For as long as I’ve been reading beauty blogs, I’ve been desperate to get myself to a Sephora store. I’ve been incredibly lucky that I’ve had friends pick up things from the American stores over the last few years, but when my family decided to go to Spain I decided to do a little research – and I discovered two of the local cities had Sephora stores. So, after a little spending, I couldn’t resist visiting (four times, oops). I also took a quick trip to one of their local drugstores so I thought I’d put those products in this post too!
Things got a little out of hand with the lip products. If you’ve been reading my blog for a little while now, you’ll know that I’m completely obsessed with the Sephora Cream Lip Stain in 01 – it’s possibly my favourite lip product of all time. So of course, they were what I headed to first. I thought it would be a good idea to buy myself a back-up (obv) as well as try out a new colour, which I went for 03 Strawberry Kissed. Although it looks pretty similar to the red in the tube, it’s a totally different shade on the lips – I’d describe it as a bright pink with coral/red tones. I’m not normally one for pink lip colours, but I love the formula of this product as I know it’ll last me throughout the day so I’m sure I’ll get a lot of wear from it. And speaking of lip stains, I picked up two of the Sephora Outrageous Extreme Liquid Lipstick (can’t find a link – sorry!) in shades 01 (a mid-pink brown) and 07 (a burgundy) as they were in the sale and super cheap. I had high hopes for this, but unfortunately these are a little disappointing – I expected them to last all day, but despite the beautiful shades, they have a sticky formula and started to separate after having a drink which I found quite disappointing. I’m sure I’ll still use them, but I’m not sure I’d pick them up again!
In terms of lipstick, there was a particular lipstick I knew I wanted to pick up thanks to Helen’s recommendation and that’s the Sephora Rouge Cream Lipstick in Charmer. A pink/brown/nude sort of shade (aka my favourite), I absolutely love the formula of this. It’s creamy (as the name would suggest), has a stain finish and lasts well throughout the day. A perfect all year round any occasion sort of shade, I’m sure I’ll be using this all of the time. In one of the stores I visited, they had a large bucket filled up with lipsticks in the sale (only 4 Euros each!) so I couldn’t help but pick up two in the colours I thought I’d get the most wear from – the Sephora Rouge Shine Lipstick in Love Letter (a mid pink) and Miss You (a brownish nude). Now these are a lot more sheer than I expected but paired with lip liners I’m sure they’ll be the perfect chuck in your bag sort of lipstick. Although, if I had to one thing to say about them, it’s the smell/taste. My first reaction is that it tastes like medicine, so that could take some getting used to..! I also picked up two Essence Velvet Matte lipsticks from a drugstore in 08 (a taupe) and 23 (peachy brown) which I have to say, are probably the most used products of this haul yet! I’ll definitely be picking up more shades from this budget brand whenever I pass a stand.
Lip-liners wise, I picked up a mini lipliner from Sephora in 11 Rose which is a mid-dark pink shade. Now I’m not entirely sure why I went for this shade when there were so many perfect nudes to pick up, I think I got a little overwhelmed and I only had two minutes to pick up what I wanted, however, I’m sure I’ll still wear it a lot over the summer months. I also bought a Catrice lip liner in Vintage Rose which is a nude, everyday sort of colour. Catrice are a brand where I’ve loved many of their products on previous trips to Spain so I always love to try out new things whenever a see a stand. For only a couple of Euros, they’re a really affordable drugstore brand which I’d certainly recommend!
As you’ve already noticed, I definitely went lip product crazy, but I also picked up two other products. First up is the Catrice Liquid Camouflage Concealer in Porcelain, as I like to judge a brand based on their concealers and I couldn’t get over how light these shade is. I’m yet to try it so I can’t really comment on the formula, but no doubt I’ll be featuring it in future posts if it’s a hit. I have high hopes for this one. And I couldn’t help but pick up the Sephora Pro Airbrush Concealer brush. They had 20% off all Sephora own-brand products/brushes when I was there, I had a little spare cash, and it just sort of happened. I’m in love.
What would be on your Sephora wishlist? Any products you’d recommend I try out next time? I’d love to hear from you!