Thursday, November 13, 2014

Tarte: Petite Treats

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Today I have an Advent calendar, of sorts. I've been lusting over British Advent calendars for years and they're just starting to catch on over here. I know Benefit has one, but I haven't found any other full advent calendars here in the States. I did find this little set that's an Ulta exclusive from Tarte. It's a 12 days of Christmas calendar. I've long been obsessed with opening presents as many days as possible in December and this helps feed my present addiction.

You get 12 sample or deluxe sample size items in a very cute calendar package. The actual name is The Petite Treats 12 Days of Tarte, and I think you get a really good variety of goodies. You get a mascara primer, 2 different formulas of mascara, a lip tint, a blush, a self-tanning towelette, eye cream, primer, glow booster, travel-sized maracuja oil, face scrub, and a setting powder. 

This sells for 37 dollars and is worth far more than that. I tore into this baby the night I got it. There was no waiting for Christmas to open it. 

Let me know what you think. Are you on the Advent calendar band wagon? I wish I could have them all!

Monday, November 10, 2014

The Body Shop: Holiday Scents

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The Holiday scents are here! Nothing makes me more excited that discovering when Holiday collections are released. That being said there are several posts I'm planning for the month of November all about Holiday goodies.

Today I have a couple of The Body Shop's offerings. It was actually the Holiday scents that got me hooked on The Body Shop to begin with, and I haven't looked back since.  I have two sets today and both are priced at 15 dollars. One contains three one ounce hand creams and the other three mini sized body butters. 

First off the formula of both products is out of this world. I've been a fan of both their body butters and hand creams for ages. I like that they recently came out with smaller hand creams. It's much easier to carry one around if its smaller.

As for the scents they're festive, but not spicy. I like the spicier scents like the spiced vanilla they had a few years ago. It was amazing. This year we have Glazed Apple, Vanilla Brulee, and Frosted Cranberry. The apple and cranberry are very fruity and nice, but the vanilla is the real winner in my opinion. It smells so similar to their other vanilla scents. I love it. 

Both sets come in cute packaging, but before I could get photos of it my dog ran away with the box to the body butters. He loves to steal paper. 

I think these are both great stocking stuffers or even stand alone gifts for someone on a budget. As someone on a budget myself I'll be buying more to give to people on my Christmas lists.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Makeup Bag Essentials: November

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It's that time again, Time to switch up the makeup routine. Honestly, my routine rarely changes. I may switch up colors but overall things stay the same. That being said I'll tell you about a few of my new additions. 

For fall I'm loving the Revlon Lip Butter in Berry Smoothie. It's the perfect balmy berry color that's not too dark for me to pull off. I own a few other colors and of the few I have this is the least pigmented. I think that works in it's favor in this instance. I'm not big on the bright lips.

One thing I have changed recently is my foundation. I've been struggling with liquid foundations for years and I'm never happy with the result. They always find their way to break down on my nose and give me trouble. So I switched to a powder foundation. I got a sample of the Bare Minerals loose foundation and I've been loving it. There is still some break down, but since you need so little to get good coverage it's not bad. I know I'll be buying the full size when I run out of my sample.

My last new product that I'm in LOVE with is the ELF Lip Exfoliator. It's by far the most convenient lip scrub I've come across and I love it. I can't say enough good things about it. 

So those are the new things in my makeup bag. As the months go on you'll find that the other things very rarely change.