Video: Tatcha Bestsellers Set

Happy New Year!!! The holiday season officially marked Gift Set Season at Sephora! 🙂 I picked up the Tatcha Bestsellers Set, and decided to do a few videos on it. Let me know if you’ve tried it, or which Tatcha products you want to try, or that you love!


Tatcha Bestsellers Set Overview:


My Skincare Routine with Tatcha:


*This is not sponsored.

Influenster: Kat Von D VoxBox

I was not expecting this one. O_O When I got the email from Influenster saying that I was selected for the Kat Von D VoxBox, I was so excited! And thankfully I didn’t have to wait long before the package hit my mailbox. I have to say…they did a really good job with this one!



What’s in the box:

  • Lock-it Concealer Creme x 2 – one in Deep 31 Warm, and one in Deep 37 Warm ($26.00 each)
  • Lock-it Setting Powder in Translucent ($30.00)
  • Lock-it Concealer Brush ($24.00)
  • Lock-it Setting Powder Brush ($38.00)

* prices are from

The Lock-it Concealer Creme comes in 21 different shades, so finding the right concealer shouldn’t be much of a problem. Thank you to Influenster for sending two shades to work with! It is a creamy concealer that was a breeze to blend out. I had no issues with blending using the Lock-it Edge Concealer Brush, although I think it might be easier (for me, at least) to use a blending sponge instead. It’s great for covering up blemishes, dark under eye circles, and for contouring! The company mentions the Hydra-Boost Complex, making this concealer nourishing and hydrating, which is not something that you usually hear being associated with a concealer. And once you put this on, that’s it. It is not moving! I wore it for a few hours, and it did not settle into any fine lines or creases. So far, so good. 🙂

Next up is the Lock-it Setting Powder.  I am so glad that this came in a translucent shade, because anything else has the potential to go really right…or really wrong. Play it safe with translucent, as that’s a color that everyone can use. This features what the company refers to as their Micro-Blurring Technology, diffusing pores and leaving your face “selfie ready.” That works for me! This loose powder is very lightweight, and I couldn’t feel it on my face at all when applying with the Lock-it Setting Powder Brush, which is honestly the softest brush that I’ve ever put my hands on! My goodness! It’s my new favorite brush. 🙂 Application was smooth, my makeup was locked in, and I didn’t get that grey cast when taking photos with flash, which is also a plus. No looking ashy or chalky around here, thanks!

In all, I am in love with this VoxBox. Kat Von D makes great products, so I wasn’t surprised by the quality of the items above. In fact, one of my favorite lipsticks by her company is Homegirl. I have bought that one in multiples! If you have a chance to try any of the Lock-it products listed above, or any of the other products in the line, please drop by the comment section and let me know what you think of them!

*** I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Vacation Goodies: Beauty Buys

Beauty goods! I didn’t spend much on this vacation, even though I really wanted to! A quick trip to Sephora, MAC, and The Body Shop was what happened. I was really hoping to get a few things at The Cosmetics Company Store, as we don’t have them where I live, but there was nothing there that I really wanted to buy. *sadface*



MAC lipliner in Nightmoth, Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray, Tarte Maracuja Oil Rollerball, and The Body Shop Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil.

MAC lip pencil in Nightmoth ($16 at MAC):

Of course I didn’t take pictures. Of course. 😀 I absolutely love this lipliner, though, and I specifically bought it to wear with Ruby Woo. But you can create so many different combinations with this liner, it’s not even funny. Definitely added to the holy grail product list!

Tarte Maracuja Oil Rollerball ($17 at Sephora):



This oil is one of my favorites, but for some reason, I never realized that they sold it in rollerball form. I know. Don’t judge me. Maracuja oil is good for brightening and smoothing the skin, has Vitamin C, and also has essential fatty acids which will help rebuild and repair the skin. I like it because it makes my face feel soft. *looks around, shrugs* It’s just that simple. 🙂 The only thing that I’m having an issue with is the actual rollerball. You’re supposed to apply it directly to your face,but it doesn’t seem to disperse much product, at least not until you play around with it for awhile. Maybe I’m doing it wrong. Sometimes “user error” is the order of the day. For now, I’m just using it in the palm of my hand until I get an adequate amount of product, and then I apply the product to my face. Maybe I should stick with the larger version instead of the rollerball. 😦

Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray ($14 at Sephora):


Okay, I could have sworn that the $14 bottle used to be a lot smaller than this. I looked at an old empty bottle that I still had for some reason (again, don’t judge me!), and it was only just over 0.5 oz. This one is 1.0 fluid ounces. Maybe I’m crazy, but this is twice the amount of product for the same price. I’ll take it! 😀 I usually get the De-Slick because my skin is extremely oily. I could set my face with powder all day, and it’s just a waste of product, because all of the just slides right off of my face anyway, Not with this stuff. This keeps my makeup on for a LOT longer than any powder has ever done. Unless I find something better, this will always be on my holy grail product list.

The Body Shop Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil in Honey Kissed ($22 at The Body Shop):


Okay, this one was an airport impulse buy. Mom and I were walking around, wasting time, when I saw The Body Shop, and realized that I haven’t been in one of their stores in years. So we go in, and one of the craziest (in a great way) salespeople ever to grace the planet sold me on this bronzer while making me cry laughing at the same time! Listen, I love great people, people who can have fun at their jobs (and make you have fun too!), and I love people who are who they are with no apologies. And she was that person, let me tell you! I wasn’t sure about this product at first, even though you know that I love a good bronzer, but once she slapped this on my arm…I was SOLD. It’s not overly glittery, it gives a nice amount of bronzy glow, and it smells absolutely beautiful! Or at least I enjoy the scent! It’s sheer, not greasy, very light, and a little goes a long way. It will probably take me forever to use the whole bottle, which makes it worth the price.

Not much, I know, but I picked up a few other goodies during the trip as well. I just didn’t want to put them all together in one post. Next one, yes? 🙂 I hope that everyone is having a great week. Happy Thursday!

Foundation Wars…Part 2

After trying out so many foundations over the years and not getting the results that I wanted, I decided that drugstore and mid-range foundations might not be for me. So I went to Sephora and picked up a few samples of higher end foundations, and thankfully the SA who helped me out knew exactly what she was doing. *waves at Pearl!* She picked the right shades for me, and that is a SA first! I’m pleased with her suggestions, and when I go back to purchase some more items, I will make sure to work with her again. 🙂

Today’s contenders:

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24H in 510 Suede

Diorskin Nude Skin-Glowing Makeup in 070

YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat in B80

These will be in order from least liked to most liked! Okay, let’s get started!


First up: Diorskin Nude Skin-Glowing Makeup (070)



Without flash…



With flash…



Pros: It blends in pretty smoothly, and you don’t need a lot of it when applying to your whole face. The color (without flash) when applied matches fairly well with my skin.

Cons: This formula is a little thicker than I’d thought it would be. When I tried to pour it out of the sample bottle, well, it wouldn’t actually pour out. I had to squeeze the bottle a few times to get enough of it onto my hand to test out. Also, I was not pleased with the fact that as soon as I frowned once, you could see lines on my forehead. My face looked fairly flawless in natural light – until I frowned. That’s not good. Another thing that I didn’t care for was that it still left a bit of a cast when using flash.


Ignore the tired expression…

As you can see, there are more cons than pros. 😦


Next up: Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24H (510 Suede)






Pros: It’s definitely lighter in texture than the Diorskin Nude, and it also blends very easily into my skin. I had no problems with getting this one out of the bottle! It looked even, and close to my own skin. Not cakey.

Cons: Transfers easily, but that can be handled by using a powder after application. I don’t think that this will actually last for 24 hours, even with powder.




And I saved the best for last: YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat w/ SPF 19 (B80)




Pros: Everything. It’s super lightweight, and I didn’t feel like I was even wearing any foundation, which is always a plus for me. It’s like my skin, but even better. It claims to have a luminous effect, and I can agree that this will give you that look. I love looking dewy as opposed to matte, but that’s just me. This one did not settle into the fine lines, which I can appreciate. Flawless finish.

Cons: None as far as I’m concerned! 🙂



Obviously the YSL was my favorite of the three. And true to form, I would end up liking the most expensive one. *sigh* It’s the story of my life! But I will definitely be going back to purchase this one and probably the Lancome, as I rather liked that one as well. I’m so happy to have finally found something that works well for me! The Great Foundation Search is over! I’ll be right back…I have to go and do a happy dance now. 🙂

Late, Late, Late! Lipstick.

I am so sorry for the month long gap in posting. I had to make a last minute trip to Nova Scotia and was gone for a few weeks, but now I’m back! And my luggage is finally back as well! Winter weather, delays, and flight cancellations will do that to a person. 😦

Anyhoo, on to the lipstick! All of these were bought from Sephora last month for my birthday (see the last post). I didn’t use a lip liner with any of these, as I was in a hurry. Also, there may be smudging…or lipstick bleeding over the edge…or not enough lipstick in the middle. Ignore it. I was tired. Don’t judge me. Hahaha! 🙂

Kat Von D Painted Love Lipstick in Homegirl:






Sephora Rouge Lipstick in R03 – Passion Red:







NARS Fire Down Below:






So, I like all of the colors, but my favorite is still the Homegirl lipstick. It just works for me…which is why I keep buying it. 😉 I will work with the other two colors some more, maybe add a lipliner, or even blend with other colors to see if I can get a color that I really love out of it. Mix and match, y’all, mix and match. 😀