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Woman Seeking: Social Media

Woman Seeking Makeup is now on Twitter! Thanks to Made From Beauty for the prompt =) If you’re on Twitter and want to follow, look me up @WSMakeup ✨ I have no idea how good I’ll be at Twitter as I kind of suck at maintaining my personal account, but we will see!

In case you’ve missed it, WSM is also on Facebook, which you can find here 

facebook.com/womanseekingmakeup

I’m also on Instagram, at WomanSeekingMakeup as well.  Pretty straightforward, right? So if you’re loving the blog, find me on the other fun social sites, too!

XOXO, WSM 

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Woman Seeking: The Creative Blogger Award 🏆

Thanks to Lipstick & Lightsabers and Honestly Positive Lifestyle, I was nominated for the Creative Blogger Award! Each of these blogs are great, and I encourage you to take a moment to check them out. Thanks so much ladies! I was nominated quite a while ago, but I finally have time (and Internet service) to upload this post! 

The rules of the award are:

  • Thank and post the link of the person who nominated you (lol I’m sad this had to be made a rule!)
  • Share 5 facts about yourself to your readers
  • Nominate 5 blogs
  • Pass on the rules

Some …fun?..facts about me aaare:

  1. I crunch all of my chips before I eat them. If it’s an individual sized bag I just crinkle the whole thing up, or if it’s a large bag (or at a gathering or picnic or something) I will portion my serving onto a plate and then smash them with my fingers. I don’t crunch Pringles, however. I think this may be a leftover habit from my days with braces? No clue!
  2. My favorite movie is Ever After, even though normally I don’t like Drew Barrymore. I’ve seen it countless times and it has yet to get old. It’s romantic and smart and sassy wi subtle humor and just oh so great. 
  3. I love using the 😩 emoji! It’s so dramatic and over the top! It’s probably one of my most used. 
  4. I’m a huge dog person. I’m not anti-cat, mind you, but I definitely prefer dogs. I’m an animal lover in general, actually. I also like horses, turtles, and hedgehogs. I’m hoping to maybe get a dog in a couple of months, but I have to make sure I have the time it deserves first. Be realistic about pets, folks! 
  5. My preferred (daytime) tea is Irish Breakfast Tea from Twinings. I like it straight, but I usually add a touch of creamer/almond milk, and sometimes a half a packet of sugar. I try to start off my day with green tea because, ya know, health…but when I need the caffeine or sweetness this is what I grab. 

So that’s a little bit more about me! It’s not beauty related, but I thought it was fun to fill out and hopefully fun to read. I’ve decided to tag some blogs I’ve been loving recently. Not all do these are beauty related, but they deserve some love! If you are one of the blogs I nominated and are reading this, no pressure! I simply wanted to inform my readers of your awesome blog and send some good vibes.  Those blogs are:

Feeding The Heart

Bitsy Besty

Life With Tisha

Made From Beauty

With All My Affecttion

Check them out, and list some of your favorites blogs or fun facts about yourself in the comments!

XOXO, WSM

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Woman Seeking: A Simple & Sweet Spring Makeup Look

When the temperature starts warming up and the sun starts shining for longer and longer each day, I start to bring spring into all aspects of my life. I wear more fresh perfumes than sultry scents, break out the lilac and beach scented candles, and throw open my windows (so what if the high is 45 degrees F? This is the Midwest. That’s basically bikini weather!). Among these changes is a switch up in my makeup products. To me, spring makeup is polished but light. It’s not quite time for the messy sexy bronzers and neon that can be rocked during the summer, but the vampy lips and flawless full coverage foundations of winter are a little too heavy. Typically I like to go with a fresh, natural look paired with a bright lip. It looks pulled together and chic yet still has a hint of fun. Here I’ve thrown together the look I’ve been wearing a lot lately that helps me perfectly transition from winter to spring! 



First, I’m going to start with a pore minimizing primer, such as my Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser. To be honest, I do not like this particular one, but I want to use it up, and I’m running low on the one I actually DO like (Benefit’s The Porefessional), so I’ve been grabbing this instead. I smear it all over my face and wait about 5 minutes or so before moving on to the next step. This helps in sink it and do it’s job. If I were to immediately go in with my next product, I could end up with a big mess or a patchy application. 



After my primer has set I go in with my lightest foundation, the Napoleon Perdis Boudoir Mist Spray Foundation. I’m in the shade Look 1. I absolutely love this foundation. When I first bought it, I was disappointed because I thought it applied funny. Once I got a hang of the application, however, I changed my tune. This is so incredibly light on the skin and yet has a buildable coverage. And it still looks like skin! And the shade is spot on! Ugh. So much love. I’ve never tried a spray foundation before this, but I really see a difference. I grabbed this when all Napoleon Perdis products were 75% off at Ulta, and now I’m so sad because it is currently only available at Nordstrom (that I know of) and I don’t have a Nordstrom anywhere near me. Plus this stuff is pricyyy. I don’t know how long the can is going to last me but I’m trying to ration it. Anyhow, I work in areas when applying this, spraying it lightly on one area and buffing it in using my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush before moving on to the next. Occasionally I’ll spray it on the back of my hand and dip my brush in, but I only use this method for the parts of my face I’m scared to spray (like around my eyes). 



I apply a little bit of a lightweight highlighting concealer under my eyes, in between my brows, and on the outsides of my eyes and use th same brush I used for my foundation to gently blend it onto my face. Here I used Maybelline’s Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer. Since I don’t have too much to cover up int he way of dark circles, this just helps bring some life to my face. I also set this with a bit of powder to prevent creasing. Today I forgot powder so I actually used Estée Lauder’s Pure Color Eyeshadow in 10 Ivory Box. Hey, whatever works, right?



I always like to do my brows before doing my eye makeup. Especially if you have more nonexistent brows like I do, I think doing your eyeshadow before brows can easily lead to an overdone look. Brows frame the face and bring attention to the eyes, but if they’re done second, I find I try to use eyeshadow to bring attention to that area, and after filling in my brows the effect is too intense. If I fill in my brows first, I use less eye makeup and also have a better idea of where the shadows should be placed (hard to line up a wing with athe end of an eyebrow you can’t see). I’ve been a loyal Anastasia Beverly Hills Fan for a while, flipping between the DipBrow and the Brow Wiz, both in the shade Taupe. Clearly, I used the Brow Wiz today. 



I’ve really been liking no-fuss eye looks lately. I think they pair perfectly with a spring bright lip and can work for both day or night. I used the Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 hr Cream Eyeshadow pot in Bad to the Bronze. It’s the perfect wash of color that adds dimension without looking too dark for the daytime. I was super skeptical about these not creasing on me sans primer, but they don’t! They blend well and stay put on the lid. These can also be used under powder eyeshadows as a base. If I do something in the evening, I usually take a darker brown powder eyeshadow and throw it in the crease and outer V and call it good. 



Using my Modern Minerals small dome eyeshadow brush, I highlight my brow and inner corners with the Essence eyeshadow in Vanilla Milkshake. It has a touch of shimmer and is such a bargain, I picked this up during a sale for less than $0.50! I feel like this may also be a beautiful budget cheek highlight, but I’m not big into cheek highlighting so someone with more knowledge will have to test this out and let me know!



I get nervous using cream products because of my already oily skin, but I find this Stila Convertable Color to work wonderfully with this foundation. I use my Real Techniques Stippling Brush and dab it in the product, and then do a couple of dabs on the back of my hand to get off any excess color before stippling the remainder on my cheeks. I place blush a little further back because that is what works with my face shape. I have a ruddy Complextion to begin with, so I want to be very careful where I’m placing my blush as to not undo any covering up that I accomplished with my foundation. This way my flush is only where I want it. This sample in the shade Peony is perfect for traveling as well, and looks so natural. 



While there is NOTHING wrong with letting your pale skin be pale, I like to add a hint of bronzer for dimension. I start with a liiiiight contour and blend, and add a bit on my forehead to balance it out. This also sets anything that may need setting. I use just the tiniest bit of Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer in Medium/Deep and went in with a light hand. I want my real skin to show and to look healthy, not overly made up. 



I skip eyeliner and give my lashes a quick curl using my Shiseido curler (you try taking a picture while wielding an eyelash curler -_-) and then add a couple coats of black mascara. Although I’m not a fan of plastic wands, I’ve really been impressed with Maybelline’s The Rocket Volum’ Express. The wand doesn’t poke or hurt my eyes, which is usually my biggest problem with plastic mascara wands. 



Last but not least I pop on a bit of lip product. I have been obsessed with MAC’s Girl About Town lipstick lately. Unfortunately, i needed a more low maintainance lip today so instead went with my Revlon ColorBurst Balm Stain in 001 Honey. It’s the easiest shade to wear and because it’s in crayon form I can apply this without a mirror when on the go. It fades nicely as well, and is comfortable on the lips. It also smells like mint! 



So there it is! A simple, easy look that is pulled together but natural. I included pictures in different lighting as well as close ups so you can see how the makeup wears in as real life as I can show with my iPhone. I think this just melts into the skin so flawlessly and creates that fresh faced look I wish I had naturally. 





I am not wearing this same face look or mascara here, but I wanted to show what I meant by a simple face and bright lip. This is MAC’s Girl About Town. I wore this a week ago when I tried to force it to be spring. You’re welcome, by the way…pretty sure that’s why it’s now warmer. 😉

Do you switch up your look when the seasons change? How are you celebrating spring?

XOXO, WSM

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Woman Seeking: A Bite Beauty 5 Night Fix for Lips Review

A while ago I stumbled upon Bite Beauty’s 5 Night Fix for Lips duo while in Sephora. I had eyed their famed Agave Lip Mask before, but the price was pretty high and I couldn’t bring myself to spend the money. In general, I really like Bite Beauty products and have yet to be disappointed with a purchase. My lips were needing a little TLC, so I grabbed this and ran to the checkout before I had a chance to change my mind. If you remember, this was part of my Mall Haul post (which you can find here). 

This set contained sample size amounts of Bite’s Agave Lip Mask and their Whipped Cherry Lip Scrub. I’m not sure if the set is supposed to contain a 5 night supply of products, or is only marketed to fix your lips in 5 nights, but either way, although these are small sample sizes, I found I didn’t need that much product so this set should last quite a bit longer than just 5 nights. I do have medium to small lips, so obviously if you have a greater space to cover than I do you’ll go through this more quickly. 

The Whipped Chery Scrub is normally sold in a pot, but is packaged as a mini stick form for this set. This isn’t something that particularly bothers me, but it is weird to try out a sample of something that’s not exactly like it is sold. I could see how this would bother some people. If you like the scrub specifically because it comes in a stick version and then are told that a stick lip scrub isn’t sold as a full size product by the company, it could definitely be annoying. Perhaps they are working on selling a full size version of the stick style scrub in the future? Who knows. While I do love cherry, I am not a big fan of cherry scented anything and this was no exception. The scent falls somewhere between artificial candy and medicinal. The scrub itself was…interesting. The grains are sugar sized (I do not think they are sugar, at least I didn’t see it on the ingredients, nor taste it) and they do a decent job of exfoliating. The butters and oils it’s mixed with leave a slight film on the lips, but in a good way. I feel like if you didn’t have dry lips and were using this for exfoliating, the scrub is simply leaving behind a little nourishment to your lips. I really liked that. I can see why it’s packed in a pot as opposed to a stick, however, because while using the stick should make things easier and less messy, I found that even with light pressure the product would be pushed over the edge of the tube, leaving me needing to wipe it off. I usually wiped it off onto my lips and then used my finger to continue exfoliating. The only stick exfoliator for lips I’ve used prior to this was from ELF and I never had that problem with theirs, so this was a bummer. If I bought the regular version, I would be using my finger anyways so it wouldn’t be an issue, but for the stick I don’t like that I need to get my hands dirty. My only other gripe is the taste. Bite Beauty is proud of the fact their products are 100% natural and made with food grade ingredients, but this is the lesson for you that just because something CAN be eaten, doesn’t mean it should. Perhaps I am spoiled by my Lush and ELF products, but this is not something I ever want to lick off my lips. To be fair, I don’t see anything from the company recommending you do. It just left me standing there awkwardly debating what to do. I don’t want to use water to rinse away the leftover beads because of the nourishing ingredients, but using a washcloth has me feeling like I should have just skipped the scrub and just used a washcloth to exfoliate in the first place! I usually end up kind of smearing it all over the back of my hand and then washing my hands. Overall, I’m super not impressed with the lip scrub. I think there are plenty of better products (both stick and pot form) out there that I enjoy using. I will not be purchasing a full size. 

The Agave Lip Mask is what redeems this little set for me. As much as I had wanted to try it before, I kind of equated it to a fancy Vaseline. My friends, it is not. For starters, this is much thicker. I really had to squeeze the tube to get the product out. Although thick, it spreads easily. For the thickness, I didn’t feel like it was sticky. I could still talk and open and close my mouth as a I normally would without any goobs or globs or messiness. I’m not someone who really minds a bit of stickiness, so if you’re someone who is very sensitive to this you may have a different opinion than me, but I found it to be very comfortable to wear. Initially I used this only at night, but have found myself throwing this on during the day as well, both alone and under other lip products. I felt like this rehydrated my lips as well. When I started using this, I had cuts at the sides of my mouth due to an unfortunate spoon accident (note – if you have a metal spoon that goes through the disposal, toss it. I thought it was fine and threw it in the dishwasher like it was no big deal, but that son-of-a cut my mouth UP. I looked like the Joker). It was super painful and nothing was really working to heal it, but leaving it without balm or salve on it in order to let it scab (ew) was wrecking my lips. I started using this and it somehow it allowed the cuts to heal up while also hydrating my lips. The product also has just a hint of sweetness to it. Not so much that I was licking my lips to get to it, therefore defeating the purpose, but just enough that if it got in my mouth I wasn’t repulsed. And I really only needed a pea size amount, if that. Even with continuous use I still have about 3/4 of the sample size tube left. I feel like if I bought the full size version, I wouldn’t have to repurchase for at least a year, if not longer. And that is if I was using it every single day. It is pricy, but I am definitely considering purchasing the full size. 

To sum up, it is a great little set…but only because of the lip mask. I also feel like the jar it comes in is missing something. There is room enough to add a third sample products, maybe a mini lipstick? While this is promoted for overnight use and you don’t really wear lipstick or lipgloss overnight, I think a lipstick or gloss meant to be worn the next day to continue the healing or to show off your new kisser would round it out. Bite Beauty makes a product called BB for Lips that I think would have been perfect to include. I think the price of the set is a smidge high for two mini products, especially when I only recommend one of them. However, if you are like me and can’t afford a full size version of the mask, this is a great alternative. 

XOXO, WSM

PS – Sorry about the complete lack of pictures! I didn’t think to do a before/after. Bad blogger, bad! 

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Woman Seeking: How to Go from Lipbalm to Lipstick

While you might not know it from looking at my current makeup stash, I was a lipbalm and pink gloss only girl up until just a couple of years ago. I knew plenty of women who rocked lipstick, but I never felt sophisticated or confident enough to pull it off. While some people can cannonball right in, I’ve always been a more “sit on the edge and ease myself in” type of girl. After a little practice, I’ve finally grown comfortable enough to wear my brightest pink and darkest red with the best of them. If you’ve been eyeing the lipstick aisle with longing, but aren’t quite sure how to make the jump, here are my tips to go from cherry Chapstick to Kat Von D’s Backstage Bambi. 



1. Up Your Lipbalm Game

     If you wear little to no lip product whatsoever, the best place to start is adding a little tint in with your go-to. A great beginner option is Lip Smacker’s Dr. Pepper flavored lipbalm. It has a light berry tint while still the exact look, shape, and feel as regular ol’ Chapstick. Depending on how pigmented your lips are, this can go from a barely there tint to a noticeably (but still natural) berry hue. Sephora also sells an EOS-esque lip color in a few shades, I’ve got one in Cotton Candy, a subtle pink. 



2. Try an In-Between Formula

     Once you’ve grown comfortable walking around with a bit of color, the next hurdle to pass is how lipsticks feel. Most lip balms are waxy and hydrating, while lipsticks can range from creamy to somewhat drying. Everyone has a different preference and level of tolerance of formula’s, but jumping from a smooth lipbalm to a drying liquid lipstick can turn you off from all lipstick ever. Instead, try products like Clinique Chubby Sticks, Maybelline Baby Lips, L’oreal Colour Riche Balms, Tarte Amazonian Butter lipsticks, and Clinique Almost Lipsticks. All are hydrating lipstick-lipbalm hybrids that have a good range of colors and pigmentations. 



3. Stick with Nude or Natural Colors

     The way I started getting into lipsticks was to make sure I was picking more neutral tones. While I did pick up a bright pink Baby Lips, I found I never used it until just a few months ago. It’s best to try to stick to more subtle colors (I also picked up the Baby Lips in Peach Kiss and have used that color waaay more). I’ve found the safest bet was picking a color the same color or a tad darker than my natural lip color. Picking a lighter version may seem easier, but sometimes end up looking too light and concealerish, which is NOT a good look on anyone. Remember, if you pick up a color that ends up not being the most flattering, you can almost always return it (just keep the receipt). 



4.  Pick Your Price

     I have two different theories…the first, that you should totally splurge and get a good, high quality lipstick. The second, that drugstore lipsticks can be just as good as highend lipsticks at a fraction of the price. Personally, my first lipstick was from the drugstore. I figured if I ended up never wearing it or just not being a lipstick wearing girl that I wouldn’t have wasted much money, and I was old enough (or mature enough) that having a Brand Name product wasn’t the biggest deal in the world. That being said, I always coveted a “fancy” lipstick and ended up receiving my first high end lipstick two Christmases ago from my parents (Nars Roman Holiday, which is still one of my favorites). Depending on your preference, there are super affordable, quality colors from the drugstore starting at around $2, all the way up to uber chic, uber expensive colors (the most expensive lipstick I found on a quick search at Sephora was over $50!). 



5. Go crazy!

     Now that you’re used to wearing some color and you’ve gotten used to the formula it’s time to branch out! Try a liquid lipstick, pick up a bright color, give in to your inner vamp with a deep burgundy! The lipstick world is your oyster. If you’re unsure of how a color will look on you and are unable to test it out, a good tip I heard was to hold it up to your face in front of your mouth. It’s not completely fool proof, but it will give you some idea. Swatching colors on your hand or wrist is also helpful, but I use this more to get a feel for the opacity, as the color can look different depending on your lip pigmentation and face color (your face and wrist typically don’t match, which is why it’s recommended never to test foundations on your wrist but rather your neck). 

Extra Tips

     Prepping your lips can help lipstick apply smoothly and last longer. A simple lip scrub can remove any flake or dead skin to create a smooth surface. Lip scrubs are sold in beauty stores (my favorite is from Lush), or you can mix a little sugar and olive oil to create your own. Take that Chapstick that you hold near and dear and use it about 10 minutes before applying a lip color. Continue using your lipbalm on the days you don’t wear lipstick to keep your lips in tip top shape. Another great idea is to grab a lipliner. Lipliners help everything stay in place and extend the wear time of your favorite shade. My favorite lipliners at the moment are Essence lipliners. They’re super cheap and come in a variety of colors. NYX also makes great lipliners, and Urban Decay has a variety of bright colors to go with your brightest pinks. And if you’re looking for funky, you can’t beat OCC Cosmic Colour Pencils, who’s cruelty free, vegan product include pinks, purples, blues, browns, oranges, and more! 

Foraging into the world of lip color can be intimidating, but taking small steps can make the process a lot less stressful. Makeup is all about having fun and feeling yourself, so go with whatever makes you feel most confident, whether it’s a sheer nude lip butter or bright purple liquid lipstick!  

XOXO, WSM

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Woman Seeking: A Sephora Haul (plus a couple of bonuses!)

I know what you’re thinking, “What? Another haul? I thought you said you weren’t Miss Moneybags..?” At least, that is what I would be thinking. Ahh, but I was a good girl and used a gift card that I had received for Christmas! Gift cards are a wonderful thing. The gift card I had received was actually to the mall, but let’s be real – with a Sephora inside JC Penny’s, I basically received a Sephora gift card. It’s been burning a hole in my pocket for nearly a month, and now you get to see how I chose to use it!

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Sephora Favorites Customized Skincare Set – Available only at Sephora inside JC Penny, this is what made decide to spend my gift card. For $29, you are able to select 5 items from 15 different options, plus you get a free bag. I typically dislike getting free bags, because bags seem to be included in every bonus or kit on the planet so I have a zillion of them, but I must say this black one is more my style, and I am pleased with it. Sephora kits in general tend to be a great value, and this one is no different. I’m not sure if you could double up on items, but it felt like cheating to me, so I grabbed 5 different products. I chose:

1) 2 oz Purity Made Simple One Step Facial Cleanser by Philosophy
2) 0.25 oz ExfoliKate Intense Exfoliating Treatment by Kate Sommerville
3) 0.16 oz Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47 by Josie Maran
4) 0.5 oz Powermud Duocleanse Treatment by GlamGlow
5) 0.4 oz Retinol Fusion PM by Peter Thomas Roth

Seeing as a sample of Powermud by GlamGlow for the exact same size sells for $19 alone, this kit is a total steal. The Philosophy cleanser is a favorite of mine to use for washing my makeup brushes, and the ExfoliKate and Retinol Fusion are both expeeensive products, so having little samples to test out is great (although I hope I don’t fall in love with them!). Also, when tagged in my teaser Instagram photo, both Philosophy Kate Sommerville liked the picture. That may not be a big deal nor have anything to do with how well the product works, but fabulous job by their customer service/PR teams! The week I bought this, Sephora was also giving double points on Skincare purchases, which made this even sweeter.

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Ole Henriksen The Clean Truth Cleansing Duo – I’ve been wondering about these two products for a bit now, but couldn’t justify spending $8 for the travel size package of wipes containing only 10 wipes. When I saw this, however, I thought it was a much better deal. The packaging of the kit is super adorable and would make a very cute gift. I also love that the cleanser has a mini foam pump. So many travel sizes don’t have pumps, and this being a foam pump really impresses me. It also means I can reuse the bottle to keep some of my favorite soaps with me in my purse (ladies, we know that our bathrooms only have soap half of the time, and antibacterial gel can dry out your hands in these cold winter months).

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Clean Perfume in Skin – I must have been in an “all about skin” mood because even the perfume I picked up was called Skin! I had originally wanted to pick up a different perfume, but for some reason I really wasn’t feeling it when I tested it one more time, and since it was an expensive perfume, I didn’t want to spend the money for something I didn’t like. I almost picked up the Pink Sugar perfume, but for some reason went with this. Honestly, I don’t know why. I had never sampled it before and it is NOT a good idea to buy perfume without sampling it! Sometimes perfumes smell great in the bottle but don’t work with your body chemistry, or end up being too strong on the skin, or wear off after an hour. If at all possible, always get a sample of a perfume you are thinking of purchasing! Do as I say, not as I did! Thaaat beeeing saaaid…I got really lucky. I love this perfume. It is musky and warm and fresh all at the same time. It’s somewhat cozy, and will make a good winter or rainy day perfume. I did get the rollerball, as I usually do with new scents.

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Too Faced The Chocolate Bar Eye Palette – Last but not least, I bought the much raved about Chocolate Bar palette. Folks, I have been going back and forth on buying this palette for over a year. Seriously. It’s been long enough that Too Faced has even come out with a second edition to this palette (the Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Eye Palette, if you’re interested). Most people in the makeup world already have and love this palette, because not only are the colors gorgeous and pigmentation on point, but it SMELLS like chocolate. Only…I don’t like chocolate. Not huge into the taste, not huge into the smell. I mean, I do enjoy a piece of dark chocolate or some hazelnut spread from time to time, but a makeup that smells of chocolate is not a huge draw for me. I do have a mini size of their Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer, which I do like, but it really does smell exactly like chocolate, too. So I have put off getting the eye palette for quite a long time and am buying this palette super late in the makeup lover’s game. No matter, I did get over it and purchased the eye palette because the colors are just so wearable and perfect. There is a healthy mix of matte and shimmer shades with a couple sparkle shades as well. It has a great range of neutrals as well as a pop of color in it’s matte pink and sparkle purple. I also like that it has a two super sized highlighting shades, again one matte and one shimmer. I’m so happy with my purchase and can definitely see myself reaching for this a lot. Too Faced is quickly becoming one of my favorite brands, because every product I’ve gotten over the years has been great quality.

BONUS

I found a couple of amazing deals, and I didn’t want to do yet another haul post, so I’ve decided to include them here!

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Eyes Lips Face (ELF) 144 Piece Eyeshadow Palette – I know, another eyeshadow palette. To be honest, I still have a bunch of points at Ulta and a gift card to Urban Decay that I’m planning on using for eye palettes as well, so you’ll just have to get used to it, haha, though there is a chance I will grab some lip products instead. We’ll have to see. Either way, the deal I got on this was unreal. Not only was it $15 to begin with, which is super cheap, but there was a stack of these in my Target’s clearance section that were mismarked for $5! It rang up for $12 and some change, but the lovely cashier gave me the sticker price after seeing the stack of other palettes with the same pricing advertised. Score! In reality, I probably wouldn’t have bought this for the $12, but at $5 I was willing to give it a go. ELF makes a lot of affordable beauty products, but they can be hit or miss. For example, their $3 makeup brushes are some of my favorites, but their $1 are awful. Some of the colors in this palette are incredible, while others are chalky or have little pigmentation. If you’d like a post dedicated to my favorite ELF finds, or even a post with more details on and swatches of just this palette, leave a comment and let me know!

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Pink Sugar Pink Deluxe Gift Set – Finally, I was over the moon to snap this up from my local Marshall’s. Remember earlier how I said I was contemplating this perfume, but ultimately decided against it? Well, good things come to those who wait! I initially didn’t purchase this because although it had a wonderful warm, sweet scent, to be I smelled a strong undercurrent of licorice. Now, licorice is one of the notes in it, but it was just a little overkill for me. No other person I asked to smell me (sorry and thanks again to my coworkers and my parents) noticed this however. I didn’t hate it, it was only as if someone was supposed to add 2 drops of that note and added 3 on accident. No big, but I wasn’t willing to spend $30-60 for the bottle to test it out (and yet I did end up purchasing a perfume I had never tested before…? I don’t know. I just don’t understand my logic at times). Well. The next day I was at Marshall’s and what do I see in their holiday clearance section but the Pink Sugar gift set for, get this, $15! It was wrapped in plastic, and none of the other gift sets on the table were, so I thought there had to be something wrong with it, a product missed or open, something, and actually asked the cashier before buying it, and she reassured me and actually took off the plastic wrap so I could look inside myself. This set not only included a 1.7 oz of the eau de toilette (which was $45 at Sephora, and even Marshall’s had in their regular perfume section for $19.99), but also has a shower gel, body lotion, and body mousse. You can’t beat a deal like that.

Everything I walked away with during my Sephora/Target/Marshall’s shopping spree made me really happy, and I’m even more pleased that I timed this when there were some really amazing deals. I can’t wait to use all of these goodies, and I’ll keep you informed on my favorites.

XOXO, WSM

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