Birthday Haul and Gifts

Once again it’s that time of the year, my BIRTHDAY :D . I have been religiously getting my birthday gifts from Sephora every year :D and I wasn’t going to change it. I have made lists of stuffs I want to try from Sephora for a long time and now it was time. I love that they have travel sizes and it is perfect for trying it out. I don’t want to spend a huge amount of money on a product and then realizing that I don’t like it. I got some new products to try this year. The products I ended up getting from Sephora are:

  • Benefit Good Time Girls - Travel size of Posietint, Girl Meets Pearl and That Girl.
  • Makeup for ever Birthday gift - Rouge artist Natural lipstick and Smoky Extravagant mascara.
  • ATELIER COLOGNE Deluxe Miniature Duo -  Eau de Parfum in Orange Sanguine Cologne Absolue and Vanille Insensée Cologne Absolue
  • KOH GEN DO Cleansing Spa Water
  • CLINIQUE Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+
  • Samples - Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector, Algenist Genius Cream and Glam Glow Bright Mud Eye Treatment

Moving to other haul, Did you know that Ulta has started the birthday gifts as well? :D and so of course I had to go and get it. I also had the $3.50 off of $10 . So I decided to print two coupons and get in two separate bills. They were having 40% off major drugstore brands and I decided to take that chance and get some stuffs which I have eyed.

  • Real Techniques Brushes - Blush brush and Setting brush.
  • NYX lip primer
  • Maybelline Eraser Concealer in Medium
  • CK mascara Birthday gift

Since Ulta was just next to DSW shop, I just had to go there and take a look at it :roll: and what do I find? A perfect sandal :) . I fell in love with it. It is simple and black and goes with everything.

Gift from hubby this year is also a Jewelry.  I had my eye on this piece for about more than a year and I finally decided to go for it. It is handmade and the seller is Bhadram and she is only on Facebook. She lives in Australia and she makes this gorgeous Jewelry. It is made of polymer clay and it is very light to wear. I LOVE this piece she did for me. I am OBSESSED with it. She was really nice and I got it within about 2 weeks which is awesome. The only downside is that, it is pricey :( . I don’t think I can buy these very often but I would love to own all her Jewelry. I am getting compliments whenever I wear it :) .

I am a happy camper this year. I am loving all my gifts and haul. Did you get your Sephora Birthday gift this year? P.S. I am loving the makeup for ever lipstick in natural.

Nail #51

I got Nails Inc nail polish in Bond Street in a Sephora Clearance. I have never tried this brand so I decided to get them.

Color – Deep Purple

Finish – Gel Effect, Glossy

Formula – Smooth and non-streaky

Packaging – You have to pull off the cap and then there is one more cap inside to twist and turn. Very sleek packaging

Coats – 2 coats, 1 is enough

Price – $5 on clearance

Verdict – I do like it but I don’t love it. Maybe if I get some fun colors then I might enjoy it :) ,

Setting Powders

I have been using these 2 setting powders for a long time and I have never talked about it. One is found in a drugstore and other is in Sephora.

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in 005 Silky Beige 

I wanted a matte powder to just set my concealer and my areas in the T-zone. They retail for about $5.49 or so in the drugstore. This is an awesome product. It doesn’t makes my skin cakey. I just press the powder with my brush or sometime with my puff sponge rather than rubbing it in. It does immediately makes my skin look matte especially in the t-zone and I love it. They also have it in translucent.

Cover Fx Powder in E60

I got this in Sephora when it was on Clearance. I think it was about $11 or so. I wanted to get this since it was a well raved product. The problem was the color selection. They named is with alphabets, really :roll: . How are we suppose to buy unless we are swatching every color? I hate when they do this. So anyway, they had only 3 colors and this matched the closest to my skin tone. Still, it was a tad lighter on my skin. It gives color to the skin as well. On days when I don’t feel like doing anything, I just apply this all over the face very lightly and it does the work :) .

From T to B : Silky Beige, E60

Nail #50

I know its been long since I have done some nail swatches and it is mostly because of motherhood :D . Believe me, I don’t have time to paint my nails and wait for it to dry. And if I do it then it chips within 24 hrs with all the hand washing I do with the toddler :roll: . But I do paint my toes and I don’t want to post a picture of my toes. But recently after looking at some of the bloggers, I found a way to swatch. I got a nail wheel :D .

So this week I was in Riteaid and I found a new display of Revlon and you can read all the details about this limited edition nail polishes in here . I loved the color and decided to buy them since I also had 20% off coupon and it was BOGO 50% on all Revlon . So I decided to try these colors.

Revlon Nail Polish in Pretty in Pink

Color – Deep Pink with a dash of red

Finish – Glossy

Formula – Opaque, Creamy

Packaging – Simple, brush is non-streaky

Coats – 2 coats

Price – Retails for about $4.99. Got BOGO 50% off and a 20% off coupon. Ended up paying $3 .

Verdict – It is a unique pink and I don’t have anything like this in my collection. I love it.

Revlon Nail Polish in Diamond Dee

Color – Pale pink with a pink and purple sheen, looks duochrome.

Finish – Glossy and pearly finish

Formula – Smooth, less color payoff than others but with 2 coats it looks beautiful

Packaging – Simple, brush is non-streaky

Coats – 2 coats

Price – Retails for about $4.99. Got BOGO 50% off and a 20% off coupon. Ended up paying $3 .

Verdict – This is a unique color. I have never had such a pale pink in my collection. I do love it.

Sonia Kashuk Limited Edition Matte Red Lipstick

I went to Target today and was browsing the beauty section (naturally) :D . There are lot of clearance items in there. I think they are renovating their beauty section. Anyway, I was in the Sonia Kashuk section and what do I find? The Christmas limited edition set are still there and it is on clearance :D . I already got the eye palette with the full price during Christmas since I was scared that it will be all gone :roll: . My eyes fell on the limited edition red lipstick and I knew that I had to have it :) . You know me, I do like trying new red lipsticks. It was on clearance for about $7.68 (What’s with the 0.68 cents :roll: )

The package is very attractive, cream with gold edging and the color is gorgeous. It is a deep red color, matte, absolutely no glossiness. It just glides on so smoothly and I certainly didn’t expect that from a matte lipstick. It looks perfect on the lips and it certainly brightens up my face :) . I cannot see any patchy areas in my lips and I am in LOVE with this one. I think this is certainly going to be one of favorite lipsticks.

So if you are in the Target then definitely check this out. Even for a full price, It is certainly worth it.

Lip Combo #2

You know I talked about Sonia Kashuk satin luxe lip color in Pink Punch being a bit odd for my skin tone? It was cool toned light pink which looked really odd on my lips. I made it work for me :) . I applied a dark lip liner which is a deep berry color. The lip liner I used is by Lancome Le Lipstique in Mauvelle. And it looked perfect purple color :) . The deep berry and the bubble gum pink color combo made it into a purple color which I love. It almost reminded me of the Estee Lauder lipstick in Plum Amethyst which I was obsessed about a long time ago. The lip liner is one of my favorite formula. It just glides on like a smooth gel and the color is so opaque. I haven’t used this for a long time and finally I made it work for me.

Sonia Kashuk Pink Punch, Lancome Mauvelle


Comic #89

Maria’s Day


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