Urban Decay Mini Haul

I’m currently in the midst of a no-buy for this month, and I’ve been doing a-OK (I do, however, have a list going of things I’d like to get once it’s done). I wanted to share a few items from Urban Decay that I made sure to order before the end of January.

L-R: NAKED Nail Color in Instinct, Vice Liquid Lipstick in Amulet, Vice Liquid Lipstick in Trivial

NAKED Nail Color in Instinct – I was happy to see the nail color I wasn’t able to get in a previous order back in stock. The shade is described as a medium pink taupe with a hint of pearl. Very pretty.

Vice Liquid Lipsticks in Amulet and Trivial – I didn’t go too crazy when these released since the shade selection wasn’t as wide as its regular lipstick predecessors. But I will say that these have awesome staying power and comfortable wear. Yes, I do have Amulet in both tube and liquid forms because I love this brick rose shade so darn much. You can’t blame me once you see the swatch! Trivial is a pink nude, and much pinker than I had expected. I unfortunately experienced the dreaded “look at all my lip lines” result with this one since it’s a lighter shade. If you’re reading this post have a good rec on a lip primer/filler that can lessen this issue, I’d really appreciate it! I tried using it again over UD’s Ultimate Ozone pencil, and it looked only slightly better.



Moondust  Eyeshadow in Extragalactic  – This was thrown into my order as a bonus item. Described as black with red sparkle, it’s a beaut to look at. As for wearing it, I’m not sure if I’d be able to pull this off. Maybe I’ll try it blended into my lower lid. I giggled to myself when I saw the shade name because it made me immediately think of Intergalactic by the Beastie Boys.


Check out the swatches:


Have you tried any of these products out? If so, let me know what you think of them.

Birthday Beauty Bonuses and Hauls

I’m in the process of prepping to do a beauty no-buy for the month of February. Since this is my birthday month, I’ve done a little gathering here and there of a few products before that starts. I see myself being OK with the makeup part since I use it sparingly, so the real challenge will focus more on what I use often. Here’s what I obtained during the birthday week.



I’m always excited to see what Sephora has to offer for their birthday freebies. This time around, Beauty Insiders have their choice between a mini set from Caudalie or tarte. My skin care routine is pretty much set, so I opted for the tarte duo. It contains a 1ml Creamy Matte Lip Paint in Birthday Suit and a 1.5g Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Paaarty. Loved how both of the shades looked, although the lip paint is appears darker when applied compared to how it looks in the tube. I think this is the best freebie I’ve gotten from Sephora to date.


In past years, I would just head to the nearest store location to redeem for the gift, but I added the set to an order I placed online. This crossed a few more things off of my loves list. Luckily the other products I still have on there aren’t limited edition, so I can hold off on purchasing them for another time (e.g. after my no-buy month). Here’s what I got:

Escada Agua Del Sol rollerball – Is it just me, or do most of Escada’s fragrances smell similar? I had a slight obsession with them in past years, but tapered off due to that fact. I did purchase this one because it was limited edition and only available online. Notes for this one are mandarin, apricot nectar, and sandalwood. They also have another limited edition fragrance at Ulta in celebration of their 25th anniversary. Will I cop it? All signs point to…probably.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer (0.33oz) – I agree with a fellow blogger that a little of this goes a long way, so buying their full size would not do justice for me, especially since I don’t reach for it often. Plus the miniature size is easy to toss in my makeup bag when I travel. I consider it one of my HG primers.

Lavanilla The Healthy Deodorant in Vanilla Grapefruit – I’ve been using a more natural deodorant towards the end of last year and have been loving it. I liked the scent of this when I checked it out in store, so I bought it to alternate with what I already have. Hopefully it’ll also do a good job with reducing odor.

Smashbox Cover Shot Eye Palette in Softlight – Upon first viewing the Cover Shot palettes online, I wasn’t sure whether I’d actually invest in one. But I found them to be the perfect size for travel when I saw them in person. I picked the one that’s probably the least popular in terms of shade selection and wear. I’ll have to see for myself after trying out a look or two with it. Thankfully Sephora has a great return policy if it happens to not be worth the investment.

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in TMI – This was the last to be checked off of my Vice lipstick wish list. The shade is a sheer mauve-pink.



The birthday swag from Ulta is either hit or miss. I still have a shadow palette that I got from them probably over 2 years ago that’s still unopened. *shrugs* However, I did hop on this year’s giveaway since 1) it’s from Benefit and 2) it’s their Porefessional primer, which I’ve been curious about. I also added a blending sponge since I plan to dispose of my somewhat neglected Real Techniques one soon, and also grabbed one of the new NYX Lip Lingerie lip colors in French Maid since they’ve added 12 new shades to the current lineup.


I also placed an order for Urban Decay’s Vice liquid lipsticks that released last week. Will get a post up on those once I have them. If you have any of the products featured here, let me know your thoughts on them.

Small Hauls: NARS, Dose of Colors, and Nordstrom

I’ve racked up quite a bit of lip product before the year’s end. I apologize if the shades in the swatches look identical. If you’ve not already known yet, 1) I am a sucker for neutrals, and 2) Majority of the time when I’m looking at lip product shades, I tend to gravitate towards these colors. And yes, I probably have a grip of dupes. Here’s what I’ve purchased within the past month.



As a result of constant testing during my visits to Sephora, I finally decided it was time to get their Radiant Creamy Concealer. Macadamia and Ginger were the closest matches, but the latter “disappeared” into my skin after blending. I also tried out their Velvet Lip Glide in Bound (rose pink) and loved the shade. The finish is semi-matte, which was comfortable.



Dose of Colors

I had an eye on this brand for a while after following them on social media. One of their best selling items is their Liquid-Matte Lipstick in the shade Stone. It’s sold out on several occasions, so I made sure to jump on it once it was back in stock. I also wanted to check out their Classic Lipstick, so I chose the shade Ditto (muted mauve taupe). The lipstick has a creamy satin finish. I wore it during Christmas and it lasted a good couple of hours, even after eating and drinking.



This was part of my Black Friday haul. Jouer was a brand that I wasn’t able to check out during Gen Beauty in November. One beauty influencer I follow on social media swatched their Long-Wear Lip Creme in Tawny Rose and I knew I’d have to get it. The Charlotte Tilbury lipstick in Very Victoria (rosy brown nude with matte finish) was bookmarked on another site since it was sold out. Luckily I found it elsewhere. So far I’ve only worn the lip creme. It turned out a little lighter than the swatch. The wear time was average (3-4 hours) and didn’t dry out my lips.


Have you tried any of these products or have them on your wish list? I feel like I’ve made a good investment in these, and with the exception of the concealer, they’ll probably last me a while. Time to throw them into my heavily rotating collection!

Urban Decay Haul

UD has been on my list of favorite cosmetic brands since I tried out their Naked 2 palette. This has by far been the most I’ve purchased from them at one time. Let’s check out the goods!

A long standing item on my wish list, the Naked Ultimate Basics palette consists of 12 matte neutral shades. As a self-proclaimed neutral freak, I’d be a fool not to have this! Thankfully it’s finally in my hands.


Naked Nail Color is exclusive to the brand’s website. I got 2 of the 3 shades I had my eye on (unfortunately the shade Instinct is currently sold out). I totally dig the skull detailing on the cap.


Of course I picked up some more of their awesome Vice Lipstick. After this splurge, I only have 1 other shade to get from Sephora. I have yet to wear any of them, but I am loving these shades!


I’m pretty much set with my UD collection. It’s enough product to last me all through next year at the least. Are you a fan of Urban Decay? I’d love to know your favorite product(s).

Lip Addict Lipstick Giveaway

Love beauty giveaways? Check out this post from one of the blogs I follow.

Hi bloggers & beauty lovers!!! Today I have a special surprise for you guys!! A LIPSTICK GIVEAWAY, wooohoooo!! Over the last year Ive collected SOOOOO many unused lipsticks that Im never going to use so I figured I would do something special and give it to someone who is going to use it more than…

via Lip Addict Lipstick Giveaway💄💋 —

Your Input, Please

I’m currently in the midst of purging any old/barely used/unused beauty products and makeup. I’m reaching out to my readers for feedback on what you’ve done or would do with these items that are no longer needed. I’d greatly appreciate it if you would participate in the following poll here. It would give me a better idea of how to go about this. I’ve done all of the options listed, but am also open to any other suggestions. Thanks in advance!

The Lipstick Tag

I’m beginning to like these blog tags, so here’s another one. I was one of 3 bloggers chosen by The World of Cos for this tag.


1. Tag 3 bloggers to answer the same questions.

2. Those 3 bloggers will tag 3 more bloggers with the same questions and rules.

3. No tagging back the blogger who tagged you.


1. How many lipsticks do you own? 24

2. What was your first ever lipstick? The earliest I can remember using was Toast of New York by Revlon back in middle school. I remember how hard that color was to find, and it’s still currently available.

3. What is your most worn lipstick? M.A.C. Syrup.

M.A.C. Syrup

4. What is your favorite brand for lipsticks? M.A.C. for dept. store and NYX for mass retailer/drug store.

5. What is your favorite finish? Big fan of the Lustre finish from M.A.C.

6. What is the last lipstick you bought? NARS Semi Matte in Red Lizard

7. How many lip products do you currently have in your bag? Just 2, Baby Lips balm and Julep lip gloss in Charming.

8. What lipstick do you use to rock a red lip? I have a few options for this. Either the color from question 6, M.A.C. Viva Glam I, or Maybelline Super Stay in All Day Cherry.

Clockwise from top left: M.A.C. Viva Glam I, NARS Red Lizard, Maybelline Super Stay All Day Cherry

9. How do you store your lipstick? In a zippered makeup bag, which connects to the inside of a larger storage bag similar to this one from Sephora.

10. What lip products are you currently lusting over? I just tried out NYX Intense Butter Gloss last week. It’s amazing stuff. I want to buy at least 1 more color of it.

Tag, you’re it!:

1. The Life of Kristyn

2. Dorkchops

3. With All My Affection

I look forward to seeing your answers! 🙂

The Procrastinating (Beauty) Blogger Tag

Came across this tag on Jaanethough’s blog and decided to answer the questions. Tagging other bloggers wasn’t required, but feel free to answer these questions on yours if you like.

1. Name a beauty regimen that you rarely do.
Waterlining. I’ve tried it a few times and the eyeliner has never stayed on, even when it was waterproof.

2. Is washing your make-up brushes something that you do regularly?
How does one define “regularly” when they don’t use makeup often? I do use Sephora’s daily brush cleaner after I use them. When they’ve been used more than twice, I clean them thoroughly with a mix of olive oil and clarifying shampoo.

3. How long will you last with chipped nail polish?
I actually color my toenails more than my fingernails, and I’ve gone weeks before changing or removing the polish completely. No big deal.

4. How long will you put off buying/replacing a beauty product, even if you need it?
That would depend on the type of product. With makeup, it’s not really a life or death situation that I replace the item ASAP. But I would do so if it were something I used on a daily basis (i.e. moisturizer or face wash).

5. What is your worst beauty habit?
Extracting clogged pores. It bugs the hell out of me when I see a black/whitehead that looks easy to remove, but it actually isn’t. I’ve got the “battle scars” to prove it.

6. Name something non-beauty related that you put off doing all the time?
Cleaning my room. Haha! When I have a busy work week, it’s very easy for me to move things around without giving it a second thought. By the weekend I’m ready to turn my room upside down trying to look for stuff I’ve misplaced.

7. When going out somewhere, do you leave getting ready to the last minute?
If it’s a special occasion, I try to get ready within the hour before I leave. If it’s just a casual outing with friends or running errands, I’m ready within 10-15 minutes.

8. Can you commit to spending bans?
I think I could. There’s always that urge to grab something on impulse, but giving myself a moment to think about whether I really need it or not usually results in the latter.

9. How organized are your make-up and nail polish collections?
The nail polish is much more organized compared to my makeup since I only use it occasionally. As for the makeup, I try to keep the items I use the most in one bag while the rest are put in either a drawer in my room or bathroom, or on one side of my dresser in a storage container.