Sephora Cool Neutral + Editorial Pro Palettes

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Y’all, I went and did a whole a$$ Sephora collection haul in the last few weeks. That’s what I seemed to be in the mood for. I got some lip stuff. Some face stuff. Some eye stuff. Just a whole lot of stuff. One of the first items that I purchased was two of the new Pro Palettes. I got the Neutral Cool palette and the Editorial. I almost got all three and picked up the Warm Palette as well, but a little voice of reason prevailed reminding me that I look trash in warm shades that aren’t foundation.

Now everyone is losing their minds over the warm palette. Just about every review I’ve seen features that palette or the Editorial, but surprisingly enough, not the cool. This is really a shame because once I got past the initial dissatisfaction of the seemingly boring colours, that palette is stellar.

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This Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Foundation is A Hot Mess.

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In keeping with searching for foundations with Summer Staying Power, I’d meant to purchase the new Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion foundation as soon as it dropped. I was super stoked though, that about two weeks before it dropped I received it from Influenster. As many years as I’ve been an Influenster member this is my first time getting a good makeup box. But PR for this box was a nightmare for darker skinned ladies. Everyone got too light shades, and it had everything to do with the matching photos.

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New Foundations With Summer Staying Power Just Dropped & Now Your Life Is Better.

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Y’all…I got about five minutes so lets do this thing. I don’t think anyone hates summer more that I do. Most people look forward to summer, I look forward to the end of it. It’s just yuck, especially if you live in the hothouse south where the season should just be called humidity, not summer. I’m a chick that loves her makeup, and also stockpiles foundation for the apocalypse. Now imagine living in Humidityville and having combo-oily skin. It ain’t cute, nope.

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Nars Has Liquid Blush & It. Is. ON! Torrid Review & Swatches.

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Ugh! Why did they have to do this to me? Because I don’t have enough damn blushes? Seriously.

I’m not like a huge Nars stan, honestly I like their blushes and I like their foundations,, and I own a ton of their lip pencils. Ok, maybe I need to re-evaluate my original statement. Anywhoo, I’ve gotten a couple of eye shadow palettes that I didn’t care for. Not in terms of quality or consistency, I just found them to be exceedingly boring. I’d gotten a sample of the All Day Luminous Foundation and loved the hell out of it, but have never pulled the trigger on it, even though I keep threatening to.

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Valentia Does It Again!

 

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Remember last year when I did that post in the Valentia Vitamin C serum that set me over the moon? Yeah, it was wonderful, and so when the company reached out to me again to test s few of their new products, I was thrilled.

I was sent two items, the True Glow Eye serum and the Ultra Plumping Hydration Mask. One of the things that I really love about Valentia is their ingredients list. Like, seriously everything used can be listed on the back of the box in regular sized font. No names that I can barely pronounce and things that are already familiar. The ingredients list on this is ridiculously simple, Japanese, Aloe Vera, Seabuckthorn Oil (that I’ve previously raved about), Japanese Green Tea and Rosehip Seed Oil. Yeah, just that.

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Throw Out All Your Expensive Serums. This Is All You’ll Ever Need.

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She’s back! It’s been a rough couple weeks, and I’m still trying to hack up a lung most of the time. But I’m lucid at least.

But seriously, about that title, I promise it’s true.

You all know that I love serums. To death. I’m always up for trying a new one. I’ve used everything from $10 NYX serums, to the $150 Michael Todd Knu Serum. The latest serum that I had been using was the Lancôme Visionnaire which clocks in at a lovely $89 plus tax. It was so good though, that after I finished the bottle that New Beauty sent me, I was more than willing to fork over the loot to Sephora to have a new one of my very own.

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IT Cosmetics Confidence In Your Glow Blushing Bronzer.

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I like the idea of IT Cosmetics. The reality is often something else though for a couple of reasons. If you follow Jackie Aina on YouTube, she details how the foundations are too light for her. The one foundation she had been able to use, left her looking corpsey. I can use the last shade in most of their lines, Rich, pretty well. However I do get the grey cast that she talks about as well. The undertones on their foundation products for deeper complexions are…lacking.

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@Ulta BareMinerals In Store Event. Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream.

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Last week my local Ulta had a Bare Minerals event in store, I’ve been on a bit of a Bare Minerals kick since around November so when they asked me if I’d like to attend, I said yes. The brand has done some updating of their products that make them a bit more appealing to me. It’s one of those events that they don’t seem to tell everyone about, and you have to make appointments for.

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@Ulta BareMinerals In Store Event. BarePro Powder Foundation.

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While at the event, I was going to get the Complexion Rescue, but I was sitting right next to the display of BarePro and I saw my literal perfect shade or two. I had a choice of Cardamom 23 or Hazelnut 25, both indicated for dark skin but Cardamom has golden undertones and Hazelnut neutral. I dunno if I’ve ever told you guys how I’m often attracted to the darker, wrong colour? I just love deeper colours because they look so rich, I wind up choosing them over the lighter shade that I should and that’s what happened here. I should have chosen Cardamom but I got Hazelnut instead. It doesn’t suck, since it’s only maybe a shade and a half darker so it still looks ok. It’s also not as neutral as they claim it to be. In fact it is kind of golden, I just can’t use too much or else I wind up with that muddy look.

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Becca x Chrissy Teigen Face Glow Palette.

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I was so excited when I heard that this palette was gonna be a thing. I mean, a brand that I appreciate and Chrissy Teigen team up to create a palette? Yeah, I’m there. Also, if you’re not following her on Twitter or Snapchat or Instagram, then I don’t know what to tell you about your life, cause she is hilarious!

I heard about the palette about two weeks before it dropped, and I was able to get it from Sephora a few days before it officially launched as an app exclusive offering. As with any highly anticipated launch there were all sorts of problems happening in the background. Pre-launch orders got cancelled before they shipped, cause apparently Lazership was breaking everything. Luckily mine came intact, albeit way later than a usual Sephora shipment.

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