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Sephora Beauty Haul

Sephora Beauty Haul

I know, I know..I haven’t updated in a while but I’m nearing my end of the semester and this is my last week of classes before Finals so this will probably be my only post for the next two weeks. I’ve been wanting to write this but I had to put it on the back burner.

On the bright side, I am now a VIB (Very Important Beauty Insider) at Sephora, which means I spent $350 in a calender year. Yes, even I cringed a little and wondered out loud what I even bought!

In this haul, I bought several things, take a look:

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Tokyomilk Dark Lip Elixirs #36 Salted Caramel, Deluxe Sample of Fresh Rose Face Mask, Per-fekt Brow Perfecting Gel in Expresso, Tarte EmphasEYES Inner Rim Brightener, and butter LONDON in Macbeth

TokyoMilk Dark Lip Elixir #36: I only bought this item as I needed to get to the free shipping total and the amount that would give me the VIB status.  I didn’t think I would obsess over it and force every one of my friends to smell it.  The description was enough to reel me in but the scent was ah-may-zing.  I purchased Salted Caramel.  If you’ve ever tried the Caramel Frappe’s from McDonald’s then it smells and I would think tastes exactly like it! It leaves my lips soft and gives off a wonderful aroma for the while that your olfactory senses allows it to.

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Purchase at Sephora, $7

Tarte EmphasEYES in NUDE: Everyone that knows me can see that I have terrible dark circles under my eyes thanks to a mixture of heredity and a bad habit of staying up too late. I wear concealer, foundation, and the works but I find myself looking exhausted and tired after a long night of cramming or procrastinating (I would like to a say a combination of both). Black liner is pretty and I love it but it does nothing for my dark circles, if anything, it showcases them so to combat the problem I purchased this liner. It’s surprisingly pigmented and you do not need to press hard to get the color to glide on. You glide some on your inner rim and the sides and you look much more awake. It is also great to give your eyebrows some definition and arch if you put some underneath. Love it! A little steep in the price, but from what I see it is well worth it!

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$19

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Here, I offered a small swatch. I didn’t need to press too hard to get it.

Per-Fekt Brow Perfection Gel in Expresso: I have my eyebrows threaded every two weeks if I have time, if not sometimes I let them get a little unruly, to my despise. To keep my just threaded or reasonable look I use my eyebrow brush to brush the hairs back neatly. I want to fake it as long as I can so that is why I purchase this. It will not only hold the hairs in place but it will let me give them a bolder look without having to reach for an eyebrow pencil. As a Middle Eastern girl, eyebrows give my face a whole different look.  It really does matter. The brush is just like a mascara brush and allows you to control just how much you want. It also comes in different shades.  Once again, the price is a little steep but I see a little going a long way so once again it is a great product to invest in!

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$22

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butter LONDON “Macbeth”: I’ve only heard good things about this brand. I’ve always been an Essie or OPI girl thanks to my mother’s great discounts but I wanted to give this brand a shot. Believe me, the $15 price tag nearly killed me as I clicked the purchase button but now while it still hurts, I adore the brand and the colors.  The colors are unlike anything I’ve ever seen and you don’t get that strong formaldehyde scent with it either. It goes on smoothly and uniformly. I was unable to take a picture so I will supply you with 2 I found on Polyvore. I hope to buy a few more as treats in the future. For $15, it’s a lot buttt..the color is so pretty!

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This was my Sephora Beauty Haul! I have not yet tried the Rose Mask Sample but once I do I will most definitely do a review on it! I’ve always got a few more post ideas lined up but I will get working on them once finals finally end!

April Birchbox Review

April Birchbox

This is my first month receiving Birchbox and once I got my email yesterday confirming that it had been shipped, I was as giddy as a little kid on Christmas.  I love receiving things in the mail, It feels like a gift..even though I paid for it.  I received my Birchbox so quickly that I honestly wasn’t expecting it.  I do live near New York so that could be why it was so swift, but it was still unexpected.

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All the goodies!

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This shaving cream has an amazing blueberry scent!

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The items I’m most excited about are the nail polish (it changes color in the sun!), the eye cream as I have terrible dark circles and some lines, and the shaving cream (just in time for summer!). I am not too blown away by the tea as I don’t like hot tea but I will be sure to let my parents try it and as for the peppermint shampoo, I’ll give it a shot. You never know unless you try! I will try to update you all on how the products work once I use them, but for now, I wanted to unpack and show you all the goodies! We will see how it is and if Birchbox is an investment, but so far I am liking what I see.

I love the packaging…I might just keep the box with the pink Birchbox logo on it.  It’s sturdy and I am sure I can store something in it.  I love how quickly the box arrived, how the items are perfect for the spring months, and the unexpected items that came in it.  It’s like unwrapping a gift every month, you are unsure of what’s going to be inside.  This is one of the things I love about Birchbox as well as the fact that they are samples.  I adore samples.  It allows me to experience items I would have not necessarily known about if I had not been introduced.  I find that samples are the best way to find that perfect item for yourself, there is no other way.  You need to try it and if you find you are unable to part with it, you can go right ahead and buy the full-size product.  It’s really a win-win for the consumer and the company.  Birchbox is doing it right.  I am going to use these items over the course of the next few days and I will fill you all in and how they did!

Do you get Birchbox every month? What are your thoughts on it?

Tickled Pink

Tickle Me Pink

Spring is in full swing! The weather is finally bearable and breezy and not frigid and frozen.  When I was a younger girl, I despised the color pink, it was too girly for me.  Now that I am big and grown, I absolutely love it.  It can be soft or shocking, it adds a great pop of color to any outfit, and honestly it’s very springy.  My favorite way of wearing pink is with a contrasting color or in a different shade of pink.  I gathered some cute pink things.  My absolute faves are the Jacquard Shorts from Gap and the strappy pink dress from Zara.  They can both be dressed up or down, which leads it to be versatile and honestly, a 2-in-1 deal.
Pink is also the perfect color to transition into summer with.  I don’t know why I had despised it so much! I still don’t have much pink in my wardrobe, but I am hoping to change that! Do you like pink for spring and summer? How do you wear your pink? Needless to say, I am feeling a little tickled pink.

Sea Green

Sea Green

I decided to pamper myself on this beautiful breezy day (or procrastinate a smidge).  I decided it was time to change my boring nude nail polish that was chipping off horribly and swipe on some bright blue and add a twist of green.  Blue and green is by far one my favorite color combinations, especially in clothing.  Why should it be any different on nails? I was in a bit of a rush to get the color on and it’s less than perfect, but I love the color combination.  It instantly adds a skip in my step!

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 The blue hue on my nails is Essie’s Greenport and the green hue is Essie’s Navigate Her.

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What do you think of the color combination? What are you favorite color combinations?

Giveaway Winner!

Winner!

I am taking a break from my current hectic school life to present to you the winner of my first ever giveaway! The lucky winner will be receiving the three items shown on top. I hope you love it and congratulations on winning!

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Leah Roupenian! Congrats girl! You are a winner! 🙂 Let me know how you like your products!

Last Day: Giveaway

You have until midnight tonight to enter the giveaway! I will be sure to resume blogging in a week (or before) as I have been swamped in projects and tests!

Giveaway has officially started!

Yes! It is here! I think I am the most excited! The giveaway is now open until March 29,2013. Be sure to follow the rules that I had put on my prior post, here.

Please don’t forget to click on the link at the bottom of the post and enter there as well. Let the giveaway begin!

Spring Giveaway!

Yes, Spring has finally begun! To celebrate the (hopeful) arrival of warm weather and my blog reaching up to 60 likes, I’ve decided to treat you readers to some free things! Who doesn’t love free things?

Giveaway

The 1 lucky winner will receive the following 3 items:

Sugar Lip Polish,Soap & Glory Face Soap & Clarity 3-in-1 Daily Detox Vitamin C Facial Wash, and SEPHORA COLLECTION Desert Sunset Eyeshadow and Blush Palette.

The contest will begin on March 22, 2013 at 12:00am EST.

To enter this giveaway you MUST like my page on Facebook and comment on the bottom of this post with your email address and name. Please enter using the Rafflecopter link below. To have a better chance at winning, follow my blog as well. This giveaway is only for all 50 states in the USA and ends on March 29,2013 @ 12am. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You may also enter here: http://sartorial-spice.blogspot.com/2013/03/spring-giveaway.html

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You can actually see the form on blogspot as opposed to here due to some restrictions. Good luck!

Back to the Daily Grind

I once find myself in frigid, less than desirable temperatures. I have returned to the Northeast..and I did not miss it. I came back to Jersey when the sky decided to drop some snow and rain onto us.

I didn’t do anything overly exciting on vacation other than spend some much needed family time with my aunts,uncles, and grandmother. I tried to tan a little but it didn’t work,no matter how long I stayed out in the sunshine, my skin was too resilient. I did manage to go to a few thrift shops but only found a tan cardigan for $6. I begin school tomorrow once again and Wednesday I find myself with several internship interviews (Fingers crossed)!

Like I promised, I will do a giveaway by the end of this week or next. I am deciding what items I should do and I was wondering what you guys would like! Nothing too expensive but nothing too cheap either! For now, I will continue to roam the imaginary aisles of Sephora.com before I make my trudge there this weekend.

 

 

 

Beau Review: “Clean on Me” by Soap & Glory

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If you’ve been looking for a great, new shower gel, you must try Soap & Glory’s “Clean on Me”. I purchased mine at Sephora for $16. I bought the 16.2 oz one, so it is about a dollar for each ounce. It is totally worth it.

A little goes a long way. I bought this back in January and you can see I nearly have all of it left. No, I am not dirty, I shower daily. My mother even uses it, so you can see that you do not need as much of the product to produce the luxurious lather you crave. The gel has a soft, gentle scent of florals and a hint of orange.

I have extremely dry skin and I have little bumps on my arms that I contribute to my sensitivity to fabrics and allergies. This gel smoothed and moisturized my skin while relieving some of the irritation. I use it every day and every time I shower. I was always a Dove girl but this product leaves a light scent once I get out of the shower and makes my skin silky smooth.

I cannot get enough of it and I will probably have it for up to the next 6 months or longer. It’s worth the price and if you are wanting to derail from your usual store-bought brand.

From what I’ve seen in this product, it makes me want to try out some other Soap & Glory products. I will try to see if I can buy a few and even do a Soap & Glory giveaway. Tell me what you think of that! I would love to hear more about their products so if you have used this or others, please comment below, whether it is positive or negative!

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