Show and Tail Pt. 1: Angela’s Picks for Sephora Sale

Every November, I look forward to the chance to shop Sephora for 20% off.

That’s when Sephora’s annual Rouge/VIB/BI sale takes place, so I spend September and October carefully building my cart.  In this post, I let the cat out of the (shopping) bag and share my recommendations–a mix of splurges, staples, and smart gifts.  And don’t forget that Sephora has a whole K-beauty section featuring Belif, AmorePacific, Caolion, Primary Raw, Dr. Jart+, Erborian, and more and also sells Korean makeup brands such as Chosungah 22, Touch in Sol, and Too Cool for School.

What are *you* picking up at the sale?

Sephora Sale

Dior Lip Glow ($33) (reviewed here): After many years, 10+ tubes, and endless trials of dupes, this is still a daily staple (actually multiple-times-a-daily staple).  This is even better than the History of Whoo version.  There are now Lilac and Coral versions, but the original pink still works best for my pale skin.

Chosungah 22 Dual Lip Tint & Gloss ($19) (shown in Chiffon): The lip tint is high quality: applies smoothly, evenly, and with a POW of color.  A marked difference from TonyMoly quality ::side eye::  Unfortunately, the lip gloss flakes off.  Still worth trying.

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Rainbow Connection: Dior Diorsnow Rainbow Powder Review + Swatches + Comparisons

Double rainbow all the way across the sky! Oh my God…Oh my God…Oh, God! What does this mean? Ohhh…Oh my God… -Unknown wise man

01 Dior Diorsnow Rainbow Powder ReviewThe Diorsnow Rainbow Powder (officially Les Neiges de Diorsnow Colour Correcting Radiance Powder in 001) is an Asia exclusive that Renee brought back from Taipei at my request. I thought this might be of interest because (1) it’s so crazy beautiful (serious makeup p0rn ahead!), (2) many of you live in Asia, and (3) sometimes Asia exclusives pop up in the U.S., such as during Nordstrom’s summertime Anniversary Sale (although that’s starting July 17th and I haven’t heard anything yet…).  Update: The beauty specials for the Anniversary Sale are now up and they definitely don’t include Rainbow Powder. Update #2 (Feb. 2016): An almost exact dupe–in appearance at least–can be found in the Guerlain Meteorites Voyage Exceptional Compacted Pearls of Powder ($179 with the case or $59 for the refill pan).  I updated this post with a comparison below.

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BeautyandtheCat x Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

New for Spring 2015

01 BeautyandtheCat x Hourglass Ambient Lighting PaletteAnnouncing the EXCLUSIVE and LIMITED* BeautyandtheCat x Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette ($65). Specially designed for fair to light skin, this collaborative project combines three of Hourglass’s existing Ambient Lighting Powders to maximum effect:

Diffused Light / texture-softening, redness-reducing pale lemon

Ethereal Light / brightening, white veil of chiffon

Dim Light / light beige sheen with healthy peach tones

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Worth It? Hourglass No. 28 Lip Treatment Oil Review

01 Hourglass No 28 Lip Treatment Oil ReviewHourglass No. 28 Lip Treatment Oil is the most expensive lip product I own.  At $42 for 0.25 oz., it’s almost as expensive per ounce as La Mer’s lip balm (Hourglass: $168/oz. versus La Mer: $172/oz.).  Containing 28 different oils and applied via a cold 24kt gold-plated tip, the oil feels plush and thick, not runny.  It has a slightly herbal fragrance, but I don’t really notice it anymore.

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