Since I'm about 1000% behind on life, I wanted to share my like over a month ago Sephora haul lol. Leopold was really excited for my haul too. Here's what in this messy pile:
1) Wanderlust Power Foundation in shade Medium ($40)
2) Deborah Lippmann "The World Is Your Oyster" Nail Polish Duo ($10.50)
Let me stop here for a second because that's literally all I bought; everything else was free.
3) Beauty Blender sample size (free with foundation purchase)
4) COOLA Mineral Face SPF in Matte Tint (free sample)
5) Rahua Shampoo and Conditioner packets (free sample)
6) Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer packet (free sample)
7) Nest Fragrance Cocoa Woods sample (Beauty Insider, 100 points)
8) Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss deluxe sample in St. Tropez (Beauty Insider, 100 points)
All of that was free or used with Beauty Insider points. That's a pretty sweet deal.
I've used mostly everything, but I don't have photos to show them, but I'll still be doing some reviews and recommendations for yous anyway!
These were the first products I used, mainly because it was a hair wash day. The smell is natural, not incredibly pleasant, but also not awful. You could literally smell the oils, which shows me the quality of the products. Also, the price for the shampoo is $34 and the price for the conditioner is $36 for 9.3 ounces, which also illustrates the quality of the product. The shampoo is golden in color and the conditioner is a creamy, luxurious off white color. Both of these products really felt luxurious to use, and made my hair 0oh so soft. I'm tempted to buy the full size of these, especially for the winter with dry hair season coming up. I'm a fan, and definitely recommend the sample size first, or a mini size if you can find it. Sephora has the shampoo in a 2 oz. size for $9, but not the conditioner, that I saw at least. Either way, two big thumbs up for these products!
The Hourglass Veil primer is what dreams are made of. Expensive dreams, but dreams nonetheless. I'm glad I got to try the sample because the sample was enough to tell me that I need the full size version. The mini size, which is 1/3 of an ounce, is $19. The regular size, which is 1 ounce, is $54. The value size, which is 2 ounces, is $75. I know, take a minute to collect yourself. I can't imagine what they would charge for this sample size, if they charged for it. But it really works SO well. It's silky smooth, and does make your makeup application look better and last longer. There's no greasy after feel, and it literally absorbs in an instant. It claims to help with pores and fine lines, and with more uses, I imagine that would be true.
Nest Fragrance had me a little confused on their cruelty free and vegan status from their FAQs, so I just reached out directly. This was their response:
Believe it or not, based off this description, this should be my favorite scent. It's warm and spicy gourmand, with the key notes being: bittersweet cocoa, sequoia wood, white sandalwood, tiara blossom, and Thai ginger. What an intoxicating combo, am I right? In all honestly, I do love the scent. It's strong when you first apply it, and as it settles into my skin, it gets lighter and less bold, but still smells great. I'm using the sample I got, which will last awhile, because the fragrance itself lasts awhile.
However, I went to Sephora on my birthday and tried two other scents. Black Tulip I sprayed first and was surprised by how much I liked it, even more surprised by the fact it has PATCHOULI in it, and that's my least favorite scent ever. But the jasmine, black amber plum, and pink pepper mask it, and leave a fragrance that's simply alluring. Another surprise was Midnight Fleur, which is a bold and sensual blend of exotic wood, black amber, jasmine, vanilla orchid, and again, PATCHOULI! I'm so surprised by how these scents blended with my natural oils to offer really wonderful scents. Sephora has a sample rollerball pack, the same size at this sample, of all their fragrances for $38- that's 7 fragrances total. Considering the bottles are $74 each, I would really test them out before committing to a full size bottle. I'm looking into getting the sample set myself sometime soon. My whole world's been flipped upside down finding scents with patchouli and florals that I actually really like. Time to explore! I recommend you do too!
I've worn this, and I owe you a photo, because my description will not do it justice. It is SO pretty on. The color is St. Tropez, is a pink/color with gold metallic finish. This gloss actually packs in color and high shine, while being moisturizing at the same time. It lasts long, but isn't food and drink proof, but lasts much better than almost any other lip gloss I've tried. It's not sticky like most glosses are either. This would be good over a matte lipstick to add shine and hydration. I'm so impressed by it, and even more impressed I didn't have to pay for it. Thanks Beauty Insider points! I suggest checking these out. There's a lot of colors, and I'm sure you'll find one that suits your skin tone!
I haven't tried this yet, primarily because my foundation has SPF in it and also summer is over. But, I'm going to use it anyway just to get an idea on the formula and how it is under makeup. I'll keep you posted!
So, I've been wanting to try this for awhile and with there only be so few shades, and after reading the color descriptions, I figured medium would work best. Again, I owe you a photo, but it's pretty good foundation. They say it's buildable, but too much would be cakey in my opinion. It has a poof (they call it a rubicell applicator, I'll stick with poof) with it, so I keep it in my bag for touch ups, and I love that. It applies incredibly smoothly, and it does cover well. But, it doesn't cover acne marks as well as they market it too, but really, nothing does. It does provide a matte finish and helps with excess oil. I really do like it, but I use it over my other foundation as a finishing touch kinda deal, and of course, for touch ups throughout the day.
I don't have a photo of the BeautyBlender, aside from in the beginning, but I've now been converted to the blender side. I usually use brushes, and an applicator pad specially for my Illuminare foundation, but I'm getting myself a blender. It makes applying foundation much smoother. So, that's on my radar as well.
I also haven't used the nail polish yet, but it is incredibly cute. I love mermaids, so I needed it,
Yes, those are my Little Mermaid PJ shorts in the background, thank you for noticing! The two colors are Chantilly Lace and I Put A Spell On You. Not typical Ashley colors, but it's always good to switch it up. For $10.50 too, you can't beat it. Their polishes are vegan and cruelty free!
So, I owe you some photos, but overall, great haul, and great samples! I think my samples were the most exciting part honestly lol. I'll do a new post with some photos soon!