Sephora Favorites Glitz and Glam Party Sampler

aHere is yet another boxed set from Sephora that I couldn’t resist and had to buy….

This 9 piece set includes (for $45.00):

  • Stila Duo Shimmer Powder in Kitten (0.09 oz.)
  • Laura Mercier Baked Eye Color in Black Karat (0.018 oz.)
  • Bare Minerals Eye Color in Good Fortune (0.02 oz.)
  • Sephora by O.P.I. Nail Color in Looks Like Rain Dear (0.125 oz.)
  • Josie Maran Gogo Instant Natural Volume Argan Mascara in Black (0.11 oz.)
  • Nars Body Glow (1 oz.)
  • Lorac 3D Liquid Lustre Gold (0.17 oz.)
  • Bare Escentuals Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss in Trail Blazer (0.15 oz.)
  • Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Starfish (0.01 oz.)
  • Clutch

I like all the products in this set but there are some that I like more than others.  First off, this is a glitz and glam set so there’s a lot of shimmer and sparkle.  Personally, I do not care to shimmer and sparkle with my makeup on a daily basis.  So with that said, these aren’t items that I would wear on a daily basis.  These are items that I would wear more on for a night out or some special occasion where my regular makeup look just won’t cut it.

Stila Duo Shimmer Powder in Kitten: These shades are cute and I feel like they are not too shimmery to the point that I couldn’t get away with incorporating them into my regular makeup routine to mix it up a little here and there.

Laura Mercier Baked Eye Color in Black Karat: This can be used wet or dry.  I feel I am more inclined to use this as an eyeliner instead of an eye shadow.  Definitely not one that I would wear daily.

Bare Minerals Eye Color in Good Fortune: I really like Bare Minerals makeup and have used a lot of their eye color in the past.  I have some other shimmery shades of theirs and I tend to use them more as an eye liner than an eye shadow.  I normally will draw a very thin fine line above my lash line or overtop of black eye liner because it doesn’t look ridiculously shimmery and it gives my eyes a little pop (especially when paired up with black liner).

Sephora by O.P.I. Nail Color in It Looks Like Rain Dear: Funny gold glittery nail color.  Once again, definitely not something that I would want on my nails for a day to day look.  (It kind of screams Christmas or New Year’s to me).

Josie Maran Gogo Instant Natural Volume Argan Mascara in Black: I’ve used this mascara in the past because I got it in another boxed set or as a sample from somewhere.  I normally really like Josie’s products but this is one that I would never buy the full size of.  The last tube of it that I had seemed to dry out incredibly fast.  I don’t leave the wand out or the lid loose either so I know that it didn’t dry out because I neglected to put the lid on it correctly or forgot to put the lid on period.  This one isn’t dry (yet) but it tends to go on my lashes really heavily translating into a mess because then my lashes all clump together (as does the mascara).  So this one really isn’t a winner for me.

Nars Body Glow: I love this stuff.  Not to mention, I really love the scent of it!  It just seems very beachy and tropical to me.  It gives skin the perfect glow as well.

Lorac 3D Liquid Lustre Gold: Haven’t tried this one yet so  I can’t comment on how I like yet.

Bare Escentuals Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss in Trail Blazer: I like this.  I like the color a lot.  I tend to look lip gloss shades that are lighter and not over the top or too bright (those just don’t seem to work on me!)  This shade suits me well and the angled wand applicator makes applying the gloss easy.  It doesn’t feel too heavy, thick or goopy.  (I don’t go overboard though with applying it because I prefer a thin layer of gloss).  It has a minty taste and tingle to it.  It’s big too….it will definitely last a while.  This is something that I would use daily.

Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Starfish: Haven’t tried this one yet so I can’t comment on how I like it.

Clutch: The clutch is probably one of my favorite pieces to this set :)  It’s fun and shimmery and holds a good amount of makeup.  I was desperately in need of a new one.

I would recommend this set if you like a lot of shimmer and sparkle.  I like being able to try these products and have them on hand for when an occasion pops up and I want to incorporate some shimmer and sparkle into my makeup routine.  Like I said, since I wouldn’t normally wear these on a regular basis they will last me awhile and buying this set is much more practical for me than purchasing these items in their full sizes.

 

Pros:

  • Great set for those that want to sparkle and shine (great for a night out!)
  • Affordable
  • Opportunity to try before you buy the larger full-size products

Cons:

  • I wouldn’t wear barely any of these on a daily basis

 

 

 

Sephora Favorites In The Glow Set

glowI’m a sucker for Sephora’s boxed sets.  They get me every time.  I think I have purchased every box set they’ve had available over the past year that was stocked full of makeup goodies.  They always have a ton of products that I want to try and I just hate shelling out money for a full sized product that I’m not completely sure I will love.  This is by far the best way to test all the latest, greatest and hottest makeup products available without buying them separately.

This 9 piece set includes (for $45.00):

  • Benefit High Beam (0.13 oz.)
  • Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder (0.08 oz.)
  • Tarte Natural Cheek Stain in Flush (0.17 oz.)
  • Stila Convertible Color in Peony (0.07 oz.)
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in Splendor (0.11 oz.)
  • Lorac Perfectly Lit Oil-Free Luminizing Powder in Spotlight (0.106 oz.)
  • Bare Minerals All Over Face Color in Pure Radiance (0.02 oz.)
  • Laura Mercier Shimmer Bloc in Golden Mosaic (0.14 oz.)
  • Nars Bronzing Powder in Laguna (0.08 oz.)

I like all the items in this set.  I have used a few of them in the past, so I knew I already liked them.  Since it’s spring now, I like to have more of a golden glow and there’s a lot of great products in here that give me that.  Plus, I can use different ones on different days and don’t have to use the same product day in and day out.

I would definitely recommend this set….you can’t beat the price!

 

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Opportunity to try these items at a smaller size before buying the full size versions
  • A great assortment of name brand products

Cons:

  • They are small so they won’t last a very long time (but I knew this buying it)

BB Creams……Take Your Pick!

There are so many different BB Creams available today that it’s hard to pick one!  Below are some of the most popular and newest BB Creams available today as well as a little bit of information on each one.

Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30

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Average Price: $34.00

Size: 1 oz.

Color Choices: fair, light, medium, tan

  • Eco-chic tube
  • Primer, moisturizer, light foundation, anti-aging treatment and sunscreen in one
  • Provides a youthful looking glow
  • Oil free
  • Creamy, silky formula
  • Buildable coverage
  • Feels like silk (per reviews)
  • Started to flake (per reviews)
  • Nice matte finish (per reviews)

Dior Diorskin Nude BB Cream SPF 10

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Average Price: $44.00

Size: 1 oz.

Color Choices: fair, light, medium, dark, tan

  • SPF 10
  • Moisturizes, soothes, protects and corrects
  • Fresh and airy formula
  • Sheer coverage
  • Leaves skin illuminated with a dewy glow
  • Looks natural (per reviews)
  • Made skin oily after a few hours (per reviews)
  • Great for dry skin (per reviews)

Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 20

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Average Price: $34.00

Size: 1.18 oz.

  • Minimizes the appearance of fine lines, pores, wrinkles and redness instantly
  • Lightweight
  • Anti-aging benefits appear in 8 weeks
  • Oil free
  • Dries to a translucent and flawless finish
  • Helps keep makeup on for longer (per reviews)
  • Make fair skin look orange when worn alone (per reviews)
  • Skin feels good (per reviews)

Dr. Jart+ Black Label Detox Beauty Balm

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Average Price: $36.00

Size: 1.5 oz.

One Universal Shade/Color Choice

  • SPF 25
  • Purifies and calms blemish prone and sensitive skin
  • Combats dark spots and pollutants
  • Lightweight
  • Goes on smooth with amazing coverage (per reviews)
  • Covered scarring well (per reviews)
  • Too light/ghostly (per reviews)

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35

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Average Price: $39.00

Color Choices: fair, light, light/medium, medium, dark

  • Oil controlling formula
  • Formulated with emollients and optical pearl pigments
  • Ultra smoothing finish
  • Creates a smooth canvas
  • Extends length of makeup wear
  • Buildable coverage
  • Slightly thicker consistency than other creams (per reviews)
  • Can wear it alone and it looks great (per reviews)
  • Skin looked cakey (per reviews)

Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45

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Average Price: $39.00

Size: 1.4 oz.

One Universal Shade/Color Choice

  • Bio-peptide complex infused with white gold provides anti-aging properties and promotes natural collagen
  • Moisturizer, sunscreen and treatment serum
  • Ideal for under makeup
  • Lightweight
  • Restores firmness and elasticity
  • Feels sticky for a little after applying (per reviews)
  • Not greasy, great coverage (per reviews)
  • Blends beautifully (per reviews)

Clinique Age Defense BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30

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Average Price: $37.00

Size: 1.4 oz.

Color Choices: 01 (very fair to pink undertones), 02 (very fair, moderately fair with golden undertones), 03 (moderately fair to medium with golden undertones)

  • Antioxidants to banish and prevent imperfections
  • Makes a great primer
  • Just enough coverage to banish imperfections
  • Causes skin to breakout (per reviews)
  • Great for large pores (per reviews)
  • Too heavy (per reviews)

Boscia BB Cream SPF 27

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Average Price: $38.00

Size: 1.75 oz.

One Universal Lustrous Color Choice

  • Oil free
  • Botanical formula promotes skin elasticity and reduces the look of fine lines
  • Hydrates, firms and soothes
  • Self adjusting shade
  • Designed to repair damage and protect skin from future damage
  • Great in humid climates (per reviews)
  • Too sparkly (per reviews)
  • Great for sensitive skin (per reviews)

Bobbi Brown BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 35

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Average Price: $42.00

Size: 1.35 oz.

Color Choices: fair, extra light, light, medium, medium to dark

  • Moisturizer, treatment and foundation in one
  • Moisturizes, protects and perfects
  • Argireline peptide minimizes fine lines and wrinkles
  • Botanical extracts and caffeine reduce discoloration and redness
  • Smells like sunscreen (per reviews)
  • Leaves skin looking natural (per reviews)
  • Doesn’t leave skin greasy or oily (per reviews)

Dior Hydralife BB Crème SPF 30

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Average Price: $56.00

Size: 1.7 oz.

One Universal Shade/Color Choice (with warm beige undertone)

  • Hydrates and plumps with plant extract formulation
  • SPF 30
  • Moisturizes and protects
  • Velvety soft finish
  • A little dark for light-olive skin (per reviews)
  • Nice scent (per reviews)
  • Doesn’t irritate sensitive/delicate skin (per reviews)

Shiseido Perfect Hydrating BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 35

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Average Price: $33.00

Size: 1.1 oz.

Color Choices: medium, dark

  • SPF 35
  • Brightens and evens skins tone
  • Provides a healthy glow
  • Oil free
  • Formulated with thiotaurine and rose apple leaf extract (two antioxidant ingredients)
  • Creamy and blends easily (per reviews)
  • Doesn’t cause breakouts (per reviews)
  • Medium works well for pink undertones (per reviews)

Stila Stay All Day 10-in-1 HD Illuminating Beauty Balm with Broad Spectrum SPF 30

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Average Price: $38.00

Size: 1.3 oz.

  • SPF 30
  • Adds illumination to skin
  • Ideal for all skin types and skin tones
  • Contains natural skin-protecting emollients (increases antioxidant activity)
  • Reduces skin inflammation
  • Improves skin texture
  • Reduces the appearance of wrinkles
  • Minimal coverage (per reviews)
  • Hydrating (per reviews)
  • Great on medium/olive skin (per reviews)

Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Beauty Balm SPF 25

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Average Price: $34.00

Size: 1.7 oz.

One Universal Shade/Color Choice

  • Water bead technology helps hydrate skin
  • Leaves skin with a fresh dewy look
  • Made with 50% water
  • SPF 25
  • Chalky finish (per reviews)
  • Applies smoothly (per reviews)
  • Didn’t match undertones well (per reviews)

Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm SPF 20

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Average Price: $34.00

Size: 1.5 oz.

Color Choices: cream glow (light beige w/golden undertone), snow glow (porcelain w/pink undertone), vanilla glow (fair w/golden undertone), linen glow (medium beige w/golden undertone), nude glow (warm beige w/golden undertone)

  • Tints, primes, nourishes, prevents and protects
  • Offers makeup and skincare benefits
  • Strengthens skins elasticity
  • Enhances luminosity
  • SPF 20
  • Satiny texture (per reviews)
  • Soothes dry/flaky areas (per reviews)
  • Gives a soft glow (per reviews)

REN Satin Perfection BB Cream Sunscreen

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Average Price: $38.00

Size: 1.7 oz.

One Universal Shade/Color Choice

  • Silicone free
  • Non oily satin finish
  • Provides full coverage
  • Photo-rejuvenation technology reduces appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Great coverage (per reviews)
  • Soft matte finish (per reviews)
  • Too dark for fair skin (per reviews)

Omorovicza Complexion Perfector BB SPF 20

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Average Price: $135.00

Size: 1.7 oz.

One Universal Shade/Color Choice

  • All-in-One moisturizer, foundation, concealer and anti-aging cream
  • Leaves skin sheer and even
  • SPF 20
  • Doesn’t contain silicone
  • Glides onto skin (per reviews)
  • Good for fair skin (per reviews)
  • Better for lighter skin the medium skin (per reviews)

Too Faced Air Buffed BB Crème Complete Coverage Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 20

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Average Price: $39.00

Size: 0.98 oz.

Color Choices: cream glow (light beige w/golden undertone), snow glow (porcelain w/pink undertone), vanilla glow (fair w/golden undertone), linen glow (medium beige w/golden undertone), nude glow (warm beige w/golden undertone)

  • Perfects, mattifies, primes, moisturizes and protects
  • SPF 20
  • Provides an air-buffed second skin finish
  • Cream to powder formula
  • Long lasting
  • Buildable coverage
  • Went on unevenly and looked blotchy (per reviews)
  • Not good for skin with acne or scars (per reviews)
  • Doesn’t irritate sensitive skin (per reviews)

Dr. Brandt Skincare BB Matte with Signature Shinerase

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Average Price: $39.00

Size: 1 oz.

Color Choices: light to medium (light beige with neutral to pink undertones), medium to dark (medium/dark beige with neutral to pink undertones)

  • Oil free
  • Designed for oily/combination skin types
  • Mattifying coverage and oil control
  • Doesn’t clog pores
  • Minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Brightens skin
  • Works great for oily skin (per reviews)
  • Not greasy or shiny (per reviews)
  • Feels pasty (per reviews)

Boscia BB Cream Bronze Broad Spectrum SPF 27

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Average Price: $38.00

Size: 1.75 oz.

One Universal Lustrous Color Choice

  • Oil-free botanical formula
  • Promotes skins elasticity
  • Reduces the look of fine lines
  • Hydrates, firms and soothes skin
  • SPF 27
  • Perfect natural bronze (per reviews)
  • Lasts all day (per reviews)
  • Great for darker skin tones (per reviews)

Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Smart Gel BB

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Average Price: $36.00

Size: 1 oz.

Color Choices: light-medium/light beige (for light to medium skin tones), medium-dark/medium-dark beige (for medium/tan to tan/olive skin tones)

  • Textured formula (jelly)
  • Provides in-depth coverage
  • Adds a youthful bounce to skin
  • SPF 30
  • Jelly texture covers pores (per reviews)
  • Drying (per reviews)
  • A little goes a long way (per reviews)

Boscia BB Cream Light Broad Spectrum SPF 27

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Average Price: $38.00

Size: 1.75 oz.

One Universal Lustrous Color Choice

  • Oil-free botanical formula
  • Promotes skins elasticity
  • Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
  • SPF 27
  • Long wearing
  • Great for porcelain skin (per reviews)

Dr. Jart+ Renewalist BB Beauty Balm

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Average Price: $36.00

Size: 1.05 oz.

One Universal Shade/Color Choice

  • SPF 40 sunscreen
  • Patented platol white-c complex brightens dull skin
  • Exotic oils sooth dryness and boost natural collagen
  • Anti-aging
  • Evens out skin tones and conceals redness (per reviews)
  • Not suitable for dry skin (per reviews)

Dr. Brandt Skincare Flexitone BB Cream

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Average Price: $39.00

Size: 1 oz.

One Universal Shade/Color Choice

  • Flexitone color-blending complexion enhancement technology
  • SPF 30 sunscreen
  • Pearl powder increases skins luminosity
  • Perilla oil complex increases skins hydration
  • Thick coverage (per reviews)
  • Lasts all day (per reviews)
  • Didn’t work for olive skin tones (per reviews)
  • Evens out skin tones and leaves skin glowing (per reviews)

Dr. Jart+ V7 Beauty Balm

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Average Price: $36.00

Size: 1.3 oz.

One Universal Shade/Color Choice

  • Brightens, energizes and restores skins elasticity
  • SPF 30 sunscreen
  • 7 essential vitamins
  • Lightweight formula
  • Thick consistency (per reviews)
  • Drying (per reviews)