The Birthday Haul

I put out a poll on Twitter last week because I knew my boyfriend was taking me shopping to pick out my birthday presents and I wanted to know if anyone would read a post about what I picked out. Every person that answered said yes, so here I am. I also figured since I got all but one thing from Sephora (and that one thing is available online at Sephora anyway), and Sephora's VIB Sale starts today, this would be a good post to publish today, in case you needed any ideas for what to get in the sale.

Upon walking into the store I made a beeline to the NARS display. I knew I wanted the new Blush from the Spring Collection in the shade Impassioned. My sister got it last time we went shopping together, and I've been kicking myself for not getting it ever since. It's the most beautiful muted nude cool-toned pink, which is just right up my alley. It adds the nicest hint of color to the cheeks without making my usually quite rosy cheeks look feverish. I had never tried a NARS blush before, but the formula is just stunningly buttery and pigmented. I also picked up the Yachiyo Brush #27. It's been in the back of my mind for probably about a year now, so I figured it was time. It's the perfect size and shape for blush, and it also works well with highlighter. It's not as soft as I was expecting, but I love it just the same.

I knew I wanted a more dramatic mascara, as my Lancome Hypnose Star is great for every day, but I was finding I had to layer it a lot if I wanted a more dramatic look. I couldn't decide if I wanted to go for the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara, but in the end I went with the YSL Faux Cils Shocking Mascara. My initial reaction upon first applying it was that I hated it - there was way too much product on the brush, so it gave me about four triangular clumps of lashes per eye. But I grabbed a spare spoolie and brushed out the excess product, and I fell in love with the result. The formula is super black and dramatic, and it really beefs up the lashes. It doesn't make them crispy at all though, and it doesn't smudge throughout the day. I really like it now, I just know now to wipe off the excess before applying.

The last bit from Sephora I got was the Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Pepper. I've had my eye on this dusty rose shade since this new line came out, and I was not disappointed. It's so creamy and comfortable on the lips, but it has quite good lasting power. The color Pepper is absolutely perfect - you know I love my neutrals.

The last thing I got was the new Calvin Klein CK2 Fragrance. It was the beautiful bottle that made me want to even try the fragrance - I love the minimalist vibe it gives. The fragrance is meant to be unisex/genderless, and I think it's just perfect for me. It's quite a fresh scent that almost reminds me of cut grass in a way, and as it settles onto the skin it definitely gives off a more "cologne-y" scent. It's a nice spring fragrance that's different from the typical rose scents I usually go for. I'd definitely recommend giving this one a sniff.

Have you picked up anything fun lately? What are you going to be picking up in the Sephora sale?