Category: Mid-Range Brands

Ulta 21 Days of Beauty Haul: Day 6

Tarte The Lip Sculptor Lipstick & Lip Gloss in Sass, Intoxicating and Rogue

Just when you thought you’ve seen the last of my Ulta 21 Days of Beauty hauls I unleash more. Don’t you just love it?? I wasn’t kidding at all when I told you guys that Ulta had me hooked almost everyday for the entire event. There were so many great beauty steals this time around that had me mapping out a budget and whipping out my trusty pink highlighter to strategize. It got real!

There were a few things here and there that I wasn’t quite interested in at first but there a lot more beauty steals that I knew I was going to end up indulging in. Like the Tarte Double Duty Beauty Lip Sculptor Lipstick & Lip Gloss that went on sale for half off on Day 6. For just $12, you could grab up to 2 (or more if you cheat) of Tarte’s creamy, buttery smooth Lip Sculptor Lipstick & Lip Gloss to tickle your fancy.
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Ipsy Gen Beauty NY Swag Bag & Haul Part Two

Leaders 7 Wonders Amazonian Acari Anti-Pollution Mask, Pur-lisse Blue Lotus + Seaweed Treatment Sheet Mask, Befine Skincare, Josie Maran Argan Balm, Skinfix Foaming Oil Cleanser, Make Beauty Dual Phase Eye Makeup Remover, Derma E Overnight Peel, Derma E Microdermabrasion Scrub

You didn’t think I forgot about showing you day 2 of Ipsy’s Gen Beauty NY? I wouldn’t do you like that, girl! It’s been a busy week trying to catch up on some much needed rest after spending the weekend in the city that never sleeps. But my tired body is finally coming around and recuperating from all the excitement Gen Beauty had to offer. The first day was pretty insane and incredibly overwhelming considering it was my only my second time going. Not to mention braving all those large crowds and massive brands on my own. Gen Beauty was still a magical experience though that may have initially left me drained but ultimately inspired.

You guys have no idea how much I’d love to spend every waking moment creating new content, looks and (in the future!) videos to share with my all time favorite people. There’s nothing in the world more inspiring and motivating than knowing that there’s other makeup junkies and divas who appreciate and can relate to my passion for beauty.

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Too Faced Mascara Melt Off Cleansing Oil Review

Too Faced Mascara Melt Off Cleansing Oil Review

Is it just me or is it extremely hard to pack makeup and skincare? Most times when I pack for vacation, I bring an abundance of makeup and skincare products to cover my bases. No matter how much stuff I bring I always seem to leave something behind. Or forget about something completely. When I wash my face at home, I like to double cleanse with a cleansing oil and then a regular ol’ foaming cleanser afterwards to completely remove all of my makeup. Somehow, I almost always forget about double cleansing when I pack because I never remember to pack a travel cleansing oil. Ever.

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Ulta 21 Days of Beauty Haul: Day 10

Butter London Provocative Plush Rush Lipstick, Fireworks Plush Rush Lip Gloss, Buzzed Plush Rush Lipstick, Rebellious Plush Rush Lipstick, Free Fall Plush Rush Lip Gloss, !!! Plush Rush Lipstick Swatches on Dark Skin

If you feel like you’re being bombarded with hauls here, you’re right. If you’re judging me, don’t. You don’t understand my struggle! Trying to resist not buying everything you see when you work at a beauty store is one of the hardest things you’ll ever do. It’s like being a sweet tooth bandit and getting locked into a candy store. The end result will be tragic! That was exactly my dilemma working at Ulta during 21 Days of Beauty. I literally had to make a game plan complete with highlighted Beauty Steals and Hot Buys plus pricing after tax. It got real serious, real quick!

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Blush for Days with the New Tarte Color Wheel Amazonian Clay Blush Palette!

Tarte Color Wheel Amazonian Clay Blush Palette Swatches on Dark Skin

Is it just me or are holiday collections coming earlier and earlier every year? We haven’t even made it to Halloween yet and we’re already seeing new holiday palettes and sets. I’m not complaining. But dang! Can I go trick or treating and get through Thanksgiving first before these beauty brands are digging all in my pockets? Sheesh! I could have used a short break after Ulta’s enticing 21 Days of Beauty but it looks like that’s not happening since many brands, like Tarte, are already flashing their new holiday goodies in our faces.
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Ipsy Gen Beauty NY Swag Bag & Haul Part One

Ipsy Gen Beauty NY Haul & Goodies

For the past week, I’ve been working on sharing my experience and goodies from Ipsy’s Generation Beauty New York but I’ve been so tired! Not just because I spent hours walking around mingling with other beauty bloggers and waiting in line to meet amazing brand reps. It’s mostly because I spent the majority of my weekend exploring New York (on foot ?) and partying with my best friends who are avid members of #teamnosleep on vacation. In between mixing and mingling at Gen Beauty, I was up until around 5 a.m. (or later) soaking in the city and partying with my favorite girls in the world. I had a blast! However, I’m still incredibly tired an entire week later. I could absolutely go for some hibernation right now. LOL!
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Ulta 21 Days of Beauty Haul: Day 3

LORAC Starlight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter, Twilight Illuminating Highlighter, Technicolor Color Source Blush, Aura Color Source Blush, Cinematic Color Source Blush, Chroma Color Source Blush, Infrared Color Source Blush Swatches on Dark Skin

Have you ever thought to yourself, “Should I buy new clothes? Or this makeup I really want?” I literally had to ask myself this as I was preparing to head to New York for Ipsy’s Gen Beauty. Lord knows I needed new clothes (and shoes) but Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty just kept hitting me with these amazing one day only Beauty Steals. In real life, makeup doesn’t trump real life responsibilities. But in this instance, a one day only sale on makeup I’ve been wanting for months trumped the other shopping I needed to do. You can go shopping for clothes and shoes on any day, right?

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Ulta 21 Days of Beauty: Day 2 Haul

Becca Lantana Mineral Blush, Flowerchild Mineral Blush, Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured, Bare Minerals Bare Skin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer in Dark to Deep

There’s been a lot of exciting things happening in the beauty community these days but the most epic has to be Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty event. It’s rare to catch a discount on Prestige brands of makeup and skincare from any retailer. But I think it’s especially hard to do at Ulta because 99% of their coupons exclude the higher end brands. However, Ulta makes it up to us twice a year by giving us some pretty steep discounts on certain brands and products during 21 Days of Beauty.

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MAC x Mariah Carey Collection Coming this Holiday!

MAC x Mariah Carey Sneak Peek

Another MAC x Mariah Carey collaboration? Yaasss, MAC! Bring it on! Last year, MAC teamed up with Mariah Carey for a limited edition pale, sparkly nude lipstick for holiday that was nice but didn’t quite interest me enough to buy it. This year, MAC and Mariah are going all out with a new limited edition holiday collection that’ll feature glittery special packaging and a golden bronze highlighter with Mariah’s mug on it. A sneak peek leaked on Instagram showing off the highlighter, a nude lipstick and sparkling rose gold lip gloss recently and it set social media on fire. I was at home trying to hit Mariah’s legendary high notes when I saw it while blasting Fantasy on repeat. Yeah, it was that serious! There’s no word yet on a release date or prices but I’m hoping that we see Mariah’s sparkling new collection by Christmas because I’m dying to buy a few pieces to light up my vanity with.

What do you think about the upcoming MAC x Mariah Carey Collection for holiday?

MAC x Taraji P. Henson Collection Haul & Swatches

MAC Taraji Glow Mineralize Skinfinish, Highlight the Truth Mineralize Skinfinish, Strip Me Down Lipstick

Heeeeey, girl! It feels like it’s been forever since I updated you on my latest haul or favorite new product ’cause I’ve been so busy. Like incredibly busy. I spent most of last week preparing for Ipsy’s Generation Beauty Conference in New York which was rough. Trying to shop for clothes, shoes and makeup in between work, shooting and blogging was a lot. Needless to say, I’m pretty backed up on hauls, swatches and reviews but now that I’m back it’s time to get back to business!

Before Ipsy Gen Beauty NY, I’ve been shopping my butt off at Ulta and ordering things left and right so I have a ton of new goodies I want to share with you. First up, is the MAC x Taraji P. Henson Collection that had me dancing in my seat since MAC let the cat out of the bag on Instagram. Taraji P. Henson is testament of #blackgirlmagic with her sassy, witty personality, killer style and down to earth demeanor. She’s such a beautiful woman inside and out that I couldn’t help but to support her with her limited edition MAC collection.
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