Some Stuff I’ve Bought Lately: Chattanooga Edition

I’m not going to lie: I went a little nuts in Chattanooga. Mostly because they had a real, honest-to-gawd Sephora store, not some reformed closet like we have here in town. They had a REAL Sephora store. And not a soul was in there when Tony and I walked in.

Aside: am I the only one who has ever brought a child into that store? They all literally sneered at me. He is a well-behaved child and was easily occupied with the mini trash cans they had around the store. But literally, none of them would speak to my child. Want to sell me? WOO MY CHILD.

ANYWAY. I had gone in with the soul purpose of restocking on my usual fave, Smashbox’s Sheer Focus tinted moisturizer. I’ve used this stuff FOR YEARS. The Luminous shade is something I recommend to most anyone because it is THAT sheer, but totally gives you the dewy look you want. But while I was browsing..

I picked up the Smashbox BB Foundation, and a lady walked over to me and said, Oh, no. Your skin doesn’t need all that. Walk this way with me. And then I woke up in a bathtub of ice with my kidney missing, but I got a helluva haul in my little black Sephora bag.

I am new to the Perricone MD line, mostly because it’s a litttttle pricier than I usually go. But the lady sold me on the benefits of this take on a tinted moisturizer: SPF 30 (30!), no bad stuff, lipoic acids, and the “little dab ‘ll do ya!” mentality. I’ve used it almost daily since I purchased it and I like it a lot. It’s got a little tint to it that looks scary in my hand (it looks WAAAAY too dark), but it blends seamlessly and I really, really like the higher SPF. (In a perfect world, I’d love to give his hypoallergenic moisturizer a try because it felt AMAZING, but that? Is too pricey for me.)

I’ve been eying the Fresh Rose Sugar tinted lip treatment for a long time now, but I couldn’t ever find a smaller or less expensive sample to try it out. And I didn’t want to buy a glorified chapstick tube at that price.  When I found a holiday gift pack that contained the lip treatment, a bronzer, and a “deluxe sample” size of their soy face cleanser, I gave in. (Side note: I counted no less than fifteen [FIFTEEN!] lip colors in my purse the other day. Just in my purse. Three in my desk drawer and probably six more in my bathroom at home. I .. have a problem.) I will say: this is a glorified chapstick tube. But! It does make my lips feel better and more conditioned and most importantly, it stays for a long while. But the best part …

The nice sized tube of Fresh’s Soy Face Cleanser is what sold me. Look, I’ll never touch a bronzer (my skin is transparent, I’m so pale. Seriously, you can see veins), and I have a favorite mascara, but the lip treatment and the cleanser have justified the purchase. This cleanser is crazy gentle, smells nice, and even takes off waterproof eye makeup. I’m a fan. (It’s .. a little pricier than I’m used to, honestly.) I also have a sample of Fresh’s Black Tea Mask that I am using sparingly and coveting and praying it lasts me until I’m 40.

Winter is incredibly hard on my lips, and even worse, Tony has taken to this habit of sucking on his top lip. ALL THE TIME. To the point that he’s 1) chapping and 2) giving himself hickies on his lip. SERIOUSLY. The only non-colored chapstick I ever have on me is Blistex Mint, and it freaks Tony out to have the tingly sensation. I grabbed this First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair on a whim once I saw it was colorless and flavorless, and it fixed Tony’s lips in ONE DAY. It’s now my go-to nightly for both of us and we may never look back. BEST LIP STUFF EVER.

What’s probably saddest about my list is that you’d never know I was really wearing most of these products.

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10 Responses to Some Stuff I’ve Bought Lately: Chattanooga Edition

  1. Jessica January 23, 2012 at 2:13 pm #

    I got a new Stila eyeliner with my Birchbox and I kind of love it. I don’t wear black liner but so I love that it’s blue!
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  2. Sarah Lena January 23, 2012 at 2:16 pm #

    OOOOH, ME TOO!! But I’m so sad because I adore the color, but my eyes are clearly allergic to the liner itself. SO SAD. What a gorgeous color!

    (.. you want mine?)

  3. Jesabes January 23, 2012 at 2:25 pm #

    BOTH my kids have that sucking-on-their-lip hickey thing going on. The baby was doing it to self-soothe (won’t take pacifiers), then the two-year-old picked up the habit by watching him! Gah!
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    • Sarah Lena January 23, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

      WHAT IS THAT MESS? I don’t know where Tony picked it up – it’s been in the last couple of months. It is driving me BONKERS.

  4. Andrea January 23, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

    You did get some good stuff! My sister bought a 3 pack sampler of the fresh sugar lip stuff at Christmas, and I am kicking myself for not getting one too. Very unfortunate.
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  5. Jessica January 23, 2012 at 4:08 pm #

    I’m allergic to anything made by Estee Lauder. My eyes freak out and get sore, puffy and it lead to multiple sty infections! I would totally take it off your hands. 🙂
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  6. Julie January 23, 2012 at 6:06 pm #

    I will have to try that first aid lip stuff. Sean sucks and chew his lips to the point they were bleeding the other day and we can’t get him to stop or ask for chap stick.

    I did try the Smashbox limitless eye liner recently and I love it. Smooth like my Urban Decay liners but stays in place a little better.
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  7. bessie.viola January 24, 2012 at 9:47 am #

    Thanks for the recommendation on the first aid lip stuff – Madeline does the SAME THING to her lips. Seriously, what is with these children? It gets to a point where she looks like she’s been experimenting (badly, mind) with lipliner because her top lip is swollen. We use the Bourdeaux’s Baby Kisses, but that’s something that takes some time.

    I wish I had a full-blown Sephora nearby; ours is just a small one inside of J.C.Penney.
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  8. Sixmilechick January 26, 2012 at 5:59 pm #

    I love the Sugar lip stuff. I splurged and bought one and then got a birthday card from Sephora for a sample of them. So excited! I love lip “stuff”!

    Wish I had a Sephora close by.


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