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November 9, 2018

What to buy from the Sephora VIB sale

Happy Friday loves! With less than two weeks to go until Thanksgiving (so crazy!) we're starting to see all the holiday sales kick off. One of my favorites is the Sephora VIB sale. It's the perfect chance to stock up on your favorites and/or pick up gifts for people on your list. I always wait for this sale to grab things that are a staple in my beauty routine, but I'm also using it as an opportunity to buy a few products I've been wanting to try. Below is a mix of the two, but it's essentially everything that's in my cart or already in my makeup bag! And if there's anything you recommend, I'd love to hear about it!

Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask -- There's been a lot of hype around this mask and after using it for about a month now I definitely see why! It's so hydrating and my skin feels amazing when I wake up after having used it the night before. Would also make a great gift!

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow -- I'm a huge fan of Laura Mercier's regular translucent setting powder (bottom right) but they just came out with this illuminating version and I'm obsessed. It gives you the prettiest glow! Depending on where I'm going, I sometimes mix the two for just a subtle all over highlight.

Tan-Luxe Illuminating Self Tan Drops -- I've been wanting to try this for a while and finally bought it since I had the discount. You mix a little with your moisturizer and it gives you a slight hint of color. I'll definitely report back!

Kate Somerville Retinol Vita C Power Serum -- I want to start incorporating retinol into my routine and came across this. It also has vitamin C, which I've been loving lately, so two birds with one stone!

Ole Henriksen C-Rush Brightening Gel Cream -- Like I said, I'm very into vitamin C at the moment. It's SO good for your skin! I got a sample of this moisturizer and loved it so much I bought the full size version. And it smells amazing.

Beauty Blender -- My all-time favorite!

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara -- This mascara is perfection. It lengthens, separates and curls all at the same time. I actually like layering it with my other favorite.

Kate Somerville ExfoliKate -- I keep this in my shower and use it when my skin is looking or feeling dull or just needs some extra TLC. I love the tingly feeling and my skin is so soft afterwards.

Anastasia Clear Brow Gel -- I love this for keeping my brows in place all day. And even though it's clear, I still feel like it fills them in a bit.

NARS Tinted Moisturizer -- My absolute favorite. It's lightweight but covers incredibly well and has SPF 30 in it.

IT Cosmetics Under Eye Concealer -- If you have dark circles, you need this concealer. It's thick but doesn't crease and stays on all day. You only have to use a tiny bit because it goes a long way, so one tube lasts forever. I warm it up on my fingers first and then dab it on.

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum -- I told you I was obsessed with vitamin C lol. I actually got this as a sample as well and am getting the full size version. It's made my skin tone so much more even!

BECCA Pressed Highlighter -- I love a good highlighter. This one is absolutely gorgeous and universally flattering. It comes in a mini size as well if you just want to give it a test run!

Buxom Full On Plumping Lip Cream -- I can count on one hand how many lip glosses I've ever actually finished in my life and this is one of them. I'm on my third tube! I love the plumping effect and the color is the perfect neutral.

Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder -- I mentioned this above. It's the best out of any setting powders I've tried! It doesn't crease and helps keep my makeup in tact all day...even after the gym!

July 12, 2018

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Early Access -- First round picks

If you're a regular reader of any blog basically ever ;) then I don't have to tell you that Early Access to Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale starts today. Instead, let's cut right to the good stuff, which is what caught my eye right away.

To be honest, when I first saw this year's catalog I wasn't all that impressed and hoped it wasn't going to be a let down. Fortunately, it wasn't! I even had a hard time editing my first round of picks because there are just so many pieces I wanted -- way more than in years past! My strategy is usually to add a ton to my cart on day one, narrow it down a bit, then place an order. This sale is all about snagging the pieces you think you might even be remotely interested in as soon as you can, because things sell out so fast. I honestly try not to go overboard, but I'd rather be able to return something that I'm not totally in love with than miss out entirely ;)

After the first order is placed (and my first post is up haha) and for the next week of Early Access, I usually end up adding a ton of other things to my cart. At this point the initial rush is over and I can take a little more time to decide on rounds two, three, four...etc. ;) It's usually pieces I missed the first time that I'll find when perusing or things that I completely glossed over. I also try to make a trip to the store, because things always look different in person!

My strategy is almost always to stick to the basics, which you can pretty much tell by my picks -- though I will snag a few trendy items. Things I'm most excited about from my first order include this varsity tee, these jeans (such a good deal!), this blazer and this fuzzy coat. All of which I can picture myself wearing non-stop.

There are also a few other favorites I either got last year or already own: these jeans that are back again and are one of my most-worn pairs, this dress that I have in a different print...it's sooo comfy, my favorite leggings, two new colors of this suede moto jacket, these sneakers (so obsessed with the gray) and this dainty necklace.

As soon as my first order arrives (here's hoping my next business day shipping actually went through with all the website problems this morning) I'll be doing a try-on post like last year since you guys seemed to like that the most! So stay tuned and happy shopping!

May 21, 2018

Farfetch sale wishlist

Summer unofficially kicks off with Memorial Day this coming weekend (which I guess I was channeling given the color scheme of my picks haha) and the sale game is already strong! One of my favorites is the massive one Farfetch is currently having. They have so many designer items for up to (and even over!) 50% off and I'm seriously having a hard time narrowing down what I want! This is a great opportunity to stock up on basics as well as fun, seasonal pieces at amazing prices. Or to splurge on something that almost never goes on sale (ahem, this Chloe bag).

I'm actually tempted to get this mini crossbody in white, since I already have it in black and it's one of my most-used bags. And I've heard really good things about these white jeans, which is perfect since I'm in the market for a new pair. I also live in/am addicted to buying workout gear and they have tons of pieces from Nike and Adidas (like this cute tee) that I want to snag. Especially since I've been meaning to filter out some of the old, ratty stuff I wear to the gym over and over haha!

You can shop the entire sale here. Just don't blame me when you can't narrow down everything in your cart and just decide to buy it all ;)

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