May 05, 2011

Chic Shopaholic: Sephora B.I and V.I.B 15% Off

Recently Sephora had a 15% off Friends & Family sale on all products for Beauty Insiders (B.I) and Very Important Beauty Insiders (V.I.Bs) members. Here's what I got!

I've been wanting to get some new gel eyeliners as the M.A.C one I have was dried up so I picked from two brands, Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink and Clinique Brush-On Cream Liner in True Black. I actually have Bobbi Brown's in a few other colors but surprisingly not in black and I picked up Clinique's because I've heard great things about it and wanted to compare it to Bobbi Brown's. Both are a basic matte black but like its name, True Black is a deep black appears to be a little darker than Black Ink. The texture of Bobbi Brown's is like M.A.C Fluidline but still easy to apply. Clinique's isn't actually a gel liner but a cream so the texture is much creamier and glides on more of like a liquid liner. It even comes with a tiny liner brush that I wouldn't necessarily use everyday but maybe for touch-ups or an emergency if I didn't have any other brush. Bobbi Brown's is water-resistant and Clinique's is waterproof, both last for a decent amount of time on me.

I love TheBalm products but have never tried their eyeshadows so I decided to get the Shady Lady Vol. 2 palette. They recently came out with a Vol. 3 but I liked the colors in Vol. 2 a little better. It's limited edition that comes with 9 shimmery eyeshadows that are very pigmented and smooth in texture. A few of the darker colors can double as a liner simply by dampening your liner brush. Some of the colors can be bought individually but some may be exclusive to the palette. Although I wish there were a couple of matte shades, overall I think it's a great deal that you can easily take this from a day to night look. Colors in this palette are:
  • Caught in the Act Courtney: shimmery chocolate brown with good shimmer
  • Feisty Felicia: shimmery blackened-purple with burgundy shimmer
  • Insane Jane: frosty cool-taupe brown
  • Bossy Bobbi: frosty deep blue-teal
  • Makeout Mary: frosty medium golden-olive green
  • Just This Once Jamie: frosty light pink-plum
  • Mischievous Marissa: frosty light peachy-orange brown
  • Tempting Tara: frosty white
  • Devilish Danielle: frosty pale champagne-peach
I'm always looking for products to keep my eyeliner in place, especially on the lower lash-line and waterline as my eyes get watery and wears-off the liner alot quicker. I picked up Illamasqua Sealing Gel which is a clear liquid-gel that comes out of a little dropper and  you can mix it with loose pigments, eyeshadows, and cake liners to intensify colors and help keep the products lasting longer. It doesn't claim to be waterproof but it dries down and it's supposed to last for hours.

Urban Decay recently created a new packaging for their Eyeshadow Primer Potion because there were many complaints of the old one, which was a genie-shaped bottle with a doe-foot wand applicator. The reason why people dislike it is because it's difficult to get all the product out on the sides of the genie-shaped packaging and you would end up wasting alot of product. Some people would go as far as cutting the packaging in half to scoop out the product! With the new packaging though, it's in a easy squeeze tube and so there's no wasted product. The texture and quality is exactly the same, a creamy nude color, and still keeps eyeshadows lasting long and the colors vibrant.

Another primer I bought, this time for the face, was Laura Mercier Hydrating Foundation Primer. I've tried the regular face primer but it didn't do much for me. I wanted to try the hydrating primer because it's for all skin types and I thought it would add a bit of moisture to my normal-dry skin. The texture is a very light water-gel and it definitely made my skin feel hydrated. 

The next product I bought and had heard great things about was LORAC Perfectly Lit Oil-Free Luminizing Powder. There are 3 colors and I bought it in the lightest shade, Luminous, which is a pale cream-champagne. The shimmer isn't overly frosty, actually has more of a pearly sheen. The effect is subtle and has a glowy sheen as opposed to a strong highlight. It comes with a flat sponge which I'm not sure if its used to apply the product, but I keep it in the compact to protect the powder.

Korres had a little sale on their Blushes and so I bought one in 32 Purple Brown. It's a  plum-brown shade that looks matte on the skin but it does have a slight satin-sheen to it. It looks dark in the pan but when worn, the pigmentation is more on the sheer side. On tan-to-dark skin-tones, it could be used as a nude-neutral blush and on lighter skin-tones, it could  be used as a light contour.

After buying the Topshop Lip Sticks, I wanted to buy more jumbo lip pencils like it so  I bought 3 Sephora Ultra Vinyl Lip Pencils. Some are a little more pigmented than others and some have a bit of glitter-shimmer to them. All have a glossy sheen to them with a slight tackiness texture but it's not uncomfortable to wear. The colors I bought were:
  • 02 Fancy Red: shimmery neutral red
  • 04 Coral Glow: shimmery bright orange-coral
  • 06 Strawberry Delish: bright rose-pink
Did you get anything during Sephora's Friend's & Family sale?

Glamour Girl

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