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Wishlist and Recommendations For The Sephora Holiday Bonus Beauty Insider Event 2018

Hi Everyone! As promised, here’s part two of my Sephora Holiday Bonus Event Wishlist (part one HERE), together with a few recommendations that you may wanna check out whenever you shop online or in-store today and over the weekend. This weekend’s sale is for Insiders or Non-Beauty Insider Members and you can get 15% OFF starting today November 16 up to the 19th with the code BIBONUS. Also, VIB and Rouge Members have an extended 20% OFF this weekend with the code ENJOY. So hurry up and get those items you missed from last week’s sale.

 

Here’s what’s on my lists

 

Recommendations

 

Recommendations For The Sephora Holiday Bonus Beauty Insider Event 2018

  1. Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter (1 oz: $44) – This is a perfect add-on for your foundation for that subtle lit-from-within glow. This also can be used as a natural-looking highlight for the cheekbones and other high points of the face. Reviewed further HERE.

 

  1. Briogeo Rosarco Blow Dry Perfection Heat Protectant Crème (4oz: $24) – This is my current favorite heat protectant product and I love that this is not sticky or greasy and it doesn’t weigh my straight hair down. Also, you only need a pea-sized amount and this lasts a long time.

 

  1. Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Highlighter (0.4 oz: $48) – A perfect fusion of blush and highlighter in one. This adds a nice flush and glow to the face and it’s multifaceted. Highly recommend this to each and everyone. See the swatches HERE.

 

  1. Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen (0.03 oz: $58) – This is pretty much the only liquid eyeliner that works for me nowadays and it doesn’t disappoint. This eyeliner delivers, meaning – it doesn’t budge, never smudge, and it stays true black in color.

 

  1. Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm (Mini 1.7 oz: $22, 3.2 oz: $34) – A makeup remover that smells great and it removes any kinds of makeup. There is nothing quite like this and this washes off easily without any residue. Reviewed further HERE.

 

  1. Origins GinZing Refreshing Scrub Cleanser (5 oz: $20.50) – One of the best-scented facial cleansers ever hands down, and I love its gentle exfoliation. I look forward to using this cleanser everyday because it’s so invigorating. Read more about this product HERE.

 

  1. Dior Rouge Dior Ultra Rouge Lipstick ($37) – A satiny matte lipstick that delivers strong pigments and can last for several hours. This lipstick is not only gorgeous on the outside, but its formulation is also impressive and it’s one of the best lipsticks I’ve ever tried this season. See some of the swatches HERE.

 

  1. Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Face Butter (1.7 oz: $40) – This a buttery smooth moisturizer that is perfect for this skin-drying season. I love how soft the texture of this cream is and my skin absorbs this easily.

 

  1. Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Cleanser Daily Foaming Wash (Mini 1.7 oz: $19, Standard 4 oz: $38) – This is my most favorite Kate Somerville facial cleanser and it smells fresh and divine. It is foamy and I love that it has AHA which purifies the pores and this is also gentle enough for everyday use.

 

  1. Shiseido Modern Matte Powder Lipstick (0.14 oz: $26) – Another favorite matte lipstick of mine this season. I like how light this lipstick feels on the lips and it’s very well-pigmented. Also, this is very long-wearing and the shade range is TDF. See some of the swatches HERE

 

 

Wishlist

 

Wishlist For The Sephora Holiday Bonus Beauty Insider Event 2018

 

  1. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow Contour Duo (0.56 oz: $68) – I’ve been curious about this since seeing this on Candice Swanepoel’s 10 Minute Guide to Fake Natural Makeup in youtube. It looks like a very beautiful bronzer/highlighter duo and I wanna try it in Fair/Medium.

 

  1. Hourglass Scattered Light Glitter Eye Shadow (0.12 oz: $29) – This individual eyeshadow seems very pigmented and creamy. I heard very good things about it and I’m curious as to how it would wear on me. I love how glittery and bold the colors look online.

 

  1. Stila Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow (0.153 oz: $24) – I already own a few shades of this and I need to collect more. This is an easy to wear liquid eyeshadow that requires a good technique upon application, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll love how easy and nice this looks on the lid and this sets fast but also allows you enough time to blend.

 

  1. Eve Lom Cleanser (Mini 0.7 oz: $24, also available in several larger sizes) – I’m curious about this particular cleanser and I’ve never tried any Eve Lom skincare products before. Heard it’s very good and lots of people rave about it.

 

  1. Marc Jacobs O!Mega Glaze All-Over Foil Luminizer (0.35 oz: $49) – This looks like a very stunning and very pigmented highlighter with a very gorgeous packaging. The MJ O!Mega products have been outstanding for me so far.

 

  1. Pat McGrath Labs Mothership V Eyeshadow Palette in Bronze Seduction ($125) – Out of all the Pat McGrath eyeshadows, this is the one that caught my eye. I find this to be the most cohesive in terms of color scheme, and I believe this is super pigmented. Can’t wait to try it.

 

  1. Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Palette 5 (5 x 0.08 oz: $48) – I’ve always wanted to try ND’s eyeshadows. They’re so pigmented whenever I swatch them in store, yet I just couldn’t seem to justify the price tag (like Pat McG) but the pigment of these palettes is totally mind-blowing. Not really sure which one I should get though. I’m gearing towards the Camel Palette, Palette #2 and Palette #4.

 

 

That comprises my Wishlist and Recommendations for this year’s Sephora Holiday Bonus Beauty Insider Event. Have you ever tried any of these products already? What’s in your Wishlist? Any Recs?

 

 

Hope you guys have fun shopping!

 

 

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Highlighter Review & Swatches

bobbi brown shimmer brick highlighter

 

Hey there. Ever since falling in love with the Bobbi Brown Mini Glow Set that I got from the last Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, which contains the mini Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Sunset Pink and the mini Face Blender Brush (seen HERE), I knew right then and there that I’ve got to have more of the Shimmer Brick Highlighters especially in their full sizes. I may be late in the game of liking these amazing blush-highlighter hybrids, but I just wanna take a moment to tell you how good these beauties are.

 

bobbi brown shimmer brick in rose and pink quartz swatch

 

The Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Highlighters (standard size 0.4 oz: $48, mini 0.14 oz: $25) are the iconic face highlighters loved by a lot of people and is also an Allure Best of Beauty Winner. If you’ve never tried these compacts before and are wondering what’s so special about them, well there’s definitely a lot to love. For starters, these are meant to be as all-over face highlighters that deliver soft-focus color and lit-from-within glow, the kind that is natural and one that gives a subtle shimmer finish. Each compact delivers a glow that can be rosy, bronze-gold, lush coral, or metallic pink, and since there are five shades in one compact, the colors are multidimensional and forever changing once they get hit by the light. The pigments are good in these and they can be layered easily. Blending them is such a breeze and you can never go wrong if you put too much of the product since the colors have a soft-focus effect.

 

bobbi brown shimmer brick in bronze and nectar review

 

I mostly use these as highlighting blushes and these literally made me fall in love with face blushes all over again. I haven’t been a fan of blushes in a long time and it’s a beauty product I normally shy away from because I already have “somewhat prominent” cheeks and I did not want to emphasize them further. Literally, the only two face blushes I could tolerate are the Tarte Paaarty and the Nars Orgasm (or Goulue, but it’s currently sold out). Never knew I could love a multifaced highlighter/blush hybrid like these Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compacts.

bobbi brown shimmer brick in bronze review

bobbi brown shimmer brick in bronze swatch

 

Bronze – deep bronzy glow. True to its description, this is a golden glowy blush/highlighter/bronzer.

 

bobbi brown shimmer brick in nectar review

 

bobbi brown shimmer brick in nectar swatch

 

Nectar – soft, coral glow. Adds a nice coral-pink shimmer flush on the face.

 

bobbi brown shimmer brick in pink quartz review

bobbi brown shimmer brick in pink quartz swatch

 

Pink Quartz – soft, warm pink glow. Appears like a metallic pinkish-pearlized highlighter on me.

 

bobbi brown shimmer brick in rose

bobbi brown shimmer brick rose swatch

 

Rose – soft, rosy glow. Very subtle rosy pink with a very slight shimmer.bobbi brown shimmer brick in sunset pink

Sunset Pink – Nordstrom Exclusive and is still available at BobbiBrown.com. Has a nice complex blend of rosy golden-bronze shimmer. At first glance, it looks like a combination of some of the shades from Bronze and Pink Quartz, but upon application, the closest shade it matches with is Bronze. Swatched HERE.

 

These compacts are so long-wearing that they’d still be on my face for a full day and they definitely elevate my makeup look. Also, they can be used as eyeshadows if you’re traveling and they can literally make you look well put together in a few minutes. Just brush a light stroke of these on the cheeks, add an eyeliner, emphasize the brows, a little lip color and you’re good to go. Oh, and add some hair flip drama, LOL.

 

Another thing I really like about these Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Highlighters is the fact that they’re not orangey or too pinkish, instead, their glow is very natural, versatile, and healthy-looking. You could pretty much wear them beyond Spring/ Summer and the radiance they have on the skin can still be wearable even if you’ve already applied too much product. They’re not super blinding, though they can be if you want a more dramatic effect. They’re just slightly shimmery and they have a nice glowy flush that adds warmth and directs light to the high points of the face. These are definitely my most favorite Bobbi Brown products and the ones I highly recommend.

 

The Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Highlighter is currently available at Sephora, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Barneys New York, Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdale’s, Harrods, Macy’s, Net-A-Porter, Violet Grey, and BobbiBrown.com

 

 

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018 Beauty/Skincare Haul

Hey guys, in today’s review, I’d like to share this mini (beauty and skincare) haul from the last Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Well, as you all know, the Nordys yearly sale is finally over and it took a long time for my order to arrive. I did order some stuff online and I’d like to show you what I got.

 

nordstrom anniversary sale haul 2018

 

Actually, I didn’t really purchase much clothing stuff, as well as some beauty stuff. For whatever reason, I didn’t get so excited about the selections of sale items this year, but I did want to get something as a gift for some family friends. To be honest, I kinda liked the items that were on sale last year compared to this year. Also, this year, Nordy’s shipping is terrible. By the time I got my stuff, the sale was pretty much over. Anyway, the beauty and skincare sets I got were some of the items that took my interest. There were some sets that got sold out immediately but thank goodness since there were several decent sets left to choose from. The sets that I’m about to review might be gone now but you can still purchase the products individually in their regular sizes at Nordstrom or in any other beauty or skincare stores.

 

bobbi brown shimmer brick sunset pink

 

Bobbi Brown Mini Glow Set $32 – It comes with a Mini Shimmer Brick Highlighter in Sunset Pink and a Mini Face Blender Brush. I’m totally in love with the shades of this particular highlighter even though the packaging looks really tiny. It has this perfect blend of slight shimmer, with a hint of peachy blush and a bit of bronzer. The glow I got out of this is really beautiful with a natural diffused effect. It’s not too blinding and it’s not too bronzey. Not too pinkish either. It manages to be light enough to make it glowy and buildable at the same time. I love that it really defines the face and it’s very versatile to use. You can pretty much use it as a bronzer, a highlighter or as a blush. You can even put it on the lids. For me, this is a perfect bronzer/blush, hands down, and I’ll definitely look into the larger version of this because I love this so much. On the other hand, the Mini Face Blender Brush is amazingly precise and easy to use. I was kinda doubtful about its small size when I first saw it, but it actually can cover my whole cheek and can even be used as a highlighter brush. It’s so soft and it gives me a nice control when applying my blushes and bronzers. Overall, this is a very good affordable set.

 

bobbi brown shimmer brick highlighter in sunset pink

bobbi brown shimmer brick highlighter sunset pink swatch

bobbi brown shimmer brick sunset pink

 

Stila Good To Glow (Liquid Eyeshadow Set) $35 – This set has one full-size shade from the Shimmer & Glow (Metallic)Kitten, and two full-size shades from Glitter & Glow: Gold Goddess and Smoky Storm. I’ve always wanted to try these Stila liquid eyeshadows since I’ve heard good things about them, and since they’re the liquid type, I thought they might be practical and easy to use. However, ever since I got these and had been practicing with the application, I find these liquid eyeshadows to be quite a challenge to use. The application is tricky and they seem to be way too glittery for my taste. The Glitter & Glow shades (Smoky Storm and Gold Goddess) have chunky glitters that are too vivid and too blinding for my taste. Even the Shimmer & Glow (Kitten) is still too bold for my taste, but perhaps using a different more muted or deeper shade could have probably worked for me. Also, the formula of these conspicuous eyeshadows is too fluid that they can be hard to blend. Their brush applicators tend to put a lot of products on the lid, so I guess the technique of using them is basically not to put a lot, and just use a brush to spread and blend the liquid evenly and quickly on the lid since the formula does set immediately. I wish Stila would reformulate these into something creamy, however, being as they are, these eyeshadows do feel light as if nothing on the lids. Perhaps, with more practice, I could make these work better.

 

stila liquid eyeshadow in kitten, golden goddess and smoky stormstila liquid eyeshadow in kitten, gold goddess, smoky storm swatches

 

stila liquid eyeshadow kitten, smoky storm, gold goddess

 

Kiehl’s Fuel Your Adventure Set $35 – Comes with several minis: Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Face Wash, Ultimate Brushless Shave Cream-White Eagle, All-in-One Energizing Wash for Hair & Body, Energizing Non-Oily Facial Moisturizer, and No-Shine Moisturizing Lip Balm. This is an affordable men’s set that will be useful for traveling. I can’t speak for any of the individual products inside this set since I will be gifting this soon, but I could see that this is such a good deal since there’s a little bit of everything from the Kiehl’s Body Fuel line for men.

 

kiehls body fuel for men

 

Diptyque Candle & Fragrance Set $72 -This set has three Mini Diptyque Signature Candles (1.2 oz each) in Tubereuse, Roses, and Baies. There’s also three Pen Sprays/Eau de Toilettes (0.2 oz each) in L’Ombre dans L’Eau, Do Son and Eau Rose. I’m so excited about this set, but unfortunately, this won’t be mine since this will be gifted soon as well. I also prefer to have my Diptyque candles in large sizes so I could burn them for a long time. I did manage to sniff the Pen Sprays and OMG, they’re awesome! My first impression with L’Ombre dans L’Eau is that it smells pretty much like the Baies Candle, and Do Son has a Jasmine-ish scent, which smells kinda strong at the beginning, then it fades nicely into a light floral scent. Eau Rose has a light rose scent reminiscent of Rosa Mundi. Overall, the candles and pen sprays in this Diptyque set are perfection.

 

diptyque candle and fragrance set: baies, roses, tubereuse, do son, eau rose, L'Ombre dans L'Eau

 

That’s it, you guys. I’m pretty much satisfied with the stuff I bought from this year’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, even though I didn’t really buy a lot. I wish Nordy will improve their shipping next year and will have better selections of sale items as well. I’m looking forward to finding some exciting and unique deals next year. ‘Till then.