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Sephora Spring Bonus | Skin Care Picks

I don’t know about you, but I look forward to the Sephora sales and I was especially excited for the Spring Bonus extravaganza because I’m in desperate need of a restock.

{If you’re a Rouge member, you get first access and an take 20% off with the code HEYROUGE through Monday, May 6th. VIB and Insider access begins May 2nd.}

Now for the important stuff – What to get! I’ve been working on transitioning over to clean beauty products for the last few years and while I still have some not-so-clean favorites, most of the new products that I try out are paraben, sulfate, and phthalate-free. I’ve been waiting for this sale and wanted to re-order some must haves, as well as try some new products to get my skin glowing and wedding-ready.

Long Time Loves:

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New Products:

Are YOU going to shop the Sephora Spring Bonus event?

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Skin Care Junkie | Latest Sephora Order

I’m a total Sephora junkie, it’s where I order 90% of my skin care products and makeup, so I thought I’d share my latest order with you. I don’t love the “haul” blog posts or YouTube videos, but when I see someone who’s opinion I value in a particular area, I do like to see what type of products they’re buying. I thought it would be a good chance to share how I shop for skin care and beauty, and my first impressions on a handful of products.

To begin with, I adore the Sephora website. Their searching capabilities are outstanding – You can adjust the product list by your goals, your age, ingredients you want or don’t want, and more. I also love reading reviews on the site, if I’m on the fence about a product I’ll sort the reviews by Lowest and see what people didn’t like about it.

In general, try not to buy products with sulfates, parabens, or phthalates. But sometimes I let something slip through if I’ve heard raves about a product.

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Josie Maran Whipped Mud Mask Argan Hydrating and Detoxifying Treatment: First up, this smells amazing. It also feels really great, and has a bit of a granular texture which is nice for rubbing on your skin before washing off. Overall I really like this, though there isn’t an immediate change your skin.

Tarte Hampton’s Weekender Contour Palette: I adore Tarte products and this Summer-ready palette is no different. Great packaging, beautiful colors, great staying power. Definitely recommend this baby!

Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil: I’ve never tried Sunday Riley before but have heard and read great reviews of these products in the past. I decided to try two new products, including this blemish clearing face oil. You can use it as an all over product or for spot treatments, and I tried it both ways. First thing to mention – This has a very strong smell. One of the main ingredients it tea tree oil so if you’re not ready, it’s a bit overwhelming. That being said, I like this so far. I didn’t cause any break-outs and the spot treatment function seemed to work well.

Sunday Riley Good Genes All-in-One Lactic Acid Treatment: The second Sunday Riley product that I ordered was this anti-aging lactic acid serum. Again, this product has a fairly dramatic scent, but I’m enjoying it. It feels great going on and I haven’t seen any of the dryness that some of the reviewers mentioned. I started out using it once or twice a week and am now using it every other day in the mornings.

bareMinerals Mineral Veil Setting Powder: I really enjoy bareMinerals so this setting powder seemed like a no-brainer. I don’t wear foundation or BB/CC cream daily and sometimes need a little oil control by the end of the day, so I thought I’d give this lightweight powder a try. It has a bit of shine, almost like a highlighter, but it’s really subtle and pretty so no objections here!

Clinique Take the Day Off Makeup Remover: I think of this as the ultimate make-up remover, its old school, but still great. For traveling I wanted a little bottle of makeup remover so I swooped up this baby. The Boscia Charcoal Cleanser and Eve Lom Cleanser are still my all-time favorites, but when you’re traveling for events, like weddings, and are packing on the make-up, it’s good to have a dedicated make-up remover as well.

Are YOU a Sephora fan?

Are you a big fan of skin care and beauty products?

Check out some of my other Skin Care Junkie posts: Alaska Glacial Mud Mask, Sibu Sea Berry Seed Oil, Musely Hydrogel Eye Mask, Raw Beauty & Coconut Oil, Natural Beauty & Hair Products, Mix Rx Apothecary Collection, Balanced Guru Facial Toner, FRE Skin Care, HerStyler Hair Styling Products, Favorite Anti-Aging ProductsTravel Beauty, Current Beauty Must Haves. and Daily Beauty Routine. & Self Tan Luxe Face Oil.

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{Giveaway} And The Winner Is…

First, a big thank you to everyone who entered the Sephora Giveaway. I absolutely adore all of my readers and loved this opportunity to give back to the people who have been so generous with their support and kindness. I’ll plan another postapocalyptic giveaway for the beginning of 2013 so that I can treat a few more fabulous readers to some much-deserved goodies.


Now down to the good stuff – Drumroll please – The winner of the Sephora giveaway is… Vanessa Kritlow whose response to my question was:

I’d have to say my  favorite beauty product is a good mascara. I’d never leave the house without at LEAST that on. Gym included. 🙂

Miss Kritlow, please email me your contact information – including your address – and I’ll have your Sephora bag sent out today! I’d also love to hear your thoughts on these products, so feel free to send me your reviews and I’ll be sure to include them in my next beauty products overview.

Have a great Friday everyone and be sure to stay tuned for a fun questionnaire tomorrow!

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Sephora Giveaway!

After my recent Beauty Product Lovin’ post it’s clear that there are lots of ladies out there who are in the market for some new products to add to their daily routine and who like to hear “real” feedback before they buy. Since I’d like to help spread knowledge AND products I’m going to give away a Sephora bag PACKED with new makeup & beauty product samples for a lucky reader to try out.


From sunscreen to cleanser to foundation to perfume, believe me when I say that this bag has it all! While I wont divulge the contents in advance – a girl need a little mystery after all – I will give you a sneak peek and a few hints about the brands.


{Cartier, Sephora, Clarins Paris, Doctor T’s Supergoop, Nars, L’Occitane, Shiseido, Narciso Rodriguez, and Chanel – To name a few…}

Entering this little contest is QUICK & EASY – I promise – There are TWO different ways to enter so pick either of the simple options below and you could have some fun new products to try out in just a few days!

  1. Leave a comment below telling me what your favorite beauty product is OR what’s at the top of your Must Have list right now
  2. Leave a comment on Facebook telling me what your favorite beauty product is OR what’s at the top of your Must Have list right now

You can pick ANY beauty products – whether it’s skin care or makeup – it doesn’t just have to be something you found at Sephora. I will randomly pick a winner next Friday, December 21st & if this turns out to be a well-loved giveaway I’ll do another one in January!

* Please note that the products that I’m giving away are smaller/sample sizes not full-sized and that this giveaway is not sponsored by Sephora – I purchased the products myself

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What I’m loving right now…

I definitely go through phases when it comes to the inanimate objects in my daily life – Everything from the beauty products I use to the accessories I wear to the reading materials stacked on my nightstand. Whether you call it a rut or finely tuning your routine, I’m sure you know precisely what I mean.

So here are some of my current (new and past) loves…

{The love of my life, my new Givenchy bag – See Skulls & Givenchy for photos from the first MCLV Style post featuring this bag!}

{My newest mascara acquisition – I’ve mentioned my love of Benefit’s BADGal and Chanel’s Inimitable mascara in the past, but I also like to rotate in a drugstore brand now and again, and I’ve been thrilled with the results of Maybelline’s One by One Volume Express}

{As far as I’m concerned you can’t have enough fun, statement jewelry: Spiked Bracelet – Asos.com & Purple Beaded Necklace – Zara}

{In my opinion the only positive thing about the end of Summer are September issues!}

{SWOON! I’ve been a fan of Moroccan Argan Oil for a while so when I saw this L’Oreal Precious Oil Treatment I jumped at the chance to try it – Not only does it smell like a dream, it’s visibly nourishing}

{It’s official – I’m in love! Skull adorned Steve Madden smoking slippers}

{Fashion Books & Vintage Jewelry. Left: The Little Black Book of Style by Nina Garcia & vintage pearl collar. Right: Parisian Chic – A Style Guide by Ines de la Fressange & vintage Vendome tassel necklace}

What are you loving lately? What can’t you get enough of? Have you gotten any fun new pieces or exciting accessories to update your wardrobe or prepare for Fall/Winter 2012/2013?

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