Massive Sephora VIB Rouge Haul 2017 and some Ulta, Walmart-PART 1

Yet another Haul – Ulta and Nordstrom.. :-)

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I have yet another Haul for you guys.. ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

If you’ve followed my blog for a while now, you would know that I am a big fan of the Lorac Pro palette and used it on my wedding day.. So, when LORAC announced their Lorac Pro 2 palette, I had to get it! Also, I had run out of my Essie nail polish remover.. So, I repurchased it..ย 

Recently I had lost my makeup pouch and amongst other important items, I also lost my Lancome lip liner in ‘Caramel’ and my lip brushes from Sigma and Real techniques.. So, I ended up replacing these from Ulta and Nordstrom.. I also purchased the Kiehl’s lip balm in the flavor ‘Mango’ for comparing it to the Elizabeth Arden 8-hour cream.. ย 

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Sephora & Ulta Haul.. :-)

I have been splurging a lot recently!! All with the excuse of my upcoming wedding and doing my own makeup.. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here are some products I picked up from Sephora and Ulta in the last two months..

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I will be doing separate reviews for these as we go along. But do let me know if there is any particular product you are interested in seeing a review about and I’ll try my best to get it up soon.. ๐Ÿ™‚

Favorite lip balm..!!!

I know! You are probably thinking who could have a favorite in lip balms! They’re all the same.. Right? Not quite.. Only a person who has very dry lips can tell the difference..

I have like a zillion lip balms and am constantly trying new ones in the hope that some day I’ll find the perfect one.. one that doesn’t give temporary relief, but actually keeps my lips hydrated for hours.. So, here I was frustrated about my dry lips and I happened to speak to my friend Yani (http://www.youtube.com/user/yanirocks1) and she persuaded me to try the Jack Black lip balm.. I had never even heard of that brand, let alone try their product.. especially considering its a men’s brand predominantly..

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So, off I went to Sephora to get some lipbalm.. I purchased the limited edition 4 flavor lip balm pack since I didn’t know what I would end up liking and it seemed to be a good deal – $25.00 USD for four lip balms.. The flavors were ‘Natural mint & Shea butter’, ‘Lemon & Chamomile’, ‘Black tea & Blackberry’ and ‘Grapefruit & ginger’.. Sephora sells these 4 and another flavor ‘Vanilla & lavender’ individually on their website.. I believe these are also sold at Ulta – has 4 flavors including a ‘shea butter and Vitamin E’ one..

The packaging of the lip balm is a simple blue squeeze tube that ends in a slanted top with a small opening and a black cap.. The tiny opening is perfect to have control on how much product comes out..

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I tried the first one – natural mint & shea butter and boy, was Yani right about these!! I instantly fell in love with them.. I have been using the lemon and the mint flavors.. and my absolute favorite has to the mint & shea butter one.. I just love the cool feeling I get once its on the lips… its very refreshing and feels great!

Ever since I have been using them, I genuinely feel that my lips are in much better condition and feel really soft and moisturized.. These work great under lip stains and lipsticks as well!! Although the pack contains 3 other flavors, my personal favorite is the ‘natural mint & shea butter’.. I absolutely adore it..

The balms in general are colorless and are not sticky.. They do not leave behind a glossy finish..

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Swatches in indoor lighting : L – Unblended and R – blended

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Swatches in natural day light: L – Unblended and R – blended

Since then, I have gone back and bought two more of these.. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I have tried using them under and over lip products.. works great every time.. I would highly recommend this product! You won’t be disappointed.. For those who don’t like mint flavor, I am sure you’ll find one that you enjoy.. I wish they also came without any flavor for those who hate scents of any kind..

I will be repurchasing this product for as long as they make it!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Guess whom I met last Friday!! The PIXIWOO SISTERS!!!

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Wow.. where should I begin? Well.. for those who don’t know me personally, I am a huge fan of Pixiwoo.. have been watching their videos for years and have learnt immensely..

So, I was casually surfing through my FB on Monday and came across an update from Real Techniques page about Samantha Chapman visiting ULTA in the neighboring state IL 3 days later!!… State of panic gets into me.. to go or not to go… I really want to go but… ย Its a working day and its at least a 3.5 hours drive one way.. I will probably never have this opportunity again.. sigh..

That’s when having a wonderfully supportive partner comes in.. He knows how much I watch them and how highly I speak of them.. So, he is all set to take half of Friday off and drive me there!! Sweet!

We started off late.. So, decided to skip lunch to make sure we reach before the event started – the event was between 5-7pm! At that point, what we did not realize was that we were to go through Chicago city… We got stuck in Chicago traffic for over an hour!! So, we are running late, with no food and have no idea if we’ll make it.. I was sooo mad at everything.. I almost felt like I was going to miss the event, after all that travelling..

Finally, we reached Ulta at 6pm.. ย that gave me one hour at the event.. I see a sign outside Ulta with a Real Techniques logo and Samantha Chapman on the poster.. I walk in to see not just Sam but also NIC from PIXIWOO!!! All the hunger, exhaustion left me right then and all I could do was stare at them in awe – dumbstruck! They looked soooo gorgeous and were doing a demonstration on one of the audience members as I walked in.. Immediately following that, we were each handed a picture of Sam for autographs from the Pixiwoo sisters! It was so exciting.. watching the line shrink.. getting closer to them.. random thoughts in my head.. What should I ask them? What if I look/sound dumb? They look gorgeous.. Lol.. basically, I was a mess.. and soon it was my turn!

They were extremely sweet and sooo humble.. I really admired that about them throughout.. They were genuinely happy and proud of their work and wanted to share it with us.. I asked them some questions regarding my wedding makeup (Yes! I am getting married in Dec this year) and what facial feature I should focus on.. They were kind and gave me wonderful tips.. and then we took pictures!! It felt soo surreal.. Never in my wildest of dreams would I have thought of getting the opportunity to meet these gorgeous ladies and interact with them.. I just wish I was there longer..

Also, each of us got a free Real Techniques buffing brush with any purchase! That was super exciting because one typically needs to buy the whole Core collection set to get the buffing brush.. and it is one of my favorite brushes to buff in foundation on the skin.. I was really happy to get a free one.. YAY!

Some pictures from the event:ย 

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Me with the gorgeous pixiwoo sisters.. ๐Ÿ™‚

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In the end, I was so content and felt the drive was sooo worth it.. After the event, next thing on my mind – FOOD!!

P.S. Anybody else thinking about how gorgeous Nic’s eye makeup is! and how cute and beautiful Sam is? My Fiance couldn’t take his eyes off of her.. Lol.. I don’t blame him..

Do let me know if you would like to see more pictures from the event.. I’ll have a separate post with those..