I may have been online shopping in the middle of the night. Oh, you don’t make poor financial decisions when you have trouble sleeping? Can’t relate.
I honestly hadn’t intended to buy anything, but it was the night after I’d figured out exactly how we can shop at Sephora from here, and how was I to post a guide on it if I hadn’t tried it myself? Plus, I really like shopping online, and the idea of having a Sephora haul.
I favour quantity over quality so purchased mostly travel-sized items. Naturally, I missed their sale by 2 days. I knew for sure there were 2 brands I definitely wanted to try – Sephora and Becca. I know we can get the latter here already, but I like the idea of buying a smaller version first to see if I like it enough to pay for full size.
1. Regency (purple) – this is the creamiest pencil eyeliner I’ve ever used, albeit not too smudge friendly. It dries rapidly and applies easily to the lashline and both waterlines. I would say it’s of a slightly richer consistency than the Nyx pencil eyeliners. This is a win.
2. Rock ‘N’ Roll Bride (brown/grey glitter) – this one is my nightmare. Much like with online dating, this looked much better online. There are literal chunks of glitter in it. I’m a stubborn fool though so I willingly applied it to both my lashline and waterline and inevitably, got glitter in my eye. It felt like my eye was being scratched every time I blinked. The formula of the pencil was as impressive as the purple one’s, but it is not usable.
I was determined to buy a couple of things from the Sephora line and decided a nice highlighter would be a safe bet. Wrong! It promises shimmer but delivers glitter, and it’s extremely dusty. I swatched it on the back of my hand and it almost immediately transferred everywhere.
Becca – Glow on the Go Shimmering Skin Perfector (Opal)
This came in a liquid and powder form. The liquid form is beautiful. I’m not usually a fan of liquid highlighters, but this one provides a lovely gentle sheen with golden undertones. The powder produces a similar result to the Sephora one, although it’s not as glittery. It looked like a much cheaper product on my skin and I’m relieved that I didn’t buy the full-sized version.
This is an ok mascara. It’s not the best. I did notice some volume but after one thick coat, it made my lashes look like they were 4 thick lashes. The brush is so huge it’s hard to separate them out once they’ve stuck together. It’s awkward to navigate as a travel sized item also because the handle is so small, the wand so short and yet the brush itself is enormous.
Lancome Monsieur Big mascara
Firstly, that is an incredibly cringeworthy name that is completely outdated pop culture wise. Secondly, while this is an alright mascara it’s another product I’m glad I didn’t buy the full sized version of. It does provide some volume but it’s very clumpy. Some mascaras promising huge volume tend to have a lot of product on the brush you need to wipe off, and this is no different. There seems to be so much hype over this and I just don’t get it.
Caolion Premium Hot & Cool Pore Pack Duo
There was no way I was going to have any sort of Sephora haul without getting a skincare product. I wound up getting this duo which consists of 2 face masks; a hot one to scoop the goo out of pores, a cool one to close the pores back up. I haven’t used this yet because I’m an appalling face mask hoarder with many to get through already.
In hindsight, I should have purchased something from my What to Buy at Sephora table (which I had mostly completed at the time, no joke), but they have a section of travel sized products and I took the bait. This definitely will not be my last Sephora haul, but hopefully the next one will be more successful.