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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Going for Gold: Tatcha Camellia Moisturizing Lip Balm Review

Tatcha, Tatcha, Tatcha, Taaaaatch me! I wanna be dirty. -Rocky Horror Picture Show

Introducing Tatcha Gold Camellia Nourishing Lip Balm ($36 for 8g/0.28 oz.; sent by Tatcha for consideration).

01 Tatcha Gold Camellia Nourishing Lip Balm Review

Yes, you read that right.  24-KARAT GOLD.  Fahncy!  ::holds lip balm with pinkie in the air::  Even the box is fahncy (it’s currently holding hair ties on my vanity), and the jar is glass.

Topped with a delicate square of 24-karat gold leaf, the balm itself is a colorless firm jelly.  The consistency is slippery, shiny, and thin with not a hint of wax–a big plus to me because I’m not a fan of waxy balms such as Fresh’s Sugar lip balms, which don’t add moisture or work well with lipstick.  My preferences run along the lines of Dior Lip Glow for day and Hourglass Lip Oil or Vaseline for night. Continue reading “Going for Gold: Tatcha Camellia Moisturizing Lip Balm Review”

You Can’t Tatcha This – Tatcha Overnight Memory Serum Concentrate

First thing around New Year 2016, Christine from Tatcha emailed BeautyandtheCat with a lovely note announcing the newest additions to Tatcha’s growing Luminous Collection. Angela really loves the Tatcha Dewy Skin Mist but it’s MY turn to bask in the goodies so I said send ME the samples for review. Yes, that’s right, you can’t touch this Angela!

I was ho-humming away at work when this beauty arrived. I mean, just look at it! It came in a white box with turquoise washi wrap. Inside is a white satin bed holding an orchid, note in a bottle, and gradient purple and gold containers of the good stuff. Siiiiiigh….it’s like a gift from some Japanese cat goddess.

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Indi-go-go – Tatcha Indigo Soothing Silk Hand Cream

The nice folks at Tatcha sent me a care package out of the blue (har har.) The number of packages, big and small, at work are making my banking bosses side-eye. Whatevs. T’is the season for brown packages, bauss. But thank you Tatcha for the nice surprise below. I will commence reviewing that ultra luxurious hand cream: the Tatcha Indigo Soothing Silk Hand Cream. They even included a sweet hand-written note. Continue reading “Indi-go-go – Tatcha Indigo Soothing Silk Hand Cream”