Saturday, November 24, 2012

Gotta Collect them all!! - Sephora FF2012 Haul Part 2

Like a normal beauty junkie I was just browsing the Sephora website and in the travel section I saw some new Stila travel palettes...

Ooooo.... $10 each... 5 variations in total...
Hmmm... Probably won't use them...
But they are so pretty!!!
Remember your other unloved Stila palettes in the drawer...
NO! Must not buy!
....oooo... Limited edition....
...maybe I should buy them and give them away??
*scoffs* probably get your fingers in them the minute they arrive... NO ARI!!! only?!?!?
....*checks Stila's website*
....$16 normal price and no longer in stock?!?!?
*Runs back to Sephora website!!!*, click, click....
"Thank You for ordering at Sephora."

I have no self control....

I also picked up a Tarina Tarantino Black Diamond Liquid Eyeliner. It is a multi-color glitter suspended in a black base. The black isnt strong enough but it will look nice layered over a black liner for intensity. 

Also grabbed a 100 point redemption for Bumble and Bumble Thickening Hairspray. I never tried a thickening hairspray before so it might be nice to see what it does to my fine flat hair. 

I also picked up a few things during another visit to Sephora for some gifts I won't be showing here.

I picked up two more Caudalie Cleansing waters/ Lip Balms to give away. 

The Purity Foaming 3 in 1 Cleanser and Nars Velvet Lip Pencil in New Lover I got with my Sephora Points. I thought they were pretty good size and might make good gifts so why not? lol

I also shamefully have renewed by VIB status yet again ... I was quite surprised they give you a welcome box with a huge mirror inside along with some coupons! 

The brushes I picked up before the Friends and Family Sale but I thought I would throw them in here. I LOVE the IT contour brush (the pink one) Just looking at it makes me happy! I decided I wanted another angle face brush just because I prefer that shape for my blush/bronzer applications and I won't need to wash mine as often. This brush picks up a ton of product with a light tap! I am really enjoying it! Plus it is super soft!!! 

I didn't need another angle brush but my friend recommends this one so I thought I would grab one to try. Also picked up a short smudger brush. I lost my last tiny smudger brush I got in a palette that I loved. =( Hopefully this will perform as well!

My wallet hasn't taken a beauty hit like this in a long time but it makes me happy and that is all that mattters! I also ordered two sigma brushes in the mail since they were doing their once a year free shipping event for black Friday. Excited to see how much I will like those! 


Update: I did end up returnin the Stila palettes because they sat in a box for two weeks and I decided they weren't worth keeping if they are going to live in a box. 

Friday, November 9, 2012

Sephora Friends and Family Haul 2012

Yipppeeeee!!! I am so excited my Friends and Family Haul came in! I placed my order yesterday Morning and I recieved my package today! Crazy how fast Sephora works! 

This haul is very much inspired by Linh! Her love of the Clarisonic and the Duo Mat powder was the basis of this haul. I opted for the Josie Maran set since I have been curious about her Argan oil for a while now. I did want a white Clarisonic but it was only available in Peony. It is currently out of stock online so I am so glad I woke up early to place my order. hehe

I also picked up an angle brush and a small Caudalie set. ^^

Ecstatic Ari~ 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

September Birchbox

So back in Mid September I applied for a position at Birchbox and I thought it would look pretty bad if I was no longer subscribed to them so after cancelling my subscription for 10 days, I resumed it ._. 

I wasn't expecting to get the September box since I didn't resume till past their billing AND shipment date but nevertheless I received one in late September. 

To be honest I just kind of threw it on the side and haven't really looked at the contents till I took these pictures. I took a quick glance when I received it. Here are the contents. 

There was a "gift card" for Madewell website. It really urks me when they call a coupon code a gift card. A gift card shouldn't require a minimum purchase. Shame on you Birchbox for trying to trick us with your marketing techniques!

As for the contents.... 

I was excited about this Benefit sample till I opened it up... I hate packaging like this.... this is too much to be one use and having it sit like that on my counter top is just annoying... I am interested in trying this cleanser out and I do appreciate it is a nicer foil packet sample.

It amazes me how these went from being called lifestyle extras to becoming your main samples. These are good hair bands to have around but I wouldn't purchase them. They have horrible wear... I ruined the old ones within a few days and the color of of the fabric fades. 

I am not big on primer but it is always good to have some on hand. This is a decent sample and i like that it has a pump. From what I can tell the bottle is one of those vacuum types that pushes the bottom up when you pump it which I love! 

This color club color is a custom created shade by Birchbox. It appears to be a muddy blue gray. The color looks flat in the bottle but we shall see how it applies. =)

I always thought you could get Nexxus in the drugstores? I am not impressed with foil packet samples.... I have so many shampoo packets I should really use them just to get rid of them. But when I am in the shower I am usually in a hurry and fumbling with foil packets is extra seconds I can use on something else. 

I think lifestyle extras are becoming my favorite parts of Birchbox! lol This month we got to sample three tea bags. It is still a little warm here for me to be drinking hot tea but I will definitely use these  later next month! 

In our Birchbox there was a fall look book. I took some pictures. =)

I received a call in mid October from Birchbox stating I did not get the position but I have one more  Birchbox for October that I will be posting. That however will truly be my final Birchbox. =)

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Polka Dots

Whenever I'm lazy with my nails, I just paint polka dots.  It is easy and quick but looks chic and cute!


Friday, November 2, 2012

"Your Mom has better skin than You do"

Yes that is what my facialist said to me.... I been very bad about getting facials the last few months and since I couldn't go to work due to power loss in lower Manhattan I decided to go get a facial.

My facialist asked me if I had an allergic reaction to seafood or used something funky... My skin was the worst she had seen.... "At this point your mom has better skin than you do" (We use the same facialist)

Omg!!! The horror of hearing those words!!! She then went onto extracting all the oil and whiteheads from my face which is always excruciatingly painful.

So after a long chat, I think the current sunscreen I have been using might be the cause of my breakouts. (Been using the Supergoop sunscreen)

She suggested the Clarins sunscreen which I purchased. (I love that she does suggestions but does not push products on me! I had to ask her for it at the end of the facial)

Here's a picture of the aftermath....

She said I should come back in 3 weeks to redo the treatment ><

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