Sephora VIB Sale Wishlist: 2017 Edition

It’s almost that time of year again!  No, I’m not talking about Christmas, Beauty Junkies, nor am I talking about the entire month of November which just happens to be the birth month of yours truly.  Like I have done for the past um…forever…I’m talking about what I wait for ALL YEAR LONG: the Sephora VIB Rouge 20% off sale. I formulate my list all year long.  I have my cart ready to go, and a note in the notes app on my phone where I compile things all year ’round.  I thought I’d share it all with you in case you needed some inspiration or, like me, you’re just nosey and want to see what other people will be picking up.

 

This year, I did something a bit different, and have listed my top 10 12, must have, holy grail products.

 

  • CLINIQUE Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief – I’ve heard MakeupByTiffanyD rave about this and I’ve had a sample that I really loved.  I’m a die hard Origins Vitazing girl, but just might branch out a little
  • UD All Nighter Setting Spray – an old faithful.  I have to pick it up when it’s on sale knowing I go through 2 or 3 of these a year
  • Perricone MD  No Highlighter Highlighter – another Tiffany D recco!  This is a combo highlighter/skin product, so how could I not love this?
  • BEAUTYBLENDER  Gold Mine – this is a steal for 2 BeautyBlenders and a Blotterozzi.  I know I think might be a gimmick, but it this might also be the perfect time to give the Blotterozzi a try.
  • IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Illumination Cream with SPF 50+ – I use the the regular CC cream and find myself putting a cream highlighter into it for the occasional bump of shimmer now that the seasons have changed and my tan is gone {full disclosure}.  I’d wonder if this would give the same finish to my skin as I so dearly love with the CC cream
  • CoverFX Custom Enhancer Drops set – I have to have these.  I just can’t rationalize the full size bottle of this highlighter, and I truly love the way it gives the perfect pop on a variety of skin tones, the versatility of the cream, and the way it blends so smoothly on skin.  I’m afraid if I buy the full size that it’ll go bad before I’m halfway thru.  Here’s the perfect way to have a few bottles without the guilt
  • L’Occitane 4-piece Hand Cream Delights – winter = rough hands and skin for most of us.  This is my ride or die hand cream all year round, and also makes a great gift
  • Jo Malone London Wood Sage & Sea Salt perfume – this is a new discovery for me and I like the under notes of all JM fragrances.  Wood Sage doesn’t give me any sort of a headache, and can we get more luxe with the packaging?
  • BITE Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick – I have one of these already and quite like it, but the colour pulls a little too nude for my taste {Whip, if you’re wondering}.  So I think I’m going to pick this up in Eclair.
  • Marc Jacobs Highliner in Brownout – I’ve had a couple of these liners before and just love them.  They don’t transfer at all and stay put beautifully – all day – in the waterline.  I’d like to pick up another one, specifically in this shade
  • IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Matte Luxe Transforming Eyeshadow Palette – I’ve waited sosososo long for IT to come to Canada and have heard about this palette for years.  I think it’s so incredibly versatile and gives hundreds of different options.  What’s not to love?
  • YSL Rouge Volupté Shine Oil-In-Stick Lipstick – I have a few of these, and the shade range, creamy texture and long wear time just can’t be beat.  Only BITE so far has provided a slightly longer wear time, but tend to have only matte shades.  Plus, this one smells just divine.
  • SHU UEMURA lash curler – I swear by this for eye shapes of all kinds and it’s about time I pick up a new one
  • Hermes Twilly perfume – While walking thru Saks the other day, I decided to stop and grab a sample after I’d heard Makeup by Tiffany D talk about this.  I’m skeptical about scent reccos from other people just because I’m prone to headaches.  This one has turned out to be a win for sure.  I’ve been in the market for a new perfume and I think this {and the Wood Sage & Sea Salt, of course} will be my new fall scent!

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Clinique Moisture Surge | Perricone MD Highlighter |Urban Decay All Nighter|  IT Cosmetics CC+ Illumination  Cream | CoverFX Custom Enhancer Drops Set | L’Occitane Hand Cream  | Jo Malone Perfume | BITE Lippies | IT Naturally Pretty Palette | YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Battle Time: Under Eye Concealer

I have a rather large massive makeup collection.  Surprise!  {*insert sarcastic voice here*} I think I’ve mentioned before that I try to “shop my own stash” for things that go bad quickly, and have been trying {albeit unsuccessfully} to curb my spending on makeup products over the course of the last year.  When doing my last “shop” through my collection, I saw my yet untouched IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye concealer, it dawned on me that I should give it a proper try and perhaps compare it with my BELOVED Tarte Shape Tape.

To do a true test, I took one for the team and went through my normal work day with 2 different concealers under my eyes.  I’m tired and overworked, so this was no small task and could have had ghastly results should one not have held up properly!

The IT product is formulated like other IT products that I {and you, too, I’m sure} know and love: cruelty-free, clinically tested, and developed with plastic surgeons and dermatologists. There’s no talcs or fragrances either.  According to the Sephora website, this concealer “minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, brightens the eyes, and works as a spot concealer or all-over foundation to visually camouflage facial imperfections with no creases or cracks. Infused with anti-aging hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, vitamins, hyaluronic acid, and antioxidants, this multi-action formula is clinically shown to make skin look younger. Plus, it’s enhanced with drops of light technology™ to cast a radiant, lit-from-within glow”.

Tarte’s renowned Shape Tape is only sold at Ulta, which has thankfully started shipping to Canada.  Per the Ulta site, it allows you to “sculpt and highlight as you mask imperfections with this 2-in-1 full coverage concealer. The hydrating, long wearing formula delivers natural, radiant coverage across all skin types so you can instantly brighten and cover acne, dark circles and redness while softening the look of pores and fine lines. Wear it 1-2 shades lighter or darker, and it works as a creamy highlighter or contouring stick with a lightweight, blendable formula and tapered wand applicator ideal for precise strobing and sculpting. Powered by Amazonian clay and conditioning mango seed and shea butters, the nutrient-rich concealer helps promote skin elasticity and illumination with each crease-free application”.

You can see that these two products, according to their descriptions at least, are very similar in what they intend to do and are formulated with products that are great for your skin.  When I first applied them at the same time, I immediately noticed a consistency difference: the IT concealer was markedly thicker.  Not to worry, it does blend into the skin with a bit of heat from your face and with proper tools.  The Tarte concealer does blend much more easily, so that’s a key differentiator between the two to start off, at least for me.

In terms of physical application, one is a squeeze tube and the other with a doe foot applicator.  I’m not really partial to one or the other, so if that makes a difference to you, fine.  Just thought it was worthy of a note.

IMG_6103Here’s a pic of both concealers on and blended into the skin initially – no finishing powder, no bronzer, just the concealer on the skin.   I tend to take it up onto my eye just a bit, as this provides a simple base when I’m in a rush, with the added benefit of evening out the skin on my eyelids – the only real place I get red!

I applied both just as I do my normal Tarte daily concealer, finishing with the Chanel Les Beiges powder.  I think I should note that I didn’t use my normal MAC brightener this tim, as I wanted to see how each of the products wore on their own and the resulting finish.

Here’s a pic of the final product before starting my 8 hour day at work.  You’ll see that there’s a minor better bit of coverage with the Tarte, but nothing significant, at least to my mind.

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Tarte on the right, IT on the left

…..fast forward to mid-workout, 8+ hours later

Here’s how the two concealers wore.  You can’t really see it, but

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the IT concealer creased rather badly on me.  A shame really; I wanted to like this as much as my Tarte, at least on my skin.

 

 

I’ll still use it to cover spots and in my kit; it won’t go to waste surely.  I don’t think this is a function of excessive sweating {I don’t work out hard enough – I’m not a fan of physical exertion!}, but rather the formulation on my skin that tends to be drier under my eyes and in certain patches on my face.

I think that if you have a drier skin, go with the IT product, if you don’t, stick to Tarte.  Either way, these are both great products and worth the hype and price!

 

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IT Concealer |  Tarte Shape Tape | Chanel Les Beiges