January 25, 2016

Beauty Buys/Beauty Haul - Dior, Hourglass, Pixi, Kate Somerville


'BEAUTY BUYS' is just another term coined for the infamous 'HAUL'. It is the list of things I buy, try and the ones you will hear me 'yak', 'blab', 'review' about in next few posts!!! Call this a 'Preview'..

A bunch of products that I picked during the last week of December and in January. I decided to post a few Gifts that I got during the Holidays as well, because some are still available in stores and some online. I have already shared most of these on Instagram ( @dazzlensparkle)

Kate Somerville came out with ExfoliKate® Cleanser Daily Foaming Wash and the ingredient list contains Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Pineapple, Pumpkin, and Papaya Enzymes! Every single thing that has been working for me excellently recently. I still say no need to spend too much on a cleanser, a product that barely stays on face for less than a minute, but ingredients so good, I had to try.

Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Face Polish is my holy grail face exfoliator (traditional style scrubby scrub) and I am almost done using whatever I had, so I thought why not give something else a try. This Botanics Age Defense Microdermabrasion Polish sounded pretty similar and promising. I picked this and have used it too. Will review this once I have used it enough. It is good, but not as good as my Laura Mercier one.

Pixi glow tonic was one product in my Best of Skincare 2015 post and when I saw this Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser at Target, I knew I had to try it. There are few new masks from Pixi as well, but I am on NO MASK buy for this month. Will grab those in months to follow.

Dior, Chanel, Tom Ford, Burberry are few of my absolute favorite luxury brands, but I look forward to seasonal releases from Chanel and Dior the most. The packaging is to die for. I keep staring these for few months before actually using them. The patterns are just too hard to ruin. This year too I had to choose between the Chanel Sunkiss Ribbon Blush from LA Sunrise collection and the Dior Diorskin Nude Air Glowing Gardens Illuminating powder. I chose the 002. It is a limited edition shade and even though it shows sold out online, some stores still have it.

The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit palette is probably the best travel palette for blush, bronzer, highlight and setting powder, if Hourglass products work for you. This was a Holiday 2015 release and every color in it a permanent one, though one shade is palette exclusive. It is a strobe highlighter kind of thing and I believe this shade is released as individual in the latest Hourglass Ambient® Strobe Lighting Powder. I am not sure if these two are same though. The palette though small in size is still available in many Sephora Stores and at Nordstrom website.

Caudalie Mask Trio set too was Holiday exclusive set, but all the masks are permanent and some not so popular Sephora store (not is busy area) still have it. I have already tried these and so far I am loving it.

I also though I would share in the Holiday gifts that I got (related to beauty/skincare) in this post. The Sephora Favorites Mask set is the one that was exclusive to JCPenny. At $30, this mask set had a better selection and better price in comparison to the one that was Sephora Exclusive. Many Sephora stores still have the Mask set at reduced price. All the masks are permanent.


I got this Sephora Favorites perfume set and I have yet to decide which full size one I want to pick. I am leaning towards Elizabeth and James Nirvana White. This set is still available.

Lastly I was surprised to get this beautiful Tarte Holidaze Bling It On Blush palette. This has beautiful 5 blushes and it makes no sense sharing it now, simply because it is not available anymore. I just wanted to thank my friend for gifting this to me and make her happy by posting it here.



These are some of the newer products that I plan to review in the following months.

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