Week in Review | November 14th through November 20th

I tell you, every week flies by for me in the winter! Every Thursday evening, as I put together Free for Haul Friday, I have a moment of, “No way, it’s Friday already? Wasn’t it JUST Friday?!” It’s no surprise that Laura Mercier’s Highlight 01 topped in as one of this week’s best products–and if you check out the comments on the review, many readers agreed (it’s an often-raved about product that I picked up to try for myself during Sephora’s sale).

This post seems like a good place to plug my little holiday writing stint over at eBay :) I’ve been writing guides and creating collections (curating products under a theme). I hope you’ll check them out, and do let me know if there’s a topic you’d like me to write about! I’ve been thinking of writing one on wearing gold/silver eyeshadow and how to wear glitter.

  1. Top Picks for Fall Makeup
  2. 5 Tips for Traveling with Makeup
  3. How to Organize Your Makeup, Part 1
  4. How to Organize Your Makeup, Part 2
  5. How to Wear Red Lipstick
  6. Collection: Acrylic Makeup Organization
  7. Collection: Makeup Storage Solutions
  8. Collection: Dream Makeup Vanities
  9. Collection: 20 of the Best Drugstore Products
  10. Collection: the Best of theBalm

Now, here’s a look at the top 10 products reviewed in the last week, plus a summary of how many products and brands were reviewed and a break out of ratings!


Laura Mercier Highlight 01

Permanent. $40.00/0.26 oz.

Laura Mercier Highlight 01 Matte Radiance Baked Powder ($40.00 for 0.26 oz.) is described as "golden nude."


02. Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight

Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight The Celestial Powder ($44.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a pale, golden beige with a frosted sheen. Read full review.


03. Kevyn Aucoin Medium

Kevyn Aucoin Medium The Sculpting Powder ($44.00 for 0.11 oz.) is a medium-dark taupe brown with subtle warmth and a mostly matte finish. Read full review.


04. Chanel Singuliere (673)

Chanel Singuliere (673) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a slightly muted, medium-dark plum-berry with warm undertones and a cream finish. Read full review.


05. Urban Decay Blackout

Blackout is described as a "blackest black matte." It's a deep, dark black with neutral undertones and a matte finish. Read full review.


06. Giorgio Armani #200 Night Berry

Giorgio Armani #200 Night Berry Ecstasy Lacquer ($38.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium-dark red with warm undertones and very fine pearl. Read full review.


07. Urban Decay Stark

Stark is described as a "nude-pink matte." It's a light, peachy beige with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. Read full review.


08. Urban Decay Skimp

Skimp is described as a "pale nude satin." It's a light-medium peach with warm undertones and a satin sheen. Read full review.

Breakdown |
Nov 14, 2015 — Nov 20, 2015


Average Score

Total Reviews (59) — Brands Reviewed (10)

5 Sparkling Products for the Holidays (Cool-Toned Edition)

Add a little dazzle to your holidays this season with a sparkly product like one of these! What’s your favorite way to add glitz to a look?

  1. Zoya Logan — A Cool Green with a Glitter finish.
  2. Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond — A Cool Black with a Sparkle finish.
  3. Bobbi Brown Naked Plum — A Cool Plum with a Glitter finish.
  4. Revlon HD Pink Ruby (515) — A Cool Fuchsia with a Sparkle finish.
  5. Colour Pop Lace — A Cool Purple with a Sparkle finish.

See side-by-side swatches!

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Sephora $10 Black Friday Deals (2015)

Sephora $10 Black Friday Deals (2015)

Here’s the list of $10 deals you’ll find at Sephora on Black Friday! Most deals have a value of $15 to $20 with a few above that mark. These are usually great for trying out products in deluxe travel-sizes (also nice for traveling if you need smaller tubes/bottles).


Black Friday, 11/27

The Details

$10 Black Friday Deals | $10.00 | Limited Edition

These deals are available online and in-store. I’ve pulled out the size of included products when I was able to read/identify in the photo, and I’ve tried to calculate value as much as possible. I have reached out to some brands to try to get more insight as to the shades in the sets, and if I get info back, I will update.

  • Make Up For Ever Waterproof Hero Duo Set #0L Aqua Eyes (0.04 oz.) and #25L Aqua Eyes (0.018 oz.) — $27.55 value
  • First Aid Beauty So Long, Dry! Ultra Repair Cream (2 oz.), Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask (0.75 oz.) — $21 value
  • Nest Eau de Parfum Rollerball Trio Verde, Dahlia, Indigo (I’m guessing about $15 in value, based on their 7 x mini rollerball set for $36)
  • Too Faced Sexy Lids & lashes Set Deluxe-sized Better Than Sex Mascara and Shadow Insurance ($24 value, based on last year’s duo value)
  • Boscia Black Charcoal Pore Perfection Set Detoxifying Black Cleanser (1 fl. oz.), Black Charcoal Sheets
  • BUXOM Strut Your Stuff Lip & Eye Trio; Lipgloss in Rose Julep, Eyeliner in Come Over, Lip Crayon in Brooklyn
  • Sephora Face Mask Explorer Set Rose, Pearl, Lotus masks — $18 value
  • Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Trio 5-in-1 Styling Treatment (2 fl. oz.), Shampoo (1 fl. oz.), Conditioner (1 fl. oz.) — $21 value
  • Tarte Fanciful Favorites Deluxe Discovery Set Deluxe-sized Maracuja Oil, Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara, Fanciful Amazonian Clay Blush
  • Clarisonic Detoxifying Clay Mask 2 fl. oz. — $27 value
  • Clean Rollerball Layering trio Skin, Warm Cotton, Cashmere
  • Josie Maran Argan Pure Cleansing Essentials Argan Cleansing Oil (looks like 55ml, but it’s hard to read), Bear Naked Wipes (8 count)
  • Origins Task Maskers Original Skin, Clear Improvement, Drink-Up Intensive (0.5 fl. oz. each) — $22.06 value
  • Sephora Precision Makes Perfect Mini Airbrush Sponge Set 2 x sponges ($25 value, based on last year’s duo value)
  • Tocca Beauty Piccolo Tresoro Giulietta Hand Cream, Body Scrub, Fragrance minis
  • Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Transofmration Trio Replenishing Moisture Shampoo (1.33 fl. oz.), 10-in-1 Leave In Conditioner (0.85 fl. oz.), Replenishing Moisture Conditioner (1.33 fl. oz.) — $24.50 value
  • Clarisonic Luxe Contour Brush Head Satin Precision — $30 value
  • Sephora It Takes Two Lash Duo 2 x false eyelashes — $20 value
  • Ole Henriksen Cleanse & Glow On the Go The Clean Truth Cleansing Clothes, African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser (1.5 fl. oz.) — $14.43 value
  • Blinc Lash Discovery Duo Blinc Mascara, Lash Primer ($26 value, based on last year’s duo value)
  • Smashbox Art. Love. Color. Primer Pair Photo Finish Primer Water, Photo Finish Foundation Primer (0.25 fl. oz.)
  • bareMinerals Stay True All over Face Duo All-Over Face Color in True, Brush
  • Ciate London Tree Trinket Nail Duo 2 x nail polishes in Tinsel Town & Wrap Star ($16 value, based on last year’s duo value)
  • Jack Black Comfort & Joy Duo Lip Balm (0.25 fl. oz.), Double-Duty Face Moisturizer (1.5 fl. oz.) — $20.23 value
  • Formula X The Two, Iconic and Legend (0.40 fl. oz. each) — $21 value

$10 Black Friday Deals | $10.00 | Limited Edition, Online Only

These deals are available online only. I’ve pulled out the size of included products when I was able to read/identify in the photo, and I’ve tried to calculate value as much as possible. I have reached out to some brands to try to get more insight as to the shades in the sets, and if I get info back, I will update.

  • Tarte Easy Glowing Deluxe Cheek Set Includes Dazed cheek stain and Enthused Amazonian Clay Blush
  • Urban Decay Triple Threat Travel Pencil Set SMoky Matte Smoke, Perversion, Sabbath — $19 value
  • Sephora Super Glossy Set 4 x mini gloss to go — $28 value
  • Cover FX Face & Eye Primer Set Anti-Aging Smoothing Eye Primer (0.33 fl. oz.) and Illuminating Primer Base (0.33 fl. oz.) — $29.29 value
  • Caudalie The Des Vignes Winter Duo Lip Conditioner (0.14 oz.), The Des Vignes Hand & Nail Cream (1 fl. oz.) — $18 value
  • Tokyomilk Dark Femme Fatale Duo
  • bareMinerals Trio of Kisses Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss 3 x Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Muse, Starlet, Total Pro
  • Butter London Proper Attire Nail Duo Set 2 x Nail Lacquers (0.135 oz. each) in Hush-Hush & Luv — $10.13 value
  • Nails Inc. Beauty To Go Automn Winter Mini Gel Effect The Holiday Edit, 4 x nail lacquers in Deep Berry, Camden, Kensington, Delicate Nude

Free for Haul Friday, Volume #315

Welcome to Free For Haul Friday!

  • Haul: Bite Mix ‘n’ Mingle duos, some Black Opal products, IT Cosmetics Tightline mascara
  • Weekend plans: Hang new curtains in the guest room (the ones I had before were 96″ and I need 108″ at the new house). We need to pop by Target to get curtain holdbacks for guest and family rooms, too. Otherwise, the usual: photograph, swatch, edit, blog!
  • What’s your favorite fall dessert?: Maybe pecan pie a la mode.

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