I’ve got mail! Savannah’s birthday present

Hello beauties! As you might have noticed, it was my birthday last Thursday, and my beauty bestie Savannah was so sweet and kind to give me the nicest birthday present EVER! She gave me so many goodies I couldn’t help but write a post about it.

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It was the nicest surprise ever to get all these goodies in the mail, and when she told me it was coming, I literally was glued to my phone waiting for tracking updates on when it would show up!

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First, she surprised me with a $25 dollar gift card to Sephora, because she definitely knows the way to my heart! We’ll see how long that stays in my wallet… The best part is, the gift card comes with a little compact to toss in your purse and it feels super fancy!

Next, she got me these amazing lipstick socks  from a place called Living Royal. They have all sorts of kooky and colorful prints, but obviously this print is very fitting for me!

If you didn’t know, Savannah works over at Lancôme and used to work for Clinique, so the next part of her present was lots of goodies and samples from work that she thought I’d like, including that little brush!

 

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And then we got ALL THIS STUFF. Let’s go through it, shall we?

She sent me the Clinique 7 day scrub cream, an exfoliating scrub to use before the 3-step skin care system, which she also sent me minis of: the facial soap, the clarifying lotion, and the moisturizing gel, all for oily skin. I own the soap and the gel, so this is perfect to take with me for when I travel so I don’t have to worry about transferring things to smaller bottles!

Then I got the Clinique moisture surge extended thirst relief, the all about eyes cream, a sample of Clinique Happy perfume, the Clinique high impact mascara, which is all the stuff I got from Clinique! (No, the little jars that say Clinique on them aren’t Clinique.)

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Now, for the Lancôme stuff: she got me the Lancôme Définicils mascara, two of the Cils Booster XL mascara base, the La Laque Fever Lipshine in Scarlette and a few samples, which I’ll list below:

  • Lancôme Bienfait Pure Focus Mattifying Moisturizing Lotion.
  • Lancôme Gel Pure Focus Cleansing Gel.
  • Lancôme Masque Pure Focus.
  • Lancôme Teint Idole 24hr Foundation in 210 and 220.

And then a few non-Lancôme goodies:

  • Estée Lauder Double Wear Light in Intensity 2.0.
  • Kiehl’s Rare Earth Cleanser.
  • Kiehl’s Rare Earth Masque.

Whew! That was a long one. Thank you so much Savannah for the generous and thoughtful and amazing birthday present! I absolutely loved it and I can’t wait to try everything out. You’re the best and I love you. <3

What did you guys think of Savannah’s present? Have you tried anything in here?

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My skincare routine: morning and night

Hi friends! I apologize for this post being a day later than my planned schedule, I had quite the busy day yesterday and it totally slipped my mind! But I took today off to write everything and plan for the next week of posts and I’m catching up with everything I can handle today!

Ever since I got this blog, I’ve learned a lot about my skin type and my skincare routine has improved vastly in the last few months. I used to feel like I wasn’t thorough enough or taking enough care of my skin, but I’ve gotten better and am a lot more comfortable sharing my routine than I would’ve been back in May!

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MORNING

First, I start with the Aveeno brightening cleanser. I like using this one in the morning because it just makes me feel extra bright, but whether that’s actually the intended effect or just a sugar pill effect, who knows? Mostly I just want to use it up because I hate wasting products! Next, I use the Botanics Shine Away mattifying toner, which you might recall from a few posts ago! I bought it just before I went to Canada and it’s been an absolute godsend. I can’t go a day without it now!

I follow that up with the 100% Pure coffee bean eye cream, which I got in my last Birchbox and have been loving ever since! It makes my eyes seem brighter and helps keep those bags away (to a certain extent, of course). And last is my favorite new moisturizer from Sephora, the 8hr mattifying moisturizer sunscreen with SPF 20. I can’t use any moisturizer during the day without SPF in it because sun protection is important and my skin is quite fair, so I was really excited to find one that is oil-free and mattifying for my oily T-zone!

Along with all of these steps, I use the Botanics Shine Away invigorating face scrub twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays as a week to keep my skin extra clear and not oily.

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NIGHT

The first thing I do at night is cleanse my face with Clinique’s facial soap for oily skin, which I got not too long ago and have absolutely loved since then. My face definitely feels less oily since I started using this! Depending on how much makeup I have on, I’ll use a makeup wipe or my trusty micellar water to remove it before cleansing my face. I follow that up with the toner from Botanics I use in the mornings as well, because I feel like it gets rid of all the excess oil my nose likes to produce and makes my skin feel extra matte.

Once that’s done, I put on the eye gel from Body Merry, which was sent to me along with a few more products to review by the lovely folks at Body Merry (that post will be coming up soon). This gel is day to night but I only use it at night because I prefer the eye cream with caffeine during the day to make me seem more bright and awake, but it absolutely works for both! Once that’s done, I apply the Clinique Dramatically Different moisturizing gel in my T-zone and the Aveeno smart essentials nighttime moisture infusion on the rest of my face. I do this because the Clinique gel is perfect for the oiliest areas of my face, but since that’s mainly my T-zone, the rest of my face feels dry with just that and that’s where the Aveeno lotion steps in!

I hope you guys enjoyed my rambling on about skincare! Let me know if you have any questions or are interested in any specific products I use. Thanks for reading!

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Recent acquisitions (a haul but not quite post)

Hello lovelies! I know it’s late but I was determined to keep to my new Monday/Wednesday/Friday posting schedule.

So anyway… You might have seen my post earlier this week about my Sephora haul, and before you say anything, this does not count as a haul. Hear me out here, okay? Okay. I didn’t technically get all of these at the same time so therefore it’s not a haul. because I say so. Got it? Alright. Moving on.

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Let’s start this quick post by talking about some skincare! I’ve been doing some research and trying to find better products that suit my combination oily skin better and so far, these have been great.

I got the Botanics face scrub and toner from their Shine Away line at Target a few weeks ago when I had to return something else and had some store credit to spend, and I’ve been using them for however long and I really like them! The toner has been a godsend and now that I actually use it every day, I don’t know why I didn’t start sooner!

The Clinique facial soap I bought when I went into Sephora the other night so technically I haven’t used this one yet, but I’ve tried samples before and I really like it. I already own the moisturizing gel from this same line so once I’m out of the Botanics toner, I’ll get the toner from the same line and have a complete set!

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Then we have these beauties here! The Sephora palette technically should’ve been part of my Sephora haul, but the one I received in the mail was broken, so I had to go exchange it before I could actually write about it in a post. I haven’t used it yet but I absolutely love the colors and from swatching them, they look to be great quality!

The stila palette I bought off a friend who gave it to me for $25 dollars… I mean, who could resist that? Especially when this palette retails for $39! It’s barely used and I purchased my precious Chocolate Bar palette from her, so I definitely trust her. I used it for a look yesterday when I went to school and absolutely loved everything about it, but I unfortunately got rained on when I was going to class so that was kind of ruined.

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Last but not least is my new holy grail liquid lipstick (gasp!) — the Sephora cream lip stain in Marvelous Mauve. Everything about this lipstick is absolutely perfect. The formula goes on so smoothly and it’s easy to apply, it’s super pigmented and dries to matte without being drying and it’s incredibly long lasting! I wore it to go bar hopping in Montreal and didn’t even need to reapply it once. I’m absolutely in love with this, and if you haven’t yet run to your nearest Sephora to get one, I don’t know what you’re waiting for!

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I hope you guys enjoyed this not-a-haul haul post! Let me know if you want a review of either one of the palettes or even the lipstick and I’ll work on getting that up for you guys. Thanks for reading!

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Sephora haul… because I can!

To celebrate a successful two month long No Buy, I decided that once my student loans came in, I would treat myself to some goodies from Sephora! I knew going into it some of the things I wanted, but I gave myself a budget of 150 dollars and shopped away and let me tell you, it felt great. I received my order last night and was super excited to see and touch everything — and swatch it!

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Here’s what I got in its entirety. The Too Faced bb creme I actually got off Amazon but since it all came in the same day, I figured I’d include it in my haul post.

So let’s start, shall we? First, I got the Sephora cream lip stain in Blackberry Sorbet. Before I left for Canada, I had the color Marvelous Mauve on my cart, but I ended up buying it when I was in Canada without realizing that I had already been planning on getting it! But now that I know how much I loved that one, I had to get a new color to add to my collection.

Something else I’d had my eye on for a while was the stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Amalfi. After swatching literally every hot pink lipstick in Sephora, this one won out, and knowing that I loved their formula since I already have Venezia helped!

And last for the lip products is Bésame Cosmetic’s Classic Color Lipstick in Red Velvet 1946. If you’re a nerd like me, you might know this as the lipstick that Peggy Carter wears in Agent Carter! After reading a lot of reviews online and seeing how much everyone loved it, I caved in. I mean… look at that packaging.

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Now, what I was definitely most excited to receive was definitely was the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop, AKA the collaboration that Jaclyn Hill did with Becca! I had my eyes on it when she first announced it was coming out, but I knew I absolutely needed it when I saw it at my local Sephora and swatched it. Definitely love at first sight.

Something else I couldn’t wait to get my hands on was the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla! This is definitely a case of “blogger made me buy it,” as I’ve seen so many people (but particularly Ana) rave about it.

Along with my Sephora purchase, I got a lot of different samples, which I’m obviously very happy about! I received a bareMinerals bareSkin sample trio, containing a deluxe sample of the bareSkin serum foundation, plus the perfecting veil and a tiny little buki brush (how cute is it?). I also got a sample of Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Melting Cleanser, tarte’s maracuja creaseless concealer and a sample of Clinique’s cleanser, exfoliator and moisturizer for combination to oily skin!

Lastly, I got the Too Faced Air Buffed BB Creme in Vanilla Glow, which I also heard was great from a few different bloggers and I can’t wait to see how I like it!

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Here we have, from top to bottom: Red Velvet 1946, Blackberry Sorbet, and Amalfi.

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Top to bottom: Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop, bareSkin serum foundation in bare linen, Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla, and Air Buffed BB Creme in Vanilla Glow. Both the bareSkin foundation and the bb creme look a little dark for my skin, but it is the underside of my arm which is ghostly pale so I’m hoping that on my face it’ll work better. Worst case scenario, they’re donated to my sister, whose skin is a tad darker than mine.

So there’s my haul! I’ve been waiting quite a long time for these things and I’m happy with everything I got. After two months of a No Buy, it may seem silly to turn around and spend quite a bit of money on this, but I had two whole months to think about what I wanted and I thought about it very carefully!

What do you think? Do you own any of these? Any of them that you’re curious to try? Let me know in the comments!

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