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Hello, beauties!! Happy hump day!
It's been a crazy weekend/week so far, but I missed writing for you all, so here I am! :)
As some of you may know, I am graduating College tomorrow! I'm receiving my Bachelor's of Arts in English Literature and Corporate Communications. I'm really excited, and I look forward to seeing what's ahead for me!
That leads me to today's haul, haha! I received a Sephora gift card as a Graduation present, and I obviously rushed to Sephora and used this fantastic opportunity to try out a few products that I have heard so much about, and I have been dying to try.
There are several reasons why I've waited to try the above products, but I'm SO glad I finally did. So let's just jump right in and talk about each, shall we?!
The first product I purchased was the Tarte Tarteist Clay Paint Liner in black!
I have been wanting to try this product for months and months. Every time I would go into my local Sephora, it'd be sold out! Even when I searched for it on Sephora's website, it'd be sold out! I was in the city (Manhattan) to see a show last week, and there is a huge Sephora smack dab in the middle of Times Square, so I took this gift card opportunity to shop there! And voila! They had the liner! I snatched it so fast, there was smoke behind me, haha!
The next day, I tried it... hello, new fav. Firstly, it's so fun to use because it's so different than any other liner I've ever tried. It's a gorgeous blackest of the black, cream liner. You squeeze a little bit of liner out of the tube, and it rests on a tapered tip. You can squeeze out as little or as much as you want, and it doesn't drip anywhere. It comes with an angled flat-tip bamboo liner brush that makes it incredibly easy to apply and create the liner shape you desire. It's said to last up to 12 hours, I cannot vouch for that since I've only worn it once so far, and I usually don't wear my makeup THAT long, but I'd believe it!
The liner costs $24.00 at Sephora, well worth it if you ask me. You don't use much product, and it comes in a large 0.21oz tube.
I give this product a 10 out of 10 so far. I will definitely repurchase.
Next, I purchased the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer in Fair Neutral.
I've heard great things about this concealer through a few beauty vloggers, and I've been searching for a new more high-end concealer. I LOVE my It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye, and even my Cover Girl Ready, Set, Gorgeous, but I think it's always important to give new things a try!
This is such a weightless, smooth, creamy concealer that provides amazing coverage! It covers imperfections and blemishes, but does so with a natural finish. It's buildable, without caking or creasing like crazy.
Here are some of the benefits of the formula:
Amazing, right? It did slightly crease on me... though I will admit, I've only used it once, and didn't properly set it. But I truly love it!
The concealer costs $36.00 for a 0.16oz tube. A little bit pricy...
I give this product a 9 out of 10. I would repurchase, but not too quickly, due to the price.
Now, we have the Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminating Wand!
When I found out that Josie Maran was releasing new illuminzing/highlighting products, I was so excited! I have her original illuminzer, and it works like a charm! It leaves such a gorgeous, dewy glow. Out of the new illuminzers, this Illuminzing Wand immediately caught my eye.
I was a little weary to purchase, due to the price, but thanks to the gift card, I was able to give it a try! I'm so pleased! This highlighter is PERFECT for summer. It provides a beautiful dewy, hydrating glow. Of course, the wand is infused with Argan Oil, so you're gaining all those skincare benefits along with the beauty benefits.
Look at that shine! It's a shine, without any glittery shimmer!
The Shea Butter infused in the wand creates such a smooth creamy application, without any grease or smudging. It's a twist up tube with tons of product, all you do is twist it up and directly apply it wherever you want the highlight, and it's easily transportable! It's perfect for a dewy look in the summer, and for extra hydration in the winter months!
The Josie Maran Illuminizing Wand costs $28.00 at Sephora for a 0.36oz tube. There is A LOT of product for a highlighter, so the price isn't too bad.
I give this product a 10 out of 10. I would repurchase.
Finally, we have the MAKE UP FOREVER HD Invisible Cover Foundation in 115!
I was most eager to try this product because I have seen countless beauty vloggers and bloggers rave about this product and use it a TON. The only thing that has turned me off from purchasing it is the price. Momma Mia, it's a pricy foundation. $43.00 for a 1.01oz bottle at Sephora. It has a controllable pump top, which I like.
The foundation itself is great! It has full coverage, and it's totally buildable without caking. The only thing I don't like is that it's a very liquid-y foundation. I pump it onto the back of my hand, and then use a kabuki brush to blend it into the skin. However, I guess the liquid-y-ness (What a word, haha) is okay because that means that it's very weightless and won't clog your pores!
I don't see myself using this foundation every day, due to the price. I think I'll save it for special occasions and special date nights, haha.
I'm really pleased with this purchase, as well as all of my purchases in this haul!
I give this product a 9 out of 10. I would repurchase... but maybe I'll wait until I have another gift card in the future, haha.
I hope you enjoyed this haul/review! Be sure to share with me your favorite products, as well as the best ways to use/apply the products mentioned above!
I hope you all have a great rest of the week! I will be back on Friday with a great/really whacky skincare tip for treating sunburn (I spent the day at the beach yesterday... ouch!) Seriously though, when I say "whacky", I mean WHACKY. I couldn't believe it myself, but it's really been working.
Until then, stay out of the sun, and enjoy the rest of the week. Most importantly, stay beautiful!
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