After Christmas Make Up Sales

One thing I look forward to each year are the after Christmas make-up sales. For those of us on a budget it’s nice to be able to restock or try new items without putting a dent in your bank account. I went to Nordstrom Rack to pick up more of the Ivory NYX Stay Matte Not Flat Powder Foundation because it’s quite possibly the only one that actually matches my skin tone. It blends well and keeps it consistency better than most powders I have used in the past (and believe me, I have used a LOT of powders). I also found a few new items I’m going to be trying out (see below!).

NYX Power Foundation

The first was this cute Stila Cosmetics eye shadow set, meant as a christmas stocking stuffer now on clearance. I’ve never tried Stila cosmetics eye shadows before so I figured it was as good a time as any to give it a go. So far I’ve been pleased with them but it’s only been a few days.

Stila Eye Shadows

The second item was the NYX waterproof mascara, I needed a new mascara, and frankly I’ve got no brand loyalty for my mascaras so I figured it was worth trying out. I actually haven’t had a chance to use it yet, but I will update you on how it works out!

NYX Mascara

The next item I picked up the Light Night Cream from Neutrogena. I’ve been using a lot of face masks and astringent on my face in the last few weeks, trying to find one that actually works on my skin and so I needed to stock up on a good moisturizer for my poor skin. I only really use cream at night, not as I am in a rush to get ready for work in the morning so I’d have to say the name sold me on this one. It really is light and so it doesn’t feel like I am putting on another mask or overly greasy product as I go to sleep.

Neutrogena Light Night Cream

These were all the items I picked up on this trip to the store, I’ll update this post on how they all work out. What are some of your favorite beauty products on sale now? I’d love any suggestions so I can try them out while they are on sale ­čÖé

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Kate Spade Bags Galore

Santa left me these beautiful Kate Spade purses this Christmas! The lighter one is the Lainey bag and the black bag is the Small Catalina. The Catalina is great for  dinner one night or just out and about.

Kate Spade Lainey/ Small Catalina

The Lainey bag has tons of room, which is why it is a must-have in my opinion! I don’t know about you, but I am always running around with a dozen random items in my purse. I would rather be over-prepared than under so a bag that will aid me in that goal is always welcome. There are two pockets that zip for more personal items and then a large open area for things like a laptop that won’t quite fit in zipped bag. I also really enjoy this design for the random rainy day. It’s easy to put your valuables in the zippered compartments and slip a plastic bag into the middle open compartment where you can store your umbrella if you don’t have a place to put in when it is not in use. The best part is, it’s not zippered so you can quickly grab it as soon as you are outside again.

Kate Spade Lainey Bag Lainey Bag Inside

The Small Catalina offers an adorable pattern inside the bag as well as an extra zippered compartment on the outside which is great for putting small items you don’t want to lose if your purse becomes somewhat cluttered (confession: mine always does). Also my previous black Kate Spade reminds me of this purse a great deal so I suppose there is a certain fondness I have a small black handbag. Is that not the sign that we are all becoming our mothers: favoring the practical handbag? All things aside I’m incredibly grateful I received these handbags this Christmas and I can’t wait for all the fabulous outfits I will pair them with in the future, my mind is already racing.

Kate Spade Small Catalina

Small Catalina Inside