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I recently got Sephora’s 10-piece set of bestselling beauty essentials.

The set contains:
– 0.5 oz Philosophy Hope In A Jar
– 0.05 oz Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Sin (light shimmering champagne)
– 0.13 oz Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Original (sheer nude)
– 0.5 oz Smashbox Photo Finish Primer
– 0.14 oz Sephora Collection Lipstick in The Red 04 (classic bright red)
– 1 oz Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 in Nude (light beige/ for fair to light skin tones)
– 1.1 oz Nars Illuminator in Orgasm (peachy pink with shimmer)
– 0.37 oz Buxom Lash Mascara in Blackest Black
– 0.01 oz Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in black
– 0.24 oz Marc Jacobs Daisy Rollerball

I was most excited about the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer because I’ve heard amazing things about it. When I applied it, it had a thick consistency and I’d say its similar to the Bare Escentials primer. It really helped my liquid foundation apply smoother. I don’t have oily skin so it didn’t make my skin oily but I’ve read it can cause you to break out if you’re allergic so I guess we’ll see about that later.

I’ve seen enough great reviews on the Nars Blush in Orgasm that I was hopeful about the Nars Illuminator in Orgasm. However, it’s not as pigmented as I hoped it to be. I know it’s an illuminator but it almost matches my skin too closely to work that way. So I decided I’d use it as a base coat to my blush in an attempt to help add some shimmer to my otherwise matte blushes. You can read another review on Musings of a Muse.

The Stila Smudge Stick eye liner in black is amazing. It glides on so liquidy smooth and creates the perfect cat eye look. It’s a twist tip so there’s no sharpening which is always a plus .

I really love the Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer in nude. I’ve been wanting to get a tinted moisturizer since I’ve heard they’re great to use when you don’t want to apply foundation. It goes on like a moisturizer but gives just the slightly tint so it looks like I’m wearing the thinnest layer of foundation. I liked the basic coverage that it provided over my skin.

The Buxom Lash mascara has the craziest brush. It’s a synthetic brush, shaped almost like a figure eight where each end is thickier than the middle. This gave my lashes the prettiest most delicate look. It separated my lashes out and gave them a natural look without any clumping.

I’m not a huge fan of perfumes simply because I have an abnormally strong sense of smell. I can basically smell anything within a 50 yard radius. Wearing any kind of perfume is always overwhelming and when I want to wear it am forced to apply the smallest amount possible. This smells lovely, almost florally, and I applied it to the back of my neck so I could wear it without any irritation.

I wore the Sephora lip stick in The Red yesterday to work and that stuff is amazing. It’s a true red color and goes on beautifully. I applied a liner first before the lipstick and it’s almost noon and the color is still as fresh as when I applied it this morning at 7:30. I even ate breakfast between that time. I was really excited about receiving it because wearing red lip stick more often has become one of my goals for the new year. Here’s another review on this lipstick if you’re curious.

The two items I was least excited about was the Urban Decay eyeshadow in Sin and the Urban Decay eye primer. I actually own both of these products already and try not to double book myself with products. I do love both the products though because Sin is such a pretty pink color and the primer works well with my Naked palettes though I do love the bare escentials eye primer better.

Lastly, I was really sad about the Philosophy Hope in a Jar moisturizer. When I applied it, it felt very watery and not thick and smooth like a moisturizer should feel. I decided to check with my sisters first and see if they don’t mind the product [worst decision ever, I am terrible {doh!} ]

As an added bonus I received this Dolce and Gabbana light blue perfume. Like I said, I’m not a huge fan of perfumes but this smells absolutely glorious and I was so happy to receive it. It just smells like fresh, clean goodness.

Happy New Year’s Eve tomorrow. What are your plans?
We’re getting together with friends.
Food. Games. Friendly banter.
The best kind of weekend.

Some songs to check out for the New Year:
Florence + The Machine – Cosmic Love
Kelly Clarkson – Stronger
M83 – Midnight City
Mumford & Sons – The Cave
LP – Into the Wild