I got quite a few things in the sale, but in my defense I pretty much start making a list in the summer of what I want to purchase in the sale to get ready, so when the sale comes I go a little crazy. I got a couple things from my wishlist and a few items which had caught my eye online or in stores and I decided to give them a try.
First up is the Living Proof Restore Shampoo and Conditioner. I put my hair through a lot. I blow dry it most times I wash it, heat style almost daily, and I don't use treatment masks on it nearly as much as I should. These products caught my eye because they promised to restore the protective layer which is lost on damaged hair, bringing hair back to a healthy state. I got these in the mail on Tuesday and washed my hair with them that night. I have to say when I rinsed out the conditioner my hair did feel soft and smooth. I dried my hair as usual and when I woke up my hair was much less frizzy or damaged looking that normal. I will keep using these products and let you know if my thoughts change but so far, so good!
Next is the Tocca body wash in the scent Cleopatra. You guys, this stuff smells AMAZING! My friend Lauren turned me on to the scent by showing my the hand cream version, which I was tempted to also purchase. Its a grapefruit and cucumber scent and its just so good. I also want the perfume version now. It's clean, bright, and fresh smelling. Highly recommend. The body wash worked into a nice lather and left my skin feeling moisturized and smelling amazing. While I wish the smell lasted a little longer, it definitely makes for a very refreshing shower. A great gift idea or treat for yourself.
I also decided to splurge on a Viseart palette. I have been on the fence about this purchase for awhile as these palettes are on the pricier side ($80 each). However, the pans are larger than normal, and it comes out to about $7 per color in the palette. With 20%, I decided now was the time to try one out and see if it was worth the hype. Even though I wanted the Dark Mattes, Neutral Matte, Paris Nudes, and Sultry Nudes obviously getting all four palettes wasn't an option. I decided to get the Sultry Muse as these shades are different than anything else I currently have in my collection. Dark Mattes will probably be next up on my wishlist. The shadows are very buttery and blend-able. I wore them to work Wednesday morning and they stayed on all day (with the help of my Urban Decay Primer) and I loved how they looked. I'm really happy with the purchase and I love the orange color as a crease shade to make my blue eyes pop. These palettes would make an awesome gift for a beauty junky on your list, or a good splurge for yourself!
Next up is the Hourglass Dim Light ambient lighting powder. I talked about this powder in the post, but I just want to say I've been wearing it to work all week and I love it. It blurs your skin in that perfect, not too overdone way. Also a little bit works wonders so I think the full-size powder will last me awhile. I think its a great alternative to traditional setting powder.
I also scooped up the Miss Dior Cherie Blooming Bouquet perfume. I will say it is on the expensive side, I bought the 1 ounce size and it was $60 before my discount. I do love the smell and I think it lasts for a decent amount of time. The size I bought will be perfect to pack for business trips as I can bring it in a carry-on and its below TSA limits of 3 ounces.
The next buy is the Cover FX drops. I had the makeup artist at Sephora color match me to find my exact shade. For reference I am P40, which is a medium skin with Pink undertones. They also have N shades which are "neutral", even pink and golden, or "G" shades which are for people with stronger yellow/golden undertones. I think my biggest problem with many foundations is they come off yellow on my skin, even if I'm using a "neutral" shade. This is because I have so many pink/red undertones in my skin I really shouldn't have any yellow in my foundation. I love these drops because they are perfect for my pinkish undertones. Also, I love that you can customize your coverage amounts. I talked about trying these in my Sephora Wishlist post, but guys...they're awesome. I have been using them for two weeks now and I'm obsessed. You can get really full coverage if you need it, or just a light tint if you want. Completely customizable. I use mine blended with my Laura Mercier Radiance primer and apply using my Beauty Blender (pick one up if you don't have one yet, it's the BEST way to apply liquid makeup). The coverage level is perfect, my makeup evens my skin tone and makes me look refreshed, but I don't look like I have it caked on my skin. Highly recommend.
The last item I bought that I've been using is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting blush in Mood Exposure. I love the plum shade of this blush. It's well pigmented, goes on well with just one or two swipes of my brush, and is a lovely shade. I was hesitant to try a plum blush, because I'm so used to pink blushes. However I love how pretty this looks on and think it looks very natrual and pretty. Has anyone used this? What are your thoughts? It is a pricey blush, so I think it's a good buy if you can get it for 20% off in the sale!
So that's it for items I got in my haul which I have already started using. I did get a couple of everyday products to try which I haven't opened yet because I have older versions I'm still working through. This is a great time to pick up an eyebrow pencil, new eyeliner, or a new mascara. I also recommend getting my favorite winter skin cleanser, a new Clarisonic brush (if you use Clarisonic), or some new brushes (this one is a favorite). Shockingly I didn't buy any new lipsticks in the sale but I am putting some on my Christmas list, so maybe I'll have some new lipstick recommendations coming up soon.
Are you going to be getting anything in the VIB sale this weekend? Or, what are some of your favorite beauty products you've been loving lately? I always love to hear about new things to try!
P.S. Also check out my mascara recommendations from my Mascara Madness post for some more beauty recommendations!