Sephora VIB Sale Haul: Bite Beauty, Anastasia Beverly Hills & More

Sephora VIB Sale Haul, ft. Anastasia Beverly Hills, Bite Beauty, Sephora Collection, and Peter Thomas Roth / www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com

A few weeks ago was the Sephora VIB sale. Twice per year Sephora puts on their 20% off sale for VIB and VIB Rouge members. Bascially, if you spend enough money they reward you by offering you an opportunity to spend more money. How thoughtful, thanks Sephora!

I posted my VIB Sale Wishlist a few weeks back, and may or may not have gotten more than I lusted after. Some of what I originally wanted was sold out (thank god) but I still managed to scoop up a few things that I had my eye on for awhile. It’s hard to look past a 20% off discount when Sephora so rarely does sales like this. And as the Sephora VIB sale only happens twice per year, how can you turn it down?

So let’s take a look at my loot, shall we?

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in “Allison” – Holiday Kiss Collection

If I could sing to this lipstick, I would. I wore this lipstick 3 times last week and got so many compliments each time I wore it. The formula is the classic ABH matte liquid lip: not too drying, great pigmentation and comfortable to wear. ABH isn’t my favorite formula, but it’s a good one and I looooove this color. It’s a great pinky/purple/brown that is dark but great for daytime as well. And it’s limited edition this holiday season so RUN and get it.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz

I had to cash in on this cult favorite. I just recently started doing my brows and needed to try the holy grail brow pencil. Thankfully the color (Soft Brown) is a great neutral/ash brown color that goes well with my brows and my fading red hair color. Though I have nothing to compare it to, the brow pencil is doing exactly what I hoped it would– meaning, it does a good job of helping me add color and shape my brows. I also picked up two other less expensive brow pencils during Black Friday to do a comparison. Look for that blog post in 2017!

Bite Beauty The Perfect Bite Set

Four neutral color lipsticks all in one cute little package. The colors are all great, but they are sort of hard to apply. I am not sure if it is because they are sample sizes or if it is just how the lipstick is cut, but it was hard to apply with my shaky little hands. I definitely need a lip liner because for some reason I cannot get a straight line around my lips with these. I have yet to try a lip brush because it’s not like I am going to carry around a lip brush with me to touch up my lipstick on the go. But the formula is great and so are the colors.

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner

Oldie but a goodie. If you want an ink-black liquid liner that is super easy to use and stays through the entire day, this liner in “Trooper” is your new best friend. It is worth mentioning that these liners have brush tips as opposed to felt tips, so they are different to apply than regular liquid liners. If you’re not careful when applying then the tip of the liner will give you tiny little split marks where the brush tip fans out. It does take a bit to get used to, but when you get the handle of it this liner is bomb AF.

SEPHORA COLLECTION Teint Infusion Ethereal Natural Finish Foundation

I’m high on a foundation kick right now, and this foundation was on sale for $11 as opposed to it’s usually $24. It had 4/5 stars so I decided to try it out. Though I love the texture, this foundation shows allllllllllllllll of my pores. It sits on top of my skin instead of sinking into it like I’d like, which is a bummer. I have yet to try it with a silicon-based primer, but I have mixed feelings on how this foundation lays. For someone with less textured skin this may be a lot nicer looking, but I don’t think I’m a fan.

SEPHORA COLLECTION Daily Brush Cleaner

This. Sh*t. Is. GOOD. I have a habit of liking the same 2 brushes and using them continuously, and this handy little spray cleans it right off between uses. Two sprays on the brush head and a quick wipe on a towel and the pigment just falls off the brush. My natural hair brushes that seem like they are impossible to get clean look spotless after using this spray. 10/10 recommend to anyone.

SEPHORA COLLECTION Eye Mask

I bought two and have used one so far. Honestly this is my first eye mask so I don’t have any others to compare it to so maybe I’m just not an eye mask person. I noticed no real difference and I don’t think anything I did see couldn’t have also been achieved by using one of my existing moisturizing masks on just my under eye area. Though I will use the one I already purchased, I don’t think I’ll buy it again when I could just use products I already have. Gotta save dat money, ya know?

Peter Thomas Roth Mask-A-Holic 5-Piece Set

A full review of this set will be going up next week, but the $75 dollar price tag seemed like a good chance to try these 5 super popular masks. I don’t regret purchasing, but am a little disappointed. The only two masks I really like are are the 24K Gold and the Irish Moor Mud masks. If you want all my thoughts on each of the five masks in the set, check out next week’s post for my full review of the set.

And that’s it! Now to wait until Spring for the first 2017 Sephora VIB sale. Until then, tell me what you got. Did you shop it? Did you fill a cart with products and then think better about it and then exit out of the browser really fast? Good, that’s probably what I should have done too. Hindsight, ya know?

xo, Kelsey

Dr. G Brightening Peeling Gel: the BEST Exfoliating Mask Ever

Dr. G Brightening Peeling Gel is the MUST-HAVE exfoliator for every skin type / www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com

I am a face mask junkie. My skin has a myriad of problems, including acne, dry patches, hyper-pigmentation, and the tendency to look just dull and icky. Show me an exfoliating mask that is safe for my acne and I am SOLD. And that is exactly what the Dr. G Brightening Peeling Gel is. Y’all. It’s good.

Once again, the U.S. (meaning probably just me) is late to the game. If you’re unfamiliar with Korean skincare, all you need to know is they are miiiiiiiiles ahead of the rest of the world. K-Beauty, as it is affectionately called, is finally starting to get popular in the United States, and for good reason.

Supposedly this mask is a cult favorite in Korea, which I can totally see why. It is the most gentle, yet effective exfoliant that I have ever used. The exfoliating power comes mainly from cellulose, which is listed as the second ingredient. The cellulose helps lift flaky, dead skin from your face and does this completely pain free. It’s a gel, so there is no grains that you have to scrub against your face like other typical exfoliants. In fact, this would be amazing for even the most sensitive-skinned little snowflakes.

In addition to the exfoliating power, it also has Vitamin C and E, both of which are powerhouse ingredients for skin brightening, and a few other skincare goodies to help promote moisturizing your skin.

To use, simply wet your skin, apply about a quarter-size dollop of gel to wet fingertips and massage gently. I would recommend making sure to work it on your jawline, nose, the contours where your nose meets your cheeks, and your temples. Those are areas where you don’t necessarily think to spend time on when you wash your face, so I can almost guarantee there will be a build up there.

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I mean, LOOK AT IT. Those white balls are my skin. It’s so gross and I can’t get enough.

And, for my favorite part. Bam.

Dr. G Brightening Peeling Gel is the MUST-HAVE exfoliator for every skin type / www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com

That’s just one use. My skin is so much brighter and has a real glow in the “After” picture. I am a bit red, but my face gets red easily if I touch it, so I doubt that is from the product. The dullness of the first picture has disappeared.

So it’s safe to say the Dr. G Brightening Peeling Gel has worked it’s way into my regular routine. If you want to know where I’m at on Sundays around 7pm, chances are I am leaning over my skin giggling like a mad woman while this gel eats away my face*.

Have you ever used the Dr. G Brightening Peeling Gel? Do you like it? Are there any other products I should try? Let me know in the comments!

*Just kidding. It doesn’t eat anything. Have you not paid attention to this post at all? This sh*t is gentle as hell.

Dr. G Brightening and Exfoliating Gel is the MUST-HAVE exfoliator for every skin type / www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com

xo, Kelsey

Unanswered Questions from Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (*SPOILER ALERT!*)

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the LIfe and the NUMEROUS unanswered questions that the Netflix revival left us with. / www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com

Dear Amy Sherman-Palladino, I have a few questions for you regarding the revival of Gilmore Girls.

#1: How dare you. And #2: Why are you trying to hurt me?

I stayed up until 4am last night after family left to finish the series. I cried my way through Fall, as it felt like many things I had hoped for were finally happening. When the camera did that weird close-up on Rory’s manuscript title, I cried harder than I should have– though I would also blame the chocolate martini nightcaps we had before the family time wrapped up for the sheer volume of tears.

And then… oh boy. The ending. I was waiting for those famous last four words, only to be met with THAT?!

In all fairness, I get it. I get everything coming full circle for the main cast. Rory has fulfilled her destiny to finally become Lorelai. Jess has taken on the role of Luke, as the stoic, supportive cheerleader who is probably secretly still in love with Rory, and Logan will be the abesent father like Christopher. But man, those were just NOT the final four words I was expecting.

Aside from the crazy ending, the season left us with many unanswered questions. Instead of feeling like it wrapped up loose ends, the Gilmore Girls revival instead left with many more questions that will probably rock my soul for years to come. Here are a few of them:

Who wrote that nasty letter to Emily?

In therapy, Emily claimed Lorelai left a nasty letter on her bed, but Lorelai swore it wasn’t her; she even walked out of the appointment to make her point. Who actually wrote it? I’m wondering if it was Lorelai the First/Trix, Richard’s mother, and Emily confused them. Or maybe it was a malicious attempt by someone to hurt Emily and blame Lorelai? Not quite sure, but I am a little peeved they brought that up and didn’t give us closure.

Did Stars Hallow: The Musical ever open?

You can’t just throw a doozie at us like a Christian Borle and Sutton Foster musical and then not tell us how it ends! Do my emotions mean nothing?

What about Hep Alien?

It was 9 years later and they still rocked hard as hell in Lane and Zack’s living room. Do they have an album? Did Zack like that tour as guitarist for Vapor Rub? I thought they sounded great when they rehearsed at Lane and Zack’s house, so does that mean they are still an active band?

Was Emily actually dating Jack?

She seemed happy to have him leave her in Nantucket and go back to the city. I’m sure that was symbolic for starting to heal and move on after Richard’s death while she learns to be “alone”, but still. Were they together together? Or just finding comfort in another as people who have experienced awful loss?

Did Lorelai get to tell Michel she is expanding so he could stay at the Dragonfly Inn?

Lorelai already lost Sookie, so losing Michel was just salt in the wound for the orginal Inn Dream Team. Did she ever get to tell Michel that she was going to expand the Dragonfly? Would Michel leave his position at the W and stay to help expand? How can we never know?!

What language was Berta speaking?

Though I was banking on Emily going through many maids (as you could tell by my Gilmore Girls Netflix Revival Bingo Cards), I was really happy to see her find comfort and learn to be taken care of, and to take care of someone else beside Richard. It was great to see her start to relax and fall into herself as a person without having to keep up pretenses and live a life that had been outlined for her. Seeing her put on white Ked’s at the very end made me cry. But seriously– what the hell language was Berta speaking!?

(Also, bonus points for a great job for Rose Abdoo doing double-duty and starring as both Gypsy and Berta. She was great!)

What the HELL was the scene with Colin, Finn, Robert and Logan during that crazy night that they ended up in a tango club?

Literally so many questions. Where were they? What was with that super weird musical number? A friend told me it is incredibly simliar to a scene in Across the Universe, but having never seen that particular film, I was so lost this whole time. And wow, has Finn not aged a DAY?! Was that teary goodbye scene at the home in New Hampshire real, or were they all joking around like normal? Had she seen them recently, even though it seemed like her relationship with Logan was a big secret? I need some context here, guys.

What the hell is Rory’s problem?

Her entitlement finally reared it’s ugly head. She cites their story as a riches to rags story while pitching the book idea, but let’s be real: Rory never really knew “rags.” She spent her entire educational career being told she was special, and seems to be riding on that now that she’s into her 30s. I’m not saying it’s not okay to not have life figured out– because it totally is. But walking into an interview with nothing prepared like she did with SandySays seems very un-Rory. Get your head outta your ass, relax about the “lucky outfit” and try harder to prepare for an actual interview. Damn.

How old is Paul Anka?

The dog, I mean. He must be at least 10, if not much older, but he still looks relatively young. My dog is 3 and has so much white on her face that you’d think she’s on her death bed. Did Luke secretly swap out Paul Anka for a younger model to keep Lorelai from going crazy? Or is he actually a secret weird dog-hybrid like Loreali claimed in season 6 of the regular series?

Why were all the coffee cups empty?

It’s a show that thrives off coffee, yet all the cups were empty?! Were you trying to save money on the caffeine budget? If the budgt was really that tight, borrow some from craft services if it was really that much of a problem. But please have more respect for your audience in future shows and actually have some liquid in the cups next time.

WHO IS THE DAMN FATHER?

I have so many feelings about that ending. Not only did Rory go full circle and get herself knocked up a la Lorelai Gilmore, but she also managed to give us many options for who the father of her child could be. All signs point to Logan, in my opinion. Her very tense conversation with Christopher about how he felt about not being around to raise Rory makes me believe it’s Logan. But we also have Wookie Guy, and Paul the boyfriend to choose from. Regardless, I’m voting Logan.

 

Obviously I have many feelings about Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. I’m not sure if I’ll rewatch it due to the deep betrayal I am currently battling with, but I am looking forward to hearing your responses to the show’s reactions, Mrs. Sherman-Palladino. You got some ‘splainin’ to do. I need some closure for my Gilmore Girls.

Have you finished watching? What were your thoughts? If you have any insights to help me feel less like I waited 10 years to be let down, please share. #TeamLoganForever

xo, Kelsey

Gilmore Girls Netflix Revival Bingo

Gilmore Girls Netflix Revival Bingo Cards! / www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com

The Gilmore Girls Netflix revival called Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life comes out this Friday. And I am peeing my pants.

In approximately 3 days, 4 hours and 29 minutes from the time I am writing this, we will get to revisit Stars Hallow. We will get to see Luke, Lorelai, Rory, Taylor Doose, the Dragonfly Inn, the gazebo, Miss Patty’s Dance School, and the Gilmore House. We get to see Rory as I always wanted to see her: adult and struggling to find herself, just as I am also trying to do. We get to see Lorelai (hopefully) settled with Luke. We will try to find solid ground in a world without Richard Gilmore. Now it’s only 3 days, 4 hours and 27 minutes.

But whatever, I’m not that excited.

Gilmore Girls Netflix Revival Bingo Cards / www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com

As I may be watching these episodes with some of my family members this weekend- and in an attempt to stem the almost nausea-inducing excitement and anticipation I’ve been feeling lately- I decided to get a little interactive with this. Why not make this monumental event into a game? Bingo! 

Gilmore Girls Netflix Revival Bingo Cards / www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com

I created 5 different bingo cards just for the Gilmore Girls Netflix revival. Each card is filled with some well-known Gilmore-isms that I anticipate to see in the four 90-minute episodes based off the last 7 seasons, as well as some new things that I hope to see. Feel free to use the Luke’s logo as a free space. Play against your friends, or yourself. Swap cards after each episode, and see who wins the most. Loser has to make the new pot of coffee.

Gilmore Girls Netflix Revival Bingo Cards / www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com

Or, if you’re alone and coffee isn’t your style, turn the game into something a little more adult. Have yourself a Shirley Temple Black or a martini with a twist and drink every time you cross off an item. And give yourself bonus points if you understood those references too. Because if all goes well, you may forget to shout “Bingo!” when you fill your card.

Gilmore Girls Netflix Revival Bingo Cards / www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com

If you do download the cards and play, make sure to tag me (@iamkelskels) and use the hashtag #CKGilmoreGirlsBingo so I can follow along! I’ll definitely be playing too and would love the competition.

Happy binge-watching! Are you excited for the Gilmore Girls Netflix revival? Let me know if you’re #TeamJess or #TeamLogon. Because let’s be real, nobody should be #TeamDean.

Click here to download the Gilmore Girls Netflix Revival Bingo cards.

xo, Kelsey

2016 Sephora VIB Sale Wishlist

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Thank goodness that the annual Sephora VIB Sale came immediately after the election. It’s like the chaser after the shot: a nice little pick-me-up of goodies to help soothe the broken feminist heart.

Today begins the 20% off VIB sale– not to be confused with the Sephora VIB Rouge sale that already happened for those who have the ability to spend far more money than I do. You all had your World Series, and did a lot of planning for that. But this is my World Series, and you can bet I came to play.

Holiday make-up season is my favorite time of year for cosmetics, as all of the pretty collections come out. I have a list of things I am planning on getting today, but that doesn’t stop me from making my ultimate wish list. The “If I had a zillion dollars” Wishlist, if you will.

Though I plan on doing a haul with swatches and reviews of the items I do end up buying, I thought it’d be fun to share what is on my ultimate wishlist before then. And for those playing along at home, comment on what you think I’ll actually being purchasing at this sale– and what you yourself would be purchasing. If you’re right, maybe I’ll give you a cookie or something. If I’m not too broke after the sale ends, that is.

bite-beauty-the-perfect-bite-lipsticks-candidly-kelseyBite Beauty The Perfect Bite Set

This set contains 4 Amuse Bouche Lipsticks in the colors Fig, Pepper, Honeycomb, and Nori. I have heard amazing things about these lipsticks and am in love with their formulas after swatching them several times in-store. These colors are also right up my alley: rich, gorgeous neutrals in the form of two nudes, a rosey pink and a deep red-brown.  I’m especially into the second shade and the last shade.  These lipsticks are also made of yummy ingredients that excite me greatly.

2016 Sephora VIB Sale Wishlist, featuring Bite Beauty, Peter Thomas Roth, Bite Beauty Matte Crème Lip Crayon Collection

This goes under the umbrella of “probably never ever” but if someone wants to buy me a hella expensive present, this would be it right here. This killer contains the 18 Matte Créme Lip Crayons in the shades Blanc, Amaretto, Brandy, Blood Orange, Aubergine, Fraise, Red Velvet, Pink Lady, Leche, Glace, Pastille, Tatin, Truffle, Cognac, Sucre, Peche, Framboise, and Rosehip– I got these names from the Sephora website, and have no idea if they are in the order as they pictured, but I’m going to assume not. And just like the first set, Bite Beauty is known for their awesome ingredients. Makes me truly want to sink my teeth into these crayons— get it? Huh? Huh?

I would do terrible, terrible things to get my hands on this collection but it is a whopping $275.00, and even after the 20% off, I still can’t afford justify dropping that much money. But for those who are curious: after the discount it will be $220, which is roughly $12.50 per lip crayon, which is actually a really great deal if you have the cash upfront.

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Peter Thomas Roth Mask-A-Holic 5-Piece Kit

You can bet your sweet tushie that I am going to grab this monster. I love Peter Thomas Roth masks, and this is a phenomenal deal. I have been after the Pumpkin Enzyme Mask for awhile, and have heard really great things about the Irish Moor Mud Purifying Black Mask. Both have great reviews for acne-prone skin. The 24K Gold Mask Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Mask is another cult favorite that I would love to try, so this set is more than worth it for me. I am a huge face mask user, and it’s become my usual routine to splurge for some great masks during these holiday sales. They usually end up lasting me all year as well, so it’s definitely worth it. For this 5-piece kit, it will be $12.00 per mask, which is a fabulous deal. I’m so excited and cannot wait to put these all over my face.

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NARS Mind Game Velvet Lip Glide Set

This one is truly a “wishlist” item as it is sold out on the Sephora website right now. I heard these have a very interesting formula: super pigmented like a liquid lipstick, but they are not matte and apply/feel more like a gloss. Much like the Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche set, these colors are speaking to me on a spiritual level. I’ve also never owned any NARS products, so these seemed like a fun introduction to the brand. Too bad it’s not in stock, or else I can just image rubbing my face against these like I do with my cat. They’re so good looking you just want to mess them up, you know what I mean?

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Huda Beauty Eyeshadow Palette – Rose Gold Edition

So you know the meme of the fat cat that has the phrase “*heavy breathing*” under it? That’s me with this palette. Thank god this is sold out or bad things would happen. I may not be willing to give up paying my cable bill for the NARS lip glides, but this one I would be willing to make some sacrifices for. Do you see those colors? That orange/tan in the bottom right hand corner and the glittery rose gold shade called “Trust Fund” are looking directly into my heart. They just want to be part of my life, I know it. Come to me, pretties. I’m your mother now.

Edited after this post went live: A Facebook group dedicated to make-up that I belong in actually talked a great deal about this palette today and it was the general consensus that is a disappointment. I have not tried this palette myself, but was informed by many people that it is lacking in pigmentation, is small in size, and many people who purchased are actually returning it. Just an FYI.

Believe it or not, that’s all I really want tomorrow. Just like a good few thousands dollars of make-up, ya know? Nothing major or too extravagant. I didn’t look into taking out a small loan or anything to make my wildest lipstick and glitter eyeshadow dreams come true. Definitely not.

Stay tuned for the actual Sephora VIB Sale haul that will be in the near future.

Did you shop the sale? What did you get? Do any of my wishlist items make you feel tingly inside? Let me know!

xo, Kelsey