Haul | My First Ever Sephora Order

Wednesday, December 16, 2015



UmmBaby Beauty


Oh Sephora! When Lorelai Gilmore yearns for a thing, my heart yearns for it also (except Max Medina...eww I never got that!). Thankfully, Sephora have introduced a flat shipping rate of £6 to UK as long as you spend over £85 which is fantastic for those of us on this side of the pond lusting after their exclusive goodness. It shouldn't surprise you but I've been signed up to Sephora for a couple of years, always adding and removing items from my basket constantly. But I never could bring myself to take the leap and place the order last year...

This year I finally did it. I'm so excited to share with you everything I ordered because I love it all and I've waited a very long time to have these little gems in my possession. In all honesty, I had a lot more Sephora own brand products in my basket too but I decided at the last minute to give them a miss because really do I need anymore brushes, or a back-up of a lipstick I only just got gifted a few months ago?!? Haha!


THE PALETTES


Too Faced and Kat Von D haul


KAT VON D SHADE + LIGHT CONTOUR PALETTE | $46 (£32.52)

The largest and most expensive item I got is a product I've wanted for the better part of this year. I have lots of drugstore contouring options, but there's something about this palette that made me need to want to have it. Maybe it's because it isn't available here in UK or maybe it's because the colours are so beautiful and the palette is highly versatile. Whatever the reason, you can be sure I'm going to give this slinky black number a good test drive before reviewing with my thoughts.

best contour palette, favourite contour palette kat von d NC40


TOO FACED NATURAL MATTE EYE PALETTE | $36 (£25.45)

I'm not an eyeshadow palette junkie like a lot of other makeup addicts that I know. For me, the temptation and attraction is just as strong but I just don't wear eyeshadows on a daily basis in order to make them worthwhile additions to my collection. But this palette has been on my wish list for a long time. It has the same shades as their stunning Natural Eyes Palette, with the cheeky names that I'm really not fond of, but they're all matte, making this palette far more versatile and appealing to me (I still really want the other palette too!).

beautiful matte eyeshadow palette favourite NC40 too faced


favourite eye shadow palette matte shades too faced palette NC40

For some reason this palette is not available to buy here in UK as easily as the rest of the Too Faced clan. Edit: This palette is available here from Debenhams but is under a different name - Too Faced Natural Eyes Neutral Eye Shadow Collection £32Can I just say, it's even more beautiful than I thought it would be and I'm really looking forward to reporting back about this one too. 


THE GIFT SET


favourite highlighter becca shimmering skin perfector pressed opal swatch NC40

BECCA GLOW ON THE GO SET
SHIMMERING SKIN PERFECTOR - OPAL | £20

I could have happily snapped up 100 different gift sets that were on offer. Sadly some of them won't ship to U.K. while others just didn't seem like good value for money to me. Ironically, this set is available to buy here but it somehow seemed cheaper to me to get it from Sephora.

This is the stunning cult classic highlighter that I've wanted for years and years! It's so beautiful and the best thing about this set is that you get to try both formulas and in cute travel sizes too. I'm curious to see how this duo compares to my holy grail highlighter - theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer.

swatch of Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector opal NC40
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector - Spotlight Wand & Pressed Opal

THE LIPS AND EYES BITS


bite beauty, too faces, kat von d, sephora


KAT VON D EVERLASTING LIQUID LIPSTICK - LOLITA | $20 (£14.14)

Can anybody really get by nowadays without having experienced the phenomenon of KVD Lolita at some point? I was sitting waiting for this to be restocked and lucky for me, it did so in time for December so I could place my order. Yay! This infamous liquid lipstick comes in the most incredible packaging and I can see why everyone is mad for it. Despite it being a darker shade than I expected, I cannot deny how gorgeous it is and how amazing it looks on the lips.

Kat Von D Lolita swatch NC40


SEPHORA LUSTER MATTE LONG-WEAR LIP COLOR - FIG LUSTER | $16 (£11.31)

Swatch sephora luster matte fig luster NC40

Since my sister and her husband were kind enough to bring me back my long-time Sephora wish list product from Madrid a few months ago, which I have featured here, I have been curious about the other products in their line. I decided to order this lipstick out of sheer curiosity...

It's matte with a sheen? Shiny matte? How does that work? Hmm...either way. I love love love the colour. It's a beautiful 'my lips but better' shade on me, with a hint of lilac. The formula is comfortable and light but the finish still has me confused. A matte that isn't matte is not matte right?!?


swatch of sephora luster matte fig luster kat von d everlasting liquid lipstick lolita NC40 skin
Sephora - Fig Luster & Kat Von D - Lolita

BITE BEAUTY MIX & MINGLE LUMINOUS CRÈME LIPSTICK DUO - LATTE/CORTADO | $14 (£9.90)

bite beauty double ended lipstick latte cortado swatch nc40

If there is one brand that Fleur De Force has forced me to be forever intrigued by it is Bite Beauty, who produce lip products made with natural, food-grade ingredients. Not only does it come in a festive, gift-worthy box, this double-ended product contains two shades that complement one another and allow mixing and matching for different combinations. For an intrigued bunny like me, 2 shades is better than 1 if I'm really going to get my head around what this brand has to offer. I opted for this one as it seemed like a safe and wearable duo for me.

swatch bite beauty latte cortado NC40 skintone
Bite Beauty - Latte & Cortado

KAT VON D TATTOO LINER - TROOPER | $19 (£13.43)

Ok, so this was a last minute addition to my order because I've seen so many mixed reviews about this product. Some people swear it's unbeatable whereas others have reported mediocrity. Either way, I figured since I'm making a KVD debut and it's not available here, I should do it properly and include this in my order. So far, I'm impressed with how thin the nib is because, regardless of the lifespan of the liquid liner, I can still use the nib with gel liner in the future. How pigmented it is and how it wears on my eyelids remains to be seen.

best liquid liner pen kat von d tattoo liner trooper swatch NC40


THE PERKS


nars sephora birthday gift 2015


NARS BIRTHDAY GIFT

velvet matte lip pencil nars cruella swatch NC40 satin lip pencil rikugien

I love the fact that you get such a generous gift just for shopping at Sephora anytime during the month of your birthday. And personally, I was super chuffed to see that included in this NARS Lip Pencil Duo was the shade Rikugien, which I've had my eye on for so long. It also includes the ever popular Cruella which I will be giving to my sister who is much more partial to a deep red lip than myself. 


LAURA MERCIER FOUNDATION PRIMER


It was also nice to be offered another freebie as a 100 point perk. And the samples for this selection are more travel/deluxe sizes rather than those usual tiny freebie samples we get. I've wanted to try this primer for a long time since its never failed to impress people. Alongside this there were also a couple of other samples including the KVD Foundation and Primer which is not bad at all.


too faced haul, kat von d haul uk, sephora becca bite beauty nars laura mercier


Overall, I am thoroughly impressed with the service and speed with which everything handled with my order. For those of you who were wondering, I placed the order on Tuesday and it was delivered by DHL on Sunday which, let's be honest, is a lot faster than some domestic orders to be delivered. When you get to the checkout, the prices are converted into GBP, the shipping cost is added and a duties/taxes total is calculated, which means that you pay there and then so you are not surprised by an additional customs charge when your package arrives.

As much as I love everything I ordered, I will be reserving my next Sephora order for December next year inshaa Allah (God Willing) as it isn't the cheapest place to shop or sensible to be placing regular orders and paying so much in taxes. But as a treat, I think its perfect.

Happy December everyone ;)

Do you see anything here that you have had on your wishlist too? Do you want to know more about my shopping experience? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me. As always, you're more than welcome to come and say hi to me on my Instagram.

Sal xxx | @ummbaby

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22 comments

  1. I recently bought the KVD Contour Palette & liner too & love them! I much prefer this palette to the ABH one. That Too Faced palette is absolutely stunning & is very, very tempting! xx

    Beautylymin

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    1. iI'm loving the palette more than the liner if I'm honest but the liner is still good, just not as great as I expected. Yes, the Too Faced palette is quickly becoming a product I can't live without ;) xxx

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  2. These are all so so nice, I loveeeee the Too Faced palette! x

    www.shayholly.co.uk

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  3. So now I need to get the Bite lippy, plus that Sephora lip colour is gorg. Also need to look into Becca set but I'm so madly and deeply in love with Mary I wonder if I really need Becca?πŸ™„

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    1. Like we discussed, the Becca is stunning and quite possibly almost surpassing Mary-Lou. Having said that, for some reason I still haven't tried it on my face lol xxx

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  4. Great haul, Sal! Love the look of everything you got! I think I will treat myself to a Sephora order in April to celebrate my birthday ;) Like you said, it's quite expensive to make the order eligible for the flat rate shipping plus the taxes are normally high. x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

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    1. Exactly...As much as I would love to order from there more regularly, I can't justify paying that much in customs and taxes all the time. The free birthday gifts make it worth it ;) xxx

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  5. Great, great haul! Love the lip swatches and I'm soooo excited that you compare Becca to theBalm! Do that soon coz I have neither, and I need to make my pick soon! ;)

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    1. Hahahahaha! Yes I will have to do that comparison soon , xxxx

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  6. I love the look of Lolita and Fig Lustre! And Opal is just the perfect highlighter shade :) And I agree the shipping time/price/experience trumps a lot of UK-based companies haha xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

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    1. I know right?!? Omg some companies really take the biscuit with shipping time here! And Jasmine...YOU NEED LOLITA in your life! Apart from the strange finish, the Sephora lippie is that perfect shade for us ;) xxx

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  7. Lovely post! I've been on the fence about buying Lolita but now you have convinced me to get it!

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    1. Yes! Have you got it yet? Its absolutely stunning xxx

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  8. Thanks so much for posting this, I've had a Sephora account for ages adding and removing things constantly from my basket so seeing positive posts like this is so helpful for me before I place an order. I've asked for the Natural Matte palette from Debenhams for Christmas, took me ages to find it on their website though! I need to try some Kat Von D bits, wish I'd bought some when I was in the States. x

    Megan | http://www.meganjean.co.uk

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    1. Aww you're welcome. I know what you mean. I finally took the leap but only because it was my birthday month so I could get the free Nars gift ;) LOL! I don't know why Debenhams hide the palette another a different name. So annoying. Its an amazing little palette xxx

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  9. Lovely haul, I really want to try both the Kat Von D Contour palette and liquid lipstick - especially Lolita :)

    Charlee XO | CharmedCharlee

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    1. Both the liquid lipstick and contour palette are amazing. Highly recommend xxx

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  10. I loved reading about your first haul and seeing all the bits you have picked up. I carried the Kat Von D palette all the way round in Sephora when I was in Barcelona but was good and didn't buy it, I really wish I did. I love the sound of the lip shades you purchased, but I also don't get the matte but not matte concept haha.

    Kristy | thevioletblonde.com

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    1. Hahahahaha! I would have done that too if I visited a Sephora and then I would have regretted it so badly too. LOL! OMG I still don't get it..it isn't matte at all so I don't understand xxx

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  11. Your photos are so nice! :D

    You pretty much picked up everything I've been dying to try though haha, especially the KVD and Too Faced palettes. The contour palette seems so perfect for every day, and the Too Faced one has beaaaautiful shades, if only I could bite the bullet and splurge on them both :s

    eightbitbeauty.blogspot.com

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    1. Hahaha! Seriously? Yeh I waited almost 2 years before placing this order and still I was hesitant lol. Yes, both of those palettes are amazing xxx

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Sal xxx