September 13, 2016

Beauty in Review: Recent Buys

Since moving, I haven't been buying that many beauty products. I started to feel really overwhelmed, and was decluttering a lot of products. I also needed to buy other things to decorate my room, and just felt like spending/saving money instead of shopping at Sephora/Ulta.

Well, that doesn't mean I stopped shopping completely. I have managed to pick up a few items here and there, and honestly, I've been loving them all.



Some are products that I've been lusting after for a while, and others were new products that were speaking to me.

1. Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Concealer: I had been wanting this concealer for a while, and just felt like I wanted to try out one of Tarte's concealers. This had gotten rave reviews, so when Tarte was having a sale, I decided to pick it up. I do really like it, and it gets the job done. It has a very chemical like smell when you open the bottle, but I do like the serum/watery consistency of the concealer. I'd say its a medium coverage concealer, but I do feel like I need to color correct with it to really get rid of my dark circles. It's not the greatest concealer ever, but I use it and enjoy the coverage/finish it gives me.

2. Tarte Styled By Hrush Palette: I love collaborations but haven't been feeling many of them lately. I feel like the beauty market is very flooded with them recently, and they're not always amazing. When I first saw this palette, I wasn't that impressed. It had shades that I already had, and didn't care for the blush color. I don't know what changed because one day I woke up and was intrigued by it. I purchased it and have been LOVING it. The shades are pigmented, smooth, and creamy -- the blush is a soft peach and perfect for everyday. This has become my favorite palette of the moment.

3. Anastasia Beverly Hills Sweets Glow Kit: I don't have many Anastasia products, not because I don't like the brand, but because nothing has ever really spoken to me. I love highlights just as much as the next girl, but don't buy new ones that often. I have my favorites and that's about it. I didn't care to purchase the original glow kits by Anastasia, but a few months ago when the new ones dropped, and I saw the "Sweets" kit, I knew I needed to have it. It has such unique shades, and I knew the formula would wow me. I am pretty much obsessed! I think my favorite in the kit is the purple shade called "Taffy"; it's a unique, one of a kind shade that's unlike anything I have in my collection. I can't tell you how many compliments I get on my highlight when I wear this kit.

4. Sephora Brush Set: I never spend that much money on makeup brushes. I stick with Morphe or ELF and they get the job done. But, when I saw this limited edition set on Sephora's website, I knew I needed it. The reviews were incredible, and I just loved the design. It was speaking to me on a spiritual level. I ran to my Sephora store as soon as I knew it was in stock and picked this baby up. The brushes are amazing and probably some of my favorites in my collection. They are super soft, but pick up and distribute the product perfectly. My favorite brush is probably the highlighter brush; it's a slim, tapered brush that applies the highlight to the perfect spot. After I wrote this entire post, I realized it's not available on Sephora.com anymore *check your Sephora stores*, but here's a single brush that looks just as amazing from the collection.

What have been your favorite products lately?

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