Ulta Friends & Family Haul

Tis the season for Friends and Family sales...
However, Ulta's drove me a bit crazy. I will explain.

So the sale lasted a mere 7 days- October 23-29. Ok, so that doesn't sound so mere. Basically, if you personally know someone that works at an Ulta store, they have access to a few coupons they could each give to a few friends and family members. Not really something a lot of people could benefit from.
However, I also knew that there would be an email sent out with a code as well as a coupon sent through the mail. Well, they were sent, but at the very last minute.
I got my email during the last couple days of the sale, I believe. But what really made me mad was that my actual sale coupon/flyer was mailed to me the last day of the sale. Yep, October 29th. Which was kind of frustrating. Not really sure why those were sent out at the very last minute. Or why the email wasn't sent out on, oh I dunno, the 23rd when the sale began?
Ok, I'll calm down.
You're killin' me, Ulta...you're killin' me.

Anyway, to see the (last minute) goodies I got check out my Ulta Friends & Family Haul video below.
...and if you're like most people I've talked to and didn't get to take advantage of the sale because of the last-minute-ness, Sephora's F&F sale is still going on (until Nov. 2nd). You can get all the info on that here.


Sephora Friends and Family Sale! ...and a haul, of course

I love a good sale.
I love a good sale at Sephora even more. This week (until November 2nd), Sephora.com is running a friends and family sale ONLINE ONLY that will save you 20% off of your entire order.

All you have to do to get the discount is enter a promo code at checkout. For your unique code, click here and enter your email address.
Easy as pie, right?

So of course, I got super excited and placed my order right when the sale began. I got some awesome stuff I'm very excited about (check out my haul video below for the goods I got), but over the past couple days, I've been thinking of about five other things I wish I would have gotten.
I may have to figure out a sneaky way to get another code and place another order. ;)

So what's on your list to buy from the friends and family sale? Have any of you already placed your orders? Do tell. :)



My Favorite Eye Liners

I have a confession.

I'm addicted to eye liner. It's been an issue I've dealt with most of my makeup-wearing life. Most days, I feel naked without it. Even the tiniest amount can make me feel put-together.

There are SO many different types of eye liners out there and each type can do totally different things. Different looks require different types. Because of that, it's good to have a few different kinds in your collection.

Because I'm an eye liner addict, I've tried basically every kind out there (seriously) and have narrowed my "Favorite Eye Liners" list down to the following:

Maybelline Master Drama automatic pencil liner
MAC Fluidline
Loreal Carbon Black Lineur Intense
Maybelline Stiletto liner (great alternative to the hard-to-find liner above)
Lancome Art Liner
Make Up For Ever Aqualiner
Revlon Colorstay Liquid Eye Pen
Stila Kajal Eye Liner
MAC Fascinating Eye Khol

They all made my "favorites" for different reasons, of course. So be sure to watch my video below for more details on each one and how I like to use them.


Fiery Copper and Gold Makeup Tutorial for Fall

I really wanted to do something fun and different using the pretty coppery-red and the golden yellow shades in my Dare Palette.
The fact it just happens to scream "Fall" is pure coincidence.

Products Used:
MAC Paint Pot in Idyllic
Sigma Beauty Dare Palette
Loreal Carbon Black Lineur Intense
Loreal Eye Illuminator double sided eyeliner (white side)
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline
Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara
Tarte Amazonian Clay blush in Exposed
MAC Pro Longwear Lipcreme in Sweet Ever After
YSL Golden Gloss in #20
not shown in video:
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Foundation
Revlon Brow Fantasy in Dark Blonde

New Nails: NARS Galion

I'm so guilty of finding a particular nail polish I LOVE *cough* Butter Yummy Mummy *cough* and wearing it for months at a time. Whether I do my nails on my own or get a manicure, I'll bring it with me time after time which always prompts my manicurist to giggle and say, "This one again?".
I think I have found that new "signature" color.
I am a sucker for dark nails, however, I'm not a fan of wearing totally black nails. This new NARS shade is perfect. It's a dark blue-gray, and it is lovely. When I was at the nail salon, my manicurist kept commenting on how gorgeous the color was. Then, not one, but two women in the salon checked it out as they passed and asked what it was.
It's just lovely. I think I said that already. But it is. Lovely. :)

It's a shame that I couldn't get any photos to do it justice. It's appears a little lighter than this.
NARS Galion

At $17 a pop, NARS nail polishes are a bit on the pricey side. But I think this one is special enough to justify a splurge.
What do you guys think? Any nail polish you are particularly loving at the moment?



Easy Everyday Smokey Eye: Midnight Blue

Happy FRIDAY!! So happy the weekend is here!
...and speaking of the weekend, this look would be perfect for going out. Day or night. I've been wearing this look so much lately. While it's pretty simple for me, I figured it would be appropriate to share a tutorial for it with you all since I've been enjoying it so much.
It's so perfect because it's super easy to do and very wearable.

Products Used:
MAC Paint Pot in Painterly
MAC Eye Shadows:
E30 Brush (essential for smokey eyes)
MAC Fluidline in Midnight Blues
Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara
NARS Laguna bronzer
NARS Orgasm blush
YSL Golden Gloss in #20

not shown in video:
Maybelline Age Eraser Foundation & Undereye Concealer
Revlon Brow Fantasy in Dark Blonde


Let's Talk Foundation...

I think the most important (and often the most difficult) makeup "feat" to master for most people is foundation. It sounds simple enough- No crazy methods of application, nothing too precise. However, choosing the right formula and type of foundation really makes all the difference. I guess finding the right formula (brand, type, etc) is the real feat.

After years of complete trial and error where foundations are concerned, I've found a few wonderful ones that work great for me. Since I'm pretty picky about foundations (and since my oily skin tends to make finding one that holds up and stays true even more difficult) I tend to stick with something once I find "the one".

Totally sounds like I'm talking about a serious relationship or something.

Foundations are serious business.

So I decided to create a little video (...ok a BIG 17-minute long video) talking about and showing my favorite (and some honorable mentions) foundations and concealers I've found that actually pass the test of all my picky-ness. That's totally a word.

Foundations and concealers mentioned in the video:
Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet+ Foundation
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Foundation
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Treatment Makeup
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment
MAC Studio Finish concealer
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Powder

A few honorable mentions...
Make Up For Ever HD Foundation
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Eye Brightening Concealer