Holy Haul: #ShadeBrigadeTakesSeattle And A Blogger Induced Beauty Binge

For those of you that read Brooke Elise, this is old news (and if you don’t you totally should). The news being that this past Saturday was spent knocking off a few items that were on my lust list, and a few that weren’t but should have been. After 4 hours driving North in horrendous Holiday traffic, I finally made it to our Blogger Date dubbed #ShadeBrigadeTakesSeattle.

A few months ago, Brooke and I decided that we needed to hit up the Charlotte Tilbury counter at our closest Nordstroms (well, that had one at least). Goal in mind being the infamous The Dolce Vita palette. It was swoon at first swatch. Honestly, I ended up going a bit overboard compared to what I originally planned. (So. Worth.) It didn’t help, or did, that the super sweet lead makeup artist was an absolute doll and utterly indulged our swatching, oohing, and awing.

Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita palette Light Wonder Foundation in 2

I walked away with a much lighter wallet, but a very happy heart. I’d originally fallen in love with the Matte Revolution Lipsticks during my trip to London, and knew I was probably going to pick up a few more shades. It being winter again, Love Liberty and Glastonberry were a no brainer. The Color Chameleon eyeshadow stick in Black Diamonds promptly got put on the purchase list once swatched, it’ll be the perfect accompaniment to the dress I’ve reserved from Rent The Runway this holiday season and I CAN NOT WAIT TO WEAR THEM TOGETHER.

I’ll admit, I really didn’t need another foundation, but since I had just tossed a few disappointing ones… I was able to justify adding this gem.

Next up was a Sephora stop. Because bloggers. Did it matter that Brooke just had a haul less than two weeks ago, or that I just went through the employee appreciation sale + VIB Rogue sale? No. Though that being said, I did hold back knowing this trip was in the works.

Sephora Sleeping Masks Better than Laniege or Korean brands

Brooke pretty much put all of these in my basket. I’ve already used the Lotus Sleeping Mask with my mom when we did our annual viewing of It’s A Wonderful Life with Brandy Alexanders the next evening. First impressions are that the Sleeping Masks live up to all of the hype Brooke has been giving them. The Pomegranate Eye Mask was promptly worn in the early morning on my flight home – where I  pretty much got off the plane and into a taxi to the office. As I only travel with carry-ons lately, I appreciated not having under-eye baggage too. Opinions on the Too Faced Love Flush Blush in Baby Love coming soon.

Sephora VIB Rogue Worth It

We also stumbled upon a cute travel perfect L’Occitane Oil Favorites trio, which I had to get considering two out of the three are current personal favorites. A new set of the Formula X System To Go, and some very new impulse Kat Von D additions. Of course during this excursion I hit VIB Rogue status again for next year – though I’m surprised it didn’t happen sooner… but the mini Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Crème was welcome perk.

Sephora Favorites Beauty Blog review best deal

Like I was going to go into Sephora and not pick up the new Favorites Superstars set? I mean 3 of these items justify the price of the box alone… Such heart-eyed-emoji.

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The Color Around The World set was such a cute little find. Shaped like little notebooks, each with four shadows and a face powder (blush or bronzer). While I didn’t end up keeping any as they were prime picks to dole out for gifts and stocking stuffers.

What have you all purchased recently? Anything you’re super excited to gift for the holidays (to yourself or others, no judgements)!?

Shop this post: Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipsticks, Light Wonder Foundation, Color Chameleon eyeshadow pencil, The Dolce Vita eyeshadow palette, Sephora Eye Masks and Sleeping Masks, Too Faced Love Flush Blush,  L’Occitane Oil Favorites, Formula X The System To Go, Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Crème, Sephora Favorites Superstars and Color Around The World set.



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  • I’m so glad you love the sleeping masks, they’re really amazing.
    And all of the Charlotte Tilbury. We’re getting Vintage Vamp the next time we go to CT. It’s happening, because it’s so damn pretty.
    I’m also very surprised you didn’t keep any of that Colour Around the World set, you seemed so torn!

    • Vintage Vamp is a given, assuming we don’t cave in and buy it before we have the chance to go shopping together again…

      It was really hard not to keep the Color Around the World palettes. Like really hard. That being said my mom has one, so I still get to use it. Well, at least when I’m in PDX 🙂

  • Wow, nice haul! I think you’ll love this Too Faced blush, it sits on the skin beautifully.
    I didn’t know about this L’Occitane oil trio but now I want it!


    • The Oil Trio is pretty much the “raise the roof” emoji as I like to call it. The cleansing oil is a little on the runny side compared to the DHC one I like, but has a lovely scent and does a great job at taking off waterproof mascara. I also love that the cap locks so it’s wonderful for travel.

  • What an amazing haul! The Charlotte Tilbury counter sounds like absolute heaven. I have only ordered online so far, but I can see myself going a little crazy at a counter soon.
    xx Anne

    • It’s so much easier to hold back when you don’t have the swatch on you arm, haha.

  • Ayre

    oh my gosh those CT products! they’re so beautiful and festive

    Arianne | Ayre

    • I’ve been wearing them all week and still am amazed with them =D