Declaring My Love for Minis

Mini’s.  I love them.  What defines a “mini” you ask?  Well I’m talking sample size.  Any sort of a sample size:  perfume, foundation, highlighter, eyeliner – you name it!   I get most of my mini’s from Sephora – 100 point perks {or 500 point perks, but rarely.  Those sizes are often more substantial, while still deemed a “sample” of the full sized product}.  Occasionally, I get a stellar mini from an Ipsy bag that finds its way to my rotation.   Frequently, I’ve nailed down a product or two from the Sephora line of shame.  Why the “line of shame” you ask?  Because it gets me EVERY TIME.  I line up, buy more than I need, test new things, come back.  Sephora/LVMH – marketing for the win!

Rotation is another word I’d like to define.  How each person uses their mini’s tends to vary, I’d assume. For me, most of my minis end up in my travel makeup bag.  It’s not my 100% travel-all-the-time bag, but rather is my overnight makeup bag.  Perhaps “24 hour makeup bag” is a better moniker.  Anyway, this is not only a way for me to keep some mini’s of my faves in the rotation, but also to try some products I might not get to on the reg.  

{Full disclosure: I use a lot of mini’s even in my regular daily rotation, namely for mascara samples.   It’s not just a travel thing!}

 

I thought the best way to show you just how deep my love of mini’s runs would be to go through my “24 hour” makeup bag with you.  Keep reading for a snapshot of my faves!

 

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray:  this was a one time mini purchase and wasn’t a sample I received for “free” per se.  I fill this with my HOLY GRAIL setting spray {from the bigger size} so I always have it just when I need it.  I can take an eyeliner or an eyeshadow or even a blush and create a look using this as a base, or just use it to lock in my look all day.  

 

Tarte Clay Paint Liner in Bronze: just tried this for the first time today.  I’ve been a long time fan of Tarte.  I love their blushes.  I love their liners, whether clay pencil liner or a clay gel liner.  Their eyeshadows are highly pigmented and pop even without a primer.  This liner came up as a point perk from Sephora {sorry, not sure the level} not too long ago, and so I jumped as soon as I saw it.  I find that with my hazel/brown eyes, copper coloured liners just make them look brighter and wider. It’s an optical illusion, but it just works!

 

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment: you’ve seen me post about these before; it’s no secret they’re a staple for me whether full sized or not.  Having one of these in my “24 hour” bag ensures that my lips are perfectly primed for whatever I throw on them – lip gloss, lip stick, lip pencil.  Oh, and if I throw in one with a colour base {as I sometimes do – depends on what I have} it can double as a daily lip colour.


Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder: see above for my love of Tarte.  Their setting powder is the bomb dot comb.  I hate to use that phrase, but it’s just the best to describe it succinctly.  I use it all over to set a concealer {see below for foundation/concealer caveat} or just for my under eyes alone.  

 

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick: {not sure, but I think this is in the colour ‘Shadow’} Bobbi Brown is, I think at least, an under-rated stellar brand.  Her esthetic is set to simply enhance your natural beauty.  What’s not to love?  This can double as an eyeliner, but I often use it as a base when I want to amplify the Costal Scents shadows. All of her products are buttery smooth and last for-ever.  I love them and will purchase {not this particular shade} a full sized pencil for sure in the future.

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Costal Scents shadows: {Revealed Palette Sampler} these have the most insane pigment for the price.  These retail for $11.95 USD in full size; lord knows what a mini would be! I got them in an Ipsy bag if I remember correctly, and have used them religiously for the last year or two.  

 

Nars Orgasm/Laguna duo: two of my faves in a compact little package.  I wish I could have one of these everywhere!  Oh wait, I do.  I have one here, in my purse, at my office, and in my makeup collection.  I’m able to easily bronze up any look, do a light contour {see brushes above!} and warm up the cheeks with the universally flattering Orgasm {don’t let the name turn you off. You NEED this in your collection}.  

 

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara: I’ve posted about this before.  I do quite like the mascara, just not enough to justify purchasing the full size from Sephora.  I love the long, separated look it gives, and is perfect for every day.  I have a few of these in my backup stash.  It wears wonderfully all day, but just doesn’t quite give the volume I look for in a mascara.

 

MAC Lipliner in Dervish: I think I may have said it before, but, incase I didn’t here it is: I’m not MAC’s #1 fan.  I just think there are so many better brands out there, even a few at a lower price point.  Their lipliners aren’t anything to write home about but I’ve recently found myself with a few {extra} in my collection.  I’ve got many brands I prefer over MAC, so instead of de-stashing this one, I put it in with my 24 hour makeup collection just because this particular shade is wonderful all over the lip a ‘Your Lips But Better Shade’, if you will.  This way I can pop on a bit of liner and the Fresh Lip Treatment over top and give my lips a little pick me up on the fly.

 

Hourglass Ambient Light Correcting Primer in Mood Light: this one was a Sephora 100 point perk, if I’m correct.  And know what?  I love it.  I’m actually debating a purchase of a full sized {which is, undoubtedly, super $$}.  It gives a subtle glow to the skin and keeps hold of any later applied makeup perfectly.

 

Eyeliner Mini’s: Marc Jacobs Highliner {unsure of the shade} and MUFE Aqua XL in black – both of these liners wear so well on the lash line and the inner rim, so keeping these in here is a no-brainer.  With the copper Marc Jacobs shade and MUFE black liner, I can compliment any look or vamp up any day for a night on the town.

 

Cetaphil Daily Moisturizer with SPF 50: if you’ve been reading a while, you’ve seen my post on why good skin care is essential.  That’s why I’ve got this in here.  Plain and simple!

 

Chanel Glossimer in #166 Amour: is this not the absolute cutest mini in history?  I think so!  I have a couple of these that I’ve received from the Chanel counter.  I love Chanel glosses and this poppy pink shade looks far brighter in the tube than it translates onto the lips.  It gives enough of a shine to the lips to wear with any eye look and keeps them moisturized.

 

Urban Decay Lipstick in Naked: this is just a wonderful nude-pink shade that goes well with the tone of my lips.  It seems to work day to night, and while I’m not over the moon with the lippie formulation, it certainly does the trick.

 

NYX Sculpt and Highlight Brow Countour in Light Beige/Espresso: y’all know I hate to be without brows, so when I found this little duo product in the NYX store, I had to pick it up.  If I do nothing else on my eyes, my brows are always done.  This isn’t a HG product of any sort, but it does the job well and the highlighter pencil on the end helps tie any look together.

 

Misc tools: Tweezerman Mini tweezers {cause you never know when you gonna get a stray hair!} and Sephora travel eyelash curler.  This lash curler isn’t my fave but it certainly works in a pinch.  I’ve not only got one in here, but one in each of my purse makeup bags too.  Hair tie – I’ve got thick, somewhat unruly hair.  ‘nuff said.

 

Various brushes: these are hard to narrow down, but have, generally speaking, come from larger makeup purchases {Dior and Chanel!} or as a gift with purchase.  They make great purse-sized additions or are the perfect “24 hour” makeup bag substitution for the real thing!

**Foundation/Concealer caveat:  I often use the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind all over – under my eyes, on my face, wherever it needs to go.  It blends so seamlessly and conceals perfectly.  What’s not to love?  I don’t often wear foundation, but if I did, I’d grab a MUFE mini from Sephora and throw it in!  If I’m in particular trouble, I use what’s left of a Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light Bisque**

 


 

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Urban Decay All Nighter Spray | Tarte Clay Liner {similar here} | Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment |

Tarte Amazonian Clay Powder| Coastal Scents Revealed Palette {full size} |

Nars Orgasm/Laguna Duo | Benefit’s Roller Lash Mascara | MAC Lipliner in Dervish |

Hourglass Primer | Chanel Glossimer #166 | NYX Sculpt and Highlight Brow Contour

 

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Sephora VIB 2015 Recommendations

Well, it’s everyone’s favourite time of year again. No, not Christmas. It’s almost time for the Sephora VIB sale! That’s a whopping 20% off {ok, well if you’re here in Ontario, it’s a net of about 7% off after tax, but it’s somethin’} of everrrrryyyyything. Anything you want: 20% off. Want that super pricey GHD? 20% off. Want over-priced expensive shampoo? 20% off. Refill all of your products – for…you guessed it…20% off.

If you’re lucky enough, you were lucky enough to snag a Friends and Family discount coupon too {I came close this year, better luck next year. I’ll prepare early} and hit the sales twice. This post is sort of a yearly/all time faves and a ‘lil list of what I’ll be getting!   Since I’m anal For ease of shopping, I’ve divided the list into a few different categories. Leave your lists below in the comments and let me know if you want a haul in another month once I’ve made my purchases!


FACE

Too Faced Bronzer – this is a must have for me. You’ve seen my post comparing this with the Bourjois bronzer and {spoiler alert} they aren’t dupes. Get this. You won’t regret it.

NARS Laguna – another cult fave. I’ve just opened a new one, so I don’t know that I’ll need to purchase it, but if you don’t have it in your collection I’m sure it would be a much loved addition for many.

YSL Tiente Touche Eclat foundation – For the price of this stuff, I know what you’re thinking: “it’d better do my laundry and cooking for a year”. But hold the phone: a little goes a long way, so you can extend the life of this bottle. It gives such a healthy glow without a cakey look and it’s my go-to whenever I’ve got a night out or require flawless skin all day long.

NARS Blush in Orgasm – all of the NARS blushes have a great formula, but this cult fave is my absolute go-to and looks great on all of my clients regardless of their skin tone. I can darken it up with a heavier hand, or sheer it out as required. This is a must have {side note: it comes alongside a mini laguna in a little sampler/travel size. I keep this one in my purse for on the go touchups, but it would be a great way to give them both a try at half the price!}.

EYES

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner – I’m not sure if I’ll go with black or brown, but I’ve heard a number of “gurus” {yes, that’s in quotes. I don’t think they’re real gurus, but it works for the purposes of describing their true beauty junkie status} rave about these eyeliners. I’ve been reluctant this past year to shell out the cash full price, so this’ll give me a good reason to try

Anastasia Brow Wiz – this is amazing stuff. It stays, it looks natural, and there’s a wide range of colours to choose from. I’ve got one in my purse and one in my daily rotation. I prefer the pencil to the pomade, but do have both. I’d recommend the pencil for a more natural, daily look. It’s what I use.

Tarte SmoulderEyes liners – I love these too, I really do. I use them in my waterline or smudged on top of the lash line and they don’t budge. If you’re looking for something similar, I’d grab any of the Marc Jacobs liners or Urban Decay 24/7 pencils

Urban Decay Primer Potion – I like to use just the plain transparent one, but any of the available shades will do. In terms of staying power, it’s un-paralleled {but I’ve not tried the NARS primer}, however, I tend to use paint pots or pencils when I need a colourful base.

LIPS

Fresh Sugar lip tints – I keep one in my purse, one at my desk, and one in my daily rotation. These give a perfect pop of colour and last awhile. You can use them alone or with a liner to give your lips a fuller look {how I like to do a low maintenance lip!}. They’re far better than the Dior Rose pot if you ask my {humble} opinion.

YSL Glossy Satins – high price. I get it. But they’re so luxe and soooooooo worth it! Just give one a shot and you won’t regret it. I have lots of shades {hello, junkie!} and they don’t dry lips while providing some seirous staying power.

YSL lipstick – have you guessed my fave high-end brand yet? These are creamy, fairly pigmented, and feel great on the lips. Again, a wide range of colours to suit lots of varied skin tones.

Buxom Lip Gloss – warning: these are designed to plump and will make your lips tingle! Personally, I love that. I actually think they work! Perhaps it’s the power of suggestion, but with my thin lips, I’ll take it. I keep White Russian in my purse – it is great over lots of lipsticks or on it’s own – and another in my daily rotation. Sometimes, I branch out and go with other shades, but White Russian is great for an intro to the line. I purchased the small sizes in a gift set a year or so ago; here’s hoping they bring them back.

GIFT SETS

Marc Jacobs The Skyeliner Petite High Liners – love these eyeliners. They stay, smudge before they set {if that’s the look you want}, and this gift set is at a great price point to try the variety of the line.

Too Faced Le Petit Tresor – 3 of the brand’s famed La Crème lipsticks. I’ve been dying to try these, and at $36, this puts each lipstick at just over $10 each. I think that’s reasonable versus their price individually. I’ll just have to be sure they’re full sized {even if they aren’t, I have enough lipstick to justify only a small sample, let’s be honest}.

Too Faced Beautifully Blushed and Bronzed – I love my Chocolate Soleil bronzer {case in point – above!}, so if you think you will too, grab this set instead of the full size to give it a try! I’ve also heard good things about the blushes. This set will surely be making it in to my cart.

What are you going to pick up?  Comment below and share! 

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