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I am a personal fan of the annual Nordstrom Anniversary sale (right after this post, I’m indulging myself in some window shopping and hunting down of my basics, like some go-to jeans and tops and trying to avoid the shoe department like the plague). Here are some beauty exclusives that are on my list to pick up… (P.S. If you’re curious about what I get that’s non-beauty, let me know and I’ll share!)

What I grabbed…

Beauty

Non-Beauty

Beauty Exclusive Highlights

These are some of the more interesting products that I saw on the site this morning.  I am tempted to pick-up the La Mer set as a treat for my mom for her birthday (which isn’t until November), but we’ll see. You can view all of the Beauty Exclusives hereWhat’s on your list?  What did you haul?

Free for Haul Friday, Volume #350

Share any beauty goodies you may have picked up in the last week or so, or maybe what’s on your way or on your wish list for next week or month. 🙂

  • Haul: My Nordstrom Anniversary sale picks came in late yesterday! I also just placed orders at Saks (a few pieces from Dior fall, Cle de Peau fall) and the new MUFE Arist Palette (Vol. 4) – probably will mention those again next week when they actually arrive!
  • Weekend plans: Relax, get back into the swing of things! My mom and grandma were visiting earlier this week, so while I was still tending to things on the blog, I did write a lot of posts in advance so I could spend more time with them. It always throws me off a bit to get back to full-time!
  • What’s the best part about summer?: Normally, I would say warmer weather, but here it’s warm, warmer, and then surface of the sun during the summer! I think monsoon season is going to be my new favorite thing, because I never saw lightning like I have in Arizona during monsoon season!

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Charlotte Tilbury Liv It Up, Bosworth’s Beauty, Electric Poppy Hot Lips Lipsticks

Charlotte Tilbury Liv It Up Lipstick

Charlotte Tilbury Liv It Up Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and a creamy, lightly glossy finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that applied somewhat evenly, but it had moderate slip and moved around on the lips easily so it looked streaky at times. The color lasted for four hours, while the formula was lightly hydrating. MAC Please Me (P, $17.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Urban Decay Criminal (P, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever C210 (P, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Sorbet (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop 1st Base (P, $6.00) is cooler, less glossy (85% similar). MAC Sweet Venom (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Kiss (P, $26.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Tease (03) (P, $50.00) is lighter (80% similar). MAC Faux (P, $17.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Charlotte Tilbury Bosworth’s Beauty Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, medium peony pink with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had good color coverage, but it’s not what I’d call buildable as it starts of nearly opaque. The texture is thin, a little clingy, and isn’t the most flattering consistency on the lip as it accentuates any imperfections/texture on the lips. It lasted for four hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Colour Pop Fetch (P, $5.00) is lighter (85% similar). Bite Beauty Sweety (LE, $24.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Silly (LE, $17.00) is lighter (80% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Jolly Molly (220) (P, $30.00) is lighter, glossier (80% similar). Maybelline Pink Sugar (P, $7.99) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Charlotte Tilbury Electric Poppy Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark reddish fuchsia with warmer tones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque coverage that applied evenly and smoothly with a light, thin consistency that did emphasize the natural texture of my lips. This shade lasted for five hours and was a little drying while settling into lip lines slightly. Maybelline Fiery Fuchsia (P, $7.49) is cooler (95% similar). MAC To Matte with Love (P, $20.00) is warmer, less glossy (90% similar). Colour Pop Mars (P, $6.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Colour Pop Cougar (LE, $5.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC All Fired Up (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Moxie (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Selfish (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Maybelline All Fired Up (P, $7.99) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Greta (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (80% similar). Make Up For Ever M204 (P, $22.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Colour Pop Brooklyn (P, $6.00) is lighter (85% similar). Too Faced It's Happening (P, $21.00) is cooler, less glossy (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) has two variations–the original, Kissing, and the matte, Matte Revolution, both of which are featured in the Hot Lips collection. The Kissing formula is supposed to be pigmented and luminous, while also being hydrating, while the Matte Revolution formula is designed to be matte, buildable, hydrating, and long-wearing in a matte finish. The Kissing range is creamier, light-medium in weight, comfortable and hydrating, and average wearing (three to five hours with most shades). The Matte Revolution formula feels velvety, thinner and somewhat clingy (I find that they can sometimes emphasize the texture of my lips or highlight imperfections), wear four to six hours, and are drying to lightly hydrating. Both formulas have a sweet, vanilla scent with no discernible taste.

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Charlotte Tilbury Kissing Lipstick Liv It Up
B-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
8.5
Application
4
Total
82%
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick Bosworth's Beauty
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
89%
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick Electric Poppy
A-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
90%
I’ve had exceptional service with Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus (where they’ve replaced luxury beauty products that arrived broken without a fuss). Beautylish is also the best for actually packaging products so they won’t break on you, and they’ll also upgrade shipping to overnight/two-day and from what I’ve heard, replace and return things very easily.
-- Christine

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Clinique Golden Glow Uplighting Illuminating Powder

Clinique Golden Glow Up-Lighting Illuminating Powder

Clinique Golden Glow Up-Lighting Illuminating Powder ($27.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a medium, peachy orange with warm undertones and a sparkling, gold shimmer-sheen finish. bareMinerals The Premiere (LE, $26.00) is lighter (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson (LE, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Miss Liberty (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Cle de Peau Sand Beige (13) (P, $55.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Lumiere d'Artifices Beiges Illuminating Powder (LE, $65.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Pause d'Ete (LE, $82.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Peaceful (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Most Necessary (P, $8.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Up-Lighting Illuminating Powder is supposed to be a “sheer illuminating powder” that gives skin a “candle-lit, radiant glow” that can be used alone, as a finishing powder, or as a highlighter. While Nude Glow was subtle and sheer, this shade was not; it had semi-opaque coverage, which was buildable to full coverage with two layers, and it was noticeably shimmery on the skin–I can’t really imagine most wanting to use this as an all-over powder. If you’re looking for a soft, warming highlighter (or highlighting bronzer, perhaps) and like some sparkle, this might work on fair to medium-dark skin tones. The texture was soft enough that it was blendable on the skin, and it didn’t emphasize pores, but it is a little drier overall where some of the sparkle separates from the color itself. On my normal-to-dry skin, the color lasted just over eight hours before fading.

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Clinique Uplighting Illuminating Powder Golden Glow
C+
Product
7
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
79%

What's the Most Long-Wearing Foundation that you've tried?

Share your pick! And don't forget to share why!
Tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea is particularly impressive for me, because it doesn’t really truly break down on me through the day, even 10-14 hours into the day (without a primer). I feel like it gets a little dewier many hours later, but it doesn’t become patchy or sheer out. Make Up For Ever Mat+ Velvet was pretty long-wearing from what I remember (it’s been years since I’ve worn it).

-- Christine