Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Benefit Radiant Skincare colletion

I was e-mailed a coupon from Sephora VIB to try  a sample pack of Benefit's new skincare line called Radiant. I had no expectations since I hadn't heard anything about it before that but I like free things so hey why not give it a go. I cannot tell you how pleased and happy I am that I picked this up! You all know that I'm a bit of a skincare junkie and it does take a lot to impress me because I do have rather sensitive skin and can break out at the tip of a hat if something irritates my skin.
This sample pack came with three items
 {I don't know if this sample pack is still available or not}.
The packaging is too cute... gotta love when thought and creativity goes into something!

{Also, sorry for the lack of "real" photos... my son lost my photo card for my camera, again! }




1. It's Potent! eye cream- this eye cream is awesome. It is fragrance free and extremely silky to the touch. You can see the brighting effects right away! I really like this eye cream a lot!

2. Foamingly clean facial wash- I can't tell you how much I LOVE this cleanser. I already ordered one the day I put this lovely product on my face! This is a lot like the Missha Super Aqua cleaner I love but this one is a lot more accessible to get and dare I say it does make my face feel softer and smoother. It's seriously like silk! The scent is out of this world delish. It's honestly really nice. I'm a huge fan of foam cleansers so this is perfect for me. Also, it's $21 which I don't think is too bad in price... I thought it was going to be a lot more so I am very surprised! 

3.Triple performing facial emulsion spf 15- another product that really blew me away. This has the same scent as the cleaner and I can't get enough of it. This really does a great job at moisturizing my face and leaving it baby soft. I love that it keeps my face really nice and smooth but it's not a thick and heavy cream! You do get quite a bit with the sample so I have a week or two left until I finish it and this WILL be something I will order as well. The only thing I don't like is the glass bottle. I know they wanted it to be cute but it's a pain to get product out... it's kinda like a glass ketchup bottle... if you know what I mean :::tap tap tap::: But, other then that... it's perfection... for me. Again, this is only $28! Not bad, not bad at all.
PS- this is oil free! :)

So, from what I tried... I am IN LOVE with this new line and I can't wait to try more. I am counting the days until my cleaner comes! 

Have you tried this? What did you think? Were you love like I am??


*I am still using the Glamoxy Snake Serum and incorporated these products with it.

Deals and steals below!



Get a FREE ultra radiance mist mini with any $35 order at Benefit Cosmetics! Add product to shopping bag and enter MISTMINI at checkout. While supplies last. Offer valid through 4.4.11.

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*I did get this product for free from the Sephora VIB program. Check your e-mail for the printable coupon or the online code if you are also part of the program!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

YSL Teint Radiance Foundation = flawless face!



Without a doubt I have found my Holy Grail foundation in the MUFE HD but that doesn't stop me from trying to find the next best thing. I have been playing around with about 3 different YSL samples and I think I have found myself a true keeper... Teint Radiance {I use #5}. My gosh is this foundation nice. You wanna flawless face with a nice glow {but without being "dewy"} than this is the foundation for you! The coverage is medium but it's buildable. It has a nice fruity melon scent like all other YSL products which I really like! The lasting power is pretty impressive. I'm sure if you were someone who was out all day you might need a touch up after 6 or 7 hours. It does come with a pretty hefty price tag- $48. This is a light defusing foundation meaning it has transparent minerals pigments to allow light reflection for that stunning glow. It has SPF 20 and comes in 8 shades. 




So, yes... you could say I'm in love! <3


What I'm wearing:
YSL Teint Radiance in #5
Dior Bronzer Original Tan in Amber Tan 03
IT Cosmetics concealer in Medium 

Eyes:
L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara
Urban Decay 24 7 Liner in Zero
MAC Shroom

Lips:
Givenchy in Rose Taboo lipgloss

Hat:
Target

Have you tried this amazing foundations? What are YOUR thoughts? Pros/cons? I'd love to hear!:)


RIP to the beautiful Elizabeth Taylor 





Sunday, March 13, 2011

Essie Sand Tropez

So, I'm not really a nail polish connoisseur like some girls out there. I don't collect nail polish, I don't like putting it on, waiting for it to dry and then taking it off {I'm the WORST at getting around to taking it off}. It's about as fun as doing the dishes to me. Lately though I've really found some amazing colors by Essie that it makes me want to try and keep my nails looking nice. I've been loving Fiji, Nice is Nice and now....
Sand Tropez



The application is easier to work with than let's say Fiji. It still goes on a bit streaky so two coats is a must but it's a very pretty shiny beige neutral. I think it's a very classic color for days when you don't want your nails to look to loud but still look nice. 

I got this from Walmart for $7.75 and this is part of their new collection. 





Saturday, March 12, 2011

Tarte Contest Winners! :)

And the winners are.....
Winner number 1

Congrats to Mei Mei "Flush"

2nd Winner
Congrats to Pearls&Politics "Natural Beauty"

3rd Winner
Congrats to Lania "Exposed" ( I don't have your e-mail)

4th Winner
 Congrats to Meredith "Rodial Snake Serum" sample

I will contact all the winners via e-mail for your addresses. Thanks to everyone who entered and I hope to hold more contests this year!!!





Thursday, March 10, 2011

Just can't get enough!

I was feeling a little bit sad tonight and sometimes a good beat can perk me up for a bit. Though these words aren't exceptionally inspirational or inspirational at all for that fact... it's the beat that makes me smile. I know this music isn't everyones cup of tea but I was feeling it! :)





Love, Sarah

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Oh to be a Queen!

In our minds when we think of Queens we think of royalty (well, duh), glamour, beauty... and then we are faced with reality that most Queens are actually old, dowdy and unlike anything we grew up dreaming to be. Rania Queen of Jordan is everything I think a Queen should be but with a modern twist. I love everything about this woman. She is so unbelievably hip and stylish.

Hail to the Queen!


Love her style!





Love this!!:) Could she be any cooler? lol

Don't ask me what prompted me to post on her but other than I totally adore everything about her. I wanted to share her beauty, grace and undeniable style!!

Oh, by the way I have to tell you that today my son said "momma, can we go visit the Queen of Jordan because she is really pretty." We got on that topic last night because he said he wanted to be Superman when he grows up and asked me who I wanted to be and I said the Queen of Jordan. So, today he wanted to see her and I guess he liked what he saw because he wanted to visit her straight away! :)





Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Sigma "Make Me Classy"

I received these a few months ago and I've been too busy using them everyday and haven't gotten around to show them off yet!:) I've been using Sigma brushes for over a year and a half now. So, I think I can honestly give a proper opinion. I pretty much only use Sigma brushes and have sold or given away my MAC brushes. Word. It's the truth. I first tried their old brushes that came in the travel case. They have since changed their brushes a bit, added more and changed the numbers to their own system. I still use my old brushes from over a year ago and they have held up perfectly. 


This kit is Make Me Classy and the little holder was ingenious on their part. I like to store my brushes in holders because it's easier to find and I divide them into face and eyes. When you have to travel you just put all the brushes into one holder and snap it up and you are good to go.



All the brushes in this kit

Here are the brushes I use the most and how I use them:

This is the E65 Small Angle and I use this for my eyebrows. The angle works perfectly to get my brows how I want them looking. Honestly, I never did my brows before this brush.. and now I'm hooked!

F40 I always, always apply my bronzer and do my contouring with this brush
E05 I use this brush with all my gel eyeliners


E40 though this is a blending shadow brush I like to use this for powders (sometimes concealers) under my eyes. I love the softness of it... it's very gentle under my eyes.

This is the new (L) and old (R) brush...  you can see they changed the brush size by a little bit. I still use my old one for blending and the new one for powders. 

E60... this is great for packing on shadows

E70... this angeled brush works great for getting dark colors in my crease


E30 I also like using this one on my crease as well as putting shadow under my eye. I'm still using the old brush from over a year ago (that's why this one is clean) and saving this one for when I need to replace the old one. 


E55 Also great for packing on the glitter! :)

F70 concealer

F60 I could not live without this brush. I have 3 of the same brush and use them ALL the time. This is my all time favorite foundation brush!

For more info check out Sigma Beauty



*I was sent these for review purposes and I am a part of the Sigma Affiliate program. Anyone can be... so pop over to their page and sign up!*


Sunday, March 6, 2011

Tarte Blush Contest*CLOSED*

Since none of the blushes I got from Tarte will work for me... I have no use for them and would like to offer them to someone that would actually use them. They have only been swatched once. 
So, all you have to do is list the color you want or list in order 1-3 which color you'd like. 
I will draw March 12th at 8pm. I also have a sample pack of the Rodial Glamoxy Snake Serum so if you'd like that rather than the blush then just list that.


Open to everyone. Please list your e-mail address so I can contact you.


Exposed (nude)



Natural Beauty (muted strawberry red)

Flush (deep berry)

or

a sample pack of Glamoxy Snake Serum.