I have been such a tease recently showing bits and pieces from my Sephora Haul so I thought it would be nice to do a proper post showing and giving a mini review/first impressions of the products I picked up especially now that I have tested all of them for at least two weeks. Sephora was the one of the reasons why I wanted to go to Paris ((I know, I know-don't judge me) but you can forgive me because I have been to Paris before for all the sight seeing so this time around was for shopping. I had never been to Sephora before so I was quite keen to pop in there and pick up some items. It was very crowded and I am so pleased I had a list because I really didn't want to go there without a mission. My list only had things I knew I could not easily pick up from the UK and I would say I was fairly disciplined and I didn't go crazy at all. The only thing I didn't end up buying was the Sephora Lip Stain in Beige/02 which I wanted to try but all in all, I was pleased with my lil' haul.
P.S. Apologies for the quality of the photos; it has become incredibly hard to get decent photos with the shorter and almost non-existent daylight/sunlight we are "blessed" with here in London.
Makeup Forever HD Foundation
This has been on my wish list for so long that I had almost given up hope in purchasing it, I know Makeup Forever usually has a stand during IMATS but I just think it's too much of a palaver going to IMATS especially if I am not after many products. Having said that, I may go next year though! I even knew my shade for this foundation without trying it beforehand because I had watched so many videos and read quite a few blog posts on this so I could easily tell although I did a small swatch at the back of my hand in-store. My shade is N173 if you are wondering and it's a perfect match for my skin. I am planning a review soon for this in fact, it may be up tomorrow if everything goes according to plan. I am really pleased with the formula and texture and it provides adequate coverage although I still go in with a concealer. I got this for Euros 37 which is roughly £30-£32 so it is not the cheapest foundation out there but I think it's worth it.
Sephora Makeup Brushes
I always see Sephora Brushes been whipped out in many USA YouTube videos/tutorials and I always drool in excitement and jealousy because they always look so amazing. I stuck this in my wish list hoping to purchase them one day and that day finally arrived. I picked up the Multi Tasker Brush #45 which has slowly but surely taken the place of my holy grail Real Techniques Buffing Brush (yes, I said it!!). I don't think this post is appropriate to fully review these brushes so I will save them for another post. I also picked up the Sephora Pro Air Brush #55 which is so multi functional and I use it for blush, mineral powder, etc. Both brushes are so fluffy and soft and they just look very classy and a full review would be up on Thursday *fingers crossed*.
Sephora Eyeshadow Palettes
These eyeshadow palettes were not on my list but they looked so amazing and I think they were affordable compared to other palettes in store. I picked up the VIP Pass Eyeshadow Palette which stood out to me because the mix of colours seemed very different from any palette I have back at home. I love the packaging even though it is made of cardboard but it feels well made It even has some mini tutorials on how to use these eyeshadows which is really helpful.. I am impressed with the pigmentation of this palette although the darker colours are more vibrant which is not a surprise. My favourite shade is the jewel toned blue in the bottom row. The top row has the perfect nude and smoky eye shades while the bottom row has brighter shades. The other palette does not have any name per say it just says Sephora on the packaging (Update: I think it's actually just called Sephora Mini Palette) but it is the cutest little makeup palette I have ever seen and I prefer this packaging to the VIP Pass one. Inside, you get four tiny eyeshadows, two lip colours and a blush. The pigmentation is really good and I am really impressed although the blush does not quite show up well on my skin but it does not matter much. It even has a mirror, can you believe it?
Of course I had to ask for some samples because I wanted to try a few things and let's face it, I spent over 100 Euros (I bought some gifts for friends/family too). The sales ladies were kind enough to give me a Sephora Loyalty Card (which is called Sephora White). I did not get any discounts sadly but I got four perfume samples (two for males and two for females) which was amazing and I was given a 20% discount card off fragrances, Makeup Forever primer samples and a lovely Tote which is really pretty and would accompany me for my next shopping trip. That's it folks! Do you have any recommendations from Sephora for my next shopping trip? See you in my next post...x