A Few New Makeup Items I've Picked Up! (Sephora, Ulta, Walgreens)

Hey guys!  Today I thought I would share with you a few makeup items I have picked up over the past couple of months or so.  I am terrible at doing this, I always think to myself how I need to remember to haul certain items I get, then, inevitably, I always forget to.  I'm sure I'm missing a few things here and there, but these are the products that I could at least remember to mention, lol.  I will try to link everything I got in case you are interested in getting any of this stuff for yourself.

First up, some stuff I got at Sephora.

For forever now I have been wanting to try the Dior Airflash foundation, so I went ahead and just bought it.  In case you aren't familiar with it, it's their foundation that comes in an aerosol can that is supposed to give you an airbrushed finish without having to use an actual airbrush machine to apply your makeup.

I picked up the shade #300 Medium Beige, and it actually works really well for me.  I love this foundation, it gives great coverage and it really holds up well with my extremely oily skin.  Worth the investment, but not something I will use every time I put on my makeup.  I will probably reserve this for fancier occasions due to the $$$.

As I have mentioned before, I am a VIB Rouge with Sephora so I always get free shipping.  That foundation was all I got in this order, so here are the samples I chose.

I either had a promo code or I used some of my points (can't remember) to get a deluxe sample of the Benefit They're Real Push Up Liner.  I was super excited because I never gave into the hype and ordered this, and I have really been wanting to try it!

This sample came in the color Beyond Brown and I was SO happy with that, I actually like brown liners better than black!

The orange tip is to be removed prior to using, that is just the packaging where it's new.  I haven't tried this yet but I am going to the next time I wear makeup.

In a separate order I actually broke down and ordered a high end mascara, the Guerlain Maxi Lash So Volume.  I so rarely do this, as I am pretty faithful to my beloved Maybelline mascaras at the drugstore.  Years ago I used to only use high end ones, but once I started finding these really great ones at the drugstore I really kind of stopped spending so much on mascara.  Temptation got the best of me and I went ahead and got this, mainly based on the reviews alone on Sephora's website.  I have only tried this once, like right after I got it I just swiped some on.  It was really good, but the next time I actually do a full face of makeup I will really test it out.  It's got some big shoes to fill if it wants to beat out my tried and true The Rocket.  We will see!

Totally random - they had this travel bottle on clearance for $1 so I went ahead and picked it up as well.  We travel a lot and things like this always come in handy.  (I think these sold out because I couldn't find them on the site anymore).

I picked up the Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick 100pt. perk. 

It came in the color Shadow, a really pretty smokey gray.  It's waterproof and is supposed to stay on for 8 hours without creasing, flaking, or fading.  Again, we will see!

I picked up a 2nd 100pt. perk with this order as well and got a Givenchy Phenomen'Eyes Mascara.  

In case you are unfamiliar with this mascara, it is the one that has the ball at the end of the wand.  That's it - there are no other bristles whatsoever, just this ball at the end.  I actually purchased this in the past and I remembered not really caring for it.  But, I figured where it was only 100pts it couldn't hurt trying it again.  Needless to say....some things never change.

I had a promo code to get a deluxe skincare item (I think the code was yourgift).  I immediately chose the Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield with SPF 30.  I had received one of these earlier this Summer in like a gift with purchase type of thing I think, and I really love it.  So now I've got two!  A (1oz) bottle of this costs $65!

And a couple of the samples I got with this order.  (I can't remember what else I got).

Both of these smell sooooooo good!!!

I am so excited about this next item!  I have loved it SO much since picking it up!

I picked up the NYX Highlight &  Contour Pro Palette at Ulta recently and I could not be happier with it.  If you follow my blog then you might remember I actually bought the Anastasia Contour Kit when it came out, but I found myself NEVER reaching for it and eventually returned it.  It was nice and I'm not saying anything bad about it, I just found myself liking my bronzers and Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders better.  I can't believe I'm going to say this....but I actually like this NYX palette better than anything right now!  I am very middle of the road in terms of my skin tone, I am super easy to color match, most things just kinda work on me.  (I am blessed in that aspect).  But, I guess where I have dark hair, kind of darker/olive skin, dark eyes, dark lashes, dark brows, etc., a lot of bronzing/contouring/highlighting products don't really show up on me.  These totally do!  I am just so impressed with this thing, I can't recommend it enough if you like a more sculpted face.  I don't like anything super harsh or defined, but I do want to notice a product without having to layer and layer and layer it on, you know?  This is the perfect contour/highlight palette in my book, and at just $24.99 for 8 (removable) pans, it is a total steal.

Just so you are aware, here are the price comparisons for the most popular contouring and highlighting palettes out right now:

Anastasia Contour Kit (6 pans of product) - $40
Kat Von D Shade + Light Palette (6 pans of product) - $46
It Cosmetics My Sculpted Face Palette (6 pans of product) - 38

This is just one swipe with each color!  LOVE this.

In the palette you get both warm and cool toned contouring powders, so there truly is something in here for everyone.  I like using the warmer colors to warm up the face, using them the same way I would a bronzer.  Then I take the cooler toned one (bottom row, 3rd pan over) to contour the hollows of my cheeks.  On the top row you get a slightly shimmery white highlight (1st pan), a matte white (2nd pan), a matte banana powder (3rd pan), and a slightly shimmery light skin tone shade (4th pan). I can go into more detail on how I like to use these powders in a later post if you would like me to!  I actually use everything in this palette.  Again....if you couldn't already tell.....I LOVE THIS!

Hands down, this is going to be THE prettiest highlight you can buy at the drugstore PERIOD.  People, this WetnWild Fergie Shimmer Palette in Hollywood Boulevard is gorgeous.  A supposed dupe for the elusive Whisper of Gilt highlight by MAC, this is an absolutely stunning goldie highlight.  Plus, it's WNW so it's also super affordable ($5.99).

I seriously have not used any of my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders since purchasing this baby, and those are my Holy Grail highlights!   This is so pretty, cannot recommend enough.

And then the last couple of things I wanted to mention were some nail polishes I have recently been rocking.  I love creamy polishes that are so light they are almost white, and both of these are just that.  The first one is Swan Street by Nails Inc., and the 2nd one is Chillato by Essie.  Swan Street is a barely there green that comes off much more white.  Such a unique and different polish, I can't recommend trying this one enough.  Chillato is more of a yellow green, and while it still has that creamy whitish look, it's definitely brighter on the nails and shows more color than Swan Street.  Both so unique and different, both would be perfect additions to anyone's nail polish collection!

Thanks for stopping by guys!  Have a great week!
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