If you don’t follow me on social media (and why don’t you?! Links in the side bar!) you may not know that I am just home from my first ever trip to New York. I absolutely fell in love with the city and would instantly move there without hesitation if given the opportunity. Of course, while there, I visited Sephora (several times) so I thought I would share with you what I picked up. The trip was an early birthday/Christmas gift from my husband so because I wasn’t paying for flights or accommodation, I had a little more money than usual to spend. Obviously, I went completely overboard and I am aware that this is a ridiculous amount of makeup so bear with me. I have yet to even try most of these products so I will keep this post as short and sweet as I can, simply letting you know what I got but feel free to let me know what you are most interested in seeing more in-depth reviews on!
Before even leaving Dublin Airport, I paid a visit to the counter where I work and picked up an Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray (€10.20 for 30ml in The Loop, Duty Free). I wanted the small travel size for while I was away and it came in handy considering some of the days I was in New York, we left the hotel at 7am and weren’t home until the evening. I swear by this stuff and if you’ve yet to try it for yourself, I can’t recommend it enough.
Also while in the airport, I paid a visit to my friends at Mac and picked up the Mac Lipstick in Whirl, a dirty rose with a matte finish (€17 in The Loop, Duty Free) that I have been lusting after for so long! It is constantly sold out whenever I visit a store so I was delighted to finally get my hands on it.
I also couldn’t resist something from the Christmas collection which I honestly think is one of the best they have done in years so I snagged this Mac Nutcracker Sweet Peach Face Compact (€33.15 in The Loop, Duty Free) which includes an Extra Dimension Blush in At Dusk and an Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Tutu. Seriously worth it for the beauty of the palette itself!
When I finally got to Sephora, I was delighted to find that there was 20% off everything in store for those with a VIB card, which I have! The first stop I had planned was the Anastasia Beverly Hills stand. I ended up picking up two Anastasia Liquid Lipsticks ($20 each) in Crush, a soft beige, and Veronica, a taupe mauve. I got on so well with the shade Vamp that I picked up in June that it was a no-brainer that I added some more shades to my collection this time around.
I was also dying to pick up some more Anastasia Beverly Hills Single Eyeshadows after being incredibly impressed with the ones I picked up in June. These retail for $12 each but if you buy four, you get them for $10 each and the palette to put them in for free.
I spent a lot of time swatching these in stores and a lot of the shades I had intended on getting looked very similar to shadows I already own so I opted for Sangria; a satin iridescent cranberry, Sienna; an ultra-matte earthy brown, Dark Chocolate Shimmer, a sparkle dark brown with shimmer and Truffle Glitter, a titanium brown with burgundy shimmer.
In alphabetical order, the next thing I purchased was a new Beauty Blender ($20). I bought my original Beauty Blender on a trip to Prague last year and now cannot imagine life without it. However, it is looking worse for wear and as with any sponge, it tends to harbour a lot of bacteria so I decided to treat myself to a new one as I know I will get the use out of it. This time I chose a black one over the original pink because I’m goth like that.
An absolute impulse buy was this Cinema Secrets Makeup Brush Cleaner Travel Set ($8) which they sell at the checkout in Sephora. I have been in the market for a new brush cleaner so I thought the best way to test this one out was by buying the mini size. I may decant it into a spray bottle though to make it easier to use.
Something that has been on my radar for a long time now is the Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black ($25 for the 10ml rollerball) which is a fragrance that as far as I know you can’t get at all in Ireland. This line was created by Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen but there is no bang of celebrity perfume off this. This is a spicy, almost-masculine scent comprised of just violet, sandalwood and vanilla notes. I’m already kicking myself for not splurging on the full size bottle.
While doing shopping research online before my trip, I learned that Sephora carried mini sizes of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders ($22 for 1.4g) which have been on my wishlist for the longest time. I ended up opting for two different shades.
Ethereal Light (left) is described as an opalescent sheer, cool white powder while Diffused Light (right) is noted as a soft warm, pale yellow powder. I think these are ideal sizes for testing out as the full sizes are quite pricey!
Next up, I couldn’t resist trying out one of the Huda Beauty Lip Contour Sets ($24). I have heard such good things about the brand and thought the colour was to die for. I opted for the Vixen & Famous set as so many of the other lip products I chose were very neutral in colour so I thought this was a little vampier in comparison. This set includes a lip contour pencil and liquid matte lipstick in Vixen, a deep brown as well as a liquid matte lipstick in Famous, a chic burgundy.
Something else I just couldn’t resist was the Huda Beauty Textured Shadows Palette Rose Gold Edition ($65). I had been eyeing this up online and wasn’t pushed but once I saw it in the flesh, it absolutely had to be mine.
The palette features eighteen shades in a mixture of highly pigmented mattes, chrome pressed pearls and 3D metal shades and it was those 3D metals that really sealed the deal for me. They’re pretty in photos but they are really something else in person.
I went into Sephora telling myself that I would only buy things that weren’t available in Ireland but the second that the girl working there handed me a basket, I lost all self control. Despite Kat Von D now selling in Debenhams, an irresistable force came over me and I bought a lot from her. The first thing I thought was worth trying was this Kat Von D Bow n Arrow Set ($20). It was one of those little things by the till point that you grab without thinking and features a mini Ink Liner in Trooper and a mini Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Bow n Arrow which I was lusting after anyway.
I fell in love with the formula of the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ($20) when I picked up a few over the summer so I also picked up this one in the shade Witches, a pitch black. This is obviously not for everybody but I have actually been finding myself seeking a black liquid lipstick to complement some of the looks I’ve been creating lately.
I also could not resist this Kat Von D Everlasting Mini Liquid Lipstick Set ($49, with an $80 value). I thought this was a good way to try out several different shades while saving money on doing so! The set features eight colours, from left to right: Plath; a deep russet red (exclusive), Santa Sangre; a poison apple, Mother; a dusty mauve pink, Lovesick; a mauve nude, Backstage Bambi; a vivid hot pink, L.U.V.; a rich violet, Roxy; a bright grape (exclusive) and Echo, a satin navy blue.
I had been dying to try the Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer ($26) for some time and while I originally thought the pure white shade, White Out would be the one for me, when swatching it look scarily like Tippex so I opted for the second lightest shade, Light 1, a fair honeysuckle with a neutral undertone instead. It is still super light though and I’m planning on a blog post comparing it to my Holy Grail, Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer.
Probably not my smartest buy, considering the next item in this post, I couldn’t resist trying out a Kat Von D Metal Crush Eyeshadow ($21). This shade, Doce, is described as a metallic copper and is literally me in a shadow. I haven’t even touched it yet and I’m already obsessed with simply looking at it in the pan.
I also ended up splurging on the Kat Von D Metal Matte Eyeshadow Palette ($60). I had read a few mixed reviews on this and eyeing up the colours in person, I had to ask myself how many of them I would actually reach for often. I had resigned myself to not picking this up and then all of sudden, I blacked out and when I came to the cashier was ringing this through the till. This was one of my most impulsive buys ever.
There is no denying that is absolutely stunning though and some of the colours genuinely speak to me, they’re so pretty. I am considering this a challenge to use as many of these as possible.
Finally for the brand, I had to pick up the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner ($20) in Trooper. While the Bow n Arrow Set I bought featured the Ink Liner, it’s the Tattoo Liner that people go crazy for. I see a comparison post in my future so let me know if that is something you would be interested in reading!
Something I have been wanting to try for the longest time but constantly forget about is the Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder for Under Eyes ($25). So many bloggers and YouTubers I follow swear by this so I had to see what all the fuss was about for myself. It looks pure white in the pot so I have high hopes for this, even on my porcelain skin.
Another till point impulse buy was the Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Smoothing Primer ($17 for 15ml). My pores are something I constantly struggle with and despite the scary volume of products I’ve tried, very few have done anything to smooth their appearance. This is another product I have heard many wax lyrical about so while I could pick up a mini size to try, I thought it was the perfect opportunity.
Tarte is a brand I hear so much about but when it comes down to it, I always have a hard time choosing what products to try from them. In case you haven’t discovered from the rest of this post, I’m a huge liquid lipstick fan so I decided to give this Tarte Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint ($20) a go. I opted for the shade TBT which is described as a mauve and is a perfect every day neutral.
There is also a lot of hype surrounding the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara ($12 for 5ml) and it really does make you wonder, could it be better…? So I ended up picking up the mini version at the till to try out. My hopes are high for this one because of its cult following so here’s hoping it performs how it should.
My final liquid lipstick purchase was one of the Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Matte Long Wear Lipsticks in the shade Queen B, a matte soft mauve. This one stands out for me because the packaging is an unusual shape but it will be interesting to see how it performs versus the others I picked up in this haul.
Despite working for the brand, because I work in the airport, we don’t stock the entire colour range of products. The Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Liners ($20) are some of my favourite products we do so while perusing Sephora, I couldn’t resist the shade Junk Show. While it looks like a hot pink in the tube, I actually think this will work with a lot of neutral looks too and I can’t wait to give it a go.
I also picked up the Urban Decay Razor Sharp Liquid Eyeliner ($22) in Intergalactic, a light purple with silver sparkle. I’ve played with Perversion (the blackest black), Chaos (a vibrant cobalt blue) and Deep End (a bright teal shimmer) and love the tiny applicator and bold colour payoff so this was a no-brainer for me. While pink liner sounds scary, this is almost iridescent and I can see myself reaching for it a lot!
All of these purchases coupled with the shopping I did on my honeymoon in June meant that I became VIB Rouge. This is part of their loyalty card program and while it means I get lots of special benefits like free two day shipping and complimentary makeovers whenever I want, most of these don’t apply to me because I don’t live in the US. What I did get was a mini Nars Blush in the shade Goulue which is exclusive to VIB Rouge members but is also so small I wonder how I will fit a blush brush in there.
Because I’m not often in the States, I also decided to redeem some of my Sephora points and picked up this Buxom Sexy Little Habits set for 500 points. It includes a mini Buxom Lash Mascara in Blackest Black, a Buxom Wildly Whipped Lightweight Liquid Lipstick in Instigator, a Buxom Full On Lip Polish in Sugar and a Buxom Eyeshadow Bar Single Eyeshadow in Mink Magnet (A.K.A. the smallest eyeshadow I have ever seen in my life!) Buxom is a brand I have never tried anything from so I am excited to give these products a go though.
So, finally, that is it. I honestly don’t need to go shopping again for a very, very, very long time but tell me,
What are you most excited to see an in-depth review of?
Are there any particular comparison posts you’d like to see?
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