Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Sephora, Mac and Glam Bag all in one day

So I've been planning a big post where I tell you my top ten overall tips that I have learned about makeup through my long hours of research (watching Youtube). I feel like it would be really useful, and it would be fun for me to figure out what to include. And I am going to do that soon. But I went shopping today and got a bunch of new stuff, and then when I got home I found my Ipsy Glam Bag in the mail. I felt like I had do a post about all that stuff before the excitement wears off-which will be in about 2 hours when I go on the Sephora website and see five more things I "need."

My first stop today was indeed Sephora. But before I get into what I bought, I think we need to talk about this:
Look at the price!!!!
 $94 for a bronzer brush, are you effing kidding me? I have been outraged by this since the Marc Jacobs makeup line debuted a few weeks ago, and I can't keep it to myself any longer. There's tons of ridiculously overpriced shit at Sephora-that's kind of the point. And I love Marc Jacobs. But this just really infuriates me. I'm not sure why. I should probably find more important things to take a stand against. Like $27 nail polish (Yves St. Laurent), or $85 foundation (Dior).

Ok, I've aired my grievances, let's move on.

Here's what I got at Sephora:

Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray- I've been using this lately and I really like it, so I wanted to pick up some more before I run out. This is a spray that you use after you apply all your makeup and it makes everything stay in place and look freshly applied all day. I manage a restaurant, and it can be a very busy, hot environment, so I love anything that keeps my makeup where it's supposed to be. This really does work. I also like it because I have dry skin and don't want to use a lot of powder to set my makeup. This is just a little bottle and it's $15-for some reason I can't bring myself to spend the $35 on the full size, even though it's technically a better deal. But I definitely recommend trying this out, especially if you're a "full face" makeup person like me.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Ash Blonde- I recently lightened my own eyebrows (risky move, I know) to match my also recently lightened hair. I'm just trying to figure out what product is best for filling them in. This brand specializes in brow products so I thought I'd give this pencil a try. I've heard good things.

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Jilted- I received a little sample size of one of these lipsticks in my last Glam Bag, and thought it was pretty nice. Since then I have heard numerous YouTubers saying that these are the best lipsticks they've ever used. I'm a bit of a lemming when it comes to makeup, so I had to have at least one. I've just put it on right now and looks and feels beautiful. I could see this giving Mac a run for it's money in the land of high end lipstick.

Daisy by Marc Jacobs Rollerball- see, I have nothing against Marc. This is one of my favourite fragrances, and as I mentioned in a recent post I lost mine somewhere along the way. Instead of actually looking for it, I just bought a new one. Makes sense to me.

Sephora Pro Blending Brush- Another post I want to do soon is a breakdown of all the brushes I use. Blending brushes are key in eyeshadow application, and I felt like I wanted a new one. I like how this brush comes with the plastic case, though I will probably lose that too.
Ok that's everything I got at Sephora. After that I did some clothes shopping, but I didn't find as much stuff as I wanted. At the end of the day I felt like I hadn't spend quite enough money and I was a failure of a shopper. So I went to Mac for some consolation prizes.

I just bought two things there. The first might make you think I definitely have a bit of a problem because it's........

Mac Fix +-.................another setting spray. But this one is completely different from the Urban Decay one. This product apparently has a bunch of different uses. It's supposed to be good if you overpowder your face-you just spray this on and it takes away that cakey look. It can also be used as a refresher during the day, or for mixing dry pigments/eyeshadows to use them wet. This little bottle was only $12 so I feel like it's totally ok that I bought two setting sprays in one day. It's FINE.

219 Pencil Brush- This was more of a "need" product. As much as a tool for making your eyeshadow look pretty can be considered a "need" anyway. This type of brush is for creating precise detail, and I don't have anything like it so I felt 100% justified in spending $30 on it. Maybe that bronzer brush was just created to desensitize us to outrageous brush prices.

So that was all I bought makeup wise today, and I was feeling pretty good about it.  I even learned an important life lesson: Don't be a jackass like me and make a joke about stealing makeup in Shopper's Drug Mart, or they might send security out after you and accuse your friend of shoplifting. True story. Obviously we weren't stealing, we gotta get those Optimum Points! Get it together, Shopper's. (And B, I'm sorry for getting so much enjoyment out of that).

Other than that little misadventure, it was a great day of retail therapy. So it was pure gravy when I came home to find my September Ipsy Glam Bag in the mail. The last few months I've done a whole post on each bag, but I feel like you get the picture. If not, *here's* my first post about it.

This is what came this month:

So there's a mini set of John Frieda shampoo and conditioner, which I'll probably take with me when I go to New York City (!) at the end of the month, an eyeliner, mascara, and single pan Nyx eyeshadow. Decent. I have a few Nyx shadows and they're pretty good quality. The eyeliner is like your standard black kohl pencil. The mascara might be alright, but the name "It's So Big" annoys me. Vague penis references have no place in my makeup routine. That's my lady time, no dicks invited. This month's selection of products is maybe not quite as good as last month, but they're all usable and I'm not disappointed at all. Not that I actually end up using too much of the stuff I get, but the initial excitement is worth the $15 a month. You gotta get your kicks where you can, right?

I usually end my posts with a bunch of snark, but I want to switch gears slightly. I've had a few people say some really nice things to me about this blog. I don't want to get too cheesy, but I really do appreciate anyone reading this. I very much enjoy writing. But I mostly enjoy how the act of writing about the things I buy somehow makes me feel completely justified in spending wayyyy too much money on makeup and shit like that. So thank you for enabling my spending problem. In return, I'll keep telling you about overpriced makeup you should buy. And maybe one day we can all go to Shopper's Anonymous meetings and work a 12 step program together. We can even relapse together, I can't wait.

1 comment:

  1. I totally ordered Ipsy bags because of you. Mine differed a bit, I didn't get the hair stuff and I got a highlighter pencil and lip crayon instead which were pretty decent. I literally started reading this post at almost 1am last night and I actually stopped reading and ran to my mailbox to open my bag. You're right, it's so worth the $15 for the excitement it brings!!