Much to the boyfriend’s chagrin, every city we stopped at in the US led to a stop in Sephora, and more often than not I left with a new piece to add to my already-full travel makeup bag. When in rome and all that (and also when the prices are very good due to dollar rates..). I picked up some real gems, which as any good wannabe beauty blogger would do, I have presented to you below in haul format.
BB Cream // Bobbi Brown, Travel Size All Nighter Setting Spray // Urban Decay
Clean Slate Poreless Primer // Tarte, Orgasm Blush // Nars
The BB Cream from Bobbi Brown was actually an airport purchase while I was still thinking it was going to be 30 degrees the entire 3 weeks and the SPF 35 would be totally necessary (it wasn’t) but I’m now using it nearly every day. It’s got more coverage than my Laura Mercier tinted moisturiser whilst retaining that fresh look that I’ve been trying to perfect since deciding that china doll is not a good summer look.
One of the best things about Sephora is the mini travel products they stock near the counter. Boots, take note. We NEED this. They’re not mini enough to be useless, and they’re cheap enough that you can spend out on some of the dearer brands without breaking the bank (unless you buy all of them, like me). This Urban Decay setting spray is one of these and yes, it really is a mini, however big it looks. I really love this now and use it nearly every day.
The Tarte primer was a bit of a impulse buy mainly because I liked the packaging (‘haven’t heard that before’ I hear you say) but now I use it underneath my BB cream. I read something the other day that 80%* (made up stat) of all teenage girls now worry that their pores are too big – shows you how powerful the beauty industry is when it comes to driving purchase by creating insecurity. Sucker.
Sephora’s own collection brushes are really rather good, and less pricey than Mac who hold primo position for me when it comes to beauty implements. I’m not sure these 2 are the best 2 to buy, but I’d definitely get some more ‘standard’ designs if I’m back over in the US. The smudging brush is quite good for creating a smokey eye (which I’m still rubbish at) but to be honest, I am still struggling with putting foundation on with a brush. HELP ME PLS.
I just brought this because everyone else on the internet has it and it was cheap. Herp.
Cream Lip Stain in Always Red // Sephora
And this too! Yet to wear it, I feel a bit like red lip is *too* bold for summer. But I did try it, and it’s as good as everyone says it is. Watch this space.
24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil // Urban Decay, Brow Wizz // Anastasia Beverly Hills
Tattoo Liner // Kat Von D
Finally, 2 of my favourite purchases. Anastasia, as the girl in the shop put it (so helpful!) is the queen of the brow brands. This brow wizz has a little brow brush and a brow pencil which I’ve been using to get Cara D style brows, and sometimes when I use too much, slugs. I’d really recommend it and am happy I got it in a more caramel tone to match my hair colour.
Then, Tattoo Liner by Kat Von D. Much talked about, this really is the creme de la creme of eye liner in my eyes (although I’m yet to try the new Benefit product). It’s also got cool branding.
So go forth, fill your boots at Sephora. Let me know if you pick up anything new, I’m looking for any old excuse to do a new order.