The Holidays! They’re here! Shopbop’s at it (again) with a savings opportunity and I wouldn’t be a good blogger/ Shopbop partner if I didn’t share the details of the sale. Below are a few of my picks!
ALL DRESSED UP
Is it me or are holiday collections being released earlier and earlier each year? Holiday collections were out before Halloween even arrived! While I’m not mad at it (the beauty collector in me revels in this time of year), it makes me wonder what is there to look forward to come November/ December?
Anywhoo—wanted to quickly share the new Urban Decay Holiday 2016 collection that landed at my doorstep not too long ago. I’m planning on doing a video to swatch everything and go in depth but here’s a quick overview of what’s available now at Sephora and Ulta.
LEFT: Junkie Vice Lipstick Palette, $35, Sephora Exclusive
I absoluately adore the new Ubran Decay Vice lipsticks. The Vice Lipstick Palette has 12 shades from the entire collection in a range of finishes. If you’ve ever wanted to try various shades in the Vice collection this is a good deal versus buying individual lipsticks. This Junkie palette is great for traveling and comes with a retractable lip brush.
Disturbed (deep brick red)
714 (bright red)
Carnal (medium warm nude)
Safe Word (neutral nude-pink)
Studded (metallic gray-brown)
Whip (soft pink with gold iridescent shimmer)
Wrath (metallic red)
Big Bang (bright pink sparkle)
Firebird (deep fuchsia)
Vanity Kills (lavender)
Speedball (deep vibrant purple)
Junkie (metallic teal shimmer with gold micro-sparkle)
CENTER: Liquid Moondust Cream Eyeshadow, $22, Sephora & Ulta
Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow is a cream version of the brand’s pressed Moondust Eyeshadows. While I love the pressed eyeshadows, these are a no from me. They contain microfine bits of iridescent sparkle 3-D metallics but yu really have to build in order to get good payoff.
RIGHT: Blackmail Vice Lipstick Palette, $35, Ulta Exclusive
Similar to the Junkie palette, this has 12 lipstick shades. This palette is more wearable and definitely my favorite of the two. No matter what you’re in the mood for, this limited-edition palette has it all. Just one swipe gives you major payoff and doesn’t tug or get patchy. This one is exclusive to Ulta, so get it while you can.
This is straight up glitter on your face. It’s sightly chunky, gets messy, and can emphasize any texture on your skin. This looks gorgeous in the pan but I reserve this for body highlighting and not the face.
Vice Lipstick Vintage Capsule Collection, $17, Sephora and Ulta
The Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Vintage Capsule Collection brings back nine old-school shades from UD’s past. These are some bold colors but in terms of payoff, the majority are pretty sheer and sparkly. These are good #TBT but just know that it is vastly different than the Vice lipsticks.
Check out Urban Decay’s holiday offerings while they last!
When you get a package in the mail with the new Rouge Dior lipsticks, you know it’s going to be a good day. I received the reformulated version of Dior’s Rouge Dior lipsticks ($35 each) designed by their new creative director Peter Philips (formerly of Chanel).
There are 50 shades total and two finishes: 35 satins and 15 new longwear mattes.
To be honest, I never played with Dior’s old lipstick formula so I can’t compare between the old and new. Dior’s lipsticks never spoke to me although this new formula has made a fan out of me. I love how smooth and pigmented the lipsticks feel on the lips and they have a decent wear time.
They come housed in a sleek blue tube with a red interior (it’s like a beauty version of Christian Louboutin shoes!). The cap does click shut so there’s that super satisfying “click” that beauty girls know and love.
If you’re looking for a longwear lipstick that won’t dry your lips out like a liquid lipstick, this can be your go to. There’s such a great range of shades between bold reds, corals, pinks, and some out there shades (hello 962 Poison Matte!).
I plan on doing a swatch video soon so stay tuned!
Last month, IT Cosmetics made its debut at Sephora with a somewhat edited but mighty collection. Admittedly, I haven’t tried much from IT Cosmetics prior to earlier this year. Previously available at ULTA and QVC, the brand is known for their Bye Bye Under Eye concealer, which only comes in four shades, the deepest being way too light for me. I was excited to get my hands on a few products from the brand because I really want to see what the hype was about and learn more about their new offerings.
Some hits from the collection available at Sephora include the Bye Bye Lines Serum ($58), Bye Bye Under Eye Eye Cream ($48), and the Je Ne Sais Quoi Hydrating Lip Treatment ($24). All three are exclusive to Sephora and have been in heavy rotation in my beauty routine. I love using the Bye Bye Under Eye Eye Cream in the morning because it’s got a bit of a cooling feeling which is great to wake me up. It depuffs and brightens the under eye area and soaks into the skin pretty quickly.
After the eye cream, I go in with the serum which promises to fill in lines and wrinkles. Since I don’t have lines or wrinkles (yet) I can’t say if it works but it is packed with skin-loving ingredients like peptides, caviar extract, hydrolyzed collagen and algae to also help improve the look of tone and texture. The Je Ne Sais Quoi Hydrating Lip Treatment stays in my bag as it’s the perfect lip balm to hydrate and soften lips throughout the day.
The Anti-Aging Armour™ Super Smart Skin-Perfecting Beauty Fluid SPF 50+ does leave a slight gray-ish cast if you don’t rub it well into your skin. Honestly it’s a bit too much work for me day to day but it’s nothing foundation can’t cover up. It’s not offensive but at the same time, I’m not jumping to reach for it on a daily basis. This is a pass.
I haven’t fully played with the Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination™ Concealer because I’m terrified they may be too light and end up aggravating me. Why in the year of our Lord 2016 are brands still neglecting deep skin tones, the world may never know. While I was at the press event, a rep for the brand DID say they’re working on deeper shades because even they know it’s slightly ridiculous. If anything, this can be a highlighter shade but it is FULL coverage when swatched on the back of my hand.
Have you tried anything from IT Cosmetics?? Let me know in the comments!
I expected the Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Splits to sell out much quicker than they actually did. As a matter of fact, I was pretty surprised to see them still in stock on Sephora.com and at various Sephora locations!
It’s no secret that I’m a Jaclyn Hill fan girl and her Champagne Glow highlighter palette has become a staple in my vanity. While I love the full palette, I snapped up the Champagne Splits in order to travel with specific shades, versus the whole shebang. I’m personally obsessed with Prosecco Pop (highlighter) and Pamplemousse (blush) so it’s great being able to have just those two in my makeup bag.
This duo contains Champagne Pop which is a soft white gold with pinky peach undertones and Hyacinth which is a vibrant poppy pink blush. Hyacinth is part of Becca’s permanent mineral blush collection and it is stunning. Like many of the Becca blushes I’ve tried, it’s really pigmented, so a little goes a long way.
I purchased this primarily because of Prosecco Pop. While its predecessor is pretty on the skin, Prosecco Pop is even more gorgeous on deep skin. It’s a medium warm gold highlight that can be layered and built up for an intense, Instagram-worthy highlight or subtle for every day wear. Pamplemousse is a matte warm coral pink blush that is exclusive to this collection and not part of the permanent range.
The Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Splits are available exclusively at Sephora for $38 each.