May 2015 Sephora Haul
So…I just spent way too much money at Sephora! I went in to get three products and came out with twice as many. But that’s OK. I think it’s only right to treat yourself from time to time. Anyway, I wanted to showcase my haul with you and tell you about some products I love and have been using for years and then some new brands I decided to try out as well.
Up first is this Sephora Eye Depuffing Mask. As you can see from the photo, I have already tried this out and I will give you a review soon. But here’s a little “tease” it worked great! This product costs $6.
I do not have a problem with acne, but I do break out every once and awhile and when I do, it’s a nightmare. So, I like trying various spot treatments. The stuff I’m using now is OK, but I wanted to test out something different. This is Kate Somerville Acne Treatment. It’s a pink liquid in a decent size bottle. According to the box, you cover the affected area with a thin layer one to three times a day. It’s supposed to quickly clear up blemishes and reduce redness, but I’ll be the judge of that. I will try out this product for a month or so and give you a review soon. This product is $24.
Up next is Bare Minerals powder foundation in the color of medium beige. This also has an SPF of 15. I have been using this same brand and color for five or six years. I do not use it as a foundation though, I use it as a concealer for very tough to hide birthmarks, age spots and pimples. It is amazing. It is the only product that works for me and I love it. What I do, is take a concealer brush, apply this powder to the areas needed, then I use a bigger brush to blend it in and apply powder over it. This has been one of my best ever beauty purchases and I would recommend this brand to anyone. The product is $28. If you use it as a concealer, like I do, this will last you two years. If you use it as a foundation, it will likely go much quicker.
Here is another “Melissa” favorite that will also last you anywhere from 2-3 years as it is also a concealer. This is Make Up For Ever full cover concealer #3. I use this stuff very sparingly as it is expensive. But you only need a tiny bit for coverage. You can use this product as a typical concealer, however, I ONLY use it under my eyes. This stuff is used by the experts and can even hide tattoos, so it works well if you suffer from dark under eye circles, like I do. I buy mine in a shade lighter than my skin color and use a concealer brush to blend it in. Then, I put a setting powder on top of it. This stuff will stay on all day long and not only does it cover dark circles, but it also brightens your under eye area. It’s amazing, trust me. The price is $32.
So this is something I didn’t need, but decided I had to have. It’s the Sephora Contouring Brush Set. I’m still fairly new at this whole contouring thing, but I’m really liking it and I wanted a nice brush set to help me get just the right look. The set comes in a very nice gold bag. On the inside, there are three brushes…an angled blush brush, a buffing brush and a stippling brush. There is also a very nice “how to” card that will explain how to use the brushes as you are contouring your face. There are five steps included. Also included, bonus blotting sheets from Sephora. I have not tried this brand but blotting sheets are AMAZING. I use them a lot when I’m reporting in the field, during the summertime, and my face is shinier than my gloss. They work really well and are so small and flat that you can fit them in your purse or even your pocket. I will do a demo with these brushes on youtube and put up a review here as well in the future. The brush set cost me $48.
While shopping at Sephora, I also picked up my “free” birthday gift. This year it is Nars Lip pencils in the colors of Cruella and Rikugien. Both are beautiful, bold colors to add to my collection.
If you shop at Sephora way to much like myself you can also rack up points and get some free stuff. This product cost me 100 points. It’s Korres Greek Yoghurt face primer. I have tried several primers, including other Korres, but not this particular one. I’m excited to see how it works. Primers are a girls best friend and I can no longer apply makeup without first using primer. It’s sad, but true! I will do a tutorial on this one and show you my primer regiment. I’ve got it down to a science.
Also when you go to Sephora, don’t forget to pick up three free samples to try. I usually go for the face creams and masks. You just tell the cashier when you go to the front, what you would like to try, and they can usually whip it right up for you 🙂