Spring Beauty Haul Part 2
Welcome back to spring makeup madness part deux. If you missed part one be sure to check that out first by clicking here. Part two is items I purchased with my 15% off coupon from Sephora's VIB sale, 10% off coupon from Sephora for renewing my VIB status, and lastly some stuff I picked up from Koh Gen Do after trying out and falling in love with their foundations. Let's get to it!
Sephora started off all innocent with just 15% off for the VIB sale (got this at the same time as the Ulta 20% off coupon for reference). Of course after I bought some goodies with that I ended up renewing my VIB status and got a 10% off coupon as well since I hadn't already spent enough money on makeup and beauty products at this point. 15% off and 10% off are not that much in the grand scheme of things but Sephora never has coupons so I'll take whatever I can get from them. I ended up returning this foundation that I bought with the 15% off coupon and had the return put on an in store merchandise card that I figured I would use for something along with the 10% off coupon (initially I liked it but it ended up not being my favorite out of the foundations I had been trying out). Then, because the story just keeps getting better, I got an email about getting my Ebates Big Fat Check balance put on a gift card and getting a percentage more added to the total by doing it that way instead of waiting for the check. Like the sucker that I am, I did so and had it put on a Sephora gift card and got 10% more added to the gift card. Here we go.
Starting off with the bougiest purchase ever, a Dior highlighter. For some reason this did not photograph very "pink" but I swear on the face it definitely has a soft pink glow, as the shade name would suggest (I underexposed for the swatch so you can see it better). It's like the lighter, less glittery version of Pink Heart from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Moon Child Glow Kit. I love pink highlighters, I tend to wear a bit of blush and I love the way a pink highlight blends into blush. This highlight is definitely more on the softer side but is very buildable. I have yet to try it with a wet brush but I would imagine that would intensify it quite a bit. This normally goes for a staggering $56 but with the 15% off discount I got it for $47.60. That might seem like a lot for a highlight, which it is, but considering how long this will last me I'm okay justifying that hefty price tag because I absolutely love it (at least that's what I keep telling myself).
Ever since I sampled Orange Sanguine I knew I had to have it. I also love vanilla so when I saw this I knew it would be perfect for me. Orange Sanguine has notes of blood orange, bitter orange, jasmine, geranium, amber woods, tonka beans, and sandalwood and Vanille Insensée has notes of lime, cedrat, coriander, jasmine, vetiver, oak moss, vanilla, oak wood, and amber. These can layer together or with other fragrances to create a custom scent. This normally goes for $35 but I got it for $29.75.
Sephora played me big time with this one. They had a combo pack of this shower gel plus the Bum Bum cream at a really great price that I was planning on getting but then it mysteriously disappeared before the sale started and now it's suddenly back in stock. I was really torn between getting this or the L’Occitane Almond Eco-Refill Combo Pack. I love the L'Occitane Shower Oil because it also smells really good and is great for shaving. I opted for Sol De Janeiro since it was cheaper and I was trying not to get too carried away with the spending considering all the other damage I'd already done. I'm so glad I tried this because it smells incredible. I read somewhere online that it can also be used for shaving which is really important to me because it cuts down on the number of products I have to use. It is good for shaving, doesn't give me crazy razor burn, but I still prefer the oil over this. It is really nice and if they made it in a shower oil formula I would be all over it but I doubt I'll repurchase since I do prefer the L'Occitane product much more (though I probably prefer the smell of this one). This retails for $25 but I got it for $21.25.
I bought this when I returned the Hourglass Hyaluronic Skin Tint. I have a few sample/travel size setting powders but I thought it was time I finally bit the bullet and bought a full size powder. I opted for the pressed powder because I've heard it's better at keeping you from looking too dry or matte (which I totally agree with). I wasn't expecting to get any discount and was totally prepared to pay full price since the VIB sale had ended but when I returned this they still gave me 15% off making this $36 powder $30.60.
I went through all my lipsticks recently and threw out a lot that had gone bad and that I didn't like or wear anymore, it was a lot of beauty box/free sample minis. So, when I got my Ebates money transferred to a Sephora gift card I wanted to get some lip products since I'd just cleaned out a ton. Ever since I saw Shaaanxo's swatch video of these lipsticks I had been wanting to try them out. I was immediately drawn to the shades Sunkissed and Popsicle. On Shannon Sunkissed looked like a gorgeous pinky-peach color, which is how the shade is described on Sephora, but when I swatched it on my hand in store it looks like a warm orange-y nude; no pink to it whatsoever. It could be the lighting in Sephora or that the testers are left open and exposed to air and that messed with the color/formula. I didn't want to take my chances with a shade that might not work for me and went for the much bolder Popsicle. It's a bright deep fuchsia with a little bit of a blue/purple shift to it. This lipstick is also super versatile. You can wear just a small amount worked into the lips to create a rosy stained effect or full on to get the punchy color (like in the photo). The formula is very comfortable and hydrating which I prefer over long wearing. I would definitely recommend this lipstick line if you, like me, suffer from perpetually chapped lips and prefer hydrating formulas. These go for $21 but my 10% off knocked it down a few buck to $18.90 plus I used my merchandise card and gift card for this and the following two lip products.
I have a very deep love for Bite's Amuse Bouche lipsticks (I have one full size and five minis). They are the most comfortable lipsticks to wear. Aside from my new lip purchases and maybe like two other lipsticks I own I would gladly trade in all my lippies for all Bite products. I had such a hard time choosing a color from Bite when I was buying my lip products. I was torn between getting this shade in the Matte Créme Pencil or a High Pigment Pencil in Chablis or Tulip. All three shades were in the same family but I ultimately went with the matte because normally I'm not one for matte lip products but if anyone can make a matte lipstick comfortable I figured it would be Bite. Turns out this isn't that matte but I am 100% okay with that. In my opinion the finish and feel is nearly identical to the Amuse Bouche formula. I love the color which is described as a warm pink which I think is pretty accurate. My only beef with this product is the packaging. While I do love the stick format and find it slightly easier to apply than a traditional bullet lipstick, every time I went to open this right after I bought it I could not get the lid off without taking off part of the pre-sharpened tip (which is why it's not as sharp in my photo as a fresh one is irl). The cap is such a pain to remove, I don't know if there's some trick to it that I haven't figured out yet but it likes to stay on. The plus side to that means it won't fall off in my purse which is a good thing. Would still definitely recommend these as long as you know they're more of a satin finish and the cap's hard to remove. These normally go for $24 but my giant 10% discount knocked it all the way down to $21.60.
This was another one I had a really hard time choosing on. I recently busted open my Agave lip trio sampler that I had been saving for a while now. I loved the formula and how it made my lips feel but I also loved every color and therein lies the dilemma. I recently got the Akar Ruby Tint balm in my March Allure Beauty Box so I ruled out the Smashed version first. I loved the idea of being able to wear the Clear version at night but I already have a clear balm I use before bedtime that I really like so I decided to go with the champagne shade and I have zero regrets. This stuff is great if your lips are really chapped during the day but you still want a little something there. Champagne is a beautiful shimmery rose gold pearl and looks great on its own or over a lip liner for some added definition and color. My dream would be that they come out with a holiday trio set so I can have all of them (they're just that good). Fair warning, some people may not like them because they are thick and a little heavy on the lips but that's just the nature of a lip mask. These normally go for $26 but I got mine for a sweet $23.40.
Koh Gen Do
I've been on the hunt to find my perfect foundation for a while now, I have a drawer full of samples to prove it. I had heard a lot about Koh Gen Do foundations on YouTube and decided I wanted to try it out and ordered the sample packs for both formulations. It's a good thing I ended up returning the other foundations I tried out because after testing out each formula I ended up liking and ordering both.
I cheated the system a little bit and signed up with my rarely used alternate email address to get 15% off this order. They ended up shipping both orders together and sent me two bottles of the Aqua Foundation thinking I ordered the Aqua Foundation Set instead of the Moisture Foundation Set so that is why I also have a sample of the Aqua Foundation Illuminator that comes with the Aqua set. After I emailed customer service and told them what had happened and sent photos to prove it they sent me my Moisture Foundation and face powder that goes in the Moisture Foundation Set super fast. The Moisture Foundation is described as an HD foundation and it's very lightweight and a little bit moisturizing. It has very buildable medium coverage which is perfect for me. The only thing I don't like about it is that if I don't use a pore filling primer this foundation really wants to try and settle into the large pores in my t-zone. For $30 the brush ended up being a lot smaller than I anticipated so I've only used it for blending out concealer so far because I feel like it would take a while to blend out foundation with such a small brush. Ain't nobody got time for that! The powder is nice but nothing special compared to others I use which is disappointing because I had high expectations for this hoping that it would set my under eyes properly without making them look dry. Sadly, if it can make me look dry so I have to be really careful about how much of it I use. I haven't tried the color base or illuminator yet so I won't say much about those but I will tell you that the Aqua Foundation Illuminator separates and basically looks like metallic pigment suspended in an oil which is a little concerning however it does mix easily when shaken. The kit goes for $72 so I got it for $61.20.
I got $10 off this foundation because you get a $10 off code when you try a foundation sample kit. If I had to pick, I would say I like this formula slightly better. It has light-medium coverage but is also buildable. It doesn't really feel like anything on the face and wears a little better (at least on me). I have an extra bottle of this since they messed up my order and they didn't ask me to send it back so I got a free backup! This foundation normally goes for $62 so I got it for $52.
If you've read part one in the past few days you'll have seen that I already updated that post and deleted the Urban Decay Optical Illusion Complexion Primer I had purchased with my 20% off coupon. I ended up returning that primer the day after that post went up because I found out it was the primer that was breaking me out, not the Tarte foundation. I normally was only wearing the primer on my nose but the day part one of my haul went up I had worn it all over my face and broke out something fierce. I put two and two together and figured out it was the primer since it was the only thing that had changed in my makeup that day (sensitive skin problems). I returned it and instead I got two travel size primers that I already know I like and work well on my skin, the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing and the Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer. I normally like to use two different primers for separate areas of my face to target individual concerns so this makes more sense for me anyways. I just wanted to update you on that incase anybody else was thinking about getting it.
So there you have it, my massive spring beauty haul is complete. I know it's crazy and over the top and is a lot of stuff but I would rather get all the products while I can get them at a discount over spacing it out across a longer period of time and paying full price. Hopefully I can keep myself in check and won't be spending any money on makeup or beauty products any time soon since I am very well stocked up now. If you have any questions about any of the products mentioned please feel free to ask away and I will answer as best I can. Thank you so much for visiting and have a lovely day!