Yikes, I have been seriously slacking on posting lately. I’m sorry about that. Things just get busy and I’m excellent at procrastinating! But anyway, here I am and I thought I’d show you guys my Sephora order that arrived this week.
Not the best picture, but my battery was dying so I took this quickly. I’ll try to remember to add in some more pictures later. First thing that I got was the Soap And Glory Peaches And Clean Deep Cleansing Milk. I’ve been looking for a new cleanser for a while now and was trying to find one without parabens and such. Not all of this brands’ products are paraben free, so if that matters to you be sure to read the ingredients.This particular product specifically states that it’s paraben, sulfate, and phthaylate free. This one got good reviews, came in a large size, and was limited edition. I like that it’s a pump bottle because I don’t have to fumble with a cap while holding my Clarisonic in the other hand (a little thing, I know, but still handy). The bottle itself is actually clear, so it’s obviously filled all the way up which I like too. The pump locked into place so nothing leaked during shipping. The price was a bit steep, I think it was about $28, but I was previously using Kiehl’s which was less product for around that price range. I’ve used this cleanser once so far and it seemed nice. It was creamy and worked well with my Clarisonic Mia, and it seems like you don’t need to use alot. I like it so far, as long as it doesn’t cause any breakouts. I’m still iffy on it’s “melt away makeup” claims.
The other thing I wanted to get was Josie Maran Argan Oil. I got the light version in one of the limited edition Birchboxes and started using 3-4 drops of it on my face at night. It made my skin feel very soft and even better, it seems to clear up my acne and any product-related breakouts heal much faster. The light argan oil has been sold out alot in the smaller sizes, so I’ve looked at alot of kits lately. Sephora finally had this smaller sized bottle for $16, but then I found the set that contained the light version and the regular version in the same size for $22. That was a no brainer so I’m excited to try out the full strength kind as well. You can also use this on your cuticles and hair, and I believe it’s recommended for all skin types. If you got the mini light oil from Birchbox, these bottles are about 3 times the size of that. These bottles came in an envelope style packaging which didn’t have the same visual appeal as far as gift giving is concerned, but that was fine with me since they were for myself and arrived undamaged. The envelope also had a little color coded guide showing which oil is best for which occasion (daytime wear, going to bed, under makeup, that sorta thing) which was a nice touch.
I had a really hard time deciding what to get in this order. I’m still drooling over this Tarte Tartiest Clay Paint Liner, has anyone out there tried it? I would love to see pics. I definitely think it’s going to be my next Sephora purchase. Anyway the cleanser and oil are the only parts of this order I actually bought. That brings us to the samples. The three that I picked are Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Moisture Extreme Body Buttercream (What a long name… doesn’t matter, they had me at buttercream), BareMinerals Lash Domination Volumizing Mascara, and the Eve Lom cleanser. The cleanser is a little foil pack but it also came with a cloth, which is cool and reminds me of the Liz Earle sample I’ve been using. Although, the Liz Earle deluxe sample is the greatest sample packaging ever, and that stuff has lasted me ages and I love the cloth. We’ll see how Eve Lom measures up as far as the actual product goes. I also picked the Bare Minerals mascara because I love to try different mascaras and it’s something I rarely splurge on.
Next I checked out the coupon codes because everyone knows, or should know, that you do not place a Sephora order without a coupon code! They had one for a free year of Vogue that I was planning to use, but honestly, I rarely read magazines anymore and I decided I’d rather try a beauty product than read about them! So I picked up the Josie Maran cleansing oil deluxe sample. Since I already like the brand I thought it might be nice to use something else in the same line, and I’ve never tried a cleansing oil before unless you count oily eyemakeup remover.
But wait, there’s more! I also had a couple hundred points rolling around in my beauty bank, so I figured now was as good a time as any to cash those suckers in. I went for the Bumble & Bumble repair blowdry because it had good reviews, and I have very long hair that could use some repairing. I’ve used it twice now and I think I like it. The last thing is Korres Black Pine Firming, Lifting, and Antiwrinkle night cream. This is another product I would never try without a sample, but it has good reviews and who doesn’t love firming, lifting, and antiwrinkling? I have no idea what black pine is but it sounds fancy! Or like something you pick up off the ground after a forest fire. Either way, I’m looking forward to trying it and magically looking much hotter.
Okay, that’s all for now. I will update with reviews on some of these things once I have a chance to use them more. I have some more posts to catch up on soon including my December Birchbox. See you then, cupcakes.