I tagged along with one of my friends who’s VIB Rouge on the first day of the Sephora sale so I could see a few things in person that I was considering. Sephora used to let you shop if you went along with a friend at a higher level than you but no more. But it was OK. I wasn’t in a rush. I enjoyed the time poking around, trying various things out, and seeing what my friend bought.
I split my order this time. Because one of the items I needed wasn’t sold in the store, I had to order online so I added in a couple of items to get the free shipping. Then in order to get the free tote bag, I purchased a couple of other items at the store. I was $76 short of renewing my VIB status for next year, so I “had to” shop.
My haul was a mix of practical and splurge.
On the practical side, I bought a new Shiseido Lash Curler. I love this wide lash curler that is easy to use. My lashes never get caught in it or get creased, my eyelids never get pinched, and I never lose any lashes. Plus the curl stays in. I had been considering buying some replacement pads, but since my curler was well over a year old, I decided getting a new one was justified. Plus Sephora no longer sells replacement pads, boo.
My next practical purchase was a full size Beauty Blender Solid Cleanser. I got to try the deluxe sample/travel size Beauty Blender Solid Cleanser (reviewed here) about a month ago when I bought a new Beauty Blender (below). And I was convinced: it really works! The full size is at least twice the size of the smaller one so it should last me a while.
Last, I am more than three-quarters finished with my current bottle of Briogeo Be Gentle. Be Kind. Green Tea Shampoo.
I really like this shampoo because it’s color-safe, it lathers well, and makes my hair feel really clean. I reviewed Briogeo Be Gentle Be Kind Shampoo a while ago. This was the item that Sephora doesn’t carry in-store. When my package arrived yesterday, I wondered what the sticky wetness was all over the 3 product samples I chose? It was the shampoo that spilled. Even though it was in a plastic bag, the bag wasn’t sealed and it’s messy. I called Sephora this morning, and they are making good by sending me another bottle. Thank you for that. Briogeo, if you’re listening, you need to seal the bottle especially since it’s tough to find Briogeo in retail stores.
Every VIB haul has to have at least one splurge, right? Mine was an Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Shine Lipstick. After I got to try two lipsticks, Rose Stiletto and Fuchsia, via Influenster (reviewed here) from the Rouge Pur Couture line, I had to have one of the lipsticks from the gorgeous round tube line with the YSL logo and shade color around the middle.
To me, this lipstick says luxury. And at $36 a pop, I hadn’t taken the plunge. With the 20% VIB discount, it seemed more do-able. Of course, I got a red shade.
This is a browned red, so it’s less va-va-va-voom and more wearable during the day as well as at night. Shade 21.
The second splurge was a new foundation. I’ve been having a hard time finding the right foundation shade because my skin tone changes rather dramatically from season to season in spite of the fact that I always wear sunscreen and wear a hat at the beach. What shade I am depends on what month it is. Ugh. Anyway, I had been wanting to try a new foundation and I had planned to buy Too Faced Born This Way. But I have been unsuccessful at finding a good match in spite of the fact that they introduced additional shades. One of the makeup artists said she thought the TF BTW was not the right choice for me, and since I’ve tried 3 times with BTW, I decided she was right. She recommended Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF 15. The shade “Sand” is a perfect match for my skin now. (I hope it still will be in two months, lol.) The foundation is very lightweight, can be applied with my fingers if I’m in a rush, doesn’t settle into fine lines or wrinkles, and is long lasting. I think it’s a great choice for my dry, mature skin.
So that’s it for me! I didn’t buy any more eye shadow palettes because I still have 4 palettes I haven’t reviewed yet!
What about you? Did you buy anything during the Sephora VIB event? Do tell.