How To Shop At Sephora

 

giphy33So you want to know how to shop at Sephora? Here are a few things I’ve learned since I practically live there (lolz):

MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A LIST because if you go in without one you will..(I’m being thousand percent real here)…end up purchasing things you do not need solely because it swatches gorgeously on your hands!

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If you’re going in without a list…I got you. Make sure you connect to the WIFI at Sephora (it’s legit free at all their locations) so that you can quickly google reviews…or go to your favourite bookmarked blog to see …*ahem*

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Navigating through Sephora is literally like a fun maze. There are multiple brands and products everywhere…SO… 

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ASK FOR HELP. The Sephora beauty experts that work there are geniuses (shout out to Sephora Square One for ALWAYS holding it down for me). You can ask them anything and they will always have immense knowledge of the items. Like seriously, what is non-touring? Why do I need to strobe!?

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Being at a Sephora is an emotional roller coaster (one that I enjoy tbh). For example (this really happened): I went to a Sephora to purchase Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Liquid Lipstick in Heathers. I swatched it and fell in love…only to be told it was sold out in store…and then I realized it’s okay, I can order it online on their website.

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Take advantage of their Skin IQ tester thingamabob (I’m sure there’s some scientific name). It literally matches to the closest shade in any foundation at Sephora. This makes it easier for the clerks and you to find the perfect foundation/concealer match!

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Sign up for their Beauty Insiders program! Bruh, what you waiting for? It’s free and you get access to products and sales and freebies….AND A BIRTHDAY GIFT!

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Be prepared to stand in line for….a while. (You can always order online)

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Sephora is notorious for giving out samples for free so ASK! If you’re a commitment phobe about certain products, then this is the perfect alternative for you!

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Don’t forget to check out their sale section, whether in store or online. I’ve gotten nail polish for like $3 before..which normally retails for $12. Score.

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HAVE FUN! I know it can be overwhelming but if you’re a beauty junkie like me…this place is better than Disneyland.

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Review: The Body Shop Vitamin E Gentle Cleansing Facial Wipes

Hello Dolls! If you haven’t checked out my previous post, you can do so by clicking right here! I’m back again with a new review (and anotha 1)!

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First Impressions, Product Feel & Thoughts

I had never heard of this product until I stepped foot inside The Body shop. In fact, I only picked this up because the whole store was buy 3 products for $33(CDN) and I needed a third product. The reason why I picked it up was because it smelled nice and I needed quick moisturizing cleansing wipes, which I can use on lazy days (which is often tbh). I gravitated towards this because it was pink, had Vitamin E and seemed pretty simple to use. So, when I got home…I used it immediately and I was extremely surprised. To me, this product was just a generic bunch of cleansing wipes I can use when I run out of my fav but AFTER I used it, I was shocked at how much I began to love it. It removed makeup flawlessly without irritating my skin and it left my skin super moisturized, which is perfect for the winter time. The formula in these wipes are meant to smooth out your skin and it def did do that at first use. It’s perfect for all skin types and it’s super gentle. According to the packaging, it’s supposed to cleanse, tone and moisturize all at one go. Although, I didn’t really see much of a “toning” effect. It did do everything else pretty well and I’m def going to repurchase this once I’m done. The packaging is your typical makeup towelette packaging and it’s pink (!!!).

Product Formula: 10/10

Packaging: 10/10

Product Result: 9/10

Price, Availability, Accessibility

As I mentioned, I got this part of a deal in-store 3 for $33 (CDN) but it retails for $16 for 25 towelettes. You can purchase this at The Body Shop!

Final Verdict

I will be the first one to admit, I underestimated this product immensely. I didn’t think it would be up to par with my Clinique wipes, but these are as good as them. I am definitely repurchasing this product not because it does the job well but because my skin felt so soft and smooth after that I didn’t even need to use a moisturizer (especially on those lazy nights you want to jump into bed).

Overall Rating: 9.5/10 (only because it claimed to tone your skin and I didn’t really see that but other than that this product is flawless)

See you in the next post!

kisses,

S

VIB Rouge Appreciation Event & Sephora Haul!

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Hi Dolls! Hope you enjoyed the last post! If you didn’t read it, then make sure you read it right here. Last weekend, I attended Sephora’s VIB Rouge Beauty Insider Appreciation event….and TODAY, I’m going to share with you what happened! So let’s get right in…

The Event

Sephora is notorious for holding events for their VIB Rougers (if you want to know more, you can click here). I attended the event at their Sephora Square One location. Here, they shut down the store for their VIB Rougers to get first access/look at some of their Holiday gift sets. And if you purchased anything, you would get four times your beauty points earned. Upon arrival, I was checked off a guest list (please make sure you RSVP or you’ll be stuck waiting), given a shopping bag and then escorted towards their breakfast snack table. The cutely wrapped biscottis were delish (seriously, chocolate and me in the morning are goals). There was coffee and water as well. Then began my favourite part of the whole event: Shopping!

Sephora Haul

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As you can see, I picked up Tarte’s Gift Box, YSL’s Lip Gift Box and Smashbox’s Liquid Lipstick in Bawse.

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Tarte’s Pretty Paint Box

Why: Tarte is one of my favourite makeup brands and I love all the stuff they put out every Holiday season. I find you get your money’s worth and it’s always in gorgeous packaging!

YSL Lips Discovery Set

Why: YSL is literally bae. Like you don’t understand how much I love YSL’s lip lines and all these lippies are in different shades of coral (we all know my obsession with corals).

Smashbox Always on Liquid Lipstick in Bawse 

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Why: Although, this wasn’t part of the holiday line (it’s permanent), I HAD to pick this up. It’s created by Youtube creator Lilly Singh aka Superwoman & I’m already in love!

Freebies

Let’s be real, we all go to these events particularly for the freebies! This one was filled with some really cool goodies I cannot wait to try!

Stay tuned for reviews of each of the mentioned products in the next few weeks! Have an awesome day and see you in the next post! x

Shopping Diaries: Sephora Haul

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It was the annual Spring VIB sale again and you know what that means in my world? I’m back with another Sephora Haul! (If you want to check out some of the previous Sephora hauls I blogged about, then type “sephora haul” in the search bar on my blog!)

Below you will find the list of things I bought & why I bought them. As always, follow me on everything and anything (look at the right side of this blog page? Please & thank you):

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  1. Origins Original Skin Retexturizing mask with Rose Clay: I’ve been on the hunt to try out new and different types of face masks. I figured that since a lot of people have said good things about this, I should give it a whirl!
  2. NARS Larger than life eye liner in Via Veneto: I’m a huge fan of the these liners. I tried a deluxe sample size of this black liner and fell in love so of course I had to purchase this (you know me and black eye liners…).
  3. Tarte’s Tarteguard 30 moisturizing sunscreen lotion: I repurchased this item because it really is one of the best facial sunscreens I have ever used and also because I scooped up every little bit from my previous bottle…
  4. NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint in Annapurna: I have never used a tinted moisturizer…can you believe that? So I decided to try this one out!
  5. Sephora Pro Flawless airbrush brush: A sephora makeup artist used this on me and I cannot explain to you how flawless my skin looked. I’m usually not a sucker for brushes because I rely on my Beauty Blender, but this brush was as good as that!
  6. Tarte’s Tartelette in Bloom Palette (I bought this before the sale but decided to add it in here): I loved the original palette and I figured I couldn’t go wrong with a part 2 of this line!

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Freebies:

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These I got because I guess I’m VIB Rouge? It was in my bag and you know me, I love freebies!

  • Shiseido’s Beauty Sleeping Mask Sample
  • Estee Lauder’s the Estee Edit pouch
  • Estee Lauder’s Pore Vanishing Stick deluxe sample size
  • Estee Lauder’s Flash photo gloss in clear sample size (I tried this and it actually worked!)
  • Estee Lauder’s Dissolve the drama 2-in-1 makeup remover+cleanser sample size
  • Estee Lauder’s Pink Peony overnight water pack sample size
  • YSL’s sun kissed blur perfector

Have a great day dolls! x

Shopping Diaries: Sephora VIB Rouge Haul

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Oh no, I’ve done it again! It’s a mystery to me how I can’t seem to leave a Sephora store without purchasing something. I don’t know, maybe there’s something in the air that hypnotizes me to make impulse purchases? Seriously, I’m that girl. The girl who literally goes to Sephora the day she gets paid (Hello, living with parents for a long time because I’m broke AF). And because of this addiction problem, I’ve somehow managed to hit Sephora VIB Rouge status second time in a row now. If you don’t know too much about the Beauty Insiders program, then you can read this post to find out more.

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But EVERY Sephora addict knows what November means…the annual VIB Rouge sale! This sale lasts for a few days and you get 20% off your whole purchase (maybe I will be able to afford that shiny car now). I find this is the perfect time to pick up gifts and goodies not just for you but for loved ones in your life (see I’m not always buying just for me, which is totally justifying my VIB Rouge Status here). If you’ve read my post from April (yes I know that’s like a gazzilion years ago), then you are already aware of the event for VIB Rougers, which takes place the night before the sale kicks off. The event was great as always and I was able to get pretty much everything I needed, as always. Below you will find a list of what I bought and a few freebies that I got. If you want me to review any of these items, then comment below and I’ll do my best to get a review up ASAP!

Happy Shopping Dolls! x (Also, if you’re a VIBer, the sale starts the end of this week for you guys)

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  1. Sephora Favourites: Give Me More Lip (I buy this every year and it’s TOTALLY worth it) *This item is sold out online, but try your local Sephora store*
  2. Beauty Blender: Makeups Best Friend Set (My beauty blender needed serious replacing and this set had 3 different blenders for a pretty decent price)*This item is sold out online, but try your local Sephora store*
  3. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Soft Brown (This is my second time purchasing this product…#enoughsaid)
  4. Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Hexagram (I believe after months and months of searching, I’ve found MY perfect red)
  5. Kat Von D Ink Liner in Nerdrum (I’m obsessed with these liquid liners because it does everything I want it to do)
  6. Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel (This is a repurchase and you can click here and here to find out why)

Two things not pictured here were gifts for my Mom: Smashbox’s Art.Love.Color. Eyes set & NARS velvet lip pencil in Cruella (Don’t worry I’m not spoiling anything, I already gave them to her!)

Also, I also redeemed the 500 point perk from Urban Decay (pictured below here)

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…And here are some of the freebies I got at the event:

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Life Diaries: Shopping 101

Yes, I’ve been MIA for what seems like forever. I can give a thousand legitimate excuses why (believe me, they really are legit) but that doesn’t change the fact that I’ve been slacking on blogging! But starting today, I’m back to the consistent posts. Also, if you aren’t already following me on my various social media accounts, then do so (Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest). 

Here are 5 very important tricks/tips that I keep in mind before I go on a shopping spree:

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  1. Sign up for Email/Mail Newsletters: This was my best discovery! Most stores will ask for an email or an address when you are making a purchase…take advantage of this! If they don’t, then visit the store’s website directly and sign up for their email subscription. It’s free and totally worth it because they will contact you when there are special sales and such. By doing this, I’ve always gotten updates on when certain stores have sales or have been mailed coupons for a certain percentage off a whole purchase (who doesn’t love a good sale?).
  2. Set a budget: I cannot stress how much this tip has changed my life! I like to think I’m a smart shopaholic. I do buy things in excess, I kid you not…but I buy based on needs…mostly. Before any shopping trip I try to set a maximum amount I want to spend (it varies depending on mood and the season) and I try to stick to it (most times it works, but there are those days…). The point of this is to mentally believe that you don’t have more money to spend on one go, so try to budget within that amount.
  3. Online Shopping: Who doesn’t love to shop in their PJs in the comfort of their home? Online shopping can be tricky and confusing the first few times around, but after that it’s easy and the best way to shop if you’re not into waiting in lines to pay for an item. Take advantage of free shipping and handling (you will know this when you do #1 on this list). Also, when online shopping make sure that you use a credit card with the lowest allowance amount (which is what I do because I’m paranoid of identity theft). This allows you to stay within budget. Most online stores are reliable and have great return policies so don’t be afraid to do some research before buying (that is exactly what I did).
  4. Just because it’s on sale doesn’t mean you HAVE to buy it: This was the hardest habit for me to budge. I used to be that girl who would buy stuff on sale and then years later I found myself donating everything I bought because I didn’t even wear them once! I tend to make a list at the beginning of each season of what I want to buy. When a sale arises, I cross check with my list to see if the items match..then I buy based on that. Although, I do break this rule time and time again…I’ve learned that I really don’t need to purchase things just because it’s 70% (usually it’s because shops want to get rid of old inventory). If you do buy something on sale, make sure to check the item for damages because most sale items are final sale! Also, make sure it’s an item you will wear more than twice a month, this way you aren’t unnecessarily buying things you don’t need.
  5. Invest in classic pieces that won’t ever go out of style: A trench coat, a jean jacket, a white T-shirt, amongst others will never go out of style. Sometimes, they can be very expensive, depending on the brand and make. Invest, invest, invest! Having classic pieces in your wardrobe allows you not to buy random outfits you will only wear once. It’s better to buy something you know you will wear numerous times for $100 vs something that is $5 and will go through the wear and tear process quicker. The whole point is to have an item last longer in your closet. Also, be practical…for example you don’t need 5 trench coats…you only need one.

Happy Shopping Dolls! x

Shopping Diaries: Sephora Haul

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It’s a known fact that I cannot leave a Sephora store without purchasing something (ask anyone that goes shopping with me). This particular haul is a collective haul, consisting of a couple Sephora trips I made in the past few months. These are some things that have been on my “to-get” list for a bit! Enjoy! Also, don’t forget to follow me on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, & Tumblr. 🙂

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  1. MakeUp Eraser (I saw a demo of this product and I literally fangirled; I’m definitely going to be blogging about this product in the next few weeks, so…be on the lookout!)
  2. Kat Von D’s Lightning Liner in Bach (I swatched this one on a whim and instantly fell in love. This metallic blue is gorgeous and the staying power seems to be amazing, since the colour stayed on my hand for the rest of the day!)
  3. Kat Von D’s Ink! Liner in Dali (I am obsessed with the colour teal and I try way too hard to incorporate it in my daily life. But, this colour swatched beautifully and I already was blown away by the shade Trooper, so I thought why not try this!)
  4. Kat Von D’s Lightning Liner in Ludwig (I have never seen such a gorgeous shade in the form of a liquid liner! I had to pick this up because it was so unique!) 
  5. Kat Von D’s Studded Kiss Lipstick in Lolita (This particular lipstick is the reason why I went to Sephora so many times in the past few months. This shade has been sold out for what seems like forever & I finally got my hands on this!)
  6. Urban Decay’s Matte Revolution Lipstick in Temper (This shade is beautiful! UD has not yet disappointed me with any of their products, so I had to give this one a try!)
  7. Urban Decay’s Matte Revolution Lipstick in Bad Blood (I’m pretty sure I only bought this because I love Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood & jamming out to the song with this lipstick on is probably the best thing ever…actually it is…how do I know? I’m doing it right now as I type this post!)
  8. Kat Von D’s Shade+Light Contour Palette (This has been on my list to purchase for a looooong while. Why did it take me this long? No clue. But just from the first impression of this product, I’m in love!)
  9. Anastasia Beverly Hills Shadow Couture World Traveller Eye Shadow Palette (I purchased this on a major whim. I vaguely read about it online and I saw it was a limited edition palette…so I thought might as well give it a try, since I’ve never tried ABH’s eye shadows.)

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Have A Great Day Dolls! x