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Latest Purchases #109 – A Huge Sephora Haul

This is a really long time coming but these are some of my favourite posts to read and watch online so I didn’t want my photos to go to waste.


This little haul is from October when we went to Boston. I sent Ian back to the hotel and told him I would be some time and spent a lovely hour or so pottering around Sephora, testing things on the back of my hand, blagging some freebies and eventually making a few choice purchases.

First up, a set of the Sephora Cream Lip Stains. These are mini versions of their bestselling matte lip creams and I think you get a really nice selection of shades. I got Always Red, Infinite Rose, Blackberry Sorbet and Cherry Blossom (it’s fairly easy to work out which is which) and I think I have all bases covered from a deep, vampy berry, to a bright red, to a casual nude. I have a few other shades in full size and I really like them. They are slightly drying but the staying power is worth it.

I bought a Sephora Highlight Lowlight Face Contour Duo which is a chunky crayon, in the shade Light. I know contouring seems to have had its day now but, done with a light hand, is a great way to bring some subtle definition to your face…no crazy Kim K sculpting going on here. These shades really suit my skin tone too.

I really wanted to try the CC Cream from IT Cosmetics but they didn’t have my colour. I did however pick up the Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination, a brightening concealer for the under eye area.


I am yet to try anything by Sunday Riley (it may have something to do with the price of some of the products!) but I picked up a miniature of Martian Mattifying Melting After-Gel Toner. This is an ‘essence’, a product currently taking the beauty world by storm, and looks a great post-cleansing boost which prepares your skin for foundation.


I was relatively restrained with nail varnish and just picked up one bottle from Formula X. This monochrome nail topper in Chaotic is similar to a L’Oreal one I have almost used up and looks great over a variety of bases.

I bought a set from one of my favourite brands: First Aid Beauty. I have tried all three products inside this set and loved them all. The Ultra Repair Cream is wonderfully hydrating, the Face Cleanser is gentle yet effective in removing make-up and the Facial Radiance Pads tone and brighten with a wash of glycolic acid.

My two final products are both from the ‘Sephora Favourites’ set which I get really excited about! These are boxes filled with a collection of themed products and allow you to try a variety of brands and items for a really good price.

The first box I picked up was called Beauty Sleep and all the products were designed to be applied before bed and left to work their magic overnight. Inside was: Blue Moon Cleansing Balm from Sunday Riley, Sleep Tight Firming Night Balm from Farmacy, Splash Absolute Hydration Replenishing Sleeping Mask from Algenist, a Sephora Pearl Sleeping Mask, Cell Renewal Night Cream from Caudalie, a Wild Rose Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial by Korres and an Anti-aging Power Eye CreamAnti-aging Power Eye Cream from Origins. Phew!


I am really excited to try the Sunday Riley balm as well as working my way through the various night creams and masks. Bought individually, these items would cost almost $120 but this box was just $30 which I think is excellent value.

Finally, I bought the Trending: Beauty’s Most Coveted box which contains all the products currently being raved about on beauty blogs and websites. A lot of these products are quite high-end and expensive so this was a great way to try them out for a fraction of the price.


I received: a nude BeautyBlender, Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector in the shade Moonstone, Ka-Brow from Benefit, a Luna Play from Foreo (a facial cleansing brush in case you were wondering!), an Urban Decay lipstick in the shade 714, a GlamGlow SuperMud Clearing Treatment, a NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in the shade Custard, a bottle of Tarte’s Rainforest of the Seas Marine Boosting 4-in-1 Mist, The Edgiest Kohl Shadowstick in Black Viper by The Estee Edit, another of the Kat Von D Tattoo Liners in Trooper, a Cover FX highlighter stick in the shade Bubbly, and a pot of Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder (plus  powder puff).

The sample sizes are really good and I can’t describe how excited I am to try some of these products! I have been wanting to try the Becca highlighter, the NARS concealer and the Laura Mercier powder for such a long time but never seemed to get around to buying them.

I had no idea what the Luna Play was beforehand but am intrigued to give that a go too as well as trying out the GlamGlow mask which I have only heard amazing things about.


The only downside to one of these sets is the colour selection. Both the Benefit brow product and the NARS concealer are a touch too dark for me. I can still use them both (maybe with a tan!) but they wouldn’t be my first choice of shades.

So, I did get a bit spend-happy but I am so pleased with everything I bought, especially the two ‘Sephora Favourites’ boxes. Now to start trying everything out and hopefully finding a few new favourites!

Beauty Review – Origins Mix and Mask Box

I’m really getting into face masks these days, from the traditional 10-minutes masks to overnight ones to my new love, sheet masks. So, when I saw a tweet from Mikhila about a new Origins face mask beauty box, I ordered it straight away.

I have heard of the beauty boxes put together by Jane from BritishBeautyBlogger but they always sell out so quickly, I’ve never managed to get my hands on one. I love Origins and I had been eyeing up some of the products included in the box. Also, this was amazing value for money with the contents totalling £84 but costing just £20!


Firstly, the packaging is really beautiful and would make a handy storage box once the products have been used up.

Here was my first look inside…


The product I was planning on buying myself was the Maskimizer Skin Optimizing Mask Primer and a full-sized bottle was included in the box worth £18.50. This is a pre-mask spritz to hydrate and soften the skin before applying a face mask. Slightly gimmicky yes but I am excited to try it out!


Next, a type of face mask I have not tried yet – a foaming one. I got a bottle of By All Greens Foaming Deep Cleansing Mask. I usually stay away from foaming face products but this sounds intriguing.


An overnight mask now. I received Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask which I have tried before and really liked. I got a little bit sunburnt over my birthday weekend so I think my skin would thank me for this!


I was really excited to try this new mask as  I have seen it on several blogs and it is metallic! The GinZing Peel-Off Mask, as the name would suggest, is a peel-off mask to freshen up dull skin.


Another full-sized product (worth £29!) is the VitaZing SPF15 Energy-Boosting Moisturiser. I love that this contains some SPF and it has a ‘sheer tint release’ which left my skin with a lovely dewiness when I tried it.

I think this next one was a bonus product as it was listed as being a mask pod not this size. The Original Skin Retexturizing Mask contains rose clay which should give a deep cleanse.


Finally, I received three mask pods: Clear Improvement (a charcoal mask), Out of Trouble (a 10-minute rescue mask) and Drink Up (a 10-minute hydration mask). There is actually a decent amount of product in each of these and I think I will have a go at the current trend of multi-masking where you apply different masks to different areas of the face.


As you can probably tell, I am so pleased I managed to get one of these boxes. Not only was it excellent value for money but I think it has a great variety of products to try out.