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April 2017 Favorites + Sephora VIB Sale Haul

BeautyMaría Elena RodríguezComment
april favorites and sephora vib sale haul

We have a LOT to cover this week and I'm not even going to go over the biggest Netflix disappointment of 2017 so far: Girlboss. I seriously feel so bad for Sophia Amoruso! She's been having some rough days lately... Her two books are amazing, though. 

But on to the good part: I'm 99% sure that this is the first time I've spent this much money on beauty products in just one month. Between Sephora's VIB Sale and the last Ulta deal, I haven't even logged in to my bank account, because it's probably screaming for help. But as part of my #bloggingduties I got to review lots of great products for you guys! So glass half full, ok?

Warning: This post got a little sexual or super immature at times. I'll let you be the judge. ;)

April Favorites 2017

april 2017 favorites

Nars Tinted Moisturizer | Colourpop Eyeshadow & Highlighter | Tarte Shape Tape | Skyn Iceland Artic Face Oil

ColourPop Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Sequin

I feel like I'm the last blogger in the world to actually try out this brand and let me tell you something: I'm impressed! You all know how much I love my Too Faced Peach palette from my last Monthly Favorites, but this eye shadow is something else. I really can't wait to expand my ColourPop Cosmetics eyeshadow collection!

Why I'm loving it?

  • It's super pigmented! (More than MAC eyeshadows in my opinion)
  • It has a red/ gold pigment that makes any look instantly glamorous. 
  • You get better application with your fingers, which makes it way easier for on the go! 
  • It's just $5!!!!

Down sides?

  • None! For now... 

Grab a kit with similar red-ish tones here

ColourPop Swatches from left to right: Lunch Money Highlighter and Sequin Eyeshadow

ColourPop Swatches from left to right: Lunch Money Highlighter and Sequin Eyeshadow

ColourPop Cosmetics Lunch Money Highlighter

Right after talking about how I don't need more than one highlighter in my life(I have about 3), my sister bought herself a holographic highlighter by ColourPop which is mesmerizing to look at! So right away I went online to try one of their highlighters and decided to go with Lunch Money since it is one of their best sellers.

Why I'm loving it?

  • It's the perfect and subtle everyday highlighter. 
  • It's just $8!!!! 

Down side?

  • If you're looking for a blinding highlighter, this is not for you. Becca's Champaign Pop will always be my one true love for nighttime. 

Grab ColourPop Highlighters here

Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30

Gotta say that after trying the It Cosmetics' CC Cream I thought I would never like another tinted moisturizer or balm again. But I decided to give this one a try after talking with a sales associate at Nordstrom. We were between the Pure Radiant and their Velvet Matte Skin Tint and went for the first one since my skin has been going through a normal to dry phase lately. 

Why I'm loving it?

  • It feels lightweight on the skin. 
  • Has a good amount of coverage, even though it's a tinted moisturizer.
  • It gets better as the day goes by.

Down side?

Grab this Nars Tinted Moisturizer here

Skyn Iceland Arctic Face Oil

Skyn Iceland is a brand that contacted me in order to try some of their skincare products. I had heard about them before, but I didn't know much about them, so I decided to test out some products. This is by far my favorite! Here's why:

Why I'm loving it?

  • Skyn Iceland is vegan and cruelty-free!
  • This oil makes me wake up with super hydrated, soft and glowing skin! 
  • Believe it or not, it's slowly but surely starting to replace my old time favorite, Tarte Maracuja Oil
  • Heck, I'm not even going to lie, I swear I have been seeing VERY similar results as when I used the super pricey Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Oil combined with the Good Genes Treatment (check out the review here).
  • And did I mention this only costs $35?! 

Down side? 

  • It's still not available in Sephora US (but it's available in Sephora Canada and Ulta

Get your Skyn Iceland Artic Face Oil here

tarte shape tape concealer

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer

I finally got my hands into one of these. And let me tell you: The hype is real, guys! 

Why I'm loving it?

  • A little bit goes a long way. 
  • One dot and my super stubborn dark circles are erased.
  • The most full coverage concealer I've ever tried.
  • It has a huge wand (Keep it together, girl!)

Down sides?

  • Because of the hype, it's usually sold out!

Grab it here

Sephora VIB Sale Haul+ First Impressions

sephora vib sale haul and first impressions

Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray

I was out of this for months and I decided I needed it as much as I need my rosewater sprays, because I'm a snob like that. 

First Impression: I already know and love this product. 

Grab the perfect makeup companion here

Ole Henriksen Transforming Walnut Scrub

I was looking for a new face scrub and even though I had never heard about this product, the reviews on the Sephora website convinced me!

First Impression: The reviews were right! It actually cleared all my pores! Including, my supper stubborn nose black heads. Oh and, cute bottle! 

Grab it here

Nars Blush in Orgasm

nars blush in orgasm

Always had this shade in my shopping list and never actually bought it. But VIB Sales are where dreams come true so I finally got my Orgasm (lol). 

First Impression: I could've probably purchased a dupe for less than half the price. But what beauty blogger doesn't own this product?! 

Grab it here

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum

ole henriksen truth serum new packaging 2017

You'll know I can't live without this stuff! Plus, I am loving their new packaging! (Check out how it used to look like here).

First Impression: I already know and love this product. Not going to be switching up this serum until something better comes along. 

Grab it here

Tarte Tarteist™ Lash Paint Mascara

I've had really good experiences with Tarte mascaras so I decided to try this one out. 

First Impressions: Fall out alert! Right after I opened the tube it actually started crumbling on me. But the mascar did give me some natural and curled looking lashes, after I cleaned that little mess that happened. 

Grab it here. 

Bite Beauty Everyday Agave Lip Collection

This is one of those products I purchased because I loved a sample. I had run of my nighttime lip balm (yes I always have a nighttime lip balm, which is extra nourishing because of my sinus). So I decided to buy it full size

First Impression: Wow! This is a really small tube! *I will not make a "that's what she said joke"*

A little goes a long way, so if you don't mind the $26 price tag, grab it here

Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47 Protect + Perfect

My sister and I love this Josie Maran Sunscreen, so since I was running out of the regular one, decided to give this one a try, since it has a little tint in it. Bet it will be perfect for those clear skin days! 

First Impressions: This is really greasy and has almost no coverage! What's the point of having a tint if it doesn't cover anything? Thought about returning it, but since I love my normal Argan Daily Moisturizer, I figured it would be the same thing. 

Grab it here


That's it! Hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know in the comments bellow what are your April Favorites?

Until next time, 

María Elena

 

 

Best & Worst Cruelty-Free Products of January 2017

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january 2017 beauty favorites

The Brush | The Eyeshadow | The Highlighter The Mascara The Blush | The Cleanser | The Nailpolish | The Rosewater Spray The CC Cream | The Perfume

Yup! January is almost over, guys. How are those new years resolutions going? I had to do it. lol. #SorryNotSorry

Now, on a more serious note, I decided to mix it up for you guys with my favorite and least favorite beauty products from January 2017. Because you will see by the end of this post that I was really not happy with some purchases and I really wanted you guys to know so you don't waste your precious money. 

You could say that I discovered this by accident. I was going through my makeup looking for a clean foundation brush since my go-to was too dirty. This is a brush I used to use as contouring, but I figured it could be just as good, and boy was I right! If you are looking for a full coverage makeup look, use this brush. It will give your complexion the most flawless finish. I am actually enjoying it more than my Beauty Blender and THAT is a lot to say. 

Grab it here

Smashbox Photo Op Eyeshadow Trio

smashbox photo op eyeshadow trio swatches

I am trying to stay away from my comfort zone and use darker tones in my eyes instead of my basic rose gold eyeshadow. Started wearing this when I got it as a sample in a 500 Points Perk at Sephora and I'm loving it. You can easily go from day to night with these colors, which are very long lasting!

BUT: Sadly, I was having a little bit of a confusion with Smashbox Cosmetics being cruelty-free.  Even though Peta says they actually don't test on animals, my go-to resource, Cruelty-Free Kitty says they do.  Smashbox even intercepted a Twitter conversation with this tweet. What do you guys think?

This is one of the many reasons why I am going to be writing a blog post on my struggles being cruelty-free soon, so make sure you are subscribed to my newsletter! 

Why didn't I try this earlier in my life?! This is one of those products you just have to try. This is the perfect highlighter for my yellow undertones skintone. It doesn't look shimmery, just perfect and glowy. In other words, #JloGlow. Yas

Grab yours here

Tarte Lights Camera Lashes 4 in 1 Mascara

You know those sample mascaras you have laying around in your drawer and that you hardly ever use? This used to be one of them (I guess the faded packaging gave that away already, lol). I was ignoring it until, you guessed it, I Konmari'd my room and decided to use everything that I hadn't yet. And just like that BOOM! Found my favorite everyday mascara. 

I know it's high-end, but I've talked about tartecosmetics.com's awesome deals here. ;) But if you don't want to wait for one of those, you can buy it here

Nars Blush in Goulue (Sephora VIB Rouge Exclusive)

The perfect blush if Nars' Orgasm is too light for you. I already did a mini review in my September 2016 Favorites. If you are a VIB Rouge, grab yours here

I have been using this for the past month instead of my Glossier Milky Jelly since I ran out and I must say it is just as good, but with a fragrance. 

Sadly, this is another product that I just found out via Cruelty-Free Kitty that is not cruelty-free. I need to rely more on my girl Suzi instead of Peta, guys! 

The perfect every day nail polish: Not too pink, not too white. I've been wearing this almost for the entire month of January. And you know I'm a sucker for packaging so I am loving that logo! 😍

Grab yours here

Mario Badescu Facial Spray

Did you really think I would go through a favorites post without mentioning a rosewater spray? But now seriously, I've been trying a lot of them these past months and let me tell you that all facial sprays are basically the same.

I am recommending this one because it is just $7! Grab it here

It Cosmetics CC Cream with SPF 50

I honestly debated putting this on my favorites because, look at it! It looks disgusting and I hate when my makeup's packaging fades. But, it is an amazing CC cream with great SPF coverage and I do believe it is worth your money. Will I be buying it again? Probably in a near future but I won't be adding it to my everyday makeup bag because ugh 😡.

Grab yours here

I used to be a super sweet perfume kind of girl until I started trying out more masculine and mosky scents at Sephora. There's just something so sexy about wearing this type of perfume...

So this Elizabeth and James Nirvana Bourbon has officially become my signature going out scent. Because I feel sexy AF every time I wear this. I am sharing this with you guys but I am so self centered that I really don't want this to become a popular at Sephora. Hey, I can't be the only one who hates smelling different like everyone else?!

Grab it here

The Worst:

worst makeup of january 2017

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara

I really had high hopes for this one, but it's so average. I mean, it's good, but after 2-3 coats of mascara and for me, that is a huge waste of money. Just don't. 

Bye Bye Under Eye Anti Aging Concealer

I thought this was a OK concealer until I recently took my passport photo and I had reverse raccoon eyes.

Needless to say, this does not work well with flash photography. You've been warned.

Tarteist Creamy Matte & Glossy Lip Paint

Ok so this is really embarrassing and I feel horrible, because my sister actually gave me this for my birthday. I actually asked her for permission to post this because I really didn't want to hurt her feelings. Sorry Pao! 😣 

I was so excited to use and love these, but what a DISASTER. I am talking about having clown makeup through the entire day because these wouldn't stick to my lips. 'Nough said? 


That's it! Hope you liked this month's best and worst. Let me know in the comments bellow which products you would like me to review next so I can start testing them asap. 

Until next time, 

María Elena

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