Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Sephora Haul

I went shopping at Sephora last week with a friend/coworker and I purchased a few things that I thought I'd share with you. 

Let me just preface this post with a few bits of information about myself. I have recently developed an addiction to all things beauty related: skin care, hair care, makeup, fingernail polish, etc. I'm trying a LOT of new things and I'm using this blog to share my adventures with you. Despite my love for makeup, I do not wear makeup every day. Not because my skin is perfect - because believe me it is far from it - but because I don't always feel like making that kind of effort in the mornings. And I'm okay with going without makeup. Most days I just apply some acne medication (Proactiv Repairing Lotion) and top it with a tinted moisturizer with sunscreen in it and that's it. No mascara, no powder, no nothing. BUT I do enjoy the occasional day when I decide I have time to "look pretty". 

Those are the days when I get several compliments on my hair or my eyes, and I vow that I will start making the effort to wear makeup more often, and thennnnn I don't. :-P What can I say? I get lazy.

Below is one of my favorite brands: tarte. I love tarte because it is great makeup, but it is natural and not tested on animals. I have yet to purchase a product from them that I am unhappy with. 

This is tarte - emphasEYES Amazonian clay waterproof liner & brush in black.

I've wanted to try this type of eye liner for a while now, but never bought any until I stumbled upon the tarte version. It applies very smoothly in a thin line with the small end of the brush, or in a thick line with the larger brush. It is easy to smudge the liner while it is still wet for a smoky look. After it dries, it pretty much stays put. It is very pigmented which makes it easy to achieve a pretty line.

This is the Urban Decay - Urban Ammo Eye Palette

To celebrate their 10th birthday, Urban Decay made this palette with their top 10 best-selling shades. I had never used any Urban Decay eye shadows prior to this palette, but I'm definitely hooked. The shadows seem finely milled and super pigmented. It doesn't take much eye shadow from this palette to make your eyes sparkle and pop. :) 

This is smashbox - Photo Finish Color Correcting Foundation Primer

I purchased this because its green tone helps to cover redness, and since I have acne-prone skin, I really wanted to try it out. So far so good, but it is definitely not a concealer. It helps with the redness, but it doesn't completely cover it. When I used my tinted moisturizer on top, that helped even more. 

This is smashbox - Camera Ready BB Cream in Fair

This stuff is supposedly magic. It claims to be 5-in-1: it hydrates, primes, perfects, controls oil, and protects. So it is basically a tinted moisturizer on steroids. I pretty much love it. My usual tinted moisturizer is Benefit - You Rebel Lite, and I've used it for at least 6 months now. I love it, but it does tend to melt away because of my oily skin. This BB Cream seems to hang on a little tighter...

That's it for now. I realize that I'm still new at this, and it COMPLETELY slipped my mind that I should swatch each product. I'm sorry, and I promise I will remember to do that next time! 

Thanks for dropping by!