Champagne Still Pouring

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Hey lovelies! My last post discussed Jaclyn Hill’s Champagne Pop Palette from Becca, and there’s one more product from that launch that I want to quickly talk about before moving on to bigger and better (and newer) beauty!

 

The much-awaited Champagne expansion collection also included, very briefly, a Champagne pop eyeshadow palette. This product was pretty controversial because, according to Jaclyn’s snapchat and to media statements released by Becca, it was produced in a different factory than the one in which Becca’s normal buttery formula is made. The factory apparently claimed to be able to replicate the formula, and unfortunately, it was discovered after the launch that the palettes’ quality was very inconsistent. Some were amazing, some were awful, and some were a little in-between. This kind of inconsistency, though, is a nightmare for the consumer, and so Becca heeded Jaclyn’s wishes for the palette to be pulled from shelves.

 

However – one of the best perks about working for a beauty retailer is gaining easy access to product, and I was able to purchase one before they were officially sent back to the brand!

So, how did I fare in the eyeshadow lottery? Let’s see!

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Fizz, Pop, Clink!

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Not that we ever need an excuse, but I feel like this weekend is a great time to pop some bubbly! I’ll be  celebrating something big – I’m going back to school this fall, and my first day is Monday! I haven’t been in school in 6 years, and am so excited for this big change. I’ll still be working on the weekends, (because who could give up being a Sephora girl?) but with Fridays free and clear to focus solely on my kiddo.

What more appropriate way to celebrate than by dusting on Becca X Jaclyn Hill’s Champagne Pop Cheek Palette?!

 

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Peering Through the Looking Glass

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You guys. I have a confession to make –

I haven’t even seen Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass yet! The namesake cosmetic collection came out May 1st on Urban Decay’s website, and the movie was released on May 27th, but with all the wedding craziness, I kind of ignored them both until very recently. Side note though: when researching the release dates, Google let me know that this movie is still showing at my local dollar theater! Maybe I’ll make it to a showing after all.

 

Even though these debuted in May, as of today, the collection is still available on the Sephora, Macy’s, and Nordstrom websites! Don’t worry, you haven’t missed out yet.

 

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Gerard Cosmetics has Star Power!

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A few weeks back, I reviewed the Gerard Cosmetics Hydra-Matte Liquid Lip Color I purchased, and I can honestly say that I’m just as obsessed with this highlighter!

 

With the contouring/strobing craze, highlighters are a dime a dozen nowadays. However, many are powdery, too sheer, have a weird undertone, or don’t stay on well – so finding a good one can still be a challenge.

 

I’m so glad I ordered this Star Powder in Grace, because I lucked out with the quality!

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Clinique Chubby Stick – Sculpting Highlight

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This evening, I sat down to write a review of February’s Play! box, when I realized that I promised you all a review of this highlighting stick during last month’s Play! review. Now, I shall deliver!

 

Chubby Sticks are a family of products made by Clinique that come in the form of – you guessed it – chubby sticks. The range includes lipsticks, eyeshadows, a foundation, and new for Spring, contour and highlighter sticks! I have the latter to share with you all today.

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Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary – How Does Your Garden Glow?

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Hey, lovely reader! Come join me on another trip to Dior’s Glowing Gardens.. You might remember that we visited back in January with Glowing Pink, but this time, we’ll be in the Nude!

That’s right, I’m talking about the other highlighter released as part of Dior’s Spring 2016 collection, called Glowing Nude.

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Glow, Baby, Glow!

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Disclaimer: I normally hate taking photos with flash, but I had to for the sake of those sparkles on the cover of the glow palette! Sorry for the poor quality (:

 

Slowly, more and more pieces of Anastasia Beverly Hills are starting to trickle into Sephora. I plan on snatching them up one by one! And I started with the new(ish) Glow Kit in Gleam.

You know, I think someone should start a rehab program for highlighter addicts. I’ve got it bad, and this palette is like crack for me!

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I’m Rocking Tom Ford Lately

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“I don’t pop Molly, I rock Tom Ford..” – so true, haha.

While in Austin, I visited a Tom Ford counter at Nordstrom, and saw this beauty sitting out on display front and center. I’ve played around with Tom Ford products at counters before, but to be totally honest, sticker shock and employee intimidation have always kept me from purchasing.

Every time I talk to the SA’s, I feel like they kind of think they’re humoring me. I don’t always look like the typical ‘luxury’ client, pushing a crazy toddler in a stroller with my day-two hair in a bun, but I still like to be treated well when I’m planning on dropping some serious dollars on their products.

 

This time was no different, but fortunately, I took the plunge anyway!

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A Colorful Spectrum

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Ah. The Urban Decay Spectrum Palette.

 

I reviewed this one back in October after it briefly popped up online for the holidays. Unfortunately, even I wasn’t fast enough to grab it from Sephora, so I ended up purchasing it for a large mark-up off of eBay.. and now my tears of regret can be your tears of joy!

 

The good news for you guys is that Spectrum is coming back for Spring, AND it will be in stores this time! I don’t know of a launch date, but it should be very soon. That’s why I thought we could revisit it for a minute, and I’ve added swatches as well!

I’m actually really excited that this is re-launching, because it’s very pretty and deserves some more attention.

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Play! by Sephora – Feeling December Disappointment in January

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In my December review of November’s Play!, I hinted that I was less than pleased with this box.

Let me clarify beforehand: I love several of these products. Some of the main reasons I’ve been so frustrated with these boxes are –

 

  1. I feel that they consistently lack cohesion.
  2. The service has been redic – for example, this box was shipped on December 15th and didn’t arrive until the 26th (est. delivery was the 19th). I understand this was right around the Christmas rush, but it’s happened with every box before it, too.
  3. Presentation is also kind of a fail. The white confetti that’s stuffed inside always leaves a film of white powder on every product. It makes them feel grimy and gross. Also, as you can see in the picture above, they actually sent out stapled sample packets this month. REALLY?

 

Now, let’s get down to the finer details. This month’s theme was “Oh, What Fun!”, which honestly made little sense to me. Perhaps if the curation had contained bright colors, or festive products, or something that said fun in any way, I would feel differently.

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