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Sephora and LUSH goodies!

February 5, 2015
Recent purchases from Sephora and LUSH
Recent purchases from Sephora and LUSH

I had some fun recently at Sephora and LUSH and wanted to share the new stuff I’m trying out. I had a couple of products I wanted to return to Sephora and I took the opportunity to pick out a few more fun things, and I had a few necessities I wanted to pick out from Lush. I can talk about my first impressions and share a few swatches, as well.

I’ve actually stopped into Sephora a couple of times. Here’s what I picked up on my first visit.

Sephora purchases
One of my Sephora runs

I bought a couple of tools, including a Beautyblender which I’m trying out for the very first time! I’m really enjoying it, which doesn’t surprise me one bit. It’s something I knew I’d probably love, it just took me a long while to get used to the idea of spending $20 on a sponge.

Sephora Collection Pro Blending Brush #27 ($20)
Sephora Collection Pro Blending Brush #27 ($20)

I also took a look at Sephora’s brushes and picked out their #27 blending brush, which looks a lot like MAC’s #217 but costs a few dollars less and comes with a nice cap. And honestly, I tend to enjoy shopping at Sephora more than MAC. I think the brush is really nice and have seen very positive information online comparing the two brushes.

Clinique Cheek Pop blush in Ginger Pop ($21)
Clinique Cheek Pop blush in Ginger Pop ($21)

I also decided to pick up another shade of Clinique’s Cheek Pop blush, after having been so impressed by the one I received for Christmas. I had previously received Berry Pop and decided to buy Ginger Pop, which is a pretty fantastic everyday shade.

Clinique Cheek Pop blush in Ginger Pop (left) and Berry Pop (right)
Clinique Cheek Pop blush in Ginger Pop (left) and Berry Pop (right)

I had heard wonderful things about these when they were released and I think the main reason I didn’t spring for them then was that I wasn’t very inspired by their shade range. Now that I have these two I don’t feel any need to get their other two shades from the initial release, but if they ever release new shades I’d definitely take a look.

NARS mini Velvet Matte and Satin Lip Pencils in Cruella and Rikugien
NARS mini Velvet Matte and Satin Lip Pencils in Cruella and Rikugien

Also, my birthday is in the summer but I was traveling for months and never stopped in to get my little Beauty Insider birthday gift. All throughout the fall I was trying to limit my spending and never stopped in then, either. I finally asked them about whether I could still redeem it and they gave me this year’s gift, which is this duo of mini lip pencils from NARS: a Velvet Matte lip pencil in Cruella and a Satin lip pencil in Rikugien. Fun!

Sephora Collection foundation samples
Sephora Collection foundation samples

I ended up returning to Sephora and buying a few more things. I did want to pick up some foundation samples while I was there. I noticed that Sephora Collection recently launched a new foundation, the Teint Infusion foundation which is supposed to be a barely-there fluid foundation, and I was definitely curious (update: here’s my review!). I also picked up another sample of the 10HR Perfection foundation, which I’ve previously tried and really enjoyed, and I’d like reacquaint myself for the sake of comparison.

Too Faced Melted Lipsticks in Melted Strawberry and Melted Velvet ($21)
Too Faced Melted Lipsticks in Melted Strawberry and Melted Velvet ($21)

I’m also trying out Too Faced’s Melted lipsticks for the first time. Similar to the Clinique blushes, I had held off from trying these out because the shade range didn’t speak to me. For spring 2015, they’ve released new shades that I found really appealing and I decided to try Melted Strawberry and Melted Velvet to start.

Too Faced Melted Lipsticks in Melted Strawberry and Melted Velvet ($21)
Too Faced Melted Lipsticks in Melted Strawberry and Melted Velvet ($21)
Too Faced Melted Lipsticks in Melted Velvet (left) and Melted Strawberry (right) ($21)
Too Faced Melted Lipsticks in Melted Velvet (left) and Melted Strawberry (right)

I really haven’t tried these out yet, but I’ll definitely talk about them in the future.

I also grabbed two Sephora 100 point perks, a facial cleanser from First Aid Beauty and the Beautyblender solid cleanser, both of which I’m excited to try.

Sephora 100 point perks: First Aid Beauty facial cleanser, Beautyblender solid cleanser
Sephora 100 point perks: First Aid Beauty facial cleanser, Beautyblender solid cleanser
LUSH purchases
LUSH purchases

Lush came onto the scene because my boyfriend and I have been planning another trip. I had such good luck this past summer with Lush’s solid personal care products, as they reduce the weight of luggage as well as the risk of spills. Two of these items are repurchases, and one is new to me. I repurchased Herbalism (review), which is a facial cleanser, and Jungle (review), which is a solid bar of hair conditioner.

LUSH Godiva solid shampoo ($11.95)
LUSH Godiva solid shampoo ($11.95)

I thought I’d try a different solid shampoo this time around, and after a conversation with a sales associate I purchased Godiva. This is a jasmine-scented bar with chunks of conditioning butters in it for some extra hydration. I tried this for the first time yesterday and really enjoyed it, and this is a very highly scented one that smells up a room if you leave the tin open.

There’s a peek at some of the products I’ve picked up recently and will work on reviewing! Are you an fan of any of these products? Have you bought any new things recently that you’re really excited about?

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    1. The blushes are so nice! Glad to hear you like the cleanser, I’ve heard great things about the brand but really haven’t tried much from them!

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