GIVEAWAY TIME…ALMOST!

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I always told myself that if my blog ever took off in any capacity, I would incorporate giveaways here on SouthernLights. I am happy to report that as I sit here and type this out, I am inching toward 100 lovely followers; and I plan to keep my word and do a giveaway as soon as I reach that milestone! I can’t believe that I’ve only been (consistently) blogging for 3(ish) months and that I’ve been able to make so many great connections. I absolutely love interacting with all of you and hope you stick around for the long haul! With that being said, if any of you are interested in some skincare, makeup and Kate Spade goodies, then stick around and be on the lookout for my official giveaway post! Thank you again for all of your love and support here on Southern Lights, it doesn’t go unnoticed!! You guys really are the best!

-B

MY SKINCARE ROUTINE

My Skincare Routine

Fun fact about me: I’m obsessed with skincare…like I can’t get enough. Despite absolutely loving the vast makeup selections at ULTA and Sephora, I prefer a bare face (when I can get away with it) 99% of the time. Before I get started sharing some of my go-to items with you all, I will tell you a little bit about my skin type. I have the true definition of combination skin; I get oily (not insanely oily) in t-zone and have alligator skin on the outer perimeter of my face, my cheeks and the sides of my mouth (ugh, the struggle). I have insanely sensitive skin and usually only break out around that time of the month (typically near the chin/mouth (ish) area). Yay for Mother Nature and hormonal acne! So now that you know my skin-type, let’s jump right in to my skincare must-haves!

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* Josie Maran Argan Oil ($48): I use this every morning and mix the tiniest amount in with my moisturizer before priming my face for makeup. I find that it helps add that extra boost of hydration that my skin needs so that I won’t have any dry patches when I go in with my foundation. I also use this if my skin is feeling extra dry after using some of my anti-acne products…it works wonders on redness and irritation, if you haven’t, you should try it out. P.S. I don’t think it’s necessary to get the Josie Maran brand, I just got mine in a kit and haven’t used it all up yet!

* Peter Thomas Roth Therapeutic Sulfur Masque ($47): I. LOVE. THIS. STUFF. This is one of my MUST-HAVE anti-acne products. I use this mask about once a week (2-3 times if my face is having a moment) and leave it on for 5-7 minutes. The instructions say that you can leave it on for up to 10 minutes and even use it as an overnight spot treatment; if I didn’t have sensitive skin you better believe I would try using it in this way, but alas, I will just stick to using it as my 5-7 minute miracle mask!

* Dermalogica Clearning Skin Wash ($37-58): I tried this face wash in the Medibac kit from the Dermalogica skincare line when my face was having a true meltdown. I like it, I don’t know if I’ll repurchase it in the full size, but it’s a good face wash none-the-less. It doesn’t dry my face out and it provides a nice deep clean!! For reference, I also use the Purity Facial Cleanser by Philosophy and really love that one!

* Simple Replenishing Rich Moisturizer ($9.99): I use this as my daily moisturizer and have noticed a huge difference in the amount of dry patches I have on my skin. If you have oily skin this might be a tad too heavy for your liking (although they do have a light weight moisturizer in this line that you could try), but for those of you who have normal to drier skin types, you might really like this! It’s gentle on my skin and provides a generous amount of hydration without feeling greasy!

* Fresh Rose Face Mask ($25-62): If my face is ever feeling irritated or overly dry from any of my anti-acne products (or the universe in general), I will throw this mask on my face and let it sit for about 10 minutes (sometimes more). I’m typically not the biggest fan of rose scented things, but this doesn’t really bother me once it’s on my face. It provides a soothing sensation while hydrating and calming my skin. It’s a little pricey, but I absolutely swear by it!

* Dermalogica Ultracalming Cleanser ($59): I go back and fourth between my regular cleanser (Dermalogica Clearning Cleanser or Purity) and this cleanser! I use this 2-3 times a week to help combat sensitivity and redness and I really like it!

* Dermalogica Ultracalming Mist ($37): I. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. THIS. STUFF. I got this as part of the Ultracalming kit from Dermalogica and I will definitely buy the full size once I run out. It’s so soothing and helps relieve my skin when it’s irritated and splotchy. I spray this before my moisturizer on excessively dry-skin days and think it would be PERFECT to take on a plane to ensure that your skin stays hydrated and balanced!

* Renee Rouleau Anti-Cyst Treatment ($45.50): HOLY GRAIL product. I had been on the fence about trying this because it’s a little on the pricier side and I hadn’t heard many reviews on the product/brand. But after my last skin meltdown I decided to take the plunge and try it anyways…and boy am I glad that I did. Any time I get one of those painful, under the skin blemishes, I put this on at night and by the next morning the redness and size of the cyst has decreased substantially and most of the pain is gone! It’s slightly drying (like any anti-acne product) but nothing a good moisturizer can’t cure! If you struggle with hormonal acne or cystic acne, this may be worth trying!

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* Clarisonic Mia 2 – (Sensitive Brush Head) ($169): I try and use this every time I wash my face; though I’ll be honest, it doesn’t ALWAYS happen. It gives a nice deep clean and helps my skin to be much more radiant and youthful in it’s appearance.

* First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy AM Gel Cream ($36): I am currently on the hunt for a nighttime eye cream (or an all in one) but for now I am using the FAB AM Gel Cream and I really like it. It works great under makeup and has a soothing sensation when you put it on! It calms the area around my eyes and makes the skin look more radiant and youthful. I’m not sure I would say it’s holy grail status, but I definitely enjoy it!

* It Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream ($48): I typically use this as part of my nighttime skincare routine as it’s a little thicker and more rich than what I’m used to for day time. However, in the winter months this may be a great option for all day use as my skin tends to be drier and more irritated! It’s a little pricey but a little goes a long way!

What are some of your holy grail skincare products? I’d love to know! Have any of you tried an eye cream that you absolutely love and can’t live without? Let me know!

-B

SICK-DAY ESSENTIALS

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Hi guys (and gals), long time no talk! I’m sorry I haven’t posted anything over the last few days but my dreaded allergies have FINALLY caught up with me and I have been battling a gnarly sinus infection. I’m not quite 100% but I am feeling a little better and I thought I would pop on here and share some of my must-have essentials when I am feeling crummy and under the weather. And as always, I will link everything I mention down below!

  1. Kari Gran Lip Buff ($16): I don’t know about y’all but when I’m sick, my lips are INCREDIBLY dry…like alligator skin dry. I used to use the Tarte Lip Scrub in the pot (and I loved it) but this Kari Gran Lip Buff is soooooo much better. The sugar granules are larger and really help to get the dead skin off of your lips, while the oils in the scrub leave your lips feeling soft and moisturized!
  2. Rosebud Salve Lip Balm ($6): I know, I know…I’ve talked about this lip balm 434645255 times on my blog; but y’all honestly, it’s the best! It’s inexpensive and does a WONDERFUL job moisturizing your lips. It’s the perfect compliment to the lip scrub I mentioned above and bonus: you can use it on your cuticles, elbows, knees AND for all you moms out there, I hear it works wonders for diaper rash too!
  3. Johnson’s Soothing Vapor Bath ($4.99): I know this is marketed for all the beautiful babies in the world, but they are just gonna have to share. When I’m feeling stuffed up and under the weather I love to draw a nice, hot bath and add a generous amount of this to my bath water. I feel like it helps me to relax and helps to open up and clear out my sinuses.
  4. Fresh Rose Face Mask ($25-62): Sticking with the alligator skin theme, I love using a hydrating face mask when I’m feeling under the weather. Oftentimes my skin will look dry, flakey and dull when I’m sick and I just think this is a nice step to combat some of those issues. It’s gentle on the skin does a good job of making me feel refreshed and awake!
  5. Urban Decay Naked Skin One & Done Complexion Perfector ($34): For those days when I’m feeling crummy but still have to go to work and look semi-presentable, I slap this stuff on my face. It has light coverage and evens out my skin tone like a dream! With a little concealer (which I’ll get to next) and some mascara, I can look like a real functioning human! It’s a miracle!
  6. Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer ($28) & Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid ($28): I’ll be honest, I don’t use the Urban Decay concealers on a day-to-day basis (they are a bit pricey for my liking), but when I’m sick that’s typically what I reach for. I use the color correcting fluid in both the peach and the green shades and then go in with a little bit of the Naked Skin concealer in Light Fair. I think it pairs nicely with the Urban Decay One & Done perfection corrector and does a nice job covering any under eye circles or redness that I may have…and let’s be honest, there is A LOT of that happening on my face when I’m sick (and even when I’m not)!
  7. Kleenex Facial Tissues with Lotion ($5.49): These. Things. Are. Amazing! These are some of the best tissues I have ever used! I know that sounds dramatic, but there is nothing worse than having a cold and having to blow your nose so many times that you rub it completely raw (#amirite). I can honestly say that when I use these my nose never gets raw; red: yes, raw: no!
  8. Muxinex Sinus Max ($20): This stuff saves me EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. I have used a variety of products within the Mucinex line and have never been let down. I will say that I go through these bottles pretty quickly, as they aren’t as big as the Dayquil/Nyquil bottles; but I think it works the best so I spend the extra few dollars and buy it more than once if I have to (…like this last time).
  9. Yogi Chamomile Tea ($6.48): No sick-day essential list is complete without hot tea. I’ll be honest, I’m not a HUGE tea drinker, but I do keep chamomile tea in the cabinets for occasions like this! I add lemon and honey (probably way too much honey) and it really helps coat and soothe my throat! My co-worker Ameera also turned me on to hot water with lemon and honey…it does the exact same thing, so if you don’t have any tea on hand, just get you a nice cup of hot water and drown it with lemon and honey and you’ll be good to go!
  10. SOUP!!!! I usually go for the good ol’ classic chicken noodle, but just about anything (as long as it’ not spicy) will do!

So those are just a few things that get me through the days when my allergies strike and my sinuses go bananas. What are some of your sick-day essentials, anything I should try?!

-B

APRIL FAVORITES!

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Holy cow, it’s already MAY!! Can you believe that?!?! I know I have done a number of “favorites” posts lately and I promise I’ll do less of those in the coming days, but I still wanted to pop on here and share some products that I have been loving in the month of April!

MAKEUP

* Tarte Double Duty Beauty Contour & Highlight Palette ($30): This palette is just the best! The contour shade is perfect for lighter skin tones and the highlighter is absolutely stunning! Bonus: it smells like milk chocolate!!! I know I’ve mentioned this product on the blog before but since I’ve been using it non-stop the last month, I just HAD to include it! If you have a lighter skin tone and are in the market for a contour powder that isn’t too dark or too light, this might really work for you!

* Bare Minerals Gen Nude Radiant Lipstick – Queen & Mantra ($20): I’ll admit, I’m not a HUGE lipstick person. I often find them to be annoying and too much work. I feel like they never look good on my skin-tone, or they’re too drying, or they fade weird and make me look like a crazy person at work…(not a good look), but I absolutely LOVE these! They are creamy & hydrating and have a nude shade that would suit a variety of different skin tones. They are relatively long wearing and perfect for everyday!

* Too Faced Born This Way Foundation – Vanilla ($39): When I’m looking for a more full-coverage makeup look, this is the foundation that I reach for. I find that I can get full coverage without looking too cakey. It doesn’t break me out or irritate my skin and looks great in pictures!

SKINCARE

* Rosebud Salve ($6): This stuff is AMAZING. I absolutely LOVE it. I have terribly dry lips (mostly in the winter months) and this salve has saved me on more than one occasion. I use it on everything from dry lips to dry elbows, it’s something I literally can’t live without.

* Tarte Drink of H2O Hydrating Moisturizer ($39): If you have dry skin, please try this out. I typically use this after applying my PTR Therapeutic Sulfur Masque (linked below). Sometimes that mask can irritate my skin (if I leave it on too long) and leave it feeling much drier than I would like. Tarte’s lightweight gel moisturizer has a fresh, citrusy scent that helps calm my skin and allows me to maintain the proper amount of moisture!

* Peter Thomas Roth Therapeutic Sulfur Masque ($47): I have been using this mask for over 3 years now and I absolutely love it. I have sensitive skin so I don’t leave it on as long as most and I typically don’t use it as an overnight spot treatment (even though you totally could!) but I love it all the same. I generally try and incorporate this into my skincare routine 1-2 times a week depending on how angry my face is at the time. It has really helped with my hormonal breakouts and I wouldn’t be caught dead without it. I will say, If you have sensitive skin I would recommend leaving it on for no more than 5-7 minutes to see how your skin responds and then go from there! Make sure you go in with a nice, gentle moisturizer after to ensure your skin is soothed and hydrated. After all, it is an acne product and can be a little drying if you’re not careful!

* Philosophy Purity Facial Cleanser ($24-44): This was recommended to me after having an allergic reaction to my previous face wash. The consultant at ULTA told me this was gentle and good for all skin types so I decided to give it a try. I find that it does a nice job of really cleansing my face and getting rid of all the dirt, oil and makeup from the day. It’s gentle enough to not irritate my eyes and hasn’t caused any skin irritation (YAY!!!); so if you are looking for a new face wash, I think you might like this one!

FASHION

* Converse Chuck Taylor “Shoreline” Sneakers ($49.95): David bought these for me a couple of years ago and I am obsessed! I love, love, love them and actually find them to be quite comfortable. They are fitted and have hidden elastic around the tongue area to keep them snug on the foot. I find that they are true to size and really create a nice look with jeans, shorts, dresses, etc.!

* Old Navy Luxe Curved -Hem Tank ($15-17): I adore these tank tops! I wear them to work with a blazer or a cardigan and it is the epitome of comfort, let me tell ya! They are pretty inexpensive and are constantly on sale! I will say, hanging them to dry is the best bet; they will definitely shrink a bit if you put them in the dryer! I have them in multiple colors and think they are a must for any wardrobe/closet!

* Adidas Women’s Superlite Climate Socks – 6 Pack ($19.99): I absolutely HATE when you can see my socks peeking out of my sneakers, it’s a true pet-peeve for me. With that being said, I have to have socks, especially when I’m working out, so I’m constantly on the hunt for a good no-show option. I have really enjoyed the Adidas Superlite socks; they stay up when I’m working out and you can’t see them peeking out of my shoes. They might not be the best of the best, but for now, they are just fine!

* Hollywood Fashion Secrets Silicone Coverups – Light ($12.99): With summertime right around the corner, it’s time for those backless dresses and low-cut shirts (not that I really wear either, but you catch my drift). Bras are a pain (#amirite) and they can ruin an outfit in 2 seconds flat. Of course going braless (with no coverage at all) isn’t really my thing, so I typically reach for these silicone coverups in times where I need a little less than a bra and slightly more than just mother nature. They are reusable and do a good job of staying put, so if you have a dress/top that just doesn’t work with your bra, try these out!

* Coach Cassidy Buckle Sandals – Platinum ($79): I love these sandals. They are cute, comfortable and perfect for summer!

* OPI Fiji Nail Lacquer Collection – Getting Nadi On My Honeymoon ($10): What a great pink shade for the summer! I have been wearing this on my toes and just can’t get enough.

What have you guys been loving this month? Anything I should try out?! Let me know below!

-B

THURSDAY THOUGHTS!

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Happy Friday Eve friends! We’ve almost made it to the weekend; just one more day, we can do it! I don’t know what the weather is like in other parts of the world but It’s a gloomy day here in Georgia; lots of clouds and lots of rain. I thought I’d jump on here and share my thoughts about a few products (and a TV show) that I have been testing out for few weeks!

* L’Oréal Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Sponge ($7.99):  I really, really love this sponge! It’s soft, blends foundation & concealer seamlessly, and doesn’t soak up too much product! I have read some reviews that complain of tears in the sponge after 1-3 washes, but so far I haven’t had that experience. Either way, for the $7.99 price point, I certainly think this is worth a try!

* Mario Badescu Anti Acne Serum ($20): I have been using this product for a week or so now and I absolutely LOVE it! It’s gentle, soothing, and doesn’t dry out my skin AT ALL (which is a miracle)! This serum claims to not irritate already erupted skin…and guess what…THAT CLAIM IS TRUE!!! Besides not drying out or irritating my skin, it really has helped to calm everything down and eliminate blemishes and the redness associated with them. It’s truly the most gentle acne product I have ever used and I definitely think it’s worth the money. I will absolutely, without a doubt repurchase this once I run out!

* Benefit Cosmetics – It’s Potent! Eye Cream ($34): Unfortunately this product just didn’t work for me. It dried out and burned my under eyes, and caused a pretty little rash that lasted for a couple of days. To be fair, I have incredibly sensitive skin and think that those of you who don’t would probably really enjoy this product. I had my boyfriend test it out and he really liked it. He said it was soothing and he didn’t have any trouble with it irritating his skin…it’s not Benefit, it’s me (shocker).

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* 21 Day Fix: I mentioned a few posts back that I had recently cancelled my Sweat With Kayla membership and started using BeachBody on Demand. I’m currently in my second week of the 21 Day Fix and I love it. If you’re thinking of trying out this workout program, just know that the Total Body Cardio Fix is the WORST. I literally felt like I was having a heart attack….don’t worry, I survived. So if you’re on this journey with me and you get discouraged after day 1 (regardless of the program you’re doing); just stick with it, it will get easier, I promise! And of course I will keep you posted as I progress further through the program!

* One Tree Hill: David and I just finished season 1 and the only feeling that I have surrounding the show is frustration. The first half of the season was great while the second half made me want to rip my hair out. Let me be clear, I don’t dislike the show, I’m just someone who needs at least ONE person/couple to be functioning at a semi-high level so that I don’t end up hating every single character. I don’t know if you feel the same, but it’s hard for me to root for characters that are ALL messing up at the same time. In any case, I will take a couple of days off and jump back in after I have time to deal with my feelings! I mean honestly, how did Nathan & Haley get married after the basketball game? Who signed off on this? I need answers. Ugh. Lol.

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While I have you all here I just want to say Thank You and that I appreciate all of the love and support you guys have shown me here on the blog! I love interacting with all of you and hope to connect even more in the near future! I hope all of you are having a wonderful Friday Eve and have a lovely weekend planned wherever you are!

-B

MINI DRUGSTORE HAUL!

Good morning friends! I had to make a (sometimes) dreaded trip to Wal-Mart this weekend for groceries but found myself in the beauty department to help ease the pain and thought I would share a little mini haul with you guys!

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* Dr. Teal’s Foaming Bath – Coconut Oil ($4.87): I’m a sucker for a nice bath (especially after working out) and I absolutely love the Dr. Teal’s line. It makes for a luxurious soak while also helping my sore muscles. It’s win win!

* Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish – Smartease ($9.99): I have been on the hunt for a good pink nail polish for the upcoming spring and summer months and decided to give the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Smartease a try. I like the brush that comes with these polishes and while it doesn’t stay on my nails SUPER long, I still enjoy the color payoff and continue to buy them anyway!

* Maybelline Lasting Drama Waterproof Gel Pencil – Glazed Toffee ($7.99): I have been on the hunt for a good brown eyeliner for months and have been unable to find one that I like. All of the ones I have tried have been too difficult to work with and they NEVER stay on my waterline. I decided to give this one a try; fingers crossed I have better luck…I’ll keep you posted!

* Maybelline Lipstudio Color Jolt – Stripped Down ($9.99): I absolutely LOVE this lip product; it’s a divine mauvey-pinky nude and the color payoff is simply amazing. I think this shade suits and flatters my skin tone nicely, and while it’s not the most long-wearing lip product on the market, it’s insanely comfortable on the lips; and for me, that’s the most important thing!

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* L’oreal Infalliable Foundation Blender ($7.99): I’ve had a lot of people reach out to me and ask my thoughts on the L’oreal foundation sponge so I thought I would pick it up and give it a try. I have used the Beautyblender as well as the Real Techniques sponge and love them both so I am interested to see how this compares! As soon as I break it out and give it a go, I will let you know my thoughts! Stay tuned!

* Simple Replenishing Rich Moisture Lotion ($9.99): This is one of my all-time favorite facial moisturizers. It’s gentle and doesn’t break me out…which for me, is a miracle! I find that it gives me ample moisture without leaving me looking like a greaseball. I will say, If you have oily skin, this might make you a little too dewy, but if you have normal to dry skin, I think this would work nicely for you!

* Maybelline Fit Me Concealer – Fair ($6.99): This is my everyday concealer; It’s affordable and does a good job of hiding those pesky under eye circles. It’s not extremely thick so it never leaves me feeling cakey. With that being said, it’s not the most full-coverage concealer I’ve ever used, so if you’re looking for a legitimate full coverage product, I would recommend Tarte’s Shape Tape Concealer; it’s not drugstore, but it’s worth the splurge for sure!

Have you guys purchased any new or holy-grail products recently, I’d love to know!

-B

MY SEPHORA WISHLIST!

In the spirt of Sephora’s VIB/VIB Rouge Sale that’s going on until April 24th, I thought I would share some of the things that are on my wishlist!

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* Benefit Cosmetics Cheek Parade ($58): I’m all for a palette that includes multiple products, and this certainly appears to fit the criteria. It includes their famous Hoola Bronzer and Dandelion Blush and looks perfect for the upcoming summer months!

* Diorskin Nude BB Crème ($45): In the summer I enjoy wearing tinted moisturizers and BB/CC Creams more than a full foundation. I’ve heard great reviews about this product and thought now would be a good time to give it a try!

* Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder ($23-38): I’m probably the ONLY person in the world that hasn’t tried this powder. I typically use pressed powder as I tend to get loose powders everywhere…and I mean EVERYWHERE. I’m always knocking them off of my vanity and the sight of that beautiful expensive powder all over my floor infuriates me to no end. However, I think it’s time for me to give this “holy grail” product a try!

* Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer ($19-75): I received a sample of this primer in a recent Sephora order and I LOVED it. It was so smooth and luxurious and now I feel like I NEED to give it a try!

* Cane + Austin Prime & Protect Mattifying Primer ($56): With the summer months right around the corner, I am in the market for a more mattifying primer. I tend to get really oily in the t-zone (especially in the summer) and have (what I consider) alligator-like skin around the perimeter of my face (neat). I have heard that this does a good job of keeping the oil under control so I thought I might give it a try!

* Huda Beauty Rose Gold Eyeshadow Palette ($65): Ugh, this palette is STILL sold out. Every time I go on Sephora to peruse, it’s NEVER in stock…oh well. I get it. Look at those colors. The shimmer shades are S-T-U-N-N-I-N-G, I just can’t resist.

* Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain ($14): I’ve seen a few YouTubers review these cream lip stains and they look beautiful on the lips. I think shades #13 (Marvelous Mauve) & 41 (Vintage Rosewood) will be the first 2 that I try out!

SKINCARE

* Rosebud Perfume Co. Tropical Ambrosia Lip Balm ($7): I have the Rosebud Salve in the pot and I absolutely love it, so I figured why not give the Tropical Ambrosia lip balm a try. I mean come on, who wouldn’t want their lips to smell like mangos and coconuts?!?! I know I sure would!

* Fresh Rose Face Mask ($25-62): I received this as my birthday gift from Sephora last year and let me just say, I L-O-V-E it. I have extremely sensitive skin and oftentimes have trouble finding face masks that work for me. This does a great job of hydrating and soothing angry, irritated skin and I would HIGHLY recommend this product to just about everyone!

* Josie Maran Whipped Mud Mask – Hydrating & Detoxifying Treatment ($48): I love the Josie Maran line and use the Argan Oil when my face needs a little extra hydration so I thought this mask might be a winner! As I mentioned above, I have trouble finding face masks that don’t irritate my skin but this is said to be gentle and nourishing, I guess we’ll see.

FRAGRANCE

* Chanel Coco Mademoiselle ($72-124): This is my all-time favorite scent. It is  truly DIVINE. I’ve gotten this every year on my birthday for the past 3 years (thanks to Ameera and my mama!) and it’s about that time yet again. I can’t really explain it, it’s sexy, luxurious, and sweet (but not too sweet) and I urge you to go smell it if you haven’t! Swoon.

* Yves Saint Laurent Mon Paris ($29-122): I purchased this for my mom for Christmas and I have since fallen in love with it! It’s a modern floral (but not too floral) scent that is laced with creamy white musk and patchouli. I’m hoping to add this gem to my collection ASAP!

So those are all of the products I’ve been eyeing for the last few months; I will probably bite the bullet and pick up a few of them while the VIB/VIB Rouge sale is still going on. What’s on your Sephora wishlist? Have you tried any of the products mentioned above? Did you love them? Hate them? I’d love to know!

-B

MINI ULTA HAUL!

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Good morning friends, I picked up a few things from ULTA the other day and I thought I’d share a little mini haul with you guys! My skin has been misbehaving, I realized I was running low on my favorite (mineral) concealer, and I had a 20% off (for my full order) coupon so I thought this would be a good time to peruse their website! And as always, I will try and link everything that I purchased below!

* bareMinerals Concealer ($20): I picked up my concealer in their lightest shade, Bisque. I really only use this a spot concealer for blemishes or random red marks (am I the only one that gets those??) and I find that it covers nicely! It never looks cakey on my skin and stays put all day! I will say, if you have a lighter skin tone than I do, the lightest shade will probably be a tad too dark for you (at least in the winter months).

* Mario Badescu Drying Lotion ($17): I have actually never tried the Mario Badescu drying lotion but have tried similar products from different brands. As I mentioned above, my skin has been slightly more angry with me than usual so I thought I would pick this up and give it try. I have heard really great things about it and will keep you posted on my thoughts!

* Mario Badescu Anti Acne Serum ($20): Like the drying lotion above, I have never tried the Anti Acne Serum from this line either. I have used other Mario Badescu products and had zero complaints (for the most part) so I thought I’d give this a chance. It claims to prevent acne eruptions (Ewww, I hate that word) before they start. You are supposed to apply a thin layer over the acne-prone areas of your skin every night. It also states that it will not irritate erupted or sensitive skin (this really drew me in). I have insanely sensitive skin (honestly, it’s ridiculous), so anything that is marketed for my skin type is going in my basket! I have only used this once and I can say that it definitely didn’t dry out or irritate my skin in any way; it was actually very soothing (at least for me)! I’ll keep you posted on my thoughts as I continue to use it more!

* Clinique Happy Gelato Cream ($35): I received this as a Christmas gift and I absolutely fell in LOVE! The Berry Blush scent is by far my favorite and I love applying it after I get out of the shower! It absorbs quickly, smells amazing and leaves me feeling all types of luxurious. This is my second tub and I will definitely continue to repurchase this item! If you like Clinique Happy and live near an ULTA, I urge you to go and smell these guys, you won’t be disappointed!

* Too Faced Primed & Poreless Pressed Powder ($30): I have talked about this powder on my blog before and I must say, I still love it. I go back and forth between this and the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Powder ($29). I think it does a good job of controlling my oily T-Zone while not drying out the (already dry) alligator skin I have on the outer perimeter (and cheeks) of my face. It doesn’t look cakey and it does a good job of blurring those pesky pores. I know finishing powders are different for everyone and what might work for me might be a nightmare for someone else. However, if you’re in the market and haven’t given this a try, maybe you can go to an ULTA store and see if it’s worth a shot!

Have you guys tried anything new lately? Makeup? Skincare? Nail Polish? Let me know below if there’s anything that I absolutely HAVE to try!

-B