continues for a good replacement and when I was in Target a few weeks back, I came across Covergirl’s Peacock Flare mascara. Immediately, I was drawn in by the packaging. I am a serious sucker for art deco and the feathery blue and black triangle design on the tube, gave me Great Gatsby vibes, so I threw it in the cart without a second thought.

Unfortunately, that is where the love ends. The minute I pulled the brush from the tube, I groaned. It had these short, rubber spikes that are so popular nowadays on mascara, but that I hate with a passion. I often wonder whatever happened to the traditional curved bristle mascara brush. They are definitely going the way of the dinosaur and as a girl with thin, wispy lashes, the rubber spiked wands just turn my lashes all clumpy and creepy Annabelle doll looking, when what I want are feathery curled lashes.

However, I soldier on and begin to apply the mascara. In preparation for the clump, I wiped down the bristles a bit and applied, beginning at the root and doing that little jiggle all the way to the tips. The first swipe, left most of the product at the root, but didn’t give my lashes much volume. So I wait a bit and apply a second layer, but the product is just kind of hanging around at the root and not really going anywhere else. I can’t seem to get it to lengthen.

This is where I find that a bristle brush excels. The fibers of the brush carry the product from room to tip and help make your lashes long, which still providing that volume that you need. The rubber bristles in this mascara are a little too far apart to do the job for me and thus the dreaded clump.

Not judging here though. If you are digging the clumpy lash look, then by all means, go and grab a tube of Peacock Flare. However, if you want more feathery lashes, then don’t be deceived by the bird reference and continue the hunt for your favorite mascara replacement.

Also, if you happen to come across any bristle, curved mascara’s and want to give it a shout out, leave it in the comments below. I will be happy to give it a try to see if it is a good replacement for my beloved Marcelle Xtension Plus Curl.

Till next time, friends.


Lipstick · Sale What? · Soap & Glory

Sale What? Soap & Glory’s Sexy Mother Pucker Matte & Gloss Sticks

Picture this: Sunday night and I have an intense craving for chocolate. Having consumed all the good stuff from my kids Halloween stash and left with only the crap candy, I put on a bra (can we say Cla-Say!) and high tail it to Walgreens in my tights and Captain America t-shirt for some real chocolate.

I mean, let’s face it, Tootsie Roll. You need to decide if you are chocolate or taffy, because you can’t have it both ways.

Anyways, as it has become the custom, I take the long way to the candy aisle through the beauty section. Not much is calling my attention and nothing new seems to have hit the shelves yet, but low and behold, I see a flutter of little orange clearance tags on one of the Soap & Glory shelves and my interest is piqued.

As a fan of their Flake Away scrub, I love Soap & Glory’s bath items, but I have to admit that I’m not very familiar with their make up, so I was happy to see that it was their Sexy Mother Puckers Matte Lips and Gloss Sticks that were on sale. I find that Soap & Glory products to be a little higher than your average drugstore products and very rarely do I see a sale on makeup so I’m not usually very incentivized to buy. Also, although these lippies seem to have been around for a while, I had no idea they existed and was excited to put them to the test.

I picked up a beautiful Matte Shade called Chocoberry. It’s a lovely mauve pink color that applies creamy, but dries down to a powdery, velvet finish. It actually reminds me a lot of the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencils in texture and finish, but it glides on way smoother as the applicator has a wider, flat tip and doesn’t tug quite as much on the lips as the Nars pencils do.

In an attempt to venture past my usual red lips, I was intrigued by the Gloss Stick in Purple Rain. For those of you that love a good vampy lip, don’t be fooled by the color of the stick, it’s actually quite a sheer berry colored gloss, which is nice if you are beginning to dip your foot into the darker shades, but leaves you feeling swindled, especially if you were expecting something special named after one of the most iconic songs from the 80’s.

I’m sorry, Prince. It’s not worthy of your talent.

However, the Gloss Sticks did manage to redeem themselves with Pink Punch. A vibrant hot pink that glides on easily and does indeed pack a nice upper cut. Unlike the glosses you typically find in a tube, these feel more like a balm and although don’t have megawatt shine, do add a nice glossy finish that I found to last through coffee and an hour long conference call at work.

Normally priced at $6, they were on sale for $3.89 in store and I am not sure if they are being discontinued or maybe making room for new colors, but you can still find them at, ($4.79 online), so make sure you head on over and snag one.

Anyone else find any sale items in their local drugstores? If so, comment down below.

Till next time, my friends!


boscia · Sephora Rewards

Sephora Rewards Review – Boscia Skincare for Your Selfie Kit

For the longest time, every time I used to go to Sephora and the lady behind the counter would ask me if I would like to redeem any of my points, I would always say no.

Why you may ask?

I have not the slightest idea. I think subconsciously I was waiting for that day that Sephora would decide to convert all your points into dollars, thus allowing me to go on the most EPIC shopping spree of all time!

Anyways, seeing as that day isn’t coming any day this millennia, I have been actually choosing to redeem my points, which I may add, always seems to take the Sephora cashiers aback. They always give me this “For Reals?” look when I say that “Yes, I do want the deluxe sized Tory Burch Love Relentlessly perfume sample.” So I must not be the only one waiting for Sephora to turn points into cash.

However, the last time I was in store, I was feeling frisky and decided to break the bank and select the Boscia Skincare for Your Selfie 500 point reward. As a fan of the Boscia Makeup Melter, I was kind of hoping to snag one of those in the box, but no such luck, they didn’t include it.

Nonetheless, the kit did include samples of the following:

Detoxifying Black Cleanser – right off the bat the first thing I noticed was that this cleanser has a warming sensation when you rub it on your face. It doesn’t last very long and I’m not really sure what the purpose of that is, but it was COOL (in a warm sensation kind of way). The cleanser is black and silky and although it did a good job in removing all my makeup, it left my face a bit tight. I definitely prefer the Makeup Melter Balm because it leaves my face nice and supple.

Charcoal Pore Pudding Mask – made with both Black and White Charcoal, the mask is supposed to minimize the look of pores and leave your skin balanced. It does have a pudding like consistency and applies like BUTTAH! Since we are dipping into a fro-yo like swirl of black and white gooeyness, it goes on gray on your skin and takes about 20 minutes to dry. Once you wash off, your skin is nice and clean, although, once again, a bit tight.

Luminizing Black Mask – a peel off mask that, unlike those black masks that had people screaming in pain when they peeled them off a few months back, is quite painless and that is mostly because no matter how many layers of this stuff I put on, I was never able to get a good strip to peel. It was always bits and pieces, which frustrated the crap out of me and made me just wash off the majority instead of picking at it. However, it left my face really nice and glowy and when I applied my makeup, made for a great skin day.

Revitalizing Black Hydration Gel – a cooling gel moisturizer that I will right away say that was just “MEH”. I just can’t get behind a gel moisturizer because it just felt like I was applying that aloe vera stuff you put on when you get a sunburn. It was tacky to the touch, which I suppose would be good if you are going to apply foundation afterwards, but it never felt moisturizing.

Perfecting White Charcoal Mattifying Treatment Primer –  Now this stuff is the shiz-net! It’s milky white and has a slight gel like consistency that leaves your face tacky to the touch. It minimized my pores, helped my foundation go on smooth and left me looking way less oily than I usually do when I use Benefit Porefessional. When I combined this with the Luminizing Black Mask, I felt like a Victoria’s Secret Angel.

All the products had that similar herbal like scent that I found very fresh and different. It wasn’t overpowering and didn’t linger, which I also like.

Would I purchase the full size of any of these? Yes! For sure the Luminizing Black Mask and Mattifying Primer. The others are debatable. They weren’t horrible, but just not to my liking. However, it’s nice to come to that decision without having to actually drop some cash on it.

Moral of the story: USE YOUR SEPHORA POINTS!

Till next time, my friends!


Drugstore Finds · NYX · Uncategorized

Sale What?? Nyx Butter Gloss Mini Haul

I was in Walgreens last week and, as usual, began to peruse the beauty aisle. Not that I was planning on buying makeup, as to be honest, I was just there for cat litter, but there is no harm in looking, right?

However, as I get to the Nyx display, all thoughts of cat litter go away because I see that they have some of the Butter Glosses on clearance. I love the Nyx Butter Glosses. Not only do they smell like vanilla cupcakes, but they are glossy without being goopy and are long wear. They are fairly pigmented enough to wear alone, but if your not into a semi-sheer glossy look, you can layer them over a matte or cream lipstick for that punch of color.

Sidenote: if you want a really pigmented glossy lipstick that’s under $10, try the Hard Candy WetEver line. You will not be disappointed!

It seemed like all the red and wine colored Butter Glosses were on clearance and I was like, “Umm….is this a mistake?” because I think red lips are  the quintessential holiday look and if I was Walgreen’s, I’d be putting all of them on the top of the display instead of all the way on the bottom where no one looks. Whatever, their loss is my gain. For $2.49 a piece, I snagged three winter ready colors:

Strawberry Jam – a orange reddish glossy shade that makes you want to believe that it’s a summer color with a name like that, but it’s actually the perfect red to wear with a dramatic wing liner and a cocktail dress to a holiday party.

Cranberry Biscotti – a berry toned beauty that you can wear day or night. I personally like a dramatic lip with a light eye look and this color is would look great with a pop of cheek color, mascara and bold eyebrows.

Red Wine Truffle – the big sister to Cranberry Biscotti. Just a tad bit deeper and not so pink. This is what I would pair with a smokey eye and a black pencil skirt. Add a fitted turtleneck and you have a perfect workday outfit

The link to Walgreen’s has all these listed for $3.99 each, but try to hit up your local Walgreens and you might be able to get them cheaper.

I was so excited about my sale finds, I almost forgot the cat litter, but I happened to pass the Covergirl display with all of Katy Perry’s lipsticks, which were not on sale, and I was like “Oh Snap! Cat litter!”

I’ll let you decide if it’s Katy’s love of felines or her actual lipstick line that made me remember cat poop.

Till next time, my friends!


BH Cosmetics · Friday Finds

Friday Finds – Elf, Becca, BH Cosmetics & More

I love the holidays! With so many brands out there competing with eachother, the sales are starting early. My inbox has been taking a beating with all the brands advertising their sales and products and, for once, I’m not all that upset with extra email traffic. In case you missed my Sephora VIB post, I mentioned that you can typically get better deals if you buy straight from the brand vs, Sephora, well this week, I am loving the deals.

Move over VIB sale! You’ve got some competition.

From 11/10 – 11/14, e.l.f. will be having a 50% site wide sale. Time to stock up on some faves, do a little early Holiday shopping or just splurge! It’s elf! You won’t feel bad about spending a few bucks because it’s all so affordable. I personally LOVE  their Velvet Matte Lipsticks. I kid you not, these are pigmented and comfortable to wear. I wouldn’t necessarily call them matte, but for $1.50 on sale, you can call them whatever you want!

If you want to take advantage of the sale you can click link above and use code CELEBRATE. You will be accessing my affiliate code, which means I do get a little something if you shop using that link, but if you don’t want to, that’s ok! Just log onto and use the same code.

Now this one really got me all wound up, because I know my friend Karla was eyeing this baby the other day. Until supplies last, Becca is offering the Limited Editions Apres Ski Glow Collection Eye Palette for $29. Considering that the regular price is $45, that’s a better savings that getting it during the Sephora VIB sale. As of Thursday, 11/9, when I wrote this post, they still had them online, so run and grab one!

BH Cosmetics has moved up their Black Friday sale and is giving us 40% off almost everything on their website. Time to start checking off people from your holiday list, because that includes some of my all time favorites, such as the Supernova and Solar Flare palettes, which are going for $9.59 each. These are some of the most gorgeous baked shadows I own and I use them from casual everyday looks to nighttime party looks.

Some other worthy mentions are:

ColourPop – 20% off when you spend $40 or more till 11/10. This includes their Holiday Collection

Groupon – 25% off using code WOW25. Groupon never fails me. From yoga classes to yoga pants that I will never where to a yoga class, you can find practically anything.

Wet n’ Wild – no actual sale going in, but you have to check out their boxed holiday gift collections. From $5 – $29.99, there is something for any beauty lover. Might I add that if you have a tween or teen, like I do, these would be great stocking stuffers.

If you got any promos that you want to share, drop the link in the comments sections below. I love shopping and spending money I don’t have on makeup I don’t need. 🙂

Till next time, my friends!


Sephora VIB Sale

What’s in My Cart? Sephora VIB Sale

Ahh… Fall! Cool weather, pumpkin spice lattes, football and the Sephora Semi Annual VIB Sale. I live for this stuff. Not that I don’t buy makeup and other beauty products year round, but I’m saving 20% during this time of year.

Ok. Let’s pause for a second. I will be the first to admit that Sephora has literally bewitched us all with this “sale”. Under no other circumstances would I ever get excited about saving 20%. In fact, I wouldn’t even typically buy anything if they were only offering me 20%. I’d be like, “No thanks, bitches! Call me when these shoes are at least 40% off!”

And if I’m really going to be honest, we typically can get better sales or more consistent savings at the very least if we buy our beauty products from the brand vs. Sephora. For example, in October

  • Too Faced had 30% off plus free shipping.
  • Becca was offering 50% off their poured creme highlighters
  • Boscia was offering 15-20% off select products.

In fact, they offer these types of promotions multiple times throughout the year (if I causally look at my inbox, I would even say it’s monthly) and I hardly ever take advantage. I always say to myself that I will wait for the Sephora VIB Sale. Why?

Brainwashed and bewitched. That’s why. That little striped black and white bag is like crack cocaine. I can’t say no!

Anyways, this year, I’m actually taking advantage and will stock up on some favorites, like Anastasia’s DipBrow Pomade, Boscia’s Charcoal Makeup Melter Cleansing Oil Balm and the Sake Brightening Hydrogel Mask. I’m pretty much scrapping the bottom of the jars on those.

I’m also taking advantage of the whopping 20% off to try out some new stuff, so I’m getting the Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment and Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Cream Mini. Both of these are top rated, so I want to see if the hype of real.

I will also pick up a Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Cocoa and Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Aquaconcealer in Fair Light. These are my splurges as I don’t need a new eyeliner or concealer, but they were calling me.

I’m such a sucker!!!

I know this is not a very interesting cart, but I’m pretty happy. It can’t always be eyeshadow palettes and lipsticks!!

Who am I kidding? If I am going to be honest, I am 99% sure I will also add the Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette to the cart. Not that I need it, but I want it!!

Till next time, my friends!