09 February, 2016 Sephora and Ulta Beauty Haul 2016
Today’s post is a big one – it’s my Sephora and Ulta Beauty Haul 2016!
I’m kind of embarrassed at my U.S. beauty obsession. Today, I’m sharing with you my first big splurge of the new year – my massive Sephora and Ulta Beauty Haul 2016! When I was in Miami at the beginning of the year, I went a little crazy in Sephora and Ulta, and ended up revisiting stores near our hotel about three times. Each. I think my family quickly realised that I was not messing around.
Fast forward to February 2016, and I’ve found myself with a huge amount of new U.S. skincare and makeup in my collection. I’ve been promising a haul for a while, and now that I’m settled at home – and have had a chance to test everything out – I’m here to share my thoughts. I’d recommend getting comfy – I went all in!
What I picked up from Sephora:
Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita I ($20) – I mentioned this beautiful rose-brown is in my Fifty Shades Of Mauve post, and have been loving it ever since I picked it up. The formula is moussey and spreads evenly across the lips, the shade is the perfect combination of natural and vampy tones, and I adore the packaging. Check out the link above for a more in-depth review.
Kat Von D Ink Liner in Trooper ($19) – this was a completely accidental purchase, which I’m actually quite happy about. I meant to pick up the Tattoo Liner, but this ended up in my basket. The nib is a little more malleable than the more famous Tattoo version, and the formula is slightly inkier and glossier too. That being it said, it’s not completely waterproof, so bear this in mind if you’re choosing between the Ink or Tattoo options.
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer ($30) – I adore the Milk Chocolate version (here’s my review in a previous Sephora haul), so I wanted to pick up a slightly deeper version for when I’m more tanned. For me, this is a more wearable version of Benefit’s Hoola, and I absolutely love it. It smells like chocolate, it’s totally matte, and the formula is super creamy.
FARMACY New Dawn Mask Medley ($24) – sheet masks are my newest skincare obsession, and the FARMACY masks looked gorgeous – so I had to pick up a selection. The Purple Broccoli mask is my favourite so far, and they’re seriously hydrating. I’m going to be keeping the others for pamper evenings and plane journeys, and will definitely stock up the next time I visit a Sephora!
Boscia Makeup Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil ($30) – this blogger favourite has been raved about for a while, so naturally I added it to my basket. I’ve shared my initial thoughts here, and I’m happy I bought it – although it isn’t life-changing by any means!
Sephora Cream Lip Stain in 01 Always Red ($14) – the Sephora brand offer some gorgeous products, including the beautiful Cream Lip Stains. Always Red is a classic blue-based red with a moussey finish, that dries down totally matte. Now that I’ve gone a little blonder I can’t wait to wear this striking red shade with bold winged liner – the perfect combination!
Sephora Bright Set Pressed Finishing Powder ($16) – another Sephora favourite is this fantastic finishing powder. It’s a fairly deep yellow, that blends like a dream and is great for setting foundation and concealer. I love this for touch-ups as it mattifies too.
Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation in Fair-Light Neutral ($36) – I’ll be sharing my thoughts on this foundation in a stand-alone review, but for now I can say that I’ve found my perfect powder foundation. It’s creamy, finely milled and offers great coverage, and it makes skin look porcelain – and almost poreless. I’ve not had much success with powder bases, so I’m really glad to have this in my foundation stash.
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Dollface ($28) – another product I’ve already briefly reviewed (check it out in my January 2016 Favourites), this cheerful lavender-pink shade is the perfect antidote to dull, grey weather. I love the formula of these blushes and will definitely be picking up more soon!
NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien ($26) and NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella ($26) – these miniature lip pencils came in a birthday set from Sephora, and are two shades I’d been coveting for years! Rikugien has quickly become my everyday shade, and Cruella is a stunning oxblood red. I’ll be picking up full sizes of these lippies as soon as I run out.
Make Up For Ever Smoothing and Mattifying Primers (both $17) – I love a miniature product, but sometimes I get blinded by the cuteness, and forget that buying full-size sometimes offers better value. I absolutely adore the Smoothing Primer (and have almost run out), but the Mattifying Primer is far too drying for me. I realise now that I should have saved my pennies and only picked up one! I’ll share my thoughts in an upcoming primer round-up very soon.
Living Proof Prime Style Extender ($12) – my last Sephora purchase is a new haircare essential. On the rare occasion I blow-dry my hair, I’ll add this to the lengths and ends to give my style a 24-hour boost. It nourishes and hydrates without any greasiness, and is my new hair hero when I’m having a bad hair day!
What I picked up from Ulta:
Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser ($24) – great with a Clarisonic but equally lovely with warm water and a muslin cloth, this cleanser hydrates and deep-cleans in one easy step. It’s probably best used on oily-combination skin as a second cleanse, although it takes off makeup easily if you need it to.
Philosophy The Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash ($28) – I absolutely adore this exfoliator. It contains apple enzymes for chemical exfoliation, along with clay to slough away dead skin and extract sebum from pores. I typically use this three times a week, followed by a hydrating toner. It’s one of my new favourite skincare products of the year so far!
Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater ($7) – this facial spray is a pretty bog-standard spritzer that’s great after face masks or astringent cleansing, and it’s so affordable for the size. I like to keep a couple of bottles around at home when I’m looking to top up my hydration levels throughout the day.
NYX Angel Veil Skin Perfecting Primer ($15.99) – I’ve really been enjoying this primer. It’s oil-free with a velvet texture, that makes skin look radiant and poreless. It’s probably best suited to dry-dehydrated complexions, but when I need more moisture under foundation, it’s a good choice. I’ll be sharing an in-depth review in the next few weeks, so stay tuned!
Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipstick in Touch of Spice ($7.99) – rosy-toned lipsticks are my weakness, and this mauve beauty is a new handbag staple. Swatches and a review are available in my Fifty Shades of Mauve post!
Looking back on this list, it’s kind of insane how much I spent in Sephora and Ulta. I’d been saving up for months in preparation for the trip, so it felt pretty great handing over my hard-earned cash, and I can’t imagine going on anymore big splurges anytime soon!
I hope you enjoyed my Sephora and Ulta Beauty Haul 2016 – let me know what you’ve added to your wishlist, what you’ve recently picked up from either store, and if you have any questions!