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Who loves CORAL?? I do!

As soon as Spring and Summer come around, coral quickly becomes one of my favorite accent colors (as most of my wardrobe is black)!

Now I’m not sure when the color coral got classified as this pinky orange, considering actual coral – you know the one in the ocean – ranges in colors that span the entire rainbow and beyond, but I am most likely to call a color coral if it ranges from the extremely bright pinky orange to a deeper red orange.

So I thought I’d share my coral collection ūüėÄ

Coral Madness!!

MAC Cremesheen Glass in “Star Quality”¬†

MAC Amplified Lipstick in “Morange”

MAC Lipglass in “Knockout”

¬†MAC Kissable Lipcolour in “So Vain”¬†

MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in “What a Blast!”

MAC Eye Shadow Quad in “Call Me Bubbles”

Clockwise from top left: Call Me Bubbles (Satin), Fresh Daily (Frost), Full of Flavour (Matte), Brash (Veluxe Pearl)

Tarte Natural Lip Luster in “Dazzled” and Lip Stain in “Joy”

Korres Lip Butter in “Mango”

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks in “Calypso Coral”

NYX Round Lipstick in “507 NYX”¬†

Revlon Just Bitten Lip Stain + Balm in “Flame”

Ulta¬†Nail Lacquer in “Capri Coral”

Old Navy Earrings

Holey Infinity Scarf in “Fire” (from BleuDame.com)


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Whoo hoo it’s Friday! HAUL

I shop too much! Eeek…¬†someone save my bank account please! It’s Friday and I went on a mini spree through multiple stores today, but I LOVE everything I picked up. So here we go…

Final day of ChicWeek – SEPHORA:

So, in case you don’t know, I happen to LOVE the Benefit High Beam and Sun Beam liquid enhancer-highlighters, so I decided to pick up the third offering in their “beam” collection- Moon Beam.

Check out the un-blended swatches below:

HIGH BEAM: A luminescent complexion enhancer

SUN BEAM: A golden bronze complexion highlighter

MOON BEAM: An iridescent complexion enhancer

I am a brush fiend and I couldn’t resist picking this set up, especially since the Sephora “Airbrush” brushes are my favorite line of Sephora brushes. Plus this set was a total steal for what you get!

What brushes are included (as numbered in the photo above):

  1. Airbrush Powder
  2. Airbrush Precision Foundation
  3. Airbrush Concealer
  4. Airbrush Crease
  5. Airbrush Shadow

As mentioned in my March Favorites, I am basically obsessed with the Korres Lip Butters and picked up their Wild Rose shade to round off my Korres lip butter collection.

I Love MAC:

So I swung by MAC, as I usually always do when I’m out shopping, and took home quite a few products, some from their newest collections.

From the MAC “In Extra Dimension” Collection:

A little info on the line from MAC:

Introducing a new liquid-powder formula with prismatic reflections that sculpts, highlights and models the face.

Not quite a cream, certainly not a liquid, but unlike any other powder product, plus it has a¬†cooling feeling on the skin. Plus, they look so pretty in the pan – almost don’t want to use them ūüėÄ

Extra Dimension Highlighter in “Whisper of Gilt” – a white-gold liquid-powder highlighter that leaves a gorgeous golden sheen.

What MAC says: A liquid-powder highlighter with prismatic reflections that sculpts, highlights and models the face. The cool, creamy near-fluid formula creates a luminous, well-defined finish. Wears 10 hours.

Extra Dimension Eyeshadow in “Sweet Heat” – a pinky peach champagne

What MAC says: A liquid-powder Eye Shadow with prismatic reflections in ten shimmering tints. Impact ranges from sheer crystallized light to a highly polished metallic effect. Lasts up to 6 hours.

From the MAC “Reel Sexy” Collection:

A little info on the line from MAC:

Our main feature – a cinematic drama starring Ms. Kristen McMenamy, supported by an entire cast of limited edition Dynamic Duo Eye Shadows, Nail Lacquers, Cremesheen Glass and Mineralize Skinfinish – sublime! Rave reviews all around!

Cremesheen Glass in “Star Quality” – a bright pink-orange coral

More MAC…

I was also in need of a brighter lip pencil and thanks to the amazing girl at MAC, I came home with the Pro Long Wear Lip Pencil in “What a Blast!” – a bright orange-coral that really does last!

What MAC says: A new generation of longwearing lip pencil technology. Glides on fluidly and adheres instantly. Defines the lips with an instant release of rich, saturated colour. Pro-longs the hours between re-application. Transfer proof.

I also picked up a deep blue-violet paint pot from one of their past collections – Posh Paradise.

Paint Pot in “Imaginary” – from the Posh Paradise collection

Other MAC stuff I picked up…

Some more Fix+ and a couple mascara samples.

Ray-Ban Wayfarers – check!

Now, I must say, these were not an impulse buy whatsoever РI have actually been lusting after these forever and waiting to buy these for the past 6 months plus I got them $70 off! So happy!!

Model: Ray-Ban RB2140 901/58 ORIGINAL WAYFARER (Polarized)

Fun fact:¬†Audrey Hepburn wore 2140 Wayfarers in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Accessorizing on the cheap -thanks Old Navy:

Three pairs of uber-cute earrings for $14 – and perfect for Spring and Summer!

Oh my… that haul tired me out! ¬†Time to go pass out in my new Ray-Banz…..zzzzzzz


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A few of my favorite things: March

I cannot believe it’s already April!! When did that happen?

For monthly favorites, I’m going to try and keep it to things I have not mentioned in other posts… so onto what I have been loving this March!

Also, I did opt to include prices and product sizes in this one, just in case anyone is interested in picking up something to try themselves.

SKIN:

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Lotion ($26 USD 4.6 fl oz)¬†

Why I’m loving it:

  • Lightweight
  • Oil-Free
  • Actually feels like a barrier sealing in the moisture
  • Non-greasy
  • My skin seems to have improved using it

LIPS:

Korres Lip Butter ($12 USD .21 oz)

Why I’m loving it:

  • I have only had this a few days, but I haven’t gone a day without putting one on
  • Super conditioning and hydrating
  • Non-drying, leaves lips soft and supple all day
  • Comes in a variety of shades, many with the perfect pop of sheer yet¬†buildable¬†color
  • Smells amaZING!

EYES:

Avon SuperSHOCK Mascara ($9 USD .35 oz)

Why I’m loving it:

  • Extra large brush
  • Separates lashes
  • Gives awesome¬†volume¬†and length
  • Formula allows you to build up lashes without flaking it all over your face

FACE:

Benefit Sun Beam – Golden Bronze Complexion Highlighter ($26 USD .45 fl oz)

Why I’m loving it:

  • While it is sold as a liquid, the consistency is between a gel and liquid – which I love
  • Gives a natural warm golden highlight, great for Spring and Summer [I use Benefit High Beam – a cool toned pink highlighter in Winter/Fall (Autum)]
  • Mix it in your foundation for a gorgeous glow, without sacrificing coverage
  • Mix it into your tinted moisturizer for an even more natural bare skin sun-kissed glow
  • Does not immediately set (dry), meaning you have time to work it onto the areas of your skin

MULTI-PURPOSE:

MAC Fix+ ($20 USD 3.4 fl oz) 

Why I’m loving it:

  • Hydrating
  • Moisturizing
  • Refreshing
  • Great for spritzing your make-up sponges or brushes, prior to applying liquid and cream products
  • Great pick-me-up spritz during the day (they sell it in travel size, with locking cap)
  • Great for bringing back a natural look to a matte finish

MAC Pro Performance Sponge ($14 USD)

Why I’m loving it:

FRAGRANCE:

Jo Malone Wild Bluebell Cologne  ($110 USD 3.4 fl oz)

Why I’m loving it:

CLOTHING:

Old Navy Cropped Lightweight Cardigan ($15 USD)

Why I’m loving it:

  • A wardrobe¬†necessity for Spring/Summer
  • I picked up three cropped cardigans in black, gray and green on sale!
  • Great for breezy days and for covering up a bit at work
  • Goes with almost everything
  • Cropped length hits at about an “empire waist” for me – which I love
MOVIE:
The Hunger Games (so predictable, I know)

Why I’m loving it:

  • Do you really have to ask?
  • PEETA MELLARK!!
  • Katniss Everdeen
Got some March favorites of your own? I’d love to hear what they are, comment below or shoot me an email!


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Sephora Chic Week HAUL

Yay for Chic Week! For those who don’t know, the Sephora Chic Week is actually 9 full days where V.I.B.s can get 15% off¬†¬†everything¬†they buy during those 9 days – no matter how many times you stop in or shop online – all you need is your V.I.B. email or mailed invitation.

Also, today (March 29th) only included: an exclusive preview day with drinks and snacks, limited edition Sephora umbrella with any purchase, extra-day for you and a friend (meaning you could take along a friend to benefit from the discounts), as well as consultations with brand beauty experts and a gift bag of samples!

For those unaware of what a V.I.B. is, it stands for Very Important Beauty Insider. To become a Sephora V.I.B. you must first be a registered Beauty Insider. V.I.B. status is for those registered Beauty Insider members who spend a minimum of $350 at Sephora (including on Sephora.com and Sephora inside JCPenney) during one calendar year. V.I.B. status is good for the calendar year in which the BI member qualifies and the following calendar year; annual requalification is required.

So onto the goods!

Sephora Chic Week Haul

Viktor & Rolf  Flowerbomb Travel Duo (with funnel) 

Korres Lip Butters (in Jasmine, Plum and Mango) 

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara (in black)

Paperself Eyelashes (50% off!!)

Sephora Pro Natural Rounded Brush #41

Sephora Makeup Brush Shampoo & Daily Makeup Brush Cleaner

Soap & Glory Hand Food (Travel Size x2)

Now as I mentioned, all this was 15% off plus they gave me a Sephora umbrella and the bag of samples below:

Sephora Chic Week Haul Bag o’ Samples!

What I got: 

  • Bumble & Bumble Thickening Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Boscia B.B. Cream (SPF 27 PA++)
  • Especially Escada Solid Fragrance
  • Sephora Perfecting Ultra-Smoothing Primer
  • Sephora Full Action Extreme Effect Mascara
  • Givenchy Mister Light Instant Light Corrective Pen (shade 4 – Mister Macaroon – which may be a shade dark for me)