Thursday, 27 March 2014

A Sephora Haul & A Chit-Chat

Let me be the first to apologise for my absence last week on the blog and the YouTube - as Emma and I knuckle down for the final few hurdles this academic year, we've had a few blips to our normal schedule. I'd be a liar if I said it won't happen again - I don't hand in until May and Emma has exams in June - but we are still committed to our little piece of the internet. I know we have a few regular readers (hello, and thank you!!) and I don't want you to think we're forgetting about you! Needless to say, please bare with us until Summer - we'll have a lot more time to commit once school is out! (Think 'What Time Is It?' - HSM2 style, hell I know I do.) Enough chit-chat and on with what I got!

I was a silly billy and left my SD Card in Uni - I've taken this from my Instagram - @Alicethomasss

Now you may not be aware, but Sephora US have started shipping to the UK, meaning us Brits can get hold of a fair few brands which we couldn't or it was very hard to. There are a few rules and regs - no nail varnish or perfumes due to ingredients, and no big name brands which we can already get our hands on (Nars, Urban Decay, Bobbi Brown etc) which I think is because of agreements big brands have with retailers in the UK. You need to spend £75 before tax (which you don't have to work out, Americans don't like including tax in the label price, which I find incredibly infuriating - you'll get the horror of the tax at the checkout) to qualify for the £10 flatrate for shipping, which I think is a great idea as you're not faced with a ridiculous customs charge you weren't expecting. Basically, you're looking at spending at least around £100, which is a lot of commitment and not a sum you'll be dropping every pay day, but a nice treat here and there, and something like a mass Christmas present shop, it is justifiable (to a beauty addict like yours truly!)

Since the launch of the MJ line in Sephora, the beauty community has been rife with it's high quality, high price tag line. Particularly on the pedestal there's the genius gel foundation, the nail varnishes and the Lolita eyeshadow palette - the neutral palette of the Gods. So far, the impressions are good ones, which is to be expected. This palette has great shades for my daily matte shadow, defined crease look but also a few shimmery ones and even a highly glittery shade for those who really want to go all out. Testing is still very much in progress and expect a full blown review!

I must confess something, I am a complete newbie to mineral makeup, and if I'm honest, foundations in general. I've barely dipped my toes in the world of foundation - I only took the plunge to get one last IMATS - so I'm still playing and discovering all manners of the stuff. I also was gagging to try something from Tarte, but the classic choice of a blush wasn't going to happen since recently acquiring both the Nars x Guy Bourdin blush palette and Stereo Rose MSF by MAC. This also being a new launch, and a type of product I haven't tried, I went for this guy, and so far I am very impressed! It just evens everything out without me looking like I got a cream pie to the face. Again, still road-testing, playing about with what concealers work well and the whole wet product/dry product shebang - but watch this space, I may be a mineral makeup convert! Side note - Tarte is coming to QVC this Friday and they're selling this product with the brush, along with a whole host of others, so you may want to check out what they're offering before shipping it over from the states!

I know FAB are available through various sites based in the UK, but this was a 'whilst I'm here' purchase, as I'd been hearing good things about this cleanser from other oily gals. Again, as far as I can tell after a few uses, this is another winner of a product. First off, the product looks like a ruby slipper (it's red and glittery, it makes me feel like I'm in a glamourous horror movie) and just leaves my skin feeling bloody (geddit?!) brilliant!!

Sephora Event Eight Shadow Palette - currently unavailable
An impulse buy at the checkout, but a good reminder that maybe I should try some of the own brand makeup Sephora has to offer. Did I mention this guy was also on sale for £3.19? In the basket you go! I must admit I've only done several swatches of this guy, rather than putting it on the lid. One shade is very similar to Nars' Fez, there's also a glittery black and a matte black, as well as a good selection of mid-tones for a daily look or one heck of a smokey eye.

So! That was what I got for my first Sephora shop. I'm heading over the pond this summer so I don't think I'll place another order just yet, and hold out until I'm in an actual store. I'm so happy this service is now available, although I would be even happier if the actual store arrived on British shores (c'mon Sephora - you can make it happen) but until then, this is a nice stop gap, even if you do have to 'bulk buy' for what of a better word. Go have a scroll on the website and start up that wishlist!!

Have you placed an order?
Do you like the look of anything I got?

Let us know in the comments!!

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