A Midsummer Night’s Haul

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I, Heather, openly admit I have a shopping problem (but then again, so doesn’t everybody?). I don’t go shopping often, but when I do, I splurge and I love every waking minute of it oops. Today I happened to have a day off, and used it to adventure on over to Portland… Maine’s one and only real “city” worth visiting 😉

Since the nearest mall is (at least) an hour and a half away, it was one of those days where Sephora was practically screaming my name. I couldn’t venture to the big city (if you define 60,000 people as big, heh heh) without making a stop in my favorite store before leaving. When quality makeup is such a long drive away, you cherish every visit you have and hug every piece of luxury makeup you get to your chest.

I also stopped at Pacsun too, but I’m a bit grumpy seeing as they forgot to remove the security tag on the one item I bought and only realized this after I returned home. It’s also worth mentioning the nearest Pacsun is 40+ miles away, so I was forced to bring the garment to my local TJMaxx with guilty, pleading, puppy eyes asking them to nicely remove it for me. +1 for TJMAXX, -1 for Pacsun 😡

Okay, anyways– back to the important stuff! Below you can find an overview of the items I bought from Sephora and some of my first impressions! Granted I haven’t been able to use any of the products extensively because I was way too excited to write up this post, but I have tried all of the products at least once and have offered my honest opinions below.


$ – Less than $30

$$ – Between $20-$55

$$$ – 55+

Disclaimer: With every price point I list, I take into account the affordability of comparable products. Even if the item may fall under a $$$ category, but is affordably priced compared to other items of the same quality, I may still mark it with a $$.


by Anastasia Beverly Hills ($$) 

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RATING: 9/10

A little disclaimer– I didn’t initially go into Sephora with the intention of buying this palette. Quite the opposite really. Though I had seen the newest Anastasia palette pop up on a few beauty blogs here and there, it wasn’t on my radar of Must Have’s nor did I have any desire to get it. Gift card in hand, I entered Sephora with the single goal of buying a Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette– I’m sure you know the one. It smells like an actual chocolate bar and has every beauty blogger green with envy and desire. Yeah, that was the one I had my heart set on.

And then I walked out of the store with the Modern Renaissance palette.

And let me tell you, I am so utterly in love with it.

And I regret absolutely nothing.

First off, not only is the MR palette more affordable than other comparable palettes (*cough* Too Faced *cough*), the shades themselves are just breathtaking. I was really looking for a palette that would fill the void that my Naked Palettes have left in my beauty collection. Out of Urban Decay’s Naked Collection, I have the Naked 2 and the Naked Smoky Eye. While I love both dearly, they lack a variety of warmer tones. Seeing as I have a golden-medium skin tone with brown eyes, I tend to favor eyeshadows that err on the warmer side rather than cool.

The Modern Renaissance Palette also does an excellent job at providing a range of rosier tints and deep hues that normally aren’t found in other palettes. Upon first glance, my favorite shades are Vermeer (for a brown bone highlighter), Red Ochre (for the corner of the eye), and Warm Taupe (for the lid).

As a last remark, the brush included is soft and subtly angled. I have zero complaints. As always, Anastasia has outdone itself.


by Urban Decay ($$)

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RATING: 7/10

This purchase wasn’t out of desire so much as it was necessity. Honestly, I just needed another eyeshadow primer potion and Urban Decay is known for having some of the best. I was also compelled to buy it because Eden is a gorgeous shade that can be worn alone and is supposed to help with reducing eye redness. It’s a win-win-win.


by Laura Mercier ($$$) 

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RATING: 9/10

Though this Laura Mercier Face Illuminator runs on the pricier side of highlighters, it was one of those purchases I had been craving for a while. I had always looked longingly at these little babies on the shelves and finally gathered up the nerve to buy one for myself. Up close, the powder resembles a satin sheet, and I chose the shade Devotion because it catered specifically to fair-medium skin tones. After doing a quick swipe of it on my cheek, I realized it offers a subtle pearly glow that isn’t too bronzey or overpowering. Though a bit lighter than my Soft & Gentle highlighter from MAC, it is also brighter and I can already tell this illuminating powder is going to be one of my favorites.


by NARS ($$) 

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RATING: 8/10

I’ll have to admit, choosing just one color from Nars’ multi-use collection was nearly impossible…but after careful deliberation, I decided to go with the shade Portofino. A darker coral that reminds me of the sand, sun, and a margarita, it was a great summer shade to fall back on. I also knew I’d primarily be using it on my cheeks and lips, so I wanted a shade that would really compliment both of those things. After applying it, I thanked my lucky stars it wasn’t a) too orange, or b) too light-pink for my skin tone. Though it definitely isn’t a shade that can be used with every outfit, it’s a nice shade to spice up a neutral outfit. I’m very happy with this purchase, and the eye-cheek-lipstick applies so soft and creamy, I can hardly feel it on my face or lips. Yay Nars!


All in all, I’m highly satisfied with today’s purchases and though I didn’t buy a ton of things, I bought items that would inevitably receive a lot of use… and really, when it comes to luxury makeup purchases, that’s all you can really ask for!

What are your summer makeup must have’s? Have any of you tried (and also loved or hated) the Modern Renaissance Palette? If you have any specific questions about the products or would like a more in depth review of a certain purchase, don’t hesitate to let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for stopping by y’all 🙂





    • July 22, 2016 / 3:46 am

      So glad I went with it! I didn’t think I’d like it, just based on the photos I’d seen but in person it was sort of everything I wanted! 😍

  1. Louise Francesca
    July 24, 2016 / 7:13 pm

    You got so many nice things! I’ve been wanting to try the Laura Mercier product for a while, it’s such a pretty colour. Would love if you could check out my recent post? Also my instagram is @louisefrancescaa if you want to follow eachother! X

    The Fashion Road

    • July 25, 2016 / 2:33 am

      Honestly the Laura Mercier illuminator is totally worth it as the glow isn’t so much glittery as it is natural. Your entire face just looks brighter and lighter, and it’s also perfect paired with NARS orgasm blush! 🙂 Also just follow me on Instagram and I will be sure to check out your account ❤️ Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Anna-Alina
    July 25, 2016 / 12:37 pm

    All products look so good! I wish to visit Portland too one day!;) Do you want to be friends with me on bloglovin? If yes, just follow my blog there, I’ll follow your blog back!!! https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/anna-alina-3947784

    • July 25, 2016 / 6:31 pm

      They were all definitely worth the purchase and I’ve already gotten loads of use out of them. All of the products 10/10 would recommend!!

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