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The Remix: @UltaBeauty or @Sephora? #BuryMeMondays

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I’ve asked this question before but there’s been a recent development so I wanted to ask it again.

Chicago Tribune reports that “a limited portfolio” of NARS Cosmetics is coming to Ulta. There’s no telling which products will be included but this could be a game changer if this is your favorite brand. Continue reading The Remix: @UltaBeauty or @Sephora? #BuryMeMondays

You Can Never Have Too Many REDS

You Can Never Have Too Many Reds

This swatch post is brought to you by the letter H and number 50. H is for “hoarding” and 50 is for the number of lipsticks I have. Eeek! Nevertheless I thought I’d do a swatch post today. Some of these I’ve had on the blog already like Milani Best Red and Red Control and others are making their first appearance like Tarte Fiery. Continue reading You Can Never Have Too Many REDS

Sephora Or Ulta? #BuryMeMondays

Sephora or Ulta #BuryMeMondaysWhile there are countless websites and stores that sell beauty products, Sephora and Ulta are by far the most popular to me. Sephora has mid-level and high end brands like Dior, NARS, and Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. Ulta has mid-level brands like Urban Decay and LORAC  and drugstore brands like NYX, Maybelline, and Cover Girl.

There’s a little bit of brand overlap but enough differences for someone to have a preference. So which do you love more and why? Is it Sephora or Ulta? If you’ve purchased anything lately from either store tag me on Instagram and use the hashtag #BuryMeMondays.

For Your Consideration: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade- Dark Brown
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade ($18) Also pictured: Brush #12 ($18)

Anastasia Beverly Hills is THE name in brow grooming so when the Dipbrow came out I knew I had to have it. I went through a process of trying to guess which color was for me along with a Sephora cast member. At that time 5 shades(there’s 8 now) were available so my choices were between Dark Brown and Ebony. I landed on dark brown because it was closer to the brow powder I was already using. Continue reading For Your Consideration: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade

Too Faced 'Better Than Sex' Mascara Review

Better Than Sex Mascara from Too Faced
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara ($23)

I received Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara as a 100 pt perk from Sephora. Even though the name is cute I was not expecting it to live up to it. Sex is in a league of its own, but I digress.

THE BRUSH

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara Brush

The brush is in an hourglass shape and designed with “extra stiff bristles to maximize the performance of his carbon black collagen fueled formula.”

THE FORMULA

It’s cruelty-free and thick. Since Better Than Sex is billed as volumizing the thickness makes sense. As I used a second and third coat my lashes got some serious UMPH. Anything more than that and I think it would start to clump. I was also able to get some lengthening. My lashes don’t feel too hard, even with a third coat, and I didn’t have much trouble removing it with a make-up remover wipe.

Bare lashes
Bare lashes
Too Fa ed Better Than Sex Mascara
With Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Better Than Sex Mascara feels like it’s meant for a night out rather than an everyday mascara, but I don’t think it should be limited to that. It’s $23 so it shouldn’t languish in a drawer waiting for its big moment.

WOULD I BUY IT?

I know everyone isn’t big on splurging on mascara, but I’d buy this mascara in its full size since I’m happy with my sample. At the moment Sephora is selling a Twice The Sex Mascara Duo(online only), which consists of the full size mascara and a travel size mascara. If I decide to buy the mascara anytime soon, then I’ll jump on that to get a bit more bang for my buck.

Have you tried Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara? Did it live up to its name?

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara is available at Ulta, Sephora, wherever Too Faced products are sold.

What Am I Suppose To Buy With All These Exclusions?

You may or may not be a fan of Ulta. For those that don’t know Ulta is a beauty destination that provides high end cosmetics, drugstore cosmetics, and salon services all under one roof. The ones I’ve been to tend to be in strip malls and they’re great if you don’t want to deal with a crowded mall just to hit Sephora.

One of the cool things about Ulta is the coupons. Typically you’ll get $3.50 off a $10 or more purchase or 20% off your whole purchase or one item. The drawbacks, however, are the exclusions. Generally it’s some of the high end brands and some of the salon services. On its face this isn’t a big deal. But a search to my blog made me notice something.

Here's what excluded. I'd think the coupon would apply to anything that doesn't fit the exclusions. Guess not.
Here’s what excluded. I’d think the coupon would apply to anything that doesn’t fit the exclusions. Guess not.

The specific search said “ulta 20% off coupon has pictures from urban decay but not letting me use it”. I grabbed my coupon and looked at the exclusions. Urban Decay Naked 3 was excluded(makes sense because it’s new) but not Urban Decay as a whole. So I went to Ulta.com and checked out what they had to offer from Urban Decay.

Everything was excluded from coupons. This made me say WTH! Because if you look at the other side there’s a picture of Urban Decay Primer Potion along with other products as if they’re included in the this 20% off promotion. That’s when I checked the website for the other products in the picture(see links below). All but the Ultra Chi Flat Iron were excluded from the coupons.

Most of these items are excluded too.
Most of these items are excluded too.

It feels false to put some exclusions on the coupon only to find out even more items are excluded once you’re ready to shop. In the end what can truly be done? It’s plain as day on the website, but it still feels like a trick to get you in the door.

If you have one of these coupons will you be using it? Do you feel a bit misled or no?

Bare Minerals Get Started Complexion Kit

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick

Philosophy Hope In A Jar

Redken Color Extend Shampoo

Smashbox Liquid Halo HD Foundation

Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush

L'Oreal Silkissime Eyeliner Review

A recent CVS trip yielded new eyeliner from L’Oreal Paris. The Silkissme by Infallible Eyeliner boasts of a rich, silky formula that “glides on like silk for a soft and luxurious line with up to 16 hours of intensity.” It’s also ophthalmologist tested and suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers. These are all good things right?

L'Oreal Silkissime retails for $9.79 at CVS
L’Oreal Silkissime retails for $9.79 at CVS

Now I don’t have sensitive eyes and I don’t wear contacts so I can’t speak to the truth of that claim. I put it on my waterline and I didn’t have any immediate problems. I hope that holds true for anyone with those sensitivities. What I can tell you is that it does glide on easily and it is very pigmented. It may be as pigmented as some of the more expensive eyeliners on the market.

As a make-up lover I have high-end things that I like and drugstore things that I like, but there are some things that I prefer to be high-end only. Eyeliner is one of them. Most of the drug store liners I tried were hard. Hard to put on, hard to sharpen well, hard to love. This Silkissime liner is making me rethink that.

This liner gave me a smooth line. It didn’t pull my skin when I put it on. I didn’t have to press hard to get it show up. It was soft. This liner is $9.79 at my CVS so it could be more or less depending on where you are.

Top w/o flash Bottom: with flash. Silkissime and Urban Decay Zero and Perversion
Top w/o flash Bottom: with flash. Silkissime and Urban Decay Zero and Perversion

With other high-end liners costing almost $20 this price is great and you’re getting a high quality product in my opinion. My only beef is that there aren’t more colors since the pencil is so great.

So have you tried it? Are you going to try it? Let me know.

Don’t Fear The Red Lip

Nars Red Lizard Lipstick
Nars Red Lizard

I love red lipstick. This blog is called Bury Me In Red Lipstick after all so it makes sense. However, I know everyone isn’t quite there. For one reason or another some are apprehensive about red lipstick. I’m here to say there’s no need. So here are 5 tips to help you jump in.

1. Leave fear at the door. There’s something out there for you. You are not limited by your skintone. From orange-reds to deep wines it’s out there.

2. Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate. Whether you go to the makeup counter or try it on at home, prep your lips for color. Banish dry skin with a lip scrub or toothbrush so you can get a clear view of how the color looks on your lips.

3. Add liner and mascara. A bare face with a red lip may be jarring to see for the first time. The liner and mascara will give you a glimpse into a finished look and help you better assess how it looks.

4. Return policies are you friend. Trial and error may seem daunting and expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. Ulta, Sephora, and drug stores have good return policies. If you try something and it doesn’t look right take it back. Don’t let it gather dust in a drawer and cause you to get frustrated because you feel like you’ve wasted money.

5. Have fun. Experiment with finishes, stains, glosses. As long as you keep a positive outlook you’ll find something that works.

Milani Matte Confident
Milani Matte Confident
Nars Heat Wave
Nars Heat Wave
Nars Cruella
Nars Cruella

5 Tips For Wearing Red Lipstick

So will you try a red lipstick anytime soon?

Pop Beauty "Bright Up Your Life" Palette and Some Encouragement

pop beauty closedI bought this Pop Beauty Bright Up Your Life eyeshadow palette a few weeks ago for an 80’s party from Ulta. It retails for $24. I think it’s a decent palette, but it takes a bit of effort to build up the color even with a primer.

With all that said I wanted to swatch this because I’m hoping someone who’s afraid of color will see that it’s nothing to be afraid of. Most of these colors look pretty against my skin to me. Having darker skin shouldn’t keep anyone from wearing something. There’s something out there for all of us.

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pop beauty flash
Bright Up Your Life w/ flash
Bright Up Your Life w/o flash
Bright Up Your Life w/o flash

I think most of us can pull off a lot of things when it comes to make-up but we’re scared because we’re not used to seeing it. We stay in our comfort zones and don’t venture out because in our heads “this shade” would never look good on us.

I say take a shot. Practice your eyeshadow application and you might surprise yourself.

I Got Naked For The 3rd Time

Yes, you read the title correctly. I talked all that smack and bought Urban Decay’s Naked 3 anyway. What can I say, the hoarder in me won this round, but I’m still happy that I got it. I’m eager to play around with it. And it’s a top notch palette. I’m at a point now where I just feel like you can’t go wrong with an Urban Decay purchase, but that’s me.

Urban Decay did whip us up into a frenzy and that’s probably why it sold it out twice at urbandecay.com and is currently sold out at Sephora.com. It’s still at ulta.com though, just sayin. And if you decide to go to one of the Sephora or Ulta stores and one is sold out try the other one. I lucked out and got one from Ulta after finding out the Sephora in JCPenney in the same shopping center was sold out.

And now pictures…

I think it's purty. *swoon*
I think it’s purty. *swoon*
The case opens and closes like Naked 2 and I like the big mirror.
The case opens and closes like Naked 2 and I like the big mirror.
L to R: Strange, Dust, Burnout, Limit, Buzz, Trick, Nooner, Liar, Factory
L to R: Strange, Dust, Burnout, Limit, Buzz, Trick, Nooner, Liar, Factory
L to R: Mugshot, Darkside, Blackheart
L to R: Mugshot, Darkside, Blackheart

A few beauty bloggers have said that Naked 3 is black girl friendly and I agree. I doubt a lot of us need to worry about it not working for us across the board. I admit when I heard “rose-toned neutrals” I got apprehensive. I now think it was unwarranted. Even the lighter shades are workable. So if you’re on the fence, think about it in terms of whether or not you want/need it and not in terms of whether or not it’s going to work for you. It still may not, but I don’t think anyone is automatically setting themselves up for the downfall by purchasing this.

So did you get Naked again?

Urban Decay’s Naked 3 retails for $52 and can be found at urbandecay.com, Sephora, and Ulta