This is a tale about what happens when you lack self control… I’ve been trying really hard not to splurge on makeup the last few months. I have so many products that I really don’t need any new ones. But what fun is that? Any progress I’d made in sticking to a budget went completely down the drain during Sephora’s VIB Rouge Sale last week.
I went to Sephora not once, but twice during the sale. (Whoops!) I thought I’d sit down and take the chance to share my purchases with you. In an effort to keep this short, I’ll keep the product descriptions brief, but please feel free to let me know if you’d like me to do a review of any of these items in the comments below!
I’ve received lots of samples of Soap and Glory’s Righteous Butter over the years. I just can’t get enough of the smell! I decided it was finally time to invest in buying a full size container of their body lotion — especially with the dry winter weather coming up. Let’s just hope that this doesn’t serve as the gateway drug to their other body products.
Sephora’s “Beauty on the Fly” section is either the best thing in the world, or the worst. I haven’t decided yet. I can’t take a trip to Sephora without picking out one or two things. I’m a big fan of face masks, and for only $6, I couldn’t pass these up.
Remember when I said that I went to Sephora for the VIB Rouge Sale twice? This is part of the reason why. One of the items I wanted to pick up was the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. I’m still not sold on the whole primer thing, but I’ve read so may great things about it that I decided I’d try the smaller version. Well, I accidentally picked up the No. 28 Serum Primer.
However, when I tried it the next day, I couldn’t believe how amazing it felt on my skin. I decided to keep it and go back for the Veil Mineral Primer. Unfortunately they were out of stock in the 0.33 oz size, and so I sucked it up and bought the full size. I’ve only been using it a few days, but so far I’m quite impressed!
I’ve had my eye on this foundation for a long time. I already own the Maestro Fusion Foundation, which is unlike anything else I’ve used. It’s great for minimal makeup days, but I wanted something with slightly more coverage. Once again, I’ve only been using this for a few days, but I’m really happy with this purchase. The thing that I love about the Giorgio Armani foundations I’ve tried is that your skin still looks like skin when you’re wearing them.
This is another product I picked up in the “Beauty on the Fly” section. I don’t know anything about the No Cosmetics Brand, but I’m usually willing to buy anything that claims it will hide my undereye circles. This concealer pen is similar to other concealer pens, but with a much fuller coverage. It only came in two shades — Pizazz (pictured above, a slightly more yellow tone) and Wow (a pinkier tone). So far, this one doesn’t seem to be terribly brightening, but its formula is incredibly creamy and easy to blend without settling into my fine lines.
This is another product I’ve had my eye on for a while. Cream blush and I haven’t quite become friends yet– I always seem to struggle with placement. This seemed like a good alternative, since I can just draw it where I want it and blend it out. You can see from the swatch above that the color applies pretty opaque, but sheers out to a very natural color.
My mom only buys Clinique products. She doesn’t wear mascara, and so as soon as I was old enough to wear makeup, she’d give me her samples. I’ve always loved them, but never actually bought one. This was a formula I hadn’t tried yet, but it said that it was their best seller.
Bobbi Brown’s cosmetics are so iconic. I really don’t own any of her products except for her under eye corrector (which I’m not a huge fan of…). I thought this palette would be a nice introduction to her eyeshadows. With 12 colors in sleek black packaging, I also thought it would be a great option for travel. Unfortunately, I haven’t been super impressed so far. With the exception of the five matte shades, these eyeshadows are super sheer. I’ll continue to try it out before making a final judgement, but my hopes aren’t high.
Oh, these shadows are so gorgeous! They’re definitely the products I’m most excited about from this haul. They have a beautiful, elegant shimmer that borders on iridescent. While there are flecks of glitter, I wouldn’t describe any of them as “glittery” because the individual pieces are so fine. The swatches you see on the right are applied dry, without primer, however, when applied wet and/or with primer, they’re even more intense. Dione is definitely my favorite of the three. In the pan, it looks like a cool-toned silver, but when it’s applied on skin, it appears slightly more taupe. All of them would make great options for single-color eye looks.
When I picked up this product, I felt a little bit like I was cheating. I love the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner so so much. I didn’t feel the need to try anything else because literally nothing can be as good as it. But recently, EssieButton and a few other YouTube beauty gurus have been talking about how this is better. They claim that its finish is more matte than the Stila liner… we’ll see.
As I mentioned in my 5 Ways to Wear a Red Lip post, I’m a big fan of lip stains. They’re a great way to add a little color to your look, without requiring as much maintenance as a brightly colored lipstick. This Stila one caught my eye while I was browsing, and I decided to try it in the color Raspberry Crush. There’s nothing better than berry-colored lips in the winter time. I haven’t tried it out yet, but after swatching it, I can say that it smells really yummy!
I have one Bite Lipstick that I absolutely love, but don’t wear very often. It’s in a bright purple color that isn’t terribly practical for every day use. I thought I’d pick up a couple in more wearable colors. This formula is probably one of the most comfortable I’ve ever worn. It’s creamy, pigmented, and formulated with all sorts of great, anti-aging ingredients. I’ve found that they’re relatively long-wearing (3-5 hours without eating or drinking) but they tend to feather around the edges. (More on the solution to that below.)
The colors I chose include Tannin (a beautiful wine color that I can wear without looking full-on goth), Vidal (a bright, Barbie pink) and Fig (possibly my new favorite “my lips but better color”).
Sephora Universal Lip Liner
So… am I the only one who’d never heard of an anti-feathering lip liner? I was reading a blog post where someone used the Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics anti-feathering liner, and my mind was blown! Unfortunately, my Sephora doesn’t carry OCC, but the woman at the store directed me to this. I’m pretty excited, because usually I’m too lazy to take the time to draw perfect liner before applying lipstick. If this can help improve the wear of my lipstick, I’ll be a happy camper.
I can never pass up lip products. I didn’t really have a reason for grabbing this besides the adorable packaging. The color is a little lighter than I’d hoped, but I still think I’ll get plenty of use out of it.
Want to hear a more detailed review of any of these products? Feel free to leave a comment below! And let me know about your most recent Sephora discoveries. I’m always looking for new products to try! (Although, clearly, I don’t need any help finding them.)