Brushes – Reduce My Sephora Chic Week Shopping List

I figured I would chat brushes on the same day as powders and blushes since brushes are essential to application. As you’ll see below, I have a lot of brushes on the list, and they are accounting for a very large percentage of the dollars in my Sephora cart. Some of these are similar, so there is an obvious debate on which one to get, I definitely don’t need all of these.

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Top Row: Dior Professional Finish Smudge Brush, $38 Sephora / NARS Blending Eyeshadow Brush #42, $32, Sephora / Sephora Collection Advanced Airbrush Set, $65, Sephora
Second Row from Top: Dior Professional Finish Blush Brush, $50, Sephora / Sephora Collection PRO Smoky Crease Brush #31, $22, Sephora / Dior Professional Finish Fluid Foundation Brush – Full Coverage, $45, Sephora
Third Row From Top: Sephora Collection Pro Angled Blush Brush #49, $32, Sephora / Sephora Collection Angled Shadow Brush #13, $20, Sephora / NARS Wide Contour Eyeshabdow Brush #43, $32, Sephora
Bottom Row: Dior Professional Finish Concealer Brush, $28, Sephora / Guerlain Météorites Brush, $43.50, Sephora / NARS Yachiyo Brush #27, $55, Sephora

12 brushes, yes it’s a lot. So what do I need and what do I cut?

The Definite:
I know I want an angled blush brush, and I have two great options here to choose from, the Dior or the Sephora Collection Pro one. I’ve had great experiences with the Sephora Collection Pro line of brushes, and I have several different brushes from the line (in fact, the majority of my brushes are Sephora Pro). I love Dior makeup, so usually if I get my makeup done at a counter, I go to a Dior counter. Several makeup artists have used this Dior angled blush brush when applying makeup on me, and I’ve been thoroughly impressed. That said, it could be they they are professionals. The Dior brush doesn’t have great reviews from “regular people” and the Sephora brush has excellent reviews, and a lower price tag, so I’m leaning towards that one.

The Maybes:
There are several maybes here. Starting with the Dior Concealer brush. This brush is more of a “probably” than a “maybe” – it’s a great brush and it is a great price for Dior. I have another concealer brush but it’s much smaller and I think this will be easier to manage. You can always use your fingers for concealer, but I think this brush offers a more even finish and better coverage.
Basically all of the eye brushes are maybes. I have a couple of similar brushes in two brands. I’ve been wanting to increase my arsenal of shadow brushes to hopefully help my shadow application, which I would still call myself pretty novice on. Do you have any opinions of these or other recommendations?
The last maybe is the Guerlain Météorites Brush. This would be a “nice to have.” I’m definitely buying some Météorites, and since they are so special, it seems like they would deserve their own special brush. That said, this is definitely not an essential.

The Probably Nots:
If I had all the money in the world, I would get these great brushes, and maybe one day I will, but probably not during Chic Week.
The NARS Yachiyo Brush quite frankly is a great brush. I used it in a NARS class at Barney’s that I was lucky enough to attend. But, I’ve got some other great blush brushes and this one is pretty expensive.
As I’ve mentioned, I don’t often wear foundation. I can count on my fingers the number of times I usually wear foundation in a year, and because of that, I usually elect to just get my makeup professionally done on those occasions. So, the Dior foundation brush, while great, would probably turn out to be a waste of money for me.
Lastly, the Sephora Collection Advanced Airbrush Set looks great, but some of those I probably don’t need. While it is a great price, they are minis and I usually just travel with full size brushes.

So, what are y’all thinking in terms of these brushes? Am I missing one of your must haves? Can’t wait to hear in the comments below!

Make sure you drop by tomorrow to help me decrease my lip products list (it’s REALLY long, so I need a lot of help)!

Until next time…

Blushes & Powders – Reduce my Sephora Chic Week Shopping List

One of my absolute favorite makeup products lately is blush, so it’s no surprise that I am starting this list with blushes and powders. I don’t wear foundation often, but since my favorite sunscreen (which I wear everyday) casts a bit of a white hue on my skin, I bring life back to my look with blush, and sometimes with bronzer and/or finishing powder too. I am admittedly over-stocked on bronzer (I think I have 4 or 5 NARS Lagunas, plus a bunch of others), so you won’t see any on my wish list today.

The Definite:
There is one powder on my definite list so I will start with that, Guerlain Meteorites in 02 Clair:
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I’m 99% getting this. The other 1% of me thinks I should get the compact version instead of the pearls. While the compact may be more travel friendly, I’ve heard the color payoff is slightly different than the pearls (comes off more heavy-handed / white). I have been using a sample of the pearls and love them, so I definitely want a full size!

 

The Maybes
Now on to some maybes. I should say, I literally just yesterday received the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush palette in the mail. So, I probably really shouldn’t be buying any new blushes to be honest, and if I buy any of these, I really should only buy one. Please help me pick – these are all too pretty!

This first beauty is Givenchy Le Prisme Blush Powder Blush in 24- It-Girl Purple:
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You’ll notice I have two of these Givenchy blushes on this list. This first one is a fun, bright pink/purple shade that seems to be the most popular. These blushes have excellent reviews, and the cool thing is that use can use the quad all together to make one blended color, or you can use each of the blushes individually. So, these are sort of like 5 blushes in 1! These colors are gorgeous and will be excellent for summer!

I’m also highly intrigued by the 22 – Vintage pink version:
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This color seems a little more practical for everyday, safe for work and year round. Definitely not as fun as It Girl, but I think I would still get a ton of use out of it.

Next for consideration is a new blush from Tarte, the Tartelette Amazonian Clay 12- Hour blush in Celebrated:
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Ok, the more I think about this, the more I think this might be a new name for a color I already have. So, I definitely need to swatch it. That said, I think this color will be great for my pale skin and Tarte makes great blushes – they last through the day really well and don’t irritate my skin whatsoever. Even if this color isn’t right for you, I’d still highly recommend their blush.

This next beauty is Marc Jacobs Beauty’s Shameless Bold Blush in 204 – Obsessed:
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I’ve heard nothing but incredible reviews of Marc Jacobs’ blushes and really have been wanting to buy one. This seems like a great color, but there are lots of fun colors in the line. The blushes are supposedly very buttery, and the packaging is also really unique.

The last blush on my maybes list is actually a set which includes two blushes and a highlighter, the make Up Forever Desire Me Cheek Set:
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This is a pretty great deal since it’s three products and a brush. It’s from the 50 Shades of Grey promotions, and I just never took the plunge on buying it. The colors are pretty and blendable.

The other powder I’m considering is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder In Diffused Light:
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I’m definitely getting the Meteorites, but debating on still buying this too. I already have Ethereal Light and love it. This one is different though, and specifically made to remove redness. My skin has pink undertones so this could be good for me. I don’t have surface layer redness though, so not sure if this would be a waste.

Alrighty y’all, that’s it for the blushes and powders on my list. What do you thinking? Which would you purchase? Do you have any other recommendations? Can’t wait to hear about the blushes and powders on your lists!

Check back later today for the brushes on my list!

Help me shrink my Sephora Chic Week Shopping List!

As I mentioned last week, Sephora’s chic week should be announced soon! If you aren’t familiar with Sephora’s chic week, it usually occurs around late March – early April and includes a discount, typically 15%, for members of Sephora’s Beauty Insider program. This year, however, the rumor is that it will happen in mid-April. There’s also a rumor that there will be an increased discount for those who are Rouge members of the program (Rouges are those who spend at least $1,000 in a calendar year at Sephora using their Beauty Insider account). I’m rouge, so I’m hoping this is true!

I’ve been trying to limit my beauty related purchases over the last month and a half since I knew the event was coming. But, that doesn’t mean I haven’t stopped window shopping. Right now, I have over $2,000 of items on my wish list for my shopping during the event. I, of course, need to cut this down drastically, and I need your help. Here’s a look at my Sephora cart:

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As as you can see, this is way too much. Also, a lot of similar items. So, this week I’ll be looking to you guys to help me out with shrinking my list. Everyday this week, check back here for my must-buys and my maybes. You can give me your opinions on whiCh maybes are worth cutting from the list. Here’s the products I’ll be posting about each day:

  • Sunday Morning: Powders & Blushes
  • Sunday Afternoon: Brushes
  • Monday: Lips
  • Tuesday: Skincare
  • Wednesday: Hair
  • Thursday: Nails
  • Friday: Eyes and everything else

I can’t wait to hear about all the must haves on your list too, and the items you’re debating on! So please share in the comments below!

 

Is the next Sephora VIB Rouge event on April 12th?

Yes, it’s been a while since my last post. Life has been extremely busy (more on that later), but I’ve been wanting to kick-start things again for a while, and what better time than now?

Since my last post, I’ve become a lot more ‘into’ beauty. So, it’s no surprise that I can’t wait for the next VIB Rouge private shopping event and discount. My shopping list is extremely long right now, and I’ve still really got to cut it down.

There are lots of rumors swirling around the Internet that next event will be in the morning on Sunday, April 12, 2015. Rumors are saying 7:30am – 9:30am, but I’m sure this will vary by store.

It also looks like this year’s event will not be called ‘Spring Social’ but rather ‘Beauty Before Brunch.’

Sephora Beauty Before Brunch RSVP coming soon

I’ve been keeping an eye on the past event RSVP link and this is what currently comes up. Hopefully this means the registration will be coming very soon.

Continue checking back to JenniferLeighBlog.com for more details, I’ll definitely post updates as more details are confirmed, and I’ll definitely be looking for help in shortening my shopping list!

March Morning Lust List

Hooray! March is finally here! Unfortunately, it’s already snowed in March & more snow is heading our way today! But, I’m still looking forward & excited for this weekend’s time change – I love that extra hour of sunshine in the evenings!

With spring right around the corner, I can’t help but lust over all the great spring fashions I’m seeing everywhere! Here’s a peak of some of the items on the top of my list:

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I love these! I want them in black, red & even yellow! I just think they’re perfect for spring & can see myself getting a lot of use out of them! They’d be super cute with the ankle skinny jeans you’re seeing everywhere, and also with dresses & skirts!

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Sephora + Pantone Universe – Mini Graphic Effect Lacquers – Emerald – $18

As a redhead, emerald has always been one of my favorite colors for clothing & accessories, so I’m very excited to see it EVERYWHERE this season! This nail polish set would add some glitz & glam to any spring outfit! I’ll definitely be sporting emerald on my toes once sandal season is finally here!

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Shop Ruche – Sonja Lace Detail Dress – $43

For me, spring & summer are all about light & airy dresses when it comes to everyday fashion. This dress is perfect! I can easily wear this to work & dress it up or down with my shoes & accessories!

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Baublebar – Gold Aztec Triad Collar – $42

From girly to edgy…. this necklace is great to spice up any plain white or black T, or any basic LBD! I love Baublebar too, everything I have them so far has been of great quality & worth the price! If you haven’t signed up for Baublebar yet, please feel free to use my referral link here!

These are just a few of the thing I’m lusting over right now. This list will definitely be expanding over the next month. I love spring & summer clothes so I’m always shopping this time of year! Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!

Until next time…

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February 13th Blues….

Ok, so I’ll admit it. I’ve totally neglected my blog in February. After having an awesome blogging month in January, I’ve just flat out been a bad blogger so far this month.

I should probably mention February is my least favorite month. Good thing it’s the shortest.

February also is usually the coldest month of the year. I hate the cold. Yes, I know hate is a strong word, but I really seriously do hate the cold. Being a Texas girl, February always brings me down in NYC. Even though I hate February, I still always look at things on a positive note, and the good news is: It’s the 13th. So, we’re basically half-way through the month & hopefully that means warmer weather is near.

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A lot of people are superstitious about the 13th day of the month, but I just roll with it.

This February has also been unusually busy work-wise (I know I say that a lot, but it’s so true). Luckily I like to be busy. On top of that, February is a stressful month for medical school applications since the interview season is winding down & a lot of people begin to worry about their medical school fate. Needless to say, I’m definitely looking forward to the President’s Day Weekend ahead. I have a four-day weekend and it’s all about relaxation! I have a spa day planned for Monday & I can’t wait! What better way to celebrate Presidents?

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So in the 2nd half of February, I promise more fun posts, with lust lists, product reviews, and just life-in-general (and hopefully a post early next week about a spa day that makes you relax just by reading it).

So Happy Wednesday to you all & Happy Love Day tomorrow (even if you aren’t in a relationship, make sure you still celebrate the ones you love & try to think of the day as a day to spread love & positivity…..yes, I realize that’s not exactly a word)!

Until next time….

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If you give a little love, you can get a little love of your own…

I saw this video this morning before work and thought, “what a great way to start the work week!”

I love the message of love behind this video, of doing good, and of paying it forward.

Make sure you listen to the song too, it has such a positive message. My personal favorite lyric is “what you share with the world is what it keeps of you.”

So what do you think of this video? Do you see the world this way?

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A Sunday Lust List

Lately, I’ve been trying to even avoid looking at clothing sites or even inside store windows. As I mentioned in my 2013 goals post, we’re really trying to save money this year so that we can eventually afford to buy our own home & not be renters forever.

That said, I’ve snuck a few peaks here & there, but I’ve still been doing really well about not actually buying stuff I don’t need.

Here’s a look at few of the items I’ve been lusting after lately:

anntaylorjacketAnn Taylor Dove Topper – $228

How chic is this? I love it! What a perfect jacket for spring & fall!

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This is a little more whimsical but I think it would be great in spring, summer & fall with a nice cardigan on top. You could mix up the jewelry too in order to dress it up or down. Turquoise is one of my favorite colors (as I’m sure you can tell from the blog colors) and I just LOVE lace, so this is definitely tempting!

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Mila Rose Designs “the galatea” sparkle gold/silver star headband – $24

You all know about my MRD obsession. This will definitely be my next one – I am so in love. I love the sparkle to spruce up a boring outfit & I also love stars just as much as lace. :-)

25100493-03[1]Forever 21 French Terry Studded Pullover (Black) – $23

I’m in favor of adding a little edge to something ordinary. This is great for those days when you need a little bit of extra comfort. Since I work in a creative field, I can actually wear this to work & I think I’d get a lot of use out of this.

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Etsy – RawDezign Faceted Wall Clock with Gold Hands – $73

Ok, definitely not something I will be buying any time soon, but still very cool!

cn5918656[1]Piperlime Vegan Leather Chiffon Maxi Dress by Sabine – $98

A little bit of edge next to something a bit more refined. I think this dress could go through most of the seasons & I just love it! Black & Blue always go well together!

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Etsy – illuminancejewelry Large Quartz Arrowhead On Long Gold Necklace – $42

I think this piece could add something extra to a simple maxi dress or any other basic pieces, such as jeans & a tee or even a LBD.

Well, these are just a few of the things I’m lusting after for now. I hope I’ve given you some shopping inspiration!

Until next time…

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Introducing: The Giveaway Link Up (GiveawayLinkUp.com)

So, yesterday morning it came to me…. Blog readers need a place on the web to find all the amazing giveaways going on in the blogosphere. On top of that, bloggers could also use a place to promote their giveaways & help gain extra entries & extra audience for their sponsors!

So, introducing: GiveawayLinkup.com!

I wanted to get it up as soon as I thought of it, so right now it’s pretty basic, but over time hopefully I will be able to spruce it up a bit (this literally all got started while I was getting ready for work).

The concept is simple: Bloggers Post Giveaway & Readers Find them and enter!

I also wanted to make sure everything on the page was CURRENT so that people don’t have to scroll through tons of pages to find giveaways they can actually enter (I hate when I get sent to a non-active giveaway). Ultimately the goal of the page is to help bloggers, their sponsors, and blog readers, so I hope you will help spread the word (You can start by sending a )!

Here’s how it works:

If you’re a blogger….

Leave a comment on GiveawayLinkUp.com with your giveaway(s) in the following format (one comment per giveaway, please):

Blog Name:
Giveaway Link:
Giveaway Prize(s):
Giveaway End Date & Time (please note time zone, EST is preferred):
Entry Rules (Such as limited to US residents only, etc):

This format is required for every giveaway comment on GiveawayLinkUp.com & any comments there without this format will be deleted. This is to make the site as easy to navigate as possible for readers.

If you’re a blog reader….

Scroll through the comments on GiveawayLinkUp.com & enter the giveaways! It’s that simple. Keep visiting GiveawayLinkUp.com to learn about all the latest Giveaways!

My promise to bloggers & blog readers:

  1. All Comments will be moderated to ensure these are real giveaways
  2. All comments will be posted within 24-hours (and in most cases, MUCH quicker than that)
  3. Each comment will be deleted within 24-hours of the giveaway ending to ensure you’re seeing a list of LIVE giveaways (and hopefully quicker than that).

Yes, it’s that simple. So get to it, post your giveaways & get to entering now on GiveawayLinkUp.com!

As I mentioned, I would also love your help spreading the word about this link up, because the best way for it to be a success is for more people to know about it, more bloggers to enter their giveaways, and more readers to keep coming back to enter giveaways. If you’d like to partner with me to help get the word out, please give me a shout out via e-mail or in the comments below. I hope you like this concept (I’d love to hear your thoughts) & I hope it’s useful for you!

Until next time….

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Rounding out wedding week with Reception Photos & Portraits

Before I get into the “meat” of this post, I’d first like to say something about the significance of the day: Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

I’m glad to see we have come a long way since the days of MLK’s amazing speeches and heart-felt actions, but overall, the world still has a long way to go. No matter what race, religion, gender, etc. you are, I think all of us as Americans can appreciate the work he did for us as a nation. I want to share some tremendous MLK quotes that have guided me as a human, and I hope will continue to drive our nation & hopefully the world.

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I hope these quotes have inspired you. Now, onto the wedding stuff!

A lot of these photos go without explanation, so here’s a look at my reception & some of our portraits. If you want to see some of the details of the reception, please take a look at my details post from earlier this week, these will show more of the party!

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Coming into the reception for the first time as man & wife!

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Hava Nagila!

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Our first dance (to Tim McGraw’s “My Best Friend”).

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My dad cutting into the challah to start the meal.

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Mingling with guests.

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Reciting the blessing after the meal.

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Dancing!

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Cotton-Eyed Joe: Heck yes, I bring the Texan with me everywhere I go!

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Listening to our toasts!

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Cutting the cake!!

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And eating it!

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Sparkler exit! It was raining on our big day so the hotel actually let us do this inside. Again, can’t speak highly enough about our amazing venue & the staff there!

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Inside the getaway car!

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And we’re off! A great cap to an amazing day & night!

And a quick look at some of our portraits:

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I hope you’ve enjoyed these few posts about our wedding. These past two years of married life have been absolutely amazing & I’m so glad I get to share the rest of my lifetime with such a wonderful man. Happy Anniversary love!

Until next time….

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