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Baby Bat Beauty Fall Haul Swatches & Review

Joining the Indie Beauty Fanatics group on Facebook was a fun decision, but definitely throws the door wide open to constant temptation – there are so many amazing indie brands being featured in that group that I’d never heard of despite my lurking and posting on /r/Indiemakeupandmore! One of those brands was Baby Bat Beauty, and I immediately fell in love with their name and aesthetic (I just love bats, they’re super cute, what can I say?) as well as a ton of their swatches. I decided to indulge when they posted a pretty hefty coupon code one weekend, and while I tried not to go too crazy, I did get a decent selection of their cosmetics that I’ll now review here.

All in all, I selected one blush, a liquid highlighter, two matte lipsticks (one classic, one liquid), and a gel eyeliner. The order also came with a cute logo sticker and some promo inserts, as you can see above!

Let’s go through each product, one by one.

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June 2016 K-Beauty Haul from eBay’s iamlove-shop!

It’s been quite some time since I allowed myself a K-Beauty haul – blame Memebox for keeping me so well-stocked on most of my essentials. Really, I have so many masks, moisturizers, essences, toners, and blushes now that I should be good for a few more years!

But of course, sometimes things come along that are just so cute that you can’t help yourself. This haul was the result of several such items coming to my attention and, eventually, becoming too hard to resist.

Everything in this particular k-beauty haul came from the iamlove-shop (click here to visit them on eBay), and was shipping quickly and securely. I’ve purchased from them a few times before and always had good experiences, so this isn’t much of a surprise!

As you can see from the above image, this isn’t a mega haul. I just tried to pick a few items that were really, really calling my name!

If you’re on the main page, please click the read more now ?

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My Cute Wishlist 2 Memebox Review & Unboxing

Like so many people, one of my favorite things about Asian cosmetics is just how darn cute the packaging can be. Etude House, Tony Moly, Skinfood, It’s Skin’s Babyface line, and my personal favorite Holika Holika – tons of brands make their names with both products that are both adorable and high quality. Given how often “cute packaging” in Western cosmetics tends to mean “cheap, crappy drugstore products aimed at pre-teens”, it’s really awesome to have a way for adults with real skin and cosmetic concerns to still be able to indulge their more whimsical sides.

All that is to say, when My Cute Wishlist 2 popped up on the Memebox site? OF COURSE I grabbed it.

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Here’s the official description of this Memebox:

It’s Back! We spritzed, powdered, and puckered up our way through thousands of precious darlings to bring you a box that bubbles over with cuteness!

The second edition of our My Cute Wishlist Box is loaded with darling delights that have swoon-worthy signature cheeky Korean names and gosh-darn-cute packaging. From miniature beautifying trinkets to precious pouch portables, this box full of darling beauty finds will make you bubble over with giddiness.

I’d have to say that personally, I think this box did live up to its hype! It’s definitely the box that I was most pleased with simply based on initial appearances. Obviously, as I try out individual products from all the (too many) boxes that I’ve ordered, that could change a lot, so that’s why I’m emphasizing that this is currently my favorite box just based on superficial, first appearances.

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Ever since finding out about the It’s Skin Babyface line, I have been wanting… well, pretty much the entire line! I was so happy to see the trademark smiley-face-and-wings packaging looking at me from within this box! The product in the ice cream truck packaging and the happy pig box also stood out to me upon first look.

As per usual, if you want the itemized product list and my opinions on each, please click the read more!

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Sephora Haul: Happy Birthday to Me Edition!

So, my birthday is at the beginning of August, meaning that about a week or two ago I received my card from Sephora’s VIB program telling me that it was time to redeem my special birthday gift. Since I had already been plotting an order – both to restock some essentials as well as to splurge and get myself a few presents – they didn’t have to tell me twice!

Sephora Haul

Mostly skincare items as per usual, but my two birthday treats were a cosmetics kit and a perfume. I’d been eyeing both for years, but for some reason it’s a lot harder for me to justify makeup and fragrance purchases than skincare, so I’d put them off over and over.

Sephora Samples

Between active codes, my rewards points, and my VIB birthday gift, I was able to net a ton of samples & GWP items as well. The sheet mask wasn’t a freebie, but it wouldn’t fit in the photo with the full-sized items.

Sephora Haul Unboxed

Here’s the main attractions looking all pretty unboxed. I gotta say, I personally love Dr. Jart’s packaging for the Water line. That color is one of my favorites and everything manages to look high-end without actually being in fragile glass bottles or anything!

I’ll go over everything individually for the curious, so hit the read more if you’d like to see the specifics!

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Small Korean Beauty Haul (Featuring Holika Holika, Etude House and Tony Moly)

I’ve alluded to it before, but last month I went a little nuts and bought a TON of Korean cosmetics/skincare. A few of those products turned up today, so I decided to see how my Kindle Fire’s camera handled taking some haul photos. The verdict? Um… passable, I guess, but it was a pain and I definitely need more practice with setting up shots so I can avoid that obnoxious glare! I think that’s my biggest hurdle when taking these photos. Well, that and the fact that the Kindle doesn’t have any sort of preview display that I can see when I’m taking photos of anything other than myself, haha.

Small Haul - Wide Shot

I used the June GLOSSYBOX‘s packaging as a backdrop – just to be patriotic since it’s July, and also because that box was so pretty! I’m not sure if the colors/pattern helped or hindered my glare issues, though…

Anyhow, on to the goodies! Click the read more to expand and see my mini Korean beauty haul, crappy photos and all~

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Shopping the Sephora Clearance Rack: 7/8/14 Edition

Growing up with a single parent, I grew up with a love for deals and discounts well-ingrained. One of my favorite things to do in that regard is what I call the “Sephora clearance creep” – I seriously check their sale section online at least 3-4x per week. I’ve learned a few things from this constant canvassing, and today I want to share them with you!

  • Limited-edition items – whether they’re individual products, sets, or palettes – will almost always end up on sale within a few months, assuming of course that they don’t sell out. So if you see a gorgeous Tarte or Too Faced set or are lusting after one of their Sephora + PANTONE Color of the Year products and can be patient, the object of your desire will most likely turn up in the clearance pages soon enough. I recently managed to snag the absolutely gorgeous Sephora + PANTONE Color Gaze Brush Set this way – when it was first introduced, I fell in love with the gorgeous radiant orchid themed brushes and the continuing parade of glowing reviews only cemented my desire. I waited, though, and sure enough it got discounted and I was able to snap it up for only $38! Now I have a fab brush set and I didn’t have to break the bank to get it, all because I was willing to both wait and keep checking back!
  • Sephora updates the sale section very, very often. You’ll see new items on almost a day to day basis if you check frequently enough. They do tend to discount high-demand, non-limited items every so often; I usually see Peter Thomas Roth and Tarte items do a sort of blink-and-you’ll-miss-it appearance at least a few times per month. These items tend to sell out REALLY fast – like, within a day at most usually – so when you see a non-discontinued brand or item pop up in the sale pages, make your purchase decision sooner rather than later. Do note, however, that most of these items are nearing their sell-by date – they won’t be expired when they get to you or anything, but you should plan on using them when you get them rather than putting them into a backlog.
  • If an item you’ve been waffling over disappears from the sale section, don’t despair – keep checking back. I’ve seen items go out of stock and then reappear, still discounted. My pet theory is that they’re getting in the stock from their brick and mortar locations after the items have been taken off the floor, and that’s why you can sometimes see a particular item or set vanish and rematerialize several times over a few months. Examples lately would be the Disney special edition cosmetics – the Ariel lipglosses and nail polish set has been popping in and out for about six months at this point, likewise the DKNY Delicious perfumes have been there and back again quite often!
  • Definitely read the reviews before making any buys! Some items are discounted because Sephora just overestimated how much stock they’d realistically move of that certain product, but others languish for ages as nobody buys them because they’re simply not very good items. Case in point is the Sephora + PANTONE Nail Ambrosia Trio – the colors appear lovely, but the reviews are abysmal. While you can always go out on a limb and then fall back on their excellent return policy, IMO if you’ve got like twenty people in a row claiming that a nail polish set, for example, arrived dried out and nigh unusable, I personally wouldn’t even bother.

With all that said, I thought it would be fun for me to put together a semi-regular feature where I spotlight the items from the sale section that I’ve either recently purchased or am plotting to buy soon. Let’s give it a shot, shall we?

Sugar House Lane

Nails Inc. Sprinkles Special Effects Polish – $5 – Only one color (Sugar House Lane) is still in stock, but if that color scheme appeals to you, I’d personally snap this one up. I bought the pastel blue version, Pudding Lane, a few months ago, and I was really happy with how it looked – I’ll have to do swatches for it when I get my camera situation sorted. It definitely looks like some kind of sweet candy with its sprinkles and lovely finish!

The X Look

Formula X The X Look Set – $13 – I actually bought this last month and was happy to find that, despite being a Christmas 2013 set, the polishes are still very fresh and easy to use. I’ve actually got Atom & Eve from this set on my toes right now! The set gives you mini sizes of four Formula X polishes: Atom & Eve, Mr. Positivity, Dark Matter, and Bond, Ionic Bond as well as two sets of nail accent appliqués. If you’re interested in at least two of the colors, at this price I’d say go for it!

Boscia Summer Skin Duo

Boscia Summer Skin Duo – $38 – I have this in my basket at the moment, actually! I’ve been all about trying new SPF products and BB creams this summer, and I’ve generally been quite pleased with Boscia whenever I’ve tried their products. This set was originally $78, which to me was wayyy overpriced for a sunscreen and BB cream duo, but at it’s current price point it becomes far more appealing. You get a 1.7 fl oz Daily Defense Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 PA+++ (supposedly with anti-aging ingredients as well) and a 1.75 fl oz B.B. Cream Bronze Broad Spectrum SPF 27 PA++ (lowish SPF for my taste, but it supposedly gives you a sun-kissed look with some coverage/blurring of imperfections). Assuming a good promo code comes along in time, I plan on grabbing this set!

Too Faced Candy Bar

Too Faced Candy Bar Pop-Out Makeup Palette & Phone Case – $15 – I have a huge weakness for cute palettes, especially when they focus on shades of nudes or browns. This palette definitely falls into that, but I’m putting my foot down as I already have quite a few veeeeerry similar palettes. If I had an iPhone, I’d justify it just for the cute chocolate bar phone case, but I don’t… so no candy bar for me, sadly!

Maracuja Blush & Glow

Tarte Maracuja Blush & Glow – $16 – I’ve heard a lot of good things about this product. It’s just that, similar to my palette problem, I’m a sucker for peachy blushes and thus have too many already! So while Sunlight is definitely tempting me, I’m going to resist. I think. However, it is a gorgeous product – check out the review and swatches for it that Muse did awhile back As of this writing, only Sunlight is in stock, but that can always change.

Bronze & Glow

Tarte Bronze & Glow Matte Bronzer & Cheek Tint – $16 – This is sooo tempting as it also nets rave reviews (once again, Muse did a lovely swatch and write-up of this item) but I simply don’t use bronzer enough to make buying this a good choice. I just got a VIB-size of the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer and I’ve got the Holika Holika Love Fantasy Blusher in Choco en route to me from Korea at the moment (see Cominica’s review/swatches here, it’s such a cute product!), so I feel like I’m pretty stocked on bronzers for now.

Radiant Femme Set

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The Face: Radiant Femme Artistry Set – $39
– Another big one on my wishlist, this set features a group of products all based on the 2014 “color of the year” called radiant orchid. It happens to be a gorgeous and wearable pink, so I’m finding this year’s batch of products much more interesting than last year’s emerald offerings. You get a cute cosmetic bag, a unique chrome nail polish shade, a liquid liner, a cream blush, a matte lipstick, and a face/body luminizer. I’m just dawdling in hopes that the price goes down a bit more, honestly.

Formula X Press Pods

Formula X Press Pods – $24 – I’ve been really pleased with all the Formula X polishes and products that I’ve tried so far, so this set really appeals to me. You get 24 shades, each with just enough polish for one manicure. Sounds like a pretty fun way to try a bunch of colors IMO! Similar to the Boscia SPF set, I’m pretty much just trying to hold out for a good promo code to swoop in and snap this up.

Formula X Holograms

Formula X Hologram Polishes – $6 – Like I said above, I really dig the Formula X brand. I’ve been wanting to try the Hologram finish, and it just so happens that the only color left in stock (Voodoo, a fuschia shade) is the one I was most interested in grabbing. It’s in my bag!

So, what about you guys? See anything you plan on grabbing? Or do you already have any of the items I’ve mentioned? If you do, I’d love to hear what you think about some of my possible future purchases!I’ll probably do more posts like this once the clearance section has changed enough that I have enough new wants for another post. This way I can pretend that my window shopping is productive, right?