Saturday, May 31, 2014

Birthday Haul Pt. 2 & May Favorites

Hi guys, thanks for coming back to my blog.

I want to continue my birthday haul post now and my May favorites, they kinda go along with the haul because there are so many products I got for my birthday that have become quick favorites.  So instead of making separate posts I decided to just combine them somehow, I’m just winging it as I go along so bare with me. 

Birthday Haul Pt. 2

Sephora Continued

TARTE Brazilliance™ Skin Rejuvenating Maracuja Face And Body Self Tanner

Tarte Self Tanner

So I have tried a couple of different self tanners since spring begun, St. Tropez, Lorac and this is my definite favorite.  I posted about the Xen-Tan for the face and I really do like that one but I hadn’t found anything for the body that I liked until I used the Tarte self-tanner.  If you are someone who really requires a guide color you will not like this because there really isn’t one.  It comes out of the tube a gel like consistency and it is a very dark tan color, however once you rub it in the color disappears completely and you just have to go on faith that you have hit all the right spots.  It comes with the mit and it works very well to distribute the product evenly.  I have been wearing  it for 2 weeks and I haven’t experienced any streaking or uneven color.  I use a thick balm on my heels and elbows before I use the tanner so it doesn't absorb heavily around those dry areas.  I have sort of fell into a schedule for application.  I shave and exfoliate my legs with a body sugar scrub every other day prior to application.  I know most people like to apply self-tanners at night before bed but I have found I like to apply it in the morning after my shower and prior to applying my makeup.  The only complaint I really have is it stays sticky longer than I would like it to and in the bend of your elbows  it can rub off as you bend your arms if you do not spend enough time with your arms straight until it dry's.  I’m not sure how long it lasts because I reapply it every other day.  The one bottle has lasted me for 2 weeks and I still have approximately 1/2 of a bottle and I apply it to arms, legs, shoulders and decollete.  I’m really not sensitive as some people can be to the smell of self-tanners but I don’t believe this one is strong at all.  *This is a May favorite*


CIATÉ Very Colourfoil Manicure™

Ciate Foil Kit

(Kiss Chase #101)

So I have been seeing this nail art kit on the Sephora’s sale page.  I had never tried the CIATÉ brand nail polish so I thought with the kit being on sale and all, well why not.  I am so glad I did.  Apparently this brand is the leader in transforming top coats and all kinds of weird effects in the world of nail art.  I really like this polish.  It doesn't drag or streak and it goes on very opaque after just one coat.  I will be the first person to tell you I am not artistic at all, so most any nail art that requires that ability is out for me.  The foils that came with this kit are beautiful and they come in a wide range of colors.  You only need one square to do all 10 finger nails although I did mix 2 colors for my first go.  This kit also comes with the glue needed to apply the foil.  It’s so simple, paint, dry, glue, foil, top coat and go.  I liked this brand of polish so much I went back to Sephora and grabbed the 3 for $18 deal.  I couldn’t find this option on the web page but I did purchase it in store.

Ciate Mini

(PPM188 Pucker Up, PPM007 Members Only, PPM185 Mineral Love)

Of course the bottles are only .17 fl. Oz compared to the large bottle that came inside this kit which was 0.46 fl.Oz.  Apparently you can’t order directly from the company here in the states because they do not ship to North America but there are plenty of places you can find this brand including Sephora, Nordstrom and Amazon just to name a few.  You can usually find one of the nail art kits like this one on Sephora’s sale page as well.

Bite Beauty Vivid Luminous Crème Lipstick Duo

Bite open tube

(Violet / Palomino)

So if you are taking air into your lungs you have heard of or experienced Bite Beauty lip products.  Bite Beauty is an exclusive brand just for lips.  I know a lot of women have a special place in their heart for lipstick and lip products in general but this takes it to a whole new level.  The lip products that Bite Beauty makes are an exception to every rule, they smell good, taste good, feel good and wear on the lip so very long it’s not natural.  I just didn’t understand all the hype attached to these lip products so I grabbed one of the lipstick duos that Sephora has at the register.  The duo’s come in two different color options, a bright option, pictured above in Violet and Palomino and a nude option in Lychee and Musk.  So the first duo I bought was the nude option and I would love to include a picture and swatch but, what can I say, I used it up.  It is a small amount in each end only .05 Oz per side and the product is so soft and creamy that it just melts onto your lips.  I will defiantly be getting one of the Deconstructed Rose colors or the Deconstructed Rose Lip Gloss Library, you have to check it out in person.  It is a limited edition part of the line and a must have.  The Agave Lip Mask is apparently a wonderful item as well and permanent to the line so grab it when you can, you have time on this one but don’t pass out when you see the price, it has huge sticker shock with the $26.00 price tag for a lip balm.


Makeup Geek Brushes: Foundation Stippling Brush, Cheek Highlighter Brush, Small Crease Brush

makeupgeek brushes2

makeupgeek brushes






So if you have been a regular reader of my blog then you already know just how much I love Makeup Geek brushes.  These are the new and improved Makeup Geek brushes and holy cow, my new, never leave home without them, always in my bag, use every time I put makeup on my face, holy grail brushes.  I only ordered 3 and it wasn’t because I wasn’t sure about them it was simply a money issue.  Lets just say I ran out of birthday funds a couple of items back and my husband rocks.   He was ordering a hard drive for his computer off of Amazon and I said well let me see what they carry in the beauty department.  I was able to grab these brushes for a dollar less per brush than you can get them for on the Makeup Geek site.  I have used all 3 brushes since I got them and they are wonderful.  As you know I have owed the original brushes from Makeup Geek for a couple of years and they are still my go to brushes.  As with the original brushes I haven’t experienced any shedding and they have been washed a couple of times as well as keeping their shape.  I plan to order the rest of the new brushes within the next 2 weeks with the exception of the ones that have already sold out.  The link above for the stippling brush goes to the Makeup Geek site because I can no longer find this one on Amazon, my advice is to hurry they are going quick and I think I seen September listed as the month they would be back.

Sigma Pencil Brush E-30

So I didn’t have this Sigma brush until 5 days after I received my other brushes so I don’t have a picture of this one but I know everyone reading this post probably knows what it looks like, if not you can follow the link above.  That will take you to the Amazon page for this brush and this one will take you to  This is my first Sigma brush and I think I love it.  It is so soft and my whole look for my bottom lash line as well as inside corner is drastically different and so much better.  I believe I will order the essential kit next, it is recommended as a great place to start.  Although I was able to order the Sigma brush from Amazon unlike Makeup Geek I didn’t get as big a saving, it was only a penny.  All of the Sigma products are exactly the same price pretty mush, as they are on Sigma’s web page.  I’m unsure of the difference in shipping because I have never ordered from Sigma and I’m not a Amazon Prime customer.  This brush is out of stock on Sigma’s page.

May Favorites

So with all of these new items it has been a hard list to make.  So lets go back to the Haul Pt. 1.  My Clarisonic Pro is definitely on my favorites list.  I have wanted one for so long and it works like everyone said it would.  Love it for so many reasons but the first reason is it will help save my face from looking any older than it is.  My next favorite from the 1st post would have to be my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette.  Like I said in the haul I just can’t put my finger on why it just makes everything glow.  The Hourglass N° 28 Primer Serum is the same way.  My skin stays hydrated and I have cut way back on the amount of coverage I’m wearing.  I have cut out my foundation completely.  I simply use my Hourglass N° 28 Primer Serum and then the 3rd May favorite my It Cosmetics Anti-Aging Full Coverage Physical SPF50 CC Cream.  I have been applying this with the Makeup Geek stippling brush and it gives me all the coverage I need.  I really need to go back and give credit where credit is due and that is my skin care.  I have continued with my Theraderm system, I’m on the 3rd travel size because it is so cheap $10 compared to shelling out the $140 for the full size.  Of course lets go ahead and add the OLE HENRIKSEN3 Little Wonders to the favorites list for May.  I really believe this is what it took to give the my skin the little push I was looking for.  It really seems to glow without any makeup, not that I would go without anything in public, but I have took it way down as I said before.

So I have covered everything I believe.  I have included skin care, Clarisonic and Ole Henriksen.  I have talked about makeup with the  It Cosmetics, Hourglass products, Bite Beauty and the tools to put it on with, the amazing Makeup Geek brushes as well as the Sigma pencil brush.  I have included a couple of nail products, even a self-tanner.  The one thing I am missing, something for the inside….

Plus White 5 Minute Premier Whitening System


This $7.00 teeth whitening system really works, I am blown away.  I have been using it for about 2 weeks and I believe my teeth are probably at least 5 shades whiter than they were.  You can pick this up at Wal-Mart and it contains everything you need plus a coupon. 


Julep Maven Box Free

lf you get any subscription boxes you know how awesome they can be.  I have gotten Starbox, Ipsy Bag and a Zamplebox for vapors, they kindly sent me a free box after my husband lost his job, but I haven’t gotten any of the first boxes free.  With a coupon code, I’ve seen several versions, you can get your first Julep Maven box free.  It usually costs $19.99 plus $3.99 shipping and handling.  So I used the code FREEBOX and it worked.  I paid the $3.99 shipping and handling and I had my box within 3 days.  I got to choose from a few different boxes so I chose the one with 2 polishes and a blush, a very nice blush that I will have pictures of very soon.

So I think that is all guys.  Once again thank you so very much for stopping by and catching up with me.  I am so sorry it is so long but I guess that’s what happens when you get as far behind as I did.

Much Love and God Bless,


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