NEW YEAR NEW SEPHORA HAUL
Whoa- I just entered into my 4th year as a Sephora VIB Rouge member. Insane. I’ve fallen in love with luxury products, I can’t help it I just have! The experience, the packaging, the quality pigmentation and formulas- it’s all so wonderful. It’s expensive if you want your face to look great, there I said it. I ordered these products a little while ago and never formally shared this Sephora haul, so here it all is in it’s expensive glory.
The first treat I picked up was the Natasha Denona Mini Gold eyeshadow palette. Despite my insane spending on makeup over the years, I could never come to terms with the outrageous cost of a full-size Natasha Denona palette ($170, FYI). I love how the new mini palettes are more accessible and less committal.
LIPS! LIPS! LIPS!
In this Sephora haul I picked up a lottt of lip products and a few complexion products. Lip products I obviously run out of faster so it only makes sense to stock up on my faves while I get a discount. I grabbed a full-size of the Too Faced Melted Matte Lipstick in ‘Gingerbread Man’, my most worn holiday shade. It. Smells. Amazing.
I also got two refills of the Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipsticks in shades ‘I Lust For’ and ‘I’ve Never’. At 0.9g a refill for $28CAD, you best believe I’m waiting for a sale to repurchase these. It’s pitiful how little product you get. The gold vial applicator is so fabulous and the formula so creamy, it’s worth the price. See my complete review on this lipstick here.
Another product I got was a $40 holiday set from Charlotte Tilbury which included both a travel size lip liner and full-size lipstick of her iconic shade, ‘Pillowtalk’. Get the lipstick here. I do find her formulas super luxe although not particularly long lasting like a bullet lipstick from MAC or Anastasia.
PLUMP ME BABY
On the above right side, you’ll see a new gloss addition. Instead of my usual twice-yearly purchase of Buxom’s Full-On Plumping Lip Cream in ‘White Russian’, I tried something new *gasp*. See, I have a bone to pick- Buxom raised the price of this gloss by $5 recently. To me that’s an aggressive mark up as I run through those glosses so fast. You only get a measely 4.45ml of product in the tube! (See my full review on that gloss here).
Instead, I grabbed Pretty Vulgar’s Poisonous Pout Plumping Lip Gloss in ‘Pick Your Poison’. The reviews are very positive on Sephora and it’s slightly better value at $26.50 for 5ml, but just barely. So far I really like this gloss, although it doesn’t have as much of the minty tingle that Buxom has.
Of course I had to restock my OG fave for plump lips- the Sephora Collection Outrageous Effect Volume Lip Gloss. If there’s one thing I know, it’s that this gloss is lightyears ahead in effectiveness and price compared to the cult favourite Dior Lip Maximizer gloss. I recently featured it as a dupe to Dior’s version in this post.
I’ve actually been overwhelmed lately by the amount of complexion products I own so I only picked up two new items. The Dior Backstage Glow Face Palette has been something I’ve swooned over every time I visited a Sephora for the last three months. Naturally, I caved.
Laura Mercier has been having a major year for new formulas, and I really had been wanting to try the Flawless Lumiere Radiance Perfecting Foundation. This also received an Allure Best of Beauty Award for 2019. I usually use Laura’s Candleglow Foundation (see review) in the summer- its divine. For winter however, my skin definitely falls victim to redness and I wanted something with more coverage.
Setting mist is also super essential when Sephora has a sale so I always buy one. This time around I opted for the Jeffree Star x Morphe Set and Refresh Mist. It’s more affordable than my usual UD All Nighter (see review), and with a continuous mist + strawberry scent why wouldn’t I?
Again, I’m overwhelmed with skincare at the moment since I’ve amassed a lot of skincare PR this past year. I am so thankful for all of it! I only purchased cleansers during this Sephora haul and opted for the Natural Foaming Face Wash from Consonant. It’s a foaming cleanser and is super effective at removing makeup while leaving my skin soft. This also usually lasts me a solid 4-6 months.
Dermalogica as been on my radar for ages since raiding my step-mother’s cabinets and trying the $65 Precleanse oil. Who knew her cleansing routine was so boujee? Seeing the balance add up in my shopping cart, I opted for a set with mini sizes of the Dermalogica Precleanse Balm and Special Cleansing Gel instead. I had to see if the price is truly worth it first. So far so good.
VANILLA BEAN HEAVEN
The best for last. It wouldn’t be a winter Sephora haul without restocking my beloved vanilla bean Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter from Josie Maran. I’m a frugal person by practise but when it comes to this body butter, I’m a woman possessed. It’s so luxurious yet light, and never greasy like The Body Shop’s butters. Few brands also get the scent of vanilla right. I don’t care that this is $48, I need it in my house at all times. Trust me.
That’s a wrap!
This Sephora haul all rang in at roughly $500 after the 20% of VIB Rouge discount. It doesn’t even seem like I bought that much stuff and the delivery box was very anti-climactic. Beauty is what I love and this was my Christmas gift to myself this year. I typically reserve the bulk of my Sephora purchases to the sale periods as that’s just smart shopping sis. I hope you enjoyed this haul!