Tuesday 22 October 2013

Sephora & Vegas Beauty Haul

One of my favourite shops to visit whilst I'm in the States is Sephora. For those that don't know Sephora was founded in France and is a Cosmetics Store which sells all sorts of beauty related items from Make Up to Skincare to Perfume which is why I love it! 

I got the Sephora Favorites Boxset with an assortment of 12 items which has a combined value of $280 and I worked it out at like £250 and I only paid $75. I've bought one of these boxes on my previous trips to the states and they definitely are worth purchasing. I also got a 50ml of Vera Wangs Lovestruck in Vegas airport but will talk about that later. 

Our nearest stores to the UK are in Spain and France, Sephora is well worth the trip for any beauty addict if you're going somewhere that has one in the area! 

Back to the box. They do all kinds of these boxes and I picked up Sephora Favorites Superstars but you can get Lip related ones and Eye related ones and Fragrance Samplers. The box itself is so great, it's metallic and you can take the insides out and store a lot more make up in it. 

As you can see the items inside are all well presented and it just makes me want to jump in and try it all. 

First item is Deborah Lippmann Treatment-infused Nail Color in Cleopatra in New York which is a black nail varnish with gold glitter in. I don't wear nail varnish but this would look great especially with the festive season coming up, will give your DIY manicure a little sparkle. Deborah Lippman is available to buy in the UK at BeautyBay.com priced from £15-18.

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream in Light, I was really excited to get this as I have wanted to try Smashbox products for a while, especially this product. The coverage you get for it is great and it's really light to wear and you honestly don't need to use that much of it to cover a whole face. This retails on the Smashbox website for £27

Nars Lipstick in Dolce Vita it doesn't say but I believe this is one of Nars' Sheer Finish Lipsticks which is very moisturising and the colour comes out as a lovely pale raspberry. It doesn't leave your lips looking overly done which is what I love because I'm not much of a lipstick girl but this is definitely swinging me into buying more Nars Lipsticks. Nars Lipsticks are available on the website for £18.50

Nars Blush and Bronze Duo in Orgasm and Laguna Beach. I think this was a Sephora Exclusive but you can get the duo in Orgasm and South Beach which is really similar. The pigment in both of these are fantastic. Orgasm Blush has a hint of gold in it which gives your cheeks a little extra flair and the Laguna is lovely too, it's a great colour which just gives your skin a little bit of luminosity which makes it looked flawless. The Duo's can also be bought as single items but I do recommend this duo, it's the perfect 2 in 1. £33 from NarsCosmetics.co.uk 

Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil this oil is great. It doesn't have much of a scent to it but I like that. I think some of these hair oils can have far too many additives in to make them a little too whiffy. It's light but it is pure oil so only a drop or 2 is needed. Josie Maran can not be bought in the UK but is sometimes available to buy on QVC for £30, so if you're a shopping channel junkie like me you might catch it!! 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel, I'm not entirely convinced by this but I do think the brow revolution is just starting and brows will be big this winter!! This can be found on CultBeauty.co.uk for £16.50. If you're an eyebrow addict then I'd recommend this for you!! 

Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Nylon Extension System (try saying that more than once: mouthful) £32 BeautyBay.com. This is really cool, we've tried something like this on the blog before where you apply the nylon fibres to your lashes and mascara over and they lengthen your lashes and make them look fabulous. My sister highly recommended Too Faced to me before and I can definitely see the quality here. It's just great and well worth the price tag. 

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Duo in Sin and Mushroom as you may know, I love UD like properly!! These 2 colours are probably the most popular, especially sin. These give you great pigmentation and they do last ages on your lids. These are available as singles from Debenhams from £14.

Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray. I'm yet to give this a go but I've heard good things about it and it smells great which is always a plus because these sprays can tend to smell a little sodium filled. This size is £9.50 on the Bumble and Bumble website.

Origins GinZing™ Refreshing Eye Cream to Brighten and Depuff this is just a sample size but the proper pot of this is £23 from the Origins Website. This does really work, I tried this after spending 11 hours on a plane with no sleep after a 2 week active holiday and it does get to work straight away. The smell is really lovely and it's really gentle on the skin under and around my eyes. 

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner, I love Stila stuff. Last time in Vegas I purchased lip glosses and they were the best (and yummiest) glosses I've ever owned. I was so happy to get this liner, I usually find liquid liners really hard to work with because I'm a lefty so have no control in my right hand at all. This is like a felt tip pen so it goes on really easy and is so simple to manoeuvre. Currently available in 9 shades from the Stila UK website for £13

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Rollerball even though this is only a handbag size I really love it. The fragrance is sweet and florally and not overbearing as some more expensive perfumes can be. This is ideal and will be going in my handbag on nights out. For 30ml from the Fragrance Shop it is £48.50 but is well worth it!

That's my Superstars Box finished, I also bought Vera Wang's Lovestruck (50ml) for $50 from Vegas Airport which I considered a bargain considering the size of the bottle. I have always been a fan of Vera Wang Perfume since I was 17 and got my first bottle of "Princess". I love how every bottle is beautifully flamboyant, this one having red flowers and a tulle ribbon, oh I just loved it. Even though the bottle is adorned with flowers they are a very subtle within the perfume itself, it is fruity and has a little bass notes of jasmine. 

I am really happy with my purchases from Sephora and Vegas. Now I'm ready to look great for the up coming festive season! 

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  1. This is an amazing box!! I discovered Sephora in Caen in France and LOVED it!! Was like a kid in a sweetshop!! Great post.

    Helen X


  2. why cant there be a sephora within the uk?! i went to one in spain and france. loved it. some great picks


  3. What an awesome box! I love the mix of skincare and makeup - everything in there is super-gorgeous. It's all you need for the face!
    My Beauty Junction

  4. I would love to try Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Rollerball - perfect size for a smaller bag

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