ipsy Glam Bag Review: September 2018

Hey, y’all!

Another cute graphic bag with fun new things inside. Check out what I got!

White Sand Translucent Powder

from Luna by Luna Cosmetics

Photo of White Sand Translucent Powder from Luna by Luna Cosmetics
$18; Luna by Luna

This powder and I didn’t get off to a great start. It shattered in transit, and even though the packaging was undamaged and it didn’t open, it managed to coat the inside of my bag with a fine layer of powder. It’s a decent quality translucent powder. If you’re careful not to get too much on your brush, it blends nicely and blurs any imperfections or unevenness that might be showing through. It’s cruelty-free and supposedly has no flashback (haven’t tested that myself.)

My Rating: 3/5

Luxie 110 Flat Blender Harley Quinn

from Luxie Beauty

Photo of Luxie 110 Flat Blender Harley Quinn from Luxie Beauty
$20; Luxie Beauty

I’m totally in love with this blending brush. It works with powders, liquids, creams, you name it. I’ve used it for blending concealer as well as for blending my eyeshadow, and both worked like a dream!

My Rating: 5/5

Nail Polish in “Mermaid Vibes”

from Trust Fund Beauty

Photo of Nail Polish in "Mermaid Vibes" from Trust Fund Beauty

I first learned about Trust Fund Beauty when I got “Game Changer” in one of my bags last summer. It’s probably one of my favorite nail polish brands. I have 2 points of confusion on this one:

  1. I can’t find this color anywhere on their website. I searched “mermaid” and got zero results.
  2. I bought “Mermaid Vibes” a year ago, and it’s a noticeably different color. Did they change the formula, or does nail polish have “dye lot” issues like fabrics do?
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New bottle (left) vs old bottle (right)

My Rating: 5/5

Eyeshadow in “Ursula”

from Winky Lux

Photo of Eyeshadow in "Ursula" from Winky Lux

This shade is from their Mermaid Kitten palette; you can’t buy it as a single shadow. After swatching it, I was afraid it would be too intense and shimmery to be able to wear to work, but when applied with a brush, this deep satin plum shade with a touch of sparkle is nice and buildable. It applied buttery smooth with no kick-up for fallout.

My Rating: 4/5

Satin Dream Leave-in Cream

from Eva NYC

Photo of sample size Satin Dream Leave-in Cream from Eva NYC
$11.99 for 5 oz.; Ulta

This leave-in conditioner feels really rich when I rub it between my palms before applying. I didn’t see any noteworthy effect on my hair, but I might not have used enough. It’s a pretty small sample. The Argain Oil and Avocado Oil in it give your hair some much-needed nutrients, while the Keravis Protein Complex works to strengthen your strands.

My Rating: 3/5


This month’s bag had an average rating of 4. How many of these products have you tried?

Any new favs in your September beauty subscription(s)? Tell me all about them in the comments!

Love,

Sarah xoxo


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Ulta 21 Days of Beauty September 2018 Pt. 1

Hey, y’all!

I can’t believe that time of year has already come and gone…Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty! Twice a year, Ulta has a 3-week event of daily flash sales (“Beauty Steals”) where best-selling items will be up to 50% off for just one day. They also have weekly “Beauty Deals” where select Ulta Beauty Collection items are 50% off. On top of all that, they have “Hot Buys” that last the entirety of the event where select items are 25-40% off, but sometimes it applies to entire brands. If you’re a Platinum or Diamond member, like me, you get free shipping on your purchase, even if it doesn’t meet the usual minimum, as long as you have a Beauty Steal item in your cart. Throughout this event, there are some fabulous deals to be had; these aren’t just drugstore brands that are on sale. We’re talking high-end brands, too, like Urban Decay, Philosophy, MAC, Strivectin, Peter Thomas Roth, etc. If you’ve never checked this out before, be on the lookout for March 2019!

This is what I got in my first order of the event.

Samples

I purchased online, so I got free samples.

Stay Matte Oil-Free Makeup

from Clinique

Photo of sample Stay Matte Oil-Free Makeup from Clinique
$27; Clinique

This sample came with 3 shades: Ivory, Neutral, and Golden. There are a total of 20 shades available. Can’t really tell how good the product is because the sample is so small. Oh well.

Angel Muse Eau de Parfum

from Mugler

Photo of sample Angel Muse Eau de Parfum from Mugler

This perfume is waaaaay too sweet for my taste. Fragrance notes include: grapefruit, pink peppercorn, hazelnut cream, vetiver, and patchouli. If gourmands are your jam, you can also get this in a rollerball. This sample will be going straight to my giveaway bag.

Makeup

Mineral Veil Finishing Powder SPF 25 in “Original”

from bareMinerals

Photo of Original Mineral Veil Finishing Powder SPF 25 from Bare Minerals
$23 for .3 oz.; bareMinerals

I’d never tried any bareMinerals products before, but I figured for half price, why not? When you live in Florida, you take advantage of any SPF protection you can get. You can either get the original Mineral Veil (completely translucent, works for all skin tones) or the tinted one that has a hint of warmth to it. This finishing powder blends beautifully and leaves your makeup with a soft finish. Considering it has SPF to boot, I might have found a new favorite instead of my CoverFX finishing powder.

This was one of the Beauty Steals on September 9th, so I got it for $11. 🙂

Bonus Purchase

I added one more item to my cart that wasn’t part of the sale. I needed it and figured I’d take advantage of the free shipping.

Plum Antimicrobial Face Brush

from Michael Todd Beauty

Photo of Plum Antimicrobial Face Brush from Michael Todd Beauty
$18; Michael Todd Beauty

Since I use my Clearsonic pretty much every day, I replace the brush every 6 months. It was time!


What items did you pick up during 21 Days of Beauty? Let me know in the comments!

Love,

Sarah xoxo


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Ireland-Bound Pt. 3: Gorgeous & Photo-Ready

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Part 3 of this travel-prepping series: skincare and makeup. I work too hard on my skin to slack off on my regimen just because I’m on vacation. We’ll be taking lots of photos, after all! When you have to worry about luggage weight, liquid limits, and just plain efficiency, how do you pack for a trip? Read on to find out my plan!

PS: any items marked with an asterisk (*) were part of my September Ulta Beauty Haul.

In My Carry-on

When I’m planning on checking a bag, I pack my beauty/personal items with the mentality that if my bag is lost when I arrive at my destination, what do I need with me to comfortably get through a night (or two) without it? I also factor in any items that I don’t want to subject to air pressure changes, as well as my pricier products that I want to make sure are handled with care.

The Liquids

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I’m able to fit A LOT into this quart-size bag from the Container Store:

I’ll also be adding the hand cream and rollerball perfume that I keep in my purse, plus my travel size hydrating mist from Juice Beauty. I’m choosing to keep my makeup look on the more natural side, so I’m not planning on bringing any liquid lipsticks, just tinted lip balm.

The Non-Liquids

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This cute bag was a nifty bridesmaid gift from a wedding I was in this year. In it I’ll be packing all the non-liquid items that I don’t want to leave my side:

  • A little mesh carrying case for my makeup sponges so they have a chance to dry between uses
  • Body and Face Mineral Sunscreens (in stick form)*
  • My small Z Palette for my eyeshadows (sticking with neutrals that I can mix and match)
  • Lip scrub
  • Silicone face scrubber (I’m leaving my Clearsonic at home)
  • Deodorant
  • Highlighter pencil
  • Brow pencil*
  • Eye Brightening Powder
  • Sample size translucent powder
  • My dome ZPalette that has my blushes, highlighters, pressed powder foundation (if I want to use it instead), and medium-sized Z Palette Travel Jars for my CC Cream so I don’t have to bring the whole tube

The Z Palette Travel Jars will be easy to pop out of the Z Palette and into my liquids bag to go through airport security. I’ll also be packing my epilator and its charger in my non-liquids bag before I leave.

Makeup Brushes

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I’m certainly not bringing every brush I own, but it’s a decent collection of everyday essentials:

  • Spoolie
  • Angled brow brush
  • Small powder brush for setting my eyeshadow primer
  • A few different eyeshadow brushes
  • Harley Quinn blending brush
  • Concealer brush
  • Small blending brush for applying eye brightening powder
  • Angled blush brush
  • Buffing brush for blending
  • Highlighting brush
  • Foundation buffing brush for pressed powder foundation
  • Large fan brush
  • Stippling brush
  • Large powder brush

In My Checked Bag

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I reserve the folding toiletry bag for the items I’m not super worried about getting lost or damaged. Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, etc. are all items you can expect to find in most hotel rooms. Do I prefer my own? Of course, but I can’t fit my entire bathroom into a quart-sized bag. 🙂

  • Travel-size hair primer*
  • Travel-size hairspray
  • Travel-size dry shampoo
  • Hair balm (transferred to a travel bottle)
  • Micellar water (transferred to a travel bottle)
  • Shampoo (transferred to a travel bottle)
  • Conditioner (transferred to a travel bottle)
  • Body wash (transferred to a travel bottle)

I’m sure there are things I’ll remember at the last minute and toss in, but I’d say my beauty regimen is all set for a belated honeymoon in Ireland! Any recommendations for things to see and do while we’re there?

Love,

Sarah xoxo


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Yes, Oh Yas! September 2018

Hey, y’all!

This month’s theme was “Believe in Unicorns,” and I got 4 full-size magical products.

*Note: prices listed as photo captions are what I found on the respective product websites. Retail values listed below my descriptions are what was listed by Yes, Oh Yas!

Holographic Highlighter Palette

from Naked Cosmetics

Photo of Holographic Highlighter Palette from Naked Cosmetics
$29.99 (reg. $39.99); Naked Cosmetics

The first thought I had when I opened this palette was that it reminded me A LOT of Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Aurora Glow Kit palette that I already own. Even the packaging is similar. Some of the colors are a little different, but it basically makes me think of a less glittery version of Aurora, which is fine by me. I’m not a fan of glittery highlighters. It also blends nicely and is buildable.

Retail Value: $32*

*Maybe that’s the sale price plus tax?

Matte Lipstick in “Wondrous Wine”

from Chella Skin Care

Matte Lipstick in "Wondrous Wine" from Chella Beauty
$18; Chella

Matte lipstick is my jam, so I was excited to try this out. The color is really pretty, but it definitely wasn’t transfer-proof. I didn’t like how it ended up settling into the creases in my lips, either. Even when I reapplied, you could see the dark lines underneath. I don’t think I’ll be reaching for this one much in the future. 😦

Retail Value: $20

Pro Series 3-Piece Eye & Brow Brush Set

from Aesthetica

Photo of Pro Series 3-Piece Eye & Brow Brush Set from Aesthetica
$45; Aesthetica

I had never tried Aesthetica brushes before. These have good quality synthetic bristles and the handles are a comfortable length. The angled brush is a little thicker than the ones I already have, so it’s a nice alternative for doing my brows. The spoolie is the perfect length and is great for my brows or my lashes.

Retail Value: $45

Glo Stix Semi-Matte Liquid Lipstick in “Honey Bun”

from Glo by Glory

Photo of Glo Stix Semi-Matte Liquid Lipstick from Glo by Glory
$18; Glo by Glory

You know I love my liquid lippies! I really, really wanted to like this one, and the color is gorgeous. This independent beauty brand is based in Austin, TX (any Texas brand gets extra points in my book <3) and is 100% cruelty-free. I hate to say I was disappointed with this lipstick. It stayed sticky from the moment I put it on, even though I blotted it after about 2 minutes. By the time it stopped being sticky, it had gotten patchy over the course of the day. Some lipsticks fade evenly in such a way that it looks like a subtle ombré effect–no such luck with this one. I’m probably going to end up tossing it. 😦

Retail Value: $18

Total Package Value: $119*

*If you go off of the website prices, it’s $110.99 (using the sale price of the palette). For $14.99, that’s an absolute steal!


October will be bringing the IBY “City Limits” palette. Can’t wait to see what else!

What goodies did you get in your beauty subscription(s) this month? Anything you recommend?

Love,

Sarah xoxo


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Ireland-Bound Pt. 2: Cute & Comfy

Hey, y’all!

Our trip is getting closer and closer, and I’m getting more and more excited! This post is going to be about some clothing items and accessories I bought for this trip, as well as for future travel. We’ll start from the bottom up.

Storm III Waterproof Hiking Shoes for Ladies

from The North Face

Photo of Women's Storm III Waterproof Hiking Shoes from The North Face
$109.99; Bass Pro Shop

I’m pretty sure the last time I got new hiking shoes/boots, my age was in the single digits. (I’m not exactly Queen of the Outdoors–glamping is more my speed.) Anyway, I read several posts online that recommended having some waterproof hiking boots for wandering around the Irish countryside. The hightop boot style isn’t really my thing, so I was looking for an actual shoe. I found these at Bass Pro Shop and loved them! They’re super comfy; I wore them one Saturday thinking I needed to break them in, but they’re good to go as-is. This color way isn’t showing on The North Face’s website, but they’re the same price as Bass Pro.

They have a Vibram sole for extra grip, a breathable mesh upper with waterproof membrane technology, anti-microbial OrthoLite footbeds, lots of cushioning, and great mid-foot support. I also just love the fact that they look more like hardcore sneakers than stereotypical hiking boots.

I’m super pleased with the compression socks I bought for the flight, too. I have 6 more pairs on the way that I’m going to use throughout the trip, but they’re taking forever to ship from New Jersey.

Women’s Denim Leggings with Pockets

from No Nonsense

Photo of Women's Denim Leggings from No Nonsense
$14.97; Amazon

Ok, I’ll fully admit that I used to be super judgy about jeggings, but I get it now. They’re super comfy, and for a trans-Atlantic flight, they’re perfect. These have a fake fly and fake front pockets, but the back pockets are real. I doubt I’ll use them, but whatever. I like the dark color and the softness of the fabric.

Chloe Glow Women’s Jacket

from SCOTTeVEST

Photo of Chloe Glow Travel Jacket from SCOTTeVEST
$95; SCOTTeVEST

Last Christmas I bought my husband the BauBax Men’s Sweatshirt. We had seen it blow up on Kickstarter, and they were having a holiday sale. I thought about buying a women’s one for me but decided not to. Now I’m super glad I didn’t because I LOVE this SCOTTeVEST jacket!

The cut is really flattering; it’s not bulky or baggy. It boasts 18 pockets–it took me a while to find some of them, and I honestly still haven’t found #18 yet. There are even pockets inside of pockets! There are pockets for your ID, camera & SD card, passport, tablet…the list goes on. The glasses pocket even comes with a chamois attached, and the chamois has a map of the jacket printed on it (I’m gonna need that!) There are loops along the neck to hold your earbuds, and there are buttonholes throughout the jacket that connect pockets to each other, so you can feed cables throughout as needed.

The sleeves also have a contrast cuff you can fold up, and those cuffs have thumb holes. This jacket is going to be perfect for flying, and the moisture wicking fabric means it will be great for trekking around without getting too warm. One feature I don’t understand is the infinity zipper–the front zipper literally goes all the way to the top of the hood, covering your face completely. It’s too fitted for that to be comfortable, so it’s not like I can use that to nap on the plane. If I did, I’d wake up with a zipper imprint on my nose. Oh well, no big. Honestly my ONLY complaint about this jacket is the fact that while it is machine washable, you can’t put it in the dryer. I’ll live.

Women’s Ultimate Gore Windstopper Hoody

from Mammut

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This jacket is discontinued on the Mammut website, but you can find it in select sizes on other sites. I found this one on eBay for less than half of the original retail price. Somehow even though I live in Florida, where it rains all summer, I didn’t own a rain jacket, other than a short trench coat. This Mammut jacket is nice and lightweight, is a flattering slim cut, packs away nicely, and is really comfy. I don’t really understand the point of 2-way zippers on the front and sides, but whatever. I was kind of “meh” about the color because it looked like a seafoam in the photos, but in reality it’s a pretty Tiffany Blue. I would have preferred grey for versatility, but this will make it harder for Jeff to lose me in crowds. 🙂

I think Mammut’s jackets are made with climbing in mind, so several of their jackets have hoods that are helmet compatible. This appears to be one of them, so I should have room to wear a ponytail with little issue.

7-Piece Packing Cubes w/ Shoe Bag

from Mossio Travel

Photo of 7 Piece Packing Cube Set with Shoe Bag from Mossio Travel
$12.99-$15.99; Amazon

I picked up this handy set of packing cubes and laundry bags to help organize my suitcase, and it came with a shoe bag. Each cube has a handle on one side, and the non-mesh sides are a durable water-resistant nylon. I’m obsessed with anything organization-related, so I’m actually looking forward to packing……what?

Side note: as a woman, I hate the “pink tax” as much as anyone else, and for the first time ever, the pink set was cheaper than any of the other colors! Win!

Anti-Theft Signature Quilted Expansion Crossbody

from Travelon Bags

Photo of Anti-Theft Signature Quilted Expansion Crossbody in "Smoke" from Travelon Bags
$75; Travelon Bags

I only wanted to bring one purse with me on the trip, so I was looking for ideas on The Container Store’s travel section of their website. I came across several Travelon bags and was intrigued. Theft isn’t something I’m super worried about on this trip, considering that we won’t be spending a whole lot of time in big cities, but it will be nice to have for future travel.

Anti-Theft Features:

  • Main compartment has an organizer with RFID blocking card and passport slots
  • Main compartment and front pocket have zipper pulls that hook onto D-rings
  • Slash-resistant body panels and shoulder strap
  • Lockdown strap

I also like that the fabric seems to be water-resistant, and the pink lining is pretty. 🙂 The fact that it has a zippered gusset around the outer edge means I can expand it to fit everything I need with no problem at all.

PS: I got it cheaper on Amazon. 🙂

Slim Business 17″ Computer Backpack

from Kopack

Photo of Slim Anti-Theft Business Laptop Backpack from Kopeck
$36.99; Amazon

I have my Barracuda carry-on bag that I love, but I needed a personal item that was easier to carry than a tote. Since I’m planning on starting grad school next fall, it made sense to look for a backpack and kill two proverbial birds in one stone.

I ended up choosing this grey one for its features:

  • The laptop compartment is anti-theft in 2 ways: it has a zipper pull that clips to a D-ring, and it’s also located behind the straps, making it impossible for someone to take something out of it while you’re wearing it. It can also fit up to a 17″ laptop.
  • The main compartment has a double-layer anti-puncture zipper closure, and the zipper pulls can be locked together with a small lock (not sold with the backpack).
  • It has a USB port to be able to charge a phone/iPod/whatever, and the cable that connects that port to a power source is detachable. The backpack doesn’t come with a power bank, but it does come with the cable. I didn’t want a built-in cable because when the cable eventually goes bad (they always do), that feature would end up being useless.
  • It’s water- and tear-resistant.
  • It has a slim profile while still having lots of pockets to organize everything I need.

I was that nerd growing up that absolutely LOVED back-to-school shopping and getting my backpack, binders, etc. organized for the new year. Nothing has really changed, so I’m super excited to get this backpack all ready for flying across the Atlantic!


What are some clothing items and accessories you can’t bear to travel without? I’d love to hear about them!

Have a great week.

Love,

Sarah xoxo


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Ireland-Bound Pt. 1: Charged & Organized

Hey, y’all!

Our belated Irish honeymoon is just a few weeks away, and I’m so excited! We’ve been buying stuff to prepare for our trip, and I decided to do a 3-part blog series about it. Stay tuned for parts 2 & 3, and in the meantime, let’s jump into part 1: traveling overseas as conveniently as possible with electronic devices. So far the only thing we haven’t figured out is what we’re doing with our cell phones. Since we’re going to be renting a car and driving around, we want to have navigation available. We need to go to the AT&T store and figure out what our options are. Any suggestions from fellow travelers?

When I think about using electronics, the first thing I think about is a power source, and traveling overseas means I’m going to need an adapter to keep my devices charged. When I spent a summer in London during college, I bought a set of adapters that had me covered for all the major plug types, but that only means being able to plug in one device at a time. Now it’s 2018, and I was able to get something way more convenient:

Power Plug Travel Adapter International w/ 5 USB Ports

from Sublimeware

Photo of Power Plug Travel Adapter from Sublimeware
$23.45; Sublimeware

It has 3 different switches that each expose a different plug type: C (used in Europe, South America, and Asia), G (used in the UK and a few other places, and A (used in the US and other places). The pins for the A can also be tilted in to become type I, which is used in Australia. This website is a handy reference. With this one adapter, I could have up to 6 devices plugged in at any given time: 4 in the USB ports, 1 in the Type C USB port, and one in the regular socket. It claims to work in over 150 countries, so hopefully we’ll be set for awhile. 🙂

It also came with a little carrying case, but we’ll be storing it in this with our cables and such:

Glendale 2-Layer Organizer in “Heather Coral”

from Bagsmart

Photo of Glendale 2-Layer Organizer in Heather Coral from Bagsmart
$27.99; Bagsmart

I saw this one of those lists of 30-something things on Amazon that you didn’t know you needed, and it was so true! Until I bought this, traveling with electronics meant wrapping each of my cables with double sided velcro and then putting all of those in a zipper bag of some sort. The velcro would get stuck on stuff all the time, and any bulkier plugs would have to go somewhere else in my suitcase. Now I can put it all in one place. The elastic bands in the top layer keep cables neat and organized, there are mesh pockets for things like batteries, and there are even little pockets for SIM and SD cards. The bottom layer has a padded pocket that fits up to a 10″ tablet and padded dividers that velcro together, so they can be configured in different ways to best accommodate items like adapters, a mouse, etc. It’s made of a water-resistant polyester, and its dimensions (10.8″L x 8.3″W x 3.7″H) mean it will fit nicely into my carry-on bag.


What are the electronic devices you can’t travel without? Any suggestions on the phone thing would be much appreciated.

Love,

Sarah xoxo


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Ulta Beauty Haul: August 2018

Hey, y’all!

I’m so excited that September is here–just a few more weeks until hubby and I are Ireland-bound! Switching gears, check out my August haul!

Samples

Énergie de Vie Eye Illuminating & Cooling Anti-Fatigue Cooling Eye Gel

from Lancôme

Photo of Illuminating & Anti-Fatigue Cooling Eye Gel sample from Lancome
$39 for .5 fl. oz.; Lancome

I’m sure this product is much more effective when you have the rollerball applicator. The caffeine and antioxidants brighten and de-puff the eye area, while the gel texture and triple-rollerball work together to cool, hydrate, and calm. I’m pretty happy with my Juice Beauty eye cream right now, so I don’t see myself buying this any time soon.

Live Irrésistible Blossom Crush Eau de Toilette

from Givenchy

Photo of Live Irresistible Blossom Crush Eau de Toilette sample from Givenchy
$91 for 2.5 fl. oz.; Ulta

Fragrance Notes:

  • Top – Peony
  • Middle – Essential rose
  • Base – Cocoa bean, musk

Strong florals aren’t my go-to, but it’s ok. I’m not likely to purchase it myself.

Skincare

Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence

from Cosrx

Photo of Advance Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence
$19 for 3.38 fl. oz.; Soko Glam

I was using this essence about 6 months ago. Once I used it up, I wanted to see what else was out there, and now I’m back. This essence feels a little sticky when you first apply it, but it absorbs quickly. It’s a really reasonable price point, and I thoroughly trust Korean skincare products. My skin never looked so healthy and radiant, and since it nourishes my skin so much, it help with everything from dry patches to breakouts to hyperpigmentation. I was a fool to ever leave you! ❤

BHA Blackhead Power Liquid

from Cosrx

 

Photo of BHA Blackhead Power Liquid from CoxRX
$22 for 3.38 fl. oz.; Ulta

In case you can’t tell, I really like Cosrx. Even though I have combination skin, I love that I can use this product on my whole face without my cheeks drying out. I use this is my morning serum, and I use my retinol in the evening. The thin texture allows it to absorb quickly into my skin–2 pumps is all I need. I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks now, and I’m definitely noticing a difference in my T-Zone. Can’t wait to see how my skin continues to improve!

Key Ingredients:

  • Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Water & Vitamin B5: moisturize and help prevent wrinkles
  • Betaine Salicylate: closely related to Salicylic Acid, this BHA performs time-released exfoliation, which means it keeps exfoliating long after the product has evaporated

Mint Mojito Lip Scrub

from Fizz & Bubble

Photo of Mint Mojito Lip Scrub from Fizz & Bubble
$8 for 1 oz.; Fizz & Bubble

I was getting really frustrated with my Laura Geller lip scrub because the amount of sugar crystals varied each time I squeezed some out of the tube. Sometimes I’d get 3 (no exaggeration), sometimes I’d get an even amount to exfoliate my entire lips. Over it.

This lip scrub is all-natural, cruelty-free, and edible! Besides the obvious ingredient (sugar), it has Vitamin E, shea butter, and avocado oil to nourish your lips. I don’t really taste the mint, but it does have a little bit of a cooling sensation. Definitely use it over the sink because it does get a little messy. I absolutely recommend it!

Hair

Big Sexy Hair: Spray & Play Volumizing Hairspray

from Sexy Hair

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$18.95 for 10 fl. oz.; Sexy Hair

I’ve been using Alterna’s Bamboo Anti-Humidity Hairspray for years, but I’m almost out, and I wanted to try something new. This one caught my eye because not only does it claim to hold up to humidity, but it also has UV protection–2 very important factors in the Sunshine State! We’ll see how it goes.

Healthy Sexy Hair: So You Want It All Leave-in Treatment

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$19.95 for 5.1 fl. oz.; Sexy Hair

Ulta was have a 2 for $22 on some haircare products, so I picked this up with the hairspray. I can’t seem to find a list of all 22 of the supposed benefits anywhere, but the ones I can find are:

  • Detangles
  • Repairs
  • Nourishes
  • Soothes
  • Strengthens
  • Anti-Aging
  • Color Protection
  • Improved Elasticity
  • Thermal Protection
  • Environmental Protection
  • Damage Control
  • Damage Prevention
  • Adds shine
  • Style Control
  • Priming
  • Reduces static
  • Reduces frizz
  • Protects against humidity

My only real complaint about this product is the fact that it makes my bathroom floor slippery. Other than that, it makes my hair look, feel, and smell fantastic!

Bonus

I reached Diamond Status with Ultamate Beauty Rewards!

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Part of me feels like I should be embarrassed that I’ve spent this much on beauty products already in 2018, but this is one of my hobbies, and I look at skincare as an investment. 🙂 The photo above was my “welcome gift”: a Tarte Cosmetics liquid eyeliner sample, a Clinique mascara sample (that’s getting added to my giveaway bag), and a $25 beauty services reward card.

Diamond Benefits include:

  • 1.5 points per dollar spent
  • Free birthday gift
  • 2x the points during your birthday month
  • $10 birthday coupon
  • Points never expire
  • Everyday free shipping on orders of $25+
  • Annual $25 beauty services reward card

Sometimes Platinum and Diamond members also get bonus offers (sales, bonus points, etc.) If you shop at Ulta, you might as well sign up for Beauty Rewards. It’s free, and you have nothing to lose!


How many of these products have you tried? What are you looking forward to in September?

Love,

Sarah xoxo


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