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Monday, April 27, 2015

Sephora VIB Haul + Reviews

It's that magical time of year again! Sephora's semi-annual VIB sale has just wrapped up, and I'm sharing the goodies I have to show for it. Learn more in the video above, and check out close-ups and swatches in the pictures below!

Products Mentioned:

  • Kat Von D Lock-It Primer: Now that I need a base that can withstand the Texas heat, I've decided to start looking for the perfect primer! I fell in love with the light texture of this primer when I tried it in-store. I'm not a huge fan of super-smooth silicone-based primers - they make me feel like my foundation is going to slip right off. This is something closer to a serum that sinks evenly into skin, leaving it smooth, hydrated, and primed for foundation. So far, I've loved how it makes my makeup last! But only time, and the dead heat of summer, will really put this primer to the test.
  • Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer: This is a classic case of "YouTube made me buy it". I wasn't a fan of the Naked Skin Foundation, so I wasn't particularly eager to try the matching concealer once it launched. It wasn't until Jaclyn Hill raved about it in her March favorites, calling it a lightweight, but completely full coverage concealer, that I decided I needed to have it. Needless to say, it definitely lives up to its name. The coverage is complete, but the texture is light so there's no worry of finding it in your fine lines after a few hours of wear. 
  • NARS Dual Intensity Blush in Craving: I'm obsessed with the NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow formula, so this was a no-brainer. I was drawn to the duo in Craving because of the creamy highlight shade with a subtle pink iridescence - but the bronze shade has proven itself to be very versatile. Depending on your skin tone, this guy could either be used as a contour, bronzer, or even a bronzy blush - all of which I'm loving for summer. There's just one problem: now I want them all. 
  • Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Kit: With all the hype surrounding this palette, I couldn't resist. I'm happy to say, the shadows are just as fantastic as the others from her line! I was a little worried that this would turn out to be just another matte palette. But after comparing it to those in my collection, I found that it's one of the few that exclusively contains neutral browns. The only comparable palettes I have are the Naked Basics 1 and 2 - but Kat Von D's Palette has a much wider shade range, and serves up more contrast.
  • Ardency Inn MODSTER Manuka Honey Enriched Pigment in Heaven: I've been dying to try Ardency Inn products for the longest time, but rarely remember to purchase them during sales because I've never seen the products in-store. Finally, I remembered this time around, and have some beautiful products to show for it! The first of which is a pressed shadow that performs like a pigment. Heaven is a rich, cool metallic champagne that applies beautifully. 
  • Ardency Inn MODSTER Light-Catching Eye Powder in Teddy Boy: I'm a sucker for pigments, and Teddy Boy was calling my name! Described as a "lava red" with silver and turquoise reflects, this pigment becomes a vibrant brassy copper when worn over a base.
  • Ardency Inn MODSTER Smooth Ride Supercharged Eyeliner in Jade: Given the massive shade range the brand offers, it was hard to pick which liner I wanted to try. With the help of an Instagram follower, I was able to narrow down my selection to this gorgeous matte green. Smooth matte liners can be hard to come by, but this one definitely doesn't disappoint. I'm eager to work it into my Spring and Summer looks!
  • Ardency Inn MODSTER Long Play Lip Vinyl in Club Remix: This is one of the most unique lip formulas I've tried. It applies like a lip gloss, but has the opacity of a lipstick, and its texture is somewhere in between both. While not sticky, it has a high-shine finish that lasts for hours before leaving brightly stained lips behind. I decided to go bold with the shade Club Remix, a neon fuchsia. 
What did snag from Sephora's VIB Sale?

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