I ran into some extra money this month so, naturally, I hightailed it over to Sephora to buy a ton of new products. I ended up doing my summer beauty shopping in three trips — two trips to the store and one on Sephora.com — so I’m going to break up these three “hauls” into three individual posts. I’m going to review almost all of these products in their own individual posts, so this is just an overview of the new items I bought.
My skin has been changing a lot ever since I turned 26 (I’m 27 now); they say your skin can start changing in your mid-20s so I’m not too upset about it, but I needed a complete overhaul of my skincare routine because, instead of normal-type skin, I now have normal-dry skin, I’ve been getting a few breakouts and my overall complexion needs some evening out.
So I asked the wonderful staff member at the new Sephora in the Bay Shore Mall on Long Island what kind of products I should be using now and she was SO helpful and friendly. She put a lot of products into small sample jars so I could take them home and try them out for a few days to see how they work.
I usually would rather shop online than in the actual Sephora stores because I often find that the staff members never really help you (I feel like I know more than they do about a lot of these products most of the time) and they’re pretty snooty sometimes, too. That, plus the store is a mess — at least at the big malls here on Long Island they are.
So this is why I am SO happy a new Sephora opened up at the mall in Bay Shore. The staff is amazing, the store is super clean and not too big and crazy, and that mall in general is a LOT quieter and less busy than the other malls on the Island, so shopping is so much less of a headache.
I was planning on going back to the store after trying them out but I didn’t really have the time, so I ordered online at Sephora.com instead. As a Sephora VIB Rouge member I get free 3-day shipping and it’s seriously the quickest-shipping website I have ever ordered from. Sometimes it’s more worth it for me to order online because I know I’ll have the products in a day or two.
The first item on my list was a good foundation brush because I was getting pretty bored of my Beauty Blender. I still like using the Beauty Blender to blend cover-up into and around my under-eye area and around my nose, but, even though I’ve been using this tool for 2+ years now, I just wasn’t getting the right coverage that I wanted from my regular foundation application. Someone suggested this brush from Sephora and I asked the Sephora associate in Bay Shore about it and she said she used it too. I am very, very happy with it.
Sephora Collection Classic Multitasker Brush #45 ($24; sephora.com) is designed for applying both loose and compact powders as well as any liquid makeup, and it’s bristles have undergone a “hypoallergenic, non-toxic, antibacterial treatment” to help keep skin healthy. Like I said earlier, I’m going to do a full review of all the items in my haul in individual posts of their own so I’m not going to go to in-depth here, but my foundation has been looking better than ever after I started using this brush.
These new Sephora Collection masks displayed throughout the store quickly caught my eye — the bright rainbow of colors and cute little circle packaging made it way too hard to not want to pick one up. They’re only six bucks and they come in six different formulas for different skin concerns (each one is a different color package). My only gripe about this mask was that, even though the results were instant and noticeable, it didn’t really last very long.
I think they should have maybe made them a little more expensive and put, like, three or four masks in one package … or even two would have made a difference. With just one you’re really only getting use out of it for that one night or day that you’re using it. I used it at night and then took a shower the next day so the effect kinda wore right off. I would suggest to use these during the day, or at night before you go out.
Sephora Collection Rose Mask – Moisturizing & Brightening ($6 for one 0.84-oz. mask; sephora.com) is described as a “natural fiber mask” that contains natural rose extract to moisturize skin for a more radiant appearance. It “perfectly hugs facial contours,” to allow the active ingredients to penetrate and plump the skin, creating a fresher, brighter, glowing appearance.
These masks come in six different type including: Pearl (light pink) for perfecting & brightening; Green Tea (green) for mattifying & anti-blemish; Ginseng (yellow) for toning & revitalizing; Pomegranate (red) for anti-fatigue & energizing; Honey (orange) for nourishing & balancing; and Rose (pink, the one I bought) for moisturizing & brightening.
I needed new cleansing wipes because I just ran out of them and I decided to pick up this pack from Korres. I love Korres products and all of their natural, good-for-you ingredients, so I knew I wouldn’t have any complaints about these wipes. I can’t really say that I notice any difference between these and any of the other makeup removing wipes I use (I usually pick up whatever I see first, whether it’s at CVS, ULTA, Sephora, or anywhere else), and I always wash my face after using them, so I really can’t say much about them other than the fact that they work well in removing makeup, even mascara.
I actually can’t find these available on Sephora’s website, I only see Korres’ Pomegranate wipes (the ones for oily and combination skin), so if you want to pick up these Milk Protein wipes (for normal to dry skin) your local Sephora should definitely have them. If you would prefer to order them online I did find them on HSN, so I included that link below.
Korres Milk Protein Cleansing & Make-Up Removing Wipes ($12 for 25 wipes; hsn.com) are formulated for normal to dry skin to remove face and eye makeup and dirt while nourishing the skin with the “moisturizing powers of milk proteins.” They also contain aloe and proVitamin B5 to soothe skin.
I cannotttttt get over how much I LOVE this stuff. I just can’t even describe how it has completely transformed the look of my hair. I have been having serious issues with dry, damaged strands, and the summer is especially bad for me because my hair can easily turn into a poofy mess. This AMAZING stuff makes my hair look beautiful. It looks healthy and shiny, voluminous — everything you could possibly want for your hair. I’ll go into more detail when I post a review on this product but OMG I am so happy I picked this bottle up.
Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Primer ($26 for 8.5 oz.; sephora.com) is a sulfate-free “pre-styler” that “protects, conditions, and eases styling for dry, brittle, or coarse hair.” It is described as a multitasking primer that’s infused with six different “feather-light” oils “for complete hair transformation” (and transforming it is!!). Hair appears softer, smoother, silkier, less tangled, and it also protects against breakage, heat, and UV radiation.
I picked up the original Naked Flushed blush/bronzer by Urban Decay when it first came out (less than a year ago I think?), and I really liked the formula but I wasn’t so crazy about the colors. Well now UD has four different Naked Flushed palette colors (three new ones plus the original), and I was loving this one, “Streak,” which has a super pretty peachy blush that’s perfect for summer.
Urban Decay Naked Flushed ($30 for 0.49 oz.; sephora.com) is described as “a silky bronzer, highlighter, and blush in a sleek, travel-ready compact.” Each pressed powder can be used individually or blended together and they contain light-diffusing particles to enhance skin for a “fresh, glowy look.”
I finally caved and bought this much raved-about BB cream from Dior and I am so glad I did. I actually meant to pick up the more moisturizing, Dior Hydra Life BB Cream, but this one has been working great. My skin has been looking soooo much more even and prettier. I’m probably going to try out the Hydra Life formula when this one runs out, but I might just go back to this one because it’s been making my complexion look near-flawless.
Dior Diorskin Nude BB Creme ($44 for 1 oz.; sephora.com) is described as a Broad Spectrum SPF 10 BB cream that “moisturizes, smooths, protects, and corrects,” creating a “lustrous, flawless finish.”
I also needed a new foundation and the Sephora staff member suggested this one — this is yet another product that I instantly fell in love with and I’m so happy I bought it. This, combined with just a litttttle bit of the Dior BB cream on top, has been making my skin look amazing and super even and all that good stuff. Love love love.
Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation ($45 for 1.18 oz.; sephora.com) is described as a “rich, long-wear foundation that gives skin a professional, full-coverage finish.” It’s a creamy formula that contains a “special collection” of silk proteins, tea extracts, and treated mica, which all blend together to create a “luxuriously hydrating foundation” that leaves skin “softer, smoother, and flawless.” I can totally attest to all of these claims … I can’t wait to review this product in its own post!
Andddd … I saved the best for last! The awesome sales assistant at Sephora in the Great South Bay Bay Shore Mall (I feel so bad that I forgot her name!) also gave me this mini three-piece BUXOM lip collection of brand-new beautiful hot pink lip shades. I love BUXOM products, especially their lip products, and I don’t really have too many hot pink shades, and this set is SUCH a good mix of vibrant pink shades (strawberry, coral, and a hot baby pink).
When the Sephora associate was showing me the set at check-out I thought that it was a VIB point gift (where I’d have to spend points for it), and I didn’t realize she was actually GIVING it to me. So, if you’re a member of the Sephora VIB program, ask about this set next time you’re in the store! I was there exactly one week ago, so they should still have it! This set contained:
- One Mini (0.07 oz.) Full-On Lip Polish in Nicole (reg. $19 for 0.15 oz.; sephora.com) is described as a “sheer, shimmering strawberry” lip gloss with a tingling, plumping effect. Formulated with Vitamins A and E to help keep lips “soft, supple, and protected.” As of this spring, BUXOM’s lip polishes come in 100 (!!) different shades, making it impossible to not find one that you love!
- One Mini (0.06 oz.) Full-Bodied Lip Gloss in Sweet Thing (reg. $19 for 0.15 oz.; sephora.com) is described as a “sheer, shimmering, hydrating gloss” that plumps lips without the tingle. This brand-new shade is a sheer, yet full-bodied, hot pink, with a slightly creamier consistency than the lip polish (above). It is encapsulated with hyaluronic spheres that promote hydration and fullness, plus jojoba oil and vitamin E to help moisturize and protect lips.
- One Mini (0.04 oz.) Full-Bodied Lipstick in Mistress (reg. $21 for 0.13 oz.; sephora.com) is a pretty hot pink shade that I can only really describe as like a baby pink-hot pink with a slight shimmer. This smooth, creamy, ultra-hydrating, full-coverage lipstick plumps lips without the tingle, and it contains encapsulated hyaluronic spheres to promote hydration and fullness. It is formulated with shea butter, coconut oil, chamomile flower wax, and vitamins C and E that all help to moisturize, soothe, and protect lips.
All products are, of course, available in Sephora stores and on Sephora.com. I don’t see the Korres Milk Protein Cleansing Wipes on the Sephora website, but they are definitely available in Sephora stores and on HSN.com.