{What’s In My Shopping Bag} Sephora, Ulta, e.l.f. and more…

February 28, 2011

Ardell Brow Razors (3-Pack) and Betsey Johnson for Tweezerman Tweezers

I refuse to pay to get my brows done (waxing or threading). Plus, I can’t take the pain. I know, I’m a wimp. So these are my essential brow grooming tools. The Ardell Brow Razors keep my brows well groomed and gives them those sharp, clean lines that are achieved through waxing. It’s only about $4 for a pack of 3 and they last for quite a while. Much better than paying $20 every two to three weeks. And surprisingly, I’ve never invested in a good pair of tweezers. So I finally decided to buy a pair of Tweezerman Tweezers and I went with the limited edition Betsey Johnson tweezers because I’m a sucker for anything with skulls…and Betsey Johnson.

All e.l.f.: 
Studio Powder Blush in Tickled Pink, Studio Eyebrow Kit in Medium, Hypershine Gloss in Blossom and Wet Gloss Clear Lash and Brow Mascara

Did I mention how much I love that Target carries e.l.f.? Well I do. I picked up a few things. I love the Studio Powder Blush in Candid Coral so I wanted to try other colors too. I picked out Tickled Pink, a matte light pink. I’ve been wanting to try the brow kit mostly for the colored wax side, and I ended up getting the Medium kit (even though I should have gotten dark) because that was all they had in stock and surprisingly the wax is the perfect color for my brows. I’m really liking this so far. I love the Hypershine Lipglosses. And in a light, pinky-coral like the shade Blossom? Sold. The Wet Gloss Clear Lash and Brow Mascara, by the way, is the perfect brow gel. It’s only $1 and it’s double sided. 

Essie for J. Crew Nail Polish in Cute As A Button

The perfect nail polish this spring. A pinky-coral with an adorable name to boot. This nail polish is only sold at J.Crew (retail locations and online). A nail of the day post featuring this polish will be posted soon.

NARS Highlight Powder in Albatross

I have been wanting this highlight powder for so long now and I don’t know why it has taken me this long to just splurge and purchase it. I’m so glad I finally did because I love this powder. I was getting bored with my usual highlighter MAC Beauty Powder in Shell Pearl (although incredibly beautiful, I just wanted to try something different). This is a soft, gilded white satin powder that leaves a shimmery sheen on the face and isn’t overly shimmery or glittery- as long as it is used in moderation and with a light hand. I will post a more in depth review of this soon with swatches.

Michael Kors Leg Shine- Classic

I remember seeing this a long time ago at Sephora and wanting to try it but not willing to pay the $32, so when I found a “to go” version for only $10 I knew I had to try it. The Michael Kors Leg Shine is a scented bronzing stick for legs that adds a subtle hint of color with a bit of shimmer to make legs look tan and sun kissed. I figured since Spring is on its and I would start wearing dresses and shorts soon that this would be a great product to try. I tried using it today and I have to say I am really disappointed. This doesn’t leave any color whatsoever and I can’t really stand the smell. It isn’t a terrible smell, it just isn’t my taste. And the smell is much more overpowering than I expected. This bar is more like a shimmery solid perfume than it is a bronzing stick. I may have to return this because I absolutely hate it. I definitely DO NOT recommend this.

CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Mascara and CoverGirl Liquiline Blast in Brown Blaze

What can I say? I love this mascara. I’ve gone through about five tubes already and I still keep repurchasing it. It’s my no-fail mascara that I can always rely on. And after liking the Liquiline Blast in Black Fire so much, I figured I’d try the brown liner (Brown Blaze) this time and so far so good! This really is a great eyeliner that is incredibly versatile and can be worn subtly or smudged out for a smoky eye. Either way the liner stays put all day, even on my waterline and lower lash line. 

Crest 3D White White Strips Advanced Vivid 14-Day Supply and Stain Shield 21-Day Supply

I’ve been wanting to try these for quite some time now and I scored an amazing deal on these at Costco of all places. They sell it as a set for about $40 and they often offer coupons for the White Strips. I got lucky enough to find a $10 off coupon so I got this entire set (35 day supply total!) for $30 when usually the Advanced Vivid Kit box alone sells for around $40. So this was a GREAT deal. I will be doing a full review once I finish the Advanced Vivid box. 
  • (: kathryn
    June 15, 2011 at 1:20 AM

    Hey girl! Just wondering if the Ardell brow razors work well or not? Because the ones I got don't work and actually hurt like crazy! (They scrape my skin… they are Ardell, but different shape/type.) Thanks! 🙂

  • sonidlo
    March 16, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    I have Cute as a Button and like it much!

  • Cyn
    March 3, 2011 at 5:01 AM

    So I've just found your blog while browsing some MAC swatches and I'm hooked =] Also, I'm on my second week of the Crest strips and OMG, they make my teeth hurt like CRAZY! =/ I've been delaying my purchase of some Sensodyne or Orajel but it's a must! Better luck to you!