I, like most beauty junkies out there, definitely have a huge Sephora obsession that I came to terms with long ago … Every time I see a new product I must have it, and every time I run out of a product that I use every day and go to order a new one I always end up buying a bunch of other stuff that I may or may not actually need.
So anyway, my latest Sephora haul is actually two purchases that I made back to back on Sephora.com over the last week. I decided to put everything into one post to make it easier … also one of the orders didn’t exactly look like a “haul” since it was only a few products, so I added them together to make it look like more of a “haul.” I’m going to review most of these products in individual posts but here is a little overview of the items I picked up … !
Algenist Hydrating Essence Toner ($25 for 5 oz.; sephora.com): I think this is the only product in my order that I actually needed. I started using this toner a few months ago and this is my third bottle already. It’s definitely my favorite toner that I have tried — I have dry-ish skin and this helps it out a lot, and I swear it makes my skin look a lot better (I definitely notice a difference if I don’t use it). I know some people don’t think toner is really that necessary, but my face feels so much more clean and refreshed after using it so this one is a necessity for me and I use it twice a day. I’m definitely writing a full review on this since it’s one of my favorite daily products.
Boscia Tsubaki Cleansing Oil-Gel ($28 for 5 oz.; sephora.com): I received a couple of deluxe-sized samples of this cleansing oil recently and I finally decided to pick up the full-sized bottle. I have been testing out a lot of cleansers lately and this one is definitely one of my favorites. Like the toner, this cleanser also helps out my dry skin and makes it feel a lot more hydrated and soft and smooth after using it. Plus it smells pretty and I love the pinkness of it 🙂
Fresh Rose Hydrating Face Serum ($55 for 1 oz.; sephora.com): I’ve been using a hydrating serum underneath my moisturizer lately and I find that it does wonders for my dry skin and I notice a huge difference if I don’t wear it. This hydrating serum by Fresh is new to me, but I love Fresh products so I decided to try it out. I really like it so far, and I definitely like it better than the last serum I was using (Josie Maran Argan Milk). I love the scent and I swear my skin feels and looks a lot more hydrated and all-around better after wearing it. I just have to wait a little longer for it to dry before applying moisturizer and makeup otherwise my foundation starts to look blotchy (I found this out the hard way the other day).
Erborian Perfect Morning BB Mask ($35 for eight 0.04-oz. packets; sephora.com): Sephora featured this product on their website with a few other new products for the new year and as soon as I saw it I had to have it. It’s a three-in-one green tea powder mask that tightens, cleanses and revitalizes the skin all in one step. I only used this once so far but I really liked it, and I love how it’s so easy to use, even on those mornings where I hardly have enough time to do my makeup.
Tarte Limited Edition Amazonian Clay Dual Liner ($28 for 0.14 oz.; sephora.com): I have been meaning to get a new gel eyeliner for awhile so I decided to pick up this limited-edition liner in Tarte’s best-selling Amazonian clay eyeliner formula. I couldn’t decide between buying a black or brown shade, so this dual color pot seemed perfect!
Tarte Etch & Sketch Double Ended Bamboo Liner Brush ($15; sephora.com): I needed a new eyeliner brush and this one goes along with Tarte’s gel liner so this is the one I decided to get … well, actually, the main reason I went with this brush is because it is so cheap and it got great reviews. It really is a great brush — it lets you make extremely precise lines — and it’s very rare that you can find such a good brush for so cheap. I’m not the best at applying eyeliner so I’m still trying to get the hang of using this, but I do have to say it makes the eyeliner application a LOT easier than most other eyeliner brushes I have used.
YSL Fusion Ink Foundation SPF18 ($60 for 0.84 oz.; sephora.com): I received a deluxe-sized sample of this foundation from Sephora a few months ago and it lasted for a really long time … it has to be one of the best samples I have ever received just based on the size of it. When my sample finally ran out I decided to buy the full-sized version because I loved this formula. It has been so hard for me to find a good foundation ever since my skin became a bit drier (over the last year or so). This one goes on so smoothly and beautifully, it doesn’t cake up at all, it gives me great coverage and a little goes a long way so I’m sure this bottle will last for a long time.
Bite Beauty 5 Night Fix for Lips ($15; sephora.com): I have a serious case of dry winter lips so I picked up this little bottle from Bite Beauty that promises to repair dry lips in five nights. First you use the mini Whipped Cherry Scrub Stick to exfoliate and then you apply the mini Agave Lip Mask and leave that on overnight as it works to repair parched, chapped lips. I actually haven’t really used this product yet because I’m so used to using my Blistex at night (my lips are really bad), but I’m going to start using it tonight!
Stila Nouveau Natural Eye Shadow Palette ($49; sephora.com): Even though I already own so many different eye shadow palettes I really wanted a new neutral palette because I feel like I’m missing a lot of good neutral colors in the palettes that I have (even the ones that are solely dedicated to neutral shades). Or maybe I was just looking for an excuse to buy a new one … !
I really like Stila palettes so I chose this one … and I’m really glad that I did because these neutral shades are perfect and the formula is wonderful — super blendable with great staying power. This one is definitely the best Stila eyeshadow palette I have tried and it’s also my new favorite palette in general!
Tarte The Sculptor Contouring Face Slenderizer ($24 for 0.09 oz.; sephora.com): I wanted to try out a contouring pencil/stick for awhile now so I decided to go with this one by Tarte. I love Tarte’s Park Ave Princess bronzer (I usually wear it every day), so I chose the contour stick in the same “Park Ave Princess” shade … well I also didn’t want to go overboard and possibly end up with a shade too dark so I also chose this one because it was the lightest color choice (there are three different shades). There’s a lot of blending involved with this contour stick, but once you get the hang of it it is pretty cool and I think it gives a better contour than a powder.
Tarte The Slenderizer Bamboo Contour Brush ($32; sephora.com): And, of course, I had to get the brush that goes along with the contour stick. This brush is great and I think it blends the contour stick a lot better than my regular angled blush brush would. If you don’t blend everything seamlessly then you will definitely end up with big bronze lines on your face. Once you get the hang of it, though, I think this is one of the easiest (and best) ways to contour your face.
Bésame Cosmetics Brightening Vanilla Face Powder ($22 for 0.21 oz.; sephora.com): This last product is probably my favorite one out of the haul. It’s a lovely vanilla-scented face powder and it really is one of the best finishing powders I have ever used. Because of my dry skin I have a lot of trouble finding a good setting powder that doesn’t make my skin look even more dry and flakey, so I was pretty surprised at how well this one worked. I love finding new products that I love so I’m really happy about this one!
Pricing & Availability:
I purchased all of these products on Sephora.com but most of them should also be available in Sephora stores and from the brands themselves. Happy shopping 🙂