Tuesday Talk: Sephora Faves!


Once a month, I link up with Ashley and Erika (who host this fun little blog link up), and you blog about anything and everything.

In January, I blogged about HOW I’M USING ESSENTIAL OILS NOW
In February
I decided to blog about…THE FAMILY VALENTINE’S DANCE
In March, I encouraged women to share their businesses so we could SUPPORT ONE ANOTHER
In April, we talked about SNACKING!
In July, we talked about SUMMER SLOW COOKER SUPPERS
In August, we talked about ECHO DOTS
In September, we talked about ECHO SHOWS

And today, I’m sharing my SEPHORA FAVES!

I say this all the time, but some of my favorite posts to read are beauty posts and often, I’m reading all about people’s favorite things to buy at Sephora, so today, I thought I’d do the same.  Last week, I walked into my bathroom and pulled out some of my tried and true faves from their store.  Here’s what I love…

…from hair products to makeup and even perfume, these are my constant go tos at Sephora.

Here’s a little break down of why I love each one…

Do any of you wear Atelier Colognes?  They come in so many different scents, but my favorite is always their Orange Sanguine.  I received this as a sample a few years ago and loved it so much that I’m now on my second bottle.  It’s light and easy to wear.

I told you last month that I’m now super in to Laura Mercier’s Caviar Sticks, so when I saw that they had this little mini holiday pack, I got really excited!  These are four really pretty colors that I probably wouldn’t have bought otherwise, but in this little set, they’re perfect (especially for traveling since they’re small).

I am obsessed with both of these hair products!  First, I’ve told you for the longest time that this Mistress is just perfection.  After I wash my hair with shampoo and conditioner, I get out, towel dry it (with this amazing towel HERE) and then rub in a small dollop of this.  Not only does it smell fantastic (like coconut), I think it makes my hair more smooth and frizz-free whether I let it air dry or blow dry it.  And then this dry shampoo is MY FAVORITE!!!  I often hate dry shampoos because they leave a sticky, crunchy, icky residue in my hair, but this DOES NOT!  I cannot ever imagine using another kind.

This Sephora lip gloss is always in my purse.  It comes in many colors, but I find this one is always perfect.  It’s called “natural look“.

I’ve probably been talking about Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion for 10 years.  If your eyeshadow or eyeliner doesn’t stay put, creases, smudges or disappears, this will lock it in.  Apply it to your lid, add your makeup on top and bam, it doesn’t budge.

I go through tubs and tubs of this lip balm.  I keep one in my makeup drawer and then another one by my bed.  I love it for my lips, but I think it’s great for cuticles too.  LOVE!  You can find lemon HERE and coconut HERE.

Okay, I switched from using Moroccanoil to Olaplex oil about 4 months ago.  I still love Moroccanoil, but I had heard so many great things about this oil, that I wanted to try it…and I love it!  I love how it smells and also how it performs.  I add it to my dry hair before styling with my curling iron.  I add just about a quarter-sized amount to my palms, rub them together and then through my hair.  After that, I curl.

Alright, this Isle of Paradise is my newest Sephora find and probably my favorite.  Sheaffer has been talking about these self tanning drops for a while, so I finally decided to try them myself.  You guys know how much I swear by THESE tanning towels for your face, but after using these drops a few weeks, I think I prefer them instead!  All you do is add 1 to 3 drops to your nightly moisturizer, rub it all over your face and then go to sleep.  The next morning, you will wake up with this amazing glow.  I love how this smells (tropical) and how easy it is to apply (with your moisturizer).  I always put it on at night because I think it takes several hours to work, so this way, the next morning, bam, I’m tan.  NOW, Sheaffer, Erika and I have been laughing all week because I misunderstood Sheaffer and instead of using 1 to 3 drops the first time, I used 10.  That’s right, TEN…

…and that’s why I was freakishly tan two weeks ago.  Bahahahaha!  I mean…GEEZ, Shay!  After school one day, Kensington said “Mom, did you go on vacation today?”.  Um, no Kensington.  I just used too many tanning drops!  Needless to say, THEY WORK!  I’ve learned that for me, 3 drops with my nightly moisturizer about every five days is perfect.

Okay, what’s your favorite thing to buy at Sephora?  What should I try next time?

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  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog October 15, 2019 at 4:53 am

    Ooh, I’m definitely going to try out the Olaplex oil too! It sounds great! 💕✨

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • Beth K October 15, 2019 at 5:17 am

    I can’t wait to try the Isle of Paradise drops!

  • Annaliese October 15, 2019 at 5:23 am

    Do you get the Play Box by Sephora? They always have some great samples in there. It’s always fun trying new things!!

    • Mix and Match Mama October 15, 2019 at 8:02 am

      I do!!! Erika got me hooked on it a few years ago! It’s like a present to myself each month!

  • Sheaffer Sims October 15, 2019 at 5:31 am

    Laughing sooo hard! I just about died when you told me you had used 10 drops. 3 is my typical go to, 4 when I want to be REALLY dark. I mean, you must have looked like you’d been living the island life. For years. Hahahaha!!!!

  • Erika Slaughter October 15, 2019 at 5:47 am

    Did you head to Aruba while I was at school?! Hahahahahaha!!

    • Kelly B October 16, 2019 at 5:37 am

      I’ve been thinking about trying the urban decay primer. Glad to hear it works! My old one was discontinued and I recently bought a brand that doesn’t work at all.

  • Alexis deZayas October 15, 2019 at 6:29 am

    I love their coconut makeup wipes!!

  • Simply Styling October 15, 2019 at 6:57 am

    These beauty posts are my favorite ! The tanning drops are amazing and sound super easy to use.

  • Amanda Wilson October 15, 2019 at 7:24 am

    Thanks I was on the hunt for a good dry shampoo!

  • Olivia October 15, 2019 at 7:29 am

    Sunday Riley Jet Lag face mask! I leave it on overnight when my skin is feeling dry or blah, it’s so moisturizing!

  • Nicole October 15, 2019 at 7:32 am

    The UD eyeshadow primer has been a staple of mine for years, the best!!

  • Angela Ellingson October 15, 2019 at 7:48 am

    I love getting your recommendations and have found so many favorites and staples from your blog, so thank you!

  • Ariadna October 15, 2019 at 7:56 am

    Oh my gosh, the story about the tanning drops made me giggle!! Thanks for sharing that! 😄 This may be a stupid question, but can you scrub off the tan? Or do you have to wait for it to fade?

    • Mix and Match Mama October 15, 2019 at 8:01 am

      I scrubbed a bit…but, I think it took a few days. Geez! I’m such a mess!

  • Julie October 15, 2019 at 7:59 am

    I love Atelier! All summer, I use their lemon scent. In the winter, my favorite is Arlesienne (L’Occitaine). It is amazing! PS I am reading (and absolutely loving) Night Road. Thank you for always having the best book reviews.

    • Mix and Match Mama October 15, 2019 at 8:00 am

      I need to sample the lemon one!! And I”m so happy you are enjoying that one 🙂 .

  • Susan Matthews October 15, 2019 at 8:37 am

    OMG! 10 drops!!! If I would have done something like that, I would have woken up looking like an Oompa Loompa.

  • Kalynn October 15, 2019 at 8:49 am

    All I can think about is on Friends when Ross gets a spray tan!! hahaha

  • Katie Macsherry October 15, 2019 at 9:11 am

    Can you put the tanning drops with body lotion and use all over?

  • Erin October 15, 2019 at 9:47 am

    Your tanning story made me think of the Friends episode where Ross goes to the tanning salon and gets 4 “twos” on his front side!! 🙂

  • KayLynn Stone October 15, 2019 at 9:53 am

    The Orange and the Vanilla are my favorites from Atelier. Layered together it smells like orange cream

  • Joanne October 15, 2019 at 9:55 am

    I’m sitting here reading and literally LOL’d when I read about the tanning drops. I’m definitely trying those!! Trying to decide between the Light or the Medium. Which one did you get?

  • Shannon October 15, 2019 at 10:07 am

    My name is Shannon and I’m a Sephora Addict! Love this post! (I may or may not have gone and ordered three or four of your recommendations…oops!)

    • Mix and Match Mama October 15, 2019 at 11:06 am

      Welcome, Shannon. You’re in good company!! 😉

  • Megan October 15, 2019 at 10:40 am

    I love the Oloplex conditioner and bond repair. LOVE the Laneige lip mask also and the Urban Decay eye palettes.

  • Maryann October 15, 2019 at 10:41 am

    That’s the best story!! Reminds me of Ross from Friends when he couldn’t figure out the spray tanning booth and kept going back to even it out. I love Kensington’s comment LOL!!

    • Mix and Match Mama October 15, 2019 at 11:05 am

      Oh I looked like Ross too!!! Bahahahaha!

  • Kelsey October 15, 2019 at 10:41 am

    I love constantly trying new things, but here are my Sephora ride or dies. I must have ordered each of these at least 10 times! Sephora Coconut Face Wipes, Origins GinZing refreshing eye cream, Elizabeth & James Bourbon perfume for fall (smoky vanilla, it is SO GOOD!!!), and Caudalie Beauty Elixir. My splurge is the Fresh Crème Ancienne® Eye Cream. It is expensive but I have never found a nighttime eye cream as good. A little goes a long ways so it lasts!

  • Sara Robinson October 15, 2019 at 11:03 am

    Because of you I’m obsessed with the BECCA under eye brightener – can’t live without it!

    • Mix and Match Mama October 15, 2019 at 11:05 am

      Used it this morning! I use it every single morning with my concealer. Amazing stuff!

  • Katie October 15, 2019 at 11:22 am

    What do you use to tan your body? Or do you just tan your face?

  • christina October 15, 2019 at 11:45 am

    Your hair has been looking amazing lately. Can you do another tutorial? Something you are doing has changed and it looks great!!

  • Holley@BeeSimplyOrganized.com October 15, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    I’m dying! That was hilarious! I would totally have made that mistake too! 10 drops! Thanks for the laugh today Shay! 🙂

  • Emily October 15, 2019 at 12:53 pm

    I use to using the tanning wipes too but I switched to the isle of paradise drops about 4 months ago and I LOVE THEM! I also bought their tanning mousse too and it’s SUPER EASY application and it doesn’t streak. I also love the way it eventually wears off. Super Amazing Products!

  • Courtney October 15, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    I love all of the drunk elephant skin care. My favorites are the C-Firma and the Protini. I switch to LaLa retro in the winter for added hydration. The marula oil is fantastic on the back of your hands and cuticles. The entire line is mix and match! I have been wanting to try the baby facial, I have heard great things! 💗

    • Mix and Match Mama October 15, 2019 at 2:26 pm

      I don’t think I’ve ever tried a Drunk Elephant product. Which one would you buy first?

      • Marla October 15, 2019 at 10:35 pm

        The baby facial is amazing and my very favorite and the marula oil is a must have also but I have dry skin.

  • Jenn Kane October 15, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    Recently tried drunk elephant and love it!

    • Mix and Match Mama October 16, 2019 at 5:50 am

      Which product? I have heard so many good things about so many of them!

      • Courtney October 17, 2019 at 2:31 pm

        I would highly recommend getting the “Littles” kit by drunk elephant. It’s a little pricey BUT it gives you a chance to try everything. During the day i use one pump of c Firma with a drop of the d bronzi. I wash my face with the beste no 9 at night and then i have been using one pump b hydra and one pump of the lala retro (because i like a little thicker moisturizer in the winter with the Dry Oklahoma wind). I’m a huge fan of all their products. I love the protini too. It’s like a protein shot for your face!

  • Chrys October 15, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    Thank goodness you clarified the super tan mystery. Last week you posted picts here on the Blog to show us some clothing and I just kept thinking, “Man, homegirl looks super tanned. Did she go away or something and scheduled her previous posts? I wonder where she went…” But now I know that it was NOT a vacation haha!

  • Britt Wilkerson October 15, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    I used urban decay primer for years an then someone told me about Hard Candy eye primer an TRUST ME … IT IS WONDERFUL!! Super cheap an literally nothing moves when you use it.

  • Pam October 15, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    Wow! those tanning drops really worked!!! I never tried anything like this, but I might since you did–you make me brave :)!
    Also, Go YANKEES –did Andrew get to go–tell him at least one of your fans is hoping the Yankees can beat the Astros this afternoon! HeHeHe!

  • ellen October 15, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    Any issues with stains on your bedding when using the Isle of Paradise drops? I have white sheets and pillowcases!

  • Kacy M October 15, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    That UD eye shadow primer is a cult classic for a reason! I never stray from it!

  • Madeline October 15, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    Have you noticed any staining on your bed sheets from using the tanning drops at night?

  • Amanda October 15, 2019 at 9:14 pm

    I am obsessed with Sephora!! My faves are the Sunday Riley tidal brightening enzyme water cream. It is the most beautiful, smooth hydrating cream ever! The black tea eye cream from fresh, caudalie vineactive vitamin c anti wrinkle serum, the mermaid skin serum by tarte is really nice too but a bit sticky. The fresh rose lip color is sooooo lovely. Such a soft but pretty color and goes on so well! I love anything by fresh!
    The Sephora brand makeup remover is amazing! Only one I buy!
    Youth to the people superfood hyaluronic acid cream is great! Nice and light, and the caudalie SOS hydration cream is great if your skin is dry.
    I have a moisturizer obsession clearly. I’ll stop now lol

    • Mix and Match Mama October 16, 2019 at 5:49 am

      I’m so intrigued by this brightening enzyme water cream! Looking it up now!

  • Kori October 16, 2019 at 5:07 pm

    I’ve added a few of these items to my cart! Highly recommend the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask next time. I was skeptical at first but now I’m a true believer! I think it’s going to make such a difference this winter.

  • Liz Bastian October 22, 2019 at 7:01 am

    Do you ever use the tanning drops on your body and not just your face?

    • Mix and Match Mama October 22, 2019 at 7:34 am

      I haven’t tried them on my body, but I think I might. I’m a little afraid that it will take a lot of drops.