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!

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My Knitted Sock and This Election Have A Lot in Common

My Knitted Sock and This Election Are A Lot Alike // www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com

Hear me out.

I’m not happy about the election results. Not at all.

I’m scared for the groups of people in our country that could face danger if the policies this man promotes become reality. I’m scared that a man who wants to control a body that is not his, and people with preferences that are different than his own, is going to be his #2. I’m scared that friends of mine could see progress that they’ve fought so long for ripped away just when they were beginning to feel like things were changing. I’m scared that a state that just lost 49 of their own citizens due to gun violence and hate just voted to have the men who promote it lead our entire country. I’m just really scared.

So I started knitting. Again. And I took a sock I was working on to a friend’s house to watch the election results. We were so excited. We wore Hillary shirts, I baked cookies, and we ordered bottles of champagne. We kept one unopened to pop when we made history. We couldn’t wait to hear the glass shatter.

And I was still working on the sock when Trump’s lead grew. I stopped anxiously fidgeting and checking my phone and put my nervous energy into my hands instead. But I could no longer ignore the nag of doubt at the back of my mind that the idea that I had made fun of for years could really happen tonight. The bottle of champagne in the fridge might remain unopened.

As the sock pattern was a stitch I was familiar with, I stopped paying close attention. I repeated it in my head in a panic as Trump took Ohio, and my heart sank. Knit, purl, knit, purl, knit, purl… How many electoral votes does Iowa have? Knit, purl, knit. Have they called Virginia? Knit, purl, knit, purl.

By the time I noticed the mistake I had made, it was too late. I was too numb to rip it out and fix the problem.  Several rows were wrong, leaving a noticeable mistake in the design. It didn’t matter anyway; these socks were forever ruined by the memory of this night.

During my lunch break on Wednesday I took the sock to a coffee shop near my office. I worked on it for awhile. The row that I had messed up seemed to draw so much attention the night before, but after a few more rows were added, it blended in. Adding more around it made the problem start to fade away.

Knitting is a continuous loop. A singular stitch depends on the stitch that comes after it to help decide it’s shape. One stitch cannot exist without the others around it. A finished product is the result of hundreds of thousands of stitches. A final product may have visible mistakes but you can move past them. Those bad parts are visible because you can’t deny they happened, but it doesn’t have to ruin all the work you’ve done around it.

Our country is a continuous loop. We rely on another in ways we wish we didn’t have to. We don’t always agree, and the people around us may not always shape us the way we would like. But that doesn’t mean everything is ruined. This election and the decisions that are made because of it will forever be in our history and will shape our future. But time can make it okay again. Today, tomorrow, next year and even longer after that, we will deal with this. And it won’t always be pretty, and it won’t always feel good. But we will get through it.

So today I am taking comfort in my sock amidst this frustrating and terrifying reality. This may not be part of the pattern we chose. To a lot of us the state of our nation looks truly awful, but that doesn’t mean it will always be like this. This is a mistake in the execution of our pattern. We adjust and we get back on track. Time will soften the issue, just like more time will help my sock.

We just have to get back to our pattern.

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50 Fall Flavors Better Than Pumpkin Spice

Out of all the fall flavors, Pumpkin Spice is far too overrated. Here's a list of 50 other ideas... / www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com

It’s Autumn. The best season of the entire year, and the best potential for delicious fall flavors to indulge in while you can cover up your foodie sins with endless layers of puffy clothing. And yet, this is the season that we celebrate the worst flavor known to mankind:

Pumpkin Spice.

In an entire world of culinary treats… how is this the damn fall flavor that consumes us from September-December? Literally thousands of flavors, and hundreds of which could easily compliment the background of a crisp fall breeze and leaves crunching underfoot… and we decide that friggin’ Pumpkin Spice is going to the the theme of the best season known to man?

I don’t think so.

And I’m not just saying this because I hate Pumpkin Spice almost as much as I hate Cheeto Jesus, but because in a world of endless tastes we are set to suffer with this one flavor profile to rule over the other delicious flavor profiles? Nah bro.

In the interest of spreading the good word of oh, I don’t know, any other flavor ever, I thought I’d share my top 50 other flavors that are better than Pumpkin Spice (in no particular order).

50 Fall Flavors Better Than Pumpkin Spice

  1. Chocolate
  2. Peanut Butter
  3. Chocolate AND Peanut Butter
  4. Mint
  5. Butterscotch
  6. Stale Chocolate
  7. S’mores
  8. Toffee Nut
  9. Apple
  10. Cinnamon
  11. Day-old apple cinnamon
  12. Caramel Apple
  13. Cranberry
  14. Orange
  15. Orange Spice
  16. Toasted Marshmallow– not to be confused with S’more, as this one contains NO chocolate
  17. White Chocolate
  18. Maple
  19. Salted Caramel
  20. Bad apple flavoring that really tastes like what a bad candle smells like, kind of waxy and sour
  21. A gym sock, probably
  22. Nutmeg
  23. Apple Pie
  24. Peach Pie
  25. Blueberry Pie
  26. Literally any kind of pie, like any pie at all, including spinach
  27. Caramel Corn
  28. Candy Corn (AKA literally the shittiest candy known to man)
  29. Turkey & Gravy
  30. Mashed Potato
  31. Green Bean Casserole
  32. Canned Cranberry Sauce
  33. Pink Gelatin Mold Your Grandma Makes But Nobody Eats
  34. Raspberry
  35. Toffee (minus the nut)
  36. Amaretto
  37. Wet Dog Smell
  38. Leftover Chinese Food
  39. Cat Treats
  40. Water
  41. Mint Chocolate Chip
  42. Cloves (or whatever that Christmas-smelly spice is)
  43. Apple Pie Spice
  44. Dirty Diaper
  45. Dollar Store Lip Gloss You Didn’t Mean to Eat But It Accidentally Got In Your Mouth And Now You’re Full of So Much Regret
  46. Cinnamon Toothpaste
  47. A day-old Skittle you found a the bottom of your purse
  48. Coconut
  49. Drinking Orange Juice After Brushing Your Teeth Taste
  50. Vanilla

And I could go on, but you get the picture. F*ck Pumpkin Spice.

 

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Lorac Mega PRO 3 Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

The Lorac Mega PRO 3 palette (Holiday 2016) features a beautiful mix of cool and warm nude colors... / www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com

Mama got a new baby. And her name is the Lorac Mega PRO 3. And I have swatches. You are welcome.

This palette is part of the Holiday 2016 collection and is a limited edition Ulta Exclusive. It’s the mega version of the regular sized Lorac Pro palette from that year– so this one is based off the Lorac PRO 3. It goes on sale 10/2, but I snagged one early.

A little history: In early 2015 I saw swatches of the original Lorac Mega PRO palette. But holiday time had passed and they weren’t selling them anymore. Bummer but whatever. I moved on. Fast forward to the holidays of 2015 when the Mega PRO 2 came out, but I didn’t have any money. I lusted hard and even got Kimberly from Life of Kimberly (perviously of Blogs for Days) to do a guest post using the palette for an eye look. But yet again, I missed out on getting it.

So last weekend when I got a cute little email to my inbox saying the Lorac Mega PRO 3 was going on special 1-day pre-sale for Ulta Platinum members, I cashed in my Ulta points that I had been saving and snatched it up faster than you could say “PayPal One-Touch.”

The Lorac Mega PRO 3 palette (Holiday 2016) features a beautiful mix of cool and warm nude colors... / www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com

Um, are you hearing the angels sing the “Hallelujah” chorus right now, or is it just me? Because they are singing and they all have gorgeous eyeshadow.

My new child This palette comes with 32 total shades: 16 matte on the first two rows and 16 shimmers on the bottom two rows.  It follows the trend of being mostly rose-gold toned, but has a few blues and purples mixed in, which is awesome. It is similar to the cool nude shades of the regular Lorac Pro 3 but has even more warm nude shades, which helps make the palette very wearable. I can easily see doing neutral looks and more dramatic looks with this one, which is great.

As far as formula, this gal is so creamy and beautiful with a super soft texture. The shades can be kind of powdery though and when grabbing product with a brush, it did kick up a lot of product onto the packaging– which I will discuss later.  Some colors are more pigmented than others but they are all incredibly buildable. Even the purple shades “Dusty Mauve” and “Eggplant” that didn’t swatch so well were very easy to work with and looked beautiful when I used them this morning.  I would recommend using a base or primer with these though so they have something to stick to.

Matte Swatches from the 32 colors in the Lorac Mega PRO 3 palette.Shimmer Swatches from the 32 colors in the Lorac Mega PRO 3 palette.
Unfortunately the beautiful shimmer does not show on my pictures, but trust me, they pack a punch. Some come off straight metallic– like Rose Quartz, Pink Bronze, and Cider– while others offer more of a sheen, like Snow, Bellini, and Pomegranate. I have not tried them wet yet, but I am assuming they would be gorgeous and almost foiled if you used them with some MAC Fix+ or primer water. I’m already thinking ahead to a wedding that I am in in September of 2017 that has a navy theme and how gorrrgeous Rose Quartz would look as an eye look. *heart eyes emoji*

In addition to the beautiful colors, they also passed the wear test by lasting all day on my eyes. Using the Urban Decay Primer Potion as a base, the colors looked just as vibrant when I got home today as they did when I left. Two thumbs up for that.

My tiny complaint is of course… the packaging. The mirror is giant and bomb AF, but I’m not a fan of the white cardboard packaging. Not only does it feel fragile, but it is already dirty. As so much powder gets kicked up when you use it, it why in the world would you make it white?! And because it’s a cardboard package, it’s harder to clean than had it been made of plastic.  I’m also slightly surprised at how small the pans are with only 0.45oz of product.  My research showed that that’s less than the product in the Mega PRO 1 & 2 from years past, but the $59.00 price tag has remained the same. Now I don’t have the 1 & 2 so I can’t speak to quality differences, but it seems fishy that its pricer but less product.

Depsite the downfall of the packaging, I give this little beauty an 8/10. Gorgeous colors and super creamy formula, but the dirty packaging and tiny pan size is a little bit of a turn-off.  This palette goes on sale on 10/2/2016 at Ulta for $59.00, and I would recommend it, despite it’s few downfalls.

Lorac Lovers or Lorac Virgins– what do you think? Will you be purchasing? Let me know your thoughts!

 

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The Ultimate List of Facebook Groups For Make-Up Addicts

Do you ever feel like nobody in your life understands your love of makeup, and you have nobody to ask questions to, or share in excitement with? Welcome to Facebook Groups... // www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com

If you’re ever feeling alone in something you like– don’t. Welcome to the world of Facebook Groups.

My beauty product obsession is only an interest I developed in the last few years. And until recently, I was pretty alone in that obsession, especially when I was living at home in Ohio. There are only so many times you can show your cat mom a swatch of a lipstick before she goes to her bedroom and locks the door.

So I turned to Facebook Groups to help curb my addiction for talking about products. To this day these groups are still the reason why I have yet to delete my personal Facebook. It’s not very often that you can get a group of women and men together who will all fan girl over a Sephora shipping notification with you, or help you guess the brand/shade of a lipstick that a celeb is photographed wearing. And all from the comfort of your own home!

Get a new lipstick and you’re feeling yourself? Post it to the group, and share with (literally) thousands of others.  Curious if a product is worth the hype? Ask the group and get answers immediately. I’m serious– there is even a woman who is SO talented at creating these gorgeous, intricate eyeshadow looks that there is currently a campaign going to get her to create a Youtube channel or to study make-up professionally. Outside of Alpha Delta Pi, never have I ever belonged to a group of such supportive people.

Obviously there are bound to be a ton of these groups, but I do have a few favorites.

Make Up Tips Connection

This was the first group I joined. It had a few thousand members when I found it, and now it’s got nearly 20,000. This is the perfect place for product recommendations, to ask questions, gossip over the beauty guru committee (like the Kat Von D & Jeffrey Star Cosmetics feud?! DAMN!), and more. People even post selfies with “How do I look?” or “Make-up looks banging today, just needed to share with people who understand!” and everyone is pretty much always very nice and encouraging. Even if you’re a make-up newbie, this is a great group to join.

ColourPop Fanatics

This group is dedicated purely to ColourPop Cosmetics (as you can tell from the title) so if you’re a ColourPop fan, I highly recommend joining. Not only is it the best place to hear about new releases, see swatches, examples of make-up looks using ColourPop products, etc, but it also has a really great community feel with people thanks to creator of the group hosting giveaways and other games.

Everything Makeup, Hair & More

This one is as large as Make Up Tips Connection, but has a much different feel. People “go live” a lot in this one and just hang out and chat while they do their make-up or hair. And as you can guess from the title, a lot more general beauty topics are discussed instead of just make-up. It’s less informational than the other two, and more of a community-based group.

Makeup Addicts

Though the other groups seem to have a wide variety of genders, this one has a wider variety of ages. It also seems to be a much more international place– with (I THINK, so sorry if I am just an ignorant American and am so wrong) a large proportions of Australians. A lot of the references that are made that I don’t always understand, but everyone is again super supportive. If you’re outside the U.S., I would check this one out. Everyone is really nice and helpful, and is great for reviews.

 

And those are just my favorite beauty Facebook Groups. If you’re looking for a great online forum, just search your interests on Facebook and I guarantee there is a group out there for you. This social media age is great (and a little creepy) for finding people who are interested in the same things you are.

Have any makeup Facebook Groups you love? Let me know. I’m already in six, what’s a few more?!

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