An English Girl in Sephora

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While I was on my recent holiday in Orlando, I posted a (shameless) Instagram picture of the goodies I picked up in Sephora. Since then I have had lots of requests to do a blog post on everything I bought, so I guess I am calling this the ULTIMATE Sephora haul. I definitely indulged in my first ever trip to a Sephora since becoming a beauty junkie, so I’m going try and keep this post snappy. For my own sanity, I’m not going to post the prices of all these goodies, but let’s just say that I spent enough to become a Sephora VIB (Very Important Beauty Insider) right there and then. It got me quite a lot of free goodies though, so I guess it worked out okay (that’s what I keep telling myself anyway). I’ve provided links for all the products though, so you can go and check them out yourselves. Just click on the product name and it’ll take you to the website.

I’ve decided to section this haul out a little, seeing as there is such an array of things. So lets start with Body/Haircare. I picked up two different sizes of the Lavanila Pure Vanilla Healthy Deodorant as I am quite a stickler for using non-aerosol deodorants. I’ve heard excellent things about this being completely safe as it is 100% natural. I’ve yet to try it out so I can’t comment on its odour eliminating properties, but from what I’ve heard it’ll do the job and without all the carcinogenic ingredients! I just had to pick up the miniature size too because it’s perfect for travelling/popping in my gym bag. I also picked up Living Proof’s Perfect Hair Day from hearing good things not only about the brand (whose co-founder was Jennifer Aniston), but also about this particular product which is the only thing in the range not available in the UK I believe. Weird. Anyway, this I have tried and it is wonderful. Since having my hair cut short, it tends to be a little unruly. A marble size of this applied to damp hair and then blow-dried leaves my hair looking really great without the need to style it further. Finally in this section, I picked up a miniature Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter in Red Rooibos because it literally smelled like strawberries and cream and that’s when I knew I had to have it.

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Skincare

There’s surprisingly not that much in this section, considering I’m obsessed with my skincare. Kate Somerville though, was a name I had on my American shopping list the minute we booked the holiday (actually technically before then) because I’ve heard absolutely incredible things about this brand and wanted to see for myself. Good news for us all though, as Kate Somerville will finally be available in the UK by 2017 I believe. Where it’s being sold, I am not quite sure, though I could hazard a guess at Space.NK or Selfridges. I literally threw into my basket the Goat Milk Cream and also (because it is a fairly new release to the line) the Goat Milk Cleanser. I’ve yet to do the honours of opening them as I’m saving them for when I’ve whittled down my other creams and cleansers. Though it pained me to part with this amount of money for a lip balm, I somehow managed to put a Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in my basket and do you know what? I am pretty happy that I did. This stuff is incredible and emulsifies instantly when it comes into contact with your lips. I ended up putting way too much on when I first tried it and have consequently learned that one good swipe top and bottom definitely does the trick. Something that basically had no category, but I still wanted to fit it in somewhere, is the Beauty Blender Solid Cleanser, which actually is available in the UK but I struggled to find one on Space.NK’s website for the longest time. I decided that as I would get it slightly cheaper in the States, I might as well add that one to the basket too. This stuff is incredible for washing all your makeup brushes, not just your Beauty Blender! I am a massive fan of the original beauty blender and will always sing its praises, this is another thing from the brand that definitely lives up to the hype. I won’t wash my brushes in anything else from now on because this stuff just gets them so clean.

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Makeup

Prepare yourselves for a more lengthy section. I had soooo many makeup items on my list and believe it or not, I still didn’t manage to pick up everything. However, I can see a Sephora online order coming my way in a few months so I’m definitely okay with that (Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Foundation, you better be in stock by then!!). Anyway, the biggest thing on my list was an Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder, which again are available in the UK but I was totally in that frame of mind of “when on holiday”… I picked one up in ‘Dim Light’ which at the time seemed a dead on match, but I think when I repurchase I will go for ‘Diffused Light’ as it’s lighter with more of a yellow tone- I like to embrace my pasty paleness. This is an incredible product to set your foundation with. I hate looking so matte that my face is practically flat and this just gives that perfect dewiness to your skin that most other powders just can’t achieve. I’m one hundred percent obsessed with this powder. Sticking with powders, I also picked up a miniature of the Make Up Forever HD Pressed Powder from the most deadliest checkout section ever. That is one thing I can’t decide whether I love or hate about Sephora; you think you’re done and you’ve already spent way more than you probably should and BOOM, one hundred more products all in miniature form. For me, its totally irresistible and I’m quite proud that I was only tempted by three things (there were a few more in my basket that I later decided to leave, but let’s not talk about that). Another thing I’d set my sights on was the Becca for Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector in ‘Champagne Pop’. Holy mother of highlighters, this stuff is shimmery. I mean like a layer of sparkling sun on your face shimmery. And I absolutely love it. Most definitely my new favourite highlighter and a little goes an incredibly long way. Another miniature from the deadliest queue in history was a Naked Skin Concealer from Urban Decay. Heard great things from YouTubers and the likes so I decided to give it a go seeing as it was so small and cute. I couldn’t resist grabbing one of Kat Von D’s Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks because the hype over them is just unreal. I got the shade ‘Lolita’ because it’s the one I’ve personally heard the most about and I’m dead chuffed with it. The shade, for me, is great but its the formula that is absolutely spot on. I can definitely see more of these in my future.

I got myself shade matched for the Makeup Forever Ultra HD foundation (I’m 117=Y225 Marble if anyone was wondering), and I’ve got to say that I’m just not in love with this. I expected so much more coverage from it. I’ve tried multiple methods of applying it and nothing manages to cover my rosacea with just one layer. The texture of this is fantastic, its a runny consistency kind of like my favourite NARS Sheer Glow foundation. However, because the coverage isn’t good, I have to apply more than one layer which takes time and effort so it’s just not a winner for me. Another slightly disappointing product is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Cream Kit in ‘Fair’. Shade-wise, it completely delivers because the tones are perfectly ashy for paler skin types. For texture however, it’s a complete no from me. I just can’t seem to apply this well and I find myself taking way more product than I ever thought necessary to do the job. The lighter colours are far better than the darker ones I should add; I find myself reaching for the top three to highlight my under-eye area much more than I use the bottom three for contouring. This palette is certainly not for someone who is starting out with contouring as it’s just too difficult to work with. I’d recommend the Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Kit for beginners, as this is great and only has three shades to choose from, instead of an overwhelming six.

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The Freebies

Finally, I thought I’d add in the freebies I got from being such a loyal (*cough*- first) customer. The lady that served me in Sephora was an absolute angel and basically said- once she’d read out a heart palpitating total- that she was “going to make this work for me” and she really did. I got to choose four small samples using the points I’d just accumulated on my VIB card and she also gave me my Birthday gift in advance as she knew I wasn’t living in the States and probably wouldn’t visit again before September. So I opted for the Boscia Exfoliating Peel Gel as Boscia is a brand raved about by skincare experts like Caroline Hirons. I chose a Bite Beauty matte lip crayon in the shade Glace, which is a beautiful pinky/mauve colour. I got a sample of the new Hourglass Ambient Light Correcting Primer (in the shade ‘Mood Light’) which the lady said was incredible so I’m very excited to try this one. Finally I chose the Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturiser with SPF 47 as it seemed like an interesting product to try over the summer. My birthday gift was a Fresh Soy Face Cleanser and Rose Face Mask so I was very happy to receive these. I feel like Sephora have a good thing going with their reward card because it really makes a difference to get something back. I have a lovely little collection of items here that I probably would never have purchased full sizes of, so now I get to see if I like them before I buy. The points on the card never expire either, so if you do go to the States I highly suggest getting one because you can collect the points if you shop online with them and then spend them the next time you’re over there.

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I can safely say that I was in my absolute element walking around Sephora. I actually spent so much time in there on our first trip to the mall, I was kind of banned from going in another one for the rest of the holiday…Do you think that stopped me? Not a chance!

I think I shall end this post by politely demanding that Sephora get their butts to the UK now! We beauty addicts NEED our fix.

Thanks for reading lovelies.

Steph.B

A Little Disclaimer- All products featured have been purchased  with my own money or have been gifts from friends and family. I am not affiliated with any of the companies mentioned or the links to websites that have been provided. All opinions are entirely my own and honest, I am not being paid to advertise these products. All pictures on this post have been taken by yours truly.

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