It’s been a long time since I’ve truly been beauty shopping. When I say “beauty haul” I don’t mean going to my local drugstore or Sephora and picking up a mascara or lip balm. When I beauty haul, I HAUL! One of my absolute favourite places to do that is Sephora in the USA.
I haven’t been to the USA since 2014 so I was well overdue for a Sephora.com haul. When my cousin told me he was coming to visit me from New York I jumped at the opportunity to get some goodies. I actually had an outstanding balance on a gift card I got years ago so I had to use that up anyway. It might sound silly but it’s a small way that I can still feel connected to the country and people I have grown to love so very much.
So what did I buy? I’ll reveal it to you but I’ll admit I regret not getting more. I’m currently in the process of a massive office cull so I was trying to be reserved and not get anything as an impulsive purchase. These are items I had on my want list for a really long time.
My Sephora Beauty Haul
I love my Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette but the Chocolate Bon Bon palette has been on my list since it launched as well. Why? The shade selection is lovely, of course, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say contributing factors came in the form of cute heart-shaped eyeshadow pans, a pretty pink case and that sweet, sweet chocolatey scent.
First thing I have to say is that I’m really annoyed at myself about this purchase. GLAMGLOW has risen to such a cult status that I became blinded by the hype and excitement surround thing product. I honestly thought I did my research with these but after they landed on my desk I realised I didn’t check their cruelty-free status. Low and behold, they test on animals. Their products are made in the USA but because they import their product into China for retail sale they are required to have their products tested on animals. The money has been paid and I can’t return them to the USA for a refund. GUTTED! Shame on you, GLAMGLOW!
I hadn’t heard of this pro makeup brand until recently but when I saw some people sharing about the Cinema Secrets Makeup Brush Cleaner I instantly had to try it. The kit contains a super powerful, fast-acting, fast-drying professional cleansing solution (8 oz) and the cleansing tin. It’s a simple dip-and-dry cleanser that can melt away even the most caked in makeup remnants. I can’t wait to play with it!
This mascara is a gift for my mother. My entire life I’ve heard my mother speak about the makeup she saw her sister use in the 60’s. My mother was only a young child but her sister, a teenager, had all the beautiful cosmetics and the two items my mother always wanted to have for herself was a mascara and a kajal liner. Back then these items came in a cake form and were applied with little brushes. I’ve been on the look out for decades for a mascara just like the one she described – and I finally found it with Besame Cosmetics.
Supergoop is my favourite sunscreen but I currently have a bit of a backlog to work through so I decided not to buy any full-sized items. I did need to top up on travel sizes and this limited edition kit contains some of the products I’m yet to try, like the Eye Cream. It’s the perfect little top up to my stash.
Laugh lines are one of my biggest concerns right now, and even though I got AMAZING results with Fillerina, I still want to regularly treat the area to prevent further aging (as much as humanly possible). However, this was another ill-informed purchase because Dr. Jart+ has turned out to be another brand that test on animals by proxy. Their products are made in Korea and imported into China for retail sale. I think the confusion I had with this brand was that I was using it before I went cruelty-free so I clearly didn’t look into them after I made my personal changes.
I got a deluxe rollerball sample of this fragrance years ago as a Point Perk from Sephora. I’ve adored it ever since but because I have SO much perfume I made myself promise not to buy a larger one until I finished the baby version. I finally finished it last year and allowed myself to buy one. This fragrance is just amazing. I’d say it’s the closest I have to a signature scent.
Lip masks are so hot right now but the ones on offer in Australia are quite costly. When I saw Sephora offered their home brand one at just $3 I thought it was worth a shot. It comes in a Rose or Shea option and due to my aversion to synthetic rose fragrances I opted for the Shea. After the debacle of realising GLAMGLOW and Dr. Jart+ are animal testers it occurred to me that Sephora has been retailing in China for over 10 years! I prayed they didn’t stock Sephora Collection but when I looked on their website it was there plain as day. So that’s another gutting purchase and even more so that all Sephora Collection is now something I won’t purchase.
Sephora Freebies & Samples
I don’t want to say the best thing about Sephora.com is the freebies but honestly, it’s a large part of it. Sephora Australia seriously lacks in this department and it’s such a deterrent for me. When I placed my latest order with Sephora Australia I tried entering the codes they claimed were on offer but not a single one was valid or applicable to my order. It’s little surprise I prefer to shop with companies that reward loyal customers and so far Sephora Australia hasn’t been one of them for me.
These are the freebies I got with my Sephora USA haul.
- Fresh Sugar Nude Tinted Lip Treatment (deluxe mini)
- Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick in Amulet (deluxe mini)
- Chloe Love Story Eau de Parfum (sample)
- Black Up Perfect Matifying Primer (sample)
- Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal (sample)
Did my haul introduce you to something new? Would you like to see a review of any of these items? Let me know by commenting below!
The following brands are certified cruelty-free:
Too Faced Cosmetics, Cinema Secrets, Supergoop!, Elizabeth and James, Urban Decay Cosmetics
Self-claimed cruelty-free brands are:
Besame Cosmetics, Black Up, Becca Cosmetics.