For those of you that know me it’s no surprise that the majority of my play money goes to beauty products. For those of you that don’t know me, I have an irrational obsession with makeup and all things that beautify, brighten and highlight. Whether I am going for natural, no makeup, makeup or full blown smoky eye and red lip, I love it all. Not to mention all the wonderfully packaged and totally helpful concoctions on the market that create a clear and perfect palette (aka – the face) in which to create a masterpiece.
So, when Sephora finally opened in Charleston a couple weeks ago I was there on opening day with bells on. All the pretty colors and packages made me swoon. Alas, I had items in mind that I had been eyeing on Sephora.com and waited to purchase until the store opened up. Here are a few things I picked up…
1. Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit – That Glow
So, the first time I swatched these colors on my hand I thought there was way too much saturation and I would look like Tinkerbell with these highlighters on my face. …especially the Sunburst. But, I read some reviews and people said they were fantastic; so, I took a fabulous blush brush (#3 in this post), lightly dabbed it in the Sunburst and swiped it along the tops of my cheeks to the temple. The results were all “Look at me glowing like I just got back from a tropical vacation in St. Barths. Aren’t you jealous?!?” And the other colors were just as lush worthy. But, that Sunburst really is my fave. Here are a couple heavy swipes for you all to see the color. Remember, they don’t come out this way when you use lightly on the face. Cross my heart.
Verdict – Buy it! At $40 for 4, high quality bronzers this set is totally worth it. Paired with a barely there foundation/BB cream, nude-pink lipgloss and a swipe of mascara any of these highlighters would take your look to the next level.
This was one of those eye shadow palettes that I passed over online because it looked really bright and unwearable. When I saw it in person it was an immediate eye-catcher. I happily added it to my shopping bag. The colors are so fun for summer and can be worn lightly if you want a barely there look or super bold. Here are swatches of all the colors with the bottom right color in the palette starting at the top of my arm.
A quick look at some of these colors swiped on the eye:
Verdict: If you like fun eye shadow colors or want to experiment a bit, go for it! The color payoff is amazing. They are all very well pigmented and have great staying power. At $44 for 9 eye shadows this is a great deal.
The name of this brush says it all. It really is the right brush for applying blush, highlighter and powder. The bristles are soft and shaped perfectly to apply color to the apple of the cheek. Plus, it’s absolutely adorable. I also like that the bristles are black so you can see how much color you are picking up.
Verdict: For $36 this isn’t a cheap-o brush. If you need a new blush brush and want one that is high quality, then I say go for it. But, this isn’t one to add to your collection if you already have a blush/highlighter brush that you love.
Keep it lush y’all!