Haul time! What I got from Sephora with 20% off

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Sephora is currently having their 20% Off Sephora employee discount sale. This is a sale that is meant for employees of Sephora and their friends/family. Previously it was known as the Friends & Family sale, but it can’t be called that way anymore.
Now (like last year) you need a unique code provided by someone who works at Sephora. This code can only be used once. Luckily, I know someone who is a manager there and she was sweet enough to share a code with me. Thanks again, Nikki! :-)

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Haul Nars Creamy Concealer Smudge Proof Eyeshadow base Buxom Sephora Perk Points 500

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Here’s what I ordered:

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Haul Nars Creamy Concealer Smudge Proof Eyeshadow base Buxom Sephora Perk Points 500 ​ ​

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Haul Nars Creamy Concealer Smudge Proof Eyeshadow base Buxom Sephora Perk Points 500

I didn’t go crazy, because I have tons of products that use (up) at home, which I’m definitely planning on doing. But these two NARS products were definitely high on my wish list, so I couldn’t pass them up.

The Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base is said to be perfect for people with oily lids (me!) and the Radiant creamy Concealer is supposed to cover under eye darkness, but not crease. Can’t wait to see if they actually work me!

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Haul Nars Creamy Concealer Smudge Proof Eyeshadow base Buxom Sephora Perk Points 500 ​ ​

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Haul Nars Creamy Concealer Smudge Proof Eyeshadow base Buxom Sephora Perk Points 500

I also cashed in 500 of my points for the current Beauty Insiders perk: a set by Buxom called: Too Hot to Handle. The set contains a mini Full-Bodied Lip Gloss in ‘Pucker Up’ (LE), a Full-Bodied Lipstick in ‘Swinger’, a mini Hold The Line Waterproof Eyeliner in ‘Call Me’, a mini Lash Mascara and a mini Hot Escapes Bronzer in ‘Tahiti’. So excited to try these!

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Haul Nars Creamy Concealer Smudge Proof Eyeshadow base Buxom Sephora Perk Points 500

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Were you able to take advantage of the 20% Off Sephora employee discount? The sale ends on October 29, if you were wondering.



Products by it Cosmetics that every makeup lover should try!

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Hi everyone! It’s been a few days, huh? The weekend flew by and when I finally sat down at my computer yesterday to write this post, I just didn’t have the energy for it. I’ve recently started going to the gym (insert shock face) and it’s been kicking my butt! I literally hadn’t been to the gym for years. So last night when I got home, all I could think about was me taking a shower and going to bed. And that’s exactly what I did…

Anyway, enough rambling about how tired I’ve been. Today I wanted to show you guys some must-tries from the brand it Cosmetics! Unless you’re a frequent QVC shopper, I don’t think many of you have tried products from this brand. This is a shame, because they have some really good products! And now that it’s also sold at Ulta, I think it’s my duty to show you some of their must-haves. :-)

Side note: have you noticed that my pictures have been ultra bright lately? I always take my product pics on my balcony and here in Vegas it’s just… bright. Something about the desert and the sun, not exactly sure. Hah! On to the products:

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First, I NEED to mention their makeup brushes (see mine below). They are as soft as a baby’s bum and they give you a flawless finish! I’m not going into details when it comes to brushes I own, but you can see my most used brushes in this post. Again, they are amazing and definitely worth the splurge!
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Makeup face brushes by it Cosmetics QVC



Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream is a CC cream that does everything it says it does, including cover your imperfections. One of my pet peeves with BB and CC creams is that most of them don’t offer any coverage, it’s like you’re not wearing anything… This CC cream makes your skin look flawless, glowy and has a lot of skin care properties as well. I love it! It retails for $38.
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Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+​ ​
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The Bye Bye Under Eye Waterproof Anti-Aging Concealer (the waterproof version!) is my holy grail concealer for under my eyes. It covers my under eye darkness and looks very natural. And when I say it ‘covers’, I mean it really COVERS! Great stuff. I have it in the shade ‘deep’, which is more like a medium shade. This concealer retails for $29 on QVC (including a brush).
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​​​​Bye Bye Under Eye Waterproof Anti-Aging Concealer
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Ever seen a mascara brush this small? The Tightline Full Lash Line Black Mascara Primer is tiny, which makes it perfect to give your lashes that extra ‘oomph’ and it also acts as an eyeliner! It’s kinda difficult to explain. Check out this video tutorial by it Cosmetics’ owner Jamie Kern Lima and you’ll see exactly what I mean. :-) I use this mascara as a primer for another mascara, but some people just only this, it works just as great! This mascara retails for $24.
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​​​​Tightline Full Lash Line Black Mascara Primer
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Me and my lip products… it’s an addiction, I tell ya! This CC+ Lip Serum Hydrating Anti-Aging Color Correcting Crème Gloss is amazeballs! It’s not sticky, extremely hydrating (it has 9 essential butters, so it works as a lip treatment) and it has anti-aging ingredients, such as collagen, peptides and hyaluronic acid. I have it in the shade ‘Love’, a beautiful mauve color (‘my lips but better’, for me). This lip gloss/treatment retails for $24.
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​​​​CC+ Lip Serum Hydrating Anti-Aging Color Correcting Crème Gloss
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it cosmetics ulta qvc CC+ Lip Serum in the shade ‘Love’ (the stain on my arm you see, is a long-lasting blush I swatched earlier)​​



The CC+ Radiance Palette has been in my collection for a couple of months now, but I haven’t used yet. It’s just so pretty, I don’t wanna touch it! Silly, right? I love the silver packaging (great for travel!) and the bronzer color looks like the perfect contour shade for my skintone. The blush looks like a very natural ‘flush’ and I can’t wait to try the Color-Correcting Brightening, it doesn’t seem to have any shimmer in it, which is great. So…I told myself to use it at least once this week, I’ll let you know how it works out! :-D This palette retails for $38.
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CC+ Radiance Palette
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An honorable mention is Bye Bye Pores Silk HD Anti-Aging Micro-Powder ($24). This is a loose powder that makes your pores look less visible and your skin look ‘softer’ (if that makes sense!). I tried to look up my review to link here, but much to my surprise I found out that I’ve never written a review on it! So weird, because this powder was a long time favorite of mine. When I finished my jar (see pic below), I never repurchased it, don’t really know why. I’m adding it to my wish list NOW, because I want it back. Hihi!
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Bye Bye Pores Silk HD Anti-Aging Micro-Powder

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There you go! My must-haves for it Cosmetics. it Cosmetics is sold on their website, on QVC and at Ulta.

I’d like to do this post again, but then for other brands. Which brand would you like to see next?



Review: Tretinoin Cream (and a website that offers it without a prescription!)

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A while back I was contacted by someone who wanted to know if I was interested in trying something from the brand Dermesse. Dermesse offers prescription and non-prescription strength skin care products online, that could previously only be purchased at plastic surgeon or dermatologist offices. They offer full skin care systems, acne treatments, anti-aging formulas, eye care, sun protection, moisturizers and cleansers.

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Review Tretinoin Cream 0.1% skin skincare retinol​​


I looked around on the website decided to go try out ‘Tretinoin’, a topical treatment. Tretinoin is a prescription treatment, meant to treat acne. I’ve tried it in the past and it works wonders on my skin. I was curious to see if I would have the same results again. Below is my full review.

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​​What it is:​​​​
Tretinoin is a topical retinoid used to treat mild to moderate acne and is especially effective for those with comedonal acne (many blackheads and whiteheads). It’s also know as Retin-A. Tretinoin is a powerful acne treatment medication, derived from vitamin A. It rapidly exfoliates the skin, keeping pores clear of cellular debris and preventing the formation of comedones.
Its advantages go beyond clearing acne: for example, people who have post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation may find that Retinoin reduces the look of dark spots and discoloration left by acne breakouts. Also, adult acne sufferers benefit from the other popular use of Retinoin: It can reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

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Review Tretinoin Cream 0.1% skin skincare retinol​​


Dermesse offers a whole line of prescription tretinoin products. No matter what kind of skin you have, this medication is available in three different strengths so that it will be effective for all types of skin. Your skin care professional can help recommend the right strength to get the best results. Source: 1, 2

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Tretinoin, Stearic Acid, Isopropyl Myristate, Polyoxyl 40 Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Sorbic Acid, Butylated Hydroxytoluene, Purified Water.
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​​My thoughts:​​
As mentioned, I’ve tried Tretinoin in the past, through a dermatologist, and back then I was prescribed the highest strength, which I now got as well. I’ve been using it daily for almost 3 months now and my skin has been looking super nice! I saw results pretty fast, after a month or so.

I use it at night, before bed. Good thing to mention is that you’re not supposed to apply Tretinoin during the day, because it will not work in daylight. So I use this at night and my other face product (this serum I mentioned not too long ago), that one I apply during the day in combination with a sunscreen. Always use sunscreen by the way, when you’re using tretinoin.

Most, if not all, of my acne scars (little dark spots) are completely gone. Now I don’t feel ‘weird’ going out without makeup or taking pictures. Those with acne will understand what I mean! I still get a breakout every now and then, but I don’t get those cystic breakouts (those painful pimples under your skin) anymore. Tretinoin Cream 0.1% is gentle to the skin, but still very effective in fighting breakouts and preventing new acne from popping up.

If you’re my age and suffer from acne, please, please, please give Tretinoin a chance! It really works! :-) It might take a month or two to ‘kick in’, just be patient. And if you’re not sure which strength to get, I would suggest starting with 0.05%.

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Review Tretinoin Cream 0.1% skin skincare retinol​​


​​Where to buy:​​​​
The Tretinoin Cream comes in 3 strengths (0.025%, 0.05% and 0.1%) and retails for $189.00 (20 g). Yes, this is a lot of money, but like I said Tretinoin is VERY effective and recommended by most dermatologists. If you suffer from adult acne and you can’t get rid of it, this might be the answer to your problem. :-)
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Dermesse was previously only available through dermatologist’s offices or plastic surgeon’s offices. This has now changed! You now order directly from dermesse.com
You place your order, complete the online medical assessment (a few questions, really!) and the products will be delivered to you within 48 hours. If they require any additional information, they will contact you. Very easy, I had no issues ordering mine. Good luck!