This Weekend’s Beauty Haul


The Haul:
1. Anastasia Brow Pen in Universal Light
2. NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Biscayne Park
3. Deborah Lippmann mini in Happy Birthday
4. Maybelline The Colossal Cat Eyes
5. Living Proof Satin Hair Serum



I have been wanting this color since the new NARS Satin range came out. Do you ever feel drawn to a name, or compelled to buy a product simply because the name is too good not to buy? Biscayne Park is all of the above to me. But then again, NARS always has the best product names. I love this color its a very natural peachy/nude on me.


I’ve been struggling in the eyebrow department lately. I feel like the base of my eyebrows are so thin and I’m not sure why. I have both the Anastasia brow wax and the Brow Wiz and use them alternately. The Brow Wiz is not my favorite and it actually hurts to drag the pigment across my eyebrows. So I found this Brow Pen which is actually a marker, and you draw the color on your brow. It goes on a lot smoother and you can use a brow brush to spread out the color. The only problem I have is that I personally can get a bit heavy handed with the marker. You can’t let yourself go crazy with it or you’ll end up looking like they’re tattooed on.  Just a word of advice.

Sephora Pantone Matching

I’ve known about the Pantone matching system at Sephora for a while now. I remember that there were only two outposts (or something like that) and one was at the Times Square store in NYC. More recently they’ve been heavily promoting the program and I think that almost all the stores have the system in place. This is wonderful. Wearing the wrong color, in any sense of the expression, can really affect your look. The “Color IQ” system at Sephora works like this: they take 3 pictures, one on your neck, cheek, and above your temple. Your Pantone color is an average of the 3 skin photos. Mine is 1Y01. The sales associate helping me explained that the 1 means I am the lightest on the color spectrum (not surprised), and the Y means I have yellow undertones (No, not me, not yellow, I practically look pink, I have pink undertones, I swear!). I’m learning to cope with this number, yellow is completely foreign to me. Regardless, Color IQ is very cool. When you get your number you can input it into and it lists all the foundation products that work for you.

The sales associate pulled a BB cream by Tarte for me to try. I’ve never really used any of their products so I was curious to try a sample. He suggested that I pair it with NARS Siberia for a full-coverage look, if I so desired to look extra porcelain.

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Sephora Beauty Essentials

As I made my weekly trip to Sephora I found myself lingering around the Super Stars Beauty Essentials kit. It’s basically a round up of the cult favorites Sephora has to offer. And did I mention that they are all full-sized products? But the fact that they’re full-sized means a full-sized price. The Essentials will cost you. I had to decide in that moment whether all these amazing products were worth $75. Of course they were, but I had already racked up a sizable debt that weekend, spending my weekend budget at Topshop and Aritzia before I even got to Sephora. On the bright side, the kit looks like it may be around for a while so I probably have a little while longer to deicide. Here is what it comes with and my thoughts:



  • 0.035 oz Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder
Never tried this product but have only heard amazing things. I have a friend who uses it as dry shampoo.
  • 0.06 oz Sephora Collection Microsmooth Baked Eye Shadow Trio in Black Light
I think these colors look amazing, but I’m not a huge eye shadow person so this product isn’t making my decision.
  • 0.16 oz NARS Blush in Orgasm
Of course this is my go-to blush but I also just bought a new one not that long ago and it happens to last forever.
  • 0.5 oz Kate Somerville Exfolikate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment
I’m not a huge skincare guru, but my roommate is. He called dibs on this product.
  • 0.5 oz Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil
Huge fan of Josie Maran, but I’m not sure what I’d do with the oil. Maybe use it in my hair. I have the oil stick for the winter. I could just save it for then.
  • 0.33 oz Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer
I recently ran out of my Hourglass primer and have been lively solely off sample-sized primers. I’ve been using the NARS primer but also have a small Hourglass sample.
  • 0.3 oz Benefit They’re Real! Mascara
I bought the mini- They’re Real to try from Sephora. I actually really like it.
  • 0.15 oz BUXOM Big & Healthy Lip Polish in Sandy
Not a huge fan of the color of the lipgloss, but hey, who doesn’t love lipgloss. Maybe it goes on sheer.
  • 0.016 oz Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner
I haven’t had luck with eyeliners lately. Nothing is working for me. Either my eye reacts badly or it just goes everywhere
  • 0.33 oz Kat Von D Saint Eau de Parfum Rollerball
Tried this at the store, could not believe how amazing it smells. I want to buy the actual perfume.

Satellite of Love

A month or so ago I posted about the NARS x Andy Warhol collection. On my break the other day I found myself in Sephora and forgot the collection was set to be released October 1. I was thrilled to see the collection in person. One item in particular, caught my eye because I had not seen it in the early product release images. It is a new blush that, in my opinion, would likely serve as a highlighter/illuminator. Also, it has a killer name: Satellite of Love, one of my all time favorite songs. It’s such a perfect tribute to Andy and the 1960s pop culture.


NARS + Andy Warhol

They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.
-Andy Warhol 

NARS has decided to follow the trend of collaborations and has teamed up with pop art icon Andy Warhol to create a limited edition collection. I am so excited for this, I am even considering waiting in line. If that’s necessary. As a lifetime fan of art and Andy Warhol, the products and packaging are amazing. From Debbie Harry palettes to Edie-inspired lip glosses, this collection could not make me any happier. The collection, to be released at Sephora on October 1, consists of shadows, blushes, pencils, nail color, lip glosses, and a special Silver Factory-inspired Illuminator. Andy’s love of color and beauty makes him the perfect artist to inspire a make-up collection.