October Sephora Play

This month I finally achieved a dream of mine, and was able to get off the waitlist and get a subscription to Sephora Play. For those of you who don’t know Sephora Play is a $10 monthly subscription bag from Sephora. You receive 4-5 mini size products, as well as a perfume sample each month for only $10. There is a waitlist and they will email you when a spot opens, from what I have heard and experienced it can take anywhere from 2-4 weeks to get your email invitation. Make sure to watch your email because you only have a small amount of time to accept the subscription before your spot is given away. I really enjoy this box because all the products are of course, sold at Sephora. Let’s jump on in and see what I received.

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The first thing I noticed in the box was the Madam CJ Walker’s coconut oil. It is suppose to be nourishing and moisturizing for your hair. I have never tried coconut oil in my hair before but I did try this out and I really enjoyed it. It gave my hair a nice shine, and I love the scent of it. It really just made my hair seem extra clean. You only have to use a small amount so I think this size of a bottle will really last me a good amount of time. I probably won’t use it everyday because I think it can definitely make my hair oily if I use it too much. You can purchase 0.5 oz of this at Sephora for $14. I will most likely repurchase if I continue to get the same results.

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The next product I pulled out of the box was a Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick in the shade “Driver’s Seat”. I think this is an awesome shade for fall, and the swatch looks really pretty. It is like a dark, nude mauve color. I have seen a lot about these liquid lipsticks so I am excited to try it out and see how well it wears. These liquid lipsticks retail for $24 full size at Sephora.

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I also received the Skin Dew setting spray by Farmacy. I have tried Farmacy face masks in the past and I really enjoyed them and thought they were extremely moisturizing so I am excited to try out this setting spray. This says it should be hydrating but I haven’t tried it out yet, I am hoping it hydrates my skin and helps my makeup be longlasting. This retails for $44 at Sephora, full size.

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The next lip product I grabbed is the Estee Lauder Flash Photo Gloss. I have never heard of this product before but from what I have read it is a gloss to put over a lip color and it will make your teeth look whiter in photos. It has an iridescent blue tint to the gloss. From just swatching the gloss I do feel like it seems pretty thick to me. I am definitely interested in trying this out and seeing if I notice a change in my teeth. I do think it is a very cool idea for a product though. This full sized product retails at Sephora for $20.

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The final product I received in this bag was Night Serum from the Drunk Elephant. I tried this out last night and I thought my skin looked and felt awesome. My face looked brighter in the morning when I woke up, so I am definitely interested in trying this product out some more. I have heard good things about this brand and this is the first product I am actually trying out from them. This full size product costs $90 so I will have to be really impressed to actually repurchase this item.

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The bag also came with a small sample of the Derek Lam 10 Crosby perfume in the scent Silent Street, but honestly every bag coming with a perfume sample is not that much of a big deal to me because I have so many perfume samples already, this will just get tossed in with the others. Overall for $10 I do think this bag was pretty cool, I will receive another bag next month and really decide if this subscription is worth it. Thank you all for reading, until next time.

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MCM: Morphe’s “The Little Palette”

Hey everybody and happy Monday! For today’s Makeup Crush Monday I am going to be talking about a new Morphe palette. Morphe recently came out with “The Little Palette” and they came out with 5 different ones. The best thing about this product is that they only cost $10. There are 4 shimmer and 4 matte shades in each one. I bought “Copper Popper” and “Coffee Toffee”. The 3 other Little Palettes they have are “Awesome Blossom”, “Mama Drama”, and finally “Coca Mocha”. Also, these palettes are also limited edition just to let you all know.

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I honestly love these palettes and for $10 I don’t think you can find a better eyeshadow palette. The pigment is awesome, but one thing is that I feel like after you take off the top layer of shadow the pigment does get better, so do not be discouraged at first swatch. The packaging is just cardboard but for $10 you can’t expect much. I also love the cute little drawings on the front, it is a nice touch. I also like how you can peak into the palette without opening it so you can tell them apart if you have multiples. These shadows have the same awesome quality as all other Morphe palettes, and they are really blendable. I haven’t been able to put these down. I also think with the small sleek packaging these are really great to have when traveling.

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The “Copper Popper” palette is definitely my favorite out of the 2 palettes I own. The burnt orange shimmer shade is one of my favorite eyeshadows I own. “Coffee Toffee” is very similar to “Copper Popper” with the exception that it has much more brown in it, while “Copper Popper” definitely has a hint of copper and orange shades. “Coffee Toffee” is definitely a palette to use for a night out while “Copper Popper” can be used every day. I think these palettes are awesome and I would love to buy the 3 other Little Palettes. Morphe did great, but does that really surprise us?

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Thank you all for reading. I have a few more posts coming up this week and I am so excited to share them with you all. Cheers to an awesome week ahead of us.

Makeup Haul

Hello everyone and happy Friday! I am so excited for the first weekend of October. I might spend my weekend up in Los Angeles or stay home and enjoy some NFL football on Sunday, I am not quite sure yet. I hope whatever you all have planned that you have an awesome weekend. Now today’s post is a makeup haul post, so let’s jump on in and see all the new goodies I got.

So the first thing I wanted to share with you all is my Elf cosmetics purchase I made. I bought some of their new online products to test out and see what I thought, I prefer to buy Elf online because I feel as if they have so many more products online than in store. The first product I got was their new Molten Liquid Eyeshadow in the shade “Rose Gold”. I swatched this and I love it. I think it looked beautiful and that it also dried down very well, it was also such a pretty color. It truly is a rose gold shade. This was only $4 and I want to go back and buy all the shades, such a good price. I also ordered their new High Shine Liquid Lipstick in the shade “Naked Nude” which retails for $4 as well. Unlike the eyeshadows though, I did not like this product at all. I haven’t tried it on my lips but as a swatch alone I feel like it is very heavy, and also seems messy. It did not dry down at all, it is like a pigmented gloss. I just was not a huge fan.

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Then I also got 2 more products from Elf that I was really excited for. I got their new $10 Brush Cleaning Glove. I currently use a Sigma brush cleaning mat to wash my brushes, but it is very big and fills my whole sink. This glove is perfect if I am only cleaning a few brushes, or I also think it is perfect to bring on a trip. I have already used it on some brushes and for only $10 I think it is totally worth it. I definitely recommend this product for anyone who is trying to find a better way to clean brushes. I was also very excited to order and try their new Highlighting Dewy Drops. So these drops retail for only $4 and I was thinking they could be a possible dupe for Mac Strobe Cream which is much more expensive, but I love them. I don’t know if this is an exact dupe because I have only swatched it so far but it seems pretty similar to me. From the swatch I can tell that a little bit goes a long way and it does give off a very nice natural highlight. The only thing that worries me is it does seem a bit oily, I am not sure how well it will mix with my foundation or last throughout the day. For $4 though, I definitely think these will be worth it to try.

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So lastly from Elf I got a free bundle promo for my online purchase. So they sent me a $15 bundle for free with my purchase. The first thing I noticed in the bundle was their Complexion Brush. I am excited to try this out because their Angled Blush Brush is my favorite blush brush ever. This brush is online for $4, and you can get the blush brush for for $4 as well. The next thing I got in the bundle was their Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara in black, as well as the “Matte for Plum” Flawless Eyeshadow Palette. The mascara retails for $3 but I haven’t tried it yet. The wand does look nice though and I am always excited for a new mascara. I swatched the eyeshadow palette and it barely had any pigment, I will probably give it to my Niece or something. The palette retails for $2. I also received the Bronzer palette in the shade “Warm”. This retails for $4, and the packaging actually has a little mirror on the inside which I thought was a nice touch for only costing $4. It has 4 different bronzing shades, but sadly I did not find this product very pigmented either. I have heard good things about it before, so maybe it will wear better on my face. I was not impressed with the swatches of it though. Lastly the bundle came with an EX-tra Lip Gloss in the shade “Michael”. I have not worn this gloss yet but when I swatched it I was shocked. I think it is a very beautiful pink color, and the formula seems nice too. This gloss retails for $3 on the Elf website.

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The last part of my haul are just some random Walmart purchases I made. The first thing I bought that I wanted to try was the Flower Beauty Stick Foundation. So I haven’t bought makeup at Walmart in a while and I had never seen Flower Beauty before. The foundation stick cost about $8 I believe so I decided to try it out because I love my Makeup Forever foundation stick. I then searched Flower Beauty on my phone and realized it is Drew Barrymore’s cosmetic brand. I have tried this out once since I bought it and I was not a fan of it, but with that being said I did forget to put moisturizer on before applying my primer and foundation. I have extremely dry skin so that could have definitely affected my opinion on the product. I will try it out again. If you are curious, I got it in the shade “SF2”. I also picked up the New York Color BB Creme. I got it in the shade “01 Light”, and I honestly pretty much just got it because it was only $3. I have been loving BB creams lately so once I saw it and saw the $3 price tag I just threw it in my basket because I knew I had to try it. I have not tried it out yet but I swatched a little bit and it seems to have a dewy finish. I am excited to try it on my face. The last product I got was the Maybelline Master Contour V-Shape Duo Stick. I got this in the shade “01 Light” as well, because I am so pale currently. I actually thought this looked like a powder kind of formula, but when I opened it and swatched it I realized it was a cream contour stick and it made me so excited. It swatched beautifully and I am excited to try it out with a full face of makeup.

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That is all the new products I have bought within the last few weeks. Sadly now that I have moved out this first month I definitely had to hold back on shopping. I also received 2 of the 5 new little Morphe eyeshadow palettes but those will have their own post coming up in the next few days, I have not been able to put them down they are so pretty. Anyways, thank you all for reading this haul and I hope you have a great weekend.

Life Update: Babies, Moving, and More

Hey everyone and happy hump day! I hope you had an awesome Wednesday and are getting ready to have a great weekend. Today’s post is a little bit different. I just wanted to do a quick life update on myself to kind of explain my absence during September and catch you all up.

The reason I wasn’t posting much in September is because I moved! My boyfriend and I moved out of his family’s house and into an apartment with our friends. So it has been a crazy, busy, stressful, yet awesome month. I am still in the middle of getting everything unpacked, and I am having so much fun decorating. I am going to re-do my whole beauty vanity from scratch, so that will be fun. I think I want to do a white and gold theme. Let me know in the comments below of any furniture or decor shops I should check out, or even any home decor inspiration. I am especially excited for the holidays in our own apartment and getting to decorate as much as I’d like. This has been a huge change, but I am so excited and ready for this new chapter.

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Also, some fun exciting news I have is… I am going to be an Aunt! I am luckily already an Aunt to my brother’s stepchildren, and now my sister-in-law is pregnant with their first together. Baby Bailey will be here in February and I am so excited for her arrival. Shortly after I received the news about Baby Bailey, I also got the news that my best friend is expecting a baby as well. My heart could burst I am so excited for all these new babies. I love when people around me provide me with cute babies to play with so I don’t have to have any of my own. Im sure my boyfriend is thankful as well. If you know of any baby Etsy shops that I should check out please let me know in the comments, I am ready to spoil these sweet babies.

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Lastly, I wanted to talk about my fitness journey and trying to lose weight. I previously did a fitness journey post and I just wanted to touch base on that. I have lost about 5 pounds since that last post by eating less fast food, but I didn’t really start to work out as often as I should have. I did though recently download an app called “ClassPass” and I am really enjoying it. You basically buy a class package once a month (I get the 5 classes for $50) and then you can use the passes at multiple different studios and classes throughout your city. I can do yoga, boxing, bootcamp, ballet, barre, pilates, open gym time, and more. I have done a few classes at different studios and I love it. The app makes working out and finding a fitness class so convenient and easy, I love it. Also as a bonus, I have found classes on this app that I have paid $20 for before…. that means I save 50% on the class using ClassPass. If you sign up through this link you can get your first 5 classes for only $20, that is $30 off! Save $30 Here!¬†I also recently got a new juicer and plan to cut out my Redbull habit (5 Redbulls a week) and replace it with fresh juice. So after a few weeks of trying to keep this habit up I will do another fitness journey update.

That is pretty much it for my post today everyone. I just wanted to touch base and explain really quick. I plan on focusing a lot more of my time and energy on Corinna’s Corner. I will be trying my absolute best to have 3 posts a week up, I am thinking for the most part it will be Monday, Wednesday, and Friday when I upload new posts. This Friday I will be posting a haul video of basically all the new products I bought in the month of September. Have a great night, and thank you for reading.

September Favorites and an Unfavorite

Hello everybody and thank you for reading today’s post, which is my September favorites and even an unfavorite. I know it has been quite a while since my last post and I just wanted to tell you guys thank you for sticking through it with me, I recently moved and it has been a little more stressful than I imagined. I will be having a life update post about all that up on Wednesday, as well as a haul/first impressions post up on Friday. I am trying to post every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday this month as well as daily on Instagram. So let’s hope I can keep it up, and let’s jump on into this post.

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My first favorite for the month of September is actually a product that I tried once and hated, then never picked it up again until this month and I fell in love. It is the Real Techniques 102 triangle concealer brush. I do not even know why I didn’t like this brush at first, I think it is because back then I was only using a beauty blender for my concealer, but now I love using this brush. I switch between this brush and a tiny beauty blender, but I think this brush gets the job done quick. I like using this brush when I use more concealer since the beauty blender I use is so small. I think it has great coverage, and I love the triangular shape it has so I can get all areas covered easily. This retails for $15.00 and I got this at Ulta, but I know it is available online as well.

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The next favorite I have is the Studio Makeup on-the-go eyeshadow palette. I received this at the beginning of the month in my Boxycharm and I have not put it down. I am so in love with this palette, it is extremely pigmented and blends like a dream. It has a little bit of fall out, but honestly I don’t mind. The very middle shade that is like a dark orange shimmery copper shade is possibly my favorite eyeshadow shade ever. Also, I do not own the Kylie Cosmetics palette but this palette looks like it could be similar, it has similar shades and the same type of packaging. This is definitely my new favorite palette at the moment, and will probably go with me whenever I travel. To me this palette is a little pricey because I have never heard of this brand, but the quality is awesome so I think the $49.95 price tag is worth it if you have the extra cash. You can buy this online on the Studio Makeup website.

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My third favorite product I have this month is the Jouer essential lip enhancer. I received this product in my Fall September Beautycon box this month, but I have actually used this product before. I finished an entire tube of this product a few months ago and never repurchased but this brought my love for the product back. I use this product every single week day morning before I go to work. It really makes my lips hydrated and I wish I took a before picture because I have started to notice my lips are a lot fuller. I just have the original one, but I also know they sell them in tinted colors. You can buy these on the Jouer website for $16. This is my favorite lip treatment ever, and I think it is definitely worth the money. I might actually go buy a back up right now!

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My next favorite actually isn’t a makeup product, it is a bracelet I received in my latest Rocksbox. If you do not have Rocksbox, I suggest you go back a few posts and read my post about it. It is an unlimited jewelry rental subscription and has amazing products. You can get your first month free with the code “CORINNASCORNERXOXOXO” and you won’t regret it. This is the silver Moonsong Cuff by Jenny Bird. It is bendable so it can be totally adjusted any size you’d like. I love it. It is so simple but it can go with any outfit, and I am just so in love with it. I actually first saw it worn by youtuber, LeighannSays, and I fell in love with the Jenny Bird brand. That is how I knew to put Jenny Bird on my Rocksbox wishlist. This retails for $85 on the Jenny Bird site, but you can get it at a discounted member price if you do decide to sign up for Rocksbox.

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My final favorite for the month of September are the Tarte Lip Sculptors. I have the shade Rogue which is a dark berry shade, and I also have the shade Basic which is the perfect nude shade. These are lipsticks on one end, with a matching lipgloss on the other end. I always wear lipstick under my gloss, so I love how these shades match perfectly and I’m not searching for a gloss and lipstick that match. I also really like the formula of the gloss, it is long lasting and not too sticky. These are exclusive to Ulta, and retail for $24 which I think is a great price especially because they are like a 2 for 1 product. Basic is definitely my favorite shade out of the 2 I purchased.

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So now for my unfavorite for September. I really do not like the Ole Henriksen sheer transformation moisturizer. I tested this product out a few months ago and thought it was making me oily, so stopped using it. I started using it again to give it another chance and I am convinced this product breaks me out. I rarely ever ever ever get acne, maybe 1 or 2 zits at a time. Using this product at one point I had 6 different problem spots on my face. It was ridiculous and the worst my skin has ever been. Once I stopped using this moisturizer, it was fine again. I am not even going to look up the price of this product (although I do think it is $15 at Sephora for the smallest size)  because I do not want you all to waste your money. So disappointed in this moisturizer.

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That is it for this post, and the end of September 2016. I hope you all had a great month and here is to an awesome October. I can’t wait for Fall and the holiday seasons. I am so ready! Until next time, thank you all for reading.

Fall 2016 Beautycon Box

Hey everyone! It is officially the best time of the year, also known as the Fall season! Today I am going to break down the Fall 2016 Beautycon Box. For those that do not know, Beautycon Box is a seasonal subscription and each box comes out to be $38 after shipping and everything else. Each box is over $100 in value and has a collaborator who is typically a social media influenster. So this box is done in collaboration with Makeup Shayla and Angel aka Mac Daddy. Let’s jump on into the box then.

The first thing that catches my eye are these cute little accessories that don’t typically come in these boxes. There is a little bag of some cute pink gummy sugar lips by Sugarfina. I also noticed a really cute lipstick pin by Laser Kitten. These things don’t typically come in the box but I think they are really cute unique touches. Also Beautycon threw in some really cute stickers that definitely match Shayla and Angel’s personalities. I especially love the sticker that looks like Shayla’s dog Titus. There is also a sketch of Angel & Shayla done by @rongrong_devoe_illustration on instagram, and it is an awesome piece of art.

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Next I notice the Flutter Lashes. I am extremely excited about these because they are the “#islay” lashes which were actually created in collaboration with Shayla. These are also limited edition lashes, so that is pretty cool they were included. Shayla is always wearing these lashes on snapchat and I love the way they look. They also included a small tube of the clear white Duo eyelash glue, so that is great because you are ready to wear your lashes now.

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The next product I grab out of the box is by Simple skincare and it is a pack of their cleansing facial wipes. I have tried Simple wipes before and I honestly am not a fan. I typically just use these wipes for swatches, or just keep them in my car for emergencies. I found them to be really rough on my skin.

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Jouer’s Essential Lip Enhancer is the next product in the box and I am so excited because this is actually one of my holy grail products and I recently ran out of it. This product is great at hydrating and refreshing your lips. Shayla also uses this quite often on snapchat, and I have been using it for at least 2 years. It also really helps with the fullness of your lips, I highly recommend this product.

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The next product is a Double Ended Highlighter Pencil by The BrowGal. I have never heard of this brand before but anything with the word “highlighter” can make me excited. I swatched this pencil and I can already tell it is a very creamy texture, seems to blend well and it does look like it could be a very pretty brow highlight. One end is matte and the other end is shimmer. I think by the looks of it, I would use the matte to highlight my brow, and maybe use the shimmer end as an eyeshadow color. Both shades are very pretty and creamy.

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The next 2 things in the box are a Milani eyeshadow in the shade “Bella Taupe” and an Ofra Cosmetics liquid lipstick in the shade “Mocha”. I have a few Milani products that I love but I have never tried their eyeshadow so I am excited to give this a try. It says it is a Gel Powder Eyeshadow, and it is a pretty soft brown taupe shade. I also own quite a few Ofra products, including liquid lipsticks but I do not own this shade. This is a very pretty mauve shade, and I think it is perfect for fall.

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Also in the box is Mocha-Kyssed Bronzer Lotion by Mystic Tan. I am really fair skinned and to me, I am really picky about my self-tanners so this is kind of a miss for me. There is a chance I will try it after looking at reviews, but I rarely self tan especially during the fall months. You also receive a Large Angled 504 Luxie Brush. I have never tried any Luxie brushes but I have heard good things about them, and it seems really soft so I am excited to try this one out the next time I do my makeup.

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And that wraps up the Fall 2016 Beautycon Box. I think this was a pretty good box, and a good deal for less than $40. I do admit I like previous boxes more, but this is still not bad. The main misses for me were the Simple wipes, and the Mystic Tan lotion. I should definitely be getting use out of everything else though. Until next time everyone, thanks for reading!

Beauty Wishlist

Hey everyone, for today’s post I decided to share with you all the top 5 items I have on my current beauty related wish list. There is no specific order of these items but they are my top 5, and I have not purchased any of these items before. Let’s get started.

First on the list is, Josie Maran Vibrancy Argan Oil Foundation. So I absolutely need to get my hands on this foundation. Beauty youtuber, Jaclyn Hill, raves about this foundation and swears it is amazing. I have pretty dry skin so any type of foundation that is suppose to make my skin dewy and vibrant, I want to try it. I also love Josie Maran’s other products, especially her argan oil. I typically mix a drop or two into my foundations I use now, so for this foundation to already have it, it is perfect. You can get this at Sephora for $45.

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Number 2 on the list goes to, the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water. I have never tried a primer that is like this primer before. I love the fact that it is just a nice light water that you mist onto your face and you don’t have to rub it in. To me, it doesn’t seem like it would be cakey or heavy on your skin. Like I said previously, I have dry skin so the fact that this is suppose to hydrate and revitalize your skin really attracts me. This goes for $32, full size.

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The number 3 spot on the list is the Wave Spray by Ouai. Now I really want to try not only this product, but the Ouai brand in general. Jen Atkins is the creator of the Oaui hair care brand and she is a really respected hair stylist in the beauty world. I have been seeing a lot of good reviews about this spray and I know Khloe Kardashian uses it quite a bit too. This spray is suppose to give you cute, beach style waves without the crunchy dryness that other sprays can give you. It goes for $26.00.

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The next product on my list is by Nails Inc. It is their Paint Can Spray On Nail Polish. You can buy this unique product at Sephora for only $12. Now I have a huge obsession with packaging. If a product has cute, interesting, and eye-catching packaging then I am going to buy it. So not only do I love this packaging and think it is super cool that it looks like a spray paint can, but I also love the idea of just spraying on my nail polish. I hate painting my nails, so if using this product is as easy and mess free as it is advertised to be, I would love to try it.

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Finally, the #5 spot goes to the Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops. These drops go for $42 and are an amazing highlighting product. From the swatches I have seen these drops look like liquid metal. I also love the fact that they are drops, so you can customize your highlight however you want. You can mix shades, mix it with your foundation, and use as much or as little as you want. I have also seen people just use it right on top of their foundations. They have six different shades, 4 highlights and 2 bronzers. To me this product definitely looks like a must try product.

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