Sephora BeautyInsider Appreciation Event & Other Things Haul!

*Can you guys tell I’m the WORSE at titles/headings?!* 😂

If you’re a dedicated makeup lover and follower of Sephora, you know that very rarely do they do any type of sales like this. In fact, they only really do it once a year around the holidays. So when word got out that they were doing this BeautyInsider appreciation sale, you know everyone (including myself) went nuts.

I typically don’t tend to participate in these things even though I am part of the rewards program, and have been at the VIB status for a while, because I almost always forget that it’s going on, and then by the time I actually remember, the sale is over 🤦🏻‍♀️, since they usually only hold them for a short amount of time.

This year, however, I was fully aware of it and took full advantage of my 15% off everything discount (*which, fun fact, everything I ended up purchasing in the sale upgraded me to VIB Rouge status, which means that instead of having 15% off in the next event like this that happens, I’ll now have 20% off, among other cool benefits*).

With all of that being said, I thought it would be cool to share with you guys all of the products I picked up during the sale, as well as other general makeup products that I’ve bought recently outside of Sephora. I’m going to start off with the Sephora stuff, then move on to the other things.

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*Note: When I started going through everything I bought, and writing this post, I didn’t realize how many ‘mini’ versions of products I got. So this is a half full-sized products, and half mini/sample size kind of post!! 😂*

In no particular order:

  1. Marc Jacobs Beauty. I got 2 different lipglosses from this brand; 1 Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick in the shade P(r)each (the top one) and 1 Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer Lipgloss in the shade 318 Pretty Thing (the bottom one).

I have heard SO many amazing things about these lipglosses from girls I know, beauty influencers, etc. so I figure it’s about time that I pick a few up to try them out myself. Both lipglosses are $28.

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2. Jouer Cosmetics. I got one of their Long-Wear Lip Creme Liquid Lipsticks in the shade Dulce de Leche. I’m a huge lipstick girl (liquid and otherwise), so I obviously had to make sure I picked up a few during this sale, and I had a ton of these sitting in my cart for the longest so I figure why not? Similar to the Marc Jacobs lipglosses, I’ve heard so many good things about this brand’s lipsticks; their formula, the way they wear, etc. so I’m definitely excited to try these out finally. These liquid lipsticks retail for $18.

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3. Kat Von D. I picked up a mini version of the Lock-It Setting Powder from her brand because I’ve heard so many people rave about it, but most setting powders tend to be a miss for me. So, I figure I pick-up the mini version, see how I like it and if I do I’ll just buy the full-size version. This miniature version comes with 0.19 oz of product and retails for $15 (the full-size one is $30 in case anyone was wondering).

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4. Boscia. I picked up one of the Boscia Cactus Water Moisturizers. One of my absolute favorite things to check out on the Sephora website is always the Skincare section, especially the ‘just arrived’ part of it. I’m always on the hunt for new and good products that are going to help, hydrate, and brighten my sensitive skin, so when I saw this and read the amazing reviews, I knew I HAD to get it.

The majority of the recent reviews I read on this were all super positive, especially for people with dry skin (which I tend to struggle with), so I’m really excited to try this and see what it does for me! This retails for $38.

5. Anastasia Beverly Hills. Of COURSE I had to run and pick-up the Norvina palette and I think it’s pretty self-explanatory why…I mean just look at it..take a second, I’ll wait……

Done? Okay, let’s talk about it. Just LOOK at this color range and how gorgeous it is. I feel like so many beautiful soft or smokey pinky, purply looks can be done with this palette. UGH it is beautiful. I’ll be honest, I only really watched two reviews on this palette from KathleenLights and Manny MUA, but regardless, they were both good and gave me the extra push to run out and buy it. I mean c’mon especially with the sale going on, I had to. The palette retails for $42.

6. Too Faced. I picked up one of the Too Faced Born This Way concealers in the shade Light Beige. I’ve literally been obsessed with finding the perfect concealer for my crazy, puffy, dark circles lately and have heard a lot of great things about these in particular so I’ve been itching to try it. These retail for $29.

7. Hourglass. Similar to the Kat Von D one, I picked up a mini-size of the Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder. I won’t really repeat why I got the mini because it’s pretty much the same reason I got the Lock-It setting powder (see number 3 for why).

I will say though that I’ve read and seen so many great reviews about this powder all over the internet, so I’m really hoping that it’ll work the same for me that it seems to be working for everyone else. It comes with 0.07 oz of product. This miniature version retails for $18 (and the full-size goes for $46).

8. Laura Mercier. I picked up one of the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Mini, in the shade Sand. I think the idea of being able to have a moisturizer like this and have it give people the impression that you have some type of makeup on when you really don’t, is so cool. And I’ve read that this is one of the best tinted moisturizers in Sephora, so I decided to give it a try and see how I end up feeling about it. This comes with 1 oz of product and retails for $24.

9. Tarte. I also picked up one of the Tarte Creaseless Under Eye Concealers in the shade Light Sand. Again, like the powders, I pretty much already explained my intention(s) for wanting to pick up another concealer (*see number 6*), so I won’t repeat the same thing again.

However, I will say that I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews on this, but one consistent comment and/or positive thing said about this is that it is AMAZING coverage for those with dry, dark circles, so that’s what really reeled me in and made me excited for it. So we’ll see how that goes!! This concealer retails for $26.

10. Smashbox. I picked up the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water Mini. This is something that I had in my cart and had been wanting to try for SUCH a long time, and now with this sale I was kind of just like “screw it, I’m getting it!” This comes with 1 oz of product and retails for $15.

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11. Sephora Favorites. I got one of the Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Nude Lip gift sets. I always see these and think that they are so cute, especially with the products they carry. I had gotten one for my best friend last Christmas and had been wanting to try one for myself ever since, so I got this one because I LOVE my nudes…lol 😏

It comes with 3 sample sized lipsticks (a Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Color Splash Hydrating Lipstick in Beach Babe, a Make Up Forever Artist Liquid Matte Lipstick in 105, and a Buxom Lip Polish in Dolly) and 2 full-sized ones (a Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Carmello and a Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick in Trendsetter). This set retails for $28, but has a $72 value.

12. Saturday Skin. I got this Saturday Skin No Bad Days skincare set. I’ve literally never heard of this brand before, but when I was skimming through the skincare gift sets section I saw this, read the reviews (which the majority for the most part were really good), and decided to try it out.

It comes with a Rub-A-Dub Refining Peel Gel, a Daily Dew Hydrating Essence Mist, a Wide Awake Brightening Eye Cream, and a Featherweight Daily Moisturizing Cream. This retails for $39, but is of a $69 value.

13. Free Birthday Gift!! This is technically the last thing I got from Sephora, although I didn’t actually buy it, it’s free. If you’re apart of the BeautyInsider rewards program, I believe regardless of what status you’re at, every year you always get a little gift from Sephora for your birthday.

Every year they give people the option of 2 gifts to choose from and this year if I remember correctly, the options were either this Bite Beauty gift set (which has a Mini Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Chai, a Mini Matte Crème Lip Crayon in Glacé, an Agave Lip Balm, and an Agave Sugar Lip Scrub), OR a little GlamGlow duo set (which has a SuperMud Clearing Treatment & a GlowStarter Mega Illuminating Moisturizer). I figure I pick the one who’s brand I had never really tried products from before, so that’s what I did.

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Well that’s all of the products that I had bought from the BeautyInsider Appreciation Event at Sephora, but I also wanted to show you guys 4 makeup products that I got from a completely new and separate makeup company recently.

The brand I’m referring to is called Beauty Bakerie. I was actually first introduced to this brand when I was watching KathleenLights YouTube video (can you tell she’s one of my fav YouTubers?) all about her testing out their products to do a full-face of makeup with them. After seeing that video, I did my own research on the brand, and honestly guys if you haven’t checked them and their story out, I HIGHLY recommend that you do. I’ll leave their site linked here so that you can check them out.

ALL of their makeup products are cruelty free and based completely off baking and everything that entails that; all of their packaging, the names of their products, etc. and it is SO FREAKIN CUTE!!

So for right now, I only got 4 of their products which was a concealer, 2 lipsticks and a setting powder. I really wanted to try one of their foundations, but there’s always next time.

How CUTE is the packaging for all of these products btw?!

  1. The first thing I got was one of their Flour Setting Powders in Translucent, which retails for $24.

2. The next thing I got was 2 of their Matte Lip Whips, one in the shade Gingersnap, and the other in the shade Syruptitious, which retail for $20 each.

3. And the last thing I got was one of their Cake Face Concealers in the shade Love You Latte, even though it looks a little dark so I MIGHT have to return it and get a lighter shade, which retails for $24.

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Well guys that’s it for this post, that is all the makeup products that I’ve purchased recently. Let me know either in the comments or through social media whether or not you guys participated in the sale, and if you DID, what stuff did you guys pick up?! Similar products to mine? Completely different ones? Let me know! I’d love to hear from you guys about it.

Sorry that this post is SO long, but I really hope that you enjoyed it and I’ll see you guys in my next one! 🙂

-Xoxo, Leo Girl ❤

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The Badass Box Subscription

What’s up guys!

In this post I’m going to be going in depth about what exactly this subscription is, how I found out about it, how much it is, and whether or not I think it’s worth it.

So let’s get right into it!

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How I Found Out About It: 

I actually found out about this subscription box by reading a fellow blogger’s post all about it. The blog I read it off of was by Stella Hudgens, a lot of people know her better as Vanessa Hudgens little sister although she’s SO much more than that (I’ll leave her blog linked here if you wanted to check it out, which you definitely should!). She’s such a great writer/blogger and one day while I was going through her blog, reading her posts, I came across the one about the subscription. It was kind of similar to how I’m writing about it now, but her’s wasn’t so much a review as it was like a praise for it because she’s actually really good friends with one of the creators of the subscription.

Anyway, after reading her post about the box I decided to do my own research on it, so I checked them out on social media, checked their website, etc. and I was interested in it so that’s how I ended up trying it out.

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What it is & How Much It Is:

I believe the creators of the box are Shenae Grimes and Jessica Stroup (former stars of the popular show 90210). I know for a fact Shenae Grimes is one of them because Stella mentioned that in her post, but not 100% sure about Jessica Stroup being the right Jessica lol (although I’m pretty sure it is).

Nonetheless, these ladies created this box because their signature styles tend to lean more towards wearing all black, animal prints, a lot of leather, and a lot of studs, leading most people to assume they’re either goth or punk. They are NEITHER of those things!! Ultimately, they put this box subscription together for those people in the world that have been misconstrued for that as well. They just like to feel badass, and dressing the way they do and having the styles that they do makes them feel that way with confidence and all. So with each box they throw together about 6-7 items that are a mixture of fashion, beauty and lifestyle goods to help other people feel that way as well and bring their inner badass out.

The box itself is (BRACE YOURSELVES) …….$75, for the quarterly subscription. And the annual subscription would be $285.00. The boxes ship 4 times a year: May, August, November, and January. Now, don’t get me wrong, I know it’s definitely a hefty price for a subscription box when there are most definitely others out there like Boxycharm and Ipsy that do and carry similar things for a MUCH cheaper price, but before I give my input on whether or not I think it’s worth it, let’s go into the products I received in this month’s box…

  1. The first thing I got in the box  was this candle from the brand “Evil Queen,” and it’s called “Let’s Makeout.” When I first smelled it, I thought it smelled really weird, but the more I kept smelling it the more the scent grew on me and I actually like it now. The packaging says that it’s reminiscent of the best selling Bath and Body Works Mahogany Teakwood (which is an AMAZING scent if you haven’t checked it out), this one has all of the best fine wood fragrances, with a delicate touch of lavender and geranium. If I were to have gone out and bought this on my own, it would be $20.

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 2. The next thing I got in the box was this 3oz canister of Toffee from the brand B. Toffee. I’ve never heard of this brand, nor have I ever had or tried toffee, but I thought this was cute and kind of cool. This product was not mentioned on the subscription website or the pamphlet of descriptions and prices so I’m not sure if it was a free little extra or what, but I looked them up on my own and saw that this retails for $6.95.

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3. The next thing I got was this Pore Perfection Face Mask from the brand Veise beauty. This was interesting when I first saw it because I’ve never used or really seen many masks that are powders and you have to mix things together to actually make the mask. So that was a little weird, but it says that it’s supposed to give you glowing skin, shrink your pores, and calm any redness. You’re supposed to mix 1/2 tsp of the powder with 1 tsp of water in a non-metal bowl to make the mask. Then apply a thin layer to clean, dry face and let it dry for 10-15 minutes, making sure to avoid the eye area. Purchasing this on its own would be $24.

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4. The next thing I got was this Fashion Power Bank – Electronic Charging Block from the brand iDeal of Sweden. When I saw this I was legit like HOLY FUCK! I thought it was so freakin’ dope to get a portable charger in a box like this, and it’s good too. It’s not like cheap quality or anything, plus the design on it I think is REALLY cool. I need to use it for one whole time to see how quickly it charges my phone and how long exactly it lasts, but I’m super excited for this product. This alone would cost $54.99 if I bought it separately.

 

5. The next thing in the box was this Freematic Master Eyeshadow Palette from the brand Doucce. I’ve NEVER heard of that makeup brand before, so I can’t really speak on them. But just from first impressions of packaging, shade range, etc., it looks really pretty. Based off of packaging, I would give them a 4-5. For $65, I wouldn’t expect to see just a plain all black packaging that also feels kind of cheap. The colors are pretty, but I don’t really see being able to create too many looks with it. The palette is a combination of mattes and shimmers, but from what I saw, their all the same colors just in a matte and shimmer form. So that was a little odd to me. I only tried swatching ONE of the shades, which I believe was the third shade in the top row (it’s a shimmer) because I thought it was a pretty gray-ish purple, but just from one swipe, there wasn’t really much product that showed up on my finger. I only tried it for that one shade and that one time, so let’s see. Hopefully I’m wrong and it ends up being a good palette, especially since it’s the most expensive thing in the entire box. If I bought it on my own, separately, it would’ve been $65.

 

6. The next thing I got was definitely one of my favorites in the box. It was a pair of Luxe 2 Cat Eye Sunglasses from the brand Perverse. I LOVE sunglasses, so when I saw these I was SO excited, especially for the color and shape of them. They are SO cute and I cannot wait to rock these throughout the summer! Alone these would have cost $55.

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7. The next and last thing I got was this pair of REALLY cute lightning bolt earrings, which I think was either another extra or they just didn’t mention it on the description card or on their website. I was really surprised when I saw these because it says that they are 18K Gold Vermeil, and they’re from the brand Kris Nations. Since it wasn’t mentioned on the subscription website, I looked around online for them and saw that they retail for $38.

 

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Do I Think It’s Worth It?:

I do definitely think for a subscription box it’s a bit pricey. BUT considering everything that it comes with, and how much you would be paying for those products individually as opposed to in a bundle like this? I think it’s an insane steal. For this month’s box, with all of the products, if I were to have gone out and purchased them individually, it would’ve come out to $263.94. Plus, they only bill you once every three months, so personally, I don’t think it’s terrible. Now obviously if it was $75 EVERY month being charged for the box, that would be excessive, and I don’t think I would think it’s fully worth it. Also, I think it’s really cool/convenient that if you don’t have the money after the 3 months, or you just choose to not want the box, you could always just skip that billing/shipping month. It’s convenient because if you like the subscription as a whole, but maybe don’t want to or can’t do it for that month, you’ll just skip it instead of cancelling the subscription altogether.

*Halfway through writing this, I realized that either I got 2 extra products in my box for free, or they just did not add these 2 products to the website for this month’s box because the Toffee and Earrings were not mentioned on the site at all with the descriptions of this month’s products 😮 ….yay freebies!! 😀 haha*

Overall, yes I agree that compared to typical subscription boxes that are similar to this like Boxycharm or Ipsy, it is A LOT pricier which could instantly turn people off to it, but I do think that considering everything you’ll get in it (5-7 FULL-SIZED PRODUCTS), it’s worth it. But to each his own, make your own judgment about it. This was my first box with them, and I really did like it. But who knows what’ll happen in the future and whether or not my pockets will allow me to continue getting it haha. I do think it’s worth it to try the box AT LEAST once though.

-Xoxo, Leo Girl ❤