July Sephora Haul Unboxing

Sephora July Haul Good evening everyone!!!

The title of this blog post is a bit of a cheat since I only purchased two different shades of the same product and then scored a whole bunch of free samples, but I still wanted to do a little unboxing haul to show how nicely Sephora ships out their products and how adorable and incredible some of the samples are. 

Make Up For Ever multi-use powder foundationSo the two products I purchased were the Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation in shades 110 Pink Porcelain and 113 Nude Porcelain. 113 is available in Sephora stores and I have been using and loving it ever since I first tried it way back in June 2015, and reviewed it here on my blog. However, I have been wondering if maybe it is a bit too yellowish for my skin tone and I wanted to try out the lightest shade, 110, but 110 is only available online, or maybe in some stores but not in the Sephora near me. I couldn’t judge the shades very well online so I ordered both, thinking I would immediately be able to tell which shade would be best for me when they arrived. Well, no such luck because I unpacked them only to find I could see a difference but still couldn’t decide which would be best. 

Just a little shout-out to Sephora here because I love their product return policy because you can actually try out the product and then return it if it doesn’t work for you. So, I tried out both shades and I have decided to stick with the nude porcelain, partly for ease of purchasing because I don’t necessarily want to order online all the time and partly because the pink tones would be nice for a summery pink look but might not be as versatile as the nude porcelain in the autumn and winter. 

And now for all the samples:

Fresh deluxe samples
From left to right: Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment, Sugar Face Polish, Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil

At the time that I placed my order, Sephora was offering a promotion where I could pick three deluxe samples of Fresh products for free. I love the brand Fresh, so I went with an old favourite and two products I have been dying to try. My favourite Fresh product is the Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment. I started using this way back in high school and it is the most hydrating and sweet-smelling lip balm I have ever used. I get very chapped lips in the winter and this just makes my lips kissably soft. The two new products are the Sugar Face Polish (125 g $62), which is a nourishing natural exfoliant made with real strawberries (including the seeds!!!) and brown sugar that polishes away dry, dull skin, and the Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil (full size 50mL $52) that contains omegas 3, 6, 7, and 9 and pure oils to preserve youthful skin. Because of how expensive Fresh products are, I am so happy I was able to get some deluxe size samples so I can try them out and see if they are worth purchasing.  

Then, as my three free samples that come with every Sephora order, I selected Benefit’s Goof Proof Brow Pencil, NARS Orgasm Blush, and Tatcha Balanced pore perfecting water gel moisturizer.    

Benefit Goof Proof Brow PencilThe Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil (full size $30) is a product I have been hearing a lot about recently, and something that I am in desperate need of. My brows do not have that sought-after arch, which is fine, but when I get all dolled up for a night out or something, they just look a little bit sad. The nice thing about this product is that it has a wide tip to fill in brows and a pointed end to define the tail of your brows. This has made my brows stand out so much more and have given them the little helping hand they needed. I was sent shade 03 Medium. 

NARS Orgasm BlushThe NARS Orgasm blush (full size $38) is a product people have been raving about for years now, and I have actually never tried it. I love blush palettes more than getting just one shade in a pan, but this is a shade has been hailed as a cult beauty product so I felt I should give it a go. It is a gorgeous warm pink shade with golden shimmer highlights. What I really like about it is that it is really hard to over-apply it because the pink hue does not build up but the shimmer does, leaving a nice golden glow.

Tatcha Balanced Pore Perfecting Water Gel Moisturizer    Tatcha is a brand I had not heard of before but I am always game to try international beauty brands. This japanese skin care and beauty brand combines the ancient wisdom of geisha beauty with the modern skin care regimen. The Balanced Pore Perfecting Water Gel Moisturizer (full size 50mL $68) offers oil-balancing hydration, making it great for oily skin, a rare find. Also, this moisturizer includes a dust of 23k gold. That’s right, gold, delivering a shine-free glow. After trying this, I found that my pores looked a lot smaller and tighter, and it wore really well under my makeup. 

What beauty products have you purchased lately???

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Summer Sephora Haul!!!

IMG_5033So I went into Sephora the other day on the hunt for some summer essentials. You know, a foundation with SPF, sunscreen that wouldn’t break out my face, etc. But, of course, the minute I stepped into Sephora, I completely forgot my reason for going in and stocked up on some other “essentials”.

110 Pink Porcelain

In my last post, I reviewed Make Up For Ever’s (MUFE’s) Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation. I loved it so much that I wanted to pick up the HD Invisible Cover Foundation. I haven’t tested it out yet, but I did try a little on in the store and it is so silky. I got the shade 110 Pink Porcelain, which, according to Sephora, is meant for porcelain skin with pink undertones. That I did not know, but it’s the lightest shade they had, and that is usually a pretty simple way for me to pick out the shade to try. This was quite pricy at $50, but it looks pretty good, so I took a chance on it.

4.9 oz Spray Bottle

The next item I bought also coincides with my last post, where I mentioned I got the MUFE Foundation Kabuki Brush. It wasn’t until I began using this brush that I realized I did not have a cleaner for it, so I went out to get the MUFE Instant Brush Cleanser. I figured I would keep my brushes and cleanser of the same brand, because I like to think the formula is best suited for the brushes they sell, but who really knows. Anywho, what I love about this cleanser is it comes in two sizes: a 4.9 oz full-size spray bottle ($25), and a 1.69 oz travel-size spray bottle ($14). For someone like me with an unexplainable love for travel size products, this is perfect because it means I can take this with me in my carry-on without having to worry that Air Canada will lose my luggage (trust me, it happens more often than you think) and I’ll be stuck with dirty brushes until my luggage is found. It’s also a great way to test the product without having to get the full size.

156 Large Flat Blush Brush

I am quite peeved about this next item. I wanted a foundation brush with which to properly apply liquid foundation. The brush guide in Sephora said the MUFE 156 brush was for foundation. Turns out it is actually the Large Flat Blush Brush. A bit of a letdown, not going to lie, at $43. For the time being, I am going to use it for foundation application, but I will eventually find a brush that is actually meant for foundation, given I already have a blush brush that told me up front what it was.

226 Medium Eye Shader Brush

I also picked up the MUFE 226 Medium Eye Shader Brush, because I am accumulating quite a collection of eye shadow palettes, but I like keeping any applicators included in them clean. Plus, I find brushes usually allow for more precise application. I am quite excited to test out this little dandy and hopefully it keeps those pesky grains of powder eyeshadow from landing under my eye.

Marshmallow Bunny

The final item I picked up was a bit of a treat for myself–nothing necessary, but a nice summer splurge: the Too Faced La Crème Colour Drenched Lip Cream in Marshmallow Bunny. I absolutely love Too Faced’s packaging, both the cardboard exteriors with their gold-trimmed floral designs, and the simplistic brushed gold tube design. Not going to lie, the name Marshmallow Bunny kind of lured me in. I mean, come on, how cute is that name for a lip shade?!? I still tested it on my hand in the store to make sure I liked the shade, and decided it was the perfect colour to wear during the summer to add a little pop to my daily make up routine.

The other exciting thing about this little shopping venture is that I am now a Sephora VIB!!! Yes, it means I’ve spent a fair bit of money there, but Sephora is the perfect one-stop make up shop, and now I qualify for early sale access, exclusive offers, samples, and free items. The adorable little silver VIB card is pretty cool, too.

I will be posting reviews for these products soon, so keep an eye out for those if you’re interested. If you have tried any or all of these products already, what did you think of them???

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