Saturday, January 4, 2014

December Birthday Haul - Sephora Goodies!

**all items purchased by me/received as requested samples

I'm just a bit behind in my haul posts, as usual.  But that's all right.  Today I've got what I bought myself for my birthday last month (not that I don't buy myself stuff all the time or anything...).  But since Sephora isn't a store that is close to where I live, on my birthday I got to make a trip north to go there and get myself something(s) by going there I was able to get samples of things and some advice on what products to try for getting my skin under control and undoing the past decade + (yikes!) worth of acne damage.
I got more samples than anything else, but I did spend enough to be able to use my Beauty Insider card that came in the mail.  And of course, I got my birthday gift as well.
Sephora Fomula X glitter topper polish in Demolition
 Kat Von D True Romance Palette in Sinner (includes a Autograph Pencil in Puro Amor)
~I'm still playing around with this and am planning on putting up swatches and a review in the next few weeks~
Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer  (.33 fl. oz. bottle)

 Birthday Gift - Benefit Real Birthday Turn-Ons!
sample sizes of Benefit They're Real! mascara and Watts Up! Soft Focus Highlighter

Sample section:
Cover FX Mattifying Primer, Oil Free Foundation in N10 and N25
Hourglass Immaculate Foundation in Shell (the Color IQ suggested this as a match...after a little adjustment) and Pearl
Make Up Forever Primer #1 (the green one)
~I seemed to be in between shades of both the Cover FX and the Hourglass (at least in store it looked that way)~
EradiKate Acne Treatment and Peter Thomas Roth FirmX Peeling Gel
~I feel like the EradiKate Acne Treatment might be similar to the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion, which I can easily get my hands on at Ulta~
~If I like the P.T.R. FirmX Peeling Gel, I can also get that from Ulta~
Clinique Acne Solutions Clearing Moisturizer Oil-Free and 
DERMADoctor DD Cream 15-Benefits-in-1 Dermatologically Defining BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30
Dr. Dennis Gross Original Formula Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel (2 sets)
Murad Clarifying Wipes (2 packs)

While I was at that particular mall, I also ventured into the Origins store (never been to one before) since I had wanted to get my hands on a sample of a mask but Sephora didn't carry that particular one.
Out of Trouble 10 Minute Mask to Rescue Problem Skin and Zero Oil Lotion

And I made a stop at the beauty counter department of Nordstroms (again, never been) and ended up with another little sample jar from Clinique.  Fortunately, if I do like anything from Clinique I can easily get my hands on it from either Macy's or Dillards.
Acne Clearing (I believe that's what she abbreviated the all-over clearing treatment as)

My other present that day was actually from the Mister(!).  He ordered me a professional light box for blogging from LimoStudio!  I just need to figure out where to set it up that is both close to an outlet (old house so that is a bit of a challenge) as well as in a place I don't have to move it to do other things.

I have to say, if Sephora was closer to where I live, I feel like I'd always be there (as is what happened when Ulta opened a location about 10-15 minutes from home).  I really like the Skin IQ that lets you look up pretty much every product in the store and get print-outs for samples you get.  When I went to Sephora the last time in 2012, I believe it was before both the Skin IQ and the Color IQ machines were around.

I figure that once I figure out what products and/or shades (foundation) I like, I can order any time from Sephora's website...unless I feel like a bit of a drive.  If I do feel like going on a drive, then hopefully I'll pick a better time to get started (unlike on my actual birthday where first I had to drive around to different pet stores to get food for the bunnies since the one I normally go to was out)...or go to a slightly closer location.

See anything you've used before?  If you're between foundation shades, do you go for the one that's lighter or darker?

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

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