Sephora’s Beauty Insider Event

So I’m not even going to give a whole song and dance about the fact that I am embarrassed of how long it’s been since I’ve done a true blog post (#worldsworstblogger over hurr), but I can say I’ve at least been trying to post more on Instagram so if you’re not already doing so, follow me there as well as on the Liketoknow.it App via the App Store! It makes shopping your fav bloggers links beyond easy – like scary you’re going to spend too much money, easy.

Ok, so now that we’ve gotten past the fact that I suck as a blogger I am still a pretty damn good shopper and right now Sephora’s having their biannual Beauty Insider Appreciation Event aka the time to stock up and splurge on all of your favorite beauty products as well as the ones you’ve been itching to try! From now until tomorrow evening, Rouge members will receive 20% off of their purchase, VIB members will receive 15%, and Beauty Insiders will receive 10% off. You can use your appropriate promo code just once online and an unlimited amount in store. For Rouge members, the promo began last week and I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve made in store purchases after my big online haul, especially since there’s a very small chance my husband could be reading this. So since now is really one of two times a year you can save on most of your Sephora faves (the Spring event usually only goes up to 15% savings FYI), it really is the time to purchase and because of that I’ve had a ton of friends reach out to specifically inquire about my current skincare routine so I wanted to share all of the items that I bought and/or suggest buying now, broken out by Makeup, Skincare, and Hair. Since I was hoping to do this post on Thursday and it’s now Sunday, I’m sparing you with fancy collages and swatches so you just get a bomb ass shopping list, woop woop! And as always, please reach out and let me know if you have any additional q’s: Leah@livelovelipstick.com

Sephora Top Picks

Makeup

Foundations: Here are my current top picks, all of which are pricey so some savings definitely doesn’t hurt! And little reminder, I prefer a medium to full coverage and I always go a little darker than my face actually is to better match my shoulders and arms.

Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick: I’ve tried a bunch of foundation sticks, which are great for saving time in the mornings and this is by far my fav! I wear Warm Beige and I also love the matching brush!

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation: I actually just received a sample of it after hearing how much everyone loves it and I now understand why, it blends in so well! My sample was Warm Beige and while it’s of course technically on the darker side, I love it!

Marc Jacobs Beauty Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation Concentrate: Heads up I usually just blend this over another foundation since it is heavy and full, but when I want a flawless look for the evenings, this foundation is perfectttt! I actually have a couple of shades but my favorite is 44 – Golden Medium and the matching brush is also my favorite liquid foundation brush to use!

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation: I’m sure I don’t need to explain this one as it has been a cult classic for years, but I wanted to share that it’s now also available in a mini, yay! I wear color 5.5.

Miscellaneous Makeup Items:

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick: I’ve been wearing Candy Bling (a red raspberry) a lot, and just purchased One Mauve Time (a soft berry mauve), and I love it – will be perfect for Fall!

Hourglass Veil™ Translucent Setting Powder: My absolute new favorite setting powder, hands down! I really love that with one tap it dispenses the suggested amount of powder to use, it’s perfect! But I would highly suggest getting the new mini size for travel after I made a mess of mine during our last trip. Trust me.

Tatcha The Silk Canvas Protective Primer: While it’s a bit pricey for a primer, it’s worth every penny as it creates the perfect canvas for makeup and has your skin feeling oh so soft.

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Breakout™ Full-Coverage Concealer: When you have a blemish that you need to cover up but don’t want makeup to make it worse, this needs to be your go-to! It is a concealer and drying lotion in one, so it helps treat the blemish as well as cover it.

Hourglass Caution™ Extreme Lash Mascara: Hourglass’s new mascara and it is a.ma.zing!! Also available in a mini size - loving this new trend!

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector® Pressed Highlighter in Champagne Pop: I am a proud owner of quite the highlighter collection and this one still reigns supreme, and again – avail in mini!

Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi™ Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops: While I’m not exactly sure if this qualifies under ‘Makeup’ or ‘Skincare’, but the fact that it contains color and I looove how it makes my skin look, especially on a mild makeup day (gym, pool, etc), I filed it under Makeup.

Skincare

AM Regimen: These are the items that I’ve either currently been using or have just added to my routine with purchases from the promotion

Toner: I just purchased Dr. Roebuck’s Lifesaver Skin Brightening Toner and I’m already loving how it feels first thing in the morning. It makes me feel refreshed and brightened, and also removes any dirt or lingering makeup from the night before, especially if I’m in a rush and don’t have time for a morning face wash.

Serums: I’m now alternating Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum, which I’m obsessed with, and the brand new Olehenriksen Glow Cycle Retin-ALT Power Serum, after reading all of the insaaaane reviews from beauty editors.

Eye Cream: I was using Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream (which I love), but I finally decided to try the Olehenriken Banana Bright Eye Crème since people rave about how it looks underneath makeup and now will just use my C-Tango at night.

Moisturizer: Because I’m me and I always have multiple, synonymous products, I’ve been using It Cosmetics Secret Sauce Clinically Advanced Miraculous Anti-Aging Moisturizer (avail in both full and mini size) and Drunk Elephant (are you noticing a theme yet?) Protini Polypeptide Cream, which makes my skin feel nice and plump (in a good way).

Sunscreen: Always remember to make sure to apply an actual sunscreen and not think you’re covered just because your moisturizer or foundation has SPF in it, I love Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30, because it gives a great tint for when you’re wearing this to the pool or beach sans makeup.

PM Regimen:

Toner: I just purchased Tarte Knockout Tingling Treatment and it is AWESOME! Not for the weak, it gives a pretty strong tingle as it is a toner that also exfoliates, an amazing dupe for the pricey P50V for those who are familiar with the cult classic. This can certainly also be used in the morning if you prefer.

Serums: I have been alternating Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum and Skinmedica Retinol Complex .25 (not from Sephora – just found on Overstock for an insanely low price, FYI), both of which are fantastic.

Eye Cream: As I stated above, I’m now using Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream at night.

Moisturizer: Nights when I use DE T.L.C Framboos Glycolic Night Serum, I use Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream, which is so rich and thick in all the great ways; Nights when I use the Skinmedica Retinol, I am now using Olehenriksen Goodnight Glow Retin-ALT Sleeping Crème on top, again per the fantastic reviews it has received. And I should note that both new Olehenriksen Retin-ALT products are plant-based retinol alternatives and spoiler alert: they are purple (yes, purple) and smell AMAZING!

Misc:

Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial (everyone needs, I do mine every week #babyfacialsundays) / Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial OilLa Roche-Posay Toleriane Purifying Foaming Cream Cleanser (not sold at Sephora, but affordable and gets skin super clean) / Dr. Brandt Skincare Microdermabrasion Age Defying Exfoliator / Fresh Sugar Face Exfoliator / Sol De Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream (the mini is perfect for traveling!)

Hair: I purchased more than I usually do for my hair as I now color it regularly (approximately every 3 months to cover my greys, thanks to my boys!), am growing out baby hairs from my last pregnancy, and of course use heat on it every damn day.

Kerstase Reflection Sulfate Free Shampoo for Color-Treated Hair: Sephora has finally welcomed the uber popular line to and I decided to take advantage of the promo and ordered myself a bottle, hopefully I’ll agree with all of the outstanding reviews!

Ouai Wave Spray and Volume Spray: I already use the Volume Spray, which I’m a big fan of, so I decided to also order the Wave Spray considering it’s an Allure Best of Beauty Award Winner.

IGK Good Behavior Spirulina Protein Smoothing Spray: The new product description is “A heat-protective blowout spray that mimics the smooth, frizz-free results of a keratin treatment.” I live in humid South Florida, need I explain more as to why I purchased it?!

Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask: An Allure Readers Choice Award Winner, I finally purchased this mask after hearing the impressive reviews of it restoring hydration to dry, brittle, and damaged hair.

Olaplex Hair Perfector No. 3: If you’re already a fan (which I’m sure many of you are) or have been wanting to try it, now is the time to stock up! Now available is also the new No. 4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo and No. 5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner.

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo: My all time favorite dry shampoo, period. I don’t go on vaca without packing the mini size!

Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast: Go ahead, give it a try…you’ll love! And yes, available in mini size as well!

Welp, I think that about covers it…Happy Shopping!

Xo,
Leah

Sephora’s Spring Beauty Insider Event

So I just looked back and saw that my last post was on January 2nd. That’s almost four months ago people! Not to mention all of my past posts refer to the fact that it’s been so long since I blogged; so it’s official…#worldsworstblogger.

That being said, you have to start somewhere, right? And what better way than Sephora’s Spring Beauty Insider Event?! Beginning today through Monday, both online and in-store, Beauty Insider Members will receive 10% off and Rouge/VIB Members will receive 15% off most products. Not a Beauty Insider Member? Not a problem. You can very easily (and quickly – takes but a couple of minutes!) sign up in-store as well as on their website here. It’s the perfect time to stock up on all of your favorites as well as try some goodies that have been on your beauty wish list. Here are some of the top products that I’ve either purchased or are still lingering on my wish list:

sephora spring beauty insider event

Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick: This has quickly become one of my favorite foundations of all time, so much so that I just finished my second stick and purchased a third! Full coverage, easy application, what more could one want?!

Drunk Elephant Acid Trip Kit: So I know through my blog and Instagram I’ve shared my love for this brand and with each product I purchase, I fall more and more in love! There’s a reason as to why all of the previous kits I’ve discussed have sold out and why Sephora is actually limiting each customer to three Drunk Elephant products during this event…they’re THAT GOOD so now is definitely the time to buy and try for yourself! This set includes four of their best products: C-Firma Day Serum, T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum, T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial, and Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil.

Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream: Yes, another DE product but this one is their latest product to their line and I’ve been so excited to try it! The company already had their popular Shaba Complex Eye Serum, but not an eye cream until now so if you don’t believe you need to tackle severe signs of aging yet, this eye cream is a great product to use for brightening, firmness and elasticity, as well as wrinkles and hydration.

Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipstick: Have you noticed yet that I have excellent brand loyalty? This lipstick is so ridiculously chic looking and the color payoff is just as beautiful. Since I’m a sucker for a red lip, I adore the shade Secretly and while it’s a splurge, at least snagging it for 10 or 15% off helps!

Tatcha The Silk Canvas Protective Primer: If you’re not already familiar with this brand, get familiar with it! This is their latest product and their first primer. Not only does it do the work of a primer and help your makeup last longer, it also supposedly helps keep skin clear and prevents breakouts. And if you are in fact a newbie, I absolutely encourage you to check out some of their fab sets such as the Bestsellers Set, Skincare for Makeup Lovers – Instant Dewy Glow Set, and Pore-Perfecting Moisturizer & Cleanser Duo.

Dyson Supersonic Mother’s Day Gift Red Edition: So I’ve been drooling over this blow dryer since Dyson released it, and now they have come out with a limited edition color and travel case just for Mother’s Day! This beautiful set (along with the discount) may just be the perfect gift to request this year…and let’s be serious, we totes deserve it!

Olaplex Hair Perfector No.3: Since having Max and dealing with postpartum hair loss, I feel like I have more bad hair days than good ones; it feels damaged, greasy, and just plain gross so I’ve been on the quest to try and change all of that. I have read so many reviews of this product and have seen it continuously become out of stock, I wanted to finally try it out. It’s an at-home hair treatment that strengthens from within, repairs breakage, and helps its overall look and feel. Here’s to better hair days ahead!

Other products not pictured include: Too Faced Natural Face Palette (gorg!!) / Drybar The Big Deal Bundle / Becca Hydra-Mist Set & Refresh Powder / Drybar Southern Belle Volume-Boosting Root Lifter / Supergoop! Invincible Setting Powder SPF 45 / IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Breakout Full-Coverage Concealer / Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup / Sephora Collection #Lipstories Lipstick (only $8 each!!) / Ouai Volume Spray / Sol De Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream (get rid of dry skin while smelling amaze – available in mini  too)

So what are some items on your list? Feel free to reach out for any questions!

Happy Shopping!

Xo,
Leah

New Year, New Skin

Happy New Year! Can you believe it’s already 2018?? It’s truly crazy how time flies! I can’t get over how the years just pass on by. I met Jared back in 2002, I don’t think I even had a cell phone!! We got married in 2011. Had Sam in 2013, followed by Max at the end of 2016. And it’s already 2018, how can that be?!

As another year passes and I turn that much older (will be 33 next month, eek!), I’ve realized how much more I need to take care of my skin. Sure, I own a million beauty and makeup products but am now vowing to use them properly and consistently, as well as add anything necessary to my regimen (facials, peels, maybe a little botox – gasp!). I used to think I looked young for my age, but now I feel like I VERY much look my age and that I have two crazy boys contributing to my wrinkles.

Drunk Elephant

Like I said, I realized that even though I may have a lot of skincare products, I could still be missing certain necessary ingredients for my skin. I decided to splurge and add a couple more (sorry Jared!) and I’m SO happy I did as my skin is feeling the best it’s had! I was looking for a good Vitamin C Serum that would be effective but also not completely break the back; cue Drunk Elephant. I’m such a fan of this brand because they use such amazing ingredients and their products are comparable to those that are two – maybe even three times its price. After reading such great reviews about their C-Firma Day Serum and then realizing that Sephora was selling an insane kit (it’s a full sized C-Firma, along with three other travel size products all for only $8 more than a regular size C-Firma, um hello, no brainer!), I snagged it before it sold out. Then I wanted a good retinol product, which of course can vary in price tremendously! I decided to splurge and try SkinBetter’s AlphaRet, which was named one of Allure’s Best of Beauty products in 2016, to use at night before bed. I’ll spare you all of the stats, but it’s been named one of the best retinol creams on the market since it’s medical grade so it’s packed with a higher dosage of ingredients and can only be purchased through a doctor’s office or medspa. I’m also adding “wear daily sunscreen” to my list of resolutions this year, and not just a moisturizer that contains a small amount, but a true sunscreen. My all time favorites are PCA Skin Weightless SPA 45 sunscreen because it really is weightless under makeup, as well as EltaMD Tinted SPF 46 Sunscreen which I especially love because it’s tinted so it’s nice when going to the pool or beach and you get to look like you have a little makeup on (also available in a regular, non-tinted formula).

Grand Opening party

I also want to try and keep up with facials to help keep my skin as clean as possible so when my friend Anika (blogger of @milesandmimosas and co-owner of @whiskandwhimsyco – check her out!!), invited me to a grand opening of a new spa that specifically specializes in facials I was all in! Facial Mania Spa & Wellness Center is located in Delray Beach (just on the border of Boca) and is a membership based spa that offers facials, massages, laser hair removal, botox, you name it..they offer it and best of all it’s at an affordable price! Think of it almost as a European Hair Wax or Massage Envy, but for beauty and skincare. While you certainly don’t have to join, it pays to become a member ($49/month) to receive a discounted rate on all services plus a free facial and massage every month. I was given a tour of the spa during the grand opening and it’s gorgeous inside, very luxe! I was also treated to a mini massage (that my friend Val and I may or may not have turned into a couples massage, ha) in their Himalayan Salt Room, which I thought was one of the coolest parts of their entire spa. I love going to The Salt Box here in Parkland, but sometimes I get a little antsy sitting around. Here you get the advantages of the salt, while receiving a treatment – how brilliant?!

Himalayan Salt Room

Since we were all dolled up for the grand opening party, they generously invited us all to come back at our convenience to try either one of their facials or a peel. I’ve been itching to try a HydraFacial so once I heard they offered them I was all on board! Before the treatment the esthetician and I spoke about my current regimen, problem areas, and what I’m looking to achieve, and then we got to it! Immediately my skin was glowing and I truly don’t think my face had ever felt softer. Coincidentally I had a dermatologist appointment about a week later and was complimented on how well my skin looked, as if that isn’t the best person to receive that praise from!

I highly recommend this spa for anyone in the South Florida area and you can tell them I sent you to receive 20% off your service! And let’s be honest…we could all use a little detox after the holidays, include a skin detox! Just mention LIVELOVELIPSTICK20 when scheduling!

Cheers to a glowing 2018!

Xo,
Leah

Beauty Gift Sets for the Holidays

Hi everyone!

I know the holidays are seriously upon us (Happy first night of Chanukah to all of those who celebrate!) but just in case you’re still in search of the perfect gift for the beauty lover in your life, check out the following gift sets which all feature amazing products for great prices!

beauty holiday gift set  

Sephora Favorites: Give Me Some Bold Lip
It’s no secret that I love a bold lip as I truly feel like it can transform your look and attitude, but some women are still weary and stick to nudes fearful that they won’t be able to “pull off” a bolder look. Well this kit is perfect for you to test out different shades and formulas, with six products included (two full-size and four deluxe-size) all for one low price! $28; Sephora

IGK Friends With Benefits Texture & Shine Kit
From one of my new favorite hair companies, this kit consists of Beach Club Volumizing Texture Spray (which I’m already obsessed with), Smoke & Mirrors 2-In-1 Cleansing Conditioner, and Mistress Anti-Frizz Leave-In Conditioner. Together, these three deliver texture and shine for all hair types. $34; Sephora 

Sunday Riley Space Race Fight Acne, Oil + Pores at Warp Speed Kit
I am a true believe in the Sunday Riley line and this kit is no exception! The three products included (a face oil, a treatment mask, and a water-gel toner) work together to fight and prevent acne, redness, and pores, all while keeping your skin hydrated! $60; Sephora

Too Faced Best Year Ever Makeup Collection
This collection comes with three separate palettes each consisting of six eye shadows and one face product, a deluxe size Better Than Sex mascara (my personal favorite), and a limited-edition makeup bag. Use as one gift or give palettes separately as they even have “To and From” on the backs of them. Just make sure you keep one for yourself! $49; Sephora, Ulta, www.toofaced.com

Drunk Elephant Volume 2: Come C About Me
I have been interested in trying this line for a while now and this kit was the perfect time to do so! It includes four daytime bestsellers (one of which is a full size C-Firma Day Serum which gets AMAZING reviews) to keep your skin looking fresh and hydrated. All for a great price, a true value! $88; Sephora

NARSissist Velvet Lip Glide Set
If you’re a fan of these lip glides – and you should be – this is a great set as you get a lot for your money. You will receive 6 miniature-sized lip glides in new, limited edition shades, including a coral, rosy plum, pink, fuchsia, berry, and red. $45; Ulta

Fresh Best of Beauty Bundle
Fresh is one of my favorite skincare lines and this kit (currently on SALE!) delivers some of the best products to achieve healthy-looking skin. It includes a cleanser, face mask, makeup-prepping moisturizer (I use it everyday!), firming eye cream, and 24-hour nourishing lip treatment. Everything you need to help hydrate and soften your skin. $50; Sephora, www.Fresh.com 

Happy Shopping!

Xo,
Leah

 

Sephora’s Beauty Insider Event

I know I say it all the time, but I really am the worst blogger. Every time I reach for my computer to write a blog post, I’m distracted by online {window} shopping, FB browsing, whatever Bravo show is on my TV in the background, as well as trying to help friends find deals and send them suggestions when they ask for a recommendation. So basically I’m doing/talking about things I should be writing about here, but don’t. So again, I suck at being a blogger. But nonetheless here I am and with perfect timing…it’s Sephora’s Beauty Insider Event again! So for everyone wondering what new makeup or skincare they should try, this post is for you!

While I’m continuosly trying different products, a lot of my favorites have remained the same from their last Beauty Event in April so I highly recommend you reading my post I wrote for that included recommendations for makeup, skincare, hair, and sun products. The list is thorough and still suggest all of the products I wrote about then. Below are all of the other items I’ve either fallen in love with since or just purchased myself for this sale. As a reminder, Sephora rarely does promotions so now is the perfect time to stock up on your favorites as well as try something new. All Beauty Insider members receive 15% off all products using code INSIDER15, all VIB members receive 20% off with code 20FORVIB, and all Rouge members receive 20% off with code 20FORROUGE, online or in-store through Wednesday.

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Sephora Favorites Superstars Everyday Must Haves: If there is one gift set to buy this holiday season, this is it. I purchase this set every year (each year the products vary) because it’s such a good value. It’s compiled of best selling products for an insane deal. It’s the best gift for the beauty lover (or novice even) or best way to restock your own makeup bag. Make sure to purchase fast, it always sells out!

Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick: In April I recommended the Make Up For Ever foundation stick and while I still really like that one, I’ve fallen in love with this one. Great coverage and super fast and easy application!

Dyson Blown-A-Ouai Set: Again, last year I recommended the T3 hair dryer (which is what I currently use), and while I haven’t pulled the trigger to purchase this since my T3 is still in great condition, I have heard SUCH amazing things about this dryer. So if you’re looking for a new hair dryer, now is the time to snag this one using your discount. This particular set also comes with four essential products from the luxe hair company Ouai for free!

Buxom Plumpline Lip Liner: I just purchased this in the shade Code Red. I certainly have enough red lipsticks (my weakness), I’m excited to try this as you use it to both line and fill your lips so essentially it’s a liner and lipstick in one; all for a great price!

Sunday Riley Space Race Fight Acne, Oil + Pores at Warp Speed Kit: It’s no secret I love the Sunday Riley line (this is still the best kit for the money, hands down) so I’m beyond excited to try this set. Each of the three products it comes with (mask, toner, and oil) get amazing reviews and I’ll pretty much try anything to keep my skin clear.

Olehenriksen Truth Serum: As I just said, I’ll try anything to keep my skin looking good and I couldn’t pass up trying the mini size (so cheap!) of this serum. It includes Vitamin C and Collagen which are key skincare ingredients to keep your skin bright, plump, and hydrated.

Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist: I’ve been eyeing this product for quite some time now and obviously this was the perfect time to finally try it. It is a moisturizing mist that can be applied under or over makeup for a dewy glow. It received a lot of buzz after Kim Kardashian called it out in a Snapchat video of a makeup tutorial, saying she uses it on a sponge or brush before applying her foundation for an extra glow. Thanks KK!

IT Cosmetics Secret Sauce Clinically Advanced Miraculous Anti-Aging Moisturizer: This was another product I was itching to try and it just so happens I’m almost out of my Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream, and while I truly love it, I get greedy and like to see what else is out there. This moisturizer gets rave reviews and while it’s pricey, the name alone sells me. Like, I need something clinical, advanced, miraculous, and anti-aging…yes, please!!

Let me know if you have any questions about any of products!

Happy Shopping!

Xo,
Leah

 

July Magazine Article

Hello everyone and Happy July!

I hope everyone has been having a fabulous start to the month! We had a great 4th filled with way too many fireworks purchased by my husband, and a fun quick getaway with the boys this past weekend to Marco Island! Time is suddenly flying; you light a sparkler and suddenly it’s almost mid-month!

After a maternity-hiatus, I’m so excited to say I’m back to writing my beauty column for the Lifestyle Media Group magazine for South Florida and this month’s column is all about Lip Service! One of the biggest focuses in my everyday beauty regimen, during both day and night, is my lips. Whether it’s a balm to keep them moisturized or a lipstick to transform my outfit (and mood), I’m always looking for the next latest and greatest lip products, which is why I’ve rounded up some of my current favorites for you! See below for all of my current top lip product picks for the perfect pout!

Beauty magazine article

Aesthetica Long Lasting Matte Liquid Lipstick:
Aesthetica has made a name for itself with its contouring and highlighting kits, but I’m just as sold on these liquid lipsticks. They can be worn day or night and are formulated to last for hours, without drying out. Readers can receive 50 perfect off all items (yes, 50% off off!!) using the promotional code LIVELOVE50. $16; www.aesthetica.me

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15:
This product moisturizes, provides SPF and gives you a subtle but buildable color – perfect for wearing during the day! Suggested colors: Poppy, Tulip, and Berry. $24; Sephora, Nordstrom

NARS Audacious Lipstick:
A Hall of Fame brand when it comes to lipstick formulas, these NARS lipsticks (with 40 plus colors) glide on smoothly and are so pigment rich you can wear them without a lip liner. The color lasts, and your lips never feel dry.  $34; Sephora, Department Stores, www.narscosmetics.com

Urban Decay Meltdown Makeup Remover Lip Oil Stick:
The the downside to long-lasting lipsticks is that you fear the color may really never wear off. This powerful-yet-gentle makeup remover stick is designed for such products. It will leave your lips hydrated and replenished. $15; Sephora, Ulta

MAC Prep + Prime Lip:
As avid lipstick users will attest, this is one of the Holy Grail products and I wouldn’t dare apply a swipe of lipstick without it! It smoothes out my lips and adds moisture, creating the perfect canvas for any shade to be applied on top. It also keeps my lipstick in place, an absolute must have! $17.50; MAC stores, Bloomingdales, Nordstrom

Cheers to an awesome month!

Xo,
Leah

That Time I Remembered I Had a Blog…and Sephora’s VIB Sale

Hello? Is this thing on?

So it’s me, Leah, and I know I’ve been radio silent. Like really, really MIA. I haven’t posted since November 11th, 2016 and with good reason, as we welcomed our little boy Max on November 30th! Things have been more than hectic in our household with two crazy and amazing boys, but as they said, we wouldn’t have it any other way!

newborn shoot

The funny thing about me not posting since November, is the last post was about Sephora’s Spring VIB Sale and guess what?! It’s baaaack! Beginning today through the 24th, VIB members will receive 15% off of everything in stores and online with code VIBSPRING.  I count down to these sales as they are my time to stock up on all my of favorites, as well as try items on my Lust List.

I own and have tried a lot of makeup. And I mean A LOT. Below are my some of my all time favorite products, things I buy and recommend over and over. I made this into a quick and shopping list, but you can head back to my article in November here to read about all of the reasons why I love them as I had written about most of these products back then as well…ya know, when I had time to write a manifesto on each product prior to having two boys, ha. But I promise they are all the best of the best and you should take advantage of the savings and see for yourself, but don’t wait too long since popular products often go out of stock during this promo.

Sephora VIB Sale Makeup

Makeup

Mascara: Too Faced Better Than Sex

Lash Primer: Dior Diorshow Maximizer 3D Triple Volume Plumping Lash Primer (I never apply mascara without it, period.)

Bronzer: Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer in ‘Chocolate – medium to deep’

Highlighters: BECCA Champagne Pop Pressed Highlighter

Light Coverage Foundation (What I wear to workout, pool, etc): NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 30 in ‘St. Mortiz’

Medium Coverage Foundation (What I wear during the day, running errands): Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation in ’118 = Y325′

Full Coverage Foundation (What I wear going out): Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in ‘Wheat’ mixed with Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation Concentrate in ’34 – Beige Medium’

Blushes: NARS Orgasm and Impassioned

Best Lip Balm EVER: Dior Addict Lip Glow Color Reviver Balm

Eye Brightener: BECCA Under Eye Brightening Corrector

Eye Concealer: IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Coverage Anti-Aging Waterproof Concealer in ‘Medium’

Brightening Powder: Kat Von D Lock-It Brightening Powder in ‘Peach’

Eyeshadow Palette: Tarte Tartelette In Bloom Clay Eyeshadow Palette

Brow Pencil: Benefit Cosmetics Goof Proof Brow Pencil Easy Shape & Fill in ’6 – Deep’

Favorite Lipstick: NARS Audacious Lipstick in Anna, Fanny, Stefania…to name a few

Sephora VIB Sale Skincare

Skincare

Universal Cleanser: Fresh Soy Face Cleanser

Exfoliator: Dr. Brandt Skincare Microdermabrasion Age Defying Exfoliator

Mask (It was so hard to pick one, for a full list of my favorite targeted masks check back to my magazine article here): Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment

Daytime Moisturizer: Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream with Super 7 Complex

Evening Moisturizer: Clinique Turnaround Overnight Revitalizing Moisturizer

Best skincare set, just buy it and thank me later: Sunday Riley Power Couple Duo: Total Transformation Kit

Primer: Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer

Best “Wake Your Eyes Up” Cream: Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream

Eye Wrinkle Cream (without spending a million dollars): Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Intensive Eye Contour Cream

Sephora VIB Sale Hair & Sun

Hair and Sun

Curling Iron: T3 Whirl Trio Interchangeable Styling Wand

Hair Dryer: T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i 

Dry Shampoo: Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo

Hair Styling: Drybar Triple Sec 3-in-1Texture Spray

Wash-Off Tanning Lotion: Tarte Better Bod Bronze + Contour Kit (Obsessed!!)

Self-Tanner for Face: Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster (And check out this gift set featuring a full size Booster plus other goodies for less money!!)

Happy Shopping!!

Xo,
Leah

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