Sunday, 20 December 2015

Huge Sephora Haul

Well... it's no surprise that the one place I gravitated towards on my trip to the USA was Sephora. The heaven of anyone who is a make up lover, like myself! I'm going to be honest I saved up for this Sephora visit, I knew I was going to go wild - and I did! The most wonderful thing about going to Sephora is that they stock brands that are unavailable here in the UK, so it really was like putting a small child into a sweet shop and saying "you can choose all of the candy you want to, don't be shy! Fill up your basket, little one!" - and it truly filled me with joy. Let's have a look at the treasures I found in Sephora!
Urban Decay | Vice 4 Palette / £43
 I'm going to start with the new addition to Urban Decay's VICE palette range. This is the VICE 4 palette *a choir of angels sing* - everything about it is gorgeous. I got the VICE 3 for Christmas last year from my brother, and I cried when I opened it... yes seriously I cried in front of my whole family and I felt mildly traumatised because they all looked at me confused to why some eyeshadow would turn me into a weeping wreck on Christmas Day. Hey - we all have things that make us feel extremely happy and make up just happens to be the thing that can make me happy cry.

If you thought the packaging for the last one was beautiful, this one is even more spectacular! It's 3D and has that oil slick colour effect... ooft. As per usual the palette comes with a double ended eyeshadow brush, and it's a decent one too! It has 20 different eyeshadow shades, some are glittery and some are also matte. My personal favourites are 'Flame', '1985' and 'Bones'. I think there is something for everyone in this palette, it has bright colours, neutrals, glitters, mattes. It's just lovely.

Too Faced | Candlelight Glow Highlighting Powder Duo / £22
Next is a lovely little highlighting powder duo from Too Faced, and it's called Candlelight Glow. I only discovered this brand back in February on my first trip to Sephora, and I fell in love. The packaging is always so elegant. I became a huge highlighter fan this year, and this one has two different shades so I feel like I bought two! One side is a normal champagne highlight colour, and the other side is a soft pink - it's designed to 'capture the soft radience of a romantic candelit room instantly'. It also has a pretty well sized mirror inside which is always a plus, and I really do love makeup that has a design embossed into it - in this case a candle chandelier!

Kat Von D | Lipstick (Hexagram) / $21 (£14)
 The one brand I was excited to get my hands on was Kat Von D. I love the way her makeup is designed, it's very rocker-style. I got two pieces from her range, a lipstick and a liquid lipstick. The first was a lipstick in the shade 'Hexagram' which is a deep Red. I can't express how much I love the product design, the studs are SO cool. This lipstick smells just like the MAC ones, which have a vanilla scent.

Kat Von D | Liquid Lipstick (Outlaw) / $20 (£13)
The liquid lipstick by Kat Von D that I got was in shade 'Outlaw', which is also a deep Red (I love the classic Red lip!) This is a long-wear, full coverage liquid lipstick with a smooth, matte finish - honestly this colour won't move until you threaten it with a makeup wipe.. which is what I like to hear because I hate having to re-apply throughout the day!

Hourglass | Ambient Light Blush (Incandescent Electra) / $35 (£24)
You know those products you see every beauty blogger bang on about? Well, I end up wanting to know what the fuss is about after hearing about it so much. This is an ambient lighting blush by Hourglass in the shade 'Incandescent Electra', which is a bit of a mouthful, I know. I know that not everybody likes wearing blush, but I have worn it ever since I discovered makeup, so I'm always keen to find new ones. This is a lovely shimmer blush, and claims to be buildable in colour. Honestly it's a really pretty addition to my makeup collection which I think I'm going to be using a lot!

Too Faced | Better Than Sex Mascara / £17
A mascara that is 'Better Than Sex' I hear you say? Well, that is quite a big claim isn't it... so is it? I mean, it's a lovely mascara, the wand is a good hourglass shape to keep those lashes seperated, and the tube itself is made from metal which is a nice change from plastic! It's actually pretty heavy compared to any of my other mascaras in my collection. However... I'm not so sure it's better than sex, maybe they should call it better than all of your other mascaras? Overall, it's a great mascara!
TonyMoly | Mini Cherry Lip Balm / £8
Next up are two small little products, one of which was gifted to me by my fellow YouTube pal BrizzyVoices. You know when you pay for your shopping, and when you're walking out you see something you wish you'd seen before you had paid? It was one of those moments. It's a Cherry Lip Balm in the shape of a Cherry - before I knew it Brizzy had thrown it into her basket and said Merry Christmas! She is a sweet angel of Christmas. (Thank you Brizzles!) This mini cherry lip balm is by a brand called TonyMoly and it smells like sweet cherries! It's the cutest thing I have ever seen, I love it!

Original Beautyblender | Mini / £14
Sticking with the theme of mini products, I also picked up some micro Beautyblender. I love the full sized ones, and I loved the idea of the mini ones so I could be more precise underneath my eyes and other small areas that are hard to cover with a normal sized one! Now, they are quite expensive for what they are, but I promise you they are really great at applying makeup and you can also wash them to look brand new again! Beautyblenders are a 'must have' in my makeup collection.

Origins | GinZing Energy-Boosting Moistuiser / £24
Another product I had seen floating around in the world of YouTube, this is Origins 'GinZing' energy-boosting moisturiser. I've been looking for a new moisturizer for a long time, especially as I'm now in my mid-twenties panicking about getting wrinkles and looking old. The thing that completely sold me was the scent of this product, Oranges. However as far as moisturisers go, it's honestly the best one I have EVER used in my life and I think I'll continue to repurchase this one. That is how much it impressed me, and my skin seems happier for it. If my skin could smile, it would.

Marc Jacobs | Daisy Collection Trio / $45 (£30)
I promised myself I wouldn't buy any new perfumes for a long time after reviewing my collection about a month ago, I have too many. However I made an exception for a few mini roll-on perfumes by Marc Jacobs, with the Daisy collection. I remembered I loved a sample I sniffed in a magazine once, and have always wanted some scents from Marc Jacobs ever since. I took the plunge, no regrets. They all smell bloomin' lovely - pun intended.

And that's it! If you enjoyed this blog post maybe you'd like watch the video to go with it here!
Thanks for reading, Merry Christmas!