Sephora Splurges: A Review

In the past year I’ve really gotten in to wearing more make up. I mean I always wore it before, but I’ve become more interested in trying new products.
Corner Brook doesn’t have the greatest makeup selections, especially since Target left so I’ve been making most of my purchases at Sephora. Thankfully, I can shop them online.
I’ve gotten pretty lucky, I haven’t really bought any products that were duds, mostly because I’ve got a few friends who’ve given me good direction when it comes to what products I should try.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush 12-Hour in Exposed
Last January I was looking for a new blush. Something that had good pigmentation and lasting power, and that would be good for day and night. Megan gave this one two thumbs up and suggested I try it out. I’m glad she did. The product was perfect for a beginner like me. And while the price tag may seem a little steep, but I used it every day (sometimes more than once) and it lasted an entire 12 months. That’s pretty good bang for your buck if you ask me.
If you’re looking for a nearly-neutral shade of blush, that’s buildable, lasts all day and can go from day to night, I highly recommend you try this one out.
Benefit They’re Real Push Up Liner
I received a sample of this when I purchased the Benefit They’re Real Mascara. I’m ashamed to say I had it for months before I even took it out of the box. 
What can I say, my make up obsession hadn’t quiiiite begun yet. And to be honest, make up intimidates me sometimes, this product was no exception. I hadn’t tried gel liners, and had been cautioned that this one wasn’t the easiest for beginners to use.
I’m happy to say that that may be the case for some people, it wasn’t for me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m far from a pro, but I find the liner fairly easy to use. It goes on quite easily and it’s not hard to create a smooth line. I can’t do any fancy looks, just a simple thin line, but I can see how this product would be great for creating things a little more advanced like a winged or cat eye.
I have only two “complaints”. One, it dries quickly, so if you make a mistake, it isn’t easily fixed. Two, every time you remove the cap there’s excess production hanging out of the tip that wasn’t there when you finished using it. Which is just wasting the product. And since it’s not cheap, you don’t want any of it going to waste.
Buxom Lash Waterproof Mascara
This one was a recommendation from a friend of a friend on my most recent journey to an actual Sephora store. It’s really good. I’m a pretty terrible mascara applier, so a little ends up on my lids every time, but it’s super easy to remove. It looks great with or without having curled my lashes and it applies well to bottom lashes. I find it great for length and volume without getting clumpy or spidery, but I do find it loses a little bit of its “pop” throughout the day. 
It should be noted that I have found that while it applies very well to super clean lashes, if there’s even a hint of yesterday’s mascara hanging around, it can clump and spider.l, which is generally not the look I’m going for. 
Biotherm AquaSource
I seem to always be on the hunt for a good moisturizer. No matter what product I’ve tried, there eventually always seems to be something wrong with them. They either are great for a while and then start to irritate my skin, take too long to dry, or dry quickly but not moisturize enough.
My mom has sworn by this one for years. So while I was home for a week in Christmas I decided to try it out. And I really really liked it. So much so that the $49 cad price tag didn’t phase me (much).
I couldn’t not add it to my latest order from make up heaven. It goes on easily, dries super quick, and leaves my skin feeling smooth. The smell is a little off putting at first and take a bit to get used to but, but it’s not so bad that id not use the product. And don’t let the small jar fool you, a little goes a long way with this stuff. 

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla

I have terrible dark circles and bags under my eyes on the best of days. They’ve plagued me since high school. I’ve struggled with finding a concealer that would provide the coverage I need without caking or creasing around my eyes. This is the best one I’ve found yet. I plan to buy it again once the one I have is empty.

Dolce by Dolce & Gabbana

When I went to Montreal last winter I was on the hunt for a new perfume, I’d been wearing Paris Hilton since I was 18 and I thought it was time for a change, something more mature perhaps. I found this Dolce at The Bay but their credit terminals were down, and I don’t typically carry cash. I ordered it as soon as I got home. I’ve worn it nearly every day since, and I love it. JW likes it too.

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask

Fall and Winter mean super dry lips for me, but I hate applying lip balm. I had read reviews about this lip mask and decided to give it a try. I wear a light layer like a balm through the day, and then put it on thick at night. JW isn’t always the biggest fan of this practice, but its helped so much that he’s going to need to get over that, fast.

First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser

I’ve been having trouble with my left cheek since last March. Its constantly breaking out. I’ve switched foundations, and brushes. Made changes to my diets. And it refuses to clear up. I decide to try this cleanser on a recommendation. It hasn’t been working miracles, but its not getting worst either. I’m hoping things will improve after extended use. It does a pretty good job of removing the makeup and grime from my skin, but doesn’t dry it out. Both are qualities I look for in a skin care product.

Bonus: This pretty red lip is courtesy of the Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro sample (in shade 400).

What beauty items have you splurged on lately?

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