Birthday Goodies

Yo World!  It was my birthday this month, and to celebrate I took my happy butt to both Ulta and Sephora for their birthday “freebies”.  I’m putting freebies in quotation marks because really, who just waltzes into either of those stores, slaps their loyalty card on the counter, and says, “I’d like my free shit please!”

No one.  That’s who.  Well, I guess someone does, and if that’s you then you’re a stronger person than I.  You possess willpower.

I went a little wild at Sephora.  I got another pack of the Shiseido cotton pads because they really are the best cotton ball I’ve ever tried.  They don’t shred or pull or have any little rough bits like the ones you find at the drugstore.  I did find some at Walgreens once that were some kind of ultra premium nonsense, and they were pretty nice.  But I haven’t seen them since, so it’s back to the Shiseido ones.

20170419_074354There may have been a purchase of another Clinique Chubby stick, this time one of the Crayola ones in Melon.  There’s not much color, but it’s very moisturizing.  I guess I was on a lip kick that day because I also got the Sephora brand lip balm in coconut that’s very nice too.

20170419_073437And then I was sucked in at the checkout line with their PILES of tiny, wildly overpriced travel sizes of all sorts of fun things.  They are the masters of getting you to spend more, because when you’re in line and you know nothing in your basket is under $18, spending $10 on something that full sized is $50 feels quite thrifty really.  SO I picked up the Becca Glow on the Go Highlighter set that includes travel sizes (tiny) of Shimmering Skin Perfector in liquid and powder form.  I love it, the powder especially isn’t over the top glittery, just a nice glow.  I was going to get the Sephora brand highlighter kit that I’ve been eyeing for a while, but that seemed like overkill with the Becca one.  So I nobly put it back.

20170419_073357This year’s birthday gift at Sephora is from Tarte, it’s a mini Amazonian Clay blush and a lip stain.  I like the blush, it’s pretty.  The lip stain is thick and a too-nude-deadening shade for me.  I might have to play with it to see if I can get it to work with my skin tone.

20170419_073505I only got a tiny thing of eye makeup remover at Ulta in addition to my birthday gift, which was Lancome’s Monsieur Big Mascara.  I LOVE IT.  I didn’t think I would, but it builds volume quickly and it’s very black and it doesn’t flake or smudge but it also comes off easily with soap and water.  SOLD.  I don’t ask for much else in a mascara.

(Sidenote here, I tried the “Cover Girl blastPRO So Lashy!” – yeah, that’s the name- mascara and it kind of sucks.  The wand is weird and holds way too much product so your lashes clump up.  It dries hard so I have spiky lashes.  Also, it DOES NOT BUDGE.  I have to use vaseline to get it off, and even then I still wake up with mascara smudged under my eyes.  I’m pretty sure that the formula will break my lashes if I use it too much.)

So that’s all the cosmetics news that’s fit to write at the moment.  Have you tried any birthday gifts?  Were they worth the price tag of “free”?


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