Friday, May 22, 2015

US Sephora Haul Part 1

Where else does a makeup obsessed person go on the second day in San Francisco than Sephora? 

Yes we do have Sephora in Dubai as well but not nearly as many brands and also it is a bit cheaper here (or so I like to tell myself). Imagine my delight and horror when the I found out there is not one but two Sephora stores in walking distance from our apartment here. 

I went on my own the first time cause I had to do all the market research and I ended up spending something like 3h in the store. Time flies when you are having fun aka sampling lipsticks and trying on foundations. I of course did the first part of my haul the same day so this is to show you what I picked up. I will do a part 2 to show you the bits I got second time around.

For a second managed to convince myself that I am only going in there to buy a Laura Mercier foundation and nothing else. Are you laughing? Yeah I know that I should just embrace the makeup hoarder in me but I figures I dont need anything. Are you laughing again?

Without further ado I bought:

Laura Mercier Silk Creme Oil Free Photo Edition Foundation- I initially planned to buy the luminous version of this but weirdly there was no shade that really matched. The shade names are all the same but I found a perfect match in the oil free matte range. The same shade that had been far to orange on me in luminous version was great in matte and really my combination skin goes way crazy in summer months in Dubai anyway so matte is not a bad idea. Will report back with a full review asap. 

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer- I needed a new daily moisturizer and I wanted to try a brand I cant get in Dubai hence this ended up in my basket. Its very light-weight so I figured I would be good under makeup in the mornings. I mainly chose this to use it with combination with the next product.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Liquid Recovery- I'm not even sure what that is. Typical hoarder purchase. I had been in the store for a few hours already and loosing focus on things I actually had researched online. Its like a serum but the formula is more like water and frankly I was just curios so I picked it up. Will review soon when I have used it for a few weeks. The product description promises "Formula contains a blend of skin-saving ingredients—including red algae, honey proteins, and oat extract—in a highly concentrated water-based formula. It deeply hydrates while visibly reducing dry patches, redness, signs of stress, and environmental damage, leaving the complexion looking smoother, less blotchy, and more youthful." Lets see how it works out.

Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray- I have wrote about this on the blog before. I find it really helps to keep my face on in the Dubai summer months. I liked the small handbag size version.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz- last time I was in US in August I resisted temptation and didnt pick it up and soon after regretted it bitterly. So so happy to have it now and easily the favorite brow product I have used.

Sephora Cream Lip Stain in 09 Watermelon Slice- OMG I squealed when I saw that Sephora has a whole new range of shades in my favorite ever matte cream stain formula. The 01 and 03 are by far my most used lip colors so I planned to pick up every new shade they had to offer. I figured I buy one see how it is and return for the others so I chose this super vivid almost neon coral shade. I am so sad to report but I dont think the formula is half as good as the old ones. It goes on patchy and second coat make my lips look cracked and super dry. I didnt buy any other shades because I was heart broken. Devastated really!

Stella McCartney Stella Eau de Toilette in travel size- such a great fresh, bold and bright perfume that I will probably have to buy full size sooner rather then later.

Essie Romper Room- this was actually from Nordstrom not Sephora but I figured I will add it in anyway. I have heard Laura obsess about this shade for so long that I started feeling I need it as well. Its sold out in Dubai so I kept my eyes open here. Turns out they have it in loads of places in San Fran and I picked up one for me, one for her and one for Simone as well because you know you can never have too many pastel pink Essie polishes.

Have you tried any of the above products? Any of them you would love to read a review on more than other?

Ok I must board my 16h flight back to Dubai now but I will have at least two more San Fran posts coming up soon. Talk to you soon x


  1. I am SO excited to hear your thoughts on the LM foundation...I've had my eye on it! I hope you have safe travels home xx

    1. I will give it some testing in the heat and review it next week for sure :) x

  2. I have such a soft spot for their lip stains too!

    1. Yes the red one might just be my ultimate favorite bold lip x

  3. Oh I just picked up Watermelon Slice for Vanessa for her birthday!

    Stacey | Expat Make-Up Addict

    1. I love the shade but it just seemed like they have changed the formula. Unfortunately it put me off from hording any of the other shades.

  4. I haven't tried any of the First Aid Beauty products you picked up but I did take the facial pads to Dubai with me and love them so very keen to try other products from the range.

    Victoria x

    1. I wish I got the facial pads to be honest I have heard so many good things about it. The moisturizer I got is basic but nice. I will do review on the things I have soon if you are curious x

  5. Hello sweets. From the listed ingredients, I could imagine that the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Liquid Recovery is sort of a hydrating toner/lotion/essence. So you follow it after your acid toning to hydrate the skin, and then follow with serum etc. (if you follow Mrs Hirons religiously like I do, you'll know) ;)
    It looks great! Wanna try that one out too, haven't noticed it before. You should get the pads next time. They are fab! Miss you.