US Beauty Haul – Sephora

us beauty haul sephora


When I was in Vegas back in November, I was there during Black Friday. Naturally, I had to see what my fave stores had to offer! Of course, this included a quick stop at Sephora.

Let me preface it with this, though: I wasn’t there to buy out the shop! 😉 I also wasn’t intending to splurge. With my shop my stash mentality, I knew I already had a lot of stuff I could use at home so I wasn’t going to go all crazy. But sometimes there are products in US Sephora’s that aren’t carried in Canadian Sephora’s and that is what my criteria was. Other than staying within reasonable budget, that is. So at the end of the day, my US Sephora haul was pretty small.

In a way I was happy to walk away without spending much. But by this point, I had already visited a couple of CVS drugstores and a Walgreens so I had already bought a bit. But I will get to that when I post part two of this series, my US Drugstore Beauty Haul. 😉

For now, let’s get back to Sephora. And if there is anything specific in my haul that you want me to take a closer look at and write a review for, do let me know in the comments and I will be happy to oblige! 

The only Black Friday deal that I noticed that was available in the US and not in Canada AND was something I was genuinely interested in was the It Cosmetics It’s Your Secret to Beautiful Skin! kit ($15.00 USD). While IT Cosmetics has broken into the Canadian market in the last year, I haven’t had a lot of experience with their skin care. It’s not cheap to purchase full sized products! But this “try it” kit was perfect for me!


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This set contains two deluxe sized skin products. The first product is the Miracle Water 3-in-1 Glow Tonic. This is a no-rinse product (think micellar water) that combines a Skin-Brightening Radiance Booster with an Anti-Aging Treatment Essence. It’s meant to be used in the morning or evening as your cleanser or after cleansing. Simply apply it to a cotton pad to cleanse and remove makeup and ta-dah! Just pat any remaining product into your skin and you’re done!

The other product in this kit is a deluxe sized Secret Sauce. This name has intrigue written all over it! What is this “secret sauce”? What does it do? Colour me intrigued! Well, it is an anti-aging moisturizer and being in my mid-30s, that’s perfect! It claims to be hydrating which is perfect for the winter months so I look forward to trying this out more once my current moisturizer runs out. 

I’m not quite done with IT Cosmetics just yet!

I bought another kit, as well. It’s the Your Most Beautiful Eyes kit ($15.00 USD) and includes the Bye Bye Makeup 3-in-1 Makeup Melting Balm and the Superhero Mascara. I’ve always wanted to try a balm cleanser so what better time than now? This kit also includes a mascara that I’ve been wanting to try , as well, so I figured why not?


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Canadian Sephora’s do not carry either IT Cosmetics kits so I thought it was worth it to buy at the time. It’ll give me a chance to try these products and see if I like them enough to fully invest my money on them! So we shall see.

The only non-It Cosmetics product I purchased was the Sephora Mini Color Switch Brush Cleaner. I’ve always wanted to try one of these! It is a dry, makeup removing sponge that lets you switch colors without switching brushes. It is reusable and you can wash it. I thought it would come in handy!


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I don’t know about you but my experience with my local Sephora’s is that they are seriously lacking in the 100 point rewards department! I try to buy most of my things online because of this. But the Sephora I visited int he Caesars Forum Shops had some amazing selection! So I ended up picking up a deluxe sized sample of the Kate Somerville Wrinkle Warrior 2-in-1 Plumping Moisturizer + Serum and the Sunday Riley C.E.O. C+E Protect + Repair Moisturizer. These are two brands whose products I would like to try so I thought this was a great investment for my points!

Plus, they also gave me a sample vial of the Jo Malone English Pear and Freesia perfume which I was all for because this is one of the scents I wanted to try anyways. And I didn’t even have to ask for it! She just threw it in the bag with the rest of my goodies. I can’t even recall the last time my local Sephora’s (and I’m talking multiple Sephora’s here) has done that for me. Yes, I get that I can ask for them to MAKE me three samples but it’s nice when they just throw something extra in your bag, y’know? 


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So that’s it. I know it’s a pretty small haul but hey, there is more to come! There will be plenty more in my US Drugstore Beauty Haul. 🙂

Remember, if there is anything here that you would like to see a review for, please just let me know! 🙂

Till next time friends!


Haul: Sephora VIB Sale Spring 2017

Sephora VIB Spring Sale 2017


It’s that time of year again! Sephora had their spring sale this past week and I decided to stop by the store on the first day of the sale. The first day for VIB Rouge members was on April 18th and you received 15% off your entire purchase.  VIB  members received 15% off and BI members received 10% but their sale started a day later. It’s a great perk for Rouge members to be able to start shopping a day before everyone else because you are likely to find what you want and it’s not sold out yet.

Sephora only has sales twice a year (once in April which is 15% and once in November which is 20%) so it is a great time to get stuff you have added to your Loves list at a discount.

I am on a low buy which had started as a no buy but that was darn near impossible for me to keep up. Because of that I didn’t end up with a massive haul. My bank account is quite thankful and now I have some spending money for a couple of things that are coming up. Whew. 

Anyways, let me take you through my haul. It includes some products that are already a favourite of mine, others which I haven’t tried before but would like to because I heard it was great and a couple of things I had my eye on for a little while now. So a good mix, if you ask me! Let’s take a look at each of them, one by one. Please note that the first prices shown below are the product’s regular price at Sephora and does not take into account the 15% discount yet but the second price does.

I did end up getting some skincare during the sale. I bought the Caudalie Vinosource Hydrating Helpers set (original price $59.00 CAD, sale price $50.15 CAD) because it contained a full size of my favourite moisturizer and then some. This limited edition kit is such a great deal and contains the following items:

  • Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet, 40 ml (retails for $49.00 CAD and is full size)
  • Caudalie Grape Water, 75 ml (retails for $14.00 CAD and is full size)
  • Caudalie Moisturizing Mask, 15 ml (deluxe size that would retail for $9.00 CAD)


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With two full sized items. this is totally a win. I have had a couple of deluxe samples of the Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet and I really like it. My skin feels great after using it and it keeps my skin hydrated. It absorbs quickly and is not sticky. While the smell seems a bit like herbs, I don’t mind it at all and the smell doesn’t linger. I have heard good things about both the Grape Water and Moisturizing Mask so I’m looking forward to trying them.


Sephora VIB Spring Sale 2017 - Caudalie

Sephora VIB Spring Sale 2017 - Caudalie


And that tin! How cute is that? I have a huge soft spot for Paris too so this was perfect for me. I have already decided how to repurpose it and that I will be using it for my brushes… the excess that is clean and isn’t currently in use and in my brush cup on my vanity. Glad I have a way to repurpose the tin. 🙂

Walking past the “gauntlet of doom” (which is what I call that dangerous area that you have to navigate in order to get to the cash registers), I noticed this neat duo. It is the Urban Decay All Day All Night Travel Duo (original price $25.00 CAD, sale price $21.25 CAD for 2 x 30 ml). It contains one of my favourite setting sprays and something I have never tried before but was intrigued.


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If you don’t already know, I am a huge fan of UD’s All Nighter Setting Spray. I have been using it for years and it really doesn’t hurt to get another travel size of this product. Sure, I will take it when I travel but I don’t shy away from using it at home, too. The other product that came in this kit was UD’s Quick Fix Complexion Prep Priming Spray which I have not yet tried. This travel size will be a good opportunity to try a new product. 😉 And what a deal it was! They are $18.00 CAD each if you were to buy them separately.

Can you tell I love gift sets and kits? Because I really do! And I have one more!

I managed to snag the Tarteist Treats Eye & Lip Set (original price $33.00 CAD, sale price $28.05 CAD) that I had my eye on for awhile now. Well, to be perfectly honest, it was the Tarteist PRO to GO Amazonian Clay eyeshadow palette that I had my eye on for a long, long time but didn’t cave because of my no buy…. the other products in the kit were just a bonus!


Sephora VIB Spring Sale 2017 - Tarte


The Tarteist PRO to GO Eyeshadow Palette retails for $30.00 CAD by itself so for an extra $3.00 (or not… it was 15% and less than the regular price of just the palette so you are getting a better bargain!) it was worth it because you also got a liquid lipstick and mascara to boot! This kit also included a deluxe sample size of the Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara (2.5 ml) and Tarteist Glossy Lip Paint in WCW (1 ml). I have tried both of these products before so I’m happy with them.I love how compact the eyeshadow palette is (it is the same size as my holy grail Tartelette Tease mini palette!) because it is great for travel or to just keep in your purse. Overall a great set if you want to try a little bit of everything Tarteist. 🙂


Sephora VIB Spring Sale 2017 - Tarte


The last item was my planned splurge item. It was less of a deal than the other products. I purchased was the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Color Splash Lipstick in Island Life (original price $27.00 CAD, sale price $22.95 CAD). I have had my eye on these lipsticks since when they first came out but I waited for the sale before I splurged on one! The shade Island Life is described as a “rosy mauve” which is totally down my alley! I love these shades so much and I can totally see myself wearing it a lot. I haven’t worn it much yet but I do plan on writing a review on this product later.


Sephora VIB Spring Sale 2017 - Tarte


So that’s all I bought. Not a lot, really. Just some repurchases and two new items. Oh before I forget, a few freebies! They did give me a deluxe sized sample of this REN Wake Wonderful Night-Time Facial and a vial of Marc Jacobs Dot perfume.


Sephora VIB Spring Sale 2017


Oh and the bag! VIB Rouge members received a tote while supplies last. Quite honestly, I wasn’t expecting one because by the time my friend and I get to the store after work, they are usually all out the free totes. We sure lucked out this time! And this one is very different than the previous ones because it has a long strap that you can use like a crossbody messenger bag. And after some discussion, my friend and I figure adding a little bit of velcro would help in making it into a more functional bag you can use every day. Love it!


Sephora VIB Spring Sale 2017


Okay that really is the extent of my haul. I am proud to say that I didn’t go too crazy this time! I really didn’t need much else so it was pretty easy to stick to the list. For the most part anyways. The UD sprays were a spur of the moment splurge BUT I do love the All Nighter spray that you will see a full sized version in an empties post coming soon. I literally just finished it lasts week. (So really, this is also a repurchase of a holy grail!)

Did you shop the Sephora sale? What was in your haul? 🙂

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Haul: Sephora VIB Sale Fall 2016

sephora vib sale haul


I really wanted to get this post up as soon as possible, it time for the VIB sale that starts today!

It’s that time of year! It’s time for the Sephora VIB Sale! 20% off whatever your little heart desires at Sephora! They only have discounts twice a year (barring the Friends & Family discount that seems to have become more difficult to get this year) so it is not very often you can save at Sephora. The November sale is the perfect time to replenish your goods and buy Christmas presents. With that being said, I decided to show you my haul in case it gives you ideas on what you would like to get during this year’s VIB sale (the VIB Rouge sale was last weekend) or just general gifting ideas for this holiday season.

Due to the sheer amount of stuff I have to go through from sub boxes and the like (hence why my project pan and empties posts are so important to me), I tried very hard not to go overboard this year. Usually I shop in-store and online but this year, I limited myself to shopping in-store only.  I shopped the VIB Rouge sale with my equally (if not more) beauty-crazed friend and we had a blast wandering around the store, seeing what’s new and just having some much needed girl time and retail therapy.

Enough chatter! Let’s get to the haul! Some items, I purchased to replenish and replace an old one I already had. Some of these were on my Loves list as things I wanted to try. One of them… well, one of them was a spur of the moment splurge because my friend twisted my rubber arm (but it was totally worth it, you’ll see!). And I redeemed for one 100 point perk.

First thing’s first, let’s take a look at what was replenished. These are the items that I already use today and I either ran out of or are very close to running out of. Also, please forgive the fact that these items are not pictured with the rest of my haul above… they were already put in their designated spots and I had started to use them already! But I will bring them all together again to take this picture to add later on – time is of the essence here so I won’t let that get in the way from posting this tonight. 🙂

  • Too Faced Born This Way Naturally Radiant Concealer in Medium: I needed a replacement for my Urban Decay concealer that I finished awhile ago. And while I do have the Tarte Shape Tape, I’m trying not to use it too often as it’s not available here in Canada. So this was my pick! I haven’t tried this Too Faced one before but so far I’m impressed! Excellent coverage and Medium is a good colour match for me. To be fair, I do have the Born This Way foundation and I love it.
  • Alterna Haircare Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil Dry Oil Mist: I first received a deluxe sample of this in a swap and fell n love! I was being very stringent of my deluxe sample because I was afraid of running out. Problem solved.
  • NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in St. Moritz: Going on a hot vacation and I needed a light tinted moisturizer for those days when I don’t want to cake on a heavy foundation. I tried a foil sample of this and it was great and it’s my choice to bring on my holidays. This travel sized tube is perfect! i’m so glad that the travel size comes in my shade. 🙂


sephora vib sale haul


Okay, those three were the big three. The important stuff I had to get. Next up are the products that represent a subset of my Loves list.

  • Buxom 6 Degrees Below Sexy Mini Full- On Lip Polish Collection: I saw Tati review this and knew I had to have it! Buxom is one of my favourite brands! Their lip products are amazing! I use them all the time. The lip polishes are somewhat sheer so I can use them daily, everywhere I go! They make your lips tingle, too. The shades included in this set are Dominique (glittering ice), Amy (golden nude), Celeste (prismatic soft peach), Clair (starry plum haze), Starr (brandy cordial), Jasmine (black cherry) . Such a great deal at $40 considering one full sized lip polish costs $24.00 CAD alone.
  • Bite Beauty The Perfect Bite Set: Eee! I was very excited for these! Mainly because 1) I love mini lipsticks and 2) there are two shades in this set that I have been waiting to try! This set comes with four miniature versions of Bite Beauty’s Amuse Bouche lipsticks- Fig, Pepper, Honeycomb and Nori. While I can already tell that Honeycomb (a beige nude) is not my style and that Nori (a deep brown red) will only be used sometimes when I need more colour, I was stoked to see that Pepper (a dusty rose) and Fig (a nude rose) was included because they have been on my list for what seems like forever! And what better way to try the new formulation than with this amazing set? All of these shades are available in Bite’s permanent line so if you fall in love with them, you can get a full size. 🙂
  • Tatcha Kyoto Cleanse Set: I had received the Tatcha Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil in a swap and loved it right away. I don’t use cleansing oils to wash my face every day so this 25 ml travel size is great for me. I’m sure it will still last me awhile! I thought this set, which includes the cleansing oil, was a great deal because it also allows you to try other Tatcha products.  This set also includes travel size of the Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder (10 g) and Supple Moisture Rich Silk Cream (2 ml).
  • drybar Merry Mini Must-Haves: I have always wanted to try drybar products. It’s been sitting in my Loves list – the Triple Sec 3-in-1 in particular! – and this travel sized set was the final push to finally try drybar out! So far I have only tried the Triple Sec and so far so good as a texturizer! And it smells amazing! This set also comes with the Detox Dry Shampoo and Detox Dry Conditioner.
  • Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Beauty on the Go: This set contains Brazilian Bum Bum Cream (75 ml) and Brazilian Kiss Cupuaçu Lip Butter (6.2 g). The first time I saw this project was when I was in line at Sephora during a quick stop to get something I had run out of and while standing in line my hubby asked “What is bum bum cream?” At the time, I really had no idea… so I looked a little more into it and the more I looked, the more I was intrigued. It is said to “absorb quickly to keep skin looking and feeling tight, firm and smooth”. I’ve been using it all week and I’m quite happy with it. While I haven’t used it long enough to say anything about its firming properties, it seems to do everything else. Plus it smells amazing!I haven’t tried the lip butter yet. Overall, this was totally worth it!


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Well, twist my rubber arm! The next one was the unplanned purchase. I was trying my hardest to not buy an eyeshadow palette but when I saw it in person, it was really hard to say no! This was my unexpected splurge.

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Master Palette By Mario: It really is such a beautiful palette! And the shadows are SO pigmented. I don’t often go for overly warm palettes but I just couldn’t help it. I have been using it almost every day for the last week and I love it! I will definitely be writing up a review on this one. Just a quick hint: this palette is sold out online but my store (along with many others) still have many of these in stock! So if you want one, check out your neighbourhood Sephora. 😉

And last but not least, I redeemed 100 points for one thing. I got the last one at this store. 😉

  • Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Long Wear Matte Lipstick in Sell Out: It has been a long time since I have seen a 100 point perk that I was actually interested in! But since I still haven’t tried these liquid lippies before, I thought this was perfect. I get to try something new plus I love smaller lippies because they are great to keep in your purse. Sell Out is a “matte soft pinky-brown” so I’m hoping this works out for me!


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That’s it! I think I did well to keep my purchases down to only things I needed to replenish and to items that I knew that I would love. I definitely didn’t go overboard this time so that was a huge plus! I hope this post was useful or fun at the very least. I love seeing everyone else’s hauls and I love to share mine. 🙂

What do you want me to review and feature on the blog in the near future? Let me know in the comments below! 🙂

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Disclaimer: All products mentioned in this post were purchased by me. There are no affiliate links on this post.





Fall Ulta Haul and Review – Part 1 – October 2015

Recently, I was on vacation in the US… well, twice.

Once in October, which was a girls trip to Atlanta. Why Atlanta? Because of a convention… for The Vampire Diaries and The Originals! Two of my current fandoms. 😉  And then just a few weeks ago, I went to Florida with my hubby and our friends to check out Disney World and Universal Studios. I would like to blog about our trip more but we will leave that for another day…

Today let’s talk shopping. Because I did some shopping on both trips! Most notably, when I was in Atlanta, I went to Ulta for the very first time! Why is this a big deal? Well, we don’t have any Ulta’s in Canada, they don’t currently ship here and they have some different products that can’t be found in my local Sephora or Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutique. So I was very excited! Just like a kid in a candy shop! 😉

I did make one rule for myself: I was only allowed to purchase things that I could not purchase from a store at home at the time. (Some items I purchased were made available in Canada a little while after or could be purchased online but you had to pay a ridiculous amount shipping and duties.)

The Haul

I don’t want to write about both Ulta shopping trips otherwise this would turn into a novel. So for today, let’s call this Part 1 of my Fall Ulta Haul and I will only touch upon what I bought in Atlanta. So what did I get? Let’s take a look…

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Sephora Haul – VIB Rouge Spring Sale – Part 2!

This post was a long time coming! A looooooong time coming. Sorry guys.

Clearly, in-store shopping just wasn’t enough for me during Sephora’s VIB Rouge Spring Sale. Of course, I had to go and order a few more things online! But I was under control. Most of these were items were ones I couldn’t find in store yet. They also had some awesome 100 point rewards that I just to have that my local store didn’t have either. So I put in an order and waited patiently for the Sephora box to make it into my hands.

First off, for the curious – although I didn’t explicitly list off everything from my first Sephora haul, you can see a picture of it on my Sephora Spring Sale & Private Event post. Now for my online Sephora haul! Let’s start with makeup.

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