Saturday, December 29, 2012

My First Sephora Haul and Experience!


I'm working my way through the posts that I definitely wanted to get up before the end of the month/year.   So that means that today I'll be sharing what I got a couple weeks ago when I went to Sephora for the first time!  Since I had registered with Sephora a few days before going, I had a $15 off $50 purchase that I redeemed.  I definitely could have purchased more but I did manage to exercise some restraint.  You all are probably thinking that all I do is go shopping, never finish anything...but I do other things! Promise! And I do finish things up! You'll see in a few days just how many things for November & December, and a final tally for the year.

First up, the samples:
On top is Dr Dennis Gross Skincare Original Formula Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel
Bottom is Origins Clear Improvement Mask, Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum and 
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Full Coverage Foundation SPF 15 (in Ivory)

I've used the foundation sample and really like it (except it doesn't hold up for the claimed 12 hours...maybe 6-7); it gets bonus points because the Mister likes the way it looks on (a.k.a. doesn't look like paint like he says some other foundations have).  I've also used the Origins Mask, which I also really like.  I want to finish up some prescriptions before I ventured into the the other 2 skincare samples.  While I was there, the skincare adviser/expert also strongly recommended getting the Clarisonic Mia Acne system, as well as looking into treating my acne with natural oils (I'm still doing research on the oil thing).
Tarina Tarantino Sparkle Powder in Sparklicity Pure Opal (on sale!)

So pretty!  The color of the sparkles look different depending on what you've put it over.  I've put it with teal and it looked gorgeous for Christmas Eve, but when I just swatched it on my hand, it had a pretty pink/opal look.  When I used it, I sprayed a small stiffer brush with some Urban Decay All-Nighter then dipped the brush into the sparkle powder and applied.

My largest purchase of the day:  Sephora's Disney Cinderella Collection Storylook Eyeshadow Palette
 The palette itself pulls out of the cover and also lifts out of the black tray
The colors photographed slightly brighter than they are in real life (ever so slightly)
 Shade names (back of box)

It has a nice range of shadow finishes and colors.  I've used it a couple times and loved it.  I just wish that it opened more like a book than a pull-out drawer.  By the way, on an insert in the package, it states that this is the first of the Disney Reigning Beauties collections.  I wonder what the future ones will look like....

 And my free Birthday Gift:
 Fresh Sugar Kisses Mini Lip Duo
includes Sugar Lip Treatment and Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment

I have to say that all the employees of the location (Summit Mall in Akron) I went to were wonderful!  Definitely ready to help get you samples and advise you to what skincare products could work for your needs.  It was also the first time a makeup artist has been able to match me for foundation with no hesitation or difficulties!  I felt pretty while I was there and left a happy customer.  The experience I had was definitely worth the hour-long drive to get there.  I can't wait to go back and get the Clarisonic Mia system, and I also really want to get the Origins mask. This is the first mask I've used in a long time that I felt it actually doing something, other than just making me look like a scary monster while it's on.  I do want to try a couple other foundations first before purchasing the Tarte one, and I'm sure I'll get samples of other things as well - concealer, setting powder (I saw a clay-based one on Sephora's website that looks promising)....  

What kind of experiences have you had when you went to Sephora (if you've been)?  What's your favorite thing to purchase from there?

**all products purchased by me
**my opinions are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated

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