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Sephora Haul — March 2015

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My latest Sephora purchases

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 … !

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Sephora Haul #2 — My Summer Beauty Product OVERhaul

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Sephora Haul #2

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.

Josie Maran Argan High Gloss Lip Quench review and photos. Sephora Haul #2 -- My Summer Beauty Product OVERhaul. Sephora Hauls.  Photo copyright 2014: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Josie Maran Argan High Gloss Lip Quench

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.”

HUM Nutrition Runway Ready Daily Vitamin Packs review and photos. Sephora Haul #2 -- My Summer Beauty Product OVERhaul. Sephora Hauls.  Photo copyright 2014: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

HUM Nutrition Runway Ready

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.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Lotion review and photos. Sephora Haul #2 -- My Summer Beauty Product OVERhaul. Sephora Hauls.  Photo copyright 2014: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Lotion

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!

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser review and photos. Sephora Haul #2 -- My Summer Beauty Product OVERhaul. Sephora Hauls.  Photo copyright 2014: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser

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.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush review and photos. Sephora Haul #2 -- My Summer Beauty Product OVERhaul. Sephora Hauls.  Photo copyright 2014: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in “Captivating” (warm peach)

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.

Josie Maran Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment review and photos. Sephora Haul #2 -- My Summer Beauty Product OVERhaul. Sephora Hauls.  Photo copyright 2014: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Josie Maran Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment

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.

Korres Greek Yoghurt Nourishing Primer review and photos. Sephora Haul #2 -- My Summer Beauty Product OVERhaul. Sephora Hauls.  Photo copyright 2014: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Korres Greek Yoghurt Nourishing Primer

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.

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Murad Hydrating Toner

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.”

Formula X X ♥ Rouge Nail Polish review and photos. Sephora Haul #2 -- My Summer Beauty Product OVERhaul. Sephora Hauls.  Photo copyright 2014: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Formula X “X ♥ Rouge” Nail Polish

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.

Tarte Cheek Stain and Dr. Brandt Skincare microdermabrasion skin exfoliant review and photos. Sephora Haul #2 -- My Summer Beauty Product OVERhaul. Sephora Hauls. Photo copyright 2014: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Sephora Beauty Insider 100-Point Perks: Dr. Brandt Skincare Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant and Tarte Cheek Stain in

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.

 

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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.

 

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Sephora Beauty Insider Summer Surge – New VIB Rouge Sample Bag + Extra Points On All Purchases Through 8/10

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VIB Rouge Shopper from the Sephora Summer Surge

Sephora’s “Summer Surge” kicked off on Sunday with an exclusive shopping event for VIB Rouge members (the top Beauty Insider rewards program tier) and I actually woke up extra early on a Sunday to head to my favorite Sephora store just so I could score the exclusive goodies. This cute shopper (above), plus a “limited edition” cosmetic bag filled with samples were available during the event (from 9-11 AM) with a $35 purchase.

I actually got there after 11 AM, but I called first to make sure I would still be able to get the free stuff if I came late, and the sales associate told me that the shopper and cosmetic bags would still be available until they ran out of them. So, if you missed the event, you might still be able to get the freebies if your Sephora store didn’t run out of them yet!

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Sephora Summer Surge VIB Rouge Sample Bag

These were the freebies in the “exclusive” makeup bag. The bag itself was just a plain black case — they made it sound a little nicer, but it’s whatever. I have so many makeup bags at this point that I don’t even know what to do with them, and a solid black one always comes in handy. I think the products in the sample bag differed a bit from person to person, I guess it depended on whatever the store had available. The bag I received included the following eight samples:

  • Mini (0.06 oz.) BUXOM Buxom Lash Mascara in “Blackest Black”
  • Make Up For Ever HD Blush in 410 (Coral) Sample Card — This was a good-sized sample card, though – I can get multiple uses out of this one.
  • Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Mini Perfume Sample
  • DR. JART+ Water Fuse Beauty Balm SPF 25 Mini Sample (0.2 oz.) — Also a good size, especially for trying out the product over a few days (I think I can get at least a week out of this tube, maybe more).
  • Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm Mini Sample (0.23 oz.) — Another great size. I had this same exact sample before and you get a LOT of use out of this little jar. I would say almost a month since you use so little of the product around the eyes.
  • Deluxe sample-sized (0.12 oz.) Blinc Mascara Amplified in Black — This is a completely new product for me so I’m excited to try it out.
  • Benefit Watt’s Up! Highlighter Mini Sample (0.08 oz.) — I have so many of these already that I haven’t even had to buy the full-sized product yet. Love this one and the sample size lasts forever because I use so little of the product, it’s great!
  • Laura Mercier Foundation Primer – Protect Deluxe Sample (0.5 oz.) — Awesome size, great primer. I have actually been mixing this with my other Laura Mercier primer (the radiance one) and I’m loving the result.
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My purchases (4x points)

And, of course, I had to buy something. In order to get the freebies you had to spend at least $35, which is never a problem for me when it comes to ANY kind of shopping, not just makeup! I actually placed an online order on Sephora.com a couple days before the “Summer Surge” on Sunday, so I really didn’t NEED anything.

  • Alterna Bamboo Smooth Anti-Humidity Hair Spray ($18 for 7.5 oz.; sephora.com): I got this because I so desperately needed a new, GOOD hair spray. My hair gets super frizzy and poofy during the summer, and I have been on the hunt for a good anti-humidity hair spray for … years, really. I love Alterna’s Bamboo Smooth line so I decided to try this one out, and I’m definitely liking it a lot so far! I’ll really put it to the test the next time it rains — which will probably be in a day or two thanks to this super stormy New York summer.
  • Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Violet ($20 for 0.01 oz.; sephora.com): I don’t really use Stila’s Smudge Sticks in natural colors for everyday wear, but I do love the ones that come in bright colors and I decided to start a mini collection. It seems like some of the bright colors are only available in stores (like the turquoise shade), but this beautiful violet is definitely available in stores and online. I’m going to do a colorful summer eyeliner post this week and include this one from Stila 🙂
  • Make Up For Ever Mist & Fix ($12 for 1.01 oz.; sephora.com): I’ve been using the Urban Decay All Nighter makeup setting spray for a couple of years now, but I have been meaning to try out this one from MUFE since the product description makes it sound so wonderful. I only used this once so far (I’ve been doing lazy, half-assed makeup the last few days), but I think I like it better than the UD spray! I bought the smaller bottle so I could try it out; the full-size bottle costs $29.
Sephora Beauty Insider 100-point samples. Sephora Beauty Insider Summer Surge - New VIB Rouge Sample Bag + Extra Points On All Purchases Through 8/10. Photo copyright 2014: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Sephora Beauty Insider 100-point samples

And the very last things I got during the Sephora Summer Surge shopping event were these two Beauty Insider 100-point samples. I have so many points and I keep saving them up for an awesome 500-point set, and there are some great 500-point rewards right now but it’s all stuff I either already have, or stuff I don’t really have a use for. So I just pick up the 100-point samples whenever I see something I like. I actually have so many of the 100-point Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Exfoliant (my favorite exfoliator) right now that I don’t even have to buy the full-size tube anytime soon 🙂

 

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The Sephora Summer Surge is going on until August 10 and it’s a chance for Sephora Beauty Insiders on all tiers of the program to earn extra points on all purchases, in-store and online. Beauty Insiders (the first tier) get 2x points, VIBS (the second tier) get 3x points, and VIB Rouge (the third tier) get 4x points.

They say the free goodies are just for VIB Rouge, but if it’s not a busy store and they have extra freebies they might be able to give them to any Beauty Insider member. Always ask for free samples no matter what! You’d be surprised by what they have behind the counter — like how I had no idea they had this freebie from BUXOM on my last trip. Happy summer makeup shopping!

 

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Sephora Haul #1 — My Summer Beauty Product OVERhaul

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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.

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Sephora Collection Classic Multitasker Brush #45

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.

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Sephora Collection Rose Mask – Moisturizing & Brightening

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.

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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.

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Korres Milk Protein Cleansing Wipes for Normal to Dry Skin

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.

Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Primer review and photos. Sephora Haul #1 -- My Summer Beauty Product OVERhaul. Sephora haul, makeup and beauty haul. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Primer

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.

Urban Decay Naked Flushed blush and bronzer in Streak review and photos. Sephora Haul #1 -- My Summer Beauty Product OVERhaul. Sephora haul, makeup and beauty haul. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Urban Decay Naked Flushed in Streak

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 blush and bronzer in Streak review and photos. Sephora Haul #1 -- My Summer Beauty Product OVERhaul. Sephora haul, makeup and beauty haul. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Urban Decay Naked Flushed in Streak (the photo is a little darker than how it looks IRL — the blush is a LOT more peachy in person)

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.”

Dior Diorskin Nude BB Creme review and photos. Sephora Haul #1 -- My Summer Beauty Product OVERhaul. Sephora haul, makeup and beauty haul. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Dior Diorskin Nude BB Creme

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.”

Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation review and photos. Sephora Haul #1 -- My Summer Beauty Product OVERhaul. Sephora haul, makeup and beauty haul. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation

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!

Buxom Haute Pink Lips Sephora VIB set. Three brand-new BUXOM lip shades: Full-On Lip Polish in Nicole; Full-Bodied Lip Gloss in Sweet Thing; and Full-Bodied Lipstick in Mistress review and photos. Sephora Haul #1 -- My Summer Beauty Product OVERhaul. Sephora haul, makeup and beauty haul. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

BUXOM Haute Pink Lips Sephora VIB Set: 3 Brand-New Lip Shades. From left to right: Mini Full-On Lip Polish in Nicole; Mini Full-Bodied Lip Gloss in Sweet Thing; and Mini Full-Bodied Lipstick in Mistress

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.

 

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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.

 

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Sephora + Beauty.com Haul: Marc Jacobs Foundation, Smashbox Full Exposure Palette, Laura Mercier Primer, Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Radiance Lotion & More

Sephora + Beauty.com Haul: Marc Jacobs Foundation, Smashbox Full Exposure Palette, Laura Mercier Primer, Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Radiance Lotion & More. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

So, now that I’m finally done with all of my subscription boxes for the month, I can finally start going through all of the beauty products I have acquired recently and start branching out a little more and doing more posts on all of my other (material) loves — fashion, DIY, shopping, decorating, even recipes … and whatever else I find blog-worthy. I’m happy that everything is finally coming along.

I made two medium-sized beauty orders a couple of weeks ago — one from Sephora and one from Beauty.com. I was going to put in all the samples and Sephora VIB gifts I also received with my Sephora purchase but I waited too long and pretty much used up most of the products already. So, I’m just going to go over the items I bought and then I’ll do individual reviews of these products in posts of their own.

As far as the Beauty.com order goes … well, I got yet another awesome sample bag (read about the last Beauty.com sample bag in my post here). I still cannot get over how amazing these things are and, even though Beauty.com is currently sold out of the sample bag I wrote about in this post, they will definitely have another one during the month of April (they seem to offer these bags once a month).

If you make a purchase of $100 or more at Beauty.com during the sample bag promotion period you will receive a makeup bag packed (and I mean PACKED … the last one came with 11 products and this one came with 13!) with different deluxe-sized beauty samples. I’ll be making a post as soon as the new Beauty.com sample bag is out for April, so keep an eye out! These things are wonderful. And they’re a great way to try products that you have either (a) never heard of before, or (b) have been meaning to try.

So, anyway, on to the Sephora stuff first:

Marc Jacobs Beauty Genius Gel Super-Charged Foundation review and photos. Sephora + Beauty.com Haul: Marc Jacobs Foundation, Smashbox Full Exposure Palette, Laura Mercier Primer, Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Radiance Lotion & More. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Genius Gel Foundation in #38 Beige Deep

Marc Jacobs Beauty Genius Gel Super-Charged Foundation ($48 for 1 oz.sephora.com) comes in 16 different colors, so it’s nearly impossible to not find your perfect match. It is described as a “breakthrough gel foundation that’s anti-aging, long-wearing and awakens your skin to its ideal radiance and clarity.”

I have had the WORST dry skin problems this winter (a whole post on that later), and I’ve tried a bunch of different foundations lately — none of which really fixed the problem. I finally got around to trying the new foundation from Marc Jacobs Beauty and it’s really the only one that worked well for me. It didn’t look dry on my skin and, when mixed with a little tinted moisturizer, it gave me that “dewy glow” look that I always want.

I’m not too convinced on the coverage aspect of this foundation just yet — I think I’ve been too scared to apply too much of it (for fear of getting those dry skin patches), so I have been using it veryyy minimally. Because of this, I’m not exactly getting the coverage that I want. I’m not sure if it’s my light hand or the foundation itself. I’m going to try adding a little more tomorrow when I try it out again to see if I get my perfect results. There are a few more foundations that I wanted to try (hydrating foundations/ones for dry skin), but if this one gives me my perfect results then I would love to stop my search and have it be my daily, go-to foundation.

Laura Mercier Radiance Foundation Primer review and photos. Sephora + Beauty.com Haul: Marc Jacobs Foundation, Smashbox Full Exposure Palette, Laura Mercier Primer, Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Radiance Lotion & More. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer – Radiance

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer – Radiance ($33 for 1.7 oz.; sephora.com) is described as a “lightweight, creamy gel that creates an invisible barrier between skin and makeup to prime your face for color.”

This was another product that I purchased to help out my dry winter skin. I love the way it really gives off a radiant glow and it definitely adds to the “dewy” effect (which some people don’t like), but I still like my Smashbox primer a lot better underneath the new Marc Jacobs Beauty foundation. I have been trying the Laura Mercier primer in a few different ways, though, because it really is a great product. Today I mixed it with the MJ Beauty foundation and my skin looked fresh, radiant, smooth and hydrated all day (no dry patches today!).

I’m still testing these products out to see how I like them best. I’m also using a tinted moisturizer mixed into the foundation, so that could be why I felt like this primer didn’t allow the foundation to “stick” enough.

Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Radiance Lotion review and photos. Sephora + Beauty.com Haul: Marc Jacobs Foundation, Smashbox Full Exposure Palette, Laura Mercier Primer, Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Radiance Lotion & More. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Radiance Lotion

Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Radiance Lotion ($22 for 1 oz.; sephora.com) is described as a “lightweight daily formula that instantly illuminates the complexion while delivering 24-hour moisture for a radiant, youthful glow.”

This was another product I bought to try to combat my dry skin. I’m still on the fence about this stuff and I think it’s one of those products that you have to use over a period of time before really noticing the results. I test and try out so many products every single week and I try to incorporate all of them into my beauty routine, so when I get a new product like this I can’t really tell how well it’s working because chances are I used a new serum or something that’s supposed to have similar results.

I guess with all these new illuminating/hydrating/anti-dry skin problems my skin has definitely made a turnaround. I still use a cream moisturizer over this lotion (which is a suggested use), so I’m on the fence about it because I’m not really sure how necessary it is. I’m going to have to not use it one day and see if I have less hydrated skin before I can really tell how well it’s working.

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette Review and Photos. Sephora + Beauty.com Haul: Marc Jacobs Foundation, Smashbox Full Exposure Palette, Laura Mercier Primer, Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Radiance Lotion & More. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette

The last item I got from Sephora was Smashbox’s new Full Exposure Palette, which I have been meaning to buy since it came out. I got a little sample card (I think from Birchbox) when this palette first came out and I was so impressed by the blendability of the shadows — even on one of those stupid sample cards — that I had to get it. I usually love Smashbox products and eyeshadows so I’m not surprised I love this one.

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette Review and Photos. Sephora + Beauty.com Haul: Marc Jacobs Foundation, Smashbox Full Exposure Palette, Laura Mercier Primer, Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Radiance Lotion & More. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette ($49 for 14-shade palette; sephora.com) is described as “a set of universally awesome neutrals that includes how-tos for six different eye shapes.” This set also comes with a dual-ended shadow brush and a bonus deluxe-sized Full Exposure Mascara. I’m not going too in-depth on this one because I want to post a full review with swatches this week.

Sephora + Beauty.com Haul: Marc Jacobs Foundation, Smashbox Full Exposure Palette, Laura Mercier Primer, Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Radiance Lotion & More. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

The next products in this post are all from Beauty.com, and these are the ones that came with that amazing sample bag (below). I did a haul post on Beauty.com not too long ago (found here) and I just love ordering from this site because they have such a great range of beauty, skincare and haircare products and if you order during a sample bag promotion period you’re seriously hitting the beauty sample jackpot.

Batiste Dry Shampoo - Blonde review and photos. Sephora + Beauty.com Haul: Marc Jacobs Foundation, Smashbox Full Exposure Palette, Laura Mercier Primer, Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Radiance Lotion & More. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Batiste Dry Shampoo – Blonde

I actually only recently started using this dry shampoo, after years of trying to find a dry shampoo that I didn’t hate. This one is definitely a bit of a “cult classic” and it’s loved by many. I find that it actually REFRESHES my hair, instead of just drying it out like many other dry shampoos tend to do. It brightens my highlights and it doesn’t leave any gross white residue-y mess. (NOTE: Drugstore.com and Beauty.com are the same company, so you can buy products off of either website and combine them into the same order).

Batiste Dry Shampoo ($7.99 for 6.73 oz.; drugstore.com) is described as “an instant hair refresher for blonde hair” with a hint of color. It revitalizes hair, removes excess grease and leaves hair “gorgeously clean and fresh with added body and texture.”

Laura Geller Beauty Blush-N-Brighten review and photos. Sephora + Beauty.com Haul: Marc Jacobs Foundation, Smashbox Full Exposure Palette, Laura Mercier Primer, Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Radiance Lotion & More. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

The next product, a blush from Laura Geller, came with a deluxe-sized sample of Laura Geller’s Spackle bronze foundation primer. Beauty.com is always doing some kind of promotion with different brands where you get a free sample of one item if you buy a product from that specific brand. I don’t think they are doing the Laura Geller promotion right now, but I’m sure they have a bunch of other ones going on.

Laura Geller Blush-N-Brighten Baked Cheek Color ($27.50 for 0.17 oz.; beauty.com) comes in five different marbleized shades that are “swirled together in a soft, silky powder for a glow-giving blush with universal appeal.” I bought the “Golden Apricot” color, which is described as “rich tones of apricot, cream, gold, and a hint of rose.”

Laura Geller Beauty Blush-N-Brighten review and photos. Sephora + Beauty.com Haul: Marc Jacobs Foundation, Smashbox Full Exposure Palette, Laura Mercier Primer, Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Radiance Lotion & More. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Laura Geller Blush-N-Brighten in Golden Apricot

I have really only used this blush once so far — I’ve been using the Tarte blush from the March/April New Beauty Test Tube a lot lately — so I can’t really judge how well it works. I can say that I sort of wished it had more pink to it since it’s a lot more “golden” than pink, but I guess it lives up to its name (“Golden Apricot”). Because of my dry skin this winter I really need a blush that’s soft and blendable, and this one held up pretty well when I tried it out. I’m going to wear it over full makeup tomorrow and test it out for real.

Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil Pure Treatment Oil Review and Photos. Sephora + Beauty.com Haul: Marc Jacobs Foundation, Smashbox Full Exposure Palette, Laura Mercier Primer, Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Radiance Lotion & More. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil Pure Treatment Oil

The next product is one of my favorite hair products ever from Alterna. This is one of the only hair oils that actually works in my dry, color-treated hair and it never weighs it down — you should only use a little tiny bit, which also makes it last forever. Every time I run out of this stuff I make sure I have a shiny new bottle waiting around as backup; I can’t imagine going a day without using this in my hair (it’s that good). This oil makes my hair look SO much healthier (and it looks pretty bad without it) and it even heals it, so A++++

Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil Pure Treatment Oil ($25 for 1.7 oz.; beauty.com) is formulated with “eco-certified ingredients” and it is free of sulfates, parabens, gluten, phthalates, synthetic color, mineral oil and petrolatum. It contains instantly-absorbing Kendi Oil and strengthening Organic Bamboo to banish frizz and impart intense shine while protecting color and providing vital nutrients.

Anastasia Brow Wiz review and photos. Sephora + Beauty.com Haul: Marc Jacobs Foundation, Smashbox Full Exposure Palette, Laura Mercier Primer, Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Radiance Lotion & More. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Anastasia Brow Wiz

I forgot to take the photo for this next product, so I’m using the official product photo from Beauty.com. Another super popular product, the Anastasia Brow Wiz pencil is a must-have for many makeup cases and this is actually the first time I’ve used this product. I’ve used the Anastasia Brow Gel before and I knew this pencil was amazing so I finally bought it. I got the “medium ash” color and it does exactly what it’s supposed to, plus it has a spooley end to tame unruly brows.

Anastasia Brow Wiz ($21 for 1 oz.; beauty.com) is described as “the slimmest of slim mechanical brow pencils with a spooley brush on one end for gentle blending and grooming.” This brow pencil “draws the tiniest of lines” and it easily mimics brow hairs with a super skinny pencil.

NARS Bronzing Powder in Casino Review and Photos. Sephora + Beauty.com Haul: Marc Jacobs Foundation, Smashbox Full Exposure Palette, Laura Mercier Primer, Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Radiance Lotion & More. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

NARS Bronzing Powder in Casino

The last product in my Beauty.com order was my favorite bronzer from NARS. Well, actually, my favorite is “Laguna,” which they were sold out of, so I opted for the slightly darker “Casino” instead and I’m not disappointed. I just have to use a lot less of it (which I have to do anyway since it’s winter time and my skin is not that tan).

NARS Bronzing Powder ($38 for 0.28 oz.; beauty.com) is described as a “diffused powder with golden shimmer” that creates an “all-over warmth and contour for the entire face.” This bronzing powder creates a “natural-looking glow, which enhances or creates the look of tanned skin.” NARS bronzers fill in lines and pores for smoother looking skin and have a very subtle shimmer that adds a natural glow.

Sephora + Beauty.com Haul: Marc Jacobs Foundation, Smashbox Full Exposure Palette, Laura Mercier Primer, Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Radiance Lotion & More. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Beauty.com Free Gift With $100 Purchase Makeup Sample Bag

And, last but not least … the sample bag from Beauty.com. As I said earlier, this particular sample bag is already sold out, but Beauty.com seems to hold a similar promotion once a month where you buy $100 worth of stuff and you get a sweet bag jam-packed with beauty samples. This one came with 13 deluxe-sized samples and the sample bag I received last month (maybe it was two months ago?) had 11 samples in it. Totally awesome and so worth it. Plus, this time around, the bag was pretty cute (I wasn’t too excited about the design on last month’s bag).

Sephora + Beauty.com Haul: Marc Jacobs Foundation, Smashbox Full Exposure Palette, Laura Mercier Primer, Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Radiance Lotion & More. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Take a look at all these wonderful goodies … which all come in greattttt sample sizes. The Bare Minerals bronzer (bottom right corner) was a cute little deluxe-sized compact and everything else was definitely large enough to get multiple uses out of them.

I’m not going to list every single sample item since there are a lot, but there was awesome stuff in there from GLAMGLOW, Caudalie, Urban Decay, the aforementioned Bare Minerals, Paula’s Choice, H2O Plus, Nuxe, Nick Chavez, Peter Thomas Roth, a nail file from Butter London, and even one of those animal print hair extensions (which I will definitely find a use for, no matter how tacky and silly it may be!).

It’s soooo easy to find $100 worth of stuff on Beauty.com and these sample bags are so, so awesome and way too hard to pass up. I’ll most likely (definitely) be buying even more stuff on Beauty.com the next time they release a sample bag … I can’t wait to see what they have in store next!

 

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I’m going to do individual reviews on all the products in this post throughout the week. For now, all pricing and availability information is next to the name of each product in this post, which featured products from Sephora.com and Beauty.com.

 

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Sephora Favorites Skin Cleanse Vol. 2 Review and Photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Sephora Favorites Skin Cleanse Vol. 2 Review + Photos — The Best in Cleansers, Scrubs, Masks & Moisturizers

Sephora Favorites Skin Cleanse Vol. 2 Review and Photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

I had to make a quick mini-order at Sephora.com a few days ago to replace my much-used eyeshadow crease brush as I somehow lost mine and it’s one of those items that I use every single day — I was itching for the few days that I had to go without it. I ended up buying Hourglass’s Crease Brush and it works wonderfully. Then, of course, I added some other items that caught my eye to my online shopping cart (who can really only buy ONE thing at Sephora??), and this skincare set happened to be one of them.

I usually love the Sephora Favorites sets and I try to get them whenever a new one comes out (except for the perfumes — I have enough perfume samples from beauty boxes and through points prizes to last me well through the next 12 months, AT LEAST). I find that these kits far surpass their price as far as value goes; the products are usually great sizes (if not full-sized), and the items chosen are almost always the “best of the best” and work extremely well.

Sephora Favorites Skin Cleanse Vol. 2 Review and Photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

This kit is no exception and it contained a bunch of products that I have never tried before (but have been meaning to try for awhile) and it’s really a great mix of products that cater to a very broad group of different skin types. I guess a variety kit like this would be kind of pointless if people couldn’t use a lot of the products in it because of their specific skin type, so Sephora did a great job at including a range of products for everyday skin concerns (it’s a very good combination-type skin kit) with formulas gentle enough for those with sensitivity issues.

The major selling point for me, besides the fact that I could definitely put every item in this kit to use, is that each one of these items is fantastically formulated without parabens or sulfates.

The Sephora Favorites Skin Cleanse Vol. 2 Set Contains:
– Boscia Luminizing Black Mask (0.7 oz.)
– Dr. Brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner (0.25 oz.)
– Dr. Jart Black Label Detox BB Beauty Balm SPF 25 (0.33 oz.)
– First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser With Red Clay (1 oz.)
– GLAMGLOW Super Mud Clearing Treatment (0.3 oz.)
– Kate Somerville Skincare ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment (0.5 oz.)
– Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 PA++ (0.33 oz.)
– Ole Henriksen Ultimate Lift Eye Gel (0.5 oz.)
– Peter Thomas Roth FirmX Peeling Gel (0.5 oz.)

Sephora Favorites Skin Cleanse Vol. 2 Review and Photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

All these items came packed into a black makeup bag that’s big and durable enough to hold a ton of full-sized products (pictured above).

Kate Somerville Skincare ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment and Boscia Luminizing Black Mask. Sephora Favorites Skin Cleanse Vol. 2 Review and Photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

I love Kate Somerville’s ExfoliKate Treatment and I actually just ran out of the tube (same size as this one — 0.5 oz.) that I received in a previous Sephora Favorites kit. This is actually a full-sized product, although it is the smallest size that you can buy it in. At $22 for 0.5 oz,, it is a bit pricey, but, if you want to try it out, then this is the size to try. If you happen to love it (and see noticeable results like I did), I would definitely splurge and go for the $85 2-oz. bottle. I personally don’t think it’s worth it to spend $175 on the even larger (5-oz.) size, especially because I wouldn’t use this product everyday, but hey, if you’re absolutely in love with it and have the extra cash to spend then you can own a whole 5-oz. tube of this stuff.

Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment (reg. $22-$175 for 0.5 oz.-5 oz.; sephora.com) is described as a “dual-action exfoliation method” that works both physically and enzymatically to deliver “safe, dramatic results in one application.” This treatment is meant to combat acne and blackheads, reduce discoloration and polish skin for a smooth complexion.

I don’t really know how to describe how my skin felt/looked after using this product other than all-around healthy. It contains Salicylic Acid to hydrate (without over-drying); microbeads and fruit enzymes to clear out pores, remove dead skin cells and eliminate bacteria; Rosewood and Cinnamon extracts to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles; and Aloe Vera, honey and Vitamin E to smooth and soften skin. Kate Somerville also makes an ExfoliKate Gentle Exfoliating Treatment for more sensitive skin.

The next product is a black peel-off mask from Boscia. I own a similar mask from Julep (the Mask Noir) that I’ve hardly even tried since I got it, and I haven’t tried this Bosica mask yet either, so I have a feeling I’ll be putting one of them to use when I get home from class tonight.

Boscia Luminizing Black Mask (reg. $34 for 2.8 oz.; sephora.com) is described as a “groundbreaking, mineral-rich mask that peels off to deliver powerful detoxifying, purifying and brightening effects.” This mask is made with a “premier-quality clay,” with deep-cleansing properties that draw out dirt and oil. It is also formulated with other natural ingredients to exfoliate skin and refine pores, as well as powerful antioxidants that shrink pores, firm skin and reduce inflammation. You apply the mask to clean, dry skin in an even layer and leave it on for about 15-20 minutes until it’s completely dry. Once it’s dry, you peel the mask off, along with “dead skin, impurities and excess oil.”

Ole Henriksen Ultimate Lift Eye Gel. Sephora Favorites Skin Cleanse Vol. 2 Review and Photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

I love the way this eye gel looks and it definitely feels as good as it looks. Ole Henriksen Ultimate Lift Eye Gel (reg. $38 for 1 oz.; sephora.com) is described as a “dual-action cooling gel to visibly firm and de-puff fatigued eyes while you sleep.” I love Ole Henriksen products and I find that they work very well and feel great on my skin, plus the blue gel of this product looks (and feels) super cool.

This “unique gel-mask” contains calming calendula and cucumber that wraps the eye area, while a “gravity-defying complex of peptides infused with arginine visibly lifts and contours.” It is supposed to reduce the appearance of fine lines while revitalizing and brightening the eye area. I have only used this gel once so far, but it definitely felt wonderful on my skin.

GLAMGLOW Super Mud Clearing Treatment and Murad Oil-Free Mattifier Lotion. Sephora Favorites Skin Cleanse Vol. 2 Review and Photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

The main reason I bought this Sephora Favorites kit was really for the GLAMGLOW Clearing Treatment. Of course I wanted to try out the other products that were new to me, plus there were some old favorites of mine mixed in there, but, more than any other product in here, I have been meaning to try a GLAMGLOW treatment for awhile now, and I have read such great things about them across the whole beauty review spectrum.

I saw instant results with this product — and that’s saying a lot because I hardly ever see instant results with skincare products. I have my tried-and-true staple skincare products that I buy over and over again, and then dozens upon dozens of samples that I receive, and out of these samples that I try it’s honestly very rare that I find one that I absolutely love like this GLAMGLOW treatment. To me, this product is well worth the full-size price of $69 (I would even pay way more than that) and I will be buying it as soon as this sample (which you can get a bunch of uses out of) runs out.

GLAMGLOW Super Mud Clearing Treatment (reg. $69 for 1.2 oz.; sephora.com) is described as a “scientifically advanced SUPER-MUD clearing treatment to target, prevent and heal problem skin.” This formula was clinically developed by GLAMGLOW dermatological chemists to “help fight all common skin concerns including breakouts, discoloration, black and white heads, razor bumps and in-grown hair.”

You can actually see this stuff work in action: Dirt and congestion is drawn out by powerful, skin-clearing mud, and you will literally see GLAMGLOW’s “Pore Matrix” at work as it reveals dots of vacuum extractions. It is formulated with a “proprietary six-acid blend” to brighten and soften the skin, while “Activated-X Charcoal” magnetically draws out dirt and clears up pores. I have never seen such a noticeable difference in the look and feel of my skin so quickly after just one use of a product. 

With all that being said, I guess the next product is a bit more boring (for lack of a better word?) in comparison to the GLAMGLOW treatment.

Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 PA++ (reg. $39.50 for 1.7 oz.; sephora.com) is described as a “shine-reducing moisturizer that controls oil for up to eight hours, decreases breakouts and protects skin.” My skin is a LOT more dry in the winter than it is during the rest of the year, and this cream felt almost more like a pore refiner than a moisturizer on my face, so I’m probably just going to leave this one in the bag until this dry-skin season is over (although my skin is never really “oily”). For those of you who do have more oily skin, this Murad moisturizer has been clinically proven to control oil for up to eight hours while effectively reducing breakouts, and it also regulates oil throughout the day.

First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser With Red Clay and Dr. Jart Black Label Detox BB Beauty Balm SPF 25 review and photos. Sephora Favorites Skin Cleanse Vol. 2 Review and Photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

I wish there was at least one more daily cleanser in this kit, but this one from First Aid Beauty is pretty good and it comes in a great size (a 1-oz. tube) for lots of uses. I never used this cleanser before buying the Sephora Favorites Skin Cleanse set, and I’m always happy to try out new products. I can’t really say that I have seen crazy noticeable results, but I only used this cleanser twice so far and both times I was just in too much of a rush (as per usual) to really take in the results.

First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser With Red Clay (reg. $24 for 4.7 oz.; sephora.com) is a gel facial cleanser meant to “detox, cleanse and unclog pores.” This foaming cleanser is formulated with a “powerful combination of red clay, rosemary leaf oil and botanical antioxidants” to remove excess oils, unclog pores and purify the skin.

This product is also formulated with clay, which is the magic ingredient that draws out toxins on the skin, while controlling outbreaks and even reducing the size of pores. This product is “perfect for anyone with problem-prone, combination, or oily skin or as a deep treatment cleanse for normal skin.” It really is an all-star cleanser for every skin type and it also does a good job at removing makeup.

The next product is Dr. Jart’s famous BB Cream. I have heard wonderful things about this BB Cream, but, like many of the other BB Creams on the market, this one just isn’t for me. This product is a true BB Cream, made in Korea, and it is way more in tune with the original Asian BB Creams than it is with some of their newer American counterparts. Personally, I love Too Faced’s Tinted Beauty Balm because of its moisturizing and “glowing” properties (and the fact that it comes in a range of shades); the original BB Creams, on the other hand, are more like what you would see in Dr. Jart’s formula.

Dr. Jart Black Label Detox BB Beauty Balm (reg. $36 for 1.5 oz.; sephora.com) is described as a “purifying face cream that provides age defense, and hides uneven skintone and blemishes.” This “botanical formula” is formulated to “purify and calm blemish-prone or sensitive skin while also combating dark spots and pollutants for an enhanced radiance.” It comes in one universal shade and features SPF 25 sun protection.

As I said before, this is more of an “original” Beauty Balm, and actually made in Korea where the Beauty Balm craze originated (along with Japan), and pretty different than some of the American BB Creams that have been recently over-saturating the beauty market. I found this cream to have a matte-like feeling/texture, and while it is great for those with blemish-prone, oily skin, it might not be as great for people like me who have drier skin, especially in the winter time. Either way, this product has received rave reviews across the board, and if you want to try out a *REAL* BB Cream, I would definitely check this one out.

Dr. Brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner and Peter Thomas Roth FirmX Peeling Gel. Sephora Favorites Skin Cleanse Vol. 2 Review and Photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

I kinda dropped the ball on the photo for these two — it was sooo late (3am maybe??) and I just wanted to get all the photos done so I could get this post up. Please, please excuse the poor photo quality!

To round up the Sephora Favorites Skin Cleanse Vol. 2 set, Sephora included a pore refiner with serious results, and a firming, peeling gel to unveil a fresher, smoother complexion.

Dr. Brandt Skincare Pores No More Pore Refiner (reg. $45 for 1 oz.; sephora.com) is described as an “instantly effective, mattifying pore refiner” that “smooths and evens the skin’s texture, providing a matte finish with or without makeup.” It is formulated with infusions of microspheres and flaxseed to “effectively shrink pores, absorb oil and keep shine at bay.” I only tried this out once so far and I used it on my nose where my pores tend to be more visible, and it worked very well — I loved the silky feeling of this product.

What’s so great about it is that you can re-apply it throughout the day “as necessary” over makeup for a quick touch-up (although I wouldn’t necessarily re-apply it over the entire face, as that will probably mess up any blush/bronzer/highlighter application you got going on). This pore refiner can also be used as an “excellent makeup primer,” and I’m going to try it out as a primer today, especially after already witnessing how silky this stuff feels, and how it really did smooth out the skin around my nose area (where I tested it out).

The last product in this set is the Peter Thomas Roth FirmX Peeling Gel (reg. $48 for 3.4 oz.; sephora.com). I haven’t used this gel yet, but I find that Peter Thomas Roth skincare products always work very well, and this specific product received a nearly 5-star review on Sephora.com. It is described as a “peeling gel that visibly rolls, lifts and sweeps away dead skin cells when massaged onto skin.”

This peeling gel is formulated with multi-action enzymes (pineapple, pomegranate and keratinase) and cellulose, to “effectively peel and help uncover a smooth, fresh, new complexion without drying, irritating or causing undue stress to skin.” This product will also remove impurities and unclog pores for a “youthful, radiant look.”

 

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The Sephora Favorites Skin Cleanse Vol. 2 skincare set is available in Sephora stores and online at Sephora.com for a limited time. The set costs $45 (and is valued at $112).

 

 

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