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Sephora and Ross Beauty Haul

I went to Sephora today to get a new foundation and before I went, I had to do some research.  I have oily skin and that’s a main factor that helps me choose what foundation I purchase.  Choosing the perfect foundation is ALWAYS hard to do!  There’s always making sure that it goes with your undertone and skin tone.  That’s why I always go to Sephora or Ulta to get my foundations,  because at the drug stores you can’t test them out on the spot.  If you can’t test them on the spot,  there’s a HIGH chance that you’ll have to go back and exchange it.  So, I just stick with Sephora and Ulta for my foundations.

Well, I ended up getting some stuff at Sephora and my daughter wanted to go to Ross, so I found some skin care there.

Here’s everything that I purchased at both the stores, Sephora and Ross.

Sephora Beauty Haul

At Sephora I bought the Hourglass Immaculate Mattifying Foundation, GlamGlow SuperMud, GlamGlow YouthMud, and my Sephora VIB free product of Origins GinZing eye cream.

From Ross I bought Deseo perfume by Jennifer Lopez and two DermaPure Skin Lightener face cream.

Hourglass Immaculate Foundation

 Hourglass Immaculate Foundation for Oily Skin

On the Sephora website it says about the Hourglass Immaculate Foundation:

What it is:
A breakthrough liquid-to-powder foundation formula that absorbs oil, camouflages imperfections, and delivers a long-lasting, velvet-matte finish.

What it does:
This high-tech foundation incorporates cashmere kaolinite clay, which offers exceptional oil absorption—absorbing 75 percent of its weight in sebum while retaining the skin’s natural moisture. The oil-free, humidity-proof, and water-resistant formula transforms instantly from liquid to powder creating an all-day finish that camouflages imperfections and never looks dull or flat. Immaculate’s superfine treated pigments provide unsurpassed coverage without looking cakey or mask-like, and effectively eliminate the need for powder, blotting, or constant touch-ups throughout the day.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Phthalates

What else you need to know:
Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation is infused with clinical levels of two powerful antiaging ingredients—phytostem edelweiss and lavandox.

Research results:
In a four-week consumer study of 30 women with oily, acne-prone skin:
-100% reported an improvement in overall skin appearance and skin smoothness
-100% reported that the product worked without drying their skin
-83% reported a decrease in oil production and the need for touch-ups
-80% reported a visible improvement in acne scars
-70% reported a visible improvement in pore size
-63% reported a reduction in the severity of breakouts

GlamGlow SuperMud & GlamGlow YouthMud


On the Sephora website it says about the GlamGlow SuperMud and GlamGlow YouthMud:

What it is:
A set of bestselling products in one innovative reversible gift box.

What it is formulated to do:
SUPERMUD™ Clearing Treatment helps fight all common skin concerns for mind-blowing results leaving you with seemingly poreless skin. YOUTHMUD™ Tinglexfoliate Treatment contains super antioxidants and minerals that work to tingle, exfoliate, brighten, tighten, and resurface in as little as 10 minutes, leaving you with a youthful-looking, radiant complexion.

This set contains:
– 1.2 oz SUPERMUD™ Clearing Treatment
– 0.5 oz YOUTHMUD™ Tinglexfoliate Treatment

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Phthalates

Research results:
In a consumer perception study on SUPERMUD™ Clearing Treatment:
– 97% agreed it improves skin’s clarity
– 96% agreed it detoxifies and unclogs pores
– 95% agreed it fights common skin concerns

In a consumer perception study on YOUTHMUD™ Tinglexfoliate Treatment:
– 97% agreed it left their skin smoother, brighter, and softer after 1 day of use
– 91% agreed it brightened their dull skin after 1 day of use
– 94% agreed it provided gentle surface exfoliation after 1 day of use
– 97% agreed it provided gentle surface exfoliation after using it 3 times during a 7-day period
– 100% agreed it brightened their dull skin after using it 3 times during a 7-day period

Origins GinZing Eye Cream sample

Origins GinZing Eye cream

On the website it says the Origins GinZing eye refreshing:

What it is:
A clinically-proven eye cream that instantly de-puffs and reduces dark circles.

What it is formulated to do:
Late night? Long flight? Look tired all the time? This natural, clinically-proven morning-after eye cream instantly reduces dark circles. Unsightly bags and puffiness virtually disappear. And Origins’ proprietary complex of caffeine from coffee bean, Panax ginseng, magnolia extract, and natural optic brighteners rapidly wakes up, refreshes, and restores radiance to tired eyes. Best for all skin types.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Synthetic Fragrances
– Synthetic Dyes
– Petrochemicals
– Phthalates
– GMOs
– Triclosan

What else you need to know:
Origins creates high-performance natural skincare products that are powered by nature and proven by science. Each uses potent plants, organic ingredients, and natural essential oils. Their longstanding commitment to protect the planet, its resources, and all those who populate it is reaffirmed by earth- and animal-friendly practices.

Research results:
– 86% brighter appearance
– 80% reduction in puffiness

From Ross I purchased:

DermaPure Skin Lightener

DermaPure Skin Lightener

On the DermStore is states this about DermaPure Skin Lightener:

What it is:

An anti-aging facial treatment that brightens the complexion.

What it’s used for:

Derma Pure Skin Lightener Multi-Ethnicity Creme lightens and rejuvenates the skin using a hydrating formula. Botanical extracts fade dark spots, freckles and sun damage. Highly concentrated and effective, it helps illuminate and even your skin tone.


Water, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Butylene Glycol, Titanium Dioxide, Polysorbate 20, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Diacetyl Boldine, Glycol Stearate, Jojoba Esters, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Squalane, Polysorbate 60, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Acetyl Glucosamine, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone, Sorbitan Olivate, Alpha-Arbutin, Potassium Hydroxide, Sodium Citrate, Xanthan Gum, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Fragrance.


For best results, apply evenly to freshly cleanse dry skin in the morning. Avoid contact with eyes.

Deseo perfume by Jennifer Lopez

Deseo by Jennifer Lopez

That’s my little Sephora and Ross Beauty Haul I did this weekend at the mall.

I will be using these products pronto and I’ll let y’all know my 1st Impressions on them.

Have you tried any of these products?   What are your thoughts?



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Ipsy February 2014 bag

Ipsy February 2014 bag

Did you already receive your February’s Ipsy Bag?  Are you happy with it?
You can’t beat receiving this bag for only $10 a month!

Let’s see the goodies that was in my Ipsy beauty bag this month.

Ipsy February 2014

If you haven’t heard of Ipsy, it’s a monthly beauty bag that’s only $10 a month.  Once you sign up, you’ll answer some questions that way they can personalize your bags.  You only have to do the questionnaire once and you can always cancel your subscription at any time.
Ipsy sends out deluxe samples and full size beauty products.
Each month I’m always pleased.
If I know I won’t use certain items, I just gather them up and give them to friends or I’ll just do a good giveaway.

Alright, let’s get started with this months products.

POP beauty Peony Petal
pop beauty
Plump Pout in Peony Petal
Retails for $16

City Color Be Matte Blush
City Color
Be Matte Blush in Fresh Melon
This huge blush retails for only $2.99!

Shadow Tint
Eyetini Shadow Tint
Retails for $18

This is a creamy eye shadow formula that is supposed to resist creasing, smudging and fading.  It’s an all in one shadow and base.

Uberliss Rituoil
Uberliss Rituoil
Orchid and Argan Oil Complex
10 ml sample

Y’all know that I put my hair through some tough situations, so receiving and trying out hair products to restore and strengthen my hair is always a plus!

Zoya Odette
Zoya Nail Polish
Odette from the Zoya Spring 2014 Naturel Collection
Retails for $9.
I’m sure y’all know by now that the Zoya Naturel Collection is my favorite right now, especially that I can wear each of the colors in my uniform at work.
I already had 2 of Odette and now with this bottle from this Ipsy bag, makes it 3 for me.

I know for sure that I’ll be using the Zoya Odette and the Uberliss Argan Hair Oil.

Once I use the other products, I’ll post my reviews on them.

Until Next Time Dolls

Have you received your Ipsy bag this month?
What did you get in your bags??



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Smashbox Halo HD Foundation Review

Smashbox Halo HD Foundation

SmashBox foundation Halo I’ve had the Smashbox Halo HD Foundation SPF 15 since late summer but I’m finally getting around to review it.  I know, I’m such a slacker! Let me start off with that I’m combination skin but more on the oily side in the summertime and more on the dry side in the wintertime. I was matched to the Shade #6.  I’m actually in-between 6 and 7 but I bought the 6 because I had the Smashbox BB cream with SPF 35 in Medium at home.  I mixed the two of them together to get the perfect match for my skin tone.   The extra SPF is a plus mixing them together too. Now that it’s wintertime, I lost most of my Florida sun induced tan so I’m back to my natural Filipina tan.  Now I’m just wearing the Smashbox Halo HD Foundation SPF 15 by itself. Now let’s get into the down and dirty details of the Smashbox Halo HD Foundation. SmashBox foundation HaloSmashbox Halo FoundationSmashbox Halo Foundation Shades: The Halo HD Foundation line has a total of 10 shades to choose from.

  1. Natural Vanilla for fair complexions
  2. Warm Vanilla for fair/light complexions
  3. Light beige for light complexions
  4. Light warm beige for light complexions
  5. Golden beige for light/medium complexions
  6. Warm medium beige for medium complexions
  7. Golden medium beige for medium complexions
  8. Natural tan for medium/dark complexions
  9. Dark golden tan for dark complexions
  10. Natural deep cocoa for dark complexions

When you go browsing for your shade, get matched up and put some on and in about 10-15 minutes go to natural lighting to make sure it’s a match.  When ever I go to get matched, I grab one of their mirrors and go outside the store in the daylight to make sure it’s a match.  I even ask by-passers outside to see if they can tell a difference. 🙂

It’s a buildable sheer to medium coverage.  I have several beauty marks and acne scars on my face so I build it to medium coverage and it does well in covering them up.  It blends in well.

Smashbox says that this is the first foundation with 100% Liquid Light Technology completely evens out skin for a total natural and luminous finish.  With this HD formula they are staying ahead of the game of the ever-changing photo technology.  The formula is supposed to be undetectable to the naked eye. In the summer, my oily skin didn’t do well with this without a setting powder.  When I used my setting powder, I only had to touch up a couple of times.  Now during the wintertime, it’s fine without a setting powder. Here is a Before & After picture of me with Smashbox Halo HD Foundation. Mind you, like I said, I have beauty marks and acne scars.

SmashBox foundation Halo Before & After


Where you can purchase:

I hope that my Smashbox Halo HD Foundation Review helped you out some.

If you have any questions, please ask away!


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