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Monday, 13 June 2016

Sephora Haul

When visiting the United States, it’d be rude not to take a sneaky little trip to Sephora right? So on my recent holiday to Florida, I managed to wangle a trip into the store of beauty bloggers’ dreams. I’d spent a fair amount of time before we flew out researching people’s favourite products, so I had a wishlist of products to search for. As expected, I was slightly overwhelmed by it all, but obviously I came away with a bag full of goodies, which I thought I’d share with you today.

Top of my list was Jaclyn Hill’s highlight collaboration with Becca CosmeticsChampagne Pop. I’ve watched Jaclyn Hill on YouTube for years, and when she announced she was teaming up with Becca to create her ultimate highlight shade, I knew I’d need it in my life. I was so disappointed when I started hearing tales of it arriving smashed when ordered online, but I was determined to own it and decided to wait till I could pick it up in person. And am I glad that I did? It’s such a beautiful golden toned highlight, perfect for the summer and accentuates a tan gorgeously. It’s been on my cheeks ever since, and was transported home in my hand luggage, treated like my child. This has become my go-to highlight, and since Jaclyn and Becca have released the extended collection, it's been calling my name.

Next on my list was Kat Von D. I’d spent weeks chatting to my best friend Ash about all the different Kat Von D products I wanted to look at while I was in the U.S. but in the end, I was just drawn to her Everlasting Liquid Lipstick. I’m a big lover of liquid lipsticks at the moment, especially with the hopefully warm weather just around the corner, and so I started swatching. There were a few shades I’d heard other people talk about, like Lolita and Bow N Arrow, but it was Baushau5 that caught my eye. This shade is described as a deep raspberry, and I’d say that’s pretty accurate. It’s a beautiful deep berry tone, verging on fuchsia. I love wearing this with just a bit of winged liner, and I can tell it’ll get a lot of wear of summer. The wand makes application a little tricky because it is longer than most other lipgloss style applicators, but the more I use it, the more I get used to it.

Sticking to the liquid lipstick theme, I knew I had to pick up a shade from Anastasia Beverley Hills. Their liquid lipsticks have been so hyped recently, and I’ve wanted one for a while, but really wanted the opportunity to swatch and test the consistency for myself – I can be a little picky at times. By the end of trip, my hand was covered primarily in ABH swatches, but in the end I settled for just one colour – Carina, a gorgeous coral. Now I love a coral lip, especially in the spring/summer, and this seemed to strike the perfect balance between pink and orange. The formula is dreamy, and although matte, it doesn’t feel drying at all. I can see many more being added to my collection (spoiler alert, an addition has already been made).

Once I’d chosen my main makeup purchases, I continued to mooch around. It was then that I discovered the amazing mask stand, full of own brand sheet masks and eye masks. I’d seen these online and knew I had to try at least one, and so I got choosing. I settled for the Green Tea Face Mask, billed as a mattifying and anti-blemish mask. I was more intrigued by the Sephora Collection Eye Masks if I’m honest, so picked up two of these – the Rose Eye Masks (ultra-moisturising and brightening) and the Pearl Eye Masks (perfecting and brightening). The face mask was good, and I love the idea of the eye masks, but at $6 and $5 respectively, things could get a little pricey as they’re only good for one use. A good buy if you’re looking to try something different though.

These three masks all came under Sephora’s “To Go” section, so I was entitled to one of the Beauty on the Fly bags. I’ve seen these in so many Sephora Hauls, and wanted one, so was pleasantly surprised when the cashier told me to pick one up. This will be perfect to hold all my inflight beauty products on any future flights.

My final purchase was a last minute addition – the Beauty Blender Solid BlenderCleanser. I’m a lover of the Real Techniques makeup sponge, but I go through so many as I’m not sure how to clean them. Once I saw this, I thought this could be the answer to all my prayers. Not only should it help to keep my makeup sponges clean (and reduce how many I buy), but I think it will also be a good way to clean my makeup brushes. Anything to make a chore a little easier, right?

So that’s everything I picked up in Sephora while I was away. Was there anything I missed?

Love Lexie

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