Sephora makeup

Sephora Haul: Laura Mercier, Benefit and Sephora Collection

Sephora Haul

For lunch today,I had a makeup pow-wow at Sephora and it was glorious.

I had to grab a couple much-needed essentials, but the other half of my purchases were completely impulsive– what can I say? I live on the financial edge (ever so slightly).

Here’s are the goods:

Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Bare Beige

Laura Mercier Lip Glace Bare Beige

Lip color of any kind is not usually in my daily regiment, but I decided it was time for me to transition out of my lazy-college-days routine and actually try to spruce my smile up every morning.

After a frustrating exchange with a snobby Sephora associate — I finally found the perfect nude lip color for my olive skin tone (all by my lonesome).

Benefit Sugarbomb Blush

Benefit Sugarbomb

Benefit Sugarbomb 2

I desperately wanted to get all kinds of crazy manic about NARS Orgasm blush, but it went completely sheer when I applied it– no matter how much I layered it on. Eventually, I caved and accepted the reality that me and the big-O just don’t mix.

Thankfully, a second (much friendlier) Sephora chick helped me find a better alternative: Benefit’s Sugarbomb blush. The end result mimics the typical look of Orgasm, which is fine by me.

Yippie skippy!

Sephora Waterproof Contour Eye Pencil in Love Affair

Sephora Contour Eye Pencil 12HR Wear Love Affair

(Photo: Sephora)

This eyeliner goes on super silky– at least the sample did. I haven’t opened mine yet, because I still want to savor the fuzzy feeling of my hasty purchase. The color is closest to plum, so it’s funky in a subtle way. I’m in my late 20’s– no room for crazy, neon-rainbow shenanigans!

Sephora Pro Eyelash/Eyebrow Brush

Sephora Pro Eyebrow Brush(Photo: Sephora)

Ok, so maybe I need a little neon in my life. I’ve been obsessed with colored mascara of late so I bought a tube of Maybelline’s Limited Edition Great Lash in Vision in Violet (more on this another time). Early morning, running late to work problem: my eyelashes looked like gross furry tarantula legs, and I couldn’t find my lash comb. Long story short, I used a 2″ boar hairbrush to separate the clumps.

It was a curious sight to say the least.

Anyway– in comes Sephora’s Pro Lash and Brow brush to save the day.

Good stuff, IMO. Having a $50 Sephora gift card– even better stuff.

Tarte for True Blood Palette

In honor of our favorite supernatural love triangle– or hexagon, depending on which team you’re rooting for– I thought I’d finally share a few notes on the Tarte for True Blood Palette.  Before going into my review, let’s go into the nitty-gritty of what this palette includes:

– 17 Eyeshadows

  • Taken from Sephora: The Light (shimmering warm ivory,) Fairy (shimmering pink,) Dusk (matte warm taupe,) Dawn (shimmering gold dust,) Werewolf (matte chocolate,) Waitress (sparkling pink champagne,) Nocturnal (sparkling deep indigo,) Charmer (sparkling burnt copper,) Glamour Me (sparkling deep plum,) Stake (matte steel,) Bayou (shimmering golden tan,) Telepath (sparkling warm rose,) The True Death (sparkling silver,) Immortal (sparkling midnight black,) Moss (shimmering forest green,) Legend (deep matte black,) “V” (sparkling crimson) 

– True Blood EmphasEYES Aqua-Gel Eyeliner in Black
– True Blood Lights, Camera, Lashes! Mascara in Black
– True Blood Lifted Natural Eye Primer

I’m far from an avid make-up wearer; in fact, I’d gladly go au natural for a no-fuss, extra-thirty-minutes-of-sleep morning.  This palette, however, quickly made me come around.  Here’s my standard daytime color combination (always start off with a primer base, ladies:)

– Dawn swept over the entire underbrow and lid
– Charmer blended onto the lid and heavy along) the crease
– The Light swept just under the eyebrow and blended into the inner eye as a highlight.

I always follow with black eyeliner and maybe mascara if I’m really looking to primp.  I’ve got a long way to go as far as experimentation goes, but the earth tones really set the bar pretty high.  So, what about the extras?  Good question.

True Blood Lifted Natural Eye Primer: This formula is relatively thick compared to Urban Decay’s Primer Potion, which makes it a bit more difficult to spread over the lid.  The coloration is a standard nude, which is a shade (or two) lighter than my natural skin color.  Once applied, it creates an added highlighting effect.  Firmitol is incorporated into this primer, which is supposed to decrease the appearance of wrinkles.  I did not notice a significant difference.  Overall, I’m sticking to Urban Decay’s Primer Potion for its more fluid consistency.

True Blood EmphasEYES Aqua-Gel Eyeliner in Black:  I absolutely HATE this product.  At first application, the liner literally crumbled on my lids, creating a look worthy of having been applied in middle of an earthquake.  I’m used to cream-based eyeliner that goes on smoothly, without tugging.  When applying this, it feels like liquid eyeliner, and sets rather quickly.  I simply could not figure out how to use it correctly, and out of sheer frustration I decided to finally look up user comments on the Sephora website.  To use it successfully, you need to ensure that only a half-millimeter is poking out.  This is a major design and formula drawback that obviously did not get addressed at the lab. Its only decent attribute is that it is highly pigmented; unfortunately, this is just not good enough in my book.  Too soft.  Vamps don’t do soft.  What self-respecting vamp would?!  (Twilight references may apply.)

True Blood Lights, Camera, Lashes! Mascara in Black: Usually, I cannot tell the difference between mascaras; they’re all the same to me.  Longer this, volume that, de-clumping magic, every cosmetics company claims to have created the next great chemical concoction.  It’s a tad too tedious for my taste, but I will say that my biggest gripe is flaked mascara on my face at the end of the day .  Tarte’s mascara has an even, and smooth consistency that stays impressively smooth even when dry.  I don’t encounter gross, dry flakes on my cheeks, so that alone merits my recommendation.

Wearing True Blood Lifted Natural Eye Primer, Dawn, “V”, The Light, Dusk , and True Blood EmphasEYES Aqua-Gel Eyeliner in the photos above.

I know that was all a mouth-full up there, but despite the drawbacks of the miniature eye extras, the color palette itself is worth the $52.  Your inner vamp, werewolf, fairy, shifter (or any other non-human variant you associate with) will adore you for it.