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Sephora Haul #2 — My Summer Beauty Product OVERhaul

Sephora Haul #2 -- My Summer Beauty Product OVERhaul. Sephora Hauls.  Photo copyright 2014: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Sephora Haul #2

I’ve been meaning to do the second post in my Sephora Summer Haul series for a few weeks, but I’ve been pretty busy so I’m just getting around to it now. I did the Sephora Summer Haul #1 post a little over a month ago, and then I went back to the store and bought even more stuff.

I pretty much did an OVERhaul of my beauty collection this summer, mostly because my skin is a lot different than it used to be, and I really did need a whole new routine and new products that are better suited for my skin, which has changed over the last year to a more dry and sensitive type.

Of course I can never just buy the items that I need and everytime I go into Sephora or even shop online at Sephora.com I end up with a crapload of stuff. So, besides just the new skincare products, I also bought a bunch of summer-y items, from makeup in bright colors to products that will help me keep my makeup on and looking fresh even in this hot, and often humid, New York weather. I’m not going to go too in-depth with the products because I’ll review most of them in posts of their own.

Josie Maran Argan High Gloss Lip Quench review and photos. Sephora Haul #2 -- My Summer Beauty Product OVERhaul. Sephora Hauls.  Photo copyright 2014: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Josie Maran Argan High Gloss Lip Quench

It seems as though this lip gloss from Josie Maran is no longer available at Sephora.com for some reason. I tried to look online to see if it’s being discontinued or if there’s going to be a new product to take its place but I couldn’t find any information. However, it IS still available on the Josie Maran website.

I have super chapped lips because I bite them way too much (so attractive, I know), so I decided to try this one out since it’s infused with Josie’s signature Argan Oil blend and it got pretty good reviews on the Sephora website (when it was still available). This isn’t exactly for healing lips, but I did notice some good results in the overall appearance of my lips and they were a lot smoother. This one is a little sticky at first, but the stickiness doesn’t really last that long.

Josie Maran Argan High Gloss Lip Quench ($16 for 0.3 oz.; josiemarancosmetics.com) is described as a “deeply penetrating” moisture gloss that “primes lips for a feather-free, even application of lipstick, liner or stain.” You can wear it alone, under or over lip color (I usually just wear it alone) and it is infused with 100% Pure Argan Oil, as well as jojoba oil and oleic-acid-rich buriti oil for “deep skin renewal and conditioning.”

HUM Nutrition Runway Ready Daily Vitamin Packs review and photos. Sephora Haul #2 -- My Summer Beauty Product OVERhaul. Sephora Hauls.  Photo copyright 2014: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

HUM Nutrition Runway Ready

I am definitely going to be reviewing these vitamin packs from HUM in a separate product review post because they really have been doing a lot as far as strengthening my hair and nails goes. My skin has even been clearing up, my nails are definitely stronger and my hair even looks a lot better and healthier (although I am in desperate need of a trim). You have to use these vitamins consistently for at least a couple of weeks before you see real results and I’m just about ready for Month 2 of my Runway Ready regimen (I have a new box sitting in my cabinet). I have no doubt that everything is going to start looking even better once I start the second month.

DISCLAIMER: I don’t really believe in multivitamins and most regular vitamin supplements (except for some circumstances and some formulas). I really think that getting all the right vitamins I need comes from good food and good eating habits, so I don’t necessarily buy into the whole vitamin craze. THESE vitamins, however, contain a 100% vegetarian formula and great ingredients (that are regularly found in foods) to insure that you get a super awesome dose of the vitamins necessary for strong nails, healthy hair and clear, vibrant skin.

HUM Nutrition Runway Ready ($35 for 30 daily packs; sephora.com) is a month-long supply of HUM’s Red Carpet and Killer Nails formulas. The vegetarian Red Carpet formula includes the “perfect balance” of GLA, ALA and Vitamin E. It is made from bio-available nutrients from black currant and sunflower seeds with healthy essential fats that support “fuller, shinier hair and glowing skin.”

The key ingredient in Killer Nails is biotin, a water-soluble B-complex vitamin necessary for cell growth and the production and metabolism of fat into amino acids. Killer Nails is a high potency vegan formula that contains 5000 mcg of Biotin, which is “widely used for strong nails and hair.”

Each Runway Ready pack contains two Red Carpet pills and one Killer Nails pill.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Lotion review and photos. Sephora Haul #2 -- My Summer Beauty Product OVERhaul. Sephora Hauls.  Photo copyright 2014: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Lotion

A brand-new moisturizer was one of the most important elements to my new skincare routine and this amazing moisturizer right here immediately made a huge difference in hydrating my dry skin. I had originally sampled the Ultra Repair Cream by First Aid Beauty and I loved it so I meant to pick that one up, but I put the Ultra Repair Lotion in my online shopping cart instead. It is essentially the same formula, just with a lighter consistency. I like the Cream a bit better so I’m going to make sure I pick that one up when I run out of this one.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Lotion ($28 for 8 oz.; sephora.com) is described as a “refreshingly lightweight moisturizer for silky smooth skin.” It is clinically proven to deliver 24 hours of continuous hydration, eliminate flakiness and condition the skin, leaving it “silky, supple and smooth.” It also treats itching and irritation caused by eczema, bug bites and rashes, so it can be used all over your body — not just the face!

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser review and photos. Sephora Haul #2 -- My Summer Beauty Product OVERhaul. Sephora Hauls.  Photo copyright 2014: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser

Another super awesome product that I’m surprised I just started using now is this best-selling cleanser from Fresh. My face is soooo CLEAN after I use it — it removes pretty much every last trace of makeup (even mascara) and my skin feels and looks so much better now that I’ve been using it religiously for about a month. I bought this smaller tube first to really try it out and then I ran out of it pretty quickly so I recently bought the larger, 5.1-oz. tube. The larger tube is part of the third Sephora haul in my summer haul series 🙂

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser ($15 for 1.7 oz. [pictured] or $38 for 5.1 oz.; sephora.com) is described as a “multitasking gel that gently removes impurities and makeup.” It instantly whisks away everyday impurities and makeup — even mascara — without stripping the skin of essential moisture, and it is rich in amino acids and soy proteins to support moisture retention. It also contains rosewater to balance and tone skin, as well as cucumber extract and nourishing borage seed oil.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush review and photos. Sephora Haul #2 -- My Summer Beauty Product OVERhaul. Sephora Hauls.  Photo copyright 2014: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in “Captivating” (warm peach)

I have this blush in a few other colors, but the peach looked so pretty and exactly what I was looking for so I had to pick it up. I want to do a full review on this product because the packaging is so pretty and I got a bunch of great photos; this haul post was already really photo-heavy so I only used one photo of the blush.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush ($26 for 0.2 oz.; sephora.com) is described as a “long-wearing, solar-baked blush” that lasts up to 12 hours. This blush is infused with natural clay “harvested from the banks of the Amazon River and naturally baked by the sun” and it is rich in nutrients that benefit all skin types for a “fade-free flawless finish.” I chose the “Captivating” shade, which is described as a warm peach.

Josie Maran Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment review and photos. Sephora Haul #2 -- My Summer Beauty Product OVERhaul. Sephora Hauls.  Photo copyright 2014: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Josie Maran Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment

This was another skincare product that I recently added to my daily routine that has helped my skin get back to a more normal state. I put this treatment on every night (usually during the daytime, too) and it has done wonders for my dry skin, making it feel and look so much more hydrated, soft and smooth. Over the last couple of days I started using Josie’s Argan Oil Light over this treatment at night instead of my moisturizer and I’m loving the results. During the day I apply my First Aid Beauty moisturizer over the Argan Milk.

Josie Maran Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment ($56 for 1 oz.; sephora.com) is described as a “100 percent natural, emulsifier-free, hydrating treatment serum” that features powerful anti-aging benefits. Microdroplets of 100% Pure Argan Oil are suspended in purified water (which gives it the “milky” look), allowing the “skin-saving benefits of Argan Oil” to deeply nourish the skin.

Korres Greek Yoghurt Nourishing Primer review and photos. Sephora Haul #2 -- My Summer Beauty Product OVERhaul. Sephora Hauls.  Photo copyright 2014: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Korres Greek Yoghurt Nourishing Primer

I have tried out at least 20 different foundation primers over the last couple of months and I think I have finally found the perfect one for me — it’s not this one from Korres, though. Again, my skin has changed so much over the last year that a brand-new primer was just another skincare item that I needed for my new dry/sort of sensitive skin type.

I’m going to do a post on foundation primers soon because I have bought and sampled soooo many recently and I ended up returning about half of the ones I bought. I think I finally settled on a primer from NARS and/or a primer from Laura Mercier (I use Laura Mercier foundation so I think that’s why the primer worked so great). But anyway, this primer from Korres really wasn’t bad. It felt amazing on my skin and I really love that “Greek Yoghurt” scent (I know some people don’t really like it). This one just didn’t make my foundation last for as long as I would have liked.

Korres Greek Yoghurt Nourishing Primer ($30 for 1.01 oz.; sephora.com) is described as a “skin-perfecting and silicone-free face primer” that is enriched with ultra-nourishing Greek yogurt for “the smoothest makeup application and long-lasting wear.” This primer has a gel texture that glides onto skin, leaving a dewy finish.

Murad Hydrating Toner review and photos. Sephora Haul #2 -- My Summer Beauty Product OVERhaul. Sephora Hauls.  Photo copyright 2014: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Murad Hydrating Toner

I actually had to return this product after a few uses because it made me break out. I started using so many different products at once but for some reason I just knew this was the culprit for my breakouts. I have sensitive-ish skin, but I’m not sensitive to products, per se. I can usually use any product on my face and not have to worry about breakouts (I honestly think the bulk of my breakouts come from my new puppy because I am always rubbing my face on his cute little face), but I checked online and I found that a few people did break out from this toner. The majority of people seemed to love it, though, and I don’t think that breaking out from this product is very common.

Murad Hydrating Toner ($27 for 6 oz.; sephora.com) is an alcohol-free toner that “replenishes lost moisture to refresh skin and prepare it for treatment.” It is described as a “lightweight mist” that rehydrates and refreshes skin while restoring skin’s natural pH balance and it also neutralizes surface impurities. It contains Sodium PCA to improve hydration, chamomile and cucumber extracts to soothe and minimize irritation, and vitamins C and E to provide “powerful antioxidant protection.”

Formula X X ♥ Rouge Nail Polish review and photos. Sephora Haul #2 -- My Summer Beauty Product OVERhaul. Sephora Hauls.  Photo copyright 2014: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Formula X “X ♥ Rouge” Nail Polish

These next three items were just freebies/point perks that I added to my online order. I received this nail polish as a VIB Rouge renewal gift and I wasn’t too crazy about the color (I’m really not a red girl) so I gave it to my friend Nicole because she looks great in any kind of red makeup or nail polish!

FORMULA X “X ♥ Rouge” Nail Polish (reg. $10.50, VIB Rouge exclusive; sephora.com) is described as a “striking nail lacquer in a classic candy apple red,” available exclusively for VIB Rouge re-qualifying members.

Tarte Cheek Stain and Dr. Brandt Skincare microdermabrasion skin exfoliant review and photos. Sephora Haul #2 -- My Summer Beauty Product OVERhaul. Sephora Hauls. Photo copyright 2014: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Sephora Beauty Insider 100-Point Perks: Dr. Brandt Skincare Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant and Tarte Cheek Stain in

And the very last products in my second Sephora summer haul were these two Beauty Insider 100-point perks. I said in my last post (the VIB Rouge Summer Surge event) that I keep getting the 100-point Dr. Brandt exfoliator samples and I have so many of them that I don’t have to buy the full-sized tube anytime soon. This is my favorite exfoliator and really the only one I have ever used that gives me such noticeable results.

Dr. Brandt Skincare Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant (reg. $78 for 2 oz.; sephora.com) is described as a “powerful at-home alternative to in-office skin exfoliation procedures.” It contains pharmaceutical-grade crystals, lactic acid and soothing botanicals to polish away dead skin cells, leaving your skin looking and feeling radiant, healthy and smooth. It also diminishes the appearance of fine lines, acne marks and skin discolorations.

Tarte Cheek Stain (reg. $30 for 0.5 oz.; sephora.com) is a natural-looking and award-winning cheek stain that “imparts a just-pinched look.” It delivers a radiant, natural-looking flush as well as anti-aging and skin-restorative benefits.

 

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Okay so that was a pretty long and photo-heavy post. I think the post for my third haul will be a bit shorter (this one took me awhile). All products are available in Sephora stores and on Sephora.com, as well as directly from the individual brand websites. Other beauty retailers also carry many of these items, including Macy’s and ULTA.

 

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Sephora Beauty Insider Summer Surge – New VIB Rouge Sample Bag + Extra Points On All Purchases Through 8/10

Sephora Beauty Insider Summer Surge - New VIB Rouge Sample Bag + Extra Points On All Purchases Through 8/10. Photo copyright 2014: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

VIB Rouge Shopper from the Sephora Summer Surge

Sephora’s “Summer Surge” kicked off on Sunday with an exclusive shopping event for VIB Rouge members (the top Beauty Insider rewards program tier) and I actually woke up extra early on a Sunday to head to my favorite Sephora store just so I could score the exclusive goodies. This cute shopper (above), plus a “limited edition” cosmetic bag filled with samples were available during the event (from 9-11 AM) with a $35 purchase.

I actually got there after 11 AM, but I called first to make sure I would still be able to get the free stuff if I came late, and the sales associate told me that the shopper and cosmetic bags would still be available until they ran out of them. So, if you missed the event, you might still be able to get the freebies if your Sephora store didn’t run out of them yet!

Sephora Beauty Insider Summer Surge - New VIB Rouge Sample Bag + Extra Points On All Purchases Through 8/10. Photo copyright 2014: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Sephora Summer Surge VIB Rouge Sample Bag

These were the freebies in the “exclusive” makeup bag. The bag itself was just a plain black case — they made it sound a little nicer, but it’s whatever. I have so many makeup bags at this point that I don’t even know what to do with them, and a solid black one always comes in handy. I think the products in the sample bag differed a bit from person to person, I guess it depended on whatever the store had available. The bag I received included the following eight samples:

  • Mini (0.06 oz.) BUXOM Buxom Lash Mascara in “Blackest Black”
  • Make Up For Ever HD Blush in 410 (Coral) Sample Card — This was a good-sized sample card, though – I can get multiple uses out of this one.
  • Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Mini Perfume Sample
  • DR. JART+ Water Fuse Beauty Balm SPF 25 Mini Sample (0.2 oz.) — Also a good size, especially for trying out the product over a few days (I think I can get at least a week out of this tube, maybe more).
  • Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm Mini Sample (0.23 oz.) — Another great size. I had this same exact sample before and you get a LOT of use out of this little jar. I would say almost a month since you use so little of the product around the eyes.
  • Deluxe sample-sized (0.12 oz.) Blinc Mascara Amplified in Black — This is a completely new product for me so I’m excited to try it out.
  • Benefit Watt’s Up! Highlighter Mini Sample (0.08 oz.) — I have so many of these already that I haven’t even had to buy the full-sized product yet. Love this one and the sample size lasts forever because I use so little of the product, it’s great!
  • Laura Mercier Foundation Primer – Protect Deluxe Sample (0.5 oz.) — Awesome size, great primer. I have actually been mixing this with my other Laura Mercier primer (the radiance one) and I’m loving the result.
Sephora Beauty Insider Summer Surge - New VIB Rouge Sample Bag + Extra Points On All Purchases Through 8/10. Photo copyright 2014: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

My purchases (4x points)

And, of course, I had to buy something. In order to get the freebies you had to spend at least $35, which is never a problem for me when it comes to ANY kind of shopping, not just makeup! I actually placed an online order on Sephora.com a couple days before the “Summer Surge” on Sunday, so I really didn’t NEED anything.

  • Alterna Bamboo Smooth Anti-Humidity Hair Spray ($18 for 7.5 oz.; sephora.com): I got this because I so desperately needed a new, GOOD hair spray. My hair gets super frizzy and poofy during the summer, and I have been on the hunt for a good anti-humidity hair spray for … years, really. I love Alterna’s Bamboo Smooth line so I decided to try this one out, and I’m definitely liking it a lot so far! I’ll really put it to the test the next time it rains — which will probably be in a day or two thanks to this super stormy New York summer.
  • Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Violet ($20 for 0.01 oz.; sephora.com): I don’t really use Stila’s Smudge Sticks in natural colors for everyday wear, but I do love the ones that come in bright colors and I decided to start a mini collection. It seems like some of the bright colors are only available in stores (like the turquoise shade), but this beautiful violet is definitely available in stores and online. I’m going to do a colorful summer eyeliner post this week and include this one from Stila 🙂
  • Make Up For Ever Mist & Fix ($12 for 1.01 oz.; sephora.com): I’ve been using the Urban Decay All Nighter makeup setting spray for a couple of years now, but I have been meaning to try out this one from MUFE since the product description makes it sound so wonderful. I only used this once so far (I’ve been doing lazy, half-assed makeup the last few days), but I think I like it better than the UD spray! I bought the smaller bottle so I could try it out; the full-size bottle costs $29.
Sephora Beauty Insider 100-point samples. Sephora Beauty Insider Summer Surge - New VIB Rouge Sample Bag + Extra Points On All Purchases Through 8/10. Photo copyright 2014: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Sephora Beauty Insider 100-point samples

And the very last things I got during the Sephora Summer Surge shopping event were these two Beauty Insider 100-point samples. I have so many points and I keep saving them up for an awesome 500-point set, and there are some great 500-point rewards right now but it’s all stuff I either already have, or stuff I don’t really have a use for. So I just pick up the 100-point samples whenever I see something I like. I actually have so many of the 100-point Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Exfoliant (my favorite exfoliator) right now that I don’t even have to buy the full-size tube anytime soon 🙂

 

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The Sephora Summer Surge is going on until August 10 and it’s a chance for Sephora Beauty Insiders on all tiers of the program to earn extra points on all purchases, in-store and online. Beauty Insiders (the first tier) get 2x points, VIBS (the second tier) get 3x points, and VIB Rouge (the third tier) get 4x points.

They say the free goodies are just for VIB Rouge, but if it’s not a busy store and they have extra freebies they might be able to give them to any Beauty Insider member. Always ask for free samples no matter what! You’d be surprised by what they have behind the counter — like how I had no idea they had this freebie from BUXOM on my last trip. Happy summer makeup shopping!

 

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LUSH Ray of Sunshine Gift Set Review – A Super Happy Handmade Shower Set!

LUSH Ray of Sunshine Giftset Review - A Super Happy Handmade Shower Set! LUSH Cosmetics The Olive Branch Shower Gel; Sexy Peel Soap; Each Peach (And Two's A Pair) Massage Bar; and Sugar Scrub review and photos. Photo copyright 2014: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

LUSH Cosmetics Ray of Sunshine set

Every time I get new LUSH products I usually can’t wait to use them so I either A). forego taking the photos and writing up a review post, or B). I actually take the pictures but I wait way too long to get the review up and the products are no longer available. A lot of LUSH’s gift sets are seasonal so that’s exactly what happened over the holidays this year — I ended up taking photos of a bunch of different products and then never got around to writing the review.

I haven’t really gotten anything new from LUSH since the holidays, and then this little box of happiness showed up in my house a couple of weeks ago as a gift to my mom. I took the liberty of opening it up and taking photos and then testing everything out since it all looks super cute and cool 🙂

LUSH Ray of Sunshine ($28.95 for four items – detailed below; lushusa.com) is described as a “shower box of warmth, comfort and Mediterranean citrus jubilation” that includes four citrus products for refreshing showers. LUSH describes this set as their “brightest, cheeriest collection,” and it includes a miniature Sugar Scrub, Each Peach massage bar, The Olive Branch shower gel and a wedge of Sexy Peel soap. This set is offered year-round.

LUSH Cosmetics The Olive Branch Shower Gel review and photos. LUSH Ray of Sunshine Giftset Review - A Super Happy Handmade Shower Set! LUSH Cosmetics The Olive Branch Shower Gel; Sexy Peel Soap; Each Peach (And Two's A Pair) Massage Bar; and Sugar Scrub review and photos. Photo copyright 2014: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

LUSH The Olive Branch Shower Gel

LUSH The Olive Branch Shower Gel ($9.95 for 3.3 oz.; lushusa.com) contains skin softening organic olive oil, vital antioxidants, an “infusion” of vine leaves, sea salt and fresh mandarin juice. It smells like sunshine and citrus  (if “sunshine” was a smell), and LUSH says that mandarin juice has been used for years to “lighten the mood and freshen up dull skin.”

This was definitely one of the most moisturizing shower gels I have ever used and I wish I had a bigger bottle of it because the 3.3-oz. size got used up way too quickly. I’m pretty sure anyone who’s ever used this shower gel has loved it, so if you want to try it out I would definitely recommend a larger bottle!

LUSH Cosmetics Each Peach massage bar review and photos. LUSH Ray of Sunshine Giftset Review - A Super Happy Handmade Shower Set! LUSH Cosmetics The Olive Branch Shower Gel; Sexy Peel Soap; Each Peach (And Two's A Pair) Massage Bar; and Sugar Scrub review and photos. Photo copyright 2014: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

LUSH Each Peach Happy Face Massage Bar

LUSH Each Peach Massage Bar (reg. $10.95 for 1 oz.; lushusa.com) is a moisturizing bar infused with fruity avocado and mango kernel butters mixed with a cocoa butter and shea butter base for ultimate skin softening and nourishment. This bar is super emollient and moisturizing for the skin and it also “gives a good glide” when it is being massaged into the body. It includes lime, mandarin and orange essential oils which are “uplifting mood boosters” and go along perfectly with the rest of the Ray of Sunshine set.

The smiley face bar seems to be exclusive to Lush’s Ray of Sunshine set but it has all the same properties as the regular Each Peach bars. It looks like the regular bars are sold out right now on Lush’s website, but they are probably still available in stores and this particular extra happy bar is definitely still available in the Ray of Sunshine set (in stores and online).

This product is awesomely moisturizing and it’s such a cool, unique product — I’m not surprised at all that people gave it such great reviews on Lush’s website. I actually thought this was a bar of soap at first, then I read the product description and found out that it’s a silky moisturizer in bar form that’s made with natural butters and oils. It’s also super cute, so that’s an extra plus 🙂

LUSH Cosmetics Sugar Scrub review and photos. LUSH Ray of Sunshine Giftset Review - A Super Happy Handmade Shower Set! LUSH Cosmetics The Olive Branch Shower Gel; Sexy Peel Soap; Each Peach (And Two's A Pair) Massage Bar; and Sugar Scrub review and photos. Photo copyright 2014: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

LUSH Sugar Scrub

LUSH Sugar Scrub ($6.25 for 3.5 oz.; lushusa.com) is described as a “stimulating” sugar scrub that contains Fair Trade sugar to exfoliate and fennel and ginger to stimulate circulation and warm the skin. It is also formulated with “calming” lavender to balance out the rough exfoliants and encourage healthier skin.

I haven’t tried this product out just yet, but I plan on using it today or tomorrow. It is designed to buff away dead skin and leave your skin glowing, and many reviewers said that it definitely does what it’s supposed to do, although the scrub itself gets a little messy and crumbles when it comes in contact with water. A lot of reviewers said that they either break off a small piece and take it in the shower (leaving the rest of the product in a dry place), or they break down the whole thing into a small bowl to cut down on the messiness.

The general consensus was that it does indeed work, and it also has a great smell. I’m just going to have to use it with caution because I have a history of easily destroying products like this!

LUSH Sexy Peel Soap review and photos. LUSH Ray of Sunshine Giftset Review - A Super Happy Handmade Shower Set! LUSH Cosmetics The Olive Branch Shower Gel; Sexy Peel Soap; Each Peach (And Two's A Pair) Massage Bar; and Sugar Scrub review and photos. Photo copyright 2014: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

LUSH Sexy Peel Soap

LUSH Sexy Peel Soap ($6.40 for 3.5 oz.; lushusa.com) is made with the peel from organic oranges, limes and lemons to give the soap the “exfoliating texture of fresh marmalade.” It is a “scrubby soap” that contains citrus peels to exfoliate and tone the skin, revitalizing citrus juice and oils, and it’s rich in vitamin C. The acidity of the orange juice helps keep skin clear and all of these yummy ingredients rolled into one bar will get your senses going and help wake you up in the morning.

I lovedddd this soap bar — it felt so awesome on my skin and it has a pretty, citrus-y scent that lasted for hours after my shower. This one also got really high marks on Lush’s website and a lot of reviewers said that the zingy citrus actually did help them wake up in the morning. The only problem I had, and a bunch of reviewers said this too, was that it didn’t last very long and I was barely able to get a full week’s use out of it.

For “optimal longevity,” Lush suggests to keep this soap in a well-drained soap dish and away from water in-between uses. I think it would have lasted longer for me if I read this suggestion before using it. Either way, I’m really not all that bothered by the fact that this soap doesn’t last too long because it costs less than seven bucks, and the low price combined with all the great (and natural) ingredients make this product more than worth it (in my opinion). I will definitely be buying a replacement next time I’m in the vicinity of a Lush store.

 

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All four products in this giftset were great with amazing, nourishing ingredients that actually work. I think it’s definitely worth the ~$30 price tag, but I don’t think I would buy it again because the products just didn’t last long enough. There are other Lush shower gels that I like better (even though I did really, really like this one) so I’d rather pick those up, and I’m definitely going to be buying the Sexy Peel soap again since it’s so cheap (and I’m going to follow the instructions this time so it can last longer). So all in all, this is a great set for a great price and perfect for someone who wants to try out four of Lush’s wonderful bath products.

 

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Lush’s Ray of Sunshine gift set costs $28.95 for four popular bath products and it is available in Lush stores and online at Lushusa.com.

 

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Julep Maven July 2014 Review + Photos: The Poolside Collection

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Julep Maven July 2014: The Poolside Collection

This month I completely forgot about customizing my Julep Maven box so I received my default box, the “Bombshell” box, instead. Bombshell is the “style profile” that I ended up with when I first subscribed. Basically, you take a quiz based on your style preferences and that is the style box you end up with each month (there are a few different styles, about 5 or so). Then, each month, you start out with that specific box and you can add-on or swap out different products based on exactly which products and nail colors you want.

So, anyway. Even though I didn’t exactly choose my box this month, I’m still happy with what I ended up receiving. I’m glad I got the new body lotion (instead of the body scrub, which was the other featured beauty product this month), and I got two pretty nail polish colors that I probably would have picked for myself anyway.

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Julep‘s July collection, appropriately called “The Poolside Collection“, features nine new nail polish colors and two new beauty products: the Julep Bare Body Milk (below) and Julep Bare Body Polish ($26, or $20.80 for Mavens). I didn’t receive the body polish, but it’s described as an “invigorating scrub that polishes away the rough stuff standing between you and smooth, beautiful skin.” It is a creamy formula, packed with “tiny spheres” to exfoliate and, unlike salt and sugar scrubs, it doesn’t turn into a crumble-y mess when you mix it with water.

All of the Julep monthly collections are first released for Maven subscribers, and then you can order any of the items featured that month on the website a few weeks (maybe up to a month) after that.

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Julep Bare Body Milk

I’m a bit stocked up on body lotions and moisturizers, so I really didn’t think this was going to be the most exciting Julep Maven month for me, but I’m definitely digging the lotion, and I think that a skincare item is a nice change from the mostly makeup products that Maven boxes have featured in recent months.

It smells wonderful (a super beach-y scent), and, even though I’ve only tested it out so far on my arms, it seems to get the job done pretty well. I’m going to do a full application tomorrow. I definitely don’t have a problem covering my body in the amazing scent and the tube looks cute on display among some of my other beauty products on top of my dresser.

Julep Bare Body Milk (reg. $24 or $19.20 for Maven subscribers, 6.8 oz.; julep.com) is described as an “ultra hydrating”, lightweight, fast-absorbing body lotion that “leaves a soft, silky finish that’s not heavy or greasy” in Julep’s summery signature “Beach Tonic” fragrance. It contains milk thistle to lock in moisture and help protect against environmental factors; olive oil, which delivers essential fatty acids to hydrate and repair skin; grapefruit oil, which promotes cell turnover; and orange peel to brighten dry, dull skin. Sounds pretty yummy to me.

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Julep Nail Color in Beverly

I was actually really impressed by the two new nail colors I received with my July Maven box. They contain Julep’s (fairly) new Color Treat Oxygen Technology which makes the polish dry faster and allows 30% more oxygen to permeate the nail bed (the 30% is compared to nail polish from other brands without this technology).

I think both of these colors went on flawlessly and stayed on very well (three days later, still no chips). I am comparing this to other Julep polishes I have used in the past that did not have this “Color Treat” oxygen technology. Some Julep polishes have been a huge pain for me and they have gone on kind of messy and the polish itself seemed very sticky. This new technology really makes a huge difference.

Julep Nail Color in Beverly (reg. $14 or $11.20 for Maven subscribers, 0.27 oz.; julep.com) is described as a “Boysenberry creme” color. It’s a dark purplish berry color. The photo above makes the polish look a little more purple, but it does have reddish berry undertones which you can see a lot better in the photo on Julep’s website.

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Julep Nail Color in Lissa

My favorite of the two nail colors in my Maven box this month was this beachy turquoise shade. Like the Boysenberry creme shade (above), this one is also formulated with Julep’s Color Treat Oxygen Technology that allows it to dry quicker and makes the polish last longer (as well as the 30% more oxygen that permeates the nail bed). An independent trial revealed that 95% of women found that this technology revealed stronger, harder and more conditioned nails in just two weeks, and Julep’s “proprietary” 5-free formula also includes “strengthening Hexanal and antioxidant green coffee extract” for an extra healthy nails boost.

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Julep Nail Color in Lissa

Julep Nail Color in Lissa (reg. $14 or $11.20 for Maven subscribers, 0.27 oz.; julep.com) is described as a “tumbled turquoise creme.” It’s a really pretty bright turquoise (it looks a little brighter than it does in the photo above), and it’s really a true turquoise — more on the blue side than the green side, but I really can’t describe it any better because it’s just a real turquoise shade.

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Tootsie Rolls added in to the July 2014 Julep Maven box

And the very last thing that was in my July 2014 Julep Maven box were these very Fourth of July Tootsie Rolls. Julep actually used to add in a surprise beauty item each month (nothing crazy, like maybe an extra nail file or some nail buffers), but they did away with that and recently they’ve been throwing in some candy as a surprise addition.

I have no complaints about this — I’m a little sick and tired of all the super healthy snacks that I’ve been seeing in subscription boxes (and really, pretty much everywhere). I am a candy addict (I’ve had a few root canals to prove it) and free candy is the best. No shame.

 

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Julep Maven is a monthly nail polish and beauty product subscription box service that costs $24.99 per month, or $19.99 per month with a three-month subscription (you get $40+ worth of products in each box). Julep recently added a new “tier” to their subscription service that costs $39.99 per month for $60+ worth of products. Each box is fully customizable. To subscribe, click here, or visit Julep.com for more information.

 

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Glossybox June 2014 Review + Photos: The Stars & Stripes Edition

 

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The most beautiful Glossybox (ever) is here just in time for Independence Day AND the USA vs. Belgium World Cup Round of 16 match that is taking place tomorrow (Tuesday). Patriotism is at an all-time high this month, mostly thanks to our soccer (football) team’s astonishing escape from the “Group of Death.” So this Glossybox is all the more special.

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I’m going to definitely find a good use for the Stars & Stripes Glossybox in my room. I actually have been collecting almost all of my Glossyboxes for about a year now (since I first subscribed, really) — both the regular pink ones and the special edition ones — and most of them end up in my closets to use as extra organizers. I’m going to use this one as some sort of decoration/organizer that won’t be hidden away in one of my closets.

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StrangeBeautiful Colorbloc Nail Polish

First up is this patriotically-inspired nail polish duo from StrangeBeautiful that was designed exclusively for the Glossybox Stars & Stripes edition. These two little nail polishes are held under one cover so it’s kind of like the size of one regular nail polish bottle, and it’s really cute. I was impressed at how well these colors went on my nails — just one coat was vibrant enough, even though I still used two coats as always. Since this Colorbloc duo is exclusive to Glossybox, I included a link to buy different Colorblocs from StrangeBeautiful on the Anthropologie website.

StrangeBeautiful Colorbloc Nail Polish ($18 for two 0.15-oz. bottles; anthropologie.com) is a nail polish duo that “enables you to color your nails on the go effortlessly.” These polishes are great for travel and airline-friendly, and they are comprised of two “saturated” colors housed in a convenient, compact design.

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RUSK Texture Dry Finishing Spray

I haven’t used this finishing spray yet so I’m not sure how well it works, but I like seeing different and unique hair products in subscription boxes, especially since I’m kind of all stocked up on the regulars (hairspray, serums, creams, etc.).

RUSK Texture Dry Finishing Spray ($18 for 8 oz.; ariva.com) is described as a “talc-free styling spray” that adds texture, shape, and grip “for an instant boost on hot summer nights,” while still maintaining hair’s natural movement. This spray leaves no white, chalky residue and it provides all-day flexible, medium hold.

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Ayres Patagonia Body Butter

I have only tried out this body butter once so far, but it’s definitely extremely “luxurious” and hydrating with a pretty scent. I can never have enough body butters and lotions, so these are always great subscription box additions for me.

Ayres Patagonia Body Butter ($28 for 6.75 oz.; ayresbeauty.com) is described as an “all-natural body formula” that is enriched with herbal extracts and vitamins to help moisturize dry patches on the skin. This body butter is formulated with a fragrant fusion of jasmine, rosemary, lavender, bergamot, and fir essential oils to provide long-lasting hydration.

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Camille Beckman Platinumé Gold Imperial Repair Hand Therapy

This is a wonderful hand cream for some super intense hydration. My hands get dry pretty easily (all year long) and I go through a lot of tubes of hand cream, so this is another product that I never mind seeing in a subscription box. In fact, I don’t think I have even bought hand cream for myself in almost a year because I always get one every couple of months in a subscription box; no complaints here. The only thing I’m just a little ehhh about is the scent of this lotion — I LOVE a pretty lemongrass scent, but the lemongrass in this hand cream seems to be hidden a bit, and when I first applied it it kind of reminded me of a grandma perfume. Either way, this stuff works very well.

Camille Beckman Platinumé Gold Imperial Repair Hand Therapy ($10 for 1.35 oz.; camillebeckman.com) is described as a “dye-free, gluten-free, citrus-scented cream” that includes botanicals like sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, and Camille Beckman’s signature herbal complex to give your hands an extra dose of hydration, restoration, and softening.

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Sumita Beauty Champagne Eye Shadow Pencil

This last product was probably my favorite item in the June Glossybox. It is a beautifully vibrant and creamy eye shadow pencil in a perfect champagne-y, taupe-ish color. I haven’t worn it yet but I swatched it on my hand and I loved it. I kinda messed up the photo (above) and the tip of the pencil came out a little blurry … the color of this pencil is so pretty and it’s perfect for any kind of makeup look no matter where you go, day or night.

Sumita Beauty Champagne Eye Shadow Pencil ($18 for .08 oz.; zibabeauty.com) is described as a “universally-flattering golden shade” that “offers a hint of shimmer to accent any eye color” and is the perfect finishing touch for day or night. This silky eye pencil can be used as a highlight, a liner, or it can be applied to your entire eyelid as a shadow that won’t budge or smear.

 

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This wasn’t the most exciting month for Glossybox, but the box itself is beautiful and the Stars & Stripes theme was cute and fun. The nail polish was great with super vibrant colors (it dried quickly, too); the eyeshadow pencil from Sumita Beauty was definitely my favorite product as the color is so versatile and beautiful; the hair finishing spray looks like a product I’m going to really like (haven’t tried it out yet); and the hand lotion and cream are two products that I will always be able to put to use.

 

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Glossybox is a monthly beauty subscription service that costs $21 per month, with the option to buy 3-, 6-, or 12-month plans at a slightly lower cost. They usually send out five deluxe- and travel-sized beauty samples (always really good sizes, I have no complaints), and sometimes you will find full-sized products, too. The brands that are featured are all higher-end, more “luxurious” beauty brands, and, the best part is, since Glossybox started over in the UK they often feature a lot of British and other European beauty brands, so there’s always something new and exciting (which I love). To subscribe, click here, or visit Glossybox.com for more information.

 
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Sephora Haul #1 — My Summer Beauty Product OVERhaul

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I ran into some extra money this month so, naturally, I hightailed it over to Sephora to buy a ton of new products. I ended up doing my summer beauty shopping in three trips — two trips to the store and one on Sephora.com — so I’m going to break up these three “hauls” into three individual posts. I’m going to review almost all of these products in their own individual posts, so this is just an overview of the new items I bought.

My skin has been changing a lot ever since I turned 26 (I’m 27 now); they say your skin can start changing in your mid-20s so I’m not too upset about it, but I needed a complete overhaul of my skincare routine because, instead of normal-type skin, I now have normal-dry skin, I’ve been getting a few breakouts and my overall complexion needs some evening out.

So I asked the wonderful staff member at the new Sephora in the Bay Shore Mall on Long Island what kind of products I should be using now and she was SO helpful and friendly. She put a lot of products into small sample jars so I could take them home and try them out for a few days to see how they work.

I usually would rather shop online than in the actual Sephora stores because I often find that the staff members never really help you (I feel like I know more than they do about a lot of these products most of the time) and they’re pretty snooty sometimes, too. That, plus the store is a mess — at least at the big malls here on Long Island they are.

So this is why I am SO happy a new Sephora opened up at the mall in Bay Shore. The staff is amazing, the store is super clean and not too big and crazy, and that mall in general is a LOT quieter and less busy than the other malls on the Island, so shopping is so much less of a headache.

I was planning on going back to the store after trying them out but I didn’t really have the time, so I ordered online at Sephora.com instead. As a Sephora VIB Rouge member I get free 3-day shipping and it’s seriously the quickest-shipping website I have ever ordered from. Sometimes it’s more worth it for me to order online because I know I’ll have the products in a day or two.

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Sephora Collection Classic Multitasker Brush #45

The first item on my list was a good foundation brush because I was getting pretty bored of my Beauty Blender. I still like using the Beauty Blender to blend cover-up into and around my under-eye area and around my nose, but, even though I’ve been using this tool for 2+ years now, I just wasn’t getting the right coverage that I wanted from my regular foundation application. Someone suggested this brush from Sephora and I asked the Sephora associate in Bay Shore about it and she said she used it too. I am very, very happy with it.

Sephora Collection Classic Multitasker Brush #45 ($24; sephora.com) is designed for applying both loose and compact powders as well as any liquid makeup, and it’s bristles have undergone a “hypoallergenic, non-toxic, antibacterial treatment” to help keep skin healthy. Like I said earlier, I’m going to do a full review of all the items in my haul in individual posts of their own so I’m not going to go to in-depth here, but my foundation has been looking better than ever after I started using this brush.

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Sephora Collection Rose Mask – Moisturizing & Brightening

These new Sephora Collection masks displayed throughout the store quickly caught my eye — the bright rainbow of colors and cute little circle packaging made it way too hard to not want to pick one up. They’re only six bucks and they come in six different formulas for different skin concerns (each one is a different color package). My only gripe about this mask was that, even though the results were instant and noticeable, it didn’t really last very long.

I think they should have maybe made them a little more expensive and put, like, three or four masks in one package … or even two would have made a difference. With just one you’re really only getting use out of it for that one night or day that you’re using it. I used it at night and then took a shower the next day so the effect kinda wore right off. I would suggest to use these during the day, or at night before you go out.

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Sephora Collection Rose Mask – Moisturizing & Brightening ($6 for one 0.84-oz. mask; sephora.com) is described as a “natural fiber mask” that contains natural rose extract to moisturize skin for a more radiant appearance. It “perfectly hugs facial contours,” to allow the active ingredients to penetrate and plump the skin, creating a fresher, brighter, glowing appearance.

These masks come in six different type including: Pearl (light pink) for perfecting & brightening; Green Tea (green) for mattifying & anti-blemish; Ginseng (yellow) for toning & revitalizing; Pomegranate (red) for anti-fatigue & energizing; Honey (orange) for nourishing & balancing; and Rose (pink, the one I bought) for moisturizing & brightening.

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Korres Milk Protein Cleansing Wipes for Normal to Dry Skin

I needed new cleansing wipes because I just ran out of them and I decided to pick up this pack from Korres. I love Korres products and all of their natural, good-for-you ingredients, so I knew I wouldn’t have any complaints about these wipes. I can’t really say that I notice any difference between these and any of the other makeup removing wipes I use (I usually pick up whatever I see first, whether it’s at CVS, ULTA, Sephora, or anywhere else), and I always wash my face after using them, so I really can’t say much about them other than the fact that they work well in removing makeup, even mascara.

I actually can’t find these available on Sephora’s website, I only see Korres’ Pomegranate wipes (the ones for oily and combination skin), so if you want to pick up these Milk Protein wipes (for normal to dry skin) your local Sephora should definitely have them. If you would prefer to order them online I did find them on HSN, so I included that link below.

Korres Milk Protein Cleansing & Make-Up Removing Wipes ($12 for 25 wipes; hsn.com) are formulated for normal to dry skin to remove face and eye makeup and dirt while nourishing the skin with the “moisturizing powers of milk proteins.” They also contain aloe and proVitamin B5 to soothe skin.

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Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Primer

I cannotttttt get over how much I LOVE this stuff. I just can’t even describe how it has completely transformed the look of my hair. I have been having serious issues with dry, damaged strands, and the summer is especially bad for me because my hair can easily turn into a poofy mess. This AMAZING stuff makes my hair look beautiful. It looks healthy and shiny, voluminous — everything you could possibly want for your hair. I’ll go into more detail when I post a review on this product but OMG I am so happy I picked this bottle up.

Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Primer ($26 for 8.5 oz.; sephora.com) is a sulfate-free “pre-styler” that “protects, conditions, and eases styling for dry, brittle, or coarse hair.” It is described as a multitasking primer that’s infused with six different “feather-light” oils “for complete hair transformation” (and transforming it is!!). Hair appears softer, smoother, silkier, less tangled, and it also protects against breakage, heat, and UV radiation.

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Urban Decay Naked Flushed in Streak

I picked up the original Naked Flushed blush/bronzer by Urban Decay when it first came out (less than a year ago I think?), and I really liked the formula but I wasn’t so crazy about the colors. Well now UD has four different Naked Flushed palette colors (three new ones plus the original), and I was loving this one, “Streak,” which has a super pretty peachy blush that’s perfect for summer.

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Urban Decay Naked Flushed in Streak (the photo is a little darker than how it looks IRL — the blush is a LOT more peachy in person)

Urban Decay Naked Flushed ($30 for 0.49 oz.; sephora.com) is described as “a silky bronzer, highlighter, and blush in a sleek, travel-ready compact.” Each pressed powder can be used individually or blended together and they contain light-diffusing particles to enhance skin for a “fresh, glowy look.”

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Dior Diorskin Nude BB Creme

I finally caved and bought this much raved-about BB cream from Dior and I am so glad I did. I actually meant to pick up the more moisturizing, Dior Hydra Life BB Cream, but this one has been working great. My skin has been looking soooo much more even and prettier. I’m probably going to try out the Hydra Life formula when this one runs out, but I might just go back to this one because it’s been making my complexion look near-flawless.

Dior Diorskin Nude BB Creme ($44 for 1 oz.; sephora.com) is described as a Broad Spectrum SPF 10 BB cream that “moisturizes, smooths, protects, and corrects,” creating a “lustrous, flawless finish.”

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Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation

I also needed a new foundation and the Sephora staff member suggested this one — this is yet another product that I instantly fell in love with and I’m so happy I bought it. This, combined with just a litttttle bit of the Dior BB cream on top, has been making my skin look amazing and super even and all that good stuff. Love love love.

Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation ($45 for 1.18 oz.; sephora.com) is described as a “rich, long-wear foundation that gives skin a professional, full-coverage finish.” It’s a creamy formula that contains a “special collection” of silk proteins, tea extracts, and treated mica, which all blend together to create a “luxuriously hydrating foundation” that leaves skin “softer, smoother, and flawless.” I can totally attest to all of these claims … I can’t wait to review this product in its own post!

Buxom Haute Pink Lips Sephora VIB set. Three brand-new BUXOM lip shades: Full-On Lip Polish in Nicole; Full-Bodied Lip Gloss in Sweet Thing; and Full-Bodied Lipstick in Mistress review and photos. Sephora Haul #1 -- My Summer Beauty Product OVERhaul. Sephora haul, makeup and beauty haul. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

BUXOM Haute Pink Lips Sephora VIB Set: 3 Brand-New Lip Shades. From left to right: Mini Full-On Lip Polish in Nicole; Mini Full-Bodied Lip Gloss in Sweet Thing; and Mini Full-Bodied Lipstick in Mistress

Andddd … I saved the best for last! The awesome sales assistant at Sephora in the Great South Bay Bay Shore Mall (I feel so bad that I forgot her name!) also gave me this mini three-piece BUXOM lip collection of brand-new beautiful hot pink lip shades. I love BUXOM products, especially their lip products, and I don’t really have too many hot pink shades, and this set is SUCH a good mix of vibrant pink shades (strawberry, coral, and a hot baby pink).

When the Sephora associate was showing me the set at check-out I thought that it was a VIB point gift (where I’d have to spend points for it), and I didn’t realize she was actually GIVING it to me. So, if you’re a member of the Sephora VIB program, ask about this set next time you’re in the store! I was there exactly one week ago, so they should still have it! This set contained:

  • One Mini (0.07 oz.) Full-On Lip Polish in Nicole (reg. $19 for 0.15 oz.; sephora.com) is described as a “sheer, shimmering strawberry” lip gloss with a tingling, plumping effect. Formulated with Vitamins A and E to help keep lips “soft, supple, and protected.” As of this spring, BUXOM’s lip polishes come in 100 (!!) different shades, making it impossible to not find one that you love!
  • One Mini (0.06 oz.) Full-Bodied Lip Gloss in Sweet Thing (reg. $19 for 0.15 oz.; sephora.com) is described as a “sheer, shimmering, hydrating gloss” that plumps lips without the tingle. This brand-new shade is a sheer, yet full-bodied, hot pink, with a slightly creamier consistency than the lip polish (above). It is encapsulated with hyaluronic spheres that promote hydration and fullness, plus jojoba oil and vitamin E to help moisturize and protect lips.
  • One Mini (0.04 oz.) Full-Bodied Lipstick in Mistress (reg. $21 for 0.13 oz.; sephora.com) is a pretty hot pink shade that I can only really describe as like a baby pink-hot pink with a slight shimmer. This smooth, creamy, ultra-hydrating, full-coverage lipstick plumps lips without the tingle, and it contains encapsulated hyaluronic spheres to promote hydration and fullness. It is formulated with shea butter, coconut oil, chamomile flower wax, and vitamins C and E that all help to moisturize, soothe, and protect lips.

 

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All products are, of course, available in Sephora stores and on Sephora.com. I don’t see the Korres Milk Protein Cleansing Wipes on the Sephora website, but they are definitely available in Sephora stores and on HSN.com.

 

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Ipsy Glam Bag June 2014 Review + Photos

Ipsy Glam Bag June 2014 Review + Photos. Monthly beauty subscription. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

My Ipsy Glam Bag for June

I get in these slumps where I get so busy – yet still have SO much to blog about – and I just can’t seem to get any of my posts done. So I always revert back to these subscription boxes to review first because so many people blog about them, and they become boring after you’ve seen the same post on dozens of blogs already. I actually skipped a few boxes from last month (May) because I waited too long to get the post up. I have so much to write about and review so I’m definitely ready for a more serious blogging schedule.

So, anyway, I hope this Ipsy Glam Bag review isn’t too late (and/or boring already). I received my Glam Bag about a week ago and I was pretty happy with it. I always love my Glam Bags because they’re only $10 yet they always feature great full- and deluxe-sized products. Ipsy includes a bunch of different products every month (skincare, makeup, and hair care), from a bunch of different brands, both high-end and lower-end.

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Ipsy Glam Bag for June 2014

Every month Ipsy sends out about five different products (this month there were five) according to a theme of the month, plus a mini makeup case (the “Glam Bag”) to hold all of your new goodies. This month’s bag was pretty cute (above), and it went along with the “Pretty in Paradise” summer theme for June.

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Marc Anthony Dream Waves Beach Spray

The first product was this beachy waves spray from Marc Anthony haircare. I honestly can’t find a wave spray that works (or one that I like) because I always find these products come out way too sticky and just dry out my already dry hair. I haven’t really used this one yet so I can’t say whether or not it works well for me, but Ipsters really seem to like it as it has received many positive reviews on the Ipsy website.

Marc Anthony Dream Waves Beach Spray (~$7 for 4.2 oz.; walgreens.com) is a wave spray that “adds body and texture to straight, fine strands” and it also “pumps up the curl” in hair that’s already wavy. It contains Hydrolyzed Silk and Provitamin B5 to “protect your tresses while adding moisture and shine.” It also contains powerful UV protectors to absorb ultraviolet light to protect hair from harmful sun exposure, dehydration, and color-fade, leaving you with “manageable, touchable waves.”

NYX Butter Gloss in Apple Strudel review and photos. Ipsy Glam Bag June 2014 Review + Photos. Monthly beauty subscription. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

NYX Butter Gloss in Apple Strudel

I’m not really a huge fan of NYX cosmetics — there are really only a few items that I have tried that actually worked well for me. I’m kind of on the fence about this lipgloss. I think I was expecting it to be a lot more “buttery” and less glossy, but it’s still really not bad. It’s definitely not sticky and I absolutely love this color, so, either way, I’ll definitely be wearing it this summer. I just kinda thought it would be a litttttle more moisturizing/nourishing (then again, my lips are seriously chapped from biting them way too much so I’m still trying to get over that).

NYX Butter Gloss ($5 for 0.27 oz.; nyxcosmetics.com) is described as a “buttery gloss with a sweet scent that provides sheer to medium coverage” without leaving your lips with that sticky feeling. This gloss provides nourishment and a simple flush of color and it can be worn alone or layered with your favorite lipstick.

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Jesse’s Girl Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner

I wish I got a better photo of this liner but I was kind of in a rush. I actually haven’t tried this one out yet, but it got great reviews on Ipsy.com and, now that I’ve read the reviews, I can’t wait to try it out.

Jesse’s Girl Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner ($6.99 for .017 oz.; jessesgirlcosmetics.com) is a liquid eyeliner pen with a “unique Japanese calligraphy-style brush” that allows for precise, super-fine application, letting you create lines as small as one millimeter thickness. This quick-drying formula allows for a “waterproof, smudge-proof application,” and it “glides on smoothly without tugging or pulling.”

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Laneige BB Cushion

Even though this next product was just a sample, I was still pretty excited to use it since this BB cream sounded extremely promising, especially the fact that it’s supposed to hydrate skin and even out your complexion. I found that I really wasn’t that impressed by this BB cream and I’d rather stick with my (non-traditional) Too Faced and Dior BB creams. I still have yet to try a real Korean or Japanese “blemish balm”, and I know all these new “BB cream” products really aren’t the same thing, but I’m happy with the extra coverage, sun protection and hydration factors that the BB creams I do use contain.

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Laneige BB Cushion

Laneige BB Cushion ($34 for 0.5 oz.; target.com) is described as a “revolutionary 5-in-1 BB in a convenient compact.” This product contains a broad-spectrum SPF 50 to block the sun’s harmful UVA/UVB rays, and “skin perfecting Optimal Mineral Water” to cool and hydrate skin upon application. This cream prevents shine and brightens skin by “visibly reducing dark spots” and comes with a patented air cushion that distributes just the right amount of product.

Skinn Olive & Enzyme Cleanser review and photos. Ipsy Glam Bag June 2014 Review + Photos. Monthly beauty subscription. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Skinn Olive & Enzyme Cleanser

The last product in my Ipsy Glam Bag for June was also super promising — a makeup removing deep cleanser that also doubles as a mask (and I love multi-tasking products). I’ve only used this cleanser a couple of times so far, so I haven’t really been able to see if it works well or not. It’s definitely the type of product that you have to use a few times in a row in order to see how it works.

Skinn Olive & Enzyme Cleanser ($24 for 4 oz.; store.skinn.com) is described as “a natural based and gentle cleansing balm” that dissolves dirt, removes makeup, removes dead skin cells, softens, smoothes, and moisturizes skin. It is rich in Polyphenols and skin resurfacing enzymes, and contains rich olive butter to soften and smooth skin, as well as orange oil which works to purify. You can also use this cleanser as a mask for “the ultimate super smoothing, resurfacing, deep pore-cleansing treatment.”

 

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This wasn’t my favorite month for an Ipsy Glam Bag, but it definitely wasn’t the worst month, either. After trying it out again, I really really liked the NYX lipgloss (and I’m never really too happy with the NYX products I try out); the cleanser seems really good so I’m looking forward to using it more; the liquid liner pen (which I have yet to use) got great reviews so I’m excited to try that one out; and the beach waves spray also got good reviews so I’m going to try that one out tomorrow. The only thing I really didn’t care for was the BB cream cushion sample. My skin has been a little whacky and the products I’ve been using are finally balancing everything out, so I think that trying out a new BB cream at the moment isn’t the best idea.

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Ipsy Glam Bag is a monthly beauty subscription service that sends out 4-6 deluxe- and full-sized beauty products for $10 per month. Each month Ipsy also features a brand-new mini makeup case that’s the perfect size for throwing in your purse to carry along makeup on-the-go. To subscribe, click here, or visit Ipsy.com for more information.

 

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