The Best Deals at the Sephora VIB Sale

The Best Deals at the Sephora VIB Sale on Monogrammed Magolias

I’m going to be completely honest here, this post is my way of recovering from this insane election season. It’s been a rough one. So rough that the only thing I could think of that would cheer me up today was a little retail therapy. When you get in that kind of mindset, well, all roads lead to Sephora.

Which was actually perfect because it just so happens that Sephora’s annual VIB Sale is happening this weekend. That’s right, folks, this weekend! Friday, November 11 through Monday, November 14 to be exact. So, if you’re a part of Sephora’s VIB or Rouge be sure to check your emails and mark your calendars because it’s going down! No need to stress over what to grab. That’s where I come in. Just keep reading to find the best deals Sephora’s VIB Sale has to offer and use the links below to shop the products directly!

VIB Sale Favorites

The Best Deals at the Sephora VIB Sale on Monogrammed Magnolias

Kat Von D Everlasting Mini Liquid Lipstick Set – I’m head over heels for Kat Von D’s Everlasting Liquid lipstick! This is an amazing kit to try out shades from classic to bold.

Value: $80

Retail Price: $49

VIB Price: $39

DryBar The Big Blowout Bundle – I don’t know about you but I’ve had my eyes on the 3-Day Bender curling iron from DryBar for a while now. With that being said, go big or go home, right? Might as well get the bundle!

Value: $434

Retail Price: $299

VIB Price: $239

Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb Gift Set – Can’t forget the guys in your life during this sale! Spicebomb might be my favorite scent on a guy ever which makes sense seeing as Flowerbomb is probably my favorite perfume. Plus, you can’t really find a cooler bottle.

Retail Price: $95

VIB Price: $76

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit – This is a great way to try multiple products from the Hourglass Ambient Lighting range. You get the Ambient Lighting powder, bronzer, 2 blushes, and the new Ambient Strobe Lighting powder. That’s a grab-and-go palette if I’ve ever seen one.

Retail Price: $80

VIB Price: $64

Make Up For Ever Customizable Set – This is a great way to try a new foundation (or just stock up)! In this set you get the MUFE Skin Equalizer Hydrating Primer, an Ultra HD Liquid Foundation (in your choice of shade), and the Artisan Brush! Such a great value!

Value: $96

Retail Price: $69

VIB Price: $55

Sunday Riley #SquadGoals Skincare Essentials Kit – I’ve wanted to try the Sunday Riley brand for a while now so through in an essentials kit that claims to be #SquadGoals and I am ALL IN! No questions asked.

Value: $112

Retail Price: $90

VIB Price: $72

Clinique Honey, Honey Lip Set – Fun Fact: Clinque Black Honey Almost Lipstick was my first ever beauty counter purchase. I was 12 and thought it was the greatest thing ever. Well, it was because I’m still using it now. This kit has the extra perks of Sweet Pots Sugar Scrub and Lip Balm in both Black Honey and Pink Honey.

Value: $61

Retail Price: $36

VIB Price: just under $29

VIB Sale Under $25

The Best Deals at the Sephora VIB Sale on Monogrammed Magnolias

Tarte Gallery Gals Deluxe tarteist Eyeliner Set – I’m a big gel eyeliner fan so there’s something so intriguing about a gel eyeliner in a squeeze tube. What better way to try the new Tarte eyeliners than with a set that features two different colors and a mini brush?

Value: $28

Retail Price: $19

VIB Price: just over $15

Josie Maran Argan Oil Duo – I’m a Josie Maran Argan Oil freak! Seriously. I’ve been using it since my junior year of college. I’ve never looked back. It’s my winter time moisturizer, my split end mender, my cuticle oil, my everything! I love it. so when I see it in a value pack I buy it. Which makes this duo a must-have for me.

Value: $32

Retail Price: $18

VIB Price: just over $14

Bite Beauty The Perfect Bite – Have you tried Bite Beauty’s Amuse Bouche lipsticks? They’re kind of amazing and getting four in one set makes them extra amazing.

Value: $59

Retail Price: $25

VIB Price: $20 (that’s $5 per lipstick!)

Living Proof Spread Cheer Perfect Hair Kit – Two words. Jennifer Aniston. Yep, that’s all you need to know right? I’m loving picking up bits and pieces of the Living Proof collection to try out and this kit just seems perfect (I mean it’s in the name). It has both a shampoo and conditioner as well as a dry shampoo.

Value: $42

Retail Price: $25

VIB Price: $20

Nails Inc Candy Cane Set – Who doesn’t love nail polish? This kit is great because it features three great colors for the Fall/Winter season. In fact, Kensington High Street was featured in my Fall Nail Polish post a few weeks ago.

Retail Price: $19

VIB Price: a little over $15

fresh Sugar Lip Power Couple – Not gonna lie, I love the fresh Sugar Lip Treatment (I have the rose one on right now as I type this!) but I find it hard to spend $22+ on a lip balm. This kit makes it easier to take because it includes the Sugar Lip Treatment Advanced Therapy as well as the Sugar Nourishing Lip Balm Advanced Therapy. Win, win!

Value: $26

Retail Price: $25

VIB Price: $20

Tangle Teezer Candy Cane – I can’t actually remember what life was like before I discovered the Tangle Teezer. I don’t actually own any other hair brushes. That’s how much I love them! It’s not much of a value buy but they’re amazing so I had to throw it in there. Plus, this version is limited edition for the holidays without being too holiday themed. AKA. no actual candy canes featured on this brush.

Retail Price: $15

VIB Price: $12

Don’t forget to shop the Sephora VIB Sale starting this Friday and lasting through Monday! You can shop all of these products through the links above and keep an eye out on my Twitter where I’ll be sharing more favorite picks from the sale and more.

xx

Merisa

 

 

 

 

25 Wishes for My 25th Year

 

25 Wishes for My 25th Year -- My Birthday Blog Post on Monogrammed Magnolias

Does anyone else get really weird about birthdays? I’ve always been the girl that has a big countdown to her birthday. You know, the one that leaps out of bed in the morning just to put the one-day-closer X through the date on the calendar.

Not this year. In fact, I didn’t realize my birthday was so close until my roommate & I went to lunch with one of her teammates. She was talking about plans for her own birthday “next Monday.” I have a thing for fellow Libras and people born in October (no joke) so I asked, “Oh, when’s your birthday?”

“October 3rd.”

“No way! Mine too!” Instant friends.

Then it sunk in. Holy crap, my birthday is coming up. Oh no, am I really about to turn 25? I haven’t had time to properly prepare!

I wallowed in the agony of my impending decent into mid-twenties for about a week. Honestly, it still stings a bit but as it turns out, wallowing is not fun. Plus, I don’t want to be that girl. The one that dreads her birthday or cringes every time she has to say her age. Instead, I want to hold on tight to that Eloise-like splendor I used to feel in the days leading up to October 3rd. (PS – if you don’t know who Eloise is then I don’t know if we can still be friends.)

So, in hopes of returning to that blissful optimism of birthdays past, here is a list of 25 wishes for my 25th year…

  1. Kate Spade watch – Did you expect this to be all about the cutesy, “peace on earth” wishes? What can I say? I’m a material girl in a material world.
  2. Success – I’m not expecting ALL the gold and glory by the end of the year but some…maybe even a chunk,would be nice.
  3. Kindness – There should just be more kindness in the world. We shouldn’t build a wall around the country and I shouldn’t jump down my sister’s throat every time we disagree. Approaching life with more kindness should help with that.
  4. A President I can be proud of – Speaking of walls (*side eye emoji*), I hope by this time next year we have a president that I can be proud of. Or at least one I won’t want wish to be erased from the history books.
  5. Adventure – I don’t know what sort of adventure I’m hoping for but make it a good one. Maybe I’ll do more traveling. Or maybe I’ll pull a Helene and moved across the world! We’ll see.
  6. Comfort – Moving out (& only getting paid for 1 week in August even though I worked all 4, ugh) has really put a strain on me financially this year. So I hope to find a bit more comfort and stability in being 25. Maybe that counteracts the wish for adventure but it’s my birthday so just go with it.
  7. Marshall’s and/or Home Goods gift card – Like I said before, new apartment + financial strain = sad Merisa but some throw pillows and new druzy drawer pulls would make a very happy Merisa.
  8. Sephora gift card – You know what would go great with those druzy drawer pulls? An $80 highlight powder, that’s what.
  9. Happiness – Don’t worry, I haven’t left the beauty pageant answer type wishes behind just yet This year, I hope to find true, unadulterated, smile-from-your-soul happiness.
  10. … – I wish to extend the above wish to my momma, sister, and best friends as well Happiness all around, ladies!
  11. Health – Good health is always appreciated and kinda makes all the above wishes more enjoyable so yea, I would like to wish for good health in the coming year.
  12. Opportunity – I’ve been blessed with incredible opportunities this year so it’d kinda be crazy not to wish for that streak to continue, right?
  13. A really good hair stylist – Let’s face it, a good hair stylist is hard to come by and my hair is in desperate need of the expert treatment. Plus, finding a go-to hair stylist just seems like such a mid-twenties thing to do.
  14. Serenity – wait for it…
  15. Courage – wait for it…
  16. Wisdom – Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.
  17. Chloe boots – Hey, a girl can dream!
  18. More fun with my friends – After college, it seemed like it would take all the king’s men to get me and my friends together again. I’d like that to stop this year. Fun with friends should definitely be a more frequent occurrence in my life. There’s no need to waste time not having fun.
  19. The old Instagram algorithm to return – I can’t be the only one.
  20.  Balance – After all, I am a Libra and that’s kind our number one priority in life. I’d like to spend this year less frantic and more content and I think balance is the key to that wish.
  21. Quay x Desi High Key sunnies – Are these not the most sought after sunglasses of the year? It’d be a downright miracle if I managed to get my hands on them so maybe a wish will help them land in my hands soon.
  22. Tinted windows in my car – Superficial? Maybe but it just really bugs me that my windows aren’t tinted.
  23. Love – Don’t you think 25 sounds like a good age for an old fashion love story? Could be fun.
  24. A really good chocolate cake – uuuhhhhh, birthday cake! The best part about birthdays if you ask me.
  25. More wishes – Just kidding! Actually, it was kind of hard to come up with 25…I’ll take that as a good thing, a sign of a heart filled with content.

Cheers, to the next chapter of my life! It’s gonna be a good one, I can feel it.

xx

Meirsa

Beauty Review: PLAY! by Sephora

Beauty Review: Play! by Sephora on Monogrammed Magnolias

I’m a huge fan of subscription services from fashion, jewelry, even food but one of my favorite categories by far is probably pretty obvious if you’ve been around these parts for a while. It’s beauty, of course. I’ve tried out a few different beauty subscriptions but always ended up finding fault with them at some point. That hasn’t stopped me from trying to find the perfect one though.

That’s why I was excited to find out that Sephora has started their own subscription service called Play! Much like other beauty subscriptions Sephora’s box is $10 a month and features a collection of 5 deluxe samples plus a fragrance sample that they consider a bonus. However, each box also includes an adorably chic cloth bag plus a card you can use in store for “free expert advice” as well as a pull-out filled with how-tos and expert tips for each of the products. Oh and extra bonus the card gets you 50 extra points at Sephora with any purchase.

Beauty Review: Play! by Sephora on Monogrammed Magnolias

Before I get to talking about the products let’s talk a bit about the actual service. I don’t know if this is true for everyone or if it’s still even an issue but the waitlist they put you on when you first sign up is ridiculous. I’m pretty sure I was on it for at least two months before getting an email saying that I was “invited to Play!”

Then the shipping is a bit weird. You’re charged during the first week of the month but your box doesn’t ship until the third week. Once I didn’t get my box until the beginning of the next month because things were lagging a bit. That’s probably out of their hands but it’s not fun.

Beauty Review: Play! by Sephora on Monogrammed Magnolias

With all that being said, I still love finding that black and white striped box on my door step each month. I’m sure it’s because I’m a Sephora junkie but there’s just something about this box that seems a bit elevated than the rest in style and quality. Especially when it comes to the products…

Beauty Review: Play! by Sephora on Monogrammed Magnolias

The Products

Sephora Collection Rouge Shine Lipstick in love spell – Such a cute little sample to start with. It’s small but better than a little plastic bubble pack sample. This came in a great, flattering pink shade and I really liked the lipstick, rich and moisturizing just as promised. Fun little tidbit: this product is cruelty free.

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Night Cap Overnight Perfector – At first I thought, “oh I don’t really do styling creams.” Come to find out this product is more than just a styling cream, it’s a perfector. What does that mean exactly? Well it’s meant to add shine, vibrancy, and manageablity to your hair overnight. Sounds like a winner to me!

Well, upon first use of this product, I was thrown off by the smell. If I’m being honest, it smelt a bit like my dog’s flea shampoo which isn’t all that attractive. However, I moved past it when I woke up the next morning and my hair was laying in beautiful, shiny, curls and the smell was completely gone. I’m not saying any miracles were performed. My hair is naturally wavy but usually the curls and waves I wake up with look more like I’ve just come back from a night of sleeping on the forest floor rather than a satin pillow.

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper – One of my all time favorite products so I was happy to see a travel friendly version in this month’s box. What can I say? If you’re looking for a great liquid liner, perfect for a cat eye flick this product is what you want.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel – Another product I actually already own but also one that can always find a place in my makeup bag, the Brow Queen’s very own brow gel. Great for keeping stray hairs and rowdy brows in place.

Dr. Jart+ Water Drop Hydrating Moisturizer – I’m a huge fan of Dr. Jart+ but I have to say I’ve only ever tried their products via samples because, well, they are expensive. So needless to say, I was excited to find this moisturizer in this month’s box. I was impressed with the size of the sample seeing as the full size at $36 is only 3.3 fl. oz. So you could technically argue that at 1 fl. oz. this sample pays for the whole box. After using it a few nights before bed and under my makeup once or twice I can say that I’m a little confused as to why this found it’s way into the September box. Sure, it’s lightweight and hydrating but that seems more appropriate for a summer time box to me. Still enjoyable though so maybe that’s just me being nit picky.

Tory Burch Jolie Fleur Verte – I’m a big Tory Burch fan but I’ve never tried her fragrances, which made me really appreciate that Sephora decided to toss in fragrance samples as a bonus. This particular scent is described to be “a tomboy and easygoing mix.” Two things I am not but I do appreciate a bit of tomboy in my fragrances. However, I didn’t get tomboy from this sample at all. It’s very floral to me. Which isn’t all that surprising considering the name literally means “Nice Green Flower” in French. I’m just not into floral scents but hey, now I know that this one isn’t for me so I can pass it on to my mom or roomies and give another Tory scent a shot.

Overall, I’m loving this subscription so far. It’s perfect for loyal Sephora girls or anyone who just loves to try out new products without laying down the big bucks just yet. I think I’ll let it stick around a bit longer. Who knows what the next box will bring after all? You can sign up for Play! here to try it for yourself.

What are your thoughts on subscription services? Got a favorite? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to follow me on Twitter and Snapchat for more subscription box love!

xx

Merisa

 

 

8 Nail Polishes for Fall

Eight Fall Nail Polishes on Monogrammed Magnolias

One of my favorite ways to transition into Fall slowly (but surely, of course) is through my nail polish choices. Sure, it’s a subtle change from my usual picks throughout the warmer months but it definitely gets me in the spirit of the season.

I’m all about the dark colors and the deep reds but I also like to throw a nice green and a few neutrals in my repertoire. You can find my top picks in those categories and more down below, maybe you’ll see one of your old faithfuls or even find a new favorite! You can shop for each polish directly through the links.

Eight Fall Nail Polishes on Monogrammed Magnolias

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

Dark Polish

OPI Lincoln Park After Dark – My absolute favorite nail polish, hands down. I’m currently on my third bottle of this particular color which is unheard of when it comes to nail polishes. It looks very similar to polishes 4 and 8 pictured above but I can assure you that they are all very different. Lincoln Park is very purple but appears almost black on the nails. Perfect for Fall and Winter if you ask me.

Green Polish

Marc Jacobs 128 Nirvana – I must admit that what first drew me to this polish was the packaging. I just really like the bottle but it turns out that the color inside is actually pretty amazing. It’s a great forest green that’s colorful but unassuming at the same time. I mean that in the sense that you’re not going to get weird looks from peeps around the office for rocking this green on your fingers this season and that’s kind of a big deal.

Beige Polish

OPI Berlin there Done That – Not only is this a fantastic Fall neutral but it’s from a trusted brand and has a perfectly punny name. What more could a girl want in her nail polish?

Burgundy Polish

Nails Inc Kensington High Street – I’m a big fan of red fingernails but when it comes to the cooler months of Fall I tend to gravitate toward the deeper, warmer hues like this amazing oxblood polish. Plus, we all know oxblood is the on-trend color this season.

Red Polish

Formula X Curiosity – Did I mention I’m a big fan of red fingernails? Yeah, I just couldn’t resist throwing a classic in the mix. While this is still a classic red it does have that richness and warmth to it that just screams Fall.

Metallic Polish

Butter London All Hail the Queen – It just isn’t Fall without a warm metallic and this one combines the perfect amount of neutral & glitz. Plus, I have a soft spot in my heart for Butter London.

Navy Polish

Essie After School Boy Blazer – I went out and bought this polish after Carly from The College Prepster suggested it years ago…we even had a Twitter convo about it and I def fangirled. I’ve never looked back. It’s a seriously great color, such a classic navy that’s still sort of unexpected.

Purple Polish

OPI Infinite Shine Vampsterdam – I have to admit, I initially set out for a nice grey-beige to round out my neutrals but I just couldn’t find one that fit the bill completely for me so I decided to pull out an old favorite. Vampsterdam is an amazing purple and while it does appear similar to Lincoln Park After Dark and Kensington High Street above, it’s much more of a deep berry tone than those two.

Well there you have it, y’all. My top 8 Fall nail polishes. Like I said before you can shop all of these polishes directly through the links above. What are your favorite nail polishes for Fall? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to follow me on Twitter for more talk of all things Fall, I’m a bit obsessed.

xx

Merisa

Beauty Attitudes with The Estée Edit

Beauty Attitudes with the Estée Edit on Monogrammed Magnolias

If you’re a beauty junkie (or obsessed with everything Kendall Jenner does) like me, then you might have heard of the new launch by Estée Lauder known as the Estée Edit. In my honest opinion, the whole thing is just Estée’s pleading shot at targeting a younger audience…which I’m totally down for!

I grew up on Estée Lauder but I’d be lying if I told you applying Double Wear doesn’t remind me of my grandmother every time I do it. That’s why the Estée Edit works. It’s a breath of fresh air that still manages to stick to the brand’s “Beauty is an Attitude” mantra. That renewed spirit is why I was so excited to see a package from the beauties over at the Estée Edit perched on my doorstep the other day. Oh and it’s also why I’m sharing all my thoughts on the products inside with you!

SPOILER ALERT – I adore all of these products, so get ready for it…

Inside Track Eye Kajal

I cannot tell you enough just how much I love this eyeliner. Let me set the scene for you. I pull this double ended liner out of the packaging and immediately can’t wait to try the darkest shade, a Bold Bordeaux. I barely touch the the product to my lid and it glides on like a freaking dream. I put down the liner, before actually finishing the line on my eye, and pull up the Sephora app on my phone just to see what other colors it comes in.

I’m determined to collect them all! No worries though, I managed to put down the phone long enough to finish both eyes before heading out to work where I rocked this liner for eight sweaty hours (the AC was still out). Which is practically unheard of when it comes to pencil liner. I love that the color is a different take from the typical black while still being dark enough to define. I adore the nude end for the upper lash line too, even though it may be to pink toned for my lower waterline.

Beauty Attitudes with the Estee Edit on Monogrammed Magnolias

Metallishadow Creme + Powder

I love a good two-in-one product but one that comes with a teensy tiny mirror automatically steals my heart. I’m not too big of a fan of loose pigment shadows but I love the color of this particular one. Paired with the coppery brown cream shadow, this Metallishadow in Solar Blast is kinda unstoppable in my book. Seriously, it makes me crave cable knit sweaters and PSLs just sitting on my vanity.

Late Night Eraser

Holy calzone…I love this stuff! At first I thought, here we go, another eye cream with a metal applicator. Cue the eye roll but try it anyway. Not only is the eye cream balm soothing and brightening but the metal applicator actually works for me! I’ve never had an applicator like this actually cool and sooth my under eye area like this one. I could seriously apply this stuff all day long, I can’t get enough.

Beauty Attitudes with the Estee Edit on Monogrammed Magnolias

Radiance Activator 

I feel like I say this every time I mention skincare but it’s worth repeating, I am a dry skin girl. Like Priscilla, Queen of the Desert dry. So anytime I see the words “radiance” and “glow” on a product’s packaging I am game.

At first, I used this product as a primer, applying it over moisturizer as a bit of a radiance boost. While it does an amazing job at that, it’s way more versatile than I first thought. I decided to experiment a bit seeing that it feels amazing on my skin, illuminates without shining, and has a smell reminiscent of a watermelon Jolly Rancher. So far, I’ve mixed it with my foundation, used it on bare skin, and even applied it as a subtle highlight over my makeup. All scenarios passed with flying colors! This is definitely a product you will want to check out if you suffer from dull skin.

Speaking of checking it out for yourself, you can shop all of the products I’ve mentioned right here: Inside Track Eye Kajal, Metallishadow Creme + Powder, Late Night Eraser, Radiance Activator

What about you…have you tried any of the Estée Edit products? Let me know your thoughts in the comments. Oh and be sure to follow me on Instagram for more shots of these amazing products.

xx

Merisa

 

* I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

 

Current Obsessions + Playlist

Current Obsessions + Playlist on Monogrammed Magnolias

This week has been seriously crazy but in the same respect, it’s been seriously amazing too. I’m still trying to find the groove of things when it comes to the new apartment (in case no one has told you, living with two roommates is hard) but things are getting easier. Which I hope means things around here will get back to being consistent again. I miss chatting with y’all, that’s why I wanted to catch you up on what I’ve been loving lately including my go to monthly playlist.

My Favorite Murder

This one’s a bit out of the norm but it’s my absolute favorite obsession (and it is an obsession) so I had to talk about it first. In case you haven’t heard of it, My Favorite Murder is a comedy podcast all about, well, murder. It’s hosted by the kickass Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark who bring a brilliant mix of California girl comedy to the grisly world of true crime. If you’re a fan of shows like Forensic Files or Making a Murder then you need to listen to My Favorite Murder. I’ve ran through 26 episodes in like three days, it’s that good!

Girls on HBO

Where has this show been all my life? Scratch that, I know, it’s been on HBO and being the broke college girl grad that I am, HBO has alluded me until recently. My roomie and I went in on an HBO Now subscription so we could start Game of Thrones and while that has become an obsession all on it’s own; it’s Marnie, Hannah, Jessa, and Soshanna that have really stolen my heart. I’m not going to give much away here in case you’re like me and have lived under a rock for the last six years but I’m almost finished with season 2 now and would just like to say, as embarrassing as it is, I am Soshanna, Soshanna is me. That’s all.

Chloe Drew

Anyone else spend hours online staring at overly expensive designer bags you can only dream of owning? Or is that just me? In the case of the Chloe Drew bag, I take it a step further and sometimes go into Nordstrom just to touch them. I’ve spent way too much valuable time just daydreaming of the Drew bags lately so when I stumbled across a knockoff at Target (on clearance no less) I had to snag it. $14.99 >>> $1,800 ALWAYS

Elizabeth and James Nirvana Vanilla Bourbon

“You had me at bourbon.” That’s what I said to the sweet Sephora sales girl who introduced me to the latest fragrance from Elizabeth and James (aka Mary Kate and Ashley’s high end brand). I ended up snagging the rollerball version because I just couldn’t walk away from the rich, warm scent. Plus, a Kentucky girl can’t say no to bourbon, it’s like an unspoken law or something.

Caramel Apple Milky Way

If you follow me on Snapchat (which you totally should be doing seeing as I’m trying my damnedest to be better at it…@angelmerisa23) then you may have seen my grocery store discovery of these little gems. They taste so much like an actual caramel apple that I am in full blown fall mode and it’s still 95 degrees on the daily. For that I will forgive because they are just so darn delicious.

Playlist

Now it’s time for the musical portion of today’s lesson…my monthly playlist. I’m particularly loving the new Hey Violet EP and pretty much anything from the Suicide Squad soundtrack. Check it out here.

What are your current obsessions? Let me know in the comments and be sure to follow Monogrammed Magnolias on Facebook because I’ll be sharing a bonus obsession that you’re really going to want to see.

xx

Merisa

Beauty Review: Ole Henriksen VoxBox

Beauty Review Ole Henriksen VoxBox on Monogrammed Magnolias

So I may or may not have let out a teensy tiny scream when I found this little orange and yellow package sitting on my doorstep the other day. Turns out the contents were totally scream worthy, in the best way possible. They were Ole Henriksen products after all.

Thanks to the amazing peeps over at Influenster, who sent over the products, I’m bringing you a full review of not one, not two, but three…count ’em, 3 products!

Being the avid Sephora stalker supporter that I am, I’ve heard of Ole Henriksen but hadn’t really given any of their products a chance before. Hence, the excitement when checking the mail. Who doesn’t love trying new beauty products?

Beauty Review Ole Henriksen VoxBox on Monogrammed Magnolias

Truth Serum Collagen Booster

The first product I spotted was the Truth Serum Collagen Booster, it just seems like such an iconic Ole Henriksen product but like I said, I’ve never tried it before and I was deeply intrigued. I admit, when I first applied this product, I was a little confused about what was supposed to happen. Should I be looking out for a brighter complexion or one that’s more plump & hydrated. To be honest, as a dry skin girl, I was hoping for the latter. What I got in return was really a mix of both, especially when paired with the next product I’m going to talk about. I definitely noticed a bit more radiance and my skin didn’t seem so dry and flaky afterward but nothing too miraculous. The only downside, however, is that this stuff is pretty sticky after you apply it.

Beauty Review Ole Henriksen VoxBox on Monogrammed Magnolias

Sheer Transformation

Remember when I said I was a dry skin girl? Yea, well, that pretty much makes this little guy my new BFF. I could feel a difference in my skin after the first application, which is the sign of a true winner in my book. It has this incredible texture too, creamy but not heavy. Honestly, it manages to be creamy and gel-like while being hydrating but not sticky. Great for summer skin that can get a bit oily at times, even us dry girls can have our moments.

Beauty Review Ole Henriksen VoxBox on Monogrammed Magnolias

POWER Bright

Even at first glance, it appears this next product is what the whole box is centered around. The brand new POWER Bright is “a professional-strength three-step brightening system with an unprecedented 25% vitamin C concentrate to deliver maximum radiance in as little as one use.” Fancy, huh? I actually really enjoyed using this product. It was fun to try first thing in the morning, smelt lovely, and really did brighten my complexion but it was a bit daunting. Three steps is a lot when it comes to one product, especially when each step has a different set of instructions to accompany it. However, I definitely enjoyed the exfoliation and brightening effect but would most likely reserve this for more of a pamper day than every day use.

What are your thoughts on Ole Henriksen? Have you tried any of these products? Let me know in the comments below.

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Merisa

My Mother’s Day Gift Guide

My Mother's Day Gift Guide on Monogrammed Magnolias

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 8th this year. That’s less than 2 weeks away. Whoa. That really snuck up on me. No worries though, there’s plenty of time to pick out the perfect gift for your momma. To get the ball rolling, I’ve picked more than a few pieces that I know my mom would absolutely love and maybe your mom will to. You can shop these picks directly by clicking the item photo or the link in the description. While you’re at it, let me know your favorite in the comments!

Throw Pillow – I could definitely see this little pillow being a cute reminder of how awesome Mom is every time she sits in her chair.

FitBit – Mom is always going, going, going so she’d probably get a real kick out of seeing just how far all that going is getting her.

Pearl Necklace – When it comes to gifts, Dogeared jewelry has you covered no matter the occasion.

Tory Burch Rollerball Set – This just screams “Happy Mother’s Day!’ to me! Plus, it’s always nice to try out fragrances in small amounts when giving as a gift as scent is so personal.

Quay Sunglasses – Just like me, Mom is a sunglasses junkie so it only seems fitting to feed the frenzy right?

MAC Lipstick – Everyone should have a MAC lipstick in their collection, it’s as simple as that.

Trinket Tray – This makes me laugh and reminds me of the SNL ladies and their infamous mom jeans skit. Too fun!

Ralph Lauren Robe – Mom deserves the luxury of nice robe. It’ll make everyday feel like a spa day.

Sugarfina Champagne Bears – Speaking of luxury…give Mom some champagne gummies to snack on!

Kate Spade Studs – These are just so classic, perfect for Mom!

Tory Burch Tote – For the splurge worthy, classy momma!

Personalized Moscow Mule Mug – I don’t know what it is about Moscow Mule mugs but everyone needs one!

I hope this guide helps you find the perfect gift for your momma, or your grandma, or your bestie that just became a momma. Whoever you celebrate with this Mother’s Day, make sure it’s a good one.

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Merisa 

Beauty Trend: Color Correcting

Beauty Trend: Color Correcting Monogrammed Magnolias

Hello, Magnolias.

If you’re a certified Sephora stalker like me then you’ve probably seen the displays, gotten the mailers, and been bombarded with the emails all singing the praises of color correcting. To be honest, it’s all a bit confusing but fear not my darlings because your friendly neighborhood beauty junkie is here to break it all down for you.

Let me start by saying there are different types of coloring correcting, you know because it’s not confusing enough as it is. The kind we’re talking about here is actually correcting with colors while another kind is correcting discoloration. We came to know the latter mostly through the CC cream craze but now you can probably find CC creams in purples and greens too so we’ll just forget about that for the time being.

Coloring Correcting with Green

Green is typically the first color that comes to mind when it comes to color correcting and it’s also probably one of the crazier colors to find in your makeup bag so it only makes sense to start there. A helpful way to explain it, at least for me, is to think back to 6th grade art class and the giant color wheel poster on the wall or you know, google it. Green is directly across from red on the color wheel, making them complimentary colors. Don’t worry, I’m not going to throwback to an art class vocab quiz…that just means that when combined they cancel each other out. Get where I’m going with this? That’s right. Green will cancel out redness. For strong redness on my cheeks or around my nose I prefer a cream product that will blend with my foundation but if I’m hoping to calm down redness from zit I tend to lean more toward liquid products that won’t cake up under concealer.

Color Correcting with Purple

There are a few reasons why purple color correcting is my favorite, one being that purple is my favorite color so I gravitate toward it like a five year old and the other is that I’m a dry skin girl that occasionally suffers from sallow skin. If we go back to the color wheel you’ll see that purple actually cancels out yellow which can make certain skin tones appear dull or sickly. Not a good look. The purple tone cancels that out in your makeup the same way purple shampoo does for blonde hair. I love using all over products like NYX CC cream or a purple primer.

 

Color Correcting with Peach

Now this one can come with it’s own brand of confusing because the color used really depends on your skin tone. Overall, this color is used to combat dark circles with light to medium skin tones that battle bluer dark circles using lighter peach hues while darker skin tones that suffer from deeper dark circles should use shades closer to orange in color. One thing I’ve noticed from using this sort of color correcting is while the peach color does cancel out the dark circles it often makes my under eye area a different tone than the rest of my face so I still like to go over with a highlighting concealer. These color also correct dark spots such as hyperpigmentation.

Do you suffer from any of these skin issues? Do you use color correcting to help? Let me know in the comments or tweet me!

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Merisa

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Her

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Hello, Magnolias.

Does Valentine’s Day seem to sneak up on anyone else? I feel like I try to turn a blind eye to all the holographic cupids & glitter hearts in the stores until February 1st but by then there’s only 2 weeks until the big day. Thank goodness for 2-day shipping, right?

So this gift guide is for your girlfriend, your best friend, your sister, your mom…pretty much anyone you wanna splurge on this Valentine’s Day. I especially love the limited edition Lonchamp tote & YSL Touche Éclat.

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Elle Earrings | Love Flush Blush | Monogrammed Necklace | Blushing Emoji Bag Charm | Longchamp Valentine Tote | I’ve Got My Love Mug | Chocolate Bon Bons Eye Shadow Palette | YSL Touche Eclat Kiss & Love Edition

What are your plans for this Valentine’s Day? Let me know in the comments or tweet me!

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Merisa