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Best of 2017 | Kat Von D Beauty

by Jamie Sanford on January 3, 2018

Happy New Year!

I have more “important” posts to work on, about goals and such things, and I will get to that, but during a discussion of “2017 beauty favorites,” I realized that Kat Von D Beauty is absolutely my favorite makeup brand of 2017.

In addition to new products, I’ve picked up some items that are on their way out that made their way to Marshall’s.

There are links below, but here’s a breakdown of some favorites:

  • Lips: I got a few studded kiss lipsticks at Marshall’s, including in the shade Lovecraft, which is my new favorite lip color. I also picked up liquid lipsticks, including sets of minis. I don’t like having mini versions of most products, but liquid lipsticks are perfect for downsizing.
  • Perfume: Kat Von D Beauty has 2 perfumes, Saint and Sinner. I like them both and have small versions of each one.
  • Face: As Kat Von D Beauty shifted to offering the Shade & Light face palette with interchangeable pans, the originals made their way to Marshall’s, so I picked mine up for half price. I am a contouring newbie, so we will have to see how it goes, but so far, I find these powders to be incredibly blendable and easy to apply lightly so I don’t look like a mess.
  • Eyes: I did not get all of the eyeshadow palettes released this year, that would be too many, but I did pick up some of the Shade & Light Eyeshadow quads at, you guessed it, Marshall’s. It is paint-by-numbers eyeshadow, and is great if you want something super simple and fast, but that still looks like you tried. I also picked up the limited-edition Metal Matte Mini palette, since I have the monster-sized one, and I love it so much, but it is not portable. The mini is a great option, and if you haven’t tried out the Metal Crush eyeshadows, this is the perfect way to try multiple colors at a much better price point. The regular Metal Crush eyeshadows are $21 each, and this palette is $39, so you can see the value.

Links to these products are below. Happy 2018!

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Sephora VIB Sale Picks and Wishlist | November 2017

by Jamie Sanford on November 10, 2017

The Sephora VIB sale event is back!

If you are a Sephora VIB member (it’s free to join), you can get 15%-20% off this weekend at Sephora and Sephora.com. I will definitely be stocking up on some products that I always need to replenish but are generally never on sale.

Check out the box below for my own wishlist as well as some tried and true favorites. Happy shopping!

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Loves & Recommendations #2

by Jamie Sanford on August 30, 2017


In an extension of my Product Picks, I wanted to share a regular post about things that I’m enjoying and recommending. Welcome to Loves & Recommendations #2!

This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a small commission if you make a purchase using these links.

To see all of my product picks, click here.

My foray into fantasy hair continues, and I’m currently using Purple Rain by Arctic Fox. This color is particularly beautiful.

Coty Airspun Powder. I could probably write a whole blog post about this. It is so old school – note the “since 1935″ on the package, but it is the best setting powder for foundation that I have ever used. I have tried using regular foundation powders, setting powders, and I love this one the most. It does have a scent, which I know isn’t for everyone, but the finish does not lie. You can get this at drugstores, and on Amazon, for an average price of about $7-$8. I don’t use the powder puff, I use a big fluffy powder brush to apply, and it gives the most amazing finish. Matte but not powdery and gross.

Safari Live! We came across the Safari Live channel while looking at other live channels on YouTube via the Xbox, and we have been HOOKED ever since. As in, putting safaris on our TV for 3 hours at a time, almost daily, becoming invested in the lives of the animals and the tour guides, it is a THING that we are doing. They broadcast 6 hours of live safaris from Africa every single day, and they archive them to watch later. You can interact with the guides through a Twitter hashtag, and you get so many amazing looks at beautiful animals. Warning – they do not shy away from live animal kills, so be prepared for that. The internet is so full of hate and vitriol, and finding Safari Live has been an escape that is very welcome. Check it out!

The AmazonBasics Portable Bluetooth Speaker. I bought this in response to having sound issues with my iPad, where the audio levels are so low (only on certain YouTube videos), and it needed to be dealt with. I purchased this because it was the “Amazon’s Choice” product, and it is a wonderful item! It is smaller than I expected, but it connects without issue to both my iPad and Will’s Android phone. I actually think I might buy a second one, as this has been commandeered for use in the kitchen. I’m sure that for outdoor use, or to fill a room with music, I would buy something bigger, and with more promise of sound quality. However, for small personal needs – for podcasts while you cook or something similar, this is a great option.

The Popsocket. I saw someone on YouTube using this and bought it immediately. I love my iPhone 7 Plus, but it is enormous and unwieldy, even after months of use. This extra bit of stability is amazing. It took a few days to adjust to it, but I don’t think I could be without it now.

LinkedIn Learning. I had access to Lynda for a while, which was purchased by LinkedIn, and the content is available in both places. The beginner and intermediate courses in marketing topics are GREAT, and provide a good foundation of knowledge on topics. I haven’t yet explored the more advanced courses, but I have a membership now so I will have to try it out.

What are your recent favorites? Tell me on Twitter.

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Pantene Pro-V Silky Moisture Whip | Product Pick #16

by Jamie Sanford on May 25, 2017

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During a random span of time a few years ago, I won a few different contests online. One of them was a Twitter giveaway of Pantene products, and today I want to talk about what has become one of my favorite hair products of all time.

Pantene Silky Moisture Whip

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have perhaps noticed that I change my hair color pretty regularly. My stylist highlights my hair and sorts out my roots on occasion, but the rest of the time, my hair is refreshed in whatever color I’m going for that day with Arctic Fox haircolor. The Arctic Fox is really moisturizing and conditioning, but obviously, the hair that has been highlighted is a bit damaged.

I had forgotten about the Silky Moisture Whip until I cleaned out my bathroom cabinet with all of the hair products. I immediately moved it to the front and started using it, and noted an immediate difference.

After towel-drying my hair, I squeeze the mousse-like product into my hair and brush through for full coverage. I then air-dry or blow-dry, and follow-up with heat spray before using the Tyme Iron to straighten and/or curl my hair. The difference was much greater than I would have expected, and especially for a drug store product that has an incredibly reasonable price.

The official product description is as follows:

Pantene’s Pro-V Silky Moisture Whip contains a Moisture Protection complex that acts like hair’s natural lipid layer to help: leave hair feeling moisturized for up to 48 hours, protect hair from heat styling damage in just one use and regulate hair’s natural moisture and gives silky hair that shines.

The Pantene Pro-V Silky Moisture Whip is available on Amazon. If you feel like your hair is lacking in moisture and shine, I highly recommend trying it out.

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Sephora VIB Sale Picks and Wishlist | Spring 2017

by Jamie Sanford on April 18, 2017

The Sephora VIB sale event is back!

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April 18-24: VIB Rouge Members receive 15% off on all purchases, in store and online.

April 19-24: VIB members receive 15% off on all purchases, in store and online.

April 20-24: Beauty Insiders receive 15% off on all purchases, in store and online.

To become a VIB member, you have to spend $350 at Sephora in the span of a year. I’ve managed this the last few years by purchasing skincare from Sephora instead of with the individual brands. To become a VIB Rouge member, you have to spend $1000 at Sephora in the span of a year, which doesn’t feel like reality. I’m guessing it is mostly beauty professionals in this category.

So let’s get into it! The list below combines my wishlist or items I would like to pick up, as well as favorites that I might have to stock up on while they are being discounted. I will definitely also be picking up skin care items from Murad and Origins.

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