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?

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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.

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

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

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Acne Skincare: LUSH Mask of Magnaminty

Acne Skincare: LUSH Mask of Magnaminty Review

It was never my intention to fall in love with LUSH products.  In fact, I started making my own bath bombs last year in hopes that I could never have to spend money at LUSH, mostly because I’m cheap. But acne is no joke. And neither is your acne skincare routine.

However, desperate times can make a gal do desperate things– like spring for a face mask in a fit of super low self-esteem to help her f!*#ing acne.  I didn’t want to love it.  I didn’t want to fall victim to the glory of LUSH products, and start handing them all my money.  But unfortunately, the face wants what the face wants.

Which is how I ended up with LUSH’s Mask of Magnaminty as an irreplaceable part of my skincare routine.

Mask of Magnaminty (Mag-na-mint-y) is a face and body mask. It is “packed full of peppermint, kaolin, and scrubby aduki beans for deeply cleansed skin”. It also contains bentonite gel, honey, evening primrose seeds, and african marigold oil, and a few other ingredients.

Let me break it down for you:

Peppermint oil contains omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins A & C, iron, potassium, and magnesium. Vitamin C is great for the skin, as we all know.  And peppermint oil has antiseptic, and regenerative properties that are good for restoring your skin. The menthol that makes peppermint cooling and soothing is also good for the skin.

Kaolin is a soft clay. It helps exfoliate and cleanse skin.

Aduki beans are used as an exfoliant to cleanse and polish the skin.  Ground aduki beans also help absorb excess oil.

Honey is moisturizing and antiseptic.

Bentonite gel is soothing, absorbs dirt and oil, and promotes smoothing of the skin. It is used mainly for the base of a lot of LUSH products for it’s texture.

Evening Primrose Seeds are another exfoliating ingredient, with anti-inflammatory properties.

African Marigold Oil is antiseptic, anti-fungal, and has antioxidant properties that is good for soothing blemishes and inflammation.

Basically this mask is chalk full of skin soothing and cleansing goodies to help problem skin.  The exfoliants remove dead skin while the other ingredients pull dirt and oils, cleanse the skin to remove any dirt and bacteria that is causing breakouts, and then moisturize, sooth and reduce inflammation.

And let me tell you, it works.

Though I can’t get the change I can see in my skin to appear on camera with a before/after, I can assure you that my skin just glows and looks so much healthier after using this mask.  My skin tone is much more even, the redness from my blemishes and scars has softened, I don’t look as textured, and my skin just feels better. I use this about once per week in the evening, and love the results.

Also, a little bit goes a long way, so it is definitely worth the price for something that is not only a natural skincare product, but also effective. I got the smaller version, 4.4 oz, for around $14.00(ish)at the LUSH in Water Tower Place in Chicago. I have had it for a few months, have probably used it 10ish times, and still have maybe 3-5 more uses out of it. Not bad if I do say so myself.

Bonus: LUSH runs a recycling program. If you bring back 5 empty/clean LUSH pots with their little recycling logo on them, you get a free Fresh Face mask. How cool is that?

(Also, this is not a sponsored post what so ever, but hey LUSH, I’d definitely be open to it.  Make me a believer, huh? What other acne products do you have for me?!)

If you have acne prone skin, or have been feeling like your skin is just off lately, I would recommend trying out this mask.

What are your favorite LUSH products? Let me know!

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Christmas Beauty Wishlist: Lorac, Becca, Hourglass, Tarte, Kiehl’s, and Nailtique

Lorac Mega PRO 2, Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit, Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadows, Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Cocentrate, and Nailtique
In today’s “If I had a million dollars…” episode of my Christmas Wishlist, I decided to focus on beauty.
Many of these are cult favorites, so it’s absolutely shocking that I’d want them.  I’m not a trend-follower or anything (she says so sarcastically…)

1. Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette

I’m in love with the mauve-y tones of this palette, and have heard nothing but good things.  I also don’t own any Tarte products, so I think this could be a great introduction.  I can see this as being really great post-Christmas Winter colors, when I know I’ll be sick of the gold metallic shades from the holiday season.

2. Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate

I’m just starting to finally realize the importance of adding oils into my skincare routine.  And– shocker!!– it’s really helping to clear up my acne.  So I figure why not go right to the source and get one of the OG face night oils?  The price tag seems reasonable for all the reviews claiming it to be a must-have in your skincare routine.

3. Lorac Mega PRO 2 Palette

I mean, just look at the colors. I’ve heard nothing but great things about this palette, and it has a lot of shades I don’t have already.  Mama like.  Mama want.

4. Nailtiques Protein Formula 2 Plus

I’ve been having a hard time with brittle, peeling nails lately, and have heard of this being a really great find.  Then KathleenLights talked about it in her recent favorites, so I have to assume that it’ll be great.  I’ve been using Sally Hansen and Essie treatments, but they seem to get thick really quickly.  Hoping this one will hold up a little better!

5. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit

This is my hail-mary choice.  I can’t imagine actually asking anyone I know to spend $80 on a piece of make-up for me, even if it is 6 gorgeous highlight, bronzing, blush shades.  $80 on skincare, yes (because your face is your face forever!) but make-up? No.   But hey, a girl can dream, can’t she?

6. Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector – Champagne Pop

I don’t think I really need to explain this one.  It’s got more rave reviews than I could ever even hope to read through in my lifetime, and (I’m preeeeetty sure, and correct me if I’m wrong) it’s limited edition.  I just want my highlight to be on fleek.  Please just let me be on fleek.
Dear Santa, please check this out.  I just want to be superficial and cover my face is gorgeous things.  Talk to Mrs. Claus if you have questions, I’m sure she understands.
PS. I promise I’ve been good.  Just ignore whatever Gracie says about that, she’s a compulsive liar.  I am on the “nice” list for sure.

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Fall Skincare Empties: Serums, Pore Strips, and Micellar Water

Reviews of Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment, Bioré Pore Strips, Simple Cleansing Micellar Water, L'Oreal Age Perfect Cell Renewal Serum, and DERMAdoctor Ain't Misbehavin' Medicated Acne Control Serum

Y’all know I love skincare posts.  Maybe it’s because I have acne, or what, but I can’t get enough skincare posts. Tell me your good, your bad, and your ugly about the products you try.  I will eat it up with a spoon.That being said, I have been trying a lot of new things the past year, and especially have been trying to test them out the past few months to track some change.  And now that I feel I have a good range of things to show off, allow me to share my thoughts with you:

Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment

This was a trend I jumped on last year.  Totally crazy price-tag be damned, I ordered one as soon as I heard some major gurus spitting it’s praises. Immediately, I wasn’t a major fan, but I wanted to give it time.  I even did a full review of it last year after buying a second bottle. But instead of returning the second bottle, I decided to use it and see if I was wrong.

Nope.  I was right.  This was a total let down for my skin.  I actually finished it up a few months ago, but kept it purposely for this post.  Now I am going to throw it away and enjoy every single moment of it.

L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal (Golden Serum)

Along the same lines, I saw this little ditty in a tiny tester size at Target a few months ago.  I wanted a chemical exfoliator serum (it has LHAs in it, similar to AHAs, check my review of Good Genes I linked above above if you want to know what I’m talking about!), so I thought I’d try it.

I enjoyed using it in the morning, as it definitely gives my skin a glow after application, but I used it daily for about 8 weeks, and didn’t see too much of difference in my actual skin.  I had purchased it in hopes that it would help fade my hyper-pigmentation from my acne, but if it did, I still haven’t noticed.  For people who don’t have bad scarring or red marks and are just looking for an exfoliator or something to help them sparkle underneath their make-up, I’d recommend trying it out.  Though it is really scented, so those with sensitive skin, beware.

DERMAdoctor Ain’t Misbehavin’ Medicated Acne Control Serum

I can’t remember if this was recommended to me or if I just grabbed it online, but it became my holy grail acne treatment.  It really calmed my breakouts for awhile, and I just actually purchased a new tube after I squeezed the life out of this one– as you can tell.  It was my ride-or-die, so when I just orderd my second tube after running out for a few weeks, I was super stoked.

Unfortunately, I’m becoming disenchanted with it now that I’m on this second tube.  I apply it after my toner, let it dry while I brush my teeth and change my clothes, and then apply moisturizer.  This has been my routine for as long as I can remember with this product.  With this new bottle, however, it has started balling up on my skin when I apply moisturizer.  Literal tiny white balls, like my moisturizer is rolling the layer up off my skin when I apply it.  Which means two things to me: 1) It’s not soaking in, even though I’m giving it a good 5-10 minutes to do so, and 2) It’s not treating my skin anymore because it can’t soak in.I tweeted DERMAdoctor about it this morning (because I’m that kind of person!) and they responded with “….Generally that means you need to use less. 2 pumps at most and let dry before moisturizer.”

…Mmmkay.

Even though I already only use 1 – 1 1/2 pumps, I am going to try using even less and seeing if it works.  If not, I am going to return the bottle.  I have no time for bad products when it comes to my acne. Especially with it’s higher price tag.

EDITED LATER: I tried using only one pump, and making sure to spread it over my entire face, and not just the lower half of my face like I had been doing.  And what do you know, it stopped balling up on me. Who knew that if you just followed the instructions, products could work?

Bioré Ultra Deep Cleansing Pore Strips

Tried these for the very first time.  I got a box of 6, was not happy with the price in the first place, and now I don’t think I’ll be repurchasing.  I can very clearly see gunky pores on my nose, and onto the tops of my cheeks (TMI, but totally true).  I tried these –and I’ve used all 6 of them, so I feel like I’ve given it a good try– and I am not impressed.

A few times I tried pulling them off and they left a white layer on my skin, like the strip separated or something, and I had to wash the white layer off. Or, if that didn’t happen, then literally nothing came out of my pores, and I got back a blank strip with no gross but satisfying little gunk lines on it.  I followed the directions, tried making them more wet, less wet, leaving it on for longer, for shorter, etc, but these did just work for me.  If anyone has any other ideas, or has a trick for them, let me know, please!

Simple Cleansing Micellar Water

Overall, not impressed, but didn’t hate it. I like having it around for just taking off my make-up because it does a good job of doing so without leaving a film on my face.  But other than that, it didn’t WOW me.  I may repurchase, but I recently switched to oil cleansing my face, which also takes my make-up off amazingly, so I’m not sure if I really even have need for it anymore.

And that’s it.  I’m now testing a new cleanser, which I am loving so far, so I’ll give an update on that at the end of the month.  But that’s it for my finished up products for this fall.Got any skincare favorites you think I should try? Please let me know!

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