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What I Got At Sephora!

So, I ordered a few things and got a few more free samples! In this post I’ll just be showing you what I got and a very brief “review” of the products. I’ll do more in depth reviews for each product in later posts! 🙂



Firstly, I got the new KVDxTooFaced Better Together palette! I haven’t used it in depth yet, but I’ll definitely post a review and tutorial with this palette in the next post! All I can say so far about this palette is that it is not consistent in pigmentation. I’ll get more into that in the review, but just note that if you’re interested in buying the palette! This collection came with a full size KVD Tattoo Liner in Trooper and a TooFaced Better Than Sex (my fav) mascara!


Next, I got this eyeshadow brush kit by Sephora. There are 5 eye brushes. I haven’t used them yet, but just touching them they feel really soft and not scratchy at all! Just from running them over my hand, they feel like they won’t make the shadows patchy. Plus, they were on sale!


Last thing I bought was this Sephora brand eyeliner. It’s silver with some glitter in it. I’ve been really wanting something like this, so I decided to just buy this at the last minute. Again, I’ll have a more in depth review and tutorial with this in a future post. So far, I think it’s pretty good. I don’t think it’s the all time best silvery-gliter liner ever, but it’s just something fun to play with!


Now onto the samples!


I first got this sample of Clohé perfume. I hadn’t ever smelled it before, so I really just took a chance when getting this one. But after smelling it and wearing it for the past few hours, I have to say I’m definitely going to buy the full size! I absolutely love it. It’s a warm, floral-y, sweet scent. (I’m terrible at describing smells! But it smells amazing!)


Next, I picked this Clinique eye cream. I always hear Tati from GlamLifeGuru rave about it, so when I saw I could get it as a sample, I totally did. I haven’t used it yet, but again….watch out for a future post!


My skin is so SO soooooooooOOOOOooOoOoOOOOooooOOOo dry! It’s absolutely ridiculous. And it’s not just because it’s winter. It could be in the middle of the Texas summer and I’d still look like a scale-y alligator in the desert. It’s so frustrating, so I’m always looking to try new moisturizers to help with the dryness. So far, it’s been pretty nice!


And just for fun, I wanted to try this mask. I tried it tonight and it made my skin so smooth and look so glowy, I really liked it. But, I can’t tell if it was from the mask or from being cold, but my cheeks have been pretty red after using it. Like I said, I’m not sure the cause of the redness, but I’ll use up the mask and I’m sure I’ll figure it out!


Lastly, I got this sample size of a new Urban Decay lipstick. I tried it out, and I love it! It’s so insanely pigmented, creamy and not drying at all. This particular one is a cream formula, so it won’t stay put on the lips and you could definitely feel it had a slippy texture. I didn’t mind it too much, but I wouldn’t wear it for a long amount of time, or if I were going to be eating or drinking a lot! Otherwise, it’s a gorgeous color and I’ll definitely be reaching for it.



Make Up Basics (Quickie): How To Clean Brushes (With 2 Things You Have In Your Kitchen)

Hi all! So, one of the important and basic things to learn about make up is cleaning your brushes. For me, I hate to spend upwards of $20 on a brush cleaner that I’ll use to clean my arsenal of brushes and get maybe 2 or 3 uses out of it. Instead, I’ve been cleaning my brushes with only two things that are always in my kitchen-dish soap and olive oil.

I know what you’re thinking, just dish soap? And olive oil? That’s it? I’m here to say, YEP! That’s all you’ll need. In the images below I’m using a plate and a bowl of water to clean my brushes, but normally you’d clean them under running water.

So, why soap and oil? Basically, the soap will strip the hairs of your brushes and get out all of the pigment and disinfect them (because if you use them on your dishes and trust they’re clean, why would you not think your brushes would be clean?) Then the oil will replenish and rehydrate the hairs. This is something painters have done forever so I’ve adopted it as my brush cleaning routine!

It’s not rocket science or anything, just pour the soap onto one side of your plate and oil onto the other side. Then, you’ll pick up some soap then oil on the brush and rub it back and forth on the plate first then on the palm of your hand under running water. You do this until the water runs clear and there is no pigment left in the hairs of your brush! This technique works with real or synthetic hair brushes! I’ve heard using baby shampoo works just as well, but I haven’t ever tried it. This is my favorite technique because it’s easy and cheap and you already have the stuff in your home! No need to go out and buy anything special. This works with any size or shape brush! It’s so easy. Just remember! After you’ve cleaned your brushes make sure to store them bristle side DOWN. If you can’t hang them upside down, you can lay them on their sides and a STEEP angle. If you store them with the hairs up, the excess water will run into the barrel and loosen the glue and make the hairs shed. If the hairs shed, you’ll have to replace your brushes more often. So, store them as upside down as you can get them!