Saturday, December 30, 2017

Sephora Haul: VIB Sale and Black Friday Discounts

Hello my loves,

I know I haven't been writing that many blog posts lately. I've got a lot of ideas but sometimes my heart is just not in it and I can't make it happen. I do try and post on my Instagram on a regular basis, so follow me there if you're interested in non-beauty updates. I haven't really been buying too many products for a while. Not only am I trying to save money and wearing less makeup on the whole but I've already got a pretty respectable makeup stash. But recent sales have been too good so I've dipped a toe back into the beauty world. There are also products I needed to stock up on (e.g. eyeliner) or add to my routine (e.g. skincare). I might share my other Black Friday hauls in a separate post but for now I wanted to share all the things I picked up at Sephora.

I placed two big orders at Sephora this fall. The first order was using the 20% discount from the VIB sale. The second order was taking advantage of all the sales around Black Friday. Let's start with the VIB 20% off part of the haul.

My skincare routine is basically nonexistent. I have really dry but usually blemish free skin. I've tried exfoliators and moisturizers and cleansers and creams and serums before but basically everything freaks my skin out and provokes breakouts and so I just settle back into having dry skin. Once in a while I do apply sunscreen or moisturizer but I don't do it on a regular basis. This is obviously a problem. I'm getting older and I need to start taking better care of my skin. I've tabled the sunscreen issue until I run out of my current sunscreen (La Roche Posay) but I decided to use the VIB sale as an excuse to try out a ton of products. The saleswoman at Sephora recommended the REN skincare line so on her recommendation, I stocked up on their products.

I picked up the REN Clean Skincare Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk for Sensitive Skin, the REN Clean Skincare Flash Hydro-Boost for All Skin Types, the REN Clean Skincare Vita Mineral Daily, the REN Supplement Moisturizing Cream for All Skin Types, and the REN Clean Skincare Micro Polish Cleanser. I'll let you know how I get on with all of them after a month or two. The only difficult thing will be figuring out which products are doing the heavy lifting (or causing any irritation) because I'll be trying them all at the same time.

I also purchased another bottle of my favorite Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo. It'll be included in a Product Empties or Current Favorites post if I ever get around to writing it.

I got a pack of three Beauty Blenders in bright summery colors but I might return it. It was a decent discount for beauty blenders but I don't really wear foundation and I've heard that the AOA sponge might be a good dupe for a lot cheaper.

As a treat for myself, I got the Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick and Lip Mattifier Set and the Huda Beauty Smokey Obsessions palette. The lipsticks are tiny but I go through lipsticks really slowly so I don't mind just having more colors to play with.

As for the eyeshadow palette, it is a VERY tiny palette for $27. It almost fits in the palm of my hand. Even at a discount, it's a bit of a luxury item for the price. However, the colors in the Smokey Obsessions palette are gorgeous. I feel like I stopped buying a lot of new makeup before the highlighting trend really took off. Maybe there are other companies that make comparable products. But to me, these metallic shadows are really special and really gorgeous. Swatching them is like picking up liquid metal. I can only imagine how fantastic these will look on the eyes. My palette did arrive broken but Sephora was great about letting me exchange it. I'm not sure if this is true for the full-size palettes but I would recommend getting the Obsessions palette in the store if you can because I had mine shipped to me on 2 separate occasions and both times, there was damage. The first time everything broke apart. The second time only the black shadow shattered but it got into everything so I ended up just getting a new one at the store.

Now for the Black Friday sale part of the haul, I pretty much just bought lipsticks. I don't know if Urban Decay is phasing out their lipsticks again (I don't know why... I loved the Revolution lipsticks, and these Vice ones don't seem bad either from what I've experienced) but a bunch of the colors were on sale for basically drugstore prices so I thought... "why not?" The sheer formula colors I bought are Ladyflower, Phone Call, TMI, Plaid, Sheer Anarchy, and Sheer Shame. The cream formula lipsticks I purchased are Wonderland, EZ, PDA, and Rock Steady. And Notorious is my one comfort matte formula shade.
I also got a backup of my face concealer, the Cover FX Cover Click Concealer + Foundation. It's way too much money for the amount of product at full price but for $9, it's not terrible. I only use it to conceal blemishes so it should last me a while.

That's all for now, lovelies! Talk soon... hopefully. ;)

No comments:

Post a Comment