Sephora VIB Sale Haul

This haul is kind of cheating – I bought a few of these items after the sale but I wanted to include them in this haul! This is a very skincare heavy haul but I have been wanting to revamp and try a few new higher end skincare items. First I will start with the sale items then go into the items I picked up after the sale.

The skincare

I fell into the Instagram aesthetic trap. I bought both Summer Fridays masks. The Jet lag mask and the overtime mask. I have tried both a few times and they are wonderful. I haven’t formed my full thoughts to do a review just yet but will in the future. The next two skincare items are got are both hydrating products. I bought the GlamGlow illuminating moisturizer in nude glow. It smells like a creamsickle and is AMAZING. It gives a beautiful glow and I like to use this when I have an early shift. I also picked up the Kiehl’s ginger and hibiscus firming mask. I used a sample of this and it was great.

The makeup

I broke ya’ll. I picked up the Hourglass Ambient lighting edit unlocked palette. I wasn’t going to pick this up but couldn’t resist the late night shopping so alas it happened. I LOVE this palette. I want to do a full review in due time because it is so beautiful and these are all new powder shades which is even more exciting.

The non sale stuffs

I really love Nudestix and want to do a brand focus on them. Their products are lovely and their brand story is great, and as an added bonus they are Canadian. I got both of their new limited edition holiday sets. The gloss balm set and the smokey golden eyes set. I really like both of these so far and can’t wait to try them out a bit more. The second product I got is the Too Faced Hangover Rx setting spray. I know what you may be thinking – Chrisinda you just got the Rimmel one. Unfortunately the Rimmel one makes my skin feel and look quite dry so it’s going to just have to be an eye shadow intensifier.

Did you pick up anything during the sale?


My favourite brands: Sephora Edition

I wanted to highlight some brands from sephora (cruelty free and accessible in Canada) because I often get asked, what is your favourite brand? I can’t choose just one because that is like choosing a favourite breed of cat!  I decided  to highlight a few brands that I love and use every day.

nudestix

Nudestix. Is this a surprise to anyone on this blog? Nudestix is Canadian and cruelty free, all their products are vegan and they have a wide variety of shades for all skin tones. They originated in Toronto, founded by two daughters and their mother and was created in 2014. If you want to listen to an awesome podcast about the brand Breaking Beauty did a great one! My favourite products are the tinted blur stick, the Nudies All Over Face Colour in Bondi Bae and the cream lip and cheek stain in saint! I am definitely going to pick up more products in the future! In Canada it can be bought at Sephora and online on their website.

Hourglass

Hourglass. More on the luxury side of things. Hourglass was created in 2004 by Carisa Janes (yes another female founded brand, can you see a pattern here) and is now in more than 500 stores world wide. The brand is cruelty free and most of their products are vegan, there is a pretty decent shade range and every product I’ve tried as been beautifully made. My favourite products are the blushes, the Ambient lighting powder and the bronzer! The best place for Canadians to buy hourglass is Sephora because from Nordstrom and their website duties usually apply (Canadian probs).

Naked-Palettes

Urban decay. Okay so I only own Urban Decay eye shadows (it is what they built their brand on after all) and I love them! WOW another female founded brand what a suprise. The brand was founded by Wende Zomnir. They were one of the first brands to dabble with colour in the 1990s and consistently have eye shadows for years and years (the Naked palette has recently been discontinued but I smell a reformulation coming). My favourite Urban Decay products are obviously their famous Naked palettes, which can be controversial but nonetheless they are my favourites. I love the Naked Heat for its warm rustic tones and it transcends all seasons. The Naked 3 holds a special place in my heart and I will forever love using this palette. Now, I haven’t tried anything else from the brand but am certainly curious about their naked skin concealer and their blushes. This brand can be found in Canada at Sephora and Shoppers Drug Mart. 

bite-beauty

Bite Beauty: Bite beauty is a Canadian brand mainly focused on lip and cheek products and is of course, as seems to be the pattern, founded by a women. It was founded by Suzanne Langmuir.  Bite beauty makes natural (a contested word) lipsticks that are healthy enough to eat. Its true folks. They are all handcrafted in Toronto. They come in a large variety of shades and they even have newly launched French Pressed lip glosses! I personally enjoy their agave lip mask and their Amuse Bouche lipstick in beetroot! I would love to try the lip gloss next and more of the multisticks. You can find bite at Sephora or on their website.

What are some of your favourite brands from Sephora?!

 


Sephora VIB Recommendations

ALL if you haven’t heard Sephora is adding a VIB Sale to their roster. One is happening starting tomorrow, Aug 24th until Sept 3. For VIB Rouge is 20% starting tomorrow, VIB it starts Aug 30th at 15% off, and beauty insider starts on Aug 30th at 10% off!

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Okay so my wallet isn’t full and I’m not sure if I’m going to be participating this time around BUT I have some recommendations for the sale if you fancy trying something new.

 

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If you are looking for a light coverage, lightweight, non-orange skin tint the Nudestix blur stick is the way to go. I LOVE this. I wear it over a glowy primer and of course all my skincare and it just adds the nicest tint to the skin. Warning: if you don’t like full coverage do not buy this. 

review of Tinted Blur Stick

nudestix concealer

The Nudestix concealer pencil. Again, a light coverage concealer that I plan to repurchase (eventually after I run out of my obscene amount) because its that good. While you don’t get a ton of product I think this is totally worth the money. It has beautiful light coverage and you are supporting a Canadian brand.

Becca Champagne pop

Becca champagne pop. Yes I am two years behind on this recommendation but my friends, this highlighter is beautiful. It is quite blingy, quite bold, so if you are into the subtle highlight I wouldn’t pick this but if you are into the “beam me up scotty” look then this is for you.

Caudalie

A skincare recommendation I think you should all try if you get the chance. The Caudalie brightening Glycolic Essence. This changed my skin. I know dramatic. However, it’s perfect for textured skin and smells delightful. Bonus it has clean ingredients.

Fenty gloss

The Fenty Gloss bomb is another product I can’t recommend enough. It really is a universally flattering lip gloss. It has a nice rose gold sheen that makes your lips look like glass.

huda beauty

A newer product to my collection but the Huda Beauty Obsessions palettes. I have the coral one and LOVE IT. The pigmentation is unreal, they blend like a dream and have a colour story to suit everyone’s tastes!

Are you planning on picking anything up?


Sephora Sale: the haul

“Makeup is fun, and also sad, when your entire paycheque goes straight to Sephora”, a lovely quote from vintage ladylike circa 2016. I’m sorry bank account, but I’ve participated in the Sephora VIB sale and have made so fun purchases and thought I would share them with you! I will also update all of you folks once I’ve used these products for a few weeks!

The makeup items: the Anastasia Beverly Hill soft glam palette and the NARS Fort De France highlighter, and a beauty tool,  Fenty blending sponge since my sponges were nasty!

Okay so the NARS highlighter...honestly I got it because I was watching the Anna Edit and she loved it and I obviously want to be her so alas I bought it. It’s a very tightly packed highlighter and is a soft powder when you touch it, the packaging is heavy and luxurious! I don’t have any higher end of the high end brands of highlighters except my Anastasia glow kit I got for my birthday last year and the balm highlighter which arguably is the price of some drugstore highlighters. I feel like a real adult with my NARS highlighter.

The soft glam palette. My word this is a breathtaking palette! I don’t own any Anastasia eyeshadow palettes and lots of the shades in this palette are shades I have been eyeing in the singles. It felt meant to be if I say so myself. My favourite eye look is a wash of colour with literally any shadow and a inner corner highlight and wala a good look for the day!

Anastasia soft glam, NARS Fort De France

Fenty Blending Sponge

Skincare. I have been on such a skincare kick lately and finding my perfect routine! I think I’ve found the perfect toner, still searching for the perfect cleanser and have found my way back to my tea tree exfoliator from the Body Shop. But that’s a post for another day. People, hold your breath (this is mostly for my mother when she reads this) I got the Caudalie vinoperfect brightening essence concentrate. Mother of pearl, this is soooooooo luxurious. I have never really considered Caudalie but as I am foraying into trying to give my skin good ingredients I found myself at the stand in Sephora! This is also a French beauty brand which I find myself (and the rest of the blog world for that matter, a bit obsessed with. I saw the word brightening and I said to myself “well I’m sold”.

Drunk Elephant and Caudalie

Now for the “big guns”, by this I mean minis of the marula facial oil and TLC Framboos glycolic night serum that is so raved about on the interwebs. I really wanted to try some drunk elephant products, but I am not going to lie this jazz is expensive and I just couldn’t commit to buying a bigger size because that is a lot of moola. Will report back when I have a used this for a month or so!

Did you get anything at the sale?! If so tell me below!


My Favourite No-makeup makeup items

I honestly don’t know how I feel about the term “no makeup makeup” I prefer the term light and airy makeup or the “I’m super tired and wearing more makeup on my skin makes me look more tired” . Because for me a “no makeup makeup” look is a no foundation look. Now recently (sorry mother) I partook in the sephora VIB sale and purchased the no highlighter highlighter by Perricone MD and nudestix illumnaughty. These two are key in my light and airy makeup look. 

These are my essential (current) products for my “I’m super tired and wearing more makeup on my skin makes me look more tired

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Cream blushes. Since I have discovered cream blush I only us them. My favourite so far is The Body Shop universal chubby stick in “Poppy Nude” – it’s just nude enough to not look to intense but adds enough colour to the cheeks. It smells clean and fresh, and its build-able. A close second is the gosh big blush stick in pink – the reason its a close second is because its a lot more BAM than the first one and doesn’t smell as good – more chemically (the wonder of the makeup industry).  Third would have to be the Lush emotional brilliance lipsticks – however they are third because if you are doing an in a rush look you can easily be overboard with these (however if that’s your thing then go for it)

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Cream highlighters (o gee what a surprise). First – for an ACTUAL no makeup look you have to hand it to the Perricone MD no highlighter highlight. Its sheeny without being glittery and gives you a bit of an inner glow. If I want to be more poppin’ that day then I love the body shop highlighting dome. Nudestix illuminaughty – a close third – both glossy and not glittery. It gives that perfect dewy look.

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The Hourglass ambient lighting powder in Diffused light. In a “I’m super tired and wearing more makeup on my skin makes me look more tired” look i still dabble in a concealer, whichever one I have on hand and if you set it with this powder it creates a filter

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A primer: Currently I have been using the Gosh illuminating primer. On a “I’m super tired and wearing more makeup on my skin makes me look more tired” I don’t like to use foundation, as I have said before. Primer’s with a slight tint or a tinted moisturizer, like the andalous naturals CC cream don’t cake on and just even out the skin.

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And of course a lipstick that is “your lips but better”. My current favourite for this purpose is the Burt’s Bees lipstick in Suede Splash, its the perfect nude and I can apply it without a mirror. What more can you ask for.

What are your favourite “I’m super tired and wearing more makeup on my skin makes me look more tired”.