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Sephora Beauty Insider Event Holiday Bonus 2018 Sale Haul

Things like this is precisely why I need to go on a low buy.


So the one thing I wanted fuh so' fuh so' was that Hourglass palette. I swatched that in a Sephora since September and it's been haunting me eva since.

Everything else kindda jumped in my cart unbeknownst tuh me 😁 ok seriously; from de time Stila launched their 'Vivid & Vibrant' collection I had my eyes on the Shimmer & Glows in 'Vivid Jade' and 'Vivid Sapphire'. I wouldn't recommend buying a lot of these at once if you're not going to use them regularly because they have a tendency to dry out. 

The other thing that was at the tippy-top of my Wish List was the Pat McGrath Labs lipsticks in the limited edition packaging. In usual Sephora style, the one I wanted was sold out at the time I was placing my order. Well it came back in stock so yuh know...I had to get it.

Isn't she gorgeous?! 😍 Sharalee swears by those Boscia Black Charcoal Blotting Linens so I wanted to giv…

Sampled Out

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Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet 10ml

"A bestselling, ultra-lightweight soothing and hydrating gel-cream." That's the perfect description. It's an ok product but I wouldn't spend $39USD on the full size (40 ml). Sharalee believes in Caudalie products though so don't just take my word for it.

Sunday Riley Martian Mattifying Melting Water-Gel Toner 1 ml
Let this be a lesson that you should read the instructions before attempting to use a product. I just saw  the word toner and gone wid my fast self and poured the majority of the contents onto a cotton pad. Smh. Upon reading the back of the package I realised why nothing was happening: "apply after cleansing. Using your fingers, massage into skin." So I tried that with whatever was left but yuh know that ain't nearly enough to form an opinion. The full size retails for $55USD for 130 ml. Denatured alcohol is the second ingredient so I wouldn't purchase.
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Unpopular Opinions Makeup Tag

First a bit of housekeeping: congratulations to Instagram user: @ _nicola.xo. You're the lucky winner of our last October Instagram giveaway. Please send me (lucinda@modenmakeup.com) an email with your contact number.
Check out the creators of this tag: Nobody's Beauty Guru and Ola Quinn.

Let's get to it.
1. Popular makeup product you don't like.
I only realised this year that I'm not a fan of the matte M.A.C Paint Pots. I know a lot of people use them as eyeshadow bases/primer but they just make my eyelids look textured and dry. I tried wid dem but it ain't fuh me.
'Quite Natural'
2. Popular makeup brand that everyone else seems to hate but you love.
This is tough. Ammmm I know NARS made people really mad when they lost their cruelty free status so do they count? They still get my coins 😔
'Siouxsie'
3. Makeup collab you didn't like or were not interested in.
I don't check for most collabs but at the tippy top of that list is anything to do …

The Wishlist Tag

DreaCN created this tag and I think it's a good one. Check out her video:


Since I've been doing Wish List Updates of late I thought this was pretty timely. They're 12 questions so let's get on with it.
What is the very next makeup item you're planning on buying?
There are a couple things in my Nordstrom cart right now and I don't know if I'm gonna buy them all. Fo sho I'm getting the Nars Holiday Nordstrom exclusive Spiked Audacious Lipstick though.
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2. If you could walk into Sephora TODAY and buy any one item (regardless of budget), what would it be?
The Sunday Riley Ultimate Vault Collection. Y'all know how I feel about Good Genes plus I really want to try the U.F.O and Juno oils.
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3. What is the oldest item on your Sephora Loves List?
The Cover FX Mineral Pressed Foundation 'G80'. I never got shade matched so this is a real real long overdue purchase.
4. What is t…

Sephora Fall 2018 Friends and Family Sale Haul

If you're not checking out my Scopes you don't know that that's where the haulage goes down. I'm only sharing this haul here in case you were looking for more recommendations for the Fall VIB Sale.


Laneige Kiss and Make Up Set - $28USD
Yuh know how I feel about value sets. This one is worth it since it contains a full size of the well loved original Lip Sleeping Mask that retails for $20USD. There is 20 grams of product in that; that's a lot of lip mask! I only want to try the new scents. *aka check out The Marketplace*

Drunk Elephant Out of Office - $25USD
Another kit I purchased for the lip product. The Lippe Balm is full sized and retails for $18USD. The trial size of the Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil is smaller than what came in the D.E All Glowy kit but it's still handy for travel. D-Bronzi is a relatively new release...stay tuned for a review.

Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint 'Uncuffed' - $24USD

Would you believe that I haven't tried the original …

Wish List Update

The Sephora Fall VIB sale is upon us once again. Dem ain't sticking up this year; de ting start early!

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If you'd like to see my recommendation for new releases let me know. For now let's cast our minds back to November 2016 and see if I got any of the products that I was lusting after.
Sunday Riley #SquadGoals Skincare Essentials Kit
Definitely copped that. I still haven't tried Tidal or Ceramic Slip (which has since been reformulated) but I was happy to have this just for another Good Genes.


Shiseido Facial Cotton (165 sheets)
They carried up the price by 50¢ and we still buying dem.
L’Occitane Deliciously Addictive Almond
I didn't buy this set but I do have full sizes of the Shower Oil and the Supple Skin Oil.

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare C + Collagen Perfect Skin Set & Refresh Mist
Copped that too; still haven't done the comparison post 😒

Ardency Inn Best of Eyes Set 
Sephora doesn't even sell Ardency Inn anymore; neither does Beautylish 😢 The …