3 Reasons to Hoard Your Sephora Beauty Insider VIB Points

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I think it’s safe to say that if you’re reading this post you’re a member of the VIB (Very Important Beauty Insider) program at Sephora. If not, hit pause and go sign up.

As easily as I’m enabled in my beauty purchases I’m not so inclined to throw my VIB points around all willy nilly. I guess you could call me a VIB Points Hoarder, and I’m okay with that. Why? Because good things come to those who wait.

3 Reasons to Save Your Sephora Beauty Insider VIB PointsSephora has fabulous 500 point gifts, but they’re not all created equal. Over the years I’ve noticed that the best ones come at the end of the year, and sometimes there’s even a sweet 1000 point gift. 2013 was no exception.

Reason 1: Dior - mini Dior Addict EDT, mini Dior Addict Lipstick in 578 and a charm necklace. 500 points.

Dior Sephora VIB Beauty GiftReason 2: NARS – mini Orgasm Blush, mini Copacabana Illuminator, mini Gold Digger Larger Than Life Lip Gloss and a mini Smudge-Proof Eyeshadow Base. 500 points.

NARS Sephora VIB Beauty GiftReason 3: Yves Saint Laurent - mini eye makeup remover, mini eye pencil, mini babydoll mascara and a charm bracelet. 500 points.

YSL Sephora VIB Beauty GiftThey also had amazing ones from Balenciaga and Dolce & Gabbana!
What was your favorite Sephora VIB score?

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Top 10 Stocking Stuffers for Your Man

Top 10 Stocking Stuffers ManOkay, I rarely post on anything for men, but I know you’re out there and I’m about to throw you a little love with today’s Top 10 TuesdayTop 10 Stocking Stuffers for Men!

This post is also for the ladies.  I don’t know how many times I’ve sat down and had no idea what to get a guy for Christmas.  Sometimes the cutest idea is to go to the store, grab a stocking, and stuff it full of wrapped goodies.  These goodies don’t have to be expensive (I personally like to put the one “bigger” item at the bottom and have smaller and less expensive things above).

Obviously, this has to be personalized towards the guy in your life that you’re shopping for (whether it be a husband, boyfriend, father, uncle, brother.. etc), but this will at least give you a few ideas!

stocking stuffer ideas for men

  1. A Cologne Gift Set.  This may or may not be too big for a stocking, depending on how large you go when it comes to footwear that hangs on your mantle.  If you’re unsure what he’d like go with the Fragrance Sampler for Him from Sephora.  It has 14 of the most sought-after men’s fragrances in a travel bag as well as a voucher for a free full size fragrance at any US Sephora store.
  2. I asked a few dudes what they like to get and quite a few said a shaving set/dop kitAnthony Logistics has The Perfect Shave Kit and I know for a fact men love the products.  The shave cream by itself makes a perfect addition to your mans stocking.
  3. Food.  That’s honestly a no-brainer.  Beef Jerky… sunflower or pumpkin seeds… nuts… man things.  Whatever your guy likes to snack on.
  4. Sports Stuff.  This being Pittsburgh we’re Steelers/Pirates/Penguins people, and it’s likely your guy has a hometown or college favorite as well.  Roll up a t-shirt or even a pair of socks.  Guys appreciate it if they think we love that they love sports.
  5. Tech Gear.  Maybe he needs a decent phone case or a car charger.  Some sort of accessory he’s always whining he needs to pick up but never does.  If he’s pretty good about grabbing what he needs an iTunes gift card will work as well.  No guy says no to jams.
  6. Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm.  These are a cult fave for men and women alike.  Get him a couple, you know you’ll probably steal it anyway.
  7. Jack Black Body Rehab Scrub & Muscle Soak.  He works hard, he plays hard… he’s probably crying grumbling about how he’s sore… he can go soak in the tub and scrub up.  This helps him and you because then he’s all yummy when he comes out.
  8. Please get that man a good pair of toe nail clippers.  He’ll never do it for himself and if he’s big into flip flops in the Summer you’ll do the world a favor.  Tweezerman has a combo set and it’s only 9 bucks.
  9. Car Things.  Air freshener (which saves you having to sniff whatever groady man scent he thinks is amazing), small ice scraper, de-icer (you wouldn’t believe how often I’ve needed that crap in the winter).
  10. IOU Book.  The least expensive of them all….  Keep the certificates as G-rated as doing his laundry or go as raunchy as whatever.  Everyone in the world appreciates these.

You can also theme it!  Not too far from where I live is an awesome ski resort.. if you have one within driving distance you can always get a weekend ski package for at the bottom of the stocking and fill up the rest with things like chapstick, a winter hat, scarf, kleenex, travel shampoo… he’ll clearly think you’ve lost it until he hits the trip at the bottom, but how fun!

Tell me how you surprised that special someone in your life during the holidays in the comments!  And be sure to check out the other bloggers Top 10 Stocking Stuffer ideas below!

Top 10 Palettes – Old School Edition

Top 10 Palettes can be such a broad subject.  After all, there are so many!  For this post, I want to take you back.  We’re talking old school-ish.  To the palettes you may have forgotten about, but that still hold a special place in your heart.

IMG_9979In no particular order:

  1. Midnight Hour Eye Shadow Palette.  This was from the Disney Reigning Beauties Collection from Sephora, the Cinderella Edition.  While all of the princess collections were to die for, this particular palette was probably my fave.  I reach for it quite a bit when I want something understated but not too boring.  Word is these collections are over… but I really hope minds change and we see more.
  2. Le Metier de Beaute Mélange de Colour Fashion Eyeshadow Palette.  This palette is the end-all-be-all of LMdB products.  18 high quality shadows all in one place.  Countless looks can be created and it’s travel friendly to boot!
  3. Le Metier de Beaute Bauhaus Kaleidoscope Eye Kit.  When these shades blend together in the signature Couches de Couleur application technique it makes the perfect taupe.  So, of course it’s one of my faves!  Love this one for holiday!
  4. Le Metier de Beaute Penelope Kaleidoscope Eye Kit.  Penelope was my first eye kit from LMdB and remains one of my go-to fave palettes to this day.  Every time I go somewhere, it travels with me.  Every time I’m at a loss for what to do with my look, I reach for Penelope.  She’s from 2011 but she’s like a best friend that I’ll never let leave my side!
  5. Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland Book of Shadows.  Well, if this isn’t a blast from the past I don’t know what is.  This one takes us back to 2010.  Back to which was, IMO, the very best thing Urban Decay ever released.  It doesn’t even matter that the shades weren’t “new” shades.  They had new, theme appropriate names and the artwork was incredible.
  6. Tarte for True Blood Eyeshadow Palette.  Of course True Blood fans lost their damn minds when this collection came out in 2011.  You could transform yourself via looks into your favorite True Blood characters and perhaps attract your own Eric Northman.  Or Bill Compton, but not the Bill Compton from last season… you’re better than that.
  7. MAC Festive Frost Face Kit.  I wish I reached for this more, because the shades are to die for, especially for the holiday season.  This palette released with MAC Holiday 2011 and was a Nordstrom exclusive.
  8. MAC 5 Neutral Eyes Holiday Eye Kit.  This one is only about a year old, releasing with Holiday 2012, but it creates the best smokey eye you’ve ever laid eyes on.  You’re insane if you don’t love this.
  9. theBalm Nude ‘Tude Nude Eyeshadow Palette.  I purchased this back in 2011, but it’s still available!  The quality is amazing, but then… all theBalm shadows generally are.  Countless looks to be created… it’s neutral with a kick!
  10. Illamasqua Complement Eye Shadow Palette.  Complement is also only around a year old, but I adore the shades and the eye look they create together.  It’s not a palette you’d think would be wearable for multiple occasions, but in these colder months it totally is.

Okay, so maybe some of these aren’t too old school.  I feel like in the life of a beauty blogger we see so much that a year or two can feel old school.  Also, the Urban Decay and Tarte palettes are from several years ago.  Boom.  Justified.

What is your favorite old school beauty palette?  I can’t wait to see what everyone else has come up with!  Click the icons below to check them out!

SEPHORA + PANTONE UNIVERSE Emerald Color Cube Lid Stain Swatches, Review & EOTD

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SEPHORA + PANTONE UNIVERSE Color Cube Lid Stain in Emerald is the definition of jewel tone.  Never have I seen such a beautiful and vivid shade that applies flawlessly to the lid.

IMG_8129 IMG_8135What Sephora says about the Emerald Color Cube Lid Stain:

What it is:
A highly pigmented eye shadow and liner in the radiant Color of the Year.

What it does:
With the staying power of a stain, this striking eye shadow and liner is the most pigmented Emerald formula in the collection. The intense color wears comfortably and vividly for a bold, energized look day into night. No matter how you wear Emerald alongside subtle nudes or in dramatic geometric flashes its universally flattering tone complements and intensifies every iris.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Phthalates

What else you need to know:
This year, Sephora + Pantone Universe evolve their breakthrough partnership to forecast the color of radical modernism, where graphic shock meets the speed of modern life. Transfixing and dynamic, the Color of the Year sparks a highly charged mood for the seasons ahead. Visualize a color revolution of infinite potential from subtle effects to saturated statements fueled by a hunger for high-tech impact. Experience Emerald from every angle through never-before-seen formulas designed to energize the way you wear color in 2013. Connect. Charge. Power up with the Color of the Year.

IMG_8137 IMG_8138Emerald needs no description in terms of color, but it’s certainly a shade that will take your breath away.  It applies creamy, sets as a metallic shadow and stays the day.  This is perfect to use within an eye look as a base or as a liner.

Emerald is no longer available on it’s own on the website, but it’s available in the Color of the Year Collection ($68.00) which is actually a really good deal if you’re looking into getting several pieces that work well together.

Below isn’t technically an eye look, but I just wanted to show how beautiful, pigmented and vibrant this shade shows up on the eye.  (Applied with a firm brush).

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SEPHORA + PANTONE UNIVERSE Emerald Color Cube Lid Stain retails for $16.00 and is available exclusively at Sephora.  Check your local store for availability.

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Disney Reigning Beauties Ariel Collection by SEPHORA Part of Your World Eyeshadow Palette Swatches, Review & EOTD

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I just love these Disney Reigning Beauties Collections from Sephora.  Word around the beauty world is that this will be the final chapter of these collections, which is just so sad.  Could you imagine how gorgeous a compact mirror in a Belle collection would be?  Or the pinks and golds for Aurora?  Or stunning greens for Tiana?!  OMG could you imagine a black, red and gold deal for Mulan?!  AHhhhhh!

But, I digress.  Back to the quad at hand.  In the current Disney Reigning Beauties Collection we have Ariel and the Part of Your World Eyeshadow Palette, joining previous releases Jasmine’s Magic Carpet Ride and Cinderella’s Midnight Hour.

1What Sephora says about the Part of Your World Eyeshadow Palette:

What it is:
An illuminating eye shadow palette of four vibrant shadows that inspire you to chase your dreams.

What it does:
Imagine surpassing your boundaries and following your heart with this palette inspired by Ariel’s courage. These shimmering shadows will illuminate your world and open your eyes to the endless possibilities under the sun—or sea.

This set contains:
4 x 0.049 oz eye shadow in:
- Who’s-it (glittering white)
- What’s-it (matte clay grey)
- Dinglehopper (iridescent light teal)
- Snarfblat (violet with iridescent glitter)

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens

What else you need to know:
“Dreams are realities in waiting.”

2 3 4 5 6 7 8This palette features four shades: Who’s-it - a glittering white, What’s-ita matte light grey, Snarfblata violet and Dinglehoppera pearly green.

I was actually pleasantly surprised at how well these shadows looked and worked together.  What’s-it was especially soft and pigmented for a matte, not dry at all.  I would say the hardest to work with of the four would be Snarfblat, but it’s not a deal breaker and I didn’t experience any fall out.  Some of the shades might look way too glittery, but they aren’t over-the-top and you can definitely make it work.

In the eye look below, I began with a thin layer of Urban Decay Primer Potion. What’s-it is all over the lid, Dinglehopper in the crease, Snarfblat in the outer V and Who’s-it at the inner corners and to highlight.  The eye liner is Giorgio Armani Smooth Silk Eye Pencil in 5 Plum and the mascara is ModelCo Fibre LashXtend Lengthening Mascara.

IMG_1812 IMG_1830I was also posting sneak peeks on Instagram, so follow me there if you want to see what I’m going to be posting about before it happens!

The Disney Reigning Beauties Ariel Collection by SEPHORA will be available for a limited time beginning in July 2013 exclusively at Sephora.

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