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Sephora Haul

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 3:30 AM

Happy Tuesday Loves! 

This past weekend I went to the re-launch of Sephora in Natick, MA.
What is more fun than shopping at Sephora? Shopping while sipping on champagne!
At the re-launch of the Natick store, they offered mini makeovers, champagne, passed hors d'oeuvres, and free gifts! Yes please! 

Here is what I got and my review on these products. 

Kat Von D, Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Vampira

I am a huge fan of Kat Von D's Everlasting Liquid Lipstick! Not only does it last on your lips for hours, the tube will last you months. I already have Crucifix (dark brown) and Ophelia (nude).  I am a fan of mixing them together. The texture of these lipsticks are smooth and creamy. I like the matte look and the color does not feather at all. While I like Vampira, it is a lot lighter than it appears in the tube.  I am sure if I combine it with Cricifix, it will be the exact vampy color I desire.

PRO tip: always wear a chapstick or balm under matte lipsticks for more moisture without a glossy look. 

rating 4 out of  5

If you are a frequent reader of S&S you know that my quest for the perfect mascara is much like the quest for the holy grail. I am a huge fan of Perversion by Urban Decay and Better than Sex by Too Faced, but I thought I would try Bad Gal Lash by Benefit. I am not a huge fan of They're Real by Benefit, but I thought I would give them another try and I was pleasantly surprised.

What do you think?

PRO tip: Combine mascaras! They all promise something different, volume, length, etc. I always use at least two, sometimes even three!

rating 4.5 out of 5  

Too Faced, Better Than Sex

Hands down my favorite mascara. To be honest nothing even comes close. Volumizing, lengthening and just brings all the drama!

PRO tip: if you use more than one mascara, let this be the last one.

rating 5 out of 5

Becca, Shimmering Skin Perfector 

I love to contour, and what goes hand and hand with contouring is the perfect highlighter. Up until now I have not found one that I am in love with.  Having tried both pressed high lighters and creams sometimes they are too heavy or not shimmery enough. I asked one of the Sephora associates and she took me directly to Becca.  This is a line I have never heard of, but she explained this is the only highlighter I will ever need or want. When she opened up the compact, it was reminiscent of the scene in Pulp Fiction when they open the suitcase and they stare in awe as golden light pours out. It was perfect, light gold, shimmery and light.  

PRO tip: use a powder brush to apply in order for it to be lightly distributed for a whimsical effortless highlighted look. 

rating 4.5 out of 5    

Ciate London, Dewy Stix 

Ok, ok, I know the Sephora associate said that Becca was the only highlighter I would ever need or want, but these Ciate London, Dewy Stix were on an end cap display calling my name. I love the packaging and the dewy stick is light and truth be told stunning.  In addition to highlighting, it gives a dewy fresh appearance. I love it!  The areas I like to highlight are my cheekbones, the corners of my eyes, the tip of my nose and right above my top lip.  This looks stunning on my cheeks bones, but I will stick to the pressed highlighter for the corner of my eyes and lip. The dewiness above the lip made me look like I was sweating, and that is a no no!   

PRO tip: one swipe with the stick then gentle dab with your ring finger to equi-distribute the shimmer. 

rating 4.5 out of 5

Urban Decay, Chill Cooling Hydrating Setting Spray

So, I have a love/ hate relationship with setting sprays.  A perfect setting spray is worth it's weight in gold, that being said it is really difficult to find one that works. 
As karma would have it, now that I am older I often get mascara dots underneath my eyes.  Clearly it is because my sister and I would poke fun at our aunt for this very issue.  With a really great setting spray this will not happen, with a not so great setting spray that is too wet, it is inevitable. This Urban Decay Cooling and Hydrating Setting Spray is pure perfection! It is a light mist that dries super fast, and the cooling aspect is fantastic! This prevents your makeup from melting off your face after hours of wear.

PRO tip: hold the can or bottle 8-10 inches away from your face for the perfect amount of mist. you do not want to saturate. 

rating 5 out of 5   

Moroccanoil Mending Infusion
Have you used any Moroccanoil Products?  I swear by them! While I don't always love paying
$25 for shampoo and conditioner, the results are considerably noticeable and NOTHING smells as wonderful!  Fantastic products, but worth it just for the scent!

rating 5 out of 5 

500 Point Gift

Are you a Sephora Beauty Insider?   
Like many stores they have a point system and when checking out you can pick from a few 100 point prizes or a 500 point prize. I usually save my points in order to get a larger prize.  I was told by a Sephora employee never to go for the 100 point prize.

I chose the 500 point Clinique box.
In it there was:

Almost Lipstick in Black Honey
Pop Lip Colour in Fuschia Pink
Pep-Start Eye Cream 
Pep-Start Hydro Blur Moisturizer 

 I will only be reviewing the lip products.  The need to use the moisturizer and eye cream for an extended period of time to write an honest review.  

Almost Lipstick in Black Honey

I like it. I don't love it. It feels great and I appreciate the tint of color, but I think it is slightly too deep for my skin tine. It is good to keep in your bag when you need a little moisture and a bit of color. 
I would give it a better rating if I found a more suitable color.

rating 3 out of  5

Pop Lip Colour in Fuschia Pink

This gets a big, HELL NO! The color is horrible on me. It is not moisturizing,  the colored feathered and my lips were dry and peeling.  I like when I have a plump pout and this color made my lips feel small and dry. No thank you!  The only saving grace is that I like to mix, so perhaps with a deeper liner and a gloss this could work out. 

rating 1 out of  5 

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  1. I wish I was more of a makeup gal...but I'm just not. Maybe if I looked like you though, I would be way more into it!! :) GORGEOUS!!


  2. Great haul! I love the red matte lipstick that you showed first. Have a lovely day! Gemma x

  3. Your eyelashes look incredible with that mascara! I've never tried it as I use Benefit - They're Real, but it does look good!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

  4. Sephora while sipping champagne? YES please! Love that you tried out the Becca Skin Perfector, best highlighter ever and worth every penny <3
    Green Fashionista

  5. Love Urban Decay products! Your eyelashes and lips are incredible girl. So pretty!

  6. Oo! I love the gold shimmer! It's not too much but just right!


  7. Omg you scored some beauty GEMS! Sephora is seriously like second home to me!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  8. Shopping and champagne should always go hand in hand in my opinion lol. Your makeup looks fabulous!! You got so many great products and your eyes really pop here! Xo, Sierra ~ Beautifully Candid

  9. I really need to try that better than sex mascara! I always here such good things about it. Thanks for joining in on the Style File Link up today!


  10. I need a new mascara! Thanks for the recs!

    District of Chic

  11. What a great haul! I need to try that Moroccan Oil Mask! It sounds amazing!

  12. Your makeup is on point gorgeous girl! I love Too Faced too- you are right that nothing compare to it!

  13. Love your honest reviews! I really need to check out the Kat Von D lipsticks now. I have a Becca highlighter in the rose gold color and I am OBSESSED.

  14. You've got some really cool products! Congrats on that!
    P.S. Your eyelashes look incredible.

    xo Corina

  15. Sounds like a great collection of products! Love the idea of a cooling setting spray, finding the right one can definitely be difficult.

    Luci’s Morsels | fashion. food. frivolity.

  16. Kat Von D has the best rich colors of any makeup. Also that Ciate London highlighter is absolutely the best shimmery stick!

  17. I need those mascara! I always love products of Sephora!

    xoxo, Karina Isha | Time Off

  18. That Too Faced mascara is WOW. Love the lippie colors too.

    Joy to the World

  19. Awesome haul! what a great roundup of products dear!!
    Mónica Sors

  20. Love KVD, definitely want to try more from her brand!

    Anika |