I’ve been meaning to do the second post in my Sephora Summer Haul series for a few weeks, but I’ve been pretty busy so I’m just getting around to it now. I did the Sephora Summer Haul #1 post a little over a month ago, and then I went back to the store and bought even more stuff.
I pretty much did an OVERhaul of my beauty collection this summer, mostly because my skin is a lot different than it used to be, and I really did need a whole new routine and new products that are better suited for my skin, which has changed over the last year to a more dry and sensitive type.
Of course I can never just buy the items that I need and everytime I go into Sephora or even shop online at Sephora.com I end up with a crapload of stuff. So, besides just the new skincare products, I also bought a bunch of summer-y items, from makeup in bright colors to products that will help me keep my makeup on and looking fresh even in this hot, and often humid, New York weather. I’m not going to go too in-depth with the products because I’ll review most of them in posts of their own.
It seems as though this lip gloss from Josie Maran is no longer available at Sephora.com for some reason. I tried to look online to see if it’s being discontinued or if there’s going to be a new product to take its place but I couldn’t find any information. However, it IS still available on the Josie Maran website.
I have super chapped lips because I bite them way too much (so attractive, I know), so I decided to try this one out since it’s infused with Josie’s signature Argan Oil blend and it got pretty good reviews on the Sephora website (when it was still available). This isn’t exactly for healing lips, but I did notice some good results in the overall appearance of my lips and they were a lot smoother. This one is a little sticky at first, but the stickiness doesn’t really last that long.
Josie Maran Argan High Gloss Lip Quench ($16 for 0.3 oz.; josiemarancosmetics.com) is described as a “deeply penetrating” moisture gloss that “primes lips for a feather-free, even application of lipstick, liner or stain.” You can wear it alone, under or over lip color (I usually just wear it alone) and it is infused with 100% Pure Argan Oil, as well as jojoba oil and oleic-acid-rich buriti oil for “deep skin renewal and conditioning.”
I am definitely going to be reviewing these vitamin packs from HUM in a separate product review post because they really have been doing a lot as far as strengthening my hair and nails goes. My skin has even been clearing up, my nails are definitely stronger and my hair even looks a lot better and healthier (although I am in desperate need of a trim). You have to use these vitamins consistently for at least a couple of weeks before you see real results and I’m just about ready for Month 2 of my Runway Ready regimen (I have a new box sitting in my cabinet). I have no doubt that everything is going to start looking even better once I start the second month.
DISCLAIMER: I don’t really believe in multivitamins and most regular vitamin supplements (except for some circumstances and some formulas). I really think that getting all the right vitamins I need comes from good food and good eating habits, so I don’t necessarily buy into the whole vitamin craze. THESE vitamins, however, contain a 100% vegetarian formula and great ingredients (that are regularly found in foods) to insure that you get a super awesome dose of the vitamins necessary for strong nails, healthy hair and clear, vibrant skin.
HUM Nutrition Runway Ready ($35 for 30 daily packs; sephora.com) is a month-long supply of HUM’s Red Carpet and Killer Nails formulas. The vegetarian Red Carpet formula includes the “perfect balance” of GLA, ALA and Vitamin E. It is made from bio-available nutrients from black currant and sunflower seeds with healthy essential fats that support “fuller, shinier hair and glowing skin.”
The key ingredient in Killer Nails is biotin, a water-soluble B-complex vitamin necessary for cell growth and the production and metabolism of fat into amino acids. Killer Nails is a high potency vegan formula that contains 5000 mcg of Biotin, which is “widely used for strong nails and hair.”
Each Runway Ready pack contains two Red Carpet pills and one Killer Nails pill.
A brand-new moisturizer was one of the most important elements to my new skincare routine and this amazing moisturizer right here immediately made a huge difference in hydrating my dry skin. I had originally sampled the Ultra Repair Cream by First Aid Beauty and I loved it so I meant to pick that one up, but I put the Ultra Repair Lotion in my online shopping cart instead. It is essentially the same formula, just with a lighter consistency. I like the Cream a bit better so I’m going to make sure I pick that one up when I run out of this one.
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Lotion ($28 for 8 oz.; sephora.com) is described as a “refreshingly lightweight moisturizer for silky smooth skin.” It is clinically proven to deliver 24 hours of continuous hydration, eliminate flakiness and condition the skin, leaving it “silky, supple and smooth.” It also treats itching and irritation caused by eczema, bug bites and rashes, so it can be used all over your body — not just the face!
Another super awesome product that I’m surprised I just started using now is this best-selling cleanser from Fresh. My face is soooo CLEAN after I use it — it removes pretty much every last trace of makeup (even mascara) and my skin feels and looks so much better now that I’ve been using it religiously for about a month. I bought this smaller tube first to really try it out and then I ran out of it pretty quickly so I recently bought the larger, 5.1-oz. tube. The larger tube is part of the third Sephora haul in my summer haul series 🙂
Fresh Soy Face Cleanser ($15 for 1.7 oz. [pictured] or $38 for 5.1 oz.; sephora.com) is described as a “multitasking gel that gently removes impurities and makeup.” It instantly whisks away everyday impurities and makeup — even mascara — without stripping the skin of essential moisture, and it is rich in amino acids and soy proteins to support moisture retention. It also contains rosewater to balance and tone skin, as well as cucumber extract and nourishing borage seed oil.
I have this blush in a few other colors, but the peach looked so pretty and exactly what I was looking for so I had to pick it up. I want to do a full review on this product because the packaging is so pretty and I got a bunch of great photos; this haul post was already really photo-heavy so I only used one photo of the blush.
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush ($26 for 0.2 oz.; sephora.com) is described as a “long-wearing, solar-baked blush” that lasts up to 12 hours. This blush is infused with natural clay “harvested from the banks of the Amazon River and naturally baked by the sun” and it is rich in nutrients that benefit all skin types for a “fade-free flawless finish.” I chose the “Captivating” shade, which is described as a warm peach.
This was another skincare product that I recently added to my daily routine that has helped my skin get back to a more normal state. I put this treatment on every night (usually during the daytime, too) and it has done wonders for my dry skin, making it feel and look so much more hydrated, soft and smooth. Over the last couple of days I started using Josie’s Argan Oil Light over this treatment at night instead of my moisturizer and I’m loving the results. During the day I apply my First Aid Beauty moisturizer over the Argan Milk.
Josie Maran Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment ($56 for 1 oz.; sephora.com) is described as a “100 percent natural, emulsifier-free, hydrating treatment serum” that features powerful anti-aging benefits. Microdroplets of 100% Pure Argan Oil are suspended in purified water (which gives it the “milky” look), allowing the “skin-saving benefits of Argan Oil” to deeply nourish the skin.
I have tried out at least 20 different foundation primers over the last couple of months and I think I have finally found the perfect one for me — it’s not this one from Korres, though. Again, my skin has changed so much over the last year that a brand-new primer was just another skincare item that I needed for my new dry/sort of sensitive skin type.
I’m going to do a post on foundation primers soon because I have bought and sampled soooo many recently and I ended up returning about half of the ones I bought. I think I finally settled on a primer from NARS and/or a primer from Laura Mercier (I use Laura Mercier foundation so I think that’s why the primer worked so great). But anyway, this primer from Korres really wasn’t bad. It felt amazing on my skin and I really love that “Greek Yoghurt” scent (I know some people don’t really like it). This one just didn’t make my foundation last for as long as I would have liked.
Korres Greek Yoghurt Nourishing Primer ($30 for 1.01 oz.; sephora.com) is described as a “skin-perfecting and silicone-free face primer” that is enriched with ultra-nourishing Greek yogurt for “the smoothest makeup application and long-lasting wear.” This primer has a gel texture that glides onto skin, leaving a dewy finish.
I actually had to return this product after a few uses because it made me break out. I started using so many different products at once but for some reason I just knew this was the culprit for my breakouts. I have sensitive-ish skin, but I’m not sensitive to products, per se. I can usually use any product on my face and not have to worry about breakouts (I honestly think the bulk of my breakouts come from my new puppy because I am always rubbing my face on his cute little face), but I checked online and I found that a few people did break out from this toner. The majority of people seemed to love it, though, and I don’t think that breaking out from this product is very common.
Murad Hydrating Toner ($27 for 6 oz.; sephora.com) is an alcohol-free toner that “replenishes lost moisture to refresh skin and prepare it for treatment.” It is described as a “lightweight mist” that rehydrates and refreshes skin while restoring skin’s natural pH balance and it also neutralizes surface impurities. It contains Sodium PCA to improve hydration, chamomile and cucumber extracts to soothe and minimize irritation, and vitamins C and E to provide “powerful antioxidant protection.”
These next three items were just freebies/point perks that I added to my online order. I received this nail polish as a VIB Rouge renewal gift and I wasn’t too crazy about the color (I’m really not a red girl) so I gave it to my friend Nicole because she looks great in any kind of red makeup or nail polish!
FORMULA X “X ♥ Rouge” Nail Polish (reg. $10.50, VIB Rouge exclusive; sephora.com) is described as a “striking nail lacquer in a classic candy apple red,” available exclusively for VIB Rouge re-qualifying members.
And the very last products in my second Sephora summer haul were these two Beauty Insider 100-point perks. I said in my last post (the VIB Rouge Summer Surge event) that I keep getting the 100-point Dr. Brandt exfoliator samples and I have so many of them that I don’t have to buy the full-sized tube anytime soon. This is my favorite exfoliator and really the only one I have ever used that gives me such noticeable results.
Dr. Brandt Skincare Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant (reg. $78 for 2 oz.; sephora.com) is described as a “powerful at-home alternative to in-office skin exfoliation procedures.” It contains pharmaceutical-grade crystals, lactic acid and soothing botanicals to polish away dead skin cells, leaving your skin looking and feeling radiant, healthy and smooth. It also diminishes the appearance of fine lines, acne marks and skin discolorations.
Tarte Cheek Stain (reg. $30 for 0.5 oz.; sephora.com) is a natural-looking and award-winning cheek stain that “imparts a just-pinched look.” It delivers a radiant, natural-looking flush as well as anti-aging and skin-restorative benefits.
Okay so that was a pretty long and photo-heavy post. I think the post for my third haul will be a bit shorter (this one took me awhile). All products are available in Sephora stores and on Sephora.com, as well as directly from the individual brand websites. Other beauty retailers also carry many of these items, including Macy’s and ULTA.