Showing posts with label Sephora. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sephora. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Sephora 15% off for Beauty Insiders and VIBs

Sephora is having a 15% off sale on all beauty for beauty insiders through the 10th/11th. Beauty Insiders should have already received their shopping pass in the mail (or check your e-mail for a printable pass).
  • Beauty Insiders can use code TICKET online through the 10th.
  • VIB members can use code VIBTICKET online through the 11th.
  • VIB Rouge members can use ROUGETICKET online until the 11th.

My top nail picks/recommendations:

A few other recommendations:

  • Diorshow Extase Mascara ($28.50) is one of my favorite Dior mascaras, this is always a good time to replenish or stock up on a few mascaras
  • Dolce & Gabbana Smoky Eye Quad ($60) is hands down THE best smoky eye shadow quad (review here)
  • NARS Matte Multiples ($39 each) perfect multi-tasker with rich blendable pigment that lasts all day long (Altai is my must-have for natural contouring)
  • Drybar The Chaser Shine Pomade ($28) is my holy grail hair product, I use it before or after blow drying and it works wonders on the hair for a sleek and healthy shine, my husband steals this from me all the time
  • Drybar Texas Tea Collection ($23-25) I've had such great experiences with their Happy Hour Shampoo/Conditioner, I'm so excited to see a few new additions to Sephora
Have you already purchased anything from the Sephora sale? I'm all ears!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty | Lola, Role Play and Kissability

Marc Jacobs Beauty items from Sephora, accessories Marc Jacobs Sharpies, Heart Notebook and Postcard from Bookmarc located in Los Angeles on Melrose

I've recently fallen in love with a few more items from Marc Jacobs Beauty. I've been a huge fan of the Hi-Shine Nail Lacquers which I really like for the packaging, color pigment, and price. Today I am featuring three new items I've discovered.

  • Lola Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer ($18 for 13 ml) is a flawless bright jelly red, it's a one-coat wonder nail color that covers the entire nail with one swipe, I've only tested for a couple days now but in my experience, Marc Jacobs nail lacquers have decent lasting power with no tip wear or chipping through day 5 or 6 (I use with Deborah Lippmann Rehydrating Base Coat and Dior Gel Top Coat).
  • Role Play Lip Gel ($30 for 3.6g) is my new holy grail nude pink lip, it's an interesting formula, not quite like a traditional lipstick, it is a gel lipstick with full coverage and a cushy moisturizing feel. This covered my lip entirely, it's like a lighter modern version of what I wanted MAC Twig/Spirit to be, it's a neutral rose pink nude that isn't too light and not too dark.
  • Kissability Lust for Lacquer ($28 for 5 ml) is a sheer rose with gold and pink shimmers. It comes with a sponge tip applicator. The formula is very sheer so I recommend using this on top of lipsticks for more color, it has a vanilla scent with a cool tingley finish (thank goodness it did not irritate or numb my super sensitive lips).

More photos and swatches:

Lola featured on the hands holding some fun Marc Jacobs sharpies:

Role Play lip gel and lip swatch:

I'm overall impressed with the lip products. I don't know why it took me so long to try them. I am already looking to try more of the lipsticks. Now that Marc Jacobs Beauty has been out on the market for a while, I'd love to hear what your thoughts are. What have you fallen in love with? What would you recommend passing on? Yays or nays are all welcome.

You can find Marc Jacobs Beauty at select Marc Jacobs boutiques and at all Sephora stores. Online at and

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Sephora Beauty Insider 500 Point Reward L'Occitane Set

I've been saving up my Sephora Beauty Insider points for months (I had accumulated around 780 points to be exact). I received an email alert about this 500 Point Reward with five L'Occitane minis. I decided to redeem my points with a recent order of the NARS Matte Multiples and added the Beauty Insider 500 Point set to my basket at checkout. It arrived last week and the minis are adorable. I've never seen such cute hand creams (they are 0.3 oz versus the full sized 1 oz tubes). I haven't seen this set in stores near me but it's still online while supplies last (if you've spotted it in store please share in the comments). The set that is available online comes with:
  • Shea Butter Hand Cream 0.3 oz/10 ml
  • Amande Delicious Hand Cream 0.3 oz/10 ml
  • Amande Shower Oil 1.18 fl oz/35 ml
  • Amande Supple Skin Oil 0.5 fl oz/15 ml
  • Verbena Body Lotion 1 oz/30 ml
  • Small canvas pouch

I've tried all the items before except the face oil. All are classic staples and the sizes are perfect for your purse, to store in your work desk or small enough for travel. I get a bit nervous when it comes to trying face oils so if you've tried this one I'd love your input. Have you seen any good Sephora Beauty Insider minis lately? I find it's hit or miss but I love that Sephora stores and tracks your points for you and allows you to save them. Any other deals you've spotted?

Friday, November 29, 2013

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer in Daisy #102

My latest from Marc Jacobs Beauty is the Nail Lacquer in Daisy #102 ($18 for 13 ml/0.43 fl oz on It's been on my radar for months and I finally caved and purchased it. Daisy is a pearly ivory pink. It's a shimmery color that is slightly transparent for a soft pearly finish. The formula requires two coats. The first coat will apply a bit streaky but it evens out with the second. Note you need to let the first one dry completely before applying the second. The result is a pearly color that brightens the skin. Lasting power is extremely impressive with this color. I saw no chips, tip wear or peeling by day 5 and only removed it to play with other shades. I give this polish a huge thumbs up for quality, wear and price.

The bottles have a removeable cap:

Closeups to show the soft pearlescent quality:

Here it is swatched with two coats, in sunlight it glows:

I pulled Chanel Island (discontinued), Chanel Django (discontinued), Rescue Beauty Lounge Pink Shimmer and Deborah Lippmann Sarah Smile to compare. All shades with two coats except for the Deborah Lippmann which has 4 coats to achieve full coverage.

In low light the colors look very similar so I hope these descriptions will help highlight the differences. Chanel Django is more beige/yellow. Rescue Beauty Pink Shimmer is more beige. Deborah Lippmann requires at least 4 coats to get the same coverage as 2 coats of the Marc Jacobs.

You can find Marc Jacobs Daisy online at Sephora and Marc Jacobs (also in stores). I'm really impressed with this color. It's polished, demure, feminine and subtle enough for everyday wear but contrasts with the skin enough to be visible on the hands. It gives a lovely polished look. For other features on Marc Jacobs Nail Lacquers you can see the posts from August for Petra here, Gatsby here, and Le Charm here.

Have you tried Marc Jacobs beauty yet? What are your favorite nail colors? I'm still eyeing a few more colors! Any rants or raves on any of the other products? I just bought my first lip gel (still testing) but haven't bought anything else yet.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Sephora November VIB 20% Off Sale Shopping Guide

The Sephora VIB 20% off sale is here from November 7th to the 11th! Instores and online for V.I.B.s only (online code is VIBTOPIA). I'm starting to look for gifts, stocking stuffers and small add-ons as the holidays are approaching. Here are a few gift ideas of what's sparked my interest, also some staples I love that you might want to save on.
Gifts and Stocking Stuffers Under $30


Splurges to Save On


My Picks

For the sale I'm limiting my shopping card to a few items (plus two sets from above):

For Him

For my husband, he loves the Tom Ford Noir and Jack Black Products. I know I'm getting him the Tom Ford Noir and Jack Black Turbo Wash. Contemplating the other items. Do you have any recommendations for him?

What's on your shopping list? I'll be playing around with my FF cart today. Trying to limit my purchases in anticipation for upcoming sales from other stores and brands as well. Are you splurging on anything for yourself or stocking up on any gifts? I'm all ears for your recommendations before I hit SUBMIT!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer: Le Charm #112

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer: Le Charm #112 ($18 for 13 ml/0.43 fl oz, Sephora) is a glitzy warm coppery pink. Le Charm is loaded with tons of sparkle in gold, pink, silver, copper - it has a similar complex finish to Petra (reviewed here). The formula for this one seemed to be slightly thinner than the other two I purchased, but still thicker than most polishes I own. Out of the three shades I bought from Sephora, Le Charm had the best application. It goes on smoothly and covers the nail entirely with just one coat. Dry time seemed to be very quick. I've worn this color for a few days now - you definitely need a good top coat to extend the wear. I've tested it with Chanel's Top Coat on one hand and no top coat on the other. Without a good layer on top, tip wear and chipping happens within one day. The complexity of the color makes it look pinkish at some angles. In different lighting it flashes more copper. This one is my favorite out of the three I purchased.

Here are swatches with two coats, no top coat. You can see how it looks slightly pink in some photos while in others it's more coppery/peach:

I found it unique compared to other shades. I don't have anything that comes close in undertone or complexity. For a glitzy pink, I love that it has just enough coppery/peach that it doesn't look too metallic with the silvery glitters. The balance of color is perfect. Compared below to Guerlain Jardins de Bagatelle, Shu Uemura P996 (old discontinued shade) and MAC Soiree.

Bottom line: love. Marc Jacobs Beauty is available at Sephora as an exclusive. Have you checked out the Marc Jacobs line?

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer: Gatsby #110

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer in Gatsby #110 ($18 for 13 ml/0.43 fl oz) is a metallic champagne pink. It's rich pigmented shade with a metal-like finish. I found the color to be unique compared to other metallic pinks. Gatsby has a slight mauvey tone to it. The formula was a bit difficult to work with - I found this one to be thicker than most shades that applied with a streaky finish and visible brush strokes. Once dried and with two coats applied the strokes blended out a bit. The metallic quality is a bit sharp with this one contrasting with my olive skintone. I'm not sure whether I like it or not - I'm on the fence with this color. More photos and swatches below.

In sunlight:


A few comparisons below to Le Metier de Beaute True Romance, Guerlain Petite Robe Noire and Chanel Violette.

Overall - still undecided. I know it's expected that brush strokes are visible with metallics. I'm not sure if the photos captured those streaks. Gatsby is a lovely striking shade that's neutral but with that edge from the shimmer. You can find Marc Jacobs beauty exclusively at Sephora.

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