Beauty is in the eye of the beholder…and in my makeup bag. A few week ago, I experienced a major (yet minor) flood in my bathroom. Yep, everything housed under my sink cabinet made its way into a giant trash bag. It was awful, but secretly a blessing in disguise. It was about time I went on a makeup purge! I mean, I had eyeshadow palettes from freshman year of college and mini mascara samples from who knows when. My good friend extended a lovely discount to me–I’d say it was perfect timing. So, out with the old and in with the new: here are a few of my favorite products from my recent Sephora haul.
The Claim: Urban Decay’s Pigment Infusion System™ incorporates a proprietary blend of ingredients that gives each shade its velvety texture, rich color, serious staying power, and blendability. They’re neutral enough for a range of skin tones—from cool to olive complexions to darker skin—and they’re perfect for creating a neutral matte eye or base eye looks with your favorite bolder shadows. It even has one shadow with a subtle, satin finish (Skimp), which is ideal for highlighting and adding dimension.
My new favorite palette! Why? Because it’s equipped with six nude shades that I actually use everyday. Plus, they’re pigmented enough for my likings. Another great product from Urban Decay’s Naked line.
The Claim: Tarte Mineral Powder Bronzer is an oil-free bronzer that fuses earthly minerals with naturally-derived ingredients for a natural-looking finish. It contains Skinvigorating™ ingredients like vitamins A and E, which act as antioxidants to fight free radical damage, and it’s infused with mineral pigments that are known for their soothing and softening properties.
I originally sampled this back when I was receiving my monthly Ipsy bags and instantly fell in love. I’ve never used a bronzer that looked so natural–no orange hues, just a sun-kissed matte-finished glow. The amazonian clay is to die for!
The Claim: Perversion Mascara features an ultra-creamy lengthening and volumizing formula that coats lashes in one stroke, yet lasts all day. It has a full-bodied texture that’s not too dry, not too wet, which allows just the right amount of “pull” so it glides through lashes. The twisted trim on the high-tech, volumizing brush latches on to each lash to separate and define, coating with triple-black pigments and a deeply nourishing ingredient blend.
Lashes for days. For the short-lashed woman who needs a little lengthening, volumizing and so much more…this mascara is the holy grail. Two to three coats gives me exactly what I need. Also, Sephora gives you a nice bonus with the Reloaded including a full-size waterproof fine-point eye pen which is also amazing!
The Claim: A daily treatment pad that contains just the right amount of lactic and glycolic acids to safely and effectively exfoliate, tone, and brighten. Regular use of these pads will smooth the skin’s texture, providing a perfect canvas for flawless makeup application.
Recommended by one of my best girlfriends, these wipes are radiant. A quick fix for a gentle exfoliation, toning and brightening–all in one. Now I’m hooked.
Like I said, these are products that I’d swear by (hence the high ratings)…and essentials I’d totally recommend! Now, what’s on your list of favorite things?