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beauty haul: my sephora holiday 2012 gift list, including gifts from stila, buxom, nars and more

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Stila Snow Angel Color Palette & Stay All Day™ Waterproof Volumizing Mascara, $28. Photo: Sephora. http://www.sephora.com.

Every Christmas, I have been lucky enough to have parents who still go all out (even though I’m 25). Now that I have the money to spend on presents as well, it makes Christmas morning that much better seeing what my parents and brothers will open up underneath the tree from me. With that being said, this year my dad told me I could order a bunch of stuff from Sephora (which, of course, I can’t open until Christmas morning). I decided to make a beauty haul post, with an overview of the products on my Sephora Christmas list. Some of these are staple products of mine, and some of them I am trying out for the first time.

My Sephora Holiday 2012 Gift List:

  • Stila Snow Angel Color Palette & Stay All Day™ Waterproof Volumizing Mascara ($28, pictured above): After buying Stila’s In the Light Eyeshadow Palette (and reviewing it here) I jumped to buy this beautiful palette, complete with 12 cheek colors and 18 eyeshadows. I absolutely love Stila‘s eyeshadows; I find them to be highly pigmented and (with the help of a shadow primer) they stay on for the duration of my day. This festive snowflake-shaped palette contains eyeshadow shades that are perfect for both day and night, combining natural colors with some darker browns and grays that can be applied either wet or dry. The set also contains a deluxe Stay All Day™ Waterproof Volumizing Mascara as well as a step-by-step artistry look book.
  • Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil Pure Treatment Oil ($24 for 1.7 oz.): I have been using this product for a few months
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    Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil Pure Treatment Oil, $24. Photo: Sephora. http://www.sephora.com.

    now and this will be my second bottle (it lasts a pretty good amount of time — not a GREAT amount of time, but not a bad amount either). This oil actually HEALS your hair, making it stronger, thanks to organic bamboo and smoother thanks to organic kendi oil. I always find that many oils/serums such as this make my hair greasy-looking, but this oil works almost flawlessly for me (in small amounts, of course). It banishes frizz and gives off a beautiful shine thanks to vital nutrients. It also is formulated for maximum color retention. I use it on damp hair as I’m styling and then add a bit more if necessary to dry hair before using Bumble and bumble Does It All Spray (below) to lock in my look.

  • Bumble and bumble Does It All Styling Spray ($26 for 10 oz.): I have been using this styling spray for quite some time and I finally decided to get the full-sized version. I never liked hairspray — I find it to be too sticky and it often dries out my hair, making me add
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    Bumble and bumble Does It All Styling Spray, $26. Photo: Sephora. http://www.sephora.com

    more oil or serum, making it pointless to wear any hairspray at all. This spray is a true “styling spray” that provides hair with flexible hold and allows you to style by bending, twisting and molding hair into shape. You can also use this spray as a heat protector/styler and then spray a light mist to finish off any look. While reading reviews of this product on Sephora’s website, one user even said it was recommended to her to use this product as a dry shampoo for next-day hair and it worked out great for her. I’m excited to try that suggestion.

  • BUXOM The Headliners Collection ($42): I initially searched for a BUXOM mascara to add to my list, as a friend at work uses it and I was shocked at how wonderful it made my lashes look (think Benefit They’re Real! Mascara with even more separation). I am
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    BUXOM The Headliners Collection, $42. Photo: Sephora. http://www.sephora.com.

    currently in the process of growing my lashes back from bad OCD by picking out my mascara (and my lashes go with it). BUXOM’s Amplified Lash Mascara truly made my lashes look more voluminous and it gave them that false-lash look with the crazy amount of separation that I have never seen before with any other mascara (and I have tried a lot). This collection also includes three other products I have never tried (but I’m super excited about): BUXOM Big & Healthy Lip Stick in Sydney, an actual stick for your lips that defines the shape of lips like a liner, fills them with a creamy color and then plumps them in true BUXOM fashion; BUXOM Insider Eyeliner in Onyx, a silky eyeliner blend that contains healthy antioxidants and vitamins to protect delicate skin at the lash line and boasts rich, long-wearing color; BUXOM Buxom Big & Healthy™ Lip Polish in Dani, a bestselling lipgloss that is supposed to instantly create the look of fuller lips with luminous shine, formulated with vitamins for moisture and protection; and, BUXOM Stay-There™ Eyeshadow in Pug, a smoky pewter color, infused with minerals , soothing Aloe extract and Vitamin E, with a non-greasy long-wearing finish. It seems highly pigmented so I am excited to try it.

  • NARS Mini Highlighting/Bronzing Blush Duo in Orgasm/Laguna (

    $24 for 0.17 oz.)Over the years I have tried

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    NARS Mini Highlighting/Bronzing Blush Duo in Orgasm/Laguna, $24. Photo: Sephora. http://www.sephora.com.

    so

    many blushes and bronzers and always seem to come back to this duo. I am more partial to shimmer-pigmented colors and these two definitely give off that subtle flush and summery glow. I have not much more to say except that the Orgasm/Laguna combo seems to be the perfect shades for my light to medium sort-of-olivey complexion. If you just can’t seem to find the perfect blush or bronzer, these might be the right shades for you.

  • Sephora Collection Eyelash Curler ($16): I’ve been needing a
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    Sephora Collection Eyelash Curler, $16. Photo: Sephora. http://www.sephora.com.

    simple lash curler for awhile now, read the reviews on Sephora’s website and decided to buy this one. It comes in a bunch of pretty colors and people said they get a nice curl without having to hold it very long. Also, most of the other eyelash curlers at Sephora are around the same price range, so I figured I would buy the one that comes in pink. 🙂

  • Ciaté Caviar Manicure™ ($25): I have heard a lot of mixed reviews about these cute caviar beads for your nails. I heard that they fall off a
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    Ciaté Caviar Manicure™, $25. Photo: Sephora. http://www.sephora.com.

    lot and don’t last very long. I also heard, however, that they look just as cool as they do in the photos and they are easy to apply. Either way, I want to try it out. Sephora is pretty much sold out of all the Ciaté Caviar Manicure™ kits, so I had to go with the black caviar pearls/opaque black polish kit, which I don’t mind at all. I’m excited to rock this edgy look. I’ll let you know how it goes!

  • Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm SPF 20 in Creme Glow ($32 for 1.5 oz.): Last but not least on my holiday gift list is Too Faced’s Tinted Beauty Balm (BB Cream). I am almost out of my current Too
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    Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm SPF 20 in Creme Glow, $32. Photo: Sephora. http://www.sephora.com.

    Faced BB Cream, so it is about time to buy another one anyway. I love this beauty balm: it’s creamy, glides on smooth, gives off a radiant glow and masks imperfections on your face by depositing a slight bit of color. I reviewed this BB Cream awhile ago (post can be found here). Beauty balms are a wonder makeup product, and this particular one from Too Faced has all the following benefits: it tints, primes, protects, nourishes and prevents skin from future issues. It contains an anti-aging multimineral complex, enhances luminosity, features SPF 20 sun protection and comes in four shades so you can find your perfect match. This isn’t a foundation, however, so don’t expect the BB Cream to be too “matchy”. I also have found that this BB Cream is a lot smoother than some other brands, which tend to be cake-y.

Let me know if you try out any of these products in the comment section below 🙂

what we’re wearing: product review of stila’s in the light eyeshadow palette

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Stila In the Light Eyeshadow Palette, $39.

Last week, I wrote about Sephora’s Beauty Insider Holiday It Kits: free with any online Sephora purchase of $25 or more. I chose the “In the Glow” It Kit, which came complete with a bunch of deluxe sample-size makeup, skincare and fragrance products. In my kit I received a sample “card” of the Stila In the Light Eyeshadow Palette and I loved it. I was about to order a product from Birchbox (Mary-Lou Manizer from theBalm cosmetics – the most perfect highlighter I have ever used), and I saw that they carried this Stila palette, so I threw that into my online shopping cart as well and decided to write a product review on the Stila In the Light Eyeshadow Palette.

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Stila In the Light Eyeshadow Palette, $39.

The palette comes in natural packaging – very cute and to the point. It includes 10 eyeshadows, one Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner in Damsel (a beautiful deep, dark brown), and one “lookbook” that gives you instructions on how to create certain eyeshadow looks using the colors and eyeliner in the palette.

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Stila’s In the Light Eyeshadow Palette, $39, comes with a lookbook to create different looks using the colors in the palette.

This palette is a true “natural colors” palette. I know that many of you swear by Urban Decay’s Naked Palettes, but I bought the Stila one because I was so impressed by the consistency and staying power of these colors. Don’t get me wrong, I love Urban Decay‘s eyeshadows, but I fell in love with this Stila palette because of the range of colors it includes. It can be compared to UD’s original Naked Palette in that it has both warm and cool colors, but I think Stila’s are the absolute perfect shades.

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Stila In the Light Eyeshadow Palette, $39.

This palette also has a wonderful mix of shimmery colors and matte colors. I am a sucker for shimmer shades on my eyes, and I never really owned perfect matte colors. Finally, with this palette, I get the best of both worlds. “Bare” and “Bliss” are two absolutely perfect nude matte eyeshadow colors, while “Sandstone” (light cocoa) and “Ebony” (black) are darker matte colors that you can use for the sultry, smoky eye look. “Kitten” and “Bubbly” can be mixed with the lighter matte colors for a shimmery nude look, while “Sunset” (canyon pink), “Gilded Gold” (golden brown) and “Luster” (dark aubergine) can be used in the crease of your eyelid as slightly darker shimmer colors.

Night Sky” is a beautiful grey-blue, and I know that many of you might shy away from blues, but this is a true “natural” blue color that can really make your eyes pop if used properly. I recommend using it on the lid, with “Ebony” in the crease for a very glamourous look on a night out.

This palette also comes with a full-sized eyeliner, Stila’s Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner in Damsel. I only ever wear dark-colored liners, and this deep, dark brown is a perfect shade. I recently raved about Chanel’s Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner in a HUSH Beauty Seal of Approval post, and this eyeliner from Stila is actually a wonderful alternative. It glides on smooth, just like the Chanel pencil, and it has serious staying power. I never tried Stila’s eyeliner up until now and I am impressed and very happy with it.

Stila’s In the Light Eyeshadow Palette can be purchased for $39 from Stila’s website, Sephora, Birchbox, ULTA and anywhere else that carries Stila products. Let me know if you try it out 🙂

xoxo

product of the week: wen by chaz dean healthy hair kit review

Wen Healthy Hair Kit. Photo copyright Hush Beauty 2012.

Wen Healthy Hair Kit. Photo copyright Hush Beauty 2012.

I have been meaning to buy the Wen by Chaz Dean Healthy Hair Kit for a few months now — I’ve heard rave reviews online, from friends and even from my own hair stylist. I finally got it, and I must say, this product has dramatically changed my hair for the better.

I just ran out of my first Wen kit (it comes with a 30-day supply and really lasts about a month), so while I wait for my new shipment, I have been using a regular sulfate-free “cleansing conditioner” I found at CVS, Agadir Sulfate-Free Argan Oil Daily Moisturizing Conditioner ($15.74, CVS). I will never go back to a regular shampoo & conditioner routine.

I bought my first Wen kit from Sephora, the Healthy Hair Kit ($39.50, Sephora.com), which I am reviewing in this post (after the jump). I ordered my second kit, the Deluxe Replenishing Kit ($34.95, Wen Haircare), from Wen’s website, which is a cheaper more-bang-for-your-buck option, and I am currently waiting for it to be delivered. 

Read my review of the Wen Healthy Hair Kit and about all the products in the kit after the jump. 

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welcome to HUSH beauty: the web’s newest beauty blog for product reviews, beauty events, celebrity beauty and more


Welcome to HUSH Beauty. a brand-new beauty blog filled with beauty product reviews, cosmetics, celebrity beauty, beauty events, makeup tips and more. Photo copyright HUSH Beauty. hushbeautyblog.wordpress.com.

We here at The HUSH Group are finally making our dreams a reality with this first post in our flagship blog, HUSH Beauty — the newest resource on the web for product reviews, celebrity beauty, beauty events, hair products, skincare, cosmetics and more. We are so excited to share our love of makeup and glamour with all of you here on the web.

My name is Amanda and I have been a complete makeup junkie since my awkward days of middle school. I have tried, used and abused so many different products over the years and I am finally combining my knowledge of the beauty world with my skills as a writer/editor (I hold a minor in journalism and I am continuing my studies in a master’s program next year for a degree in public relations/communications).

My best friend, Shiren, the business-minded half of our duo, came to me with her idea for a web-based company that would be a resource for all things beauty. She named the company The HUSH Group and now we are well on our way to achieving our dream of a girly web network, all starting with this blog right here.

I, personally, have tried so many different beauty products — from high-end names to drugstore brands — that I honestly believe I am an extremely reputable source when it comes to product reviews, tips, tricks and more. I am constantly scouring department stores, drug stores and websites for the latest beauty finds and I try to stay in the loop as much as I can on events, gifts, sales and everything in-between.

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