Friday, June 17, 2016

Sephora Goodies

FINALLY I am getting round to doing this post on what I bought in Sephora while on honeymoon in LA.
If you love all things beauty and skincare as much as I do, Sephora is absolute heaven.
You will find all brands imaginable in this French chain of cosmetic stores, almost 300 brands in fact including makeup, skincare, fragrance, body, nail colour and haircare. Enough already Sephora, hurry up and come to Ireland and the UK!!

I kept it simple *this time*, plus a couple of the Sephoras I visited were actually out of stock of a few things I wanted (including Becca Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop collection/Anastasia Glow Kit) but I am already compiling a (long) list.

So here is what I bought... (Flat lay complete with trademark Sephora black and white stripes tissue paper, thanks Sephora!)
Sephora purchases

The first product I will show is the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation.
I have heard so much about this foundation, have read lots of blogposts about it and I know Ellen from Waxperts is a big fan of this foundation. (If you are not following Ellen on Snapchat, you must! @waxpertsellen)

The Ultra HD foundation is available in 40 shades, I tested several and went for Y245. This makeup was "created for the very latest high-definition technologies of the film and TV industry, Ultra HD advanced formulas look invisible on 4K camera and to the naked eye."
The Ultra HD foundation is supposed to feel like a second skin, however the coverage is medium with a light-diffusing formula to make it look natural and the skin look flawless.
The formula is great for all skin types. I have not tried this yet, but I will let you know what I think when I do!
Make Up For Ever Ultra Hd Invisible Cover Foundation

My next purchase is the much-loved Benefit High Beam. It is a luminescent complexion enhancer, i.e. an awesome highlighter!
I was always a big fan of Benefit products, including their primers, foundations, Hoola, Coralista, Benetint etc. but I have been trying other brands for the past few years but I definitely want to repurchase all of my old favourites (and new favourites!)

High Beam is used where the light would naturally hit your face; so on the browbones, down your nose, cheekbones and your cupids bow ~ on top of your makeup and blend.
It is a luminous pearlescent colour, creating a beautiful dewy complexion making it a gorgeous highlighter.
And, lets face it, it is all about the glow these days!
Benefit High Beam

Up next is the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer. It is a 'weightless complete coverage concealer'.
I am always trying different concealers for my dark under eye circles, blemishes and breakouts.
The one I am currently using is the Flormar Perfect Coverage liquid concealer, which I find good but I wanted to try something new and spotted this!

The bumf on this concealer says "this is a liquid concealer like no other. Cover imperfections without looking covered up. Our weightless, high tech formula provides buildable, even coverage with an invisible Naked skin feel. And it never settles into fine lines." This concealer is enriched with Matrixyl 3000 ~ this ingredient contains peptides which helps the skin's youthful appearance and elasticity, and  also Japanese Green Tea which revitalizes and reduces the appearance of fine lines.
Sounds too good to be true, but I will give it a go and let you know what I think.
Urban Decay Naked Skin
The legendary 100% argan oil by Josie Maran is up next. This is a beauty. I first seen this on Alanna's night time routine on her blog ~ Click here for the link to Alanna's blogpost on the oil.
Argan Oil is clinically proven to improve skin hydration and smoothness and to visibly reduce coarse lines and wrinkles in just four weeks. Winner winner...

The Josie Maran Argan Oil is 100% pure, 100% organic, 100% natural Argan oil and it is a multitasking moisturiser that works on the skin, hair and nails. It is chemical free and so pure that it helps soothe skin problems such as eczema and rosacea. It is a wonder oil and I notice such a difference in my skin by using this. I use it a couple of times a week on my face and it is a real treat for the skin.
Josie MAran 100% Pure Argan Oil

I have read SO much about this next product that I had to have it. It is a loose finishing powder for the face. I much prefer translucent loose powders compared to pressed powders because I feel like they set my makeup so much better and last longer, so I love this product.
The bumf on this product says: "Mineral Veil melts into your skin, infusing it with softness and light, giving the look you see with a soft focus camera lens.
This powder is completely sheer and suitable for all skin tones. Mineral Veil helps to absorb oil, which I need, and reduces the appearance of lines and pores. The best thing about Mineral Veil is that it does not have the buildup that pressed powders can have and this is because Mineral Veil is free from parabens, waxes, dyes and binders which pressed powders contain.
I love this powder. It gives such a smooth, soft and flawless finish to my makeup. It helps absorb oil throughout the day, my makeup would always get much oilier before as the day goes on but not so much anymore. 
Bare Minerals Mineral Veil

Last but not least, the Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray. I have tried several setting sprays before, including NYX and Flormar but this one by UD is my favourite. 

I knew of this setting spray before but I heard about it most recently from Suzanne Jackson a.k.a SoSueMe at her workshop in Inishowen back in April. Suzanne was doing a contour demo on her sister and was blending the contour with her own SOSU Pro Blender, but before using the blender she dampened it down with this UD All Nighter Spray, squeezed the blender gently then blended. She swears by this setting spray so I thought if Suzanne liked it, it must be good. (Another to follow on Snapchat, @SoSueMe_ie)
"Stop makeup meltdown with this groundbreaking clinically tested formula. All Nighter mists on weightlessly to keep your makeup looking gorgeously just-applied for up to 16 hours, without melting, cracking, fading or setting into fine lines.
Simply mist the face 2-4 times after applying makeup in an "X" and "T" formation and voilĂ !

I have linked all the products to the Sephora website in their captions but all of these products are all available online to Ireland and the UK :)

What is on your Sephora wish list?

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Thanks for reading,
Danielle x


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