IT’S MY BIRTHDAY: 2015 birthday haul

HI GUYS! It’s my birthday today and I am officially 24 (not 25, as I kept thinking the last few weeks!) and because I’m a big believer in the #treatyoself way of life, I did treat myself to a very generous birthday haul this year, largely possible due to the Sephora VIB sale!


Isn’t it just so beautiful? Doesn’t it just make you so happy? It makes me happy, that’s for sure! I really went all out but with that 20% off at Sephora, it was really hard not to. Thankfully, I stayed well within my budget, and I’m definitely going to need to go on a no buy soon to remedy all this stuff that I got. But enough yapping, let’s start talking about what I got!


Let’s start with some face stuff here, shall we? First, I got the Urban Decay De-slick Makeup Setting Spray. This was definitely not on my original wish list, but when I saw it at the checkout line at Sephora and saw the words “oil control,” I just couldn’t resist! I have a major case of oily skin, so I’m excited to see how this’ll help me out.

Following that trend, I picked up the L’oreal Infallible Pro-Matte foundation, which I’ve heard a lot of good things about! It’s hard to tell if it’ll be the right color for me because Ulta doesn’t have testers and this foundation is sealed, but we’ll see how I do. I also picked up a mini of the Benefit the Porefessional primer, because I realized the only primer I own is a Maybelline one and I wanted to try out something high end instead!

Lastly, I got the Real Techniques setting brush, which I read about on the lovely Claire’s blog, Clarina Beauty. Since Ulta had a sale for buy one, get one 50% off, I picked up this mini Ecotools brush set, mainly for the powder brush, so I can carry it in my makeup bag without it getting all bent out of shape. I probably won’t be using the other two brushes at all, but they’re cute!


Next, let’s talk about these two babies. Naked 1 and 2 are finally mine and I can say I own all three Naked palettes (minus Smoky and Basics and all those other ones, of course). I was debating which one of these I wanted more but I honestly could not figure it out, so I ended up getting both! Of course, I’m forbidden from buying any more palettes for a looooong time now.


And lastly, I got lots and lots of lip goodies! The things that were actually on my wish list were the two NARS Audacious lipsticks and two Too Faced Melted lipsticks, but I couldn’t resist getting a few more things.


First, we got these beauties from NARS: Charlotte, Vera, and Funny Face from left to right. I’d been eyeing Charlotte and Vera for a while now, and Funny Face is a color my ex owned that I always wish I’d “accidentally” kept (and actually almost did once) so I figured I might as well go for it.


From top to bottom: Charlotte, Vera, and Funny Face.


Then we have the Too Faced Melted Lipsticks in the colors Melted Chihuahua and Melted Jelly Donut. I learned about these from my ex as well and boy am I glad I did. I was originally going to get Melted Fig, but I deemed it too close to some other lipsticks I have and went with Melted Jelly Donut instead, and I’m glad I did! I’ll probably get Melted Fig sooner or later…


Top: Melted Jelly Donut. Bottom: Melted Chihuahua.


And last in this humongous haul, we have my first ever ABH lipstick in the color Blush, as well as the KVD duo in Lolita I and Lolita II. I walked into Macy’s and realized they actually had the ABH lipsticks and while they didn’t have a lot of the colors in stock, I was in love! I couldn’t help but get my hands on this and it’s a beautiful color that I don’t anything quite like it. I was surprised by how much I liked Lolita II because I’d been expecting to favor Lolita, but I’m so happy I got both!

That wraps things up for today’s haul! It’s so much stuff but I’m so excited to try it out and get good use out of it all. Thanks for reading! Let me know what you think.



Life update + first impressions on OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick

Hi beautifuls! (Shh, I know that’s not a word. Let’s pretend it is.) For today’s post, I have a lil bit of a life update, as well as a first impressions post on what’s probably my new favorite lipstick ever. Let’s get started, shall we?

If you’ve been around in the beauty world the last few months, you know that liquid lipsticks are all the rage. OFRA Cosmetics has a line of long lasting liquid lipsticks that I’ve heard multiple people describe as the best liquid lipstick ever, so you can imagine how excited I was to try it. After doing my research, looking at swatches, and taking way too long to decide, I ordered my first two lipsticks from them in the colors Santa Ana and Laguna Beach.

Originally, I was considering getting three much brighter pinks, but I wasn’t too sure of how they’d look or if I had something similar to it already, so I did my best to get something that I knew I didn’t have already. I couldn’t wait to try them out and now that I have, I can honestly say I know why everyone says they’re so good!

I wore Santa Ana yesterday to go to school. I applied it around 11 a.m. and didn’t check it again until I was ready to go home around six and it had barely faded in the center of my lips and that was after eating, drinking, and talking all day. Needless to say, they live up to their long-lasting claim.

The thing about wearing liquid lipsticks is that they tend to be the most drying of the bunch, and a lot of the lipsticks in my arsenal hold true to that statement. I’d heard that these weren’t quite like that and I’m happy to confirm that everything good you’ve heard is true. As soon as I applied them, it barely felt like they were on at all. I didn’t feel them on my lips all day, but I also knew I didn’t have to reapply it every two hours or even touch it up. Is there anything better than that?

The formula is more of a mousse than a liquid, but it goes on really smoothly, is extremely pigmented, and like I said, lasts all day long. I couldn’t be happier with these and I can’t wait to get another two or three or ten.

Now for the life update: I’ve been trying really hard the last few weeks to post three times a week, and I’ve managed to do so for the most part, but between classes and work, I was under a lot of stress. I’m taking four courses this semester but since it is my last semester, I have a lot more responsibilities that go beyond the normal coursework, and for this reason, I’ve decided to withdraw from my Tuesday/Thursday class. This will give me more time to myself, to work on the blog, to pick up extra hours at work, and to have a day off every once in a while. It’s not set in stone yet (there are still a few things left to confirm) but if all goes well, I’ll go back to having a day off a week instead of going nonstop seven days a week.

What does this mean for the blog? It means that chances are my unofficial posting schedule of Monday/Wednesday/Friday will probably shift to Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Not a big change overall, but I feel more confident in my ability to fulfill this and I feel like I can officially announce it now!

Sorry I didn’t have a lot of pictures on this post, I promise I’ll be posting swatches in a post about my favorite liquid lipsticks or a full review of both lipsticks I got from OFRA sooner or later!

As always, thanks for reading and being your lovely and beautiful self!