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Sephora Haul : Beauty Tools + etc

Disclaimer: I want to first start out by saying that this post isn’t me being braggadocios about what I bought at Sephora. I love watching Sephora hauls on Youtube to see what others like, and wanted to do one of my own sans video. This isn’t an example of what a “normal haul” for me looks like; I saved up quite a few Sephora giftcards (**see how in the last paragraph**) and used birthday money to purchase these things.

Sephora Haul - Nars + Smashbox + Kat Von D

First in this haul are items I’m almost out of and in need of replacing. This Smashbox primer is an old favorite, and the very first one I bought when I started getting into makeup. The last foundation I used didn’t seem to mesh well with this Smashbox primer, and so I took a little break from it. I’m currently using a foundation that seems to do well with this primer. I am almost out of my NARS concealer so I thought now would be a good time to replace that as well. I don’t think it’s my holy grail concealer, I have yet to find that one, but this one is less tacky than other concealers I’ve tried.

I also used 100 of my reward points to get this deluxe sample of Kat Von D’s Studded Kiss lipstick in Lovecraft. I haven’t used this one yet but it’s rare to find Kat Von D products as rewards. I’ll have fun playing if nothing else.

Sephora Customized Skincare Favorites

I love, love, love trying out new products especially when they’re sample/deluxe sized, and also it makes me happy when I can finish a product or multiple products. Naturally, the Sephora Customized Skincare Favorites ended up in my cart. I was pretty impressed with this kit. One, the bag looked cute in the photo; two, I can pick out my own products?! YES! When I received it, I was very impressed. The bag is a thick plastic, the zipper feels sturdy, and it feels like it could hold up to some wear and tear. I picked out items I hadn’t tried before; the First Aid Beauty Deep Cleanser I’m really eager to try. The Algenist “deluxe sample” is huge at 1.5oz. I haven’t tried a lot of the sheet masks because I look like Jason from Friday the 13th when I wear them. I’ll be sure and try it out when Cory is home. :P If any of these products blow me away I’ll post an update.

Clarisonic Mia 1

The Clarisonic Mia has been on my list for a long time but I never bit the bullet. One of my friends recently purchased one, and a co-worker was talking to me about her experience with it, and so that gave me the push I needed. I’m super excited about trying it out but I’m waiting until the weekend to use it so my sister and I can both try it out. For anyone out there who owns one: do you use it daily or once a week?

GHD Rose Gold Limited Edition Blow dryer and flat iron

I feel guilty even posting this purchase but like I said in the disclaimer I’ve been hoarding gift cards. I’ve needed better tools for a while now. After much research I opted for this bundle (GHD Rose Gold Deluxe Set) as it was much less expensive than buying them separately. I tried it out this morning and I understand why this one is so much more expensive than my $20 blow dryer. It doesn’t make that high pitched noise most blow dryers make, which is nice since Cory and I are on different sleep schedules, and I hate waking him up while I’m getting ready. Also, I have a lot of hair despite the short length — I’ve had multiple hair stylists tell me this. With this dryer my hair was dry and styled within 5 minutes even on a low setting. Saving time for the win! Oh and also there’s a setting that only blows out cold air (without having to hold down a button) which is nice if you get hot like I do. ;P

Sephora Beauty Insider Appreciation Bag

Sephora Samples

These last two photos are items I got free with my orders. The top photo is the Beauty Insider Appreciation bag you could get free with a code. I wasn’t too blown away by the sample selection as I’ve tried most of them but I did like the bag. Unfortunately, the bag isn’t very good quality, and so I’ll have to find a use for it that doesn’t require everyday use.

The bottom photos are samples I received with my order. Eh. I am interested to try the sample of YSL’s Blur Perfector because I won’t be buying the full-sized version. It’s $55. Yeah, no… This is my haul until next time. ;-)

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