So many colors!

Urban Decay’s XX Vice LTD Reloaded – Going Deep into the Archives!

Can you believe Urban Decay is already celebrating it’s 20th anniversary?! And they are kicking off their birthday year with this gorgeous Ulta-exclusive palette – The XX Vice LTD Reloaded.

IT'S SO PRETTY.

IT’S SO PRETTY.

This palette is a mixture of new and classic UD shades and at first glance, it looks totally random but it really all works nicely together. And while the new colors are gorgeous, I’m totally here for the classic shades. I ended up purchasing this palette using my Ulta rewards points ($50 worth!) and only paid about $6 out of pocket for it. I also think it is a great companion to my UD 15th Anniversary palette. That said, this will probably be the last big UD palette that I will buy. It’s the perfect capstone to complete my collection.

Is that a chorus of angels I hear?

Is that a chorus of angels I hear?

This is a long post with a lot of pictures, just FYI. Let’s jump in!

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Tony Moly Sheet Masks Review aka How to Spa at Home

One of the newest trends floating around online is Korean skincare, colloquially known as K-Beauty. It’s been a hit overseas and is slowly but surely making it’s way stateside. There is a whole, intense 10+-step(!) daily skincare routine, but we are just going to focus on one product today. K-Beauty is also known for using funky ingredients, like snails, eggs and seaweed, but for also having super cute packaging.

Tony Moly Sheet Masks

Tony Moly Sheet Masks

Recently at my local Ulta, I found sheet masks from one of the most popular and affordable K-Beauty brands, Tony Moly. I picked up the three types they had in stock (there’s even more on Tony Moly’s website) which were each priced at $3.75.

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Black liner and red lips

Red Lip to the Grocery Store

I totally forgot I took these pictures like a month or two ago?

Simple simple simple

Simple simple simple

It was a Saturday and I wanted to wear a red lip but keep everything else as pared down as possible.

Black liner and red lips

Black liner and red lips

But it’s so versatile! I know I literally wore this to the grocery store and maybe a couple of other mundane errands.

Derp

Derp

Anyway, you don’t need to beat a whole face to get a classic look.

Face

  • Maybelline FitMe Concealer in Sand
    • Under eyes and blended onto cheeks and sides of nose
    • Center of forehead
    • Chin
  • Rimmel Stay Matte powder all over and on eyelids
  • BH Cosmetics Glamorous Blush palette (bright red shade in top right corner)
  • ColourPop Super Shock Cheek Highlight in Highly Waisted blended over blush and onto cheekbones

Eyes

  • MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack
  • Black from LORAC Pro 2, layered over eyeliner
  • L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara in Black
  • ColourPop Super Shock Cheek Highlight in Highly Waisted on brow bone and inner corner
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow Pomade in Medium Brown

Lips

  • NYX Automatic Lip Liner in Red
  • MAC lipstick in Ruby Woo
Contents of this month's box

Play! by Sephora – December Box Review

Another month, another Play! by Sephora beauty box review! This box was interesting in that it was a mix of skincare and makeup, with brands I’ve tried before and a couple new ones.

Play! by Sephora's December box theme

Play! by Sephora’s December box theme

The theme of this box is to indulge in little luxuries and self-care. I’m not one to treat myself to expensive skincare (I use pretty much just drugstore/Neutrogena) just because it can really be so hard on the wallet, but I do enjoy trying samples of fancy stuff.

Contents of this month's box

Contents of this month’s box

So included in here is: Viktor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb perfume, NUDE Skincare Advanced Renewal Serum, Dr. Brandt Skincare PoreDermabrasion, Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes in Black, Smashbox Full Exposure Eye Shadow Duo and Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil.

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Sephora Beauty Class - Nighttime Smoky Eye

Sephora Beauty Class Review: Nighttime Smoky Eyes

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! I did not do a very good job of churning out new content like I had planned for my break, but I’ve got this post and hopefully a couple more drafted to come out in the next couple of weeks.

Anyway, earlier in December I attended my very first Sephora Beauty Class and it was SO MUCH FUN. The beauty classes have been slowly debuting across the states and they have finally reached San Antonio at the end of the 2015. Basically, a Sephora Beauty Class is a free class offered by your local store and each class focuses on a technique or look. Topics include highlight and contour, perfect lips and cheeks, daytime smoky eye and false lash application, among others. Check out the link for the classes nearest you!

View of the class

View of the class

I went to the NIghttime Smoky Eye because A) who doesn’t love a smoky eye and B) it was a Sunday evening and I didn’t have anything planned. They do recommend signing up ahead of time but in my particular class, we had a couple walk-ins that were able to be accommodated. To me, the best part of the experience is that the class is scheduled outside of store hours, so it’s just the attendees of the class and the Sephora team and you get the WHOLE STORE to yourself. There were chairs set up near the front and tables with mirrors and tools around the perimeter and all attendees were provided with a folder that had instructions for the look we would be doing. I came with my foundation and brows already done and I brought my own mascara and a couple lip products to finish the look (for sanitation reasons).

View of the class

View of the class

One Sephora makeup artist would demonstrate, step by step, the look on another Sephora artist and then we would be sent off to our own stations to do steps 1-3 or 4-6 on ourselves. Any product you want to use is available to you! And the Sephora team will sanitize it all for you to use.

Makeup station

Makeup station

In this class, we did two different styles (one on each eye): a classic smoldering smoky eye and a dramatic cut crease. Corey, the artist that lead the class, was informative, fun and a great instructor. He really broke down the techniques into simple steps for even the most beginner of makeup users.

Corey demonstrating eyeshadow placement.

Corey applying eyeshadow primer.

All in all, the class was just so much fun. I enjoyed connecting with the staff and really getting a chance to play with products that I didn’t own or were out of my budget, instead of just swatching on my hand when I’m shopping. They do take the opportunity to pull product for you to purchase, but I didn’t feel like any of them were pushy. Special shout-out to Som, who offered to take pictures for me!

A few more pictures (I was using my iPhone, so apologies for the quality and lighting) after the jump.

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Dressed to Kill on lips

The Favorites: NARS Dressed to Kill Lipstick

Hi ya’ll! I’m debuting a new series today on the blog called The Favorites. These semi-regular posts will be single-product focuses on my favorites pieces in my collection, the ones I reach for and wear time and again. The Favorites are all products I’ve purchased myself and are considered permanent items in their respective brands (basically, I won’t be featuring anything that is limited edition or discontinued).

NARS Dressed to Kill lipstick

NARS Dressed to Kill lipstick

To kick it off, here’s one of my very favorite lipsticks from NARS – Dressed to Kill. NARS describes this as a “fuchsia rose with gold shimmer.” I see it more of a neutral rose, but the gold shimmer is definitely there. It’s a little chunky when applying, but it’s not an in-your-face shimmer. Just enough to give your lips a little dimension to the satin finish and isn’t really noticeable unless you look really closely.

Dressed to Kill on lips

Dressed to Kill on lips

Dressed to Kill has buildable sheer-to-medium coverage, which combined with the neutral tone pinky-red, makes this an easy lipstick to throw in my purse no matter what else I’m wearing on my face. I’ve worn this during the day, evening, as a bridesmaid, to professional events, even a job interview. It’s a lipstick that will flatter and brighten for any occasion and one I consider a ride or die. It has about a 4 hour wear time, but wears evenly to rosy stain.

Swatch! This is about three swipes, so you can see it isn't totally opaque.

Swatch! This is about three swipes, so you can see it isn’t totally opaque.

NARS Dressed to Kill is available to purchase at Sephora for $27 (non-affiliate link, just wanted to make it easy to find!)