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Julep Maven April 2014 Review + Photos: The Vivid Collection, including Julep's New Pore-Minimizing Blush & Bronzer! Julep Maven April 2014 The Vivid Collection Review, Photos and Swatches. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Julep Maven April 2014 Review + Photos: The Vivid Collection, including Julep’s New Pore-Minimizing Blush & Bronzer

Julep Maven April 2014 Review + Photos: The Vivid Collection, including Julep's New Pore-Minimizing Blush & Bronzer! Julep Maven April 2014 The Vivid Collection Review, Photos and Swatches. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

I was SO excited about this month’s Julep Maven collection and it finally arrived a few days ago! This was the first month that I decided to upgrade and get the whole entire collection (regular monthly price of $19.99 + an extra $55), which included nine beautiful, bright nail colors, Julep’s new pore-minimizing blush and bronzer, PLUS their new blush brush and bronzer blush.

I have loved every makeup brush that Julep has made so far (including my favorite eyeliner brush ever), and these new blush and bronzer brushes are no different — the bronzing brush is especially amazing. This post is a bit photo-heavy so just a warning …

Julep Maven April 2014 Review + Photos: The Vivid Collection, including Julep's New Pore-Minimizing Blush & Bronzer! Julep Maven April 2014 The Vivid Collection Review, Photos and Swatches. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Julep Maven is a monthly nail polish and beauty subscription box ($19.99/month) that has a bunch of different box “styles” you can choose each month, and every one has a different color/makeup combination. Every month, Julep debuts a new collection, which includes brand-new nail polish hues and brand-new Julep beauty products.

Julep Maven April 2014 Review + Photos: The Vivid Collection, including Julep's New Pore-Minimizing Blush & Bronzer! Julep Maven April 2014 The Vivid Collection Review, Photos and Swatches. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com. Julep Maven April 2014 Review + Photos: The Vivid Collection, including Julep's New Pore-Minimizing Blush & Bronzer! Julep Maven April 2014 The Vivid Collection Review, Photos and Swatches. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Each Maven box usually contains one of the new beauty products featured that month, plus a combination of 2-3 nail colors from that month’s collection (there are also options to just receive the beauty products that month, or just the nail colors). For an additional cost you can upgrade your box to contain more products or, for $55, you can upgrade your Maven subscription that month and receive the whole month’s collection, which is what I did this month.

This month’s Maven box debuted Julep’s “Vivid Collection” — super bright, spring-y nail colors, plus Julep’s brand-new blushes and bronzers in a pore-minimizing formula and two new brushes to apply them with.

Julep Maven April 2014 Review + Photos: The Vivid Collection, including Julep's New Pore-Minimizing Blush & Bronzer! Julep Maven April 2014 The Vivid Collection Review, Photos and Swatches. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

From left to right: Julep Nail Color in Flora, Bailey and Maren

I love every single nail color featured this month and I’ve been painting my nails in a new one every day since I received my April Maven box. Pictured above are the “It Girl” colors of the month:

  • Julep Nail Color in Flora (reg. $14 or $11.20 Maven price for 0.27 oz.; julep.com) is described as an “exotic dragonfruit with blue shimmer.”
  • Julep Nail Color in Bailey (reg. $14 or $11.20 Maven price for 0.27 oz.julep.com) is described as a “hyped cobalt sheer.”
  • Julep Nail Color in Maren (reg. $14 or $11.20 Maven price for 0.27 oz.julep.com) is described as an “electric bubblegum sheer with blue sheen.”
Julep Maven April 2014 Review + Photos: The Vivid Collection, including Julep's New Pore-Minimizing Blush & Bronzer! Julep Maven April 2014 The Vivid Collection Review, Photos and Swatches. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Julep Nail Color in Phoebe (left) and Sunny (right)

These two shades were both featured in the “Boho Glam” box for April and they both have a metallic/chrome finish:

  • Julep Nail Color in Phoebe (reg. $14 or $11.20 Maven price for 0.27 oz.julep.com) is described as a “vibrant jungle metallic.” It is very metallic turquoise-y.
  • Julep Nail Color in Sunny (reg. $14 or $11.20 Maven price for 0.27 oz.julep.com) is described as an “overexposed yellow chrome.”
Julep Maven April 2014 Review + Photos: The Vivid Collection, including Julep's New Pore-Minimizing Blush & Bronzer! Julep Maven April 2014 The Vivid Collection Review, Photos and Swatches. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Julep Nail Color in Tatum (left) and Kayla (right)

These next two colors were both part of the “Bombshell” box for April:

  • Julep Nail Color in Tatum (reg. $14 or $11.20 Maven price for 0.27 oz.julep.com) is described as a “neon chartreuse chrome.”
  • Julep Nail Color in Kayla (reg. $14 or $11.20 Maven price for 0.27 oz.julep.com) is described as an “electric iris sheer with violet sheen.” I would also call this a periwinkle-type violet-blue. It was a little difficult to take photos of this particular color — the first set of photos came out with the polish looking very blue, and then I was finally able to capture how it actually looks — which is a blue base mixed with a lighter purple-ish color. I still wasn’t able to capture exactly how this polish looks, but the photo above was the best one I could get.
Julep Maven April 2014 Review + Photos: The Vivid Collection, including Julep's New Pore-Minimizing Blush & Bronzer! Julep Maven April 2014 The Vivid Collection Review, Photos and Swatches. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Julep Nail Color in Mariska (left) and Caitlin (right)

The last two nail colors in the Vivid Collection were the “Classic With A Twist” box colors, which both have a shimmer finish:

  • Julep Nail Color in Mariska (reg. $14 or $11.20 Maven price for 0.27 oz.julep.com) is described as a “juicy tangerine shimmer.”
  • Julep Nail Color in Caitlin (reg. $14 or $11.20 Maven price for 0.27 oz.julep.com) is described as a “shocking hibiscus with gold shimmer.” This was definitely my favorite shade of the month!
Julep Maven April 2014 Review + Photos: The Vivid Collection, including Julep's New Pore-Minimizing Blush & Bronzer! Julep Maven April 2014 The Vivid Collection Review, Photos and Swatches. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Julep Glow Pore-Minimizing Blush (left) and Bronzer (right)

I was most excited about the new blush and bronzer this month because it’s the first time that Julep has ever released these kinds of products. For the most part, I have been extremely impressed with almost all of the Julep beauty products I have used so far (and this is saying something, since they are originally a nail polish/nail care company), so I was really looking forward to these two new products.

I was definitely not disappointed in the shades and formula — both products were extremely natural-looking (in a good way) but I did have a huge problem with the packaging and both the blush and the bronzer have already crumbled on me (mostly just the bronzer, though). This seemed to be a common sentiment among those who reviewed these products online already.

Julep Maven April 2014 Review + Photos: The Vivid Collection, including Julep's New Pore-Minimizing Blush & Bronzer! Julep Maven April 2014 The Vivid Collection Review, Photos and Swatches. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Julep Glow Pore-Minimizing Bronzer in Medium Tan

I’m loving the bronzer color + “pore-minimizing” formula — well, I don’t know if it’s the bronzer or the bronzing brush (below) that I’m applying it with (probably both — the brush is amazing), but it goes on so smoothly, blends well and looks SO natural. This is probably the most natural-looking bronzer I have ever used and I’m loving that.

Julep Glow Pore-Minimizing Bronzer (reg. $28 or $22.40 Maven price for 0.26 oz.; julep.com) comes in two different shades – “Light Golden Bronze” and “Medium Tan” (I received the latter). It seems that both the blush and bronzer are out of stock right now on the Julep website, but this usually happens when a new product is released with a Maven box and those products don’t really debut to the public for another few weeks, at least. I’m kind of hoping that they fix the packaging problem before they officially release both products.

Julep Maven April 2014 Review + Photos: The Vivid Collection, including Julep's New Pore-Minimizing Blush & Bronzer! Julep Maven April 2014 The Vivid Collection Review, Photos and Swatches. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Julep Glow Pore-Minimizing Bronzer in Medium Tan

This bronzer contains a “ground-breaking formula” that “diffuses the appearance of pores and imperfections,” and diamond powder to give cheeks a “luminous shimmer.” It is also formulated with vitamin B6 for a “truly healthy glow.”

It’s kind of a shame that this product has all this awesome stuff in it and the shade really is very lovely and natural-looking, but the packaging is just so disappointing and the bronzer crumbled into a powder by the second day of me using it.  I was also actually quite surprised that it came in such a cheap-y plastic container. It’s weird — I can’t explain it — but it’s just CHEAP feeling and looking.

Julep Maven April 2014 Review + Photos: The Vivid Collection, including Julep's New Pore-Minimizing Blush & Bronzer! Julep Maven April 2014 The Vivid Collection Review, Photos and Swatches. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Julep Glow Pore-Minimizing Blush in Peach Bellini

The blush was nice too, but I didn’t like the color as much as the bronzer. It blended well but the color didn’t pop on my skin as much as I would have liked (I applied with a very heavy hand in the photo below to be sure the color can actually be seen). I love the way the color looks in the pan so I was a little disappointed that it didn’t come out exactly the same.

Also, I feel the need to put a disclaimer on my photo again because I’m still a little shy about putting photos of myself on the blog — I’m working on the angles, I know they’re not the best, but I really wanted to try a photo out with this blush because I definitely want to break that fear. I think that actually seeing these products on the skin, how they’re supposed to be applied, is so much more helpful than just seeing a swatch on my arm (which I also took a photo of, below). I took this photo with my iPhone because I can’t quite figure out how to take photos of myself with my regular camera just yet. And it was dark out so the lighting was a little off …

Julep Maven April 2014 Review + Photos: The Vivid Collection, including Julep's New Pore-Minimizing Blush & Bronzer! Julep Maven April 2014 The Vivid Collection Review, Photos and Swatches. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Julep Glow Pore-Minimizing Blush in Peach Bellini — applied heavily so it would actually show up!

I’ve been using a little bit of this blush mixed with my Laura Geller blush (review to come soon) and that way I get a near-perfect color. Either way, this blush is still very pretty and great for lighter skin tones and for a more natural flush. This one hasn’t crumbled nearly as much as the bronzer … yet. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

Julep Maven April 2014 Review + Photos: The Vivid Collection, including Julep's New Pore-Minimizing Blush & Bronzer! Julep Maven April 2014 The Vivid Collection Review, Photos and Swatches. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Julep Glow Pore-Minimizing Blush in Peach Bellini

Julep Glow Pore-Minimizing Blush (reg. $24 or $19.20 Maven price for 0.25 oz.julep.com) also comes in two different shades, “Petal Pink,” and “Peach Bellini.” I received the latter, which is a light peachy-pink with a slight shimmer. It actually comes out a lot less peach and way more pink when applied on my cheeks, which was a little disappointing because I would have preferred a much more peach-looking shade.

This blush is also created with Julep’s Glow “groundbreaking formula” to diffuse the appearance of pores and imperfections. It contains diamond powder to give cheeks a “luminous shimmer,” as well as vitamin B6 “for a truly healthy glow.” Again, like the bronzer, this blush sounded SO promising and it really would have been great if A). the color was a little more vibrant — I felt like this was more of a sheer or semi-sheer blush, which is really not my thing (I want my blush colors to really pop); and B). the packaging wasn’t so cheap/it didn’t start crumbling in the pan already.

Julep Maven April 2014 Review + Photos: The Vivid Collection, including Julep's New Pore-Minimizing Blush & Bronzer! Julep Maven April 2014 The Vivid Collection Review, Photos and Swatches. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Swatches: Julep Glow Pore-Minimizing Bronzer in Medium Tan (left) and Pore-Minimizing Blush in Peach Bellini (right)

All in all I really liked the new bronzer formula, except for the fact that it broke within the first 48 hours of me using it. I really would have liked the blush too if the color was a little more vibrant. I will probably pick up the other blush color (“Petal Pink”) when Julep officially releases the new blush and bronzers.

Julep Maven April 2014 Review + Photos: The Vivid Collection, including Julep's New Pore-Minimizing Blush & Bronzer! Julep Maven April 2014 The Vivid Collection Review, Photos and Swatches. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Julep Blush Brush (top) and Bronzer Brush (bottom)

And now for my favorite products from April’s Julep Maven box … the blush and bronzer brushes! The bronzing brush was especially amazing and, unlike the packaging of the blush/bronzer, the brushes are super luxe looking down to the handle. Both brushes feature “comfortable, weighted handles” and “super-soft synthetic bristles.” The bronzing brush is definitely one of the best brushes of its kind that I have ever used. I also loved the blush brush, but it was slightly larger than what I’m used to, so I just have to get adjusted to it.

Julep Blush Brush (reg. $24 or $19.20 Maven pricejulep.com) is specifically designed to be used with Julep’s new Glow Pore-Minimizing Blush and features an angled bristle design that hugs the contours of your face for a naturally beautiful finish.

Julep Bronzer Brush (reg. $28 or $22.40 Maven pricejulep.com) features Julep’s “comfortable, weighted handle” and has a “unique tulip shape” that evenly picks up and distributes bronzer for a “natural, sun-kissed glow.”

 

All in all I really did enjoy the Julep Maven box for April and I’m glad that I upgraded and got the whole entire Vivid Collection but I was a little disappointed in the packaging of the blush and bronzer. I seriously hope they fix this issue before officially releasing these products on their website.

 

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Sephora + Beauty.com Haul: Marc Jacobs Foundation, Smashbox Full Exposure Palette, Laura Mercier Primer, Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Radiance Lotion & More

Sephora + Beauty.com Haul: Marc Jacobs Foundation, Smashbox Full Exposure Palette, Laura Mercier Primer, Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Radiance Lotion & More. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

So, now that I’m finally done with all of my subscription boxes for the month, I can finally start going through all of the beauty products I have acquired recently and start branching out a little more and doing more posts on all of my other (material) loves — fashion, DIY, shopping, decorating, even recipes … and whatever else I find blog-worthy. I’m happy that everything is finally coming along.

I made two medium-sized beauty orders a couple of weeks ago — one from Sephora and one from Beauty.com. I was going to put in all the samples and Sephora VIB gifts I also received with my Sephora purchase but I waited too long and pretty much used up most of the products already. So, I’m just going to go over the items I bought and then I’ll do individual reviews of these products in posts of their own.

As far as the Beauty.com order goes … well, I got yet another awesome sample bag (read about the last Beauty.com sample bag in my post here). I still cannot get over how amazing these things are and, even though Beauty.com is currently sold out of the sample bag I wrote about in this post, they will definitely have another one during the month of April (they seem to offer these bags once a month).

If you make a purchase of $100 or more at Beauty.com during the sample bag promotion period you will receive a makeup bag packed (and I mean PACKED … the last one came with 11 products and this one came with 13!) with different deluxe-sized beauty samples. I’ll be making a post as soon as the new Beauty.com sample bag is out for April, so keep an eye out! These things are wonderful. And they’re a great way to try products that you have either (a) never heard of before, or (b) have been meaning to try.

So, anyway, on to the Sephora stuff first:

Marc Jacobs Beauty Genius Gel Super-Charged Foundation review and photos. Sephora + Beauty.com Haul: Marc Jacobs Foundation, Smashbox Full Exposure Palette, Laura Mercier Primer, Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Radiance Lotion & More. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Genius Gel Foundation in #38 Beige Deep

Marc Jacobs Beauty Genius Gel Super-Charged Foundation ($48 for 1 oz.sephora.com) comes in 16 different colors, so it’s nearly impossible to not find your perfect match. It is described as a “breakthrough gel foundation that’s anti-aging, long-wearing and awakens your skin to its ideal radiance and clarity.”

I have had the WORST dry skin problems this winter (a whole post on that later), and I’ve tried a bunch of different foundations lately — none of which really fixed the problem. I finally got around to trying the new foundation from Marc Jacobs Beauty and it’s really the only one that worked well for me. It didn’t look dry on my skin and, when mixed with a little tinted moisturizer, it gave me that “dewy glow” look that I always want.

I’m not too convinced on the coverage aspect of this foundation just yet — I think I’ve been too scared to apply too much of it (for fear of getting those dry skin patches), so I have been using it veryyy minimally. Because of this, I’m not exactly getting the coverage that I want. I’m not sure if it’s my light hand or the foundation itself. I’m going to try adding a little more tomorrow when I try it out again to see if I get my perfect results. There are a few more foundations that I wanted to try (hydrating foundations/ones for dry skin), but if this one gives me my perfect results then I would love to stop my search and have it be my daily, go-to foundation.

Laura Mercier Radiance Foundation Primer review and photos. Sephora + Beauty.com Haul: Marc Jacobs Foundation, Smashbox Full Exposure Palette, Laura Mercier Primer, Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Radiance Lotion & More. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer – Radiance

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer – Radiance ($33 for 1.7 oz.; sephora.com) is described as a “lightweight, creamy gel that creates an invisible barrier between skin and makeup to prime your face for color.”

This was another product that I purchased to help out my dry winter skin. I love the way it really gives off a radiant glow and it definitely adds to the “dewy” effect (which some people don’t like), but I still like my Smashbox primer a lot better underneath the new Marc Jacobs Beauty foundation. I have been trying the Laura Mercier primer in a few different ways, though, because it really is a great product. Today I mixed it with the MJ Beauty foundation and my skin looked fresh, radiant, smooth and hydrated all day (no dry patches today!).

I’m still testing these products out to see how I like them best. I’m also using a tinted moisturizer mixed into the foundation, so that could be why I felt like this primer didn’t allow the foundation to “stick” enough.

Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Radiance Lotion review and photos. Sephora + Beauty.com Haul: Marc Jacobs Foundation, Smashbox Full Exposure Palette, Laura Mercier Primer, Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Radiance Lotion & More. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Radiance Lotion

Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Radiance Lotion ($22 for 1 oz.; sephora.com) is described as a “lightweight daily formula that instantly illuminates the complexion while delivering 24-hour moisture for a radiant, youthful glow.”

This was another product I bought to try to combat my dry skin. I’m still on the fence about this stuff and I think it’s one of those products that you have to use over a period of time before really noticing the results. I test and try out so many products every single week and I try to incorporate all of them into my beauty routine, so when I get a new product like this I can’t really tell how well it’s working because chances are I used a new serum or something that’s supposed to have similar results.

I guess with all these new illuminating/hydrating/anti-dry skin problems my skin has definitely made a turnaround. I still use a cream moisturizer over this lotion (which is a suggested use), so I’m on the fence about it because I’m not really sure how necessary it is. I’m going to have to not use it one day and see if I have less hydrated skin before I can really tell how well it’s working.

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette Review and Photos. Sephora + Beauty.com Haul: Marc Jacobs Foundation, Smashbox Full Exposure Palette, Laura Mercier Primer, Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Radiance Lotion & More. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette

The last item I got from Sephora was Smashbox’s new Full Exposure Palette, which I have been meaning to buy since it came out. I got a little sample card (I think from Birchbox) when this palette first came out and I was so impressed by the blendability of the shadows — even on one of those stupid sample cards — that I had to get it. I usually love Smashbox products and eyeshadows so I’m not surprised I love this one.

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette Review and Photos. Sephora + Beauty.com Haul: Marc Jacobs Foundation, Smashbox Full Exposure Palette, Laura Mercier Primer, Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Radiance Lotion & More. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette ($49 for 14-shade palette; sephora.com) is described as “a set of universally awesome neutrals that includes how-tos for six different eye shapes.” This set also comes with a dual-ended shadow brush and a bonus deluxe-sized Full Exposure Mascara. I’m not going too in-depth on this one because I want to post a full review with swatches this week.

Sephora + Beauty.com Haul: Marc Jacobs Foundation, Smashbox Full Exposure Palette, Laura Mercier Primer, Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Radiance Lotion & More. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

The next products in this post are all from Beauty.com, and these are the ones that came with that amazing sample bag (below). I did a haul post on Beauty.com not too long ago (found here) and I just love ordering from this site because they have such a great range of beauty, skincare and haircare products and if you order during a sample bag promotion period you’re seriously hitting the beauty sample jackpot.

Batiste Dry Shampoo - Blonde review and photos. Sephora + Beauty.com Haul: Marc Jacobs Foundation, Smashbox Full Exposure Palette, Laura Mercier Primer, Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Radiance Lotion & More. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Batiste Dry Shampoo – Blonde

I actually only recently started using this dry shampoo, after years of trying to find a dry shampoo that I didn’t hate. This one is definitely a bit of a “cult classic” and it’s loved by many. I find that it actually REFRESHES my hair, instead of just drying it out like many other dry shampoos tend to do. It brightens my highlights and it doesn’t leave any gross white residue-y mess. (NOTE: Drugstore.com and Beauty.com are the same company, so you can buy products off of either website and combine them into the same order).

Batiste Dry Shampoo ($7.99 for 6.73 oz.; drugstore.com) is described as “an instant hair refresher for blonde hair” with a hint of color. It revitalizes hair, removes excess grease and leaves hair “gorgeously clean and fresh with added body and texture.”

Laura Geller Beauty Blush-N-Brighten review and photos. Sephora + Beauty.com Haul: Marc Jacobs Foundation, Smashbox Full Exposure Palette, Laura Mercier Primer, Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Radiance Lotion & More. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

The next product, a blush from Laura Geller, came with a deluxe-sized sample of Laura Geller’s Spackle bronze foundation primer. Beauty.com is always doing some kind of promotion with different brands where you get a free sample of one item if you buy a product from that specific brand. I don’t think they are doing the Laura Geller promotion right now, but I’m sure they have a bunch of other ones going on.

Laura Geller Blush-N-Brighten Baked Cheek Color ($27.50 for 0.17 oz.; beauty.com) comes in five different marbleized shades that are “swirled together in a soft, silky powder for a glow-giving blush with universal appeal.” I bought the “Golden Apricot” color, which is described as “rich tones of apricot, cream, gold, and a hint of rose.”

Laura Geller Beauty Blush-N-Brighten review and photos. Sephora + Beauty.com Haul: Marc Jacobs Foundation, Smashbox Full Exposure Palette, Laura Mercier Primer, Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Radiance Lotion & More. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Laura Geller Blush-N-Brighten in Golden Apricot

I have really only used this blush once so far — I’ve been using the Tarte blush from the March/April New Beauty Test Tube a lot lately — so I can’t really judge how well it works. I can say that I sort of wished it had more pink to it since it’s a lot more “golden” than pink, but I guess it lives up to its name (“Golden Apricot”). Because of my dry skin this winter I really need a blush that’s soft and blendable, and this one held up pretty well when I tried it out. I’m going to wear it over full makeup tomorrow and test it out for real.

Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil Pure Treatment Oil Review and Photos. Sephora + Beauty.com Haul: Marc Jacobs Foundation, Smashbox Full Exposure Palette, Laura Mercier Primer, Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Radiance Lotion & More. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil Pure Treatment Oil

The next product is one of my favorite hair products ever from Alterna. This is one of the only hair oils that actually works in my dry, color-treated hair and it never weighs it down — you should only use a little tiny bit, which also makes it last forever. Every time I run out of this stuff I make sure I have a shiny new bottle waiting around as backup; I can’t imagine going a day without using this in my hair (it’s that good). This oil makes my hair look SO much healthier (and it looks pretty bad without it) and it even heals it, so A++++

Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil Pure Treatment Oil ($25 for 1.7 oz.; beauty.com) is formulated with “eco-certified ingredients” and it is free of sulfates, parabens, gluten, phthalates, synthetic color, mineral oil and petrolatum. It contains instantly-absorbing Kendi Oil and strengthening Organic Bamboo to banish frizz and impart intense shine while protecting color and providing vital nutrients.

Anastasia Brow Wiz review and photos. Sephora + Beauty.com Haul: Marc Jacobs Foundation, Smashbox Full Exposure Palette, Laura Mercier Primer, Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Radiance Lotion & More. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Anastasia Brow Wiz

I forgot to take the photo for this next product, so I’m using the official product photo from Beauty.com. Another super popular product, the Anastasia Brow Wiz pencil is a must-have for many makeup cases and this is actually the first time I’ve used this product. I’ve used the Anastasia Brow Gel before and I knew this pencil was amazing so I finally bought it. I got the “medium ash” color and it does exactly what it’s supposed to, plus it has a spooley end to tame unruly brows.

Anastasia Brow Wiz ($21 for 1 oz.; beauty.com) is described as “the slimmest of slim mechanical brow pencils with a spooley brush on one end for gentle blending and grooming.” This brow pencil “draws the tiniest of lines” and it easily mimics brow hairs with a super skinny pencil.

NARS Bronzing Powder in Casino Review and Photos. Sephora + Beauty.com Haul: Marc Jacobs Foundation, Smashbox Full Exposure Palette, Laura Mercier Primer, Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Radiance Lotion & More. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

NARS Bronzing Powder in Casino

The last product in my Beauty.com order was my favorite bronzer from NARS. Well, actually, my favorite is “Laguna,” which they were sold out of, so I opted for the slightly darker “Casino” instead and I’m not disappointed. I just have to use a lot less of it (which I have to do anyway since it’s winter time and my skin is not that tan).

NARS Bronzing Powder ($38 for 0.28 oz.; beauty.com) is described as a “diffused powder with golden shimmer” that creates an “all-over warmth and contour for the entire face.” This bronzing powder creates a “natural-looking glow, which enhances or creates the look of tanned skin.” NARS bronzers fill in lines and pores for smoother looking skin and have a very subtle shimmer that adds a natural glow.

Sephora + Beauty.com Haul: Marc Jacobs Foundation, Smashbox Full Exposure Palette, Laura Mercier Primer, Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Radiance Lotion & More. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Beauty.com Free Gift With $100 Purchase Makeup Sample Bag

And, last but not least … the sample bag from Beauty.com. As I said earlier, this particular sample bag is already sold out, but Beauty.com seems to hold a similar promotion once a month where you buy $100 worth of stuff and you get a sweet bag jam-packed with beauty samples. This one came with 13 deluxe-sized samples and the sample bag I received last month (maybe it was two months ago?) had 11 samples in it. Totally awesome and so worth it. Plus, this time around, the bag was pretty cute (I wasn’t too excited about the design on last month’s bag).

Sephora + Beauty.com Haul: Marc Jacobs Foundation, Smashbox Full Exposure Palette, Laura Mercier Primer, Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Radiance Lotion & More. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Take a look at all these wonderful goodies … which all come in greattttt sample sizes. The Bare Minerals bronzer (bottom right corner) was a cute little deluxe-sized compact and everything else was definitely large enough to get multiple uses out of them.

I’m not going to list every single sample item since there are a lot, but there was awesome stuff in there from GLAMGLOW, Caudalie, Urban Decay, the aforementioned Bare Minerals, Paula’s Choice, H2O Plus, Nuxe, Nick Chavez, Peter Thomas Roth, a nail file from Butter London, and even one of those animal print hair extensions (which I will definitely find a use for, no matter how tacky and silly it may be!).

It’s soooo easy to find $100 worth of stuff on Beauty.com and these sample bags are so, so awesome and way too hard to pass up. I’ll most likely (definitely) be buying even more stuff on Beauty.com the next time they release a sample bag … I can’t wait to see what they have in store next!

 

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I’m going to do individual reviews on all the products in this post throughout the week. For now, all pricing and availability information is next to the name of each product in this post, which featured products from Sephora.com and Beauty.com.

 

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Beauty.com Sort of "Haul" + Review of the Daryl K. Sample Bag (Packed With 11 Samples!): Featuring Stila Foil Eyeshadows, Stila Sweet Treat Bronzing Powder, Too Faced Color Bomb Lip Injection, Urban Decay NAKED Lipgloss, Dr. Brandt CC Cream & Malin + Goetz Essential kit review and photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Beauty.com Sort of “Haul” + Review of the Daryl K. Sample Bag (Packed With 11 Samples!): Featuring Stila, Too Faced, Urban Decay, Dr. Brandt & Malin + Goetz

Beauty.com Sort of "Haul" + Review of the Daryl K. Sample Bag (Packed With 11 Samples!): Featuring Stila Foil Eyeshadows, Stila Sweet Treat Bronzing Powder, Too Faced Color Bomb Lip Injection, Urban Decay NAKED Lipgloss, Dr. Brandt CC Cream & Malin + Goetz Essential kit review and photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

I just recently discovered Beauty.com and the (super easy) power of buying beauty products with PayPal, so I’ve been doing a lot of shopping through this website and mini-“hauls” such as this one over the last few months. I don’t really consider this a haul … just a few new products, and I’m going to review each one of these products separately in a post of their own, but I did want to write about the free Daryl K. sample bag that Beauty.com is currently sending out with any order over $100.

I just can’t get over how awesome the free sample bags are from this website … they are way better as far as value goes than most of the other “free samples with purchase” gifts I have received after ordering from other beauty retailers, both in-store and online.

Beauty.com Daryl K. Sample bag review and photos: Free gift with $100 purchase. Beauty.com Sort of "Haul" + Review of the Daryl K. Sample Bag (Packed With 11 Samples!): Featuring Stila Foil Eyeshadows, Stila Sweet Treat Bronzing Powder, Too Faced Color Bomb Lip Injection, Urban Decay NAKED Lipgloss, Dr. Brandt CC Cream & Malin + Goetz Essential kit review and photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Daryl K. Sample Bag Makeup Case — Free Gift With A $100+ Beauty.com Purchase

This is the second sample bag I have received with a Beauty.com order and both of them included an awesomely oversized makeup bag jam-packed with amazing deluxe-sized samples from some of my favorite beauty brands (hardly any single-use packets here). I’m not crazy about the Daryl K. design on this particular makeup bag (above), but it’s such a great size that I will totally put it to use either for storage or for travel. The actual samples contained in the bag are also awesome and I would definitely consider the majority of them to be more travel-size than sample-size.

I’m just going to provide an overview here of the products I bought + the products in the free sample bag and then I’m going to do individual reviews of my full-sized purchases in posts of their own 🙂

Stila Sweet Treat Bronzing Powder review and photos. Beauty.com Sort of "Haul" + Review of the Daryl K. Sample Bag (Packed With 11 Samples!): Featuring Stila Foil Eyeshadows, Stila Sweet Treat Bronzing Powder, Too Faced Color Bomb Lip Injection, Urban Decay NAKED Lipgloss, Dr. Brandt CC Cream & Malin + Goetz Essential kit review and photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Stila Sweet Treat Bronzing Powder

I’ve been meaning to get this cute little bronzer from Stila since I first saw it in the stores a few weeks ago and I’m so glad I finally got it. The colors are great and buildable — I can wear this as light or as dark as I want it, plus the hint of peachy shimmer gives it a little more of a unique identity than your average bronzing powder. Plus, at only $14, it’s SUPER cheap … especially by Stila and “prestige beauty” standards.

Stila Sweet Treat Bronzing Powder review and photos. Beauty.com Sort of "Haul" + Review of the Daryl K. Sample Bag (Packed With 11 Samples!): Featuring Stila Foil Eyeshadows, Stila Sweet Treat Bronzing Powder, Too Faced Color Bomb Lip Injection, Urban Decay NAKED Lipgloss, Dr. Brandt CC Cream & Malin + Goetz Essential kit review and photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Stila Sweet Treat Bronzing Powder review and photos. Beauty.com Sort of "Haul" + Review of the Daryl K. Sample Bag (Packed With 11 Samples!): Featuring Stila Foil Eyeshadows, Stila Sweet Treat Bronzing Powder, Too Faced Color Bomb Lip Injection, Urban Decay NAKED Lipgloss, Dr. Brandt CC Cream & Malin + Goetz Essential kit review and photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Stila Sweet Treat Bronzing Powder ($14 for 0.35 oz.; beauty.com) is a trio of matte and shimmery bronzers, plus a pop of peach, to “deliver a luminous, kissed-by-the-sun glow.” The nine little bronzer “tiles” are formed together to look like a cute chocolate bar. This is the perfect beauty gift for Valentine’s Day, but I hope Stila decides to keep it around all year round because the colors work so well together, especially for my skin. I really like this product a lot better than I thought I would.

Too Faced Lip Injection Color Bomb in Coral Pop review and photos. Beauty.com Sort of "Haul" + Review of the Daryl K. Sample Bag (Packed With 11 Samples!): Featuring Stila Foil Eyeshadows, Stila Sweet Treat Bronzing Powder, Too Faced Color Bomb Lip Injection, Urban Decay NAKED Lipgloss, Dr. Brandt CC Cream & Malin + Goetz Essential kit review and photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.
I’ve also been meaning to get this new lip balm/tint from Too Faced since it recently came out, so I decided to get it in the pretty coral color, “Coral Pop,” with my Beauty.com mini “haul.” I do have to say — this product takes some getting used to. It stings a lot when you apply it, the sign that it’s “working” (plumping your lips and whatnot), but my problem is that my super dry winter lips are pretty chapped, so this stuff mustttt be applied over a Chapstick or similar lip balm to cut down on the extra sting. I only tried this out once since I got it, and my lips have healed significantly since then, so I’m definitely going to try it out again tomorrow.

Too Faced Lip Injection Color Bomb in Coral Pop review and photos. Beauty.com Sort of "Haul" + Review of the Daryl K. Sample Bag (Packed With 11 Samples!): Featuring Stila Foil Eyeshadows, Stila Sweet Treat Bronzing Powder, Too Faced Color Bomb Lip Injection, Urban Decay NAKED Lipgloss, Dr. Brandt CC Cream & Malin + Goetz Essential kit review and photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Too Faced Lip Injection Color Bomb in Coral Pop

Too Faced Lip Injection Color Bomb ($21 for 0.1 oz.; beauty.com) is described as an “ultra-conditioning balm” that combines Too Faced’s best-selling Lip Injection plumping and blood vessel dilating technology with a satin color stain. This lip balm comes in six shades and it is formulated with Vitamins A, C and E, as well as mango butter for extra moisture and a “softer, smoother, plumper pout.”

Urban Decay Naked Lip Gloss in Streak review and photos. Beauty.com Sort of "Haul" + Review of the Daryl K. Sample Bag (Packed With 11 Samples!): Featuring Stila Foil Eyeshadows, Stila Sweet Treat Bronzing Powder, Too Faced Color Bomb Lip Injection, Urban Decay NAKED Lipgloss, Dr. Brandt CC Cream & Malin + Goetz Essential kit review and photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Urban Decay Naked Lip Gloss in Streak

Another new product on the beauty market that I had been meaning to try is the amazing new Naked lipgloss from Urban Decay. This gloss is awesome — it is extra glossy, but not sticky at all, and the color payoff and staying power is great, especially for just a lipgloss. My favorite part about the new UD gloss is that it has beneficial moisturizing ingredients and it feels super smooth.

Urban Decay Naked Lipgloss ($20 for 0.13 oz.; beauty.com) is described as a “luxe gloss and a rich balm in one” formulated with good-for-your-skin ingredients like Hyaluronic Filling Spheres, vitamin E, avocado oil and shea butter to hydrate and condition lips, along with Rosehip seed oil that provides “an extra hit of vitamins, including vitamin A and vitamin C.”

Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadow in Kitten and Metallic Lavender review and photos. Beauty.com Sort of "Haul" + Review of the Daryl K. Sample Bag (Packed With 11 Samples!): Featuring Stila Foil Eyeshadows, Stila Sweet Treat Bronzing Powder, Too Faced Color Bomb Lip Injection, Urban Decay NAKED Lipgloss, Dr. Brandt CC Cream & Malin + Goetz Essential kit review and photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadow in Kitten

Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadow in Kitten and Metallic Lavender review and photos. Beauty.com Sort of "Haul" + Review of the Daryl K. Sample Bag (Packed With 11 Samples!): Featuring Stila Foil Eyeshadows, Stila Sweet Treat Bronzing Powder, Too Faced Color Bomb Lip Injection, Urban Decay NAKED Lipgloss, Dr. Brandt CC Cream & Malin + Goetz Essential kit review and photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadow in Metallic Lavender

And the last new product on the beauty market in my mini-haul that I’ve been meaning to try are these foil finish eyeshadows from Stila. I haven’t really used them to their full potential yet (just tried them out quickly so far), but I plan on doing a full review on them this week. I decided to buy two colors, the foil shadow version of Stila’s best-selling “Kitten,” as well as “Metallic Lavender,” so that I can mix them together, instead of just using one color alone or blended with powder shadows (which I intend to do either way).

Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadow in Kitten and Metallic Lavender review and photos. Beauty.com Sort of "Haul" + Review of the Daryl K. Sample Bag (Packed With 11 Samples!): Featuring Stila Foil Eyeshadows, Stila Sweet Treat Bronzing Powder, Too Faced Color Bomb Lip Injection, Urban Decay NAKED Lipgloss, Dr. Brandt CC Cream & Malin + Goetz Essential kit review and photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadow ($32 for set of foil shadow, liquid primer and mixing tray; beauty.com) is described as a “cream-to-powder shadow with a multidimensional metallic finish.” This shadow can be built up for a variety of effects, ranging from a “light wash of shimmer to an opaque metallic finish.” It comes with a mini Stay All Day Liquid Eye Primer and a cute little mixing tray.

Dr. Brandt CC cream CC glow with signature ruby crystal review and photos.  Beauty.com Sort of "Haul" + Review of the Daryl K. Sample Bag (Packed With 11 Samples!): Featuring Stila Foil Eyeshadows, Stila Sweet Treat Bronzing Powder, Too Faced Color Bomb Lip Injection, Urban Decay NAKED Lipgloss, Dr. Brandt CC Cream & Malin + Goetz Essential kit review and photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Dr. Brandt CC Glow With Signature Ruby Crystal CC Cream

This next product is also fairly new — Dr. Brandt’s CC Glow CC Cream. I have had severe dry skin this winter and I wanted to get a new cream that would provide moisture benefits while giving off a dewy-type glow, and this is definitely the perfect CC Cream for that. I absolutely love this product and it looks great alone, for light makeup days, and it also works great as a CC Cream primer underneath my foundation.

Dr. Brandt CC Glow With Signature Ruby Crystal ($39 for 1 oz.; beauty.com) is described as an “all-in-one color correcting and perfecting cream formulated with Ruby Crystal Complex and stabilized Vitamin C.” This CC Cream has eight anti-aging benefits: it illuminates, primes, brightens, hydrates, smoothes, evens skin tone, rejuvenates and provides SPF 30 protection for a “natural, flawless and youthful glow.”

Malin + Goetz Essentials Kit Review and photos. Beauty.com Sort of "Haul" + Review of the Daryl K. Sample Bag (Packed With 11 Samples!): Featuring Stila Foil Eyeshadows, Stila Sweet Treat Bronzing Powder, Too Faced Color Bomb Lip Injection, Urban Decay NAKED Lipgloss, Dr. Brandt CC Cream & Malin + Goetz Essential kit review and photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Malin + Goetz Essential Kit

I absolutely fell in love with the Malin + Goetz Detox Face Mask that came in the January Pop Sugar Must Have box, and I wanted to try more products from this brand, so I figured this Essential Kit was the perfect place to start. I can’t get over how well the Malin + Goetz products work, and the brand is quickly climbing to the top of the list of my favorite skincare brands.

The Malin + Goetz Essential Kit ($30 for six different 1-oz. products; beauty.com) includes:

  • Grapefruit Face Cleanser: A foaming gel cleanser for all skin types that “synthesizes natural grapefruit extracts with nourishing amino acids to gently and thoroughly cleanse, purify, hydrate and balance all skin types.”
  • Bergamot Body Wash: A foaming cleansing gel that synthesizes natural bergamot with amino acid-based cleansing agents to “gently and effectively” purify and balance all skin types, unlike traditionally harsh detergents. This body wash is “blended to hydrate, rinsing free of residue without irritation, drying or stripping.”
  • Peppermint Shampoo: A hydrating shampoo that synthesizes natural peppermint extract with amino acid-based cleansing agents to “effectively purify and balance” all hair types. This mildly foaming, residue-free shampoo formula is “blended for frequent use without drying, stripping, irritation or build-up.”
  • Cilantro Hair Conditioner: A gentle, daily conditioner that “scientifically synthesizes natural cilantro with absorbent fatty acids and fatty alcohols” to effectively hydrate and balance all hair and scalp types.
  • Vitamin E Face Moisturizer: An oil-free, residue-free moisturizer that “scientifically synthesizes natural vitamins E and B5 with absorbent fatty acids and fatty alcohols.” This moisturizer “gently and effectively hydrates and balances all skin types, unlike traditionally greasy pore-clogging oils, for an intensely nourishing treatment,” while reducing epidermal irritation.
  • B5 Body Moisturizer: An oil-free, residue-free body moisturizer that “scientifically synthesizes natural vitamin B5 and soothing bergamot extract with absorbent fatty acids and fatty alcohols.” This body moisturizer “effectively hydrates all skin types” and reduces epidermal irritation.
Beauty.com Daryl K. Sample bag review and photos: Free gift with $100 purchase. Beauty.com Sort of "Haul" + Review of the Daryl K. Sample Bag (Packed With 11 Samples!): Featuring Stila Foil Eyeshadows, Stila Sweet Treat Bronzing Powder, Too Faced Color Bomb Lip Injection, Urban Decay NAKED Lipgloss, Dr. Brandt CC Cream & Malin + Goetz Essential kit review and photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Beauty.com Daryl K. Sample Bag

And now for the sample bag! When I first received a sample bag with my Beauty.com purchase (back in November, I think) I was SHOCKED at how much stuff was in there. So many great products/products I have been meaning to try/products I never heard of in REAL sample sizes. I’m a firm believer that if I’m going to “sample” a product, then there better be enough product in the package for at least more than one use.

I absolutely hate those single-use sample packets, so I was happy to see that Beauty.com sent out yet another awesome sample bag with this most recent purchase, packed with 11(!)  sample products. I consider these sizes to be more “travel-sized” than sample-sized, especially the creams and lotions, and even hair products(!), that I can take with me wherever I go. I was also happy to see products with good-for-you ingredients and also some of my favorite brands.

I didn’t take the greatest photos of the actual samples, but I just wanted to give a general idea of what was in the bag. The Beauty.com Daryl K. Sample Bag included:

Beauty.com Daryl K. Sample bag review and photos: Free gift with $100 purchase. Beauty.com Sort of "Haul" + Review of the Daryl K. Sample Bag (Packed With 11 Samples!): Featuring Stila Foil Eyeshadows, Stila Sweet Treat Bronzing Powder, Too Faced Color Bomb Lip Injection, Urban Decay NAKED Lipgloss, Dr. Brandt CC Cream & Malin + Goetz Essential kit review and photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

  • Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging Cream (reg. $55 for 1.7 oz.; beauty.com): An anti-aging, SPF 25 moisturizer that helps improve skin firmness, boosts moisture levels and helps to safeguard skin from aging UV damage, good for all skin types.
  • Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum (reg. $79 for 1 oz.; beauty.com): A satiny serum that has been scientifically proven to reduce dark spots in just 4 weeks. This serum corrects existing dark spots, prevents their appearance and boosts the complexion’s radiance for “redensified, moisturized and beautifully radiant” skin. It contains pure Viniferine from grapevine stalks, that has an “exceptional action on radiance, dark spots and wrinkles.”

Beauty.com Daryl K. Sample bag review and photos: Free gift with $100 purchase. Beauty.com Sort of "Haul" + Review of the Daryl K. Sample Bag (Packed With 11 Samples!): Featuring Stila Foil Eyeshadows, Stila Sweet Treat Bronzing Powder, Too Faced Color Bomb Lip Injection, Urban Decay NAKED Lipgloss, Dr. Brandt CC Cream & Malin + Goetz Essential kit review and photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

  • Bare Minerals Stroke of Light Eye Brightener (reg. $22 for 0.18 oz.; beauty.com): An eye-brightening wand that immediately brightens the under eye area and diffuses dark shadows while reducing the appearance of fine lines and dark circles over time.

Beauty.com Daryl K. Sample bag review and photos: Free gift with $100 purchase. Beauty.com Sort of "Haul" + Review of the Daryl K. Sample Bag (Packed With 11 Samples!): Featuring Stila Foil Eyeshadows, Stila Sweet Treat Bronzing Powder, Too Faced Color Bomb Lip Injection, Urban Decay NAKED Lipgloss, Dr. Brandt CC Cream & Malin + Goetz Essential kit review and photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

 

  • Urban Decay B6 Vitamin-Infused Complexion Prep Spray (reg. $33 for 4 oz.; beauty.com): A prep spray infused with vitamin B6, which absorbs oil, minimizes pores and reduces redness. This spray can be spritzed on any time of day (without messing up your makeup) to hydrate and soften skin with vitamins and antioxidants, or it can be used in the morning to prep and “wake up” skin.
  • Tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes Statement Mascara (reg. $23 for 0.31 oz.; beauty.com): An “amped-up, ultra-black mascara that lengthens, curls and magnifies lashes for an intensified look, proven to increase lash volume by 752% instantly.” This formula is infused with vitamins and emphasizes length and volume, while “conditioning lashes for a dramatic look that won’t dry out, flake or budge.”

Beauty.com Daryl K. Sample bag review and photos: Free gift with $100 purchase. Beauty.com Sort of "Haul" + Review of the Daryl K. Sample Bag (Packed With 11 Samples!): Featuring Stila Foil Eyeshadows, Stila Sweet Treat Bronzing Powder, Too Faced Color Bomb Lip Injection, Urban Decay NAKED Lipgloss, Dr. Brandt CC Cream & Malin + Goetz Essential kit review and photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel (reg. $22 for 0.28 oz.; beauty.com): A clear gel “fortified with botanical hair conditioners and essential oils to keep unruly brows in place all day without flaking.” This gel sets and tames “unruly brows” without leaving them stiff, flaky or sticky.
  • Go Smile Double Action Teeth Whitening System (reg. $89 for six-day supply; beauty.com): A teeth whitening system that “combines two powerful, patent-pending formulas” to “penetrate teeth and effectively lift stains, even from beneath the surface.” This system works “quickly and effectively to make a visible difference in your smile, and with virtually no sensitivity or irritation to teeth and gums.” Safe to use on all dental work.
  • Phyto Phytolisse Ultra-Glossing Finishing Serum (reg. $30 for 1.7 oz.; beauty.com): A hair serum specially designed “prevent hair from frizzing and instantly restores a smooth, shiny appearance.” This serum is formulated with botanical ingredients that protect hair without weighing it down for silkier, smoother and shinier hair.

Beauty.com Daryl K. Sample bag review and photos: Free gift with $100 purchase. Beauty.com Sort of "Haul" + Review of the Daryl K. Sample Bag (Packed With 11 Samples!): Featuring Stila Foil Eyeshadows, Stila Sweet Treat Bronzing Powder, Too Faced Color Bomb Lip Injection, Urban Decay NAKED Lipgloss, Dr. Brandt CC Cream & Malin + Goetz Essential kit review and photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

  • H2O+ Targeted Care Hand and Nail Cream (reg. $16 for 6 oz.; ulta.com [I couldn’t find this to purchase on its own at Beauty.com, they just offer it in sets/kits]): A lightweight, non-greasy hand and nail cream that “restores moisture to hardworking hands.” This cream is formulated with silk proteins and vitamin E to nourish nails and cuticles, while moisture-rich marine botanicals “provide deep hydration for visibly smooth skin.”
  • NUXE Nirvanesque Light (reg. $53 for 1.5 oz.; beauty.com): A cream formulated with Peony and Blue Lotus, designed to “instantly and visibly smooth away wrinkles and fine lines.” The new Light formula contains Rice Powder and Enanthia Chlorantha to mattify skin. This cream leaves skin “de-stressed” with a radiant complexion.
  • Jurlique Herbal Recovery Antioxidant Gel Mask (reg. $48 at ulta.com; also couldn’t find this specific item on Beauty.com, although it looks like they sell all of the other Jurlique products): A “hydrating and revitalizing high-performance gel mask infused with antioxidant beads that release Vitamin E to help address the first signs of aging and protect the skin against environmental aggressors.” This gel mask nourishes skin and leaves it feeling hydrated and looking radiant.

 

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All products are available at Beauty.com (except for the two sample products that I noted in the post), and the Daryl K. sample bag is currently available with any purchase over $100 at Beauty.com.

 

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Superstar Favorite Products: Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush Review, Swatches + Photos. One of my all-time favorite blushes. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Superstar Favorite Products: Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush Review, Photos & Swatches

Superstar Favorite Products: Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush Review + Photos. One of my all-time favorite blushes. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

SUPERSTAR PRODUCTS are reviews of my favorite products. Most of these items are 
products that I have been using religiously for years, and some of them are newer
items that I instantly loved so much that they deserve to be on my Superstar 
Favorite Products list :)

Since tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, I figured this is the perfect time to do my first Superstar Products post about this prettily-packaged blush from Too FacedI have a lot of favorite blushes, and I switch them up on an almost-daily basis, but Too Faced recently added two new blushes to their Sweethearts line and I like the blush a lot better now that there is a darker color option “Something About Berry,” which I purchased a few weeks ago. I find that this blush has amazing blending ability on my skin, which makes it a perfect go-to for me.

I own the aforementioned “Something About Berry,” as well as the original, “Candy Glow.” I haven’t used the third Sweethearts shade, the bronze-y “Beach Peach,” just yet because I’m not sure how exactly I would use it and if I would even use it at all. I tend to wear pinks/corals on my cheeks and even though this shade is considered a blush and not a bronzer, I would probably just use it as a bronzer either worn alone or mixed with a darker, more matte shade since I hear this color is very light. I guess that’s why it’s technically a blush, and not a bronzer.

Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush in Something About Berry swatch. Superstar Favorite Products: Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush Review, Swatches + Photos. One of my all-time favorite blushes. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com. Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush in Something About Berry swatch. Superstar Favorite Products: Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush Review, Swatches + Photos. One of my all-time favorite blushes. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

I only took my own photos and swatches of “Something About Berry” for this post because it was still new and looked pretty in the packaging. My “Candy Glow” blush is pretty old (I’m down to just one color left out of three), and, as I said, I don’t have “Beach Peach” yet. So, all other photos are credited to Too Faced and Sephora.

Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush in Something About Berry swatch. Superstar Favorite Products: Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush Review, Swatches + Photos. One of my all-time favorite blushes. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Something About Berry

The packaging for the Sweethearts blushes is super cute and feminine in true Too Faced fashion. I love all the Too Faced packaging — it’s pretty and girly without being too juvenile-looking (in my opinion).

Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush in Something About Berry swatch. Superstar Favorite Products: Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush Review, Swatches + Photos. One of my all-time favorite blushes. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

 

Each Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush ($30 for 0.19 oz.; sephora.com) contains three shades that can be swirled together or applied individually for a “custom flush or highlight.” This blush has a buildable, baked color formula, which allows it to “truly work on all skin tones,” while the multiple shades create “dimensional color” to “provide the look of younger, brighter, healthier skin.”

I have used a lot of blushes that cake up on my skin or just apply too intensely — I always find the blush-buying process to be a little difficult (the same with bronzer), so I end up returning whatever blush I buy about 50% of the time. I was surprised and very pleased when I first tried the Too Faced Sweethearts blush and saw that it blended so perfectly on my skin; it gives my cheeks a glowing (not shimmery) finish and the color is buildable enough to let you create whatever color intensity you prefer.

Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush in Something About Berry swatch. Superstar Favorite Products: Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush Review, Swatches + Photos. One of my all-time favorite blushes. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Something About Berry

This blush also stays put for the duration of my day (with a little help from some setting spray), and it gives off a very pretty glow. I think the colors look a lot more shimmery in the package than they actually are when applied to the skin — they definitely give off more of a glow on my face than the shiny/glitter overload that a lot of other shimmer blushes have. This blush also got very good reviews across the beauty spectrum for the same reasons as the ones that I list here.

Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush in Something About Berry swatch. Superstar Favorite Products: Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush Review, Swatches + Photos. One of my all-time favorite blushes. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Something About Berry

Now, with all that being said, I think that some people found the original color, “Candy Glow” to be too light. I definitely did, and that’s why I was so happy that Too Faced recently released the darker pink/peach/mauve color, “Something About Berry.” What I did like about “Candy Glow,” however, was that I could use the darker color as the actual blush color on the apples of my cheeks and then I would use the lighter colors as a highlight.

Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush in Something About Berry swatch. Superstar Favorite Products: Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush Review, Swatches + Photos. One of my all-time favorite blushes. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

 

Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush in “Something About Berry” (pictured above) is described as a “shimmering mauve pink/golden peach/shimmering magenta pink.” I think that some people found the original color, “Candy Glow” to be too light. I definitely did, and that’s why I was so happy that Too Faced recently released the darker “Something About Berry,” which I’ve been wearing a lot (I have a lot of favorite blushes so I’m always switching them up).

What I did like about “Candy Glow,” however, was that I could use the darker color as the actual blush color on the apples of my cheeks and then I would use the lighter colors as a highlight. “Candy Glow” is described as a “rose pink shimmer/soft coral pink/peachy pink shimmer.”

So, the Sweethearts blushes can almost be like a whole mini face palette, especially when you include the other new shade, the “Beach Peach” bronze-y color, which is described as a “shimmering peach/rosy pink/shimmering light golden bronze.” I haven’t personally used this color yet and I heard it was also on the lighter side, thus making it a blush and not a bronzer, but I totally think you can use it as a bronzer (even though I still have yet to try) and I can definitely see people with lighter skin tones loving this shade. 

As with all Too Faced products, the Sweethearts blushes are 100% cruelty-free. 🙂

 

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Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush costs $30 for 0.19 oz. and is available at Sephora, ULTA, TooFaced.com and any other retailer that sells Too Faced cosmetics. Right now, the Too Faced website seems to be currently sold out of the Sweethearts blushes.

 

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