Try This! Winter Haul

Hi everyone!

Today’s post is the start of another Series for MissAl-Leigh.com – Try This!
Try This! will be posted on Thursdays, as often as I can get them out.
TT will basically be Hauls with products I think are worth mentioning, first impressions of Samples, full product reviews, or even an exciting activity I think you should try.

This first video is a Winter Haul covering some products I’ve purchased or been gifted over the Winter season. This doesn’t cover everything as I cut out quite a few products in order to shorten the length. Let me know in the comments, how long do you prefer vlogs to be? Are you willing to watch a 10+ minute video, or is 10 minutes, or less all you have time for?

Please let me know your thoughts on the Try This! Series & this Haul especially. I thought of this like an overview of my “Winter Purchases”, so I wanted to wait until Winter was officially over, but would it have made more sense to do this video earlier? Please discuss in the comments below. I hope you enjoy the video, thanks for watching, & please remember to SHARE, LIKE, COMMENT, & SUBSCRIBE!

 

Beauty Haul! Sephora Treats! Ulta & Target!

Beauty Haul!

Beauty Haul!

I TOLD you guys I have a shopping problem shopping solution!
Here’s another package of Sephora treats I got in the mail that I’m excited to test out! I also went to Ulta and picked up some things & got some great free gifts! The two Princess mugs are from Target – EXTREMELY hard to find. They were part of the Valentine’s Day merchandise, hence the Convo Hearts, but sold out super fast! I don’t believe they are being sold anymore, not even in the clearance section. My mom was able to find these on Ebay. I’ve seen people use them to hold makeup brushes, but I already have brush holders, so I’ll have to find some other makeup related use for them!

Here’s a list of the products featured here. Click on the links to purchase them for yourself!
1. COVER FX Custom Cover Drops in G20
2. Murad Invisiblur(TM) Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30
I think I’m going to use the “Murad” & “Cover FX Drops” together. If you follow me on Instagram: @MissAl_Leigh you will see I don’t have great skin. I’ve seen actual breakouts clear up a lot recently since I started eating clean and exercising but I’m still left with quite a bit of dark spots and uneven texture. In an effort to appear “flawless” I use a lot of face products in my makeup routine. This works pretty well until my temperature rises any little bit and my face gets super oily, resulting in cakey, clumpy looking makeup. The Murad Invisblur Perfecting Shield is supposed to replace acne treatment medication, primer, and SPF. The Cover FX Custom Cover Drops allows foundation pigments to blend with your non-pigmented products and create custom coverage without altering the texture of the product. By combining the two, I will create a tinted acne treatment/primer/SPF that will cut down on the different types of products I’m layering on top of each other that create that cakey look. Combining these products will also be a great time saver as I’ll only be using 2 products.
3. stila “Beauty in Bloom” Convertible Color Trio
stila Convertible Color in Camellia
stila Convertible Color in Peony
– stila Convertible Color in Tulip
4. NYX Matte Lipstick in Angel
5. Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray
6. Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream in Vanilla
7. ULTA Sugar Scrub in Freshwater Mist
8. China Glaze, Avant Garden Collection in Create A Spark (This was a steal in clearance!)
9. tarte Gift Pack
tarte Brazilliance™ Skin Rejuvenating Maracuja Self Tanning Face Towelettes
tarte LipSurgence™ Lip Gloss in Flush
10. Too Faced, Reality Stars Favorites 2
Shadow Insurance Primer
Better Than Sex Mascara
Perfect Eyes Eyeliner
11. Urban Decay, The Ultimate Pair
Revolution Lipstick in F-Bomb
24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in 69
12. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in LSD
13. These are just some random brand of “Metallic Flash Tattoos”. You can find official Flash Tattoos at Sephora or all sorts of brands on Amazon.

I’m thinking about doing reviews on the “Murad” and “Cover FX” as they’re both fairly new products & I haven’t seen too many reviews on them. Let me know in the comments below if you’d like that or a review on any of these products! Click the follow button on the top right to stay updated whenever I post, thanks for reading 🙂

Fragrance Valentine's Day

Beauty Review! Sephora Mini Contour Makeover with @itsnellydee

Hi everyone!
Today I’m going to be talking about the Mini Contour service that Sephora offers, plus introduce you to my new friend and Makeup Artist, Nelly.

As you can tell by my long hair in the pictures below, I had this service done about a month ago. I’m a VIB Rouge with Sephora & one of the perks is you can receive free Makeovers without having to make a minimum purchase. About a month ago, they were also promoting a free “Mini Makeover” specifically geared towards contouring. Before meeting Nelly, I had no interest in the Makeovers because of my experiences with other Sephora MUAs. Usually when I go to Sephora to try on make up, I don’t wear make up to the store. What’s the point? Why wear make up there, just to have to take it off? 9 times out of 10 this results in the Make Up Artists thinking I’m a high school kid, that I don’t know how to wear make up AT ALL, or that I don’t like wearing makeup. I’m by no means a professional, but I know how to apply my own make up & am always looking to learn & test new products or application techniques. I’ve found that because of these misconceptions when people put make up on me they tend to lean towards 2 extremes. One, they do a SUPER natural look, or two, they do something extreme to “shake things up”. When this happens I don’t feel like I’ve really learned anything because these generally are not looks I want to duplicate. Thankfully, this was not my experience with Nelly.

I went to Sephora at the Westfield Valley Fair Mall specifically to do the Mini Contour Lesson. I know above I said I wasn’t interested, but I specifically wanted to get some tips on Contouring & Highlighting. Plus, I knew I could report back to y’all about the experience and maybe save you some time if it wasn’t worth while. However, I had a wonderful experience with Nelly! If you’re able to make your way to Valley Fair Mall in Santa Clara/San Jose area to go see her – do it!

I appreciated that Nelly went out of her way to get to know me & my beauty routine. The Makeover is only supposed to take 15 minutes – but we definitely went over that.
– We talked about the makeup I wear & my skin type to determine what kind of contour/highlight products I should be using. I thought you used a cream based product to create the “war paint” look, blended everything, then set it with a bronzer/highlight powder. Nelly told me that on my oily skin that would be a quick way to see everything crease up and/or look cakey – my worst nightmare!
– We also talked about the brands of makeup I use to see if I liked their contour/highlight options. Mixing and matching brands is fun & fine, but I think it can be smarter to stick to the same brand of face products. Companies make their products with the idea that they all work best together, they want you to wear their entire line! This keeps the ingredients you put on your face consistent which is a good idea if, like me, you have very sensitive & acne prone skin. If you know a certain brand has face products that work for you, why introduce another brand that may use different ingredients and/or makes their product differently & risk having a bad reaction? Just my two cents & of course, I don’t always follow my own advice, haha!
– An important aspect of contouring Nelly taught me is warm vs cool tones. I knew about there was a difference, but never thought much about it. We tested a contour stick I recently received as a Sephora sample & was excited to start using, but unfortunately it was much too warm aka orange! This is how she explained it, you’re trying to create the look of shadows/depth/dimension on your face. Shadows will have more of a grey/cool look to them, not an orange/warm/tan look.
– I had a general idea of where to contour and highlight to slim my round face, but Nelly gave me some tricks that I found helpful. For example, two lines of highlight, hugging the contour on my cheeks, really make that chiseled cheekbone pop!

Here are some of the products Nelly & I discussed, it was a Smashbox kind of conversation 😀 Click on the links to purchase!
1. Sephora Collection Pro Angled Contour Brush #75 – Sold out as of this posting, but just add it to your Loves List or ask to be emailed when it’s in stock.
2. Smashbox Step by Step Contour Stick Trio
3. Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Kit w/brush
4. Smashbox L.A. Lights Blendable Lip & Cheek Color in Hollywood & Highlight
5. Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water

Below is the finished look! As I was not wearing make up Nelly was kind enough to apply a light Cover FX foundation before the contour/highlight lesson. To further complement my “no make up” look & attempt to stick to the timeline, she created a more natural contour/highlight & gave me tips on how to amp it up for a more dramatic look.

So there you have it! This review might seem a bit contradictory because I talked about how I don’t like extremely natural looks, & then that’s what Nelly did. I just want to clarify that I’m fine with this because Nelly & I talked about SO many things beforehand & I understood we were on a time crunch. I would have been peeved if I’d gone in expecting to come out looking like Kim Kardashian did my contour/highlight, and got a natural look. That’s not the case here. I knew the look would be very soft and subtle. I’m happy with my experience with Nelly – I left her a great review on my Sephora survey! – & I will go back to her for the other full Makeover lesson that comes as a VIB perk.
Please follow her on Instagram: @itsnellydee & go see her at Sephora at the Westfield Valley Fair Mall!
Tag me (Instagram/Twitter: @missal_leigh) in your before & after pics so I can see the amazing work she does for y’all!
Thank you so much for reading, please click the FOLLOW button on the top right of this page to be updated when I write a new post – stay tuned for a Review of the full Sephora Makeover!
Contouring

Sephora Treats!

I shop at Sephora too much. I have a problem…that I don’t consider a problem because the result is amazing make up products that I can play with and share here. If you’d like to see a review of any of the below products please let me know! Click the links to purchase this cool stuff for yourself!

1. beautyblender: 2 original beautyblenders® & liquid blendercleanser®
2. tarte The Sculptor Contouring Face Slenderizer in Park Ave Princess™
3. Buxom Full Bodied Lipstick in Dolly
4. Sephora Collection “Art at Your Fingertips” Nail Kit

Sephora Treats 3.11.15

Sephora Treats 3.11.15

Do you own any of these products already? If so, please tell me what you think in the comments below! Thanks for stopping by!
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Formal Hair!

I know, I’m the worst at updating this 😦 I said I was going to do better & then…I didn’t.

About 6 months ago I went to a formal event and I wanted to show you the tools I used to get this hair look.

Screen Shot 2014-07-17 at 7.36.40 PMFor the hair, I started with clean wet hair and used the 1. Drybar Blow Dryer.
I’m a freak about protecting my hair from heat damage so I used 3 kinds of products to create a concoction of heat and split end protector.
2. Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Heat Defense Leave in Conditioner.
3. Redken Extreme Anti Snap Leave in Treatment for Distressed Hair.
4. Drybar Hot Toddy Heat Protector Frizz Fighter

After drying, I parted my hair on my preferred side then started curling using the
5. Drybar The 3-Day Bender 1″ Barrel Curling Iron
This was my first time using it and it first it was kind of confusing because it has a special twisting clamp but after a few pieces, I quickly got the hang of it and it was amazing! No more straining my wrist twisting this way and that way to get the perfect curl, or trying to figure out if the hair had been in too long/not long enough. The clamp releases when all the hair has passed through it and been evenly heated. I can do a video and more thorough review on this product if anyone would like that.

After everything has been curled, just pin the curls into rosettes and voila! I can do a more thorough tutorial on the rosettes if requested.

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Please let me know what your thoughts are on this look and any of the products mentioned!

Mani Monday!

20131209-122909.jpgToday’s Mani Monday is brought to you by Sephora by O.P.I. In the color “Break a Leg-warmer!” I believe this is one of the colors from the NY Ballet inspired line…which would make sense given the name.

Usually I don’t like square shaped brushes. I prefer the rounded brush like the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure. However, I didn’t want to stick to just one brand for the rest of my life so I picked up some Sephora colors during my Sephora haul that I blogged about in November.

This color is super rich and creamy, almost one coat is enough, but by default I did two, along with my normal base/top coat. I worry that this will leave my nails a little grey tinged when I take the polish off but hopefully the base coat stops that from happening.

Let me know your thoughts! Do you like this color? Do you like other Sephora by OPI colors? Other brands?

Mini review – Disney Ariel Storylook Palette!

FINALLY!!!!!! I wasn’t really too excited about Sephora’s collaboration with Disney for the Disney Princess Collection’s because I simply didn’t care about the princesses they chose. I was gifted the Cinderella travel sized perfume & the packaging was really pretty & was excited to add it to my perfume bottle collection – until the lettering started to chip off 😦 I was disappointed by the quality, so I vowed not to buy anymore products…until they picked Ariel, the Little Mermaid! She’s my number two princess,  & if they make a Belle Collection, I’ll camp out in front of Sephora to get my hands on that stuff! But supposedly they aren’t making anymore Collections 😦
I was frantically trying to buy it from Sephora, even had the palette in my cart on Sephora.com, only to have them pull it and sell it to someone else while I was browsing. :(( I had given up hope on ever getting the palette from Sephora because they kept selling out, so I resigned myself to the jacked up prices on Ebay. I somehow managed to win my first auction & only ended up paying about $10 more than what it was selling for in stores – so I’m pretty pleased!
The packaging is SO beautiful, it’s going to be really lovely to use as house decoration after the shadows are used up. One gripe…the shadows are housed INSIDE the main packaging and it’s kind of difficult to open. Here’s some photos of the packaging and swatches…mini review throughout and a final word about the palette at the end…

Outer Packaging

Outer Packaging

Back side; outer packaging

Back side; outer packaging

Back side; outer packaging

Back side; outer packaging

Close up of the back of the packaging

Close up of the back of the packaging

Actual palette

Actual palette

Palette Cover and Palette side by side

Palette Cover and Palette side by side

Cropped close up on shadows

Cropped close up on shadows

Cropped close up, row 1, from left to right, Blue Lagoon, Scuttle, Flounder, Sebastian, Flotsam

Row 1, Blue Lagoon, Scuttle, Flounder, Sebastian, Flotsam - uhmm where's the pigment!?

Row 1, Blue Lagoon, Scuttle, Flounder, Sebastian, Flotsam – uhmm where’s the pigment!?

Row 2, l to r, Sea Shells, Les Poissons, Caspian Sea, Your Voice, Unfortunate Souls

Row 2, l to r, Sea Shells, Les Poissons, Caspian Sea, Your Voice, Unfortunate Souls

Row 2, l to r, Sea Shells, Les Poissons, Caspian Sea, Your Voice, Unfortunate Souls - the shimmers have much better pigment than the row above, but still not great, & Unfortunate Souls hardly shows up at all...

Row 2, l to r, Sea Shells, Les Poissons, Caspian Sea, Your Voice, Unfortunate Souls – the shimmers have much better pigment than the row above, but still not great, & Unfortunate Souls hardly shows at all…

Row 3, l to r, Atlantica, Fins, Sick of Swimming, Ursula, Sha La La

Row 3, l to r, Atlantica, Fins, Sick of Swimming, Ursula, Sha La La

Row 3, l to r, Atlantica, Fins, Sick of Swimmin', Ursula, Sha La La

Row 3, l to r, Atlantica, Fins, Sick of Swimmin’, Ursula, Sha La La – They pigment keeps improving – so that’s a good sign!

Row 4, l to r, Triton, Wanderin' Free, Jetsam, Sea Witch, Treasures Untold

Row 4, l to r, Triton, Wanderin’ Free, Jetsam, Sea Witch, Treasures Untold

Row 4, l to r, Triton, Wanderin' Free, Jetsam, Sea Witch, Treasures Untold - Like I said, the pigment just keeps getting better, very shimmery but beautiful shades

Row 4, l to r, Triton, Wanderin’ Free, Jetsam, Sea Witch, Treasures Untold – Like I said, the pigment just keeps getting better, very shimmery but beautiful shades

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is not the best quality eyeshadow I’ve ever owned. I’m not surprised though. I think Disney/Sephora saw a good market, mid 20’s women who grew up with Disney, now wanting adult products & willing to shell out the money, no matter what the product really consists of. The colors are mostly super shimmery, not very pigmented, but there’s definitely a way to incorporate them into a look – you just have to figure how how to suit your style. For me, I’ll probably use these as highlight or lid shades for everyday use, for a night out/special occasion, I could probably be persuaded to use the darker shimmery shades as a crease color with really heavy blending. I’ll have to play around with it. You will definitely need a good eye shadow base/primer!
The packaging is awesome. Upon further investigation I found there’s a way to completely remove the eyeshadow tray and use the velvet box and “Dare to Dream” cover as a jewelry box or simple bookshelf decoration – I’ll probably end up doing that.
I do not regret this purchase at all, although it was fairly expensive and the shadows aren’t really colors I’ll reach for on a daily basis, I’m an early 20’s girl that grew up with the Disney Princesses & I want my adult merchandise & I’m willing to pay for it no matter what it consists of!!! Now seriously…where’s the Belle Collection? I’m waiting Sephora…