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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Hauls - Sephora VIB Sale and Ulta, with Swatches

Hello lovely readers,

I'm almost done spring cleaning...Well, honestly I kinda give up cause I'm exhausted from it, lol. However, I did get a lot done and my place feels a little less cluttered. Need to get rid of some shoes but gonna let my sister go through them first and pick the ones that she wants to keep.

Anyhoo, I actually hauled these products last week but between work and the spring cleaning, reorganizing, I've just been too tired to work on my blog.
I got the chance to attend the VIB Rouge event in store last weekend because my friend is a VIB Rouge so it was really cool to see what the perks of VIB Rouge. Basically, she received the invite and VIB Rouge get first dibs into the sale a few days before the rest. They also get a free sample bag and 15% off coupon for their entire purchase. She had to RSVP to the event and is allowed to bring a friend who could also benefit from the deal. The store opened 1 hour early and they had to check if you were on the VIB Rouge list before you get in. They offered coffee, water, and cookies. And lastly, they also did make overs and beauty consultations. Overall, the VIB Rouge experience is nice but definitely something I can do without. In order to get VIB Rouge status, you would have to spend at least $1000 in a calendar year...Ouch! I don't think I am willing to spend that much in one place, especially now that I have a new car payment and I've been dying for the longest time to get new gears for my camera.

Ok, let's dive into the haul and swatches...

I wasn't really planning on purchasing anything NARS. The brand is good but doesn't always appeal to me due to the price point but when I walked into the store and saw the display of their new Dual Intensity Blushes, I had the itch to swatch them. My eyes instantly locked on Jubilation, so I swatched it first. And I swear, it must have been the perfect lighting because it captured all the little sparkles and rainbows this highlighter blush has to offer. I fell immediately under its spell. In this set, you get shimmery light gold and a peachy gold. They feel super creamy, pigmented, and looked so pretty I couldn't resist and had to bite the bullet of $45. It's insane! I really hate to pay that much for a highlighter but really like it so I think I will get a lot of use out of it. Plus you can also use these as eyeshadows too.

Right before I went to the check out line, I was looking at this new cream eyeshadow from Sephora line and as soon as I swatched it, I knew I had to try at least one so here I picked up the shade Silver Delight ($15), which is a shimmery silver with a cool tone green tint to it.

The last thing I got from Sephora is the new Kat Von D Shade + Light eye contour palette ($46). I got totally sucked in by the packaging and colors. All, except one, are matte finishes. The last shade on the right (Latinus) is a satin finish but almost matte looking. These feel like buttery creamy when you touch them. Most swatch very well except for the black shade that is a bit patchy. You get a good mix of cool tone and warm tone. The only thing I didn't really like is having 4 very light shades. I would have been happy with just 2 light shades and having the rest as colors because the light shades tend to look pretty similar once applied.
This is such a versatile palette. Great on its own, and great paired with others. Matte shades are wonderful for creating depths and contrasts. Will review this later for sure.

Laetus, Samuel, Solas, Lucius

Lazarus, Saleos, Shax, Liberatus

Ludwin, Succubus, Sytry, Latinus

VIB Rouge and VIB Rouge guest also get this free cloth clutch bag filled with samples. The bag feels nice and is lined inside with a red fabric. It would be great to hold makeup for traveling. I was really surprised they thrown in a full size nail polish. I got the shade Quantum, which looks like a sage green with a cream finish.

After Sephora, my friend and I went to Ulta and as soon as I walked through the door, I saw these new Marveous Moxie lipgloss by Bare Minerals. I was like Oh My Gawwwd! MUST-HAVE-IT! I was a bit disappointed that they were on the sheer side but heck I didn't care. I would buy just to look at the rainbows, lol. I would die happy if they could make an eyeshadow with these colors. 

On the left Hypnotist, a sheer light gloss with a an iridescent violet, orange, and gold sheen.
On the right Enchantress, a semi-sheer light gloss with an iridescent orange pink sheen.
It's too bad they don't have that same rainbow effect on the skin or maybe it's my lighting, IDK, but yes not the same as looking through the tube.

I got the Essence Effect nail polish in the shade Rock My World. I know it looks plain and grey on this picture but it's actually a lot prettier in person. It's got this gorgeous lavender, teal, and gold sparkle to it. Will need to swatch this one for you and hoping my camera can catch its beauty.

That's it for my haul but I wanted to throw in one last rant before I go, lol. Sorry...but this is what I recently discovered about Ulta. In the past, I guess I must have spent enough money there so that during my birthday month, I was allowed to have a free gift and $10 off coupon. I've spent less this year and haven't reach platinum level (spend $400 or more), I'm even shocked that I haven't, lol, but anyways I guess it's a good thing for my pocket. Unless you are a platinum level all you get is double points during your birthday month for all the purchase you make that month. Their website is misleading because it states that if you're signed up for Emails, you get a birthday present, well I didn't. I even asked the staff and she said I only get double points so boo to you Ulta! I am not a fan of Ulta's rewards. I don't think it is rewarding at all. I guess I'll shop there only if I have to from now on.

I'm still debating if I need to get anymore from Sephora before the sale ends. Did you purchase anything from the Sephora sale? Anything you would recommend that I look into? Let me know :D


  1. That doesn't sound right. I'm a prestige beauty advisor at an ulta and you should have gotten a coupon in your email with a code for the free birthday gift. If youre platinum it's $10 off plus the gift, otherwise it's just the gift. Right now it'd the urban decay liner. You definitely don't need to be platinum to get It. I know that for certain.

    Send ulta an email, they'll give you a code. Idk what the heck those girls at tour ulta told you, ugh, ulta needs to be more on top of it with their employee training

    1. It's really confusing. I didn't get an email and when I logged to my Ulta rewards, it only tells me that I get double points too. It says nothing about redeeming for birthday gift so I assumed that it must be because I wasn't platinum. Thank you for clearing that up. I will email Ulta. :)

    2. The birthday coupon comes either the week of your birthday or the day of it.

    3. I got it 4 days after my birthday.

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    1. Packaging is nice and the shadows are good too.

  3. Ahhhh! That neutral palette from Kat Von D is just gorgeous, the shades look so saturated, rich and buttery! I would love that clear multi dimensional moxie gloss too! Great stuff!


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