February 2016 Sephora Haul

February 2016 Sephora Haul

Earlier this month, I had a little shopping spree at Sephora–a Valentine’s Day treat for myself.

List of products purchased:

I have yet to try all of the products, but right now I’m loving the Touche Éclat Neutralizer. I definitely want the other colors, as well as the Touche Éclat Strobing Light Highlighter.

Have you tried any of these items? Would you like me to review any of them?

Nerdy Librarian Girl: High-end Lipstick Review Series Finale & Giveaway!!!

Check out this great series of high-end lipstick reviews, then enter for your chance to win a Chanel lipstick!


Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Fallen from the Lipstick Tree review Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Fallen from the Lipstick Tree

I’m back with the 17th and final review in my High-end Lipstick Review series! I have been testing out and comparing high-end lipsticks for just over a year now. You can check out my original post for a full explanation. As promised, I will be giving away a lipstick from the brand that scores the highest number of “Duchess Points” to a subscriber in a shade of their choice. Keep reading to see which brand will be deemed most splurge-worthy and for details about how to enter the giveaway.

The last high-end lipstick I’m reviewing is from Charlotte Tilbury. When British celebrity makeup artist and YouTube star, Charlotte Tilbury, launched her own makeup line in 2013, makeup fans everywhere seemed to freak out. Charlotte Tilbury became available to order in Canada from their Canadian website this year. I was really pumped to…

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Favorites of 2015

A look at my favorite beauty and lifestyle items from the past year

Snoopy & Lucy - December 31st

Can you believe it’s already New Year’s Eve (and already 2016 for those of you in different time zones)? I don’t know about you guys, but 2015 went by incredibly fast for me. I wonder just how long it will take me to get used to writing and typing “2016”…

Instead of the usual monthly favorites, here’s a list of my favorite things from the past year:

Favorites of 2015 - Skin Care

Skin Care

  • Belif The True Cream – Aqua Bomb — This gel-cream is my new favorite moisturizer and I’ve been recommending it to just about everyone I know. It’s the perfect product for maintaining hydrated, dewy skin throughout the cold winter months. [featured post]
  • COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch — These patches are like little overnight miracle workers. I’ve been using them to tackle all of my breakouts. [review]
  • Dr. Jart+ Dermaclear Micro Water — As much as I swear by the double-cleanse method, there are some nights when I am just too tired to wash my face. That’s when I reach for a cotton pad and this powerful cleansing water. It’s also perfect for busy mornings.
  • Skinfood Carrot Collagen Eye Sheet — I love pretty much all sheet masks, but these hydro gel eye patches are still my favorite of the lot. They are cooling, hydrating, and brightening. I use them at home whenever I look like a panda, and I also take them with me on trips. [featured postreview]
  • AmorePacific Treatment Enzyme Peel — This papaya enzyme peel feels so luxurious as you work it into a foamy lather. It’s a bit expensive, but a little bit goes a long way. It’s a very gentle exfoliator, so you can use it every day.
  • Innisfree Eco Safety Aqua Perfect Sun Gel — The sunscreen that feels like an emulsion. Yes, really. [review]

Favorites of 2015 - Makeup


  • Bite Beauty Matte Crème Lipstick in Barberry — This lipstick was part of the limited edition Frozen Berries collection. It’s a really pretty berry color that quickly became my favorite shade of the year. [featured post]
  • Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop — There are many reasons why this highlighter is so popular. The rose gold shimmer is stunning on everyone. [featured post]
  • NARS Lip Gloss (shown in Orgasm) — NARS lip glosses are my favorite thanks to their long-lasting, non-sticky, moisturizing formula. [featured post]
  • Urban Decay Naked Smoky — I bought this palette earlier this month (thank you, Sephora holiday coupon) and I’ve been reaching for it almost every day. This is definitely my favorite of the Naked palettes.
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion – Original — I have heard a lot of good things about this primer and finally purchased it on sale ($10, old packaging). It makes my eyeshadow last all day without creasing.
  • Too Cool For School Dinoplatz Lip Balm — This lip balm could be in the skin care category because it is so smooth and hydrating. [review]
  • Benefit Cosmetics Fake-Up Undereye Hydrating Concealer — This concealer is another recent purchase that made the list. It is the only concealer I’ve ever used that covers blemishes and hydrates. I also love its lipstick-like packaging.

Too Cool For School Egg Mousse Body Oil

Head & Body

  • Herbal Essences Naked Dry Shampoo (not pictured) — I think dry shampoo is an absolute beauty essential. This one from Herbal Essences works great and is inexpensive. [featured post]
  • Versace Bright Crystal — I am all about fresh and floral scents, and this one is my favorite of the year. I absolutely love it. [featured post]
  • Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb (not pictured) — This fragrance is perfect for special occasions.
  • EOS Shave Cream (not pictured) — The thick and creamy formula is just what I need for soft, smooth, and protected legs. [review]
  • Too Cool For School Egg Mousse Body Oil — I bought this body oil on a whim, just so that I could get free shipping from Sephora (yup, those pre-Rouge days). It turned out to be an amazing investment. I have very dry skin, especially in the winter, but this stuff works wonders for me. It also smells like designer perfume.

Favorites of 2015 - Technology


  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ (not pictured) — I was obsessed with this phone for a couple of months, before finally deciding to get the smaller Samsung Galaxy S6. I love my gold S6, but the S6 edge+ is undeniably stunning.
  • Samsung Wireless Charging Pad — This makes at-home charging so convenient, although I also love Samsung’s Adaptive Fast Charging Wall Charger.
  • Portable Chargers — I use my phone a lot, so I rely on these guys for some extra juice throughout the day.
  • Anker Bluetooth Ultra-Slim Aluminum Keyboard — I originally bought this to use with my tablets, but I’ve since connected it to my laptop (which sits on a raised platform on my desk). It’s quite compact and works great.

Leanne via PeanutizeMe.com


  • Lifefactory Water Bottles — These glass water bottles are protected by a silicone jacket and have interchangeable lids. They are very durable and leave water tasting fresh.
  • Coloring Books — Adult coloring books were very popular this past year. I used to love coloring books as a child so I couldn’t help but get a couple for myself, plus a new set of Prismacolor pencils.
  • Moleskine 2015 Mickey Mouse Limited Edition Weekly Planner — I used this planner religiously throughout the year. I love its size (5 x 8.25″) and the split planner + notebook format.
  • All things Peanuts! — This year, I rediscovered just how much I love Snoopy and the rest of the gang. I pretty much waited all year for The Peanuts Movie–which I saw on opening weekend, of course–and I also bought a bunch of Peanuts merchandise (Happy Meal toys, Christmas stamps, apparel, movies, coloring book…). Check out PeanutizeMe.com to turn yourself into a Peanuts character like I did above! (I hesitate to admit that this is the fourth one I’ve made of myself.)

What were some of your favorite things from 2015? Let me know in the comments! Happy New Year!

Valentina Sofia: Holiday giveaway: Win a MAC lipstick

This giveaway is ending soon! Be sure to enter before tomorrow at noon EST.

Valentina Sofía

Hi friends! So I know I said I was waiting for 200 followers to do a giveaway, but I’ve been inspired by the holiday time to do a giveaway this month, just for the fun of it. I’m getting a new MAC lipstick soon, and I figured this would be a good time to do a giveaway so one of you guys can get one too!


So let’s get on with the fun stuff, shall we? First of all, here are some rules:

  • Must be following me (duh).
  • Reblog this post.
  • Comment on the post with the lipstick you’d like if you won!
  • This giveaway will be open internationally and will end Dec. 24th at noon EST.

And that’s it! Doing these will earn you one entry into the giveaway, but you can get threeextra entries by doing the following:

  • Following me on Instagram at @valentinabore.
  • Following me on Twitter…

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November 2015 Beauty Favorites

Thanks to Sephora’s VIB sale, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, my wallet suffered greatly last month. Actually, 5 out of 7 items on this list were purchased during the VIB 20% off sale… Oops?

Here are my November 2015 favorites (clockwise, from top left):

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  1. Tarte Light of the Party Collector’s Makeup Case — I really did not need another eyeshadow palette, but I just couldn’t resist this sparkly, sequined holiday kit. My favorite shadows are: fizz the season, baby it’s gold outside, ring-a-ling, and chrome for the holidays. Can you tell that I love glittery metallics?
  2. Belif The True Cream – Aqua Bomb — This is my new holy grail go-to fall/winter moisturizer.
  3. Julep Rashida — This “rosy copper matte metallic” is perfect for a pretty one coat manicure. Plus, it’s made with Julep’s Oxygen Technology which means that it’s super fast-drying–no speed top coat required!
  4. Tarte Lips for Daze LipSurgence Set (shown in Craze and Praise) — These lip crayons are smooth, moisturizing, and buttery. I highly recommend them.
  5. Bite Beauty Best Bite Rewind (shown in Coulis) — Bite is definitely my favorite brand for lipsticks. My favorites from this set are Coulis (raspberry red) and Aubergine (eggplant).
  6. The Body Shop Vitamin E Hand & Nail Treatment — This hand cream instantly moisturizes my hands and also softens my cuticles. I’ve been keeping this in my purse to help brace myself against cold air and constant hand-washing.
  7. Too Cool For School Dinoplatz Pearl Bay Invasion Highlighter in #2 Baby Pink Clam — This liquid highlighter is a new staple in my morning makeup routine. It has currently replaced Champagne Pop and NARS illuminators for me.