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Sephora VIB Haul

This is just going to be a quick post on the items I picked up during the Sephora VIB saw, as well as my first impressions. I will do full review for some of the individual products once I’ve tried them out a bit more.

It seems like when it comes to these sales people either stock up on things they love or try a bunch of new products, I’m in the second camp. I find the 20% give me an excuse to pull the trigger on products I haven’t quite been able to validate spending the money on. You never know when you may find something amazing! 

Anastasia Stick Foundation in Porcelain

I wanted to try a stick foundation but wasn’t sure which one to try. I went with the Anastasia simply because it was less expensive. It doesn’t have great reviews but I’m actually enjoying it. The shade I got is a tad light (it looks a lot lighter in my swatch than it actually is on my face/neck) but I’ve been warming it up easily with the Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer. I would say it is a light to medium coverage foundation but I had read that going into it and that’s ok with me as my skin has been decent.

So far with the few tries I’ve given it, it has enough coverage to even out my face and leave a very every day look. I’m enjoying it so far and plan on yes on testing it more for longevity and such.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation
Anastasia Stick Foundation in Porcelain
Anastasia Stick Foundation swatch in Porcelain

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Illuminate in Light

Since It Cosmetics is now at Sephora I figured I would try the concealer as I hear it works really well for dark under Eye circles, something I’ve battled with forever. I’ve had undereye circles since I was 8 years old I swear. To the point where I’ve come to terms with them, so if a product doesn’t work I don’t care (none really do) but I still like to put products to the test just to see.

I’ve only worn this twice and would say the coverage is much better than most when it comes to hiding the darkness. It does seem to work better the first few hours after application then my circles creep back in. It also sinks into my fine lines. I feel like if a product hides my circles it accents lines and if it hides lines it does nothing for my circles. I don’t know why I keep trying. Overall I don’t hate it and I’ll keep trying this to see if I can find a way to make it work a little better but I probably won’t spend the exuberant money on it in the future. 

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Illuminate
Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination in Light
Bye Bye Under Eye in Light blended out

Cinema Secrets Ultralucent Setting Powder in Soft Light 

I don’t have a loose setting powder so I needed to pick one up. I thought about getting the Laura Mercier everyone raves about but I was spending S’s money and had given myself a limit. Since this one was less expensive but still had awesome reviews I figured why not give it a shot. It’s really finely milled and super soft. It’s also very light. So far it has done well to keep my foundation in place without getting cakey. It also doesn’t appear to have flash back, but I haven’t taken a lot of pictures with it yet either so we will see. I haven’t baked with it either but I’m not a baking fan as it just increases and defines my under eye lines. 

Cinema Secrets Ultralucent Setting Powder in Soft Light
Cinema Secrets Ultralucent Setting Powder in Soft Light

Sephora Favorites Lashstash to Go

This set comes with five mascaras. Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes, Blinc’s Amplifies Mascara, Lancôme’s Hypnose Drama, Make Up Forever’s Excessive Lash, and Marc Jacob’s Beauty Velvet Noir Major Volume. I’ve tried two of these before. The Blinc, which I hated so I took it and gave it to my sister in law on Thanksgiving, and the Lancôme Hynose Drama which I love and am saving for last. I know I had a sample of the Tarte one at some point but I can’t remember if I tried it, let alone if I liked it.

I know I love my Better Than Sex mascara but I figured this would be a good way to try out some other brands. I don’t want to miss out on something amazing that I would love but I’m also so picky about mascara that I figure there is no point in buying full size ones if I end up hating them. This also comes with a voucher to purchase a full size of the mascara you liked best, so if I do fall in love with one I’ll use that. 

Sephora Favorites Lashstash to Go

Natasha Denona 5 Palette in #5

I bought this palette on a whim. After placing the order I regretted it as I looked for swatches (and could find almost none for this particular palette shade range because apparently no one wears blues) and read some shitty reviews. I also wasn’t sure if I had fucked up in getting the blue shades since it isn’t a color I wear a ton of, so I wasn’t sure how much use I would get out of it. All of the other colors were so similar to shades I already have though and it just didn’t seem worth it.  Especially because the Natasha Denona products really do have a ridiculously high price tag. 

Luckily I fell in love as soon as I opened it and finger swatched it. I love all the shades, I love the pigmentation, I love how they apply. So far I’ve found that a denser synthetic brush does have more color payoff (or your fingers) than a natural, softer brush. The swatches below are just finger swatches. When I do a full review I will do brush swatches as well. I also love the shades. I really don’t have much like them because I don’t have much as far as blues. I’ve only done one look with it, and you definitely need to use a second palette for neutral shades, but I plan on doing a few more and playing with it with and without primer before doing a full review. My first impression is to love it though. 

Natasha Denona 5 Palette in #5; left swatches with flash and right without flash
Natasha Denona 5 Palette in #5

Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette 

This was hands down the product I was most excited to get! I’ve been excited about this ever since I got my first sneak peek a few months ago. I love bright eye shadows and the yellow was screaming my name. I’ve only used it once because I haven’t been leaving the house and unfortunately I didn’t get any pictures, but I plan on using this A LOT more so you’ll see looks!

I had read that this palette is chalky but besides a couple of shades I haven’t found that yet. I’m also really shocked at the color payoff. I expected a lot more of them to wash out than actually do, and of course for those ones or even a more vibrant look there is always Fix+. I can’t wait to create some bright eye looks and am definitely not disappointed with this so far. Again the swatches below are only finger swatches but when I do my full review I’ll put brush swatches in, as a brush does wash these out. However, I’ve found them to be fairly buildable, at least the few I’ve used. 

Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette
Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette with flash
Full Spectrum swatches; left is without flash and right is with flash
Full Spectrum Palette swatches; left without flash and right with swatches

Other than those I bought a few smaller items such as a beauty blender and an eyeliner sharpener. One with a sharpener for fatter pencils since I’ve been needing one of those forever. Those aren’t worth first impressions though because I think everyone knows how a pencil sharpener works. I’m excited to try everything a little more, especially the palettes, so I can share my full review with you! 

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