Hi! I’m Mary, and I’m a beauty junkie! Here’s my Sephora VIB Sale Haul! 😉
It’s both exciting and embarrassing to admit that I re-qualified for my second consecutive year of being a VIB Rouge member. (Maybe I need to join Sephora Junkies Anonymous. However, if there is such a group out there, I think we would just wind up talking about our favourite makeup items and then enable each other to buy more. Dangerous! We’re talkin’ Code Red or…Code ROUGE! Hehe, I can’t resist cheesy puns.)
Recently, Sephora had their much-anticipated VIB Sale, which only happens a couple of times each year, and it’s available to those who reach VIB and VIB Rouge membership. This time, the Sephora VIB Sale was for 20% off everything in-store and online.
Since I have a lot of favourites, I try to hold out until these sales, so I can stock up. But, of course there are always makeup products that wind up in my cart. (Don’t know how they sneak in there. Life’s greatest mystery. Or not.) *Shrugs shoulders and gives a sheepish grin*
While I don’t often post hauls, I thought I would do one this time because I really enjoy seeing other people’s Sephora VIB hauls. It’s a grown-up version of Show And Tell.
When I was in kindergarten, for Show And Tell, I would often just grab something random to bring to tell my classmates about.
Once, it was a piece of lint that I told the class was part of a cloud from Heaven. (After Show And Tell was over, I didn’t keep the story going. It was just a piece of lint again.)
Sometimes I would bring meaningful things to talk about, but I enjoyed making interesting stories about ‘boring’ objects or even just things that could be considered garbage. (Haha, one time, I brought in trash and explained how it was really a piece of history! Like nearly every kid, I was obsessed with time capsules.)
Well, I don’t have any lint or garbage to show you. Bummer, right?
Instead, I have my Sephora goodies that came in the mail yesterday! 🙂
When I returned home after having a lovely dinner out with a friend, I immediately picked up my camera and became a paparazzi.
This post just contains quick photos of what I got. If you’re interested in seeing a detailed review and additional photos of any of the items, let me know. (Not all the stuff is for me. I got some for my mom, so I’ll only be able to do reviews on the things I keep. I’ll indicate which ones I got for her.)
P.S. Ever since Wiz Khalifa’s album, Blacc Hollywood dropped, I’ve been listening to it almost on a daily basis. I think this is why whenever I read or write the word “haul”, his song “We Dem Boyz” plays in my head. Instead of “Hol’ up”, I think of it as “Haul-up”. Yeah, I know. Something just ain’t right with my mushball upstairs.
With every purchase during the Sephora VIB Sale, customers got this free Holiday Tote. I love the graphic print on the front and back, but I wish the straps were more durable.
I bought four Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencils. Two are in the shade, Zero (black), and I got one each of Rockstar (my favourite purple eyeliner) and Junkie (my favourite shimmery teal).
Since my mom does her eyebrows on a daily basis and liked the Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade I bought her, I decided to also get her the Anastasia Brow Wiz pencil in Dark Brown.
It’s a thin mechanical pencil that allows you to create feathery strokes that mimic hair. (At least that’s what I’ve heard. I’ve never done my eyebrows before, but I’m curious to try it once.) Also, the other end has a spoolie, so you can comb your eyebrows and also blend in the pencil strokes.
Since I love long-lasting lipstick and have never tried a liquid version of them (except for OCC’s Lip Tars), I couldn’t resist the Too Faced Melted Kisses set, which contains four mini tubes.
I purchased two packs of the Jack Black Lip Balm trio sets. They contain my favourite Jack Black Lip Balm scents: Mint and Shea. New and exclusive to this set is Asian Pear, which I’m excited to try.
As you may know, Jack Black Lip Balms have been my Holy-Grail lip balms since 2011. They heal your lips instead of just coating them. When you use them, your lips won’t be dry, even in the dead of winter. Plus they have SPF, which is very important!
Shiseido Facial Cotton is pricey, but it’s worth it. Each cotton square is super soft. Plus it’s better quality than what you typically find – it doesn’t tear, shred, or get lint-y easily. (I got these for my mom because they’re now her favourite.)
My favourite foundation is Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation because it creates an even canvas, and it feels really light on your skin, especially when you apply it with a damp beautyblender.
The shade, 1W2 Sand matches my skin exactly, so I don’t have to work too hard to get it to blend in.
It doesn’t come with a pump, so I just bought the one from MAC. It fits the bottle perfectly. Without the pump, I might go crazy having to carefully pour the liquid out!
Shiseido is my favourite skincare brand, and even though I may try out different brands, I always keep Shiseido ready to step in when others fail.
I like Shiseido’s cleansers and decided this time to try a new one – the Shiseido Gentle Cleansing Cream.
There has been so much hype over the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick, so I had to try it in Patina.
Here’s where I splurged on a luxury product! 🙂 I’m so excited that I got the Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Silky Sensual Radiant Lipstick in Nude Beige. It’s a nude pink that I should be able to wear with anything. (I really wanted to get the bright red, but it was out of stock during the VIB Sale.)
Yes, it comes in a box, but I had to take it out because the tube is so beautiful and classy!
My favourite night moisturizer is the Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Night Cream. I just finished the last bit a couple of weeks before the VIB Sale, so it was great timing!
My mom and I love the Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Day Cream SPF 18, so I got one for her and one for me. Funny how we both ran out of it at the exact same time!
Since my Make Up For Ever HD Pressed Powder is nearly done, I got Tarte Smooth Operator, which is also a finishing powder.
This came in a box, but the pattern on the compact was neat, so I busted it out.
Since I re-qualified for the Sephora VIB Rouge membership through next year (to December 31, 2015), they sent me a free gift – a Formula X nail polish.
I’ve never tried any Formula X nail polishes, so I’m excited about this. Have you tried any?
I also bought two more things for my mom, but they’re en route to me, and I don’t have them yet to photograph.
I got her the GHD Air Professional Performance Hairdryer because her cheap hairdryer died just a few days ago. Additionally, I bought her the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Essentials holiday gift set because I’ve been hearing lots of people rave about how the serum is pretty much a miracle, and my mom loves trying luxurious skincare, but she never buys it for herself. Thought I’d treat her! 🙂
Oh yes, and I also purchased the Josie Maran 100 Percent Pure Argan Oil in the jumbo 4-ounce bottle. I love using that on my hair!
Would you like to see me do in-depth reviews on anything in this haul? Did you get anything from the Sephora VIB Sale? What’s your favourite beauty product to splurge on?