Monday, November 11, 2013

Oh Dear, Sephora Had a Sale

I think I may have recently said that A)I'm trying not to spend money and B) I'm kind of disenchanted with Sephora at the moment. But I say a lot of things like "I am done with drinking tequila" and "I know it's been so long! Great to see you!"-you can't always take me seriously. And when I found out that Sephora was having a 20% off sale for VIB members for just a few days, I was all over that shit, no hesitation.

Actually, the sale really turned into a crisis situation for me. Pretty much the moment it started, I went online and picked out a bunch of stuff to purchase. And then when I went to check out, I was informed that one of the items had sold out while I was shopping. And it wasn't just one of the "filler" items I picked out to take advantage of the discount-it was the one thing I wanted the most. It took a lot of self control not to rip apart my own apartment in a blind rage in that awful moment. Thankfully I had an trusty informant who not only comforted me, but let me know that the Sephora near me had the item I was losing my mind over. It was a great example of why we need an open dialogue about makeup. I like to know exactly who I can turn to in times of cosmetic need.

I went to the store immediately the next morning. I only had like 15 minutes to spend there before work. So it was kind of a Supermarket Sweep scenario(tell me you remember that show). I was just running and grabbing and frothing at the mouth. I mean, I had the one thing I was there specifically to get, and a vague idea of a few other things I wanted-but it got pretty wild and blurry for a few minutes there. As I was leaving the store ($200 poorer, but I had "saved" $50)-I wasn't even sure what I bought. But it turns out I'm really happy with everything I got-a happy ending to a harrowing tale of retail panic.

(Side Note: I was motivated to shop because of this sale. And I was motivated to write about it because I have a paper due in 2 days that I've just barely even thought about. Any past or present student knows, that's prime time for getting really productive in all other areas of life. My bathroom is so clean right now.)

Anyway, here's the damage:

1. Nars One Night Stand Palette

Might as well start with the hero of the story. This is The One. And I think you can see why I went insane over the possibility of missing out: it's glorious. I'd been eyeing this online for a bit and when I found out about the sale, it was the first thing I thought about. Like I said it's now sold out online, but may be available in some stores. The palette has 4 blushes, a bronzer and a highlight. Nars is very well known for their blushes. Orgasm-which is included in this palette-is almost definitely the single most talked about blush on YouTube. Everything in this palette is good. I can't think of any makeup purchase that has excited me as much as this. I love it. If you were standing in front of me right now I'd grab you by the shoulders and shake you while screaming "I LOVE IT!!!"  My only complaint is that there are no labels on the packaging indicating which blush is which. But whatever, I'm over it.

2. Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye liner

This is a staple item for me, so I figured I might as well pick one up while I could get a discount. It's the best liquid eye liner I've used. It has a really nice tapered felt tip. Super easy to apply, you can get thick or very thin lines, it doesn't feather and it really does stay all day. What else do you want to know?

3. Formula X for Sephora Nail Polish in Out of Sight

I went to Sephora a few days before the sale started to do some "research" and see what I might like to buy. Yes, that's how serious I am about this whole makeup thing. And I didn't get out that time without making one small purchase. I picked up one of Sephora's new Formula X Polishes in "A+" which is a mid tone raspberry colour. I'd heard good things about their new store brand-and I was impressed. I really don't give that much of shit about nail polish. I have lots-and some are really shitty, but it's very rare that one really stands out as awesome. "A+" is great-I can't speak to the whole line, but that one went on opaque in one coat, had a great finish and didn't chip easily at all. "Out of Sight" is a really cool top coat-it looks like gold leaf on your nails. Like I said, nail polish is pretty whatever to me, but I definitely think Sephora might have something going with Formula X.

4. Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer

I've had a few people ask me how I feel about primer. I'm pretty undecided on that hot topic. I think that primers can feel really nice, but I'm not 100% convinced they really do much for the look and wear of your makeup. This particular primer is very popular and gets amazing reviews. It feels absolutely luxurious(and I am not at all prone to using that kind of flowery terminology). And I think it makes my foundation look really great-but I also really want to think that since it's $21 for a wee bottle. I'm not going to give it a thumbs up or down. It feels really nice, and I'm glad to have it, but I don't think it's super necessary. Try it if you want, but don't blame me if you feel like it doens't do much.

5. Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser with Shea Butter

Other than the blush palette, this was my best purchase from this trip. I had just run out of my Philosophy Purity Cleanser. That one is really good, but I was kind of feeling like I needed something geared more towards my dry skin. I had heard good things about Clarins in general, so I grabbed this cleanser, hoping it would be good. I am so impressed. Like really. I always think people are exagerrating when they say they notice a difference in their skin after one or two uses of a product. But I totally noticed a difference in my skin after one or two uses of this product(combined with the next thing I'm going to show you). It's super hydrating but not greasy at all. It's also super gentle, and you only need a tiny bit because it really foams up to cleanse your whole face. There's also a similar one for oily skin. I'm not an expert on skin care at all, but this cleanser is awesome. Which kind of blows because it's $34 and now I'm going to want it to buy it all the time. Do I really need to pay my hydro bill?

6. Josie Maran Pure Argan Oil

Another skin care item that I have been using and loving the last few days. I've been using it as my night time moisturizer and I love it. I know it seems crazy to put oil on your face. But I think we all felt that way about putting oil in our hair at one point and now, where would we be without Morrocan Oil, huh? I promise this does not clog your pores or make your skin feel greasy. I put it on at night and my skin still feels soft and hydrated when I wake up in the morning. Combined with the cleanser it's almost a problem, because my skin feels so nice that I want to keep touching it which you're not supposed to do. I do have fairly dry skin, so I'm not sure how this would work with oily skin. But I still think it's worth a try. If you don't like it for your face you can use it in your hair, on your body or even just as cuticle oil. It's good shit yo.

Ok so that's it. I wanted to buy so much more, but we must have some self control. A tiny bit anyway. I definitely think the discount encouraged me to pick up some things I might not have otherwise-namely the skincare items, which ended up being amazing finds.

Now I'm really done with Sephora until after Christmas. And I'm not just saying that. I have to start thinking about spending money on other people. Which is obviously the absolute worst, but I just keep reminding myself that I will be receiving lots of nice things too. Did you hear that, loved ones? LOTS. of. NICE. THINGS.

(Sometimes I make myself sound like such an awful person that I feel like I need to tell you I'm just kidding, guys. But everyone likes to get nice things sometimes right?)

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